3 credit unions trends on big data

first_imgby: Paul AblackOn October 16, 2014 I attended an afternoon of presentations and discussions on Big Data with a focus on information and insights for capital markets professionals. The event was a joint live broadcast of theCUBE and #BigDataNYC.The meeting started with Wikibon Senior Analyst Jeff Kelly presenting compelling findings and insights on Big Data adoption in the enterprise and analysis of the companies best positioned to take advantage of the Big Data opportunity.Mr. Kelly’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion, facilitated by Wikibon CEO David Vellante. The panel discussion was focused on how Big Data executives are positioning their companies to compete and grow in this exploding market. Panelists include Wikibon’s Jeff Kelly, Tresata CEO Abhi Mehta, Amy O’Connor, who ran Nokia’s Big Data practice and former Cowen and Company Analyst Peter Goldmacher.My goal in attending the presentation was to understand the Big Data trends and what credit unions should take away from Wikibon’s perspective on Big Data. Below are the 3 trends that credit union CEOs should be aware of… continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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SA suspends two firearms officials

first_img15 July 2013 Two senior police officers have been suspended following a wide-ranging investigation into corruption in South Africa’s Central Firearm Registry, the police confirmed on Monday. The suspensions follow recent media reports alleging corruption after an ex-employee at a gun shop said that he bribed officers at the registry in order to fast-track the issuing of gun licences. South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesman Solomon Makgale said that Mathapelo Mangwane, a section head at the registry, and Hlamane Mahlabane, a section head for firearm compliance, had been suspended from duty as of Monday for their involvement in corrupt activities. Another employee, an administration clerk, has been issued with a letter of intention to suspend her and had been given until Wednesday to make representation as to why she should not be suspended. “This is extremely disappointing, as the people who have been suspended are the ones who were given the responsibility of cleaning up the Central Firearm Registry, with the clear objective of eliminating all corrupt activities,” Makgale said. “Now they stand accused of the very same thing that they were employed to stamp out.” Investigations are continuing and the possibility of disciplinary as well as criminal action against other employees could not be ruled out, Makgale said. Applications for new and renewed firearm licences are made at police stations in South Africa, with renewals being finalised at provincial level while new licences and competency certificates are finalised at the Central Firearms Registry in Pretoria. Over the past year, criminal cases involving corruption have been instituted against eight members of the SAPS’s Firearm, Liquor and Second Hand Goods unit, which is responsible for approving and issuing firearm licences. To date, one employee has been convicted and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment suspended for 10 years. He was dismissed from the SAPS. Court cases against the other seven accused employees, as well as two civilians, are pending. It is anticipated that more arrests will take place in the near future. These investigations have prompted Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to set up a committee to probe the practices of certain allegedly unscrupulous firearms dealers. This inquiry is under way and includes looking into those dealers who are not complying with the Firearms Control Act, as well as those possibly colluding with staff at the Central Firearm Registry. Any person with information on these and other cases of fraud and corruption is urged to make a report using of the Corruption Hotline number 0800 701 701, or to make an anonymous tip-off via the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or the Crime Line number 32211 for anonymous text messages. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img chris cameron A month ago in our list of the “Top 6 Colleges with Entrepreneurial Programs” we highlighted the opportunities for the forward thinkers at Babson College in Massachusetts. Babson also happens to be the professional home of Daniel Isenberg, a management practice professor, who recently contributed to the Harvard Business Review’s “The Conversation” blog with a post titled, “Should You Be an Entrepreneur? Take This Test.” In his post Isenberg provides twenty questions that any aspiring entrepreneur should ask themselves before quitting their day job to make sure they have what it takes to succeed.“I’ve learned in my own years as an entrepreneur — and now an entrepreneurship professor — that there is a gut level “fit” for people who are potential entrepreneurs,” writes Isenberg. “There are strong internal drivers that compel people to create their own business.”Isenberg’s self-examination includes true/false statements like, “I don’t like being told what to do by people who are less capable than I am,” and “I would rather fail at my own thing than succeed at someone else’s.” After completing the 20-part checklist, Isenberg gives you the entrepreneurial green light if you answered “yes” to 17 or more of the questions.According to Isenberg’s checklist, the ideal entrepreneur likes to win, likes to “question conventional wisdom”, is “rarely satisfied” and gets so excited by their ideas that they “can’t sit still”. Of course, having some entrepreneurship in your blood can’t hurt either; one of Isenberg’s signs of an entrepreneur is having members of their family or close friends who run their own business. For his final question, he suggests that a worthy entrepreneur “could have written a better test” than his.Isenberg warns that while answering “yes” to most of these questions could mean you’d make a good entrepreneur, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should quit your job right away. “Do you have debts to pay? Kids in college? Alimony? Want to take it easy? Maybe better to wait,” he writes. Finally, he adds that risk-takers and money-seekers do not make for good entrepreneurs. “People don’t choose to be entrepreneurs by opting for a riskier lifestyle,” writes Isenberg. “Risk is ultimately a personal assessment: what is risky for me is not risky for you.”Can a simple checklist weed-out the true entrepreneurs with potential from the wannabes looking to make quick cash? Or is there more to one’s potential for success as an entrepreneur than these twenty attributes? Let us know what you think makes for great entrepreneurs in the comments. Tags:#start#tips last_img read more

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Woods brings back big crowds, big cheers with a 72

first_imgTiger Woods reacts after just missing a birdie putt on the sixth hole hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods has been away from the PGA Tour too long to know for certain when a shot is as good as it looks.This was a 6-iron on the par-3 16th hole on the South Course at Torrey Pines, from 188 yards to a slightly elevated green with a pin tucked behind a deep bunker. The sun was setting behind the Pacific late Thursday afternoon, and the glare made it tough to follow the flight of the ball.ADVERTISEMENT “We can’t see anything land from back there, so we’re just listening for some noise,” Woods said. “And people started cheering.”The ball rolled to the hole and broke a few inches in front of the cup for a tap-in birdie .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWoods brought big crowds back to golf in his latest return to the PGA Tour, and he even produced a few big roars.There just weren’t enough cheers for his liking. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ His three birdie putts were from a combined 30 inches. The longest of his birdie putt was from just inside 2 feet on No. 10 that got him back to even par for the round. He was one rotation away from making a long eagle putt on the par-5 sixth.He was never under par the entire round, and his near ace on the 16th brought him back to even par.But he needed those three birdies to offset his mistakes, and the sobering part of his return is that Woods didn’t make a putt longer than 4 feet. That was on the second hole, when his approach from the bunker landed 6 feet behind the hole and went over the back into light rough.He also gave away a shot on the par-5 13th, when he laid up from the rough and hit a wedge that drifted right and went into the bunker. He blasted that out to 3 feet, which was the hard part. And then he missed the short par putt .Woods made his other two bogeys from greenside bunkers, both times missing 12-foot putts.He played the par 5s in even par, and didn’t give himself any other birdie chances inside 15 feet.“It’s hard to make a lot of birdies when you’re not giving yourself any looks, and I didn’t do that today,” Woods said. “Tomorrow, hopefully, I’ll drive a little better, get my irons obviously a lot closer and we get the better of the two greens tomorrow. So we’ll see what happens.”But there was no mistaking his presence.Fans lined both sides of the opening fairway in anticipation of seeing Woods, who was playing the PGA Tour for only the second time since August 2015. That was right before he had a second and third surgery on his back, which kept him away for some 15 months. He returned at Torrey Pines last year and opened with a 76 on his way to missing the cut. A week later, he withdrew after a 77 in Dubai with back spasms and was gone again.Regardless of the score, Woods looked as though he’s back for the long haul. The fusion surgery eliminated the pain. And while he wasn’t sharp, Woods hit the ball plenty far and saw at least a little bit of golf that made him such a dominant figure. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments The South Course, which hosted the 2008 U.S. Open that Woods won, typically is far stronger than the North at Torrey Pines. That’s no longer the case with the North getting a makeover two years ago, with bent greens that are firm this week and narrower fairways.The average score on the South was 71.62, compared with 71.31 on the North. Forty-one of the 73 players who broke par were on the South.Finau birdied his opening two holes to set the tone for his round, and he wound up with nine birdies, the last one from 35 feet to take the lead.“It played a lot tougher than it did in the past,” Finau said. “I think it’s just a credit to my start. From there I was just able to let the golf course come to me. The par 5s are very reachable for me hitting some irons in there. Again, I think it was just my start. I got off to a good start and was able to ride that momentum all the way through the round.”He had a one-shot lead over Ryan Palmer and Ted Potter Jr., who each had a 66 on the South.Defending champion Jon Rahm, who can reach No. 1 in the world by winning, opened with a 68 on the South. He hit into the water with his second shot on the par-5 18th, but he saved par with a 15-foot putt.“Just unfortunate it happened, but I made a good putt, had a couple really good putts down the stretch and had a good finish,” Rahm said. “Good momentum going to tomorrow.” Playing for the first time since recovering from a fourth back surgery that cost him another year on the PGA Tour, Woods was mostly steady, sometimes spectacular and ended his day with an even-par 72 that left him seven shots behind Tony Finau.“It was fun to compete again,” Woods said. “It was fun to be out there.”The next trick is to stay at Torrey Pines beyond Friday. With virtually no wind making this a day for reasonable scoring, Woods was tied for 84th and will start the second round on the North Course just outside the cut line.Finau birdied his opening two holes on the North and finished with a 35-foot birdie putt for a 65.Woods had a few big moments that looked familiar to fans who stood as many as four-deep around the greens.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Babos-Mladenovic combine to win Australian women’s doubles John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

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Pakistan PM assures minorities Hindus protest in Karachi

first_imgKarachi/Islamabad: The minority Hindu Maheswari community in Karachi on Sunday held a protest against the administration’s failure in tracing a missing 16-year-old Hindu girl. The family of the girl, who went missing on May 20, has alleged her abduction. The family and the community leaders have accused the police of failing to take any action in the case. The police had been harassing the girl’s family instead, they alleged. At the protest outside the Karachi Press Club, Viraj Mal Maheswari, a community member, said, “No concrete steps have been taken to recover the girl. We have met top police officers, but nothing has happened. We met Sindh Chief Minister Sayed Murad Ali Shah recently and he asked the police to take prompt action. A petition in the Sindh High Court has also been filed.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said in Islamabad on Monday, Islam did not allow forced conversion and his government was committed to protect the rights of minorities. Speaking at a minorities-related event, he said minorities would be protected and their religious structures restored. According to the media reports, the Prime Minister also made a mention of issues of the Hindu minorities in Sindh. “It’s being said people in Sindh are being forcibly converted. Those who are doing this don’t know about Islam,” Imran Khan reportedly said.last_img read more

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VARIETY NAMES 10 DIRECTORS TO WATCH FOR 2019

first_imgAs Oscar season heats up and the world awaits news of the Sundance Film Festival lineup, Variety announces its 10 Directors to Watch for 2019, featuring a mix of recent festival breakouts and movies yet to premiere in the coming year, all chosen on the strength of films screened for Variety’s editors (sometimes as works in progress).While blockbuster Venice-Toronto sensation “A Star Is Born” demonstrated the birth of a major new director in Bradley Cooper, many of the other talents on this year’s list are less well-known, but no less exciting. From Cannes, Un Certain Regard winner Ali Abbasi is representing Sweden with his film “Border” in this year’s Oscar foreign language race. Film critic and festival programmer Kent Jones won the Tribeca competition with feature debut “Diane,” while Mexican directors Alejandra Márquez Abella (“The Good Girls”) and Alonso Ruizpalacios (“Museo”) were standouts of the competition sections at the Toronto and Berlin film festivals, respectively. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Conservative icon David Koch leaving business politics

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Billionaire conservative icon David Koch is stepping down from the Koch brothers’ network of business and political activities.The 78-year-old New York resident is suffering from deteriorating health, according to a letter that older brother Charles Koch sent to company officials Tuesday morning.Charles Koch wrote that he is “deeply saddened” by his brother’s retirement. “David has always been a fighter and is dealing with this challenge in the same way,” he wrote.David Koch is leaving his roles as executive vice-president and board member for Koch Industries and a subsidiary, Koch Chemical Technology group, where he served as chairman and chief executive officer. Koch is also stepping down as chairman of the board for the Americans For Prosperity Foundation, the charity related to Koch brothers’ primary political organization.Charles Koch had assumed a more visible leadership role in the brothers’ affairs in recent years. He will continue to serve as the CEO of Koch Industries and the unofficial face of the network’s political efforts.Democrats have demonized the Koch brothers for their outsized influence in conservative politics over the last decade. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid regularly attacked Republicans for what he called a “Koch addiction.”Yet the Kochs have clashed with the Trump administration at times.Citing concerns about Trump’s style and substance, the network refused to endorse either presidential candidate in the 2016 election. And while they have praised Trump’s policies on taxes, de-regulation and health care, they have aggressively attacked the Republican administration’s trade policies. On Monday, the Koch network announced a multi-million-dollar campaign to oppose Trump’s tariffs and highlight the benefit of free trade.Using the money they made from their Kansas-based family business empire, the Koch brothers have created what is likely the nation’s most powerful political organization with short- and long-term goals. Their network has promised to spend $400 million to shape the 2018 midterm elections. They have also devoted significant time and resources to strengthening conservative influence on college campuses, in the Hispanic community and in the non-profit sector.David Koch, who served as the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 1980, had begun focus more on philanthropy in recent years.The Manhattan resident donated $150 million to New York City’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2015, the largest gift in the organization’s history. He has also given $185 million in total donations to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his alma mater.In an April interview with the Washington Examiner, Charles Koch described his younger brother this way: “David is much more political than I am.”Charles continued: “David is a much better engineer than I am and is much more into the arts and social life. Obviously he’s got to be or he wouldn’t live in Manhattan. And David is much more into elective politics than I am.”In Tuesday’s letter, Charles Koch said his brother’s “guidance and loyalty, especially in our most troubled times, has been unwavering.”“David has never wanted anything for himself that he hasn’t earned, as his sole desire has always been to contribute,” he wrote.last_img read more

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Dollarama reports 1335M Q4 profit comparable store sales growth slows

first_imgMONTREAL — Dollarama Inc. says it earned $133.5 million in its latest quarter, up from $130.1 million a year ago.The retailer says the profit amounted to 41 cents per diluted share for the company’s third quarter, up from 38 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 42 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Sales for the quarter ended Oct. 28 totalled $864.3 million, up from $810.6 million, while comparable store sales grew 3.1 per cent compared with growth of 4.6 per cent in the same quarter a year ago.The comparable store sales growth was due to a 4.0 per cent increase in average transaction size, partially offset by a 0.9 per cent drop in the number of transactions.Dollarama says the rate of comparable store sales growth in the most recent quarter reflected its decision to strategically limit price increases in recent quarters. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:DOL)last_img read more

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Fort St John breaks another snowfall record

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John set a new snowfall record for March 22, beating a record set in 1940.On Thursday, 18.9 cm of snow fell bring the total from the current snowstorm to 31 cm.  On average Fort St. John receives 26.6 cm of snow in March. This March has been a little different, we’ve received as of March 23, 58.3 cm.Lisa West with Environment Canada says there will be more snow this week. “There will be a little bit of warming up. The arctic air is going to retreat.  The long-range forecast as we get into next week, we are seeing highs into the positives.”According to West, it isn’t uncommon for the B.C. Peace to receive snow in March and typically its the same amount of snow as December and January.Fort Nelson could be next to receive the heavy snow.  The system that moved out the North Peace is moving towards Fort Nelson.  That area could see 10 to 15 cm before the storm ends on Saturday.last_img read more

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All eyes on VIP LS seats in UP

first_imgLucknow: In politically crucial Uttar Pradesh, focus will not only be on the performance of political parties but also on the VIPs seats, including those of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. The poll results of the state, which has 80 Lok Sabha seats, can make or mar the prospects of any political party at the Centre. There will be many seats in the state which will be keenly watched by political observers as any setback there might have great political repercussions. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “UP is the most politically crucial state and it’s results set the tone and tenor of national politics. All eyes will be here, especially on VIP seats where prominent leaders are in fray,” senior journalist JP Shukla said. “Whether the state is going to give the next prime minister or not is the answer everyone will be looking for with the performance of political parties,” he said. While the outcome of the prime minister’s Varanasi seat will be watched globally, other seats like Amethi and Raebareli of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi respectively will be of equal interest to the people. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday During the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Modi’s slogan that “I have not come here…Mother Ganga has called me” struck an emotional chord with the people, who elected him as their representative. During his recent visit, Modi invoked Lord Vishwanath, saying, “I might have been called here to fulfil his dream to see the city developed.” In Amethi, Union minister Smriti Irani will challenge Rahul Gandhi. She has been spending a lot of time with the voters there, making the BJP workers feel that she will make the Congress chief uncomfortable this time. Sonia Gandhi has been representing Rae Bareli since 1999, while Rahul Gandhi has been an MP from Amethi since 2004. The seats of Kannauj, held by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav, Badaun, held by Dharmendra Yadav (SP), and Azamgarh, from where SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav won in 2014, will also be crucial. While Dimple Yadav and Dharmendra will contest from their traditional seats, Mulayam Singh, this time, will be contesting from the Mainpuri seat. Akhilesh Yadav has decided to contest from Azamgarh after a formal request from the district unit. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is once again in the fray from the Lucknow seat, a BJP stronghold. Bollywood star Hema Malini is contesting again from Mathura, while the Ghaziabad seat held by Union minister Gen VK Singh (retd) will be also be on the list of constituencies to watch. Another important seat will be of BJP leader Varun Gandhi, who is likely to leave the Sultanpur seat and contest from Pilibhit, represented by his mother and Union minister Maneka Gandhi. While these polls will be a litmus test for the SP-BSP alliance, it would be a challenge for the BJP to repeat its 2014 performance of winning 73 seats, including two of Apna Dal. The prestige of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya will be at stake on seats like Gorakhpur and Phulpur, won by them in 2014 but subsequently frittered away to opposition in the bypolls last year. Charisma of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will also be tested in these polls and she is trying to woo voters by reaching them. Prestige of Congress state chief Rajbabbar, who is contesting from Fatehpur Sikri will also be at stake.last_img read more

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