Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, from Exit 6 northerly to Hants County line, including off ramps at Exit 6 and Exit 7, will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30- Local Area Office: 902-756-2697 Fax: 902-756-3458 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Oldham Road and Old Post Road Intersection Oldham Road and Old Post Road intersection will have a one-lane closure for intersection improvements until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control consists of control persons. Motorists can expect delays. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Barneys Brook Bridge Trunk 2, at Barneys Brook Bridge, has a one-lane closure for removal of exiting structure. A temporary bridge is in place. Work continues until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Detour route available via Highway 102 from Exit 3 to Exit 9. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Coxheath Road Work will continue on the interchange ramps on Coxheath Road until Thrusday, June 30. Traffic control persons are in place. A detour is available on Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 Route 327, from the turn off to Grand Mira Road South, northerly 4.1 kilometres will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, from Redmonds Road southerly to Paddy’s Head Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from 900 metres east of Exit 4 to 1 kilometre west of Exit 3, will have partial lane closures until Thursday, June 30, for repairs. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-527-7632 Fax: 902-861-1152 Local area office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 LUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave Ferry The LaHave Ferry will be out of service until Monday, June 6 while it undergoing it’s annual refit. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 There will be intermittent periods of one-lane closures on two sections of Highway 102 for re-paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Section one is on the southbound lane between exits 13A and 12,and section two in the northbound lane between exit 11 and 12. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from Meadowbrook Drive at Sydney Mines town line, Easterly 4.1 kilometres will have a partial lane closure until Thursday, June 30, for repairs. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 NEW WORK HANTS COUNTY: Brooklyn Brooklyn Dyke Bridge will be closed from Monday, June 6, to Monday, June 13, for repairs. Detour available by turning left on Mantua Road, proceeding to the intersection of Lawrence Road and turning right. Proceed on Lawrence Road, turning right on Route 215 and then right on Trunk 14.center_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Vernon Bridge Vernon Bridge in Murray Siding is closed until Thursday, September 1, while a replacement bridge is constructed. The 6.4-kilometre detour follows:Easterly from Old Courthouse Branch along Salmon River Road to Valley Road for 2.4 kilometres, then southerly along Valley Road to Valleydale Road for half a kilometre, then westerly along Valleydale Road to Greenfield Road for 2.7 kilometres and northerly along Greenfield Road to East Prince Street for about 0.8 kilometres. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 The Highway 302/Trunk 2 intersection towards Springhill has a one-lane closure for paving until Wednesday, June 22. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Temporary traffic signals are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project between Exit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Minor blasting may occur near exits 4 and 5 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until Monday, June 6. Efforts will be made to minimize delays at peak travelling times. Traffic control will consist of signs and traffic control persons. Work in the area is expected to continue until the fall. Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 Fax: 902-752-7908 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane from 0.06 kilometres south of the Exit 10 overpass structure southbound to about 0.08 kilometres north of Exit 9 overpass structure including ramps at Exit 10 for asphalt concrete patching and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-757-2929 Fax: 902-757-2270 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Barra Strait Bridge The Barra Strait Bridge on Route 223 at Grand Narrows will have intermittent one-lane closures for repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 325 Route 325 in Lunenburg County will have alternating lane closures until Friday, June 10. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle, flashing light unit, barrels and traffic cones. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU AND COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from Exit 18A,(near Mount Thom) eight kilometres easterly, will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Lamont Road Overpass Lamont Road overpass on the Trans-Canada Highway 104, between Exit 27 at Sutherlands River and Exit 29 at Barneys River, will have a one-lane closure 24 hours per day until Sunday, June 19, for installation of traffic signals. Traffic control consists of traffic signal lights. A detour for loads more than 4.7 metres wide will be established and signed for Trunk 4 between Exit 27 at Sutherlands River and Exit 29 at Barneys River. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 223 Route 223, from 200 metres east of Scotchlake Road, westerly 2.4 kilometres will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for major repairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517last_img read more

Analyst refutes refinery rhetoric for Alberta

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Building a refinery in Alberta would be an effort in futility according to one petroleum analyst. Premier Rachel Notley floated the idea Tuesday that her government may be willing to approve such a project.Senior Petroleum Analyst Dan McTeague believes any proposal would be unwarranted in this province.“Of all the places in the country that doesn’t need a refinery, it’s Alberta.”He believes there are better options available if we want to deal with our heavy oil.“We could talk about upgrading our heavy oil, but there is (already) a substantial market for that. It’s called condensates mixed in with oil, and then we could move that to other countries and get 50-60 dollars a barrel for it.”He notes if Canada can’t get a pipeline approved, there certainly wouldn’t be an appetite for building a refinery in 10 years.“The climate to build a refinery requires stability not rule of thumb. We’ve seen both Ottawa and we’ve seen British Columbia act in ways that even if a government were to give a guarantee one year, it can be reversed the next.”He contends the answer to Alberta’s economic woes still hasn’t changed.“Let’s turn off the nonsense about building a refinery, which we do not need here in Alberta, and start dealing with the fact that we do need pipelines.”Political Scientist Duane Bratt with Mount Royal University said refineries cost billions of dollars and there is an entire regulatory process around building them, making it a risky venture.“I can see the benefits of a refinery, I’m not sure about the economics of a refinery. But this would take 10 years or longer, it is not a short-term solution,”Bratt said that when the NDP was in opposition they talked about refineries and upgrading all the time, but it’s taken them three and a half years in office to mention it again.last_img read more

Speaker PM to meet IGP on controversial telephone call

The Prime Minister said he hopes to meet the IGP today while the Speaker said he will meet the IGP next week. The IGP was heard assuring the caller he repeatedly addressed as “sir, sir” and assuring that he had given “very clear instructions to the director of the FCID not to arrest the Nilame.” (Colombo Gazette) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are to meet Inspector of General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara on a controversial telephone call he had with a Minister which was captured on television.Jayasuriya and the Prime Minister informed Parliament today that the telephone call will be discussed with the Police chief. President Maithripala Sirisena had this week demanded an explanation from the IGP who was filmed assuring someone on the telephone that he had instructed the Financial Crimes Investigations Division not to arrest a “Nilame.” read more

Bombardier results headed for upswing over next two years say analysts

Bombardier results headed for upswing over next two years, say analysts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 19, 2013 4:43 pm MDT MONTREAL – Bombardier’s fourth-quarter results aren’t expected to be stellar, but industry analysts believe the transportation giant is headed for at least two years of improvement primarily from a rebound in its aerospace division.David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity says the company will post “much improved operating earnings in 2013 and especially after 2014 from a rebound in aerospace demand.”Montreal-based Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) is expected to cap 2012 by announcing this week that it earned 10 cents per share in adjusted profits on US$5.04 billion of revenue in the final quarter of the fiscal year, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.That compares to 12 cents per share on US$4.3 billion of revenues in the prior year.The manufacturer will also issue its 2013 guidance Thursday, likely to include aircraft deliveries, capital expenditures, free-cash flow and details on its pension deficit.“We believe Bombardier should provide an upbeat outlook message,” Tyerman wrote in a report, pointing to stronger results from both divisions driven by increase sales and margins.The business jet industry is starting to enjoy a cyclical recovery, even though deliveries remain below previous peak levels. Regional airlines are expected to place new orders from increasing the size of their planes or ordering fuel-efficient turboprops.Bombardier’s new CSeries, whose first test flight has been delayed until June, could deliver six planes in 2014, predicts Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial.He sees potential of Bombardier’s shares to increase in the second half of this year if the development of the 110 to 149-seat aircraft isn’t further delayed and if the first flight triggers additional orders.The analyst increased his one-year share price target to C$4.25 from C$4 despite lowering his 2013 earnings forecast by nine per cent to 39 cents per share. He also introduced a 45 cents per share profit in 2014.Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets is more bullish, with a $6 price target, including $1.16 per share attributed to the CSeries. He also said Bombardier’s shares could potentially rise to $10 in the long-term.“We continue to believe the stock is attractive at current levels and represents a good long-term buying opportunity,” he wrote, adding that the low share price is unwarranted given the record order backlog.Poirier said the company’s financial position is “adequate” after having raised $2 billion to fund its costly development programs, but it has less cushion if further issues arise. He expects free cash flow will take a hit from aerospace spending.The analyst said he’s confident the CSeries will have its first flight before the June deadline, adding that other test planes are being built and the Pratt & Whitney engines should soon be certified by Transport Canada.The announced merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways to create the world’s largest carrier is good news in the long-term, but potential orders could be delayed by at least two years as they integrate the carriers, he said. Other potential orders include SkyWest, Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) and Qatar Airways.Poirier also believes the entry of Bombardier’s Learjet 85 could be delayed by six to nine months from the second half of 2013.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares gained four cents to $4.11 on Tuesday. read more

GO Transit service not affected by pay hike for Metrolinx employees Matthews

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 21, 2014 11:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The governing Liberals are reassuring commuters that GO Transit services won’t be reduced by increased spending on employee wages.About 1,850 staff, including bus drivers and ticket sellers are getting a wage hike of 8.45 per cent over four years, but the cash-strapped government says there’s no extra money to pay for it.Treasury Board president Deb Matthews says Metrolinx, the regional transit authority that runs GO, will have to find the money for the pay increase within its existing budget.But she says it still must maintain or improve GO Transit service, which the government has promised to expand significantly over the next few years.Interim Tory Leader Jim Wilson says if Metrolinx can afford the wage increase, they should have used the money to lower fares instead.He says it’s suspicious that the deal for the pay hike was struck just before the June 12 election.Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins says the deal is affordable and avoided a strike. GO Transit service not affected by pay hike for Metrolinx employees: Matthews read more

Football Iowa upsets No 6 Ohio State 5524 effectively ending Buckeyes playoff

Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell tackles Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett during the Hawkeyes’ game against the Buckeyes on Nov. 4. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIOWA CITY, Iowa — No. 6 Ohio State never led for a single second against Iowa, as the unranked Hawkeyes more than doubled its average of 25 points per game and scored the most points ever against an Urban Meyer-coached team Saturday. A week after completing a 15-point fourth-quarter comeback against Penn State that Meyer called the best of his career, Ohio State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) could not make up a 21-point third-quarter deficit and fell 55-24 to Iowa (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) at Kinnick Stadium.Thousands of gold-and-black-clad fans stormed the field to celebrate the win, which crushed Ohio State’s hopes of reaching the College Football Playoff, just as Buckeye fans had done the week before.“Obviously turnovers, they controlled the line of scrimmage, we couldn’t stop them,” Meyer said dejectedly. “Good team, tough environment, we didn’t play very well.”Everything that went right against the Nittany Lions went wrong for Ohio State against the Hawkeyes. “Coming off an emotional win last week against Penn State, and then walking into a hostile environment that we knew, Kinnick Stadium, it’s got it’s Kinnick Curse or whatever you want to call it,” redshirt center Billy Price said. “We just didn’t come prepared today, we weren’t nine units strong and it resulted with the loss today.”Quarterback J.T. Barrett thrust himself into Heisman Trophy contention with a 33-for-39, 328-passing yard performance against the Nittany Lions, but toiled against the Hawkeyes, completing 18-of-34 passes for 208 yards and rushing for a team-high 14 carries for 63 yards. His game-opening interception was just his first of career-high four interceptions. He drove the Buckeyes down the field 80, 74 and 77 yards on the second, third and fourth drives, respectively. But Ohio State picked up just 33 yards on its next seven drives combined.Leading by 14 points late in the third quarter, Iowa sent its field-goal unit onto the field for what seemed to be a short field goal, but instead delivered a gut punch to Ohio State. Rather than kicking, the Hawkeyes spread the formation out and punter Colten Rastetter hit long snapper Tyler Kluver for an 18-yard gain as Meyer stood beside the side judge and decided not to call a timeout. On the next play, Quarterback Nate Stanley hit tight end T.J. Hockenson for a 2-yard touchdown, extending the lead to three touchdowns.The Hawkeyes took advantage of the Buckeyes’ weak secondary as Stanley went 20-of-31 for 226 yards and finished with a season-high five touchdowns. Tight ends Hockenson and Noah Fant led Iowa with five and four catches for 71 and 54 yards, respectively.“It’s kind of hard to explain [the feeling of the loss],” Lewis said. “Have the feeling of embarrassment, feeling of just… As a leader, I feel like I let a lot of people down.”Iowa relied heavily on speedy running back Akrum Wadley, who took 20 carries 118 yards. The Hawkeyes averaged 6.4 yards per carry, more than any team has rushed for against Ohio State in a single game this season.“Nobody expected that, I don’t think, on the defense because we play defense and take pride in stopping the run,” redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said.Though the Hawkeyes entered the game having only scored 20-plus points in half of their eight games, they reached the threshold with 13:41 remaining in the second quarter as the Buckeyes seemed incapable of stopping, or even slowing down the Hawkeyes. Iowa outgained Ohio State 487-371 in total yards and picked up 24 first downs.“You expect to go into every game and dominate and play like the Silver Bullets,” Lewis said. “Obviously it didn’t turn out that way. We’ve just got to bounce back.”Ohio State allowed Penn State to score its first touchdown 15 seconds into the game last Saturday. This week, Iowa one-upped the Nittany Lions as sophomore safety Amani Hooker intercepted Barrett’s first pass attempt and ran it back for the game’s opening touchdown, just eight seconds into the game.Ohio State abandoned its running backs during the majority of the game. J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber combined for 11 carries and 78 yards. Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa was flagged and ejected for targeting for a head-to-head hit on Stanley near the end of the second quarter. The Buckeyes will be back in action at noon Saturday when they take on No. 24 Michigan State at Ohio Stadium. read more

id Software reveals Rage installation options for Xbox 360 PS3

first_imgid Software’s latest FPS Rage is only a few weeks away now, with a planned launch on October 4 in the U.S. and October 7 across Europe. We’ve reported previously about the expected disc numbers and install size of the game on the Xbox 360, but now we have official confirmation of the options for both the 360 and PS3.If you are a PS3 owner then you’re certainly going to have an easier, or at least quicker entry into the game. It comes on one Blu-ray disc and has an 8GB installation. That’s still a huge amount of data to transfer on to your console’s hard drive, and an amount it seems id had to get Sony to agree to, but it’s worth it for shorter load times during play.For Xbox 360 owners, expect to be carrying home a heavier than usual game case. That’s because it will contain 3 DVDs as that’s the minimum number the data would fit on. The pain continues when you get home as the installation can be as much as 22GB. However, id has worked around such a big install by allowing you the option of only installing sections at a time.Due to the way in which the game playthrough works, you do not need to disc swap as you progress through the game. Disc one is the first section of the game, disc two the second, and so on. So id allows you the option of installing just the data from the first disc. Once you’ve completed that section you can uninstall it and install the second disc’s content etc.Such an option should come as some relief for gamers who already have 360 hard drives almost full of game data and digital downloads. It also means waiting to play the game won’t take as long if you choose the single-disc install option. It may mean some later frustration though, when you need to do another install.Read more at the Eurogamer Tim Willits interview, via Kotakulast_img read more

Bahamas Public Forecast

first_imgFORECASTER: G. GREENE /C.G Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 29, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS A PUBLIC FORECAST FOR THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT THURSDAY 29TH JUNE 2017 ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 12PMGENERAL SITUATION:  A SURFACE TROUGH ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS WILL WEAKEN AND MOVE WEST OF THE AREA THIS EVENING AS FRONTAL BOUNDARY DISSIPATES NEAR CENTRAL FLORIDA. MEANWHILE LARGE HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT BRISK WINDS OVER THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.SPECIAL WARNINGS: MARINERS AND BEACHGOERS ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND SE BAHAMAS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR THE MODERATE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS AND DANGEROUS SURF ALONG EASTERN SHORELINES.NORTHWEST BAHAMASWEATHER:  VARIABLE CLOUDS, HOT AND HUMID WITH WIDELY SCATTERED SHOWERS OR ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TODAY, SOME LOCALLY HEAVY AT TIMES. PARTLY CLOUDY AND WARM TONIGHT WITH THE CHANCE OF A PASSING SHOWER OR TWO.ADVISORY: BOATERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS, FALLING LIGHT AND VARIABLE AT TIMES.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN.CENTRAL AND  SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.WEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY, HOT AND BREEZY WITH PASSING SHOWERS OR A POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORM LIKELY TODAY. FEW CLOUDS AND BREEZY TONIGHT WITH THE CHANCE OF ONE OR TWO PASSING SHOWERS.ADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT CAUTION CONTINUES FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.WINDS:  EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 4 TO 7 FEET OVER THE OCEAN.DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE  91 °F      33 °COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE 77 °F      25 °CSUNSET: 8:03 PM  THU                   SUNRISE: 8:04 AM  FRIMOONRISE: 12:03 PM THU             MOONSET: 1:18 AM FRIHIGH TIDE: 1:10 PM THU                1:27 AM  FRILOW TIDE: 7:19 PM  THU               7:56 AM  FRIWEATHER OUTLOOK FOR FRIDAY: PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY, HOT AND HUMID WITH FEW PASSING SHOWERS OR POSSIBLE ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

ASA Partners with PrecisionAg Institute for 2nd Big Data Workshop

first_imgASA Director Jerry Bambauer speaks at the Big Data Workshop in Ohio this week.ASA joined with the PrecisionAg Institute on Feb. 16, for a Big Data Workshop at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.  The event attracted 200 farmers, industry suppliers, ag retailers, government agency officials and consultants. The workshop began with opening remarks from ASA Director Jerry Bambauer (OH) and Ohio Agribusiness Association President and CEO Chris Henney.  Bambauer discussed the important role precision agriculture and data play in farming today, particularly in terms of the potential these tools hold for helping farmers demonstrate sustainability.  Bambauer also mentioned ASA’s work with the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association and many other agriculture groups to develop the Privacy and Security Principles for Farm Data.Farmers, university and industry experts in precision agriculture and data management gave presentations about the value of data, security and privacy concerns, standardization needs, data and sustainability, and best management practices to maximize the value of on farm data. For more information on the workshop, contact Michelle Hummel in the ASA office at mhummel@soy.org.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Google advises employers to invest in people as much as technology

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live 2017: Employers should ensure they invest in their people as much as in new technologies in order to create an empowering organisational culture and a strong business environment.In the closing keynote address at Employee Benefits Live 2017 in a session titled ‘How can HR lead the workplace and digital transformations?’, Yuval Dvir (pictured), head of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) online partnerships at Google, said: “Technology can only be as good as people. People are still as important, if not more important, than technology and I think in the past decades we’ve been focusing too much on technology and less on people.”During the session, Dvir explained the influential impact that senior leaders and managers have on shaping organisational culture, and how this culture is vital in enabling employees to feel secure and autonomous enough to be innovative and creative to deliver business goals. “People also have a constraint or a restraint in a way; they can only be as good as the culture,” he said. “If it’s open enough, if it’s providing the physical, psychological safety, if [employees] are free to speak up, empowerment and all those things are crucial for the culture. Culture is derived from the leadership.”However, modern workplace practices, such as flexible-working arrangements, can dislodge how managers feel about their own chain of command, because these arrangements can remove the level of control that some managers are used to. Instead, managers should be the ones to initiate flexibility. Dvir said: “[Employers] have to lead by example, and not just the person at the top. That bit really needs to trickle down to managers and that’s a difficult thing to do because, nowadays with the demands and the requirements of employers, it takes a lot of the control that managers used to have.”What people expect and want from their jobs has also transformed, with many employees swapping a work=to-live mentality for an ethos based on having purpose and meaning within the workplace. This leads to questions around the validity of the traditional nine-to-five working day and whether employees should instead be compensated for work that they perform outside of these hours.Employers should, therefore, avoid categorising their people. Being able to create a well-balanced team with a positive culture is more important than the individual employees who comprise the team, said Dvir. “When we talk about performance review, we talk about individuals, not teams,” he said. “How the team operates and the culture of the team is way more important than who is on the team because as humans, we like to pigeon-hole everybody. We like to categorise everyone. The key thing that’s missing over here is context.”For example, certain employees may be categorised as one personality type in some situations, but have different characteristics when dealing with another situation, which should be taken into consideration when forming teams.“Nothing is done in isolation,” said Dvir. “Everything is really well connected and that’s an important thing because context in the workplace, context when we talk about employee benefits or anything else, needs to be taken into consideration because if [employers] can forget one variable or another, then [they] miss out on everything.”last_img read more

YouTube removes ads from antivaccination video channels

first_img Tags Google Alphabet Inc. Related story YouTube’s ‘whack-a-mole approach’ to child safety isn’t working, critics say Tech Industry Commentscenter_img Share your voice Getty Images YouTube said Friday that it’s removing ads that appear on video channels featuring anti-vaccination content. The move comes after some marketers pulled ads from the platform because they didn’t know they were appearing with videos that discourage vaccinations. BuzzFeed, which first inquired about the anti-vaccination videos with YouTube, earlier reported the news. 21 “We have strict policies that govern what videos we allow ads to appear on, and videos that promote anti-vaccination content are a violation of those policies,” a YouTube spokeswoman said in a statement. “We enforce these policies vigorously, and if we find a video that violates them, we immediately take action and remove ads.”While YouTube, which is owned by Google, is dropping the ads from those channels, the policy is not new. Anti-vaccination content was already considered harmful content, and should not have been monetized in the first place, but those videos slipped through YouTube’s filters. Lawmakers have recently put pressure on tech giants to stop the spread of misinformation concerning vaccinations. Earlier this month, Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, wrote an open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai urging him to fix the problem of anti-vax content on the search giant’s platforms. “There is strong evidence to suggest that at least part of the source of this trend is the degree to which medically inaccurate information about vaccines surfaces on the websites many Americans get their information, among them YouTube and Google search,” Schiff wrote. The news also comes after advertisers, including AT&T and Fornite maker Epic Games, said they would boycott YouTube for their ads appearing next to content that promoted child exploitation. last_img read more

Parties Are Serious Business for DC Marketing Entrepreneur

first_imgMitchel Brooks IV, co-founder of the Urbane Group, (Courtesy Photo)While D.C. has its fair share of party promotion companies, the Urbane Lifestyle and Entertainment Group does more than promote. “We offer marketing services to a lot of corporate organizations and non-profit organizations,” Mitchel Brooks IV, told the AFRO.So it’s not just about getting people into a club and packing them in like sardines, he continued, “We look to direct the event and advocate for our clients whether they’re more social or social justice [driven].“Organizations such as the National Bar Association, for example, have come to us to curate a [Congressional Black Caucus] event. They came to us for campaign marketing, collateral, graphic design, website creation and outreach.”Not only does the Urbane Group focus on producing events for clients, but creating a memorable environment for guests. “Oftentimes, folks in Washington, D.C. – especially these highly educated, upwardly mobile professionals – go out to stand around. They get too concerned or caught up in who’s there and who will see them,” he said. “But I strongly believe you get a vibe and overall feeling when you walk into one of our projects compared to when you walk into any random happy hour or night life event on a Thursday night. We’ve had customers and brands that tell us they feel a difference. They’re able to let loose and have fun.”Brooks co-founded the entertainment and marketing company while studying to receive his MBA at Florida A&M University.  “I really wanted to create unique experiences that were missing from the marketplace in Tallahassee,” he said.The company’s first event took place at FAMU’s homecoming in 2009. After graduation, he relocated to D.C. With a team of 26 people, the company expanded to Houston, Chicago, Charlotte, St. Louis, and Miami.“Folks know that when we’re producing a project, it’s going to be as one of a kind and authentic as humanly possible, and I think that’s what folks have come to appreciate about our brand in D.C.”For more information, visit urbaneworldwide.com.last_img read more

Netflix Shines for Lee ByunghunStarrer Mr Sunshine

first_imgLee (“G.I. Joe,” “Red 2,”) is accompanied by Kim Tae-ri The Handmaiden, who plays the aristocrat’s daughter. Other cast include Yoo Yeon-seok, Kim Min-jung, and Byun Yo-han.“We have seen so much passion for top quality Korean stories, and the pedigree of a title like ‘Mr. Sunshine’ is a significant step forward in building a strong Korean content library for our members around the world,” said Rob Roy, Netflix VP of content acquisition. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Netflix has picked up multi-territory rights to Mr Sunshine, a new Korean period drama series starring Lee Byung-hun.The show is written by Kim Eun-sook and directed by Lee Eung-bok, the pair who created smash it series “Descendants of the Sun.” Production is by Hwa&Dam Pictures, one of Korea’s top drama production firms, and Studio Dragon, who teamed up with Hwa&Dam for Goblin and Bravo My Life.Running to 24-episodes, “Mr Sunshine” will premiere exclusively on Netflix starting July 7, with episodes streaming on the same day of its Korean broadcast in the U.S. and most Asian territories. The series will then premiere in Japan on July 8, and the rest of the world on July 19.Based in Shinmiyangyo, or the U.S. expedition to Korea in the late 19th century, Mr. Sunshine tells the story of a Korean boy born into a family of a house servant running away to board an American warship, later to return to his homeland as a U.S. marine officer. He falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter and discovers the dark scheme to colonize the country that he once ran away from.last_img read more

Dwarkanath Tagore bust unveiled in London

first_imgLondon: Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, best known for his significant role in the Bengal Renaissance of the 19th century, has been honoured with a new bust in London. The grandfather of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was among the first Indian industrialists, also known as merchant princes, investing in a range of businesses from steam engines to banking in the 1820s. He died during a visit to the UK in August 1846 and was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery in north-west London, where his bust was unveiled yesterday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “He was a Tagore who uplifted the face of trade and business long before his grandson Rabindranath Tagore received the Nobel Prize in Literature. He believed the sky’s the limit and his range of accomplishments spanned from coal, tea, jute, shipping, banking and the list can go on,” said Anirban Mukhopadhyay, President of London Sharad Utsav (LSU), among the groups behind the new statue. After decades amid thousands of other graves, LSU joined hands with the Bengal Heritage Foundation and with the support of the British Council, iLead (Kolkata), Friends of Kensal Green (London) launched the bust and a plaque marking Dwarkanath’s contributions. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Scores of people from the British Bengali community gathered for the event here. Kolkata-based businessman Pradeep Chopra travelled all the way from India with his family for the occasion. “I always wanted to break this fallacy that entrepreneurship is not for Bengalis and they are only meant to be doctors or professors. Entrepreneurship has been in the roots of Bengal since Dwarkanath’s era and some of the best entrepreneurs in the country can be from Bengal just like he was,” Chopra said. The ceremony was also marked by the presence of Saikat Maitra, Vice Chancellor of Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad University of Technology, who also flew in from India. “Emulation of corporate mindset and management of business by Dwarkanath needs to be presented in a more effective way before the next generation,” Maitra said. Dwarkanath died aged 52 at St. George’s Hotel in London during a major thunderstorm in the city. Britain’s then Queen, Victoria, and husband Prince Albert, who had welcomed him to their court like “an old friend” earlier, sent four carriages to the funeral for a so-called “princely” send-off. “Very few Indians are aware of Prince Dwarkanath Tagore’s tomb in London. From coal to banking to trading, he successfully set the foundation of an industrial Bengal and internationalisation of India,” said Sourav Nyogi, President of the Bengal Heritage Foundation, which spearheaded the project. “Our effort is a humble tribute to this great son of Bengal and to keep his heritage alive for the future generations,” he said.last_img read more

Sunny Coast still popular for Kiwis

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: V.V Tourism Queensland’s chief in New Zealand says the Sunshine Coast is still a hit with Kiwis following the region’s recovery from the impact of January’s floods.The Sunshine Coast Daily reported Graeme Manson said TQ was “very optimistic” the region would return to strong figures during the peak April to October period.Mr Manson forecasts growth of two to three per cent in arrivals compared to the same period last year, despite recovery still continuing in earthquake-ravaged Christchurch.“The overall message is we’re very positive with the market,” he said.“From a [TQ] perspective, [New Zealand] is still our number one source market.”Mr Manson said about 420,000 Kiwis visited Queensland each year, with some 80,000 arriving on the Coast.He said TQ was working hard to erase the misconception New Zealanders held over the effect of the floods, and that the organisation would launch several campaigns in New Zealand from now until June to promote the Sunshine Coast.last_img read more

Report Borrower Confusion Limiting HARPs Influence

first_img Undoubtedly, broadening eligibility for the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) has allowed more borrowers to benefit from the program. However, HARP rules aren’t the only obstacles stunting refinance volume. A report from the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General””:http://fhfaoig.gov/ (FHFA OIG) found a lack of borrower education is also a critical barrier to the program. [IMAGE]HARP was first introduced in March 2009 with the expectation that four to five million borrowers would be refinanced under the program. In September 2011, the program refinanced fewer than one million borrowers, according to the report. With the introduction of HARP 2.0, which removed the 125 percent loan-to-value ratio ceiling, refinance volume surged and is now at 2.6 million as of “”May””:https://themreport.com/articles/fhfa-sees-drop-in-refinances-as-harp-volume-hits-2013-low-2013-07-26. The program also recently received a two-year “”extension””:https://themreport.com/articles/fhfa-to-extend-harp-through-2015-2013-04-11 and is scheduled to expire December 31, 2015. [COLUMN_BREAK] Although some analysts suggested removing additional program rules could increase eligibility, FHFA OIG found education also remains an important issue. “”[M]any borrowers have not heard of the program, confuse the program with other government housing programs, or do not realize that they are eligible,”” the report stated. For one, the report explained under HARP 1.0, lenders turned borrowers away because of credit and process overlays and capacity restraints, leaving borrowers under the impression that they were not eligible. Due to changes over the years, FHFA OIG stated lenders have largely removed credit and process overlays and increased their capacity. Also, borrowers may not realize they can refinance with any participating lender. To encourage participation, lenders also solicit HARP-eligible borrowers. According to the report, some borrowers fail to respond because they don’t recognize the lender or they assume ineligibility since they are underwater. To increase credibility, the GSEs have allowed lenders to co-brand and use the GSEs’ names in solicitation materials. Also, to encourage borrowers who simply are not interested, lenders are able to make a contribution of up to $2,000 to reduce the unpaid principal balance. The amount is not reimbursed by the GSEs. In address borrower misconceptions, FHFA announced plans to implement a nationwide public relations campaign to further educate borrowers about the program. Report: Borrower Confusion Limiting HARP’s Influence Share in Governmentcenter_img August 2, 2013 433 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FHFA HARP Investors Lenders & Servicers Refinance Service Providers 2013-08-02 Esther Cholast_img read more

Researchers develop new early citrus greening dete

first_img Researchers develop new early citrus greening dete … Farm equipment maker Deere’s dealers hit hard by t … You might also be interested in “We aim to further accommodate our client’s growth in agrofood,” explained Emile Hoogsteden, Director of Containers, Breakbulk & Logistics at the Port of Rotterdam Authority. “The Rotterdam Food Hub offers excellent opportunities for this: not only are Maasvlakte’s large deep-sea container terminals just a stone’s throw away, but the Rotterdam Food hub will also have access to multiple berths for sea-going vessels especially equipped for refrigerated cargo.”Berths for inland vessels will also be available and warehouses will be located immediately adjacent to the quays to enable refrigerated and frozen cargo to be stored, processed or transported quickly. “In agrofood, we work with perishable goods, so speed is crucial,” said Hoogsteden.Another advantage of the Rotterdam Food Hub is that various shared facilities can be used on the site. For instance, quays and services for transport, storage, access control and customs can be shared efficiently. Hoogsteden:“The Rotterdam Food Hub forms a fantastic and extremely welcome addition to the agrofood hotspots that already exist in the Port of Rotterdam, such as Cool Port and the large cold storage warehouses including at Maasvlakte and Eemhaven,” Hoogsteden said. “Its location close to Greenports such as Barendrecht, Ridderkerk and Westland is, of course, also ideal.” Grapes in Charts: U.S. market has seen flat volume … center_img May 03 , 2019 Of the 60 hectares, approximately 45 hectares are available for issue to companies, and land allocation discussions are already ongoing with candidates for some 35 hectares. Preparatory works such as soil surveys already took place this spring and the construction of a temporary road and utilities for the building work will start from June.The development of the site, which will be known as ‘Kop van de Beer’ (Head of the Bear), will start in July with construction work for the site’s first client. The first companies will be operational there by the end of 2020.Rotterdam is by far the biggest agrofood import and export port in Western Europe. As far as imports are concerned, the top three are successively citrus fruits, bananas and grapes. A lot of fruit juices also find their way to the consumer via Rotterdam.Vegetables, onions and potatoes are the biggest exports, followed by pork, poultry products, cheese, outdoor plants and herring. The country to which most agrofoods are exported from Rotterdam is China, while most imported products come from South Africa, Brazil and Costa Rica. Ethical Trading Initiative terminates Fyffes’ memb … The Dutch Port of Rotterdam says it is launching a “Food Hub”, expanding its position as Western Europe’s biggest transit port for agricultural, horticultural and fishery sector products.A 60-hectare industrial site is being prepared to offer optimal facilities for agrofood sector companies.The Port of Rotterdam Authority says that population growth and increasing prosperity, particularly in emerging economies, have resulted in agrofood becoming a growth market.After the U.S., the Netherlands is the world’s largest agriculture exporter. Almost €92 billion was traded in 2017, which is one of the reasons why the Port of Rotterdam, with its 16 million tonnes of throughput per year, is market leader in Western Europe.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Tourism Authorit

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will be holding its annual PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart (AT&RTCM 2016) in Chiang Rai next year.The conference and travel mart will be taking place at the Dusit Island Resort in the city of Chiang Rai, Thailand from 17 to 19 February  2016 under the theme “Creating Experiences, Sharing Opportunities”.The PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2016 is a three-day event that brings together tourism professionals in the adventure travel and responsible tourism sectors, to discuss opportunities for promoting environmental protection and social sustainability.“PATA is excited to have the opportunity to showcase the historic northern city of Chiang Rai, Thailand. The city has so much to offer today’s travellers wishing to experience natural beauty, indigenous culture, and rich heritage,” said PATA CEO Mario Hardy.“The choice of the destination reflects the growing importance of dispersing tourists to emerging destinations, an issue the Association has been actively promoting through such activities as the PATA CEO Challenge 2015. This event is the perfect opportunity for travel trade professionals to learn first hand about this fast growing tourist destination.”Sugree Sithivanich, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand added,“TAT has been encouraging tourism that promotes the environment and contributes to social and cultural betterment. It is in line with the “balanced philosophy” of tourism, which ensures that economic benefits of tourism go hand-in-hand with environmental and cultural preservation.“Chiang Rai is an ideal destination for the Conference & Mart. In addition to being a wonderful destination in its own right, it also lies at the heart of the Golden Triangle region where the Thai border meets with those of Myanmar and Lao PDR. So visitors will be able to get a three-in-one package by being able to visit all three destinations for the cost of one.”Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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