Salon: In general, political conservatives haven’t been very pleased with a slew of scientific attempts — sometimes dating back well over a decade — to psychoanalyze their beliefs and behavior. Indeed, some on the right wrongly interpret these analyses as implying that conservatives have “bad brains” or a “mental defect.” Yet if psychology-of-politics research is really a veiled attack on the right, then why does it contain so many findings that cast conservatives in a positive light?Chief among these, perhaps, is the discovery that conservatives, across countries, tend to be just plain happier people than liberals are. That’s not bad news for the right — it’s seriously bad news for the left.Indeed, the left-right “happiness gap” is no small matter. In a 2006 Pew Survey, for instance, 47 percent of conservative Republicans said they were “very happy,” compared with just 28 percent of liberal Democrats. Furthermore, the Pew Survey found that this result could not simply be attributed to the seemingly obvious cause: differences in income levels between the left and the right. Rather, for every income group in the study, conservative Republicans were happier than Democrats.Read the whole story: Salon More of our Members in the Media >
Central Demolition completed several projects in Scotland in 2018 and invested around £2 million (US$2.6 million) in its fleetProbing further, it was North America that made the difference. With many of the companies involved declaring their figures at a time that coincided with the mid-point of President Trump’s term of office, demolition as well as construction looks to be seeing the benefits. With a slight decline in Europe being cancelled out by a small increase in the rest of the world, the performance of US and Canadian contractors mirrored the boom in the market overall.North Star, Brandenburg, BeelenNine of the top 10 demolition companies from 2018 retook their places ahead of the pack, five – including perennial leader North Star – retained their previous positions, four others moved one place either way. The major talking point was Brandenburg Industrial Service Company entering the top three after boosting turnover by almost 7%. Projects included the demolition and environmental remediation of a coal-fired generating station on the Delaware River, while the company’s work on the $32 million Bannister Federal Complex was shortlisted in the Industrial Demolition category of the 2018 World Demolition Awards.Elsewhere, Beelen Sloopwerken of the Netherlands recorded the single biggest surge in revenue, at more than 9%, which took its turnover to more than $160 million and was enough for the company to climb a place to sixth. Building on a 15% increase in turnover from 2016 to 2017, Beelen invested in fleet including a Liebherr tower crane and a Husqvarna demolition robot.Select Demo Services, Delete Group, Delsan-AIMFor the second consecutive year, this section of the list provided the highest new entrant, in this case the USA’s Select Demo Services.During 2018 the company performed one of the largest, most labour-intensive demolition, abatement and clean-up projects in the history of Massachusetts state with its involvement in the Columbia gas explosion clean-up.The disaster killed one person, injured 25 others, damaged and destroyed dozens of homes and businesses and displaced thousands of people from their homes.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The redevelopment of Vancouver, Canada, helped Pacific Blasting & Demolition break into the top 100 for 2019#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# A decade on from arguably the worst financial crisis in a lifetime, demolition looks to be converting some of the optimism attributed to it in the past 12 months into real money. That is the verdict from this year’s d&ri100, the annual snapshot of the leading demolition contractors by turnover. With a combined turnover of more than US$6.4 billion (all figures quoted in this article are in US$), the companies making up this year’s list recorded their highest figure at any time in that decade, a whole $1 billion higher than the level of four years ago and almost $300 million greater than 12 months previously. The only way, it would seem, is up.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# McGee Group cemented another year in the top 10 with contracts including major works for The Londoner hotel in the United Kingdom capital’s Leicester Square#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# A seaside demolition for EnviroVantage, USAThe project for Select Demo originally consisted of the removal of gas appliances, but the company says the general contractor and client were so impressed with production that they increased scope to include asbestos abatement of more than 7,500 houses.The company that enjoyed the distinction of highest new entrant a year ago, the Delete Group of Finland, built on that success with a rise of four places to 12th and a move in dollar turnover terms from eight to nine figures.Away from Select Demo, the main mover and shaker was Canada’s Delsan-AIM, which broke into the top 20 after a range of high-profile hospital, generating station and refinery projects as well as the major civil construction initiative at the Turcot Interchange in Quebec.The company also invested more than $5 million in fleet during 2018.Liberty Industrial, Brown & Mason, Occamat, Avenir Deconstruction, Fàbio BrunoTo find an example of the unforgiving nature of the d&ri100, look no further than Liberty Industrial of Australia.Despite a year-on-year turnover increase of more than $12 million, or more than one-sixth of its 2017 figure – enough to get a place in the top 10 biggest annual revenue rises in percentage terms – the company dropped out of the top 20. Projects included the Munmorah and Dampier power stations and the Macquarie coal preparation plant, while the company backed up investment in fleet with new computer and global positioning system technologies.Joining Liberty just outside the top 20 demolition companies, and reporting a hefty turnover increase of its own, was the United Kingdom-based contractor Brown & Mason, whose progress was based on a large portfolio of industrial demolition projects, often including expertise in explosives for which the company has a specialist division. Though headquartered in the south east of England, projects such as the Longannet power station in Scotland showed a true national presence that contributed towards an eventual turnover increase of more than 20%.The lower end of the top half became the new home of Occamat (46th), who outstripped both Liberty and Brown & Mason for percentage growth during the year. Two places lower found another French company, Avenir Deconstruction, whose 12% improvement provided more encouraging news for a once-depressed national market.Completing the top 50 demolition companies was Brazil’s Fàbio Bruno Construções, returning to the d&ri100 after an absence during which it suffered more than most during the country’s economic difficulties but has now recovered sufficiently to open a new operation in the USA.Thompsons of Prudhoe, MGL Demolition, Boverhoff, Interior Specialists IncThe halfway point of this year’s list, in revenue terms, was $41 million. This was $1.5 million up on 2018 and the trend continued in 51st place, where the same company as last year – Thompsons of Prudhoe – posted a similar increase. The third quartile featured several solidly performing European contractors including MGL Demolition and Boverhoff, whose projects included three separate hospital demolitions and a railway depot.Also populating this part of the d&ri100 were companies from Canada, Japan and South Korea. The $28 million earned by 75th place Interior Specialists Inc was more than $2 million higher than Sauer Bau’s total to achieve the equivalent position a year ago.Ambigroup, Wooldridge Ecotec, PlannererNotable among the new names in positions 76 to 100 was that of Ambigroup, which occupied 88th place. Its native Portugal has never been considered a hotbed of demolition, but the company was noticed enough to become involved alongside Maxam in the Elcogas integrated combined cycle power plant dismantling project (featured in the March 2019 issue of Demolition & Recycling International) in neighbouring Spain as well as domestic projects.The presence of so many new entrants inevitably reduces the number of companies in this section with large turnover increases, but Wooldridge Ecotec of the United Kingdom and Germany’s Plannerer both managed double-digit rises to emphasise that the industry’s improvement during 2018 went all the way down the d&ri100.Not surprisingly, the make up of this year’s listing, and the activity within it, means the regional breakdown looks a bit different from a year ago.Specifically, the difference works in favour of North America, which now makes up 41% of the total compared to under 38% in 2018.Europe, by contrast, saw its market share fall from close to 56% to a more modest 53%.This was repeated in the major companies from each area.In terms of the top 20 demolition companies on each continent, those in North America were responsible for combined sales of $2.08 billion, or an almost 10% increase on the total last year.But the finest of Europe, its top 20, despite achieving $2.36 billion between them, posted only a 1.5% increase, despite having seven of the top 10 global percentage increases.All told, the threshold for a place in the top 100 now sits at $20 million, compared to $18 million a year ago. As the list of selected companies outside the main table shows, there are a host of contractors waiting to come into the fold.With the overall value of $6.4 billion constituting – in round figures – a 5% increase on the previous year, a repeat during the next 12 months would see the 2020 listing having breached the $6.5 billion barrier and the $7 billion mark under threat. If Europe can match some of the revenue increases generated on the other side of the Atlantic, the picture going into the third decade of the 21st century could be even more positive.It’s a long way from 2008.This article first appeared in the May-June issue of Demolition & Recycling International. To see the full article including the d&ri100 table, or to register to receive the magazine on a regular basis, please visit www.khl.com/subscriptions
Ghana international and black stars midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang backs the appointment of assistant Coach Akwasi Appiah as a substantive coach of the senior national team.The 2009 Youth World Cup winner was full of praises for the Ex captain of the black stars on his appointment on Tuesday. In an interview on Multi Tv’s morning sports show “Agokansie” believes the appointment does not surprise him and that Coach Akwasi Appiah is a fine gentleman who commands respect in the team and believes he will do well at his new post.“I am willing to work with any coach who the GFA deems fit to handle the Black Stars team and even more than ready to give off my best to help the Black Stars meets its target by giving my 120% to help the team win laurels and sure my colleagues do the same” he said.Emmanuel Agyemang Badu is currently recuperating from an injury he sustained some few weeks ago when he played for Udinese. The Stars midfielder revealed to “Agokansie” that he has started training and will start ball juggling exercise very soon.The new Black Stars coach, James Akwasi Appiah who led Ghana’s U-23 team to an historic gold medal at the 2011 All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique will be unveiled at a press conference on April 17 at the GFA headquarters in Accra.
SANTA FE SPRINGS – The big question in the second half of the city’s two-year budget plan is how to spend it all. The $49 million plan, which was approved last July but will be adjusted next month for 2006-07, includes a projected $600,000 to $700,000 increase in sales tax revenues. That extra money is “enabling us to some things we wanted to do,” said Mayor Louie Gonzalez. “That’s why we’re adding to the two-year budget we passed last July. We have some additional funds to meet more needs,” he said. The proposed budget remains balanced, with $250,000 in reserves. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Extra revenue will mean more police officers and improved community services, officials said Tuesday. Council members are expected to approve the hiring of one additional officer and a sergeant within the next few months. Both positions will cost about $240,000. Three years ago, the council froze the two positions, along with about two dozen other planned hirings after the state shifted money away from cities to balance its budget, City Manager Fred Latham said. Since then, the city has hired employees for more than half of the frozen positions. Even though new revenue is now pouring in, Latham said the revised budget plan is conservative, adding that it does not fully fund all the requests received from city departments. But some city employees will get raises in 2006-07 – about a 5.2 percent hike, said finance director Susan Bergeron-Vance. The raises will cost the city about $500,000, she added. Latham said community services will remain top priorities in the budget. “There are a number of initiatives we started last year that this budget continues,” including programs for seniors, child care programs and youth intervention programs, he said. The budget also has more money to spend on local festivals – about $60,000 – including the annual Winterfest, the Fiestas Patrias and the Independence Day celebrations. Other projects are being weighed. “A lot of this stuff is pie-in-the-sky,” said Gonzalez. “We just have to prioritize. I think we’re still in the process of making those decisions.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A stronger IT sector will attract more foreign investment to South Africa. (Image: Nelson Mandela Metro University)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa is the 37th most competitive country in information technology (IT), according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s How technology sectors grow – Benchmarking IT industry competitiveness 2008 report. The country’s ranking is unchanged from 2007.Established in 1946, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is a division of the Economist Group and is regarded as the world’s leading provider of country analysis, industry trends and management best practices. The IT study assessed 66 countries around the world on the extent to which they support the competitiveness of IT firms.The US is again the top-ranked country on the index, but a number of upstarts have moved into the top five, displacing traditional IT heavyweights such as Japan and South Korea. Taiwan came in at number two, followed by the UK, Sweden and Denmark. Although the top 20 countries did not change from 2007, the list was reshuffled with nine countries moving up and 11 moving down.Countries received a score out of 100 – South Africa’s score was 32.6. The IT competitiveness index is divided into six categories with varying weights, comprising 25 indicators in total. The categories are: overall business environment (10%), IT infrastructure (20%), human capital (20%), legal environment (10%), R&D environment (25%) and support for IT industry development (15%).Denis McCauley, director of global technology research at the EIU, stated in the report, “Few countries can hope to build strong IT production sectors without strong business and legal environments, deep pools of talent, support for innovation, and the widespread use of technology throughout society.”The current global economic climate indicates tough times ahead for IT, say experts, but the industry should remain competitive. In its report, the EIU predicts world gross domestic product to decline by a full percentage point in 2008, and this will be particularly apparent in the US and western Europe, the world’s largest IT markets.This will affect spending on IT, but, says the EIU, global technology companies will continue to invest in economies with a favourable environment for doing business. With South Africa coming in at a favourable position on the World Bank’s recently-released Doing Business index, this should be an encouraging sign, and the situation reflects on the Economist survey too, with South Africa obtaining a score of 76.9 in the business environment category.Emerging markets becoming more competitiveThe report showed that IT industry environments in emerging markets are becoming more competitive and the gap between them and the top countries is closing.South Africa was the second highest country in the Middle East-Africa region, behind Israel at number 16 and ahead of Turkey (38), Saudi Arabia (40) and Egypt (53). It also came in well ahead of India (48), a country known to boast a fast-growing IT sector, and China (50). Nigeria (64), Algeria (65) and Iran (66) were the other countries surveyed from this region.South Africa’s other strong showing was in the legal category, with a score of 63.5. The country is one of a few non-EU members to be signatory to the Convention on Cybercrime, a treaty endorsed by most EU countries. Drawn up in 2001 by the Council of Europe, the convention aims to harmonise national laws on cybercrime and to improve co-operation between countries in combating digital crime.Infrastructure a challengeIn South Africa, as with many other countries, a telecommunications monopoly has been detrimental to the development of a strong IT sector. The report states that in South Africa, despite many attributes that make it attractive to foreign investors including good skills and the widespread use of English, lack of access to good cost-effective broadband is hindering growth of local businesses – the country slots into 44th place in the infrastructure category with a meagre score of 8.4.The report cited Dimension Data, one of South Africa’s biggest IT services companies, as saying that liberalisation and deregulation have been factors in a number of its larger foreign investment decisions in regions such as central Europe, and the same could be expected to apply to South Africa.“Making the telecoms industry more competitive would be a huge stimulus for the South African economy,” said Brett Dawson, CEO of Dimension Data. “In service-related industries like call centres, massive industries could be created that would make a huge difference to our country.”Competitive broadband markets are conducive to strong IT sectors, for a number of reasons, according to the report. Technology firms need fast, secure and reliable internet access to interact with their business partners and to sell their products online. Good IT infrastructure also plays an important role in the development of IT skills, a valuable commodity.Alastair de Wet, chair of the South African chapter of the Business Software Alliance, which sponsored the survey, commented that, “South Africa has been identified, alongside Bulgaria, the Ukraine and Vietnam, as an emerging outsourcing destination and through the realisation of faster, more reliable and more secure internet access we can look forward to receiving a significant boost with fast, competition-led infrastructure development.”Human resources is another important factor influencing the status of the IT sector in developed countries, says the report, which also notes that the IT brain drain from emerging countries is declining and may possibly go into reverse, posing a serious challenge for developed IT markets.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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With Elite Eight representatives returning to their respective NTL entities for the 2012 event, the Open divisions have been strengthened while the 20’s divisions return after their absence in 2011. In the Men’s Open division, the Sydney Scorpions sit on top of the ladder, with three wins from their three games on day one, followed by the Brisbane City Cobras with two wins and one loss. The Sydney Mets sit in third following their two wins on the first day, while the Sydney Rebels sit in fourth place after day one. The Sunshine Coast Pineapples and Central Queensland Bulls are both undefeated after day one, with two wins and a bye each, with South Queensland and North Queensland close behind, in seventh and eighth places respectively. The Sydney Mets and Brisbane City Cobras are both undefeated after day one in the Women’s Open division, with three wins each. The South West Queensland Swans have two wins and one draw to their name and sit in third place following the first day’s place, followed by the Sunshine Coast Pineapples and South Australia with two wins and a loss each. The Hunter Western Hornets, Victoria and South Queensland Swans round out the top eight teams after day one, with one win, one loss and one draw each. Three teams in the Mixed Open division are undefeated after day one of the event, the Brisbane City Cobras, South Queensland Sharks and the Sydney Rebels, all three from three after the first day. The North Queensland Cyclones are in fourth place on the ladder with two wins and one loss, while the Southern Suns and the ACT Pirates sit just outside the top four on percentages. The South Queensland Sharks have made a strong start to the Men’s 20’s division, with two wins on day one, as have the Southern Suns, with both teams undefeated after day one. The Central Queensland Bulls and the Sydney Scorpions are in third and fourth places respectively, with one win and one loss after day one. The Southern Suns and Brisbane City Cobras sit on top of the Women’s 20’s division after the first day, with one win each and a bye on day one. The Sydney Scorpions sit in third place on the ladder with a win and a loss, followed by the Sydney Rebels and the Northern Eagles with one win and one draw each after day one. Stay tuned to the website for a summary on the senior divisions at the National Touch League. To view all the results from the event, please click on the link below:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-907-0-0-0&a=COMPS
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Liverpool consider loan offers for Woodburnby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe 19-year-old has recently had his season-long loan with Sheffield United cut short.Woodburn made just eight appearances for the Blades. Now the Reds are weighing up where to send him next, according to the Liverpool Echo. The report claims Liverpool have multiple offers for the Wales international.Blackburn Rovers, Brentford and Hull City are among those interested in providing game time for Woodburn, who is currently recovering from an ankle injury. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Juan Mata calm over Man Utd contract plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata is calm over his immediate future.The Spain international will be out of contract in the summer, having been at Old Trafford since January 2014.”I’ve been in England for a while, but it’s true that at times you miss home, your family, your friends,” he told AS.”But I don’t know if I’ll return to Spain in the near future. “I’m calm, I’m at the fantastic club that is Manchester United, one of the biggest in the world.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say