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Flu fears prompt cancellations at APIC conference

ICIS editors are setting off from the Singapore office on Tuesday night for the seven hour flight to Seoul, South Korea for the APIC conference on 14-15 May, despite news of delegate cancellations due to swine flu fears. I’ve been following with fascination the news from Asian companies who have been talking quite openly about their cancellations.   Steve Tan’s article on […]

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Raffles Hotel For Sale

Raffles Hotel in Singapore is up for sale, the Blog reads in this morning’s Times. The article claims that the Saudi prince owning Fairmont Raffles Hotels International is in need of funds after his fortune declined from $21bn to $13bn over the last year and Fortune magazine downgraded him to only 22nd in its ranking of […]

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The art of firing Singapore staff

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–This email is doing the rounds about a fire drill in Singapore, but is it an urban myth or true?  According to a diary piece in the Times:   The alarm went off at 4pm and employees duly filed out. No sign of a fire, but they waited for ten minutes anyway. […]

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Weight gain and business travel

It starts at the airport with the comforting cappuccino and the plateful of dinky little mini-croissants and pains au chocolat, because after all it was such an early start and there wasn’t time for breakfast at home. Then there are the long hours of forced meals and zero exercise on board the plane. Then the […]

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All roads lead to the Middle East

Like most Europeans, I have lost all interest in American news since the election. Des Moines, Wasilla, Juneau – who needs to know where they are now? If they’re not on the petrochemical world tour map, we’ve already forgotten them.   For in the world of petrochemicals, all roads lead to the Middle East. While […]

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Coping with jetlag, chemical-style

Chemicals folk travel the world in pursuit of global deals, but it seems that some of them are better at it than others. Some of them swear by Melatonin, which helps them to sleep on the plane and to stay awake by day at their destination. Unfortunately, it’s not licensed for sale in pharmacies in the UK, so you have to be a traveller first to get your hands on it.

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Singapore celebrations at APIC

Our Singapore party-goers, Mahua and John, report back from this week’s APIC conference that the most popular parties were undoubtedly the Braemar Quincannon 10th Anniversary celebration and the ICIS Spanish-themed tapas and sangria party in the glistening courtyard of the former cloistered convent school Chijmes.

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