Currently, 17 of 22 albatross species are listed as Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Incidental mortality in fisheries is by far the most widespread cause of the population declines observed for these and other closely related species. In 2006, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) requested an assessment of the threat from their fisheries to all seabirds that breed or forage within their jurisdiction. Methods were developed to assess the potential consequences of fishing for more than 60 populations of seabird. The assessment framework involved the identification of at-risk populations, overlap analyses, estimation of total bycatch, and an evaluation of the impact of the bycatch on key selected populations for which there were sufficient data on bird distribution and demography. These were the wandering and black-browed albatrosses of South Georgia and the Atlantic yellow-nosed and Tristan albatrosses of Gough Island. Summary results from the seabird assessment are presented, revealing that ICCAT longline fisheries catch substantial numbers of seabirds, with potentially significant conservation implications. If this mortality is not reduced, the numbers of breeding birds in some populations will continue to decline, threatening their long-term viability.
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Profound changes in Arctic sea-ice, a growing desire to utilize the Arctic’s abundant natural resources, and the potential competitiveness of Arctic shipping routes, all provide for increased industry marine activity throughout the Arctic Ocean. This is anticipated to result in further challenges for maritime safety. Those operating in ice-infested waters require various types of information for sea-ice and iceberg hazards. Ice information requirements depend on regional needs and whether the stakeholder wants to avoid ice all together, operate near or in the Marginal Ice Zone, or areas within the ice pack. An insight into user needs demonstrates how multiple spatial and temporal resolutions for sea-ice information and forecasts are necessary to provide information to the marine operating community for safety, planning, and situational awareness. Although ship-operators depend on sea-ice information for tactical navigation, stakeholders working in route and capacity planning can benefit from climatological and long-range forecast information at lower spatial and temporal resolutions where the interest is focused on open-water season. The advent of the Polar Code has brought with it additional information requirements, and exposed gaps in capacity and knowledge. Thus, future satellite data sources should be at resolutions that support both tactical and planning activities.
The oil discovery has been made within tie back distance to several existing and planned host facilities Kosmos plans to work with partners on an appraisal plan for the discovery. (Credit: Kasey Houston from FreeImages) Kosmos Energy has announced making an oil discovery in the US Gulf of Mexico, after drilling the Winterfell infrastructure-led exploration (ILX) well.Located in approximately 1,600 metres of water, the Winterfell well was drilled to a total depth of approximately 7,000 metres.According to Kosmos, the well encountered nearly 26 metres of net oil pay in two intervals. It was designed to test a sub-salt Upper Miocene prospect located in Green Canyon Block 94.Kosmos Energy’s chairman and chief executive officer Andrew Inglis said: “We are pleased to have started the New Year with exploration success at Winterfell validating our proven basin exploration strategy, which is focused on low cost, short cycle, low carbon development solutions.“The Winterfell well was funded by a portion of the proceeds from the partial sale of our frontier exploration portfolio.“The well in Green Canyon Block 944 de-risks prospectivity in several neighboring blocks held by Kosmos, with approximately 100 million barrels of gross potential within Kosmos’ acreage position.”Kosmos said that the oil discovery has been made within tie back distance to several existing and planned host facilities.Beacon Offshore Energy affiliate is the operator of the Winterfell well, while Kosmos owns a working interest of 17.5% in the well.Kosmos plans to work with partners on an appraisal plan and development options for the new oil discovery.It is also planning to drill the Zora ILX well in the Gulf of Mexico later in the year.In October 2019, Kosmos reported a major gas discovery at Orca-1 exploration well located in the BirAllah area, offshore Mauritania.The company has production assets offshore Ghana, Equatorial Guinea and US Gulf of Mexico, as well as gas development offshore Mauritania and Senegal.
AN INFLUX OF FOREIGN DOCTORS, BUT QUALIFIED AMERICANS SHUTOUTLast month, the American Medical Association issued a press release that urged U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to process more H-1–visas, thereby allowing more nonresident physicians to come to the United States to practice medicine. The AMA claimed that a shortage of nonresident physicians who help fill care gaps in medically underserved regions diminishes overall patient care.,In a letter to USCIS Director Francis Cissna, AMA CEO James L. Madara said that the fixed per country caps which govern H-1–visa issuance keep the agency from processing enough petitions. The AMA, citing data from the Association of American Medical Colleges, concluded that the nation had a physician shortfall of nearly 20,000 in 2016. And since all pleas for more special interest, employment-based visas routinely include doomsday forecasts for future decades, the AMA predicted that by 2030 the shortage will increase to between 42,600 and 121,300.,But ample evidence exists that the AMA doesn’t need to lobby for foreign-born doctors. Thousands of American medical school graduates are eager for the opportunity to practice their life-saving profession.,In 2018, nearly 1,100 U.S. medical school seniors and morethan 800 previous U.S. graduates did not match to a residency at a teaching hospital. Without fulfilling a residency, the doctors can’t practice medicine.,The National Resident Matching Program data reveals that from 2011 to 2018, 8,218 U.S. seniors did not matriculate into residency training. During that same period, 27,866 foreign-trained physicians, non-U.S. international medical graduates (IMGs) on H-1–and J-1 visas were selected for residencies. Although an impressive 94 percent of U.S. citizen medical graduates do match, the six percent that doesn’t translate to hundreds of individuals who have many years and hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in their extended medical education, but can’t find a job.,For those that don’t match immediately post-graduation, they can reapply for a residency slot. But the longer they’re out of medical school without a residency, the more difficult their chances of success are.,Taxpayers subsidize non-U.S. medical school graduates. Federal Medicare funding underwrites residency training positions for about 3,700 in-U.S. IMGs annually. Reducing the number of IMGs who receive residencies would help U.S.-trained physicians get a fair shot at a job. The goal, then, isn’t to eliminate foreign doctors altogether, but rather to put U.S.-educated physicians at the head of the line for coveted residencies.,Cissna’s office is besieged with requests for more employment-based visas,’ for ag, leisure and tech. In the IMG’s case, however, they can enter on either an H-1–or J-1 visa. But, on a J-1 they must return home or receive a waiver when their residency ends. The H-1–doesn’t require a waiver to remain, and the visa holder can immediately request lawful permanent status upon his residency’s completion, making it a more attractive option.,Luckily for deserving U.S. doctors, the AMA’s request will likely fall on deaf ears. While addressing a National Press Club audience last month, Cissna said that his hope is that Congress will soon pass legislation that prohibits visa holders from displacing American workers.,Until Congress passes such legislation, the AMA should concern itself with qualified, deserving American doctors denied residencies that are given instead to foreign-born physicians.FOOTNOTE: Joe Guzzardi is a Progressives for Immigration Reform analyst who has written about immigration for more than 30 years. Contact him at [email protected] LinkEmail
EPD News ReleaseEPD MAKES STATEMENT CONCERNING PROSECUTOR NICK HERMANN ALLEGED SEXUAL MISCONDUCTThe Evansville Police Department has been made aware of the allegations of sexual harassment filed against Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nicholas Hermann.The allegations listed in publicized reports happened in Chicago, Illinois in 2013. The allegations were not filed with a law enforcement agency, but rather two separate civil commissions that investigate workplace harassment complaints.Two Evansville Police Officers attended the conference listed in the complaint, but neither was present in the hotel room where the incident allegedly occurred. The officers who attended the conference were Detective Crystal Thomas and Detective Quentin Wilkerson. Due to the ongoing investigations by the civil commissions, neither detective will be making a public comment. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
First Security Bank has expanded its Credit Department with three new hires. The new hires include a Senior Credit Officer, a Special Asset Manager, and Credit Analyst, adding to the growing employee-base of the Owensboro-headquartered bank. The Bank’s Chief Credit Officer, Scott Powell, has increased the credit department to better serve customers with lending relationships while mitigating credit risks and exposures for the bank.“It is our goal to deepen each customer’s financial relationship with us. That relationship starts with a strong understanding of their business and personal banking needs. These three new roles create capacity for growth and top-level service to First Security Bank customer’s through the bankers in each of our markets,” said Powell.“This helps our growing bank be ready to lend like we never have before, and it expands our ability to offer customers even more from their relationship with us — their community bank.”Alan Jones was hired as Senior Vice President – Credit Officer. Jones joins First Security with 20 years of experience in banking and credit, including business development, credit administration, loan review and management. A graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, Jones received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. Most recently he spent the past six years working as the Vice President/Loan Review Manager with The National Bank of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana.Photo by Greg Eans, Messenger-Inquirer.com/[email protected] Nickel joined First Security Bank as Vice President – Credit Officer and Special Asset Manager. Nickel has an extensive background in commercial banking, credit administration, and special asset management. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Economics. Most recently with Clifton Larson Allen, Nickel has worked as the Senior Banking Consultant for Loan Review and has held previous positions at PBI Bank, Commonwealth Bank and Trust Co., and MainSource Bank.Photo by Greg Eans, Messenger-Inquirer.com/[email protected] Rone was promoted to Credit Analyst. He began at First Security as a Loan Processing Specialist in June 2015, and joins fellow Credit Analyst Dayne Higginbotham in analyzing the customer’s financial capacity and risk. First Security Bank is a $600 million asset bank with 11 banking centers in Owensboro, Bowling Green, Franklin and Lexington, Kentucky, as well as Evansville and Newburgh, Indiana. With more than 150 employees in its four markets and corporate offices, First Security Bank has differentiated itself from larger competitors with its focus on relationship banking and the ability to make credit and other business decisions locally.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Funeral services were held Dec. 17 for Donald Mitchell Shachat, 83, of Hoboken. He passed away Dec. 13. Born and raised in Newark, he also lived in East Orange and then Hoboken for 40 years, as well as his vacation home in Woodstock, N.Y. He attended Weequahic High School in Newark, University of Pennsylvania, and Wharton School. He served in the US Army from 1957 to 1958 in Army Intelligence. He was employed by L.J. Gonzer Technical Services Corp. in Newark as a Controller and by the Newark Chamber of Commerce. Donald dedicated much of his time to multiple philanthropic and charitable endeavors. Donald was the husband of William Wisneski, brother of Joseph, uncle of Andrew, Michael and Melissa. He is also survived by many sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.Services arranged by the Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston.
Harvard University Health Services (UHS) has received a new shipment of H1N1 vaccine and will begin distributing it to College freshmen at a clinic in Annenberg Hall on Wednesday (Dec. 9). UHS also will offer the vaccine to UHS patients between the ages of 18 of 24 who have high-risk health conditions.Public health officials have been distributing limited supplies of the vaccine, and UHS has been following their guidelines to determine who should receive it first. Those previously offered the vaccine include UHS patients who are 6 months through 18 years old, pregnant women, persons living with or caring for children younger than 6 months, and Harvard’s health care and emergency responders who have direct patient contact.Nurses will conduct freshmen vaccinations from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Students from 18 to 24 with high-risk conditions will receive an e-mail from UHS that contains vaccination details beginning Thursday (Dec. 10).As future shipments arrive, they will be distributed, in order, to those:Ages 25 to 64 who are at higher risk because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.Ages 25 to 64 who receive care at UHS.Ages 65 and older who receive care at UHS.
The economic stimulus program that Congress passed last year to help pull the economy out of the deepest recession since the 1930s so far has provided tax relief for almost all Vermonters and created or saved some 7,000 jobs in the state, according to a report compiled for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.Almost $1 billion already has been invested in Vermont job-creating programs, a figure that doesn’t count the impact of federal tax cuts included in the stimulus bill. With the tax relief factored in, the total stimulus impact for Vermont ‘would be up to at least $1.3 billion,” according to Stephen Klein of the Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office.‘A lot of people are wondering what the stimulus package did. How does my family benefit? Where are the jobs? That’s why we did this study,’ said Sanders (I-Vt.). ‘The answer is that federal taxes were cut for almost all Vermonters and thousands of jobs have been created or saved.‘While there is no question that we are still in a deep recession, without the stimulus our state and country would be in much worse shape,’ he added. ‘Let’s not forget that in January, 2009, our country hemorrhaged 741,000 jobs in one month. Now, while job creation is much too low and while there have been ups and downs, nearly 600,000 private sector jobs were created during the first six months of this year.’Formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the ongoing $862 billion bill that Congress passed 18 months ago already has saved or created at least 2.5 million jobs nationally and, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisors, at least 7,000 in Vermont.Hundreds of millions of dollars are flowing into Vermont’s health care, railroads, highways, broadband systems and schools. The thousands of jobs helped begin to reverse the effects of the recession in Vermont. The state jobless rate was at least 7 percent for five straight months last year. In June, the Vermont unemployment rate fell to 6 percent.Moreover, federal taxes have gone down. More than 300,000 Vermont income tax filers will receive up to an $800 tax credit last year and this year. The Treasury Department has estimated that the tax credit benefits about 95 percent of working families in Vermont.The income tax cut was not the only tax relief in the recovery act. All told, according to Citizens for Tax Justice, 99 percent of working families and individuals in Vermont received an average tax cut of $1,312 in 2009 as a result of the recovery act.According to one congressional study, 126,000 Vermont’s senior citizens received a one-time recovery payment of $250 in 2009. Another 14,000 Vermont families with children in college were able to claim a larger federal college tax credit (up to $2,500) as a result of the recovery act. More than 5,000 students in Vermont received a college tax credit for the first time. Some 21,000 children in Vermont benefitted from the expanded child tax credit.In addition, more than 2,400 homebuyers in Vermont received a tax credit of up to $8,000 toward the purchase of a first home. Some 36,000 Vermonters receiving unemployment compensation did not pay taxes on the first $2,400 of unemployment insurance. About 49,000 Vermont families were protected from paying higher taxes under the alternative minimum tax. And 59,000 small businesses in Vermont received tax cuts as a result of the recovery act for the purchase of capital equipment and other needs. ‘The stimulus did what it was supposed to do: short-circuit the recession and spur recovery,’ according to Mark Zandi, the chief economist of Moody’s Economy.com and an economics adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).Source: Sanders office. 7.28.2010
SNL: U.S. Coal Exports Fall Again in 2015 as China, India Are Becoming Self-Sufficient FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ken Silverstein for SNL:“In 2016, you can expect U.S. coal exports to be somewhere between 40 million short tons and 60 million short tons,” says Tom Sanzillo, director of finance for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis in New York, in a phone interview. “Asia will account for near zero. That’s because both the metallurgical and thermal markets are down and getting worse.“India and China will be importing less coal for economic and security reasons,” he adds. “They don’t want to be dependent on anyone from the outside. It has negative fiscal and monetary consequences.”Meanwhile, U.S. coal imports remained constant at 11.3 million tons, roughly equal to that of 2014. Eighty-five percent of that is steam, or thermal, coal used to generate electricity. Colombia increased its exports to the U.S. by 8%, the EIA analysis says. Metallurgical coal, used in steelmaking, was mostly imported from Canada, it adds.But could things turn around for the coal export market? According to the EIA, the current global coal market trends are expected to continue, and U.S. coal exports are forecast to decline by an additional 11% in 2016 and by 3% in 2017.Coal imports into China peaked in 2013 and mid-2015, India may have turned corner. That is when coal imports fell by 6%, says the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.As for Southeast Asia — and countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines — it may be consuming more coal, but it only accounts for 6% of all globally traded thermal coal, the institute adds. “Southeast Asia will definitely not save the U.S. export market,” says Sanzillo.Full article($): US coal exports fall again in 2015 as China, India are becoming self-sufficient