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Golf statistics leaders: Aug. 14, 2018

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TOUR STATISTICS

Through Aug. 12

FedExCup Season Points

1, Dustin Johnson, 2,717.060. 2, Justin Thomas, 2,634.393. 3, Brooks Koepka, 2,012.053. 4, Justin Rose, 1,991.251. 5, Bubba Watson, 1,878.510. 6, Jason Day, 1,770.948. 7, Francesco Molinari, 1,681.795. 8, Bryson DeChambeau, 1,616.944. 9, Patrick Reed, 1,555.327. 10, Phil Mickelson, 1,546.404.

Scoring Average

1, Dustin Johnson, 68.597. 2, Justin Rose, 69.020. 3, Justin Thomas, 69.116. 4, Tommy Fleetwood, 69.351. 5, Brooks Koepka, 69.359. 6, Webb Simpson, 69.368. 7, Jason Day, 69.400. 8, Tiger Woods, 69.438. 9, Rory McIlroy, 69.446. 10, Henrik Stenson, 69.502.

Driving Distance

1, Rory McIlroy, 320.5. 2, Trey Mullinax, 319.7. 3, Tony Finau, 316.9. 4, Luke List, 316.3. 5 (tie), Dustin Johnson and Tom Lovelady, 315.4. 7, Bubba Watson, 314.6. 8, Gary Woodland, 314.3. 9, Justin Thomas, 314.0. 10, Brooks Koepka, 313.1.

Driving Accuracy Percentage

1, Ken Duke, 77.76%. 2, Henrik Stenson, 74.38%. 3, Ryan Armour, 72.94%. 4, Ryan Moore, 71.70%. 5, Kyle Stanley, 71.15%. 6, Brian Stuard, 70.94%. 7, Chez Reavie, 70.82%. 8, K.J. Choi, 70.81%. 9, Russell Henley, 69.87%. 10, Emiliano Grillo, 69.74%.

Greens in Regulation Percentage

1, Henrik Stenson, 72.92%. 2, Joaquin Niemann, 72.36%. 3, Kevin Streelman, 72.09%. 4, Sam Ryder, 72.07%. 5, Gary Woodland, 71.21%. 6, Jon Rahm, 71.11%. 7, Kyle Stanley, 70.87%. 8, Adam Scott, 70.75%. 9, Andrew Putnam, 70.56%. 10, J.J. Henry, 70.55%.

Total Driving

1, Keegan Bradley, 68. 2, Joaquin Niemann, 70. 3, Tommy Fleetwood, 82. 4, Bronson Burgoon, 83. 5, Gary Woodland, 89. 6, Kyle Stanley, 100. 7, Justin Rose, 101. 8, J.J. Spaun, 103. 9, Hudson Swafford, 104. 10, Sam Ryder, 112.

SG: Putting

1, Jason Day, .976. 2, Phil Mickelson, .853. 3, Greg Chalmers, .790. 4, Daniel Summerhays, .710. 5, Alex Noren, .687. 6, Justin Rose, .678. 7, Beau Hossler, .660. 8, Emiliano Grillo, .655. 9, Kevin Kisner, .633. 10, Peter Malnati, .623.

Birdie Average

1, Dustin Johnson, 4.67. 2, Joaquin Niemann, 4.53. 3, Jon Rahm, 4.48. 4, Justin Rose, 4.46. 5, Brooks Koepka, 4.37. 6, Phil Mickelson, 4.34. 7, Justin Thomas, 4.32. 8, Jason Day, 4.22. 9, Tommy Fleetwood, 4.18. 10, Chesson Hadley, 4.08.

Eagles (Holes per)

1, Dustin Johnson, 74.6. 2, Justin Thomas, 84.9. 3 (tie), Hideki Matsuyama and Conrad Shindler, 85.1. 5, Rafa Cabrera Bello, 88.4. 6, Keegan Bradley, 92.4. 7, Tony Finau, 98.4. 8, Webb Simpson, 99.7. 9, Stewart Cink, 104.1. 10, Matt Every, 109.5.

Sand Save Percentage

1, Ben Crane, 65.31%. 2, Jason Day, 65.09%. 3, Kevin Na, 62.90%. 4, Louis Oosthuizen, 62.82%. 5, Whee Kim, 62.59%. 6, Webb Simpson, 62.50%. 7, Justin Rose, 61.96%. 8, Zac Blair, 61.90%. 9, Padraig Harrington, 61.84%. 10, Seamus Power, 60.66%.

All-Around Ranking

1, Dustin Johnson, 229. 2, Justin Thomas, 237. 3, Tommy Fleetwood, 281. 4, Rickie Fowler, 292. 5, Justin Rose, 304. 6, Joaquin Niemann, 343. 7, Patrick Cantlay, 369. 8, Jon Rahm, 394. 9, Jordan Spieth, 400. 10, Jason Day, 424.

Champions

Through Aug. 5

Charles Schwab Cup Money List

1, Jerry Kelly, (15), $1,542,509. 2, Miguel Angel Jimenez, (14), $1,485,013. 3, David Toms, (15), $1,412,767. 4, Bernhard Langer, (15), $1,328,029. 5, Scott McCarron, (16), $1,201,770. 6, Paul Broadhurst, (15), $1,100,736. 7, Vijay Singh, (12), $1,077,200. 8, Tim Petrovic, (14), $997,713. 9, Steve Stricker, (6), $926,235. 10, Joe Durant, (16), $875,598.

Scoring Average (Actual)

1, Jerry Kelly, 68.98. 2, Miguel Angel Jimenez, 69.20. 3, Bernhard Langer, 69.49. 4, Scott McCarron, 69.53. 5, David Toms, 69.54. 6, Kevin Sutherland, 69.65. 7, Vijay Singh, 69.76. 8, Tim Petrovic, 69.80. 9, Kenny Perry, 69.81. 10, Joe Durant, 69.86.

Driving Distance

1, Kenny Perry, 301.1. 2, Brandt Jobe, 297.1. 3, John Daly, 296.1. 4, Scott Parel, 295.9. 5, Wes Short, Jr., 294.1. 6, Ken Tanigawa, 294.0. 7, Scott McCarron, 293.6. 8, Kevin Sutherland, 291.9. 9, Vijay Singh, 290.7. 10, Woody Austin, 289.6.

Driving Accuracy Percentage

1, Bart Bryant, 81.36%. 2, Scott Dunlap, 78.70%. 3, Jerry Kelly, 78.47%. 4, Gene Sauers, 78.19%. 5, Olin Browne, 78.14%. 6, Tom Lehman, 78.11%. 7, Paul Goydos, 77.95%. 8, Kirk Triplett, 77.55%. 9, Bernhard Langer, 77.43%. 10, Joe Durant, 76.94%.

Greens in Regulation Percentage

1, Kevin Sutherland, 79.00%. 2, Tom Lehman, 78.35%. 3, Kenny Perry, 78.02%. 4, Vijay Singh, 77.78%. 5, Bart Bryant, 76.26%. 6, Gene Sauers, 76.10%. 7, Jeff Sluman, 76.06%. 8, Bernhard Langer, 75.88%. 9, Jerry Kelly, 75.23%. 10, Joe Durant, 74.87%.

Total Driving

1, Kenny Perry, 24. 2, Bernhard Langer, 28. 3, Jerry Kelly, 33. 4, Joe Durant, 36. 5, Scott McCarron, 37. 6 (tie), Tom Lehman and Scott Dunlap, 40. 8, Kirk Triplett, 41. 9, Doug Garwood, 43. 10, 2 tied with Bart Bryant, 44.

Putting Average

1, Jerry Kelly, 1.725. 2, Todd Hamilton, 1.726. 3, Glen Day, 1.727. 4, Joe Durant, 1.728. 5, Wes Short, Jr., 1.729. 6 (tie), David Toms, Brandt Jobe and Miguel Angel Jimenez, 1.739. 9, Tim Petrovic, 1.740. 10, Scott Parel, 1.746.

Birdie Average

1, Bernhard Langer, 4.13. 2, John Daly, 4.10. 3, Wes Short, Jr., 4.09. 4, Brandt Jobe, 4.07. 5, Scott McCarron, 4.06. 6, Miguel Angel Jimenez, 4.05. 7, Jerry Kelly, 4.04. 8 (tie), Bart Bryant and Scott Parel, 4.00. 10, Tom Pernice Jr., 3.98.

Eagles (Holes per)

1, Kenny Perry, 81.0. 2, Lee Janzen, 105.4. 3 (tie), Vijay Singh and Ken Tanigawa, 122.4. 5, Rocco Mediate, 123.0. 6, Wes Short, Jr., 129.0. 7, John Daly, 130.5. 8, Carlos Franco, 132.0. 9, Tommy Armour III, 133.2. 10, Bernhard Langer, 135.0.

Sand Save Percentage

1, David Toms, 66.67%. 2, Tim Petrovic, 61.90%. 3, Lee Janzen, 61.70%. 4, Paul Broadhurst, 61.40%. 5, Tom Pernice Jr., 58.62%. 6, Jesper Parnevik, 57.69%. 7, Mike Goodes, 56.76%. 8, Scott Verplank, 56.10%. 9 (tie), Marco Dawson and Kent Jones, 55.56%.

All-Around Ranking

1, Jerry Kelly, 100. 2, Joe Durant, 101. 3, Bernhard Langer, 106. 4, Scott McCarron, 111. 5, Miguel Angel Jimenez, 122. 6, Kenny Perry, 143. 7, Wes Short, Jr., 147. 8, Brandt Jobe, 151. 9, David Toms, 159. 10, Lee Janzen, 176.

LPGA

Scoring

1, Ariya Jutanugarn, 69.44. 2, Jin Young Ko, 69.694. 3, Minjee Lee, 69.727. 4, Jessica Korda, 69.783. 5, Brooke M. Henderson, 69.984. 6, In Gee Chun, 70.0. 7, Amy Yang, 70.022. 8, Lexi Thompson, 70.041. 9, Moriya Jutanugarn, 70.068. 10, So Yeon Ryu, 70.131.

Driving Distance

1, Yani Tseng, 275.8 2, Maude-Aimee Leblanc, 275.1 3, Lexi Thompson, 274.0 4, Emily Tubert, 273.1 5, Angel Yin, 272.2 6, Sung Hyun Park, 271.6 7, Madelene Sagstrom, 270.2 8, Brooke M. Henderson, 270.0 9, Brittany Lincicome, 269.6 10, Jessica Korda, 269.6.

Greens in Regulation

1, Jin Young Ko, .778. 2, Lexi Thompson, .753. 3, Brooke M. Henderson, .749. 4, Shanshan Feng, .743. 5, Chella Choi, .743. 6, Charley Hull, .741. 7, Austin Ernst, .741. 8, Anna Nordqvist, .740. 9, Minjee Lee, .739. 10, Amy Olson, .738.

Putts per GIR

1, Ariya Jutanugarn, 1.72. 2, Inbee Park, 1.75. 3, Moriya Jutanugarn, 1.75. 4, Jessica Korda, 1.75. 5, Sei Young Kim, 1.76. 6, In Gee Chun, 1.76. 7, Sakura Yokomine, 1.76. 8, So Yeon Ryu, 1.76. 9, Nasa Hataoka, 1.76. 10, Bronte Law, 1.76.

Birdies

1, Ariya Jutanugarn, 327. 2, Moriya Jutanugarn, 283. 3, Sei Young Kim, 280. 4, Charley Hull, 276. 5, Minjee Lee, 264. 6, Brooke M. Henderson, 260. 7, Carlota Ciganda, 257. 8, So Yeon Ryu, 247. 9, Jin Young Ko, 243. 10, Austin Ernst, 229.

Eagles

1, Lexi Thompson, 12. 2, Ariya Jutanugarn, 11. 3 (tie), Moriya Jutanugarn and Emily Pedersen, 10. 5, Jessica Korda, 9. 6, Peiyun Chien, 8. 7 (tie), 7 tied with 7.

Sand Save Percentage

1, Karrie Webb, .636. 2, Shanshan Feng, .627. 3, Georgia Hall, .621. 4, Minjee Lee, .606. 5, Jacqui Concolino, .600. 6, Nasa Hataoka, .597. 7, Amy Yang, .596. 8, Lydia Ko, .587. 9, Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras, .585. 10 (tie), Wei-Ling Hsu, and Simin Feng, .583.

Rounds Under Par

1, Inbee Park, .744. 2, Carlota Ciganda, .742. 3, Charley Hull, .734. 4, Minjee Lee, .727. 5, Shanshan Feng, .725. 6, Jessica Korda, .717. 7, Ariya Jutanugarn, .707. 8, Lexi Thompson, .694. 9, Jin Young Ko, .694. 10, Lydia Ko, .688.

Final statistics from Kentucky’s 4-game Bahamas domination

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Ever since John Calipari arrived in Lexington, summer basketball has been a fun chance to see promising Kentucky teams begin their journey to greatness.

The Canada trip in 2010 helped pave the way for Kentucky’s first trip to the Final Four since the 1997-98 season.

The 2014 Bahamas trip was the beginning of a memorable 38-1 season that also ended in the Final Four.

The 2018 Bahamas trip previewed what’s already shaping up to be another special season in Lexington.

In five days, the Wildcats crushed four teams with seasoned veterans and even high-level pros, though you would have never guessed it with how little Kentucky made them look.

The four wins came by an average margin of 29 points, highlighted by a 33-point win over Team Toronto on Sunday.

With the 2018 Bahamas trip wrapped up, here’s a look at the final player and team statistics:

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Some initial takeaways:

  • PJ Washington shot 60.6 percent from the charity stripe as a freshman, and he upped that average to 63 percent in the Bahamas. It’s a nice improvement since last season ended, and he’ll hopefully get that in the 65-68-percent range by the time Kentucky is playing Duke in Indy.
  • Immanuel Quickley having 18 assists vs just two turnovers in absurd. He made a very strong case to be Kentucky’s primary ball distributor this season.
  • Reid Travis will not shoot 34.1 percent from the field when the real season begins. He’s still getting comfortable with his new team and Kentucky’s system. Once he finds his rhythm, expect him to get that to around 45-50 percent in the regular season.
  • Nick Richards had just six blocks in the Bahamas, but he only averaged 18.3 minutes per game. If he’s getting closer to 25 minutes per game like he deserves, he should be one of the top shot-blockers in the SEC next season, but it’s going to be hard for him to get more minutes if EJ Montgomery and the other bigs are healthy.
  • Five of Kentucky’s main rotation guys — PJ, Travis, Quickley. Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson — shot 40-percent or better from deep (Kentucky shot 38.2 percent as a team). This is going to be night and day different from last season when it comes to the long ball.

What was your biggest takeaway?

Reno Police reports final statistics for Hot August Nights 2018

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Reno Police reports final statistics for Hot August Nights 2018

Thousands of people from all over the world gathered in northern Nevada to enjoy classic cars and rock-n-roll for Hot August Nights.

The Reno Police Department increased staffing during the event to ensure the safety and security of the community and event participants. Overall the event was a continued success.

Reno Police reports the following statistics for the event. While these arrests took place in Hot August Nights event venues, they may not have involved event participants.

Misdemeanor Citations – 23

Misdemeanor traffic Citations – 38

Total Arrests: 28

Felony: 7

Possession of a controlled substance – 3

Burglary – 1

Possession controlled substance, sales – 2

Probation violation – 1

Misdemeanor: 21

Marijuana use in public –

Trespass – 5

Open container – 3

Obstructing and resisting – 3

Littering – 1

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 1

Warrant – 6

DUI – 2

The Street Enforcement Team (SET) conducted several proactive street level operations during the week of Hot August Nights. During these operations five arrests were made and five citations were issues for prostitution related charges. These numbers are not included in the total Hot August Nights arrest and citation numbers.

Lt. Robert Larson said despite the hot temperatures and smoke, this year continued the string of successful events by employing a tourism-based policing philosophy and by partnering with Hot August Nights and the community.

Bears for Crypto, Bulls for ICOs: 2018 Market Positive Statistics

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Disclaimer: This article does not contain investment advice or recommendations. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

The market data is provided by ICObazaar.

With the first half of 2018 now past, it is poignant to look back at the last seven months of data on the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) market — an important facet of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Some predicted that the explosion of ICOs last year — with many failures and even more scams — would lead to a collapse in this area, but the statistics tell a different story.

The ICO phenomenon has followed an interesting path since its real boom, starting around May 2017. There has been growth, there has been regulation — as well as changing of sentiment.

2018 has been significantly bigger for ICOs than 2017, with the most successful month coming in March. The data over the last seven months indicates that ICOs continue raising huge sums of money, despite many thinking of them as scams. Additionally, the number of projects launching month by month are pretty steady, even showing growth.

Moreover, the stats suggest that the ICOs in 2018 are aiming for big numbers, with the most popular goals being set between $1 million to $10 million, as well as a significant portion at over $50 million.

Understanding the ICO ecosystem’s progression

Statistics show a definite spike in ICOs from April 2017, when $218 million was raised in that month alone. The rest of 2017 — until November, that is — ebbed and flowed, as 584 ICOs were raising $2.52 billion.

The ICO ecosystem — along with the underlying blockchain technology and digital currency tokens — makes up an important facet of the entire cryptocurrency ecosystem. ICOs are walking their own path in relation to regulation and public sentiment. But they are also affected by positives and negatives in the cryptocurrency markets.

Thus, when the SEC ruled that a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) was a security, and when China decided to ban ICOs on Sept. 4, 2017 — many other state regulators started to take note of the financial risks associated with this form of capital raising.

When in December the fever pitch was reached by the end of the year — with suggestions that the G20 discuss cryptocurrency regulation — alongside Bitcoin’s race to $20,000, ICO capital raised hit a new record.

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Against the odds, 2018 has been bigger

But January quickly broke December’s $1 billion record, with 254 projects raising $1.83 billion. 2018, thus far, has been a significantly bigger year in terms of the amount of money raised by ICOs. Additionally, the data shows an increase in the number of ICOs that raised this capital in comparison to 2017.

In 2017, 1,069 ICO projects were launched for the entire year. However, in just the first half of 2018 there have been 2,131 projects raising a whopping $12.8 billion.

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Hitting their goals

In the past two months — as a recent cut out to give context as to what ICO projects are aiming to raise — it is interesting to note the caps that projects have put up.

When an ICO puts up a cap, it is the maximum amount of capital that it aims to gather. Most of the up-and-coming cryptocurrency projects set their caps so high that they are unlikely to be reached.

However, that number gives insight into where the projects are aiming. Across June and July, the two biggest targets — in terms of the percentages of projects — were between $1 and $10 million, but there was another large grouping of ICOs whose target was to make it to $50+ million.

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To give a little understanding of the funds raised by ICOs, there were five projects that managed to raise over $10 million in their ICO that ended in July. The top grossing one pulled in an impressive $30 million.

The focus of ICOs

With ICOs being a funding system for a business which is aiming to use the blockchain in some way or another, there are a number of categories where these ICO projects congregate on. Popular categories for ICO projects over 2018 include platforms and cryptocurrencies, but also business services, trading and investment companies.

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But what has become notable as the year has gone on is that the two biggest categories are getting closer together. For example, in January, platforms accounted for a quarter of all ICO projects, whereas cryptocurrencies were only 15.6 percent. So, while there has been a small growth in cryptocurrency projects, there has been a bigger decline in platforms, as other categories also pick up their stake in the overall situation.

Money is key

While there are a host of different statistics and figures that can tell a story about the ICO ecosystem, the biggest and most important one is the amount of capital being raised, as well as the number of projects coming out monthly.

Looking at that information, the ICO space seems to be on the rise — which may be surprising to many, as regulations and scams should be making them far less attractive to investors. Yet, money coming in is up, and so are products for the first half of 2018.

However, the next few months will be critical to note, as July was the worst month in 2018 in terms of funds raised.

Edmonton Oilers key statistics

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NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Edmonton Oilers.

[Oilers 31 IN 31: Season preview | 3 Questions | Top prospects | Fantasy breakdown]

 
1. Connor’s honors

Center Connor McDavid had 108 points (41 goals, 67 assists) last season after he had 100 (30 goals, 70 assists) in 2016-17, becoming the first player to win the Art Ross Trophy in back-to-back seasons since Jaromir Jagr won four straight with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1997-2001. He also became the first NHL player to score at least 100 points in consecutive seasons since Sidney Crosby of the Penguins did it two in a row (2008-09, 2009-10) and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals did it three straight (2007-10).

Over the past two seasons, McDavid has scored or had an assist on 208 of Edmonton’s 472 goals, an NHL-high 44.1 percent.

McDavid contributes in many other ways too. He ranks third in the NHL with 103 drawn penalties since entering the League in 2015-16, and he led Edmonton forwards with 46 blocked shots last season.

One area he’s not near the top of the NHL is face-offs. His 41.9 face-off winning percentage through his first three seasons was tied for 191st of the 200 players to take at least 500 draws in that span.

Video: EDM@VAN: McDavid fends off defense for tough goal

2. Special-teams slide

The Oilers experienced a big drop on special teams last season, impacting their goal differential by an estimated 27 goals.

They scored 31 power-play goals in 210 opportunities last season, for an NHL-worst 14.8 percentage. If they had matched their 22.9 power-play percentage from 2016-17 (fifth in NHL), they would have scored 48 power-play goals.

Edmonton’s 65.8 penalty-kill percentage at home last season was the lowest since the NHL began tracking the statistic in 1977-78. Its penalty-kill percentage dropped from 80.7 percent in 2016-17 (17th in NHL) to 76.7 percent (25th). That drop resulted in an extra 10 goals-against.

Video: 31 in 31: Edmonton Oilers 2018-19 season preview

3. Lack of production from defensemen

Darnell Nurse led Oilers defensemen with 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) in 82 games. It was the lowest total for a team-leading defenseman in the NHL last season, tied with Ryan McDonagh, who scored 26 points (two goals, 24 assists) in 49 games for the New York Rangers before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 26.

Oilers defensemen combined for 129 points (32 goals, 97 assists) last season (27th in NHL). That total was affected by injuries; Oscar Klefbom, who led Edmonton defensemen with 38 points (12 goals, 26 assists) in 82 games in 2016-17, was hampered by a shoulder injury last season and had 21 points (five goals, 16 points) in 66 games. Andrej Sekera, who scored 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 80 games in 2016-17, had eight assists in 36 games last season, limited by a torn ACL.

Video: EDM@ARI: Nurse roofs one-timer for his second goal

Van Nuys LAPD captain who sued department over claims of under-reported crime statistics is transferred downtown

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The Van Nuys police commander  who sued the Los Angeles Police Department earlier this year after alleging she was passed up for a promotion when she brought forward evidence of some stations under-reporting crime statistics has been reassigned to a new division.

Capt. Lillian Carranza, who has been a commander in the department’s Van Nuys area for the last three years, became the commanding officer of the Commercial Crimes Division on Aug. 5.

The specialized detective unit investigates rings of burglars and auto thieves operating citywide, as well as white-collar crimes such as forgery and fraud. Carranza said she assumed command of the downtown L.A.-based unit on Aug. 8.

On Twitter, Carranaza said she was “immensely proud” of the hard work of all her officers in Van Nuys.

“Being your Commanding Officer has been the honor of my lifetime,” she said.

However, Gregory Smith, an attorney for Carranza, said he was concerned his client was moved to a postion of “less importance” within the department following the lawsuit she filed in January.

Smith said Carranza was not informed about the move before she was told about her reassignment on Aug. 5.

“It’s certainly a position of importance,” Smith said. “But it’s a position of less importance.”

He said the staff for Carranza’s new unit was smaller than the expansive patrol operations in the Van Nuys area, which manages several hundred officers hitting the streets every day in the heart of the San Fernando Valley.

As a result, he said he’ll be amending the lawsuit she filed against the LAPD in January.

Carranza first threatened to file a lawsuit against LAPD in November 2017.

In the claim she filed that month, Carranza said she discovered errors in the way some officers were categorizing violent crimes that were never fixed, deflating the numbers of some serious incidents.

Carranza said she “personally audited the crime reports and statistics” of aggravated assaults in the Central and Pacific divisions in 2016, finding they were 10 percent lower than they should have been. She also claimed to have audited other community police stations in previous years with similar results.

In response, then-Chief Charlie Beck called the claims “outrageous,” and “damn lies.”

“These claims are a slap in the face to the many detectives and command officers who work so hard with a very difficult system to get crime statistics as close to accurate as we possibly can,” Beck said.

But a 2015 audit by an independent watchdog of the department found that a “significant number” of crimes that were categorized as simple assaults from 2008-2014 were actually aggravated assaults and should have been included as part of the violent crime statistics that are submitted to the FBI and disclosed to the public.

The Office of the Inspector General found that if the crimes had been classified correctly during those seven years, the rate of aggravated assaults reported to the FBI and the public would have been an average of 36 percent higher.

Police spokesman Josh Rubenstein said Carranza would have the same access to LAPD’s crime statistics through its CompSTAT system as she did as a patrol commander.

“In no way was this some kind of retaliatory move,” Rubenstein said. “Her level of expertise, the fact that she has detective experience — it was a command that needed that type of direction.”

Carranza was one of many top commanders at LAPD who have switched roles in the last few weeks following the appointment of new chief of police Michel Moore.

Each of the four divisions covering an area of the city now has a new deputy chief — that includes the LAPD’s Valley Division, where Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher took over last month.

A handful of of the captains in command at the seven community police stations in the Valley also have changed. That included Carranza.

Dennis Zine, a veteran LAPD officer who later served as an L.A. city councilman, said any commanders below the level of chief of police have little say in where they’re assigned, and often are.

Shake-ups in the department’s command often occur with the selection of a new chief, he said.

“Moore’s not doing anything any other chief would not be doing,” Zine said. “He has the discretion to make these changes.”

Carranza said in another tweet that she and other commerical crime staff met with Moore early on Aug. 9.

Smith said the lawsuit was pending, and that he’s had no other communication with the city or LAPD since it was filed. Rubenstein declined to comment on the pending litigation.

Statistics blur the tragedy of child abuse and neglect

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“A child’s world is fragile and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement…” – Rachel Carlson

If I told you that a major and well-established risk factor for several top 10 causes of death in the United States and worldwide had received relatively little attention from the media, the National Institutes of Health or other funding agencies, would you be surprised? If it resulted not only in premature death but in a marked increase in risk for abject misery — unhappiness, loneliness, drug and alcohol abuse as well as risk for asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and suicide, would that surprise you further? Well, all of this is true about child abuse and neglect.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., PhD, is the Leonard M. Miller professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

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Remarkably, I initiated this piece long before the world witnessed the painful scenes of immigrant families seeking asylum in the United States on our Southern border and the heart-wrenching photos of those children as they are separated from their mothers. Such images are painful to all of us, but actually pale in comparison to what pediatricians, child-care workers, child psychiatrists and psychologists and Departments of Family Services see on a daily basis in this country and abroad.

In 2016, Child Protective Services in the United States received more than 4.1 million referrals involving 7.4 million children. Of these, 2.3 million referrals were deemed worthy of investigation. Remarkably, two-thirds of the referrals were from professionals and one-third from the general public. After investigation, 676,000 children were verified as victims of abuse and neglect, with children in the first year of life most commonly victimized. Approximately three-quarters of the victims suffered neglect, the remainder abuse with 1,700 fatalities.

These startling numbers, however, blur the human tragedy. As Joseph Stalin reportedly stated years ago, “a single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” These defenseless victims include those who have been coerced into human trafficking, those who are malnourished, those who are ill and receive no treatment, and those who are victims of violent alcoholic parents, as well as those in abusive foster care environments.

Three decades of research has demonstrated the devastating biological consequences of child abuse and neglect —long lasting hyper-responsive stress reactivity, marked increases in inflammation, and profound brain changes demonstrated by state-of-the-art brain imaging studies. There is now emerging evidence that the specific type of early life stress, e.g., sexual abuse or emotional abuse or neglect, produces a specific pattern of changes in the brain, both structural and in functional activity and responses to stress.

At the heart of this tragedy is what we, of course, know all too well — that children need love, security, safety, parental warmth, and a nurturant environment. Without it, the human capacity to attach — to our friends, spouse/significant other, parents, grandparents and, yes, even our pets is severely compromised. The Beatles said it well — “All you need is love…”

Shouldn’t we address this public health disaster and prevent a lifetime of human suffering. It not only makes sense from a health economics point of view — it will reveal who we are as Americans. An unknown author stated that “childhood is the most beautiful of all life’s seasons.” Let’s work to preserve that for all children.

10 Marketing, Web Design & Branding Statistics To Help You Prioritize Business Growth Initiatives

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In the digital age, business growth tactics are constantly evolving. But when algorithms, platforms and effective initiatives change rapidly, how can you know what to focus on in order to formulate a successful strategy?

It turns out, the answer is in the numbers.

One of the best benefits of a shift towards digital everything is that consumer behavior is easily trackable.

For example, brands can’t specifically analyze exactly how many consumers purchased a product because of a specific billboard advertisement. However, they can track exactly how many people clicked on a retargeting ad, where they came from, how long they stayed on the site, and the content they engaged with.

What’s better, the business world is always analyzing online behavior and determining how those actions can affect business growth down the road.

I rounded up some of the most telling statistics in marketing, website design and branding – plus the takeaways we can learn from them – to help you grow your business online quickly and efficiently.

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  1. By 2021, mobile e-commerce will account for 54 percent of all online sales.

Consumers are spending exceedingly more time on their mobile devices. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that mobile e-commerce is increasing in tandem. To stay abreast of this trend, businesses should invest in mobile-optimized website designs. These should have intuitive navigation, simple checkout, and be responsive to all screen sizes.

To take it a step further, investing in a strong omnichannel marketing strategy will ensure your online sales process is consistent across every medium, which will improve your brand identity and create a trustworthy user experience.

  1. 38 percent of users will stop interacting with a website if the layout is unattractive.

In addition, 39 percent will stop engaging if the images don’t load and 39 percent will stop engaging if the site itself takes too long to load. That’s a lot of potential customers that no business can afford to lose.

By optimizing your website for technical SEO aspects such as image size and loading time, you’ll be able to both create a more enjoyable online experience for users and improve your search engine rankings. Then, invest in a web design that places emphasis on the customer journey first and foremost. This will ensure that consumers can find the items or information they seek, and will increase the likelihood that they will remain on your site AND make a purchase.

  1. Long landing pages generate up to 220 percent more leads than above-the-fold calls to action.

Long gone are the days of cramming all of your important business information in that top portion of a web page. Instead, modern online consumers prefer dedicated landing pages outlining imperative information.

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that every little run-of-the-mill business update needs its own dedicated page. However, specific campaigns, initiatives, sales and other tactics should have their own landing page. This can then be promoted on social media and in email newsletters without compromising your beautiful homepage.

  1. Color improves brand recognition by up to 80 percent.

The main motivation behind cultivating a brand identity is to stand out to consumers, ensure they remember your brand and facilitate positive associations with you. And one of the simplest ways to achieve that is through a signature color.

Humans are driven by visuals – and designing a logo that informs a cohesive color palette across all marketing materials, digital platforms and store shelves creates an environment that is conducive to their memory. In addition, color has the power to evoke powerful emotions – so pick your hues wisely based on the feelings you want consumers to experience and actions you want them to take.

  1. Consistent brand presentation across all platforms increases revenue by up to 23 percent.

But branding is more than just a logo design. Every piece of collateral – from social media channels to website designs to product packaging – should maintain a similar color scheme, tone, overall aesthetic, and communicate a similar message that fits your brand identity and core values.

  1. 64 percent of consumers say that shared values help them create a trusted relationship with a brand.

An oft-forgotten aspect of an effective brand identity is the idea of core values. Consumers – particularly those in younger generations – want to know what your business stands for, or the “why” motivation for existing.

Now, this doesn’t mean you need to tread into dangerous opinionated waters. However, feel free to show some personality and humanity within your messaging. People will gravitate to that and, ultimately, develop brand loyalty to those companies that they feel a connection with.

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  1. Content marketing efforts receive three times the leads per dollar spent than paid search receives.

What’s better, content marketing can cost anywhere from 31 percent to 41 percent less than paid search.

Content marketing encompasses blogs, white papers, video production, webinars and more. In addition, any collateral you create in a content marketing campaign can populate social media marketing and email campaigns, ensuring you get double the usage from your cost-effective digital marketing strategy

  1. 64% of consumers make a purchase after viewing a branded social video.

Video content marketing is growing in both usage and return on investment because, to put it simply, people would rather watch a video than read about something. And when the demand for video meets the demand of social media, branded social videos find their footing.

Social media videos can run the gamut, from raw Instagram stories to influencer reviews to demonstrations to short brand videos.

  1. Facebook Ad revenue in the US will surpass total print ad spending by 2019.

Unsurprisingly, digital ads are surpassing physical advertisements in droves. One major reason is because digital has the ability to reach millions of more people that are specifically targeted to a demographic and end goal.

Facebook is particularly useful for reaching the masses with ease. It is the most widely used social media platform, with 1.47 billion (yes, billion) daily active users.

  1. Email has a median return on investment of 122 percent.

In fact, that’s over four times higher than other marketing formats including social media, direct mail, and paid search. So, despite living in a world dominated by Instagram double-taps and influencer marketing, strategic email marketing remains a constant source of cost-effective growth.

Some quick tips for successful email newsletter campaigns include:

  • Avoid long paragraphs and too much text – keep it short and concise if you can.
  • Don’t bombard your customers with too many campaigns – particularly in one day. When in doubt, less is more.
  • Keep a consistent schedule – consumers want to know when they can expect communication from a brand.

Conclusion

All in all, creating an effective modern experience for consumers boils down to a few key points:

  • Create an easy-to-use website that works on all platforms and devices
  • Design a memorable brand identity that communicates well with consumers
  • Maintain an honest and transparent relationship with customers
  • Invest in content marketing and social media advertisements
  • Test video marketing campaigns to engage users
  • Don’t forget about the power of email marketing

Of course, all target audiences may behave a little differently – but through incredible tools like Google Analytics, you’ll be able to track and understand your demographic’s actions and desires comprehensively. And as long as you keep consumer behavior at the forefront of every business growth strategy, you’ll be sure to see success.