TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Photo credit & Press release: InterHealthCanada Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 18, 2017 – Minister of Implementation, Honourable Emmalin Pierre of Grenada conducted a tour of Cheshire Hall Medical Centre on Wednesday January 18th, 2017 in conjunction with a fact-finding mission on healthcare delivery in Turks and Caicos Islands as Grenada prepares to implement a National Healthcare Programme during the second half of 2017.Honourable Pierre was accompanied by Grenada’s NHI Coordinator, David Phillip. The tour was requested by TCI’s National Health Insurance Board and led by TCI Hospital’s Chief of Medical Services, Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant. Minister Pierre also met with other healthcare stakeholders during her visit to Turks and Caicos from January 17th – 19th 2017. Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force #MagneticNewsMedia Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner
Another Mars rover bites the dust, but NASA’s not finished… 2 Now playing: Watch this: Buzz Aldrin wants us to go to Mars. Emma McIntyre/Getty For Buzz Aldrin, the moon is no longer enough. Aldrin, who, along with Neil Armstrong, walked on the moon during the landmark Apollo 11 mission 50 years ago, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post Wednesday, calling on Congress and President Donald Trump to get behind a serious effort to create a permanent human presence on Mars. “Human nature — and potentially the ultimate survival of our species — demands humanity’s continued outward reach into the universe,” Aldrin wrote.He’s not talking about “clever robots” or rovers, either. Aldrin said that as much as he appreciates NASA’s work on unmanned missions, it’s time Mars is explored by “by living, breathing, walking, talking, caring and daring men and women.”Plans for sending humans to Mars are on the drawing board at NASA and in the mind of entrepreneur Elon Musk. Although details are sketchy for now, NASA and the Trump administration have penciled in 2033 for when astronauts might make the first footprints on the red planet. Meanwhile, Musk sees a Mars base happening perhaps by 2028, and he has a vision for how a Mars colony could take shape.Aldrin thinks we need to establish permanent settlements on Mars, and fairly soon.”All of this is within reach for humans alive now, but it starts with a unified next step in space,” he wrote. Share your voice Tags Comments 6:31 Sci-Tech
REUTERS/Francis MascarenhasCredit ratings agency A Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday downgraded Yes Bank’s foreign currency issuer rating to ‘Ba1 from Baa3’.According to the agency, the developments around leadership transition as well as the governance issues are credit negative.”Moody’s has also downgraded the bank’s foreign and local currency bank deposit ratings to ‘Ba1/NP from Baa3/Prime-3’ and foreign currency senior unsecured MTN program rating to ‘(P)Ba1 from (P)Baa3’,” the agency said in a statement.Further, Moody’s downgraded Yes Bank’s baseline credit assessment (BCA) and adjusted BCA to ‘ba2 from ba1’.”The rating action considers the resignation of various members of the bank’s Board of Directors — which, when seen in conjunction with the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) directive in September 2018 to restrict the term of the bank’s MD and CEO as well as founder, Mr. Rana Kapoor, till 31 January, 2019 — has raised Moody’s concerns over corporate governance,” the statement said.”In Moody’s opinion, although the bank’s reported credit fundamentals remain stable, the developments surrounding the transition in leadership as well as the governance issues are credit negative because they complicate management’s effective implementation of the bank’s long-term strategy.”Furthermore, the ratings agency said that developments could constrain the bank’s ability to raise new capital.
Art scene is certainly looking up in Noida and one can say this with conviction considering the kind of art shows that are taking place in this NCR region. Artists from all over the country and around the world are flocking to showcase their works in the month-long show titled Moments Preserved. The group art show by fourteen artists has given space to promising and established artists.Some of the senior artists worth mentioning are Sher Singh Kukkal, Premila Singh, Sangeeta Singh and Chitra Singh. Garima Singh, Shivani Sharma, Geetika Singh Pathania, Meenakshi, Nishi Nitya, Pooja S.I. and Watinungsang Longkumer Some of the senior artists like Premila Singh have immortalised ? the time they spent in South Africa, in their art works. There is a distinct flavour of South African terrain and the sapphire skies. Then there is Garima Singh, who lived in Australia, and portrays an obvious influence of Australian folk and tribal art in her paintings depicting a wide range of flowers and fauna. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To keep the art scene enthused? the show was inaugurated at Art Life Gallery in Noida on Friday, November 21, by renowned entrepreneur and educationist Sushma Paul Berlia, who is ?also a patron of art. The show is on till December 22, and there are around 100 paintings on display. These include watercolour, acrylic, multimedia and charcoal on paper. The primary aim of holding such shows is to promote art in Noida, which needs to develop as an art hub. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMost of the artists feel that the satellite town has failed to promote art due to lack of support from the authorities and public alike. “An artist lives in moments and for him, every painting is a milestone in his journey of art,” says Pratibha Agarwal, co-promoter of the gallery. She says, “We are trying to make this journey easier by encouraging upcoming artists and honoring the established ones. Noida has a conspicuous lack of art galleries and artists actually do not feel at home in the absence of art lovers.” Sushma Berlia, who owns a gallery in Jalandhar agreed that every small city needs galleries which promote promising artist. “They need a platform to showcase their talent and galleries like Art Life go a long way in bringing their talent to the fore” said Berlia. When: On till December 22Where: Art Life Gallery, Noida
Kolkata: Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has urged the Bengal government to spruce up a 4 km long road leading to the highway from the Kolaghat jetty in East Midnapore, to facilitate the transport of cargo through it.”We have finalised the design of the loading structure at Kolaghat. The only problem is a 4 km road connecting the place with NH 41 that needs reconstruction. We are inclined to do this with the Bengal government, which is happy to re-construct the road. We have got permission to operate our jetty at Kolaghat. It might need some dredging. Once the road is constructed, we hope to start operation before December,” said IWAI chairman Pravir Pandey, speaking at the Inland Waterways Summit, organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in association with IWAI. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataKolaghat has been declared as an extended part of the India-Bangladesh protocol (route) and IWAI expects a lot of fly ash movement from Kolaghat to Bangladesh with Indian vessels being able to load it, once the Kolaghat jetty becomes operational. Tata has already approached IWAI for movement from Kolaghat. Pandey said that the government has identified 36 National Waterways to be developed in the immediate future. He felt that the country can benefit more, both socially and economically, by developing the inland waterways. He cited that inland cargo has increased from 3 million tonnes to 7 million tonnes between 2014 and 2018. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to Pandey, Nepal is keen on exploring new waterways for “cleaner and greener” bilateral trade with India and has proposed the Gandak river route for cargo transport. Under the current arrangement between the two countries, cargo reaches Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Kalughat in Bengal or Sahebgunj in Jharkhand via National Waterways-1 on the Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly river system, before being transported to the Nepal border on road, covering over 170 km.
5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Multi-million dollar businesses depend on the successful operation of the right ecommerce platform. Yet, many companies have inadequate systems and recognize those systems’ impact on their daily operations. Given ecommerce’s steady growth, it’s increasingly necessary to upgrade to an ecommerce platform so that you can bypass labor-intensive processes.Related: The 6 Best Ecommerce Platforms for Small BusinessesMoreover, never-ending integration issues can easily consume your valuable time and resources.So, at what point do you compromise on updating your current systems simply because the cost of running and operating them has become so high?Here are five revealing signs that indicate it’s now time to reevaluate your current ecommerce situation and upgrade to one that will support your growing ecommerce business.1. Annoying integration issuesLet’s assume your team is spending an inordinate amount of time interpreting and reformatting data from a number of systems and sources. Add to that the manual intensive labor team members are investing, adding and updating new products or combining various spreadsheets together to form the right report for marketing or accounting.The result? These issues add up to a sure telltale sign that your ecommerce platform is depending on too many systems to satisfy a large range of operations. An integrated ecommerce mobile platform, instead, caters to all necessary daily operations, which, in the end, will offer you peace of mind about resources needed to automate your customer-service systems.2. Difficult manual process that exhaust precious time and resourcesIf you’re constantly fighting to make room for more higher-end projects, consider this: Your current ecommerce platform is still heavily dependent on manual processes to complete simple transactions.An integrated system should ideally automate the shipping and tracking processes in a way that simplifies the time elapsed from when the customer first puts in the order to the point the product is shipped and delivered. The integration of marketing promotional coupons, as exemplified in the popular Amazon Promo Code, should also be seamless. In fact, a viable ecommerce platform will automate inventory feeds from your warehouse and your drop-ship vendors; implement software to synchronize and track your inventory along with your orders; and, finally, track profits and losses with an effective accounting system.Related: 25 Ecommerce Conversion Hacks to Make Your Website Profitable (Infographic)All of these systems must generate accurate data and business intelligence, so it’s imperative to integrate the right ecommerce platform.At the end of the day, you’ll want a platform that will expedite customer service to cater to the growing trend of increased mobile use.3. Outdated systems that don’t allow for growth and expansionAs your company grows, and you start building momentum, it becomes time to start making key decisions based on patterns of development. Growth for ecommerce means acquiring new employees, developing a new product line and expanding into new niches and markets.This new growth and expansion requires a more robust and expansive ecommerce platform.Your new employees will now need access to higher-end data systems, to run daily operations to analyze web analytics and increase conversions without the stress and hassle of calling on technical support each time a problem arises.The right ecommerce platform and shopping cart system will satisfy customer demand without the hassle of buying or integrating software on a regular basis. A high-quality ecommerce platform will allow you to start small with the right systems without having to figure out each code or customization.4. Endless reporting headachesHave you been consumed with a growing number of daily reporting headaches from data analysis to software running checks? If your company is rapidly growing, you will need timely access to business intelligence and accurate information. This will help you understand how your ecommerce solution is supporting the growth in sales and profit margins, and how to convert your website visitors into buyers.When you do not have the accurate information needed to generate a full report, you also put your business or company in a potential at-risk financial situation. Disconnected procedures and processesEcommerce growth requires ongoing support from business procedures and processes, including marketing, sales and service, as well as predictive click-fraud analytics. The majority of integrated apps you might choose will include email marketing, CRM and a help desk that often comes standard out-of-the-box with enterprise ecommerce solutions.Additionally, consider partnering with Quickbooks, an ERP system like SAP and Netsuite, which can support additional procedures and processes.Related: 5 Keys to Building Your Ecommerce SiteIf any of these headaches sound even in the least bit familiar, consider a more integrated ecommerce solution. It will support you as your business grows. November 21, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free
Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Smart robots playing the role of personal assistants, in-home caregivers, even pet sitters used to be fantasies that played out only in the realm of science fiction — but not anymore. The robotics market is taking off and will continue to grow, with worldwide spending on robotics predicted, according to an IDC study, to reach $139 billion by 2019.Related: These 5 Robotics Startups Are Changing The Way Work Gets DoneAlready we’re beginning to see multi-purpose robotic devices on the market. An example is the Jisiwei Smart Vacuum Cleaning Robot, which doesn’t just clean your house but is also a home-security device with surveillance monitoring capabilities. Then there’s Xiao You, a service robot designed to teach children, take care of household chores and monitor various aspects of daily life.Finally, there’s Domgy by ROOBO, the first “intelligent” pet robot, which aims to be a family companion that plays with your kids, reads your expressions and gestures and even breaks into dance. Imagine that at your next party.With robots becoming more ubiquitous in many areas of our lives, and with so much opportunity and promise, it’s no surprise that more entrepreneurs are jumping into the market.In fact, entrepreneurial innovation is fueling the demand for robotics. Research from the International Federation of Robotics states that startups less than five years old already make up 15 percent of all companies engaged in the Services Robotics market. A lot of investment is pouring in, only adding to the number of companies in this space.Robotics startups have raised more than $2.6 billion since 2012, with most VC and angel funding in this category going to early-stage startups. Other growth points include:Enterprise-focused robotics startups raised nearly $300 million in 2016.Consumer robotics startups received 25 percent of global investments in 2015.Acquisitions of robotics companies in 2015 soared to $2.27 billion.The good news for entrepreneurs in the robotics space is the plethora of resources available to help on all aspects of this type of business, including financing and manufacturing. Organizations involved in the industry include Silicon Valley Robotics, a meta accelerator for startups in the robotics space in Northern California; the Robot Lab in Paris, an incubator that provides designers with tools and resources needed for the creation and development of their products; and our organization, IngDan, an IoT hardware innovation platform connecting entrepreneurs to consumer testing and feedback, and the acceleration of brand recognition and product adoption.Related: Cuban to Trump: The U.S. Needs to Invest in Robotics to ‘Win’If you’re an entrepreneur in the robotics space, here are five beneficial ways to approach the industry:1.Think globally and strategically.Robotics is no longer just for the luxury market or limited to certain industries. It’s a global opportunity ripe for innovation in the areas of education, entertainment, health care and defense. For example, countries worldwide are investing in personal-assistance robotics initiatives to better support the needs of their aging and mobility-impaired populations.Today, China is the fastest-growing robotics market, followed by Japan and the United States. The opportunities are numerous, but it’s also important to understand the differences in each market. For example, in a country like the United States, consumers tend to seek out high-value products, with data privacy and security being important issues needing to be addressed .In China, meanwhile, customers tend to be drawn to more cost-effective robotics products.2. Design with user interaction in mind.Devices need to be designed with usability and user interaction so they can succeed. This is a challenge and a barrier to adoption. Most important is that the product have a good user interface and content: Can consumers easily interact with your robot? Does it perform to your expectations? Does it have the right features to do the actions it was meant for? Can its user interface mimic a more realistic human interaction than today’s models?Content needs to be compelling or the consumer will lose interest. Consumer robots need to respond to a database of actionable rules to predict or recommend sequential actions. This is machine learning at its best.Further breakthroughs in consumer robotics will advance the collection of information from sensors, multiple data sources, and artificial intelligence (AI) services to enable learning and deepen situational awareness. This is an area that is ripe for technical development as is the area of partnerships. Opportunities also exist to collaborate with other companies — from the Googles of the world to startups — to get your product or service to the next level.3. Design with manufacturing in mind.Product design is key — from ideation to manufacturing, to sourcing components and finally, production, packing and shipping. Fail in these areas and you won’t have much of a business. It is important to understand the inherent design and manufacturing challenges unique to this market. Robots are more complicated and sophisticated devices than traditional electronics devices.The more complicated a particular robot and its functions, the more challenging the manufacturer’s role will be. For instance, your robot may have legs, wheels or arms. Additionally, motors in consumer robots are not at the level of industry robotics, in terms of quality. Besides getting your prototype or production batch built, you’ll need to plan for device maintenance, as most motors today can survive only a few months to a year.4.Think on a system level and, with data continuity in mind.When building a robot, keep in mind how this device can fit into a larger IoT system. Building incompatible hardware is very limiting. For example, if you are building a vacuum robot, make sure it can communicate with the larger home automation or management system, with smartphone applications or other devices.The data and knowledge that your product collects also must be transferrable to newer-generation products. Being able to share and transfer data like user preferences, settings, and histories provides greater convenience to users.5.Take advantage of the entire robotics ecosystem.Much like automobile manufacture, robotics requires an enormous amount of systems integration and component-specific expertise. Today, there is a whole ecosystem out there where you can leverage expertise, technologies and data sources.Companies and organizations like ours and Intel China, in a major partnership we recently announced, are pioneering the way for entrepreneurs to take advantage of the rage for robotics. Creating a robotics manufacturing supply-chain ecosystem gives entrepreneurs access to custom turn-key solutions and service providers, including companies with expertise in AI and all-phases of robotics design and manufacturing.Related: Robots Will Play a Bigger Role in the Coming Years, But Not as Big as You ThinkIf you’re a hardware entrepreneur looking to tap into the lucrative consumer-robotics market, design, manufacturing and AI partners are the keys to success. You can’t always build everything from scratch, so utilize partners to help you get your product out faster and better. 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global June 15, 2017
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, February 23, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group IBIZA — Palladium Hotels & Resorts has announced a US$21 million investment to upgrade its Grand Palladium and The Royal Suites by Palladium properties in the D.R., Jamaica and Mexico.Of that $21 million, $5 million will go toward improving food and beverage offerings, which will include upgrades in steak quality, the presentation of food at buffets, higher-quality liquors at all bars and better minibar snacks.For staffing, the company is increasing the number of staff by 13% over 2016 for a total of 8,243 staff members at all 12 properties in the Caribbean and Mexico. Bernard Wyss, director of innovation and product development, will begin work this month to oversee services that will be implemented at each property.Furthermore, technology on property will be vastly improved. This means an upgrade of the Palladium Hotels & Resorts app, which allows guests to message the concierge directly, increasing the bandwidth of the Wi-Fi, installing better surround-sound systems at the pools, and updating the animation capabilities of performances. Also, additional trolleys to take guests from one property o another will be added to reduce wait times, while new pool bikes for exercising in the pool will also be installed.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe company also announced that it will convert the Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico into an extension of The Royal Suites Yucatán by Palladium to expand the resort’s boutique adult-exclusive offerings. This transformation will be completed in various phases starting June 1, 2017 and will carry through the fall.The newly renovated property will feature a total of 454 guestrooms, 108 of which will have swim-up pools, a new beach experience with an adults-only Beach club, four à la carte themed restaurants and a new infinity pool. Guests staying at other Palladium resorts at the Riviera Maya complex will not be affected by construction.Additional upgrades will be made at Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa, set to be completed by end of November 2017. Rodizio, the Brazilian steakhouse, will replace the current Hemingway Bar at Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort, while additional teppanyaki tables will be installed at Sumptuori Restaurant. A new area will also be added that will be dedicated to the popular ‘nikkei’ concept, a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesPlus, at Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa, the lobby and select guestrooms will be renovated with refreshed Caribbean designs, and a new beach club will be added to the adults-only area of The Royal suites Turquesa. $21m over 12 resorts: Palladium announces major refresh in Mexico & Caribbean Tags: Caribbean, Mexico, Palladium Hotels & Resorts