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Financial services industry joins the texting generation

Financial services industry joins the texting generation

first_img 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As financial services firms continue to grapple with how to deliver the type of personalized, on-demand communication that investors prefer, texting is emerging as an increasingly critical way for advisors to communicate with clients.Once simply banned due to compliance concerns, this channel is now becoming the new norm, and for good reason: It’s fast, effective and personal – all vital to building those long-term relationships that grow business.Recent research and news reinforce this accelerated shift toward texting as an essential communication channel.More people – clients and advisors alike – are textingA July 2017 study by Salesforce, which was based on an online survey of 2,192 U.S.-based adults conducted in June by Harris Poll, found that accessibility is an important factor (cited by 68 percent of survey respondents) when choosing a financial advisor. continue reading »last_img read more

Gardai on ATM alert after digger robberies in Donegal

Gardai on ATM alert after digger robberies in Donegal

first_imgGardai in Co Donegal are on high-alert after the theft and attempted thefts of diggers in recent days.Officers fear the robberies are being carried out by a gang who could use them to steal ATMs from the county.It follows the recent spate of ATM thefts across the North and in the border counties. AN attempt was made to steal a digger from a yard at Pearse Road in Letterkenny over the weekend.The lock was broken and a windscreen smashed between 5pm on Saturday and 7.30am on Monday morning.It follows the theft of a digger from a Donegal County Council yard in St Johnston recently.The Hitachi 26U digger was loaded onto a trailer in the yard and driven away across the border towards Derry. The €38,000 digger, which was rented from Watson Hire in Letterkenny, has still not been located.Garda Sgt Eunan Walsh appealed to members of the public to be vigilant.“Obviously we have to keep an open mind on these robberies or attempted robberies because of the recent spate of thefts of ATMs.“The latest attempt to steal a digger happened in Letterkenny over the weekend when a machine parked beside the Letterkenny Community Centre was interfered with.“We’re not sure if this is in any way connected with these ATM thefts but we have to consider all options,” he said. He appealed to members of the public who notice specific behaviour late at night to contact Gardai.“If someone is out late at night and they spot a digger being towed at three of four o’clock in the morning then we would ask them to contact us.“This would be unusual. It might not be anything but we will investigate it and it is better to be safe than sorry,” he said.Local Gardai are also liaising with bank employees in relation to best practise around ATMs. Irish retailers in border counties have told Retail Excellence, Ireland’s largest retail representation body, that they are bracing themselves for more in the recent spate of ATM thefts.David Fitzsimons, CEO of Retail Excellence, conveyed the anger of member retailers.“It seems that we are hearing of another ATM theft almost on a daily basis at this stage, of another business targeted and destroyed, and vital services taken away on which many local people rely. These criminals are physically gouging out huge holes in banks and filling stations, but they’re also tearing apart dependent businesses and retailers.“We welcome the comments last night from Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan that all resources will be provided to the Gardaí. Retailers in border communities want assurance that everything is being done to co-operate with PSNI to stop this scourge on already hard-pressed towns and villages.“This is emphatically not a victimless crime. Such criminal activities bring people face-to-face with organised crime or terrorism. These are clearly dangerous people that don’t care about property damage or the effect that their activities have on people. The danger is that the digger will be set alight at a filling station, putting neighbouring homes and businesses at peril.“Without doubt, this spate of robberies puts the viability of retail at risk at a particularly difficult time. The livelihoods of the business owners who have worked for years to build up their businesses is jeopardised. A further concern is that spiralling insurance costs could ultimately put them out of business.“We’re talking about an estimated €70,000 taken from one ATM robbery, the impact of which is to take money out of consumers’ wallets. You can be sure that there’ll be little shopping done the following day in the local town, spend on discretionary items will be down, and coffee shops will be quiet.“These are small, rural family-owned retailers that are struggling and have taken years to build up their businesses. With all the best security in the world, there’s little they can do to defend themselves from the sort of destruction that we’ve seen from CCTV footage. The destruction done to the fabric of the buildings will mean their businesses are put out of action for months. Then do they take the risk and cost of replacing the ATM in future?“On behalf of our members in retail, we’re asking that any information is passed on to police on both sides of the border. We also ask for those involved in construction and retail to be extra vigilant.“Act like your premises is being watched and double your efforts to lock up diggers, trailers and jeeps. We need to make sure it’s as difficult as possible for thieves to take these vehicles for the purposes of crime.”Gardai on ATM alert after digger robberies in Donegal was last modified: April 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:atmbreak-indiggersGardairobberieslast_img read more

Sharks’ Erik Karlsson may miss more time

Sharks’ Erik Karlsson may miss more time

first_imgSAN JOSE — The lower body injury that kept defenseman Erik Karlsson out of the Sharks’ lineup for the last three games before the NHL’s all-star break could keep him out of the first game back, as well.Karlsson did not skate Friday and Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said he’ll have to wait until Saturday to determine if the two-time Norris Trophy winner will be available to play in that night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes at SAP Center.The Sharks were 1-2 in games without Karlsson from Jan. …last_img

Healthcare usage doubles since 2000

Healthcare usage doubles since 2000

first_img15 April 2008South Africans’ use of public healthcare services has almost doubled over the past eight years, with 101-million visits to clinics being recorded over the 2006/07 financial year.Addressing the opening of the National Consultative Health Forum (NCHF) recently, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said the increase was due to improved access as a result of building more than 1 600 clinics closer to the communities, improved package of care available at clinics and the removal of user fees.“Efforts have also been made to decrease the inequalities in the funding amongst health districts and have led to significant improvement in service delivery and health outcomes,” she said.Immunisation coverage currently stood at 85% and the average number of new cases of diarrhoea per 1000 children under the age of five dropped by more than half, from 258 in 2005 to 119 in 2006.“These successes are a result of determination of our health workers to deliver services to our people, there are some promising signs with respect to both HIV and TB,” Tshabalala-Msimang said.Success against HIV, TBShe further said that the 2006 antenatal survey showed for the first time a decline in HIV prevalence particularly amongst young people and that TB cure rates were improving annually while defaulter rates were declining.Tshabalala-Msimang told BuaNews that the significant decline in HIV prevalence on pregnant women under the age of 20 meant that young people had taken the department’s message seriously.“Peer groups go a long way in changing attitudes,” she explained.She added that the department was on the right track in terms of resource availability in clinics with 86% of health facilities having all the resources needed.ChallengesThe NCHF noted that while there were many achievements in the delivery of primary healthcare services in the country, there were still many challenges.This included improving access to primary healthcare services and equitable allocation of resources, the availability of adequate human resources for healthcare, improving quality of care, strengthening district management and increasing community participation.The forum called for a revised primary healthcare strategy for South Africa, in which per capita expenditure on primary healthcare would be doubled over the next 10 years.It also resolved to ensure that primary healthcare provided by the private health sector was made more affordable to the public.The NCHF represents government, public and private health sectors, statutory bodies, academics and research institutions, community organisations, civil society, non-governmental organisations and organised labour.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more