Indonesian reporters deliberately attacked in post-election rioting

first_imgJokowi’s election as president in 2014 initially raised many hopes but, at the end of his first year in office, RSF said he had failed to keep his promises as regards freedom of the press. Disappointing first term IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence November 19, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF_en “Allowing reporters to cover these events freely is the best way to enable the public to keep abreast of this conflict and not depend on rumours at this crucial moment for Indonesia democracy. Investigations must be carried out to identify and punish those responsible for the violence against reporters. And in his second term, President Jokowi must finally keep the promises he gave to defend press freedom.” Seven attacks on journalists have already been registered during last night’s clashes alone. Many reporters were deliberately targeted while covering the rioting in the centre of Jakarta, in which at least seven people were killed. The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) thinks the toll of injured journalists will almost certainly rise as it continues to interview media personnel. Follow the news on Indonesia Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on protesters and riot police who have been clashing for the past two days in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, to respect the work of journalists. RSF also urges the Indonesian authorities to quickly investigate the press freedom violations that have taken place during this post-election rioting. News Receive email alerts News to go further August 12, 2020 Find out more Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years The rioting began near the electoral commission’s headquarters on the evening of 21 May shortly after the commission confirmed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s reelection victory. It was disputed by the supporters of the challenger, Prabowo Subianto, and the ensuing clashes with the police quickly escalated and became extremely violent. The journalists injured last night included CNN Indonesia reporter Budi Tanjung and his cameraman, identified only as Ryan, who were beaten over the head by police although they had clearly presented themselves as journalists. The police forced Tanjung to delete the videos he had recorded on his mobile phone and forced Ryan to delete all the footage he had shot with his camera. News At the same time, the AJI reports that the authorities temporarily blocked access to the social network platforms WhatsApp and Facebook, and slowed the speed of Internet connections. WhatsApp was intermittently available again this morning. May 23, 2019 Indonesian reporters deliberately attacked in post-election rioting August 21, 2020 Find out more Indonesian anti-riot police shoot tear gas to disperse protesters during a demonstration against President Jokowi’s victory in the recent election in Jakarta on May 22, 2019. At least seven journalists were wounded as Indonesia’s capital erupted in violence on May 22 when police clashed with protesters opposed to the re-election of President Jokowi (photo : Bay Ismoyo / AFP). “We call on all the protagonists, both protesters and police, to respect the work of the media by ending all acts of violence and intimidation against journalists,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Indonesia is ranked 124th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua According to the AJI’s initial information, another journalist identified only as Ryan who works for MNC Media was injured in an as yet unclear attack, as were a journalist with Radio Sindo Trijaya identified only as Fajar, Alinea.id news website reporter Fadli Mubarok, and two RTV journalists, reporter Intan Bedisa and cameraman Rahajeng Mutiara.last_img read more

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RSF condemns attacks on newspapers, appeals for calm

first_img April 2, 2021 Find out more News April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Türkçe / Read in TurkishReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the armed attacks on the headquarters of two pro-government dailies that took place in quick succession early today in Istanbul, and regrets that the media have yet again suffered the effects of the mounting tension in Turkey.At around 5 a.m., masked individuals threw Molotov cocktails at Yeni Safak’s entrance and fired shots at its windows. Half an hour later, the headquarters of Akit Media, the company that owns the newspaper Yeni Akit, was the target of a similar attack.“We hope that the investigation that is under way identifies those responsible for this unjustifiable violence,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“This use of violence is yet further evidence of the dangerous level of polarization in Turkish society. We urge the government, political class and news media of all political tendencies to renounce aggressive rhetoric and the language of hate once and for all.”The past few months have seen a series of targeted attacks on news providers. The well-known journalist Ahmet Hakan was assaulted outside his home in September after being the target of aggressive verbal attacks in the pro-government daily Star. A few weeks before that, angry demonstrators attacked the Istanbul headquarters of the daily Hürriyet twice. And a bomb was defused outside the Star headquarters in July.Yeni Akit and Yeni Safak are well known for waging vitriolic verbal campaigns against government critics and all those who oppose their Islamist and nationalist editorial line. (Photo: Bianet) Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Help by sharing this information Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Receive email alertscenter_img RSF_en Related documents cp_yeni_safak-yeni_akit_tr-2.pdfPDF – 51.61 KB Follow the news on Turkey News to go further February 11, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF condemns attacks on newspapers, appeals for calm TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Mardi Gras a ‘perfect storm’ for virus spread in New Orleans

first_imgLouisiana reported its first case of coronavirus on March 9, about two weeks after Mardi Gras culminated with its final street parades on February 25.The southern US state now has 2,305 confirmed cases and 83 deaths. New Orleans alone accounts for 997 of the cases and 46 of the deaths. ‘Hand grenade’ Arnold said New Orleans residents have largely been abiding by the stay-at-home orders.”It’s pretty empty,” he said.Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has issued stark warnings about the ability of the state’s hospitals to deal with the expected numbers of coronavirus patients.He said the trajectory of the growth in cases is similar to that of Italy and Spain, the worst-hit countries in Europe, and demand for hospital beds and ventilators could outstrip capacity by early April.Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the shutdown in New Orleans probably should have come earlier.”It is likely that should’ve been done a little bit sooner,” Fauci told CNN. “I’m not blaming anyone on that.”It putters along and you think you’re OK,” he said. “Then it starts to go up a little and ‘Bingo,’ it goes up in an exponential way.”That’s what’s happening in New Orleans now.”Among those who have contracted coronavirus in Louisiana is Sean Payton, coach of the 2010 Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.Payton, who has since recovered, took to local radio to urge New Orleans residents to practice “social distancing.”””Just picture everyone’s got a hand grenade on them,” he said. “How about that? So stay away from everybody.”Payton was also confident New Orleans would recover.”This city’s tough and resilient,” he said. “We’ve been through so much.” New Orleans, the Louisiana city known as the “Big Easy” famed for its jazz and nightlife, has become an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic gripping the United States.Bourbon Street, the normally bustling heart of the French Quarter, is eerily quiet, its music silenced and its bars and restaurants shuttered.Health experts and state officials believe it is the month-long street party in February known as Mardi Gras which contributed to the severity of the outbreak in the city of some 400,000 people on the Mississippi River. Topics :center_img “Mardi Gras was the perfect storm for the spread of this virus,” said Rebekah Gee, Louisiana’s former health secretary.”Not only did we have people in floats, people in parties, but people from all over the world came here,” Gee told the MSNBC network.”Unfortunately, people were throwing beads, sharing drinks,” she said of the tradition of revelers on floats tossing necklaces of plastic beads to crowds packing the streets.”And they weren’t only throwing beads, they were likely throwing COVID-19,” Gee said. ‘Disaster that defines our generation’ “This is going to be the disaster that defines our generation,” said Collin Arnold, director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for New Orleans, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.Arnold agreed that Mardi Gras was probably responsible for the fact that the number of virus cases in Louisiana is rising at a rate higher than anywhere else in the country.”We had over a million and a half people in the city, including international visitors, all attending parades daily,” he told CNN.State authorities ordered the closure of bars and restaurants several days after the first cases appeared but the damage had already been done.On March 15, a Saturday night, after the order was given, it took police coming out in force to get reluctant crowds off the streets.Video footage taken that evening shows a convoy of police cars driving slowly down Bourbon Street with their blue rooftop lights flashing and their sirens blaring.”By order of the governor and the mayor, large groups of people are prohibited from congregating together,” a police officer said over a loudspeaker.”Your actions are jeopardizing public health,” the officer said. “We are directing you to clear the streets and go back to home or back to your hotel.”Thank you for your cooperation.”last_img read more

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Alvin Boggs September 20, 1937 – January 20, 2020

first_imgAlvin Boggs, age 82 of Brookville, Indiana passed away Monday, January 20, 2020 at Hospice of Cincinnati in Hamilton, Ohio. Born September 20, 1937 in Lynch, Kentucky the son of Charlie and Mattie (Sandlin) Boggs.Alvin a graduate of Taylor High School married Margaret Holman July 20, 1971 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Alvin worked for Cincinnati Gas and Electric (CG&E) as a Field Supervisor for many years and was a member of Trinity Christian Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.Alvin is survived by his wife Margaret Boggs, children Oscar (Deborah) Oakley, Gail Brown, Curt Boggs, Carol (Kurt) Jauch, Todd Boggs and Melody (Curt) Philhower. Grandpa of 12 and great grandpa of 26.Alvin is preceded in death by his parents Charlie and Mattie Boggs and son Troy Boggs.Visitation will be held Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Corey Potts officiating all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030. Burial will follow at Glen Haven Cemetery in Harrison, Ohio.Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society c/o the funeral home.last_img read more

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Township To Take A Longer Look At Shuttered Historic House

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Can the MacLeod Rice House be saved? And should it?That’s what township officials hope to find out as they seek requests for proposals from architectural historians to prepare a conditions assessment report on the township-owned structure.The report is to, “go through the building in a determined way to give us the sense of how much it would cost if someone would try to restore the building and make it useful again,” explained Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante, “to give us a sense of what it would really cost.”“Most people seem to have an affection for it to be saved one of these days and restored,” Mercantante said. But that requires taking “a good hard look at it and seeing what that would entail, what it would really cost.”The distinctive MacLeod Rice House is part of the Croydon Hall complex, 900 Leonardville Road, in the township’s Leonardo section. The building, according to Mercantante, has been deteriorating for a number of years and was deemed unsafe a few years ago. The township moved those using the building to other locations.The Middletown Township Historical Society and township Municipal Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse had been using the building’s office space. The Bulldog Youth Athletic Association, or BYAA, had been using part of the building for its wrestling program, according to Mercantante.As part of the request for proposal, Mercantante added, officials would like whoever received the contract to investigate whether the site could possibly qualify for the state and/or national Register of Historic Places.Making either or both of those lists would indicate the location has some historic significance.And it does, maintained Randall Gabrielan, Monmouth County historian and vice chairman of the Monmouth County Historical Commission. One of the location’s defining historical roles involves one of its former owners, Melvin Rice, and his friendship to then governor and future U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, who, according to Gabrielan, had actually visited Rice and stayed at the home. “It’s an association that may well provide eligibility to the national register,” Gabrielan suspected. The MacLeod Rice House was built in 1894 in the Queen Anne architectural style popular in the Victorian age. It was intended as the summer residence for Donald MacLeod, a successful New York City businessman, an importer of linens, in the Gilded Age, according to Gabrielan. Upon MacLeod’s death the building became home to his widow, Harriet, who eventually married Melvin Rice, MacLeod’s former employee – with whispers at the time suspecting Rice of having an affair with Harriet while she was still married to MacLeod, Gabrielan offered as a little piece of historical gossip.Rice, circa 1910, remodeled the building, adopting a more classical revival architectural style, that the structure has to this day.Rice died in 1924 and Harriet continued to live in the house until selling it to John Carr in the mid-1940s. Carr used the building as a residence. He established a boys’ boarding school, using the building and others constructed on the grounds. Croydon Hall, as the school was called, catered to the scions of wealthy families. Carr, according to Gabrielan, ran the school with middling success until closing it in 1975.Mercantante said the township acquired the entire location in 1977 and had used that building and accompanying structures for various municipal offices.Gabrielan charged the building was falling into disrepair. “The building was long neglected,” he said. And while there were places in the building that were in questionable condition, the portion of the building the historical society had been using “was a solid as a rock,” he said. Gabrielan has not revisited the building for several years.The Township Committee has the right to reject any or all proposals and has up to 60 days to award the contract, if it decides to move for ward.Even if the plan proceeds, those interested shouldn’t expect a quick fix for the building. “It’s going to take time,” Mercantante said. “It probably would be a phased project over many years, if it was decided at all that it’s worthwhile doing.”last_img read more

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Geocaching Quick Quiz: Geocache or Log?

first_imgDid you guess right?For a look behind the scenes at more creative geocache containers and ideas, visit Shop Geocaching and check out the Creative Geocaches video below. What is the most camouflaged geocache container you’ve come across? Tell us about it in the comments.Share with your Friends:More To reveal the answers…Just.Scroll.Down.… It’s a question geocachers face almost everyday on the geocaching trail, is that a geocache or log? Check out the image below of three logs and a stick. Do you best geocaching detective work. Can you crack the case?Logs or geocaches?? You’re.Almost.There.The answers revealed! Are you a geocaching cache detecting superstar? SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Quick Quiz: Name that LingoNovember 14, 2013In “7 Souvenirs of August”A Geocaching Beginner’s Guide – Geocache Container PicturesJanuary 26, 2013In “Française”Sometimes Geocaching Makes You Go… — Nuts (GC41D4C) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 10, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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Green Building Priority #2 — Reduce Water Use

first_imgWater is such a high priority in part because so much else depends on it. Most of our power plants draw water from rivers and lakes for cooling, and during severe droughts power plants have to shut down. (In 2007 one nuclear plant in Alabama had to shut down for lack of water.) Our food system depends on irrigation—though the U.S. is less dependent on irrigation than China, India, and many other countries. We drink and wash with water. And it takes a lot of water to generate electricity: on average 2.0 gallons per kilowatt-hour in the U.S.In addition, water is energy-intensive. Pumping water out of the ground, moving it from one place to another, treating it, and then treating the wastewater after we use it accounts for about 4% of the nation’s electricity. In many municipalities, water and wastewater infrastructure comprises the single largest use of electricity.There are lots of good ways to reduce water use. A few of my favorites are listed here:Replace showerheadsOne of the easiest, least expensive strategies for reducing water use is to replace older showerheads with models that use significantly less water. Some older showerheads use 5 gallons per minute (gpm) or more, while models sold (legally) since 1994 use no more than 2.5 gpm. I’ve been using a Delta H2Okinetic 1.5 gpm showerhead for years and find it highly satisfactory, even with the low water pressure on my rural water system. Saving water with a showerhead also saves energy—because it’s heated water that you’re using less of.Replace toiletsIf you have a pre-1994 toilet (one that doesn’t list the water consumption on it), chances are pretty good that it’s using at least 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf). Since 1994, all toilets sold in the U.S. have had to use 1.6 gpf or less. More recently WaterSense-certified “high-efficiency toilets” (HETs) have been introduced that use no more than 1.28 gpm and meet various flush performance standards defined by the EPA WaterSense program. Unless your house has very long drainline runs (over 20 feet) with very low slope (nearly horizontal), choose WaterSense HET toilets.Reduce the water consumption of bathroom faucetsMore and more new lavatory faucets today meet the WaterSense limit of 1.5 gpf, while most faucets in use deliver far more water. Since 1994, faucets could use no more than 2.2 gpm (at 60 psi water pressure), but older faucets often use a lot more. Most relatively modern faucets can be retrofit with screw-in low-flow aerators. You can go as low as 0.5 gpm, which is usually plenty for brushing teeth, washing hands and face, and shaving. Note that the lower the flow, the longer it will take hot water to reach the tap.Install an on-demand circulator pumpTo avoid wasting water as you wait for hot water to reach your bathroom or kitchen, you can install an on-demand recirculation system. Unlike continuous-circulation systems that are used in hotels, on-demand systems are activated by a user. Several companies make these systems, most using D’MAND technology licensed by ACT Metlund.Buy a water-saving clothes washerHorizontal-axis, front-loading clothes washers use significantly less water than most vertical-axis top-loaders. They also use half the detergent, and most of them wring more moisture out during the spin cycle (saving energy needed for drying). If you’re replacing a clothes washer or buying your first, look for a water-saving front-loader.Buy a water-conserving dishwasherCheck the energy- and water-efficiency of available dishwashers if you’re in the market for a new one. The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) has the best information.Plant low-water-use landscapingIn many parts of the country, outdoor water use exceeds indoor use. Native landscaping that does not require irrigation can save a tremendous amount of water, compared with lawns and most other conventional landscaping. The term “xeriscaping” is sometimes used to describe this landscaping practice.Harvest rainwater for irrigatingIf you must irrigate, capture rainwater and use that for irrigating. You can install a simple rainbarrel that sits under a downspout at the corner of your house, or install a more sophisticated system with greater storage capacity.These suggestions are just a starting point; there are lots of other opportunities for savings. Huge savings can also be achieved simply by changing your behavior: taking shorter showers, and not running the water when washing dishes or brushing your teeth, and skipping lawn-watering, for example. To a significant extent, water savings is about common sense.My top-10 list of green building priorities so far:#2. Reduce water use#3. Ensure a healthy indoor environment#4. Reduce the need for driving#5. Build smaller and optimize materials use#6. Ensure durability and reuse existing buildings#7. Protect and restore the site#8. Use green materials#9. Create resilient, climate-adapted buildings#10. Make it easy for homeowners to be green In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog Alex’s Cool Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. RELATED ARTICLES Resilient Design: Water in a Drought-Prone EraSaving Energy by Saving WaterAll About Washing MachinesAll About Dishwashers Can Swimming Pools Be Green?The Uncertain Future of Phoenix and Las VegasWater, Water EverywhereIn the West, Drought Ends ‘Era of the Lawn’The DOE Showerhead RuleGBA Encyclopedia: Green Irrigation Reducing water consumption should be a high priority not only in the parched Southwest but throughout the country. Some argue, in fact, that water is going to be an even bigger challenge than energy over the coming decades.In the United States, nowhere is the focus on water greater today than in the Colorado River Basin. A series of reservoirs on the Colorado, including Lake Powell and Lake Mead, provide water for some 25 million Americans, and allocations of water from the river exceed the available flow. Lake Mead currently stands at half-full, its scenic shore marred by a giant bathtub ring several hundred feet high. A university study a few years ago said there was a 50% chance that the reservoir would be functionally empty (its level too low to draw from) by 2021!But in many ways, water resource issues are an even bigger problem in parts of the country that aren’t as used to thinking about water. In the fall of 2007, Atlanta came within 30 days of running out of water, with no provisions for what to do if that occurred. Eastern reservoirs tend to be a lot shallower than western reservoirs, so have less storage capacity.last_img read more

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Cricketers to get fatter pay cheques

first_imgIndia’s rich cricketers are set to get wealthier with a new BCCI contract coming their way.  Grade A cricketers such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh and Rahul Dravid stand to get a 60 per cent hike in their annual payments. Their new pay packet will be Rs 1 crore.Grade B and Grade C players will get Rs 50 lakh and Rs 25 lakh per year respectively – an increase of 25 per cent. The BCCI has done away with Grade D. The board has made playing Tests more lucrative. In each Test match, a player will earn Rs 7 lakh – more than double the current pay of Rs 3 lakh. The decision looks like a reward for India’s continuing No. 1 Test status. The ODI fee too has been increased, but relatively less. Every ODI will now fetch players Rs 4 lakh as against Rs 2.5 lakh earlier. For T20s, the players will be paid Rs 2 lakh.  The board has also redrawn the groups. Group ASachin TendulkarMS DhoniGautam GambhirVirender SehwagRahul DravidVVS LaxmanSuresh RainaHarbhajan Singh Zaheer Khan Group B Yuvraj SinghIshant SharmaAshish NehraPraveen KumarVirat KohliM VijayPragyan Ojha Group C S SreesanthAmit MishraR AshwinRohit SharmaCheteshwar PujaraRavindra JadejaAbhimanyu MithunVinay Kumarlast_img read more

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GJM goes on poster cleaning crusade after polls in bid to make Hills clean again

first_imgDarjeeling: With the polls having ended, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has taken up the onus of cleaning up all campaigning material from the Hills.”Polls are over. It’s time to clean up the town. The youth organisation of the GJM will be cleaning Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Mirik. Our units will clean up the GTA area constituency-wise. We will remove the posters, banners and other campaign material. We also request other political parties to do the same,” stated Sanjiv Mothay, general secretary, Town Committee, Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMembers of the Yuva Morcha went around town on Monday, removing campaign posters, banners and flexes. The campaign was flagged off from Chowk Bazaar in Darjeeling. Anit Thapa, general secretary, GJM (Binay faction) had made a similar appeal on Sunday. In his appeal, Thapa, who is also the present chairman, Board of Administrators, GTA, stated: “One of the main issues that we fought elections on this time is to make the Hills beautiful, along with reviving the lost glory. In order to once again make Darjeeling the Queen of the Hills, we have to bring about a change in the mindset of the residents. We have to take care of our Hills and make her beautiful. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWe have to unite to make her clean and green. A step in this direction would be to remove all the campaign material as the polls are over. We appeal to other political outfits to do the same.”With tourists thronging the Hills, clean and green is what should be presented, feels the GJM. The Opposition parties have hailed the move as well. “We welcome the move and we are also ready to pitch in,” stated Ajoy Edward, member, steering committee, GNLF.last_img read more

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Dear NFL Kickers Will Not Be Stopped

Did you hear about the NFL’s incredible new rule? On a point-after try, a defense will be able to score a 1-point safety by stopping the attempting team in its own end zone. Oh, and the new rule also moved the line of scrimmage for an extra point to the 15-yard line, making it the equivalent of a 33-yard field goal attempt.But indulge me for two seconds and let’s talk about this 1-point safety, a totally new thing in the NFL. Sure, it’s something that probably won’t come up very often – or, you know, ever. This new safety would occur if the offensive team fumbled the ball backwards, then the players kept knocking it backwards because of their gigantic butter-fingers until an offensive player finally recovered it in his own end zone (yes, on the other end of the field), where they were immediately tackled. (The offense can also score a 1-point safety, but that’s boring.) This opens up the tantalizing possibility of game scores traditionally reserved for baseball, soccer, or curling, like 6-1 (if the only points scored are a touchdown and a defensive point after safety) or 10-1 (if the only points scored are a touchdown, a defensive point-after safety, and two regular safeties).OK, thanks. Back to the longer extra point: The theory is that the league wants to make the play more exciting by making it less “automatic,” and perhaps by encouraging teams to go for two points more often. They’re unlikely to be very successful on either count.Kickers now convert extra points more than 99 percent of the time. That will almost certainly drop, but not by very much. It has been bandied about that kickers have made “only” 91.6 percent of attempts from this distance in the last 10 years. But 10 years is an eternity for kickers – they’re a whole lot better now than they were in 2005. As noted by Kevin Seifert, kickers have made 94.4 percent of field goals from this new distance over the last three years, and 96.7 percent last year. And that doesn’t account for the point-after kicks being slightly easier than their field goal counterparts: They’re never rushed for time, and they’re always taken from the center of the field (technically from wherever the kicker prefers). According to Pro Football Focus, kickers have made 97.6 percent of attempts taken from 30-35 yards from the dead-center of the field over the past three years.When I wrote about kickers in January I developed an era-sensitive model for kickers that at least partially accounts for hash marks (and, if I may, is scary accurate). It’s slightly more conservative than that Pro Football Focus mark, but predicts that kickers would make 96.4 percent of 33-yard kicks next year, rising to about 98 percent over the next 10 years.This isn’t the first time the NFL has been uncomfortable with how good kickers have gotten at their jobs. In 1974, the league moved the goal posts to the back of the end zone, effectively making XPs and other kicks 10 yards harder. Extra point success dropped from 98 percent the year before to 92.1 percent the year after. But it didn’t take long for kickers to recover:From an excitement standpoint, it’s tough to see a significant difference between teams making their extra points 96-98 percent of the time rather than 99. Even if misses happen slightly more often, they’re still going to be infrequent enough that I’d guess they’re more likely to annoy fans after the fact than keep them in suspense beforehand.And while this should marginally improve the math in favor of 2-point attempts, it’s not nearly dramatic enough to make going for two points the obviously better option. (It would have been if the NFL had also moved the line of scrimmage on 2-point attempts up to the 1-yard line, per the Eagles proposal.) Defenses will also be able to score two points on the play by returning a fumble, interception or blocked kick for a “touchdown,” as is the rule in college.And coaches are already pretty irrational about going for two. They have been converted about 47.4 percent of the time over the past 10 years, which would be enough to make them roughly the equivalent of kicking extra points (from an expected-value perspective; though that number may be low because teams that make 2-point attempts tend to be slightly worse than average). At the very least, the expected value of going for it versus kicking is so close that the decision should be dominated by the tactical situation (such as how far ahead or behind they are, and whether they should be playing it safe or trying to gamble) and how good the teams are in short yardage situations. But coaches still basically only make the 2-point attempt when they’re required to.If there is a big shift in favor of going for two, I think it’s more likely to be a result of coaches deciding the new rule gives them cover for it, rather than a large and fundamental shift in the math. And there’s precedent for this: The all-time high for successful 2-point attempts made was 59, set in 1994 – the year the play was first introduced. read more

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