Japan: WorldVision Calls for Donations

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>Dear Friend,

World Vision is on high alert after the largest earthquake in Japan’s history struck the country Friday and triggered a devastating tsunami along the eastern coast. Hundreds were killed, hundreds more are missing, and tens of thousands are displaced after their homes crumbled or were washed out to sea by the 30-foot waves.

Your help is needed now! World Vision relief staff is on stand-by to help meet the most urgent needs of children and families in the impacted areas.

World Vision is often one of the first organizations to begin relief work when disaster strikes, including the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, as well as earthquakes last year in Haiti and Chile. And we remain on the ground for the long haul, rebuilding communities and restoring hope.

If you can, please donate now to help us meet the urgent needs of disaster survivors in Japan and other areas devastated by the massive tsunami. And please join us in prayer for hurting children and families.

In Him,
Rich Stearns
President, World Vision U.S.

World Vision United States — Building a Better World for Children
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
In 2010, 85 percent of World Vision’s total operating expenses were used for programs that benefit children, families, and communities in need.
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E-mail: info@worldvision.org

Southwest to buy AirTran – Sep. 27, 2010

Does this mean Southwest is finally coming to Lexington?  I hope so!

Southwest to buy AirTran – Sep. 27, 2010.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Southwest Airlines plans to acquire AirTran Holdings for $1.4 billion, the airlines said on Monday.

Southwest (LUVFortune 500) said the deal values AirTran at $7.69 per share, a 69% premium over AirTran’s closing price of $4.55 on Friday. AirTran’s (AAI) stock surged to $7.27 in pre-market trading.

Southwest chief executive officer Gary Kelly said the deal will allow his airline to expand into airports serving major hubs like Atlanta, Washington D.C., Boston, Baltimore and New York City.

Southwest said the total deal, including AirTran’s debt and aircraft operating leases, is valued at about $3.4 billion.

The deal has been approved by the board of directors of each airline, and is now contingent upon the approval of regulators and AirTran stockholders.