38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Will Rose Will Rose is the Director of Marketing at Newtek Business Services Corp. Previously at Newtek, he held the position of VP of Alliance Systems, where he managed software development and … Web: www.newtekone.com Details While Silicon Valley likes to focus on how the next startup will “disrupt” an entire industry, most of the exciting new trends in business technology are actually attempting to do the opposite – help industries become leaner, more secure, and better equipped to scale. The biggest challenge, then, for most organizations, particularly those who are not technology companies themselves, is where to start. Here, we will explore two significant IT trends that your credit union should at least be aware of, and how they might help your credit union in the areas of cost reduction, security, risk management and, more importantly, how they can better position your credit union to succeed in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace.Desktops as a Service (DaaS)Over the past thirty years, no other technology trend has been more transformative than the desktop computer. Try to imagine any business operating today without desktops; even the most blue-collared corners of our economy still depend on computing and the software it powers.But let’s also think about some of the major pitfalls of owning and operating desktops in the modern work environment. For one, there is the capital expense to purchase the hardware and all the necessary software. Then there is the ongoing maintenance, security updates, troubleshooting, and failed components. More importantly is the constant security threat. We all know by now how vulnerable every internet-connected computer is to hacking, viruses, and other cyber threats. The challenges of managing an office full of traditional desktops include:Enabling secure mobility to your workforce.Upgrading operating systems and other software.Maintaining hardware needs with tight IT budgets.Desktop as a Service, or “DaaS”, which is not a new technology, but a technology development that has become, more recently, a cost-effective option. Daas takes the computing and storage element out of your office, virtualizes it, and houses it in a more manageable, centralized location — typically in a secure data center.DaaS provides more freedom for users in device choice and connectivity, without exhausting your credit union’s bandwidth; there is no hardware and less software to purchase or manage; your users’ apps, data, and personalized desktops live in “the cloud”; and security, support, and compliance are easier to achieve. Additional benefits include:Lower and predictable costs, based on the number of users you have.Business continuity, with backup and recovery capabilities baked right into the offering.More mobility: users can securely access their desktop anywhere they have an internet connection.Bottom line: moving your office desktops to the cloud will empower your IT team to control costs and keep your credit union more secure, while also giving your workers more flexibility in terms of accessing their data and apps no matter where they are located.Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)If your network or systems experienced a catastrophic event and became unavailable for an extended period of time (such as over 48 hours), what would happen to your credit union? Fallout from such an event could be as simple as the loss of a day’s productivity to more long-term damage that may include a dent in member confidence in your credit union. Worse: could your credit union suffer a complete or partial (and unrecoverable) loss to your critical business or member data?As organizations become more dependent on digital data and assets for all aspects of the operation, from customer databases to financial data, serious planning to ensure those digital assets are secure and recoverable becomes critically paramount.The great news for a growing swath of businesses and organizations today is the accessibility of more affordable disaster recovery solutions for organizations that do not have the benefit of an enterprise-sized IT budget.Fundamentally, a true disaster recovery solution would require that data is backed up and/or simultaneously housed in a secondary geographic location. Because of this, major challenges include:Investing in multiple facilities – there is a significant cost and effort to operate a secondary physical recovery facility.Doing it on your own – IT’s focus is taken away from core tasks that add value to the organization.Disaster Recovery as a Service, or “DRaaS”, allows you to cost effectively outsource your disaster recovery point of presence to a specialized provider – a provider that has already made the significant investments to build out a facility and hire the qualified professionals needed to support such a solution. Benefits of DRaaS include:Predictable costs – a fixed monthly cost makes budgeting and scaling much easier.Maximized IT resources – your IT team can focus on core tasks instead of managing a facility or secondary infrastructure.Improved compliance – selecting a DRaaS provider with in-house compliance experts means you don’t need to hire the additional high-cost staff.The important thing to keep in mind when considering either DaaS or DRaaS is that these are not out of the box products. These are, rather, solutions that are developed and managed by what are known as “Managed Technology Providers”, who have invested in the necessary infrastructure and expertise to help organizations leverage technologies that have previously only been accessible to enterprise-sized organizations.Final Thoughts: Do Your Due DiligenceIt goes without saying, you can’t trust just anybody with your critical data and digital assets. When doing your due diligence for selecting a IT provider, ask the following:Can you visit their data center facility to inspect their operations and security?Can you view their financials to ensure the provider will be around for the long haul?How long has the provider been in business, and what experience do they possess?What security and compliance requirements and/or audits can they meet or exceed?Will the provider consult, strategize and plan your solution?Ultimately, if your credit union wants to reduce costs, be more competitive, and minimize security risks, look for providers that will empower your credit union to take advantage of enterprise-level technologies without having to build and manage it all on your own.
The Wisconsin men’s tennis team (1-0) faces off against DePaul (1-2) at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.The Badgers are coming off their first match of the season, in which they defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies 7-0. Wisconsin took two out of the three doubles matches to capture the doubles point, and then swept all six singles matches with no player losing more than three games in any one set.DePaul comes into the match riding a two-match losing streak. The Blue Demons lost both of their last two matches by a 7-0 margin to Western Michigan and Northwestern.But just because the Demons are struggling does not mean the Badgers are taking them lightly.”We came out hard against Northern [Illinois],” said head coach Greg Van Emburgh. “We want to make sure we come out ready to play again and not underestimate them. They are a team that is coming in looking to sneak up against us.”The first-year head coach believes if the team continues to play like it did against Northern Illinois, it should have a good chance for success against DePaul.”We need to continue to have that same intensity and focus we had against Northern Illinois,” said Van Emburgh. “The guys did a great job last week. They didn’t really want to give an inch.” According to Van Emburgh, DePaul is a solid team that will probably be more of a challenge than Northern Illinois. However, the coach feels the team’s chances against the Blue Demons are good.”The guys have worked hard,” said Van Emburgh. “If they are ready to play, the wins will take care of themselves.”The Badgers defeated the Blue Demons last season 4-3 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Wisconsin has won 15 out of 16 games in the series, their only loss coming in 2000.
StumbleUpon Ninja collapse sees Global Gaming move to redefine business November 21, 2019 Global Gaming granted licence review permit following Swedish appeal January 9, 2020 Related Articles Share Spelinspektionen rejects Ninja Casino domain transfer February 12, 2020 Share Submit Global Gaming has unveiled its highly-anticipated new affiliate programme, Global Gaming Affiliates.The newly-launched program allows affiliates across Europe to work in conjunction with Global Gaming to promote its products, including flagship brand Ninja Casino, which offers one of the fastest and most hassle-free online casino experiences in the world.Using the MyAffiliates tracking software, the new site aims to provide a high-level service with a tailored approach to each partner, giving them all the tools and support they require to achieve optimum results.It currently accepts Swedish and Finnish traffic, with plans to move into new territories and verticals in the future. Its newest brand SpelLandet.com is set to be integrated into the program in the near future.The programme will be spearheaded by Elaine Gardiner, who has more than nine years’ experience within the sector, having previously worked for Cherry Group.“We are absolutely thrilled to have launched Global Gaming Affiliates,” said Gardiner.“It’s a project we’ve been working on tirelessly since I joined the company last year and I’m excited to now deliver the program to the market.“The new program aims to share the same philosophy of innovation and exceptional service that Global Gaming is known for and we can’t wait to start working with affiliates.”
Thirteen-year-old Olivia Barrs has claimed her place in England Golf’s Grand Medal Final with a superb round of net 63. The youngster, from Lindgale Golf Club in Leicestershire, posted her score in the Midlands North Regional Medal Final at Radcliffe on Trent, where she led 10 qualifiers for the Grand Final. Olivia gained her first handicap a year ago and was playing off 23 when she teed up in the regional final. She finished four shots clear of her closest challenger and a hefty cut is on the way. “It was the best round I’ve ever had and I’m really, really happy about it. I can’t believe I’ve won,” she said. Olivia’s round included a gross birdie and five pars – on a course she’d never played before. This was the fifth of six regional qualifiers to determine the competitors for the Grand Medal Final at Northants County Golf Club on June 29. The successful players from Radcliffe on Trent were: Olivia Barrs of Lingdale, Sue Annibal of South Kyme, Elizabeth Ruscoe of Aldersey Green, Fran Kralev of Lymm, Cath Wong of Cotgrave Place, Carol Wild of Notts Ladies, Sophie Beardsall of Greetham Valley, Joan Young of Boston, Jo Hopkins of Notts Ladies’ and Gill Brook of Louth. All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2012. The Midlands North final was contested by players from Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire. Qualifying net scores Midlands North Regional Final, Radcliffe on Trent, Par 72, CSS 73 63 Olivia Barrs (Lingdale) 67 Sue Annibal (South Kyme) 71 Elizabeth Ruscoe (Aldersey Green) 72 Fran Kralev (Lymm) 73 Cath Wong (Cotgrave Place), Carol Wild (Notts Ladies’), Sophie Beardsall (Greetham Valley), Joan Young (Boston), Jo Hopkins (Notts Ladies’), Gill Brook (Louth) For full scores please click here. 24 May 2013 Super 63 secures Grand Medal Final place
TROY POLAMALU TROY POLAMALULastly, and probably the most unlikely due strictly to who he is, Troy Polamalu. Yes, it’s almost sacrilegious to even discuss the possibility of the team moving on without Polamalu without him calling his own shots but we saw it happen with Hines Ward and it could happen to Troy too.Of this group of players, Polamalu has been the most banged up from head to toe. His playing style, while Hall of Fame caliber, has caught up to him and may have finally slowed him down a bit. He’s still a factor on the field, but not on the same level he once was. His final year of his contract is 2014 and in that year his cap hit will also be over 10 million dollars. The team very well could elect to let Polamalu go early to save the cap space. The odds of this are 50/50.It would be a very hard decision to let one of the best players in team history walk and it’s a decision the team would much rather have Troy make on his own. However, if Troy thinks he can play in 2014 and wants to do so and the Steelers feel otherwise, we could have a repeat of the Hines Ward situation and that would be a shame.We still have a long way to go before any of these possibilities every have a chance of resonating however as we approach the start of the 2013 training camp it’s worth looking at these players and appreciating all they have done for the black and gold over the years. Some may be back in 2014 and some may go but one thing is guaranteed, this will be the last year that all of these guys will play together and try to get ring number seven.Editor’s Note: Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com – Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected] by Mike PelaiaOver the past few seasons we’ve seen several Steeler stalwarts play their final game in the black and gold uniform as the team elected to move on due to age, salary or both. 2013 will follow that same pattern as we will likely see some of the following players end their Steeler careers after this season.BRETT KEISELBrett Keisel is the most likely candidate as he’s 34 years old, he’ll be 35 in September and he’s in the final year of his contract.Keisel has been a rock at right defensive end for this team for several years and was a huge part of the Super Bowl teams. He still has some good football left and will likely put up a solid statistical season once again. However, the team is waiting for young buck Cam Heyward to step up and take Keisels job. They invested a first round pick in Heyward and can’t wait much longer to see what he can do as a full time starter.The fact that Keisel is a free agent makes the decision pretty simple for the team. While it’s not a 100% chance Keisel won’t be back in 2014, the possibilities are slim. IKE TAYLORThe third candidate on this list is Ike Taylor. Over the last 8 seasons he’s been the Steelers unquestioned top corner and has consistently been assigned the opposition’s top receiver.More often than not, Taylor has delivered when called upon. He’s never been one to gain the interception as he seems to have hands made of rocks, but he can cover just about anyone on the field. He was a huge part of the Steelers Super Bowl runs and has been a very consistent cog on a defense that continues to finish at the top of the league in pass defense.He’s coming off of a season ending injury and how he performs off of that injury will be pivotal for his potential return beyond this season. He’ll be 34 in 2014 and his contract will be worth 10 million against the salary cap. The team will likely draft at least one corner in the 2014 draft and they may want to clear some cap room as they continue to transition to the younger generation and try to keep some of their up and coming young stars. RYAN CLARKRyan Clark may follow Keisel out the door after 2013 as well. He too is a free agent after this season and at 33 years old; he’s no spring chicken either.Clark has put up very solid seasons since joining the team via free agency in 2006 and has been part of an all pro duo alongside Troy Polamalu. However, with his age being what it is and the fact the team traded up to draft safety Shamarko Thomas in this year’s draft, his odds of returning beyond 2013 don’t look great.Unlike Keisel, Clark probably could play a few more seasons at a very high level and if the team were to let him walk, he’d probably be able to land elsewhere. That, however, is not what Clark would like to happen; he has stated publicly he’d like to finish his career in Pittsburgh. If Shamarko Thomas doesn’t develop as quickly as the team likes, Clark will have a better shot of coming back in 2014.
77th RUNNING OF PRESTIGIOUS GOLD CUP IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ QUALIFIER TO THE $6 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC AT SANTA ANITA ON NOV. 5 ARCADIA, Calif. (June 25, 2016)–In winning the Santa Anita Handicap on March 12, the David Hofmans-trained Melatonin crashed the party at 16-1. That wasn’t the case on Saturday, as the 5-year-old gelding by Kodiak Kowboy was dispatched as the 9-5 favorite in the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita–and he ran like it–winning by 1 ½ lengths under Joe Talamo while getting a mile and a quarter in 1:59.79.A gate to wire winner of the Big ‘Cap, Melatonin, who came off a second place finish in the Grade II Oaklawn Handicap April 16, rated kindly in second behind pacesetter Lieutenant Colonel before taking the lead a quarter mile from home.“He’s a jockey’s dream,” said Talamo. “He just does his thing. He does not have to go to the lead. As you saw, he laid second, comfortably. What impressed me the most about him today was when (runner-up) Win the Space came to him at the eighth pole, he just battled back. He gives you everything he’s got.“I knew I had a lot of horse turning for home and my horse dug in so nicely. I don’t know what else to say. He’s an unbelievable horse and the sky’s the limit.”Owned by Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farms, Inc., Melatonin paid $5.60, $4.00 and $3.00. Due primarily to a rare neurological disorder, Melatonin earned but $132,552 prior to this year. With his win in today’s Gold Cup, he picked up $300,000, running his 2016 earnings to $1,086,000. With five wins from 13 starts, his career earnings stand at $1,218,552.“I think we gave him enough time to get rid of that awful thing in his body (Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis or EPM),” said Hofmans. “I think that held him back and since we got rid of that, he’s developed into such a nice horse.“I’m normally low key but today I was really nervous. It was his big test today. I thought there were some quality horses in here that he had to beat in order to think about going on (to bigger things). The difference is that today he validated himself. Any horse can beat any horse, on any given day. But to do it again, and maybe even again, then you start thinking.“We were gunning for the Breeders’ Cup Classic anyway, but to win this is quite a bonus.” (Note: The Gold Cup is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In Challenge Race guaranteeing Melatonin an automatic berth, with fees paid, into the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5).Ridden by Gary Stevens, longshot Win the Space sat a close third at the rail and rallied three-wide outside the winner turning for home and was head and head with Melatonin inside the furlong pole. The biggest price in the field of eight at 24-1, he paid $24.80 and $9.40.“It was a huge run,” said Stevens. “It was a fun race. He settled great for his first time going a mile and a quarter and it was just a really professional race from him. Great job and well done by everybody in that barn.”Last year’s winner, Hard Aces, sat closer to the pace than he normally does and finished three quarters of a length behind Win the Space while holding off Hoppertunity by a nose for third money. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Hard Aces was off at 8-1 and paid $5.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.83, 47.70, 1:11.48 and 1:35.52.Racing resumes with a nine-race card on Sunday at Santa Anita. First post time is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIt is no secret that times have been tough for the dairy industry — so tough that change is inevitable. Some dairies have shut their doors. Others have grown larger or found a niche and specialized. MVP Dairy in Mercer County has reinvented the dairy supply chain.The jaw-dropping facility right on U.S. 33 has garnered plenty of attention in the last few months. The new dairy is home to nearly 4,500 cows that live in 6 freestall barns built for optimum cow comfort. The cows are milked in a state-of-the-art carousel milking parlor that is open for the public to see, first-hand, the origins of their dairy products from the soil to the grocery store.The impressive operation is a partnership between McCarty Family Farms and VanTilburg Farms and a close collaboration with the Danone facility in nearby Minster, the largest yogurt-making plant in the U.S., which produces leading brands such as Activia, Danimals, Dannon, Light & Fit and Oikos. Between 350,000 to 360,000 pounds of milk per day is produced at MVP Dairy. The milk is Non-GMO Project Verified for Danone North America and it all makes the 18-mile trip to begin the process of yogurt making within hours of leaving the cows. MVP’s milk accounts for nearly 10% of the milk processed in Minster. Danone-Minster also receives milk from nearly 40 other dairies within 100 miles of the plant.The project got its start with the intersection of the vision of two families working several states away from each other. VanTilburg Farms has a rich history in the Mercer County area. In addition to grain farming, the VanTilburg family business has grown and evolved into an agricultural service provider in northwestern Ohio, specializing in multiple services including cover crops and custom fertilizer and chemical application, poultry litter, soil sampling and trucking. Other business ventures include a commercial grain elevator, crop insurance business, trucking division and an excavation company.“Five years ago our family was looking to diversify. We were grain farmers and riding the roller coaster of the commodity markets up and down. We’d been doing a lot of value addedKyle VanTilburg, co-owner of MVP dairy, welcomes guests to the farm.cover crops and sustainability practices. We wanted to find a way to get some financial benefit from doing those practices. We researched some projects and came across the Dannon pledge and realized the things they were looking for from their dairy farmers we were already doing on the farm side, but we didn’t know anything about dairy farming,” said Kyle VanTilburg, co-owner of MVP dairy. “We started researching dairy farming and happened to meet up with the McCarty family. They were in Ohio actually looking at building or buying a dairy. We decided to partner up. We vetted each other for a while and decided to build a new facility close to our land base. That is how we got to where we are today.”The McCarty family has been milking for four generations. They operate dairies across the country in Beaver City, Neb.; Bird City, Kan.; Rexford, Kan.; Scott City, Kan.; and now MVP Dairy. The McCarty family built a relationship with Danone through their work with dairy and the VanTilbergs had the land base and conservation practices in place near the Minster plant, so they decided it made sense to team up to serve the Minster production facility.“Dannon is a very important part of the project. What they want to see is from the soil to the yogurt cup now and we can provide that transparency all the way through the food chain and that is really what the partnership is all about. We want to provide a quality product from the soil to a cup of yogurt,” VanTilburg said. “We are in a unique situation witThe cows are at ease in the impressive free-stall facilities at MVP.h this partnership. We provide non-GMO milk to Dannon for their non-GMO line of products. This was a new product line they added to the Danone Minster plant. With that scenario we are a cost plus operation, so we basically absorb those highs and lows all the time. [The McCarty family] already had a partnership like this with Dannon and they brought that to the table. We were able to negotiate off of that existing contract that they had. We miss out on the highs, but we also miss out on those lows. We wanted to figure out a way to avoid the big fluctuations in the market.”The facilities were designed with the latest technology to maximize animal comfort and minimize environmental impacts.“We are looking at a 4,500 freestall dairy facility, an 80-stall rotary, six free-stall barns, a milking parlor, and a learning center. The total construction was around 14 months,” said Jetse Boersma with Homan, Inc. that helped design and construct the facility. “They are milking 4,000 cows a day, around 600 cows an hour, three times a day. We all had the same vision, but it took a little different design. We started with the first floor, the second floor is offices and the beginning of the learning center, and the third floor is the viewing area. We needed a little more height in the building to make sure we had enough room for the viewing area for the public. The parlor is pretty standard.”The visitor-friendly facilities are designed to reduce odor and runoff by carefully managing the manure.“These are flush barns. The floors are on a 2% slope. From the back of the barn to the front of the barn is a 12-foot difference. We recycle all of the manure. It goes through separators. The water gets pumped into tanks and that recycled water is used to flush the barns,” Boersma said. “This was one of the more tricky designs we have ever done. It was a challenge but it was fun. The whole permitting process took 9 months before we could start moving dirt. We started with the feed area and worked our way up to the parlor and the freestall barns. They have every technology that is available right now in this facility.”The farm uses sand bedding that is reclaimed and reused as bedding. The manure and bedding is flushed from barns using recycled water multiple times per day. Using a four-step process, sand bedding is separated from the manure and reused, which removes approximately 15% of the manure volume.The processed manure moves to settling basins where 60% of the remaining solids settle and are then removed as nutrient-dense slurry. The remaining liquid flows into an anaerobic treatment cell, resulting in water with little to no odor. About 50% of this water is recycled daily for flushing of the barns. The remaining wastewater is reused for irrigation on no-till crop ground with rotations including cover crops, so there is always a growing crop on the land. The solids are variable-rate applied to area crops according to soil tests.The barns on the farm are tunnel ventilated to aid wind speed and cooling for the animals, with exhaust out the back of the buildings. The sides of the barns are constructed with a transparent polycarbonate siding that allows natural light in, benefitting the cows and reducing pests.MVP Dairy works with top experts in animal nutrition and well-being, with all McCarty Family Farms locations already having earned certification by Validus, an independent firm with the most stringent requirements for socially-responsible, scientifically-based, economically-viable and long-term solutions for dairy animal care. To help ensure the strictest animal welfare standards are followed, cameras monitored by a third party company for compliance review are installed throughout the dairy.“We are constantly striving to provide our cows with first-class care,” said Ken McCarty, co-owner of MVP Dairy.” “We know our cows’ well-being and sustainable farming practices bring value to the foods produced by Danone that are made with our milk so it’s important that we continue to push ourselves to do even better.”And, that philosophy especially applies when times are tough for the dairy industry.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid target Eriksen sends Tottenham message: They know what I wantby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Eriksen says Tottenham know what he wants from a new contract amid interest from Real Madrid.The Spurs ace has less than 18 months to run on his current deal and talks over an extension have stalled.It is believed the club will hold out for £225 million for the Real Madrid target. However, Eriksen is seemingly keen to re-sign with Tottenham, but only if they meet his demands.He told TV3 Sport: “[The future is] not something I’m thinking of. I focus on playing football, and there are many battles you have to think about which must be won.”Responding specifically to Madrid’s interest, he added: “It is not the first time that there have been rumours, and when the newspapers write something, it is not something we are masters of. If there is nothing concrete, then I just comment on rumours.”I think people know what I want, and I know what they [Tottenham] would like. There is a nice dialogue so there is nothing [new] there.”
Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella: Why I rejected concrete Chelsea offerby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella admits he was close to joining Chelsea in January.The Italy international was with Cagliari at the time and would eventually sign for Inter over the summer.”Chelsea wanted to recruit me in January, the negotiations were concrete,” the midfielder tells Gazzetta dello Sport. “At Cagliari I said: ‘It is no easy period for the team, I will stay here for the season. “‘Then I will make a decision’.” Barella admits he’s enjoying playing for former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte at Inter.He added, “Do you see how Conte’s team is running? It is not just because they are well prepared. It’s the result of what he puts into your head.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say