Monday 18 December 2017

Our first 'work life campus'

Central Park in Leopardstown
Central Park in Leopardstown

The Punt

Something called a "work-life campus" has been launched in Leopardstown's Central Park.

The development is home to the likes of Vodafone and Ulster Bank, as well as residential units in which 340 residents live.

Now Central Park wants to bring everyone closer together.

"Our goal is to create a world-class environment which will connect the people who live and work there to each other," Central Park marketing director Viv Gaine said.

"We're taking every opportunity to socialise all groups in Central Park by offering an extensive range of events ranging from personal and professional development and inter-company challenges as well as health, fitness and well-being activities.

"It's about building a community and creating more than just a place to live or work."

The Punt reckons it sounds a bit like a hippie commune.

There'll be farmers' markets held every week, and employees and residents will get access to an app that allows them to order food, run errands and collect prescriptions, among other daily chores.

"It also features a service called Neighbour Net, where people can register their interests such as training for the marathon or going to Croke Park on Sunday, allowing others to hook up with them and grow the Central Park community," said Steven Fagan, from the park's managing agent CBRE.

By the time the development is complete, Central Park will be a community of over 8,000 people.

AIB getting back to normal

AIB has appointed its first independent director in several years as Catherine Woods becomes senior independent non-executive director.

It's a further sign that the bank is laying the groundwork for a return to private ownership, though the departure of David Duffy might hold things up a tad.

The State owns 99.8pc of the bank and a float, or at least a partial float, had been expected to come either late this year or early next year.

Woods is the chairman of EBS and is the finance expert on the Government's adjudication panel which mediates between Hutchinson Three and the Government on the rollout of the National Broadband Scheme.

In a previous life, she was a pension fund trustee at JP Morgan, where she also headed the European Banks Equity Research Team.

She worked on the recapitalisation of Lloyds and the re-privatisation of Scandinavian banks. Ms Woods is also a former director of An Post and a former member of the Electronic Communications Appeals Panel.

She joined the AIB board in October 2010 and has been a member of its audit committee and board risk committee since January 2011.

She was appointed chairman of the audit committee in July 2011.

Ms Woods holds a first-class honours degree in Economics from Trinity College Dublin.

Credit cards give you up

The Punt's a bit freaked out by the findings of a survey published in the journal 'Science'.

Apparently, just four little details of your credit card history can be used to identify you, according to a team from the University of Aarhus in Denmark.

The study analysed 1.1 million people's credit card details - and the scientists managed to identify 90pc of them by looking at things such as where they bought a coffee on a particular day or where they purchased some clothing. It indicates credit card details are as reliable as mobile phone records for identifying someone.

"Let's say that we are searching for Scott in a simply anonymized credit card data set," the team wrote.

"We know two points about Scott: he went to the bakery on 23 September and to the restaurant on 24 September. Searching through the data set reveals that there is one and only one person in the entire data set who went to these two places on these two days.

"We now know all of his other transactions, such as the fact that he went shopping for shoes and groceries on 23 September". Poor Scott.

Irish Independent

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