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PD Ports continues investment in eco-friendly technology

first_imgIn December, PD Ports took delivery of three electric rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, supplied by Liebherr Container Cranes Limited, as part of the latest phase in the port operator’s container terminal expansion at Teesport. UK port operator PD Ports has continued its investment in environmentally sustainable technology at Teesport as part of its commitment to reducing the port’s carbon footprint. The RTGs, which are more than 24 metres high and weigh 135 tonnes, are the first of PD Ports’ electrically powered fleet and a greener alternative to the existing diesel cranes. “This investment is key to our ongoing investment in infrastructure at Teesport…We are continuously working to reduce our impact on the environment whilst supporting sustainable practices and the new cranes will significantly reduce emissions from equipment,” Frans Calje, PD Ports’ Chief Executive, commented.center_img The new RTGs, which supplement the port’s existing fleet of seven cranes, will enable Teesport to support future trade growth coming in and out of the north of the UK, as well as boosting PD Ports’ bid to become one of the government’s 10 Free Ports, as announced in February. “With the supply of these electric RTGs, PD Ports … can benefit from the reduced running costs and zero emissions that these machines bring,” David Griffin, Managing Director – Sales Liebherr Container Cranes, said.last_img read more

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Eni confirms gas potential in discovery offshore Vietnam

first_imgPreliminary estimates of Ken Bau accumulation provide a range between 7 and 9 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of raw gas in place with 400 – 500 million barrels (Mbbl) of associated condensates. According to Eni, two mini drill stem tests (DST) were conducted, coupled with an extensive data acquisition campaign comprising fluid sampling. Eni said on Monday that the exploration well Ken Bau-2X has confirmed a significant hydrocarbon accumulation on the Ken Bau discovery, further expanding its potential. Eni Vietnam with its partner is currently planning additional drilling and testing on Ken Bau discovery coupled with new drilling and seismic activity in the Song Hong basin, where Eni operates with a 100 per cent share the neighbouring Block 116. Block 114 offshore Vietnam; Source: Eni The gas market in Vietnam is rapidly growing, driven by the country’s consistent GDP progression and consequent development of gas-to-power plants supplied by domestic resources and, in the future, imported LNG. The Ken Bau 2X was drilled 2 km apart from the discovery well in 95 m of water depth till a  total depth of 3658m below sea level and encountered pay in excess of 110m in several intervals of Miocene sandstones interbedded with shale.   Eni Vietnam is the operator of Block 114 with a 50 per cent share; Essar E&P holds the remaining 50 per cent. Posted: about 1 year ago Ken Bau discovery will potentially provide a fast-track solution to meet the increasing energy demand. Posted: about 1 year ago Italian oil and gas company Eni has discovered a significant hydrocarbon accumulation on the Ken Bau discovery located in Block 114, Song Hong Basin, offshore Vietnam. The Ken Bau 2X results confirm the importance of the discovery made in 2019, and Eni Vietnam’s and its partner Essar E&P efforts to swiftly appraise the full extent of the accumulation despite the significant operational challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic during these months, the Italian company said. Eni hits gas and condensate in Ken Bau prospect offshore Vietnam The well will now be plugged and abandoned.last_img read more

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Smacking link to adult cancers improbable

first_imgNHS UK News 14 November 2012Smacking increases cancer risk’, the Daily Express boldly reports, while The Sun believes that smacking can also increase the risk of asthma or heart disease. These reports exaggerate a piece of research that has significant limitations.The news is based on a study that asked a sample of Saudi Arabian adults with cancer, asthma or heart disease how frequently they had been physically punished or verbally insulted as a child (referred to in the papers as smacking and shouting). The researchers then looked at whether there was a link between the two, comparing these adults with healthy controls. They found that reported physical punishment and insult was associated with an increased risk of developing adult cancer, asthma and heart disease.http://www.nhs.uk/news/2012/11November/Pages/Smacking-link-to-adult-cancers-improbable.aspxlast_img read more

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Generations divided over gay marriage

first_imgNZ Herald 27 Dec 2012Pensioners are holding out in a dwindling minority opposing gay marriage – as 2013 looks possibly to be the year for it to become reality. A Herald-DigiPoll survey into same-sex marriages found a stark generational divide: 60 per cent of respondents older than 65 said marriage should remain only between a man and a woman. But 70 per cent of people under 40 said the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriages. Labour MP Louisa Wall, who is behind the bill to legalise gay marriage, said studies out of universities had found even stronger support among young people, above 80 per cent.…But Family First national director Bob McCroskie said there were other divides, too – men were more opposed than women, and there were differences between rural and urban constituents. “It simply shows it’s an issue that’s polarised New Zealand.” Such an issue should not be decided by 120 MPs, but rather put to a public referendum, Mr McCroskie said. If there was an open debate on the underlying issues – particularly with an emphasis on the fact civil unions had been legislated – he was confident marriage could be left as it is. Gay marriage would become an increasingly contested fight through 2013 and the Government should not be rushing through the process to avoid it becoming an election issue in 2014, he said.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10856176last_img read more

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Beyer: We were naive liberalising prostitution

first_imgNZ Herald 7 April 2013The world’s first transsexual mayor, former street prostitute Georgina Beyer, admitted yesterday she was naive when the trade was legalised.At a passionate public forum in Papatoetoe yesterday, South Auckland residents berated MPs for not addressing the notorious street prostitution problems around Hunters Corner.MPs from National, Labour and New Zealand First spoke. Beyer, a former Carterton mayor and Labour MP who championed the push to decriminalise sex work a decade ago, said lawmakers glossed over the issue. “We thought, naively, that with the liberalisation of prostitution, that it would not be desirable necessarily to be a street worker.”Beyer said she recently told Justice Minister Judith Collins the Government should amend the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act to address street prostitution.New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said human traffickers were probably involved in the importation of prostitutes. “My Asian informants tell me how rampant it is,” Peters said.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10875922last_img read more

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“Concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia”

first_imgAnd there’s the real solution. The Dominion Post and NewsHub lead with interesting research on the world’s largest-ever study into which genes cause anorexia nervosa.The quotes are significant:“The illness has the highest death rate of any psychiatric disorder,..“These alarming statistics warrant further understanding of the genetic influences underpinning this illness.“…release of a new study which has found strong genetic links between the illness and suicide, which accounts for 20 percent of anorexia-related deaths.“…It will enable us to work towards a greater understanding of, and ultimately improved treatments for, the illness“It’s trying to escape from the pain of life . . . but it’s a cry for help too.”Dr Paul McHugh – the long celebrated and retired psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital who shut down the practice of many foundationless therapies including gender reassignment surgery – likens gender identity disorder to such body dysmorphic disorders such as anorexia where some girls believe they are overweight when they are actually life- threateningly underweight. Both are not a disorder of the body, but of the mind. He said – “We psychiatrists would do better to concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia.”last_img read more

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Dr Ben Carson on Gender Identity

first_imgCarson says it is absurd to claim we don’t know what a man or a woman is. This has been defined since the beginning of time. If someone is confused about his gender, it doesn’t change his genetics or biology.But, Katie really didn’t know what to say when Dr. Carson said that tolerance goes both ways. People don’t get to redefine what has been known for thousands of years and then call others racists or sexist for not immediately subscribing to it. Ben Carson isn’t someone who bends his way of thinking to accommodate someone. He proved that in an interview with Katie Couric when she asked about gender identity. Like anyone with common sense, Dr. Carson didn’t need to go to medical school to know when someone is biologically a man or a woman. TellMeNow 10 February 2017Family First Comment: Carson says it is absurd to claim we don’t know what a man or a woman is. This has been defined since the beginning of time. If someone is confused about his gender, it doesn’t change his genetics or biology. But, the interviewer really didn’t know what to say when Dr. Carson said that tolerance goes both ways. People don’t get to redefine what has been known for thousands of years and then call others racists or sexist for not immediately subscribing to it.center_img Watch the interview below. Katie doesn’t know how to deal with common sense!http://www.tmn.today/2017/02/ben-carson-schools-katie-couric-gender-identity/last_img read more

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Light parties gaining popularity as people look to alternatives for Halloween

first_imgStuff co.nz 25 October 2017Family First Comment: Great stuff! Feel free to advertise your Light Party in the comments section Leave that ghost costume in the cupboard – there’s a new way to mark this coming Halloween.Instead of trick-or-treating around the streets of Taranaki on October 31, thousands of children and parents will be turning to Light Parties for not-so-spooky fun.Billed as a “positive alternative to Halloween”, the events are often run by churches and offer games, lollies, food and activities as a way to get children off the streets.Events are planed for New Plymouth, Waitara, Inglewood, Stratford and Hawera with each one attracting hundreds of children keen to get their lolly fix.Last year, 1500 children attended the light party at Northpoint Baptist Church in Bell Block and organisers Michelle Pigreguy and Jo Daken said they were preparing for up to 2000 people this year.“It’s just getting people in a more positive environment than knocking on doors,” Pigreguy said.The evenings still involve dress-up and costumes, but most parties keep to a rule of no scary costumes or Halloween-themed face painting allowed.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/98169493/light-parties-gaining-popularity-as-people-look-to-alternatives-for-halloweenKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Cannabis referendum: Andrew Little, Auckland University researchers trade barbs over NZ Government’s ‘unrealistic’ voting material

first_imgNewsHub 5 August 2020Family First Comment: The Government tries to argue through their pamphlet that ‘the Bill’s purpose is to reduce harm to people and communities’, but that is purely the view of those lobbying for change,” spokesman Aaron Ironside said. “Those against the legislation are arguing that legalisation will lead to more harm to people and communities, and this latest analysis backs our position.”#votenopetodopeAndrew Little says a scientific review of the Government’s proposed cannabis legislation is anything but, after it suggested his ministry’s public information campaign about the referendum made “inflated and unrealistic” claims.The Justice Minister on Wednesday issued a scathing takedown of the “evidence-based assessment and critique” of the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Regulation Bill, which was published in the New Zealand Medical Journal earlier this week.The review was carried out by Benedikt Fischer and Dimitri Daldegan-Bueno, two members of Auckland University’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, ahead of the cannabis legalisation and control referendum on September 19.he study made a number of criticisms of the draft cannabis legislation, but Fischer and Daldegan-Bueno reserved their most scathing condemnation for the public information campaign run by the Ministry of Justice.They wrote that the “political promises” laid out in the ministry’s resources – to eliminate the illegal supply of cannabis, restrict young people’s access to it and limit public visibility – were “inflated and unrealistic” and “unlikely to be achievable as stated”.They also claimed the proposed Bill’s age limits were inconsistent with limits for other legal drug use, and that the laws as they stand could bring “substantial” health risks.Anti-cannabis advocacy group Say Nope to Dope claimed a win after the review was published, calling it “a scathing assessment of the sales pitch that the Government has given voters”.“The Government tries to argue through their pamphlet that ‘the Bill’s purpose is to reduce harm to people and communities’, but that is purely the view of those lobbying for change,” spokesman Aaron Ironside said.“Those against the legislation are arguing that legalisation will lead to more harm to people and communities, and this latest analysis backs our position.”READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/08/cannabis-referendum-andrew-little-auckland-university-researchers-trade-barbs-over-nz-government-s-unrealistic-voting-material.htmllast_img read more

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Belize PM’s wife diagnosed with cancer

first_img Share Share Share HealthLifestyle Belize PM’s wife diagnosed with cancer by: – November 8, 2011 Kim Simplis Barrow. Image via: planetrulers.comBELMOPAN, Belize — The office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children has announced that Kim Simplis Barrow, the wife of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, left Belize on Sunday to seek urgent medical attention in Miami. The office confirmed that Mrs Barrow has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be starting treatment as soon as the most viable treatment option has been determined. The treatment is not available in Belize.As an official advocate for women and children and someone who has always been supportive of the fight against cancer, Mrs Barrow thought it important not to conceal her diagnosis from the public.While the length of treatment and thus her stay abroad is still to be specified, Mrs Barrow hopes to be back home by Christmas. In the meantime, she appreciates the solidarity and prayers of all well-wishers. Prime Minister Barrow is accompanying his wife to Miami and is scheduled to return to Belize on Monday, 14 November.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img 21 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more