SUEK set to join FTSE 100 in June IPO

first_img More From Our Partners Mark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes SUEK set to join FTSE 100 in June IPO  Sunday 3 April 2011 11:36 pm RUSSIAN coal giant SUEK is likely to join the FTSE 100 when it floats in a London IPO in June. The group’s intention to tap investors for around $1bn (£623m) this summer was first revealed in City A.M. last Thursday. With a valuation of between $5bn and $10bn, the group – the Siberian Coal Energy Company in full – is likely to become a constituent of the blue-chip FTSE 100 index. It has been tightening up its corporate governance procedures to comply with London’s strict listing rules. Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL KCS-content whatsapplast_img read more

SBTech goes live in New Jersey and Mississippi

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Tech & innovation Horse racing Churchill Downs, Golden Nugget and Resorts Casino among partners SBTech goes live in New Jersey and Mississippi Regions: US Mississippi New Jersey Email Address Casino & games 3rd September 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Race Track and Racino SBTech has become the latest company to confirm its official entrance into the US sports betting market by rolling out various land-based technologies with clients across New Jersey and Mississippi. In recent months, SBTech has been working to secure partnerships in anticipation of securing approval in the two states, brokering deals with Churchill Downs, Golden Nugget and Resorts Casino. SBTech has since obtained a licence in Mississippi – as was first reported by – and a transactional waiver in New Jersey, enabling it to launch its services, including the first self-service betting kiosks in both New Jersey and Mississippi. The Churchill Downs agreement covers the BetAmerica brand at Harlow’s Casino Resort & Spa and Riverwalk Casino Hotel in Mississippi. The deal will also extend to Pennsylvania when the state launches legalised sports betting. SBTech sportsbooks are also now live in New Jersey with Golden Nugget and Resorts Casino, as per previously announced agreements with both companies.As part of each agreement, the three companies will be able to offer unique and differentiated pricing for US sport events, as well as tailored trading strategies, non-pooled risk management and advanced automation. SBTech chief executive Richard Carter said: “I’m delighted to have witnessed the successful launches of our partners in New Jersey and Mississippi in such a short space of time. “We deployed with our people on the ground to work closely with our partners and the regulators. We are fully focused on working with our partners to build the best product for the US market and support their growth.” SBTech has been preparing for regulated sports betting in the US for some time and in January agreed a deal with GAN to serve real-money sports betting to casino operator clients in the US. This came ahead of the Supreme Court ruling on PASPA in May.last_img read more

XLMedia expects $11.5m in 2020 EBITDA as Google demotion recovery begins

first_imgA further update on the casino recovery process, along with the financial results for the year ended 31 December 2020, is expected to be published in April. It added that its focus will be on highly engaging content and enhanced functionality to drive increased traffic and build customer loyalty going forward. It is also undertaking a “fundamental rationalisation“ of its asset portfolio, significantly reducing the overall number of websites it runs and improving the quality of those that remain. Affiliate business XLMedia expects to deliver revenue of approximately $54.4m (£39.8m/€44.8m) for the full year 2020, down 31.7% year-on-year, with adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) down 65.7% at $11.5m. Affiliates 26th January 2021 | By Conor Mulheir XLMedia expects $11.5m in 2020 EBITDA as Google demotion recovery begins Google’s demotion of XLMedia websites, alongside difficulties caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, were cited as the primary reasons for the decline. The business said at the time that the impact of these factors on its revenue had been approximately negative $2m per month since late March. To date, it said it has been successful in having the penalty removed for three of the ten sites it wishes to recover;, and The business said it was pursuing a multi-track approach to recovering its revenue in the casino sector, where several of its websites were penalised by Google early in 2020. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The information it has learned from these successes and from initial rejections is being applied to the ongoing refinement of the remaining websites, which it said will be resubmitted in due course. Results published in September showed that revenue for the six months to 30 June amounted to $27.7m, down 34.7% from $42.5m in the corresponding period in 2019. Regions: Europe UK & Ireland The business has continued to undertake strategic acquisitions throughout 2020, completing a buyout of global football media publisher in July, and US-focused sports gaming and sports betting business, CBWG Sports, in December. Topics: Finance Marketing & affiliates Full year results 2020 Results 2020 Affiliates Tags: XLMedia Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter As part of its attempt to recover revenues in the casino vertical, XLMedia is submitting certain sites which have been rebuilt to Google for reconsideration, developing entirely new sites, de-indexing sites which may have a negative impact on the authority of its premium sites, and disposing of sites that no longer fit with the direction of the business.last_img read more

An 8.4% dividend stock I think is too cheap to miss after the stock market crash

first_img Royston Wild | Wednesday, 18th March, 2020 | More on: SIG See all posts by Royston Wild Image source: Getty Images Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Signature Aviation. 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Investors need to be extremely careful as the stock market crash rolls on. But it doesn’t mean they need to pull up the drawbridge entirely. The recent sell-off leaves plenty of buying opportunities for eagle-eyed investors, as we here at The Motley Fool continue to preach. And Signature Aviation’s (LSE: SIG) one such company I myself feel is worthy of serious attention following recent weakness.A 51% share price drop during the past month leaves it dealing on a forward P/E multiple of 10.1 times, roughly in line with the widely-regarded ‘bargain basement’ benchmark of 10 times and below. On top of this, at current prices, the FTSE 250 business sports a mighty 8.4% dividend yield for 2020.5G 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…The airline sector has been one of the biggest casualties of the coronavirus outbreak and the stock market crash. With more national borders closing as I type, the outlook is becoming still foggier. But I reckon the current share price of Signature, which supplies aftermarket services to the business and general aviation markets, reflects the near-term threat to its operations. That’s not only from the coronavirus, but from the possibility of private jet traffic remaining weak should a painful recession set in.Well prepared for turbulenceThe company is the largest fixed base operation (FBO) network provider on the planet, its estate of more than 400 bases spanning five continents. It is most dominant in North America though, a territory that accounts for more than two-thirds of the global jet market alone. This should stand it in good stead to rebound when market conditions improve.In the meantime, it’s critical to remember that Signature has a track record of outperforming the broader market. In 2019, for instance, organic revenues across its FBOs rose 1.1% year-on-year, much better than the 0.2% growth reported by the US business and general aviation market. And what’s more, the rate at which the London-headquartered business has outpaced the broader market is accelerating. It was up by a full percentage point in the second half of 2019.Another feather that Signature has in its cap during these tough times is the strength of its balance sheet. Thanks to more impressive cash generation last year, its net debt-to-underlying EBITDA ratio dropped to just 2.2 times. This falls comfortably below the company’s target of between 2.5 times and 3 times. It’s also a long way off the accepted level of 5 times at which debt start to look dangerous.A top long-term pickThe long-term outlook for Signature Aviation remains quite robust, in my opinion. In a recent report, business-to-business research provider MarketsandMarkets estimated that the North American business jet market would be worth a whopping $36.4bn by 2030. This compares with $24.6bn as of last year and represents a healthy compound annual growth rate of 3.6%.The Covid-19 outbreak could well put forecasts for the early part of the new decade under pressure. However, with the number of high-net-worth individuals set to keep expanding, Signature’s services should remain in pretty good demand. This is a firm that obviously isn’t without its share of near-term risk. However, its mighty earnings possibilities further out mean that this is a stock worthy of serious attention at current prices, I feel. An 8.4% dividend stock I think is too cheap to miss after the stock market crash Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. 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

Regan Ware’s huge hit on Seabelo Senatla stops South Africa dead in their tracks

first_imgWednesday Feb 3, 2016 Regan Ware’s huge hit on Seabelo Senatla stops South Africa dead in their tracks New Zealand pulled off a miraculous escape in the Cup Final of the Wellington 7s, thanks in part to this crucial big tackle made by Regan Ware. The hit not only resulted in an end to the attack, but also gave the All Blacks Sevens team a shot at victory.South Africa were leading at the time so they probably could have been a bit more conservative, even though a try was there for the taking.After Ware came in for the big hit on speedster Senatla, the ball was coughed up and judged to have gone forward by referee Matt O’Brien, who incidentally took quite a lot of criticism for his handling of the last five minutes of the final.The hosts had come back from trailing 21-7 to score a dramatic late try as South Africa had a man in the sinbin. They ended up winning 24-21, claiming their fifth Wellington title in six years.Sydney hosts Australia won the Plate with a 21-5 win over Argentina, Samoa won the Bowl and France lifted the Shield. New Zealand moved from seventh to third on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings with 47 points, give behind Fiji who finished third in Wellington, and seven behind leaders South Africa.World Cup winning star Sonny Bill Williams meanwhile had a mixed weekend, making some crucial errors but also coming up with the sensational pass that led to pool victory over South Africa.While he experienced victory in his first ever 7s tournament, he knows there is lots to work on.“It was a massive learning experience for myself and I’m just grateful to be playing for such a talented side,” said Williams. “The boys had to push themelves to their limits, to places you don’t really want to go. I’m just a bit rusty in some areas. Sevens is very fast and tough on the lungs, but I’m enjoying it and I know I got many things to work on.”Below is the crucial hit by Ware, and you can view final day highlights below that ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Horoscope: December 5, 2020

first_imgFacebook Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Tamia Banks Linkedin Horoscope: April 28, 2021 ReddIt Previous articleEpisode 232 – CFB Week 14, NFL Week 13 PreviewNext articleFine arts students struggle with the hidden costs behind their degree Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tamia Banks Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Facebook Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Tamia Banks printA baby born today has a Sun in Sagittarius and a Moon in Leo.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020:Confident, daring and active, you attempt the impossible this year — and you make it happen. After falling flat on your face in a past attempt, you’re especially happy to triumph. Listen to a business associate’s advice to succeed even further. If single, allow others to express their individuality as much as you, and you’ll find your mate. If attached, you still need your freedom, but passion rules. CAPRICORN grounds you.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★Today is a wonderful time for visiting old haunts and childhood scenes. Contact a longtime friend who has been out of touch. There is no mirror like an old friend. Gaze into their eyes. You’ll be amazed to see how much you’ve grown. Tonight: Wonderment.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★Family members can be entering new life stages. Conversations with, and about, them are revealing. Visitors offer valuable input. You might feel the need to change the status quo at home again. Tonight: The noise level at home can be a factor.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★★★Your communication ability will be top-notch, so use it. A relationship with a sibling or a neighbor improves. Much is expected of you today. Identify your priorities and get plenty of rest. Tonight: Cultivate new friendships online or in person.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★★Today ushers in a more serious pattern and brings awareness of your strengths and weaknesses. All will be well if you work hard and consider your practical needs. Patience is always helpful. Plan times and schedules carefully. Tonight: Answer calls and emails promptly.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★★Your personality and appearance impress others. Perfect your ability in a sport, audition for a new role, or take a special — and safe — trip. You can acquire a deeper understanding of a subject important to you. Tonight: Review notes and reread significant books.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★★★Deep peace and satisfaction come through time spent in solitary reverie. You’ll be more alone than usual today. Use this time wisely. There’s so much that can be accomplished. Problems are solved and decisions made. Tonight: Expect to notice a stronger rapport with wild places.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★★★Expect a breakthrough in completing an ongoing project. You find an outlet for repressed anger or depression. Strategy will appeal to you. Today carries a personal message about reaching your higher self. Tonight: Enjoy a long, relaxing herbal soak in the bath.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★★★You will be highly visible. Expect some competitive situations. Take time off to care for your home and enjoy family life. Today heightens your devotion to relatives or your extended family and illuminates the important roles they play in your life. Tonight: An enjoyable dinner.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★★Resist the temptation to adamantly share your beliefs with those who really are not receptive. Respect doctrines that you don’t personally approve of at present. Examine beliefs about the survival of the spirit. Tonight: Watch a foreign movie or documentary.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★★A family member turns to you for financial advice. Reply with tact and kindness. Partners encourage you to expand in business and seek a more opulent standard of living. Trust your instincts. Tonight: A role model inspires you concerning financial achievements.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★Your beauty and desirability are at a peak. At the same time, today lends a note of instability. Cope by approaching new relationships with caution. Be honest about ending liaisons that are no longer serving a purpose. Tonight: A date night ending in a serious discussion.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★★Create healthy attitudes about finances and maintain relaxed conditions. It is important to be aware of changes in your vitality. Add fresh apples to your diet. The old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” applies to you now. Tonight: No junk food.Born today: Animator Walt Disney (1901), musician Little Richard (1932), comedian Margaret Cho (1968) Tamia Banks Horoscope: May 2, 2021 + posts Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Twitter Tamia Banks Linkedin ReddIt Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Twitter Horoscope: April 30, 2021last_img read more

Finance Minister tells Donegal TDs that he can’t intervene in Highland Bakery dispute

first_img Facebook Pinterest Pinterest The Minister for Finance has said the Independent status of Revenue means that he cannot get involved in the Highland Bakery tax dispute which is threatening the future of 42 jobs.Donegal Deputies Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty raised the issue in the Dail this afternoon.It follows Monday’s stand off between the Bakery’s staff and bailiffs acting on behalf of revenue – staff barricaded themselves in to prevent the bailiffs from seizing equipment.Deputy Pearse Doherty says this is not the only case in Donegal – he told the Dail of another company which may close with the loss of 14 jobs because Revenue will not negotiate a payment plan for tax liabilities:[podcast][/podcast]Responding, the Finance Minister Michael Noonan reaffirmed the importance of Revenue’s independence – he said they normally only send in the bailiffs as a last resort.However, Minister Noonan said the deputies were more than entitled to make representations to Revenue on behalf of their constituents:[podcast][/podcast]Pearse Doherty then pointed out that businesses are experiencing new difficulties because of the current financial climate – he said perhaps the role of Revenue needs to be reviewed:[podcast][/podcast] PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Previous articleJohn Gallagher’s sister in law believes he still doesn’t regret his actionsNext article120,000 euro of funding confirmed for Gola Island Pier repair News Highland Newsx Adverts Twitter Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook Finance Minister tells Donegal TDs that he can’t intervene in Highland Bakery dispute Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers By News Highland – May 23, 2012 HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Rescued 3-year-old endured heavy rain, freezing temperatures alone in the woods: ‘He’s a survivor’

first_imgTwitter/@mmooreofficial(NEW BERN, N.C.) — A 3-year-old boy found alive two days he went missing was “meant to survive” as he endured heavy rains and cold temperatures by himself in the woods, the local sheriff said.“What he survived out there — temperatures in the 20s, low 20s, the rain, the downpour that almost put our search on a standstill,” Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes told ABC New Bern affiliate WCTI Friday morning. “This kid, he’s strong. He was meant to survive. He’s a survivor.”Casey Hathaway was found Thursday night after he went missing Tuesday in wooded Craven County, North Carolina.Casey is in good condition and resting, Dr. Nicole Check of the Carolina East Medical Center said Friday morning. After days of desperate searches for the little boy, crews on Thursday night responded to a report of a child crying in the woods and found Casey “about 40 to 50 yards in the woods, tangled up,” Hughes said.Linda Fraker, who happened to be walking her dogs in the area where Casey would eventually be found, said she thought she heard crying and flagged down a deputy involved in the search.“I just heard a small cry,” Fraker told New Bern ABC affiliate WCTI. “It was really faint. I wasn’t sure if it was a cry because they were searching for him and calling his name.”Casey was soaking wet but had his coat on, Hughes said, and “he wanted water — and his mom.”“He did say that he had a friend in the woods that was a bear,” the sheriff added. The little boy was rushed to the hospital.“Just the look on his face when his little sister came in the room, it was tear-jerking,” Hughes said. “By his condition it was pretty obvious that he had been out there for the time,” the sheriff told ABC News Friday.Hughes called this one of his most emotional and rewarding cases.“His family is so happy to have him back safe,” Check added Friday. Casey was playing outside Tuesday when he disappeared and a relative reported him missing, the FBI said. Hundreds of professional searchers and volunteers spent Wednesday pushing through the cold, heavy rain, whipping winds and rugged terrain as they looked for the little boy.Thursday morning, “only professional searchers are being used because of serious safety concerns with the weather,” the FBI in Charlotte said.By Thursday night, Casey was “good, he’s up and talking, he’s already asking to watch Netflix,” Casey’s mother, Brittany Hathaway, told reporters. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Atlanta shooting victim’s family grieves from afar as strangers organize funeral

first_imgCourtesy Charles LiBY: DEBORAH KIM, PAULINA TAM AND JESSICA HOOPER, ABC NEWS(ATLANTA) — Even as her name became part of a rallying cry to “Stop AAPI Hate” around the country, Daoyou Feng was buried Sunday without any close friends or family members there to say their final goodbyes in person.The 44-year-old Chinese national was one of eight killed in last month’s mass shooting in the Atlanta area.Greg Hynson, a longtime customer at Young’s Asian Massage — the first of three businesses attacked that day — said that although he didn’t know her well, he believes she had been working there for only two to three months and that she was always sweet and kind.Because she had no family in the United States, her funeral was coordinated by a local organization called the Atlanta Chinese American Alliance (ACAA), which had started a crowdfunding page to help pay for the funeral expenses.Dr. Charles Li, a founding member of ACAA, said about 100 people — many who were strangers — attended the service to pay their respects.“It was a great feeling seeing this great show of support from people not only from the Chinese American community in Atlanta but also our friends from the Korean American community, who are mourning the loss of their own, too,” said Li, adding that visitors from Alabama and Washington, D.C., also attended the service.Li said it’s a tradition in the Chinese culture to step up and help those in need.“You always do that.”The 44-year-old’s body remained at the morgue for two weeks following the shooting.Li said Feng’s family only learned of her death after they stopped receiving messages from her. They subsequently alerted the Chinese Embassy in Washington. After confirming Feng’s death, the embassy reached out to Li’s organization to request help.Feng’s family was unable to attend the funeral in Norcross, Georgia, because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. Still, they wanted to follow a custom practiced in her hometown in China that requires her to be buried where she died, Li said.Li said he spent nearly two weeks speaking with Feng’s brother in China to learn more about her life prior to the funeral.Throughout their conversations, Li said he learned that Feng grew up in Liangdong, China, a rural farm town where her parents worked hard to provide for their four children. They were illiterate and never went to school, but invested their small earnings in education so that their children could have better opportunities. But when her father died, Feng was forced to drop out of school and help on the farm. She only made it to the third grade.The youngest of her siblings and the most headstrong, Feng left home when she was 14 years old and ventured to bigger cities in Shanghai and Guangzhou to make more money, Li said. After working on assembly lines and sewing garments in textile factories, a friend told her there were better opportunities in America and suggested that she move, according to Li.In 1999, Feng knew little English and had no friends or family in the U.S., yet she packed her belongings and wrote her mother a letter explaining that she was moving to provide a better life and help pull the family out of poverty, Li said.“Feng knew that her family wouldn’t allow her to go to America because she didn’t speak English and the United States was so far away from home in China, and basically, she didn’t tell her mom she was going. She wrote a letter and that’s it,” Li said Feng’s brother had told him.“Her family said Feng traveled a lot when she was in America, going to New York City and Los Angeles to find work, mostly at cosmetic salons and massage places… She would send money every two, three months to her mother,” Li said.Feng was never married and had no children. Her dream was to return home and open her own beauty salon. She planned to move back last year, but was unable to travel because of the pandemic. Instead, she continued to look for better work and ultimately found herself in Atlanta, where she kept in touch with family every day.“Throughout the conversation with her family, they asked me a tough question: ‘Why. Why did this man kill my daughter?’” Li said. “I can’t come up with an answer so I just told them she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Development of space weather reasonable worst case scenarios for the UK National Risk Assessment

first_imgSevere space weather was identified as a risk to the UK in 2010 as part of a wider review of natural hazards triggered by the societal disruption caused by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in April of that year. To support further risk assessment by government officials, and at their request, we developed a set of reasonable worst‐case scenarios and first published them as a technical report in 2012 (current version published in 2020). Each scenario focused on a space weather environment that could disrupt a particular national infrastructure such as electric power or satellites, thus enabling officials to explore the resilience of that infrastructure against severe space weather through discussions with relevant experts from other parts of government and with the operators of that infrastructure. This approach also encouraged us to focus on the environmental features that are key to generating adverse impacts. In this paper, we outline the scientific evidence that we have used to develop these scenarios, and the refinements made to them as new evidence emerged. We show how these scenarios are also considered as an ensemble so that government officials can prepare for a severe space weather event, during which many or all of the different scenarios will materialise. Finally, we note that this ensemble also needs to include insights into how public behaviour will play out during a severe space weather event and hence the importance of providing robust, evidence‐based information on space weather and its adverse impacts.last_img read more