Limerick charity CEO appeals for earthquake support

first_imgAdvertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter NewsLimerick charity CEO appeals for earthquake supportBy John Keogh – May 7, 2015 831 TAGSDavid DaltonlimerickNepal earthquakePlan IrelandRaheen Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Previous article€20 million Limerick social housing projectsNext articleMan critical injured following Limerick assault John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Raheen native is appealing to people in Limerick and Ireland to support the charity’s relief efforts in Nepal, following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25 that has killed an estimated 7,500 people.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We have 250 Nepalese staff there, thankfully all 250 of them are ok; we’ve been very lucky. At the moment the main focus is on providing people with shelter. Approximately 350,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed so people are literally in the streets.“We’re also facing into the Monsoon season in about six weeks, so getting people at least covered is a huge priority. The rebuilding operation will take years, so at the moment a lot of our work is on providing tents and shelters,” Mr Dalton told the Limerick Post.He explained that the charity is also working to provide people in the affected areas with adequate water and sanitation, and hot food and cooking facilities.Mr Dalton added that the main focus of the charity’s work is on children, including child protection, and the Nepalese team is assisting in the reunification of families and protecting children from the ongoing problem of child trafficking in Northern India and Nepal.Plan International is also trying to provide children in the affected areas with some normality by opening up schools.“All of the schools in Nepal will be closed until May 15, but in the affected areas the schools have been destroyed. We’re trying to open up educational spaces to get the children back learning, get them back into a routine and spending time with their friends. This is very important as if children miss out on a year of education it can have a detrimental effect,” Mr Dalton said.Anyone wishing to make a donation can go to www.plan.ie, or Freephone 1800 829 829. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival David Dalton, Plan Ireland CEO, pictured in GuineaDavid Dalton, Plan Ireland CEO, pictured in Guinea LIMERICK man David Dalton, who is CEO of international charity Plan Ireland, says that rebuilding the 350,000 buildings destroyed in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake “will take years”. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

What the Apple Card says to credit unions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Long gone are the days when credit unions could consider the community institution down the street, or even the biggest national banks, as their only competition. Large technology companies and retailers continue to dip their toes into the financial industry waters, causing concern for traditional institutions. What these entities lack in proven financial services experience, they’re trying to make up for with seamlessness and convenience. While these competitors haven’t won yet, if credit unions aren’t careful, they just might.T-Mobile, Walmart and Amazon all have introduced new banking and payment products over the last couple of years that tout a superior user experience as the selling point. Arguably the most threatening, last month Apple introduced a new credit card that has low fees, easy-to-spend rewards, boosted security and a frictionless account opening experience. Nothing Apple is offering is particularly new or noteworthy individually, but by piecing together the best features and functionality of credit unions’ current digital banking and payment apps, Apple might be delivering a better overall consumer experience. This should serve as a bright red flag to credit unions that have been slow or reluctant to embrace digital transformation.These tech companies often have flashy user interfaces and hefty resources behind them, but they lack one crucial differentiator that credit unions have: Member trust. According to a Harris Poll survey conducted on behalf of D3 Banking Technology, more than three-fourths of Americans (78%) feel more comfortable with their financial institution having access to their personal data when compared to a large tech organization. This is good news for traditional players. continue reading »last_img read more