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Elders youth gather on HuronWendat territory for meeting generations in the making

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsElders from across Quebec travelled to the Huron-Wendat territory to share their knowledge with young people who also travelled from different parts of the province.More than 100 youth met with Elders to learn traditional ways of hunting and cooking as an example.The weekend’s event was years in the making.tfennario@aptn.a@tfennariolast_img


Update – Grande Prairie RCMP lay charges after death investigation near Bezanson

first_imgAs this matter is now before the courts no further information will be released.For more information on this story, CLICK HERE GRANDE PRAIRIE, B.C. – Update, RCMP Major Crimes North and Grande Prairie RCMP General Investigation Section have charged a suspect in relation to a homicide that occurred in Bezanson April 23, 2019.Randy Stephen Fiddler (59) has been charged with second-degree murder in the homicide of his wife Merna Fiddler (55).Fiddler remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on April 24, 2019.last_img


Police shut down meth lab

Drug technicians from Peel, the OPP and Health Canada will be back at an upscale home in Brampton today after a two month investigation led police to a meth lab.The investigation began with the discovery of chemicals used in the manufacture of crystal meth dumped on a private property in Halton Hills.Halton Police were able to identify two people connected to the waste, and that led them to a home on Midsummer Drive in Brampton.Police from Halton and Peel, along with the OPP, raided the home late yesterday and found a small lab, along with 5-6 kilograms of crystal meth.Three people were arrested at the house, and two others were arrested in Toronto.Police evacuated about 10 homes in the area until the volatile chemicals inside were neutralized.


Ontario shipyard withdraws complaint alleging federal favouritism toward Davie

OTTAWA — An Ontario shipyard is ending its bid to have a trade tribunal determine whether the federal government’s plan to add a third shipyard to Canada’s multibillion-dollar shipbuilding strategy has been rigged in favour of a Quebec company.Last month, Hamilton-based Heddle Marine asked the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to launch an investigation, alleging some of the requirements needed to qualify for consideration as the third yard seemed aimed at disqualifying all contenders except Quebec’s Chantier Davie.The federal procurement department subsequently amended some of the requirements, but Heddle asked the tribunal to press ahead with its probe.The government then invoked a national-security exception that prevents such investigations.The tribunal was still weighing how to respond to the government when a lawyer for Heddle notified it last week that the Ontario shipyard was withdrawing its complaint, without providing a reason.The third shipyard will be tasked with building at least six new icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard, whose own icebreaker fleet is on its last legs.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.The Canadian Press read more


Security Council condemns attack against UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic

In a press statement, Council members expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the peacekeeper killed and to the Government of Cameroon, as well as to the Transitional Authorities, the people of the Central African Republic, and to MINUSCA.“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against MINUSCA by armed groups,” the statement noted. “They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute a war crime and reminded all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law.” They also called on the Central African Republic authorities to swiftly investigate the attack, with the assistance of MINUSCA, and bring the perpetrators to justice, stressing that those responsible for the attack shall be held accountable. Meanwhile, the 15-member Council reiterated its full support for MINUSCA to assist the Transitional Authorities, which bear the primary responsibility to protect the population in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country.MINUSCA, which was set up in April 2014 to help bring peace after a breakdown of governmental authority and vicious intercommunal fighting between mainly the Muslim Séléka group and the mainly Christian anti-Balaka movement, currently maintains nearly 11,000 uniformed personnel in the country. read more


Time to translate nuclear test moratorium into legally binding obligation – UN

“If there is something I take very seriously it is the fact that, as Secretary-General, I am the depository of the Comprehensive-Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT),” said Mr. Guterres in his remarks to a biennial conference on facilitating the Treaty’s entry into force, held at UN Headquarters in New York. “A CTBT that is in force would be a milestone on the road to a world free of nuclear weapons. It has the potential to prevent a nuclear arms race and an escalation of regional and bilateral tensions,” he added. Since its adoption in 1996, 183 States have signed the Treaty and 166 States have ratified it. However, for the Treaty to enter into force, it must be ratified by all the 44 States that formally participated in the 1996 session of the Conference on Disarmament and possessed nuclear power or research reactors at the time. If we want to eliminate the risk of nuclear attacks, we need to stop nuclear testing. If we want to stop nuclear testing, we need a legally binding instrument.Of the 44 States, China, Iran, United States, Egypt and Israel have signed the treaty but not yet ratified it. DPRK, India and Pakistan have not signed it. Mr. Guterres noted that for almost 20 years, with the sole exception of the DPRK, all countries possessing nuclear weapons have helped to create a global culture against nuclear testing through their voluntary unilateral moratoria. “Sadly and dangerously, the destabilizing and provocative actions by the DPRK seek to undermine this norm – and along with it, global stability,” he said, reiterating that it is time to translate this shared norm into a legally binding obligation. Also addressing the meeting, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcák said that when the CTBT enters into force, a complete halt to all nuclear testing will be in even clearer sight. “Make no mistake: we need this Treaty,” he stated. “If we want to eliminate the risk of nuclear attacks, we need to stop nuclear testing. If we want to stop nuclear testing, we need a legally binding instrument. And if we want an instrument, we need political will to achieve it.” read more


What The FancyStats Say About NBA TradeDeadline Targets

as potential trade candidates. It’s also worth noting that, even after including borderline-untouchable targets such as DeMarcus Cousins, the average player on the list has an RPM of -0.9. In other words, most rumored trade targets are below-average-to-bad players; otherwise they probably wouldn’t be dangled in trade talks.But some of the players listed do have value or can at least fill a niche role. That’s why it’s always interesting to follow the moves on deadline day, even if zero hour is expected to be relatively quiet.CORRECTION (Feb. 19, 2:00 p.m.): A previous version of the table in this article repeated some players. These duplicates have been removed. The current version was also updated to include seven new players. Similar to what I did for the NHL’s most popular deadline-deal targets, here’s a table of the NBA players most commonly rumored as transaction fodder ahead of that league’s trade deadline, Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern time. I’ve sorted the players according to their long-term predictive Real Plus/Minus rating,1From the data set used to generate our NBA power rankings two Mondays ago and I’ve also included the offensive and defensive components of their RPM ratings.Most of these players are quite unlikely to go anywhere; the list is simply a collection of names mentioned by various sources2Here are the sources from which the names were compiled:Tayshaun Prince; Marcus Thornton; Brandon BassGoran Dragic; Enes Kanter; Wilson Chandler; Arron Afflalo; Thomas RobinsonDeMarcus CousinsTy Lawson; Miles Plumlee; Jose Calderon; Ian MahinmiDavid West; Taj Gibson; Kenneth Faried; Kevin Garnett; Nicolas BatumTerrence Jones; Jason Terry; Kostas Papanikolaou; Brook Lopez; Joe Johnson; Reggie Jackson; Terrence Ross; JaVale McGeeChase Budinger; Marvin WilliamsJason Thompson; Jeremy LambGerald Green; Pablo Prigioni; Randy Foye; Gary NealIsaiah Thomas; Kevin Martin; Lance Stephenson; Jerryd Bayless; John HensonAndrea Bargnani; Andrew NicholsonPablo PrigioniJameer NelsonChanning Frye; Ersan Ilyasova; O.J. Mayo; David Lee; John Jenkins; Moe HarklessThaddeus Young; Zoran Dragic; Roy Hibbert read more


Playoff Umps Are Screwing Up A Tenth Of Balls And Strikes

Nothing preoccupies players, managers and fans during the postseason like an umpire’s strike-zone judgment. While there’s plenty of outcry over balls and strikes in the regular season too, the stakes are much higher — and the complaints correspondingly louder — when an entire championship can hang on one errant call.But although this year’s playoffs have contained a couple of poorly called games, it’s not quite time to kill the umpires yet. Their overall strike-zone accuracy this postseason has not been significantly lower than what it was in the regular season, nor has it been much worse than you’d expect if you picked a handful of MLB games at random.Take, for instance, the Chicago Cubs’ NL Division Series Game 1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, in which both fans and players found fault with an inconsistent strike zone. During that game, home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi missed 15 ball-strike calls, for a total accuracy rate of 88.4 percent.1To measure an umpire’s accuracy, I built a model of the strike zone that takes into account not only the physical coordinates of the pitch, but also the count and the framing ability of the catcher, factors that are important determinants of the zone’s dimensions. That’s bad — it ranks among the worst 10 percent of all MLB games this season — but consider as well that 10 postseason games have been played so far.2This article includes data only through Oct. 10. In a sample of that size, the probability that we wouldn’t see a game called as poorly as the Cubs-Cardinals series opener was only about 34.9 percent,3The probability that all 10 games would rank among the best 90 percent of MLB games is 0.9 raised to the tenth power, or 0.349. so the odds were good that some team was going to be on the receiving end of a bunch of bad calls. The Cubs simply had the misfortune of being that team.Despite that bad game, there’s nothing statistically unusual about this postseason’s umpiring performance. In the playoffs as of Oct. 10, the umps have an accuracy rate of 91.4 percent. Depending on how you feel about robot umps, that kind of accuracy may seem unacceptable, but it’s right in line with the season-long MLB average of 91.6 percent. And if you randomly chose a set of 10 games from the regular season, you’d find that the umpires were less accurate than they’ve been this postseason about 36 percent of the time.Because MLB bases its postseason crew assignments on merit, we might expect the playoff umpires to have a better accuracy rate than the overall regular-season average. But as my Grantland colleague Ben Lindbergh noted last year, since 2009 there’s been essentially no difference in strike-zone accuracy between regular-season and postseason games.4If anything, the postseason umpires have been slightly less accurate. So although it would be nice if the strike zone were being called more precisely in the playoffs, the umpires’ execution so far is almost exactly what we’d expect based on their performance during the regular season. read more


Fuchse Berlin want Petar Nenadic

Fuchse BerlinPetar Nenadic ← Previous Story 8 DAYS UNTIL Men’s U20 EURO 2014: 56 matches keep the secret! Next Story → BM Atletico Valladolid with 350,000 EUR budget in the new season The best scorer of Polish Orlen Wisla Plock in the last season, Petar Nenadic (28) is target of German Fuchse Berlin. One of the best German teams want to get back to the TOP 4 of the German handball and secure the place at VELUX EHF Champions League in the next season. Everything could be easier with service of Serbian playmaker who had to good seasons in Poland.Nenadic has also played in Danish TVIS Holstebro, Spanish Barcelona and Algeciras, Hungarian PICK Szeged, Serbian RK Crvena zvezda…


Brendan Grace interview reveals Charlie Haughey helped buy his family their first

first_imgGrace’s family was living in a corporation residence and he was able to buy their first house with the settlement. He added:“It was actually Charlie that bought it for them so they can put that in the paper if they want!”Read: Movember power rankings: the top 10 sporting mos, week 2>Read: Adventure Film Festival featuring Irish movies opens tonight> COMEDIAN BRENDAN GRACE revealed in an interview that the former Taoiseach Charles Haughey bought his family their first house.In an interview with TV3’s Nora Owen, which will be aired on Wednesday 20 November at 9pm on TV3, Grace said that throughout the course of his career, he had many interesting encounters with many interesting characters, the former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey being one of them.AccidentBrendan recalled how he met the infamous politician after he was struck by an army ambulance while riding his motorbike.He said:I ended up taking an action against, and I’m so sorry I haven’t got the letter, but against Charlie Haughey.Charlie Haughey at the time, I think, was the Minister for Finance. Later in life, he and I became good friends.I did [win the case] and it was out of that particular accident that I was able to buy a house for my mam and dad, and myself and my sister.last_img read more


Do strong coffee sales mean the economy is getting better

first_imgSALES OF HOT beverages are up by almost 8% in the second quarter of the year, providing a strong indicator of employment, Retail Excellence Ireland said.“The reason we track it is because it’s a really good indicator of footfall and employment”, REI chief executive David Fitzsimons said.The number covers high street retail chains like Insomnia as well as forecourt outlets including Applegreen and Topaz. Source: Retail Excellence IrelandHowever, despite the positive sales of hot drinks, overall numbers for the second quarter showed only a slight increase on 2013, reflecting the challenging environment for retailers in the country.Overall like-for-like sales were up just under 2% on average, with sales figures boosted by Easter falling in April and relatively good weather during the second quarter.Fitzsimons said: “The big point of difference between this quarter and last quarter is the weather. I’d love to say its employment or sentiment but its not.”The leading sales segment was unsurprisingly among Garden Centres, while camera sales declined by a whopping 28%.BudgetFitzsimons called on the Government to preserve the 9% VAT rate in a bid to stoke consumer spending, and also to target reliance on social welfare in the hope that it will encourage people back into the labour market.“You have pockets of unemployment of up to 20% and employers are saying they can’t find people to come and work for them.”He also called for a decrease in tax rates in order to put more money back in consumers’ pockets.Finally, he said that a scrappage scheme for white goods, such as dishwashers and washing machines, would encourage people to trade in older machines that are less water-efficient, and hence more costly once water charges come in.Read: Two-speed recovery underway with consumers unconvinced by economic ‘upturn’>Read: One in four people are struggling to make ends meet>last_img read more


Western Digital packs 4TB on to a WD Black hard drive

first_imgThe flooding in Thailand saw hard drive pricing escalate and supplies cut to almost nothing in a matter of months. While consumers may not have felt the pinch, some companies relying on a constant supply of new hard drives certainly did.Now supplies are getting back to normal and pricing is beginning to calm down again. Before the disaster, the largest hard drive you could buy was 3TB, but that has since increased to 4TB, these were mainly sold as external drives. Hitachi was the first to announce a 4TB hard drive late last year, but today, Western Digital has started offering a 4TB internal drive as part of its performance WD Black line.The new drive spins at 7200rpm, support a 6Gbps SATA connection, and ships with a 64MB cache. It will never be as fast as an SSD, but Western Digital says performance has been maximized by using dual processor and dual actuator technology for improved head accuracy. There’s also IntelliSeek, StableTrac, and NoTouch on-board, which keeps power consumption down, cuts noise and vibration, and ensures the head never touches the disc.As you’d expect, as this is the largest hard drive Western Digital offers, you will be paying a premium price. The 4TB WD Black will sell for an MSRP of $339 with a 5-year limited warranty, but that’s sure to be reduced slightly once online stores get stock. As a comparison, you can currently pick up the 2TB version for around $180 $84.89 at Amazon.via Western Digitallast_img read more


Gardaí seize 19 rickshaws in Cork City as part of operation with

first_img Monday 12 Feb 2018, 5:08 PM Gardaí seize 19 rickshaws in Cork City as part of operation with Revenue The rickshaws were seized under Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act. GARDAÍ HAVE SEIZED a total of 19 rickshaws in Cork City.The seizure was made by a garda road policing unit during an operation carried out as part of an ongoing operation with Revenue and Department of Social Protection.The rickshaws were seized under Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act. The vehicles, which are often motorised, are a popular form of transportation for late night revellers in cities.Last June, Dublin City Council issued a public advisory notice warning of the safety hazards of using rickshaws.“Dublin City council wishes to advise members of the public, for their own safety and the safety of others, that rickshaws operating in Dublin City are not regulated by DCC or otherwise,” the Council said in the notice posted on its website.“Some rickshaw operators appear not to have public liability insurance,” it added.Read: Dublin City Council issues warning regarding safety of rickshawsMore: Dublin City Council hopes to have rickshaws banned this year Feb 12th 2018, 5:08 PM 45,226 Views 54 Comments By Hayley Halpincenter_img Share77 Tweet Email3 https://jrnl.ie/3848604 Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Roads Policing Unit, Cork City, seize 19 Rickshaws seized under Section 41 RTA following a Multi-Agency Operation with @RevenueIE and @welfare_ie on 10/02/2018. pic.twitter.com/iOErxf5SCL— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 12, 2018 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Davie firefighters rescue cat stuck in tree

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A cat can thank more than just its nine lives after firefighters in Davie pulled off a sky-high save for the furry friend.According to Davie Fire Rescue, they got a call about a cat that was stuck in a tree for a couple of days.Crews came to the rescue Wednesday, using their firetruck’s retractable ladder to reach the feline.Officials said the cat is OK and was returned to its owner.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img


Clogged drains form dirty rivulets on roads

first_imgUppal: Overflow of drainage has become a common sight for the residents of Uppal. The condition of roads has become a serious cause of concern to the locals and the commuters travelling from this area. The entire road gets filled with drainage water often, and, there have been cases of people skidding and falling on the roads of Uppal. Add to it, due to recent rains, the conditions of roads got worse which have made it difficult for the locals to come out of their houses. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The stagnant drainage water has also been causing unpleasant smell and mosquitoes in the area, which is harmful for the children and the elderly people as well. Speaking to The Hans India here on Friday, the locals also said that around six months back, the condition of the drainage system was so bad that overflowing drainage formed a ‘pond’ in the area. “We have been informing about the issue for the past several months, but it is being ignored by the authorities,” the locals lamented.last_img read more


Texas Speech Pathologist Celebrates Temporary FreeSpeech Win Hopes It Inspires

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneBahia Amawi speaks to media at the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) office on April 26, 2019. CAIR won a victory in a First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of Amawi, who lost her job as a speech language pathologist after refusing to sign a “no boycott of Israel” clause. Standing next to her is her husband, Mohammad al Bedaiwi.A Texas speech pathologist who sued the state after losing her school contract because she declined to sign an agreement promising not to boycott Israel said Friday she’s elated that a federal judge ruled in her favor. Bahia Amawi added that she hopes others are inspired to stand up for their beliefs.Her remarks at an Austin press conference came the day after U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman temporarily blocked a Texas law that prohibits state government agencies from doing business with contractors that are boycotting Israel.“I know I was on the right side of this fight,” Amawi said at the press conference at a local office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which filed the lawsuit on her behalf. “I didn’t think, ‘I’m going to run away from this fight.’ I really wanted to pursue it. Not just for me, but for the kids that I service, my own children and everybody in Texas.”Amawi, who worked as an independently contracted speech pathologist at Pflugerville ISD, lost her job in September after refusing to sign an addendum to her contract that included the Israel boycott language. In December, she filed a lawsuit with the council, which is known as CAIR, against Attorney General Ken Paxton and Pflugerville ISD.Maira Sheikh, the CAIR-Austin executive director, said Amawi was the best person to take up this cause.“Her work is incredibly important to the community and it’s the farthest thing from any of these issues related to international law or this conflict, but she’s also a person of Palestinian origin,” Sheikh said.In issuing the injunction, Pitman wrote the law goes against the First Amendment because it threatens to suppress unpopular ideas and “manipulate the public debate through coercion rather than persuasion.” The injunction order will stand while litigation proceeds in the case.The law prohibits certain state agencies from contracting with and investing certain public funds in companies that boycott Israel. When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed it in 2017, he called Israel “an important ally,” saying “anti-Israel policies are anti-Texan policies.”However, Amawi said the law is meant to silence Texans and punish them for expressing their political views. In the lawsuit, Amawi said she has “seen and experienced the brutality of the Israeli government against Palestinians.”The Texas Attorney General’s office released a statement Friday on Pitman’s ruling and blockage of the law.“We’re disappointed with the ruling essentially requiring government to do business with discriminatory companies,” said Marc Rylander, a spokesman for Attorney General Ken Paxton. “We look forward to defending this law on appeal.”Amawi said she hopes the recent ruling in her favor will encourage people in other states with similar anti-boycott laws to take action. Texas is one of 25 states that have passed similar anti-boycott laws regarding Israel.Due to the nature of her work with schools, Amawi said she has not been able to work as a speech pathologist since September because of the required addendum. However, Amawi said she hopes to return to work next school year and is looking forward to working with kids again.“It’s going to be a huge relief to be able to go back to service these kids that otherwise the service is not available for them and their needs are not fully met,” Amawi said. “And also, going back to making a difference in people’s lives, it’s a huge relief to do that.”This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sharelast_img read more


Researchers report evidence that fruit plants evolved to offer seed dispersers an

first_img More information: Omer Nevo et al. Fruit scent as an evolved signal to primate seed dispersal, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat4871 How fruits got their eye-catching colors A red-bellied lemur (Eulemur rubriventer) feeding at dusk, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. Credit: N. Rowe & Centre ValBio Citation: Researchers report evidence that fruit plants evolved to offer seed dispersers an attractive scent (2018, October 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-evidence-fruit-evolved-seed-dispersers.html Explore further © 2018 Phys.org Many plants that bear fruit rely on animals to disperse their seeds—the animals eat the fruit and then deposit the seeds on the ground when they defecate. Many animals are considered dispersers for many types of fruit plants, but for the relationship to work, the animal must eat the fruit at the right time—when it becomes ripe. Eating before that time would be useless, because the seeds have not matured, and after that time, they may have begun to degrade. Thus, to ensure that the seeds are eaten at the right time, the fruit has to offer a means for signaling the dispersers. Prior research has suggested that color changes offer a strong signal to sharp-eyed dispersers such as birds. But what about animals with poor vision? Some in the field have suggested such animals use scent—but to date, no one has been able to prove it. In this new effort, the researchers have gone a long way toward doing just that.To find out if plants have actually evolved to use scent as a signal to dispersers, the researchers collected 434 unripe fruit specimens and 428 ripe ones in the wilds of Madagascar. Their aim was to find out if some of the plants had evolved to entice lemurs at just the right time. Lemurs have poor eyesight and are color blind; thus, it is doubtful that they use vision as a means of choosing which fruit to eat. But they have a very good sense of smell. Some of the ripe fruit the group collected was colorful, and some was not. Fruit that changes color with ripeness were found to be eaten mostly by birds. Lemurs, on the other hand, mostly ate fruit that did not change color. The researchers tested the fruit the lemurs preferred and found it to be twice as aromatic as other fruit, but only when ripe. And the fruit eaten by birds did not change much in smell at all. The researchers also noted that the lemurs always sniffed fruit before eating or discarding, and generally chose only fruit that was ripe.center_img The researchers claim their study strongly suggests that some trees in Madagascar have evolved in a way to use scent as a means of disperser enticement. Journal information: Science Advances A team of researchers from Germany, Madagascar and the U.S. has found evidence that suggests fruit-bearing plants have evolved to produce fruit that communicates ripeness with a particular smell that attracts the animals that will disperse its seeds. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their study of fruit eaten by lemurs in Madagascar. Red-bellied lemurs (Eulemur rubriventer) in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. Credit: N. Rowe & Centre ValBio This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


A Pivot Could Save Your Mobile App From Failing

first_imgJanuary 24, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Chances are that your new app will fail. An estimated 80 to 90 percent of apps are eventually deleted from users’ phones, according to Mobilewalla founder Anindya Datta. Only a handful of apps make it past the magical 1 million downloads or $1 million in revenue.Essentially, most apps fail to make the cut. It’s not because the apps sucked in their initial form, but because their designers failed to collect the feedback and insight to rebuild them into something that people wanted to use. Don’t fret if you don’t get it right in the first instance.”The startups in the tech incubator Y Combinator, whose acceptance rate is less than 3 percent, change products and markets so frequently that the idea they applied with is often irrelevant to the final product,” said Paul Graham of Y Combinator.Pivot, a term coined by The Lean Startup author Eric Ries that means “a change in strategy without a change in vision,” is the answer to building a successful mobile app.Related: Do Pivots Matter? Yes, in Almost Every Case.Ries gives an analogy to explain the concept better: “You don’t ask your car’s GPS where you want to go, you tell it where you want to go and it helps you get there. Vision is where we want to go; strategy is our GPS for figuring out how to get there. That structure of experimentation, rapid iteration, and pivoting, I think that’s at the foundation of modern innovation.”Successful apps did everything they could to take advantage of what they’d built so far. While you’d naturally think about remodeling the entire app itself, there are many other possible ways to pivot, based on the feedback that you draw from your customers. In particular, here are three types of pivots outlined by Ries:Customer segment pivot: Your product may be designed for use by one customer segment, but is unexpectedly adopted by another segment. You must be able to spot this trend in the adoption of your app and pivot to serve the needs of the segment that’s driving its growth or use.A great example of this is Snapchat. The founders of the app were struggling to attract users, but it started going viral in high schools. This discovery led to the shift in focus in customer segment.Customer problem pivot: Try and get feedback early on through early adopters of your product to understand whether the problem you’re trying to solve is really a problem worth solving. In other words, this type of pivot solves a different problem for the same customer segment.Related: How a Brand Pivot Helped This Startup Disrupt a $30 Billion Dollar IndustryKeep your ears to the ground while listening to customer feedback and evaluate whether it is a common problem across most users or just a handful of early adopters. Also, be careful and draw feedback from those who have used your app, rather than the ones who want to use your app but haven’t yet.Springpad was first launched as a notes-based app that allowed users to make lists and get organized. But it wasn’t long before launching into a public beta that they heard from users that having an easier way to capture the information they want to organize was key to the app’s future. And so the focus shifted.Another interesting example is Starbucks, which pivoted when it went from selling coffee beans and espresso makers to brewing drinks.Feature pivot: When you build a product with too many features, and you realize that customers would rather want just a few, you select those specific features from the current app and reorient the entire app around that.Burbn started as a mashup of foursquare and Mafia Wars as a mobile web app that let you check in to locations, make plans, earn points for hanging out with friends, post pictures and more.When the founders created the iPhone app, it felt cluttered and overrun with features. They saw mobile photos as an opportunity to try out some new ideas and spent one week prototyping a version that cut everything except for its photo, comment and like capabilities. What remained was Instagram.Related: Why Starting Small Can Lead to a Better App This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more


Lawmakers approve assistance funds for Costa Rican coffee farmers

first_imgNo related posts. All 45 lawmakers present on Monday at the Legislative Assembly approved in a first round of debate a bill to provide financial assistance to coffee farmers affected by rust fungus.The bill establishes an initial $40 million fund financed by Finance Ministry bonds, subject to approval by lawmakers.According to the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry, Costa Rica could lose some 18 percent of its coffee crop this year due to the spread of the fungus in local plantations.Anie Saborio, a lawmaker from the ruling National Liberation Party, said the fund will benefit some 57,000 farmers whose production does not exceed 100 bushels.Rust fungus is a disease that infects the leaves of a coffee bush, causing them to dry up and die prematurely.Lawmakers are expected to discuss the bill in a second and final round of debate on Thursday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


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first_imgcruiseMariner of the SeasmillennialsRoyal Caribbeanyouth On Friday 22 June 2018 Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas sailed into its new home at PortMiami following a $120 million revamp and welcoming guests for the first time today on a 4-night cruise to The Bahamas. The newly reimagined ship will continue to offer 4-night weekday and 3-night weekend itineraries from Miami, with visits to Nassau and CocoCay. Beginning May 2019, Mariner will sail to the new Perfect Day at CocoCay, the first destination in Royal Caribbean’s recently announced collection of private island experiences around the world. New features include Sky Pad, a virtual reality, bungee trampoline experience; the cruise line’s first Polynesian-inspired, tiki-chic bar, The Bamboo Room; glow-in-the-dark laser tag and racer waterslides. Flowrider“Millennials want more frequent and shorter vacations that offer as much of that exhilarating adventure they seek. We’ve answered that call by investing $120 million in Mariner of the Seas and bringing her to Miami to sail 3- and 4-night cruises,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “With the combination of more thrills than you can count and visits to tropical destinations, Mariner is changing the game and taking the short getaway experience to a whole new level.”TOP IMAGE: Sky Padlast_img read more