THE ONLY Irishman to have completed six desert marathons, is coming to Limerick to share his experiences. Dave O’Brien has run more than 400 races around the world, including 30 marathons. In 2010 he became one of a handful from across the globe, and the oldest at 56, to complete the infamous, hottest, coldest, windiest and driest deserts in the world in one year, in a 38 week period.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dave returned from Antarctica in December 2010, where he completed the last of four 155-mile endurance races in the Racing the Planet’s “4 Deserts” series.Earlier in the year he completed the three other 155-mile races across Chile’s Atacama Desert in March, the Gobi desert in China in June, and the Sahara desert in Northern Africa in October while carrying everything on his back to survive, food, medical supplies, clothes, sleeping bag, survival gear, water etc.Dave will be speaking in the Jean Monet Theatre at UL on May 25, at 8pm. Linkedin Facebook Twitter Email Advertisement Print WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsDave to reveal how he completed six desertsBy admin – May 23, 2012 649 Previous articleThe Riptide Movement let rip this FridayNext articleEscapism by the bucket load admin
Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Print This Post Tagged with: credit Equifax FICO Home Loans Lending Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Earlier this year, Equifax and FICO announced a partnership, pooling their collective consumer financial data sets to offer the Data Decisions Cloud. In a piece published on PaymentsJournal, Martin Kurpiel, SVP Technology Solutions & IT, Valid, discussed how this partnership will impact lending and the “future of finance.”“While it’s unclear exactly how much combined data the two companies have within their cloud product, it’s safe to say that the market and demand for alternative data sources is unlikely to shrink,” said Kurpiel. “Reports also indicate that traditional credit score competitors TransUnion and Experian have made plays of their own to get into the alternative data game. But what does more data being available to banks actually mean for the consumer, and what should we expect in the future as this trend continues?”According to Kurpiel, the additional access to data this partnership brings to banks will mean more opportunity to customize offerings. Other benefits include faster decision making, as the additionally access to date could cut back on some red tape for larger transactions, such as home and business loans. Kurpiel notes that smaller transactions, from daily credit card transactions up to medium- to large- actions such as auto loans have already seen transaction times decrease in recent years, and big-ticket transactions like home loans now have the opportunity to see some faster response times. For consumers, credit scores may not be so “static” anymore. With more access to information, banks can access credit history in real-time to get a more up to date credit feedback. The downside of the additional access to data is the security risk. Kurpiel states that “it will be interesting to see how the companies respond — while the way credit scores are calculated are relatively well known, adding more data means the reasoning behind decisions might get murky.” Data privacy is a hot topic, and the the focus of discussion at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday.Sen. Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, said that more personal information was available to companies than ever before “as a result of an increasingly digital economy,” as witnesses noted the risks involved.“In particular, data brokers and technology companies, including large social media platforms and search engines, play a central role in gathering vast amounts of personal information, and often without interacting with individuals, specifically in the case of data brokers,” Crapo said. Equifax and FICO Partnership: Industry Impact Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Home / Daily Dose / Equifax and FICO Partnership: Industry Impact Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Two Bills Approved to Reform, Reauthorize NFIP Next: Choosing Real Estate Agents With an Investment Edge Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago credit Equifax FICO Home Loans Lending 2019-06-13 Seth Welborn Share Save Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, Market Studies, News June 13, 2019 2,021 Views About Author: Seth Welborn
Letters special: are recruiters and HR ageist?On 30 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. A letter recently published inPersonnel Today highlighting the perception of ageism in recruitment hastriggered a big response from readers. Many believe they have faceddiscrimination from recruitment agencies as well as internal HR departments.This is despite the approach of anti-ageism legislation in 2006. Here we printa selection of the lettersI empathised withthe letter from the 46 year old who suffered the brunt of ageism. I am 47 andwas made redundant last year and have found it very difficult to get meaningfulwork.I am now in apersonnel-related position where I can recruit, and my instructions to arecruitment agency would contain the words mature and experienced. With feweryoung people in the marketplace, and people choosing to work longer because ofimproved health, it is madness to disregard a resource with the key ingredientsof work ethic, reliability, experience and knowledge.Does my 30 years of business experience count for nothing against a schoolleaver or graduate with no practical experience? It would seem so. Recruitmentagencies are full of 20-somethings who simply cannot relate to oldercandidates; all they see is their mum or dad walking in the door.Employers plump for young people who are brash and full of confidence – theypay to train them, pay them inflated salaries and then wonder why theseyoungsters leave or attempt to blackmail their way into another salary bracket.It is time HR and recruitment agencies actively attempt to redress this senselessand upsetting discrimination – studies have shown the older employee is moreproductive and committed than their younger colleagues, but sadly, most thingsare directed at the young. Debra Rixon, Personnel admin assistant, ESRI (UK) LtdI am a 49 yearold and having been made redundant twice last year, I have found therecruitment market appalling. HR and recruitment have much to learn regarding communication and fightingtheir corner on ageism, particularly when you consider they are people businesses.I have had a successful career in financial services over the past 20 years butit seems experience and maturity count for nothing. Fortunately, there are oneor two recruitment agencies that do care but they are far and away in theminority. A lot start with good intentions but just fail to deliver. I have more determination, energy and enthusiasm now than when I was in my 20s,and I would like to ask ‘why am I being ignored?’. Harry Geary, via e-mail There is lifein HR well beyond the age of 46 – I am 57 – but the trick is to be flexible. Itook voluntary redundancy two years ago from a position to which I wasappointed, initially on a short fixed-term contract at the ripe old age of 50,and since then have continued to work by adopting the following principles:• Forget blue-chip companies as they tend to be in the vanguard of offloadingthe middle aged.• Focus on short-term contracts, be they interim or locum positions. Theyenable you to get your foot in the door and prove what you have got to offer.• Consider geographical flexibility – a Monday and Friday commute can be lessof a hardship if the role is stimulating and for a limited period.• Be flexible on sectors – most of my career has been in the private sector butthe public sector seems to be less ageist and more open to taking on privatesector expertise. When it comes to recruitment agencies, I think we have to bear in mind thatthey are, at heart, outfits dedicated to maximising sales income. A good numberare staffed by people who would do equally well in double glazing orsecond-hand car sales and interest in the well being of an applicant does notshow up on their radars.Phil Hodson, PlymouthI was maderedundant by a large publishing company in December and have mainly relied on HRagencies to assist me in finding employment. I would very much like to know thecriteria these companies use on their CV database, as time and time again Ihave been called to attend an interview only to be told a day later that theposition has been filled. Sometimes it is worse – I receive a standardisedrejection letter that has not even be signed.Also, it would be nice to be contacted by an HR consultant who has actuallyworked in HR and not a high-volume, high-turnover graduate trainee. I have now secured a very exciting role as the HR manager for a globalcosmetics company, and was placed by McKenzie Douglas in Windermere. Thesupport and advice they gave really kept me motivated and the question of ‘whomotivates the motivator’ was certainly answered by the consultants – who haveworked in HR for some years. The bigger the agency is not always the better agency in my opinion, so lookaround.Matt Oliver, NorthamptonRECADVISES ALL APPLICANTS TO BE TREATED EQUALLYMarcia Roberts is director ofexternal relations at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation says:REC advises its members toconsider all applicants equally (regardless of age) in advance of the changesto our equality laws. In addition, we have produced a ‘Good Practice Guide’ formembers wishing to promote diversity. Many of our members have joined the Employers’Forum on Age and many more refuse to accept ageist instructions from theirclients.For example, candidates’details can be sent with all reference to age removed to prevent so that theselector cannot inadvertently discriminate – many agencies do this as a matterof policy. I would add that in response tosome of your letters, just because a recruitment consultant may be young doesnot automatically mean that they will discriminate or that they cannot relateto older workers – this is an ageist assumption in itself.If agencies are ignoring olderworkers, they do so at their peril. With an ageing population, there are awealth of people out there with a multitude of skills and experience to bringto the workplace. If this valuable resource is ignored then it is bad foragency business, bad for the job seeker and bad for the UK.www.rec.uk.com Related posts:No related photos.
A consensus-driven coalition of Cape May County freeholders, mayors and business community leaders Tuesday made a submission to Gov. Phil Murphy titled: “A Proposal for the Safe, Thoughtful and Progressive Reopening of Cape May County During the Time of COVID-19.”The proposal details a potential path for reopening Cape May County that is focused on safety first.On April 14, the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders created a Business Recovery Task Force, co-chaired by Freeholder Vice-Director Len Desiderio and Freeholder Will Morey.Over a dozen members of the business community volunteered their time and talents and all 16 of Cape May County’s mayors were made a part of what has become the Cape May County-Wide Recovery Initiative, according to a county press release.The Recovery Initiative, in consultation with health care professionals and with respect for the orders and directives of the governor, crafted a proposal that is focused on four main topics for the governor’s consideration:Cape May County is a close-knit community and the loss of life we have suffered hits us particularly hard. In the broader picture, Cape May County has suffered a mild outbreak and a downward trend appears to be underway.Cape May County is unique in its contribution to the state’s economy for its size and is also uniquely vulnerable economically given its utter dependence on the seasonal tourism industry. The potential dire consequence for the small businesses and working families of Cape May County cannot be overstated.Cape May County’s business and governmental sectors stand ready to implement and enforce extensive mitigation protocols related to social distancing, personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, sanitation, disinfection and employee monitoring in order to emulate to the greatest extent possible the prophylactic effects of the stay-at-home order.A safe, thoughtful, and progressive reopening of public facilities and businesses is proposed over the course of the next several weeks with an acknowledgment that a traditional Memorial Day weekend opening is unlikely to occur.Consensus has been built by and between our business community and our local and county governments to accept this reality and work with the governor on a reopening that invests in the safety of the community, the dampening of the spread of the virus and the economic future of Cape May County.“The distance we have come since April 14th, is purely amazing,” Morey said in a statement. “Our Mayors, business community and Board of Chosen Freeholders have come together in an unprecedented show of unity on behalf of the people of Cape May County. With great respect for the public health challenges that still remain, we believe we have crafted a proposal that charts the course for the safe reopening of our businesses and public facilities over the next several weeks.”Morey continued, “We are moving forward in a spirit of cooperation with the Governor to discuss our proposal and to take the first steps necessary to begin the long recovery ahead of us.”Understanding that only a progressive reopening will help to ensure the safety of resident and visitors in Cape May County, the Recovery Initiative has proposed an allowance for seasonal rentals to commence on May 11, with shorter term rentals allowed to begin no earlier than June 1.In support of the recovery of effort, the freeholder board modified its emergency order prohibiting rentals. The county’s new directive will sync with the Recovery Initiative’s proposed dates.Hotels and motels may operate at a capacity of 60 percent of its full capacity effective Monday, June 1 and hotels and motels may operate at full capacity effective Monday, June 22.Under state directives, municipalities retain the ability to take local circumstances into consideration with regard to the timing of allowing rentals to commence at a later date.“The County of Cape May’s active engagement with the Mayors and the business community on health-related concerns and the question of rentals has been a critical component of this effort,” Desiderio said.He continued, “Safety protocols and certainty about when rentals can begin are key components of any recovery effort for Cape May County. We will proceed in a thoughtful and safe fashion. I believe we can rely on the people of Cape May County to become educated about safety protocols and to follow them. We have been doing this with essential retail and take out for weeks, and we can do it in other areas of commerce and life just as effectively.”Representatives of the Board of Chosen Freeholders will be discussing the proposal for the safe, thoughtful and progressive reopening of Cape May County with the governor’s office in the coming days.“Our intention has always been to start a respectful conversation with the governor on these difficult decisions,” Morey noted. “We want to thank the governor and his staff for already reaching out to us. As these discussions progress, we should all be preparing for the day when a safe reopening can begin to occur.”Desiderio spoke of his family.“My father is a Korean War veteran. I remember him and my mother telling my brother and me stories of how the community pulled together and did extraordinary things during those trying times. I believe we can do it again. We can follow these protocols to protect our seniors and most vulnerable citizen especially. And by doing so, we can start down the path toward a free, happy and positive way of life,” Desiderio said.He continued, “We can follow these protocols to protect our seniors and most vulnerable citizen especially. And by doing so, we can start down the path toward a free, happy and positive way of life.”The Cape May County-Wide Recovery Initiative encourages everyone to visit https://capemaycountynj.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5974/A-Proposal-to-the-Governor-for-Opening-of-Cape-May-County to view the proposal and for updates as information develops.