Should Jets Stick With Mark Sanchez Over Tim Tebow

Changes might be coming for the New York Jets.Mark Sanchez losing his starting job won’t be among them.Rex Ryan again stood by his quarterback Monday despite Sanchez’s struggles in an ugly mistake-filled 30-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday that left the Jets coach searching for answers and fans chanting for Tim Tebow to take over.“I think Mark’s our guy,” Ryan said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I’m confident in Mark.”There’s no question, though, that the Jets (3-5) need to figure things out, and quick. They have games at Seattle and St. Louis after their bye-week break, followed by a home game on Thanksgiving night against New England.Ryan originally planned to have the players report to the facility on Monday and Tuesday, but decided to give them the full week off to be with their families and prepare for Hurricane Sandy.“I want them to get away and when they come back, we have to be all in,” Ryan said during a conference call. “The only chance we have is if we are 100 percent all in. We have no wiggle room. We need to start playing a ton better.”Ryan will brainstorm with his coaches this week before they take a few days off, and he expects suggestions on how to fix “everything” from everyone on his staff.“Is it a little change? Is it a radical change?” Ryan said. “I’m up for anything.”While Tebow won’t be the solution as the full-time quarterback, Ryan acknowledged that he’ll explore how the versatile backup can be used more on offense after seeing minimal playing time during the season’s first half. Tebow has played in just 54 offensive plays, averaging less than seven per game.“I think we’ll take a hard look at how we’re using him, what we’re asking him to do,” Ryan said. “Are there other things we can do with him? I think you’re absolutely right. We will definitely look at that.” Read more:  WSJ read more

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Increased deaths from lung disease tied to more fires in Southeast Asia

center_img More information: El Niño and health risks from landscape fire emissions in southeast Asia, Nature Climate Change (2012) doi:10.1038/nclimate1658AbstractEmissions from landscape fires affect both climate and air quality. Here, we combine satellite-derived fire estimates and atmospheric modelling to quantify health effects from fire emissions in southeast Asia from 1997 to 2006. This region has large interannual variability in fire activity owing to coupling between El Niño-induced droughts and anthropogenic land-use change. We show that during strong El Niño years, fires contribute up to 200 μg m−3 and 50 ppb in annual average fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone surface concentrations near fire sources, respectively. This corresponds to a fire contribution of 200 additional days per year that exceed the World Health Organization 50 μg m−3 24-hr PM2.5 interim target4 and an estimated 10,800 (6,800–14,300)-person (~ 2%) annual increase in regional adult cardiovascular mortality. Our results indicate that reducing regional deforestation and degradation fires would improve public health along with widely established benefits from reducing carbon emissions, preserving biodiversity and maintaining ecosystem services. Study area population and locations of fire activity. Image (c) Nature, doi:10.1038/nclimate1658 Ancient El Nino clue to future floods Citation: Increased deaths from lung disease tied to more fires in Southeast Asia during El Nino (2012, August 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-deaths-lung-disease-tied-southeast.htmllast_img read more

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How Analytics and Data Can Undermine Leaders

first_imgJuly 23, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min read For business leaders, data can be a best friend and a worst enemy.Our current data revolution is producing more insightful information than ever before. The revolution’s downfall, however, is that it’s also producing a plethora of business leaders unprepared to effectively separate the essential from the interesting.Related: How Data Science Is Fueling Social Entrepreneurship If this sounds like you, know that the misuse of data may hinder your ability to make timely decisions that define your future. So, strive to avoid the mistakes that will turn data into your nemesis — rather than the trusted ally it potentially can be.Today’s most successful business leaders understand how to pinpoint meaningful data, then utilize it to influence future decisions. They know what can be set aside. On the other hand, leaders who can’t discriminate or interpret fall behind — and even fail — when they look to data to give them the perfect answer. They miss the bus by reacting or waiting too long.Case in point: A leader shared with me how the European division of his company had a big strategy decision to make, yet remained at a standstill. Each time strategy was discussed, the conclusion was to do “more analysis” to answer additional questions. Key leaders couldn’t collaborate and reach a decision, and the data being used did not provide a clear answer. Meanwhile, a competitor changed the conversation, affecting the bottom line. While searching for the “right answer,” the company missed its opportunity.So, don’t suffer the same fate. Determine when data is needed, what matters most and when it will give insights — not the “right answer.” Here are four data-related mistakes that may be affecting your business success:1. Overly trusting (or distrusting) dataIt’s important to be aware of both the usefulness and the limitations of data. Some leaders believe that data will provide concrete answers to any and all business problems, while others rely too much on gut feelings without realizing the power of meaningful data as a business tool. Wise leaders know how to strike the right balance.Understanding how to use data and when not to will help you make better decisions, anticipate the future and pinpoint problems that need your attention. More data won’t always give you more information to make a better decision, but the act of analyzing data on a companywide level will shed more light on the true issues.Related: You Need Big Data Now: 5 Professions That Can Benefit2. Looking to data to reveal the futureDespite what many leaders think, data isn’t a crystal ball that knows exactly what the future holds. Data is a merely a collection of current and past trends that, paired with intuition, helps leaders make future-minded decisions. It’s easy to get caught up in analysis, but research shows that analytical thinking reveals only part of the picture. Pairing informed intuition with data analysis results in better decisions that balance facts with insights.3. Believing that “more data” must be better dataData collection is an activity that can easily get out of hand. Sifting through boatloads of analytics is a time-consuming activity that can slow or completely halt decision-making.Smart leaders know when analytics can unlock the answer rather than just provide input. When planning for a substantive change, recognize that using past or current data may not reveal the right clues. Know when to stop and rely on sound judgment.4. Treating all data equallyWhen you ask companies for the key metrics that matter, the answer is often a workbook. The best leaders know how to focus. They understand the essential data that drives their bottom line, employee engagement or customer commitment.The leaders who use data and analytics most effectively have found simplicity and clarity in how they use it. Not all data should be given equal attention or consideration. Focus your time and attention on those that drive business results.Data and analytics play a critical role in today’s business world. It’s easy to become overly dependent upon these things, collect too much or give it all the same attention.Recognizing and correcting these pitfalls is crucial to capitalizing on data that matters, ensuring the longevity of your business and cementing your role as a leader who relies on both information and intuition.Related: 4 Marketing Analytics Tools That Are Shaping the Industry Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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