Tufton says survival of sugar critical to economy

first_imgTufton says survival of sugar critical to economy Health & WellnessNovember 13, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Government’s commitment to the expansion and sustainability of Jamaica’s sugar industry has been underscored by Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton.Giving the main address at the 73rd Annual Conference of the Jamaica Association of Sugar Technologist (JAST), at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, Ocho Rios on Thursday (November 11), Dr. Tufton said the commitment was based on the recognition that the survival of the industry is critical to the development of the economy.Declaring that it was in the interest of stakeholders in the industry, to make a special effort to cooperate with government’s initiatives to make it strong and successful, the minister said government’s perspective on the development of the industry continues to be its restructuring, with a private sector driven focus on efficiency, diversified markets and ensuring returns on investments.Stating that a part of the restructuring of the industry included the divesting of sugar factories, Dr Tufton said that process will be completed over the next six months, and the agreement will make US$126 million available, in its first phase, for the expansion and upgrading of estates and factories.Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton (left), and Executive Chairman of the Sugar Industry Authority (SIA),Ambassador Derrick Heaven, at the 73rd Annual Conference of the Jamaica Association of Sugar Technologists (JAST) at the Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios on Thursday (November 11).He pointed out that the restructuring process represents a significant adjustment to the industry, which has been ailing for sometime, and assured the conference that there were good reasons for optimism about its future.Dr Tufton said the industry was still faced with challenges, and stakeholders will have to find new and better ways to drive its expansion. RelatedTufton says survival of sugar critical to economy RelatedTufton says survival of sugar critical to economycenter_img RelatedTufton says survival of sugar critical to economy Advertisementslast_img read more

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Gov’t moves to Strengthen National Response to HIV/AIDS

first_imgRelatedGov’t moves to Strengthen National Response to HIV/AIDS Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The government will be strengthening the national response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic for the 2012/13 fiscal year. To this end, $743.6 million has been provided in the Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives, for the Scaling Up to Provide Universal Access for HIV Treatment, Care and Prevention Service (Global Fund II) Project. The project, which got underway in August 2008, aims to strengthen multi-sector national response to prevent and address HIV/AIDS through consolidating existing gains, while scaling up services to reduce the transmission of new HIV infections and mitigate the impact. Under the project to date, 492 children and 8,675 adults have benefitted from anti-retroviral treatment; 5,672 adolescents and 20,064 youth reached with HIV prevention messages and interventions in out-of-school settings; 528 inmates reached in all adult correctional institutions through HIV intervention programmes; 12,269 voluntary counselling and testing conducted; and 58,384 CD4 tests done according to guidelines. Anticipated targets for the new fiscal year include the delivery of behavioural change communication to approximately 500,000 in-school youth in health and family life education; prevention activities for approximately 4,000 commercial sex workers, 3,500 men, who have sex with men (MSM) and 1,000 inmates; provision of testing and counselling; while approximately 8,500 men, women, and children with advanced HIV, are to benefit from anti-retroviral drugs. RelatedGov’t moves to Strengthen National Response to HIV/AIDS By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter RelatedGov’t moves to Strengthen National Response to HIV/AIDS Gov’t moves to Strengthen National Response to HIV/AIDS Health & WellnessMay 17, 2012last_img read more

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iPhone SE “three generations rolled into one” – IHS

first_img Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Devices Apple faces 5G modem wait KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Author Steve Costello AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 APR 2016 Analyst firm IHS said that Apple’s iPhone SE “represents an amalgamation of three iPhone generations”, and is a “far superior” product to the iPhone 5s, with which it shares a physical resemblance.The device marries iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, the company said. “In fact, the only significant tradeoffs a consumer would make with the iPhone SE against the iPhone 6s is smaller size and lower screen resolution,” it continued.The design is similar to that of iPhone 5s, although “mechanical components such as the enclosure have been slightly modified”. Many of the radio components, plus the front-facing camera, are shared with iPhone 6.The application processor, dynamic RAM and primary camera model are comparable with iPhone 6s.According to the firm, the bill of materials for the 16GB smartphone is $156.20, rising to $160 when manufacturing costs are added. The retail price of this model is $399.The base iPhone SE sticks with 16GB of storage, with the company “knowing that many consumers will opt to pay for an iPhone with more memory”. The 64GB version gives Apple $89 in incremental profit, IHS said.“Apple is willing to drop its gross margin on the low end to induce sales – though it is likely counting on many consumers upgrading to the more profitable 64GB SE model. When the profit machine that is Apple capitulates to the market forces of a maturing industry, it shows its tacit acknowledgement that even it is not immune to the dynamics of the global smartphone slowdown”, Wayne Lam, principal analyst, mobile devices and networks at IHS Technology, said.center_img AppleIHSiPhone Previous ArticleAT&T mulling Cyanogen-powered smartphoneNext ArticleZTE confirms management overhaul amid US trade woes Related Tags HomeDevicesNews iPhone SE “three generations rolled into one” – IHS Google taps retail with NYC storelast_img read more

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Riga orders 10 hydrogen-powered trolleybuses

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Simon Harmer: Proteas have ‘lost’ the best off-spinner in the world … myself

first_imgSimon Harmer left South African cricket for English county Essex in 2017 disillusioned.He’d been dropped by the Proteas after just five Tests, despite taking 20 wickets at a very respectable average of 29, and was staring the ignominy of not getting contracted by the Warriors in the face.Since his departure, the 30-year-old off-spinner has been magnificent in the UK and, currently, boasts an incredible haul of 194 first-class wickets in just three campaigns (the third isn’t even finished yet).That’s an average of 65 wickets per season.Yet Harmer isn’t hopeful or even planning on making a comeback and in a frank interview with ESPNCricinfo, he explains why.Here are the four striking themes to emerge from the discussion.His decision to go the Kolpak route wasn’t about money“I signed a six-month, £30,000 deal with Essex to come over and it was basically a shop window, whereas other players signed long-term deals for a lot more money. For me, I wasn’t offered a contract back in South Africa – if things didn’t go according to plan at Essex, I’d have gone back to South Africa unemployed, and was probably looking at life after cricket.”“It wasn’t about the money, it was about opportunity. There’s zero security in South Africa – that’s the reason players sign Kolpak deals, because of the security and the opportunity. Yes, the money is part and parcel of it because the rand is weak against sterling, but I can guarantee you now, for 95 percent of the guys that have signed Kolpak deals, it’s about opportunity and security.”Cricket South Africa’s quota regulations are ‘hurting players of colour’Simon Harmer on his Test debut in 2015. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)“It’s affecting players of colour because they’re forced into a role and they’re not allowed to develop their skill. They get thrust in and then thrust out, and then they find the next person to come in.“If I were to lose my place for a player of colour then I don’t have an issue with that. But as a sportsman, I need to maximise my earning potential, and to commit in South Africa where the transformation targets are constantly evolving … your opportunities do get less and less.“It’s the nature of South African sport. It’s always going to be there, it’s never going to go away. It’s such a sore topic and taboo to speak about, but it is what it is.”He believes his the best off-spinner in the world (maybe)“You always wonder, only playing five Tests, then looking back and thinking ‘well, what if?’ and wondering if you were good enough, then coming over here, performing, and winning trophies with Essex.“In myself, I know that I’m the best off-spinner in the world, but how can I say that when I haven’t bowled at international level? Seven out of 14 games I’m bowling at Chelmsford, where the wicket turns, I don’t go to Australia or New Zealand or India where wickets might not turn, or turn more, so it’s difficult to judge.”Harmer wouldn’t say ‘no’ to playing for England Simon Harmer loses his sunglasses during the Mzansi Super League match between Durban Heat and Jozi Stars at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on December 07, 2018 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)“I know that I’m good enough to play for England, but I think that there would be a lot of difficult decisions to make if my name was to be in the hat. But I do want to play international cricket. I understand that it’s a long shot, and it’s maybe a little bit unrealistic, but I feel like you’ve got to have goals and dreams.“I’m going to keep pushing myself. If it happens and things work out – happy days.”For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

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Leinster Senior Hurling Final Match Tracker

first_imgThe referee blows the full time whistle….IT’S ALL OVER…….GALWAY ARE THE LEINSTER SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONS FOR 2017!!!!!!Yellow Card for Greg LallyLee Chin with a free for Wexford…Galway 0-29 Wexford 1-17……Final thirty seconds……Yellow Cards for Owen Moore and Niall BurkeTom Monaghan has all the time in the world and he scores for Galway…..Galway 0-29 Wexford 1-16Shane Maloney scores Galway’s twenty eighth point! They lead Wexford 0-28 to 1-16Cathal Dunbar with a point for Wexford….Galway 0-27 Wexford 1-16Free Galway…Colm Callinan takes it but the ball is cleared by the Wexford backs…Greg Lally comes into the Galway team for Joseph CooneyShane Maloney comes in for Galway…..Joe Canning comes offJoseph Cooney with a great point…..Galway 0-27 Wexford 1-15Conor McDonald with a free and it is now Galway 0-26 Wexford 1-15Yellow Card Joe Canning (We think)Aidan Nolan has a goal chance for Wexford but it goes wideSix minutes left in Croke Park……Wexford Sub – Shane Tomkins comes onJoe Canning gets treatment but is ok to continueTen minutes left in the Leinster Hurling Final….And Niall Burke scores an incredible point…..Galway 0-26 Wexford 1-14 (17)Half Time in the Connacht Senior Ladies Football Final…..Galway 3-7 Mayo 0-4Conor Whelan to Conor Cooney…Another Galway Point…..Galway 0-25 Wexford 1-14Joe Canning with a sideline cut and he send it over the bar! Galway 0-24 Wexford 1-14Conor Whelan is fouled and Galway have a free…..Conor Cooney takes the free and he puts it over the bar….Galway 0-23 Wexford 1-14Conor Cooney with an important point given the recent pressure Galway 0-22 Wexford 1-14Free for Wexford….Conor McDonald scores and now it’s Galway 0-21 Wexford 1-14Into the final twenty minutes….Wexford are buzzing again…Cathal Dunbar comes into the Wexford TeamJack Guiney…..He has a chance…GOAL WEXFORD! They are back in the match….Galway 0-21 Wexford 1-13Lee Chin goes for a score…..Referee goes for Hawk Eye and the point is given….Galway 0-21 Wexford 0-13Galway are going through the gears…Joseph Cooney with an absolutely incredible score…Galway now lead by 0-21 to 0-12.The Galway Supporters are finding their voice…Joe Canning….What a point! Galway 0-20 Wexford 0-12.Padraig Mannion Makes another outstanding Catch and is fouled….Free GalwayOwen Moore comes in for Wexford…Joseph Cooney with another Galway Point….Galway 0-19 Wexford 0-12….Niall Burke with another Galway point…Galway now 0-18 to 0-12 up with Forty Five Minutes Gone in the Leinster Hurling Final….Mairead Seoige has scored ANOTHER Goal for Galway…They now lead 3-6 to 0-4Joe Canning scores another free…Galway 0-17 Wexford 0-12Conor Cooney and this time he scores an excellent point…Galway 0-16 Wexford 0-12Joe Canning takes the 65′ and it sails over the bar…Galway 0-15 Wexford 0-12….At the other end…..Conor Whelan….CLOSE……65′ Galway…..Lee Chin takes the 65’…….It goes over the bar….Galway 0-14 Wexford 0-12The Penalty from Conor McDonald…..SAVED BY CALLINANThe television pictures are showing that it was NOT a penaltyAidan Nolan has a chance…Brilliant save by Colm Callinan….Ball breaks….PENALTY WEXFORDConor Cooney tries for a point but it goes wide……It’s wide…..Galway lead 0-14 to 0-11Conor McDonald has a chance…The umpire calls Hawk Eye….Second Half is underway….David Redmond comes for Wexford for the second half…The Galway team are back out on the pitch for the Leinster Senior Hurling Final….The Attendance today at Croke Park….Galway getting a dream start in the Ladies Connacht Senior Football Final…They lead 2-5 to 0-1Bloody Hell…..Latest Score from the Ladies Connacht Senior Final…. Five Minutes Gone in the First Half….Galway 2-2 Mayo 0-0…Mairead Seoige and Niamh Duggan with the goals….Half Time Score…Galway 0-14 Wexford 0-11The clock reads 40 minutes…..Joe Canning with the free and he does not miss…Galway lead by 0-14 to 0-11 as referee Colm Lyons blows the whistle for Half TimeYellow Card for Jack Guiney of WexfordAidan Harte is hit late and a free for GalwayNiall Burke looked to have scored but the umpire waves it wideFoul on Lee Chin and they have a chance to close the gap to one….Conor McDonald takes it but he misses….Four Minutes of injury time to be played.Joseph Cooney with a great point and Galway now go two points in front…Galway 0-13 Wexford 0-11Lee Chin takes the free but it goes wideYellow Card for Tom Monaghan….Tough call on Monaghan who was only holding his ground…Galway putting the pressure on slightly and John Hanbury wins the free….Joe Canning scores point number five….Galway now in front…Galway 0-12 Wexford 0-11Galway sub – Thomas Monaghan comes in for Jason FlynnNow Conor Cooney scores for Galway….0-11 each with five minutes left in the first half….Wexford’s Willy Devereux now gets on the score sheet and they now lead 0-11 to 0-10.Joe Canning scores the free and the teams are level again…..Galway 0-10 Wexford 0-10Yellow Card James Breen for Wexford…Twenty Five Minutes gone in the game so far….Canning puts it between the post from between his own 65′ and 45’…Teams are level but Aidan Nolan gives Wexford the lead again. Wexford 0-10 Galway 0-9.Free for Galway….Chance for a leveler…Joe Canning will take it…Johnny Coen with the response for Galway….0-9 to 0-8Conor McDonald finds Paul Morris and Morris scores…Wexford 0-9 Galway 0-7Joseph Cooney hots back with a point for Galway and just one point separate the sides…Wexford 0-8 Galway 0-7 after twenty one minutes…Wexford tails are up at the minute…Jack O’Connor scores another point and Wexford now lead by two points….Lee Chin is going to take the free and it goes over the bar…Wexford 0-7 Galway 0-6This is a tight game of inches at this stage…Lee Chin is fouled and Wexford can take the lead…Conor McDonald takes possession and scores from outside the 45’….Teams are level again….0-6 each….Seventeen minutes gone…Padraig Mannion tries one as well but is hooked…..ball goes out for a line ball…Jason Flynn tries one from Half Way but it goes wide…Free Galway…..Joe Canning makes no mistake….Galway lead 0-6 to 0-5…..Anything Galway can do, Wexford respond….Matthew O’Hanlon this time for Wexford….0-5 each after fourteen minutes.Conor Cooney again for Galway with point number four…Galway lead 0-5 to 0-4.Galway back in front with a point from Conor Cooney….Diarmuid O’Keeffe hits back for Wexford…Teams are level again…Galway 0-4 Wexford 0-4McDonald scores and the teams are level…..Galway 0-3 Wexford 0-3…Eleven Minutes gone…..Ref Colm Lyons not popular with Galway supporters at the moment….Free Wexford….Conor McDonald will take it….Small worry for Galway…..Niall Burke gets treatment for a knock but he gets up after a couple of minutes….Conor Cooney picks up a yellow card.Conor McDonald responds with a good point for Wexford…Galway 0-3 Wexford 0-2….Seven minutes gone…Padraic Mannion tries one from half way and it flies over the bar…Galway 0-3 Wexford 0-1Four minutes gone and Paul Morris scores Wexford’s first point….Galway 0-2 Wexford 0-1Galway free after Conor Whelan is fouled…..Joe Canning points and Galway now lead 0-2 to 0-0.Aidan Nolan attempts a shot for Wexford but it goes wide…..Back in Croke Park…..The game is underway and Conor Cooney points for Galway after 30 seconds….Galway 0-1 Wexford 0-0The stage is setIn McHale Park…The All-Ireland winning Galway Under 14 Ladies have arrived….The Parade is underway…Almost time for throw in….The players are out on the pitch and are currently meeting the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins…Wexford Team News……No Changes from the match programme….Kerry have won the Munster Senior Football Final hammering Cork by 1-23 to 0-15It has been confirmed….Cathal Mannion to miss the game…Jason Flynn replaces himKilkenny have won the Leinster Minor Final beating Dublin by 3-15 to 1-17.The Galway team are due out on the pitch at 3.30……Team News….Cathal Mannion may not start the game due to injury and it looks like he will be replaced by Jason FlynnHalf Time in the Munster Senior Football Final – Kerry 0-11 Cork 0-7The Teams as listed in the programme…..Nice view from the Hogan Stand….The Teams were announced on Friday Evening….Galway  made one change from the team that defeated Offaly in Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final with Joseph Cooney replacing Jason Flynn and Cathal Mannion despite being a major doubt due to ankle injury is fit enough to make the Galway team. Wexford have stuck with the same team that defeated Kilkenny and sharp shooter Conor McDonald has been deemed fit enough to start.Galway (Leinster SHC final v Wexford): Colm Callanan; Adrian Touhy, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Niall Burke, Joe Canning, Joseph Cooney; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion.Wexford (Leinster SHC v Galway): Mark Fanning; Willie Devereux, Liam Ryan, James Breen; Simon Donohoe, Matthew O’Hanlon, Diarmuid O’Keeffe; Shaun Murphy, Aidan Nolan; Jack O’Connor, Lee Chin, Conor McDonald; Paul Morris, Jack Gibney, Harry Kehoe.All Teams news with be up shortly and why not get involved by going to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GBFMSports/ or text us on 53995 and leave a comment!It’s Galway and Wexford with Galway looking to win their first Leinster Senior Hurling Crown since 2012!Hello and Welcome To Galway Bay FM’s Match Tracker for the Leinster Senior Hurling Final.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Thanks for reading…Roll on next weekend and the Connacht Senior Football Final between Galway and Roscommon! What a day for Galway Hurling…Leinster Senior Hurling Champions for 2017….Next up is the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final….last_img read more

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2010: Inzalo staff are ready!

first_img10 March 2010Inzalo Communications is not planning to miss the 2010 Fifa World Cup train. The Johannesburg-based company got out their football gear on 2 March to celebrate the start of the 100 days countdown with the rest of South Africa.Inzalo Communications getting into the South Africa 2010 spirit of things. (Photo: Inzalo Communications)The Inzalo team show off their readiness for the first Fifa World Cup on African soil. (Photo: Inzalo Communications)Football Fridays News Desklast_img

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Minister to boost technical colleges

first_imgSouth Africa has 50 TVET colleges, but according to Unesco, increasing the appeal of TVET has been noted as a significant policy challenge both nationally and globally. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica) The minister of higher education and training foresees progressive skills reforms with a new approach to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in South Africa.Minister Blade Nzimande was speaking at the TVET Conference, held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on 18 and 19 November. The theme of the conference was: “Together forging a vibrant Technical and Vocational Education and Training system in South Africa”.Education is a non-negotiable in South Africa. The Constitution states: “Everyone has a right to a basic education, including adult basic education, and to further education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible.”South Africa has 50 TVET colleges, but according to Unesco, increasing the appeal of TVET has been noted as a significant policy challenge both nationally and globally. Internationally, there are policy documents suggesting that TVET continues to struggle for parity of esteem with other forms of education.“Aligning our colleges and their programmes to the world of work is no longer negotiable. This means colleges and employers must collaborate for the prospering of individual citizens as well as the economy,” Nzimande said.Technical and vocational education and training is concerned with the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the world of work. Historically, there have been a number of terms used to describe elements of the field that are now conceived as comprising TVET. These include: apprenticeship training, vocational education, technical education, technical-vocational education, and occupational education.Nzimande emphasised the importance of TVET in skills development for economic progress. “The new approach to colleges is much more than a name change for former FET (further education and training) colleges. It signals the beginning of a whole new era for colleges in the development of the country’s post‐school education and training system.“The name change aligns us well with international practice. It also signals the integrating of formal education with practical training and aligning these to the requirements of occupations.”BUILDING PARTNERSHIPSCollaboration between business and industry, as well as education and training sectors, was vital for the success of TVET, he said, calling on TVET colleges to build strong links with business and industry. “The critical change the Higher Education Ministry seeks is that link to business and industry. I want colleges to be viewed by employers as delivering quality programmes that meet their needs.”According to Unesco, qualified and motivated teachers and instructors are key for effective learning and are at the heart of TVET quality. Effective policies and frameworks aimed at professionalising TVET staff and improving their development, living and working conditions are considered essential measures.INCREASED FUNDINGIn South Africa, the Department of Higher Education and Training seeks to stabilise systems, move the sector from a provincial to a national competence, drive articulation, expand access and make provision for poor students the basis of the turnaround of this sector.The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has increased provision for the sector from R318-million in 2009 to R2-billion in 2014. Access has increased from 340 000 students in 2009 to over 800 000 students in 2014.Yet Unesco points out that South Africa faces a number of challenges in implementing an effective TVET system. These include the lack of quantity, diversity and quality of TVET colleges. The UN agency adds that the government has addressed the problem of quantity by establishing 12 new colleges in rural KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga with the first students enrolling this year.The diversification of colleges, however, is lagging because of capacity constraints and the lack of coherence and co-operation between educational institutions and the labour market, Unesco adds.Given this, the co-operation Nzimande is calling for is expected to tackle some challenges in the TVET sector.last_img read more

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Jott’s Move From Free to Premium – Bait and Switch or Good Business?

first_imgTags:#business#enterprise#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jason rothbart Many Web 2.0 companies have tried to make money by charging for their product, but it can be hard work – especially if the product started out as free. Jott, a voice to text transcription service, is an example of one that took the plunge and succeeded. Jott moved to a paid model following a successful free beta. I spoke with Jott CEO John Pollard to learn how they did it and how it is working out for them.Jott is a great tool if you haven’t tried it. It is a voice-to-text service where you call a number on your phone, dictate a note, schedule a meeting, or write a to-do and the service transcribes your voice into the appropriate message type; it even creates an object on Outlook automatically. The service had been in “beta” status and completely free. Recently, they came out of beta and rolled out a paid model with multiple plans for different usage and features. Jott still has free service, but it’s been put together such that if you are a frequent Jott user, you’ll be very tempted to upgrade. The upgrade itself is less than $4 so I suspect many people will go for it. Jott has a variety of plans to choose from including free, basic, pro, pay-as-you-go, etc.The company based these plans largely on user behavior and lots of data. When they started the company, they knew they would ultimately have a free and paid version, but had to learn the rest along the way. For example, they had to find out if their customers were home makers, road warriors, students, professionals, etc. Some of the factors they experimented with during the beta program included turnaround times, length of recordings, and features. By collecting data around user behavior and usage, they were able to model scenarios and identify trends. They then used focus groups, the Jott user group, and conjoint analysis (a very cool survey technique requiring users to make trade-offs on product features versus price) to come up with the different packages. They were very confident that some professionals wouldn’t want an ad-supported service, and the research confirmed it.As you can imagine, they overcame significant challenges along the way. While many users understand that Jott has to put food on the table, there were users who were shocked that a company dare ask for money. Personal note: this is both a common and ridiculous sentiment that has grown as more “free” things pelt us, but that is a conversation for another day.John and company decided to be extremely transparent about the process and spent significant time in their forums, hitting the blogs, and using other marketing mechanisms to tell their story and let users know what was going on. John admitted they could improve on the communication front, but they did a solid job. The communication philosophy was to tell the users what was coming, tell them when it was coming, and explain why – as many times and in as many places as they could.The company is very pleased with the conversion process so far. They are apparently hitting their goals and on plan. One pleasant surprise according to Jott is the percentage of people selecting annual plans; John said they are getting 10 times the number of annual subscribers that they expected. I’m not surprised as I’m sure a large percentage of Jott users are business customers, and this is the most efficient way to get something expensed; although this is pure speculation on my part. John has good advice for other companies embarking on this journey. First, talk to your customers as much as possible. Really talk to them and understand the problem you are trying to solve and how they use the product or service. Second, utilize web-based tools like conjoint analysis to gather quantitative information to make decisions. Finally, try to be transparent and don’t surprise your customers; they hate that. If you build something that people want and value, you can ask them for money and it is good business. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

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THE WORLD AWAITS THE BEAVERTONS TAKE ON GOOD FAKE NEWS NOT THE

first_imgOne small step for man; one giant leap for Canadian comedy.Hit Canadian satirical news series THE BEAVERTON returns for Season 3, Tuesday, July 23 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, and for the first time ever, the show will be available to the rest of the world on CTV’s YouTube™ channel, day and date with Canadian viewers.Coming so close to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, when man first walked on the moon and 600 million people were watching worldwide, THE BEAVERTON co-anchors Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas can’t help but conclude that there’s a cosmic connection between the two events. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

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