African Export Import Bank (AEIB.mu) HY2020 Presentation

first_imgAfrican Export Import Bank (AEIB.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 presentation results for the half year.For more information about African Export Import Bank (AEIB.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the African Export Import Bank (AEIB.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: African Export Import Bank (AEIB.mu)  2020 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileAfrican Export Import Bank is a financial institution that facilitates trade amongst African countries as well as trade between Africa and other continents. The bank provides investment banking and advisory services as well as project and export development programs in Mauritius and around the world with particular focus on the globalization of African trade. African Export Import Bank is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

How I’d invest £10K in this FTSE 100 stock market crash

first_imgHow I’d invest £10K in this FTSE 100 stock market crash Tom Rodgers | Thursday, 12th March, 2020 Investors with cash to invest will be greedily poring over the cut-price shares in the FTSE 100. The UK index has crashed 26% from nearly 7,500 to 5,500. It has fallen to an eight-year low in just a couple of weeks.Stock markets have witnessed some of the steepest price drops in a generation. It’s a time of extraordinary panic and fear.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 with panic and fear comes opportunity. It may be difficult to channel your inner Warren Buffett at times like this. But note that the greatest value investors in history all say the same thing.Back to basicsSir John Templeton, arguably the greatest stock picker of the 20th century, said: “The time of maximum pessimism is the time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the time to sell.”He added: “If you want to have a better performance than the crowd, you must do things differently from the crowd.” On the eve of World War II in 1939, investors were fleeing stock markets. That is when Templeton decided to buy. His portfolio returned 400% over the next four years.Templeton was following Benjamin Graham’s lead. Graham is the original father of value investing and Warren Buffett’s mentor. His 1949 book The Intelligent Investor was a great source of inspiration to me and you should read it too. Graham said: “Buy when most investors, even experts, are pessimistic. And sell when everyone is optimistic.”To take this approach requires courage. And the knowledge that your moves may not play out immediately. But they will bear fruit over the long term.In my opinion the FTSE 100 and world stock markets have much further to fall. We’re not at maximum pessimism yet.From £10K to £400KThe difference between an average return from the stock market and a good one is stark. Using the accounting tool known as the Rule of 72, we can work out that a portfolio returning 10% a year will double your money every 7.2 years, requiring absolutely zero work or extra capital invested.If you are around 40 years old today, that gives you four periods of doubling before you retire, turning £10,000 into £20,000, then £40,000, then £80,000.But the magic of compound gains means any extra additions will impact hugely on your final total. Leave £10,000 in a Stocks and Shares ISA or SIPP returning 10% and never look at it again, that’s fine.But add £200 a month to your initial £10,000 investment and at 10% return something rather magical happens. At the end of your fourth doubling period, your total is not £80,000 but £354,000.Even a portfolio returning a much lower rate of 5% a year, with the couple of hundred pounds a month added would give you £159,000 at the end of 28 years.As I’ve written elsewhere I’m not buying yet. As the FTSE 100 crashes I’m stockpiling cash, building a solid watchlist and waiting.But taking the long view is what will really make your gains spectacular. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. 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 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. See all posts by Tom Rodgers 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!last_img read more

Warren Buffett owns Apple shares. Should UK investors copy him?

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images Warren Buffett owns Apple shares. Should UK investors copy him? Enter Your Email Address Tezcan Gecgil, PhD | Wednesday, 22nd July, 2020 | More on: AAPL Since the late 1950s, Warren Buffett and his team have transformed Berkshire Hathaway from a struggling textile manufacturer to a holding company with a market capitalisation greater than $460bn. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares now comprise around 20% of Warren Buffett’s portfolio with Berkshire Hathaway owning $91.3bn worth of AAPL stock.Put another way, Buffet is a believer in the future of the Cupertino, California-based tech titan. Year-to-date, Apple shares are up around to 35%. But that metric tells only half the story. On 23 March, AAPL stock hit a recent low of $212.51. Now it’s hovering at $395. So since then, AAPL stock is up an eye-popping 85%. I think UK investors may also share Mr Buffett’s enthusiasm regarding AAPL.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…Why Buffett loves Apple sharesEarlier in the year, Buffett released his annual shareholder letter. He believes stocks will most likely beat bonds over long term if interest rates stay low.In the US, the Federal Reserve has slashed interest rates to record low levels in recent months as part of its efforts to ease the economic effects of the pandemic. Apple shares remain Berkshire Hathaway’s largest holding and part of Buffett’s conviction regarding them links to that view that broader markets will outperform most other asset classes.Buffett’s typical preferred investments areLarge-cap stocksConsumer brandsFinancials, including banks and insurance companiesStocks that pay dividendsIn August 2018, Apple became the first US-based company to hit a $1trn valuation. Currently the market-cap is over $1.7trn. By comparison, Microsoft and Amazon each have market-caps of about $1.6trn. On a side note, all three companies have been crucial in driving broader US markets higher since March.With such a market-cap, it would be safe to assume that Apple shares are unlikely to be held down by the market for too long, even in uncertain times brought on by Covid-19. The Street and Warren Buffett regard large market-cap companies as good and stable long-term investments. Although most market participants think of Apple as a tech company, Buffett views it as a compelling consumer business thanks to its popularity worldwide. In a recent interview he said: “I do not focus on the sales in the next quarter or the next year. I focus on the … hundreds, hundreds, hundreds millions of people who practically live their lives by [iPhone]… It’s probably the best business I know in the world”.Apple controls over 50% of the US smartphone market. Many analysts agree that 5G will likely turbocharge its stock price in the coming months too.Foolish takeawayAPPL is the cornerstone of Warren Buffett’s portfolio. If you also share his views and would like to buy Apple shares, you may want to talk to you financial advisor about their suitability for your risk/return profile. There may also be tax implications of owning foreign shares. Once you’re ready to hit the ‘buy’ button, you should typically be able to buy the stock through your broker.Alternatively and very easy, there are UK-based exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that include Apple as a holding. They include the AXA Framlington Global Technology Fund, Herald Investment Trust, iShares S&P 500 Information Technology Sector UCITS ETF USD, and Polar Capital Technology Trust. These funds would enable UK investors to take a bite out of Apple shares as well as other technology stocks. 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.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Teresa Kersten, an employee of LinkedIn, a Microsoft subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. tezcang has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Amazon, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway (B shares), and Microsoft and recommends the following options: long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon, long January 2021 $85 calls on Microsoft, short January 2021 $115 calls on Microsoft, short September 2020 $200 calls on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares), short January 2021 $200 puts on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares), long January 2021 $200 calls on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares), and short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon. 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. See all posts by Tezcan Gecgil, PhDlast_img read more

Anglican world marks 350 years of the Book of Common…

first_img By Trevor GrundyPosted May 2, 2012 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Belleville, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Anglican world marks 350 years of the Book of Common Prayer [Ecumenical News International] “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”“All the deceits of the world, the flesh and the devil.”“Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.”Shakespeare? The King James Bible? Close — the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, the liturgical and literary masterpiece that (next to the previous two sources) has helped shape the English language and marks its 350th anniversary this year.St. Paul’s Cathedral in London celebrated the occasion on May 2with a special service of evensong from the 1662 volume. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams attended, along with members of Prayer Book societies in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.“I hope and pray that people in Britain and around the English-speaking world realize the importance of this great work,” Prudence Dailey, chair of the Prayer Book Society in the U.K. , told ENInews.The service is the flagship of a nationwide series of events that includes an exhibit at Lambeth Palace Library that also acknowledges the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, looking at the relationship between the monarchy and the Prayer Book. It includes a copy of the first Prayer Book, published in 1549, and the copy used at Queen Victoria’s wedding.The anniversary actually refers to the revised edition that still stands as the official doctrinal standard of the Church of England and most other churches in the worldwide Anglican Communion. After Henry VIII’s break with the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer set out to replace the Latin missal with a book of liturgical services and prayers in English that would also incorporate theological changes, such as less prominence for saints.The Prayer Book now appears in many variants in the 85-million member Anglican Communion and has influence the liturgical texts of other denominations.It has proved “very adaptable over the centuries and has been used in many contexts. Many people do prefer the less convoluted language of modern services but the influence of the old Prayer Book permeates the new versions, with many prayers incorporated with minimal changes,” the Rev. Gordon Jeanes, a former lecturer in church history at the University of Wales, who appeared at a symposium on the BCP last March at the British Academy in London, told ENInews.The book’s language — another phrase is “till death us do part” from the marriage service — resonates even today, said Bishop Stephen Platten of Wakefield (Yorkshire), chair of the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission. “Even in an apparently secular world, large numbers come to have their children christened or baptized. The cadences of the Prayer Book have become part of a treasury of prayers and reflections that have helped to fashion people’s lives,” he told ENInews.But the Prayer Book’s language, though appreciated, has been subject to revision and various Anglican churches have produced updated versions.In the U.S., for example, the break with Britain in 1776 left church leaders feeling the need for their own Prayer Book.“William White, the first Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, spoke of the need for ‘a church government that will contain the constituent principles of the Church of England and yet be independent of foreign jurisdiction or influence,’” noted the Rev. Canon Dr. C.K. (Chuck) Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, in an interview with ENInews.“By definition, this meant the creation of a new American form of the Book of Common Prayer.”He said that as the nation grew, so also has the church in America and three Prayer Book revisions have since emerged. The latest, the 1979 edition, reflects an appreciation of heritage while also taking into account more recent liturgical forms.Robertson added that, “it should be noted that even in England, though the 1662 book remains the official Prayer Book of the Church of England, most congregations on a regular basis use their own revised texts, including the recently produced Common Worship.” May 3, 2012 at 2:32 am I am glad to note that the American break with Britain was the event that caused the break with the Church of England. The Episcopal Church began as the church leaders of the time did think we needed our own prayer book. Even the present prayer book is due for some revision, a few new litugies, and, as a woman, I think more inclusive wording is in order I do appreciate the history of the prayer book and the continued revisions. Thank you Thomas Cranmer. Featured Events May 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm Yes indeed, thank you Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. It should be noted he was executed (burned at the stake) for compiling the Prayer Book as well as many of those associated with earlier bible translations that resulted in the King James bible. Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Steven Long says: Rector Collierville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Press Release Service An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Tags Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Callscenter_img Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Albany, NY Anglican Communion Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Press Release Youth Minister Lorton, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Pittsburgh, PA The Rev. Teresa T. Bowden says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Comments (3) Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Job Listing May 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm I’m sorry , but who wrote that headline? The Book of Common Prayer is 463 years old. The first edition was produced in 1549. For the Episcopal Church, the 1662 is less important than the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church of Scotland. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest D. Jonathan Grieser says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET last_img read more

Immigration Amendment May Help Dairy Producers

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 19, 2017 Facebook Twitter Previous articleMcKinney Picked for USDA PostNext articleU.S. Ethanol Production Hits 9 Week High Hoosier Ag Today Home Indiana Agriculture News Immigration Amendment May Help Dairy Producers The House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to the fiscal 2018 Homeland Security Spending Bill which would help dairy producers and other farmers that need year round labor. The amendment would expand the types of businesses that can apply for the H-2A visa program for temporary or seasonal workers. It would also nullify the requirement that the work would be short term in nature. Washington Republican Dan Newhouse, a farmer himself, was the amendment author and says, “The amendment is a small starting point of relief we can provide our farmers who need workers.” The amendment does not change how long a worker can stay in the country, which is three years with renewals. It does not change the fact that farmers must first look for American workers.National Milk Producers Federation President Jim Mulhern says the amendment recognizes that we need to create new approaches to getting dairy employers the labor they need. Labor is not as on board with the deal. United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez called the program deeply flawed and was “stunned” that two Democrats supported the measure. The group Farmworker Justice says the amendment does nothing to fix H-2A, which it says is “rife with abuses.”Source: NAFB News Service Immigration Amendment May Help Dairy Producers SHARElast_img read more

Threats force provincial radio station to close in CAR

first_img Follow the news on Central African Republic RSF decries arbitrary blocking of two CAR news websites Six years on, same unanswered questions about French journalist’s death in CAR RSF_en Organisation News Central African RepublicAfrica Condemning abuses Armed conflictsFreedom of expression October 18, 2017 Threats force provincial radio station to close in CAR Central African RepublicAfrica Condemning abuses Armed conflictsFreedom of expression April 6, 2021 Find out more Studio de la Radio Mbari, Image de la mission de l’’Académie de la Paix à Bangassou juillet 2017 Newscenter_img to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regrets that a leading community radio station in the southeast of the Central African Republic has been forced to close after being threatened by armed groups, and reminds all parties to the conflict of the need to respect media freedom and independence. News News The main source of local news and information in the southeastern town of Bangassou and the surrounding region, Radio Mbari has been harassed and threatened repeatedly by rival armed factions, which accuse it of not broadcasting their messages with sufficient readiness. The southeast of the CAR has seen violent clashes in recent months between local self-defence units and members of the UPC (Union for Peace in the CAR), a rebel group led by Ali Darass, a former leader of the now disbanded Seleka rebel coalition. The violence reached a new level on 13 October when a member of a self-defence group burst into Radio Mbari and told staff to broadcast a communiqué that ordered Bangassou’s inhabitants not to go to the market in Tokoyo, one of the town’s districts. The programme presenter wanted to have the communiqué approved by the head of programmes before broadcasting it, but the militiaman threatened him with his automatic weapon, forcing him to read it out on the air at once. After this incident, the radio station’s management decided to temporarily suspend all broadcasting because of the growing violence. Radio Mbari played a major role in restoring normality in Bangassou after an attack on the Tokoyo mosque in May and the ensuing exodus of thousands residents. It appealed for calm and allowed representatives of the different armed groups to speak on the air. Gira FM, a United Nations radio station that also broadcasts in the region, has less credibility and is seen by many as a propaganda outlet. “The media’s role is to inform the public, not to serve as the mouthpiece of armed groups,” RSF said. “Threatening journalists is unacceptable. Under no circumstances can a conflict be used as an excuse for obstructing media freedom and independence.” Since the presidential election that ended President Catherine Samba-Panza’s transitional government in March 2016, the security situation has worsened steadily in the CAR and fighting between armed groups has resumed throughout almost the entire county. The CAR is ranked 113th out of 180 countries inRSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. CAR policeman who shot reporter must be punished, RSF says December 13, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information May 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

National Council for Special Education releases new report

first_img National Council for Special Education releases new report Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Twitter Google+ Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Twittercenter_img Facebook By News Highland – May 17, 2013 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCaution over consuming excess of so-called ‘healthy’ foodsNext articleNo Government decision on increase to public transport fares News Highland News 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th A new report is recommending allocating resources for children with special needs – based on their individual requirements rather than their disability.The report by the National Council for Special Education says the current system may lead to the mislabelling of children in order to secure resources.It has also found that some children find it hard to find a school place.CEO of the NCSE Teresa Griffin says some schools put “soft barriers” in place to stop children with special needs from gaining entry.”For example it might be suggested to a parent that actually a school down the road might be the more appropriate school for that child – and we are very, very concerned with that – because in the NCSE we resource all children and all schools on the same basis” she said.”So there should be no reason for a child to be refereed to another school” she added. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Bitter Texas freeze hits most vulnerable hardest

first_imgMontinique Monroe/Getty ImagesBy SASHA PEZENIK and STEPHANIE EBBS, ABC News(HOUSTON) — Donna Sue Taylor didn’t know the cold was coming. Her blue-gray tent, in one of Houston’s storm drainage bayous, has only enough room for her three dogs: Gigi, Bella and Star. With no television or phone to alert her to an impending storm, she relies on word of mouth for news.After living this way on and off for nearly 20 years, she figured the hand-spun yarn blankets she makes would offer enough warmth through Texas’ mostly mild winter.Valentine’s Day morning, her fingers started to freeze. And her toes. No matter how many layers she put on her thin frame, the freeze was creeping in. Gigi was shivering. She got a ride downtown, where she heard the George R. Brown Convention Center was taking people in.“I’ve never been to a shelter before,” Taylor told ABC News from her cot. “But I was worried about me and my animals. I didn’t want to die.”The ruthless cold sweeping through Texas has affected nearly everyone. Grocery shelves were stripped bare and millions were without power or water for days on end.“If you have the means, you can pack up your family and go to a hotel,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told ABC News. “If your pipes burst, your home becomes in many ways, unbearable, and you don’t have the luxury of packing up and going someplace else — you’re relegated to just deal with it where you are.”Taylor waited in line outside the convention center for six hours Sunday. The center accepted about 800 people — a fraction of its regular capacity during emergencies.During Hurricane Harvey, evacuees streamed in by the busload to fill the same Houston convention center with 10,000 people.But the coronavirus pandemic’s grip preempted that option.“Dealing with the virus, in a storm like this, means our normal emergency shelters cannot take in new people,” Mike Nichols, CEO and president of Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties.“Normal operating capacity has been cut in half because of social distancing,” said Mark Eichenbaum, special assistant to the mayor for Homeless Initiatives in Houston. “Our response plan to really handle a surge of increased shelter need were virtually offline because of COVID.”Some shelters had to stop taking people in — either when they hit capacity or their own power failed and pipes burst.“These are compounding, cascading problems that impact marginalized low-income and communities of color across Houston. And that’s what we’re saying, it’s more than no power,” Robert Bullard, a distinguished professor at Texas Southern University and leading expert on environmental justice, told ABC News.Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale’s kindness during Hurricane Harvey went viral after he turned his Gallery Furniture showrooms into evacuation shelters. The winter weather prompted him to step up again.He set aside 10,000 gallons of diesel in prep for the generator at their Houston store, where they estimated a couple hundred people could find a bed. His Richmond store, however, had to close due to a power outage, where pipes burst “like a fire hydrant full steam.”At his Houston site, pipes froze on Wednesday. His team filled 55 gallon trash cans with water to prime the toilet pumps. Finding meat to keep feeding his sheltered wasn’t easy, as grocery store stocks got bought out, or closed early. But with his means, McIngvale sought to bridge the gap for those with less financial cushion, citing a “responsibility for the wellbeing of the community.”“For those of you who don’t have the means, it’s not as easy to go into a grocery store and purchase the water that you need,” Turner said. He announced the city would host a mass bottled water distribution site Friday.Turner said the city is focused on underserved populations, including people experiencing homelessness and those who have less access to services that can help.“We certainly need to focus on these communities that have been underserved for decades to bring them up,” Turner said. “Going without power for example, in the city, in the [United] States, for this long, is something that’s unacceptable to be quite candid with you. And so we need to make sure that we get it right.”Turner expressed concern about how the added challenges will impact people who might be struggling with homes not well insulated from the cold and difficulty accessing supplies.“This storm has no respect of person, it has no eyes,” Turner said. “Nonetheless, the impact on your family, your home, therein is dependent on your social economic status.”With so many hunkered down in their homes, Turner said, the grim truth is that the full death toll may not be known until the bitter cold has abated.“We have been working very hard to try to keep that number down,” he said. “Whether it’s a hurricane, whether it’s the coronavirus, and now it’s this winter storm, and it’s back to back to back — at some point they began to say, you know — how much more can I bear? How much more must I endure?”Consumers will end up paying for the utility services’ lack of preparedness, said Leah Stokes, an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.“Those are going to be really significant household costs that have been basically pushed on everyday people,” Stokes said.Even after the power comes back on, Bullard expressed concern for households struggling to pay high electric bills or for burst water pipes.“If you’re working at two minimum wage jobs, that $200 can be a substantial part of your budget,” he said. “Let’s not minimize the pain and suffering that’s occurring across Texas.”When the cold abates, Taylor plans on returning to her tent in the bayou, she said. Meanwhile, outreach teams at the convention center are working with her to find more stable housing.“Just because you’re homeless doesn’t mean you’re not human — what, because you just can’t afford it?” Taylor said. “This [storm] makes me wish that I was rich so I could help people.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘Violent’ tornado threat bears down on Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A major storm is bearing down on Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi, where “violent,” “long-track” tornadoes are possible on Thursday.“Violent” means tornado winds could be 166 mph or greater, with ratings of EF-4 or EF-5. These tornadoes are often “long-track,” which means they could be on the ground for at least 25 miles.So far, this storm system has already produced a tornado in central Texas and three dozen reports of huge, damaging hail. Now it’s moving into the Ohio and Tennessee River Valleys with a trailing cold front stretching to the Gulf Coast.Ahead of this storm, supercell thunderstorms are expected to break out Thursday afternoon and evening from Mississippi to Kentucky, with damaging winds, violent tornadoes and baseball-sized hail.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center issued a “high risk” warning for severe weather in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a state of emergency for 28 counties, while in Mississippi, more than two dozen people have taken shelter at an elementary school in Lowndes County ahead of the severe weather. Two other schools, each of which can hold about 400 people, also are open as shelters, the Lowndes County emergency management director told ABC News.All shelters are providing hand sanitizer and masks, enforcing social distancing and checking people’s temperatures.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Whither Antarctic sea ice?

first_imgTo an observer from space, the growth and retreat of the white ring of sea ice around Antarctica would be one of the clearest signs that Earth’s climate varies on seasonal and longer time scales. However, the record of satellite observations is too short to assess whether there have been climate-related trends in sea ice extent.last_img