Puerto Rico’s Leaders, including Governor Pedro Pierluisi, Should Stop Undermining Federal Law Against Animal Cruelty

Cockfighting Ring

Puerto Rico must recognize the authority of the Congress and the courts when it comes to animal cruelty, specifically the barbaric practice of cockfighting.

Whether Puerto Rico is a state or a territory, the outcome when it comes to cockfighting is the same: it is illegal and it must stop.”

— Wayne Pacelle

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, April 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Puerto Rico must recognize the authority of the Congress and the federal courts when it comes to animal cruelty, specifically the barbaric practice of cockfighting, argued Animal Wellness Action in the wake of a vitally important hearing before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee relating to the idea of Puerto Rico becoming a state – a policy idea predicated on the notion that 3.3 million citizens there should have full voting and economic rights. The Committee heard testimony related to H.R. 1522, the Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act, and H.R. 2070, the Puerto Rick Self-Determination Act of 2021.

No matter how the statehood debate is resolved, it is important not to obscure the jurisdiction’s existing legal relationship to the United States: it is a territory, deriving a range of benefits from its territorial status and obligating it to a range of responsibilities and rules codified by the federal government.

In January, soon after taking office, Governor Pedro Pierluisi expressed support for the continuation of cockfighting on the island, even though the matter had just been adjudicated by the federal courts in favor of the national ban on animal fighting. Pierluisi stated that he is “committed to supporting an industry that generates jobs and income for our economy, that represents our culture and our history.” He declared that he and Jennifer Gonzalez Colon, Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner in Congress, “will continue to fight for them.” He and his predecessor, Wanda Vázquez Garced, have said, without legal authority, that cockfighting may continue so long as animals are not imported for the purpose.

“It is not the Commonwealth’s prerogative to opt-out of this U.S. law,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action. “Whether Puerto Rico is a state or a territory, the outcome when it comes to cockfighting is the same: it is illegal and it must stop. Elected officials have a moral and legal duty to promote adherence to the law.”

The federal law against dogfighting and cockfighting never singled out Puerto Rico, Guam, or any other U.S. territory. The federal law, step by step, applied prohibitions to cockfighting in the territories, and finally, in 2018, Congress finished the job in banning the practice on every acre of U.S. soil.

“No jurisdiction within the U.S. should be an enclave or refuge for this kind of intentional cruelty,” said Ana Maria Hernandez Marti, an animal law attorney based in San Juan. “Staged fights pit animals against each other for-profit, gambling, and entertainment. The animals are often drugged to heighten their aggression and are forced to keep fighting even after suffering broken bones, deep gashes, punctured lungs, and pierced eyes.”

Animal Wellness Action notes that the presence of an above-ground cockfighting industry anywhere undermines prohibitions elsewhere. Territorial disregard for the federal anti-cockfighting law gives animal fighters an unwarranted patina of legitimacy, a market for fighting animals and paraphernalia, and venues for the conduct.

The federal courts have rejected legal pleadings filed by the cockfighting community in Puerto Rico. “N]either the Commonwealth’s political statues nor the Territorial Clause, impede the United States Government from enacting laws that apply to all citizens of this Nation alike, whether as a state or territory,” wrote Judge Gustavo Gelpí in siding with the United States in an October 2019 ruling brought by Club Gallistico and other fight venue operators challenged the newest provisions of the anti-fighting law. And earlier this year, Federal Appeals Court Judge Sandra L. Lynch, on behalf of a panel for the court, wrote that the U.S. law against cockfighting “is a valid exercise of Congress’s Commerce Clause power and does not violate plaintiffs’ individual rights.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Center for a Humane Economy (“the Center”) is a non-profit organization that focuses on influencing the conduct of corporations to forge a humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal protection movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors, and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and the degradation of the environment and embrace innovation as a means of eliminating both.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

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CANNSUN GROUP AWARDED GMP CERTIFICATION FOR THEIR SOUTH AFRICAN CANNABIS CULTIVATION FACILITY

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA , April 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cannsun Group PLC ("Cannsun"), a bio-pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing new medicines to optimize human potential with operations in South Africa, Greece, Thailand and Lesotho; announces that on April 8th, 2021 Cannsun's 23-hectare EUGACP certified cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Cape Town, South Africa was awarded with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification.

The certificate was awarded by SAHPRA (South African Health Products Regulatory Authority) an entity of the National Department of Health. SAHPRA is tasked assuring health products manufactured and distributed meet safety, efficacy and quality standards for consumption. This includes clinical trials, complementary medicines, medical devices, and in vitro diagnostics (IVD’s). SAHPRA’s mandate is outlined in the Medicines and Related Substances Act.

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Cannsun’s Facility in Atlantis, Cape Town, is one of the largest licensed medical cannabis facility in South Africa. Cannsun is currently harvesting over 2,500 high THC (>24%) flower from its outdoor net-shaded operations. Additionally, Cannsun will harvest about 400 outdoor CBG/CBD plants and 2,000 high THC flower being grown in their greenhouses. The outdoor high-quality flower will be available for medical distribution within 30 days both for domestic use and export. We expect yield in excess of 700,000 grams of flower available for sale in 2021.

“We are very pleased with the GMP certification, our team has worked very hard to grow the highest quality medical products for patients in South Africa and Abroad. Receiving our GMP solidifies our goals to be the leading medical cannabis producer in Africa.” commented Pholoso Malatji, Co-Founder and Head of South Africa Operations.

Cannsun’s current cultivation footprint is approximately 3.0 hectares including mother rooms, vegetative, flower, HVAC drying and post-production facility. Expansion will be undertaken in Q4 2021 doubling existing cultivation footprint with Dutch style Greenhouses, adding extraction and manufacturing of botanical based health products for distribution across Africa.

About Cannsun

Cannsun is re-emerging as a science-led, global, healthcare company focused on leveraging its existing infrastructure and reputation in the manufacture and distribution of established healthcare products and pharmaceuticals, as well as building a vertically integrated cannabinoid division. The Company currently distributes products to thousands of healthcare professionals and pharmacies in Europe, Asia and Africa Cannsun’s current projected growth will enable continued distribution reach across the globe helping people live better & healthier lives.

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International Breweries PLC publishes Maiden Sustainability Report

Company Secretary/General Counsel, Muyiwa Ayojimi; Board Member, Olugbenga Awomolo; Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, Temitope Oguntokun and Director of Procurement and Sustainability, Wilfried Fameni of IBPLC

Compliance Manager, IBPLC, Teresa Umeakunne; Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, IBPLC, Temitope Oguntokun; CEO, CSR-In-Action, Bekeme Masade-Olowola and Founder TruCSR Nigeria, Ken Egbas, at the launch of the maiden edition of IBPLC’s Sustainability Report in Lagos

Corporate Communications Manager, International Breweries Plc (IBPLC), Eniola Alli-Faweya; Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, IBPLC, Temitope Oguntokun and Lead, Sustainability and Stakeholder Management, IBPLC, Boluwatiwi Omidiji at the Launch event

International Breweries Plc (IB Plc.), proud part of the world’s largest brewer, AB InBev, released its first Sustainability Report.

International Breweries has invested over N325 million in empowering 274 entrepreneurs across Nigeria since 2016 thereby bridging the unemployment gap through its Kickstart Entrepreneurship Programme.”

— Temitope Oguntokun, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, IBPLC

LAGOS, LAGOS, NIGERIA, April 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — International Breweries Plc (IB Plc.) a proud part of the world’s largest brewer, AB InBev, today released its first Sustainability Report which discloses the giant beverage maker’s impact and stewardship on the economy, society and the environment.

Themed “Driving Sustainability for a Better World,” the report is a reflection of the transformational journey of the organisation, highlighting its commitments, progress, challenges and opportunities in 2019. It also communicates International Breweries’ impact -positive/negative- and ultimately, contributions to building a sustainable society.

Speaking on the publication of the report, Hugo Rocha, Managing Director, International Breweries Plc. said the initiative showcases the company’s commitment to running the business responsibly, focusing on the triple-bottom line approach. “More than just profit, we are dedicated to entrenching sustainability in our operations and ensuring that our activities positively impact our stakeholders. Our success is hinged on our commitment to our core vision of Bringing People Together for a Better World, our agile business model, core values in our 10 Principles, leadership, and strong corporate governance” he said.

Continuing, Rocha said, “We are proud of our work and commitment to our Global AB InBev 2025 Sustainability goals in Water Stewardship, Climate Action, Circular Packaging, Smart Agriculture and Smart Drinking. These form the bedrock of our sustainability programmes across our value chain as we aim to continue to contribute significantly to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). With our sustainability report, we are able to offer voluntary disclosures to our stakeholders on our Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts. We also pledge, as a responsible business to continue to contribute to improving our planet, our people and the prosperity of all”.

The report has been prepared following the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards – one of the most widely used and acceptable sustainability reporting frameworks in the global business community. Its disclosures are also guided by the requirements of other frameworks on sustainability such as the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Sustainability Disclosure Guidelines. The reporting scope primarily covers brewing activities across the company’s four plants in Anambra, Ogun, Osun and Rivers states, including its head office in Lagos State and other states of the federation where the company extends its impact.

Speaking during the launch of the report in Lagos, Board member and Chairman of IBPLC’s Board Committee on Sustainability and Risk Management, Mr Olugbenga Awomolo whilst commending the team at the launch, stated that “today is a special day for us; it takes a lot of effort to articulate all these impact reports considering the global socio-economic issues faced the preceding year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This report is a testament of our journey as a business in recent times and a consolidation of our socio-economic footprint across our entire operation”. Awolomo added that “as a member of the Board and on behalf of my fellow board members, we remain committed to entrenching sustainability across our business operations. We will proactively continue to drive compliance in meeting local and global regulatory requirements as we continue to grow the business to the benefit of our stakeholders”

In its commitment to its 2025 sustainability goals, the organisation in 2019 embarked on smart drinking initiatives impacting up to 20,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries, provided potable water for host communities in Osun, Ogun and Rivers states, achieved a 7.5% increase in recycling efforts and installed a 150kWP Grid Tied Power System to support operations in its flagship brewery in Ogun state, thereby making it the first fully solar powered plant in Nigeria.

Furthermore, in a bid to foster mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders, the business through engagements, was able to identify material issues that were of interest to its stakeholders: consumers, communities, distributors, employees, shareholders, government and partners. The insightful engagement sessions shone light on key priority areas for the identified stakeholders and the organisation; all these and many more are will be fed into the improvement areas for the company to improve its sustainable development practices.

In her speech, Temitope Oguntokun, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, stated that the report is aptly titled “Driving Sustainability for a Better World”, because it is when businesses look within and outside their fences and across their value chains that they can truly create a better world. According to Oguntokun, “Our impact on the society is centred not just around our 2025 sustainability goals but our social investment pillars of Health, Empowerment, Education and Infrastructural Support. In pursuit of this agenda, we inaugurated the International Breweries Foundation (IBF) with the main aim of having a structured platform for executing our projects and credible stakeholders to support us through the process of delivering our commitments to our country.”

Oguntokun further added that in line with Goal 17 of the UNSDG’s, the company is happy with its partnerships with its peers in the industry which has helped it to have a wider-reaching impact in the country. “Our partnerships under the Beer Sectoral Group (BSG) with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Education on the SMASHED programme has helped us to reach over 14,000 students in 60 schools across Nigeria with our anti-underage drinking campaign. In the same breath, our alliance with the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA)FBRA has seen us contribute significantly to the industry achievement of recycling 669,068kg of plastics waste in 2019 versus 14,900kg in 2018.”

As part of its social investment efforts, International Breweries has invested over N325 million in empowering 274 entrepreneurs across Nigeria since 2016 thereby bridging the unemployment gap through its Kickstart Entrepreneurship Programme; completed an irrigation project for farmers of Omi-Asoro community, impacting 7 farmers in Ilesha, Osun State. The company also built, furnished and equipped a state-of-the-art primary healthcare facility in Oginigba, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State in a response to the medical needs of the community and as a demonstration of its commitment to supporting government and communities in healthcare and infrastructure delivery.

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Luxurious, Historic Italian Hospitality Collection to Auction via Concierge Auctions in Cooperation with Olon Property

Tucked in the rolling hills of Vorno is the Controni Estate, a carefully curated portfolio of stunning properties forming part of the world famous “Coselli Collection”, one of Tuscany's truly luxurious hospitality experiences.

Tucked in the rolling hills of Vorno is the Controni Estate, a carefully curated portfolio of stunning properties forming part of the world famous “Coselli Collection”, one of Tuscany’s truly luxurious hospitality experiences.

Each villa is renovated with attention to luxury and homage to its lengthy history.

Each villa is renovated with attention to luxury and homage to its lengthy history.

Villa Controni, built in the 16th century, is the largest and most important villa of the six. It was once a fertile estate devoted to the cultivation of rare flowers and production of extra virgin olive oil.

Villa Controni, built in the 16th century, is the largest and most important villa of the six. It was once a fertile estate devoted to the cultivation of rare flowers and production of extra virgin olive oil.

Villa Matteucci was later enjoyed by Luigi Matteucci’s son, Felice Matteucci, who invented the first stroke engine in his workshop next to the villa.

Villa Matteucci was later enjoyed by Luigi Matteucci’s son, Felice Matteucci, who invented the first stroke engine in his workshop next to the villa.

Villa Matteucci is a traditional Tuscan farmhouse immersed among olive groves.

Villa Matteucci is a traditional Tuscan farmhouse immersed among olive groves.

Our family has poured its soul into crafting this unique luxury hospitality experience that’s simply unmatched by anything in this part of Italy.”

— David Fanucchi, seller

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, April 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Tucked in the rolling hills of Vorno is the Controni Estate, a carefully curated portfolio of stunning properties forming part of the world famous “Coselli Collection” will auction in June via Concierge Auctions in cooperation with Carla Meoni of Olon Property. Currently listed for €21 million, the properties will sell as a collection with No Reserve to the highest bidder. Bidding is scheduled to be held on 27 May–2 June via Concierge Auctions’ online marketplace, ConciergeAuctions.com, allowing buyers to bid digitally from anywhere in the world.

“We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Concierge Auctions on this impeccable offering,” stated Meoni. “Melding their global reach with our local expertise ensures that the Coselli Collection gets the amount of exposure it truly deserves—and enables us to match this one-of-a-kind property with the absolute perfect buyer.”

At the foot of Mount Pisano, the estate’s 19.6 hectares boast elegant Italian gardens and centuries-old, terraced groves of olive trees that complement its four main villas, two cottages, and caretaker’s house. Each villa is renovated with attention to luxury and homage to its lengthy history. Each villa also has a private pool and is close in proximity while still offering privacy from one another, offering an incredible and proven rental potential. Soaring vaulted and cathedral ceilings, exposed beams, and breathtaking frescos throughout make the interior of the Tuscan villa as enticing as its sprawling grounds. A grand Tuscan kitchen makes entertaining a breeze, with a formal dining room that seats 26, or enjoy a starlight dinner from the stunning alfresco dining terrace. Additional features include: a restored and fully renovated poolside fitness room; a billiards room; reading room; a private chapel; 2 tennis courts (easily converted into volleyball or football fields); and a grassy helicopter landing area—all just 20 kilometers from Pisa and one hour away from the gorgeous Le Cinque Terre National Park.

“The history behind this collection of villas is amazing,” stated David Fanucchi, seller. “Our family has poured its soul into crafting this unique luxury hospitality experience that’s simply unmatched by anything in this part of Italy. Choosing to work with Concierge Auction gives us a definite sale timeline—the kind of predictability that just isn’t guaranteed in this day and age.”

Lucca, one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany, sits between Pisa and Florence. This picturesque and historic walled town is filled with charming squares and landmarks to explore. Known as the town of the 100 churches, Lucca is a haven for anyone who appreciates history, with enough contemporary influence to keep things constantly interesting. Lucca hosts an annual convention for comics and games that is the 3rd largest in the world, and a Summer Music Festival every July that is well known throughout Europe. The coast is only 30km away from your front door, with its abundance of beautiful beaches. Venture 35 minutes to Forte dei Marmi, a glamorous beach resort famous for its high fashion shopping, fine dining, and glitzy nightlife. Or, rent a sun lounger at one of the chic beach clubs and enjoy la dolce vita.

The Coselli Collection is available for showings by appointment, and for private virtual showings.

As part of Concierge Auctions' Key for Key® giving program in partnership with Giveback Homes, the closing will result in a new home built for a family in need.

Concierge Auctions offers a commission to the buyers' representing real estate agents. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. For more information, including property details, exclusive virtual tour, diligence documents, and more, visit ConciergeAuctions.com or call +1.212.202.2940.

About Concierge Auctions
Concierge Auctions is the world’s largest luxury real estate auction firm with a state-of-the-art digital marketing, property preview, and bidding platform. The firm matches sellers of one-of-a-kind properties with the most high-net-worth property connoisseurs on the planet. Sellers gain unmatched reach, speed, and certainty. Buyers get incredible deals. Agents earn their commission in 30 days. Since its inception in 2008, Concierge Auctions has generated billions of dollars in sales, broken world records for the highest-priced homes ever achieved at auction, and grown its activity in 44 U.S. states/territories and 29 countries. The firm owns the most comprehensive and intelligent database of high-net-worth real estate buyers and sellers in the industry, and has contributed more than 300 homes to-date as part of its Key for Key® giving program in partnership with Giveback Homes™, which guarantees that for every property the company sells, a new home is funded for a family in need. For more information visit ConciergeAuctions.com.

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ReSoil: The Premier, Zero-Landfill Destination for Organic Waste

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Through ReSoil, Green Energy Biofuel’s recently acquired composting facility, the company can offer landfill-free disposal options for organic waste from large, corporate generators.

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In 12 months, Green Energy Biofuel will invest nearly $2 million in its new composting business, ReSoil, including equipment.

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Green Energy Biofuel recently purchased a composting site in Kershaw County, South Carolina, where its significant investments are optimizing operations.

Through our internal efforts to be a landfill-free company, we developed our business in such a way that now, not only are we landfill-free, but we can help other companies be the same.”

— BioJoe Renwick, Co-founder, Green Energy Biofuel

WINNSBORO, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA, April 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — South Carolina-based recycling firm Green Energy Biofuel recently acquired ReSoil, a composting facility in Kershaw County, one of the latest moves the growing company has made in over a decade to increase its services and open new opportunities for industrial processors near and far. GEB is making significant investments in its new composting business to help large waste generators in the region find a landfill-free option for disposal of difficult organic waste to meet regulatory and corporate demands as well as evolving consumer expectations.

“We’ve invested $160,000 in ReSoil before we even closed on the purchase—and we’re not done,” says BioJoe Renwick, GEB co-founder. “In 12 months, we’ll have put nearly $2 million into the composting business.”

GEB has spent four months in site preparation, making ReSoil a more efficient, resourceful facility to serve its existing customers and potential clients. Over a half-million pounds of recycled concrete, rock and grading clay sand was brought on site to modify the yard for operational improvements. GEB also poured over 100 yards of concrete, created eight bulk storage bays and a rainwater-capture system to hydrate the almost 800 cubic yards of compost it can produce every month. “This was a big project,” Renwick says.

The facility’s process flow has been modified to optimize efficiency. “We haven’t changed the composting process, just how the business is run and how compost moves through the facility to create efficiency,” Renwick explains.

The site features six 80-yard bays, each with a forced-air delivery system to pump fresh air into the compost, which increases the temperature and rate of decomposition. The parameters are maintained by electrical controllers and timers to achieve and maintain temperatures required for the process. Temperature is monitored regularly for it to be high enough to kill pathogens but low enough to not spontaneously combust.

Composting may seem like a simple process to the layman, but obtaining and maintaining permits takes research, training and sophistication. “We have a master composter who runs our site,” Renwick says. ReSoil’s compost is “Certified SC,” part of the Certified South Carolina Program, and has the U.S. Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance (STA).

When organic waste is received, it is mixed with wood chips, which serve as a bulking agent, from one of two sources. Pure oak chips come from Pro Pallet South, a refurbished pallet manufacturer in Winnsboro, whose broken pallets are chipped and find new life in GEB’s engineered soil. Also, once a year the Kershaw County landfill grinds yard debris from the surrounding area, where GEB sources composting chips as well. In addition, clay sand from Kershaw Mining next door and vermiculite from Woodruff-based Palmetto Vermiculite are added in various recipe proportions to make five different engineered soils. Due to this local sourcing of material, ReSoil product has achieved the Certified SC label. The whole process—from waste in to screened, engineered soil out—takes 45 days.

While the high-quality compost material—sold in bulk up to 30 yards per tractor-trailer load for landscaping companies or delivered by GEB to individuals in eight-yard increments—is a sought-after remedy for nutrient-depleted lawns and gardens, the real benefit to the region of such a facility is its ability to receive industrial volumes of difficult organic waste streams from a variety of businesses.

Many corporations now track and publicize their carbon emissions. Landfilling organic waste generates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. GEB’s ability to provide landfill-free disposal options to companies, whether they process food, agricultural products or other organic ingredients, can help mitigate carbon emissions while providing positive talking points for consumers, who are becoming increasingly conscious about the businesses they patronize and products they purchase.

Acquiring and optimizing ReSoil is just one of many evolutionary progressions GEB has made along its 14-year waste-recycling journey. In the late 2000s, it began as Midlands Biofuels, a collector and processor of used cooking oil (UCO), making biodiesel fuel at its plant in Winnsboro. As its collection accounts and abilities grew, GEB expanded into Tennessee and then closer to home in Aiken County, South Carolina, where it purchased a large-scale, idled manufacturing facility. GEB repurposed and invested heavily into the site to process and recycle 200,000 gallons per day of liquid organic waste—everything from UCO and trap grease from restaurants and large-scale food manufacturers to wastewater streams and sludge, with its recently obtained wastewater processing permit. With ReSoil, the company now has a beneficial outlet for organic solids too.

“Through our internal efforts to be a landfill-free company, we developed our business in such a way that now, not only are we landfill-free, but we can help other companies be the same,” Renwick says.

GEB is in the process of opening up even more doors to the recycling world. While it recently added line-jetting and tank-cleaning services for its industrial clients, the company has its sights set on a half-million-dollar investment in de-packaging equipment. This will allow GEB to further broaden the pool of waste it can accept, including new volumes of fats, oils and greases from single-use packages and bottles of salad dressing, condiments and more. In addition, this will add a valuable, environmentally friendly service to large food processors and preparers while also providing necessary streams to ReSoil from discarded, prepackaged food. Lastly, the plastic waste from the de-packaging unit will be recovered and provided to local businesses, such as South Carolina-based Trex®, for reuse in plastic decking and other innovative products. “We have already started recovering these waste streams for Trex®,” Renwick says.

It would cost millions of dollars for another company to put together a process like GEB’s to handle the waste it does. “Through our years of chipping away at the waste market we’re in, we have the opportunity to do what we’re doing now,” Renwick says. “We just love helping others and find great value in what we do for them, and for the great state of South Carolina.”

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Injustice and Neglect is Ever-Present for the Navajo Native Americans — An Asian-American is Stepping Up to Help

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15,000 Powerless Homes Need Light on the Navajo Reservation

Here at Solight, we believe that access to reliable sources of safe lighting and basic infrastructure such as water and power should be a fundamental civil right”

— Solight Design Founder, and Inventor, Alice Min Soo Chun

UTAH, UNITED STATES, April 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American territory in the United States, with an estimated population of 300,000. Among the 55,000 homes located on the Navajo Reservation, about 15,000 households do not have electricity. They make up 75% of all homes without electricity in the United States. Many families still use kerosene for lighting at night. With 168 schools on the reservation, most students do their homework for 3-4 hours on the school bus where there is the only access to power and wifi available.

NavajoStrong is a nonprofit dedicated to getting essential supplies to communities on the Navajo Reservation. The 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization was created to aid the Navajo community during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis exacerbated by the long history of neglect by the government. The organization strives to honor its ancestors and empower the Diné by working hard to help citizens who are affected by disease, poverty, and other health disparities on the Navajo Reservation.

Not having access to electricity has many repercussions for Navajo families. For example, lack of running water, reliable lighting, home heating and cooling and appliances such as refrigerators and microwaves, and more. Families in the Navajo Nation drive around one-and-a-half hours once or twice a week to reach watering points where they can fill 250-gallon plastic tanks with water for cooking, cleaning, and drinking. To keep food from perishing, families often have to use portable coolers filled with ice. In addition, children often cannot complete their homework at night and are at higher risk of falling behind in school because they don't have basic resources.

A small for-purpose company, founded by an Asian-American, is stepping up to help. Solight Design, a US Patent for Humanity winner and creator of beautifully designed, rugged portable, origami-inspired solar lights, announced its partnership with NavajoStrong this week. Solight is donating its lights to the reservation via its “Give a Light” program. Previously, Solight’s “Give a Light” program supplied humanitarian aid for regions in need such as Haiti, Puerto Rico, The Florida Keys, Ghana, Ecuador, Miami and more after natural disasters left families powerless and in the dark.

“Here at Solight, we believe that access to reliable sources of safe lighting and basic infrastructure such as water and power should be a fundamental civil right,” says Solight Design Founder, Mother, Inventor, and Former Professor of Design at Columbia University, Alice Min Soo Chun.“Even with the anti-Asian hate occurring now, the injustice for the Navajo Nation has reigned for decades and it is unacceptable that Indigenous peoples have long been subject to a long history of inequality and continue to live in such conditions. Much like Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ We will not stop caring for others, regardless of the hate we are experiencing and continue to make lives better for families in-need. It’s one race, the human race. While the ultimate goal for the Reservation is large-scale infrastructure investment in the Navajo community, Solights are an immediate solution for Navajo families for access to sustainable lighting today.”

To give light to the Navajo tribe, follow this link: “Give A Light.”

To donate to NavajoStrong, please follow this link https://www.navajostrong.org/get-involved.

About NavajoStrong
NavajoStrong is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that was created to aid the Navajo community during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis. We strive to honor our ancestors and empower the Diné by working hard to help citizens who are affected by disease, poverty, and other health disparities on the Navajo Reservation.

About Solight Design
While teaching as a Professor in Architecture and Material Technology at Columbia University, Alice Min Soo Chun created early prototypes of solar lights with a grant from the Brunner Foundation. Still not satisfied, and fuelled by her passion for helping the underserved, Alice invented the world’s only self-inflatable, portable solar light, eliminating the need for a mouth nozzle. This ensured a healthy, sanitary method to inflate. She went on to win numerous awards including the US Patent Award for Humanity and her products have been exhibited at MOMA, the Modern Museum of Art in New York City.

To learn more about Solight, please visit https://solight-design.com/.

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SCOTT MILLER AND SHARON VIRTS LAUNCH WINE BRAND DEDICATED TO GREATER GOOD

To learn more about Amlés Wines or to reserve a Reflectionist allocation, please visit www.AmlesWines.com.

Reflectionist is an artful blend inspired by classical traditions and with a modern outlook. From older vineyards in historic Napa Valley, a modern wine was created to drink today or patiently savored years from now.

Amlés Wines is a brand tied indelibly to history, master craftsmanship, the wild creative, and the gift of opportunity dedicated to the greater good.

It’s fairly exceptional to work on such a rare and luxurious object that also provides benefit to others beyond the simple pleasure of its consumption.”

— Scott Miller

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, April 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — A statesman of historical proportion, a historical property, two philanthropists, an acclaimed contemporary artist, and a modern winemaking legend, together, are the collective muse that has inspired Amlés Wines. Amlés Wines is a brand tied indelibly to history, master craftsmanship, the wild creative, and the gift of opportunity dedicated to the greater good — all of which combine for a truly memorable set of signature wines destined for discerning wine lovers and collectors year after year.

The name Amlés (pronounced ahm’-lay) pays homage to Selma Estate – home of vintners Scott Miller and Sharon Virts. The historic home was restored by the couple in 2016 and 2017 and once hosted Thomas Jefferson and other historical figures in its halls.

Amlés was curated with world-renowned winemakers Philippe Melka and Maayan Koschitzky and boasts one-of-a-kind labels by contemporary artist JD Miller. The names of the wines invite a look at the past, while the artistry of the reflectionist painter dares the viewer to look boldly forward.

The first vintage, Amlés 2018 Reflectionist, a Cabernet Sauvignon cuvée from heritage vineyard sites in California’s Napa Valley, will be available directly to mailing list members and to select cellars and restaurants on April 15. Each bottle features the Reflectionist image of the Selma Estate, by artist JD Miller. The SRP is $170 per bottle and is available in six-pack cases.

The wines themselves are a graceful marriage of the old and the new: Old World winemaking styles have been applied to some of the very best fruit the New World has to offer by winemakers Philippe Melka and Maayan Koschitzky in each of the Amlés allocations.

All proceeds from the Amlés brand wines directly benefit community organizations and charities through the Virts Miller Foundation to support the pillars of a thriving community: Education, Culture, Health, and Opportunity Development.

“It’s fairly exceptional to work on such a rare and luxurious object that also provides benefit to others beyond the simple pleasure of its consumption,” says Miller. “And yet it is what inspires every one of us, every day.”

To learn more about Amlés Wines or to reserve a Reflectionist allocation, please visit www.AmlesWines.com.

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Amlés Wines was born from a shared desire to give back to the greater good. It is a for-profit wine company that gives back 100 percent of profits to help financially support the mission of the Virts Miller Foundation, a non-profit foundation founded by Sharon Virts in 2016. www.amleswines.com

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Global Surface Intelligence Announce Plans for Forestry Webinar

Capturing Accurate Commercial Forestry Value

Capturing Accurate Commercial Forestry Value

By showcasing the Carolinas Report during this event, we’ll be able to provide a real example of how forest inventory data provided valuable insight for cost-effective business decisions.”

— Peter Young, Interim CEO of GSI

EDINBURGH, UK, April 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Environmental intelligence firm GSI will showcase an existing dataset from their portfolio on Wednesday 21st April. The insight will be provided alongside an overview of the company’s international operations, as part of their “Capturing Accurate Commercial Forestry Value” event.

The company, headquartered in Scotland, provides analysis-ready data on the current state, condition, value and sustainable use of natural resources. The webinar will demonstrate how GSI can deliver land and forestry data rapidly through the use of earth observation and artificial intelligence, via a report that provides a highly accurate breakdown of the natural assets and their values located throughout North Carolina and down to South Carolina.

Data included in the report, which has been made available to purchase in full for the first time, maps, measures and analyses the land and the many species of trees present, by combining layers of satellite imagery with multiple additional sources to provide an accurate analysis of key land features. These include the many species of tree present, broken down by area and group, along with details such as proximity and height.

The Carolinas Report is a prime example of the company’s ability to easily capture state-wide geographical regions, providing wall-to-wall forest inventory not previously possible at such low cost, helping to mitigate the demanding task of mapping out complex areas of land and forest.

GSI’s combination of data sources and artificial intelligence enables them to go far beyond the straightforward classification of natural assets, providing highly accurate breakdowns of global forestry, agriculture, and land use worldwide for decision-makers and leaders in carbon finance, real estate, forest fund management, land-use management, crop insurance and retail supply chains.

Peter Young, Interim CEO of GSI, explains “GSI’s technology allows us to accurately measure any forest, anytime, anywhere. By showcasing the Carolinas Report during this event, we’ll be able to provide a real example of how forest inventory data provided valuable insight for cost-effective business decisions.”

“Our inaugural webinar will explain how GSI’s data has the potential to show the value in forested natural resources through the use of highly accurate, analysis-ready environmental data” he added.

Capturing Accurate Commercial Forestry Value will feature a live online data demonstration from GSI’s Head of Forestry, as well as an appearance from guest speaker and expert biometrician Steve Fairweather, who will highlight the key benefits of using GSI’s environmental data.

Those looking to gain a better understanding of how GSI’s forest inventory data can help provide valuable insight for cost-effective business decisions can register for the live webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CqTtLjDcTW2mSGrfBqC9-w.

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Birds Take tRNA Efficiency to New Heights

Figure of scales with genome evolution vs. genome functionality on either side and vertebrate silhouettes in a circle around the outside.

The tRNA repertoires of vertebrate genomes reflect a balance between translational efficiency, genome functionality, and the emergence of new tRNA copies via transposable element-mediated activity.

New study shows that bird genomes contain surprisingly few tRNA genes, suggesting that they have evolved to use their limited tRNA repertoire more efficiently.

NEW YORK, NY, USA, April 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Birds have been shaped by evolution in many ways that have made them distinct from their vertebrate cousins. Over millions of years of evolution, our feathered friends have taken to the skies, accompanied by unique changes to their skeleton, musculature, respiration, and even reproductive systems. Recent genomic analyses have identified another unique aspect of the avian lineage: streamlined genomes. Although bird genomes contain roughly the same number of protein-coding genes as other vertebrates, their genomes are smaller, containing less noncoding DNA. Scientists are still exploring the potential consequences of this genome reduction on bird biology. In a new article in Genome Biology and Evolution titled “Genome size reduction and transposon activity impact tRNA gene diversity while ensuring translational stability in birds”, Claudia Kutter and her colleagues reveal that, in addition to fewer protein-coding genes, bird genomes also contain surprisingly few tRNA genes, while nonetheless exhibiting the same tRNA usage patterns as other vertebrates. As tRNAs are a pivotal part of the cellular machinery that translates messenger RNA (mRNA) into protein, this suggests that birds have evolved to use their limited tRNA repertoire more efficiently.

There are many factors that go into maintaining a balanced pool of tRNAs to ensure efficient translation of proteins. While there are theoretically 64 possible anticodons—three-nucleotide sequences that base-pair with mRNA codons during translation—there are only 20 standard amino acids, meaning that there are generally tRNAs with different anticodons that bind to the same amino acid, referred to as an isoacceptor family. Moreover, the geometry of pairing between the nucleotides in the third position of the codon and anticodon allows for “wobble” base-pairing, enabling a single tRNA anticodon to bind to multiple codons. tRNA genes, even within the same isoacceptor family, can also differ in their sequences, transcription rates, and translation efficiency. Due to all of these factors, ensuring adequate levels of various tRNA molecules for efficient translation in a cell is a complex biological problem.

To investigate the different ways this problem has been solved across vertebrates, Kutter and her co-authors from the Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University in Sweden—including postdoc Jente Ottenburghs, graduate student Keyi Geng, and assistant professor at Uppsala University Alexander Suh—undertook the first comprehensive overview of tRNA diversity and evolution in vertebrates. (Ottenburghs has written about their study, including the surprising way this collaboration came about, in a post on his blog, Avian Hybrids.) Based on their findings in mammals, the authors extrapolated a uniform set of 500 tRNA genes that they expected to remain relatively consistent across lineages. However, when they added 55 avian genomes to their study, representing all of the major bird lineages, they came across some unexpected findings: “To our surprise, there was much more divergence across vertebrates than we expected to find,” says Kutter. In particular, bird genomes stood out, containing an average of just 169 tRNA genes compared to 466 in reptiles, 579 in mammals, 813 in fish, and 1,229 in amphibians. According to Kutter, “While ongoing genome assembly efforts had shown that bird genomes have a smaller genome size, we were not expecting that this would also affect tRNA genes, since tRNA gene redundancy ensures that enough tRNA molecules are transcribed for efficient mRNA translation.”

This led the authors to a new question: What did this contraction in tRNAs mean for translation in birds? While tRNA gene number and complexity were greatly reduced compared to other vertebrates, in general, the authors found that preferences for certain isoacceptor families were in line with the wobble pairing strategies observed in other eukaryotic genomes, suggesting that tRNA gene usage in birds follows the overall codon usage seen in vertebrates. This led the researchers to posit that the functional constraints on tRNAs seen in other vertebrates were maintained during early avian evolution: “Despite this decrease [in tRNAs] millions of years ago, the pool of tRNA anticodons and mRNA codons is still balanced across bird species to ensure optimal translational efficiencies.”

Another surprising element to the study was the impact of transposable elements on the repertoire of tRNA genes in avian genomes. In some bird genomes studied, in addition to finding functional tRNA genes, Ottenburghs et al. identified hundreds, sometimes thousands, of tRNA-like sequences embedded in transposable elements. While most transposable elements are silenced by epigenetic control mechanisms and become nonfunctional, some may remain active and create new regulatory roles through their mobilization. Through multiplication of transposable elements, the embedded tRNA-like sequences may be carried to new genomic locations, where selection will constrain the tRNA gene sequence, whereas the accompanying transposable element sequence may erode. This process contributes to shaping the pool of available tRNA genes in some avian genomes, adding another layer of complexity to tRNA gene evolution in this vertebrate lineage.

The lesson here, according to Kutter, is that “we should reconsider our current assumptions of gene functionality with regards to redundancy.” To explore this idea further, Kutter plans to expand this work to include better mechanistic insight and more functional genomic studies. “It would be insightful to include more species and look deeper into branches, as well as investigate snake genomes and the early vertebrate radiation. Performing studies that go beyond current model organisms may reveal even more unexpected findings.” One limitation of these potential studies is that they will require access to high-quality genome assemblies and resources, such as tissue samples from different developmental time points and suitable reagents like antibodies that work across species. Kutter believes these efforts will pay off in the long run however: “Our work has shown us yet again that evolution still has a lot of surprises up its sleeves, and we can get a glimpse into these by looking beyond model organisms.”

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METISS submarine fibre cable now operational in Mauritius after landing in Emtel data centre

Kresh Goomany, CEO of Emtel, the organisation that connects Mauritius to the world via METISS

Kresh Goomany, CEO of Emtel, the organisation that connects Mauritius to the world via METISS

Emtel provides global telecoms, multinationals, and enterprises with reliable telecommunications services and capacities to empower digital enterprise

PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS, April 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Emtel, a leading Telecom Network Operator in Mauritius, has provided the only landing point for the METISS (Meltingpot Indianoceanic Submarine System) fibre optic cable in the country.

The 3,200 km cable connects Reunion Island, Madagascar and South Africa to Emtel’s ANSI/TIA tier 3 certified data centre in Arsenal, near Port-Louis, the country’s capital.

“METISS is already connected to many global public cloud services, application providers and African exchanges with fully redundant backhaul in Mauritius and South Africa,” says Kresh Goomany, CEO of Emtel. “It provides global telecoms organisations, multinationals and enterprises with interests in connected regions, with the reliable services and capacities they need for telecommunications that empower digital enterprises. The whole offer comes with a world-class quality of service (QoS) at very affordable prices.”

The METISS submarine cable offers high-capacity throughput and further connectivity to many African countries via Emtel and its partners. It enables organisations to benefit from colocation, private links, enterprise-grade Internet connectivity, with remote peering to content and cloud providers and peering agreements.

Mauritius is ideally situated to provide regional telecoms solutions to carriers, enterprises and corporates with its political stability and reliable electrical grid supply. Combined with Emtel’s 24/7 enterprise support, advanced technology implementations, and innovative solutions, these are among the many reasons Emtel’s Data Centre has maintained a 100% uptime and availability record in delivering collocated services for the last nine years.

METISS connects Mauritius with Africa and the world via Emtel’s own points of presence (PoP) in Johannesburg and Durban, in South Africa. It provides new low latency routes for over-the-top (OTT) service providers. Latencies are just 35ms from Arsenal to Durban, along South Africa’s east coast, and just 45ms to Johannesburg, which is in South Africa’s interior. The South Africa PoPs augment PoPs that are already in Mombasa, London, Paris and Singapore. Thanks to its partnerships, Emtel enables its customers to connect to around 160 PoPs worldwide.

METISS interconnects with large data centres in South Africa that act as a hub to the rest of the world and host global cloud service providers, such as AWS and Azure.

“With the interconnectivity, peering and exchange benefits it provides, METISS gives Mauritians faster and more reliable access to digital resources and provides a platform to develop the country’s next-generation services and applications,” says Kresh.

METISS offers much greater throughput in relation to the other older cables with lower capacities that Mauritians previously relied on. It paves the way for a new generation of applications and services to be delivered to end users via technologies such as 5G.

“The METISS consortium, of which Emtel is a member, overcame the difficulties associated with Covid-19 and lockdown to successfully install the cable in all four territories,” says Kresh. “We are proud to make this advanced solution available to our country. Emtel has always aspired to revolutionise digital services for Mauritians, which is why we pioneered services such as Unlimited Internet Data, Calls and SMS to democratise access. METISS is part of our promise to bring Mauritians products that provide more freedom and satisfaction, and in so doing, continue to enhance their lives.”

About Emtel
29th May 1989 – Emtel Ltd became the first mobile telephony operator in the Southern Hemisphere. This major step in Mauritian telecommunications history took place under the aegis of The Currimjee Jeewanjee Group, one of the leading groups in Mauritius. From a mobile company, Emtel has evolved into a one-stop-shop for all telecommunications needs, offering a wide range of products and services for individuals, enterprises and homes.

About Emtel Data Centre
The Emtel Data Centre is the First TIA-942 Rated 3 Facilities Certification in Mauritius. It is a state-of-the-art infrastructure that has been built to house not only Emtel’s Telco-grade equipment but also to provide world-class data centre infrastructure facilities to enterprises that require high-quality data centre services.

Emtel provides colocation services with the required safety and reliability, benchmarked to international standards. The data centre is in a strategic location having diverse access routes, in a flood-free region and ideally placed far from all busy commercial and business zones. The location has also been carefully chosen to allow for customers having their Disaster Recovery site at a safe distance from their main business in high residential and/or corporate locations. Connectivity to the data centre is assured by Emtel fibre backbone both locally and internationally on METISS, SAFE and LION/LION2 submarine cables. The Emtel Data Centre is carrier-neutral and allows for any service provider to connect to the transmission room. Both local and international customers have entrusted the hosting of their business-critical data to Emtel.

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