Shortly after the break of a warm dawn, our dive boat was speeding across the stretch of water between Mullaway beach and North Solitary Island on the New South Wales north coast. Schools of bonito tuna broke the surface and a lone fisherman on a sea kayak appeared as a silhouette backlit by the sunrise. Within 20 minutes, green seawater gave way to blue. After days of poor visibility that had resulted from bad weather and fickle currents, hopes rose among the crew they would see perfect diving conditions. We pounded into the swell for another half an hour before the skipper, Robbie Loos, slowed his vessel and wheeled around the northern end of the island. He was looking for the best spot to release his complement of five scuba divers and three snorkellers. A fierce tide was wrapping around that side of the island, clearly visible as a channel of broken water flowing like a rapid. Such a strong current ruled out the possibility of anyone getting in the water there. Instead we headed … [Read more...] about Big fish, big money: the business case for conservation in Australia’s marine parks
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Shopping centres, office blocks and warehouses worth up to £5bn could be put up for sale as the turmoil in the UK commercial property sector prompted by the Brexit vote forces fund managers to revalue their portfolios or temporarily prevent investors withdrawing their savings. With the pound under pressure on the foreign exchange markets, fund managers Legal & General, Foreign & Colonial and Dutch-owned Kames cut the value of their property funds on Thursday. L&G cut the value of its £2.3bn fund by 10% – following a 5% cut last week – while F&C and Kanes both cut by 5%. Aberdeen Fund Management announced on Wednesday it was halting trading in its property fund for 24 hours and devaluing it by 17% – thought to be the biggest adjustment ever made by a property fund . Aberdeen has since extended the trading ban until Monday. Others have suspended dealings for longer, starting with Standard Life’s decision on Monday to halt trading in its … [Read more...] about Property fund turmoil continues as three more firms cut value
GOT your GCSE results but don’t feel ready for work? Then try a traineeship. The innovative “get work-ready” schemes were launched by the Government in 2013 to help 16-to-24-year-olds to prepare for an apprenticeship or employment. The courses last from six weeks up to six months with content tailored to aid both the learner and the business. As well as work skills, traineeship providers can also offer help on interview techniques, CV writing, how to dress for work and even additional support on basic qualifications.New figures from the Department for Education show more than three quarters of those who complete a traineeship go on to start an apprenticeship, further study or get a job within 12 months, making them one of the most successful ways for unemployed young people to find work. Education Minister Kemi Badenoch said: “Getting your A-level and GCSE results are a huge achievement and a major milestone in a young person’s life, so congratulations to … [Read more...] about If you’ve got your GCSEs but don’t quite feel ready for the world of work, try a traineeship
Matchmaker Lydia Davis is used to holding her nervous male clients’ hands through the process of finding a woman to love. She has to offer them some fairly basic advice: remember to ask questions about her day, show you’re interested by flirting — and don’t make or take phone calls in the middle of your date. But Lydia also regularly has less standard suggestions for her clientele: ‘No flying to Paris for your first date. Do not order Cristal champagne to be delivered to your table by a procession of staff carrying flares. And having three mobile phones laid out, face up, next to your main course is not acceptable.’ You see, Lydia’s shy and lonely clients are the last men you’d think would have trouble attracting a partner. They are some of the City’s most powerful executives and bankers, aged in their 30s, 40s, 50s and sometimes 60s. When you visualise a male banker — educated, intelligent, sharp-suited, go-getting (and did I … [Read more...] about They boast six-figure salaries, love extravagant dates in Paris and are ready to settle down. So how come City alpha males need this woman to help them find love?
Sebastian was talking about starting a family with his would-be bride Jermimah from the day they met at school at 17, and she will not let his premature death prevent her fulfilling those plans. Sebastian was so eager to start a family that he built their dream home with enough bedrooms to house a growing family. The couple, who married in 2015, were planning on trying for a baby in 2020 and Jermimah, 27, visited doctors and even a a naturopath to make sure her body was ready. But on Wednesday last week, August 14, Sebastian took his own life. His actions left Jermimah and their families in complete shock, but through the grief Jermimah acted swiftly to ensure their plans for a family did not die with him. Sebastian was talking about starting a family with his would-be bride Jermimah (both pictured) the day they met, as school children at 17 At 10.30pm on night of his death, a heartbroken Jermimah was in the New South Wales Supreme Court seeking a direction to have sperm … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: Heartbroken widow wins the right to collect her husband’s sperm just HOURS after he took his own life at 27 – and now she plans to have his baby