Siemens Gamesa has received a conditional order for the supply of turbines for the 376MW Formosa 2 offshore wind project in Taiwan.Source: Siemens GamesaSiemens Gamesa will provide 47 of its SG8.0-167 DD turbines and is in charge of the full servicing for a period of 20 years, including the provision of spare parts and tools.The firm order is subject to the final investment decision (FID) by owners Macquarie Capital and Swancor Renewable Energy. Offshore construction is planned to begin in 2020 off the coast of Miaoli County.“We are delighted to continue our close collaboration with Swancor and Macquarie in Taiwan, which started on Formosa 1, Taiwan’s very first offshore wind power project,” said Niels Steenberg, Executive General Manager of Siemens Gamesa Offshore for Asia-Pacific.“Siemens Gamesa is committed to the success of those early developments, which will lay the foundations for a prosperous and sustainable offshore wind industry in the market.”Siemens Gamesa and Swancor signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Formosa 2 in March last year.Shortly after, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) allocated grid capacity to the project under the first process of its kind in Taiwan.
The European Commission has approved state aid for the construction and operation of Croatian liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal at Krk island.Namely, the Commission explained that the plans are in line with EU State aid rules as the project would “contribute to the security and diversification of energy supplies without unduly distorting competition.”“The new LNG terminal in Croatia will increase the security of energy supply and enhance competition, for the benefit of citizens in the region. We have approved the support measures to be granted by Croatia because they are limited to what is necessary to make the project happen and in line with our State aid rules,” Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said.The measures, approved on July 31, would support the construction and operation of a floating LNG terminal, consisting of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and the connections to the national gas transmission network. The LNG terminal is designed to transport up to 2.6 billion cubic meters per year (bcm/y) of natural gas into Croatia national transmission network as from 2021.The total investment costs to build the terminal amount to EUR 233.6 million, that would be financed through EUR 32.2 million from the LNG terminal company shareholders; EUR 101.4 million from the Connecting Europe Facility, which is centrally managed by the European Commission; and a contribution of EUR 100 million from the Croatian State budget.In addition, Croatia will grant a tariff compensation called ‘security of supply fee’, which is financed by levies charged by the gas transmission system operator to gas users along with gas transmission tariffs, in case revenues from the terminal fees are not sufficient to cover operating expenses.The KrK LNG Terminal has been included in the lists of European Projects of Common Interest since 2013, given its strategic importance for the diversification of natural gas supplies into Central and South-Eastern Europe.
Diverse Marine has signed a new construction contract with Turner Iceni Ltd. for a crew transfer vessel (CTV). Recently, Diverse Marine signed a contract with Turner Iceni for the modification and upcycling of the Iceni Courage crew transfer vessel. Further news is yet to follow, the UK-based company said. The two companies also previously collaborated on the Iceni Warrior, former MCS Maestro, and on Iceni Revenge, former MPI Don Quixote. According to Diverse Marine, the vessel in question is a 24m CTV named Iceni Valour, for which the aluminum kit arrived on site this morning. Source: Diverse Marine
USACE Nears 10 Million Cubic Yard Milestone in BostonThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New England District, is nearing the milestone of removing 10 million cubic yards of dredge material as part of Phase II of the three-phased Boston Harbor Navigation Improvement Project in Boston, Massachusetts. DEME to Begin Poland Dredging GigUnder a clear blue sky DEME Group cutter suction dredger ‘Amazone’ is setting sail from its homeport in Belgium to Poland to kick-off the dredging works at the Świnoujście – Szczecin fairway. TSHD River Thames Joins DEME FleetRoyal IHC has successfully handed over the 2,500m³ trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) River Thames to DEME. Image source: DEMEDredging Today brings you an overview of the most popular stories from the past week (April 20-26, 2020). Weeks Marine, Eastern Shipbuilding Ink Contract for New TSHDWeeks Marine and Eastern Shipbuilding Group (Eastern) have signed a contract to construct a sister ship to Weeks Marine’s TSHD Magdalen, the twin screw trailing suction hopper dredge built by Eastern and placed into service in 2018. Julong CSD Kicks Off Dredging Work in Su Ya Lake, ChinaJulong’s two unit 20-inch dredger CSD500, equipped with France Baudouin brand diesel engine with total power of 2000hp, is starting the dredging operations in Su Ya Lake, China.
A collection of MRE code repositories, the MRE Code Hub is designed to host open-source software tools developed by the national laboratories, as well as the broader MRE community. A set of toolboxes with functions to supplement existing software languages, as well as public repositories, MHKiT Matlab/Python fills an important gap, offering the data processing and visualization toolboxes that might otherwise be unavailable to the wider MRE community. The MHKiT software offers these tech trailblazers three diverse types of tools: A Better Bottom Line Pinpointing Needs, Gaps in MRE Measurement and Testing Specifically, PRIMRE serves as a clearinghouse for information on engineering and technologies, resource characterization, device performance, and environmental effects of MRE projects. The MHKiT team is continuing to fine-tune and improve this innovative software suite, “developing tools to standardize data formats and process data in near real-time, which will enable developers to easily set up a standardized data processing pipeline,” Fao said. And not only is MHKiT improving by the day, but you can help, too! Essential to the development of new technologies are the tools and software required to model and validate them. MHKiT is helping to fill this need in the MRE industry. It features U.S. Department of Energy-developed codes for data acquisition, data processing and visualization, simulation, and modeling, as well as resource analysis. And because it mirrors other Git-based software sites, the code hub serves as a one-stop shop for finding a wide range of open-source MRE software tools. The marine renewable energy (MRE) community is stepping it up several notches thanks to recently launched open-source software called the Marine and Hydrokinetic Toolkit (MHKiT). PRIMRE Code CatalogMRE Code HubMHKiT Matlab/Python. It Takes a Village…To Test a Toolkit “MHKiT reduces project cost and timelines by providing the data processing tools developers and researchers would otherwise have to develop themselves,” Fao said. Tools in the Box The repository allows innovators to build on past successes to advance the adoption of future MRE technologies. Ultimately, improved data collection and processing can pave the way to the marine energy innovations of tomorrow. The software is collaborative, allowing for active community engagement and feedback to further shape its functionality. Automated software and standardized data streamline the entire process as well. MHKiT can also inform on performance, design optimization, and other key aspects of the technological development of marine energy devices. The project convened a workshop of MRE stakeholders in early 2017 to discuss the instrumentation and data processing needs of the industry. The workshop was complemented by a literature review to identify gaps in MRE measurement and testing technologies, and the MHKiT framework was a key output of this process. The MHKiT team is actively soliciting feedback, as well as contributors, from those in the broader MRE community. If you have code that may be relevant to the wider MRE community, please submit it for consideration, and your code could be included as part of this open-source tool. In January 2020, NREL launched the first version of MHKiT. A multilab partnership between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sandia National Laboratories, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, MHKiT was born out of the Marine Hydrokinetics Performance Measurement and Instrumentation project, a several-years-long U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office project, led by NREL. The PRIMRE Code Catalog is a searchable online software discovery platform and knowledge base. It allows users to perform targeted searches to identify software tools, codes, and other software products they can employ in MRE-related tasks. The code catalog also links to the MRE Code Hub. MHKiT 1.0 boasts several exciting features, services, and tools, including data processing, data visualization, data quality control, resource assessment, and device performance. Offering previously unavailable tools for data processing and handling, the searchable online software discovery platform and knowledge base is currently available on Github, as well as the MHK Portal and Repository for Information on Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMRE). Geared to render marine and hydrokinetic research and development a breeze, MHKiT supports all modeling, design, and validation activities associated with MHK research and development, including wave, river, and tidal energy converters. “MHKiT provides standardized data processing tools that can be used across the MRE industry for rapid data processing, quality control, visualization, and reporting,” said NREL Researcher Rebecca Fao. The third piece of the MHKiT software is the MHKiT Matlab/Python. NREL has led the development of MHKiT-Matlab, as well as the power quality and loads modules, which will be released later this fiscal year. NREL researchers collaborated with Sandia and PNNL to develop wave, tidal, and river modules, as well.
Newstalk ZB 30 May 2013Principal of Yendarra school in Otara, Susan Dunlop, talks to Leighton Smith about yesterday’s announcement of a food in schools plan. She says the hype over the programme has portrayed many parents in a bad light and that they can be damagingThis is a great listenhttp://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/player/ondemand/728896700-susan-dunlop–proof-food-in-schools-not-the-only-solution
Disclaimer: Hat Tip (and a fair bit of cut and paste) from: http://thefederalist.com/2014/03/27/if-we-can-pick-our-gender-can-we-pick-our-age-our-race/Facebook offers a mass selection of more than 50 genders to choose from when you sign up.So why doesn’t Facebook let us select our date of birth as well? After all, both our sex and our age are “assigned” to us at birth. If you “identify” yourself as younger or older than the “official” calendar says you are, you face discrimination by the state, by employers, by schools, and the whole array of ageist organisations and clubs and restaurants, etc., that provide you only one option when it comes to age or date of birth.And they stick you with it for life.Your gender identity – apparently – is your perception of yourself as either “male, female, or something else.” All backed up by the American Psychological Association. In fact, some activists will say that gender identity means your perception of yourself as “male, female, both, or neither.”Yet there are no doubt millions of people who perceive themselves a different age than what was assigned to them at birth. Every single NZ’er must abide by the age assigned to them by their birth certificate. This perpetuates continued discrimination in the workplace, at schools, and in all areas of life where people might look at us funny or make unfair assumptions when we say we’re one age and they see us as another.And while we’re there, what about individuals who are discriminated against on the basis of their racial or ethnic identity. Should those who perceive themselves as Maori or South African be discriminated against just because the world perceives them as white or Pacific Islander?Over 99% of the population is born with distinctive physical characteristics that are either male or female. But 100% of the population is born at a distinct time that forces an identity of age on them, whether they like it or not. Worse, we are not permitted to change that date on our birth certificates. This puts us all at a definite disadvantage with transgendered individuals who are already given the privilege of determining their gender on their NZ passport or driver’s licence or which prison you serve your time in.Do you feel you need an example of age identity discrimination? I’m what some people would call “old.”That’s a slur.Hate speech.I identify as younger than the age I was assigned at birth. A couple of decades actually.So I’ll be sending out invitations for my 21st shortly.Again.
Stuff co.nz 23 May 2015The terminally ill Wellington lawyer’s application begins in the High Court at Wellington on Monday.Treatment of her brain tumour has ended and she is having palliative care, but believes that might not continue to meet her needs. She wants the option of having her doctor help her to die if her suffering is intolerable.That option would likely give her a longer, more peaceful life than if her only way to end suffering was to take her own life while still able to do so unaided, her claim says.Seales, 42, says the court case is about her and her circumstances only.The attorney-general, who is the defendant in the case, disagrees and so does an interest group, Care Alliance, which has been allowed a limited say in Seales’ case.Solicitor-General Mike Heron, QC, representing the attorney-general, said if Seales’ claim were accepted, it would have implications well beyond her case and would apply to all who have a terminal illness and think their suffering is intolerable.“The attorney-general’s position is that the conventional understanding of the Crimes Act – which precludes physician-assisted dying – must continue to apply unless and until it is altered by Parliament.”Care Alliance says that, if Seales is successful, overseas experience suggests it would be the start of a slippery slope that would put vulnerable lives at risk.It might start as an expression of compassion for one or a few, but then numbers would increase and decisions would begin to be made for people without their consent, such as people in comas or with dementia, opponents say.Alliance spokesman Matthew Jansen said that, as a compassionate society, we should be doing more to make palliative care available.“Let’s take the harder but better road to invest in palliative care.”Seales should have the best care and she and her family deserved compassion, but having a doctor help her to die, or kill her, should not be an option, Jansen said.He said the alliance had gained members as a result of Seales’ case. Its members were individuals, as well as groups including Christian Medical Fellowship, Euthanasia-Free NZ, Family First, Palliative Care Nurses, and The Salvation Army.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/68771378/Seales-assisted-dying-case-at-top-of-slippery-slope-opponents-say
The NZ Herald reportsAn Auckland man who beat his wife with a hammer because she complained they weren’t holding hands while watching a movie together was allowed to walk free from court. Judge Philippa Cunningham ruled the consequences of convictions for Yasir Mohib, who pleaded guilty to three violence charges, were out of proportion to the gravity of the offending and discharged him without conviction. She placed particular importance on the possibility the 31-year-old, who has three New Zealand-born childrenand two wives (!!)might be deported to Pakistan despite the legal principle that a sentencing judge should not usurp the role of Immigration authorities. But her decision was later overturned by the High Court and labelled “plainly wrong” – the third time Judge Cunningham has granted a discharge without conviction and been successfully appealed.Good decision – and Judge Cunningham should be put in charge of the small claims Dispute Tribunal to mitigate her dumb decisions.But here’s the interesting bit. Mr Mohib has two wives. Correct – a polygamous relationship which the State appears to be turning a blind eye to, simply because Mr Mohib has only registered one of the marriages.Yasir Mohib, 31, from Pakistani. Legally married to the victim, mother of their 3 children. Has a second “wife” whom he married in a religious ceremony… Judge Cunningham… noted obvious immigration consequences and the desperate need for Mohib to work again because of dire financial circumstances.Um…. nothing about an illegal polygamous relationship!Will Louisa Wall be introducing a marriage equality bill to protect this consenting love of three people?
NewsHub 23 February 2017Family First Comment: Obama threatened to withhold federal funding if schools forced transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender ASSIGNED AT BIRTH against their will. Trump will get things back to normal.Republican President Donald Trump’s administration is expected to revoke landmark guidelines issued to public schools in defence of transgender student rights, according to a draft document seen by Reuters.The draft reverses former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature initiative, which instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their gender identity.The White House said on Wednesday they expect to release something new on the issue today, after the Justice and Education departments finish reviewing current federal guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools.“I would expect further guidance to come out on that today,” White House spokesperson Sean Spicer told a news briefing, adding that “the president … is a firm believer in states’ rights” and the new administration had “several areas of concern, both legal and procedural”.The draft document states that its purpose is to withdraw the guidance of May 13, 2016, that threatened to withhold federal funding if schools forced transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender assigned at birth against their will.During the election campaign, Trump at first said transgender people should be able to use the bathroom they feel is appropriate, but changed tack after coming under criticism from fellow Republicans, saying it should be a matter for states to decide.On Tuesday, that position was repeated by Mr Spicer.http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2017/02/trump-to-reverse-obama-s-transgender-rules.htmlWhite House signals reversal in transgender-bathroom policyTrump to slash bathroom policy?Stuff co.nz 22 February 2017Significant setback for gay rights as Trump administration plans u-turn on transgender bathrooms.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/89708303/White-House-signals-reversal-in-transgender-bathroom-policy?cid=app-iPhone