Construction report for October shows modest residential improvement

first_imgThe total value of Vermont construction contracts this year through October were down 23 percent as federal funding for highway and bridge construction waned. But both residential and commercial spending showed modest gains after two years of sluggish building in each. Residential was up 16 percent for the year-to-date and commercial was up 12 percent. New Hampshire showed a similar rebound in residential and commercial construction.Meanwhile, total US construction spending increased by 0.7 percent in October, driven largely by growing demand for power projects and public construction, the Associated General Contractors of America noted today in an analysis of new Census Bureau data. The new data, however, indicated continued weakness in many construction categories, including private nonresidential and single family construction, association officials observed.‘Without any upward trend in key private-sector construction components like homes and office buildings, it is hard to feel optimistic about the near future,’ said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. ‘With public construction at risk of cutbacks, it is premature to conclude that construction has awakened from its long nightmare.’Simonson commented that power construction increased by 8.8 percent between September and October at a seasonally adjusted rate, although the total remained 3.9 percent below the year-ago level. Public construction, aided by federal spending on stimulus, military base realignment and Gulf Coast hurricane-control projects, edged up 0.4 percent for the month and 2.2 percent year-over-year.Private nonresidential construction, however, slumped 0.7 percent in October, leaving the total 20.7 percent below the October 2009 figure. All 11 of the Census Bureau’s private nonresidential categories were below year-ago levels, Simonson added, with only private power and transportation showing gains from September.Private residential investment jumped 2.5 percent for the month. However, Simonson cautioned that the apparent leap is attributable to a 3.2 percent advance in new multi-family construction and a 6.2 percent rise in improvements to existing properties, whereas single-family construction sank 1.2 percent for the month.Association officials said that a proposal released today by the Deficit Commission to increase investments in highways, bridges and transit system construction provided some room for optimism. They urged Congress to embrace the transportation proposal, noting it would help the economy over the long run while giving a much-needed boost to short term construction demand.‘The best way to reduce the deficit and simultaneously support a strong and expanding economy is to invest in our aging network of highways, bridges and transit systems,’ said Stephen E. Sandherr. ‘Even as the broader report calls for dramatic reductions in federal spending, it is clear that our country can’t afford to neglect its infrastructure.’View Census Bureau data.last_img read more

Cardiff Devils hit back to move six points clear at Elite League summit

first_img The Belfast Giants are the Devils’ nearest challengers in the table after a 5-2 win over the Dundee Stars and they also have three games in hand. Lou Dickenson opened the scoring for the Stars but Mike Radja levelled things up before the end of the first period and James Desmarais and Michael Forney gave the Giants some breathing space in the middle session. Player-coach Derrick Walser made it 4-1 midway through the third and, while Mikael Lidhammar got one back for the Stars, Radja had the final say. Press Association An upset looked on the cards at the end of the first period as bottom-of-the-league Storm raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Mathew Sisca and Ricards Birzinsh. But Tomas Kurka grabbed a goal back in the second and the Devils ran away with it in the final stanza thanks to goals from Andrew Hotham, Jake Morissette, Carl Hudson and Chris Culligan. center_img The Cardiff Devils moved six points clear at the top of the Elite League after they came from behind to beat the Manchester Storm 5-2.last_img read more

Women and Girls’ Golf Week tots up 12m Twitter impressions

first_img Tags: Girls, Women Women and Girls’ Golf Week, which closed on a high when Georgia Hall won the Women’s British Open, was a huge success across GB&I. The #WhyIGolf reached more than 2.5m people on Twitter, generating over 12m impressions.“These figures are just amazing,” said Lauren Spray, England Golf’s Women and Girls’ Manager. “Our aim was to raise awareness of the fabulous female side of the game and, with the support and collaboration of the other home countries, we’ve succeeded beyond our expectations.“The response during the week from women, girls – and men – joining the conversation with #WhyIGolf was fantastic. Now we’re working on ways to channel this energy and enthusiasm to grow the game.“Georgia Hall’s thrilling victory was the perfect way to end the week and to inspire more women and girls to get into golf.”The results of the week coincide with the release of data by Nielsen Sports showing that 59% of the UK population have an active interest in women’s sport – a potential market of 24m people.Women and Girls’ Golf Week was the inspiration of England Golf and supported by Scottish Golf, Wales Golf, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and The R&A and was designed to unite the golf industry to grow the women and girls’ game.Website stories followed a theme for each day and featured career women, volunteers, players and celebrities. The conversation grew rapidly on social media with women and girls sharing their stories with the #WhyIGolf.The campaign reached as far as Australia, with content arriving via LinkedIn, and the week was highlighted on BBC Radio 5Live and featured by Sarah Stirk on Sky Sports.Stirk was one of the many celebrities who got involved with Women and Girls’ Golf Week, alongside her colleague Henni Goya, the BBC’s Naga Munchetty and Katherine Downes, talkSPORT’s Georgie Bingham, TV and radio hosts Jenni Falconer and Seema Jaswal, tour professional and event host Sophie Walker and social influencers Cat Meffan and the Jazzy Golfer.Facts and figures from England Golf’s social media platforms:• 2.4m people reached in total• 2.5m impressions on the day which celebrated celebrity golfers and wellbeing• 200,000+ views of video content on Facebook and Twitter• 1000 people shared their stories on Instagram, covering the whole spectrum of golf from four-year-olds on the range with their parents to experienced lady captains.England Golf’s top performing posts:• Twitter – the campaign video generated over 203,000 impressions• Facebook – the campaign video reached 95,000 people• Instagram – a post on Durham County Association players received over 4000 impressions.The week was also supported by a wide range of stakeholders, including the Ladies European Tour, the PGA, with their own #WeLoveGolf, the Golf Foundation, the greenkeepers’ association BIGGA, magazines Women & Golf and Lady Golfer, Golf Access, Golf and Health and the CEO of American Golf. 9 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week tots up 12m Twitter impressions last_img read more