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PHOTOS: More from AFPM 2012

1 View of lobby of Marriott Rivercenter Hotel 2 Meetings in the ICIS suite, MarriottRiverwalk Hotel 3 AFPM General Session with Nigel Davis Tuesday afternoon and the final day’s AFPM meetingsare still going strong in the lobbies of the Grand Hyatt and the MarriottRivercenter. Outside it is another hot day, and delegates are leaving to […]

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Dick Cheney to speak at AFPM Luncheon

Dick Cheney, 46th vice president of the United States, will be the speaker at the traditional Tuesday Luncheon at AFPM, it is announced on the conference website. The International Petrochemical Luncheon will take place at 11.30-2.00 on Tuesday 3 April 2012, at the end of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (the new NPRA) 2012 […]

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Stop saying NPRA – it’s AFPM

We need to remember to stop saying NPRA at the end of January and call it by its new name AFPM. Since NPRA announced its name change on 4 October 2011 (see ICIS news article: US NPRA to become American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers), word has been slowly filtering into the industry consciousness. But old […]

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NPRA 2011 bookings open

Bookings for the NPRA International Petrochemical Conference (IPC) have opened today, with bounteous discounts on registrations and hotels, according to an email to members today.   The conference will be at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio on 27-29 March 2011.   The featured speaker for the IPC Luncheon on the Tuesday will be Fox Business […]

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Ping Pong Balls of Fury

Balls of Fury is one of the worst films the Blog has ever seen. Like every other sports-themed film it’s about a past champion gone to seed who makes a miraculous return to form.   It’s a slapstick comedy only it’s not funny and it’s way too long, which is a pity because table tennis […]

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Conference Etiquette at NPRA

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–I hear there was a bit of a kerfuffle at the Welcome Reception at NPRA on Sunday evening, when one delegate was smoking a cigar next to the buffet carvery counter.   The Blog has written before to deplore the occasional outbreaks of poor etiquette in the petchem industry (Oops, I am […]

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Sunday Open House at ICIS

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–Sunday afternoon at NPRA is when ICIS has its cocktail reception, nicely timed to be after the golf outings and before the official conference Welcome Reception. So the suite was full of subscribers, editorial contacts, ICIS staff, former staff, competitors, passers by, family members but without the usual Canadian guys in red sweatshirts from […]

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The dread of public speaking – Top 10 Tips

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–Public speaking is often rated as one of life’s most stressful events, right up there with divorce, bereavement and moving house.   It’s easy to say that training and practice make it less of an ordeal, but it’s often the case that the boldest of people are reduced to terrified wrecks by […]

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BA strike fears sweep UK petchem folk

The planned British Airways strike at the end of March is galvanising UK petchem folk into booking up alternative flights to and from NPRA. With the strike set for 20-22 March and 27-30 March (inclusive), it couldn’t be worse timing for conference-goers planning to get from London Heathrow to Houston on their way to NPRA’s IPC […]

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Houston location for Jeff Bridges movie Crazy Heart

Jeff Bridges’ film “Crazy Heart”, the story of the redemption of an alcoholic country singer, showcases the landscape of Texas and petchem capital Houston, and won Bridges an Oscar for Best Actor.   For fans of the NPRA road trip from Houston to San Antonio, there are plenty of picturesque shots of wide open spaces, […]

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