Leafs exact some revenge on Hawks; Martens, Walton power host club to 5-3 victory

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs gained some breathing room in the race for the Murdoch penthouse while exacting some revenge on a divisional rival at the same time.Patrick Martens scored twice and Andrew Walton rebounded from a less than stellar performance previously against Beaver Valley to power the Leafs to a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nitehawks Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.”This is good win against one of the top teams (in the league),” Nelson head coach Frank Maida said after the game.”The boys played well, worked hard and stuck to the game plan.”The win increases Nelson lead to five points in Murdoch Division standings. Beaver Valley, however, has played three fewer games.Martens scored twice, his eighth and ninth goals in the last three games, to spark the offence for Nelson.Teammate Matthew Naka added a single along with Max Mois and James Sorriey.”The big difference is we really came to play and played in our systems,” Maida explained. “Our guys stuck to it and didn’t try to do things on their own.”Maida also had a bounce back game from his number one goalie.Walton was not his usual self the last time the two teams met, allowing a few soft goals as Beaver Valley rallied from a 3-0 deficit — with the winning marker coming on a shot from rookie sniper Craig Martin that handcuffed the big fella.”Andrew was solid in goal for us tonight,” said Maida after watching his goalie earn first-star honours by turning aside 31 shots. “I know after the first meeting he wasn’t too happy with his play and wanted to go out and play them the next day.”A key to Tuesday’s win was the ability for Nelson to keep Beaver Valley’s big line of Ryan Edwards, Craig Martin and Chris Derochie silent for most of the night.All the trio, blitzing Nelson for nine points during the first meeting, could muster were single points from both Edwards and Martin.Tyler Collins scored twice and Arie Postmus scored once for Beaver Valley, out shooting the Leafs 34-26.Meanwhile, Nelson’s own Three-headed monster,  Martens, Naka and Colton Schell, finished with seven points.The Leafs play host to two more home games this weekend, hosting Columbia Valley Rockies Saturday, 7 p.m., and Summerland Steam Sunday, 2 p.m. Beaver Valley hosts Summerland Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Spokane Braves Sunday, 1 p.m. BLUELINES: Patrick Martens finished the game with three points to take over top spot in KIJHL scoring with 29 points, two in front of Beaver Valley’s Ryan Edwards and four ahead of Craig Martin. The first goal by Martens, a power play marker, came with one second remaining in the second period and gave Nelson a 3-2 advantage heading into the third. . . . Beaver Valley scored twice on the power play. . . .Nelson played the game without two defenceman as Walker Sidoni and Riley Henderson both missed the game due to injury. Affliate player Andrew Miller was back in the lineup for Nelson to help on the [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 24, 2015)–Trainer Doug O’Neill’s front running Birdlover seeks her third consecutive win as she heads a field of eight fillies and mares in Santa Anita’s Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes at one mile turf this Sunday.A winner of the restricted Wishing Well Stakes, run at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course two starts back on Feb. 8, the 5-year-old English-bred mare ran the best race of her career in taking a one mile turf allowance gate to wire by 2 ¼ lengths on March 22 and will likely employ a similar strategy when breaking from the far outside in Sunday’s Wilshire, which will be her third start off a one year layoff.Owned by D. Kramer, Steven Keh and Robert Cseplo, Birdlover retains the services of Rafael Bejarano as she seeks her first graded stakes victory. With two wins and a second at one mile on turf, Birdlover is 15-5-5-0 overall with earnings of $258,535.Idle for 55 weeks, Richard Mandella’s Indecise came back running to be second, beaten a half length by Birdlover in the Wishing Well, and appears set for a big effort in the Wilshire. Owned by L.J. Daley, the 6-year-old mare by Pleasant Tap likes to run from off the pace and could have plenty of speed to run at on Sunday.Although she was disqualified from a win four starts back in January, 2013, Indecise has finished first in two of three starts at a mile on turf and will be ridden back by Flavien Prat. She is 11-3-2-3 overall with earnings of $137,600.Mandella will also be represented by classy Moulin de Mougin, who ran an even ninth in a one mile turf allowance April 4, her first start since clipping heels and falling at odds of 5-1 in the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes on Sept. 27.Owned and bred in Kentucky by Ran Jan Racing Inc., the 5-year-old mare by Curlin took the Grade II John C. Mabee three starts back on Aug. 10 at Del Mar and could improve by many with Mike Smith back in her corner. Although winless in three tries at a flat mile on turf, Moulin de Mougin is 15-4-2-2 overall with earnings of $313,410.Trainer Eric Kruljac’s Blingismything comes off a pair of solid third place performances in graded competition and looms extremely dangerous with red-hot Tyler Baze set to take over for the first time since the 5-year-old mare by Arch broke her maiden nine starts back. Blingismything pressed the pace two starts back and was beaten 1 ½ lengths in the Grade II, one mile turf Buena Vista Stakes Feb. 16 and then rallied from off the pace to be beaten 1 ¾ lengths in the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong turf Las Cienegas Stakes on April 11.Owned by Class Racing Stable, Blingismything has a win, a second and a third from three starts at a mile on turf and is 9-3-2-3 overall with earnings of $186,330.Second, beaten 3 ¾ lengths by multiple Eclipse Award winning Beholder in the 1 1/16 miles Santa Lucia Stakes April 10, trainer Keith Desormeaux’s Uzziel will hope her front-running form transfers to turf in the Wilshire. Owned and bred in California by James W. and Tammy McKenney, the 4-year-old California-bred filly by Harlington was 13th and last in her only other turf try, the one mile China Doll Stakes 10 starts back on March 8, 2014.Second, beaten by 2 ¾ lengths by high flying Warren’s Veneda three starts back in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Santa Maria Stakes Feb. 14, Uzziel has two second from her last three starts for Desormeaux and appears vastly improved. She is 14-4-2-2 overall with earnings of $239,238.The complete field for the Grade III Wilshire, to be run as the seventh race on an eight-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Moulin de Mougin, Mike Smith, 121; Thegirlinthatsong, Corey Nakatani, 124; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 119; Blingismything, Tyler Baze, 119; Uzziel, Kent Desormeaux, 119; Sky Treasure, Joe Talamo, 119; Indecise, Flavien Prat, 119, and Birdlover, Rafael Bejarano, 119.                First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–last_img read more

JNGI 100 Sporting Clays on today at Portmore Range

first_imgTHE JAMAICA National General Insurance (JNGI) sponsored JNGI 100 Sporting Clays is on today at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore, St Catherine. The best local A to E Class shooters, ladies, juniors and hunters classes are expected to turn out and compete for top honours at today’s tournament. The registration process will commence at 9 a.m. and run through to 10.30, when the shotgun start will commence. The entry fee for shooters is $1,000, which will include lunch from Scotchies. There will be no entry fee for ladies and juniors, however. CLASS CHAMPIONS All eyes will, no doubt, be on Bruce DuQuesnay, who reigned supreme last year. Other defending class champions will be Damian Chung in the A class, while Nick Hudson was B class winner. The C class winner was Ray McMaster, with Diallo Richardson topping D class. In the E class, Simon Khourie was victorious, while outstanding junior shooter Nicholai Clarke won his category, and Delano Vickers, the hunter class. Taylor Ziadie took the ladies, honours, and Roman Tavares-Finson won the sub juniors category. JNGI are returning as sponsors for a second year. Jamaica Skeet Club president Khaleel Azan says it is all systems go for today’s tournament. He hailed JNGI for “going all out with providing gifts and lunches by Scotchies for all shooters at no cost”.last_img read more

Stoke 0-0 Arsenal: Gunners reclaim top spot but miss the chance to take a two-point lead

first_img Stoke 0-0 Arsenal: Gunners return to the top but miss the chance to take a two-point lead Arsenal squandered the chance to move two points clear at the top of the Premier League when they drew 0-0 at Stoke.With all that said it was a good point at the Britannia, considering it is a ground where they have had little luck in previous years, but Arsene Wenger may see it as a failure to capitalise on a good chance to edge ahead of Claudio Ranieri’s second-placed Leicester.Goalkeepers Jack Butland and Petr Cech were the star players, as they made excellent saves at both ends to ensure clean sheets for their team.The point did see the visitors return to the top on goal difference, while Stoke remain seventh.The Potters were without one of their star men in the form of summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri (hamstring), while Arsenal were dealt a cruel blow as Mesut Ozil was missing with a foot problem.  Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced the German assister, with new signing Mohamed Elneny taking a place on the bench.With the Foxes dropping points in the Midlands derby at strugglers Aston Villa, Wenger’s men will have known the task at hand – to take advantage of this season’s surprise side dropping points.That task was not so easy as they were up at a ground where they have not enjoyed recent trips.Since the Potters were promoted to the Premier League in 2008, Arsenal have won just one of eight matches in all competitions in Staffordshire, with that solitary success coming in February 2010.Mark Hughes’ men started the livelier of the two, with few chances for either side in the opening quarter. Marko Arnautovic blasted over after shooting on the turn, while Dutchman Ibrahim Afellay soon slid an 18-yard shot past Petr Cech’s post.The best chance of the half fell for the north Londoners though, when the ball was laid on a plate for Olivier Giroud on the right of the box. The Frenchman opened up his body and tried to shape a left-footed effort into the far corner and England’s deputy Jack Butland reacted brilliantly to get a palm to the ball.The 22-year-old shot-stopper made another superb save to deny Oxlade-Chamberlain minutes later, tipping the midfielder’s curling effort over the crossbar.Arnautovic should have got a head to the ball as Glen Johnson’s powerful cross fizzed across the face of goal and City were thankful early in the second half as Butland was on hand again.With the Gunners pressing for an opener within minutes of the restart, Aaron Ramsey’s corner was headed towards goal and Butland was ever-present to get the ball away from danger again.Arsenal desperately claimed for a penalty when Philipp Wollscheid dragged the on-running Theo Walcott back, but referee Craig Pawson waved away their appeals.As the game opened up, Cech made a stunning double save to deny Joselu before Bojan Krkic attempted to follow up from a tight angle.Stoke grew into the contest and Wenger made the first move, introducing Alex Iwobi in place of Walcott.Few shots were spurned in the final 15 minutes as Hughes’ men battled on.Glenn Whelan had a long-range shot cleared en route to goal late on and Nacho Monreal cleared the ball off the line minutes later.It was a tale of two solid goalkeeping performances as Stoke settled for a hard-earned point against the league leaders. 1last_img read more

Setting basis on beans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Largely due to great weather in South America, soybeans have steadily declined every day since their high on Dec. 5 losing nearly 65 cents. However, there is still plenty of time left in South America’s growing season. If there is a weather issue, $10 is possible again, if good weather continues, sub $9 could be likely. Setting basis on beansMany farmers just concentrate on the cash value of their crop when selling, without realizing the three major variables that make up that price — futures, basis and carry. All three of these variables actually move independently of each other, and the most profitable marketing plans take into consideration each separately to maximize profit potential. Basis is often discussed as something farmers should be considering when selling their grain, but often the practical applications and detail in understanding how to actually do that is not provided. That’s a shame, because having a basis strategy as a part of a farmer’s overall marketing plan is important in optimizing profit and minimizing farm operation risk. Following provides detail on how I “set the basis” on my ’17 beans.For logistical reasons I needed to move all of my beans out of on-farm storage by the end of the year. Therefore, in November I set the basis on 100% of my ’17 bean production at a basis of -70 cents against Jan futures picked up on farm in the month of December. When comparing prices locally, a nearby elevator was bidding -100 cents and a processor 60 miles away was bidding -80 cents picked up on my farm. I always want to compare prices as on-farm pickup and thus subtract all of my freight costs to keep comparisons apples to apples.The chart below illustrates the basis I received, which was set on 11/16/17 and shown with a red X. The local basis bids with normal freight rates in my area since harvest are shown as well.I’m pleased that I was able to secure the highest basis level near my farm when comparing prices since the start of the harvest, especially since I needed to move my beans by the end of the year. How does “setting basis” work?Since I am a bean seller, I have been selling bean futures several times over this past year. Therefore, I am short futures in my hedge account. So, to complete this trade (i.e. get paid for my crop), I exchanged futures with the company I sold the beans to the day I set the basis.When I exchange the futures for physical product, the buyer gives me futures at a price level that they choose. The price they choose really doesn’t matter. I then give them the physical bushels in exchange for cash at the futures levels that were just chosen LESS the basis level set in the trade. Why doesn’t the price matter in the exchange?The price doesn’t matter because any profit or loss in the hedge account is made up when I get the check from the elevator. All that ultimately matters is what I sold the futures for in my hedge account, and what basis level I choose. The price of the futures when I physically set basis and deliver the grain is not a factor. Why not just sell the bushels for cash and buy back futures in your hedge account?That is basically what I’m doing. However, doing it the way I describe above assures me that I have zero risk of the board moving between when I call my grain buyer and when I call my broker. I want to maintain control of the price and not allow any unexpected price movement, thus removing any added unnecessary risk. Plus it doesn’t cost me any more to do it.This is actually how almost all of the big grain companies do these trades too. It often seems confusing to farmers the first time they do it, but after about three times, most farmers don’t understand why they weren’t doing it this way before. Why I hedge using futures instead of using HTAsFarmers always ask when I’m doing marketing presentations why I don’t just use HTAs (Hedge To Arrive) contracts. Then I wouldn’t have to worry about margin call, setting up a hedge account or exchanging futures.The reason is easy: I’m more profitable when I don’t do HTAs. The trade above is a great example. Had I done an HTA with either the processor or local elevator I would have missed out on 10 cents of basis opportunity. Doing a little extra work and allowing for more flexibility almost always means bigger profits for my farm operation. It may not always be clear at the time, but farmers will always pay more for convenience and ease when it comes to grain marketing. There is always someone out there with their hand in farmers’ pockets wanting to “make their lives easier.” Doesn’t using a brokerage account cost money?Yes, there are small fees when using your own hedge account, but many end users and elevators also charge small fees for HTAs too. Generally, HTA fees are similar to hedge account expenses. What about margin call?I’ve written extensively on why a true hedger (and their banker) is never bothered by margin calls. So, I don’t worry about margin calls….and neither does my banker. Did it make sense to store beans for only two months?Yes. For several reasons:Freight cost savings — My farm is located 60 miles away from the processor and during harvest lines are often three hours long. When taking into consideration time and labor, I estimate it costs 10 to 15 cents MORE to haul grain during harvest than the rest of the year.Basis opportunity — Basis is usually the lowest during harvest because there is plenty of supply. By waiting I received 5 to 10 cents more basis than any price before, during or after harvest.Market carry profits — I also captured 10 additional cents in market carry rolling my futures positions from Nov to Jan.Moisture profits — By storing on-farm I can mix beans with 14% moisture with beans that are 10% moisture.Convenience — No waiting in line during harvest, allows me to keep the combine running consistently and steady with less labor.So, in total I made at least 25 cents more by storing the beans for just two months. So yes, I certainly think it was worth it. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Android 2.3 Gingerbread Enters Its Death Throes. Finally!

first_imgFor the first time in a long time, Android 2.3 Gingerbread is no longer running on the majority of Android smartphones. According to Google’s dashboards, the two-year-old flavor of its Android mobile OS now runs on only 44.2% of devices.It’s been a long, slow death for Gingerbread, which was released in December 2010. At the time, it offered a great leap in usability over Android’s two previous builds — Éclair and Froyo — and was the first version of Android to really take off with users worldwide.But with the subsequent release of Ice Cream Sandwich (Dec. 2011) and two iterations of Jelly Bean (the first of which was in July 2012), most Gingerbread devices are either holdovers from people that have not yet upgraded to a new device, have had there firmware updated by their carriers and manufacturers or cheap devices that can be found in torrents in emerging markets. Google names each version of Android alphabetically after tasty desserts. Android 2.2 was Frozen Yogurt, or Froyo; 2.3 was Gingerbread; 4.0 is Ice Cream Sandwich and 4.1-4.2 is Jelly Bean. (We’ll just overlook the ill-fated 3.0 release dubbed Honeycomb.) Google analyzes the usages of each version by tracking how many devices access the Google Play app store in a given month.Another Way Android Is Like WindowsWhen ReadWrite managing editor Fred Paul wrote the other day that Android is like the mobile version of the Windows PC operating system, he was right in more ways than one. Fred mostly meant that Android is becoming a malware haven the way Windows once was. But the two OSes have a similar relationship when it comes to distribution.For years, older versions of Windows have lingered in certain regions long after the rest of the world has moved on. That’s a somewhat bigger deal for Windows, since Microsoft puts out new versions roughly every three years — Android, by contrast, has had seven named versions since Sept. 2009. According to StatCounter’s global breakdown, Windows XP (2001 release, 6.6% global share) and Vista (2007 release, 24% share) are still running on roughly 30% of all Windows PCs. Even in the U.S., XP and Vista combined account for almost a full quarter of the entire Windows ecosystem.Why do older versions of Windows stick around so long? In part, because Microsoft licenses a variety of manufacturers to make laptops and PCs and sell them across the world. Certain regions (Korea, for instance) or sets of buyers — such as federal, state and local governments — hang on to older versions longer to save money. Those same buyers also tend to favor cheaper PCs with older technology when it comes time to upgrade, and PC manufacturers cater to those customers.With Android, The U.S. Is Ahead Of The CurveThe same phenomena occurs with Android, just on an accelerated scale. If you look at Android distribution in the U.S. against the rest of the world, you’ll see that the rate of adoption for newer versions is much higher here than across the Android base as a whole.See the chart from Google on Android distribution from Feb. 2013 below. Gingerbread 2.3.x still makes up 44.2% of the entire ecosystem. Froyo makes up 7.6% and Éclair 1.9%. Overall, that means that the global distribution of Android is still majority running some version of 2.x at 53.7%. Newer versions of Android have been gaining steam recently but are still in the minority. Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich reaches 28.6% of all Android devices while the newest Jelly Bean builds are on 16.5%. In the U.S., the trend is reversed. According to numbers obtained by mobile analytics company Localytics, Ice Cream Sandwich builds were on 33% of Android devices in the country as of the end of Feb. 2013. Jelly Bean in the U.S also outperforms the global base of Android as a whole, at 21.62%. Together, the newest versions of Android make up 54.48% of Android devices in the U.S. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Gingerbread still accounts for the largest single slice at 38% in the U.S., but its share is starting to evaporate as manufacturers upgrade certain older devices and releasing new, popular devices — such as the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the Galaxy S3, the HTC One, the Motorola Razr HD series and so on — running the latest versions of Android.Weeding Out Gingerbread In The Rest Of The WorldWhen it comes to mobile distribution, the U.S. is the leading indicator of new smartphone adoption, at least when it comes to Android and Apple’s iPhone. Gingerbread devices in the U.S. are increasingly hard to find at carriers like AT&T and Verizon, and are often very cheap or free when they turn up. In the rest of the world, Gingerbread’s long tail is still very prevalent, with companies like Huawei and ZTE serving mid-to-low-end Gingerbread phones to emerging markets like China, Indonesia and India. The next wave of Android devices to hit the U.S. will just extend this trend. The HTC One runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 while the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to run Jelly Bean 4.2.2. Huge marketing campaigns for both devices will probably push up share of the newest Android builds to 65% or higher by mid-year.But just like older Windows versions have been harder to dig out of in the rest of the world, Android 2.3 will remain a large presence on a global scale in the foreseeable future. Top photo: HTC One Tags:#Android#smartphones last_img read more

To Prevent Fraud, Healthcare Organizations Must Streamline Their Data Processes

first_imgSuresh YannamaniPresident at Exela Technologies Tags:#data and security#fraud#health data How Data Analytics Can Save Lives How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… In 2018, Venmo suffered from a high volume of fraudulent transactions. Instead of taking measures to tightly control its data, the company responded by simply eliminating certain features. Only 2 percent of customers conducted transactions via the Venmo website, but the website accounted for 15 percent of net losses. Moving forward, the peer-to-peer payments company will only allow transfers via its mobile app.This is the type of fraudulent activity we often hear about in the news — large tech companies mishandling their customers’ data. But it’s nowhere near the most damaging or the most prevalent form of data fraud.Consider healthcare. In the past two years alone, 89 percent of healthcare organizations experienced some loss of control over their data, creating enormous costs. Across all industries, the average cost per compromised record is $148, but healthcare must contend with a staggering $408 per loss. That’s nearly three times higher than the average, and it’s the highest cost of any industry for the eighth consecutive year.The nature of the healthcare industry is what makes it particularly susceptible to fraud, waste, and abuse. Three key pillars within it (patients, hospital staff, and data management personnel) are often siloed. Even though they manage and interact with the same highly confidential data — sometimes via personal devices — they do not share a common communication platform, which increases the likelihood of a data security breach.When poor data management processes go unchecked, fraud has an opportunity to slip right through the cracks.Figuring Out FraudTraditionally, when we think about healthcare fraud, a practice known as “phantom billing” comes to mind.For example, an anesthesiologist could claim to administer more units of anesthesia than he or she actually did, then pass fraudulent billing onto the insurance companies. Similarly, a dentist could write multiple insurance claims for X-rays that patients never received. It’s unrealistic to expect insurance companies to reach out to patients and confirm that they got X-rays. Instead, they foot the bill, fund the fraud, and ultimately pass the costs on to patients.Another more insidious form of healthcare fraud occurs largely because of sloppy data management, miscommunication, and inefficient business practices. To illustrate, let’s say a patient stays in the hospital for 20 days and incurs a total bill of $100,000. If the hospital makes a mistake and submits the bill without key information, it can cause delays that add significant costs into the system.In this case, the insurance company will hold the bill for around 15 days while it tries to unsuccessfully process it, at which point it goes back to the hospital with a request for more information. When the back-and-forth process drags out for 60-plus days, thousands of dollars are wasted on administrative fees. Furthermore, the $100,000 bill becomes vulnerable to fraudulent practices such as balance billing, which occurs when hospitals illegally bill patients for outstanding balances after insurance companies submit their portion of the bill.This fraud may not have been carried out by individuals with bad intentions, but that distinction matters very little to those who suffer the consequences.The Future of Fraud DetectionThe pace at which fraud techniques advance and evolve means that we need to stay two steps ahead at all times. At its core, limiting fraud is about controlling information, whether it’s customer or corporate data. More specifically, prevention and detection require a mix of stricter internal data management policies and better data management systems.Efficiency is an enemy of fraud. With a seamless and comprehensive data management system that integrates data from multiple sources (e.g., patient to doctor, doctor to data management system, data management system to insurance company), time-intensive mistakes can be kept to a minimum and fraud can become easier to prevent.Organizations are also starting to tap machine learning solutions. Algorithms can comb both structured and unstructured data to look for and flag anomalies. Healthcare organizations can then rely on the experience of just a few staff to verify fraudulent transactions that might otherwise have remained buried beneath the surface. The power of artificial intelligence enables fraud to be detected and remedied much earlier in the process, saving the healthcare industry and its customers a lot of money.While the incorporation of machine learning and artificial intelligence into the fraud-detection process is exciting, the reality is that many healthcare organizations are too reliant on legacy platforms to immediately take advantage of these technologies. To step into the future of fraud detection, these organizations need to migrate to modern platforms that support intelligent data management.For organizations that do, fighting fraud will be easier than ever, and more than that, they will gain a competitive advantage through cost savings and improved patient experience. The business case is clear; it’s time to bring healthcare fraud detection into the 21st century. Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Suresh Yannamani serves as president of Exela Technologies, a global business process automation leader. last_img read more

Affordable Adobe Creative Cloud Pricing for Photographers

first_imgFor a limited time Adobe is making Creative Cloud more affordable for professional photographers.When Adobe announced it’s Creative Cloud subscription model earlier this year, the news marked a major shift in the way creative professionals will pay for their software. Since then other software developers have followed suit with similar subscription models.The $50/month price tag for Creative Cloud gives access to constantly updated versions of Adobe’s powerful creative applications.  But if you only need two apps from the suite the price might seem a bit hard to justify. This is the feedback that Adobe heard from many pro photographers who only need Photoshop and Lightroom in their post workflows.  So, Adobe has responded with new pricing:Get Photoshop CC, Lightroom, 20 GB of online story and a membership to Adobe’s Behance portfolio site for a total of $9.99/month.This will come as great news to the photography crowd, the only catch being that you must own a copy of CS3 or higher to quality for this special pricing. For those that don’t have a CS3 copy, RevellPhotography.com suggests looking on eBay for a copy (you’ll have to pony up a bit more up front but will be cheaper than a full Creative Cloud membership in the long run).The offer should be available to the public by October and will run through the end of December 2013.last_img read more

Events and Competitions Coordinator – TouchWest

first_imgThe successful applicant will be employed full time, however the hours of work will be flexible due to travel and weekend work. This diverse role will see you responsible in providing leadership and support overall direction and management for the delivery of TouchWest Events and TFA competitions. Salary range for the position is $35,000 – $50,000 depending on qualifications and experience for the role. Applications close COB Friday, 18 June 2010. Applicants should email a one page letter of introduction addressing qualifications and experience along with a resume containing details of referees to [email protected] Please find attached a copy of the job description. Related Fileswa_events_and_competitions_coordinator-pdflast_img read more

10 months agoPSG goalkeeper Buffon: Man Utd stronger without Mourinho

first_imgPSG goalkeeper Buffon: Man Utd stronger without Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon admits Champions League opponents Manchester United are a tougher opponent without Jose Mourinho.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won his first three matches as caretaker manager — with Buffon’s former Juventus team-mate Paul Pogba scoring four goals in the last two.Buffon said: “Will it be more difficult against Manchester United without Jose Mourinho? That is maybe the case.“But that is not down to the value of the coach.“Someone like Pogba has got something to prove. I think it will be a more complicated challenge.”Asked about finally winning the Champions League with PSG, the 40-year-old said: “They’re certainly among the big contenders, but the strongest team doesn’t always win. Especially in a shorter tournament.“It’s sometimes the bravest who win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more