On this Sacred Observance of Eid-ul-Adha, IAC would like to extend Eid Mubarak to all Guyanese and especially the Muslim Community.Eid-ul-Adha is a time for believers to learn the value of self-denial by making a sacrifice of the things they love, to Almighty God.Abraham’s great act of submission is thus regarded solely as an example of genuine surrender to the will of his Creator. Today, more than ever, human beings need to incorporate the lesson of this great sacrifice with humility thus underlining the importance of the festival in memory of Prophet Abraham’s great act of faith, many centuries ago.In the spirit of sacrifice, let’s not forget the poor and needy in our community, by sharing the sacrificial offerings with them. Let it be our sincere hope and prayer that we are able to affirm the unity among our peoples and between Islam and other religions.The message of Eid-ul-Adha is an example of co-existence and cooperation of mutual benefit the world can learn from. This festival incorporates the great pilgrimage to Mecca or the performance of the Hajj. Over two million pilgrims from the world over, covering all races, economic and social backgrounds gather, only for one purpose, humbleness.IAC congratulates our brothers and sisters from home, who have undertaken this journey and extend good wishes for their safe return.Today, as our Muslim brothers and sisters observe Eid-ul-Adha, IAC urges that special prayers be offered for continued peace, so that our country can move forward with prosperity.Eid Mubarak.
DONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has called on the Government to do more to defend the seafood industry here in the wake of new Chinese restriction on Live Crab exports.Deputy Doherty made his comments following a decision last month by Chinese authorities to impose strict new limits on levels of heavy metal ‘Cadmium’ found in crab meat entering the Chinese market.Deputy Doherty told Donegal Daily today: “Naturally, access to the Chinese market for our crab exporters was a very positive development when it was first granted back in 2010 following bi-lateral co-operation between the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority and authorities in China.” “The Industry has subsequently expanded in recent years and Live Crab exports are estimated to be worth €3 million in value, which means that companies here have benefitted from having gained access to the Chinese market when selling their products.“However, following recent concerns which I’ve received from Irish crab exporters locally in relation to these new limits which have been imposed on consignments of Live Crab to China, specifically Brown meat Crab, I decided to raise the issue with Minister Coveney in which I highlighted the negative impact which these new restrictions would have on the industry here, and I asked him what assistance was now being provided to exporters to ensure that they would not be impacted by this development.”Response“The Minister responded by acknowledging the fact that exports have increased in recent years with the help of exports to China however, he said that the new limits were introduced in October following concerns raised by Chinese authorities about the levels of Cadmium in Live Crab shipments from Ireland.” “The Minister stated that the SFPA has notified exporters of these new limits and that the authority has informed them that the new rules pose difficulties for exporters to now obtain health certificates for Live Crabs intended for export to the country.”“The Minister also claimed that attempts have been made to raise the issue of these new restrictions with authorities in China in the hope that the limits would be reconsidered however, the Minister conceded that so far these attempts have been unsuccessful.”“Of course, while I welcome representations which have been made by the SFPA, and the Marine Institute with their Chinese counterparts, the government must take decisive action to resolve this issue.“It is essential that every effort is made to stand up for our industry here and to defend ours exporters who in recent years have successfully built a good reputation abroad for their products and who have become dependent on these overseas markets – including China – as part of their business operations.”“I will of course raise this matter with the Minister again and I will ask that he outlines what action he will take to ensure that our industry is properly represented in any future negotiations with Chinese authorities.” FEARS FOR DONEGAL EXPORTS AFTER CHINESE LIVE CRAB RESTRICTIONS was last modified: November 27th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ChinesecrabPearse Doherty
Manchester City are close to landing their third signing of the week, with reports suggesting the Premier League club are on the brink of landing Colombia international Marlos Moreno.The 19-year-old forward would cost around £4.75million if a deal to bring him from Atletico Nacional is completed.Moreno’s arrival would follow those of Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus, whose deals have already concluded this week.However, reports have suggested he could immediately be loaned out for experience.Spanish club Deportivo la Coruna are a reported potential destination for the player, who came through the youth system at Atletico and has earned seven caps for the senior Colombia side.His signing would continue a busy summer at City following the appointment of Pep Guardiola as manager.Ilkay Gundogan, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Nolito have also joined City with around £100million having been spent reinvigorating the first-team squad.And there could yet be further additions, with Everton defender John Stones still being linked with a switch to the Etihad Stadium. 19-year-old forward Marlos Moreno in action for Colombia 1
Glenswilly survived a super second-half comeback by Ardara to reach the senior club championship final at MacCumhaill Park tonight.Murphy was in fine form for GlenswillyThe men from the Glen put in a determined first half display and deservedly led by 1-8 to 0-6 at the break.Inspired by Ciaran Bonner, Gary McFadden and Michael Murphy, Gary McDaid’s side looked like they were going to canter into the final. But Ardara had other ideas as the pulled the game back to a draw with a few minutes left.Glenswilly managed to get their noses in front again to lead 1-14 to 0-16 only for Ardara to hit the upright with the last kick of the game.Ardara will rue their slow start but overall Glenswilly were deserved winners under the lights on the night. GLENSWILLY SURVIVE SECOND HALF COMEBACK BY ARDARA TO MAKE COUNTY FINAL was last modified: October 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdaraglenswillyMACCUMHAILL PARK
SAN JOSE — Joe Thornton made sure that his 400th goal will be remembered.Thornton scored the milestone goal just 13 seconds after Joe Pavelski tied the game late in the third period at SAP Center, charging the Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators Tuesday night.In doing so, Thornton became just the seventh player in NHL history to record 400 goals and 1,000 assists while playing in 1,500 games. Pavelski scored the tying goal, his second of the night, with 6:55 left in the third.The …
With a pair of first round draft picks launching home runs from the heart of the order, the Single-A San Jose Giants have received all the attention and buzz in the Giants’ minor league system this year.Make no mistake, the hype for Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos is deserved.The spotlight, however, is now being shared.It is not often that a Giants’ rookie ball team is the focus of its major league club’s fans, but that could soon change thanks to the emergence of three young international …
26 October 2016The renewable energy industry is a two-fold opportunity: it offers cost- effective, environmentally friendly energy to consumers in Africa and it provides a new avenue of business for entrepreneurs. Five companies are at the forefront of making alternative energy viable on the continent.Solynta EnergySolynta Engineering Team in action! #solar#nigeria#lagos# pic.twitter.com/vcoDDeKIpo— Solynta Energy (@SolyntaEnergy) October 6, 2015Founded by Lagos entrepreneur Uvie Ugono in Nigeria in 2013, Solynta provides solar panel installations to Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. Operating with little corporate support, the company focuses on installing systems onto schools, healthcare facilities and small businesses. The company also operates a number of solar “filling stations” around Nigeria that offers consumer education, repairs and pre-loaded solar panels.Off Grid ElectricOur customers rely on their mobile devices to make payments https://t.co/3SxVFpiE6c pic.twitter.com/K8YcDs2j7t— Off Grid Electric (@OffGridE) August 18, 2016This Tanzanian small-scale power supplier uses the M-Pesa mobile money service to provide solar power systems, including LED lighting systems, to rural areas. The self-sustaining solar system complete with panels and lithium battery can be installed for as little as US$6 (about R82). It has installed over 10 000 systems in rural Tanzania and Rwanda. The company raised over $25-million (about R344-million) in 2015 that goes towards providing systems, maintenance support and technical training.Ugesi GoldUgesi Gold and EnergyNet’s off-grid energy solution starts generating power at SA school https://t.co/T4tJXNVYIA pic.twitter.com/QHrR3u8jKf— Damilola Ade (@aadedamilola) February 17, 2016A South African energy start-up, Ugesi Gold provides solar battery charging stations, called SolarTurtles, in rural areas where users can charge solar battery packs which are then carried home. In February 2014 the project was proclaimed as a Climate Solver by the World Wildlife Fund that highlights the best technologies in reducing carbon emissions and support energy access while creating awareness of the value of innovation as a tool to tackle climate change.JuabarAnother great concept for #solar mobile phone charging kiosks in rural areas – this one Juabar from Tanzania #tech4D pic.twitter.com/mpOc6zurpO— Anna Lowe (@annawillcreate) January 29, 2016Juabars, Swahili for ‘sun bar’, are becoming a common sight in Tanzania in small towns and urban areas alike. Started in 2013, Juabar travelling solar-powered phone charging kiosks use 50W solar-PV systems to charge up to 20 mobile phones or small electronic appliances at once. The company charges $600 (about R8 200) for start-up equipment and aftersales technical support to entrepreneurs who want to offer charging services to the approximately 30-million mobile users in the country. The stations are also used as mini-hubs for the community “to interact with, learn about, and create their own solar energy solutions.”SolarKiosk@solarkiosk empowers the sustainable economic development of BoP communities through clean energy services and products. #CleanSolcution pic.twitter.com/6D9AGbt4MF— GoodFestival 2016 (@GoodPowWow) October 22, 2016Operating in Kenya and Ethiopia, SolarKiosk converts traditional kiosk-stores with solar panels, enabling it to run on its own power and provide additional services to consumers, including battery charging, refrigeration and internet access. The converted kiosks provide a vital connection for rural communities to the rest of the world. The concept has been featured at the global ideas hub Tedx and won several international innovation awards.Source: AFKInsiderSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info material
A bipartisan initiative in the U.S. House of Representatives to modernize the drug development and approval system held the first in a series of exploratory hearings today. The so-called 21st Century Cures initiative, launched by two senior lawmakers on 30 April, will spend several months soliciting feedback from scientists, regulators, patients, and industry experts. The lawmakers may then propose legislation aimed at more quickly moving potential treatments from the lab to the clinic.The initiative is the result of collaboration between Representative Fred Upton (R–MI), the chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Representative Diana DeGette (D–CO), one of the panel’s senior Democrats. In an online announcement of the effort, the pair expressed concern that getting drugs to market is increasingly costly and time-consuming. Upton lamented “a major gap between the science of cures and the way we regulate these therapies,” and DeGette, an outspoken supporter of human embryonic stem cell research, vowed to “take a comprehensive look” at how Congress might intervene. Upton, a conservative who often parts company with DeGette on policy issues, wrote in a recent U.S. News and World Report op-ed that “U.S. regulatory policies remain stuck in the Sgt. Pepper era.” Upton is in a powerful position to act on these concerns. 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Guests included National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and Janet Woodcock, the director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. They discussed what are likely to be recurring buzzwords in the ongoing conversation: promoting “clinical trial networks” that could oversee multiple drug trials; identifying “surrogate endpoints” for clinical trials—short-term markers that a patient is benefiting from a drug that might speed its approval; and encouraging FDA to make broader use of its “accelerated approval” pathway, historically limited mostly to approving cancer and HIV treatments.At today’s health subcommittee hearing, the experts invited to testify echoed many of those suggestions. The panel included five contributors to a President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report on drug innovation, which in 2012 offered a list of recommendations for improving the drug approval process. Sara Radcliffe, executive vice president for health at the Biotechnology Industry Organization, said she’d like FDA to further clarify how a drug trial might introduce a new endpoint to measure its efficacy, and how medicines targeted at small populations might better take advantage of the expedited approval process that already exists. Frank Sasinowski, speaking on behalf of the National Organization for Rare Disorders, repeated that suggestion. Questions from committee members also focused largely on FDA, and many were critical of what they perceived as a risk-averse culture at the agency.The emphasis on FDA reflects an area where the committee has focused its legislative energies in the past, Jeff Allen, one of the witnesses at the hearing and executive director of Friends of Cancer Research in Washington, D.C., told ScienceInsider. He noted that the panel played a big role in shepherding into law a 2012 measure—the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA)—which created a new “breakthrough therapy” designation to speed the approval process for certain treatments for seriously ill patients. The new effort is a way to look beyond FDASIA, he believes. “That law was squarely focused on the FDA, and perhaps the 21st Century Cures [initiative] will allow an examination of the totality of the system, rather than just the point of market entry.”Press releases and white papers from the initiative hint that it might take a more holistic view. The most recent, for instance, asks patients to send the panel comments on the current state of research, funding, and available treatment for their diseases.Not surprisingly, many researchers and patient groups watching the new initiative say funding for basic research that identifies new drug targets is a key issue. But spending levels aren’t something that Upton’s committee controls; that’s largely up to the appropriations panels. Still, Radcliffe told ScienceInsider that although today’s hearing produced nothing she hasn’t heard before, there were “some really interesting proposals.” It will likely be many months, however, before advocates learn how Upton and DeGette plan to respond to what they learn.
Mumbai, Apr 7 (PTI) IndusInd Bank today announced its support to the Indian para athletes, who qualify for this years Rio Paralympics, through its Para Champions Programme — IndusInd Umang — designed for differently-abled sportspersons. Fifteen emerging and elite para athletes have been selected to receive support under the programme in the first year with two among them — Amit Saroha and Devendra Jhajharia — having already qualified for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil this September, a media release said today. Para swimmer Suyash Jadhav, also among 15 athletes, has already breached the A qualification mark for the Paralympics this year. The programme is in association with GoSports Foundation, an independent, professionally-managed and donor-funded organisation focused on promoting sports in the country with an advisory board comprising sporting icons Abhinav Bindra, Rahul Dravid and Pullela Gopichand. “The programme seeks to impact the lives of the selected 15 athletes positively, and boost them to the next level in their sporting journeys,” the release said. This is the first time a cohesive and comprehensive programme and commitment have been put in place for para athletes by any corporate in the country, it added. PTI SSR KRK CM AH
The Indian U-17 football team played out a 1-1 draw against French club FC Saint Leu here on Wednesday.The match against the second division side of the Paris League was part of the exposure trip of Europe for the Indian boys who will take part in the U-17 World Cup in India later this year.In a drab first half that ended with both the teams going back to the dressing room level, the Indians dominated possession but lacked the necessary firepower upfront to take the lead.In the 28th minute, Shubham’s shot was saved by the opposition goalkeeper after he latched onto a through pass by Shahajahan.Boris proved to be a threat on the flanks but his crosses in the box failed to find the Indian forwards upfront.However, in the 58th minute, the French boys took the lead after Remi found the net following up on Dheeraj’s faulty clearance.In the 72nd minute, Komal put India back on level terms after he latched onto a long goal-kick and scored to make it 1-1.72′ GOAL! Komal puts the ball in and equalizes proceedings. #BackTheBlue #ColtsInEurope- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) May 16, 2017