PFI contracts: Chain of fools

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Duke seeks return to political relevance on Trump coattails

first_img Author: Associated Press Duke seeks return to political relevance on Trump coattails SHARE NEW ORLEANS (AP) – It would be hard to overstate how much former KKK leader David Duke has attempted to link his 2016 surprise Senate bid to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.He mentioned Trump during a YouTube announcement of his candidacy and spoke repeatedly during an hour-long news conference about how Trump and the Republicans had embraced his vision of America. References to Trump now compete for attention on Duke’s website with anti-Zionist posts, including the theory that Jewish conspirators somehow worked passages from a Michelle Obama speech into Melania Trump’s convention address last week.Duke, 66, has never matched the political stardom of his credible run for Louisiana governor in 1991. And many analysts and observers say his time is past. With many candidates espousing “law and order” politics, Duke, a convicted felon better known for seeking office than winning races, may simply have too much baggage.But in an election where the rise of showboat businessman and reality TV personality Trump has taken the establishment by surprise, Duke obviously feels conditions are ripe for him to make another run.While Trump eventually disavowed Duke’s support after facing repeated questions about it, analysts and observers say Duke can play on similar themes as Trump, such as fears of unchecked immigration, attacks against police, the loss of jobs to free trade and an outsider status. With the rise of social media, Duke feels he has other avenues to reach voters other than mainstream advertising or traditional media.“What’s interesting to me is that he feels emboldened enough to step into the arena one more time,” said Michael Flamm, history professor at Ohio Wesleyan University and author of “In the Heat of the Summer: The New York Riots of 1964 and the War on Crime.”“I do think the Trump campaign has brought a racial backlash element back into the mainstream,” said Flamm.Duke, who donned Nazi regalia in college, led a Ku Klux Klan faction until 1980 before moving on to found white-rights organizations. He’s only held one elective government office, narrowly winning a suburban New Orleans state House seat in 1989.He shocked political observers in 1991 by getting into a runoff for the governor’s race with Democratic former Gov. Edwin Edwards, whose three previous terms had been marked by scandal. The prospect of a white supremacist as governor so startled many in Louisiana that many Republicans joined Democrats to vote against him. His opponents printed bumper stickers imploring: “Vote for the crook. It’s important.”Duke got 39 percent of the vote and would never do as well again.At work at the time, says longtime pollster Michael McKeon, were factors beyond any anti-black vote at the core of Duke’s appeal: economic doldrums following a 1980s crash in the oil economy, broad disaffection with the federal government and a fear of “a loss of control.”Louisiana is again suffering with a weak oil economy. And, McKeon, who predicted Duke’s 1991 success, says anti-government fervor is even higher now.Trump’s anti-immigrant, anti-free trade stance appears to dovetail with Duke’s long-held insistence that white descendants of Europeans in America are the victims of discrimination. Many white supremacists – they prefer the terms “Europeanists,” ”alt-right,” or even “white nationalists” – rallied behind Trump at the Republican National Convention last week.Pearson Cross, a political scientist at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, says Trump has adopted or co-opted many of Duke’s longtime issues, such as the dangers of unfettered immigration or unfair trade deals.Speaking of Duke, Cross said: “He sees that his issues have come back to be center at least in the Republican party.”Trump faced criticism from some GOP leaders for failing during the primary season to immediately denounce the tacit endorsement from Duke, who once said on his radio show that a vote for any other candidate “is really treason to your heritage.” Trump eventually did disavow Duke and after Duke declared his candidacy on a Friday, Trump swiftly said the following Sunday on “Meet the Press” that he “rebuked” Duke’s support.Cross said the Democratic party would likely attempt to link Trump and Duke, pointing out that a former KKK member admires Trump and the way he’s operating.Whether any of this will give Duke an election boost remains to be seen.“I assume if there are two candidates espousing law and order, the one who will win will be the one carrying less baggage,” Flamm said.McKeon believes Duke’s time is likely past. In the age of social media, McKeon said, Duke’s ability to command attention has been greatly diminished.“He was radical enough that he would say stuff that people would pay attention to him,” McKeon said. “Now, it’s virtually impossible to shock anybody.”Others note that he has other baggage, including a guilty plea to bilking supporters and cheating on taxes in a 2002 federal case that led to a stretch in prison and further political obscurity.Twenty-four candidates signed up for the non-partisan election to choose retiring Republican Sen. David Vitter’s successor. Among them are well-financed Republicans and two well-known Democrats.Cross said he doesn’t give Duke much of a chance. In 1991, lots of voters were dissatisfied with the Democratic party’s championing of civil rights. But back then, Republicans hadn’t really courted them the way they have in recent years, playing up concerns over immigration for example.He anticipated the most likely runoff would be between one Republican and one Democrat, and the Republican probably wouldn’t be Duke. Instead, he sees Duke’s Senate run as more of a way for him to show that he was talking about some of these issues like immigration or trade decades ago and to sell more books.center_img Published: July 30, 2016 12:21 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

World rail freight news round-up

first_imgAustralia’s GrainCorp has awarded Watco a contract to provide haulage services on the 1 067 mm gauge network in Queensland, where two harvests per year produce 2·8 millions of tonnes of grain. Watco has ordered eight locomotives from US supplier National Rail Equipment, as well as wagons from China, and plans to start operations in Q4 2019.Approval has been granted for the transport of dangerous goods on the standard gauge railway between Mombasa and Nairobi.3Squared has won a contract to provide four of its RailSmart suite of 13 business applications to Hector Rail. The contract initially covers the RailSmart CL collaborative control log, RailSmart FD defect reporting app, RailSmart MCA digital train consist and the RailSmart Employee Development System, with the roll-out of the full RailSmart system planned.United Wagon Co’s TikhvinSpetsMash factory has supplied 162 Type 13-6852-02 timber wagons to Estonian freight operator Operail’s wagon leasing subsidiary WagonPro. The 25 tonne axleload wagons offer a capacity of 74 tonnes or 122 m3, with overhaul intervals of 800 000 km or eight years comparing favourably to the 210 000 km or three years of older designs.GEFCO and Bergé have formed an alliance to provide finished vehicle logistics services for the automotive sector in Spain. The equally-owned company will have the capacity to handle 1·4 million cars annually, with more than 100 railway wagons and 700 lorries as well as 10 logistic centres.The City of Oshkosh, Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corp and Watco’s Wisconsin & Southern Railroad have opened a terminal in the Wisconsin city which has two 400 m sidings serving local industrial customers.JSW Steel has extended until the end of August 2022 a contract under which India’s South Western Railway gives a tariff rebate in return for assured tonnages of freight from plants at Tornagallu to Dolvi (Mumbai) and Salem.last_img read more

Kenyan community project empowering women through football

first_imgKenya’s debut at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations proved to be a steep learning curve.The Harambee Starlets exited the competition without winning a match.  One Kenyan in particular has however made a name for herself.  Essie Mbeyu Akida, the product of a community initiative that uses football to effect social change.Celestine Karoney visited the Moving the Goalposts project and brings us this report.last_img

24-year-old Craig Lucas crowned winner of the second season of the…

first_img24-year old Craig Lucas under coach Khan was crowned winner of the second season of The Voice SA.The grand finale was broadcast live from Mosaiek Teatro in Johannesburg with performances by guest artists including Nadine, Nianell, Gavin Edwards, Emo Adams, Thembeka Mnguni, Jimmy Nevis, Magdalene Minnaar and Gangs of Ballet.Coaches Karen Zoid, Lira and Bobby van Jaarsveld also took to stage to perform.The competition was hit by yet another voting scandal last week leading to M-Net saying they would disclose the voting figures next week for the finalé.M-Net was alerted about alleged paid-for marketing efforts on some entrants’ personal social media accounts, which is against the rules as it can cause voting spikes.Lucas along with being crowned winner also walks away with a recording contract with Universal Music South Africa, R250 000 (approx.$19,000) cash from Dialdirect, an array of Samsung merchandise, a Subaru Impreza 2.0 Premium CVT and R100 000 ($8000) worth of Truworths fashion.The winner always had a passion for music but chose to pursue a degree in economics and politics at UCT before kickstarting his professional music career.He later on auditioned for The Voice SA, with no formal musical training.last_img read more

ABB presents recommendation for zero-emission marine technology to US Congress

first_imgABB presents recommendation for zero-emission marine technology to US Congress With more than half of ABB’s global revenues derived from technologies that directly address the causes of climate change, ABB has become one of the world’s leading enablers of sustainable transportation for all modes, including marine vessels. ABB’s proven solutions for sustainable marine transportation are being used around the world. This year, the first all-electric vessels ever built in the US – the Niagara Falls tour operator Maid of the Mist tour boats – will start operaiton, powered by ABB’s zero-emission technology. The hearing on “The Path to a Carbon-Free Maritime Industry: Investments and Innovation” assessed current and future technologies for zero-emission vessel operations. Testifying at the hearing, Peter Bryn added: “Policies should focus on setting sustainability targets for shipping, allowing the industry to assemble the best technologies and solutions for enabling emission reduction, and provide support to the marine industry as it meets those targets.” “The marine industry in the midst of a transition towards low and zero emissions technologies. Electric, digital and connected solutions are already transforming today’s shipping, and there will be a variety of solutions to suit different vessel types and operational profiles for reducing marine emissions,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. ABB Marine & Ports delivered testimony in the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure about the future of marine technologies. “It is a great honor to be invited to testify before the Subcommittee,” said Peter Bryn, Technical Solutions Manager, North America, who has presented at the hearing. “ABB encourages the Subcommittee to set an ambitious, long-term national plan to achieve zero emissions for all vessels under its operation, as well as support the growth of the sustainable maritime industry. We are pleased to be a resource to the Subcommittee in developing a strategy to seek cost-effective solutions.” Sea News, January 15center_img Sustainable transportation has a crucial role in the fight against climate change, with shipping accounting for 2 to 3 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency responsible for regulating shipping, has set a global target to cut annual emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 from 2008 levels. A Congressional hearing is key method by which US Congressional committees collect and analyze information as part of their legislative function. The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has jurisdiction over many modes of transportation in the US, including surface and maritime transportation. As the sole original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to testify at the hearing, ABB Marine & Ports presented an extensive overview of proven technologies that are commercially available today to reduce marine emissions, as well as shared recommendations for driving the shift to sustainable shipping and further developing solutions for enabling this transition. ABB’s commitment to combatting climate change includes limiting the environmental impact of its own operations, with the target to reduce its GHG emissions by 40 percent by 2020 from a 2013 baseline. As a company with around 9,000 technologists that is set to invest around $23 billion in innovation between the signing of the Paris Agreement and 2030, ABB therefore urges policymakers to adopt sound climate policies to encourage innovation and create secure investment conditions. Underpinning ABB’s commitment to tackling the ever-increasing consequences of climate change, ABB Marine & Ports presented a comprehensive approach to reducing marine emissions at a hearing in front the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Airbus A330-900NEO Lion Air Kini Masuki Tahapan Pengecatan di Toulouse,Di Tengah Hembusan Angin Laut Selatan, Proving Flight Berlangsung Sukses di…

first_imgLion Air menyampaikan bahwa tak lama lagi pihaknya akan menerima kedatangan pesawat wide body modern Airbus A330-900NEO dengan nomer registrasi PK-LEI. Saat ini pesawat yang dimasud sedang dalam pengecatan (painting) dan proses pengerjaan akhir lainnya di pabrikan Airbus yang berlokasi di Toulouse, Perancis.Baca juga: Untuk Direct Flight Umrah, Mei 2019 Airbus A330-900NEO Lion Air Tiba di IndonesiaLion Air pada tahun 2018 telah memesan sepuluh (10) unit Airbus 330-900NEO dan mempunyai opsi memperoleh empat pesawat sejenis. Seluruh pesawat yang dipesan oleh Lion Air merupakan jenis armada berkapasitas lebih besar dan akan melengkapi kekuatan tiga wide body Lion Air Airbus 330-300 sekarang. “Kesepuluh pesawat direncanakan untuk pengiriman bertahap ke Lion Air Group pada 2019 dan 2020. Pada tahun ini, Lion Air akan menerima dua pesawat,” ujar Danang Mandala Prihantoro, Corporate Communications Strategic of Lion Air dalam pernyataan tertulisnya (5/5/2019) A330-900NEO menghadirkan tingkat kenyamanan travelers dengan kabin paling senyap di kelasnya, menambah fitur utama dari kabin airspace, desain baru kompartemen bagasi kabin (overhead bin) yang memungkinkan lebih mudah mengatur dan menyimpan banyak barang bawaan di kabin.Baca juga: Terbang 4 Jam 45 Menit Hanya dengan Satu Mesin, Airbus A330-900 Raih Sertifikasi ETOPS Bagi maskapai, akan memperoleh keuntungan 25 persen lebih efisien dalam rasio penggunaan bahan bakar perkursi, menurunkan biaya operasi yang memanfaatkan teknologi generasi baru A350 XWB seperti lekukan ujung sayap (sharklets) rentang hingga 64 meter, penyempurnaan aerodinamis, mesin generasi terbaru, common type rating (lisensi pilot yang sama) dan sistem baru – teknologi kokpit WI-FI Tablet EFB – layar head-up ganda dalam pencegahan runway overrun.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedAirbus A330-900NEO Pesanan Perdana Lion Air Tuntaskan Test Flight28/06/2019In “Domestik”Untuk Direct Flight Umrah, Mei 2019 Airbus A330-900NEO Lion Air Tiba di Indonesia25/03/2019In “Featured”Terima A330-300CEO eks Thai Lion, Batik Air Resmi Masuki Pasar Widebody Full Service31/10/2019In “Domestik” Lion Air mengharapkan pengiriman pesawat tersebut dapat berjalan lancar dan akan tiba sesuai waktu yang ditentukan. Kedatangan A330-900NEO di Indonesia dijadwalkan dalam waktu dekat, sehingga akan menempatkan Lion Air sebagai bagian jajaran maskapai pertama yang menggunakan armada ini.Dalam menyambut A330-900NEO, Lion Air sudah mempersiapkan secara optimal sejalan rencana pengoperasian antara lain sumber daya manusia (pilot, awak kabin, teknisi), layanan di darat (ground handling), pusat pelatihan dan hal-hal lain yang terkait.center_img Momentum terbaik mengoperasikan pesawat baru telah menegaskan bahwa Lion Air mengutamakan program “revitalisasi atau peremajaan armada” dengan tetap mengedepankan faktor keselamatan, keamanan dan kenyamanan penerbangan (safety first). Langkah strategis ini sekaligus menjawab dinamika pasar, permintaan tren millennials traveling serta senantiasa menawarkan pengalaman mengesankan di setiap perjalanan udara supaya lebih maksimal.Lion Air akan memperkuat pengembangan bisnis penerbangan berkonsep low cost carrier (LCC), termasuk menambah layanan penerbangan jarak jauh (long haul). A330-900NEO dinilai tepat menjadi bagian pendukung model bisnis LCC dan mencerminkan keseriusan dalam memperluas jaringan secara efisien dengan tata letak kursi lorong ganda (double aisle) hingga 440 kursi penumpang.Lion Air optimis dapat melayani berbagai sektor pasar perjalanan yang membutuhkan waktu tempuh hingga lebih dari 15 jam. Pengoperasian A330-900NEO di waktu mendatang akan memberikan nilai tambah kepada travelers, antara lain penerbangan ibadah (umrah) non-stop dari Makassar ke Madinah dan Jedddah, Balikpapan ke Jeddah, Surabaya ke Madinah, Solo tujuan Jeddah. Selain itu, Lion Air juga mempersiapkan ekspansi pasar wisata ke Asia Timur dan Asia Selatan ke beberapa kota di India.Lion Air sudah mempertimbangkan bahwa setiap sisi A330-900NEO memiliki kinerja operasional, teknologi modern, tingkat keandalan hingga dilengkapi fitur-fitur yang menawarkan kelebihan bagi wisatawan dan pebisnis (travelers) selama berada di dalam kabin.last_img read more

Rizzetto Earns All-American Honors on First Day of NCAA Championships

first_imgFor the latest information on West Florida’s Swimming & Diving Team, follow Argo athletics on Twitter @GoArgos. “I feel very honored because it was my first event of the championships and I wasn’t expecting to make one of the finals. I came in with the mindset that I just wanted to keep up with the others in my heat and do my best,” Rizzetto said.When asked about how this event will affect her in the rest of her races Rizzetto replied, “I think this will help me a lot moving forward, because I think I can go even faster in my next events coming up like the 100 Fly and the 100 Free. My goal is to make at least one more final this week, if I can do that then I’ll be very happy.”Rizzetto’s 8th place finish also meant head coach Phil Kraus picked up his first All-American award as a head coach. When asked about how it felt to achieve this award head coach Kraus replied “It’s nice, but for me it’s really about Ester. As a freshman to come in here and do what she’s done all season long has been really impressive. I’m really proud of her and hopefully we can get her and some more girls this weekend some All-American awards.” DAY 1 RESULTS The UWF 200 Medley Relay team of Pia Hulley, Hannah O’Toole, Rizzetto and Brooke Ferrara placed 18th in the preliminary session, with a time of 1:44.57. The 200 Medley Relay was a tight race as, UWF finished 1 second away from placing 13th in the event.The University of West Florida Swim and Dive Team ended the first day of the NCAA Championships ranked 18th.”Overall, it was a really good day for the Argos” head coach Kraus said. “We swam well today and are looking good for the rest of the week. Tomorrow we have three swims, so I’m looking forward to some great races. I’m proud of our girls for having great attitudes, so far this week. We’re having a great time and enjoying the experience but also looking to swim fast, so I’m excited for the rest of the week and Go Argos!”Swimming action continues tomorrow with the 200 Free Relay, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, and 400 Medley Relay. Prelims will start at 10 a.m. ET and the finals session will begin at 6 p.m. ET.center_img INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – West Florida had a great start to their first day of racing at the NCAA Championships with a top 8 finish from freshman Ester Rizzetto. She became the second swimmer in UWF history to be named an All-American in an individual event as a freshman by placing 8th, with a time of 23.30 in the 50 Freestyle.Rizzetto will compete in three more individual events this week (100 Fly, 500 Free, and 100 Free). She will participate in the 100 Fly tomorrow morning at 10AM. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Report: Cardiff City U18s 3-2 Bristol City U18s

first_imgTrevor Challis’ side twice led at the Leckwith Stadium, only to succumb to a wonder goal from James Waite in the second half. City scored inside two minutes as Marcus Day pounced inside the box after the Bluebirds failed to deal with a set-piece. The hosts drew level just four minutes later as Ibraim So Sani’s teasing shot along the six-yard box was palmed out by James Carey, only for Isaac Davies to nudge in the rebound. However, straight from the kick-off City stormed forward and Cameron Allen fired the ball low into the far corner to restore his team’s advantage. Parity was restored once more just before the break as Mark Harris stabbed Jarrad Welch’s curling cross beyond Carey. The winning goal was fired home early in the second half by Waite, hammered into the top corner on the angle for a stunning winner. Coach Challis said: “After the FA Youth Cup game on Tuesday, we opted to rest a few of the players and featured a number of Under-16s, as well as Jamie Taylor from our Under-15s. “Jamie has featured for Wales in the Victory Shield and didn’t look fazed by the step up. “Obviously it was disappointing to lose 3-2, but I thought it was a very positive display from our young team.” City Under-18s: Carey, Richards, Spark, Morton, Barry, Parsons, Williams, S.Smith (Taylor), Day, Allen, Harper (Ali).last_img read more

King of the Strip 2 Drag race meet

first_img…Team Mohamed’s Goliath steals showNOT even the inclement weather could rain on the parade of team Mohamed’s Enterprise ‘Goliath’ GTR who clobbered the competition in yesterday’s second King of the Strip Drag race meet.‘Goliath’, Guyana’s current strip record-holder reset its own record against the competition from Trinidad and Tobago, bettering its 7.55 second time by three-hundreds of a second.Goliath’s driver, Terrence Cox was no games as he launched his way to victory, beating Trinidad’s Andy Bissesar and his rail car in a close contest which finished just a hundredth of a second apart.In the end, the Guyanese did well to hold off both their Surinamese and Trinidadian counterparts in the event which was sponsored by Tropical Shipping, Mohamed’s Enterprise, STAG, JAPARTS, BM Soat Auto Sales, Prem’s Electrical and Trans Pacific Auto Sales and Spareslast_img read more