Rolls-Royce tops list of best British brands

first_imgSunday 27 February 2011 10:57 pm Show Comments ▼ Rolls-Royce tops list of best British brands Tags: NULL Read This NextNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap AN independent industry survey has named the UK’s top ten business-to-business brands, with engineering company Rolls-Royce knocking Microsoft off the top spot to take first place. Either Microsoft or Google has held the number one position since 2007, but they slipped this year to third and fourth position respectively. Technology still dominated the list, with Blackberry smartphones climbing one spot to take second place and Apple, the only new entry in the Superbrand top 10, entering straight into the fifth position. The remainder of the top 10 Business Superbrands for 2011 include the London Stock Exchange, accountancy and consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, GlaxoSmithKline, Visa and Bosch. UK airlines Virgin Atlantic and British Airways both recorded significant drops, falling into 14th and 48th place respectively from last year’s top 10.The annual Business Superbrands league table is compiled by a panel of experts at The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA), with input from over 2,000 professionals from across the UK. Brands are assessed on their quality, reliability and distinction. whatsappcenter_img whatsapp Share Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndo KCS-content last_img read more

Government launches ISA for under-18s

first_img whatsapp Thursday 31 March 2011 8:12 pm KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Share Tags: NULL whatsapp Government launches ISA for under-18s Read This NextWATCH: Shohei Ohtani continues home run tear, Los Angeles Angels winSportsnautYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof THE government has confirmed that it will launch a junior version of the Individual Savings Account (Isa), making the tax-free scheme available from 1 November this year. The new investment fund replaces the Child Trust Fund (CTF), which had a limit of £1,200. The junior Isa will have a £3,000 limit. Children will be able to have one cash Isa and one in stocks and shares at any time, adding up to the overall contribution limit. It will be the first time that those under 18 will be allowed to hold shares in their name. Like CTFs, withdrawals won’t be available from the junior Isa until the holder turns 18. But they will not benefit from the £50-£250 government contribution made under the current system when an account is opened. Today’s launch included a consultation document, which the Treasury will accept comments on until May. last_img read more

Excelsior United Development Companies Limited ( 2018 Annual Report

first_imgExcelsior United Development Companies Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Retail sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Excelsior United Development Companies Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Excelsior United Development Companies Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Excelsior United Development Companies Limited (  2018 annual report.Company ProfileExcelsior United Development Companies Limited engages in the production, distribution and sale of alcoholic products such as rum, alcohol and vinegar products, in Mauritius and the Reunion island. The company operates through five segments which are, investments, property rental, beverages, commerce, and tourism segments. The Investments segment includes investments held in shares, the beverages segment is engaged in the production, import and sale of alcoholic products, the commerce segment is engaged in the import and distribution of tires, automotive lubricants and fire protection equipment and the Tourism segment is engaged in operating a hotel and provides travel and tourism services. Excelsior United Development Companies Limited operates through its subsidiaries Medine Distillery Company Limited, International Distillers (Mauritius) Limited, New Goodwill Company Limited, Concorde Tourist Guide Agency Limited, Southern Investments Limited and Compagnie Mauricienne de Commerce Limitee. Excelsior United Development Companies Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Habits of Grace: Finding gladness

first_imgHabits of Grace: Finding gladness Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Habits of Grace, Press Release Service Rector Smithfield, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Back to Press Releases Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Curate Diocese of Nebraska Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Rector Bath, NC center_img Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Albany, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Press Release Director of Music Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL COVID-19, The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted May 19, 2020 Editor’s note: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is offering Habits of Grace, a weekly meditation to help Episcopalians cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing physical distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’ A new video meditation will be posted on Mondays through May.” — Presiding Bishop Michael CurryMay 19, 2020:  Finding gladnessIn Luke’s Gospel, in the sixth chapter, Jesus says this,Blessed are you who are poor,   for yours is the kingdom of God.Blessed are you who are hungry now,   for you will be filled.Blessed are you who weep now,   for you will laugh.It may seem strange to suggest it, but even in times of hardship, even in times when our hearts are heavy, sometimes, finding something to be glad about and maybe something to laugh about can actually help. Now, you can’t fake it, but sometimes it can help.I think of times in my own family when we have attended family funerals, and after the funeral, there’s usually some kind of repast. And no matter how sad the journey to death has been or how painful it has been, when the family would gather around, folk would start telling stories, sometimes, stories about the deceased, sometimes, just family stories. There would be the sound of laughter and moments of joy even in the midst of grief and sorrow.There’s a bishop in the Diocese of Western North Carolina named José McLoughlin. And Bishop José has, for the last five or six weeks, been publishing on YouTube, Quarantine with Bishop José. It will bring some gladness, some laughter, some sense of joy even in the midst of this difficult time of pandemic. That there is a time to weep, as Ecclesiastes says, and there’s a time to laugh. So, maybe a little exercise for this week will be to go to YouTube, find Quarantine with Bishop José, and add that or something else to your list of things that bring gladness.God love you. God bless you. And you keep the faith.Hábitos de gracia, 19 de mayo de 2020: una invitación para ti, del obispo primado CurryMientras aprendemos a ajustar nuestras vidas dada la realidad del coronavirus y atendemos la solicitud de hacer nuestra parte para frenar su propagación practicando el distanciamiento social, les invito a que se unan a mí cada semana para dedicar un momento a cultivar un «hábito de gracia».   Una nueva meditación se publicará todos los martes  a lo largo del mes de mayo.  Estas meditaciones pueden verse en cualquier momento haciendo clic aquí.19 de mayo de 2020:  Encontrar alegríaEn el evangelio de Lucas, en el capítulo seis, Jesús dice esto:Dichosos ustedes los pobres,   porque el reino de Dios les pertenece. Dichosos ustedes que ahora pasan hambre,   porque serán saciados.Dichosos ustedes que ahora lloran,   porque luego habrán de reír.Puede parecer extraño sugerirlo, pero incluso en momentos de dificultades, incluso en momentos en que nuestros corazones están abatidos, a veces, encontrar algo de lo que alegrarse y tal vez algo de qué reírse puede ciertamente ser de ayuda. Ahora bien, no puedes fingirlo, pero a veces puede ser útil.Pienso en ocasiones de mi propia familia en que hemos asistido a funerales familiares, y después del funeral, por lo general, hay algún tipo de comida. Y no importa cuán triste o cuán doloroso haya sido el viaje a la muerte, cuando la familia se reúne, la gente comienza a contar historias, a veces historias sobre el fallecido, a veces no más que relatos de familia. Habrá un estallido de risa y momentos de alegría incluso en medio del dolor y la tristeza.Hay un obispo en la diócesis de Carolina del Norte Occidental llamado José McLoughlin. Y el obispo José, durante las últimas cinco o seis semanas, ha estado publicando en YouTube Cuarentena con el obispo José. Eso aportará alguna alegría, algo de risa, algo de júbilo, incluso en medio de este difícil momento de pandemia. Que hay un tiempo para llorar, como dice el Eclesiastés, y hay un tiempo para reír. Entonces, tal vez un pequeño ejercicio para esta semana consistirá en ir a YouTube, encontrar Cuarentena con el Obispo José y agregar eso o algo más a su lista de cosas que aportan alegríaDios les ama. Dios les bendiga. Y guarden la fe. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group last_img read more

Record year sees Everton in the Community support more than 45,000 people

first_img  234 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Everton in the Community recorded its highest-ever annual revenue last year, enabling it to support more than 45,000 individuals and families over the past 12 months.  The record revenue of more than £5.8m for financial year 2019/20 is the official charity of Everton Football Club’s highest in its 33-year history. It is more than 20% up on the same period last year and double that of five years ago.Despite the pandemic, the charity has continued to deliver its 40+ programmes which focus on a wide range of social issues prevalent across Merseyside such as mental health, education, homelessness, unemployment, poverty and disability.It moved its existing programmes – delivered to more than 15,000 people annually – to virtual delivery and has also secured additional programmes to help more people once the pandemic ends.From last March, Everton in the Community and the Club started providing assistance to struggling families in the wake of lockdown restrictions and increased social isolation.Under the banner of ‘Blue Family’, this support has included food parcels, assistance with utility bills, physical and mental health wellbeing support, the purchase of laptops and other educational resources to more than 28,000 individuals and families – with help continuing to be provided right across the city region.Richard Kenyon, CEO at Everton in the Community, said:“We set ourselves an ambitious growth strategy three years ago and it is pleasing that we have been able to stay on track with this, despite such challenging circumstances. Through the incredible support of our funders, partners, the football club and our fans, we have been able to maintain all of our programmes, many of which support very vulnerable people.“We’ve also been able to establish brand new programmes, meaning we can help even more people in the future and drive forward part of our post-pandemic recovery plan.“From welfare calls to fans from players, Carlo Ancelotti, the Club CEO, and Chairman, to putting food on people’s tables, there’s been some amazing and very important work happening – not least by the Everton in the Community staff who are working tirelessly everyday to maintain contact and provide support to those who need it.”The charity’s growth during 2019/20 has been possible thanks to ongoing support from existing partners including Merseyside Police and the Premier League as well as a new partnership with Steve Morgan Foundation.Everton in the Community has also secured new funding from The Growth Company, Children in Need, Big Lottery Fund and Howard’s Way investor Phil Brown which will see the charity increase its impact on people’s lives – particularly through the promotion of positive mental health – in the years ahead. Donations from Everton supporters together with the Club’s owner and Chairman have also boosted Blue Family resources and enabled the Club and community to support tens of thousands of people in their time of need.Looking forward, part of the charity’s post-Covid response will be The People’s Place, a purpose-built mental health facility close to Goodison Park, which received planning permission in spring 2020.The Spellow Lane-based scheme will provide tailored support to promote positive mental health and vital services relating to suicide awareness and prevention. The charity hopes work will begin on the site this spring with the centre expected to open in mid-2022. Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Melanie May | 26 February 2021 | News Record year sees Everton in the Community support more than 45,000 people Tagged with: Funding sportlast_img read more

Journalist killed in armed attack in Kandahar

first_imgNews Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsJihadismImpunityPredatorsViolence Follow the news on Afghanistan RSF_en News October 23, 2018 – Updated on October 24, 2018 Journalist killed in armed attack in Kandahar After several bombings during the parliamentary elections held on 19 and 20 October, RSF calls for more protection for journalists, who are the guarantors of free, transparent and democratic elections. More than 4 million Afghans voted in these elections despite the danger of violence and the risk of irregularities. “We offer our condolences to Mohammad Salim Inghar’s family and colleagues,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Afghanistan desk. “He was the 14th journalist to be killed in Afghanistan since the start of the year. We request an impartial investigation to shed light on the circumstances of this journalist’s death.” to go further According to RSF’s tally, a total of 38 journalists and media workers have been killed in Afghanistan since the start of 2016 in shootings and bombings deliberately targeting the media and journalists by the country’s two leading press freedom predators, Islamic State and the Taliban. The attack took place during a meeting in the governor’s compound between Afghan and US officials, including the top US commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. Scott Miller. Kandahar’s governor and US Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley were among the wounded. Receive email alerts AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsJihadismImpunityPredatorsViolence The information that Smiley was injured was not released until two days later. In fact, little information has been provided about the attack, partly because of the presence of senior US officials.center_img Help by sharing this information RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is saddened to learn that Mohammad Salim Inghar, a cameraman with Afghanistan’s national TV broadcaster, was among those killed in a Taliban armed attack on the governor’s compound in Kandahar province on 18 October. Aged 64, he was the father of six children. Journalists encountered many problems in covering the elections freely in some provinces, including Kapisa, where a Radio Resalat reporter was attacked by a candidate’s bodyguards. But for the most part, the media and journalists were free to cover the elections. Organisation News June 2, 2021 Find out more Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” May 3, 2021 Find out more Two senior Afghan officials were also killed in the attack: Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq and the head of the National Directorate of Security in Kandahar province, Abdul Momin. Afghanistan is ranked 118th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

About the Clotilde Reiss case – behind the scene analysis

first_imgNews December 20, 2010 – Updated on January 25, 2016 About the Clotilde Reiss case – behind the scene analysis RSF_en Organisation center_img Cable 09PARIS1097French strategy on dealing with hostage situations in Iran – from exertion of diplomatic and political pressure to giving publicity to the cases – is detailed in a diplomatic cable from the US embassy in Paris. In other cables, the US suspects the French government to have released a high profile Iranian in exchange for Reiss freedom. The role of Syria in securing the woman’s release has been voluntarily overstated.Read the cable: Help by sharing this informationlast_img

Police’s Job Is To Ensure Social Distancing, Law & Order, They Can’t Be Burdened To Bring Files When Accused Has Received Same Under S. 207 CrPC: HP High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesPolice’s Job Is To Ensure Social Distancing, Law & Order, They Can’t Be Burdened To Bring Files When Accused Has Received Same Under S. 207 CrPC: HP High Court Sparsh Upadhyay6 May 2021 9:49 PMShare This – xImage Courtesy: PatrikaObserving that once the accused receives documents under Section 207, CrPC free of costs, then the State cannot be burdened again and again to bring the police file along with police officials¸ the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Thursday (May 6) refused to grant bail to a murder accused. The Bench of Justice Anoop Chitkara noted that the requirement of police is more to maintain social distancing and law and order and that they can’t be burdened again and again to bring the police file along with the police officials, that too in COVID phase as it will put an unnecessary burden on the infrastructure. Facts in brief The allegations against the petitioner are that on 28th June 2020, in midnight, one Sumo came from Haripur side, and the driver tried to cross the bridge, however, since the bridge was on the higher pedestal, as such, chamber of Sumo struck with the concrete, due to which, oil started leaking. One Mukesh Paswan told them not to drive the vehicle from the bridge because it was under construction, on this the said persons told him that he is posted DC of the area and started hurling abuses to him. After fifteen minutes, all the three occupants of the vehicle (including the bail applicant), came there with sticks and said that laborers (involved in the construction of the bridge) were doing Gundagardi in the area and started beating them. After that, all the laborers started running to save themselves from the beatings, however, they caught hold of Rohit (deceased) and he fell down in a Nallah (creek) 25-30 feet down. Further, on 24th June 2020, all these people compromised the matter between them, however, on 28th June 2020 at midnight, Rohit (deceased) became extremely unwell and he was brought to Mission hospital, where doctors said that he was dead. Based on these allegations, the Police registered the FIR. Court’s order The Court perused the bail petition, and noted that a report under Section 173 of Cr.P.C stood filed and the documents were supplied to the accused under Section 207 Cr.P.C, but despite that, the counsel for the petitioner chose to file a fresh summary of challan coupled with a post-mortem report. The Court further remarked, “For the reasons best known to the petitioner, his counsel did not bring to the notice of the Court entire police report as received by him. To consider the arguments of learned counsel for the petitioner, this Court needs to go through the alleged compromise, statements of other witnesses and injured persons recorded under Section 161 of Cr.P.C. The Court also needs to go through the site plan of the spot from where they fell down.” Thus, the Court observed that it would be highly unsafe to deny or allow the bail petition based on the skeleton documents, placed by counsel for the petitioner. With this, the petition was dismissed with liberty reserved to the petitioner to file a fresh petition, by annexing the complete police report. Case title – Amit v. State of H. P. [Cr.MP(M) No.830 of 2021] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsHimachal Pradesh High Court Justice Anoop Chitkara Section 207 CrPC Next Storylast_img read more

Update: Man killed in two vehicle collision on Letterkenny/Lifford road

first_img Previous articleEddie Brennan and Barry Meehan named as St. Naul’s Joint Senior ManagersNext article19 patients awaiting admission as SF launch campaign to improve LUH News Highland Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – January 12, 2018 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further center_img Homepage BannerNews Gardai in Letterkenny are investigating a fatal road traffic collision that occurred on the main Letterkenny – Lifford road this morning.The collision occurred at approximately 6.55am at Drumoghill between a car and a tractor.The male (68 years) driver of the tractor was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene his body has been removed to the morgue at Letterkenny University Hospital.The driver of the car was injured and also taken to Letterkenny University hospital for treatment his injuries are unknown at this stage.The road is currently closed to facilitate a Forensic collision examination, local diversions are in place.Witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Letterkenny Garda station on 074 9167100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Update: Man killed in two vehicle collision on Letterkenny/Lifford road Twitter Pinterest Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

Interocean patterns in shallow water sponge assemblage structure and function

first_imgSponges are a major component of benthic ecosystems across the world and fulfil a number of important functional roles. However, despite their importance, there have been few attempts to compare sponge assemblage structure and ecological functions across large spatial scales. In this review, we examine commonalities and differences between shallow water (<100 m) sponges at bioregional (15 bioregions) and macroregional (tropical, Mediterranean, temperate, and polar) scales, to provide a more comprehensive understanding of sponge ecology. Patterns of sponge abundance (based on density and area occupied) were highly variable, with an average benthic cover between ~1 and 30%. Sponges were generally found to occupy more space (percentage cover) in the Mediterranean and polar macroregions, compared to temperate and tropical macroregions, although sponge densities (sponges m–2) were highest in temperate bioregions. Mean species richness standardised by sampling area was similar across all bioregions, except for a few locations that supported very high small‐scale biodiversity concentrations. Encrusting growth forms were generally the dominant sponge morphology, with the exception of the Tropical West Atlantic, where upright forms dominated. Annelids and Arthropods were the most commonly reported macrofauna associated with sponges across bioregions. With respect to reproduction, there were no patterns in gametic development (hermaphroditism versus gonochorism), although temperate, tropical, and polar macroregions had an increasingly higher percentage of viviparous species, respectively, with viviparity being the sole gamete development mechanism reported for polar sponges to date. Seasonal reproductive timing was the most common in all bioregions, but continuous timing was more common in the Mediterranean and tropical bioregions compared to polar and temperate bioregions. We found little variation across bioregions in larval size, and the dominant larval type across the globe was parenchymella. No pattens among bioregions were found in the limited information available for standardised respiration and pumping rates. Many organisms were found to predate sponges, with the abundance of sponge predators being higher in tropical systems. While there is some evidence to support a higher overall proportion of phototrophic species in the Tropical Austalian bioregion compared to the Western Atlantic, both also have large numbers of heterotrophic species. Sponges are important spatial competitors across all bioregions, most commonly being reported to interact with anthozoans and algae. Even though the available information was limited for many bioregions, our analyses demonstrate some differences in sponge traits and functions among bioregions, and among macroregions. However, we also identified similarities in sponge assemblage structure and function at global scales, likely reflecting a combination of regional‐ and local‐scale biological and physical processes affecting sponge assemblages, along with common ancestry. Finally, we used our analyses to highlight geographic bias in past sponge research, and identify gaps in our understanding of sponge ecology globally. By so doing, we identified key areas for future research on sponge ecology. We hope that our study will help sponge researchers to consider bioregion‐specific features of sponge assemblages and key sponge‐mediated ecological processes from a global perspective.last_img read more