Mashonaland Holdings Limited (MASH.zw) 2000 Annual Report

first_imgMashonaland Holdings Limited (MASH.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2000 annual report.For more information about Mashonaland Holdings Limited (MASH.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mashonaland Holdings Limited (MASH.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mashonaland Holdings Limited (MASH.zw)  2000 annual report.Company ProfileMashonaland Holdings Limited is a property investment and development company in Zimbabwe, providing solutions to the retail, commercial and industrial sector. The Office/Retail division acquires, develops and leases warehouse and factories and the Pure Retail acquires, develops and leases retail outlets; with other divisions involved in acquiring, letting and managing residential and specialised property aswell as undeveloped land. Mashonaland Holdings Limited owns an in-house management division responsible for letting and maintaining privately-owned properties; and a property research and development division which identifies potential property investments and development opportunities. A financial division maintains company accounts according to regulatory accounting standards, invests funds in approved instruments and acquires properties for shareholder investments. Mashonaland Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Got £5,000 to invest? 5 top UK shares I’d buy in an ISA today to get rich and retire early

first_img 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. 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. 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. Got some cash to invest but don’t know what to buy? Well you’re in luck. The stock market crash has provided a sea of opportunity for those looking to buy UK shares. And there is plenty of help on offer from experts like The Motley Fool to help you find these share market gems. 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…3 great dividend stocksWhether you’re looking for growth or income there are scores and scores of terrific UK shares trading at rock-bottom prices today. Dividends have been toppling like dominoes in 2020 but many British stocks remain in great shape to keep paying decent shareholder rewards.Direct Line Insurance Group’s 9% dividend yield makes it one of the hottest income-paying UK shares to buy today. Profits at general insurance providers tend to be more resilient during economic downturns like these. And particularly so among those that provide essential car insurance. I’d use Direct Line’s 8% share price fall in 2020 as a buying opportunity.Healthcare-related stocks also have excellent earnings visibility in good times and bad. And this makes them excellent picks for dividend investors. With this in mind I’d buy Alliance Pharma shares as the economy tanks. Its yield sits at a healthy, inflation-beating 2.3%. I’d hold it for years to come too as sales of its drugs take off in foreign markets.NWF Group’s share price hasn’t fallen in 2020 but it still looks attractive at current prices. Why? Well right now its dividend yield sits at a chubby 3.4%. This AIM share is also one of the best UK shares out there for defensive investors as its animal feeds and grocery distribution services will remain in hot demand whatever the weather.2 top UK shares for growthThe Covid-19 crisis is playing havoc with corporate earnings today. But not all UK shares are expected to see profits collapse in 2020.Gateley Holdings is expected to keep earnings growing over the next couple of years, albeit by mid-single-digit percentages. This is no mean feat of course given the threat of a severe economic downturn. I’m particularly excited the steps that the commercial lawyers have taken to drive growth by boosting their headcount in the UK and expanding into the Middle East. This should help supercharge earnings when the recovery kicks in.Investors looking for brilliant earnings growth from UK shares today should consider buying B&M European Value Retail. Economic downturns play into the hands of discount retailers like this as shoppers try to stretch their budgets as far as they can. Ongoing expansion will allow this cut-price operator to make the most of this favourable environment, too. City analysts reckon annual earnings will rocket 40% in this fiscal year. Investors can expect its store opening programme to deliver mighty profits growth when broader shopper confidence improves as well. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Alliance Pharma and B&M European Value. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Got £5,000 to invest? 5 top UK shares I’d buy in an ISA today to get rich and retire early 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. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Royston Wild | Thursday, 30th July, 2020 See all posts by Royston Wild Image source: Getty Images. last_img read more

30 Minutes with… Scott Higginbotham

first_img What is your abiding memory of the 2011 World Cup?What sticks in my mind the most was carrying Nathan Sharpe off the field after our third-place play-off match against Wales. Sharpie obviously didn’t finish playing rugby until the following year, but that was initially thought to be his last-ever game.Do you have any phobias?There are probably too many to mention, but my biggest fear would have to be of bugs. All kinds of bugs scare me: spiders, bees, grasshoppers, moths. You name it, everything insect-like scares me.Any practical jokes you can share with us?One of the best I saw was when I was with the Queensland Reds, alongside Daniel Braid. I remember him letting off a fire extinguisher in a van full of our team-mates when we were on tour in South Africa. There was white smoke everywhere and everyone was doing a lot of coughing.What are your bugbears?In terms of rugby, it would probably have to be try celebrations. I think some blokes tend to think they’ve just scored a goal for Manchester United in the Premier League when they’re celebrating a try.Red alert: Man United striker Wayne Rooney celebrates a goal. Photo: Getty ImagesIf you could be any team-mate, who would it be and why?I don’t think I’d like to be anyone besides myself. I like the way I play rugby and I don’t think I would want to play like anyone else. I do sometimes wish I could play in the backs, though. Playing at 15 would be fun – you get to kick a bit more.Which person would you like to be stuck in a lift with?You would only want to be stuck in there with someone small.If you could have any superpower, what would it be?Out of any power, I’d have to say flying. Belting performance: Scott Higginbotham sings the Australia national anthem. Photo: Getty Images LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever bought?Buying water while you live in Australia is pretty silly. What comes out of the tap is fine – what a waste of money!What is your guilty pleasure?There aren’t a lot of things better in life then some freshly-made scones with a little jam and cream…Who would be your three dream dinner party guests?The late Bob Marley and Heath Ledger, and Brandon Boyd from the band Incubus. Two great musicians and an Australian actor I’ve admired.Music man: Bob Marley performs in the late 1970s. Photo: Getty ImagesWhat’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch?It was in 2010 when Australia played Italy away. We were all lined up before the game and the people at the ground played the Australian national anthem twice!What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?It would be nice to own a few more businesses or cafés – I have a few in Brisbane – and also live close to the beach. I’d maybe do a bit of coaching for a local team, so I give something back to grass-roots rugby.How would you like to be remembered?center_img Australia No 8 Scott Higginbotham talks bugs, Bob Marley and business I hope as a tough player but a great bloke on and off the field.This article appeared in the September 2015 edition of Rugby World. For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here or find out how to download the digital edition here.last_img read more

Funding to develop local heritage projects

first_imgFunding to develop local heritage projects AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 1 February 2005 | News To be eligible for a grant, local groups must actively involve the local community. The type of activities supported range from promoting public access, enjoyment and appreciation of heritage assets and their cultural or historic associations to training of local volunteers.Groups wishing to apply are encouraged to discuss their projects with a Regional Adviser before completing the application form. Local community groups in England wishing to develop heritage projects are able to apply for grants of between £3,000 and £25,000 from the Local Heritage Initiative.As the Local Heritage Initiative provides grants of 100%. there is no requirement for groups to provide any of their own finance to contribute to projects.Local Heritage is a partnership initiative which is due to run until 2010. The Countryside Agency administers the scheme, and the grants are provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Additional funding comes from the Nationwide Building Society. The £10 million Initiative currently covers England but similar schemes will soon be developed for communities in Scotland, Wales and possibly Northern Ireland. Advertisement  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.last_img read more

After a year of press freedom violations, RSF writes to Pakistan’s premier

first_imgIn the light of this recent surge in press freedom violations, of which this list is not exhaustive, you will appreciate that to talk of “one of the freest presses in the world” is clearly tantamount to an obscenity. July 31, 2019 After a year of press freedom violations, RSF writes to Pakistan’s premier When not targeted physically, journalists who cross certain red lines are subjected to judicial harassment. They include Shahzeb Jillani, an investigative journalist who was charged with “cyber-terrorism” in April in connection with a tweet referring to an ISI officer. We therefore urge your government to allow Pakistan’s journalists to exercise their profession in complete safety and with complete independence, as envisaged in article 19 of the 1973 constitution. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives to speak at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC, on July 23, 2019. “The Pakistani media is even freeer than the British media”, Khan said during this conference (photo: Alastair Pike / AFP). Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Muhammad Bilal Khan, a journalist and blogger whose YouTube channel had more than 50,000 followers, was hacked to death in an Islamabad suburb in June. One of his latest videos was about one of your speeches and, in one of his last tweets, he criticized your intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The police have made no arrests in any of these three cases. Dear Prime Minister Khan, Constitution Avenue In an open letter to Imran Khan a year after he took office as Pakistan’s prime minister, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on him to recognize the alarming decline in the state of press freedom in his country and to take urgent measures to address this. It is nonetheless clear that, as far as press freedom goes, the change has been for the worse. Ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, your country has fallen three places in the past year. And the events of recent months offer no grounds for optimism about the “new Pakistan.” Paris, 31 July 2019 Organisation Sincerely, A month ago, a live Geo News interview with former President Asif Ali Zardari by the well-known journalist Hamid Mir was cut short after just a few minutes without any explanation. When contacted by RSF, the interviewer blamed you for this sudden and completely arbitrary act of censorship. There is nothing funny about this “joke” for journalists in your country. You claim that the Pakistani press is one of the freest in the world. “The Pakistani media is even freer than the British media,” you added at another point during your visit. These brazen cases of censorship, which seriously threaten journalistic independence and pluralism, are characteristic of non-democratic regimes. You won the general elections a year ago by repeating the slogans “Tabdeeli!” (Change) and “Naya Pakistan!” (a “New Pakistan”) during the campaign. Islamabad, Pakistan Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists April 21, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Pakistancenter_img Even the prestigious daily Dawn – founded in 1941 by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the father of the Pakistani nation, as part of the fight against British colonialism – is being subjected to harsh economic harassment. Your government has denied it any income from state advertising since 24 April. According to RSF’s sources, this arbitrary decision was a reprisal for an article published the previous day about a press conference you gave in Tehran in which you recognized that Pakistan-based militants had been involved in attacks inside Iran. In other words, your government does not tolerate your country’s media repeating what you say while abroad. PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImpunityEconomic pressureJudicial harassment Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImpunityEconomic pressureJudicial harassment Prime Minister Imran KhanOffice of the Prime Minister The signals of three other Pakistani TV news channels, AbbTakk TV, 24 News and Capital TV, were suddenly suspended from cable TV services on 8 July without any warning to their management, and remained suspended for several days. Najam Sethi, a well-known journalist who often works with 24 News, confirmed to RSF that the suspension was a reprisal for their coverage of a press conference by Maryam Nawaz Sharif, another opposition figure. Ali Sher Rajpar, the president of the press club in Padidan, in southeastern Sindh province, was fatally shot five times at point blank range on 4 May, shortly after unsuccessfully requesting police protection because he had been threatened in connection with his coverage of local corruption. Receive email alerts Secretary-General Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder When asked, during an official visit to the United States last week, about recent press freedom violations in your country, you replied: “Pakistan has one of the freest presses in the world (…) To say there are curbs on the Pakistan press is a joke.” It is clear that either you are very poorly informed, in which case you should urgently replace the people around you, or you are knowingly concealing the facts, which is very serious, given your responsibilities. Just four days before that, after another Pakistani journalist, Malik Amanullah Khan, was gunned down in the Parowa area of Dera Ismail Khan district, in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. He too was the president of the local press club. Just a few hours after you landed in the United States, the leading Pakistani TV news channel, Geo News, was censored yet again. Your fellow citizens found a blank screen when they tried to obtain independent, public interest reporting about your trip from this channel. to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more News Christophe Deloire The credibility of the Pakistani state and democracy is at stake. Related documents Open letter to Prime Minister KhanPDF – 183.12 KB News January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

CFPB Penalizes Texas-Based Servicer for Blocking Borrowers’ Efforts to Stop Foreclosure

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago CFPB Penalizes Texas-Based Servicer for Blocking Borrowers’ Efforts to Stop Foreclosure The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Thursday announced a consent order against Fort Worth, Texas-based mortgage servicer Residential Credit Solutions for allegedly blocking borrowers’ efforts to prevent foreclosure on their homes.The CFPB ordered Residential Credit Solutions to pay $1.5 million in redress to consumers and fined the servicer an additional $100,000 civil penalty. The Bureau said an investigation revealed that Residential failed to honor loan modifications transferred from other servicers, treated consumers as if they were in default when in fact they were not, falsely claimed consumers had extra money in escrow and were due a refund, and forced consumers to waive their rights to obtain a repayment plan.”By failing to honor loan modifications already in place, Residential Credit Solutions put consumers through more headaches but in some cases cost consumers their homes,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray said. “Residential Credit Solutions must now compensate its victims $1.5 million as a result of our action.”According to the consent order, Residential Credit Solutions failed to honor trial loan modifications borrowers had entered into previously with other servicers starting in 2009. Residential instead insisted that consumers re-prove they qualified for loan modifications, effectively prolonging consumers’ loss mitigation plans by setting the consumers back as if they had not received a modification. CFPB said the company put consumers in “loan modification purgatory,” confusing them about the status of their loan mods and making it difficult to take appropriate action. In many cases, CFPB said, this confusion over the loan modification status delayed or deprived borrowers of the opportunity to sell their home or save it from foreclosure.CFPB said the actions of Residential Credit Solutions hurt many homeowners by depriving them of the ability to make an informed decision about selling or saving their home, drove borrowers out of the loss mitigation process completely, or drove them into foreclosure. These actions, CFPB said, were in violation of the Consumer Protection Act.A message left by DS News with Residential Credit Solutions seeking comment was not immediately returned.Residential Credit Solutions services mortgages nationwide and has approximately $95 million in total assets. According to CFPB, about 75,000 borrowers have transferred their mortgage loans to Residential since 2009. Residential specializes in servicing delinquent loans and loans on which the borrower is at high risk of default. The company also provides foreclosure alternatives such as short sales and other foreclosure relief programs, to distressed borrowers.To view a copy of the CFPB’s consent order against Residential Credit Solutions, click here. Previous: Nationstar Mortgage Rebounds from Q1 Net Loss Next: Servicers’ Attention to Small Pool of At-Risk Borrowers Negatively Impacts Satisfaction The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago CFPB Consent Orders Foreclosure Prevention Loss Mitigation Mortgage Servicers Residential Credit Solutions 2015-07-30 Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily center_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News July 30, 2015 2,123 Views Tagged with: CFPB Consent Orders Foreclosure Prevention Loss Mitigation Mortgage Servicers Residential Credit Solutions The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / CFPB Penalizes Texas-Based Servicer for Blocking Borrowers’ Efforts to Stop Foreclosure Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honealast_img read more

More details from Ramelton stand off – property owner says he owed the bank…

first_img By News Highland – September 1, 2016 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleSixteen people awaiting admission at Letterkenny Univeristy Hospital todayNext articleLetterkenny Main Street re-opens following fire at the Central Bar News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Facebook Twitter A stand off between a property owner, his supporters and bank bailiffs led to the shore road in Ramelton being closed today.The commercial and residential building is owned by PJ Sweeney. He was alerted this morning to people trying gain access to the property and change the locks.They were bailiffs from a bank trying to take control of the property.A stand off between the men, PJ Sweeney and his supportes ensued with a large number of gardai in attendance.Mr Sweeney claims he doesn’t owe any money on the property and the men effectively tried to break in illegally.He along with his supporter Michael Magee spoke to Greg Hughes at the scene:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/PJMichael.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The property is made up of ground floor businesses below flats and apartments.This man’s 79 year-old mother lives there – he says confusion over the ownership of the property has left his mother in a difficult situation:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/mother.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Homepage BannerNews More details from Ramelton stand off – property owner says he owed the bank no money Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Brundidge in court over landfill next week

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Brundidge in court over landfill next week You Might Like 1,000 athletes to compete in Special Olympics state games Volunteers gather for a meeting in Sartain Hall Thursday night in preparation for the Special Olympics state games. About 1,000… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell “Regardless of the hearing officers recommendation, the recommendation will be considered at the quarterly meeting of the EMC August 16,” Thomas said. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article Latest Storiescenter_img Published 11:42 pm Thursday, May 16, 2013 The City of Brundidge filed a motion for an injunction and also has appealed a decision by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to transfer an operating permit from Transload to Brundidge Acquisitions.“There is a hearing before Judge Head in the Pike County Circuit Court at 9:30 a.m. on May 23 to hear oral arguments on the Coffee County Commission’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the City,” said Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas. “The hearing officer appointed by ADEM to hear the city appeal of the issuance of the permit has set the dates of June 5 and 6 for the hearing on the city appeal of the transfer of the permit.”Thomas said that after the hearing is over, the hearing office will render an opinion for consideration by the Environmental Management Commission (EMC), which has the final say. Skip Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The City of Brundidge will be in court next Thursday as part of the municipalities fight to keep the Brundidge Landfill open.Landfill owner Transload America filed for bankruptcy and now Coffee County is backing a move for a company known as Brundidge Acquisitions to purchase the landfill. Brundidge said the county refused to discuss the matter with city officials.Coffee County has not relayed whether they plan to close the landfill and keep the space for future use, or if they plan to truck in trash from other counties. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Comparative marine biodiversity and depth zonation in the Southern Ocean: evidence from a new large polychaete dataset from Scotia and Amundsen seas

first_imgBased on a dataset of 16,991 and 307 morphospecies of polychaete worms collected from 58 epibenthic sledge deployments across the Scotia and Amundsen Seas, we show that the structures of their shelf, deep-shelf and slope communities are composed of distinct polychaete assemblages spanning regions with “high”, “intermediate”, and “low” biodiversity. Depth has been identified as the main factor structuring the polychaete communities in both seas, countering the prevalent notion of extended eurybathy of the Southern Ocean benthos. From an evolutionary perspective, this strong dissimilarity between shelf and slope fauna could be interpreted as evidence for survival in shelf refugias, rather than migration into deeper waters during glacial maxima. The previously unsampled Amundsen Sea is shown to be diverse, harbouring a high level of taxonomic novelty, with many species new to science. The polychaete community of the inner shelf in the Amundsen Sea (Pine Island Bay) has also been shown to be of deep-sea character, likely due to intrusion of the Circumpolar Deep Water onto the shelf. In the Scotia Sea, our data support the notion of relatively high biodiversity of waters around the South Orkney Islands, South Georgia, and Shag Rocks (all recently established as Marine Protected Areas) and depressed diversity in the extreme environment of Southern Thule.last_img read more

NA’s first lady

first_imgThe National Association of Master Bakers will install its first lady president at its 119th Annual Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon from April 28 to May 1. The 112th president, Shirley Ryder, will be installed, following the Association’s AGM on the Sunday of the conference. For further information please contact the NA on 01920 468061.last_img