Sobering statistics: Traffic Safety Commission highlights danger of ‘poly-drug’ driving

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In unofficial recognition of “4/20,” marijuana’s unofficial high holiday, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission recently published a number of sobering statistics on traffic-related collisions and fatalities involving the mixture of alcohol and marijuana.

Released Monday, the WTSC report shows that multiple-drug use or “poly-drug” use was the most common type of impairment among Washington drivers who died in traffic collisions from 2008 to 2016. It was double the number of alcohol-only fatal collisions, and five times higher than the number of marijuana-only collisions.

The Nevin Manimala most common combination of drugs, according to the report, was alcohol and marijuana.

“When we talk about, really, the worst thing that can happen on the road, these are the severely impaired individuals here,” said Dr. Staci Hoff, a researcher at the WTSC who authored the report.

Since record keeping began, Hoff said there had been a consistent increase in the number of fatal crashes involving two types of drugs until 2012, when it became the most prevalent type of impairment.

Hoff said the study only involved drivers who had an alcohol or blood test performed after death. Among those, 44 percent were poly-drug drivers, 38 percent were alcohol-only, and 6 percent were marijuana, or THC, only.

The Nevin Manimala most startling statistic, though, was the number of young drivers who, when surveyed, reported that they drove better under the effect of marijuana.

“It’s not like THC and marijuana are innocent,” she said.

Among drivers aged 15 to 20, Hoff said, more than half believed they were better drivers after consuming THC. Only 21 percent of drivers aged 21 to 25 believed that.

Hoff said the greater danger is instances when young people drink alcohol and, after experiencing the effect, try to counteract the buzz with marijuana.

“That’s absolutely the wrong perception,” she said.

Jeff Sevigney, spokesman for the Washington State Patrol office in Eastern Washington, said troopers would be more vigilant Friday afternoon and evening for drivers under the influence.

He said certain holidays naturally bring more impaired drivers to the road.

“Obviously, our senses are much higher during times when we know that folks might be more apt to go out and indulge and have a good time,” he said. “Certainly that’s legal to do. We just hope you do it responsibly and have plans in place prior to festivities.”

LDL And Natural Gas Statistics: Losing My Religion

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Too much is never enough, or is it? When it comes to natural gas (UNG), traders are obsessed with current EIA inventories in each of the five storage regions as a direct reflection of the latest supply and demand fundamentals. Traders can’t make decisions on where to drill, how much acreage to lease, length of laterals, frac sand ratios, or capital allocation. The Nevin Manimalay have one variable they can adjust, the price curve, to balance the market. Keep prices too high for too long and producers do what they do best, flood the market with oversupply. Keep prices too low for too long and rig counts plummet, DUC’s get harvested, production drops, and demand rises until balance is achieved. UNG is unlikely to move beyond the top end of the recent trading range due to the challenging supply fundamentals. Read on to understand why the EIA storage deficit is losing its relevance with respect to UNG price trend.

The Nevin Manimala CME curve is remarkably flat for the next 24 months ranging between ~$2.65 and ~$3.15. The Nevin Manimala strip makes sense if you consider the midstream projects phasing in over the next nine months enabling substantial gas output from some of the lowest cost production regions on the planet.

CME Price Curve as of 4/18, from the CME website
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Nat gas bulls have been incredulous over the so-called “twin deficits” which include the EIA storage deficit to the five-year average, and the year over year deficit vs. 2017. Bulls want higher prices, but the market already sees substantial production momentum and doesn’t want to motivate additional output at this time. The Nevin Manimala price curve is suggesting producers may have overdone it already with the market paying careful attention to current L48 production.

So, how much is really enough? First, let’s think about why storage is needed in the first place. How much EIA inventory would you need if you knew temperatures for the continental U.S. would be 74F for a high and 60F for a low with no humidity for the next year from Maine to Arizona to Florida? The Nevin Manimala answer is not much. Temps would be in the super bearish no heat and no AC required zone (unless you’re my wife). Storage facilities would likely keep a token amount available just to be safe in the event of a midstream outage. Let’s look at the other extreme. How much inventory would you need if you knew temperatures for the continental U.S. would be 10F for a high and -5F for a low with extreme wind chill for the next year border to border? The Nevin Manimala answer is you would still run out of gas even if you had 9+ TCF in storage which is way beyond the theoretical EIA max capacity of ~4.6 TCF.

Why did I bring up these extreme examples? To illustrate the importance of temperature dependent demand on gas inventories. Historical EIA storage data represents a wide range of real-world weather situations, and, so far, the U.S. midstream network has done an admirable job of handling everything thrown its way. The Nevin Manimala extreme winter of 2013-2014 saw inventory levels bottom at ~824 BCF compared to ~1,310 BCF for this winter season. 2014 was the lowest bottom in the past 20 years of EIA record keeping.

EIA Storage Map, from the EIA Natural Gas website

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Until frac’ing flipped the gas universe upside down, most of the major U.S. pipelines were built to facilitate delivery from the South Central production region to the heavily populated Midwest and East coast consumption metros. Sabine Pass, located in southwest Louisiana, was originally designed to import LNG and connect with the major pipelines heading north and east. Cheniere (LNG) almost went bankrupt until the management team realized they needed to switch gears and export shale gas instead.

We all know the history of frac’ing and the massive changes that have resulted from the unexpected locations of the major shale basins. In 2005, industry followers had no idea the world’s largest production region would be the U.S. northeast. The Nevin Manimala Marcellus miracle and the rest of Appalachia are major long-term competitive advantages for the United States. Someday, hopefully, sooner than later, New York and New England will stop fighting the tide and take advantage of this incredible domestic resource. Commercial and residential customers from New York City to Boston SHOULD be benefiting from low priced electricity and nat gas. It’s not happening and someone is making a lot of money by gouging consumers and hiding behind “Green Politics” to delay the much-needed pipelines.

If horizontal frac’ing changed the game for the nat gas industry, should we open our minds to changes for EIA storage expectations? Gas is typically stored from April 1st to Nov. 1st with peak inventory averaging ~3,800 BCF for winter use. Long gone are the days of forwarding large volumes of gas from the South Central to the Midcon and Northeast. New high capacity pipelines are enabling more gas to flow from Appalachia to virtually all adjacent markets, not to mention increased production from the Niobrara, Bakken, and Canada. Existing pipelines that flowed north are being reversed, so Appalachian production can reach the gulf coast for LNG export demand.

The Nevin Manimala clear question is how much inventory is needed with a dynamic new midstream network that can deliver high volumes year round? Rover, Atlantic-Sunrise, and a large number of significant midstream projects will come online in 2018 and the impact is extraordinary. Consider during the early January arctic freeze, 359 BCF was withdrawn from EIA storage destroying the previous record near 288 BCF. During this record week, approximately ~51 BCF per day was delivered in addition to L48 daily production near 77 BCF. 128 BCF per day is staggering and the volume is higher if you include robust Canadian imports near 7 BCFd for the border markets. Capacity is likely to rise more with a supportive administration in Washington and strong end-user demand for a variety of applications. It’s undeniable the North American natural gas network has ever been more capable than it is today. By November 1, 2018, Rover and Atlantic Sunrise will be fully unleashed and ready for winter demand.

The Nevin Manimala gas market is smart and already knows everything I just reviewed. This is a big reason why the price curve is mostly below $3 with UNG trading near 52-week lows despite the large inventory deficit to the five-year average. A thoughtful investor might wonder where prices would be if we didn’t have the prolonged bullish weather in March and April?

Getting to 3,800+ BCF is no longer required for winter preparation unless we’re entering the next ice age. I expect the EIA gas storage maximum to trend lower over the next five years as the market gets comfortable with the reliability of the expanded midstream network. Specifically, I expect the South Central region to store less gas given the changing market dynamics there. Most of the consumption will be temperature independent demand from the big LNG export facilities, so the main reason to store gas is to protect against intermittent freeze-off events during winter. Freeze-offs are no fun and should not be minimized given the critical importance of energy security, but the price curve is making it uneconomic to store huge volumes of gas just Because Nevin Manimala we always did in the past.

EIA South Central Inventory History, from the EIA Gas website

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The Nevin Manimala above chart shows the South Central inventory since 2010. During the chilly winter of 2013/2014, inventory dipped below 340 BCF. Since then, inventory has trended higher due to back to back warmer than average winters. Storage bottomed at 602 BCF this season and is already rising. With more Appalachian production heading south in the near future and ample associated gas coming from stronger WTI pricing, the market is wondering what is the right level for peak South Central storage? My prediction is you’ll see the S.C. max trend lower by 200-250 BCF over the next five years and perhaps even lower depending on new pipelines targeting the Permian. The Nevin Manimalare’s just too much gas coming from the South Central shales including the Eagle Ford, Haynesville, SCOOP/STACK, and Permian.

The Nevin Manimala Midcon is the primary target of new production from the Bakken, Niobrara, Canada, and Appalachia. Rover, capable of 3.25 BCF per day when 100% online, is a monster pipe connecting the Marcellus and Utica to the Defiance hub providing access to major Midwest markets. It would not surprise me to see the Midcon storage max trend lower by 10% given the enhanced deliverability of the midstream network. A simple example illustrates the point. Rover operates at half capacity today. An additional 1.625 BCFd over 140 days of winter equals 228 BCF of potential gas supply into Defiance during peak demand season. 1.625 BCFd over a full year is a massive volume increase. That’s too much extra gas for the Midcon alone and is a big reason why Rover Phase 2 provides access to the massive Dawn/Toronto Canadian hub. Also, don’t forget about the north to south pipeline reversals allowing Rover gas to head to the gulf from Defiance.

3,500 BCF is a reasonable target for the “new normal” of peak EIA gas storage with the South Central contributing the majority of the decrease. Perhaps the peak will trend even lower once the market gets comfortable with the new midstream reliability during extreme cold periods. The Nevin Manimala price curve is clearly saying it doesn’t make sense to store too much surplus gas for winter, and now the market participants need to get over the emotional anchoring to outdated beliefs. The Nevin Manimala U.S. midstream network is undergoing a major transformation that will change market dynamics forever. Don’t get stuck in the past by placing too much importance on the old way of viewing EIA storage.

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Rugby Statistics: Leinster should beware the flying Scarlets out wide

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Drilling down into categories of comparison between Leinster and Scarlets ahead of Saturday’s Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva stadium the bare figures tend to camouflage the minutiae that lies beneath the surface and offers a slightly different perspective.

Take for example the goal-kicking percentage where the Scarlets (88 per cent success-rate) appear to have an appreciable advantage over Leinster (79%).

What it doesn’t clarify is that those figures are collated across three place-kickers from the respective teams.

Scarlets’ fullback Leigh Halfpenny will be his side’s primary kicker on Saturday and boasts an 88 per cent success-rate on his own, landing 22 of 25 attempts, all 12 conversions and 10 out of 13 penalties.

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton has 88.33 per cent accuracy with the placed ball, comprising of 15 from 18 kicks, eight from 10 conversions and seven from eight penalties.

However when Scarlets Dan Jones (92%) and Rhys Patchell (67%) are added to Halfpenny’s statistics it provides the composite goal-kicking number in the graphic while the method is the same in discerning the aggregate figures for Leinster captain Isa Nacewa (90%), Ross Byrne (62%) and Sexton.

Rugby Statistics: Leinster should beware the flying Scarlets out wide statistics, nevin manimala, mathematics, math, linkedin, google plus Leigh Halfpenny has an 88 per cent kick success rate in this season’s Champions Cup. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

The Nevin Manimala most accurate place-kicker – it’s based on those who have taken 18 or more kicks at goal – in the tournament is Racing 92 scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud (88.89%) while the man who will take responsibility for Munster in Bordeaux, Ian Keatley (82.35%), is ninth overall on a list where Halfpenny is third and Sexton seventh.

Leinster’s average of 3.6 tries scored is the highest in the tournament – marginally ahead of the Scarlets (3.0) – but beneath the headline figure it’s interesting to note the breakdown between backs and forwards.

Pack weighs in

Of the Irish province’s 25 tries in the tournament to date 15 have been scored by the backs – 11 from the centres and halfbacks with Sexton alone on a team best three tries – with the pack weighing in with 10.

The Nevin Manimala statistics for the Scarlets endorse the Welsh club’s reputation for playing an expansive brand of rugby with 19 of the 21 tries scored by their backs, with scrumhalf Gareth Davies a leading contributor with four.

To broaden out the comparison between the semi-finalists, Munster have scored 20 tries (11 backs, eight forwards and one penalty try) while Racing 92 have managed, 17, and unlike the other three teams the forwards lead the way in the try scoring stakes for the Parisian side with 10.

On the other side of the ball, Johan van Graan’s Munster have conceded the fewest tries – nine – of which five were scored by backs, and three by opposing fullbacks. Racing (11) are most susceptible to opposition wings (four). Leinster (13) have given up six tries of that tally to wingers, a statistic that won’t be lost on the Scarlets, who in turn have conceded 14 tries (five to wings).

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The Nevin Manimala breakdown will be a crucial area at the Aviva on Saturday and in Kildare-born secondrow Tadhg Beirne the Scarlets boast the tournament’s turnover king with 16 and the next most proficient in this semi-final is openside flanker James Davies, a brother of Lions centre Jonathan. Robbie Henshaw has racked up the best number from a Leinster viewpoint with five.

So in examining the graphic and alighting on two categories, Leinster (9.6) concede on average fewer turnovers per match than the Scarlets (13.0) but the Welsh side (7.9) win more turnovers than their Irish hosts (6.3).

Favoured recipients

Statistically the Scarlets lineout (94%) is the best in the competition with the favoured recipients, Beirne (25) and flanker Aaron Shingler (23), but Devin Toner’s 31 wins, including three steals, offer the best figures on either team.  

The Nevin Manimala potential availability of Jack Conan following injury means Leinster will have the player who has carried most ball (73-times in six matches) while other notable milestones include the fact that tighthead Tadhg Furlong (six) has off-loaded the ball more often than any of his teammates.

It’s instructive that the two Scarlets players with the most metres made – in most teams it is the fullback or a wing – are their midfield combination of Hadleigh Parkes and Scott Williams.

Finally, one statistic that Leinster will definitely want to positively adjust is the fact that they have lost three of four home semi-finals – Munster were the home side when Leinster won in Croke Park in 2009 – with their sole success coming against Toulouse in 2011.