Premier gives update following damage assessment tour

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Oct 2015 – The Premier gave a report on the state of the country following dangerous Category four Hurricane Joaquin, who in his trailing winds and rains delivered a debilitating blow to the Turks and Caicos from Wednesday to Friday. Hon Rufus Ewing said damage in Middle Caicos was nil, but the temporary road of the causeway was underwater while the construction at the site remained generally intact. Two boats overturned in North Caicos, the farms were bruised by the gale force winds and in Grand Turk there was beach erosion, damage to the seawall and on Saturday, due to tidal surges TCIG was forced to close a large area of Front Street in the capital from both motoring and pedestrian traffic.“The DEMA Team will continue to do a more detailed assessment of some of these areas to further estimate the extent and cost in damages to these islands.” The Premier says it is too early to say what the damages and loss of economic activity cost the country, but confirmed that the Provo International Airport reopened on Saturday morning and did see part of its new runway damaged. Related Items:assessment, causeway, dema, hurricane joaquin, premier rufus ewing, storm damage Big audience expected for Causeway ceremony Tuesday in North & Middle Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Recommended for you PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tributelast_img read more

Forests in literary imagination

first_imgFrom Snow White to Tarzan, Robin Hood to Alice, Lord Rama to the Pandavas, Ali Baba to Winnie the Pooh, Dorothy (of Oz) to Harry Potter, from works of Shakespeare to Henry David Thoreau, Rudyard Kipling to Bill Bryson and Enid Blyton to Cheryl Strayed, there is one common thread, wholly or partly, to some of our most remembered and favourite literature – forests as a setting for key action.Earth’s dominant terrestrial ecosystem, forests are commonly taken to mean a large area with trees or other woody vegetation though there isn’t any common global definition – 800 definitions are available around the world! What is however more acceptable and indisputable is their role in human imagination and culture, be it folklore, fantastic or legendary, and modern literature, whether children or adult. They can represent a place of refuge or menace, of succour or challenge, of restful contemplation or exciting adventure, a metaphor for nature at its most basic and untrammeled by human civilising, and a source of sustenance – or danger. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’But best-served are those who take some benefit from their sojourn in the woods. As a Shakespearean character ruminates: “And this our life, exempt from public haunt,/Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,/Sermons in stones, and good in everything.”This was the Senior Duke, perfectly content in his exile in the Forest or Arden in “As You Like It” (Act II, Scene 1) but forests are not always that welcoming and instructive for the Bard’s other creations. In “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, some unwelcome changes afflict various characters, especially poor Nick Bottom in the forest (though everything gets amicably and amenably solved in the end), while in another, the appearance of the Dunsinane forest (or a branch of it, excuse the  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixpun) before Macbeth’s castle spells his doom!In ancient Hindu epics, Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman first exhibit their mettle by ridding some forests of demons before their eventful exile to the forest, as do the Pandavas who raise their capital after clearing a notorious forest and then spend part of their own exile in forests.But some of the most memorable and universally-known stories set in the woods – Snow White, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, Briar Rose, Hansel and Gretel and many more of brave young princes and fair maidens.last_img read more

Microsoft Opens Door to Android Apple Phone Apps

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Microsoft Corp is making it easier for apps written for rival Google Inc’s Android and Apple Inc’s iOS systems to work on Windows phones, in a bid to attract users to its unpopular mobile devices, the company’s operating systems chief said on Wednesday.The move marks a radical shift in strategy for the world’s biggest software company, which still dominates the personal computer market but has failed to get any real traction on tablets and phones, partly because of a lack of apps.Microsoft has found itself in a circular trap, as many developers will not build apps for Windows phones which have few users, and few people want the phones which have fewer apps than Android or Apple phones.Getting apps built for Android and iOS onto its phones and tablets could be a shortcut to breaking out of that trap.”Microsoft is making a major play to win back developers,” said Forrester analyst Michael Facemire. “They’ve opened up the once-impenetrable castle walls.”Speaking at Microsoft’s developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Executive Vice President Terry Myerson said developers will be able to use the vast majority of their Android code to turn their apps into Windows-compatible versions, which will work on Windows phones running a special subsystem.The apps will technically be Windows apps and available only through Microsoft’s online app store. The apps would automatically use Microsoft’s services such as Bing maps, rather than Google’s services, as an app would on an Android phone. That is a crucial distinction because Google gets revenue from ads on services rather than from the Android system itself.Myerson also announced a surprise move to make it easier for iOS developers to make Windows apps, saying that Microsoft’s developer software will be compatible with Objective C, the main programming language used by Apple.Google declined to comment. Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Microsoft, which bought Nokia’s handset business last year, has only 3 percent of the global smartphone market. By contrast, Android phones, led by Samsung, control 81 percent of the market and Apple 15 percent, according to Strategy Analytics.Microsoft is scheduled to release its new Windows 10 operating system this summer, which for the first time will run across PCs, tablets and phones. It said on Wednesday it is aiming for one billion devices running Windows 10 in two to three years time.Its new browser will arrive as Microsoft Edge, replacing the waning Internet Explorer, when Windows 10 is released, the company said.(Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Marguerita Choy and Richard Chang) This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » April 30, 2015 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

5 Mobile Marketing Practices Every ProfitMinded Business Should Adopt

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. With millennials checking their phones 150 times a day and the average person regardless of age spending five hours a day on his or her smartphone, mobile devices are firmly entrenched as today’s leading media.By 2019, mobile advertising will represent 72 percent of all U.S. digital advertising.Related: 104 Facts You Didn’t Know About Mobile Marketing (Infographic)This applies to all ecommerce sites; even product-review sites like Yelp or BestAdvisor are in this mix. The message is that if you’re not being smart about reaching your customers via mobile, you’re leaving a ton of money on the table. So, how can you be smart?Here are five mobile marketing practices companies must adopt in the age of “the mobile moment.”1. Location-based marketingThe era of location-based marketing is here. Businesses send customers notifications when they pass a store and promotions when they are near strategic locations where the brand’s products or services would be useful.In this context, Foursquare recently released Foursquare Analytics, which grants client businesses and marketers access to location intelligence and technology for more than 90 million geofenced locations around the world.The company has also moved to integrate Uber into its system, enabling users both to discover places to go and also get there, using the same app. In fact, users can now order a ride from inside Foursquare City Guide without having to switch applications. No need to type in the address, look up directions or struggle through translations.2. In-app marketingGoogle Play currently offers 2.8 million apps, while Apple has 2.2 million. With such intense competition, apps must offer the most personalized service possible, or risk being ditched. In-app marketing fuels relevance and engagement, which in turn drives retention, loyalty and lifetime value.An example of this is the challenge faced by India’s Federal Bank as a result of that country’s 2016 “demonetization plan” (when it replaced its 500 and 1,000 rupee notes with 2000 notes). Within months of the plan’s implementation, over 14 million Indians downloaded the bank’s new apps, and digital-payment use surged up to 80-fold among India’s 260 million smartphone owners.Related: Top 7 Reasons You Should Make Mobile Marketing a PriorityTo capitalize on this deluge of new app users, the bank turned to Insert, an in-app marketing platform that allows marketers to create and publish targeted campaigns quickly, independent of development resources.It further deployed contextual campaigns around a national holiday, as well as other targeted promotions, directly in the app. This resulted in an immediate uptick in conversions and retention.3. SMS marketingMobile text marketing is the focus of many misconceptions, but with 91 percent of millennials text messaging weekly, marketing is essential. Many corporations, including Coca-Cola, Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us, have integrated text messaging into their mobile-marketing strategies.When a Domino’s pizza franchise in North Carolina wanted to improve advertising at college sports games, it turned to EZtexting, a short messaging marketing service (SMS). Previous campaigns had displayed Domino’s web address in ads, but the franchise found that most fans didn’t bother jotting down a URL during a basketball game.In response, Domino’s reconfigured its new ads to tell viewers to text a certain number to get free or discounted pizza. Responses skyrocketed.4. Mobile marketing measurementMobile ad revenue recently surpassed the amount spent on desktop ad revenue. With billions of dollars being dedicated to reach customers on their mobile devices, a scientific approach to mobile marketing has become necessary. AppsFlyer illustrates this approach, as a mobile attribution and marketing data-analytics company that helps marketers pinpoint their targeting, optimize their ad spend and boost their ROI.Take the example of Game Circus, creators of the smash hit mobile video game Coin Dozer. Without the right data, mobile game developers were having difficulty reacting quickly to changes in the market or determining if the quality of users generated by certain ad channels was improving or declining over time.The marketing team took action: It began using AppsFlyer to link attribution data to the engagement and LTV metrics it was monitoring at the game or campaign level. The result? Coin Dozer subsequently achieved a 2.3-times increase in total installs and more than a 40 percent increase in gross profit.5. QR codesOne way to swiftly provide relevant information to mobile users is through the use of QR codes. These digital bar codes act as shortcuts for getting valuable information into the hands of customers and prospects. QR codes are highly versatile and can function as a Facebook “like” button as well as offer coupons, provide tourists with information and perform other functions.One memorable QR campaign was the “Guinness QR code on a beer glass” action brilliantly dreamed up by advertising agency BBDO. When customers poured a Guinness — and only a Guinness — into a special glass, the beer’s black color filled out a code on the glass that was scannable with a smartphone. Once it was scanned, customers could tweet about their pints, update their Facebook status, check in via Foursquare, download coupons and promotions and invite friends to join them.The QR code could even launch exclusive Guinness content.Final wordsEach of these tactics can be duplicated — by you. What’s more, each tactic offers your company the ability to increase exposure, grow, attract and retain clients in ways that are relevant, timely and appealing to their interest in digital media.Related: 4 Tips For Mobile-Marketing Success in 2017So, give one or more of these a try: By continuing to develop your business’s mobile-marketing activities, you’ll be positioning your company exactly where your customers are hanging out. July 24, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

The Entrepreneurs Behind This Multibillion Dollar Company Share Why Success Is Nothing

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 14, 2018 Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur’s “20 Questions” series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success strategies and advice for aspiring founders.Managing money and making it grow can be a confusing and expensive proposition.Baiju Bhatt and Vlad Tenev started their investing platform Robinhood to try and make even the most novice investor feel comfortable and figure out a system that works for them — whether they are going for more traditional stocks or working in the world of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Etherium.Rather than make a commission on those investments, Robinhood’s business model is based around a monthly premium service Robinhood Gold, which allows users to increase their buying power and gain access to after-hours trading. It also brings in revenue by collecting interest on the cash and securities in user accounts, similar to how banks treat cash deposits.Since launching the platform in in 2013, the company has grown to a user base of more than than 4 million users and over $100 billion in transaction volume. To date, they have also raised $539 million in funding, valuing the business at $5.6 billion.We caught up with Bhatt and Tenev to ask them 20 Questions and find out what makes them tick.Related: This Successful Entrepreneur Shares the Simple Mantra That Helps Her Take Big Risks1. How do you start your day?Baiju Bhatt: I’m usually out of bed by 7am and try to get to the office early, which gives me a couple of uninterrupted hours to work on my individual projects. Tinkering with, and building the products Robinhood ships brings me joy.Vlad Tenev: I wake up at around 6:30 am and spend some time with my wife, Celina, and our 1-year-old daughter, Nora, who enjoys crawling around the house as I get dressed and ready for work. Spending time with my family before I get to work is an essential part of my morning routine, and gets me motivated and ready to tackle the work day.2. How do you end your day?Bhatt: Most nights of the week I make it a point to get home in time to have dinner with my wife. It’s a simple routine to maintain my work-life balance.Tenev: I try to come home around 7:30 pm, in time for Nora’s nightly bath. Sometimes, I come back to the office around 9 pm, or work a bit more from home until I go to bed, usually around 11:00 pm.3. What’s a book that changed your mind and why?Bhatt: Brighter Than a Thousand Suns by Robert Jungk and Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman! by Richard Feynman were both books my father purchased for me when I was in high school. Both left a lasting impression on me, because they chronicle the lives of some of the most creative scientists of the 21st century.Tenev: I recently read Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who is probably better known for writing The Black Swan. This book discusses systems that actually improve as a result of volatility and external stressors. The general concept is applicable to many fields beyond biology, for instance finance, economics and monetary policy.4. What’s a book you always recommend and why?Bhatt: The Case for Mars by Robert Zubrin. I’m fascinated by the privatization of the space industry, and Zubrin’s literature provides an inspiring perspective on what the colonization of Mars could look like.  Tenev: I like the classics such as The Republic by Plato and The Art of War by Sun Tzu. I think there is something special about books that have stood the test of time and been read by millions of people over millennia.5. What’s a strategy to keep focused?Bhatt: I limit how often I let technology interrupt my day, which given my line of work, isn’t always easy. So, for example, I turned off all notifications on my phone a few years ago. I also prefer taking notes with a notebook and pen rather than in an app.Tenev: Over the past few years I’ve become much more deliberate about how I spend my time. At work, this involves scheduling time in advance to prepare for important meetings and also just to think. Outside of the office, I rarely stay up late or go out at night. I make sure I am well-rested and at the top of my game, even on weekends.6. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?Bhatt: I wanted to be a physicist. When I was growing up, my father worked at NASA and he would buy me science books for my birthdays.Tenev: My childhood dream was to be a writer. When I was in sixth grade I remember being very upset by the ending of Animal Farm by George Orwell. I wrote a full-length sequel [to the book]l in which a group of kind and just animals take back control of the farm.7. What did you learn from the worst boss you ever had?Bhatt: I’ve only had one real job in my life before I started my first company with Vlad, so I haven’t had a bad boss experience. Hopefully, it stays that way.Tenev: I never had an actual boss because I mostly did research prior to starting my first finance company. I wish I had a lot more hands-on mentorship from the research supervisors that I worked with.8. Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?Bhatt: Vlad. He’s persistent, creative and cool-as-a-cucumber in the most stressful of situations.Tenev: Baiju is probably the person I’ve spent the largest amount of time working with, and I try to emulate whenever possible. I admire Baiju’s strong product intuition and ability to drive us to build products that customers really love.9. What’s a trip that changed you?Bhatt: I’ve taken quite a few road trips across the country as an adult, and each time I’m reminded of the diverse backgrounds and experiences of Americans, and the abundance of our natural resources.Tenev: When I was in high school I went on a school trip to the Galapagos Islands. I learned that there are places in the world that are basically untouched by humans, and I yearn to return.10. What inspires you and why?Bhatt: I’m inspired by those whose creativity has changed the world —  from Alexander Hamilton, to Richard Feynman and Steve Jobs. Tenev: I’m inspired by great entrepreneurs, scientists and creative builders who have changed the world they inhabit through grit and determination.Related: Health and Beauty Mogul Bobbi Brown Shares The Biggest Time Sucker — and What You Can Do About It11. What was your first business idea and what did you do with it?Bhatt: Before we launched Robinhood, our first joint startup business was offering tools for hedge funds and banks to build automated trading strategies. This was the precursor to Robinhood, and inspired us to bring existing technology to the retail brokerage market.12. What was an early job that taught you something important or useful?Bhatt: The summer after my senior year of high school I worked on a particle accelerator at Jefferson Lab. I learned the importance of being able to figure out how to get stuff done even though I had jumped into the deep end.  Tenev: When I was in elementary school my friend and I set up a stand in the neighborhood to sell household tools. Selling is a basic skill that unfortunately isn’t taught in schools.13. What’s the best advice you ever took?Bhatt: Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement speech. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”Tenev: Choose a great life partner! True for both my co-founder and my wife; they make me better with each passing day.14. What’s the worst piece of advice you ever got?Bhatt: In the context of Robinhood, we’ve gotten advice on the rate at which we should grow our team. Robinhood has been able to scale by hiring the right people, not the most people.Tenev: When we first started the company, we got turned down by about 75 investors. If we had listened to most of the advice we were given then, Robinhood wouldn’t be what it is today.15. What’s a productivity tip you swear by?Bhatt: Take lots of notes. Details matter.Tenev: Write everything down.16. Is there an app or tool you use in a surprising way to get things done or stay on track?Bhatt: Maybe it’s not that surprising, but having a notebook and a pencil handy is all I need.Tenev: I’m not really answering the question here, but for the past several months I have been keeping my phone in a different room when I sleep. Also, when I have my phone with me I keep it on Do Not Disturb mode. There’s nothing worse for my productivity than constantly being interrupted.17. What does work-life balance mean to you?Bhatt: Having the mental space to focus just on work at the office, and just on family and relaxing at home.Tenev: I try to optimize my life around working and spending time with my wife and daughter, which is what I enjoy the most. Everything else I put on the backburner.18. How do you prevent burnout?Bhatt: Daily exercise and spending time in nature.Tenev: Try a scene change — go to the gym, on a hike, or take a vacation.19. When you’re faced with a creativity block, what’s your strategy to get innovating?Bhatt: I like debating and challenging my assumptions, especially on tough problems. I like working with people who come to different conclusions, and seek to understand their thinking.Tenev: Ignore the problem for a few days, get the subconscious mind working on it. When you’re doing something totally unrelated, the solution might just pop into your head.20. What are you learning now?Bhatt: I’m learning to be a better public speaker and leader of people. As the organization and headcount at Robinhood has grown to over 150 employees, it’s a fascinating new challenge.Tenev: I have been learning the Irish Whistle and trying to teach my daughter how to play it. It’s a small, recorder-type instrument, and it should be easy to play. I’m excited about teaching my daughter the joy of music. Register Now »center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 10 min readlast_img read more