MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “We have to prepare harder now and we have to have a better on-court chemistry than what he had here,” said Valdez. “We have to see all the little things so we’ll have better movement once we play.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “This was a long tournament and we all know each other [better] because of it,” said Valdez in Filipino as she finished with 11 points in the loss to the Kazakhs.“We all have one goal and we’ll all kill ourselves to achieve that goal and bring glory to the country.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Kuala Lumpur Games would be Valdez’ second after she competed in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.She said they’d have to come out stronger if they hope to step to the podium in Malaysia. Belo flies to KL with Gilas, hopes to join team in SEA Games End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—National team outside hitter Alyssa Valdez said national team’s time in the AVC Asian senior Women’s Volleyball Championship has been of valuable help as it prepares for 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.The Philippines finished at eighth place after three straight losses in in the Asian tournament includinga 25-20, 25-16, 21-25, 21-25, 15-3 setback to Kazakhstan Thursday but Valdez knows they’ve garnered enough experience to help them in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
– Advertisement – When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf first took office in 2006 following the October 2005 election, the exchange rate of the Liberian dollar to the US dollar was between L$55 and L$60 to US$1.That was when Firestone was the only multinational company operating in Liberia. It was also the time when the National Transitional Government of Gyude Bryant had turned over a country whose coffers were emptied by warlords and politicians who wanted power. It was also when no mining company had come in to begin paying taxes and royalties to the Liberian government for operations and social development packages.As the Sirleaf administration took over and concessions were signed, the US dollar began to rise against the Liberian dollar without Liberians being told why the skyrocketing rate. The rise was now L$60 to L$65 for US$1, and in less than a year was up to L$70 – L$72 despite the presence of multinational companies here. The rate fluctuated between L$70 and L$80 up to 2012, and later reached L$90 in 2013, to the surprise of Liberian people. By this time rubber, a key foreign exchange earner for Liberia, was struggling on the world market and exposing the negligence of a Liberian government who refused to ensure that companies in that sector added value to their export products. By this time ArcelorMittal and other multinational companies had begun operations and paying royalties and social development funds to the government every year; yet the rate was on the rise without a stabilizing plan proffered.The first excuse government gave for the high rate of the US dollar against the Liberian was that the country was not producing its own staple food, rice, and as a result it was costing importers huge sums of money to get rice from China, Vietnam and India, with no emphasis on the high taxes levied on imported goods in US dollars. In another development, the Central Bank underscored an excuse that the country was not manufacturing finished products from its natural resources, and therefore could not attract much foreign exchange.The fluctuation continued until late 2015, when it reached L$100 to US$1. This was when Ebola was subsiding and the economy badly affected from the 2014 outbreak. This health crisis again provided a tangible excuse for government for the skyrocketing rise of the US dollar, then rising from L$100 to L$109 in 2016, and from L$110 to where we are at L$118-20.The excuses got more and confusing, so much so that even the Central Bank of Liberia is contradicting itself. A few years ago the CBL in the Daily Observer clarified its role in currency rate control. It stated that it was not responsible to control or regulate the exchange rate, but that the rate can be determined by what a country produces. Today, it is backing up and regulating the exchange rate for currency exchange bureaus; setting L$112 as a selling rate for the US dollar and at times seizing monies from vendors changing money on sidewalks.Daily Observer’s June 28 Edition published a story titled, “US Rate Differs at Street Bureaus.” In this publication, experts provided opinions on the unfolding depreciating rate of the Liberian dollar to that of the US dollar. They cited low prices of exported commodities including rubber and iron ore, deficits, rising demands for imports, capital flight among others as factors for the depreciation of a country’s currency, which we cannot challenge.But persistent excuses on the part of this government without solutions make people wonder if it is serious and concerned about the welfare of Liberians. Ghana, Sierra Leone and Guinea are countries much like Liberia in their economic structures; yet these countries have regulations and policies that stabilize their currencies.Then, multinational companies and their withdrawal in 2014 because of Ebola also formed part of government’s excuses. But there are second and third class companies carrying on artisanal and medium scale mining and paying taxes. How is the government managing funds from these revenue sources to help its own citizens?Opinions provided by experts are realistic in relation to any economic situation, but the government is using them to cover up its deliberate attempt to perpetuate poverty on the majority of citizens in this country. Capital flight, as stated in the opinions, serves as one key factor bringing about conflict of interest on the part of government officials. The majority of officials of our government have immediate family and other obligations abroad and are obliged to send money there to support those obligations. This situation brings about high demand for the US dollars.Complementing this demand factor is harsh custom duties imposed on importers of foreign commodities to be solely paid in the United States dollars. In order to get the US dollars to pay taxes, importers and taxpayers have to buy them from money exchangers at prohibitive prices offered in the Liberian dollar that is surplus on the market. This situation was one of the reasons for which the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL) led a nationwide strike on two occasions, but the Liberian government has remained consistent with its harsh tax policy and political maneuver to withhold the US dollar to finance its campaign.Liberians will only believe the Sirleaf administration if it takes tangible steps to address this economic situation. But tying the problems to those long-time excuses will only expose more of the government’s hypocrisies and the uncompassionate attitudes of its officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Following the crash-landing of a Cessna 182 aircraft bearing registration number N8704T that is owned and operated by Guyana Adventist Medical Aviation Services (GAMAS) on Monday evening, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has launched an investigation into the incident.The crash has left Policeman Mark Grimmond with multiple fractures to his face and lacerations about the body while the pilot, Lincoln Gomez, suffered a broken jaw and other bodily injuries. Gomez is a patient at Georgetown Public Hospital, while Grimond has been admitted to the St Joseph Mercy Hospital.Senior Police ranks alongside Mark Grimmond at the hospital on TuesdayReports are the two were transporting the body of the Director of Kaikan Bible School, Christopher Matthews, who died on Monday after falling off a mountain at Arau in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The aircraft departed the interior location at 17:06h and was heading to the Eugene F Correia International Airport when the pilot made a “mayday” call to the Timehri Control Tower reporting a fuel emergency at about 18:45h.However, the aircraft, according to the GCAA, went down shortly after that and the Police rank telephoned and reported that both him and the pilot were injured, but could not confirm their location.Injured pilot: Lincoln GomezThe Aeronautical Search and Rescue Coordination Centre at Timehri was activated with assistance from the Guyana Defence Force, Guyana Police Force, the Civil Defence Commission, GCAA, Guyana Fire Service and the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority.The crash site was identified by a reconnaissance flight conducted by a Roraima Airways aircraft and as a result, Captain Gomez firing one of his distress flares from his location.“The first responder team from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) landed as close as possible to the crash site. Due to the conditions of the terrain, the rescue team had to trek for more than an hour cutting through thick vegetation to reach the crash site from the landing zone’, the GCAA said on Tuesday.After several hours, the rescue team recovered the injured pilot and the Policeman, and after stabilising them, returned to the landing zone for evacuation with the Bell 206 helicopter. The injured men were flown to Base Camp Ayanganna and subsequently transported to the hospitals.However, the body of Matthews could not be removed from the site during the first extraction due to constraints of terrain and weight. His body was flown out of the site on Tuesday.The investigations are being led by the Guyana Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Unit which has committed to examining all possible factors that could have contributed to the accident.Meanwhile, the Guyana Police Welfare Officer, Deputy Superintendent Jewel Sullivan along with Public Relations Officer (PRO) Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan; his deputy, Cadet Officer Ike Grandison; and other members of the Guyana Police Force visited Constable Grimmond.
Unfortunately, this is the case for Putin’s Russia. … And in China, the long march toward political reform has barely been started ? In his speech to the U.N. General Assembly, President George W. Bush encouraged the world to embark on a mission of freedom ? (against) nations that only celebrate the freedom to oppress. – Svenska Dagbladet Stockholm, Sweden Mass demonstrations have spurred hope that Myanmar will again become Burma. Democratic and flourishing. Because that is the way life could be, instead of being the tragic example of dictatorship it is now. ? In Burma, it was a shock hike of fuel prices, by up to 500 percent, that led the Buddhist monks into the streets – while those in power secretly live in extravagance. ? In Burma, dictator and general Than Shwe dreams of becoming a Buddhist king and turns to the stars for advice on how to do it. ? ? Globally, recent decades have witnessed great democratic steps. But there are always countries where time has stood still, or developments have gone backward. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Gazidis was instrumental in appointing Arsene Wenger’s successor after 22 years as Arsenal manager Speculation that Gazidis – who oversaw Unai Emery’s appointment to replace Arsene Wenger in May and has also been behind the change in management structure at the Emirates Stadium – will depart for Italy has been rife for some time.Now the move has been confirmed.Head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and chief commercial officer Vinai Venkatesham have been appointed in new roles to take over from Gazidis.Sanllehi has been appointed Arsenal’s new head of football, while Venkatesham becomes the club’s managing director. Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham appointed head of football and managing director respectively, as Ivan Gazidis leaves for A.C. Milan— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 18, 2018“For the last ten years I have been privileged to dedicate myself to this great club,” Gazidis said in a statement.“Although it is very hard to do – the hardest decision of my life – I believe that it is the right time for me to step aside to allow new leadership, energy and ideas to take the club forward into this exciting new era.“I believe in the positive force of change, both for me and for the club. I am excited to see what the future holds for this great club and I am energised by a new personal challenge with AC Milan.“My sincere thanks go to Stan and Josh Kroenke for their support and guidance on everything we have done. To Sir Chips Keswick, Lord Phil Harris, Ken Friar and my wonderful management team and staff, on and off the field, to Arsène Wenger, Unai Emery and to the fans of this giant and incredible club, thank you for your immense support and friendship over so many years and for the wonderful privilege of being part of the journey.“We lived through many emotions together, the highs and the lows of football, and I am proud to be able to say that I gave this club and its fantastic people everything that I had in me. I am excited and energised for the future for myself and for Arsenal Football Club and I will always hold it in my heart.” Gazidis has played a major role in introducing roles such as Sanllehi’s, as well as that of head of recruitment – held by Sven Mislintat.Those appointments wrestled some power away from Wenger, whose 22-year tenure came to a close at the end of last season.Emery has since taken the reins after a thorough interview process headed up by Gazidis, who will now leave to fulfil a similar role at San Siro.He added: “Arsenal is entering a new chapter and I have done everything I can to ensure that it is strongly placed to take on that challenge. This includes world-class facilities and outstanding leaders in every sector who carry the values of the club, including, of course, Unai Emery, Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham in whom I have enormous faith.“We have been building on the club’s progressive social values, leading the way on the women’s game, diversity and inclusion, and establishing the Arsenal Foundation. This will remain central to the club’s philosophy. ” Gazidis leaves Arsenal to take over as CEO at AC Milan 3 Gazidis has spent close to ten years in charge at Arsenal 3 3 Ivan Gazidis has resigned as Arsenal’s chief executive to join Italian side AC Milan, the Premier League club have confirmed.The 54-year-old, who has held the post since January 2009, will leave the north London outfit by the end of October and will begin his new role as CEO of AC Milan in December. The changes behind the scenes at Arsenal in recent months have been vast, with majority shareholder Stan Kroenke last month launching a bid to take overall control of the club through his company Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE).His son, Josh Kroenke, is deputy chairman of KSE and praised the work of Gazidis during his tenure at Arsenal.“It has been a pleasure working with Ivan. We will miss the wisdom, insight and energy he brought to our club on a daily basis over the past decade,” he said in the statement announcing Gazidis’ departure.“We are confident we have outstanding people in Raul and Vinai, and we look forward to working with them and coach Unai Emery to continue to move the club forward on and off the pitch.”Meanwhile Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick believes Gazidis departs having helped develop a strong structure off the pitch.“Ivan has led Arsenal with skill and dedication and leaves us in a strong position,” he said.“The club has been transformed and he has recruited talented people, such as Raul, Vinai and of course Unai Emery, who will take us to future success.”
The final of The Finn 575 is the feature race on tonight’s greyhound racing card at Lifford.Also down for decision are the semi-finals of the Quick Fire 350 and the Quick Draw 350.Tonight’s runners (first race 8.00pm) are: Race 1 The Quick Fire 350 first semi-final (350 yards): 1, Loyal Lamp; 2, Tommy Lees Buddy; 3, Ballougry Bound; 4, Augustine Hotdog; 5, Freddys Trooper; 6, Texas Razzmatazz.Race 2 The Quick Fire 350 second semi-final (350 yards): 1, Topless Bus; 2, Coolcholly Kate; 3, Had It All; 4, Tober Scolari; 5, Holborn Peach; 6, My Last Chance.Race 3 (350 yards): 1, Macsruso; 2, Corner Plane; 3, Backdoor Jamie; 4, Do It Boy; 5, Joshuas Princess; 6, Goodinthehood.Race 4 (525 yards): 1, Youonlyliveonce; 2, Kagawa; 3, Friend of Jack; 4, Some Effort; 5, Amaarillos Girl; 6, Colarhouse Bound. Race 5 (525 yards): 1, Seagrave Bolt; 2, Tahina Rhonda; 3, Wrong Note; 4, Holbourn Oscar; 5, Hather If; 6, Inishowen Queen.Race 6 (350 yards): 1, Kilnacloy Prince; 2, Drumsna Major; 3, Scally Joe; 4, Free Falling; 5, Ulster Johjo; 6, Fair Rest.Race 7 (525 yards): 1, Spudzontherun; 2, Coolkereen Hugh; 3, Colarhouse Lady; 4, Fridays Maybe; 5, Drumsna Rose; 6, Ulster Idea.Race 8 (525 yards): 1, Do It Kim; 2, Mongys Girl; 3, Tahina Sabrina; 4, Altmore Champ; 5, Castleroggy Rust; 6, Tobys Dancer.Race 9 The Quick Draw semi-final one (350 yards); 1, Drumsna Lilly; 2, Backdoor Bucko; 3, Fridays Berlin; 4, Hillcroft Lass; 5, Saberry; 6, Meenirves. Race 10 (350 yards): 1, Golden Pearl; 2, So So; 3, Alien Eyes; 4, Inside Lane; 5, Skerries Harp; 6, Frosty Face.Race 11 The Finn 575 Final (575 yards): 1, Budders Reward; 2, Culture Annie; 3, Rocky High; 4, Spotty Totty; 5, Follom Eva; 6, Spinning River.Race 12 (525 yards): 1, Tyrgal Charlie; 2, Loughgur Black; 3, Farloe Lulu; 4, Budders Luck; 5, Drumsna Canyon; 6, Smurfing Flame.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: June 18th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:greyhoundLiffordRacing
The Governing Body at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) has approved the reappointment of Paul Hannigan as President of the Institute.Mr Hannigan has been President of LYIT since January 1998, and he will continue as President for a further five-year term from January 2018.Paul, who is originally from Ballyshannon, worked in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) from 1987 and in 1992 he became Head of Department of Business Studies until his appointment to Letterkenny in 1998. In 2008 he was reappointed as LYIT President for a further ten-year period and has championed LYIT during this time.Commenting on his reappointment Paul said he is humbled and privileged to be reappointed as President of LYIT for the next five years.“It is an honour as a Donegal man to be in this role, and with the staff, students and all college stakeholders be in a position to make a positive contribution to the development of the region.“The next five years presents many challenges and opportunities for the Institute and I am totally committed to ensuring that the challenges are met and the opportunities availed of. I look forward to the continued support of everyone involved with the Institute and together we can ensure a bright future for LYIT”. Letterkenny Institute of Technology reappoints Paul Hannigan as President was last modified: September 28th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:donegalLYIT PresidentPaul Hannigan
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A rather bizarre case out of Colorado this year exemplifies that even though the right to farm is supported by state and county statutes, anyone can still sue for anything. The eventual verdict did demonstrate that the right to farm cannot be circumvented so easily. Victory, however, was not cheap.The trouble all began on July 20, 2012 when the Delta County Commissioners approved a land use change to provide for an organic, free range chicken laying facility of two 15,000-hen barns to be located just north of Hotchkiss, Colo. Immediately, before construction began, a group of neighbors sued, alleging the organic chickens were not agriculture, but a factory farm. Ultimately, the 7th Judicial District ruled against the farmer. The Colorado Court of Appeals promptly overruled that decision. The Governor of Colorado even filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of the farmer. And in October, 2015, the Supreme Court of Colorado declined to hear the case. It was a victory for the farmer, but one of the plaintiffs, Susan Raymond, quickly filed a lawsuit alleging civil trespass and sought damages for claimed health problems caused by the alleged trespass of feathers, mold and bacterial emissions.Better yet, Plaintiff Susan Raymond is a veterinarian, and the alleged trespass occurs to her hobby farm. The defendant chicken farmer is Edwin Hostetler, the patriarch of a closely-knit Mennonite family.Raymond proudly informed Hostetler through the media she intended to bankrupt him, even if she did not prevail at trial. She clearly made a good stab at it. By the end of the trespass case, Hostetler had spent over three quarters of a million dollars in legal fees!The case finally went to trial in May of this year and lasted over three weeks. I have been involved in murder trials that lasted for less than a week. And they were appropriately detailed. Three weeks of reviewing feathers and mold and bacterial emissions and whining would seem like an eternity to a jury. Raymond had over 700 pictures she felt documented her claims. What she failed to prove was that any of the alleged contaminants actually came from the chicken farm. And she could not establish that she was sick because of the alleged trespassing contaminants.I do not know anything about this case other than the numerous articles I read online. My suspicion is that Raymond’s lawyer could not control the client. Her attorney may not have even tried. It is also widely believed that animal rights activists were supporting Raymond in this pursuit.From the observations of a reporter who sat through the trial, it was obvious that Raymond, as a professional in a rural community, believed she had authority over neighboring property. I often think small towns have a pecking order that makes the caste system in India look kind.Apparently Hostetler was his best witness. According to reports, he maintained himself with dignity and restraint and even suggested that some of the hay issues Raymond blamed on him happened because she made hay too soon. In a rural community like this, suing someone like Hostetler, is a little like suing God. You’d best have a very good case.After three weeks of testimony, the jury of eight convened with 26 jury instructions. They returned in an hour with a verdict for the farmer. No trespass. No damages.An hour of jury deliberations tells me that Raymond had no case although she got her days in Court. The last article I read suggested that some ag groups were assisting Hostetler in paying down his legal fees, and his community was holding bake sales.I wonder if Raymond ever contemplated what life would be like in her neighborhood if she pursued her case, yet ultimately lost, but did not bankrupt Hostetler? It seems the chickens are there to stay, and Raymond gets to eat crow.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#YouTube fruzsina eordogh YouTube has been steadily expanding into the livestreaming business, from concerts and obscure sports to the 2012 Olympics, and now, to political coverage of the upcoming U.S. election. Today marks YouTube’s first livestream on their “Election Hub”: the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, will begin streaming at 7pm EST tonight in partnership with ABC News.Olivia Ma, YouTube’s News Manager, billed YouTube’s Election Hub as “a one-stop channel for key political moments from now through the upcoming U.S. election day on November 6” in an official blog post. Besides live coverage, the Google-owned Web hub also offers reporting, commentary and analysis from ABC News, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed, Larry King, The New York Times, Univision, The Wall Street Journal, and YouTube’s very own mega-personality and news commentator Phil DeFranco. YouTube tried its hand at livestreaming in 2009 with a U2 concert, again in 2010 with broadcasting cricket matches in India. Those proved successful enough for the Google-owned company to offer livestreaming in a limited capacity last April to select partners, following with another livestream of a concert, this time Coldplay in October, and Professional Bull Riding coverage in December 2011. The relative success of those events, and slow and steady build up of livestreaming infrastructure led YouTube to try its hand at a major global event, this year’s Olympic games in London, England.“We used the Olympics as an opportunity to challenge our capabilities and set some high quality-of-service and streaming goals going forward,” said Jason Gaedtke, YouTube’s director of software engineering.The Olympics effort required YouTube to build a large-scale streaming platform manned by 25 employees around the globe, with as many as 100 high definition livestreams in action at one time. It was an ambitious, if not exhaustive effort: a YouTube spokesperson told us that one lead manager on the project went 20 days “of working 20+ hours monitoring the Olympics livestream nonstop.” (That employee is now on a hard-earned vacation.)The end result? 231 million Olympic streams watched across the globe, with 72 million of those coming from YouTube’s own Olympics channel. YouTube’s Election Hub is definitely smaller in scale and won’t have nearly as large of an audience as the Olympics, but it could widen YouTube’s demographic and help shift the site’s stereotype of being just for kids, viral videos and copyrighted clips. If viewers miss the livestream, the footage is offered for playback much like DVR.By building up its livestreaming offerings and capabilities, Google is not only showing how serious they are at rivaling television in content and ad sales, but also a platform and distribution method.
Tags:#analytics#App Economy Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement How do you know when a mobile app is any good? Quality is difficult to quantify. What is my cup of tea might be your wretched horror show.Businesses with several popular apps on Google Play and Apple’s App Store need to know what people think of their apps without having to slave over the notoriously skewed star rankings and comments. They want to be able to parse that data to know where they need to get better.A Fool’s Errand?Mobile testing company uTest set out to do the extremely difficult: quantify app quality. Wednesday morning it released a new product called Applause designed to do just that.“It started out almost as a fool’s errand – to see if we could find causal relationships in the data from app stores, both ratings and reviews,” said uTest’s Matt Johnston.Applause is simple on its surface. It uses an algorithm to crawl the millions of comments and star ratings of all apps live in Google Play and the iOS App Store. It then breaks everything down into 10 Applause Attributes:ContentEleganceInteroperabilityPerformancePricingPrivacySatisfactionSecurityStabilityUsabilityEssentially, uTest is looking to automate explicit user data and parse it into something useful. This is a different approach than that of other mobile analytics companies like Flurry, Localytics or Kontangent, whichtrack implicit data (user device, screen size, operating system, time of use, etc.) and generate business intelligence reports on it. The end result is what uTest calls an “Applause Score” ranging from 1-100. For instance, the social tablet magazine app Zite scores a 62 on Android and a 66 on iOS. Applause Attribute scores for CBS Fantasy Baseball on AndroidApplause gives marketers and product managers the ability to make objective decisions based on the aggregation of qualitative data. The Applause algorithm can make decisions based on looking for keywords to determine how “cool” or functional an app is. For instance, if multiple users complain that an app “hangs” or “crashes,” its performance attribute will be low.“There is a lot of opinion-based debate between the [Chief Marketing Officer’s] CMO’s organization and the [Chief Technology Officer’s] CTO’s organization and even the CEO about what should we do next?” Johnston said.“ I think, in a lot of cases, the president or CEO is sitting there in the middle and saying, OK, I know what your opinions are, but there is really no data behind it.”1.1 Million “Live” AppsJohnston said that between iOS and Android, there are 1.1 million “live” applications. By “live” that means that they are in the app store and able to be reviewed. Both Google and Apple claim that their stores have around 800,000 apps apiece. To a certain extent, that is a pleasant fiction from the companies’ marketing departments. “You see a lot of apps that get discontinued either because the app store shuts them down or because the publisher pulled it or replaced it with a different version. We actually see the number at 1.1 million combined,” Johnston said. “You wade into the marketing from the app stores. They want to be the first to say that they are up to a million, obviously. But they might have different definitions than what is available to users.”To be clear, when Johnston says iOS and Android, he means Google Play. The Amazon Appstore for Android is currently not being crawled by uTest’s Applause algorithm. Applause solves a significant problem for businesses that have a lot of apps and those that wonder how their apps stack up against the competition. Large organizations dedicate full-time employees to aggregating rankings and user reviews into spreadsheets so that they can be analyzed.The approach is costly and prone to error. It also does not help an app publisher determine overall qualitative performance against its competitors (unless it wants to aggregate its opponents’ app rankings as well). With a few queries, Applause can look up your app and your competitors and give you a snapshot of how users perceive your product. Apple vs. AndroidOne more thing. uTest has accomplished the seemingly impossible: It can now quantify the quality of the apps for iOS and Android. “We started off fairly skeptical that there would be any strong correlations. But as we started to refine the hypothesis we found that there is really good overlay that we could really decode the genome when it comes to mobile app quality for iOS and Android across different devices and as it relates to different categories,” Johnston said. Top image courtesy of Shutterstock. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski