The 10 Games That Shaped The NFL Playoff Picture The Most

Kansas City>9997-2 2. Miami 34, Buffalo 31 (Week 16) 10. New Orleans 31, Tampa Bay 24 (Week 16) Philadelphia56%72%+16 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE The game to watch for Week 16 was one of the best of the year. Buffalo came back from a 21-7 deficit, but the Dolphins hit a 55-yard field goal at the end of the fourth quarter to send the game into OT. Buffalo immediately drove 58 yards to Miami’s 17-yard line before moving backward 10 yards on two running plays and missing a 45-yarder. The Dolphins eventually won it on a chip shot field goal, sending their playoff chances skyrocketing to 92 percent at the expense of Denver and Baltimore. Philadelphia3835-3 Tennessee4542-3 Houston8682-5 Indianapolis2311-12 Houston7987+7 9. Philadelphia 34, Pittsburgh 3 (Week 3) Based on the Cowboys’ terrible performance last season, our NFL predictions projected them to go 7-9 in 2016. And it took a little while for our model to figure out that Dallas was for real. This Week 6 drubbing of Green Bay improved the Cowboys’ record to 5-1 and sent their playoff chances shooting up 22 points to 78 percent; the suddenly struggling Packers saw an equivalent drop. Game had 116.6 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Detroit7380+7 Miami4145+3 Tennessee16%44%+28 1. N.Y. Giants 19, Washington 10 (Week 17) Game had 76.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Houston5855-3 Tennessee11%25%+14 Washington580-58 Miami55%92%+38 Detroit72100+28 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE PLAYOFF CHANCES Indianapolis344-30 Indianapolis3934-5 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE PLAYOFF CHANCES 3. Tennessee 13, Denver 10 (Week 14) Game had 66.3 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Houston44%74%+30 Dallas2623-3 PLAYOFF CHANCES Cincinnati159-7 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Green Bay6269+6 Game had 59.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES Buffalo712+5 Green Bay5434-20 Game had 57.2 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Dallas56%78%+22 Baltimore3841+3 Indianapolis73-4 Houston7957-22 Denver7348-24 Game had 65.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Baltimore2814-14 Tampa Bay29<1-28 4. Houston 22, Indianapolis 17 (Week 14) Let’s take a moment to acknowledge Tennessee’s season. The Titans were one of the NFL’s worst teams in 2015 but rallied to go 9-7 this season, with a 5-2 record against eventual playoff teams. Their peak came in back-to-back wins against Denver (Week 14) and Kansas City (Week 15), giving them a serious shot at an AFC South title. Unfortunately, it was all for naught — the bad version of the Titans came out in Week 16 and lost 38-17 to the Jaguars, allowing the Texans to clinch the division. Tennessee’s victory over Denver did make a big difference for Miami, which eventually took the second AFC wild card spot. Green Bay70%100%+30 Houston5144-7 Pittsburgh9388-5 After Green Bay’s late-season surge to make the playoffs (and the collapse of Washington and Tampa Bay), the Packers’ midseason foibles are all but forgotten. But they really almost blew it, going on a four-game losing streak that started at the end of October during which the Green Bay defense allowed 38 points per game and the team’s chances of making the playoffs dropped (at 4-6) to just 6 percent. This Week 9 loss to the Colts — the second loss in the streak — was one of the most damaging for Green Bay while simultaneously reviving Indianapolis’s hopes. N.Y. Giants4850+2 7. Pittsburgh 28, Indianapolis 7 (Week 12) PLAYOFF CHANCES Detroit4650+4 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE The most important game of the year came in Week 17, even though one of the teams — the New York Giants — had absolutely nothing to play for. Washington’s loss ended its playoff hopes and rendered the highly anticipated Green Bay-Detroit evening matchup mostly moot by guaranteeing playoff spots for both the Packers and Lions. AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Pittsburgh was an early favorite to make the playoffs, with a 62 percent preseason chance of advancing to the postseason that improved to 90 percent after a 4-1 start. But then the Steelers lost four straight, dropping down to 16th in our rankings, which are based on Elo ratings (a measure of team strength based on game results that we use quite a bit around here). They would go on to beat the Browns in Week 11, but this road victory against the Colts was when Pittsburgh really righted the ship. The Steelers closed the season with five more wins, easily making it to the postseason; they enter as the fourth-ranked team by Elo. Minnesota6164+3 Miami1626+11 Baltimore3224-8 The second ultimately meaningless late-season Titans victory that briefly shook the AFC South playoff race. Better luck next year, Tennessee! Washington2831+3 Game had 58.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Pittsburgh55%71%+16 Denver4139-2 5. Tennessee 19, Kansas City 17 (Week 15) Washington1815-3 PLAYOFF CHANCES Green Bay7249-22 After a tedious Week 17, the NFL playoff picture is finally set. Every week since Week 12, we’ve looked at which games could have the biggest impact on postseason chances throughout the league. Now, instead of dealing with hypotheticals, we can look backward to see which results from the entire 2016 regular season actually affected the playoff race the most.This is pretty easy to measure. Our NFL predictions update after every game, so the most important games are simply the ones that caused the largest net change in playoff probabilities. For example, when Buffalo beat Los Angeles in Week 5, the Bills’ playoff chances immediately improved from 50 percent to 64 percent (+14) while the Rams’ dropped from 49 percent to 34 percent (-14, with rounding). That’s a net change of 28 points. If we add to that number the impact the Bill’s victory had on Arizona, Seattle, New England and Oakland and its minor impacts on every other team in the league, we get an overall playoff swing of 57 points for that game.1The playoff swing totals in this article are lower than what we had listed in previous weeks. That’s because the scale has changed a bit, now that we’re measuring based on one actual game outcome instead of two potential game outcomes. An example: Going into their Week 17 matchup against New York, Washington had a 58 percent chance of making the playoffs. It would be eliminated with a loss and would more or less clinch with a win, so the team’s total potential range of outcomes, which we called its swing, was zero to 100 percent, or 100 percentage points. But Washington lost that game, so its actual, non-potential swing was from 58 percent to zero, or 58 percentage points.By this measure, the 10 biggest games of the regular season are below. Note that some of these results didn’t actually “matter” in the end. Going back to the example above: Buffalo didn’t make the postseason. But that game did make a significant impact on the playoff race at the time, so it was still important to the arc of the season. PLAYOFF CHANCES Pittsburgh6870+2 6. Indianapolis 31, Green Bay 26 (Week 9) AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Game had 58.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Baltimore5154+3 PLAYOFF CHANCES AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE N.Y. Giants3429-4 Pittsburgh8067-13 PLAYOFF CHANCES Game had 58.5 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Game had 75.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Washington37%51%+14 Indianapolis11%21%+10 8. Dallas 30, Green Bay 16 (Week 6) The Texans ended the regular season with a 9-7 record, a -49 point differential and just the saddest kind of quarterback controversy (the kind where both quarterbacks are bad). So how did they find themselves in the playoffs, with room to spare? Houston’s secret weapon was a 5-1 record against its AFC South opponents, spoiled only by its final meaningless game against the Titans. Whenever Houston’s lead in its terrible division was challenged, the team rose to the occasion, getting a particularly large boost to its playoffs chances in this narrow victory over the Colts. Denver177-10 Remember Philadelphia? After a 3-0 start, capped by this shellacking of the highly rated Pittsburgh Steelers, the Eagles saw their playoff chances rise to over 70 percent. After a bye in Week 4, it was all downhill. Philadelphia went 2-9 over their next 11 games and were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15. Going into Week 15, the 8-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a 54 percent chance of making the playoffs but blew it with back-to-back narrow losses to the Cowboys and Saints. Although this game didn’t technically eliminate Tampa Bay from playoff contention — the team had a very outside chance of making the playoffs in Week 17, if seven games broke their way — it more or less ended the Bucs’ playoff hopes.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

EX PREMIER SPEAKS ON CAYMAN LEADER TRIAL – Michael Eugene Misick Former

first_img Recommended for you UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica Related Items:CARICOM, cayman islands, mckeeva bush, michael misick CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high note Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Oct 2014I would like to congratulate the former Premier of the Cayman Islands, Hon. McKeeva Bush, on clearing his name in spite of what seems to be a British Government conspiracy to tarnish it and have him ousted from politics in the Cayman Islands.His acquittal shows that a justice system made up of a jury of peers work. It is my belief that what is happening to me and my colleagues is similar to what has happened to the Hon. Bush.We are experiencing a modern day coup d’état. The British Government and successive Governors have done everything in their power to tarnish our names including changing the law and the constitution in an attempt to prevent us from getting a fair trial- a jury trial. I believe that if it is right to have a jury trial in the Cayman Islands it must also be right to allow a jury of our peers to judge our guilt or innocence here in Turks and Caicos Islands.I believe the justice system here is controlled and manipulated by Helen Garlic, SIPT and others for a specific outcome of their creation. They seem to get whatever they want; both civil and criminal. The verdict of Mr. Bush illustrates that the justice system can work in a British overseas territory if it is not tampered with by external whims and fancies, namely the British government and their appointed British Governors.It is no coincidence that democratically elected leaders of British overseas territories have been faced with unfounded corruption charges and the People of the Cayman Islands, once given a chance through the jury system have exposed this British Government Conspiracy.Here in the Turks and Caicos Islands we are desperately in need of an independent judiciary.Today, I call on Caricom and our fellow Caribbean leaders to take a real interest in what is happening in the Turks and Caicos Islands, especially Jamaica and Barbados where our judges come from. Trial by jury is a long standing mechanism geared for dispensing true justice and removal of this system can only be deemed as undemocratic. No matter what, we will continue to fight for our freedom and the liberation of our country.Our People, Political and Social Leaders have to expose this conspiracy in the Turks and Caicos Islands so that true democracy, the rule of law and true justice “not manufactured justice” can prevail.last_img read more

County unemployment rate rose slightly for second consecutive month

first_imgCounty unemployment rate rose slightly for second consecutive month Posted: August 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 3:04 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 3.6% in July, the second consecutive month with an increase, according to data released today by the California EconomicDevelopment Department.The unemployment rate in the San Diego-Carlsbad region rose from a revised 3.3% in June to 3.6% last month. The rate steadily declined for most of the year’s first half but has now increased by nearly a full percentage pointfrom 2.7% in May to last month’s figure.The county’s total nonfarm employment dipped by 7,200 jobs, from 1,517,200 in June to 1,510,000 last month. Farm jobs held steady at 9,000 month- over-month.Several industries showed modest job gains in July, but those gains were wiped away by government entities shedding 14,500 jobs in the county, most of them education jobs during the summer months. The construction, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services and financial industries all added at least 1,000 jobs in July, according to the EDD.Despite the month-over-month job losses, the county’s unemployment rate is the same as last year’s July estimate of 3.6%. In that time, nonfarm industries have added nearly 30,000 jobs while farm jobs have fallen from 9,500 last July to 9,000 last month.Nonfarm jobs are up by 29,700 from 1,480,300 in July 2018 to 1,510,000 last month, with multiple industries showing gains of 3,000 jobs or more. Government jobs increased the most of any industry, adding 9,100 jobs, while professional and business services jobs increased by 8,400.The trade, transportation and utilities industry lost the most jobs year-over-year, shedding 3,000. The financial and information industries also lost 700 and 300 jobs, respectively.Statewide unemployment rose to a seasonally adjusted 4.1% in July, tying a record low.Nationwide, unemployment rose to an even 4% in July, up from 3.8% in June and down from 4.1% in June 2018. center_img KUSI Newsroom August 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP Show Your Library Card At Wilmingtons Heavnly Donuts This Month

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Having a Library Card is Heav’nly! There are so many perks to having a library card we’re adding one more to celebrate National Library Card Sign Up Month. For the month of September, show your library card at Heavn’ly Donuts to get a free donut! Don’t have a card? Come to the library to sign up for one to get your sweet treat and check out all the great books and other things you can borrow!Adult EventsPoetry Circle*RRSaturday, September 15, 9:15 am-11:30 amLove poetry? The poetry circle is a great opportunity to meet other poets and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Ask a Career Counselor *RRMonday, September 17, 10 amGot questions about how to describe gaps on your resume, perhaps you left your last position with less than warm feelings, stuck on how to present yourself? Not making it past the first interviews? Ask a counselor about any aspect of the job search. Come with questions and leave with great ideas. Taught by MassHire staff.Gun Control and the Right to Bear Arms *RRTuesday, September 18, 7 pmFacilitator Keith West, debate coach at Boston Latin, will lead this second amendment discussion.   This is an opportunity to voice your opinion and to listen and learn from others. Background reading (article length) will be available at the main desk.Coffee with a CopWednesday, September 19, 10 amDrop in, grab a tea or coffee, and chat with a police officer. Learn about the rights of the public as well as the roles and responsibilities of Police and Community in a relaxed and open setting. All questions welcome.Current Affairs Discussion Group*RRWednesday, September 19 pmThis group is for all who would like to broaden their knowledge of current national and international affairs. You will have the opportunity to discuss topical events and learn from others. Led by facilitator Dan Hall.Empathic Meditation *RRThursdays, September (13, 20, & 27), 11 amPart of civility is being mindful of other people’s thoughts and opinions as well as being kind to them no matter whether you agree or not. Meditation is a great way to work on that. These four half hour sessions will focus on general practices of compassion and gratitude as well as the Buddhist practices of Metta and Tonglen. Led by Technology Librarian Brad McKenna.  Drop in.Joe Leary, Acoustic Music*RRThursday, September 20, 2:30 pmEnjoy listening to popular country and acoustic classics with singer/guitarist Joe Leary. Joe will channel the likes of John Fogarty, Jim Croce, The Eagles, Elvis and more for an afternoon of musical memories.Novel Ideas Book Group *RRThursday, September 20, 7 pmFeatured Book: Treating People Well: A Guide to Reclaiming Civility in Life and Work by Lea Berman and Jeremy BernardJoin Adult Services Librarian Kim Blakely to discuss this book by two social secretaries who worked at the White House and how they navigated the challenges of a variety of social situations with tact and civility.Kids & Teen EventsR.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club: Hello Universe by Erin Estrada *RRFriday, September 14, 3:45 pmJoin us as we make kaleidoscopes and discuss Hello, Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelley.  The book tells the story of three very different sixth-graders and the bully who ultimately unites them.  It is a suspenseful, quirky and heartwarming story.  Bring a friend to this great discussion!  Snacks provided. Grades 4-5Little Movers *RRMonday, September 17, 10 amLet’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around!Ages 1-2’Teen Tech Buddies OrientationTuesday, September 18, 2:30 pmAre you a tech savvy teen in need of volunteer hours? Become a Tech Buddy! Tech Buddies is a new program that connect teens and members of the Wilmington community in need of help navigating their phones, tablets, cameras, and the Cloud. Grades 9-12Trivia Tuesdays *RR Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 pmShow us your smarts at pub-style trivia! Play against your friends, putting your pop culture knowledge to the test. The winning team walks off with prizes (and bragging rights!). Snacks provided. Grades 6-12Kindergarten Book Club *RRWednesday, September 19, 3:45This book club is for Kindergarteners who miss storytime or those who love to be read to. We will read and discuss a few books together, then do a fun activity.  KindergartenBe Kind, Be Cool, Be You! Stories to Make the World a Better PlaceWednesday, September 19, 6:30 pmRona Leventhal will share stories from her large repertoire of multi-cultural folk tales on the theme of kindness. Ages 4+Middle Ground Book Club Together at Midnight*RRThursday, September 20, 2:30 pm“What does it really mean to be kind…and why does it sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world to do?” We’ll discuss Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle as part of “Revive Civility” Month. Grades 9-12(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Bash On August 15; Coffee With A Cop On August 21In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: How To Talk To The Other Side on Sept. 10; Classical Music Concert on Sept. 12In “Community”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for August 26 Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI Tractor Trailer

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, August 26, 2019:A Westdale Avenue caller reported a tractor trailer unit took out a rock wall and headed towards Lowell Street, with boulders now in roadway. Hydrant on West Street and Westdale Avenue was also ripped out. A not thru street sign was also found on the ground.  Police were unable to locate tractor trailer, but will check security footage from Mobil on the Run. Tractor trailer unit was described as blue cab while trailer with three big letters on the front cab. (4:31am)Police assisted Woburn Police with checking on a residence over a possible stolen lawnmower. Lawnmower had been close roadway so parties thought it was out for free. (9:46am)A caller reported flowers and a solar light were taken from a gravesite in the Veterans section of Wildwood Cemetery. (2:16pm)A caller reported a male party in a black t-shirt looking through tires at AAA Tire Company on Main Street, even though the business is closed. Male party claimed he had permission to take used tires, but could not provide contact information of owner. Police had him return all tires and sent him on his way. (5:50pm)Dustin R. Cole (33, Wilmington) was arrested for OUI Liquor, License Not In Possession, Negligent Operation Of Motor Vehicle, and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. Cole fled the scene after striking a vehicle on Main Street. He was pulled over at Marion & Clifton. (6:55pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 12: 2 Juveniles Laying On Train Tracks; Motorcycle Crash; Tractor Trailer vs. PoleIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 17: Issues At Teen Group Home; Wedding Album Found In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Wells Fargo to Lend 100 Billion to Small Businesses by 2018

first_imgWells Fargo has officially launched its newest initiative geared specifically at budding entrepreneurs looking to help their small businesses grow, entitled Wells Fargo Works for Small Business. The initiative was unveiled this past weekend, at the first-ever South Asian Young Women Entrepreneurs (SAY WE) conference that took place at the Conde Nast building in Times Square in New York on 17 May. Wells Fargo was the key sponsor of the SAY WE conference, helping to foster entrepreneurial spirit in the South Asian community.”We know that the Asian small business community is the first one to achieve entrepreneurial parity,” said Nancy Wong, Senior Vice-President of Wells Fargo’s Asian Segment Manager. “We have seen the momentum grow in very specific regions, specifically the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) and California.”Wells Fargo, which has been the largest small business lender for the last 11 years, also announced their goal of lending $100 billion to small business by 2018.Wong said that this is an aggregate goal for all businesses, South Asian and otherwise, but Wells Fargo has resources meant specifically for Asian business owners.”We host several financial seminars and workshops, across the Wells Fargo footprint, that partner specifically with Asian chamber associations and trade associations,” said Wong. “These solidify our commitment to providing resources and guidance to the Asian small business community.”Featuring a congregation of some of the best and brightest minds in the tri-state area’s South Asian entrepreneurial scene, the SAY WE conference is intended to be the first leg of a three-part series of conferences that will continue in Houston and San Francisco later this year.The series is entitled “Raise, Rise, Rule!” and strives to help budding South Asian entrepreneurs, particularly women, by giving them the advice and resources that will help to establish and grow their small businesses.Saturday’s event was organized by SAY WE founder Reema Rasool, who described the experience of being at the organization’s inaugural conference as “surreal.”Rasool explained that she founded SAY WE as a way of providing young South Asian women with the advice and resources they needed, but often never have access to, in order to launch their entrepreneurial ventures.An entrepreneur herself, Rasool said that she wished these resources were available to her when she was getting started, and now wants to make sure that she can help those who are now starting to come up after her.Two panel discussions were held, one in the morning and one during the afternoon session. The first featured South Asian American entrepreneurs Pialy Aditya (co-founder of fashion site Mintbox), Sindhya V. Kalghatgi (founder of men’s grooming label Helix), Abbas Hashmi (founder of Green Card Capital), and Wong, and centered on what one has to do to take their business idea from an intangible wish to a profitable operation.The second panel discussion featured local New York City news anchor Joya Dass, Bibi Magazine founder Ayesha Hakki, the Cake Designer founder Parul Patel, and social media guru Adam Khan. They talked about the advantages and disadvantages of using social media to promote small businesses, and how to avoid the common pitfalls associated with the still-young but incredibly powerful online marketing tool.Keynote addresses were given by Aroon Shivdasani and Faisal Hoque.Shivdasani is the founder of the Indo-American Arts Council, key organizer of the annual New York Indian Film Festival, while Hoque is a writer and entrepreneur who also gave out and signed copies of his latest book, “Everything Connects.”Hoque spoke at length about his personal story, coming to the US from Bangladesh at the age of 17 and, eventually, dropping out of college in Minneapolis to start his career with Pitney Bowes in Connecticut. Today, he is the founder of Shadoka Ventures, and a number of other companies.Shadoka’s portfolio of companies – which specialize in R&D driven products, services, and thought leadership – accelerates individual and organizational sustainable growth.Hoque warned prospective business owners that people should keep in mind the lows as much as the highs, citing his own ups and downs, and the successes and failures he experienced during his career.”There is absolutely no substitute for passion and authenticity,” Hoque said in summation of his remarks, telling future and current small business owners that being true to themselves and passionate about their ideas are ultimately what will lead them to success in the long run.Wells Fargo’s sponsorship of SAY WE allowed for the conference to be free for attendees. Wells Fargo will continue to be a partner of SAY WE, as a sign of its increasing commitment to helping the Asian and South Asian American communities across the US.The SAY WE conference series will continue in Houston on 14 June, and will conclude in San Francisco on 9 August.(Global India Newswire)last_img read more

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Abandons Quest for Third term

first_imgBy The Associated PressRahm Emanuel, whose tumultuous tenure as Chicago mayor included an infamous police shooting and a surge in violent crime, said in a surprise announcement Tuesday that he would abandon his plan to seek a third term next year but gave no reason for the sudden change of heart.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not seek a third term in office. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune via AP)Emanuel also led the effort to conduct the largest mass closing of neighborhood schools in American history and is credited with helping to stabilize the city’s finances through politically unpopular increases in taxes and fees.The 58-year-old former White House chief of staff known for his pugnacious political style said only that he and his wife “look forward to writing that next chapter in our journey together.”“This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime,” the mayor said, reading prepared remarks at a news conference where he was joined at the podium by his wife. He held her hand throughout the announcement.Before becoming mayor in 2011, Emanuel was a Democratic congressman and chief of staff to President Barack Obama. In winning the city’s top office, he succeeded Richard M. Daley, who was mayor for more than 20 years, and won a second term in 2015.Emanuel had been running and raising money for months in preparation for the February election. The Chicago Tribune said he had already amassed more than $10 million to campaign for another four-year term.His announcement came the day before the start of jury selection for one of the biggest police-shooting trials in Chicago history, a case that seemed sure to renew questions about the city’s long effort to prevent the release of video showing White officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014.Many people asked whether Emanuel’s office delayed releasing the video to lessen the political damage.“Imagine this trial is starting and what happened is going to get rehashed over and over and over again while you are in campaign mode,’ said Delmarie Cobb, a media and political consultant and a vocal critic of the mayor.David Axelrod, a friend of Emanuel’s who worked with him in President Barack Obama’s White House, disagreed. He said Emanuel told him of his decision not to run over the weekend.“I think he was aware of the timing of the trial, and he was also aware of what he did and didn’t do. And I think he was comfortable about that,” Axelrod said. “His concerns … were about his own level of energy and freshness.”A verdict in the officer’s favor or a hung jury could prompt another crisis in the city, angering many Chicagoans, inviting large protests and creating a volatile political atmosphere.No matter how the trial ends, Emanuel’s legacy as mayor will likely be tied to the case. The release of the video led to a Department of Justice investigation of Chicago police, culminating in a damning report last year that found widespread civil rights violations.After the report, he vowed to carry out sweeping police reforms, which has already included fitting all patrol officers with body cameras and non-lethal stun guns.Chicago’s violent crime drew national attention throughout Emanuel’s second term, with the number of shootings and homicides climbing to levels not seen in nearly two decades and exceeding the bloodshed of any other U.S. city. The number of slayings in each of the last two years was more than twice the total of Los Angeles and New York combined.The mayor clashed several times with President Donald Trump over the gun violence. Soon after becoming president, Trump tweeted that, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on … I will send in the Feds!” Emanuel said he welcomed federal help but cautioned against the strictly “tough and rough” approach Trump seemed to advocate.There are now no front-runners in the mayoral race, and Emanuel’s departure will almost certainly encourage others to enter it. The twelve candidates declared to date include a former Chicago police superintendent, Garry McCarthy; a former Chicago public schools CEO, Paul Vallas; and Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown. They were all considered longshots.Emanuel has been a profile writer’s dream, from his time as a ballet dancer, to the loss of part of a finger while operating a meat-slicing machine at a deli where he once worked. Obama enjoyed linking the incident with Emanuel’s fondness for profanity by joking that the loss of his middle finger “rendered him mute for a while.” Emanuel once sent a pollster a dead fish, which helped earn him the nickname “Rahmbo.”His battle with the teachers union led to a strike in 2012 — the first in a quarter century. To shore up the city’s bleak financial situation, he was willing to do something no American mayor had ever done before: close 50 schools at once.The mayor several times referred to his family Tuesday, noting that his three kids are now in college. But he stopped short of saying family considerations drove his decision.“Politicians always say they’re leaving office to spend more time with their family,” he said. “My kids were smart enough to see that coming and scattered to the two coasts. So as of the other day, we are now empty nesters.”Emanuel grew up in the ritzy Chicago suburb of Wilmette, the son of an Israeli physician who moved to the United States. His start in politics came after college, when he worked for Sen. Paul Simon’s 1984 Senate campaign and Daley’s run for mayor in 1989.Then he went to work for a little-known Arkansas governor who wanted to be president.His fundraising skills helped keep Bill Clinton’s campaign afloat during some rocky times, particularly the scandal over whether he had slept with Gennifer Flowers.Clinton made him his political director in the new administration, but internal tensions led to his comeuppance a year later, when he was demoted to a policy adviser.Midway through Clinton’s second term, Emanuel left for Chicago to work in investment banking. The firm he joined was soon sold, and Emanuel made millions, giving him the financial security to get back into politics.last_img read more

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first_imgFebruary 12, 2009 Register Now » Next time you need to Google something, why not try one of these upstart search engines instead?123peopleLaunched: October 2008What it is: A meta search engine that finds all publicly available information about peopleWhy you should care: Searches are real time, so information is always up-to-date and results are fresh with every search.CuilLaunched: July 2008What it is: A multifaceted search engine that analyzes text within a page containing your keywordWhy you should care: Its intuitive interface provides search tips, expanded categories and definitions for the most in-depth search possible.EcoSmartSearch.comLaunched: March 2008What it is: A Google-powered search engine that uses a black search screen, cutting down energy usage on CRT monitorsWhy you should care: If Google is your search engine of choice, then why not use it in an energy-saving format?LeapFishLaunched: November 2008What it is: A search engine that uses proprietary hyper-threading to deliver more results in a single searchWhy you should care: Its click-free search functionality makes it faster, too. The screen refreshes with results as words are typed in.RushmoreDriveLaunched: April 2008What it is: A comprehensive search engine that delivers mainstream search results as well as those specific to the black communityWhy you should care: Regardless of your ethnicity or business industry, the site gives you access to a targeted audience.SpockLaunched: August 2007What it is: A people search engine that indexes people-related documents across the webWhy you should care: Get detailed information on anyone involved with your business (employees, customers, clients and so on). Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read This story appears in the March 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »last_img read more