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Investors threaten to hang up on Dixons chief

Investors threaten to hang up on Dixons chief

Business
Leading shareholders in Dixons Carphone want directors to accelerate a search for its next boss after last week's shock profit warning wiped nearly a quarter off the company's stock market value.Sky News has learnt that a number of top 10 investors in the retailer will press Lord Livingston of Parkhead, Dixons Carphone's chairman, to speed up succession planning amid growing pressure on Seb James, chief executive.A search is already said to have been initiated by the board, although a person close to the company said it was simply part of "normal succession planning".The demand from some investors is the first sign of genuine disgruntlement ‎with the mobile phone and electrical goods chain's leadership since the £3.8bn merger of Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse in 2014.Mr James had run
Global food markets further threaten endangered sharks, rays

Global food markets further threaten endangered sharks, rays

Science
Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Guelph found that the majority of shark fins and manta ray gills sold at markets around the world for traditional medicines come from endangered species.Roughly half of the world's 1,200 species of sharks and manta rays are listed as threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature including 20 that may not be traded internationally.The study, published today in Scientific Reports, used DNA barcoding technology and found 71 percent of dried fins and gills collected from markets and stores came from species listed as at-risk and banned from international trade. Shark finning, which is removing fins from live sharks, is illegal in Canada."Despite the controversy around shark fin soup and the fact that many of these species are...