Barometer

Where in the world will you find the cheapest petrol?

9 October 2021

9:00 AM

9 October 2021

9:00 AM

Whole-life sentences

How many prisoners are serving whole-life sentences?

— There are currently 74 prisoners in prison with whole-life tariffs; 11 had the tariff imposed by a home secretary and 63 had it imposed by a judge. There are only two women, including Rosemary West.

— A further 29 people have at some point been given whole-life tariffs but have had them reduced on appeal, or been released under the Good Friday Agreement.

22 prisoners have died while serving whole-life sentences.

— The prisoner who has served the longest sentence is Robert Maudsley, who was jailed for one murder in 1977 and was given a whole-life sentence after committing a further three murders in prison.

Fill your tanks

Who has the world’s cheapest, and most expensive, petrol (when you can get it)? Prices in $US per litre.

Cheapest 

Venezuela$0.02

Iran$0.06

Syria$0.23

Angola$0.27

Algeria$0.37

Kuwait$0.35


Most expensive

Hong Kong $2.57

Netherlands $2.18

Central African Republic $2.14

Norway $2.12

Israel $2.04

Source: www.globalpetrolprices.com

Livestock

A shortage of CO2 has led to a reduction in the numbers of animals being slaughtered and a backlog of animals still living on farms. How many animals were slaughtered in July compared with July 2020?

Steers (bullocks)79,000 (-9.6%)

Heifers63,000 (-8.1%)

Young bulls20,000 (-16.0%)

Cows and adult bulls51,000 (-14.0%)

Calves5,000 (-0.8%)

Clean sheep1.84m (-16.0%)

Ewes and rams111,000 (-28%)

Clean pigs940,000 (-3.1%)

Sows and boars2,200 (-2.5%)

Source: Defra

Let’s all confer

A few other conferences you could have gone to this week:

— International Conference on Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Liverpool (Sun-Mon).

— International Congress on Oil and Gas, London (Sun-Mon).

— World Conference on Disaster Management, London (Mon-Tue).

— International Conference on Machine Learning, Grasmere (Tue-Fri).

— International Conference on Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow, London (Thu-Fri).

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