Archive for July 2010
Contact: Jeff Guin
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience innovations in preservation and exciting new research projects at the National Park Service’s 10th annual Preservation in Your Community reception and exhibit.
The event will be held at the headquarters of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), 645 University Parkway. NCPTT is sponsoring the event along with the Cane River Creole National Historical Park (CARI) and the Cane River National Heritage Area (CRNHA).
The public is invited to stop by on Aug. 10 anytime between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to enjoy refreshments, view exhibits from local heritage groups, and visit with NCPTT, CARI and CRNHA interns from across the country about their preservation research.
Exhibits range from the musical legacy of the Cane River area to landscapes maintenance to proper rust treatments. With more than 10 exhibits, there’s something for everyone.
This year’s event will focus on giving attendees preservation information they can use for their own heritage activities and projects.
If you would like more information, call Bethany Frank at 318-356-7444.
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Couples Need Couples
While on a recent vacation, my wife and I had a stimulating discussion with friends about friends. We were enjoying a meal with two other couples and one of the men asked the question, “Have you found many couples that you are friends with and, if so, how have you met them?”
What followed was a spirited discussion about friends–same sex friends, friends as couples, and opposite sex friends, when you’re married (or monogamously involved). The conclusion was that it is not simple.
As we were on a trip hosted by Dennis Prager (radio talk-show host, writer, and lecturer), I found myself immediately paraphrasing him because he’s often discussed this issue. He said that for two couples to be friends, a number of relationships have to be in place. Each man must like the other man; each woman must like the other woman, and the same for the opposite gender in each couple. If any one of those relationships doesn’t work, the friendship of the two couples is in jeopardy.
We began despairing over the difficulties of finding good couple friends. One of the couples that had been married for 47 years related that their friendships with other couples changed over time. When one of them didn’t truly like one of the other people in a couple, that friendship was ultimately doomed or, at best, marginalized.
Several of us were in second marriages, and we all had the same surprising experience of what happened to our friends from our first marriages. Everyone at the table had suffered the same thing–that most of their friends vanished as a result of their divorces. Only those same sex friends that existed prior to the marriages were likely to remain friends. My wife and I had exactly this experience and over the years that we were single again, we each built up a new group of friends.
Now remarried, the challenge has become to integrate those friends into our new married life and we’ve found somewhat difficult. My wife’s friends were mostly single women without children while my friends were mostly men in marriages with children.
We’re again facing the struggle of finding and nurturing new relationships. And, like most things in life, one gets what one put out. Since my wife and I have found ourselves increasingly busy, we’ve not put in much effort to nurture new friendships. We’ve met each other’s friends and some have made their way into our lives, but many have not. As Dennis says, he’s got to like the other husband, she’s got to like the other wife, and so on, meaning you have to have eight relationships to work for two couples to get along. Not that simple, is it — think about it.
Also, as my wife didn’t have children before becoming a stepparent to my children, her friends more often than not also didn’t have children. That is a defining difference with couples. No, it’s not wise to only talk about your children, but it’s inevitable that you will, to some degree.
My best friend and his wife make their primary friendships with other parents when his three children were young. For this friend and his wife, these friendships sprang from relationships developed at their synagogue and their children’s schools. With my children now older, the connection to their schools is practically nil, and my wife and I don’t share the same faith so our religious affiliations are also different. Consequently, those avenues are not available to us.
Ironically, there is a couple that we’ve started to become friends with via the same sort of connection that my best friend had when his kids were younger. My older son has a girlfriend and for “young love” it seems to be a very enduring and a good relationship. Her parents live nearby; we both are concerned about issues that they may have (e.g. intimacy at this age) so we share similar interests plus, of course, we’re geographically compatible. They are likely candidate to fulfill our couples’ friendship vacuum.
We also have the added hurdle of a second marriage and the previously mentioned loss of friends that occurred to both of us during our respective divorces. Ironically, I began this column quoting a discussion that took place on a trip hosted by Dennis Prager. The friends we made on that trip were perfect for us because we shared similar values and interests. The frustration was that only one of those couples lives nearby. The other two couples we befriended live out-of-state.
We finally got together with that one local couple after several failed attempts due to mutual scheduling conflicts. I hope that friendship develops. But, it’s very clear to me that developing new friends in our “middle aged” second marriage status is a challenge. And, we also acknowledge that we haven’t put enough of an effort into it yet. I’m counting on my wife to take care of this, and she’s counting on me. Checkmate.
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United States Department of Agriculture –
Natural Resources Conservation Service
3737 Government Street, Alexandria, Louisiana 71302
For Immediate Release
Release No.: 00013.10
Contact: Holly L. Martien, (318) 473-7762
Alexandria, LA, July 9, 2010 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today unveiled an initiative to improve the health of longleaf pine forests in nine southeast states, including Louisiana. Using an integrated landscape approach, this initiative will help to restore the dramatic acres of longleaf pine forest ecosystems that have been lost on private lands and will also improve plant and animal habitat. Within Louisiana, approximately 7 million acres of longleaf pine ecosystem once existed. Today, less than 250,000 acres remain, with the majority of that being on National Forest.
“This collaborative, all-lands approach to conservation will result in cleaner water, improved essential habitat for sensitive species, and an economic resource for the future, State Conservationist Kevin Norton said. “Protecting and restoring this important ecosystem will benefit communities and resources across the nation.”
Longleaf pine forests in the southeastern United States initially occurred on 90 million acres at the beginning of European settlement. About 3.5 million acres remain today, providing critical habitat for 29 threatened or endangered species. With the Longleaf Pine Restoration Initiative, NRCS will collaborate with other federal agencies as well as state, local and nongovernmental conservation partners to address conservation needs across the longleaf pine range. “This initiative will provide a good opportunity for forest landowners who wish to add longleaf pine to their forest land holdings,” said Buck Vandersteen, Executive Director of the Louisiana Forestry Association.
The initiative is funded through NRCS’s Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program. Participants agree to carry out a wildlife habitat development plan and NRCS provides cost-share assistance to voluntarily implement conservation practices that maintain, improve or restore longleaf pine ecosystems.
“Longleaf forests are a true forest with so many important values that benefit mankind. This initiative presents landowners with a golden opportunity to improve such a unique and diverse ecosystem that is on a drastic decline,” said Louisiana landowner and conservationist, David Daigle. “Through this initiative, landowners can improve the health of our plant community and wildlife habitat.”
International Association of Drilling Contractors
10370 Richmond Ave, Suite 760 · Houston, TX 77042 USA
1/713-292-1945 · fax, 1/713-292-1946 · firstname.lastname@example.org · www.iadc.org
Contact Mike Killalea, ext 222; email@example.com
Jason McFarland, ext 214; firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW ORLEANS, 13 July, 2010 – The International Association of Drilling Contractors today filed testimony with the Department of Energy’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, advocating a return to deepwater drilling as soon as possible.
IADC presented compelling data that offshore drilling, including operations in deep water, have a proven record of safety when conducted according to accepted industry standards. Some 14,000 deep-water wells have been drilled without major incident until the recent Macondo blowout, “an extreme and unprecedented event,” the testimony said. Since 2006, according to government statistics, more than 2,500 deep-water wells have been drilled, whereas only three well control incidents have occurred over that time, excluding the Macondo blowout. The amount of oil spilled in those three accidents was only 25.5 barrels.
The employment and economic implications of a continued drilling ban are severe and potentially catastrophic, IADC said. A previously reported IADC study of 11,875 offshore and support personnel shows that these individuals call 296 Congressional Districts home. This represents 68% of all US Congressional Districts. (For more information on this study, go to www.IADC.org/Offshore_GOM_Reform or email IADC’s contacts listed above.)
“Few states lack representation among this group of US citizens,” the testimony states.
The study does not include the tens of thousands of other workers at oil field service companies, equipment manufacturers, oil companies, or supporting industries, such as caterers or machine shops.
While a significant portion of the goods and services are manufactured along the Gulf Coast, firms across the nation supply the offshore energy industry. Among IADC’s research examples are
- Wire rope from Missouri and Arkansas;
- Radiators from Minnesota;
- Steel and pipe from Ohio;
- Fabrics and uniforms from Illinois;
- Protective paints from Missouri;
- Machinery from Michigan;
- Engines from Illinois;
- Corrosion preventive materials from Illinois and Minnesota;
- Electrical cables from Connecticut;
- Drilling equipment from Illinois;
- Pipe-protective chemicals from Ohio;
- Drilling equipment from Kansas;
- Background checks and security services from Wisconsin;
- Safety footwear from Oregon.
“If offshore rigs move overseas due to a lack of opportunity in the Gulf of Mexico, these jobs go with them. It is unwise in these tough times to export good-paying jobs that support hard-working Americans. For when these jobs vanish, the economies of these citizens’ communities will teeter,” IADC testimony says.
IADC recommends a return to drilling that includes recertifying all blowout prevention equipment and ensuring their suitability for the rig and well design in compliance with the Department of Interior’s new standards. In addition, all personnel should be subject to industry and government-accepted standards for well-control procedures such as IADC’s own Well Control Accreditation Program (WellCAP®). Finally, IADC recommends all operator well plans, especially casing and cementing designs, should be reviewed to ensure sufficient pressure barriers and that the designs are fit for the purpose.
IADC endorsed the DOI’s recommendation to adopt the IADC Health, Safety & Environmental Case Guidelines (IADC HSE Case Guidelines) to facilitate Well Construction Interface Documents (WCID) for Gulf of Mexico operations. This system of risk management, submitted as part of an application to drill, is internationally recognized and accepted by all other countries and should be by the US also, IADC said.
IADC is dedicated to enhancing the interests of oil-and-gas and geothermal drilling contractors worldwide. Founded in 1940, IADC’s mission is to improve industry health, safety and environmental practices; advance drilling and completion technology; and champion responsible standards, practices, legislation and regulations that provide for safe, efficient and environmentally sound drilling operations worldwide. IADC holds Accredited Observer status at the International Maritime Organization and the International Seabed Authority, specialized agencies of the United Nations. The Association is a leader in developing standards for industry training, notably its Well Control Accreditation Program (WellCAP)â and rig-floor orientation program, RIG PASS. IADC is headquartered in Houston and has offices in Washington D.C., the Netherlands, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as chapters in the UK, Venezuela, Brazil, Australasia, South Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and across the United States. For more information, visit http://www.IADC.org.
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CONTACT: Keven Kennedy, email@example.com, (202) 276-3159
Christina Angelides, firstname.lastname@example.org, (617) 233-5948
Louisiana Business, Labor, Sportsmen, Environmental, and Other Leaders in DC This Week to Support Clean Energy and Climate Policies
Urging Senators Landrieu and Vitter to Pass Comprehensive Climate and Clean Energy Legislation This Year
LOUISIANA—This week, Louisiana leaders will join hundreds of other state constituents from across the United States—including business, labor, faith, national security, environmental, and sportsmen leaders—for a major advocacy day in Washington, D.C. to encourage senators from both parties to take action on America’s clean energy and climate future.
In the wake of the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, Americans want bold action, not band-aid solutions to our energy challenges. That’s why these Alaska constituents have traveled to D.C. to tell Senators Landrieu (D-LA) and Vitter (R-LA) that it is time for them and their colleagues to step up and lead by passing a comprehensive climate and energy policy this year.
Louisiana Advocacy Day participants will be available for phone or in-person interviews during and after their travels to Washington, D.C. If you are interested in finding out more about the fly-in and speaking with participants from states you cover, please contact Keven Kennedy, email@example.com, (202) 276-3159 and Christina Angelides, firstname.lastname@example.org, (617) 233-5948.
WHAT: Major Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. on Clean Energy and Climate
WHO: Louisiana business, labor, sportsmen, environmental, and other leaders
WHEN & WHERE: Participants will be available for phone or in-person interviews in Washington, D.C. over the course of the fly-in on Wednesday, July 21st and Thursday, July 22nd. There are confirmed media availabilities on Wednesday from 12:30PM to 1:30PM EDT and Thursday 10:45AM to 11:15AM EDT. If you would like to schedule an interview during one of these availabilities or another time on Wednesday or Thursday, please contact Keven Kennedy at email@example.com, (202) 276-2169 and Christina Angelides at firstname.lastname@example.org, (617) 233-5948.
These participants will also be available for interviews upon their return to the state after the advocacy day.