Hollandse Kust (Noord) tender attracts bid from Ørsted

first_img”We deliver a strong bid with a high degree of risk mitigation. We commend the Dutch government for holding on to its tender timelines and its renewable energy targets during a time of global uncertainty. We urge governments worldwide to continue the transition from black to green energy at full speed in order to fight climate change and promote sustainable investment in economic growth and job creation.” The total surface area of the wind farm site within this zone is approximately 125 square kilometres. The existing Princess Amalia wind farm lies within the wind farm zone. Ørsted has revealed its plans to submit a bid in the 760 MW Holland Coast North (Hollandse Kust (Noord)) tender in the Netherlands. The zero-subsidy round of the tender started on 2 April and will close on 30 April. Ørsted’s bid is said to include innovative technologies that will help integrate ever larger amounts of offshore wind in the Dutch energy system, and Ørsted’s Board of Directors has already approved the final investment decision for the project. It consists of two sites located 18.5 kilometres off the west coast of the Netherlands. The two sites will have the combined capacity of between 693 MW and 760 MW.center_img “The Netherlands has ambitious climate targets for both the energy and industrial sectors and is an important market to us,” Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO of Ørsted Offshore, said. The Hollandse Kust (Noord) is one of three offshore wind areas chosen by the Dutch government to be developed by 2023, as part of the country’s Energy Agreement for sustainable growth. Ørsted is currently constructing the Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm in the Dutch part of the North Sea, which will be fully operational later this year. The project generated first power this week. Steven Engels, Country Manager for Ørsted in the Netherlands, said: “The construction of our Borssele 1 & 2 Offshore Wind Farm is so far going as planned, and we expect that Borssele 1 & 2 will be capable of generating enough green energy to power one million Dutch households later this year. We deliver on our commitments and we provide certainty. Ørsted is a strong partner for the Dutch energy transition, providing large-scale, cost-competitive renewable power linked to an ambitious agenda on renewable hydrogen.”last_img read more

Study finds Caribbean-American women at higher risk for elevated mercury levels

first_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Study finds Caribbean-American women at higher risk for elevated mercury levels by: – February 18, 2012 Sharing is caring! 22 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Photo credit: article.wn.comNEW YORK, USA — A new study published by researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s School of Public Health assessed mercury levels in pregnant women and examined dietary and environmental sources of exposure to mercury.The research, which focuses on an urban immigrant community, examined risk factors that may be associated with elevated mercury levels. The study, published this month in the Journal of Environmental Monitoring, found that foreign-born immigrant women from the Caribbean are at higher risk for elevated levels of mercury in the blood, predominantly from dietary sources such as large fish.Laura Geer, PhD, MHS, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at SUNY Downstate’s School of Public Health, and Patrick J. Parsons, PhD, chief of the Laboratory of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, were the main collaborators on the study, “Assessment of Prenatal Mercury Exposure in a Predominately Caribbean Immigrant Community in Brooklyn, NY.” The study elaborates on previously identified risk factors of in utero mercury exposure. Mercury exposure is a continuing concern in immigrant communities due to risk factors such as maternal country of origin, fish consumption, and ritualistic use of elemental mercury in religious ceremonies. For infants and children, the primary health concern is possible damage to cognitive and central nervous system development related to maternal exposure. Geer and her team used a combination of assessment methods to determine exposure levels. A questionnaire designed in collaboration with health professionals from the Caribbean community assessed the frequency of fish consumption, ritualistic practices, occupational exposures, number of dental amalgams, and use of mercury-containing skin and household products.SUNY Downstate is located in an area of Brooklyn, New York that includes one of the largest Caribbean-American communities in the United States. Analysis of cord blood for mercury revealed that 16 percent of samples exceeded the estimated equivalent of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Reference Dose. Cord blood samples generally reflect organic mercury that has been acquired through maternal food consumption. Predictors of cord blood levels included maternal fish consumption and foreign birth of the mother. Urine mercury levels, which are more likely to reflect environmental exposure to inorganic mercury, were significantly lower than cord blood levels. Predictors of urine mercury also included foreign birth of the mother, as well as the number of dental amalgams and special product use. There were no reports of mercury use in ritualistic practices or in cosmetics; however, some women reported use of religious medals and charms. Putting this into context, Geer explained that the elevated cord blood mercury samples seen in some study subjects were still not at levels that are known to be associated with adverse health or developmental effects. However, she notes that the study indicates a need for further study and mercury-exposure prevention efforts tailored to this group, and that subjects were contacted and offered further testing. Furthermore, efforts should target health care providers, health agencies, and community advocates who provide avenues of education for women of childbearing age concerning appropriate dietary fish selection, and potential sources of mercury in the home. Geer pointed out that the new widespread use of fluorescent light bulbs, which contain a small amount of inorganic mercury and may expose people when they break, as well as the possibility of exposure from discarded computer equipment, are two current but little recognized sources. Geer said, “Our study shows that women of Caribbean origin are at high risk for mercury exposure, owing to the consumption of specific types of fish and other factors. Since mercury can harm a child’s development both in and beyond the womb, mercury should be kept at the lowest possible levels. Community education efforts should target Caribbean-American women to accomplish this.” Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Levy tackles struggles, punishes opponents

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoIn the world of the controlled violence that is football,the goal of a linebacker is simple: Punish the ball carrier and anyone who getsin the way. It takes a special breed of player to succeed at this gruelingposition, someone who relishes every opportunity for contact and exhibitsunrivaled toughness. Wisconsin’s linebacking corps — Jonathan Casillas, DeAndreLevy and Elijah Hodge — have no difficulty meeting those requirements. Theythrive in such situations. But at least to start the season, that wasn’t the case.After an impressive defensive showcase last year, theBadgers defense, specifically the linebackers, were highly acclaimed headinginto the 2007 season. Jonathan Casillas was named to the preseason watch listfor the Chuck Bednarik award, given annually to the top defender in collegefootball. DeAndre Levy had an impressive campaign in 2006, in which he startedall 13 games and led the team with six sacks. Elijah Hodge, brother of GreenBay Packers linebacker Abdul Hodge, emerged as a special-teams ace and madesignificant contributions as a backup middle linebacker.Unfortunately, the Badgers defense failed to live up to thehigh expectations set forth this year by football pundits and coaches. Blownassignments, missed tackles and a throng of injuries plagued the entire unit. “We all had our share of injuries during camp, and itcarried over into the season and limited our productivity,” Casillas said. The breaking point for the defense came after abysmalperformances against Big Ten rivals Illinois and Penn State. Over the two-gamestretch, the defense allowed an average of 29 points and surrendered more than 800yards. “It was frustrating,” Levy said. “Even the games we won, itfelt like we lost.”Of all the players on defense, none took more heat thisseason than Levy. He did not live up to his role as a hard-hitting presence onthe field and saw a steep drop in his production, both statistically andfundamentally. Often caught out of position, Levy had trouble sheddingblockers, and his tackling and angles of pursuit left much to be desired. After the embarrassing loss to Illinois, Levy called himselfout for failing to play to his ability. “I was fed up. I had enough of being passive and takingpunishment all season defensively,” Levy said. “As a unit, we weren’t playingwell, and individually I felt like I wasn’t doing as much as I could do. I feltlike something had to be done.”Fueled by criticism and personal letdowns, Levy took thepractice field with a new sense of urgency. “I started attacking practice the next few weeks with adifferent mentality,” Levy said. “I tried to go out and put more into[practice], and I knew I’d get more out of it.” Results from the last few weeks indicate that Levy’sintensity and hard work in practice have paid off. His transformation has been startling. The player who onceseemed unfit for the rough-and-tumble role of a linebacker has shown a nastymean streak on the field. Not only was Levy making the tackles he once missed,but he began dishing out punishment with new zeal and ferocity. His defining game could not have come at a better time.After some deep soul-searching, Levy took it upon himself to personallydismantle Indiana’s high-powered offense. During the homecoming game, fans hadtrouble recognizing the blur of red and white that flew across the fieldattacking anything that resembled a Hoosier. That “blur” was Levy, whose defensiveshowcase was a huge factor in the Badgers’ 30 point drubbing of Indiana.Levy, who had arguably his best performance as a Badger,notched eight tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a passbreakup. Later that week, he was recognized as the Big Ten Defensive Player ofthe Week, the first accolade of his college career.”It felt good,” Levy said. “It kind of surprised me, becauseI didn’t realize that my game was that good.” It is clear from the resurgence of hard-nosed football inrecent weeks that the linebackers have taken it upon themselves to transformthe defense into the feared unit of the past. “Basically, the three linebackers started stepping up,”Casillas said. “Once we started making plays and committed to getting our headson right, it kind of got the ball rolling and it carried over from game togame.””We always had the chemistry,” Hodge added. “It’s just thefact that we are playing fast and playing to our abilities. Right now we arehealthy, and we are all flying around.”last_img read more

Denis Stojnic: HIT-FC Belt remains in BiH and in my Sarajevo!

first_imgDenis Stojnic is preparing to defend the title in HIT-FC against one of the top 10 K1 fighters of today, Brazilian Anderson Braddock Silva.Silva is 1.92 and weighs 114 kg, he has four wins in MMA and one defeat, while he has achieved 47 victories and 7 defeats in K1.On his final appearance in the HIT-FC, where he made his debut as a winner, Braddock Silva said that he wants the title of our best MMA fighter, and that he wants to take the belt in Brazil.Denis Stojnic immediately replied and confirmed that the belt will remain in BiH in Sarajevo and started with his preparations for the match with K1, and now MMA fighter, Anderson Braddock Silva.Denis is preparing and training in the Netherlands in his home club Golden Glory and he hopes to win and defend his title against strong Braddock Silva.(Source: S. B./Klix.ba)last_img read more