Garth wins honorable mention honor

first_imgLamar sports informationFRISCO — Lamar freshman guard Nick Garth has been named 2016 Honorable Mention All-Southland Conference, league officials announced Monday morning.Garth received the honor as the team’s sixth man, coming off the bench in all but six games this season.Garth led the Cardinals, and finished 13th in the Southland Conference averaging better than 13 points per game (13.4 ppg). The Houston native was one of the league’s top freshmen in 2015-16 finishing the year as the league’s second-leading freshmen scorer.One of the more accurate three-point shooters in the conference, Garth finished the season ranked 12th in the league in three-point field-goal percentage (.337) and finished tied for fourth in the Southland knocking down 2.3 triples per contest. He also ended his rookie campaign ranked among the Southland’s top 10 in free throw percentage (.813).Garth became the third player in program history, and just the second freshman, to lead the team in scoring while coming off the bench (Joey Ray in 2000-01 and Keith Veney in 1992-93). He played in 29 games recording just six starts as a freshman. He scored in double figures 22 times, including the first 10 games of his career. Garth hit the 20-point plateau four times, including a career-high 25 points against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.In addition to his ability to score, Garth was also ranked among the league leaders at getting his teammates involved in the scoring. Pressed into the point guard role at times, Garth also finished among the league leaders averaging better than 2.5 assists per game. Next Uplast_img read more

Study: Leftists just as likely to be dogmatic authoritarians as those on the right

first_imgPinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIn Share on Twitter Conway and his colleagues developed a measure of left-wing authoritarianism, which was adapted from the right-wing authoritarianism scale developed by psychologist Bob Altemeyer.The RWA scale asks participants how much they agree with statements such as: “It’s always better to trust the judgment of the proper authorities in government and religion than to listen to the noisy rabble-rousers in our society who are trying to create doubts in people’s minds” and “Our country desperately needs a mighty leader who will do what has to be done to destroy the radical new ways and sinfulness that are ruining us.”The new LWA scale, on the other hand, asks questions such as: “It’s always better to trust the judgment of the proper authorities in science with respect to issues like global warming and evolution than to listen to the noisy rabble-rousers in our society who are trying to create doubts in people’s minds” and “Our country desperately needs a mighty leader who will do what has to be done to destroy the radical new ways and sinfulness that are ruining us.”Both scales were tested on a group of 475 undergraduates at the University of Montana and a group of 305 U.S. adults who were recruited online from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.The researchers found that left-wing authoritarianism was associated with liberal views, dogmatism, and prejudice among both samples of participants, suggesting it is a valid concept.“Our data suggest that average Americans on the political left are just as likely to be dogmatic authoritarians as those on the political right. And those left-wing authoritarians can be just as prejudiced, dogmatic, and extremist as right-wing authoritarians,” Conway told PsyPost.However, the research does have some limitations.“Our two studies should be viewed as just an opening foray in what we hope to be a lot more research on the topic,” Conway explained. “We aren’t claiming definitively that left-wingers are just as likely as right-wingers to be authoritarian in all (or even most) contexts, or that left-wing authoritarians are just the same as right-wing authoritarians in every regard (in fact, I’m pretty sure they aren’t, and we’re doing some work on that).”“There are good reasons to think authoritarianism aligns more with right-wing than left-wing ideology, and we are interested in those reasons, too. The point is, it is a further question to better define the similarities and differences in right-wing and left-wing authoritarianism.”“Also, our data only cover a few topic areas that are relevant, and only very specific samples (college undergraduates, MTurk workers) of Americans. Thus, we certainly don’t claim these data to be all inclusive for all people at all times — but every search has to start somewhere, however small.”“I would like to encourage anyone interested in this topic to get involved — there are a lot of proverbial low-hanging fruit and we have already developed and published a viable LWA questionnaire for people to use,” Conway added. “It’s an exciting area to be involved in!”The study, “Finding the Loch Ness Monster: Left-Wing Authoritarianism in the United States“, was co-authored by Shannon C. Houck, Laura Janelle Gornick and Meredith A. Repke.center_img Email Share New research provides evidence that left-wing authoritarian attitudes exist in the United States. The preliminary findings, published in the scientific journal Political Psychology, suggest liberals could be just as likely to be authoritarians as conservatives.“Political ideology in general is one of the most important and predictive variables in human psychology,” said study author Lucian Gideon Conway, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Montana.“I became interested in left-wing authoritarianism in particular because some people have said it isn’t a very real or likely phenomenon — and yet I know people I would describe as left-wing authoritarians. So I was curious to figure that out.”last_img read more

Successful titanium welding with HFT’s Flexible Welding Enclosures

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Aker profit drops despite revenue growth

first_img[mappress]Press Release, July 17, 2014 Aker Solutions is on track with a plan to split into two companies at the end of September, including one that will keep the current name and be comprised of the Subsea, Umbilicals, Engineering, and Maintenance, Modifications and Operations (MMO) areas.Pro forma second-quarter revenue for the new Aker Solutions rose to NOK 8.1 billion from NOK 7.5 billion a year earlier, helped by a 13 percent increase in sales of subsea equipment and services. The new company’s pro forma earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased to NOK 592 million in the quarter from NOK 481 million a year earlier.Pro forma revenue for the other company, which will be called Akastor and include Drilling Technologies, Aker Oilfield Services, Process Systems, Surface Products and Business Solutions, climbed 25 percent in the second quarter to NOK 6 billion. The company had a pro forma EBITDA loss of NOK 129 million in the quarter versus a profit of NOK 303 million a year earlier. The earnings were impacted by one-off items totaling NOK 451 million, including a previously announced provision on the Aker Wayfarer, a vessel in the Aker Oilfield Services unit.“We’ve taken huge strides since announcing the split in April – putting in place new management teams and structures for the two companies,” said Øyvind Eriksen, Aker Solutions’ chairman.“Today we are also announcing the first pro forma earnings figures for these companies.”New management structures were put in place this month as Luis Araujo, formerly regional president for Aker Solutions in Brazil, on July 1 became chief executive officer of the new Aker Solutions. Frank Ove Reite, formerly managing partner at Converto, became CEO of Akastor. Øyvind Eriksen has been nominated as chairman of the board of both the new Aker Solutions and Akastor.Revenue at the current Aker Solutions rose 17 percent to NOK 13 billion in the second quarter from NOK 11 billion a year earlier. EBITDA fell to NOK 429 million, compared with NOK 786 million a year earlier. The EBITDA margin narrowed to 3.3 percent from 7.1 percent a year earlier. Earnings were impacted by impairments and a provision totaling NOK 1.6 billion on assets and goodwill of the Aker Oilfield Services business, which will be part of Akastor after the split. Excluding one-off items, the margin was 7.5 percent in the second quarter of 2014.New Aker Solutions MarginFor the new Aker Solutions, excluding demerger costs and hedges not qualified for hedging accounting, the pro forma EBITDA margin widened to 8 percent in the quarter from 6.8 percent a year earlier, helped by improved operations at the umbilicals plant in Norway, higher capacity utilization for Engineering and good progress on key subsea and engineering projects, including the Johan Sverdrup development. This was somewhat offset by weaker performance for MMO, which had issues with some final project settlements and overcapacity caused by lower demand for maintenance and modifications services offshore Norway.The new Aker Solutions’ order intake in the quarter rose to NOK 21.4 billion from NOK 6.4 billion a year earlier, boosted by major subsea contract awards, including a NOK 14 billion order from Total to deliver the subsea production system for the Kaombo development offshore Angola. This brought the order backlog to NOK 54 billion at the end of the quarter compared with NOK 41 billion a year earlier.“Subsea’s order intake was at a record high in the quarter and our focus now is on delivering successfully on these projects,” Eriksen said.“We also took steps in the quarter to adjust capacity in our Norwegian MMO business, which is being affected by lower demand as oil companies reduce spending plans.”Aker Solutions started transferring employees to a new subsea engineering hub in Stavanger and used the Aker Advantage recruitment agency to help more than 200 MMO employees find alternative work in the group or with other companies.Akastor MarginAkastor’s EBITDA was impacted by one-off items totaling NOK 451 million, including demerger costs and a provision on future lease commitments of the Aker Wayfarer vessel. There were also gains on hedging, not-booked mobilization fees and a gain from the sale of shares in Expo Hotel Fornebu. Excluding these one-off items, Akastor had a pro forma EBITDA margin of 5.8 percent in the quarter versus 6.4 percent in the same period last year.Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were also impacted by NOK 996 million in writedowns of assets in Aker Oilfield Services. Akastor had a pro forma EBIT loss of NOK 1.4 billion in the quarter, compared with a loss of NOK 247 million a year earlier.The company’s order intake decreased to NOK 4.6 billion in the quarter from NOK 5 billion a year earlier as Drilling Technologies won fewer contracts amid an oversupply of drilling rigs that caused rig operators to put new projects on hold. The backlog amounted to NOK 13.9 billion at the end of the quarter, compared with NOK 15.8 billion a year earlier.“In the new Aker Solutions, the favorable trend continues for the subsea, umbilicals and engineering businesses, while the MMO business in Norway faces a continued challenging market over the next couple of years,” Eriksen said.“Capital discipline is currently the most important driver for exploration and production companies and is expected to remain tight over the next 1 to 2 years after which we anticipate the next wave of projects,” Eriksen said.“Our job is to balance short term capacity adjustments with positioning ourselves for the next wave of field developments.”The new Aker Solutions is well-positioned in the fast-growing deepwater and subsea segments and sees opportunities for further growth in markets including Brazil, the North Sea, Atlantic Canada, Mexico, Angola and West Africa.The new Aker Solutions’ high order backlog gives confidence in a robust medium-term outlook. Key wins in Brazil, Angola and Norway, including the Kaombo and Johan Sverdrup contracts, also bolster the longer term outlook for the company.Akastor’s portfolio of businesses provides opportunities for growth in key markets across the world from West Africa to Saudi Arabia and to Southeast Asia. Drilling Technologies, the world’s second-largest offshore drilling systems and life-cycle services company, is expected to benefit from growing demand for services on its installed base of equipment.“Each Akastor business will be developed independently to unlock its full potential, be it through organic growth, strategic partnerships or M&A activity,” Eriksen said. “An allocation strategy should be developed at an early stage to make sure the capital invested yields the best shareholder returns possible.”last_img read more

The club scene this weekend

first_imgGalaxy eventsThere will be an Urban Chic Friday party on Friday August 26. Kurt Busch, October Brothers and Bhavesh Chana will provide the entertainment. * On Saturday August 27, it is Showcase Saturdays and Ladies Night Out at Club Galaxy, featuring Dr Jules, Kurt Busch and DJ MD. Women enter free between 9pm and 11pm.* On Saturday September 3, the Ladies Night Out event will feature a host of DJs.West End eventsThere will be a Women’s Month celebration at the month-end corporate sundowner on Friday August 26. Mary-Jane, Abigail Bagley, Chandre Chay and bands N2, Phaze 4 and Urbane Groove will perform.* On Saturday August 27, Molly Baron and Friends will entertain, with special guests Salome and Sammy Webber. Tickets cost R100. Call Lynne on 071 260 700 to book. On Sunday August 28, Erica Vivace and her band will be on stage at the Sunset Sundays. Doors open at 6pm. Entry is free before 9pm. There will be a jazz demo by Unique Jazz Studio from 7pm to 8pm. For reservations email [email protected]last_img read more

Arsenal Handed Tough UEL Semifinal Draw

first_imgEnglish giants Arsenal have been handed a tough semifinal fixture in the UEFA Europa League (UEL) after the draw took place on Friday morning.The Gunners will have to navigate past favourites Atletico Madrid in the semifinal as they continue the quest to win the competition and also secure a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League (UCL)Arsenal will host Atletico Madrid in the 1st leg at the Emirates Stadium on April 26 before the return leg scheduled for the new Wanda Metropolitano on May 3.In the other semifinal, Olympique Marseille will host Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg in the 1st leg on April 26 before the French side travel to Austria for the 2nd leg on May 3.Relatedlast_img read more