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The National Investment Trust Limited (NITL.mw) HY2016 Interim Report

first_imgThe National Investment Trust Plc (NITL.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about The National Investment Trust Plc (NITL.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The National Investment Trust Plc (NITL.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The National Investment Trust Plc (NITL.mw)  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileThe National Investment Trust Plc (NITL) manages a closed-end fund that invests in a diversified of Malawi Stock Exchange listed shares and unlisted private securities. The principle objective of NITL is to provide a vehicle for the public to participate in equity investment in Malawi. The fund is a product of Malawi’s progressive privatisation policy and provides income and capital growth opportunities for investors. Financial gain from investments are tax free if held for more than a year. NITL manages a portfolio of investments with funds raised by selling units allocated according to the amount invested in the fund. The NITL manages two Unit Trusts; the NITL Local Equity Fund and the NITL Global Opportunities Fund. Both provide favourable middle- to long-term performance with controlled risk and tax-free earnings. The holding company is based in Mauritius. The National Investment Trust Plc (NITL) is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

San Francisco solidarity with Korean workers’ strike

first_imgYouth support strikers in south Korea, Feb. 25.Photo: Alice LoaizaThe Korean Consulate in San Francisco was the site of a militant demonstration in support of the Korean general strike called by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) on Feb. 25.There was a loud cheer when the spirited drummers from the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project marched in. Lo Hobak spoke from the group, chanting “Respect all workers from Oakland to Seoul,” demanding support for “work that is free from racial and sexual abuse.” Other youth from APYLP led a chant, “It is our duty to fight for our freedom, it is our duty to win; we must love each other and protect each other, we have nothing to lose but our chains.”Ken Riley, President of International Longshore Association 1422 in Charleston, S.C., gave a solidarity statement from the ILA. “We are tired of workers being beaten down all over the world,” said Riley. “The imperialists are wreaking havoc on the working men and women and their families all over the world.”Jordi Aragunde gave greetings from the International Dockworkers Council and the Catalan-Balearic Area Port of Barcelona stevedores. “This is not a fight of the workers of Korea,” said Aragunde, “This is a fight between the working class and the capitalists. … Free all Korean workers, drop the charges and fines, stop the government repression against the unions [and] defend the right to strike.”Roger Scott, of American Federation of Teachers local 2121 from San Francisco City College, said their struggle to keep the college open was also a struggle against privatization. Dave Welsh, of Communities and Postal Workers United, said, “Just as they’re fighting the privatization of the railroads in Korea, we’re out fighting to prevent the privatization of the post office, selling it off to the greedy capitalists, piece by piece. Haiti, one of the poorest countries in this hemisphere, used to have a strong nationalized sector, but when they had the coup d’etat in 2004, sponsored by the U.S. and France and Canada, one of the first things the coup regime did was privatize the public enterprises.”Some counter demonstrators, supporters of south Korean President Park Geun-hye’s government, tried unsuccessfully to disrupt the rally and intimidate the Korean workers’ supporters.The rally, initiated by the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee, was supported by the San Francisco Labor Council and other unions and organizations, including Workers World Party, Marcha Patriotica de Colombia – capitulo California, and Communities and Postal Workers United. To view a dynamic video of the demonstration, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtnvBQZRaxs&feature=.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Supreme Court invalidates “false news” law

first_img UgandaAfrica Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily News News News Reporters Without Borders today welcomed an 11 February ruling by the Ugandan Supreme Court that a law banning “publication of false news” was unconstitutional..It said it was a boost to press freedom and hoped the authorities would also remove other restrictions on the media. It noted that about 50 privately-owned radio stations were threatened with closure by the broadcasting supervisory body and that several journalists, including two with the independent daily The Monitor, were being prosecuted for alleged terrorism for reporting on the activities of rebel forces. Section 50 of the criminal code allows politicians to intimidate journalists who criticise them by claiming their reports are subversive and brandishing the threat of two years imprisonment for allegedly “false news.” The Monitor had sought to have the law struck down several times since 1997.The Supreme Court’s seven judges unanimously ruled that section 50 conflicted with article 29 of the 1995 national constitution that guaranteed freedom of expression, saying the law did not specify what material could or could not be published and thus hampered the media from doing its job.Monitor editor Charles Onyango-Obbo and reporter Andrew Mwenda were accused in 1997 of publishing “false news” in an article headed “Kabila paid Uganda in gold.” They appealed against the “false news” law to the Constitutional Court but lost, though they were acquitted of the offence after two years. They then appealed to the Supreme Court. UgandaAfrica February 17, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Supreme Court invalidates “false news” law Follow the news on Uganda Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election June 4, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further RSF_en Organisation Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out more News Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges January 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Fire Family Foundation Honored as Recipient of Boeing California’s 2015 Crystal Vision Awards

first_img Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Community News Fire Family Foundation Honored as Recipient of Boeing California’s 2015 Crystal Vision Awards From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, December 7, 2015 | 2:44 pm 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community Newscenter_img Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Representing Fire Family Foundation at the ECF Crystal Vision Award Ceremony was (from left) the von Harz family (Cecilia, James, Roman and Jaclyn) who receives support from the Foundation as Cecilia battles cancer; Fire Family Foundation Executive Director Robin McCarthy, and ECF Board Member Kaiana Carter. Photo Credit: BOEING CA ECFFire Family Foundation is honored to have been recently named as one of the six recipients of the Employee Community Fund of Boeing California’s 2015 Crystal Vision Awards. This year’s grants were presented on Giving Tuesday with the theme: “Community Heroes: Organizations Leading Heroic Work in Our Communities.”Fire Family Foundation was chosen because of its support of firefighters across California, especially since California experienced an unprecedented and devastating fire season.“Firefighters are some of the selfless people I know who never tire of giving,” says Fire Family Foundation Executive Director Robin McCarthy. “This grant will help us in our work to support those brave men and women in their time of need, to help those who give so much to keep us, our homes and our community safe. When tragedy strikes we are the helping hand for our Fire Family.”Los Angeles County Firefighter James von Harz turned to the Foundation when his 3-year-daughter Cecilia was diagnosed with cancer. The family could not afford to pay for alternative medicine which helping his daughter but not covered by insurance. Fire Family Foundation continues to support the von Harz family as they keep moving forward with Cecilia’s cancer battle.Throughout 2015, the Foundation has established many funds to directly assist firefighters, their families and all affected by fire with 100 percent of money raised going directly to those in need. Fire Family Foundation is the charitable hand of Firefighter’s First Credit Union, based in Los Angeles.About Fire Family FoundationFire Family Foundation responds when tragedy affects firefighters and fire victims. A nonprofit founded by Firefighters First Credit Union, Fire Family Foundation offers immediate assistance to firefighters and their families, fire victims, fire departments, and charities. The Foundation believes that by coming together as a “Fire Family,” assistance can be provided to those impacted by fire. To learn more, visit www.FireFamilyFoundation.org. HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

Friday Night Football Preview: Pasadena Goes For First Win of Season, Gets Undefeated Arcadia in Pacific League Opener

first_img Make a comment Community News Arcadia (3-0) at Pasadena (0-3)Pasadena is going to have to play its best game of the year if it hopes to get in the win column against undefeated Arcadia as Pacific League action begins for both schools.The Bulldogs have been outscored by a 118-23 margin and have given their two quarterbacks very little protection to get anything done.Pasadena is coming off its bye week.The Apaches are coming off a victory last week over visiting Maranatha and have beaten their three opponents by a margin of 96-41.Pasadena has a solid core of athletes, and maybe Friday will be its breakout game and is able to get back on track. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Sports Friday Night Football Preview: Pasadena Goes For First Win of Season, Gets Undefeated Arcadia in Pacific League Opener By BRIAN REED-BAIOTTO, Sports Editor Published on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 9:21 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Top of the News center_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Weather won’t stop Santa making the big trip tonight

first_imgNewsBreaking newsWeather won’t stop Santa making the big trip tonightBy Staff Reporter – December 24, 2013 705 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp TAGSIrelandSantasleightracker Email Andrew Carey Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] and heavy rain battered the country last night and will continue for a period today making for difficult driving conditions on Christmas Eve, however early reports from the North Pole indicate that Santa’s anti storm sleigh cover has been completed and installed for tonight’s important trip around the world. Met Eireann issued an “orange alert” weather warning while the weather in Santa’s homeland remains cold with scattered snow showers. Last night’s storm passed to the north of the country but some winds are expected to remain through the day. In light of the recent unfavourable weather patterns, Santa’s elves and inventors made the new magically storm canopy to help Santa’s sleigh on the 38,000 mile journey to visit all the homes and children around the world. In advance of tonight’s “big trip”, the Irish Air Corp has cleared airspace around the Ireland and An Garda Siochana will be coordinating on the ground facilities for Santa. Speaking via his PNP, Portable North Pole Console, Santa said that he was looking forward to tonight’s annual trip and especially trying all the treats that are left out for him. “I hope all the boys and girls go to bed early tonight as tomorrow morning there will be great gifts and toys for those on my good list. Of course this is my favourite time of the year and the weather will be no problem thanks to the new cover that the elves are putting on my sleigh. My Santa suit will keep me warm throughout the night and this will help with the wind and rain. During the video link to the North Pole, Santa spoke to a number of the Limerick Post Staff. He discussed the upcoming Reindeer games with Sports Editor Donn O’Sullivan, while some of the Elves, spoke to LiamTogherabout the North Pole Winter Games.Bernie English spoke to the big man about magical issues and new developments with the Sleigh and news editor Gerry Collison spoke to him about what he does in the off season. Alan Jacques and Eric Fitzgerald delved into the music of the North Pole while Santa was happy to add a little flavour with cooking tips from Mrs Claus.The in depth conversation also covered many other popular topics with the big man in red as the elves packed the bags and the sleigh full of toys and gifts. A recent survey showed that the most popular treats left out for Santa were cookies and a mince pie with a glass of milk while Rudolph gets a carrot and some water. Christmas cake is also often left out for both of them. Other drinks include Guinness for strength and mulled wine.The Limerick Post will be providing regular updates throughout the day as to how Santa is getting on during his worldwide trip. Back to the weather, a bright joyous morning is predicted for the start of Christmas Day. The entire Limerick Post Staff would like to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and excellent New Year. Limerick on alert as city hit by Covid outbreaks Print Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Facebook Limerick Senator has beef with meat industry Key restrictions ‘significantly’ tightened to combat spread of Coronavirus Previous articleRevenue seize roll-your-own tobacco at ShannonNext articleCountdown begins for arrival of Santa Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision Discover the wonders of Limerick during Heritage Week Government ‘makes a complete mess’ of pub reopeninglast_img read more

Breaking Down Blight

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Breaking Down Blight The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Breaking Down Blight The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Editors’ Note: This print feature appeared in the February issue of DS News.Almost a decade has passed since the housing bubble burst, throwing the mortgage services industry and neighborhoods across the country into a pitched battle with blight. Recovery has been excruciatingly slow. Outdated rules and a public that has little understanding of the true costs associated with neighborhood blight contribute to a status-quo approach that has hindered the industry for decades.Our residents and communities have borne the burdens that stem from a barely effective approach to combatting blight. But in 2016 and the early days of this year, the industry saw gradual movement that offers improved expectations for the days ahead. Indeed, a confluence of change, innovation, and enhanced understanding of the widespread costs of blight have propelled the industry forward in efforts to decrease the number of zombie properties plaguing neighborhoods and to begin employing new technology in the form of polycarbonate clearboarding to secure vacant and abandoned properties. Such progress offers reason for optimism that, finally, we will be able to attack community blight with the appropriate tools. Years from now, the industry will recognize 2017 as a pivotal year in the fight against blight. Pre-approving Polycarbonate and the Plywood ProblemOne of the most significant changes that built positive momentum in the fight against blight occurred in early November 2016, when Fannie Mae made the game-changing decision to pre-approve the use of polycarbonate clearboarding on pre-foreclosure properties. The decision marked the first time a GSE had expanded its reimbursement policies to include a 21st-century technology that is far superior to plywood. Polycarbonate clearboarding resembles glass, yet it is virtually unbreakable. It can have a tremendous impact on conveying properties more quickly and in a more stable and marketable condition, especially when compared with plywood, an outdated and unattractive material used on vacant and abandoned property for decades.Plywood announces that a building is vacant and abandoned, encouraging vandals and adverse occupants to break in. These people can become a threat to first responders, who cannot see through plywood to ascertain whether a property is actually vacant. Initially cheaper than polycarbonate clearboarding, plywood is easily broken into, deteriorates from weather conditions, and often has to be replaced three times or more.Fannie Mae’s decision will likely be a catalyst that prompts the other GSEs and the industry in general to follow suit in 2017 and approve innovations that allow for the use of polycarbonate clearboarding. The implications of this change will be staggering even if only Fannie Mae participates; if others follow suit, the impacts will be exponentially more significant. Consider that 1.3 million homes in America remain vacant. The national foreclosure rate is 1 in every 1,526 housing units, according to RealtyTrac.As industry leaders embrace new technology, it will be possible to replace plywood with polycarbonate clearboarding, changing practically overnight the appearance of some of the most distressed neighborhoods across the country. Fannie Mae’s pre-approval policy expansion takes effect this month.Gaining Legislative SupportLegislators from states and cities across the country are among those closest to witnessing the damage that unsecured and unsightly zombie properties exact on neighborhoods. Properties with plywood on them essentially scream that the neighborhood is in distress.Ohio is leading all states in its proactive approach to attacking community blight. First, it passed the most progressive fast-track foreclosure law in the country, which in effect can shorten the length of time a property sits vacant during a foreclosure process from two years or more to just six months. This greatly reduces the opportunity for adverse occupants and the chances of non-surchargeable damage.However, even more noteworthy is the measure Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently signed into law that bans plywood on vacant and abandoned properties. This bold law is the first of its kind in the United States and will have far-reaching implications. Most immediately, the law—which takes effect in March—will lead to far wider use of polycarbonate clearboarding in Ohio, which has the eighth-highest foreclosure rate in the nation, according to RealtyTrac.This significant advancement in state government’s approach to eliminating plywood and fighting blight also should prove to be a model for states across the country. Similarly, though not as wide-reaching, cities such as Phoenix and Coachella, California, are embracing the use of clearboarding to improve the appearance and security of their struggling neighborhoods. Phoenix was well ahead of the curve and, in 2015, passed an ordinance requiring all window and door openings visible from the street to be secured with polycarbonate clearboarding if the structure had been vacant and abandoned for more than 90 days. In November, New York City lawmakers began review on a bill that would prohibit the use of plywood to secure vacant and abandoned buildings. Lawmakers clearly understood the simple yet direct connection between plywood and blight: “This bill would prohibit the use of plywood in sealing openings in vacant buildings,” they wrote when filing the bill. “This prohibition is intended to prevent blight.”This bill would set a foundational example at the local level for eliminating plywood in communities of all sizes. New York City’s example would accelerate advocacy efforts for a progressive approach to blight remediation at all levels of government.The True Cost of ForeclosureRecently, Aaron Klein (no relation to the author) released a groundbreaking study quantifying for the first time the substantial and numerous impacts foreclosures and vacant and abandoned properties have on homeowners and their communities.Even based on conservative estimates, the typical foreclosed home imposes costs of more than $170,000, he wrote in his paper, “Understanding the True Costs of Abandoned Properties: How Maintenance Can Make a Difference.”The former U.S. Treasury Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy examines three main areas in which foreclosures and vacant and abandoned properties adversely impact homeowners and their communities: property values, crime, and increased burden on city resources. Among the findings Aaron Klein cites:The foreclosure of a home will cause a loss of value of at least $130,000 for the home and its neighborhood.Over half the total cost of a foreclosure’s impact on neighboring properties comes from the fact that the property is abandoned.Vacant properties lead to increases in violent crime with substantial costs: $14,000 per vacant property per year in increased crime, translating into $795 million nationwide for all vacant properties.The impact of vacancy on crime increases as the property stays vacant for longer periods, likely plateauing at between 12 and 18 months.Vacant buildings are major fire hazards; vacant residential buildings account for one of every 14 residential building fires in America.Community Blight Solutions of Cleveland commissioned this study to help decision makers across the country better understand blight’s true burdens.Klein concludes that how well a vacant home is secured can have a substantial impact on the total costs associated with that status.In a second study and paper to be released this month, Klein will examine the problems associated with plywood. His data will add to the growing evidence that plywood must be eliminated from vacant and abandoned properties and polycarbonate clearboarding should be used in its place.The Year of ClearboardingFor the first time in decades, the housing industry—and mortgage field services in particular—are now armed with the tools they need to seriously and effectively attack community blight. For too long, plywood has served as the standard material for boarding vacant and abandoned properties. It has become the ugly and stigmatizing symbol of a community in despair.Our laws and policies are now leaning toward a more proactive solution. We are beginning to replace outdated, unsightly, and inefficient plywood with modern-day technology in the form of polycarbonate clearboarding, but we have far to go. Advocacy efforts must continue at the national, state, and local levels. Progressive and effective policies must be adopted. It is clear that 2017 will be the year of polycarbonate clearboarding. Forward-thinking leaders in government and industry are embracing a more effective solution. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Robert Klein Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post 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 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Share Save Related Articles Robert Klein is the chairman and founder of Community Blight Solutions. He is also the founder and chairman of Safeguard Properties, which grew from a handful of employees in 1990 into the largest field services company in the industry. 2017-02-06 Robert Klein February 6, 2017 1,770 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Mortgage Law Expert: CFPB ‘Hangs in the Balance’ Next: RBS Settlement Delayed Thanks to DoJ Shakeuplast_img read more

Investigation underway into early morning burglary in Letterkenny

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleCar stolen and set alight in RaphoeNext articleBogus callers take substantial amount of cash from elderly man News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Investigation underway into early morning burglary in Letterkenny Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest By News Highland – September 8, 2020 Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows An investigation has been launched into an early morning burglary in Letterkenny. One occupant of a house in Sylvan Park was in bed when he heard someone coming up the stairs.Nothing was taken from the house but a number of drawers had been opened and checked through.The incident happened between 4am and 4.30am this morning.The front door of the house had been left unlocked and Garda Claire Rafferty is also appealing to homeowners to take the proper safety precautions:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Lkbdgdgdfgdfgdfddfurg1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Brundidge UMC celebrates first responders

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Brundidge United Methodist Church hosted a First Responders’ Appreciation Day Service on Sunday. For Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas, the recognition was a boost for his spirit.“I needed that,” Thomas said. “The timing could not have been better. Our local law enforcement agencies had dealt with an awful lot doing the week with the robbery and murder just up the street from the church. To have what we do acknowledged and appreciated means a lot to all of us at any time, but it was especially meaningful this year and on this day.”Thomas said what the Brundidge United Methodist Church does for first responders is always very special but, this year, it was especially meaningful because of what the community is also going through. Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 1:31 am Tuesday, July 30, 2019 The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder 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 HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe 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 “First responders are usually the first on the scene of a crisis situation which, in addition to providing emergency care when needed, they have to give encouragement and affirmation to others involved,” Shirley said. “In those situations, emotions run high and first responders often have to deal with persons with different temperaments.”Shirley said children are often involved and that adds another dynamic to the situation.“At BUMC, we want to show our support for our first responders and let them know that our prayers are always with them,” he said. “Each year, we provide them with some imagery of Christ being with them. The first year, we gave each first responder a compact Bible that they can carry in their pockets. Last year, our gift to them was a gold coin with the wording from Ephesians 6:11 – ‘Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.’”This year, the BUMC’s gifts to local first responders were pocket lights that are reminders that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World.“The light is a reminder that Jesus is the Light, even in the darkest of situations,” Shirley said.“Our first responders are sources of encouragement and empowerment in crisis situations. It is an honor to recognize them for their commitment to our community and to their fellowmen.” “We were all uplifted by coming together and being together,” Thomas said.The BUMC has been hosting the First Responders’ Appreciation Day service for three years and each year the response is greater.Chief Deputy Buck Williams said, with a smile, that it’s always good to know what you do is appreciated, especially when it’s accented with good, home cooking. Skipcenter_img You Might Like Latest Stories Email the author Brundidge UMC celebrates first responders By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Brundidge holds ‘Stop the Violence’ rally after robbery-homicide A “Stop the Violence” rally and vigil was held in Brundidge Sunday evening to honor the memory of Neil Purush… read more “Being recognized at a special service means a lot to all of us,” Williams said. “Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport said sometimes first responders find themselves with their backs against the wall so a collective pat-on-the-back feels really good.“The First Responders Appreciation Day service is like a dose of medicine,” he said. “It makes you feel better and right away. None of us do what we do for the money or the glory. Our purpose is to protect and to serve. We appreciate the support of Brundidge United Methodist Church. We can’t say enough about that what it means to us.”The Reverend Ed Shirley, church pastor, said first responders have one of the most difficult jobs on the market. Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daylast_img read more

One-of-a-kind hybrid fascinates scientists

first_imgRobin W. Baird/Cascadia Research(KAUAI, Hawaii) — Let’s face it: Unlikely couples hold a special place in our hearts, whether Romeo and Juliet, Edward and Bella — or a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin that apparently enjoyed an unlikely inter-species romance a few years ago in the waters off Hawaii.Fast forward to last year, when a team of scientists with the Cascadia Research Collective on an expedition near the island of Kauai spotted a strange creature — not quite a melon-headed whale, not fully a rough-toothed dolphin.“It’s the first record of a hybrid in the wild involving either of these species,” Robin Baird, a research biologist with the Cascadia Research Collective, told ABC News.The new creature looked like both species, but with a few things awry.It didn’t, for example, have the rounded head of melon-headed whales, and yet its beak was shorter than those of rough-toothed dolphins. Below the leading edge of the dorsal fin, the patterns on it were like those of melon-headed whales, but at the base of and immediately below the dorsal fin, it had darker-colored blotches, similar to those found on rough-toothed dolphins.The organization wrote in a paper on Friday that after a biopsy of a sample collected from the creature in August 2017, suspicions were confirmed: The offspring of two species never before been known to mate, despite occasionally swimming in mixed groups, well, had.Baird said this is unlikely to be the start of a whole new species of dolphin, however, because male hybrids are often sterile, and because only one of its kind has been spotted so far.Robin W. Baird/Cascadia ResearchDespite the name, melon-headed whales aren’t actually whales — they’re part of the dolphin family, and they tend to swim in large pods with hundreds of others of their kind. Rough-toothed dolphins, on the other hand, prefer to stay in ones or twos.Baird told ABC News the hybrid animal was pictured with a single melon-headed whale both times they spotted it, which added to the mystery surrounding the unusual animal.“What could have happened is that the mother, a melon-headed whale may, have become separated from her pod, begun to stay with single rough-toothed dolphins, and become used to swimming with the other species,” Baird said.His team is heading out to Kauai soon for another field project and hoping to discover a little more about the origins of this mysterious creature.“If we were lucky enough to find the pair again, we would try to get a biopsy sample of the accompanying melon-headed whale, to see whether it might be the mother of the hybrid, as well as get underwater images of the hybrid to better assess morphological differences from the parent species,” he said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more