Fifty-five years after starting natural gas production from Europe’s biggest field, the Netherlands have signed its death warrant.Output from the Groningen deposit will be cut by two-thirds from the year starting October 2022 and halt by 2030 to ensure the safety of people in the province of the same name after earthquakes linked to extraction, Economy Minister Eric Wiebes said Thursday. The specific type of gas from the field is used by millions of households and thousands of businesses in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and France.Tremors have continued to shake the northern Netherlands since 2014, when the government started reducing flows from the field. The latest cap was set at 21.6 billion cubic meters a year, which is equivalent to almost 5 percent of the European Union’s total gas demand. Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV, a venture of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp., operates the field and is bound by current production limits.The nation’s … [Read more...] about Dutch to Close EU’s Biggest Gas Field to Limit Tremors
On March 6, a large majority of the Dutch Parliament consisting of 10 out of 13 parties, ordered interior minister Kajsa Ollongren to convince her European colleagues to take down EUvsDisinfo.eu, the EU website dedicated to countering Russian disinformation. Ollongren has made the fight against Russian fake news and disinformation a top priority, and previously stated that she wanted to provide extra means and funding for EUvsDisinfo. That's why the parliamentarians added that if she would not make the Dutch case properly, they would send prime minister Mark Rutte to Brussels to do the job. I think the Dutch parliamentarians are right and I will explain why. The state should not interfere with the free media. EUvsDisinfo.eu is a website that reports about disinformation fake news spread by Russian state or private actors. It maintains an extensive and constantly-updated online database of currently 3,500 media reports that, according to EUvsDisinfo, constitute "disinformation". … [Read more...] about [Opinion] Why the EU must close EUvsDisinfo
A DORSET charity which trained assistance dogs for disabled people has closed due to a shortage of funds, its trustees said. A statement on Woofability’s website says “owing to a number of identified issues, the charity is closing with immediate effect.” Co-founder Andrew Clarke and Peter Olivo, former chairman of the trustees, are no longer associated with the charity, the statement adds. Trustee Peter Rufus said he was “gutted” the charity had shut down. He and his three fellow trustees were only warned of its financial troubles in December. “It came to a head on January 23,” he said. “The start of it was the lack of funds, and we had to make fast decisions. “The previous year of fundraising was not too good, and things have conspired against us.” He said “all sorts of things have been coming out of the woodwork” but would not comment further until a report for the Charity Commission is published. … [Read more...] about ‘Things have conspired against us’: Dorset charity Woofability closes due to lack of funds
Studies show that companies with women in senior management perform better than those without. Yet women are still much less likely to hold leadership positions than men. So, what gives? The pane may be thinner, but the glass ceiling is still very much intact. Women remain underrepresented at all levels of leadership, accounting for 48 percent of all entry-level positions but making up just 21 percent of C-Suite executives, according to McKinsey’s most recent Women in the Workplace study. The statistics may seem bleak, but it’s not all doom and gloom. A string of recent studies have found there is a positive correlation between women in senior management roles and overall company performance. In fact, all evidence suggests that a gender mix at the senior level significantly boosts the bottom line. Further your career with an international business management degree Despite this, women still face many obstacles when it comes to career progression. The … [Read more...] about Could this close the gender gap in the workforce?
Brewer Scottish & Newcastle has announced plans to close its Reading brewery with the potential loss of 362 jobs. The Foster's and Newcastle Brown Ale maker, which is being bought by European rivals Heineken and Carlsberg for £7.8 billion, said the site would close by early 2010. S&N said closure of the former Courage brewery - open since 1979 - was the "most viable option going forward". The closure follows the company's November decision to shut a bottling plant at the Reading site, costing around 250 jobs. S&N has also shut breweries at Newcastle and Fountainbridge in Edinburgh during recent years to cut costs. S&N said the latest move would address a "general over-capacity" in the UK brewing sector - as well as saving the brewer around £13 million a year. The company's group operations director, Stephen Glancey, said: "The nature of the Reading site, the amount of investment required to make it competitive and its relative cost compared to other UK … [Read more...] about 362 jobs could go as brewery closes