MEP says that action must follow ISL recognition

first_imgWhatsApp “This government has failed our nurses and midwives” says Limerick TD RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsPoliticsMEP says that action must follow ISL recognitionBy Staff Reporter – December 15, 2017 1203 Liadh Ní RiadaSinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has given a guarded welcomed to the news that Irish Sign Language (ISL) is expected to be given full official language status in the coming days.The Ireland South MEP said it was a welcome development but warned that equality does not stop at recognition and that action must follow.“I’m delighted that the Dáil is to finally get around to debating the ISL Recognition Bill, albeit a year and a half after first being introduced to the Seanad,” she said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is tremendous news for the 50,000 plus ISL users in Ireland and a long overdue step to acknowledging the deaf community as a full, integral part of the wonderful tapestry that makes up our nation.“This is as issue I have been campaigning for not just in Ireland but in Europe where I was able to use my position on the Culture and Education Committee to put forward a successful amendment that saw the inclusion of Sign Language translation in the EU 2018 budget.“Most recently I raised the issue of ISL recognition at our party’s Ard Fheis last month.“The ISL Recognition Bill is a victory not just for the deaf community but for all groups seeking equality. All members of society deserve the same access to services and opportunities.“Deaf people face unique challenges in participating fully in society in both the public and private spheres.“In particular, as I met with various groups representing deaf people, I was horrified at the disadvantage and danger they are put in by barriers to accessing legal and healthcare services, as well as occupation health and safety alerts in their workplaces.“The ISL Recognition Bill is fantastic news but it must be about more than just recognition; real efforts must be made to instigate tangible change; genuine equality does not stop at recognition, action must follow.“It is crucial that ISL users are able to access all public services and in particular the Government must work with members of the deaf community to create a mechanism that would allow them full and timely access to public services. Deaf people must no longer be disadvantaged in the work place either, and Government must act to vindicate their rights to dignity, safety and equality at work.“This is not just a communication issue; it is an equality issue, an issue of workers’ rights and a human rights issue,” she declared.See more political news here Facebook Minister Harris “missing in action again” as crisis in University Hospital Limerick is raised in Dáil says Limerick TD Print Previous article#BREAKING Man pinned under van after warning of black iceNext articleLimerick students win trip to Brussels hosted by MEP Kelly Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSDailDeaf CommunityEqualityIreland SouthISLISL Recognition BillLiadh Ni RiadaMEPSinn Fein center_img Email Advertisement Call for rent controls and a ban on economic evictions Limerick TD calls for more resources for mental health services Twitter Fianna Fáil secures changes to Jobpath says Limerick TD Linkedin Limerick TD advocates for The Sale of Tickets Billlast_img read more

New index topped by housing markets where prices have skyrocketed

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Realtors said that homebuyers are attracted to the quality of life and small-town feel of Coeur d’Alene. Many buyers are targeting new markets thanks to the emergence of remote work.The No. 2 emerging housing market was Austin, Texas, followed by Springfield, Ohio; Billings, Montana; and Spokane, Washington.While sellers in these markets cash in, locals are finding themselves priced out by all-cash buyers from high-earning cities.“It will prove increasingly difficult to attract teachers to our school district if they cannot find reasonably priced housing here,” said Scott Maben, spokesman for Coeur d’Alene Public Schools told the Wall Street Journal. “We are greatly concerned.”The Journal and Realtor.com reviewed data for the 300 most populous core-based statistical areas, as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau. The analysis looked at real-estate markets and economic health. Those areas consist of eight indicators: real estate supply, real estate demand, unemployment, wages, regional price parities, amenities, commute, foreign-born residents and small businesses.Missing from the index’s explanation was the usual disclaimer: “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”[WSJ] — Keith LarsenContact the author homebuildersHousingResidential Real Estate Tags Email Address* Share via Shortlink Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (iStock)Buy high, anyone?A new methodology from the Wall Street Journal and Realtor.com to track the nation’s “most attractive” housing markets puts smaller, cheaper cities in places such as Idaho and Montana dominate the rankings.But prices have risen rapidly in these areas, putting some homes out of reach for locals. Powering the phenomenon are — you guessed it — urbanites from expensive markets like Seattle or Los Angeles.The index ranked the top metro areas for home buyers looking for an appreciating housing market and lifestyle amenities. Although it claims to identify areas that are not just nice places to live but also good investments, it was dominated by cities where home prices have already shot up.Topping the first monthly edition was Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where the median sales price shot up 47 percent from a year ago to $476,900, according to the Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors.Read moreAustin home market seen as hottest of 2021 These small U.S. cities have exploding luxury markets Smaller cities look to cash in on shift to remote work Full Name* Message*last_img read more

Rising ATM fraud: Strategies for protecting you and your members

first_img 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Terry Pierce Terry Pierce is a Senior Product Manager with CO-OP Financial Services, a Rancho Cucamonga, California-based financial technology provider to credit unions (www.co-opfs.org). Pierce can be reached at terry…. Web: www.co-opfs.org Details Consumers (and credit unions!), be on alert. ATM fraud – particularly “skimming” – is increasing today. In fact, ATMmarketplace.com recently reported that more than $2 billion in ATM losses are suffered globally each year, a number that is quickly rising. And 98 percent of these losses are due to skimming fraud.According to Statisticbrain.com, there are approximately 425,000 ATMs today in the U.S., and the majority of them have yet to upgrade to EMV security technology. Without EMV, an ATM is particularly vulnerable to skimming fraud, in which counterfeit magnetic stripe cards are used to withdraw the machine’s cash from an unsuspecting cardholder’s account.The U.S. Lags Behind in its Migration to EMVOne of the reasons the U.S. remains such a hotbed of ATM fraud is that many other countries around the world have already implemented EMV. As a result, fraudsters are moving away from EMV-compliant locales such as Europe, South Africa and Canada, and instead concentrating their efforts on what they see as a treasure trove of highly vulnerable machines here in the U.S. And this promises to be the case until EMV market saturation reaches a critical mass.Plus, while the ATM platform itself sits squarely at the scene of the crime, it is not the root cause of today’s ATM skimming crisis. The bigger issue lies in cyberspace, where volumes of stolen card data resides, including tens of millions of records collected by fraudsters during recent mass-merchant security breaches. This account information, available for purchase on the dark web, is loaded by fraudsters onto counterfeit magnetic stripe cards which can function like the real thing, especially when inserted into a non-EMV-enabled ATM.All of which makes a compelling case for credit unions and other financial institutions to upgrade their ATM fleets with EMV card readers.So where do U.S. ATMs stand on their journey toward EMV compliance? CO-OP Financial Services estimates that at least 20 to 30 percent of the firm’s client credit unions are on track to implement EMV by October 2016, and that the vast majority of U.S. financial institutions overall will roll out EMV across their ATM fleets by the end of 2017.Recognizing ATM RisksThere are security measures that members themselves should take, and as a trusted resource for them, you should inform them on best practices. Make sure they know that the most secure ATMs reside within a vestibule at the financial institution itself, and also that utilizing the same machine or location consistently will help them become more familiar with their surroundings.This is important because they should always examine the ATM and look for anything out of the ordinary before inserting a card. Unusual splash screens or new external fixtures could indicate the presence of skimming equipment, cameras or malware. And if a device looks at all suspicious, they should report it immediately to the credit union, owner of the ATM or directly to law enforcement.The Importance of Visual InspectionsCredit unions should also have procedures in place to ensure the integrity of their ATMs. Branch personnel and servicers should regularly conduct visual inspections in compliance with the guidelines established by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards Council.And, if not already underway, it is important to take those first steps toward migrating your ATM fleet to EMV. Financial technology companies, such as CO-OP Financial Services, can assist you through the process.However, even with all the security that EMV provides, the age of card fraud is far from nearing its end. Historically, when perpetrators of fraud see a door close, they move to another channel. And as EMV adoption continues to make strides across the U.S., we are also experiencing a rise in card-not-present fraud.So remind your members to be vigilant about all transactions – both card present and card-not-present – and to utilize advanced security tools such as mobile apps for card controls and alerts. With this technology, members can put exacting restrictions on how their cards are used, blocking fraudulent transactions before they are carried out.In the fight against card fraud, there is no substitute for an informed, aware member. Investing in the right solutions – and then engaging your member base with them – will ensure that you minimize card fraud and the disastrous impact it has on everyone involved.last_img read more