LyondellBasell signs agreements with Bora to form JV. (Credit: Freeimages/James K) Netherlands-based chemical company, LyondellBasell has signed definitive agreements to form a 50:50 joint venture (JV) with Liaoning Bora Enterprise Group (Bora).The signing of agreements follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement signed by LyondellBasell and Bora on 5 September last year to expand LyondellBasell’s operations in the Chinese olefins and polyolefins industry.As per the terms of the agreements, the companies will form a Sino-foreign JV which will be operated under the named Bora LyondellBasell Petrochemical.The JV company will operate a 1.1 million metric tonnes/year ethylene cracker and the associated polyolefin derivatives facility which is located in Panjin, China.LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel said: “China is a large market with growing demand for high quality polyolefin products.“The combination of LyondellBasell’s leading technology and Bora’s operational excellence will allow us to reliably produce and provide these needed products to local customers.”LyondellBasell will sell polypropylene and polyethylene produced at the facilityThe $2.6bn facility will produce the products that serve the growing demands of many Chinese industries that include packaging, transportation, building and construction, and healthcare and hygiene.The polypropylene and polyethylene, which will be produced using LyondellBasell licensed Spheripol, Spherizone polypropylene technologies and Hostalen ACP polyethylene technology will be sold by the chemical company.Furthermore, the ethylene cracker facility is estimated to commence operations in the second half of the year.The chemical company said that the formation of the JV will complete after receiving approvals by relevant government authorities that include antitrust review by the State Administration for Market Regulation.It also said that the firm is planning to provide its equity contribution in the coming months.In September last year, LyondellBasell Industries (LYB) and Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) have entered into long-term contracts that support the construction of the former’s second propane dehydrogenation plant (PDH 2) at the Mont Belvieu complex in Texas. The companies will form a Sino-foreign JV which will be operated under the named Bora LyondellBasell Petrochemical
PROFESSOR (CHS)(D01NN) or ASSOC PROFESSOR (CHS)(D02NN) or ASSTPROFESSOR (CHS)(D03NN) or CLINICAL PROFESSOR(D51NN) or CLINICALASSOC PROF(D52NN) or CLINICAL ASST PROF(D53NN) Position Summary: Your application must be received through the jobs at UW portal tobe considered as a candidate. Apply at https://jobs.wisc.edu/.Search for Job ID: 225144-AS. Please apply online by clicking “”.You will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter.The deadline for assuring full consideration is August 21, 2020,however position will remain open and applications may beconsidered until the position is filled. MD or DO, Anesthesiology. Additional Information: Fern [email protected] Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS:800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for furtherinformation. ) Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation forUW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respectthe profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience,status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. Wecommit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching,research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linkedgoals.The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission bycreating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from everybackground – people who as students, faculty, and staff serveWisconsin and the world.For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, pleasevisit: Diversity andInclusion Official Title: Anticipated Begin Date: 225144-AS Completion of anesthesiology residency program, and certified oreligible for certification by the American Board of Anesthesiology.Subspecialty fellowship training in pediatric anesthesiology. Duties for appointment to the Clinician Teacher (CT) track:Provision of clinical anesthetic care to surgical patients (i.e.working in the operating room, plus evening and weekend call ) inan anesthesia team model. Provision of clinical anesthetic carewill be primarily, but not exclusively, for pediatric surgicalpatients. Teaching of residents and medical students in theoperating room, and occasional didactic sessions.Duties for appointment to CHS track: Major teachingresponsibilities for residents and medical students in theoperating room, and didactic sessions. Primary emphasis of teachingwill be in the pediatric anesthesia patient care area. Provision ofclinical anesthetic care will be primarily, but not exclusively,for pediatric surgical patients (i.e. working in the operatingroom, plus evening and weekend call) in an anesthesia team model orpersonally performed anesthesia. Opportunity for participation orto lead clinical research for interested and qualifiedcandidates.The successful applicant will participate in administrative andcommittee work to support the clinical and scholarly missions of UWHealth and the School of Medicine and Public Health. An essentialpart of these duties will be working in a collegial relationshipwith other faculty members. Wisconsin medical license or eligible for Wisconsin licensure.Board eligible or certified by the American Board ofAnesthesiology, fellowship trained in pediatricanesthesiology. Employment Class: Job no: 225144-ASWork type: Faculty Full or Part Time, Faculty-Full Time,Faculty-Part TimeDepartment: SMPH/ANESTHESIOLOGY/ANESTHESIOLocation: MadisonCategories: Health Care, Medical, Social Services,Instructional The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity andAffirmative Action Employer. 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Former Cadbury and AB Inbev marketing boss Phil Rumbol is to become chief executive of biscuit supplier Bahlsen.Rumbol will be the first person from outside the Bahlsen family to take the role in the business, which is more than 130 years old and has an annual turnover of over £500m.Most recently, he has been working for Bahlsen’s global marketing agency partner MullenLowe, which in 2017 acquired an agency founded by Rumbol.Bahlsen said Rumbol offered a blend of business transformation, brand-building and commercial delivery in multinationals, combined with the entrepreneurial spirit of start-ups.Bahlsen has also announced that Werner M Bahlsen will be handing the role of primary active shareholder over to daughter Verena Bahlsen.“It’s an honour and privilege to become the first non-family CEO of Bahlsen,” said Rumbol.“It’s a wonderful family business with great products and a rich heritage. Having spent time with Verena and Werner, I was drawn to the inspiring vision they have for the business and look forward to working with everyone to make this vision a reality.“Werner M Bahlsen said the company had specifically searched for someone who shared its family vision and core values.“Phil has a strong track record of business transformation, and Verena and I believe he is the right person to lead our company into a new chapter,” he added.
For forty-two years, Telluride has been a mecca for jazz lovers everywhere. This year is no exception, as the fundamental Telluride Jazz Festival returns once again with a killer lineup. Held in Telluride, CO from August 3rd-5th, the festival will feature headlining performances from Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.The 2018 event will also see performances from Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, BADBADNOTGOOD, Turkuaz, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, GoGo Penguin, Sammy Miller and the Congregation, No BS! Brass Band, Nachito Herrera Trio – “A Night in Habana”, Polyrhythmics, Ty Morris & H.O.W, The Lao Tizer Quartet, Crescent Super Band, Stillwater All-Stars, Telluride Student All-Stars Jazz Ensemble, J-Calvin, Hooligans Brass Band, The Inevitables, The McCarthy Trio and Telluride Jazz Adventure Academy Band.Tickets and more information are available here.
Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The RIDE Festival | Telluride, CO | 7/15/2018Set: Reuben and Cerise > Throwing Stones > The Music Never Stopped > Brown-Eyed Women > Easy Wind > Help on the Way > Slipknot > Samson and Delilah, Bertha (w/ Chris Robinson)[H/T JamBase] Over the weekend, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead hit The RIDE Festival, offering up an evening performance on Sunday in the gorgeous mountain town of Telluride, Colorado.In the past, given the group’s lineup featuring sought-after musicians, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has needed to find substitutes for specific runs or shows—like when bassist Dave Dreiwitz was forced to miss the band’s debut at Red Rocks Amphitheatre because he was on Ween tour, forcing Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge to sub in. Similarly, for JRAD’s sets at The RIDE, keyboardist Marco Benevento was unable to attend, and Leftover Salmon keyboardist, Erik Deutsch, rose to the occasion for the weekend and join the Grateful Dead-inspired act.Despite rain throughout the performance, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead offered up an energized performance, opening the show with “Reuben & Cerise”, seguing the set-opening tune gracefully into “Throwing Stones”—a number that Dead & Company had busted out during their own Colorado show on Friday night during the band’s two-night summer tour closer at Folsom Field. With an emphasis on exploratory cross-song jamming, “Throwing Stones” weaved into an upbeat and jubilant “The Music Never Stopped”—offering Deutsch the opportunity to flex and show off why he was chosen to sub in for Benevento.From there, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead dramatically dropped into “Brown-Eyed Women”, which was used as a launching pad for “Easy Wind” and then into a standout “Help On The Way” > a dark-infused “Slipknot”. Given the religious undertones of “Samson and Delilah” and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Sunday placement, the group took attendees at The RIDE to church with the fan-favorite number. To close out the set, the band invited out a special guest, Chris Robinson, who helped the band finish off the set with yet another classic, “Bertha”.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead with Chris Robinson – “Bertha”
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stood by her backing for a German-Russian gas pipeline project despite the Navalny case and the threat of U.S. sanctions. She also appeared to smooth over differences on the issue with fellow European heavyweight France on Friday. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would bring Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea, faces bipartisan opposition in the United States. Washington has said that the project would make Europe more dependent on Russian gas and hurt European energy security. The Kremlin has responded by accusing the U.S. government of trying to promote sales of its own liquefied natural gas.
Although not as easy to pin down as revenue or retention, organizational culture is perhaps the single biggest thing impacting your employees and your members right now. And it’s quite likely you’re not in control of it.Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find a business that doesn’t claim its culture is unique and committed to things like diversity, collaboration, innovation, teamwork, individuality, giving back or customer experience. But Gallup research reveals that just 27% of U.S. employees strongly believe in their company’s values and Deloitte reports fewer than one in three executives (28%) say they understand their organization’s culture well.There is also a gap between what those in charge think they know about their culture and the reality on the ground. For example, 92% of CEOs say their organizations are empathetic, but only 72% of employees agree, according to research by BusinessSolver.This would suggest some organizations are only paying lip service to culture and values. In truth, every culture is unique because it’s driven by its people—and every organization has a different cocktail of people. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
continue reading » Industry innovation is often sought after, but rarely attained. That’s because it doesn’t work unless you do.Innovation starts as an attitude, with the willingness to openly welcome change and continues with hard work and a dedication to achieve results. It is an organizational culture to embrace and feed constantly by looking outside the industry and challenging yourselves to do better.Innovation can be uncomfortable, vulnerable—and sometimes messy. For management and staff to feel comfortable stepping outside of the norm and creating something that no one else has thought of or dared to do, this mindset needs to start at the top with the board and CEO.For a truly innovative culture, the board and CEO need to look at why you are doing what you are doing and ask if it makes sense. Decisions should be future-focused instead of based on who your credit union used to be or originally served. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
But the president’s aspirations have long run into resistance, as his own national security officials argued that abandonment of such troubled countries could have catastrophic consequences — such as when the United States pulled out of Iraq at the end of 2011, leaving a vacuum that fostered the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.- Advertisement – Somalia has faced civil war, droughts and violence from Islamist extremists for years. The United States intervened in the country as peacekeepers at the end of the George Bush administration, but abandoned it not long after the “Black Hawk Down” battle in 1993, which killed 18 Americans and hundreds of militia fighters.The Shabab, an Islamist terrorist group whose name means “the youth,” emerged around 2007 and has violently vied for control of Somalia with occasional attacks outside its borders, including an attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2013 that killed more than five dozen civilians and a deadly assault on an American air base at Manda Bay, Kenya, in January.Shabab leaders pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda in 2012. In 2016, shortly before leaving office, the Obama administration deemed them part of the congressionally authorized war against the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks. Under the Trump administration, the military sharply increased airstrikes targeting Shabab militants.Eric Schmitt, Charlie Savage and Helene Cooper reported from Washington, and Thomas Gibbons-Neff from Kabul, Afghanistan. Jennifer Steinhauer and Nicholas Fandos contributed reporting from Washington. Mr. Trump has also repeatedly pushed to withdraw from Syria, but several hundred U.S. troops remain stationed there, partly to protect coveted oil fields held by American-backed Syrian Kurdish allies from being seized by the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. The current deliberations over withdrawals would not affect those in Syria, officials said.The plan under discussion to pull out of Somalia is said to not apply to U.S. forces stationed in nearby Kenya and Djibouti, where American drones that carry out airstrikes in Somalia are based, according to officials familiar with the internal deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity.Keeping those air bases would mean retaining the military’s ability to use drones to attack militants with the Shabab, the Qaeda-linked terrorist group — at least those deemed to pose a threat to American interests. The smaller number of troops that would remain in Iraq and Afghanistan also would be sufficient to maintain some ability to carry out counterterrorism raids and strikes, officials said.- Advertisement – WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to order the U.S. military to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia by the time he leaves office in January, using the end of his time in power to significantly pull back American forces from far-flung conflicts around the world.Under a draft order circulating at the Pentagon on Monday, the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan would be halved from the current deployment of 4,500 troops, officials said.- Advertisement – Mr. Trump said in a Twitter post last month that he wanted all 4,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan home by Christmas, but top military and national security aides advised against such a precipitous withdrawal. The president eventually agreed to the smaller drawdown, officials said. Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, said last month that the United States would withdraw about 2,500 troops from Afghanistan by early next year — indirectly rebuking Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for openly questioning that timeline.Shortly before Mr. Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper last week and installed Christopher C. Miller as the acting Pentagon chief, Mr. Esper had sent a classified memo to the White House expressing concerns about accelerating the troop drawdown in Afghanistan, a senior administration official said.Conditions on the ground were not yet right, Mr. Esper is said to have written, citing continuing violence, the dangers a rapid pullout could pose for the remaining troops, the effect on alliances and fear of undermining peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government. The memo was reported earlier by The Washington Post.Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, delivered a thinly veiled warning to Mr. Trump from the Senate floor on Monday, suggesting that the president would put himself at risk of squandering his record of accomplishment in the Middle East and repeating the mistakes of former President Barack Obama, a predecessor he loathes.“A rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan now would hurt our allies and delight the people who wish us harm,” Mr. McConnell said. For a leader who has loyally stood by Mr. Trump on most domestic policy issues, the departure was notable.“The consequences of a premature American exit would likely be even worse than President Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq back in 2011, which fueled the rise of ISIS and a new round of global terrorism,” Mr. McConnell said. “It would be reminiscent of the humiliating American departure from Saigon in 1975.” Exiting foreign conflicts — and Afghanistan in particular — has been a central component of Mr. Trump’s “America First” agenda since he ran for office in 2016. That appeal has particularly animated his base of populist voters, many of them veterans who have grown weary of their roles in longstanding wars. The president views his record on this issue as important to any political future he might pursue. Afghanistan specialists said that the accelerated but partial withdrawal could complicate policy choices for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his incoming national security team, but it was preferable to a complete pullout.“Quickly reducing to 2500 would narrow Biden Admin options and undercut peace talks, but wouldn’t create the utter upheaval of going to zero that fast,” Laurel E. Miller, a former top State Department official who worked on Afghanistan and Pakistan diplomacy for both Mr. Trump and Mr. Obama, said on Twitter last week.Most U.S. troops in Somalia, the war-torn nation in the Horn of Africa, are Special Operations forces stationed at a small number of bases across the country. Their missions include training and advising Somali army and counterterrorism troops and conducting kill-or-capture raids of their own targeting Shabab militants.Mr. Trump’s push to leave Somalia before the end of his term comes at a delicate time: Somalia is preparing for parliamentary elections next month and a presidential election scheduled for early February. The removal of U.S. troops could complicate any ability to keep election rallies and voting safe from Shabab bombers. It also comes at a time of political turmoil in neighboring Ethiopia, whose army has also battled the Shabab.The timing “could not be any worse,” said Brittany Brown, who worked on Somalia policy at the National Security Council under Mr. Obama and Mr. Trump. She said she did support pulling out of Somalia over all.“This is not the time to do it, because this election is really important — this one matters a lot,” said Ms. Brown, who is now the chief of staff of the International Crisis Group, a nonprofit organization focused on deadly conflicts. “I hope this doesn’t send Somalia back into failed-state chaos, because this would embolden Al Shabab.”It is not clear whether other parts of the U.S. government — such as C.I.A. operatives, the ambassador and other State Department diplomats who are based at a heavily fortified bunker at the airport in Mogadishu, the Somali capital — will also withdraw from Somali territory along with the military. Mr. Esper’s caution on troop reductions was one of several factors that led to his firing. After his departure, a group of new officials arrived, including Douglas Macgregor, a retired Army colonel and a fierce proponent of ending American involvement in Afghanistan.It is unclear if the remaining NATO and allied troops in Afghanistan — about 7,000 people who primarily train government forces — would also withdraw. But officials said some in the country’s north and west were likely to do so, as they are reliant on American transport and, in some cases, protection.That would leave American forces to advise from one key U.S.-Afghan command center, helping the Afghan military marshal their resources and plan their defenses. Much of the rest would be in about five smaller regional targeting teams — and composed of small detachments of Special Operations forces — that would help with targeting insurgent groups.The proposal to draw down to about 2,000 to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan comes as the country’s forces are besieged in the south and the north. Morale is low among Afghan security forces, and the uncertainty has led local political leaders to cut deals with the advancing Taliban.October was the deadliest month for civilians since September 2019, according to data compiled by The New York Times. More than 200 civilians were killed.Peace talks in Qatar between Afghan and Taliban negotiators have stalled primarily because of the Afghan government’s reluctance to use the February deal as a guiding document for the discussions. In Iraq, the Pentagon would trim force levels slightly below the 3,000 troops that commanders had previously announced. And in Somalia, virtually all of the more than 700 troops conducting training and counterterrorism missions would leave.Taken together, the cuts reflect Mr. Trump’s longstanding desire to stop shouldering the cost of long-running military engagements against Islamist insurgencies in failed and fragile countries in Africa and the Middle East, a grinding mission that has spread since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. – Advertisement –
Live N Invest team members. David MensoINVESTORS should be searching for low-maintenance homes that are near new in affordable suburbs to maximise their investment.Live N Invest principal David Menso said while capital growth was slow in Townsville, investors were receiving good rental returns – but purchasing the right property was crucial.“Generally you want a property where no or low maintenance is required and the newer the property the better the tax benefits,” he said.“The market has probably bottomed out in Townsville so now we’re starting to see investors come back in.“Rents are starting to stabilise and we’re seeing lease renewals start to stay at the same price and I think investors are pretty astute to those types of changes.”Mr Menso has 7 Evergreen Drive in Kirwan listed for sale for $329,900.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020He said it would make a great investment property with a residential lease in place returning $380 in rent a week.Hotspotting founder Terry Ryder said sales volumes were a great early indicator of what was happening in the market.He said according to sales volumes, the suburbs of Annandale, Bushland Beach, Douglas, Kelso and Kirwan were rising markets and a great choice for investment.“These suburbs are in the more affordable part of the market and they tend to attract younger buyers and that’s where I would expect both local buyers and investors to be targeting,” he said.“Townsville is generally improving both economically and in the property market but that will take a little bit of time to show up in the price data.“Townsville is on the way back but the real estate market hasn’t risen price wise yet so it’s a good time to consider buying before that happens because we do expect prices to rise in Townsville in the next couple of years.”