Here’s what you need to know about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s first-ever oil lease sale

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Arctic | Federal GovernmentHere’s what you need to know about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s first-ever oil lease saleJanuary 5, 2021 by Tegan Hanlon, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage Share:The Canning River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Randy Brown/USFWS)Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2021/01/ANWR-way.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Two weeks before leaving office, the Trump administration is planning to hold the first-ever oil and gas lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.The sale, scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday in Alaska, is a controversial milestone in a 40-year battle over whether to drill for oil in a part of the refuge called the coastal plain.So, how did we get here after such a long debate? And what will happen next?Here’s what we know so far.What, exactly, is the coastal plain?The coastal plain, also known as the 1002 Area, is the northernmost slice of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, along the Beaufort Sea.The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain is shown in orange. USGS map)It covers an area roughly the size of Delaware, and makes up about 8% of the refuge, in northeast Alaska.There’s one village within the coastal plain, Kaktovik, where Inupiaq political leaders support drilling even as residents are divided on the issue. The land is also home to migrating caribou, birds, polar bears and lots of other wildlife. And, it’s thought to sit on top of, potentially, billions of barrels of oil.A view of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain on Friday, June 14, 2019, from a flight from the village of Kaktovik to the village of Fort Yukon. (Nat Herz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)For decades, conservation groups and Gwich’in tribes who live just outside the refuge have fought to protect the coastal plain from oil development, while many Alaska politicians have fought to open the area to drilling.After so much debate, how did the government get to a lease sale?Part of that story starts in 1980.That’s when Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. The act created the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Before that, it was the smaller Arctic National Wildlife Range.The act designated millions of acres of the refuge as wilderness, but not the coastal plain. Instead, in Section 1002 of the act, Congress asked the Interior Department to study the possibility of oil development in the coastal plain. (And it subsequently became also known as the 1002 Area.) Congress also reserved the power to decide later whether to open it to drilling.And so began the fight over what to do with the land, which went unresolved for decades.And then came 2017.What big change happened in 2017?The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski worked with the White House to open the coastal plain to drilling as part of the massive tax bill. It was pushed into the bill as a way to create revenue to offset tax cuts. Sen. Lisa Murkowski delivers remarks about the opening of the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. President Donald Trump, Congressman Don Young and Senator Dan Sullivan listen on. (White House video screenshot)The bill directed the federal government to carry out two lease sales in the coastal plain by the end of 2024, with the first by the end of this year.The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the leasing program could generate $1.8 billion over a decade, to be split between Alaska and the federal government.But critics of the sale, including the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense, say they expect the dollar-figure to be much lower.Since Trump signed the tax bill into law, the federal Bureau of Land Management has led the environmental review process that’s required before a lease sale can take place.Opponents of the sale say the administration picked up a lot of speed — too much speed, they argue — to lock in oil drilling in the weeks after the November presidential election. BLM set Jan. 6 as the date for a lease sale in early December, while a 30-day comment window was still ongoing.What is the Trump administration selling exactly?It’s offering drilling rights to 22 tracts of land that cover about 1 million federal acres of the coastal plain, or about 5% of the whole refuge.The highest bidder on each tract will get a 10-year oil and gas lease for that piece of land. If a tract gets no bids, then no one gets the lease.A map of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain shows the tracts of land that will be included in an oil and gas lease sale on Jan. 6. The Bureau of Land Management has removed the numbered tracts shaded gray. (Screenshot BLM document)What happens Wednesday?Those interested in buying the oil leases had to submit sealed bids to the government last month.At 10 a.m. Wednesday in Alaska, government officials will open those bids in an event streamed online, and accept the highest offers.What happens after the sale?The leases will not be issued on Wednesday.The Department of Justice will need to conduct an antitrust review. And winning bidders also must sign paperwork and pay.The process to issue the leases usually takes about two months, but the Trump administration will likely try to finalize the sales in just two weeks, before Democratic President Joe Biden is sworn in Jan. 20.Bernadette Demientieff, director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, testifies at a U.S. House hearing in March 2019. (Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)Wait. Aren’t there a lot of lawsuits?Right. Looming over the sale are four lawsuits, filed by environmental organizations, the Gwich’in Steering Committee, tribal groups and a coalition of 15 states.In court documents, they argue the Trump administration’s oil-leasing program for the refuge is rushed and legally flawed, and any agreements based on it — including any leases — should, basically, be canceled.In three of the lawsuits, the groups requested a preliminary injunction.That means they wanted U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason to stop the government from issuing any oil leases for the refuge, and from allowing any seismic oil exploration, until the broader lawsuits are resolved.But Gleason denied those requests late Tuesday afternoon.What do we know about who will bid on the oil and gas leases?Not a whole lot.BLM spokeswoman Lesli Ellis-Wouters said Monday that the agency has received bids, but she declined to say how many or who they came from.Oil and gas companies aren’t talking publicly about their plans for the sale either.A spokesman for the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, which seemed like a likely contender to participate in the sale, confirmed by email Tuesday that it is not bidding.Oil industry analysts have said they expect interest to be lukewarm in the sale for many reasons.A major one is the opposition.Rep. Deb Haaland, at podium, spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C. to oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 2018, a few weeks before she was sworn in. President-elect Joe Biden says he will nominate Haaland to lead the Department of the Interior. (Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)Opponents to drilling in the refuge have raised concerns about its impacts on Indigenous people, the global climate, and wildlife, including the caribou that give birth in the coastal plain and the polar bears that den there.They’ve lobbied oil companies, banks and other financial institutions to stay away from developing the refuge. A number of major banks say they won’t fund oil projects in the Arctic.Also, drilling in the Arctic is expensive, and last year’s oil price war, paired with the pandemic, hit the industry hard.On top of that, there’s uncertainty around future oil demand, how much oil actually exists under the coastal plain and the changing presidential administration.Citing concerns about limited industry interest, Alaska politicians have recently lobbied for the state to step into the sale.And, in a very unusual move, the board of the state-owned Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority voted to bid up to $20 million on the leases.An AIDEA spokeswoman declined to say this week whether the corporation actually decided to submit any offers.Who can bid on the leases?The federal rules are kind of vague, and say those who can hold a lease include pretty much any private, public or municipal corporation organized under the law.Ellis-Wouters, with BLM, says bidders must have an intent to develop the land.Who supports drilling in the refuge and who opposes it?It’s a complicated answer.Alaskans are divided on the issue, just like the country is.Many Alaska politicians, including the current Congressional delegation, have long fought to open the coastal plain to drilling. Oil and gas industry trade groups also support developing the coastal plain, along with the Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation, the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and Alaska’s governor. They argue it’d be good for jobs, the economy and state revenue, and say drilling can happen without harming the land and animals.On the other side, environmental and conservation groups have long tried to keep oil rigs out of the refuge. They counter that there’s no way oil development can happen in the coastal plain without harming wildlife and the tundra, and without exacerbating climate change in a place that’s already warming fast. Among some of the most vocal opponents are the Gwich’in, an Indigenous group who say the land is sacred and whose members hunt caribou that commonly give birth in the refuge.Caribou graze on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with the Brooks Range as a backdrop. (USFWS)President-elect Joe Biden says he also opposes drilling in the refuge, but can he reverse oil leasing?If the oil leases are finalized before Biden takes office, it could be more difficult to reverse course.It’s possible Biden could try to buy the leases back.Also, just because a company has a lease doesn’t mean it can immediately go develop the land. Analysts have said it’s possible a Biden administration could hold up the process for companies to get the permits they need to search for oil and build their infrastructure.“What they would try to do is make it so difficult, so onerous, to get the array of permits that the companies just kind of say, ‘Well, we’re not going to spend 10 years just trying to get a simple permit, we’re going to put our money and our investment elsewhere,’” says Andy Mack, a former Alaska natural resources commissioner.Meanwhile, in federal court, the lawsuits are expected to continue to wind through the system, and a judge could later rule to cancel the leases.Still, the 2017 tax law exists, ordering a second lease sale in the coastal plain by the end of 2024. Congress would have to pass a law to undo that part of the tax act if it doesn’t want to follow through.What questions do you have that we missed? Email reporter Tegan Hanlon at [email protected] Alaska Public Media’s Nat Herz contributed to this report.Editor’s note: This post has been updated.Share this story:last_img read more

Tower Hamlets approves Canary Wharf’s plans for 3,600 homes

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Bacon, soda, and too few nuts tied to big portion of US deaths

first_img Joe Raedle/Getty Images Replace bad fats with good foods for heart health, study says A journal editorial said public health policies targeting unhealthy eating could potentially help prevent some deaths, while noting that the study isn’t solid proof that “suboptimal” diets were deadly.The study’s recommended amounts, based on US government guidelines, nutrition experts’ advice, and amounts found to be beneficial or harmful in previous research:‘Good’ ingredientsFruits: 3 average-sized fruits dailyVegetables: 2 cups cooked or 4 cups raw vegetables dailyNuts/seeds: 5 1-ounce servings per week — about 20 nuts per servingWhole grains: 2 ½ daily servingsPolyunsaturated fats, found in many vegetable oils: 11 percent of daily caloriesSeafood: about 8 ounces weekly‘Bad’ ingredientsRed meat: 1 serving weekly — 1 medium steak or the equivalentProcessed meat: None recommendedSugary drinks: None recommendedSodium: 2,000 milligrams daily — just under a teaspoon of salt.— Lindsey Tanner Associated Press “Bad” foods or nutrients that were over-eaten include salt and salty foods; processed meats including bacon, bologna, and hot dogs; red meat including steaks and hamburgers; and sugary drinks.The research is based on US government data showing there were about 700,000 deaths in 2012 from heart disease, strokes, and diabetes and on an analysis of national health surveys that asked participants about their eating habits. Most didn’t eat the recommended amounts of the foods studied.advertisement About the Author Reprints HealthBacon, soda, and too few nuts tied to big portion of US deaths The 10 ingredients combined contributed to about 45 percent of those deaths, according to the study.It may sound like a familiar attack on the typical American diet, and the research echoes previous studies on the benefits of heart-healthy eating. But the study goes into more detail on specific foods and their risks or benefits, said lead author Renata Micha, a public health researcher and nutritionist at Tufts University.The results were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Micha said the 10 foods and nutrients were singled out because of research linking them with the causes of death studied. For example, studies have shown that excess salt can increase blood pressure, putting stress on arteries and the heart. Nuts contain healthy fats that can improve cholesterol levels, while bacon and other processed meats contain saturated fats that can raise levels of unhealthy LDL cholesterol.In the study, too much salt was the biggest problem, linked with nearly 10 percent of the deaths. Overeating processed meats and under-eating nuts and seeds and seafood each were linked with about 8 percent of the deaths.The Food and Drug Administration’s recent voluntary sodium reduction guidelines for makers of processed foods and taxes that some US cities have imposed on sugar-sweetened beverages are steps in the right direction, Micha said.center_img Related: CHICAGO — Gorging on bacon, skimping on nuts? These are among food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes, and diabetes.Overeating or not eating enough of the 10 foods and nutrients contributes to nearly half of US deaths from these causes, the study suggests.“Good” foods that were under-eaten include: nuts and seeds; seafood rich in omega-3 fats including salmon and sardines; fruits and vegetables; and whole grains.advertisement Related: Restaurant meals are packed with calories, and we still keep eating them Tags nutrition By Associated Press March 7, 2017 Reprintslast_img read more

Could a drug for arthritis in dogs also fight cancer in people?

first_img Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED A freezer at the Broad Institute in where vials of drug compounds are stored. Jonathan Wiggs/Boston Globe About the Author Reprints Could a drug for arthritis in dogs also fight cancer in people? Drugs for diabetes, inflammation, alcoholism — and even for treating arthritis in dogs — can also kill cancer cells in the lab, according to a study by researchers who tested thousands of approved medicines and experimental compounds in a search for unrecognized cancer-fighting properties.The study, by scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, analyzed more than 4,500 drugs and compounds collected in the Broad’s recently established Drug Repurposing Hub. The researchers found that nearly 50 non-oncology drugs killed different human cancer cell lines. In the Lab Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What is it? GET STARTED Log In | Learn More What’s included? By Jonathan Saltzman — Boston Globe Jan. 21, 2020 Reprints Tags Bostoncancerdrug developmentSTAT+ Jonathan Saltzman — Boston Globe STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.last_img read more

The year 2020 in space discoveries

first_img (CNN) — This year has been a tough one no matter where you live in the world, but discoveries beyond our planet and dazzling images of the cosmos provided a bright spot in 2020.Astronauts continued to safely travel to space, despite the pandemic, and even embarked on historic launches. And they taught us how to handle isolation.We learned more about our little corner of the universe as well as the vast reaches beyond it studded with strange stars — and even stranger exoplanets.Hubble’s 30th anniversaryThe Hubble Space Telescope launched 30 years ago in April, forever changing the way we see the universe. The telescope’s ethereal, dreamy and almost fantasy-like views of space vistas have inspired people for decades and led to some of the most important astronomical discoveries. FGCU invites 2020 graduates back for in-person Grad Walk May 29, 2021 AdvertisementHubble has enabled astronomers around the world to study black holes, mysterious dark energy, distant galaxies and galactic mergers. This vital research instrument has observed planets outside of our solar system and where they form around stars, and star formation and death;and it has looked across 97% of the universe, effectively peering back in time.Hubble teams in 2020 have continued to release new images and contributed to a wealth of discoveries. Hubble’s scientists believe that the telescope will keep operating through at least 2025, if not longer.NASA: Hubble captured this image of a giant red nebula and smaller blue neighbor nebula to celebrate its 30th anniversary in April.Humans in spaceThis year marked 20 years of a continuous human presence on the International Space Station. RELATEDTOPICS Jeff Bezos to go to space on first crewed flight of Blue Origin rocket June 8, 2021 Some of the experiments launched on the space station this year included genetically enhanced “mighty mice” and Nickelodeon’s slime. What’s more, astronauts even tested baking cookies and growing their own salad ingredients in space.Astronauts also learned more about how their bodies adapt to space. A suite of studies revealed some of the genetic changes astronauts experience during long-term spaceflight, a crew had to handle a blood clot in space, and NASA astronaut Christina Koch set a new spaceflight record for women.Commercial cargo vehicles and crew transport provided by SpaceX are allowing more experiments and astronauts to travel to and from the space station — which means that even more scientific discovery is possible on the space station in the future. And the current crew recently received a VR camera and a new toilet based on astronaut feedback.A long-lost cometComet NEOWISE brought delight as it streaked across our skies. It’s named after NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, otherwise known as the NEOWISE mission, which discovered it in late March.By observing the comet, the researchers have learned that it’s about 3 miles in diameter, the average size for a comet with a long orbit. And it’s incredibly bright, even if it’s not as spectacular as Comet Hale-Bopp as witnessed in 1997.After disappearing from view, the comet continued on its very long orbit to the edge of the solar system.This is why we won’t see the comet again in our lifetimes — it takes thousands of years to travel the outer solar system before returning to the inner solar system. But, scientists point out, this means the comet isn’t exactly new, only new to us, because it previously passed through Earth’s skies when humans were present about 6,800 years ago.Our peculiar neighborsThe moon, Venus, Mars and Jupiter all made news with new discoveries on each planet that are intriguing researchers.New research revealed there may be more water on the moon than previously believed, including on its sunlit surface. This water could be used as a resource during upcoming missions — like NASA’s return of humans to the lunar surface through the Artemis program.The first results returned by NASA’s InSight lander revealed that Mars is seismically active and experiences Marsquakes on a regular basis.Venus may have the ability to harbor life in its clouds. A gas on Earth was also detected in the atmosphere of Venus. The discovery of phosphine could hint at unknown processes occurring on Earth’s “twin.” Phosphine suggests the presence of life on Earth. And the idea of aerial life in the clouds of Venus is intriguing. While it’s not likely, researchers want to probe this idea more in the future.The Juno mission at Jupiter investigated water on the largest planet in our solar system, as well as observing blue sprites and elves twirling in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter. While it may sound like something out of a fantasy novel, sprites and elves are actually two types of quick, bright flashes of light, or transient luminous events. Juno and Hubble also spied monstrous storms and the planet’s jack-o’-lantern glow.The lightning phenomenon known as a sprite depicted at Jupiter in this illustration.Asteroid samples postmarked for EarthIn October, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission briefly landed on the near-Earth asteroid Bennu and successfully collected a hefty sample from the asteroid’s surface that will be returned to Earth by 2023.It was the agency’s first mission to land on an asteroid and collect a sample, and the spacecraft sent back some great images of the historic moment.Meanwhile, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa2 mission dropped off its sample collection capsule, containing samples from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, in December before moving on to visit more asteroids. The sample is some of the first subsurface material ever collected from an asteroid.The samples from both asteroids could tell us more about how the solar system formed and how elements like water were delivered to Earth early in its history.Spacecraft cameras captured the moment OSIRIS-REx touched down on Bennu.Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, BetelgeuseThis year was all about Betelgeuse, a red giant star in the Orion constellation thought to be on the brink of a supernova explosion.The star began dimming in 2019 and continued in 2020, leading astronomers to think it may explode.But Hubble helped astronomers determine that the star ejected some of its material, which blocked light from the star. The star is typically one of the brightest in our sky. However, not all researchers agree on this scenario and continue to observe Betelgeuse.Black holes in the spotlightIt’s kind of fitting that 2020 may go down in space discovery history as the year of the black hole — considering all of our plans for this year seemed to disappear down a black hole of their own.The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for black hole discoveries that revealed the “darkest secrets of the universe.”A record-breaking explosion created by a black hole 390 million light-years away was discovered by astronomers. Researchers compared the biggest explosion detected in the universe to the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption — except “you could fit fifteen Milky Way galaxies in a row into the crater this eruption punched” through a gaseous cluster in space, they said.Astronomers discovered the long-sought intermediate-mass black hole, the size of which is between that of supermassive black holes and smaller black holes. This finding will help scientists understand how black holes evolve. The research team was able to confirm the observation of an intermediate-mass black hole, known as an IMBH, inside a dense cluster of stars.Gravitational waves were also detected from the merging of two black holes that included an intermediate-mass black hole.Researchers also found the closest black hole to Earth 1,000 light-years away, observed the beating heart of a supermassive black hole and detected light from two colliding black holes for the first time. And astronomers witnessed the “spaghettificaton” of a star as it was shredded and devoured by a supermassive black hole.Weird exoplanets and rogue planetsAstronomers found baby exoplanets forming around stars, doomed exoplanets, whimsically named cotton candy exoplanets, Star Wars-esque planets, planets made of diamonds and the hottest exoplanet.Researchers also found an exoplanet orbiting a white dwarf, or dead star, for the first time, as well as an exposed planetary core orbiting a distant star. For the first time, they captured an image of two giant exoplanets orbiting a young sun-like star.But much of the excitement on the horizon is around rogue planets, or planets traveling through space that don’t orbit stars. Astronomers detected the smallest rogue planet in our Milky Way galaxy, and it’s between the sizes of Mars and Earth, earlier this year.Given the fact that rogue planets don’t emit light like stars, or even enough heat to be visible in infrared light, these otherwise invisible worlds are hard to spot. But NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, expected to launch in the mid-2020s, could reveal a multitude of rogue planets in our Milky Way galaxy.Fast radio bursts from spaceMysterious radio signals from space have been known to repeat, but for the first time this year, researchers noticed a pattern in two separate series of bursts coming from distant sources in the universe.Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are millisecond-long bursts of radio waves in space. The fast radio bursts known to have a repeating pattern that occurs every 16 days, while the other occurs every 157 days.Astronomers have yet to determine what causes these fast radio bursts, which are unpredictable but can be spotted and traced back to their origin using sensitive telescopes. The bursts are being used to find “missing matter” in the universe.And last month in a first, astrophysicists detected a fast radio burst that likely traveled to Earth from a particular type of neutron star in our Milky Way galaxy, accompanied by X-ray emissions.A new look at our sunAfter making its first close pass of the sun this year, the Solar Orbiter mission captured the closest images ever taken of the sun. In the images, there are small solar flares called “campfires” that can be seen near the sun’s surface. The scientists don’t yet know what exactly the campfires are, but they believe they could be “nanoflares,” or tiny sparks that help heat the sun’s outer atmosphere.The first images returned by the National Science Foundation’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope revealed that the surface of our sun is a wild, violent place. Details in the images show plasma, which covers the sun, that appears to boil.Every 11 years, the sun completes a solar cycle of calm and stormy activity and begins a new one. The sun just wrapped its first year of a new cycle.The new solar cycle, Solar Cycle 25, officially began in December 2019. Solar Cycle 25 will be very similar to the one we just experienced for the last 11 years. The next solar maximum, when the sun is experiencing peak activity, is predicted to occur in July 2025. During that time, it’s possible for solar flares or other eruptions for the sun to disrupt communications on Earth.A glance at space in 2021If 2020 was the year of multiple missions launching to Mars — China’s Tianwen-1, the United Arab Emirates’ Hope Probe and NASA’s Perseverance rover — then 2021 will likely be the year of new discoveries on Mars.The year 2021 could also see the first observations from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope after its October launch and “first light” from the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile. First light is the first astronomical image captured by a telescope after it is completed.And NASA’s Artemis program is expected to ramp up. The science goals for the mission and the first team of 18 Artemis astronauts were announced in 2020.The Artemis program seeks to land the first woman and the next man on the moon in 2024, so updates about the goals, training and preparation for Artemis are expected throughout 2021.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. AdvertisementTags: 2020discoveriesSpace TOPSHOT – A stork stands on a power lines pillar as the comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is seen in the sky above the village of Kreva, some 100 km northwest of Minsk, early on July 13, 2020. 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Large algae bloom covers over half of Lake O as releases lower

first_imgAdvertisement RELATEDTOPICS House votes to make Juneteenth a federal holiday June 16, 2021 AdvertisementThe lake is two feet above where it should be for this time of the year. Water experts all over Southwest Florida are worried harmful discharges will be coming our way this summer. Pilot Ralph Arwood took NBC2 for a tour of the lake Friday. Algae was seen on the west and north side of the lake, and the other areas were too cloudy to see the streaks from above. WATCH: Porch pirate targets newly moved in Cape Coral residents June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Study ranks Naples as best beach town in America to live June 16, 2021center_img Advertisement LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Army Corps of Engineers are reducing water releases from Lake Okeechobee. Col. Andrew Kelly said they’re lowering from 2,000 cubic feet per second to 1,500 cfs. This comes after local conservancy groups and Governor Ron Desantis called the Army Corps to make changes.“We heard the governor’s remarks,” Col. Kelly said.Right now, a large algae bloom is covering more than half of Lake Okeechobee. Water experts said that water is heading down the Caloosahatchee.  NHC: 90% chance of tropical development in southwest Gulf of Mexico June 16, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentslast_img read more

Legal clinic provides free assistance to aggrieved investors

first_img The newly launched Investor Protection Clinic wants to hear from investors who believe that their funds have been mishandled and who cannot afford a lawyer to help them sort out the problem. The clinic issued an invitation on Thursday to “investors who believe that their funds have been mishandled and who cannot afford a lawyer” to seek help with their problems. U.S. groups aim to blaze trail to T+1 settlement cycle Ontario task force looks to boost industry competition Keywords Investor protection The clinic is staffed by Osgoode students who are paired with supervising lawyers from business law firms in Ontario. The student-lawyer teams provide free legal advice to qualifying investors on a range of issues. The clinic was founded by the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights (FAIR Canada) and Osgoode Hall Law School with funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario Access to Justice Fund. Its creation was announced in September. “We’d like to hear from investors who believe they have suffered an investment loss as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing,” says Poonam Puri, professor at Osgoode and director of the clinic, in a statement. Common issues that the clinic may be able to help with include churning, undisclosed fees, and advisors misrepresenting investment risk. The clinic may help wronged investors navigate the legal/regulatory system, help them with complaints, and may represent them at a hearing. “Institutional investors can take care of themselves for the most part. But most people are not going to have the funds to hire a lawyer when things go wrong with their investments, and a regulator like the Ontario Securities Commission can’t help everybody,” adds Puri. Marian Passmore, director of policy and COO at FAIR Canada, says the clinic, “will help Ontarians navigate a very complicated area involving securities, banking and insurance products and the firms who sell them. Average investors who have experienced some sort of loss of their investments in some way, and often don’t know where to start when that happens to them. Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Biden’s pick for SEC flags trading-app gimmicks for scrutiny Related news James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Director of Heart Academy Gives Full Support for Green House Farming

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedDirector of Heart Academy Gives Full Support for Green House Farming RelatedDirector of Heart Academy Gives Full Support for Green House Farming RelatedDirector of Heart Academy Gives Full Support for Green House Farmingcenter_img Director of Heart Academy Gives Full Support for Green House Farming UncategorizedJuly 20, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Director of the Ebony Park HEART Academy in Clarendon, Dermon Spence, has pledged his full support and that of the institution, to the promotion of protected agriculture technology (green house farming).“Our contribution is solid. We are prepared to train persons to take on this new and exciting venture in addressing our ability to produce under varying conditions,” Mr. Spence said.He was speaking at the official launch of the Modified Environment Training Programme, on the grounds of the academy, recently.The programme has been instituted in response to the Government’s current mandate to transform the agricultural landscape to one of greater efficiency, in order to increase productivity within the sector. It involves the training of individuals in the successful implementation, use and management of protected agriculture technology.Mr. Spence said that no effort should be spared to sufficiently prepare the people to deal with the factors which negatively impact the country’s food security.“We have a cycle, which is well known, of ups and downs in our commodity supply and this does not augur well for food security and distribution, and to reduce cost fluctuation. The ability to feed itself is the single most important factor a country should have control over,” he stressed.The Government, in recognition of the increased frequency of unfavourable weather conditions over the past five years, and the resulting implications for the country’s food security, is seeking to implement the measures necessary to effectively address the issue.Chief among these is the promotion of protected agriculture technology, more commonly known as greenhouse farming.Greenhouse farming is done under controlled conditions, in an area enclosed by plastic or other material. The covering provides protection against hail, wind, rain, sun and other environmental factors. Greater protection is also provided against pests, which are generally found in the soil.The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) has reported that farms with this technology can yield up to 10 times more than regular farming, even while less input is required.Ebony Park HEART Academy is the main institution within the HEART Trust/NTA for agricultural training in Jamaica. It has approximately 500 acres of land, most of which are used for cultivation.The Director said persons at the institution are excited by the prospects of new ventures, and are willing to collaborate with all stakeholders, in a move to ensure greater food security for the country.He also informed that Ebony Park is in the process of setting up a $12 million facility, which would support research in pig production. Additionally, the facility is embarking on an agro-eco tourism project, which will facilitate trail riding and recreational fishing, among other things.last_img read more

Staff Council Update: Annual staff appreciation event honors retirees, years of service

first_img Published: May 21, 2013 What do 1992, 1987, 1982 and 1977 have in common? These years were the starting points of University of Colorado careers that have lasted between 20 and 35 years, and were recognized at the annual Staff Council “Years of Service” appreciation event.Chancellor DiStefano opened the event by expressing his deep appreciation for the staff being acknowledged and for the vital role that staff plays in the everyday operations of the university. Staff Council Vice-Chair Philip Bradley emceed the event, sharing historical tidbits about the milestone years and reading the honorees’ names.Staff Council has hosted this reception for the campus since 1977, honoring recent retirees and staff who have reached significant employment milestones. 118 staff reached the 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service marks, including six staff members reaching 35 years of commitment to the university.The 55 staff who retired in 2012 came back to share stories of trips, adventures and life without alarm clocks. In attendance were almost two hundred colleagues, family members, friends and honorees celebrating careers dedicated to making CU-Boulder a great place to learn and work.See the full list of 2012 honorees, and join us in congratulating our colleagues on their commitment and service to CU-Boulder.Pictures taken at the event will be sent to the recipients, and some will be posted on the Staff Council website.You do not have to be a member of Staff Council to serve on any of our many committees. For more information or to contact us, visit www.colorado.edu/staffcouncil Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img Images courtesy of Boulder Campus Staff Council. Pictured, Toni Smollen of IBG and Laura Border, Graduate Teacher Program. Each have 35 years of service to the institution.last_img read more

Education Minister Calls on Parents to Be on Alert for Sick Children

first_imgRelatedEducators Challenged to Change Approach to Teaching RelatedEducators Urged to Remain Alert for Signs of Child Abuse Story HighlightsEducation Minister Ronald Thwaites is appealing to parents to be on the alert for symptoms in their children. The Education Minister has called on parents to take their child to a medical facility if he or she is showing signs of illness from Chikungunya, dengue fever or flu. Xavier Miller, grade-two student at Mona Heights Primary, passed away on Tuesday while being transported from home to the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Education Minister Calls on Parents to Be on Alert for Sick ChildrenJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedEarly Childhood Teachers Honoured FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites. Education Minister Calls on Parents to Be on Alert for Sick Children EducationOctober 3, 2014Written by: Byron Buckley, Director, Corporate Communication In the wake of the recent deaths of two students, reportedly, as a result of complications brought on by the Chikungunya virus, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is appealing to parents to be on the alert for symptoms in their children.The Education Minister has called on parents to pay keen attention to information provided by the Ministry of Health, and to take their child to a medical facility if he or she is showing signs of illness from Chikungunya, dengue fever or flu.Xavier Miller, grade-two student at Mona Heights Primary, passed away on Tuesday while being transported from home to the Bustamante Hospital for Children.Fourteen-year-old Azee Baker of St Jago High also died at the Spanish Town Hospital from complications triggered by the mosquito-borne virus.Minister Thwaites has expressed condolences to the grieving relatives and school communities. He said the Ministry’s trauma response team is available to offer the necessary counselling and support. Advertisementslast_img read more