Flickr’s New Friend Finder: Data Portability or Privacy Violation?

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Late last night Yahoo! owned photo sharing site Flickr launched a new feature – the ability to search your Gmail, Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail contacts list for people on Flickr so you can add them as contacts. Many services let you do that, but almost all of them require you to give up the user name and password for your email. Flickr did it right and it was exciting, for us at least. GMail users are taken to a GMail page, where GMail asks for their usernames and passwords – then asked if Flickr should be given one time access or ongoing access. That’s great. We’ve been calling on applications to use best practices and emerging protocols to access user data without asking for passwords for some time. The risks are too great, otherwise.Some Flickr users, though, are really upset. They don’t want anyone who has sent them an email to be able to easily find their photos on Flickr. What some people call Data Portability, others call a privacy violation.The Down SideFlickr users have been able to find each other by searching for individual emails for some time, but that “security by obscurity” has been changed dramatically by a bulk comparison of all your email contacts to the Flickr user database. There’s not consensus whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. I liked it when I tried it, I connected with some interesting people on Flickr that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I wouldn’t appreciate it, though, if certain people from my past who have otherwise forgotten about me were now prompted to check out my photos on Flickr. If blog comment spammers I’ve had nasty email exchanges with were suddenly prompted to friend me on Flickr, I wouldn’t like that very much either.Ongoing DiscussionJust like many people objected to Robert Scoble’s scraping emails out of Facebook in the name of Data Portability because they felt they had given him contact info in the limited setting of Facebook – these kinds of issues are going to come up a lot. The sticky privacy questions are the ones that Mark Zuckerberg told us are key to Facebook’s own engagement with Data Portability. We’ve asked similar questions here about the new Google Social Graph API. The Data Portability Working Group has lively discussions on privacy (subscribe to a filtered feed for the topic here) but mainstream users clearly have serious concerns.The situation at Flickr wasn’t helped by the fact that the option to opt-out of exposing your email address to this new feature was broken for the first 12 hours after launch, as was the ability to search Yahoo! Mail contacts. In the big picture view of these issues, though – Yahoo! in general is generally remarkably good about identity issues for all but the occasional Chinese journalist. (Flickr is better known for innovation than for its crimes against justice and democracy, of which there haven’t been any that we know of.)Some users have stated that they would prefer email exposure in the new feature to be opt-in, instead of opt-out. Though it will drastically slow down user connections – opt-in for this kind of feature may ultimately be required in order for data portability to be accepted. On the other hand, the Facebook Newsfeed faced a wholescale revolt when user activity was by default exposed to friends there and now it’s the site’s defining feature. Even what’s thought of as the best practices in webmail APIs have a lot of unanswered questions remaining, as we discussed yesterday in a post about Xoopit. Australian tech consultant Lachlan Hardy argues that standards based authentication steps could still soften users’ resistance to phishing and reminds us to look at the URL of the authentication page.What do you think? How should checking your email contacts for friends on a new network be done? What other best practices would you like to see emerge in order to make portability of data useful, safe and desirable? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Danger of Forced Innovation in Retail

first_imgWhen planned, innovation is an essential part of the evolution of retail. But when innovation is forced on a retailer, it can be a toxic time burglar. In this article, I will review two types of forced innovation: “keeping up with the Joneses” and “can it be done?”Do Customers Really Want It?Have you ever been in a meeting where someone says, “Why don’t we have self-checkout or mobile POS (point of sale)?” Sometimes, the pressures of Amazon and other more technologically advanced retailers force innovation. This is an example of keeping up with the Joneses. The other question I often hear is, “Can we track our customers in-store, or can’t we use data to tackle our return problem? Others are doing it; I am sure we can too.” This is an example of “can it be done” forced innovation.One of the challenges with the “can it be done” question is that just about anything can be done. MIT has teleported grains of sand from one space to another. Rockets can be built and sent to the moon. Our cell phones have more computing power than the computer that ran Apollo 1. Virtually any retail demand could be accomplished with technology, provided you had unlimited money and resources. But no one has that. So the more important question than, “Can it be done?” is, “Why do we want to do it? Is it scalable? Will it enhance the customer experience? Will we earn more?”- Sponsor – A former retail colleague of mine shared with me his company’s desire to implement self-checkout in an upscale environment. There were several obstacles before we even got to the technology challenges. First, the store physically was not built to accommodate more equipment, such as automatic removers for security EAS tags. Second, because it was an upscale specialty store, all of the locations were different. The wrap stands and fixtures were custom-built, making changes problematic. Third, the store staff was limited to three to four high-performing sales professionals who already had multiple systems to deal with.The introduction of a new technology would require a lot of training and support. Fourth, their IT department was outsourced, and their call center was too. They had several projects going on.Now, let’s get into the technical obstacles. The first one had to do with network wiring and power: it just wasn’t available, even if they could find an out-of-the-box solution for self-checkout, which was unlikely. The physical restrictions of the store design, power, and cabling were limiting. The next technical challenge was how associates would remove a sensor tag, provide the customer a bag, or assist the customer in a short time if a problem or question arose. I asked my former colleague, “So what did you do?” His answer was simple, “My CEO and my EVP told me to figure it out, so I did the best I could.” When I asked how it went, he described a plethora of obstacles and problems. And in the end, the company changed direction and decided self-checkout wasn’t a good idea for them.Should it be a surprise that in an upscale environment that sells $5,000 handbags, the customers didn’t want to use self-checkout? This real-life example shows just some of the challenges of forced innovation. Slightly less obvious are these additional risks: an exposure to higher shrink, lower morale, and a strain on IT resources. If your IT, LP, and sales teams are focused on the innovation forced on them, what are they missing? Servicing the customer could take a back seat.But Amazon Is Doing ItIf your CEO or senior leaders ask you to do something, you may not have an option but to do it in the end. In the past, I’ve been asked to do many things that I suspected wouldn’t work or that would have enormous obstacles. I learned that it was okay to question the necessity of the project. Why are we trying this? Further, I would lay out a strategic plan with a timeline and a clear list of the risk to other projects. I also found that by putting a strategic plan together, looking at the true ROI, and documenting the risk, sometimes it would become very apparent that the request was either not scalable or too risky.“But we have to do it—Amazon is doing it!” Some of the most common demands I hear are related to omni-channel: buy online, pick up in store, same-day delivery, and creating a fulfillment center in the back room. Isn’t this a prime example of keeping up with the Joneses?Imagine you’re in a meeting and very excited to be there because you’re sitting at a table with the top executives in your organization. Your company is a couple of years into its dot-com business, and it’s growing at a faster rate than any of the other verticals. You are a retailer with an off-price presence, full-line stores, seasonal pop-ups, and other brands under a large corporation. In the meeting, a high-level executive says, “I think we need to start doing same-day delivery.” Another high-level executive says, “I think we need to start doing buy online, pick up in store.” Several other recommendations are brought up, all related to chasing Amazon or another competitor. All, at face value, sound simple but are very complex both technically and from a process standpoint.In that meeting, if you were asked your opinion, what would it be? What are some concerns you could raise? For buy online, pick up in store, a few things come to mind. What are some of my direct competitors doing? Do they have exclusions on product categories or limits on quantities ordered? How will they handle returns? What are the chargebacks going to look like? These are just a few of the loss prevention risks.In today’s evolving world of retail, innovation is necessary for survival. Sometimes keeping up with the Joneses or forced innovation can be taking something someone did and making it better; other times, it could be simply about not falling behind. Forced innovation could also be taking something that was originally planned on a roadmap for the next year and just adjusting the timeline with a higher degree of urgency. Whichever of these situations you encounter, make sure you have a plan, assess risk, and look at the ROI. Ask the why question, and make sure the proposed project enhances the customer experience. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

SOA: The Second Coming of SOA

first_imgMost of 2009 was filled with bad news around SOA, from an obituary by Anne Thomas Manes in January to the doom and gloom headlines of how the recession was hitting IT budgets, particularly new initiatives like SOA.  Half a year past 2009, Forrester is reflecting on what actually happened last year in the SOA industry and has some predictions about where it thinks that SOA is heading in the future.  Maybe things weren’t as bad as they seemed for SOA technologies, and the outlook that Forrester has for SOA going forward is quite positive.The Forrester report called “State of SOA Survey for 2010” found that organizations of all sizes are applying SOA to their business solutions.  Among all organizations, SOA is being used by 62 percent, a 10 percent increase from 2009.Among the large Global 2000 enterprises, 84 percent are using SOA or will be by the end of 2010, and among that group of large organizations, 70 report that SOA is deliverying benefit to the point where they intend to expand their SOA efforts.  Among small and medium size organizations, 44 percent use SOA, up 29 percent from 2009.Among the organizations of all sizes that are using SOA, only one to three percent of them have actually had to cut back budgets or abandon SOA efforts.Of those organizations using SOA, 61 percent use it for more than 10 percent of their projects and 12 percent use if for 50 percent of their projects.  65 percent are reporting success with their SOA projects.  23.19% have had considerable success and 42.39% report some success.When asked what their major challenges were around SOA, more than a quarter said that they need to really think about and design well how SOA fits into their other initiatives, like BPM and BI, in order to integrate with them well and avoid the creation of additional data silos.last_img read more

Ajinkya Rahane to lead 15-man India squad for Zimbabwe tour

first_imgIndian batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who was dropped for the last two matches against Bangladesh, will lead the team for the Zimbabwe series scheduled to begin next month. Veteran off spinner Harbhajan Singh has found a place in an otherwise young Indian squad.It is now evident that the regulars have been rested for the three ODIs and two T20s against the African nation. The national selectors have made a surprising move by handing the captaincy to Ajinkya Rahane. Not to forget the inclusion of Harbhajan Singh.India’s Test match opener Murali Vijay, who had a brilliant 18 months with the bat, has got a deserved break into the ODI team. Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa, who performed well for Kolkata Knight Riders last season, are set to wear blue after a considerable gap. Axar Patel has been picked as the only left arm spinner in the team. Sandeep Sharma, the Kings XI Punjab pace bowler, has been rewarded for his consistency with a place in the 15-member line up.India team: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadav, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Harbhajan Singh, Axar Patel, Karn Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep  SharmaThe India-A team for tri-series against Australia-A and South Africa-A will be led by Cheteshwar Pujara.India A squad:KLRahul,  Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara (C), Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Naman Ojha, Vijay Shanker, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Shardul Thakur, Varun Aaron, Abhimanyu Mithun, Umesh Yadav, Shreyas Gopal, Baba Aparajith advertisementlast_img read more

Captaincy role was a surprise for me, says Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgAjinkya Rahane admits he was stunned to be named India captain for their upcoming Zimbabwe series, after being dropped just a week earlier, and while he plans to draw inspiration from past skippers he also wants to make his own mark on the team.Rahane, who averages a tad over 30 in one-day internationals, played the first of India’s three-match series against Bangladesh at Mirpur and scored nine off 25 balls as they went down by 79 runs.He was dropped for the next two matches, with regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying the 27-year-old’s batting was more suited to pitches offering more pace.But that did not stop India from putting Rahane in charge of a second-string squad for this month’s tour of Zimbabwe for three ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals while resting Dhoni and a host of other senior cricketers.”The decision of naming me captain did come as a surprise because I wasn’t thinking about captaincy ever,” Rahane, who has played 55 ODIs, told the Indian cricket board’s website (BCCI.TV). “I didn’t know how to react when I heard the news.”Once the news slowly began to sink in, I became really confident of handling this new responsibility.”The 2-1 ODI series loss was India’s first to Bangladesh, and another loss against Zimbabwe would not go down well with the country’s cricket-crazy fans despite the lack of senior players in the touring party.Rahane, a regular in India’s test side, has had the opportunity to play under Dhoni, new test captain Virat Kohli and also former skipper Rahul Dravid while playing for the Rajasthan franchise in the Indian Premier League.advertisementHe said he would tried to emulate different qualities from all of them.”Firstly, playing under MS Dhoni I would observe how he would be calm on the field. He has a very peculiar and calm way of handling situations,” the Mumbai batsman added. “I would like to take that quality from him.”What I would like to take from Virat Kohli would be controlled aggression. You can see that quality in his batting and his captaincy.”And finally, Rahul bhai is someone who likes to keep things really simple on the field, which I got to know while playing under him with the Rajasthan Royals.”Having said that, I have my own set of ideas and I know what I have to do on the field.”last_img read more

Leone Nakarawa inspires Racing 92 to victory over Leicester Tigers

first_img Robbie Henshaw puts Leinster on track despite Johnny Sexton’s absence Leicester Share on Pinterest “[Nakarawa] is a special athlete. He is a big man, he offloads the ball and he moves really well,” said Leicester’s head coach, Matt O’Connor. “Once he is behind you it is very difficult and that is probably the lesson for us next time around. With those Fijian lads they love open spaces and they are very hard to stop, as we found today.”Leicester can take credit for not allowing Racing to run away from them after the interval, and while they briefly threatened a comeback they spent so long on the back foot, it always looked unlikely. “If we had come away empty-handed then it would have been a waste of an afternoon,” O’Connor added. “Thankfully we got a game point out of it and we stay alive in the group.”Racing have an enormous forward pack but as Leicester demonstrated with their opening try, quick ball can catch them flat-footed and there was no stopping Luke Hamilton after just three minutes, the Welsh flanker taking Ben Youngs’ short pass and splashing over. Already Leicester had more points than in their 34-3 defeat last season.Racing, however, responded with three tries before half-time and Nakarawa had a hand – as is his offloading style, it is often only one – in each of them. He scored the first in the right-hand corner, producing a slam-dunk finish more befitting a basketball court after a Racing scrum under the posts.A George Ford penalty put Leicester back in front but Nakarawa was at it again soon after, offloading to Wenceslas Lauret before Bernard Le Roux pounced from close range. The third try was finished by the right wing Teddy Thomas, but again it owed much to a Nakarawa offload, allowing Le Roux to gallop in behind before the ball was worked wide. The conversion was off target this time, however, meaning Leicester trailed by nine points and when Nick Malouf was released on the right, only a high tackle from Vimi Vakatawa could stop him. Vakatawa was promptly sent to the sinbin – after one of numerous referrals to the TMO – and May made Leicester’s numerical advantage pay off almost immediately. 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This one was harder to finish but such is the form Jonny May is in – this was a seventh try in as many appearances for the Tigers – there was only one likely outcome.Ford missed the conversion but Leicester could scent the chance to lead at half-time and as the ball was worked to the left it seemed certain Smith would score in the corner. Johnston, who tips the scales at more than 21 stone, had other ideas, throwing himself at the Tigers centre and dislodging the ball.After the break, Nakarawa kept coming. At one point he was surrounded by what must have been four Leicester tacklers yet still he got the offload away. Racing could only extend their advantage by a Maxime Machenaud penalty, however – Ellis Genge and his captain Tom Youngs leading the rearguard manfully.Racing’s lead was seven and how they would have loved a fourth try to put the game to bed and collect a bonus point. Another score for Leicester, though, would make for a grandstand finish and May was almost in again on the left – Thomas and Machenaud combining to force him into touch just short. Fine margins again.A Ford penalty with three minutes to go, after Camille Chat had upended Pat Cilliers and somehow escaped a yellow card, brought Leicester within four points and while Racing pushed for the fourth try late on, the Tigers can take satisfaction that they denied it to them. match reports The Observer Perhaps not redemption for Leicester – Leone Nakarawa’s quite sublime skills put paid to that – but a step on the road nonetheless. The Tigers were simply dreadful away from home in Europe last season and while they still have not won in the competition on their travels since 2015, they begin this campaign with a losing bonus point and even a few lingering thoughts of what might have been.Matt Smith was clear in the corner just before half-time and had he not been tackled by a flying Census Johnston, the Tigers would have led at the interval. On such fine margins are matches at this level decided but it would have been horribly unfair had Nakarawa ended up on the losing side. Dan Carter’s absence from the teamsheet may have been somewhat deflating but the 29-year-old Fijian brought his full box of tricks and, in this mood, is worth the admission fee alone, not to mention his bumper contract. Share on Facebook Read more Share on Messenger Since you’re here…last_img read more

Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool played like kids in win over Aston Villa

first_imgJürgen Klopp said he felt “the best possible emotion in football” when Sadio Mané struck Liverpool’s late winning goal at Aston Villa, but the Liverpool manager criticised his team for inviting defeat by being “too playful” in the first half.Liverpool fell behind to a goal by Trézéguet in the 21st minute but staged a late rally to win 2-1, preserving their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League.“We made it more difficult at the start, we started playing football but not exactly like we should have – too playful, like kids,” said Klopp, doing a little mime of children frolicking. “Our football looked good but I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the body language in the first half. We were not like warriors. We were like players.“Body language is important. Aston Villa was ready for a proper fight, a proper battle, to defend with all they had and find space on the counterattack.” news Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Aston Villa Jürgen Klopp He continued: “We conceded the goal and now it was getting serious – sometimes you need to get knocks. In the second half we started immediately and were much more aggressive in the right manner.”From that point on, he said, Liverpool were the only likely winners. “There was only one team who deserved to win it and that was us but I can imagine how bad Aston Villa feels because with all they did today, they would have deserved something.”Mané said this was Liverpool’s toughest match of the season so far. Klopp reserved particular praise for the Senegal international for performing so well in the second half despite being booed by home fans after being booked for simulation in the first period. “When you see it back it was for sure not diving,” said Klopp. “There was contact.”Dean Smith declared himself “very pleased” with Villa’s general performance but lamented “a lack of concentration, two basic errors” that allowed Liverpool to score. “I said to the players after the game that I’m really proud of their performance,” said the manager, “but I want them to feel the hurt and take it into the next game because that’s how you improve.” Share on Twitter Sadio Mané’s last-gasp heroics seal Liverpool’s dramatic win at Aston Villacenter_img Share on Messenger Topics Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Facebook Read more The Observer Liverpoollast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 Highway 106, from Exit 2 north to the Pictou Rotary, for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and signals are on site. The speed limit is reduced in the work zone and expect delays. Hours of work: Monday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 During construction Highway 104, east of Exit 27, near Sutherlands River, will have possible traffic interruptions, including lanes closures, until Friday, July 6. Interruptions are possible 24 hours a day. Traffic control persons are on site. Drivers should be alert for changes in traffic flow. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 33 to Yarmouth will be reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Motorist can expect delays. Local Area Office: 902-742-2416 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Brooklyn Street from Morden Road easterly to New Road, Aylesford, will be closed for replacement of the Busby McMahon Bridge from Monday, June 11 until Friday, July 27. Detour is in place.The bridge is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Belmont Road Belmont Road, from Trunk 2 north to Onslow Mountain Road and Belmont Road underpass, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Saturday, July 21. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 CONTINUING WORK RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway West Bay Highway, from 100 metres east of Black River Bridge for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control and a pilot vehicle are on site. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Route 376 Route 376, from Durham Road to Trunk 4, Trunk 4 to Exit 19, and Four Mile Brook Bridge to Route 376, will be reduced to one lane for repair and paving until Saturday, June 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-921-1142 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Dollivers Brook Bridge The Dollivers Brook Bridge on Route 331 in Voglers Cove will be closed for replacement beginning Thursday, June 21. A detour, using Highway 103 and Hirtle Road, is available. The closure is in effect until Friday, July 6. Drivers should use extra caution and obey all signs and personnel. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2, Springhill Junction Structure The Springhill junction bridge on Trunk 2 will be reduced to one lane for road repairs until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge will be replaced this construction season. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2, for about six kilometres from West Brook Road to Southampton, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Monday, July 30. Traffic control people are on site Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Hillside Road from Trunk 22 south for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from Alton Road south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-890-7085 INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge on Marble Mountain Road in Valley Mills will be closed for repairs from Tuesday, July 3 until Friday, Aug. 10. Detour signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-625-4050 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 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 is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, East of Exit 27A Traffic on Highway 104 will be detoured east of Exit 27A for about half a kilometre until Saturday, July 24, to complete construction work for the twinning project. Detour will be 24 hours a day. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 KINGS COUNTY: Shore Road, Oglivie Wharf Shore Road will be closed for repairs to Oglivie Wharf until Friday, July 6. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-670-0762 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be closed to replace the bridge and approaches. A detour is in place until Aug. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 COLCHESTER COUNTY: North River Sabra Lynds Bridge, Route 311, North River will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, July 6. Traffic signals on site. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 INVERNESS COUNTY: Chisholm Bridge The intersection of Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Road will be closed for repairs to Chisholm Bridge until Friday, July 6. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-756-3192 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Twinning Project Route 245, Trunk 4 and Thorburn Road, near Exit 27, Highway 104, will be periodically reduced to one lane for paving work for the Highway 104 twinning project. Construction is expected to be finished by Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 32 to Exit 31 will be reduced to one lane for paving until further notice. Motorists can expect delays. Local Area Office: 902-742-2416 -30-last_img read more