BOEM approves geohazards survey in Cook Inlet by Hilcorp Alaska

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first_imgThe survey is needed to consider any further exploration activities and will also be used to identify seafloor obstructions BOEM approves geohazards survey in Cook Inlet by Hilcorp Alaska. (Credit: Wikipedia/Mandy Lindeberg, NOAA/NMFS/AKFSC) Hilcorp Alaska has secured permit from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to conduct a geohazard site clearance study in the federal waters of Cook Inlet, off the coast of Southcentral Alaska.The firm will conduct the survey in lower Cook Inlet, west to southwest of Kachemak Bay.It has purchased 14 Outer Continental Shelf leases from Lease Sale 244 in June 2017 and has also conducted an exploration seismic survey on several of these leases.The oil and natural gas company has now proposed to conduct a geohazard site clearance survey on these leases and the surrounding area, which comprised around 228km².The survey will include a geohazard survey vesselBOEM said: “Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, BOEM conducted a careful review and determined that Hilcorp’s proposed activities had been sufficiently analyzed in the 2016 Environmental Impact Statement written in support of Cook Inlet OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sale 244.“That EIS, and documents outlining coverage for the survey under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act, as well as associated environmental mitigation measures, are online and referenced in the permit documents published on the website below.”According to BOEM, the survey is needed to consider any further exploration activities and will also be used to identify seafloor obstructions, shallow drilling hazards, and archaeological resources.The survey is expected to commence in late summer and the firm will have time until 31 October 2020 to complete operations.A geohazard survey vessel will be used for the project, while the data collecting equipment will be fixed on the vessel and towed behind the vessel.Additionally, the marine mammals will be monitored using trained protected species observers that are deployed on the vessel throughout the survey program.Recently, BOEM has unveiled that the region-wide Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 254 generated more than $93m in high bids.last_img read more

Dr. Rochon Invested As USI President, Speaks On Gratitude And On Collaboration

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first_img Click here for a full web gallery of images from the Inauguration CeremonyIn his inaugural address as president of the University of Southern Indiana, Ronald S. Rochon charged the students in attendance with one very specific task: find someone who is different from them and get to know them.“I want better for our children. I want better for your children,” said Rochon. “In order for us to do that, we have to come together. We have to break bread, we have to listen to stories and share love with one another.”In his remarks, Rochon expressed deep gratitude to family members, mentors and to the legacy and influence of the leaders who have contributed to the establishment of USI and its growth over the past 54 years. In reflection upon his place as the first African American to hold the position of president at USI, Rochon drew upon the history of the Evansville area as a stopover on the Underground Railroad to express how people of different races and upbringings can come together and fight to not only better their own lives, but the lives of future generations.“It’s not about me. It’s about men, woman and children who came before us; who had this vision to develop a community that would embrace one another, that would uplift one another, that would do something amazingly special to serve other people.”Rochon’s address followed his official investiture as president of the University. Leading the investiture was Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcombe, accompanied by W. Harold Calloway, chair of the USI Board of Trustees; H. Ray Hoops, USI president emeritus; and Linda L. M. Bennett, USI president emerita.Screaming Eagles Arena“Your service to USI has already had such a tremendous impact and positive influence on this University,” said Holcombe in remarks preceding the investiture. “We are relying on USI to address our workforce and education needs of the future, so we can continue to all together take our state to the next level. I have no doubt – zero – that under Dr. Rochon’s leadership, USI will do just that.”The inauguration ceremony was held in the newly-opened Screaming Eagles Arena in front of hundreds of University dignitaries, alumni class representatives, local faith and legal leaders, representatives of USI’s student organizations and thousands of USI students, faculty, staff and community members in attendance to support Rochon and celebrate the University. In addition to Holcombe, Rochon was congratulated by Evansville mayor Lloyd Winnecke and personal mentors Muriel A. Howard, president emerita of Buffalo State College, and Maj. Gen (R) Barrye L. Price.Tuskeegee University and USI ChoirsMixed with remarks from the platform party were rousing performances from two award-winning choirs, the Tuskeegee University Golden Voices, representing Rochon’s undergraduate alma mater, and the USI Chamber Choir. The two groups musically punctuated Rochon’s charge to students by combining for a performance of Glenn Burleigh’s “Order My Steps” that brought the entire crowd to its feet in rousing ovation.“When we talk about issues of diversity and collaboration,” remarked Rochon, “these students? They’re showing us how it’s done.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

DR. Jeffery Seyler Awarded 2018 M. Edward Jones Engagement Award

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first_imgOne University of Southern Indiana chemistry professor is being acknowledged for the bonds he creates on campus and in the community.USI’s Outreach and Engagement awarded the 2018 M. Edward Jones Engagement Award to Dr. Jeffery Seyler, professor of chemistry and chair of the Chemistry Department, at the fourth annual Celebration of Engagement on February 27.The award is given annually to an individual, group or project for excellence in leadership, commitment to quality, tireless service and dedication to lifelong learning in fulfilling the outreach missions of USI.“Dr. Seyler is one of USI’s most valuable assets, because he believes in what he does, and it shows with every single interaction,” said one nominator.Seyler became involved with community outreach soon after arriving at USI in 1993 assisting Dr. Marie Hankins, emeritus chair, and other faculty in the Chemistry Department. Since then, he has provided numerous hands-on chemistry demonstrations for K-12 students, both on campus and at local schools. He organizes events like USI’s Mole Day and Earth Day chemistry-bowl competitions for high school students.“Any time there is the opportunity to introduce students to science, whether it is Chemistry Day at the Evansville Museum, the Boy Scout’s Merit Badge University or in the classroom, Jeff Seyler and his chemistry show is there,” said another nominator.His commitment to science and his students shows each time he blows up a trash can in Mitchell Auditorium or ignites the “balloon of death.”Because of that commitment, USI students look up to Seyler as a role model. “He is a very down to earth teacher and is very helpful,” said one student who identified Seyler as a role model.Seyler received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1987 and a doctoral degree in chemistry from Purdue University in 1992, specializing in inorganic chemistry.The Celebration of Engagement is an annual event held to celebrate the University’s rich history of community partnerships. This year’s event featured talks by University officials and a panel addressing opportunities to connect with USI. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Fire Department Open House Is On for Tuesday Evening

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first_imgThe Ocean City Fire Department’s annual Open House is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the department headquarters at 550 Asbury Avenue. Children watch a live firefighting demonstration during the 2014 Open House at the Ocean City Fire Department.The event coincides with national Fire Prevention Month and gives the community a chance to learn more about how the department works. It’s always a popular evening with hundreds of community members typically in attendance.Many of the activities at the Open House are geared toward teaching children how to act and react in a fire situation. From learning to “stop, drop and roll” to using a fire extinguisher to douse flames, Ocean City youth got a chance to learn by doing.The event will include a live fire demonstration, tours of trucks and other activities. Free hot dogs, pretzels and drinks will be available.Off-duty firefighters from International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 4032 volunteer their time to help produce the event.Tuesday’s forecast calls for a sunny day with a high of 70 degrees and an overnight low of 54 degrees.For more information, call 609-399-6111. ext. 9190.last_img read more

Video: What makes a winner – Rising Star Award

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first_imgMellissa Morgan, owner of Brixton-based Ms Cupcake, was awarded the Rising Star Award at last year’s Baking Industry Awards. She talked to British Baker about her vegan bakery, developing the concept and life after the awards.YouTube link: http://youtu.be/DB91MYp77LoMusic: Apple Pie by Red Hook Ramblers (Creative Commons licence)last_img

County Warns Residents Of Overdose Risks After 19 Were Reported This Month

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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: nchrc.orgMAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is warning residents that there has been a spike in non-fatal overdoses, which may be a sign that a strong batch of heroin is in the community.“From March 1 to March 11, there were 19 reported overdoses in Chautauqua County,” stated Christine Schuyler, Director of Health and Human Services. “On average, we saw 19 overdoses per month in 2019. It is very concerning to see that we’ve hit this number in just the first 11 days of March. Fortunately, no fatal overdoses have been reported yet this month.”Chautauqua County government and its partners encourage people who use drugs, and their family members, to take advantage of local resources for harm reduction and recovery. People who use drugs and their families should obtain a naloxone (Narcan) kit if they do not have one on hand, and should be prepared to call 911.The New York State 911 Good Samaritan Law allows people to call 911 without fear of arrest if they are having a drug or alcohol overdose that requires emergency medical care or if they witness someone overdosing. The Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County also has resources to assist individuals suffering substance use disorders and their families.“In the face of an uptick in overdoses that we are experiencing, I encourage people to reduce harm in any way possible. Remember that fentanyl can be in any drug now, not just heroin. Make sure you have Narcan accessible, try not to use alone, remember it’s safer to use a smaller amount,” commented Steven Cobb, Executive Director of MHA. “If you’re looking for help with recovery, decreasing use, or using in a safer way the MHA can connect people anywhere in Chautauqua County, with a Recovery Coach by calling 716-661-9044.”Evergreen Health Services is also a resource for people who use drugs during this time. They can be reached by calling 716-541-0678.“This overdose crisis is a public health issue as well as one of stigma. As a health care provider serving patients every day in Chautauqua County, we know we need to make resources accessible in a manner that is as non-judgmental as possible,” said Emma Fabian, senior director of harm reduction at Evergreen Health. “Narcan is a medication that has the ability to block the effects of opioids and overturn an overdose – and it’s readily available to community members at our Syringe Exchange Program at 31 Water Street in Jamestown. We are proud to be one of many partners in the area working to reduce the risk of fatal overdoses by providing harm reduction tools.”If you are with someone who experiences overdose, call 911, and administer naloxone (Narcan) if it is available.last_img read more

Celebrate Moms with Broadway.com’s Mother’s Day Playlist!

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first_imgPhillipa Soo in ‘Hamilton’ & Harvey Fierstein in ‘Hairspray'(Photos: Joan Marcus) View Comments Moms rock! They take care of us, cheer us on and (whether we like it or not) will never stop worrying about if we had ice cream for dinner. They are our biggest fans, fiercest protectors and ones we talk to our therapist the most about. Whether you are taking your mama bear to see a Broadway show or having one of your confusing text conversations on Mother’s Day, let our playlist of Great White Way anthems, tear jerkers and tunes for when she’s driving you bananas set the scene. Show your mom some love, not just on the holiday but every day.last_img

South American Sergeant Majors Focus On Troops Professionalization

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first_imgBrazilian Marine Corps Sergeant Major Francisco Gleison Ferreira Dos Santos, during his presentation on NCOs’ career track in his country. (Photo: Geraldine Cook, Diálogo)“As an observer from the United Kingdom, it’s fascinating to see all the South American countries come together and discuss commonalities and current themes, in particular their focus on the humanitarian aid and the way they deal with the situation in recent years,” said Warrant Officer Class 1 Glenn Haughton, senior enlisted advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee, Ministry of Defense, in the United Kingdom. “The military can’t function without the NCOs. We play a vital role in complementing the chain of command.”At the end of the seminar, sergeant majors committed to work on their personnel’s professional development, strengthening the relationship between commanders and NCOs, and to provide more training to optimize missions, incorporate talent management, and create a merit system for promotion. By Geraldine Cook / Diálogo August 29, 2019 South American sergeant majors gathered at the Senior Enlisted Leaders Seminar 2019 in Natal, Brazil, on August 20-22. The event was part of the South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC) 2019, sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the Brazilian Ministry of Defense. Canada, Spain, and the United Kingdom also took part as observers.Sergeant majors of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, the United States, and Uruguay shared information and lessons learned about professionalization and opportunities for regional training based on the theme, “Regional defense cooperation in response to challenges in the hemisphere.” They also discussed contributions to humanitarian assistance planning operations.“The seminar seeks to promote a cultural shift toward increased responsibilities for the senior enlisted leaders in the region,” U.S. Army Master Sergeant Danny Gomes, Noncommissioned Officers (NCO) Development Partnership Program Manager for SOUTHCOM, told Diálogo. “The knowledge, experience, and leadership that come from seasoned NCOs play an integral part in the success of our forces in response to the common threats in the Western hemisphere.”Since 2017, the seminar runs parallel to the meeting of armed forces’ commanders. The objective is for command and NCO sergeant majors to have a common space to analyze their own issues and challenges.“This seminar is our forum to share experiences. It’s essential for us to know exactly what other sergeant majors are doing in their countries, especially in the United States, and to delve into aspects such as NCOs’ development and training,” said Brazilian Marine Corps Sergeant Major Francisco Gleison Ferreira Dos Santos. “Sergeant majors connect senior leadership with the troops and guide enlisted personnel in areas such as morale and well-being of their subordinates and their families.” NCOs’ progressFor the first time, the first senior enlisted leader of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces Joint Command participated in the event.“We are here to connect ideas and experiences that will help us to find the joint mechanisms leading to greater professionalization and leadership of NCOs in the region,” said Ecuadorean Army Sergeant Major Mario Sandoval Ramírez. “We should be prepared in all planning, strategic, and training aspects to advise commanders about the needs and requirements of our troops during their service, with caution, respect, and a sense of duty.”last_img read more

Court approves lease form

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first_img August 1, 2000 Regular News Court approves lease form Overriding the concerns of some lawyers, the Florida Supreme Court has approved a new simplified residential lease for single family homes/duplexes. The court had in 1998 approved revisions to two other real estate related simplified forms, but accepted advice of critics of the simplified lease for single family homes and duplexes and deleted it entirely from its approved simplified forms. Shortly thereafter, the Bar Board of Governors asked the court to reconsider, arguing the form helps the public by allowing nonlawyers to assist others in completing one-year residential leases. The court heard oral arguments on lease revisions advertised in the March 1 Bar News and in its July 13 opinion approved that lease. The court also reauthorized the original 1992 simplified lease, which has been criticized by some as not meeting statutory changes since it was first approved. The court said specifically it was expressing no opinion on whether either form comports with state law, or on the legal correctness of the instructions accompanying the new form. The court also authorized circuit chief judges to prepare supplemental instructions for the forms to cover various local procedures. The opinion, with the forms attached as an appendix, can be found at the Supreme Court’s website at www.flcourts.org. Copies of the lease are also available by contacting Karen Kelly at The Florida Bar at (800) 342-8060, ext. 5810. Court approves lease formlast_img read more

Trucker Killed on Northern Parkway

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 53-year-old long-haul trucker was killed when he mistakenly drove onto the Northern State Parkway and stopped short to avoid hitting a bridge in Albertson.New York State police said Javier Tapia of Texas drove his tractor trailer onto the parkway eastbound when he stopped to avoid hitting the bridge at I.U Willets Road, but the metal beams that he was hauling penetrated the cab upon his sudden stop, killing him at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.The vehicle did not strike the bridge.Tapia, who was driving a Freightliner flatbed tractor trailer for Illinois-based AAA Freight Incorporated, was traveling to Oyster Bay, police said.He mistakenly entered the Parkway from the Long Island Expressway.last_img read more