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Captives, papers and the property tax: The week in numbers

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May 11th 2013, 7:30 PM 5,623 2

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

2,154 – The total number of professional games that Alex Ferguson will have managed a team in. He’ll step as down as Manchester United manager next weekend, ending 26 years in charge of the side.

102 – The number of years since Manchester United have won a title without a Glaswegian in charge. 13 of United’s 20 championships have come under Ferguson; another five were in the reign of Matt Busby. Ernest Magnall’s titles in 1908 and 1911 are the only others.

32 – The number of swans found dead at a lake in Co Donegal this week.

3,000 – The estimated number of copies of the Lucan Gazette which are said to have been removed from shops in the area after the freesheet ran a negative story about a TD. The paper’s lead described how a local principal had criticised Fine Gael TD Derek Keating for taking credit for securing an extension to the school, when he had little to do with it.

3,909 – The number of days for which Michele Knight was in captivity in Ohio. Knight was 20 when she was last seen on August 23, 2002 – and nothing more was known of her until she was found in a house, along with two other abductees, earlier this week.

17 – The number of days for which a woman named Reshma lay alive underneath the rubble of the collapsed building in the Bangladeshi city of Savar. She had survived after being caught in a gap between a beam and a column in the wreckage of the nine-storey building.

1,776 – The height, in feet, of One World Trade Center in New York, now that the final piece of the building’s 124-metre spire has been installed.

€297,306 – The amount NAMA has paid to a private communications agency to cover its press queries since the start of 2011.

45 per cent – The proportion of the Irish population which had either seen a close family member emigrate – or had considered emigrating themselves – in the last two years, according to a study published this week.

3 – The number of staff at the NTMA, the body which manages Ireland’s national debt, who earn more than the Taoiseach. Michael Noonan has confirmed that none of the three staff – who have declined to take voluntary pay cuts for 2013 – will be asked to enter further negotiations.

53 – The number of YouTube channels which users will have to pay to watch, under a new system rolled out by the site this week. The channels include those carrying full-length episodes of Sesame Street, for example.

61 per cent – The proportion of Irish landlords, who answered a survey, who said they would pass the property tax on to their tenants.

9 per cent – The amount by which the number of job opportunities for professionals decreased in Ireland in April. The decline followed two months of growth and shows that Ireland’s economic recovery remains tenuous.

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