P. O. L. I. C. Y Limited (POL.mu) 2010 Annual Report

first_imgP. O. L. I. C. Y Limited (POL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about P. O. L. I. C. Y Limited (POL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the P. O. L. I. C. Y Limited (POL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: P. O. L. I. C. Y Limited (POL.mu)  2010 annual report.Company ProfileP.O.L.I.C.Y Limited is an investment company that was established as a liability company. P.O.L.I.C.Y Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img

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Out of the frying pan…: Alan Solomons will leave Southern Kings for Edinburgh

first_imgEDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 13: Edinburgh player Greig Laidlaw in action during the Heineken Cup Round 5 match between Edinburgh and Munster at Murrayfield Stadium on January 13, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS He has the second-leg of the promotion/relegation scrap to burn through first, then he heads for Scotland. From there he can put his scorched feet under a desk at Murrayfield and see if he can spice things up for a side that have the attacking weapons and the sponsorship to succeed, but who also have an abysmal season fresh in their memory and need to be shaken up.Solomons is jumping out of the frying pan, but with this new Scottish challenge he is missing the fire and heading straight for the spice rack. Scotland is a much less volatile place to be for someone who has spent a season being battered and chipped like a wind-chime fastened to a helicopter blade. There is no relegation in the RaboDirect Pro12, Heineken Cup qualification is assured (at least in the last year of the competitions current agreement), the fan base is not nearly as potentially vitriolic as an upset Eastern Cape support, a disappointing season will not mean instant axing and his new team have great attacking potential.Unchallenged: Greig Laidlaw for EdiburghHis is a somewhat rushed introduction to Scottish rugby, especially compared to that of future national head coach Vern Cotter who has a whole year to um and ah about which baseball cap to wear at his first Scotland press conference in 2014. Nevertheless, Solomons will have little time to make an impression before the first ball is kicked-off for his reign. Edinburgh have made signings without him, and they have made very few that will change the side’s inherent style. Another big winger in Nikki Walker joins Tim Visser and Greig Laidlaw loses international-quality competition for the scrum-half berth with Richie Rees away. The impressive Greig Tonks gets a bit of resistance from incoming full-back Jack Cuthbert. Alasdair Dickinson jumps into the spot vacated by Allan Jacobsen. Aleki Lutui comes in to join several hookers at the club.Mixing this up to change Edinburgh drastically would be a test of Solomons’ skills, but a free-running Edinburgh got to the semis of the Heineken the season before last, so perhaps he is happy to work with what he has. The important thing is simply that he removes himself from the intense heat of South Africa and embarks upon a potentially rewarding new venture. When we were Kings: Alan Solomons will be Edinburgh’s head coach after the Southern Kings relegation battleBy Alan DymockAS BUTTER fizzes and browns at his feet, Southern Kings’ Alan Solomons has opted to hop out of the Super Rugby frying pan for a more certain future.The former Springboks assistant and erstwhile Ulster head coach is looking after the relatively new but knobbled Kings franchise, however they are a game down in their bid to remain a Super Rugby team after losing a first-leg match of the relegation/promotion playoff against the Golden Lions.More than just a hat stand: Soon-to-be Scotland’s Vern CotterIf they lose their second leg to the Johannesburg team after losing 26-19 in the first, the Kings enter the torturous stasis that comes from seceding one of the precious Super Rugby spots to a rival. If they lose, the Kings will spend the next twelve months watching the Lions play in the top professional competition in the Southern Hemisphere while several of their own players and resources fade away, caught in limbo with no league to contest.Solomons has already planned his escape from the purgatory, though. The Kings may still win away from home by the eight points needed to keep their Super status, but it is unlikely. Anyway, win, lose or draw, the coach is off to Scotland to take charge of Edinburgh Rugby.last_img read more

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Gas prices stall as COVID cases spike in Florida

first_img The Anatomy of Fear Click here to view current gasoline price averages Please enter your name here Gas Price Survey MethodologyAAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com. Every day up to 130,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline.About AAA – The Auto Club GroupThe Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, banking, financial services, and travel offerings to over 13.5 million members across 13 U.S. states, the province of Quebec and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 60 million members in the United States and Canada whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. Visit AAA on the Internet at AAA.com. TAGSAAAGas Prices Previous articleDespite $1B in cuts, DeSantis’ budget preserves ‘historic achievements’Next articleOrange County reports a positivity rate of 15.3% in COVID cases; increases contact tracing, hosts landlord/tenant series webinar Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida$2.031$2.033$2.023$1.885$2.538$4.08   (7/17/2008) AAA GAS PRICE AVERAGES(Price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline) Gasoline demand concerns return as COVID-19 cases riseBy AAAFlorida gas prices increased by a penny last week, but any additional gains may be hard to come by, as Florida experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases.There’s growing concern in the fuel market that rising cases of coronavirus will interfere with the recovery in fuel demand, which took a significant hit during the height of the state’s stay-at-home orders. During that time, fuel demand was down as much as 80 percent in some Florida metro areas. Since reopening, the deficit shrunk to only 20 percent.The fear of how rising COVID-19 cases could cause people to drive less, is what alleviated the upward momentum of both crude oil and wholesale gasoline prices. Crude oil set a 3-month high of $40.46 per barrel on Monday. But at rising cases set in, the price of oil dropped 5 percent by Friday, to a closing price of $38.49 per barrel. Wholesale gasoline took the biggest hit, falling 10 cents (10%) last week.“Demand concerns are beginning to creep back into the market, now that cases of coronavirus are on the rise in Florida,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “State numbers suggest demand is holding steady, but market analysts worry about an eventual downturn. With wholesale prices turning lower, it’s possible drivers will begin to see slightly lower prices at the pump this week.”The average price for gasoline in Florida is $2.03 per gallon. The state average is 1-cent more than a week ago, and 14 cents more than last month. Despite the recent uptick, Florida drivers are still paying 51 cents per gallon less than this time last year.Regional PricesMost expensive metro markets – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.15), Gainesville ($2.11), Tallahassee ($2.10)Least expensive metro markets – Punta Gorda ($1.98), Fort Myers-Cape Coral ($1.98), Orlando ($1.99), Tampa Bay ($1.99)Find Florida Gas PricesDaily gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.com State and metro averages can be found here Georgia$1.989$1.989$1.923$1.749$2.524$4.16   (9/15/2008)center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 National$2.178$2.178$2.127$1.968$2.708$4.11   (7/17/2008) Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate SundaySaturdayWeek AgoMonth AgoOne Year AgoRecord High Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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In past week in Somaliland, 25 journalists arrested, four still held and TV station closed

first_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information March 2, 2021 Find out more RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region News RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists News News February 24, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica to go further Photo : Ahmed Mohamed Siilaanyon (Pete Chonka / AFP) SomaliaAfrica Organisation Reporters Without Borders is worried by events of the past week affecting the media in the breakaway northwestern territory of Somaliland, in which a total of 25 journalists were arrested and a television station, HornCable TV, was closed in Hargeisa, the territory’s capital. The organization accuses the authorities to trying to intimidate the media and calls for the release of four journalists still being held illegally.“This wave of arrests of journalists is without precedent in Somaliland,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We are disturbed by this crackdown and by the president’s readiness to brand a media as a ‘nation destructor.’ This will further intimidate journalists who already have to cope with tough conditions in this region of Somalia. We urge the authorities to free the four journalists still being held and to reopen HornCable TV without delay.”When HornCable TV employees demonstrated outside the presidential palace in Hargeisa yesterday in protest against the station’s closure, they were attacked and beaten by members of the Somaliland Special Protection Unit and eight of them were arrested. The eight detainees, all journalists, were Nimco Sabriye, Hamsa Ali Bulbul, Mohamed Gurashe, Abdirahman Sheik Yunes, Ayan Diriye, Nimo’ Diriye, Hodan Ali Ajabi and Safiya Nuh Sheikh.Thirteen other journalists from various media who went to help their detained colleagues were then also arrested. HornCable TV’s owner was summoned to the president’s office later yesterday and interrogated. The detained journalists, who included six women, were taken to police headquarters in Hargeisa and were finally released today on interior minister Mohamed Nour Arale’s orders, after being held for more than 24 hours.HornCable TV was closed on 14 January when around 100 policemen arrived in seven armoured vehicles, ordered all the staff to leave and sealed the doors. The transmitter was disconnected soon afterwards. The officer in charge of the raid, Mohamed Du’alle, admitted he did not have a warrant but said he was acting on orders from superiors. Mohamed Abdi Sheik, HornCable TV’s East Africa director, was briefly detained during the operation.In an address to parliament earlier the same day, Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Siilaanyon described HornCable TV as a “nation destructor” and accused it of broadcasting anti-government propaganda.The government’s anger was reportedly aroused by the station’s coverage of a tribal meeting in Taleh district of Sool region, in which representatives of various tribes announced the creation of an autonomous administration in the region. The interior minister confirmed that this was the reason, and said the station’s licence had been withdrawn for “anti-Somaliland propaganda.”The four journalists who are still detained were arrested in series of incidents from 8 to 11 January.Ali Ismail Aare, a reporter for the weekly Waheen, was arrested on 11 January for taking photos of a service station and a building belonging to Somaliland Vice-President Abdirahman Abdilahi. Mohamed Omar Sheikh, a reporter for the weekly Saxafi, was arrested the same day for writing articles that were deemed likely to create conflict in the Awdal region.Abdiqani Hassan Farah, a Universal TV reporter in Las Anod district of Sool region, was arrested with two colleagues from HornCable TV and Somaliland TV on 9 January. The other two were freed after a few hours but Farah, also known as Gadari, is still being held on a charge of “exaggerating reports of a meeting that created instability in the Sool, Sanag and Cayn regions.” It was a meeting of the Taleh tribes the day before. His arrest was reportedly arranged by Sool’s governor on the orders of Somaliland information minister Ahmed Abdi Habsade.On 9 January, Somaliland police also prevented four journalists from attending the laying of fibre-optic cable by SomCable Ltd that will enable the territory to be connected with the outside world via Djibouti. It has been the source of a great deal of controversy as it was authorized by the previous government and rejected by the new one.Finally, Yusuf Abdi Ali, a reporter better known as Indho Quruh who works for London-based Royal TV, was arrested without a warrant in the Borame district of the city of Awdal on 8 January after being accused by a local NGO, Africa Youth Development Association, of making false allegations of corruption and management problems in local development projects. He is still being held in the Borame district police station. He has not been charged and has not been able to see a lawyer.This is the list of 21 journalists who were arrested on 15 January and were freed the next day:1. Mohamud Abdi Jama, editor-in-chief, Waaheen newspaper_ 2. Mohamed Omar Abdi, editor-in-chief, Jamhuuriya newspaper_ 3. Ahmed Aden Dhere, reporter, Haatuf newspaper_ 4. Mohamed Said Harago, head of news, Berberanews_ 5. Najah Adan Unaye, director, Hadhwanaagnews_ 6. Suhur Barre, reporter, HornCable TV_ 7. Abdiqani Abdullahi Ahmed, reporter, Hadhwanaagnews_ 8. Mohamed Ahmed Muse, reporter, HornCable TV_ 9. Mohamed Fayr, reporter, Geeska Africa newspaper_ 10. Saleban Abdi Ali Kalshaale, reporter, Waaheen newspaper_ 11. Khalid Hamdi Ahmed, reporter, Waaheen newspaper_ 12. Nimo Omar Mohmed Sabriye, presenter, HornCable TV_ 13. Hamsa Ali Bulbul, reporter, HornCable TV_ 14. Mohamed Ahmed Muse Kurase, reporter, HornCable TV_ 15. Abdirahman Sheik Yunes, presenter, HornCable TV_ 16. Ayan Diriye, reporter, HornCable TV_ 17. Nimo’ Diriye, reporter, HornCable TV_ 18. Hodan Ali Ajabi, reporter, HornCable TV_ 19. Safiya Nuh Sheikh, presenter, HornCable TV_ 20. Ahmed Abdirahman Hersi, news editor, HornCable TV_ 21. Jama Omar Abdullahi, reporter, Waaheen newspaper RSF_en Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia January 16, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 In past week in Somaliland, 25 journalists arrested, four still held and TV station closed News Follow the news on Somalia January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Two Peas in a Pod

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Two Peas in a Pod Two Peas in a Pod Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Confirmation Hearing Joseph Otting 2017-07-27 Joey Pizzolato The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Development rolled out another confirmation hearing Thursday morning for two roles in the financial sector. Joseph Otting, former President and CEO of OneWest Bank—who’s tenure at the bank also coincided with Secretary of the Treasury Stephen Mnuchin—was nominated for Comptroller of the Currency; and the Honorable Randal Quarles was nominated to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Vice Chairman for the Supervision of the Board of Governors.As was expected, both men fielded inquiries regarding the roll back of Dodd-Frank Act rules and the overall loosening of financial regulations. Such topics have been popular amongst the Senate Committee as of late.Otting and Quarles received harsh questioning from Democrats, particularly from ranking member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who didn’t hesitate to voice his concerns in his opening remarks.“Mr. Otting’s bank made money by kicking seniors out of their homes, and then turned around and said the government made them do it,” he said. “[And] many of [Mr. Quarles’] statements leading up to the crisis lead me to wonder whether he was asleep at the switch or willfully turning a blind eye to Wall Street abuses.”Both men defended their past positions just before the crisis. Otting referenced a “false narrative” surrounding the actions of OneWest, while Quarles spoke of hindsight and unnamed political obstacles that forced caution when determining whether or not to push for regulatory reform.And while Otting and Quarles’ answers to the committee’s questions remained relatively ambiguous, citing need for further information or desire to sit down with the members and explore issues further due to the complicated nature of the subject, the two members agreed on numerous topics when pressed.First, both men thought that the bankruptcy code should be reexamined to ensure that government-backed financial institutions weren’t bailed out by tax-payer dollars, as well as the fact that regulations should be simplified and more transparent with clearly defined rules. Quarles in particular voiced his opinion that the stress test should be relaxed and given to the banks prior to the exam. Neither of the nominees denied that regulations were necessary, however, only that they needed to be reexamined.“As recognized by the Treasury report, regulatory policies enacted since the financial crisis have improved the safety and soundness of the financial system,” Quarles said. “But as with any complex undertaking, after the first wave of reform, and with the benefit of experience and reflection, some refinements will definitely be in order.”The next step in the nomination process will be a vote, after the committee has been given time to ask the nominees additional questions. No vote has been scheduled as of Thursday afternoon. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Previous: Previous Post Next: Freddie Mac: Bright Future Ahead Sign up for DS News Daily Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] Tagged with: Confirmation Hearing Joseph Ottingcenter_img About Author: Joey Pizzolato Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago July 27, 2017 1,204 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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Sticky situation: Truck carrying 41,000 pounds of honey overturns on highway

first_imgIndiana State Police(INDIANAPOLIS) — An overturned semi-truck caused what the Indiana State Police are calling a “sticky situation” Wednesday when it spilled 20 tons of honey on Interstate 80/94.The spill closed down three lanes of traffic for several hours while crews worked to remove the truck and its payload of 41,000 pounds of amber honey.According to a press release from the Indiana State Police, the semi was traveling eastbound when its axle broke, causing the vehicle to roll over when its driver lost control.The truck’s 41,000 pounds of honey was being hauled in 13 containers. Five of the containers sheared through the trailer’s roof and fell out during the crash, with several of the containers leaking honey onto the roadway.In addition to the honey, the truck was leaking diesel fuel as it had just refueled.Indiana State Police urged commuters to avoid the area because of what they called “gawkers” slowing down to view the wreck from the opposite lanes.It’s not known how long the accident will take to clean up, but police expect it to be an extended cleanup and closure.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Lawmakers in US Virgin Islands approve bill banning certain sunscreen ingredients

first_imgbymuratdeniz/iStock(NEW YORK) — Lawmakers in the U.S. Virgin Islands approved a bill that would ban the sale of sunscreens with ingredients that environmentalists say are harming the ocean.The U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature on Monday unanimously passed bill number 33-0043, which bans sale, distribution and import of sunscreen products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate.Environmentalists welcomed the vote, calling the products toxic and harmful to coral and marine life. Island Green Living Association, a nonprofit group that supported the proposal, said the “toxic” chemicals are at 40 times acceptable levels in some territory waters.“Oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene devastate coral and marine life and are also known carcinogenic and hormone disruptors in humans,” Harith Wickrema, president of Island Green Living Association, said in a statement. “In addition to environmental and human harm, tourism-based economies will experience financial devastation if coral and marine life die off. The ripple effect would be huge and we need to take action now.”The group said the bill “goes further” than efforts to fight sunscreen pollution in other parts of the U.S., including Hawaii and Key West. It urged tourists and beach goers to look for non-nano mineral sunscreens that do not harm coral life.“Instead of chemical sunscreen, non-nano mineral sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide protect against the sun and do not harm coral,” the organization said. “Coverings such as rash guards [and] hats also are effective against the sun’s damaging rays. Studies have shown that once these chemicals are out of the water systems, the coral can regenerate.”The bill is expected to be signed into law by Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan in July. The full ban would go into effect in March of next year.“Sunscreen pollution, and especially the chemicals of oxybenzone, octocrylene, and octinoxate, can poison coral reefs so that a next-generation of corals and fish can never be established, ultimately giving rise to ruined seascape,” Craig Downs, executive director of the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory in Virginia, said in a statement praising the bill.“The people of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the tourism industry, and elected representatives of the Virgin Islands have taken an audacious measure to reduce the destructive aspects of sunscreen pollution and to conserve and restore their coral reefs,” he added. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Young claim age holds them back in careers

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Young claim age holds them back in careersOn 27 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Young people have complained that employers are discriminating against them in the workplace, damaging their career prospects.The Employers’ Forum on Age, which usually campaigns on behalf of older people in the workforce, is backing the ageism claim from staff in their 20s.More than one in four young people say that, despite having the right qualifications, they are considered too young for certain jobs. A similar number complain they would have to leave their current employers in order to gain promotion.Launched at the Forum’s annual conference today in London, the survey reveals that half of the young respondents questioned claimed they had been held back because of their age.Confidence in the Government’s anti-ageism initiative was also questioned with over 60 per cent of all 18 to 30 year olds saying the Government should be doing more to combat ageism in the workplace.EFA development director Ruth Jarratt said HR managers should develop policies to combat youth ageism. “We welcomed the Government’s voluntary code on ageism, launched over a year ago, which was intended to tackle ageism at both ends of the age spectrum. But these findings show that younger staff are held back by ageist attitudes.Sally Davis, director of careers consultancy Sanders and Sidney, which carried out the survey, said, “Ageism is counter-productive for business – people at every level in organisations offer potential, which is being under-used.”She added that in areas like new technology older workers could learn a lot from younger employees. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Sound basis for employee relations

first_imgSound basis for employee relationsOn 22 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. TheGovernment has reformed the labour market to build a durable and fair basis forconstructive employee relations, according to the Labour Party manifesto.Itlists its successes as four weeks’ paid holiday, the right to unionrecognition, and proper rights for part-time employees.Themanifesto, called Ambitions for Britain, highlights workforce consultation asan area of concern. It acknowledges that when large-scale redundancies areconsidered there is an especially strong case for consultation.Itpromises to implement the findings of its three-month review into consultation.”Wesupport conciliation in the workplace to avoid resorting to litigation. We willexamine reforms that promote efficiency and fairness,” the manifestostates.Themanifesto tackles the issue of increasing red tape for business.”Regulation should be introduced where it is necessary, in a light-touchway. We will cut back the red tape associated with regulation, examineopportunities to put time limits on regulations, and deregulate by secondarylegislation,” the document says.Recentwork-life balance announcements have been confirmed in the manifesto. Statutorymaternity leave will be increased from 18 weeks to six months with pay risingto £100 a week, and fathers will be paid £100 a week paternity leave for twoweeks.TheLabour Party has re-iterated its commitment to reducing the gender pay gap. Itstates, “We will work with employers and employees to develop effectiveproposals, building on good practice and the sound business case, in bothpublic and private sectors.” Tacklingthe productivity gap is also a priority. “Our ambition is for everyone tohave the opportunity to train in partnership of employers, employees andgovernment, each giving time and money to raise standards of skills in theUK,” says the manifesto. “Ourfirst priority is to help the 7 million adults who lack basic literacy andskills with 750,000 people achieving basic skills by 2004.”Manifesto:at-a-glanceTaxand the economy – No rise in income tax– Low inflation– Sound public finances– Raise in minimum wage to £4.20Business– Reduce regulation– Review consultation laws– Increase spending on transport by 20 per cent a yearEducation– 10,000 more teachers – 5 per cent increase each year in spending on education– Expand childcare places to provide for 1.6 million children Health– 20,000 more nurses, 10,000 more doctors – 6 per cent increase each year in spending on health Constitution– Reform WhitehallCrime– Extra £1.6bn a year for the police by 2003-04– 6,000 extra police recruits Europe– Monitor five economic indicators for monetary union, if favourable referendumon the poundwww.labour.org.uklast_img read more

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Future Distribution of Suitable Habitat for Pelagic Sharks in Australia Under Climate Change Models.

first_imgGlobal oceans are absorbing over 90% of the heat trapped in our atmosphere due to accumulated anthropogenic greenhouse gases, resulting in increasing ocean temperatures. Such changes may influence marine ectotherms, such as sharks, as their body temperature concurrently increases toward their upper thermal limits. Sharks are high trophic level predators that play a key role in the regulation of ecosystem structure and health. Because many sharks are already threatened, it is especially important to understand the impact of climate change on these species. We used shark occurrence records collected by commercial fisheries within the Australian continental Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to predict changes in future (2050-2099) relative to current (1956-2005) habitat suitability for pelagic sharks based on an ensemble of climate models and emission scenarios. Our predictive models indicate that future sea temperatures are likely to shift the location of suitable shark habitat within the Australian EEZ. On average, suitable habitat is predicted to decrease within the EEZ for requiem and increase for mackerel sharks, however, the direction and severity of change was highly influenced by the choice of climate model. Our results indicate the need to consider climate change scenarios as part of future shark management and suggest that more broad -scale studies are needed for these pelagic species.last_img read more

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