Study shows how dominant parents affect kids’ self-worth

first_imgChildren’s self-esteem is linked to the behaviour of who is considered the most powerful parent within the household, new University of Sussex research suggests.The study of English and Indian families living in Britain is the first to assess the impact on a child’s wellbeing of the household power structures that exist within different cultures.Psychologists interviewed 125 English and Indian families living in West London. They found that English children whose mothers displayed more negative parenting traits – such as detachment, intrusiveness, lax enforcement of discipline, and controlling behaviour – reported lower self-esteem. But, for Indian children, the father’s behaviour had more of an impact.In Indian culture, as often characterises more traditional cultures, mothers have inferior positions to fathers, both within and outside the household. Fathers are considered to be the head of the family, in terms of power and their role as disciplinarian. These differences often remain in spite of immigration into Britain.In contrast, in Western cultures, although still somewhat patriarchal, mothers have more central roles than fathers within the home and are often responsible for routine care and discipline.Dr Alison Pike, Reader in Psychology at the University of Sussex, co-authored the study. She said: “Mothers and fathers play different roles in different cultures – these findings highlight the importance of these distinct gender-based power structures on a child’s self-worth.“Parenting literature is still dominated by mothering, reflecting Western norms. With 7.5 million foreign-born residents in the UK, we need to spend more time considering parenting practice through a cultural lens.”The study, carried out in collaboration with Dr Naama Atzaba-Poria from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, is published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Email Pinterest Share on Twittercenter_img LinkedIn Share Share on Facebooklast_img read more

US flu activity continues slow decline

first_imgInfluenza activity in the United States is continuing a slow decline that first became apparent 2 weeks ago, with most indicators down again last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.Among the signs were decreases in positive test results, the number of states with high activity, and deaths in children.The CDC said 19.6% of 8,282 respiratory samples tested positive for flu, compared with 21.1% of 9,514 samples a week earlier. The share of medical visits due to influenza-like illness (ILI) was 3.2%, down a hair from 3.3% the week before, though still well above the national baseline of 2.0%.High activity in seven statesJust seven states, most of them south-central, reported high flu activity, down from 10 the week before. The number of states with moderate activity stayed the same at 12.In terms of geographic extent, 29 states had widespread flu activity last week, versus 38 the previous week. Nineteen states still had regional activity, the next geographic category, compared with 10 a week earlier.Three flu-related pediatric deaths were reported last week, which was six fewer than the week before. The latest deaths raised the seasonal total to 40. The three cases involved influenza viruses that were not subtyped.The share of deaths attributed to flu and pneumonia, an indicator that typically lags behind most others, sank to 8.6% last week, from 8.8% the previous week. But the number remained well above the epidemic threshold of 7.3%, the CDC said.The CDC’s surveillance system for flu-related hospitalizations, which covers 70 counties in 10 states, recorded 587 cases last week, down from 879 the preceding week. The season’s total reached 6,081, which indicates a rate of 22.5 hospitalizations per 100,000 population.In a related development, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported today that 56 flu-related deaths were reported in the state in the past week. That raises the season total to 202, close to double the 106 deaths reported during the previous flu season. Officials said another 41 deaths are still under investigation.The CDC said 2009 H1N1 viruses continued to be overwhelmingly predominant among flu isolates that were subtyped, with only a few H3N2 and type B isolates found. Two more isolates, both H1N1, with markers of resistance to antiviral drugs (neuraminidase inhibitors) were found. Those brought the seasonal total to 23, all of them H1N1 viruses.Activity still rising in EuropeThis week’s update from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) suggests that flu activity is continuing to increase in Europe. The agency said 17 countries and the United Kingdom (Scotland and Wales) reported increasing ILI activity.Greece was the only country reporting high-intensity activity, but six others—Bulgaria, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Malta, and Spain—reported medium activity, up from four countries a week earlier. The other 22 countries reported low intensity.The proportion of sentinel respiratory specimens testing positive for flu has dropped in the past 2 weeks, but eight countries reported geographically widespread flu activity last week, an increase from the week before, the ECDC said.H3N2 and 2009 H1N1 viruses are both circulating in Europe, with the balance varying by country, the agency reported.See also: CDC FluView reportFeb 7 CDPH press releaseFeb 7 ECDC reportlast_img read more

Richard Nawrocki Elected to Intermet Board of Directors

first_imgDeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. TROY, MI — Intermet has added Richard Nawrocki to its board of directors. Nawrocki is president, CEO and board member of CMI-Management Services, a Southfield, Mich.-based holding company that manages a portfolio of diversified investments, corporations and subsidiaries, including metal-forming companies Tech Cast and CMI-Schneible. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In addition to his current position with CMI-Management Services, Nawrocki is president and part owner of R.W. Ventures, a venture-capital firm with investments in four companies specializing in industrial manufacturing and medical-equipment leasing. Additionally, he is president of R.W. Real Estate, specializing in commercial property and Plan B Consultants, a financial consulting company. Prior to this, Nawrocki served as president, CEO, CFO and director of CMI International, a casting and machining company that was acquired by Hayes Lemmerz International in 1999. Nawrocki is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the Michigan Association of CPAs (MACPA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). For more information about Intermet, go to: _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

Hope Blossoms In Recovery

first_imgTwenty-seven-year-old Jesse began drinking and smoking weed when he was 15.Drug and alcohol addiction was prevalent in his family and he attended Al-Anon meetings with another family member as he was growing up in western Suffolk County. He didn’t think he would ever become an addict himself.“I always told myself it wouldn’t happen,” he recalled.It did happen.He entered the U.S. Army and became a paratrooper while kicking his drug habit, and remained clean through basic training, but soon he began drinking, a spiral he says led to his discharge after two years.He was back stateside just two days before he was using heroin again.When Jesse was ready to get help, a friend suggested he contact New Hope Rising and he decided to give the program a shot. He’s been sober now 142 days.“It’s been great,” said Jesse, who resides with other men in the organization’s sober transitional living home in the Mastic-Shirley area. Residents are required to adhere to the 12-step system, attending group meetings daily as they work through their recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.“I think that is a very important part of recovery. Alone, I can’t do it, but together, with other like-minded people, I can,” Jesse said.The program has been successful for him because it is structured and there is follow-up by the program’s administrators — there is always someone looking out for him. Inspiration and encouragement are never far away.“They really care,” he said.New Hope Rising currently has three homes, two for men and one for women, with a second home for women slated to open shortly. Each home is modest and located in a quiet neighborhood.Interiors are decorated in muted, calming colors. Walls are adorned with inspirational quotations such as the Serenity Prayer, vision boards describing residents’ goals, and bold canvas paintings featuring words like ‘Courage.’Residency in the program offers varying levels of independence. New residents just out of detox are placed into a buddy system and are not allowed to leave the house by themselves for a period of time. As residents progress further in the program, they can stay out overnight for visits with family and friends.The day begins early with breakfast, followed by morning meditation where residents will read an inspirational message. They attend 12-step meetings or receive chemical dependency treatment to Seafield Center’s Outpatient Rehab Facility in Patchogue throughout the day.There are also daily chores that are shared among the residents.Community dinners are held in the evening, with a once weekly meeting where residents can discuss their feelings and progress, and give props to bolster each other’s confidence. The dinners can also be followed by group activities such as bowling, laser tag, or comedy night.Residents have the option of participating in weekly yoga sessions, singing bowl meditations, acupuncture, and soon, art expression classes where they will make mandalas. Guest speakers often give talks at the houses on job readiness topics.A big perk of the program is that residents can take part in Reiki healing sessions or get massages at The New Hope Rising Wellness Center in Westhampton Beach to help with their recovery.To see things through, every home has a live-in house manager, someone with recovery experience. Therese Taddeo, a 29-year-old from Staten Island who has been clean for almost two years, oversees the organization’s home for women in Mastic when she is not working at the Long Island Center For Recovery.Taddeo says the program’s holistic approach of offering educational and vocational help and job readiness counseling sets it apart from other programs.“They are not just recovery-based, because to me recovery is about not only your program, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, whatever fellowship you’re involved in, it is also about getting back on your feet, and starting to move forward and thinking about maybe a career,” she said.Grace, 26, has been in and out of rehab since she was 18 years old, and nothing seemed to work until the organization helped her husband get clean. She followed four months later.When she came to New Hope Rising five months ago she was struggling with both addiction and homelessness, having been kicked out of three prior homes for using drugs. She has lived in five other sober houses in the past seven years, and credits New Hope Rising for their unique approach to recovery.“This place is not like any of the others,” she said. “They really care about you here. It’s not about money for them, it’s about helping you and there’s a lot structure. A lot of the other houses, you just kind of live there, but here you have to be home. We all sit as a family four nights a week. They offer a lot of extras.”Grace now has a job, has started exercising at the gym, and has plans to attend veterinary technician school. Her new home has given her hope where there was none.“Now that I have been clean, I have hope that I can accomplish these things. I am still young and age doesn’t really matter,” she said.For now, she is looking forward to seeing more of her son and joining her husband who has moved out of transitional housing into an apartment.New Hope Rising not only takes in people who have strayed, but animals as well. The organization works with Save-A-Pet to foster shelter dogs from time to time.Laura, a 56-year-old mom who took the lead in caring for a foster dog recently, found the experience therapeutic and says it helped her learn responsibility again.“My story was I drank and that takes over and you don’t care about your responsibilities anymore and taking care — being entrusted — in taking care of something for me was so rewarding and I feel that it was a very big part of my recovery,” she said. While taking care of a dog cannot replace the gratification of taking care of a human, it still felt good for her to feel needed again.“I couldn’t even take care of myself,” she said.Residents of the homes look after each other and often bond like family, remaining in contact after they go out on their own, according to New Hope Rising Chief Executive Officer Danielle Bruschi.“A lot of them do. That is one of the most beautiful things that we see — the friendships and the relationships that are formed,” she said. “I can tell you that we are still in contact with our very first resident that walked through these doors.” Sharelast_img read more

World’s longest free span footbridge opens

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Air Products acquires 25% stake in Abdullah Hashim

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Natural gas prices to stay linked to oil – Bernstein

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Companies Called to Submit Proposals for Inch Cape OWF Construction

first_imgInch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) has launched the Request for Proposals process for the Wind Farm and Transmission Works Packages of the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Project.The Wind Farm package will involve the design, delivery and installation of the WTG Foundations and Substructures and Inter-array Cables along with installation of the Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs).The Transmission Works package will involve the design, delivery and installation of the Offshore Substation Platform, Export Cables, Onshore Substation and Connection to Grid.The Contracting Strategy for these packages will be collaborative in nature and will be based on: The companies/consortia that are invited to submit their proposals are: ABB, ALSTOM GRID, BOSKALIS, FERROVIAL – BALLAST NEDAM, GEOSEA, SEAWAY HEAVY LIFTING, SIEMENS T&D, MARUBENI – TECHNIP and VAN OORD.Stephen Kerr, Inch Cape Project Director commented: “This is a significant step for the Inch Cape project. We believe there is a huge value in a collaborative approach across the supply chain. You have to have the right relationships in place with capable companies to deliver large engineering projects in a challenging environment. This approach of working with Supply Partners is tried and tested in a wide range of industries and can reduce whole life costs, better manage risks and also enhance overall performance.”The WTG Manufacturer, Wind Farm and Transmission Works Supply Partners will be appointed later in 2014.Following this, regional supply chain events will be organised through 2015 by ICOL and their Supply Partners to further promote opportunities for engagement throughout the supply chain, with particular focus on specialist suppliers and SMEs. These events will be organised in conjunction with government and enterprise agencies to maximise participation.Press release, August 07, 2014; Image: inchcapewind Integrated project management and design processes; Alignment of objectives and behaviours appropriate to each phase of the Project lifecycle with structured risk allocation and incentivisation.center_img Selection of highly capable contractors based on an early engagement model; Value management, with a focus on coherent management of risks across the project and the development of opportunities to enhance project value; andlast_img read more

CSAV Merger, Strong Dollar Push Hapag-Lloyd to Black

first_imgGerman container line Hapag-Lloyd ended the first three months of 2015 with a EUR 128.2 million (USD 144.2 million) net profit, shaking off the memories of the same period a year earlier, when the carrier saw a USD 119 million net loss.The improved results were chalked up to a rise in transport volume and revenue year-on-year due to the merger with CSAV, and the effects of the company’s efficiency programme. A strong dollar and lower bunker bills also helped offset low freight rates, the company said.EBITDA reached EUR 283.6 million (1Q2014: EUR 2.9 million) and the underlying EBIT was EUR 160.5 million (1Q2014: EUR -63.2 million).Hapag says that the increase in profit was achieved in a challenging market environment, with an average freight rate in the first quarter of USD 1,331/TEU. This is down USD 91/TEU year-on-year, but the drop in the average freight rate is largely a result of the consolidation of CSAV’s container business, which had a lower average freight rate than Hapag-Lloyd.Excluding that effect, freight rates were down 1,9 per cent. The transport volume totalled almost 1.8 million TEU (1Q2014: 1.4 million TEU), while revenue came to EUR 2.3 billion in the first three months of the year (1Q2014: EUR 1.55 billion), due to the inclusion of CSAV’s container shipping activities in Hapag-Lloyd’s consolidated financial statements.”This is a solid start to the year, in spite of the continued price pressure in many of the trades. This quarter we had support from favourable bunker price and a stronger US dollar, but most importantly this is due to the hard work of all Hapag-Lloyd employees. The results include first synergies from the merger with CSAV’s container business and initial savings from our comprehensive efficiency programme,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG.The average bunker consumption price was USD 377/tonne in the first quarter of 2015, which was well below the previous year’s figure of USD 595/tonne.Due to exchange rate effects and the consolidation of CSAV’s container shipping activities, transport expenses increased by EUR 436 million year-on-year to EUR 1.84 billion. Once translated into US dollars, the expenses were actually USD 207 lower per transported standard container than in the first quarter of 2014, says Hapag.The company ended 2014 with a net loss of EUR 603.7 million.last_img read more

Bolloré cements reputation with African projects

first_imgUnicem Nigeria is a joint venture between Lafarge Africa, Holcim, Dangote and Flour Mills to construct and operate a 6,000 tonne per day clinker and cement line in southwest Nigeria, near the Calabar Port.The Unicem project involved the movement of 500 teu and 150,000 tonnes of project cargo. Bolloré Logistics teams in China and Nigeria managed the shipment of 12 breakbulk vessels to the Calabar Port, which Bolloré claims was completed by more than 5,000 truck round trips from the port to the construction site.According to Bolloré the project also entailed the transport of 14 out-of-gauge cement mills, weighing 125 tonnes each. Two multi-axle hydraulic trailers were used to transport the units in one shipment.Meanwhile in South Africa, PPC contracted the same Chinese company for the supply of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. This project involved the construction of a 3,000 tonne per day clinker production line, located in Lichtenburg, in South Africa’s North West province.Bolloré Logistics was responsible for the breakbulk sea transportation and inland transport of the construction material and cement plant equipment. Bolloré Logistics claims that to date 200 teu have been moved to the site and 45,000 tonnes of cargo has been transported from Jingtang and Tianjin port, China to the plant site in South Africa.According to Bolloré Logistics, the project started in August 2015 is expected to be completed within 25 months.  www.bollore-logistics.comlast_img read more