Bats can understand the emotional state of other bats from the intonations of their calls, a new study suggests. In the lab, researchers observed greater false vampire bats (Megaderma lyra, pictured) that had been trained to wait for food on a perch. In some tests, they played “aggression calls” over a speaker, typically made by a bat defending its place on a perch from an approaching bat. In other trials, the researchers played “appeasement calls” often made by a bat approaching one already ensconced on a perch and thus seeking to share its space. (Bats were tested individually, and the use of recorded calls ensured that the bats were responding to the content of the call and not visual cues from another bat.) In all tests, the scientists played a call once every 20 seconds until the bats began to ignore the call (by not turning toward the speaker), and then they played a slightly different version of the same call—one that was either more urgent (with shorter, more closely spaced syllables) or less urgent. The novel aggression calls always caused a bat to turn toward the speaker, but the novel appeasement calls only drew a response when they became more urgent, the researchers report online today in Frontiers of Zoology. The failure of a bat to react to weakening appeasement calls suggests that the bats can interpret the emotional content of the calls—a sign that such perception might exist more widely in mammals than previously thought.See more ScienceShots.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(*)
Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Smith told Detroit radio station WWJ that it is “really unfortunate” if some people stepped forward only because of all the recent attention. Nassar released a statement saying Smith’s comments were a distraction and that his accusers’ remarks “have pierced my soul.”Many of Nassar’s accusers have blamed Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee for not doing more earlier to stop him. The USOC announced Friday that it hired a law firm to conduct an independent investigation. And the coordinator of the women’s national team for USA Gymnastics, Valeri Liukin, said he was stepping down. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Ancajas steals limelight from main bout Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting nine victims in Eaton and Ingham counties, but the courts have been open to anyone who says she was assaulted during his decades of work at Michigan State, Twistars and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. More than 200 accusers so far have spoken or submitted statements in the two counties, and at least 80 percent have agreed to be publicly identified.Margraves’ dramatic move occurred after he listened to two of his daughters speak in court for 10 minutes. Lauren Margraves, a college student, said her parents were “filled with regret” because they took three daughters to see Nassar for sports injuries.“I see the look in their faces and I know they want to be able to do something but they can’t,” she told Nassar. “The guilt they have will never go away. All this is because of you.”Her father then stepped up and asked the judge if she would grant him “five minutes in a locked room with this demon.” Cunningham declined and also turned down his request for “one minute.” That is when Randall Margraves rushed toward Nassar.There were gasps and tears in the courtroom. Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis turned to the gallery and told families to “use your words,” not violence.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t know what it would be like to stand there as a father and know that three of your girls were injured physically and emotionally by somebody sitting in a courtroom. I can’t imagine that,” the judge said.Nonetheless, she added, it is “not acceptable that we combat assault with assault.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe incident occurred during the third and final sentencing hearing for Nassar, who has admitted to sexually assaulting girls under the guise of medical treatment. This case focuses on his work at Twistars, an elite gymnastics club southwest of Lansing.Nassar, 54, already will spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced last week to 40 to 175 years in prison for assaults at Michigan State University and his home and was ordered in December to spend 60 years in a federal prison for child pornography crimes. MOST READ “This is letting him have this power over us,” she said. “We cannot behave like this.”During a return to court, Margraves told the judge that he just snapped. He said he had not known what exactly his daughters were going to say about their abuse.“I look over here and Larry Nassar’s shaking his head, no, like it didn’t happen. … I’m embarrassed,” Margraves said of his conduct. “I’m not here to upstage my daughters. I’m here to help them heal.”About 30 more people spoke in person, by video or had statements read after the incident. The case will end Monday with final remarks from the prosecutor, defense and Nassar, followed by the judge’s sentence. Nassar faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years in prison.At a news conference, Margraves repeated his apology and insisted he’s “no hero.”“My daughters are the heroes, and all the victims and the survivors of this terrible atrocity,” he said.Melissa Alexander Vigogne, who traveled from France to speak, said she was surprised that an attack had not been attempted earlier.“It’s not that that’s how we should respond. But it’s truly understandable — the amount of pain that we’ve all gone through,” Vigogne said outside court.Sheriff Tom Reich said his officers will investigate what happened in court and send a report to the local prosecutor.The judge started the day by addressing comments made by a Nassar lawyer who said she had doubts about the large number of women and girls who say they were assaulted by Nassar. Cunningham called Shannon Smith’s remarks “unfortunate” and said Nassar did not authorize them. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Randall Margraves, father of three victims of Larry Nassar , left, lunges at Nassar, bottom right, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich. The incident came during the third and final sentencing hearing for Nassar on sexual abuse charges. The charges in this case focus on his work with Twistars, an elite Michigan gymnastics club. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)CHARLOTTE, Mich. — A distraught father seething over sexual abuse suffered by three daughters tried to attack former sports doctor Larry Nassar in a Michigan courtroom after a judge rejected his request to confront the “demon” in a locked room, a stunning rush that reflected the anguish felt by parents who trusted him with their children.Randall Margraves was blocked by an attorney, tackled by sheriff’s deputies and hauled out of court Friday. He later apologized, saying he had lost control. 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Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Asian Cup: Stephan Schrock scores historic goal but PH Azkals bow out Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? With both teams already qualified, South Korea dominated possession and bombarded China’s goal in a more confident performance than its dour 1-0 wins over the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan.Son won the penalty in the 12th minute, his fleet footwork proving too much for Shi Ke to keep up with as the Chinese defender tripped him. Hwang Ui-jo took the penalty, shooting hard into the lower-left corner just past goalkeeper Yan Junling’s outstretched hand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSouth Korea scored again in the 51st when Son’s corner was headed in by Kim Min-jae. It was the defender’s second goal in as many games.Son is playing in his third international tournament in less than a year. After playing at the World Cup, Son missed the first part of the English season while playing for South Korea at the Asian Games. He led the team to the title, securing exemption from military service. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next South Korea’s forward Son Heung-Min runs with the ball during the AFC Asian Cup group C soccer match between South Korea and China at Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Son Heung-min was just the player South Korea needed to really get its Asian Cup campaign going.In his first game since arriving from Tottenham, Son earned a penalty and then assisted on his team’s second goal to help South Korea beat China 2-0 in Group C on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Son could be away for up to five of Tottenham’s matches in all competitions if South Korea reaches the Asian Cup final on Feb. 1.Kyrgyzstan beat the Philippines 3-1 to finish third in Group C, getting a hat trick from Vitalij Lux.Kyrgyzstan must wait for other results to find out if that’s enough for a place in the last 16.Later Wednesday, Iran and Iraq play in Group D, while Vietnam plays Yemen.ADVERTISEMENT
Mumbai, May 4 (PTI) The Tata Group today said it has developed a watch exclusively for factory workers which can provide critical real-time safety data and announced that it is looking to sell wearable devices to tech-savvy consumers in the future.”This is the very first safety wearable in the world designed specially for a factory floor worker,” the conglomerates Group Chief Technology Officer Gopichand Katragadda told reporters, displaying an image of the watch sporting a Tata logo.He said the watch has been designed by multiple Tata Group companies.The basic idea came from Tata Steel whose workers will be using it soon, with user inputs from Tata Chemicals and Tata Motors whose shop-floors will also benefit. It is supported by TCS cloud-based analytics platform, designed by Tata Elxsi and will be manufactured by Titan.The watch will give real time data on critical elements of safety like the workers body temperature, pulse rate and also excessive gases in the ambiance, Katragadda said.He added that the Group is also looking at marketing it to other manufacturing companies and going ahead, will develop products for savvy digital consumers as well.”When we enter the digital consumer space, we will have a unique product because if you design something for the shop-floor, the design is much more onerous than doing it for a consumer. We will have a product which is unique in that market,” Katragadda said.The wearables space is already congested with offerings from global majors like Apple, Google, Samsung and also dedicated fitness companies.advertisementEven though digital is the key focus, Katragadda said the safety watch made for Tata Steel workers has an analogue display with digital sensors.It is a retro design watch with a “digital heart” which will help one track the worker in his work environment.Apart from the watch, the close to USD 110-billion salt-to -software group, which spent nearly Rs 18,000 crore in R&D efforts in 2014-15, is working on other global firsts like the material of future graphene.Katragadda said Tata Steel has set up a Graphene Development Cell and the group is working with IIT-Madras on the project.With companies like Tesla making in-roads into the electric vehicle segment, Tata Sons Group Executive Council Member and Brand Custodian Mukund Rajan said Tata Technologies is also working on a similar vehicle.Katragadda, however, said with the bulk of the company dependent on coal for its power needs, the timing for an EV is not right at present.With concerns around the ill-effects of excessive use of pesticides on crops, the group is also developing a drone to spray the pesticides which can help reduce the volumes used on crops by uniform spraying, he added.Katragadda said the group is also working in areas like soft robotics, bio-inspired products, stretch sensors, gene editing and deep learning. PTI AA BEN NRB ABM
TweetPinShare0 Shares AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — After a terrible start to the season, the Detroit Pistons have worked their way back into the Eastern Conference playoff race.Losses like this may keep them on the outside looking in.Shane Larkin’s three-point play in the final minute of the second overtime helped the New York Knicks snap their eight-game losing streak with a 121-115 victory over the Pistons on Feb. 27 — Detroit’s latest ugly loss at the Palace to a team around the bottom of the standings.The Pistons have lost at home to each of the league’s five worst teams: New York, Philadelphia, Minnesota, the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando.“We’ve had a lot of these games,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. “If you aren’t going to play defense and rebound, that’s going to happen.”Larkin put the Knicks ahead by four with 28 seconds remaining, and they held on to win a game that Detroit appeared to have control of after two quarters. The Pistons led by 18 in the second and by 12 at the half but blew what looked to be an easy game against the team with the NBA’s worst record.“The whole second half and overtime were terrible. That’s the second game in a row where our starters have come out for the second half and not been any good,” Van Gundy said. “We didn’t even try defensively, so it was easy for them to get back into the game.”Detroit squandered a five-point lead in the final minute of regulation, allowing the Knicks to tie it at 95 it on a pull-up 3-pointer by Langston Galloway with 6.3 seconds remaining.“I looked up at the clock, it was just running down,” Galloway said. “It’s only me, and I think there was two other defenders going down court, and I just pulled up.”With the Pistons down 105-103 late in the first overtime, Detroit’s Greg Monroe scored while drawing a foul with 12 seconds left, but he missed the ensuing free throw.Monroe and the Pistons would go on to miss several more crucial free throws in the second overtime. With Detroit down 119-114 with 8 seconds remaining, Jodie Meeks was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer. Meeks, who had made 32 consecutive free throws to that point, missed two of three.Andrea Bargnani scored 25 points for the Knicks. Lou Amundson added 17 points and 14 rebounds. New York won for the first time in 17 games without Carmelo Anthony (left knee surgery) this season. The Knicks were also without guard Jose Calderon, who was out with a sore left Achilles.“No matter what happened the night before, they’re coming back with the right effort and playing with the right mindset,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “That’s the only way you can win a game like tonight. As coaches we’re happy for our players more than anything, because they need some positive feedback from the effort they put in.”Monroe had 28 points and 13 rebounds for Detroit, and Andre Drummond added 21 points and 15 rebounds.(NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer)
Transfers Alexis Sanchez’s family arrive in London in preparation for Arsenal exit Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 21:29 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty/Goal Transfers Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United Premier League A. Sánchez The Chilean’s family are in London and sources close to the player believe that a January move is close to happening Alexis Sanchez’s family have arrived in London in preparation for the Chilean’s departure from Arsenal, Goal has learned.The 29-year-old is subject of a transfer tussle between Manchester City and Manchester United this month, although it’s understood that the former Barcelona man has his heart set on a move to the Etihad Stadium, where he will link up with his old coach Pep Guardiola.Arsenal are demanding a fee of £35m for Sanchez while the player’s agent Fernando Felicevich, previously dubbed ‘the king of South American football’ by Forbes magazine, is requesting a fee of £5m for facilitating the transfer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player City have made it known that they are unwilling to meet Felicevich’s personal demands, believing the total package requested by the agent and Arsenal does not represent value for money.But Goal understands that while the club insist they are willing to walk away from a deal this month, potentially leaving United with a clear run, the Blues would rather find an agreement that suits all parties and sign the Chilean before the transfer window closes.Sanchez’s older brother Humberto arrived at Heathrow Airport on Saturday with a number of family members in preparation for the player’s departure from Arsenal.It’s understood that the two-time FA Cup winner wants his closest family to be alongside him for when his exit from the Gunners is confirmed this month.“It looks like Sanchez will not extend his contract,” Arsenal boss Wenger told reporters in the embargoed section of Friday’s pre-match press conference.“But we want to keep Jack [Wilshere] and if we have an opportunity maybe to keep [Mesut] Ozil, the rebuild will be less deep than if all the three left.”Goal understands that Bordeaux starlet Malcom tops Wenger’s wishlist as a replacement for Sanchez, while Thomas Lemar – who came close to joining the Gunners on transfer deadline day last summer – remains another target.Contrary to reports, the French side own 100 per cent of the player’s rights and there is no third party ownership involved in any potential deal.Malcom’s representatives were in London meeting with Arsenal officials on Friday and it’s understood that the club will sanction the sale of Sanchez to City once they secure a replacement.
Liverpool Losing Coutinho was the ‘best thing that could have happened’ to Liverpool, says Ince Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:47 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Liverpool Philippe Coutinho Barcelona World Cup Premier League Jürgen Klopp The former Reds ace doesn’t believe the Brazilian has been missed at Anfield and is backing them to challenge for honours in 2018/19 Paul Ince believes the loss of Philippe Coutinho was the “best thing that could happen” to Liverpool.Coutinho, 26, had established himself as a key figure at Anfield before sealing a £142 million move to Barcelona in January.Eyebrows were raised at Liverpool’s decision to sanction the sale of Coutinho midway through the 2017/18 campaign with no replacement signed at the time. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move However, the Reds managed to seal a Champions League final berth and a top-four Premier League finish without the Brazil star and Ince believes his old side benefitted from his departure.”Coutinho was the one that everyone thought when he has gone, that it is it, [they are finished],” Ince told Goal. “I don’t know whether Klopp felt the same, but I felt that losing Coutinho was the best thing that could happen for Liverpool because they were so dependent on Coutinho, everyone was talking about Coutinho.”Once he left it was then time for the players to step up and say ‘well now we have got responsibility’. It is not a one-man team as everyone was saying. We will show that it is not. Getting Salah in was amazing business. That was the best business ever getting Salah in. I used to watch him play for Roma last year with Dzeko and he was amazing.”I can’t believe Liverpool were the only ones in for him [Salah]. That was a great bit of business.”Ince, who played for Liverpool between 1997 and 1999, has hailed the arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho but equally says Emre Can’s departure is a blow for the club.The 50-year-old believes the Merseysiders still need to make a few more additions in the summer transfer window, particularly in goal and up front.He continued: “Getting Keita in from Leipzig, top player. Fabinho, yes, I like him. I think they have done a good bit of business. I think they have to replace Can, it is a shame that he has gone.”I like him as a player, I think he has all the components that you want from a midfield player. He is strong, can get it down and can past. I think they will get a goalkeeper in. Irrespective of what happened in the Champions League. I am not going down that road but I think they need another goalkeeper.”He has not been sure all season, whether it is Karius or Mignolet. I think he will wanna go. I like Alexander-Arnold, he is a young kid and will improve, he will come back. So on the basis, I think they will need another striker. I think they need a target man. I know they have got the little players for how he plays but I think they need a target man.”You need a target man sometimes, when you are chasing the game. When you just put balls into the box and I think someone like that. I expect them to be up there again challenging. It all depends on who City will buy. City will buy. You hear the owner say we will dominate for the next 10 years, we will win every title.”He is not going away from a money point of view. So it is all about who buys what but it bodes well for an exciting Premier League next year.”Despite Liverpool’s positive season, they still finished way off the pace of the Premier League winners Manchester City.Pep Guardiola’s side had a 25-point lead on Liverpool as they broke the record points total by reaching 100 points. They will likely continue to invest heavily but Ince thinks that Liverpool will be amongst the challengers next season.”Yes, there’s hope. There has got to be hope,” he added. “I think Liverpool will improve. I think it will be tough because Man City will buy again and they won the title by 18-19 points. That’s like six and a half games more or less but the other teams can beat them. There are ways of beating them.”Huddersfield got a point against them. Teams will defend deep against them and they won’t always break them down. I just think you if you can match them and fight fire with fire, you can exploit City because they do leave gaps in behind. For United, if you just sit back then they just open teams up because they have got Silva’s and De Bruyne who can just unlock those deep blocks up.”So you want to stay in the game but fight fire with fire. Look at the second half where they won 3-2. They got lucky there because they should have been 6-0 down at half-time and wouldn’t have scored as many goals but the second half performance was something that you want to see. That’s the approach want to see [against City] and that’s got to give you hope for next season.”Paul Ince is an ambassador for Paddy Power and will be a guest on Paddy’s Boat Party which will be broadcast live on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube throughout the World Cup.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool top of table for Christmas after victory at Wolvesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are four points clear at the top of the table after their 2-0 win at Wolves.Mohamed Salah inspired Liverpool to a victory at Wolves that took them four points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.The Reds went ahead when Fabinho played a one-two with Sadio Mane and crossed for Salah, who flicked the ball into the net with the outside of his foot.The Egyptian set up Liverpool’s second with a wonderful lofted pass over the home defence, allowing Virgil van Dijk to side-foot a six-yard volley past Rui Patricio.City, the defending champions, play their game in hand on Saturday when they host Crystal Palace, but this victory ensures for Jurgen Klopp’s side will be top on Christmas Day.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pxhere under Public Domain license Marine fuel logistics company Aegean Marine Petroleum Network informed that its reorganization plan has been confirmed by the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.As explained, the development paves the way for the company to emerge from Chapter 11 restructuring next week as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercuria Energy Group Limited, a Swiss energy and commodity company.“The Court’s confirmation of the plan is the culmination of a comprehensive restructuring of the company’s operations and capital structure that positions the business to excel under Mercuria’s ownership,” Tyler Baron, Aegean Board Director, commented.The reorganization plan was the result of the company’s global settlement with its various creditor groups, including Mercuria, the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Aegean, American Express Travel Related Services Company, and certain holders of the company’s unsecured convertible notes.“With the support of Mercuria and our creditors, Aegean will emerge from the Chapter 11 restructuring significantly deleveraged, having reduced its funded debt by approximately 80%. Under Mercuria’s ownership, we will also have greater liquidity and supply capabilities than ever before and can serve our customers with a much broader suite of services,” Baron added.“The page has finally and conclusively been turned on the company’s past issues and their resultant challenges, with all eyes now on the substantial long-term opportunities ahead. We are very pleased to have taken the necessary actions to save Aegean and, in an expedited manner, restore a key player in the global market and position it for long-term success,” Donald Moore, Chairman of the Aegean Board, noted.Aegean Marine, which markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to ships in port and at sea, commenced its Chapter 11 process on November 6, 2018, with the support of Mercuria, reorganizing in order to improve its liquidity. The company has continued its normal-course operations throughout the process.
The province is investing an additional $2.1 million to provide students in Sherbrooke, Guysborough Co., with a modern and effective learning environment. The province is working with the Strait Regional School Board to renovate and add to St. Mary’s Academy to create a Primary to Grade 12 school. The renovations will allow the board to replace the aging St. Mary’s Education Centre which is a Primary to Grade 7 school. “The province is putting kids and learning first by providing the best learning environment for students to be successful,” said Guysborough-Sheet Harbour MLA Jim Boudreau, on behalf of Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “By working with our partners, we will ensure that we meet the needs of students and the community for many years to come.” The project involves new classrooms and building an addition, which will include a second gymnasium, multi-purpose area, music room and drama-art rooms. The province had already invested $2 million in the project as part of the 2012-13 capital plan. “The completion of the addition to St. Mary’s Academy will provide an updated and enhanced facility to provide programs and services to our students and to the communities the school serves,” said Betty Mills, chair of St. Mary’s school advisory council. “The new facilities will also provide a dedicated space for adults with special needs to come together in an inclusive and welcoming environment that recognizes, values, promotes and celebrates their strengths and contributions to the wider communities.” St. Mary’s Academy has 146 students in grades 8-12 while St. Mary’s Education Centre has 173 students. The $6.3-million project is expected to be completed during the 2013-14 school year.
TORONTO – Ryan Halladay was 39 when he began noticing blood in his stool. Doctors he visited over the next few months weren’t too concerned, dismissing the bleeding as likely being caused by hemorrhoids. A trip to the ER for pain caused by severe constipation was also brushed off. He was given a laxative and sent home.Had he been a decade or more older, his symptoms likely would have sent up a red flag. But because he was a young adult, a much more serious possibility wasn’t recognized.It turned out the married father of two young girls had colorectal cancer — a disease most commonly seen in people over age 50, but one that is increasingly occurring in adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s.“I was 39 years old — nothing is going to happen to you. You’re healthy, you’re invincible,” said Halladay, who was shocked to learn he had colon cancer.His diagnosis in late 2015 sent the Mississauga, Ont., family down a path they could never have imagined: he had radiation and chemotherapy to shrink the large tumour, then surgery to remove the remainder of the mass, followed by months of additional chemo.But in early 2017, doctors discovered the cancer had spread to his liver, leading to a third of the organ being removed. Followup scans over the next several months showed no sign of cancer and the family heaved a collective sigh of relief.The relief was short-lived: last November, Halladay started to experience back pain. Tests showed he had a new tumour on the outside of his colon. The surgeon told him and his wife, Christina, that it was unlikely more could be done.“We assumed from that that if the surgeon couldn’t do it, we were coming home so I could live it out until I died,” he said. “That day was tough and that night was tough.“And then we woke up the next day and said there’s got to be something.”The couple got in touch with Colorectal Cancer Canada, which directed them to the Young Adult Colorectal Cancer Clinic at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.Halladay had radical surgery — called a pelvic exenteration — to remove his bladder, prostate and rectum. He now wears two ostomy bags.“I always say they gutted me like a deer,” said the upbeat and positive Halladay, who has returned to work as a financial adviser while undergoing chemo.Surgical oncologist Dr. Shady Ashamalla, head of colon cancer surgery at Sunnybrook, said Halladay’s story is all too common; about 40 per cent of the 250 to 300 patients he operates on each year are under age 50.While the rate of colon cancer in North Americans over 50 is declining, likely due to screening programs, incidence of the disease is rising “exponentially” among younger adults, he said.A recent U.S. study found incidence has been going up by about one per cent per year for people in their 40s; 2.5 per cent annually for those in their 30s; and seven per cent a year among those in their 20s, he said.“Your chances of getting colon cancer as a young adult now is many times greater than it was at the same age in 1990, for example,” Ashamalla said. In fact, those born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer compared to people born around 1950.Doctors aren’t sure why some people are developing the malignancy earlier in adulthood, but they point to such risk factors as diets high in red meat, sedentary lifestyles, excess alcohol intake, obesity and in some cases, family history.Barry Stein, president of Colorectal Cancer Canada, said about 1,500 young adults in this country are diagnosed each year with colorectal cancer, and too often many are dealing with advanced disease because either they or their doctors didn’t recognize symptoms for what they were.Stein and Ashamalla both stress that certain signs — rectal bleeding or blood in the stool; changes in bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation, or a change in stool consistency; and persistent abdominal discomfort — should be scrutinized without delay to rule out cancer.“It behooves health-care practitioners, now with what we know, to really take any of these symptoms very seriously in all patients, regardless of age,” said Ashamalla. “And it’s important that patients bring these things to their family doctor or nurse practitioner to make sure they’re being investigated and not to just write things off.”It’s all about raising awareness, he said.That’s why the Halladays have thrown themselves into efforts to raise money for Colorectal Cancer Canada’s Never Too Young program, which is putting on an event in Toronto this Sunday called Bowl’n For My Colon. As of Thursday, participants had raised nearly $170,000 in pledges.For Christina Halladay, the goal is to make the fundraiser an annual event across Canada, with a longer-term objective of seeing Never Too Young clinics across this country, “because that is the only way that we are going to diminish the number of people who die of this disease.”She also wants to get the message out to young adults that they are not immune to colon cancer and to pay attention to any suspicious symptoms.Halladay doesn’t want others to go through the experiences her family has — including having to tell daughters Madeline and Lauren, now 12 and 14, three times about their father’s cancer diagnoses, seeing them “literally crumble” each time at the news.With her husband soon to finish his last round of chemo, Halladay hopes that his post-treatment scans will come back cancer-free and continue that way, “so that we can start to put this behind us.”“And instead of living every day waiting for the shoe to drop, we start to just live our lives.”Online: https://www.colorectalcancercanada.com/— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.
Model Niki Taylor has blogged about what World Blood Donor Day means to her.“June 14 is World Blood Donor Day,” she wrote. “I celebrate it every year in honor of blood and platelet donors – modern day superheroes – who volunteer to roll up a sleeve and provide a lifesaving gift for patients they don’t even know.“Sixteen years ago, these superheroes were there for me after a major car accident. In a matter of seconds, my life completely changed. I had severe internal injuries, needed over 41 surgeries (including three in a 24 hour period), and received approximately 100 units of blood. I will always be grateful to the amazing doctors and American Red Cross blood donors who made my recovery possible.“Since the accident, I’ve worked with the Red Cross to raise awareness about the ongoing need for blood and platelet donations. Patients depend on these donations every day. It’s so important to keep a sufficient supply on the shelves, especially during times like summer, when many regular donors are on vacation.“Beauty comes from within – and what is more beautiful than the blood and platelet donors who generously give of themselves to help save lives?”To read the full blog and find out more, click here.
“I appeal to the Human Rights Council to unite behind early, practical steps to support national actors in promoting and protecting human rights. Early action on human rights helps to strengthen national sovereignty, rather than challenge or resist it,” Mr. Ban said via video message at the opening of the three-day High-Level Segment of the 47-member body’s 28th session.“The world faces serious violations of human rights, from discrimination and inequality to oppression and violent extremism. Our shared challenge is to do far more to keep these and other abuses from occurring in the first place,” added the Secretary-General, who was joined by the Council’s President, Joachim Rucker, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. The Council also heard statements from the President of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Prime Minister of Fiji and dignitaries from 20 States who spoke about their concerns regarding the situation in a number of countries around the world and outlined some of the efforts their countries were undertaking in the promotion and protection of human rights. Mr. Ban called the protection and realization of human rights “intrinsic to the entire agenda of the United Nations” and underscored the role of capacity-building, monitoring and reporting including through the work of the Human Rights Up Front Initiative. “The conflict in Syria offers just one example where early United Nations efforts to address human rights violations might have averted a human and political catastrophe,” he said, emphasizing that Member States must do their part to generate this “much-needed shift” in the way they work. Also addressing the Council for the first time since taking his post last year, High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the world must be “completely principled and cunning in its collective attempt to defang” violent extremists. “For us, international humanitarian law and international human rights law cannot be trifled with or circumvented, but must be fully observed,” Mr. Zeid stressed, saying how even though the UN Charter was established 70 years ago, with alarming regularity, human rights are disregarded, and violated, sometimes to a shocking degree.States claim exceptional circumstances, he said. “They pick and choose between rights. One Government will thoroughly support women’s human rights and those of the LGBT communities, but will balk at any suggestion that those rights be extended to migrants of irregular status. Another State may observe scrupulously the right to education, but will brutally stamp out opposing political views. A third State comprehensively violates the political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights of its people, while vigorously defending the ideals of human rights before its peers.” “Some of the evidence may be hidden. But the reality, in far too many countries, of massacres and sexual violence; crushing poverty; the exclusive bestowal of health-care and other vital resources to the wealthy and well-connected; the torture of powerless detainees; the denial of human dignity – these things are known,” he said, adding: “And delegates, they are what truly make up a State’s reputation; together with the real steps – if any taken to prevent abuses and address social inequalities.”The High-Commissioner said he is “disturbed deeply” by the disregard displayed by several States towards the Council’s independent experts – and also by the reprisals and smear campaigns that are all too frequently exercised against representatives of civil society. The only real measure of a Government’s worth is not its place in the solemn ballet of grand diplomacy. Rather it is the extent to which it is sensitive to the needs – and protects the rights – of its nationals and other people who fall under its jurisdiction, Mr. Zeid said, calling on Member States to align their actions with the recommendations of the Human Rights Council. As an inter-governmental body within the UN, the Council is responsible for strengthening the protection of human rights worldwide and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them.Mr. Zeid commended the work of all staff of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), particularly those who work in situations of daily danger. He expressed dismay to learn that “because of lack of will by Member States,” the UN is not in a position to make adequate provision for support to staff that are injured in high-risk missions, or to the families of staff-members who have been killed in such circumstances. “Frankly, this is appalling and I appeal to all of you to change it,” he said. Also addressing the Council, via video message, General Assembly President Sam Kutesa said that Member States bear the primary responsibility to protect their citizens and provide them with internationally agreed upon human rights. It is essential therefore that the Council take this into account when dealing with rights challenges and utilize the Universal Periodic Review mechanism. “In recent times around the world, we have witnessed an unsettling rise in many forms of intolerance, discrimination and prejudice. These behaviours have culminated in a wide range of negative outcomes; including stereotyping, stigmatization, exclusion, threats and even extreme violence,” he said. Mr. Kutesa called on the Human Rights Council to focus more on social and economic rights and in particular, the right to development, as these are pivotal to the attainment of an acceptable standard of living in the most economically challenges parts of the world. “As we formulate a new, transformative development framework this year at the United Nations, we must bear in mind the inextricable link between development and human rights,” he added.
With hundreds of complete systems, as well as individual machines, having been supplied to clients all over the world, Tenova TAKRAF is a key supplier of equipment and systems for open pit mining and bulk handling. TAKRAF’s product portfolio has recently been enhanced with the addition of sizer equipment, which now enables the company to integrate its own crushing machines into complete mining solutions for its clients. The new primary and secondary sizers will be featured at the company’s stand at Bauma 2016.TAKRAF offers standardised primary and secondary sizers for various crushing applications. The primary sizer product range covers inlet sizes from 2.5 m to 4.0 m with a throughput of up to 10,000 t/h; whereas the secondary sizer range covers inlet sizes from 2.0 m to 4.0 m with a throughput of up to 3,500 t/h. Both sizer product ranges are suitable for the comminution of all material types, from standard to most challenging.The group states: “A key differentiating factor of TAKRAF’s sizers is the fact that special focus and attention was directed towards attributes such as ease of maintenance, reduced downtime and long equipment service life already during the sizer’s initial development. As a result, this sizers offer unparalleled levels of maintenance efficiency and service life. Some of the innovative solutions adopted include the quick and easy changing of crushing segments, as well as the use of advanced wear resistant materials such as hard-faced segments and tungsten picks. Other innovative solutions include an inching drive for roll maintenance, which increases safety significantly, a heavy duty drivetrain system; as well as adopting an efficient oil lubrication system with a view to greater environmental sustainability.”Rock fragmentation and abrasion are critical elements with regards to material characterisation for sizer use. TAKRAF has in-house test facilities in Germany where it is able to conduct material tests across a wide variety of conditions. Determination of material crushability and wear behavior can thus be analysed by specialised test machines, the results of which can then be employed to assist in sizer selection. Furthermore customised wear predictions of the crushing tools can also be determined.
Four-year-old Sadie Wehling loves to pretend to put out fires and rescue relatives. When her family drives by a fire station, she asks “What’s in there?”That curiosity led her and many other hopeful firefighters to Vancouver Fire Department’s Fire Station 2 on Saturday, blipping around a crowd of more than 50 who attended its grand opening. Fire Station 2 is one of a pair of new, upgraded facilities that opened near downtown this weekend with smarter alarm systems, traffic control and a combined $15 million price tag.Even with those bells and whistles, the youngest generation was all about the classics. Kids wore red, plastic fire helmets and suited up in firefighter costumes. They explored the ins and outs of fire engines and met the real men and women who use them. They helped Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle cut the station’s ribbon, after she thanked the community for its support and the firefighters for their work.“Our firefighters are beloved and revered in our community, and rightfully so,” she said. “These are the brave men and women that every day rescue our loved ones, save our property and our belongings, and (respond to) every other kind of emergency you can imagine.”It was a sentiment that drove many young families to attend the grand opening. Kneeling near Fire Station 2’s bay door with daughter Sadie, Amanda Wehling said attending the event helped her daughter envision what daily life was like for the men and women who respond to those emergencies.
The following is a courtesy message from NMB Water. As of 10:45 pm on Saturday, December 22, NMB Water has CANCELED the precautionary boil water notice that had been in effect for all residential and commercial properties along 174 Street. For questions, call (305)NMB-WATER. pic.twitter.com/ZIdJsozdm8— City of Sunny Isles Beach (@CityofSIB) December 23, 2018The flooding caused road closures while crews worked to fix the break.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A boil water advisory for Sunny Isles Beach has been lifted.City officials said the notice ended late Saturday night. They issued the advisory after a water main burst Thursday morning, sending water into the streets near 174th Street and Collins Avenue.
© 2017 Phys.org Kodiak bears track salmon runs in Alaska , Ecosystems , Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Kodiak Archipelago is a group of islands off the southern coast of Alaska. It is home to what are known as Kodiak bears—very large brown bears distantly related to polar bears. The bears have become famous due to pictures of them catching salmon in shallow rivers. The archipelago is also home to elderberries, which are also eaten by Kodiak bears. But the researchers with this new effort have found that the feeding habits of the bears are changing due to a warming climate.To learn more about how the bears are adapting to changing temperatures, the researchers used time-lapse cameras to capture the bears feeding on salmon, placed GPS collars on 36 of the females and then tracked them, conducted aerial surveys and studied bear droppings. The researchers discovered that the bears are increasingly faced with whether to eat salmon or elderberries because the berries are ripening earlier, causing an overlap with salmon spawning.In the past, the researchers note, salmon spawning typically occurred around the end of July each year, while elderberries typically ripened in late August. The bears would wade into shallow rivers and grab the spawning salmon and eat them (or just their eggs) on the shore. Then, a month later, the berries would ripen, and they would start eating those. But over the past few decades, there has been a change—elderberries have begun to ripen earlier, sometimes as early as late July. This means the bears are faced with a choice: continue to feast on the salmon or switch to eating the berries. The decision by the bears is obvious, the team reports—when the berries ripen early, the bears completely abandon the rivers and feast almost exclusively on the elderberries.It is not clear at this time how the switch will impact the bears, the salmon or other creatures that normally feed on fish carcasses abandoned by the bears. More information: William W. Deacy et al. Phenological synchronization disrupts trophic interactions between Kodiak brown bears and salmon, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1705248114AbstractClimate change is altering the seasonal timing of life cycle events in organisms across the planet, but the magnitude of change often varies among taxa [Thackeray SJ, et al. (2016) Nature 535:241–245]. This can cause the temporal relationships among species to change, altering the strength of interaction. A large body of work has explored what happens when coevolved species shift out of sync, but virtually no studies have documented the effects of climate-induced synchronization, which could remove temporal barriers between species and create novel interactions. We explored how a predator, the Kodiak brown bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi), responded to asymmetric phenological shifts between its primary trophic resources, sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) and red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa). In years with anomalously high spring air temperatures, elderberry fruited several weeks earlier and became available during the period when salmon spawned in tributary streams. Bears departed salmon spawning streams, where they typically kill 25–75% of the salmon [Quinn TP, Cunningham CJ, Wirsing AJ (2016) Oecologia 183:415–429], to forage on berries on adjacent hillsides. This prey switching behavior attenuated an iconic predator–prey interaction and likely altered the many ecological functions that result from bears foraging on salmon [Helfield JM, Naiman RJ (2006) Ecosystems 9:167–180]. We document how climate-induced shifts in resource phenology can alter food webs through a mechanism other than trophic mismatch. The current emphasis on singular consumer-resource interactions fails to capture how climate-altered phenologies reschedule resource availability and alter how energy flows through ecosystems.Press release Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Brown bear mother and cub. Credit: Lisa Hupp (photographer) Citation: Kodiak bears found to switch to eating elderberries instead of salmon as climate changes (2017, August 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-kodiak-elderberries-salmon-climate.html (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. has found that warming in Alaska has sometimes caused the Kodiak bear to switch to eating elderberries during salmon spawning periods instead of eating salmon. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their multi-pronged study of the impact that seasonal changes occurring on the Kodiak Archipelago are having on the bears that live there. , Oecologia
Many years after they met in high school, three women get together to remember the old days. They have gone in separate directions, and their grudges have fermented with time. But there is one thing they all have in common that transcends their feuds and competition: None has a child, and all three want one.This is the premise of “Three,” a play by Spanish dramatist Juan Carlos Rubio, but it is how the women decide to solve this problem that makes the play so endearing. Seeking to conceive, the women use manipulation, bribery, and an old yearbook to secure the right father – but just when you think you know where the story is heading, a series of plot twists intervenes.This weekend, The Little Theatre Group (LTG) presents a newly translated English version of the play. But how did such an obscure play find its way here? And what compelled Costa Rica’s only English-language theater company to produce it?“It’s a funny story,” says Annette Hallett, LTG’s producer, with a chuckle.Originally from Great Britain, Hallett lived for years in Bermuda with her husband Bruce before the couple moved to Costa Rica. Earlier this year, Bermuda veteran Cleo Pettitt visited the Halletts for three weeks. Pettitt is a scene and costume designer, so the Halletts took her to a play in San José called “100 Square Meters.”“Although I couldn’t understand a word of it,” remembers Hallett, “I really enjoyed it.”The Spanish-language play took place at the Vargas Calvo Theater and was produced by TICTAK Theater Company. The play is an offbeat comedy, much like “Three,” about a couple trying to buy real estate, but they must wait for the current tenant to die.After the show, Pettitt mentioned that she knew the playwright and could contact him easily. The Halletts were delighted, and they began a correspondence with Rubio, using Google Translate to compose their emails and translate his replies. As it turned out, Rubio had a play called “Tres” that had never been performed in English. (You can find a NSFW poster of a past production on Rubio’s website.)“I told him, if we can do it professionally, we will,” said Hallett.Rubio is not a household name in Costa Rica, but he is an accomplished actor and has written extensively for Spanish television. For Spanish-speaking theatergoers, “100 Square Meters” was a hit, receiving a lot of good word from critics and patrons. Rubio’s work has been performed around the world, but to see two Costa Rican productions of his plays in one year is landmark.LTG tested the play at the International Book Fair in August. The production starred Silvia Baltodano, Antoinette Van Belle, Chusi Castillo Hidalgo, and Ricardo Jiménez and was directed by Noel Montagano. (Most of the cast remains intact for this production). The free show was performed twice during the fair.“Backstage, I was nervous,” remembers Hallett. “I started to wonder if we’d made the wrong decision.”Indeed, “Three” has some raunchy language and subject matter. The characters smoke pot, drink heavily, and talk frankly about sex and pregnancy. Hallett was concerned how a Costa Rican audience would respond to topics like extramarital trysts and artificial insemination – not to mention a colorful range of vituperate language. Meanwhile, there was some concern about whether a Spanish play, no matter how well translated, would make as much sense in English.But audiences responded well: The house was packed, the show earned a lot of laughs, and comments afterward were resoundingly positive. Hallett and her LTG colleagues felt vindicated, and they decided to produce a ticketed version in November.For Hallett, the decision to produce “Three” expands LTG’s possibilities.“We could just do the classics – Broadway, West End,” she says. “Or we have the opportunity to do new works that are directed to the culture in which we live. Our mission has always been to open up theater to Costa Rica. That’s what I want to do.”“Three” will be performed Nov. 21-23 at ADILA, La Asunción de Belén. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 2:30 p.m. 6,000 ($12). Info: LTG Facebook page. Facebook Comments Related posts:International Book Fair, theater galore, and other happening around Costa Rica Christmas-themed theater warms hearts this month Art fair, Renaissance artist, and other happenings around Costa Rica 12 days, 13 plays at National Theater Event
Australian Government announces increase to majority of visa application charges. The majority of visa application charges will increase by 15 percent from 1 September 2013, according to changes announced in the recent Federal Budget. The only visas exempt from the fee rise are student visas and visitor visas. The increases are set to raise AU$542 million over the next 4 years, according to research by Acacia Immigration Australia. The Australian Government has announced further increases to visa application fees. The price hike comes on top of considerable fee increases introduced on 1 July 2013, which in some cases doubled or even tripled the cost of visa applications.
Nearly 40% of Aussies reconsider travel intentions as Aussie dollar fallsThe peak national tourism, transport and aviation advocacy body, the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF), has launched a new annual survey to coincide with the annual TTF Leadership Summit which has found nearly 40% of Australians have changed their travel intentions because of the falling Australian dollar.The national survey found:• 7% have already switched their intended international destination for one with a cheaper currency.• 5% have switched from an international to a domestic travel destination• 12% of people said they will now swap the kinds of activities they undertake and the level of accommodation they stay in so they can stay inside their budget• And 15% say they expect to travel to more domestic destinations as a result of the lower Aussie dollar.The Australian dollar has fallen 15% in the past 12 months.“The falling Aussie dollar is a fact of life in 2015, and there has been a lot of speculation about the impact on people’s travel intentions, especially international travel,” TTF CEO Margy Osmond said.“The falling Aussie dollar is starting to have an impact on travel intentions and we can expect that impact to strengthen over time.”The TTF annual Leadership Summit survey also found:· 48% of Australians are still planning to take an overseas holiday in the next 12 months;· The USA is the most popular intended overseas destination, followed by New Zealand, the UK, Japan and Thailand; and· 56% of Australians intend to take a domestic holiday in the next 12 months.The survey also asked people how their travel intentions would be affected by any increase in the GST. The survey found that nearly 40% of people would be less likely to travel domestically (and 30% internationally) if the GST was increased.The survey also found the top 5 factors that influence travel intentions are:· Cost of travel;· Cost of accommodation;· Destination’s climate;· Ease of access to destination; and· Family and friends at destination.Source = The Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF)