Lee McGregor wants rematch at ‘dream venue’ Tynecastle

first_img“Everyone knows I am diehard Jambo and Hearts are right on board with me.“I am sure the fight at Tynecastle will happen one day. I think Kash is the perfect opponent to sell that fight out. It will probably be for European or world honours.“I’m not counting anything out at the moment, I’ll keep preparing and training hard and I’ll be ready for whatever my team bring.“But I also want the whole city behind me – the whole of Edinburgh and the whole of Scotland behind me. Newly crowned British champion Lee McGregor wants to bring a huge title fight to Tynecastle Park – and believes a rematch with Kash Farooq would sell out the home of his beloved football club.Edinburgh’s McGregor is basking in his new title after defeating Glasgow fighter Farooq on Saturday by a split judges’ decision.The 23-year-old added the Lonsdale belt to his Commonwealth bamtamweight title and is now dreaming big in his professional career.Asked about the possibility of fighting at Hearts’ home ground ground, McGregor said: “A year ago I would have said no, but now it is crazy – the support and the fanbase I am building is really exciting. “Although I’m a Hearts fan and although Tynecastle is my dream venue I want Hibs fans to get behind me and support me as well.“I want to gather the whole city, the two teams, together and let’s make some special nights come to Edinburgh.”Judges were split at the bout at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena on Saturday with scores of 114-113 in favour of each fighter and a decisive card marked 115-112 for McGregor.That three-point margin – in a fight where McGregor was deducted a point for holding – raised eyebrows among fans and pundits.The result has been branded “controversial” in some quarters but the champion is trying not to focus on negative comments and claims the arguments only make him hungrier to take on Farooq again.McGregor said: “At the end of the day it was a close, gruelling fight that could have gone either way and the judges preferred my work – it is as simple as that.“I think the scorecard is more what the outcry was about, rather than me winning.“It’s just making me more hungry, so if the re-match gets made then let’s get it on – I am more than happy because I was born to do this.”last_img read more

Rain postpones Rafters game with Booyah

first_imgGame rescheduled for June 20For the City TimesWISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters’ (10-8) June 15 game against the Green Bay Booyah (10-8) was postponed due to weather and rescheduled for June 20.The Rafters will play a doubleheader against the Booyah Thursday, with the first game starting at 4:05 p.m. and both games consisting of seven innings. Game two will start approximately 30 minutes after the completion of game one.This is the Rafters’ second rain out of their 10th anniversary season and the team will use the unexpected off day to prepare for a two-game set with divisional opponent Madison.last_img read more

Generations X and Y Lead the Way in Today’s Digital World

first_imgDevices: Gen X LeadsWhen it comes to devices – think HDTVs, digital cameras, PCs, gaming systems – Gen X leads the way, says Forrester. Their households are the most likely to have these devices in them. When it comes to the household PC (meaning “personal computer” not necessarily “Windows machine”), Gen X and Boomers tend to use theirs for practical matters like word processing and household finances. They’re also more focused on PC health, regularly scanning for malware and backing up files. Mobile: Gen Y LeadsMeanwhile, on the mobile front, the 49 million Gen Yers lead the other generations, using their phones for everything from product research to social communication. Along with Gen Xers, Gen Yers are the most likely group to own a smartphone with an unlimited data plan. One fifth of Gen Y uses their phone for maps and directions now, while Gen X is generally more interested in checking news, sports and weather. 85% of Gen Y sends and receives text messages, while 68% of Gen X does the same. Only 15% of Seniors use SMS, however. 37% of Gen Y surfs the mobile Web. Mobile “Facebooking” is also more popular with Gen Y, with 27% participation, compared with 18% of Gen X. Seniors on Facebook, supposedly a growing trend on the desktop, is not so prevalent on mobile – only 1% use Facebook or other social networking sites from their phone. Overall, 23% of Gen X and Y owns a smartphone and 17% of Americans do. Online: Gen Y Surfs, Gen X and Boomers ShopInternet use has surpassed TV viewing for Gen Y for a few years now, but this is the first time that Gen X can say the same. Younger Boomers (45-54) also now spend equal amounts of time online versus on the Web. TV viewing still beats Web surfing for older Boomers and Seniors though. The survey found, too, that Gen X does the most online shopping, but Younger Boomers spend the most. In fact, Boomers were the only generation that spent, on average, more than $600 online in the past three months. Forecast: eReaders are “Device of the Year,” but Few UseForrester says that eReaders have drawn a lot of hype over the course of the year, but in reality, only a small percentage of the population currently uses them. However, the analysts forecast that another 6.6 million will buy an eReader by year-end. 8.3 million will buy a netbook or mini PC, though, in the same time frame. Netbook and mini-PC purchases will outpace eReader sales until 2014, when both slow to 1% growth rates. Laptops will also decline to 2% growth in 2014. This data seems in opposition to earlier reports from NPD that stated netbook sales have gone negative. This recently led to some controversy when the Wall St. Journal quoted Best Buy CEO Brian J. Dunn remarking on the netbook’s decline, saying its sales have been cannibalized by the iPad. Dunn later explained, by way of a Best Buy press release, that “the reports of the demise of [notebook and netbook] sales are grossly exaggerated.” It appears that Forrester agrees with this statement, given this new report’s data. Conclusion: Gens X & Y Outpacing OthersForrester concludes that Gens X and Y are “setting the example of how future digitally native generations will live,” with both generations “outpacing Boomers and Seniors on almost everything technology-related.”Statements like these tend to rile up the tech-savvy Boomers and Seniors who read this blog, often leading outraged comments about the wrongness of the data. In this case, though, Forrester analyzed 30,064 households containing 37,226 individuals to reach these conclusions, a sample size which seems sufficient enough for this analysis. Any generation will have its outliers, of course, from the digitally-adept Grandma to the Gen Yer who refuses to Facebook. Plus, anyone reading this article is at the top of the curve, no matter what the technology in question is, we would bet. Image credit, top: flickr user Paulo Fehlauer; charts: Forrester Forrester Research just released its annual survey of American technology adoption, this time focusing on the generational divide. The findings, which arose from a survey of over 37,000 participants, reveal that when it comes to the adoption of digital tools and technology, the generation gap still exists, with Generation Xers and Yers far ahead of both Boomers and Seniors. The report delves into everything from mobile use to media consumption and PCs to social networking. The takeaway, says Forrester, is that Gen Y “lives and breathes” a digital social life, Gen Xers are masters of the functional benefits of technology, but those older are much more reserved in nearly all areas. Generation Gap Remains“In almost every online or mobile behavior, Gen Yers lead the adoption curve,” explains Forrester, summarizing the differences between the generations. The youngest members of this group don’t remember life without a mobile phone or a time when texting or email was unavailable. Gen X, despite having a longer “tech memory” than its younger counterpart, still rivals Gen Y in many areas. This slightly older group tends to use the Internet and computers more functionally. For example, 26% of Gen Xers go online for information about food and cooking, 61% use it for news, 65% use PCs to manage photos and 53% email photos at least once per month. Boomers fall behind on the technology adoption curve, but spend more money on everything tech-related from telecom fees to online shopping purchases. Seniors, however, lag ever further behind. 80% still subscribe to a local newspaper, for instance. But in other ways, they’re catching up: 40% own an HDTV, one in five uses the Internet for reading news and one quarter for travel planning. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Reports#Trends#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Funny Video on Fishing & vPro

first_imgI was out 2 weeks ago @ ManageFusion in Orlando and this video was played. I realize this is more in the humor & fun category, however thought you may enjoy this one. (also note none of these folks are me in the video – you couldn’t get me to jump out of a boat in Seattle). Enjoy..last_img

10 Mobile BI Strategy Questions: Business Processes

first_imgWhen developing a mobile business intelligence (BI) strategy, you can’t ignore the role that business processes may play. In many cases, the introduction of BI content into the portfolio of mobile BI assets provides opportunities to not only eliminate the gaps in your business operations, but to improve the existing processes.Often, the impact is seen in two main ways. First, the current business processes may require you to change your mobile BI approach. Second, the mobile BI solution may highlight gaps that may require a redesign of your business processes to improve your mobile BI assets and your business operations.Business Processes Will Influence Your Mobile BI DesignExisting business processes will have a direct impact on the design of your mobile BI solution. I’m often amazed to discover that the lack of consideration given to identifying business processes stems not from a lack of insight but from wrong assumptions that are made during the requirements and design phases.It’s true that the business processes may not be impacted if the scope of your mobile BI engagement is limited to mobilizing an existing BI asset (like a report or dashboard) without making any changes to the original end-product, including all underlying logic. But in many cases, the opposite is true—the mobile BI end product may be the driver for change, including the update of the existing BI asset as a result of a mobile BI design.Mobile solutions may require different assumptions in many aspects of their design, which range from source data updates to report layout and logic. Advanced capabilities, such as a write-back option, will further complicate things because the integration systems outside the BI platform will require closer scrutiny and a much closer alignment with business processes.Moreover, constraints that surround source data will have a direct influence on the mobile BI design. For example, if you’re dependent on feeds from external data sources, you may need to consider an additional buffer to take into account possible delays or errors in the data feed. Or, perhaps you have a new application that was just built to collect manually-entered data from field operations. If this new application was introduced as part of your mobile BI solution, the process that governs this data collection system will have a direct impact on your design because of its immediate availability. This wouldn’t have been as important before as an operational tool with a limited audience without mobile BI.Mobile BI Solution May Drive Improvements in Your Business OperationsAs part of designing your strategy or developing your mobile BI solution, you may discover either gaps or areas for improvement. Don’t worry. This is a known side effect, and it’s often considered a welcome gift because it gives you a chance to kill two birds with one stone: improve your business operations and increase the value of your mobile BI solution. However, it’s critical here to ensure that your team stays focused on the end goal of delivering on time and on schedule (unless the gaps turn out to be major showstoppers).Typical examples are found in the areas of data quality and business rules. The design of a mobile BI asset—especially if it’s new—may highlight new or known data-quality issues. The visibility factor may be different with mobile. Adoption or visibility by executives often may force additional scrutiny. Moreover, adoption rates (ratio of actual users divided by total users of mobile solutions) may be higher because of the availability and convenience with mobile. As a result, mobile users may be less tolerant about the lack of quality assurance (QA) steps.Business rules offer another example due to the same visibility factor. A proposed change in a business rule or process, which previously failed to get attention due to lack of support, may now have more backers when it’s associated with a mobile BI solution. Strong executive sponsorship may influence the outcome.Bottom Line: Do Not Ignore Business ProcessesIt’s easy to make the wrong assumptions when it comes to business processes. It happens not just in mobile BI but in other technology projects. You cannot take existing processes for granted. What may have worked before may not work for mobile BI. Let your business processes complement your overall mobile BI strategy, and let your mobile BI engagement become a conduit for opportunities to improve your operational efficiencies.Not only will these opportunities improve your business operations, but they will lead to increased adoption by increasing the trust your customers/users have in your mobile BI content.What do you see as the biggest challenge when it comes to business processes in your mobile BI strategy?Stay tuned for my next blog in the Mobile BI Strategy seriesConnect with me on Twitter at @KaanTurnaliOpens in a new window and LinkedInOpens in a new window.This story originally appeared on the SAP Analytics BlogOpens in a new window.last_img read more