Heat-beating beans resist climate change

first_imgBeans are a staple for hundreds of millions of people, mostly in Latin America and Africa. But these legumes, which originated in cool highlands, are particularly sensitive to excessive warmth—so much so that by 2050, climate change might cut in half the amount of land suitable for growing them. Plant breeders with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia, are aiming to fix that problem. Using samples from gene banks, they recently identified 30 varieties of common beans that can stand up to temperatures that would otherwise cause the crops to fail.The advance is “pretty novel and interesting,” says Scott Jackson, a bean geneticist at the University of Georgia, Athens, who was not involved in the study.Worried about the impact of rising temperatures, a group at CIAT led by plant breeder Stephen Beebe examined more than 1000 bean varieties stored in gene banks. Other researchers had previously bred these varieties to cope with drought and poor soil. In many cases, they had crossed common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)—which include black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans—with a distant relative, the tepary bean (Phaseolus acutifolius). Tepary, which grows in northern Mexico and the southwest United States, is not well suited for farming—it has small beans and is prone to soil infections—but it resists drought and heat.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Here’s the trouble with heat. Typically, common bean yields will start to decline once temperatures exceed 18°C to 19°C at night. That’s when the bean plants flower and undergo pollination. But excessive heat interferes, somehow hindering the plants’ ability to set seed. It also makes the plants grow less efficiently.So Beebe and his colleagues deliberately planted samples of these 1000 varieties in two places even hotter: the lowlands along the northern coast of Colombia and a research field at the University of Tolima, southwest of Bogotá. During the field season, the temperature at night never dipped below 23°C.Then the researchers checked for seed pods, a sign that pollination has been successful. Only 30 lines had coped. Most of these lines had tepary as a parent, suggesting its DNA was helping the plants tolerate heat. It’s not easy to get heat tolerance from tepary into common beans, says James Kelly, a bean breeder at Michigan State University in East Lansing, who was not involved in the study. “If they have achieved that, which this hints at, they’ve made quite remarkable progress.”In other measurements, pollen viability in the six best beans exceeded 64%, compared with 20% in heat-susceptible varieties; ­optimal conditions yield about 80% viability. “I’m really happy with the progress,” Beebe says. He will present the results, which have not been peer-reviewed, tomorrow at a meeting in Addis Ababa for donors to the CGIAR Fund, which supports research at CIAT and related centers.“Heat tolerance is a very important trait for bean production in Central America and the Caribbean,” says James Beaver, a plant breeder at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, who was not involved in the study. “The release of heat-tolerant bean cultivars should help farmers to cope with anticipated changes in the climate.”Much testing remains before the varieties can be released to farmers, a process that could take several years. Luckily, the National Institute of Agricultural Technology in Nicaragua has already developed one of these varieties, SEN 52, for drought resistance. They released it as a commercial variety named INTA Negro Precoz in 2013. In Beebe’s tests for heat tolerance, it was also one of the best-performing varieties.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2011: Sania-Elena crash out in semis

first_imgIndian ace Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina crashed out of the women’s doubles semi-finals at Wimbledon after going down in straight sets to Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik in London on Friday.The fourth seeded Indo-Russian due went down 3-6, 1-6 to the second seeds Peschke of the Czech Republic and Srebotnik of Slovakia in a match that lasted for an hour and five minutes.Sania, who lost to Virginie Razzano of France in the first round of women’s singles, entered the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles with Rohan Bopanna.Sania and Vesnina committed as many as five unforced errors compared to their opponents’ two and that proved to be their undoing. To add to their troubles, Venina failed to return well and Sania struggled on her serve. The second set was a horrific experience for the duo as their rivals totally dominated and finished it off in 27 minutes.In the pre- quarterfinals, sixth seeded Sania and Bopanna downed unseeded Czech Republic’s Martin Damm and Renata Voracova 6- 3, 6- 0. They will next meet Australian Paul Hanley and Su- Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei in the quarter- finals.Result:Katarina Srebotnik/Kveta Peschke (SLO/CZE x2) bt Sania Mirza/Elena Vesnina (IND/RUS x4) 6-3, 6-1last_img read more

13 Unbelievably Cool Jobs Hiring Now

first_img10. Associate Manager, Consumer Marketing in Addison, IllinoisThe Company: Pampered ChefJob Description: “We are looking for a customer-centric, passionate and data-driven consumer marketing manager who will grow consumer awareness, demand and revenue of Pampered Chef’s kitchen products, services and cooking experiences through our consultant network,” according to the job listing. “In this role, you will identify and position Pampered Chef strongly with highly attractive consumer segments, delighting and inspiring them at each stage in their path to purchase.”What Employees Say: “Very friendly people. Open culture and great work benefits and awesome place to learn.” —Former EmployeeLearn More 8. Proposal Writer in Laurel, MarylandThe Company: VerizonJob Description: “This position has direct responsibility for the performance of all Verizon Wireless government contracts that impacts the ability of Verizon Wireless effectively meeting revenue objectives, sales, plans, and audit requirements,” according to the job listing, which adds that you will “ facilitate the federal contract [and] proposal process as per guidelines and procedures developed, maintained and taught by the federal contracts and proposals department [and] collaborate with cross-functional team members on various contractual [and] proposal opportunities to facilitate processing and approval and to ensure accurate and timely deliverables.” What Employees Say: “Engaged management; organization communications on a regular basis; flexible work arrangements.” —Former EmployeeLearn More 4. Park Planning and Stewardship Division Chief in Silver Spring, MarylandThe Company: Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning CommissionJob Description: “The Chief of the Park Planning and Stewardship Division (PPSD) reports to the Deputy Director of Administration and provides overall strategic direction, planning, organizing, and execution of the Division’s mission and goals for the maintenance and development of the County’s Parks system,” according to the job listing. “The Chief is responsible for long-range master planning for parks and trails, stewardship of natural and cultural resources, and resource and data analysis.”What Employees Say: “Great company to work for! You’ll be welcomed into a team of colleagues who are quick on their feet and willing to help.” —Current EmployeeLearn More 6. Creative Developer in New York, New YorkThe Company: SquarespaceJob Description: “Squarespace seeks a Creative Developer for websites who shares our passion for building the future of the web,” according to the job listing. “The ideal candidate is driven to keep up with the latest techniques in web design and development, and has an eye for differentiating between design fads and worthwhile trends. You are equally comfortable working autonomously or collaborating with a team. When you look at an innovative website, you immediately open the inspector. You are a rare blend of creative and technical. No detail escapes you. You are ready to join a team building impactful, award-winning websites for a world-renowned publishing platform.” What Employees Say: “The single best thing about working at Squarespace is that management at every level really care about and listens to their employees. It’s hard to recount every little thing that Squarespace does to make their employees feel at home. God forbid tragedies strike New York City again, but when the NJ Transit derailed, the company sent employees living in New Jersey home by cars to get them home safely.” —Current EmployeeLearn More 3. Interior Designer in Indianapolis, INThe Company: Buckingham CompaniesJob Description: “The Interior Designer will lead real estate projects with accountability for the design of interior spaces in new developments and renovated existing buildings; meeting functional and aesthetic goals; researching and purchasing FFE; determining space requirements; and creating the most aesthetic appeal and functionality for the space.”What Employees Say: “Buckingham is one of the best employers I’ve ever had… They are focused on growing our organization and they realize that investing in their people is the foundation to delivering exceptional results. They are not afraid of change and encourage feedback from employees.” —Current EmployeeLearn More 9. Environmental/Remediation/Radiological Engineer in Sacramento, CaliforniaThe Company: Cabrera ServicesJob Description: “Cabrera Services, Inc. is searching for an experienced and knowledgeable professional to conduct office [and] field engineering duties in support of environmental investigations and remediation [and] construction projects throughout the United States,” according to the job listing. “Primary duties include supporting proposal development; preparing work plans; overseeing field work and; preparing reports. Other duties are as assigned by management.”What Employees Say: “You can take on as much responsibility or work as you want—everyone [is] very happy to help! You can grow quickly in this firm!” —Current EmployeeLearn More 7. Pastry Chef in Sacramento, CaliforniaThe Company: The Firehouse RestaurantJob Description: “The Firehouse Restaurant, Sacramento’s most award-winning fine dining restaurant, is looking for an experienced and creative fine dining Pastry Chef to join Chef Jay Veregge’s culinary team,” according to the job listing. “The Pastry Chef is responsible for preparing and plating a variety of high-quality desserts, pastries or sweet goods; creating new and innovative desserts that enhance customer satisfaction; keeping the kitchen organized and clean; and ordering pastry supplies. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in culinary arts with a passion for delicious creations, and can assign tasks and motivate workers in a high-volume environment.” What Employees Say: “The staff is great to work with. It is a fast-paced environment and the day goes by quickly.” —Former EmployeeLearn More 2. Talent Acquisition Partner in Boston, MassachusettsThe Company: SeismicJob Description: “As a Talent Acquisition Partner, you will collaborate with the business to attract and select the best talent for their teams,” according to the job listing. “Your passion for recruiting and your ability to distinguish between good and great will enable you to help hire top diverse candidates who will thrive in our organization. Your relationship management and influencing skills will make you a credible partner to the business, providing valuable insights and market trends.” What Employees Say: “The quality of your teammates at Seismic will help elevate you to the next level. Everywhere you turn there is someone exceeding expectations, so tune in, and take notes. The opportunity to learn, but also to make a big long-term impact is unique to companies in this stage of growth.” —Current EmployeeLearn More Work doesn’t have to be work all the time. If you have an unbelievably cool job, it can be fun too. These 13 jobs — from social media manager to pastry chef and javascript developer — sound like they would be a lot of fun. So, get to work (pun intended!) on your resume. 1. Social Media Manager in Venice, CAThe Company: Sony PlayStationJob Description: “The team behind the award-winning Gran Turismo® franchise are seeking a Social Media Manager with great communication skills, a passion for product development, an interest in automotive racing and a strong background in community management to oversee aspects of day-to-day community life. This individual will support SIEAs first party franchise title by moderating social media platforms and forums, spearheading community events, responding to users posts, managing content, and working with Production, Design, Art, PR and Marketing to creating a strong digital presence and fan base loyalty.”What Employees Say: “Playstation swag, the culture, very family-oriented and understanding colleagues and management. Casual work environment , but not inappropriate behavior. Generous PTO and benefits. Good work/life balance.” —Current EmployeeLearn More 5. Sr Experience Designer in Austin, TexasThe Company: HomeAwayJob Description: “As an Experience Designer for HomeAway’s Global Experience Design Group, you’ll thrive at the intersection of the user, data, technology and design. Youll place a deep focus on user insight to help you keenly understand user experience problems and opportunities. That understanding enables you to craft compelling solutions that are intuitive, thoughtful, simple and delightful. If you thrive in a positive environment where you’re surrounded by a supportive, talented and passionate design community who inspire each other to take their craft to the next level, then keep reading.”What Employees Say: “Since John Kim has taken lead, the company has transformed to one of continuous learning, intelligent values, and dedicated culture. There is no shortage of things to keep busy with and the bottom-up approach is preached here. Now is the right time to be here. Just read Expedia’s earning reports for the last year. It’s all HomeAway.” —Current EmployeeLearn More 11. Director, Customer Success in San Francisco, CaliforniaThe Company: PreziJob Description: “The mission of the CSM team is to inspire our business customers in the way they communicate and in the power of visual storytelling through Prezi,” according to the job listing. “Our customers buy Prezi because they want to better engage with their audiences and Prezi helps them do that. Our CSMs are guides for our customer’s transformational journey—they inspire, build, and enable change agents within organizations. Our next Director of Customer Success will be tasked with finding unlocks through our customer’s change management journey and as unlocks are discovered, operationalize them across internal processes and the CSM team.” What Employees Say: “Working with international teams, collaborative, fun, flexible work schedule, always allowing you to stretch.” —Former EmployeeLearn More 12. Senior Communications Strategist in New York, New YorkThe Company: NFLJob Description: “The senior communications strategist will be responsible for proactively developing plans and strategies aimed at publicly positioning the NFL to key audiences through all communication channels, both traditional and emerging media,” according to the job listing. “They will work closely with communications department leadership to create messaging to reflect the league’s wide variety of priorities and expedite organizational decision-making.” What Employees Say: “You’ll work on the biggest brand in professional sports, have the opportunity to stretch yourself professionally if you demonstrate initiative, and learn more in a year there than you will in five years at other companies. Digital Media, NFL Network, and NFL Films are the more creative parts of the organization, but NY is where the power resides.” —Former EmployeeLearn More 13. Java Script Developer in San Francisco, CaliforniaThe Company: AdobeJob Description: “Adobe Creative Cloud is looking for an exceptional Software Engineer who can thrive in a fast-paced, customer-focused environment,” according to the job listing. We want a highly-motivated engineer who can take ownership to build JS components supporting first mile workflows across desktop products. You will be joining a seasoned team of front end JS engineers with a proven track record of innovative Cloud-first features. Ideally you enjoy tackling complex problems, have a deep empathy for customers, and drive tangible results in a team oriented culture.” What Employees Say: “Really great place to work. Loads of flexibility to arrange your own schedule—doctors’ appointments, work-from-home, whatever works for you. Amazing benefits.” —Current EmployeeLearn Morelast_img read more

Newcastle boss Benitez closing on Eibar defender Lejeune, Abraham

first_imgNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is closing on a deal for Eibar defender Lejeune.The Mirror says Benitez is set for a transfer breakthrough by landing defender Lejeune.United will pay £10m up front for the Eibar stopper who can also play defensive midfield.The former Manchester City contracted player, 26, would be Benitez’ first big buy of the summer and he is also searching for a new keeper.Former City keeper Willy Caballero is an option with Mats Selz heading to Anderlecht.Newcastle also hope to land Chelsea England U21 star Tammy Abraham on loan.last_img read more

Parry SHOCKER: Liverpool had Dani Alves deal. We went with Crouch, Pennant…

first_imgFormer Liverpool CEO Rick Parry has spoken of how close they came to signing Brazilian fullback Daniel Alves early in his career.Alves went onto to win everything in the game with Barcelona, but Parry admits Liverpool were close to signing the current Juventus fullback.He told BBC Merseyside: “We had the deal – finally after enormous complications – tied up for Dani Alves and then the decision was should we buy two players or should we spend all of that on a full-back?“Alves wasn’t the player then that he is now. but he always looked like he would be a great player. Would he have been a better signing than (Jermaine) Pennant and (Peter) Crouch for example? Probably yes, but it’s easy with hindsight.“Clearly, we were trying to make that final step. We didn’t have Chelsea’s money so we were trying to be smarter. Looking back, if I could do anything different, it would be to focus on buying one at a time rather than having to buy five or six every season.”last_img read more

​Ex-Everton midfielder Osman backs Klaassen to succeed

first_imgFormer Everton midfielder Leon Osman claims new signing Davy Klaassen will be successful with the Toffees. The Dutch midfielder signed for the Merseyside club from Ajax at the beginning of this month. Osman told the club’s website: “They say that the Dutch league isn’t as good as others around at the moment but he’s still been playing in a very good, competitive league and he’s been one of the standout players there,””That’s all he can do – be the best player in that league and he’s pretty much proven himself to be that. “Now it’s time for him to come to the Premier League and see if he’s going to make that step up too. All the evidence suggests he will be able to do that.”last_img read more

Antonio Rudiger & Emenalo: Why Chelsea’s chief on his case for three years

first_imgThree attempts in three years. Antonio Rudiger and Chelsea. Is this the week Michael Emenalo finally gets his man?Talk of a Monday medical for the AS Roma defender now appears premature. But negotiations are underway – and they have been since Roma were alerted to Kostas Manolas going AWOL from a scheduled meeting with Zenit St Petersburg.With the Greek pulling back from moving to Russia, Roma gave sports director Monchi the green light to entertain talks with Chelsea over Rudiger’s sale.For the moment, in the mad scramble, it’s difficult to nail down some facts. For some in Italy, the deal is done: €33 million cash up front, with another €5 million due in bonuses. Rudiger will be in London on Monday, it’s claimed, for a medical.Erm, not so fast. A bit of ringing around on Saturday and Tribalfootball.com has learned Rudiger’s half-brother, Sahr Senesie, hasn’t been in London since the end of last season. And there were no plans for the agent to fly into the city over the weekend. That’s not to say negotiations have stalled. On the contrary, we’re hearing a fee is being thrashed out of between €35-40 million. The €40 million valuation is Roma’s idea. For Chelsea, they’re reluctant to go higher than €35 million. For the moment, both clubs are happy for intermediaries to negotiate on their behalf before the heavy hitters of Monchi and Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea’s chief dealmaker, step in.”If I kept up with the newspapers I would have left last year and maybe again during the season,” laughed Rudiger last week. “These are things I leave to my brother.”When I was injured, they said I would go to Chelsea, yet I’m still here. The market is not my area, but I can tell you I’m happy in Rome.”As Rudiger hints, he really should already be a Chelsea player. A year ago, with the ink on Antonio Conte’s contract barely dry, Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo had a deal in place for the Germany international.The plan was simple. After a successful year on-loan from VfB Stuttgart, Roma would buy Rudiger outright for €9 million and sell him onto Chelsea after the Euros for €20 million. Having been beaten by Monchi’s predecessor at Roma, Walter Sabatini, to Rudiger’s signature the previous year, Emenalo had a deal in place. But then came the news in the first week of June: Rudiger had broken down in Germany training. The diagnosis? A torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Rudiger’s Euros campaign was over – and his move to Chelsea off.But a year on and everyone is again around the negotiating table. Conte’s opinion hasn’t changed. Nor has Emenalo’s. And while Rudiger is diplomatic in public, he has hinted after two years in Italy’s capital he’s ready for the next phase in his career.”Rome has been good for me. My first step abroad as a young man.”(But) my goal is to improve year upon year. It is nothing personal. It is about me, not the club.”Rudiger does acknowledge the extra year in Italy has helped develop his defensive game.”Definitely. I have improved mainly tactically, which is the main reason why I came to Italy. Here, this is where you learn about defending and tactics. I’ve learned a lot. It was the right step.”You go to Chievo and find the pitch’s grass very high and terribly dry. Then at other grounds it’s the opposite situation. The Italians know how to defend, but also how to attack. I’ve faced many great strikers playing here. It’s taken me to extremes just to match them.”Twelve months on and Chelsea are willing to go higher to convince Roma to sell. And Stuttgart, despite some bitterness over the manner of Rudiger’s departure, are rubbing their hands with glee. A ten per cent sell-on clause will guarantee a tidy windfall for the German club from a player many didn’t rate inside the club.”I heard that,” Rudiger recently reflected. “But it’s not something I worry about. What people outside say means little to me. I was always confident I would succeed here.”Look, I spent many years at VfB and owe them a lot. But when you’re fighting against relegation every year, that’s no coincidence.”We footballers are egoists. But in Roma, it’s more about the team.”Beyond his ability on the pitch, it’s that raw honesty which has also attracted Emenalo these past three years. Just last month, Rudiger went public against Italy’s football establishment, urging FIFA to intervene after a series of racist incidents over the past season. For a dressing room undergoing such major change as Chelsea’s, Rudiger’s strength of character and purpose will be welcome.Sabatini, now in charge of transfers at Inter Milan, confirmed the doubts people had about Rudiger when signing the defender two years ago.”Rudiger? A magnificent player,” he said last week. “Some laughed at the beginning, but now we know he has become a very important player.”Sabatini and Inter are keen, but Rudiger, we’ve been told, sees such a move as a step sideways. His heart is now set on Chelsea, with it emerging today that he’s texted several Roma teammates informing them of his decision.After two failed attempts, it appears third time lucky for Chelsea and Emenalo. And more importantly, a deal that even Conte approves of.last_img read more

Tips for Including Images in HTML Emails

first_imgBased on the results of several tests we conducted, the inclusion of additional images does not increase response rates to advocacy messages or fundraising appeals, nor does it decrease them. While it may not hurt to include properly formatted images in your email message (thought it could hurt if your message gets quarantined or rejected by a potential donor or activist because it looks blank in the preview pane), it also does not appear to help at all.However, if you’ve got a great photo of a charismatic or cuddly animal, beautiful landscape, or appealing person making direct eye contact, you may want to use it – provided you take the time to format your image properly:1) Use smaller header images. Large header images may take a long time to load. They also push the text of your email message farther down the screen, forcing readers to scroll down to read your message or click on the all-important links to the action or donation page. To minimize scrolling and loading time, make sure that the first few paragraphs of your email message (and at least one link to the action or fundraising page) are visible above the fold in your HTML message.2) Always include the image dimensions and alt text. With so many email providers using image-blocking technology these days, HTML messages that don’t include the image dimensions or alternative text can leave your messages looking completely mangled. Specifying image dimensions will ensure that the appropriate amount of blank space is left in place of the image. The alt text (text that appears in place of a blocked image) will clue your readers in to what they should be seeing. However, if you use spacer images (and we don’t recommend them), do not include alt text!3) Cut back on spacer images. Image blocking makes it less attractive to use spacer images as they will manifest themselves as unnecessary little Xs in empty boxes.4) Avoid image overload. While it can be tempting to jam pack HTML messages with images and photos, the more images you include in your message the longer it will take to download. For your list members with dial-up or other slow Internet connections, this can lead to a frustratingly long wait time to read your email messages! Try to avoid sending image-laden messages and be sure to keep the file size of any images you do include to a minimum.5) Consider adding an unobtrusive “view web version” link. This link offers people an option to view the message as it was intended to look. However, keep in mind that this link does constitute another (unnecessary) barrier between your user and whatever it is you want them to do. Ideally, your message should be created so that it’s not necessary to include a link to a web version.Source: http://www.mrss.com/news/Do_Images_Help_Or_Hurt.pdflast_img read more

Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage: From Evidence to Action

first_imgTo read about FCI’s work on misoprostol for PPH, click here.Share this: Posted on August 1, 2011June 19, 2017By: Shafia Rashid, Senior Program Officer, Global Advocacy, Family Care InternationalClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following was originally posted on FCI’s blog. It is reposted here with permission.Around the corner from the New York Stock Exchange, where financial decisions of global importance are made every day, more than 50 obstetricians, midwives, women’s rights advocates, public health programmers, researchers, and policy makers from around the world gathered last week for discussions on a different, but equally momentous, subject. FCI, working in collaboration with Gynuity Health Projects, brought together this diverse group for a two-day meeting to help shape policy and advocacy on the use of the drug misoprostol for the prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). In the developing world, uncontrolled post-partum bleeding is the leading cause of death in childbirth, killing a woman every five minutes.In studies conducted by Gynuity and others, misoprostol has been shown to be a safe and effective medicine both for the prevention and for the treatment of PPH. While another drug, oxytocin, is generally recognized as the “gold standard” among uterotonic drugs for preventing or treating PPH, misoprostol has significant advantages for use in settings where maternal mortality is high and most births take place outside of hospitals: misoprostol is delivered in tablet form, and — unlike oxytocin — requires neither refrigeration nor intravenous administration. Earlier this year, misoprostol was added to the World Health Organization’s Model List of Essential Medicines for the prevention of PPH, providing another opportunity to expand women’s access to this safe and inexpensive medicine. Misoprostol, originally developed for treatment of stomach ulcers, is also used for a range of reproductive health indications, including induction and augmentation of labor and medical abortion.The New York meeting aimed to translate the scientific evidence on misoprostol’s safety and efficacy into effective strategies for expanding women’s access to misoprostol at the country level. After reviewing the scientific research, the global clinical and policy guidelines that shape the use and availability of misoprostol, and the strategies being used by misoprostol advocates and programmers, participants discussed opportunities, barriers, and challenges related to promoting greater access to misoprostol for PPH. Human rights experts framed how access to misoprostol is a human right enshrined in several international frameworks, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Presentations and discussions highlighted the need not only to drive policy change at the country level (e.g., getting misoprostol registered for this indication, including it on national essential drug lists, and incorporating it within national clinical norms and guidelines), but also to ensure that these policies are adequately implemented and funded so that they translate into real progress for women.Presenters from Nepal, Kenya, and Ecuador shared lessons from successful efforts to achieve policy approval and expand distribution of misoprostol, and participants from countries including India, Tanzania, Uganda, Burkina Faso, and Laos also contributed their experiences. These discussions included promising results from several countries where distribution of misoprostol tablets to women in their communities has proven effective in addressing the risk of hemorrhage among women who give birth at home — where more than half of births in the developing world still take place — with extremely low levels of diversion of the drug for other uses, incorrect dosage or timing of administration, or other signs of poor compliance. Attendees also learned about advocacy campaigns in related sectors, including emergency contraception, medical abortion, and the HPV vaccine for cervical cancer, and considered how those lessons may be applied to improving access to misoprostol for PPH.Looking ahead, FCI will work with our partners to develop and implement an advocacy and communications strategy that will drive real progress in helping countries, health care providers, and women themselves address the leading cause of maternal death. Please stay tuned to The FCI Blog for more information as this exciting and important project moves forward.To read FCI’s mapping report on advocacy for access to misoprostol, click here: Mapping_Miso_For_PPH. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

NY Times launches small business coverage

first_imgThis week, the New York Times jumped into the game with a new section focusing on small business. It’s a mix of content from the Times, AllBusiness.com, and Inc.com. Like CNN’s small busines section, the Times offers pieces full of useful advice and tips, as well as profiles of businesses that are succeeding. Just yesterday, they covered the rise of the nationally-famous Zingerman’s Deli, in Ann Arbor, which has expanded to become a gourmet mail-order giant. The unusual story behind Zingerman’s phenomenal growth is that, 15 years ago, the owners created a decades-long vision for their business, rather than the usual 3 – 5 year business plan.last_img read more

Help Build the Collaborative Economy

first_imgEditor’s note: Amy’s questions at the end of this post sparked a conversation at Splashlife.com, so be sure to check out the comments there after reading.How to create a collaborative economy has been tapping at my brain for a while, but I haven’t cracked the code. I need your collaborative juices to figure it out.The good news is that the why and the who of the collaborative economy are a no-brainer, because they’re already in place. Here’s why we need a collaborative economy: The status quo isn’t working. More specifically, college students are having a hell of a time getting jobs. College degrees aren’t necessarily working. Forty percent of 20-somethings move back in with their parents at least once. My dad, now 66, got laid off at 64 and spent a year and a half trying to find employment. And when he finally did, he got laid off again after six months. Why didn’t he just retire? Because the 401(k) that he’d invested in for 20 years tanked. These are just a few of the reasons why the status quo isn’t working. I’m sure you’ve got your own list. As for the who of the collaborative economy, here’s who should participate in the collaborative economy…actually, it’s more like, who shouldn’t participate? In short, anyone who has a skill to offer and who is willing to share their skills for the greater good should pitch in. Luckily, at this very moment in our crappy, confused economy, we—as Americans and as a global community—are comprised of some of the most educated, volunteer-spirited, creative people than at any other time in history. In everyday life, I meet people of all ages who are tech-adept, globally aware, generous, flexible, and eager to take on challenges—way more so now than 10 years ago. I often feel like we, as a community, know that we can no longer take the world’s resources and its people for granted. We’ve been through a disadvantaged economy for long enough now that we know it’s time to get with the program—whatever that program may be. Which is precisely the point. We’ve got smart and capable people raring to go to redesign a new economy and build sustainable employment opportunities. The problem is that we need a better system. We need a better process with tools to help us collaborate. Chances are, with all the apps, websites, social networks, and brainiacs, the tools already exist. It’s just a matter of putting them in place and showing people how to use them in a way that coalesces communities. So, talented readers, can you help me hook up your ideas with other ideas to figure out what the Collaborative Economy looks like? Let’s start with these questions:• With your skill set, what can you bring to the table in a collaborative economy to develop new businesses and work opportunities? • When we’re not meeting in person, what technology should we use to move ideas forward? For instance, should we use Facebook groups, Splashlife, Google+ or something else? • What’s the best way for our ideas to intertwine? As in, what kinds of questions should we ask each other and how should we communicate in person, on the phone, and online?-Amy Schroeder — Amy Schroeder, founder of the DIY Business Association and Venus Zine, writes a biweekly column about figuring out entrepreneurship. She produces the work in partnership with Spashlife.com, a new site that’s like the AARP for people under 30. __This photo was taken at the first Brooklyn DIY Business Association Conference on June 26, 2011, by Eleanor Templetonlast_img read more

Recommend a lawyer for Freelancers Guild!

first_imgFreelancers face a wide range of unique legal challenges, including nonpayment, contract negotiation, and intellectual property disputes.That’s why we launched Freelancers Guild — a lawyer-run, invitation-only group of independent legal professionals who are committed to protecting the rights and interests of their fellow freelancers.Do you have a lawyer to recommend? Let us know!Guild members are able reach new clients via our 350,000+ members and take advantage of marketing channels made possible through the Guild’s collective action.Here are some of the benefits of membership:Listing in Freelancers Union’s app and websitePeer-to-peer referral network among Guild membersMarketing opportunities: webinars, events, blog posts, online resourcesMedia exposure for work with the GuildProfessional connections with like-minded lawyersSubmit your favorite lawyer(s) here!Questions? Feedback? Reach out to us at guild@freelancersunion.org!last_img read more

Confessions of a self-employed mom

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.It’s 9 a.m. I’ve already dealt with a kid drama, a pet catastrophe, AND written a press release.Yes, I’m a “mompreneur.” That’s mom combined with entrepreneur (or in my case, solopreneur).I started my business 18 years ago, before the kids came along. I’d always been the independent type, the one who wanted to go her own way.I paid my dues in the corporate world, working in full-time roles for several companies and at an agency, even a non-profit or two along the way. But, in my mind, it had always been about launching my own business, hanging out my shingle.When the time felt right (let’s face it, if we waited until we were actually ready, would it ever happen?!), I did it—I left my full-time job and struck out on my own. Once things got on an even keel and I knew my business would be successful, we decided to start our family. Our son was born—and I couldn’t have been happier. I could stay home with him and still serve my clients. It was a dream come true.A few years later, my daughter came along. Once again, I was so happy to be able to stay home with my baby while still doing the work I love.Although it’s a great fit for a working mom, does working for oneself and being a mom always mix? Not all the time.Like the time I was on a conference call, and the baby started wailing (thank goodness for the mute button). Or the time I had an important strategy meeting and the sitter canceled at the last minute (that’s what grandmas are for). Or that day when I was on the phone with a brand new client, and the kids decided to have a major blowout argument before I could get out of earshot (good thing the client had a sense of humor). Yes, I’ve literally run from room to room with my laptop and my phone in hand to escape squabbling children.Nah, not so good on those days.But, I’m happy to report, that on MOST days, it does work out quite nicely. Juggling mom duties with my career as a writer and PR consultant has been one of the best moves I’ve ever made.My kids are accustomed to their mom working from home. This means they recognize there are times when I can’t get them a snack or referee a disagreement. To them, it’s worth the wait to have mom at home. It teaches them a lesson in patience and respectfulness.Another upside is that they get to see an entrepreneur in action. I hope the fact I started my own business inspires them to realize if they want to do something, they can. I was inspired by my parents who were both entrepreneurs. I remember they never worked a day for someone else when I was growing up. I’m sure it inspired me to work for myself.And work-wise, I definitely get more done working from home. My office (with a door) is completely set up for me to be my most productive.Some say working from home is distracting. I say working in an office can be distracting. That co-worker who wants to chat every time you get up from your desk. Those unnecessary meetings you get pulled in to. That well-meaning boss who just has to pop by your cube to ask about your weekend. Yeah, try getting some writing done in that environment.So, does being a mom and working for oneself always go smoothly? No. Absolutely not. But, the trade-offs are worth it for those of us who do it—and love it.Michelle Garrett is an award-winning writer, content creator and public relations consultant. Her articles have been featured in Entrepreneur, Freelancers Union, and she’s a regular contributor to leading PR blogs Ragan’s PR Daily and Muck Rack. She was named a Top 100 PR Influencer by Onalytica.last_img read more

The beauty of being a perfectly imperfect freelancer

first_imgI recently had an intense conversation with a client—the kind that lingers long after you’ve hung up the phone. He is an entrepreneur, and we were discussing his recent book project and how it didn’t quite turn out the way he planned. It wasn’t as perfect of a process as he envisioned it would be.Great expectationsHe expected blockbuster sales, great reviews, and a jump to the top of someone’s bestseller list. Because these things did not happen within an allocated time period, he rationalized that book writing wasn’t in his wheelhouse and that he would probably retire his newly-inked pen.The next morning, I thought about my client and I started reflecting upon one of my father’s favorite expressions: “Slow and steady wins the race.” I posted it on my Instagram page and I shared how, as a child, I had a tendency to start/stop many projects or activities if they either took too long or the results were not immediately satisfactory.Patience pays offMy dad would often warn me that I was developing a poor life habit and that I needed to be patient and to focus more on the long-term results. Although he didn’t know it, he was preparing me for life as a freelancer and as a small business owner. Through his constant repetition of the phrase and his using it as a springboard for a series of cautionary tales, he was instilling in me the importance of both longevity and sustainability. He was also helping me to redefine what it means to win.Those lessons are even more important today because many of us are primed to think that success is an outgrowth of simply trying. If you work hard enough you will succeed. Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. If person A could do it then so can you. I literally cringe when I see these sayings and memes come through my newsfeed. Why?Go your own wayBecause there is a meta-narrative that emerges that can be hurtful and detrimental to aspiring freelancers and entrepreneurs: Success (however defined) should be immediate and if you are not successful then something must be wrong with you.The reality is that staying the course and pushing through the rough patches and difficult aspects of being self-employed or freelancing are just as important as being able to tout having 1000 customers, high-value clients, or six-figure earnings.Sure, these may be earmarks of success, but how often do we ask: For every client that you now have, how many did you start with? For every $10,000 contract that you have signed, how many $100 contracts did you acquire along the way? For every well executed plan that you created, how many re-dos or do-overs came before it?Strategies for successThere is a strong possibility that if you ask people how they were able to excel or become the best in their fields, they will probably tell you that their outputs were often the results of depersonalizing, processing, being patient and having a laser-sharp focus. Their success was not the result of being perfect.We need to be honest with ourselves about this. Are there outliers and people who do experience immediate success and tremendous growth, all while executing something perfectly the first time? I am sure someone is out there, but this is probably just as rare as a unicorn in someone’s backyard in suburban America.Permission to be imperfectIn other words, in a world that makes being perfect the end goal, we need to give ourselves permission to be imperfect. Imperfect is not interchangeable with irresponsible, sloppy, imprudent, reckless, or even undependable; it simply means that there will be times throughout this journey that you will mess up; you will need a second chance; and you will need to start over.And that is perfectly ok. In fact, it’s beautiful. It is often in the trenches and in the weeds that we truly understand how things work and what we need to do to improve our craft and enhance our process.Like my client, other freelancers, mentees, and friends who are on the cusp of quitting something, or second guessing it, I leave you with the words of artist Erin Hanson:“There is freedom waiting for you,On the breezes of the sky,And you ask ‘What if I fall?’Oh but my darling,What if you fly?”last_img read more

Is your work environment stifling your potential? Try these quick fixes

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Reaching your full work potential is all about location, location, location. With some simple tricks, you can optimize your environment to increase your focus, perform at your best, and boost business. Here’s how.Invest in a cushioned office chairAs employees at a traditional desk job don’t need to buy their own desks and chairs, freelancers tend to not consider their own office furniture a priority. They certainly should though, as comfort can lead to big gains in efficiency and productivity.Sitting on a cushion-less chair is just asking for back pain and to lose sight of the task at hand, so consider spending a little now an investment in later. Whatever you’re dealing with, from work to dealing with a difficult client, it’s simpler and easier to do from the right chair.Ditch distractionsWhile the advantages of working from home are numerous, the constant lure of distraction is a major downside. Perhaps there’s a great TV show on, or sunny weather is calling your name. No matter what, try to commit to completing your to-do list, without random pauses.This doesn’t mean that you can’t be flexible. Remember; everything in moderation. There’s nothing wrong with the occasional distraction, just try to associate your workspace with productivity and limit unplanned breaks. If chatty family members don’t get that memo, be firm but fair.Get a humidifierHumidifiers don’t get the same love that heaters and air conditioners do, but they should! They are an affordable, simple, and reliable way to make your workspace more pleasant all year. Dry air from air conditioners or heat is tough on your eyes, as well as your sinuses. And as an extra bonus, humidifiers double as sound machines to help you concentrate.The most general recommendation is 40-50% humidity, so fill your humidifier with distilled water (to reduce bacteria) and get to work.last_img read more

Abaco: rugged XMC delivers 2.3 TeraFLOPS of peak performance and support for CUDA and OpenCL

first_img Continue Reading Previous Corelis introduces ScanExpress v 9.4 boundary-scan software suiteNext congatec launches 100 Watt ecosystem for embedded edge and micro servers Abaco Systems announced a powerful new rugged XMC graphics and video capture board. The NVP2102 takes advantage of the high performance of the NVIDIA Pascal P2000 GPU with its 768 cores and 4 GBytes of GDDR5 memory to deliver 2.3 TeraFLOPS of peak performance with support for both CUDA and OpenCL. It is the first Abaco video/graphics XMC product to offer high performance input and output.Developed for deployment in the harsh and cramped conditions typical of battlefield platforms, the NVP2102 provides an optimum choice for all forms of graphics/video processing input/output. Typical applications include situational awareness, signals intelligence, ISR and radar, while the Pascal GPU’s high degree of parallelism also makes it an ideal fit for GPGPU applications including machine learning and autonomy.The NVP2102 is designed for graphics and video generation, input and output, supporting four 3G-SDI inputs, capable of 1080p60; two 3G-SDI outputs, also capable of 1080p60; two DisplayPort 1.4 ports capable of 4K resolution @ 60Hz; and VGA.  Support for H.265 (HEVC)/H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC) encode/decode is provided.For electronic warfare applications in which minimal latency is an essential requirement, the NVP2012 provides a solution not only by virtue of its direct interface to the host computer (as opposed to card-to-card connectivity) but also provides direct video capture direct to GPU memory – again, minimizing latency.The board meets the MIL-STD-810G standard: in its conduction cooled form, it is specified to operate at temperatures of -40 to +85°C and in its air-cooled form it is specified to operate at temperatures of -40 to +70°C.The NVP2102 also benefits from support for Abaco’s AXIS ImageFlex, an image processing and visualization toolkit enabling rapid development of high performance image processing, visualization and autonomy applications aimed at size, weight and power sensitive platforms. AXIS ImageFlex is focused on high performance GPU processing and graphics with interoperability with other programming paradigms such as OpenGL, OpenCL, CUDA and OpenCV.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Nokia 8.1 available for as low as Rs 21,000 on Amazon: Should you buy it?

first_imgHMD Global has been offering some really attractive and lucrative deals on its Nokia phones in India off late. Recently, we reported that the Nokia 6.1 was selling with a major discount of Rs 10,000 on Flipkart, perhaps to make way for the Nokia 6.2. Now, the Nokia 8.1 (Review) is seeing a big price drop of up to Rs 6,000 in India if you head over to Amazon India.The Nokia 8.1 4GB RAM model is available for Rs 20,980, down from its launch price of Rs 26,999. The Nokia 8.1 6GB RAM variant, on the other hand, is seeing a price drop of Rs 3,999. This variant was launched at Rs 29,999 and is currently available for Rs 26,000. These discounted prices are only listed on Amazon and there is no information on how long this might last.Nokia 8.1 specificationsTo recall, the Nokia 8.1 was launched late last year as a premium mid-range smartphone that touts an elegant glass and metal design. The Nokia 8.1 sports a 6.18-inch FHD+ (2246×1080) display with a 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Nokia 8.1 is an Android One device that runs on stock Android 9 Pie. It sports a 12MP + 13MP dual camera setup with Zeiss optics and a 20MP front-facing camera. The Nokia 8.1 houses a 3,500mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging.Should you buy the Nokia 8.1?The Nokia 8.1 is still one of the most premium Nokia phones you can get right now. HMD Global has not launched the Nokia 9 PureView yet to take its place and the Nokia 8 Sirocco is much older as well. This means that if you want the best mid-range Nokia phone right now, it will have to be the Nokia 8.1 by default.advertisementAnd with a starting price of Rs 21,000 on Amazon, the Nokia 8.1 is surely a great option even today. It offers a gorgeous glass and metal design that not only looks great but is solidly built at the same time. It also comes with a fast and snappy Snapdragon 710 chipset that is an excellent processor for gaming, coupled with the smoothness of stock Android Pie. It will also be on one of the first devices to get updated to Android Q this year.Some of the downsides of the Nokia 8.1 is the wide notch, which looks jarring in 2019. It also comes with cameras that aren’t great for low-light photography. If you’re someone who doesn’t see these as major deterrents, then the Nokia 8.1 should be worth considering.ALSO READ | Nokia 6.1 sells with discount of Rs 10,000 and it is worth buying, more or lesslast_img read more

Man City at their rampant best against Spurs

first_imgManchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Man City at their rampant best as Spurs don’t get a look in Robin Bairner 21:46 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Spurs Getty Images Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City Premier League Stats The excellent form of Pep Guardiola’s men continued as they brushed aside the challenge of the Londoners without any problems Manchester City continue to sweep Premier League rivals away with unerring ease. Pep Guardiola’s men have won 17 of their 18 fixtures in the league this season, and despite coming up against some stern opponents have invariably found a way to pick up three points over a quite blistering 16-match winning streak.Tottenham were the latest side to feel the full force of the Etihad attackers on Saturday, with Spurs thumped 4-1.Ilkay Gundogan got a relatively early opener, but it would take until the 70th minute before the dam really burst when Kevin De Bruyne struck. A late double for Raheem Sterling – a tardy contribution becoming something of the forward’s trademark this season – followed before Christian Eriksen’s stoppage-time consolation. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While City scored three times in the last 20 minutes, it was the least they deserved following a game they dominated.The shot map offers the most startling portrayal of just how dominant the home side were, with an incredible peppering of 18 efforts towards Hugo Lloris’ net, the vast majority of which came from inside the box and very often from presentable locations.MCITOT GFX USSpurs’, by contrast, is something of a desert. They mustered only one effort from inside Ederson’s area – and that flew well wide. Indeed, other than Erikson’s late strike, they found the target only once. Perhaps this was why, then, that both Harry Kane and Dele Alli were frustrated into challenges that Guardiola described as “dangerous” after the match.Tottenham are regarded as one of the most exciting sides in the league, yet they were not able to spread their offensive wings at all. Only 17 per cent of the ball they had came close to the Manchester City goal, while the hosts spent 25% of the time in the final third of the park.What was particularly noticeable about the home side’s display was just how often they sought to attack down the left, where makeshift left-back Fabian Delph, Gundogan and Leroy Sane teamed up to great effect. Nearly half of their attacks – 43% in total – went down that channel. Neither side, meanwhile, spent much time trying to go down the middle.In a battle of two attacking teams, it was City who came out comprehensively on top. With each passing week, Guardiola’s side are edging closer and closer to what appears to be an inevitable title. Bristling with both quality and confidence, it will take some team to stop them.All stats featured in the article came courtesy of the Goal+ app, exclusive to Samsung devices. Download the most cutting edge football app now!last_img read more

Jamaica Signs Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Agreement

first_imgJamaica is now a signatory to the Agreement establishing the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, CCREEE.Prime Minister Andrew Holness signed the agreement this morning (July 6) ahead of the start of the final day of discussions at the 38th Regular meeting of the Heads of Government of CARICOM in Grand Anse Grenada.The CCREEE is designed to address the implementation deficit in CARICOM’s sustainable energy sector and to support or coordinate the execution of the regional renewable energy and energy efficient projects.The Centre will be headquartered in Barbados.With the introduction of renewable energy solutions, Jamaicans can expect to see micro-economic decisions manifest in the macro-economy.The Government of Jamaica is actively seeking to attract renewable energy solutions in order to diversify the energy sector.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Sections of Route 236, from the intersection of Route 354 in Kennetcook to the intersection of Northfield Road, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 KINGS COUNTY: Route 359 Route 359 from Thorpe Road to Al Bennett Road will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and chip sealing until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 DIGBY COUNTY: Lewiston Road Bridge Lewiston Road Bridge in Ashmore will be reduced to one lane for a windmill project until Wednesday, Sept. 1. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-245-4090 VICTORIA COUNTY: Foyles Bridge Foyles Bridge located on Big Baddeck Road will be closed for bridge repairs from Monday, Aug. 16 until Monday, Aug. 30. Detour route will be posted. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, near Exit 27 in Sutherlands River will have a speed zone reduction to 70 km/h for construction work for the Highway 104 twinning project until July 31, 2011. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, from Meadows Road west to St. Mary’s Church, are reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. A pilot vehicle will guide motorists. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2237 KINGS COUNTY: English Mountain Road English Mountain Road, from Trunk 1 to Trunk 12, will be reduced to one lane for brush cutting, culvert replacement, ditching and paving from until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10, North Ridge Road Trunk 10 at North Ridge Road, about five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, patching and paving from Wednesday, Aug. 11 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Victoria Bridge on Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for repairs and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 1. A traffic signal is in place. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 376 Route 376 from Pictou Rotary for about five kilometres to Route 256, will be reduced to one lane for pipe work until Sunday, Oct. 31. Delays expected. Traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Caribou Bridge Caribou Bridge on Woodbine Road will be closed for replacement of bridge. Work takes place until Saturday, Aug. 21. Detour signs are in place. The bridge is closed 24 hours a day. Local Area Office: 902-563-2371 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201, from Morse Road west to Paradise Lane will be reduced to one lane for ditching and pipe installation until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 The Exit 14 off ramp of Highway 118 will be reduced to one lane until Thursday, Sept. 30, to allow for the extension of the ramp. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge, on the Cabot Trail two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30- HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2, from Shubenacadie River north to the intersection of Route 214 at Elmsdale, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fox Harbour Bridge Traffic on the Fox Harbour Bridge on Ferry Road, near the Village of Wallace, will be reduced to one lane during the installation of temporary detour bridge. The detour bridge is scheduled to be installed by Tuesday, Aug. 24. Until then drivers should travel with extra caution and be prepared for delays. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201, from Paradise Lane, west to Mount Hanley, will be reduced to one lane for asphalt removal, patching, crack and chip sealing until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road There are lane reductions on Grand Lake Road from the traffic signals at Central Supplies to the entrance to Mayflower Mall for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled to be finished by the end of October. Drivers should travel with extra care in the area. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 12 Trunk 12, from English Mountain Road, south for about three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for brush cutting, culvert replacements, ditching and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Havre Boucher Overpasses Linwood Railway and Pellerine Road overpasses on Highway 104 near Havre Boucher have alternating lane closures for concrete repairs, joint replacement, waterproofing, until Wednesday, Aug. 18. There will be timed lights at both overpasses to assist drivers through the construction zone but delays are expected. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drivers can use Trunk 4 as an alternate route between Exit 37 (Monastery) and Exit 38 (Havre Boucher). Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, from about two kilometres north of Catalone Gut Road, south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Crockett Bridge Crockett Bridge on Highway 289, Eastville, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Aug. 20. Traffic signs and traffic control personnel are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-2218 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Shore Club Road Shore Club Road will be closed at the entrance to Trunk 3 for road repairs from Monday, Aug. 16 until Wednesday, Aug. 25. There is a detour along Shankel Road. Local Area Office: 902-450-5281 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, for about 5.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for construction from Monday, Aug. 16 until Sunday, Oct. 31. There is a detour on Keltic Drive. Traffic control people and a vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-2518 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Larry Uteck Interchange Traffic on Highway 102 at the Larry Uteck Interchange will be restricted to three lanes instead of four while new ramps are being built. The closed lane will vary depending on the time. Two lanes will be open for inbound traffic in the morning and outbound traffic in the evening. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 between Exit 15 and Exit 16 will be reduced to one lane for paving until Tuesday, Aug. 31. There will be periodic lane closures and motorists should expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 3 Sections of Trunk 3 (St. Margarets Bay Road) are reduced to one lane between Cleveland Point Road and Boutiliers Point Road for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until Sunday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-229-1109 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Traffic on sections of Trunk 2 between the Truro town line and Kennedy Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until the end of October. Drivers should expect delays or use an alternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-893-5790 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Delays Expected Traffic on Highway 101 is reduced to one lane west of Exit 14 at Coldbrook for bridge repairs until further notice. Delays are expected and alternate routes should be taken if possible. Please drive with extra caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Road A five kilometre section of Aylesford Road, 12 kilometres north of Dalhousie Road, will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control is on site. Expect minimal delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 NEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from the intersection with Route 252 south 1.4 kilometres, and Trunk 19, from the Port Hastings Rotary north for five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for crack filling, sealing and seal coat until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Sections of Route 215, from Academy Street in Maitland to the Route 236 intersection west of the bridge, are reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Gardiner Road Gardiner Road, for about four kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, pipe work and paving from Monday, Aug. 16 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-2518 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 KINGS COUNTY: Brooklyn Street Brooklyn Street, from Route 360 west to McLean Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Exit 24 Closed North Foord Street, south of the ramps from Highway 104, is restricted to one lane for roundabout construction at the Foord Street, Exit 24 intersection until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control will be on site. Expect delays and use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-752-2946 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street in Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Friday, Dec. 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 ANAPOLIS COUNTY: Shore Road West Shore Road West from Parker Mountain Road, east for about four kilometres to Young’s Cove, will be reduced to one lane for chip sealing until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from almost two kilometres east of the provincial park in Whycocomagh, east for about five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for micro-surfacing until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Plateau Bridge Plateau Bridge located on Cheticamp Back Road will be closed for repairs from Monday, Aug. 16 until Monday, Aug. 30 Detour route will be posted. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Cross Bridge Cranton Cross bridge in Margaree Centre will be closed to traffic for repairs until Friday, Aug. 20. A marked detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 PICTOU COUNTY: Coromonie Road Coromonie Road on Route 348 will be closed to replace concrete cross culverts from Monday, Aug. 16 until Thursday, Aug. 19. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7147 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Traffic on sections of Trunk 7 is reduced to one lane east from the intersection of MacKinley Point Loop to allow for repaving until Thursday, Sept 30. Traffic will be directed by traffic control people and a pilot vehicle. Motorists should drive with caution and patience through the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 4 A 6.5-kilometre section of Trunk 4 from Wentworth Collingwood Road to Barclay Loop will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, repaving and bridge repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends if required. Local Area Office: 902-447-3160 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 326 Route 326 from Earltown to MacBains Corner will be reduced to one lane for ditching, installation of cross culverts, widening, cold planing and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902- 893-5785 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cheticamp River Bridge Cheticamp River Bridge on the Cabot Trail will be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Sunday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, west of Exit 22 for about nine kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, patching and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 1. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of the eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 104 between the Cobequid Pass toll plaza and Exit 8 (Westchester Station) will be reduced to one lane for road repairs and micro-surfacing until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Motorists should drive with caution in the construction zone and watch for signs and traffic control people. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, near Ellershouse, Exit 4 to Exit 5, will be down to one lane on both the east and westbound lanes for construction until Tuesday, Aug, 31. Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALTY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive, from the tracks east for 20 kilometres to Sydney River Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for milling, upgrading and repaving from Monday, Aug. 9 until Wednesday, Sept. 15. Traffic control personnel and a vehicle will be on site. Detour route: Highway 125 to Exit 5 and 6. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Until Tuesday, Aug. 31, sections of the east and westbound lanes of Highway 104 along the Cobequid Pass, will be reduced to one lane, for patching between the toll plaza and Exit 12 at Masstown. Traffic on both sides of the Cobequid Pass toll plaza may also be reduced to one lane for road repairs and micro-surfacing. Drivers should watch for signs and drive with caution. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347 Traffic on Route 347 at Exit 26 from Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Aug. 31 during twinning of Highway 104. Delays are expected and drivers should use extra caution in the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-755-6224 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347, Sherbrooke Road Traffic on sections of Route 347, from Meiklefield Road south for 5.6 kilometres, and from Moose River Road south to French River Road for 2.6 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane in each direction at Exit 9 (Milford) to allow for the construction of a new interchange. Delays are possible. Drivers should exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction zone. Work takes place from dusk until dark until the end of the year. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 KINGS COUNTY: Route 221 Route 221, from Black Rock Road east for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail Construction Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) will be reduced to one lane from south of Lewis Mountain Road north for about 6.6 kilometres for repaving. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled to be finished by the end of October. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, west of Trunk 4 at River Tillard, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Monday, Aug. 16. 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