The Future of Financial Service Firms

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News August 7, 2019 1,011 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Future of Financial Service Firms Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: World Economic Conditions and U.S. Housing Next: Common Securitization Solutions CEO David Applegate Stepping Down The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Related Articles WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PRIMARY CHALLENGES FACING SERVICERS AND LAW FIRMS IN 2019? One of the biggest issues for all of us is the continuing change in the legislative environment, nuanced state law requirements, and the need for servicers to have firms that are leveraged to be able to track these legislative updates and provide timely and substantive of updates. Lower inventory is an issue for everybody as well.YOUR FIRM WON A MAJOR LEGAL VICTORY EARLIER THIS YEAR WITH OBDUSKEY V. MCCARTHY HOLTHUS. WHAT ARE SOME OTHER CASES THE INDUSTRY SHOULD BE KEEPING AN EYE ON? It’s an exciting time for the industry. We will see an increased number of cases out there that will, hopefully, be helpful to us following the McCarthy & Holthus decision. The next logical step will be a case where they try to apply the ruling to a judicial foreclosure—in particular, a judicial foreclosure that is not seeking a deficiency. Reading the tea leaves, I would expect a favorable result on that, which I think would be a huge win for the entire industry. There are also other Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) cases out there. There’s the Klemm case that’s with the Supreme Court, which deals with the statute of limitations. The primary question for the court is whether the SOL begins to run when the plaintiff discovers the alleged error or does the SOL start to run from the date of the occurrence. If it is the later, it could significantly reduce the cost to litigate FDCPA cases. It’s a significant case that would affect everyone from Maine to California. It will also be interesting to watch the evolution of the McCarthy & Holthus case. What will the next challenges be? What will be covered by the case? Where might a state legislature try to amend the state’s debt collection law to provide different relief to borrowers or consumers?WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON STATES POTENTIALLY SETTING UP THEIR OWN VERSIONS OF THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU? In my opinion, I believe our industry is as highly regulated as any and there isn’t a need for additional regulations. I understand the desire for local governments to take affirmative action to assist their constituents. However, it is often lost how difficult it is to manage any process on a national level when there are national, state, county, and city-specific regulations. With that said, I think this is inevitable and might have already happened in Pennsylvania. This is just another example of state-specific changes that are likely to come in the next year.WHAT ARE LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNED FROM PAST NATURAL DISASTERS? WHAT SHOULD SERVICERS DO TO PREPARE TO HELP BORROWERS THIS YEAR? One suggestion would be the implementation of Borrower Advocacy Programs to assist homeowners with their hazard insurance claims. These programs are aimed at default prevention and can have the added benefit of an enhanced reputation during a time of need. Borrowers may be unfamiliar with the nuances of their policy, may unknowingly accept a wrongful denial of coverage, and may be unaware of changes to FEMA flood maps that could trigger a requirement for flood coverage. In short, communication is key, and having a program to help borrowers is always a good place to start.WHAT ARE SOME TRENDS YOU FORESEE AS WE HEAD TOWARD 2020? I see a decrease in default volume, which could increase firm and service transfers as a result of servicer and firm consolidation. Those results are unfortunately foreseeable and will continue until there is a significant economic change. As a result, we all need to focus on providing exceptional customer service and improve efficiencies.HOW IS TECHNOLOGY IMPACTING THE INDUSTRY? The question here is really two-fold. 1) How is technology being used among firms with servicers and their vendors, and 2) how is technology being used with borrowers? As to the latter, consumers want modern technology. They want to communicate with the servicers on apps. Even email is probably outdated at this point. They want quick interactions, and, generally speaking, anytime we use technology to become faster, it can be a good thing. However, there are certain protocols and regulations you need to keep in mind, such as verifying the identity of the person. That becomes an issue if you’re just app based. There are certain things that may require a phone call, but technology will certainly help build a better relationship between borrowers and servicers. As technology relates to firms and servicers, it’s obviously not going away. It provides us real-time information and data, which is great. The difficulty, of course, is the expectation that everything’s perfect. I haven’t found the system yet that links up with another system perfectly. When the data doesn’t coincide, often it results in even more manual work, which is what technology was hopefully supposed to help replace. Expectations that systems are going to be perfectly aligned just aren’t realistic, but it is allowing us instant access to data to make informed decisions. Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in the August issue of DS News.Matthew Podmenik has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, ranking at the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards. Podmenik has authored articles involving lenders’ rights for the California Real Property Law Reporter, Legal League 100 Quarterly, California Mortgage Finance News, and the United Trustee Association. Podmenik is admitted to practice in the state of California; the U.S. District Court in the Eastern, Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California; the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He spoke to DS News about the trends and challenges currently facing financial services firms and servicers. Tagged with: Law Law 2019-08-07 Mike Albanese The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese The Future of Financial Service Firms Subscribe Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

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Ghost Light Performs “Best Kept Secret” & “Isosceles” At KBCO Studio C [Video]

first_imgIn late-March, Ghost Light released their long-awaited debut studio album, Best Kept Secrets. The album has been in the works for the better part of two years. During their time on the road since work on the project began, Ghost Light has become one of the most exciting and in-demand live bands on the circuit.Recently, Ghost Light stopped by Denver, CO’s commercial radio station, KBCO, to record a special KBCO Studio C session. The quintet worked through live renditions of lead single “Best Kept Secret” and “Isosceles” from their recently released studio debut, Best Kept Secrets.Head here to watch Ghost Light’s recent KBCO Studio C session.Ghost Light’s 2019 spring tour continues on Wednesday, April 10th, with a stop at St. Louis, MO’s Old Rock House. For a full list of upcoming dates, see below. For more information and ticketing, head to the band’s website.Ghost Light 2019 Tour Dates:4/10 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House4/11 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern4/12 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar4/13 – Covington, KY – Madison Live4/16 – Nashville, TN – Basement East4/17 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall4/18 – Charleston, SC – Pour House4/19 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West4/20 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre4/24 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco4/25 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall4/27 – New Orleans, LA – Republic NOLA4/29 – Atlanta, GA –5/9 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom5/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl5/11 – Portland, ME – Portland House of Music5/15 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre5/16 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club5/17 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar5/18 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton5/19 – Corolla, NC – Mike Dianna’s Grill Room5/24 – 5/26 – Long Creek, SC – Long Creek Music Festival5/24 – 5/26 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival5/25 – Martinsville, VA – Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival6/6 – 6/8 – Wellston, MI – Camp Greensky Music Festival6/6 – 6/9 – Stephentown, NY – Disc Jam6/27 – 6/30 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival7/5 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater7/18 – 7/21 – North Plains, OR – Northwest String Summit7/20 – Roseberry, ID – Summer Music Festival at Roseberry7/25 – 7/28 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival7/26 – 7/27 – Burlington, VT – Tumble Down Festival8/2 – Johnstown, PA – Flood City Music Festival9/22 – East Aurora, NY – Borderlands Music FestivalView Tour DatesFans heading down to New Orleans during this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival can catch Ghost Light performing a late-night show on Saturday, April 27th (technically early-morning on April 28th) at Republic NOLA. The Ghost Light late-night will immediately follow Tom Hamilton‘s performance with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Mardi Gras World.Tickets for Ghost Light’s New Orleans late-night during Jazz Fest are available here.Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2019 (technically early AM 4/28)Artist: Live For Live Music & 8th Annual Nolafunk Series During Jazz Fest Present: GHOST LIGHTVenue: Republic NOLA – 828 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130Tickets: Early-Bird – $20 (limited quantity) / Tier 1 – $22.50 (limited quantity / Tier 2 – $25Time: 2:00 AMFor more information, head here.last_img read more

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Michael Arnone’s 30th Annual Crawfish Festival: The Weekend In Photos [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Festival returned to Augusta, NJ this past weekend for the 30th-annual edition of the east coast homage to New Orleans music, food, and culture.What started as a small crawfish boil for 70 people homesick for boiled crawfish in 1989 has turned into Michael Arnone’s 30th Annual Crawfish Fest featuring the best music and food that Louisiana and New Orleans have to offer.This year, Arnone’s Crawfish Fest featured an array of memorable performances from the likes of Aaron Neville, Neville Jacobs (featuring Cris Jacobs and Ivan Neville), Rebirth Brass Band, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, Cowboy Mouth, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Bishop Gunn, Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet, John Papa Gros Band, Jonathon Long, Flow Tribe, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Darcy Malone and the Tangle, Amanda Fish, The Iceman Special, Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew, Tony Smith and the You Know How We Do Crew, and Big Mamou.Below, you can relive the weekend with a full gallery of photos courtesy of photographer Ken Spielman.For more information about the event, head to their website here.Michael Arnone’s 30th Annual Crawfish Fest | Augusta, NJ | 5/31/19-6/2/19 | Photos: Ken Spielmanlast_img read more

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Enel says pandemic not likely to slow its renewable energy development plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Renewables giant Enel SpA is predicting a wave of consolidation in the green energy sector as smaller companies come under financial pressure from the effects of the coronavirus, opening a window for well-financed players to snap up cheap wind and solar assets.“I think the current crisis could potentially open up opportunities, mainly for who has big financial shoulders,” Alberto de Paoli, the Italian utility’s CFO, said on a May 6 earnings call. “It will be possible to identify, towards year-end, those players that managed through the crisis and those that did not,” the CFO said. “A new phase of M&A will arrive — not now, but in the later part of the year.”In the meantime, Enel is expecting the coronavirus crisis to barely dent its own roll-out of new renewables capacity. The company has about 3,200 MW either under construction or ready to build for 2020, with another 400 MW fully permitted. Although impacts from the lockdowns could delay a small share of the capacity, the company expects to catch up with no more than a few months’ delay.The group reported €1.25 billion in profits during the first quarter, a marginal decrease from the prior-year period, although the result was up 11% when excluding one-off impacts. However, total revenues were down 12% to €19.99 billion, partly because coronavirus containment measures led to lower electricity sales in Italy and Spain, two of Enel’s core markets.Since lockdowns were only in effect for the last two weeks of the reporting period, the company expects the impact to be more pronounced in the second quarter. Nevertheless, analysts said the company should see little impact from the crisis, given its largely regulated business and other safeguards.“We continue to believe that networks and renewables growth will be largely unfazed,” analysts at Bernstein wrote in a note ahead of the earnings release. “Exposure to lower power prices is limited via hedging, including an intrinsic hedge embedded in the integrated business models in Italy and Spain.”[Yannic Rack]More ($): Enel predicts ‘new phase of M&A’ after companies emerge from coronavirus crisis Enel says pandemic not likely to slow its renewable energy development planslast_img read more

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Some NBA clubs can reopen facilities Friday: report

first_imgNBA team practice facilities will reportedly reopen Friday in states and cities where coronavirus pandemic stay-at-home requirements have been loosened, allowing players to conduct individual workouts.ESPN reported that teams will remain banned from conducting group workouts or other activities, citing unnamed sources.The May 1 move would allow players to return to team facilities in such states as Georgia, home of the Atlanta Hawks, and Oklahoma, home of the Oklahoma City Thunder, for fitness workouts in a safe and controlled environment. Topics : The move, according to the report, does not reflect a new timetable for resumption of the 2019-20 season, which was halted March 12 when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with the deadly virus.But it would mark a small first step on the road back to a possible completion of the regular season and playoffs, which typically last two months.Most areas with NBA teams have more restrictive confinement measures remaining in place, so the league is telling clubs they will work to find alternative workout arrangements for players not in areas where they could report to team facilities.With many NBA players not hunkered down in their club’s home markets, it could happen that NBA franchises with open facilities allow players from opposing clubs to use gyms on a limited basis for solo workouts.center_img With Georgia reopening many businesses in the past few days, some players had asked team officials about the possibility of going to Atlanta and working out in gyms there, a move team general managers did not favor.Some general managers, according to ESPN, expressed concerns about the safety of reopening facilities given that medical officials have been against the idea of reopening businesses.Georgia’s reopening move, for instance, came without the 14 days of diminishing coronavirus positive tests that were sought in federal guidelines of a multi-step process to reopening businesses across the United States.NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said he will not begin to consider a timetable for resumption until May.The NBA playoffs were to have started on April 18.last_img read more

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Barbados joins International Labor Organization to reduce child labor

first_imgHonourable Esther Byer-Suckoo, Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development of Barbados (right) hands over the signed agreement for the Regional Initiative – Latin America and the Caribbean free of Child Labour to José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, ILO Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (right) as OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro looks on (centre). The International Labor Organization (ILO) says Barbados has become the ninth Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country to join the Regional Initiative, Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labor.It said that the island’s Labor Minister Esther Byer-Suckoo handed over the signed agreement to José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, ILO Regional Director of the Americas and Caribbean in the margins of the Organization of American States (OAS) XX Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor held here earlier this month.It said as a result of Barbados signing the agreement, it now brings the total number of participating countries in the region to 28, all aligned in pursuit of a common objective: to accelerate the rate of reduction of child labor in the region and by 2025, to eliminate all forms of child labor.According to the ILO, Barbados has ratified the commitments set forth in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and has also ratified ILO Conventions 138 on the minimum age for admission to employment and 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labor.last_img read more

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‘Say it ain’t so, ‘Joe’ Jackson’

first_imgA few years before the death of the “King of Pop” Michael Jackson, MJ revealed that he had been abused and beaten by his father, Joe Jackson. The media seized upon these revelations like piranhas closing in on a beef steer that had strayed into waters infested with these aquatic devourers of flesh. There is no excuse for Joe Jackson or any other human being abusing any child physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually but you know what? Joe Jackson’s boys and girls made it big and that in itself may act as a salve on the wounds suffered by his children who in time became arguably the most famous entertainment family in the world. Check this out; however unconventional and allegedly brutal Joe Jackson’s system might have been, there was a method to his madness and his children ended up profiting from the process that he put in place. However, in regards to the ongoing Penn State child abuse scandal a bunch of serious bull crap is spewing out of the mouths of the media. The children that were allegedly sexually abused by ex-PSU coach Jerry Sandusky did not profit on any level from his alleged lust for virgin flesh. A few folks are saying that the funeral of Joe Paterno re-launched and restored his tainted legacy. When I think of the word re-launch, my heart hurts and I can’t help but think of Jan. 28, 1986 when the space shuttle Challenger was launched. The spacecraft exploded shortly thereafter killing all who were on board. The events that transpired on that awful day can never be taken back. You cannot re-launch any vehicle once it has exited the launching pad. How dare these imbeciles imply that that the passing of Paterno automatically gives him “clean hands” in regards to the ongoing scandal. Most people say that Paterno should have “spilled” the beans in a more thorough way but in most states you do not have to be compelled to testify against your spouse. Joe Paterno was “married” to PSU football and he was not going to allow anything including the abuse of a few “have-nots” to threaten his legacy or his marriage to power and money. The accomplishments of Mr. Paterno have been lost in the shuffle of corruption.Did I mention a few of the theories originating from Jimmy Hoffa University or JHU in regards to the disappearance of former prosecutor Ray Gricar being mob influenced? Oops that is politically incorrect, can’t say “mob.” According to my sources; Mr. Gricar is now waiting in line to take over as the curator of MJ’s Neverland Ranch. Uh-huh and I say re-launch the legacy of the late coach Joe Paterno the day that Gricar calls his next press conference to tell us about his new gig.The Pro Bowl is a farce, joke and a spinoff of what professional football is supposed to be. Buyer beware. Take a close look because what you see might just be a preview of the form of play that may be the future of competition in the NFL. These guys may as well have been playing touch football with pads. Was that a football game that the world was watching or did the coaches borrow the playbook from a neighborhood pickup game? In the past I have been credentialed to cover the game and it has never been taken too seriously even by those like me who have traveled over 4660 miles just to sit in the press box. I personally went so I could travel throughout the islands “hanging ten” no, that does not mean riding the waves in Honolulu, but “hanging out” in the “Sun Room” which was my favorite (and cheapest) restaurant near the Hawaiian Hilton which was my place of residence while I was there. In the future, why not alternate the game between San Francisco, San Diego or Seattle in addition to Honolulu and play the game two weeks after the Super Bowl? Currently the game is a crock and there might be a new nickname if it continues as it is now. It will match the Super Bowl; in the future it may just well be called the “Stupid Bowl.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741. Bruce is also the NFL/AFC North analyst on the “Odd Couple Sports Show” streaming live on Fox Sports radio; WCWA 1230am, Toledo, Ohio, Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m.) I have never been happy about not going to a Super Bowl but this year is the exception. When I covered Super Bowl XL in Detroit I ended up with pneumonia. If they can only hold the “Lombardi Sweepstakes” in a city with a domed stadium then they should go one step farther and require that the entire city be “domed.” I am convinced that my illness was caused by running in and out of activities and venues during Super Bowl week that had extreme temperature variations from stifling hot to bitter cold. The Super Bowl should not be awarded to any city whose average low temp falls below 38 degrees Fahrenheit, domed stadium or not. It does not seem appropriate to be singing, “the weather outside is frightful but the ‘dome’ is so delightful but since I didn’t make All-Pro let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” That’s not right, that’s just not right. last_img read more

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SPRING FEVER HANDICAP QUOTES – MONDAY JULY 4, 2016

first_imgNOTES: Winning owner Terry Lovingier resides in Seal Beach.             OWNER TERRY LOVINGIER, LOST BUS, WINNER: “This filly has a nice stature; she’s a big filly. When she checked early like she did, I thought, ‘I don’t think she’ll be able to make up that much ground.’“When Codacious went with Sunday Rules and pressured her, I think it took a little bit out of (Sunday Rules) and we were able to get there after that.“Lost Bus has a bit of a nasty temperament. I took a few people to see her and I was showing them to move slow when you get up close. She acted all nice to me and when I got up close, she head-butted me! I fell to the ground.“But it can’t get any better than this, winning a race on the Fourth of July.” EDWIN MALDONADO, SUNDAY RULES, FOURTH: “I didn’t expect that in a million years, I don’t know what Kent (Desormeaux, aboard Codacious) was thinking. He killed both of us; we both ran last. He finished third, I finished fourth.”             GARY SHERLOCK, LOST BUS, WINNER: “The five (Codacious) went with the two (Sunday Rules) and softened her up and it may have made a difference. When I saw my filly make her move, I felt pretty good. She made the lead pretty early. She ran good.“She’ll probably run in the Rancho Bernardo (Handicap) next (Grade III, $100,000, 6 ½ furlongs at Del Mar Aug. 17).” JOCKEY QUOTES FERNANDO PEREZ, LOST BUS, WINNER: “Desormeaux (aboard Codacious) closed off the hole that was right in front of me. I was letting Sunday Rules go and then when I tried to go up on her outside, to sit just off of her, Desormeaux closed off the hole and I was about to be sandwiched, so I had to take up.“I just took back and tried to make a run at the end. She ran huge. These are really good fillies so I didn’t know exactly what would happen today but (Lost Bus) ran a big race.” TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more

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A special night for the No Barriers Foundation – Picture Special

first_imgThe first No Barriers Foundation charity ball has raised over €15,000 to support people with disabilities in the north west.A glamorous fundraiser was held in Castle Grove Country House on Saturday to celebrate the many achievements of No Barriers and to generate support for their future goals.Over 90 guests attended the black tie summer ball in the beautiful Castle Grove, which showcased life-changing benefits that No Barriers brings to the local community. Early estimates suggest that around €15,400 was raised on the night through kind donations, raffle entries and a lively auction.The No Barriers Team: David Hone, Johnny Loughrey and Stephen McNally with Rachel Leontis at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseStephen and Labhaoise Maguire with Sharon and John Gildea at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseNoirin, Sonia and Seamus McGarvey at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseAnn-Marie Fogarty, Siófra Nic an Bhreithiú, Gerard Moyne, Frank Fogarty and Sarah Maguire at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseIn his speech, No Barriers Director Johnny Loughrey explained how the foundation was established in 2016 to provide specialist rehabilitation services in the north west. The non-profit group successfully raised enough funds last year to buy an Exoskeleton Robotic Suit to enable people with spinal injury, stroke, MS, brain injury and other conditions to walk and exercise. No Barriers now employs two full-time staff to deliver this unparalleled walking therapy.No Barriers Director Johnny Loughrey speaking at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseGerry McCabe demonstrating the exoskeleton robotic suit at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseGerry McCabe demonstrating the exoskeleton robotic suit at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseDolores and Gerry McCabe, Stephen McNally and John Rouse at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseSpecial guest on the night was Gerry McCabe, who demonstrated the impressive Exoskeleton suit by walking through the Castle Grove ballroom with his wife Dolores. Gerry, who is from Dundalk, has been a wheelchair user since 2004 after sustaining a spinal cord injury in an accident. His dream of walking again came true thanks to a major fundraising campaign by his friends and family which helped him buy his own Exoskeleton.Gerry talked about the physical and mental benefits the suit brings him, saying: “It’s life-changing. Before this I had all sorts of problems. Since I started walking the change in me and the change in my family is unreal.”The No Barriers committee announced that the Donegal suit would now be named Gerry in honour of the inspiration that Mr McCabe has brought to their efforts.Gerry and Dolores McCabe at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseA selection of No Barriers service users also shared their stories in a video which was screened at the ball. They talked about the strength, mental uplift and physical improvements they have gained from regular use of the exoskeleton. “No Barriers wouldn’t be anything without the patients that are using the suit. We are really driven forward by the emotion we get from them,” Johnny Loughrey said. Video display at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseJohnny explained that there is still much more to do. Money raised from the ball will be used to cover staff wages to continue delivering the low-cost therapy, while No Barriers also aim to create a new inclusive gym environment in Donegal.Guests got behind the foundation by making generous donations to a raffle, which had a large number of incredible prizes from supportive businesses. Charlie Robinson led a thrilling auction with one-of-a-kind sports items and experiences, artwork, beauty treatments and a cruise all up for grabs.Charlie Robinson leading the Auction. Photo by Stevie Toye, LogopixRaffle prizes and auction items at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseLisa Loughrey and Liam Leech enjoying the auction. Photo by Stevie Toye, LogopixCastle Grove also welcomed celebrity Chef Gary O’Hanlon, who created a delicious five-course menu especially for the occasion. Entertainment was provided by Letterkenny band RAW and DJ Keith Fletcher, who both had guests on the dancefloor long into the night. Chef Gary O’Hanlon. Photo by Stevie Toye, LogopixKaroline Sweeney and the Castle Grove Team. Photo by Stevie Toye, LogopixRAW Band. Photo by Stevie Toye, LogopixThe fundraiser was hailed as a great success for the No Barriers Foundation. Event organisers Johnny Loughrey, Sharon Gildea and all the committee would like to sincerely thank all businesses, groups and individuals who attended and everyone who has supported the important cause. Nuala McIntyre, Sarah McGinley, Roseleen McGinley, Bridget McGinley and Martina Drummond at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseMary and Damien Blake at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseDavid Fisher and Sam Robinson at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseThank you to the following sponsors of the No Barriers Charity Ball: Atlantic TravelCastle Grove Country House HotelHarveys Point Hotel Oakfield ParkPatrick Gildea Hairdressing Letterkenny Evolve Artist Jacinta CallaghanJT PhysioLemon Tree RestaurantMcElhinneys RSC Strength & Conditioning Donegal Food ToursYellow Pepper Fit Hub Arena 7 Muff Liquor Co.Shandon Hotel & Spa Portsalon Golf ClubArtist Laura BuchannanFoysStation House Kinnegar BreweryRosapenna Golf Club Fitzgerald Private ClinicJohnny and Noelle Duffy at the No Barriers Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseChloe McLaughlin, Anna Farren, Gabrielle McMonagle and Rachel McLaughlin at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseBreda Canning and Jamie Lee Murray at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseJohn Gildea and Sharon Rouse at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseRyan Mason and Lisa Buchanan at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseChloe McLaughlin, Kevin Dooher and Anna Farren at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseLorna Spratt, Henry Spratt, Theresa Foley and Mark Foley at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseRachel McLaughlin and Sharon Gildea at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseChris and Alecia Frize at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseNoreen McGarvey and Paul McIntyre at the No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball in Castle Grove Country HouseA special night for the No Barriers Foundation – Picture Special was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Ballcastle Grove country houseeventsno barriers foundationlast_img read more

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Poll: Is OpenStack Now More Attractive Following the Amazon Web Services Outage?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The OpenStack Conference and Design Summit is happening this week. The group assembling represents a community that in less than a year has attracted a worldwide developer group and enough influence to attract organizations such as Canonical, Citrix and Cisco. These are partners which are now contributing to the effort to build an infrastructure that anyone can use to build their own cloud environment.OpenStack is also a contrast to Amazon Web Services (AWS), which had such an outage last week that people are starting to see what the alternatives are to the service, which is now the dominant leader in the space.James Staten of Forrester wrote in a blog post today that he has been fielding calls from AWS customers that have lost data, following the AWS outage. These are customers who are now open to new alternatives. For OpenStack that means it has more of a wedge than it did before. It highlights a few things. Not just that OpenStack is an open infrastructure compared to AWS. It also points to the differences in the ecosystems.Staten:Amazon’s massive ecosystem of management software, SaaS, Platform as a Service (PaaS) and independent software vendor (ISV) partners are all just customers of AWS. They aren’t contributors, nor are they I&O peers. OpenStack’s ecosystem includes many of the above but also service providers, government agencies and enterprises who are implementing OpenStack as well. Which means that if you choose to implement OpenStack for your private cloud or you are a hoster implementing it for your IaaS, there is an I&O peer network you can call on in times of crisis who have intimate knowledge of the software and can help you diagnose the problem and even potentially supply a patch to reverse the problem.OpenStack is still a new entity. But its momentum is unquestioned. And it may have a better chance at succeeding, following the unfortunate series of events that fell upon AWS and its customers last week.What do you think?ddy.com/features-surveys/”>Market Research Related Posts center_img alex williams Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#news 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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