Cut throat tender pricing

first_imgSo another year begins and listening to all the pundits this is going to be tougher than the last one.But what of tender prices? Inflation is allegedly running at near 4% (although it feels a lot higher to me) so tender prices on the up? No, not a bit.So what’s happening?Well I wonder how many tender bids are going in at lunchtime today that have been priced below net cost? I’d never be able to prove it but I suspect nearly all of them.So why is that?Well as we know there isn’t a lot of work around, and there’s probably still too many of us chasing that amount of work too…and clients know that. So more of you are being asked to tender…and do you consider you are pricing against like for like competition? No, is the most likely answer.So what to do?Go in as cheap as you can, beat the opposition, keep your team intact, gain a contribution to your overhead, pray the job goes well, there are lots of variations and changes to claw some money back, over value the job on interim valuations, screw the supply chain further (after all they never put in a sensible bid at tender stage, and if they did you ask them to knock it by 15-20% anyway), and oh that the client still has the funds from his finances to pay you!But consultants you’re not helping either.Don’t stuff your tenders with huge provisional sums because designs haven’t been resolved or you haven’t made your mind up, or the client hasn’t. Don’t include provisional quantities or items, keep your specifications tight and detailed to what you want. Don’t send out vague, confusing, incomplete, conflicting designs, drawings and information as the contractor will see this as a great opportunity. And please stop issuing tender addendums when you’ve only just sent out the documents, send it all out once and be done with it!And finally don’t burn everything you can possibly think of and put it on a cd, as all the contractors do is the same, but pass it on to the supply chain. And what happens? The man in a van gets it, doesn’t understand it, either doesn’t bother with it, puts in a price because he thinks he understands it, only to find he’s committed to something he doesn’t understand.Then he doesn’t do the job and leaves everyone with a problem.By way of an side, but on the same vein, we’ve got a project in the office that we are doing the bills of quantities for the contractor. Tucked away in part of the tender documents there’s a clause that states if your bid is above £7.2m don’t bother sending it in! (The job has already been tendered last year at around £8M, sent out again with no design changes, what do they expect I ask?)So clients don’t expect the impossible, but if you do ask for it be warned as if you step out of line, dither over a decision, play with the contractors cash flow expect the worst as it will come back and bite you!Thanks to John Langford for his [email protected] for being the inspiration for this.Derek Mynott is the managing director of quantity surveyor GF Partnership and a regular bloggerDerek also Tweets at http://www.twitter.com/gfpartnershiplast_img read more

Serbia to invest €3·5bn in rail infrastructure

first_imgSERBIA: The government has announced planned railway infrastructure spending of €3·5bn as part of the €14bn Serbia 2025 national investment programme.The rail elements include modernisation of the 208 km Valjevo – Vrbnica section of the Beograd – Bar line, and construction of an integrated traffic control centre. This work will be financed with €57·5m from the national budget and a €172·5m Russian loan supported by Russian Railways under a co-operation agreement signed in October.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The section of Pan-European Corridor X between Beograd and Niš will be renewed, along with the branches of Corridor X from Niš to Dimitrovgrad and Preševo.The Novi Sad – Subotica – Kelebia line is to be upgraded and double-tracked by China Railway International Group and China Communications Construction Co under a €943m programme with financing from Exim Bank of China. The scheme includes modernisation of the Novi Sad, Vrbas and Subotica junctions, building 49 overpasses and underpasses, refurbishing nine stations and constructing a 1·6 km viaduct in Vrbas. The route will be closed for 33 months from March 2020, with trains diverted to run via Bogojevo or Zrenjanin.An intermodal freight facility is also to be built at Batajnica west of BeogradSpending of €1·37bn on the long-discussed Beograd metro is also envisaged, with a view to the first section opening in 2025.last_img read more

Allidi shows champion’s credentials at PSC monthly tournament

first_imgFriday, Oct. 25, Treasure Hill G.C.With all the rain that has fallen in Pattaya and surrounding areas recently it was, perhaps, a surprise that the 92 competitors in October’s monthly tournament had a rain free day on this challenging course.  The weather was cool, by Thailand standards, and a slight breeze made it great for golf.  The course was presented in good condition and the management saw to it that we had the course exclusively to ourselves, which saw most rounds completed in just over 4 hours.  Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham and Social Chairman Nigel Cannon arrived early to prepare for registration and place the appropriate markers on the course and to find staff and caddies ready for our day.  With some last minute adjustments to the starting sheets all were away on time at the 1st and 10th tees.Low gross champion Mike Allidi.Treasure Hill has a reputation as a tough track, however, there were some good scores in all flights.  The current PSC Club Champion Mike Allidi (2) showed his championship qualities with a superb 72 gross to take the low gross prize. In ‘A’ Flight – playing stroke play – it was good to welcome back Kari Kuparinen (6) who was in top spot with 71 net.  Meanwhile it was the ‘old warrior’ Ted Morris (14) with the best Stableford score of the day with 40 points to take ‘B’ Flight.  37 points from Michael Jefferys (18) and 39 from Joel Flor (24) were enough to secure first place in ‘C’ and ‘D’ Flights respectively.Chura Srinual (left) was the winner of the Ladies Flight.With just a few ladies playing today it was the smiling new face of Chura Srinual (34) who returned the best score of 29 in the Ladies Flight.This month’s presentation was at Lewiinski’s where Colin and his team provided a mouthwatering buffet to cater for all tastes and diets!  As is usual, the ‘Lewiinski’s Lovelies’ were on hand to deal with drink orders.Kari Kuparinen (right), winner of A Flight.Presentation time and Nigel called order and welcomed all and expressed appreciation to Colin and his team and introduced Golf Chairman Joe.  He expressed his appreciation to the day’s competitors and gave details of upcoming PSC golfing events for the next few months.  He also announced that PSC were providing marshals for the PGA tournament at Amata Springs on December 12th – 15th.  There are still some vacancies for this roll and full details are in the Clubhouse and on the PSC website for all those interested in this great opportunity.Then it was back to Nigel who announced the winners and Joe presented the prizes.  The lucky draw followed then it was goodnight from Nigel, who reminded all that the PSC Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday 11th December at the Town in Town Hotel.Regular competitor and B Flight winner, Ted Morris.Santa Claus returns – welcome back Rick.Lewiinski’s stalwarts – Jim and Colin, both in the frame.last_img read more

Scouts bag Church trivia prize

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Police seeking this man

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2014 Nelson Cyswog’n’fun triathlon early bird deadline July 6

first_imgIt’s time to start training for the 2014 Nelson Cyswog’n’fun triathlon.And what better way to gain some incentive than to take advantage of the early bird registration deadline of July 6.The 2014 Nelson Cyswog’n’fun triathlon goes Sunday, August 3 at Rotary Lakeside Park. The main Olympic Course race begins with a 1.5 kilometre swim before competitors hope the bike for a 39 km cycle and 10 km run.Short course is 500 metre swim, 22 km ride and five km run run.There are individual and team categories.In 2013, Eddie Smith of Penticton ran away with the men’s long course top prize while Sarah MacArthur of Calgary won the women’s race after Helen Munro of Kelowna was disqualified.In the short course race Ian Sharp was crowned the men’s winner after it was determined that Connor Breitkreuz of Robson missed a turn, forcing race officials to disqualify the local competitor.For complete information go to the Nelson Cyswogn Fun website.last_img read more

Galway Kickboxers Head To England For International Fights

first_imgCian Mc Cormack from Kinvara and James Kelly from Athenry will both travel to Barnsley in the U.K. this coming weekend for the biggest fights of their careers to date.Cian will take on Owen Evans in a Pro Rules 5 Nations K-1 Title Fight and James will take on four times undefeated World Full Contact Champion Zach Evans for the for his World crown.The promotion entitled “Kings of Combat” will take place in the impressive Metrodome in Barnsley and Cian and James, who fight out of the Black Dragon Kickboxing Gym on the Sean Mulvoy Road, Galway, will both fly out with coach Pete Foley on Friday afternoon for an advance 24 hour weigh in and press reception ahead of their super fights on Saturday night.Some twenty five supporters from the Black Dragon Gym will make the trip to support their two club mates and have promised to make their presence heard on the night.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Rising costs to hit falling fares.

first_imgAirlines filled a record percentage of seats in May as passenger demand remained strong and airfares in the second quarter fell about 6 per cent compared to last year.Global demand for the month grew by 7.7 per cent as the load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to post a new May record of  80.1 per cent. That was down on the 10.9 per cent growth recorded in April but still ahead of the long-term average.The International Air Transport Association said the six per cent drop in fares compared to the second quarter last year contributed to about two-fifths of the growth.But there is some bad news: the degree of fare stimulus is about half what it was in 2016 and IATA is expecting it to fade due to rising airline cost pressures and softening business confidence.Nonetheless, the airline umbrella group is still expecting good demand in the upcoming peak travel months of July and August.“Passenger demand is solid,’’ IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac said in a statement. “And we don’t foresee any weakening over the busy summer months in the Northern Hemisphere.“But the rising price of fuel and other input costs is likely to see airlines’ ability to stimulate markets with lower fares taper over the coming months.’’“In parallel, rising trade protectionism and barriers to travel are worrying trends that, if unchecked, could impact demand.’’Global International traffic rose 7.7 per cent in May while worldwide domestic demand rose 7.9 per cent.Above average international growth was seen in the Asia-pacific (10.5 per cent), Latin America (9.3 per cent) Africa (11.7 per cent) and Europe (7.5 per cent).North America came in at 4.8 per cent while Middle East carriers hit an eight-year low of 3.7 per cent growth compared to May last year.“Although year-to-year comparisons are distorted by the strong performance for the same period a year ago, the slow-down also reflects the ban on the carriage of large portable electronics devices in the cabin from 10 airports in the region to the US, as well as a wider impact on inbound travel to the US from the Trump Administration’s proposed travel bans,’’ IATA said of the Middle Eastern figures.“Passenger traffic growth in the Middle East to North America market was already slowing in early-2017. But RPKs fell again in April (-1.2%) for just the second time since at least 2010.“In view of the recent Supreme Court ruling, these impacts could continue. By comparison, the route to and from Europe has continued to trend upwards this year.”On the domestic front,  China, India and Russia remained the growth leaders while Japan saw a 10.3 per cent year-over-year surge against “a robust economic backdrop’’.Growth in Australian domestic traffic remained subdued at 1.0 per cent with capacity down 3.1 per cent.last_img read more

Top 10 Digital Lifestyle Products of 2008

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#2008 in Review#Digital Lifestyle#web#Year in Review Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Editor’s Note: This list was contributed by Steve O’Hear, editor of last100, a former RWW network blog.There was lots of activity in the digital lifestyle space in 2008, with new devices, services, and platforms being launched and some of our favorites from last year getting significant updates. One notable trend throughout the year was the way these products and services began to converge; not in the sense that they were becoming all-in-one devices, although some of that was happening, but rather by hardware, services, and content playing together nicely, often through open standards and platforms, with the Internet acting as a conduit. On that note, here are our picks of the 10 best digital lifestyle products of 2008.This is the eighth in our series of top products of 2008:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2008Top 10 International Products of 2008Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2008Top 10 RSS and Syndication Products of 2008Top 10 Mobile Web Products of 2008Top 10 Enterprise Web Products of 2008Top 10 Real World Web Apps of 20081. The App Store The real upgrade to the iPhone this year wasn’t the iPhone 3G but the accompanying App Store. Launched just five months ago, the store now offers over 10,000 third-party apps, and Apple has seen over 300 million downloads. Part of that success can be attributed to the way in which the iPhone as a platform has galvanized developers; a second major factor is the simplicity of the App Store itself. As a result, lots of our other favorite digital lifestyle-related products and services wound up on the iPhone and iPod Touch, such as Pandora and Last.fm (digital music), Joost (Internet TV), Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter (social web), as well as location-based services, games, remotes (VLC Player and Sonos), and much, much more.See also: The real surprise of the App Store isn’t number of downloads or revenue2. Netflix When Netflix starting talking up plans to deliver its online streaming service, Watch Instantly, to “Internet-connected high-definition DVD players, Internet-connected game consoles, and dedicated Internet set-top boxes,” we were a little skeptical, especially of the time frame. However, the company really delivered in 2008: Netflix streaming is now available on TiVo, the XBox 360, Internet-connected DVD players from LG and Samsung, along with the Roku Netflix Player set-top box.3. AndroidOur initial review of the first Google phone, T-Mobile’s G1, was mixed, but the Android OS had us pretty excited. “Without a doubt, the Android operating system is spectacular,” last100’s Daniel Langendorf wrote at the time. “It’s fast, with little or no lag time. It’s responsive, fun to use, and full of promise.” A few months on and we’re still impressed. In particular, Android’s mobile web browser is the best post-iPhone one yet. And likewise, the Android Market does a great job of copying the iPhone’s App Store. Of course, the best thing about Android is that it’s open source; as a result, we’ll see it powering numerous new smartphones next year, along with other hardware, such as set-top boxes, MIDs, and GPS devices.4. Nokia E71 In our extensive review, we described Nokia’s E71 as our favorite smartphone yet. So, admittedly, this one is a very personal choice. The E71 is roughly the same size as the iPhone but has a completely different form-factor, omitting touch for a more traditional user interface and with enough room to pack in a compact but very usable QWERTY keyboard. Other pluses are the device’s overall responsiveness, bundled applications, and a number of welcome improvements to the S60 line’s user interface, along with decent web browsing and media playback, superb call quality, and extremely good battery life.5. Hulu Although online video site Hulu was available in private beta in 2007, it didn’t launch publicly until March of this year. Our initial verdict was mixed, but since then the Fox and NBC joint venture has become the third biggest video destination in the U.S., according to Nielsen. Perhaps a testament to that success, a number of device makers have released set-top boxes marketed on their ability to put Hulu content on the TV, such as ZeeVee’s recently announced PC-to-TV solution, the ZvBox, and the Neuros LINK. Now, if only Hulu would release an iPhone app or, like Netflix, form official partnerships with consumer electronics companies.6. BBC iPlayer Hulu could certainly learn a thing or two from the iPlayer, the BBC’s TV catch-up service (UK only). Since its controversial Windows launch, when the public broadcaster was accused of getting too close to Microsoft, the iPlayer has added streaming for the Mac and Linux, a version for the iPhone and iPod Touch, numerous other portable media players, and support for the latest phones running Windows Mobile. There’s also an iPlayer application for select Nokia phones and a browser-based version optimized for the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii.7. PlayStation 3 Sony’s PlayStation 3 wasn’t launched in 2008, but it certainly came of age this year. The company has always pitched the PS3 as a device that goes far beyond gaming. Instead, like Microsoft’s XBox 360, it’s designed to be a trojan horse in the living room, delivering a range of non-gaming content and services through the television. On that front, Sony made significant progress in 2008 by winning the next-generation format war with Blu-ray, adding DVR functionality in the UK with PlayTV, launching a video download store in the U.S., adding support for DivX video, and, finally, rolling out its own virtual world called Home.8. Songbird After being in development for two years, the open-source desktop music player Songbird reached its 1.0 release this month. What sets Songbird apart from the likes of iTunes is the array of available plug-ins that extend the app’s functionality. For example, mashTape, one of six default add-ons, let’s you delve into artist info, discography, links, and news and scroll through Flickr photos and YouTube videos. Other add-on services that ship with the player out of the box are Last.fm, Concerts, and SHOUTcast radio. With these installed, you can sync your tracks to Last.fm’s online service, check out upcoming concerts in the area, and stream music over the Internet using the player. As of publication, there are over 70 plug-ins available for Songbird.See also: ReadWriteWeb’s full Songbird review.9. Wii Fit Nintendo has long contended that “everyone’s a gamer,” and now the console giant wants everyone to get fit. Announced last year but released in 2008, the Wii Fit aims to improve the health of family members through the kind of active play first seen in Wii Sports. The “game” comes with a balance board that assists with aerobic, toning, and balancing activities. A neat feature is that household members can review each other’s progress on a new Wii channel.10. The Netbook This isn’t an individual product but a whole new product category that has really taken off in 2008. Initially targeted to the education market and those wanting a third machine, netbooks are resonating with a much broader market — and not just because of their lower price point compared to more traditional, higher spec’ed sub-notebooks. Despite years of industry propaganda, consumers are wising up to the fact that they don’t have to step on the processor upgrade treadmill. Instead, in an age when more and more of our applications and data reside in the cloud (on remote servers, rather than local computers), a machine with Internet connectivity and powerful enough to run a modern web browser (a netbook, in other words) is often all we need. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting steve ohear last100 editor 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

New Feature: ReadWriteWeb Question of the Day

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Features#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Next week we’re starting a new series of posts we call the ReadWriteWeb Question of the Day. In those posts we’ll answer, with the help of topical experts we know around the web, the most interesting questions submitted by readers. Just post your questions in comments on any Question of the Day post or email them to [email protected] with the word “Question” in the subject line. Our elves will start processing them immediately.We like to write how-to type posts here at ReadWriteWeb and our readers seem to like to read them. Lately we’ve show you how to…Find social media leaders on any topicPermenantly delete data from your hard-driveGet an RSS feed for a Google searchLearn how to use Greasemonkey in under 5 minutesHow to rock Flickr like a champand How to run a press embargo for your startup’s launchThose were all answers to questions you didn’t ask, though, we just thought of them ourselves! We want to know what questions you, dear readers, would like answered. We expect they’ll often be more sophisticated than the ones answered above, but they don’t have to be.Several of us on staff have experience as consultants; consider this an opportunity for free consulting plus input from other industry experts and our community of readers. What Kinds of Questions?How many developers does it take to screw in a wiki? We’re not sure about that, but if you’ve got questions about using wikis at work, uploading videos from vacation, social search for spiritual salvation or anything like that – the new ReadWriteWeb Question of the Day is going to be for you.Technical questions, strategic questions, marketing questions – we’re open to all of them. Whatever we think our readers will find interesting we’ll answer publicly and point you towards good places to learn more. Look for OPML files of the best blogs on the topic you ask about and custom search engines you can search for more. Because that’s how we roll.We’re looking forward to hearing from you. We’ll start posting answers to the most interesting questions we receive on Monday. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more