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Going Back to Work

 Just as you’re getting used to being home with your baby and your work life feels like a distant memory, you realize that your maternity leave is coming to an end. The thought of waking up at 6 a.m. and racing off to a job after being up all night with a crying baby seems impossible. And then there’s the guilt: How can you spend so much time away from your infant?

No matter how long and hard you’ve thought about your decision to return to work, and how sure you are that it’s the right choice, you need to be prepared for mixed emotions. “You might feel guilty about leaving your baby in someone else’s care — or you might feel guilty about being eager to go back to your old life,” says Karol Ladd, coauthor of The Frazzled Factor: Relief for Working Moms. Although you’ll inevitably encounter a few bumps along the way, these five tips will make heading back to work a little less stressful.

Practice Your New Routine

It’s bound to take a while to learn to balance your new roles — and you’ll do so more quickly if your daily routine is efficient and well organized. The best way to make sure your new schedule will work? Do a couple of practice runs the week before you’re due back at the office. If possible, arrange for your child care to start a week or so early so that you can try out your routine — and get used to parting with your baby. Make sure you set your alarm extra early your first week back to give yourself time to work out any kinks in your schedule. And don’t forget to come up with a good backup plan for days when your baby (or your babysitter) is sick.

Get as Much Rest as You Can

One of the biggest complaints of working moms is sheer exhaustion — and when you’re overtired it’s much easier to fall to pieces. Your own sleep needs should take priority over doing another load of laundry or cleaning up the kitchen. And have your husband pitch in whenever possible. Because you’ll be getting up so early, you should aim to get to bed earlier too. Sticking to a 9 p.m. bedtime helped Heather Hill, of DeWitt, Michigan, get enough rest before her son Connor was sleeping through the night. “I woke up for the 2 a.m. feeding, and by that time, I’d had about five hours of sleep with a few more hours still ahead,” says the mother of Sean, 6 years, and Connor, 10 months.

Keeping It Together

Set Aside Time for Your “Mommy Life”

You’ve probably made a handful of new “mom friends” while on leave. Don’t put those friendships on the back burner once you start working. “Relationships with other moms are vital,” says Ladd. “You need them for emotional support.” Aim for regular weekend get-togethers. Gina Yager, mother of 5-month-old Mia, made it a point not to lose touch with her new friends when she went back to work. “On Saturdays, I’ll meet the girls and their babies at a coffee shop, and I’ve also joined a ‘mom and baby’ yoga class,” says the mom from Henderson, Nevada. “And I stay in touch during the week through our online support group.”

Keep It Together at the Office

Although you might feel like an absolute wreck when you’re at your desk — worrying about your baby, feeling physically and mentally exhausted, being daunted by the piles of work that have built up in your absence — don’t let your boss think you’re off your game. Keep your concerns to yourself, and avoid venting to your coworkers. Remember, your new juggling act might even make you more productive. “I’m a better boss now that I’m a mom,” says Sue Hermann, of Denver, mother of Sarah, 3, and Sophie, 10 months. “I’m more willing to delegate, more able to think outside of the box, and definitely better able to multitask.”

Hang in There

In your first few months back on the job, you will undoubtedly encounter days when you decide that you can’t manage and need to quit. But stick with it — at least for a while. Experts say most moms need time to get used to a new routine. If after a few months you’re still unable to cope, think about asking your boss for a flex schedule that lets you work from home one or two days a week, or for a part-time arrangement. Come up with a concrete plan before approaching your boss. “But be prepared for the possibility that your boss will reject your proposal and give you an all-or-nothing ultimatum,” warns Donna Lenhoff, JD, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who specializes in work-family issues. If that’s the case, maybe it’s time to consider whether this job is right for you. “Your goal,” says Ladd, “is to find a healthy balance that works for you, your career, and your family.”

Nursing at Work

A Working Mom’s Guide to Breastfeeding

If you’re planning to continue nursing, you’ll need to get the pumping routine down well before your return to work.

Start pumping and freezing the milk a month before you’re due back on the job. You’ll get in the habit of pumping and build up an emergency supply.

Let someone else bottle-feed your baby. “He needs to get used to being fed by someone besides his mother,” says Kathy Baker, Peer Counselor Program training administrator at La Leche League International.

Talk to your boss to come up with a pumping schedule that works for both of you. You might suggest dividing your lunch hour into pumping sessions: You’ll need to take 15- or 20-minute breaks two to three times a day.

Find a private location. “If your company doesn’t have a designated lactation room, perhaps there’s an empty office or conference room that you could use to pump,” suggests Baker. “Some women get creative and hang a curtain around the outside of their cubicle when no privacy is available.”

Having Second Thoughts?

“Unless you have a contract that specifically states you’ll return to work on a set date — which can happen in some union or high-profile jobs — you can decide to quit whenever you choose,” says attorney Donna Lenhoff of the National Employment Lawyers Association. Though your employer does have the right to take you to court to get back the health-insurance premiums and wages paid during your maternity leave, Lenhoff says that this rarely happens. As for the best time to give your boss notice, the sooner, the better.

By Amy Capetta

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Saturday is the day to have YOUR say in the voting stands.  Make sure you know which political group is right for you.

If you aren’t certain who you should vote for, Click here and go to Vote Compass.  “Vote Compass is an educational tool developed by political scientists designed to help you explore how you fit in Australia’s political landscape.”  You will be asked a series of questions to find out which Party is closest to your values and ideals.  Make your vote count.

A small Victoria firm is intent on making a big splash in the Alberta oil and gas market with a new online tool that puts the power of water into the hands of exploration companies.

Foundry Spatial, a six-year-old environmental consulting firm, has just launched the Alberta Water Tool, which provides real-time information on the quantity of water available in any location where exploration may take place.

Founder and chief executive Ben Kerr said the tool draws water information from 30,600 surface and groundwater allocation points and 185 hydrometric stations for 181,000 unique watersheds in Alberta. He said that means companies will be able to make better exploration decisions and in a more timely manner.

Kerr, who started the company after working as a computer mapping specialist for the provincial government for eight years, said water has become a huge issue for the oil and gas industry, where hydraulic fracturing and shale gas are key players.

“It’s changed the whole industry. They need water to produce petroleum,” he said.

Kerr said the data they mine is readily available, but it can take days or weeks for consultants to pull it together in what is often a very costly report.

Instead, Foundry Spatial has built technology and a delivery system that allows exploration firms and government ministries to log into the database and produce a customized report on a specific area in real time.

“We do it at a fraction of the cost,” Kerr said. Foundry Spatial charges by volume. A single report would be $1,000, but a company that needs them often could pay as little as $400 each. “Companies want to do it themselves and do it now,” said Kerr.

The tool was originally developed by Foundry Spatial for the B.C. government, and the company is paid to maintain its technology and continue to provide the product.

The first version of the engine was developed in 2012 for the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission and was recognized with a B.C. Premier’s Award for Regional Innovation.

“It helps resource managers in government as well as water users get access to information about how much water there is, what existing demand is for it and what the environment needs all in a matter of seconds,” Kerr said.

The technology developed by Foundry collects the data, builds a computer model and extrapolates information from that about areas that are unknown.

“It lets you choose any spot you’re interested in and produce a report describing that exact location,” Kerr said.

Though it was just launched two weeks ago, Kerr has already secured one Alberta client, with another five expected to sign on in the coming months.

He said the quiet oil and gas market has helped, rather than hurt. “Our value proposition is efficiency,” he said. “So it’s an ideal time to launch a product in Alberta if a product is about saving people money.”

While oil and gas is driving the market for the product right now, Kerr said it has applications for mining, agriculture, forestry, First Nations and basically anyone who requires water.

“This technology [is] of interest to every single industry because every single industry depends on water,” he said.

The company has also developed tools that help people find and access environmental monitoring information, and is working on a product that will allow people to look at a specific location — such as their homes — and see what effect a massive earthquake would have on it.

“It will let them see what could potentially happen to their property and offer suggestions on how to mitigate the damage,” he said.

Written by Andrew Duffy

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New research into the global impacts of invasive species by Australia’s government-funded research body, CSIRO, has identified the countries most threatened by invasive species. The research has found that sub-Saharan African countries are most at risk, while China and the USA pose the greatest threat.

The research, which is published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that although the chances of invasive species entering Australia were relatively high, the overall threat to agriculture is lessened due to our robust management practices.

The research examines the worldwide distribution of nearly 1300 invasive pests and pathogens, international trade flows, and each country’s main agricultural production crops, to determine potential invasion risks and impact.

This is the first analysis of invasive species’ threat to global crop production on a country-by-country basis, calculating the total potential cost of these species invading each of the 124 countries.

Senior researcher Dr Dean Paini said the research found that the most vulnerable countries were located in sub-Saharan Africa.

“These countries generally do not have diverse economies making them disproportionately more dependent on agriculture,” Dr Paini said.

“As a result any threat from invasive species can potentially have a greater relative impact on these countries.”

The study also determined which countries present the greatest threat to the rest of the world given the scale of agricultural export and the invasive species already established.

The USA and China posed the greatest threat as a source of invasive species, however this is not surprising given the high number of pests already present, the scale of their agriculture export industries and their role as regional food hubs with an extensive network of trade partners.

Conversely, as the countries with the largest agricultural export industries, the USA and China could also experience the greatest absolute cost from further species invasions.

However, their ability to manage or mitigate the impact via means such as pest management, plant breeding, crop substitutions, or imports, means that their agriculture industries are not as vulnerable as those of developing countries.

As trade volumes continue to increase and more trade connections are made between countries, the pressures from invasive species will only intensify.

“This research provides insights that will enable the first steps towards the management of invasive species at the global scale,” Dr Paini said.

“By identifying the countries and regions that are most vulnerable, governments can make informed decisions regarding the deployment of resources necessary to protect their borders and agriculture industries by limiting the further spread of invasive species.”

By Anthony Wallace

what3words has garnered widespread attention of late, following the adoption of the innovative addressing system by the Mongolian national postal service. The adoption by Mongol Post marks the largest scale adoption of the addressing system to date.

what3words uses a unique combinations of three words for each 3mx3m square on Earth. The adoption of what3words by Mongol Post makes a lot of sense in a nation where addressing is notably inadequate for the needs of its citizens. A large proportion of the Mongolian population live nomadic or semi-nomadic lives, meaning that their postal addresses will shift wildly over time. For these purposes Mongolia’s existing addressing is inadequate across its huge geographic area of 1.6 million square kilometres- almost the size of Queensland. Even in urban areas, the addressing is often insufficient and based by a means of reference to nearby features.

what3words and Mongol Post have addressed this issue (excuse the pun) using what3words to provide a unique address for every 3m x 3m square across the nation. Mongol Post will be making the address system integral to its service. It is expected this will help drive the country’s economic development, especially as it is adopted across other applications such as emergency services, logistics and personal navigation.

The move is perhaps a part of a larger wave of adoption of what3words, whose popularity is driven by the universal simplicity of the system.

what3words claim that its addressing system is already being used in over 170 countries by logistics firms, navigation apps, travel guides and NGOs.

Closer to home, Australian firm Mercury Project Solutions this month partnered with what3words in anticipation of the demand for implementing location-based solutions where traditional addressing does not exist or is inadequate. Mercury’s local spatial business consulting services will be utilised for integration of what3words across Australia and New Zealand.

The system has already been adopted by Land Tasmania, which has integrated what3words search capability into LISTmap. In Tasmania, many areas in the south-west of the state have inadequate addressing and people struggle with communicating a precise location easily. To overcome this, the ‘Locate Me’ of LISTmap now includes what3words addressing in addition to traditional coordinates.

what3words can be used by anyone by using the online map or downloading the free app (Google Play/iTunes).

By Anthony Wallace

Imagery suppliers DigitalGlobe and global maritime data experts exactEarth have announced a strategic alliance to offer joint services to the commercial fishing industry and to aid in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

IUU fishing is currently recognised as a major threat to achieving sustainable fisheries, with the potential to cause an irreversible change in ocean ecosystems. Several decades of overfishing in the world’s major fisheries has created large declines in commercially important fish populations.

The alliance will see exactEarth’s advanced automatic identification system (AIS) maritime information services integrated with DigitalGlobe’s high-accuracy, high-resolution commercial satellite imagery.  Both organisations’ big data and predictive analytics capabilities will be used in order to help governments to address IUU fishing and also their broader maritime surveillance.

“26 million tonnes of fish, representing approximately $23 billion in lost revenue, are taken each year through illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing,” said Peter Mabson, CEO of exactEarth. “This has created a compelling case for governments and commercial organisation to find a solution to stem their IUU losses.”

“With DigitalGlobe we believe we have the solution required and we will be first-to-market with a satellite-based AIS system to solve this problem. Our Alliance will enable governments and commercial organisations to monitor fishing activity in and around their borders, respond to suspicious activity and hold vessels accountable for their catch.”

Tony Frazier, SVP & GM of Services for DigitalGlobe says that the partnership represents the first commercial solution to combat illegal fishing: “Illegal fishing costs countries billions of dollars each year and impacts livelihoods of millions,” he said.

“The Alliance will enable our customers to receive AIS data covering a broader territory, which in turn will help them to enhance their overall maritime governance decisions and increase transparency for our changing planet.”

Written by Anthony Wallace

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Sometimes it can be tricky to not allow outside influences to change the way you feel… here are some ideas on how to stay true to yourself and how to keep your head up even when things may get a little challenging.  This will help in all areas of your life including when you are looking for work and also allowing you to be the best employee/employer/business owner you can be!

“It usually isn’t what you have, where you are, or what you’ve been through that makes you happy or unhappy, it’s how you think about it all.  It starts on the inside.  You control your thoughts.  The only person who can hurt your happiness in the long run is YOU.

Here are 50 thought-provoking quotes about happiness gathered from our book and blog archive that will help you think on the bright side.

  1. It only takes one person to make you happy and change your life:  YOU.
  2. Your life will improve only when you take small chances, and the first and most difficult chance you can take is to be honest with yourself.
  3. Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are.  It could be so much worse.
  4. It is not what happens to you, but how you respond to what happens to you.  Count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.
  5. Look for something positive about this moment.  Even if you have to look a little harder than usual, it still exists.
  6. When you smile about the life you live, you end up living a life worth smiling about.
  7. Remember, social comparison is the thief of happiness.  You could spend a lifetime worrying about what others have, but it wouldn’t get you anything.
  8. Happiness comes more easily when you feel good about yourself without feeling the need for anyone else’s approval.
  9. Be nice to people on your way up because you might meet them again on your way back down.
  10. Set an example. Treat everyone with kindness and respect, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.  (Read The Four Agreements.)
  11. Kindness is not to be mistaken for weakness, nor forgiveness for acceptance.  It’s about knowing resentment of any kind is not on the path to happiness.
  12. Give as much as you can, but don’t allow yourself to be used.  Listen to others closely, but don’t lose your own voice.
  13. Say what you need to say.  Speak your truth.  There is no greater sadness than holding on to the words you never had the courage to speak.
  14. You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you.  All you can do is change how you react and who you choose to be around.
  15. Negative company will never give you a positive life.  Examine what you tolerate in the long-term.
  16. What you allow is what will continue.  It’s always better to spend more time alone than allow negative people and their opinions to derail you from your destiny.
  17. When other people treat you poorly, walk away, smile and keep being YOU.  Don’t ever let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are.
  18. Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.  It’s their loss, not yours.
  19. One of the most freeing things we learn in life is that we don’t have to like everyone, everyone doesn’t have to like us, and that’s OK.
  20. When someone says, “You’ve changed,” it’s not always a bad thing.  Sometimes it just means you stopped living your life their way.
  21. Never be ashamed of how you feel.  You have the right to feel any emotion that comes to you, and to follow a path that makes you happy.
  22. The unhappiest people in this world are the people who care the most about what everyone else thinks.
  23. You can’t base your idea of success and happiness on other people’s opinions and expectations.  (Read 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)
  24. Happiness and success is all about spending your life in your own way.  Be yourself.  No one can ever tell you you’re doing it wrong.
  25. It’s always better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than the top of the one you don’t.
  26. Work to create a life that feels right to YOU, not one that looks right to everyone else.
  27. No amount of money will make you happy if you aren’t happy with yourself.
  28. Maybe the thing you’re scared of is exactly what you should do.  Sometimes life is about risking it all for a dream no one can see but you.
  29. You can’t always wait for the perfect moment.  Sometimes you must dare to do it because life is too short to regret and wonder what could have been.
  30. The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.  Participate in life instead of just watching it pass you by.
  31. Nothing’s more fun than doing what people say you can’t do.
  32. Almost anything is possible if you’ve got enough time and enough nerve.
  33. Great challenges make life interesting; overcoming them makes life meaningful.  It’s how you deal with failure that determines your happiness and success.
  34. Let your mistakes be your motivation, not your excuses.  Decide right now that negative experiences from your past won’t predict your future.
  35. What is coming is better than what is gone.  Don’t give up hope.  Good things often happen when you least expect it.
  36. If you take another step, and another, you will be surprised to know how far you can go from the point you thought was the end.
  37. Nothing is more beautiful and powerful than a smile that has struggled through the tears.
  38. Any fool can be happy when times are good.  It takes a strong soul with real heart to develop smiles out of situations that make us weep.
  39. No matter how long it takes, it will get better.  Tough situations build strong people in the end.
  40. As we grow older and wiser, we begin to realize what we need and what we need to leave behind.  Sometimes walking away is a step forward.
  41. At the end of the day, you can either focus on what’s tearing you apart, or what’s holding you together.
  42. One of the most rewarding moments in life is when you finally find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.
  43. Whatever you do, don’t get stuck on the one thing that ruins your day.  Smile and be grateful.  Life is too short to waste on negativity.
  44. The less you expect, the more pleasant life gets.
  45. Patience can be bitter, but the seeds you plant now will bear sweet fruit.  (Read Flourish.)
  46. Live simply.  Love generously.  Speak truthfully.  Breathe deeply.  Do your best.  Leave everything else to the powers above you.
  47. Do not dwell so much on creating your perfect life that you forget to live.
  48. The trick is to enjoy your life today.  Don’t wish it away by waiting for better days ahead.
  49. Pay attention to the little things, because when you really miss “the good old days,” you miss the little things the most, like just laughing with someone special.
  50. Go for long walks.  Indulge in great conversations.  Pay attention to the moment.  Count your blessings.  Let go for a little while and just be and breathe.”

Written by Angel Chernoff

Geospatial technology supplier 3D Laser Mapping has launched an innovative ‘three-in-one’ multi-platform mapping system.

Known as ROBIN, the new platform is the first of its kind on the market and provides three alternative mapping options rolled into one solution. The versatile system allows users to benefit from the ability to map areas via walking, driving or flying.

ROBIN provides a multi-purpose all round system, integrating a 12 MP camera (for drive) and 18MP (for walk and fly), two GNSS antennas, GIS grade IMU navigation system, touch screen control unit, three mounting systems, capture software, a post-processing software package and has a field of view of 330 degrees. Long-range and precision versions are also available.

“ROBIN is an extremely exciting product for the industry and is the first on the market to offer a three-in-one system.” said Graham Hunter, executive chairman at 3D Laser Mapping.

“Covering a wide range of terrain, ROBIN allows high quality data capture from areas such as footpaths, forests and coastlines that are only accessible by foot. Our customers are looking for flexible solutions that can support a high return on investment – and this product offers a unique value proposition”

“GeoBusiness is recognised as one of the leading trade shows in our sector and we’ve been in attendance for the past three years. It’s an event where we’ve made some quality new business leads, as well as strengthening relationships with current clients, so we decided this would be the perfect place to showcase ROBIN for the very first time.”

Mark Hudson, managing director of consulting geospatial engineers and chartered land surveyors, Geoterra, is looking forward to seeing ROBIN enter the market after receiving an advanced preview.

“Geoterra is very excited about the launch of the new ROBIN multi-platform mapping system,
Hudson commented. “It’s become evident that there’s a gap in the sector for this kind of product and we’re sure it’ll prove to be an extremely popular addition to the marketplace.

3D Laser Mapping also has also revealed plans in place to launch an indoor mapping SLAM upgrade for ROBIN later in the year.

For more details on 3D Laser Mapping and ROBIN visit

By Anthony Wallace