Antarctic seabird and seal monitoring studies

first_imgThe need to investigate and understand the nature of changes in abundance of economically important marine living resources has been widely recognized. They may be naturally occurring fluctuations, cycles or undirectional processes, or changes in response to artificial influences such as pollution or commercial harvesting. As direct investigation of status and population structure of some of these resources can often prove difficult, or incompatible with continuing exploitation, attention has also focussed on the identification and study of more convenient species which may be used as indices of environmental change.last_img read more

Trump officials ramp up efforts to auction oil exploration rights in Alaska

first_imgChallenging market may dampen appetite for Alaska oil explorationIt remains to be seen what level of interest the call for nominations will attract. Alaska has long been coveted by the oil industry, with estimates of around 11.8 billion barrels of recoverable resources in the region – although seismic assessments have not been carried out since the 1980s.Democratic lawmakers and pressure from environmental groups has kept the area – prized as a vast, unspoiled natural habitat – off limits since the Ronald Reagan administration, but President Trump has succeeded in pushing through legislation that would allow drilling to begin.But at a time when companies are facing unprecedented financial stress amid the pandemic – as well as shrinking demand and longer-term pressure to diversify away from fossil fuels as the industry pivots to clean energy – an expensive, uncertain, and reputation-risking move into the ANWR may not be as attractive as it once was.“The recoverable reserves from within the ANWR will require additional exploration and appraisal, which, in the current investment climate, is an expenditure few operators can afford,” said Adrian Lara, a senior oil and gas analyst at research firm GlobalData.“In the event of successful discoveries, there is also the issue of the new infrastructure needed for development. This is in a region where weather conditions provide only a few months for an optimal work environment and where the cost of projects increases as the weather worsens.”Rystad Energy, an analysis group, recently suggested that while global oil-exploration activities are expected to remain resilient despite the pandemic, strategies will be scrutinised more closely than before, and “only the [projects] with the highest chance of success will see a spinning drillbit”.“Companies will be less willing to drill high-risk wells in environmentally-sensitive frontier areas, both for financial and environmental reasons,” the group added. “As a result, the full petroleum potential of areas like the Alaskan Arctic, Foz do Amazonas in Brazil and the Barents Sea may never be unlocked.” A challenging financial landscape may dampen interest in the Alaska lease sale The Trump administration has accelerated plans to sell leasing rights for oil exploration in the Alaska National Arctic Wildlife Refuge (NAWR), in a final-hour push to open up the previously off-limits region to producers.The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a “call for nominations and comments” on 32 tracts covering 1.6 million acres of the ANWR’s Coastal Plain, through which interested companies can identify drilling sites to be bid for in an upcoming lease saleIt sets up the potential for drilling rights to be auctioned just days before the inauguration of president-elect Joe Biden on 20 January.Biden campaigned on his intention to ban oil and gas production in the Alaskan wilderness, rolling back steps taken by President Trump to open it up to oil companies.Firms now have until 17 December to register their interest in the lease sale, which could begin as soon as 30 days later.“Receiving input from industry on which tracts to make available for leasing is vital in conducting a successful lease sale,” said BLM Alaska state director Chad Padgett. “This call for nominations brings us one step closer to holding an historic first Coastal Plain lease sale, satisfying the directive of Congress in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and advancing this administration’s policy of energy independence.”The American Petroleum Institute, a trade body, welcomed the development, saying it is “long overdue and will create good-paying jobs and provide a new revenue stream for the state” in a statement carried by the New York Times. Oil producers have been asked to formally express their interest in exploring the Alaska National Arctic Wildlife Refuge, with a potential lease sale taking place just days before Joe Biden takes office in Januarylast_img read more

Lockdowns cut driving and crashes, bring insurance discounts

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Facebook WhatsApp By Associated Press – April 14, 2020 0 237 CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Lockdowns cut driving and crashes, bring insurance discounts Google+ Google+ Facebook (“Highway 404 & Highway 401” by Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine, Public Domain) DETROIT (AP) — People are driving less due to stay-at-home orders to stop the coronavirus from spreading, and consumer groups say that should mean lower auto insurance premiums.Some companies have responded, but the Consumer Federation of America reports that discounts may be too small and aren’t being applied evenly.In New York and Washington states, the number of traffic crashes fell by 30% last month.The federation says that means lower costs to insurance companies that should be passed on to consumers.The group suggests calling your insurer and commenting on social media if they don’t offer discounts. Previous articleCIB, Visit Indy cut executive pay to cope with pandemic lossNext articleDeadline approaching to apply to the Clay Fire Recruit Academy Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.last_img read more

Speech: Supporting Victims of Human Rights Abuses in DRC

first_imgMr President, let me begin by thanking Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Leila Zerrougui and Executive Director of AFIA MAMA, Anny Tenga Modi, for their informative briefings this morning. I will focus my intervention on four issues: human rights, the political situation, the humanitarian situation and MONUSCO.Mr President, helping survivors of sexual and gender-based violence is a UK priority in the DRC. We welcome the opportunity to hear from Ms Tenga Modi this morning, whose NGO does vital work to empower women, particularly those who are survivors of violence.In this context, I would like to very briefly raise a project that UK Aid has funded in fifteen villages in the Ituri region, which is working to challenge the social acceptance of violence against women and girls. Over just two years, women’s experience of domestic violence fell from 69% to 29%. And the percentage of men reporting that they had carried out domestic violence dropped form 68% to 24% in the same time period. These results show that sexual and gender-based violence can be tackled effectively, even in conflict-related settings.The UK remains concerned that rape, including mass rape, continues to be used as a weapon of war by armed groups and state actors. The United Kingdom condemns all acts of sexual and gender-based violence, including conflict related sexual violence, and we call upon the new government to deliver on its promises to bring perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence and other human rights abuses to justice.Mr President, several other delegations this morning have raised the situation in Yumbi. The United Kingdom is deeply concerned about the violence that took place in Yumbi territory in December 2018. The latest report from the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in DRC suggests that as many as 890 people were killed and thousands more displaced.We echo the comments made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet. We condemn all such violence and the perpetrators of these abhorrent crimes must be imminently brought to justice swiftly. Our Embassy in the DRC has raised our concerns with government authorities in the region and with local UN representatives.Mr President, the United Kingdom remains concerned at the reported discrepancies around the official results for the Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial elections. Continued efforts for increased transparency and inclusive dialogue with all political parties remain vital as DRC’s electoral process continues towards local election in late 2019 and 2020.The Congolese people clearly voted for change. The United Kingdom will engage with President Tshisekedi and his team to understand their plans for improving stability and prosperity in the DRC. A stable and prosperous DRC is vital for the Congolese people, for the region and for the rest of the international community.Mr President, turning to the Ebola outbreak, the United Kingdom commends the response to date, particularly given the challenging environment in which humanitarian and medical are operating. We deplore recent attacks on Ebola treatment centres and those responding to the outbreak. We once again strongly urge all parties to the armed conflict to fully respect international law and ensure full, safe, immediate and unhindered access for humanitarian and medical personnel.The Government of the DRC has just set out its Ebola response plan until the end of July. It is crucial that the international community steps up to support DRC and curb this outbreak as quickly as possible. The United Kingdom is making a significant contribution to this plan and urges others to do the same.Finally, as we approach the renewal of the MONUSCO mandate, the United Kingdom agrees that now is the time for the Mission to re-focus on an exit strategy. It is incumbent upon us all to ensure a responsible and sustainable exit of MONUSCO. Therefore, a fully consultative strategic review of the Mission will need to be undertaken before the Council makes a decision on the shape of MONUSCO’s exit.Thank you, Mr President.last_img read more

Videos/Audio/Review: Gov’t Mule Performs With Jason Bonham In Miami

first_imgGov’t Mule held court at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami, Florida on Sunday night. The evening was marked by a spectacular sit in by Jason Bonham, son of legendary drummer John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, to open the second set with a pair of Zeppelin classics “Since I’ve Been Loving You > No Quarter”. Sunday marked the 36th anniversary of Bonham’s untimely death.The first set was pure Mule thru and thru – the band stuck to its roots and played a full set of original music, highlighted with the likes of “Banks Of The Deep End” and “I’m A Ram” to close the set. As noted in the tapers section, “there were several hints of Zeppelin teases throughout the first set.”The second set opened with the aforementioned “Since I’ve Been Loving You > No Quarter” featuring Jason Bonham on the drum kit. Other set highlights included Mule’s take on Bob Marley’s “Lively Up Yourself” as well as a jam on the Grateful Dead’s “The Other One” with the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” lyrics segued into the Mule classic “Thorazine Shuffle” featuring some Santana “Oye Como Va” teases.Check out full audio, highlight videos, setlist and more below, all courtesy of CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS!Banks Of The Deep EndI’m A RamSince I’ve Been Loving You / No Quarter (with Jason Bonham replacing Matt Abts)Lively Up YourselfThe Other One Jam/Thorazine ShuffleFull AudioSetlist: Gov’t Mule at The Fillmore, Miami, FL – 9/25/16Set 1:World Boss >Mother EarthMr. ManLarger Than Life >Monday Mourning MeltdownDevil Likes It SlowBanks Of The Deep EndLife Before InsanityI’m A RamSet 2:Since I’ve Been Loving You with Jason Bonham, without Matt AbtsNo Quarter with Jason Bonham, without Matt AbtsFool’s MoonLively Up YourselfFallen Down >The Other One Jam with Gimme Shelter lyricsThorazine Shuffle with Oye Como Va teaseEncore:Child Of The Earthlast_img read more

HIV, malaria, women, and children

first_imgA new report on global health policy calls for the United States to maintain its commitment to fight HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis and to double the funds committed to maternal and child health, to $2 billion a year.The report, unveiled at a Boston University (BU) conference co-sponsored by BU, Harvard, and the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday (April 26), also recommends strengthening efforts at disease prevention, setting national global health priorities for the next 15 years, and bolstering collaboration and support of international institutions that can help in the effort, such as the World Health Organization, the World Bank, UNICEF, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.Harvard Provost Steven Hyman, who spoke at one of the event’s three panels, said it’s important that, as the academic field of global health emerges, it not be bound in a traditional academic silo. Though the creation of academic disciplines has been an important way to focus efforts in some fields, Hyman said a more problem-centered approach that draws solutions from many fields is more appropriate for global health.Hyman said New England is well placed to play a key role in global health, with collaborations already established among universities, hospitals, and businesses.BU President Robert Brown said that student interest in global health is “profoundly” greater now than it was a decade ago and that the international flavor of the region’s universities — both with many students from abroad coming here and students studying abroad — will give the area an advantage as global health increases in importance.The evidence that more students are interested in global health today is reflected on Harvard’s campuses, Hyman said, in courses that are so packed that students have to be admitted by lottery. When they graduate, though, he cautioned, those students will need careers that can harness their enthusiasm and apply it toward the greater good.“The real question is are we going to create the kinds of … opportunities that allow this wonderful burst of idealism to be wedded to a career path that allows a student to make a career in global health,” Hyman said.Novartis senior director Phil Dormitzer, who spoke on the panel featuring Hyman and Brown — and which also featured U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano and Genzyme Senior Vice President James Geraghty —  said that New England’s concentration of research institutions attracted Genzyme’s operations a few years ago from the San Francisco Bay area. Still, he said, one of the biggest challenges in global health is not necessarily marshalling the brain power, clinical expertise, and capital to conceive, test, and bring products to market. To be usable in the developing world, where the need is greatest, vaccines and critical drugs need to be made very inexpensively, something that is best done in other parts of the world.New England, Capuano said, has long outgrown its textile mill industrial roots and specializes in well-paying, knowledge-based industry. Today the dominant industry is in the biosciences, which Capuano said will likely move elsewhere as it matures, as production practices become refined and as manufacturing costs become more and more important. By then, Capuano said, the region’s powerful combination of knowledge-based resources will likely be on to the next big thing, whatever that may be.“We do intellectual capital. We build it in the university, we test it in the hospitals, we commercialize it in our businesses,” Capuano said.Outside of New England, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) student Amy Bei, participating on a panel of future global health leaders, said it is critical that capacity be built in the developing nations themselves. Bei, who worked in Tanzania on malaria, said she has a passion to help train local scientists.last_img read more

Dell EMC Providing Unmatched OpenStack Portfolio

first_imgWith Dell EMC, 1+1=3.  By combining the OpenStack solutions from pre-merger Dell and EMC, Dell EMC has extended the scope and reach of its solutions to a broader set of partners and customers.  By integrating the portfolio into its “Build, Extend, and Optimize” strategy, the organization now offers a comprehensive OpenStack approach enabling customers to leverage foundational elements to “build” their OpenStack Cloud, then apply emerging technologies to “extend” their OpenStack Cloud with new workloads, and finally, leverage proven solutions to “optimize” their implementations.The combined Dell EMC has taken this strategy a step further and has formalized solutions that are available for customers to leverage today.  The solutions are designed to correspond to a customer’s stage of OpenStack deployment.  Dell EMC is bringing these solutions to market via a “Build-to-buy” continuum with the goal of meeting their customers wherever they may land on this continuum.  The “build” end of the spectrum is geared for DIY customers, while the “buy” side is tailored more for those who wish to reduce risk, accelerate time-to-value, and realize lifecycle assurances by deploying an engineered system.The robust set of solutions available in Dell EMC’s “Build-to-Buy” offering includes four key components: Reference Architectures, Validated Solutions, Engineered Systems, and Hybrid Cloud platforms.  Some of the key offerings include:VxRack System with Neutrino turnkey OpenStack IaaS engineered systemValidate solution for OpenStack with Red HatOptimized OpenStack solutions with Canonical, Mirantis, Red Hat, and SUSEPartner plug-ins for ScaleIO, VNX, and XtremIOData protection extensions for OpenStackNFV architecture for wide range of Linux and OpenStack distributionsOpenStack services portfolio from assessment to implementationVisit our Everything OpenStack community page to learn more about these and other exciting solutions.Optimized OpenStack solutions – Optimized Reference ArchitecturesIt all starts with the community.  Dell EMC has increased its steadfast commitment and contributions to the community with product drivers across its portfolio (servers, networks and storage), with key projects (Cinder, Glance, Ironic, Manila and Swift), and with its most current OpenStack releases.  In addition to leading the Cinder project, Dell EMC is now leading two new OpenStack projects: EC2 API and Project Shovel and is active in QA, product and other working groups.If you are attending the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, please visit us at Booth #A1 or join us in one of our fifteen breakout sessions to experience first-hand the breadth of OpenStack products now available through Dell EMC.  Follow us on #DellEMC and #OpenStack. Providing “Build-to-Buy” options for CustomersOn the heels of completing its historic merger as well as a successful Dell EMC World event held last week in Austin, Dell EMC is breaking records in Barcelona.  With its largest show presence to date, Dell EMC is showcasing its unrivaled collection of products and solutions for OpenStack customers.As a premier sponsor of this event, Dell EMC will spotlight its commitment to the OpenStack community with a suite of offerings tailored to meet customers wherever they are on their OpenStack journey and its strong partner ecosystem.  These will be showcased in multiple breakout sessions and product demonstrations.last_img read more

Berger, on Fox Business, discusses tax reform, CU reg relief

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger, appearing Thursday on Fox Business Network’s Countdown to the Closing Bell with guest host Ashley Webster, talked about the association’s recent meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, tax reform and the importance of achieving regulatory relief for credit unions.Berger told Webster in the live television interview that he is “encouraged” by NAFCU’s meeting with Mnuchin and that the discussion was “extremely productive.”Webster also asked Berger about the importance of regulatory relief for credit unions. “Since Dodd-Frank passed in 2010, we’ve lost 1,500 credit unions,” Berger said, adding it’s time for some regulatory rollback.last_img read more

UNWTO: Call for innovators and entrepreneurs to accelerate the recovery of the tourism sector

first_imgParticipants should be able to show how their ideas can help tourism in response to COVID-19. Ideas must also be tested and ready for expansion, with a business plan and potential to be implemented in several countries. Faced with an unprecedented challenge, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), calls on innovators and entrepreneurs to propose new solutions so that the tourism sector can recover from the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Ideas that are ready to implement Call “Healing solutions” was launched in collaboration with the WHO and further enhances the joint response of the wider United Nations system to COVID-19. This global call calls on entrepreneurs and innovators to provide their ideas that can help the tourism sector to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and accelerate recovery efforts. The call is specifically aimed at finding ideas that could immediately make a difference: for destinations, for companies, and for public health efforts. The competition has started and entries close on April 10, 2020. Winners “Healing Solutions for Tourism Challenge” they will be invited to present their ideas to representatives of more than 150 governments. They will also enjoy the UNWTO access network, which includes hundreds of startups and leading companies from across the tourism sector. “Tourism is the sector that has hit COVID-19 the hardest. Our response must be strong and united. We must also embrace innovation. I invite all entrepreneurs and innovators to ideas that have been developed and are ready to be implemented to share them with us. We especially want to hear ideas that will help communities recover from this crisis, economically and socially, as well as ideas that can contribute to the public health response, ”said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. With millions of jobs at risk because the pandemic is hitting tourism harder than any other sector, the United Nations specialized travel agency has incorporated innovation into its broader response to the pandemic. The UNWTO is working closely with the WHO to mitigate the impact and put tourism at the center of future recovery efforts, and to work closely with governments and the private sector to strengthen cooperation and international solidarity. Source and photo: Ulast_img read more

Ethical obligations

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