Fair Housing Update: Facebook and Citibank Address Discrimination Accusations

first_img Previous: What Makes Diversity in Mortgage Businesses Critical Next: Ocwen, Wells Fargo Suit Not Over Yet The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Fair Housing Update: Facebook and Citibank Address Discrimination Accusations About Author: Donna Joseph March 19, 2019 2,259 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Earlier in 2017, Facebook vowed to increase enforcement to prevent discriminatory advertising on the social media site. However, a study by ProPublica suggested that their enforcement efforts were not living up to those promises. ProPublica stated that Facebook ads exclude a wide variety of groups, including “African Americans, mothers of high school kids, people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, expats from Argentina, and Spanish speakers.”Citibank Fined for ViolationCitibank has been fined $25 million by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) for violating the Fair Housing Act. The OCC on Tuesday assessed the civil money penalty against Citibank on account of “certain control weaknesses related to its Relationship Loan Pricing (RLP) program designed to provide eligible mortgage loan customers either a credit to closing costs or an interest rate reduction.” The civil money penalty will be paid to the U.S. Treasury. The release by OCC also stated that as a result of these control weaknesses, some bank borrowers did not receive the RLP benefit for which they were eligible and were adversely affected on the basis of their race, color, national origin, or sex. Citibank has formulated a plan to reimburse all customers who did not receive the appropriate RLP benefit. Furthermore, to prevent future violations, the bank is taking corrective measures, according to OCC. Citibank will provide reimbursement to approximately 24,000 customers in the amount of approximately $24 million as a result of the bank’s failures and control weaknesses. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fair Housing Update: Facebook and Citibank Address Discrimination Accusations Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Citibank facebook in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing transactions including print and online advertisement on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status. As we prepare to celebrate Diversity Month this April—to encourage opportunities to include and appreciate different perspectives, cultures, and lifestyles—a pair of headlines today stand in contrast to remind us that many challenges still exist in this area. Facebook Announces Changes to Housing AdsAs reported by NPR, Facebook, after facing years of lawsuits on account of alleged discrimination by allowing advertisers to display their ads to a select few, has announced that changes in its ad platform will be implemented by the end of the year. DS News previously reported on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announcement that they were filing a formal complaint against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act by allowing landlords and homesellers to use its advertising platform to engage in housing discrimination. HUD had claimed that Facebook enabled advertisers to control which users receive housing-related ads based upon the recipient’s race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, disability, and/or zip code. It further alleged that Facebook then invites advertisers to express unlawful preferences by offering discriminatory options, allowing them to effectively limit housing options for these protected classes under the guise of “targeted advertising.” According to NPR article, Facebook officials said “we can do better” and announced other ad changes would include:Anyone who wants to run housing, employment or credit ads will no longer be allowed to target by age, gender, or zip codeAdvertisers offering housing, employment, and credit opportunities will have a much smaller set of targeting categories to use in their campaigns overallWe’re building a tool so you can search for and view all current housing ads in the US targeted to different places across the country, regardless of whether the ads are shown to you Citibank facebook 2019-03-19 Donna Joseph Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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Qualifications find the perfect match

first_img Comments are closed. Formal links between NVQs and vendor qualifications could ease skillsshortages in the computing sector, as a scheme launched this month aims toprove. By Elaine EsseryResults of a study carried out by e-skills NTO are set to boostqualification levels and increase skills in the IT services sector. Published at the beginning of this month, the findings are the outcome of aone-year project funded by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) tomap the content of IT vendor qualifications against the standards required forNVQs.Vendor qualifications built around large companies’ products and servicesare commonplace and well-respected in the sector, and some cross-recognitionexists.But they dominate the industry at the expense of competence-based,nationally-recognised NVQs. In the past two to three years, there has been much discussion about thelinks between the two types of qualification which prompted e-skills NTO to setup the project to examine the issue formally. The NTO teamed up with majorplayers Cisco, Microsoft and Novell to focus on their certification and theLevel 3 NVQs which tie in most closely with them – Developing IT Systems andCustomer Systems Support.E-skills NTO project manager Andrew Gibbons says, “We’re showingexactly how the qualifications link and where the common areas are. What thatmeans for users of qualifications is that if they have, say, Novellcertification and they’re working towards an NVQ they can see how the knowledgethey already have counts towards it. The outcome we’re hoping for is anincreased take-up of NVQs which will help address skills shortages in thesector.” Moves to help tackle the serious issue of skills shortages are vital. Labourmarket intelligence for the South East – which has the highest concentration ofIT services companies – reveals that 38 per cent of these reported a skills gapin their workforce that was adversely affecting their business. ReluctanceBut although firms perceive a shortfall in skill levels, they show areluctance to address it. Small companies – and 80 per cent of firms in thesector employ fewer than 20 staff – are less likely to train, and under 5 percent of all IT services firms have Modern Apprentices. Heavy reliance onrecruitment from within the industry only exacerbates the problem. It creates a spiral of competition for a scarce resource which is limitingthe growth of the sector. Instead, companies must be willing to take on morepeople from outside the industry and (re)train them in IT skills. Helping peopleto convert into the industry by giving them a way forward is one of thebenefits the NTO project will bring to employers.Another benefit is offering an attractive package to young entrants. SpringSkills is a major provider of vocational training in the UK and has beeninvolved in IT for two years. Its sister division recruits personnel for ITcompanies throughout the country. “The IT servicing arm is very new to vocational education, althoughit’s fair to say its validity and importance has become much more widelyrecognised,” says Jayne Vose, head of corporate training services. “The standards have been around for about seven years, but up to thetime that Spring Skills got involved there had only been three achievers of thefull Modern Apprenticeship framework.”Vose has seen a recent shift in recruitment practices, with a growingemphasis on attracting younger people. This has led to the development of apremier Modern Apprenticeship which integrates vendor accreditation and NVQs ina well-structured programme. “Some vendor qualifications havecompetence-based elements within them, but they’re more about underpinningtechnical knowledge,” Vose says. “What’s become obvious is that people also want some way of measuringperformance, which is what NVQs provide. The marrying up of the two gives a bitmore credibility to a vocational framework and enables employers to get anaccurate measure of a person’s ability to do the job. The sector as a wholestands to gain, as it raises the stakes in standards of performance.”Current trainees stand to gain from the e-skills NTO initiative. RobertHudson is a junior technical engineer undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship withTechland. The company supplies fax machines, but Hudson’s role is to providesupport for another product that enables customers to connect multiple machinesto a single switch. With one Microsoft certificate under his belt and anothersoon to follow, Hudson hopes to complete his NVQ Level 2 and begin a Level 3early next year.”It will be much easier if they can work these exams in with the NVQ3so you don’t have to duplicate things,” he says. “If you’re doingthings over and over again, it starts to get boring and you can switch off. Ifyou have people not enjoying themselves and not motivated they’re probably notproducing work of the same standard as they otherwise would.”BeneficiaryPerhaps the greatest beneficiary from an increase in NVQs is the customer,as education and training manager at Novell Naji Al Mahmoud explains. “Ibelieve the customer is the nucleus of the business and the dynamics of themarket is moving towards what is best for the customer. “Novell, Cisco and Microsoft are very good at certificating technicalskills, but not the soft skills, like communication, which are so important forthe customer interface. Why not combine the two and offer both to the customeras value added?” he says.The NTO’s remit is to establish the best possible qualifications frameworkfor the industry. Bringing together some of the best technical qualificationsand some of the best ways of recognising soft skills and competence is exactlywhat this programme is about. “By providing a very strong qualificationsframework that brings in the attractiveness and technical excellence of vendorcertification with the soft skills and all the weight that goes behind aGovernment-based qualification, we’re offering something new and attractive tothe industry,” says Gibbons. E-skills NTO will monitor very closely how many people with vendorqualifications take up NVQs and how many people want to base their NVQ on avendor qualification. In the longer term it will consider bringing vendorqualifications more formally into the national standard. “We want to workwith IT vendors to provide the best qualifications for the industry that willhelp businesses meet customer needs and help you and me use IT moreeffectively,” Gibbons concludes. Qualifications find the perfect matchOn 11 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Colombia Neutralizes ELN Commander

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo June 10, 2020 The Colombian government announced on May 14 that four members of the National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish) including the left-wing terrorist armed group’s commander had been neutralized by units of the Colombian Military Forces, in coordination with the National Police and with the support of the Attorney General’s Office. “Alias Mocho Tierra was considered a high-value target and was involved in the planning and execution of terrorist acts against the civilian population and the Armed Forces,” said Colombian Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo, who also released a video of the operation in the Montecristo rural area of Bolívar department during a press conference.According to Trujillo, the bombing was a joint operation between the Air Force, Army troops, and the Police. Alias Mocho Tierra, whose real identity was not disclosed, was in charge of drug trafficking and illegal mining that generated monthly revenues of about $1 million. “Alias Mocho Tierra, was an ELN member for nearly three decades and participated in a 1999 kidnapping of airline passengers,” Trujillo said.Failed ceasefireIn March, the ELN announced a month-long ceasefire beginning April 1 as the country grappled with a rise in coronavirus cases. The government of President Iván Duque put preliminary talks on a peace deal on hold after the terrorist group killed 22 people and injured many more in a car bombing in January 2019 at the General Santander Police Academy in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, AFP and several other news agencies reported.The group renewed attacks following the ceasefire, with the Army blaming it for a series of bombings against oil pipelines, according to Reuters. Colombian government official statistics indicate that the ELN has some allegedly 2,000 combatants, who during the years have been involved in kidnappings, forced recruitment of minors, and the use of landmines. The group operates in about 10 percent of the country, and is much smaller than the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which signed a landmark peace deal with the Colombian government in 2016.last_img read more

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Nearly 4K WV overseas workers repatriated

first_imgAccording to Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te, medical officer for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases of DOH Region 6, all the 3,979 repatriated overseas workers underwent reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test and were certified to be negative for coronavirus disease  2019 (COVID-9) prior to being allowed to return to Western Visayas. * Iloilo City – 13 Since April 9, 2020 when the government started transporting back to Western Visayas overseas workers stranded in Manila and Cebu due to the quarantine, a total of 3,979 have returned to the region. Photo shows overseas workers waiting to get down from this ship that docked two weeks ago at Fort San Pedro in Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * Capiz – zero Overall in Western Visayas, confirmed COVID-19 positive cases reached 127 as of yesterday with 11 deaths, DOH data showed. Eighty-eight have already recovered. Since then, according to DOH, the succeeding batches of repatriated overseas workers mostly returned via sweeper flights and 2GO ships. These overseas workers were residents of Iloilo province (1,366), Iloilo City (512), Negros Occidental (451), Capiz (458), Aklan (444), Bacolod City (314), Antique (316), and Guimaras (118). Of these 48 cases, 25 already recovered while one died – a 39-year-old male resident of Anilao, Iloilo who had worked in Spain. Here’s the breakdown of the 48 COVID-19-positive repatriated overseas workers: COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. On May 25, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered concerned government agencies to ensure all overseas Filipino workers stuck in Metro Manila due to the quarantine were brought back to their home provinces. These government agencies were the Department of Labor and Employment, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and DOH. But as can be gleaned from DOH-6’s data itself as of yesterday afternoon, June 9, 48 were positive for COVID-19 when retested upon their return. Here are the requirements that stranded overseas workers must meet to return to Region 6 set by the Western Visayas task force on COVID-19: * Iloilo province – eight * overseas worker must have a certification that he has completed 14 days of quarantine The first batch composed of 74 overseas workers returned to Region 6 on April 9 via Cokaliong Shipping Line. Thirty-five of these were residents of Negros Occidental and 34 were residents of Panay and Guimaras islands.center_img * Bacolod City – seven * Antique – four DOH-6 epidemiologist Dr. Glen Alonsabe said these repatriates were likely exposed to persons with COVID-19 in Manila after their tests, perhaps because they were not immediately transported to the region and had to extend their stay there for several more days or even weeks. Why did some overseas workers’ retest here yield COVID-positive results? Delays in the release of their RT-PCR test results have caused many overseas workers to remain in quarantine for far longer than 14 days in Metro Manila. * overseas worker must have a medical certificate affirming him or her to be asymptomatic and in good health condition Upon their return, the overseas workers must also be retested and observe another 14 days of quarantine. * Negros Occidental – nine ILOILO City – Since April 9 when the government started transporting back to Western Visayas the overseas workers stranded in Manila and Cebu due to the quarantine, a total of 3,979 have returned to the region, data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed. * Guimaras – three * overseas worker must have  undergone RT-PCR test with negative result within seven days prior to boarding airplane or ship * Aklan – four The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales./PNlast_img read more

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