InSTREAM traces turbulent flows from tank test to tidal channel

first_imgIllustration (Image: Rockland Scientific) The recently completed InSTREAM project has found significant differences between the turbulence characteristics in the tank and in the field.The three-year InSTREAM project, short for In-Situ Turbulence Replication, Evaluation And Measurement, was conducted by a research consortium comprising six commercial and academic entities in the UK and Canada.The main goal of the InSTREAM project was to determine the appropriate scaling between the turbulent flow conditions in a tank and in a tidal channel, so that numerical simulations of suchflows can be used to estimate uncertainties on turbine performance.The project included the development of a sensor system that combined acoustic (Doppler), and non-acoustic (electro-magnetic and shear probe) technology to create a system that could be used in both laboratory and field applications, according to Rockland Scientific – one of the companies participating in the project.The system was successfully deployed at the FloWaveTT Energy Research Facility and in the Minas Passage, Bay of Fundy.Numerical simulations – representing the measured tank and field conditions – were then performed, which can be seen in a video below.As expected, the InSTREAM project found significant differences between the turbulence characteristics in the tank and in the field, Rockland Scientific informed.The 3D eddies observed in the field were, in relative terms, about three times larger than those generated in the tank, resulting in considerable differences in power and fatigue loading.A scaling method has been developed to allow direct comparison and translation between the two flow regimes.“This scaling greatly increases the usefulness of tank testing and numerical modeling, and can be reproduced for other test tanks. It also allows site-specific field measurements to be translated to tank experiments, enabling numerical models (validated by tank experiments) to be used for reliable and realistic estimation of turbine and array performance,” Rockland Scientific said.The project was given the EUREKA designation, and was co-funded by the Offshore Energy Research Association and InnovateUK.last_img read more

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The Port of Marseille Fos unveils LNG bunkering plan

first_imgThe Port of Marseille Fos has developed plans to set up liquefied natural gas bunkering infrastructure to boost the use of LNG as fuel and reduce ship impacts in the port. At the end of last year, the Port of Marseille Fos set up a working group to study and ensure the relevance of the logistics options for LNG bunkering in the port.Between March and July 2018, the LNG working group developed a master plan with details of the schedule for the investment that would be required and the possible operational methods.Port of Marseille Fos said it brought together ship-owners that had expressed an interest in LNG from Marseille / Fos, the managers of the two LNG terminals based in Fos, Elengy and Fosmax LNG, an LNG supplier, Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions and the LNG marine and fluvial platform.The group confirmed the feasibility of an operational LNG bunkering solution in both Marseille and Fos within a limited timeframe, consisting of the development of truck refueling logistics that would initially serve ferries and continue to be an option should refueling vessels be unavailable.The plan also includes putting one or more refueling vessel in place that would be suitable for cruise ships and ferries as well as container ships.Port of Marseille Fos said the players are already preparing with this timescale in mind: Fosmax LNG is investing in particular in the Fos Cavaou terminal in order to adapt it to receive small LNG carriers.This service will be available in the summer of 2019 (50 annual slots). Elengy is studying the extension of the Fos Tonkin Terminal activity focusing on loading small LNG carriers, with the provision of 100 annual slots from 2021.last_img read more

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US Senator Introduces Bill to Repeal the Jones Act

first_imgSenior United States Senator from Utah, Michael Lee, has introduced the Open America’s Water Act of 2019, a bill which would repeal the Jones Act and allow all qualified vessels to engage in domestic trade between U.S. ports.“Restricting trade between U.S. ports is a huge loss for American consumers and producers. It is long past time to repeal the Jones Act entirely so that Alaskans, Hawaiians, and Puerto Ricans aren’t forced to pay higher prices for imported goods—and so they rapidly receive the help they need in the wake of natural disasters,” Lee explained.In 1920, Congress passed the Jones Act, which requires all goods transported by water between U.S. ports to be carried on a vessel constructed in the U.S., registered in the U.S., owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed primarily by U.S. citizens.The Cato Institute estimates that after accounting for the inflated costs of transportation and infrastructure, the forgone wages and output, the lost domestic and foreign business revenue, and the monetized environmental toll the annual cost of the Jones Act is in the tens of billions of dollars. And that figure doesn’t even include the annual administration and oversight costs of the law.last_img read more

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Equinor set for Trestakk field start-up following nod from Norwegian authorities

first_imgThe Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor consent for start-up of the Trestakk field in the Norwegian Sea.Trestakk field illustration. Source: EquinorFollowing Equinor’s submission in November 2016, the Norwegian authorities approved the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) of the Trestakk discovery back in April 2017.Equinor, as the operator, plans to start-up the Trestakk field during the month of May 2019, according to NPD’s statement on Monday, May 13.Consent for start-up of Trestakk is granted to the licensees in production licence PL091 which, apart from Equinor, include ExxonMobil and Vår Energi.It is also worth mentioning that Equinor was given consent by the Petroleum Safety Authority for the use of the pipeline and subsea production facilities at Trestakk field in March 2019.Investments in the development of the field are expected to total approx. NOK 4.8 billion ($549.2M).Equinor estimates the recoverable volume from Trestakk at 10.7 million standard cubic meters of oil (67 million bbls) and 1.4 billion cubic meters of gas.Trestakk is located about 25 kilometers southeast of the Åsgard field. The field will be developed with a subsea template with four well slots and one satellite well.The well stream will be transported through a 12-inch production pipeline to the Åsgard A facility, where the well stream will be processed. The plan is to produce the Trestakk reserves with pressure support in the form of gas injection.The addition of Trestakk will bring the total number of producing fields on the Norwegian shelf to 85.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

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No longer taboo, but divorce still damages children

first_imgMailOnline 7 Nov 2012Family breakdown is as devastating for  today’s children as it was when divorce was a source of social disgrace, a  state-backed report warned yesterday. Even though divorce is no longer considered ‘shameful’ – as it was until the 1970s – the children of broken families  continue to suffer destructive effects throughout their lives, the report  said. The paper, produced by a team of senior  academics, found that the damage caused to a child by divorce continues to  blight his or her life as far as old age. It said parental separation in childhood was ‘consistently associated with psychological distress in adulthood during  people’s early 30s’. The report added: ‘This seems to be true even  across different generations, which suggests that as divorce and separation have  become more common, their impact on mental health has not reduced.’‘Family life has undergone dramatic changes  over recent decades,’ the report, produced by a team led by Professor Mel  Bartley, said. ‘Families no longer have to have two parents,  they can contain children from different parents, and parents no longer have to  be of different genders.’ But it warned: ‘More freedom also means less  certainty, and this has led to concerns about the impact of family stability on  the health and well-being of both children and adults. ‘Family living arrangements are related to  children’s physical health. ‘Children whose parents remain married  throughout the early childhood years are less likely to suffer from breathing  problems such as asthma, to become overweight, or to be injured in accidents by  the time they are five years old than children who have experienced a more  unstable family situation.’The research was based on the large-scale  British Cohort Studies, which cover people born in 1946, 1958, 1970, and, most  recently, in the 2000 Millennium Study. ESRC academics also took into account a  series of independent smaller-scale projects.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228987/No-longer-taboo-divorce-damages-children-Suffering-goes-adulthood-old-age.htmllast_img read more

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Euthanasia bill is open to wide interpretation

first_imgMedia Release Euthanasia-Free NZ 14 October 2015 “The End-of-Life Choice Bill uses vague language that is open to wide interpretation”, says Renee Joubert, Executive Officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ.The bill proposes death by lethal drugs for people with “a grievous and irremediable medical condition”. Virtually anyone could qualify under this clause, because a condition automatically becomes “irremediable” if a person exercises their right to refuse further treatment.The requirement that a person needs to be “in an advanced state of irreversible decline in capability” is equally problematic. The capability to do what? To read? To run? Anyone with a disability, mental illness or ageing-related condition could qualify under this clause.In July, a 24-year old depressed but otherwise healthy woman, was granted legal euthanasia under similar legislation in Belgium. Her depression was considered “an irremediable condition” and in the words of Seymour’s bill, “she experienced suffering that cannot be relieved in a manner that she finds tolerable”. She only wanted a lethal injection.“We are deeply concerned that, under Seymour’s bill, depressed people could receive death instead of treatment”, says Ms Joubert. “Depression is easily hidden, even from doctors, and easily misdiagnosed. Depressed people could use another medical condition as an excuse to qualify for a lethal injection from a doctor. This bill effectively allows state-facilitated suicide.”Seymour’s bill contains no enforceable safeguards against coercion and abuse.Euthanasia-Free NZ trusts that MPs will reject the End of Life Choice bill, especially in light of overseas decisions to dismiss legislation that is much less extreme. During the past year assisted dying legislation was rejected in the UK, Scotland and the US states of Maine, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware and Maryland. It was legalised in only one state, California, and only by circumventing the normal legislative process.ENDSlast_img read more

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ADHD drugs may be a prescription for bullying

first_imgReuters 4 December 2015Kids and teens who take prescription medicines to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be twice as likely to be bullied as their peers who don’t have this mental health problem, a recent U.S. study suggests.Adolescents who sold their prescribed drugs to other kids – who might want the stimulants for study or diet aids – had more than four times greater odds of being bullied than their peers without ADHD, the study also found.“Our findings show that there is some connection between a prescription for stimulant medications and bullying, even after accounting for the fact that adolescents with ADHD may have difficulties with peers or may have other problem behaviors associated with victimization,” lead study author Quyen Epstein-Ngo, a researcher at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, said by email.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.To assess the connection between ADHD medication and bullying, Ngo and colleagues surveyed middle and high school students annually for four years.Ultimately, the surveys involved nearly 5,000 youngsters. About 15 percent had an ADHD diagnosis and roughly 4 percent had been prescribed stimulants within the past 12 months, the researchers report in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.Among those who took ADHD medications, about 20 percent reported being approached to sell or share them, and about half of them did so when asked.Overall, about 2 percent of the teens reported regularly experiencing both physical and emotional bullying, while 15 percent said they had never been victimized. Slightly more than 1 percent of the youth said they had regularly experienced just physical bullying, while 2.5 percent reported frequent emotional mistreatment.http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-adhd-bullying-idUSKBN0TN28F20151204#HaWpCWUEVJSk8J7G.97last_img read more

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UPDATED: Mindfulness in Schools

first_imgWe’ve been contacted by a number of parents concerned about a new programme called ‘Mindfulness’ which is being trialled in a number of schools around NZ.You can read more about the concerns expressed about the programme HERE (Investigate) and HERE (Southland Times) and HERE “The Messy Truth about Mindfulness“. To be fair, there are also complements for the programme HERE (NZ Herald). There is very little research on the effectiveness of the programme in a classroom setting. One study said “there is no generalised empirical evidence of the efficacy of these interventions.”We also received an excellent review of the programme by a concerned parent who sat in on one of the ‘classes’. READ HEREWhat is significant is that this programme is being pushed in schools at the same time as Bible-in-schools comes under attack by small groups such as the Secular Education Network – and these same groups suddenly go quiet. It’s called ‘selective offence’ – or hypocrisy!We also note that the Australian government has just released a major review of the education curriculum, calling for teachers to go ‘back to basics’ on grammar, punctuation and reading. It also says that western civilisation is being demonised in schools. But here’s the best bit –“History should be revised in order to properly recognise the impact and significance of Australia’s Judaeo-Christian heritage.’’The purpose of this email is simply to remind you of your rights as a parent which we would encourage you to exercise if you wish to. Do not allow the school to fob you off. Are you aware whether this programme is operating in your school?The EDUCATION ACT 1989 says:Section 25A Release from tuition on religious or cultural grounds(1) A student aged 16 and above, or the parent of a student aged under 16, may ask the principal to release the student from tuition in a particular class or subject.(1A) A request under subsection (1) must be made in writing, and at least 24 hours before the start of the tuition.(1B) This section applies only to students enrolled at a State school that is not an integrated school.(2) Unless satisfied that—(a) the parent or student (as the case may be) has asked because of sincerely held religious or cultural views; and(b) the student will be adequately supervised (whether within or outside the school) during the tuition,—the principal shall not release the student.Note that the right applies based on the views of the family – irrespective of what the Ministry of Education may try and label the programme as. It applies to any class or subject which conflicts with your ‘sincerely held religious or cultural view’.The HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION report “Religion in NZ Schools” says:What does the Education Act say about religion in state primary schools? The effect of the Education Act 1964 is that schools do not have to provide religious instruction or observance, but they are permitted to do so under certain conditions. Whether a school includes religion in the day-to-day life of the school or not is up to the school’s Board of Trustees. If a school does provide religious instruction or observe religious customs it must be done in a way that allows students to opt out freely if they want to.• Section 79 allows children to opt out if their parents do not wish them to participate in religious ceremonies or teaching.We would encourage parents to exercise their right to withdraw their child/ren from the programme if they are concerned about the “Mindfulness” programme and the way it is operated in the school, in the same way that we would encourage parents to exercise the same right when groups like Family Planning and Rainbow Youth come in to schools with their dangerous and misleading sex education messages. More information on parents’ rights are on our website HEREPlease remember – it is parents and families, not the schools or the State, who are the Gatekeepers of our children’s minds and hearts.FURTHER READINGThe Messy Truth About MindfulnessWilloughby Britton: Mindful.orgWilloughby Britton is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University Medical School. She has also been a committed mindfulness practitioner for 20 years. Mindful met up with Britton after the Center for Mindfulness Retreat in Boston in the spring to talk about the theory and practice of mindfulness.Britton’s research is often quoted by traditional media. Here she is, in her own words, talking about some of the messy truths about mindfulness.Meditation is not all peace and calm. Sometimes stuff can come up that needs to be dealt with. Meditation is not the “warm bath” it’s been marketed as in this country, Britton says.“A lot of psychological material is going to come up and be processed. Old resentments, wounds, that kind of thing,” says Britton, “But also some traumatic material if people have a trauma history, it can come up and need additional support or even therapy.” Some of Britton’s research is making headway into understanding “difficult or challenging mind states” among advanced meditators and scholars that can occur as a result of intensive meditation practice.When Britton is approached by educators who want to bring mindfulness to their schools, she attaches a warning: “Be prepared to be wildly successful.” Britton says she’s seen students at Brown get so excited that they spend their summer meditating in the forest, 12 hours a day.“[Meditation leaders] should take responsibility for that and make sure students have some supervision,” she says.http://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-practice/willoughby-britton-the-messy-truth-about-mindfulnessIs mindfulness making us ill?The Guardian (UK) 23 Jan 2016….A 1992 study by David Shapiro, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, found that 63% of the group studied, who had varying degrees of experience in meditation and had each tried mindfulness, had suffered at least one negative effect from meditation retreats, while 7% reported profoundly adverse effects including panic, depression, pain and anxiety. Shapiro’s study was small-scale; several research papers, including a 2011 study by Duke University in North Carolina, have raised concerns at the lack of quality research on the impact of mindfulness, specifically the lack of controlled studies.Research suggests her experience might not be unique. Internet forums abound with people seeking advice after experiencing panic attacks, hearing voices or finding that meditation has deepened their depression after some initial respite. In their recent book, The Buddha Pill, psychologists Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm voice concern about the lack of research into the adverse effects of meditation and the “dark side” of mindfulness. “Since the book’s been published, we’ve had a number of emails from people wanting to tell us about adverse effects they have experienced,” Wikholm says. “Often, people have thought they were alone with this, or they blamed themselves, thinking they somehow did it wrong, when actually it doesn’t seem it’s all that uncommon.”Farias feels that media coverage inflates the moderate positive effects of mindfulness, and either doesn’t report or underplays the downsides. “Mindfulness can have negative effects for some people, even if you’re doing it for only 20 minutes a day,” Farias says. “It’s difficult to tell how common [negative] experiences are, because mindfulness researchers have failed to measure them, and may even have discouraged participants from reporting them by attributing the blame to them.”…. There is currently no professionally accredited training for mindfulness teachers, and nothing to stop anyone calling themselves a mindfulness coach, though advocates are calling for that to change. Finding an experienced teacher who comes recommended, and not being afraid to discuss negative side-effects with your teacher or GP, means you’re far more likely to enjoy and benefit from the experience.http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jan/23/is-mindfulness-making-us-illMindfulness can cause panic, depression and anxiety, participants reportChristian Concern 29 January 2016Mindfulness is increasingly becoming the relaxation method of choice, used not only by individuals but by employers and health services. Despite claims that the practice, which involves being still and focusing on one’s breathing and thoughts, can help to tackle stress and depression, critics have attested to its negative effects – suggesting that it is not simply a harmless way to unwind.Dr Peter Jones of truthXchange has spoken about the Buddhist roots of mindfulness, explaining that the process of meditation, which effectively silences the conscience, actually creates a mindset “very opposite to the Christian faith”.Studies have also shown that mindfulness can cause adverse effects. In 1992, one researcher, David Shapiro of the University of California, Irvine, found that 7% of those who practiced mindfulness experienced serious negative reactions, such as panic and depression. Several people have described their personal negative experiences of mindfulness, reporting these same feelings of panic, depression and anxiety.READ MOREMindfulness may not be doing you goodThe Conversation 5 June 2015Mindfulness as a psychological aid is very much in fashion. Recent reports on the latest finding suggested that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is as effective as anti-depressants in preventing the relapse of recurrent depression.While the authors of the paper interpreted their results in a slightly less positive light, stating that (contrary to their hypothesis) mindfulness was no more effective than medication, the meaning inferred by many in the media was that mindfulness was superior to medication.Mindfulness is a technique extracted from Buddhism where one tries to notice present thoughts, feeling and sensations without judgement. The aim is to create a state of “bare awareness”. What was once a tool for spiritual exploration has been turned into a panacea for the modern age — a cure-all for common human problems, from stress, to anxiety, to depression. By taking this “natural pill” every day, we open ourselves up to the potential for myriad benefits and no ill-effects, unlike synthetic pills, such as anti-depressants, whose potential for negative side-effects we are all aware of.Side effectsMindfulness is presented as a technique that will have lots of positive effects – and only positive effects. It is easy to see why this myth is so widespread. After all, sitting in silence, focusing on your breathing or being aware of the flow of thoughts and feelings would seem like a fairly innocuous activity with little potential for harm.But considering that many of us rarely sit alone with our thoughts, it isn’t hard to see how this might lead to difficult thoughts and emotions rising to the surface for some people – which we may, or may not, be equipped to deal with. Yet the potential for emotional and psychological disturbance is rarely talked about by mindfulness researchers, the media, or mentioned in training courses.And here we come to an important point. Buddhist meditation was designed not to make us happier, but to radically change our sense of self and perception of the world. Given this, it is perhaps not surprising that some will experience negative effects such as dissociation, anxiety and depression. However, like the small print on medication, these “side-effects” in some individuals are not what the creators of this pill are concerned with promoting.For some, penicillin is life saving; for others, it induces a harmful reaction. Just because your friend or family member responds to a pill a certain way, does not mean you will respond in the same way. The same is also true with mindfulness: for some, it may be very effective or it may not work at all, for others, there may be harmful effects.Mindfulness has been separated from its roots, stripped of its ethical and spiritual connotations, and sold to us as a therapeutic tool. While this may not deny its power as a technique to change our state of consciousness and with implications for mental health, it arguably limits its “naturalness”, as well as its potential – at least as originally intended.Many Buddhists are critical of the use of mindfulness for purposes which are very different from the radical shift in perception they aim for — the realisation of “emptiness” and liberation from all attachments. Instead, as Giles Coren recently claimed, this technique has been turned into a McMindfulness which only reinforces one’s egocentric drives.The idea that each of us is unique is a cornerstone of individual-based therapy. But with mindfulness-based approaches there is little space for one’s individuality, in part because it’s a group practice, but also because there has been no serious attempt to address how individuals react differently to this technique.So if you go into it – as with taking any other kind of pill – keep your eyes open. Don’t consume mindfulness blindly.http://theconversation.com/mindfulness-has-lost-its-buddhist-roots-and-it-may-not-be-doing-you-good-42526Panic, depression and stress: The case against meditationNewScientist 14 May 2015Twitching, trembling, panic, disorientation, hallucinations, terror, depression, mania and psychotic breakdown – these are some of the reported effects of meditation. Surprised? We were too.Techniques such as transcendental meditation and mindfulness are promoted as ways of quieting the mind, alleviating pain and anxiety, and even transforming you into a happier and more compassionate person: natural cure-alls without adverse effects. But happiness and de-stressing were not what meditation techniques, with their Buddhist and Hindu roots, were originally developed for. The purpose of meditation was much more radical: to challenge and rupture the idea of who you are, shaking one’s sense of self to the core so you realise there is “nothing there” (Buddhism) or no real differentiation between you and the rest of the universe (Hinduism). So perhaps it is not so surprising that these practices have downsides. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22630210.500-panic-depression-and-stress-the-case-against-meditation.htmlMindfulness – Treatment can trigger mania, depression and psychosisMailOnline 22 May 2015Meditation and mindfulness is promoted by celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Brand, who boast of its power to help people put stress out of their minds and live for the moment. But the treatment can itself trigger mania, depression, hallucinations and psychosis, psychological studies in the UK and US have found. The practice is part of a growing movement based on ancient Eastern traditions of meditation.However, 60 per cent of people who had been on a meditation retreat had suffered at least one negative side effect, including panic, depression and confusion, a study in the US found. And one in 14 of them suffered ‘profoundly adverse effects’, according to Miguel Farias, head of the brain, belief and behaviour research group at Coventry University and Catherine Wikholm, a researcher in clinical psychology at the University of Surrey.The shortage of rigorous statistical studies into the negative effects of meditation was a ‘scandal’, Dr Farias told The Times. He said: ‘The assumption of the majority of both TM [transcendental meditation] and mindfulness researchers is that meditation can only do one good.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3092572/The-dark-meditation-mindfulness-Treatment-trigger-mania-depression-psychosis-new-book-claims.htmlThe Mindfulness BacklashNew York Times 30 June 2014Mindfulness has reached such a level of hipness that it is now suggested as a cure for essentially every ailment. Anxious? Broke? Sneezing? Definitely try meditating.This vogue is in part due to the real benefits of mindfulness, a form of attention and awareness often (but not always) achieved through meditation or yoga. It’s a trend for a reason. But its increasing application to every situation under the sun has some people concerned.In The Atlantic, Tomas Rocha writes about the little-discussed possibility that, for some people, meditation could actually be dangerous. He talks to Dr. Willoughby Britton, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior who works with people who feel they’ve been harmed by meditation — one man described going through “psychological hell” as a result of his practice, while another worried he was “permanently ruined.” Dr. Britton has tracked “dark nights of the soul” — spiritual experiences that are frightening rather than calming — across a variety of religious texts, and she believes that meditation’s potential ill effects have been under-studied. Mr. Rocha writes:“Many people think of meditation only from the perspective of reducing stress and enhancing executive skills such as emotion regulation, attention, and so on. “For Britton, this widespread assumption — that meditation exists only for stress reduction and labor productivity, ‘because that’s what Americans value’ — narrows the scope of the scientific lens. When the time comes to develop hypotheses around the effects of meditation, the only acceptable — and fundable — research questions are the ones that promise to deliver the answers we want to hear.”http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/the-mindfulness-backlash/?_r=0Mindfulness backlash: Could meditation be bad for your health?The Telegraph 24 October 2015Convinced by studies (such as that by Oxford University in 2014, which found the technique can reduce depression relapses by 44 per cent), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) now recommends mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression.The Mental Health Foundation estimates that 30 per cent of GPs refer patients with mental health issues for mindfulness-based treatment. Persuaded by claims of stress reduction and increased mental clarity, mindfulness has been eagerly adopted by huge companies including Google, Apple, Sony, Ikea and the Department of Health. Mindfulness-based anger management is offered to inmates in prison, and there are calls for mindfulness training to become mandatory in schools.“A good teacher will help you make sense of what emerges through meditation.” Dr Tamara Russell, founder of The Mindfulness Centre of Excellence.“Beneficial findings are overstated in some media reports, whereas studies without the expected results go under the radar. This leads to a skewed picture, wherein the enthusiasm may be ahead of the evidence. Currently, with mindfulness, the evidence is not necessarily consistent or conclusive.” When Farias and Wikholm began researching The Buddha Pill, they were astonished at the paucity of solid studies on the benefits. Then their own research threw up surprising evidence that mindfulness has a range of outcomes – not all positive.“To some, this will be blissful relaxation, but for others the outcome will be emotional distress, hallucinations or perhaps even ending up in a psychiatric ward,” says Farias. “David Shapiro of the University of California, Irvine, found that seven per cent of people on meditation retreats experienced profoundly adverse effects, including panic and depression.”  Psychologists Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm, co-authors of The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You?“Mindfulness and meditation are bad for people. People should be thinking… Life is about going out there and meeting people and hearing their thoughts.”  Oxford University professor Theodore Zeldinhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11942320/Mindfulness-backlash-Meditation-bad-for-your-health.htmlThe Dark Knight of the SoulThe Atlantic 24 June 2014In late January this year, Time magazine featured a cover story on “the mindful revolution,” an account of the extent to which mindfulness meditation has diffused into the largest sectors of modern society. Used by “Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 titans, Pentagon chiefs, and more,” mindfulness meditation is promoted as a means to help Americans work mindfully, eat mindfully, parent mindfully, teach mindfully, take standardized tests mindfully, spend money mindfully, and go to war mindfully. What the cover story did not address are what might be called the revolution’s “dirty laundry.”“We’re not being thorough or honest in our study of contemplative practice,” says Britton.http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/the-dark-knight-of-the-souls/372766/The Effectiveness of Mindfulness Training for Children with ADHD and Mindful Parenting for their ParentsJournal of Child and Family Studies Feb 2011This study evaluated the effectiveness of an 8-week mindfulness training for children aged 8–12 with ADHD and parallel mindful parenting training for their parents. Parents (N = 22) completed questionnaires on their child’s ADHD and ODD symptoms, their own ADHD symptoms, parenting stress, parental over-reactivity, permissiveness and mindful awareness before, immediately after the 8-week training and at 8-week follow-up. Teachers reported on ADHD and ODD behaviour of the child. A within-group waitlist was used to control for the effects of time and repeated measurement. Training was delivered in group format. There were no significant changes between wait-list and pre-test, except on the increase of teacher-rated ODD behaviour. There was a significant reduction of parent-rated ADHD behaviour of themselves and their child from pre-to post-test and from pre- to follow-up test. Further, there was a significant increase of mindful awareness from pre-to post-test and a significant reduction of parental stress and over-reactivity from pre-to follow-up test. Teacher-ratings showed non-significant effects. Our study shows preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of mindfulness for children with ADHD and their parents, as rated by parents. However, in the absence of substantial effects on teacher-ratings, we cannot ascertain effects are due to specific treatment procedures. (our emphasis added)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3267931/ FURTHER READING: Parental Rights in NZ Regarding “Mindfulness”https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2014/10/parental-rights-regarding-mindfulness/last_img read more

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Family First applauds west Auckland school’s ball dress code

first_imgStuff co.nz 25 May 2016Family First has congratulated an Auckland school on setting a dress code for its upcoming school ball, and says students who don’t agree should stay home.National Director Bob McCoskrie said Auckland’s St Dominics School was “completely appropriate and within their rights” in enforcing high standards in their students’ dress code.The school has been the subject of an online petition calling on the Catholic girls school to rethink its no-cleavage, no-backless-dresses code for their school ball.“Dressing modestly is a good thing and it is completely appropriate for schools to be promoting this expectation at a function for teenagers,” McCoskrie said.He contrasted the move with a Bay of Plenty high schools’ decision to give out condoms and safe sex advice in a school ball package back in 2010.St Dominics Catholic College principal Carol Coddington said the rules weren’t severe, and no girls had been told they couldn’t wear their dresses because they violate the ball’s dress code.The petition said the rules were “shocking, sexist and extremely outdated”.But Coddington said a photo being used to represent a banned dress was “misrepresenting” the actual case.“The age of most of our students is under 18 years old. The rules we put around the ball reflect that and the school’s responsibility for its students,” she said.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/fashion/80361099/family-first-applauds-west-auckland-schools-ball-dress-codelast_img read more

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As predicted – NZ Herald now continuing the push for Polyamory

first_imgI live in a threesome: Here’s how it worksNZ Herald 12 October 2016Family First Comment: And so the campaign to normalise it continues – as we predicted. Once the definition of marriage is changed once, what stops it being defined further? First, gender. Next, numberAmong those of us who are polyamorous – meaning that we carry on committed relationships with multiple people – there is a lot of talk about jealousy. It’s regarded as an emotion for the weak and unenlightened.I must be seriously unenlightened then, because I am a jealous, territorial, alpha-kind of man. My husband, Alex, and I have been together for five years. Our boyfriend, Jon, has lived with us for the past two.For the most part we are happy. Like any relationship, we have our ups and our downs. Some days we are madly in love, other days we’d rather be left alone to watch TV, pay the bills and go about the normalcy of life.Our relationship allows us a lot of room to explore with other people, both sexually and emotionally. We try to be honest with one another – and we try our best not to hurt one another. Sometimes we succeed. Sometimes we don’t.I still get that kind of heart-pounding and burning sensation all over my body whenever I picture either of my men with someone else.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11727377last_img read more

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