Safaricom Limited ( 2012 Annual Report

first_imgSafaricom Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about Safaricom Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Safaricom Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Safaricom Limited (  2012 annual report.Company ProfileSafaricom Limited is an integrated telecommunications company in Kenya providing mobile, fixed voice, data, SMS, Internet and M-PESA services. The company sells mobile phones and tablets as well as broadband modems and routers. It also offers its customers data bundles for pre- and post-paid customers; pre- and post-paid voice plans and SMS services for national and international roaming; Okoa Jahazi for emergency top-up credit; and Flex plans for browsing, calling and SMSing. Bonga Points is a customer loyalty programme and M-PESA is a mobile telephone service to deposit, transfer and withdraw money as well as pay for goods and services. Other services offered include website and email, calling and cloud and hosting services. Safaricom Limited’s head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Safaricom Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Royal Mail shares are near all-time lows. Here’s what I’d do now

first_img The last time I covered Royal Mail (LSE: RMG) shares on 22 November, they were changing hands for around 200p. At the time, the FTSE 250 company had just issued a disappointing set of half-year results, and I said that “looking at the challenges the business is facing, I just don’t think the shares are worth the risk” and that I was “steering clear.”Fast forward to today, and the shares are now trading at around 176p – about 12% lower than they were in November – so avoiding the stock was clearly the right move. Here, I’ll explain why the stock has continued to fall and what I’d do now.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…Disappointing trading updateOne reason Royal Mail shares have underperformed recently is that the group released a disappointing trading update for the nine-month period to 29 December 2019 last week. While revenue for the period was up 3.7%, and the company said that 2019-2020 group operating profit is likely to be between £300m and £340m (in line with expectations) there were several things in the update that the market didn’t like.For example, RMG advised that the outlook for 2020-2021 is “challenging”. It also said that the ongoing industrial relations environment and delays to its transformation plan, combined with continuing economic uncertainty, increase “the likelihood” that the UK parcels, international and letters (UKPIL) business will be loss-making in 2020-21.In addition, the group stated: “Unless we are able to make significant progress in delivering our transformation plan, our ability to meet the year 3 targets of our Journey 2024 plan will be compromised.” Overall, the trading update was not very encouraging.Analyst sentimentAnother reason RMG shares have fallen recently is that they are still very much out of favour with analysts. For example, just last week, analysts at Berenberg downgraded RMG from ‘hold’ to ‘sell’, stating that the company is facing challenges from trends in the postal sector such as letter volume declines. Meanwhile, analysts at Jefferies have an ‘underperform’ rating on the stock, on the back of deteriorating letter and parcel volume trends, increasing competition from Amazon Logistics, and rising wage inflation.Overall, of the 12 brokers following the stock, four have it as a ‘strong sell’, three have it as a ‘sell’, three have it as a ‘hold’ and only two have it as a ‘buy’. And over the last month, the consensus earnings per share forecast for the 2020-2021 year has fallen about 10%. This will have contributed to the share price decline.What I’d do nowLooking at last week’s trading update, my view on RMG remains the same as it was in November – I think the shares are not worth the risk.Yes, the stock is cheap. The forward P/E ratio is just 8.3, compared to the FTSE 250 median of 15.5. And yes, the dividend yield is high. Currently, the prospective yield is 8.4%. Yet this is a company that is facing significant challenges right now, so it has a low valuation and a high yield for a reason. All things considered, I believe there are much better stocks to buy right now. Royal Mail shares are near all-time lows. Here’s what I’d do now 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. center_img Edward Sheldon has no position in any shares mentioned. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Amazon. 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. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Edward Sheldon, CFA | Monday, 10th February, 2020 | More on: RMG “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFAlast_img read more

The greatest centres of all time: Bleddyn Williams

first_img Welsh centre Bleddyn Williams Major teams: Cardiff Country: WalesTest span: 1947-55Wales caps: 22 (22 starts)Lions caps: 5 (5 starts)Test points: 24 (8T)That was just another chapter of Williams’s astounding ‘boy’s own’ story. A player Gareth Edwards idolised as a boy, Williams was born in Taffs Well, a few miles outside Cardiff and was one of eight brothers who all played for the Black and Blues.He was schooled in North Wales and, while showing sporting aptitude, with the onset of the Second World War he trained as a fighter pilot and took part in many Parachute and Commando campaigns. At one point he crashed in a ditch in Germany and slept under a parachute for a week before making it back to play for Great Britain against the Dominions at Welford Road, where he scored a glorious try.He joined Cardiff after the war, turning down a lucrative offer to play rugby league and forming a celebrated pairing with Jack Matthews. In all he played 283 times for Cardiff, scoring 185 tries, including a record 41 tries in 1947-48. Powerfully built for his era, Williams was blessed with a turn of pace and a jink that was only bettered by Gerald Davies in the red of Wales. Bleddyn Williams led Wales to a 13-8 win over New Zealand in 1953, a feat yet to repeat itself. The win was just one of many achievements, that made him one of the greatest centres of all time TAGS: The Greatest Players LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The late and great Cliff Morgan said of him: “He taught us the old-fashioned principles of courtesy and courage. His love of the open, running game set him apart: his glorious sidestep, his perfectly timed pass, his speed and strength, made him a very special world-class centre.” That class and cerebral back play saw Williams crowned the ‘Prince of Centres’ in an eight-year international career. Williams was also to tour with the Lions as vice-captain in Australia and New Zealand in 1950. He played in three Tests, and 20 out of the 29 games on the six-month tour, despite travelling with a knee injury.After retiring in 1955, Williams, who became an MBE in 2005, became a respected rugby journalist, writing for the Sunday People for 30 years. A former president of his beloved Cardiff RFC, he passed away in 2009 aged 86.last_img read more

Superbowl winner Nate Ebner scores twice but also gets smashed on rugby return

first_imgMonday Apr 18, 2016 Superbowl winner Nate Ebner scores twice but also gets smashed on rugby return Nate Ebner knows a little something about high pressure environments, so it was no surprise that the Singapore Sevens did little to throw him off his game when he made a return to rugby after so many years out at the highest level. The 2015 Superbowl Champion picked scored a brace, but was also welcomed back with a big hit.Ebner was granted a special release from the New England Patriots – who he signed with for another two years in March – so that he can pursue his dream of playing rugby for his country at the Rio Olympics.He first made the USA Sevens team at the tender age of 17, but later thrived in the NFL, culminating in victory in the Superbowl last year. The rugby dream has always been there though, so he has given it another crack in the hopes of getting a shot at the Olympics.All eyes were on the 27-year-old when the USA took on Portugal, and it was clear that he is capable of the hard graft, as he got himself in good positions to pick up a brace of tries.Crunched Against France however, Ebner was welcomed back to rugby by big Fijian born Virimi Vakatawa, who slammed him to the turf in a crunching tackle.It looked like the only person who bought the dummy as his own teammate.Physically DemandingAlthough he played 15-a-side rugby for the USA at junior level, upon returning to the sport Ebner has seen how physically taxing it can be, especially when playing Sevens. “I would say that rugby sevens training is one of the toughest I’ve ever had to go through.“You don’t get better at it until you push yourself to the point of exhaustion, where instead of resting, you have to keep on working harder. When I’m training for the NFL, I’m used to a lot of heavy lifting, explosive movements and high-effort workouts,” he explained.“But these things are usually done for brief moments. So it’s not as taxing on your body as compared to the shock your nervous system gets [in sevens] when your cardiovascular system is pushed to the limit time and again.“It takes a lot of getting used to, especially for the bigger guys. It’s not fun, but that’s the sacrifice you have to make if you want to play the game at a top level.”From what he has shown so far, he certainly has the ingredients to make it to the Olympics, and while he still has a bit of time to show his talent on the World Sevens Series circuit, his collegiate rugby highlights do a pretty good job of showing off exactly what he has to worldrugby/usasevensADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play , Sevens Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe 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

SCF integrates online activity for Save the Children Week

first_imgSave the Children is integrating a microsite and online banner adverts with its other press, posters, inserts and direct mail promotion of its upcoming fundraising week.The theme of the Week is “skip a treat and help educate the world’s poorest children.” Celebrities, children and supporters are all being asked to skip a treat such as a chocolate bar and donate the money saved to the children’s charity. The Week takes place between 25 April and 1 May 2004.The online activity includes a microsite at Participants will be able to upload pictures and messages about the treats they will be skipping. Banner adverts will also appear on sites including,, and Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The campaign is being run by agency Proximity London. Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital  23 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img SCF integrates online activity for Save the Children Week Howard Lake | 29 March 2004 | News 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Journalist killed in air strike near Sanaa

first_img Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months February 11, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Organisation News YemenMiddle East – North Africa February 26, 2021 Find out more United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF to go further Follow the news on Yemen Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Yemeni freelance journalist Almigdad Mojalli’s death yesterday in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition of Arab states in Jaref, a Houthi-controlled district in the southern outskirts the capital, Sanaa. YemenMiddle East – North Africa Aged 34, Almigdad Mojalli was injured by shrapnel from an exploding missile and died while being taken to hospital. He had gone there for Voice of America to interview survivors of last week’s air strikes in Jaref in which 15 people were killed. “We offer our condolences to Mojalli’s family and friends and we pay tribute to his courage and to the courage of all the other journalists who continue to cover this war on the ground,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk.“RSF reminds all the parties to the armed conflict in Yemen that they are required to respect journalists by UN Security Council Resolution 2222, adopted in 2015, and by the Geneva Conventions.”Mojalli described himself on LinkedIn as a freelance photographer and fixer specializing in war reporting and coverage of humanitarian issues. He worked mainly for foreign media, including the US government’s Voice of America, the London-based Telegraph newspaper and the humanitarian news agency IRIN.He had covered atrocities by the Houthi rebels and the use of violence to disperse anti-Houthi demonstrators before the start of the war.According to RSF’s tally, at least eight journalists and media workers were killed in 2015 as a result of the conflict between the Houthi rebels and the forces that support President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.Yemen is ranked 168th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions January 18, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Journalist killed in air strike near Sanaa News News January 6, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Caltech Scientists Gain Insights Into How Vital Multitasking Protein Keeps Immune System Running Smoothly

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StadtmuellerThe polymeric immunoglobulin receptor, or pIgR, is a multitasking protein produced in the lining of mucosal surfaces, such as the intestines. It plays a pivotal role in the body’s immune functions by sequestering bacteria and by assisting antibodies—large proteins that can identify and neutralize specific bacteria and viruses.Now, scientists at Caltech have determined the three-dimensional structure of pIgR, providing important insights into how the protein keeps the immune system running smoothly.Beth Stadtmueller, a postdoctoral scholar in the laboratory of Centennial Professor of Biology Pamela Björkman, is the first author on two recent papers describing the findings.“Proteins such as pIgR are folded into complicated shapes,” says Stadtmueller. “Having a complete model of a protein is analogous to an architectural model of a building showing scaled dimensions of walls, the locations of windows and doors, angles of the roof, and so on. Understanding the structure of this protein provides information on how it carries out normal functions while also providing a basis to rationally engineer modified proteins with enhanced functions, which could be used as therapeutics.”The pIgR protein is best known for attaching to antibodies and ferrying them from the bloodstream to the interior of the intestines, where the antibodies can neutralize pathogens. In mammals such as humans, the group discovered that pIgR looks like five round beads—biologists call these regions “domains”—that are connected to form a tightly closed, triangle-shaped loop. The group also showed that upon encountering an antibody, the pIgR molecule opens up—like changing from a fist to an open hand—to enclose around the antibody and to transport it into the intestines.While pIgR is crucial for helping antibodies to function, the protein also has disease-fighting abilities of its own. For example, some molecules of pIgR are released into the intestines where they alone engage bacteria, such as pneumonia-causing Streptococcus pneumoniae.The group also studied the structures of pIgR from fish and birds, to see how the protein has changed as vertebrates evolved. In fish, pIgR has only two domains and forms a straight line. In birds, an evolutionary intermediary between fish and humans, the protein has four domains. The group was surprised to find that the shape of the bird pIgR is not fixed in a closed loop or a straight line—it can change freely between closed and open configurations, and can grasp antibodies much like the human protein.“The human pIgR is like a door that has to be unlocked to open, whereas the bird pIgR is constantly opening and closing like a revolving door,” Stadtmueller says. “These are very different structures, which are likely to support functions unique to each protein.”“The immune system has changed considerably as vertebrates have evolved,” she adds. “Studying pIgR in a spectrum of vertebrates illustrates how the protein architecture has changed to support species-specific defense systems. It helps us to understand why certain immune system functions have evolved and provides a foundation to test their contributions to specific states of health and disease.”The three-dimensional structure of human pIgR is described in a March 2016 paper published in the journal eLife, titled “The structure and dynamics of secretory component and its interactions with polymeric immunoglobulins.” A follow-up study, titled “Biophysical and biochemical characterization of avian secretory component provides structural insights into the evolution of the polymeric Ig receptor,” describing the structure of avian pIgR, was published in the Journal of Immunology on August 15, 2016. The work was done in collaboration with the Hubbell laboratory at UCLA and supported by grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Cancer Research Irving Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Jules Stein Professorship Endowment, and the National Institutes of Health. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Top of the News Community Newscenter_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community Newslast_img read more

Man further remanded after taxi hijacking

first_imgFacebook A MAN who has been charged in connection with the hijacking of a taxi in Limerick City last week has been further remanded in custody as he awaits the directions of the DPP in the matter. 24-year-old Mark Ryan, Lenihan Avenue, appeared at Limerick District Court via video link after being charged contrary to section 10 of the Criminal Law Jurisdiction Act.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Twitter Advertisement Email WhatsApp It was alleged in court that he unlawfully, by force or threat, or by any other form of intimidation, seized or exercised control of or otherwise interfered with the control of, or compelled or induced some other person to use for an unlawful purpose, any vehicle, namely a taxi in this case.Ryan is also charged with allegedly using force or intimidation by holding a gun to the head of the driver and threatening to shoot him if he did not drive to certain locations within Limerick city.The incident is said to have lasted several hours on the night in question.The allegations are in connection with an incident on February 12 last, where Ryan is accused of entering a taxi on Talbot Avenue and stealing €70 in notes, €90 in euro coins and three mobile phones and an Irish driving licence, while forcing the driver to drive around Limerick.The charges, upon conviction after trial on indictment, carry a sentence of imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 years.Sarah Ryan was assigned as free legal aid to Mr Ryan, reserved her right to apply for bail on behalf of Mark Ryan who was remanded in custody to appear in court again this week. Print NewsLocal NewsMan further remanded after taxi hijackingBy admin – March 1, 2011 495 Linkedin Previous articleMatch off air as Quinlan returnsNext articleOutlaw Concy hot on trail of Rubberbandits adminlast_img read more

“Late Filing Of Chargesheets Despite Timely Completion Of Investigation Shakes Confidence Of Citizen In Justice Delivery System”: Delhi Court

first_imgNews Updates”Late Filing Of Chargesheets Despite Timely Completion Of Investigation Shakes Confidence Of Citizen In Justice Delivery System”: Delhi Court Nupur Thapliyal21 Feb 2021 12:29 AMShare This – x“Non filing of chargesheets despite being forwarded by a senior officer amounts to undermining the hierarchy and discipline of service.” Delhi CourtA Delhi Court came down heavily on the negligent conduct of Investigating Officers (IOs) for non filing of chargesheet in due time even after being duly forwarded by concerned ACPs after completing of investigation. The Court also sought filing status of chargesheets forwarded in the last 3 years i.e. 2018 to 2020 from the concerned IOs. “It is firmly believed that the same would…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Delhi Court came down heavily on the negligent conduct of Investigating Officers (IOs) for non filing of chargesheet in due time even after being duly forwarded by concerned ACPs after completing of investigation. The Court also sought filing status of chargesheets forwarded in the last 3 years i.e. 2018 to 2020 from the concerned IOs. “It is firmly believed that the same would definitely unearth many hidden ghosts (files) and wake up many souls (IOs) from slumber.” The Court remarked at the outset. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Arvind Bansal, in an order dated 16.02.2021, opined that such a negligent conduct of IOs “raises some significant legal issues.” Coming on the first issue, the Court observed that the IOs need to understand and know that investigation of all ‘summons cases’ generally needs to be concluded within 6 months from the date on which accused was arrested, and failure may result in an order by concerned Magistrate stopping further investigation into the offence. “However, it has been observed that most of the IOs are not aware of this provision and therefore, continue investigation even after the initial period of six months. The cases, inter alia u/s 279/337/338/304A/427/323/341 IPC etc., suffer the most. It is incumbent upon worthy DCP concerned that this provision is reminded to IOs.” The Court observed. Raising another issue concerning the period of limitation for filing chargesheets, the Court while relying on the Supreme Court order in Re: Cognizance for extension of limitation, Suo Motu Writ Petition(Civil) No. 3/2020 dated 23.03.2020, observed: “IOs even fail to file application for condonation of delay owing to their want of knowledge of these provisions. While a right of hearing accrues in favour of accused because of such negligence of IO (even before cognizance of offence is taken by Court), it also delays dispensation of justice leading to further victimisation of complainant/victim. The concerned worthy DCP and ACP concerned must take it upon themselves to ensure training of IOs on this aspect.” Furthermore, the Court went ahead to observe that such late filing of chargesheet despite timely completion of investigation “shakes the confidence of an ordinary citizen in the justice delivery system.”Commenting further on the negligent conduct of IOs, the Court observed: “It may further result in accused fleeing away from justice and witness(es) disappearing or loosing interest in the case. It creates an overall disappointing scenario for all the stakeholders. It is felt that a time period for filing forwarded chargesheets be fixed and IOs be asked to strictly comply with the same. Such time should not be more than 30 days from the date of forwarding of chargesheet by ACP concerned.” The Court also directed the ACPs for devising a mechanism under the guidance of a “worthy DCP” of South East district to ensure that that all the chargesheets signed/forwarded by them are duly submitted with Court. “Meanwhile, the ACsP concerned should prepare a list of chargesheets forwarded in last 03 years (2018-2020) and seeks status of filing from the concerned IOs. It is firmly believed that the same would definitely unearth many hidden ghosts (files) and wake up many souls (IOs) from slumber. ” the Court directed. Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Offspring sex ratio in relation to female size in southern elephant seals, Mirounga leonina

first_imgSouthern elephant seals Mirounga leonina display extreme sexual dimorphism. In addition females show great variation in size and stored resources at parturition. Therefore they present an excellent opportunity for examination of responses of sex ratio to resource availability. We studied the relationships between the size of southern elephant seal females at parturition and the size and sex of their pups at South Georgia over four breeding seasons. We found a large individual variation in maternal post-partum mass (range 296–977 kg, n=151). Larger mothers gave birth to larger pups, irrespective of the sex of their pup. Male pups were on average 14% larger than females at birth and consequently more costly to bring to parturition. Our results suggest that female southern elephant seals must weigh more than 300 kg if they are to breed at all, and more than 380 kg if they are to give birth to a male pup. Above this threshold the proportion of males among offspring rapidly increases with maternal mass, and stabilizes at a level not significantly different from parity. These results show that smaller females of southern elephant seals vary offspring sex ratio in a way that is consistent with theories on adaptive offspring sex ratio. A smaller mother with a male foetus may benefit from terminating her pregnancy and allocating the resources she saves to her own growth. She could then give birth to and raise a larger pup in the subsequent season.last_img read more