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In Numbers

Gardaí, Microsoft and Hello Kitty: The week in numbers

Plus: At what age do people begin to feel most confident about their looks?

EVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.

> 20,000 - The number of people who applied to join An Garda Síochána this year. It was the first time new gardáí had been recruited since May 2009.

18,000 - The number of jobs to be cut at Microsoft over the next year.

8,500 - The number of BMW cars recalled in Ireland over a possible airbag fault.

5,576 - The number of civilians who have been killed in attacks in Iraq in the first six months of this year, according to the United Nations.

1,465 - The number of people on the waiting list to get funding for a nursing home.

355 - The number of guns stolen in Ireland last year.

79 - The percentage of Irish people aged 50 and older who are overweight.

65 - The age at which people begin to feel most confident about their looks, according to a study of more than 80,000 people in the US.

40 - The age that Hello Kitty turned this week.

34 - The number of years since two Irish soldiers were killed while serving in Lebanon. A man was arrested in the US this week in connection with the case.

7 - Where the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 ranks on the list of deadliest air disasters of all time. A total of 298 people died when the plane was shot out of the sky over Ukraine.

2 - The number of whistleblowers at a Galway nursing home who have been suspended from work after raising concerns about the treatment of residents, the Seanad heard this week.

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