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Asia Continues To Attract Foreign Market
by lindacellis32 on February 24, 2015
The survey results in AECOM 2014 indicates that Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand stand out as countries which respondents expect to become increasingly attractive to foreign suppliers of construction service. However, comparing to the 2014 survey results with those from the 2013 survey indicate that respondent’s views have become more pessimistic regarding long-term market attractiveness in Singapore and India.
Indonesia’s construction industry has performed well during the Jakarta review period, driven by strong economic activity and high levels of investment. The country, along with Malaysia is said to be the forefront of market growth in the region for the next 12 months.
Multinationals have been increasing their footprint in Asia for years as they have moved from selling into the region to also investing here. Asian companies are also being competitive threats outside the region as well, as they set their site on the global dominance.
It is never easy to set foot into a developing nation. Aside from the competition that may arise against local businesses, there are also competitors among fellow foreigners, causing a lot of complaints. Indonesia is a key target for infrastructure companies because its nearly 250 million people are increasingly demanding better health care and transportation. In 2012, the government has even imposed a stricter process for foreign investors that plan to start business in the country.
On the other hand, in the sudden increase of companies with the same industry, project managers and the public have become keen and aware as to which company to trust. Established construction companies such as Axis Capital Group which is based in Singapore and has branched out in Jakarta, Indonesia, have already secured their place in the industry. However, despite the arduous process and strictness of the government to maintain only legit and licensed companies to operate, some construction companies and equipment rentals in Jakarta, Singapore, Malaysia and other leading developing countries could not avoid fraud and scams to exist.
The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness
by dianewalters on September 8, 2014
The reason I wanted to read and review this book is that brain science is a very important subject to me. I’ve had three serious jolts to my head, all were life altering. Brain science is still a subject that needs a lot more study and investigation in my opinion. The brain goes through so many changes in a lifetime: car accidents, sports accidents, kids falling down hitting their heads, hormonal changes, diet, old age . . . it’s a wonder we survive all of this trauma. The big problem is that when these injuries occur, most people don’t realize any damage has been done. They just know that people suddenly are reacting differently to them, they can’t do math any longer, they lose control of their spending habits, engage in risky behavior, or they can’t perform as well as they were able to before. That is why this company is so important to all of us. They’ve been tracking brain health and neuroscience research since 2005. They’ve gathered a lot of information from the top scientists around the globe to make us more aware of how to take care of our minds—to make us wiser in how to change our brains and gain the specific function we have lost over the years. The book is divided into nine chapters. Eight of the chapters include interviews from some of the top brain scientists from around the world. Over 100 brain researchers have contributed to this volume providing invaluable information on the subject. In chapter one, “Start with the Brain in Mind,” the text goes into detail about how the brain functions with a focus on memory, attention, emotions, perception, motor skills, visual and spatial processing, and executive functions. The explanations give real-life examples, so that a person can easily relate to the different areas of function. Neurons are clearly explained, areas of the brain and functions, like memory, attention, etc., are lightly touched upon. Neuroplasticity is explained and how to improve learning capabilities. In chapter two, “Be a Coach, not a Patient,” some of the advancements in brain health are brought to light. There is a breakdown of a survey taken about what the average person is most concerned with in their brain health. Various new studies are examined and explained, plus a few tips that are theorized to help cognition. In chapter three, “Mens Sana In Corpore Sano,” physical exercise is examined in detail — new studies that show the benefits to the brain through exercise and how it can slow the progression of brain atrophy as we grow older. In chapter four, “You Are What You Eat and Drink (Up to a Point),” as the chapter title reveals, there is much talk about diet and how it effects the brain. Further discussion is included on antioxidants, supplements, caffeine and alcohol, diabetes and smoking, and how obesity affects the brain. (We all better get on those diets now!) In chapter five, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” different types of mental activity are mentioned and the importance of continuing to learn new information. Crossword puzzles are discussed and why they aren’t enough, and how they lose value over time. Another important subject is brought up: how to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s, and the importance of lifelong learning to buy more time. What education, board games, and playing cards have in common. And, a few video games are highlighted as helping various brain functions. In chapter six, “Oh, the People You’ll Meet,” explains the importance of brain health and social relationships. The more social connections one has the healthier the brain is. In chapter seven, “Manage Stress, Build Resilience,” There is good stress and bad stress. Chronic stress causes serious changes in the body chemicals and the brain. A section of lifestyle adjustments are suggested with highlights on the benefits of the various options listed. At the end of this chapter is a long section with many specialists explaining the effects of stress and the changes we can make to improve our brains and bodies. In chapter eight, “Cross-train Your Brain,” Brain training is explained in detail and how to get the most from the training you choose, as well as brain training games, biofeedback, cognitive behavioral training, and a SharpBrains recommendation on the top brain training programs. In chapter nine, “How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach,” is a chapter to put everything in the book into a workable plan. There are personal stories explaining how various people can deal with improving their brains and life in general. Overall, “The SmartBrains Guide to Brain Fitness” is full of valuable information. Whether you want to target a specific area in your life or whether you want to just tune-up the whole brain-body connection, this book has so much to offer. It takes complex principles and puts them in simple language that is easy to understand, and it offers a deep understanding of how our brains work, and what we can do to make it better—even as we age. This is a must-read for anyone concerned about their brain health. I told someone that I would let them read this book when I am finished with it. I don’t want to let this go now. I think I’ll buy them a copy of their own. I’d like to thank the authors for this complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
The Rolling Stones in 1969-Upclose and Personal
by michaellydon on February 24, 2013
My long report as an embedded reporter on the Rolling Stones 19769 tour of America that ended in the disaster at Altamont is now a Kindle single. It's held up well for four decades and is now available to a new generation of readers. If you love the music of the Rolling Stones, I think you'll love this book!