Ditlev Engel: Why Would You Tax Something You Want More Of?!

first_imgDitlev Engel speaking at the opening session of the Offshore Wind Conference 2018 in Amsterdam. Photo: Jeroen Tresfon/ Navingo.Taxation of electricity produced by offshore wind and other renewables, as well as taxing these technologies, is something the industry needs to stand up against if it wants to see even lower costs and accelerate the energy transition, according to Ditlev Engel, CEO at DNV GL Energy. In most countries, the industry is talking about cost of energy and lowering cost of energy, but the real matter should be taxation of electricity, according to Engel.“Taxation is what most people are paying for the most, it is not the cost of generation. Therefore, the real question here is not about the technology, but about how most regulators and politicians have decided to tax it and, if we are trying to meet the goals from the Paris Agreement, will they tax the electricity and why would they do that,” Engel said.“The reason we taxed it in the old days is because we wanted to lower CO₂ emissions, so why would you now tax something you want more of?!”Speaking about the energy transition at the opening session of the Offshore Wind Conference 2018 in Amsterdam, Engel said that the energy transition can only happen with public support and with people understanding why this is being done.It is the industry’s obligation to make sure people understand the challenges and what needs to be achieved, Ditlev Engel emphasised.At the session that took place on 22 October, he also presented DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook, saying that the report is not offering a selection of scenarios, but that it is a forecast based on scrutinised information and the company’s involvement and expertise in the energy sector.In a short chat with our team after the A new dawn for offshore wins session, Engel summarised the main points of the report. Learn more by watching the video:Reporting: Nadja Skopljak, Rebecca van den Berge – McFedries, Jeroen Tresfon; Editing: Adrijana Buljan, Adnan Durakovićlast_img read more

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4Subsea, Ashtead in Sensor Tech Pact

first_img4Subsea and Ashtead Technology have sealed a partnership for global distribution of sensor technology to the oil and gas industry.Under the deal, 4Subsea’s autonomous, retrofittable sensors will be available to the global oil and gas industry via Ashtead Technology.Additionally, 4Subsea will explore utilising Ashtead’s acoustic sensors for further developing their services offering to the market.Ashtead will further enhance its inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services by adding 4Subsea’s sensors to its portfolio and gaining access to 4Subsea’s domain experts within subsea production, well intervention and drilling.4Subsea will strengthen its position in the global sensor market with hardware and digital services delivery through Ashtead’s sales and distribution network including facilities in Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Halifax, Houston and Singapore.“We regard this partnership as a joining of forces to enhance our offering to the market and drive greater customer success. Ultimately we believe this partnership will support operators in reducing both risk and costs associated with operating subsea fields.” – Peter Jenkins, CEO of 4Subsea“Adding 4Subsea’s autonomous sensor technology and services to our existing capabilities means we can now offer a comprehensive monitoring and integrity management service to support the performance and life extension of critical infrastructure.” – Allan Pirie, CEO of Ashtead Technology.last_img read more

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More common sense – what’s the world coming to??

first_imgTaranaki Daily News 1 Dec 2011A Hawera police sergeant has earned praise for the common sense way she has dealt with young offenders. In a method reminiscent of the good old days of community policing, Sergeant Sandy Shaw made two boys clean up their graffiti and say sorry. The boys found themselves in trouble with the law this week when they were caught tagging the King Edward Park playground and scaring elderly residents by throwing stones at their houses. Their punishment was dished out by Ms Shaw, who marched the pair into the Hawera office of the Taranaki Daily News. The sorry-looking duo stood in silent horror as Ms Shaw explained what they had done. Earlier in the day she had watched over the pair as they scrubbed their lewd comments off the popular family attraction. The 12- and 13-year-old then washed a couple of police cars for good measure. The pair handed letters of apology to the Daily News and swore to never do it again. “I hope you guys can forgive me for what I have done,” one boy wrote. Ms Shaw said she did not want the boys identified but they needed to understand what effect their mindless actions had on the community. Yesterday National MP Chester Borrows, a former policeman, pulled no punches in his support for her actions. “Our communities won’t put up with the sort of crap happening in our neighbourhoods and over the years we’ve got too politically correct about how we deal with these types of things,” he said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/6065698/Cops-common-sense-approach-praisedlast_img read more

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Do Children of Same-Sex Parents Really Fare Worse?

first_imgTime Magazine 11 June 2012A large new survey counters the conventional wisdom that kids of lesbian moms and gay dads are no different from children raised in straight families. But a closer look at the data suggests that the new finding needs to be qualified. Adult children of parents who have had same-sex partners sometimes fare measurably worse than adult children from long-term heterosexual married parents. So say the results of a new and sure-to-be-controversial study by Mark Regnerus, a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin. The study — the New Family Structures Study (NFSS) — is bound to put the cat among the pigeons, because it counters previous research on the well-being of children of gay and lesbian parents, which has found that these kids don’t grow up to be much different from those of married hetero couples and that, in fact, kids of lesbian parents are often better adjusted and emotionally healthier.The NFSS, in contrast, found that adult children of people who have had same-sex relationships were more than twice as likely as children from intact straight homes to be in therapy “for a problem connected with anxiety, depression, relationships, etc.,” more likely to be on public assistance (but, importantly, also more likely to have been raised with public assistance), less likely to have a full-time job, less likely to have voted in the 2008 elections and tended to have achieved less formal education. “The empirical claim for no differences [between being raised by heterosexual and homosexual parents] has to go,” says Regnerus. These effects appeared to be more marked for people whose mothers had had a same-sex relationship than those whose fathers had. And this was especially true after controlling for such contributing factors as the respondent’s age, gender or race, parental education, perceived wealth, whether they had been bullied and how gay-friendly their state was.http://www.readability.com/read?url=http%3A//healthland.time.com/2012/06/11/do-children-of-same-sex-parents-really-fare-worse/last_img read more

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Washington state sues florist who refuses gay ‘wedding’

first_imgSeattlepi.com 10 April 2013State Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Tuesday filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Arlene’s Flowers & Gifts, a Richland florist that refused to supply flowers to the same-sex marriage of a longtime customer. Ferguson said he sent a March 28 letter to owner Barronelle Stutzman asking her to reconsider and supply flowers to customer Robert Ingersoll.  Through an attorney, Stutzman declined to change her position. “As Attorney General, it is my job to enforce the laws of the state of Washington,” said Ferguson.  “Under the Consumer Protection Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against customers based on sexual orientation.  If a business provides a product or service to opposite-sex couples for their weddings, then it must provide same sex couples the same product or service.” The lawsuit by Ferguson is bound to revive a warning raised by opponents of marriage equality in last fall’s Washington Voter’s Pamphlet statement against Referendum 74.  Foes stated: “People who disagree with this new definition (of marriage) could find themselves facing sanctions, as has occurred elsewhere.  Church groups have lost their tax exemptions.  Small businesses were sued.  Wedding professionals have been fined.”Last month, Stutzman told KEPR-TV in the Tri-Cities: “He (Ingersoll) said he decided to get married and before he got through I grabbed his hand and said, ‘I am sorry.  I can’t do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ.’  We hugged each other and he left, and I assumed it was the end of the story.” Ingersoll and his partner, Curt Freed, were decade-long customers of Arlene’s Flowers & Gifts.  They went online with the refusal and the story went viral.  Stutzman refused to change her position, saying:  “It’s a personal conviction.  It’s not a matter of being right or wrong.  It’s my belief.”http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2013/04/09/ag-sues-florist-who-refused-flowers-to-gay-wedding/last_img read more

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Gay marriage cake case

first_imgThe Independent 27 March 2015The director of Christian-owned bakery which refused to make a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slogan has said she knew in her heart she could not complete the order.Karen McArthur was giving evidence during the second day of the high-profile legal action being heard in Belfast’s County Court.Mrs McArthur said: “I knew in my heart that I could not put that message on the cake.”Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission is taking the case against the family run Ashers Bakery on behalf the gay rights activist customer whose order was declined.Gareth Lee, a volunteer member of the LGBT advocacy group Queer Space, claimed he was left feeling like a lesser person when his order, which had been paid in full, was turned down.Ashers, which is run by the McArthur family, declined the request for a cake with an image of Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie below the motto Support Gay Marriage. It had been ordered for a private function marking International Day Against Homophobia last May.“The problem was with the message on the cake because, as a Christian, I do not support gay marriage,” Mrs McArthur said.http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/gay-marriage-cake-case-director-knew-in-her-heart-she-could-not-put-that-message-on-31099421.htmlI’m Backing Christian Bakers, Says Pro-Gay Marriage ColumnistCharisma News 28 March 2015A columnist who is in favor of same-sex marriage has expressed support for the Christian-owned Ashers Baking Company, in order to protect the “vital” principle of freedom of speech.Writing in The Belfast Telegraph, Fionola Meredith said that forcing Ashers to endorse a cause with which it disagrees would do “nothing to advance the cause of equality.”She made the comments ahead of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland’s court case against Ashers, which starts on Thursday.http://www.charismanews.com/world/48921-i-m-backing-christian-bakers-says-pro-gay-marriage-columnistlast_img read more

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World Congress IX Director Flays Amnesty International’s Pro-Prostitution Policy

first_imgMedia Release World Congress of Families 13 August 2015   On Tuesday, Amnesty International adopted a policy of decriminalizing prostitution. In response, Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, executive director of the World Congress of Families IX (which will meet in Salt Lake City on Oct. 27-30), issued the following statement:“This decision by a leading international human rights advocacy group is a major blow for the protection of vulnerable women and children. It is a pivotal victory for the brothel owners, pimps, sex traffickers and johns who can now claim that their actions are acceptable and there’s nothing wrong with what they do.“The Amnesty vote takes away the meager protections given to those who are exploited, dehumanized and in numerous other ways now have the last remaining human rights stripped from them. The vote greatly increases the inhumane power of the exploiters and significantly increases the likelihood that victims will be subjected to more abuse and brutality at the hands of their exploiters.”Dr. Crouse, whose work against sex trafficking earned an “Abolitionist Award” by the George W. Bush State Department, argued against such a proposal at a February 2010 Oxford Union Debate, where she said, “Prostitution is not like ‘Pretty Woman,’ where a glamorous prostitute earns big money from handsome johns; the majority end up drug-addicted, bruised and battered.”Take a look at some commonly acknowledged facts:Street prostitutes often service as many as 10-15 men a night and barely scrape by while their pimps make over a half-million dollars a year.Prostitutes call their work “paid rape,” and they all have had friends who “didn’t make it out alive.”Nearly half of prostituted women attempt suicide, and according to Dr. Melissa Farley’s research, the vast majority (almost 90 percent) desperately want out.A sex trafficking fact sheet compiled by Farley states that 80 percent of prostitutes were assaulted by their pimps and more than one-third receive death threats aimed at themselves and their families.A study at Metropolitan University revealed that after Australia legalized prostitution, unregistered brothels (operating outside of regulations) increased dramatically – pulling thousands of vulnerable women into prostitution and significantly increasing the number of women with STDs and other infections.The United States State Department notes that pimps control 80-95 percent of all forms of prostitution. Nearly 70 percent of those in prostitution entered before age 16, with the average age of entry in the U.S. being 12 years old.Today, William Wilberforce’s abolitionist campaign in the 19th century against slavery is considered a great moral and human rights victory. Crouse concluded, “The war against johns, pimps and traffickers is the slavery issue of our time. Amnesty International has come down on the wrong side of history by voting on a policy decriminalizing prostitution.”last_img read more

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“UNPLANNED” is here! SCREENINGS (updated regularly)

first_imgAs we debate the abortion issue in New Zealand, the Unplanned movie and its message is a gift to us. Let’s use it!The movie is based on a true story. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the US, Abby Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counselled countless women about their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in.Until the day she saw something that changed everything…See the movie that two of the largest film distributors in Canada refused to distribute. (It was eventually shown after an independent distributor picked it up – similar to NZ).Family First is hosting the very first screening of Unplanned in NZ next Monday night – but it’s sold out! Fortunately, there are many screenings happening throughout NZ. Be quick. Many have already sold out. Watch the trailer….Screenings:Monday 16th September, 6:30pm Event Cinemas Manukau* Host: Family First NZ   SOLD OUTMonday 16th September, 7:00pm Hoyts Wairau Park* Host: Marina Young (Buttons Project)   SOLD OUTTuesday 17th September, 8:15pm Roxy Cinemas Wellington NZ* Host: Voice For Life Wellington  SOLD OUTWednesday 18th September, 6:30pm Rialto Cinemas Newmarket NZ* Host: Family Life International   SOLD OUTWednesday 18th September, 7:00pm Hoyts Northlands Christchurch* Host: Right To Life New Zealand Inc.   SOLD OUTMonday 23rd September, 7:00pm Hoyts Cinemas Sylvia Park, Auckland* Host: Family First NZ   SOLD OUTMonday 23rd September, 6:00pm Event Cinemas New Plymouth* Host: Unplanned   SOLD OUTMonday 23rd September, 7:00pm Hoyts Botany Downs * Host: New Conservative   SOLD OUTMonday 23rd September, 6:30pm Event Cinemas Chartwell, Hamilton* Host: Waiora   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 23rd September, 8:30pm Event Cinemas Paraparaumu* Host: March For Life   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 23rd September, 8:30pm Event Cinemas Palmerston North* Host: Unplanned Manawatu  PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 23rd September, 6pm Whakamax Movies, Whakatane* Host: They Ministries  PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 25th September, 7:00pm Hoyts Northlands Christchurch* Host: Right To Life New Zealand Inc. SOLD OUTWednesday 25th September, 7:00pm Hoyts Wairau Park, Auckland* Host: Hangyul Cho  SOLD OUTThursday 26th September, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Havelock North* Host: Voice For Life Hawkes Bay   SOLD OUTMonday 30th September, 6:00pm Event Cinemas Tauranga* Host: Pro Life   SOLD OUTMonday 30th September, 6:30pm Event Cinemas St Lukes, Auckland* Host: Hope Restorations  PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 30th September, 7:00pm Hoyts, Whangaparaoa* Host: Whangaparaoa Baptist Church  PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 30th September, 7:30pm Suter Theatre, Nelson* Host: Voice For Life Nelson  PURCHASE TICKETSTuesday 1st October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas Whangarei* Host: Family First NZ   PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 2nd October, 7:00pm Hoyts Northlands Christchurch* Host: Right To Life New Zealand  PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 2nd October, 8:00pm Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch* Host: Truth For Humanity NZ   PURCHASE TICKETSThursday 3rd October, 5:30pm Roxy Cinemas, Wellington* Host: Lobby New Zealand   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 6:00pm Event Cinemas, New Plymouth* Host: Unplanned   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 8:00pm Movie Max Digital, Timaru* Host: Discover Life   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Chartwell, Hamilton* Host: Waiora   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Westcity* Host: Family Life International  PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 7:00pm Event Cinema, Blenheim* Host: Family Life International  PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 7:00 Pm Hoyts, Wairau Park* Host: March For Life Auckland  PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 8:00pm Monterey Cinemas, Upper Hutt* Host: Voice For Life Hutt Valley Branch  PURCHASE TICKETSTuesday 15th October, 8:15pm Cathay Cinemas, Kerikeri* Host: Family First NZ   SOLD OUTWednesday 16th October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas Chartwell, Hamilton* Host: Unplanned  PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 16th October, 6:00pm Penthouse Cinema & Café, Wellington* Host: Family Life International NZ   PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 16th October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Havelock North* Host: Prolife Hawkes Bay  PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 16th October, 7:30pm Rangiora Town Hall Cinema* Host: Local Focus  PURCHASE TICKETSThursday 17th October, 6:00pm Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch* Host: Unplanned   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 21st October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Tauranga* Host: Nick & Rebecca La Spina   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 21st October, 5:30pm Anzac Theatre, Dargaville* Host: Sacred Heart Gospel Group, Dargaville   SOLD OUTMonday 21st October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Tauranga* Host: Nick & Rebecca La Spina   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 21st October, 7:30 Pm Dome Cinema, Gisborne* Host: Grace Church Gisborne   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 21st October, 7:30pm Regent 3 Cinemas, Masterton* Host: Heidi Hendrikse   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 21st October, 8:00pm Event Cinemas, Havelock North* Host: Love   PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 23rd October, 6:00pm Hoyts, Whangaparaoa* Host: The Truth  PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 23rd October, 7:30pm State Cinemas, Motueka* Host: The Jeremiah Trust  PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 6th November, 6:30pm Rialto Cinema, Dunedin* Host: Voice For Life Dunedin   PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 6th November, 7:00pm Metro By Hoyts, Hamilton* Host: Unplanned Waikato  PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 14th November, 7:00pm SIT CentreStage, Invercargill* Host: Amelia Norfolk  PURCHASE TICKETSFriday 22nd November, 7:30 PM Maungatapere Community Church* Host: Nicola Van Lune  PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 25th November, 6:30 pm, Event Cinemas Westcity* Host: Hope Restorations     PURCHASE TICKETSIt is important to note that screenings are confirmed once a certain number of tickets have been sold. So book yours today to ensure that the screening happens!You can also apply to have the movie shown at your local theatre. Please consider doing this. It’s very easy to do.last_img read more

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GoPro’s CEO Dropped by $229 Million to Fulfill a Promise to…

first_imgGoPro founder and CEO Nick Woodman has honored a promise he made to his college roommate a decade ago and it cost him $229 million. Woodman had promised to give his college roommate Neil Dana 10 percent of all the money he makes when taking his company public. In 2011, GoPro issued Dana 6.3 million stock options. Woodman agreed to reimburse the company whenever the options were exercised.Neil Dana, who attended the University of California at San Diego with Woodman, was GoPro’s first employee. He currently serves as the company’s director of music and specialty sales.Woodman, whose net worth will fall to $2.3 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, was awarded $285.3 million in 2014 compensation, making him the highest-paid U.S. executive.GoPro CEO Nick Woodman.last_img read more

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”Burundi on ‘brink of devastating violence,” warns UN

first_imgRiots in Burundi The United Nations has warned that Burundi is “on the brink of devastating violence” ahead of the contested and controversial Presidential election.The country’s President Pierre Nkurunziza is pushing ahead with plans to seek a third term in office at next week’s polls, despite calls for a further postponement.Two weeks after the contested legislative and communal elections that took place in Burundi and with presidential polls just days away, senior United Nations officials now warn that the situation prevailing in the Central African country is once again at risk of sliding into violence.The officials warned the Security Council saying that Burundi is on the brink again and that it faces grave danger.UN Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun said said the situation  should not be underestimated, given the increasing polarization and the apparent choice of Burundian leaders to put personal interest before those of the country.“An escalating pattern of politically motivated violence, coupled with this country’s history of recurring bloodshed and atrocities, should alert us to the potential for serious crisis,” underlined UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.Both officials echoed similar concern as they briefed the Security Council on the situation in Burundi; Mr. Zehiroun on the electoral process and the political and security situations through the work of the UN Election Observation Mission (MENUB) and Mr. Zeid on the protection and promotion of human rights.“On 2 July, MENUB assessed that the legislative and communal electoral process of June 29 took place against the background of a political crisis, and in a climate of widespread fear and intimidation in parts of the country,” said the Assistant Secretary-General.Some opposition political parties and civil society organizations, notably those opposed to a third term for President Pierre Nkurunziza, called the elections a “sham” and declared they would not recognize the results.Burundi has been hit by violence since the April announcement that President Pierre Nkurunziza would run for a third term in presidential elections set for July 15.Protesters say Nkurunziza must go because the constitution limits the president to two terms, but the president’s supporters say he is eligible for a third term because he was chosen by lawmakers — and not popularly elected — for his first term.last_img read more

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