Offshore classification organization ABS has been selected by Seacor Marine to class the first offshore support vessel (OSV) in the Gulf of Mexico to operate using hybrid power.Seacor requested the Battery-Li notation for its Seacor Maya OSV currently operated by Mantenimiento Express Maritimo (Mexmar), Seacor Marine’s joint venture in Mexico.ABS said on Monday that the OSV was being upgraded to use lithium battery power, with modifications expected to be completed in May 2018.ABS’ director for offshore support vessels, Wei Huang, said: “ABS recognizes the economic and environmental benefits of hybrid-powered vessels to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in the marine and offshore industries. This milestone reinforces our safety mission and promotes the development of alternative power applications and energy storage systems that optimize efficiencies.”Seacor’s manager of engineering, Tim Clerc, added: “The hybrid power solution on the Seacor Maya has the potential to significantly reduce fuel consumption—by as much as 20 percent. To help Seacor realize the benefit of using cutting-edge hybrid power, we partnered with ABS, to class the lithium battery system, to help validate its reliability. The operational savings gained from a hybrid power solution will also reduce emissions and facilitate our compliance with strict environmental regulations.”Seacor also engaged ABS to provide the optional Battery-Li notation, on three additional OSVs operated by Mexmar, planned to upgrade to a similar battery system.The conversion to hybrid power for the Seacor Azteca, Seacor Warrior, and Seacor Viking is expected to be completed in July 2018.The lithium-ion-based energy storage systems (ESS) for all four vessels was agreed to be supplied by Corvus Energy while Kongsberg was contracted to deliver technology upgrades for the Azteca, Warrior, and Viking OSVs in late January. Under the contract, Kongsberg will deliver and install a hybrid power and DP upgrade on the vessels.Kongsberg was also contracted for the same work on the Seacor Maya in September 2017.
Breitbart.com 3 November 2015On Monday, the federal government declared itself fit for the madhouse by mandating that a Chicago high school allow a full biological male into the girls’ locker room for all purposes, including nudity. This biological male, the feds determined, was different because he thinks he is a female.The feds have ruled that the presence of a twig-and-berries in the girls’ locker room has been mandated by Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. Yes, ladies and gents and non-cisgenders: it turns out that the battle against sexism enshrined in the ill-written Title IX was actually intended to force underage young women to look at the penises and testicles of mentally ill boys.Progress.The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights spent almost two years checking out the Township High School District 211 because of the transgender “girl.” He filed a complaint with the feds in 2013 after the school refused “unrestricted access” to the girls’ locker room. The district eventually agreed to allow the boy into the girls’ room so long as he used a privacy curtain while disrobing.That wasn’t good enough. The feds determined that this still constituted discrimination. Why? As John Knight, director of the alphabet-soup LGBT and AIDS Project at the ACLU, stated, this was “blatant discrimination.” He explained (well, we think it’s a he, unless he identifies differently today):Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.It’s not voluntary; it’s mandatory for her. It’s one thing to say to all the girls, “You can choose if you want some extra privacy,” but it’s another thing to say, “You, and you alone, must use them.” That sends a pretty strong signal to her that she’s not accepted and the district does not see her as a girl.Perhaps the district does not see “her” as a “girl” because “she” is not a she, a her, or a girl. Nonetheless, the Office for Civil Rights agreed, with Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon averring:All students deserve the opportunity to participate equally in school programs and activities – this is a basic civil right. 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.The student is not female. But never mind that: the subjective opinion of a mentally ill person now governs a student body of some 12,000.So here, in a nutshell, is the government’s new policy with regard to sex and sexuality among youngsters:If you’re a boy who shows a picture of your penis to a girl in your class, you have likely violated both federal child pornography laws as well as local sexual harassment laws. If this happens consistently in your school, the school has violated Title IX.If you’re a boy who says he’s a girl, the girl must be placed in position to see your penis and testicles. If the school does not allow this, the school has violated Title IX.If you’re an adult who sexually touches a child with the consent of the child, you have committed a crime, since children are incapable of consent.If you’re an adult who gives a child hormone therapy or surgery to prevent normal development of the genitals, with the consent of the child, you are a hero.If this all makes sense to you, you should be working for the federal Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education.http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/03/feds-rule-force-high-school-girls-undress-next-naked-boys-think-theyre-girls/
Share Sharing is caring! Share 60 Views no discussions Tweet News Freedom of movement begins in OECS economic union by: – August 8, 2011 Share Freedom of movement commences within the OECS Economic UnionCASTRIES, St Lucia — Monday, August 1, 2011 heralded the commencement of full freedom of movement of Organisation of Easter Caribbean States (OECS) citizens throughout the six independent countries of the organisation.Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines agreed that, from that date, they would permit OECS citizens to enter their territories and remain for an indefinite period in order to work, establish businesses, provide services or reside.Free movement of OECS citizens is one of the fundamental aspects of the Revised Treaty of Basseterre establishing the OECS Economic Union, which entered into force on January 21, 2011. On that date the OECS Authority of Heads of Government agreed that August 1, 2011 would be the implementation date for the regime for the complete free movement of citizens of participating member states.In order to facilitate the free movement of citizens, the following administrative arrangements and procedures are in effect in member states:OECS citizens traveling within the economic union should enter the special immigration lines designated for CARICOM nationals.OECS citizens traveling within the union must produce the following documents to the immigration officials at the point of entry:1. A valid photo identification card that bears the nationality of the holder, for example, a passport, driver’s license, voter’s registration card or a national ID card.2. A completed E/D form.The immigration official shall grant entry for an indefinite period, save and except in those circumstances where the citizen poses a security risk or there exists some other legal basis for prohibiting entry to the citizen.Persons who require additional information or who are interested in giving feedback are encouraged to contact the regional integration unit of their member state. They may also contact the OECS Secretariat in St Lucia at telephone (758)-455-6327 or by e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com. Information is also available on the OECS website www.oecs.orgCaribbean News Now
The Batesville Boy’s Varsity Tennis team was defeated by Columbus East 4-1 on Thursday. Batesville is now 8-2 on the season.#1 Singles- Beau Brown was defeated by Alex Galle 3-6, 3-6#2 Singles- Ben Schwettman was defeated by Jo Jo Woolwine 2-6, 1-6#3 Singles- Spencer Rose was defeated by Neeraj Pandita 6-4, 4-7, 5-7#1 Doubles- Harsh Patel and Paul Ritter were defeated by Matt Furnish and Sammy Woolwine 4-6, 6-7 (2)#2 Doubles- Jonathan Kunkel and Paul Ritter defeated Daniel Kuhlman and Austin Guse 7-6 (5), 6-2In JV action, Batesville tied with Columbus East 2-2. The doubles teams of Sam Giesting/George RItter and Cooper Williams/Brayden Worthington were winners.Batesville will play in the Columbus North Invite on Saturday at 9:00 AM.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.
RelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Vardy primed for another prolific season after brace at West Brom EPL: Underdogs tackle Leicester City Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for match-winner Kelechi Iheanacho after his goal booked their place in the FA Cup fifth round. The Foxes kept their hopes of a cup double alive as the Nigerian scored the only goal of the game in the fourth minute at Brentford. Leicester were missing top goalscorer Jamie Vardy at Griffin Park due to a glute injury suffered in Wednesday’s win over West Ham, but Iheanacho filled the void impressively and scored his seventh goal of the season. Rodgers said: “For Kels, he is getting better and better. He is so efficient now in his game. He is working so hard. He creates goals, he scores goals and I am delighted for him.” Rodgers said Vardy was “responding well to the treatment”, but the manager was still unsure whether the striker would be fit for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Aston Villa, where a win will send his side to Wembley. Rodgers added: “He was really sore after the (West Ham) game, but that has eased up after the last day or so. We will find out (if he can play on Tuesday) tomorrow when we are in.” With Leicester on course to quality for the Champions League, alongside their cup exploits, they are on course for a memorable campaign, but Rodgers warned there was still plenty of hard work ahead. The Northern Irishman said: “Every club has priorities but, for us, what we’ve hopefully shown is we want to do as well as we possibly can in every competition we’re in. “We have the semi-final on Tuesday. We are into the fifth round of the FA Cup and in a really healthy position in the league, but we know we have a lot of work to do. “The assessment is at the end of the season. Let’s see where we finish, but up until that point we have to fight and run and do the very best we can.” The Leicester manager also confirmed defender Filip Benkovic was set to leave the club on loan this month, but only if the Foxes can secure the services of a centre-back. Brentford head coach Thomas Frank was proud of his young team, which included six players aged 20 or below. The Bees, who made nine chances, will host Championship rivals Nottingham Forest on Tuesday in a crucial match in the battle for promotion. “Of course the Tuesday game is more important, but we wanted to win both games,” Frank said. “A lot of players did well. It is difficult to praise some in front of others because more of less everybody played to a seven or eight out of 10.”— Tags: BrentfordFA CupJamie VardyKelechi IheanachoLeicester City
The Irishman beat Tjaart van der Walt on the first play-off hole in northern France after the pair finished on five under par after 72 holes. That meant they had to go back up the 18th and while Thornton claimed a routine par with a tap-in, Van der Walt bogeyed the hole for the first time this week to hand him the title. ”Hopefully this is a stepping stone for me,” said Thornton. ‘I’ll go home this week now and celebrate, take a week off, and then play in the Irish Open. ‘To come here and play like I did is incredible. What happens now with this category is fantastic, it’s mad how things have changed. It’s surreal.” It was an emotional victory for Thornton who dedicated the win to his late father. ”It’s so big for me,” said a tearful Thornton. ”On Father’s Day too, he passed away three years ago and it still hurts, but they are happy tears today. This is dedicated to him. ”I didn’t play particularly well today in perfect conditions but I got up and down when I had to and holed good putts.” Thornton had got off to a flying start with birdies at the first and third before a dropped shot at four. The Irishman dropped a shot at seven but quickly recovered it at the next before a further bogey on nine got him to the turn in level-par 36. He then birdied 10 and parred all the way home to finish on five under. Van der Walt also birdied the first but dropped the shot at five before a double bogey at eight sandwiched by two birdies kept him level for the front nine. A further birdie on 12 followed but a run of pars saw the South African into the play-off. Simon Thornton is hopeful his maiden European Tour victory at the St Omer Open will be a catalyst for future triumphs. Press Association
IRFU performance director David Nucifora said: ” Devin has developed into an international level second-row over the last few seasons. “He has performed consistently at a high level for both Ireland and Leinster, and is illustrating strong leadership skills in both the provincial and national environments.” Toner added: “I t is great to have signed on for another two years with Leinster. “I have been with the province for almost a decade and during that time the club have invested a lot in my development and have given me the platform to reach my potential and achieve success at both provincial and national level.” Leinster forward Devin Toner has signed a two-year contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union. Press Association The IRFU said that 20 times-capped Toner’s new deal will see him remain at Leinster until at least June 2017. The 28-year-old made his Test debut against Samoa in 2010.
– Old Fort triumph in U-16 indoor finalTHE QUEEN’s Park Cricket Club won back-to-back U-13 titles (indoor and outdoor) to finish on top of the Guyana Hockey Board Boys’ Challenge over the weekend in the capital city. The Trinidadian club’s older team did not fare as well in the U-16 category; given that Guyanese clubs Saints (outdoors) and Old Fort (indoors) triumphed.Old Fort triumphed in the U-16 indoor battle on Sunday.Playing at the National Gymnasium on Sunday, the visiting team got past GCC in the U-13 final by a score of 3-0 in the three-team event (Saints also participated in the lower age group).Nicholas Siu Butt led the attack with two goals, while Adam Traboulay scored the other.The U-16 final was less eventful, with the clash going to penalties and the home team succeeding.On Saturday, QPCC had stormed to a 10-0 victory against Saints in the U-13 Boys Outdoor final at the GCC ground. In that clash, Adam Wyatt and Siu Butt had both scored hat-tricks, while Christiano Austin and Caiden Mack supported with two goals each. In the U-16 final, a Naresh Mahadeo goal propelled Saints to a 1-0 victory over Old Fort.Earlier, QPCC were knocked out in the semi-finals by the eventual second place finishers.Siu Butt won the most-goal award for both the indoor and outdoor competitions, while Mack was named MVP for the outdoors and another QPCC player, Siem Zanvliet, MVP for the indoors.Saints’ Samuel Garnett won both the Most Goals and the MVP awards in the outdoor competition for the older age group, while in the indoors, Daniel Woolford won the Most Goals award and his Old Fort teammate, Shaquon Favourite, the MVP award.
Published on November 8, 2015 at 4:09 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse stretched its lead to 31 points by halftime and eased to a 96-54 victory against Division II national champion Florida Southern in the Carrier Dome on Sunday afternoon. Malachi Richardson led all Syracuse scorers with 18 points and five others finished in double figures.Here are three quick observations from the Orange’s last tune-up before opening the regular season against Lehigh next Friday.Tyler the creatorTyler Roberson hit two foul-line jump shots in the first half, which accounted for an otherwise meaningless four points of his 10 total. The pair of scores, though, served as another indication of the junior forward’s expanding game.All summer he worked on pushing his shooting touch out toward the perimeter to fit the expanding demands of the power forward position. Those flashes on Sunday accompanied a five-rebound, four-steal and four-assist effort for Syracuse’s most impressive post player on a day where Dajuan Coleman looked rusty on both offense and defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTurn downJim Boeheim yelled at point guard Michael Gbinije to go to the ball on an inbounds play under Syracuse’s own basket. Florida Southern was pressing Gbinije and the senior had the ball tipped away, and off him, right when he caught it.Gbinije turned the ball over four times to contribute to Syracuse’s 15 total turnovers and each of the Orange’s starters minus Coleman gave the ball away at least twice.The Orange stole the ball a total of 19 times itself, but a Division-II opponent was about the only thing from making SU pay for 10 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.New and improvedKaleb Joseph continues to show vast improvement, his aggressive chest pumps indicative of a player with renewed confidence despite being relegated to the bench at the start of games.He hit two early 3s against the Mocs, screaming “Let’s go,” after his second from behind the arc led to a Florida Southern timeout. The sophomore seems to have found a niche behind Gbinije, logging a productive 13 points and three assists in 15 minutes on Sunday after an 11-point outing last Monday. Comments