Significant Digits For Monday Nov 16 2015

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.2 roundsRonda Rousey was knocked out for the first time in her UFC career, going down in the second round against underdog and the anti-Rousey Holly Holm. [Los Angeles Times]10 percentAccording to Pornhub, a website that provides the exact services you think it does, traffic plummeted by 10 percent when “Fallout 4,” a hotly anticipated video game, became available to the gaming public. [VentureBeat]10.4 percentThe Chicago Cubs will increase season ticket prices by an average 10.4 percent following a run at the World Series and forthcoming deals with free agents. [ESPN]19 percentFollowing a wild weekend of college football, Alabama is now the most likely team to win the national title, with a 19 percent chance according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. [FiveThirtyEight]20 bombsWith 129 reported dead from the terror attacks in Paris, France has taken an increased role in combating the Islamic State, coordinating a 20-bomb campaign in northern Syria. [Sky News]1,000 resignationsMore than 1,000 members reportedly resigned from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints following the announcement that the Mormon church would no longer baptize the children of same-sex couples. [The New York Times]1,900 spiesU.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the government will hire an additional 1,900 spies for its intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ following the terror attacks in Paris. [The Telegraph]71,871Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has surpassed Brett Favre’s record for most career passing yards. Manning now has 71,871 yards, but was pulled from the field in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs in favor of backup QB Brock Osweiler. [Pro Football Reference]$10.3 billionAmount collected by public universities from student fees to support athletics programs over the past five years, according to a Chronicle of Higher Education and Huffington Post investigation. A lot of schools are beginning to question how much that investment is really worth. [Chronicle of Higher Education]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. read more

Its Time To Stop Pretending That The NFL Preseason Isnt Pointless

If the coaches, players and fans all feel like the risk of injury has outstripped the value of playing the games, there’s no viable path forward for the four-game preseason. Only one question remains: Whether the coaches, players and fans can persuade the owners to get on a different path. For most of the 2000s and into the middle of this decade, the number of starters who threw the fewest preseason passes on their teams stayed in the low single digits. Last year, it was a full half of the league’s starting QBs.This year, no starters have thrown the most passes of anyone else on their team, and 22 threw the fewest. In just seven years, we’ve gone from almost half the league mostly playing their starters to over two-thirds the league barely playing them at all.There’s also reason to believe that the decline of starting QB reps across the league this preseason is not a coincidence. The NFL and its players’ union have begun negotiations for their next collective bargaining agreement, and truncating the preseason is reportedly a major negotiating topic. In that context, coaches and players are incentivized to force the owners’ hands.Last week, with Luck likely to sit out the third preseason game, Colts head coach Frank Reich and Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy texted before the game and reached a mutual I-won’t-play-my-guys-if-you-won’t truce. A similar detente was reached between Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and Baltimore Ravens skipper John Harbaugh after their week of joint practices.In fact, joint practice sessions seem to be where the starters are getting all the reps they’ve been giving up.“I think [joint practices are] the trend. I think that’s where we’re going. I think that’s the way the league is heading,” Pederson said in a recent press conference. “As coaches, we get to set the situation and control the environment, and sometimes you don’t get those in games. You don’t get that situation in a game, and this way we can control that and work on specific things and get some really good work done with our starters.”That all makes sense: If a coach really wants to work on the two-minute offense, a preseason game offers no guarantee that a team will even get in a two-minute situation. The same is true for any other situation, matchup or personnel package. What doesn’t make sense, though, is charging fans full price to watch an uncontrolled scrimmage between a bunch of players who likely won’t even make their respective teams.On Monday, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien suggested that fans could whet their appetite for starter-on-starter action by the league televising joint practices in lieu of two preseason games: This season, it fell even more steeply. Projected Week 1 starters (via OurLads) accounted for just 11.7 percent of pass attempts.1Luck was the Colts’ projected starter up to and through the start of the Colts’ third preseason game, so he counts as “the starter” in these numbers. That’s a 43 percent drop in one year, after more than a decade of consistently giving fans at least a decent look at the most important player on the team.The same pattern shows up when we look at how many starters have led their team in preseason attempts — and how many starters have brought up the rear. In 2002, 14 of 32 teams’ starting quarterbacks led their team in preseason pass attempts, and in 2012, 13 starters still led their team in preseason throws. But since 2015, no more than three have. The curtain fell on the 2019 NFL preseason Thursday night — and judging by the volleys of rotten produce hurled at it by fans, writers and coaches, the NFL may never want to stage that show the same way again.For decades, it’s felt like the NFL has had a predictable rhythm to how (and how often) starters play. A little in the first game, then a little more, and then the third preseason game is the “dress rehearsal,” when coaches game-plan, starters start, and the fans who paid full price for tickets get treated to something resembling their team. In the context of meaningless August football, this one game on the preseason schedule was the closest thing fans got to the real thing. The fourth preseason game, in which starters rarely played, has been a forgivable afterthought.But the ugly, pointless football played Thursday night felt unforgivable — because the players fans pay to see barely played in the first three games, either. Even the last bastion of NFL preseason relevance seems to be vanishing. This year’s “dress rehearsals” hardly lived up to their billing. Carolina Panthers starting quarterback Cam Newton left the game after a minor injury. Almost all of the Green Bay Packers’ starters were held out. Houston starter Deshaun Watson got sacked to start the team’s first possession, the Texans lost starting running back Lamar Miller for the season on the next play, then Watson got sacked again, fumbled the ball and headed for the bench without throwing a pass. Indianapolis Colts starter Andrew Luck retired before taking a single preseason rep.If teams are comfortable going the entire preseason with their starting quarterbacks barely taking the field, the league’s case for making their fans spend the time and money to watch these games is significantly weakened. Perhaps as no surprise, calls to reduce the number of preseason games are now coming from everywhere, from fans on Twitter to major news outlets. It feels like all of a sudden, the whole NFL-watching world has given up on the preseason.Of course, calls for a shortened NFL preseason are nothing new. Analyst John Clayton called for it in The Washington Post earlier this month — almost two decades after he wrote for ESPN that players’ union representatives had already been pushing for it “for years.”The year after Clayton wrote that ESPN article, the NFL expanded to 32 teams. Fourteen of those teams’ eventual Week 1 starters led their squad in preseason pass attempts. Even as their union reps were arguing that a four-game preseason was at least one game more than anybody needed, stars like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Daunte Culpepper, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning were out there taking more reps than anybody on their team.During that 2002 season, 34.4 percent of preseason passes were thrown by quarterbacks who would go on to start Week 1. A decade later, starters’ share of the workload was about the same. But from 2012 to last season, their leaguewide share of pass attempts dropped by 36.5 percent. read more

Pacific Beach has one of the highest crime rates in the county

first_imgPacific Beach has one of the highest crime rates in the county April 24, 2018 Posted: April 24, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPacific Beach has one of the highest crime rates in the county and the people living there are fed up.They are introducing a measure called “Keep Cal Safe” to enact stricter rules on repeat offenders.KUSI’s Dan Plante was LIVE with the story. Dan Plante, center_img Dan Plante Updated: 8:09 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Towns Current Bidding Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Request For Proposals/QualificationsNoneInvitations To BidTraffic Improvement Project — Federal Street at Middlesex Avenue — Deadline: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 10amRedevelopment of (15) Gravel Packed Wells at Brown’s Crossing Wellfield — Deadline: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 10amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at] with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

50 hotels in Dhakas residential areas

first_imgCap: Lake Shore hotel at plot 46 in road 41 of Gulshan, Dhaka. Photo: Prothom AloThere are at least 50 hotels in residential areas of Dhaka city, according to a report prepared by the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) last December. There are 3-star, 4-star, and even 5-star hotels in Gulshan and Banani areas, a clear violation of the rules of RAJUK’s rules. The reason behind these hotels springing up in this is costs. The cost of commercial plots is five times higher than residential ones.RAJUK prepared a list of those hotels to increase revenue from the sector.Former RAJUK chairman Bazlul Karim Chowdhury told Prothom Alo that a court ruling has held up RAJUK’s action in this regard. There are also accusations against RAJUK that it is allowing the hotels to run business which is not true, he said, adding, “We are trying to complete the hearing in any court.”The officer authorised for Gulshan and Banani, Adiluzzaman, told Prothom Alo there are 50 hotels in residential areas. These were constructed in violation of the laws. RAJUK can cancel the allocation of these plots at any time.These hotels are mainly used by foreigners.Bangladesh Hotel and Guest House Owners Association president Saif Ahmed said “A number of countries have guest houses in residential areas, but I don’t have anything to say about hotels.”Most of these hotels are owned by political leaders, offspring of parliament members, industrialists and businessmen.The Marriott Guest House at plot 5 in Gulshan road 54, is owned by former AL MP HBM Iqbal. He said his guest house is in a commercial area and so is the building. But he declined to comment on why his guest house’s name is in RAJUK’s list of illegal hotels.Lake Shore hotel located at plot 46 in road 41 of Gulshan, and its owned by Kazi Shamsul Huq.Tanvir Alam owns Four Points by Sheraton at 16/B plot, road  35, Gulshan, but he could not be reached as he is abroad.The owner of the guest house Golden Deer Limited Obayed Ullah Mia said “it’s only a guest house, not a hotel.”Industrialist Shariful Alam is running Long Beach hotel on a residential at plot 4/G, road 104, Gulshan. He was not available last Saturday in his hotel, and the officers in the hotel declined to give his phone number.However, one of the officials said they do not know anything about any ban on running such a business in the building.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla print edition, has been rewritten in English by Sitesh Kumar Saha.last_img read more

3 NGOs barred from Rohingya relief operations

first_imgThe government on Wednesday forbade three NGOs from distributing relief materials among the Rohingyas. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe government on Wednesday forbade three non-government organisations (NGOs) from distributing relief materials among the Rohingyas who have taken shelter in Bangladesh fleeing Myanmar.The three NGOs are Muslim Aid, Islamic Relief and Allama Fazlullah Foundation, officials informed a parliamentary panel on Wednesday.It was alleged at the meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on the foreign ministry that these NGOs were doing ‘something else’ in the name of relief operations.“We went to Cox’s Bazar and came to know that a few NGOs were engaged in doing something else on the plea of distribution of relief materials among the Rohingyas,” committee member Mahjabeen Khaled said to Prothom Alo after the meeting held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.“We asked all to stop publicise something else in the name of distribution of relief materials,” she added.The ruling party member of parliament also said they have asked the authorities to check the identities of all whoever comes to distribute relief. “All have been asked as well to distribute relief materials through the coordination committee,” Mahjabeen added.Another member of the standing committee said, “Bangladesh has given shelter to the Rohingyas, but we must not show a welcome gesture  to them. Their repatriation is already a tough task.”The MP also insisted that Bangladesh should ask other countries that proposed to build dwellings for the Rohingyas in Bangladesh, to take them to their countries.The parliamentary body recommended vigorous diplomatic efforts to compel Myanmar to take back Rohingyas, said a press release of the paliament secretariat.The meeting was chaired by committee chief Dipu Moni.last_img read more

HC issues split order on Khaledas candidature

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe High Court on Tuesday delivered a split order on BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s candidature in all the three constituencies she submitted nomination papers to contest the 30 December election, reports UNB.The bench of justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and justice Md Iqbal Kabir came up with the spilt order.Her nominations for Feni-1, Bogura-6 and 7 constituencies have been rejected by returning officers. The election commission also upheld the decisions, prompting the former prime minister to move to the High Court on Monday.Senior justice Syed Refaat Ahmed stayed the EC’s decision and accepted Khaleda’s appeal while justice Md Iqbal Kabir upheld the decision.On Monday, the bench fixed Tuesday for delivering a verdict on the matter after hearing the petition.As per rules, now the petition will be sent to the chief justice and he will form a new bench to settle the issue, said a lawyer of Khaleda Zia.According to the rules, a convict, who served two or more years in jail in a criminal case, must wait for five years after serving the sentence before she or he can contest elections again.Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief Khaleda was jailed for five years on 8 February this year in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. Her jail term was doubled by the High Court on 30 October. A day before that, she was sentenced to seven-year imprisonment by a special court in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.The former prime minister had filed nominations for contesting three seats. But election officials declared her ineligible for polls on 2 December since she had been convicted in the two graft cases.Khaleda’s lawyers moved the election commission on Wednesday. Lawyer Kaisar Kamal filed appeal for Feni-1, while lawyer Nowshad Jamin for Bogura-6 and lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukder for Bogura-7.On Saturday, the commission upheld the returning officers’ decision.last_img read more

Harris County Offers FirstEver Voter Registrar Training In Vietnamese And Chinese

first_img 00:00 /00:47 Share Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaVietnamese-Americans in Houston learn how to register voters at a Harris County deputy voter registrar training.Harris County is offering volunteer deputy voter registrar training in Vietnamese and Chinese for the first time ever. More than 25 people attended the first training in Vietnamese this week to become certified to register voters in the county.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Listen Those deputy registrars will be able to register voters for the upcoming elections on November 5. “We have a large Vietnamese community and there’s a lot of language barriers. To be able to have it in Vietnamese, really helps a great deal to really understand the importance of voter registration,” said Janette Diep, executive director of the Vietnamese-American non-profit Boat People SOS, which hosted the training.Houston has one of the largest Vietnamese populations in the country, with some 91,000 people. Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaVolunteer deputy voter registrar training is now offered in Chinese and Vietnamese.Diep said she’s seen how language barriers can get in the way of voter registration. “A lot of times they [Vietnamese-Americans] get the card in English and they’re afraid to fill it out because it might be incorrect and then they don’t submit it. With this, when you have someone to assist you and to also hand it in to the registrar’s office, means this person’s going to be registered and they’re going to get a voter card,” said Diep. The push for training sessions in Vietnamese and Chinese came, in part, from the civic engagement group Houston in Action. “Earlier this year, Houston in Action members, as part of our Take Action Houston report, identified a gap in training opportunities for non-English speaking volunteer deputy voter registrars,” said Frances Valdez in a written statement.“Members of the Empowering Constituencies Initiative helped bring voter registration opportunities to Harris County’s Vietnamese and Chinese speaking communities, communities who have the right to vote, but who have, historically, not had the same access as others,” she said.Community organizer AJ Durani, said the next step is to have registrars start registering voters ahead of the next election. “We will take volunteer deputy voter registrars and identify locations where community members gather and register voters on a regular basis,” said Durani, who is chairman of civic engagement group eMgage. He said he believes this could be the first-ever voter registrar training in Vietnamese in the state.  Xlast_img read more

Baltimores PRAISE School Strives for Academic Excellence Cultural Awareness in Minority Youth

first_img(Updated October 16, 2014) In 2006, a small group of dedicated educators began meeting on Saturdays with minority middle school-aged boys at Sojourner Douglass College in east Baltimore.This small group was the beginnings of the Paul Robeson Academic International School of Excellence, or PRAISE, a Saturday college-readiness and manhood development program designed for a population often generalized as at-risk without respect to individual behaviors or achievements.Now housed at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, PRAISE was founded by Dr. LaMarr Shields, who was inspired to do so by his work as a reader and pitch man to students of color for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Gates Millennium Scholars program. The Gates program provides full scholarships for the entire length of university study at any school of the recipient’s choosing.“When I saw these smart brown boys from all over the country, from New York, to L.A., to Chicago, we [PRAISE] . . . created a college readiness model, to prepare them for college,” Shields told the AFRO during a recent visit to PRAISE program. “But [PRAISE is] also about manhood—manhood development.”PRAISE works to ensure that its students, consisting entirely of Black and Latino males, are prepared to succeed in college when they graduate high school.“We don’t accept the bare minimum,” said Mary Missouri, director of PRAISE and formerly an assistant principal at St. Francis Academy for 14 years. “There’s no back row here.”Academics are heavily emphasized, but so is developing a strong sense of self within the context of understanding of one’s history.“We want to make sure that these young boys have instilled in them the values, principles that are necessary in order to navigate this world, even in the face of injustice, even in the face of people treating them as less than,” said Missouri. “They need to understand that that’s not what you need to subscribe to and that you need to elevate your own standards.”In order to achieve this, PRAISE infuses its educational development programs with Afro-Caribbean perspectives, imparting not just academic skills, but also a broader cultural and historical awareness that is often lacking in Baltimore area public schools.For Tyrek Wynn, currently a senior at Pikesville High School, it is that sense of self that has meant the most to him.“The biggest impact for me from being in here would probably be getting more in tune with my culture, my past, my people I would say,” said Wynn. “Instead of just going about my business, actually learning about our journey so far through life, the things we’ve experienced.”Kennedy Huddleston, now in his third year as an instructor with PRAISE after 15 years as a science and English teacher at St. Francis Academy, said getting the young men to appreciate that they are part of an intentional journey is central to PRAISE’s mission.“A lot of them don’t even know that they’re walking a path, they think that life is [just] happening, so our job is ‘no, no, no, really you’re actually walking a path,’ consciously or unconsciously,” Huddleston said. “So how you walk that path is either going to make it difficult, or going to make it easy.”Like some other education based programs in Baltimore—LIFTT, or the Youth Resiliency Institute, for example—PRAISE also emphasizes parental involvement. While the only costs for the students is a small initial registration fee, parents are asked to support PRAISE’s work in ways other than financial, by attending eight once-a-month sessions that run for two hours each and are described by Shields as “very intense.”“It’s not just about educating the child,” said Missouri, “we try to educate the family members as well. Give the parents tools in their tool boxes [for] how to help their little Brown and Black boys navigate this society.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more