Trump makes surprise extension to oil-drilling ban offshore Florida

first_imgThe move to prevent offshore oil drilling in Florida, South Carolina and Georgia for ten years has drawn criticism from industry groups Oil-drilling ban offshore Florida has political undercurrentClimate issues are riding high on the US political agenda ahead of November’s presidential election, in a campaign in which Democrat rival Joe Biden has put clean energy and environmental policies at the heart of his manifesto.Policy decisions made by President Trump during time in office – including withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change, a series of rollbacks to Obama-era emissions regulations, and opening up a protected Alaskan wilderness to oil exploration – have damaged his appeal to voters concerned with environmental issues.Nevertheless, he told the Florida crowd: “To my administration, environmental protection is a sacred obligation, and so it is our duty to fight for the dreams and livelihoods of the citizens we serve.”Florida is a key battleground in the upcoming election, with recent polls suggesting a tightly-contested race in the swing state, and Biden was quick to cast doubt on the president’s concern for the environment.He tweeted: “Just months ago, Donald Trump was planning to allow oil and gas drilling off the coast of Florida. Now, with 56 days until the election, he conveniently says that he changed his mind. Unbelievable.”Just months ago, Donald Trump was planning to allow oil and gas drilling off the coast of Florida.Now, with 56 days until the election, he conveniently says that he changed his mind. Unbelievable.You don’t have to guess where I stand: I oppose new offshore drilling.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 8, 2020Opening up the state’s coastal waters to fossil fuel production is a contentious issue among local residents – many of who will remember the nearby Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 – concerned about the impact of oil spills on wildlife and tourism.While the moratorium may appease the environmental concerns of Floridian voters, it has put President Trump at odds with his long-time allies in the oil and gas industry.API vice president of upstream policy Lem Smith said: “A ban on responsible energy development in the Eastern Gulf and the South Atlantic puts at risk hundreds of thousands of new jobs, US energy security advancements and billions of dollars in critical revenue for states.“We are deeply disappointed that the administration has taken this action.”President of the National Ocean Industries Association Erik Milito added: “The American offshore should be the region of choice for energy production. Limiting access to our offshore energy resources only shortchanges America and dulls our national outlook.” President Trump signed the moratorium at an event in Jupiter, Florida (Credit: White House/Joyce Boghosian) US President Donald Trump has extended a ban on offshore oil and gas drilling off the Florida coast, and widened it to include the Atlantic waters of Georgia and South Carolina.The 10-year moratorium will prevent leasing in these areas around the Eastern Gulf of Mexico for the purposes of exploration, development or production, running from July 2022 – when the current ban expires – to the end of June 2032.The decision marks a reversal for the Trump administration, which just two years ago proposed opening up vast areas of US coastal waters to oil and gas drilling.It is a surprise move that will please environmentalists but deals a blow to oil US oil producers who have long coveted the region for new drilling opportunities.The American Petroleum Institute (API), an influential trade organisation, said it was “deeply disappointed”, and called it “the wrong approach at the wrong time”.But President Trump, declaring himself a “great environmentalist”, told an audience in Jupiter, Florida, that the executive order “protects your beautiful gulf and your beautiful ocean, and it will for a long time to come”.last_img read more

USA: Navy Surgeon General Participates in NNOA Conference

first_img View post tag: conference Training & Education USA: Navy Surgeon General Participates in NNOA Conference July 25, 2012 View post tag: General View post tag: Participates The Navy’s surgeon general and chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery participated in the Enterprise Leadership Panel at the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) 40th Professional Development and Training Conference July 24.Navy Surgeon General, Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, told an audience of more than 100 attendees that the main mission of Navy Medicine is to keep the nation’s naval forces medically ready to operate around the world in support of U.S. national objectives. “Readiness is the hallmark of Navy Medicine,” Nathan said. “Everywhere a Sailor or Marine goes, Navy Medicine goes with them, and it is my mission to keep the warfighter safe on, above and below the water and on and off the battlefield.”Nathan highlighted the Navy’s global mission of being forward deployed to provide a power projection and deterrence role, while also being ready to respond to humanitarian assistance and disaster response requirements.“We are a global force for good,” said Nathan. “We prepare for war, but on a daily basis we operate for peace.”Navy Medicine is a key element of the maritime strategy’s humanitarian assistance capability. Nathan stressed the importance of diversity in the Navy and in Navy Medicine in supporting the maritime strategy.“It is imperative for us to field the best team possible through diversity,” Nathan said. “It’s never been more important to create cultural ties and bonds around the world through humanitarian missions, like Pacific Partnership. When the world sees the diverse tapestry and backgrounds of the personnel who make up the U.S. Navy, we can better become a leader in national security around the globe.”NNOA is one of the largest affinity organizations committed to recruiting, developing and retaining minority officers. The purpose of the event is to provide professional development for personnel of the sea services and to demonstrate the importance of cultural diversity.Other naval leaders on the panel included Vice Adm. Allen Myers, commander of Naval Air Forces and commander of Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Rear Adm. Bruce Grooms, deputy, Operations Plans and Strategy; Rear Adm. Michael Tillotson, commander of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command; and Rear Adm. Gordon Russell, commander of Navy Intelligence Reserve Command. Each highlighted the importance of enhancing leadership, mentorship and diversity in the Navy.As the Navy Surgeon General and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Nathan leads a global healthcare network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 25, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Surgeoncenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Navy Surgeon General Participates in NNOA Conference View post tag: NNOA View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Boardwalk Art Show Runs Friday Through Sunday

first_imgThe Ocean City Arts Center’s 53rd annual Boardwalk Art Show will be held Friday through Sunday, August 7 to August 9.The Boardwalk Art Show offers a chance to buy or just look.The show will run from 8th to 11th streets on the Boardwalk from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.Leading artists from throughout the East Coast will participate in one of the longest-running fine art shows in the country. The Boardwalk Art Show is one of few multiday shows that is purely two-dimensional juried fine art.Visitors can see or buy fine artwork at reasonable prices.The juried categories are oil/acrylics, watercolor, drawing, hand-pulled prints, and photography. Prizes total more than $2,000 including a Purchase award where the Ocean City Arts Center buys a piece of art and adds it to the Permanent Collection at the Center. It is then exhibited throughout the year in one of the studios.Many artists enjoy this show more than others because of the huge Boardwalk crowd. Many visitors now plan Ocean City vacations around the show, which is always the first weekend in August.The Ocean City Arts Center runs fundraisers throughout the year, but this one is the Center’s biggest event.The first Boardwalk Art Show in 1962 served as the genesis of the Ocean City Arts Center. The event was started by Dr. Marcia Smith, James F. Penland and Mayor B. Thomas Waldman. Tents line the ocean side of the Ocean City Boardwalk for the annual Boardwalk Art Show, which runs Friday through Sunday (August 7 to 9) this year.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgFlour conformityAll flour bought by government departments will soon have to conform to British farming and manufacturing standards. Under a new government plan, flour used in hospitals, schools and prisons will have to meet production standards such as the Red Tractor scheme or LEAF Marque scheme. The commitment is for government departments to procure commodities such as flour rather than processed products like bread and cakes, said Defra.NAMB gatheringFormer Greggs MD Sir Mike Darrington will be one of the speakers at the National Association of Master Bakers’ (NAMB) social/business weekend on 27-28 November at the Menzies Welcombe Hotel & Golf club in Stratford-upon-Avon. He will join fellow speaker, Alette Addison, head of the salt reduction strategy at the Food Standards Agency. Cost for the whole weekend is £130 per person. Details from the NAMB on 01920 468061 or email [email protected] for Lammas For the second year running The Real Bread Campaign is encouraging bakers to bake a loaf for Lammas over the weekend of 31 July/1 August. Its Local Loaves for Lammas campaign also encourages consumers to buy a local loaf.BBC accolades Nominations are being invited for BBC Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards, which include the best food producer and best local food retailer categories. The awards are a chance to nominate the people, businesses and organisations that make a difference to culinary Britain. See the website for more information, including entry rules and previous winners. The closing date for entries is 15 August.last_img read more

Majority of young victims of unintentional shootings

first_imgOver three-quarters of youths under age 15 who die in firearm accidents are shot by another person, usually another youth, according to new research from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). It is the first multi-state, in-depth study of who fires the shot in unintentional firearm fatalities. The study appears online and will be published in the July 2010 issue of the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center at HSPH, and colleagues Catherine Barber Matthew Miller, used data from 17 states participating in the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionfrom 2003 to 2006 to determine who fired the shot in unintentional firearm fatalities. Among the 363 unintentional firearm deaths, about half were inflicted by others. The percentage that was other-inflicteddeclined with the victim’s age. For shooting victims under age 15, 78% were other-inflicted, while among those age 55 and over, 81% had shot themselves.In the large majority of shootings that were other-inflicted, the shooter was young; four out of five of the shooters were under age 25, and one in three were under age 15. Fifty-nine percent of the fatal incidents took place in a home; among these, over a third took place in a home other than the victim’s. The shooters were well known to the victims: 47% of shooters were related to the victim, most often the victim’s brother. Another 43% of shooters in these incidents were friends of the victim. Most of the remaining shooters were acquaintances: fewer than 2% were strangers.“The young age of most of the shooters and victims shows what can happen when young people get their hands on a gun,” said Hemenway. “Youth with guns are a danger to themselves, but even more so to theirfriends and family.”“In over one-third of American homes with children, there are guns. Many of these guns are left unlocked or loaded or both,” said Daniel Gross, founder of the youth gun-violence prevention organization, PAX. “The results of this study underscore the need for simple and effective programs, such as PAX’s ‘Asking Saves Kids’ (ASK) campaign, which aim to reduce youth access to firearms and help cut the number of unintentional shootings, particularly among youths.”This study was supported by the Joyce Foundation.last_img read more

Deadline looms for two HMS fellowships

first_imgTwo fellowships in Harvard Medical School’s (HMS) media fellowship program are open for applications from reporters. This spring’s two fellowship themes are how regenerative biology is changing the future of medicine and cancer genetics: interrogating one of medicine’s greatest adversaries. The deadline for both is Feb. 7.The media fellowship program is entering its 14th season and has hosted dozens of reporters from print, radio, and television. Reporters work with HMS staff to design a program around the fellowship theme tailored to their particular interests and then spend a week meeting one-on-one with roughly 20 faculty and other relevant stakeholders. Fellows have often formed lasting relationships with these subject matter experts, and the School does not play gatekeeper in those relationships.Applicants should send a two- to three-paragraph email detailing what they want to take away from the fellowship and stating that their have permission from their editor, or usual freelance clients, to cover the topic generically in the future. (Fellows are not obligated to cover Harvard’s work in the area, just the field as a whole.)Successful applicants will be notified by Feb. 21. HMS will pay for participants’ lodging, and the program includes a per diem for meals.To apply, email [email protected] For questions, call 617.432.0441.last_img read more

Pfister named interim dean

first_imgDonald Pfister, Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany and dean of the Harvard Summer School, has been appointed interim dean of Harvard College, effective July 10.Pfister’s career at Harvard spans nearly 40 years. He is an award-winning teacher, an influential scholar of plant and fungal biology, and a committed student advocate, most notably as master of Kirkland House for 18 years.“Don’s deep engagement both with undergraduate education and with the learning communities of the Houses, combined with his outstanding leadership of the Summer School, make him uniquely well prepared to guide the College through this period of transition,” said Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). “I am deeply grateful to Don for agreeing to take yet another in a long line of important roles in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.”Pfister is also acting director of the Harvard University Herbaria and curator of the Farlow Reference Library and Herbarium.“The College is filled with talented, energetic students who breathe so much life into this University, and I have always enjoyed engaging with them in and out of the classroom. Certainly in this new role, that will continue,” Pfister said. “I know the staff of the College is also talented and committed to meeting any challenge that arises. I look forward to working with all of them to continue to move the College forward in reaching its goals and fulfilling its mission.”Pfister will serve as dean on an interim basis, taking over for Evelynn M. Hammonds, who completed her five-year term as dean at the beginning of the month. In the fall, Smith will launch a search for the new College dean. He will convene an advisory committee of faculty and will consult broadly with faculty, students, staff, and alumni.“Evelynn has led the College with energy and commitment, and I thank her and wish her all the best as she returns to the faculty,” Smith said.After starting his career at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Pfister joined the Department of Biology at Harvard in 1974. His research centers on the biology and systematics of fungi. Using molecular, life history, and morphological methods, his laboratory strives to understand the relationships of fungi within certain groups and to uncover their diversity. In addition, Pfister studies the history of collections and collectors, and has published a bibliographic guide to the early literature on fungi.Along with his research, Pfister’s excellence in teaching has been widely recognized over the years. He has taught courses in plant and fungal biology in settings ranging from freshman seminars at the College to courses in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He also has taught in the Summer School and Extension School, and in 2004 was honored for 25 years of teaching at the Extension School.In 2008, Pfister was appointed dean of the Summer School, bringing innovative courses to the program in Cambridge and supporting the creation of several new faculty-led study abroad programs. To help strengthen the summer community, he initiated faculty lunch tables in Annenberg Hall and a faculty orientation program.That same year, Pfister received the William H. Weston Award for Teaching Excellence from the Mycological Society of America. He is also a former president of the society.He has served on numerous FAS committees and has been a member of the Administrative Board for University Extension since 1998. From 1982 through 2000, Pfister and his wife, Cathleen, were masters of Kirkland House. As masters, the Pfisters became known for hosting pizza study breaks and dessert socials.Pfister received his undergraduate degree in biology from Miami University (Ohio) and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.last_img read more

Ash Center launches Innovation Field Lab New York

first_img A summer of service to cities Related The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation today announced the launch of the Innovation Field Lab New York, a new two-year program comprising data-driven experimentation and real-time policy innovation to improve neighborhoods in 10 cities in the state of New York.The program supports city leaders through data-analytic support, applied research, and executive education aimed at strengthening performance leadership in the fight against blight and distressed properties. Community engagement and a focus on equitable impact are integral parts of the work. “Our mission is to help governments become more effective, efficient, equitable, and responsive to social needs” — Jorrit de Jong Through the Bloomberg Harvard Initiative, student fellows help mayors to improve lives center_img The program builds upon the successful work of the center’s existing Innovation Field Lab in Massachusetts, launched in 2014, which has embedded over 150 graduate students to collaborate with local governments from across eastern Massachusetts to develop more holistic, preventative, and strategic interventions to resolve the prevalence of problem properties.Jorrit de Jong, lecturer in public policy and management and academic director of the center’s Innovation in Government Program, said “Our mission is to help governments become more effective, efficient, equitable, and responsive to social needs. We are very excited to work with 10 new cities that are all highly motivated to develop and implement innovative ideas that improve the quality of life for residents.”The Innovation Field Lab works with a unique collaborative of cities and organizations named Cities for Responsible Investment and Strategic Enforcement Program (Cities RISE) established by the New York State Office of Attorney General in 2017 that provides cities with an opportunity to pilot creative and forward-thinking local initiatives in the fight against blight and distressed properties. Participating cities include Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Elmira, Mount Vernon, Newburgh, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Syracuse, and White Plains.As part of the program, mayors and senior city leaders involved in blight reduction will participate in an executive education retreat at Harvard Kennedy School to learn from each other and from state-of-the-art research, build new skills and relationships, and develop an actionable innovation strategy for their cities. Innovation Field Lab New York will also help cities evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and measure impact through a variety of research methods. The lessons will be shared among the 10 participating cities, creating a community of practice focused on peer-to-peer learning.The Ash Center will be partnering with Tolemi, a civic technology company focused on data integration and spatial analytics, and Hester Street, an urban planning, design, and development nonprofit that works to ensure neighborhoods are shaped by the people who live in them. Read Full Storylast_img read more

West End’s Shakespeare in Love is Broadway Aimed

first_img Adapted by Tony winner Lee Hall and directed by Declan Donnellan, the production officially opened at London’s Noel Coward Theatre on July 23 and also stars Tony nominee Paul Chahidi. Set in London during the late 16th century, Shakespeare in Love centers on young playwright William Shakespeare, who is struggling with his latest work Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter. A great fan of Shakespeare’s plays is young, wealthy Viola who is about to be married to the cold-hearted Lord Wessex, but constantly dreams of becoming an actress. Women were not allowed to act on stage at that time, but, dressed up as a boy, Viola successfully auditions for the part of Romeo. Soon she and William are caught in a forbidden romance that provides rich inspiration for his play. The movie, penned by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and directed by John Madden, won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench. Shakespeare in Love also starred Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush and Tom Wilkinson. Can you love a fool? Can you love a player? The answer from London is a resounding yes. The acclaimed West End stage adaptation of the hit 1998 film Shakespeare in Love is aiming for Broadway in the 2015-16 season. According to the New York Post, the transfer will probably star Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen, reprising their lead roles of Will Shakespeare and Viola De Lesseps.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Flowers and Fleas.

first_imgSpring is just around the corner and the signs are all around.The days are warmer, flowering trees are growing buds and fleasare hopping across the lawn.Yes, fleas are a sign of spring.”Fleas populate best in warm, humid conditions,”said Nancy Hinkle, an Extension Service entomologist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. “That’s why you don’t notice fleas in the heightof the summer or in the winter.”Flea larvae develop outdoors in the soil. Spring’s heavy rainscan drown them, and summer’s heat and low humidity can dry themout. Winter’s dry freezes can kill them, too.”When temperatures moderate in the fall and spring, flealarval survival improves,” Hinkle said. “That’s whenpeople start fighting fleas in their homes and on their pets.”Most Fleas Are Cat FleasOf the fleas on our pets, 95 percent are cat fleas.”Cat fleas are found in North America, and dog fleas arefound in Europe,” Hinkle said. “Although they’re differentspecies, they look almost identical.”The main distinguishing characteristic between the two typesis only visible under a microscope.To survive, all fleas have to have an animal host of some kind.”As long as dogs and cats are around, fleas will be attractedto them. But when the only warm bodies present are humans, fleaswill take whatever is available and start biting,” Hinklesaid. “Fortunately, they don’t survive well on human bloodand won’t be able to reproduce, so eventually the population willdie out.”Pet-free Homes Can Still Have FleasEven if your home is pet-free, you can still have fleas. Catfleas also live on stray dogs and cats and wild animals like raccoonsand opossums.”Cat fleas have been found on several dozen mammals,”Hinkle said. “Frequently wild or stray animals find shelterunder homes or outbuildings. When the animal abandons the site,the fleas are left behind.”The starving fleas then crawl up through cracks in the subflooringsearching for a host, Hinkle said.”For several reasons, some people are more attractiveto insects than other people are,” Hinkle said. “Itcan be something as simple as a compound in their perspiration.That’s why some people attract blood-feeding insects like mosquitoesand fleas more than other people.”On the other hand, some people are just more sensitive to theflea’s bite.People and Pets Can Be Allergic”While some people can hardly feel the bite of a flea,others experience the bite as a severe irritation,” she said.”This is an allergic response to the allergens in flea salivaand can result in brief irritation or prolonged itching.”In some cases, dogs and cats can be allergic to flea bites,too.”In flea-allergic pets, the bite from a single flea cancause a severe response,” said Hinkle. “In additionto controlling fleas and eliminating your pet’s exposure to them,you should have your veterinarian refer you to a veterinary dermatologist.”At UGA, Hinkle is working to develop integrated pest managementof fleas by combining habitat modification and other control strategies.last_img read more