66SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » If you are a credit union still waiting on the data analytics sidelines, you’re already too late. Data analytics is not a fad – it is a major opportunity for credit unions to gain deeper insights and improve decision making to create a strong and competitive future. However, it is not always clear where credit unions should begin. To help answer these questions, John Best recently spoke with Clay Yearsley, SVP of Data Analytics at Texas Trust Credit Union about getting started on the analytics journey, the skills needed, and the value of data in the podcast, “Catching a Unicorn – Discussing Data Analytics with Clay Yearsley”.Getting Started with Analytics at your Credit Union:There is a reason for using the word “journey” to describe the investment in data analytics. A financial institution cannot simply purchase a shiny new computer or software system and immediately have every question answered and every problem solved. As Clay expresses in the podcast while discussing the analytics journey, “It’s a practice that you build, and a data warehouse is a vital piece in that practice.”Put differently, by John Best, CEO, Best Innovation Group, “Analytics is a discipline, and not a product.”
August 28, 2020
There have been many decisions made by the board at Newcastle United that have baffled, perplexed, stumped, and even angered the fans surrounding St James’ Park.Decisions like renaming the stadium, sacking Chris Hughton, selling Andy Carroll (although looking back on it, that wasn’t a bad bit of business), and lately, the change of shirt sponsors from Virgin Money to Wonga.com.For those of you who don’t know, Wonga.com is a money lending company, specifically designed to prey on the poor and desperate, and then charge extortionate interest prices, and although they dress it up as fast and easy, it can get people into severe debt. And by spending roughly £6m a year on their sponsorship deal with Newcastle United, they have long standing advertisement in a highly populated area of the country. One player who has taken serious exception to this partnership is talisman Papiss Cisse.The top goal scorer for Newcastle last season is a devout Muslim, and wearing a shirt with the Wonga logo on it would be going against his religion, breaking Sharia law by promoting the controversial money lending company.And with Cisse not joining the squad with its pre-season foray into Portugal, the relationship with the club appears to be strained at the moment. But will this dispute lead to Cisse packing his bags and moving to a different club? I’m not so sure. As has been stated, Cisse is not too happy with the club at the moment, but as of right now, they have not explored any other avenues, such as Cisse having a charity sponsor on his shirt, or having a shirt that does not include the Wonga logo.Both of these options would be acceptable, as Fredi Kanoute played for Sevilla with a non-sponsored shirt while they were sponsored by a betting company.One interesting thing about the whole situation is that Cisse did not complain in the slightest, at least not in the public eye, about having to wear the Virgin Money shirt, and banks do provide loans, albeit with not as much interest at Wonga seeks on their scheme. So what has changed now? Is it that he genuinely believes that he shouldn’t wear a Wonga shirt? Or is it that maybe he has been seeking a new contract for a few months, and is creating an uproar to try and get a little extra pay in his pocket?Either way, other Muslim players such as Cheik Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa haven’t said anything about the new sponsorship deal, and as far as I know, will be featured in the kit next season.However, if Cisse has truly had enough, Anzhi Makhachkala are very interested in buying the £15m rated player. While not on his hottest form last season, along with most of the Newcastle squad, Cisse has proven a useful player, and at times, prolific. If Cisse was to leave the club, Alan Pardew has been vocal in his interest in bringing in at least one more striker, seemingly likely to be Darren Bent, or Loic Remy, both of whom I believe to be bad transfers for the club.Darren Bent is nearing 30, and from what I understand, would be against the club’s transfer policy that signings have to be under 27, as they have to be considered value for money by Newcastle’s owner Mike Ashley, with the ability to be able to sell them on if the price is right.If Bent signs for Newcastle, he will be at least 31 or 32 when he leaves, which would leave very little of the reported £8m fee for the striker to be recouped. Remy is an entirely different kettle of fish. A player that has shown a lack of loyalty already, as well as an upcoming sexual assault charge, which could lead to jail time, would be a disastrous move for the club, especially if he’s convicted.To sum up, the Newcastle board need to stop being stubborn and allow Cisse to have a blank shirt.
August 14, 2020
Submitted to Sumner Newscow – Whether or not the back-to-school hubbub affects you or your children, we hope youâ€™ll attend our Back to School Breakfast with Barefoot Jerry on August 16 from 7-10 a.m. as a fundraiser for those served by Futures Unlimited at Barefoot Jerryâ€™s located at 217 N. Washington in Wellington.Dine in and enjoy a delicious and filling breakfast skillet (diced potatoes, sausage, eggs and cheese) with a side of fresh fruit and a cinnamon roll with your choice of coffee or orange juice for only $5. Or call in a take out order at 359-1611. Take out orders will be served with orange juice.Purchase tickets from Futures, Barefoot Jerry’s or the chamber office. A limited number will be for sale the morning of the breakfast – so buy your tickets early!Futures is Sumner Countyâ€™s trusted provider of disability supports and early intervention programs for more than 35 years, giving people of every age the help they need with the dignity they deserve.We are champions for empowerment, inclusion and opportunity â€“ our passion, our mission!We invite you to learn about us atÂ www.futures-unlimited.org, or find us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/FuturesUnlimited. Also, view our YouTube channel by clickingÂ HERE.
January 19, 2020
End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Photo by tristan tamayo/INQUIRERAlaska remained in the hunt for a playoff spot in the PBA Governors’ Cup after taking down Globalport, 101-88, Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Aces, who lost the first six games of the conference, won its second straight to improve to 2-6 and climbed to the 10th spot while the Batang Pier slipped to 3-5.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Winning start Break new ground Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Murphey Holloway had 25 points to lead the Batang Pier with 25 points and nine rebounds.Globalport point guard Stanley Pringle was absent from the game as he went back to the United States to mourn the passing of his father.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Sebastian repulses EAC to even slate at 5-5 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson A strong fourth quarter push propelled Alaska over the Batang Pier with Calvin Abueva and Noy Baclao scoring all of their combined 20 points in the period as the Aces outscored Globalport, 34-21, in the final 12 minutes.“I’m happy to see these guys put together another win,” said Aces head coach Alex Compton in Filipino. “Because during our 14-game losing streak there were times when we were ahead then the other team will catch up and now instead of folding we bounced back and that’s the thing I’ve been waiting to see.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAlaska was in the worst period of its storied history when it lost 14 straight games dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup before the Aces broke the curse in Pampanga beating San Miguel, 90-79.LeDontae Henton put up a massive double-double of 31 points and 21 rebounds to lead Alaska while Calvin Abueva finished with 12 points and five boards. View comments