Canada announces funding for research to better understand and respond to oil spills

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first_imgThe Canadian government said that scientific research is fundamental to evidence-based decision-making when planning and carrying out marine conservation efforts Image: Canada announces funding for research to better understand and respond to oil spills. Photo: courtesy of C Morrison from Pixabay. Canada has the world’s longest coastline and is surrounded by three oceans and the health of our oceans matters to all of us. The Government of Canada is dedicated to protecting our oceans and waterways and to keeping them clean, secure and productive for the benefit of all Canadians, now and into the future. We understand the importance of protecting the marine ecosystems that are home to an abundance of ocean life, support more than 350,000 jobs and sustain hundreds of coastal and Indigenous communities. We also recognize that scientific research is fundamental to evidence-based decision-making when planning and carrying out marine conservation efforts.Under Canada’s historic $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan, we are making major investments in science to help protect our coasts and waterways from the impacts of potential oil spills, and to support the collection of data in order to identify changes in coastal environments.Today, the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament for LaSalle—Émard—Verdun, the Honourable David Lametti, announced on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, that Concordia University and McGill University will receive more than $8.2 million for four research projects that will help improve protocols and decision-making to minimize the environmental impacts of oil spills. This investment will support 19 scientific trainee positions.These projects are funded under the Multi-Partner Research Initiative, which aims to ensure we have access to the best scientific information and methods available to respond to oil spills in Canadian waters by supporting collaborative research among oil spill experts both in Canada and worldwide. These collaborative efforts will improve our knowledge of how oil spills behave, how best to contain them, clean them up, and minimize their environmental impacts.The research projects led by Concordia University will study the effectiveness of washing agents in shoreline oil spill cleanups and investigate the pathways and processes that move oil spilled at sea from one place to another.  The projects led by McGill University will examine the ability of microbes to naturally break down oil spills in order to develop potential remediation strategies in the Canadian Arctic.Minister Lametti also congratulated Dr. Jonathan Verreault of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), whose team of researchers was recently awarded $804,750 in investments through the Whale Science for Tomorrow initiative. This joint collaboration between Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada provides funding to three Canadian universities over the next five years for research focused on the conservation of the Southern Resident Killer Whale (UBC), North Atlantic Right Whale (Dalhousie University) and St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga (UQAM). This investment will enable UQAM researchers to use ground-breaking methods to better understand the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga’s exposure to environmental contaminants and impacts on its health. This initiative is an example of the essential partnership between academia and policy makers to inform conservation efforts for endangered whales.Quotes“Our government is committed to keeping our oceans healthy, clean and safe for future generations. The research conducted at Concordia and McGill will help protect and restore marine ecosystems for this generation and as we face new challenges with a changing climate.The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard“Scientific research is at the heart of the evidence-based decision-making and is vital to advancing critical marine conservation work. Through the Multi-Partner Research Initiative, our government is supporting the kind of scientific knowledge that will help protect our waters and coasts from oil spills for generations to come. Our new investment in science and research at Concordia University and McGill University will contribute to a stronger understanding of our oceans and ocean health, while providing 19 scientific trainees with opportunities to further their skills and knowledge in this vital field.”The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament for LaSalle—Émard—Verdun Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more


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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Preparing Youth for Careers of Their Choice, Including in the Military Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Pennsylvania’s Adjutant General Maj. General Anthony Carrelli, and retired generals and admirals from Mission: Readiness to release the non-profit organization’s workforce readiness report that outlines how competition for qualified individuals among all employment sectors affects military recruiting efforts and warrants greater investment in our next generation.“I am committed to making investments in education at all ages to help ensure we provide Pennsylvanians with the skills needed for every open job and that includes positions with the Pennsylvania National Guard and all branches of the military,” Gov. Wolf said. “These investments start in the earliest years of life, when children are learning soft skills such as teamwork, time management and good communication.”The Mission: Readiness report identifies research-based solutions to improve the health and education of young adults with the goal of making them more likely to successfully contribute to America’s workforce, including military service if they so choose. The report also documents the wins for Pennsylvania’s children that Mission: Readiness members have supported in the areas of early childhood education; equitable and adequate K-12 education funding; and youth fitness and nutrition.“Research is clear that brain development from birth to age 5 sets the foundation for children’s future success,” said Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Ralph Jodice. “High-quality child care and early education programs like pre-k set the stage for readiness by improving children’s cognitive ability, health and behavior throughout life.”Since he took office, Gov. Wolf has invested in the future of Pennsylvania’s youngest residents by:Expanding access to child care and reducing waiting lists with $15 million in federal funds so nearly 1,000 infants and toddlers would have quality care, enabling their families to go to work or school.Enhancing high-quality child care by investing $10 million to incentivize programs to increase their quality ratings through the commonwealth’s STARS program.Increasing the number of children able to attend pre-kindergarten by 60 percent.Fully restoring the $1 billion education cut made during the previous administration that led to teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, and program cuts.Increasing the high school graduation rate to 86.1 percent, placing Pennsylvania above the national average.Increasing the number of career and technical education (CTE) students earning industry-recognized credentials by 34.2 percent and increased the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs by 27.2 percent.Providing high school students options to demonstrate graduation readiness as alternatives to standardized testing.Gov. Wolf has worked to advance legislation to ensure children are in school by age 6 and stay until age 18; creating a more skilled and qualified workforce by providing an additional $10 million for PAsmart; establishing the Employer Skills Fund; and launching the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center to partner with the private sector around workforce development.“We owe it to the men and women currently serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard and all branches of the military to give them the best possible future troops,” Gov. Wolf said. “That means ensuring we’re providing the best education possible to potential enlistees, starting at the earliest ages, when children learn quickly and eagerly.“By working together, we can identify and fill readiness gaps, and ensure we have the best possible workforce for every job – including the Pennsylvania National Guard and all our military branches.”center_img November 12, 2019last_img read more


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first_img However, despite not featuring for Liverpool since January, he sees any move away from Merseyside as a backwards one. “What I think is that I will not play in a team better than this,” he argued. “Liverpool are a match for Manchester United. It is true we haven’t won the league for many years but we must not forget that we have won five European Cups. “I had a very good option to return to Spain but it is complicated because the economy is very different from what exists here. “The only teams that can deal with what is paid in England are Real Madrid and Barcelona, so I would love to stay here until my legs stop me.” The Spaniard, 29, has one season to run on his current Reds deal but does not appear to be part of Rodgers’ thinking after the Northern Irishman left him out of the squad to face Stoke last Sunday. Enrqiue, who joined the club from Newcastle in 2011, feels that he, along with Italian strike duo Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini, have been “alienated” over the pre-season period. Left-back Jose Enrique wants to fight for his place in Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side despite being ostracised from the first-team squad this summer. Press Association However, after fully recovering from recent knee issues, the former Magpies full-back is not pushing for a way out at Anfield and is keen to provide competition for versatile teenager Joe Gomez and fellow countryman Alberto Moreno. “I’m in a difficult position,” Enrique said in quotes published in the Liverpool Echo. “The club have alienated Balotelli, Borini and me. “I have a year left on my contract and I imagine the club will want to sell, but I still want to stay and fight as I always have. “But if a good offer came (from elsewhere) with more years of contract and more chance to play, I’d look at it. “I will not give up, I know from experience that football changes from day to night. “I feel fine after two years with knee discomfort. Plus in the squad here we only have one pure left-back and I know that if I stay, I’ll play. I want to prove that some are wrong.” Enrique revealed the option to return to Spain, where he last played with Villarreal in 2007, had been on offer this summer. last_img read more


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first_img Source: Talk Sports Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was Arsenal’s match-winner for a second game running as Arsenal claimed a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners forward, who scored the decisive goal against Newcastle last weekend, fired the ball beyond Nick Pope from the edge of the box after Dani Ceballos won the ball back well.Aubameyang scored the decisive goal as Arsenal beat Burnley 2-1Earlier, Alexandre Lacazette’s well-crafted finish put Arsenal 1-0 up but Ashley Barnes replied for the visitors just before half-time.It was Unai Emery’s men who would claim the win though in a game which also saw new signings Dani Ceballos and David Luiz make their full debuts, while Sead Kolasinac returned to action for the first time since being the victim of an attempted carjacking with team-mate Mesut Ozil.The Gunners now have six points out of a possible six but were made to work for their victory over a Burnley side who caused them plenty of problems.Lacazette opened the scoring with a goal from nothing on twelve minutes – the Frenchman controlling a corner from the right before turning Erik Pieters expertly and slipping the ball through Pope’s legs.Lacazette scored on his return to Arsenal’s starting XIThey could have doubled their lead shortly after but Matteo Guendouzi drove a shot straight at the Clarets keeper.Burnley had a few half-chances but got level just before the break when Dwight McNeil’s shot deflected straight to Barnes and the striker put the ball past Bernd Leno. This was Barnes’ third league goal of the season.Barnes made no mistake with his chance just before half-timeArsenal came out strongly after the break and went close with efforts from Aubameyang as well as Ceballos, who was the best player on the pitch.But the Gunners did regain their lead when Real Madrid loanee Ceballos dispossessed Johann Berg Gudmundsson before feeding the ball to Aubameyang, who cut inside before striking the ball past Pope at the near post.Sean Dyche’s men almost got an equalizer when McNeil headed over the bar but the three points went to Arsenal.Ceballos was particularly impressive for Arsenallast_img read more


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