‘Genes for Georgia’

first_imgBy Natasha SplaineUniversity of GeorgiaATHENS, Ga. — A new University of Georgia research project will focus on the practical benefits of biotechnology, uniting genetic research with economic growth.Aptly named “Genes for Georgia,” this effort will allow UGA scientists to map out genes of plants and animals important to Georgia agriculture.The project, funded by a two-year, $600,000 grant through the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation program, will make this information accessible to regional agricultural and biotechnology industries.”This award will enable our scientists to explore genomes of high economic value,” said UGA provost Karen Holbrook, the lead investigator. Participation of a senior administrator is an unusual requirement for the NSF program.”Genes for Georgia” was conceived by UGA scientists Andrew Paterson, a professor of crop and soil sciences, botany and genetics, and Robert Ivarie, a professor of genetics.The two will work to decipher the genetic codes of chicken and cotton. They will collect this information into what they call “gene encyclopedias.”A pilot projectThe study will serve as a pilot project. But eventually, the researchers want to create gene encyclopedias for each of Georgia’s top 10 farm commodities. Together, these 10 have an estimated economic impact of nearly $15 billion a year.”The encyclopedias themselves will represent the ‘spellings’ of a large number of genes in plants and animals that are commercially important to the state of Georgia,” Paterson said. He will be working on the cotton genome.Using tissues from economically important commodities, such as cotton, peanuts or chickens, the scientists can extract and sequence DNA, discovering the “spelling” of each gene.”Each one of these sequences becomes essentially a page in the gene encyclopedia,” Ivarie said. “And these sequences identify the gene.” Ivarie will sequence the chicken genome.Gene encyclopediaThe “pages” will be compiled into an entire gene encyclopedia for that organism. They then will be made accessible on the Web with the help of computing and networking specialists.Bio-based companies could use this information to improve the quality and yield of their products.Transforming genetic research into economic growth requires private investment. But small, bio-based companies often can’t afford this costly research. They’re unable to compete with larger, national companies.”The idea here,” Ivarie said, “is to create the encyclopedias and make them available to small companies, Georgia farmers and geneticists who are working on trade improvements.”Interpreting genetic data”Genes for Georgia” scientists will also help Georgia’s bio-based industries interpret the genetic data. The program has the potential to usher in a new era of innovation for these industries, Paterson said.To stimulate interest among these industries, the program will include workshops to educate target businesses and stakeholders. The first of these workshops is scheduled for next summer.”We hope it will be a demonstration project,” Paterson said. “We want to engage a community of stakeholders in Georgia’s bio-based industries and educate them on what can be learned from a gene encyclopedia.”More information about ‘Genes for Georgia’ is on the Web at www.plantgenome.uga.edu/g4g/.last_img read more

Guatemalan Army and SOUTHCOM Conclude Beyond the Horizon

first_imgBy Manuel Ordoñez/Diálogo July 12, 2016 At least 20,000 people in the Guatemalan department of San Marcos benefited from “Beyond the Horizon,” (BTH) a humanitarian mission carried out jointly between the Mountain Operations Brigade of the Guatemalan Army and U.S. Army South with the Civil-Military Relations division of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). According to Lieutenant Colonel Karen Pérez, spokesperson for the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense, the mission began on February 24th and concluded on July 10th. Lt. Col. Pérez specified that, in total, military personnel constructed three medical clinics: one in Pojopón Village, in the municipality of Esquipulas Palo Gordo; another in the municipality of La Blanca; and the third in the Tocache Village, a jurisdiction of San Pablo. The humanitarian visit also resulted in the construction of two schools: one in the small village of Nueva Florida, in the municipality of Catarina, and another in San Rafael Pie de la Cuesta. “The materials and machinery used for the constructions in these communities were donated by the U.S. Armed Forces,” Lt. Col. Pérez said. “The BTH exercise was implemented to help people in Central American countries through construction projects and to provide medical services in these communities. This year, we are working in the San Marcos region in the west of Guatemala,” said U.S. Army Captain Roger Pearce, Coordination Officer at the Office of Security Cooperation in the U.S, Embassy in Guatemala. Capt. Pearce announced that in 2017, BTH will conduct its operations in Belize. “The facilities constructed by SOUTHCOM personnel have considerably improved the healthcare and education services in these remote communities,” said Ismary Cruz, spokeswoman for the municipality of La Blanca. For example, the health care center in La Blanca, a municipality created by the Guatemalan Congress approximately two years ago, was located on land that did not belong to the local municipality. The Healthcare Center built by U.S. servicemen near the fairgrounds will serve more townspeople in facilities that have more space and more clinics, where it is expected that even childbirth services will be offered. “The entire community is very thankful for the work of SOUTHCOM. The new clinic will begin to serve the townspeople next August,” Cruz said. “The population was very friendly to us during the humanitarian exercise. SOUTHCOM personnel are proud of the projects we completed and we are proud of having helped. The population understands that we built facilities that can help improve their lives. These communities did not have enough clinics or schools to serve the people in the communities. All of these buildings are going to improve the infrastructure in the communities, and the services will also facilitate access to these basic services,” concluded Capt. Pearce. Because the design of the facilities was based on pre-fabricated frames, both the schools and the clinics were erected in a matter of weeks in towns where there previously had never been schools or community healthcare centers. Official data from the Ministry of Defense estimates that 20,660 people benefitted during the three medical-dental days held in the municipalities of San Pablo, Equipulas Palo Gordo, and La Blanca. The exercise Beyond the Horizon is a U.S. Army South exercise deploying military engineers and medical professionals to Guatemala for training, while providing services to rural communities. The joint exercise is part of SOUTHCOM’s Humanitarian Civic Assistance program, an annual initiative that provides medical, dental, and engineering services in countries of Central and South America and the Caribbean which are in need of socioeconomic development. According to Lt. Col. Pérez, BTH is the result of an agreement between the governments of Guatemala and the United States, which has allowed for similar activities in previous years in the municipalities of Jalapa and Jutiapa . In January of this year, the Armed Forces of Guatemala and the United States agreed to work to reinforce the work of the local Ministries of Education and Public Health through an estimated investment of $10 million on the part of SOUTHCOM, while the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense contributed $130,500. A total of 337 members of the Mountain Operations Brigade of the Guatemalan Army and 400 SOUTHCOM servicemen participated in the humanitarian mission in shifts during the five months that they worked in the department of San Marcos. In addition, according to Cruz, personnel from the Armies of Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, and Canada participated as observers.last_img read more

Getting more strategic about loan growth

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Celeste Cook Celeste Cook is founder and President/CEO of cuStrategies, LLC, which provides strategic planning services, consulting services, and training programs to the credit union industry. She is also a keynote … Web: www.cu-strategies.com Details As a credit union leader, do you ask yourself what you can do differently or better to ensure loan growth that equates to future profitability and member retention? It’s a question many, if not all, credit union leaders ask themselves on a daily basis because they obviously want their CUs to be successful and become the primary financial resource for their members. So what does a credit union have to do to achieve such a secure future?Successful credit unions find a way to create a culture that engages all staff to elevate the financial institution to achieve greater success – in this case striving for greater loan growth. Sure, many credit unions are doing pretty well now in the post-recession era. But what can they do to take it up a notch or two to weather another storm?This may seem painfully obvious but offering the right products and services at the right time is key. Ok, that’s easy to say, but what are the right products and services people who live and/or work in your communities need and desire today?When talking to them, you’ll probably start to see patterns emerge after conducting surveys, seminars, and other feedback mechanisms.  For example, 18- to 24-year olds tend to do business with and are loyal to the first financial institution that gives them their first credit card and/or first auto loan.  Mobile banking and e-services tend to be secondary considerations.To appeal to this market and other markets, below are a few ideas that could spark increased loan growth, profitability, and loyalty/retention:100% financing on automobile loans bundled with a credit card for first-time borrowers and/or recently discharged bankruptcies pricing for risk with E paper rate.  Don’t lose loan opportunities by requiring a co-signer and/or 20 percent down. This provides a great opportunity to capture the 18- to 24-year-old market and build loyalty with individuals with character who have faced challenging times in their lives such as job loss, income loss, divorce, and/or medical circumstances.Secured credit card that can immediately boost a member’s credit score especially for individuals who have no credit score due to lack of credit history as well as individuals who have recently been discharged from bankruptcy (because their credit cards have been closed.Free credit score analysis (CSA) that gives you the opportunity to review individuals’ credit reports to look for ways to lower their payments on loans with other financial institutions; eliminate high-interest rate credit card balances; and raise the credit score.Credit score management seminars to educating people on how they can manage, protect, and raise their credit score (onsite one-hour “lunch and learns” for businesses)Consumer credit counseling solutions that allow people to reduce interest rates as high as 29.99% to rates as low as 2% in some cases saving people up to hundreds of thousands of dollars during their lifetimeTaking the previous ideas into consideration, here are some risk-based lending strategies:Price slightly below the competitionPrice for profitability according to the risk levelEstablish an “as low as” marketing rate (24- or 36-month term) to attract all members and potential members to your credit unionCreate a “Match” or “Beat” program to retain A+ or A-rated membersDevelop an auto loan pre-approval program that entails getting $100 when auto loan closes if you get pre-approved for an auto loan before shoppingGenerate a $100 refinance program that allows a person to refinance a loan from another financial institution and receive $100 when the loan closes with a focus on “lowering their monthly payment.”These ideas are certainly worthy and proven to work. Hopefully, they will generate more quality profitable loans and increased retention. But these ideas aren’t worth a hill of beans if you don’t understand the dynamics of the economy and the impact it is having on credit unions as a whole. This understanding allows you to establish and maintain a holistic leadership approach to greater financial strength and growth. For example, here’s a snapshot of Maryland credit unions (source: CUNA as of May 2014):Number of credit unions                      100 (headquartered in the state)Estimated memberships                      1.5 millionMemberships in credit unions            1.7 million (headquartered in the state)Media asset size                                     $28 millionMembership/population                      30.6% (based on 2010 US Census Bureau population of 5.7 million)Based on this analysis, the opportunities for credit unions’ growth in Maryland is 69.4% — which leads us to some key lending strategies to capitalize on these opportunities.With a nearly 70% growth opportunity rate, for instance, credit unions in Maryland have ample possibilities to increase their consumer loan activity. This increase leads to capturing more quality and profitable loans: new members equal new money, which leads to deeper relationships and future business.You can also capture new loans with existing members who have outstanding balances at other financial institutions – enticing them by asking them if they would like to lower their monthly payments on all loans that are not with the credit union. Auto loans and high-interest rate credit card debt are low-hanging fruit to target.Other strategies include increasing loan yields, minimizing delinquencies and losses with risk-based lending management checklists/manuals, and maintaining a strong capital ratio. For example, a 1% increase in average loan yield adds $100,000 to the bottom line on every $10 million in a loan portfolio.Appalachian Community Credit Union, for instance, executed many of these strategies and increased its consumer loan yield from 6.21% in Q1 2013 to 8.26% in Q4 2013.As you can see, the proof is in the pudding here with these strategies – and the opportunities are certainly out there on which to capitalize. So the next time you are asking what you can do differently or better to ensure loan growth, profitability, and retention, remember these ideas for future growth and value that ultimately positions your credit union as a primary financial institution. Talk about long-term business activity for member attraction and retention; this is your ticket.last_img read more

‘The wave of the future’: COVID-19 forces car dealers to get ahead of the online sales curve

first_img“We’re taking the opportunity to learn as much as we can from this and a lot of what we’re learning we’re going to take forward,” he said. Michael Corey, President of Jack-Sherman Toyota, says sales are down 70 percent. Mark Gaeta, CEO of Matthews Auto Group, says April sales are down 65 percent. “Normally people are out on the lot and we go and say ‘hi’ and they test drive it, but that’s really the hard part now, they can’t drive it,” he said. “We have our sales staff available by phone and the website is obviously open 24/7 that’s our virtual showroom,” Gaeta says. “We also have the ability to do the credit applications right online” “We did a lot of online sales before but I think this is just going to increase the amount that we do,” Corey says. “That’s the wave of the future.” The idea is to make the process as contact free as possible. President Rick Jindra says his main concern is everyone stay safe and only shop if necessary. But he acknowledges there is something missing from the traditional process of buying a car when doing it online.center_img “The worst thing you can do is not learn anything from what we’re going through and come out the other side thinking you’re going to do business the same way,” he says. While both dealers say sales may be down and having to layoff employees has been particularly difficult, there is a small silver lining. (WBNG) — For car dealerships, the budding leaves on the trees traditionally bring a substantial bump in business, but the spring of 2020 is no normal spring season. Dependable Auto Sales of Binghamton says they too offer online sales if customers are in need of a vehicle. Mark Gaeta says that with tradition set aside and losses taken into account, car dealerships do have something to gain from this period. The rapid switch to online sales is forcing many dealerships to get online, a process Gaeta says was inevitable. Now his dealership is using it as a chance to get ahead of the curve. last_img read more

Could blood from H5N1 flu survivors help others?

first_imgSep 8, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A recent report about the use of blood products to treat patients in the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 has sparked interest among those concerned about the threat of the next pandemic, but experts say it’s far from clear whether the approach would be practicable in a pandemic today.In a report published last week, US military researchers said blood products obtained from recovering influenza patients apparently helped save the lives of some patients in the 1918 pandemic, and the same approach should be considered today in the face of another pandemic threat.Combing the medical literature from the Spanish flu era, the researchers found six controlled studies in which the use of blood plasma, serum, or whole blood from recovering flu patients reduced mortality in seriously ill patients. The authors hypothesize that antibodies in the blood products blunted the effects of the flu virus.”Patients with Spanish influenza pneumonia who received transfusion with influenza-convalescent human blood products may have experienced a clinically important reduction in the risk for death,” say Thomas C. Luke, of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and colleagues. Their report was published online by Annals of Internal Medicine.Luke and colleagues write that borrowed antibodies in blood products have been used to prevent and treat a number of infectious diseases, including rabies, measles, hepatitis B, cytomegalovirus, and respiratory syncytial virus.Six studies showed benefitThe authors searched eight major medical journals for controlled trials of the use of blood products from recovering flu patients to treat a minimum of 10 severely ill patients. They found eight studies that met their criteria, ranging in size from 43 to 551 patients, with a total of 1,703. None of the trials was blinded or randomized, and the methods were rated as poor by today’s standards. Most of the patients were men between the ages of 17 and 45.Six of the eight studies showed that the treatment improved survival. The overall case-fatality rate for treated patients was 16% (54 of 336), versus 37% among the controls (452 of 1,219). In addition, all eight reports said that patients showed clinical improvement after treatment. Moderate to serious transfusion-related adverse events occurred in 4% (9 of 235) of patients in studies that included such data.The timing of treatment made a difference. On the basis of data from four studies, patients treated within 4 days of the onset of pneumonia had an overall case-fatality rate of 19% (28 of 148), whereas those treated later had a fatality rate of 59% (49 of 83).Acknowledged limitations of the analysis include the small size of the studies, the lack of blinding, and the lack of placebo treatment. The authors also say they can’t exclude the possibility that other studies yielded negative findings but went unpublished. Therefore they couldn’t reach a firm conclusion about the effectiveness of the treatment.Nonetheless, they recommend that a committee of experts be set up to consider using plasma treatment for H5N1 patients and to recommend a research strategy.In an editorial accompanying the report, John J. Treanor, MD, an infectious disease expert at the University of Rochester, says the strategy deserves consideration, but he also raises some caveats.Passive immunotherapy for flu viruses, including H5N1, has worked in lab mice, Treanor writes. Such treatment prevents many viral diseases in humans, but little recent evidence supports using this approach to treat sick patients, he says. Also, obtaining and using blood products for treatment in the midst of an outbreak would involve “formidable logistical hurdles.”Proving the concept of “serotherapy” for H5N1 would require running controlled trials in regions where human H5N1 cases are occurring, Treanor asserts. He believes the effort would be worthwhile: “We can, should, and must explore these issues about serotherapy now, in advance of the pandemic.”Serotherapy called impracticalOther experts who were asked about using this approach in the next pandemic expressed views ranging from guarded interest to dismissive skepticism.Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, didn’t question the scientific plausibility of the idea, but argued that it wouldn’t be practical in a pandemic. Osterholm is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site.”We won’t have the capacity to do much plasmapheresis [harvesting of plasma] of recovered patients because the system—healthcare workers and equipment—will collapse,” Osterholm told CIDRAP News. “And with today’s safety regulation, you couldn’t do it like you did in 1918.”He said supplies and equipment needed for blood transfusions and processing are likely to run out. “The entire healthcare system is a just-in-time delivery system for virtually everything. . . . You couldn’t do it if you wanted to, because you just won’t have the equipment. Blood banks don’t have months and months of inventory on hand. The bags, tubing, needles, and reagents are made offshore.””Transfusion medicine is going to be severely challenged during a pandemic,” Osterholm said. “Just transfusing the blood we need [will be difficult], let alone doing this kind of thing.”Blood-bank official sees logistical problemsLouis Katz, MD, chair of an American Association of Blood Banks task force on pandemic flu and the blood supply, acknowledged that supplies are likely to be a problem but said that using plasma from recovered patients could be helpful in a pandemic.The idea “is something we’re trying to think about, but it hasn’t made it into the first edition of our pandemic flu planning guidelines,” said Katz, who is executive vice president of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in Davenport, Iowa.He said blood banks are likely to run short of both personnel and supplies in a pandemic, but supplies are the bigger worry.”We take delivery twice a month on critical lab reagents and once or twice a month on pheresis kits, so the maximum [inventory on hand] is a month,” Katz said.His center doesn’t have space to store 8 to 12 weeks’ worth of supplies, and even if it did, suppliers might not be able to ramp up deliveries to permit stockpiling, he said. “The just-in-time economy has its advantages in terms of efficiency, but in a crunch there are serious problems,” he added.Further, few recovered flu patients would be available to donate plasma in the early stage of a pandemic, Katz said.  “I think there are substantial barriers to providing a lot of it during the first wave.” He predicted the task would be “substantially easier” in the second wave of a pandemic.Katz thinks blood banks could get recovered patients to donate plasma, but not until weeks into the pandemic. “I think they’d come in, but whether we could process enough [blood products] to treat meaningful number of patients, I don’t know,” he said.If the pandemic resembled those in 1957 and 1968, in which “business operations weren’t horribly disrupted, we probably could ramp up and make immune plasma fairly quickly,” Katz said. “It totally depends on what happens.”Another question is whether the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would approve the use of blood plasma to treat flu patients. “It’s complicated, but it becomes an issue of labeling,” Katz said. “As long as I didn’t label it ‘hyperimmune influenza plasma,’ I think they’d be fairly permissive.” Before allowing such a label, the FDA would require clinical trials and other steps to certify the safety, purity, and potency of the product, he said.Summing up his thoughts on the topic, Katz said, “While theoretically it’s a great idea, the logistics are going to be difficult.”Dr. Jed Gorlin, medical director of Memorial Blood Centers in St. Paul, said the concept of using plasma to treat flu patients has been under discussion in blood-bank circles for a while.Gorlin said blood banks are worried about shortages of blood donors and of staff to collect blood in a pandemic. But he was more optimistic than Katz on the question of supplies and equipment.The 1918 flu pandemic lasted about 2 months in most places, he said, adding, “For things like bags and so on we easily have a month and often 2 months, so that part we’re not particularly concerned about.” On the other hand, other supplies, such as N95 breathing masks, may well run out, he said.”Blood centers are ahead of most hospitals in that we already have lists of critical reagents and equipment,” Gorlin said. “We’re already sensitive to our supply chain and in some cases we have alternative suppliers.”Transfusion specialist interestedRobert J. Bowman, MD, a transfusion medicine specialist at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, called the proposal “very interesting,” at least theoretically.”I am unsure of the relative success of immunoglobulin preparations in treating viral illness but given the paucity of treatment options the strategy ought to be tried,” he commented by e-mail.Criteria for acceptance of plasma donors would have to be developed, he said. Plasma could be tested for antibodies and used directly, or many units could be pooled and used to make a standardized intravenous immunoglobulin preparation (IVIG), he suggested.”Not only do I think this is possible, I think the idea should be tried with standardized IVIG preparations,” Bowman wrote. If the treatment worked, its applicability would depend on collection agencies having enough staff and enough money to pay for the IVIG, he added.Bowman predicted that safety and other regulatory issues would be “manageable,” but he acknowledged that supply interruptions could be a problem.He also said he was uncertain how much IVIG would cost or how long it would take to prepare. “We’re not talking about days, we’re talking weeks or months,” he said. “It takes some time to pool it, then you have to fractionate it, and then there’s testing. So it’s a big deal. But all the technology is there.”Luke TC, Kilbane EM, Jackson JL, et al. Meta-analysis: convalescent blood products for Spanish influenza: a future H5N1 treatment? Ann Intern Med 2006 Oct 17;145(8) (early online publication) [Full text]Treanor JJ. Avian influenza: exploring all the avenues. (Editorial) Ann Intern Med 2006 Oct 17; 145(8) (early online publication) [Full text]last_img read more

The European-Chinese Tourism Year recorded excellent results in all European sub-regions

first_imgAlso, the ETC hosted 200 Chinese tour operators on trips to 22 European destinations to experience them first hand, making it easier to make recommendations to Chinese tourists. ETC also participated in the coordination of 75 European destination and tourism companies at four major tourism fairs in China and co-organized, together with the European Tourism Association (ETOA), seven workshops bringing together 770 Chinese customers and over 1000 European suppliers. Building on the work of the European Commission and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of China, the ETC has introduced an 18-month program of activities aimed at stimulating the appetite of Chinese tourists to visit European destinations. A promotional campaign in China’s largest travel agencies and social media by the ETC to promote lesser-known European destinations also made a major contribution to this goal. At all times, the ETC has sought to help Chinese tourists consider traveling to Europe with the help of “how-to” videos, as well as digital guides tailored to Chinese travelers. Tourists were also provided with a Wechat mini-program that contained practical information such as visa applications, making it easier for them to plan a trip. All marketing materials have reached more than 450 million views by potential Chinese tourists. “This initiative has been a great success and we want to continue working with our European and Chinese partners to improve these results. Today, China is the world’s largest market for foreign travel in terms of passenger numbers and consumption. In 2017, Chinese travelers spent 10 billion euros on travel services in the European Union, while “ECTY 2018″ recorded even greater appetites of Chinese travelers for European destinations, which are continuously growing in 2019.”, Said Eduardo Santander, Executive Director of the European Tourism Commission. The three fastest growing destinations are Croatia (+ 45,7%), Estonia (+ 35,8%) and Hungary (+ 25,1%). These efforts paid off – European Union destinations recorded a year-on-year growth of 5,1 percent in Chinese tourist arrivals over the course of the initiative, with all four European subregions recording positive growth. Central and Eastern Europe saw double-digit growth of 10,6 percent, Western 6,1 percent, and southern and northern Europe grew 5,2 percent and 2,7 percent, respectively. Thanks to the success of the initiative, the period from January to April 2019 recorded an increase in Chinese tourist reservations of 16,9 percent compared to the same period in 2018, which is significantly more than the global increase in Chinese reservations of 9,3 percent. Source / photo: ECTY 2018 Although the “European-Chinese Year of Tourism 2018” (ECTY 2018) has officially ended, the initiative continues to show success – an increasing number of Chinese tourists are visiting European destinations in 2019 as well. The European Travel Commission (ETC) has played a key role in the agreement between the Chinese Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission in terms of attracting as many Chinese tourists as possible, regulations on economic cooperation in the tourism sector and additional incentives to facilitate visa legislation and air connections between the EU and China.last_img read more

Demand for riverside homes

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FPP Testing Wave PTO System of Its Wind-Wave Machine

first_imgFloating Power Plant (FPP) has commenced the testing of the power take-off (PTO) system of its wave energy converter at Aalborg University, FPP told our sister site MarineEnergy.biz.The wave energy converter is part of FPP’s hybrid wind-wave energy platform, which is planned to be deployed off Scotland and Wales as part of projects being developed by DP Energy and FPP.The Danish clean energy technology developer has repurposed the PTO system from its P37 prototype platform and housed it in a container alongside a hydraulic power unit which replicates the movement of the wave absorber. The Welsh and Scottish projects will feature FPP’s full-scale platform – the P80.The tests are being conducted together with the partners Fritz Schur Energy and Aalborg University, with FPP also validating the wave absorber design, and simulation tools through a series of wave basin tests.The results will be key in informing the design of the full-scale PTO system, which will then need to be tested prior to integration in the company’s first full-scale platform.last_img read more

Marinor Blasters qualifies for the Quarter Finals in the 2011 Kubuli Intermediate Cricket League

first_imgNewsSports Marinor Blasters qualifies for the Quarter Finals in the 2011 Kubuli Intermediate Cricket League by: – May 16, 2011 Photo credit: theoriginsofcricket.comMarinor Blasters blasted out Morne C Fond when they won by 76 runs in the 2011 Kubuli Intermediate Cricket League at Dublanc last Saturday.Morne C Fond won the toss and decided to field. Marinor Blaster had an opening stand of 150 partnership between the two opening batsmen with Elton Mark scoring just over a half century at 68 and Anderson Burton just missing the century by 8 runs with 92 not out.The Game which was played in 30 overs for each side allowed Marinor to score 190 runs all out with Kimon Cuffy for Morne C Fond taking 7 wickets for 24 runs in 5 overs.Morne C Fond replied with 114 all out in 22.4 overs with Kimon Cuffy being their only top scorer with 52 runs.The game at Dublanc between Marinor Blasters and the Morne C Fond qualifies Marinor Blasters to the quarter finals of the 2011 Kubuli Intermediate Cricket League.News reporter: Ms. Grace HendersonDominca Vibes News Tweet 25 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Odion Ighalo opens up on Manchester United future

first_img Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Product That Have Wild Origin Stories6 Movies Where A Car Plays A Key RoleWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Best Cars Of All Time Ighalo, 30, has scored four goals in eight games since arriving on loan from Shanghai Shenhua in January and United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is open to keeping the striker beyond the end of the season. Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo says he has not received an offer from Manchester United to sign for the club on a permanent basis.Advertisement United did not add an option to buy in the terms of Ighalo’s loan contract, which expires on May 31, but he is expected to stay until the end of the season after Fifa announced an extension to players’ contracts amid the coronavirus pandemic.Ighalo’s contract with Shanghai Shenhua expires next year and the Chinese Super League side have offered the Nigeria international £400,000-a-week to extend his deal. Ighalo expects to receive a permanent offer to stay at United whenever the season ends.“There is no offer on the table yet,” Ighalo told ElegbeteTV. “Because the season is still on and I’m yet to finish my loan deal. I don’t just take decisions alone in my life. I have a principle and I have a guideline for everything I do. I always pray to God to direct me.“I have seen so many tweets about this. I have seen so many people going crazy, [saying] ‘go back to China’, some say stay with Man United. Have you seen me say a word? I don’t have anything to say. When the season’s finished and I get two offers from the two teams, then I will sit and think about it, pray about it and whatever God says I should do, I will go with that.“I don’t just sit down and take decisions, and I don’t get carried away with whatever people say. I came to Manchester United to play for a pay cut because I wanted to. So anything could happen, but I want the season to finish and my loan to finish. Then I will see everything I have.Read Also: Ighalo deserves Man Utd permanent contract – Dosu“You don’t just rush and do things. ‘I’m going here, I’m going here’. I have to sit down and finish the season well, sit down with my agent, see what’s on the ground: A, B, C, D, is on the ground. Okay we have to pick.”Solskjaer said last month: “Odion has done really well since he came in and he’s enjoying himself, he will improve and get better. But he has qualities we saw in him and we needed and we will still need those qualities for next season. So let’s see what we will do.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more