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Construction material prices continue free fall

first_imgConstruction material prices fell for the sixth consecutive month in December, losing 1.2 percent on a monthly basis and 4 percent on a yearly basis, according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).Construction input prices have fallen 7.2 percent since peaking in August 2014, and have fallen in eleven of the previous sixteen months. Nonresidential construction input prices exhibited similar declines, falling 1.1 percent for the month and 4 percent for the year.“Construction input prices continued to sink to the end of 2015, due in large measure to global deflationary forces that have become increasingly apparent,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “The World Bank predicts that the global economy will expand by less than three percent in 2016, very limited growth by historic standards. Last year, the global economy expanded by just 2.4 percent, with significant weakness recorded in much of the emerging world. Like last year, major emerging nations like Russia and Brazil are anticipated to be in recession.“In addition, the U.S. dollar remains strong,” Basu said”Construction input prices continued to sink to the end of 2015, due in large measure to global deflationary forces that have become increasingly apparent,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. . “With only a couple of exceptions, the U.S. is the only major nation to increase interest rates. If interest rates rise as anticipated, the dollar will strengthen further in 2016, placing additional downward pressure on input prices. Even significant geopolitical events involving oil producing nations has not been enough to stem the decline in oil or other commodity prices.”Only four key input prices expanded in December on a monthly basis:Natural gas prices expanded 5.2 percent month-over-month but are down 46.5 percent year-over-year.Prices for prepared asphalt and tar roofing and siding products rose 1 percent on a monthly basis but are down 2 percent on a yearly basis.Concrete product prices ticked 0.3 percent higher from November and are up 3 percent from the same time one year ago.Fabricated structural metal product prices inched 0.1 percent higher for the month but are 0.9 percent lower than at the same time one year ago.Seven key input prices fell in December on a monthly basis:Crude petroleum prices plunged 16 percent month-over-month and are 43.3 percent lower year-over-year.Crude energy materials prices fell 5.7 percent for the month and are down 35.8 percent for the year.Softwood lumber prices shed 2.9 percent from November and are 6.8 percent lower than at the same time one year ago.Steel mill product prices dipped 2.7 percent for the month and 19.8 percent for the year.Prices for nonferrous wire and cable fell 2.7 percent on a monthly basis and are down 9.9 percent on a yearly basis.Iron and steel prices are down 2.2 percent for the month and 23.7 percent for the year.Prices for plumbing fixtures and fittings fell 0.5 percent month-over-month but expanded 1.3 percent year-over-year.last_img read more

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Faiveley Transport to supply NSW EMU subsystems

first_imgAUSTRALIA: Wabtec Corp subsidiary Faiveley Transport has been awarded contracts totalling more than US$150m to supply subsystems and maintenance services for 56 double-deck electric multiple-units which the RailConnect NSW consortium of Hyundai Rotem, UGL and Mitsubishi Electric Australia is to supply for NSW TrainLink Intercity services.Faiveley sites in Australia, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India and Italy will provide the complete braking systems, HVAC, interior and exterior door systems, driver vigilance units, pantographs and energy monitoring systems for the 512 vehicles. Delivery of the equipment is scheduled to be completed by September 2020, and the contract also includes 15 years of maintenance.‘This contract further reinforces our leading position in the region and confirms our ability to support our customers globally’, said Wabtec President & CEO Raymond T Betler on November 7. ‘It also represents a great success for Wabtec and Faiveley Transport, with all of our major product lines represented on-board the new trains.’last_img read more

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Scott County Sheriff Department Arrests for the Weekend

first_imgOn July 3, 2019, Deputy Skylar Thompson responded to a call in reference to a battery.Upon arrival, individuals stated Michelle Allison, age 29, Sellersburg, was involved in the incident.Deputy Thompson made contact with Allison. She provided an incorrect date of birth and social security number.Further investigation showed that Allison had two (2) active warrants out of Clark County.Allison was charged with IC 35-44.1-2-3(D)MB ~ FALSE INFORMING and IC 35-45-2-5(A) ~ INTERFERENCE WITH REPORTING A CRIME.On July 5, 2019, Deputy Joe Baker received information on Angela Pratt, age 40, Austin, who had an active warrant for her arrest and was seen at a residence in Austin, Indiana.Deputy Baker arrested Pratt without incident. Pratt’s warrant was for IC 35-44.1-3-4(C)FL6 ~ ESCAPE; FAILURE TO RETURN TO LAWFUL DETENTION.All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARATHON – The Stratford girls basketball team’s season came to an end Saturday night with a 65-42 loss to Marathon in a WIAA Division 4 regional final at Marathon High School.Marathon, co-champion of the Marawood Conference South Division, defeated the Tigers for the third time this season, all by 20-plus points.The top-seeded Raiders (21-4) move on to a sectional semifinal against Neillsville (21-4) at Wausau West on Thursday. Neillsville topped Auburndale 42-26 on Saturday.Stratford ends its season with a 17-7 record.Game statistics were not provided.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

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Marshfield volleyball seventh at Neenah Invitational

first_imgTigers host Rapids on ThursdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterNEENAH — The Marshfield volleyball team finished 2-2 to take seventh place at the Neenah Invitational on Saturday at Neenah High School.The Tigers’ losses were both to top-ranked teams in the state. Neenah, ranked first in Division 1, beat Marshfield 25-23, 25-14, and the Tigers lost to Wausau Newman Catholic, No. 1 in Division 4, 25-17, 25-16.In the bronze bracket following pool play, Marshfield beat Kettle Moraine Lutheran 10-25, 25-13, 15-13 and Sun Prairie 25-19, 25-18 to win the bracket and finish seventh overall.Stephanie Rhodes had 26 kills and 22 digs; Anna Ripp had 63 assists, five service aces, and 25 digs; and Alexa Aumann added 25 kills and six blocks for the Tigers. Maureen Cassidy led the defense with 49 digs.“This was an incredibly competitive tournament that we were able to get back into this year, and I am really pleased with our play, especially the second half of the day,” Marshfield coach Dawn Sadowska said. “After a tough start, we didn’t give up and ended up with two really nice wins in the afternoon.. This will definitely prepare us for the second Valley tournament next weekend.”Marshfield hosts Wisconsin Rapids before playing the second Wisconsin Valley Conference tournament at D.C. Everest next Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

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Web Conference List 2006

first_imgEric Weaver has come up with a very useful list of web/media conferences for this year, something which I was looking for a couple of weeks ago but couldn’t find. I’m travelling to Silicon Valley again in June and will be attending Supernova, Bloggcon and maybe Gnomedex. I’m looking forward to my next trip to the heart of Web technology! richard macmanus Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#business#web center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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New Adobe AIR App Delivers Live Video From FOX News

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Are you addicted to the news lately? Here in the U.S., it’s election season which means that easy access to live news coverage is a must-have these days. There was a time when you could only get the news via TV, radio, or paper, but now the web offers a number of different ways to watch the news. Whether it’s your favorite news web site, up-to-the-minute blog coverage, streaming video, citizen journalism, or even desktop apps like Livestation, there are a million ways to feed your news addiction when you go online. Today, you can add one more app to your news-gathering arsenal: an Adobe AIR app delivering 12 live streams from FOX News.Even if FOX News isn’t your cup of tea, the FOX News app is worth a look. Through this desktop video player, you have access to 12 simultaneous live streams from FOX News. However, it should be noted that all the streams are not necessarily live all the time. Sometimes you’ll only see a handful, but what they deliver is compelling. The reason this app is interesting is because it delivers the news live and uncut – it’s the raw footage, not edited and produced the way you see on TV. You’re getting the live feed, and sometimes that means you’re seeing the ground and people’s feet as the cameraman adjusts the camera or moves to a different location. Maybe you’ll catch the reporter fixing her hair. Or maybe you’ll just see the footage being filmed by the helicopter, with no voiceover. Yet all this is what makes the app great – it feels like you’re really there and getting the scoop. In addition to the video feeds, there’s also a live feed from FOX News Talk Radio. Another nice feature is the breaking news alerts. When the app is minimized, a small window will pop up from time to time when there’s breaking news. The pop-up window will show the headline and the video. If you want to tune in, just click on it. If you ignore it, it will disappear in a moment or two. If that feature annoys you or you just need a break from distractions, you can easily turn it off from the Alert Settings in the app. The last notable feature of the AIR app is the sharing feature. If you catch a video that you want to share with your friends, you can simply click the “Share” button to send them the video via email. Your friend receives a link to the video stream. The link delivers them to a page on the FOX News web site where they can watch the stream live. If you want to check out this app yourself, you can download it from here. You will need to have Adobe AIR installed in order to install it. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Android Becomes Top Mobile Operating System in U.S., No. 2 Worldwide

first_imgsarah perez Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Apple#Google#mobile#news#NYT#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology For Apple, there is some good news – it has now jumped ahead of Blackberry maker RIM with a 26.2% market share in the U.S. compared with RIM’s 24.2%. Worldwide, Apple reached 17% share, beating RIM’s 15%. However, Canalys’s headline for their report – “Apple takes lead in the U.S. smartphone market” –  is a little misleading, since, as noted above, the Android OS now has a 43.6% share in this country. Apple’s U.S. “lead” here is a title that comes with qualifications: among companies who ship their own hardware, Apple leads. But Android wins it overall in the U.S., and, if the trend continues, may even rival Nokia for the number one spot worldwide at some point in the future.   Research firm Canalys released new numbers today on the mobile smartphone market, and they are impressive, especially when it comes to Android. According to the latest report, the Android platform has grown 1,309% since Q3 2009, going from 1.4 million handsets to 20.0 million by the close of Q3 2010. Android is now eating away at Nokia’s top spot among smartphone OS vendors worldwide, where Nokia still retains a 33% share compared with Android’s quarter of the market. However, in the U.S., it’s Android that’s number one, with 43.6% market share lead. Says Canalys Senior Analyst Pete Cunningham, “Android has been well received by the market and in some geographies it is becoming a sought-after consumer brand.” He also cites devices makers including Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony Ericsson as aiding in Android’s growth, with large shipments of devices throughout the year. Another factor that bodes well for Android is the broad range of price points available for Android devices, from high-end products like the Samsung Galaxy S or HTD Desire all the way down to affordable “budget” devices like the LG GT540 Optimus or Huawei’s Vodafone 845. The Optimus, incidentally, will be coming to Walmart in the U.S. for only $0.97 (with a two-year contract agreement), according to leaked news from unofficial T-Mobile blog TMoNews.com this morning.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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ExCSIS manager says lives could be at risk as RCMP intelligence official

first_imgA former senior manager with Canada’s spy agency says last week’s arrest of an RCMP director on charges of espionage and fraud has far-reaching consequences.Michel Juneau-Katsuya, who spent 21 years with Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), says lives could be at risk.“Basically, he could look at almost everything that he wanted, but there will be a trace of what he’s tried to look at, to download or copy and that will be very, very important here in order to inform our allies,” he says.Juneau-Katsuya says evidence found in the home of Cameron Ortis includes a list of undercover agents operating in southeast Asia.“Definitely, that demonstrates the serious damages he could have done. What this guy was about to do was serious damage and definitely putting at risk the life of undercover agents,” he says. “Not only did he have access to Canadian intelligence production, but he had access also to intelligence coming from our allies –particularly from our Five Eyes –New Zealand, Australia, UK, US and Canada.”RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki is holding a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday.She’s already released a statement confirming the entire force is shaken by accusations involving the Director General of the RCMP’s National Intelligence Coordination Centre.As for who Ortis could have been sharing information with, he says the man with high-level security clearance was working on a money laundering file linked to a Russian crime group.“There could be a Russian connection there, but at the same time, he was a specialist on Asia Pacific, maybe it has an Asia Pacific element to it.”last_img read more

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Roberts explains Bielsas reactions

first_imgThe Wales footballer says Bielsa was okay after Leeds United lost 4-1 against West Brom, but he obviously was not happyWales national team and Leeds United striker Tyler Roberts has explained how head coach Marcelo Bielsa endured the 4-1 defeat against West Brom.“I haven’t seen him blow up,” Roberts told Sky Sports.“He was OK after Saturday (when Leeds lost 4-1 at West Brom).”“He always shakes everyone’s hand when we come in from the pitch,” he added.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“It’s always the same, win or lose. He was obviously not happy about Saturday, but that’s the same in every team after a result like that.”“I started as a winger with him (Bielsa),” Roberts commented.“But he’s seen me come away with Wales and play the number nine role.”“He’s taught me a lot about runs in behind, staying up the pitch and making important movements,” the forward said.“He’s opened my eyes to another part of my game that maybe I didn’t see as well before.”last_img read more

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