Marks & Spencer: A great bargain stock or a value trap?

first_imgMarks & Spencer: A great bargain stock or a value trap? Enter Your Email Address Anna Sokolidou 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. Marks & Spencer (LSE:MKS) has been suffering during the coronavirus pandemic just like many other retailers. It even had to cut 950 jobs to minimise its costs. But is there light at the end of the tunnel? In other words, is it a great bargain or a value trap?M&S is an iconic brand, for sure. The business was started up in 1884. But the question is how effective and efficient is it now? And what kind of future does it have, given how the pandemic has affected the retail sector?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…Reasons why Marks & Spencer is a bargainAs I’ve mentioned before, M&S is a well-established brand. But it is still suffering just like its competitors due to the Covid-19. In plain terms, very few people want to go shopping to physical stores to buy garments. The company launched its M& app to make the shopping process accessible. There have been about 700,000 downloads of the app since the beginning of the lockdown.But we all know that the company doesn’t just sell clothes. It also has a large food business. As can be seen from the graph below, the food division is far more important for Marks & Spencer than its clothing and home department. Source: M&SYou might think that all this is already reflected in the share prices. Indeed, at a price of about 100p, the stock seems to be a bargain compared to the 200p it traded for in January.What is more, the company is trying to re-establish itself as a “modern” food business. It started offering food deliveries and quite an attractive menu to choose from.And yet investors shouldn’t forget that the company’s problems started long before the pandemic.Reasons why the company could be a value trapOne of the problems with M&S is its lack of stylishness. It sells boring clothes and doesn’t target a particular customer group. You can buy many types of outfit, targeted at older men and women, young people, and children. So, there isn’t any clear marketing message, which is a problem for sales growth.   And how about financials? Let’s look at the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio. If we divide the recent share price of 98p by the adjusted earnings-per-share (EPS) of 16.7p, we’ll get the P/E of 5.87. This doesn’t seem to be high. Please note that I took the figure adjusted for any new stock issues and one-off items. The basic earnings per share were 1.3p. This looks oddly low to me. What is more, the earnings reported on 28 March 2020 fell by 48% compared to the figure reported a year ago. M&S even had to cut its dividends from 13.3p to 3.9p.  Although it’s a worrying sign to its shareholders, Moody’s, a credit rating agency, approved of this decision. The thing is that M&S was quite recently downgraded to Ba1, a junk credit rating. So, the dividend cut, just like the company’s decision to make 950 workers redundant, would help Marks & Spencer conserve some cash.This is what I’d doJust like my colleague Tezcan I consider this company to be a value trap. 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If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares If it’s best-in-class shares you are looking for, we can surely help you. 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. Anna Sokolidou | Wednesday, 22nd July, 2020 | More on: MKS Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! See all posts by Anna Sokolidoulast_img read more

E-card to raise funds for Action Medical Research

first_img Melanie May | 16 December 2015 | News  104 total views,  3 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Tagged with: Charity Christmas Cards christmas Children’s charity Action Medical Research has unveiled its first animated e-card, aimed at encouraging people to donate.The short animated clip, which features two robins who deliver a pair of booties to a family with a baby at Christmas, can be sent to any number of email addresses; users are asked to make a donation to the charity, which funds research to help sick and disabled babies and children.The card can be sent from the charity’s website, and has been created by its in-house communications team.Sarah Moss, director of communications at the charity, said:“We’re really pleased to be able to offer supporters a Christmas e-card this year. We wanted a story which would reflect our work to make a difference for sick babies and children. We hope that people will share this with friends and family and will consider making a donation as they send it.” Advertisement E-card to raise funds for Action Medical Research  105 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2last_img read more

Baltimore Workers World Party Regional Conference resounding success

first_imgThe atmosphere was vibrant and exciting at the hall packed with young activists attending the April 8 all-day regional conference organized by the Baltimore Chapter of Workers World Party. The themes of the gathering focused on socialism, revolution and fighting national oppression.Less than an hour into the program, organizers had to set up more tables and chairs at the 2640 Space to accommodate the 120 people who registered. Many expressed interest in joining WWP and attending membership classes.Participants came mainly from Baltimore and throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula (includes sections of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia). Delegations from New York City and Philadelphia brought new WWP members.The conference was an opportunity to discuss revolutionary socialism with the emerging, young, anti-Trump forces who have been marching in the streets. It was also a place to strategize on the next steps given that the gathering was held three weeks before the “Global May Day Strike.”Baltimore NAACP Secretary Sherelle Witherspoon opened the conference with the Assata Shakur chant. The Rev. CD Witherspoon welcomed attendees to Baltimore. He denounced the two-party system and explained the continuing oppression of the city’s poor communities.‘Next Step May Day’There were two keynote presentations: Monica Moorehead, WWP’s 2016 presidential candidate and secretariat member, talked about the revolutionary history of Lucy Parsons, a Black, Indigenous, Mexican labor leader and a founder of May Day in 1886.Larry Holmes, WWP first secretary, spoke on “Resistance in the Epoch of Trump — Next Step May Day.”  Holmes emphasized the need to fight U.S. imperialism, a timely topic since the conference came just one day after the Pentagon bombing of Syria.Rebecka Jackson and Rasika Ruwanpathirana led a special section on “The Artist’s Role in Revolution” and previewed “Up. Rise. The Film.” Both revolutionary organizers are filmmakers, artists and WWP leaders.The conference played a special audio message from prisoners incarcerated  at Vaughn Prison, site of a recent rebellion in Delaware. Steven Ceci, Baltimore WWP organizer, explained the party’s history of supporting prisoners’ struggles, beginning with the 1971 Attica prison rebellion.In addition, there were three panels and floor discussions. The topics were:  “Fighting racism, police terror and the war against immigrants — fighting for Black, Indigenous, women’s and trans liberation;” “Capitalism is at a dead end, socialism is the future;” and “Stopping the war at home and abroad.” Topics included U.S. imperialism and the war on Syria, fighting racist and neofascist forces in the U.S., the struggle at home and the impact of governmental budget cuts.Representatives of Anakbayan-USA, the National U.S. Chapter of Filipino Youth & Students for National Democracy in the Philippines, attended. Obasi, member of Ujima Peoples Progress, spoke from the podium following a special presentation by Cuba solidarity activist Cheryl LaBash, who spoke on “Defending Cuba and Venezuela.”Emily Fields, Towson State University student and Women’s Fightback Network representative, and transgender liberation activist Jamie Grace Alexander spoke on the opening panel. Taryn Fivek of WWP gave a presentation on the need to unite anti-capitalist forces, socialists and anarchists against state repression and capitalism. She appealed for support for more than 200 Jan. 20 protesters who face heavy charges stemming from the Washington, D.C., counterinaugural protests.The floor discussion was lively and interesting. GG, an organizer with Sex Workers Organizing Project, challenged the socialist movement to learn more about sex workers’ issues. A student from the Maryland Institute College of Art asked about WWP’s definition of socialism versus Bernie Sanders’ “socialism.” Another young activist wanted to know about WWP’s view on armed struggle.Join Workers World Party!  Students from Johns Hopkins University reported on worker exploitation on their campus and were eager to learn more about socialism. The group connected with a presentation by Jennifer Garrison, of Philadelphia WWP, who spoke on organizing coffee shop workers to participate in the May Day strike.At the closing session, the audience rose to their feet to applaud the rousing talk given by Tawanda Jones, whose brother was killed by Baltimore City Police. Lee Patterson, Baltimore WWP organizer, told of members’ weekly work and stressed the need for regular WW newspaper distributions.Sharon Black ended this session with an appeal to participants to reject capitalist ideology based on individualism, which only leads to alienation and powerlessness, and to join WWP and the revolutionary struggle. She called on everyone to defend immigrants and fight racism, explaining that when a room of your house is on fire, it is critical to fight that fire or you risk the entire housing burning to the ground.Baltimore organizers reported that even holding the conference was remarkable given that WWP members were in the streets protesting the U.S. missile strikes on Syria the day before the event.  They organized two protests, one in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon Metro Station during the day and another that evening in downtown Baltimore.Everyone agreed: The conference was a huge success!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Deadly car-bomb attack on Al-Arabiya’s Baghdad bureau

first_img Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 16, 2020 Find out more to go further Organisation Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News A car-bomb explosion seriously damaged satellite TV news station Al-Arabiya’s bureau in the central Baghdad district of Harithya today, with an initial toll of three dead, 16 injured and one person missing. The explosion followed a series of threats of attacks on Al-Arabiya by terrorist networks.“It is unacceptable that journalists are the target of acts of such barbarity,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge to the authorities to do what is necessary to guarantee the safety of journalists at a time of violence in which they could be singled out.”Al-Arabiya had temporarily shut down the bureau on 25 June following an interior ministry communiqué warning that insurgents groups had threatened to carry out bombings.Opened in 2003, the station’s Baghdad bureau has been hit by terrorist attacks in the past. Bureau chief Jawad Hattab narrowly escaped the bomb that was set off underneath his car in September 2008. A car bomb targeted at the bureau killed seven people and wounded 20 others in October 2006.Several Al-Arabiya journalists have been injured or killed in targeted attacks. Atwar Bahjat and two colleagues were killed near the northern city of Samarra in February 2006. Jawad Kazem was injured in an attempted abduction in June 2006.Based in Dubai, Al-Arabiya is financed by Saudi and Gulf capital. Its Baghdad bureau was closed down for a month in September 2006 on the Iraqi government’s orders.Accused by Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki of inciting sectarianism and violence, Al-Arabiya was banned from covering a vote on a law on provincial autonomy to which the Sunni Arab minority was opposed. Receive email alerts RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace”center_img News July 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Deadly car-bomb attack on Al-Arabiya’s Baghdad bureau News IraqMiddle East – North Africa News February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraqlast_img read more

Fusion Academy: Childhood Narcissism and ADHD-Like Behavior

first_img Make a comment Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Education Fusion Academy: Childhood Narcissism and ADHD-Like Behavior Dr. Enrico Gnaulati, eminent psychologist and author of Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder, explains how this can happen and why it happens more often than you think! Dr. Gnaulati will be presenting at the Fusion Academy & Learning Center campus in Pasadena on January 19, 2014. By ENRICO GNAULATI, PH.D. Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | 12:56 pm When I listen carefully to how parents describe their kid’s ADHD-like behavior, their descriptions often touch upon normal and not-so normal levels of childhood narcissism:• If he can’t solve a problem immediately, Jonah has a meltdown.• Maria is so emotional. When she’s calm she can focus and get homework finished. When she’s doing her drama-queen thing, forget about it. The night is a write off.• There’s no two ways about it, Jamal is a perfectionist. If he can’t do something perfectly, he avoids it like the plague.• It’s bizarre. Frank insists that he is a good planner, puts his full effort into his homework, and keeps track of when his assignments are due, when all the evidence is to the contrary. Is he a pathological liar? Maybe he is he suffering from amnesia or something?• At home Susan is fine. She gets her homework done and generally tows the line. But at school, her teachers say she is argumentative, zones out, and only applies herself if they continuously push her.• Michael will sit forever attempting to solve a problem with a questionable strategy rather than admitting to being confused and asking for help. He is so stubborn.• When things don’t go Gary’s way, he becomes real mean. Last week at soccer practice, a kid scored a goal against him when he was the goalie. He can’t shake it off. If I have to tell him one more time to stop calling that kid names, I’ll be locked up for what I end up doing.• Last year, Caley had a first grade teacher who really got her. Ms. Parker was so good at feeding her ego and giving her special help and attention. My ADHD kid turned into a normal kid that year and we took her off her meds! How about that! This year is a completely different story. She says her second grade teacher has it in for her. Every other day, she is sent home with behavior slips. We started her on meds again. What happened?• George just won’t shut up. The kid talks endlessly and is so needy for attention that I don’t know what to do. He won’t even let me go to the bathroom on my own. I am going out of my mind!• It is like I am a short-order cook. Samantha will stubbornly refuse to eat pasta one night, then the next claim it is her favorite dish. On her off days, I throw together a meal so she will eat something. She is wafer thin. Despite constant reminders to pick up her dirty clothes, I went upstairs last night only to find them strewn all over the floor. On top of this, just before bedtime she announced to me she had a science test she had not studied for. Welcome to my world!• During his regular school day when there is set structure and routines, Ernesto does fine. But in his after-school program, the daycare worker jokingly told me he acts like a Tasmanian Devil. He can’t handle unstructured play situations where the other kids are out there with their behavior and feelings. He seems to need a tame classroom environment where the other kids are calm and sit peacefully for him to behave right.Evidence of narcissistic struggles are nested in these snippets of information I have collected over the years in my work with kids who have been brought to me because of suspected ADHD. In my book, Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder, I painstakingly go through most of the core symptoms of ADHD and show how closely they resemble aspects of childhood narcissism. For now, let me give you a flavor of this approach by picking apart some of the examples I have provided.Take Jonah’s situation. He falls apart emotionally when unable to immediately master a task. One hypothesis is that this is a symptom of ADHD (not that a single indicator is positive proof of a disorder). Difficulties with retention of information needed to successfully execute a task—say the twelve-times table—may predispose Jonah to tear up his math sheet and storm out of the room. However, another hypothesis is that he demonstrates a good dose of magical thinking. He believes mastering tasks should somehow be automatic—not the outcome of commitment, perseverance, and effort. Jonah’s self-esteem also may be so brittle that it fluctuates greatly. For instance, when Jonah anticipates success, he productively cruises through work, eager to receive the recognition that he expects from parents and teachers. He is on a high. He definitely feels good about himself. Then in the face of challenging work, he completely shuts down, expects failure, outside criticism, and wants to just give up. He feels rotten about himself. His life sucks. Wild swings in productivity sometimes are evidence of nothing other than shaky self-esteem in kids. These are kids whose overall feeling about themselves is too dependent on outside praise and criticism. When they experience success, they believe they are outstanding individuals, yet when they experience failure, they believe they are worthless individuals.Does George’s incessant talking and invasive behavior suggest that he is neurologically compromised, or does his overriding need to be seen, heard, and recognized propel him to be annoyingly demonstrative?Does Michael’s refusal to abandon an ineffective problem-solving approach reflect difficulties with cognitive processing, or is acknowledging his limitations and reaching out for help experienced by him as intolerably weak?Does Samantha exhibit the disorganization commonly seen in ADHD children, or a sense of entitlement whereby she resists accommodating to the needs of others, believing that others should accommodate to her by giving her special dispensations?Caley’s dramatic downturn in classroom behavior may or may not be due to the reemergence of ADHD. Maybe the overarching issue is her struggle to be “one of the gang” in the classroom, whereby sacrificing her personal autonomy to fit in and comply with rules and routines seems psychologically out of reach?Does Ernesto have impulse control problems or are his emotional boundaries underdeveloped? Does he absorb the feelings of those he comes into contact with in ways that disorganize and frazzle him?For that matter, does Gary have impulse control problems, or does he have a proverbial chip on his shoulder, quick to retaliate against those who shame him?When we truly listen to parents and refrain from shoehorning their descriptions into nifty behavioral phrases, overlaps begin to emerge between ADHD phenomena and childhood narcissism. To truly tease apart what is a bona fide case of ADHD, rather than evidence of typical narcissistic behavior in kids, takes time, sensitivity and rock-solid awareness of childhood developmental tendencies. If we confuse the one for the other, kids may be unnecessarily put on medications and be deprived of the outside help they need to bolster and stretch their emotional development.Excerpt from Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder/ Enrico Gnaulati Ph.D., Beacon Press, 2013.Dr. Gnaulati will be presenting at the Fusion Academy & Learning Center campus in Pasadena on January 19, 2014.Dr. Enrico Gnaulati is a Columbia University educated psychologist in Pasadena who specializes in child and adolescent assessment and therapy, and parenting consultation. He has published widely on topics related to child development and children’s mental health in professional journals as well as in The Atlantic,, and; and he has been featured on KPCC and other media networks.See more at: Top of the News Your email address will not be published. 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Few Clues in Tragic Case of Baby Girl Found Dead in Memorial Park Restroom

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One quarter of companies failing in their digital transformation and only…

first_imgLimerickNewsOne quarter of companies failing in their digital transformation and only 4% reach their targetsBy Staff Reporter – March 12, 2021 143 Twitter Close-up of male hands using laptop in home.ONE quarter of companies are failing in digital transformation, a leading conference of business leaders organised out of Limerick has heard.The inaugural Irish Centre for Business Excellence (ICBE) ‘Digital Productivity Virtual Summit’ heard that success rates for transformation in the digital space have dropped considerably from other areas of change over the past 15 years. The event heard that digital transformation is the biggest “change” that business has faced and that it has been accelerated many times by COVID.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The summit is the first in a series of such conferences that will build up to a global ‘Digital Transformation’ gatherings hosted by the ICEB, which was founded and is based in Limerick, in 2027 as part of events around the Ryder Cup, which will be hosted in Adare in six years’ time.Opening the event, Laurent-Pierre Baculard, who leads Bain & Company’s Digital Transformation practice in EMEA from its Paris office, said that the experience of the past 15 years is that some 16 percent of organisations achieve or exceed initial objectives for change. However, the success rate for full digital transformation is as low as 4%, with as many as 25% failing, he said.He said that change in a company is inevitable and companies have to progress, often without knowing where they are going in terms of technology.  Mr Baculard also highlighted the focus of millennial job seekers, who want to be inspired, engaged and satisfied with their work.Some 74% want to feel like their work matters, 52% rate culture as very important when thinking about employers and 64% believe they need additional skills and knowledge to thrive.The conference also heard from representatives of Dell and Sprinklr about their digital transformation customer engagement partnership. Sprinklr, the world’s leading customer experience management platform, works with 900 of the world’s top 1,000 companies and, among others, helped transform Dell’s customer engagement.Murali Krishnan, Senior Vice President – Customer Delight with Sprinklr, said that its platform made a huge impact on Dell’s customer engagement, in terms of customer satisfaction, customer resolution, turn-around times and more.He said that people born from the mid ‘60s to the early part of the last decade – generations X, Y and Z – are adopting the web and social media channels to interact with brands.“This is the way that the whole world is changing and with COVID, it’s accelerated many, many times. This is why it’s important to realise that most organisations, while they want to embrace digital, don’t know how to go about doing it.”Meanwhile, Chairman of the ICBE Kieran Noonan – Site Director of Operations and Global Lens Enterprise Excellence at Bausch + Lomb and Shingo Executive Board Member – said that the digital transformation underway is the biggest “version of change” that industry has experienced today.There is, he said, a lot of trepidation in terms of where digital transformation takes us but the Summit gave comfort that digital transformation is very similar to the Lean transformations that has been embraced over the years.“There’s a common theme through all of this and it is that it still centres around people and the development of people, things that we are well used to such as leadership, people, system, tools, behaviours and it really centres and focuses on that first piece with leadership,” he said.Mr Noonan, who is also Enterprise Excellence Shingo Examiner at the Shingo Institute, said that the Summit had raised not just awareness of the data transformation but the “direction we all need to follow to ensure we are ready and leading the way forward”.He continued: “But we have a consistent theme, as we have mentioned all the way through this Summit and we have got experience in that, and it’s called ‘implementing change’.  This is a new version of change and a bigger version of change than what we have seen before but the principles will still be the same. The power of ICBE is its ability to harness knowledge sharing, collaboration and collective growth between its members.”This week’s summit follows on from a peer-group gathering of Irish leads of some of the largest multi-nationals operating here last November which explored the ‘New World of Work’, how COVID-19 has been impacting on the way we work and how the digital transformation will be an enabler to meet and overcome residual challenges from it in the years ahead.The summit explored key insights into the world of Digital Productivity and Transformation, with speakers from global organisations sharing their experiences of utilising cloud computing, app development and agile thinking to improve collaboration and productivity.Speakers included Richard Seroter, Director, Google Cloud; Mark Gallagher, Managing Director, Formula 1/Performance Insights; Laurent-Pierre Baculard, Senior Partner, Bain & Company; Richard Fitzgerald, Global Head of Social Supports, Dell Technologies. 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Mac Lochlainn gets Oireachtas committee backing for action on grain crisis

first_img Mac Lochlainn gets Oireachtas committee backing for action on grain crisis The Oireachtas Agriculture Committee has backed calls for Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to intervene in the crisis for grain growers.The IFA says this year’s harvest has turned into a salvage operation for many farmers, with Donegal among the worst hit areas due to heavy rain.The committee will now write to the Minister, insisting that he help affected growers.Donegal Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn put forward the proposal, he says a number of issues need to be tackled…………… Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Homepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Facebook Google+ Facebook WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton By admin – September 14, 2016 Google+ Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Previous articleJudge acknowledges “substantial progress” in Dungloe stalking caseNext articleKavanagh calls for review of parking problems in Letterkenny admin Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published last_img read more

Sister of victim in 1973 cold case murder speaks out after suspect arrested through DNA: ‘I’ve been praying for him’

first_imgNewport Beach Police(NEW YORK) — The sister of a little girl who was strangled to death in 1973 didn’t expect to see a conclusion to the mysterious cold case, she told ABC News hours after a man’s arrest was announced on Wednesday.“I never really thought that they would actually ever find the individual responsible,” Cindy Borgeson, a sister of Linda O’Keefe, told ABC News. “After all this time, finding out there is a face and a name…just brings additional closure.”O’Keefe, 11, was abducted on July 6, 1973, as she walked home from summer school, the Newport Beach, California, Police Department said. Her strangled body was found the next day.Their mother “carried that guilt the rest of her life,” Borgeson said.James Neal, 72, who lived in Southern California and worked in construction in the 1970s, was arrested this week in Colorado, where he had been living, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said at a Wednesday news conference.DNA recovered from O’Keefe shortly after her death was put into the Combined DNA Index System — the law enforcement database known as CODIS — but there was no hit, said Spitzer.However, through the genealogical data of his family members, who voluntarily submitted their DNA to genealogy databases, investigators were able to corroborate the DNA from O’Keefe’s body and the DNA obtained from the suspect, according to Spitzer. The genealogical hit came in January, officials said.“I had closure when they found her body,” Borgeson said about the fateful day 46 years ago. But she added that she was thankful for the “additional closure” brought to her by the investigators who never gave up, as well as the new technology, which made it possible to process the crime scene DNA.“I’m astonished at what they were able to accomplish,” Borgeson, 64, said. “My hope is that this [case] brings hope to other families who haven’t had closure yet.”O’Keefe, who was seven years younger than Borgeson, was “an old soul” with a “go with the flow” personality, Borgeson said.While their parents did not live to see an arrest, Borgeson said, “I’m sure she [O’Keefe] and my parents are rejoicing.”“I’ll get to be with them again,” she added.As for her sister’s suspected killer, Borgeson said, “because of my profound faith, I’ve been able to forgive the individual.”“I couldn’t carry that burden in my heart of hating an individual even though he committed this horrible crime,” she said. “I hope that he has remorse.”Borgeson said, if she gets a chance to speak to Neal, she would “let him know that I’ve been praying for him.”Borgeson said she also prayed for Neal’s family as his arrest was announced.“They probably are so shocked,” she said. “I’m sure they’re going through a lot of grieving of their own.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more