Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) Q32020 Presentation

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug)  2020 presentation results for the third quarter.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB Group) is a leading financial institution offering retail and corporate banking services in Uganda through its subsidiary company. KCB Group offers financial solutions ranging from current accounts, overdrafts and loans to fixed and short-term deposits, mortgage finance, trade finance and forex, and business investment accounts. The banking institution participates in investments in treasury bills and bonds with the central banks. Wholly-owned subsidiaries in the banking group include Kenya Commercial Finance Company Limited, Savings & Loan Kenya Limited, Kenya Commercial Bank Nominees Limited, Kencom House Limited, KCB Tanzania Limited, KCB Sudan Limited, KCB Rwanda SA and KCB Uganda Limited. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Here’s what I’d do about the fallen Sainsbury’s and Morrisons share prices

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Here’s what I’d do about the fallen Sainsbury’s and Morrisons share prices “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” It doesn’t look like the FTSE 100‘s supermarkets have had a particularly good Christmas, even if economic optimism might have brightened a bit as a result of the election.Morrisons (LSE: MRW) gave us a trading update on Tuesday for the 22 weeks to 5 January, revealing a drop in like-for-like sales (excluding fuel) of 1.7%. The company told us: “Throughout the period, trading conditions remained challenging and the customer uncertainty of the last year was sustained.“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…What I take from it generally is that it seems to have been a year of tight control of costs and offloading underperforming stores, with four closed and four new ones opening. The company also opened 25 new Fresh Look stores, and the new brand seems to be doing pretty well.CompetitionThat’s positive, but we see a big contrast when we look at what key competitors Lidl and Aldi are doing. Lidl plans to open another 230 stores in the UK over the next three years and take its total to 1,000 by 2023. Aldi, meanwhile, saw its sales in the four weeks to Christmas climb by 7.9%, to top £1bn for the first time, and is aiming to open more than 300 new stores by 2025 for a total of 1,200.At Sainsbury (LSE: SBRY), meanwhile, sales for the 15 weeks to 4 January actually grew by 0.4%, and while it’s not negative, it was only made possible by a 5% rise in total online sales. Retail sales (both total and like-for-like) declined by 0.7% (excluding fuel).Chief executive Mike Coupe said: “We gave our customers a great combination of quality food at good prices this Christmas and we delivered a standout performance operationally.”I’m not entirely sure I’d describe what I’ve seen as standout, and the markets didn’t seem over-enthusiastic either, with the share price dropping a couple of percent during Wednesday morning.Price-cuttingOne of Sainsbury’s key targets was to be more competitive on price, which is pretty much unavoidable in these days of super-low prices from the interlopers. But it does tend to show that Sainsbury’s previous positioning as a bit upmarket is no longer viable, and I’m really not seeing any significant differentiation these days.While this update isn’t too bad (if perhaps not the triumph that Coupe seems to see), flat sales coupled with squeezed margins are leading analysts to forecast a 13% fall in EPS for the year to March.Since a peak of over 290p back in February 2019, Sainsbury shares have lost 22% of their value. That does include the big slump after the proposed Asda merger was blocked, and they’ve been creeping back up again since August’s low. Prospective P/E multiples of around 11.5, with dividend yields above 4.5% might look attractive, but I’m not tempted.Shares downThe Morrisons share price is down too, by a very close 21% from a February peak. But there we’re looking at a significantly higher forward P/E of 15, dropping to 14 for next year, as there’s a bit of earnings growth expected. Dividend yields are lower at 3.5% to 3.7%.Again, I don’t see a convincing reason to buy. Both companies are struggling to keep up with the competition in an increasingly tough market, and the supermarket business just doesn’t offer an attractive proposition to me. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Alan Oscroft | Wednesday, 8th January, 2020 | More on: MRW SBRY See all posts by Alan Oscroftcenter_img Image source: Getty Images Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’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. Enter Your Email Address Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

Warren Buffett! Could following him help you get rich in this stock market recovery?

first_img If you measure the total value of Warren Buffett’s net worth, the billions he’s made in his lifetime make him the most successful broad-based investor of all time. Although he’s also leveraged his returns along the way using Partnerships and his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway.Nevertheless, Buffett has been consistent in his approach to investing and has achieved solid returns over a very long period. He’s now 89 years old and still investing. And, over the years, he’s broadcast similar messages to those eager to listen. But this time, the messages are different.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…Buffett is being cautiousWe’re used to Buffett jumping right into stocks when markets crash and the outlook is stormy. But I read an interesting article in the New York Times (NYT) arguing that this time he’s being more cautious. At the recent Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, Buffett made several comments suggesting he’s more worried about the immediate economic future now than he has been before.For example, Buffett went out following the credit crunch in the noughties and bought many stocks. But so far in this crisis, he’s bought very little. And he sounded cautious during the meeting. Buffett, like all of us, doesn’t know what will happen next, but he talked about the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus infections.And he reckons the world may be different from how it was before the Covid-19 pandemic, for years to come. Meanwhile, such changes may affect the overall performance of the stock market ahead. Buffett spent a fair while talking about the years between 1929 and 1951 – when the stock market took 22 years to get back to its highs. To me, that suggests he sees the possibility of a similar performance following this crisis.A changing worldWe already know Buffett dumped his holdings in the airlines. At the meeting, he said: “I don’t know whether two or three years from now that as many people will fly as many passenger miles as they did last year.”  And, as Andrew Ross Sorkin pointed out in the NYT article, the phrase “I don’t know” came up a lot in his utterances. And that strikes me as a big change from the confidence he’s always displayed during previous economic set-backs.Buffett expressed his concerns that a drop in travel could affect the wider economy and employment. He pointed to vulnerable sectors such as energy, real estate, retailing, and banking. He reckons it’s possible that a domino effect could cause many sectors to struggle in the years ahead.Naturally, Buffett is as bullish as ever for the long-term. But, for now, and perhaps for years, my read is that we find ourselves in a stock-picker’s market perhaps more than ever before. So, to follow Buffett and get rich beginning with this stock market recovery, I’d be cautious and choose shares carefully. I’d also buy shares with a long-term holding horizon in mind. Warren Buffett! Could following him help you get rich in this stock market recovery? “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Kevin Godbold | Monday, 11th May, 2020 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. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Kevin Godboldcenter_img Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Berkshire Hathaway (B shares) and recommends the following options: long January 2021 $200 calls on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares), short January 2021 $200 puts on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares), and short June 2020 $205 calls on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares). 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: 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! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.last_img read more

The Leap 3/3/20

first_imgReddIt Twitter Linkedin Brittany is the Executive Producer of The Leap for TCU360. She is a journalism major and criminal justice minor from Mansfield, Texas. In her free time, Brittany enjoys exercising and catching up on pop culture. Brittany Kaskohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brittany-kasko/ Brittany Kasko The Leap 2/11/20 TCU News Now 4/24/20 + posts Previous articleLive results: Super TuesdayNext articleBaseball blows lead to UTA in extra innings Brittany Kasko RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The LEAP 10/22/20 The Leap 2/4/20 The Leap 1/28/20center_img The Leap 2/18/20 TCU News Now 8/26/20 Facebook Twitter printTCU’s unscripted, pop culture talk show with lifestyle updates, celebrity gossip and today’s hot topics. This week we have topics from a new Bachelorette, the most talked about Netflix show and more! Brittany Kaskohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brittany-kasko/ Brittany Kaskohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brittany-kasko/ Linkedin Brittany Kaskohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brittany-kasko/ Facebook ReddItlast_img read more

Moville Community Against Water Metres will not accept Irish Water apology

first_img WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleTyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan doubtful for Ulster SFC openerNext articleDerry man facing jail after admitting drugs charges admin Facebook Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Twitter Moville Community Against Water Metres will not accept Irish Water apology Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterestcenter_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp The Moville Community Against Water Metres Group have said they will not be accepting an apology they have received from Irish Water.The group demanded an apology after they claimed that a number of people in the area have been abused when they’ve asked Irish Water engineers not to install a metre on their properties.Irish Water did apologise for any inconvenience or distress caused as a result of meter installation in Moville.But Chairperson of the Moville Community Against Water Metres Group, Enda Craig says the apology is not good enough:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/endac1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By admin – May 13, 2015 Google+ Google+ Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Professional dilemmas

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Professional dilemmasOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Doyou have an e-learning problem? Then ask our experts to find a solution. E-mailit to the address at the bottom of the pageQIs an e-learning pilot a good idea before full-blown implementation or can ittake you down a road that may not be suitable for all of your e-learning needs?AThere is no right or wrong answer to this question as every organisation hasdifferent needs. Any successful e-learning implementation requires buy-in atthe highest level in line with a clearly defined strategy. However, positivefeedback from in-house e-learners is often the catalyst for additional funds orthe creation of a wider range of e-learning materials.JCB,for example, felt the best way to gain buy-in from its global dealer networkfor a move away from classroom training to e-learning delivery was to produce ashort pilot programme. Each dealer was invited to participate and providefeedback to shape the potential implementation. This was vital in convincingthe JCB board that e-learning should be an intrinsic part of its dealerdevelopment strategy.Oncea strategy has been defined we recommend some key messages for pilotimplementations:–Adopt a ‘go and grow’ approach – don’t let individual projects get out of handor suffer from ‘scope creep’. –Catch the wave – ensure enthusiasm for early initiatives is maintained byfeeding a range of new courses to learners.–Encourage learner feedback – listen to e-learners and use their feedback todictate future content purchases or creation. –Focusing on the needs of the learners and the business, rather than thetechnology and the size of the content library, is already providing benefitsfor many UK companies. Whatmany of these approaches had in common were detailed discussions aboutprecisely what would follow while the pilot was being commissioned andproduced. Whilethere is a fine line between a genuine pilot and committing to an unprovenstrategy, beware the “is that it?” response. E-learning programmescan take time to produce so it is important the pilot plays a defined role inthe implementation strategy and that it is not seen as an isolated project fromthe main programme.Responseprovided by Robin Hoyle, ebc’s chief learning architect at www.ebc.co.uk Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Coaching takes to the road

first_imgCoaching takes to the roadOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. MikeAvery explains how Unipart tackled the challenge of delivering a customer caretraining programme across 300 branches, to 3,500 staff, in just eight weeksDelivering Customer Service Excellence Designed by: Waterman’s Training, The Abbey Brewery, Market Cross,Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9AS Phone: 01666 825123 Fax: 01666 825233 www.watermans.uk.comWhen the Unipart Group of Companies decided on a programme to improve levelsof customer service in the Autoparts and Brown Brothers branches, our seniormanagement realised we were facing a substantial training and logisticalchallenge. The objective was to train all branch members from drivers tocounter staff, not just managers and sales staff. However, with 3,500 staff based at in more than 300 branches, the demands ofkeeping each branch functioning through the training timeframe of only eightweeks, required a creative approach. While Unipart has significant trainingresources within the group, we recognised that to meet this challenge we weregoing to need some external support. We selected Waterman’s Training to design and manage the programme, as theconsultancy listened to our particular needs and designed a schedule to meetour requirements, to suit our organisation and our staff. We appreciated thefact that it did not attempt to thrust a pre-packaged solution on us – theprogramme developed for us was branded the Customer Delight Roadshow. Instant delivery A typical Unipart customer can be anything from a garage, an individualmechanic running his own business up to a large corporate account such as ATS,Kwik-Fit, Sainsbury’s Homebase, Asda, or other retail outlet. Our customersexpect instant service and delivery. If they do not get it they will, quiterightly, go elsewhere. We know that we need to ‘delight’ our customers in orderto continue to succeed as a business. The objectives of the roadshow were to enable staff to identify thosecustomer service behaviours that would give their customers most advantage, toresolve problems on behalf of their customers and to be more proactive indelighting customers. The challenges we faced were the sheer volume of staff tobe trained and the geographical spread of those staff. Logistics The solution Waterman’s proposed, and delivered, was designed with all theseissues in mind. To bring this number of people together for one or two days wasneither practical nor cost-effective, so the event was designed to be anextremely high-impact training course, with a memorable and engaging fishingtheme, which could be delivered in half a day. In total the roadshow was rolledout to 3,500 staff at 20 venues across the country. Waterman’s undertook to manage the logistical side of the project. Itsuggested suitable geographical locations so that branch members would bewithin a 90-minute drive of the venue, sent out invitations to branch managersin different regions, co-ordinated the 3,500 nominations received from themanagers and then booked 30 people at a time onto each half-day roadshow,sourced venues, liaised with conference organisers at each venue – to arrangethe resources required, room layout and refreshment arrangements – sent outmaps and joining instructions to branches and, importantly, tracked and keptUnipart informed of budgetary spend. For an event of this scale, it was key tothe project that our training partner could undertake this integral element ofthe programme organisation.At each venue we ran two sessions a day for two orthree days. Each session had 30 participants at café-style tables of five,designed to encourage participation, teamwork and communication. We wanted toimpart something of genuine value that the attendees could implement back atthe workplace, leading to a more involved role in customer care. Practical outcomes The practical changes we wanted to see in our branches after the roadshowwere:- – Physical changes in customer feedback – Branch managers wanting more training for their teams – Sales increasing/repeat business – Reduced staff turnover – Change in attitude to a more positive outlook – Less absenteeism The brief we gave to Waterman’s for the roadshows was that they should havelots of pizzazz, fun, colour, music and get over the key learning points in an easy-to-understandway. The events began with each group stating two things it hoped to get out ofthe session and two things it didn’t want the session to involve. Park sheetswere introduced and their role as an unattributed hotline to management was explained.We found these sheets generated several easy ways to implement ideas whichprovided quick ‘wins’ after the events. Best practices Each group came up with the best examples of customer service it hadachieved, witnessed or heard about. Effective organisations share best practiceand so the groups visited each other to share and discuss their chosen example,and how it might be implemented. Exercises were undertaken to make staff see things from the customer’sperspective, to look at their branches as a customer would see them and todiscuss what changes would give Unipart’s customers the biggest advantages. Foreach of these ideas the trainers helped the groups to come up with a list of‘what’ and ‘how’ actions, so that the practicalities of implementing new ideascould be understood. Two group members stayed at the flipchart with the ideas,while the others travelled the room discussing the ideas of each of the othergroups. Common themes and areas of consensus soon became apparent and these weresummarised by the trainers. The well-known US video Fish!, distributed in the UK by Video Arts, becamethe theme of the events. It looks at customer service in a completely differentenvironment – a Seattle fishmarket. Reviewing the video and its examples ofcustomer service, good and bad, gave our staff the opportunity to considertheir ideas in the context of these examples. Problem-solving Problem-solving techniques were next on the agenda. Brainstorming, FishboneAnalysis and the Five Why’s were explained and their suitability to differentsituations were discussed, as was the importance of writing everything down andleaving ideas to incubate. The groups even found time to run through a complexissue using the Five Why’s to get to the real problem. Each Roadshow wasconcluded with the group selecting three customer service behaviours (CSBs),with their associated ‘what’ and ‘how’, to take back to their branches forimplementation or further work. The outcome of just half a day’s training was that staff went back to theirbranches with concrete ideas about practical changes they could make to improvethe customer service they delivered. They also left equipped withproblem-solving techniques to enable them to deal with issues more effectivelyin their branches. Involvement Many of our people, such as drivers and counter staff, were very pleased tobe involved. The role of these people is vital to delivering customer service,and it is difficult to bring them together for training purposes – so often theirmanagers become involved in the training and are then expected to pass onguidelines and messages. However, this method tends to overlook the effect ofbeing personally involved in the wider training process. As their presence wasactively sought, our attendees saw that they really matter to Unipart and theiropinions are valid and clearly regarded as important to the company. Developer’s view We believe that any training programme delivered on a substantial scaleshould be tailor-made to suit the specific needs, culture and practicalrequirements of an organisation. This is where the success of a programme suchas the Customer Delight Roadshow is determined. Trying to shoehorn a set ofcomplex needs and circumstances into an off-the-peg solution will not deliverthe return on investment clients require. Taking 3,500 staff out of the day-to-day running of a business was a hugecommitment to improving customer service at Unipart. Our response was to condense a substantial learning experience, and the preparationof an individual action plan, into just a few hours, while still delivering assubstantial a benefit to Unipart as possible. Have you tried & tested a brilliant courselately?If so, let us know. Contact Stephanie Sparrow at [email protected]  or by fax on 020-8652 8805American video Fish! is one of aseries distributed in the UK by Video Arts. It can be ordered direct from thecompany for  £445, including a guide andplaybook. Telephone  0207 637 7288 extn3257VerdictBreaking down barriers with inspirationThis was inspirational training delivered by training professionals and webelieve the effects are substantial and will have long-term impact. Staff self-esteem and confidence were improved and the coursesimmediately had the effect of empowering people to get totally involved inputting things right. The process broke down barriers across departments andimproved interdepartmental communications hugely. The programme was designed to meet our specific needs andrequirements. It suited our organisation and our staff and it successfultackled the practical issues of geographical spread and limited staffavailability.Overall rating    * * * * *Value for money * * * *Organisation * * * * *Quality of experience * * * *Effectiveness of meeting * * * * *Business needs fun * * * *(key    *  = Disappointing   * * * * *  = excellent)last_img read more

IndianOil clears plan for $2.41bn integration project at Gujarat refinery

first_imgThe petrochemical and lube integration project will increase the Gujarat refinery’s capacity from 13.7 million tonnes per annum to 18 million tonnes per annum The integration project will increase the Gujarat refinery’s capacity to 18 million tonnes per annum. (Credit: SatyaPrem from Pixabay) Oil marketing firm IndianOil Corporation (IOC) board has approved the implementation of the INR178.250bn ($2.41bn) petrochemical and lube integration project at the Gujarat refinery.The project is expected to increase the Gujarat refinery’s capacity to 18 million tonnes per annum (MTPA).It will also result in integration to petrochemicals with the production of 500-kilo tonnes per annum polypropylene, the firm said.In a press statement, IndianOil said: “The project would be a building block for production of niche chemicals in future with a potential to increase petrochemical and speciality products integration index on incremental crude oil throughput which would enhance the Corporate margins of lndianOil.”The project also includes the production of Lube Oil Base Stock (LOBS) of 235 kilo tonnes per annum.Gujarat Refinery currently has 13.7 MTPA of processing capacityExpansion of the Gujarat Refinery, which was commissioned in 1966, has taken place in phases over the years from 2 MTPA to current 13.7 MTPA.The Gujarat Refinery, which has about 40 operating units, processes indigenous and imported crudes into LPG, petrol, diesel, ATF and other petroleum products.In 2017, IOC approved the expansion project that will see the installation of a new 15 MTPA Atmospheric Vacuum Unit (AVU) and its associated utilities at the refinery.At that time, IndianOil chairman Sanjiv Singh said: “Gujarat Refinery, which went on stream in October 1965 as a 1mmtpa unit, heralded India’s capabilities to build refineries on its own. In the same vein, we are now proposing to incorporate IndianOil’s own R&D technologies for both IndMax and kerosene hydro-desulphurisation units.“The IndMax unit is being designed for high yields of propylene, for which a polypropylene (PP) unit of 420 mmtpa capacity is being set up as a downstream petrochemical unit as part of the refinery configuration.”last_img read more

Mayoral Candidate Gail Riecken Rides Howell Route

first_imgRiecken And Riney Discuss The METS Service On City WestsideEvansville, IN – Mayoral candidate Gail Riecken rode the METS Howell Route #12 today with Perry Township Trustee Rick Riney to show support for one of the routes that is in danger of being consolidated.“Easy and convenient access to public transportation is important to so many people in Evansville,” said Riecken.  “Not everyone can afford to own a car, but everyone needs a way to get to work or shop.  Having to walk an extreme distance from a bus stop to your home in bad weather, with no sidewalks, and with no streetlights can be not only inconvenient but can be dangerous.  If you have to walk in the street, it’s dark and you have your children with you.”Riecken cited accessibility to routes and the safety of riders as they travel to the route as one of her concerns with the potential consolidation of routes.  She also pointed out that many people in Evansville use METS as a method of transportation to go food shopping, taking their kids to school and getting to and from their jobs.Perry Township Trustee Rick Riney said “Overall, Westside residents are content with the current services provided, but the proposed new routes would have people walking up to 6, 8, or 10 blocks to get to a bus stop.“  He continued, “Many of these areas on the Westside have been part of the city for 50 plus years and still have no sidewalks, making these walks to the bus stops even harder and more dangerous.  This also makes it especially hard for handicap individuals in our community.  While Cities change, as do their dynamics, we cannot ignore the fact the West Side is still a well-populated, valuable part of our city.  Consolidating this route would be an unfair hardship on them.”Riney, the Perry Township Trustee, talked about the unfair hardships faced by residents of the Westside and that it would be worse with the new routes.  He also stated that Westside residents are okay with current routes and that this change would have an even greater effect on handicap members of the community.Gail Riecken is running for Mayor of Evansville and is a former Evansville City Council-woman, Evansville Parks Director, and a current member of the Indiana State House of Representatives.  She is a lifelong Evansville resident, has been married for 46 years, and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Indiana restaurants open Monday to 50% in-dining capacity

first_img Google+ Indiana restaurants open Monday to 50% in-dining capacity Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ Pinterest By Network Indiana – May 11, 2020 0 463 By Anthony92931 [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons Monday, May 11, will be the first day for restaurants to resume dine-in service and for personal service businesses to accept appointments since the state lockdown began six weeks ago, but face shields are a requirement for reopening.Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association president Patrick Tamm says the marketplace will be a lifeline for some restaurants who otherwise wouldn’t be able to purchase the needed equipment.But Tamm says it’ll be a “challenging” decision for some restaurants to decide whether to open up on the first day.Governor Holcomb’s order allowing onsite dining to resume limits restaurants to half their usual capacity, and Tamm acknowledges some customers may still be reluctant to venture out. He says restaurants will have to assess their price point, location, and market niche.Indiana’s two largest counties, Marion and Lake, can’t resume dine-in service until at least May 18 under Holcomb’s order, and the state’s hardest-hit county, Cass, must wait till at least Memorial Day. Monroe County, including the city of Bloomington, has issued its own local lockdown through May 15. Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articlePlan to reopen County-City Building getting underwayNext articleIndiana schools can now apply for $50,000 e-learning, tutoring grants Network Indianalast_img read more