Bovis Homes is upbeat despite cooling market

first_img Share BOVIS Homes said yesterday it is on track to deliver a significant hike in profits after the UK’s buoyant property market helped the housebuilder to sell a record number of homes.The FTSE 250 company, which builds most of its homes in the south of England but outside London, completed 3,635 property sales in the year to 31 December compared with 2,813 last year.Chief executive David Ritchie, said: “We have continued to execute our strategic plan successfully despite the housing market moderating in the second half of 2014.” Homes were sold at an average price of £216,600 – 11 per cent higher than the same time last year – thanks to an improved mix of properties.Bovis’ record house sale completions helped lift operating profit margin to around 17 per cent compared to 14.9 per cent last year. The group said it also added 7,300 plots to the consented land bank across 42 sites, replenishing at twice the rate of homes sold. At the end of 2014, its land bank stood at 18,000 consented plots, providing around five years of consented land supply at 2014 volume levels. whatsapp Bovis Homes is upbeat despite cooling market Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? See Signs (Some Symptoms May Surprise)Psoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsUndoGundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementTop Surgeon: This Simple Trick Empties Your Bowels Every Morning (Almost Immediately)Gundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndo Tags: NULLcenter_img Thursday 15 January 2015 9:15 pm More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told whatsapp Express KCS Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Analysis: Beware mutual fund trading costs

Desjardins to close four ETFs Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords MERs and management fees Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Vishal Mansukhani HSBC changes strategy, lowers fees for global equities fund Unitholders approve changes to NEI funds Related news Of all the costs mutual fund investors incur, trading costs — which are not included in the MER — are perhaps the least transparent. These include direct trading costs incurred by the fund, which are aggregated into the trading-expense ratio (TER), as well as implicit costs. Investors can find a fund’s TER in its Fund Facts document or in the Management Report of Fund Performance, available on most fund companies’ websites. The TER represents brokerage commissions and other transaction costs expressed as an annualized percentage of the fund’s daily average net asset value during the period. Like the MER, trading expenses are incorporated into the fund performance figures reported by Morningstar. The TER for fixed-income funds is usually 0%. That’s because bonds are traded over-the-counter, which means the dealers hold an inventory of bonds that they aim to buy low and sell high to their clients. These dealers don’t charge a commission, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any trading expenses. As compensation for facilitating the trade, the dealer will mark up the bond’s price above where it’s currently trading, and will purchase it back at a price below its current value. This difference between the purchase and sale prices (called the bid-ask spread) reflects the bond fund’s trading costs. The wider the bid-ask spread, the higher trading costs will be. Costs not captured in the trading expense ratio are known as implicit costs. Investors must be cognizant of implicit costs, though teasing them out can be tough because they’re not published anywhere. When small investors buy a stock, they pay whatever the market price is at the time they make the trade. For funds, which move a lot more money, that’s not the case. Let’s say the stock of a fictional company called ACME Widgets trades at $10 a share. That’s the price most of us would pay, but the HighAlpha fund (also fictional) would likely pay more. Because the HighAlpha fund is putting a good chunk of money to work, it may push the price of ACME upward. It’s simple supply and demand. A higher demand leads to a higher price. The supply side of the equation matters, too. In the case of blue chip stocks like Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY), millions of shares change hands every day. The HighAlpha fund could probably buy RBC without pushing up its stock price. On the other hand, if HighAlpha wanted to invest in a small gold miner with a few thousand shares changing hands daily, then it would push its stock price upward. Investors only see the final price HighAlpha paid, not the lower price it could have paid if the trade hadn’t influenced the stock price. The difference is known as market impact costs. Fund investors pay these costs whether they know it or not. Fund expenses rank among the most effective predictors of long-term returns. They are a hurdle for fund managers to overcome, so it stands to reason that the higher the hurdle, the harder it will be for the typical fund to clear. Trading costs, just like management costs, add up over time. Not all funds are expensive to own. Funds focused on blue-chip stocks traffic in large, liquid stocks, so their trading costs tend to be lower. TD Dow Jones Industrial Average Index, sponsored by Toronto-based TD Asset Management Inc., for example, holds 30 of the largest U.S. companies and has a TER of just .01%. In addition to its focus on big caps, the TD index fund doesn’t trade much, with turnover a modest 27% annually. Consider what happens when you trade a lot and invest in thinly traded small-cap, resource-based or emerging-market stocks. Sprott Energy Fund, sponsored by Toronto-based Sprott Asset Management L.P., recently had a turnover ratio of 282% — equal to buying and selling its entire portfolio almost three times in a single year — leading to a TER of 1.95%. That was in addition to its sky-high MER of 3.15%. That’s a huge hurdle for managers Eric Sprott and Eric Nutall to overcome. Of course, investors should put trading costs in a larger context. Management experience, skill and the soundness of the fund’s strategy matter. Choosing funds with low costs — whether from management or trading fees — helps stack the deck in your favour. Vishal Mansukhani is a fund analyst on the active funds research team for Morningstar Canada. Correction: An earlier version of this article referred to trading costs as “hidden costs”. In the words of the American writer, politician and investment analyst Harry Browne, “Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There’s a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are.” Like everything else, there is also a price for investing in mutual funds. Most people are familiar with the management-expense ratio (MER) as a measure of the ongoing cost of owning a fund, but there are other not-so-well-known expenses that are nevertheless very real. read more

IFB Summit: Two top regulatory issues facing advisors

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Collector Classics: 1970 Monte Carlo ‘Phantom’ Convertible

first_img There’s also an interior camera that can be used to take snapshots of driver and passengers, and then send them on a smartphone using the My BMW App’s remote function. You can also use the camera and app to take a glance inside the car to check whether bags or other items have been left there.And the BMW Digital Key Plus makes its debut on the iX. Using an iPhone outfitted with the U1 chip and ultra-wideband (UWB) technology integrated into the vehicle, as you approach the vehicle you are welcomed by a staged lighting effect using the exterior lights, and the vehicle unlocks just before they reach the door. Once in, the Apple iPhone can be simply left in the user’s pocket or placed in the smartphone tray for wireless charging; nothing else is required to start the vehicle. And then there were three. With the world premieres of the 2022 iX and the 2022 i4 today, BMW has tripled its all-electric fleet. The two all-new EVs join the i3 in the i sub-brand stable.The iX xDrive50 is a crossover based on the German automakers Sports Activity Vehicle concept, and will retail for $89,990 when it comes to Canada in the first quarter of next year. Pre-ordering opens June 2. RELATED Charging Hub: Audi envisions snazzier facilities for EVs According to BMW, it will produce 516 horsepower, has a full-charge range of 475 kilometres, and has DC fast charging capable up to 200 kW. Other technology highlights include a single-piece panoramic glass roof with electrochromic shading, a curved digital display, the debut of BMW Digital Key Plus, and iDrive 8, the newest generation of the automaker’s display and operating system. And yes, an M model will be coming soon, with BMW hinting that the iX M60 model will boast more than 600 horsepower.That’s a crossover-load of new tech, but at the heart of the iX is the all-electric powertrain, which the automaker says will spirit the five-seater from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. The technology represents the fifth generation of BMW’s eDrive system.Power is supplied from a 111.5 kWh battery pack (106.3 kWh net capacity), with charging times ranging from 11 hours on a single-phase system from 0 to 100 per cent, and 31 minutes to go from 10 to 80 per cent using a DC fast charger. Put another way, a fast-charger enables range to be increased by up to 150 kilometres in 10 minutes. That aforementioned horsepower output is joined by a 564 lb-ft of torque rating, and the power output from the front electric motor is 268 hp/260 lb-ft, while the rear puts out 335 hp/295 lb-ft. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22022 BMW iX xDrive50. 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And unlike so many EV motors, these use no rare earth components at all, as the excitation of the rotor is not induced by fixed permanent magnets, but rather the feed-in of electric energy. That power is channeled by a single-speed transmission—installed in the same housing—to the front and rear wheels along the shortest possible path. The electric all-wheel-drive system is fully variable and can split torque as needed from pure rear-wheel drive to an all-wheel-drive set-up for maximum traction.FOR IN-DEPTH EV NEWS & ANALYSIS TUNE IN TO OUR PLUGGED-IN PODCASTIn terms of regenerative braking, the iX’s adaptive system is activated when the vehicle is in drive, but there are three manual settings—high, medium, and low—found using the iDrive menu. And if you select driving position ‘B’—as opposed to ‘D’—the regen engages so that the vehicle is in one-pedal driving mode.Speaking of interaction between driver and machine, the new BMW iDrive 8 is a new generation of displays, controls and software designed with a focus on dialogue-based interaction using natural language and on touch operation. The system works with the all-new fully digital curved display, which features a magnesium housing and a frameless, single-piece glass surface. The curved, one-piece display combines a 12.3-inch information display and a 14.9-inch control display to form a single unit angled towards the driver. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22022 BMW iX xDrive50. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22022 BMW iX xDrive50. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22022 BMW iX xDrive50. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22022 BMW iX xDrive50. 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See More Videos Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Porsche may be working on a smaller, more affordable Taycan EV: report Here’s what we know about the all-wheel drive iX: State-of-art technology is also all around you in the iX. The body structure’s aluminum spaceframe construction increases rigidity and minimizes weight, and has a beneficial effect on passive safety, driving dynamics and electric power consumption. The mix of materials for the body shell includes lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and high-performance thermoplastics, along with high-strength steels and aluminum. CFRP components for the side frame, rain channels, roof frame, cowl panel and rear window frame form what BMW calls a ‘Carbon Cage,’ which evolved from the Carbon Core used in the 7 Series. 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Freixenet USA Unveils WindVane

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Share Twitter Home Industry News Releases Freixenet USA Unveils WindVaneIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessFreixenet USA Unveils WindVaneBy Press Release – October 25, 2016 47 0 TAGSConsumerFreixenetWindVane Previous articleRiboli Family Featured on the Cover of The SOMM JournalNext articleFirst Annual Wine Tourism Awards Vow to Remove Guesswork out of Planning Trip to the Wine Country Press Release Pinterest AdvertisementLuxury Wines Born from the Devigorated Soils and Intense Wind of Western CarnerosSonoma, CA (October 25, 2016) — This month, Freixenet USA unveils the first wine from its new luxury wine brand WindVane –an homage to the wind that contributes to the unique character of the wines of Western Carneros.   2014 WindVane Carneros Reserve Pinot Noir (SRP: $80)  is the ultimate selection – a blend of Pinot Noir from some of the windiest and most devigorated vineyard blocks from throughout the east facing, 335-acres of estate vineyards located in one of the westernmost areas of the Carneros Appellation of Northern California.   Only 100 cases of the WindVane Carneros Reserve Pinot Noir have been produced and will be available in select accounts in California and New York.   In 2017, approximately 3,000 cases of WindVane Estate Grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir will be released nationally.Much like the flagship wines of Freixenet USA’s Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, WindVane has not been in the making overnight. Steven Urberg, who also leads the winemaking for Gloria Ferrer, was given complete creative control to create WindVane.  Urberg was intrigued by some of the windiest vineyard blocks on the 30 year-old Carneros estate where the stress from intense gusts coupled with the steepest, rockiest and thinnest soils, allow for slower ripening, intense flavor development and high levels of acidity in the grapes.“I’ve been walking this vineyard for almost 20 years now.  It’s just like the Pablo Picasso quote on WindVane’s back label,  ‘The older you get the stronger the wind gets – and it’s always in your face,’” laughed Urberg.  “The hills at the top of our vineyard form a tunnel, funneling the coastal winds from the Petaluma Gap and allowing them to pick up speed as they blow directly through our vineyard each afternoon. The wines from these blocks are very expressive with a depth of fruit and a generous mouthfeel. It was time to harness this wind in a new creative way.”All grapes for the 2014 WindVane Reserve Pinot Noir were handpicked, destemmed, partially crushed and cold-soaked for two days in small open tanks to extract color and fruit flavors.  Post fermentation, the wines was aged in a handful of select French oak barrels, 40 percent new, for nine months.   The result is a Pinot Noir that balances plush dark fruit and a savory and complex mouthfeel, with elegance, subtle power and a firm backbone.For more information about WindVane visit Email ReddItlast_img read more

Washington Natives Recognized as Honorary Vintner and Grower for 2018

first_img TAGSAuction of Washington WinesCharlie HoppesMarshall Edwardspeople Facebook Email Share AdvertisementAuction of Washington Wines Names Charlie Hoppes of Fidélitas Wines as Honorary Vintner and Marshall Edwards of Quintessence Vineyards as Honorary Grower During WA Wine MonthSEATTLE (March 19, 2018) – Today the Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) announced its honorees who exemplify leadership in the industry and who’ve made significant contributions to the Washington wine community. AWW is recognizing Charlie Hoppes of Fidélitas Wines as Honorary Vintner and Marshall Edwards of Quintessence Vineyards as Honorary Grower in 2018. These honorary positions are peer-nominated and reserved for leaders who deeply invest in and positively impact the Washington wine community.“Charlie and Marshall both reflect what makes the Washington wine community so special,” said Shelley Tomberg, Executive Director of AWW. “Their sincerity in building relationships is inspiring, and it results in top-notch, innovative, premium Washington wines that influence the industry on a global scale.”Charlie Hoppes, 2018 Honorary VintnerCharlie Hoppes fell in love with winemaking while he was working as an engineer. After graduating from the Viticulture and Enology program at University of California Davis, he worked alongside leading winemakers at Chateau Ste. Michelle before launching his own label, Fidélitas, in 2000. Today, Charlie focuses the Fidélitas portfolio on the Red Mountain AVA and handcrafts a variety of Bordeaux-styled red and white wines. The diversity found in the 4,040 acres of the Red Mountain AVA gives Fidélitas all it needs to assemble the wines that reflect the entire region. As of last year, Charlie has completed thirty harvests in Washington and isn’t planning to slow down anytime soon.Marshall Edwards, 2018 Honorary GrowerMarshall Edwards worked at a wheat ranch and didn’t expect to end up in the wine industry, but his farming expertise led him to Chateau Ste. Michelle where he worked for seventeen years. Today, Marshall is the Vineyard Operations Manager at Shaw Vineyards as well as the Manager at Northwest Vineyard Management which oversees Quintessence Vineyards on Red Mountain and Obelisco, a 30-acre vineyard that produces grapes for Doug Long’s Obelisco Estate.“There are certain people you come across in the industry over the span of your career who just get it,” said Charlie Hoppes, 2018 Honorary Vintner. “Marshall Edwards is one of those people.”About the Auction of Washington WinesSince its inception in 1988, AWW has raised more than $41 million, benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University Wine Science Research. Events hosted by AWW give wine lovers the chance to support the Washington wine industry and families in our communities around the region. The 2018 Auction of Washington Wines will take place August 16-18, 2018. Major sponsors include Chateau Ste. Michelle, Ferrari of Seattle, The John L. Scott Foundation, The Seattle Times, King 5 TV and Wine Spectator Magazine. For more information, go to www.AuctionofWaWines.orgAdvertisement ReddIt Home Industry News Releases Washington Natives Recognized as Honorary Vintner and Grower for 2018Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessWashington Natives Recognized as Honorary Vintner and Grower for 2018By Press Release – March 19, 2018 77 0 Pinterest Linkedin Twitter Previous articleLatest Report Confirms Oregon’s Wine Economy ExpandingNext articleSalvestrin Winery Celebrates More than 85 Years in Napa Valley Press Releaselast_img read more

Residents turn out for Farmers’ Market in St. Mary

first_imgRelatedResidents turn out for Farmers’ Market in St. Mary FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail PORT ANTONIO – Residents from various communities in St. Mary turned out for the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) farmers’ market held last Friday March 4 at the Trinity Boxing Plant in Port Maria. The market was the third such event organised by the St. Mary Office of RADA since the start of the year, as part of the national effort to assist farmers to get rid of the oversupply of certain crops. The others were held on January 28 and February 11. Speaking to JIS News, RADA Marketing Officer for St. Mary, Alfred Dunkley, said the event was a success, with some 20 farmers from St. Mary and St. Ann participating. He said that more than 12.5 tons of produce including vegetables and ground provisions were sold. He informed that some 800 residents from across the parish made purchases throughout the day, taking advantage of the abundance of produce being sold at affordable prices. Noting that the market was better planned and more properly organised than the ones previously held, Mr. Dunkley said that every effort was made to meet the demand of patrons for more ground provisions. He informed that a fourth farmers’ market will be held on March 18, while another is being planned for April. CONTACT:  ASTON G. BAILEY                     JIS REGIONAL OFFICE Residents turn out for Farmers’ Market in St. Mary AgricultureMarch 12, 2011 RelatedResidents turn out for Farmers’ Market in St. Mary RelatedResidents turn out for Farmers’ Market in St. Mary Advertisementslast_img read more

Telstra gives insight into VoLTE launch; unveils first Cat 11 device

first_img Related Australia completes 26GHz auction Joseph Waring Telstra to delist from New Zealand exchange Asia Author Previous ArticleIndia’s Idea Cellular plans 4G launch in early 2016Next ArticleAlcaLu boosts IoT platform play with Mformation buy Telstra yesterday launched voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) to its postpaid customers, making it the first Australian operator to offer the service, which it dubbed ‘4G Calling’.Mike Wright (pictured), Telstra’s group managing director of networks, told Mobile World Live that the new voice service is available on compatible devices across its 4G footprint, which now reaches 94 per cent of the population and will cover 99 per cent by 2017.Telstra WrightHe said the VoLTE rollout will be staggered, starting with 4G to 4G calls, then moving to full HD capability for 4G to fixed and 4G to 3G calls. It plans to extend the VoLTE capability to its business and enterprise customers as well as its prepaid customers, but he didn’t give a timeframe.The first VoLTE-enabled devices include the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Sony Mobile’s latest Xperia smartphones.Wright said that the move to VoLTE isn’t mainly about voice quality improvement, but the potential for the future and customer experience. “We’ve already got HD voice; we’ve had it for quite a number of years across our entire footprint — I think we’ve had the world’s largest HD footprint quite a few years.”The operator introduced HD voice calling in 2011 and today more than 30 per cent of all mobile calls use HD voice.He explained that for Telstra it’s about the benefits it gets over time in running VoLTE, which will enable it to start to build unique 4G coverage layers without having to replicate its 3G layer.“It means customers will always stay on 4G, which means they are on the layer that has the fastest speed and not dropping back and hanging on a 3G throughput layer — they’re staying on 4G and can get really fast call set up,” he said. “It takes us on that journey to next-generation voice calling, which will naturally evolve to things like voice-over-Wi-Fi and into next-generation voice platforms like fixed SIP-type calling and then probably a natural platform for RCS if it ever becomes a reality.”Wright said that some customers will be able to self activate their devices as they upgrade their software. However, they also need to be part of the block of migrated service numbers.First Cat 11 deviceThe market leader also introduced what it said is the world’s first LTE-Advanced (Cat 11) 600Mb/s-capable device, a hotspot that supports tri-band carrier aggregation.The Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III Mobile Broadband Hotspot was developed by Netgear, Ericsson and Qualcomm. It automatically switches between Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE and LTE-Advanced depending on network availability.Telstra said it will initially deploy the Cat 11 hotspots in the central business districts of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, and in selected popular holiday locations.center_img HomeAsiaNews Telstra gives insight into VoLTE launch; unveils first Cat 11 device Tags Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 SEP 2015 Telstra earmarks $116M to boost rural coverage 600Mb/sAustraliaCat 11 deviceHD-VoiceTelstraVOLTElast_img read more

Global smartphone market returns to growth

first_img Global smartphone shipments grew 2 per cent year-on-year in Q3, bucking two years of decline, with Huawei making the greatest gains with a 29 per cent jump, data from Strategy Analytics revealed.This is the first time the smartphone market has grown since Q3 2017. Strategy Analytics stated: “Worldwide demand for smartphones is recovering, due to strong pricing competition among vendors and new innovations such as larger screens and 5G connectivity.”Shipments exceeded 366 million units, up from 360 million in Q3 2018.Vendor breakdownSamsung maintained pole position, shipping 78.2 million units, up 8 per cent. Strategy Analytics put this down to strong sales of the Galaxy Note 10 and mid-range A Series.Chinese vendor Huawei shipped 66.7 million, up from 51.8 million and boosting its market share from 14.4 per cent to 18.2 per cent. The company surged in its domestic market, offsetting uncertainty in western regions where scrutiny has affected smartphone launch plans.Apple’s shipments declined 3 per cent to 45.6 million, but despite the drop the quarter was its “best growth performance since” 2018, with the company “stabilising, due to cheaper iPhone 11 pricing and healthier demand across Asia and the US”.Maintaining fourth spot was Xiaomi, but shipments declined 2 per cent to 32.3 million units. The vendor is losing ground in China and India due to fierce competition from Huawei and Realme.Number five player Oppo shipped 29.4 million units, down from 31.2 million. Strategy Analytics said the company is expanding “hard into Western Europe,” with new models such as the Reno 5G launched, but is now “coming under severe pressure at home in China from a resurgent Huawei”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back HomeDevicesNews Global smartphone market returns to growth Manny joined Mobile World Live in September 2019 as a reporter based in London. He has previous experience in telecoms having worked for B2B publication Mobile News for three years where he climbed up to the position of Features Editor…. Read more Previous ArticleBT strengthens position but revenue dipsNext ArticleFacebook advertising model stays resolute Devices Xiaomi smartphone surge bears fruits Manny Pham Relatedcenter_img KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Tags Xiaomi off the hook in the US AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 31 OCT 2019 Author AppleHuaweiOPPOQ3Samsungsmartphone shipmentsStrategy AnalyticsXiaomilast_img read more

LETTER: Lake Gill Netting is Not the Answer

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The Flathead lake trout gill netting proposal should be thwarted (Sept. 15 Beacon: “Is Gill Netting the Answer?”). While certainly bull trout numbers or survival will increase as lake trout numbers decrease, the goal of re-establishing a fishable bull trout population in Flathead Lake is most unlikely. Clearly, lake trout have the ecological advantage in Flathead because of an unlimited forage (food) base mainly being mysis shrimp. Since gill netting will not remove the food base, the lake trout population will always have the potential to quickly rebuild – that is unless the population is ad infinitum controlled by gill netting or a similar harvest strategy. The same applies to Swan Lake wherein unless gill netting continues, the lake trout population there will rebuild and re-exert control over the bull trout population. Gill netting is not a one-time solution for bull trout recovery. It is merely a band-aid exercise except for some isolated lakes where complete species removal is possible. It is most admirable that the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are bent on rehabilitating Flathead Lake’s bull trout population, but gill netting is not the solution. There is no practical solution as the lake trout population is too established and the lake is more conducive for lake trout production than for native bull trout. This is reality, face it. Going forward with gill netting will provide jobs to a select few, but it will adversely impact the local sport fishery and not marginally. Hopefully, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will scientifically evaluate the issue and not cave to special interests. The public should expect such. Bruce Barrett, fisheries biologistLakeside Emaillast_img read more