Bernard ‘Bernie’ Gumbel, 64, of Seymour

Posted On Dec 22 2019 by

first_imgMr. Bernard ‘Bernie’ Gumbel, 64, of Seymour, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017, at his home.He was born on April 13, 1953, in Evansville, Indiana, to the late Leo Gumbel and Marie (Weiss) Gumbel. He was a graduate of Evansville Reitz High School and received a Bachelors Degree from Purdue.On May 28, 1977, he married Pamela Stevens, at First Baptist Church Seymour, she survives. He was a member of Knights of Columbus. He liked to garden, attend the county and state fair, and watch any type of sporting event. He retired from Rose Acre Farms in July of this year after 35 years of service.He is survived by his mother; wife, Pamela Gumbel; children, Nick (Rachel) Gumbel, Katie (Marcus) Nakamura, and Megan (Derek) Davis; grandchildren, Kayla, Alyssa, Isabelle, Madalynn, and Alexandra Gumbel, Avery and Asher Nakamura, and Cameron and Reid Davis; brother, Lawrence (Nancy) Gumbel; sisters, Joann (Robert) Rentchler and Delores (George) Fuhrman; several nieces and nephews; and mother-in-law, Mary A. Stevens.He is preceded in death by his father; and father-in-law, Elvin Stevens.Funeral mass will be Wednesday, September 6, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church at 10:30 am with Father Dan Staublin and assisted by Deacon Mike East.Family and friends may call at Voss & Sons Funeral Service on Tuesday, September 5, from 3-8 pm and on Wednesday at the church from 9:30 am until time of service. A Rosary service will be held at Voss & Sons Funeral Service on Tuesday at 2:30 pm.Memorials may be given to Schneck Hospice or Mass Intentions for St. Ambrose, in care of Voss & Sons Funeral Service.Online condolences may be given on the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.comlast_img read more

SHRM Advocacy Team Spotlight – Congressional Recess Activity by Delaware SHRM

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgFellow DE SHRM Chapter board member John McDowell and I met with Andrew Dinsmore, assistant to Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), and James Paoli, DE State Director, in Senator Coons’ Wilmington, Delaware, office last month. We kicked off the meeting by providing background information about SHRM using SHRM’s State of Delaware one-pager as a leave-behind.  We highlighted the number of SHRM members worldwide, and in the two local chapters in Delaware, calling special attention to the fact that 90% of DE SHRM members work and/or live in Delaware.  By profiling the activities of our chapters – such as monthly meetings, community events/support, the Delaware annual state HR conference and the certification credentials held by many of our members, we established SHRM’s credibility and set the stage for the legislative agenda. We asked our hosts to pass on SHRM’s thanks to Senator Coons for his support of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, while highlighting the key improvements from current law.  Next, we provided a broad overview of the complexities of complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to effectively lobby about the pending legislation affecting federal contractors and changes to the FLSA. Our discussion brought to light that both the Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) Amendment and the July 31 Executive Order by President Obama are backward-looking, and, effectively, would punish federal contractors twice, given the existing penalties and debarment procedures which are already in place. We asked that Senator Coons raise these issues to best address federal contactor compliance with FLSA. In addition, at Andrew’s request, we also provided follow-up information later that week – specifics on federal contractor legislation, based on additional research of a 2011 report from the Government Accountability Office and Senator Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) 2013 study.  Finally, we discussed the potential changes to FLSA in conjunction with President Obama’s March directive to the Department of Labor (DOL). Our ask was that Senator Coons consider SHRM’s expertise and the importance of HR professionals’ involvement in improving this regulation which greatly impacts employers and employees.  We expressed our interest in meeting with Senator Coons to review the pending changes to FLSA we expect to be released in November.  For John and me, the agenda included more than just seeking support for HR legislation:  We also wanted to establish a connection for SHRM to provide resources for Senator Coons and his staff for HR matters impacting the nation and the state. Given that Andrew and James expressed a desire to partner with the DE SHRM Chapter on offering job hunter workshops at the various job fairs Senator Coons supports in the state, it seems we’ve made great progress in achieving this goal during just a one hour meeting! We’ve already been in contact with Latisha L. Bracy, who is the Director, Outreach & Special Projects, for Senator Coons, and look forward to developing this partnership for Delaware job fairs.  We commemorated the meeting with a group photo taken in Senator Coon’s office.Julia Orescan, CCP, SPHRHR ConsultantLandenberg, PASHRM A-Team Member To visit the SHRM Advocacy Team blog page, please click here.To visit the SHRM Policy Action Center, please click here.last_img read more

Does AI Hold the Secret to Stopping Employee Theft?

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgSponsored by Appriss RetailCompanies are promising to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to eliminate cyber threats and diagnose cancer. Other companies describe how it will be used to predict customer behavior and execute marketing campaigns. Elon Musk, of SpaceX and Tesla-fame, warns, if unchecked, AI could doom the human race.AI clearly has transformational possibilities—but what will it do for loss prevention?- Sponsor – In some ways, the future of AI is reflected in retail’s past. AI applications have been “hidden” for many years in business applications like credit scores, credit card fraud detection, direct marketing, and identity theft protection, according to David Speights, Ph.D., chief data scientist for Appriss Retail, a leader in data and analytics solutions for retail organizations. Indeed, whether LP knows it or not, AI has been critical in helping retailers successfully address the problem of return fraud for years, he said.AI, or machine learning, represents a wholly different approach to programming. Rather than relying on “coders” to input the knowledge that machines use to execute solutions, examples are used to help software learn how best to reach positive outcomes. The weakness of the traditional approach is readily apparent: solutions can only be as good as the rules that programmers develop.That limitation is why, in the early 1990s, the credit card industry abandoned an exception-based reporting approach in favor of methods of detection based on predictive modeling and machine learning, explained Speights. Ultimately, predictive modeling proved itself far superior to an approach comprised of rules and queries.Speights sees retail loss prevention evolving in a manner comparable to credit card fraud detection. And we’re at the point now where machine learning can be turned successfully against the problem of employee theft, he said. “The economy of scale hasn’t always been there, hardware was more expensive, the cost to develop the models has been very high, and the ROI not clear enough,” he said. But with costs having come down, it now makes good sense to leverage AI to develop models for employee theft. “It’s very cost effective now—you’re able to get that positive return,” said Speights.In testing with one retailer, machine learning models created by Appriss Retail were able to help the department store identify 25 percent more employee fraud cases‑while spending 25 percent less time tracking down the fraud activity. (The case study is available at the Appriss Retail website.) Over time, an approach with a higher success rate makes loss prevention departments more efficient and decreases employee fraud rates; it also proves the potential to reduce manpower requirements.For now, Appriss Retail is building predictive models for clients based on a retailer’s historical data of employee fraud and employee terminations resulting from investigations. Soon, however, there will be a sufficient amount of collective intelligence to enable effective employee fraud detection without the need to seed models with a retailer’s specific fraud/termination data. One kind of generic predictive modeling should become available for big-box stores, another for grocery stores, and so on.When that happens, new stores and retailers of all sizes will be able to benefit—not just those with a documented history employee fraud and successful investigations. “In the near term, it’s an adjunct, not a replacement,” explained Speights. “But over time it will become a larger and larger fraction of the of the detection model—from 20 percent to 80 percent.”The machine learning model has proven itself capable of outperforming an LP department’s best traditional exception report, which might examine two or three variables and successfully identify fraud in maybe 20 percent of cases that the report flags.The reason for the better performance is obvious: a machine learning approach examines—not one or a few—but thousands of variables. It learns, over time, the most useful elements in employee transactions for identifying those cases that are most likely to result in a finding of fraud. “It’s dollar amounts, the time after a void before re-ringing, it’s four to five thousand variables,” said Speights. Variables are combined, queried, and weighted—allowing the most likely fraud cases to bubble to the top—so that a red flag for a long-term employee may not be one for a new store associate. “We’re able to find exactly the right pattern of variables” that are best able to identify fraud, explained Speights.By letting the Appriss Retail team of Ph.Ds loose on its employee fraud data, retailers are able to leverage expertise they don’t have in house. “It helps identify more cases faster and identifies problems that a retailer might normally miss,” said Speights. Moreover, machine learning isn’t limited to the factors that indicate fraud. The model fine-tunes its recommended cases to align with the preferences of the investigator and the types of cases they have demonstrated a preference for going after. The solution also doesn’t demand that investigators obtain new set of skills. “It’s not a matter of understanding AI,” said Speights. “You may not know how a car engine works, but you know to step on the gas.”It’s not exactly clear how AI will ultimately transform all retail operations, but machine learning seems poised to usher in a new world of supply-chain optimization and targeted marketing. It could also put a drastic dent in the long-standing loss prevention challenge of employee fraud. Machine learning technology has already proven itself capable of identifying employee deviance above and beyond what is identified by typical exception reporting. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Read/Write Daily: An Army of Robot Fish

Posted On Dec 16 2019 by

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#science#web jon mitchell Related Posts Today’s theme is R&D. Even in seemingly calamitous times, there’s still mind-boggling technological progress rolling out. It hasn’t saved the world yet, but some pieces are falling into place.Look at these new inventions and imagine the possibilities.Fox News (sorry) reports on a new scientific ghost town, the Center for Innovation, being built in New Mexico to test the next generation of everyday technologies.Here’s the press release from Pegasus Global Holdings, which is financing the project, to get a sense of the ambitions.Many of our next decade’s inventions will be made out of superstrong, light materials like graphene. To make things out of graphene with precision, it looks like we’ll have to use microscopic robots!We’ll also need renewable power supplies for our inventions, and new kinds of solar cells are showing some promising efficiency ratings.Our future technologies will have to be much cleaner than our present ones. Researchers are building artificially intelligent robotic fish (!!!) to help with the clean-up.Speaking of artificial intelligence, here’s a great essay about why human intelligence is overrated.Image via ShutterstockPast entries from Read/Write Dailycenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

District of Columbia ~ Multiple Taxes: District’s CFO Certifies Rate Reductions for 2018

Posted On Dec 12 2019 by

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe District of Columbia’s Chief Financial Officer certified in his new February 2017 Revenue Estimate forecast that sufficient recurring revenues are available to implement all the District’s remaining tax policy changes. The District has a statutory rate reduction mechanism that can lower tax rates and increase exemptions or deductions based upon the level of recurring revenues in the District. When the revenue levels are sufficient, the rates are reduced in incremental steps based on a priority listed in the Sec. 47-181, D.C. Code. The following changes will be implemented January 1, 2018:The unincorporated business and corporation franchise tax rates will be reduced from the tax year 2017 rate of 9.0% to 8.25%.The personal exemption will be increased from the 2017 amount of $1,775 to conform to the federal level ($4,000) and the low income credit will be repealed.The standard deduction will be raised from the 2017 amounts of $5, 650 for single individuals, $7,800 for head of households, $10,275 for married filing jointly to $6,100 for single individuals, $8,950 for head of households and $12,200 for married filing jointlyThe estate threshold will be raised from $2 million to conform to the federal level.The rates of the unincorporated business and corporation franchise taxes and amount of the personal exemption were originally scheduled to go down in smaller steps. However, the February 2017 Revenue Estimate states that all remaining tax policy changes will be implemented in January of 2018.February 2017 Revenue Estimates, District of Columbia Office of the Chief Financial Officer, February 28, 2017last_img read more

Line-ups: RB Salzburg v Napoli

Posted On Nov 30 2019 by

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Napoli look to Dries Mertens, Hirving Lozano, but Kostas Manolas is injured and Lorenzo Insigne dropped against all-attack RB Salzburg and Erling Haaland. It kicks off at the Red Bull Arena at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT). You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Inter-Borussia Dortmund on the LIVEBLOG. You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Inter-Borussia Dortmund on the LIVEBLOG. The Partenopei have kept three consecutive clean sheets in all competition, but that included disappointing goalless draws with Torino and Genk. It’s remarkable considering the injury crisis in defence that has ruled out Faouzi Ghoulam, Elseid Hysaj, Nikola Maksimovic and Mario Rui. Kostas Manolas sustained a knock to the ribs during the 2-0 win over Verona at the weekend and is not moving comfortably, so it was decided not to risk him. Instead, 23-year-old Sebastiano Luperto makes his career Champions league debut and Giovanni Di Lorenzo is again re-routed to left-back. Piotr Zielinski and Jose Callejon take the wings, with Insigne again dropped to the bench after the Genk trip. Mertens is still only one goal away from Diego Armando Maradona’s tally in the Napoli jersey. His partner this time is not Arkadiusz Milik or Fernando Llorente, but the more agile Chucky Lozano, returning after a bruised ankle on international duty with Mexico. Napoli have already faced RB Salzburg in the Europa League Round of 16 last season and it was a tense affair, as while the Partenopei won the first leg 3-0 at home and took the early lead in Austria through Milik, they ended up losing 3-1 and only scraping through. Salzburg are arguably a much stronger team now and can count on 19-year-old sensation Erling Braut Haaland, the son of Alf-Inge Haaland, who scored a hat-trick in the 6-2 win over Genk. The Norwegian has 18 goals in 12 competitive games for his club this season, including four hat-tricks, so an average of a goal every 48 minutes. Another danger man is Dominik Szoboszlai, who will turn 19 on Friday and is the youngest player to have scored in the Champions League this season. Home advantage could be decisive, because RB Salzburg have won their last 13 home games in a row in all competition, since a 0-0 draw with Sturm Graz on March 10. They are unbeaten at home in all competition since November 2016, 1-0 against Admira Wacker in the Bundesliga. Their most recent European defeat here was 1-0 to Nice in the Europa League group stage on October 20, 2016. On the other hand, Napoli have not won a Champions League away fixture in three years, so a draw would probably qualify as a positive result here. They’ve won only one of their last seven European away games, 3-1 at FC Zurich, along with three draws and as many defeats. RB Salzburg: Stankovic; Kristensen, Ramalho, Wober, Ulmer; Daka, Junuzovic, Mwepu, Minamino; Hwang, Haaland Salzburg bench: Coronel, Ashimeru, Vallci, Onguene, Koita, Szoboszlai, Okugawa Napoli: Meret; Malcuit, Koulibaly, Luperto, Di Lorenzo; Callejon, Allan, Fabian Ruiz, Zielinski; Mertens, Lozano Napoli bench: Ospina, Elmas, Gaetano, Younes, Insigne, Milik, Llorente Ref: Turpin (FRA)last_img read more

10 months agoClyne chose Bournemouth over Cardiff because of ‘great manager’ Howe

Posted On Oct 28 2019 by

first_imgClyne chose Bournemouth over Cardiff because of ‘great manager’ Howeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNathaniel Clyne decided to join Bournemouth in order to learn from Eddie Howe.The Liverpool fullback choose to sign with the Cherries over Cardiff City last week, which left Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock extremely frustrated.”Bournemouth have a great manager and that’s what urged me to come here,” Clyne said after Bournemouth’s FA Cup defeat to Brighton at the weekend. “I’ve looked at how Bournemouth play and it’s similar to my style.”On missing football this season, Clyne added: “I’ve gone a whole season and a half without really playing consistent football, which is unusual for me,” the 27-year-old added. “Knowing you’re fit and can go out there and play but constantly not getting selected is a bit disappointing.”I’d rather go out and find another club which would give me the opportunities to play games.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Stars Perform At Clinton Global Citizen Awards

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by


Manitoba Hydro increase tempered regulator orders lower rates on reserves

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba Hydro has lost a bid to raise electricity rates by almost eight per cent and has been ordered to start charging a separate, lower rate in Indigenous communities.The Public Utilities Board on Tuesday approved an average rate increase of 3.6 per cent as of June 1. It also told the Crown corporation that First Nations residents in the new customer category are not to face an increase this year.The reduced rate is needed because evidence has shown 96 per cent of people living on reserves are poor and are experiencing energy poverty, the board said in its 316-page decision.“In addition, the poor housing stock on reserves in Manitoba and the fact that the vast majority of on-reserve First Nations residential customers … have no access to the more economical option of natural gas for heating exacerbate the issue of energy poverty.“The new customer class and related affordability measure of a zero per cent rate increase are also consistent with the principle of reconciliation.”The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said the separate rate class for on-reserve homes is the first of its kind in Canada and is a victory.“This decision recognizes the hardship faced by so many First Nations living on reserve. They see Hydro dams on their territory, generating revenue and electricity for Manitoba, while leaving only devastation and unaffordable bills behind,” Grand Chief Arlen Dumas said in a written statement.Manitoba Hydro has been taking on large amounts of debt to build new generating stations in the north and an extensive transmission line to bring the energy south. Hydro has said it will be seeking rate increases of near eight per cent for the next several years to keep its finances in order.The corporation’s president, Kelvin Shepherd, said finances are tight.“At the level of debt we’re talking about, where our interest costs are going to approach about $1.3 billion on revenues of only $1.5 billion or $1.6 billion, we don’t have a lot of surplus … to pay for that debt,” Shepherd said.But the board said Hydro’s plan to raise rates in order to keep debt down was more aggressive than necessary.The board also made several recommendations to the provincial government, which Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen said he will consider. They include:— Reducing spending on programs that encourage energy efficiency because they are not economic.— Using water rental fees and other levies that Hydro pays the province every year to subsidize energy costs for low-income earners.— Allowing Manitoba Hydro to forgo payment of $900 million in taxes and fees connected to the BiPole Three transmission line to make up for the previous NDP government’s decision to divert the line along a more costly route.There was one recommendation from the board that Cullen ruled out immediately — giving some of the province’s planned $25-a-tonne carbon tax to the utility to keep rates down. The Progressive Conservative government has already said it would use the carbon tax money to offset tax cuts to all Manitobans.Cullen said the province is facing financial challenges of its own.“The government of Manitoba is facing a $500-million deficit this year, so the government of Manitoba is in a precarious financial situation as well.”last_img read more

Energy assessment law needed to avoid another Trans Mountain impasse PM says

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is overhauling how Canada assesses big energy projects in a bid to ensure new projects can get built without the government having to buy them to make that happen.The Liberal’s Impact Assessment Act passed second reading in the Senate last week but is widely expected to be amended when it goes before a Senate committee in the new year.The bill is one of a long list of sore points between the Trudeau Liberals and Canada’s oil patch, with several oil industry representatives and the Alberta government arguing the bill will set up regulatory hurdles that will prevent any new energy projects from being built. Trudeau says he’s open to amending the bill to give the private sector the kind of certainty it craves in order to invest in new projects in Canada because Ottawa should not have to pass a new law or buy a pipeline in order to get things built.However, he won’t say whether he is prepared to say no to expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline if the court-ordered redo of the environment and Indigenous consultations comes back warning that the project does more harm than good.Getting the Trans Mountain pipeline expanded is a major weak point for Trudeau’s re-election bid and his assertion that Canada can develop its resources responsibly without harming the environment.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more