7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This week, attendees of the most transformative THINK conference ever are heading back to the office. What actionable steps to digital transformation explored in New York City at THINK 17 will these credit union leaders, inspired by engaging speakers, exclusive research and their own peers, begin to put into practice?Digital is not just a technology. It’s a shift in mindset. That was the storyline of this year’s event. The digital mindset requires an entirely new way of thinking and working. Yet, as we learned through video case studies from The Scott’s Company, Broadway HD and Reebok, legacy companies can get there.According to exclusive research gathered exclusively for THINK 17 attendees, credit union executives believe in digital transformation and are pushing hard for it. Yet, more than half of those polled also believe they are in an inferior position as compared to purely digital brands like Venmo and SoFi. Changing that position, however, has to come from all levels of the organization, said experts from Google, Disney and the NFL. Each shared that the “how” of digital transformation is an enterprise-wide initiative. continue reading »
Good things come in bunches, and that was very much the case for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team Saturday during its 76-60 win over Temple at the Kohl Center.The Badgers showed up on both ends of the floor on their way to a second-straight victory.Wisconsin junior forward Nigel Hayes dominated the offensive halfcourt during the second half, scoring 13 of his 18 points in the final 20 minutes. He also had a game-high 12 rebounds. All of Hayes’ points came from in the paint or at the free throw line.Against a smaller Temple team, Hayes said he was “just trying to take advantage of [his] height and size on the inside.”Hayes was also pivotal on the defensive end, holding the Owls’ leading scorer, Quenton DeCosey, who came into the game averaging 15.5 points per game.Other than Hayes’ dominance, two key runs — one in the first half and one in the second half — built large leads for Wisconsin and kept Temple at a distance for the majority of the game.Early in the second half, Temple cut into the Badgers lead and found itself down by five at 39-34. That’s when UW kicked off its second clutch run of the game, this time 13-0, to go up 52-34 before Temple called timeout with 13:18 remaining in the game.Hayes scored six points on the run, with all of those coming inside the paint. Redshirt junior guard Zak Showalter (11 points) had five during the stretch, including a big three from the far left corner.On its way to erecting a healthy lead midway through the first half, UW received key contributions from its youthful bench. Freshman Alex Illikainen provided key scoring inside. Fellow freshman big man Charlie Thomas induced a standing ovation from the crowd when he knocked down his first career three-pointer with 5:23 left in the half.Thomas’ three capped off the 24-4 run, which put UW up 30-12 and put the game out of reach early. At that point, the freshmen players accounted for 18 of those points. Illikainen, Thomas and Ethan Happ had six apiece. Junior guard Bronson Koenig (17 points) had two key threes during that span.Happ and Thomas finished with nine points each, and UW head coach Bo Ryan was pleased with their contributions.“Those guys were doing a nice job, especially with two guys sitting on the bench with two fouls,” Ryan said. “They were opportunistic.”Temple head coach Fran Dunphy employed a 1-2-2 full court press to deter the scoring barrage and his team’s offense got going.Temple eventually cut it to an eight-point deficit late in the first half. UW carried a 37-26 lead into halftime, forcing Temple to shoot just 37 percent from the floor. Jaylen Bond led the Owls in points (12) and rebounds (10).UW’s defense picked up right where it left off against Syracuse. It allowed only 58 points to the Orange on Wednesday night, and followed it with just 60 against Temple.“I thought they showed the requisite toughness that they needed and we needed to be a little tougher than we were,” Dunphy said.The Badgers also committed only seven turnovers, just three days after coughing it up 20 times at Syracuse.Wisconsin was efficient from three-point range, making six of its 11 shots from behind the arc, while Temple shot just 35 percent (7-for-20) from three.
Italy, who last won the World Cup in 2006, are joined in the draw by fellow runners-up Switzerland, Croatia, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Sweden, the Republic of Ireland and Greece.While the Azzurri are the most star-studded of the countries competing in the play-offs, several of their rivals for a place in next year’s finals in Russia also have intriguing tales.Northern Ireland are within touching distance of a first World Cup berth since 1986 after Michael O’Neill’s men maintained the momentum from their successful qualification for Euro 2016.The Republic of Ireland will hope to avoid a repeat of their agonising World Cup play-off defeat against France in 2009, when Thierry Henry’s controversial handball helped eliminate them.Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka celebrates after scoring a goal during their FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier match against Hungary, at the St. Jakob-Park Stadium in Basel, on October 7, 2017 © AFP/File / Fabrice COFFRINIThe Republic last made the World Cup in 2002, but they survived the play-offs to reach the European Championships in 2012 and 2016.Sweden, World Cup runners-up in 1958, finished behind France in their qualification group and are bidding to reach the finals for the first time since 2006.The eight qualified teams have been divided into two pots based on the world rankings announced by FIFA on Monday.Switzerland (11th), Italy (15th), Croatia (18th) and Denmark (19th) will be in pot one and will play one of the four teams in pot two.The second pot will contain Northern Ireland (23rd), Sweden (25th), Republic of Ireland (26th) and Greece (47th).The draw will take place at FIFA’s Zurich headquarters at 1200 GMT on Tuesday.The first legs will be held between November 9-11 and the second legs between November 12-14.The winner of each tie is decided by the aggregate number of goals each team scores over the two legs, while in the event of a draw on aggregate, the side with more away goals goes through.If there is no deciding factor at the end of normal time, then the tie will go to extra time, with the away-goals rule still applicable at the end of that period.If there is still no winner, then the tie will go to a penalty shoot-out.The ties will determine who qualifies from Europe alongside group winners France, Portugal, Germany, Serbia, Poland, England, Spain, Belgium and Iceland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Italy’s Antonio Candreva celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during their FIFA 2018 World Cup qualification match against Albania, in Shkoder, on October 9, 2017 © AFP/File / Dimitar DILKOFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 17 – Italy will learn their World Cup play-off fate on Tuesday as the four-time winners join seven other European countries in the draw for the decisive two-legged ties.Gian Piero Ventura’s side have been forced to take their chances in the treacherous play-offs after finishing second in their qualifying group behind Spain.