1 Each week, a leading band or artist takes our special Starting XI Q&A. Up this week, Cian Morrin from Hometown…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?Rock ‘n’ roll for Leeds? Realistically? Bring back Jermaine Beckford I say.If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?Falling Slowly.Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?Craven Cottage, I like the look of the stadium. Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Potential? Let’s go for Raheem Sterling.Brit award or Premier League trophy?Brit award.When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?Alan Smith, and Green Day.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?Diego Maradona is the king.If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?Fall Out Boy – Suger We’re Down; 30 Seconds to Mars – Kings and Queen.Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?Most excited, probably El Hadji Diouf! Haha! Rio Ferdinand leaving was a bit of heartbreak. Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Any player that left Leeds for Norwich. I’ll need plenty of security.What’s the best football song ever recorded?Marching on TogetherCheck out Hometown’s debut single ‘Where I Belong’ on YouTube right here If you left Leeds for Norwich, you’re not coming in! – Hometown’s Cian Morrin takes our Starting XI Q&A
Tigers wrestlers set a school record, earn four state championships in MadisonBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON — The Stratford wrestling team had an historic night at the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.Stratford won a school-record four Division 3 state championships as each of its wrestlers in the championship round won at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday.Two freshmen got things started for the Tigers as A.J. Schoenfuss and Jeremy Schoenherr won at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively.Schoenfuss (46-2) dominated Austin Wolfe (40-4) of Boyceville 7-2 before Schoenherr (42-2) pinned Weston Wichman (44-5) of Johnson Creek 34 seconds into the second period.Sophomore Mason Kauffman capped an undefeated season with a 9-5 victory over two-time state champ Kal Gerber (44-1) of Cameron at 126 pounds. Kauffman, who missed all of his freshman season with an injury, finishes the year with a perfect 49-0 record.Stratford sophomore Mason Kauffman takes down two-time state champ Kal Gerber en route to a title of his own. (Kelly O’Day photo)“Mason capitalized his own strengths by outscoring Gerber on his feet,” Stratford coach Joe Schwabe said. “This strategy didn’t allow Gerber to score anything but one point escapes from the bottom as Kauffman showed a command performance.”Sophomore Kamren Bornbach (41-3) finished off the quadruple with a 5-0 whipping of Henry Fielding (44-2) of Shiocton in the 182-pound final. Bornbach took fifth at state last year.“Kamren didn’t want to go out without matching his teammates, and he had Fielding on his back in the second period with a cradle and never looked back,” Schwabe said.“It is great that it worked out so well that all four finalists were able to win. Seldom does it end the way we’d like, and the nice part is two are freshman and two are sophomores.”Auburndale’s Wyatt Weiler lost his bid for a Division 3 state title, losing 7-5 to Jared Roen (42-3) of Riverdale 7-5. Weiler finishes his senior season with a 44-8 record and a state silver medal.Weiler’s teammate, senior Paul Willfahrt, ended up taking fifth place at 145 pounds. Willfahrt (44-7) lost his consolation semifinal match to Trenton Pasch (42-8) of Royall 3-2 but turned around and beat Marc Lansin (36-7) of Coleman 5-3 in the fifth-place match.Stratford’s Hunter Kauffman and Spencer’s Bryce Shaw ended up taking sixth place.Hunter Kauffman, who was forced to forfeit his semifinal match on Friday night due to an injury, was unable to wrestle Saturday in the consolation round and had to forfeit his final two matches, ending the season with a 40-4 record.Shaw, a freshman, lost both of his consolation matches Saturday to finish sixth at 113 pounds. Shaw (28-21) was pinned by Fennimore’s Riley Lull in 2:26 and lost 7-4 to Kewaunee’s Jesse Steinhorst in the fifth-place match.Both of Marshfield’s state qualifiers earned medals in Division 1.Senior Mitch Hertel won both of his consolation matches Saturday to take third at 160 pounds. Hertel (30-2) beat Jared Krattiger (42-2) of Waterford 7-3 and beat Austin Powell (46-3) of Sauk Prairie 5-2 in the third-place match. Hertel defeated Powell 2-1 in a preliminary-round match on Thursday.Hertel was making his third state meet appearance and grabbed his second medal after placing fourth in 2012.Junior Josh Lang took fourth for the Tigers. Lang (31-6) won his first consolation match by injury default over Christian Dischler of Pewaukee but lost a third-place match to Ross Agg (38-7) of Oak Creek 7-5.Spencer’s Tim Bauer and Hunter Luepke and Stratford’s Anthony Gliniecki also competed at state and were eliminated on the first day of the tournament. Stratford’s Sam Wenzel and Tyson Kauffman won their first matches but lost in the quarterfinals and were eliminated from the tournament in the consolation bracket.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at email@example.com.
Open Data has the potential to unlock between $3 trillion to $5 trillion annually in economic value, says a report by McKinsey. Specifically, the identify seven sectors of the global economy where the value could be attained.Michael Chui, principal at McKinsey, told CMSWire that that “open data has traditionally been motivated by societal goals such as improving transparency. But it is important to recognize that by opening data, you also create significant economic value.”While the McKinsey results are interesting, they seem a bit of a stretch. While certainly Open Data is one technology that can contribute in improving the areas that they suggest, Open Data alone will not be able to unlock the enormous projections that McKinsey forecasts. Parallel advances in Big Data, analytics, and computing all play an equally important role in helping to better utilize and achieve value from data.The McKinsey report found that “Making data more ‘liquid’ (open, widely available, and in shareable formats) has the potential to unlock large amounts of economic value, by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of existing processes; making possible new products,services, and markets; and creating value for individual consumers and citizens.”The seven sectors where McKinsey sees open data playing a major role in unlocking economic value include:Education – Open data can enable $890 billion to $1.2 trillion annual savings by identifying effective teaching strategies, improving instruction, and better matching students to programs and jobs.Transportation – Open data could realize $720 billion to $920 billion in value by helping to improve planning and management of infrastructure. Open Data can also improve the purchasing, deployment and maintenance of fleets, and it can improve decision making by customers to better select from travel options so as to fit their needs and schedule.Consumer Products – Open data can help achieve $520 billion to $1.5 trillion annually by improving product design and manufacturing, making store operations more efficient, better targeting sales and marketing, better informing consumers about food benefits and product recalls, and improving post-sales interactions.Electricity – Open data can help enable $340 billion to $580 billion annually by helping to optimize how money is spent and invested for power generation. It can improve and make more efficient power generation. It can help to identify and develop ‘smart grid’ technologies for achieving more efficient transmission and distribution of power, and it can help consumers be better informed about the electrical appliances and the electric power services that they use.Oil and Gas – Open data can enable $240 billion to $510 billion annually by providing better seismic and geologic information that can help oil and gas businesses better decide how to invest in future discovery. Better data can improve the efficacy of exploration and production, help businesses better select plant locations, and to improve the reliability of their refining, processing and retail operations.Health Care – Open data in the Health Care industry can help realize $300 billion to $450 billion annually. The data could help people make better lifestyle and treatment decisions. The data can guide practitioners into selecting more effective treatments. Consumers would be better able to wisely select providers that better match their needs, and also help them to be more cost-effective in the decisions that they do make. Health-related research, such as in the area of new drugs and better medical devices, could be make more productive.Consumer Finance – Open data could unlock $210 billion to $280 billion annually. Better targeted and custom-designed financial products could be developed with better data. Consumer marketing could be more targeted. With better data, consumers would be able to make better informed financial decisions.
The cost of travelling across such a vast country — with long stretches of highway between each big city — is expensive in itself. Nash says a dwindling number of attractive venues makes hitting the road an even bigger gamble. New owners will take control of the space — which has hosted Canadian favourites like Joel Plaskett and Ron Sexsmith — as renovations begin and Campbell eases out of his role. Technological trends, changing listener tastes and a challenging business model are threatening the dedicated performing spaces once home to young hopefuls and grizzled veterans. While Hugh’s Room shows were often sold-out, Carson says he struggled when artists didn’t promote their own gigs. And CD and merchandise sales no longer contributed to the bottom line like they used to. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “They haven’t completely ruled out the idea of keeping some sort of live music component,” he says. In the coming days, Carson plans to scour the industry for reasonable options that could save Hugh’s Room. It may include restructuring the business or the option of embracing a not-for-profit model. Having fewer small venues across Canada makes it tough for many independent artists to tour, suggests Toronto singer-songwriter Jory Nash. Advertisement Toronto’s Hugh’s Room became the latest to join the death-watch list when its owner Richard Carson abruptly closed the venue last week to weigh his options. Advertisement The 200-person capacity restaurant and music venue opened in 2001 as a stage for both local and international performers, and hosted a hearty list of tribute concerts for Canadian legends like Gordon Lightfoot and Stompin’ Tom. Hugh’s Room also struggled with declining attendance on some nights and hoped to buck the trend by appealing to Toronto residents with families. Not only did the venue welcome kids, but its performances started and finished early enough to accommodate a reasonable bedtime. While it’s impossible to pinpoint a single reason for why Canada’s smaller concert stages are under so much pressure, there are a few recurring challenges. “You use certain anchor dates to help you when you’re planning tours, just to make it work,” he says. Follow @dfriend on Twitter. “That used to be part of how I paid my box-office staff,” Carson says. He also blamed a barrage of burdensome local bylaws and years of ongoing downtown Halifax construction for contributing to the Carleton’s demise. “Some of these venues, like a Hugh’s Room, can be critical.” Other similar money-losing music hubs have seen their hopes dashed in recent years. Login/Register With: And two years ago, Vancouver lost its only jazz club when the Cellar Jazz Club folded. Facebook Mike Campbell didn’t want his prominent Halifax venue to join the growing list of Canadian musical haunts forced to close. Vancouver’s Railway Club left a void in the local music scene when it couldn’t find a buyer last year. Its stage, which once welcomed acts like the Tragically Hip, kd lang and the Barenaked Ladies, was recently leased by a new tenant. Twitter While Carson says nothing is etched in stone yet, he’s still hunting for a viable solution that would keep Hugh’s Room alive. The longtime champion of East Coast music tried everything, including a crowdfunding campaign to save the Carleton. His appeal to music fans fell short of its goal and Campbell was forced to give up the dream. Advertisement Or, in the social media age, they may not meet in person at all. “I’m hoping we can figure out a way to keep going.” For one, audience habits have significantly changed, Campbell suggests. A few years ago it would’ve been common to hit up a pub for drinks before heading to a nightclub, he says, but now many people favour pre-drink gatherings at home. “It’s no longer necessary to get together with a bunch of people in a physical social space,” Campbell says. But when the former co-host of MuchMusic’s 1990s series “Mike and Mike’s Excellent X-Canada Adventures” soon hands over the keys to the Carleton Music Bar and Grill, at least he’ll know he fought to keep it alive. David Friend – The Canadian Press Independent artists have increasingly turned to streaming music services instead of investing in CDs to sell at shows. “But it’s definitely not going to be the way it was.”
The Indian rupee apparently stares at a bleak future. If a recent Reuters poll estimated that the currency could fall to 69 to the US dollar during calendar year 2017, a recent report by UBS has made an even more pessimistic projection. The rupee could plunge to as low as 73 to the US dollar by the end of the financial year ending March 2018. “We forecast a USDINR rate of 73 by end-FY18,” UBS said in its latest research report.On Wednesday, the Indian rupee opened at 68.25 to the US dollar after closing the previous session at 68.18 levels.Also read: Chinese yuan depreciated faster than Indian rupee in CY2016It should be noted that the Indian rupee dropped at a lower clip compared to its Chinese counterpart in calendar year (CY) 2016. While the Chinese yuan depreciated 6.6 percent, the Indian rupee fell 2.70 percent against the US dollar, despite demonetisation and FCNR deposit redemption.The Swiss global financial services firm has projected a GDP growth between 6-8 percent for the next financial year (FY2017-18) citing short-term disruption caused by demonetisation, though in the long run, the economy is likely to bounce back. Demonetisation, GST major dragThe delay in implementing GST and the slowdown induced by demonetisation is likely to impact the economy till after the March quarter of FY17.”We expect the upcoming implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), and recently demonetisation, to remain a drag in 2017—although our base case is for the negative impact of the latter to last only until Q4 FY17,” UBS report said.”GST roll-out seems likely in July 2017—we think it is a game-changer reform with an integrated IT backbone potentially the biggest benefit,” the report added.India pipped China — after many years — to emerge as the fastest-growing economy of the world in CY2015, growing at 7.5 percent in comparison to China’s 6.9 percent. The central government’s demonetisation drive has impacted both industrial and services output, with a survey last week showing that factory activity and services took a hit last month, leading to worries that it would dent growth, Reuters had reported.Nifty target for CY2017, post-demonetisation recoveryUBS said that the NSE Nifty would reach 8,800 by the end of the current calendar year, amid likely recovery in the second half of the next fiscal (H2, FY2018). “We have an end-2017 Nifty target of 8,800. Our upside/downside scenarios of 9,700/6,400 suggest the risk-reward is not yet attractive near term. The wider-than-usual range reflects heightened uncertainty around potential outcomes. An earnings growth pick-up in H2 FY18 off a low base, rate cuts and the hope of a growth recovery in 2018 may help market performance, likely more so in H217,” UBS said in its report.The 50-scrip Nifty gained 92 points, or 1.11 percent, on Wednesday to close at 8,380.