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Welch says Vermont dairy industry “on the brink of collapse”

first_imgTestifying before a House Agriculture subcommittee Tuesday morning, Rep. Peter Welch sounded the alarm that Vermont s dairy industry is on the brink of collapse. Welch called on the subcommittee to take immediate action to save Vermont s family farms while working on a long-term solution to the persistent problem of severe price volatility.Welch was invited to testify before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry about the growing dairy crisis in Vermont. Welch spoke about the hardship facing Vermonters in the industry including family farmers Bob and Beth Kennett of Rochester and feed dealer Art Whitman of North Bennington.In the face of severe fluctuations in the price of milk and the ever-rising cost of production, Vermont has lost over 250 dairy farms during the past five years 32 this year alone. Welch warned that without immediate action, the severity of the crisis is likely to increase and could result in a major blow to the state s agricultural infrastructure. The depth of this crisis cannot be understated. Vermont s farmers, government leaders and agricultural experts agree: Our state s dairy industry is on the brink of collapse, Welch told the subcommittee. With dairy representing 70 percent of Vermont s agricultural economy, we could very well see a wholesale failure of our agricultural infrastructure forcing out of business feed dealers, equipment suppliers, processing plants, farm creditors and many more.Vermont Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee applauded the testimony given today by Congressman Welch to the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture about the crisis our dairy farmers are facing. The situation our dairy farmers are facing in Vermont and across the nation is dire and calls for immediate action. This crisis in dairy pricing has serious impact far beyond the dairy industry, said Allbee. I greatly appreciate Congressman Welch s acknowledgment of the seriousness of the situation and his commitment to working to find meaningful solutions. The sentiments he expressed in his testimony today reflect those of me and my fellow commissioners of agriculture in the Northeast. It is a critical time not only for Vermont farmers and the dairy industry, but our rural communities, economy and working landscapes. Once a dairy farm ceases operation our landscape is forever changed.A survey conducted by the Council on Rural Development showed that a working landscape is important to 97 percent of Vermonters and dairy farms play a major role in Vermont s working landscape.Last week Welch introduced the Dairy Fairness Act of 2009 (H.R. 3166), which would index to inflation Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) Program payments to farmers. He also fought to amend the agriculture appropriations bill to significantly increase MILC payments in the short term.Click here for video of Welch testifying before the Agriculture subcommittee. Welch s testimony, as prepared for delivery, is copied below:Good morning. Thank you, Chairman Peterson, Chairman Scott, and Ranking Members Lucas and Neugebauer for inviting me to testify before the Committee today and for recognizing the great peril facing the dairy industry and farmers who sustain it.  Throughout Vermont s history, dairy has played a vital role in shaping our state s economy, infrastructure, culture and landscape. For just as long, Vermont dairy farmers have labored in a challenging industry with great economic risk and uncertain reward. Though volatility in milk prices has long plagued our farmers, today we face a crisis like we ve never seen before. Prices have fallen to record lows even as the cost of production continues to rise pushing scores of farms out of business. In the past five years alone, Vermont has lost over 250 dairy farms, leaving us with only 1,046 today. Thirty-two of those farms have been shuttered since the start of this year alone.The depth of this crisis cannot be understated. Vermont s farmers, government leaders and agricultural experts agree: Our state s dairy industry is on the brink of collapse. With dairy representing 70 percent of Vermont s agricultural economy, we could very well see a wholesale failure of our agricultural infrastructure forcing out of business feed dealers, equipment suppliers, processing plants, farm creditors and many more.The human cost of this economic tragedy can be seen in cases like that of Bob and Beth Kennett, who, like many Vermonters, have labored all their lives only to find an uncertain future in the field they have chosen. Since they purchased Liberty Hill Farm in Rochester, Vermont, 30 years ago, they have watched as neighbor after neighbor shuttered their farms and sold off their herds. Though 50 farms populated the Kennett s Upper White River Valley community in 1960, just 11 remained in 1979. Today, the Kennetts are the only family left still in business.Like many Vermont families, Bob and Beth Kennett had hoped to pass their farm on to their children, Tom and David, who were raised on Liberty Hill and who both earned college degrees in agriculture before moving back to Rochester to raise their own families on the farm. Together the Kennetts expanded their operation from 50 to 120 cows and pursued innovative strategies like opening an agri-tourism guest lodge. But despite their efforts and their hard work, the family now finds itself saddled with loans and losing money with every passing day. Like so many Vermonters, they just don t know how much longer they can afford to keep their doors open.Vermont is awash in stories like the Kennett s and as farmers cope with mounting losses, the psychological impact is beginning to show. Earlier this year two California dairymen took their own lives as milk prices plummeted and financial ruin appeared imminent. To prevent similar tragedies from occurring in Vermont, the state Department of Agriculture and the University of Vermont have established a farm help line to provide psychological aid as the price crisis continues. Beyond the tremendous suffering born by farmers themselves, the impact of a closing farm on its surrounding community and local economy is significant. Vermont businesses with a stake in dairy reported $426 million in sales in 2001 and employed 7,800 workers. According to the Vermont Department of Agriculture, 96 percent of supplies used on dairy farms are purchased locally.Among the many businesses supported by dairy including veterinarians, fertilizer suppliers and hardware stores feed dealers have been among the hardest hit. Art Whitman, a feed dealer from North Bennington, Vermont, has found himself lending more and more of his product to customers who have been unable to pay their bills, turning him into an ad-hoc lender. As Art s own creditors have grown impatient, he faces the difficult choice of demanding payment from nearly-bankrupt farmers and risking his own livelihood.Saving Vermont s and New England s dairy industry will require both immediate action and long-term reforms. The most immediate assistance we can provide dairy farmers to survive the current crisis is an increase in Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) payments. While MILC has helped ward off full-scale disaster so far, the disparity between the price of milk and the cost of production warrants a reevaluation of its payment formula. With farmers spending nearly $19 and earning back less than $12 for every hundredweight they produce, MILC payments between 2 and 3 dollars are simply not enough to keep them afloat.I and several of my colleagues have been advocating for an increase in MILC payments since this crisis began.  The Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture wrote to Congress in April asking that we raise the MILC payment rate from 45 percent to 79 percent and revisit the current cap of 2.95 billion pounds of annual production.  I support this proposal as a short term solution to help put money back in the pockets of producers until prices recover.  I realize there is a reluctance to re-open the 2008 Farm Bill, but I would urge the Chairman and the Committee to recognize the extreme nature of this crisis and to make an exception in this case.As we treat the short-term symptoms price volatility, we must not lose sight of the need to develop a long-term solution to the problem. In 2006 the average price paid to farmers for milk in Vermont was $12.60; just a year later the price rebounded to $18.84.  Last year producers were paid an average of $18.09; this year, the average price is down to $11.66.  These constant price swings make dairy farming a challenging enterprise.  Most of the producers I have spoken with have candidly told me they would rather make less during the boom years in exchange for price stability.   This current price crisis is impacting every dairy-producing region from the Northeast to the Upper Midwest and the West.  If we don t act now to bring about long-term reform, we will be forced to revisit the same problem the next time dairy prices crash that is, assuming our farms survive the present crisis.  Several different plans are being discussed by producers, processors and industry groups, and I strongly encourage the Committee to consider all of them. Once again, I thank the Committee for holding this hearing and thank you for inviting me to testify today.last_img read more

Consumer insights from the ‘Director of Smiles’

first_imgWith a robust travel and social schedule built around spending quality time with family, George Blankenship’s third attempt at retiring appears to be the charm.Ironically, the self-appointed title he now proudly displays on his LinkedIn profile page—Director of Smiles—sums up his primary goal throughout a remarkable customer-focused career that included “comeback” stints at two revolutionary companies, Apple and Tesla Motors.Working hand-in-hand with visionary leaders Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, Blankenship served as architect of Apple’s brand-building retail methodology and then redefined the car-buying experience.Previously, he spent two decades developing real estate strategies at Gap Inc., which under former CEO Mickey Drexler became one of the world’s most successful retail clothiers through Gap and offshoots such as Banana Republic and Old Navy.“The commonality is a complete focus on customers,” explains Blankenship, who also spent a year as a consultant on Microsoft’s retail strategy. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

EU leaders to hold emergency talks on Belarus crisis

first_imgEU leaders will hold emergency video talks on Wednesday on the crisis in Belarus, where protests are swelling against the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.The meeting was called by EU Council President Charles Michel after Russia said it was ready to provide military help to its ally Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus for 26 years.Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to condemn Lukashenko’s election win and a subsequent violent crackdown on protesters by riot police. Lukashenko claimed victory in the August 9 election with 80 percent of the vote, despite wide opposition to his rule.The crackdown by security forces has seen more than 6,700 people arrested, hundreds wounded and two people killed.EU foreign ministers on Friday agreed to draw up a list of targets in Belarus for a new round of sanctions in response to the crackdown and on Monday Germany, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, said it was ready to back even tougher measures.Describing a huge protest in Minsk on Sunday as “the largest rally in Belarusian modern history”, the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell demanded a “thorough and transparent investigation” into alleged abuse against those detained by police.”The sheer numbers clearly show that the Belarusian population wants change, and wants it now. The EU stands by them,” Borrell said in a statement issued on Monday. Topics :center_img “The people of Belarus have the right to decide on their future and freely elect their leader,” Michel tweeted, saying Wednesday’s virtual meeting would begin at 12:00 pm (1000 GMT).”Violence against protesters is unacceptable and cannot be allowed.”A European source said Michel decided to call the summit in view of the spike in tensions over the weekend.Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, welcomed the talks, tweeting: “The people of Belarus need to know that the EU stands by them firmly, and that those responsible for human rights violations and for violence will be sanctioned.” last_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to Paul Pogba’s poor performance against Watford

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 30 Mar 2019 6:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link528Shares Comment Pogba struggled to get into the game at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)Solskjaer admitted that United’s overall display was far from perfect but the Norwegian was encouraged by a positive period before half-time.‘After PSG was a mental challenge for everyone. Wolves was worse than this,’ Solskjaer, who was appointed United’s full-time manager on Thursday, said.‘Today at least from 20 to 45 we played some fast, flowing, counter-attacking football.‘It’s [top four] so tight, there’s four very good teams challenging for two places.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThe result meant United leapfrogged Arsenal into fourth place, with Unai Emery’s side playing Newcastle on Monday night.MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer predicts how many points Man Utd need to finish in the top three Advertisement Paul Pogba cut a frustrated figure for much of the game against Watford (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended Paul Pogba following his disappointing display in Manchester United’s lacklustre 2-1 win over Watford.Pogba has been in scintillating form for United since Solskjaer took over the reins from Jose Mourinho back in December but the 26-year-old was unable to exert his usual influence against Javi Gracia’s men.Though Abdoulaye Doucoure’s last-gasp strike set up a nervy finish, following goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, the Red Devils managed to hold on for three points.Pogba played every minute of France’s Euro 2020 qualifying victories over Moldova and Iceland during the international break and impressed in a deeper position than he usually occupies in United’s midfield.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe World Cup-winner cut a frustrated figure in a more attacking role versus Watford, but Solskjaer, unconcerned, believes he just needed more of the ball at Old Trafford.Asked about Pogba’s poor performance, Solskjaer replied: ‘Paul [Pogba] is important for us and we couldn’t keep the ball today.‘He’s been away for two games with France and played a bit deeper, so maybe we have to get him more of the ball Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to Paul Pogba’s poor performance against Watford Advertisementlast_img read more

Former Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis set for talks with Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri

first_img More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe former Napoli coach’s stock in Italy remains, high, however, and Milan are hoping to beat Roma to his services should Roman Abramovich call time on Sarri’s time at Stamford Bridge.Milan are, according to Sport Mediaset, prepared to offer the 60-year-old a salary worth €3million-a-year after tax, while Chelsea, who have been slapped with a two window transfer ban, are said to be considering moves for Watford’s Javi Gracia and club legend Frank Lampard whose Derby side reached the Championship play-off final on Wednesday following a dramatic win over Leeds United. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 May 2019 9:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Advertisement / Top articles Full Screen 1/1 PLAY SPONSORED Read More About Connatix V67539 Read More Ivan Gazidis is stepping up his search for Gennaro Gattuso’s potential replacement at AC Milan (Picture: Getty)Ivan Gazidis is set to hold face-to-face talks with Maurizio Sarri as he steps up his plans to secure a replacement for current AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso.The former Arsenal chief executive joined the Italian club in September after overseeing the recruitment process which saw Unai Emery replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.Milan are still in with a chance of securing Champions League qualification following consecutive victories against Bologna and Fiorentina, but Gattuso is expected to depart in the summer, even if he is able to secure fourth spot ahead of Atalanta with two games of the domestic campaign remaining.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite masterminding Chelsea third place finish in the Premier League and a Europa League final against Arsenal on the horizon, Sarri’s future at Chelsea is far from certain following a series of spats with high-profile players and failing to build a rapport with the club’s fans.ADVERTISEMENT Coming Next Video Settings Former Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis set for talks with Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1 min. story Skip Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Skip Ad Read More by Metro Gennaro Gattuso is expected to leave Milan in the summer regardless of whether Milan can secure Champions League qualification (Picture: Getty)When asked if he will still be at Stamford Bridge next season following last Sunday’s draw with Leicester, Sarri said: ‘I think so, but I am not sure.‘I can say only that the club asked me for the Champions League, and we reached the target.‘As you know very well, I love English football. I love the Premier League; it’s fantastic and the level is the best in the world, I think. The atmosphere in the stadiums is wonderful. I would like very much to stay here.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Commentlast_img read more

MiFID II may spur more regulation as costs come to light: Moody’s

first_imgMiFID II will accentuate every trend affecting the European asset management industry today, according to Moody’s.The credit ratings agency said the new EU financial legislation would accelerate a move to cheaper passive funds, sharpen competition and drive consolidation.It could also lead to more regulation, as a result of detailed costs and other data becoming visible for the first time.Depending on their asset allocation and responses to ongoing pressures, European asset managers’ effective fee rates could fall 10%-15% over the next three years as a result of cost disclosure requirements under MiFID II, according to Moody’s. MiFID II was also likely to accentuate a trend for asset managers to shift from offering traditional benchmark-driven funds to offering outcome-oriented solutions that aimed to meet investors’ financial goals, the agency said.Managers were already on this path in a response to scepticism about the value of active management, said Moody’s, but new MiFID II product governance and product suitability rules could push them further in this direction.Coming on top of fee pressure, the cost of complying with MiFID II was likely to lead to consolidation among smaller asset managers because they lacked the scale to absorb the extra costs, according to Moody’s.It cited an estimate from consulting firm Opimas that the 15 largest asset managers spent an average of €10.3m to implement MiFID II, and that maintenance costs will amount to around €4.5m a year for the next five years.Moody’s estimated that managers’ costs could increase by between 0.5% and 5%, taking into account compliance, disclosure, budgeting, audit requirements and investment research costs. Overall, it meant that MiFID II was “credit negative” for the asset management industry.“The introduction of MiFID II will put pressure on asset managers’ profits by lowering their effective fee rate and increasing their costs,” said Marina Cremonese, senior analyst at Moody’s.“However, cost saving initiatives, new investment solutions and mergers and acquisitions will likely offset some of the negative effects, limiting their credit impact.”Cremonese has also said MiFID II would probably encourage greater use of exchange-traded funds by institutional investors because they would be able to know full trading volumes and liquidity levels.Commenting on MiFID II a day before its entry into force, fellow credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) said it saw the regulatory regime as “somewhat negative” for asset managers. It was “generally negative” for brokers and all but the largest investment banks, “slightly positive” for exchanges and other trading venue operators, and “manageable” for most other banks.With regard to asset managers, S&P said it did not foresee market dynamics changing dramatically in the near term, but that it could be a catalyst for consolidation among active managers given the pressures they were already under.last_img read more

QBE Housing Outlook: Gold Coast property prices tipped to soar in the next three years

first_imgHouse prices are tipped to rise most.“Given the greater rise in the supply of units, unit prices are projected to show slower growth, averaging 0.8 per cent per annum to take the median unit price to $435,000 over the same period.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoReal Estate Institute of Queensland Gold Coast director John Newlands believed the predictions were possible given the number of people who were expected to move to the city during the three year period.“That’s basically where that’s all stemming from,” he said.“If that is the case … people are going to need places to stay and supply and demand is going to push prices up.”He tipped suburbs like Ashmore, Carrara, Burleigh Waters and Hope Island to become more popular as people started to consider them central locations instead of outer areas. Property prices on the Gold Coast are expected to soar in the next few years.IT was a rough start to the year for the Gold Coast property market but its future is looking bright, according to new research.QBE Insurance has this week released its Australian Housing Outlook 2019-2022 report, which predicted the city’s median house ($625,000) and apartment ($425,000) prices would increase in the next three years.The report attributed population growth, a steady supply of infrastructure projects and a strong tourism industry to the expected rises.“House price growth to 2022 is expected to remain positive, albeit at a slower rate than the previous upturn at an average rate of 2.9 per cent per annum,” the report said.“This will take the median house price to $680,000 by June 2022. MORE NEWS: Luxury living in a new light With Melbourne’s median house price forecast to reach $810,000 and Sydney’s $1.04 million by June 2022, Mr Newlands said people would continue to move to the Coast.“Affordability here on the Gold Coast is still very good,” he said.Chief economist Nerida Conisbee said while the Coast would be considered much cheaper than other cities, some buyers would need to reconsider their property plans.“We often do celebrate price increases but it’s never good for first home buyers … and upgraders,” she said.“With the Gold Coast, it will get more and more expensive over time because it’s a great place to live but also because it’s relatively constrained in its land.”“The land shortage will probably be a big issue.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29 MORE NEWS: Home fetches almost $1 million for charity at auctionlast_img read more

A standard in asset integrity

first_imgIndustry Standard No. 90Weir: “Asset integrity is not something that stems from, for instance, the Macondo Blowout; it has always been an integral part of our industry. With each situation, malfunction or incident the process of maintaining various assets has been strengthened and become more important, a vital element.” Asset integrity includes the prevention of major incidents, but also focuses on prevention of environmental losses, structural integrity management and ensuring continued production and production efficiency.The Netherlands now has an industry standard, Industry Standard No. 90, which was released August 2016. Companies can have their own, as long as it is in conformity with the NOGEPA standard. This standard will always be in development either by the hands of regulators or the industry as moving forward and improving standards means you stay ahead.The steps within Industry Standard No. 90 have been defined as design, construction, commissioning, operations, material change and decommissioning. Inclusive is the Standard 48 on Independent Verification Management which contains principles and requirements for independency, impartiality of Independent Verification Management and provides principles for Standard 49 on Safety and Environmental Critical Elements (SECE) Verification and how the verification is executed.Weir concludes: “Asset Integrity management, which is the means to the goal of complete asset integrity, aims to ensure that the people, systems, processes and resources which deliver integrity are in place, in use and will perform when required over the whole lifecycle of the installation.” Working offshore, working at heights and working with hazardous products requires the correct working method and safety procedure. You can best describe asset integrity as maintaining the asset, whatever asset that may be. To ensure asset integrity, in 2016 The Netherlands established Industry Standard No. 90. One year after implementation it is time to evaluate with the stakeholders.“A major release of oil or gas or any other chemical can start a fire. This combined with the value of the material makes producing offshore a relatively risky business. I think the public perception of working offshore is that of unease”, comments Fraser Weir, North Sea Asset Director at Centrica where he is involved in key elements of asset integrity which includes activities such as the implementation of maintenance excellence KPIs (key performance indicators) and the roll-out of new operating procedures. Weir is also chairman of NOGEPA.“Maintaining the asset means following strict safety processes and ensuring all chemicals stay in the asset where they are supposed to be. A gas leak would mean a process safety issue as the gas is no longer where it is supposed to be. Imagine said gas leak ignites then we also need to talk about personal safety. Personnel needs to be able to work in a safe environment as well as have safety on their minds in every step of their work. Naturally these two elements are linked”, continues Weir.Looking back at the BP Macondo blowout it nearly took down BP as a company and put the offshore industry under the spotlight. “I prefer the term process safety”, says Weir. “Literally the ability of an asset to perform its required function effectively and efficiently whilst protecting health safety and the environment, a well or production platform.” Technical session: Asset IntegrityDuring Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference, to be held on (9), 10 and 11 October, there will be a Technical Session held on the topic of Asset Integrity with a focus on the Offshore Safety Directive.“The EU Offshore Safety Directive has been incorporated in national legislations in EU member states. To ensure asset integrity, The Netherlands has established Industry Standard No. 90. The combined facts of ageing infrastructure on one hand and a focus on cost savings on the other make adequate and cost efficient asset integrity management a key concern. This session, organized in cooperation with NOGEPA, will look at the implementation of new industry standards, including Standard 48 on Independent Verification Management and Standard 49 on Safety and Environmental Critical Elements (SECE) Verification”, states Marjolein Verweij, Conference Program Manager for Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference.To cover all aspects and benefit from the experience of the stakeholders with Industry Standard No. 90, the speakers for the session have diverse backgrounds and represent companies as Total and DNV-GL, as well as NOGEPA and Staatstoezicht op de Mijnen.Book your conference tickets via the website: where you can also find more information event and conference program.OEEC is one of Europe’s leading offshore energy events. It is unique in bringing together the oil & gas, offshore wind and marine energy industry. With the industry in transition, OEEC offers offshore energy professionals the ideal meeting place to network, discuss and learn about the future of energy. OEEC 2017 will be held at Amsterdam RAI on October 9, 10, 11, 2017.last_img read more

A personal story of surviving prostitution

first_imgMalinda Tankard Reist Blog 18 March 2013by Rebecca MottProstitution is full of grief.The grief of seeing a crossroad and always taking the wrong turning.That is how I remember prostitution – that is how it is remembered through self-loathing and inability to see all choice was stolen from me, was stolen from all my prostituted Sisters.It is easier to blame yourself for taking too many wrong turning – than to know a reality of mental and physical manipulation, of being trapped into hell in degrees.How can the truth be seen and known, when it so gradual?The trap is make the prostitute feel it is her choice to have more and more sadist acts done to her.Make her feel it the only way to get decent money; tell her she more adventurous than other women; say she is special so punters ask for her; say it just a one-off; say it is a punishment and won’t happen again.It is a drip-feed of making the prostitute lose feeling, driving her into at first shocked numbness leading into violence so routine she is dead but somehow alive.I know that deadness, I still carry it as I remember, I still carry it into all my words on what prostituted meant to me. read more