Facebook maps of sports fandom, such as the one Facebook just published about Major League Baseball, are one of my favorite things:But as Will Oremus of Slate notes, this approach conceals important information. Facebook’s map, which identifies the team with the most “likes” in each U.S. county, might give you the idea that the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins are exceptionally popular. Indeed, they are reasonably well-liked over a broad geographical area. But most of the counties in their territories are rural and have low populations. The problem is analogous to looking at maps of presidential election results by county, which might convey the impression that Mitt Romney won the 2012 election when he did not.Another way to evaluate a baseball team’s popularity is to look at data from Google Trends.Google Trends recently unveiled a beta feature in which it aggregates search terms into topics. For example, searches for “St. Louis Cardinals,” “Saint Louis Cardinals,” “cardinals baseball” and so forth, are grouped under the same topic heading. (The feature can also theoretically avoid false positives; for example, searches for “Texas Ranger” that were seeking information on the defunct television show will not be confused with those for the baseball team.) In most cases, this functionality seems to be quite smart; the topic “Miami Marlins” seems to pick up searches for “Florida Marlins” as well, as the team was known prior to 2012.The chart below lists the number of Google searches for the topic associated with each MLB team. The figures listed are relative to the league average. (The Atlanta Braves’ popularity, for example, is listed as 1.14, which means that they are searched for 1.14 times as often as the average MLB club.) They reflect Google searches worldwide since 2004, except in the case of the Washington Nationals, where I’ve run the numbers from April 2005 forward, because the team played in Montreal before that time.By Google searches, the Rangers have only about average popularity, while the Twins and the Rockies are below average. Conversely, the New York Mets, who didn’t win a single county in the Facebook map, are the sixth-most searched for team worldwide.The most striking feature of the Google data, however, is the dominance of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. They are searched for 3.8 and 3.7 times, respectively, more often than the league average, and more than 10 times as often as the least popular teams.The Yankees, of course, have a large population to draw from: There are roughly 20 million people in the New York metro area. How does each team’s Google search popularity compare to the size of its television market?We make that comparison in the table below. I’ve listed each team’s popularity on Google, the relative size of its TV market (markets with two teams are divided evenly between them), and then taken the ratio between the two. The Yankees rank third even by this standard. But the Red Sox are a clear No. 1 and are about three times as popular as you’d guess from the size of the Boston media market. The Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Pirates and Reds also over-perform relative to their market size.Red Sox haters might complain that the team’s market is much bigger than Boston alone: They are also the “local” team in the rest of New England (except for western Connecticut).But extent to which a team’s popularity expands may have a lot to do with how well the team is run — and how often it wins. The Toronto Blue Jays theoretically have a whole country to themselves — but they are unpopular relative to the size of the Toronto market itself, let alone as compared to the population of Canada. The correlation between a team’s Google search popularity and its number of post-season appearances since 2004 is .62, a fair amount higher than that between its popularity and its market size (.38).Performing worst relative to its population are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I’m somewhat suspicious of this datapoint, however. There are so many variations on the team’s name (“LA Angels,” “Anaheim Angels,” “That Team With Mike Trout and 24 Other People”) that Google Trends might not be picking up on all the ways to search for them, even with its new-and-improved algorithms.
Sonakshi SinhaInstagramThe relationship status of Sonakshi Sinha has always remained overcast by clouds of delusions. The news of the junior shotgun’s very first link-up with co-actor Ranveer Singh had come out while she was shooting for Lootera. Later, she was linked with Shahid Kapoor during R…Rajkumar followed by Arjun Kapoor while shooting for Tevar. Of late, Sonakshi is now being rumoured to be dating the newbie Zaheer Iqbal, who is getting launched by Salman Khan in Notebook produced under Salman Khan Films banner.Amid the link-up rumours, earlier there were also reports that Sonakshi and showbiz professional Bunty Sachdev were dating for a while but they never acknowledged their relationship in public. But reports of their on and off romance often made their rounds of the tabloids. Their romance, however, remained short-lived as reports of their alleged break-up in February, last year, had flooded the internet.While there has never been a clearer picture about who Sonakshi’s dating life, people on social media often wonder whether the Dabangg actress is on a dating app. And when Sonakshi was asked on Arbaaz Khan’s new show if she is currently using a dating app to meet new people and hanging out with them, the junior shotgun gave a hilarious response to the question.”I don’t need a dating app,” Sonakshi laughed off to Arbaaz’s idea of meeting new people which was followed by a spontaneous, hilarious and dramatic expressions. So next time, if you come across any Sonakshi Sinha, remember that she is not the Dabangg girl for you to swipe right. However, she has again left her admirers with a question mark on her relationship status which we hope she must have clarified in the full episode. Sonakshi Sinha, Zaheer IqbalInstagramTalking about Sonakshi’s growing closeness with Salman’s protege, Zaheer, a source close to the Sinha family claimed that the link-up rumours are being spread for publicity for the new movie Notebook.”This is probably the publicity machinery at work. We normally have newcomers working together in their first film being linked together for publicity. But this time they chose to deflect the publicity to an outside source. But the Sinhas aren’t taking this lying down,” the source was quoted as saying by The Asian Age.The source further added, “She’s just being nice and sweet to a newcomer who happens to be launched by Salman Khan, just like Sonakshi was (in Dabanng). Zaheer is moving in the same circle these days as Salman.”Watch the video here.
Jatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain unveils their 14-point election manifesto at a city hotel on Monday. Photo: UNBJatiya Oikya Front on Monday rolled out its 14-point election manifesto with various promises, including ensuring the balance between the power of the president and the prime minister, and introducing upper house in the parliament.Chief of the alliance Kamal Hossain unveiled the election manifesto at a city hotel on Monday, reports UNB.In its manifesto, Jatiya Oikya Front promised to ensure democracy so that one-party rule cannot take root in the country. “National unity, not the political vengeance, is our goal,” Kamal said while announcing the manifesto.There will be no age limit for government jobs except those of police and the armed forces, he said.The opposition alliance also promises to annul quota system in recruitment of government jobs except for disabled and underprivileged persons.The Oikya Front also promised to scrap the Digital Security Act.The alliance pledged to carry out investigations into the corruption incidents that took place under the current government and will bring those responsible for graft to justice.They will also take immediate steps to resolve the water-sharing disputes of the common rivers, including Teesta, and Rohingya-related issues and other bilateral problems through discussions, said Kamal.He also pledged that Oikya Front will form a ministry for minorities and stop repression on them if it comes to power.The alliance, if come to power, would fix the minimum wages for garments workers Tk 12000.Ruling Awami League would unveil its election manifesto on Tuesday.
Dengue victim 19-year-Old Ukino Nushang was a first-year student at Jahangirnagar University. Photo: CollectedAt least 208 people from 15 districts have been reported to be infected with dengue as the mosquito-borne viral disease continues to infect hundreds of people every day in the capital and elsewhere, reports news agency UNB.In Khulna division, 71 dengue patients were identified in Khulna, Jashore, Jhenaidah, Narail, Kushtia, Meherpur and Bagerhat districts in July.Of them, 24 are being treated at Khulna Medical College Hospital, nine at Khulna City Medical College Hospital and three others at Gazi Medical College in Khulna.Two people reportedly died of dengue so far in the division but the health department said the causes of deaths were not examined properly.Khulna Health Department assistant director Ferdousi Akter said a dengue cell was opened on 3 July.In Chattogram, the number of dengue patients increased in the last two weeks. Chattogram civil surgeon’s office said at least five dengue patients are being hospitalised in the city every day.So far, 49 people were diagnosed with dengue but two-thirds of them had been cured.Civil Surgeon Azizur Rahman Siddiqui said 38 people were infected with dengue between 20 and 26 July.Only three cases were reported in the last six months. On Friday, seven new dengue patients were identified, he said.In Feni, 44 people were admitted to the Sadar Hospital with dengue fever in the last 15 days. Ten of them have been shifted to Dhaka while the Sadar Hospital is treating 21 others, said resident medical officer Abu Taher Patwari.Civil surgeon Neyatuzzaman said patients, who are being treated, were infected during their stay in Dhaka or Chattogram.In Rangpur, 21 people were admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital in the last eight days.Acting director of the medical college hospital, Sultan Ahmed, said the patients were out of danger.In Sherpur, three people were diagnosed with dengue.Resident medical officer (RMO) Khairul Kabir Suman said all of them had returned home with heavy fever from Dhaka.In Pirojpur, a dengue patient was hospitalised in Swarupkathi upazila, said Asaduzzaman, RMO of the Upazila Health Complex.It is the only reported case in the district.In Pabna, 12 people were admitted to the Sadar Hospital in the last four days. Most of them recently returned from Dhaka.Nazmul Islam, medicine specialist of Sadar Hospital, said 10 of them were infected with dengue in Dhaka. Besides, two locals were also hospitalised with dengue fever.Civil surgeon Mehedi Iqbal said there is no reason to worry.In Lakshmipur, six dengue cases were reported until Saturday afternoon. A patient was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as his condition deteriorated, said Anwar Hossain, resident medical officer of Lakshmipur Sadar Hospital.In Cox’s Bazar, a young girl died of dengue on Saturday afternoon. Nineteen-year-Old Ukino Nushang was a first-year student of Jahangirnagar University.Md Mohiuddin, caretaker of Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, said she was diagnosed with dengue on Friday night. On Saturday, she was referred to Chittagong Medical College Hospital as her condition deteriorated. She died on the way.No other case of dengue infection was reported in the district, added Mohiuddin.In Chandpur, 18 people have been infected with dengue. Of them, five people were hospitalised on Saturday, said Medical Officer Nazmul Hossain.What is dengue? Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, causes a flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.Dengue viruses are spread to people through the bite of infected Aedes species mosquitoes. It is estimated that about half of the world’s population is now at risk, according to the World Health Organisation.There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue, but early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below 1 per cent.Each year, up to 400 million people are infected with dengue, according to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Approximately 100 million people get sick from infection, and 22,000 die from severe dengue.