Detecting heart-valve infection

first_imgA novel imaging probe developed by a Harvard-led team of investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may make it possible to accurately diagnose a dangerous infection of the heart valves. In a Nature Medicine report, which is receiving advance online publication, the team from the MGH Center for Systems Biology describes how the presence of Staphylococcus aureus-associated endocarditis in a mouse model was revealed by PET imaging with a radiolabeled version of a protein involved in a process that usually conceals infecting bacteria from the immune system.“Our probe was able to sense whether S. aureus was present in abnormal growths that hinder the normal function of heart valves,” says Matthias Nahrendorf of the MGH Center for Systems Biology, a co-lead author of the study. “It has been very difficult to identify the bacteria involved in endocarditis, but a precise diagnosis is important to steering well-adjusted antibiotic therapy.”An infection of the tissue lining the heart valves, endocarditis is characterized by growths called vegetations made up of clotting components such as platelets and fibrin along with infecting microorganisms. Endocarditis caused by S. aureus is the most dangerous, with a mortality rate of from 25 to almost 50 percent, but diagnosis can be difficult because symptoms such as fever and heart murmur are vague, and blood tests may not detect the involved bacteria. Without appropriate antibiotic therapy, S. aureus endocarditis can progress rapidly, damaging or destroying heart valves.S. aureus bacteria initiate the growth of vegetations by secreting staphylocoagulase, an enzyme that sets off the clotting cascade. This process involves a protein called prothrombin, which is part of a pathway leading to the deposition of fibrin, a primary component of blood clots. The clotting process enlarges the vegetation, anchors it to the heart valve, and serves to conceal the bacteria from immune cells in the bloodstream.To develop an imaging-based approach to diagnosing S. aureus endocarditis, the MGH team first investigated the molecular mechanism by which staphylocoagulase sets off the clotting cascade, finding that one staphylocoagulase molecule interacts with at least four molecules of fibrin or its predecessor molecule fibrinogen in a complex that binds to a growing vegetation. Because prothrombin is an essential intermediary in the staphylocoagulase/fibrin interaction, the researchers investigated whether labeled versions of prothrombin could accurately detect S. aureus endocarditis in mice.After initial experiments confirmed that an optical imaging technology called FMT-CT could detect a fluorescence-labeled version of prothombin deposited into S. aureus-induced vegetations, the researchers showed that a radiolabeled version of prothombin enabled the detection of S. aureus vegetations with combined PET-CT imaging, an approach that could be used in human patients after additional development and FDA approval.“An approach like this could help clinicians detect the presence of endocarditis, determine its severity and whether it is caused by S. aureus, and track the effectiveness of antibiotics or other treatments,” says Nahrendorf, also a co-corresponding author of the Nature Medicine article and an assistant professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. “We are working to improve the PET reporter probe with streamlined chemistry and a more mainstream PET isotope to make it a better candidate for eventual testing in patients.”Peter Panizzi of the Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University is co-lead author of the Nature Medicine paper; and Ralph Weissleder, director of the MGH Center for Systems Biology and a Harvard Medical School professor of systems biology and radiology, is senior and co-corresponding author.The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

University, South Bend communities convene to protest executive order

first_imgStudents, faculty and South Bend community members braved the 20-degree weather and gathered at Fieldhouse Mall in a peaceful protest against President Trump’s executive order that is attempting to temporarily ban the entry into the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya for 90 days.Carrying signs that read “no human being is illegal” and chanting, “No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here,” a group of around 20 students, faculty and staff marched from McKenna Hall to join a larger group huddled outside of LaFortune Student Center.Photo courtesy of Daniela Cabada The event was organized by the We Stand For, a club dedicated to seeking social justice following the recent presidential election. The group was responsible for the silent sit-in Sanctuary Campus movement last semester, which asked University President Fr. John Jenkins to recognize a petition circulating the student body to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival students and make Notre Dame a sanctuary campus.Junior Matthew Donohue, a core member of We Stand For and an organizer of the rally, hoped to use Notre Dame’s position as a premier, Catholic institution to gain awareness for social justice issues and made it clear that We Stand For does not oppose the administration.“We applaud the administration in coming out in strong condemnation against it … it’s been great to see Fr. Jenkins’ support especially with the Mass last Wednesday,” Donohue said. “It’s very easy to see some of these protest movements as either against the administration but this is a solidarity rally. It is nonviolent, very peaceful. This event is to complement the support that we’ve seen from the administration, from the Office of the President and the student body president very strong statements in support of the students here.”This demonstration was part of a larger grassroots movement, Academics United, that was started by two Muslim Ph.D. students from Virginia Tech who were personally affected by the executive order, which remains on hold after a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Thursday, and asked fellow students, post-docs and employees of universities to stand with them. Photo courtesy of Daniela Cabada As a student of Notre Dame, a university that boasts a diverse background of professors from all over the world, Donohue said he believes that the ban — or anything that would decrease the diversity of the University — would only serve to weaken it.“So much of our academic richness and strength comes from diversity, comes from abroad,” Donohue said. “People come to America for freedom for opportunity and freedom of expression and thought that might not be in the countries that they’re coming from. People coming from all over truly do cherish and engage in and strengthen American life, especially American academic life. This is in solidarity with students, faculty, staff.”The rally opened with a prayer led by Imam Muhammad Sirajuddin, of the Islamic Society of Michiana.Following an a cappella rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” sung by sophomore Selwin LeMont and interspersed chanting, three members of the Notre Dame academic community took the floor to share their personal perspective on the ban.A. Rashied Omar, a scholar of Islamic studies and faculty member of the Kroc Institute for International Studies, used the word “kairos” to describe today’s political atmosphere.“We are living through challenging times,” he said. “Kairos is a biblical term, a Greek word, which means a moment of truth. It is both a moment of crisis as well as a moment of opportunity.”Perin Gurel, an assistant professor of American studies and concurrent assistant professor of gender studies, said she spoke from the perspective of a female Muslim immigrant with the privilege of citizenship.“Our criticism of the ban must take into account both gender and race, as well as other structural factors, like citizenship status, national origin, sexuality, ethnicity and disability,” she said. “We must love and strengthen our communities, but we also must push against old-fashioned identity politics and towards a politics of solidarity that recognizes our differences and is informed by each other’s intersectional, historically-constituted identities and experiences.”Lastly, Majd Alshoufi, a Master’s student in international peacebuilding and a non-Muslim Syrian human rights activist and community-based trauma therapy expert, said he realized the kindness and the power of good Muslims after an Islamic community took him in after being arrested for participating in nonviolent protests for Syrian refugees. “Jihadist terrorism that claims the name of Islam is real and dangerous,” he said. “Second, most radical Islamic terrorists have been dying — literally — to send one very important message to the [billions of] Muslims around the world, namely that they are the real Islam and that they are the only good Muslims. … Kind Muslims, like the ones who protected me in Turkey, are the single most important actors in the fight against terrorism.”Following the official speakers, a diverse group of people utilized the space to share their own stories and personal statements about the executive order.“It is critical to give a platform to the student and the faculty voice to make this issue known, to increase awareness and kind of a catharsis for people more affected by this issue to make it known to them that people stand with them,” Donohue said.Proceeds from the event went to the Islamic Society of Michiana, a nonprofit religious organization that provides Michiana Muslims with spiritual, educational and social activities, as there is no refugee resettlement organization in South Bend. We Stand For is collecting donations via a GoFundMe page until the end of February, with the end goal of $2,000.Donohue said he had a message for President Donald Trump.“Show me what democracy looks like — this is what democracy looks like,” he said. Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to We Stand For as Stand with Us. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, Donald Trump, executive order, We Stand Forlast_img read more

Welcome Back to Broadway, Motown!

first_img We heard through the grapevine that Motown The Musical has returned to the Great White Way, so we’re here to celebrate the best way we know how: with a portrait from Squigs!Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned the above sketch in honor of the jukebox musical, which is now playing the Nederlander Theatre through November 13. The portrait features Chester Gregory as Berry Gordy, Allison Semmes as Diana Ross, Jesse Nager as Smokey Robinson and Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye. Looking over them all is the real, present-day Berry Gordy in the top left.Welcome back to Broadway, Motown; thanks for having us dancing in the street (41st, specifically)! About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. © Justin “Squigs” Robertson Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 31, 2016 Motown The Musical View Commentslast_img read more

4-H Offers the World

first_img“How do I sum up six incredible months of my life?” asked Susan Kuzniakon returning homefrom serving as an International 4-H Youth Exchange Representativeto Belgium. Kuzniak is agraduate student at the University ofGeorgia.Putting her experiences into words was tough, Kuzniak said. After all,she now intimately knowsanother country and its culture. And she owes it all, she said, to4-H.Kuzniak said it’s a trip she will always remember. “I became fluentin French, made friends inBelgium and with the other U.S. students on the trip with me, saw alot of Europe and tried newthings I otherwise would not have tried,” she said. “Anyone with anopen mind can benefit from thisprogram.”More than 300 Georgia youths have taken advantage of the two internationalexchangeopportunities the IFYE program has offered since it began 75 yearsago. With several programs tochoose from, 4-H makes traveling an incredible experience.The IFYE Representative program is open to all 19- to 30-year-old 4-Halumni. During theirthree- or six-month stay, representatives live with several host familiesfor three to six weeks at atime.Representatives can take part in day-to-day family life. They also maypursue special intereststhrough self-study and receive academic credit through their university.They may travel to countriesin all areas of the world, including Western and Eastern Europe, LatinAmerica, Australia, Asia andAfrica.The IFYE Ambassador Program is  open  to  any  15- to  19-year-old 4-H’er. It offers many waysfor young people to explore another area of the world, live with hostfamilies in other countries, learn another language and culture, experienceyouth programs and enjoy the sights and sounds of otherlands.All IFYE ambassadors stay with host families. Some take an added educationaltour. The Ambassador programs begin in June and last five to six weeks.Ambassadors may exploreEurope, Latin America, Asia and Africa.The 1998 fee for the Ambassador program is $2,650 to $3,250. The costranges from $3,775 to$4,775 for the Representative program. Prices vary depending on thearea of the world and type ofprogram selected.The fee includes the international airline ticket, travel in the hostcountry, food, lodging,supplemental insurance, orientation and evaluation programs. Financialsupport and fundraising helpmay be available through county and state 4-H offices.Greg Price, an ExtensionService 4-H specialist with the UGA Collegeof Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences, coordinatesthe IFYE program. He encourages students to take advantageof the life-changing experience.”We always tell our 4-H exchangees they won’t come back the same person,”he said. “And theydon’t. They find out who they really are, how they handle challengingsituations and how theyabsorb another culture. They always learn a tremendous amount abouttheir host country. But theyreally learn the most about themselves.”The student is not the only one who benefits from the program. “Everybodylearns from anexchange program,” Price said. “The families back home and host familiesabroad see the worldthrough new eyes.”And when the exchangees return,” he said, “their communities discoverthey have a grassrootsambassador on hand to speak for another culture.”Kuzniak is still using the knowledge she gained in Belgium every day.”I am getting my Master’s degree in teaching English as a second language,”she said. “Myexperience in Belgium helps me relate to my students because I wasforced to communicate in mysecond language (French) while I was on my trip.”last_img read more

Survey: 80% of Britons are already planning their holiday

first_imgYou can see the results of the survey on this one connectors. More than 40% of respondents said they are ready for vacation this summer, and key findings from this survey give room for optimism. Although, according to experts, tourism will first recover within the borders of the countries, almost 50% of British respondents said they would travel outside their country, and 63% would visit a European destination. Source: Overseas Leisure Group The travel agency Overseas Leisure Group, which is most involved in the organization of luxury travel, conducted a survey among 500 British travel enthusiasts. The figures are encouraging for the tourism sector, as they show that most, in this case the British, are already planning future travel and holidays.center_img For the vast majority of them (87%) the journey is just on hold, that is, they are not of the opinion that the journey has changed forever. Interestingly, more than 42 percent of respondents would have already made a reservation now if there were no pre-travel payments as well as no cancellation fees. The survey was conducted from April 24 to 28, and almost 75% of respondents are between 30 and 50 years old. last_img read more

Supreme Court acquits former Pertamina president director Karen Agustiawan of graft charges

first_imgThrough the acquisition, Pertamina planned for the BMG Block to produce up to 812 barrels of oil per day (bpd). However, the block could only produce an average of 252 bpd, resulting in state financial losses of Rp 568 billion (US$39.7 million).The judges said that Karen had violated investment procedures, leading to the losses.Read also: Former Pertamina boss Karen Agustiawan sentenced to 8 yearsThe panel of judges said in its verdict that she had colluded with Pertamina’s former financial director Ferederick ST Siahaan, former mergers and acquisitions manager Bayu Kristanto and legal and compliance counsel Genades Panjaitan in her acts of corruption.Karen immediately filed an appeal after her verdict was announced. Previously, the Supreme Court also acquitted ST Siahaan in the case.Karen was the first woman to lead Pertamina, challenging long-held norms in a male-dominated industry.One of the few women to have succeeded in breaking the glass ceiling looming over the oil and gas industry, Karen has more than 30 years of experience working in the field. When appointed president director of Pertamina in 2009, she had been working in the industry for 25 years. (gis)Topics : The justices said that Karen’s actions were part of a business judgement and not a crime.“According to the justices, a director’s decision regarding a company activity is inviolable, even if the decision ends up costing the company. It is part of the risk of doing business,” Andi said.Karen was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment by the Jakarta Corruption Court on June 10, 2019, after being convicted in a case involving Pertamina’s investment in the Basker Manta Gummy (BMG) Block, Australia, in 2009.The case began in 2009 when Pertamina acquired a 10 percent stake of Roc Oil to work on the BMG Block through its subsidiary, PT Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE). The Supreme Court has acquitted Karen Galaila Agustiawan, former president director of state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina, of all graft charges, overturning an eight-year prison sentence imposed by the Jakarta Corruption Court last year.Supreme Court spokesperson Andi Samsan Nganro said that the ruling was announced on Monday.The justices that presided over the case were chief justice Suhadi and justices Krisna Harahap, Abdul Latif, Mohammad Askin and Sofyan Sitompul.last_img read more

Sunny days draw crowds to beaches, parks as US reopens from lockdowns

first_imgSunny days and warm weather are proving to be as challenging to manage as restaurants, hair salons and other businesses as about half of US states partially reopen their economies after the coronavirus lockdown.On Saturday, thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington to view a US Navy flyover to honor healthcare workers and others battling the pandemic.In New York City, the warmest weather yet this spring caused picnickers and sunbathers to flock to green spaces in Manhattan, including crowded conditions at Christopher Street Pier in Greenwich Village, according to photos on social media. Protesters gathering, as they did last week in Michigan and other parts of the country to demonstrate against stay-at-home restrictions, poses a huge risk, she said.”It’s devastatingly worrisome to me personally if they go home and infect their grandmother or their grandfather who has a comorbid condition and they have a serious or a very — or an unfortunate outcome, they will feel guilty for the rest of our lives,” Birx said.Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, said on Sunday the country was seeing a “mixed bag” of results from coronavirus mitigation efforts. He said there were about 20 states that are seeing a rising number of new cases including Illinois, Texas, Maryland, Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Virginia reported a record number of deaths on Sunday, up 44 for a total of 660.”We expected that we would start seeing more significant declines in new cases and deaths around the nation at this point. And we’re just not seeing that,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “If we don’t snuff this out more and you have this slow burn of infection, it can ignite at any time.”Even in the face of rising cases, some Americans are eager to return to socializing and large gatherings — including sports.The National Football League said it will announce its schedule for the upcoming season this week including its season opening game on Sept. 10 and the Super Bowl, which is scheduled to be played in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 7.”We are planning on playing the 2020 NFL season as scheduled,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email, noting they will adjust to government regulations.On the other side of the spectrum is Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in Massachusetts, which has not begun reopening and is seeing coronavirus cases still climbing. Massachusetts also has issued a statewide order telling people to wear masks in public.He said the rallies against coronavirus mitigation efforts were causing confusion and making his job harder.”I don’t understand it. That makes messaging really confusing. … It’s the wrong message, because we’re still very much in the beginning days of coronavirus. Even if you’re a state that is seeing numbers go down,” Walsh said.”If we’re not smart about the way we do things, those numbers could turn around and go right back up again.”As Texas becomes one of the leading states pushing for its businesses to reopen, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said people appear to be obeying the new rules.”People have not been rushing back into these restaurants and they have not been rushing back into the areas of the economy that the governor reopened on Friday,” he told CNN. “What we are seeing is people sort of putting their toe back in.” Last week, California ordered beaches in Orange County to close, after crowds defied public health guidelines to throng the popular shoreline. That prompted protests by demonstrators who accused the state’s Democratic governor of overreach.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said there are “some real issues” near the pier and police would increase patrols.Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, said on “Fox News Sunday” that massing on beaches was not safe unless people kept at least 6 feet apart. She also weighed in against allowing such businesses as beauty salons and spas to reopen in the first phase.”We’ve made it clear that that is not a good phase one activity,” she said, as the number of US cases topped 1.1 million and the death toll rose to more than 67,000 on Sunday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Lauren reveals Arsenal Invincibles were always ‘fighting’ each other in training

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 May 2020 2:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link163Shares Frenchman Wenger led Arsenal to league glory in 2004 (Picture: Getty Images)‘How competitive we were – all fighting between ourselves. I had a fight with Thierry [Henry], Thierry with Martin [Keown], Patrick [Vieira] with Freddie [Ljungberg].‘We were all very competitive and we were all fighting because we all had big egos, big personalities, but by the time the games arrived, we were fighting for the same goal.‘You need that, big egos, but you have the manager as well that knows how to control the big egos, how to control those players.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I prefer to be in a team that you see players face to face, you can talk to him, tell him whatever you want but when the games arrive you will be 100 per cent for the same goal, to achieve what we set out to do at the beginning of the season.‘This is the most important thing; without that it is difficult to win things. I don’t want to be in a team that nothing happens, we’re all quiet, if you win no problem, if you lose no problem. You can’t compete like that.‘In our time we were all competitive, we were all fighting between each other but at the end of the day we were fighting for the same goal and that’s why we managed to win things.’MORE: Aaron Ramsey makes telling admission over final period of his Arsenal careerMORE: Jens Lehmann reveals Nike ball was to blame for Arsenal’s Champions League defeat against ChelseaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement The Cameroonian was a key part of the Invincibles squad (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal hero Lauren has revealed how the competitive nature of the Invincibles squad saw them constantly getting in fights with each other on the training pitch but feels it was a key part of their success.Arsene Wenger’s 2003-04 side remain the only Premier League team to go an entire top-flight campaign without losing a single game.Despite appearing as a united front on the pitch, Lauren confessed that the number of big personalities in the dressing room led to infighting behind the scenes – though it never affected them on game day.He told Arsenal’s In Lockdown podcast: ‘Of course there was fighting. I love at Arsenal that the journalists didn’t go to the training sessions.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘In Spain in that time [journalists did go], it has been changed, now they have stopped the journalists going every single day. When I went to Arsenal in 2000 I said, “This is not possible.” Why? ‘Because in [Spain] the journalists were going every single day to find history, what happened here, who’s fighting with who. In our time if the journalists were to attend training there would be history every single day. Comment Advertisement Lauren reveals Arsenal Invincibles were always ‘fighting’ each other in traininglast_img read more

Nordic roundup: Danish parliament approves LD as holiday fund manager

first_img“So I am very pleased that it has been possible to achieve a broad political agreement, which ensures that new employees now also have a paid holiday.”LD said that when the fund is established, around DKK1.3bn will be transferred from various existing holiday pay funds.However, since the precise amount to be transferred by the employers is unknown, LD said it does not know exactly how much money it will have to invest.Dorrit Vanglo, chief executive of LD, said: “It is a challenge, but one of the good ones, which we are happy to take on.”Sampension gains 5.3% but plays down return expectationsMeanwhile, labour market pension fund Sampension has warned that the global upturn for equity markets is nearing its end-phase, as it reported a 5.3% investment return for the first nine months of the year for customers with market-rate pension plans.Hasse Jørgensen, chief executive of Sampension, said: “Growth in the global economy has boosted equity prices to a very high level. Prices for all asset types have become high, and we will prepare ourselves for the fact that the global upturn is approaching its end-phase.”Sampension said foreign and Danish shares had led its investment returns in the period.Emerging markets equities generated the highest return at 23% in the nine-month period, followed by Danish shares which produced a 20% return, the pension fund said.Swedish insurers oppose EIOPA data plansThe Swedish insurance industry association Svensk Försäkring has added its voice to those criticising planned new reporting requirements from the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).Aimed at primarily at occupational pension schemes, EIOPA’s plans to streamline reporting requirements were too far-reaching, the association said.The industry body also said the date for the new rules to come into force had been poorly chosen.Under the proposal, the first report under the new system would have to be submitted in 2018, the year before the implementation of the IORP II directive.Karin Chenon, economist at Svensk Försäkring, said: “Retirement institutions and regulatory authorities need to have enough time to adapt systems and routines to changing reporting requirements.”In order to avoid introducing two sets of new rules in a short period of time, she said the association proposed EIOPA postpone the date at which its new requirements would come into force.EIOPA has already been criticised by the UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, the Europe-wide trade body PensionsEurope, and German pension groups for the potential burden its reporting proposals would place on schemes.The association also said it was “remarkable” that information about individual institutions should be submitted directly to EIOPA.“EIOPA has no supervisory responsibility for individual institutions,” Chenon said. “We are therefore particularly opposed to the proposal that company-specific data from individual occupational retirement institutions over a certain size should be submitted to EIOPA.” Danish politicians have signed off on legislation covering holiday pay adjustments, which is set to add DKK80bn (€10.7bn) to Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsfond (LD).Political parties representing a large majority of the Danish parliament have agreed to the changes to holiday entitlement rules for Danish employees. The huge new investment fund will managed by LD and administered by ATP.The law is being changed to bring Danish rules on holiday rights in line with EU law, and will effectively give existing employees add an extra 12 months’ worth of holiday entitlement, paid for on retirement by the new LD fund.Troels Lund Poulsen, minister for employment, said: “All people who work sometimes need to recharge their batteries and have a holiday.last_img read more

Unite trade union urges for Swansea lagoon go-ahead

first_imgBritain and Ireland’s largest trade union Unite has called the UK government to stop stalling on the creation of over 2,000 jobs and unleash an economic boost worth at least £500 million to the Welsh economy, by giving the green light to the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project.The union, whose members work in construction and manufacturing across the Welsh and wider UK economy, has grown increasingly frustrated over the UK government’s failure to give the go-ahead to the project, Unite said.The venture, which would be the first power project of its kind in the UK, was given planning consent two years ago and has the backing of the Welsh government in addition to cross party support in Westminster.An independent review, led by Charles Hendry, concluded that tidal lagoons can play a ‘cost-effective part in the UK’s energy mix’ and that moving ahead with the Swansea Bay project ‘as soon as reasonably practicable’ is a ‘no regrets policy’.Unite believes the Swansea Bay lagoon project could open the door to similar larger projects around England and Wales and pave the way to the UK becoming a world leader in tidal power electricity generation as part of a wider industrial strategy.Len McCluskey, Unite General Secretary, said: “Theresa May and her government needs to stop the dithering and end the continued uncertainty over the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon. This is a landmark project which would unleash an economic boost worth millions into the Welsh economy and create thousands of much needed decent jobs.“Not only would it be great news for Wales, but it would also see the birth of an industry that would have transformative impact across the whole of the UK.“It’s a no-brainer, if Theresa May is indeed in ‘listening mode’ then she needs to heed the chorus of support from industry, unions and politicians from all parties by giving a resounding ‘yes’ to Swansea.”Unite has around 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy.last_img read more