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Does the BP share price make the stock a bargain or a value trap?

first_imgDoes the BP share price make the stock a bargain or a value trap? There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Several decades ago, wise old investors were fond of declaring, “Never sell Shell!”  One reason for that was the pleasing rhyming in the phrase. Another reason was that many saw it as decent investment advice.But that was back in the days when oil was a growth industry. And those owning shares in expanding companies such as Royal Dutch Shell and BP (LSE: BP) couldn’t put a foot wrong by simply buying and holding for years.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 BP share price reflects cyclicalityThings are rather different for big oil these days. And one of the main weaknesses of the buy-and-hold message is the way big oil companies have revealed their vulnerability to the inherent cyclicality of the industry. For example, since the beginning of the century, we’ve seen wild swings up and down for the share prices of both companies. And the overall progress of the stocks has been essentially sideways for 20 years.And the industry is now in long-term decline. We need to look no further for evidence than both firms’ woeful recent records of shareholder dividend payments. After being flat for years, dividends look set to decline going forward. I reckon we can read a lot about a company by studying the directors’ decisions regarding dividends. And in the cases of Shell and BP, I don’t like what I’m seeing.In fact, many of BP’s numbers are horrible. There’s way too much debt, for a start. On top of that, revenue and earnings look like they’re in a general downtrend. And the world is accelerating its efforts to decarbonise economies – which is bad news for companies dealing in fossil fuels for a living.However, BP has seen the writing on the wall and is investing in renewables businesses. Operations such as energy storage, power generation and charging stations feature in the company’s updates now alongside the traditional oil and gas business news. And BP reckons it aims to become “carbon net zero” by 2050.A long way to travelBut the company has a long way to go because those new business lines represent a fraction of revenue at the moment. So, in the short and medium terms, it looks like BP’s overall trading outcome will be affected by oil prices and demand levels.Whether the BP share price makes the stock a bargain or a value trap depends on the investment timeframe. If I wanted to invest in renewable energy businesses for their growth potential I’d prefer one that stands alone. I suspect BP could see its progress with renewables neutralised by being shackled to its declining legacy oil business. So as a long-term investment, I reckon BP could be a value trap.But in the shorter term, we may see some recovery in the overall business as the world recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. That’s because oil remains the company’s dominant line of business for the time being. Meanwhile, with the share price near 289p, the forward-looking dividend yield for 2021 is just above 5%. Perhaps that level makes BP a shorter-term bargain. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! 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. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images. center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… Enter Your Email Address Kevin Godbold | Saturday, 9th January, 2021 | More on: BP See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more

Vodafone invites employees to fundraise for charities in Big Bold Challenge

first_imgVodafone invites employees to fundraise for charities in Big Bold Challenge Howard Lake | 23 July 2014 | News  47 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: corporate Events Vodafone Telecomms company Vodafone is encouraging its employees to take part in a fundraising event in September as part of its ‘Big Bold Challenge’.It is suggesting that they run, walk or cycle to the Olympic Park in London from their offices in Newbury and Paddington. The aim is to complete a collective 20,000 miles on 25 September. Employees can choose form events ranging from a scenic walk to a duathlon. Vodafone Big Bold Challenge 2014 – runningcenter_img Does your charity have Vodafone staff amongst its supporters? Have you asked them to choose your charity for the Big Bold Challenge? Employees can choose which charity they want to benefit, and the company is asking them to commit to raising to least £100. Vodafone will then match the funds raised up to £350 per employee.The Vodafone UK Corporate Responsibility Team‘s latest newsletter explains that the event is not just about fundraising and having fun, but it is also an opportunity to recognise the company’s achievement in “in providing the strongest signal in London making it the most ‘connected raised up place in the UK’”. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 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.last_img read more

Frustrating Year for Ag but Some Wins Along the Way

first_img SHARE Previous articleMarketing Decisions Will Be Critical in 2013Next articleUpdated Purdue Extension Corn and Soybean Guide Released Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Dec 27, 2012 Home Indiana Agriculture News Frustrating Year for Ag but Some Wins Along the Way SHARE The last 12 months in American agriculture have seen just about everything imaginable, from an incredibly warm spring, to drought and Washington wrangling in a farm bill year that yielded no farm bill. American Farm Bureau Public Policy Deputy Director Dale Moore says in DC it wasn’t just the farm bill that stood out in 2012.“For farmers and ranchers, yes, I would say that not getting the farm bill done is frustrating. But unless something is done on this on the estate tax front, there are a number of farmers, all across the country, a number of ranchers all across the country that if someone should die, they’ve got to go ransom half of their operation back from the federal government just to keep viable. That’s just unconscionable.”Moore says where there were victories for ag many of them took push back from farmers and ranchers.“We had a big win on getting the Department of Labor to pull back the rule that would have had a tremendous impact on children on farms and ranches being able to work, much as I did growing up.”And he expects getting future wins will require more fight.“You look at the dust rule. We’ve been celebrating the victory we had on EPA rolling back the dust rule from their original proposal. That’s a great win, but I’m also remembering that this is like the third or fourth time we’ve had this fight over the past 20 years. It’s going to come back again. No doubt in my mind.”This year has been a wild ride and with a new farm bill pushed into the new Congress, 2013 is shaping up to be another busy year.[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/12/AFBF-on-2012.mp3|titles=AFBF on 2012]Source: AFBF Frustrating Year for Ag but Some Wins Along the Way Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The 2015 Huntington Ball

first_img Make a comment 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Photo Gallery The 2015 Huntington Ball From STAFF REPORTS | Photography by JAMIE PHAM Published on Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 6:06 pm Business News The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens held its 2015 Huntington Ball on Saturday evening, September 12, 2015. Hosted by the Rothenberg Family in honor of Jim Rothenberg’s indomitable spirit, the black-tie gala brought together 415 distinguished guests whose generous support helped raise in excess of $430,000, with proceeds supporting The Huntington’s research and educational programs.This year’s soirée was held in the Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres amidst a landscape of California natives and adaptive plantings in the Frances and Sidney Brody California Garden. Following cocktails, guests proceeded to the Stroll Garden for a three-course dinner prepared by The Kitchen for Exploring Foods. With Alexander Calder’s monumental red metal sculpture, Jerusalem Stabile as a dramatic backdrop, the Stroll Garden was transformed by dynamic lighting, elegant décor, and stunning floral displays by Jacob Maarse Florists.Once seated for dinner, guests were welcomed by Huntington President Laura Skandera Trombley. Trombley paid special tribute to the Rothenberg Family and reflected on the promise and excitement of the many exquisite possibilities that the future holds for The Huntington.“I’d like to extend a special note of appreciation to the Rothenberg family for their history of extraordinary stewardship and their continued and enduring support for The Huntington. Because of them, we have such a special place.”The music of Wayne Foster Entertainment delighted guests throughout the evening. Following dessert, dancing and after dinner cocktails continued well into the night.For additional information and to request images and captions, please contact Daniel Johnson, Advancement Office, at (626) 405-3412 or [email protected] Ball MenuPrepared by The Kitchen for Exploring FoodsFirst Course:Red and Yellow Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Cylinder SaladBed of Baby Arugula and Feta CheeseWhite Balsamic VinaigretteEntrée Course:Grilled Flat Iron Steak and Big Shrimp in Parchment TwistCabernet Wine Sauce, Small Cipollini OnionsTomato, Fennel, Dill and Thyme,Brussels Sprout Leaves and Baby PeasDessert Course:Warm Chocolate SouffléWhipped Cream and Crème AnglaiseFresh BerriesFloral Arrangements by Jacob Maarse FloristsExotic modern arrangement in silver asymmetrical vessels. The arrangements are created with beautiful green cymbidium orchids from San Diego Ca. Also included in the arrangements are miniature allium sphaerocephalon from Holland, braided steel grass, green celosia cristata from the USA, super green roses from Ecuador. Collaring the arrangement are umbrella ferns from Ecuador. Tucked gracefully between all the flowers are green dianthus from Holland. The event decor will be colorblocked with complementing red arrangements that are created with red roses, red cockscomb, red Gloriosa rothschildiana lilies, Curly willow, exotic Banksia coccinea and berries. The chandeliers will be dressed with Italian Ruscus green and red Amaranthus, green and red orchids and Gloriosa rothschildians and Banksia coccinea.About the HuntingtonThe Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. More information about The Huntington can be found online at huntington.org.Visitor InformationThe Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and major holidays. For more information, contact (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News last_img read more

12 More COVID-19 Cases Reported in Pasadena

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Business News More Cool Stuff Community News HerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena health officials confirmed 12 more local cases of the Coronavirus on Tuesday.Meanwhile, three additional local residents have died, bringing the city’s death count to 28.The city also listed the gender of the decedents. According to those statistics, 17 men have and 11 women have died after being infected by the virus.The numbers come a day after the Pasadena City Council received an update from the city’s health director Dr. Ying Ying Goh.During her update, Goh told the City Council that it is too early for the city to consider lifting its Safer at Home Order.The order forced local residents to stay in their homes unless they are leaving to conduct essential business like shopping for food or exercise.“In a community of our size, this international pandemic has rapidly become personal,” Goh told the Council.According to Goh lifting the order would lead to increased numberd that could overwhelm the city’s health care system.The city has set up an alternative health care facility at the Pasadena Convention Center.Although all of the Pasadena deaths related to the virus have come out of the city’s long term health care facilities, there have been laboratory-confirmed Coronavirus cases among local residents in all age groups, including under 18. About half the cases have been among people age 65 and younger. And people over a wide range of ages have had illness severe enough to require hospitalization. Forty percent of our cases have been hospitalized.’’The LA County Department of Public Health confirmed 46 new deaths and 1,400 new cases of the Coronavirus on Tuesday.According to a statement, 734 of these cases are from a backlog of tests, and 625 are daily reported cases.To date, 15,140 infections have been identified in LA County, and a total of 663 deaths. Eighty-nine percent of people who died had underlying health conditions.“Every day as we report the number of lives lost to COVID-19 we are reminded about the need to do everything we can to slow the spread of this disease,” said county health director Barbara Ferrer. “We mourn the loss of members of our collective community, and our hearts go out to their loved ones as they grieve.On Monday, County officials reported the preliminary findings from a community prevalence study done in partnership with USC and the LRW Group.According to that study, infections from the COVID-19 are far more widespread and the fatality rate much lower in L.A. County than previously thought.Eight hundred and sixty-three LA County adults were tested between April 10th and April 14th using serology testing. Based on results of the first round of testing, the research team estimates that approximately 4.1 percent of the county’s adult population has antibody to the virus. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribecenter_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Community News 12 More COVID-19 Cases Reported in Pasadena Death toll climbs to 28 By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 4:46 pm Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

4 COVID-19 Cases Detected in Pasadena on Friday

first_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena saw four newly detected cases of COVID-19 on Friday, but no additional deaths were reported, as public health officials announced the county’s positivity rate had reached a record low level.It had been more than three weeks since a daily infection count surpassed single digits.The city’s pandemic total increased to 11,190, according to Pasadena Public Health Department records. With no deaths reported since Thursday, the local death toll held steady at 340.At the regional level, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported a record low rate of new infections.“Today’s daily test positivity rate is 1%, the lowest test positivity rate since the beginning of the pandemic,” the agency said in a written statement. “The test positivity rate peaked over 20% in late-December during the surge.”County officials reported 643 new infections and 36 deaths, bringing the county’s pandemic totals to 1,228,114 known cases of the virus and 23,601 fatalities.Just over 500 COVID-19 patients were being treated at L.A. County hospitals, authorities said. Twenty-four percent of them were being treated in intensive care units.Progress continued with vaccinations, with nearly 5.4 million doses distributed within L.A. County, officials said.“As of April 9, 71% of L.A. County residents 65 and older received at least one dose of the vaccine,” the statement said. “In total, 41% of the County’s population 16 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine.”L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer urged everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.“Fully vaccinated people are less likely to get and spread COVID-19 and so many lives have already been saved because residents are getting vaccinated and because businesses and residents continue to follow Health Officer safety measures,” she said. “Getting vaccinated and following the safety measures provides the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19 and will keep community transmission low and help us move forward our recovery journey.”Officials at the California Department of Public Health announced 2.451 new infections and 79 deaths on Friday, raising the state’s totals to 3,611,349 cases of COVID-19 and 59,587 fatalities.The state’s average positivity rate over the prior week held steady at 1.7%, according to the CDPH.As of Friday, L.A. County represented 34% of California’s COVID-19 infection and 40% of the state’s deaths. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News 4 COVID-19 Cases Detected in Pasadena on Friday County-wide positivity rate reaches record low By BRIAN DAY Published on Friday, April 16, 2021 | 4:27 pm Community Newscenter_img Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Normal To Date Your BFF’s Ex?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Zookeeper on the mend after tiger attack at Kansas zoo

first_imgFreda Bouskoutas/iStock(TOPEKA, Kan.) — A Kansas zookeeper who was attacked by a Sumatran tiger at the Topeka Zoo over the weekend is on the mend, officials said Monday.The zookeeper, whose name has not been released, was removed from an intensive care unit Sunday night, but remains in a hospital, Molly Hadfield, a spokeswoman for the city of Topeka, told ABC News on Monday.The 17-year employee of the Topeka Zoo was attacked on Saturday by a 275-pound Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv when she entered the animal’s enclosure at about 9:15 a.m., officials said.An investigation into why the zookeeper was in the same enclosure with the 7-year-old tiger is underway.“There really isn’t a circumstance where they should be in the same space. So there was some sort of error that occurred,” Brendan Wiley, director of the Topeka Zoo, told ABC News.Authorities have found no problems with gates or fencing in the exhibit that would suggest the tiger had escaped from a separate locked area while the zookeeper was in the animal’s exhibit.Video from a webcam observed by ABC News showed the zookeeper walking in the tiger’s enclosure, apparently dragging a water hose just before the attack occurred.“As an accredited facility, there’s no policy that would allow that,” Ron Magill, a wildlife expert from the Zoo Miami, said in an interview Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “So that’s going to be the first thing they’re going to look at — how these two were in the same space and why.”Hadfield said authorities are waiting for the zookeeper to recover more before they interview her about why she was in the enclosure with the tiger.The zookeeper suffered lacerations and puncture wounds to her head, neck, back and arms, Wiley said.The attack was witnessed by several visitors, who immediately ran to help, officials said.“Our staff response saved a keeper’s life, saved the tiger’s life, and it truly is a miracle what happened. It could have been so much worse,” Shanna Simpson, animal care supervisor at the zoo, told ABC News.Zoo workers lured Sanjiv back into an enclosed space in the zoo with food, Wiley said. He added that “this could have been a very different outcome.”Sanjiv, who recently fathered four cubs, will not be euthanized because, Wiley said, the tiger was just acting naturally.“While this incident is very unfortunate, he did what a wild tiger does,” Wiley said.The incident marked the third major attack on a human in the U.S. by an animal in captivity in less than five months.In December, Alexandra Black, a 22-year-old intern at the Conservators Center in Burlington, North Carolina, was attacked and killed by a lion while helping to clean out the animal’s enclosure. An investigation determined that a large ball had blocked a gate to a separate holding pen, allowing the lion to escape and get to Black, officials said.Earlier this month, 75-year-old Marvin Hajos was attacked and killed by a cassowary, a large exotic bird similar to an emu, that he kept as a pet on his property in the Gainesville, Florida, suburb of Alachua. The cassowary, which has knife-like claws and is known to animal experts as the “world’s most dangerous bird,” attacked Hojos when he tripped and fell, authorities said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

16-year-old girl who planned attack on predominately black church collected multiple knives, scouted out building: Police

first_imgiStock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — A 16-year-old girl who is accused of planning to murder members of a predominantly black church went to “great lengths” to plan the attack, police said.The girl, who was not identified because she is a minor, collected multiple knives, such as kitchen and butcher knives, before she was arrested and charged for the alleged plot at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish told reporters Tuesday night.She had also allegedly visited the church once in the weeks before her arrest, but no services were in session.“By the grace of God and by divine intervention, at the time she went to the church there was nobody there, and they weren’t having church at the time,” Parrish said.“She went to great lengths to plan it, to get weapons and launch her attack on the church,” Parrish added.Police determined that the church had been “targeted by the juvenile based on the racial demographic of the church members,” according to a statement. She was charged with criminal attempt to commit murder.School administrators were the ones first notified of the alleged attack after other students found the teenager’s notebook that laid out the alleged plot, prompting them to contact school counselors at Gainesville High School, according to police.Dr. Jeremy Williams, superintendent of Gainesville City School System, said he was “stunned” over the arrest.“A single act by a student does not represent the views and beliefs of Gainesville City School System. As a school system that celebrates our diversity, we are beyond stunned with the recent development,” Williams said in a statement to ABC News. “However, we are extremely proud of our students notifying school administration of a possible off-campus threat.”Bishop Reginald Jackson, the presiding bishop of the Sixth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal that is made up of more than 500 churches, told reporters that “it ought to bother us in the state of Georgia this young girl this young woman cannot be charged with a hate crime.”Georgia is one of four states in the country that does not have hate crime laws.“This incident raises very serious issues and also raises questions that need to be answered,” Jackson said.The teenager is being held at the Regional Youth Detention Center.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

California mayor offers scholarship raffle for vaccinated teens

first_imgCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. iStock/Pornpak Khunatorn(LANCASTER, Calif.) — The mayor of Lancaster, California, is offering a raffle for scholarships, including a grand prize of $10,000, for teens who get the COVID-19 vaccine.The raffle is the city’s effort to combat vaccine hesitancy among young people as the state reports declining vaccinations over the last few weeks.For the week of April 18 to April 25, vaccinations fell by 56% in Los Angeles County, which includes Lancaster. So far 15.8% of 16 to 29-year-olds have received at least one dose of the vaccine, county data shows.The special #10kVaxChallenge raffle, announced May 3, includes students who are between the ages of 16 and 18 and who are fully vaccinated. The deadline is June 30.One grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship, a second prize winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship and 20 winners are eligible for the third prize — a $50 gift card.Mayor R. Rex Parris told ABC News he created the raffle “so our community’s youth feel that much more excited and motivated to be part of ending the COVID-19 pandemic.”He went on, “Members of the Lancaster community are all looking forward to putting this pandemic behind us, with teenagers maybe even the most excited about getting back to their ‘normal lives.’ But to get back to ‘normal’ as a community, it is up to each of us to do our part and get vaccinated. Now that safe and effective vaccines are available for our 16 to 18-year-olds, I want to help make sure Lancaster teens take advantage of the opportunity.”There’s been an increase in teens making vaccine appointments and participating in the raffle since it launched, he noted.“There are $16,000 in scholarship funds on the line, and I fully expect Lancaster teens to participate, tag their friends and become one of the winners to receive funding toward their future education,” Parris said.And Parris urged conservative Republicans like himself to get the jab.“It is the conservative Republicans who are the most vaccine-resistant. There’s a thousand reasons, I guess,” he said in an interview with ABC station KABC-TV.To participate in the raffle, teens must post a photo of themselves on social media saying they’ve received the second vaccine, tag five friends in the post and use the hashtags “#10kVaxChallenge” and “#VaccinateLancaster.”Teens can increase their chances of winning by getting unvaccinated friends to get the shot and alert medical staff to say they’re voting for the person who referred them, KABC-TV reported. The person with the most referrals will win the top prize.The money will come from the mayor’s scholarship fund.So far, Los Angeles County has fully inoculated more than 2.9 million people 16 and older, accounting for 35.8% of the population, per county data.last_img read more

Rob Gronkowski buys Hudson Yards home for $7M

first_imgRob Gronkowski and 35 Hudson Yards (Getty, SOM)The Bloomberg administration originally planned a stadium for the New York Jets at Hudson Yards. But instead of playing football there, Rob Gronkowski will be enjoying city views from his new apartment.The Super Bowl champion tight end scored a new pad at Related’s 35 Hudson Yards for $7 million, the New York Post reported.Though Gronkowski now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom, 2,652-square-foot apartment will serve as his escape when he’s not snagging Tom Brady spirals.“He was just here, supervising the furniture set-up,” a source told the Post.Read moreHere’s a look at Rob Gronkowski’s Miami condo ahead of Super Bowl LVRob “Gronk” Gronkowski buys condo in Miami Dolphins territoryTom Brady and Gisele Bündchen get $37M for Tribeca home Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Full Name* Message* Share via Shortlink Designed by David Childs of SOM, the building features interior designs by Tony Ingrao. The building also hosts a flagship Equinox fitness center and Equinox Hotel, SoulCycle, residents-only gym, playroom, business center, lounge and dining room and terrace with catering services.The apartment itself has wide-plank oak floors and a windowed eat-in chef’s kitchen.“It has always been on his bucket list to own property in New York City,” the source told the Post. “He’s here a lot in the offseason to relax and recharge.”[NYPost] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Tags Celebrity Real EstateHudson Yardsnfllast_img read more