Know : FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Facts

Totally 204 Countries across the world aimed for a spot to play the FIFA World Cup 2014, played 820 matches and scored 2350 Goals! Finally 32 countries made it to the Group Stages! No Wonder why Football has more fans around the globe.

 Group A
Brazil
Croatia
Mexico
Cameroon
 Group B
Spain
Netherlands
Chile
Australia
 Group C
Colombia
Greece
Côte d’Ivoire
Japan
 Group D
Uruguay
Costa Rica
England
Italy
 Group E
Switzerland
Ecuador
France
Honduras
 Group F
Argentina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iran
Nigeria
 Group G
Germany
Portugal
Ghana
USA
 Group H
Belgium
Algeria
Russia
Korea Republic

Qualifiers

Continent wise Qualified / Unqualified Teams

(Click on the link of the countries for more details)

AFRICA

QUALIFIED TEAMS (5)

  1. AlgeriaAlgeria
  2. CameroonCameroon
  3. Côte d'IvoireCôte d’Ivoire
  4. GhanaGhana
  5. NigeriaNigeria

NOT QUALIFIED TEAMS (47)

  1. AngolaAngola
  2. BeninBenin
  3. BotswanaBotswana
  4. Burkina FasoBurkina Faso
  5. BurundiBurundi
  6. Cape Verde IslandsCape Verde Islands
  7. Central African RepublicCentral African Republic
  8. ChadChad
  9. ComorosComoros
  10. CongoCongo
  11. Congo DRCongo DR
  12. DjiboutiDjibouti
  13. EgyptEgypt
  14. Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guinea
  15. EritreaEritrea
  16. EthiopiaEthiopia
  17. GabonGabon
  18. GambiaGambia
  19. GuineaGuinea
  20. Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau
  21. KenyaKenya
  22. LesothoLesotho
  23. LiberiaLiberia
  24. LibyaLibya
  25. MadagascarMadagascar
  26. MalawiMalawi
  27. MaliMali
  28. MauritiusMauritius
  29. MoroccoMorocco
  30. MozambiqueMozambique
  31. NamibiaNamibia
  32. NigerNiger
  33. RwandaRwanda
  34. Sao Tome e Principe Sao Tome e Principe
  35. SenegalSenegal
  36. SeychellesSeychelles
  37. Sierra LeoneSierra Leone
  38. SomaliaSomalia
  39. South AfricaSouth Africa
  40. SudanSudan
  41. SwazilandSwaziland
  42. TanzaniaTanzania
  43. TogoTogo
  44. TunisiaTunisia
  45. UgandaUganda
  46. ZambiaZambia
  47. ZimbabweZimbabwe


ASIA

QUALIFIED TEAMS (4)

  1. AustraliaAustralia
  2. IranIran
  3. JapanJapan
  4. Korea RepublicKorea Republic

NOT QUALIFIED TEAMS (39)

  1. AfghanistanAfghanistan
  2. BahrainBahrain
  3. BangladeshBangladesh
  4. CambodiaCambodia
  5. China PRChina PR
  6. Chinese TaipeiChinese Taipei
  7. Hong KongHong Kong
  8. IndiaIndia
  9. IndonesiaIndonesia
  10. IraqIraq
  11. JordanJordan
  12. Korea DPRKorea DPR
  13. KuwaitKuwait
  14. KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan
  15. LaosLaos
  16. LebanonLebanon
  17. MacauMacau
  18. MalaysiaMalaysia
  19. MaldivesMaldives
  20. MongoliaMongolia
  21. MyanmarMyanmar
  22. NepalNepal
  23. OmanOman
  24. PakistanPakistan
  25. PalestinePalestine
  26. PhilippinesPhilippines
  27. QatarQatar
  28. Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
  29. SingaporeSingapore
  30. Sri LankaSri Lanka
  31. SyriaSyria
  32. TajikistanTajikistan
  33. ThailandThailand
  34. Timor-LesteTimor-Leste
  35. TurkmenistanTurkmenistan
  36. United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
  37. UzbekistanUzbekistan
  38. VietnamVietnam
  39. YemenYemen

Know : List of International Airlines Ratings

Beautiful Airlines

Do you know how many airlines have 5 star ratings in the world? Just 7 airlines from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea holds 5 Star Rated Airlines!

The only one airline to hold a single star rating is North Korean Airline. How many Indian Airlines are there?  Find the complete list below.

Airline Rating is based on detailed Quality analysis of more than 800 different items across an airline’s front-line product and staff service standards, applied to the Airport and Cabin Service environments.

Source: Skytrax World Airline Rating is the global airline rating system established in 1999. Skytrax Airline Star Ratings are recognised as a global Benchmark of airline standards, developed with the unique Skytrax expertise and experience of the world airline industry.

*Data Sorted Country-wise

STAR RATING AIRLINE COUNTRY REGION
3 Star Rating Air Algerie Algeria Africa
3 Star Rating TAAG Angola Airlines Angola Africa
3 Star Rating Aerolineas Argentinas Argentina South America
0 Star Rating Armavia Armenia Central Asia
3 Star Rating JetStar Airways Australia Australia/Oceania
4 Star Rating Qantas Airways Australia Australia/Oceania
4 Star Rating Virgin Australia Australia Australia/Oceania
4 Star Rating Austrian Airlines Austria Europe
0 Star Rating Lauda Air Austria Europe
3 Star Rating Azerbaijan Airlines Azerbaijan Europe
3 Star Rating SATA Air Azores Azores Europe
2 Star Rating Bahamasair Bahamas North America
0 Star Rating Bahrain Air Bahrain Middle East
3 Star Rating Gulf Air Bahrain Middle East
2 Star Rating Biman Bangladesh Bangladesh Asia
3 Star Rating Brussels Airlines Belgium Europe
3 Star Rating GOL Linhas Aereas Brazil South America
3 Star Rating TAM Airlines Brazil South America
3 Star Rating Royal Brunei Airlines Brunei Asia
2 Star Rating Bulgaria Air Bulgaria Europe
4 Star Rating Air Canada Canada North America
3 Star Rating Air Transat Canada North America
4 Star Rating Porter Airlines Canada North America
3 Star Rating Westjet Canada North America
3 Star Rating TACV Cabo Verde Airlines Cape Verde Africa
3 Star Rating LAN Airlines Chile South America
3 Star Rating Air China China Asia
3 Star Rating China Eastern Airlines China Asia
4 Star Rating China Southern Airlines China Asia
2 Star Rating China United Airlines China Asia
https://i1.wp.com/www.airlinequality.com/Airlines/5airport.gif Rating Hainan Airlines China Asia
3 Star Rating Juneyao Airlines China Asia
3 Star Rating Okay Airways China Asia
3 Star Rating Shandong Airlines China Asia
3 Star Rating Shanghai Airlines China Asia
3 Star Rating Shenzhen Airlines China Asia
3 Star Rating Sichuan Airlines China Asia
3 Star Rating Spring Airlines China Asia
4 Star Rating Tianjin Airlines China Asia
3 Star Rating Xiamen Airlines China Asia
3 Star Rating Avianca Colombia South America
3 Star Rating Croatia Airlines Croatia Europe
2 Star Rating Cubana Airlines Cuba Central America/Caribbean
3 Star Rating Cyprus Airways Cyprus Europe
3 Star Rating Czech Airlines Czech Republic Europe
2 Star Rating SmartWings Czech Republic Europe
3 Star Rating SAS Scandinavian Airlines Denmark/Norway/Sweden Europe
3 Star Rating Egyptair Egypt Africa
3 Star Rating TACA El Salvador Central America/Caribbean
3 Star Rating Estonian Air Estonia Europe
3 Star Rating Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopian Africa
3 Star Rating Fiji Airways Fiji Australia/Oceania
0 Star Rating Air Finland Finland Europe
0 Star Rating Blue1 Finland Europe
4 Star Rating Finnair Finland Europe
4 Star Rating Air France France Europe
3 Star Rating Air Caraibes French Caribbean Central America/Caribbean
3 Star Rating Gambia Bird Airlines Gambia Africa
3 Star Rating Air Berlin Germany Europe
3 Star Rating Condor Airlines Germany Europe
0 Star Rating Eurowings Germany Europe
3 Star Rating Germanwings Germany Europe
4 Star Rating Lufthansa Germany Europe
3 Star Rating NIKI Germany Europe
3 Star Rating Aegean Airlines Greece Europe
3 Star Rating Olympic Air Greece Europe
https://i1.wp.com/www.airlinequality.com/Airlines/5airport.gif Rating Cathay Pacific Airways Hong Kong Asia
4 Star Rating Dragonair Hong Kong Asia
3 Star Rating Wizz Air Hungary Europe
3 Star Rating Icelandair Iceland Europe
3 Star Rating WOW air Iceland Europe
3 Star Rating Air India India Asia
3 Star Rating Jet Airways India Asia
0 Star Rating Kingfisher Airlines India Asia
4 Star Rating Garuda Indonesia Indonesia Asia
2 Star Rating Lion Air Indonesia Asia
0 Star Rating Merpati Nusantara Airlines Indonesia Asia
3 Star Rating Tigerair Mandala Indonesia Asia
2 Star Rating Iran Air Iran Middle East
2 Star Rating Mahan Air Iran Middle East
3 Star Rating Aer Lingus Ireland Europe
3 Star Rating CityJet Ireland Europe
2 Star Rating Ryanair Ireland Europe
3 Star Rating El Al Israel Airlines Israel Middle East
4 Star Rating Air Dolomiti Italy Europe
2 Star Rating Air Italy Italy Europe
3 Star Rating Alitalia Italy Europe
3 Star Rating Meridiana Italy Europe
https://i1.wp.com/www.airlinequality.com/Airlines/5airport.gif Rating ANA All Nippon Airways Japan Asia
4 Star Rating Japan Airlines Japan Asia
3 Star Rating Royal Jordanian Airlines Jordan Middle East
4 Star Rating Air Astana Kazakhstan Central Asia
3 Star Rating Kenya Airways Kenya Africa
3 Star Rating Jazeera Airways Kuwait Middle East
3 Star Rating Kuwait Airways Kuwait Middle East
3 Star Rating Air Baltic Latvia Europe
3 Star Rating Middle East Airlines Lebanon Middle East
0 Star Rating Afriqiyah Airways Libya Africa
3 Star Rating Luxair Luxembourg Europe
3 Star Rating Air Macau Macau Asia
3 Star Rating AirAsia Malaysia Asia
3 Star Rating AirAsia X Malaysia Asia
https://i1.wp.com/www.airlinequality.com/Airlines/5airport.gif Rating Malaysia Airlines Malaysia Asia
3 Star Rating Air Malta Malta Europe
3 Star Rating Air Mauritius Mauritius Africa
3 Star Rating Aeromexico Mexico North America
3 Star Rating Interjet Mexico North America
3 Star Rating Moldavian Airlines Moldova Europe
3 Star Rating MIAT Mongolian Airlines Mongolia Asia
0 Star Rating Atlas Blue Morocco Africa
3 Star Rating Royal Air Maroc Morocco Africa
3 Star Rating LAM Mozambique Airlines Mozambique Africa
3 Star Rating Air Bagan Myanmar Asia
3 Star Rating Myanmar Airways International Myanmar Asia
3 Star Rating Air Namibia Namibia Africa
2 Star Rating Nepal Airlines Nepal Asia
3 Star Rating Arkefly Netherlands Europe
4 Star Rating KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Netherlands Europe
3 Star Rating Transavia Airlines Netherlands Europe
3 Star Rating Aircalin New Caledonia Australia/Oceania
4 Star Rating Air New Zealand New Zealand Australia/Oceania
3 Star Rating Arik Air Nigeria Africa
1 Star Rating Air Koryo North Korea Asia
3 Star Rating Norwegian Norway Europe
4 Star Rating Oman Air Oman Middle East
3 Star Rating Pakistan International Pakistan Asia
3 Star Rating Copa Airlines Panama Central America/Caribbean
3 Star Rating Air Niugini Papua New Guinea Australia/Oceania
3 Star Rating Cebu Pacific Philippines Asia
3 Star Rating Philippine Airlines Philippines Asia
3 Star Rating LOT Polish Airlines Poland Europe
3 Star Rating TAP Air Portugal Portugal Europe
https://i1.wp.com/www.airlinequality.com/Airlines/5airport.gif Rating Qatar Airways Qatar Middle East
3 Star Rating Tarom Romania Europe
3 Star Rating Aeroflot Russian Airlines Russia Europe
0 Star Rating Avianova Russia Europe
2 Star Rating Rossiya Airlines Russia Europe
3 Star Rating S7 Siberia Airlines Russia Europe
3 Star Rating Transaero Airlines Russia Europe
3 Star Rating Air Austral R�union Africa
3 Star Rating Saudia Arabian Airlines Saudia Arabia Middle East
3 Star Rating Air Serbia Serbia Europe
4 Star Rating Air Seychelles Seychelles Africa
3 Star Rating Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore Asia
3 Star Rating Scoot Singapore Asia
4 Star Rating Silk Air Singapore Asia
https://i1.wp.com/www.airlinequality.com/Airlines/5airport.gif Rating Singapore Airlines Singapore Asia
3 Star Rating Tigerair Singapore Asia
3 Star Rating Adria Airways Slovenia Europe
4 Star Rating South African Airways South Africa Africa
https://i1.wp.com/www.airlinequality.com/Airlines/5airport.gif Rating Asiana Airlines South Korea Asia
4 Star Rating Korean Air South Korea Asia
3 Star Rating Air Europa Spain Europe
3 Star Rating Air Nostrum Spain Europe
3 Star Rating Iberia Spain Europe
3 Star Rating Vueling Airlines Spain Europe
3 Star Rating SriLankan Airlines Sri Lanka Asia
2 Star Rating Sudan Airways Sudan Africa
4 Star Rating Edelweiss Air Switzerland Europe
4 Star Rating Swiss International Air Lines Switzerland Europe
2 Star Rating Syrianair Syria Middle East
3 Star Rating Air Tahiti Nui Tahiti Australia/Oceania
4 Star Rating China Airlines Taiwan Asia
4 Star Rating EVA Airways Taiwan Asia
3 Star Rating Far Eastern Air Transport Taiwan Asia
2 Star Rating Tajik Air Tajikistan Central Asia
4 Star Rating Bangkok Airways Thailand Asia
3 Star Rating Nok Air Thailand Asia
4 Star Rating Thai Airways Thailand Asia
3 Star Rating Caribbean Airlines Trinidad & Tobago Central America/Caribbean
3 Star Rating Tunisair Tunisia Africa
2 Star Rating Onur Air Turkey Europe
2 Star Rating Pegasus Airlines Turkey Europe
4 Star Rating Turkish Airlines Turkey Europe
2 Star Rating Turkmenistan Airlines Turkmenistan Asia
3 Star Rating Air Arabia UAE Middle East
4 Star Rating Emirates UAE Middle East
4 Star Rating Etihad Airways UAE Middle East
0 Star Rating Aerosvit Airlines Ukraine Europe
2 Star Rating Ukraine Int’l Airlines Ukraine Europe
4 Star Rating British Airways United Kingdom Europe
3 Star Rating easyJet United Kingdom Europe
3 Star Rating FlyBe United Kingdom Europe
3 Star Rating Jet2.com United Kingdom Europe
3 Star Rating Monarch Airlines United Kingdom Europe
3 Star Rating Thomas Cook Airlines United Kingdom Europe
4 Star Rating Virgin Atlantic Airways United Kingdom Europe
3 Star Rating Alaska Airlines USA North America
3 Star Rating Allegiant Air USA North America
3 Star Rating American Airlines USA North America
3 Star Rating Delta Air Lines USA North America
3 Star Rating Frontier Airlines USA North America
3 Star Rating Hawaiian Airlines USA North America
4 Star Rating JetBlue Airways USA North America
3 Star Rating Southwest Airlines USA North America
2 Star Rating Spirit Airlines USA North America
3 Star Rating United Airlines USA North America
3 Star Rating US Airways USA North America
4 Star Rating Virgin America USA North America
3 Star Rating Uzbekistan Airways Uzbekistan Central Asia
3 Star Rating Vietnam Airlines Vietnam Asia
2 Star Rating Yemenia Yemen Middle East

Courtesy : Wikipedia and www.airlinequality.com

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Know : PISA 2012 Students Survey Results 65 Countries

Participants

Participant Countries

PISA 2012 is the programme’s 5th survey. It assessed the competencies of 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics and science (with a focus on mathematics) in 65 countries and economies.  (Note : INDIA is not a participant)

Around 510 000 students between the ages of 15 years 3 months and 16 years 2 months participated in the assessment, representing about 28 million 15-year-olds globally.

The students took a paper-based test that lasted 2 hours. (You can take the test ONLINE HERE. )The tests were a mixture of open-ended and multiple-choice questions that were organized in groups based on a passage setting out a real-life situation. A total of about 390 minutes of test items was covered.  Students took different combinations of different tests. They and their school principals also answered questionnaires to provide information about the students’ backgrounds, schools and learning experiences and about the broader school system and learning environment.

The OECD’s PISA 2012 tested students on maths, reading and science. The main focus was on maths. Math proficiency is a strong predictor of positive outcomes for young adults. It influences their ability to participate in post-secondary education and their expected future earnings.

Shanghai-China, and Singapore were top in maths, with students in Shanghai scoring the equivalent of nearly three years of schooling above most OECD countries. Hong Kong-China, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Macao-China, Japan, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the Netherlands were also in the group of top-performing countries.

“With high levels of youth unemployment, rising inequality and a pressing need to boost growth in many countries, it’s more urgent than ever that young people learn the skills they need to succeed,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría during the launch in Washington D.C. “In a global economy, competitiveness and future job prospects will depend on what people can do with what they know. Young people are the future, so every country must do everything it can to improve its education system and the prospects of future generations.”

The survey reveals several features of the best education systems. Top performers, notably in Asia, place great emphasis on selecting and training teachers, encourage them to work together and prioritize investment in teacher quality, not classroom sizes. They also set clear targets and give teachers autonomy in the classroom to achieve them.

Children whose parents have high expectations perform better: they tend to try harder, have more confidence in their own ability and are more motivated to learn.

Of those 64 countries with trend data in maths up to 2012, 25 improved in maths, 25 showed no change and 14 did worse. Brazil, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Tunisia and Turkey have shown a consistent improvement over this period. Shanghai-China and Singapore improved on their already strong performance in 2009.Italy, Poland and Portugal also increased their share of top performers and reduced their share of low performers. Germany, Mexico and Turkey also managed to improve the performance of their weakest students, many of whom came from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. This shows that countries can simultaneously improve equity and raise performance. You can compare your country with other as well previous year’s performances here. (Click this Link) ; The US Specific data here (Click the Link)

Giving every child the chance to succeed is essential, says the OECD. 23% of students in OECD countries, and 32% overall, failed to master the simplest math problems. Without these basic skills, they are most likely to leave school early and face a difficult future. Some countries have succeeded in helping underperformers: Colombia, Finland, Ireland, Germany, Mexico and Poland have put in place systems to identify and support struggling students and schools early, and have seen the PISA scores of this group increase.

Other key findings include:

Gender gap

Boys perform better than girls in maths. They scored higher in 37 out of the 65 countries and economies, while girls outperform boys in 5 countries. The gender gap is relatively small though; in only six countries is it greater than the equivalent of half a year of formal schooling.

The gap is widest among top students, still wide among the weakest students and about the same for average ones. Girls also feel less motivated to learn maths and have less confidence in their abilities than boys.

Between 2000 and 2012, the gender gap in reading performance – favouring girls – widened in 11 countries and economies. Boys and girls perform similarly in science.

Reading

Of the 64 countries and economies with comparable data up to 2012, 32 improved their reading performance, 22 show no change, and 10 deteriorated. Chile, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and Turkey improved their reading performance across successive assessments.

Across OECD countries, 8.4% of students are top performers in reading. Shanghai-China has the largest proportion of top performers – 25.1%. More than 15% of students in Hong Kong-China, Japan and Singapore are top performers in reading, as are more than 10% of students in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Ireland, Korea, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway and Chinese Taipei.

Science

Shanghai-China, Hong Kong-China, Singapore, Japan and Finland are the top five performers in science in PISA 2012. Estonia, Korea, Viet Nam, Poland, Canada, Liechtenstein, Germany, Chinese Taipei, the Netherlands, Ireland, Australia, Macao-China, New Zealand, Switzerland, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Belgium score above the OECD average in science.

Across OECD countries, 8.4% of students are top performers in science and score at the highest levels. This compares to more than 15% of students in Shanghai-China (27.2%), Singapore (22.7%), Japan (18.2%), Finland (17.1%) and Hong Kong China (16.7%).

Schools and students

High-performing school systems tend to allocate resources more equitably across socio economically advantaged and disadvantaged schools.

Teacher-student relations improved between 2003 and 2012 in all but one country, according to students’ reports. The disciplinary climate also improved during the period, on average across OECD countries and in 27 individual countries and economies.

A better teacher-student relations are strongly associated with greater student engagement with and at school.PISA 2012

The share of immigrant students in OECD countries increased from 9% in 2003 to 12% in 2012. Over this period, the performance disadvantage of immigrant students compared to students without an immigrant background but with similar socio-economic status shrank by 11 score points, equivalent to three months of schooling.

The OECD’s PISA results reveal what is possible in education by showing what students in the highest-performing and most rapidly improving education systems can do. The findings allow policy makers around the world to gauge the knowledge and skills of students in their own countries in comparison with those in other countries, set policy targets against measurable goals achieved by other education systems, and learn from the policies and practices applied elsewhere.

More Detailed Reports can be downloaded from their official website here

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Source and Courtesy : www.oecd.org