October 2017


Significant Digits For Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 2 indictments Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election has produced its first two indictments Monday. Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, and Rick Gates, Manafort’s former business partner, are expected to turn themselves in. […]


Strayer Education and Capella agree to $1.9 billion merger (STRA, CPLA)

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  • Strayer Education and Capella Education have agreed to a $1.9 billion all-stock deal.
  • Strayer shareholders will own about 52% of the combined company while Capella shareholders will own about 48%.



(Reuters) – Strayer Education Inc will merge with smaller peer Capella Education Co in a $1.9 billion all-stock deal that will offer doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s programs, mainly for working adults across the United States.

Strayer shareholders will own about 52 percent of the combined company, and Capella shareholders will own about 48 percent, the companies said on Monday.

The combined for-profit education company will serve about 80,000 students.

For-profit colleges such as Herndon, Virginia-based Strayer have struggled to grow student enrollments in recent years after tough U.S. rules on student debt forced them to tighten admission standards.

Strayer, which had a market value of about $1.02 billion as of Friday, offers working adults programs in accounting, business administration, information technology and criminal justice. It had 45,509 students enrolled in its programs for the 2016 fall term.

Minneapolis-based Capella Education had a market capitalization of about $764.5 million as of Friday. It provides doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s programs, primarily for working adults. (Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr and Sai Sachin Ravikumar)

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Our Thoughts on Hela, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s First Female Villain

Thor: Ragnarok got me excited because of one reason—and no, it wasn’t Chris Hemsworth or Tom Hiddleston. It was Cate Blanchett as the goddess of death Hela. As mentioned before, Hela is the first female main antagonist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s a pretty big deal considering that women are usually just sidekicks to the […]

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Trick or Treat? Halloween Cocktails That Are Equally Spooky and Tasty

With Halloween coming up and a few days off work, we thought we’d share some cocktail recipes for you to try at home. These are perfect if you’re throwing a Halloween party at home or if you have some time to try something spooky but tasty. These cocktails are inspired by the flavors of the […]

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Seth MacFarlane seemed to hint about the Kevin Spacey allegations back in 2005


Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane seems to know a lot more than he gives off.

Following the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein, a clip from the best supporting actress Oscar nominations in 2013 went viral.

MacFarlane made an awkward joke about the nominees, and congratulated them because they “no longer have to be pretend to be attracted” to Weinstein. 

Now in the wake of accusations that Kevin Spacey made sexual advances toward actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was 14 years old, another clip is making the rounds on social media.  Read more…

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10 of the best horror movie locations

From the town that inspires Stephen King to Hannibal Lecter’s stamping grounds, or the eeriest of Essex islands, here’s our pick of 10 frighteningly good real-life film sets

A huge colonial revival hotel on the outskirts of the Rocky Mountain national park, this building was the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s novel The Shining, and Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation. King spent a night here with his wife in the 1970s, and began to form the plot after they discovered they were the only guests in the 142-room hotel, eating alone in an empty dining room and wandering through empty corridors. Though the hotel (which now offers ghost tours) featured in the 1997 TV series The Shining, it didn’t appear in Kubrick’s production: in the film version, exterior shots of the Overlook were of Timberline Lodge in north Oregon, while the interiors were shot at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. It was anxious management at Timberline Lodge – a year-round ski resort and popular tourist destination in its own right – that persuaded Kubrick to change the haunted room number from 217 (as it is in the book) to 237 (which the hotel doesn’t have) for fear guests would never want to stay in it.

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Popular sports video game allows for characters to come out as gay


Homophobia is still an issue in modern soccer.

It’s why some players who are gay choose to come out after their careers, such as German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger or U.S. winger Robbie Rogers, who has since returned to the game.

Games like Football Manager 2018 is tackling the issue. The popular simulator, which allows you to play the role of a soccer team manager, has a neat little feature which allows virtual players to come out. 

These announcements are posted in the game’s inbox feature, which is where you’d receive emails about news items in the world of the game. Read more…

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Choosing Between A Personal Loan And A Credit Card in Hong Kong

Have you ever been in a situation wherein your wallet is empty and yet the next paycheck is still days away? Or you were just in an emergency situation that requires financing – but you do not have the savings to help you pay for it? What are your options to deal with such scenarios? Whenever we are strapped for cash, most of us usually end up borrowing money to cope with our financial needs. This is something that we all have to go through every once in a while. Fortunately, you have a couple of options before you. In case you are in need of cash immediately, you can choose to borrow a personal loan or use your credit card. It seems that borrowing is common among residents in Hong Kong. According to the study published in the HKEconomy.gov, the total household debt by the end of September 2015 reached HK$1,571 billion. This is actually as much as 70% of the GDP of the region in 2014. The data revealed that the bulk of the debt, 71% to be exact, involves home loans – which is understandable because real estate properties in Hong Kong is quite high. But the

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Would You Wear These Calvin Klein Sneakers?

With ’90s fashion trends making a comeback, so are clothing brands like Calvin Klein. Whether you’re copping sports bras or a pair of jeans, Calvin Klein has also released a pair of shoes that will go with anything: high-tops. Designed by Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, the Constantine 135 High-Top Sneakers come in two different […]

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More than half this country apparently uses Facebook’s Messenger


Messenger sure is popular Down Under.

Facebook revealed its first country-specific stats for the instant messaging platform, claiming 13 million Australians use Messenger each month. 

That’s more than half the country’s population, and 80 percent of smartphone users, according to data from Statista.

The popularity of Messenger in Australia is why Facebook has identified it as a key market. It’s why it’ll be one of the first countries outside of the U.S. to launch the Discover tab on Messenger, which puts bots from businesses and publishers within reach on the app. Read more…

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