Test Tube Embryo Transfer Could Bring NearExtinct Rhinos Back to Life

first_img Scientists in Europe successfully transferred a test-tube rhinoceros embryo back into a female.The operation is part of a larger effort to repopulate the near-extinct northern white rhino by fertilizing eggs from the species’ only two remaining animals—both females who can’t bear children.The world’s last male northern white rhinoceros passed away in March 2018: Sudan, 45, was being treated for age-related health issues and a series of infections. He died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where he lived under 24-hour armed surveillance for almost a decade.The bull’s death left only his offspring—daughter Najin and granddaughter Fatu—to maintain and advance the species.They can’t do it alone, though: An international team of experts, led by Germany’s Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW), is pursuing two approaches to save the species.The first requires egg cells be harvested from Najin and Fatu and exposed to the late Sudan’s sperm (which has been stored in liquid nitrogen). The embryo, obtained by in-vitro fertilization, was transferred into the uterus of a southern white rhinoceros in late May.Despite successful growth in the surrogate mother, scientists believe the embryo was not able to implant itself in the uterine lining. Additional embryo transfers will be carried out in the near future. Hopefully one of those will stick.“The BioRescue research project can play an important role in the conservation of species diversity because it significantly advances existing approaches for species conservation,” Leibniz-IZW project leader Thomas Hildebrandt said in a statement.If that doesn’t work, there’s always plan B: convert skin cells into pluripotent stem cells (capable of producing any cell or tissue the body needs to repair itself), then mature them into primordial germ cells (PGC), which can generate reproductive gametes (sperm or oocytes).The final result, according to Leibniz-IZW, will be a “self-sustaining, genetically healthy population” of northern white rhinoceroses that can survive in the wild.“Due to the small number of eggs and sperm available, the stem cell approach is important in order to increase the genetic variability of the population,” the Institute said in a press release.Consumer demand in China and Vietnam has escalated illegal hunting over the past 10 years; since 2013, South Africa lost more than 1,000 rhinos each year to poachers, who sell the horns for use in purported health tonics and carvings.Sudan served as a global ambassador for his species, appearing in campaigns and public service announcements, and making appearances alongside public figures like pro basketball player Yao Ming.“Thanks to the impressive combination of different research approaches and the great dedication shown by those involved,” according to Michael Meister, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research, “there is now both the possibility and the hope that we will be able to preserve critically endangered species such as the northern white rhinoceros.”In April, a Greater One Horned Indian Rhinoceros was born at Florida’s Zoo Miami—the first successful birth of this species as a result of induced ovulation and artificial insemination.The Greater One Horned Indian Rhino is considered a highly vulnerable species: fewer than 3,000 are left in the wilds of India and Nepal.More on Geek.com:Tam, Malaysia’s Last Male Sumatran Rhino, DiesRhino Poacher Reportedly Killed by Elephant, Eaten by LionsScientists Capture Rare Photos of the World’s Most Endangered Rhino Stay on target Zoo Officials Slam Visitors for Carving Names on Rhino’s Back’Historic’: Artificially Conceived Southern White Rhino Born at SD Zoo last_img read more

The Kings Man Trailer Turns Back the Clock

first_img In 2011 director Matthew Vaughn successfully rebooted the X-Men film franchise with the awesome X-Men: First Class. But instead of sticking with that series, which just burned out with Dark Phoenix, he brought that same stylish 1960s spy movie energy to a new comic book adaptation, and another chance to rehabilitate Mark Millar after Kick-Ass, Kingsman. And he’s committed to this franchise, directing the first two entries and now preparing to make its first prequel.Watch this first trailer for The King’s Man.These Kingsman movies are about a secret order of British spies who wear dapper suits and name themselves after figures from Arthurian legends. If you think that’s indulgent their American counterparts, Statesman, sport cowboy hats and whips with booze-based code names. The first two movies involved Taron Egerton’s street urchin Eggsy being polished into a member of the organization by Colin Firth.The King’s Man however turns back the clock to presumably show us the birth of the order during World War 1. A conflict larger than the planet had ever seen might cause some weird colonizer King Arthur fanboys to band together. Ralph Fiennes plays new mentor T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia.Other historical figures include Rhys Ifans as Grigori Rasputin, Tom Hollander as King George V/Wilhelm II/Nicholas II, and Djimon Hounsou as Neil Kenlock. It also sounds like Aaron Taylor-Johnson is playing a relative of Eggsy. The whole trailer gives off serious Assassin’s Creed vibes.The King’s Man releases in theaters next February, another Fox movie that’s become an inexplicable Disney release. For more movie trailers watch The Rock finally become Danny DeVito in Jumanji: The Next Level, and here are some other trailers you may have missed. Stay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ last_img read more

66 WWE Results Salt Lake City Utah Reigns vs Big Show

first_img WhatsApp Luke Harper Returns To WWE Live Google+ 6/6 WWE Results: Salt Lake City, Utah* Neville def. Heath Slater.* R-Truth def. Stardust.* The Lucha Dragons def. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan and Los Matadores in a triple threat tag team elimination match.* Dean Ambrose def. Kane.* Summer Rae def. Emma.* Sheamus def. Dolph Ziggler.* Roman Reigns def. Big Show in a Street Fight match.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Pinterestcenter_img Netflix and WWE Studios announce The Big Show is getting his own comedy series Seth Rollins Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Videos Articles Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Facebook Twitter Roman Reigns Has Leukemia Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels SPOILERS: 6/6 Impact TV taping results from New York City to air on Pursuit and Twitch NXT Highlights: Mia Yim vs. Bianca Belair, Keith Lee vs. Kona Reeves, Damian Priest coming)last_img read more

Video WWE posts full How Eddie Guerrero became a SmackDown legend documentary

first_imgFacebook Pinterest Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE has posted the full mini-documentary (above) about Eddie Guerrero and his time as WWE Champion as part of the Smackdown brand in 2004.The documentary, titled “How Eddie Guerrero became a Smackdown legend”, focuses on Guerrero being a big part of the Smackdown brand during the brand split after he was re-hired by the company following his release back in 2001.Vickie Guerrero is heavily featured in the special, including her reaction to find out about Eddie’s sudden passing back in 2005. Paul Heyman, John Cena, JBL, Kurt Angle and Sasha Banks are also featured in the documentary talking about Guerrero. Google+ WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOXlast_img read more

Police arrest 16yearold boy on suspicion of rape of jogger

first_imgYAKIMA — Authorities in Washington state arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of raping a jogger.The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Yakima City Police Department says a 19-year-old woman told police she was jogging Wednesday when a man attacked and raped her. The suspect ran off after the attack, and the woman ran to a parking lot at a nearby park for help.Police say she was treated and released from a local hospital.Authorities say an officer spotted someone matching the suspect’s description near Kiwanis Park and detained him.The suspect was booked into the Yakima County Juvenile Justice Center on suspicion of second-degree rape.last_img read more

Burgerville workers set to vote on unionization

first_imgVancouver-based Burgerville said Friday it is ready to work with a union at one of its Southeast Portland restaurants, should one be created after a vote later this month.Workers will decide April 22 and 23 whether to become the first federally recognized fast-food union in the country.Called The Burgerville Workers Union, it would represent hourly employees at a restaurant on Portland’s Southeast 92nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.Though union organizing efforts have been ongoing for nearly two years, with picketing and a recent call for a boycott, the Vancouver-based fast-food chain rarely spoke publicly before this week. Beth Brewer, senior vice president of operations, told The Columbian that Burgerville wanted to make sure unionization was the action most of its workers wanted to take.“We haven’t had a lot to say because it is an employee-led conversation at a point when they are beginning to organize,” she said. “Until they demonstrated that a sufficient number of folks were interested in being represented, we really didn’t have anything to share other than we respect their rights to organize.”Organizers say they have support for the vote, as evidenced by having enough employee-signed authorization cards to petition the National Labor Relations Board.The effort is backed by the Industrial Workers of the World, based in Chicago.Stefan Stackhouse, a 24-year-old organizer, said they are “excited to get this campaign and this industry into new territory by getting this recognition.”“I feel a little nervous to see how Burgerville is going to respond in the next few weeks,” he added. “They’ve heard our demands and have had a lot of chances to mull it over. We’re ready to negotiate and ready to improve our working conditions.”Contract negotiationsIf the union effort prevails, Burgerville will have to negotiate a contract to establish workers’ wages, benefits and working conditions. It’s unclear how that will impact other Burgerville restaurants and workers in the future. Liz Graham, director of human resources at the company, said the vote does not really change the way it does business.last_img read more

Revenue forecast brings good news for Washington lawmakers

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers received updated revenue numbers Wednesday that give them more money to work with as they prepare to unveil their two-year state budget proposals.The numbers released at a meeting of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council showed state revenues look to increase by about $861 million more than expected through the middle of 2021.Overall, state revenues are projected to increase by nearly $307 million for the current two-year budget that ends mid-2019, and the projections for the next two-year budget that ends in mid-2021 look to increase by nearly $554 million, pushing the state budget up to $50.6 billion.House Democrats have said their budget proposal for the 2019-2021 budget cycle will be released early next week, and Democrats in the Senate will follow with their own proposal.Democratic Rep. Timm Ormsby, a member of the council and the chief budget writer for the House, said that while the forecast was good news, “it doesn’t take away from the arithmetic problem that we came here with.”last_img read more

Barrow Instructs Investigation Into Alleged Attack On Opposition

first_imgBy Kebba JeffangPresident Adama Barrow has instructed for diligent and urgent investigation into the alleged attack on APRC supporters that occurred at his birthplace on January 8th as he expressed regret over the incident. The incident according to the Gambia Police Force, resulted to the injury of one Muhammed Badjie on Monday evening.In a press statement from the State House, this is what the President said: “His Excellency Adama Barrow and Government wish to express regret over the unfortunate incident at Mankamang Kunda, yesterday, (now on Monday) January 8, 2018 in which some people were injured.  President Barrow calls on all Gambians to maintain the peace and stability The Gambia is known for.”The statement added that in the ‘new’ Gambia, incidents of this nature in any part of the country, whether the birthplace of the President or any other place, is regrettable. In his statement, the President described the country as One People, One Nation; that in this spirit of One Gambia, people are encouraged and expected to go about their economic, social and political activities in a responsible and civil manner, as a sure way to jointly build a better and brighter country for all. “As a responsible government, the natural cause of action to take, as is expected, is to investigate into the incident so as to get to the bottom of what happened.‘‘The President has therefore instructed that the situation is urgently and diligently looked into by the competent institution, so as to avoid a repetition of such unfortunate acts,” the statement ended.last_img read more

Dr Ceesay Released

first_imgBy MUHAMMED S. BAHDr. Ismaila Ceesay, political science lecturer at the University of The Gambia who was held in police custody since yesterday was freed this morning.Late last night when he was released he insisted that he would not leave until the police clearly explain to him what he had done. This morning after he left the premises of the police headquarters where he was held he explained that he was called by the IGP to his office and in the presence of the Deputy IGP he was told that he should leave the premises of the police and go home.PIU officers were also seen ordering activists and students who came to show solidarity to Dr. Ceesay to vacate the premises.Some of them were heard saying that Gambia has passed the stage where citizens cannot freely express.Read story on his arrest http://foroyaa.gm/utgs-dr-ceesay-held-in-custody/last_img read more

Why Mourinho is looking to buy Croatian Marcelo Brozovic

first_imgMarcelo Brozovic has been linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s side, Manchester United, but there are talks of a new contract at Inter Milan.Brozovic could be playing Croatia’s midfield in the World Cup final against France. He’s one of the most important players of the Croatia midfield, with 40 caps and six goals under his belt, his major role today could be stopping Paul Pogba.Even though the 25-year-old doesn’t start every time, Mourinho has seen his potential and what he could bring to Manchester United.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Marcelo is happy at Inter, so much that he could extend his contract on improved terms. Another club coming in is a possibility, as there is a release clause but we are in no rush”, insisted the midfielder’s agent, according to Daily Star.In the Croatian’s midfield, Brozovic is the one allowing Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric to get forward. Today, he may be crucial to the possible first World Cup victory of his country.last_img read more

Kelvin Davis insists Hassenhuttl is a good fit for Southampton

first_imgSouthampton assistant manager Kelvin Davis insists newly appointed manager Ralph Hassenhuttl is good fit for the club.Davis took charge of Southampton’s game against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night and saw enough from the team’s display to suggest that incoming manager, Ralph Hasenhüttl will have plenty with which to work in the coming months.As for the former RB Leipzig boss, Davis was left impressed by what he has already seen.“The lads showed that they are committed and they are good technical players who want to play with the ball on the ground,” the former Southampton goalkeeper said, according to the club’s official website.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“I met with Ralph before the Spurs game and he is a guy that hits you with his stature and knowledge. He is very concise and confident and there is no doubt in the way that he wants to play football. To me, he seems a great fit for this football club.”“Ultimately, a manager of his calibre joining us shows his commitment to what he believes he can achieve here.”“We know the size of the Cardiff game now and I’m sure if we create the same number of chances we did tonight then that will be enough to win.”last_img read more

Millwall is hopeful of a home tie against Crystal Palace

first_imgFor Millwall’s manager, the best opponent they could get in the FA Cup Quarterfinals would be a home match against Palace.Millwall defeated Wimbledon 1-0 yesterday in the FA Cup Fifth Round.The team is not waiting for their next opponent.But Millwall’s boss Neil Harris clearly knows who would be the best option for them: a home tie against English Premier League side Crystal Palace.“What an achievement for a club our size,” said Harris to Sky Sports.“Four times in 15 years, that is an unbelievable achievement. I said to them before the game, ‘it will not be pretty today – it will not be free-flowing’.”“Off the ball, we knew Wimbledon would make it really difficult for us and they did,” he continued.“If we had got the second goal with 20 or 30 minutes to go we may have gone and got three or four and made it more comfortable.”“No disrespect to Doncaster Rovers, but if Palace gets through I want to get them [in the draw],” he commented.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“To be at The Den, 20,000 of our fans to see a cup quarter-final is what I want.”Doncaster Rovers and Crystal Palace will play tomorrow to define who will go to the next round.“If you’re playing a team in the division above and you create a chance early, you’ve got to take it because you know they’re going to be very efficient at what they do,” he continued.“If they get a chance, they’re going to punish you and that’s exactly what happened.”Millwall is currently in the 20th position of the English Championship table with only 31 points. The team has only won seven times in 31 matches, drawing ten and losing four.Another @EmiratesFACup Quarter-Final appearance in the bag!#Millwall 🦁 pic.twitter.com/SLP9MpZI9M— Millwall FC (@MillwallFC) February 16, 2019last_img read more

Haitians captured in Exuma by Defense Force

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#DefenceForceinterceptsHaitiansloop, #IllegalHaitiansinterceptedoffExuma, #magneticmedianews, #protectBahamasborders New Haiti Regime has to renew commitment to Bahamas says Mitchellcenter_img RBDF Apprehends Haitian Migrants Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 17, 2017 – Exuma – An interception by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force near Exuma has seen 63 Haitian migrants handed over to Immigration Officers where they are now detained in Carmichael Road at the Center.   It was last night, reported the Defense Force, while on routine patrol that P-49 intercepted the group north of Ship Channel Cay, which is in the northern end of the Exuma chain of islands.Chief Petty Officer Ross Seymour had an uneventful apprehension of the 54 males and 9 females who were on board a wooden sloop.  A recent interview with Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Fred Mitchell helped to shed light on why the flow of illegal migrants out of Haiti, at best, can only be intercepted and likely never stop.“It’s a problem that can’t be stopped, it can only be managed, and the reason the problems exists is because the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos are relatively rich countries compared to a very poor country in the south and there is a demand for labour.”In that interview with Magnetic Media while in the Turks and Caicos this past weekend, Minister Mitchell said a fresh dialogue must resume and should include the Turks and Caicos which is plagued with the same vexing problem.Photocredit: RBDF#MagneticMediaNews#IllegalHaitiansinterceptedoffExuma#DefenceForceinterceptsHaitiansloop#protectBahamasborderslast_img read more

Fire at Bahamas Rand Memorial Hospital

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Bahama, Bahamas July 21, 2017 — Patients and staff have been evacuated from the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama after a fire that appears to have started in the hospital’s kitchen around 3pm today.The fire is said to have been contained and caused no serious damage. Some patients have been transfered to Sunrise Medical Centre while others have been temporarily relocated to the Christ the King Church.#MagneticMediaNews#RandMemorialHospitalFirelast_img read more

Bahamas Light Industry Development Council Board Members Paid a Courtesy Call on

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 22, 2017 – Nassau – Board members of the Bahamas Light Industry Development Council (BLIDC) paid a courtesy call on Ministry of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette on July 19, 2017 at the offices of the Ministry.    Pictured from left: Jonathan Cartwright  –  Cartwright’s Bedding; Perry Pinder – Blanco Chemicals; Christian Knowles – Aquapure; Walter Wells – Caribbean Bottling Co.; Minister Brent Symonette; Bradley Watson – Chairman/BLIDC (Caribbean Bottling Co.); Geoffrey Knowles –  Aquapure; and Karla Wells-Lisgaris – Caribbean Bottling Co.(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)last_img read more

BAHAMAS Thirty Percent of NTAs Cohort 8 Employed at Point of Graduation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 29, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes applauded the National Training Agency (NTA) for efforts that yielded a group of graduates, 30 percent of whom by completion of their studies had already gained employment, and 45 percent were being considered for employment.At the ceremonies at NTA on Thursday evening, January 25, 2018, the Minister said special thanks were to NTA for facilitating the first ever cruise line workforce recruitment exercise with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line that hired 120 Bahamians and has plans to hire 200 Bahamians annually.  Minister Foulkes also anticipated NTA Family Island expansion in the near future.A total of 215 students of “Cohort 8” graduated from NTA (National Training Agency) and received their certificates, pins and awards.  Four weeks of “soft skills” training followed by 10 weeks of technical skills training (14 weeks total) produced certified individuals in Hospitality, Allied Health, Auto Body, Office Procedures, Microsoft Office/Quickbooks, Customer Service, Retail Business Skills, and Teacher’s Aide.Special Award recipients were: Janet Darling, Menelik Darling, Willisha Penn, Livingston Munroe, Brennika Coleby, Micquelle Rolle, D’Angeria Taylor, Ebonee Turnquest, Kyle Scriven, Dymond Moss, and Niketra Rolle.Cohort 8 recipient of the esteemed ‘Executive Director’s Award’ was Steffon Miller.  He began his speech by quoting Malcolm X, saying: “The future belongs to those who prepare today”.  He reflected on his experiences at the NTA while highlighting that his favourite memory was a teamwork exercise.   Steffon extended special congratulations to his classmates who were trained in Microsoft Office 2013 and all passed the national examination.   Mr. Miller also gave special thanks to his teacher, Mrs. Bethel and ended with a reminder that “Together we can make a difference… put God first.”Minister Foulkes congratulated students who completed “competency based training where they gained employments skills that the country needs for a globally competitive work force.”  The Minister also highlighted the six hearing-impaired students among the graduates.  He undertook to ensure that NTA is open and accessible to all Bahamians, just like it was to these graduates, free of charge.Executive Director of NTA Gadville McDonald said to the graduates, “You have done it.  Tonight, you make us proud.”  He also shared a personal perspective: “We all can grow, and grow we must. You all have grown.”  He ended by assuring the graduates that NTA will be contacting them to applaud them along their journey and inform them of further training programs.By: Sydnei L. Isaacs Photo caption: NTA Graduation, January 25, 2018 – Students, parents, instructors, and officials in attendance.  Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes is shown presenting training certificate to Steffon Miller, who was also the recipient of the ‘Executive Director’s Award.’  NTA Executive Director Gadville McDonald is at left.(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)last_img read more

World Wetlands Day 2018 Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future Wetland cleanup

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 25, 2018 – Providenciales – On the 2nd of February each year World Wetlands Day is celebrated.  This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar.  The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), together with the Turks & Caicos National Trust (TCNT), will be hosting Wetland Clean-ups to commemorate this day, as well as to take the opportunity to teach the community at large, about the importance of conserving wetlands in the Turks & Caicos Islands.Join the DECR on Saturday, 3 February, from 07:30 – 09:00am at Wheeland Pond, Blue Hills, Providenciales or at North Creek (meeting point: west side of the mouth) in Grand Turk in an attempt to conserve our wetlands for a sustainable urban future! Related Items: Please take this opportunity to get involved in your local community and to ensure wetlands for a sustainable urban future!For more details, please contact Amy Avenant (DECR Environmental Outreach Coordinator) at 338-4176 or avenant.amy@gmail.comRelease: TCIG Wetlands are often an undervalued natural resource and are important to the TCI for the following reasons:Wetlands ensure fresh water and replenish ground water;Wetlands purify and filter harmful toxins;Wetlands are a breeding ground for many commercially important fish species;Wetlands provide vital habitats for migratory birds;Wetlands ease flooding and safeguard against drought;Wetlands reduce the impacts of erosion; andWetlands provide sustainable livelihoods. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

BAHAMAS Energy Conference opens at Baha Mar

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 30, 2018 – Nassau – Diversification of fuels, a comprehensive regulatory framework, the introduction of renewable energy sources, a new generating plant and green island project are among the strides the Bahamas Government has made in the energy sector.  The Hon. Desmond, Minister of Works, underscored that notwithstanding the country’s challenges it has and continues to make “incremental” advances in this area.Minister Bannister addressed the opening of the 18th Annual Platts Caribbean Energy Conference, Thursday, January 25th, 2018 at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar.  The two-day event focuses on key issues facing the Caribbean energy sector.Topics include: Market Structure and Stakeholder Alignment, Financing for Small Countries, Regional Demand, Fuel Conversion Viability, Renewable Energy, Managing Distributed Generation and Integrated Resource Plans.  A panel discussion and case studies also comprise the conference agenda.  There is a diverse range of speakers on the agenda including Darnell Osborne, Chairman, Board of Directors, Bahamas Power and Light.In his welcome, Minister Bannister noted the following as the  “fundamental” importance of the conference: the renewal of contacts industry-wide, the discussion and analysis of critical issues of mutual interest, and the sharing of innovative ideas with colleagues from diverse backgrounds from around the world.Minister Bannister said The Bahamas is currently ensuring the security of its energy supply through the diversification of fuels even as it continues to modernize the energy infrastructure.  In this regard, he said a proposal is in place to remove the price volatility with a generation mix that is 100% based on fossil fuel.“With the introduction of tri-fuel generation (liquid natural gas, diesel and heavy fuel oil), The Bahamas will have the flexibility of selecting its fuel based on any number of reasons including price.“We also continue to focus on the development of a comprehensive governance/regulatory framework to effectively support the advancement of the energy sector to be effectively able to facilitate energy conservation and efficiency through the introduction of renewable energy sources such as solar, ocean energy, biofuels, waste to energy and where possible, wind.”He said it is anticipated that a new state-of -the-art generating plant will soon be constructed with the best in class efficiencies for single cycle power generation.  He told the audience that the new facility will improve the generation capacity, modernize the plant, and provide newer technologies together with higher levels of energy conservation and improved efficiencies when compared to existing assets.Minister Bannister remarked that cost effective, progressive ideas for creating and installing renewable energy resources are “critical” to The Bahamas.“Every year we face the threat of hurricanes that may impact the vibrancy of life in our many islands.  Finding a niche in the spectrum of opportunity will be of great value to our country.“We have the perfect environment to foster small scale renewable generation in our many Family Islands, and we embrace this emerging technology to assist in the further development and modernization of our energy infrastructure as we seek to improve our conservation and efficiency capabilities.”He told the delegates that the nation’s challenges provide great opportunity for those who are able to propose innovative, enterprising and dynamic ideas for solutions and he is certain officials will be pleased to engage in meaningful discussion with them.  As an archipelago, practical energy solutions must be provided to numerous islands, all diverse, and each in differing stages of development.“There is no magic formula that that provides an answer to every need. We will, therefore, listen with interest to the various presenters, and consider many of the ideas that you propose as we seek to make decisions that will impact the lifestyles of our residents for decades to come.”S&P Global Platts is the leading independent provider of information, benchmark prices and analytics for the energy and commodities markets. By: Kathryn CampbellPhoto caption:  The Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Works, addresses the opening session of the 18th Annual Platts Caribbean Energy Conference. (Photo/Courtesy BPL) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Quique Setien This is an important victory for us

first_imgReal Betis Coach Quique Setien is proud of his team’s performance after a 2-1 Europa League victory at the San Siro.Setien relished the “prestige of beating Milan on their own turf” and even suggested the lead would have been wider after dominating the game.“This is an important victory for us, not just for the three points that put us top of the group, but also for the prestige of beating Milan on their own turf,” said Setien in his Press conference via Football Italia.“The truth is that we put in a great performance, especially in the first half, although Milan had some chances in the second. If you got the sensation we were time-wasting in the final 15 minutes, then I’ll have a talk with my players, because I do not like that approach. I apologise if we gave off that idea.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Milan were perhaps a little surprised by our style of football, as we forced them to play long balls. We depend on possession in all our games and this time we were also able to score two goals.“Milan are a great team, though, and we saw that in the final stages. It was a memorable game for us and our fans, so we are happy to dedicate it to them. This is my first experience in Europe, but the team showed great character and confidence.“Winning or losing doesn’t change my perception of a performance, because it can depend on many factors beyond our control. The important thing is to play well, because that gives you a better chance of winning. Today reinforced that concept.”last_img read more

United lacked mad dogs in midfield Mourinho

first_imgJose Mourinho has blamed his midfielders’ lack of bite in the middle of the park for their recent stalemate against Southampton at St Mary’s stating they lacked “mad dogs”The Saints went 2-0 up after 20 minutes courtesy of Stuart Armstrong and Cedric Soares but the Red Devils levelled proceedings to 2-2 before half-time thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera.But Mourinho felt his side would have done better if they had fought valiantly in the middle, claiming his midfielders did not understand that “simplicity is genius” when trying to link the defence to the attack in a lifeless second half.“We lost so many balls in midfield, so many balls in our transition to the last third that it was difficult to have that continuity,” he told BT Sport and equally cited on FourFourTwo.“We did so well in the last 15, 20 minutes of the first half, we chose to connect to the attacking players by transporting the ball, the right choice of pass, accelerating the game, but in the second half, we went back to that dynamic.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The players don’t understand that simplicity is genius. They keep, keep going to complicated football. But [there was] good spirit, good fight, a great example of players fighting until the limit. I would say, as positive examples, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones, many others showing that respect for the shirt.“The second goal was a direct free-kick and the first was because we didn’t press enough the ball, which is something we do wrong. It doesn’t matter the system we play, it has to do with the characteristics of the players.“We don’t have many – I hope people understand what I mean – we don’t have many mad dogs, who bite the ball all the time. Scott and Matic did a very positive job for two midfield players and Phil Jones leads that group of three in a way we are totally in control.“What we needed to improve in this game is simplicity in midfield. By losing so many balls in midfield, we broke that dynamic that normally leads to goals.”last_img read more