FEU blows lead, recovers to beat UP in OT

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Meralco whips Phoenix behind Durham, Amer “He’s been putting in the work,” said Racela, referring to Tuffin, who entered the game averaging just under 4 points an outing. “He struggled in the past games, but all players go through that and what matters is what you do when that happens. He just stayed the course.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees “It was a hard fought win, a hard fought game,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela.“That’s what you expect every game in the UAAP. We have to focus on what’s in front of us and that was UP. We kept our focus. We started out well, we didn’t end well in regulation but we came back in overtime.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Much of the pre game hype centred on the absence of UP coach Bo Perasol, who was serving the first of a three-game suspension.But the Tamaraws immediately set the tone with LJ Gonzales anchoring their strong start that saw them build a double-digit lead in the first period. LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images ‘People evacuated on their own’ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruptioncenter_img Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ken Tuffin and Wendell Comboy delivered the biggest shots in overtime as Far Eastern University outlasted University of the Philippines, 82-79, Sunday night to climb into a share of third spot in UAAP Season 82 at MOA Arena.Finally breaking out of his slump, Tuffin shot a terrific 5-of-6 from beyond the arc and finished with 18 points, while Comboy scored half of his 10 points in the extra period as the Tamaraws pulled level with La Salle and University of Santo Tomas with 4-4 records.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU nearly wasted a 19-point lead in the second half as the Fighting Maroons ended regulations with a 16-0 run capped by Javi Gomez De Liano’s lay-up with 24.7 seconds remaining.Comboy missed a potential game-winning triple at the buzzer, but came out strong in the extra period, hitting a triple to extend the lead, 77-72, with 2:11 remaining in overtime.Juan Gomez De Liano made three foul shots in the next possession, and Bright Akhuetie tied the game at 77-all with 1:04 remaining.But Tuffin hit a three for the go-ahead basket and after UP came up empty on the next play, Comboy nailed a baseline jumper to help seal the win.Racela was elated over Tuffin’s breakout performance.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Coventry City to return to the Ricoh Arena

first_img1 The Ricoh Arena Coventry City have announced they have agreed a deal to return to the Ricoh Arena.The League One club have been playing their home games at Northampton’s Sixfields Stadium since August 2013 following a long-running dispute over rent with Ricoh operator Arena Coventry LimitedThousands of Coventry supporters have boycotted home games since the move to Northampton.ACL had previously said it would not discuss a return until it received money owed by the club after they went into administration last year.But Coventry owners Sisu paid ACL £471,192 via the Football League last week, with the money some payment towards compensation and unpaid rent.The deal between ACL and Sisu comes after a dispute from April 2012 when the Sky Blues started to withhold rent from the stadium operators.The club refused to pay what they believed to be unreasonable rent for the use of the stadium.The Sky Blues then agreed a three-year groundshare deal with Northampton – 35 miles away – with an option of a further two years, and their first game at Sixfields was a 5-4 victory over Bristol City in August 2013.Now they have agreed a two-year deal, with an option for an extra two years, to return to the Ricoh Arena, with their first game back set to be against Gillingham on September 6.Northampton will be due compensation after the early end of their agreement with the Sky Blues.Steve Waggott, Coventry’s development director, said: “We are delighted to get this deal done and I am sure every supporter of Coventry City will be thrilled with this news.“We are under no illusion what a difficult 12 months it has been for the supporters and that was uppermost in our thinking as we worked to get this deal done. There has had to be compromise on both sides and the commercial details of the deal will remain confidential.“Now it is all about looking forward to a really exciting season back in the community and with a real chance of success. I am sure every supporter will want to give Steven Pressley, his staff and players their full backing for the season at the Ricoh. “Logistically, it’s going to mean a huge amount of work between now and the first game back and we would ask supporters to bear with us as all of our efforts up to now have been in getting this deal over the line to get us back to Coventry as soon as possible.“We will announce details around tickets, Season Tickets and other information as soon as we can next week but we hope to be back at the Ricoh for the clash with Gillingham. We will keep supporters fully informed of progress to that aim. Can I also take this opportunity of thanking Chris Robinson, Chair of ACL, for the professional manner he has conducted our lengthy discussions to reach this agreement.”last_img read more

Hudson-Odoi’s ‘humble’ response when asked about playing against Man City

first_imgBut the Blues boss admitted he would have to sell one of his wingers in order to increase the youngster’s playing time.He said: “You need to understand that, in the same position, we have Pedro, Willian and Hazard.“I want to remind you that Callum, with this one (against Malmo), played 14 matches. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 RANKED “I think we deserved the result that we got today. I’m happy with the goal, obviously that’s a bonus for the good work that the team did today.”When asked whether he has staked a claim to start against City, Hudson-Odoi added: “I don’t know, I feel today the performance of the team was very good and hopefully I did well and made an impact on the game,” which prompted Giroud to call his young team-mate ‘humble’.Chelsea rejected a £35million bid from Bayern Munich for Hudson-Odoi last month.It is claimed the 18-year-old handed in a transfer request in an attempt to push through a move to Germany, having become disillusioned with his lack of first-team action at Stamford Bridge after starting just six games under Sarri this term. 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Callum Hudson-Odoi is on Bayern Munich’s radar Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Maurizio Sarri has sparingly used Callum Hudson-Odoi this season Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE REPLY Callum Hudson-Odoi remained coy over his chances of starting against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, which is live on talkSPORT.The Chelsea winger scored and played the full 90 minutes in a 3-0 win over Malmo as Maurizio Sarri’s side progressed to the Europa League last-16 on Thursday. no dice BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Blues fans have been crying out to see Hudson-Odoi feature more for the first-team this season – he is yet to start a Premier League game for his boyhood club.Speaking alongside Olivier Giroud after the Malmo thrashing, he told BT Sport: “I’m happy with the result first of all. All of the boys worked really hard, we played really well throughout the game and I think our mentality was strong. REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates his goal against Malmo huge blow Callum Hudson-Odoi put on a show at Stamford Bridge 🙌 pic.twitter.com/qR5TGSCn0y— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 22, 2019“As Oli said, we knew they were going to come out fast because they needed to get a goal so we paced ourselves well throughout. 3 MONEY Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “There isn’t in England another 18-year-old player with 14 matches in the first-team. So I think that we are using him in the right way at the moment.“Of course, the 20 matches this season will be 30 matches in the next, and 40 in two years.“If I am at the club and I want Callum to play consistently, I have to sell another winger. Otherwise the manager is in trouble.”A night of celebration for Chelsea fans turned sour the following morning when FIFA hit the club with a transfer ban.The Blues will not be able to register any new players until the summer of 2020 after breaching regulations surrounding the signing of 29 players under the age of 18.They were also fined £460,000.last_img read more

Chris Woakes takes five as England complete 4-0 series win over Pakistan

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Read more Both openers fell in the 30s, Vince top-edging Shaheen to deep square-leg and Bairstow caught at long-on trying to smear Imad Wasim’s left-arm darts down the ground. But from 105 for two in the 12th over, Root and Morgan kept up the momentum in a stand of 117.Though nearly replaying Vince’s demise first ball, Root crackled with six fours from his first 14 deliveries. Morgan was keener on the aerial route, clearing the rope five times in his 64-ball 76 including one mighty pull on to the Rugby pavilion that will earn a local roofer a few bob in the coming days.But after both set men fell to top-edges – Root slammed his bat into the ground in disgust after being caught on 84 – the England lower middle-order collapsed somewhat as Imad, unrattled by Morgan’s earlier assault, returned to pick up the wickets of Buttler and Moeen Ali in the space of three balls.While Buttler looked in decent fettle for a run-a-ball 34, for Moeen, trapped lbw on the backfoot, it represented a second successive duck. Considering the form he struck in the Indian Premier League, England will hope these recent returns are merely a blip in keeping with the allrounder’s mercurial ways.Both Woakes and David Willey fell prey to the returning Shaheen in the teens, while Ben Stokes scratched around for 21 before picking out long-on off Hasan Ali. England soon found themselves in control of the match, however, when Woakes, rested for Friday’s win at Trent Bridge, struck three times with the new ball.Though he continues to manage a long standing knee injury, Woakes remains Morgan’s most productive bowler in the opening power play and here he wasted little time, finding the ideal length to tease an edge to slip off Fakhar Zaman third ball and then trap both Abid Ali and Mohammad Hafeez lbw in his second over.His new-ball partner, Willey, went wicketless early on but at least did strike late. With Curran’s six overs returning none for 40, neither man can be said to have nailed down his World Cup spot during this final audition. England beat Pakistan in fifth ODI to complete 4-0 series win – as it happened England cricket team Topics Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Pakistan cricket team Share on Twitter Cricketcenter_img Share on Messenger Read more match reports Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on LinkedIn ‘Jofra’s a genius’ – the lowdown on what makes Archer different When the usually understated Chris Woakes is impersonating Ian Botham’s finger-pointing jig from the 1992 World Cup during his wicket celebrations, and the captain, Eoin Morgan, is still agonising over his final squad with a day to go before the big reveal, you know things have gone reasonably well.Indeed bar the Alex Hales affair last month, the world’s No 1 team could scarcely have wished for a better buildup towards this summer’s main event, one they now head into following a 4-0 series win over Pakistan wrapped up via a 54-run victory at Headingley. There are still 50-over warm-up matches against Australia and Afghanistan to be negotiated but in the final game that goes against their statistics before the World Cup, England were once again too good for their opponents.Posting 351 for nine on a pitch that could easily have produced more than just a pair of half-centuries for Morgan and Joe Root, England knocked over the tourists for 297 in 46.5 overs. Woakes produced an incisive new-ball spell amid figures of five for 54, while another sprinkle of stardust in this doomed run chase came from Adil Rashid.The Yorkshireman’s relationship with local supporters became strained last summer but here the Headingley crowd, while slightly thin by way of numbers, could scarcely contain its delight when Rashid produced two electric and match-changing interventions in the Pakistan innings.After Woakes had wiped out three of the top four with his first 12 balls – and briefly turned into the Brummie Botham in response – Sarfaraz Ahmed and Babar Azam combined for a 146‑run stand; suddenly the tourists began to wonder whether a run of nine successive ODI defeats might be coming to an end.But when Rashid produced a stunning no-look deflection on to the stumps to run out the latter for 80 and then soared to his left to produce a dazzling one-handed return catch off the new man, Shoaib Malik, the game was to all intents up.With Jos Buttler running out Sarfaraz on 97 – a quasi-stumping of sorts after the Pakistan captain believed his late dab to have passed the wicketkeeper – and Woakes returning to complete his third ODI five-wicket haul, it all added up to a fine day’s work before thoughts turn fully towards South Africa at the Oval on 30 May.Despite becoming the first ODI side to make four successive scores in excess of 340, and surpassing the ground record 339 for six they made against South Africa two years ago, England’s total here curiously disappointed a touch.This owed much to losing six for 124 in the final 20 overs, even if Tom Curran’s 29 from 15 balls – an innings which began with a ramped six into the new Emerald Stand – added late impetus and underlined his all-round credentials before the selectors meet on Monday.The World Cup tournament was on Morgan’s mind when he won the toss and went against his long-held preference to chase, claiming he wanted to replicate the challenge of being inserted. But he found Pakistan unwilling to oblige by way of new-ball threat, and so lacklustre in the field that James Vince and Jonny Bairstow flew out of the traps. Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Box office collection Not only India Badla reigns worldwide market collects 37

first_imgAmitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Sujoy Ghosh on sets of BadlaPR HandoutAmitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Panu starrer Badla is on a winning spree as the film raked in USD 3.7 million in 10 days in the overseas box office.The region-wise overseas collection of the movie is – Middle East – $1.45 million, North America – $1.32 million, Australia – $224,116; UK and Ireland – $213,782; Rest of the world- $493,000.In India, Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla garnered Rs 8.70 crore on day 10, also the film had already crossed Rs 50 crore mark on Sunday. Badla has become Sujoy Ghosh’s highest 2nd-weekend grossing movie, beating the record of Kahaani.Kahaani was a hit at the box office and sets a record for director Sujoy Ghosh as well, but the recent release Badla breaks the record of weekend 2 collection of Kahaani.The crime thriller revolves around Taapsee Pannu’s character Naina who is stuck in a murder case. Playing Badal Gupta, a lawyer to Naina, Amitabh Bachchan has recreated the magic of Pink.Also starring Amrita Singh, Tony Luke and Manav Kaul in supporting roles, Badla has been gauging appreciation for the remarkable performances.Badla is presented by Red Chillies Entertainment in association with Azure Entertainment, Co-produced by Gaurav Verma and produced by Gauri Khan, Sunir Kheterpal and Akshai Puri, the crime thriller is directed by Sujoy Ghosh, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu in the lead roles is running successfully in theatres.last_img read more

MacFarland Middle School Like DC is Changing

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comOne of the District of Columbia’s middle schools is a powerful example of the demographic changes taking place in much of the city.Henry Brown Floyd MacFarland Middle School, with grades 6-8, is located in the gentrifying Petworth neighborhood on the southern end of Ward 4. The school had a predominant Latino enrollment during the 2017-2018 academic year, with 87 percent and Black students made up only 13 percent.MacFarland Middle School is unique in D.C. because it is currently majority Latino and used to be predominantly Black. (Courtesy Photo)However, the principal, Mark Sanders, told the AFRO that MacFarland’s make-up is subject to change due to the $63 million modernization highlighted by its ribbon cutting Aug. 20. “Last year, we were working with a smaller building,” Sanders said. “Now we will be able to accommodate more students to come to MacFarland.”Sanders couldn’t quote exact racial statistics because students were still being enrolled. Nevertheless, he said that Black students were welcomed at the school despite its growing Latino population due to its successful dual Spanish language program where English and Spanish is taught in various subjects.Sanders said there are some Black students in the dual language enrollment program.MacFarland is noteworthy because it was founded in 1925 as a Whites-only school. It remained White majority until the late 1960s when African Americans began to move into Petworth and surrounding neighborhoods and by 1980 it was a predominantly Black school with a sprinkling of Latinos.In 1990, U.S. census data reveals that Petworth was 88 percent Black and six percent White and Latino. In 2010, though, Petworth’s Black population had dropped to 57 percent while it’s White and Latino population increased 15 and 26 percent, respectively. MacFarland is next to Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School, which is 54 percent Black, 46 percent Latino and one percent White.At the ribbon cutting, D.C. Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) beamed as he toured the building with his staff, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), community leaders and students. Todd told the AFRO he was aware of MacFarland’s changing demographics over the decades and isn’t worried about it. “I am very pleased that Ward 4 has the largest number of Latino residents in the city,” Todd said. “This underscores that Ward 4 is for everyone and this school is for Blacks, Whites, Hispanics and Asians. What we would like to happen is when students finish MacFarland; they will go to Roosevelt where they will continue to get a quality education.”Sanders noted during his remarks at the ribbon cutting that MacFarland is the only bi-lingual middle school in the city and that has some worried that Black students’ academic needs will be ignored. However, Mary Diatta, a Senegal native who has a son enrolled at MacFarland, told the AFRO she isn’t concerned.“I have no problem with the school,” Diatta said. “To me, I think it is important that everything is equal. The children, regardless of whether they are Black or Latino, should learn the same thing.”Sanders said students, regardless of race, will be educated by the District’s school system curriculum. “All of our sixth graders will take science and there are no academic tracks,” he said. “All students will adhere to the rigorous standards and they will take math and English language arts together.”last_img read more

Amending constitution can cost St Stephens DU affiliation

first_imgAlso, sources said, de-recognition by the university is likely to result in the prestigious college losing funds from the University Grants Commission (UGC), which currently provides 95 per cent funding to the institution with the remaining money coming from the CNI-controlled St Stephen’s Trust.Stephen’s principal Valson Thampu, who is retiring in February next year, has circulated a draft amendment in which he has proposed that the principal be empowered to take disciplinary action against students or staff irrespective of the Governing Body’s opinion. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportHe has also called for giving a major say to CNI in the functioning of the college, handing over the faculty appointments and admissions to the Supreme Council and amending the composition of the GB.The amendment also proposes to replace St Stephen’s College Trust, which currently runs the college, with a proposed St Stephen’s Educational Society, which will have the power to establish Stephen’s-like private institutions across the country.But, the proposed amendment is likely to become a bone of contention between St Stephen’s and Delhi University as, according to university statutes, a constituent college of DU is bound to follow common rules laid down in the ordinance regarding faculty appointments, constitution of governing bodies and powers of the principal. Also Read – Disqualified AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, women’s wing chief join BJP”If the institution which was granted the status of constituent unit changes the very nature of the constitution, its recognition will be jeopardised. There are certain exemptions for Stephen’s due to its being a minority college but, in this case, DU may object to any amendment which is prejudicial to the university and, if the college is de-affiliated, it might lose UGC funding,” a source said.According to university Statute-30(D), any amendments that pertain to content of teaching, rules and regulations of faculty appointments and service conditions and modification of the constitution of Governing Body can be effected only after an enquiry is done by the DU’s Executive Council, which is the statutory decision-making body. University officials said they believe that, “St Stephen’s will deliberate before taking any such step that may undermine its relationship with Delhi University and be prejudicial to the age-old bond between the two”.Thampu, however, is claiming that it is the Supreme Council’s decision to amend the constitution and there is no violation of procedures or law in the same. “Whatever has been proposed is very much within the ambit of the law. I can challenge anyone to find any legal or procedural or statutory loophole in the same,” he said.last_img read more

In the Next Wave Of Innovation Big Data Is Your Competitive Advantage

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Demand for data has been surging over the past few years. Companies are rushing to adopt in-house data warehouses and business analytics software, and are reaching for public and private databases in search of data to kick-start their artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) strategies. Due to the growing demand, good data is becoming a valuable commodity, like oil in the 20th century, and companies are beginning to compete for the most lucrative reserves. In order to understand why data is important for your business, you must first understand the five reasons if gives you a competitive advantage.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Collecting Customer DataData is a source of insights.Until very recently, companies did not realize that they were sitting on a goldmine of data and did not know what to do with it. With the revolutionary advances in data mining and AI/ML, companies can now make use of data generated by consumers and users. A really good example is how Moz used artificial intelligence to predict customer churn. It has designed a deep learning neural network that analyzes user actions and is able to predict the behavior of users. Since actions customers are about to perform within the system are caused by a vast variety of factors from the past, it makes it possible to mine some valuable business insights and decrease churn of existing customers, which has an enormous effect on overall company growth. Data analysis and data visualization facilitate data-driven decision-making that finds hidden opportunities in consumer data, like when Target figured out that some of its customers were pregnant before their families knew it. Related: You Can Collect Customer Data and Deliver a Better Experience Without Violating PrivacyYou can leverage offline data.Until very recently, online consumer activities such as search queries, clicks or purchases were the main sources of data for large enterprises. However, as it turns out, data is abundant in our physical environments and offline experiences as well. Large tech companies like Amazon are already introducing corporate surveillance strategies in grocery stores across the world. New sensors and actuators installed in shops can collect data about consumer preferences and behaviors. Drones, AI personal assistants and IoT are other examples of tools that can turn every single moment of human lives into valuable data.This data will become a driver of price setting algorithms that will react to changes in consumer demand. Uber has already begun using this model in its price mechanism. Other companies will soon follow suit, integrating business intelligence solutions into smart malls and city infrastructure. Those companies that stand on the bleeding edge of this innovation will have the best opportunity to extract value from consumer behavior.Related: Access to Data Is Great, but It’s How You Communicate It That MattersData helps you manage your online reputation.When your consumers post thousands of comments and reviews about your products and services on social networks and forums, it might become hard to manage your online reputation. Luckily, however, there is an upside! Consumer feedback can be efficiently turned into data that can be analyzed using state-of-the-art AI/ML models and tools.One of the most promising directions is the sentiment analysis that uses NLP (Natural Language Processing) techniques to understand dynamics of users’ emotions and feedback. To benefit from these techniques, you can create a Facebook application that will retrieve and analyze public posts about your company using sentiment analysis approach. With sentiment analysis, one can also identify positive and negative reviews of your products on ecommerce platforms such as Amazon.Also, knowing the sentiments related to your competitors can help companies assess their own performance and find ways to improve it. One of the greatest benefits of sentiment analysis for managing online reputation is automation, since it can be hard (and expensive!) to process tons of user feedback manually. Turning feedback into data to be piped into your business intelligence software is one of the most efficient solutions that will set you apart from the competition.Related: With Whole Foods Purchase, Amazon Just Bought a Playground for Big DataData is fuel for AI research.From chatbots and intelligent narrative generators to business analytics tools, AI/ML is becoming a real competitive advantage for businesses that promotes automation, cost reduction and intelligent decision-making. However, to kick-start their AI/ML strategies and train their ML models, businesses need high-quality data.Companies such as Facebook or Google have solved this problem naturally by leveraging the user-in-the-loop model where users generate data for them via posts, comments or search queries. Other companies gain access to data by reaching out to public and commercial databases, crowdsourcing data collection and classification services, or collaborating with data-driven businesses, to name just a few.Whatever approach best fits your business model, you need to introduce effective data acquisition strategies to leverage the power of AI/ML. Stable access to quality data will help you build efficient AI/ML solutions that improve the productivity of your employees and create a better experience for clients and business counterparts.Related: 5 Misconceptions Small-Business Owners Have About Big DataData is an instrument of personalization.In the new era dominated by social media, customer personalization becomes one of the main sources of competitive advantages for companies offering their products and services online. Until very recently, companies lacked instruments to personalize content, an application’s features and services for their consumers.Data, consumer analytics tools and state-of-the-art AI/ML software for recommendation engines are the main game changers that make an efficient personalization possible in your business. Data on user preferences, interests, real-time and past behaviors can be now easily collected, stored and analyzed using business analytics tools and AI/ML algorithms. For example, insights from this data allow marketers to deliver relevant content to website visitors, video game designers to adjust the game difficulty and features to players, or recommendation engines to suggest music, videos or products that the consumers might like. Personalization powered by the data thus becomes a great tool for retaining consumers and offering them products, services and features that they are really looking for.There is an abundance of data flowing through businesses nowadays and all this data is impossible to analyze by human workers. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are paving the way to transform these piles of data into a true competitive advantage that any data-driven business can tap into to run their company more efficiently, make smarter decisions and boost profits.Related Video: Run a Better Business Using Data October 10, 2017last_img read more