A local fishing crew caught a lot more than they bargained for when they caught a glimpse of a humpback whale in Donegal Bay on Tuesday.The mighty creature was spotted off South Donegal among schools of dolpins and bluefin tuna.The whale wasn’t shy either, as it surfaced only a few feet away from the fishing boat. The amazing marine moment was caught on camera and shared by the Donegal Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, but viewers are advised that the video contains expletives:Video: Donegal IWDGThese events follow another sighting of a humpback whale off St John’s Point on Sunday. Sightings are expected around the Irish coast at this time of year as whales come to their seasonal feeding grounds. However, two whales in Kerry baffled researchers after returning to the region together 20 years after their first recorded sighting.The Donegal branch of IWDG advised that there is a good chance of seeing the humpbacks off the north west coast at St John’s Point, Sliabh Liag and Carrick. If you do see the whales, the public is asked to report all sightings to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Watch: The humpback is back for an amazing encounter with fishermen was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CoastfishHumpback WhaleMarine
14 May 2009South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has secured a €60-million (about R690.9-million) credit line from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance viable projects by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the industrial, resources and services sectors.EIB vice president Plutarchos Sakellaris said the loan was a strong signal of the bank’s commitment to supporting the private sector and encouraging job creation in South Africa.“Moreover, the bank is confident that by working in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation we can help to stimulate the South African financial markets by diversifying IDC’s funding base and enhancing the provision of finance to SMEs,” Sakellaris said in a statement this week.‘Opportune time’IDC chief executive Geoffrey Qhena said the credit line could not have come at a more opportune time, when the cost of raising funds was extremely high given market volatility and the liquidity crisis, and would improve access to funding SMEs in the country.“We are particularly pleased that this loan will further enhance our commitment to development finance and addressing market failures,” Qhena said at the signing of the agreement in Johannesburg.“[The Industrial Development Corporation’s] expertise in project evaluation ensures that the EIB funds are directed towards projects which promote economic growth and job creation, as well as being environmentally and socially sustainable.”Lengthy relationshipThe IDC’s relationship with the EIB dates back to the mid-1990s. The EIB has over the years provided the IDC with four credit lines totalling about €165-million for small business development in South Africa.In October 2007, the EIB signed an agreement with the South African government, pledging financial support of up to €900-million the country until 2013.The bank cooperates with the South African authorities, public agencies, private enterprises and the financial sector to focus investment on infrastructure projects of public interest (including municipal infrastructure, power and water supply) and support for the private sector, including small and medium-sized businesses.In 2008, the EIB supported sustainable economic development in South Africa by investing in three projects to the tune of €202.5-million, almost doubling its financing activity compared with €113-million in 2007.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180306_RyanMartinWet snow showers are moving across the state for the first part of today, but we should see some improvement by this afternoon. Clouds will dominate the region today, and cold air is not going anywhere, so we won’t rule out some wet snowflakes here and there this afternoon, although the most organized action is going to be off to the east.Cold air will be the main feature of the rest of the week. That cold air mixes with a little bit of moisture coming in from the NW tomorrow, and will trigger some light snow and flurry action statewide. We look for 70% coverage, and there is the potential for a coating to an inch or two of general accumulation, while north central and northeast parts of Ohio can see 2-5 inches due to lake effect and enhancement. The snows for midweek look better here than to our west, and that is a testament to the cold air that sits over the top of us. Wednesday will likely be a day with some travel and weather challenges. Temps will struggle to break the lower 30s tomorrow, Thursday and Friday over nearly all of the state. Only far south central Ohio has a chance to run toward 40. Thursday we should see sunshine reappear over western Ohio areas, but we stay chilly right on through Friday.Our next system is still on track for the start of the weekend. However, it is coming a little faster, and we see precipitation breaking out early Saturday morning over the southwest areas of the state. The heaviest rains will be in far south central Ohio, near the river, where we can see up to a quarter of an inch. The rest of areas that see scattered showers will be more like a few hundredths to a tenth or to. The closer you get to I-70, the lesser chance of rain we have Saturday, and north of I-70, we should stay dry. Another surge of rain brings up to half an inch of moisture to southeast Ohio Sunday, but the rest of the state just features a mix of clouds and sun.Dry weather remains in our forecast for next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Next thus day we start to see some light precipitation come in from the west, the likely leading edge of our system for the 16th. Moisture totals do not look all that impressive yet, but we expect the system to strengthen. For the rest of the extended period, moderating temps are expected with normal and above normal temperatures in for most of the second half of the month. We continue to watch a system for the 20th and 21st, where we can see some rains of half to 1 inch at least. Strong southwest flow in the extended 11-16 day forecast window will lead to a slightly higher chance of stormy weather.
frederic lardinois When Wolfram Research released its iPhone app for Wolfram Alpha earlier this week, most of the attention quickly shifted away from the features of the app itself and towards the high price of the app. At $49.99, Wolfram Alpha is far more expensive than most apps in the App Store today, where only a small number of highly specialized apps sell for more than $9.99. Today, we got a chance to discuss Wolfram’s pricing strategy with Schoeller Porter, the product manager for Wolfram Alpha’s iPhone app.Early ReactionsOnTwitter and in the tech blogosphere, the reactions to the app’s price were anything but subtle. We called it “too expensive” ourselves, though others had strongerwords for it. MIT’s Technology Review called it a “a pricey online calculator for geeks” – a product that’s more like the expensive but immensely powerful Mathematica than Stephen Wolfram’s original idea for Alpha (“Wolfram|Alpha aims to bring expert-level knowledge and capabilities to the broadest possible range of people”). It is worth noting that the Wolfram Alpha app quickly appeared in the list of top 100 grossing apps in the iTunes App Store (iTunes link) and has been hovering at the lower end of the top 50 ever since. That doesn’t make it a breakout hit, but some people are clearly buying the app, even though only a small number of users have left reviews. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#Trends#web Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement A Premium Price for a Premium ExperienceThere can be little doubt that the Wolfram Alpha team was expecting some backlash. As Porter told us today, the Wolfram Alpha team decided to price the app with the cost of a hardware graphing calculator in mind. At $50, the app costs roughly half of what a hardware calculator would cost. As Porter also stressed, the app offers a far superior range of features thanks to its connection to Wolfram’s server farm. The company thinks this price is justified because of the superior experience of using the app over the mobile website. After using the app for a few days, we definitely have to agree there. The dual-keyboard solution makes entering queries in the app much easier than using the mobile site and accessing Wolfram Alpha from the app is also much faster then using the mobile site. Porter noted that Wolfram is trying to set itself off from the mass of $0.99 apps that only get used once and are quickly forgotten. Instead, the company hopes that the app will become a regular companion for its users, whether they are using it for help with their homework in school or college, or in their professional life.At the end of the day, this is an app for specialists. While Schoeller Porter worded this more carefully in our interview today, the basic fact is that Wolfram is charging a premium price for a premium experience. Users who don’t need the app can continue to use the website, while those who are willing and able to spend $50 on the app will get a superior experience. For the time being, Wolfram doesn’t expect to bring the price of the app down and so far, according to Porter, the team has been happy and excited about how the app has been performing in the marketplace.The Price of iPhone AppsThis also leads into a broader discussion about the current pricing in the iPhone App Store, where even the most complex apps and games have to sell for under $10 to reach a wide audience. At the end of our discussion, Porter noted that the Wolfram app may lead to some changes here, though we have to wonder if anything is likely to change the current drift towards lower prices in the App Store. It is also worth pointing out, though, that a lower price point opens up the market for an app to a far wider audience – often to the point where the lower price brings in exponentially more users and more than offsets any potential losses from the lower price. What Do You Think?Is Wolfram’s price point for the iPhone app a bold move? Hubris? Or would you be happy to pay $50 for the superior experience and ergonomics of the app? What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Earlier this week, Spiceworks took a big step in proving that ad-supported network management tools provide a new world of social IT services that are Web-based, free and even well-liked in the IT community. The company closed $16 million in Series CS funding from Institutional Venture Partners (IVP.) The round included participation from existing Spiceworks investors Austin Ventures and Shasta Ventures.With most online applications, the model works like this: You sign up for a free, Web-based trial. You give it a go for 30 days. If you like it, then you pay for the service on a per-user basis.Almost every SasS provider we talk to uses this model. The model is so predominant that you could end up paying thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in monthly fees for Web-based services. The best plan is to know exactly what you need so you can be efficient with your use of these services. Still, the costs can become substantial when you consider your business requirements.That’s what’s interesting about the Spiceworks approach. It’s a free Web-based application that is supported by advertising. You can pay if you prefer and block out the advertising. The model seems to work. IT users get an application that helps manage their networks and in return are served with relevant advertising.More than 850,000 people have signed up for the service from 196 countries. It’s attracting 1,000 users per day. Technology companies seem to be interested. Spiceworks has thousands of partners developing plugins such as the Intel power manager released last year.Does the Spiceworks approach make sense for Web-based application providers serving the enterprise market? Maybe so. If the advertising is relevant and helpful, perhaps application providers can extend past the free-now-pay-later model that is now so predominant. Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now alex williams Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair
I’m just returning from another really great year at SXSW. It’s always fun to meet up with so many new and old friends in just a few days in Austin. Beyond that, one of my favorite things is bumping into so many entrepreneurs I’ve never met who are working on interesting problems. However, this year I met a concerning number of entrepreneurs who wouldn’t tell me anything about their business. They explained they were building it “stealth”. I fear this has become the default course of action for far too many startups and in many cases it’s not the best plan. Interestingly, very active angel and COO at Square, Keith Rabois weighted in on Quora in response to the question: “What are some concrete reasons for *actively* stealthing a startup?” last year. His answer: With respect to the consumer Internet world, there are almost no valid reasons.The best legitimate rationale applies only to a very small set of previously successful entrepreneurs who are “famous” and are attacking a market that is not intuitively massive. They might want to avoid signaling that the market opportunity merits a closer inspection until they are ready to launch. My friend Charlie O’Donnell (currently a principal at First Round Capital) coined the term “anti-stealth”. As I’ve thought about it, I think there are three big advantages to going anti-stealth and would encourage any entrepreneur to consider them: Leveraging product feedback earlier in development Building a reputation and community in your target market Building relationships with potential investors pre-fundraising Leveraging Product Feedback Earlier Over the last seven years, before joining ReadWriteWeb as COO, I started two companies (sold to Morgan Stanley and LinkedIn). They both required a tremendous amount of capital and time before we were able to get a product into the market. As has been widely covered, companies are far more capital-efficient today and you can release a product into the market extremely early. Eric Reis has covered the implications around this extensively and described these new ventures as “lean startups.” One of the key principals of going lean is to get meaningful customer feedback as quickly as possible often by developing a minimally viable product.In some cases you don’t even have to build a product but can create a landing page and run some Adsense ads to promote the concept. Then you measure to see how many sign up and recruit their friends/colleagues. It allows you to see if there is demand for the product – and avoid the killer realization later that you’ve built something no one wants. Building Reputation and Community in Target Market Related to testing product demand, you also can develop a reputation in a given market by talking about what you’re working on. We’ve talked in the past about different types of startup blogs on ReadWriteStart but the key point here is you can start blogging to build an early community.Being active on social platforms as early as possible in your startup’s life will help you gather valuable feedback and early users. In an enterprise sales context, I’ve also seen this have the effect of what I call “proof by repeated assertion” where you seem more credible as a vendor to an enterprise client because you have been telling them you’ll solve their problem in many earlier interactions. Building Relationships with Potential Investors Pre-Fundraising Obviously there are different schools of thought on the best way to raise a venture round. However, I don’t know anyone who would argue that investors don’t care about your ability to make progress efficiently. Therefore, to the extent it doesn’t slow you down, being up-front with what you are working on and its progress provides a clear history. More importantly, you make your startup much more discoverable. You also make it obvious why an investor should be interested when you’re referenced by a trusted colleague or simply a Google search that turns up your site. This becomes more important as deal-flow gets more and more competitive and investors try to proactively discover these startups. I continue to be shocked how competitive this is becoming. Earlier this month, TechCrunch covered a new program by Google Ventures to basically turn all 25,000 Google employees into scouts for deal-flow. Specifically the story states: If you’re a Google employee and you know about a stealth startup that wants funding, you can pocket a cool $10,000. The Google Ventures team announced the new program at Google’s weekly all-hands “TGIF” meeting, earlier this afternoon. As firms continue to search for new deals from unusual sources, I think the best thing entrepreneurs can do is make sure they tell the story well when a prospective investor shows up. Saying you are a “stealth” company with no details certainly doesn’t leave much to go on. Conclusion To be clear, I realize there are companies that need to build their startup in stealth mode (such as for famous entrepreneurs like Keith points out above). However, I think it’s also important to recognize that often the benefits of running your company in anti-stealth mode far outweigh those benefits and should be thoroughly explored before just choosing stealth by default. Not convinced yet? Check out this video from one of this year’s SxSW keynotes: Reid Hoffman sharing his thoughts on data as well as 10 tips for entreprenuership. The whole video is worth watching but if you are pressed for time check out tip number six on releasing your product so early you are embarassed by it. It starts at 29:11. There is a great anecdote about a feature his co-founders felt they couldn’t launch without including in LinkedIn – it still isn’t included eight years and 100 million members later.What do you think? Let us know in the comments where you come out on the stealth vs. anti-stealth continuum. And if I bump into you next year at SxSW or at another event (like our upcoming ReadWriteWeb 2Way Summit) please tell me a little about what you do! Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sean ammirati 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tags:#product quality#Products#sales#sales pitch#sales proposition Related Posts Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Presentation Management: Key Component to the E… A career in sales is supposed to be lucrative and fulfilling, not frustrating. Good salespeople consistently close deals and increase their earnings, developing wide networks of happy customers along the way.Why, then, do so many salespeople struggle to live out the professional success of their dreams? Drive, training, persistence, and empathy all impact sales success, but one factor stands out above the rest: quality products.Don’t believe the hype that a good salesperson can sell anything. Customers today are more cautious about what, where, and how they buy. According to The ROBO Economy, a sales report from Bazaarvoice, 82 percent of smartphone users look up products online before they make in-store purchases. If they see a lot of negative reviews, they’ll drop the product and move on — regardless of how charming a salesperson might be.For anyone trying to make a living in sales, this new digital reality means product quality is more important than ever. Buyers are wary of bad deals, and today, they have all the resources they need to sniff them out. Salespeople looking for dependable, scalable incomes have to be cautious about which companies and products they choose to support.Use this process to determine whether a product is worth selling:1. Act like a buyer.Would you choose this brand over others? It’s easy to talk yourself into preferring your supplier’s product, but it’s another thing to convince a person who has better options elsewhere.Look at general review sites to see how comparable products stack up. If the product is more niche, check out industry-specific review sites to see how the public perceives the available options.“When you believe in the products and love them yourself, that comes across in a way that is much more authentic than if you didn’t have any connection,” says Mari Coyle, director of wine of ONEHOPE Wine. “Our wine is fantastic, made by a team of highly accredited winemakers based in Napa. In addition to that, every bottle supports a charitable cause, so the salesperson’s authentic story becomes part of the company story.” Coyle says people can sense whether a salesperson genuinely likes what she’s selling.2. Practice pitching to a tough crowd.Practicing in the mirror might help you maintain eye contact, but when it comes to overcoming objections, it’s better to work with a partner.Ask people in your network or social circle to help you test a prospective pitch. Encourage them not to hold back. You’re not trying to “win” this deal — you’re trying to determine if the product is worth advocating for.After a few rounds of practice, review your notes and think about how the conversations went. Did you feel like you were forced into an indefensible position based on a flaw in the product? Don’t get bogged down by personal preferences — some of the people you pitch won’t have any interest in the product, regardless of the brand behind it.3. Look at the current sales team.The best way to see if a product is worth selling is to look at the people already selling it. Are they successful and happy? Have they been selling the product for several years or just a few months? Does the brand have a small number of successful sellers, a large team of middling sellers, or another mix?Strong products attract strong salespeople. No one wants to waste time and energy generating demand for a product that has none. If the product is good, the team should be excited to sell it and visibly engaged with the target audience.Check out company reviews on Glassdoor to see what the salespeople say. When salespeople talk about high earning potential and empowerment, that’s a plus. When they talk about frustrations and silence from leadership, they could just be bad apples — or they could be on to something.4. Evaluate the competition.If consumers want to buy something, odds are good that more than one company fulfills that need. Look at competing products and brands in the space to determine which ones are most popular. Does your prospective product own most of the market? If not, does it have a loyal fanbase or a differentiating factor?Your product doesn’t have to be the biggest name in the market to be successful. The size of the market determines the sales potential. A product that only owns 5 percent of a $10 billion market, for instance, offers far more potential than a product that owns 90 percent of a $10 million market.Just as there are a few unscrupulous salespeople in the world, there are some companies that make bad products and swindle honest sellers into hawking junk. Don’t get tricked into selling a bad product for peanuts when you could be living the high life. Before you accept a new sales opportunity, consider whether the quality of the product deserves your loyalty. Connected Digital Assistants will Change the Wa… Skyrocket Your Instagram Marketing with Busines…
Strengthening the Family COREDate: September 1st, 8th, 15th and 22ndTime: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EasternLocation: Family Development Virtual Learning Event 2016Family Development is excited to announce the 2016 Virtual Learning Event (VLE) focusing on Strengthening the Family CORE.These sessions have been designed to equip military service providers with tools to join with families to continue their path of resilience. It is our hope that these sessions will enhance your knowledge, strengthen your skills as a service provider, and guide your work with these amazing families.Join us on September 1st at 11:00 am Eastern!We offer 1.5 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each webinar, click here to learn more.MFLN FD Early Intervention will be providing Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) CE credits, click here to learn more.
Are you a photographer or videographer in the market for a Canon 5D Mark IV? Here’s everything you need to know in order to maximize your investment.The Canon 5D has historically been one of the most successful DSLRs. Its reputation rests on years of quality and strong digital performance. Built for photographers and videographers alike, the Canon 5D has stayed at the forefront of modern technology for both, and the Canon 5D Mark IV is no exception.Even while other cameras have risen to challenge the 5D, the Mark IV is still a powerful video option. Once you fully maximize it, it can run with the best of them and be a great tool for all your film and video needs. Let’s look at what to consider when renting or buying the Canon 5D Mark IV, and how to get the most out of your camera investment.Canon Brand FamiliarityFor me, I upgraded from a Canon 7D, which I had used for the better part of a decade. It was the camera I learned on — the camera I took into shoots big and small. It was an absolutely reliable workhorse from the very first moment I turned it on. So, it came down to brand familiarity and loyalty to upgrade to the Canon 5D Mark IV. But just because it was right for me doesn’t mean it’s right for you. There’s a lot to consider, but if you’re a fan of Canon’s DSLR line, it’s currently one of the best.Here’s a more in-depth write-up on why I upgraded from the 7D to the 5D Mark IV — and what you should consider.Consider the LOG UpgradeWhen considering investing in the Mark IV, it’s important to note that if you’d like to record LOG video footage, it requires an upgrade. You can either buy the camera with the upgrade, or you can send your camera in to have Canon to install it for you. Either way, it’ll cost you another $99, so be sure to keep that in mind when crunching your budget numbers.However, I do highly recommend the upgrade. Canon’s LOG recording is a huge help for shooting cinematic footage that allows greater dynamic and color ranges in your edits. The upgrade gives you two LUTs and helps you maximize your camera’s capabilities.Here’s more info on the LOG upgrade, what it does, and how to send your 5D Mark IV in to the Canon store.Auto-Focus for Shooting VideoAuto-focus technology has advanced at a pretty incredible rate, especially for video. While I’ve always used auto-focus for photography, it really wasn’t part of my video recording workflow with the Canon 7D. Auto-focus for video was something you did when just learning in film school. However, the technology has become so advanced it is more than just a gimmick. It’s now a highly functional tool for all types of video projects.The Mark IV’s auto-focus is some of Canon’s greatest tech yet. And, if you’re looking for some tightly controlled focus elements in your shoots, or need extra help in keeping an interviewee focused on a solo shoot, it really is handy. Here’s more info on how to fully utilize auto-focus when shooting video with the Mark IV.Fully Sync Your 5D Mark IVAnother technology that seemed crazy to me when first starting out is the rise of Wi-Fi syncing and the possibility of controlling your camera remotely — through your smartphone! Being able to sync your camera with your smartphone opens a lot of doors. If you’re shooting solo (like recording a vlog), having remote access to start, stop, and review/monitor your shot is huge. It can also help you set shots that are hard to reach or in tight quarters.Whatever your needs, syncing your Mark IV with your phone can be very helpful. Here’s a complete breakdown of how to do it.Set up the Built-in IntervalometerThe time-lapse shot is a powerful too for both photographers and video professionals. Many cameras require you buy a third-party intervalometer to take controlled time lapses; the 5D Mark IV comes with one built-in!Here’s a step-by-step guide to get your intervalometer set up. It’s pretty straightforward, but there are many customizable variables to help capture some spectacular and diverse time-lapses in all types of settings.All images via Canon.For more camera guides and filmmaking advice, check out some of these articles.The 5 Best Cameras to Rent or Buy for Any Video Shoot1080p vs. 4K with The GH53 Reasons Why the Sony a7S Isn’t the Perfect Camera for FilmmakersThe Cameras Behind Netflix’s Original Films and SeriesFilmmaking Advice: Why You Should Consider Shooting in Black and White
If you are going to block time, you are going to have to do the work necessary to block that time.