Heat Map: Average Scores for PISA tests around the world

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Today, the score report of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests 15-year-olds around the world on reading, math and science is released that the report is released every three years. Washington Post has then created following heat map for presenting the average scores across the world by countries that countries with bluer colors obtain higher scores.

According to the report, regions with highest scores are Shanghai(China), Singapore, and Hong Kong while the Peru gains the lowest score in this test. The United States ranks 25th with an average score of 1476, which is behind most of Western European countries.

However, according to Washington Post, this report is not really fair as urban areas tend to outperform non-urban areas in education, and developing/poorer countries do not have as much public education programs as developed/richer countries.

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Updated H7N9 Map: First Confirmed H7N9 Bird Flu Virus Case in Hong Kong

The deadly H7N9 birl flu virus has come to Hong Kong as the 1st case has been confirmed on Monday morning. The 1st H7N9 case has first been found in China back to February and has killed 45 people in China, and here we have updated the H7N9 Google Maps for your information:

A 36-year-old Indonesian domestic worker was found to have contracted the H7N9 bird flu virus after travelling to Shenzhen recently, and had killed and cooked a live chicken, and is now in a critical condition in Queen Mary Hospital. Secretary of the Food and Health Bureau Dr Ko Wing-man believed the case was imported from Mainland China. Dr Ko added that the risk of human-to-human transmission could not be ascertained yet but the city’s three-level response system has been activated to deal with a potential flu pandemic.

Possible Routes that Edward Snowden Would Take

After leaving Hong Kong, where did Edward Snowden go? There is speculation that he is somewhere in Moscow,  but it seemed that he did not take the flight to Moscow. Here is an interactive World Map that examines the potential routes Snowden would take after leaving Hong Kong, where conceivably willing to shield him from U.S, by using the data from OpenFlights.org. Check the possible routes that he might take and see if you agree with it or not:
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