Recommended for you Related Items:budget, government, pnp Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech 11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Nov 2015 – Government will get an additional $8,130,002 to further finance the budget and the details of how the funds will be used have been published in the national Gazette. The extra $8.1 million will mean more money for Tourism which gets $100,000 extra for the Ministry and $250,000 more for the TCI Tourist Board. There is an increase too for DEMA with an augmentation of $50,000. There will be about $130,000 more for the Attorney General’s Chambers, just under a million more for the Police Force and an extra $17,000 for Border Control and $110,000 for Immigration. A landmark move will see just under $30,000 go to special needs of the country; the Education Minister announced last week in the House of Assembly that the policy is now completed for Spoecial Needs. There is less money, however, going to the Long Bay High, $53,000 and $400,000 was taken from the Development Fund, this figure lines up with the repair costs announced by Minister George Lightbourne following Hurricane Joaquin. Getting the biggest boost in the budget supplementary approval is the judiciary with an additional $2,094,500.
Capturing the essence of minimalism and the poetic fluidity,of straight lined forms and ethereal shapes, potter Anju Kumar flagged off the festive season with the show Luminous Earth on 15 October. The focus is on sculptures which leave an impression on ones memory with their detailed cuts and folds. Vases, urns with detailed filigree and jaalis that look stunning as floor lamps are being displayed at the show. A series of Buddhas in various moods take the works to a realm where art and inspiration blur the boundaries of art. The collection also displays a series of tables, sculpted garden settes, pillars, mandirs and much more. Where: Studio Anmol, Gurgaon When: On till 21 October
July 31, 2015 3 min read Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Piss off, public urinators. You’re drunk. Go home.San Francisco’s Department of Public Works is combatting the disgusting problem of tinkling in public with a completely off-the-wall solution — walls that “pee” back on the jerks who pee on them.Seriously, officials in the City by the Bay are so fed up with unlawful public urinators that they’ve painted 10 walls in the SOMA and Mission districts with a special liquid-repellent paint that splashes offenders back upon impact, yep, with their own waste stream. Right back atcha, pal. That’ll teach you. We hope.Related: Imagine If Our Highways Were Paved in Plastic”The urine will bounce back on the guy’s pants and shoes,” DWP spokesperson Rachel Gordon told Reuters. “The idea is they will think twice next time about urinating in public.”Here’s an eyeful of one of the innovative specialized paint-coated walls in action — thankfully demonstrated with just water, not actual bladder matter.Testing out a new pee repellent that “pees back” to prevent public urination. pic.twitter.com/6eDJ4w9MWH— SF Public Works (@sfpublicworks) July 23, 2015Related: Scientists Freeze Molecule to Almost Absolute ZeroThat seven-second messy splash of reality comes to us via San Fran DWP’s Twitter feed, because of course it’s on Twitter. We’re talking San Francisco, after all, a place that historically favors cutting-edge tech solutions — and clearly no longer suffers public leak-takers lightly, neither man nor his best friend. And neither does the city of Hamburg, Germany, where the world’s first pee-proof walls and sidewalks debuted.The enhanced industrial paint used in both public urination-plagued cities is called Ultra-Ever Dry, the very same nanotech coating that made Nissan’s recent self-cleaning car prototype possible. Manufactured by Jacksonville, Fla.-based UltraTech International, it’s a remarkably superhydrophobic (water-repellent) and oleophobic (carbon-repellent) coating. When liquids, like tinkle, piddle, wee or whatever the heck you call it, smack into it, pointed and peaked geometric shapes in the paint repel the liquid. Cue the surprisingly forceful — and brilliantly vengeful — backsplash and you’re golden.Will the high-tech paint really curb offenders? Or will it only inspire inebriated punks to urinate on the special walls for shits and giggles? Forgive the lame pun here, but we’ll have to wait and pee.Related: 3D-Printed DNA ‘Bunnies’ Could Deliver Drugs Into Your Body
Register Now » 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 14, 2016 Since the dawn of Netflix and other online streaming services, we’ve seen a change in how people consume media. As the landscape continues to change, with streaming services competing against network and cable TV with their own series, cable and satellite companies are getting more creative with marketing to retain customers.Cutting the cord: Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.Studies show the number of people cutting the cord is rising, with 4.9 million fewer U.S. households subscribing to cable or satellite services than the year before, and that number is expected to increase another 12.5 percent in 2016, with steady losses until 2019.Related: Looking to Cut the Cable Cord? Dish Network’s Sling TV Is Now Available to EveryoneThat’s a result of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime video, along with standalone offerings from HBO making it easier for people to watch what they want, when they want. Since devices like Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV, as well as Blu-Ray players and gaming consoles allow people to stream content to their TVs, rather than tying them to the computer to watch – it’s easy to get the shows you want to see without having to pay a cable bill.There are, however, some people who still keep paid cable TV service, but opt for a smaller channel package and supplement with digital streaming services. Cord “shavers” are also more common than in the past, with basic packages representing 12 percent of pay-TV subscriptions, compared to just 8 percent to 10 percent a few years ago.But, data also shows more Americans will subscribe to TV services provided through telecom companies, as they’ve done a better job marketing their services, with the segment expected to jump 1.8 percent in 2016.Network TV at a fraction of the cost.Even though people are opting to completely ditch cable TV service in favor of streaming services, SlingTV offers the best of both worlds. For as little as $20 per month, with the option to add-on extra channels for $5 per month, or HBO for $15 per month, consumers can get around having to pay a hefty cable bill, while still getting their favorite content from channels like Food Network, TBS, HGTV, History Channel, ESPN and more.Related: Brands Must Embrace Cable Cord-Cutters for Marketing EffectivenessThe caveat is, only one TV can view it at a time — so there’s no luxury of everyone in the house watching separate things at the same time. That’s where traditional Digital TV subscriptions still have the upper hand.How digital TV providers are fighting for market share.To keep the competition fierce and help convince people to keep their cable and satellite TV subscriptions, companies are offering extra perks to sweeten the deal. And for many providers, it’s working.SuddenLink, for instance, offers what they call the VIP Perk Program. Subscribers who elect to get their bundle with digital TV service, Internet, and phone are automatically enrolled in the program. It includes:Special discountsPeriodic free moviesTV Caller IDPriority service – a separate customer service number to ensure calls are answered fastSurprise perks – exclusive sneak previews and discounts on new products and servicesCharter may have retired their Live it With Charter rewards program where customers earned points redeemable for products based on the amount of their monthly bill, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped trying to woo customers. Now, they’re offering to pay up to $500 to buy people out of service contracts with competing providers. Plus, they run limited time only only specials to include freebies – such as installation or DVR service.Related: 7 Technologies That Are Disrupting the Cable TV BusinessDirecTV doesn’t offer a customer loyalty program, instead locking customers into a two-year contract. But, for that first year, customers are given discounts on their packages, and the NFL Sunday Ticket, which provides access to all out-of-market games, except those that the NFL blacks out for the entire season. They’re under contract with the NFL as the only provider for this package, which gives them a competitive edge among football fans. An upgraded version of the package allows for access via mobile device. They’ve also got similar packages for other sports, including MLB Extra Innings, NBA League Pass, and NHL Center Ice.Beyond this, many providers are also making it possible to watch TV on-the-go, on your tablet, laptop, or phone, offering the same freedom and flexibility as streaming services.Whether you’re still paying for a digital TV subscription, shaving the cord in favor of streaming services but not ready to cut it, or have abandoned paid cable completely, media companies are still vying for your attention, and that will likely never change.Where do you stand? 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Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 23, 2019 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 7 min read News from Apple’s massive Worldwide Developer Conference last week was all over the board, covering new hardware and developer tool sets for everything Apple. However, one of the more intriguing announcements came in the form of “Sign In with Apple.” The new sign-in or “identity platform” is Apple’s answer to how consumers can get a bit more privacy back in their lives when it comes to accessing and using apps within the iOS ecosystem. While initially greeted with considerable enthusiasm, the following few days brought on concerns about Apple mandating use of the sign-in feature for developers and what it means for the platform giant to make demands that potentially sway consumer behaviors. In the long run, the privacy upside from Apple’s announcement has potential benefits to business builders and consumers alike, while the platform implications highlight why identity and all of the things tied to it are so powerful for the giants of the technology industry.Before getting into the specifics of what Apple’s asking of anyone building an app for its App Store, it’s worth recognizing what the company is doing from a strategic standpoint. After all, aside from making the hardware devices that sits in the pockets, desks and coffee tables of millions of Americans, Apple is also a technology leader in terms of its vision and approach to everything from privacy to consumer branding.For almost as long as Tim Cook has been CEO, Apple has been outspoken and bullish about privacy. That attitude and messaging has only ramped up as we as consumers grow increasingly concerned by social media giants’ increasing use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. High profile battles with the government over device encryption along with shots across the bow at other technology leaders ratcheted up Apple’s pro-privacy rhetoric, with the company now building full-on advertising campaigns around the idea. Sign In with Apple is yet another manifestation of Apple’s commitment to consumer privacy as a brand, and the company is betting that increased sensitivity around the issue will differentiate its products and its leadership.Related: Apple Took Out a CES Ad to Troll Its Competitors Over PrivacySo… how does it work?Sign In with Apple fundamentally works in much the same way that other platforms like “Sign in with Google” or “Sign in with Facebook” work. These identity providers rely on the open standards called OAuth and OpenID Connect to share customer identities with app builders. What makes these standards so useful is that there is wide support for them, which saves a lot of time and energy for entrepreneurs and small firms who are building apps.Most of the time, apps use these third-party providers to just identify users, saving their customers the step of entering and verifying an email address and remembering another password. This is great from a customer experience standpoint, and Sign In with Apple will provide the same convenience and ease of use as Sign In with Facebook or Sign In with Google for this purpose. The major difference is that Google and Facebook also reveal additional information about customers while they are signing in to the app, such as the user’s full name, email address, or even profile information, while Sign In with Apple will take care to limit the data sharing. Instead of returning a real email address and name to the app, Apple lets users choose whether they want to give the app an anonymized email address or an alternative full name. This anonymized email address will forward emails from the app developer to the user’s real email, allowing the app developer to still communicate with the user, while also preserving the user’s privacy.By limiting the information about a customer that’s shared, Apple is taking a step forward in an increasingly privacy-conscious digital world. This is beneficial for consumers, and with Apple owning nearly 40 percent of the mobile market in the U.S., the trust factor that comes with Sign In with Apple can speed customer experiences and elicit goodwill for the entrepreneurs who build with it. With Facebook and Google’s reputation taking a hit in the trust department, being able to make identity easily managed while still maintaining trust is a big deal for budding businesses. Consumers may not know an entrepreneur’s new app, but if they can quickly and securely sign in without Facebook or Google watching, they’ll likely feel better about trying it.Related: Apple CEO Tim Cook Criticizes Facebook Privacy StandardsBut isn’t Apple just another platform?While there’s potential upside for businesses adopting the identity provider du jour with Sign In with Apple, there are real concerns about a business of its size and strength flexing the might of its platform. By mandating that developers adopt Sign In with Apple if they’re using any third party identity provider, Apple is loading the dice in favor of Sign In with Apple’s success. Broad adoption is certainly likely, and while Facebook and Google may publicly be seen as privacy scofflaws, Apple itself is a platform just like Google and Facebook. By putting itself directly between the relationship of an app developer and a consumer, Apple has the potential to derive even more value from the apps that sit in its ecosystem.However, during a time when Apple is fighting antitrust allegations around its App Store practices, its approach to Sign In with Apple may also be an attempt to differentiate itself from other identity platforms with data-hungry tendencies. By thinking less about how much information it can gather, Apple is thinking more about how little information it needs in order to create a good experience for the customer, while streamlining the development process for the app builder.Related: Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls for GDPR-Style Privacy Laws in the U.S.Our digital privacy future is tied to identity.As consumers become more conditioned to consider privacy implications rather than just convenience, digital business builders should take stock of Apple’s approach and the privacy-first design of Sign In with Apple. Consumers want to be able to trust the businesses they patronize, and as entrepreneurs, fundamental to that trust is protecting their identities. While this previously was primarily focused on issues of security, it is increasingly becoming focused on data collection and privacy as well. Maintaining both security and privacy for customers is part of maintaining a brand promise, and being able to do both while creating seamless user experiences is in the best interest of both businesses and the customers who rely on them.Sign In with Apple is a positive initial step forward in setting a privacy-centric tone for the technology landscape as a whole. Giving consumers real control over the information they share and adding anonymized email is simply not something social identity platforms have broadly implemented. But while incredibly successful, the iOS ecosystem isn’t used by everyone. Apple taking the lead here will be most impactful if it can push others to do the same, and ultimately, force a broad and cohesive approach to identity and privacy that can easily be adopted by organizations big and small, regardless of platform. It’s this idea of an identity standard that holds the greatest long term benefit to businesses and consumers, and should be what all businesses continue to push for in our digitally-dependent business environment.