Wilderness Holdings Limited (WILD.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2012 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Wilderness Holdings Limited (WILD.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Wilderness Holdings Limited (WILD.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Wilderness Holdings Limited (WILD.bw) 2012 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileWilderness Holding Limited is a world-renowned holding company for the ecotourism brands of Wilderness Safaris and Wilderness Collection. The company is dedicated to promoting and managing responsible and sustainable wildlife tourism in southern Africa and is regarded as Africa’s premier ecotourism company. The Group operate 45 safari camps and lodges and 10 scheduled overland safaris in Botswana, Congo, Kenya, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe; with a combined capacity to host 35 000 guests per year. Wilderness Safaris boasts a selection of luxurious, environmentally-friendly lodges and camps in premier safari destinations; including the Okavango Delta, the Namib Desert, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park, Damaraland, Etosha and Kafue National Park. Wilderness Air offers scheduled transfers between Wilderness camps and a private charter service. The Wilderness Wildlife Trust is an independent entity dedicated to raising funds to improve protection, knowledge and management of southern Africa’s wildlife. Children in the Wilderness (CITW) is an environmental and life skills educational programme operating in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA Tags Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry preaches Nov. 11 during a special Eucharist at St. James’ Church in New York for Episcopal Relief & Development’s 75th Anniversary International Symposium. Photo: Cynthia L. Black[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry began his sermon commemorating Episcopal Relief & Development’s 75th anniversary by quoting gospel singer Mahalia Jackson who sang, “‘If I can help somebody along the way … my living shall not be in vain.’”It was in this spirit and a joy and privilege to gather to give God thanks for “the miracle that God has done through the ministry, the work and the witness to the way of Jesus through Episcopal Relief & Development, the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief and the movement that gave birth to it all,” Curry said.Some 200 people gathered Nov. 11 at St. James’ Church on Madison Avenue in New York where Curry preached at a special Eucharist, the start of a daylong international symposium, a capstone event of Episcopal Relief & Development’s yearlong 75th anniversary celebration. Diocese of New York Bishop Andrew Dietsche presided at the Eucharist.“I am more and more convinced that God came among us in the person of Jesus of Nazareth to show us how to be reconciled with our God, the God who created and loves every one of us,” said Curry, who was installed as presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church on Nov. 1. “And in so showing us how to be reconciled with God, he was showing us how to be reconciled with each other as children of that one God who is the creator of us all.“He was showing us how to be more than simple individual collections of self-interest. He was showing us how to become something bigger than our own selves. He was showing us that love can actually show us the way.”Jesus was showing us, said Curry, that we don’t have to be stuck in the nightmares of natural and human-made disasters and the nightmares of poverty and injustice.“We don’t have to be stuck in the nightmare, he came to show us that God’s got a dream for this world and we can live it if we work with God,” said Curry. “Jesus came to show us how to become more than simply the human race. That’s good, but it’s not good enough; he came to show us how to become the human family of God. And that, my brothers and sisters, is our hope, our salvation and the hope for the planet itself.”During his welcome, Robert W. Radtke, president of Episcopal Relief & Development, explained how the promises that Episcopalians make in the Baptismal Covenant are also the basis of the organization’s ministry.“Episcopal Relief & Development is a ministry founded on our deepest values as Christians. To seek and serve Christ in all people and to respect the dignity of every human being, these are promises that Episcopalians renew every time we baptize a new member of our church,” said Radtke, adding that those promises were renewed 10 days ago at Curry’s installation.During a welcome to the afternoon’s international symposium, Curry, who before being installed as presiding bishop chaired Episcopal Relief & Development’s board of directors and now serves as honorary chair, said, “As you well know, the theme ‘Healing a Hurting World’ really is at the heart of the work of Episcopal Relief & Development; that we as people of faith refuse to be satisfied with the world in the way that it is, but are unceasingly committed to a world as God intends for it to be.”The symposium, explained Curry, was “intended to engage the issues that are before us and how we as people of faith can engage those issues in a way that actually makes a difference for this world and the peoples of this earth.”Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, delivers the keynote address at the 75th Anniversary International Symposium. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENSIt began with a keynote address from Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, followed by a discussion session and Q & A with Ray Suarez, the host of Al Jazeera America’s “Inside Story.”A physician and anthropologist, Kim worked in international development for more than 20 years and co-founded Partners in Health, a global health organization, with Dr. Paul Farmer. The pair met while studying together; Farmer introduced Kim to the work of liberation theologians at a time when the world was still caught up in the Cold War.After trying to make sense of the world through social theory, Kim and Farmer kept coming back to the question, “what is to be done in the world?” And they were looking for an organizing principle around which they could move forward, take action and feel that they were doing the right thing, said Kim.The pair was inspired by people like Gustavo Gutiérrez Merino, the founder of liberation theology, who worked with the poor in Peru.It’s “work that put substance to this notion of a preferential option for the poor,” he said, adding that liberation theologians developed a simple method based on seeing, judging and acting when engaging poor communities, whereby work in poor communities begins not with programs but rather by asking, “What is the nature of your reality? What do you make of that reality and what is to be done?”Kim, who became president of the World Bank in 2012, explained that one of its goals is to end extreme poverty by 2030.“We are the first generation in human history that can see the end of extreme poverty,” said Kim, adding that in 1990, 36 percent of the people in the world were living in extreme poverty and the world seemed stuck with that old notion of “‘the poor will always be with you,’ but now we’ve put an end date for poverty.”Now, for the first time in history, said Kim, the percentage of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10 percent. He said 9.6 percent is the estimate for 2015 but that’s still 700 million people, half of whom it’s estimated by 2020 will be living in so-called fragile and conflict states. That number is expected to rise to 90 percent by 2030.The role of faith-based organizations in alleviating extreme poverty “is extremely important,” he said.“We have three things that we need to do to lift everybody out of extreme poverty. The first is to grow the economy but not any kind of growth, we have to see economic growth that benefits the poorest; we have to invest in people. There’s overwhelming evidence that investing in health and education is not just good for health and education, it’s good for economic growth …. And finally, we need to ensure that people do not fall back into poverty by no fault of their own.”Dr. Jim Yong Kim’s keynote address was followed by a discussion session and Q & A moderated by Ray Suarez, the host of Al Jazeera America’s “Inside Story.” Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENSThe symposium also included presentations and panel discussions on supporting asset-based community development initiatives; ending sexual- and gender-based violence; empowering community volunteers; and leveraging faith-based partnerships.Utilizing local resources and expertise, Episcopal Relief & Development develops and assists programs aimed at overcoming poverty, hunger and disease. Through presentations, case studies and videos during the afternoon symposium, Episcopal Relief & Development showcased work in Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Kenya, Liberia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Zambia.Episcopal Relief & Development is an independent non-profit organization that works closely with Anglican Communion and ecumenical partners to help communities rebuild after disasters and develop long-term strategies to create a thriving future. The agency was formed 75 years ago as the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief in response to the suffering caused by war in Europe.“Over these years, Episcopal Relief & Development has played a significant role as an expression of the Gospel call to respond to human need with loving service,” wrote Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, in an Oct. 22 letter of congratulations marking the organization’s anniversary, that was read during the Eucharist by the Rev. Rachel Carnegie, co-executive director of the Anglican Alliance.Episcopal Relief & Development President Robert W. Radtke welcomes participants to the organization’s 75th Anniversary International Symposium. The day began with morning Eucharist at St. James’ Church in New York and continued in the afternoon at the nearby Harold Pratt House. Photo: Cynthia L. Black“For 75 years, it has reflected its central vocation of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ through relief and development work, alongside partners and supporters across the Anglican Communion. Taking its inspiration from Matthew 25: 37-40, Episcopal Relief & Development has been standing with the local church in places of need,” said Welby. “In my visits to churches in the Anglican Communion, I have seen first-hand how local congregations, dioceses and provinces seek to tackle poverty, inequality and suffering due to conflict, natural disaster, disease and other causes.”Throughout 2015, Episcopal Relief & Development, along with Episcopalians and other friends and supporters, have celebrated “75 Years of Healing a Hurting World.” The anniversary was marked by an online weekly storytelling project and a traveling photo exhibit depicting the people and places around the world touched by Episcopal Relief & Development’s disaster relief, public health and economic development ministries.In September 2014, Episcopal Relief & Development kicked off a $7.5-million anniversary fundraising campaign. During the 75th anniversary celebration, Episcopal dioceses, schools and groups embarked on grassroots efforts to raise awareness and support for the organization’s life-giving programs. As of early November 2015, campaigns and donations from many committed individuals had generated $6.6 million to strengthen programs that touch the lives of more than 3 million people in 40 countries annually.“It’s been an extraordinary year,” said Radtke when asked by Episcopal News Service to reflect upon the yearlong anniversary celebration, adding that for 75 years Episcopal Relief & Development has benefited from the generosity of Episcopalians from all over the church.More importantly, said Radtke, Episcopalians’ reaction to the yearlong anniversary has been moving.“I think it is in the way Episcopalians feel attached to Episcopal Relief & Development. We’ve spent almost 18 months now with a photographic exhibit that’s been traveling around the country and the reaction that people have to our photographs and the stories that those photographs tell has been very powerful,” he said. “I think it’s been extraordinary today to hear both from Dr. Kim and then our panelists around the world about the work of faith groups and Episcopal Relief & Development in particular and the way it touches lives.”– Lynette Wilson is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Press Release Service Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY November 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm Refugees? Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Job Listing Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Relief & Development celebrates 75th anniversary Presiding Bishop preaches, World Bank president delivers keynote address Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Comments (1) Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Peggy Dobbins says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Pittsburgh, PA Comments are closed. 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Tagged with: Prospect research School Fundraising Prospect research specialist Mathew Iredale has published ‘Prospecting for Benefactors, how to find major donors to support your school’.The guide is aimed at both independent and state schools who wish to maximise their fundraising potential by identifying their wealthy alumni and parents.The 86-page paperback, published by CreateSpace, guides you through the process of identifying prospective major donors. Chapters include identifying prospects through your school community, through your database and through other sources.Iredale then explains how to qualify prospects against other data such as Companies House, property data, Who’s Who, and LinkedIn.There are four appendices featuring practical documents, including a prospect spreadsheet and qualification flow chat.Iredale set out to provide a practical guide that differs from the many other books on major gifts and capital appeals. As well as offering “tried and tested techniques from someone who has been finding major gift prospects for schools, hospitals and charities for many years”, it is specifically designed for “those who have little or no experience of finding prospects”.‘Prospecting for Benefactors, how to find major donors to support your school‘ is available from Amazon for £14.99. 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. Howard Lake | 16 July 2015 | News New guide to finding major donors for your school 34 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Ann Louden’s Legacy Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course printSaturday’s torrential rain storm limited the options for students participating in the 15th year of TCU’s bi-annual volunteer day, but organizers said the day still ended in success.The volunteer day was held by LEAPS, an organization dedicated to bonding TCU with the larger Fort Worth community.Co-director Michael Nakhleh credited the hard work of the LEAPS team for rallying during site cancellations and ultimately making the event run smoothly.More than 500 students fanned out across Fort Worth and other parts of Tarrant County to read to children, assist the elderly, and take part in other community service events. Students volunteered at about 25 different sites, including Mission Arlington and the YMCA.Reading Frogs, which assigned students to read to third and fourth-graders, was one the most popular assignments.A TCU volunteer with her Reading Frogs group.Students of all ages laughed and shared the stories they were reading with one another. The elementary students also received free books and school supplies.TCU alumna Victoria Reneau, a teacher at Jackie Carden Elementary School, was happy to see TCU students getting her third-graders excited about reading.“I want them to walk away with a love of reading and an excitement about the future and going to college at a place like TCU,” Reneau said.Reneau, who studied early childhood development while at TCU, said she was glad to see the LEAPS spirit was still alive on campus.“My friends and I went every year and [Reading Frogs] was my favorite LEAPS activity; I did it every fall,” Reneau said.Nakhleh, a senior biology major, said participating in LEAPS as a first-year student was very rewarding.“It has taught me to always stop and look at my surroundings because a large part of my life might just be there waiting for me,” Nakhleh said.The LEAPS team celebrates the LEAPS 15th anniversary. ReddIt Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Makenzie Stallo is a senior journalism major and French minor from Denton, Texas. She currently serves as a line editor. Twitter + posts Twitter Previous articleSoccer finishes in scoreless tie with OklahomaNext articleCampus Recreation plans Full Moon Paddle trip for Tuesday Makenzie Stallo RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Final Frogs for the Cure celebration honors 12 years with Ann Louden Etiquette Dinner teaches valuable skills to Chancellor’s Scholars TCU students volunteer with Reading Frogs for the LEAPS day of service. Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Facebook Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Students help elders “Cycle Without Age” Linkedin Makenzie Stallo Frog Aides helps supports local businesses with on-campus ‘state fair’ event Linkedin ReddIt
VenezuelaAmericas New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets December 17, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Provincial daily reappears after three-day interruption due to lack of newsprint Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Help by sharing this information VenezuelaAmericas Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela Correo del Caroní, a regional daily based in the eastern city of Ciudad Guayana that is openly critical of the government, was back on sale in news stands on 15 December after a three-day absence. Editor David Natera told Reporters Without Borders the daily was able to resume printing after its supplier, DIPALCA, provided it with newsprint imported from Chile.Natera had accused the Currency Management Commission (CADIVI), the government agency that controls all foreign currency purchases, of punishing certain provincial newspapers for their criticism of the government by refusing to let them have the foreign currency they need for imported supplies.The CADIVI responded by reporting that it had released a total of 82 million dollars to newspapers between 1 January and 30 November. El Impulso, a daily based in the northwestern city of Barquisimeto that is also critical of the government, said it had enough newsprint to last a month and called for exchange control procedures to be simplified.________________13.12.07 – Currency commission responds to charges by editor of newspaper forced to stop publishingResponding to a complaint by David Natera, the editor of the Correo del Caroní regional daily, the Currency Management Commission (CADIVI) yesterday announced that it had released a total of 82 million dollars for the importation of newsprint between 1 January and 30 November. The CADIVI did not say how much of this currency was made available to DIPALCA, the company that supplies the Correo del Caroní with newsprint imported from Chile. The Correo del Caroní ceased publishing yesterday, blaming the CADIVI’s refusal to make dollars available to the purchase of newsprint.The CADIVI said its priorities, when assigning foreign currency for imports, was food, medical products, manufacturing inputs and raw material.—–11.12.07 – Problem with government exchange controls prevents regional opposition daily from publishingReporters Without Borders is worried by the announcement that the Correo del Caroní, a regional daily based in the eastern city of Ciudad Guayana, will not be able to appear tomorrow or on subsequent days because it has been unable to obtain US dollars to pay for imported newsprint.Editor David Natera blames the government’s exchange control system, which forces private-sector companies to address all requests for foreign currency to a single government entity, the Currency Managment Commission (CADIVI).“This case is not the first of its kind and it is rather surprising that media companies are been denied the currency they need to pay for imported newsprint or printing costs,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Producing a newspaper is expensive and the authorities must be aware of that. The CADIVI has still not responded to the Correo del Caroní’s request. We call on the head of the commission, Manuel Barroso, to do what is necessary to get things moving and to allow the Correo del Caroní to resume publishing.The press freedom organisation added: “We hope that exchange controls, like the allocation of state advertising, has not been turned into a way of penalizing publications for their editorial policies.”In a note to its readers posted on its website today, the Correo del Caroní said tomorrow’s issue would not be on sale in news stands but would be available on the Internet. The newspaper’s management accused the government of refusing, through the CADIVI, to release the amount in dollars it ows to DIPALCA, a company that imports newsprint from Chile.Natera told Reporters Without Borders he has raised the problem with certain officials but so far without success. Natera is also president of the Venezuelan Press Bloc, an association of some 40 provincial newspapers that support the opposition.El Impulso, a daily based in the northwestern city of Barquisimeto, reported last month that it had not received the foreign currency it needed to import newsprint for the past four months. Its editor, Carlos Eduardo Carmona, accused the government of using exchange controls as a “political weapon” against the media. June 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Venezuela January 13, 2021 Find out more News Organisation News RSF_en August 25, 2020 Find out more News News to go further Receive email alerts
April 15, 2021 Find out more June 15, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rocket attack on Future TV NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News News April 28, 2021 Find out more Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara RSF_en to go further Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about a rocket attack last night on the studios of Future TV (Al-Mustaqbal), a television station owned by Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. The station’s chief executive Ali Jaber and information minister Michel Samaha said the rocket caused serious damage but no injuries.The attack was “very worrying,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said, pointing out that there had been no violence of this kind against the news media since the end of the civil war in 1990. “Whatever the political difficulties in Lebanon and in the region, we call on everyone to respect the integrity of the media and not put the lives of news media workers in danger,” he said.Ménard also called for a prompt investigation into the attack, which was not immediately claimed by any organisation. Radio Orient, a radio station also owned by the prime minister, is located in the same building as Future TV.Reporters Without Borders has expressed concern about press freedom violations on several occasions in the past year or so in Lebanon, which used to be an oasis of press freedom in the Arabic countries of the Middle-East. Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts News Organisation Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more
Linkedin Print Advertisement WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsSean poised for finish and place in history booksBy admin – April 29, 2010 718 Facebook Twitter Previous articleGardai won’t be corrupted – NoonanNext articleSpain plays host to repeat of ‘05 and ‘06 as Munster battle Biarritz admin Email SPEAKING to the Limerick Post and with just 180 miles to the finish of his epic solo rowing voyage across the Atlantic, Limerick’s Sean McGowan is poised to be the first Irish man to complete the mammoth task of rowing the ocean.Emotional, but still able to draw on the huge support that has followed him, Sean told this journalist just what it was like as land and the finish line loomed. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It has been much harder than I thought, my body is wrecked and mentally I am reaching the end. I’ve been away from my family for too long but I have come so far, I have to keep going. Big waves crash over the boat in my face constantly and it is like a washing machine here at times.”The “highlight” of each day comes when his wife, Lorraine, sends messages of support to his satellite phone from those that know and even those that don’t know Sean. “Lorraine would type out the messages and send them by text to the sat phone and when I was feeling low I could read them in the morning and the evening. People I don’t even know were sending messages and my brothers have been great keeping the campaign going to raise money for the charity. That has kept me going.” Battling a swirling current that has kept him perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Sean notes the milestones that he must reach in order to make history. “The magic number is 59 degrees 26 minutes and when I hit that I will have crossed the Atlantic Ocean and after that it’s like threading a needle to the finish line as i have a tricky route in to follow. I am aiming to be finished by Monday but this Thursday I’m hoping to cross that magic line and make history.|. But his finish is not without danger and Sean is only too well aware of that. “Two boats have already had to be rescued after running aground on reefs. I’m still in the middle of the ocean and can see nothing but water. I’m not there yet.”With over 115 days rowing at sea, Sean will have one day to ready his boat to be shipped home when he finishes in English Harbour in Antigua. “Tuesday and Wednesday, all going well, I will get the boat ready to ship home and then I hope to land in Shannon next Friday. I will miss my daughter’s confirmation, but Lorraine will be there to support her. This has been so hard for them and I really can’t wait to get home to them”.Earlier this week, Mayor Kevin Kiely told a meeting of the city council that everyone in the city is rooting for Sean McGowan and that he will be inviting him into City Hall to a special reception when he returns to Limerick.Click the tracking image on the right to follow the final stages of Sean’s epic journey and click his profile picture on top to send messages of support to his facebook page.
Advertisement Rian O’HalloranA MUCH-loved Limerick teenager who has lost a leg in his battle with cancer is the subject of a fund-raising drive to make his home in Castletroy View a place where he can learn to adjust and pick up his life.“Miles 4 Rian” is a charity event aiming to raise essential funds for St. Clement’s College student, Rian O’Halloran (16).Rian, an avid sportsman with St. Mary’s RFC and Shelbourne AFC, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in April.Unfortunately, Rian lost his leg to the cancer and is now undergoing treatment in Crumlin Children’s Hospital as the cancer has spread.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Science teacher at St Clements, David Tidwell, is gearing up for a gruelling 24-hour challenge starting on December 2 to raise €50,000 towards the cost of altering the family home for Rian’s needs.“He’s such a lovely positive, polite kind lad and so loves his sports. He is always smiling – a real go-getter,” David told the Limerick Post.So far, the Go Fund Me page has raised more than €16,000 and David said “that’s because of Rian and the kind of person he is. He will have a lot of adjustments to make but this is one way we can do something to help.”Rian has not yet been able to return to school but his teachers and school friends have not forgotten him.David is hoping that teachers, students, friends and family of Rian’s will run a mile each beside him on the day or “hop on a bike and go along with me,” he said before adding that a lot will depend on Covid restrictions.24 hours is a long time to run for someone who only started running in lockdown, but David has embarked on a training schedule running most nights to get in shape for the challenge.Each “Mile with Meaning” will also be supported by a corporate sponsor. The event will be live-streamed with the sponsors being mentioned throughout the campaign.Further information and a link to the campaign can be found at https://ie.gofundme.com/f/miles4rian Linkedin Previous articleLimerick pulled from Junior Camogie Championship after last hour rule changeNext articleShop early and local to help save Limerick’s retail sector Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. WhatsApp Twitter Print Email NewsRunning miles to help Rian meet his new challengesBy Bernie English – October 23, 2020 2386 Facebook
Tagged with: Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Front Cash Flows GSEs Last Cash Flows LIBOR floaters Modifiable and Combinable REIT eligibility RMBS Securities Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Credit Risk Transfers: Hot Topic of 2017 The Credit Risk Transfer (CRT) market continues to be a compelling investment vehicle that offers residential mortgage backed security (RMBS) investors an opportunity to achieve attractive risk-adjusted returns, while accessing various parts of post-crisis mortgage credit and origination. Following the mortgage crisis, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has mandated a number of changes affecting the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), mainly Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, reducing the risk of losses that the GSEs may pose to taxpayers. Both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae issued the first CRT transactions in 2013 in efforts to convey portions of their previously retained credit risk for the Agency mortgages they guarantee to the private sector. The collateral is newly issued (post-crisis) and incorporates significant reform in origination standards. Further, the reference collateral can vary in coupon and loan-to-value, but is primarily conventional 30 year fixed rate mortgages.CRT issuance primarily comes in two series: Connecticut Avenue Securities (CAS) by Fannie Mae, and Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR) by Freddie Mac. As of May 2017, 47 CRT deals with combined security balances of $45 billion have been issued since the program’s inception in 2013. This represents exposure to over $1.3 trillion of residential single-family mortgages. Unlike traditional RMBS securities, payments made to investors are not directly from the underlying mortgage cash flows, but are instead remitted by Fannie or Freddie to CRT investors. The prepayments and the defaults incurred on the underlying reference pools are then reflected in payments by the GSEs to bondholders.The coupons paid by the GSEs are uncapped LIBOR floaters and carry various attachment points of credit enhancement. The GSE oversight and review of originator and servicer performance provides an additional layer of surveillance, which represents a further positive to underlying fundamentals. The CRT program offers a uniform and standardized investment vehicle for investors to access post-crisis mortgage credit. Program issuance has dwarfed the size of the RMBS 2.0 market (i.e., post-crisis non-QM mortgage securitizations) through today, in part due to the lack of standardization of the RMBS 2.0 market. CRT has become one of the few investment areas where investors can access this post-crisis mortgage credit. The deal structures have been evolving since 2013, initially originating only a first pay (M1) and last cash flow (LCF). Since then, these securities have evolved into anywhere from three to five tranches per transaction collateral pool. The deals now also offer exchangeable securities (MAC) where bondholders can split holdings into various access points of credit tranching or interest rates.Investors have many options to express views within housing including relative value to other U.S. structured products and broader fixed income, views on the path of home prices and the path of interest rates going forward, and technical factors arising from the declining outstanding float in legacy RMBS sectors. Dealers are heavily involved in making markets on the various tranches due to the synergies in primary issuance and trading this sector in secondary markets. Rating agencies have taken positive actions on many of the tranches due to the credit performance of the assets, issuing several upgrades and positive rating outlooks as the depth of the market continues to grow. Given that the CRT market is one of the only sizable sectors available to investors in post-crisis mortgage credit and underwriting today, the GSEs continue to work on expanding the investor base. For instance, once the work on the products REIT eligibility is finished and implemented, it should further improve the size and depth of the investor base.The CRT market remains well supported, while the collateral and structural benefits are high. We believe different parts of the capital structure add relative value in our portfolio construction. Some of the areas we find beneficial include:Front Cash Flows (M1s) are front sequentials, which pay atop the cash flow waterfall. They shorten as rates rally, but don’t extend significantly in an interest rate selloff. To clarify, mortgage rates are pegged to the on-the-run 10-year U.S. Treasury note and with higher rates, mortgage rates increase, slowing principal prepayments and therefore these bonds slow down or extend. The uncapped LIBOR floater offers additional protection against rising rates enhancing the risk-adjusted return profile. They are low beta and stable carry.Last Cash Flows (LCFs) are generally the second or third payer in the sequential waterfall. They are longer in spread duration and carry thick coupon spreads. Similar to the M1, the LCF’s are also uncapped floaters that may increase in value in scenarios of higher rates and cash flow extension.Modifiable and Combinable (MACs): These options allow a framework for investors to exchange tranches to express differing credit or interest rate views, for example by splitting off the interest-only portion or increasing/decreasing loss support.Home prices have continued their steady improvement and today, coupled with new post-crisis underwriting guidelines, the underlying sector outlook is strong. Continued enhancements to the program, structure, and the growing depth of the investor base, all while housing and market fundamentals remain robust, are reasons for our focus and positioning within the CRT sectors. 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