first_imgBelgium’s shipping company Euronav has purchased a total of 420,000 metric tons of compliant fuel oil and marine gasoil so far, the company revealed as it detailed its IMO 2020 sulphur cap plans.The company said that the fuel was purchased “at what we believe to be a competitive price,” adding that this volume can provide a substantial coverage of its fuel requirements during the initial period of the regulation, that comes into force as of January next year.The 441,585 dwt ultra large crude carrier (ULCC) Oceania, built in 2003, has been used to store this inventory because of its size and related economies of scale.Euronav’s ULCC is repositioning to Singapore area later this month. The company’s second ULCC is currently under commercial time charter with a third party until the end of 2019.In line with Euronav’s strategy, a new USD 100 million revolving loan facility has been secured with a club of banks in order to assist funding of the compliant fuel inventory on the Oceania.“We believe this proactive approach will deliver security of supply of quality tested fuels in sufficient quantity for the initial 6-9 months of 2020 and we are working on additional fuel saving and procurement initiatives based on the experience built up over the past nine months.”In aggregate the purchase value of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) has been at USD 447 per metric ton compared to a bunker price (HFO-3.5% sulphur content) of USD 400 per metric ton over the same procurement period.“Leveraging our balance sheet strength and operational capability to purchase and secure supply of tested compliant product that should provide a natural hedge for Euronav against any lack of fuel oil availability, poor quality compliant fuel or unwanted price spikes and help establish strong, direct B2B relationships for future fuel sourcing,” Hugo De Stoop, CEO of Euronav, said.Additionally, the company hired a dedicated fuel oils specialist team to procure, thoroughly test and store new compliant fuels. Euronav also invested in the necessary accounting and financial tools required to assist in the management and procurement of all of its fuel oil needs.Furthermore, the company said it continues to assess the potential retrofitting of part of its fleet with scrubbers, specifically the non-eco VLCCs.“Euronav believes that it can still fully capture the potential benefits of an investment in scrubbers after the start of the regulation. At that time, the derivatives market of LSFO should have developed in size and in volume which allow Euronav to fully lock in the benefits of the spread at the time of making the investment. This should even provide Euronav with a “second mover advantage” in learning the flaws of the first round of installations and take a decision based on facts without having to speculate.”last_img read more

first_imgLNG exports from the three liquefaction plants located on Curtis Island off Gladstone reached 1.82 million tons during March 2020. However, compared to March 2019 this is a 5.5 percent drop. The three facilities exported 29 cargoes totaling 1.93 million tons of LNG in March 2019. For comparison, the three plants shipped a total of 84 cargoes amounting to 5.59 million tons of LNG in the corresponding quarter in 2019. So far this year, the three liquefaction plants exported a total of 85 cargoes, totaling 5.59 million tons of the chilled fuel. South Korea imported 414,875 tons of LNG. Malaysia and Japan absorbed 186,694 and 127,228 tons of LNG, respectively. China remained the top imported of Gladstone LNG volumes. The three plants exported a total of 1.09 million tons of LNG to China in March. Gladstone Ports Corporation shows the three liquefaction plants exported a total of 28 cargoes. The LNG export plants located on Curtis Island include Shell’s Queensland Curtis LNG, Santos Gladstone LNG, and the ConocoPhillips-operated Australia Pacific LNG terminal. Compared to February 2020 this is a 2 percent increase. Gladstone LNG plants exported a total of 1.79 million tons in the previous month. last_img read more

first_imgTelegraph (UK) 6 Feb 2012A two-year-old boy with “three parents” – his lesbian mother, her partner and a gay father – is at the centre of an Appeal Court test case on the status of “alternative” families. The mother says she made a pact with the father during a restaurant meeting before the boy was conceived that she and her lover would fill the role of “primary parents” within a “nuclear family” and that he would not stand on his paternal rights. But now she and her partner say they feel “bitter and betrayed” after the father – a former close friend who attended the birth and held the new-born baby in his arms – demanded overnight and holiday contact with his biological son. All three parents are highly-paid professionals living in central London and the father, in his 40s, insists he was always far more than a mere sperm donor and he wants to play a full paternal role in the life of the only child he is every likely to have. The father was formerly in a “marriage of convenience” with the mother, although they are now divorced, and three Appeal Court judges are being asked to rule on whether the little boy would be best off with “three parents and two homes”. Alex Verdan QC, for the father, warned the judges against “importing traditional or stereotypical models” into their consideration of the case, and added: “This appeal raises important issues relating to the court’s approach to children born into alternative families”. read more

first_imgONE News 7 Sep 2012University students have long been stereotyped as promiscuous – and new research shows it to be true. A study in the New Zealand Medical Journal has found having multiple sexual partners was common and only half of university students used a condom the last time they had sex. The University of Otago research surveyed the sexual health of 2922 students aged 17 to 24 from universities nationwide. It found 20% of respondents reported at least three partners in the last 12 months. Around 10% reported having sex with between 10 and 20 people and 3% reported more than 20 sexual partners. Out of those surveyed 32% had been drinking when they last had sex. Almost half of the respondents reported at least three sexual partners in their lives.The study said condom use was “uncommon and inversely associated” with the number of recent sexual partners. “The prevalence of risky sexual behaviours in this population raises concern about the number of students at risk of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies,” it said.In 2009, New Zealand’s chlamydia rate was three to four times higher than Australia and the UK, it said. In total, 155 people, or 11%, reported having sex that resulted in an unintentional pregnancy. Of those, 74% of women and 72% of men said the pregnancy was terminated but 19% of men did not know the outcome of the pregnancy. “One in 20 students had, or contributed to, at least one unintentional pregnancy,” it said. read more

first_imgMiriam Grossman MD 13 February 2013Where I worked, reparative therapy was taboo; its existence was never acknowledged. On a politically charged hot potato scale of 1 to 10, this issue was a 12.The mental health establishment says sexual orientation doesn’t change in the direction of heterosexuality. Reparative therapy can be dangerous, it warns; a resolution condemning it had nearly passed. What about ex-gays -the men and women who claim to have succeeded? They are deceiving themselves.At the same time, a small, respectable group of professionals contend that change is possible, and a vocal community of ex-gays says their lives give testimony to that. I’d read compelling interviews, and seen a picture of them picketing the national meetings of psychiatrists and psychologists, carrying signs that say “I DO exist”. read more

first_imgNZ Herald 3 July 2013Certain forms of IVF treatment are significantly associated with an increased risk of low intelligence in children, a major study has shown.A link was also found with an especially severe type of autism, but only in the case of twins or triplets.Scientists who analysed data on more than 2.5 million births stressed that the chances of an IVF baby being affected remained tiny in real terms.They found a 51 per cent increased risk of intellectual impairment, marked by an IQ below 70, in children conceived by IVF treatments in which sperm cells are injected directly into eggs.This amounted to a rise from 62 per 100,000 children (0.062 per cent) to 92 per 100,000 (0.092 per cent).But the researchers said the result could not be explained by factors such as premature and multiple births and needed further investigation. read more 13 February 2014The rate of sexual assault in Australia and New Zealand is more than double the world average, according to a new report.After several highly publicised rapes and murders of young women in India and South Africa, researchers from several countries decided to review and estimate prevalence of sexual violence against women in 56 countries.The results, published in the UK medical journal The Lancet, found that 7.2 per cent of women aged 15 years or older reported being sexually assaulted by someone other than an intimate  partner at least once in their lives.The study found that Australia and New Zealand has the third-highest rate, more than double the world average, with 16.4  per cent.However, the study’s authors have cautioned that the figures probably underestimate the true rate of sexual violence because in many areas women don’t report assaults because of underlying social or cultural stigma.NSW Rape Crisis Centre executive officer Karen Willis says Australia is doing a fairly good job recording sexual violence, but that doesn’t mean we should sit back and think that all is wonderful. read more

first_imgRadio NZ News 10 June 2014Child, Youth and Family’s (CYF) fostering system is failing the children it is meant to be protecting, a foster mother has told Nine to Noon.Karen Scott said she and her husband took in a 5-year-old boy who had been removed from his father’s care, and told Nine to Noon why after two years she felt she had no choice but to ask CYF to take him back.She and her husband have a blended family of 6 children.After going through the required background checks and a three day training course, the family were finally asked to care for a 5-year-old boy – who Ms Scott has called James (not his real name).James seemed to thrive in the family environment, and could be charming and affectionate, she said.But Ms Scott said he also exhibited some worrying behaviours, such as cutting up his siblings toys, and hurting animals on the family’s lifestyle block.Karen Scott said she tried many times to get counselling for James through Child, Youth and Family as she felt there were deep-seated issues that needed to be dealt with, but this never happened. Foster Parents given enough Support?One News 9 June 2014 parenting – is it a bigger issue?One News 10 June 2014 read more

first_imgNZ Herald 27 August 2014Labour wants drivers’ licences and passports in New Zealand to offer three gender options.It also wants laws changed so that couples in de facto relationships and in civil unions can adopt, whether same-sex couples or heterosexual couples.And it wants better support for young people who are bullied over their sexual identities.Labour MP Louisa Wall last night released the party’s rainbow policy, aimed at ending discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people (GLBTI).Since 2011 Australian passports have offered three gender options: male, female and indeterminate. Intersex people, who have both male and female features, and transgender people can put X instead of F or M in the gender question.Louisa Wall, whose same-sex marriage bill passed into law last year, said all people had the right to live in dignity, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. read more

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 25 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Health Minister Julius Timothy says childhood obesity in Dominica is a major concern for government.Timothy told an address to observe Caribbean Nutrition Day this week that a conference is expected to get underway in Aruba this month, to find solutions to the growing problem of childhood obesity.He says persons should continue to engage in physical activities, in an effort to remain healthy.Timothy says children should be no exception.“Childhood Obesity is a growing concern globally and certainly for us here in Dominica. A conference on childhood obesity is now on the way in Aruba to find solutions to the growing problem of obesity. When we speak of physical activity, we mean any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that use energy. Unfortunately our inactive lifestyle has brought us to the point where walking to work, climbing stairs, running around   the community savannahs are some things of the past,” Timothy said.According to him, there is hardly any age limit as it relates to physical activity and this should not only be a   one day activity but must become part of our lifestyle.“It is not unusual   for children to sit for hours without getting involved in some form of physical activity but even preschoolers should engage for at least 60 minutes of structured physical activity each day. Persons 18 years and over, may begin with 90 minutes of moderate –intensity aerobics activity per week while. The older persons should also include physical activity to strengthen muscles and improve balance,” he added.Timothy said further that it is very important to remember that before the commencement of any physical activity one should consider their age, physical development, disability and medical condition. “Therefore, it is necessary to check with your health provider before beginning any form of physical activity,” he explained.Photo credit: nonhores.comDominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Childhood obesity troubles government-Julius Timothy by: – June 3, 2011last_img read more