Is it worth buying BT shares now they’re cheap?

first_img BT (LSE: BT.A) shares have clocked up one of the worst performances of all FTSE 100 stocks over the past five years. However, after the stock’s recent decline, the company looks cheap. But does this mean the shares are worth buying at current levels? They could be for investors with a long-term time horizon. 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…BT shares on offer Investor feeling towards BT shares has been falling for some time. It is easy to see why. Sentiment about the business has deteriorated as the company’s earnings have stagnated. The firm has also recently been forced to suspend its dividend, and it’s drowning in debt. Still, despite these issues, BT shares have some attractive qualities. For example, the company remains the UK’s largest telecommunications business. It’s unlikely to lose this crown as replicating the firm’s presence around the country could cost a competitor billions of pounds. It also has brand recognition. Most people in the UK have grown up with BT, and therefore, are more likely to trust the brand. And for fans of sport, BT Sport has the exclusive rights to some of the most important sporting events in the UK. These qualities give BT an edge over competitors. Nonetheless, they’ve not been enough to prevent BT shares from falling over the past few years. Are things about to change? The good news is that BT looks as if it is trying to change. The group’s decision to cut its dividend will free up cash for investment. Management is planning to spend billions over the next few years improving its service. Also, the company is rolling out new initiatives to improve relations with customers. This is something that’s been lacking in the past. These initiatives may help improve the company’s sales growth, but the firm’s debt will remain a problem. The group’s significant pension obligations may also continue to harm BT shares going forward. As such, BT’s reign as an FTSE 100 dividend champion may be over. If this is indeed the case, income investors may be better off looking elsewhere. That said, value investors who are willing to stick with the company through its transformation programme may be well rewarded in the years ahead if management’s efforts to rekindle growth start to pay off. BT certainly has the foundations in place to stage a significant recovery over the next few years, both from an operational and share price perspective. BT shares are trading at a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of just 5.6. That may suggest that the stock offers a margin of safety at current levels. The rest of the telecommunications sector is trading at an average P/E of 15!Therefore, investors with a long-term outlook may benefit from buying cheap BT shares today as part of a well-diversified portfolio.  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. Rupert Hargreaves 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. 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 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 5th July, 2020 | More on: BT-A Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Is it worth buying BT shares now they’re cheap? Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

Ocean City OKs Two Paths to Jump Start Bayside Dredging

first_imgA proposed temporary roadway would connect Roosevelt Boulevard in Ocean City (34th Street) with Site 83, the mound in the marshes where the city is permitted to deposit material dredged from the bottom of Ocean City’s lagoons and bayside channels. ALSO ON COUNCIL AGENDAThe dredging-related resolutions were part of a full council agenda that included the following actions:$2.1 MILLION FOR ROADS: Council unanimously approved the first reading of a bond ordinance that authorizes the spending of $2.1 million ($1,995,000 of it borrowed) to continue the next phases of Ocean City’s ongoing plan for road and drainage improvements. Finance Director Frank Donato said most of the work will be between 14th and 16th Streets from West Avenue to the bay (including side streets). Utility companies are finishing work in the area, and paving could begin in late winter. Second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Dec. 17.SHEDS: City Council gave final approval to an ordinance that eliminates a duplicate ordinance governing sheds.RENTAL UNIT FEES: City Council gave final approval to an ordinance eliminating mercantile license fees on units rented for more than 175 days. The fees will continue to exist for short-term rental units.EXTRA COSTS FOR DREDGING PLAN: City Council approved a resolution that adds $190,750 to a $787,500 contract for ACT Engineering to provide a comprehensive strategy to dredge Ocean City’s bayfront from tip to tip.EARLY MEETING ON DEC. 17: Council agreed to move the start time of its Dec. 17 meeting from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m. to avoid conflicts with various holiday celebrations.CRS RATING: Ocean City property owners can expect some savings on their flood insurance policies this spring as the island has moved up a level in the Community Rating System that governs premiums, according to Business Administrator Jim Mallon. City Council on Thursday (Dec. 3) unanimously approved two measures that could help restart Ocean City’s long-stalled efforts to dredge bayfront lagoons and channels that are too shallow for boat traffic at low tide.Both measures address the same problem: Ocean City is willing to spend money to dredge the bay, but it has no place to put the material it dredges.Council passed a resolution to spend $849,227 to build a temporary road across the marshes to help truck away material from one disposal site that is filled to capacity. Council also approved spending another $226,000 for an engineering company to design experimental plans to spray a thin layer of dredged material across a wide area of marshes.The road construction contract goes to Command Co Inc. of Egg Harbor City to provide truck access to a “confined disposal facility” (Site 83) in the marshes near Roosevelt Boulevard (34th Street). Work on the road possibly could begin early in the new year.Command Co Inc. was the lowest of nine bidders and any potential contract would be contingent on approval of a pending Army Corps of Engineers permit for the project. Clearing material from Site 83 would make room for new dredging projects to resume, because the site already is approved by environmental regulators.Council awarded a design contract to ACT Engineering Inc. to draft a wetlands restoration plan that would take advantage of a $2.6 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to experiment with a new technique to “create and stabilize wetlands” — essentially to spread a thin layer of dredged material over a wide area of the marshes.Dredging engineer Ram Mohan of Anchor QEA, LLC, an ACT Engineering subcontractor, told Ocean City residents in a presentation this summer that spraying a thin layer of material (6 to 12 inches) like rain across the marshes would increase the island’s ability to withstand storms and improve wildlife habitat at the same time.Part of the firm’s work will be to look at historic maps and images of the marshes to determine what can be restored. Three potential areas include the area south of Site 83 (potentially providing a better barrier to flooding along Roosevelt Boulevard), an area east of the Ocean City Municipal Airport, and Garrett’s Island (where the Route 52 Welcome Center is located).Plans would be the first step in a process subject to extensive environmental permitting studies, and on Thursday Councilman Mike DeVlieger asked for assurance that any potential work would not affect ecotourism in Ocean City. He acknowledged that any project involving wetlands would receive “ridiculous amounts” of oversight from regulators.Mayor Jay Gillian said the planning process would make sure “we get our facts straight and know exactly what’s going out there.” But he said experts are confident that the process can be beneficial to both wetlands and wildlife.“While expensive, it’s money well-spent,” DeVlieger said.last_img read more

Growing Our Generation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentStay connected to young Ohio farmers and ag professionals by subscribing to the Growing Our Generation e-newsletter. Discover insights and ideas directly from Ohio’s young farmers and food and agricultural professionals. Make ConnectionsGuest editors from across Ohio offer unique outlooks on current issues impacting young farmers.New OpportunitiesGet the latest on statewide events and learn how you can get involved in your community.Mobile FriendlyDelivered to your inbox every two weeks.SUBSCRIBEPAST FEATURED EDITORS Victoria Popp, Clermont CountyBrynn and Christian Hoffman, Fairfield CountyOhio State Fair editionExploreAg program internsCambell and Jessica Parrish, Champaign CountyHannah Schrader, Hocking CountyDoug and Lisa Kahlig, Mercer CountyMicaela Wright, Darke CountyEmily Krikke, Huron CountyMarissa Mulligan, Franklin CountyAdele Flynn, Lorain CountyAmanda Barndt, Wood CountyJD Bethel, Champaign County,Willie and Brooke Murphy, Clinton CountyBrady Campbell, Washington CountyMegan Lezzer, Wayne CountyErika Murray, Morrow CountyJ.L. and Jessica Draganic, Fayette CountyAnna Stroud, Brown CountySara Tallmadge, Ashland CountySam Cunningham, Muskingum CountyLeslie Cooksey, Pickaway CountyNick and Bailey Elchinger, Henry CountyDave and Elizabeth Petro, Ashtabula CountyMatt and Rachel Heimerl, Licking CountyKyle and Ashley Culp, Wood CountyLuke and Cassandra Dull, Montgomery CountyPeter and Sarah Motts, Stark CountyCharlie and Casey Ellington, Stark CountyWes and Brandi Montgomery, Fayette CountyDustin and Casey Converse, Union CountyAustin Heil, Hardin CountyKyle Smith, Clark CountyNick and Macy Staggs, Adams CountyJosh Henderson, Muskingum CountyJonathan and Shana Angel, Tuscarawas CountyJoe and Jennifer Osterholt, Licking CountySteve and Maggie Ruggles – Hancock CountyJake Bodimer, Gallia CountyAndy and Tera Wentling, Stark CountyDuayne and Monica Wetherell, Jefferson CountyKayla Weaver, Wyandot CountyAbby Snyder, Ross CountyTim and Sarah Terrill, Montgomery CountyNick and Becca Kocher, Crawford CountyTrish Levering, Knox CountyJennifer Wilson, Van Wert CountyGreg and Theresa Corcoran, Ross CountyChristen Clemson, Trumbull CountyDr. Emily Buck, Marion CountyElizabeth Long, Madison CountyAdam and Jess Campbell, Warren CountyLatham and Katie Farley, Montgomery CountyLyndsey Murphy, Champaign CountyEric and Shelly Prysi, Tuscarawas CountyDoug Toops, Clark CountyHannah Scott, Brown CountyMatt and Morgan Aultman, Darke CountyVictoria Shaw, Medina CountyRyan Conklin, Delaware CountyMarlene Eick, Delaware CountyTaysha Reitzel, Williams CountyKristin Reese, Fairfield CountyRon Burns, Union CountyRose Hartschuh, Crawford CountyDerek Schmitt, Fairfield CountyMichelle and Kelly Abfall, Athens CountyBrad Heimerl, Licking CountySarah and Aaron Heilers, Shelby CountyAndy and Danielle Burch, Columbiana CountyLiz and Matt Funderburgh, Union CountyGreg & Janet McGlinch, Darke CountyKarl Wedemeyer, Marion CountyDr. Terri Specht, Tuscarawas CountyAshton and Kyle Walls, Knox CountyNathan and Jennifer Brown, Highland County  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Can Blackbox Republic Breathe New Life Into the Online Love Market?

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#NYT#social networks#web Would you pay $25 per month to belong to a social network for “sex positive” Burning Man types, with extensive privacy controls and real-world events planning? Former enterprise collaboration software marketing exec Sam Lawrence has co-founded a new company that launches tonight and has raised $1 million in funding in the belief that enough people are looking for exactly that.Blackbox Republic argues that the transaction-focused dating site market is unfulfilling for millions of people around the world.He and co-founder April Donato just completed a 50 city tour around the US and have stories to tell about waitresses at roadside cafes crying out that a site like Blackbox is just what they’ve been looking for. If you’re familiar, and comfortable with, the phrase “sex positive” then Blackbox might be the site for you, too. I have very mixed feelings about the service, but it sure is interesting.Lawrence and Donato define the phrase “sex positive” as meaning “open enough about sexuality that it’s not an issue.” (How neutral became positive, I don’t know, people like this have a way of creeping up on you I guess.) They point to queer and bisexual pop-culture icons and big public festivals like Burning Man and Berlin’s giant Love Parade as examples of this paradigm spreading around the world. They also point to Wikipedia’s definition of the phrase. Blackbox believes it can create a safe, respectful and fulfilling social network for people who are into that kind of thing. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… If this sounds like over-privileged, care-free, irresponsible promiscuity to you – then you’re probably not in the target market. (I’m not.) Many people will likely appreciate some of the site’s features, like the fact that new users are unable to view profiles of anyone but other new users until they are “vouched for” by an established user. Lawrence and Donato have a messianic vision to disrupt the online dating industry and bring community to a large and unserved group of people. A portion of each month’s membership fee will be donated to a charity of each user’s choice, creating another layer of connection between groups of people on the site.Make no mistake, though, this is a business. Lawrence’s last job was as Chief Marketing Officer at Jive Software, a high-powered collaboration software suite used by a number of the biggest companies in the US. He’s very good at attracting attention through intelligent engagement in online social media. The hot-button issues of love, sex and dating may be a big challenge to communicate about effectively, though. Blackbox’s vague inclusion in its plans of “virtual gifts” provided by product vendors may also be hard to balance with its adamantly expressed intention to prioritize authenticity.If sexuality “isn’t an issue” for you, but remains enough of an issue to interest you in sites like this, Blackbox Republic opens to the public tonight. It’s an interesting new approach to online social networking and could very well offer the kind of community that a growing number of people are looking for. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification marshall kirkpatrick A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts last_img read more

U.S. Government Offers Buzzword Alternatives

first_imgBuilders who specialize in net-zero, Passivhaus, or other types of high-performance houses may like nothing better than explaining the advantages of their approach, but lots of prospective customers apparently have no idea what they’re talking about.“Sure, it’s second nature for builders, architects and remodelers to talk about advanced framing and net-zero homes as if those terms are equally familiar to their customers,” Sharon O’Malley wrote in a recent post at ConstructionDive.“But like doctors talking about neuropathy (nerve disease) and TIAs (mini-strokes) with patients who don’t have a clue how to translate that medical jargon, contractors can equally confound their clients with the technical terms they use when they talk about green building features.”In a poll of 2,009 people, O’Malley continued, just 14 percent knew what a “high-performance home” was.Industry buzz words are great when you’re chatting with a building colleague, consultant Mike Rogers writes in a post, “but they generally do not lead to homeowner understanding or confidence, nor to signed contracts.”That’s the problem. Now, the government hopes it has an answer. Language that is ‘consistent, effective and inclusive’Let’s start with “high-performance” building, the phrase that baffles 86 out of 100 Americans.High-performance, the translator suggests, means energy efficiency plus quality installation plus performance.Likewise, “high-efficiency” shall mean a minimum of 15 percent above existing code, standard or business-as-usual. “Ultra-efficient” could be defined as 50 percent above existing standards.Don’t call it an “HVAC system.” Say “comfort system.”“HVAC equipment” should be “comfort equipment.”“HVAC ducts” might be better labeled “comfort delivery system [analogy: lungs of home].”A “HVAC thermostat” should be called “comfort control.”The translator goes on to list dozens of stock industry phrases plus alternatives that emphasize enhanced comfort, more efficient operation or greater durability. So, for example, the building science term might be “tight air-sealed home,” but consumers might have an easier time understanding “comprehensive draft protection” or “air containment sealing” or “moisture-sealed construction.”In addition to the translator, the DOE website also offers webinars on marketing high-performance homes.Sam Rashkin, chief architect of DOE’s Building Technologies Office, told O’Malley that using understandable language is essential in building sales. Three other important skills, he added, are asking buyers the right questions, showing rather than telling customer about the benefits of green features, and making sure that sales reps have a good technical grounding in green building. Department of Energy’s ‘translator’A year ago, the Department of Energy gathered an industry group active in the Zero Energy Ready Home and Building America programs to discuss the use of technical jargon. What they needed, the group decided, was a better way of explaining the benefits of sustainable, energy-efficient building to people who weren’t in the business.After the meeting, the department began developing the Building Science Translator, which it describes as a “glossary of ‘power words’ for use across the industry.” It emphasizes the down-to-earth advantages for consumers, not engineering functions.The translator is now available as a download from DOE’s website.“Many stakeholders are frustrated that the transaction process fails to recognize the value associated with lower cost of ownership, greater comfort, improved health, ensured combustion safety, and more durability,” its introduction says. What the translator will do, it continues, is help builders emphasize the “improved consumer experience, rather than the engineering function.”last_img read more

Letters to the Editor April 16, 2007

first_imgBob Woolmer with Pakistan Cricket TeamDeath of the Game The grand celebrations of the World Cup have now paved the way for a series of upsets in the form of a death and match-fixing allegations (“Tragedy, Mystery and a Cup of Woe”, April 2). This ninth edition of cricket’s most-celebrated,Bob Woolmer with Pakistan Cricket TeamDeath of the GameThe grand celebrations of the World Cup have now paved the way for a series of upsets in the form of a death and match-fixing allegations (“Tragedy, Mystery and a Cup of Woe”, April 2). This ninth edition of cricket’s most-celebrated tournament will forever remain etched in history.-C.K. SUBRAMANIAM, on e-mailFor cricket lovers, Woolmer’s murder is a matter of shame and has cast a pall of gloom on the World Cup.-BIDYUT KUMAR CHATTERJEE, FaridabadWhen commercialisation of this erstwhile gent-leman’s game had reached its zenith, could crime have remained far behind?-NAVNEET DHAWAN, DelhiWhat led to Woolmer’s death may soon come to light, yet the game’s real disease is its “overmonetisation”. When any creative pursuit becomes infested with too much lucre, it tends to degenerate, and instead of a “play” it changes into a “question of life and death”.-VIRENDRA KUMAR TANGRI, DehradunAll facets of the gentleman’s game now lie open in front of us. Woolmer’s death and the subsequent investigations pointing towards match-fixing, are enough reasons for one to give up on the game. But the love for cricket just refuses to die.-LALIT VERMA, Delhi And They all Fell Down…The performance of the Indian cricket team gives rise to a range of emotions, from ecstasy to happiness to doubt and finally to alarm (“It’s all Mathematics Now”, April 2). These men in blue take us through such an unwelcome rollercoaster rides that I wonder sometimes if it is really time to switch from cricket to kabaddi. At least then the pain of loss would not be ours and the panic attacks would not make a billion lives shorter by the ball.-J. AKSHAY, SecunderabadadvertisementThe build-up was exemplary, the expectations were scary, the hype was exponential and as usual the papered team was at its best (losing of course!). The bubble has burst. Team India of the World Cup is not about crushing the minnows, but putting a commendable performance against A-class opponents, and not being tamed by the tame.-CARLITO MONTEIRO, on e-mailThe Centre should enact a law curbing the cricketers’ commercial contracts as long as they are of playing for the country to assuage the feelings of millions of fans who are taken for a ride by our so-called champions who are actually minnows.-V.S. GANESHAN, BangaloreThe shock and grief at our performance in the World Cup cricket is immature and uncalled-for. The media hyped the Indian team as pretenders to the world crown for monetary reasons. India was knocking at the door of minnows club before the start of the World Cup. Hence there is no point in the blame game and further research on the nonexistent “debacle”.-DILIP GULWADI, on e-mailFutile ConjecturesGoing by Rahul Gandhi’s claim, 30 years from now his progeny may well say that “my father always told my mother that if he and not the other Rahul had been captain of the cricket team, India would have won the 2007 World Cup” (“Baptism by Fire”, April 2). K.R. RAVI, Maryland, USA Little history, like little knowledge, is a dangerous thing, particularly when a little politician like Rahul Gandhi unleashes it in a little town in Uttar Pradesh. Now that the “Gandhis” are in power, what about rebuilding the masjid? The taste of the pudding lies in its eating.-J. AKSHOBHYA, MysoreVote-catching is an essential feature of any democracy, but digging up an unsavoury piece of history to bolster up the sagging fortunes of one’s party may turn out to be a futile exercise. It would be a tragedy for the entire nation, if the fall of Babri Masjid continues to be viewed only through narrow political angles.-T.S. PATTABHI RAMAN, CoimbatureCost of DevelopmentWest Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya’s struggle is the struggle of the Communist party in West Bengal (“The Struggle of Buddha”, April 2). Perhaps for the first time they are tasting their own bitter pill. He didn’t realise that this is not China and took it as easy as winning an election. Nandigram is a lesson for all but at the cost of 14 lives.-A. JACOB SAHAYAM, ThiruvananthapuramThe killings have taken place in a state governed by the “champions of poor”. The murder of innocent people has exposed that the difference between the Leftists and the agents of globalisation has vanished.-ARVIND K, PANDEY, AllahabadThe Watchdog’s Role I hope the media takes the Uttar Pradesh elections seriously and guides the electorate (“Three Horses and a Pony”, April 2). The voters are looking forward to a detailed analysis of the election strategies of all political parties.-SHIV SHANKER ALMAL, KolkataadvertisementCredit DeniedThe real architect of Karnataka Common Entrance Test was late Ramakrishna Hegde, whose vision had put the state on the world map and not Veerappa Moily (“Tale of Two Worlds”, April 2).-VATSALA VEDANTAM, on e-mailFashion ContoursFashion is unfair for commonman as it is beyond his reach (“Fair is Lovely”, April 2). Models are happy to expose their bodies, which onlookers are only too happy to see.-M. KUMAR, DelhiCorrectionIn the Power List (“Power Pyramid”, March 26), we erroneously mentioned that Videocon had acquired Whirlpool. The error is regretted.-EDITOR  POWER PLAY        Dirubhai AmbaniMukesh AmbaniSunil Bharti MittalAmitabh Bachchan        Kumar Mangalam BirlaAnil AmbaniAnand MahindraNandan M. Nilekani                 In your list there are a number of tax-dodgers and blackmoney holders (“Power Pyramid”, March 26). The day their number decreases, the nation will prosper.S.S. RAJAGOPALAN, ChennaiFor too long you have been depriving me of the regular day-to-day current event stories. For example, your recent Power List special took away so many pages that very little space was left for other stories. Please do not deprive me of my weekly reading.H.P. SHUKLA, on e-mailArvind Kejriwal and Vikram Akula deserve a standing ovation for the work they have done and for having made it to this Power List.ANIKA MOHLA, Delhilast_img read more

Everybodys baby Police family reflect on disappearance of Tamra Keepness

first_imgTamra Keepness has been missing since 2004 (Regina Police Service).The Canadian PressRetired police corporal Jim Pratt remembers standing on a road on the outskirts of Regina as a team of searchers walked through a yellow canola field.They were looking for a missing Indigenous girl, five-year-old Tamra Keepness. Elders had told police they had visions of the child near rocks, water and trees.Pratt says a car with two older white women pulled up beside him, and one peeped out a window.“Did you find our baby yet?” she asked.No. And 15 years later, Tamra still hasn’t been found.Pratt gets emotional thinking about that day, that unsolved case and the girl so many worried about.“Race was thrown to the side,” Pratt says. “That little girl became everybody’s baby.”Toothy smileTamra and her toothy smile were well-known across Canada in 2004, and the search for the missing girl grew to one of the largest in Regina’s history.She was last seen about 10:30 p.m. on July 5 of that year as she was going to bed in her home in Regina’s core, where she lived with her mother, stepfather, twin sister and four other siblings.She was noticed missing the next day about noon.“No matter what we did, no matter how many people we talked to, no matter where we searched, we were no closer at the end of that than we were the day that she was reported missing,” says Marlo Pritchard, a staff sergeant in charge of the major crimes unit at the time.Now chief of police in Weyburn, Sask., Pritchard recalls the force was consumed with an urgency to find the little girl.About 2,000 tips came in and, like a grenade going off with fragments flying everywhere, each one needed to be looked at as a potential lead.It’s frustrating no one was able to find her, he says.“It pulls at your heart. It hurts.”Search and rescueRetired officer Ron Weir, who was called in to set up the search and rescue operation just as he was heading out on holidays, remembers working 20-hour days on the case.Police were “behind the eight-ball,” he says, because several hours had passed between the time Tamra was last seen and when she was reported missing.He brought in volunteers to help.“These people were out there daily with us for months and taking time off their work,” he says.Police and hundreds of volunteers scoured neighbourhoods, combed through yards and garages and, assuming the worst, looked in trash bins and a local landfill. The search also expanded to Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation and Pasqua First Nation based on tips from the public and visions from elders.Regina police did not respond to a request for an update on the case. But this week they released a short video saying investigators continue to search for answers.Ottawa StreetThe old brown-and-white house from where Tamra vanished still stands on Ottawa Street. Some residents say the neighbourhood has its issues: property crime, women working street corners at night and people in dark clothing walking around looking inside vehicles.Posters of a missing Indigenous woman, Jenaya Wapemoose, who hasn’t been seen since March, are taped to lampposts along the block.Tamra’s cousin, Honey Watetch, moved in across the street a few months ago. Having Tamra’s old house so close is hard, Watetch says, and she doesn’t like to talk about it.Troy Keepness also visited the neighbourhood this week.Tamra’s father says he feels like crying and harbours guilt over losing custody of his children in the years leading up to Tamra’s disappearance.Brave, gigglyThe last time he saw Tamra – the brave, giggly, energetic girl who looked most like him – Keepness says she told him she wanted to be home with him.He’s numbed the pain over the years with alcohol and drugs, he adds, and has also had interactions with police.“I feel awful about how I’ve been living to deal with issues around my life.”Keepness has 10 other children who are mostly now grown, he says. He’s proud of his kids. One son recently graduated high school. Tamra’s twin is now in university.He knows Tamra would be doing well now too, he says, and hopes to one day find her – or at least find out what happened to her.It’s something he has prayed about.“I prayed whoever has her would keep her safe and not hurt her,” he says. “And if she’s already an angel, then I said ‘hello.”’Pratt still advises police on the case, and says he also thinks about Tamra all the time.“Some day we’ll see her in the spirit world or some day she’ll walk down the street in real life and say, ‘I’m here,” Pratt says. “That’s how I have to look at it.“We’re not going to give up hope.”last_img read more