The Vatican, not known for transparency, actually has abuse statistics buried on its website – The Washington Post

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February 22 at 5:09 PM

In the thick packet of materials the Vatican released leading up to its high-profile sex abuse summit, one kind of information was missing: statistics about abuse cases.

The Vatican does not publicize the new cases that it handles, though some experts say it might have among the most comprehensive abuse-related data sets in the world.

But on Friday, an Italian journalist said he was tipped off by a Vatican source that some statistics were hiding in plain sight — buried in a section of the Holy See’s website. The collection of pages shows hundreds of abuse cases annually being handed by bishops to the Vatican’s disciplinary body, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, or CDF.

“Somebody must have thought it was important for the size of the phenomenon to be public,” the journalist, Emiliano Fittipaldi, said.

The data, described in an article published Friday by the news magazine L’Espresso, gives a partial glimpse of the volume of abuse cases being handled under Pope Francis — while also providing a pointed reminder of the church’s slow road to transparency. The church is devoting Saturday, the third day of the summit, to improving its openness, and survivors of clerical abuse have long asked the Vatican to release the names and case files of priests convicted of clerical abuse.

The obscure Vatican Web pages show year-by-year data on the number of new cases sent to the Holy See concerning clerics accused of “serious offenses,” including abuse of minors but also possession of child pornography and spiritual offenses. The information is contained in a series of annual summaries, from 2012 until 2017, about the activities of the CDF. Although there is no specific data about how many clerics faced accusations of abusing minors, the 2017 report said the “majority” of serious offense cases involved such accusations.

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Pope Francis attends the second day of a historic summit on sexual abuse. (Handout/AFP/Getty Images)

The way the data is categorized varies slightly from year to year, making total tabulation difficult. But in most years under Francis, who became pope in 2013, the Vatican has seen between 400 and 500 new “serious offenses” cases.

In only one annual report did the Vatican discuss punishments, mentioning that the pope had defrocked or removed 16 clerics in 2016. No names of clerics were given in the reports.

The cases reported to the CDF represent only a fraction of clerical sex abuse, because many dioceses do not report cases to the Holy See. And scores of victims never disclose their experiences to criminal or church authorities.

A Vatican spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti, said the CDF information is “published every year” and that it is “no news.”

But several people who closely follow the Vatican’s handling of abuse cases said they had not previously seen the data.

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Pope Francis prays during the opening of the second day of a Vatican’s conference on sexual abuse by clerics. (Giuseppe Lami/AP)

Anne Barrett Doyle, who runs, a clearinghouse that tracks abuse cases, said the information was new to her. She said the last major public disclosure of Vatican abuse data came in 2014, when the Holy See’s ambassador to the United Nations reported to the committee on human rights that more than 3,420 credible abuse accusations against minors had been reported to the CDF over the previous 10 years. The Vatican defrocked 848 priests as a result of those cases.

“Numbers and names are better than just numbers,” Barrett Doyle said. “But when you even get just numbers, accountability begins. This all along has been a crisis about who controls the information about the crimes. It went from the church withholding it from everybody to now, where it’s a little less asymmetrical than it was. But still, the CDF is pretty much a black hole.”

This week, Vatican officials have been asked several times about their willingness to release statistics. Doing so could provide a clearer sense of where crimes are occurring, the ages of victims, and the punishments for those found guilty in church proceedings.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna, of Malta, said Friday that the CDF has “wider information” and is willing to consider releasing more.

“This is a legitimate question,” said Scicluna, a sex crimes investigator for the Vatican. “Where are the stats?”

The day before the summit began, Phil Saviano, an American who helped expose widespread church sex abuses in the United States, was among the victims who met with Scicluna and other organizers of the event. Saviano provided the Vatican investigator with a letter urging the church to release the names and files of priests reported to the Holy See for abuse. Such a step would require the church to reconsider its use of pontifical secrecy codes.

Saviano said that before the meeting was over, Scicluna took him aside and said he would be in favor of that.

Saviano remembered Scicluna saying, “We should release that information.”

Freezing upon heating: Formation of dynamical glass

Freezing upon heating: Formation of dynamical glass statistics, science, nevin manimala
Freezing upon heating: Formation of dynamical glass statistics, science, nevin manimala

The discovery of superconductivity and its experimental realization have surely been two of the most important advancements in physics and engineering of the past century. Nevertheless, their statistical and dynamical characteristics have yet to be fully revealed and understood. A team of researchers at the Center for Theoretical Physics of Complex Systems, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS, South Korea), have modeled the energy behavior of chaotic networks of superconducting elements (grains), separated by non-superconducting junctions, and found out some unexpected statistical properties at long (but still finite) time-scales. Their findings are published in Physical Review Letters.

A number of pioneer discoveries in statistical mechanics arose from questioning the applicability of core abstract concepts to physical systems and experimental devices. A notable example is the ergodic hypothesis, which assumes that over time a system visits almost every available microstate of the phase space, and that the infinite time average of any measurable quantity of the system matches with its phase space average. In short, this is the reason why ice melts in a pot of water. And it will do so faster, if the water is hotter. Scientists have been figuring ways to verify the validity or the failure of the ergodic hypothesis based on finite-time measurements.

Led by Sergej Flach, IBS researchers have developed an efficient method to extract precise estimates of the time-scales for ergodicity (coined ergodization time). This method has herewith been successfully applied to classical networks of superconducting grains weakly coupled by Josephson junctions.

The team found that in these networks the ergodization time-scale quickly becomes huge — although staying finite — upon increasing the system temperature. Instead, the time-scales necessary for chaoticity to develop remain practically unchanged with respect to the ergodization one. This is highly surprising, as ergodicity is inextricably knotted to chaos, and one may expect that their respective time-scales must be also strictly related. In terms of the ice, it means that the hotter the water gets, the longer it takes for the ice cubes to melt. IBS researchers numerically showed that higher temperature fluctuations strongly hinder their own meandering through the system. Thus, a slower and slower process drastically delays the ergodization of the system. The team has labeled this discovery: dynamical glass.

“Upon increasing the temperature, our studies unravelled the emergence of roaming chaotic spots among frozen and seemingly inert regions. The name dynamical glass follows from this very fragmentation, as the word dynamical hints the quick development of chaos, while the word glass points at phenomena that require an extremely long — but finite — time-scale to occur,” explains Carlo Danieli, a member of the team.

“The understanding of the mechanism and the necessary time scales for ergodicity and chaoticity to develop is at the very core of a huge number of recent advancement in condensed matter physics. We expect this to pave the way to assess several unsolved issues in many body systems, from anomalous heat conductivity to thermalization,” enthuses the team.

IBS researchers expect that the observed dynamical glass is a generic property of networks of superconducting grains via Josephson coupling irrespective of their space dimensionality. Furthermore, it is conjectured that a broad set of weakly non-integrable many-body systems turn into dynamical glasses as they approach specific temperature regimes. An equally charming and challenging task is the team’s aspiration to demonstrate the existence of a dynamical glass in quantum many-body systems, and establish its connection with many-body localization phenomena.

As stated by Flach “We expect these findings open a new venue to assess and understand phenomena related to many-body localization and glassiness in a large number of weakly non-integrable many-body systems.”

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Fuzzy statistics: How many of us have pets? – The Columbian

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Fuzzy statistics: How many of us have pets? - The Columbian nevin manimala

Americans’ love for their pets is apparent in dog parks and grooming parlors, on cat videos and pet food price tags. But just how many pets we love is less clear.Google the U.S. pet population, and you’re quickly confronted with two oft-cited, and contradictory, sources. The American Pet Products Association found that 68 percent of U.S. households owned some sort of pet in 2016 — “equal to the highest level ever reported,” it gushed in the executive summary. Among those pets were about 90 million dogs and 94 million cats, the group said.The American Veterinary Medical Association recently reported that 57 percent of households had a pet at the end of 2016, a figure the group characterized as having only “inched up” from its previous survey in 2011. The overall pet population, AVMA said, included 77 million dogs and 58 million cats — significantly lower than what the pet trade group cited.These dueling digits matter nothing to the kitties and doggies that occupy our sofas and our hearts. But they’re important to many humans. Pet companies want to how much they might be able to sell. Veterinarians need to know how many patients to expect, and veterinary schools must determine enrollment numbers and course offerings. Whether people own pets can influence where they decide to live, or even whether they have children.“For me, as an academic, I’m offended by the fact that everyone is running around using numbers” that vary so much, said Andrew Rowan, a former chief executive of the Humane Society International and a longtime scholar of pet demographics. “You can’t really make public policy decisions in the absence of data.”It turns out there are other, stronger data from surveys that don’t appear at the top of search engines, and they find far lower pet ownership rates than the pet industry group’s record high figures. The Simmons National Consumer Study, which surveys households annually, found last year that 53 percent owned pets, figures that suggested at least 77 million dogs and 54 million cats, or about the same as the veterinary association.And the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey, which asked about pet ownership in 2013 and 2017, most recently reported that 49 percent of households included pets.Why the discrepancies? Methodology matters. Both the industry and veterinary groups publish population figures in enormous tomes that drill deep into spending on pets, where people get pets and what kinds of pets they have. And both recruit respondents using internet “opt-in” panels, an increasingly common method that’s cheaper than randomized mail, telephone or in-person methods. Yet even though responses are typically weighted to match U.S. demographics, experts say such samples may not produce a representative picture. In addition, surveys focused heavily on one topic can also have a bias that’s hard to shake — in this case, toward pet owners, who are more likely to take a survey on pet ownership.“When it comes to opt-in online surveys, you never really know what you are going to get,” said Robert L. Santos, chief methodologist at the Urban Institute, a think tank. He noted that in 2013, the American Association for Public Opinion Research warned that researchers should avoid this method for estimating populations.The pet products association, which performs its survey every two years and had 22,000 respondents in 2016, used mail surveys until 2010 — and that’s when its ownership estimate jumped from 62 percent to 68 percent. Although its most recent report advises readers against “direct comparisons” between the mail and online data, its executive summary and news release do just that, touting record levels of pet-owning households and “significant” increases in dog ownership between 1988 and 2016.Anne Ferrante, APPA’s senior vice president for member relations and business development, said the association believes the switch from mail to web was responsible for the large increase and added that researchers sought to combat bias by tracking which types of people completed the survey. The over time comparisons were highlighted because members wanted them, “so we included it to ensure accuracy in data interpretation,” she said.The veterinary association, which conducts its survey every five years and had 41,000 respondents in 2016, switched from mail to internet in 2011. But the group’s chief economist, Matt Salois, said the most recent report is “more sophisticated” than the previous one because it targeted non-pet owners and weighted better for factors like geography and gender.

Overdose death review team formed to fight rising statistics – WEAU

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — As drug overdose deaths continue to impact the Chippewa Valley, local experts have formed a team to help tackle the growing problem.

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The Eau Claire and Dunn County Overdose Death Review Team, headed by the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, is made up of various health care organizations and law enforcement officers.

Nationally, drug over doses caused more than 70,000 deaths nationwide in 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and more than 1,100 of those deaths were in Wisconsin, according to the CDC.

Local health officials say the Chippewa Valley is no exception to the growing statistics, “We are at the state rate, which some counties are higher and some counties are lower,” says Chelsie Smith, a public health nurse with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.

“Our philosophy is that overdose deaths are preventable,” says Toni Simonson with HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital.

Some of those involved in the team include the health department, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s important that organizations don’t work in isolation because we all have different areas of expertise,” says Simonson. “So bringing together all of the different groups that have different perspectives on things really helps us to take a look at all of the nuances that are occurring.”

In a death-by-death case format, the team is looking for trends in overdose deaths, gaps in services, and identifying new data.

“We’ll be able to then pull additional data to have more concrete information on what are some of those upstream approaches for the prevention strategy,” says Smith.

As the team is in its early stages, members say they hope to learn from other teams around the state, all committed to a goal of reducing overdose deaths in the future.

Police issue monthly statistics report | News – Indiana Gazette

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Police issue monthly statistics report | News - Indiana Gazette nevin manimala

Indiana Borough Police Chief Justin Schawl issued his first monthly report of police department activities at Tuesday’s borough council meeting.

He said borough officers were called to investigate two robberies in January and cleared both of them. A year ago police handled one robbery in January 2018 and cleared that case. Schawl said total calls for service were up 13 percent from a year ago, with 595 calls last month compared to 519 in January 2018.

Eighty-one calls were university-related, up 15 percent from 69 a year ago.

There were six assists given to state police and two to other law enforcement agencies, up respectively from four and one a year ago.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania police received one assist apiece from borough police in January 2018 and January 2019.

An initiative to reduce the number of crashes appeared to pay off, with 23 in January 2019 compared to 28 in the same month a year ago.

Summary citations were down from 21 a year ago to four last month, but there was no change in the number of arrests, 23 in January of each year, while IUP-related arrests were down from eight a year ago to four last month.

Schawl said seven assaults were investigated and six cleared, compared to 10 and nine respectively a year ago; six thefts investigated and two cleared, compared to 11 and seven respectively a year ago; and two burglaries investigated and one cleared, compared to one burglary reported and two cases cleared in January 2018.

Also in January of this year one forgery case was cleared, five vandalisms reported with one case cleared, and there were seven drug offenses, four cases of driving under the influence, and two cases apiece of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

No report on parking department activity was available Tuesday night, a point noted by Councilman Sean McDaniel, but Schawl said such reports would be available in future months from new borough Parking Coordinator Benjamin Miller.

Schawl reported the issuance in January of fewer parking tickets (98 compared to 110 a year ago) and traffic citations (40 compared to 53 a year ago) but more warnings given (126, up from 110 a year ago).

Men’s Basketball Statistics | Basketball | – Los Angeles Loyolan

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Men's Basketball Statistics | Basketball | - Los Angeles Loyolan nevin manimala

Last week, LMU men’s basketball (17-10 overall, 5-8 WCC) suffered two home losses in a pair of close games, falling to Gonzaga on Thursday, 73-60, and BYU on Saturday, 70-62. Here are statistics from the two games in comparison to the team’s season averages.

LMU vs. Gonzaga (Thurs.):

Points: 60

Rebounds: 36

Assists: 14

Steals: 5

Blocks: 3

Turnovers: 5

Field Goal Percentage: .379 (25 of 66)

Three-Point Percentage: .071 (1 of 14)

Free Throw Percentage: .563 (9 of 16)

Fouls: 19

LMU vs. BYU (Sat.):

Points: 62

Rebounds: 25

Assists: 14

Steals: 12

Blocks: 4

Turnovers: 13

Field Goal Percentage: .451 (23 of 51)

Three-Point Percentage: .400 (4 of 10)

Free Throw Percentage: .857 (12 of 14)

Fouls: 20

LMU Season Averages per Game:

Points: 67.4

Rebounds: 33.1

Assists: 14.0

Steals: 7.3

Blocks: 2.9

Turnovers: 13.0

Field Goal Percentage: .452 (24.1 of 53.4)

Three-Point Percentage: .321 (5.0 of 15.6)

Free Throw Percentage: .736 (14.1 of 19.2)

Fouls: 17.9

Seoul to assist N. Korea in producing statistics needed to join IMF, World Bank – NK News

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The South Korean government is seeking to assist North Korea in generating the economic statistics required to join international financial institutions (IFIs), documents seen this week by NK News showed.In a public bid seeking private sector assistance in the project, Statistics Korea (KOSTAT) said the demand for reliable North Korean statistics had increased amid growing inter-Korean cooperation and plans for Pyongyang to join IFIs like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.Subcontractors in the scheme are being asked to come up with measures designed to complement the KOSTAT’s current systems and to generate “credible statistics of North Korea in accordance with a change in circumstances” over the course of the seven-month-long project.KOSTAT cites a speech delivered by South Korean President Moon Jae-in in September last year, in which he confirmed that Pyongyang is willing to “engage in reform and opening” by becoming a member of the IMF and the World Bank.Moon also in that speech emphasized the need for support from international agencies including the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) due to there being “a number of limitations” should Seoul work to help Pyongyang’s “national economic development.”In the Korean-language proposal this week, KOSTAT asks potential subcontractors to collect and propose data on the significance, conditions, and procedure for joining IFIs, including the IMF.The KOSTAT is allocating around KRW79.9 million (USD$71,134) to the project, for which bidding is open until March 5.To achieve these policy goals, Seoul also plans to enhance its cooperation with Pyongyang and review the possibility of updating its roadmap for inter-Korean statistical cooperation, taking changes in the international situation and developments on the Korean peninsula into consideration.Seoul to assist N. Korea in producing statistics needed to join IMF, World Bank - NK News nevin manimalaSouth Korea has in recent months expressed an interest in helping the North join the IMF | Photo: International Monetary Fund (IMF) FlickrThe South Korean national statistical office says it will devise a “concrete plan of cooperation,” with Pyongyang to help generate the necessary statistics to join the IFIs.Seoul also plans to review Pyongyang’s current statistics to assess how many of the indicators needed to join these organizations are already produced by the country.Researchers are being asked to propose a list of necessary statistics indices, along with an explanation for each index, as well as a plan for cooperation with the North Koreans.A line-up of indicators, which should be generated in order of priority, will be also provided by the ROK side, including information on the standards that Seoul would apply when assessing the statistics.If the necessary statistics do not exist, instructions on how to generate the statistics using existing data will be provided by Seoul.Should major progress in North Korean denuclearization and North-South relations take place, the phased plan to promote inter-Korean statistical cooperation will go ahead.The KOSTAT says it also seeks to “strengthen North Korea’s statistical capacity including statistics education.”As an outcome of the research project, “concrete procedures to collaborate with international organizations” will be provided, with researchers being asked collect and analyze cases of statistical cooperation between a transition country and lesser-developed country before and after joining IFIs.The KOSTAT research project is in line with the 2019 economic policy course announced by the South Korean government in December last year, in which Seoul said it planned to garner widespread support from the international community for North Korea’s entry into the IMF and the World Bank.Then-finance minister Kim Dong-yeon last May said Seoul would seek to fast-track Pyongyang’s entry into some IFIs.His successor Hong Nam-ki earlier this month asked the World Bank to provide assistance for North Korea’s economic growth, in a meeting with David Malpass — the current U.S. Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs and a current nominee for the Presidency of that organization.In a press statement, the ministry said Hong had requested that the World Bank “play a pivotal role in supporting North Korean development if there is any progress in Pyongyang’s denuclearization.”Edited by Oliver HothamFeatured Image: Joint Inter-Korean Summit Press CorpsThe South Korean government is seeking to assist North Korea in generating the economic statistics required to join international financial institutions (IFIs), documents seen this week by NK News showed. 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Jagex showcase Old School RuneScape in-game statistics – TweakTown

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Jagex showcase Old School RuneScape in-game statistics - TweakTown nevin manimala

Jagex should be more than proud with their efforts they have thrown into Old School RuneScape. The game has taken off once more and has reached a new all-time high popularity wise, and now we have the statistics to prove it.



Since Jagex decided to re-roll the RuneScape servers back to the glory days of 2007, the Old School RuneScape community has been on nothing but an upswing player-base wise. The classic game powered by a democracy of community decisions recently debuted to mobile as well, which resulted in the title catapulting itself through records set back in 2008 for ‘most total paid memberships at once‘.


Now, Jagex has is currently sitting at new heights with Old School RuneScape and has taken this moment to release some in-game statistics regarding activities players constantly do. According to Jagex’s statistics, there are 200,000 quests completed on average per day, 25.1 million fish caught per day, 198.2 million logs chopped per day, 32.2 million weapons and armor forged each day and 2.3 million bosses slain. Each of these activities are achieved by quite a large amount of dedicated players. Old School RuneScape is currently available on the PC, iOS and Android devices. A link to the website for more information can be found here.