Norsepower makes its rotor sails tiltable to overcome height restrictions in navigation

first_imgHowever, the routes involve navigating under multiple bridges and powerlines which require the technology to have a tilting function. Based on the analysis of the ship’s routes, Norsepower estimates that its technology would be able to achieve a carbon emissions reduction of 25% for this vessel. “We are delighted to be working with SEA-CARGO, not only as they are keen to demonstrate their commitment to maximising the propulsive power of wind to reduce emissions, but also for their cooperation and innovation in making tilting Rotor Sails a realisation,” Tuomas Riski, CEO, Norsepower, said. Preparations for the retrofit on the SC Connector are currently taking place with the installation scheduled for Q4 2020, Norsepower said. “With a growing international focus on reducing CO2 emissions and other gases/particles – the ability to harness wind to generate energy, reduce fuel consumption and emissions is a natural next step for the maritime transport industry,” Ole Sævild, Managing Director, SEA-CARGO, added. The SC Connector, a 12,251 gross tonne (GT) Ro-Ro cargo vessel operates in the North Sea, which allows for some of the most favourable wind conditions for Rotor Sails. Developed in tandem by the two companies, the 35m high and 5m wide Rotor Sails are able to tilt to almost horizontal when required.   The agreement also heralds the installation of the world’s first tiltable Rotor Sail, an innovation that has resulted from the need to adapt the technology to the sailing requirements of the ship.center_img It is a modernised version of the Flettner rotor, a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to thrust a ship. “Rotor Sails are particularly well suited to Ro-Ro vessels and working with SEA-CARGO to deliver a tilting Rotor Sail ensures we are providing an adaptable solution which fits with particular vessel requirements, specifically demonstrating vessels with height restrictions to benefit from the Rotor Sail solution.” “The goal of this project has been to design more environmentally friendly vessels by combining several existing technologies. In good wind conditions, the sailing hybrid vessel will maintain regular service speed by sail alone.” The Norsepower Rotor Sail is fully automated and detects whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel and emission savings, at which point the Rotor Sails start automatically. Finnish cleantech company Norsepower and logistics provider SEA-CARGO have inked a deal to install two of Norsepower’s largest Rotor Sails onboard the SC Connector, a side door Ro-Ro. It can be fitted on both new ships and those already in operation.last_img read more

Critics dispute Family First findings on day care

first_imgDominion Post 8 Feb 2012Conservative lobby group Family First is using a report from a controversial academic to claim day care is detrimental to children.The group issued today the report that claims spending long periods of time in day care, and away from parents, is detrimental to a child’s long-term development.However, the study, by Dr Aric Sigman, hit the headlines last year in Britain, where it was questioned by experts. Dr Sigman is also behind a 2009 claim that Facebook and other social networking sites cause cancer. He was accused of “cherry-picking” evidence and ignoring that which did not support this theory.Writing in The Guardian last year, Dorothy Bishop, professor of developmental neuropsychology at Oxford, disputed his claims and questioned his credentials.“Sigman ignores or selectively reports evidence for this more nuanced position,” she wrote. “He justifies his one-sided approach to the evidence on the basis that “while open-mindedness has its place in academia, it is a luxury children can’t afford”.Family First commissioned its report, Who Cares, to look at the increasing number of children and infants spending time in early childhood education while their parents are at work.Advocates say staying at home with their children is a luxury that many parents can no longer afford.Hayley Whitaker, early childhood spokeswoman for the NZEI union, said parental policies in New Zealand were “abhorrent” compared to other countries.“We should be able to give people the choice to be at home with their children. They shouldn’t have to feel that they’re forced back into the workforce.”However, there was a lot of evidence to show high-quality early childhood education benefited children, she said.“Everything in moderation, really.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/6380025/Critics-dispute-Family-First-findings-on-day-carelast_img read more

Bread gift for hungry kids

first_imgNZ Herald 5 Feb 2013Close to half of Kiwi kids sent hungry to school will soon be receiving free food, a children’s charity says.KidsCan Charitable Trust will soon be providing free food to about 7000 needy children a day – 2500 more than are fed now.The increase comes after supporter Tip Top announced last night that it would increase its donation from 30,000 loaves to about 100,000 a year.The KidsCan Food for Kids scheme is run in 276 low-decile primary and intermediate schools.Children who are identified as needy get three food items a day from a list including toast, baked beans and fruit.Raincoats, shoes and socks are also provided.KidsCan founder Julie Chapman said the goal was to feed all children in decile one to four primary and intermediate schools that need food – up to 17,000 children a day, or a cost of around $4.5 million a year.The Government has said it is open to considering a national food strategy for low-decile schools as proposed by experts appointed by Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10863464last_img read more

Thumbs down for Len Brown – poll

first_imgNZ Herald 20 March 2014Len Brown will find it tough to be re-elected Mayor of Auckland, according to a new Herald-DigiPoll survey.Only 22.7 per cent of the people questioned in this month’s poll said they would vote for Mr Brown in the 2016 elections; 57.7 per cent said they would not. The other 20 per cent said they did not know or did not vote in local body elections.The poll suggests women and the elderly were particularly upset by revelations about his extramarital affair and undeclared hotel stays.However, Mr Brown can take some comfort from the survey, which found 51.6 per cent of respondents believed he could still be an effective advocate of Auckland’s interests for the remainder of this three-year term.When asked if the mayor should have resigned last year after revelations of his misbehaviour, 50.2 per cent said yes and 37.7 per cent said no. A further 12.1 per cent did not know.This is a reversal of the result of a Herald-DigiPoll survey taken a few days after the affair became public last October.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/aucklander/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503378&objectid=11222734last_img read more

State rejects sex ed changes

first_imgNZ Herald 16 November 2014New guidelines for sex education will be released in a few weeks, but the Government will shy away from ordering schools to teach more than basic biology.The Ministry of Education is due to release the new blueprint in December, nine months after an advisory panel recommended teens be taught respectful attitudes as a core part of the overhaul.The health select committee recommendations were designed to push the focus of what teens learn beyond the physical mechanics of sex and reproduction after an 18-month inquiry found “fragmented and uneven programmes”, which it partly blamed for the high teenage pregnancy rate.But the ministry has signalled the health and physical education component of the curriculum, which includes sexuality, is not changing.Neither will the ministry recommend when or what sexuality issues are taught, either at primary or secondary level. Instead, schools will be left to make those decisions. “Schools know their students and are best-placed to decide when sensitive issues like sexuality education are covered,” deputy secretary of student achievement Dr Graham Stoop told the Herald on Sunday.A rape prevention group is accusing the ministry of side-stepping the issue, despite public outrage over the Roast Busters scandal and a climate where porn and online dating are becoming the norm.Rape Prevention Education executive director Kim McGregor said there was a woeful lack of knowledge about sexual violence.“It would be tragic if sexual violence prevention was not mandated through all high schools,” said McGregor.She said many teenagers turned to the internet and pornographic websites for sex education, leading to a distorted view on sexual activity, with many girls not realising they were being treated in a degrading and unacceptable manner.Green MP Kevin Hague, who sat on the health select committee that recommended the overhaul, said too many schools were delivering sub-par programmes to students.“It’s crazy for schools to get government funding to deliver programmes that are ineffective.”These included lesson plans that were moralistic, shunned frank information and didn’t equip young people for the emotional context of sexual behaviour.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11359262last_img read more

Meth-smoking gran sentenced on drugs charges

first_imgStuff co.nz 25 May 2016Family First Comment: Once again, the link between marijuana and P.A meth-smoking grandmother will be on curfew for four months as a result of her offending.Karen Haupapa previously pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis, possessing methamphetamine and having three glass pipes which are used to smoke the class A drug.During Wednesday’s hearing, Judge Chris Sygrove said police executed a search warrant at Haupapa’s New Plymouth address on February 10.Officers found two “healthy” one metre high cannabis plants, along with 41 cuttings, growing in pots in a shed on her property.Inside the house, a small leather bag containing 0.26 grams of methamphetamine and a glass pipe were seized.  Two more pipes were found in a caravan near the house.Sygrove said Haupapa admitted the drugs were for her personal use and that she had paid $150 for the meth.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/80372319/methsmoking-gran-sentenced-on-drugs-chargeslast_img read more

Calls for independent watchdog for Oranga Tamariki

first_imgNZ Herald 2 November 2017Family First Comment: Com’on new Government. Do the right thing for families. A Whanganui family’s story about how their 8-week-old-baby was taken from them after a social worker thought she smelled cannabis is sparking national attention.Family First New Zealand is calling for a fully independent complaints authority as a watchdog on the state agency Ministry of Vulnerable Children (Oranga Tamariki).In the Chronicle‘s story on Wednesday parents Freyja and Laurence Maisey spoke out about how they were falsely accused of being druggies and had their baby boy taken from them with no warning and no explanation.National director of Family First NZ Bob McCoskrie said the family’s experience has again brought this issue to the fore.”We must have a mechanism that ensures two things – that families who have been notified to the new ministry as being at-risk are actually monitored in an appropriate way, but also to prevent abuse of families by the State.”He said the police have an independent complaints authority – the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) and this was the type of watchdog needed for Oranga Tamariki.“Both the Greens and NZ First support an independent agency with the Greens rightly saying that there is a lot of potential for things to go wrong in child protection and, just like the police, there really does need to be independent oversight.”But he said the success of any complaints authority would depend on its independence.“It must have legislative independence, operational independence, and the perception of independence, similar to the IPCA.”Mr McCoskrie said it would also be in the best interest of social workers because it would provide an independent body to ensure appropriate policy and procedures have been followed.“This will result in public confidence and accountability for actions and decisions by social workers.”A poll in 2011 found 65 per cent supported the need for an independent watchdog for Child Youth and Family, while 20 per cent were opposed.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11939264Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Libya says it’s struggling with the influx of migrants

first_imgUN says Libya recovered some 100 bodies of migrants in 2018 Related Libya ‘deports Nigerian migrants’ Libya coastguard says dozens of migrants missing Italian police have arrested the alleged pilot of a boat carrying migrants in the Italian port of Pozzallo after identifying him amongst rescued migrants Most of the migrants are using Libya as a staging ground before crossing the Mediterranean Sea. The country’s internationally recognized government says it cannot deal with the influx of migrants. CCTV’s Clementine Logan reportslast_img read more

China unofficial Christian churches petition ministers

first_img Sharing is caring! 90 Views   no discussions FaithInternationalLifestylePrint China unofficial Christian churches petition ministers by: – May 12, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Shouwang is one of Beijing’s biggest “underground” Churches, with more than 1,000 membersThe leaders of 17 unofficial Christian churches in China have appealed to political leaders to protect their right to worship.A petition was delivered to parliament demanding an investigation into the treatment of Shouwang church members.China’s constitution guarantees freedom of worship but dozens of church members have been arrested in recent months.Of China’s estimated 70m Christians, about 50m worship with unregistered groups known as “house” churches.The rest attend government-approved churches.‘Protection of the liberty’Shouwang is one of Beijing’s biggest so-called underground churches, with more than 1,000 members.Such groups are broadly tolerated, but Shouwang leaders have annoyed the authorities in recent weeks by insisting on trying to hold services in the open, after the lease on church premises was terminated.The petition, which was signed by the pastors of 17 of the leading house churches, was addressed to the National People’s Congress chairman, Wu Bangguo.“We have observed the conflict between state and church unfolding recently in our capital Beijing and have so far seen no sign of the conflict being resolved,” the petition said.It urged ministers for a new law for the “protection of the liberty of religious faith”.China’s Foreign Ministry said Shouwang members had “tried repeatedly to gather illegally in the streets” and the government response was intended to “maintain public order and security”.“The Chinese government safeguards the right of Chinese citizens to religious freedom and freedom of faith in accordance with the law,” spokesman Jiang Yu said at a news briefing.“At the same time, while enjoying their freedom, citizens must respect their legal rights and obligations and cannot harm the public interest.”BBC News Share Tweetlast_img read more

EatingWell Fish Sticks.

first_imgFood & DiningLifestyle EatingWell Fish Sticks. by: – June 23, 2011 You can make these homemade fish sticks in about the same amount of time it takes to bake a box of the frozen kind—with a fraction of the fat.Recipe Nutrition:Per serving: 289 calories; 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 1 g mono unsaturated fat); 57 mg cholesterol; 37 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 4 g fiber; 373 mg sodium; 436 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: Folate (19% daily value).Ingredients:Canola oil cooking spray1 cup whole-wheat dry breadcrumbs (see Note) or 1/2 cup plain dry breadcrumbs1 cup whole-grain cereal flakes1 teaspoon lemon pepper1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon paprika1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup all-purpose flour2 large egg whites, beaten1 pound tilapia fillets (see Note), cut into 1/2-by-3-inch strips Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 28 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Recipe source:eatingwell.com Directions:Preheat oven to 450°F. Set a wire rack on a baking sheet; coat with cooking spray.Place breadcrumbs, cereal flakes, lemon pepper, garlic powder, paprika and salt in a food processor or blender and process until finely ground. Transfer to a shallow dish.Place flour in a second shallow dish and egg whites in a third shallow dish. Dredge each strip of fish in the flour, dip it in the egg and then coat all sides with the breadcrumb mixture. Place on the prepared rack. Coat both sides of the breaded fish with cooking spray.Bake until the fish is cooked through and the breading is golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes.Ingredient notes: We like Ian’s brand of coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs, labeled “Panko breadcrumbs.” Find them in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets. To make your own breadcrumbs, trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. (To make fine dry breadcrumbs, process until very fine.) Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs. U.S. farm-raised tilapia is a better choice for the environment because it is usually grown in closed farming systems that limit pollution.last_img read more