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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. See all posts by Jabran Khan Jabran Khan | Friday, 30th October, 2020 | More on: VVO Image source: Getty Images Is this FTSE 250 stock a bargain or one to avoid? Here’s what I think Jabran Khan has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 One FTSE 250 stock I like and that is very cheap right now is Vivo Energy (LSE:VVO). VVO is a British company that distributes and markets Shell and Engen branded fuels and lubricants to retail and commercial customers in Africa. It maintains subsidiaries and operations in 23 countries across the continent. Cheap FTSE 250 stockAt the beginning of the year, shares in VVO could be purchased for 125p. When the market crashed, its share price tumbled to a low of 64.5p. As I write this, it has recovered slowly and shares are currently trading at only 75p per share. At its current price point I consider VVO to be quite cheap.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…VVO joined the FTSE 250 in April 2018 and was trading at a high of 172.5p per share. An argument could be made that its reduction in price is not a positive sign. My response to that would be that the recent economic downturn has affected nearly all companies and industries in a negative way. I would not base any investment opinion on share price alone, especially not right now due to the pandemic and crash.PerformanceReviewing Vivo’s longer-term performance across the past three years makes for positive reading. It has seen a year-on-year increase in revenue and gross profit, which is definitely a positive indicator for any investor.VVO today released its Q3 trading update and I feel there are some positive takeaways from it. As expected, Q2 was difficult for many firms in the FTSE 250.VVO recorded a gross cash profit of $187m which is impressive despite the recent restrictions it has faced due to the pandemic. This is only a 1% decrease compared to the same period last year when there were no restrictions or pandemic. Q3 volumes of 2,492m litres was a significant improvement from Q2 although it remained 7% lower year-on-year. VVO’s retail segment saw lower volumes but an improvement compared to the previous quarter. In addition to this, a number of countries it serves returned to year-on-year growth during Q3. Its commercial segment volumes were lower and impacted by a lack of international travel and movement.VVO initially suspended its 2019 dividend of 2.7 cents per share when the economic downturn first occurred. In its update today it has confirmed that it will now pay that dividend in December to shareholders who are on the register by 20 November 2020. This is a positive move as it shows the firm is confident in its financial flexibility and can reinstate its dividend.My verdictOverall, I really like Vivo Energy but there is an element of risk. There are positives, in that longer-term performance has been impressive. Its Q3 trading update shows that despite the market uncertainty, it is getting closer to pre-crash levels of performance and volumes. Due to the ongoing economic uncertainty and potential further restrictions, we could see another repeat of Q2 performance. This is where I believe the risk lies for VVO. At this moment, I would be willing to buy some shares in VVO. I wouldn’t be investing lots of cash but feel it could be worth buying some shares and keeping an eye on developments across the FTSE 250. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. 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Investment trusts better buy: Scottish Mortgage or AVI Global? 46.1 Illumina 1 year 16.0 Enter Your Email Address 11.6 18.3 SMT top 6 holdings See all posts by G A Chester AGT top 6 holdings Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Sony Group 65.8 SMT has delivered two to three times the gains of AGT over three, five and 10 years. It’s also well ahead over one year, although both investment trusts have produced very strong returns in this period. Indeed, they’re rank at one and two in the Association of Investment Companies’ global category.However, over the last six months, their positions have reversed. AGT has materially outperformed SMT. Is this merely a temporary reversal? Or could it be the start of a long period of outperformance by AGT, much as the last decade was for SMT?A tale of two investment trusts’ strategiesAGT’s value approach is to find stocks it believes are trading at wide discounts to their intrinsic net asset values. SMT’s growth approach is to find stocks it believes have potential to deliver exceptional returns.The two trusts’ largest equity holdings give a flavour of the kind of stocks their different approaches produce: SMT performance (%) 37.3 ASML Holding 11.6 Oakley Capital Investments 8.7 Pershing Square Holdings 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. 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. Period Christian Dior 5 years annualised Alibaba Group Holding 25.0 AGT performance (%) Image source: Getty Images. Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (LSE: SMT) and AVI Global Trust (LSE: AGT) follow very different strategies. SMT’s growth focus has produced a long period of high returns. Conversely, a value focus has seen AGT relatively underperform.However, with some signs investors may be cooling on growth and warming to value, which of these two investment trusts do I think is the better buy today?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…Contrasting performancesThe table below highlights the contrasting performances of AGT and SMT over both the short and long term. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 6 months Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Exor 34.3 Tesla Amazon.com It seems unlikely these investment trusts will fundamentally change their distinctive strategies. Both strategies are attractively well defined and long established. I’d put SMT and AGT among the best-in-class trusts at the extreme growth and deep value ends of the investing spectrum.The popularity of growth and value tends to be cyclical. One may outperform the other for lengthy periods. However, I can see a good argument for having exposure to both rather than trying to time hopping between them. And by owning the best in class from growth and value, I’d hope to outperform the market over the long term.But what if I could only choose one today?Investment trust better buy: SMT or AGT?Growth strategies have enjoyed a long period in the sun. And SMT has successfully identified some of the growth themes and stocks that have produced the highest returns.Intuitively, after a such a period of dominance by growth, I’d lean towards favouring value right now. I get a nosebleed just looking at the sky-high valuations of many of SMT’s holdings! Still, it’s possible the relative underperformance of value could persist. And that SMT’s many big-concept stocks, such as Tesla, could continue to defy conventional valuation measures.On balance though, if I had to choose only one of the two investment trusts today, I’d be inclined to pass on SMT and buy AGT. Of course, both trusts are actively managed and stock selection is important to their performances. As such, I have to accept the risk that either or both could underperform the wider market.
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About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 27 October 2007 | News Fundraising from America: The Complete Guide for Charitable Organisations Outside the U.S.A. 20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis HSBC Tagged with: corporate HSBC is making a Group donation of £1 million to help SOS Children’s Villages in its work caring for orphaned children in Haiti.HSBC has worked closely with SOS Children over a number of years through its Future First programme. SOS Children has operated in Haiti for roughly 30 years and has two Children’s Villages in the country.SOS Children CEO Andrew Cates said “we are delighted that HSBC, with its longer term perspective on helping children through education and building futures, has made such a strong commitment to children suffering from the terrible earthquake.”In addition to the Group donation, other HSBC offices are raising funds for disaster relief in Haiti. HSBC France, for example, has raised 34,305 euros through donations from employees and customers.www.soschildrensvillages.org.ukPhoto: Adam UXB Smith on Flickr.com About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 20 January 2010 | News HSBC donates £1m to SOS Children’s Villages for Haiti 22 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Home / Daily Dose / Meet Mr. Cooper Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Week Ahead: Ten-X EVP Talks Housing Bubble Next: Freddie Mac is ACE About Author: Joey Pizzolato The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Print This Post Nationstar Mortgage officially announced at the opening bell of the NYSE Monday morning its rebranding as Mr. Cooper. DS News sat down with their CEO, Jay Bray, to discuss this monumental change in an exclusive interview. This change has been in the works for some time now. Could you talk a little about all the moving parts that come into play when trying to rebrand a national corporation?When you think of an incredible customer experience, the mortgage industry doesn’t come to mind. And it’s time for a change. As the leading nonbank servicer, change has to start with us, and now our goal is to completely transform our company and the industry. Monumental change like that is no easy task, so we knew we needed to start from the inside out. We started our journey by building our business on the foundation that happy team members lead to happy customers—it was a cultural shift we knew would take time. To convince our team that we were dedicated to this new journey, we have redefined our values, improved benefits, offered additional training and mentoring opportunities, listened to team member feedback, created engagement teams, and opened additional channels of communications for our team members.We simultaneously focused on our brand name change, researching names that would resonate with both our team and customers. We needed to pick a bold name that matched our bold aspirations. Once we selected Mr. Cooper, we developed creative assets to bring the brand to life and fostered an understanding internally to breathe life into the name with all 7,000 of our team members who are the embodiment of the Mr. Cooper brand and strive to be advocates for our customers.In a parallel path, we’ve been investing in the customer experience, creating new tools and features that will make the home loan journey more rewarding for our more than 3 million customers.Now, on August 21, we take our next big step in our transformation journey—officially changing our name to Mr. Cooper.What sort of obstacles did you encounter on the road to renaming Nationstar?With any major transformation, as was true with our company transformation to Mr. Cooper, there are goals to meet and perhaps even more challenging perceptions to change. With happy team members and happy customers as our north stars, we knew we had to prioritize communication and develop a better experience for both of those audiences.We spent an entire year rolling out this transformation to our team members, ensuring their understanding and embodiment of the ideals of Mr. Cooper, to align our entire company. This involved months of trainings, information and goal sharing and two-way communication. The impact of our investments in our team are infectious and it is amazing to see how our team has embraced Mr. Cooper.Following our rollout of our internal transformation, we sought to transform the customer experience–we needed to do more than just talk about an exciting rebrand—we had to walk the walk. In taking a close look at customer feedback, we made real, substantial changes: we launched a new website and mobile app, with user-friendly tools and features and completely changed our operational and customer-facing technology. We have also moved all of our customer service operations back to the U.S., removed all fees for on-time online payments and offered more robust, easy to understand content. To do this we’ve invested more than $90 million in our technology and infrastructure and completed more than 50,000 hours in customer service training company-wide. We think it’s working too. Our complaints are down over 70 percent in the past two year. Looking forward, what do you hope to accomplish with the rebranding?I’m glad you asked that. It’s been an incredible transformation—but we still have work to do. We want to build trust by putting the service back in the servicing industry, using innovation and technology to create an incredible customer experience. To grow our business by retaining existing customers and reaching new customers, we had to give our customers a reason to believe in us. We had to change from the inside out, and we are excited to have a tangible representation of that promise in our rebrand to Mr. Cooper.In the near future, Mr. Cooper will be launching exciting new technology that will further assist current customers and prospective homeowners as they prioritize their finances. Can you tell me a little bit about the significance of the name Mr. Cooper?After extensive research and testing, Mr. Cooper was selected as our new brand name. It personifies the next generation of home loan servicing and lending for the company and represents a more personal relationship with customers can have with their home loan provider. We recognize the critical role of a customer advocate in delivering a positive experience and aligns the entire company behind the spirit of customer advocacy.The New York Stock Exchange is quite the stage. What were your goals or intentions behind unveiling this move here? Our sentiments exactly. We can think of no better way to literally ring in a new day and new brand than with the honor of ringing the bell at the NYSE. We are also very excited to have ten team members join us on the podium—each selected for their role in the successful launch of Mr. Cooper and their embodiment of Mr. Cooper core values. The launch of Mr. Cooper is really a celebration of our team and their hard work and we look forward to showcasing their achievements. 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[NEET-UG Exam] Provide Decent Accommodation To Aspirant And Her Accompanying Either Parent For 4 Days: Calcutta HC Directs State Authorities [Read Order]
News Updates[NEET-UG Exam] Provide Decent Accommodation To Aspirant And Her Accompanying Either Parent For 4 Days: Calcutta HC Directs State Authorities [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay10 Sep 2020 9:13 AMShare This – xThe Calcutta High Court on Wednesday (09th September) asked the State authorities to provide decent accommodation of one room, to a NEET-UG Aspirant (petitioner) and her accompanying either parent.[NOTE: The examination in question is scheduled to be held on 13th September, 2020.]The Single Bench of Justice Arindam Sinha was hearing the plea of a NEET UG aspirant Jayatri Paul praying for…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Calcutta High Court on Wednesday (09th September) asked the State authorities to provide decent accommodation of one room, to a NEET-UG Aspirant (petitioner) and her accompanying either parent.[NOTE: The examination in question is scheduled to be held on 13th September, 2020.]The Single Bench of Justice Arindam Sinha was hearing the plea of a NEET UG aspirant Jayatri Paul praying for “setting aside and quashing the memo dated 31st August 2020 declaring lockdowns, inter alia, on 11th and 12th September 2020 in West Bengal.”Significantly, the NEET UG aspirant Jayatri Paul is a resident of North Dinajpur and has to undertake travel to take the Test on coming Sunday, 13th September, 2020. Immediately preceding two days have been declared under lockdown. Her counsel, thus, prayed for setting aside and quashing the impugned memo.The State was not represented before the court, however, the Court noted that it was satisfied that State has information of the writ petition having had been listed yesterday (i.e., on 09th September).Further, the Court Said,”Court is not inclined to go into adjudication on merits of the case urged. Instead, the state is directed to provide decent accommodation of one room, to the petitioner and her accompanying either parent, both of whom will travel on Thursday (10.9.2020), to reach Siliguri that day itself. The accommodation must be for them to be provided by State Government through Thursday (10.9.2020) till Monday (14.9.2020). The state will inform particulars of accommodation, to be provided to the petitioner’s learned advocate by tomorrow.” (emphasis supplied)With above directions, the writ petition and connected application were disposed of on Wednesday (09th September).Significantly, today (10th September) the Mamata Banerjee administration in West Bengal has decided to cancel the lockdown on September 12 keeping in mind the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test that is scheduled a day after.”GoWB had initially announced a statewide lockdown on Sep 11th & 12th. Considering the NEET 2020 examination scheduled on 13th, we have received numerous requests from the student community on lifting lockdown norms on 12th, helping ease their travel to examination centres. Keeping their interest in mind, while keeping the statewide lockdown as it is on Sep 11th, it has been decided to cancel the lockdown on 12th, so that the students can attend the examination on 13th without any apprehensions or concerns. I wish them all the very best,” Banerjee tweeted earlier today. It may be noted that the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday (09th September) asked the State authorities to make a sincere endeavour to start bus services for NEET-UG Aspirants from early morning on the day of the Examination and to increase the frequency of buses to enable the students at large to reach their respective examination centres in time.The Single Bench of Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty was hearing the plea of a NEET-UG aspirant Souvik Panda seeking the directions of the Court “commanding the respondent authorities concerned to forthwith make separate arrangements for allowing the petitioner who is tested COVID-19 positive to participate in NEET-UG Examination on 13.09.2020 including all transport and medical facilities.”It may be noted that at least 3 such orders were issued/passed by the Calcutta High Court (The bench of Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty) Court on Wednesday (09th September).Notably, the prayer for postponement of the NEET-UG Examination has been refused by the Hon’ble Supreme Court by an order dated 17th August 2020 and a review application filed thereafter by the State has also been dismissed on 4th September 2020.Further, the Supreme Court on Wednesday (09th September) refused to entertain three fresh petitions which sought to postpone the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).A Bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah was considering three petitions -(Keshav Maheshwari & Others vs National Testing Agency & others, Arijit Sahu & Others vs National Testing Agency and others, Pragya Pranjal and others vs National Testing Agency and others).Case Details:Case Title: Jayatri Paul v. State of West Bengal & Ors.Case No.: W. P. A. 7025 of 2019Quorum: Justice Arindam SinhaAppearance: Advocates Loknath Chatterjee and Sukanta Ghosh (for the Petitioner); Advocate Kunaljit Bhattacharya (For Union of India); Advocate U.S. Menon (for the respondent no. 10).Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story
cweimer4/iStock(ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.) — A 12-year-old girl has died and a 9-year-old girl is hurt after their makeshift snow fort collapsed on top of them, police said.The two girls were at church with their families in Arlington Heights, Illinois, on Sunday when they went outside to play, the Arlington Heights Police Department said.When the girls hadn’t returned after about an hour, their families went to look for them and found them under the snow.The 12-year-old girl was hospitalized and pronounced dead at 4:30 p.m., police said, and the 9-year-old was hospitalized for hypothermia and is being held for observation.“At this time there is no reason to suspect foul play, as this appears to be a tragic accident,” police said in a statement Sunday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The devil is in the detail: small-scale sexual segregation despite large-scale spatial overlap in the wandering albatross
Sexual segregation in foraging habitat occurs in many marine predators and is usually attributed to competitive exclusion, different parental roles of each sex or niche specialisation associated with sexual size dimorphism. However, relatively few studies have attempted to understand the patterns and underlying drivers of local-scale sexual segregation in marine predators. We studied habitat use, diet and feeding ecology of female and male wandering albatrosses Diomedea exulans, fitted with GPS and stomach-temperature loggers during the chick-rearing period (austral winter) at South Georgia in 2009. During this period, when oceanographic conditions were anomalous and prey availability was low in waters near the breeding colony, the tracked wandering albatrosses showed high consistency in their foraging areas at a large spatial scale, and both males and females targeted sub-Antarctic and subtropical waters. Despite consistency in large-scale habitat use, males and females showed different foraging behaviours in response to oceanographic conditions at a smaller scale. Males appeared to be more opportunistic, scavenging for offal or non-target fish discarded by fishing vessels in less productive, oceanic waters. They exhibited sinuous movements, feeding mostly on large prey and consuming similar amounts of food during the outbound and return parts of the foraging trip. In contrast, females targeted natural productivity hotspots, and fed on a wide variety of fish and cephalopods. They commuted directly to these areas; most prey were ingested on the outbound part of the trip, and they often started their return after ingesting large prey at the farthest point from the colony. Together, these results indicate that sexual segregation in core foraging areas of wandering albatrosses is driven by sex-specific habitat selection due to the low availability of prey in local Antarctic waters. This segregation results in different feeding behaviour at local scales which may be explained by differing breeding roles and degree of parental investment by each sex, with females investing more than males in reproduction. Further investigations are necessary to confirm the existence of this pattern through time under contrasting environmental conditions and to identify the drivers responsible for local-scale sexual segregation in wandering albatrosses.
Approximately to 80% of the investment is expected to continue to be allocated to projects in Colombia, and the remaining 20% mainly to investments in the United States and Brazil. Western Copper and Gold initiates a preliminary economic assessment for the Casino Project. (Credit: John R Perry from Pixabay) Ecopetrol S.A. (BVC: ECOPETROL; NYSE: EC) informs that its Board of Directors approved the 2021 organic investment plan for the Ecopetrol Group (GE) for an estimated amount between US$3.5 and US$4 billion.The plan is oriented towards restoring the Ecopetrol Business Group’s growth path, while continuing to prioritize cash generating opportunities and with better equilibrium prices, focusing on the execution of key assets development plans, and the preservation of asset value through investments that provide reliability, integrity and continuity to the Ecopetrol Business Group’s value chain.The plan was based on an expected average Brent price of US$45 per barrel for 2021.80% of the investments are expected to be allocated to projects in Colombia, and the remaining 20% is expected to be invested mainly in the development of projects in the United States and Brazil.In line with Ecopetrol Group’s strategic priorities and the sturdiness of its integrated value chain, the plan holds as strategic objective the growth of the Upstream segment, towards which 77% of total investment is expected to be allocated, with a focus on accelerating the development of resources and reserves estimated at 3.7 bboe, through exploration, drilling and enhanced recovery. Production in 2021 is expected to reach levels of between 700 and 710 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (expected to be comprised of 81% oil and 19% gas). If the investments included in the plan are carried out as currently foreseen, it is expected that the Ecopetrol Business Group’s production levels will be approximately 750 thousand barrels by 2023.In terms of exploration, 9 exploratory wells are expected to be drilled, 8 of which are expected to be located in Colombia in the Llanos Orientales, Mid-Magdalena Valley, Low-Magdalena Valley and Sinú-San Jacinto basins, as well as continuing activities aimed at appraising discovered resources for more than 450 million barrels equivalent.With regards to unconventional reservoirs (YNC for its acronym in Spanish), investments of approximately US$600 million are planned for the scaling up of development activities in the US Permian Basin in Texas. Investments for the development of initiatives related to Integral Research Pilot Projects for Unconventional Deposits (PPII) in the Mid-Magdalena Valley Basin are also expected to continue.Investments in the Downstream segment are expected to remain to focus on ensuring the reliability and sustainability of the operation of the Barrancabermeja and Cartagena refineries, as well as the development of fuel quality and wastewater management programs, thus ensuring increasingly clean effluents. The joint throughput expected from the refineries for 2021 is estimated to range between 340 and 365 thousand barrels per day, in line with the expected recovery of demand and refining margins. The investment priority in the project to interconnect the original crude unit of the Cartagena refinery with the new refinery remains, with estimated investments of US$48 million for 2021.The Midstream segment is expected to represent 7% of the total investment, mostly aimed at guaranteeing the integrity and reliability of the infrastructure, while achieving greater flexibility and efficiency in the logistics for the transportation of heavy crude oil. These investments are expected to enable the optimization of future operating costs through the upgrading of equipment and improved performance. The volumes transported are estimated to reach over one million barrels per day, in line with the country’s crude production expectations and the national demand for refined products.Consistently with the Ecopetrol Business Group’s energy transition strategy, approximately US$150 million is expected to be invested in the decarbonization agenda, including noteworthy tasks in energy efficiency, leakage and vent reduction projects as well as the construction of the Rubiales Solar Park. Moreover, we increased our goal of reducing emissions to 3 million tons of CO2 by 2023, in addition to the 6.6 million tons reduced between 2010 and 2019. These resources are expected to allow us to move towards the goal of incorporating 400 MW in renewable energy by 2023.The plan reaffirms the resources oriented to the socio-environmental investment program for an approximate amount of COP$1,7 trillion by 2023 for the 2020-2024 period, aiming to close social gaps and promoting the development and well-being of the communities where we operate, through strategic projects in infrastructure, public services, education, sports and healthcare, inclusive rural development and entrepreneurship and business development. In addition, financial support to meet specific needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to continue to be provided in the areas and communities where we operate.In an effort to accelerate the digital transformation process, nearly USD$50 million is expected to be allocated towards capturing benefits associated with artificial intelligence technologies, blockchain, and bots, among others. The ICP (Colombian Petroleum Institute for its acronym in Spanish) is expected to invest approximately US$30 million, mainly in energy transition projects, advanced materials and increasing the recovery factor.The organic investment plan is expected to be mainly financed by internal cash generation and the existing cash surpluses from the beginning of the year. A gross debt to EBITDA ratio of less than 2.5 times is expected for 2021, reversing the leverage indicator trend seen in 2020.We believe this plan is in line with (i) our strategy of becoming the energy that transforms Colombia and (ii) the Ecopetrol Group’s cultural principles: life comes first, ethics, passion for excellence, making possible the impossible, leadership and inclusion, and working as a team. Furthermore, we believe it addresses the current challenges with a sustainability approach and ensures a strategy that adds value to the Business Group and the country.“2020 challenged the Company and proved its resilience and ability to adapt to an adverse and volatile environment. The investment plan for 2021 seeks to recover the Company’s growth path, enhance its competitiveness, enlarge the sustainability agenda and establish the course towards energy transition, in line with our strategic pillars of cash flow protection, cost efficiency, capital discipline and profitable and sustainable growth. With this investment plan we are using our energy to continue constructing a country of all, for all,” said Ecopetrol’s CEO, Felipe Bayón Pardo. Source: Company Press Release