Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) 2010 Abridged Report

first_imgBotswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2010 abridged results.For more information about Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw)  2010 abridged results.Company ProfileBotswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL Group) is a leading financial services group in Botswana which operates through three subsidiaries. Botswana Insurance Fund Management (BIFM) is an asset management company and wholly-owned by BIHL Group; managing in excess of P23.9 billion in assets across equity, fixed income, real estate, liquidity and alternative investments. The subsidiary company is also invested in non-traditional assets which include the healthcare industry, tourism sector and property development. Botswana Life Insurance Limited (BLIL) is the leading life insurer in Botswana; with an estimated market share of 80%. Legal Guard is a legal expenses insurer which provides clients with access to personal legal counseling and assistance with experienced attorneys based in 11 branches located in the major towns and cities of Botswana. Legal Guard represents clients in civil, criminal and labour matters.last_img read more

Why I think the Taylor Wimpey share price is in for a great 2020

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares For a long time I’ve rated the Taylor Wimpey (LSE: TW) share price as a bargain buy. I still do. In fact, I think all our housebuilders look good value. And the only reason I haven’t bought any Wimpey shares is that I already own some Persimmon.Over the past 12 months, Wimpey shares are up an impressive 36% while the FTSE 100 is up 11%. Over five years, we’re looking at a 58% gain, even though the property market has weakened. But valuations still look low to me, and I see the housebuilding business as resilient.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…Good tradingTuesday’s year-end trading update from the biggest in the sector strengthens my view. Chief executive Pete Redfern said “Despite an uncertain political and economic backdrop in 2019, we have continued to experience a good level of demand for our homes and trading in the second half of the year was as anticipated.” Sales reached a new record, and completions were up approximately 5% over the year.London and the Southeast presented “more challenging conditions,” as did higher price-point sales. But I don’t see that as taking much shine off this update, not with our chronic housing shortage continuing.The slump in housebuilder share prices has been, I’m sure, entirely down to the Brexit scare. Investors have expected a property price slump as an outcome, but the pessimism has surely been overdone. Housebuilders don’t need rising prices to make money, just a difference between selling prices and the cost of building up land.Healthy salesTaylor Wimpey’s selling prices remained resilient, with the average of £305k up 1% from 2018’s £302k. There’s an order book going into 2020 valued at £2,176m, nicely ahead of £1,782m at the start of last year. On the downside, building cost inflation hit 4.5%, well ahead of the rise in selling prices. But the firm says cost pressures have been softening over recent months.The Conservative election victory seems to have brought some confidence back to the sector too. And that adds to my feeling that Taylor Wimpey is in for a good year. But there are still risks, and failure to reach a trade agreement with the EU could tip us into recession. That would surely have an adverse effect on builders, and I’d expect to see share prices dip again.Still, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is apparently accepting that a year actually might not be quite enough time for negotiations.Share price valuationTaylor Wimpey’s full results are due on 26 February, and analysts are expecting a 5% fall in earnings per share. That would give us a price-to-earnings multiple of 10.4, which looks cheap to me. High dividends, expected to yield 8.6%, make that look even better value. And the icing on the cake is the firm’s cash balance, which stood at £392m at 30 June. 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. 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. Alan Oscroft | Wednesday, 15th January, 2020 | More on: TW center_img See all posts by Alan Oscroft Alan Oscroft owns shares of Persimmon. 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. Enter Your Email Address 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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Dividend up! I’d buy this 5%-yielding infrastructure stock right now

first_img See all posts by Kevin Godbold 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. Enter Your Email Address 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. Companies raising their dividend through the current coronavirus crisis are rare. But HICL Infrastructure  (LSE: HICL) has done just that and announced the fact in today’s full-year results report.I’ll come clean right from the start. I’m bullish about the infrastructure sector and believe it has a tailwind because of the government’s response to general economic events. Rather than austerity, my guess is policy-makers will aim to spend the UK to prosperity this time.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…5%+ dividendAnd that potentially means plenty of public money being channelled into infrastructure spending. However, as well as the UK, HICL operates in countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Ireland and the Netherlands.Meanwhile, Infrastructure investment and operating companies are displaying what looks like good value, in many cases. HICL, for example, with its share price near 162p, has a dividend yield a little higher than 5%. And the price-to-book ratio stands close to one. Indeed, it’s hard to make a case for the stock being expensive when looking at those indicators.The company reckons its target dividend of 8.25p per share for the trading year to 31 March “is fully cash covered.”  And that’s an uplift of almost 2.5% compared to last year’s shareholder payment. However, there won’t be an increase next year. The firm said it’s guiding a flat dividend next year because of “the impact of Covid-19.” Around 70% of the business is involved in public-private partnerships (PPP), 20% in demand-based assets, such as toll roads, and 8% in regulated assets, such as utility providers. The company’s guiding star is to invest in “essential and public core infrastructure, with a strong social purpose.”Profits down in the short termThe firm reported today that several external factors offset “solid” underlying portfolio performance. There was an “exceptional impact” of Covid-19 on HICL’s demand-based assets, and “changes to macro-economic assumptions” flowing from that.Indeed, profits are well down. And the net asset value declined by around 3.3%. However, the directors reckon a return on net assets of 1.9% in the year demonstrates the underlying strength of the company’s diversified portfolio. But I admit it doesn’t look so sweet when you compare it to last year’s return of almost 11%.But I see HICL as a survivor and a potential thriver in the years ahead. The firm occupies an essential place in some of the nation’s infrastructure assets. And the directors said the companies in its portfolio are “responding well” to challenges brought on by Covid-19. They’re working hard to support the public sector to keep essential infrastructure running smoothly. In one example, HICL is responsible for maintaining 25 hospital facilities with over 9,000 beds.Opportunities aheadLooking ahead, HICL aims to find new and sustainable investment opportunities in essential infrastructure, with “good quality, predictable cash flows and a protected market position.” And there’s an “attractive” pipeline of accretive investment opportunities. The directors have pledged to act selectively on those opportunities and will also evaluate strategic disposals.I think the company stands up well as a steady, dividend-led investment opportunity. And that 5% yield looks tempting to me right now. Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share 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.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 20th May, 2020 | More on: HICL Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. 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Input, comments invited for Episcopal Church 2019-2021 triennium preliminary draft…

first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ November 16, 2017 at 10:16 pm I encourage all thoughtful Episcopalians to reject any budget that is not balanced. It is time for a responsible, common sense approach to church finances. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 General Convention, Program Budget & Finance [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Episcopalians across the church are invited to review and provide input and comments on the preliminary draft of the 2019-2021 triennium budget.“In the current and prior triennia, the budgets were built to reflect the Five Marks of Mission,” Tess Judge, Executive Council member and chair of Finance for Mission Committee, stated in the overview letter.  “The 2019-2021 budget is based on The Jesus Movement with Evangelism, Racial Reconciliation & Justice, and Environmental Stewardship as priorities.”Judge added, “One of the advantages of The Jesus Movement budget is that it reflects how the staff is organized, by department, rather than spread across Five Marks and other areas as in the past. So lines of communication, reporting, collaboration, and budget creation are clearer.  In the changeover to The Jesus Movement, some sections of the budget were moved, so that it may be hard to make direct comparisons between costs in areas in prior budgets to projected costs in the coming triennium. And comparing percentages can be inaccurate.”Following comments and suggestions, the preliminary draft budget will be prepared for approval by the Episcopal Church Executive Council at its January 2018 meeting. From there, Executive Council will present the draft budget to Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance (PB&F) in February, which will then prepare a final budget for approval at General Convention next summer.• The preliminary draft budget is available here. • Input and comments can be submitted here.• Deadline for providing comments is January 10, 2018.HighlightsA narrative located here provides overview information about the preliminary draft budget document.Here are a few highlights:• The first two pages summarize projected income, $128,429,734, and projected expenses, $132,921,145, resulting in a deficit of $4,491,411.Among the highlights on the Income page (1):• Line 2 – Diocesan Commitments (Assessments required beginning January 1, 2019) In the current triennium commitments asked dropped from 18 to 15 percent with a $150,000 exemption for each diocese. The Line 2 2016-2018 figure is the expected actual commitment (not an assumed full commitment). The 2019-2021 budget shows a gross number, the full 15 percent with $140,000 exemption projected assessment from all dioceses. The red box below is an allowance for those dioceses which might be granted waivers from paying the full amount by Executive Council in the Assessment Review process.• Line 3 – Income from Unrestricted Assets & Outside Trusts – these two lines represent a 5 percent draw from investments.• Line 3 – Annual Appeal Campaign – $500,000 from the Development Department’s new Annual Fund solicitation to fund ministries in the operating budget.  Of this $88,000, will cover the costs of annual campaigns.• Line 4b – Racial Reconciliation – $2 million dollars was set aside from short term reserves in the current triennium.  Since this was a brand new program, it took over a year to get up to speed, so the full $2 million will not be spent.  The 2019-2021 budget carries over $1 million for this work.Among the highlights in the Expenses page (2):• The Expense Categories for the 2019-2021 budget include:  Evangelism, Racial Reconciliation & Justice, Creation Care, Ministry of the Presiding Bishop to Church and World, Mission Within the Episcopal Church, Mission Beyond the Episcopal Church, Mission Governance, and Mission Finance, Legal & Operations.   They do not perfectly correspond with the Five Marks budget categories.• Staff – all staff lines include a 3 percent raise each year and estimate 9 percent increases in health insurance costs.  The Presiding Bishop has expressed his satisfaction with the staff in place and asks that there be no new hires in the 2019-2021 budget.• House of Deputies, Line 298 – Staff Costs include $900,000 for salary and benefits for the President of the House of Deputies to be sure funds are available should the salary be voted by General Convention.General ConventionThe Episcopal Church 79th General Convention will be held Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13, 2018 at The Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas (Diocese of Texas).The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years to consider the legislative business of the church.  General Convention is the bicameral governing body of the Church, comprised of the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay deputies elected from the 109 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members. Between Conventions, the General Convention continues to work through its committees and commissions.  The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church carries out the programs and policies adopted by General Convention. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL November 16, 2017 at 8:39 am I am a retired manager who was responsible for my organizations budget. A budget is usually 75-80% salaries and benefits. The rest is material and programs to carry out the organizations mission and objectives. There can only be so much cutting on that 20% before the organization is in jeopardy of failing to achieve its mission. So the cutting has to be done at the 80% which is salary and benefits. Giving staff a 3% raise when there is a budget shortfall is ridiculous. There are 3 Episcopal churches in my area that are experiencing serious budget shortfalls and can not even think about giving staff raises. If you want to balance your budget then you will have to take a serious look at staff and salaries and do it there. To expect the Diocese to make up your shortfall is biting the hand that feeds you. Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Bath, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments are closed. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Shreveport, LA Tags Mary Barrett says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL November 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm Am I understanding correctly that they have put $900K in the budget for salary and benefits for a single individual? New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit an Event Listing Input, comments invited for Episcopal Church 2019-2021 triennium preliminary draft budget The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Pittsburgh, PA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab November 14, 2017 at 10:53 pm I agree that it is not balanced. I hope they will do so, so many good intentions. But no need for negativity, invoking the federal budget. Pray for wisdom. Rector Collierville, TN Posted Nov 13, 2017 Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Martinsville, VA Comments (4) Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Knoxville, TN Press Release Service Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Kenneth Knapp says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bill Louis says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA General Convention 2018, Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Executive Council, An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET P.J. Cabbiness says: Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AKlast_img read more

Midas offers course on funding social enterprises

first_imgMidas offers course on funding social enterprises Howard Lake | 27 September 2007 | News Both workshops are held at the Novartis Foundation, 41 Portland Place, London W1 and cost £95 and £125 respectively. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Midas Charity Appeals Service is running two training courses next month offering a chance to meet 11 funders, ranging from those giving £80,000 to over £50 million a year. One event will be Midas’ first on Social Enterprise and includes a cabinet office speaker.“Introduction to Funding Social Enterprises” takes place on 11 October. The workshop will examine this expanding area of charity and is run in conjunction with social enterprise specialists Red Ochre and includes some funders of social enterprise, including the Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust, the Waterside Trust, the Office of the Third Sector, and the Adventure Capital Fund.On 17 October Midas will hold an “Introduction to Trust Fundraising and Meet the Funders.” This will include presentations from some well-known names, but also some, according to Midas’ Ian Kerr, who “are not part of the usual charity funders circuit.” The funders include the Wates Foundation, Triangle Trust, George Hodson Trust, the Mrs F B Laurence Charitable Trust, community foundations, the Karim Rida Said Foundation and Philanthropy UK. The workshop includes an opportunity for a one-to-one on your appeals with a trustee. Advertisement  32 total views,  1 views today 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.last_img read more

A different landscape for housing in county Limerick

first_imgNewsLocal NewsA different landscape for housing in county LimerickBy admin – March 22, 2012 605 Print Email Previous articleNew look to the A5 and S5 series from AudiNext articleUlster Bank League Weekend Previews 24/3/12 admin Twitter Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp THE Minister of State for Housing has told a meeting of Limerick County Council that the country is in “a very different landscape” than it was in recent years as there is no longer money available for building. “We need to make provisions for the future that will sustain our communities”, Junior Minister Jan O’Sullivan, told a meeting of the housing and planning SPC’s (Strategic Policy Committees). She said that opportunities as well as constraints were being made available during the current climate.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There are no longer huge numbers of planning applications being made so we need to set a good example to the rest of the country in sustainable planning.“I’m aware that the retail planning guidelines are ready to launch, particularly relating to protecting retail in city centres and we are putting a structure in place for planning so that local authorities will have a level of flexibility”.Speaking about the proposal to move the responsibility for rent supplements to local authorities, from the Department of Social Protection, Minister O’Sullivan said it would have to be done with care.“We’re trying to encourage councils to work with tenants so they don’t have anti-social behaviour problems and we will ensure that local authority houses are brought up to a standard to be re-let”.She added that the RAS (Rental Accommodation Scheme) is working well and gives people means to pay rent while also using the housing supply well.Concern was raised by Cllr James Collins FF in relation to the taking over of rent supplements by the council.“We all know of issues with anti-social behaviour and rent not being paid.“Our housing department is already stretched to the limit; I question whether we have the resources to manage this”. Linkedin Advertisementlast_img read more

NWS issues hazardous weather outlook with expected ‘slushy accumulation’

first_img Tagged: ithaca fire department, national weather service, Taughannock Falls State Park, weather, winter ITHACA, N.Y. — The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Tompkins and surrounding counties as rain and snow continue to come down Thursday. The NWS is warning local residents to watch out for potential flooding.The NWS said Thursday that rivers and streams will continue to rise, which could lead to ice jams and localized flooding is possible due to poor drainage. The rain is changing to snow and one to three inches of “slushy accumulation,” mainly over higher terrain, is expected the NWS says.Lt. Tom Basher, public information officer for the Ithaca Fire Department, said the IFD advises local residents to take extra time while driving as the road conditions continue to change with temperatures hovering around 32 degrees. He also said people in low-lying areas especially should regularly check their basements and make sure sump pumps are working.Weather: Extreme cold! Wind chill warnings in effect This week, Basher said the IFD has received a few carbon monoxide-related calls. He said residents should make sure their furnace vent pipes are not blocked by snow and to make sure they have working carbon monoxide detectors.The Cornell University Police Department sent out a notice Thursday saying all lakeside trails at Beebe Lake are closed due to flood conditions.“All lake side trails around Beebe Lake are closed until further notice, due to high risk ice flood and flash flood conditions. Closed sections include the trail between the Triphammer Footbridge and Sackett’s Bridge on the north side, and the trail east of Toboggan Lodge on the south side of Beebe Lake. All closed trails are marked with barricades and closure notices,” CUPD said in a statement on Facebook.Other local state parks have also issued notices about trail closures. On Thursday, Taughannock Falls State Park said until further notice the gorge trail and sledding slope are closed. Parts of the north and south rim trails are also closed. Before heading out on a hike, be sure to check park websites for updates.The Ithaca Fire Department has also asked local residents to help keep fire hydrants clear. Your weather news is made possible with support from: Kelsey O’Connor Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connorlast_img read more

Sports reporter among 5 killed in fiery plane crash in Louisiana, 1 survivor rescued

first_imgiStock(LAFAYETTE, La.) — Five people, including a teenager, were killed when a small plane crashed in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Saturday morning, fire officials said.Six people were on board at the time. Sources told ABC News they were heading to Saturday afternoon’s LSU vs. Oklahoma football game in Atlanta.The two-engine Piper Cheyenne took off from the Lafayette Regional Airport and crashed about a mile away, in a field next to a post office, shortly after 9:20 a.m. local time, Federal Aviation Administration officials said.Those killed in the crash were Ian Biggs, 51; Robert Crisp II, 59; Gretchen Vincent, 51; Michael Vincent, 15; and Carley McCord, 30,McCord was a sports reporter with New Orleans TV station WDSU. Her father-in-law is Louisiana State University’s Offensive Coordinator, Steve Ensminger, according to WDSU-TV.“We are devastated by the loss of such an amazing talent and valued member of our WDSU family,” WDSU President and General Manager, Joel Vilmenay, said in a statement released by the station. “Carley’s passion for sports journalism and her deep knowledge of Louisiana sports, from high school to the professional ranks, made her an exceptional journalist. As we reflect on her impressive body of work, we offer our deepest condolences to her family.”Her fellow WDSU-TV sports reporter, Fletcher Mackel, tweeted, “Smart, funny, hardworking – a friend to everyone. It was impossible not to like Carley McCord. Still trying to process this. Thoughts and prayers go out to her husband Steven, family and friends.The lone survivor on the plane, 37-year-old Stephen Berzas, was taken to a hospital and is in critical condition, city officials said.Three people on the ground were hurt. One person on the ground, near or in a car, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, officials said.Two people inside the post office were treated for smoke inhalation and “are doing fine,” Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit told reporters.The circumstances surrounding the crash are not yet clear. Witnesses said the plane made contact with power lines and hit the parking lot outside the post office, blowing out the building’s windows, before coming to rest in a field.The crash set the plane and one car on fire, according to the fire department. Both blazes were quickly extinguished, officials said.Investigators with the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were sent to the accident site.Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tweeted, “Heartbreaking news out of Lafayette today. Please join @FirstLadyOfLA and I in praying for the families and friends of everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.”This accident in Lafayette is the deadliest civil aviation crash in Louisiana since January 2009 when a helicopter crashed into a marsh, killing eight, according to NTSB records. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Trade-offs in thermal adaptation: the need for a molecular to ecological integration

first_imgThrough functional analyses, integrative physiology is able to link molecular biology with ecology as well as evolutionary biology and is thereby expected to provide access to the evolution of molecular, cellular, and organismic functions; the genetic basis of adaptability; and the shaping of ecological patterns. This paper compiles several exemplary studies of thermal physiology and ecology, carried out at various levels of biological organization from single genes (proteins) to ecosystems. In each of those examples, trade-offs and constraints in thermal adaptation are addressed; these trade-offs and constraints may limit species’ distribution and define their level of fitness. For a more comprehensive understanding, the paper sets out to elaborate the functional and conceptual connections among these independent studies and the various organizational levels addressed. This effort illustrates the need for an overarching concept of thermal adaptation that encompasses molecular, organellar, cellular, and whole-organism information as well as the mechanistic links between fitness, ecological success, and organismal physiology. For this data, the hypothesis of oxygen- and capacity-limited thermal tolerance in animals provides such a conceptual framework and allows interpreting the mechanisms of thermal limitation of animals as relevant at the ecological level. While, ideally, evolutionary studies over multiple generations, illustrated by an example study in bacteria, are necessary to test the validity of such complex concepts and underlying hypotheses, animal physiology frequently is constrained to functional studies within one generation. Comparisons of populations in a latitudinal cline, closely related species from different climates, and ontogenetic stages from riverine clines illustrate how evolutionary information can still be gained. An understanding of temperature-dependent shifts in energy turnover, associated with adjustments in aerobic scope and performance, will result. This understanding builds on a mechanistic analysis of the width and location of thermal windows on the temperature scale and also on study of the functional properties of relevant proteins and associated gene expression mechanisms.last_img read more

Sub Krasnodar to Join the Russian Navy’s Fleet

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Sub Krasnodar to Join the Russian Navy’s Fleet Sub Krasnodar to Join the Russian Navy’s Fleet Authorities Share this article November 2, 2015 View post tag: Black Sea Fleet View post tag: Russian Navy View post tag: SSK Krasnodar New diesel-electric submarine Krasnodar will be put into the service of the Russian Navy on November 5, 2015, with a flag raising ceremony, to be held in Saint Petersburg. Krasnodar is the 4th submarine in a series of six units constructed by Admiralty Shipyards for the submarine forces of the Black Sea Fleet. The construction of Krasnodar has been completed ahead of schedule.Novorossiysk, the first submarine from project 636.3, has already been put into service of the Black Sea Fleet. Rostov-on-Don submarine, the second sub, will join the Black Sea Fleet after passing weapon trials, while the third diesel-electric submarine Stary Oskol is currently conducting weapon trials at the Northern Fleet.According to the plan, all six submarines of project 636.3 are scheduled to be built and put into service of the Russian Navy by the end of 2016.Further two subs, Kolpino and Veliky Novgorod, are under construction at Admiralty Shipyards.[mappress mapid=”17326″]Image: Russian Ministry of Defencelast_img read more