TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd warned against signing Leicester ace James Maddisonby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have been urged to avoid signing Leicester City ace James Maddison.That’s on the advice of former United midfielder Kleberson.”I don’t think it would be great for Maddison to join United,” the World Cup winner told US-Bookies.com.”They [Leicester] have had a good start to the season but when you do a big jump from a smaller club to United, it is mentally tough for these players.”They have to be able to learn to adapt to play at a big club. It will be interesting to see if they can, but I don’t know if he will be a good enough signing for United.”
TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City keeper Zack Steffen delighted with first Fortuna Dusseldorf clean sheetby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveZack Steffen was delighted with a first clean sheet for Fortuna Dusseldorf on the weekend.On-loan from Manchester City, Steffen has been superb for Fortuna this season – but hadn’t managed a clean sheet.That is until the weekend’s 1-0 win over Mainz.Steffen said, “Sometimes I like that when I have nothing to do. I’ll take that with me. I’m just totally happy and overjoyed that I finally did not concede a goal. That’s really good for me. “This is the credit of our defence. The guys did a great job. We finally showed that we can defend our goal when we totally concentrate for 90 minutes.”
CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery rose 7.40 cents at $5.2140 a bushel; Mar. corn fell .80 cent at $3.7760 a bushel; Dec. oats was up 2.60 cents at $2.8920 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 2.60 cents at 8.9960 a bushel.Beef was higher and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Feb. live cattle rose .38 cent at $1.2530 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was up .20 cent at $1.47 a pound; Dec. lean hogs fell .76 cent at .6282 a pound.The Associated Press
Story courtesy Nikkei Asian Review: https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Business-Deals/Long-stalled-LNG-plant-revived-as-Asia-ditches-coal TOKYO, JAPAN — The Nikkei Asian Review is reporting that Japan-based JGC Corp and U.S. firm Fluor have won a contract to design and build the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas project for an estimated $14 billion.Nikkei has not named sources in its article, but says that LNG Canada should begin liquefying natural gas for shipments to China, South Korea and other Asian markets by roughly 2023. Transporting LNG to Asia takes just eight days from the B.C. North Coast, compared with 20 days from the Gulf of Mexico and 14 from the Middle East.China surpassed South Korea last year to become the second-largest importer by volume, a 50 percent from 2016. Japan ranks as the world’s largest importer, while demand is also growing in India and Southeast Asia.
Whole Wheat and HoneyInvestors Group Wealth ManagementA link to the FB Page CLICK HEREA link to the FB Event Page CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – CODE RED is a week-long feminine hygiene drive from December 17th – 21st, 2018CODE RED is a Campaign that is collecting feminine hygiene products for those in need, these items are often overlooked and are essential for a woman, for one week, once a month.Creator of the campaign Jessica Telizyn is a resident of FSJ who is currently enrolled in University in another Province and was inspired by a ‘Period Club’ at her school, she recognized there is a real need for this type of help in any community. All collected feminine hygiene products are broken into period-packs that will be donated to the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society. The campaign will help women to have access to the tampons or pads they need to get them through the month when in some cases they could be going without feminine hygiene products altogether.Donating can be newly purchased boxes as well as open boxes of pads or tampons that you may have as these items are individually wrapped and are ok to donate. The last day of the drive these packages will be separated to create period-packs, customized bags including the supplies needed to help that individual woman get through her menstrual cycle.Although this drive is focused on feminine sanitary protection, other toiletries will be accepted such as shampoo and body wash.Drop off locations:Comfort & JoyTaylor District Ice Center Concession
Syncrude disputes Swan was being forced back to work too soon.“Syncrude relied upon the available medical reports and medical advice when formulating the gradual return-to-work plan for the plaintiff, and, further, Syncrude had no contradicting medical reports indicating that the plaintiff should not return to Fort McMurray or the Aurora Mine site.”Swan said Syncrude first punished him for joining the program too late and then again for staying in it too long. He was fired last September.Syncrude spokesman Leithan Slade said Thursday the company has nothing to add to its statement of defence “other than that Syncrude greatly values and supports its employees.”Swan said he’ll never work as a first responder again, but he’s exploring retraining options through the WCB.The WCB’s support is helpful, he added, but he is under financial strain. His sister has set up a GoFundMe page for legal and medical expenses.“This is embarrassing, but I’m collecting some bottles and stuff and rolling change,” he said.“I’m not looking for a handout or to be set up the rest of my life. I’d just like to hold Syncrude accountable and get back to the workforce.” “At no time during the plaintiff’s employment did Syncrude demonstrate an intention not to be bound by the employment agreement. The plaintiff, however, relocated from Fort McMurray to Calgary without notice to Syncrude and subsequently abandoned his employment.”The claims by Swan and Syncrude have not been tested in court.Swan, 44, began working for Syncrude in 2002 as a heavy equipment operator at its mining operations north of Fort McMurray, Alta. Five years later, he joined the company’s fire department, which sometimes responds to calls in the surrounding community.The former firefighter and paramedic has said that no single event triggered his PTSD, but that it built up gradually. He said his symptoms were in full force by the time a ferocious wildfire swept into Fort McMurray in 2016. He was diagnosed a year later.Syncrude said Swan attended an intake screening for a traumatic psychological injury program organized through the Workers’ Compensation Board in October 2017, but he “unilaterally chose not to return” for treatment.Swan explained Wednesday that he joined the program later than Syncrude wanted because his own psychologist wished to ensure Swan was in the right condition for it. CALGARY, A.B. – Oilsands giant Syncrude Canada wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by a former first responder who claims he was wrongfully fired following a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.Michael Swan filed the lawsuit in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench late last year seeking damages for lost compensation and benefits, improper paycheque deductions and in lieu of reasonable notice. His also seeks “moral or aggravated damages for bad faith throughout the employment relationship” and punitive damages.“Syncrude denies that the plaintiff was at any time penalized due to his disability or that Syncrude failed to treat the plaintiff with civility, decency, dignity and respect,” the company said in a statement of defence filed last month. He said the program offered structured full-day treatment that included group sessions, exercise and meditation. He said he found it challenging and rewarding.“By the time I was ending it, I had come so far. I was able to talk with people and share my experience, which aids people suffering from PTSD immensely.”In February 2018, Syncrude told Swan he had to return to work within a week, even though his care team and the WCB did not think he was ready, his lawsuit alleges.Swan said he completed the program last summer. While he found it helpful, he said he spent a lot of time there dealing with his anger at Syncrude rather than his PTSD.
Kolkata: Coal India will supply 530 million tonne of coal to the power sector in 2019-20, a 8.6 per cent rise over the previous year. Though the annual production for the current fiscal have not been finalised yet, it is likely to be around 650 million tonne, said sources. “In FY’20, we have assured the government to supply 530 million tonne of coal to the power sector. Supply to the power sector during the last year was 488 million tonne, a rise of 7.5 per cent over 2017-18,” sources said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraRetaining the focus on power sector, CIL’s share of despatch to power sector has increased to 80 per cent in FY’19 from the level of 78 per cent during the previous two years. Sources said the supply quantity is based on feedback and projections by the government for the power growth. In the wake of thrust to the power sector, the share of coal allocated under e-auction segment has drastically reduced to 12.6 per cent of production from 16.9 per cent in 2017-18 and to the level of 20.5 per cent in 2016-17.
I wrote last week about the vagaries of stoppage time at the World Cup. The referee decides how many minutes to add at the end of each half of play — ostensibly based on how much of each 45-minute half was lost to injury, bookings, goal celebrations and other major delays. The referee doesn’t have to explain the decision, and it can sometimes puzzle fans and rankle teams. Trailing sides think they’re due more time, and leading sides want to get things over with quickly.Researchers have found that more than just time delays influence the amount of stoppage-time allotted. Refs in Spanish club football “systematically favor home teams by shortening close games where the home team is ahead, and lengthening close games where the home team is behind,” Luis Garicano, Ignacio Palacios-Huerta and Canice Prendergast reported in 2005.At the World Cup, only the host — Brazil, this year — truly has a home-field advantage. But in club soccer, home advantage is more relevant, and current data shows it’s not just Spanish club refs who favor the home side. Many of the clubs that enjoy the biggest home advantage in stoppage time play in Major League Soccer, the top U.S. and Canadian professional league. Although some U.S. fans objected to the amount of stoppage time awarded at the end of the U.S.-Portugal match, their domestic league is the club king of home-cooked stoppage time.To estimate home advantage in club soccer, I asked soccer stats providers TruMedia Networks for data from the major European club competitions, plus MLS. Using Opta data, TruMedia compiled the average amount of stoppage time awarded for clubs when playing at home, when entering second-half stoppage time in two different game states: ahead by a goal or trailing by a goal. That’s when the amount of stoppage time matters most: The leading team wants less time awarded, to hang on to the lead, and the trailing team wants more time to seek an equalizer. Teams’ motivations in tied games are harder to detect, and teams leading by two or more goals usually can rest easy entering stoppage time. (The data for the European clubs covers matches in the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga, France’s Ligue 1 and the Champions League since 2010-2011; in MLS, it covers all matches since 2012, through last Tuesday.)Average Allotted Stoppage TimeIn all, the data included 1,884 matches in which the home team led by a goal entering stoppage time, and 1,326 matches in which the home team trailed by a goal entering stoppage time. (There are more of the former because home teams win more often than they lose.) On average, the home team gets eight more seconds when it needs more time than when it doesn’t: Three minutes and 59 seconds compared to three minutes and 51 seconds. That’s a 4 percent increase: small, but enough to get the average home team a net gain in goals when it needs them over thousands of matches.The home edge varies widely across leagues. In Ligue 1, it’s somewhat surprisingly reversed: The home team gets 1 percent less time, on average, when trailing by a goal than when leading by a goal. Serie A and the Premier League — despite the fame of Fergie time — are around average. And in the Bundesliga and MLS, the home edge is a whopping 11 percent. That amounts to a more significant edge in absolute soccer terms for MLS home teams, however, because the average amount of stoppage time awarded is greater in the U.S. club league: Home teams trailing by a goal get an average of 28 more seconds than those leading by a goal in MLS, compared to just 19 more seconds in the Bundesliga.It’s impossible to say over a single match, or a small set of matches, that stoppage-time awarding is flawed: Maybe the game in which the home team trailed did have more disruptions, by chance or because there’s something systematic about such matches that eats more time. But the gap in MLS and Bundesliga, over more than 300 matches in each, is big enough to be suspicious. That doesn’t mean refs are consciously favoring the home side: It’s possible they’re influenced by the crowd or other circumstances without knowing it.Some clubs get an especially immense home advantage at the end of matches. Most of the biggest outliers are in the MLS. Among the 183 clubs studied, 117 had at least five home matches in the sample in which they entered stoppage time behind by a goal, and also had at least five matches in which they entered stoppage time ahead by a goal. Among these 117 clubs, the five with the biggest favorable home edge in absolute terms all were in the MLS. Ranking instead by percentage edge, these same five clubs place in the top nine. They are the Chicago Fire, the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Vancouver Whitecaps, Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City.Average Allotted Stoppage TimeGarth Lagerwey, general manager of Real Salt Lake, wasn’t surprised by the findings. He attributed them in part to the inexperience of MLS refs. Few have been full-time employees, though their number has increased this season after a lockout, “so they’re right at the beginning of the curve in terms of referee-growth development,” Lagerwey said in a phone interview. The influence of the crowd on refs “shows up in every sport: the NFL, the NBA and soccer,” he said. “The more experienced the referee, the less variation” he’d expect in stoppage time depending on the situation.Peter Walton, general manager of the Professional Referee Organization, which employees MLS refs, said he’d take a closer look at the issue of fairness in stoppage-time decisions. “I was not aware of any patterns in stoppage-time allowance,” Walton said in an email. “However, on the strength of your data I will be taking more interest in stoppage time per club. This is such a subjective topic and I feel more definitive guidelines are required to become more transparent in its use.”
The Spanish right-back was injured in the match against Chelsea in the English Premier League and will be out of the season for Arsenal.Hector Bellerin ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the match between his club Arsenal and Chelsea in the English Premier League weekend fixture.The Spanish right-back will be out for the season for the Gunners, and teammate Laurent Koscielny has given him some advice.“As I said to him yesterday, put football on the side and enjoy a bit of your life with your family and friends,” Koscielny was quoted by Sky Sports.“He is starting a new chapter of his career. It will be long but he is a strong boy and I know he has the people around him to help him and be back as soon as possible and stronger than before.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He knows all the team are here to help him because we know he will have some difficult moments during his rehab, like Rob [Holding] and Danny [Welbeck], but they know all the team are here and behind them to help them come back with us and help us to have results together,” he added.“It was very hard during some moments because I missed the World Cup.”“But you learn a lot about life, you are more positive about football because you know it’s just a small part of your life, and you have some good things off the pitch.”Bellerin joined Arsenal in 2001 as part of the youth system after many years in the Barcelona young squads.He debuted professionally in 2013 with the Gunners and was loaned to Watford for a year in the 2013-2014 season.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders and activists on Tuesday decided to stage a sit-in programme in front of its Nayapaltan central office protesting at the jailing of their party chief Khaleda Zia in a graft case, reports UNB.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said that police verbally gave them permission to hold the programme on the premises of the Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh at Kakrail.As police did not get them written permission, they now took decision to hold the programme in front of their party office, said the BNP leader.BNP leaders and activists have already started gathering in front of the party office to stage the sit -in-programme.The party leaders and followers will observe the programme from 11:00am to 12 noon.On Saturday, Rizvi announced a three-day protest programme at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office after BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five years in jail in Zia Orphanage Trust case.As part of the programmes, the party leaders and followers will also observe a hunger strike from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Wednesday across the country.On 8 February, a special court convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the graft case.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai adjusts her scarf as she speaks during an interview in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 30, 2018 Photo : ReutersNobel peace laureate and young education activist Malala Yousafzai visited her home in Swat Valley, more than five years after she was shot in the head there by the Taliban.Malala Yousafzai, 20, along with her parents, State Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb and others landed near her family home in Mingora in the morning amid tight security, the Pakistani media reported.In October 2012, Malala Yousafzai — then 15 years old — was attacked when she was returning from her school. She was later flown to London for medical treatment.The activist, who is on four-day visit to Pakistan, met her friends and family before visiting the Swat Cadet College Guli Bagh, some 15 km outside of Mingora.Yousafzai arrived in Pakistan early Thursday. She later delivered an emotional speech at the Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad saying it had been her dream to return “without any fear”.A helicopter carrying Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai prepares to land at her hometown of Mingora in Swat Valley, Pakistan, March 31, 2018. Photo : Reuters”Always it has been my dream that I should go to Pakistan and there, in peace and without any fear, I can move on streets, I can meet people, I can talk to people.”And I think that it’s my old home again… so it is actually happening, and I am grateful to all of you,” an emotional Yousafzai said on her return.Due to security reasons, her entire itinerary had been kept tightly under wraps.Meanwhile, in a televised interview with Geo TV aired on Friday, the activist said she plans to return to Pakistan permanently once her studies are completed.”It is my plan to return to Pakistan after completing my education because it is my country and I have equal rights on it like any other Pakistani.”The Oxford University student, who had said that she wanted to run for Prime Minister, said there was “definitely a difference between the Pakistan of today and in 2012”.”Things are becoming better, people are uniting and a campaign for better Pakistan is ongoing, people are active which is very good.”Yousafzai plans to return to Britain on Monday.
The tenth edition of Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) is all set to celebrate the best of theatre and stagecraft. META provides a concrete platform to celebrate and promote theatre’s varied elements like playwriting, set design, costume and light design, direction and performance. It aims at bringing together the best of Indian theatre from the year gone by. Nominations for this year’s edition have been declared which are handpicked from hundreds of entries by the jury that comprises stalwarts like Anup Hazarika, Deepa Punjani Krishnan, Sajitha Madathil, Sudhir Tandon and Vinod Nagpal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The jury will pick winners in 13 categories including Best Play, Best Director, Best Stage Design, Best Light Design, Best Innovative Sound Design, Best Costume Design, Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male), Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female), Best Original Script, Best Ensemble, and Best Choreographer.A Straight Proposal directed by Happy Ranajit and produced by Unicorn’s Actor Studio (Delhi, 1 Hour 45 Minutes, Hindi), Aaydaan directed by Sushma Deshpande and produced by Awishkar Theatre (Mumbai, 2 Hours 20 Minutes, Marathi), Chitrapata directed by Manjunath L Badiger and produced by Samasthi (Bengaluru, 85 Minutes, Kannada), Dhou… The Wave directed by Gunakar Dev Goswami and produced by Purvarang (Guwahati, 1 Hour 20 Minutes, Assamese), Dreams from my room directed by Chingtham Banikanta Singh and produced by Pan Manipuri Theatre (Manipur, 50 Minutes, Manipuri), Fall of a King- Burha Manuhor Babe Desh Nai directed by Palash Protim Mech and produced by Oftas (Assam, 1 Hour 20 Minutes, Assamese), Kaumudi directed by Abhishek Majumdar and produced by Riad Mahmood Education and Arts Foundation and Indian Ensemble (Bengaluru, 2 Hours 5 Minutes, Hindi), Matthi directed by Jino Joseph and produced by Kathuparamba Malayakalanilayam (Kerala, 1 Hour 30 Minutes, Malayalam), Rage and Beyond: Irawati’s Gandhari directed by Sanjukta Wagh and produced by Beej (Mumbai, 65 Minutes, English), Still and Still Moving directed by Neel Chaudhuri and produced by Tadpole Repertory (Delhi, 95 Minutes, English, Hindi) are the plays that are nominated in the best plays category.The nominations for the best directors are – Happy Ranajit, Sushma Deshpande, Manjunath L Badiger, Gunakar Dev Goswami, Chingtham Banikanta Singh, Palash Protim Mech, Abhishek Majumdar, Jino Joseph, Sanjukta Wagh and Neel Chaudhuri. When: March 27 Where: The Taj Mahal Hotel
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Oh, and hold onto those easy interceptions. 2:00 left in second quarterFacing a 3rd and long, Keenum’s pass bounces off a wide open Karlos Dansby’s hands and goes right to DeAndre Hopkins for a gain of 22. Instead of a turnover or, at worst, a punt, the Texans instead have the ball at the 26 with a fresh set of downs. 2:11 left in fourth quarterFacing a 3rd and 7 Palmer hits Ellington for a great six-yard play. Sadly, that would be a yard short and leave the Cardinals with an interesting decision to make.Bruce Arians is challenging the spot of the ball. If successful, the first down would be HUGE. If not, do you go for it on 4th and 1 from the your own 47? Probably can’t, not with a three point lead. 3:28 left in second quarterPenalties and poor offensive line play kill the drive. Zastudil’s punt bounces out of bounds at the Houston 1 or so. What. A. Punt. 12:43 left in first quarterCardinals force a three and out on Houston’s next possession, and Patrick Peterson gets little on the punt return. Cardinals will start from their own 13.Offense has been spotted a 7-0 cushion. Not exactly what the Cardinals wanted — and where is Ellington, by the way? — but could be worse. 5:17 left in second quarterAndre Ellington takes a delayed handoff and picks up a big 23 yards for the Cardinals. Now at their own 41, this is a big drive for them. 4:34 left in fourth quarterIt is indeed a catch, and this ballgame ain’t over. Turnovers, they’ll kill ya.And so will Andre Johnson. 10:47 left in first quarterOffense does nothing and Carson Palmer throws his first near-pick of the game. Punt leaves the Texans on their own 49. 13:34 left in third quarterNo, it did not. Cards go three and out. Oops. :37 left in second quarterWrong.A false start got things off on the wrong foot, an incomplete pass happened, and then Palmer was strip/sacked by J.J. Watt, who recovered the fumble. On the bright side, Palmer just got credited with a tackle. So there’s that.Texans have it at the Arizona 22. 15:00 left in third quarterCards will start at their own 20. Does the momentum from the blocked FG carry over? We’ll see. 6:42 left in fourth quarterPalmer hits Andre Roberts on a nice wheel route for a 19-yard touchdown. It’s Palmer’s second scoring strike of the day, and it has the Cardinals up 27-17. 4:20 left in third quarterDefense does its job and gets the offense the ball back, with good field position, too. Palmer a quick-hitter to Roberts for nine yards, and the Cards are at their own 47. Still 5:55 left in first quarterRefs confirm the ruling on the field, and the PAT means this game is all tied up at 7. 11:30 left in fourth quarterJohn Abraham gets his third sack of the game and Marcus Benard somehow avoids a personal foul with a late hit on the play, and Texans are forced to punt. Cardinals take over at their own 19 with the lead and a chance to maybe put this game away with a touchdown. 9:37 left in second quarterAaaaand that’s exactly what happened. Keenum finds Garrett Graham open in the back of the end zone and we’re all tied up. 6:06 left in third quarterMendenhall gets stuffed on a 3rd and 2 and Arizona’s drive stalls. Jay Feely comes on and converts a 35-yard field goal, and we’re all tied up. 4:37 left in fourth quarterCommence meltdown? Mendenhall gets into a pile of bodies and apparently fumbles the football. Texans recover, and if this stands they’ll have the ball at the Arizona five. 15:00 left in second quarterCards line up for a 3rd and 1 but Eric Winston is called for a false start, so now it’s 3rd and 6. Math. At the Houston 34, so not exactly chip shot FG range, either. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share End of second quarterDefense holds the Texans to a field goal attempt, which is blocked by Justin Bethel. So, crisis averted. Cards trail 17-14 at the break and will get the ball to start the second half. 15:00 left in fourth quarterTexans will start their drive and the quarter from their own 23. Arizona’s defense has played well, need to keep pressuring Keenum. The running game hasn’t done much for the Texans, so take advantage of their being one-dimensional. 9:30 left in second quarterIllegal block in the back kills a solid return (maybe helped it, though), and Cards take over at their four. 1:25 left in fourth quarterJerraud Powers breaks up a 4th down pass attempt, and this one is all over. Cards can bring out the offense for the victory formation, and the Cards will improve to 5-4 on the season. 3:12 left in first quarterCardinals move it to the Houston 41 before stalling, and Zastudil punts it away. Ball takes a great bounce (planned that way, I’m sure) and is downed at the Houston 1. You’re up, defense. :02 left in third quarterWe don’t always get what we want. Palmer can’t connect with Roberts in the corner of the end zone so Feely comes in and converts a 21-yard field goal. Cards now back on top 20-17, but it could (and maybe should) be a bigger lead. 4:53 left in fourth quarterCardinals force a punt, which Lechler puts at the Arizona five. This game has featured some really excellent punts, and fortunately that’s not the only positive to take away from this one. Otherwise this would be the late-90s Cardinals and that would not be much fun.At any rate, fans are starting to head to the exits. Barring a meltdown, the Cardinals should escape with this one. 8:40 left in second quarterOn second down Palmer tries to hit a well-covered Housler down the field, but D.J. Swearinger picks it off. It’s the fourth interception of the year for the Texans, and they have it at the Arizona 45. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 13:57 left in second quarterRob Housler has found the end zone! The third-year TE took a screen pass in for a 12-yard touchdown, the first of his career. He celebrated by lifting an imaginary monkey off of his back. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Game overCardinals hang on for a 27-24 victory and you know they’ll take it. Playoff hopes stay alive with the win. Time to head downstairs and hear from the team. 6:31 left in second quarterBullock! The Texans get into field goal range and Randy Bullock puts it through from 48 yards out. Texans take their first lead of the game and score off of Arizona’s turnover. 14:09 left in second quarterJake Ballard makes his first catch as a Cardinal, and the TE’s reception brings the ball to the Houston 12. Cards moving the ball with relative ease thus far, important to punch it in. 13:57 left in second quarterKickoff sails into the end zone for a touchback.Announcement in press box is Michael Floyd is questionable to return with a shoulder injury. No need, the team has tight end galore to throw to! 4:34 left in fourth quarterAndre Johnson comes down with what is — for the moment — a ridiculous touchdown catch. The play is under review, and it’s going to be a tough one to overturn. Once again, the fanferees think it’s an incomplete pass, but we’ll see. 5:55 left in first quarterKeenum drives the Texans down the field and appears to hit Andre Johnson in the back corner for a 7-yard touchdown. It is under review, and the fanferees in the stadium don’t think the wideout got his second foot down in time. It was real close, and my guess here is the ruling on the field will stand. Even still 5:55 left in first quarterKickoff sails into the end zone, Cards start at their own 20. 1:25 left in first quarterPeterson returns the punt to the Arizona 42. Offense showed signs of life last drive but, as has been the case much of the season, couldn’t convert on 3rd down.Gotta do better. Top Stories :07 left in third quarterCardinals call timeout facing a 3rd and goal from the three. This drive has featured a season-high 12-yard run from Rashard Mendenhall as well as a ridiculously perfect pass from Palmer to Housler down the seam. It’d be nice to get a TD here. 8:36 left in fourth quarterCardinals get a first down as Housler drags a defender to the marker. Arizona at the Houston 32 and rolling. 14:46 left in first quarterThe opening kickoff was returned to the 15. On Houston’s first play, Case Keenum is stripped of the ball by John Abraham. Matt Shaughnessy picks up the fumble and takes it to the end zone. Tack on the PAT, and it’s 7-0 Cardinals.Tough to start a game any better than that, folks. 2:00 until kickoffThe national anthem has been sung, the giant flag has been put away and the coin has been flipped. The Texans won the toss and have chosen to receive the football. It’s another sellout here at University of Phoenix Stadium, but the stands are not exactly full. At any rate, this is a big game for the Cardinals as they need to knock off a struggling Texans team to advance to 5-4 on the season. Oh yeah, Cards are wearing their alternate black jerseys for the final time this season. 5:26 left in third quarterJohn Abraham gets his second sack of the day (may want to block that guy, Houston), and the Texans take a timeout facing a 2nd and 20 from their own 12. May be up to the defense to win this game, and I think they’re plenty capable. 11:18 left in third quarterCardinals come up big on D — narrowly missing another interception — and force a punt. The offense takes over at the AZ 41, and it’s high time they put another drive together. 9:41 left in second quarterTexans are moving the ball down the field with relative ease, and have it at the Arizona 2. Cardinals call a time out, if only to catch their breath a little bit. It’s second down, does the D have what it takes to make a stand here?Kind of not good when you allow the other team to march right down the field and score after your offense was kind enough to score a touchdown. 2:06 left in fourth quarterCards lose the challenge and send Zastudil out to punt. It’s fair caught at the Houston 28. Here we go. :50 left in second quarterD comes up strong then, and the punt is returned by Peterson to the Arizona 32. Cards have two timeouts left so may as well see if they can do something here. Right? 4:31 left in fourth quarterSo here we are. The Cardinals will take over at their own 18 with the game still very much in doubt. Points would be huge, but they need to at least pick up some first downs and flip the field. A three-and-out won’t work here. Looks like Ellington is the RB, by the way.
US broadcast group Sinclair has confirmed the acquisition of 21 Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) and Fox College Sports from Disney in a deal worth US$10.6 billion (€9.6 billion).This portfolio represents the largest collection of RSNs in the US marketplace, and has an extensive footprint which consists of exclusive local rights to 42 professional teams consisting of 14 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, 16 National Basketball Association (NBA) teams, and 12 National Hockey League (NHL) teams. This is added to Sinclair’s existing sports business which includes Marquee Sports Network (a recently announced joint venture with the Chicago Cubs), Tennis Channel and Tennis Media Company (dedicated to live tennis events and tennis lifestyle), and Ring of Honor Wrestling.“This is a very exciting transaction for Sinclair to be able to acquire highly complementary assets,” commented Chris Ripley, president and CEO of Sinclair. “While consumer viewing habits have shifted, the tradition of watching live sports and news remains ingrained in our culture. As one of the largest local news producers in the country and an experienced producer of sports content, we are ideally positioned to transfer our skills to deliver and expand our focus on greater premium sports programming.”Christine McCarthy, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer at the Walt Disney Company added: “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Sinclair for the sale of these 21 RSNs, subject to the conditions of the consent decree with the US Department of Justice.”The other Fox-owned RSN, the YES Network, was sold back to the New York Yankees by Disney in March for US$3.5 billion (€3.13 billion). Disney had previously announced its intention to divest 22 Fox-owned RSNs in order to end the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s investigation into its acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
By Doug Hornig, Senior Editor“Flow.”Although it can be annoyingly difficult to define with any precision and virtually impossible to measure objectively, everyone intuitively knows what it is, and most people have experienced some form of it at one time or another. It’s that state of effortless concentration that leads to superior performance, either mental or physical. Everything superfluous to the task at hand is shut out of the mind. At the highest level, Michael Jordan sees a basketball hoop that’s four feet wide and cannot be missed; Einstein is able to conjure the complete structure of the universe inside his head.Attempts to find the flow are not new. For most of human existence, it has had crucial survival value. The hunter who could envision what the prey would do next was a successful hunter. And when the tables were turned, the ability to avoid, outwit, or win a battle with larger predators meant living for another day and keeping the evolutionary line intact.Finding the flow through repetition is not easy. It takes time, energy, and commitment. Researchers at Florida State University say that it normally requires 10,000 hours of practice to become expert at anything. In our early hunter-gatherer days, that kind of rigorous training was mandatory. Today, for the most part, it’s optional. Some are willing to put in the time, depending on the goal. Others are not.So, for probably as long as humans have been thinking beings, they’ve not only trained themselves to naturally be in the flow, they’ve also been on the lookout for shortcuts.Traditionally, this quest has included the ingestion of stimulants. We can’t be sure of exactly what prehistoric people did, although if they stumbled upon something that gave them higher clarity of mind, they undoubtedly used it. (At least one theorist has postulated that the modern brain is the result of human interaction with psychoactive mushrooms native to Africa.)Historically, we know that marijuana has been consumed for at least three thousand years and coca leaf chewed for the past two millennia or so, but caffeinated stimulants are of course the most widespread today. The history of coffee extends back to at least the twelfth century, and tea was discovered in 2737 B.C., at least according to legend. More recently, Coca Cola hit the street in the late 19th century and it has endured, even though the original formula was altered to replace the cocaine with caffeine in 1903.The ferocity with which people crave stimulants is obvious every time one enters a convenience store and is confronted with a mind-boggling variety of products from which to choose… not to mention that those hoping to grab a piece of the flow can also dial up an array of prescription drugs like Adderall, or go to the black market in search of cocaine powder, rocks of crack, or crystal methamphetamine.All cater to the same desire, and anyone who bothers to think it through has to realize that the War on Drugs can never be won. It’s a war on human nature.But what if there were another way to access the flow – one that didn’t involve swallowing, smoking, or injecting anything… one that had no dangerous (or even merely unpleasant) side effects. What if you could hone a skill in a fraction of the time it would normally take? What if, for example, whenever I sat down to write the Technology Investor, the words just spilled out onto the screen, the way they sometimes (but not often) do?What if the mind-state attained by world-class athletes and brilliant physicists – the flow – were available to everyone, at minimal cost and without breaking any law? Would people go for it?We’re about to find out. The hottest new topic in brain research these days involves a technique called “transcranial direct current stimulation,” or tDCS for short.The setup couldn’t be simpler: Clamp a set of electrodes to the head, pass a miniscule direct electric current (2 milliamperes or less) through the brain for 20-30 minutes, and presto, instant immersion in the flow state. The whole thing can be run off of a common nine-volt battery.So far, much of the lab work on tDCS has been done by or for the military, which has an obvious interest in reducing the time it takes for soldiers to acquire certain skillsets. Researchers have found that they can more than double the rate at which subjects learn a wide range of tasks, such as object recognition, math skills, and marksmanship. Thus, unsurprisingly, one DARPA program has been using the technique to cut the time it takes to train snipers in half.What’s it like to quite literally put on a “thinking cap?” A handful of journalists have submitted themselves to the electrodes and written up their experiences. What stands out are a couple of things. First, time compression. The twenty minutes goes by without the awareness of that amount of time passing. More important, there is a suppression of the crosstalk with which our brains are normally occupied. The subject is able to focus totally on the task at hand.Journalist Sally Adee submitted to the procedure as part of a course in advanced marksmanship, at which she was admittedly terrible. But then they turned on the current and, as she wrote in Better Living Through Electrochemistry:The 20 minutes I spent hitting targets while electricity coursed through my brain were far from transcendent. I only remember feeling like I had just had an excellent cup of coffee, but without the caffeine jitters. I felt clear-headed and like myself, just sharper. Calmer. Without fear and without doubt. From there on, I just spent the time waiting for a problem to appear so that I could solve it. ….Relieved of the minefield of self-doubt that constitutes my basic personality, I was a hell of a shot.The flow state lasted beyond the session, “gradually diminishing over a period of about three days,” and causing her to confess that “the thing I wanted most acutely for the weeks following my experience was to go back and strap on those electrodes.”How does tDCS work? No one’s really sure, and any technical discussion is beyond the scope of this article. But if you’re interested in exploring the science, Zap Your Brain into the Zone is a good starting point.Why isn’t everyone running out and buying one of these things? Probably only because they’re too new, few have even heard of them yet, and they’re hard to find. There’s also cost. Typically, they run between $500-600, and at the moment suppliers are generally selling only to research institutions. Professional supervision is highly recommended, and private parties at least need a doctor’s prescription.All that could be about to change, as entrepreneurs see a mass market that awaits only ease of ordering and a better price point. Already, some tech geeks have published plans on the Internet for a DIY model – an unacceptably risky way to go in our opinion, and one we do not endorse. For one thing, long-term effects are as yet unknown. For another, if you screw up and accidentally send more current through your brain than it can handle, you could fry some important circuits. Additionally, care must be taken not to detach electrodes before the current is switched off, or else temporary blindness is one possible result. (You can’t jump up to answer the phone in the middle of a session.)Still, home units are on the way. A small startup company is planning to offer tDCS kits soon for about $99. One of the big medical supply houses cannot be far behind.Does this mean that one day Kindles will come with electrodes attached, so that users can read in a heightened state of neuronal awareness? Might we be riding the subway with tDCS caps on our heads and nine-volt batteries in our pockets, so that we can practice our Mandarin during rush hour? Well, could be. But how this all plays out depends on a number of interacting factors.First of all, of course, it must be determined that tDCS is actually safe, which means that the FDA is likely to become involved pretty soon. That means at least some government regulation, and perhaps a lot. A number of predictable objections will be raised, too. Some people will probably claim that this is unwarranted tinkering with the human psyche. Some will warn that tDCS will only serve to further divide society between the haves and have nots. Some will maintain that students taking tests with thinking caps will have an unfair advantage over those who don’t have them – which may well be true. And so on. (For a more in-depth discussion of ethical considerations, see The Neuroethics of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation in Current Biology.)Look for government to be divided on private citizens’ access to this technology. There will be those who want to lump tDCS units in with illegal stimulants and simply ban them; there will be those who prefer to let the market decide; and there will surely be those who see the devices as very important for national productivity and want to subsidize them, in very much the way they now subsidize education. We’re already at the point where schools strive for computer access for every pupil. Why not universal access to tDCS, too?Whatever the case, if these early, positive results for tDCS are confirmed, we’re on the verge of a truly extraordinary advance in the field of cognitive enhancement. It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch where it all goes from here. And personally, I can’t wait to find some flow for myself. Bits & BytesAmazonian Robots (TIME)This past Monday, Amazon announced that it was acquiring Kiva Systems for $775 million. Kiva makes robotic systems designed for warehouses, so for one of the country’s biggest warehousers, the deal must have been a no-brainer. This article on the subject has a link to a pretty cool video showing the Kiva robots at work. Also of interest is this question: does the acquisition give Amazon power over other companies that currently use Kiva systems? Staples is one, for example. Will Amazon now have the right to deny tech support to Staples, if it so wishes? Hmmm…Tweets Turn Six (Twitter)Twitter celebrated its sixth birthday yesterday, and it celebrated by releasing a few stats. The service, which many deemed silly at its launch, now sees close to 500,000 accounts created every day. And Twitter users now send more than 140 million Tweets a day, which adds up to a billion Tweets every eight days.Never Be Out of Touch (The Kansas City Star)Somewhere, there must exist a repository called “Things We Don’t Need But Are Invented Anyway.” Wherever it is, we suggest that a new patent application by Nokia immediately be dropped into it. The company, it seems, has filed a patent for a tattoo that would send “a perceivable impulse” to your skin whenever someone tries to contact you on the phone. ‘Nuff said.The Universal Translator (Technology Review)Star Trek‘s universal translator is on the way. Microsoft has unveiled new software that translates a speaker’s words into another language and then makes it audible in the speaker’s own voice. Before long, a must-have travel accessory will be a portable unit that incorporates this software, allowing the traveler at last to carry on conversations with people whose language he or she doesn’t speak.Jungle Trippin’ (Los Angeles Times)Finally, there’s news about that watery thing with the same name as the giant online retailer. If you’ve always yearned to take an Amazon River trip but without the heat and mosquitoes, now you can. Google has taken Street View down the river, or at least a small part of it. Explore from the comfort of your favorite chair.
Disabled people have spoken of their horror, shock and anger at learning of the vote to leave the European Union in last week’s referendum.Although many disabled people voted for Brexit, the vast majority of leading disabled activists were strongly in favour of remaining in the European Union.One disabled campaigner, who asked not to be named, said: “I think the majority of disability rights campaigners are in or recovering from shock.“There was a very strong campaign showing the benefits of EU membership to disability rights, but now that we have left the EU we know very little about what will happen next.“It feels like the carpet has been pulled out from underneath us and we’re not sure whether the bare boards we’re now looking at are stable.”In a blog for Disability Now, John Evans, one of the founders of the UK independent living movement, said the day of the referendum would “go down as the blackest day in the modern history for disabled people in the UK and for our human rights”.He said he was “dismayed, horrified and heartbroken about the consequences facing us and it is hard knowing which way to turn”.Miro Griffiths (pictured), a former project officer for the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and now a lecturer, researcher and teacher, said the vote meant that the connection between disabled people in the UK, their European supporters, policies “that reflect the aspirations of the independent living movement”, and “decision makers that would collaborate with us” had been “severely damaged – possibly beyond repair”.He said: “Disabled people in the UK will become further marginalised as the state begins to dismantle social justice frameworks and destroy the support systems that – currently – do not meet the needs of those who require them.“The most startling factor to consider is that the majority of those who voted unwittingly accepted this.”But Rick Burgess, of Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “I think it’s important not to let the fear and panic the media and politicians are spreading distract us from the fight that is the same today as it was before: to reclaim and reinforce our human rights.“That struggle is probably going to be harder now, so we have to both increase our resolve and to make sure we look after one another.“Our advantage is we have been fighting for many years already, we are seasoned and experienced survivors, we are ahead of many non-disabled people who are only now just waking up to the threat from the far right.”The disabled crossbench peer Lord Low told fellow members of the House of Lords that there was a strong case for a second referendum, as called for in a petition on parliament’s website that by last night (Wednesday) had secured more than four million signatures.He said he believed the “leave” campaign had won the vote on what was “an essentially fraudulent prospectus”.He said: “They said that we could continue to trade with the EU on very similar terms without having to accept freedom of movement.“They said that there would be no adverse economic consequences, but we are already beginning to see them.“They made completely unrealistic promises as to what could be done with the resources saved from our EU contribution, and, most glaringly of all, with breath-taking cynicism and within hours of victory they were maintaining that they never said that Brexit would enable them to reduce the level of immigration.”The referendum result drew immediate support for disabled people in the UK from the two main Europe-wide disabled people’s organisations, the European Disability Forum (EDF) and ENIL.ENIL said it felt “sadness, disbelief and dejection” at the vote, emotions which it said were shared with the UK independent living and disability rights movements.It said: “We are deeply concerned about the prospect of disabled people in Britain being worse off and hit by further cuts.“Although discrimination and inequality affect many disabled people throughout Europe, there are numerous EU initiatives that have had a positive impact on our lives and have created a stronger legal basis to protect our rights.”It said it would “not leave our British disabled brothers and sisters behind and will do everything in our power to support them in their fight for independent living”.It added: “ENIL respects the democratic right of the British people to decide on their EU membership.“However, we are adamant that a strong human rights agenda throughout Europe is better achieved together.“ENIL will continue and intensify its collaboration with disabled people in the UK.”EDF said it accepted the result of the referendum with “regret”, and also promised to continue to work with disabled people’s organisations in the UK.Yannis Vardakastanis, EDF’s president, said: “EDF will continue to promote unity and solidarity within the disability movement all across Europe and will work very decisively on our common values against Euroscepticism, xenophobia, racism and all kinds of discrimination.“From this, we won’t exclude any people with disabilities or their organisations because of political choices.“We will collaborate with all organisations of persons with disabilities in Europe, including the UK, to ensure that Europe does not lose sight of the importance of human rights of all of its people: women, men, children, older people, persons with disabilities and people on the move across Europe and on our borders.”
DESPITE leading by 10 points at the break the Saints contrived to concede 17 unanswered points in the second period against Wigan to end up on the losing side and a definite second place in the table, writes Graham Henthorne.For twenty five minutes all was going smoothly as the Saints stormed into a 16 point lead with some fine attacking play coupled with ferocious defence, notably from the French assassin Levy Nzoungou.The Saints were out of the blocks quickest forcing the first error of the game in the visitor’s 40 metre area. From the resultant free play smart offloading worked an overlap down the right and intelligent play from first Ricky Bailey and then Jake Spedding committed their defenders to give Dave Eccleston space to work. The winger took the ball inside before twisting out of the clutches of the defence for the try.His second minutes later came as a result of a great high bomb from Danny Richardson. The ball was left to bounce and then tipped to the Saints as the full back was put under pressure from the kick chase. Phil Atherton was stopped short before the ball was moved right where Bailey’s miss pass put Eccleston into acres of space for the score.On quarter time the winger turned into try saver as his last ditch tackle put his opposite number into touch in the act of touching down.The Saints were playing with confidence exhibited no better than by Atherton’s drive and offload down the middle. The ball was picked up and taken on a mazy weaving run by Bailey bamboozling the defence before he gave it wide for Regan Grace to stroll over in the corner.The tide was starting to turn, however, as the Saints started to lose the penalty count and possession stats. The visitors turned this to their advantage scoring on the half hour. Crucially as it turned out Morgan Knowles was hurt in the act of trying to stop the try and was ruled out for the rest of the game with concussion.With him goes a relentless 80 minute talisman and left the Saints with only four substitutes for the whole of the second period.The game was won and lost in the opening ten minutes of the second half. The Saints were down in the visitors red zone three or four times but didn’t manage one repeat set. When they did manage to break the defensive line with an Olly Davies run he tried to take the full back on instead of waiting for the figure of Jake Spedding who was steaming up in support.Fatigue then started to play its part and the error count increased.In the end the Saints just couldn’t hang on conceding three tries, the last one on the final whistle, to go down to a disappointing defeat.Sixteen points to the good at home and you should win. The visitors gave the Saints a harsh lesson in how to manage your resources and a game to come out on top.You couldn’t fault anyone’s effort, typified by the work of Ricky Bailey and the big minutes played by Levy Nzoungou, but you could ask for many to be a lot smarter in what they tried to do.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: David Eccleston (8, 12), Regan Grace (26).Goals: Danny Richardson 2.Wigan U19s:Tries: Jake Shorrocks (32), Jack Higginson (55, 65), Liam Forsyth (80).Goals: Jake Shorrocks 3.Drop Goals: Jake Shorrocks (78).Half Time: 16-6Full Time: 16-23Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. David Eccleston, 3. Jake Spedding, 4. Matty Fleming, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Rob Fairclough; 8. Phil Atherton, 9. Josh Eaves, 10. Levy Nzoungou, 11. Olly Davies, 13. Morgan Knowles, 21. Joe Ryan. Subs: 12. Liam Cooper, 15. Matty Lees, 20. Jonah Cunningham, 23. Ross McCauley.Wigan:1. Gabriel Fell; 2. Liam Marshall, 3. Liam Parsley, 4. Liam Forsyth, 5. Jack Higginson; 6. Jake Shorrocks, 7. Lewis Heckford; 8. Kieran Sharrett, 9. Luke Waterworth, 10. Jack Wells, 11. MacCauley Davies, 12. Nick Gregson, 13. Kyle Shelford. Subs: 16. Callum Field, 17. Brad Lawrence, 18. Josh Ganson, 19. Paddy Jone.
Marijuana Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneur June 7, 2018 Next Article –shares More American voters support marijuana legalization than ever before, according to a new poll released by Quinnipiac University. When asked if “the use of marijuana should be made legal in the U.S.,” American voters said 63 – 33 percent that it should. This is the highest level of support for legalized marijuana ever recorded in a Quinnipiac national poll.”From a stigmatized, dangerous drug bought in the shadows, to an accepted treatment for various ills, to a widely accepted recreational outlet, marijuana has made it to the mainstream,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.Related: Polls Find Voters In Pennsylvania, New Jersey Support Legal MarijuanaSome other findings from the poll: Medical Marijuana For the WinNinety-four percent of voters are in favor of allowing patients to use medical marijuana if their doctors prescribe it. This is also the highest level of support in any national poll by the independent Quinnipiac University. Marijuana Is Not a Gateway DrugAmerican voters told pollsters 61 – 31 percent that they believe marijuana does not lead to other addictive drugs. Marijuana Shouldn’t Be Federally OpposedSeventy percent said they are against the enforcement of federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana. In fact, voters support 74 – 20 percent a bill protecting states with legal medical or recreational marijuana from federal prosecution. Related: 5 Routes the Cannabis Industry Could Take to Get Around Federal Banking Restrictions Men Use Marijuana MoreAccording to the poll, 43 percent of American voters say they have used recreational marijuana, including 54 percent of men. Only 33 percent of women say they use marijuana.Related: A New High: Nearly Half of All American Adults Have Tried Marijuana Marijuana Shouldn’t Be Schedule 1Voters support 76 – 18 percent reducing the classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, which is the same classification as heroin.Related: What Is Schedule I and Why Is Marijuana on the List, Anyway? 2 min read Image credit: serdjophoto | Getty Images According to a new poll, marijuana’s acceptance is at an all-time high. Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Subscribe Now Jonathan Small Add to Queue Marijuana Goes Mainstream: 63 Percent of American Voters Say It Should Be Legal Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. Entrepreneur Staff
Alan JacobsonAlteryxAlteryx-commissioned IDCData Science and AnalyticsMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleNativeX Opens Brazil Office to Spearhead the Growth of Its Latam BusinessNext ArticleIo-Tahoe Integrates with OneTrust and Joins Data Discovery Partner Program Global Study Commissioned by Alteryx Exposes Need for Data Literacy, Streamlined Processes as Businesses Turn to Data for Digital Transformation Alteryx, Inc., revolutionizing business through data science and analytics, today revealed that approximately 54 million data workers around the world face common challenges associated with the complexity, diversity and scale of their organizations’ data. In an increasingly data-driven world, the term “data worker” spans beyond the 54 million identified in this study, but the findings are indicative of the challenges specific to those engaging in significant data work in their day-to-day jobs. The Alteryx-commissioned IDC Infobrief, The State of Data Science and Analytics, uncovered inefficiencies, ineffectiveness and wasted time as many organizations turn to data as the lifeblood of their digital transformation.Eighty percent of organizations now leverage data across multiple organizational processes, but despite increases in innovation, data workers still waste 44 percent of their time each week because they are unsuccessful in their activities. Data workers spend more than 40 percent of their time searching for and preparing data instead of gleaning insights and, on average, use four to seven different tools to perform data activities, adding to the complexity of the data and analytics process. Among other key findings:On average, data workers leverage more than six data sources, 40 million rows of data and seven different outputs along their analytic journey.The top frustrations cited by data workers in the survey are indicative of root causes that are responsible for inefficiencies and ineffectiveness. For example, more than 30 percent of data workers say they spend too much time in data preparation, a task that can often be automated.Eighty-eight percent of data workers, approximately 47 million people worldwide, use spreadsheets in their data activities. Spreadsheet functions are often used as a proxy for data preparation, analytics and data application development tools but are error-prone and expose the organization to compliance and trust issues.Marketing Technology News: How Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience Objectives“Data is at the core of digital transformation, but until organization leaders address these inefficiencies to improve effectiveness, their digital transformation initiatives can only get so far,” said Stewart Bond, director of data integration and integrity software research at IDC. “Consolidating platforms and looking for tools that address the needs of any data worker, whether a trained data scientist or an analyst in the line of business, can help reduce the friction that many organizations experience on their path to becoming data-driven.”The survey found that data workers are unsuccessful for a variety of reasons, including lack of collaboration, knowledge gaps and resistance to change. Participants reported the lack of creative and analytic thinking, analytic and statistical skills, and data preparation skills as the highest-ranked skills gaps responsible for productivity issues, indicative of the pervasive talent gap that exists between data scientists and data workers in the line of business. To overcome these issues and more, many organizations are hiring Chief Data and/or Analytics Officers to streamline analytic processes, build a culture of analytics and encourage data literacy across the enterprise as part of their broader digital transformation strategy.Marketing Technology News: revital U International Unveils New Sales App with VERB’s Interactive Video Features“Collecting data alone won’t digitally transform a business and the answer is not as easy as hiring a leader, a few data scientists or over-investing in disparate technologies. The key is to empower all users, many of whom are currently stuck in spreadsheets, to analyze data effectively to drive real, business-changing results,” said Alan Jacobson, chief data and analytics officer (CDAO) of Alteryx. “As the data landscape becomes more complex, this survey exposes the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the sheer volume of workers needing to conduct analysis on a daily basis and the untapped potential for them to drive meaningful business impact.”The State of Data Science and Analytics is based on a comprehensive survey of more than 800 individuals performing data functions across geographies, industries, company sizes and departments.Marketing Technology News: Spectrum Equity Announces Sale of Ethoca to Mastercard Tens of Millions of Data Workers Face Inefficiencies as Data Complexity Grows Worldwide PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 1:08 pmMay 24, 2019