Today will mark the second year since Copa Airlines began serving the people of Guyana.Copa Airlines, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings, is a leading Latin American provider of passenger and cargo services. The Airline offers services to 74 destinations in 31 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.During Copa Airlines’ 68 years of continuous operations, the Hub of the Americas in Panama has become the leading hub on the continent.In July 2014, the company began providing its travel services in Guyana. Copa operates one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the industry, consisting of 100 aircraft: 14 Boeing 737-700 Next-Generation; 63 Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation; and 23 Embraer-190, and has an on-time performance of above 91 per cent, one of the best in the industryPassengers disembark a Copa Airlines flight at the Cheddi Jagan International AirportDuring its time in operation so far, Copa has been able to expand its service and strengthen its partnership with a number of individuals and groups in the country. The company revealed that an increase in demand for its services saw the Airline making the addition of two more flights per week last October, bringing the total number of flights per week to four. This move was also in keeping with Copa’s commitment to increase its services to Guyanese.Regional Sales Director of the Airline Diego Bermudez Parra declared that the Airline has been able to solidify its Guyana route and efficiently serve passengers: “The journey has been an exciting one over the last two years. We have been able to successfully expand our service to reach a wide cross-section of persons travelling to the beautiful country of Guyana and other 73 destinations in 31 countries.”He added that the Airline has also been working to strengthen social partnerships in Guyana over the past two years by providing support to a number of persons and groups ranging from sports personalities, to those involved in culture and the arts.According to Copa’s Sales Manager in Guyana, Nadine Oudkerk, the Airline has been extremely proud of its collaborations with its Guyanese clients, and they take pride in providing return air travel to destinations around the world: “We have made it possible for Guyanese sportsmen and women to travel to a number of countries to represent Guyana, while facilitating air travel for others to come to the country for musical and cultural performances. Just recently, the Airline facilitated air travel to Guyana for a Mexican Mariachi Band that staged a performance for the country’s 50th Independence Anniversary.”She vowed that the travel providers will “continue to strengthen these relationships while building new ones in service to the people of Guyana.”In 2015, for the third consecutive year, Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia were named the most on-time airlines in Latin America by Flight Stats. The Airline was also the recipient of the awards for “Best Regional Airline in Central America and the Caribbean” from Skytrax and “Leading Airline in Mexico and Central America” at the World Travel Awards.
Linden sweeper/cleaners protestA day after part-time sweeper/cleaners employed by the Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) staged a protest for better salary and improved working conditions, Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Regional Representative, Maurice Butters has indicated that the Union is currently awaiting word on the way forward.The female workers, attached to various schools across Linden, were summoned to a meeting by Regional Executive Officer (REO) Maylene Stephen following the protest on Wednesday.According to Butters, who was part of the meeting, the REO has made a promise to make enquiries as to the way forward for the employees.“We were able to get somewhere, though it (meeting) was not as productive as expected,” Butters noted. He said the REO claimed not to have any information regarding a raise of pay for the employees, though, he noted, there was an announcement regarding same by Minister of State Joseph Harmon.This, Butters said, has already seen sweeper/cleaners from Georgetown who were in a similar position benefiting. “She (REO) promised to get answers and said she would let us know as soon as she gets through,” the GPSU representative went on to state.He further accused the regional administration of not being proactive regarding the workers issues and fearful of making independent decisions. He went on to state that the Union had previously met with the Education Ministry, where representation was made in relation to the workers issues and it is also awaiting word from the Ministry.According to the employees, they are dissatisfied with a number of issues, including their meagre salary and “deplorable” working conditions. The female employees, who stood outside the RDC building on Wednesday holding placards, made demands for their positions to be “regularised” so that they can be paid at least the minimum wage, as they pointed out that the current $24,740 they receive presently is insufficient. The protesters also made demands for the provision of working gear and improved working conditions.Some revealed that they were never given work contracts to sign and are not being paid via a banking system, but rather receive their payments via envelopes, instead of a payslip. They contended that though they work for four hours daily, their jobs are just as strenuous as employees who work for eight hours. The employees noted that a promise for raise of pay also went unfulfilled.
Showdown in National Assembly– project goes through NPTAB but confusion remains over consultantThe National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) has maintained that Government contracts are awarded through a transparent tendering process. But there was much confusion on Tuesday in the National Assembly when the Government was asked for details on the consultant carrying out the Forest Inventory Project.Under questioning from the Parliamentary Opposition, Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes, informed the National Assembly that thePPP MP Juan Edghillworks were being carried out by the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC).The Junior Minister gave details of what the project would entail. According to her, the inventory would document both flora and fauna, as well as where these natural resources are located.“The GFC will be going to look at the forest species that we have, where they are; even the wildlife. So it’s an extensive project, very robust. It’s about tagging and naming,” the Minister explained.A sum of $35 million in capital expenditure was allocated for 2019, while a sum of over $250 million was allocated to the Ministry under ‘other’. However, the revelation in the Committee of Supply that the second phase of the Ministry of Natural Resources’ project will cost some $244 million, raising eyebrows in the Opposition benches of the National Assembly. Those eyebrows were raised even higher when it was made clear what the allocations would be spent on.Broomes informed the Assembly that monies will be used to purchase an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), a Land Cruiser and a computer. This did not sit well with theOpposition MP Anil NandlallOpposition, and Opposition frontbencher Anil Nandlall requested a breakdown of how the money would be spent.“We have here an allocation of $35 million,” Nandlall pointed out. “And the legend reads ‘provision for forestry inventory study’. I heard the Minister explain to us they are buying vehicles under this provision. Might I ask for a breakdown of how much of this money is actually going to forest inventory and how much is going to be spent on acquiring vehicles? This thing says clearly ‘provision for forestry inventory study’.”In response to questions from Nandlall on why the project money was being spent to acquire vehicles, and not on the project, Broomes defended the allocation.“These monies will be spent to buy these things to support the study, because, to execute this study, the personnel will have to go in the fields. It’s not a study that will be done (indoors), it calls for field activities,” she explained.Nancy storyPressed further, Broomes related that the project was subjected to the public tendering process and to Cabinet approval, but successive OppositionJunior Natural Resources Minister Simona BroomesParliamentarians tried to ascertain whether a consultant was undertaking the study, or whether the GFC itself was doing so.“The Ministry of Natural Resources with the Forestry Commission will be carrying out this project,” Broomes said. In response, Opposition MP Juan Edghill repeated his request for the identity of who would be undertaking the study. Broomes repeated her previous answer, and this did not satisfy Edghill.“I’ve asked specifically for the Minister to tell the House who is undertaking this study, and she has said this is being undertaken through the Forestry Commission. If this is being undertaken through the Forestry Commission, then this money should have gone as a subsidy and contribution to a local organisation.”“It has to be a consultancy or a project where persons are being engaged and being paid. Could the Minister tell us who is undertaking this study, and if the Forestry Commission is providing any counterpart financing for the study?”Even with all this prompting, Broomes could not provide the name of a consultant. Asked point blank if the GFC was awarded the contract to carry out the study, Broomes reiterated her earlier comments that the project had gone through the procurement procedure, and she promised to lay over the relevant documents.“You said this went through the procurement process. The procurement process will also include public advertisement, so are you saying the Ministry of Natural Resources went to public advertisement and the Guyana Forestry Commission submitted a bid to conduct the study?” asked Opposition MP Nigel Dharamlall.“I’m saying that the Ministry of Natural Resources, through the procurement measures, procured the Forestry Commission,” was all Broomes would say in response, adding the benefits of the project.A perusal of the Appendix of volume one of the budget estimates shows that the GFC did not receive any monies from the Ministry of Natural Resources in 2018 or 2019 by way of subsidy contribution or capital grant.Edghill pointed out that in the absence of this information, GFC could not be undertaking the project. But Broomes ultimately promised to lay over the information, leaving more questions than answers.
0Shares0000Pallbearers carrying the casket of the former Harambee Stars assistant coach Sammy Nyongesa. Photo/WANJIRU MACHARIANAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 7 – Fallen former Harambee Stars assistant coach, Sammy Nyongesa was on Friday accorded a fitting send off at his Ngata farm in Nakuru.Leaders at the burial ceremony which was filled with jokes and smiles asked the Government to appreciate his contributions to football development in Kenya. His students on the pitch who have since formed a strategic working team and set goals on ways to commemorate Nyongesa, asked the Government to revive the National Football Youth Centres to nature talents.Nyongesa was the brainchild behind the youth centres which produced great footballers among the Ambrose Ayoyi, John Shotoo Lukoe, Joseph Oduor and John Mo Muiruri among others.Instead of being teary and all emotional, Nyongesa’s widow and all his 12 children from three women, decided to treat the mourners with laughter as they shared their fun moments with him.Pallbearers carrying the casket of the former Harambee Stars assistant coach Sammy Nyongesa. Photo/WANJIRU MACHARIAThe wife, Ruth Atieno Nyongesa humorously described her husband as a generous man who scored on the pitch and elsewhere.“My husband was very generous and as you can see, I have a big family, they are all my children and I love them all,” she said to a round of laughter and applause from the mourners.She went ahead to introduce mothers of some of her children and asked if there were others unknown to her in the congregation.“If there are other offspring of Nyongesa in the congregation that have not been introduced to me, kindly come forward, you are mine too,” she added.She narrated how she and her husband would laugh at the fact that his opponents at Gor Mahia would taunt him as ‘senior bachelor’ then he decided to marry their own which made them bite the humble pie and they changed the title to ‘in-law’.The children described their father as loving playmate and a firm disciplinarian.Nyongesa died of prostate cancer on August 24 at War Memorial Hospital in Nakuru. He leaves behind a widow and 12 children. Most of the football players he mentored attended the ceremony.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
Mac Cumhaills GAA News: Donegal Minor Footballers:Well done to Nathan Gavigan and the Donegal minor footballers in their Ulster semi-final win over Down last Saturday at MacCumhaill Park. They now play Derry in the final on Saturday. Best of luck! Donegal Hurlers:A brilliant display from the Donegal Hurlers in their replay win over Tyrone saw them avoid relegation. Continued praise for our club members on the panel. Senior Team Football Result:Our senior team played Bundoran on Sunday afternoon. With a large number of players still unavailable for selection taking on the second placed team in the league was going to be a tough task with both teams having started the league strongly. Keep up the work lads and positive results will follow. Full Time Score: Sean MacCumhaill’s – 1.08 Bundoran – 2.09We are away to Fanad Gaels next week at 3.00pm in Tri A Loch.Reserve Team Football Result:Our reserve team played Bundoran in Mac Cumhaill Park on Sunday afternoon. The saying is that goals win games and this was certainly the case when we racked up 6 goals in the first half alone. After starting their season with two defeats this result will hopefully go a long way to spur the team on for the games to come. Well done to the team and management.Final score: Sean Mac Cumhaills 6-14 – Bundoran 0.14Third Team Football Result: Hard luck to our third team who were beaten by St. Eunan’s on Saturday night at home. Keep up the hard work lads and the results will follow. Sean Mac Cumhaills – 2-04 –St. Eunans – 4-10Club Donegal Cards:We have a number of Club Donegal Cards which will grant access to the All-County League and every Club Championship game for the forthcoming season. The cards are priced at €50 for the card alone or €70 for a card plus a Club Donegal item of clothing when it arrives (possibly an O’Neill’s Polo Shirt this year). Anyone interested please contact Eugene Gallagher on 086 609 8801. Coaching Officers:The club are currently seeking people to fill the roles of Football and Hurling coaching officers within the club. These are very important roles in the club. Anyone interested in these positions please contact Minor Board Secretary Bryan Cannon on 087 623 6599.Club Lotto:The club are asking for people to help out by selling lotto’s. This would involve helping to sell 1 week out of every 7 or 8 depending on the amount of teams formed. This is an important source of funding for the club and a great way to help get involved with your club. All help available would be greatly appreciated. If interested please contact Terry O’Reilly on 086 609 5347.Lotto Results:There was no winner of this week’s Lotto. The numbers drawn were 2, 19, 29 and 30. There was one match 3 winners. Brendan O’Donoghue, St. Columba’s College receives €150. Next week’s Jackpot is €4,700. Eugene Gallagher’s team is selling this week. If you’re not in you can’t win!Bingo:The Bingo takes place in the Villa Rose on Sunday night with an 8.30pm start. The Snowball jackpot is €9,000 for 45 numbers or less. All are very welcome.Training Schedule:New players to all teams are more than welcome. If there is a change of time/location it will be noted on Facebook or sent via text. Training will cost 2 Euro every night, and all players must have their membership paid also. Please bring gum shield and water bottle.Training for our Under 6’s is on a Wednesday evening in St. Columba’s Hall at 6.00pm.Under-8 training is on Wednesday evening at the club at 6.00pm, all boys and girls are welcome.U-10 football for boys and girls is onWednesday evenings at 6.00pm at the club.U-12 boy’s football is on a Wednesday at 7.00 to 8.00pm.The U-14 boy’s football training is on a Sunday morning at 10am.U-16 boy’s football training is on Friday from 6.30 to 7.30pm.Minor football training is on a Monday from 7pm and a Friday at 7.30pm.U-8 & U-10 Hurling is at 1.00pm to 2.00pm on Sunday.U-14 & U-16 Hurling on a Monday from 7.00 to 8.00.The U-12 girl’s football continues on a Tuesday evening from 6.00pm to 7.00pm.The U-14 girl’s football is on a Tuesday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.The U-16 and Minor Girl’s Football is on Thursday from 7.00 to 8.00pm.The U-12, U-14 and U-16 Girls camogie is on a Monday at 4.30 to 6.00pm and a Friday from 5.30 to 7.00pm.Club Shop:The club shop will be open on a Wednesday from 5.45 to 7.15. The club stocks a large amount of club-crested shorts, gloves, bags and bottles and a limited number of club crested O’Neills half-zip tops.Steward Bibs:Anyone in possession of a club steward’s bib is asked to return it to the club as soon as possible as we get ready to prepare for the Tyrone Championship game.GAA NEWS: MAC CUMHAILLS SUFFER NARROW DEFEAT AWAY TO BUNDORAN was last modified: April 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMac CumhaillsNoticesSport
Next Tuesday night will end the suspense for those charities who are set to benefit in a very big way from this year’s North West 10k. The official launch of the 17th North West 10k will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Tuesday night at 7pm.Chairperson Grace Boyle will announce the main charities who will benefit from the proceeds of the charity race and walk which takes place on Sunday, May 5th in Letterkenny. The committee will also release the names of a number of associated charities who will benefit from their involvement in this year’s North West 10k.NORTH WEST 10K CHARITIES SET TO BE REVEALED was last modified: March 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charitiesNorth West 10k
28 September 2004South Africa’s retail sector is cashing in on a sustained spending spree by the country’s consumers – with many declaring bumper dividends and plans to expand their businesses.According to Business Day, the past six months has seen a boom in spending by higher income consumers, a trend which began a year ago, spurred in part by dropping interest rates and a stronger rand.Year-end results from Woolworths, Shoprite, Cashbuild, Truworths and Massmart have been strong.Massmart CE Mark Lamberti expects the level of consumer confidence and spending to continue well into 2005 and beyond. “The recent interest rate cut means the retail industry is probably looking at one of the best Christmases ever”, he said.Business Day reports that retailers selling mostly food have not done as well as more diversified groups. But interest rate cuts, which means more borrowing, has boosted spending on clothing, liquor, cars and home extensions.The bumper year for retail groups has been reflected in dividend payouts, and in investment plans. Woolworths, Truworths and Massmart have reduced their dividend cover over the past year.According to Business Day, Massmart plans to spend R400-million on 19 new stores this year, and in a three-year strategy a number of new stores will be rolled out under different brands.Cashbuild, meanwhile, intends to boost its number of stores by about 10 a year. Truworths has raised its authorised capital expenditure by nearly R34-million for 2005 and wants to increase its trading space by about 13%. Food and clothing retailer Woolworths has set aside an additional R109-million to expand and modernise its stores.At the same time, Shoprite expects to spend R800-million on capital projects in 2004 – including a number of new stores under different brands.Business Day reports that several retailers have all invested heavily in information technology systems in the past few years, allowing them to control stock more efficiently and to monitor trading density, key to understanding a deflationary environment.SouthAfrica.info reporter
11 July 2011Congratulations continued to pour in following the official declaration of South Sudan as an independent State on Saturday. South African President Jacob Zuma joined other African leaders in wishing the new country well.“Today is a significant and most historic moment for the Sudan, Africa and the world,” said Zuma, who was present at Saturday’s celebrations in Juba, the capital of the new state. “We are honoured to be here with you to witness the dawning of a new era.“Our presence here enables us to congratulate the government of Sudan for staying the course and creating an enabling atmosphere to ensure that the referendum for the secession of the South was peaceful and an expression of the will of the people.“We know that many are uneasy about the independence of the South,” Zuma said. “Change always brings uncertainty and discomfort. However, we are pleased at the general acceptance of the reality of the independence of the South, and that this historic development is an expression of the will of the people.”Zuma said an African solution had been delivered to an African problem. “We have shown the world yet again what we are capable of as Africans. Africans, from Cape to Cairo, are today walking tall celebrating this historic moment, and acknowledging the commitment of the people of both the north and south to peace and progress.“As South Africa we are truly humbled to have contributed to ensuring a sustainable peace in the Sudan. We have always aspired to witness the dawn of peace, security and stability prevailing in the whole of the Sudan. That dream is coming to fruition.”South Africa has contributed significantly to post-conflict reconstruction and development in the country through a number of capacity and institution building projects since the signing of Sudan’s comprehensive peace agreement in 2005.South Africa also chairs the African Union (AU) post-conflict reconstruction and development committee on the Sudan.“We want to ensure that these initiatives and projects for development continue to assist the people of Sudan in carving a prosperous future,” Zuma said. “It is South Africa’s hope that the government of Sudan and the new government of South Sudan will engage in a partnership with South Africa to the improvement of relations on the economic and bilateral front.“The government of South Africa would like to emphasise that both north and south should create an atmosphere of cooperation. South Africa stands ready to serve as a bridge between the neighbours to ensure that mutual trust and peace prevail.“We congratulate the people of Sudan,” Zuma said. “They now need to be afforded support and the space to heal from the experience of war and move forward towards a better life for its citizens. Furthermore it is South Africa’s wish to see Sudan solidifying its democracy and to take its rightful place in peace-building in the African continent.“Sudan (both north and south) needs to serve as an example and a beacon of hope not only to the African continent but to the world at large.”Source: BuaNews
An Intel programme called She Will Connect aims to increase women’s access to the digital world. Research has shown there is a significant gender gap in developing countries in using technology such as the web. It’ll help to empower women in their businesses, increase literacy, and strengthen their voice.The Intel She Will Connect programme aims to empower women through ICT and close the gender gap when it comes to accessing technology. (Image: CollegeDegrees360, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr) Priya Pitamber“I still cannot believe that I now use the computer and even the internet,” said Nigerian businesswomen and hairdresser Jessica Orji. She always thought the internet was more for the guys and online scammers.Through the web, she has learnt she can reach a wider client base for her business. “Now I love the computer,” she said. “With the internet, I can reach more people. I can advertise my business online through my new Facebook account, and even create fliers for my business.“I can also make a budget to plan my finances.”Orji took part in the Intel She Will Connect: My Digital Journey programme. It is an initiative to provide a learning platform for women online.By being digitally savvy, women have a greater chance of increasing their income, receiving a better education, enhancing their political participation and having a stronger voice in their communities.“As a result of the training, for the first time, I went to the café to browse the Internet,” Orji said. “The training completely changed my perception of computers and [the] internet.”Through the programme, Intel would like to:Close the gender gap in education access;Inspire more girls and women to become creators of technology; andConnect women and girls to opportunity through access to technology.“Educating girls and closing the internet gender gap also has an important multiplier effect – expanding opportunities for families, communities, and nations,” reads the Intel website.See more here:What the United Nation saysThe United Nations (UN) has welcomed the project.“Equality in access to the internet is a matter of human rights, women’s economic empowerment and poverty reduction,” said UN Women executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. “We are very pleased to be collaborating with Intel, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa to connect young women to the internet because equality for women is progress for all.” UN Women’s executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has voiced support for the programme. (Image: Screengrab via Intel)“She Will Connect is going to be hugely transformational (for) women, families and communities and is crucial for sustainable development,” said ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya. His country was proud to be a part of it.Deputy ambassador Usman Sarki welcomed the project into Nigeria. “Providing access to technology and reducing costs are key to empowering women in the internet age.”South Africa was committed to expanding ICT access, said the South African deputy ambassador, Doctor Mashabane. “She Will Connect is a concrete and practical initiative to roll out internet access to young women for national development.”The programme ties in to accomplishing South Africa’s National Development goal of obtaining a skilled workforce to support inclusive economic growth by 2030.What the stats showIntel’s She Will Connect was established after research was done into internet access across the world. The ensuing report, called Women and the Web showed that “on average across the developing world, nearly 25% fewer women than men have access to the internet, and the gender gap soars to nearly 45% in regions like sub-Saharan Africa”.It estimated that without intervention, the internet gender gap could increase to 350 million women in three years’ time.“The research is clear and the call to action has been made,” said Melanne Verveer, former ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues in the US Department of State. “Now is the time for collaboration to actively reduce the internet gender gap and empower women around the world to enrich their lives.”Another report, from the Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender, established by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), examined the role that information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the internet could play in advancing gender equality agendas, including equal access to new technologies for women and girls.The report revealed that, around the world, women were coming online later and more slowly than men and highlighted that in developing countries, every 10% increase in access to broadband translated to a 1.38% growth in gross domestic product. That meant that bringing an additional 600 million women and girls online could boost global gross domestic product by as much as $18-billion (R277-billion). Research from the Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender shows a wide gap between men and women in the developing world accessing technology. (Image: Broadband Commission)To read the Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender report, click here.To read the Women and the Web report, click here.How it helpsNigerian poet and actress Titilope Sonuga is the spokesperson for Intel She Will Connect in Nigeria. She recalled how she was about five years old when her father bought their first computer. Back then, it was used for homework. She loved to use software that taught people how to type, which helped her to gain and hone that skill.“It’s interesting to think about the seeds that were planted from a young age and what that tells a girl and what her life can become. I know that a lot of opportunities that I have come across now happened on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and because I am plugged into this global network I am able to access those opportunities,” Sonuga said.She said the programme would help women to push boundaries to be whatever they wanted to be, whether it was an engineer, poet, doctor or actress.“To think about girls or women who don’t have access to training to be connected to technology is heart-breaking because to realise your dreams, you need to be plugged into the world around you.“And so to think about the girls and women to benefit from this programme is incredible and it’s exciting to think about different voices that are going to be actualised because of being able to connect.”See more of her interview here: Women share their testimonials of how the internet has helped to improve their lives. (Image: Intel She Will Connect)Orji is also spreading her knowledge about computers and the internet, and has used it to help her mother, a caterer, with her business.“We went to the café to make fliers for her business, showing a proper and clear description of her full catering services,” Orji said. “She has gotten some new customers through those fliers. We are hoping we will be able to get a personal computer at home, as the entire family is excited about this new discovery.”