My 2 favourite low-P/E shares with big earnings potential

first_img 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. It’s easy enough to find undervalued shares for your Self-Invested Personal Pension or Stocks and Shares ISA. The more difficult part is picking those companies with real growth potential.Even the best easy-access Cash ISA offers just 1.4% interest on your capital. That’s barely enough to cover the cost of inflation. Instead, I would choose shares that trade on a low price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple. That gives me the best chance to grow my wealth over time.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…On a missionIt’s ironic that marketing and advertising specialist The Mission Group (LSE:TMG) doesn’t attract many headlines. Investors just don’t seem that smitten. But dig a little deeper and you might be surprised. A P/E ratio of just 10.5 looks very cheap, given that TMG has turned in decent profits on appreciating revenue for the past five years.This AIM-listed firm hasn’t yet attracted the attention of many City analysts, whose forecasts shine a spotlight on underappreciated companies across the FTSE. A market cap of just £75m could be another reason this little gem has flown under the radar.Like one of my best picks of last year, TP Group, the TMG share price has just slowly ticked upwards, adding 60% from its 60p price in February 2019 to a high of 96p in November that year. At last count the shares were trading at a 6% discount from their all time high.A January trading update for the year ended 31 December 2019 showed the group with £5.8m profits on £159.9m revenue. Chair David Morgan confirmed that TMG should be debt-free by the end of 2020, adding: “More than ever, I am convinced that our positioning as a nimble and entrepreneurial group is right for our times.” I would agree.Building growthFTSE 250 housebuilder Vistry Group (LSE:VTY) has a very tidy looking balance sheet, certainly more so than larger competitors like Persimmon.Last year, the company formerly known as Bovis Homes posted record profits with a net cash position of £362m, up from £126m. This was helped by a 3% hike in the number of completed new homes, a growing average selling price, and land acquisitions producing gross margins of 26% and 25% return on capital employed.Recent appreciation in the share price means a cracking 6% yield has dropped to more like 4.3%. But we’re not only interested in VTY for the dividends. There are plenty of high-yield FTSE 100 companies that can do that particular job for your money.The shares are now trading at a very reasonable P/E ratio of 13.8. When taking forecast earnings into account that drops to more like 10, which I say is very cheap for such a quality business.Vistry said it produced a “significant step-up” in sales across 2019, with the average sales per outlet up from 0.5 the previous year to 0.58 this time round.Full-year results for the 12 months ended 31 December 2019 are due out on 27 February and with chief executive Greg Fitzgerald highlighting a “strong” forward sales position the share price could go off like a rocket from here. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” My 2 favourite low-P/E shares with big earnings potential Tom Rodgers | Wednesday, 12th February, 2020 | More on: TMG VTY 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. Tom Rodgers owns shares in The Mission Group. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. 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Canadian Team Busts a Move at the Rugby World Cup

first_imgWednesday Oct 12, 2011 Canadian Team Busts a Move at the Rugby World Cup The Canadian team busts a move in Napier, New Zealand. Thanks to The Crowd Goes Wild.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error RWC Extra Related Articles 502 WEEKS AGO Alesana Tuilagi smashes a reporter 502 WEEKS AGO All Blacks victory parade in Auckland with… 502 WEEKS AGO IRB Awards 2011 Highlights From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHere’s the Purpose of These Little Bumps in the F and J Keys on Your KeyboardNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Cabin in the Woods / Rangr Studio

first_imgCopyHouses•Southampton, United States ArchDaily Projects Houses Photographs CopyAbout this officeRangr StudioOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSouthamptonOn FacebookUnited StatesPublished on August 12, 2020Cite: “Cabin in the Woods / Rangr Studio” 12 Aug 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Paul Warchol+ 19Curated by Paula Pintos Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/944069/cabin-in-the-woods-rangr-studio Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/944069/cabin-in-the-woods-rangr-studio Clipboard 2013 Architects: Rangr Studio Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img Area:  3500 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Vibia, Artemide, Bega, Flos, Liebherr, Miele, Subzero/Wolf, The Lighting Quotient, Spanish Cedar, Steng, TW Finestra, Thea, TrimbleDesign Team:Jasmit Rangr, Jason RobertsEngineering:Silman Structural EngineersLandscape:Jasmit RangrCity:SouthamptonCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Paul WarcholRecommended ProductsBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXConcealed Blind System – One-BoxDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineText description provided by the architects. Three long cantilevers on the top of a secluded hill give the spaces of the house commanding views into the woods and the feeling of being suspended in the trees. The living and dining spaces combine to form a Great Room, with a wall of sliding glass doors looking out onto the pool and deck.Save this picture!© Paul WarcholThe house, for a young family of five, contains two master suites and three additional bedrooms, allowing the owners to accommodate friends with their children. The large screen porch, on one of the cantilevered ends of the house, contains an outdoor fireplace and creates the feeling of being in a tree house.Save this picture!© Paul WarcholSave this picture!PlansSave this picture!© Paul WarcholThe pool’s design creates the illusion of a body of water tautly suspended between two stone walls with the infinity edge beckoning to the trees beyond.Save this picture!© Paul WarcholProject gallerySee allShow lessHome on the Hill / Arun Nalapat ArchitectsSelected ProjectsCowork Karakorum 701 / OCUPAR estudioSelected Projects Share “COPY” Cabin in the Woods / Rangr Studio “COPY” Photographs:  Paul Warchol Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project United States Cabin in the Woods / Rangr StudioSave this projectSaveCabin in the Woods / Rangr Studio Year: last_img read more

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A House in Hoi An / lequang-architects

first_img Houses Save this picture!© Chimnon studio+ 28Curated by Hana Abdel Share ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/960972/a-house-in-hoi-an-lequang-architects Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/960972/a-house-in-hoi-an-lequang-architects Clipboard CopyHouses, Community Center•Hội An, Vietnam 2020 A House in Hoi An / lequang-architectsSave this projectSaveA House in Hoi An / lequang-architects Area:  180 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project A House in Hoi An / lequang-architects Save this picture!© Chimnon studioRecommended ProductsWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. The site is located on the riverbank in Cam Thanh commune, at the corner of a junction in a small village surrounded by a typical agricultural landscape in Hoi An ancient town of Quang Nam province. owner of the house – Ms. Giang is an environmental expert, she thinks about the house as a space mixed with local greenery landscape. It is also necessary to be a space with enough tranquility for the education’s target that she directed towards her son who needs a certain condition to grow up.Save this picture!© Chimnon studioSave this picture!Plan – Ground floorSave this picture!© Chimnon studioThis house is not only a small house for four people to live in, it is also a place where the birds, the spiders, or insects find shelter in the foliage. Furthermore, it is a mini-community center where the host works with her environmental activist group and meets with neighbors to build community bonds as she wished when moving from Saigon – a crowded city with 12 million people to retreat in this countryside village.Save this picture!© Chimnon studioSave this picture!© Chimnon studioThese fragments of hope arise in her mind, which is an ideal condition for us to create an organization with an overlap in space occupation. The house in my vision is a traditional shophouse in Hoi An ancient town but rolled up like a snail-shell. It is also built with these local materials at a very affordable cost.Save this picture!© Chimnon studioThe spaces on the ground floor of the house are first raised along with a large garden and then we spread it out in this garden. I think it’s functional groups set in a garden rather than a garden set in a house. For example, in the dining room, the floor is both the floor but also a large bench placed in the garden, where people doing teamwork but also be a large bench that inviting neighbors to talk in the edge of the garden. Just like a language, it is an organization of discrete objects, when they standing side by side, they find their meaning.Save this picture!© Chimnon studio‘Structure’ of the house is a word that has two meanings. First, it is the combination and motor mechanisms of the different parts that make up the whole, such as its snail-shell organization that is resistant to flooding. Second, it is the combination of the relationships between elements inside the house and factors outside the house (eg its social structure with the agricultural landscape). This house has created two kinds of structures.Save this picture!© Chimnon studioObviously, with the pre-engineered steel structure leaning against the thick walls on the ground floor, people could see the exposed structure of the house, but it was from visual expression. Also, internally, human activities are encouraged to occur under different scenarios, which create different boundaries of space. Thanks to that, the shape of the space changes, it promotes the activities of people and neighbors to create a mixture of spaces that blend together and create the complete house.Save this picture!© Chimnon studioSave this picture!© Chimnon studioTo share more about the structure, I think the rectangle shape inside a distorted site’s perimeter has become the focus of visual attention and guides the user. When I think about how to capture that moment, I see it as elements chained around this rectangle to form a living entity. The house is like a tree, it creates different gaps, different shades, it becomes beautiful not only by the parts exposed to sunlight but also in the parts that fade into the darkness. I think the unification of a tree is how ‘structure’ becomes ‘architecture’. Project gallerySee allShow lessThe Splash Installation / ArttendersSelected ProjectsMole House / Adjaye AssociatesSelected Projects Share Vietnam “COPY” Photographs Photographs:  Chimnon studio Architects: lequang-architects Area Area of this architecture project Lead Architects: “COPY” Year:  Le Quang, Nguyen Vinh Trung, Nguyen Thanh Tung Nguyen Manh Dung, Duong Minh Man Projects CopyAbout this officelequang-architectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPublic ArchitectureCommunityCommunity centerHội AnOn FacebookVietnamPublished on May 03, 2021Cite: “A House in Hoi An / lequang-architects” 03 May 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Congresswoman Chu Endorses Lee For Pasadena School Board

first_img 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. Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News 20 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena, on Monday endorsed Pasadena Unified School District Board Education candidate Jennifer Hall Lee.“I have had the opportunity to work with Jennifer, both through her work on the Altadena Town Council as well as her efforts in establishing the Women’s History Month Assembly at Eliot Art Magnet Academy, where I had the pleasure of serving as keynote speaker,” Chu said.“Over the years, she has shown her commitment and love for her community and I can’t think of a more capable individual to serve on the PUSD School Board,” Chu said.Lee is running for the board’s District 2 seat in the Nov. 3 election against Wayne Hammack and Mike Crowley. The candidates are vying for the seat currently held by PUSD Boardmember Roy Boulghorjian, who did not file the necessary nominating papers for re-election. Lee is the only woman in the three-person race,Lee has served on the Altadena Town Council for six years. She is the current chair of the Town Council’s Education Committee. She has also chaired the Eliot Arts Annual Fund for Eliot Arts Magnet Academy, the PUSD middle School in Altadena.Along with Chu, Lee’s endorsements include United Teachers of Pasadena, The Los Angeles County Democratic Party, the California School Employees Association (CSEA), the National Women’s Political Caucus, Planned Parenthood Advocates, Jim Osterling, president/chair of the PCC Board of Trustees, former Pasadena Mayor William Paparian, ACT, Democrats of Pasadena Foothills, and Foothill Community Democrats.“It was wonderful to have Congresswoman Chu keynote the Women’s History Month Assembly. The assembly, a PUSD middle school collaborative, is now recognized by ACSA (Association of California School Administrators) Region #15,” Lee said.“Having her endorsement is exciting,” Lee said of Chu. “I am honored.” Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Business News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 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 Subscribe Community News Congresswoman Chu Endorses Lee For Pasadena School Board STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, October 5, 2020 | 2:18 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News last_img read more

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HR: Positive Resignation – How to hand in your notice

first_imgHR: Positive Resignation – How to hand in your noticeShared from missc on 8 Jan 2015 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Read full article Comments are closed.center_img A question that all HR/recruitment professionals get asked on at least a semi regular basis is: “How should I resign?”. The real answer is, there is no textbook answer as there are so many variables and moving parts involved relevant to e.g. company, manager, your professional style etc. but there are definitely a whole lot of wrong ways to do it. Here’s my 4 small tips that hopefully will offer some piece of mind during what in most cases is an awkward conversation (at best), and help it flow with a little more ease and hopefully avoid friction or burned bridges.Tip 1: No matter how much you might feel like it, don’t use the flaws of the company/manager as your reason for leaving. This is not the time or the place to have this conversation. My advice would be that if there is a burning desire inside you to offer some constructive criticism, do so at an exit interview in a rational and balanced manner. Instead use the positive points of why you have chosen to accept the new role as the reason for your departure.Tip 2: I’m firmly of the belief that we never stop learning and thus regardless of if you feel it has been the most fulfilling role or not, think of the lessons you’ve learned and thank your manager/company for the opportunity to have learned and grown as a professional.Tip 3: Unless extenuating circumstances dictate otherwise, wherever possible be willing to work your full contractual notice period. Make arrangements as such so as to make your transition out of the company as smooth as possible.Tip 4: If not already part of process, offer your time to have an “exit meeting/interview” with your line manager with the aim of trying to shed light on where in your opinion, the organisation could improve. This is where you can offer your CONSTRUCTIVE feedback and show that you are not harbouring any ill feelings due to some negative experiences but instead are aiming to offer your opinion to ensure other employees don’t feel the same thing.These are by no means complicated steps and is relatively “back to basics” kind of stuff but I hope it will give some piece of mind to anyone who may be looking for a little direction on ways to part ways in a positive light. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Online firm is first estate agency in the UK to offer iBuyer service

first_imgOnline estate agency Emoov is the latest organisation but the first agent in the UK to launch a US-style iBuyer service.This follows the Guild’s launch of a very similar platform in February last year and the launch of Net Ventures-backed Offerpal a few months later.All three services are unusual – and for same agents controversial – because they step in and buy a vendor’s property if a buyer can’t be found in the traditional way.Emoov, which is owned by proptech platform Mashroom, enables sellers to list their properties and, if they have not been sold within 30 days, they can request an offer directly from Emoov.This means that for the first time in the UK an estate agency is offering to get involved directly in the transaction rather than merely facilitating it, a concept some traditional agents are uncomfortable with.This is also different from the Guild’s service, which enables its member to pass on iBuyer leads rather than directly becoming involved in buying the property.In the US approximately 5% of homes are sold via iBuyer platforms such as Zillow and Opendoor and but in some states up to 40% of vendors consider using them.The price Emoov offers will be the market value of the property, minus the cost of buying and reselling it. That cost varies from property to property, typically ranging from 3% to 7% of the value.Stepan Dobrovolskiy, CEO of Mashroom, says: “Property chains are a pain for the UK housing market: 30% of transactions fall through, people waste hundreds of millions a year on fees.“The existing solutions capitalise on the huge distress that chains are causing to customers. This is also driven by the short-sightedness of service providers and unavailability of data.”offerpal ibuyer Opendoor Mashroom Emoov zillow March 4, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 4th March 2021 at 9:36 amWill Emoov become i-moov, if so surely it will cease to be an online model and simply be a buyer model, which exists already with many private companies who buy in property all around the UK, some on a very large scale. Given that Emoov has less than 100 properties on its books, this is a very strange development. If it listed say 60,000 properties a year like Purplebricks, an i-buyer model to ‘help’ distressed vendors might make sense. In the US many offer the i-buyer service, but the public eschews it as the devil is in the detail and they decide it is better to stay with sale by private treaty, rather than selling at a discount and taking a hit.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Online firm is first estate agency in the UK to offer iBuyer service previous nextProptechOnline firm is first estate agency in the UK to offer iBuyer serviceEmoov has launched its US-style iBuyer service following launches by the Guild and proptech platform Offerpal last year.Nigel Lewis4th March 20211 Comment526 Viewslast_img read more

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EXPLAINER: How Taiwan figures in US-China ties under Biden

first_imgTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — It didn’t take long for relations with China to become an issue for new U.S. President Joe Biden. A show of force by the Chinese air force off Taiwan last weekend prompted a U.S. response, even as Biden and his administration focus on pressing domestic issues in what is still their first week in office. The U.S. State Department issued a statement urging China “to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan” after a dozen Chinese warplanes entered the self-governing island’s air defense identification zone on Saturday. China then sent 16 more planes on Sunday. The Taiwan issue will likely remain a source of friction in U.S.-China relations.last_img

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SMC club sponsors bone marrow registry drive

first_imgSaint Mary’s Stand Up To Cancer student club will host a bone marrow registry drive for students and the Michiana community Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Reignbeaux Lounge of Le Mans Hall.Junior Allison Lukomski said the event is a special way for students to help make a life-changing difference in the lives of cancer patients everywhere. Lukomski said she matched with a cancer patient this past summer and recently donated blood stem cells to her match.“I registered to become a possible match because it was an event that the Saint Mary’s College Stand Up To Cancer club was running,” Lukomski said. “Never once did I question doing this. I just felt that there was no reason not to join. In my head, I just thought to myself ‘this could save a life, why shouldn’t I join?’”When Lukomski donated at last year’s drive, she said she never thought she would be matched with anyone.“Never did I think I would be matched in a million years,” she said. “Little to my disgrace, it was the perfect timing. Being a junior in college, I tend to get caught up in the hype of having good grades, getting ready to apply to grad schools, etc., but by being matched, I had to realize how important things in my life really are.”Less than six months after joining the list, Lukomski said she learned she had been matched with a 60-year-old female recipient with myelodysplastic syndrome.“Since the majority of matches are from the patient’s family members, I realized when I was matched that I was her only chance because no one in her family was her match,” she said. “It is a lot to emotionally take on at once, but I had my family supporting me, and they reminded me that this was something that God had planned for my recipient and me.”Lukomski currently does not know how her recipient is recovering, but she said she will be notified around Nov. 23 as to how her recipient’s body responded to her stem cells.A note, written by Lukomski, was delivered to her match along with the donated stem cells, but Lukomski said she was not allowed to include any personal information in the note.“I will have the chance to write her only through [the national marrow donor program] Be The Match if my recipient is willing,” she said. “The same goes for meeting her. Through the rules of the organization, we cannot meet until a full year has passed from her receiving the donation. I would love to meet her at that point, and I hope she feels the same.”Lukomski said she is encouraging fellow students to join the list of possible donors this Friday at the drive.“Why wouldn’t you want to potentially have the ability to save a life?” she said. “At any time throughout the process, you have the choice to say that you no longer wish to continue. It is your choice to even agree to start the process. So I would encourage everyone to just join the list. The swab of your check does not hurt. If you get selected for the donation process, you as the donor can stop the process and decline it at anytime. You are in full control of what happens to you.”The donation itself did not hurt at all, as Lukomski said she was given injections of filgrastim five days prior to her donation day.“My body was achey, but that is expected,” she said. “Filgrastim is a drug that increases the number of blood-forming cells, bone marrow cells in my bloodstream. That was the only thing that caused me pain, the constant ache I had from the drug doings its job. It was nothing horrible, just a constant ache. Other than that, I did not experience any pain.”By joining the registration list, Lukomski said students provide hope to people fighting for their lives and may even change their futures.“That is why I love this organization,” she said. “They are saving lives through the strength and help of strangers. It never hurts to try something, and this is a chance to do something that is bigger than yourself and to feel like you made a difference. Join because you want to make a difference and save a life.”Lukomski is extremely grateful for the support she has received from her family, boyfriend and his family throughout the entire process, she said.“Without them being there for me, the process of donating would not have been as wonderful,” she said. “I wanted my family with me throughout everything I did, and I was lucky that they were there. But the most important thing that I am grateful for throughout this experience is that I was selected to save a life.”Even without meeting her recipient or having any knowledge of her identity, Lukomski said she considers her match a part of her family.“I cannot imagine what my recipient and her family have gone through,” she said. “Without meeting her or knowing anything about her, she is now a part of my family, and that is what made this whole experience so rewarding.“It is the ability to save a life. Sure there will be fears and some pain, but in the long run the outcome makes every fear and pain worth it. As college students, I think we sometimes get caught up in our lives of planning for grad schools and getting a job after graduation. I believe that by me being matched was my way of realizing that I need to start looking at the really important things in life, like life itself.”Tags: Bone Marrow Donor, bone marrow registry, cancer, Stand Up to Cancerlast_img read more

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Vermont Health Centers get $1.5 million in stimulus funds

first_imgIn another round of economic stimulus funds for Vermont, eight community health centers in the state will receive more than $1.5 million to expand services and create jobs. The Vermont grants include $229,967 for Community Health Centers of The Rutland Region in Bomoseen; $157,958 for Little Rivers Health Care of Bradford; $294,562 for Community Health Center of Burlington; $192,281 for Community Health Services of the Lamoille Valley in Morrisville; $146,390 for The Health Center of Plainfield;  $164,980 for the Richford Health Center in Richford; $254,463 for Northern Counties Health Care in St. Johnsbury, and $100,000 for Springfield Medical Care Systems in Springfield. This is one of the most significant steps forward that we have seen in decades in addressing the primary health care crisis in our country, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said of the funds, part of $2 billion for Federally Qualified Health Centers included at his urging in the economic recovery bill that Congress passed on February 13. Health centers provide affordable primary care, dental care, mental health services and low-cost prescription drugs.Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said community health centers are part of Vermont s health care infrastructure. Rural areas like much of Vermont depend on these vital community-based resources to ensure the availability of local dependable health care services.  Even so, some Vermonters are still without a regular source of care.  With this timely addition of funds from the economic recovery plan, Vermont s eight Community Health Centers can reach more Vermonters during these difficult economic times. Vermont s community health care centers have played an extraordinary role in ensuring that Vermonters can see a doctor when they need medical attention, said Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.). This additional funding will help health centers reach more patients with quality services, which is all the more important as Vermonters continue to struggle in this difficult economy.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the Vermont grants as part of $338 million distributed nationwide to expand services offered at the nation s community health centers. In an earlier round of funds released under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Springfield Hospital was awarded $1.3 million to become Vermont s eighth Federally Qualified Health Center. With that addition, health centers will provide primary health care to more than 100,000 Vermonters regardless of their ability to pay.A cost-effective alternative to hospital emergency rooms, community health centers offer basic services like prenatal care, childhood immunizations and cancer screenings. Open to everyone, the centers care for patients covered by Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance as well as those who have no insurance.The National Association of Community Health Centers last night gave Sanders its 2009 Distinguished Community Health Champion Award, citing his dedication and leadership ¦to preserve, strengthen and expand access to quality health care.WASHINGTON, March 27last_img read more

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