Dumbo flies into Tim Burtons world thanks to these effects

first_img More visual effects To ensure the new version of Dumbo would inspire the same kind of emotional connection as the original character, it was essential to get the design right. “The original film was a really great point of reference,” Stammers says. “Even though Dumbo’s design doesn’t really match the original cartoon, the one thing we did look at is finding areas in the script similar to the cartoon, and finding those key poses.”The young elephant’s movements were also carefully considered, from the way he walked to the weight of his footsteps and the way he interacted with the environment. The effects team took trips to London Zoo to watch the real elephants, getting in close and photographing everything from their skin to the inside of their mouths. This verisimilitude was essential to help sell the more cartoonish elements of Dumbo’s design, like the adorable eyes. “Put him next to a real baby elephant, and they’re worlds apart,” Stammers says. “But he has so much detail and nuance in the skin, the wrinkles and the way that he moves with postures and poses that were very akin to real baby elephants that you bring back that realism.”The new Dumbo had to straddle the fantastic nature of his character and the live-action, photo-realistic world around him. Luckily, Burton’s aesthetic helped the two meet in the middle. Thanks to the “slightly expressionistic” look of the costumes, sets, skies and environments, Dumbo’s fantastical design fitted in seamlessly.Enlarge ImageAt the top, we see what the camera filmed: a real set, with bluescreen in the background and a stunt performer in green lycra acting out Dumbo’s movements. Below we see the finished frame: The expressionistic sky has been digitally added, as has the computer-generated elephant, and other details like the straw. MPC In order for the actors to interact with Dumbo on set, actor and creature performer Edd Osmond donned a green lycra suit — like a leotard made of the same color fabric as a green screen. Directed by Burton through an earpiece in the suit, he’d act out Dumbo’s movements so the actors were looking in the right place when the digital elephant was painted in afterward.To match Dumbo’s proportions, Osmond wore different versions of the suit depending on what the scene called for. In scenes where Dumbo was touched or stroked, Osmond wore a larger suit. The rest of the time he wore a skinny headpiece that earned the nickname “Antman.”dumbo-disney-mpc-bts-sidebysideEnlarge ImageAt the top we can see the green-suited physical version of Dumbo that the actors interacted with. Below is the finished image from the actual movie, where the digital Dumbo has been painted in. MPC One of the toughest sequences was the climactic scene where Dumbo flaps his ears to take to the sky, with Eva Green’s character on his back. That required precision planning to match the actor’s movements with the digital elements. Green was filmed riding on a motion base — a moving platform a bit like a rodeo bull, only more controlled — and the preplanned movements were matched to the camera’s movements as it flew around the motion base on wires. “That was very difficult and time-consuming to set up,” says Stammers, “and there was always that possibility that Tim may say, actually I want to do something different.”As they filmed the painstakingly preplanned sequence, the footage was handed to a compositor who mocked up a rough version of the sequence right there on the set. Fortunately, Burton liked what he saw. “That was certainly one of the most nerve-racking moments on the shoot,” recalls Stammers with a smile.dumbo-disney-mpc-bts-7-sidebysideEnlarge ImageAt the top, the digital version of Dumbo prepares to take a leap into the unknown. MPC Funnily enough, none of the real elephants MPC studied could fly, so their real-life research material ended the moment Dumbo left the ground. The team had to give Dumbo a weight that would sell the illusion. “There was galloping and effort with the legs while the head was moving up and down, the ears were flapping,” Stammers says, “so there was always that great sense of the effort that was going on to get him off the ground.”Cinema isn’t just a visual medium, and the filmmakers had other tricks up their sleeves to sell the illusion of a speeding elephant. “When you actually hear the final audio you get this big whoosh when Dumbo flies past,” Stammer says. “We look at it mute and it seems to jump quite quickly, but when you hear it with the sound it makes sense.”   Dumbo is in theaters in the US and UK now. 2019 movies to geek out over Game of Thrones dragonmaster reveals secrets of Daenerys’ babies Nick Park hid Wallace and Gromit in Early Man, his latest film How Andy Serkis captures the beast in Benedict Cumberbatch Visual effects company MPC reveals modern movie magic Share your voice 77 Photos TV and Movies 0 Post a comment Tags It’s one thing to draw a cute elephant. It’s another to create a cute elephant that looks as real as the actors around it.That was the challenge for the effects wizards behind the new version of Dumbo, which reimagines Disney’s classic 2D animated cartoon using the cutting-edge digital technology of 2019. I went to the London offices of effects company MPC to meet Richard Stammers, the movie’s visual effects supervisor, and find out how the team realized director Tim Burton’s vision of the live-action remake.Stammers worked on Dumbo, from start to finish, for two and a half years. “That’s longer than most other projects I’ve worked on,” he says. “It’s just the nature of what it is — there’s so much animation in the film.” The movie includes visual effects in almost every shot, whether it’s digitally adding sky in the background or making an elephant fly. There are 800 shots of computer-generated elephants alone.Tim Burton’s working style also influenced the speed of the production. “Tim works at a different pace to other directors,” Stammers says.MPC, which won an Oscar for its work on Disney’s earlier live-action reboot The Jungle Book, created the cute elephant Dumbo. It’s customary for big effects-driven blockbusters to spread the work across different vendors, so others included Framestore, which digitally extended physical sets; Rising Sun, which handled the reimagined pink elephant sequence; and Rodeo, which digitally removed Colin Farrell’s arm (he plays an amputee). This promotional featurette, in which the stars gush about making the film, shows the scale of the sets and the production. Disney Filmmakerslast_img read more

Ram Charan Jr NTR Allu Arjun Chiranjeevi and other celebs cast vote

first_imgTollywood Celebs cast vote in Lok Sabha Elections 2019Collage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookMegastar Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Allu Arjun and a host of other Tollywood celebs to cast vote in the Lok Sabha elections. They share their photos and videos and also urged fans to exercise their power in this polls.Many celebrities became role models for their fans, by taking some time out from their busy schedules for elections. Along with their family members, they visited polling booths this morning, waited in queue like every other common voters and exercised their power. They posed for camera with their inked fingers, shared those pictures and asked their fans not to forget to vote this electons.Megastar Chiranjeevi visited the polling booth with his family members like Surekha, Sushmita, Ram Charan and Upasana Kamineni. The pictures and videos of the mega family waiting in queue hit the social media and went viral immediately. Later, Cherry shared the photos of the inked fingers of his and his wife on Facebook and wrote, “Go vote!! It is important!! #LokSabhaElections2019 #APElections2019″Young tiger Junior NTR also took a break from the shooting of SS Rajamouli’s movie RRR to the polling booth with this family. After casting the vote, the actor tweeted the photo of his inked finger and wrote, “We got inked! Did you? #GoandVote”Music director MM Keeravaani of Baahubali fame tweeted the photo of his inked finger and wrote, “Done early in the morning. Avoided sonstroke “RAm POthineni: Andhari baagu chusukunte..Andharithopaatu baguntam..Yevadi baagu vaadu chusukunte..Yevadikadiga migilipotham.. Ne Caste..adhey..Ne Past pakkanetti..Ne Future ki vote cheyi. #love -R.A.P.O #GoandVoteVishnu Manchu: Go Vote! Show that you care about our country. #VoteForIndiaMadhura Sreedhar Reddy: Just voted! Mood of the nation is for bright nation!Rashmi Gautam: Reached the booth with my grandparents if they can so should u GO VOTE Don’t ask for change be the changeGopi Mohan: All the best to all the leading parties participating in the elections in both states. Best wishes to our industry star hero @PawanKalyan garu for participating in direct elections for the first time. Voter is the ruler. All the leaders are their servants.#VoteWiselyLakshmi Manchu: Wishing my dear friend @PrasadVPotluri a thumping majority win. Looking forward for your contribution for the betterment of the state and its people. #APElections2019 #VoteForFanViranica Manchu: Wish @ysjagan anna all the very very best for today!Sai Dharam Tej: I believe in my leader… Vote for your future…vote for glass #Janasenalast_img read more

BNP to decide on joining polls after talks with Oikya Front

first_imgLogo of BNPBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will hold talks with its ally Jatiya Oikya Front to reach a decision about contesting in the upcoming parliamentary polls and their next plan of action, according to a number of BNP senior leaders.The policymakers of the significant opposition are apparently in favour of joining in polls, the leaders say. “Whether the BNP will participate in the election or not, will be decided after discussing with Jatiya Oikya Front leaders shortly,” standing committee member Rafiqul Islam Miah told Prothom Alo.The election commission (EC) has announced the polls schedule on Thursday. The 11th national elections are scheduled for 23 December and the deadline for filing nomination papers is 19 November.According to the Representation of the People Order (RPO), a party has to inform the EC within three days after the announcement of election schedule if they are to contest in the polls as a coalition. Therefore, if Jatiya Oikya Front intends to participate in the polls, its allies have to submit applications to collect nominations by Sunday.Also, BNP will have to immediately decide who will accept the party’s assigned election symbol in the absence of its chairperson and acting chairperson. Notably, BNP’s chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail on graft charges while acting chairperson Tarique Rahman has been exiled in London.In this regard, the BNP will hold separate meetings with its 20-party alliances and standing committee members. Later, the senior BNP leaders may meet with Oikya Front leaders, according to BNP insiders.Also, BNP and Oikya Front may share their formal reaction about the polls schedule in a press briefing.Meanwhile, addressing the Jatiya Oikya Front rally held on Friday in Rajshahi, BNP’s general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, the elections can only take place if Khaleda Zia is released, if equal rights are ensured for all political parties and if the election schedule is acceptable.last_img read more

Gopalganj bus plunge kills 2

first_imgA bank official and a woman were killed and 20 others injured after a bus plunged into a roadside ditch in Sadar upazila of Gopalganj on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Nurul Islam, 40, son of late Abdul Mazed Mollah, resident of Sultanshahi village. He was the senior officer (cash) of BASIC Bank. The other victim is Momena Begum, 25, daughter of Shahid Mollah, and a resident of Purbapara village in Kotalipara upazila.Police said the accident took place around 9:30am on the Gopalganj-Kotalipara road in Khanarpara.”The bus fell into a roadside ditch, killing two persons on the spot,” said Sirajul Islam, sub-inspector of Sadar police station.The injured were admitted to Gopalganj General Hospital.last_img

UPDATE Identified Shooter That Killed At Least 26 Was CourtMartialed Discharged From

first_imgOur prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS soon. https://t.co/KMCRmOPkiM— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 5, 2017“It’s a small Baptist church. It’s an older building,” one witness who works nearby told MSNBC, adding that she heard “semiautomatic gunfire” from her vantage point about 150 yards away. A man walked into the church during a service late Sunday morning and “began firing,” the local Wilson County News reports, citing county Sheriff Joe Tackitt. The paper notes that Tackitt “confirmed there were multiple casualties and multiple fatalities.”A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told NPR that it “was an active shooter incident.” The Wilson County News later reported that “the shooter has been taken down” — though officials have not yet publicly clarified whether that means he was taken into custody or killed.“While the details of this horrific act are still under investigation, Cecilia and I want to send our sincerest thoughts and prayers to all those who have been affected by this evil act,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. “I want to thank law enforcement for their response and ask that all Texans pray for the Sutherland Springs community during this time of mourning and loss.”  2:37 p.m. Federal authorities are responding to a shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a small community southeast of San Antonio. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has tweeted that special agents from its San Antonio field office have been dispatched to the scene.Special agents from ATF’s Houston Field Division, San Antonio Field Office are responding to a shooting at a church in Sutherland Spring, TX pic.twitter.com/LCyt7EydbZ— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) November 5, 2017 Families in tears wait to see if their family and friends are safe. Praying for the safety of all those involved. pic.twitter.com/yjzK7lZJ1S— Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017 _ 1:20 p.m. A sheriff says a man walked into a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and started shooting, leaving multiple people dead. The Wilson County News reports that Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said the shooter has been taken down. It wasn’t immediately known how many people were killed and wounded or who carried out the attack. First responders converged on the church in the small town southeast of San Antonio and helicopters are taking victims to hospitals. Sutherland Springs is a community of about 400 people 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio. ___ 1 p.m. Local news outlets report that several people have been shot at a Baptist Church in South Texas. Television stations KSAT and KENS report that there are multiple victims and that there is a large police presence at the church in Sutherland Springs, which is 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio. KSAT reports that two Airlife helicopters are also at the scene. A sheriff’s department dispatcher says everyone is at the scene and unavailable to comment. KSAT has video of several fire and police vehicles at the church and a photo of a helicopter that the station says was arriving to take victims to hospitals. 7 p.m.The Pentagon has confirmed the suspect identified in the mass shooting at a Texas church previously served in the Air Force.In a brief statement, the Pentagon says Devin Kelley was an airman “at one point,” but additional details about his time in the Air Force were not immediately available.Authorities say 26 people were killed and about 20 others injured in the attack at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.———————6:45 p.m.Two sheriff’s vans were parked outside and police officers stood at the gate of a cattle fence surrounding the address listed for the Texas church shooting suspect, preventing a group of waiting journalists from entering.Two officials who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity have identified him as Devin Kelley.Officials from the Comal County Sherriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers declined to comment Sunday evening, or to say if they had raided his home. A few minutes later, the gate opened and two Texas Rangers trucks pulled out.The home is in a wooded area on the rural, western outskirts of New Braunfels, north of San Antonio. It is off a two-lane highway.Authorities say 26 people were killed and about 20 wounded in the shooting.___6:40 p.m.President Donald Trump says the deadly church shooting in Texas is an “act of evil.”Trump is in Tokyo on the first leg of a visit to Asia. He says he has spoken with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the state has the administration’s “full support.”Trump says he will continue to follow developments closely while he is traveling through Asia.The president says the “act of evil” occurred as the victims and families were in their place of “sacred worship.”Texas authorities say 26 people were killed and about 20 others were wounded Sunday after a man open fire inside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs southeast of San Antonio. ——-5:40 p.m.Gov. Greg Abbott says 26 people were killed in the attack on a Texas church and that it was the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history.Abbott’s remarks came during a news conference Sunday, hours after the attack on the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a community 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.The victims ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old.Two officials who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity identified the attacker as Devin Kelley.In a press conference Sunday night, an official from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)  described the scene: Around 11:20 am, the suspect, dressed in black, approached the church and began firing an assault rifle. He then entered the church and continued firing. The FBI is on the scene of a church shooting in Texas. A witness heard about 20 shots fired during Sunday’s service. https://t.co/hhadTYmkdl pic.twitter.com/pBMSNjgSSL— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 5, 2017 4:20 p.m.The wife of the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs says the couple’s 14-year-old daughter was among those killed in a mass shooting at the church.Sherri Pomeroy, wife of Pastor Frank Pomeroy, said in a text message that she lost her daughter “and many friends” in the Sunday shooting. The text came in response to an interview request sent by The Associated Press to a phone number linked in online records to Frank Pomeroy.Sherri Pomeroy says both she and her husband were out of town and trying to get back to Sutherland Springs, outside of San Antonio.___3:30 p.m.A law enforcement official says more than 20 people have been killed in a shooting at a church in a small town outside San Antonio.The official, who was briefed on the investigation, says the gunman fled the church in a vehicle after the shooting and was also killed, either by a self-inflicted wound or during a confrontation with police. The official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.The official says between 10 to 15 people were also injured but stressed the investigation was early and the figures could change. Authorities are still trying to determine a motive.Federal law enforcement swarmed the scene to offer assistance, including ATF investigators and members of the FBI’s evidence collection team.David Martin Davies of Texas Public Radio told NPR’s Noel King that more than 20 people are dead, including the shooter.“This is a blue jeans and working boots kind of church,” Davies said. “It’s a big part of the community.” “I never thought it would happen here. This is something that happens in a big city. I would never have thought this would have taken place here. It’s just too tight a community. It doesn’t make sense.” Share President Trump says he is “monitoring the situation from Japan.”May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017 ___6:15 p.m.Texas authorities are offering more details about the timeline of a deadly church shooting.Department of Public Safety regional director Freeman Martin says the alleged shooter was dressed in black, wearing tactical gear and a ballistic vest when he arrived at a neighboring gas station around 11:20 a.m.He crossed the street to the church, left his vehicle and started firing a Ruger AR assault-type rifle at the church. Then he entered the church and fired.As he left the church, the shooter met an unidentified area resident with his own rifle who pursued him. The suspect was found dead in his vehicle near the border between Wilson and Guadalupe counties.Martin says it’s unclear if he died of a self-inflected wound or was shot by the resident.Authorities haven’t announced the name of the suspect, only describing him as a white male in his 20s.Two officials who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity identified the attacker as Devin Kelley.—–6 p.m.A top Texas public safety officer says that 23 of the people found dead in a shooting at a Baptist church were found inside the building, two others were outside and one person was transported but died later.Freeman Martin, regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, says the ages of those killed ranged from 5 to 72.He told a news conference that about 20 other people were injured in the attack.The first report of the shooting was at about 11:20 a.m., or about 20 minutes after the church website says the Sunday worship was scheduled to start. 2:15 p.m. A County Commissioner in Texas says he’s been told that more than 20 people were killed and more than 20 were wounded in an attack at a church, though he says those figures haven’t been confirmed. Albert Gamez, a Wilson County commissioner, made the comments to cable news outlets after the attack Sunday at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, a small community 30 miles southeast of San Antonio. A sheriff says that a man walked into the church and started firing. Authorities say the attacker was later killed. THE LATEST on a shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs (all times local): 5.25 p.m.The Associated Press says two officials confirmed that the Sutherland Springs church shooter was Devin Kelley.BREAKING: Two officials tell The Associated Press that the Texas church shooter was Devin Kelley— The Associated Press (@AP) November 5, 2017 President Trump: “All of America is praying” for the victims of the mass shooting at a Texas church https://t.co/W8WdrNLLcI pic.twitter.com/6GelJbUl09— CNN International (@cnni) November 6, 2017 Our deepest condolences are with the victims, families, and all those affected by the tragedy in San Antonio.— Houston Astros (@astros) November 5, 2017 David Martin Davies/ TPR NEWSSutherland Springs residents gather at the Community Building after the shooting at nearby First Baptist church, on Nov. 5th, 2017. ———4.50 p.m.Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, issued a statement after the shooting.“While many of the details are yet to be determined, clearly what happened today in Sutherland Springs is a horrific tragedy. I have spoken personally with Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt, Jr. and Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez, Jr. and offered the full resources of my office to assist in any way possible both now and as we move forward.“… My job now is to make sure that he and the people of Sutherland Springs have access to every resource available to them, and I will make sure that they have everything they need. Sutherland Springs has a special place in my heart. It is one of those unique communities where everyone knows everyone else and supports each other.”Democratic National Comittee Chair Tom Perez said in a statement: “I’m heartbroken by the horrific shooting in Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Sutherland Springs and all those affected by this unspeakable tragedy.“No American should ever be afraid to worship. No family should ever face the unbearable pain that too many American families are feeling today. In the last 35 days, we’ve witnessed two of the worst mass shootings in American history. We cannot allow those who wish us harm to so easily turn their hatred into violence. And we must be united in working to ensure that these tragedies become a relic of the past rather than routine.”Unimaginable. Americans should never be afraid to worship. Sending condolences from all of us to everyone affected by the shooting in Texas.— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) November 5, 2017 ——– Lynda Gonzales / KUTTexas Governor Greg Abbott attends a candlelight vigil on Sunday, November 5, 2017 after a gunman killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, TX. ————-5 p.m.A congregant who wasn’t at a Texas church the day of a deadly shooting says his cousins attended and that family members have been told at least one was killed.34-yr old Nick Uhlig says he didn’t go to the Sutherland Springs church Sunday because he was out late Saturday. He says the cousin who was killed had three children and was pregnant with a fourth. He didn’t know specifics about how the other was doing.Uhlig says the family had just met days earlier for his cousins’ grandfather’s funeral.Also, After big celebrations last week for their World Series Championship, the Houston Astros expressed their condolences to those affected by the shooting ————— 7:05 p.m.More than 100 people gathered after dark on a grassy street corner within sight of the church where the shooting occurred for a prayer vigil.Attendees, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, lit candles while some wept and others hugged Sunday night. They could see the church sign lit up and emergency lights flashing.The vigil across the street from a gas station convenience store where law enforcement officials say the shooter stopped before the attack.Mike Gonzales, who does not attend the church but lives near says: “The people of this church are wonderful people.” Gonzales added, “We’re coming together to pray for them and show the world that now, in the midst of darkness, there is light.”Authorities say 26 people were killed and about 20 wounded in the attack. AP Law enforcement officers gather in front of the First Baptist Church after a fatal shooting on Nov. 5th, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 9 p.m.An Air Force official says the man identified by officials to The Associated Press as the gunman in the mass shooting at a Texas church was court-martialed in 2012 and discharged two years later.Spokeswoman Ann Stefanek says Devin P. Kelley was court-martialed on one count of assault on his spouse and another count of assault on their child. He received a bad conduct discharge, 12 months’ confinement and a reduction in rank.Stefanek also says Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge.Authorities say 26 people were killed and about 20 others wounded in the attack in Sutherland Springs.———7:30 p.m.A U.S. military official says the suspect identified in the mass shooting at a Texas church was a former Air Force member who was stationed in New Mexico at one time.Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek says records confirm that Devin P. Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge. The date of his discharge and the circumstances under which he left the service were not immediately available.The Pentagon also confirmed that Kelley was an airman “at one point,” but didn’t provide additional details.Authorities say 26 people were killed and about 20 others wounded in the attack in Sutherland Springs.___7:15 p.m.President Donald Trump has promised his administration’s full support to the investigation of a Texas church shooting that left 26 dead and about 20 wounded.Speaking to U.S. and Japanese business leaders in Tokyo Monday morning during his Asian trip, Trump highlighted that this “act of evil” at a place of sacred worship.Trump says: “Our hearts are broken but in dark times — and these are dark times — such as these, Americans do what they do best.” He says Americans will pull together to help those suffering.Trump says he will continue monitoring the investigation during his 11-day tour.___last_img read more

Cornyn Blasts Congressional Democrats Government Shutdown Threats

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneU.S. Sen. John Cornyn joins fellow Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Tribune CEO Evan Smith for the closing day of The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2017.U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Monday blasted Democrats for threatening to shut down the federal government under the guise of helping undocumented immigrants whose protected status in this country is slipping away.Some Democrats have threatened to shut down the government if lawmakers don’t include legislation that protects young undocumented immigrants, known as “Dreamers,” in budget bills that need to be passed this month.During a floor speech, Cornyn said those lawmakers are turning their backs on the very people they purport to be helping. “That’s simply a hysterical and cynical ploy – putting their party and their agenda ahead of the nation,” Cornyn said. “How can you claim to care about the 800,000 undocumented immigrants that this program protects through work permits and deportation relief but then turn your back on the 322 million people who need to know that their government is still able to function?”Democrats have demanded that any spending bills, whether a short-term fix or a broader budget bill, include some version of the DREAM Act — legislation that would provide legal residency and an eventual path to citizenship for undocumented youth who meet certain guidelines. The demand for the legislation increased after President Donald Trump announced in October he was ending the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That program, known as DACA, granted qualified applicants — including about 124,000 Texans — a work permit and a reprieve from deportation proceedings. The program is set to expire in March.As a Texas, Cornyn said he understands the urgency. But he said he and his GOP colleagues also want to pass some immigration-enforcement legislation, including border security, interior enforcement, and improvements on workforce screenings. But immigrant rights groups are greeting Republicans’ insistence that there is time to act on the issue next year with great suspicion. They say all that means is that conservatives have more time to come up with a reason to fail the Dreamers. “If Congress doesn’t do it now — by attaching Dreamer legislation to must-pass legislation this year — it’s highly unlikely they are going to do it at all,” reads a statement Monday from America’s Voice, a Washington-based group that advocates for immigration reform. “If Republicans somehow manage to kick the can to next spring, what’s predictable is that they’ll load up an inadequate DACA fix with enough poison pills to ensure opposition.”Cornyn’s comments come after U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., last week declined to attend a scheduled meeting at the White House after President Donald Trump claimed on Twitter that the pair was soft on illegal immigration, weak on crime and in favor of more taxes.But on Monday the invitation was extended yet again, according to news reports, and the Democrats said they hoped they could come to an agreement on immigration and host of other issues.“We’re glad the White House has reached out and asked for a second meeting. We hope the president will go into this meeting with an open mind, rather than deciding that an agreement can’t be reached beforehand,” the pair said in a joint statement. Sharelast_img read more

Rest Easy Answers To Your Sleep Questions

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: It could be the most important public service we provide on Houston Matters: We help out you and other Houstonians to get something we all desperately need: a good night’s sleep.We welcome your questions about sleep and sleep disorders for Dr. Sudha Tallavajhula, medical director for TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Neurological Sleep Disorders Center and a neurologist at the UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School. X 00:00 /16:56center_img Listen Pexels Sharelast_img

Weapons and drugs seized as police stop car on A34

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice have seized weapons and drugs after stopping a car on the A34 this afternoon. Acting on intelligence, officers stopped a white Seat Leon on the busy Red Hill stretch of the road between Stafford and Stone. A package was thrown from the vehicle during the incident – with the carriageway closed while police searched for it at around 2.15pm today. Two teenagers were arrested as part of the county-wide drugs operation. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “A suspected drugs package was eventually located and knuckle dusters and machetes were also seized from the vehicle. “A 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy from Oldbury in the West Midlands were arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply (unknown) and possession of offensive weapons. “The suspects remain in police custody and enquiries are on-going.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group, who patrol the M6 and A500 in North Staffordshire, helped to stop the vehicle. A spokesman said: “A stolen vehicle was located on the A34 in Staffordshire Police area. Tactics put in place to prevent a pursuit and vehicle stopped. “Two arrested.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.last_img read more

Air Canada Q3 profit down from a year ago operating revenue up

first_imgTags: Air Canada, Profits, Statistics Air Canada Q3 profit down from a year ago, operating revenue up 11% Share MONTREAL — Air Canada saw its third-quarter profit drop compared with a year ago amid rising fuel prices as operating revenue climbed 11%.The airline reported a profit of $645 million, or $2.34 per diluted share for the quarter, which ended Sept. 30.That’s compared with a profit of $1.72 billion, or $6.22 per diluted share a year ago, when the company benefited from an income tax recovery of $758 million.Operating revenue totalled nearly $5.42 billion, up from $4.88 billion.On an adjusted basis, Air Canada says it earned $2.03 per diluted share for the quarter, down from an adjusted profit of $3.33 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $2.09 per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada, said it was “challenging but satisfying summer”, and thanked the airline’s 30,000 employees for their hard work that resulted in a new single-day record for passengers carried in August (over 178,000).More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps“Our business model is creating substantial value. We have a powerful and comprehensive network with three strong global hubs. We have a compelling product and customer offering. In July, Air Canada was named the Best Airline in North America for the second consecutive year and for the seventh time in nine years by Skytrax, which has also reaffirmed Air Canada’s rating as North America’s only four-star international network carrier,” he said.Rovinescu also has high hopes for Q4, saying: “Going forward, we expect our revenue momentum to continue in the fourth quarter and into next year. Indeed, with the trends we are seeing now, we expect our PRASM performance, both in the domestic market and throughout the network, to continue to improve in the final quarter of 2018.”Air Canada’s efficient approach to costs complemented its record revenue generation in Q3. Adjusted CASM rose 1.1% from the third quarter of the prior year, well below the 2-3% increase projected for the period with its second quarter results in July.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthLargely driven by higher fuel prices, the airline’s CASM increased 9.8% from the third quarter of 2017. According to Rovinescu, cost control will remain central to Air Canada’s strategy.“We have already identified or realized two-thirds of the $250 million cost transformation program initiated early this year,” he said. “Furthermore, we reached record unrestricted liquidity of $5.3 billion and achieved a leverage ratio of 2.0.”Rovinescu ended by thanking the customers for their continued loyalty. “It is our unwavering commitment to continue improving and providing superior, award-winning service as we transport them safely to their destinations.”With file from The Canadian Press Posted bycenter_img Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Rep VanderWall invites residents to town hall event in Thompsonville

first_img Categories: VanderWall News State Rep. Curt VanderWall will host a town hall on Monday, Sept. 25 for residents with questions regarding energy policy and no fault auto reform.“This event will provide an open forum for citizens to express and discuss their concerns regarding energy policy and no fault auto reform,” VanderWall said. “I look forward to having a meaningful conversation with people, and bringing their message back to Lansing.”The town hall will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Geno’s Sports Bar and Grill, 14848 Thompson Ave. in Thompsonville.Anyone unable to attend during the scheduled time may contact Rep. VanderWall at his office at (517) 373-0825 or CurtVanderWall@house.mi.gov. 19Sep Rep. VanderWall invites residents to town hall event in Thompsonvillelast_img read more

AlcatelLucent has launched an extended portfolio

first_imgAlcatel-Lucent has launched an extended portfolio of software and services designed to improve the experience that consumers have with their smartphones, tablets and other connected devices.  The launch is based on Alcatel-Lucent’s 2008 acquisition of Motive and its recent creation of a new customer experience solutions group.The Motive Customer Experience Solutions (CXS) portfolio is designed to proactively address the consumer experience, providing a suite of software and expert services to help communications service providers manage their customer relationships over a wide range of touchpoints, according to Alcatel-Lucent.Motive CX Management is focused on getting new devices, applications and services up and running quickly, while Motive CX Analytics provides monitoring tools that track the performance of the devices, applications and services running on the network, according to the company. Motive CX Optimisation empowers communications service providers to provide their customers with the best service experience possible while making better use of network capacity. Alcatel-Lucent has also launched a consulting group – CX Consulting – comprising of a dedicated tam that will identify opportunities to improve the wide range of customer experience touch points within a service provider organisation, according to the company.last_img read more

Bridge Technologies has launched the VB273 Intelli

first_imgBridge Technologies has launched the VB273 Intelligent Satellite Redundancy Switch – the first of a new line of products from the company. The VB273 provides redundancy switching for satellite uplinks, with an automated decision-making capability.According to the company, in contrast with the simple ETR alarm analyzers and black box switching solutions that have been deployed to date, the Bridge VB273 system’s analysis capabilities and decision engine make it mor comprehensive and accurate.The company says that by incorporating a full implementation of Bridge Technologies’ advanced ETR analysis engine, the VB273 can use a greater range of criteria, and base decisions on a more nuanced and realistic assessment of the data. Error conditions are evaluated against a set of user-defined rules to determine the appropriate automated action in any operational scenario.The VB273 module works with a VB272 and VB120 in a redundant chassis to monitor two signals from dual production chains and switch to the backup chain if the main chain fails.The VB273 module contains the physical switches and interfaces, with the VB272 module providing dual-channel multi-purpose monitoring of satellite broadcast signals and running the  ETR290 analysis and decision engines. The VB272 also includes an RF monitoring module and supports high-throughput 16PSK and 32PSK operation as well as today’s QPSK and 8PSK. The module provides full implementation of DISEqC v1.2 RF switch control, cue tones and a GPI interface, according to Bridge Technologies.In use the VB273 Intelligent Satellite Redundancy Switch integrates readily into the Bridge Technologies monitoring ecosystem, providing exceptional advanced data analysis functions through rich graphical displays, with full reporting capabilities to external network management systems. The data from the system is made available for remote monitoring by the built-in web server so that engineers and maintenance staff can be kept aware of operating status and can interrogate the system from any location.The VB273 has been developed in response to a major operator’s request for a redundancy switching solution, and is already installed by, with general availability to the market from September 2013, according to Bridge Technologies.“Redundancy switching solutions based on relatively crude ETR analysis are a less than perfect answer to the broadcaster’s requirements,” said Simen Frostad, chairman of Bridge Technologies. “They are inflexible, and may even themselves cause problems and increase costs by generating ‘false positives’ or missing complex error conditions. The innovative approach taken in the VB273 is a response to what broadcasters have requested, and it gives greater security and the cost reductions achieved through running a more intelligent solution that can be trusted to operate with a greater degree of autonomy.”Bridge Technologies will exhibit at IBC on stand 1.A30last_img read more

By Doug Hornig Senior Editor Flow Although it

first_imgBy 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.last_img read more

First off do you know what LNG stands for If you

first_imgFirst off, do you know what LNG stands for? If you answered “lots of natural gas,” you probably should spend the next three minutes of your life reading this missive. Then you can decide which side of the trade you want to be on. LNG stands for liquefied natural gas. Basically, a really smart nerd figured out how to compress natural gas by about 600 times by turning the gas into liquid. A lot of science went into this process, but we’re not going to cover all that in this article. So, let’s get in to what you really need to know about LNG. The first commercial LNG plant was built in the US in the 1940s, but LNG did not become important until the 1960s, when someone figured out how to ship the stuff across the world in specialized tankers. It was a big game changer, similar to how shale gas development has changed the natural gas paradigm. Now take LNG technology, partner it up with the shale revolution, and you get American LNG (ALNG). Made in the US, it’s better than the LNG in the rest of the world, right? That’s what Obamarama wants you to think. But we’ve dug up the truth, and you won’t want to miss it. Don’t believe everything (or anything) a politician tells you. The US is in big trouble, and there is not a chance that it will become energy self-sufficient by 2030. The next issue of the Casey Energy Report will cover the most important aspects of LNG – how it works, its dirty secrets, and the best part… how to make money from American LNG. We have at least three recommendations that subscribers can buy now to best position themselves to profit from the LNG boom. If you want to learn more about LNG than 99.999% of other investors, I highly recommend you take me up on my free trial offer to read the LNG report, and gain the knowledge that will help you profit in the energy sector today. Additional Links and Reads Earth May Have More Oil Than Anyone Thought (MSN Money) It is no surprise that as technology advances, so does the world’s oil and gas reserves. The discovery of shale gas is probably the essence of this fact, rewarding the United States with hundreds of trillions of cubic square feet of more natural gas. However, all the “easy” reserves have been exploited, and the world must now look toward unconventional and offshore resources. This means a lot higher costs, which in turn will mean higher energy prices. New South Wales Government Approval for Uranium Exploration a Step Closer (The Australian) Australia leads the world in uranium reserves, and it appears the country will utilize it, allowing exploration in the state of New South Wales (NSW). Australia is home to the Olympic Dam project, which is currently the second-largest producing mine in the world, and also hosts a staggering approximately 5.5 billion pounds of uranium resources. However, the expansion has been mired in delays and has run over budget. Could the exploration in NSW be an indication that Olympic Dam’s expansion will take much longer than expected? Greenpeace Finds Oil Muck in Russia (UPI) Russia has no incentive to adhere to strict environmental controls, as none of its consumers really care how the oil is extracted, as long as they have access to the oil. Meanwhile, the Canadian government recently axed Enbridge’s latest bid to construct a pipeline to the west coast, namely because of environmental concerns. This brings up an important question: Are environmentalists really looking out for what is best for the world, or just looking out for what is in their back yard? Canadian “maple leaf” oil adheres to the most stringent environmental policies in the world. More oil from Canada delivered around the world means that the planet is better off environmentally, especially when compared to Russian oil.last_img read more

In This Issue   Currencies have a day in the s

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Currencies have a day in the sun. *  It’s a mixed bag for the currencies today. *  Chuck bashes the so-called debt reduction. *  Singapore loses its step for step with renminbi  .             And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A Bonus Pfennig! Good Day!  And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Guess what occurred to me this morning when my alarm went off? OK, I know, you’ll never guess, so I’ll just tell you. It occurred to me at that time, that in past years I did not write on New Year’s Eve morning, choosing to sleep in so I could partake in New Year’s Eve celebrations. Yes, in past years, yesterday’s letter was the last one of the year. So, for your loyalty in reading the Pfennig, I present you with the BONUS Edition of the Pfennig! Yes, the poor blokes like me, that work on New Year’s Eve day. HAHAHAHAHAHA! I had a boss years ago, that would have said, “Quit your complaining, you’re lucky to have a job!” A real charmer he wasn’t! But in the old days, when I ran the operations of a bond division, I HAD to be at work on the last day of the year, so I guess that just carries over.. And no, I’m not going to carry on about this silly stuff throughout the letter! But, there’s really not much going on to talk about, so maybe I’ll just make this a question and answer Pfennig. No, wait Chuck, you need to have people asking questions for that to happen! Doh! Alrighty then, let’s get you back to your regularly scheduled programming. The currencies enjoyed a day in the sun yesterday with just about all registering gains of some measure against the dollar. The Big Winner on the day was the euro. (more on that in a minute) and the Big loser was Gold. As I turn on the screens this morning I can see that one day in the sun is all that was allowed for the currencies, as they have given back some of those gains. That’s a broad statement, because when you drill down you see that the Aussie dollar (A$), kiwi, British pound sterling, Singapore dollar (S$) and a couple of others are booking gains VS the dollar this morning.  It will be a range trading day for the currencies, folks, as there just aren’t enough “players” in the game today. Yesterday, I sat at my desk watching the euro go higher and higher, first flirting with 1.38, then going through 1.38 and continuing to push the currency gain envelope. I stood up so that everyone could hear me, and said, “Ah, look at the euro back to 1.38, you can kick it, but you can’t keep it down”.  Remember, that at the beginning of November, the euro was trading over 1.38 and looking as if it was on a one-way trip to currency nirvana, but Mario Draghi had different ideas, and announced a rate cut when your Pfennig scribe didn’t think it to be possible, or even reasonable that you cut rates when they’re already so low you could step over them without a hitch in your giddyup.  And before you could say, “That darn Draghi” the euro dropped 3-cents, and now looked as though it would continue to lose ground VS the dollar. But here we are 2 months later, and the euro is back to 1.38! And once again it appears to be ready to move higher. Remember, a few weeks ago, I gave you my thoughts on why I believed the euro would reach 1.50 in 2014.  The boys and girls over at Barclays, don’t agree with me on that. They believe that 2014 will be the year of the U.S. dollar.   They truly believe that even though the Fed has stated that mid-2015 is their target date to hike rates here in the U.S., that rate hike expectations will be enough to help the dollar to move higher in 2014.  They figure that when the Fed follows through on their tapering month after month, that the markets will begin to put pressure on the Fed to hike rates, and even IF there is no rate hike from the Fed, the expectations should be enough to attract investors to the dollar. Well, you know me, and you know that I won’t go along with that scenario. Yes,  IF that were the case, you could certainly see dollar strength, but that’s a BIG IF! And instead of saying “when the Fed Follows through.”  They should say, “IF the Fed follows through.”  Then their recommendation  wouldn’t have any foundation to speak of.   And of course that’s just my opinion, and I could be wrong! So, let me state once again where I stand on this stuff, right here, right now on the last day of 2013.  The Fed has announced that a tapering of $10 Billion to their now $85 Billion in bond purchases every month. It is my contention that while the Fed may carry through with one, two or maybe even three more cuts in their bond purchases each month, that they will eventually realize what they should have known from the beginning, that the U.S. economy has become addicted to stimulus, and it cannot stand on its own two legs for long. When the Fed Heads finally come to the realization of what I’m telling them now, and have told them for months on end, they will stop the reductions, and if things are as bad as I think they will be, then the Fed Heads will have to step back to the bond purchase table. And that won’t be pretty for the economy, the dollar, or the Fed. So, getting back to the euro. The single unit has seen some profit taking overnight, and slipped back below 1.38, so it’s right back to where it was yesterday morning. UGH! But like I said, range trading is the call to order today, and maybe the rest of the week, after we come back from the New Year’s Day holiday, for many of the top traders won’t be back until next Monday, Jan. 6. Well, a quick look around the world, and I see that Singapore announced that their economy stepped up the pace in 2013, finishing the year with a 3.7% growth rate.  The Singapore Gov’t had placed a target of 3.5% to 4% for economic growth this year, so looky there! The 3.7% came right smack dab in the middle of the target range. Funny how that happened, eh? Oh, I’m not saying that Singapore cooks their books. I’m actually saying” Funny how that happened!” The Singapore dollar (S$) finally saw some love overnight, from this report, after spending the last 3 trading days on the red side of the ledger. The S$ is one of my fave currencies because of the way the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) uses currency strength to fight inflation instead of arbitrarily hiking and cutting interest rates. But the S$ has lost about 3.4% to the dollar this year, which is strange in the fact that the Chinese renminbi / yuan has gained about 3% this year. These two currencies have been “linked” together currency trading-wise since the Chinese dropped the peg to the dollar in July of 2005. So, while I expect the renminbi / yuan to continue to gain VS the dollar, as the Chinese continue their march toward convertibility, and a wide distribution of their currency, I would think the S$ would begin to “catch up” and not ketchup. “catch up”! HA!  Speaking of China. I came across some data yesterday that you don’t see every day. In fact, this was the first time, ever, that the Chinese printed their Gov’t Debt totals. So, here’s the skinny on the Chinese Debt announcement.. China’s National Audit Office (NAO) announced this afternoon that China’s total government debt (including both central and local governments) amounted to RMB20.7trn as of this June, equivalent to 40% of China’s GDP. However, including contingent liabilities, China’s total government debt would exceed RMB30trn, or equivalent to 50-55% of China’s GDP. Two things to think about with this first time announcement. China’s debt is not a problem. On the Pfennig blog site: www.dailypfennig.com I have a chart of the total Gov’t obligations as a percentage of GDP at the top, and the Gov’t debt is there as a component,  so you can refer back to that now. But for the tried and true text readers only of the Pfennig, you’ll have to take my word on this, that China’s Debt would be so far to the left as you look at the chart that they wouldn’t even register. And second. remember,,, China holds a Treasure Chest of reserves, that’s greater than $2 Trillion worth. enough said! At this time I think it would be apropos to mention that according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, you know the one I made fun of a couple weeks ago, said that they estimated that the debt reduction that they had achieved was $23 Billion over the next decade.. OK. Let’s put this in perspective. The CBO estimates that our national debt will increase by $6.34 Trillion over the next decade. So, the $23 Billion in reduction, which was ballyhooed by the Gov’t and media, is are you ready for this? Drum roll please! .. The $23 Billion  will reduce our estimated growth in debt by 0.00363, or 1/3 of 1%… So, why the parades and confetti for this deal? As I said in my Sunday Pfennig last week, it doesn’t amount to a small hill of beans!  I shake my head in disgust over how the media drank the Kool-Aid and tried to pass it around to us!  I have to thank my friend Dennis Miller for sending along this ditty to me in a report that a CPA does called “by the numbers”. Well, as I said above, Gold couldn’t find a bid yesterday, and lost ground once again, falling below $1,200 overnight, but has gained the figure back in early morning trading. 2013 wasn’t a good year for Gold, as it suffered through its worse year in the past 30 years. I saw a quote by a trader at Saxo Bank, who correctly predicted, last year,  that Gold would finish 2013 at $1,200..  Well, he is now saying that Gold prices may have already bottomed out.   So, maybe he got lucky with the onetime forecast for Gold. Let’s hope his forecast for the price of Gold is as good as Gold! Yesterday I told you that we would see some Existing Home Sales data from the data cupboard, and thought that the markets would fail to notice the data, which is exactly what happened, as Existing Home Sales, for the fifth consecutive month, missed expectations. Year to year Home sales dropped 4%, its worst drop since 2011. Of course the spin doctors took this data and spun it to tell you a different story. “Although the final months of 2013 are finishing on a soft note, the year as a whole will end with the best sales total in seven years”. said, the chief economist for the NAR. Apparently, the chief economist is having a problem seeing a new trend! For What It’s Worth. I found this story on Google+, and it’s by Koos Jansen, who had a website called: In Gold We Trust. This guy is very well respected folks, and does a lot of work for the folks at GATA.  the title says it all. “China Accumulates Gold For The World Dream”. At the 2013 World Gold Markets Trend Conference, China’s director of the Chinese Gold Market Research Center, Zu He Liang, spoke about what he sees for Gold in 2014.  Let’s listen in to what Mr. Zu had to say. “Due to the fact that entire world is paying close attention to the price of gold shows that we are all pursuing a “World Dream”. The “World Dream” is nothing but a pursuit for world peace, the healthy and stable development of the world’s economy, and a world which is fair to every country and its citizens. The pursuit for gold reflects mankind’s pursuit for the “World Dream”. Gold represents mankind’s yearning and aspirations for stability, and healthy economic development; it is a wonderful wish.” Chuck again. OK. Two things. 1. I love Google+!  And 2. What a  great speech, and one in which I’m sure if you read between the lines says, we won’t achieve this without a Gold standard for money.  For I’m sure he could point to the 100 years in which there was a Gold standard, and the world economy was quite stable, there was no inflation, and every country that participated in it benefitted from the Gold standard. To recap. The currencies had a day in the sun yesterday, but it’s a mixed bag of performances this morning. The euro traded over 1.38 yesterday, but profit taking has it back below that figure this morning. Chuck carries on and on about working on New Year’s Eve, what a Doug Whiner! HA! We talk about the so-called debt reduction in the budget deal, and how Singapore has lost its step for step move with renminbi in 2013, and in Chuck’s eye has some catching up to do! Currencies today 12/31/13. American Style: A$ .8935, kiwi .8220, C$ .9405, euro 1.3775, sterling 1.6540, Swiss $1.1225, . European Style: rand 10.5360, krone 6.0760, SEK 6.4145, forint 215.60, zloty 3.0145, koruna 19.89, RUB 32.85, yen 105.00, sing 1.2635, HKD 7.7540, INR 61.79, China 6.0969, pesos 13.08, BRL 2.3605, Dollar Index 80.06, Oil $98.86, 10-year 2.99%, Silver $19.44, Platinum $1,357.50, Palladium $711.90, and Gold. $1,201.50 That’s it for today. and this year! I guess we need to sing now. Ahem. as I clear my voice. Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And days o’ lang syne! Chorus: For auld lang syne, my dear For auld lang syne, We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet For auld lang syne! OK. for those wondering just what the heck that song is all about. According to Scotland.org, “Auld Lang Syne is one of Scotland’s gifts to the world, recalling the love and kindness of days gone by, but in the communion of taking our neighbors’ hands, it also gives us a sense of belonging and fellowship to take into the future.” OK, why didn’t they just say that! HA!  Well, the Winter Olympics are coming up in February, I think those winter sports guys are pretty crazy. Hockey, I get. jumping off a ski ramp that’s 100’s of feet in the air, I don’t get. and so on. But I’ll be watching it! Those athletes amaze me! So. whatever you do tonight, be careful! Don’t drink and drive. And make sure you find your honey and give them a big hug and kiss at midnight!  See you next year! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

Disabled people have spoken of their horror shock

first_imgDisabled 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.”last_img read more

Twothirds Of Kaspersky Users Encountered Content Dangerous To Children In 2014

first_imgAdvertisement The Kaspersky Lab study ‘Children Online’ reveals that in 2014 more than two-thirds (68%) of users of Kaspersky Lab’s Parental Control technologies encountered inappropriate or dangerous content online. Adult content, gambling and sites carrying information about weapons were among the most prevalent threats detected by Kaspersky Lab’s protection technologies. The main findings of the report are:More than half (59.5%) of users encountered pornography; over a quarter (26.6%) landed on websites dedicated to gambling; every fifth user stumbled across sites featuring weapons; and almost the same number were confronted by strong language.Websites carrying this kind of inappropriate content (pornography, gambling, weapons, strong language), along with others featuring drugs, tobacco and alcohol, were the ones blocked most often by Kaspersky Lab protection solutions.The Internet has long ceased to be the preserve of grown-ups. Children today are often far more active Internet users than their parents. But is it safe enough for children to use without fear of facing inappropriate content? To find out, Kaspersky Lab decided to investigate potential online threats to children, by analysing data from users of Kaspersky Lab products equipped with a Parental Control module. – Advertisement – Percentage of unique users who encountered sites included in the dangerous categories in 2014The results show that more than half (59.5%) of users encountered pornography; over a quarter (26.6%) landed on websites dedicated to gambling; every fifth user stumbled across sites featuring weapons; and almost the same number were confronted by strong language.Websites carrying these kinds of inappropriate content (adult, chat, gambling and weapons), along with others featuring drugs, tobacco and alcohol, were the ones blocked most often by Kaspersky Lab protection solutions. The frequency of detections demonstrates just how easy it is for users to encounter such content online. The higher the frequency: the greater the probability.In geographical terms, the countries with the most frequent Parental Control detections were China, the USA, Germany, the UK and Russia. France, Vietnam, Brazil and Algeria also ranked in the top ten in terms of inappropriate content detection – but were relatively safer due to a lower frequency of detection.Each country or region has its own distinct characteristics when it comes to the prevailing online threats for children. For instance, adult content was the biggest threat to users in most Eastern European countries: Czech Republic (66 detections per user), Romania (127 detections per user), Greece (185 detections per user), Hungary (263 detections per user).  Content about alcohol, tobacco and drugs was a major threat to users from Russia, Ukraine, Germany, the USA and France. The frequency of detection was especially high in these countries. Gambling is a prevailing online treat for children from Baltic states (118 detections per user).“To protect young people, we recommend that adults choose protection solutions with Parental Control technologies and make full use of safe “children” modes in search engines and applications that allow access to multimedia content and which are used by children.However, although Parental Control technologies can block access to web sites with content that is dangerous or distressing for children, they cannot offer reliable protection in situations where safe-by-default web services like social networks or chats are misused by predators or users conducting cyberbullying campaigns. Internet security deserves to be taken as seriously as real-life physical security. That’s why we urge parents to take an active part in their children’s real and digital lives. Only then can they be sure that they won’t miss the moment when their child might need their support;”said Konstantin Ignatev, Web Content Analysts Group manager at Kaspersky Lab.last_img read more

4 Novel Trademark Developments We Saw in 2017

first_imgTrademarks 4 Novel Trademark Developments We Saw in 2017 December 26, 2017 Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Jaia Thomas Image credit: Michael Zagaris | Getty Images –shares Next Article Attorney and Entrepreneur 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Current events quickly morph into trademarking sprees seeking to capitalize on what’s in the news. Guest Writer Add to Queue 3 min read To date, 594,107 trademark applications were filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this year, which is a 12 percent increase from last year. Here are some of the most interesting trademark trends of 2017:Make America…In 2015 the non-profit organization, Donald J. Trump for President, registered the phrase “Make America Great Again” as a federal trademark with the USPTO. This year hundreds of people decided to take Trump’s trademark and add their own twist to it.Related: President Trump Does This Every Morning — and There’s a Scientific Reason You Should, TooCurrently, there are over 150 active or pending trademarks with the phrase “Make America.” Some trademark applications that were submitted this year include: “Make America Date Again,” “Make America Thin Again,” “Make America Fresh Again” and “Make America Smart Again.” Take a knee.For the better part of 2017, debate and controversy surrounding the NFL national anthem boycott dominated the news. Several key phrases were born out of this movement, including the phrase “Take A Knee.” Over the past couple of months, two individuals filed trademark applications to register the phrase “Take a Knee.” And recently, an individual in New York filed an application to register the phrase “Take a Knee America.”Overall, there has been a surge in the number of trademark applications protecting slogans and phrases birthed out of protest movements (e.g. applications were also filed for such phrases “Women’s March” and “Proud to Protest”).Related: Transgender Rights? Citizens United? Should Brands Get Political?The Slants.For years the Asian-American rock band, The Slants, fought for the right to trademark their band name. The USPTO had adamantly opposed registering the name citing the Lanham Act, which prohibits the registration of any trademark that could “disparage or bring into contempt or dispute any persons living or dead.”This summer, the United States Supreme Court overruled the USPTO’s finding and allowed the group to move forward with registration. Since the ruling, there has been an uptick in the number of trademark applications that include or describe a racial trait or characteristic. Some recent trademark applications include: “Proud to be Latino” and “Harmless Black Man.”Social media icons.While many social media platforms, such as Instagram and Twitter, began trademarking their company names years ago, this year was the year they finally began to receive registration certificates for their icons.Related: What Is a Logo? Just the Beating Heart of Your Brand, That’s All.Instagram currently owns trademarks for their name as well for all their filters, such as Sierra and Hudson, and for their such abbreviations such as “Insta.” But, this year their camera icon was formally registered as trademark and so was Facebook’s thumbs-up like button. Facebook currently has 121 active or pending trademarks whereas Instagram currently has 75 active or pending trademarks. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

This Company Sold 180000 Worth of Actual BS on Black Friday

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. This Company Sold $180,000 Worth of Actual B.S. on Black Friday 2 min read It’s safe to say that Cards Against Humanity, the wildly successful card game company, isn’t willing to play into the carnival of consumerism that is Black Friday.Last year, the company offered a “once-in-a-lifetime” price hike that resulted, ironically, in a slight sales increase. But this year, in an even fiercer act of rebellion, Cards Against Humanity removed the game from its online shop entirely, offering, instead, a $6 box of bullsh*t — “literal feces, from an actual bull,” the company’s website read on Nov. 28, according to the CBC.Even though the limited edition black boxes were explicitly labeled ‘Bullsh*t,’ shoppers were seemingly enthralled by the vulgar stunt: all 30,000 packages sold out in 30 minutes.That’s a total of $180,000 spent on animal poop — though the company noted it netted $6,000 after shipping costs, all of which it donated to Heifer International, a non-profit that distributes farm animals to impoverished communities.Related: VIDEO: Watch This Fearless Frenchman Laugh in the Face of Death on a Rocket-Powered Bicycle at 207 Miles Per HourAs some shoppers doubted that the company would actually post feces in the mail, many opened their packages this week with a mix of delight and disgust.  “I don’t think they would fit a card in here,” says this courageous unboxer, who breaks the dried piece of excrement in half to make sure nothing is hidden within. “Honestly, it’s just poop! I don’t know what I was expecting.”The company culled the excrement from a cattle ranch in Texas that sells pasteurized bull feces for shipments, reports Time.“We all really hate Black Friday, it’s just kind of a horrible day,” Cards Against Humanity co-creator Max Temkin said. “It comes after this day where you’re supposed to be thankful for what you have, and then it’s just this whole huge media spectacle of people fighting each other to save $50 on a TV.”Related: The Most Outrageous Thing Grant Cardone Did to Get Attention Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Publicity Stunts Geoff Weiss Former Staff Writer Add to Queue December 16, 2014 –shares Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Tens of Millions of Data Workers Face Inefficiencies as Data Complexity Grows

first_img 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 last_img read more