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first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaWhen singer Paul McCartney wrote a letter to fast food chain KFC in late July urging the company to ensure better treatment for the chickens it serves, it was just the latest media event in an animal welfare trend that University of Georgia animal behaviorist Bruce Webster has been watching unfold for years. “The issue of animal welfare has been around since the 1960s but until recently the U.S. meat and poultry industries were fairly unaware of it,” said Webster, a poultry scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Public pressure in Britain and Canada came to bear on the industry sooner than in the United States, he said, and “except for oddballs like me, few scientists here paid attention to this issue until recently.”The big change, Webster said, is public awareness.“Animal rights and welfare activists have captured the public’s attention,” he said.Although they’ve sometimes used smear campaigns, gross exaggerations or even untruths to do so, Webster said the idea that agricultural animals shouldn’t suffer unnecessarily has been commonly accepted.It’s all about who makes the most noise.“The louder groups get more attention and effect change,” Webster said.When animal welfare activists turn their attention to McDonald’s, Burger King or Wendy’s, these companies have to convince the public that they are responsible corporate citizens. Even, Webster pointed out, if they aren’t directly responsible.After all, fast food restaurants don’t produce chickens.“They are just purchasers of product,” he said. “They didn’t want to think about these issues particularly but they were forced to think about them.”Many fast food chains, including McDonald’s and Wendy’s, have formed their own animal welfare advisory boards. Webster has worked with both Wendy’s and KFC, both in an advisory capacity and by performing audits on poultry companies when requested. Other chain restaurant companies are doing audits as well, he said.“They don’t need public image problems,” said Webster.In 2000, when McDonald’s Corporation began to require that their poultry suppliers use larger cages and phase out beak trimming, it used the issue to boost its image as a responsible corporate citizen.The issue now facing the poultry industry is to determine a national standard.“Since there is a huge array of companies that sell poultry products in the United States, the work now is to standardize the standards,” Webster said.Many suppliers and purchasers in the poultry industry have recognized the need for unified animal welfare standards and are working together to develop industry criteria.“This has produced a voluntary movement, unique to the U.S. in that it’s almost purely market driven,” Webster said.The United Egg Producers is currently at the forefront of the poultry industry, said Webster. “Last year [UEP] offered a certification program with audits and time lines that producers could follow,” he said. “The National Chicken Council (NCC) is developing a similar program.”On the purchaser side of the fence, the National Council of Chain Restaurants and the Food Marketing Institute have developed the Animal Welfare Audit Program (AWAP). Audits are currently available for non-poultry slaughter (cattle, swine, lamb, etc.); chicken slaughter; egg production; chicken production and dairy production. Turkey slaughter and production, hog production, and feedlot audits are under development.For Webster, addressing the issue of animal welfare is the latest phase of the evolution of an industry.“The way we handle food animals has changed dramatically since World War II,” he said. “Essentially, federal and state governments and the electorate have strongly encouraged productivity. It’s been a society-wide effort and industry has responded and succeeded. Working animal welfare reform into that system is the new goal.”Cat Holmes is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

first_imgSource: Finn Årup NielsenDanica Pension’s office in Lyngby, Denmark. The company said it would focus on its Danish and Norwegian businesses.Jacob Aarup-Andersen, member of Danske Bank’s executive board, said: “With this transaction, Danica Pension Sweden will continue, together with its new owners, to further develop the company, and this was an important factor for us.”Danske Bank and Danica Pension Sweden would keep working together on pension product distribution in Sweden, he added.“We will continue to focus on further developing the best pension solutions in Denmark and Norway, where our business models are more aligned and there are synergies across the markets,” Aarup-Andersen said.Danica Pension Sweden, which has around 60 staff, was Danica’s fastest growing pensions subsidiary at the end of June, with premiums having risen to DKK8.9bn (€1.2bn) in the first half of 2018, up from DKK6.5bn in the same period a year before.Sampension allocates DKK200mSampension said it was taking “a significant minority stake” in Danica Pension Sweden through the consortium, which it said included some small co-investors alongside the main buyers named.The pension fund said its investment in Danica Pension Sweden equated to 2.5% of the total of around DKK8bn it had invested in private equity funds, which pegs its investment in the business at about DKK200m.Hasse Jørgensen, the company’s chief executive, said this was an investment in a potential growth situation.“So it is not a strategic investment, but simply a question of doing some good business for the benefit of customers,” he said. “The company lies within a sector where we have no other investments of the same type, and contributes to creating diversification in our portfolio in the private equity sphere.”Danica Pension’s sale of its Swedish business follows several other cases of Danish and Swedish pensions operations separating.Nordea sold its Danish business Nordea Life & Pensions – since rebranded as Velliv – earlier this year, while Danica bought SEB’s Danish unit in 2017.Sweden’s Skandia sold its Danish arm to Denmark’s AP Pension in August this year, and a month later increased its Swedish footprint as it agreed to take over engineering sector pension fund AI Pension. The banking group revealed earlier this year that a “significant part” of payments totalling around €200bn made through the Estonian branch between 2007 and 2015 were suspect. Danica Pension has agreed to sell its Swedish business for around SEK2.6bn (€252m), its parent Danske Bank announced this morning.Danica, Denmark’s second-largest commercial pensions firm, has sold Danske Pension Försikringsaktiebolag (also known as Danica Pension Sweden) to a consortium including Danish labour market pension fund Sampension and Swiss asset manager Unigestion.Nordic private equity fund Polaris and German private equity fund Acathia are also involved in the consortium, Danske Bank said.The sale comes as Danske Bank faces the threat of heavy fines from regulators including the US Department of Justice, related to suspected money laundering through its Estonian branch.last_img read more

first_imgIreland’s new coalition government has agreed to postpone the planned increase in state pension age from 66 to 67 years – to have taken effect next January – pending a decision by a new Commission on Pensions.After last February’s general election gave an inconclusive result, a new government was finally formed when the Green Party agreed to join a coalition government with the country’s Fine Gael (FG) and Fianna Fáil (FF) parties.The new Taoiseach (prime minister) is Micheál Martin (FF leader) until December 2022, when the post will be resumed by Leo Varadkar, the FG leader and outgoing prime minister, for the second half of the five-year parliamentary term.The minister for social protection is now Heather Humphreys, replacing Regina Doherty, who lost her parliamentary seat in February but stayed on in a caretaker role. The government proposals also include:Setting up a Commission on Pensions to examine sustainability issues with state pensions and the social insurance fund. The Commission will report by June 2021, government action being taken within six months.Paying an early retirement allowance or pension to 65-year-olds who retire early, at the same rate as jobseekers’ benefit, without the requirement to sign on.Enabling people to defer receipt of their state contributory pension on an annual basis.Examining options for a pension solution for carers.The government has also backed its predecessor’s commitment to introducing auto-enrolment: there had been fears this might be sidelined because of the economic impact of COVID-19.The framework includes:Matching contributions from both workers and employers, with a state top-up;Phased roll-out of workers’ contributions over a decade;The ability for workers to opt out;A range of retirement savings products available for workers;A charges cap on pension providers.Jerry Moriarty, chief executive officer of the Irish Association of Pension Funds, told IPE: “We welcome the continuing commitment to auto-enrolment. There is a strong need to have more people saving more for retirement, and auto-enrolment is a proven way of achieving this. As a country, we need to get on with the planning and implementation of this.”He added: “We also welcome the establishment of a Commission to look at issues relating to the state pension. This was a big issue during the election, and while demographics point to the need for people to work longer, we also need solutions for those for whom that isn’t possible.”Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

first_imgIt sold within weeks of hitting the market in January. It has four bedrooms, an open floorplan and a pool.“It was sold within two-and-a-half-weeks of hitting the market.“I had tremendous interest in the property (with) 15 groups through, which was great.”The property has four bedrooms, an open-plan design, pool and is 300m from the surf.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt first hit the market in July last year but the for-sale sign was taken down three months later.It was rented out at the time for $1300 a week.MORE NEWS: New look at Hemsworth’s mega mansion MORE NEWS: Impressive skyhome fetches millions NRL star Daly Cherry-Evans has sold his Gold Coast house.STATE of Origin rugby league star Daly Cherry-Evans has cut ties with the Gold Coast after selling his beachside house.A local family snapped up the Manly Sea Eagles player’s Mermaid Beach property.LJ Hooker Broadbeach director Matt Conduit handled the sale but wouldn’t disclose the price.“It was listed at $1.7 million and it (sold) close to that,” he said. A local family snapped up the beachside house. Mr Conduit said it was taken off the market as Cherry-Evans “preferred not to disrupt the family that tenanted the property”.“Their lease expired in December,” he said.Mr Conduit had the property furnished and styled before it hit the market again in January.“It really presented well,” he said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 The property was previously being rented. The sale comes three years after Cherry-Evans sensationally backflipped on a multimillion-dollar deal with the Gold Coast Titans.He paid $1.45 million for the house in May 2015, which was thought to have cemented his move to the Titans at the time.But weeks later he reneged on a $4 million four-year contract to join the team, opting to remain in Sydney.According to property records, the Mermaid Beach house was the only property Cherry-Evans owned on the Coast.last_img read more

first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) is in talks on a new delivery deadline for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier duo with an unnamed Asian shipowner. The two ships were ordered in January 2015 and were supposed to be delivered at the end of September 2017.SHI said in a regulatory filing that once the new delivery schedule is agreed it would arrange for the necessary refunding to be carried out resulting from the delay.The LNG carrier duo was priced at USD 395 million.The shipbuilder has been busy with deliveries of OOCL’s ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) newbuildings over the recent months, which saw four 21,413 TEU containerships delivered to the company since May this year, OOCL United Kingdom, OOCL Germany, OOCL Japan and OOCL Hong Kong.Two more ships from the batch remain to be delivered.Late last month, the company secured an order for the construction of six ULCVs. The contract is worth KRW 1.118 trillion (USD 982.6 million), according to SHI.The Korean shipbuilder said the order was placed by a European shipowner but did not disclose its identity.The company’s order backlog stands at USD 12.9 billion, with USD 6.5 billion worth of orders bagged this year.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgBeatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) has awarded a contract to Granada Material Handling (GMH) to ensure all 84 davit crane units installed on the project are commissioned in accordance with current legislation and Granada’s original equipment supplier requirements.Mark Sidwell, director of Granada Material Handling, added: “Securing this contract has been a real team effort by the Granada Renewable product and service division. The BOWL contract is not only great news for Granada but also for our UK based supply chain.”The Manchester-based company won contracts with all three Beatrice jacket foundations suppliers in 2016.For each of the total of 84 foundations, GMH supplied one Python crane. Each crane unit measures approximately 4 meters in height, 7.5 meters in radius, and weighs 2,000kg.Under the commissioning contract with BOWL, Granada will ensure its technicians are on site off shore for the period of nine months, since it is anticipated the wind farm will be completed within this period.The 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm is currently in turbine installation phase, with inter-array cabling works and commissioning of turbines and offshore transformer modules (OTMs) ongoing.Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more

first_imgSouth Korea’s POSCO international has awarded DORIS Engineering and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) the front end engineering design (FEED) contract for the Shwe Phase 3 gas field development, located offshore Myanmar.Shwe platform; Source: DORISThe Shwe project is a multiple gas-condensate field integrated development within Blocks A-1 and A-3, located in the Bay of Bengal, offshore Myanmar.The development area consists of three major field areas – the central Shwe field, the northern Shwe Phyu field, and the southern Mya field. The central Shwe field is located in approximately 140-meter water depth, with the existing platform in a water depth of 111 meters.On the 23rd September 2019, DORIS Engineering in Paris, as HHI sub-contractor, started the Phase 3 FEED Design Competition whose scope includes a new LP Compression Platform bridge-connected to the existing SHP (Drilling, Central Production & Accommodation Platform).The Phase 3 Project comprises the provision of LP compression, to support ongoing production from the existing fields. The new LP Compression platform will be bridge-connected to the existing drilling, production, and accommodation platform.DORIS Engineering and HHI previously cooperated for Phase 1 of this project in 2009. The development of Phase 1 consisted of the SHP platform with a capacity of 640 MMscfd installed by float-over as well as the subsea production system of Mya North, infield and export pipelines and onshore gas terminal.The FEED design competition of full-field was won by HHI and DORIS. The EPCIC was then performed by HHI, with detailed engineering of the SHP – a 25,000 tons topsides deck and 20,000 tons jacket – carried out by DORIS Engineering in 2010.It is worth reminding that McDermott also received a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the Shwe Phase 3 gas field development in late September.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

first_imgNZ Herald 30 July 2013Parents battling to get their children back from state foster care are being stymied by two-month delays to get hold of their official files, a lobby group says.The Ministry of Social Development says it is still processing 1177 requests for current and historic client files under the Official Information Act, and estimates that responses to current cases “will be provided within two months”.Lobby group Positive Answers Needed In Crisis (Panic), which supports families dealing with the ministry’s Child, Youth and Family Service (CYF), says the delay means many cases are decided in the meantime on information that turns out to be incorrect.“In a number of cases where files are received, a number of errors in social workers’ file notes are seen,” said Panic co-founder Angie Rogerson. “Some could easily be proved as incorrect and could result in a very different court or family group conference outcome.”CYF has struggled with an almost fivefold increase in notifications of suspected child abuse and neglect over the past decade, from 27,500 in 2001-02 to 152,800 in 2011-12, as a result of increased public awareness and a policy change by police who now notify CYF of all cases where children live in a home where a domestic violence incident occurs.Many are multiple calls about the same families, and many require no further action. But even notifications of distinct individuals requiring further action have more than doubled, from 21,100 to 48,500. read more

first_imgInternationalLifestyleLocalNewsRegional International Migrants Day 2019: We are a Migrant Society by: – December 18, 2019 63 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet The UN’s International Organisation for Migration established a presence in Dominica in 2015 after Tropical Storm Erika displaced entire communities.She says the organisation was heavily involved in housing displaced persons at community shelters.“The intention is that the Mission here will be a permanent one providing support to the Government in terms of migration-related matters. In emergency time, the matters often have to do with internal displacement. We focus on camps and collective shelters or emergency shelters. We also contribute to the relief and recovery effort post-emergency.“In non-emergency times like now we try to draw attention and bring advocacy to the issue of migration and to improve the capacity in migration management in needed areas.”Alleyne-Esprit wants the island to know that the issue of migration is relevant to Dominicans and the Caribbean hence the observance today.“We are a migrant society,” she says. “The Caribbean is made up of migrant societies; they are based on migration. We came here from other paces and we often leave here for other places. This [observance] is an attempt to bring attention to migration and open discussion.”The IOM screened a movie today to draw attention to migration.The international community observes International Migrants Day on December 18th every year.Joel Peter voices this report.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs lose 10-7 to South Dearborn Knights in Varsity Baseball action.Bulldogs vs. SD Varsity Baseball (4-23)Wyatt Schebler did all he could to give the Bulldogs a boost, but it wasn’t enough to get past South Dearborn, as the Bulldogs lost 10-7 in seven innings on Thursday.Schebler reached base three times. He scored two runs and had one RBI. He homered in the first inning.Alex Smith got it done on the bump on the way to a win. He allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings. Smith struck out two, walked two and gave up six hits.Schebler took the loss for the Bulldogs. He lasted just three innings, walked two, struck out three, and allowed four runs.In the top of the first, the Bulldogs grabbed the early lead, 1-0. A solo home run by Schebler started the inning off.The lead stayed with South Dearborn after the second, when it scored three runs on two errors.South Dearborn added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth.  Wyatt Schwing’s double got things going, scoring Smith.The Bulldogs scored two runs in the top of the sixth to cut their deficit to three. An RBI single by Jacob Wilson and an RBI single by Jacob Vogelsangset off the Bulldogs rally. Finally, Tyler Moorehead induced an inning-ending strike out from Kollin Macke.South Dearborn survived the Bulldogs’ surge and put up four runs of its own in the sixth. South Dearborn scored on an RBI single by Ian Rutzel, a walk byKj Probst, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly by Caleb Rudisell.Four runs in the top of the seventh helped the Bulldogs close their deficit to 10-7. A passed ball and a two-run error fueled the Bulldogs’ comeback. The Bulldogs’ Jacob Vogelsang to end the ballgame.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Alex Davis.last_img read more