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  1. [WRAP]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/tasmaniandevils.jpg[/WRAP]According to a new study in the Journal of Applied Ecology, culling does not effectively control the contagious cancer threatening the Tasmanian devil. The researchers modelled the effect of removing sick animals on the disease's prevalence in a small population. The study seems to confirm findings in wild trials, that selective culling of sick animals is ineffectual at stopping the spread of the disease. All trial culls of the devils have now been stopped. Culling has been used to control infectious diseases in a range of species from deer to badgers, wolves to domestic cattle. Despite proving successful in controlling the diseases of livestock, such as foot and mouth, culling wild animals is controversial because of the lack of evidence that it works. In fact, cases exists where culling wild animals has made the problem worse. But, hoping to save the Tasmanian devil from the facial cancer that has wiped out more than 90% of individuals in some areas, conservation biologists have trialled a cull since 2004. As part of the trial cull, researchers have trapped and euthanised sick animals two to five times a year from an isolated population in the south-east of Tasmania. To assess the impact of the cull, Australian researchers Nick Beeton from University of Tasmania and Hamish McCallum from Griffith University created a computer model in which they simulated the effects of the cull. "We found the removal rate required to suppress disease was higher than that which would be feasible in the field," explained Mr Beeton. In the field, biologists find that 20% of the population is never captured and could be acting as a reservoir for the disease. Unless all the devils are trapped and inspected, including the "trap-shy" ones, continuous culling is unlikely to be an effective disease control, the researchers write. Mr Beeton said "The disease suppression trial was ended as this paper was being written." "Our research demonstrates that we must be flexible and be prepared to change strategy as new information comes to light," he added. "It's much better to do a study like this, than spend a lot of money on a huge culling programme and then find that it hasn't worked," said geneticist Elizabeth Murchison from the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, UK, who studies the devil cancer. She added that by confirming that culling does not work, conservationists can then focus their efforts on alternative strategies, such as the captive breeding programme and developing a vaccine against the cancer. Source: www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15158814
  2. The Pom Queen

    Happy Birthday Save the Lemming

    A little bird has told me it's Tony's birthday today. Happy Birthday Old Boy x Oh and some words of wisdom
  3. pandlee

    how much to save???

    Hey there me and my boyfriend are hoping to move to Sydney on a sponsorship visa in March and are saving like crazy we are unsure of how much is a good amount to aim for for the move. Obviously there is flights visa's, rent, bond, new car, bills, food shopping etc. We were thinking about £10 000 to start out new life over there is this too little or too much? Any advice would be much appreciated cheers P and Lee x
  4. With the exchange rate still AAWWWFFFUL we have money still in the UK. Can anyone suggest a savings account that I can open from over here that gives me a reasonable interest rate.....the one I have currently is coming to the end of its year and the rate reverts to low, low low. I thought maybe my husband could open an account with ING (3%) but find that you can only ring an 0800 number and need a touch tone phone....so any suggestions welcome. Julie
  5. Guest

    Save The Lemming Calling.

    Hi all. I thought it best to put up this thread as I have had numerous PM,s asking where I have gone, NOT,:mad::biglaugh: No I haven't dissapeared up my own backside (not yet anyway) just having a right old ding dong with my internet provider who have never heard of customer service,:arghh: And until it is sorted out I have to get a signal where ever I can find it, which is normally several miles from my house. Not to worry though, I have drafted several dozen threads which I am sure you will be looking forward to,:eek: In the meantime while I have been going through the DT's from PIO I have cleaned out every draw and cupboard in the house, so far 15 bin bags of old clothes and several dozen bags of old paperwork, just give it another six months and once again the kids and good lady would have filled the drawers with tatt once again. Just to say missing you all as you are me,:hug::nah: and thanks to all of you (4 in all,:shocked::biglaugh:) who have PM'md me, the rest of you buggers, I still love yer,:notworthy::wink: Hopefully speak soon, take care peeps and long live a company named the opposite to sexually active who have buggered up my internet,:mad: Cheers Tony. :cool:
  6. Hi All, We are in negotiations with OH company over relocation to Brisbane. They will only pay 50% of flight and shipping costs. This move wasn't planned and with me at home for the last few years with two little ones our savings have somewhat dwindled. We are looking to make some savings and just wondered what others have done. For example our youngest is 1.5yrs and strictly speaking we don't have to buy him a seat on the plane (£500 saved) however would this just make a long flight horrendous? Do they take kids in the hold :twitcy: only joking! We could cut down the amount we are shipping, currently sole use of 20ft container (£3800 plus AQIS and insurance). Would this go down much or just cost us more when we get there having to replace stuff? Thoughts anyone pls?
  7. Guest

    How to save money in Oz or Uk

    Money is tight, how can we save money folks..any ideas? Get an allotment or use your garden...you can save a fortune if you "grow your own" veg and fruit. Get a logburner and source your own wood....save a fortune and so much free wood out there if you look. Shop in charity shops...I get some great designer gear in the charity shops for next to nowt. Go fishing Bobj will give you tips. anyone got any tips.
  8. tracy123

    God save the Queen

    I'd pay £5 a year to keep her in a job. Got to love the woman :notworthy:
  9. Hi, just wanted to get an idea of how much I should be looking to take over with me. Bearing in mind im an Australian citizen so I wont have the bother of visa's and all that. It just basically a set amount that I should take so im comfortable whilst I look for a job and a place to stay, etc. Also, how does the conversion for drivers licence work? oh yeah, itl be just me. no family or nowt.
  10. kevin jc

    Urgent!! Save Our Fizzy

    Hello pio's It appears we have a problem, It seem's there is an increasing number of member's Who have lost, losing, or just cant find their Fizzy any more. With all the changes and the ever increasing wait the very Fizzy of our well being has been or as we speak is being drained from our very soul's. WE CANT LET THIS HAPPEN!!! So i ask you good poeple, if you see a poor soul looking lost or down, most likely they to have lost there Fizzy, be careful on approach but please be brave, dont let them see you are scared, battle through it and offer some comforting word's, Who knows, if you are really lucky and your word's work you may well see thier Fizzy come rushing back before your very eye's. Then you will know your days work is done and you have made someone smile :wink: So once again i ask for your help and in the meantime if anyone has any idea's as to where the Fizzy is hiding, please let us all know. Thanks Kev SAVE OUR FIZZY !!! SAVE OUR FIZZY !!! SAVE OUR FIZZY !!! http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/dilemmas/86995-lost-my-mojo-somewhere-along-way-2.html#post771445
  11. Guest

    God save the queen

    God Save the Queen' dropped from Anzac Day service 'God Save the Queen' dropped from Anzac Day service - Yahoo!7 News It will be interesting to see which other states follow Melbourne......Susie
  12. Guest

    Save or Perish.

    Taking family, relatives and friends completely out of the equation, (I reckon most would say they are a given, I hope.:shocked:) which five items would you take from your house if it was going to be the last time you were allowed in there. I was going to say fire, flood, etc, but I'm a bit superstitious and don't like to tempt fate.:wink: Cheers Tony
  13. Hello all:biggrin: We are having a family trip to WA in March/April for a few weeks and wonder if anybody can throw some ideas our way as to where to stay in the Fremantle/Cottesloe area. We are a family of 4 - 2 adults - 2 kids 8 & 3 and ideally a recommendation for a villa, house, decent quality complex which is family but not over done with commercialism. Decent quality without busting the budget! Have done most of Australia, this is 1st time in WA and is my last chance to persuade the wife that OZ is for us so...... the location has to blow her away - any help here would be so well received ---- cant afford to slip up! Matt - in last chance saloon:sad:
  14. Guest

    I can't save 20k !!

    Hi, My friend (austalian) says his aim is to take £20k with him when he moves in the next 18 months. :eek: I barely earn that and don't have any money tied up in property like he does. Am I being naive in thinking I could make the move (me and 2 kids) with about 10k?? as that is a far more acheivable figure. I have it in my head if we can go it will be mid 2011.
  15. Hi All, Just a quick question as per the title, is frontloading meds & PCC's worthwhile? Once the docs are sent roughly how long does it take for DIAC to receive them & attach them to your file. Am I right in thinking these docs need to be physically delivered, unlike all the others that just get uploaded. Thanks!
  16. ok one is good to save paper also 2 makes it easier for case officer to look through i hope : ). things like cards, photocopy thefront of card on one side then the other side of paper photocopy the writing side?and send in a cover letter asking to look at both sides?:v_SPIN: i suppose i could do that with the phone bills, and the rest? other wise gona end up with loads of loose seets of paper, i have already dont that but want to change them to double sided
  17. The Rudd governement is making it a lot tighter to come here. The 133,500 skilled migrants applying to work in Australia will now be required to have a job – sponsored by an employer or by a state government – before they arrive or meet a critical skills list, including medical, engineering and construction. Sign of the economic times I suppose! Immigration tightened to save jobs | The Courier-Mail
  18. Guest

    Eat Skippy to save the planet

    Eat kangaroo to 'save the planet' Kangaroos could be good for the environment Switching from beef to kangaroo burgers could significantly help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says an Australian scientist. The methane gas produced by sheep and cows through belching and flatulence is more potent than carbon dioxide in the damage it can cause to the environment. But kangaroos produce virtually no methane because their digestive systems are different. Dr George Wilson, of the Australian Wildlife Services, urges farming them. He says they have a different set of micro-organisms in their guts to cows and sheep. Sheep and cattle account for 11% of Australia's carbon footprint and over the years, there have been various proposals to deal with the problem. Now Dr Wilson believes kangaroos might hold the answer. He said: "It tastes excellent, not unlike venison - only a different flavour." The country already produces 30 million kangaroos farmed by landholders in the outback. But Dr Wilson is keen to see that population dramatically increased to produce the same amount of kangaroo meat as that currently produced by conventional livestock.
  19. Hi guys dont know if you know but i like to save money so have been going on visitaprint.co.uk got a load of business cards for hubby to give out when there (free) just pay for postage, once you sign in on the left side is more free stuff get just those then in a few days time you will get an e-mail with other free stuff i have got loads of post cards t- shirts, caps, note pads, pens well everything they send just always pay for postage. the post cards come in 100 and are great to take with you as only stamp to buy, you can design alsorts which is great. The A4 paper is fab for writing letters to people back home or for that job you want, i now have a large box full of stuff for me and the kids to take with us and all free just the postage ................. just wanted to pass on as will save you money plus looks very professional plus the calenders are great to give as a gift before you go as you download your own pics but wait for the e mail which say's free download, i have got some tips how to get more pics without paying if you want to know just send me pm julie :wubclub:
  20. i read this on the internet ,it made me laugh anyway! Kangaroo farts could fight global warming: Source: ABC Livestock passing wind contribute a surprisingly high percentage of total emissions. (File photo) Australian scientists are trying to give kangaroo-style stomachs to cattle and sheep in a bid to cut the emission of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. Thanks to special bacteria in their stomachs, kangaroos' flatulence contains no methane and scientists want to transfer that bacteria to cattle and sheep who emit large quantities of the harmful gas. While the usual image of greenhouse gas pollution is a billowing smokestack pushing out carbon dioxide, livestock passing wind contribute a surprisingly high percentage of total emissions in some countries. Queensland Government senior research scientist Athol Klieve says 14 per cent of emissions from all sources in Australia are from enteric methane from cattle and sheep. "If you look at another country such as New Zealand, which has got a much higher agricultural base, they're actually up around 50 per cent," he said. Researchers say the bacteria also makes the digestive process much more efficient and could potentially save millions of dollars in feed costs for farmers. "Not only would they not produce the methane, they would actually get something like 10 to 15 per cent more energy out of the feed they are eating," Dr Klieve said. Cal x
  21. If you are a couple moving over, when you buy your first home, buy it in only one of your names and use their First Home Buyer's Grant entitlement for that house. If you then buy a subsequent or second home, the 'other half' can use their entitlement for that one. If you buy jointly to start off, you use both of the entitlements in one go and ultimately 'share' the benefit. :wink: