CAFCA Limited 2010 Annual Report

first_imgCAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about CAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw)  2010 annual report.Company ProfileCAFCA manufactures and supplies cable and allied products for the transmission and distribution of electrical energy and telecommunication. Its primary market is Southern and Central Africa, although it has an export footprint that extends to parts of Europe, including Russia. The company prides itself in manufacturing over 900 cabling products to British, South African and Zimbabwe quality standards, including 11KV XLPE cables. CAFCA Limited recovers decommissioned cables for recycling; and supplies telecommunication cable ranging from indoor cable to underground cable and aerial self-supporting cable. Established in 1947, CAFCA is a subsidiary of CBi Electric African Cables (South Africa) which is owned by Reunert Limited (South Africa). CAFCA listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange; Johannesburg Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Why I think the FTSE 250 will beat the FTSE 100 in the next decade

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Alan Oscroft | Tuesday, 7th January, 2020 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. Traditional wisdom has it that investors seeking income would do better to invest in the resilient dividend stocks of the FTSE 100, while those chasing growth should set their sights on the smaller but upcoming companies in the FTSE 250.The thinking is that the mid-cap index is home to more companies in the earlier stages of their lives, with more room to grow. And that once a company reaches the heights of the FTSE 100, it’s more likely to have exhausted its growth phase and have matured into a company that can pay out the bulk of its earnings as dividends.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…While there might be some general truth in that, there are attractive FTSE 100 growth stocks and FTSE 250 dividend stocks to be had. And I’m not convinced the distinction between growth and income is one worth making – it’s surely total returns that count, whichever way they’re achieved.TraditionThe FTSE 250 has traditionally outperformed the FTSE 100, but with higher individual stock risks – while there might be more attractive growth potential, there’s a greater chance of smaller growth stocks crashing and burning. As a result, a lot of investors will buy FTSE 250 stocks when they think things are going well and they’re feeling bullish. But in more uncertain times, there can be a so-called flight to safety when cash migrates to big FTSE 100 stocks with lower risk.That’s exactly what seems to have been happening in the recent Brexit plagued years, as the mid-cap index’s outperformance came to a halt around the middle of 2015. From then until late September 2019, the two kept pretty much neck and neck with each other.If we pick a couple of years within that range, we see the 100 beating the 250. In 2016, the year of the EU referendum, the large-cap index provided a total return of 19%, while its smaller sibling managed just 6.7%.And in 2018, while the FTSE 100 lost 8.7%, the FTSE 250 performed worse with a 13.3% loss. Even at June 2019, the 100 had managed a total return of 1.5% while the 250’s total return was negative at -3.8%.Turning?We still have 12 months of uncertainty ahead in 2020 as the UK government sets its sights on hammering out a long-term trade deal with Europe, and the PM’s insistence that it’s do or die by 31 December looks like it will weigh heavily on market sentiment throughout the year.But I think the relative performance is an indicator of general market sentiment, and the usual trend seems to be returning. In the past three months, the FTSE 100 has risen by 12.2% (excluding dividends) while the FTSE 100 has managed a less impressive 5.2% (also excluding dividends). And since the election, the FTSE 250 has been inching further ahead.Does that presage a return of cash from traditionally safer big blue-chip dividend stocks and back towards higher-risk smaller growth shares in 2020 and beyond? These days I tend to prefer bigger income stocks to the smaller growth shares I used to chase in my youth, but I’m starting to eye up some FTSE 250 shares whose risk I think is reducing and that are starting to look increasingly attractive. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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! Why I think the FTSE 250 will beat the FTSE 100 in the next decadecenter_img Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Alan Oscroft Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Views expressed in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.last_img read more

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Stock market crash! I’d buy these cheap small caps now to get rich and retire early

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Stock market crash! I’d buy these cheap small caps now to get rich and retire early Enter Your Email Address 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. Royston Wild | Sunday, 10th May, 2020 | More on: DVO GHG Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Devro. 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 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Royston Wild 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. Businesses involved in the provision of healthcare often become lifeboats for worried investors in uncertain times. Georgia Healthcare Group (LSE: GHG) though, has experienced no demand surge for its shares amid the broader stock market crash. In fact its shares have fallen a third in value since the sell-off began in late February.I find this reversal hard to fathom. I also consider it a brilliant buying opportunity for savvy investors. At current prices, Georgia Healthcare carries a low forward price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of around 7 times.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…Global and regional recessions lead to a sharp spending reduction on a variety of goods and services. Our demand for medicines and healthcare are one of the last things to fall, though. And as a major provider of such services, Georgia Healthcare is in great shape to ride out a sharp slump in the eurasian county’s GDP.Healthcare heroThis small-cap company runs hospitals and clinics in Georgia, where it is benefitting from an upswell in domestic patient numbers as well as the growing trend of ‘medical tourism’ from international clients. It provides pharmaceutical services to keep Georgians well supplied with medicines, too, and provides medical insurance cover and diagnostics services as well.Georgia Healthcare is well placed to benefit from strong domestic economic growth during this decade and beyond. And ongoing expansion (such as the two state-of-the-art hospitals it opened in 2019) will provide the bottom line with an extra boost in the coming years. I reckon it’s too good to miss following the recent stock market crash.Another great buy after the crashDevro is another small cap that looks too cheap right now, in my opinion. While the Covid-19 crisis has whacked trading for many global businesses, trade at the sausage casings maker has remained unaffected. It’s why it kept its predictions of “good progress” in 2020 unchanged when it updated the market in late April.Food producers and those involved in the food chain have obvious defensive qualities. Yet in my opinion these are not reflected in Devro’s rock-bottom forward P/E ratio of 10 times. It’s a reading that also fails to recognise the brilliant global sales opportunities that its Devro 100 transformation programme is beginning to reveal, too.Throw a 6% dividend yield into the equation and I reckon this is a brilliant stock to buy today.I’m particularly excited by the small cap’s huge potential in emerging regions, where rising wealth levels allied with rampant growth is supercharging demand for high-protein foods like meat products. To illustrate the point, Devro saw sales to developing markets like Latin America, Russia, and parts of Asia rocket 13% year on year in the first quarter. Like Georgia Healthcare, I’d happily add this under-the-radar stock to my ISA today.last_img read more

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£400 to invest? Here’s how I’d look to make a 400% return investing in shares

first_img£400 to invest? Here’s how I’d look to make a 400% return investing in shares Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. 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. There has been increased interest in investing in shares recently, which is great. With ISA season (basically, new ISA allowances) fast approaching, I’ll be planning which shares I want to add to my portfolio.My approach to finding shares with big growth potentialTo get big gains from something like a £400 investment, I’ll want to focus primarily on smaller shares. That’s not the same as the absolutely smallest shares, which can be risky and volatile. Instead, I’ll focus on what’s often referred to as micro-cap or small-cap shares. Personally I quite like shares of companies with market capitalisation between £40m and £250m. That’s quite a range but opens up a large pool of high-quality, high-growth companies.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…I want to avoid the very smallest shares as mentioned, while also avoiding the very the biggest companies. These are often less agile and slower growing. Although of course there are exceptions.Also when it comes to achieving a return like 400% or more I’ll need to be realistic about how long that might take. Unless I take an inordinate amount of risk it’ll take a few years to happen, but that’s still a huge return. To quadruple my money is very good going. If that performance can be replicated over a long timeframe it would lead to serious wealth creation.Investing in shares with room to grow rapidlyWhen it comes to the type of fast-growth shares that could give me a 400%-plus return over a reasonable timeframe (let’s say 3-5 years), these are some names my research has turned up.One is Belvoir Group (LSE: BLV). The property franchise group has done remarkably well through Covid-19. Back in December, it was able to announce that trading in the 10 months ended 31 October had been ahead of its pre-Covid-19 expectations. I’d have expected tenants to withhold rents because of Covid-19-related job losses, but by and large, that doesn’t seem to have been the case at all. Before Covid-19, Belvoir was doing very well. Revenues went from £6.95m in 2015 to £19.25m in 2019. Profits have also risen impressively. I’m confident the growth can continue into the future. The valuation seems reasonable to me at around a price-to-earnings ratio of 15. There’s a risk that franchisees could become unhappy with the brand, as has happened at Domino’s. That would affect sales, as would tenants struggling to pay rent if the economy takes another downturn.Also, as a franchisor, Belvoir’s brand is very important. That means any scandal by its franchisees could impact the overall value of the franchise. Overall though I’m very confident about Belvoir’s ability to keep growing and to keep its franchisees onside. When it comes to smaller, growth-style shares, I also like the look of MPAC, Venture Life, Motorpoint, and the larger Sylvania Platinum. The latter has a market cap nearer £300m, but for me still falls into a potentially high-growth stock category.So if I wanted to earn a 400% return on an initial £400 by investing in shares, I’d focus on smaller cap shares. I’ll particularly focus on companies that are profitable, such as Belvoir Group.  Andy Ross owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Motorpoint. 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. Image source: Getty Images. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Andy Ross | Sunday, 28th March, 2021 | More on: BLV center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. 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2020 Christmas adverts supporting charities

first_img2020 Christmas adverts supporting charities This year, M&S have released not one, but nine Christmas adverts showcasing their festive food. Each of the videos is narrated by a different celebrity, including Olivia Colman, Jeremy Irons, and Naomie Harris. Marks and Spencer has made a donation to each of the celebrities’ chosen charity, giving a total of £2 million. The selected charities include The Hope Foundation, Anthony Nolan and My Sisters’ House. The adverts are being released on a weekly basis in the run up to Christmas Day.Papa John’s The Body Shop have teamed up with Channel 4 to launch a series of adverts raising awareness of UK female homelessness. The cosmetic company is using its first ever Christmas campaign to support End Youth Homelessness – a UK-wide movement of local charities that have joined forces to tackle youth homelessness. The powerful videos tell the stories of young women through spoken-word poetry, performed by artist Rasheeda Page-Muir.Disney Howard Lake | 11 December 2020 | News Marks & Spencer Pizza chain Papa John’s have released a scaled-back Christmas advert: a series of messages on pizza boxes, explaining that this year they’ve decided to put their “dough to better use”. The money they would have spent on an advert is being instead donated to Crisis and The Trussell Trust to tackle hunger and homelessness this Christmas. They’ve also launched a festive feast meal deal, with 50p from each sale going to the charities.John Lewis Following a tough year for charities, it’s inspiring to see a range of companies supporting worthwhile causes this Christmas. Here’s a selection of our favourite corporate Christmas adverts that are part of a charity partnership. The Body Shop [youtube height=”450″width=”800”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeNHiUrA34U[/youtube] [youtube height=”450″width=”800”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juv2c0xgGno[/youtube] AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img [youtube height=”450″width=”800”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqwjxmGlaE0&feature=emb_title[/youtube] Disney and Make-A-Wish are celebrating 40 years of their partnership with this animated ad. The short, called ‘From our family to yours’ follows the story of Lola, her granddaughter and their Mickey Mouse teddy. The plush Mickey Mouse featured in the advert is available to purchase, with 25% of the purchase price going to Make-A-Wish to help them grant more wishes. Advertisement  284 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis It wouldn’t be Christmas without a John Lewis advert. Their highly anticipated campaign encourages viewers to “give a little love” this year. They’re working with FareShare and Home-Start to reach over 100,000 families. The retailer is doing this by donating 1p from every transaction made with a My John Lewis card and donating all profits from their “Give a Little Love” product range.MORE:The Big Give Christmas Challenge raises over £20 million in one week (10th December 2020)Charity Christmas appeal films 2020: the round up, part two (9th December 2020)The best 2020 charity Christmas singles (9th December 2020) [youtube height=”450″width=”800”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfZtt0gW67Y[/youtube] Tagged with: charity marketing christmas homelessness Make-A-Wish 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. [youtube height=”450″width=”800”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ_Cisv9bPg[/youtube]last_img read more

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Senator Jimmy Harte to back Social Welfare Bill in the Seanad

first_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week By News Highland – December 17, 2012 WhatsApp Facebook Senator Jimmy Harte to back Social Welfare Bill in the Seanad Pinterest Previous articleFewer people calling the fire service – 2013 costs revealedNext articleMultiple vehicle RTC on Letterkenny’s Port Road News Highland WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH News Google+center_img Google+ Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Labour minister Pat Rabbitte has called for discipline among the Senators in his party who are considering voting against  the social welfare bill in the Dail.At least four Senators have expressed reservations about supporting the bill which begins its passage through the Seanad tomorrow.Donegal Labour Senator Jimmy Harte says he will be voting in favour of the Bill.The Coalition has a tight majority in the Seanad, with only 31 of the 60 members.Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte says dissenting Senstors need to show discipline:last_img read more

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Donegal councillor is calling for an imaginative response to the problem of rent arrears

first_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – April 9, 2014 Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th A Donegal councillor is calling for an imaginative response to the problem of rent arrears.In response to a question, Cllr Gary Doherty has been told that 1,571 council tenants, 33% of the total, are in arrears of 100 euro or more. The council says the vast majority of them are in payment plans to address the issue.Cllr Doherty says this shows that the tenants are making a genuine effort, and their plight is the result of the economic downturn and the government’s subsequent inmposition of an austerity based response.He says this must be addressed as a matter of urgency………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/garyd830.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+center_img Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Previous articleCalls for more speed signage to be introduced on Letterkenny Ramelton RoadNext articleControlled explosion carried out during security alert in Strabane News Highland Donegal councillor is calling for an imaginative response to the problem of rent arrears Facebook WhatsApp News Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApplast_img read more

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Inside terrifying ‘Golden State Killer’ crime spree, how 2 key ideas helped break the cold case open: Investigator

first_imgFBI(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The combination of two key ideas helped break open the decades-old “Golden State Killer” case.One of which was a forensic pathologist’s insistence on making duplicate rape kits and the second was the use of a genealogy website to find relatives based on the mystery killer’s DNA, according to investigator Paul Holes.Here’s how the search for a terrifying rapist and serial killer unfolded, and how those two puzzle pieces finally led to an arrest.An investigator obsessedWhen Holes, who recently retired after decades on the investigation, took on the “Golden State Killer” case, he quickly became obsessed with the mystery, noting the meticulous way the attacks were planned.As the first break-ins and rapes unfolded in Northern California in the late ’70s, the “Golden State Killer” — then known as the “East Area Rapist” before he progressed to murder — was attacking women who were home alone, Holes said.“He always had a mask on. He always had gloves on. And he typically would have a knife or some other weapon with him,” Holes said. “He would basically be telling ’em, ‘Do what I say or I’ll kill you.’ He would make them bind their hands behind their back. He would bind their ankles.”Fifteen attacks later, a Northern California newspaper article noted how the mystery rapist only broke in when no man was home, Holes said.“What does he do in attack number 16? He attacks with a man in the house. He’s following himself in the press,” Holes said. “This guy has the self-confidence in his abilities … to be able to go into a house, entire families in there, with the threat of this male present, and take control.”“He changes his M.O. to accommodate this additional threat inside the house,” Holes explained. “When he comes into the house, the couple is asleep in bed. He’ll wake them up. … He would put the gun in the flashlight so the victims can see.”After tying the couple up, the rapist would put an object on the man’s back as a makeshift alarm system, telling the male victim that if he heard the object moving he would start killing people, according to Holes.During the rape, “in many cases, what he would do is he’d turn the TV on in the family room with no sound and drape a towel over the TV so he would have that low-level lighting. He wanted to see the victim. He wanted to see the fear in her face. He wanted to see her body as he’s sexually assaulting her,” Holes said.But after one attempted attack didn’t go as planned — when a male victim confronted the rapist — the attacker fled Northern California for Southern California, where he progressed to murder, Holes said.During the crime spree, which lasted from 1976 to 1986 with no arrests, police say the “Golden State Killer,” committed 12 murders, at least 50 rapes and multiple home burglaries throughout the state.One especially brutal attack was in Southern California in 1980. Charlene Smith was raped before she and her husband were bludgeoned to death.Watch the full story on “20/20” this Friday, May 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT‘That turned out to be a goldmine for us’Years later, forensic technology advanced, and in 2001 DNA linked Northern California rapes and Southern California killings, Holes said.Holes later came up with what would become a key idea to find a suspect, plugging the mystery killer’s DNA into GEDMatch, a genealogy website that allows users to upload DNA profiles.And Holes said having enough DNA to use for this test was thanks to forensic pathologist Dr. Peter Speth — who responded to that gruesome 1980 rape and murder of Charlene Smith and her husband — and who always made duplicate rape kits.“It seemed to me that it was a very risky business to have only one set. When I made duplicate rape kits it was to be sure that if one set, for some reason, was destroyed or lost or used up, that there would be the second set,” Speth told “20/20.” “To my knowledge, there are no other medical examiners who make duplicate rape kits.”It turned out to be “a goldmine for us,” Holes said.“Because that second kit had sat in the coroner’s possession for 38 years untouched,” he explained. “And so, the swabs collected from Charlene Smith’s body were pristine and contained a lot of our offender’s DNA.”In January, Holes said he created an undercover GEDMatch account, uploaded the DNA profile of the “Golden State Killer” to allow “the GEDMatch servers to do their magic and produce the list of people that potentially shared some DNA.”Holes found third cousins, fourth cousins and other distant relatives of the mystery killer on the genealogy website, and investigators started building the family tree back to 1800s.GEDmatch said it wasn’t “approached by law enforcement or anyone else” about the use of its database to identify the suspected “Golden State Killer.”“It has always been GEDmatch’s policy to inform users that the database could be used for other uses, as set forth in the Site Policy,” the company said in a statement.“While the database was created for genealogical research, it is important that GEDmatch participants understand the possible uses of their DNA, including identification of relatives that have committed crimes or were victims of crimes,” the company said. “If you are concerned about non-genealogical uses of your DNA, you should not upload your DNA to the database and/or you should remove DNA that has already been uploaded.”‘I was finally able to put a face to this guy I’ve been hunting’What investigators knew about the mystery killer’s age, appearance and location helped them narrow the family tree down, eventually zeroing in on a potential suspect: Joseph DeAngelo, a former police officer, who was fired from the force in 1979, three years after the attacks began.“Me being a law enforcement officer, it was sickening, thinking that somebody would hide behind the badge and commit these types of attacks,” Holes said. “Especially considering now you are hunting a guy that has the law enforcement training behind him.”In April, after collecting two DNA samples from DeAngelo, investigators had a confirmed match to their mystery attacker, Holes said.“I was finally able to put a face to this guy I’ve been hunting,” he said.DeAngelo was arrested last week, taken into custody at his home in Sacramento County, where the crime spree started.DeAngelo has not yet entered a plea and returns to court later this month.Decades after he responded to the Smiths’ gruesome double murder and rape, where he had collected the key double DNA samples, Speth said he was overcome with relief.“I would love to hug every one of the family members who finally have closure,” Speth said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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How can I avoid being IT typecast?

first_imgHow can I avoid being IT typecast?On 28 May 2002 in Personnel Today I have been working in HR for 10 years. I am in a relatively senior role andwould like to move on. I’ve got a solid CV and great qualifications. However, Ireally only have experience in one specific industry sector – IT. I would liketo move into something new, but do not feel very confident about moving into acompletely new sector. On the other hand, I don’t want to be typecast bystaying in IT. How important do you think experience of more than one sector isin building a career in HR? Grant Taylor, consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes Depth of experience in a particular business sector is important as it helpsyou to climb the career ladder effectively in that sector. It is more difficultto gain promotion in a new business sector. The best way to move to a new sector is in a similar role, as you offerexperience of operating at that level, even though you lack an understanding ofthe business sector. The ‘something new’ you are looking for can often be foundwith a sideways move to a new sector. You will also feel more confidentoperating at a level of seniority you are used to. It is important for your development to gain experience in a range ofbusiness sectors as they all operate differently, and the type of staff youwill work with will vary greatly. This develops your ability to adapt todifferent challenges and draw on experience from different environments, so youwill broaden the knowledge that you have in dealing with HR issues on a grandscale. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS consultancy You say that you have great qualifications, but what are they? If you arenot CIPD qualified, this should be something to consider. To my knowledge, HR professionals with experience of a number of differentindustries have more to offer than someone with experience of only one sector.Having said that, your lack of confidence needs to be overcome. Your experiencein IT probably involves you recruiting in areas where there may be a skillsshortage, developing innovative compensation packages and being reactive to aconstantly changing environment. To be successful in an IT human resources rolerequires a strong personality, business awareness and the ability to thinkbeyond traditional boundaries. If you can sell your strengths, a move out ofthe IT sector should not be a problem. Doug Knott, senior consultant, Chiumento There is a strong body of opinion, with which I concur, that HR managementskills are transferable across sectors. In fact, the challenge of working in adifferent environment can help to keep your interest levels high and your witssharp. Unfortunately, this view is not shared by many of those making the decisionsin the recruitment market. The more senior your position and the older you are,the more difficult you will find it to change sectors. I would stronglyrecommend that you gain experience outside of the IT sector so that you do notbecome typecast and you can demonstrate your ability to operate in differentindustry sectors. In order to assist with your job search outside IT, you should considerusing a skills/competency-based CV which markets your generic HR managementskills and places less emphasis on your chronological career history. There is strong evidence to support the theory that flexible HR professionals,committed to ongoing personal development, can successfully move betweensectors. As long as you match this description, you should be confident aboutmaking the transition. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Tropospheric clouds in Antarctica

first_imgCompared to other regions, little is known about cloudsin Antarctica. This arises in part from the challengingdeployment of instrumentation in this remote and harshenvironment and from the limitations of traditional satellite passive remote sensing over the polar regions. Yet clouds have a critical influence on the ice sheet’s radiation budget and its surface mass balance. The extremely low temperatures, absolute humidity levels, and aerosol concentrations found in Antarctica create unique conditions for cloud formation that greatly differ from those encountered in other regions, including the Arctic. During the first decade of the 21st century, new results from field studies, the advent of cloud observations from spaceborne active sensors, and improvements in cloud parameterizations in numerical modelshave contributed to significant advances in our understanding of Antarctic clouds. This review covers fourmain topics: (1) observational methods and instruments,(2) the seasonal and interannual variability of cloudamounts, (3) the microphysical properties of clouds andaerosols, and (4) cloud representation in global and regional numerical models. Aside from a synthesis of the existing literature, novel insights are also presented. A new climatology of clouds over Antarctica and the Southern Ocean is derived from combined measurements of the CloudSat and Cloud‐Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder SatelliteObservation (CALIPSO) satellites. This climatology is usedto assess the forecast cloud amounts in 20th century globalclimate model simulations. While cloud monitoring overAntarctica from space has proved essential to the recentadvances, the review concludes by emphasizing the needfor additional in situ measurements.last_img read more

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