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Coronavirus: Hundreds of thousands of airline jobs at risk, warns industry body

Coronavirus: Hundreds of thousands of airline jobs at risk, warns industry body

Business
Hundreds of thousands of aviation jobs are at risk without more state aid, a global industry body has warned. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) downgraded its 2020 traffic forecasts, after "a dismal end to the summer travel season".The association, which represents 290 airlines, says it expects traffic to be 66% below the level it was in 2019.The IATA estimates that it will be at least 2024 before air traffic reaches pre-pandemic levels.A second surge in Covid-19 cases and more government restrictions meant the sector has not seen a strong rebound.The travel industry saw a precipitous drop in business after the coronavirus developed into a pandemic.Through the year major airlines, airports and tour firms have col...
Body of well-known paraglider found in US mountains – weeks after he went missing

Body of well-known paraglider found in US mountains – weeks after he went missing

World
A well-known paraglider has been found dead in the mountains of Nevada in the US, nearly a month after he went missing.The body of James "Kiwi" Johnston - who disappeared on 23 August - was found under a tree in the Fish Creek mountains of Eureka County after a passerby noticed a parachute on Wednesday. Police said the New Zealand paraglider died of multiple injuries from a high-elevation fall, and his family said they were "relieved" that he is believed to have died instantly. Image: James Johnston's parachute was discovered by a passerby earlier this week. Pic: GoFundMe His death was ruled an accident, with no foul play suspected.A search went on for almost a week after Mr Johnston's disappearance, but it was suspended on 29 August....
Retirement fund body EPFO settles 46 lakh COVID-19-related claims worth Rs 920 crore

Retirement fund body EPFO settles 46 lakh COVID-19-related claims worth Rs 920 crore

Finance
New Delhi: Retirement fund body EPFO on Friday said it has settled 46 lakh EPF withdrawal claims and disbursed Rs 920 crore to its subscribers to meet exigencies due to the COVID-19 situation. Under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna (PMGKY), the government had made a provision for a COVID-19 non-refundable advance facility. The scheme was started in April. Members can use this facility to withdraw three months' basic wages -- basic pay plus dearness allowance -- or half of the total accumulation in his or her Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) account, whichever is less for meeting exigencies due to the COVID-19 situation. Furthering the cause of social protection, the EPFO has processed around 46 lakh claims amounting to about Rs 920 crore since the COVID-19 outbreak, Employees' Provident ...
Industry body warns of higher prices if UK cannot strike trade deal with EU

Industry body warns of higher prices if UK cannot strike trade deal with EU

Business
Consumers in the UK could face higher prices next year unless a tariff-free trade deal with the EU can be reached, the British Retail Consortium has warned.The UK and EU remain locked in talks on a free trade deal but there are concerns an agreement will not be struck before the UK leaves its transition period at the end of the year. The latest round of negotiations broke up early last week after both sides admitted they continue to disagree on a number of issues.Around 80% of food imports come from the EU and the bloc plays a big role in supply chains for other items such as clothing and homeware. ...
Species that use sound to ‘fake’ their body size are usually skilled vocal learners

Species that use sound to ‘fake’ their body size are usually skilled vocal learners

Science
July 8 (UPI) -- Animals that use their voice to sound bigger than they are tend to also be skilled vocal learners, according to new scientific paper, published Wednesday in the journal Biology Letters. Previously, researchers approached acoustic allometry, the relationship between voice and body size, and vocal learning as two distinct fields of study. But over time, scientists have started to see the overlap between the two areas of research. Advertisement "We decided to bring our expertise together under an evolutionary framework," study co-author Maxime Garcia told UPI in an email. "In particular, we wondered: For species that are vocal learners, and which can flexibly modify their vocalizations, then how do allometric principles apply?" said Garcia, an evolutionary biologist at the Un...