Fishing vessel runs aground in Katmai National Park

first_imgThe National Park Service says a fishing vessel abandoned after a fire last month has run aground at Katmai National Park.The park service said Saturday the Northern Pride was found between Cape Chiniak and Kaguyak Point along the Shelikof Strait. The vessel has released an oil-like sheen. The park service says the sheen is unrecoverable.The 82-foot wooden vessel’s crew abandoned ship on April 21. The Coast Guard rescued the three-member crew. The vessel capsized shortly after and was believed to have sunk.The park service says marine mammals, migratory birds and cultural resources are at risk from the shipwreck. It says rapidly salvaging the boat and assessing the spill are high priorities.The salvage team and park staff hope to visit the grounding this weekend if weather permits.last_img read more

Biggest Product Launch Fails of 2011

first_imgproduct launchIn a post for Inc., Michelle Greenwald compiles a list of the most questionable product launches of 2011, also offering up product development lessons in the process.KFC’s Cheesy Bacon BowlThis gut bomb was made up of mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, popcorn chicken, shredded cheese, and bacon bits. A spokesman estimated it weighed in at 790 calories—at least.The problem:“You can’t be all things to all people,” Greenwald writes. The over-the-top Cheesy Bacon Bowl undid any progress made on establishing a healthy food front and simply reinforced KFC’s fattening reputation.”(See The Key to a Successful Product)QwiksterNetflix’s attempt to separate its video streaming services from its DVD rentals and charge separately. It lasted about three weeks.The problem:“It defied all commonsense by making the service more complicated and time consuming, forcing consumers to log in to each service separately and manage two different movie queues,” she writes.Additionally, the launch followed a price hike and as a consequence Netflix lost about 800,000 customers.Chevy VoltFor some, this was plug-in electric vehicle was one of the best new cars of the year; for others, it was one of the worst.The problem:“Chevy didn’t go far enough in delivering on one of the most crucial specs of an electric cars: how far it can drive on a single charge,” Greenwald writes.The car goes on average, only 35 miles on a full charge.(See Has Your Product Pricing Gone Bad)For more lessons on product development, read Greenwald’s full post here. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more