Why dolphins are losing sleep off the coast of Hawaii

first_imgPods of playful Hawaiian spinner dolphins are popular with tourists along the western shore of Hawaii’s Big Island. But noise from sightseeing boats and other coastal users wakes these vulnerable animals from their essential daytime slumber, a new study shows. A pending federal rule would protect the species, but advocates on both sides are unhappy with it.Like all dolphins and whales, Hawaiian spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) rely on sound to communicate and forage. They hunt in the coastal ocean at night, when shrimp and squid—their favorite foods—migrate upward from deeper waters. The dolphins work together to herd hovering prey into clumps, and each individual feeds in turn. Full and fatigued, they retreat to sheltered “resting bays” along the heavily trafficked Kona coast, where they normally snooze and quietly schmooze during the day.To document the impacts of boat engines, military sonar, and other unnatural sounds on these animals, a team led by biologist Heather Heenehan of the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina, deployed underwater acoustic recorders in four popular resting bays off the shores of Kona, Hawaii, from 2011 to 2013. Terabytes of recordings showed that under natural circumstances, the bays were loudest at night with sounds of snapping shrimp and clicking dolphins on their group hunts. But during the day, whale watch boats, snorkeling charters, and naval ships produced volumes of sound up to 45 decibels higher than the natural nautical noises. Forced awake, the dolphins began to vigorously click with one another in an effort to communicate over the din, the team will report next month in Marine Policy.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)This humanmade noise takes a toll, says study co-author Julian Tyne of the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit in Perth, Australia. Tour boats alone generate enough noise to disturb daily dolphin siestas, forcing the animals to pull the daytime equivalent of “a few ‘all-nighters’ in a row,” he says. “The dolphins are exposed to these human activities over 80% of the time, when they should be resting.”Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, the barrage of sound may constitute illegal harassment, the researchers believe. The dolphins can’t just go elsewhere to avoid the cacophony, they note, because they use the secluded bays to avoid sharks. Moreover, surveys suggest the Kona coast population of spinner dolphins has declined from 2300 in the 1990s to about 600 today, based on the team’s focal surveys. The team has yet to study the effect of sleep deprivation on the dolphins’ well-being, but they believe noises are from fully awake dolphins. But spinner dolphins are exposed to human activity more often than any other cetacean in the world, the researchers say, and the humanmade noise probably isn’t helping.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a proposed rule in August to prohibit tourists from swimming with the dolphins or boats to come within 45 meters of them. But the regulations—extended for public comment through today—are controversial.A 45-meter buffer isn’t enough, says Peter Thomas, international and policy program director at the Marine Mammal Commission in Bethesda, Maryland, who was not involved in the study. That margin still leaves the species vulnerable to human disturbance and noise, he says. Thomas calls for complete time-area closures, which would prohibit human activities during peak spinner dolphin resting periods in the most critical bays—a position supported by Heenehan’s team.But time-area closures are too intrusive for the Big Island’s visitors, says Jim Coon, president of Hawaii’s Ocean Tourism Association in Maui. Coon is concerned that public comment on NOAA’s proposed rule allows those who are less familiar with the situation, like people who don’t live in Hawaii, to carry the same weight as locals, who, he says, are generally the best informed and the most affected. “It’s important … that the local community is educated and part of the decision-making process.”No single solution will satisfy everyone, says sustainable tourism expert James Higham of the University of Otago in New Zealand, who was not part of the study. Although robust populations of dolphins can handle whale watching and other human influences, more tenuous groups might not make it, he says. Further studies should determine the size, health, and level of isolation of specific Hawaiian spinner dolphin populations to discern which ones need strict rules against human contact, Higham urges: “Priority No. 1 should be to protect them and to safeguard them from imminent risk of extinction.”last_img read more

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DNA legend James Watson gave his name to a Chinese research center. Now, he’s having second thoughts

first_img There was no mistaking the guest of honor at a 16 March event in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. James Watson, the Nobel laureate who turns 90 this week, was front and center on a red-carpeted stage before an enormous rendering of a futuristic complex dubbed The Cheerland-Watson Center for Life Sciences and Technology, intended to rival prestigious biomedical research centers in the West. Flanking him were local officials, including a vice-mayor of Shenzhen, and the chairman and CEO of China’s CheerLand Investment Group, which is bankrolling the effort to launch the center.Despite the glitzy ceremony, which included an evening-gown clad announcer and a half-day conference on precision medicine, the ambitious effort is raising eyebrows—and doubts. “I left Shenzhen rather pessimistic that the institute would ever be built,” says Watson, who wonders whether the necessary funding will materialize. The research agenda is also veering away from what he expected.The institute’s backers insist the project is going forward. “Within 5 years, the center will be having a very strong economic and social impact, not only in China but worldwide,” says Liu Ruyin, CheerLand’s CEO in Beijing. Modeled after the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) in New York where Watson served more than 4 decades as director, president, and chancellor, the center is supposed to start operations within a year and eventually employ 1000 researchers, Liu says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) DNA legend James Watson gave his name to a Chinese research center. Now, he’s having second thoughts Watson got involved in fall 2016, when the head of Cold Spring Harbor Asia, CSHL’s outpost in Suzhou, China, led a small delegation to the New York campus. Among the attendees were CheerLand representatives and Fu Xinyuan, a biochemist at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen. Fu was born in China but served on the faculty at Yale University and other U.S. institutions. His dream, he says, was to build an institute in China that would be as international as Yale and Harvard University, with researchers from all over the world. Fu jokes he pointed out to Watson that there was no institute bearing his name, even though one in London is dedicated to Francis Crick, Watson’s partner in the discovery of the helical structure of DNA.Watson was intrigued. “I thought China might be the place to develop cheaper drugs,” he says. He also thought that “China may be the future, so I wanted to see it.”CheerLand stepped forward as a benefactor. Founded in 2012 by a group of Chinese investors in the British Virgin Islands, CheerLand has real estate holdings and biotech and health care investments in the United States and China. It has forged partnerships with research institutions, notably a precision medicine institute at SUSTech. CheerLand agreed to fly Watson to China and pay him a consulting fee he describes as “commensurate with my status.”Watson visited Shenzhen in April 2017 to see possible sites for the laboratory. After returning home, he wrote Shenzhen authorities—in a letter Fu made available to Science—seeking support for “The James Watson Center for Life Sciences and Technology.” Watson wrote that he wanted the center to be the only such institute in China bearing his name. He would serve as “Permanent Honorary Chairman” and lead the center’s “conceptualization, design, recruitment, and scientific research strategies.”Shenzhen awarded the nascent institute land rights to 16 hectares for 30 years. But misunderstandings arose. Watson thought the center would focus on cancer drug discovery. But an announcement on the website of Shenzhen’s Dapeng New District, where the center is located, makes one mention of cancer cell immunotherapy, while identifying “precision medicine” as a main focus. Aside from the land, Watson says his name “hasn’t drawn any money from Shenzhen.”Fu says Watson was “a little naïve,” in his expectations, and that Shenzhen will want stronger evidence of an economic benefit before committing more money.Liu says he envisions a nonprofit research effort with government support, but with another arm that would commercialize results for investors. He says CheerLand is putting up $45 million for the first phase of construction and recruitment. But that is just an initial investment that will help raise money from other parties, says John Ma, director of investment at CheerLand’s New York City office. “We are confident that the Shenzhen government will help.” (Science was unable to reach Shenzhen officials for confirmation.)The Cheerland-Watson Center will need a lot of help to live up to Liu’s dream of making it “bigger than Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.” Li Guanglei, a CheerLand official handling government relations, says they are applying for two grants from the Shenzhen municipal government that could bring in up to $6 million annually for research over 5 years, and are continuing to negotiate for unrestricted ongoing support. For comparison, CSHL has a staff of about 1100 and in 2017 spent $148 million on its research and educational activities.”I wish these people luck,” says Watson, who will keep working with CheerLand for the time being. But “I don’t think this particular effort is going to happen unless somebody comes forward with a lot of money.”With reporting by Bian Huihui. A Shenzhen, China, research center named for James Watson will be impressive—if it gets built.center_img By Dennis NormileApr. 5, 2018 , 11:40 AM CHEERLAND last_img read more

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Marco Silva urges Everton to show no fear against Manchester United

first_imgSilva’s own, shorter record away at the big six is also grim – one draw and nine defeats as manager of Hull City, Watford and Everton – but with his current team having won three consecutive league games he insists Old Trafford should be an experience to savour. He added: “If you don’t have the personality or character to compete and to challenge Manchester United at Old Trafford, or at home, you have less chance to win the match. I prepare the team during the week so they don’t have doubts. We always prepare for winning the match. Silva stared long and hard at a list of those results that was presented to him on Friday, and asked if he could keep it afterwards, before insisting a combination of quality and character was required to improve Everton’s record from Sunday onwards.The Everton manager said: “You cannot find one team in the Premier League who can win at a place like Old Trafford regularly. The word ‘regularly’ makes it sound easy to win. To be able to win one game at Old Trafford or at one of the other strong sides in the country you have to be strong as a squad. You have to have the personality and the character to not fear and to be yourselves.“First we have to respect our opponent because they are a strong side even if they are not in the best moment. United are a strong side with a lot of individual quality. You know these players and the money they spent in the last years. They are spending big, big money on big players but we have to be ourselves. We have to play and not be scared about anything. We have to have quality with the ball as well as it is part of our model and it doesn’t make sense if we go there and don’t play our way.” news Fifa puts Club World Cup revamp on hold after European resistance Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Facebook Share on Messenger “It is not just about the top six. Even if we win 10 games [in a row] I would repeat the same thing – I want to improve every day. That is my way as a coach. It is not just about the strongest sides, I think we have to prove it every match. The next match will be against Manchester United and it is a fantastic opportunity for us. We are doing what we love, against a strong side and in a good stadium to play football. We have to be ourselves and enjoy it.” Manchester United v Everton: match preview Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIncenter_img Manchester United Share via Email Premier League Share on WhatsApp Read more Everton Read more The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Marco Silva has said Everton must play with personality and without fear to improve their abysmal away record against the “big six” of the Premier League, starting with Manchester United on Sunday.Everton have won only five league games in the last 10 years at the homes of the leading pack in the Premier League, losing 34 and drawing 22 of 61 matches in total. Their most recent success away at a “big six” club was against United in December 2013 – the club’s only victory at Old Trafford in the last 26 years – while Everton have not won at Manchester City for eight years, Tottenham for 10 years, Liverpool for 19, Arsenal for 22 and Chelsea for 24. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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ESPN’s Desmond Howard Places Top 10 Team On “Upset Alert”

first_imgDesmond Howard on the College GameDay set.BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Desmond Howard and Rece Davis on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)Week 4 of the 2019 college football season already featured one top 10 team getting upset, as No. 10 Utah fell on the road to USC on Friday night.Is another one on the way?ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard has placed a top 10 team on “upset alert” heading into today’s slate of games.The team: No. 9 Florida. The Gators are coming off a road win at Kentucky, though they lost their starting quarterback in the process, as Feleipe Franks went down with a season-ending injury. Florida is set to host Tennessee in Gainesville today. The Vols are in need of a huge win.“Florida might be vulnerable without Franks,” Howard said on SportsCenter today.Dan Mullen’s team is now being led by backup Kyle Trask, who looked good in the comeback win over the Wildcats.Trask threw for 126 yards and rushed for a touchdown in last weekend’s road win at Kentucky.Florida and Tennessee are set to kick off at noon E.T.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

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BSF commanders asked to spend 25 nights a month at posts along

first_imgNew Delhi: The BSF has directed its battalion commanders to spend at least 25 nights in a month at a forward post along the India-Pakistan International Border (IB) in Jammu as part of its renewed efforts to fortify the ‘anti-infiltration’ grid in this region, official sources said Tuesday. The commandants and their second-in-command officers have been asked to strictly follow the directive and monitor their units to check “each and every” movement along this front, which is highly sensitive and vulnerable from the point of infiltration of terrorists from the Pakistani soil and unprovoked firing incidents. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A directive, accessed by PTI, said the senior commanders of the force “have taken a serious view on inadequate night halts” undertaken by the field commanders in the recent past and hence they have been asked to now spend “at least” 25 night stops at border posts. BSF officers in the Punjab frontier have also been asked to undertake similar measures. This order for night halt of battalion commanders in forward areas are for sometime. The strategy can be modified as per the prevailing situation, a senior official said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe battalion in-charges have also been asked to set up a tactical base or operational centre at one of the forward locations along the Jammu frontier to ensure that there is no let up in security and an effective vigil is maintained. The recent order is being seen in the light of a massive exercise undertaken by the Border Security Force to fortify the ‘anti-infiltration grid’ along the Pakistan border in Punjab and Jammu by mobilising its entire senior field brass, troops and machinery. The operation, code named ‘Sudarshan’, was launched between July 1-15 and will cover the entire over 1,000-kms length of the IB in the two states. While Jammu shares about 485-kms border with Pakistan, about 553-kms of the front runs along Punjab. Further, it runs down towards Rajasthan and Gujarat on India’s western flank.last_img read more

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I’m dead: Chadwick on Endgame questions

first_imgLos Angeles: Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman channelled his inner Groot at a press conference for Avengers: Endgame, answering every question on the film with a now-viral line: “I’m dead”. Boseman’s King T’Challa was among the 16 superheroes who turned to dust in the aftermath of Thanos’ finger snap in Avengers: Infinity War. While fans expect most of the superheroes, including Black Panther, to be resurrected in the second part, Boseman is not ready to spill the beans, reported IndieWire, sharing his amusing exchange with a reporter. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaPeople are ready to see this movie. Boseman: Of course. They’re buying the tickets, it’s nuts. How does that feel to know people love this film so much? Boseman: It’s great, but I’m dead. So I can’t answer any questions about that. On being asked if he doesn’t want to give any spoilers, Boseman replied, “I’m dead.” And when a reporter said “We’re not ready for you to be dead, Chadwick!”, he again said, “But I am. I’m dead.” Clearly, directors Anthony and Joe Russo don’t have to worry about Boseman giving out spoilers about the movie unlike co-stars Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland. Co-director Joe, who was recently in India to kickstart the film’s promotional tour, had said that they went to extra lengths to keep the plot secret even from the actors. But despite precautions, Ruffalo had ended up sharing a bit too much, actually the entire climax of Infinity War, in an interview months before its release. “Wait till you see this next one, half… everybody dies,” Ruffalo had said.last_img read more

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SMMT Update – 27 September 2013

SMMT’s weekly round-up, including all the latest news from UK automotive and a message from SMMT’s Chief Executive.CLICK HERE: SMMT Update 287 online. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Football No 10 Ohio State slows down Maryland rushing attack wins 6214

Ohio State redshirt senior tight end Marcus Baugh hurdles a defender as he scores during the second quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against Maryland on Oct. 7 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAs quickly as the sun disappeared behind the clouds, Maryland’s hopes of upsetting No. 10 Ohio State in front of 107,180 fans at Ohio Stadium vanished.Behind a strong performance from redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett, who completed 20-of-31 passes for 261 yards and rushed for 59 yards, the Buckeyes (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) handed the Terrapins (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) a decisive 62-14 loss.Barrett and the offense took less than four minutes to march down the field for the game’s first score. It did not end there as Ohio State scored seven times and punted just once while Barrett was in the game. “It all ties in together,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “You know, I see our offensive line getting a little better. I think we’ve still got a long ways to go in that area, and receivers are making very good plays for him.”Redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins replaced Barrett late in the third quarter and finished 3-for-4 for 42 yards. Barrett spread the ball around as eight different players caught passes from the starter and three — tight end Marcus Baugh and wide receivers Binjimen Victor and Austin Mack — caught touchdowns. Baugh found the end zone from 10 yards out after he hurdled a defender and tip-toed down the sideline for his first touchdown of the season. Barrett hit Victor in the back of the end zone midway through the first quarter as the rangy 6-foot-4 receiver came down with his second contested touchdown in as many games. Victor led the Buckeyes with four catches for 55 yards.A little more than five minutes into the game, sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa slapped the ball out of sophomore quarterback Max Bortenschlager’s hand, forcing a fumble which junior linebacker Jerome Baker picked up and carried into the end zone to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead. The Terrapins’ offense never threatened the Buckeyes. Bortenschlager completed 3-of-12 passes for 16 yards before he was injured late in the third quarter due to a hit by cornerback Damon Arnette, who was penalized for targeting and ejected after review. Arnette will miss the first half of next week’s game against Nebraska. Cornerback Denzel Ward was also ejected for targeting after a hit on senior wideout Taivon Jacobs in the first quarter.The Terrapins combined for just 66 yards, compared to the Buckeyes’ 584 yards. Defensive ends Nick Bosa and Tyquan Lewis and linebackers Dante Booker and Baker each picked up sacks. Baker, Bosa and defensive end Chase Young forced Bortenschlager to fumble three times, two of which were recovered by the Buckeyes. “I don’t want to take away our pass defense. When you hold them to, looked like 16 yards or something like that, passing, that’s good secondary play,” Meyer said. “But I know why they didn’t throw very much. The D-line was all over them.”The Terrapins responded quickly to the Baker scoop and score with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by junior running back Ty Johnson. It was Johnson’s first kickoff return for a touchdown this season.Johnson entered the game averaging 8.9 yards per carry, but took 12 carries for 57 yards Saturday. The Terrapins rushed 42 times for 50 yards.The Buckeyes struggled to gain yardage on the ground early in the game. However, led by J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, Ohio State managed 281 rushing yards. Dobbins led the team with 13 carries for 96 yards, but also fumbled early in the second quarter, the Buckeyes’ first of two turnovers. He later scored a touchdown in the third quarter. Sophomore running back Antonio Williams scored Ohio State’s final touchdown.Despite the Buckeyes dominating in nearly every facet of the game, nothing went right for Ohio State’s special team unit. Punter Drue Chrisman sent his first punt 22 yards and fumbled the snap on a 47-yard field goal attempt as the holder. Redshirt junior kicker Sean Nuernberger missed a 27-yard field goal in the third quarter and sent one of his kickoffs out of bounds. Johnson averaged 32 yards per kickoff return.[Special team is ] something to work on and get fixed,” Meyer said. “And there’s a lot of people upset about that and I’m one of them.”Redshirt sophomore right guard Branden Bowen suffered a broken leg during the first quarter and was carted off with a cast on his leg. Meyer said he would undergo surgery Saturday night. Redshirt sophomore Matt Burrell replaced Bowen at right guard.Ohio State heads west as it attempts to extend its win streak against Nebraska (3-2, 2-0 Big Ten) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Moustafa proposes interesting changes

← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2010 – The Norwegian dictatorship! Next Story → Aleksandar Stojanović until 2013 in Schaffhausen Hassan MoustafaIHF The President of the International Handball Federation, Hasan Mustafa, gave a very interesting interview for the German newsmagazine ‘Sportbild’. The person who is responsible for popularizing handball, gave some debatable proposals, first mentioning that maybe the distance between the posts should be shortened, and at the same time the goalkeeper area should be moved from six to seven meters.– Goalkeepers today have 30-35% saves. Their saves are attractive for the public, and contribute to the performance of the team. If we shortened the goals and enlarge the goalkeeper area, their impact would be much bigger. That would provide more attacks and would make the game much faster.He also rejected the idea that some of the top clubs in Europe, and the handball players federation proposed, to make the European and World Championships not be played so often, and perhaps on every 4 years:– I am absolutely against that. That would be the death of handball. Competitions of highest profile are needed every year.Mustafa tried to explain his observation with the fact that the game between THW Kiel and Grosswalstadt is watched by 300,000 viewers, while the matches of the German national team attract 10 million viewers.When it will be the time to change some of the referee rules, which base much of their refereeing on subjective assumption, is yet to see… read more

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Government pledges to address serious gap in the law on hitandrun incidents

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS said it will partly accept a Fianna Fáil proposal to address a “significant gap” in the law on dealing with hit-and-run road incidents in Ireland.The Road Traffic Bill 2013, introduced by Timmy Dooley as part of Fianna Fáil’s private members’ time today, would make it an indictable offence for anyone to leave the scene of an accident resulting in injury with punishment of up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to €5,000.Speaking for the government, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said that the current penalty of six months in prison and a fine of up to €2,000 “is not sufficient in addressing hit-and-run incidents where a death or serious injury has occurred”.Varadkar said that the government endorsed the broad principle as there is a “serious gap” in the current law. He pledged that his officials would work with Dooley to produce an amendment to the current Road Traffic Bill at committee or report stage.The Fianna Fáil bill also proposes to increase the period to find and test alleged offenders for intoxicant substances such as drugs or alcohol from three hours to 24 hours after the incident.In making his argument, Dooley raised the case of Shane O’Farrell, a 23-year-old student who was killed by a hit-and-run driver near his home in Carrickmackross in August 2011.“The family never got justice for Shane because by the time the driver was found, the period to test him for drugs had lapsed,” Dooley said.However, Varadkar said the government would not be accepting this part of the bill as it is not possible to accurately take samples more than three hours after an incident and “calculate back” a person’s level of intoxication at the time of the incident.He said that although there are laws in other country that allow for samples to be taken more than three hours after an incident, it would be difficult to implement them in Ireland on a practical level.Varadkar said that suspects could claim they were drinking between the period after the incident and the time the sample was taken, adding: “The testing of late samples is not reliable.”Independent TD Finian McGrath urged the Minister to look at the Shane O’Farrell case and “find out what’s going on there”.He added: “There are real families out there, there are real victims hurting.”Friday sitting: Dáil debates bill to deal with ‘crisis in Irish towns’last_img read more

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The Irish music app trying to go from one million to 10

first_img The new profile pages. Source: TheJournal.ieWhile this feedback is ongoing, the team spent a “solid three months” researching in preparation for the update. While this took in suggestions from users, focus groups and surveys, a great deal of time was spent talking to users one-on-one from around the world.But there’s also another element for consideration: metrics. Knowing how people respond to new or current features is always important, but it’s allowed Soundwave to experiment and figure out what works.We use metrics to drive pretty much everything, we’ve launched features and five days later we pulled them back because the metrics were showing that they weren’t working.It’s a good mix between the quality stuff and the users coming straight to you… we spend as much time developing the product as we do the metrics behind the product to let us know if we’re building the right thing or the wrong thing. An Android Wear device showing what’s being played on Soundwave. Source: SoundwaveThe startup has also found itself  becoming one of the first apps globally to get Android Wear integration, Google’s smartwatch offering. The swipe-based smartwatch only provides two main functions for Soundwave: telling you what song you’re listening to and the option to tweet it.If this sounds simplistic, that’s the point. Reducing the functionality of an app to its most minimal is the only way such an experience can be replicated, and having that early experience with Android Wear could be replicated if competitors like Apple enter the wearables market. The new song profiles have also been simplified. Source: TheJournal.ieWhile the buildup to Soundwave’s update was heavily focused around current users, the goal for now is to grow that userbase globally.When asked about the potential for the app to introduce a business model within the next year, Sinley says they’re “always keeping the business end at the back of our minds.” What shape that takes isn’t entirely clear, but the data it’s accumulated on habits like location and music tastes certainly be useful for those companies specialising in the market.For now, the team hope this update will be a product that’s accessible to everyone globally and help it become the dominant player in music discovery. Once that is achieved, then looking into the commercial and business side is possible.“We’ve pockets of people using the app all over the world, and we want to continue on and move from one million to ten million… It comes down to having a goal and a path and trying to stick to it.If you look at where we were twelve months ago, we just launched. Now we’ve over a million [users] and… at the moment, our goal is to win the space. If you want to share music with somebody, Soundwave needs to come to mind.Read: Why ‘Hailo for Cleaners’ decided to abruptly change strategy after just a year >Read: After dominating the online ticket industry, what’s next for Eventbrite? > IT’S BEEN A pretty eventful year for Soundwave. Having celebrated its first birthday and passing the one million users mark, the Irish music app has improved and gone through significant changes. When it first started out, Soundwave was a novel way of discovering new music through location. It was a novel idea and gave it a way of separating itself from other similar services. Critical praise and support came from both Apple and Google, partnerships which helped it grow its user base to over one million.Now it has released a new version of its app today, which takes a different approach and style. Gone are the numerous buttons and features that would populate each page for a more streamlined look, while the map has been relegated to options.The focus is still on discovery, but this time it’s built around social messaging. While the concept of group messaging has become something that’s been tacked onto numerous apps without much thought (we’re looking at you Instagram, Vine and Swarm), it fits into Soundwave’s ethos better.While it allows users to share and discover new music, seeing all music shared through these groups appear on a specialised playlist ensures that you’re consuming new music in the one go without much effort.It’s a feature that has the most potential to really separate Soundwave from similar competitors. For one, it can be used to compile playlists for events or help find new bands from a specific genre of music, and chances are more uses will emerge as users play around with it. An example of one of the group pages. All music shared is brought together into one main playlist. Source: TheJournal.ieThese changes didn’t come out of nowhere. For Aidan Sliney, Soundwave’s co-founder and Chief Technical Officer (CTO), the team knew what they wanted to change, but it made sure that its users also played a major role in shaping the final product.“I know a lot of people say you should listen to your users and others say users don’t know what they want, but it definitely is a thin line,” explains Sliney. “I suppose the beauty of what we had was we had a community… when we get feedback, we don’t get it from two or three people, we get it from 300 people.”last_img read more

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Fautil sucer la tétine de votre bébé pour augmenter ses défenses immunitaires

first_imgFaut-il sucer la tétine de votre bébé pour augmenter ses défenses immunitaires ?Selon une étude suédoise, la salive des parents, déposée sur la tétine de leur enfant, stimulerait son système immunitaire ce qui entraînerait une diminution des risques d’allergies futures. Une étude suédoise qui vient d’être publiée dans la revue Pediatrics indique qu’il est profitable pour les bébés que les parents mettent leur tétine dans la bouche. L’idée est de déposer des microbes présents dans la salive sur la sucette de façon à ce qu’en la reprenant, le bébé stimule son système immunitaire et apprenne à mieux leur résister. Selon les chercheurs suédois, les bébés qui ont “profité” de cette habitude développent moins d’allergies, d’asthme ou d’eczéma.Une méthode qui montre des résultats… Ces conclusions font suite à une étude de trois ans menée auprès de 184 nourrissons (dont 123 possédant une tétine). A l’âge de 6 mois, 65 parents ont déclaré nettoyer les tétines avec leur salive, et les autres avec de l’eau, rapporte atlantico.fr. Au final, à 18 mois, les enfants dont la tétine avaient été “nettoyée” avec la salive des parents avaient un risque d’allergies, d’asthme et d’eczéma inférieur aux autres. Les scientifiques en ont assez logiquement conclu que cela était “probablement dû à une stimulation précoce du système immunitaire de l’enfant par les germes transmis dans la salive de son parent”….Mais qui augmentent d’autres risques Ces résultats sont toutefois nuancés par le Dr Bertrand Delaisi qui a déclaré dans Le Figaro qu’”il ne faut pas conclure que [sucer la tétine de ses bébés] est une bonne habitude”. Selon lui, cela entraîne également des risques de maladies supplémentaires avec l’éventuelle transmission de virus tels que le virus respiratoire syncytial ou l’herpès.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Outre ces cas particuliers, de façon plus générale, cette recherche démontre qu’il n’est pas forcément bénéfique de trop aseptiser l’environnement des bébés. “Un certain mode d’interaction avec l’environnement microbien est en fait une bonne chose pour les nourrissons”, déclarent les auteurs. Le 23 mai 2013 à 16:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Hyundais Future Includes SelfDriving Cars And SelfWalking Legs

first_imgStay on target Never Miss Another Putt With Nissan’s Self-Driving Golf BallTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow Most automakers are busy working away on robotics and AI to enable their autonomous vehicles. Some, like Hyundai, are also putting that technology to work elsewhere.Hyundai is currently working on a whole line-up of exoskeletons. Right now, they’re showing off a couple of advanced prototypes. There’s the H-WEX, which is designed to make lifting heavy loads easier, and the H-MEX, which allows paraplegics to walk.The H-MEX can amble along at a top speed of about 1.6MPH, which is something Hyundai hopes to improve upon. Average human walking speed is about double that. TheH-MEX can, however, handle stairs with ease (both ascending and descending).The H-WEX can make 80 pounds feel like next to nothing, and it’s easy to see why it’s one of Hyundai’s first exoskeletons. It’ll help the company’s warehouse and factory workers avoid serious injuries while, say, moving parts from a conveyor belt into boxes for shipping.Another model they’re working on, the HUMA is designed to assist workers that will be carrying loads for extended periods — from one side of the factory floor to the other, for example.Hyundai doesn’t see any of its exoskeletons as big moneymakers for the company, however. The real profits are in the fleets of self-driving cars they’ll be rolling out in the near future.Hyundai’s first fully-autonomous vehicle is slated to arrive in 2020. It’ll be their fourth variation on the Ioniq, the first all-electric Hyundai. There’s a lot of work to do before the driverless version hits dealer lots, however.Mark Ditko, Director of Corporate Planning for Hyundai USA, says that Hyundai has to battle “massive distrust on the customer side.” They’re not alone. Other automakers have plenty of convincing to do, too.last_img read more

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Poll Strong support for gun background checks

first_imgSEATTLE — A new poll shows strong support among Washington voters for a ballot initiative that would require background checks on all firearm sales in the state.The Elway Poll found that 70 percent of people were inclined to vote for Initiative 594. The same poll showed that 46 percent of people were inclined to vote for a competing measure, Initiative 591, which would prevent Washington state from adopting background-check laws stricter than the national standard.Thirty-two percent of respondents said they were inclined to vote for both initiatives in November.The poll of 506 registered voters was taken July 8-11. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.last_img

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Kesha St Vincent Bob Dylan Release LGBTQAffirmative Universal Love

first_imgPreview the songs that got a pronoun overhaul on new EP honoring the LGBTQ communityRenée FabianGRAMMYs Apr 5, 2018 – 3:43 pm LGBTQ lovers have been doing it everywhere on their own since the beginning of time — changing pronouns in their favorite songs for the perfect serenade to their partner. Now a group of artists has taken this on themselves in the form of creating a new LGBTQ-affirmative EP, Universal Love.With help from Kesha, St. Vincent, Bob Dylan, Death Cab For Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard, Valerie June, and Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, a selection of six classics got a pronoun overhaul on the EP.Take, for example, Dylan’s “She’s Funny That Way,” which is now “He’s Funny That Way,” or Kesha transposing Janis Joplin’s “I Need A Man To Love Me” into “I Need A Woman To Love Me.” The EP also includes remakes of songs by the Beatles, the Temptations and the Crystals.”We believe projects like this will help all of us reach a point where seeing the world through the lens of people who happen to be different from us becomes natural and commonplace,” said MGM Resorts’ Phyllis James, representing the company producing the album.We couldn’t agree more.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Listen To The LGBTQ-Inspired ‘Universal Love’ EP kesha-st-vincent-bob-dylan-release-lgbtq-affirmative-universal-love Facebook Kesha, St. Vincent, Bob Dylan Release LGBTQ-Affirmative ‘Universal Love’ News Twitter Email last_img read more

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Michelin GM Unveil Airless Tires That Eliminate Flats Reduce Waste

first_img Michelin and General Motors are taking the air out of tires—literally.The manufacturers this week unveiled a new generation of airless wheel technology, known as Uptis (Unique Puncture-proof Tire System).Still in the prototype phase, this high-tech tire could roll out to passenger vehicles as early as 2024.“General Motors is excited about the possibilities that Uptis presents, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Michelin on this breakthrough technology,” Steve Kiefer, senior vice president of GM’s global purchasing and supply chain, said in a statement.Unlike traditional rubber tires, airless technology makes Uptis immune to flats and blowouts, reducing danger to passengers, and eliminating the need for regular maintenance like pressure checks and puncture inspections.It also yields massive sustainability benefits by decreasing the number of tires condemned to scrap and scaling back raw materials and energy used in production.Plus, without wear and tear from over- or under-inflation, Uptis tires simply last longer.“Uptis demonstrates that Michelin’s vision for a future of sustainable mobility is clearly an achievable dream,” CEO Florent Menegaux said. “Through work with strategic partners like GM … we can seize the future today.”Part of the French manufacturer’s VISION concept—a four-pillar strategy for research and development in sustainable mobility—this prototype is a first step in the right direction.GM intends to develop this airless wheel assembly with Michelin, and aims to introduce it on passenger vehicles as early as 2024 (via Steve Fecht/General Motors)Actual details of Uptis, however, remain a mystery. Between the self-congratulatory pats on the back and flashy jargon, neither Michelin nor GM has revealed anything about the inner workings of airless wheel technology.What are the tires made of? How do they operate? What differences, if any, will drivers notice?In an FAQ published by Michelin, the company notes that Uptis “shares some design concepts” with its Tweel technology: a tire-wheel assembly, “spokes” that carry the load, and a shear beam outer ring, among others.I have no idea what that means.Neither Michelin nor General Motors immediately responded to Geek’s request for comment.GM expects to begin real-world testing of the Uptis prototype in Michigan later this year, with a fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs.Watch: Elon Musk Says Tesla Cars Will Eventually Support Third-Party Games and AppsMore on Geek.com:NASA Tests New Mars Rover Tires That Remember Their ShapeThis Bike Has Beautiful Tempered-Steel Wheels For a Super Smooth RideGeek Answers: Why Do Wheels Seem to Spin Backwards at High Speeds? NASA Tests New Mars Rover Tires That Remember Their ShapeGeek Answers: Why do wheels seem to spin backwards at high speeds? Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Aggressive adults experience memory problems later in life

first_imgIf you want to stay sane and not become forgetful in later life, keep calm and relax. A new study has revealed that young adults who are hostile or cope badly with stress are more likely to experience memory and thinking problems decades later.The study found that people with the highest levels of hostile attitude and poor coping skill traits performed significantly worse on tests of thinking and memory skills 25 years later than people with the lowest levels of the traits. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We may not think of our personality traits as having any bearing on how well we think or remember things, but we found that the effect of having a hostile attitude and poor coping skills on thinking ability was similar to the effect of more than a decade of aging,” said study author Lenore J. Launer from the American Academy of Neurology in the US. The study, paper published in the online issue of journal Neurology, included 3,126 participants with the average age of 25. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the analysis, participants were divided into four groups based on their level of hostility and effortful coping, and asked questions that measured their personalities and attitudes, and ability to cope with stress, memory and thinking abilities.Cognitive abilities were measured again when they were at an average age of 50.To measure hostility, the questions about personality assessed aggressive behaviour, a lack of trust for others and negative feelings associated with social relationships. Another question looked at effortful coping, which was defined as actively trying to reduce stress despite repeated barriers to success.  The results showed that when people were asked to recall a list of 15 words, people with the most hostility in young adulthood remembered 0.16 fewer words in mid-life than people with the least hostility. Those with the highest level of effortful coping remembered up to 0.30 fewer words than those with the lowest level of effortful coping.“The study is observational. It does not prove that hostile attitudes and poor coping skills cause memory and thinking impairment; it only shows the association,” Launer noted.last_img read more

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5 Signs You Have a Great Website Form Lead and What To

first_img When you’re following up on tons of form leads from your website, they all start to look the same. However, if you look for these five attributes, you’ll quickly zero-in on the most promising leads.1. Explicit request for a responseWhen a submission includes a message similar to one of these, the prospect has more than a casual interest:Please contact me by the end of the week.Please contact me via phone.Warning: the absence of such a message does not preclude an inquiry from being hot. In B2B, some savvy buyers avoid prompting a response to test the supplier’s follow-up ability.2. Has a budgetIf your form has a field for budget-related information, congratulations: you’ve established an excellent filter for separating legitimate leads from possible fishing expeditions. If prospects do not have a budget for your product/service, they are not in the market … yet. Of course, preliminary inquiries — such as ones without budgets — are worth following up on. However, inquiries where a budget has been allocated should take precedence, going to the most skilled and experienced personnel for follow-up.3. Is credit worthyWhen an inquiring organization or individual has strong credit, odds are the inquiry is serious. And equally important, the prospect has the ability to pay for your product/service. Many organizations waste time tracking down leads from fly-by-night operations; and even if a sale is made, the result is usually a collection problem or write-off.Consider adding an inquiry form field for credit information, or alternatively, putting form leads through a preliminary credit check before passing them on to the sales department. This may save your sales team a great deal of time, and prevent your company from absorbing losses.4. Is submitted by a decision-makerAlways look for job titles in form submissions. When you see titles like CEO, CFO (C-anything, really), President, VP, Director, etc. — your website has caught the attention of a person able to pull the trigger on a purchase. Fast, effective follow-up will determine whether the person is ready and willing.Form submissions from decision-makers are worth priority follow-up, even if the substance of the inquiry is vague or misaligned with your product/service offering. Even if the specific inquiry is a dead end, establishing a relationship with a high-level decision maker will prove valuable for future sales efforts.5. Has made previous contactCold, first-time inquiries tend to have lower close rates than inquiries from prospects that have made contact in the past. So, a form field that asks, “Have you purchased from us, or considered purchasing from us in the past?” is a useful filter.In the absence of that, or in addition, cross-check form submissions with your CRM and billing database to see if the individual or organization has history with your firm. If so, the lead should be prioritized. In addition, any previous billing or sales information will help sales customize its response and anticipate probable objections.Bottom line: Getting the right form information on form leads saves time, improves close rates and prevents losses. A system for processing website form leads can never be put on autopilot; companies that do so almost always end up circling the airport until they run out of fuel.  This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min read July 10, 2016 This story originally appeared on PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Solomon Airlines to reduce commission on services

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Solomon Airlines announced today its reduction of commission levels on international services and domestic services next month. From 1 February 2010, commission levels will fall to 7 percent on International Services and 3 percent on Domestic Services.The move follows a majority of airlines which have reduced their commission levels in the last year due to lower demand and rising fuel prices.Oil stood at US$81.24 per barrel yesterday, representing a nearly 15 percent surge in prices since mid-December. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/25037/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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