Your Chances Of Being Gored By A Bull In Pamplona Are Getting

Spanish3747301.6 NATIONALITYTOTAL GORINGS SINCE 2005PERCENT OF GORINGS SINCE 2005PERCENT OF ATTENDANCE IN 2014GORINGS TO ATTENDANCE RATIO Latin Americans4551.0 Other/unidentified1013210.6 British68%4%1.9 I’m sure this data will do little to dissuade my fellow prospective runners from heading to Pamplona one of these years — if anything, it’ll probably be used to argue that the odds are in your favor. But you’ll take the risk knowing that there have been only three days in the past 35 years when no one suffered a major injury. Hey, it’s gotta happen to someone. North Americans1114240.6 French2350.5 Australians or Kiwis810110.9 Another year, another 10 gorings. The annual nine-day running of the bulls festival in Pamplona, Spain, drew to a close today, with the inevitable bloody results: None was gored today, but five were hospitalized with major injuries in the last of eight runs.The festival is one of the most jarring examples of just how imperfect a process natural selection is. The tradition began centuries ago as a way to transport bulls from their corrals to the bullfighting ring, and grew as more people decided it would be fun to run in front of the bulls and try not to die. Literally the only point of going is to survive extreme risk (and to slap a bull on the butt, apparently). And yet it seems just as popular on bucket lists now1Mine included. as it was when it shot to worldwide fame in 1926 with its depiction in Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises.” The danger is the appeal — but just how dangerous is it to run with the Pamplona bulls?Record keeping on deaths (there have been 15) goes back to 1922, and Navarra — the region of Spain where the festival takes place — has kept track of every major injury that has resulted from the run since 1980. Using their data, I decided to find out for myself what the odds will be of ending up in a Navarra hospital when I inevitably partake in this exercise in idiocy.Although the number of injuries has been volatile from year to year, it’s grown by about 5.1 percent on average each year since 1980.That’s what you might expect if attendance were growing, but it’s not. Pamplona’s City Hall has tracked exact annual headcounts since only 2011 (and hasn’t published numbers for 2015 yet), but the limited available data suggests that attendance is on the decline — 17,126 people participated last year, down from 20,500 in 2011.2Six bulls and six steers run every day, regardless of the number of human participants. (Organizers claim the steers are harmless.) Pamplona blames the decline of the past two years on timing, saying the weekend fell mid-festival rather than at the beginning (coinciding with the big event kickoff), as it did in 2012 and 2011.With injuries going up and attendance going down, each person who runs alongside the bulls has a higher risk of being injured every year. Based on 2014’s data, you’d have a 0.3 percent chance of being injured, which is the same chance of having an unproduced screenplay turned into a feature film.But that doesn’t mean you should go ahead and don that pañuelo just yet. The Associated Press has kept detailed reports on how many people were gored — and the countries they hail from — every day of the festival dating to 2005. I used Nexis to determine whether runners from any nationality stood out. Obviously, Spaniards were hit hardest in terms of the raw number of gorings — 37 of the total 78 over the 10-year period. But Brits take home the prize for most disproportionate number of participants gored. They account for about 8 percent of gorings, but just 4 percent of participants.3Breakdown of attendance by nationality is based on 2014 headcounts. read more

Pulisic privileged to have joined legendary Chelsea

first_imgChristian Pulisic is proud to have completed a transfer to Chelsea and is looking forward to joining his new team next seasonThe USA forward has completed a €64m transfer to Chelsea today but will spend the remainder of this term on loan at current club Borussia Dortmund.Across the past two years, Pulisic has developed into one of the most exciting young talents in Europe right now after impressing at Germany.The 20-year-old had been linked with moves to Liverpool and Tottenham in the past, but Chelsea ultimately won the race for his services.Now Pulisic can’t wait to get started at Stamford Bridge and fulfil his dream of playing Premier League football.“In summer I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League,” Pulisic told the Chelsea website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s a privilege to have signed for such a legendary club and I look forward to working hard towards being a contributor to their team of world-class players.”Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘We are delighted to have signed one of Europe’s most sought-after young players.“Christian has shown his quality during a fantastic spell in Germany and at just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come.“We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer and wish him and Dortmund every success for the remainder of the season.”Pulisic has managed 15 goals and 24 assists in 115 appearances for Dortmund across all competitions.last_img read more

Pollution has rendered Ganga unfit for bathing says report

first_imgKolkata: Water in some stretches of the Ganga in Bengal is so polluted that it is unfit for bathing, owing to the growing level of pollution.A report prepared by the state Environment department says that the pollution level in more than 10 stretches of the Ganga spreading over five districts including Kolkata is so high that the water is not safe for bathing anymore. The revelation comes at a time when the Centre has claimed the success of Namami Gange project. Garden Reach in Kolkata is one of the affected areas, while the other affected stretches fall under the districts of Howrah, Hooghly, North 24-Parganas, Nadia and Murshidabad. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Namami Gange Project is an ambitious project of the Centre which integrates the efforts to clean and protect the Ganga river in a comprehensive manner. The project is officially known as Integrated Ganga Conservation Mission project. An earlier report prepared by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had revealed that apart from Bengal, the water of the river is also unfit for bathing in states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. A senior official of the state Environment department said that Bengal is situated downstream and hence receives all the pollutants that flow along the river from the states that are located upstream. He also said that coliform bacteria, which is mainly found in sewage, is a major cause of concern. The bacterium is often found abundantly in the waters of Ganga. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt is often alleged that the most of the sewage treatment plants in Bengal do not have a proper mechanism to treat municipal waste water. Due to the non-functional sewage treatment plants (STPs), untreated wastewater of various municipalities gets discharged directly into the river. Such organic pollution in the river causes harm to both human beings as well as the aquatic life. According to a city doctor, untreated urban sewage contains pathogens that cause a variety of diseases, including diarrhea. The accumulation of organic pollutant stimulates microbial growth, leading to oxygen depletion and ultimately causing severe harm to the ecosystem of the river. Kalyan Rudra, chairman of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board, said that due to the growing level of pollution, Hilsa fish and dolphins are found in lesser numbers in the Ganga compared to previous years.last_img read more