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Tools you can trust

first_img Comments are closed. “Workforce Metrics” is about to revolutionise HR and maximise staff potential. It will soon be coming to a computer near you. Steve Foster reportsAlthough it is widely acknowledged that much of an organisation’s competitive advantage is stored in it’s people, HR issues frequently fail to command a high priority in the boardroom. Because strategic HR initiatives are often long term and many variables are involved, people related investment is often seen either wasteful or a leap of faith. Yet organisations employing good HR practices will ultimately enjoy enhanced business performance. Several HR academics, a long-term study by the IWP in Sheffield, and some well documented case studies (Sears Roebuck retail experience), consistently report good linkages between HR practices and improved financial results.As we learn more about the relationship between HR practices and bottom-line results, developing and sustaining a high performance workforce will become a major strategic priority for organisations. It is likely that as a result there will be an increased focus on identifying and monitoring the people related Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which drive business performance. KPIs will support the identification of performance deficiencies, form the basis for the development of new strategies and allow organisations to evaluate the success of HR practices. The ability to manage performance information and deliver it to management desktops in a rapid structured manner will be essential. These developments have major implications for HR technology.ERP systems don’t deliverMonitoring HR performance indicators requires sophisticated analytical tools. However, traditional Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems have generally failed to deliver the quality of management information needed to support improved workforce performance. Typically, the output from an ERP system has been reactive, historic and transactional in nature, forcing the user to seek the information they need from generic, pre-defined (often paper-based) reports.ERP’s value in supporting strategy has therefore been limited. Worse, ERP systems have tended to create functional silos – HR people viewed HR data through the HR system, finance people used the finance system and so on. Not only has it been hard to obtain a pan-organisational view, the complexity and cost of providing end-user access has been prohibitive.Recent developments in technology are bringing about major changes in the way managers are able to think about strategic issues. Several leading HR software suppliers are introducing a new generation of analytical tools, specifically aimed at tracking core KPIs. “Workforce Metrics” is a generic term for these tools, which can compile, prioritise and present a wide range of people-based KPIs in a timely, meaningful manner.Workforce Metrics applications depend on powerful data acquisition tools to assimilate information from other ERP and legacy systems, generating a complex data-mart containing HR, financial, customer and production data from across the organisation. Further tools are then used to analyse the data. At the heart of many Workforce Metrics tools is a balanced business scorecard approach, which identifies the important linkages between customer, financial and other internal perspectives and translates them into appropriate performance indicators. Recognising the indicators which drive performance, then being able to measure them, is a key management tool.This convergence (rather than the functional silos created by ERP systems), gives insight into the impact of people on the business. For instance, while most HR systems can hold basic absence records, when combined with product costing and production data, the true costs of absence become apparent.As these tools employ web technology to sift and display information, managers can access real-time analysis through a personalised homepage. The critical KPIs are “pushed” forward to the end user, highlighting only what is important to each user’s specific requirements. For example, marketing managers will wish to see different performance information to finance managers. Key performance metrics are displayed in a “dashboard” format and specific problem areas are highlighted by exception ie, the user will be alerted only when measures fall outside agreed parameters.Another feature of Workforce Metrics is the ability to link to external benchmarking data, such as compensation surveys, providing the ability to carry out detailed salary modelling and “what-if?” analysis. These features make Workforce Metrics potentially very powerful indeed.But a word of warning: while Workforce Metrics may indicate where your business is, it will not tell you why, and may give few clues as to how you reach somewhere else. KPI measurement alone will not create a high performance workforce – it is just the instrumentation.Value of Workforce MetricsOrganisations simply seeking a nice way to present management information, with some pretty flashing lights, are missing the point of Workforce Metrics. Its real value is in bringing about a greater understanding of the people dimension of an organisation, not as a reporting tool. Introducing Workforce Metrics software will require a tremendous organisational effort to prioritise precisely which HR indicators should be monitored, how they are presented and to whom. Even harder will be interpreting the KPIs in a meaningful way and then using them as the basis for development of strategies that lead to changes in employee and company performance.Clearly, Workforce Metrics is a milestone in the development of HRMS technology, representing a move away from the traditional systems role of supporting HR administrative processes and towards establishing the people-related data as one component of a business-wide, strategic support tool. With the timely availability of some encouraging academic work and a new generation of data integration and diagnostic tools, organisations at last have the quality of in- formation needed to take a new approach to strategic people management issues. Steve Foster is a director in KPMG’s workforce group. Tools you can trustOn 15 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

NBA players cover lost wages of arena workers after coronavirus suspends season

first_imgMarch 17, 2020 /Sports News – National NBA players cover lost wages of arena workers after coronavirus suspends season Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail:cmannphoto/iStock(NEW YORK) — As health officials race to contain the spread of the coronavirus, NBA players from across the country are opening their wallets to assist stadium workers now forced to stay home.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced on March 11 the league would suspend all games for at least 30 days, leaving arena employees without work.Kevin Love, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Zion Williamson are just a few of the many players who have publicly pledged to donate thousands of dollars to workers after the unexpected hiatus.“I’m concerned about the level of anxiety that everyone is feeling and that is why I’m committing $100,000,” Love wrote on Instagram.Love, a power forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, was one of the first players to take action after the shocking suspension of the league. He mentioned that he was hopeful others would unite in supporting their communities.“Be kind to one another,” Love wrote. “I encourage everyone to take care of themselves and to reach out to others in need.”A chain reaction began and other players from teams across the country joined in.“It’s bigger than basketball,” Antetokounmpo, a forward for the Milwaukee Bucks and reigning NBA MVP, wrote on Twitter, noting his plans to donate $100,000 dollars to the staff at the Fiserv Forum arena.The list goes on.Zion Williamson, a forward for the New Orleans Pelicans and the No. 1 draft pick in 2019, said his donation was a way to express his support and appreciation for those who have helped him since he began his career in the city.“My mother has always set an example for me about being respectful for others and being grateful for what we have,” Williamson wrote on Instagram. “So today I am pledging to cover the salaries for all of those Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days.”Even the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, who became the first NBA player to test positive for the coronavirus, is donating $500,000 to part-time workers at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, with a portion of the money also going to families impacted by the disease.“I know there are countless ways that people have been impacted,” Gobert said. “These donations are a small token that reflect my appreciation and support for all those impacted and are the first of many steps I will take to try and make a positive difference, while continuing to learn more about COVID-19 and educate others.”At least seven NBA players have tested positive for coronavirus, including Gobert, Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell, Detroit Pistons center Christian Wood and four members of the Brooklyn Nets. The team did not name who was diagnosed, but star Kevin Durant told The Athletic he was one of them.Numerous teams, such as the Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors, have also stepped up to help the arena staff in their cities. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was one of the first to say he would be helping out workers at the team’s arena.The donations will have a tremendous effect on many employees who are uncertain of their future in the face of COVID-19.For Crystal Howell, who works in the ticketing office at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum arena, it has meant the world.“I’m in a two-income family, but due to what’s going on in the world, we’re both out of work,” Howell said. “What Giannis and all the players have done really means a lot. They didn’t have to do it and it’s going to help me and my family.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

TODAYS CCO OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS LUNCHEON IS SOLD OUT

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The City-County Observer is excited to announce that todays “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD” luncheon for 2015. at Tropicana-Evansville is sold out.  This years winners of the “Outstanding Community Services Awards” are: Vanderburgh County Commissioner Joe Kifer, well respected local attorney Joe Harrison, Jr, Indiana State Auditor Suzanne Crouch and former Vanderburgh County Sheriff and 8th District Congressmen Brad Ellsworth, the masterminds for attracting the IU Medical School to Evansville  are Dr. Dan Adams, Dr Steven Becker MD,  our Community number one (1) cheerleader Tracy Zeller-President of Tracy Zeller Jewelry,  Holly Dunn-National Motivation Speaker on Domestic Violence, Cheryl Musgrave who currently sits on the Vanderburgh County Board of Zoning Appeals and also is a Commissioner on the Evansville Redevelopment Commission and former Vanderburgh County Council member and  County Recorder Betty Hermann.last_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” MAY 24, 2019

first_imgIS IT TRUE we are extremely pleased to hear that the new owners of Ellis Park will be  Laguna Development Corporation from Albuquerque, New Mexico? …they have a solid management team in place and has the financial strength that should guarantee a stable and profitable long term business strategy for Ellis Park? IS IT TRUE that the  Board of Directors of the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau abruptly voted yesterday afternoon to discontinue Hydroplane Racing at Evansville HydroFest? …the race Director did not attend this meeting nor was he involved in the decision to cancel the race? …we wonder why the Evansville Sports Corporation officials didn’t assist the Hydroplane Racing at Evansville HydroFest in securing additional sponsors?IS IT TRUE that the last minute cancelation of the Hydroplane Racing at Evansville HydroFest is an embarrassment to the  Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau?Todays “Readers’ Poll” question is: Are you disappointed that the Hydroplane Racing at Evansville HydroFest was abruptly canceled?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.   We also are pleased to provide obituaries from several area funeral homes at no costs.  Over the next several weeks we shall be adding additional obituaries from other local funeral homes. IS IT TRUE we have been told that Mr. Trockman’s opponent, Timothy O’Brien has had similar political fundraisers?  …when we received information about his fundraising events we will also post them?IS IT TRUE it looks like the 1st Ward City Council race is turning out to be one heck of a political barnburner?IS IT TRUE many patrons of Ellis Park have been extremely disappointed that Saratoga Gaming Of New York didn’t update the exterior or interior decor of the aging “Grandstand Complex” building?  …during the last several days we have been observing a lot of cleaning, repairing, remodeling and painting activity at the “Grandstand Complex”?  …if you will go to Ellis Park Facebook account you shall see some impressive renderings of what the new owners of Ellis Park are planning to do with the “Grandstand Complex ” building in the very near future?IS IT TRUE the patrons of Ellis Park are extremely disappointed that Saratoga Gaming of New York hasn’t spent the money to professionally pave and stripe the parking lot, install additional exterior security lighting, update the information and directional signage, install a first-class exterior digital on-premise sign located next to the highway and most importantly replaced some of the out-dated Historial slot machines?  …we been told that the new owners of Ellis Park shall be addressing these issues in the very near future? We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.IS IT TRUE that the City-County Observer has been doing well in the first half of 2019?…that we have increased our page views and unique site visitors by 65%?…that we are excited about providing local news to an increased readership while providing more value to our advertisers?…the recent changes we have made to our paper have kept readers on our site 20% longer?…despite the impressive increase in site traffic, we have decided to keep our same low rates for advertisers, choosing to pass on the increased value?  …that you can advertise with the CCO by e-mailing us at [email protected] or by reaching out to our Editor directly at [email protected]?IS IT TRUE that Republicans Steve Schaefer, Hobart Scales, Alfonso Vidal, Ryan Schulz, and Steve Hammer started a political PAC called “Evansville’s Future?” …this political PAC’s main focus is to help Republican City Council candidates in the upcoming November 2019 general election? …this event is planned for August 9, 2019?  …that Governor Eric Holcomb, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, and U.S. Senator Mike Braun are expected to attend this big ticket  “Fundraising Gala?”  …the goal of the “Evansville Future”  is to raise over $100,000?IS IT TRUE we’ve been informed that City Council First Ward candidate Ben Trockman (D) recently held a political fundraising event at KC’s Marina Point?  …that we’ve been told that this event had 16 hosts and 10 co-hosts?  …the hosts, co-hosts, and others in attendance were CEO of major corporations to small business owners, elected officials, millennials, Republicans and Democrats alike?IS IT TRUE that all eyes are focused on today’s meeting of the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party Central Committee?  …we would like to be a mouse in the corner during the meeting? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Please scroll down the paper and you shall see a listing of them.  If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.last_img read more

Police Warn Merchants to Beware of Bogus Calls From ‘Electric Company’

first_imgThe following news release is from the Ocean City Police Department:Over the past few days, the Ocean City Police Department has received  reports of attempted fraud targeting local businesses along Asbury Avenue.The fraud involves a person calling the business and identifying themselves as an Electric Company representative attempting to collect on overdue bills. The caller gives a return phone number and extension for the business to call back. The initial call is usually made by a female named Katie Perez.  She tells the business to call back and speak with either Kevin Miller or Alex White.  If the business calls back, the phone will be answered.  The business will be told they have one hour to make a cash payment by phone either with a prepaid money card or PayPal account. If the payment is not made, the electric will be turned off.To date, the Ocean City Police Department has received five reported incidents. One business did make a payment based on the information provided by the caller.If any local business receives a call of this nature, they should disregard the caller and contact the police department to report the incident.  Do not give out any confidential information to a person on the phone.  Do not send money to any unverified person or address before contacting the Ocean City Police Department at (609) 399-9111.last_img read more

The Smashing Pumpkins Announce New 2018 30th-Anniversary Tour Dates

first_imgToday, alt-rock favorites The Smashing Pumpkins announced a new batch of 2018 tour dates in a continuing celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary.The new dates begin on Wednesday, November 28th at The Sylvee in Madison, WI, followed by a Friday, November 30th performance in Chicago, IL. On Saturday, December 1st, the band will head to St. Louis, MO’s Stifel Theatre before wrapping up the weekend on Sunday, December 2nd, at the Brady Theater in Tulsa, OK. Next, Smashing Pumpkins will travel to San Antonio, TX for a show at Sunken Garden Theater on Tuesday, December 4th, before rounding out the run with a pair of Arizona shows on Thursday, December 6th, in at The Rialto Theatre in Tucson and Friday, December 7th, at the Mesa Amphitheatre in Phoenix.This new crop of tour dates comes on the heels of the band’s lengthy Shiny And Oh So Bright tour, which began in July and extended through the beginning of September. The late-2018 tour comes in support of Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future, the band’s forthcoming album, due out on November 16th.The eight-track, Rick Rubin-produced project will mark founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin‘s first album together in nearly two decades. You can listen to the first single off the new album here. You can also listen to recently released single “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)” below:The Smashing Pumpkins – “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)”[Video: The Smashing Pumpkins]Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale to the public this Friday, October 5th. For a full list of the Smashing Pumpkins’ newly announced 30th-anniversary tour dates, see below. To grab your tickets when they go on sale, head to the band’s website. The Smashing Pumpkins Upcoming Tour Dates*newly added dates bolded10/16 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena10/18 – Bologna, IT @ Unipol Arena11/28 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee11/30 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom12/01 – St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre12/02 – Tulsa, IK @ Brady Theater12/04 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden Theater12/06 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre12/07 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre View Tour Dateslast_img read more

Home Remedies

first_imgGrits sprinkled over fire ant mounds, plastic bags filled with water to repel flies and high-frequency sound waves to chase away rats and mice—these are just a few non-chemical methods rumored to work as pest repellents.Jacob Holloway, University of Georgia undergraduate and graduate alumnus, put a few natural remedies to the test as part of his Master’s thesis for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The idea for this project came primarily from the book ‘1001 All-Natural Secrets to a Pest-Free Property’ by Myles Bader,” said Holloway, who conducted his work alongside UGA Griffin Campus entomologist Dan Suiter. “We got the book and decided to try a few of the purported all-natural cures for insect problems. Most are old wives’ tales that have been passed down, but a lot of the recommendations are ineffective and even dangerous.”Argentine ant controlHolloway focused on ways to control the Argentine ant, a major household pest in Georgia. “They are very prevalent in the metro-Atlanta area. Often, if you see ants trailing inside or outside, they are Argentine ants,” he said.Generally, Argentine ant populations are higher in the spring or early summer and start to decline in the fall. The book recommends the use of a tea made from soybean stems to control Argentine ants. “To make the soybean tea, we soaked the stems in water overnight, just like the recipe in the book,” he said.Holloway took this remedy a few steps further and also tested the use of dry and fresh tansy, fresh rosemary, fresh spearmint, and dry and fresh cucumber as ant repellents. For the study, 20 ants were placed in small shelters with the natural material to be tested. “We then watched to see if the ants stayed away,” Holloway said. The ants’ reactions were measured two and four hours after the material was introduced into the habitat. Most natural substances had no effectHolloway found the ants did not react to the tansy leaves, soybean tea or pieces of cucumber peel. Four stems of fresh rosemary cut into half-inch sections were also placed in the habitats. The fresh rosemary repelled “almost 100 percent” of the ants, he said. “There’s an existing product that contains rosemary oil, so I wanted to see how fresh rosemary fared.”Holloway was motivated to test the natural remedies in an effort to help consumers avoid wasting time and money on ineffective products. “If you use a product that doesn’t work, you are still right back where you were, but with less money in your pocket,” he said.Holloway’s trials were conducted on the UGA campus in Griffin. “Although the fresh rosemary repelled ants for four hours, I can’t promise anything after those four hours,” said Holloway, who now works with the U.S. Army to control pests on military installations.For more information on controlling Argentine ants, see UGA Extension publication no. C926 at www.Extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

Pink Slip Dec. ’13: Duncan, Cheney, Martinez – You’re Fired

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [colored_box color=”red”]Liz CheneySometimes sisterhood is a real bitch. Take Mary Cheney’s sister Liz, who spoke out against gay marriage in her misguided effort to run for Senator in Wyoming—even though she’s really from Virginia, making her a carpetbagger with an expensive handbag. It so happens that Mary is married to Heather Poe, and this lesbian couple has two children, making Liz their obnoxious aunt. Oh, did we mention that the sisters’ father is Dick Cheney, that heartless bastard who should be on trial at The Hague for his war crimes? Point taken. In this case, Liz dissed her gay sister to score points with the tea party extremists, putting politics ahead of her family. By challenging Mike Enzi, the conservative incumbent who had the blessing of Wyoming’s popular former Senator, Alan Simpson, she also violated Ronald Reagan’s so-called 11th commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” And, last but not least, as Mary retorted in a Facebook rebuke, Liz is “on the wrong side of history.”Viktor YanukovychWho are we to tell the president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, how to run his country? But keeping the former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, in prison and preventing her from traveling to Germany for much-needed medical treatment when her back is killing her is the last straw. First, Tymoshenko probably shouldn’t be behind bars to begin with—certainly her legal defenders don’t think she should be there. But this embattled politician has become a pawn between President Vladimir Putin of Russia and the leaders of the European Union, who would welcome this former Soviet republic into the club. The treatment of Tymoshenko smacks of Stalin-style repression; even her lawyer was recently arrested on dubious charges. The EU has reportedly made it clear that it believes the campaign against her has been politically motivated. Ukraine deserves better than Putin’s all too subservient butt-boy, Yanukovych.Charles E. GrassleyThe Senate filibuster rule has its value but not when it’s used as a blunt instrument by right-wing hypocrites determined to knock down any of President Barack Obama’s nominees just because they can. For the record, examine how often the filibuster has been deployed during his administration compared to previous presidents: 82 filibusters under Obama, 86 filibusters under all other presidents. And these days the obstructionist senators didn’t even have to do their own “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” impression and stand up for hours on the Senate floor like James Stewart did in that Frank Capra classic. This crowd could “phone it in,” so to speak. The Senate Democrats finally had enough and invoked the “nuclear option,” as it was dubbed, changing the Senate rules on cloture so only a simple majority—not 60 votes—would be enough to overcome the Republican blockade on Obama’s appointments, retaining the higher threshold for only the Supreme Court picks. To hear the Republican Senators rail on about this Democratic move to break up the logjam is very revealing. Sen. Grassley, the Iowa Republican, dared the Democrats to do it: “Go ahead. There are a lot more Scalias and Thomases that we’d love to put on the bench.” He summed up their way of thinking best, and that’s why he gets the coveted—and dreaded—Pink Slip for fighting filibuster reform. If his GOP cohort ever gets 51 votes in the Senate, they would pack the courts with clones of the two worst Justices our country has had since the Civil War: Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. That would be injustice personified.Monica MartinezMonica Martinez is certainly one very talented woman but is she twice as talented as other Suffolk politicians? It sounds like Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone thinks so, because he wants to enact an exception to the rule preventing county elected officials from double-dipping at the public trough. Martinez is currently an assistant principal in Brentwood, earning $117,000 a year, but she just got elected to replace Bellone’s nemesis, Legis. Rick Montano, and earn $98,260 for representing the 9th District. It helped her cause that her brother is Tony Martinez, a Babylon Town Board member and a buddy of Bellone, who steered a hefty chunk of campaign cash her way. But the law is the law, stating with clarity, that “public confidence in government suffers when officials collect two public salaries simultaneously.” Say what you will about those who serve in the Legislature, but they all know that doing it right is a full-time job. Unless Martinez has a twin—or a clone—she should quit one of her high-paying positions. If she doesn’t, then a Pink Slip will push her out the door.John M. Walker, Jr., José A. Cabranes & Barrington D. Parker, Jr.These three men comprise the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel that arbitrarily removed U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin from the “stop and frisk” federal case. It put her finding that the New York Police Department unconstitutionally targeted minorities for street stops on hold until a city appeal is heard in March. They concluded that the district judge “ran afoul” of the Code of Conduct and that “the appearance of impartiality surrounding this litigation was compromised.” They disparaged this distinguished jurist for prejudicially maneuvering to get the case and giving news interviews about it. But these guys were the ones with bias. So, she fought back against what legal affairs expert for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin, called “the old-boy network at the Second Circuit.” Good for her. The New York Times weighed in editorially on the panel’s “ill-advised decision of removing Judge Scheindlin and holding up remedies that would protect the constitutional rights of the city’s residents,” and said the panel’s removal “did not go to the substance” of her rulings. The panel had acted “without justification and without giving her the opportunity to defend herself,” thereby it raised “questions about its own motives.” Our ruling is simple: we slap this panel with three Pink Slips.Arne Duncan & John B. KingStandardized tests are great for teaching kids how to take standardized tests—and helping the standardized test makers make a profit in return. But, in the immortal words of that great education president, George W. Bush, “Is our children learning?” That’s become a question for President Obama’s rather testy Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who unleashed the Common Core curriculum on America’s public schools, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s elitist New York State Commissioner of Education John B. King, who is obstinately ramming this Soviet-style program from the top down—and turning classrooms into hellholes to achieve production goals that have distressingly little to do with broadening the mind or instilling life-long curiosity. We want America’s children to compete globally by learning how to think critically. We want them to be fully informed citizens capable of discerning truth from bullshit. But instituting a rigid curriculum intended to fail almost a third of the kids before they even pick up a pencil is the height of cruelty. Denying teachers and schools the adequate training and resources to do a better job educating is unconscionable. Duncan was the CEO of Chicago’s historically underfunded public schools. What did he do with his power but screw over the teachers unions and push market-driven policies that rely on tough testing, not good teaching? These button-downed bureaucrats don’t make the grade.Ted Branch & Bruce LovelessVice Admiral Ted Branch is director of naval intelligence and Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless is director of intelligence operations. Early last month the Navy put these two supposedly admirable fellows on temporary leave, following the suspension of their access to classified material, because they’re connected to the largest bribery scandal to rock the Navy in decades. It involves high-class hookers and luxury travel, among other “enticements.” The lynch pin to this scheme is a 6-foot-3, 350-pound Malaysian businessman, Leonard Glenn Francis, nicknamed Fat Leonard, who hosted lavish dinners and dispensed boxes of Cuban cigars. These two admirals reportedly had the kind of loose lips that could sink ships, getting way too palsy-walsy with the corrupting contractor, who wound up with hundreds of millions of our hard-earned tax-dollars the sleazy way. By the looks of things, this pair lacked the intelligence to know better. They should have seen this schemer coming from a nautical mile away, steered clear of him and given Fat Leonard a wide berth. We count on our Navy to defend us from our enemies—even if they’re just 350-pound greedy bastards.Cornelius GurlittAll Cornelius Gurlitt ever wanted to do was “live with my pictures,” he told the German newsmagazine, Der Spiegel. But the 80-year-old’s art collection included 1,280 masterworks by the likes of Picasso, Chagall, Gauguin and Matisse that had been either stolen by the Nazis from German Jews outright or ripped off from Jews fleeing the country who were anxious to sell their paintings and drawings at any price to escape the Third Reich. Gurlitt’s stash has been estimated to be worth as much as $1.4 billion. The good news is that many art experts had assumed these works had just been incinerated when the Allies firebombed Dresden. But Gurlitt had no right to own them himself. His father Hildebrand Gurlitt was a prominent Nazi-era art dealer with ties to Der Fuhrer and was allowed to handle “the degenerate” art Hitler’s cronies didn’t want. From childhood on, Cornelius had locked himself up with the collection, keeping these wonderful images away from the world until German officials practically stumbled across them recently. Eccentricity is not an offense—and Cornelius has certainly been accused of that since his trove came to light—but here’s the crime: he hoarded these priceless works of art when he should have revealed them for art lovers everywhere to enjoy.Craig RizzoThe abrupt resignation of Arthur Gianelli, the chief executive officer of the Nassau Health Care Corp., was sickening. By every measure his seven-year tenure at the helm of the public benefit corporation that runs Nassau University Medical Center, A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility and five clinics that serve the poor was a success despite very harrowing obstacles—in no small part due to the stinginess of Nassau County in funding this front-line hospital facility that serves the poorest and the neediest in one of the nation’s richest counties. So what if Gianelli was appointed in 2006 by then-County Executive Tom Suozzi, a Democrat? Clearly, County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican, did not have to force him out days after he’d won re-election for his second term. Why didn’t he can Gianelli when he won his first? This Nassau nausea could be contagious. If you’re not part of the cure, then you’re part of the disease. Craig Rizzo, the chairman of the NuHealth board of directors, should certainly have done more to defend his innovative CEO than issue a lame email after 90 doctors on the NUMC medical staff asked the board to meet with them about keeping Gianelli. If anyone should be Pink Slipped for dispensing a dose of bad medicine to the body politic, our recommendation is that Rizzo should be gone in the morning because he seems to be another symptom of what’s been ailing this county.Trey RadelThis Republican Congressman from Florida got busted with coke possession and pleaded guilty in Washington, D.C., where he was charged with a misdemeanor and given a year of probation. He was lucky because if he’d gotten popped in Florida he could have faced a much stiffer sentence. In fact, Radel himself, who is taking a leave of absence to deal with his personal addiction, has supported conservative measures in the past that required applicants for food stamps, unemployment or welfare to pass a drug test. That’s right, this high-as-a-kite hypocrite voted to make sure that anybody using food stamps was cleaner than he’d ever be—until he got busted in the nation’s capital.[/colored_box]last_img read more

Almost a third of consumers victimized by card fraud

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Despite the adoption of fraud analytics solutions by financial institutions and merchants, along with EMV being implemented in most countries including the U.S., card fraud rates are increasing in many parts of the world.The 2016 Global Consumer Fraud Report from the Naples, Fla.-based ACI Worldwide and Boston-based Aite Group revealed that 30% of consumers globally experienced card fraud in the past five years, according to data gathered from more than 6,000 consumers across 20 countries.Compared to ACI’s 2014 benchmark study, card fraud rates and unauthorized activity on three types of payment cards (debit, credit and prepaid) is on the rise. continue reading »last_img