Just off the coast of the Tiwi Islands in Northern Territory waters, there's been a chance discovery of a population of grey nurse sharks, previously unknown to science.The critically endangered shark — which until now was known to reside on Australia's eastern and western coasts — was spotted by gas-giant ConocoPhillips during preparations for its new Barossa gas pipeline.In a lifeline that no one saw coming, scientists and marine conservationists are hoping this isolated population could be the genetic saviour of the critically endangered east coast population."There's about 400 breeding animals left on the east coast, they're very rare nowadays and it may mean that these animals found near the Tiwi Islands can help repopulate the East Coast," Jason Fowler from the Marine Conservation Society said. Macquarie University's Associate Professor Adam Stow, from the Department of Biology, has been researching the grey nurse shark."The numbers have declined rapidly over the last … [Read more...] about Grey nurse sharks discovered in NT waters could be genetic lifeline for species
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California’s health care system is struggling with an acute shortage of nurses, so industry professionals were puzzled by the Jan. 10 vote of a little-known state committee to limit enrollments at one of the state’s most successful nursing schools. The Board’s Education and Licensing Committee voted 2-1 to recommend that the Board of Registered Nursing cap enrollments at West Coast University. The board is expected to consider that recommendation during its next meeting, Feb. 13-14 in Redondo Beach. The unusual action left health policy experts puzzled. Attendees at the Jan. 10 meeting said the committee majority offered no public explanation for the vote. And while the meeting agenda listed seven members of the Education and Licensing Committee, the West Coast University recommendation passed without a quorum. Neither Donna Gerber, vice president of the committee, nor member Michael Jackson responded to requests for comment on the meeting. The meeting was not … [Read more...] about Code Blue: Little-known state agency may have just made California’s nursing shortage much worse
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MIDLAND — Drilling booms have come and gone in this oil town for nearly a century. But the frenzy gripping it now is different. Overwhelming. Drilling rigs tower over suburban backyards. There’s a housing crunch so severe that rents are up 30 percent in the last year alone. Tax-averse city officials raised fees this spring just to keep basic services afloat. This boom is engulfing the rest of West Texas, too, extending to areas that drilling hasn’t touched before. As communities welcome the jobs and the new business, they’re struggling with an onslaught of problems that include spikes in traffic accidents and homelessness. What’s happening is unprecedented. In December, companies in the Permian Basin — an ancient, oil-rich seabed that spans West Texas and southeastern New Mexico — were producing twice as much oil as they had four years earlier, during the last boom. Forecasters expect production to double again by 2023. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott … [Read more...] about As oil and gas exports surge, West Texas becomes the world’s “extraction colony”
Ellen Ciurczak Hattiesburg American Published 8:56 AM EDT Oct 2, 2018 Tori Hopkins knows why she finds herself in the first year nursing program at the University of Southern Mississippi. "To help people — make the world a better place," she said. "It's something I've always wanted to do." But the many jobs available in her field after she finishes her two years of nursing courses don't hurt either. "I know the need is going up," Hopkins said. "The career opportunities are exciting." Talk to anybody in the nursing domain and they'll tell you — nurses are needed. "The number of registered nurses is expected to grow 16 percent by 2024, but that's not going to keep pace with the numbers lost," said Lachel Story, associate dean at Southern Miss' College of Nursing. "There is an RN shortage in this country." Story continues after photo gallery. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections for 2014-24, registered … [Read more...] about Is nursing shortage critical in Mississippi, US?