Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Unprecedented Collaboration to Save Sage-Grouse is the Largest Wildlife Conservation Effort in U.S.

A male greater sage grouse struts at a lek.
A male greater sage grouse struts at a lek, near Bridgeport, CA to attract a mate. Photo by Jeannie Stafford, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Today marks an historic win for conservation and communities in the West and for the United States. Thanks to unprecedented conservation cooperation across the western United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced earlier today that the charismatic rangeland bird – the greater sage-grouse – does not need to be protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The greater sage-grouse conservation strategy comprises the largest landscape-level conservation effort in U.S. history and demonstrates that through strong Federal, state, and private collaboration, the ESA can be an effective and flexible tool in encouraging conservation and providing the certainty needed for sustainable economic development in our states and communities.

This success was only possible through close collaboration among western states, the Department of the Interior, USDA, and more than 1,100 ranchers across eleven states. The bipartisan leadership of many western governors, including Colorado Governor Hickenlooper, Wyoming Governor Mead, Nevada Governor Sandoval, and Montana Governor Bullock is a testament that when we work together, we can successfully conserve landscapes and help save species, while providing certainty to rural economies.

Roughly half of the sage grouse’s remaining habitat is found on public lands, primarily managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. After taking into account extensive public and state input, Federal agencies also announced today the finalization of 98 resource management plans that are based on the best available science and address the primary threats to the sage-grouse and its habitat. These plans and other actions by Federal and state agencies will also help reduce the threat of wildfire in western portions of the range. In total, these plans will put in place protections on nearly 70 million acres of important sage-grouse habitat.

These collective conservation efforts achieve more than protecting one species. The sagebrush habitat is shared with more than 350 other wildlife species, including world-class populations of mule deer, elk, pronghorn and golden eagles. They also provide sustainable development benefits that help local communities and the U.S. economy. More than 1,100 ranchers are voluntarily working with Federal and state agencies to conserve the greater sage-grouse. Since 2010, USDA has partnered with these landowners to conserve or restore 4.4 million acres of key habitat through programs that provide financial assistance for conservation, and hundreds of other properties are enrolled through similar state or Federal programs.

Today’s announcements mark an incredible milestone, proving that collaborative, science-based, forward-looking efforts can conserve an entire landscape. There’s no doubt that important work remains to ensure a bright future for the sage-grouse and the sagebrush habitat. This includes implementing the state and Federal plans, as well as the comprehensive rangeland fire strategy. USDA has announced plans to spend another $211 million by the end of 2018 to help hundreds of ranchers conserve or restore more habitat, bringing the total to 8 million acres. And Congress still needs to pass the Administration’s $45 million proposed increase in funds to help implement these public land management plans. We are confident they will benefit both rural communities and the Western sagebrush landscape now and in the future.

Friday, September 18, 2015

West Wing Week: 09/18/2015 or, "FAFSA! (fafsa, fafsa, fafsa, fafsa)"

This week, the President marked the 14th anniversary of 9/11, met with troops around the world at a multimedia town hall at Fort Meade, crashed a back-to-school bus tour in Iowa, sat down with esteemed author Marilynne Robinson, and hosted Connecticut Huskies, Spanish royalty, and genuine American heroes at the White House. That's September 11th to September 17th, or "FAFSA! (fafsa, fafsa, fafsa, fafsa)."

Friday, September 11th

  • On Friday, the President, First Lady, and White House staff observed a moment of silence at 8:46 AM — the time the first airplane struck the World Trade Center on September 11th, 14 years ago.
  • Later that day, the President spent time with the patriotic service men and women serving their country around the world at a troop town hall at Fort Meade in Maryland.

Monday, September 14th

  • On Monday, the President traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, joining Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's annual Back-to-School bus tour. They answered questions from high school students, teachers, and parents.
  • The President also sat down with thought-leader Marilynne Robinson, a Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist who lives in Iowa. Stay tuned for the complete conversation.

Tuesday, September 15th

Wednesday, September 16th

Thursday, September 17th

Stay engaged with us online, and find out more about any of these topics and see complete videos at WH.gov.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

I Just Started My First Year of College

All week long, real Americans who have written the President are sharing where they are in their education journeys — and offering their advice to their fellow Americans. If you want to write the President yourself, you can do so here.


I was a senior at Jefferson Forest High School when I sent my first letter to President Obama.

Jefferson Forest is a small high school in Forest, Virginia — a small town that no one really knows about. My mother is divorced and single. I am the youngest of four; my three older siblings were all in college. My mother has sacrificed everything to put us through college. Working part time jobs, late nights, even moving from California to Virginia for a better job where the standard of living seemed much more affordable.

You see, it has been my dream since I could remember to become an equine veterinarian. My mother wants more than anything to see my dream become a reality, because she wants me to succeed without the struggles that she's experienced; to have a better place in the world than she's ever had.

I realize that wanting to specialize in equine dentistry (yes, dentistry — many people laugh when I say this but I just smile) means I will probably be in college for ten years. I have always wondered, WHY? If critics say America needs more jobs, then why is getting a college education so expensive that starting down many career paths seems impossible?

My mother always tells me "the sky is not the limit, for there is the moon and there are the stars beyond it." So I kept up my grades and relentlessly applied to as many scholarships as I could. The reason I felt compelled to write to President Obama was to say: I want to be one less child, one less financial burden, my mother needs to worry about affording a college education for.

One morning I was talking to a chemistry teacher about my frustrations — the National Decision Deadline was fast approaching, and I had not committed to any of my four choices because I could not afford tuition. She mentioned that Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia was offering a grant called LEAP (Local Educational Access Program) for Region 2000 students from the Commonwealth of Virginia -- where tuition is guaranteed to be no more than $10,000, and that is before financial aid through the FAFSA, which I completed back in January.

(By the way, you can learn how much aid you’re eligible for right now.)

Immediately, I knew this was the answer to my worries. I called the Office of Admissions to ask if they were still accepting applications and the admissions counselor personally worked with me to submit my application as fast as possible. I hand-delivered my transcripts and letters of recommendation the next day to Randolph College. I then sat and watched as my application was reviewed. In less than two minutes I was accepted into Randolph College. Instantly, I felt a giant weight lift off my shoulders. That Saturday, my mother and I attended the open house to tour the campus and assess my financial aid package. We finalized my slot as a freshman in the fall by paying the deposit. Out of nowhere, the President of Randolph College, Mr. Bradley Bateman, appeared to shake my hand, saying he "…wanted to be the first to shake a new Wildcat’s hand in congratulations."

I am so relieved that I know where I belong now. I plan to major in biology as part of the pre-veterinary medicine track and possibly double minor in equine studies and chemistry. Classes started August 31st and I already have a busy schedule. This week I attended my calculus, French, movie science, chemistry lecture and lab, and equine studies classes. I will always be searching and applying for scholarships because I still have to pay for next semester and some of my outside scholarships only cover first semester costs. I also have to worry about paying for the next three years of my education myself. Once I graduate, I will have to start worrying about paying off my unsubsidized and subsidized loans, as well.

This is my advice for students who are looking into college, but think they can't afford it:

Don't just fill out the FAFSA — research local colleges to see if they have any grant programs that can help you cover costs. Call the college to explain your financial situation. Search for scholarships. High schools' guidance offices should have information on many scholarships and there are a plethora of websites where it pools together scholarships that match your criteria. The best way to receive scholarships is to keep up with your academics and be involved in the community; it will benefit you as an individual and as a scholar in the long run.

As my mother always says: "Make good decisions."

Sincerely,

Marie

Marie Abowd
Forest, Virginia

Marie Abowd is a first-year college student at Randolph College in Virginia. She wrote the President a letter in January.

Designing Federal Programs with the American People in Mind

President Barack Obama speaks with members of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team in the Oval Office in January 2015.
President Barack Obama speaks with members of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team in the Oval Office in January 2015.

Research insights from behavioral science focus on how people make decisions, and contain important lessons for how to design Federal programs to make them easier for the American people to engage with. For example, commonsense steps — such as simplifying communications and making choices more clear and user-friendly — can have a meaningful impact on who participates in a Federal program, whether that program is focused on applying for financial aid for college, saving for retirement, or something else.

Take the example of applying to college. Just yesterday, as part of his visit to Des Moines, Iowa, President Obama highlighted new steps the Administration is taking to help more low-income families gain earlier, easier access to Federal financial aid, including giving students filling out the FAFSA the ability to electronically retrieve tax information filed for an earlier year, rather than waiting until tax season to complete their applications. Steps like these will make the process of applying to college simpler and easier, helping thousands of students. Many other Federal programs could benefit from similar updates to make those programs more user-friendly.

That’s why today, the President is signing an Executive Order that directs all Federal agencies to use insights from the behavioral sciences to make government programs easier to access, more user-friendly, and more effective. As part of the Executive Order, agencies are directed to look for opportunities to streamline access to programs, improve the way they communicate and present critical information, and deepen their relationships with the behavioral science community. To support the new Executive Order, the Administration is issuing guidance on how agencies can use behavioral science insights to make Federal forms simpler and easier for Americans to complete.

In addition, the Administration is making permanent the first-ever Social and Behavioral Science Team (SBST), a cross-agency group of experts from human-centered design, behavioral economics, and related fields, which will provide advice and guidance to help agencies implement the Executive Order.

A recently released report features the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team’s first year of projects, which have made government programs easier to access and more user-friendly, and have boosted program efficiency and integrity. As a result of these projects, more Servicemembers are saving for retirement, more students are going to college, more Veterans are accessing their benefits, more farmers are obtaining credit, and more families are gaining healthcare coverage.

Here are just a few examples of how these insights have led to real benefits:

  • Sending service members a single email that highlighted the three steps needed to enroll for the Thrift Savings Plan (a workplace savings plan for Federal employees), and that conveyed the potential value of making even small contributions to the plan, nearly doubled the rate at which service members signed up for the plan.
  • Sending eight text messages to college-accepted high-school graduates, which reminded them to complete required pre-matriculation tasks, led to a nearly 9 percent increase in college enrollment among low-income students.
  • Highlighting to Veterans that they had earned an education and career-counseling benefit, relative to just notifying them of their eligibility, led to a nearly 9 percent in Veterans accessing the application for this benefit.
  • Sending personalized letters to farmers that included a tailored set of action steps to apply for a loan as well as contact information for the recipient’s local loan offer increased the number of farmers who obtained a loan by 22 percent.

Building on the past year of successes, the SBST is launching 20 new projects in the upcoming year, focused on everything from helping children retain access to nutritionally-balanced, low-cost or free lunches, to providing unemployed workers with enhanced job-search support. You can read about these new projects here.

This is just the start.

We in the Administration are eager to hear ideas from the public and the academic community of additional ways in which behavioral sciences can help in improving Federal programs. To stay updated on the work of the SBST and offer ideas for new projects that incorporate behavioral science insights, visit the new online resource page at www.sbst.gov.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

HiTech Air Solutions Indoor Reactors

I found this product from HiTech Air Solutions, and I really need to share.

If you are looking for a Hi Tech air solution to get rid of pollutants in your home or office, look no further than the HiTech Air Solutions indoor reactor.

With three models plus a custom option, the Hi-Tech Air Solutions reactor will eradicate all of the air borne toxins that are flying through the air.

There are many reasons why you may have poor air quality in your home. Poor air quality can contribute to asthma, nasal congestion, nausea, fatigue and headaches. People who already suffer from infections are at greater risk.

There are an estimated 40 million people in the United States who are affected by allergies. The prevalence of pediatric asthma has increased by 72%, making asthma the sixth ranking chronic illness in the nation, and the leading serious chronic sickness for children.

What other pollutants can cause respiratory issues? Molds, pollen, and even animal dander can cause allergic symptoms. This can cause many undesirable consequences, such as, missing work, school or important life events.

The Hi-Tech Air Solutions air reactor will eliminate the causes for these respiratory issues. There are three models to choose from based on the size you need.

The smallest unit, model 101 is the best for use in a 1600 sq. foot or less space. The model 120 is designed for residential and commercial use for a space up to 2000 sq. feet. If you are looking for something larger, the model 110 will suit spaces up to 5000 sq. feet. All three models are made of stainless steel/hospital grade and the two larger models are on wheels for easy movement.

A trip around the web will offer numerous testimonials for this product, demonstrating how well it performs under various climates and circumstances.




 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Monday, September 7, 2015

Black Gold Health Products

Black Gold Health Products
The black seed has a long history as a beneficial herb.  For over three thousand years, people have used the black seed to cure numerous ailments to maintain and improve general health.
While use of the black seed traces back to ancient Egypt, it was not until 1959 when doctors were able to extract the active principle of black seed oil.  They called it Nigellone, and after testing it on animals, they found that it has no toxic or harmful effect.
After years of testing, doctors found that black seed oil can be used for the treatment of all diseases caused by a deficiency of the immune system.
Black seed oil is produced by pressing the seeds of the Nigella Sativa plant. The seeds are also known as black cumin. The nutrient-rich oil of black seed has been used for hundreds of years in the Middle East and South Asia as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments.
Black seed oil is an effective anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory remedy. Because of the black seed oil benefits, it is often used to fight infections and strengthen the immune system, which is suitable for treating headaches, toothaches, nasal congestion, colds, digestive problems, allergies and diabetes.
 
You can now get this natural medicine from Black Gold Health Products.   All products come from cold pressed black seed cumin oil.  At http://www.blackgoldhp.co.uk/buy-black-gold-health-products.html, you can choose the Capsules, the Black Gold Oil, or the Black Gold Protectant Balm.
When taken as a daily supplement, the Black Gold capsules promote a healthy immune system, while giving you a rich source of essential fatty acids which are the building blocks of cells.  This is also a convenient way to take Black Seed without the distinctive taste of the oil.
Black Gold Protectant Balm is suitable for all skin types and can be directly applied to the skin for joint pain, headache and certain skin conditions.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Every Kid in a Park Kicks Off at Red Rock Canyon

Kids in the Park

Today, we were lucky enough to spend a beautiful summer morning with 65 fourth-grade students from West Preparatory Academy, a Title 1 public school in East Las Vegas, Nevada. The kids were enthusiastic about being outside and going on a hike to explore the stunning desert landscape, Native American rock art and surprise pockets of lush green plants at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, only a 20-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip.

Thanks to President Obama’s visionary Every Kid in a Park initiative, which officially launched yesterday, all fourth graders and their families will be entitled to a free pass for a full year to visit federal lands and waters that belong to all of us. Before our hike, we distributed free passes to some very excited students!

At a time when youth spend more and more of their free time inside in sedentary activities on computers and smartphones and watching TV, this program will help close the gap between children and nature by introducing kids from all backgrounds to our nation’s great outdoors.

Fourth graders across the country can visit the Every Kid in a Park website to complete a short, educational activity to obtain their free pass to more than 2,000 federal sites, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, marine sanctuaries and other federal lands and waters. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks). Educators can also access educational activities and print passes for their students.

Kids in the park

And since we know a big reason why many kids don’t visit public lands and waters is that they can’t get there easily, the National Park Foundation (NPF) – the congressionally chartered foundation of the National Park Service – will award Every Kid in a Park transportation grants to participating federal agencies to help support travel for those kids with the most need.

The Every Kid in a Park initiative is designed to continue beyond just this year, so that every fourth grade child in America will have the opportunity to visit their public lands and waters for free, inspiring the next generation to be stewards of our nation’s shared natural, historical and cultural heritage.

Secretary Jewell at Red Rocks with 4th grade students

Parks and outdoor spaces are living classrooms, and the awesome students we met today from West Preparatory Academy are well on their way to becoming lifelong learners and champions of America’s treasured landscapes.

Let’s get every kid in a park!

In Alaska, President Obama Takes Over the White House Instagram

As Air Force One neared Anchorage, Alaska, President Obama grabbed a shot of Denali from the window. Just that day, the tallest mountain in North America was given back its native name.


During his visits to Seward, Dillingham and Kotzebue, President Obama is seeing the effects of climate change firsthand and is sharing it directly with Americans across the country. For the first-time ever, the President is taking over the White House Instagram (and personally taking the photos!) to give you a look inside the trip, from the window of Marine One to a selfie with survivalist Bear Grylls. You can also check out his video updates and daily travelogue on Medium.

Take a look at what the President has posted so far and double tap his photos if you agree we need to take action on climate change. And be sure to keep following along at WhiteHouse.gov/Alaska.

Spectacular view from Marine One as we near Seward. -bo

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My new competition.

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A spectacular end to day two in Alaska. -bo

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Highlighting the Importance of the Iran Deal in Israel

This was originally posted on Treasury Notes, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Treasury. You can read the original post here.


Treasury Under Secretary Adam Szubin
Adam Szubin, Acting Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence

Adam Szubin, Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, concluded his visit to Israel, where he met with senior Israeli government officials and thought leaders to discuss the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as well as our shared efforts to counter Iran’s support for terrorism, its missile program, and other malign activities. The trip was the first to Israel by a Treasury Department official since the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 partners was reached in July.

Endorsed by the United Nations Security Council and more than 100 countries, the JCPOA is a historic deal that cuts off all pathways for Iran to build a nuclear weapon, puts in place intrusive inspections, and ensures that Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful.

During the trip, Acting Under Secretary Szubin met with senior Israeli government officials – including National Security Advisor Yossi Cohen, Minister for Energy and Infrastructure Yuval Steinitz, and Director-General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dore Gold. He also spoke with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and participated in a roundtable with key Israeli think tanks. Throughout these discussions, Acting Under Secretary Szubin addressed questions and misconceptions about the nuclear deal and underscored the importance of the United States and Israel intensifying our joint work in the intelligence, financial, and diplomatic arenas to effectively counter terrorist groups like Hizballah and other violent extremists supported by Iran through the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)-Qods Force.

The deal reached in Vienna in July makes the United States and Israel more secure by foreclosing Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon.

Sanctions relief under the JCPOA will only occur after the International Atomic Energy Agency has verified that Iran has completed key nuclear steps – and even then, with narrow exceptions, this relief only applies to the United States’ nuclear-related secondary sanctions. This means that we will maintain an array of authorities to counter Iran’s ongoing illicit conduct. Our trade embargo on Iran will remain in effect except for narrow exceptions, and we will not lift sanctions that target Iran’s support for terrorist groups, its abuses of human rights, or its destabilizing activities in the region.

The United States sees Iran clearly for what it is: the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and destabilizing force in the region.

Iran’s active support to groups like Hizballah and reliance on the IRGC-Qods Force only heightens the imperative to cut off Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear bomb. That’s why the nuclear deal is so critical; the world is far better positioned to confront those threats with Iran’s nuclear program held in check. That’s also why the United States is keeping firmly in place the whole array of U.S. sanctions targeting Iran outside the nuclear realm. In fact, under the JCPOA, more than 200 Iran-linked persons will remain designated by the United States and subject to direct U.S. and secondary sanctions, including the networks of the IRGC, IRGC-Qods force, major Iranian companies, and key military and defense entities and firms.

The United States and Israel will continue to work together on key diplomatic and security issues to foster stability in the region and ensure continued security for Israel.


Jamie Obal is a media affairs specialist at the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What I Saw in Alaska

This week, President Obama is visiting Alaska to experience firsthand how climate change is affecting Alaska and the greater Arctic, and to meet with Alaskans across the state – in locations as diverse as Anchorage, Seward, Dillingham, and Kotzebue – who are dealing with the consequences of climate change.

In support of the President’s trip, I spent the past weekend making my own stops in Alaska to learn more about how climate change is already affecting local communities and ecosystems, and to engage with Alaskans working to tackle climate-related challenges.

I was joined on the trip by three other senior officials from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP): Tamara Dickinson, the leader of OSTP’s Environment & Energy division; Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, Executive Director of the U.S. Government’s Arctic Executive Steering Committee and former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden; and Beth Kerttula, Director of the National Ocean Council, as well as a native Alaskan and former minority leader in the Alaska state legislature. I wanted to share a few observations with you about what we saw.

Senior OSTP officials at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center
OSTP’s Ambassador Mark Brzezinski (far left), Tamara Dickinson (fourth from left), Director John Holdren (second from right) and Beth Kerttula (far right) with staff of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.

On Saturday, we visited the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, a nonprofit corporation that develops sustainable, cost-effective building technologies tailored to Alaska and other polar regions. We also toured the Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility. Studies conducted at this underground laboratory (one of only two permafrost tunnels in the world!) help us better understand how climate change is accelerating permafrost thaw, and the associated impacts on communities and ecosystems.

Inside the Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility
Inside the Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility.

We kicked off Sunday by hearing from participants in the Fulbright Arctic Initiative about the research that Initiative scholars from the United States and other Arctic nations are doing on critical topics like energy, water, and health and infrastructure. In the afternoon, we met with scholars who are younger, but no less impressive: students in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, which supports science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for Alaska Natives from sixth grade all the way through college and graduate programs.

Meeting with students in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP)
Meeting with students in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP).

During our trip, we also participated in roundtable discussions with students and faculty at the University of Alaska (UAA) Fairbanks and UAA Anchorage, researchers who are working on the cutting edge of Arctic climate science. And we met with the mayors of Anchorage, Fairbanks, the Northwest Arctic Borough, and other Alaskan municipalities, as well as with officials of Federal departments and agencies with office in Alaska, to talk about their efforts to prepare for and adapt to climate change, and the ways in which the Federal government can best support them.

Alaska represents the frontlines of our fight against climate change. What my OSTP colleagues and I saw and heard over the weekend has powerfully augmented our understanding of the range of dramatic impacts that climate change is having on ecosystems and communities in the far North. I believe that the stops that President Obama is making in Alaska this week – including a historic visit to the Alaskan Arctic –will further underscore for the Nation the importance of taking strong action to combat climate change now.

So I encourage you to follow the President’s trip at WhiteHouse.gov/Alaska, and to join this Administration in working together to #ActOnClimate.

Dr. John P. Holdren is Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the Office of the Science and Technology Policy, and Chairman of the U.S. Arctic Executive Steering Committee.