FCMB Group Plc (FCMB.ng) HY2008 Presentation

first_imgFCMB Group Plc (FCMB.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2008 presentation results for the half year.For more information about FCMB Group Plc (FCMB.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the FCMB Group Plc (FCMB.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: FCMB Group Plc (FCMB.ng)  2008 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileFCMB Group Plc is a financial services institution offering products and services for the commercial, corporate and institutional sectors in Nigeria and Europe. The company’s core portfolio is focused on investment banking, asset management, commercial banking, corporate banking, personal banking, institutional banking and treasury and financial markets. The company also offers services for stockbroking, trusteeships, micro-lending and asset and cash management. FCMB Group Plc was founded in 1977 and its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. FCMB Group Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

How I’m planning to turn £6.74 of UK shares into a £10,000 passive income for life

first_imgHow I’m planning to turn £6.74 of UK shares into a £10,000 passive income for life Enter Your Email Address UK shares can be phenomenal investments, in my opinion. There are so many choices including world-renowned, long-established companies in addition to start-ups. Good education, consistent rule of law, and favourable business conditions offer UK shares a stable environment to thrive in.On average, UK shares have historically provided a long-term average return of 7%. To achieve a £10,000 passive annual income, I calculate that I would need a total portfolio of £250,000. This assumes I can withdraw 4% of my total investment pot every year, which is a commonly used estimate.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Assuming I would like to retire in roughly 30 years, I’d like to see how much I need to invest every month to achieve a future total investment pot of £250,000. I calculate that I would need to invest around £205 per month, which is a very modest £6.74 per day. It’s quite amazing that such a small daily investment in UK shares could turn into a £10,000 passive income. This is the beauty of compounding and long-term investing.So which UK shares to invest in?If I wanted to automate this investment strategy to achieve this goal for retirement, I would set up regular monthly investments of £205 into a diversified fund or index tracker. This would be a completely hands-off approach needing little further research. I would also set it up in a Stocks and Shares ISA wrapper for its tax savings.But I also believe that it’s possible to achieve a greater annual return than 7% by learning more about UK shares. Further research of companies and their drivers could lead to annual returns of around 10%-15% on average, in my opinion. Achieving these returns could allow me to start withdrawing a £10,000 passive annual income in 19 years, instead of 30 years.By researching and carefully selecting individual stocks, I have been able to pick some great winners over the years. Some of the best performers include Games Workshop, Boohoo and Best of the Best.What to look for when selecting stocks?When I’m researching UK shares, I like to look for companies that are growing revenues, and more importantly net profits over several years. I also prefer smaller companies as they have greater potential to grow into large firms.Return on capital is an important metric that highlights quality. I prefer companies with a return on capital greater than 10%. In addition, I like to see double-digit operating margins.A strong balance sheet is important and I like companies with no debt and a strong cash position. Growth companies that also offer a dividend are positive for me, as it shows that they have excess cash flow needed to issue dividends.Overall, by actively finding excellent UK shares to invest in, I hope to reduce the time needed to achieve my goal. However, as shown above, even the hands-off approach of investing in an index tracker could turn just £6.74 per day into a £10,000 annual income. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Harshil Patel owns shares in Games Workshop, boohoo group and Best of the Best. The Motley Fool UK has recommended boohoo group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Harshil Patel | Saturday, 3rd October, 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Harshil Patellast_img read more

Negative interest rates: two dividend stocks I’ve bought to earn 3%

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Negative interest rates: two dividend stocks I’ve bought to earn 3% Recently, there’s been a great deal of talk about negative interest rates. A lot of people are worried. Negative rates will make it even harder to build wealth.Personally, I’m not too concerned about negative interest rates. Why? I simply don’t keep a lot of my wealth in cash savings. Sure, I keep a little bit of cash on hand for liquidity and emergencies. However, the rest of my money goes into assets that have the potential to generate strong, above-inflation returns and help me build long-term wealth.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Dividend stocks are one asset class I invest in. These pay me income on a regular basis. This income is generally far higher than the income I’d receive if I put that money in the bank. An added bonus is that there’s the potential for capital growth too. With that in mind, here’s a look at two shares I’ve bought to shield myself from negative interest rates.Dividend stocks: protection from negative interest ratesOne of my core dividend stock holdings is Unilever (LSE: ULVR). It’s a leading consumer goods company that owns a wide range of food and drink, home care, and personal care brands. Most people are familiar with Unilever’s brands. They include Dove, Persil, and Hellmann’s. Unilever has a great record when it comes to paying out dividends to investors. It’s paid out regular dividends for decades. Last year, it paid investors about 143p per share. At the current share price, that equates to a yield of about 3.2%. That’s about three times the best rates on savings accounts right now. And it’s a lot higher than we’re likely to get from the banks if we see negative interest rates.Unilever is well positioned for growth over the long term. This is due to the fact that more than 50% of its sales are generated in emerging markets. As incomes rise in these regions over the next decade, sales should increase. This means that Unilever could potentially provide me with some attractive capital gains in the years ahead, alongside my dividends.Dividends and capital growth Another dividend stock I’ve bought for protection against negative interest rates is Reckitt Benckiser (LSE: RB). It’s a consumer goods company with a focus on health and hygiene. Brands in its portfolio includes the likes of Nurofen, Dettol, and Mucinex.Reckitt Benckiser also has a strong long-term dividend track record. Last year, it paid its investors 174.6p per share. At the current share price, that equates to a yield of about 2.6%. In a world of negative rates, I think that kind of yield is attractive.I see a lot of investment appeal in Reckitt Benckiser at present. That’s because, as a result of Covid-19, the world has become far more focused on hygiene. This is boosting the company’s sales.I expect this increased focus on hygiene to persist for at least a few years. “The signs are that the crisis is leading to a longer-term behaviour shift with consumers demanding reassurance that workplaces, shops and public transport are germ-free,” Hargreaves Lansdown analyst Susannah Streeter said recently. Analysts at Bernstein believe that Covid-19 will change consumer habits permanently.Overall, there’s a lot I like about Reckitt Benckiser. With a yield of 2.6% on offer, I see the stock as a good hedge against negative interest rates. Edward Sheldon owns shares in Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, and Hargreaves Lansdown. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Hargreaves Lansdown and Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFAcenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address Edward Sheldon, CFA | Monday, 2nd November, 2020 | More on: RKT ULVR Image source: Getty Images. last_img read more

White House vigil for Lynne Stewart’s compassionate release starts June 17

first_imgOutside the White House, June 18. WW photoThe continuing campaign to gain compassionate release for Lynne Stewart — the grievously ill, imprisoned human rights attorney — is headed to Washington, D.C. Despite being approved for compassionate release, Stewart continues to be held in Carswell Federal Prison in seriously deteriorating health.Stewart’s spouse, social justice activist Ralph Poynter, will lead a continuing vigil in front of the White House starting Monday, June 17.Poynter urges all those concerned with justice, compassion and basic human rights to join him whether they are available for an hour, for the day, or for the duration. He will be at the White House and making visits to the Federal Bureau of Prisons several blocks away, at 320 First St. NW, Washington D.C., 20534.Stewart, 73, is suffering from stage 4 cancer in her lungs which has metastasized rapidly to her lymph nodes and shoulder. She has lost 60 pounds and her condition is deteriorating rapidly. Stewart’s condition is well-known and medically documented.Lynne Stewart and Ralph PoynterAs Poynter explained to WW: “Lynne has passed all of the legalities of compassionate release and qualifies for release as the bill was written. The prison warden at Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, has signed for her release, but not the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Charles R. Samuels. Probation officers charged with inspecting Lynne’s future residence approved her housing. All that is required by the statute of compassionate release has been done. Yet Lynne is still in jail! Every day that her release is postponed makes treatment of her cancer more difficult.”The national campaign for Stewart’s compassionate release started more than three months ago, in early March. Thousands of petitions were sent and thousands of phone calls made urging her release. The warden at Carswell Federal Prison recommended her immediate compassionate release in early May.As the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee has explained, Stewart is not guilty of any crimes. In representing a prisoner charged with terrorism, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, Stewart was unjustly convicted of delivering a simple press release for her client.All those who are concerned with Stewart’s health and unable to go to Washington, D.C., are urged to call: President Barack Obama, 1-202-456-1414; Attorney General Eric Holder, 1-202-514-2001;Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels,1-202-307-3250Sign the petition at IACenter.org/LynneStewart or at LynneStewart.org.Free Lynne Stewart and all political prisoners!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

DAILY OIL PRICE: May 12, 2021

first_img DAILY OIL PRICE: May 12, 2021 Local NewsIn the Pipeline By Odessa American – May 12, 2021 Facebook Twitter Twitter Pinterest Crude Oil: 66.08  (+0.80).Nymex MTD AVG:  64.8883.Natural Gas: 2.969   (+0.014).Gasoline: 2.1610   (+0.0211).Spreads: June/July   (-.02)   July/August   (+.15).Plains WTI Posting: 62.56   (+0.80)center_img Facebook TAGSOil Prices Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleBueno named to new leadership roleNext articleActive shooter bill heading to governor’s desk Odessa Americanlast_img read more

Economy and Housing Market Projected to Grow in 2015

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Economy and Housing Market Projected to Grow in 2015 Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post Share Save Previous: CFPB Rules Cited as Top Concern in Survey of Lenders Next: Home Prices Jump 9% for Non-Distressed Homes Tagged with: Forecasts GDP Home Prices Home Sales Lawrence Yun NAR Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago May 16, 2014 2,169 Views About Author: Scott Morgan Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The good thing about economic recovery, even when it’s not living up to expectations, is that forecasters always remain optimistic for tomorrow.Despite many beginning-of-the-year predictions about spring growth in the housing market forecast falling flat, and despite a still chugging economy that changes its mind quarter-to-quarter, economists at the National Association of Realtors and other industry groups expect an uptick in the economy and housing market through next year.RELATED: Study: Economy On More Solid Ground, Housing May Soon FollowThe key to the NAR’s optimism, as expressed by the organization’s chief economist, Lawrence Yun, earlier this week, is a hefty pent-up demand for houses coupled with expectations of job growth—which itself has been more feeble than anticipated. “When you look at the jobs-to-population ratio, the current period is weaker than it was from the late 1990s through 2007,” Yun said. “This explains why Main Street America does not fully feel the recovery.”Yun’s comments echo those in a report released Thursday by Fitch Ratings and Oxford Analytica that looks at the unusual pattern of recovery the U.S. is facing in the wake of its latest major recession. However, although the U.S. GDP and overall economy have occasionally fluctuated quarter-to-quarter these past few years, Yun said that there are no fresh signs of recession for Q2, which could grow about 3 percent.A major key to housing growth, of course, is job growth. The U.S. overall has recovered nearly all of the eight million jobs lost to the Great Recession and, according to Yun, employment is expected to grow 1.6 percent this year and 1.9 percent next. Similarly, the GDP is on course to grow 2.2 percent this year and about 2.9 percent in 2015.Eric Belsky, managing director of the JointCenter for Housing Studies at Harvard University, said that growth in the stock market and the recovery in housing, along with pent-up demand, are major factors driving the economy right now, leading economists like Yun and Belsky to suggest that housing will improve, just not on the schedule many other economists had expected.One thing to keep in mind is that 2014’s spring housing sales figures are being compared to those from 2013, which saw impressive gains‒‒existing-home sales rose more than 9 percent to nearly 5.1 million last year‒‒after four years of sagging sales. Because of tight inventories and rising sales last year, the median existing-home price rose 11.5 percent to just over $197,000. Still, according to NAR, sales figures will likely decline about 3 percent over the rest of this year to just over 4.9 million, then trend up to more than 5.2 million in 2015.According to Yun, home price growth is likely to moderate from more new home construction. “Based on our forecast for this year, the median home equity gain over three years is expected to be $40,000,” he said. “A gap between new and existing-home prices from rising construction costs shows that prices are well supported by fundamentals in most of the country.”Housing starts have stayed below 1 million a year for the past six years, but need to reach the long-term average of 1.5 million to balance the market. “Because of the prolonged slowdown in construction, we now need 1.7 million housing starts per year to catch up,” Yun said.The sluggish recovery in housing starts is greatly affected by the fact that construction costs are rising faster than inflation. Add to that labor shortages in the building trades, and the onerous financial regulations preventing small banks from giving construction loans to small local builders, and it’s no wonder why construction starts are behind schedule, Yun said.Dennis McGill, director of research for Zelman & Associates in New York, offered some hope. McGill said that his firm’s most recent analysis of Census Data shows an average of only 720,000 housing starts annually from 2010 through 2013. “But our projections over the next five years exceed an average of 1.9 million,” he said. “We won’t ramp up to that level right away, but if you average housing starts for the entire period from 2010 to 2019, it would be about 1.44 million.”McGill added that there is “a strong tailwind” to housing starts. “We’re starting to see capital come back to single family construction, which is very favorable,” he said. Forecasts GDP Home Prices Home Sales Lawrence Yun NAR 2014-05-16 Scott Morgan Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Economy and Housing Market Projected to Grow in 2015 Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Selective Hiring Of ‘Dom’ Caste Amid Pandemic In West Bengal: The Casteist Attack On The Constitution

first_imgColumnsSelective Hiring Of ‘Dom’ Caste Amid Pandemic In West Bengal: The Casteist Attack On The Constitution Anurag Bhaskar,Subhajit Naskar,Priyanka Preet,Ramachandran22 May 2021 1:48 AMShare This – x The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal has been issuing a series of Orders regarding the selective hiring of ‘Dom’ caste for disposing COVID-19 positive dead bodies. The nature of these Orders is prima facie casteist, and by resembling the caste (jati) system, diminishes the values of the Indian Constitution. The Orders which range from 26th December 2019 to as recently as 7th May 2021, inter alia, direct the specific engagement of individuals from the ‘Dom’ caste (sometimes noted as ‘Dome’) for the disposal of COVID-19 positive dead bodies from the mortuary of various hospitals of different districts, including Kolkata. The Orders provide for a remuneration of mere Rs. 10,000 per month. A few Orders also deal with the re-appointment of ‘Dom’, while others also provide for the construction of separate rooms adjoining the mortuary and are known as ‘Dom rooms’. The ‘Dom’ community has been treated as one of the ‘untouchable’ castes in India. As Dalits, they have been the target of immense discrimination, social persecution, and ostracization, as they have been compelled to work as scavengers, corpse-burners, and sweepers under the caste system. In order to improve their conditions, they have been granted the benefits of reservation as a ‘Scheduled Caste’ under the Constitution. However, during the pandemic, they are being officially engaged to particularly manage COVID-19 positive dead bodies everyday. The Constitution of India (through Articles 14, 15, 16, 17, and 21) protects the discriminated communities from the evils of caste system, and guarantees them equal treatment and dignity. However, the Government of West Bengal has disregarded the most fundamental principle of the Constitution — the principle of dignity and non-discrimination. The Government is discriminating against the ‘Dom’ community by selectively choosing them for one of the most hazardous jobs during the pandemic, and that too on menial pay and without a guarantee of any safety. The Government is replicating caste-based division of labour, against which the Dalit community has been struggling and sacrificing their lives for centuries. As Dr. B.R. Ambedkar wrote, in ‘Annihilation of Caste’ (1936), “… Caste System is not merely a division of labour. It is also a division of labourers… [In] no civilized society is division of labour accompanied by this unnatural division of labours into watertight compartments .” The selective hiring of ‘Dom’ community for disposing of COVID positive dead bodies only reflects this casteist mentality and approach. The State Government is officially treating the ‘Dom’ caste as synonymous with the occupation of corpse-burning and corpse disposal. In simple words, the State government has treated ‘Dom’ community like it is a job post, and thereby legalising the caste system. As noted by the Supreme Court of India in the case of Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India (2018), ‘compulsory alienation due to stigma and threat is contrary to the fundamental principle of liberty’ (opinion of Chief Justice Dipak Misra). The judgment was in line of the approach that socially discriminated groups are to be treated “as human beings without any stigma being attached to any of them”. Instead of this, the West Bengal government is reproducing the stigma for the ‘Dom’ community. The Government is violating the community’s right to a dignified existence, which is so intrinsic to the right to life. The Indian Constitution further discards the casteist notions of purity and pollution. As reiterated in the concurring opinion of Justice DY Chandrachud in the Sabarimala temple entry case, the notions of “purity and pollution”, which stigmatize individuals, have no place in a constitutional order. Contrary to that, and as the media website ‘Vice’ also documented, the appointment of crematorium workers in the pandemic is caste-based, as the task of burning of dead bodies is considered impure, to be undertaken by specific castes. The workers hired from ‘Dom’ community are severely overworked, underpaid, and underequipped with PPE kits, masks, and gloves. Furthermore, compelling a member of Scheduled Castes “to dispose or carry human or animal carcasses, or to dig graves” is a punishable offence under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. Besides, the Order providing for the construction of separate ‘Dom rooms’ adjoining the mortuary in the hospitals of West Bengal have heavy segregationist undertones to it. There is no visible concern for their safety from COVID19 virus. It is a form of sanctioned untouchability, which is abolished by the Constitution “in any form” (Article 17). The West Bengal administration is not above the Constitution. In Safai Karamchari Andolan v. Union of India (2014), the Supreme Court emphasized upon the safety of sanitation workers/manual scavengers, and their rehabilitation. The Court noted that 95% of manual scavengers are Dalits, and opined that Dalits are “compelled to undertake this denigrating task under the garb of ‘traditional occupation'”. The Court further noted that, “The manual scavengers are considered as untouchables by other… castes and are thrown into a vortex of severe social and economic exploitation”. Similarly, in West Bengal, the ‘Dom’ community among Dalits, is being thrown into the vortex of severe social and economic exploitation by being selectively employed for the hazardous task of managing COVID-19 positive dead bodies. The nation cannot deny dignity and safety to its marginalized citizens. The safety and security (health as well as financial status) of these frontline workers in the pandemic is a top priority. The West Bengal administration, instead of treating them with contempt, should ensure their protection and dignity.(Anurag Bhaskar is an Assistant Professor of Law at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat.Subhajit Naskar is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Priyanka Preet and Ramachandran Balachandran are students of RMLNLU, Lucknow. The authors acknowledge the insights and feedback given by Disha Wadekar, Kumar Shanu, and Surendra Kumar.) TagsCOVID-19 Department Of Health And Family Welfare West Bengal Next Storylast_img read more

Family reunited with missing dogs after home, property destroyed by California fires: ‘It was so emotional’

first_imgABC News(SACRAMENTO) — A woman whose family home and property were destroyed by the deadly and devastating Camp Fire in Northern California has been reunited with both of her dogs, thanks in part, to the determination of an animal rescue volunteer.When the Camp Fire broke out in November, burning Andrea Gaylord’s home to the ground, her two Anatolian shepherd-mix dogs — Madison and Miguel — went missing. The property had been in her family for 100 years, Gaylord said.“It is very sad to see but it will renew,” she said of the destruction to ABC News affiliate KXTV-TV in Sacramento. “We’re still sifting through the ashes.”With neighborhoods completely wiped out and families not allowed to yet return to see the damage, volunteers like Shayla Sullivan were tasked with entering the fire zone and hopefully locating lost pets.Sullivan said in a social media post that workers had reported seeing both Madison and Miguel.On Nov. 24, Sullivan said, Gaylord told her that someone had messaged her via social media with a picture of Miguel. Sullivan said she was able to locate Miguel nearly 87 miles away. He’d been picked up by another rescue group.With Gaylord and her husband unable to drive and staying in a shelter, Sullivan offered to pick up Miguel and return him to his family. Meanwhile, Sullivan continued trying to locate Madison.“Shayla has been so helpful, you know, taking care of the dogs,” Gaylord told ABC News affiliate KXTV-TV in Sacramento. “I have 141 phone calls on my cellphone from this gal, helping us find our dogs.”Sullivan said she saw the dog roaming around but was unable to catch him despite leaving food and water near the Gaylord property. Finally, after speaking to Gaylord, Sullivan said the two came up with the idea to leave a piece of clothing at the property to lure Madison.On Wednesday, Sullivan shared that Gaylord had found Madison, after the family had finally been allowed to return to their property. Madison was found sitting guard on the family’s land. Sullivan said it was the best moment getting that call.“Imagine the loyalty, of hanging in, through the worst of circumstances and being here waiting. It was so emotional,” Gaylord told the station. “You could never ask for better animals.”On Friday, Sullivan was present as Miguel, Madison and the Gaylords were all reunited.The Camp Fire, considered the most destructive fire in state history, burned for 18 days, destroyed thousands of homes and structures, and killed at least 85 people before it was contained Nov. 25. Sullivan and Gaylord marveled at the fact that neither dog had sustained injuries from the fire.“They’re home,” Sullivan said of the dogs.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

5 women gunned down in Florida bank in apparent ‘random act’: Police

first_imgJoe Raedle/Getty Images(SEBRING, Fla.) — Five people — all women — were gunned down inside a Florida bank in an apparent “random” mass shooting, police said Thursday.Authorities raced to the SunTrust Bank in Sebring, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon after 21-year-old Zephan Xaver allegedly killed all five people inside the bank, then called 911, telling dispatchers, “I have shot five people.”The 21-year-old was armed with a 9mm handgun and wore a bulletproof vest, according to the probable cause statement.The victims were found lying face-down on the floor of the bank’s main lobby, the document said.Xaver “knowingly and intentionally took the lives of five of our fellow community members…our sisters, our mothers, our daughters and our co-workers,” Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund told reporters Thursday, at times overcome with emotion.Cynthia Watson, 65, a customer, and Marisol Lopez, 55, a bank employee, were two of the victims, police said Thursday.The families of some victims requested their names not be released, police said. The three unnamed victims were all bank employees, police added.Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman said the mass shooting “shocks and angers me more than anything I have encountered in my career.”Police said the motive is not known. Authorities do not believe anyone was targeted and said there’s no known connection between the suspect and victims.“While we still don’t know what drove the suspect to commit this heinous act, there is no excuse that can justify the cold-blooded murder of multiple victims,” Blackman said in a statement Wednesday.Dressed in a black and white jail jumpsuit, Xaver appeared before a judge Thursday morning and was formally charged with five counts of “homicide murder premeditated.”Besides a “yes sir” when informed of the charges, the alleged shooter said nothing in court.The judge said Xaver had “no income, assets, or dependents.” He was denied bond.As authorities work to determine a motive, the suspect’s background is coming to light.Xaver worked for two months as a correctional officer trainee but resigned in January, the Florida Department of Corrections said. He had no discipline issues and it was not clear why he resigned, a spokesperson said.The mass shooting, which has left residents of the small city in shock, comes weeks before Florida marks the first anniversary of the Parkland school shooting in which 17 students and staff were killed.The sheriff said, “I pray for the victims, their families and our community. This tragedy will have a lasting impact on Highlands County and likely this community will never be the same.”Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called it “a terrible day for Sebring, Highlands County and for the state of Florida.”“This is an individual that needs to face very swift and exacting justice,” the governor said of the suspect.Hoglund said in a statement, “We will continue to investigate and work to see that the victims and their families are taken care of and that they receive the justice they deserve.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Unions booming as recognition deals treble

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Unions won three times more recognition agreements in 2001 than they did in2000. The TUC’s annual survey Focus on Recognition reveals unions won 470 newdeals during the last year, compared with 159 in 2000. Twenty of the new agreements came after ballots through the CentralArbitration Committee, the first statutory agreements since the law was changedin the 1999 Employment Relations Act. As a result of union recognition agreements, more than 120,000 more workersare now covered. Well-known firms with new recognition deals include Honda, EasyJet, BTCellnet and Securicor. The overwhelming majority of voluntary agreements were with private sectorcompanies, covering pay, hours and holidays. TUC general secretary John Monks, said the growth in recognition agreementswas because employers are increasingly aware of the importance of strongpartnerships with their workforce. He said, “This report confirms unions are very much back in businessand employers want to do business with them. Sensible employers understand thattoday’s unions seek partnerships and good working relationships. They can begood for business as well as good for staff.” The TUC’s study finds most recognition campaigns are started because of anincrease in union membership. More than a quarter of the new deals were the result of employers’encouragement. The TUC is unhappy that, at present, a union needs a 40 per cent yes fromall workers before a recognition deal can be reached and is campaigning for asimple voting majority to be sufficient. Previous Article Next Article Unions booming as recognition deals trebleOn 29 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more