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Training for oil and gas industry jobs makes sense

Training for oil and gas industry jobs makes sense<p>A quick look at any recent month's jobless numbers will tell you part of the story of south Louisiana.</p><p>That part of the tale is happy. It recounts how our unemployment rate has been one of the lowest in the nation for months now.</p><p>Fueled by a vibrant oil and gas industry, our local economy is growing, keeping thousands of people at work in the oilfield or in one of the many support industries.</p><p>Another part of the story, though, has an ending that has not yet been written.</p><p>That part of it tells what is in store for south Louisiana as the oil and gas industry continues to grow and expand.</p><p>As an increasingly complex and sophisticated oil industry requires more and more workers trained on the equipment that will be used to pull oil from deeper and deeper waters, local residents will have to have more training to fill those jobs.</p><p>Ideally, our young people will get the education and training they will need to take those lucrative jobs.</p><p>That would benefit our tax base, our local industry and, of course, the workers themselves.</p><p>So it is great to see the oil industry making a real commitment to local worker training.</p><p>The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association signed an agreement last week with Fletcher Community College, Nicholls State University, the Louisian...  

Thimmalapura Likely to be Declared Sloth Bear Sanctuary

TUMKUR: Thimmalapura State Reserve Forest, falling under Madhugiri and Koratagere region, is likely to get the status of Sloth Bear Sanctuary. The State Wild Life Board, chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, has reportedly given in-principle approval in this regard.The board has also constituted a seven-member committee headed by additional chief secretary to Forest, Ecology and Environment Department to study and examine the proposal of the Tumkur Forest Department before giving the final nod.The forest is mentioned in British archeologist Benjamin Lewis Rice’s Gazetteer of Mysore as one of the ancient forests, then known as Maddagiri State Forest. The British, who loved hunting, used to frequent the Inspection Bungalow here, according to sources.As per the proposal submitted to the government, which also consists the findings of the Wildlife Awareness Nature Club (WANC), the forest is spread across 3,047.07 hectares.According to  the 2002 WANC census, the area is inhabited by more than 164 bears and the number may have increased by now. The bear-human conflict in the area is next only to Bellary’s Daroji Bear Sanctuary, T V N Murthy, honorary wild life warden of Tumkur, claimed. The bears can be sighted in the area especially early in the morning and in the evening.Deputy Conservator of Forests Amarnath said a proposal was sent to the government, but no official information has been conveyed in this regard. ...  

Faculty Research Around the World

Find out what some Bucknell faculty were studying this summer as they traveled to Turkey, the Canadian Arctic, France, Germany and Kenya. Kris Trego, Assistant Professor of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies   Nautical archaeology begins underwater. Professor Kris Trego, Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, begins there too. She was a member of the team that excavated the Kizilburun shipwreck on the coast of Izmir, Turkey and from 1999-2001, the team that excavated the Tektaş Burnu, a shipwreck dating back to around 425 B.C. Since then, she's collaborated with her research partner, Deborah Carlson, President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) and professor at Texas A&M University, to uncover the everyday mysteries revealed by the Greek merchant ship. Professor Kris Trego, Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, diving in Turkey After excavation is complete, years of research and analysis of recovered materials begin to answer questions about the maritime cultures of the ancient Mediterranean. "When materials have been on the sea floor for that long, you have to slowly desalinate and stabilize them before they can be dried and examined," Trego said. The materials from the Tektaş Burnu have gone through conservation and analysis for over a decade.   As the artifacts emerge from conservation, Trego returns to the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology and INA's Bodrum Research Center to use the library's ...  

McDonald's ruling ignites business-labor firestorm

A McDonald's in Springfield, Ill.(Photo: Seth Perlman, AP)Labor advocates are claiming a big victory after a federal agency said Tuesday that McDonald's central, corporate operations can be lumped in with its thousands of franchises for liability purposes.The world's largest fast-food chain promises to fight a National Labor Relations Board decision that it says "changes the rules for thousands of small businesses.""HUGE victory for labor & fast food workers!" tweeted the Service Employees International Union. The union was responding to news as relayed in a The New York Times report that McDonald's corporate apparatus must address workers' complaints that they were fired or disciplined for participating in protests calling for higher wages.The NLRB has determined that 43 of 181 complaints filed since November 2012 have merit to proceed, the agency says on its website. Of those "43 cases where complaint has been authorized, McDonald's franchisees and/or McDonald's, USA, LLC" -- the central, corporate entity -- "will be named as a respondent if parties are unable to reach settlement."USATODAYFast-food workers ready to escalate wage demandsIt is not clear from the NRLB statement how many of the cases involve franchised locations. Sixty-eight cases were found to have no merit, while "64 cases are currently pending investigation," the NLRB says.Protests over pay at McDonald's have gained traction in recent months. SEIU President Mary Kay Henry was among those arrested in a pr...  

2 Bella's Markets up for sale; negotiations ongoing for Limon, Stratton stores

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Researchers Fret as Social Media Lift Veil on Drug Trials

On her first day in a clinical trial for an experimental multiple sclerosis drug, Jeri Burtchell was convinced she was getting the new drug, not the standard therapy that some patients were randomly assigned to receive. When she bumped into the trial's lead investigator in the elevator that day, she told him, "I think I know which drug I'm on!" The doctor put up his hands, waving her off. "Don't tell me!" Ms.... ...  

Baylor Music Students Killed in Central Texas Crash

A car crash Tuesday outside Waco claimed the lives of two Baylor University music students from North Texas, and two others remain hospitalized with serious injuries. The Texas Department of Public Safety said John Patrick Stewart and Laura Onwudinanti died in the single-car crash along Highway 7 near Marlin in Falls County. Stewart, 19, of Dallas, was a junior instrumental studies major, according to a statement from the school. Onwudinanti, 21, of Grand Prairie, recently earned a bachelor's degree from Baylor in music education. Injured in the crash were 21-year-old Jacob Travis Hale, a senior instrumental music major from Fort Worth, and 18-year-old Megan Taylor Ritzi, an incoming freshman from Fort Worth. The four were traveling to perform at the International Clarinet Association meeting in Baton Rouge when they crashed. Hale and Ritzi were transported to Baylor Scott & White Temple for treatment, where Hale is in fair condition and Ritzi is in critical condition Tuesday evening. In a statement released by the school, Baylor president and chancellor Ken Starr said: "The hearts of the Baylor University family and our School of Music are broken today as we mourn the passing of these remarkably talented students who have been taken too soon from us. We pray that God's grace and comfort will surround the families and friends of Jack Stewart and Laura Onwudinanti at this terribly sad hour. We continue to labor in prayer for Jake Hale and Megan Ritzi, and for their attend...  

Health premiums soared, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says

The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they did last year, the state's insurance commissioner said.But Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones predicted that insurers will ease up in the coming year to prevent California voters from approving tough new rate controls on the November statewide ballot as Proposition 45.Insurers and opponents of Proposition 45 dismissed Jones' comments as misleading and politically motivated. At a news conference Tuesday, Jones said individuals this year paid between 22% and 88% more for individual health insurance policies than they did last year, depending on age, gender, type of policy and where they lived.The increases did not affect poor people, whose policies are heavily subsidized, Jones said. The study results released Tuesday did not include group policies such as those offered by employers.Jones said he authorized the study of health insurance rates after receiving numerous complaints about rising costs. "The rate increase from 2013 to 2014, on average, was significantly higher than rate increases in the past," Jones said.The hardest-hit were young people, he said. In one region of Los Angeles County, people age 25 paid 52% more for a silver plan than they had for a similar plan the year before, while someone age 55 paid 38% more, Jones said.The state examined policies issued by the state's four largest health insurers: Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California,...  

Inter Milan vs. Manchester United: Score, Grades, Reaction for Pre-Season Match

Getty Images Manchester United and Inter Milan played out a 0-0 draw in their International Champions Cup fixture on Tuesday night in Maryland, with the English side triumphing 5-3 after a penalty shootout. Neither side managed to create a great deal from open play, and it took until the eighth penalty for Marco Andreolli to be the first player to miss a spot kick. United's penalty shootout win gave them two points in their group, while Inter took one. One of the intriguing names on the team sheets was Inter Milan's centre-back Nemanja Vidic, who of course moved from United in the summer after his long spell at Old Trafford. He was at the heart of the Inter three-man defence, which mirrored United's continued 3-5-2 formation. The early exchanges saw United have the majority of possession, but few chances were created at either end regardless. Vidic headed a couple of efforts over the bar, while at the other end Samir Handanovic denied first Phil Jones and then Jonny Evans in quick succession. Luis M. Alvarez/Associated Press Wayne Rooney lofted a shot over the bar in one of the few sighters of goal that United's three attacking-most players had in the first half. Five minutes before the end of the first half, Rooney, Mata, Darren Fletcher and Danny Welbeck were involved in a flowing move, the best of the game, but Mata's cross was cleared before a shooting chance fell the way of either forward. Mata then drilled a shot in from distance, but it was off target, and the half en...  

City plans for strict limits on medical pot sites go up in smoke

Chicago medical marijuana dispensaries are likely coming to busy shopping areas, despite the city’s initial attempt to hide them away at the edges of the city. That means a medical marijuana dispensary could potentially open next door to a tony restaurant on Randolph Street or in River North near touristy fast food joints, according to new zoning regulations approved Tuesday by a the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards.  Essentially most business and commercial strips are fair game. “You could have [a dispensary] right next door as long as the zoning is applicable,” Zoning Administrator Patti Scudiero said. But dispensaries, which could be located throughout the city, won’t be allowed in any building that is used as a residence. And entrepreneurs will have to seek special-use permits, which would trigger a public hearing before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals where area residents could object, identify the owners and scrutinize their backgrounds. “We tried to put together the best ordinance that would allow for the service of the medical cannabis, but it’s also going to be looking out for the interest of our community, residents and schools,” said Ald. Danny Solis (25th), the chairman of the committee. The state requires dispensaries to be 1,000 feet away from schools and other places kids frequent. “In a perfect world the city of Chicago would treat dispens...  


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