Clean shore power for large offshore vessels

first_imgIfeverything works out, large offshore vessels, while moored in the Port ofRotterdam, will be fully powered by green electricity. Heerema MarineContracters, energy supplier Eneco and the Port of Rotterdam Authority havesigned a Memorandum of Understanding to make this happen in the near future. Theuse of shore power for moored vessels at this scale is an industry first in theworld.A vessel isnot only operational when she is sailing the high seas. Once moored in a port,a ship is not shut down. A moored vessel needs electricity for all kinds offunctions. Large generators generate this energy, but with the help of fossil fuels.Running the generators results in noise and emissions. Heerema MarineContractors wants to avoid that with an ambitious plan to connect their vesselswith the shore to get their electricity. And when their vessels have sailed off,working on projects, others ships are welcome too.  â€œWe plan tobuild 20 Megawatts worth of electrical infrastructure at the Calandkanaal inthe Port of Rotterdam,” says Vincent Doedée. As Sustainability Advisor ofHeerema Marine Contractors he is the initiator of the project. “Next to that,it is our intention to give our fleet, when in port, 100 per cent green energy.”Heerema wants to use local wind turbines to generate the electricity. Premium content Log in Register Premium content You are currently not logged in to a MyNavingo account. Premium content Your current account does not have access to this premium item. Please upgrade your membership to access this content. Go to the shop Premium You are currently not logged into your account. Register and get a two week trial. You need javascript to validate your login status.last_img read more

Father’s rejection can be greater

first_imgTelegraph (UK) 14 June 2012Children were more likely to be insecure, hostile and aggressive if they did not have a loving father present, researchers claim. A study found that rejection by either parent has a profound effect on the development of children which lasts into adulthood. And a father’s love is just as important to a child’s personality as a mother’s – and sometimes more so. The researchers said that children tend to respond in a similar way when they believe they have been rejected by their parents – with negative personality traits following them into adulthood. These can include aggression, anxiety, insecurity and hostility. Prof Ronald Rohner, of the University of Connecticut, said that research had focused on mothers, but fathers were equally important. “The great emphasis on mothers and mothering has led to an inappropriate tendency to blame mothers for children’s behaviour problems and maladjustment when, in fact, fathers are often more implicated than mothers in the development of problems such as these,” he saidResearchers looked at 36 studies involving 10,000 participants. The studies were based on surveys of children and adults about their parents’ degree of acceptance or rejection in childhood. The results, published in Personality and Social Psychology Review, suggest children and adults experience the same level of acceptance or rejection from each parent, but the influence of one parent’s rejection, mostly a father, can be greater. Researchers believe this could be because children are more likely to pay more attention to the parent they feel has higher prestige. If a child perceives their father to have more prestige, he will be more influential. read more

Lasting IQ harm from teen dope use

first_imgNZ Herald 28 Aug 2012The persistent use of cannabis before age 18 has been linked to lasting harm to intelligence, according to a large study.Analysis of more than 1000 New Zealanders found those who took up cannabis in adolescence and used it for years afterwards experienced an average decline in IQ of eight points when measured at age 13 and 38.People who did not begin using cannabis until they were adults, with fully formed brains, did not show the same declines.Experts here and abroad say the findings are significant and could offer some explanation for the “teenage stoner” stereotype.Lead researcher Madeline Meier of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, said quitting cannabis later in life did not appear to reverse the loss of intelligence.Higher IQ correlated with higher education and income and better health, she said.“Somebody who loses eight IQ points as an adolescent may be disadvantaged compared to their same-age peers for years to come.”The study, to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined individuals in the Dunedin Cohort study, which has followed 1037 people born in 1972-73 in Dunedin from birth. read more

Incest cases becoming ‘more prevalent’ in NZ

first_imgONE News 30 Aug 2012A Dunedin case where a man and his daughter had a child together has highlighted the phenomenon of genetic sexual attraction – but they are not the only ones in New Zealand experiencing these feelings, a sex therapist says. More and more cases of a similar nature are coming to light, where siblings or parents and their offspring meet for the first time and end up developing a sexual attraction to each other, director of Sex Therapy New Zealand Robyn Salisbury said. A father and daughter were sentenced to community work and supervision in the Dunedin District Court earlier this week, after knowingly entering into an incestuous relationship, the Otago Daily Times reported. They were warned by a judge to end their relationship or face prison if they refused. The 32-year-old man and 18-year-old woman admitted to the incest, but said they had fallen in love after they started living together as husband and wife. The pair had only met in 2010, when the man, who fathered the girl when he was just 14, made contact with her for the first time. It is understood they had not had a relationship prior to that.Some children who meet their siblings or birth parents at a later stage in their lives may develop a strong sexual attraction to their relative, and vice versa, Salisbury said. The psychologist worked with a number of people in similar situations and said cases of genetic sexual attraction were becoming more prevalent. That is because families were becoming increasingly fragmented – solo parents and separation were more rife – and changes to New Zealand’s adoption law in the mid 1980s allowed for most adoptees and birth parents to access identifying information about each other and track one another down, Salisbury said. “There are more people meeting up with previously unknown family members and being completely overwhelmed with how powerful that can be.” It was a hugely emotional experience to find a lost relative, prepare to meet them and then actually come face to face with them, she said. “Very strong feelings are experienced. For some people those powerful feelings and the kind of depth of connection that can happen are most readily experienced and expressed sexually. It’s the whole ‘falling in love’ scenario that people only know one track to go down in order to express those feelings.” While genetic sexual attraction was not a universally-accepted diagnostic category, it was experienced enough for people to have become aware of it, Salisbury said.There had been a number of cases involving genetic sexual attraction highlighted in recent years. John Deaves and his daughter, Jennifer, were both married when they were reunited after 30 years apart in 2000. A sexual relationship developed and they ended up leaving their spouses to live together as a couple.They went on to have two children, one who died when just a few days old. They both admitted incest and were sentenced to three years’ good behaviour bonds in 2008, but they said at the time that they did not view each other as father and daughter. “After I had been there quite a few days I started to notice my feelings were changing and I was seeing him as a man, as a person, who was loving (and) caring,” Jennifer Deaves told local media at the time.In another case, a German man, who was adopted at age four, fell in love with his biological sister after meeting her for the first time in 2000. The couple went on to have four children before being convicted of incest. read more

Dutch watchdog who backed euthanasia warns UK of ‘slippery slope’

first_imgMailOnline 10 July 2014Legalising assisted suicide is a slippery slope toward widespread killing of the sick, MPs and peers were told yesterday.A former euthanasia supporter warned of a surge in deaths if Parliament allowed doctors to give deadly drugs to their patients.‘Don’t do it Britain,’ said Theo Boer, a veteran European watchdog in assisted suicide cases. ‘Once the genie is out of the bottle, it is not likely ever to go back in again.’His native Netherlands, where euthanasia has been legal since 2002, has seen deaths double in just six years and this year’s total may reach a record 6,000.Professor Boer’s intervention comes as peers prepare to debate the Assisted Dying Bill, promoted by Lord Falconer, a Labour former Lord Chancellor.The bill, which has its second reading next week, would allow doctors to prescribe poison to terminally ill and mentally alert people who wish to kill themselves. read more

Illinois District Violated Transgender Student’s Rights, U.S. Says

first_imgNew York Times 2 November 2015Federal education authorities, staking out their firmest position yet on an increasingly contentious issue, found Monday that an Illinois school district violated anti-discrimination laws when it did not allow a transgender student who identifies as a girl and participates on a girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room without restrictions.Education officials said the decision was the first of its kind on the rights of transgender students, which are emerging as a new cultural battleground in public schools across the country. In previous cases, federal officials had been able to reach settlements giving access to transgender students in similar situations. But in this instance, the school district in Palatine, Ill., has not yet come to an agreement, prompting the federal government to threaten sanctions. The district, northwest of Chicago, has indicated a willingness to fight for its policy in court.The Education Department gave 30 days to the officials of Township High School District 211 to reach a solution or face enforcement, which could include administrative law proceedings or a Justice Department court action. The district could lose some or all of its Title IX funding.In a letter sent Monday, the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education told the Palatine district that requiring a transgender student to use private changing and showering facilities was a violation of that student’s rights under Title IX, a federal law that bans sex discrimination. The student, who identifies as female but was born male, should be given unfettered access to girls’ facilities, the letter said.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.“All students deserve the opportunity to participate equally in school programs and activities — this is a basic civil right,” Catherine Lhamon, the Education Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Township High School District 211 is not following the law because the district continues to deny a female student the right to use the girls’ locker room.”Daniel Cates, the district superintendent, said in a statement Monday that he disagreed with the decision, which he described as “a serious overreach with precedent-setting implications.” In an interview, Dr. Cates said district officials had “worked long and hard” to develop a plan that the district believed would balance the rights of everyone involved. That plan entails having the student change beyond privacy curtains in the girls’ locker room.The rights of transgender students have become the focus of disputes in school districts in many states, leading to divergent approaches regarding which sports teams they can play on, bathrooms they can use and pronouns they are addressed by. In separate cases, two California school districts agreed to lift restrictions on transgender locker room and restroom access after federal officials intervened. Students at one Missouri high school protested a decision by the district to let a transgender girl use female locker rooms and restrooms.Lawyers from the Thomas More Society, a nonprofit religious liberty organization, praised the district for its position, and described a locker room as significantly different from, for instance, a bathroom with stalls. The Education Department, they said, seemed to take a hard line.“You have a higher degree of visual privacy when you’re talking about stalls,” Jocelyn Floyd, a lawyer from the Thomas More Society, said. “In this case, the school has shown that they are sensitive to the needs of this transgender student but also to the needs of all the other students. When you think about it, there are a lot of students in high school who are uncomfortable with disrobing in front of people.” read more

Couple celebrate 82-year wedding anniversary and reveal how they made it last (US)

first_imgStuff 20 January 2016An American couple have reached a milestone few others have achieved by celebrating their 82nd wedding anniversary.Nicholas and Rafaela Ordaz of Tracy, California, had a double party last weekend to mark their vows and Nicholas turning 102 on Friday.Even their grandchildren have grandchildren; their great-great-grandchildren were present.The pair said “I do” in 1934 – the same year the Great Depression slowly started to turn around with unemployment decreasing and Adolf Hitler declared himself to be “Fuhrer”.The couple said the secret to their eight-decade long union was “respect, affection and not sweating the small stuff”, ABC6 reported.The pair have been married so long there is not even a traditional gift to give, but they are on their way to having the longest marriage ever recorded. up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Mum’s petition against secret abortions for teens under 16 rejected by MPs

first_imgTVNZ One News 7 July 2016MPs have rejected a call to change the law to prevent under-16s undergoing secret abortions.Taranaki mum Hillary Kieft presented a petition to Parliament’s justice and electoral commission last year.Her 15-year-old daughter’s abortion was arranged by her school in 2010.A report from the committee says about 60 procedures a year are performed on under-16s, and less than 10 don’t tell their parents or caregiver.The ‘best-case’ scenario is that patients have the full support of their parents – but the right not to should remain, the committee found.MPs recommended some changes such as better collection of data on how many teens take up counselling services, increased oversight by the Abortion Supervisory Committee and mandatory after care check-ups with under-16s.“When renewing or certifying a consultant, the Abortion Supervisory Committee must emphasise the consultant’s responsibilities around post-procedure care and the protection of children under-16 who have an abortion procedure,” the report added.The Maori Party disagreed with the findings – and wants the law change, unless a doctor believes there is a health risk. turn down petition seeking abortion law changeNewsTalk ZB 7 July 2016A committee of MPs has turned down a request to change the law so parents must be told if a daughter aged under 16 was referred for an abortion, but recommended strengthening post-abortion care and counselling.A petition asking for the law to be changed to require parental notification for abortions of under 16-year-olds was organised by Stratford mother Hillary Kieft, whose 15-year-old daughter had an abortion without the parents knowing. Mrs Kieft told the justice and electoral select committee it was not until after she attempted suicide a year later in 2010 that the Kiefts learned their daughter’s boarding school arranged for the procedure through a family planning clinic and no post-abortion support was offered.NZ First and the Maori party had a minority view, saying parents should be informed unless a health professional decided there was a risk of harm to the child in disclosing it.However, family first director Bob McCroskie said it was ludicrous parents had to give permission for school trips but were kept in the dark if their daughter was having an abortion. He believed it was against the wishes of most parents and criticised the committee for refusing to hear submissions from parent or family groups such as Family First and instead relying only on medical and privacy experts.READ MORE: reject calls to prevent U16s having abortions without parents being informedStuff 7 July 2016Parliament has rejected a petition calling for it to be made compulsory that parents be informed if their teenager was to have an abortion.Parliament’s Justice and Electoral select committee has released its report into the petition of Hillary Kieft and six others, that it passes legislation to prevent under 16-year-olds having abortions without notifying the parents.The committee’s decision has been slammed by lobby group Family First, claiming uncited research showed parental notification laws decreased teenage abortions by 15 per cent, and also decreased pregnancies.READ MORE: read more

Parental notification – what are Labour really saying?

first_imgLabour doesn’t want parents to know if their teen daughter is wanting an abortionNow they don’t want parents to know if their under-age teen has attended a camp with alcohol availableThey also don’t want parents to know if a sexual assault has happened and may have affected their childParents need to understand the real agenda here. It’s about undermining the role of and respect for parents.And children ultimately suffer under this approach. Ironically.#parentsmatter Sources: Report: Ardern reacts to Young Labour sex assault claims  (note comments at 6’00” mark)last_img

Israel Folau controversy proves Christians are fair game

first_imgThe Northland Age 24 April 2018Family First Comment: Another superb commentary from Peter Jackson…“It all started when Qantas, which puts a lot of money into Australian rugby, claimed that the belief that unrepentant homosexuals would be consigned to Hell did not sit comfortably with its values. Surely that has to qualify the airline for the Hypocrite of the Year award.Qantas, remember, has a formal (and no doubt highly lucrative) partnership with Emirates Airlines, based in Dubai. The United Arab Emirates does not smile particularly fondly on homosexuality, or any other form of sexual expression beyond what the Bible finds acceptable, and goes further.”#FreeToBelieveThe furore over Israel Folau’s stated belief, in answer to a question, that unrepentant homosexuals are destined for Hell, is remarkable for one thing and one thing only — that it is news. And big news at that.What should not surprise us is that it reminds us, if we needed reminding, that when it comes to the laws and social mores governing the denigration of people, cultures or religions, Christianity is in a class of its own. And not a good class.Clearly, Christians cannot be offended, and while they have the right to believe what they will, they do not have the right to articulate those beliefs.Those who have objected to Folau’s utterance might well have a point in terms of some who do not conform to the Christian view regarding what is sexually acceptable, namely heterosexuality strictly confined within the bounds of marriage, are fragile, and therefore vulnerable. Some who take his warning to heart, we are told, might in fact be so vulnerable as to take their own lives.“It is unimaginable that a Muslim, for example, would have experienced a Folauesque reaction to any statement detailing his or her faith’s belief regarding any form of human behaviour.” ‌That concern might well be genuine and realistic, but the bigger issue is his right to say what he said, and the extraordinary reaction to it.His statement has widely been described as hate speech and bigotry. It is neither. It is simply the view of a committed Christian who believes the Bible’s instruction regarding how we should live. If Israel Folau was anything other than a Christian there would have been no reaction at all.READ MORE: read more