Being data driven…

first_imgRaise your hand if your credit union is using data. WOW! Like 85% of you! (I have great virtual vision). Now, how many of you know why you are using it? Who knows what you are using it for specifically? How about your results from using it? Crickets. This is not uncommon.Data. It’s overwhelming. It’s overwhelming for anyone who isn’t sure how to use it, what it is telling them, what to focus on, or even just how. many. channels. of. endless. streams. of. data. are available. Sigh. (and a possible eye roll). No worries, right? I’ll tell you a secret. It can be just as overwhelming for those of us that do know the answers to the questions above—well, at least think we have an inkling of understanding.So, how do you focus on what data is necessary and what data will drive the results that make a difference to your board of directors and your senior leadership team? How do you figure out which data will help you create a better experience for your members? Sometimes these can be hardest questions to answer.It can be an uphill battle, especially in smaller credit unions, to find the arguments needed to warrant the “testing” it takes to learn and integrate different channels of data into your marketing and strategic plans. The cost can be heavy, not only in a monetary sense, but in hours (and emotions) as well. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Men’s volleyball battles but falls at UCLA

first_imgThe No. 15 USC men’s volleyball team (0-6, 0-4 MPSF) fell 3-1 (25-27, 25-23, 21-25, 19-25) to No. 1 UCLA (7-0, 4-0 MPSF) Saturday night.According to head coach Jeff Nygaard, his team showed more than just fight despite the loss.“When other people see fight, I see capability, I see trust and I see confidence,” Nygaard said.Senior outside hitter Alex Slaught had a team-high 13 kills while hitting a .233, three blocks and three digs. Sophomore opposite Jon Rivera had 12 kills, two aces and seven digs. Senior libero Brooks Varni and sophomore setter Jack Yoder both tied for a team-high eight digs.Junior middle blocker Andy Benesh — in his first match of the season — recorded a team-best five blocks and six kills while hitting a .308. Benesh had previously not played because of a back injury.Benesh’s return brings knowledge and maturity to the team on the court. Benesh spent the summer playing on both the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team and the U.S. Men’s National Team.“He’s seen the next level,” Nygaard said. “He understands a lot of the game.”Most noticeably, having Benesh back solidifies the Trojans’ blocking defense. Benesh’s 5 blocks against UCLA was the most recorded by a USC player so far this season.“Andy’s a great player,” Nygaard said. “Having him back in the lineup will have us get to the next level.”While the Men of Troy were playing in a somewhat hostile environment at Pauley Pavilion, they managed to hang in with the top team in the nation. The match had a total of 43 tie scores and 14 lead changes.In the first set, both the Trojans and the Bruins went on short scoring runs to gain advantage over the other, but a UCLA kill and a USC attacking error put the match to the Bruins’ favor in extra time. UCLA came out dominant in the second set, creating a 9-3 lead over the Trojans. The lead stretched to 12-5 before USC began to battle its way back. USC went on an 11-4 scoring run to tie the score at 16-all. The match was tied six more times before a kill by Rivera and a solo block by Benesh sealed the match for the Trojans.In both the third and fourth sets, the Men of Troy hung close with the Bruins, but toward the end of both sets the Bruins managed to pull away and take the sets and the match.Even though the Trojans lost, Nygaard was happy to see the “emotional” and “situational maturity” that the team showed against the Bruins.“It looked to me that the guys thought they could get it back,” Nygaard said. “I’m proud of the maturity they have shown.”For Nygaard, the maturity is partially stemming from the growth that the team has shown since the start of the season.“Our guys are doing a really good job of growing on a day to day basis,” Nygaard said.While the team has been growing, there still are a number of things upon which Nygaard would like the team to improve, one of the things being the team’s thought process when they head back to the service line.On Saturday, USC had 6 aces while UCLA had 11 aces. Both teams had 18 service errors. Nygaard would like for the team to better “understand the flow of the game” when behind the service line.This week, the Men of Troy host No. 11 Pepperdine (4-1, 3-1 MPSF) and No. 8 Stanford (5-1, 3-1 MPSF) at the Galen Center.For the team to notch their first win of the season, Nygaard said that the Trojans will have to be more intelligent on the court.“I’d like to see greater mindfulness, greater understanding of the game [and] greater decision making,” Nygaard said. “We could just raise the level of volleyball across the board.”last_img read more

Edin Džeko Targeted by Barcelona?

first_imgCaptain of the National Football Team of BiH Edin Džeko is on the wish list of Barcelona, which will look for the forwards in the summer transfer period, it was written by Catalan media.On the cover of today’s Sport are Edin Džeko and Fernando Llorente, who is in this case the first option of Barcelona.As mentioned sports newspaper writes, if the transfer of the Juventus forward is not feasible, the management of the Catalan giants will go for the Diamond.Manchester City striker fits the ideal profile of the attacker being sought by Barcelona. He is on the market, he would come because he is not in the first team, and is taller than 190 cm, it was written in Sport.Furthermore, according to the newspaper, Barcelona is ready to offer up to 20 million Euros for Džeko. The problem may represent Džeko’s salary, says Sport.(Source: read more

Junior League Honors Members For Service

first_imgBy Anastasia MillickerThe Junior League of Monmouth County held it annual dinner June 12, celebrating achievements and inducting their new president. From left: Patsy Carter and her daughter, the league’s outgoing president, Amy Almasy, and new league President Lauren Porter and her mother, Gail Champlin.The Junior League of Monmouth County (JLMC) held its annual dinner Tuesday at the Rumson Country Club Boat House celebrating the club’s past initiatives and welcoming the new president Lauren Porter.The JLMC also honored members for their service to the league during the dinner.Bennett Coleman, Fair Haven, was honored for 20 years of service and Linda Bricker, Rumson, was honored for 30 years of service. The league also recognized Delly Beekman for her work as Association of Junior League International president from 2010 through 2012.The Outstanding Leaguer Award was given to Megan Pelino, Fair Haven. The award is given to a member who exhibits qualities of leadership and teamwork, has sustained quality service, has made an impact in the organization and made a difference in the community, Porter said.The JLMC is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. All of which, Porter said, she wants to continue and extend to the community using her team “we.”“My goal for next year is to guide our league as we find a cause that we are passionate about, create a project that will make an indelible impact on the community, and champion change of which we can be proud,” Porter said.Porter joined the New York Junior League in 2004 and transferred to the Junior League of Monmouth County in 2008. She has been on the community program committees, publishing committee, and served as fundraising chair and fund development director in her past years as part of the JLMC.“I joined the Junior League because of the power of the organization and the empowerment I felt as a child participating in Junior League community efforts with my mother,” Porter said. “The Junior League is an organization women can join and not only have an incredible impact on their community but on themselves. Our members can use their many existing talents across the board and have not only a safe haven in which to discover new areas of interest, but a priceless wealth of knowledge to draw from in any instance.”This year, the JLMC brought expert Bev Bos to Monmouth County for three different events about the field of early childhood education featuring seminars “How Do Our Children Grow?,” a community forum on early childhood brain development, and “Expanding Our Hori­zons,” and a community concert to celebrate the Month of the Young Child.JLMC also hosted more than 250 local Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts for an afternoon of activities designed to educate the girls on the preparation of healthy snacks and meals and making healthy lifestyle choices.Porter said the goal of the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen initiative, which is supported by The Associa­tion of Junior Leagues Inter­national, Inc. and its member leagues, is to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues.Another event the JLMC hosted this year was a forum for mothers and daughters in Middletown led by Miss Virginia USA 2002 Julie Marie Carrier.Carrier also led an assembly, through the JLMC, for Keansburg students in grades 7-12 on the importance of building self-confidence and character, healthy choices and relationships, goal setting and dealing with peer pressure.“It was amazing to see the empowerment of the young women in the room,” Porter said. “The young girls learned how to stand up, step out and learned what it means to be a woman of character and excellence.”The JLMC holds its provisional meetings at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at JLMC headquarters at 55 Center St., Rumson.last_img read more

FH Resident Writes Book About ‘Greatest Hockey Series Ever’

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnFAIR HAVEN – As a kid in North Jersey, Tim Sullivan became a Devils fan.Tim Sullivan of Fair Haven, author of “Battle on the Hudson: The Devils, the Rangers and the NHL’s Greatest Series,” at Madison Square Garden.“Growing up about 10 miles from where they originally played. I think a lot of North Jersey people my age were Devils fans because it was an opportunity to see the game without having to go all the way to ‘the city,’” said the Montvale native, who has lived in Fair Haven with his family for the past eight years.“I think the Devils represented a new world of hockey in New Jersey … As close as the Rangers were, it was still a hassle to get there,” he said. “I think there are generations of Devils fans in New Jersey … that became fans because of the convenience, because of the location and because it was a team they could call their own.”Sullivan, now the east sports editor for The Associ­ated Press, has written a book about what he sees as the real start of this region’s serious interest in hockey. Battle for the Hud­son: The Devils, the Rangers and the Greatest NHL Series Ever is about the 1994 Eastern Conference Champ­ion­­ship series between the Devils, who had been in New Jersey 12 years and was one of the league’s “laughing stocks” with only one good season before 1993-94, and the venerable New York Rangers, one of the league’s six original teams, which was more than five decades removed from its last championship.The book chronicles what Sullivan calls hockey’s coming-of-age in the area, a time when the opportunity came for the sport to gain “more notoriety on both sides of the (Hudson) river.”“I wanted to write a hockey book about our area and a sort of a turning point in New York and New Jersey to where (hockey) became a little bit more ‘out there,’ there was a little more buzz about the sport,” he said. “1994 seemed to be the best starting point. You had both teams playing each other. One would go on to the Stanley Cup finals and there was a pretty good chance that one of them would win the Stanley Cup. It gripped (New York) City and all the suburbs in and around New Jersey.”The book also details a number of firsts for hockey. It was the first year that Gary Bettman, now the commissioner of the National Hockey League, worked in the league. It was the first year hockey could be seen nationwide and in Canada when games were shown on ESPN. It was the year after the Devils changed their uniforms from red and green to red and black and it was the first year for coach Jacques Lemaire.“1994 is really one of the years that hockey can look back on and say it really turned a corner. I wanted to show that year for its importance to the game,” he said.“The reason we called it the Greatest Series Ever is because the players, the people who covered it, broadcasters and the coaches …  all refer to it as that,” Sullivan said. “Both teams went on to win the Stanley Cup within 12 months and also because it was a huge ratings grabber. It gained attention all over the world and a lot of people look back on that series, and that year in particular, as the year hockey truly changed.”The dramatic series was won by the Rangers, which went on to win Lord Stanley’s Cup for the first time in 54 years. The following year it was the Devils turn to hoist the cup.Sullivan had just graduated from Duquesne University about two weeks before the series took place. He was covering the Pittsburgh Pen­guins for a Pittsburgh radio station and, when the Pen­guins were eliminated in the conference semifinals, he got the opportunity to cover the Devils-Rangers series for his station. Though he didn’t know he would be writing about the series years later, he “remembered it and held it in regard ever since.“It was a good experience,” he said. “It was something that I look back on, as does everyone who covered that series, as something they put on their resume. It was pretty amazing to be in those buildings for those games … I feel very fortunate … to have been part of those games.”Sullivan interviewed more than 250 players for the book, including Martin Brodeur, who was then a 21-year-old rookie and is now the only player on either the Devils or Rangers 1993-94 teams still an active National Hockey League player.Author Tim Sullivan is a Fair Haven resident.The book hit stores Oct. 1 and is selling well, Sullivan said. The publisher had made its sale available on a pre-sale basis after the Devils and the Rangers played for the Eastern Conference finals this spring, the same series they had contested 18 years earlier. That helped “generate a little more buzz” for the book, Sullivan said.The author will talk about and sign the book during an event, coordinated by River Road Books in Fair Haven, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Nauvoo Grill, 121 Fair Haven Road. Devils and Ranger fans also will be on hand to speak along with Sullivan about their memories of the series. The Sullivan family will make a donation, based on the number of people who attend, to the Hockey Fights Cancer, a NHL-sponsored charity.Sullivan, 40, and his family – he and his wife have a son and daughter – moved to Fair Haven in 2004 and love living in the community. “It’s everything everyone told us about it and more,” he said. He had been working at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida and came back to New Jersey to become sports editor at the New York Post.Sullivan’s passion for hockey is evident.“Once people start to acquire a taste for the game, I think a couple things happen,” he said. “Most fall in love with it and they wrap themselves up in it. For me, I wanted to make it a career even though I knew I wouldn’t be playing much past my high school years.“I think the biggest part is, it’s not easy to play. To develop the skills for it, you are almost developing two sports in one. You’re learning how to play hockey and skate all in one. It’s not an easy commitment for families to make because it’s not like a baseball field that’s right around the corner. So you really have to fall in love with the culture of the game because it ends up being deeply rooted in you. Once you’ve been through that and played at whatever level you’ve played, I think it sticks.”The love of hockey has clearly stuck with Tim Sullivan.last_img read more

Leaf profile: Patrick Martens reaches back to his Atom roots to find pot of goal at end of hockey stick

first_imgThroughout the KIJHL season The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr will take a capsule look at the players on the Nelson Leafs hockey club. Today the focus in on the red-hot Patrick Martens. The Maple Ridge Minor Hockey grad has been on one of the most amazing streaks in Nelson Leafs hockey history and now leads the KIJHL in scoring.Filling the net, like a Sidney Crosby or Wayne Gretzky, is the dream of every Canadian minor hockey player.However, seldom does the dream come true. Which is why there are so many checkers and grinders in hockey.Patrick Martens was one of those grinder-like players. That was until his sophomore season in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.Martens, or “Marty” to his teammates, has been on quite a roll for the Nelson Leafs. A streak that has seen the native of Moncton, N.B. score in the last ten games – including a seven-goal explosion during a recent road swing through the South Okanagan.Martens added a pair Wednesday night at the Murdoch Division-leading Leafs knocked off rival Beaver Valley 5-3.
 It was the seventh multiple point game during the streak for the 18-year-old sniper.”I think the last time I scored like this was in Atom. . .. I maybe had one four-goal game in Midget but nothing like this,” Martens, researching the career memory bank, admitted prior to practice at the NCDD Arena.”It definitely makes me more confident now,” added the 6-foot, 180-pound forward who has more points in 14 games this season than he did in the entire 2010-11 KIJHL season.”Our line is getting lots of chances now and it’s giving us lots of confidence knowing that I can put the puck in the net.”Martens is one of the few finds last season of coach and GM Chris Shaw.The Maple Ridge product had just experienced a successful conclusion to his minor hockey career playing for Ridge Meadows Midget AAA, where the squad lost in the B.C. Minor Hockey Midget AAA Championship to Kelowna.Martens registered ten points in six games to lead Ridge Meadows in scoring.Shaw liked what he saw, convincing the speedster to join the Green and White after a long courtship.”He (Shaw) has been watching me since Bantam,” Martens explained. “We  began a personal relationship and I decided to come to Nelson after talking to him.”However, the season under Shaw probably wasn’t the most enjoyable the 13-year career for Martens.Still, once hearing about the coaching change, Martens was confident with the core that was returning, this season would be different.”I heard Frank (Maida) was going in to coach and he coached with Simon Wheeldon and had good teams so I felt this was a good decision,” Martens said. “Plus I like the group of guys we have here so I was excited to come back.”And boy has there ever been a change both on and off the ice.Nelson has taken advantage of an abundance of home games to jump out to a 11-3-0-1 mark — tops in the entire KIJHL. Much of the reason for the early season success — Nelson is 8-2 in the last 10 games — is due part to the line of Martens, Matthew Naka and Colton Schell.The trio filled the net during the weekend series in the South Okanagan before combining for seven points in Wednesday’s win over Beaver Valley.”We’re doing everything the same,” Martens said when asked about the secret of the Naka, Martens, Schell unit.”We’re playing really well as a line, not worrying about who get points. Right now it’s kind of my turn and I’ve been fortunate to be able to put the puck in the net.””But it doesn’t really matter which one of us on our line or on the team scores,” Martens added. “Just as long as one of us scores and the team are winning.”The early season success has allowed Nelson to lead the Murdoch Division almost from the start of the season. Which has played a big part to the camaraderie on the Leaf roster.”It definitely wasn’t much fun playing last year,” said Martens, who spend time in Chile with family before moving to Maple Ridge with parents, mother Cindy and father Terry — the latter a big influence on his hockey career.”But being competitive this year has made the game a lot more funner the it was last year.”And then there’s the filling of the net for Martens who has climbed into top spot in KIJHL scoring.A similar spot those guys Crosby and Gretzky occupied on a yearly basis.Nice to see good things come to those who wait.Patrick Martens Fast Facts:Position: right wingAge: 18Born: Moncton, NBHometown: Maple RidgeHeight: 6-feetWeight: 180 poundsFavourite music: A bit of everythingFavourite hockey player: Pavel DatsyukFavourite NHL team: Colorado AvalancheHobbies other than hockey: Golf . . . sorry, hockeyBlackberry or iPhone: BlackberryFuture goals: Attend college to pursue an engineering degreelast_img read more

IOA demands federations to pay for damages caused by Indian athletes at CWG

first_imgIndian Commonwealth Games 2018 contingent returned home with 66 medals, but now it has come to light that they also came back with a fine of Rs 73,988.The fine was a result of the damages caused by Indian athletes at the Games village at Gold Coast, Australia.And now the Indian Olympic Association has asked national federations, including those of basketball, hockey and athletics, to pay up their respective share.In an e-mail communication, IOA President Narinder Batra has asked Secretary General Rajeev Mehta to take this matter up with respective NSFs.I strongly recommend that the total amount of Rs 73,988 debited to IOA by CWG OC should be recovered from the respective NSFs (less refrigerator hiring charges) immediately and the NSFs should be asked to speak with concerned athletes and support staff that such things should not happen in future, Batra wrote in his communication to the IOA secretary general.Such kind of activities bring bad name for our country and these are basic things each participating NSF now needs to explain and tell its participating athletes and officials in Asian Games and thereafter in all other games in future, he added.Batra also mentioned the disciplines, amount and room numbers of the erring athletes and officials. Athletes and officials from eight disciplines, including squash, para athletics, table tennis, shooting, basketball, athletics, weightlifting and hockey, were found guilty of causing damages.Of them, basketball accounted for the maximum damage of 400 AUD (Rs 20,400); followed by athletics 232 AUD (Rs 11,832); hockey 154 AUD (Rs 7,854); shooting and weightlifting AUD 100 each (Rs 5,100); squash 76 AUD (Rs 3,876); and table tennis 50 AUD (Rs, 2,550).advertisementThe damages most relate to door keys which accounted for 550 AUD (Rs, 28,055) while other expenses added up to 262 AUD (Rs 13,360). Besides, the list also included an expense of 288.75 AUD (Rs 14,726) for refrigerators which the IOA said it will pay.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more