5%+ dividend yields! Could these small-caps help you get rich and retire early?

first_img5%+ dividend yields! Could these small-caps help you get rich and retire early? Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Royston Wild Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Royston Wild | Monday, 8th June, 2020 | More on: HSW LOOK RESI Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. At first glance Lookers (LSE: LOOK) might appear too good to miss. Not only does the small-cap carry a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of below 10 times for 2020. At current prices it sports a monster 6% dividend yield as wellThis is a share that’s loaded with risk, though. I’ve talked before about how Britain’s car retailers face an uncertain future as Covid-19-related stress and Brexit uncertainty will likely keep demand for their big-ticket products hemmed in.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…But the outlook for Lookers shareholders became that much cloudier on Monday. The company, which is undergoing an external investigation into possible fraudulent activities, has announced that it’ll be delaying the release of its full-year results yet again. It will end its relationship with auditor Deloitte once those results are finally unpacked. The retailer expects its shares to be suspended because of this latest failure too.There’s plenty of disconcerting news for Lookers shareholders to get their heads around, then. This is why, despite its cheap price I’d avoid it at all costs.Another small-cap trap?Hostelworld Group (LSE: HSW) also looks like irresistible value on paper. It carries an undemanding P/E ratio of around 15 times for 2020, sure. But it’s in the dividend arena where the leisure giant really grabs attention. At current prices its forward yield sits at 5.2%.I for one am not prepared to take the plunge with Hostelworld, though. As one would expect, trade at the small-cap has taken an almighty whack of late. It has endured a “significant reduction of bookings from free channels” and said it expects first-quarter adjusted earnings to drop €5m as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.Investors need to prepare themselves for a prolonged period of tough trading at Hostelworld. Lockdown measures are being rolled back across the globe but strict rules for travellers — like those that UK citizens are having to endure — are likely to remain in place for some time. The firm faces an extended period of sales pressure as the developing economic downturn cramps holidays demand too.Safe as housesI’d much rather try and grab some choice dividends from other UK shares. Residential Secure Income (LSE: RESI) (or ReSI) is one small-cap I’d rather buy, even if its forward P/E ratio north of 27 times is a bit toppy. I consider this premium to be a reflection of its exceptionally defensive qualities. Qualities that could prove critical in what threatens to be a tumultuous decade for the global economy.ReSI is a real-estate investment trust (REIT) that allows housing associations and local authorities the financial means to build homes. This means that it isn’t likely to suffer from any near-term economic downturn. Organisations need to keep on building to meet the housing needs of the growing UK population. In fact, the expanding homes shortage of recent years reinforces the need for them to pursue this course.This is why ReSI’s high paper valuation wouldn’t put me off. Besides, the company’s chunky 5.3% prospective dividend yield helps to take the edge off. I’d happily buy this share for my own shares portfolio. 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.last_img read more

Art of the Books a Complete Guide to a Fundraising Project for Libraries & Other Organizations

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Art of the Books a Complete Guide to a Fundraising Project for Libraries & Other Organizations Howard Lake | 26 October 2007 | News  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Npower employees pass £2 million mark for Macmillan

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Employees of energy supplier npower have raised over £2 mllion for Macmillan Cancer Support over the past four years. Money raised by employees for Macmillan Cancer Support is matched pound for pound by npower.Carol Hart, who manages the Macmillan partnership for npower, said: “Every year we have bigger and better Coffee Mornings and we have people jumping out of aeroplanes, walking along canal towpaths and fighting their fear of vertigo by crossing bridges – all for the benefit of others”.Michelle Norcliffe, account development manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “If more people would follow npower’s shining example, we could help even more individuals, their families and friends.”In 2006, npower became a ‘Percent Club’ member for the fourth time.www.macmillan.org.uk  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis npowercenter_img Tagged with: corporate Npower employees pass £2 million mark for Macmillan Howard Lake | 29 January 2008 | Newslast_img read more

Federal workers under attack

first_imgCongress has unleashed a number of right-wing bills that would erode job security, pay, and, for federal workers, the very right to join and be represented by a union. One of the more restrictive attempts at union busting is cutting down the right of union representatives to use what is called “official time” to both represent and negotiate labor contracts for workers. Official time simply means that union representatives can take time to represent and negotiate for an employee, on their regular pay, without taking their own leave time.The proposed legislation also demands that agencies that have unions in place report the amount of official time taken by union officers to assist and bargain for federal workers. The purpose of this demand is to slam unions by restricting if not eliminating official time and to convince the public that it is a waste of taxpayers’ money. Without the right to official time, unions cannot effectively defend workers against arbitrary and capricious discipline, unjust firings and reduction in pay.The president of an American Federation of Government Employees local told Workers World of yet another attempt at union busting: “AFGE is the largest union representing federal workers (600,000); however, a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals narrows the definition of who can be protected by a union, by reclassifying employees as ‘security sensitive’ the same way that the National Security Agency, the FBI, and the CIA classifies those employees as ‘critically sensitive’ and thus prevented from exercising their union rights. Therefore, those employees would have no appeal rights.”The Obama administration is also proposing legislation that would change the definition of what a “security, and/or a critically sensitive position” is.In the Aug. 21, 2013, edition of the Washington Post, the paper’s expert on federal employees, Joe Davidson, referred to the absurdity of these rulings regarding “critically-sensitive” positions, especially for civilians who work at military bases. In the court ruling referenced above, a low-grade worker who managed inventory at a commissary, which is basically a supermarket, was described as in a “critically-sensitive position.”In the same article, Davidson writes that, according to Tom Devine, legal director of the nonprofit Government Accountability Project, “The worker is defenseless.” The court backed the Obama administration’s argument that the Merit Systems Protection Board, which hears appeal rights from federal workers, cannot review or overturn an agency’s decision to take disciplinary or adverse actions against an employee’s sensitive position. Meanwhile, Devine added, the administration is proposing regulations that would make nearly all federal jobs eligible for a sensitive designation.In summation, unions in the federal sector are hampered by a myriad of federal and agency laws, rules regulations and policy that restrict the rights and activities of federal workers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Women march against sexism, racism & Trump

first_imgAtlanta Washington, D.C. Houston Washington, D.C. San Diego Denvercenter_img New York City Ketchikan, Alaska A massive women’s demonstration of more than 1 million people in Washington, D.C., and 673 other protests around the U.S. and on every continent took place on Jan. 21, the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency. Even establishment media admitted that the size of the protest was 2 to 3 times larger than Trump’s inaugural gathering.These women and their allies, 5 million strong worldwide, came out to decry the disgusting sexism and misogyny of the new billionaire president. Trump’s known actions include many cases of alleged sexual assault or harassment and the video that surfaced in early October in which he said “Grab them by the pussy” in reference to women.On Jan. 21, women, including trans women, said, “Enough!” and vowed to fight back against the Trump agenda of sexism, racism, virulent anti-immigrant attacks, cutbacks, anti-LGBTQ bigotry, Islamophobia and all other forms of anti-woman, anti-worker, anti-poor attacks.Following are reports from Jan. 21 activists on the ground around the U.S.In San Diego, at least 50,000 people gathered downtown to send a message of support for women’s rights and an open challenge to the misogynist now occupying the White House. The spacious Civic Center Plaza couldn’t contain but a fraction of the participants, who spilled out into surrounding streets — making much of downtown impassable to vehicular traffic — before marching to the second rally site at the County Administration Building. As the front of the march reached the site, protesters were still streaming out of the plaza a mile away.The overall theme was “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights.” Speakers came from a wide range of backgrounds, including Latinx, Black, LGBTQ and Asian. All of them spoke to “Why I march.” One popular banner read, “A Woman’s Place Is in the Revolution.”Another solidarity march of at least 2,000 was held in northern San Diego County. According to sfgate.com, there were 50 marches across California, with “crowds numbering in the thousands … in Napa, Walnut Creek, Santa Rosa” and 25,000 in San Jose.In Los Angeles, an estimated 750,000 people shut down all of downtown. Workers World Party activists held a very visible street rally, drawing in many wanting more information about socialism. Maggie Vascassenno of WWP, who spoke to many women interested in building a people’s movement, told WW, “People are ready to fight, and we’ve been ready for them.” Many Workers World newspapers and Black History Month flyers were distributed.Women and supporters clogged the entire Bay Area with six different marches on Jan. 21. Women’s March Bay Area claimed a total of 200,000 participants. In Oakland, there were up to 80,000 people, with 100,000 marching in San Francisco.In Oakland, a contingent called Rise, Resist, Unite was organized by Gabriela USA, the international Filipino women’s party, to “RISE against Fascism as we say No to Trump and his administration, ­RESIST the militarization of our lands, communities, and bodies, and to UNITE for the liberation of all oppressed peoples.” Organizers called for an end to violence against women and to “highlight the economic, political, and cultural aspects by connecting how imperialism perpetuates and worsens violence against women in all its forms.”Labor Rising Against Trump had contingents in both Oakland and San Francisco marches. In Oakland, activists held a banner reading, “Workers’ Rights Are Women’s Rights.”NY and East Coast women riseNew York City’s Fifth Avenue surged with a multigenerational, multinational sea of angry, determined, energized women and men supporters who marched against Trump and for women’s liberation. The protest began at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the U.N. with a brief rally. The official estimate for the six-hour protest was 400,000 marchers.Families pushed strollers while some women rode in wheelchairs. Handmade signs read “Make America MEXICO again!” and “Don’t tread on me” above a drawing of a woman’s reproductive system. Many signs emphasized equality, inclusiveness and solidarity, especially “Black Lives Matter” and “Not My President.” The color of the day was pink, with many women wearing pink “pussyhats” and carrying signs that read, “This pussy grabs back.” Relatively few signs referred to Hillary Clinton, though some repeated campaign slogans like “The ­future is female.”The International Working Women’s Day Coalition had a lively contingent, which included women from Workers World Party, Picture the Homeless and the local branch of Gabriela USA. “The warm response to our message, which stresses that every issue is a woman’s issue, indicates there is a powerful movement for social justice in birth led by women, including trans women,” said Monica Moorehead, coalition co-coordinator and WWP’s 2016 presidential candidate.In Syracuse, N.Y., over 2,500 ­people encircled the federal building, out­number­­ing 8 to 1 a local anti-woman, ­anti-abortion march.Black Lives Matter organizer ­Nikeeta Slade powerfully named the day as a “which-side-are-you-on moment.” The protest also included speakers from Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, the LGBTQ community and the Onondaga Nation. The event was followed by a political and cultural “People’s Inauguration” sponsored by the brand-new Central New York Solidarity Coalition initiated by the Workers’ Center of Central New York and the Syracuse Peace Council.Buffalo, N.Y., saw several thousand opponents of the Trump agenda march through downtown in one of the city’s largest demonstrations ever.In Philadelphia an estimated 50,000 people, twice the number organizers had anticipated, turned out. Their signs reflected a wide variety of concerns. For many younger people, it was their first time at a protest.The rally started with the acknowledgment that the event was taking place on the ground where the historic Million Woman March, organized by women of color, drew close to a million people, mostly Black women, in October 1997.Women pour out in South, MidwestIn Roanoke, Va., thousands of women and allies flooded Elmwood Park for a speak-out of labor and community participants. Then the multinational, all-ages crowd marched through downtown in one of the largest protests in Roanoke history.About 20,000 people rallied and marched in Raleigh, N.C.Despite thunderstorms, an estimated 60,000 people gathered downtown for the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women. Just as the opening rally began, the rain stopped and the crowd cheered as the sun came out.Women and others of all ages and nationalities formed a dense, multiblock demonstration that ended at the Georgia State Capitol. For many, this was their first protest, and whether 16 or 66 years old, all seemed to experience empowerment and solidarity, especially at news of similar marches around the world.In Michigan, protesters came out by the thousands in the capital city of Lansing, where a breakaway march led by militant youth took place. Demonstrations were also held in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Saginaw and other cities and towns large and small.In Rockford, Ill., Workers World Party and Rockford Youth Activism organized a “March against Trump and Sexism.” A high-energy crowd marched through downtown streets to city hall, where speakers, representing youth, environmental, Indigenous, LGBTQ and other organizations, denounced the Trump administration and declared they will continue to organize and build solidarity in their communities. A “Women’s March Rockford” also brought out hundreds to support women’s rights.Hundreds took to the streets for a Femme Solidarity March in Milwaukee. Poor and working people from across Wisconsin, at least 100,000 strong, joined the Women’s March in Madison, the state capital. Speeches were made, bands played music and people spoke of creating a sustainable movement for women’s rights while resisting the Trump administration. Further meetings are planned to continue organizing and mobilizing.‘We won’t go back!’In Denver, some 75,000 women and men were in the streets. The message was clear: Women in 2017 will not go back to 1950. What is new is that not only were more men present, but a unity of struggle was shown for immigrants, Black Lives Matter, incarcerated women and those facing economic oppression. Noticeably missing was an understanding of how U.S. wars impact the planet as well as women here and around the world.Over 25,000 women and their supporters took to the streets and marched to Houston City Hall in the largest demonstration since the historic immigrant rights action in 2006.In Portland, Ore., feminists of all stripes donned their pink hats and sang and chanted while winding their way through the city. The crowd choked all but the widest streets, obliging demonstrators to take the sidewalk, flowing around parked cars and old trees. The demonstration eclipsed the waterfront park and took the Morrison bridge, temporarily closing it to traffic.In Seattle, an estimated 175,000 people countered Trump’s racism and bigotry and years of attacks on women. The marchers traveled 3.6 miles from Judkins Park through downtown to Seattle Center. The mass transit and traffic systems were overwhelmed. Thousands of colorful hand-made signs rebuked Trump’s misogyny while demonstrators chanted “Black lives matter!” and other chants. The march went on all day. Women’s marches were held in at least eight other Washington state cities and towns.Contributors included Jasen Vyvyan Balmat, Tommy Cavanaugh, Sage Collins, Sue Davis, Ellie Dorritie, Terri Kay, Dianne Mathiowetz, Bob McCubbin, Jim McMahan, John Parker, Betsey Piette, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Gloria Rubac, Dante Strobino, Gloria Verdieu, Viviana Weinstein, WW Staff and WW Wisconsin Bureau.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Washington, D.C.last_img read more

‘Relentless’ Storm Season Puts 300,000 More Homes in Danger

first_img Previous: Outreach Could Help 400,000 ‘Needlessly Delinquent’ Borrowers Next: States at Highest Risk of Economic Strain From COVID-19 Home / Daily Dose / ‘Relentless’ Storm Season Puts 300,000 More Homes in Danger The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago October 8, 2020 1,048 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Hundreds of thousands of homes are at risk of storm surge destruction by Hurricane Delta. That is based on information coming in Wednesday evening from the National Hurricane Center, which projected Category 2 status at landfall, and data from CoreLogic, a property data and analysis firm.CoreLogic’s Risk Analysis estimated 293,685 single-family and multifamily homes across Louisiana and the U.S. Gulf Coast with a reconstruction cost value (RCV) of approximately $62.85 billion are at potential risk from this hurricane. For many, the damage could compound storm-related devastation that not long ago struck the same region.“After battering the Yucatán Peninsula near Cancún, Mexico, Hurricane Delta is headed for the Gulf Coast just weeks after Hurricane Laura brought significant wind and storm surge damage to the Texas and Louisiana coastlines,” said Curtis McDonald, meteorologist and senior product manager of CoreLogic. “Residents in these coastal areas are already trying to recover from their losses and are now faced with a second substantial storm. This season has been relentless, and Louisianans should be prepared for the long recovery road ahead.”Note: This is a swiftly changing forecast. As it nears the Gulf, Delta’s trajectory will become more clear, narrowing the potential areas of impact.CoreLogic will provide up-to-date storm surge exposure estimates at hazardhq.com.At time of publication, CoreLogic had reported that the primary threats as Hurricane Delta makes landfall in central Louisiana will be storm surge and damaging winds.”Heavy rainfall is also expected, but a fast storm speed is expected to limit catastrophic inland flooding. CoreLogic catastrophe and weather experts expect the 2020 hurricane season to continue on its above-average trend given warmer oceanic temperatures, which presents financial risk to homeowners and businesses in property services, like insurers and mortgage lenders. Hurricane-driven storm surge can cause significant property damage when high winds and low pressure cause water to amass inside the storm, releasing a powerful rush over land when the hurricane moves onshore.”For a complete view of total storm surge risk for all Atlantic and Gulf Coast metropolitan areas, as well as wildfire damage estimates, download the 2020 CoreLogic Storm Surge Report. The following chart, provided by CoreLogic, breaks down the  potential cost to cities predicted to be hit hardest, at time of publication, by Hurricane Delta:For complete methodology and more information about CoreLogic, visit the company’s website. ‘Relentless’ Storm Season Puts 300,000 More Homes in Danger Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Share Save 2020-10-08 Christina Hughes Babb Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Morey ‘sees’ Santa for first time

first_img Print Article Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Far from home, international student enjoys Christmas Ahmad Alanazi grew up 7,500 miles from Troy, but he said, around the holidays, he feels right at home. Alanazi… read more Morey ‘sees’ Santa for first time Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationcenter_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Pate said that, being legally blind, Morey only sees vague shapes but, having Santa all to himself, made it possible for him to “really” see the Jolly Ol’ Elf.“And, Ronnie was so excited,” she said. “He still is. ‘Seeing’ Santa Claus was a great thing that happened in his life.”Santa brought Morey a large-screen television so he can better see the cartoons that he enjoys so much. Hospice Advantage, Walmart and Troy Church brought Morey DVDs and CDs and gifts for his mom and brother who care from him and for his nephews and nieces that bring joy to his life.Presents for everyone and seeing Santa Claus for the first time made this year Ronnie Morey’s best Christmas ever. At age 39, Ronnie Morey saw Santa Claus for the first time.That was more than a week ago, and Morey is just as excited today as he was the day Santa arrived at his home in Troy on the Meeksville Volunteer Fire Department fire truck.Although December is the busiest time of year for Santa Claus, he took time away from his workshop for an early visit with Morey, who has overcome so many obstacles in his life. Next UpThe visit from Santa was made possible through the generosity of the staff and volunteers at Hospice Advantage in Troy, the local Walmart store, Troy Church and the Meeksville VFD.“Ronnie is one in a million,” said Pat Pate, social worker with Hospice Advantage. “When he was three years old, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He had four brain surgeries and was not expected to live until his fourth birthday. He is actually one in a million people who are living with the type of brain cancer that he had.”As a result of the tumor, Morey became legally blind. He attended the school for the blind at Talladega. He remembers Christmastime but he doesn’t remember ever seeing Santa Claus. In 2005, Morey suffered a stroke and had to learn to walk again. In 2012, he suffered another stoke.“At that time, the doctors found a tumor on Ronnie’s brain and his life expectancy was six months,” Pate said. “For a while, Morey had some measure of mobility in a Geri chair, which is basically a medical recliner. He could stay in the Geri chair up to half a day and he could stand. But his condition had declined. He’s now in bed most all of the time and needs total assistance.”Pate said that all who know Morey admire his determination and the positive outlook that he has on life. In spite of all the adversity in life, he loves life and those around him. He appreciates the things that bring him pleasure – things including a visit from friends, cartoons on television and especially a visit from Santa himself.“Ronnie’s mother, Helen Lee, is his primary caregiver and she has help from his brother,” Pate said. “At Hospice Advantage, we wanted to do something special for Ronnie and his family at Christmas. He is such an encouragement to all those who know him. We wanted him to have the best Christmas ever.” Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarderlast_img read more

White supremacists, extremists may use Chauvin trial to further their agendas: DHS

first_imgGwengoat/iStockBy JOSH MARGOLIN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — As Derek Chauvin’s murder trial continues in Minneapolis, the intelligence branch of the Department of Homeland Security is warning that foreign adversaries and domestic extremists may use the case to further their own agendas.In an intelligence briefing obtained by ABC News, DHS analysts warn that domestic extremists — including anarchists and white supremacists — “may attempt to exploit activities and events surrounding the legal proceeding” and “violence could occur with little or no warning.”The briefing goes through the various types of extremists who it says might exploit the events. The agency warns that domestic violent extremists could commit violence during the trial, but “are more likely following the outcome of the trials associated with the death of George Floyd.”Some domestic extremist groups the briefing warns about include those who are adherents to the anti-government “boogaloo” movement. After the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the Justice Department announced the arrest of two militia members associated with the boogaloo movement, including one who allegedly sought to incite a riot in Louisville, Kentucky, during the Capitol riot.DHS also concluded that violent anarchist extremists were likely to use the Chauvin trial, regardless of the outcome, to “incite others online” and “commit property damage against critical infrastructure, such as government facilities.” The report also said that a “likely anarchist violent extremist” posted an image online threatening law enforcement in response to the trial.Some white supremacist extremists have remarked online that the Chauvin trial may lead to a race war, the briefing states.Black separatists groups may target law enforcement officers or government facilities should Chauvin be acquitted, or if there is a mistrial, or if sentencing against Chauvin is perceived too lenient, the DHS briefing also stated.Additionally, DHS warned that foreign entities could see an opportunity in the ongoing trial.“Foreign terrorist groups and nation-state adversaries may seek to sow discord by portraying the trials as indicative of a racist and divided American public,” the document says. “Last year, both al-Qa’ida and the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham published media depicting the civil unrest as emblematic of societal division in the United States, and al-Qa’ida compared the protests to its alleged efforts to ‘end injustice and oppose tyranny.’ Russian and Iranian media outlets have claimed that the trials surrounding the death of George Floyd illustrate America’s police brutality and racism, according to press reporting.”George Floyd, 46, was arrested shortly after 8 p.m. on May 26, 2020 after allegedly using a fake $20 bill at a local Cup Foods. A disturbing cellphone video later posted to Facebook showed former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck while the handcuffed man repeats “I can’t breathe” and goes unconscious. Floyd later died at a hospital. The incident sparked nationwide outrage and Black Lives Matter protests.Chauvin, and three officers involved in the incident: J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter, both felonies, court records show.Chauvin also received an additional second-degree murder charge, a felony, according to court records.The trial is currently in the ninth day of proceedings.ABC News’ Samara Lynn, Rosa Sanchez, Alexander Mallin, Bill Hutchinson and Meredith Deliso contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Training

first_imgTrainingOn 5 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. This week’s training newsNTO improving image The e-skills NTO has unveiled a three-year strategic plan to tackle thee-skills needs of the UK. The plan takes a four-pronged approach, aiming toboost the image of IT careers, improve links with education and training,deliver an internationally-respected qualification structure and develop aprocess for gathering authoritative information on e-skills. The plan isunderpinned by government investment of more than £2m in a year.  www.e-skillsnto.org.ukNet coaching rolled out Internet firm WorldCom has successfully piloted a one-to-one coachinginitiative for its graduates in the UK and plans to roll it out across Europein September. The initiative will provide coaching in sales, marketing, generalmanagement, IT and engineering for its 50 graduates across Europe. The aim ofthe programme is to help graduates with their professional development and drawup an action plan for them.  www.worldcom.comPublic response on LSC The Learning and Skills Council’s first corporate plan, launched at thebeginning of March, has been put out for public consultation. The plan detailsthe aims for the council in its first three years of operation. It aims toraise skills for national competitiveness and improve the quality of educationand training delivery by convincing employers that investment in training anddevelopment is worthwhile. The 47 local councils also intend to carry out aneeds analysis of employers and individuals in their areas this year.  www.lsc.gov.ukManagers’ workshops Accountancy firm The Norton Practice is planning to run a two-hour workshopon management skills every month, from September. The workshop will train theteam on how to manage their employees using workplace scenarios, case studiesand role-play.  www.nortonp.co.uk last_img read more

Antarctic Circumpolar Current frontal system in the South Atlantic: monitoring using merged Argo and animal-borne sensor data

first_imgWe describe large-scale features of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) in the Atlantic part of the Southern Ocean by merging Argo data and data obtained by novel animal-borne CTD sensors. Twenty one of these CTD-Satellite Relay Data Loggers (CTD-SRDLs) were attached to Southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) on South Georgia. The merged data yield unified gridded hydrogaphic fields with high temporal and spatial resolution, enabling the determination of features absent in each of the data sets separately. The structure and variability of the frontal field revealed by this data set were compared with those in daily quarter-degree, optimally interpolated sea surface temperature fields and fields of weekly gridded sea level anomaly. In general, the frontal positions derived using our data set are in agreement with previous work, especially where the pathways are constrained by topography, e. g., at the North Scotia Ridge and the South Scotia Ridge. However, with the improved temporal and spacial resolution provided by the CTD-SRDLs, we were able to observe some novel features. All frontal positions are more variable than previously indicated across the Scotia Sea and west of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge on seasonal time scales. The merged data set shows the temporal variability of the Southern ACC Front (SACCF) north of South Georgia and in its position east of the island, where the SACCF lies further north than has been suggested in previous work. In addition, the Subantarctic Front crosses the Mid-Atlantic Ridge about 400 km further north when compared to previous work.last_img read more