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#JaVotes2016: JLP supporters injured in car crash

first_img The accident took place along the 10 Miles Main Road, Bull Bay. The route 97 JUTC bus was headed to 11 Miles, Bull Bay, with the car heading in the opposite direction. According to Detective Inspector Neville Graham of the St Thomas police division, the driver and his lone passenger suffered what he deemed to be minor injuries. Blood, however, could be seen on the side of the roadway which onlookers said were that of the victims. The driver of the JUTC bus was unharmed. Two Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters had to be rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital after the car they were travelling in collided with a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus.last_img read more

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Changing weather patterns: The new “normal”

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Luke Schulte, Beck’s HybridsAfter enduring the spring of 2019, it will not take much convincing for many of you that precipitation extremes have become the new normal. It’s been said that if you want things to be different, just wait until next year. While this will likely be true, the trend of punishing rain events occurring more frequently is undeniable.Impacts of extreme precipitation:Intense rains with increased atmospheric moisture = persistent risk of floodingSoil movement and topsoil degradationDecreased aggregate stability, lower soil O2 levelsSustained dry periods between rainsDays to perform field work are limited. Effective water useWhile excessive water at any given time has many downsides, effective water utilization is critical to overall crop development and growth. Water is a fundamental component of photosynthesis. In order to maximize this critical resource, we must implement management strategies that allow our soils to both accept and retain more water to sustain us throughout the drier periods.How can soils to both accept and hold more water?Increase soil calcium levels: Calcium is a large nutrient molecule that builds aggregate stability and increases pore space. The higher the soil calcium level, the lower the likelihood for crusting as well as seedling diseases. Also, with improved pore space comes increased microbial activity as a result of increased O2 levels, thus enhanced nutrient release. It’s often assumed that if soil pH is in balance, the soil calcium levels are, too. This is not always the case. Lime sources contain varying levels of calcium and magnesium. Both elements will increase pH; however, higher levels of calcium promote aggregate stability while higher levels of magnesium does just the opposite. If pH needs to be amended, use lime with the highest calcium and lowest magnesium content available. If pH is adequate, gypsum (calcium sulfate), is a means to increase soil calcium levels while not affecting soil pH.Cover crops, or increased months of the year with an actively growing crop, such as wheat: An actively growing root system increases water infiltration and soil carbon (food source for microbes) with the increase of mycorrhizae populations. Many farmers I speak with tell me their best crops are those typically following wheat. Michigan State University conducted a study that reinforces the importance of wheat within a crop rotation and its overall impact on corn and soybean yields. When wheat was part of the rotation, corn yields improved by 23% overall and soybean yields increased by 16%.Reduced tillage via strip-till, no-till, minimal till, or strip fresheners: I am not opposed to tillage; however, tillage releases soil carbon. It is estimated that soils can only sequester approximately 10% of emitted carbon. Tillage also disrupts aggregate stability.Manure: Manure contributes to the overall soil organic carbon content. Nutrient release is gradual over time because manure contains both organic and inorganic nutrient forms; however, the crop immediately following a manure application receives the greatest nutrient benefit.Mycorrhizae: This beneficial fungi grows in a symbiotic relationship with plant roots. Mycorrhizae serve as extensions to the root system and enhance overall phosphorus (P) uptake as well as water availability. These fungi also produce glomalin, a protein that contributes significantly to overall soil carbon levels. Many strains of mycorrhizae exist in several different products on the market today.Humic Solutions. These forms of carbon are a primary food source for microorganisms (especially fungi). Humics also help improve soil stability by way of microorganisms binding soil particles together. These carbon sources can also serve as nutrient stabilizers to complement a sound fertility program.last_img read more

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RSS Reader Market in Disarray, Continues to Decline

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#RSS & Feeds#RSS Readers#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… One of the interesting trends of 2009 has been the gradual decline of RSS Readers as a way for people to keep up with news and niche topics. Many of us still use them, but less than we used to. I for one still maintain a Google Reader account, however I don’t check it on a daily basis. I check Twitter for news and information multiple times a day, I monitor Twitter lists, and I read a number of blogs across a set of topics of most interest to me. Frankly I’m more likely to use Google Reader to search for specific information nowadays, than to scan my subscribed feeds for their latest posts. So what’s happened to RSS Readers. Do people still use them and is there still a viable market for them?In February 2007 we reported on the state of the RSS Reader market, based on statistics from Feedburner and Pheedo. At that point Google had 59% market share amongst web-based RSS Readers, followed by Bloglines with 33%, then Newsgator and Netvibes with 3% (note: this didn’t count Newsgator’s desktop apps, like FeedDemon). Pheedo’s stats in February 2007 were somewhat different: Newsgator Online had 27% share, followed by MyYahoo! with 20%, Blogines 19% and Google Reader 13%.The first time ReadWriteWeb looked into market share for RSS Readers was 5 years ago, in December 2004. At that point, very early in the web 2.0 era, Bloglines was the clear leader and Google Reader wasn’t even a glint in the milkman’s eye. 2009 Update on RSS Reader MarketWell, unfortunately Feedburner no longer publishes any useful data about RSS Readers. The product has been infrequently updated since Google acquired it in June 2007 and it no longer even has a proper blog (a Google blog called Adsense For Feeds was the closest I could find).Pheedo also has gone quiet from a blogging perspective – its last blog post was January 2009. Tellingly though, it has an active Twitter account.The best data we have then is ReadWriteWeb’s own Feedburner account. Here is the top 10 for Dec 09:1. Google Feedfetcher 85665 (includes both Google Reader and its start page iGoogle)2. Bloglines 387973. Netvibes 348944. FriendFeed 162695. NewsGator Online 67536. Firefox Live Bookmarks 29997. PostRank 24548. Windows RSS Platform 15879. Mac OS X RSS Reader 130710. Zhuaxia 1127 (a Chinese RSS Reader)Feedburner’s numbers always need to be taken with a large grain of salt, nevertheless we can see that Google is now over twice the number of Bloglines. There’s little sign of life on Bloglines’ blog either and its Compete.com traffic numbers show a decline since June 2009. richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Netvibes, FriendFeed, Newsgator and PostRank are the only other english language competitors showing in our Feedburner numbers. The others are either browser (Firefox) or operating system readers.Also note that Newsgator shut down its online RSS Reader at the end of July this year.Conclusion: Google Dominates, RSS Readers Less RelevantThese statistics are by no means the definitive RSS Reader market numbers. They do clearly show two things though:1) Google now dominates what’s left of the RSS Reader market. Bloglines is hanging in there, but it seems like it’s given up the fight judging by lack of activity in its blog and traffic dips.2) RSS reading is a very fragmented experience circa 2009. People can monitor news and information via Twitter, Facebook, start pages like Netvibes, their Firefox bookmarks, their OS, aggregators like Techmeme, and so on. Tell us in the comments how you currently read your RSS feeds and how often you check them in an RSS Reader – if indeed you still use one…Update: I should add that our news writers use a variety of RSS Readers daily.last_img read more

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Oooh, Shiny Stuff! — Radiant Barrier Fundamentals

first_imgThe heat is conducted from the shingles to the sheathingThe part we’re concerned with here is the sunlight that’s absorbed by your roof. Once the roof sucks up those rays, it gets hot. That heat at the absorbing surface (shingles on most residential roofs) then does what the Second Law of Thermodynamics tells it to do — it looks for cooler places, so it starts conducting down through the roofing materials. When it finds the underside of the roof deck, it then can radiate down into the attic. Typical roof decking materials — plywood and oriented-strand board (OSB) – are pretty good radiators, so everything they “see” in the attic starts getting hot, too.You can see the heat transfer I just described in the diagram labeled Figure 1 below. Here’s the basic process:Radiation hits the roof.The radiant energy is absorbed by the roofing materials.The thermal energy conducts downward.Heat radiates from the roof deck to everthing in the attic. The heat radiates into the attic from the underside of the sheathingSo, the dominant form of heat gain in an attic is from radiation, which heats up all the solid materials it finds — framing, ductwork, insulation, all those boxes of Christmas decorations, and dead squirrels. That’s one reason powered attic ventilators aren’t a good solution. They’re going after the air, but the air is hot only because all the solid materials are hot.A better way to reduce the attic temperature is to go after the source — the radiation constantly blasting the attic from the bottom of the roof deck and rafters. Plywood and OSB are good radiators. In physics language, they have high emissivity, which means they’re good at emitting radiant energy.That’s where radiant barriers come in. These are materials that have a low emissivity. When the underside of the roof deck has a radiant barrier installed, the heat still travels through the materials, but once it hits the radiant barrier, it’s come to a dead end. Little of that heat then radiates to the attic.The radiant barrier gets hot. If you go up into the attic and touch it, you’ll see that the heat’s still getting there. But like that stainless-steel playground slide shown at the top of this article, when you hold your hand near it without touching, it doesn’t feel like it’s hot. The magic of low emissivity! Today just feels like a good day to talk about shiny stuff. Radiant barriers are a green building product with a lot of sex appeal, if that’s possible for construction products. People get really crazy about attics, though. (Don’t get me started about powered attic ventilators!) Maybe brains have a tendency to overheat when discussing them. The general category of radiant barriers is an area of great hype and misunderstanding, so I’ll tell you what I know, explain the basic physics, and give you a couple of links to some great resources for more information.OK, first of all, a radiant barrier is something that can keep your attic cooler. Unlike powered attic ventilators, they actually go after the source of the problem rather than treating a symptom — but first, let’s look at the physics.Attics get hot because the sun is beating down on them all day. The heat from the sun comes in the form of electromagnetic radiation. When this radiation hits a surface, it can do one of three things: It can be (i) reflected, (ii) transmitted, or (iii) absorbed. How much of each you get depends on the wavelength of the radiation and the properties of the material it hits. Radiant barriers need an air gapIn case you’re wondering, the answer is yes, this is the same thing that makes low-e windows so good. Also, if you’re wondering how hot the shingles get, the Florida Solar Energy Center has done research on that, which I wrote about a while back.OK, so if the radiant barrier doesn’t feel hot when you hold your hand an inch away but it can burn you when you touch it, what does that mean for installation? You got it! You have to have an air gap next to the radiant barrier. If you spray foam insulation right on the radiant barrier, you’ve wasted your money on the radiant barrier. Heat will conduct right through the radiant barrier because generally, materials with low emissivity have high conductivity. More resourcesThere’s so much more to say about radiant barriers, but let me wrap up this article and give you a couple of resources where you can read more about how they work, how to install them, how much they might save, and why you probably don’t want to install one in Pennsylvania or other cold-climate locations. The first is the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). They have a bit of radiant heat gain in attics down there and know a thing or two about this topic. Here’s a good Question and Answer Primer that’s got a lot of good info.Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which does a lot of great building science research, has several good pages about radiant barriers, too.Another great study is the Houston Home Energy Efficiency Study (pdf). This was a study done by Michael Blasnik and Advanced Energy, and among other things, they looked at the cost-effectiveness of radiant barriers. What they found was that in Houston, Texas, radiant barriers reduced the cooling consumption by about 3%. The paper is well worth the read, in case you don’t already have a copy. (Oh, yeah…it’s free!)Finally, here are a couple of good resources that address the question of if or when you should install a radiant barrier. Martin Holladay wrote Radiant Barriers: A Solution in Search of a Problem a couple of years ago here at Green Building Advisor and included a lot of great info on the topic. Also, a new website called Radiant Barrier Truth tackles the issue of radiant barriers in cold climates.I’ll come back to this topic and write more another time, but for now, let’s not forget what my friend Mike Barcik says is one of the most appealing features of radiant barriers: People like shiny stuff!last_img read more

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When Should You Make Your Calls?

first_imgSalespeople have all kinds of superstitions around when they should make certain kinds of calls.Some salespeople refuse to make cold calls on Monday. This group believes that the last thing anyone wants is a call from a salesperson first thing out of the gate Monday morning. Others believe that Mondays are the very best possible day to make their calls. They believe that people that want to get things done take those calls so they can schedule an appointment to take care of something important.Some salespeople believe that Monday is the very best day to call you existing clients. The logic here is that you can ask them about their upcoming week. Others believe that Friday is the best day to call your existing clients, after their clients have completed their tasks for the week and created some breathing room.Who’s right and who’s wrong?The Arrogance of Reading MindsThe truth of the matter is that no one knows the best time to call. How could you?Some of your dream clients might have a project you could help with staring them in the face on Monday morning. Your call might be just what they need. Or they might be so overwhelmed that sound of their phone ringing is enough to put them in what we might call “an un-resourceful state.”It’s a certain kind of arrogance to believe you can read your dream client’s mind. You can’t. And as soon as you start to generalize about a giant, diverse group of people, you are automatically wrong. Each individual contact is dealing with their own life, they have their own agenda, and they have their communication preferences. There is no way you can know their minds, and it’s a waste of time to try.I think the fuss over when to make the calls should be replaced with a focus on a more important issue, namely: “Are you prepared to create value for your dream client when you do call?” If the reason you are calling is so you can share your ideas about how your dream client can increase their revenue, decrease their costs, improve their profitability, or somehow make a difference for their business results, it doesn’t matter when you call.Your odds of success are improved by the content of your call more than they are by the day you choose to make it.Making Calls Now is Better Than Making Calls LaterThat said, I do have another strong opinion: making calls right now is better than making calls later.The sooner you make the client to your dream client, the sooner you begin to open the relationships that open opportunities. Even if you fail to gain an appointment, you have begun developing a relationship, and you have begun to establish your strong desire to work with and make a difference for your dream client. The only thing that waiting does is postpone the opening of that relationship.The same is true when calling your existing clients. You should call anytime you have something valuable to share with your clients. If that’s a Monday, so be it.Let this be your guide: Calls made are better than calls unmade. Calls made sooner are better than calls made later. Calls about something valuable are better than calls that waste time.QuestionsDo you have some superstition about when you should make certain calls?How do you know exactly when your dream client will be most receptive to your call?Do you ever put more focus on the “when” of making your calls than you do on the content of the call? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Babul Supriyo faces protest during visit to cyclone-hit areas in West Bengal

first_imgUnion minister Babul Supriyo on Wednesday faced massive protests and was asked to go back by a group of people when he reached South 24 Parganas to take a stock of the situation in cyclone ‘Bulbul’-hit areas.Mr. Supriyo, who said on Tuesday that he had been asked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the cyclone-affected areas in West Bengal, claimed that the agitators were activists of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC). Shortly after he reached Namkhana, one of the worst- affected areas, protesters stopped his convoy and showed him black flags. The Union minister, despite clarifying that he was in the district to look into the ground-level situation, was asked to go back by the protesters.“I knew I would face protests during my visit (to cyclone-hit areas). The agitators were all TMC activists,” Mr. Supriyo said.last_img read more

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‘Lalit Modi bid to be Iceland envoy nixed’

first_imgFile photo of former IPL chairman Lalit Modi.Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi is on the run after an Interpol alert against him. There are reports that Modi is trying to get a passport from Iceland to escape the clutches of the Enforcement Directorate (ED).  Modi had earlier tried very hard to be Iceland’s envoy in Mumbai. But the government scuttled the move after an adverse report from the Intelligence Bureau.  Documents accessed by Headlines Today reveal that Modi even got Iceland to send a formal proposal to India to appoint him honorary consul general of the country in Mumbai.  As honorary consul general, Modi would have got diplomatic privileges, including immunity and tax breaks. He would have access to key government functionaries. The documents reveal that the Maharashtra government and security agencies had no objection to Modi’s appointment.  The proposal to have Modi as envoy had the backing of the highest office of Iceland and was made at the behest of the First Lady of Iceland, who is allegedly a close friend of Modi’s wife.  The proposal also had the backing of former MoS external affairs Shashi Tharoor. Even though Tharoor’s office intervened on the matter, the government refused clearance because of the Intelligence Bureau report.Modi’s lawyer Mahmood Abidi denied the reports. “This is all nonsense and the latest in disinformation that is being spread against Modi by vested interests. We are going to fight it out in court,” Abidi told Headlines Today.last_img read more

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