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September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDamen Shiprepair Oranjewerf (DSO) of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, recently completed extensive conversion of the sand barge Kreeft.The sand barge – which is owned by Boskalis – spent last three months at DSO undergoing major works in preparation for her next project.As Damen reported, the 96-meter by 12.5-meter barge has been active for many years, and the first order of business was extensive repair work on her double-plated hull. The inspection revealed that part of the hull required repair or replacement.The second stage of the project was to give the barge new capabilities, in this case the ability to manoeuvre independently when being on site. This required the fitting of a bow thruster and all the associated systems.To achieve this, a generator room was created inside the forepeak space. There, two generators and pumps for handling the cargo compartment were installed along with all the necessary pipework and electrical components and cabling, plus connections to the bow thruster itself.A range of deck and hold modifications were also made, including adding a drainage system in the hold with a pump connection overboard.“This was a major undertaking and involved a wide range of skills,” said Jeen van der Werf, commercial manager at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf. “With the works completed and with over 50 tonnes of steel added or replaced, the entire barge was blasted and repainted, leaving her looking as good as new.”After the completion of project, the Kreeft left DSO and was towed to the land reclamation project currently taking place in North Amsterdam. This requires a total of 15,000,000m³ of sand to be transported to the site and offloaded, and so involves the support of many barges.last_img read more

September 27, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Federalist 9 January 2015 As a former child transgender, my heart goes out to parents whose boy says, “I’m a girl” or whose girl who says, “I’m a boy.” The medical diagnosis is gender dysphoria—distress that comes from feeling one’s physical gender doesn’t match one’s internal perception. A flood of questions come with the revelation: What causes it? What treatment will help? What should parents do or not do?…..Transgender Children Typically Need Treatment for Other DisordersStudies indicate that two-thirds of transgenders suffer from multiple disorders at the same time, or comorbidity. The top three disorders evidenced in transgenders are depression (33 percent), specific phobia (20 percent) and adjustment disorder (15 percent). A child who states a desire to identify as the opposite sex has a two-thirds chance of having a co-existing disorder….What Causes the Comorbid Disorders that Exist in So Many Transgenders?After receiving hundreds of emails over the last several years, it became evident to me that comorbid disorders develop in childhood. ……The key for parents to helping young transgenders is to work with a professional to identify the cause of the stress the child faces and correctly diagnose any comorbid disorder that exists concurrently with the gender dysphoria. Parents are in the best position to identify the cause of the stress the child faces…..READ MORE OF THIS SUPERB ARTICLE Heyer is an accomplished author and public speaker with a passion for mentoring individuals whose lives have been torn apart by unnecessary gender-change surgery.last_img read more

September 26, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img 12 Views   no discussions NewsRegional NEW PARADIGM: Efforts to ease insecurity affecting Caribbean economies by: – May 26, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The Board of Governors of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) began a two-day meeting here on Wednesday against the background for a new growth trajectory to help ease the insecurity affecting Caribbean economies.Newly appointed CDB president, Dr. Warren Smith said economic conditions in the region remained depressed, with only seven countries – The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Guyana, St. Lucia and the Turks and Caicos Islands – reporting growth in 2010.But he said demand for CDB financing was sustained, with approvals of loans and grants reaching approximately US$300 million compared with US$167 million in 2009. Net transfer of resources- which is  disbursements of grants and loans less repayments of principal, interest and charges – between CDB and its borrowing member countries amounted to US$180 million n in 2010, considerably in excess of net resource transfers of US$70 million in 2009.Smith, the fifth president of the region’s premier financial lending institution, said he expects most Caribbean countries to return to economic growth this year.“However, the weak fiscal position will continue to be challenging and will require sustained emphasis on fiscal consolidation and careful debt management.  Additionally, many of the gains made in the past decade in poverty reduction have been undermined or reversed.  There will be increased emphasis on restoring these gains,” he said.But Smith said that while the Caribbean has witnessed impressive improvements in socio-economic performance over the past five decades, issues about the quality of the education system remain a major concern; sustained growth and development continue to elude many countries; and poverty remains unacceptably high. He said the region is “displaying a distinct lack of agility in side-stepping the confluence of development challenges that give rise to anxiety amongst our people, that is,  a generalised sense of losing control of their destiny in a number of critical areas of social and economic life.“We can further classify this anxiety under the broad rubrique of “insecurity” – insecurity about their economic situation; insecurity due to the impact of climate change on their lives; and personal insecurity due to rising crime and violence”.The Jamaican-born CDB official said that the principal economic insecurities currently facing the region  have been exacerbated by structural weaknesses and extreme vulnerability linked especially to small size, openness, narrowness of the production base and proneness to potentially devastating natural hazards. “The economic structure has been further undermined and industry competitiveness challenged by volatile oil prices since the 1970s and the deeper integration of Caribbean economies into the international financial and economic systems through globalisation.“The signing of the 2008 Economic Partnership Agreement signalled the end of unreciprocated preferential access by Caribbean exports into the European Union (EU) market.  New insecurities were created as agriculture production, farm incomes and employment declined; small farmers, especially in banana and sugar producing countries were displaced; and poverty levels rose, and dramatically so, in rural communities.”Smith said that as the 2008 global economic and financial recession unfolded, and the Caribbean experienced its impact, vulnerability increased. He said the recent collapse of the Trinidadian conglomerate, CLICO and its subsidiary BAICO reverberated through the region, and resulted in major losses to both institutional and private investors despite rescue efforts of regional governments.Smith said the impact of climate change is another contributor to insecurity for many Caribbean countries, noting “it is perhaps our single most important environmental and developmental challenge, with worry-some implications for economic growth, development sustainability and our poverty reduction goals.“Its economic impact is already visible, with damaged and destroyed infrastructure being only one of the casualties.  We do not have the luxury of ignoring climate change, for the consequences of inaction are projected to far exceed our income-generating capacity by the start of the next century.”The CDB president said that another contributor to anxiety in the Caribbean, and which should be  given high priority on the development agenda is crime and violence, which he labelled “a growing and seemingly intractable problem.“The incidence of violent criminality has reached almost epidemic proportions in too many Caribbean countries,” he said, recalling figures cited by a World Bank that murder rates in the Caribbean, at 30 per 100,000 population annually, are higher than for any other region in the world. “The international trade in narcotics seems to be at the root of the upsurge in violent crimes.   Also, the economic and social consequences are enormous as rising crime levels generally demand an increase in public expenditures to strengthen the security forces; have a dampening effect on tourism as visitors begin to fear for their safety; stifle business development as new investment and access to financing become constrained; and decimate established communities abandoned by families escaping the effects of gangs, drugs and illegal arms.”.Trinidad and Tobago’s Finance Minister, Winston Dookeran, who also addressed the conference, said that the region should realize that it is no longer “business as usual” when it comes to socio-economic development.He said there was need for a “quantum leap” into the new global world in which changes are taking place and where economic space is now being fought over by countries that in the past felt they were outside that space.He advocated the need for a new paradigm in development, describing it as “drilling down” and that the old institutions may have lost their relevance, as he called for a “new realization between public, private and civil society sectors”.“The real challenge we face will be demonstration that development can’t be imported and a realization we must unearth the entrepreneurship talent of our people,” he said, adding that “drilling down for development forces us to find the right chapter to empower the capacity of our people and executing what has to be done”.Dookeran, a former Central Bank governor here, said that the much talked about Caribbean integration has become “somewhat elusive on two counts” including the inability to converge the various economies and confronting the new global space.“The limits of Caribbean integration in its orthodox definition may have been reached,” he said, urging the region to find the mechanisms to meet the challenges of the new regional and global environment.last_img read more

September 24, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgVolleyballEast Central defeated Lawrenceburg 25-22, 18-25, 25-21, 25-16.East Central vs. Lawrenceburg (9-23)Submitted by Var Vee.Waldron 7th Grade won against St. Louis 18-25, 25-19, 15-11St. Louis 8th Grade won 25-15, 25-14.STL vs. Waldron (9-23)Submitted by STL Coach Jill Reidy.Middle School Cross CountrySouth Dearborn Middle School Meet.Batesville Boys place first and Greensburg second.Greensburg Girls finish first and Batesville second.South Dearborn Invitational MS CC (9-23)Submitted by Batesville Coach Derek Suits.Jac-Cen-Del Middle School Boys and Girls victorious over Greendale.JCD vs. Greendale (9-23)Middle School SwimmingSunman-Dearborn Aqua Trojans Boys winners over Centerville 133-28.Sunman-Dearborn Girls also won 123-59.SDMS vs. Centerville (9-23)Submitted by SDMS Coach Brandon Loveless.FootballBatesville JV won against East Central 28-13.Submitted by Batesville Coach Terry Nobbe.TennisMilan Varsity and JV winners against South Dearborn.Milan vs. South Dearborn (9-23)Submitted by Milan Coach Zach Wade.last_img read more

September 24, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — A Shelbyville man has been arrested after police say he broke into the back of a semi-trailer.According to police, Malcolm Denton, 51, of Shelbyville is facing charges of Unauthorized Entry of a Vehicle and Theft.Wednesday morning around 4:15 officers responded to the eastbound rest area on Interstate 74 near Batesville regarding a robbery.When officers arrived on scene, the driver of the semi had locked Denton in the back of the semi.The driver was hauling frozen meat, with an inside temperature of -10 degrees Fahrenheit.Officers heard Denton beating on the side of the trailer to be let out.Denton was taken into custody without incident and was booked at the Ripley County Jail.last_img read more

September 24, 2020 | |Post a Comment

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September 24, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHarrison, Oh. — A Harrison man was arrested with a loaded syringe and 2-year-old daughter in the backseat after being suspected of overdosing.A report from WLWT says about a month ago Brenton Lee Sturgill, 31, was seen with his head down sitting in a car at the BP Gas Station on Dry Fork Road. As Sturgill argued with witnesses one of them called 911. While witnesses waited for police they worked to console and calm the 2-year-old in the backseat.Sturgill was released on his own recognizance at the time of his arrest. He will be arraigned Monday for resisting arrest, possession of paraphernalia, possession of drugs and child endangering.last_img read more

September 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgManchester: India skipper Virat Kohli added another feather to his cap as he became the fastest batsman to score 20,000 international runs when he reached 37 against the West Indies during their World Cup tie at the Old Trafford on Thursday. He also registered 9,000 runs batting at the number three spot. virat Kohli had started the game on 19, 963 runs to his name and was just 37 runs short of the record that legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar held along with West Indies great Brian Lara.The India skipper reached the 20,000-international run milestone in 416 innings (131 in Tests, 223 in ODIs and 62 in T20Is). Tendulkar and Lara, both had reached the milestone in 453 innings, followed by former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting who scored 20,000 runs in 468 innings.He became the 12th batsman to this landmark and the third Indian after Tendulkar (34,357 runs) and Rahul Dravid (24,208 runs). The 30-year-old run-machine has been in great form in the ongoing tournament. After getting out cheaply against South Africa in the World Cup opener, Kohli scored 82 runs against Australia, 77 against Pakistan and 67 against Afghanistan.Interestingly, during the innings against Pakistan at Old Trafford on June 16, Kohli also became the fastest batsman to score 11,000 ODI runs.Before the World Cup, Kohli was not at his usual best in the Indian Premier League. While he did score 328 runs in the 14 matches for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), it was not the kind of performance which one associates with India’s ‘run machine’.However, in the World Cup, Kohli is looking a lot more comfortable, be it while facing the quicks or the spinners. If one does an analysis of his performance in the four innings he has played so far, ahead of the Windies knock, one will find that the batsman has concentrated on playing in the ‘V’ and has resisted from playing cross batted shots.This approach can be seen as an attempt to tackle the swing on offer in English conditions to the pacers and also to adjust with the variable bounce which has been seen on many wickets on which India have played. IANS Also Read: Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 20,000 international runs, breaks Tendulkar and Lara’s recordlast_img read more

September 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi: South Africa began their India tour on a mixed note with a 1-1 draw in the three-match Twenty20 International series. However, their major challenge comes in the three-Test series which will be their first in the new ICC World Test Championship. However, the Proteas return to the stage when four years ago, their Test team was hammered 3-0 in the four-Test series with rain in the second Test in Bangalore preventing a total whitewash. The South African players failed to cope against the spin of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as they suffered their worst series defeat against India. Speaking ahead of the three-day warm-up against the Board President’s XI in Vizianagaram which will be captained by Rohit Sharma, South Africa opener Aiden Markram has admitted that some players might still be carrying some scars from the previous tour.”I remember watching that series a few years ago and it looked incredibly difficult. And I’m sure there’s a bit of baggage that certain players that were on that tour might still be carrying but that’s completely fine. I think it’s never an easy tour coming to anywhere in the subcontinent, let alone India. It’s full of challenges, but if we can conquer those challenges it will be really rewarding,” Markram was quoted by the official website of the ICC. Also Read | Rishabh Pant Should Drop Down From No.4: VVS Laxman’s Advice For Regaining FormMarkram has played 17 Tests so far and scored 1358 runs, hoped to draw from his recent experience with the A team. In the two matches against India A in Thiruvananthapuram and Mysore, Markram managed scores of 0,4 and 161 as he looked to tackle the conditions ahead of the Tests in Vizag, Pune and Ranchi. Also Read | Virat Kohli Says ‘Will Have To Take Risks’ For World T20 Success”From a personal perspective, it was nice to spend time out in the middle. In the field as well, it was nice for us as fielders to be on our feet for long periods of time and for our bowlers to bowl plenty of spells in these hot conditions. I took a lot from the A side games and I’m ready to go in the Test matches,” Markram added. However, the left-hander is quick to admit that the pitches he encountered during the ‘A’ games might be different to the ones they get during the Test matches but Markram said South Africa will offer no excuses. “At the end of the day, we’re not going to harp on about conditions, we pretty much know what to expect and we just need to get the job done. The guys are positive and upbeat and we’re maintaining a really good language in the changeroom, a really strong language,” Markram said.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

September 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img–Guyana to play at Hong Kong 7s and CAC GamesIT was their only defeat at the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens Championship in Mexico, and it came when more than losing their title was on the line.Guyana, six-time holders and defending champions, fell 24 – 28 to Jamaica last evening at the Campo Marte athletic grounds in Mexico City.Apart from relinquishing their title to the Jamaican rugby team which had 12 UK-born and based players, it will hurt the Guyanese more, knowing that they also missed an opportunity to play at the 2018 IRB Sevens World Cup.Jamaica celebrates after winning the RAN 7s Championship and also qualifying for 2018 IRB World CupThe Jamaicans will join host USA and Canada as RAN’s representatives at the July 20 – 22 event, which is dubbed the ‘Holy Grail’ for Sevens rugby.With the win, Jamaica will also pick up RAN’s final spot for the Commonwealth Games. Guyana featured at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.Guyana, however, by finishing second, will make another appearance at the Hong Kong Sevens (April 6 – 8) in Japan, as well as the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Barranquilla, Colombia (July 29 – August 3). In 2010, the ‘Green Machine’ won Guyana’s lone gold medal at the CAC Games, when they defeated Jamaica 31 – 7 in the finals.last_img read more