The artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning sector is poised for explosive growth in the U.S. and worldwide.In fact, research from McKinsey has found 45 percent of all work activities globally potentially could be automated by adapting currently demonstrated technology – and some 80 percent of that could be implemented with existing machine learning capabilities.So what does this mean for credit unions, and how will machine learning impact – and improve – the member experience going forward?According to Phong Q. Rock, Sr. VP, corporate strategy and business development for Feedzai, more than any other technology, today’s machine learning solutions are able to transform the consumer experience for credit union members – across the entire member lifecycle.Here are six ways members stand to benefit: continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Credit unions fighting to retain their tax exempt status cleared their first hurdle Thursday, as House Republican leaders unveiled tax reform legislation that retains the exemption.The 429-page bill makes a myriad of changes in the tax code, with the intention of providing tax cuts to many taxpayers.“As of now, the credit union tax status remains unchanged in this bill and the bill looks good from a credit union perspective, but this is an ongoing process and change can happen anytime,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle, who as a House member from Iowa, was a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.NAFCU President/CEO B. Dan Berger said that the bill reflects the recognition by House Republicans of the economic value of the credit union tax exemption. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Every sports guy or gal has one sport that stirs a passion in him or her, a sport that drives that person to do questionable things — things he or she would never do in any other venue than a sporting arena. Red Wings fans throw octopi on the ice, Packers fans wear cheese on every foreseeable (and unforeseeable) part of their bodies and Red Sox fans throw pieces of pizza at one another after botching a foul ball.For me, the last 15 years of my life have been consumed with the Milwaukee Brewers, and let me tell you, it hasn’t been a pretty sight.When the Brewers were in a pennant race with the Blue Jays in the 1992 season, I quickly became a fan of Milwaukee’s blue-collar team. Pure hitters like Robin Yount and Paul Molitor, and pitchers like Chris Bosio, Cal Eldred and Jaime Navarro led the Brewers to a 92-win season. It was only customary to think a home playoff series in County Stadium was just a year or two away.Boy, was I wrong.After watching subpar players like Franklin Stubbs, Curtis Leskanic and Chuck Crim make Milwaukee the laughingstock of baseball, I became one of those brainwashed fans who thought what I was doing before the game impacted the result on the field. Hence, the crazy superstitions were born.We’ve all done it. Don’t change a lucky shirt, don’t shave during a winning streak and don’t ever gloat. Unfortunately, those rules didn’t even compare to how sick I am in the head before heading to Miller Park. Before attending a game, I have to wear the same Brewers jersey, shorts and shoes as the last game, but that only happens if the Brewers won the last game I attended. If they lost, an entirely new wardrobe must be worn. This is only the beginning.I have to drive the same way to Miller Park (County Y to I-94 and exit off Miller Park Way and cut off 10 cars in the process) and listen to 50 Cent in the tape deck of my 1991 Dodge Caravan up until Bob Uecker comes on air with the Brewers pre-game show. I always keep score with a black pen and have to sit on the first base side. If any of these things are out of alignment, the Brewers will falter. I do this nearly 40 times a summer.Disgusting, isn’t it?But it gets worse, as I am admitting that I am personally responsible for some of the worst Brewer moments in the past 10 years. When the Brewers were 45-41 at the All-Star Break, I called my friend to gloat about how the Brewers were going to do it this year. Finally, I’ll be able to watch my beloved Brewers play in front of a packed house in the playoffs! What happened? The Brewers finished 22-53, the worst mark ever for a team entering the All-Star break with a winning record. Oops. The Brewers’ franchise worst season was my fault because, as I sat 10-rows up on the third base side (it was awkward the entire game), I became a first-hand witness to Geoff Jenkins shattering his leg sliding back into third base and missing the rest of the season.It’s been a troubled past, as anyone who’s gone to a ballgame with me knows how problematic I am. I have bowled over dates for a foul ball (sorry, Alanna), lost countless dollars betting on the Brewers (I hate you, Tony), skipped a JV football game to go to the final game at County Stadium, and what do I have to show for it? Nothing except heartache, anger and a worn-out 50 Cent tape. However, all that is finally starting to change.For the first time in more than 20 years, the Brewers are actually showing signs of life. After a year of growing pains, J.J. Hardy leads the Brewers in RBIs, Rickie Weeks’ fielding is improving and Prince Fielder could hit a baseball into Lake Michigan if he wanted to. But what has set the Brewers apart this season is having a starting rotation that can rival any team in baseball. Free agent signee Jeff Suppan and 18-game winner Chris Capuano became the first Brewer duo to each win four games in the month of April. The Twins don’t have that, the Red Sox don’t have that and the Yankees sure don’t have that. Even the bullpen, one of the main factors in Milwaukee’s continual downfall, has turned into one of the best in baseball. Francisco Cordero has been the best closer in baseball so far this season after being thrown on the trash heap in Texas, Carlos Villanueva has come up big when he’s needed to and Derrick Turnbow is no longer Derrick “Turn-Blow”.Granted, it’s only May 4, but the 2007 Brewers are creating a buzz around Wisconsin that doesn’t come around all too often.But I am not convinced. The Brewers have teased me before. Everyone says the Brewers will falter, they can’t sustain this momentum and they won’t make the playoffs. So what if the Brewers haven’t given me as much as I have given them over 15 years? I still haven’t jumped off that bandwagon, because as soon as I do, something bad might happen. That’s when I need to be there, with my lucky shoes, jersey, black pen and scorecard ready to go.I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a summer in Milwaukee.Just please don’t ask me about the playoffs.Benjamin Worgull is graduating with degrees in journalism and theater. If you want to share your craziest superstition or if you want him to buy you a drink at Miller Park on the first base side, contact him at email@example.com.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2016 at 11:58 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman Syracuse begins its conference tournament title defense Wednesday, when the No. 7 Orange (10-3-3, 3-2-3 Atlantic Coast) host unranked Pittsburgh (2-12-3, 0-6-2) at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium. The Orange secured the No. 5 seed in the ACC tournament after tying Wake Forest, 1-1, Friday night. The Panthers, under first-year head coach Jay Vidovich, are seeded 12th out of 12 teams in the conference.Here is everything you need to know about Pittsburgh ahead of the first-round tilt.All-time series: This is the 21st meeting between the two schools. Both teams are 8-0-2.Last time they played: Syracuse scored five goals in a span of 21:13 in a 5-0 win over the Panthers on Sept. 25, 2015. Noah Rhynhart kicked off the scoring in the 37th minute, before three Ben Polk goals and a Julian Buescher tally blew the game open. The Orange registered 16 corner kicks compared to Pitt’s one, and Syracuse outshot the Panthers, 19-2. SU advanced to 5-2-1 overall with the victory. The two sides didn’t play in the regular season this year.The Pittsburgh report: The Panthers have only two players, Luca Mellor and Matt Venanzi, who have scored more than one goal. Only four others have scored, and Pitt ranks last in the conference in shots, goals and assists – by large margins. Pittsburgh has little offensive firepower, and a Syracuse team without its best defender (Miles Robinson is serving a one-game suspension for a red card) couldn’t be facing a more convenient opponent.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Panthers’ defense isn’t much better, having tied for the third-most goals allowed in the ACC. On paper, Pittsburgh is the runt of the conference, but Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre won’t put anything past a team led by the former Wake Forest head coach.“They made a splash this year. They hired one of the all-time great ACC coaches in Jay,” McIntyre said. “They’ve got some pieces. We know they’re going to be organized and this will be a tough game for us. We’ve had real tough games with Pitt over the last few years and that’s without a change in leadership.”How Syracuse beats Pittsburgh: The Orange needs to convert on one or two of its chances, which will likely come in quick succession. Chris Nanco should have no problem getting behind the Panthers’ back line and Sergio Camargo, Jonathan Hagman and Mo Adams should control the midfield with ease to allow Syracuse to dictate the tempo of the game however it pleases.Stat to know:10 – Pittsburgh has scored 10 goals this season, 12 fewer than any other team in the ACCPlayer to watch: Luca Mellor, No. 5, midfielderThe 6-foot freshman has scored three goals this season and taken 12 more shots than anyone else on the team. He’s about as potent of an offensive threat the Panthers have, and he has a chance to get an opportunity or two on net without Robinson in the back for the Orange. Mellor has played in all 17 games and registered a team-high nine shots on goal. Comments
BRILL, CARRESSA, KEEPER OFTHE STARS & SUPER PATRIOT ALL PROMINENT IN MONDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 MEGAHERTZ STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2020)–A recent stakes winner over the course, OXO Equine’s Brill heads a solid field of eight fillies and mares going one mile on turf in Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita.Trained by Don Chatlos, Brill sped to an impressive gate to wire victory in the one mile turf Lady of Shamrock Stakes on opening day, Dec. 28, which was her first-ever try on grass.In a very competitive lineup, trainer John Shirreffs’ Carressa, a lightly raced 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo, has been idle since daylighting allowance foes at one mile on dirt Nov. 22 and appears ready for her first stakes assignment, which will also be her first try on turf.Runner-up as the 6-5 favorite to Brill in the Lady of Shamrock, Keeper Ofthe Stars, a winner of the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes over the course three starts back rates a huge chance for trainer Jonathon Wong and California-bred Super Patriot, who comes off a nose defeat in the one mile turf Kathryn Crosby Stakes Nov. 8 at Del Mar, rates a big chance as well.BRILLOwner: OXO Equine, LLCTrainer: Don ChatlosA $1 million 2-year-old in training sale purchase in 2017, Brill, although twice graded stakes placed, appears poised to garner her first graded victory in what will be her ninth career start. Off at 7-2 in the eight-horse Lady of Shamrock, Brill bounded to early lead when ridden for the first time by Mike Smith and won well within herself. Her biggest concern early could be Carressa, who employed similar tactics in her allowance win on dirt.CARRESSAOwner: Mercedes Stables, LLC & West Point ThoroughbredsTrainer: John ShirreffsWell beaten in a pair of main track sprints this past spring, she resurfaced on Aug. 22, 2019 at Del Mar and was a galloping 4 ¼ length maiden winner at odds of 5-1 in what was her third career start. Second in her next start, a one mile allowance her Oct. 6, Carressa then pressed the pace and took charge heading down the backside en route to a smashing 8 ¼ length one mile allowance tally on Nov. 22 at Del Mar. With a Megahertz-best last out Beyer Speed figure of 90 in hand, Carressa, who will be making her sixth career start, could be extremely tough in her first try on turf.KEEPER OFTHE STARSOwner: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLCTrainer: Jonathan WongAttentive to the pace throughout, Keeper ofthe Stars was second, beaten 1 ¾ lengths by Brill on opening day with no apparent excuses as the favorite. Favored in three out of her last four races and a winner of two of them, the 4-year-old filly by Midnight Lute has proven most effective when she’s allowed to ramble on the front end, which could prove problematic with several front-running fillies engaged.SUPER PATRIOTOwner: Little Red Feather Racing, Peskoff or Salvatore, et alTrainer: Richard BaltasA 5-year-old California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat, she comes off a desperate nose defeat in the one mile turf Kathryn Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 8, a race in which she rallied from far off the early pace. Claimed five starts back for $35,000 on June 8, Super Patriot, who will be making her first graded stakes start, could be the beneficiary of rapid early pace on Monday.THE GRADE III MEGAHERTZ STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTCarressa–Victor Espinoza–120Take These Chains–Umberto Rispoli–120Keeper ofthe Stars–Abel Cedillo–124Tonahutu–Andrea Atzeni–120Streak of Luck–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–120Brill–Mike Smith–122La Sardane–Flavien Prat–120Super Patriot–Joel Rosario–120 First post time for an eight-race card on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.