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Airtel Networks Zambia Plc HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgAirtel Networks Zambia Plc (ATEL.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Airtel Networks Zambia Plc (ATEL.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Airtel Networks Zambia Plc (ATEL.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Airtel Networks Zambia Plc (ATEL.zm)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAirtel Networks Zambia plc. is a major telecommunications service provider offering cellular radio solutions to private and corporate customers in Zambia. The company was known as Celtel Zambia plc. until a name change in 2013. Airtel Networks Zambia is a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel Zambia Holdings BV. A diverse and extensive range of products and services include caller ID, call waiting, international calling tariffs, roaming, voicemail services, chat and SMS text services, and Internet services. Other well-known brands in its portfolio include: Airtel Marketplace, a service that helps people find jobs, products and post adverts; Airtel Football, with latest information and updates on national soccer fixtures; Siliza, a service to request or borrow airtime; Airtel Portal, providing breaking news stories and sports updates, ringtones, wallpapers, video clips, and games and entertainment; Airtel Blessing, a Christian portal sharing Bible readings and church sermons. Value-added services include Airtel Life Insurance, Airtel Misses You, Caller Ring Back Tunes, Airtel Radio, Airtel Games Club to download and play games, Airtel Hello Tunes, Learn French, Me2U for airtime sharing, and 121 to connect buyers with sellers. Airtel Networks Zambia is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 dividend stocks yielding 8% right now

first_imgI’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 dividend stocks yielding 8% right now Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves owns no 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. Enter Your Email Address Recent market turbulence has thrown up some fantastic bargains, especially in the FTSE 100. With that in mind, here are two of the lead index’s dividend stocks yielding 8% that could be great additions to your income portfolio.PersimmonHomebuilder Persimmon (LSE: PSN) has faced much criticism in recent years due to the quality of its homes. The company has been prioritising profits over quality in its drive to ramp-up production. This has severely damaged its reputation.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…However, to the company’s credit, it has commissioned an independent review and taken its recommendations on board. Management is now trying to prioritise quality over quantity. As a result, new home legal completions for 2019 declined 4% year-on-year as Persimmon focused on putting customers before volume.Going forward, if the corporation can keep this initiative going, the outlook for the business appears bright. The UK housing market remains structurally undersupplied and, as one of the largest homebuilders in the country, Persimmon is only likely to see the demand for its new properties grow. That’s as long as the company can keep improving its reputation.As such, now could be the time to snap up shares in this income giant following recent declines. After these dips, the stock is trading at a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 10.6 and supports a dividend yield of 8.5%. That’s one of the highest dividend yields in the FTSE 100.Taylor WimpeyTaylor Wimpey (LSE: TW) should also be able to capitalise on the state of the UK housing market over the next three-to-five years. Unlike its larger peer, Persimmon, Taylor hasn’t suffered any reputational damage over the past few years. Instead, the business has been concentrating on doing what it does best – building and selling homes.Over the past six years, the company has earned around £2.4bn from its operations. Most of the capital has been returned to investors. A large chunk has also been reinvested back into the business. Last year, Taylor distributed £500m in cash to investors and is planning to return £610m in 2020. At the time of writing, the shares support a dividend yield of 9%. They’re also trading at a P/E of 9.9, which suggests the stock offers a wide margin of safety at current levels.Another reason why this dividend stock could be a great addition to your income portfolio right now is its cash balance. At the end of its last fiscal period, Taylor had nearly £518m of cash on the balance sheet. That is about 16p per share.Not only does this cash balance give the group a financial backstop if the economy takes a turn for the worst but, after stripping the cash out from its valuation, the stock looks even cheaper. Shares in the homebuilder are dealing at an ex-cash P/E of 8.8.center_img Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 1st March, 2020 | More on: PSN TW 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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! 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.last_img read more

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Top British shares for September 2020

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Top British shares for September 2020 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The Motley Fool UK has recommended boohoo group, Diageo, and Hargreaves Lansdown. 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 The Motley Fool Staffcenter_img We asked our freelance writers to share the top British shares they’d buy in the month of September. Here’s what they chose:Jonathan Smith: Coca-Cola HBCWith the UK officially in a recession, I’d turn to a defensive stock to protect my portfolio. Therefore I’m keen on Coca-Cola HBC (LSE: CCH). With the core product being a staple of consumers, demand should be inelastic even if people reduce spending. Half-year results for 2020 showed revenue down by 15.5%, but this was largely down to out-of-home spending. This was down by 70%, mostly due to the lockdown.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…Should we see the UK recession continue without another hard lockdown, Coca-Cola HBC ought to perform well. Buying now with a discount of around 25% compared to the start of the year could be a smart move.Jonathan Smith does not hold any position in Coca-Cola HBC.Rupert Hargreaves: CRHI think building materials business CRH (LSE: CRH) is one of the best ways to play the global economic recovery. The company is one of the largest suppliers of building materials, such as concrete and asphalt in Europe.Following the pandemic, governments are planning to stimulate their economies with infrastructure spending, which should result in increased demand for these products. I think this could provide a big boost for CRH’s bottom line.In the past, the company has complemented organic growth with bolt-on acquisitions. Increased profits may free up more cash to pursue this strategy, which could help improve CRH’s long-term growth.Rupert Hargreaves does not own shares in CRH.G A Chester: Diageo I think Diageo (LSE: DGE) is a top British blue-chip share to buy in September and hold for the long term. Its outstanding portfolio of over 200 drinks brands — Johnnie Walker whisky, Gordon’s gin and Guinness stout, to name but three — is unrivalled. Such brands, backed by decades of investment, continue to be enjoyed by generation after generation. Diageo’s shares are trading towards 30% below their all-time high, made this time last year — the company hasn’t been immune to the Covid-19 pandemic. But I think this is an opportunity for canny long-term investors to buy into a highly valuable global business at a great discount price. G A Chester has no position in Diageo.Anna Sokolidou: Rio TintoThe shares of Rio Tinto (LSE:RIO), a mining giant, have rallied since March. That’s due to the rising demand for iron ore in China. In spite of the pandemic, the Chinese government has invested heavily in the country’s infrastructure.What’s more, the supply is limited in Brazil where a lion’s share of the metal comes from. The country is truly struggling to contain Covid-19, and doesn’t have the opportunity to mine as much iron as it used to.I consider Rio Tinto (just like many other companies) to be a bit overvalued right now. But I’d buy the stock at every pullback.Anna Sokolidou does not own shares in Rio Tinto.David Barnes: BAE SystemsWith its c.4.5% dividend now reinstated, I think FTSE 100 defence giant BAE Systems (LSE: BA) looks good value right now.The dividend is well covered, and its revenues are reliable given it works largely on government backed, long-term contracts. The firm is a trusted partner of many western governments. I also see future growth through moving into cybersecurity.The share price is still over 20% off its year high following the stock market crash in March, and with a price-to-earnings ratio of just 12, I think the shares are a steal.David Barnes owns shares in BAE Systems.Edward Sheldon: BoohooMy top British share for September is online fashion retailer Boohoo (LSE: BOO).Boohoo’s share price has taken a hit recently on the back of reports about poor working conditions at clothing factories linked to the company. I expect the shares to recover, however.Boohoo’s brands, which include Boohoo, PrettyLittleThing, and Nasty Gal, remain very popular with younger fashion-conscious shoppers. Meanwhile, demand for comfy clothing is soaring due to the work-from-home trend. So, I expect Boohoo’s sales to continue rising at a healthy rate.All things considered, I see Boohoo shares as a ‘buy’ right now.  Edward Sheldon owns shares in Boohoo.Kirsteen Mackay: Provident Financial  Provident Financial (LSE:PFG) has said its business is picking up again after sinking to a £37.6m loss in the first six months of the year. It now plans to repay furlough money received from the government as its Vanquis Bank and Moneybarn subsidiaries remain profitable. It has streamlined its business through job cuts and should be stronger going forward.As furlough payments come to an end, finances will be tight – and with Christmas on shoppers’ minds, I think Provident will continue to see a rise in doorstep lending. It has a price-to-earnings ratio of 7, though its dividend remains on hold. Kirsteen does not own shares in Provident Financial.Matthew Dumigan: Hargreaves LansdownAs the UK’s largest investment broker, Hargreaves Lansdown (LSE: HL) has made a tidy profit from the heightened stock market volatility over recent months. The firm recorded a record a whopping £7.7bn in new business in the 12 months ending June 2020 and posted an impressive set of full-year results on top of this. Given the company already boasted a solid set of finances prior to this year, the future now looks even brighter. What’s more, the recent announcement that Robinhood won’t be launching in the UK is a further boost for the industry’s market-leader. Matthew Dumigan does not own shares in Hargreaves Lansdown.Paul Summers: DiageoAt the risk of sounding like a stuck record, I think top British share Diageo (LSE: DGE) has fallen too far ahead of September.News of weaker-than-usual sales of its premium brands in the wake of the coronavirus will matter to traders. As investors, however, we can take advantage of others’ impatience and snap up great stocks in defensive sectors when they’re on sale. With a share price still 25% below where it stood one year ago, the £60bn cap strikes me as a good example. Like major shareholder Nick Train, I struggle to believe people won’t pile back into pubs and clubs when the pandemic finally subsides. In the meantime, there’s always the dividends to enjoy. Paul Summers has no position in Diageo.Peter Stephens: AvivaAviva’s (LSE: AV) share price has fallen by around a third since the start of the year. However, its recent results showed that it delivered a resilient financial performance in uncertain operating conditions.The company is in the process of implementing a new overall strategy. It will now focus its capital on the most attractive markets in which it operates. This may lead to a narrower focus, but could have a positive impact on its profitability.Aviva appears to have the financial means to invest heavily in areas with growth potential. This could lead to an improving share price performance over the long run.Peter Stephens owns shares in Aviva.Rachael FitzGerald-Finch: British American TobaccoBritish American Tobacco’s (LSE: BATS) recent decision to maintain its 65% dividend pay-out ratio makes it an attractive prospect for income investors. Indeed, with the current share price at pre-lockdown levels, the dividend yield sits at a healthy 8%.The tobacco producer’s defensive characteristics appear to have resisted the potential for customers to change to cheaper products throughout the economic downturn. Moreover, operating profits climbed over 16%, when compared with 2019, despite flatter revenues. With management predicting EPS growth to be in the high-single digit percentage post Covid-19, the potential returns make the tobacco firm an appealing investment for September.  Rachael does not own shares in British American Tobacco.Roland Head: KingfisherFTSE 100 stocks rarely deliver a 180% gain in five months, but that’s what DIY retailer Kingfisher (LSE: KGF) has done since March. The stock has risen from a low of 101p to trade at around 280p.Kingfisher owns B&Q and Screwfix, plus DIY chains in France and Eastern Europe. It was an unexpected beneficiary of lockdown, thanks to a surge in DIY demand. Group sales were up by 25% in June, for example.But what’s really caught my eye is the massive rise in online sales. These have trebled since last year. I think this online success could speed up the group’s turnaround and support further share price gains.Roland Head does not own shares in Kingfisher.Royston Wild: ContourGlobalWeak investor confidence means that demand for classic safe-haven stocks should remain in vogue in September. And I believe buying shares in ContourGlobal (LSE: GLO) is an attractive way to play this trend.At current prices, the power station erector and operator trades on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of around 17 times. That’s not jaw-droppingly attractive, sure. But the FTSE 250 stock’s inflation-mashing 6% dividend yield is, in my book.ContourGlobal’s share price has soared 20% in the past three months on the back of heightened investor tension. With Covid-19 infection rates rising again in key economies, I’m expecting the power play to keep growing in value throughout September, too, and quite possibly beyond.Royston Wild does not own shares in ContourGlobal.Manika Premsingh: KingfisherThe FTSE 100 home improvement stock Kingfisher (LSE: KGF) is my top British share for September, as it has shown robust performance in the past few months. Not only has its share price consistently risen, its latest trading update shows double-digit sales growth as well. It is likely to have benefited from the country’s lockdown, which gave people a chance to focus on home improvements at a time of relative confinement.KGF’s results are due in a few days, which will give further insight into the company’s performance. The outlook could also be material in learning whether KGF’s strong sales growth will continue now that we are largely past the lockdown period…Manika Premsingh has no position in Kingfisher. Enter Your Email Address The Motley Fool Staff | Tuesday, 1st September, 2020 | More on: AV BA BATS BOO CCH CRH DGE GLO HL KGF PFG RIO Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images last_img read more

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Calm Paang / Full Scale Studio

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/806161/calm-paang-full-scale-studio Clipboard 2015 “COPY” Area:  300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Calm Paang / Full Scale Studio Save this picture!© Chaiyaporn Sodabunlu+ 42 Share Coffee Shop Calm Paang / Full Scale StudioSave this projectSaveCalm Paang / Full Scale Studio CopyCoffee Shop, Houses•Chiang Mai, Thailand “COPY” Projects Photographs:  Chaiyaporn SodabunluSave this picture!© Chaiyaporn SodabunluRecommended ProductsDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82WindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. The aim of the project was to create a building using a mix to combine a residence and commercial space within it. The site is situated on one of the corners of a T-junction where a side street meets Klong Chonlapratarn road, a kind of main road in Chiangmai City that shapes the area likes a trapezoid – a narrow front width is expanded to the back of the site. Save this picture!© Chaiyaporn SodabunluThe client requires spaces for residence, restaurant and café all in one building; 300 sq. m area. However, because of its location, it needs to be designed by following the newest Chiangmai building standards of law; the building cannot be built over 12 meters high of the wall on the highest level and must have a setting of 6 meters back off the main road. Save this picture!© Chaiyaporn SodabunluSo, the volume and form of the building was designed to use all of this modest area as useful as possible. Fitting complex functions inside by separating 3 levels out of the building. First floor is the flexibility to combine functions for a café and restaurant.  Second floor is a setting for a work space or an office for rent. Save this picture!© Chaiyaporn SodabunluThe third floor is a split-level for residence, slope the roof up to make a mezzanine and to open up a view directly to the mountain, Doi Suthep for the living area .To punch out some part of the roof over the bedroom’s terrace to install the skylight and ventilation inside which is made of a double wooden- skin making it more private.  Save this picture!© Chaiyaporn SodabunluSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Chaiyaporn SodabunluOutside, make a large triangle opening related to the corner of site to interact with the activities between interior and exterior space on the first and second floor. Consequently, a skin of wood can cover the building creating a unity and a contrast with the openings that is related to the behavior of each space. Save this picture!© Chaiyaporn SodabunluProject gallerySee allShow lessFiverr Israel Offices / Setter ArchitectsSelected ProjectsThe Turn House / ArchitectonSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officeFull Scale StudioOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsHospitality ArchitectureRestaurants & BarsCoffee ShopResidential ArchitectureHousesChiang MaiThailandPublished on March 01, 2017Cite: “Calm Paang / Full Scale Studio” 28 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?清迈 Calm Paang 综合建筑 / Full Scale Studio是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs Thailand ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/806161/calm-paang-full-scale-studio Clipboard Architects: Full Scale Studio Area Area of this architecture project Year: last_img read more

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AMA win Concern’s inbound call contract for the next year

first_imgAMA win Concern’s inbound call contract for the next year Howard Lake | 2 December 2004 | News Anderson Manning Associates 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.  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Anderson Manning Associates (AMA) has been chosen as the telemarketing agency to manage Concern’s inbound calls for the year ahead.The calls that the Northern Ireland-based agency will handle will be generated by donor recruitment campaigns. It will be responsible for the call handling for appeals in both the UK and Republic of Ireland.Concern is running a series of DRTV advertisements over the Christmas period to raise funds for some of the world’s poorest people. Advertisement Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Individual giving AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Public invited to Downings anti-crime meeting

first_img A Community Alert Neighbourhood Watch meeting will take place in Downings next week in the local GAA Centre.Everyone is invited to the meeting, including other interested nearby communities and areas.The meeting will take place on Wednesday October 19th at 730pm.Sergent Christy Galligan from Carrigart Garda Station, said the neighbourhood watch scheme will help everyone in the community:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/chris830down.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Previous articleLK Councillor wants improved gritting programmeNext articleDerry man in the High Court on child abduction charges News Highland Pinterestcenter_img Newsx Adverts Google+ By News Highland – October 12, 2011 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Public invited to Downings anti-crime meeting Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

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Derry IT firm to create 69 new jobs

first_img Harps come back to win in Waterford Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Press Eye – Belfast – Northern Ireland – 22nd November 2017Robert OÕBrien, CEO Metacompliance, left with Jeremy Fitch, Invest NI.Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.Derry based technology firm MetaCompliance has announced a three year expansion plan, with 69 new jobs being created.The company develops software and creative content for the cyber security sector and is aiming to triple its turnover by capitalising on the demand for cloud based cyber security products.MetaCompliance is one of Northern Ireland’s most innovative technology companies with a long standing commitment to the North West. That’s according to Jeremy Fitch of Invest NI, who says the agency has offered £652,000 towards the creation of the new jobs.He says the new investment will support its global ambitions and create valuable employment opportunities in the Derry and Strabane District Council area.Robert O’Brien is Chief Executive of MetaCompliance. He says the company is implementing ambitious plans to double the workforce and triple turnover.The recruitment drive will see MetaCompliance’s workforce reach 102 by 2019.29 of the new posts are already in place, and the company will be holding a recruitment day in Derry6’s City Hotel, on Friday week next, December 1st. WhatsApp Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Previous articleCathedral Quarter Committee disappointed at councillors’ no showsNext article25 people waiting on a bed at Letterkenny University Hospital News Highland Homepage BannerNews Derry IT firm to create 69 new jobs Google+center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Facebook By News Highland – November 22, 2017 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

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Organizations supporting veterans, troops making changes in response to coronavirus

first_imgUSO(NEW YORK) — As Americans at home change their lifestyles in the wake of the novel coronavirus, organizations that support veterans and deployed troops are making changes too.“There’s a lot of the things that are challenging for our military service members and their families,” said Alan Reyes, chief operating officer of the USO. “They’re having to deal with this same stressor that we are, on top of already pretty stressful lives where they’re far from home or from family, friends and so their disconnection is even more.”Organizations, such as the USO and Solider’s Angels, see their efforts as more important in light of the pandemic, but it means changing their operations to keep volunteers safe and increase social distance. In some cases, that meant changing aspects of their operations and even turning away long-time volunteers who are at an increased risk of contracting the coronavirus.Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidelines that Americans wear cloth masks when they go out in public. A few days later, the Pentagon issued a new directive that anyone on Department of Defense property, installations or facilities must wear a cloth face covering when they cannot maintain 6 feet of social distance in public area or work centers. As an interim measure, service members were encouraged to make face coverings from household items or common materials.Amy Palmer, the president and CEO of Soldiers Angels, a Texas-based, non-profit organization that provides support to service members, veterans and their families, told ABC News that it shifted a team of volunteers who sew and craft goods to sewing face masks — first for veterans going to the Veterans Affairs hospitals for treatment and later to include in care packages for deployed troops.Soldier’s Angels is also grappling with shortages of hand sanitizer, which the organization has long included in hygiene care packages for service members.Organizations that have traditionally offered entertainment and ways for service members and veterans to connect in person are trying to provide alternatives, which is more difficult with the social distancing guidance.Reyes said that the USO has been focusing on digital offerings, from electronic gaming and streaming concerts to setting up devices with internet and social media services so that service members can contact loved ones.Soldiers Angels also has more opportunities for virtual volunteering, particularly to engage with veterans and service members who may be in quarantine or have fewer visitors because of social distancing.HOW TO HELPSoldiers’ Angels, has volunteer opportunities and ways to donate listed on their website. The USO accepts donations on its donor page and lists volunteer opportunities on its website.However, Reyes said that despite all the changes from the coronavirus pandemic, their organization and many others are still working toward connecting troops with the support they need.“Our staff members are working as hard — and in a lot of cases a lot harder — now because there is so much need to fulfill … that mission of connection when everybody is literally disconnected,” he said.  Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Antarctic Circumpolar Deep Water; a Quaternary paleoflow record from the northern Scotia Sea, South Atlantic Ocean

first_imgIn the northern Scotia Sea, the main pathway of Circumpolar Deep Water (CPDW) flows north to pass through a deep gap in the North Scotia Ridge before turning east into the Falkland Trough. A sediment drift has developed on the seabed since the early-middle Miocene, coincident with the opening of Drake Passage and the inception of deep-water flow. Seismic and acoustic surveys show that the drift covers an area of 10,500 km 2 and forms a broadly asymmetrical mound up to 800 m thick. There is a zone of sediment thinning along the northwestern margin, the result of accentuated CPDW flow around rough ocean floor topography. Small debris flows originating around the margins of the drift suggest localized instability and high sediment supply. Four cores 3-9 m long have been recovered from the crest and margins of the drift in water depths of 3900-4300 m. Biostratigraphy and chemostratigraphy reveal that the longest core extends down to oxygen isotope stage 10 (approx. 370 ka). The sediments are predominantly fine-grained contourites and diatom-rich hemipelagites, capped by sandy-silty contourites rich in the planktonic foraminifer Neogloboquadrina pachyderma. Grain-size analysis of the fine fraction, finer than 4 phi (63 mm), combined with radiocarbon (AMS) dating and magnetic susceptibility, provide an indication of relative CPDW strength over the last 18 ka. Shortly after the last glacial maximum (LGM), at approximately 17 ka, silt modes fluctuated from 5.5 phi to up to 6.25 phi; this increased current winnowing is indicative of an unstable CPDW, with stormier glacial benthic conditions producing sporadic, high-energy currents across the drift crest and flanks. At approximately 12,280 ka, an increase in sediment sorting is noted, indicative of a strong flow of CPDW over the drift crest, suggesting an unstable and fluctuating deep-water flow. During deglaciation and into the Holocene, at approximately 10 ka, CPDW flow stabilized, becoming less vigorous across the drift crest and flanks with silt modes from 6 phi to 5.5 phi accompanied by increased sorting of the sediments. The gross average sedimentation rate from the crest of the drift is 11.2 cm/ky compared to 2.3 cm/ky on the southeastern flank. The unsteadiness of CPDW during glacials compared to interglacial periods may be the result of stronger wind forcing and a northward shift in the Polar Front. Older CPDW flow records from the cores suggest variable and cyclic bottom-current flow corresponding to glacial-interglacial episodes. Modern CPDW flow across the crest of the drift averages 11.6 cm s (super -1) but with intermittent benthic storm activity resuspending the fines.last_img read more

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Channelized ice melting in the ocean boundary layer beneath Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica

first_imgIce shelves play a key role in the mass balance of the Antarctic ice sheets by buttressing their seaward-flowing outlet glaciers; however, they are exposed to the underlying ocean and may weaken if ocean thermal forcing increases. An expedition to the ice shelf of the remote Pine Island Glacier, a major outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet that has rapidly thinned and accelerated in recent decades, has been completed. Observations from geophysical surveys and long-term oceanographic instruments deployed down bore holes into the ocean cavity reveal a buoyancy-driven boundary layer within a basal channel that melts the channel apex by 0.06 meter per day, with near-zero melt rates along the flanks of the channel. A complex pattern of such channels is visible throughout the Pine Island Glacier shelf.last_img read more

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