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first_imgEditor’s note: Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond on Thursday won the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction for “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” which is now out in paperback. The Gazette interviewed him about the research behind the book when it was published last year.The day a sheriff squad evicted Arleen, a single mother raising two boys in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee, was among the city’s coldest on record.Urban sociologist Matthew Desmond followed Arleen and seven other families as part of the trailblazing research behind his new book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.”Desmond, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project, lived in a trailer park and a rooming house for over a year to conduct fieldwork. He also worked to fill some of the huge gaps he found in eviction data.Critics have hailed  “Evicted” as a feat of ethnography, research, and narrative that seeks to change our understanding of poverty by looking at eviction as one of its causes. Last year Desmond was named a MacArthur “genius” fellow. The Gazette spoke with him about Arleen, the devastating effects of evictions on the lives of America’s poor, and opportunities for reform. GAZETTE: Why did you choose to study evictions?DESMOND: I thought I would use eviction to tell a story about poverty. I had no idea how common it was. I had no idea that one in eight renters in the city of Milwaukee experience a forced move every two years. I didn’t know that 2.8 million renting families around the country report that they think they’re going to be evicted soon. I also had no idea that it would be such a driver of poverty. I started realizing this by spending time with families getting evicted. Seeing them lose their possessions, seeing moms having to choose between paying the rent or feeding their kids, seeing families cast into homelessness. What I was seeing everyday in the field was reaffirmed through statistical studies: that eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty.GAZETTE: You said in your book that when you began your research, in 2008, you couldn’t find studies or statistics about evictions. Why do you think no one was paying attention?DESMOND: It was a surprising thing. We knew a lot about public housing and housing policies. We also had a lot of studies on the neighborhood. But we didn’t know how common evictions were and the role they play in creating poverty. The costs of inequality: Increasingly, it’s the rich and the rest Economic and political inequities are interlaced, analysts say, leaving many Americans poor and voiceless Related GAZETTE: Would you call eviction an epidemic?DESMOND: When you have one in eight renters in a major city in America getting tossed every two years, I’d call that epidemic levels. When you have evictions not counted in the tens or the hundreds of thousands but likely in the millions, I call that epidemic levels. When you read accounts from the 1930s or 1940s about evictions, it was an event that drew people’s attention. There is a story from a clip from The New York Times about an eviction of a family in the Bronx in the 1930s. The paper covered it like this: “Probably because of the cold, only a thousand people showed up.” Eviction used to be rare, but now we’ve grown used to it, become familiar with the rumble of the moving trucks and families’ effects lining the sidewalk.GAZETTE: You also said that when you started your research you thought eviction was the result of poverty, not the cause of it. Tell us how you changed your view.DESMOND: Evicted families lose their homes and their possessions, which are either piled on the street or taken to storage. If the now-homeless families miss payments, their things are sold or taken to the dump. Kids lose their schools and people lose their jobs. Eviction comes with a court record and that can affect where you live. A lot of landlords refuse to take people who have been recently evicted. That pushes families into worse neighborhoods and worse housing. Public housing authorities treat evictions as a strike against your application, which means that families that are in most need of aid — the evicted — are denied it. And then there is a toll eviction takes on your spirit. It’s a driver of depression; it has an effect on mental health. So you add all that up, and you arrive at a new way of understanding poverty, one that sees eviction as a moment that places families on a different, and much more difficult, path.GAZETTE: Your book is the narrative of eight families in Milwaukee that live on the edge of eviction. How did you develop a relationship with these families?DESMOND: I lived in the community for a little more than a year; that helped a lot. I wanted to write about their lives in their full complexity, with both honesty and empathy. Living in the community with them allowed me to see things about poverty and inequality that I hadn’t seen before, and it showed me the human toll of the lack of affordable housing in our cities.GAZETTE: Could you tell us about Arleen, one of the central people in your book?DESMOND: When we met, Arleen was a single mom trying to raise two boys. She was living in a rundown apartment in the inner city, paying 88 percent of her income to rent. I saw her struggle under those conditions, having to decide between pitching in for funeral costs and paying the rent; between buying clothes for her kids and paying the rent. To me, Arleen stands for the face of the eviction epidemic. Most households in Milwaukee that get evicted have kids living in them.GAZETTE: Witnessing the hardships poor families experience was heartbreaking, you said in your book. How did it affect you?DESMOND: I saw Arleen get evicted on a day in early January when it was 40 below with the wind chill. Seeing those things left a mark. But I also saw strength, humor, and courage in the face of obstacles that many of us can’t fathom. There is a story in the book of a time at McDonald’s with Vanetta and Crystal, two homeless women who were living in a shelter at the time. They were eating lunch, and this young kid walks in. He didn’t go up to order. He went around the tables, looking for scraps. When they saw him, Vanetta and Crystal pooled their money to buy that boy lunch. Crystal gave him a big hug and sent him on his way. Moments like that reminded me how gracefully the people I met refuse to be reduced to their hardships.And throughout, my colleagues at Harvard helped me process all this and connect it to our broader intellectual mission of using all the tools of social science — from in-depth ethnography to big-data analysis — to shed a new light on the nature of poverty today in a way that engages policymakers and the wider public.GAZETTE: At the end of the book, you offer proposals to reduce evictions. Tell us about expanding the universal housing voucher program. How feasible is that?DESMOND: That question begs another question, which is: Do we believe housing is a right? Do we believe that access to decent, affordable housing is part of what it means to live in this country? I think we have to say yes. The reason is very simple: Without stable housing everything else falls apart. We’ve reaffirmed the right to basic education, access to food, and security in old age because we know that, without those things, it is impossible to live a full and flourishing life. And housing is central to well-being and economic mobility. So how do we deliver on that right? I think we should expand a program that is already working pretty well — housing vouchers — to all poor families. The idea is simple. Instead of paying 70 percent of your income to rent, or 88 percent like Arleen did, you pay 30 percent and the voucher covers the rest. You could take that voucher and live anywhere in the city, as long as that place wasn’t too expensive or too shabby. Housing vouchers help a lot, but only a lucky minority of poor families benefit from them.GAZETTE: What do you hope your book will do to the understanding of poverty in America?DESMOND: I hope this sparks conversation about how it is deeply implicated in creating poverty in our cities. I hope we think of addressing this problem in ways, big and small. We can’t fix poverty without addressing housing. It’s absolutely central and has to be at the top of our domestic agenda.GAZETTE: Can you talk about a class you teach at Harvard?DESMOND: I teach a class called “Poverty in America,” which draws sociology concentrators but also students from the humanities, hard sciences, and across the social sciences. Together we take a close look at the historical and present-day nature of poverty. We study joblessness, housing, and neighborhoods, the criminal justice system, and public policy. We also interface with this problem on the ground level. Students go out and talk to folks that are working for minimum wage and trying to make ends meet. Students go and observe housing court. They interview politicians. And then they take those experiences and observations and connect them to ideas and studies about inequality. We invite a lot of community members to the class, like tenants facing eviction, men just released from prison, and police officers who patrol high-crime neighborhoods. The idea is to show students the face of poverty and the complexity of it. My hope is that they come to see poverty not only as an economic matter, but also as a matter of justice.last_img read more

House committee passes CFPB, Dodd-Frank reform bills

first_imgThe House Financial Services Committee passed two Republican-sponsored bills Wednesday that took aim at the CFPB and Dodd-Frank Act.In a 34-22 vote, H.R. 4894 passed out of the committee. Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), the bill would repeal Title II – the orderly liquidation authority – of the Dodd-Frank Act.Additionally, the committee approved the Taking Account of Bureaucrats’ Spending Act, H.R. 1486, sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.), in a vote of 33-20. This bill would bring the CFPB’s budget under appropriations by Congress. Also contained within the bill was an approval of $485.1 million for the CFPB, the amount CFPB Director Richard Cordray said was necessary to fund the bureau. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Paschal Chukwu’s offensive game still a big work in progress

first_img Published on November 11, 2016 at 2:32 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Jim Boeheim has never had the luxury of a 7-foot-2 tower patrolling the middle of the 2-3 zone.Paschal Chukwu will surely give Syracuse a dimension its fans have rarely seen, if ever, when it comes to altering and blocking shots around the rim. But if the Orange is hoping for any substantial offensive production from the program’s tallest player ever, it will have to wait.In two exhibitions, Chukwu tallied four points on 2-of-5 shooting, one of those buckets coming via an alley-oop dunk. The Providence transfer has, in 37 total minutes, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots. For now, a defensive stalwart is all Chukwu seems to be for No. 19 Syracuse ahead of its season opener with Colgate on Friday night in the Carrier Dome.“He’s not ready offensively,” Boeheim said after Syracuse’s 97-64 exhibition win over Le Moyne on Tuesday. “We need to get him rolling to the basket, get him around the basket. He needs to get some offensive rebound situations. They really haven’t been there that much for him.”At a preseason practice last year, Boeheim scolded the redshirt sophomore for bringing the ball below his neck after receiving it near the basket, but that tone from the head coach seemed to be in the past as this season approached. At media day, Boeheim praised Chukwu for vastly improving his finishing around the rim.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChukwu texted assistant coach Mike Hopkins throughout the summer when he wanted to get offensive work in at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center. Chukwu worked on finishing near the basket, absorbing blows from an orange pad after coming down with a rebound and trying to put it back despite the contact.“I think Hop really helped me a lot,” Chukwu said. “I owe him a lot for that. He really worked with me on my offensive game.”With SU’s regular season opener approaching, there’s more to be done than what’s been accomplished already. Chukwu barely played offense in high school and was only used for defensive purposes during his freshman season at Providence.Courtesy of Leo RedgateUntil now, Chukwu’s upper-body strength hasn’t lent itself to bruising with other bigs in the low post. Offseason hours in the weight room remedied that, and now the actual basketball part needs to fill in the blanks.“I think the biggest changes I’ve seen is all summer,” said graduate assistant Katie Kolinski, who works with the centers, “he got to work out with (trainer) Ryan (Cabiles) and he’s just bigger physically.”On Tuesday, Tyler Lydon lobbed an entry pass to Chukwu in the low post. He was quickly double-teamed by two much smaller Le Moyne defenders and quickly flung a pass out to Andrew White. White hit a 3 from the top of the key for three of his game-high 24 points and Chukwu’s only assist of the preseason.That’s a start, but Chukwu won’t factor significantly aside from grabbing offensive rebounds against teams that live on the outside. What he’s needed for — his defense — won’t come into play if opponents don’t take the ball at him.So for now, bits and pieces of offensive contributions here and there are all Syracuse can reasonably expect.“It won’t be there this year,” Boeheim said. “Not happening this year. Don’t be waiting for that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

England U16 girls selected to take on Switzerland

first_img22 Aug 2016 England U16 girls selected to take on Switzerland Four talented girl golfers will represent England in tomorrow’s annual U16 match against Switzerland at Pannal Golf Club in Yorkshire. They are Lily May Humphreys of Essex, Martha Lewis of Surrey, Hannah Screen of Hertfordshire (pictured) and Amelia Williamson of Norfolk. The match precedes the North of England U16 open stroke play championship which will be played from Wednesday to Friday, August 24-26. The players: Lily May Humphreys, 14, (Channels) is an England girl international who has won the English U16 girls’ championship and the Fairhaven Trophies this season. She reached the quarter finals of the British girls’ championship and was third in the European Young Masters. Martha Lewis, 16, (St George’s Hill) has previously represented England at U16 level and was 11th in the English U16 girls’ championship, 15th in the Scottish U18 girls’ championship, 22nd in the English women’s amateur and third in the U16 spring championship. Hannah Screen, 16, (Berkhamsted) has just won the Scottish U16 girls’ open championship and tied 5th in the English U16 girls’ championship. Amelia Williamson, 16, (Royal Cromer), is an England girl international and was runner-up in the English U16 girls’ championship and the Fairhaven Trophies, sixth in the English women’s amateur championship and tied eighth in the European Young Masters. She is the English schools’ champion.last_img read more

Rowing Club to Host 30th Anniversary Open House

first_imgRED BANK – Navesink River Rowing (NRR) will hold a special 30th Anniversary open house on Saturday, May 18, at its recently reopened site at the end of Maple Avenue.The event activities, which are free and open to the public, will run continuously from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., including site tours and hands-on rowing demonstrations.With a coach to guide her and a rope tied to the boat for safety, Susan Skeans of Clarksburg takes her first sculling strokes on the Navesink River in Red Bank. Navesink River Rowing is holding its 30th anniversary open house on Saturday, May 18.Those attending will be able to try out a rowing machine or use an Oar-Master to practice the sculling stroke before making their way down to the water and stepping into a 24-foot-long, 14-inch-wide sculling shell and rowing with a coach guiding them and with a rope tied to the boat for safety.NRR members will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate and explain NRR programs.“The open house gives us a chance to share all the things we love about rowing,” said masters rower and NRR board president Kay Vilardi of Little Silver. “For people who attend, it’s a great way to learn about the sport and a good time to sign up for our summer youth programs or adult beginner lessons.”This year’s event also celebrates the nonprofit organization’s return to the river after its boats, structures and site were seriously damaged during Super Storm Sandy.“For a while, it looked as if our 29th year might be our last,“ said Vilardi who recalled the sight of boats crushed by toppled buildings, shed doors ripped open, boat parts and supplies strewn everywhere, and the land that once held boat racks washed away.Fortunately, thanks to donations from members and friends, support from community partners like Springpoint Senior Living, parent company of The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, and K. Hovnanian Enterprises, and the physical labor of volunteers by the dozens, NRR is up and running again. Its 30th season begins on schedule the first week in May and will continue through early November.Navesink River Rowing is dedicated to making the sport of rowing – for fun, fitness, recreation or competition – more familiar and more accessible to anyone interested in pursuing it. The group’s programs attract many area teens, whose passion can be seen in their willingness to get up at 6 a.m. on weekends and in the summer in order to row. Masters rowers (from age 23 to 80-plus) are just as enthusiastic. They are drawn to the sport for a variety of reasons: Because it is fun and challenging; an excellent cardiovascular activity; an exhilarating, low-impact alternative to running; a great escape from daily stress; and the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful Navesink River.Since 1983, NRR has introduced thousands of men, women, boys and girls to the skills, health benefits, and teamwork that make rowing an exceptional form of exercise and recreation. They offer lessons for adult beginners, summer instructional programs for youth at three levels (novice, intermediate and advanced); and competitive youth crew in the spring and fall.In addition, season memberships are available to college students and adults with sculling experience. NRR maintains a fleet of 31 single and multiple seat boats for them to use, and NRR coaches provide masters clinics and additional instruction for intermediate and advanced adult rowers who want to sharpen their skills or compete in area regattas.Additional information about NRR, its programs or the May 18 open house is available by visiting the NRR website at www.navesinkriverrowing.org or contacting Susan at 732-863-1321 or [email protected]last_img read more

Nelson Bantams overcome slow start to take two from Castlegar

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Bantam Reps shook off some holiday rust to grab two of three games from rival Castlegar in West Kootenay Minor Hockey League action during the weekend.After falling 5-4 to the Sunflower City squad Friday, the Reps outscored the opposition 17-6 to win the three-game set 2-1.“We had not played in a game since December 19th and seemed that the kids were simply rusty,” Nelson coach Jeff Hunt told The Nelson Daily. “That coupled with a lacklustre effort made us doomed to lose.”Trailing 3-2 after two periods, the Castlegar Reps scored twice in the third to eek out a one-goal victory, with Edward Lindsay netting the winner. “In fairness to Castlegar they competed hard and showed a lot of passion  — something that was missing on our team  — and deserved to win,” Hunt confessed.However, once Nelson shook off the rust, the Heritage City team showed who was boss. Nelson scored seven times in 40 minutes en route to the 9-4 shellacking Saturday. Sunday, Nelson once again jumped out to the early first period lead, scoring three times in the opening frame, to blast Castlegar 8-2.Nolan Percival and Brandon Sookro each scored twice to lead the Reps past Castlegar Sunday.Saturday, Percival had the hat trick while Sookro chipped in with a pair to pace the Nelson Reps.“Saturday and Sunday were quite different,” Hunt explaining the obvious. “We competed hard and we had great performances from key players . . . including most significantly Dylan Whiffen who doesn’t always hit the score sheet a great deal.“And our best offensive players were at their best.” “We also challenged Castlegar’s strong physical presence — emotionally and physically it was a dramatic shift from Friday,” Hunt added.The series win was especially important for the Reps as Castlegar stands in Nelson’s way to gaining a spot in the AA Provincials in Smithers.The playoffs begin February 7.This weekend Nelson entertains Spokane in a pair of games Friday, 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, 1:45 p.m. at the Civic Centre Arena.Sunday the Reps rekindle the rivalry in the Sunflower City, facing Castlegar at 2:30 p.m. in the Pioneer [email protected]last_img read more

FRONT RUNNING MORENO & ARGENTINE CATCH A FLIGHT HEAD FIELD OF NINE IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 CALIFORNIAN STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2015)–Southern Equine Stables’ venerable Moreno, who comes off an epic upset of Shared Belief in his most recent start, heads a field of nine three year olds and up in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Californian Stakes at 1 1/8 miles. The final steppingstone to the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27, the Californian will be contested for the 62nd time on Saturday.Trained by Eric Guillot, Moreno, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Ghostzapper, sat second early in the mile and one eighth, Grade II Charles Town Classic April 18, assumed command turning down the backside and went on to a powerful two length win as odds-on favorite Shared Belief was eased.Second, beaten 4 ¼ lengths by Shared Belief three starts back in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap March 7, Moreno is best suited on the front end and although he is winless in eight starts at The Great Race Place, his style is without doubt conducive to success in Arcadia.A Grade I winner who was second, beaten a nose by Will Take Charge at age three in the Grade I Travers at Saratoga, Moreno has marched to the verbose orders of his colorful conditioner through four racing seasons at nine different tracks in three different time zones. His overall mark stands at 26-4-8-4 and he has earnings of $2,926,940.Argentine-bred Catch a Flight, who was third, beaten a head for second by Moreno two starts back in the Santa Anita Handicap, got his first stakes win last out in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Precisionist Stakes at Santa Anita on May 2. Highly regarded in the Richard Mandella stable since his arrival late last year, the 5-year-old horse by Giant’s Causeway is running to his notices and looms a stout threat in the Californian.Although Flavien Prat pinch hit for regular pilot Gary Stevens in the Precisionist due to Stevens’ major commitments that day at Churchill Downs, Stevens will be back aboard Catch a Flight on Saturday. Owned by Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Catch a Flight is 14-8-0-3, with earnings of $273,239.Trainer Peter Miller’s Argentine-bred Big Cazanova, a gate to wire winner two starts back of the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 29, enters the Californian fresh and dangerous, as he’s been idle since running fifth to Hoppertunity in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Pasqual Stakes Jan. 10.With Tyler Baze engaged to ride from the number one post position, look for Big Cazanova to have run on his mind early on Saturday. Owned by Dona Licha, Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Brous Stable, LLC, Big Cazanova, a 6-year-old ridgling by Giant’s Causeway, is 21-4-6-6 overall with earnings of $397,692.Should the likes of Big Cazanova and Moreno scorch the track early, trainer Doug O’Neill’s Sammy Mandeville could prove a late threat. A dedicated deep closer, the 4-year-old colt by Rock Hard Ten flew late to finish second, beaten three quarters of a length, by Catch a Flight in the Precisionist Stakes May 2.Owned by W.C. Racing, Sammy Mandeville is 13-2-3-1 overall with earnings of $166,912.The complete field for the Grade II Californian Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Big Cazanova, Tyler Baze, 119; Bailoutbobby, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; You Know I Know, Edwin Maldonado, 119; Hard Aces, Victor Espinoza, 119; Lideris, Joe Talamo, 119; Blue Tone, Kent Desormeaux, 119; Moreno, Cornelio Velasquez, 124; Catch a Flight, Gary Stevens, 119 and Sammy Mandeville, Rafael Bejarano, 119.                First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. CALIFORNIAN IS FINAL MAJOR STEPPINGSTONE TO GRADE I GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA JUNE 27 –30–last_img read more

More storm clouds ahead

first_imgA storm out of the Gulf of Alaska is expected to bring Southern California two more days of intermittent rainfall, prompting the National Weather Service to warn of possible flash flooding. Some rain fell Monday morning in parts of the Southland – including the Pasadena area, Catalina island and in spots throughout the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. It was expected to turn heavy overnight, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS issued a Flash Flood Warning for Los Angeles County valleys and mountains through Wednesday morning. The late-season storm is expected to produce 1-3 inches of rain in coastal areas and 3-5 inches in the foothills and mountains, with some areas getting as much as 7 inches, according to the National Weather Service. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventDowntown Los Angeles has received a little more than 10 inches since July 1 – about 21/2 inches below the seasonal norm. The latest storm may produce thunderstorms, small hail, waterspouts and funnel clouds, especially Monday night or today, according to NWS forecasters. “This storm will tap into a plume of sub-tropical moisture, sending several bands of steady rain with higher rainfall rates through southwestern California … through Wednesday,” according to a Weather Service statement. “However, the most potent of these bands appears to be Monday night and \, when potentially excessive rainfall rates will occur from southern Santa Barbara County through Los Angeles County,” according to the statement. “Rain will turn to showers \ evening and last through Wednesday morning before diminishing.” In the mountains, the snow level was expected to be at 7,000 feet Monday night, when 11-14 inches of snow are expected. It will fall to about 5,000 feet in the early hours of Wednesday, according to NWS forecasters. Winds of between 20 and 30 miles per hour are expected in mountain areas until the storm moves east. – City News Service160Want 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

Despite the Hype, Big Data Might Not Be What You Need

first_imgTags:#Big Data#business#data#scaling The big data trend continues, and more and more companies are hopping on the bandwagon. While many organizations assume they need big data’s wisdom, often the “small” operational data they already have will do just fine.Operational data is internal data, such as the data that gives Uber its ability to dispatch cars. Big data, in comparison, is information collected in high volume and at high velocity. It’s occasionally collected internally, but purchasing it remains a more common practice.If you don’t truly need big data, embedded business intelligence company Exago explains why you may regret pursuing it: “The trouble is, big data is notoriously difficult to wrangle on account of its size and complexity. Setting aside for the moment that many enterprises have to purchase access to big data they don’t produce themselves, the process of grooming that data for reporting and analysis can be prohibitively expensive.”In addition, just because a company purchases fancy new analytics tools and huge volumes of data to go along with them doesn’t mean they have a clue about how to extract the pearls of insight from the oysters. Mining data for actionable information requires attentive management, accurate analysis, and continuous adjustment, and buying software and raw data doesn’t provide companies with the skills necessary to master these processes overnight.This year, the way organizations gather and use data has been under something of a microscope. Facebook has taken most of the heat, but others have been scrutinized as well. Despite this criticism, big data does still offer invaluable insights for some situations and challenges — what you need to figure out is whether yours are among them.If you’re thinking about investing in big data for your organization, take the following considerations into account to ensure you’re truly working toward the goal you seek.1. Needing a lot of data doesn’t always mean you need big data.Before jumping in, make sure the problem you’re trying to solve or the goal you’re hoping to achieve actually requires big data rather than just a lot of data. As Jim Gallo, national director of business analytics at ICC, explains. “Just because you have a lot of data doesn’t mean it should be considered big data.” Although the term seems to emphasize volume over anything else, “big data” actually just describes a quantity of data that requires new tools to process it. Typically, big data utilizes multiple physical or virtual machines working together.If you’re merely storing and retrieving large volumes of files in and from a data warehouse, you’re facing a different kind of challenge. Huge data sets are an issue that many organizations have been dealing with for years, and the quantity of data by no means indicates a “big data” problem.2. Even with big data, operational data remains critical.It’s a common misconception that organizations must choose between big data and small operational data. In fact, a complete big data solution could depend on combining them.Big data is most commonly used retrospectively, and analytical big data technologies such as Hadoop can generate valuable insights after data has been collected. However, operational big data systems are still responsible for importing and storing data via real-time workloads. Incorporating both types of data will ensure your data efforts produce the most effective results.3. The payout from big data requires big changes.The hype surrounding big data has inflated expectations, in many cases well beyond what’s reasonable. Gaining a competitive advantage from big data can also require enormous changes that are impossible or impractical for many organizations to make. For instance, big data helped a retailer see that by keeping items on the showroom floor for a longer period, both before and after discounting them, it could increase its profits significantly. Unfortunately, this change had far-reaching supply chain implications, and the company was unable to put it into practice.The insights generated through big data analytics can be easy to replicate, so it’s possible that consultants in your industry might already provide the services you’re looking to glean from big data. Be sure to do your homework before you spend the money on a big data initiative.Although big data is everywhere you look, it may not actually be the right solution for your organization. Big data can be insightful, but these insights are distilled after the data has been collected and analyzed. Ultimately, before you go chasing big data, you might want to focus on better using the operational data you already have. Even if you end up needing big data after all, you’ll be better prepared for it after you get a handle on your in-house data. Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Related Posts How Data Analytics Can Save Liveslast_img read more

Beermen escape Fuel Masters for share of third place

first_imgReigning MVP June Mar Fajardo put up 24 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, and six blocks while point guard Alex Cabagnot had 24 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.Brown had a game-high 30 points with 17 boards to lead the Fuel Masters. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president With the game tied at 100, Terrence Watson took charge and muscled his way inside for four straight points to give San Miguel a 104-100 lead with 1:46 left in the game.Arwind Santos then, stole the ball from Brandon Brown at the 27-second mark and this led to June Mar Fajardo’s two free throws that gave the Beermen a 106-100 bubble.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I realized it’s really hard to win a game especially when you go up against a team that has everything to gain nothing to lose,” said Beermen head coach Leo Austria. “Phoenix’ pride is still there and they really want to win.”San Miguel enjoyed a bevy of double-double performances from three individuals with Terrence Watson leading the way with 26 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—San Miguel held off a tough endgame from Phoenix to escape with a 109-107 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here.The Beermen improved to 7-3 and created a logjam at third place with TNT and NLEX while the Fuel Masters, who failed to qualify for the quarterfinals, slipped to their ninth straight loss and a 2-9 card.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Rain or Shine dumps Alaska in Hontiveros, dela Cruz farewelllast_img read more