Noise nuisance

first_imgThere is no questioning the prevalence of noise nuisance and its harsh consequences on residents. The numerous related complaints, including letters in the media, tell of extremely worrying situations. Much has been said about the disturbing effects, especially on the elderly, the sick and children, seemingly left at the mercy of the perpetrators. Much has also been said about the reportedly reluctance of the Police to intervene or their very delayed and inconsequential response.Based on reports, noise nuisance is widespread with common sentiments by affected residents. Their stories detail the horror they are forced to endure and their passionate pleas for help. To put in perspective the impact of loud noise, the USA used it as a means of “music torture” for psychological warfare on former Panamanian leader, General Manuel Noriega.Facing indictment for drug-trafficking and other claims, he was at the time hiding out in the Vatican’s embassy in Panama City, after the USA invasion. Having surrounded the embassy, troops blasted rock music non-stop. It is believed that the Vatican complained to the then US President, George HW Bush and the music war stopped within three days. Shortly after, Noriega surrendered.That further demonstrates the potency of noise to inflict psychological harm on humans. Evidence is not necessarily needed to make that point, but noteworthy, loud noise can potentially cripple the mindset. While the Noriega situation lasted only three days, here in Guyana, many residents are subjected either on a daily basis or throughout every weekend. As this nuisance continues unabated, affected residents are left short of a solution for relief.Recently, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan spoke to the issue during related training involving representatives of the Guyana Police Force and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He alluded to the social problems noise nuisance can precipitate and reminded that persons can be prosecuted. He also stated that other mitigating measures such as seizure of equipment, revoking of licences and the increasing of fines can be taken against perpetrators and urged knowledge of the related laws.While the training is welcomed and the Minister’s pronouncement would be seen as a call to action by those tasked with maintaining law and order, it did not answer why there is a reported lack of action in many instances to the numerous reports made. Clearly, the authorities cannot be oblivious of residents’ cries; both in the media and complaints made to various Police stations.It should be noted that after accusing its predecessor of failing, the current Government campaigned vigorously to restore law and order in all forms. If that were to be believed, then an obvious question is why it took more than three years for the Minister to appear to be implementing measures to bring relief to residents? What could have led to his pronouncements at this time and which prevented him from doing so before?There have been numerous allegations of some Police ranks deliberately turning a deaf ear to complaints of noise nuisance. One reason is reportedly some the ranks benefit from owners of bars and promoters. There are also allegations of some ranks patronising some bars and events even while the music is devastating to surrounding residents. The common response to aggrieved callers is that permission is granted until midnight. In reality that “midnight” turns out to be much closer to sunrise.Gauging from reports in the public domain regarding the Police/EPA training, it appears that the issue of “until-midnight permission” may not have been a focus. This is not to say it probably was not discussed. However, that needs to be addressed, taking into consideration the welfare of citizens. Equally worrying, is the Minister urging knowledge of the related laws to the gathering. Is that suggesting that the first responders are unaware? Should that be taken as an answer for the lack of meaningful intervention, especially in the past?Surely that cannot be accepted for residents wanting relief. Many have asked why particular bars are given the freedom to consistently blare music in total disregard for others. Action has since been taken against one and residents are relieved after years. A question is; why not earlier? Naturally, clamping down on noise nuisance will find favour with residents but the wrath from the perpetrators.When interests clash, the welfare of the general citizenry is expected to be given priority. As the Minister’s charge is executed, the foremost expectation would be for no favouritism to be shown to the believably friends and/or benefactors of some ranks. As it is, some bars, in and out of the City, operate unfettered as if the Minister’s statements were never made.If the Minister is genuinely concerned over the various social problems that can manifest, then he has to be even-handed and the efforts sustained across the country. If this is now a priority, then he must also implement a mechanism whereby citizens can easily further their complaints when ignored at Police stations with the expectation of a swift resolution. Failure in these regards will probably see residents surrendering to blasters as Noriega; only in the context of being fatigued by noise.last_img read more

Dutch company to do feasibility study

first_imgNew Demerara harbour bridgeGovernment has procured a Dutch company to carry out a feasibility study for the construction of a new bridge across the Demerara River.Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Thursday announced that the final step before the construction of what will be a high-level fixed bridge will begin in early January 2017 by The Leivense CSO consultancy firm, a Dutch company.The Demerara Harbour BridgeIn 2013, the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHB), in collaboration with the then Public Works Ministry, had carried out a prefeasibility study. That study concluded that a fixed high-level bridge was the best option to pursue.In 2016, he said, the Public Infrastructure Ministry advertised for suitable consultants to conduct a feasibility study that would lead up to the construction of the bridge, utilising the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. According to Harmon, the Ministry has since received an offer from a recognised Dutch Consultancy Firm, called Leivense CSO to carry out the study and design for the new bridge, including investigation for a prospective financier as well as the preparation of the PPP tender document.The study is expected to commence in January next year.According to Minister Harmon, in such types of construction, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies are required. He said the pre-feasibility study examines several things and narrows down the work for the actual feasibility study. That study has a more limited area which it has to consider, he noted, continuing that the study will consider the model, the tender documents and the sites proposed. It will also make the final pronouncement on whether or not the construction is something the country can go forward with.Early last month, Chief Works Officer of the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Geoffrey Vaughn, had disclosed that one of 22 tenders was successful and was being assessed by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) to determine whether the contract should be awarded.In December 2015, 22 companies from around the world submitted bids to conduct the study and furnish a design for the bridge. So far, three connections are being examined for the construction of the bridge – which are between Houston, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and Versailles, West Bank Demerara (WBD); between Peter’s Hall, EBD and Schoonord, on the WBD; and between New Hope, EBD and at Laurentia Catherina, WBD.The bridge must have a navigational clearance of 100 metres wide, with navigational aids, an air draft of 50 metres, adequate marine collection protection at the navigating channels and an estimated length of 2250 meters.Faced with constant mechanical problems and heavy traffic, calls were made for the construction of a new bridge across the Demerara River. Floating at 1.25 miles, the Demerara Harbour Bridge is a strategic link between the Eastern and Western Banks of the Demerara River.The structure, which opened in July 1978 with the expectation of lasting only 10 years, has been floating for 38 years.last_img read more

“The Climbers” humanitarian club launched in Region 2

first_img– aspires to promote volunteerismBy Indrawattie NatramLaunched under the theme, “Working in unity for the betterment of our community”, a group of 18 young people from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Saturday evening came together and formed a new volunteer club called The Climbers.According to President of the club, Devendra Persaud, the passion for humanitarian service was the foundation for setting up the new club. Persaud said the group was registered under the Friendly Society Act of Guyana with the main aim of promoting service activities throughout various communities.He said the group was formed of young, energetic and highly motivated individuals who are ready to serve communities within Region Two. The focus will be youth empowerment, health, food security, vision, environment and education.“We are not just another club; we are a movement, a group of committed individuals selflessly serving our communities,” Persaud said.As the club’s President, he intends to work with key stakeholders in addressing social issues as well as to create a partnership for the betterment of Region Two. Already, the group is being supported by the Region Two Administration.Members were inducted during the launch and were challenged to give of their best. The club, at its next meeting, will be planning essential projects that will help further develop communities on the Essequibo Coast.Attending the launch was Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt, who pledged the Regional Democratic Council’s support. Ramdatt said he always has had a passion for working with young people and commended them for forming the club. He, however, urged them to keep the same spirit and zest and to continue to build partnerships so that Guyana could become a better place. He called on the group of Climbers to be involved in activities and seminars that would fight against suicide, which is a major issue affecting the county. He also called on members to display civic responsibility.Serving as Charter Members are Vice President Mohabir Persaud, Secretary Bibi Wazeefa Latifd, Assistant Secretary Keshwantie Singh, Treasurer Thareshme Persaud, Fundraising Co-ordinator Yasuda Chowtie, Service Activities Coordinator Roshini Chowtie, Membership Coordinator Malesha Deonarine, Public Relations Officer Chandrashekar Sharma and Sergeant -at-Arms Bishawn Persaud. Directors include Wazeeda Bacchus and Tianna Ramlakhan. Other members are Ashmieny Ramnarine, Darren Singh, Michelle Assad, and Reneeta Latchman.last_img read more

NOEL THANKS LEGIONS OF FANS AFTER ‘COME DINE WITH ME’ SHOW

first_imgHE should have won (in our opinion of course).But TV3’s Noel Cunningham isn’t disappointed with coming second in this week’s Celebrity Come Dine With Me – beat by Roz Purcell.Said Noel on Facebook: “I am astonished by the response to Celebrity Come Dine …literally thousands of hits over the past few days … The response of people to me personally and on .. Radio .. Newpapers .. has been huge and Twitter has been going mad … all pro Noel. “How humbled I feel .. I want to say to all of you .. Thanks a million … It is quite lovely to become an overnight sensation after nearly 60 years ! Once again Thank you all … a million times over … Love Hugs and A Happy new Year to all … Maybe my own show beckons now .. hope so ! Noel.”Later the Kilcar man laughed: “Roz won it but I’m not sure it was her cooking that got her the votes – more like her good looks and economic use of clothes! There is no doubt that both Paul Martin and George McMahon were both smitten by her. On reflection maybe I should have shown a bit of cleavage too!”Well done to Noel from everyone at donegaldaily.com.We’re looking forward to your own show! © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com NOEL THANKS LEGIONS OF FANS AFTER ‘COME DINE WITH ME’ SHOW was last modified: January 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Come Dine With MeNoel CunninghamTV3last_img read more

Lawmakers shoot for redistricting, term-limit reform

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and some Republicans have pushed to change how the state’s legislative and congressional districts are drawn in an effort to make elections more competitive. Democrats, meanwhile, have advocated changing term-limit rules for lawmakers that were imposed previously by voters. “We’ve seen a plethora of ideas come forward and no conclusion,” said Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, who will co-chair the negotiations. Among the most popular ideas is a proposal to give a bipartisan commission the responsibility of drawing district boundaries, taking the power away from politicians. After the 2000 Census, lawmakers redrew the 120 state legislative districts and 53 congressional seats to favor incumbents. But disagreement remains over who should sit on such a commission and how many members it should have. Last November, California voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have given three retired judges appointed by the Legislature the job of redrawing the districts. SACRAMENTO – State lawmakers on Thursday signaled a desire to alter term limits and relinquish the power to draw their own districts by voting to begin negotiations that could put two constitutional amendments on the ballot this November. The procedural move laid the necessary groundwork to meet an Aug. 18 deadline. “The ballot we’re shooting for is the November ballot, no question about it, if we can do it,” said Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu¤ez, D-Los Angeles. Lawmakers would like to link redistricting reform to a change in the term-limits law because neither idea has sold on its own in the Legislature. The issues also might have to be separated on the ballot because measures can address only a single subject. On term limits, Democratic leaders say lawmakers should be allowed to serve 12 years in either the Assembly or Senate. In 1990, voters enacted limits of three two-year terms in the Assembly and two four-year terms in the Senate, allowing lawmakers to serve a total of 14 years between the two chambers. “It puts the power back into the hands of the legislators and gets them to be policymakers instead of politicians,” said Nu¤ez, whose term ends in 2008. Lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly approved a one-line bill directing six lawmakers to hash out the details in a conference committee, which could begin meeting today.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

League Two wrap: Linn hattrick wins one of two eight goal thrillers

first_imgLinn then put the home side back in front from the penalty spot in the 67th minute, only for Eddie Ferns to equalise from close range three minutes later. But Linn completed his hat-trick in the 72nd minute from the middle of the box before Omar Kader made it 5-3 six minutes later.Sean Higgins and Chris Smith scored twice as Clyde claimed their first win in three matches with a 5-3 victory over Cowdenbeath. Clyde went ahead in the 13th minute when Smith converted Dylan Easton’s cross but the scores were level on the half hour as Dean Brett netted from the penalty spot following a foul on Gary Glen. Bobby Linn netted a hat-trick as Arbroath recorded a 5-3 victory over Stirling at Gayfield Park. The hosts opened the scoring in the 31st minute when Josh Skelly scored his second goal in as many games from the middle of the box. Stirling drew level just three minutes later when Darren Smith’s effort was deflected into the back of Robbie Mutch’s net.The Binos went ahead nine minutes into the second half when Blair Henderson fired under Arbroath shot-stopper Mutch, but the Smokies got back on terms in the 58th minute when Linn turned the ball home at the far post. Higgins scored from close range in the 33rd minute and, although Brian Ross registered his first goal for Cowdenbeath, Craig Sives headed into his own net to give Clyde a 3-2 half-time lead. Higgins and Smith netted their second goals, in the 59th and 73rd minutes respectively, before an own goal from David Gormley handed Cowdenbeath a late consolation.Montrose are still searching for a first Scottish League Two win of the season after battling back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Annan at Links Park. Annan started brightly and went ahead after just two minutes when Rabin Omar’s long ball from his own half found Darren Ramsey and he fired a left-footed shot past Alan Fleming. The visitors doubled their advantage with just seven minutes on the clock when Ramsey’s corner from the left was driven home by Maxwell Wright. Montrose pulled a goal back in the 53rd minute when a trialist headed home and they were level nine minutes later when Gary Fraser nodded in Ross Campbell’s cross.A second-half brace from Jordyn Sheerin earned Berwick a 2-1 win over Edinburgh City at Meadowbank Stadium. The defeat leaves the hosts still searching for a first point of the season after falling to a fourth defeat in four. Berwick goalkeeper Kevin Walker made an early save to deny Aaron Dunsmore, while at the other end Calum Antell had to be on his toes to deny Sheerin.Ouzy See broke the deadlock after 65 minutes when he got on the end of Dunsmore’s floated corner to drill Edinburgh ahead from close range. Berwick were level in the 74th minute after Dean Cummings was penalised for a foul on Steven Notman and Sheerin converted from the spot. And Sheerin hit the winner four minutes later when he fired home from the edge of the box.Thomas O’Brien hit a brace as Forfar maintained their 100 per cent start to the Scottish League Two season with a 3-2 victory over Elgin at Station Park. Chris McLeish opened the scoring for the visitors in the 22nd minute when he scored from his own half but Forfar pulled themselves level seven minutes before the interval as O’Brien fired home from the edge of the box after Gavin Swankie set him up. But Forfar were not level for long as Elgin restored their advantage four minutes later, McLeish firing home his second of the afternoon. Swankie was again the architect five minutes into the second half when he played in Josh Peters to level once more for the hosts. O’Brien made sure Forfar would make it four wins from four when he latched onto Jamie Lister’s ball to fire home the winner in the 65th minute.last_img read more

[STUDY] How Hyperconnectivity Affects Young People

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#social networks#Social Web#web Would you mind putting down your smartphone for a moment to read this? Thanks, we really appreciate it.A new study released today by Pew sheds light on the lurking, albeit very real notion that we all not-so-secretly fear: there are actual consequences to the hyperconnected lifestyle that many 21st century millennial Americans live! But calm down, it’s not all frowny-face emoticons and Sherry Turkle-esque Alone Together narratives. Yes, there are some major downsides to relying on the Internet as our “external brain,” including the desire for instant gratification, and the increased chances of making “quick, shallow choices.” But researchers also say we networked young people are nimble, quick-acting multitaskers who will do good in the world. Teens and young adults are hyper-immersed in technology. A total 95% of teens ages 12-17 are online, 76% use social networking sites and 77% have cell phones. Of the slightly older age group (18-29 year olds), 96% are Internet users, 84% use social networks and 97% have cell phones. More than half of those users have smartphones and 23% own tablets such as the iPad.Pew talked to 1,021 technology “stakeholders and critics” through an entirely opt-in survey. In other words, the people who participated did so of their own volition. Of those surveyed, approximately 55% agreed that the future for hyperconnected individuals looks positive. Meanwhile, a total 42% thought otherwise saw negative outcomes. This outcome skews slightly more positive; Pew in fact admits that the outcome is actually more like 50-50. So, is the cup half-empty or half-full?The Networked Future Looks Good, Mate! Fair Sailing Ahead!Approximately half (or, arguably, 52%) believe that hyperconnectedness will have a positive impact, suggesting a stronger ability to multitask, cycle through personal- and work-related tasks and become more adept at finding answers to deep questions. These people – who are mostly millenials – will be able to tap into the Internet’s greater knowledge base, accessing more information and working together to do so via crowdsourcing. Says acclaimed Microsoft Senior Researcher danah boyd, who studies the cybercultures of teens and young adults: “Brains are being rewired – any shift in stimuli results in a rewiring. The techniques and mechanisms to engage in rapid-fire attention shifting will be extremely useful for the creative class whose job it is to integrate ideas; they relish opportunities to have stimuli that allow them to see things differently.”We have already started to see that happen. Facebook is a natural space for artists to exchange ideas and engage in fast discussion. The Internet pinboard social network, Pinterest, is a beautiful space for posting inspiring images. The creative class benefits from these visual, idea-oriented forums. The Networked Future is a Dark, Deserted Island of DoomHalf of the people surveyed by Pew disagree with the above rosy statements. The believe that the brains of such millenials will not retain information. They think millenials will be focused on short social messages and content that will entertain. They will be incapable of deep engagement with people and knowledge. These Internet users will surf around, grabbing the first bit of information they find. They will take fiction as fact.“Increasingly, teens and young adults rely on the first bit of information they find on a topic, assuming that they have found the ‘right’ answer, rather than using context and vetting/questioning the sources of information to gain a holistic view of a topic,” says one survey participant. Instant gratification plays into this negative consequence, along with an overall lack of patience. Another non-millenial encounters the same problem. “I’m 33 years old and over the last two years have ramped up my time spent on the internet to 10-plus hours a day. The effects have been detrimental. My attention span for longer-form information consumption such as books, movies, long-form articles, and even vapid 30-minute TV shows has been diminished immensely. My interpersonal communications skills are suffering, and I find it difficult to have sustained complex thoughts. My creativity is zapped and I get very moody if I’m away from the Web for too long.”But there will always be those few outliers who see a different kind of opportunity in the seemingly dark abyss. They will seize it, and run forward. One Pew participant believes that millenials will start to truly see the value of slow and steady wins the race. The tortoise beats the hare: “Long-form cognition and offline contemplative time will start to be viewed as valuable and will be re-integrated into social and work life in interesting and surprising ways,” the person says. And who will do all that deep thinking, now that we are addled with Internet-induced ADD? The division of labor will shift accordingly. “Perhaps the issue is, how will deep thinking get done – including by whom – rather than will everyone be able to do deep thinking,” says Marjory S. Blumenthal, associate provost at Georgetown University and former director of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies. The Internet, Facebook and all these Web technologies are here to stay. Our challenge now is to figure out the best ways to interact with them. After all, says Tiffany Shlain, director of the film Connected and founder of the Webby Awards, “As Sophocles once said, ‘Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse.’”“The Cliché Young People of Today” and “Tortoise & Hare” images courtesy of Shutterstock. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… alicia eler Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Missouri Provides Guidance on Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income

first_imgMissouri provides guidance on how to report global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) for Missouri tax purposes. The federal GILTI provision (IRC Sec. 951A) may affect Missouri taxes for both:– corporate income taxpayers; and– individual income taxpayers.GILTIIRC Sec. 951A requires U.S. shareholders of any controlled foreign corporation to include its GILTI in gross income. IRC Sec. 250 allows a corporate taxpayers with GILTI to deduct part of that amount.Starting PointMissouri automatically includes IRC Sec. 951A income in:– federal taxable income on Form MO-1120, Line 1; or– federal adjusted gross income on Form MO-1040, Line 1.Missouri also takes the IRC Sec. 250 GILTI deduction into account on Form MO-1120, Line 1. Individuals cannot take the GILTI deduction.Dividends DeductionCorporate taxpayers may be able to offset all or part of their net GILTI amount by claiming a dividends deduction. Missouri treats the net GILTI amount as if it was a dividend for tax purposes. Corporate taxpayers that apportion their income can subtract an apportioned share of the net GILTI amount that is business income through the Missouri dividends deduction. They may claim this deduction on Form MO-1120, Line 10. They can also deduct any amount that constitutes dividends from a non-Missouri payer. They may claim this deduction on Form MO-MS, Part 2, Line 12.Nonbusiness IncomeCorporate taxpayers also may be able to offset their net GILTI amount by reporting nonbusiness income. They should report any GILTI amount that is nonbusiness income on Forms MO-NBI and MO-MS, Part 1, Lines 9 or 12. They must provide a detailed description of:– their business,– the nonbusiness income; and– why the income is nonbusiness income.Failure to do so will result in disallowance of the reported nonbusiness income amount.Consolidated Federal Return and Separate Missouri ReturnsTaxpayers filing a consolidated federal return and separate Missouri returns must determine their net GILTI amount as if they filed separate federal returns. If a company had no ownership of its affiliated group’s controlled foreign corporation, it would have no net GILTI amount for Missouri purposes. If a company had all of its affiliated group’s ownership interest in the controlled foreign corporation, it would include the full net GILTI amount in its federal taxable income for Missouri purposes.Policy Guidance, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, IRC Section 951A Global Intangible Low-taxed Income (GILTI), Missouri Department of Revenue, February 2019, ¶204-221Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Hosier appeals death sentence over Jefferson City killings

first_imgThe Missouri Supreme Court was scheduled on Tuesday morning to hear the latest appeal from a man convicted of killing a woman in Jefferson City in 2009.David Hosier was sentenced to death for murdering his girlfriend, Angela Gilpin. Her estranged husband, Rodney Gilpin, was also found shot to death in the Jefferson City apartment.Hosier is appealing that his lawyer did not do a good job, and the trial judge had a conflict of interest, among other things.last_img

The Future of the Data-Driven Football Field

first_imgTogether we make football — and this week marks the kickoff of preseason for the NFL. Sports analytics have been a hot topic in the IT Center for some time now, and with each update, we’ve gained insights as to how the data-driven mentality of the enterprise is just as prevalent and necessary within the realm of sports. In June, Paul Crawford discussed the real-time analytics used by Germany’s football team (or soccer, as they say in America) and the competitive advantage that eventually aided their win of the World Cup. Today we sat down with Paul to discuss analytics both on the field and in the enterprise, and how data is changing the way we make football (American style). Paul: Making this data useful requires that you marry deep expertise in sports with deep expertise in data analytics; the best results are generated from good partnerships. It typically takes a lot of hard work to transform unstructured data — video, pictures, information scraped from websites and social media, etc. — into a useable form. If you don’t have someone with a command of the business helping the data scientist generate actionable insights, it will all degenerate into an academic exercise.ITC: For IT decision makers looking to derive insight from sports analytics, how does this translate to the enterprise? Paul: Going back to the separation in the world of analytics between the data and the techniques, I think it is important that any enterprise regularly think about their data sources and how they can be evolved, improved, or combined with others. They should be aware of the business need and sensitivities surrounding the quality and resolution of the data. Similarly, they should be constantly testing new ways to gain insights from the data. Data analytics is rapidly changing, especially in this new era of big data and the cloud, and businesses risk getting left behind if they are not keeping up. If you want to maintain an edge over your competitors, you need to stay invested in innovating and improving your business operation.  The business cliché is absolutely applicable to the world of enterprise analytics: Evolve or die.There’s much to be learned on behalf of both sports teams and the enterprise, and in many ways the wild west comparison should apply to business as well. The ultimate advantage lies at the hands of an organization willing to take risks, challenge the status quo, and push the envelope even further. As for football, stay tuned to the Next Gen Stats happening this season — the game has changed. Can you keep up?To join in the social conversation, follow Paul at @RPaulCrawford and us at @IntelITCenter, and be sure to use #ITCenter. ITC: Sports analytics seems to be evolving at a rapid pace in a number of professional leagues; as someone working in both sports and data analysis, how would you summate the past and future of sports analytics?Paul: I think the first step is to mentally separate the sports analytics world and its progression into two pieces: the data, and the techniques we use for harnessing and using the data. Historically, data sources were from box scores or maybe stopwatch times. Over the past couple of decades, people have used increasingly sophisticated statistical techniques to more effectively realize value from the data. However, the biggest change happening right now is the introduction of technology that enables us to collect a lot more data. New technologies are being introduced that track information about athletes multiple times a second and are generating a flood of data to analyze. The future of sports analytics is figuring out how to effectively harness these massive volumes of data either to improve the fan experience or create a competitive advantage on the playing field.ITC: The NFL’s announcement regarding their efforts to use new technologies to create “Next Gen Stats” is exciting for team owners and fans alike. What are your thoughts on the emerging technologies and solutions available to teams?Paul: This is an exciting development. I can’t wait to see how the broadcasters will use this data, so be sure to watch some of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football games this season to see for yourself. I also like some of the technologies that can track things not only going on with players but with the ball as well. I’m intrigued about the future prospects of collecting physiologic and other performance data on athletes — heart rate, respiration rate, muscle activity, impacts, etc. — and how they might prove useful for optimizing training and potentially preventing injuries. We are entering a “wild west” era of sports analytics with a lot of opportunities for technologists, data scientists, sports franchises, and fans alike.ITC: If you could give advice to the analysts collecting this new, unstructured data what would you recommend in terms of leveraging this information and turning it into a true competitive advantage?last_img read more