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The Pill for Men, not that pill!

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By Dana Malcolm 

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February 24, 2023 – A time-sensitive birth control pill for men is being hailed as a game changer in reproductive health to effectively stop sperm from swimming.

The pill TDI-11861, which does not have any hormones or affect sperm development will be taken shortly before sex and only as needed, according to the developers at the US National Institutes of Health.  Researchers published the results of their study on Valentine’s Day, February 14th in the Nature Communications Journal.

Citing the number of unplanned pregnancies and few birth control options for men the researchers explained that they targeted an enzyme called soluble adenylyl cyclase which is essential for sperm to swim in semen and reach the egg. A single dose of the TDI pill, inhibits this enzyme, rendering sperm lame, in a sense.

The effect is temporary, beginning within 30 minutes and lasting around 3 hours. According to researchers sperm produced in the hours after will go completely back to normal.  So far the drug has only been tested on live mice and human sperm outside the body, both times with highly positive results researchers say:

“Our goal is— to provide on-demand contraception only when it is needed, and administration of a single oral dose of TDI-11861 did not cause any abnormal mouse behaviour for at least 24 hours,” they explained.

Already researchers are predicting that if it can be safely used on humans, it will be more effective than female oral contraceptives.  The next stage of testing moves to rabbits and if researchers can pull this off, it will be the first major effective birth control for men in over 1000 years and join the big two, condoms and vasectomies.

Caribbean News

Aquatics Center gets $3.7 Million allocation announces Sport Minister Rachel Taylor 

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, May 30, 2023 – After years of excellent performance in international competition from the Turks and Caicos’ young swimmers, despite having no official practice facilities the government says it is finally fulfilling its promise to build them an Olympic size pool.  Rachael Taylor, Minister of Education with responsibility for youth and sport made the announcement during the national budget debate on May 18th.

“The development of the Aquatics Centre under the Sports Commission remit n the amount of $3.7 million  will be a green initiative with solar panels and green spaces,” she said.

The TCI has brought home multiple medals from international events, including the CARIFTA Games and had its swimmers qualify for the Commonwealth Games as well.

All this has been done without proper practice facilities. The youngsters practice in whatever pool they can manage, some of them with sharp edges made for recreation rather than competitive swimming and others, which are too small.

The frustrating process has resulted in some talented youngsters simply giving up or reluctantly moving on to countries with better resources.

Taylor promised the pool to the athletes in a one on one meeting held with junior swimmers; last year the space had been announced as secured for construction to begin.

She did not give a timeline for the project.

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Grand Bahama students celebrate 50th anniversary of Independence with march and rally

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By ROBYN ADDERLEY
Bahamas Information Services
 
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas – Students representing all schools in Grand Bahama got in on the 50th anniversary of Independence on Wednesday, May 24 with a march and rally, from the Ministry for Grand Bahama to Open Park in downtown Freeport.
Accompanied by the marching bands of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, hundreds of students arrived at the rally site excited to participate in the scheduled festivities.
The event was held under the theme, “A Golden Jubilee Spectacular Parade and Rally” and was filled with performances by the students doing a poem including representatives from all schools on the island covering every major island.
 The Minister of State in the Ministry of Education and Technical and Vocational Training, the Hon. Zane Lightbourne, got the students involved by having them wave their flags and yell “Bahamas” whenever he said “242”.The participation of the students in the march and rally, said Minister Lightbourne, proves that “we are doing something right. No matter what is said, this is still the greatest little country anywhere on this planet.”
He said he was proud to be Bahamian just being at the rally seeing hundreds of students waving their flags. “I am proud.”
“Parents, you continue to be involved in our students lives because the formula for their success and the success of our educational system lie within our young people having parents and teachers work together to make them great and to maximize their potential.”
Minister Lightbourne pointed out that The Bahamas is doing exceptionally well internationally when compared to other countries per capita. The islands and people make the country recognized around the world as a beautiful place. It has the best food, best athletes.
In closing, he urged the students to be “all that you can be and be the kind of leader that can take our country to the next level.”
The Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force then performed for the students, taking the opportunity to engage the students encouraging them to dance with them.  Following the rally, students were treated to lunch from KFC, Wendy’s and Marco’s Pizza, courtesy of the Grand Bahama Port Authority.
(BIS Photos/Lisa Davis)

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ICT Essay Competition Winners Announced

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#TurksandCaicos, May 23, 2023 – The Department of Gender Affairs recently launched the International Girls in ICT 2023 Essay Competition under the theme “Digital Skills for Life.”

The competition’s goal was to help raise awareness and emphasize the value of women in ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and to inspire more girls and young women to pursue STEM-related fields of study. In addition, the competition further brought awareness to the abilities necessary to use ICT effectively to succeed in STEM fields.

Eleven (11) entries were submitted to the department from schools across the TCI. The entries were reviewed and graded by a panel of educators and Information Communication and Technology (ICT) expert judges. The final results revealed the following students as the competition’s top three winners:

1st Place – Janae Lewis (Oseta Jolly Primary School)

2nd Place – Alandson Pierre (H.J. Robinson High School)

3rd Place  – Chimezirim Orumba (Ianthe Pratt Primary School)

The Department of Gender Affairs expresses its profound gratitude and extends congratulations to all participants for their high interest.

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