Data drives smart decisions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Fred Lizotte believes it’s important to not only understand where you’ve come from, but also what role credit unions will play for tomorrow’s members. As the business intelligence manager for Infinity Federal Credit Union, he believes that understanding comes through questioning everything and making smart, data-driven decisions.Lizotte was the driving force behind Infinity’s data warehouse, which has allowed the $343 million asset credit union in Westbrook, Maine, to better serve its nearly 17,000 members. “We need the right data at the right time,” he says.Real-time dashboards and reports are used across all levels of the organization throughout the day: from front-line staff refreshing a “daily production needle” to see the number of new accounts they’ve opened to senior management evaluating the results of strategic initiatives and identifying opportunities for future growth in new markets.last_img read more

Pochettino hits out at refereeing

first_imgSouthampton manager Mauricio Pochettino claimed schoolboy-standard refereeing robbed his side of the chance of victory at title-chasing Manchester City. Pochettino was angry after two key decisions went against his side in their 4-1 Barclays Premier League loss at the Etihad Stadium. The Saints boss first felt the penalty awarded to Edin Dzeko for City’s opener was soft, while the hosts then benefited from an incorrect offside decision for their second goal. Pochettino said: “I think those two decisions killed the game, that penalty we conceded and the second goal. Those two moments killed the game. “The only positive I can think of is for the first 45 minutes we were superior to a team that is actually equipped to win the Premier League. “But to beat a team like Manchester City, a team that is full of quality world-class players, not only do you have to have the perfect game, but also the refereeing decisions have to be fair and that did not happen today.” City got off to a perfect start as Yaya Toure put them ahead from the spot in the third minute after Jose Fonte was adjudged to have tripped Dzeko. Rickie Lambert cancelled out that strike with a penalty of his own but City regained the lead before the break when David Silva somehow avoided an offside flag to set up Samir Nasri. Pochettino said: “I have just seen it on TV and I don’t think you can give a penalty like that after just two minutes, I think it is inexplicable, it is not right. “And the second decision was clearly two metres offside. It did seem a type of game that you play at school.” Pochettino was speaking through a translator at his post-match press conference and he was initially quoted as referring to “dumb decisions”, but he did not use those words. Nasri’s goal was quickly followed by a third from Dzeko and Saints, 3-1 down at the break, could not respond. Stevan Jovetic made the points safe for City in the second half. Pochettino added: “I think it can influence any player when you get a bad call like that and, of course, it did affect our players today.” Asked if he had spoken to the officials, Pochettino said: “I have already spoken to them and I am not going to speak any more to them. “If I were to speak to them, we would have to probably repeat the match.” City may not have been at their best but the outcome was certainly a satisfactory one as they kept up the pressure at the top of the table. Manager Manuel Pellegrini did not feel the controversial second goal was critical to his side’s success. He said: “I don’t think the second goal changed the game because we scored one minute after. “Maybe it was a mistake from the referee but we won 4-1. If we had won the game 1-0, maybe you could say it was an important mistake.” Pellegrini felt his side’s second-half display was much improved from before the break. He said: “I think it was a very different game, the first 45 minutes from the second one. “In the first 45 minutes we didn’t play well. We didn’t recover the ball against a team that plays very well, has a lot of possession and has very good technical players. “But in our worst moment, we scored three goals and I don’t remember many clear chances for Southampton, only an unnecessary penalty. “We finished the first half 3-1 and maybe that wasn’t the difference between the two teams but in the second half we arranged all the problems we had. We played very well.” Press Associationlast_img read more

GBA writes Government, GOA on Olympic Qualifiers preparation

first_imgTHE Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) has started early canvassing for support to prepare a team for next year’s Olympic Qualifiers and to send one to the Caribbean Championship.GBA last week dispatched letters to the Government of Guyana and the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) outlining its intention to send a four-man team to the Olympic Qualifiers set for March 26 to April 3 in Argentina.In the letter to the GOA, seen by Chronicle Sport, GBA president Steve Ninvalle declared that there must be a genuinely serious approach to preparation of athletes if the country is to claim medals at major international competitions.“The Qualifier for the Americas will be held in Buenos Aries, Argentina from March 26 to April 3, 2020 and we cannot overstate the importance of Guyana’s participation at this event, which is included in our four-year programme.GBA president Steve NinvalleThe GBA also shares the widely embraced view that boxing is still Guyana’s best chance at gaining a medal at the Olympics. However, there must be a genuinely serious approach to the preparation of athletes in order for that view to become reality.With this in mind, GBA is now requesting that you explore the possibility of funding for overseas preparation of the boxers through the Olympic Solidarity, Pan American Sport Organisation and the GOA.“Sir, it is only apposite that if we call on our boxers to compete against the best in the world with any measure of success, then we should provide the tools that will allow them to participate competitively.“After careful deliberation our Coaches Commission recommended a two-month preparation stint at the High Performance National Centre in Girardo Cordoba Cardin, Cuba or any other suitable location, for the four boxers. There they will  be exposed to a wealth of sparring partners, techniques, appropriate equipment and will rub shoulders on a daily basis with some of the best fighters in the world.” Ninvalle wroteA similar letter was dispatched to the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones. According to Ninvalle, GOA president K. Juman-Yassin gave his usual prompt reply and has since been advising the association on the way forward.“To put it mildly we are encouraged by the response from the GOA president who has always been supportive of our efforts.“It is because of Mr Yassin that Keevin Allicock could have prepared in Cuba for the Pan Am Games and brought us so close to a medal,” Ninvalle said.Both Yassin and Jones were furnished with a budget for the overseas preparation for the Olympic Qualifiers.In addition, Ninvalle warned that Guyana will obviously relinquish the Caribbean Crown if it fields a small team to the Caribbean Championships to be held in Trinidad and Tobago from December 6 to 9.“This year Guyana will be going for a double. Last year we won the Senior and Junior Caribbean Championships. This year we have already retained the Juniors (Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors).  We will have to send a team of at least 16 boxers if we are to retain the senior Caribbean title that we worked so hard to achieve,” Ninvalle stated.The GBA head, who is also vice-president of the Americas Boxing Confederation, noted that Barbados has already registered a team of 20 while the host nation will have no less than a 30-man strong team.  Guyana will select a squad following the Terrence Alli National Open, scheduled for next month-end.last_img read more

F-M field hockey completes sweep of Baldwinsville

first_imgThe flow of play was relatively even, each side ending up with a handful of direct looks. B’ville could not get any of its four shots home, but F-M did so thanks to a single goal from Avery Moses.Otherwise, Smiley turned everything back and finished with five saves, but none of the Bees’ four shots were able to get past Hornets goalie Claire Grenis.For the most part, ESM had held its own against Salt City Athletic Conference competition this fall, and last Tuesday’s match at B’ville further proved that point. Each of the Fayetteville-Manlius and East Syracuse Minoa field hockey teams would have their own encounters with the Baldwinsville Bees during last week’s action, with various results.In the Hornets’ case, it took a 10-1-1 record into its match with the Bees and, once again, found it to be stressful, F-M able to escape with its defense and just enough to production to win 1-0.When these teams had first met Sept. 16 at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, it went to overtime and F-M pulled it out 2-1. Nearly a month later, it again was difficult for the two sides to separate. However, the Spartans lost, 3-2, to the Bees, not quite able to overcome a slow start as B’ville, led by Emma Brushingham (who scored twice), grabbed a 2-0 halftime advantage.Fighting back, ESM saw Rileigh White and Angelina Dodge earn unassisted goals in the second half, and it had all kinds of chances for more, only to get turned away as Bees goalie Sara Smiley had 13 saves. Maura Leib had seven saves.Two nights later, the Spartans were back home, facing a Cazenovia side that blanked Liverpool 2-0 earlier in the week. Here, the Spartans would not get beat, but have to settle for a 1-1 draw with the Lakers.During the first half, ESM fell behind thanks to a goal from Cazeonvia’s Peyton Clarke, assisted by Ava Hartley. But the Spartans pulled even in the second half as Olivia Grabowski converted.ESM controlled the flow of play through most of the night and in the six-on-six overtime period. Only the splendid work of Lakers goalie Mackenzie Halliday, who had nine saves, kept it even.In Saturday’s regular-season finale against New Hartford, ESM looked to improve to 9-3-4 and had no problem doing so, getting away from those other Spartans in a 7-0 romp.Grace Stone’s pair of goals led a well-balanced ESM attack. Dodge, White, Maggie Saunders, Lauren Miller and Kodi Smith each found the net, too, with Dodge and Mary Searle earning assists.Though the Spartans’ regular season is done, F-M, starting on Wednesday, plays three times in four days, all of them at home, with Cazenovia in the middle after the Hornets faced Cortland and before a match against Canastota.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: ESMF-Mfield hockeylast_img read more

Monmouth Medical Center Hosts Geriatric Education Program

first_imgLONG BRANCH – Results from the most recent census shows more than 12 million Americans are between the ages of 75 and 94. With an estimated 77 million baby boomers in the midst of turning 65, and fully reaching that age by 2030, the need for geriatric care continues to grow.Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health Facility, recently held a geriatric continuing education program for medical professionals on meeting the complex challenges of caring for the elderly. Topics covered during the program included: transitions in care for the frail elderly; the three most prevalent diagnoses in the elderly – delirium, dementia and depression; the geriatric patient assessment; differences in geriatrics from a pharmacology standpoint; and palliative care in the frail and elderly.Attendees of the workshop heard from a panel of experts, including Joan Wills, R.N., M.P.A, transitions in care coordinator; Dr. Priya Angi, a geriatrician; Angela Soldivieri, a nurse practitioner in geriatrics; Michelle Schork, Pharm.D., geriatrics; and Dr. Jessica Israel, section chief geriatrics, pain and palliative care.(left to right): Michelle Schork, Pharm.D., geriatrics; Priya Angi, M.D, geriatrician; Jessica Israel, M.D., section chief, Pain and Palliative Care; Angela Soldivieri, A.P.N., nurse practitioner, geriatrics and Joan Wills, R.N., M.P.A, transitions in care coordinator.Monmouth Medical Center recently introduced a dedicated geriatric emergency medicine (GEM) unit to better meet the complex needs of these patients. Older patients typically have more complex medical conditions, stay longer in emergency departments for more extensive testing and treatment regimens and are more likely to be admitted and to require critical care.Vulnerable patients, age 65 years and older, with dementia and other chronic conditions can benefit from a new and innovative Transitions Program at Monmouth Medical Center. Funded through a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, the Barnabas Health Transitions Program for the Comprehensive Care of the Frail Elderly with Dementia screens eligible patients to implement the core components of the program, which include patient and caregiver education, prescription reconciliation and education, development of a detailed, patient-specific My Care Plan, and follow-up care and home visits.Additional information on the GEM Unit, Transitions Program and other geriatric services are available by visiting the Monmouth Medical Center website at read more

More Downtown Parking Proposed For Sea Bright Residents

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – The number of residents-only downtown parking spaces will be expanded under legislation introduced by unanimous vote by the Borough Council at a special meeting Monday night.A public hearing on the ordinance will be held at the council’s June 16 workshop meeting.The designated streets – Beach Street, Center Street, Church Street, East Church Street, East New Street, New Street, Peninsula Avenue and River Street – previously had parking for residents only on one side of the street; now the restriction will be on both sides.Police Chief John Sorrentino said Tuesday that there was a need for more parking spaces for residents because of the new paid metered parking system the borough established in its parking lots, where some residents used to park. There are around 600 parking spaces in the metered lots, which cost $1 an hour to park from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day.Parking passes must be obtained from the police department for resident parking, Sorrentino said.He said two passes are available for each household, except for residents who live on Ocean Avenue, who can get a pass for the metered lots for one person per household.Before the meeting, Chris Wood, owner of Woody’s restaurant on Ocean Avenue and Church Street, complained to the council members about the paid parking being extended to 9 p.m.He said the late hours of paid parking was going “to drive people out of town” and affect the businesses. “It’s driving business away already,” Wood said.He said he saw a car with several people in it pull up to the parking spaces in front of his restaurant and then pull out when the occupants saw the numbers on the spaces, indicating it was a metered space.“The three summer months are basically our Black Friday,” Wood said, and the late hours for the metered parking were cutting that business down.Wood said the paid parking was supposed to end at 6 p.m. “It’s got to go back to 6,” he said.After the town’s business association dropped plans to file a lawsuit to block the metered parking system, the time went from 6 to 9 p.m., Wood said.According to Wood, a meeting was held last month concerning the metered parking regulations and he was not informed about it.Wood said that several other restaurants in the town had their own parking lots so were not concerned about the late parking charges.last_img read more

Farm income tax webinar

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Are you getting the most from your tax return? Farmers and farmland owners wanting to increase their tax knowledge should consider a Monday, Jan. 13, webinar that will address tax issues specific to this industry.Content will focus on important tax issues and will offer insight into new tax legislation and further guidelines that have been released this year.The live webinar will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and is being offered by OSU Income Tax Schools, which are a part of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and Ohio State University Extension, which is CFAES’ outreach arm. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, registered participants will receive a link to view the recorded webinar at a time of their convenience. The link will be available throughout the tax-filing season.The two-hour program is targeted toward owners who file their own farm taxes or who simply wish to arm themselves with more tax information that will help them better plan for tax filing.Topics to be discussed during the webinar include:• tax-planning in an unusual year (prevented planting crop insurance indemnity payments, Revenue Protection crop insurance payments, Market Facilitation Program payments, cost-share payments, and disaster-aid payments) • like-kind exchanges (farm machinery and equipment are no longer eligible for this provision, which is a significant change), how the change in like-kind exchanges might affect state income tax, and how that change might affect Social Security credits and eventual payments • an estate and gift tax update • C Corp to S Corp conversions • qualified business income deductions, which will impact most farm businesses • qualified business income deductions for sales to cooperatives, which is different from the qualified business income deductions for sales to noncooperatives and is much more complex • which farmland lease income might qualify for a qualified business income deduction • tax issues related to getting out of the farming business • tax from income related to pipeline construction and easements • other tax strategies to consider under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act The cost for the webinar is $35. Register at more information, contact Julie Strawser at [email protected]u or call the OSU Extension Farm Office at 614-292-2433.last_img read more

Why It Would Be A Good Idea For Facebook To Buy Microsoft’s Atlas Ad Platform

first_imgTags:#advertising#Facebook#Microsoft Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification taylor hatmaker Related Posts According to dual reports from BusinessInsider and AllThingsD, Facebook is in talks to buy Atlas Solutions, Microsoft’s ad platform. Atlas, part of Microsoft’s $6.2 billion acquisition of aQuantive back in 2007, could position Facebook to grow its business and compete with Google’s vast targeted ad network, AdSense. Picking up a Web-wide ad platform would make perfect sense for Facebook, which drummed up 85% of its revenue last year from advertising. Even more important, such an ad network would allow Facebook to use its information on more than 1 billion users to serve targeted ads on sites outside of Proving the company knows how to make money selling ads on the Web at large could help boost investor confidence and keep the wind in the sails of Facebook’s share price. Considering that from mid-2011 to mid-2012, Microsoft’s ad division hemmorhaged almost $2 billion  Microsoft is no doubt chomping at the bit to unload Atlas – the company has failed to turn a profit peddling ads for the five years it has owned the platform. Whether or not the deal ever comes to fruition, it seems to make sense for both companies.center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Cat Hoke: Transforming Hustlers Into Entrepreneurs – Episode #104

first_imgTweets you can use to share this [email protected]_hoke works with #EITs, #Entrepreneurs in Training who are coming out of #incarceration @DefyVenturesClick To [email protected]_hoke’s father taught what not to be and #empowered her in the process @DefyVenturesClick To [email protected]_hoke helps #hustlers face the pain so the past doesn’t repeat itself @DefyVenturesClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 56:15 — 45.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSThere’s only one difference between the hustlers in prisons across the world and you and me… they got caught breaking the law. That probably sounds like an overly dramatic statement to most readers of this blog, but the truth is that it’s the truth. Anthony’s guest on this episode is Cat Hoke, an amazing woman who’s working to see that the hustlers in prison who really want a second chance at life actually get their first chance ever, by rehabilitating and training them to use their natural propensity to hustle in legal ways – like entrepreneurship and business. This is an amazing conversation you’ll be glad you listened to, so be sure you do [email protected]_hoke: Transforming #Hustlers Into #Entrepreneurs – Episode #105 @DefyVenturesClick To TweetCat Hoke works with EITs, Entrepreneurs in Training who are coming out of incarcerationMost of the people in prisons don’t live with any real sense of hope. When you are serving a life sentence, what is there to hope for? That mindset becomes a chain of defeat that hangs over them and the environment in which they live reminds them how hopeless their situation is every day of their lives. So when Cat Hoke and her team walk into a prison and begin spouting off things about hope and change, it’s a hard sell. But she’s one of the most convincing salespeople you’ll ever meet. Currently, her program, Defy Ventures is serving over 5000 EITs – entrepreneurs in training – and is teaching them not only what it means to hope, but what it means to be free from the chains of prison and emotional bondage. You’ve got to hear Cat’s story, on this episode of In The Arena.Turning hustlers into Entrepreneurs with only a 3.2% recidivism rateOne of the main problems with the penal system in most countries is that they are not really about rehabilitation, they are only about punishment. The people inside know that and the culture and environment within the walls of the prison show it to be true. But the Defy Ventures team has made a significant difference in many prisons in the United States already. With only a 3.2% recidivism rate (release offenders going back to prison) they are undoubtedly having an impact. You can hear how the Defy team makes such a difference in the lives of people most of society considers beyond redemption, on this episode.Turning #hustlers into #entrepreneurs with only a 3.2% #recidivism rate @DefyVentures @catherine_hokeClick To TweetCat’s father taught what not to be and empowered her in the processPart of what Cat has come to realize is that the circumstances of her birth are really the only things that kept her off a path that leads to prison. As she’s met more and more of the people who are incarcerated she’s realized that many of them were born into circumstances where it was next to impossible to avoid eventual incarceration. Her father, for example, set her up for success through the things he taught and the intentional care he showed. He wouldn’t allow her to whine or complain and he challenged her with a form of “shark tank” around the dinner table, giving her entrepreneurial or business challenges to figure out. The realization of how much advantage she had compared to many others is what has driven her to a place of compassion rather than criticism. Learn what Cat is doing to help inmates break free of the chains that bind them, on this episode.Cat helps hustlers face the pain so the past doesn’t repeat itselfEven when many hustlers who wind up in prison get out, they are still in chains. The things that drove them into prison in the first place – hurt, anger, neglect, abandonment – are still with them. The Defy Ventures program is not only about teaching job skills and business savvy, it’s about taking those individuals who have been incarcerated to a place where healing can begin. It’s a tough road that even the toughest people don’t easily walk, but when the journey is complete it’s a liberating thing – in more ways than one. Join Anthony and Cat as they discuss the impact Defy Ventures is having, on this episode of In The [email protected]_hoke helps #hustlers face the pain so the past doesn’t repeat itself @DefyVenturesClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Cat Hoke: On a mission to transform hustlers into entrepreneurs The exercise every volunteer and inmate has to go through at Cat’s events How Cat discovered her own lack of compassion for those incarcerated The role of luck and the circumstances of a person’s birth as they relate to a criminal history Cat’s father taught her not to be these things… and empowered her in the process The letter Cat sent to 7 people confessing her own sins – and the responses she received A book so powerful it will stir up emotions you don’t know are there Hope is everything. If you don’t have it, you give up or kill yourself How 5000 people are learning to have hope in spite of being incarcerated At defy, the commitment is to “love hard” and hold people accountable Learn how to volunteer with Defy VenturesResources & Links mentioned in this episodeDefy Venturescat(at) – to order in bulk – all proceeds go to Defy VenturesCat’s new book: A Second ChanceCat’s personal websiteDefy Ventures on TwitterDefy Ventures on FacebookDefy Ventures on LinkedInBOOK: 12 Rules For LifeSeth GodinThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: read more

Huge margins show shift towards BJP

first_imgThe huge margins with which most of the BJP candidates have won in the Lok Sabha election in Rajasthan depict a decisive shift in the voters’ preference for the party barely five months after the State Assembly elections. However, the factors which combined with the “national mood” varied in different regions of the State.The Congress was elected to power in the 2018 Assembly elections on the basis of people’s verdict that was perceived to be against the rule of then Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. However, the BJP seems to have regained lost ground by recording a bigger victory than in 2014, increasing its overall vote share as well as its margin in 19 of the 25 seats which it has won.With a vote share of 58%, against 55.61% in 2014, the BJP candidates won with a margin of more than 4 lakh votes in nine LS constituencies. There were only two seats — Dausa and Karauli-Dholpur — where the margin was less than 1 lakh, probably because the candidates could not get sufficient time to campaign due to late decision on their names.Subhash Chandra Baheria won with the biggest margin of 6.12 lakh votes in Bhilwara, followed by Chandra Prakash Joshi in Chittorgarh (5.76 lakh votes) and Diya Kumari in Rajsamand (5.51 lakh votes). The 19 seats where the BJP has increased its margin include Pali, Barmer, Ajmer, Udaipur, Banswara, Alwar, Bharatpur, Jhunjhunu, Sikar and Jhalawar-Baran.Only two of the Ministers, who were given responsibility to mobilise the voters in favour of the Congress candidates, were able to ensure the party’s lead over the BJP in their Assembly constituencies. The Congress candidates got more votes at Sapotra, represented by Food & Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Meena, and Sikrai, represented by Women & Child Development Minister Mamta Bhupesh.The vote share of the Congress, which had received 39.3% of the total votes in the 2018 Assembly elections, reduced to 34.2% in the Lok Sabha election and it could not win even a single seat in the State. While the caste combinations relied upon by the Congress did not succeed with major sections among Jats, Gujjars and Dalits apparently turning to the BJP, a number of factors helped the latter in scoring a landslide victory in different regions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Churu after the Balakot air strike on February 26 immensely helped the party in the Shekhawati region, from where a large number of youth are recruited in the armed forces every year.In the Marwar region, the alliance with the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party helped the BJP in mobilising Jats in its favour, as RLP chief Hanuman Beniwal wields considerable influence in Nagaur, Jodhpur and Barmer districts. The emergence of the Bharatiya Tribal Party in the Mewar region adversely affected the prospects of the Congress in Udaipur and Banswara, while the BJP depended on the influence of outfits like the Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad and the Bajrang Dal.Gujjars in eastern Rajasthan extended their support to the BJP after the community leader, Kirori Singh Bainsla, joined the party.last_img read more