Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2007 annual report.For more information about Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) 2007 annual report.Company ProfileAiico Insurance Plc is a leading insurance company in Nigeria offering life assurance and annuity, general insurance and special risk, pension management, health insurance and asset management. The company is the second-largest insurance company in Nigeria by gross premiums and has a diversified client base which includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Life insurance products include an annuity plan, corporate savings plan, education, flexible endowment plan, group life insurance plan, income investment plan, life celebration plan, mortgage protection plan, term assurance and three payment plant. Aiico Insurance Plc has a controlling stake in Multishield Plc and a minority stake in Healthcare International Plc and Aiico Capital Plc. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Aiico Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Royston Wild | Thursday, 9th April, 2020 See all posts by Royston Wild Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The recent stock market crash has created a galaxy of dirt-cheap, big-yielding investment traps waiting to trip share buyers up. M Winkworth (LSE: WINK) is one of these high-risk companies that I would avoid at all costs.Winkworth has avoided slashing dividends in recent days, unlike its estate agency rivals like Belvoir and Savills. It’s a decision the company may have to row back on should the UK remain on lockdown beyond spring. It’s not extreme to think that the housing market may stay paralysed for longer.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…Home sales have slumped as the government-imposed quarantine has come into effect. Property viewings are currently prohibited. Latest data from Zoopla show that the number of property sales has tanked by almost three quarters since isolation measures were introduced in mid-March. A recent ramp-up in Covid-19 infection rates suggests that the shutdown affecting the estate agency industry could continue for some time yet.More bad dataFresh survey data from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) raised fears still further. The body says that its members’ sales expectations for the next three months are at the lowest level since its records began in the late 1990s.A net balance of -92% of respondents expect sales to drop in the period. This means that more than nine-tenths of surveyors believe sales will decrease rather than increase.RICS members also reckon that prices will be at their weakest since the 2008–09 banking crisis. They also suggest that any market recovery could be some way off. A net balance of -42% of participants expect prices to fall over a 12-month time horizon, too, rather than rise.Commenting on the figures, RICS says “the fact that responses are negative not just at the three but also the twelve month time horizon is significant in suggesting that the legacy of covid-19 could be such that any return to what might be described as ‘normality’ in the economy will take time and households will remain cautious for a while.”A stock market crasher to avoidOf course the coronavirus crisis isn’t the only threat to Winkworth and its peers’ fortunes. Possibly not just over the next 12 months but beyond, too.While the homes market got off to a flyer at the start of 2020, this was because of the removal of the threat of an economically-catastrophic no-deal Brexit at the end of January. The threat is likely to emerge again in the coming months though. It is written into UK law that the Brexit transition period will end at the close of 2020. And the government has repeated time and again its desire to exit then under any circumstances.At current prices, Winkworth changes hands on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 9.6 times. City expectations that it will pay another 7.8p per share full year dividend create an enormous 8% yield, too. Tempting numbers, absolutely.But not tempting enough for me given the strong possibility of a profits crash and the scythe coming down on dividends. I’d avoid this AIM stock despite its low cost following the share market crash. Royston Wild 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. 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April 18, 2020 at 11:57 am TAGScity councilCity of ApopkaCOVID-19Live StreamMayor NelsonSolid WasteTrash Pickup Previous articleMayor Demings announces OC drive-through test site no longer requires appointment, talks masks and 5 new test sitesNext articleWill COVID-19 be the death of summer vacation for students? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Apopka City Hall The Anatomy of Fear Reply Reply 6 COMMENTS From the City of ApopkaMayor Bryan Nelson gives video update about Solid Waste Department and pickup in the City. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 It is 6:04 am in the morning, and do you know what your local city government discussed, or passed last night at the city council meeting? I doubt it, because the audio of the meetings are inaudible, and you cannot hear them, even with plugged in ear buds. What is going on? They discourage you from attending, because of the pandemic, but then boast about the meetings on you tube. Well guess what, I don’t have any problems viewing or listening to any other you tube video or audio, so what the heck is going on? The mayor’s video above about the garbage is loud and clear, and some of the mayor’s other reports, so it seems to be only the city council meetings that can’t be heard loudly enough. Also, whoever is filming the meetings, needsto move in closer to the council, as the councilmembers look like ants…too far back altogether. Reply Tenita Reid April 16, 2020 at 6:12 am Reply April 16, 2020 at 12:06 pm Tenita Reid Reply Tenita Reid Reply Tenita Reid April 18, 2020 at 12:20 pm April 16, 2020 at 12:16 pm Two House democrats have proposed giving Americans $ 2000 dollars per month, plus another $500 per child, every month, until the virus crisis is over, or until the unemployment levels are down to the pre- virus statistics. At least, for six months at a minimum, to help people survive. Vote Democrat! I wonder why the Apopka cops are constantly directing traffic behind the Wells Fargo Bank drive-thru up on 436, and leave their cop cars sitting out there in the back lot with their lights flashing the whole time they are there? Everytime I am up that way, there they are, seems like all the time. I don’ t see the APD directing the other bank’s drive-thru in town. What gives??? Information on live streaming of City Meetings on YouTube channelPlanning Commission on April 14 at 5:30 PM.AgendaIntent to Speak (Online Form)YouTube ChannelCity Council Meeting on April 15 at 7 PM AgendaIntent to Speak (Online Form)YouTube Channel April 16, 2020 at 6:04 am Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Tenita Reid Please enter your comment! What happened to new trees out at the Northwest Recreation Complex in Jason Dwelly Parkway that were planted to replace the dead and dying pine trees? So many of them are brown and dead. That is a lot of dead new plantings. I didn’ t expect that to happen to Southern Red Cedars. That looks like the kind of trees they are from the road to me…..??? Was it just not enough of water, or could it be a virus that killed them? Tenita Reid LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter While you sit at home waiting for your unemployment benefits, or your $1200 dollar stimulus money, just know that the GOPs in 2017, in their tax code overhaul, made it possible for those earning one million dollars a year, to be able to now collect a $ 1.7 million dollar stimulus check. The source of this info is from Forbes. Check it out, and remember to vote Democrat! Oh, and Trump and probably all of his family members will qualify, and will get that windfall…….doesn’t seem right, or fair. 43, 000 people slated to get that amount of the stimulus package. At least, I don’t think Mayor Nelson showed up for our city council meeting dressed like that photo of the City of Orlando Mayor with those white boxer-looking shorts and sport coat on…OMG. I hope that photo wasn’t real, and was only someone’ s idea of a joke. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 17 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Comments to Internal Revenue Service on US charities’ use of the Web 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. US watchdog body OMB Watch has published its comments to the Internal Revenue Service on non-profits’ use of the Internet. The IRS had requested feedback on a series of questions it had raised. The information, while US-focused, raises issues for non-profits in other countries.US watchdog body OMB Watch has published its comments to the Internal Revenue Service on non-profits’ use of the Internet. The IRS had requested feedback on a series of questions it had raised. The information, while US-focused, raises issues for non-profits in other countries. Questions raised included:Does a website constitute a single publication or communication? If not, how should it be separated into distinct publications or communications? Advertisement When allocating expenses for a web site, what methodology is appropriate? To what extent and by what means should an exempt organization maintain the information from prior versions of the organization’s web site? Does providing a hyperlink on a charitable organization’s website to another organization that engages in political campaign intervention result in per se prohibited political intervention? Does providing a hyperlink to the website of another organization that engages in lobbying activity constitute lobbying by a charitable organization? Does publication of a webpage on the Internet by a charitable organization… constitute an appearance in the mass media? For OMB Watch’s response read OMB Watch Comments to the IRS on Nonprofits’ Use of the Internet. Howard Lake | 13 February 2001 | News
Community News 40 New COVID-19 Infections Detected in Pasadena; Nearly 4,000 Reported Across L.A. County By BRIAN DAY Published on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 5:20 pm Top of the News HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Business News Subscribe <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”>?</span>Pasadena health officials documented 40 new COVID-19 infections in the city on Wednesday, while county officials reported nearly 4,000 new cases and 36 additional deaths.No new fatalities were reported in Pasadena, where the death toll stood 130, and total cases were tallied at 3,200, according to city data.Common themes among recent cases included younger adults socializing and attending parties, people seemingly becoming laxer about hanging out with family members living outside the household, and “asymptomatic cases that do not believe their results are accurate and are not quarantining, and traveling,” said city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.At Huntington Hospital, officials reported treating 36 COVID-19 patients on Wednesday.L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer announced 3,944 new infections, representing the most cases reported in a single day since mid-July. Thirty-six new fatalities were announced.In total, the county had recorded 348,336 infections and 7,335 deaths since the start of the pandemic, Ferrer said.“The current surge in cases is highly evident, and has been particularly pronounced since Nov. 1,” she said. “On that day, the average daily cases were a little over 1,100… today, we’re almost at 4,000 cases. I cannot stress enough how concerning this is.”Across the county, 1,188 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to Ferrer. “This represents nine days of a continued increase in the numbers of people hospitalized.”In another grim sign, L.A. County’s positivity rate had reached 7.1 percent, up from 5.1 percent on Nov. 8 and 3.9 percent on Nov. 1, she said.At the state level, authorities announced 9,811 new fatalities and 61 deaths on Wednesday, bringing California’s totals to 1,047,789 COVID-19 cases and 18,360 fatalities.The statewide positivity rate over the prior seven days was measured at 5.3 percent, while the 14-day average was 4.8 percent, according to the California Department of Public Health.As of Wednesday, Los Angeles County accounted for 33 percent of California’s COVID-19 infections and 40 percent of the state’s deaths.
Email Advertisement Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Emotional farewell to crash victims Twitter Previous articleWho is The Colleen Bawn?Next articleExtra funding will be available in wake of flooding admin Facebook NewsCommunityLocal NewsPolitics#Video Ministers Hayes and Noonan visit Limerick floodsBy admin – February 3, 2014 805 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister of State Brian Hayes today visited Limerick to witness the damage caused by severe flooding in the city over the weekend.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Thanks to Sean Curtin TAGSBrian HayesfloodsMichael NoonanMusic Limerick Linkedin Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday WhatsApp Print #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick
Rugby legend John Hayes will address the conference this WednesdayAHEAD of Wednesday’s ‘Building Rural Communities – Lessons from Sport’ conference at MIC, St. Patrick’s Campus, Thurles, the opinion of people in rural areas were canvassed as to how challenged these communities are now.With rural Ireland experiencing population declines of 20% and more over the past five years compared to urban growth of up to 8 per cent, it’s clear that the urban migration and emigration trend continues unabated.While much depends on Government to follow through on promises of correcting the slide, there’s an equal onus on all who live in and care for rural Ireland to be creative and innovative so that we reimagine and build communities that will not alone stop the decline but begin to grow again.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up To that end, the Institute for Pastoral Studies at MIC, St. Patrick’s Campus, Thurles will on host an evening conference this Wednesday, from 7pm to 9:30pm, titled ‘Building Rural Community – Lessons from Sport’.The theme for the conference was selected on the basis that sport is not alone the glue for many communities today but also it is in its own right a business opportunity for each and every county.The conference takes place at 7p.m. and will have speakers including Pat Spillane, Anna May McHugh, John ‘Bull’ Hayes and Michael Ryan.Some tickets are still available but people are asked to book ahead online to guarantee their seat.See here for bookings. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin TAGSBuilding rural communitiesJohn Hayeslimerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Email Facebook Twitter Previous articleCompetition winnerNext articleApril is Poetry Month in Limerick this year Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print News#WATCH Your thoughts on ‘building rural communities’By Staff Reporter – March 27, 2017 876 Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
NewsLocal NewsNetwork Ireland Limerick elects new president for 2018By Staff Reporter – January 29, 2018 2385 Limerick Post Show | Caragh O’Shea appointed President TAGSCatriona O’DonoghueNetwork IrelandNetwork Ireland LimerickValerie Murphy Valerie Murphy, Valerie’s Breast Care and Edwina Gore, Network Ireland Limerick President and Gore CommunicationsNetwork Ireland Limerick, the forum for women in business, the professions and the arts, has elected Valerie Murphy of Valerie’s Breast Care as President for 2018.She succeeds outgoing president Edwina Gore. Catriona O’Donoghue of Get West has been confirmed as Vice President. Network Ireland Limerick is a branch of Network Ireland, a national organisation driving the personal and professional development of women with over 1,000 members and 15 branches throughout the country. Membership of Network Ireland Limerick is made up of a very diverse group of women from across the Mid-WestSpeaking about her appointment, Ms Murphy said, “I am very honoured to be elected as President of Network Ireland Limerick for 2018. I believe strongly in the aim of Network Ireland which is to support the professional and personal development of women in all business activities.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up As President of Network Ireland Limerick, Valerie will be responsible for fostering the aims and objectives of Network Ireland, representing the Limerick branch at National Executive meetings and overseeing the smooth running of up to 10 events locally.Looking forward to the year ahead, Ms Murphy noted, “We have great plans for 2018. Each month we will have highly influential speakers who are experts in their field. We will continue the work on our recently launched mentorship programme, which is free to all members. We will also continue to promote our members businesses and offer facilitated networking at each event. In May, we will have our Regional Business Awards.”“Network Ireland nationally and our Limerick branch locally has increased its membership dramatically in recent years. Pivotal to our success is the sterling work of our voluntary committee. Our goal for 2018 is to continue this expansion.” she concluded.More local news here. Linkedin Dr Sinead Kane to Talk at Limerick Event Sinead brings new vision to Limerick business women Roisin Upton and Ciara Neville to feature in Women in Sport Panel Discussion with Network Ireland Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleThree Limerick students honoured to present their project in DublinNext articleCouncil told to resolve issues with local participation network Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Email Twitter Facebook Advertisement Network Ireland Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2020 WhatsApp Seasoned Female Executive to Speak at Network Ireland Limerick event
National Hurricane Center(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Hurricane Michael, a monstrous Category 3 storm with 125 mph winds, made landfall in the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon, becoming the strongest storm since Hurricane Camille in 1969 and the third most powerful ever on record to hit the U.S.A broad swath of the Southeast is affected, with about 20 million people under either a warning or a watch for the hurricane, flooding or tornadoes, said ABC News contributor Tom Bossert, former Homeland Security Adviser to President Donald Trump.Michael is the worst hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle since the mid-1800s, the director of FEMA said.After making landfall early Wednesday afternoon, the storm tore through northwest Florida. By 4 p.m., Michael still had extreme winds of 140 mph as it moved inland toward southwest Georgia.Nearly 200,000 customers in Florida were without power as of Wednesday afternoon, according to state data.A dangerous tropical event with strong winds and very heavy rain is expected for parts of Georgia Wednesday night, and the tropical storm conditions will then spread across Georgia and the Carolinas overnight through Thursday. Life-threatening winds, dangerous storm surgeAs the winds pushed the ocean water onto the coast of Mexico Beach, Florida, ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee said she saw an “entire home, a well-built home, rolling down the street. … it makes you shake.”Unlike last month’s Hurricane Florence which brought massive flooding to the Carolinas, one of the biggest threats from Michael is the wind.Michael — described by Florida Gov. Rick Scott as “monstrous” — made landfall with almost the highest wind speed possible for a Category 4 — 155 mph. When a hurricane reaches 157 mph, it is in the highest category, a Category 5.After Michael barrels through Florida, it may strike Georgia as a Category 2, according to FEMA.As Michael approached the coast its pressure dropped to about 919 millibars (mb).The lower the pressure, the more intense the storm. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 made landfall with a pressure of 920 millibars.The hurricane also was forecast to bring a storm surge of up to 14 feet high, prompting warnings from officials.“Anybody that doesn’t evacuate that experiences storm surge doesn’t typically live to tell about that story,” Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told “Good Morning America” on Wednesday. Residents seek shelter, hunker downThousands fled the Florida coastline before the heavy rain — which may reach up to 12 inches — began.But by Wednesday morning, it was too late to evacuate. Those who remained were urged to shelter in place.“This was a shock waking up knowing it was a [Category] 4,” said Panama City Beach resident Julie Gordon. “Thinking it was a [Category] 2 was a very different story.”All bridges from Panama City Beach to further inland have closed, so Gordon said she is riding out Michael at home, “hoping and praying that the storm will continue to drift to the northeast … [an area] where it’s not quite as populated.”The Panhandle is the wide strip of northwest Florida with the Gulf of Mexico to the south and Alabama and Georgia to the north. Popular with tourists for its beaches, the area also has many year-round residents — its largest city is Pensacola, with a population approaching half a million.About 4,000 people have entered 70 evacuation shelters, FEMA officials said.Michael may bring weekslong power outages, officials added.Bossert said he’s concerned not enough people evacuated and many rescues may be needed after the brunt of the storm passes.“I am very, very worried” about the recovery, Bossert added. “People are going to really struggling after this one.”Mobile homes are especially a concern since they aren’t built to withstand hurricane-force winds, so in one county in south Georgia, mobile home residents were invited to shelter at a local church, reported ABC affiliate WALB in Albany, Georgia.“The size of this thing is growing,” said Reggie Rachals, sheriff of Lee County, Georgia. “It will tear up mobile home parks real bad.” States of emergency across the SouthScott declared a state of emergency in 35 counties in Florida. Trump approved an emergency declaration for Florida, permitting the federal government to provide resources and aid during the dangerous storm.“This is a small storm in an area that they never thought that it would be, and they said it grew into a monster,” Trump said Wednesday from the Oval Office.“We’re very, very prepared,” the president said. “We have massive amounts of food and water that gets brought in immediately.”Trump said, “It is not so easy” for some residents to evacuate.“Some of the areas are very poor. Not easy for a person without the necessary money to leave,” he said.Despite the storm, Trump said he plans to still attend his Wednesday night rally in Pennsylvania, telling reporters, “You have so many people already there and it’s sort of unfair to them.”He added that he will likely visit Florida on Sunday or Monday.After tearing through Florida, Michael headed toward Georgia, where Gov. Nathan Deal had declared a state of emergency.“What you’re going to see is a storm moving very rapidly through Georgia, and it will maintain hurricane strength through southwest Georgia and central Georgia as it passes through later today and early tomorrow,” FEMA’s Long told “GMA” on Wednesday morning.In Alabama, where residents may see massive power outages, high winds and heavy rain, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency.North Carolina and South Carolina will likely see heavy rainfall, which could cause flooding in areas already damaged and rain-soaked by last month’s Hurricane Florence.A state of emergency was declared Wednesday in North Carolina, said Gov. Roy Cooper, as he warned that winds will be strong enough to down trees.The last Category 4 hurricanes to strike the U.S. mainland were both in 2017 — Irma, which slammed into Florida, and Harvey, which hit Texas.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Mutlu Kurtbas/iStock(HILLSBORO COUNTY, Fla.) — A Florida sheriff’s office helped track down and rescue a woman who went missing while hiking thanks to an unlikely hero — her iPhone flashlight.The Hillsboro County Sheriff’s Office shared the news along with a night vision, black and white video, of the moment their Aviation Unit located the hiker who had called 911 on Dec. 29 when she became lost at a nature park in Thonotosassa.The HCSO Aviation Unit posted a video on Facebook of their search and rescue through the heavily wooded area in Flatwoods Wilderness Park.“Luckily, they were able to spot her lighted cell phone,” authorities said in the post. “Deputies were able to use coordinates from the helicopter to provide the Communications Center with a location and direct a park ranger driving an ATV to the hiker. The woman was found uninjured and driven safely out of the woods.”Libia Marsack told ABC News Tampa Bay affiliate WFTS that she takes daily hikes while caring for her husband who is battling cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center and chose that park because it was “local” and “had high security.”Marsack said she had “been on a trail for about two hours and could not find her way out,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement along with the video that “Rescues like this are one of the many benefits of having an expansive, well-trained Aviation Unit.”“Our team of deputies who fly our helicopters are constantly working from the air to assist in both rescues and arrests,” Chronister said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the work they put in everyday to keep the citizens of Hillsborough County safe.”Marsack told WFTS that the rescue team “brought peace, some comfort.”“I just want to thank them because I know we are in the holiday season and they had to take time out being away from their families to come do this type of work,” she said.Although this hike took a bad turn, Marsack said she will still take her strolls, just with the right tools to guide her.“This time, I need a map,” she said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.