Transit advocates blast MTA board over fare hike plans

first_imgPeople’s MTA says money for subways, not Wall Street.New York — The state comptroller announced Nov. 9 that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s expenditures would soon require it to raise fares in addition to the usual fare hikes every two years.Riders are being squeezed while the 113-year-old system crumbles and remains out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.Transit advocates who spoke to the MTA board on Nov. 15 said they knew where the money was being spent. “It’s going to Wall Street. It’s putting cops in the subways, arresting Black and Brown people,” said Christian Cobb, member of the People’s MTA. The PMTA advocates for 100 percent accessibility, an end to racist policing in the subways, more buses and trains, free fare, and justice and union rights for all transit workers and Transit Workers Union Local 100.“I’m not here to speak to these people [on the board] because as we said before, they don’t give a damn. They don’t represent the people. These are the people,” Cobb said, pointing to members of the public who responded with applause.From January to March, more than 26,000 people were arrested for “theft of service.” More than 91 percent of those arrested for fare evasion were people of color. (NY Daily News, June 16) The Community Service Society reports “young Black men (ages 16-36) made up half of all fare evasion arrests, but represent only 13.1 percent of poor adults” in Brooklyn. (tinyurl.com/ycc2uwpm)Three of every four people stopped for fare evasion are simply given a summons, like a parking ticket. But they must pay a $100 fine.“Wall Street is looting public transportation — that’s the real theft of service,” said Tony Murphy of PMTA, who only addressed members of the public.Mary Kaessinger, a member of Disability Pride and PMTA, asked the board to provide more buses.Disability rights advocate Edward Yood said the MTA should add portable metal ramps in the subway system, as used by New Jersey Transit. Those ramps allow people in mobility devices to comfortably roll between platforms and trains, which are often not at the same level. Yood also asked for more litter baskets and more workers to get rid of the rats in the subway system, as well as inclusion of wheelchair users on the MTA board. The lack of inclusion places the MTA in violation of the ADA, he noted.“The MTA should be a service, not a business,” Yood repeated four times to the board.The People’s MTA will participate in the Dec. 3 action at noon in Herald Square for International Day of People with Disabilities. The group will also convene on Dec. 13 in front of MTA headquarters at 2 Broadway in lower Manhattan for a rally and news conference at 9 a.m. It will then move to the 20th floor for the 10 a.m. public comments portion of the board meeting.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

EU okays Italy’s amended maritime transport support scheme

first_img Specifically, the scheme encourages shipping companies to register their ships in Europe and so ensure higher social, environmental and safety standards. The Italian measure, as amended and approved under EU State aid rules on 11 June, requires that if a shipping company wants to benefit from the International Registry, at least a large part of its fleet flies the flag of an EU or EEA State. EU measures supporting shipping companies Under the abovementioned scheme, shipping companies are granted a corporate tax reduction and other benefits. Following the changes to which Italy has committed, the special corporate tax reduction for shipping companies will be applied to shipping companies’: To address the risk of flagging out and relocation of shipping companies to low-tax countries outside of the EU, the commission’s 2004 Guidelines on State aid to maritime transport allow Member States to adopt measures that improve the fiscal climate for shipping companies. Posted: 9 months ago The European Commission has approved the prolongation until the end of 2023 of various Italian support measures for maritime transport under Italy’s International Registry scheme. “(T)he scheme will contribute to the competitiveness of the EU maritime transport sector and encourage ship registration in Europe, while at the same time preserving Europe’s high social, environmental and safety standards and ensuring a level playing field,” the European Commission said. core revenues from shipping activities, such as cargo and passenger transport;certain ancillary revenues that are closely connected to shipping activities (capped at a maximum of 50 per cent of a ship’s operating revenues);revenues from towage and dredging, subject to certain conditions; andbareboat charter-out and time and/or voyage charter-in activities, subject to a number of conditions.center_img Italy has also committed to a number of changes to its scheme to avoid undue competition distortion as well as to prevent any discrimination between shipping companies and registries of different European Economic Area (EEA) States. EU Okays Maritime Transport Support Schemes in 5 Countries The Commission’s most recent decisions concern the Estonian tonnage tax and seafarer scheme, the prolongation of the Cyprus tonnage tax and seafarer scheme, the prolongation of the Danish seafarer scheme, and the extension of the Belgian seafarer scheme. In this respect, the Italian authorities have committed to extend the benefits of the scheme to all eligible ships that fly an EEA flag. This will prevent any discrimination between shipping companies and registries of different EEA States and preserve internal market rules on freedom of establishment, according to the commission. The most prominent of such measures is tonnage tax, whereby shipping companies can apply to be taxed based on a notional profit or the tonnage they operate, instead of being taxed under the normal corporate tax system. This can reduce the overall level of taxes paid and increase their predictability for the companies. Under seafarer schemes, labour costs for seafarers employed on board vessels flying the flag of EU or European Economic Area (EEA) Member State may be partly or totally reduced. Only companies that are active in maritime transport are eligible for measures under the Maritime Guidelines. Posted: 9 months agolast_img read more

Homosexuals Can’t Blame Their Genes

first_imgLargest genetic study ever done on the subject shows no conclusive evidence genes influence homosexual behavior.There is no “gay gene,” a big new study concludes. The results of a large genome-wide association study (GWAS) study were published in Science today. Some scientists, however, continue to try to tease the data for some evidence of a predisposition to homosexual behavior.The ‘Gay Gene’ Is a Total Myth, Massive Study Concludes (Live Science). “No individual gene alone makes a person gay, lesbian or bisexual;” Charles Q. Choi writes about the study, but he leaves some wiggle room for genetic determinism: “instead, thousands of genes likely influence sexual orientation, a massive new study of the genomes of nearly half a million people suggests.” But thousands of genes affect lots of things. Which genes are most influential? What combination of genes forces a tipping point? It’s not scientific to leave causation unidentified in some cloud of “thousands of genes” that “likely influence” something, especially a behavior.No ‘gay gene’: Massive study homes in on genetic basis of human sexuality (Nature). Jonathan Lambert summarizes the “solid study” in Science:The largest study to date on the genetic basis of sexuality has revealed five spots on the human genome that are linked to same-sex sexual behaviour — but none of the markers are reliable enough to predict someone’s sexuality.The findings, which are published on 29 August in Science and based on the genomes of nearly 500,000 people, shore up the results of earlier, smaller studies and confirm the suspicions of many scientists: while sexual preferences have a genetic component, no single gene has a large effect on sexual behaviours.“There is no ‘gay gene’,” says lead study author Andrea Ganna, a geneticist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Ganna and his colleagues also used the analysis to estimate that up to 25% of sexual behaviour can be explained by genetics, with the rest influenced by environmental and cultural factors — a figure similar to the findings of smaller studies.The 25% figure is misleading, however. For one thing, association is not causation. For another, none of the five markers has a clear connection to sexual behavior (one, for instance deals with olfaction, but it’s a stretch to think a gene for smelling is going to make someone homosexual). A third and most important conclusion from the data is that while 8% to 25% of homosexuals shared one or more of the five markers, the combined influence of the markers dropped to less than 1%. That makes the markers statistically inconsequential for predicting one’s sexuality if he or she has the markers. Darwinists already have their problems cut out for them trying to figure out why any gene would be “naturally selected” that eliminates reproduction.How do genes affect same-sex behavior? (Science). Commenting on the study, Melinda C. Mills seemed the most determined to preserve the argument that homosexuals are the way they are because genes make them that way. Right off the bat, she claims that homosexuality is genetic:Studies have indicated that same-sex orientation and behavior has a genetic basis and runs in families, yet specific genetic variants have not been isolated. Evidence that sexual orientation has a biological component could shape acceptance and legal protection: 4 to 10% of individuals report ever engaging in same-sex behavior in the United States, so this could affect a sizeable proportion of the population.She even drags in the discredited sex researcher Alfred Kinsey to make the case. While not wandering far from Ganna study’s data, Mills seems intent on not offending the LGBT community or causing them discrimination, speaking of (and apparently agreeing with)voices from the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+) community arguing that a range of sexualities exist. Sexuality is dynamic, with the ability to express and realize sexual preferences, and is thus also shaped and regulated by cultural, political, social, legal, and religious structures.But if homosexuality is not genetically determined, and is a chosen behavior, why should those “structures” not regulate behavior which they find to be objectionable? Society “discriminates” against some behaviors all the time, and regulates them, if it deems them harmful or contrary to the society’s well-being (e.g., drug use, abortion, loitering). Anti-discrimination laws were intended to protect those who have an unchangeable genetic trait, like skin color, disability, or biological sex. If the discrimination laws start applying to personal choices and preferences, then some citizens will have a legal hammer to pound those who disagree with the morality of those choices and preferences. This, indeed, has happened – and is happening in court cases today about whether vendors must be forced to use their artistic expressions to support pro-homosexual messages they feel violate their religious convictions. Some have won; some have lost; some are waiting to see what happens. The interests that prevail in these civil-rights cases are likely to have enormous effects on society.Much of the justification for the early gay-rights movement was that homosexuals couldn’t help themselves, because they were “born this way.” The idea led to searches and false claims about a “gay gene” – something innate – that would allow homosexuals to hitch onto anti-discrimination laws protecting race and biological sex (we can’t say “gender” now that our culture has blurred the meaning). The success of the LGBT movement along this line has been rapid and overwhelming, shaping the attitudes of the law, business, politics and the media. Religious leaders are suffering the most, trying to maintain a Biblical stance on human sexuality and marriage, but getting caught in the crossfire of vocal activists who would marginalize their voices and deny their civil rights to freedom of speech and religion. Right now, California is trying to outlaw “conversion therapy.” Laws or regulations might make it a crime to counsel a homosexual who comes to a pastor, seeking help to escape same-sex attraction. Shouldn’t such a person be allowed to find answers, and learn that there is a way out of unwanted desires? Is it becoming a crime to show compassion?And yet homosexuals should be the first to be glad there is not a “gay gene.” Genetic determinism ends any hope of change. It locks one in desires and behaviors that a person may wish to escape. Family Research Council’s Washington Watch program today (29 August 2019), contained two segments on this issue. In the first, Jake Warner, Legal Counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, on the Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision to hear a years-old case on a Christian T-shirt maker who refused to print “LGBT pride” shirts in 2012. (This would be like forcing a Jew to print Nazi shirts, or a Muslim to print Christian shirts). In another segment, former homosexual Becket Cook describes his conversion to Christianity: how empty he felt in his homosexual lifestyle, and how he found great joy and fulfillment in coming to Christ. That’s a tremendous message of hope to give someone. Cook even studied theology and wrote a book, A Gay Man’s Story of Redemption. His relief at escaping his former life, and his surprise by joy in Christ, is palpable in his testimony.Homosexuals have been in the world since the Fall, and the issue is not going away. These are times of great social upheaval as LGBT activists are making huge inroads and striving to force acceptance among those with Biblical views on sex and family. The Supreme Court, by a swing vote (5-4), legalized homosexual marriage in 2015, and thus forced same-sex “marriage” on millions of people who strongly disagreed with it, especially among those who follow God’s word. How is the church to respond, when any genetic basis for homosexuality has been undermined by this new study? The issues for churches and Christian ministries are complex and delicate, involving how to avoid “discrimination” while boldly maintaining Biblical orthodoxy. There are also individual Christ followers who want to do right, but have a hard time with their feelings and attractions. One of the things Becket Cook points out in the interview is that it is one thing to feel same-sex attraction, but another thing to act on it. All Christians are tempted by some things. The beautiful part of Cook’s story is that the church welcomed him into their service, and led him to the gospel of Christ. They didn’t have to endorse his sin, but they showed him the way to salvation. That started to change him from within, as the Holy Spirit worked on his heart. Every believer must learn to master their feelings and do what God commands. Obedience is always the path to joy. (Visited 597 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

China Likes Twitter (What?) – But Will Still Censor It

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#NYT#web Related Posts The Chinese government released a new white paper on Tuesday detailing the country’s official position on Internet policy. Coming three months after the very public dispute with Google, which resulted in the shutdown of Google’s China-based portal, the paper offers a revealing look back on Chinese Internet history as well as where the country stands today.Not surprisingly, China still supports the so-called “Great Firewall” approach to controlling and censoring Internet content, but it also oddly mentions Twitter as a favorable development for Chinese Internet citizens. Why is that odd? Because China routinely blocks Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social networking services from being accessible to Chinese citizens. Lost in Translation: “Microblog” Doesn’t Mean Twitter in ChinaThe Twitter mention, cited by a number of news agencies including the AP and The WSJ, appeared in the English language version of the document released on Tuesday. It appears to have been a translation error since the Chinese language document only touted “microblog” services, and did not specify Twitter specifically. (It also appears to have since been removed on the document hosted here.) However, even without the direct Twitter shout-out, the sentence is still an intriguing look into the Chinese government’s thought process as it tries to simultaneously embrace the Internet and control it. “The newly-emerging online services, including blog, microblog, video-sharing and social networking websites, are developing rapidly in China, and provide greater convenience for Chinese citizens to communicate online. Actively participating in online information communication and content creation, netizens have greatly enriched Internet information and content.”Enjoy Social Networking*In other words, the paper makes it seem as if the government is stating that social networking sites are good things for Chinese citizens, within reason. But to the Chinese government, “within reason” means (according to the document), nothing that subverts state power, undermines national unity, infringes upon honor and interests or incites ethnic hatred and secession. Also banned are terror-related and gambling sites, sites propagating heretical or superstitious ideas, sites spreading rumors or disrupting social order and sites featuring vulgar or adult material. Although here in the West, China’s censorship policies go against our culture’s core values about freedom and expression, simply pulling out of China, as Google threatened to do, isn’t that easy for many Western-based businesses. As the paper states, there are now 384 million Chinese citizens online (as of the end of 2009), or 28.9% of the population – higher than the world average. Within five years, the government aims to increase that number to 45% of the population. That makes China an Internet powerhouse to either be dealt with by playing by its rules or ignored with great at cost to the bottom line. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Durham says Bolts ‘didn’t play like ourselves’ in upset loss to Elite

first_imgElite topple No. 1 Bolts in thriller, force decider for semis spot Read Next “A little bit [tired], but not as much as like not doing what we’re needed to do on the defensive end. We left a lot of wide-open shots, and that team is filled with shooters and if you do that they’re gonna knock it down.”Durham nearly won it for Meralco after giving his team a 91-90 lead with 15.8 seconds left before Allein Maliksi put Blackwater ahead for good on a mid-range jumper six seconds later.“Like I said, as a team collectively, we played pretty bad on defense and for myself, I gotta be more aggressive on offense. I gotta do more. I’ll pick it up on Thursday and hopefully, come out with the win,” said Durham.Durham collected 18 points, 21 rebounds and seven assists, but he was still outplayed by Henry Walker, who put up 30 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, 18 rebounds and six assists to lead Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Import Allen Durham said the Bolts didn’t play defense the way they had been defending in the elimination round where they wound up at the helm in a tight race for the top spot.And Meralco’s poor defense resulted to a stunning loss to No. 8 Blackwater, which took a 92-91 win on a game-winner to setup a do-or-die game for a semifinals slot on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re out of it just the whole game. We’re doing a lot of dumb stuff on defense. We just weren’t playing like ourselves,” said the reigning Best Import.The Bolts played in their second game in three days, but Durham said it’s no excuse to play as badly as they did defensively. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentscenter_img MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Meralco was the No. 1 team coming into the playoffs but played nothing like it, at least on the defensive end on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

More Than 85 Per Cent of Missing Children Have Returned Home

first_img The OCR has recruited an Ananda Alert officer 1,297 of the 1,518 children reported missing over the period, have been successful reunited with their families More than 85 per cent of children reported missing for the period January to August 23, 2013, have since returned home.This was disclosed on Friday, September 6, by Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, who reported that 1,297 of the 1,518 children reported missing over the period, have been successful reunited with their families.Ms. Hanna, who was addressing a press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister, informed that of the total number of missing children, 325 were males and 1,193 were females. Nine children (six males and three females) were found dead and 212 are still missing.“I have mandated the OCR (Office of the Children’s Registry) to devise a successful and reliable system of informing the public of when there is recovery and the return of missing children because still, persons feel that a lot of the children have not been recovered when they actually have and successfully so,” Ms. Hanna said.She also urged parents to ensure that they have a recent photograph of their child, and also supply a copy to the school at the start of every academic year, as this will assist in the recovery effort in the event a child goes missing.“If we all assist to create stronger platforms and integration mechanisms to work with the various government agencies, and if something happens to your child, the recovery will be a lot quicker. We are utilising electronic media now and we are utilising billboards,” the Youth Minister said.She informed that for financial year 2013/14 a sum of $6.7 million has been allocated to the Ananda Alert programme.The OCR has recruited an Ananda Alert officer and has shortlisted persons for the position of Ananda Alert administrator following the approval of new posts by the Cabinet.Ms. Hanna noted that three strategies are being proposed to create a more effective public advisory system.“One is safety information to reduce the number of children that go missing; two, instances of missing children that are complete with names, locations, photographs and other pertinent information; and three, the recovery and return of missing children,” she outlined.Meanwhile, Spatial Data Analyst in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Carey-lee Dixon, disclosed that mapping reports show a high concentration of missing children reports from the Waltham Park and Hagley Park Road areas of St. Andrew.“These are mostly areas some would consider low income areas and so utilising geospatial technology, we can provide scientific basis and location,” Miss Dixon said.She also informed that there is a higher number of missing children cases being reported at the Hunt’s Bay police station for both 2012 and 2013.The Ananda Alert is a nationwide system, designed to ensure a speedy and safe recovery of a child in the unfortunate event that he/she is missing or abducted.Under the Ananda Alert System, when a child is reported missing, the name and picture will be publicised on various media, such as television, radio, billboards and multimedia equipment in stores, supermarkets, pharmacies and other locations. Three strategies are being proposed to create a more effective public advisory system Story Highlightslast_img read more

Unifor calls on Compass to halt layoffs at Goderich mine ahead of

first_imgGODERICH, Ont. – Unifor is calling on Compass Minerals to pause job cuts at its salt mine in Goderich, Ont. ahead of collective bargaining talks.The union says the company gave lay-off notices to about 48 workers last week, while the Local 16-O union has given notice to bargain for March 5 and has filed for conciliation.Unifor says that laying off 10 per cent of the mine’s workforce two weeks before bargaining is a very aggressive move and that the company is “acting like an employer itching for major job action.”The union says it also has serious concerns over how Compass has acted, accusing the company of encouraging workers to take severance packages that would cancel their right to be recalled if production at the mine increases.The Kansas-based company did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Unifor’s accusations, but said previously that the cuts are part of a years-long restructuring that includes a shift to a mining method that is safer and requires fewer employees.Compass, which bought the Goderich mine in 1990, says the operation located 550 metres under Lake Huron is the largest underground salt mine in the world with the product being mostly used for winter road maintenance.last_img read more

Meeting with PM wont stop BCs opposition to pipeline Horgan

first_imgHe said Notley and the prime minister should at least consider building more oil refineries in Canada.Horgan, who has often suggested building more refineries, said he will raise the issue in Sunday’s meeting.“If they have disposable billions, I would suggest a better course of action would be investing in refining capacity so that we Canadians can benefit from the jobs and we Canadians can benefit from this natural resource rather than sending it in raw form to another jurisdiction,” he said.By Dirk MeissnerTHE CANADIAN PRESS Trudeau summoned Horgan and Notley for the meeting over the escalating dispute. The prime minister is attending the Summit of the Americas in Peru, but will return to Canada for the meeting before heading to Europe on a trade mission.Kinder Morgan, the pipeline’s operator, turned up the heat last week announcing it is stopping essential spending on the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion because of opposition and delays in B.C. The company established a May 31 deadline for action.“I’m happy to hear what the prime minister and perhaps Rachel Notley has to say,” Horgan said. “I don’t feel there’s any need for sabre-rattling or provocation, nor for threats.”Notley said her New Democrat government is preparing to introduce legislation that could reduce the flow of oil to B.C., which is likely to cause gas prices to spike in the Vancouver area, where motorists are already paying more than $1.50 per litre.On Thursday in Edmonton, Notley didn’t appear to soften her stand ahead of the meeting.“There is one and only one solution, and that solution is that the pipeline gets built without delay.” Trudeau was in Vancouver and Victoria last week where he was met by protests, but reiterated the federal government approved the pipeline project in November 2016 and will ensure it is built. The federal cabinet held an emergency meeting this week and has since voiced its support for the project.Horgan said B.C. intends to pursue court action that involves seeking a constitutional reference case to determine who has the jurisdiction to permit the pipeline to cross B.C.“We are in court following the rule of law. We’re developing a question with respect to jurisdiction that will be referred to a court in short order and as far as I’m concerned we are issuing (project) permits as requested by the proponent.”Green Party leader Andrew Weaver said the federal and Alberta governments are missing an opportunity to bring Canada’s economy into the 21st century by supporting the expansion project.center_img VICTORIA, B.C. — A defiant British Columbia Premier John Horgan said he won’t back down from his government’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline project when he meets Sunday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.Horgan said Thursday he will go to Ottawa to hear what the prime minister and Alberta premier have to say, but if they expect him to drop B.C.’s court actions or its advocacy for protection from oil spills, they are mistaken.“I will defend to the end the rights of B.C. to stand up and defend our coast,” Horgan said during an outdoor news conference near a legislature flower garden. “This is a serious issue for British Columbians and I’ll do my level best to make sure the premier of Alberta and the prime minister understand that.”last_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals Have Been The Luckiest Team In The NFL

With an 11-3 record, the Arizona Cardinals were the first team in the NFC to clinch a playoff berth and have already tied their franchise record for wins in a season. All this, despite losing their top two quarterbacks, Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, to injury. With a win Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks, the Cardinals would clinch the NFC West and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.But much like the Florida State Seminoles in their run to the College Football Playoff, the Cardinals have eked out wins in a lot of close games. So the question remains, are the Cardinals lucky or good? They’re lucky — Arizona probably isn’t as strong as its record — but also have been one of the most clutch teams in the NFL this season.Let’s begin with the luck. The most unambiguous measure of luck in football is fumble recoveries. They tend to be random acts, and a team with an unusually high fumble recovery rate one year generally regresses to the mean the next. The Cardinals lead the NFL in fumble recovery percentage; they’ve recovered 17 of 27 (63 percent).More generally, Arizona has not controlled games like a team that has won 11 of its first 14 games. The Cardinals have had, on average, a 52 percent chance to win across all of their plays in all of their games this season, which ranks 15th in the NFL. Every other team with at least 10 wins ranks in the top 10 in average win probability.A team with an average win probability around 50 percent would be expected to win about half of its games. Similarly, a team with a scoring margin of +43 — as the Cardinals have through 14 games — would be expected to win about eight games.Pythagorean expectations, which were first popularized by baseball’s Bill James and then translated to the NFL, can be used to estimate how many games a team “should” win based on its points scored and points allowed. By this measure, the Cardinals have 2.7 more wins than would be expected. That is the biggest difference between expected wins and actual wins in the NFL and the largest by a team since the Colts went 11-5 in the 2012 season with a negative scoring margin.A higher-than-expected win total suggests a team is winning close games, which is exactly what Arizona is doing. The Cardinals are 5-0 in games decided by eight points or fewer, the best winning percentage and tied for the most wins in the NFL. Arizona has an NFL-high four wins in which they trailed entering the fourth quarter.Winning close games, however, is not purely luck. The Cardinals have an uncanny ability to perform their best with the game on the line. They lead the NFL in points allowed (43), points margin (+59) and turnover margin (+12) in the fourth quarter. And a metric called win probability added, which looks at a team’s contributions to winning (accounting for late, close-game situations), has them atop the NFL when adding their offensive, defensive and special teams WPA.A mixture of luck and clutch plays have the Cardinals one win away from home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. With a 7-0 record at home, who knows what will happen once the playoffs begin, as the Cardinals look to complete one of the most improbable runs in NFL history. read more

Football Ohio State vs Michigan State – By the Numbers

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 13 Ohio State (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) rolled past Michigan State (7-3, 5-2 Big Ten) Saturday 48-3. The Buckeyes outgained the Spartans 524-195, making the Spartans’ the second-lowest total offensive output Ohio State has allowed this season with Maryland’s 66 yards marking the fewest yards allowed. Here are some important statistics from Ohio State’s win over Michigan State.3 – turnovers forced by Ohio State. Coming into this game, Ohio State hadn’t forced a turnover in its past two games. The last turnover came on an Amir Riep interception in Ohio State’s 56-14 victory against Nebraska. It hadn’t forced multiple turnovers since Oct. 7 against Maryland. Until Saturday. Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke threw two interceptions and fumbled the ball once. Ohio State forced 27 turnovers and intercepted 21 passes over its 13 games played and had just one game without a turnover. So far, Ohio State has only 13 turnovers over nine games and already has two games without a turnover. The inability to force turnovers has been an issue for a team that relied on that turnover ability as a key part of its success last season.2 – Michigan State tackles for loss. Ohio State imposed its will on Michigan State all night, and a big part of that came down to the dominating effort the Buckeyes’ offensive line put in against the Spartans. Michigan State was only able to break out and tackle a Buckeye ball-carrier beyond Ohio State’s line of scrimmage twice all game, and came away with zero sacks on quarterback J.T. Barrett. Ohio State lost only four yards combined on the two tackles for loss.The Spartans were only averaging 5.67 tackles for loss per game, 73rd in the nation, so they did not come into the game expecting to take the Buckeyes down frequently. But Ohio State’s offensive line was opening up holes for Ohio State’s running backs all game and provided Barrett with plenty of time to complete passes when he stood in the pocket. The offensive line for the Buckeyes has been a strong unit all season for the Buckeyes, and matched up against one of the tougher defenses of the season, it stood strong against a potent defensive line. 27 – carries between Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins. For the first time in weeks, Ohio State had trust in its running backs. Weber and Dobbins combined for 27 carries against Michigan State Saturday and totalled 286 rushing yards for an average of 10.6 yards per carry. Weber was the only one of the two who punched a run into the end zone as he carried 47- and 82-yard rushes for scores.Before this game, Weber and Dobbins had combined for just 31 carries over the past two games. Despite finding continued success throughout the season, the dynamic running back pairing has been used sparingly since the season-opener against Indiana when Dobbins had 29 carries. Though head coach Urban Meyer said after the game it was largely the result of trying to control the flow of the game, the decision to run the ball as frequently as Ohio State did led to its most convincing offensive showing all season. If Ohio State continues to trust in Weber and Dobbins moving forward, it could continue to see dominant rush outings like it did Saturday.2 – penalties taken by Ohio State. A recurring problem for the Buckeyes throughout the season has been penalties. The Buckeyes entered the game with the fifth most penalty yards taken per game in the nation, averaging 77.2 penalty yards per game. Against the Spartans, the Buckeyes were a far more disciplined team, committing only two penalties for a combined 27 yards. One was a targeting penalty that ejected redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones from the game. For once, Ohio State did not shoot itself in its own foot with penalties. The Buckeyes remained disciplined throughout the game outside of the aforementioned Jones’ targeting call and a pass interference call on freshman cornerback Jeffrey Okudah on Michigan State’s last drive of the game. The improved discipline out of the team helped keep the Buckeyes in the game and not give up unnecessary yardage.121 – Michigan State yards before the fourth quarter. It felt like Ohio State kept Michigan State from producing a first down all game. The Spartans had two first downs on their first drive of the game, and did not have another until about halfway through the second quarter. Michigan State’s offense produced 75 yards in the second quarter, but just 46 between the third and fourth quarters. By the time the Spartans started to rack up the offensive yardage, it was the fourth quarter, and the backups for Ohio State were all playing.The pressure consistently maintained on Lewerke throughout the game kept the Michigan State quarterback from settling in all night. The Spartans running attack was unable to get past a formidable Ohio State front-seven. Cornerback Denzel Ward made several strong plays in the secondary as did cornerback Damon Arnette, and the linebacking corps — which came with several new faces — did its job filling in for a pair of injuries. Ohio State’s defense has been what has cost Ohio State the most this season, but a strong performance Saturday to limit the Spartans should put them back in the good graces of Ohio State fans. read more