Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks & Caicos – Beach Enclave, a new concept combining luxury home ownership and private villa rentals with the experience of a resort, announces its expansion with the official debut of Beach Enclave Long Bay, a collection of five private villas along one of the most exclusive beaches in Turks & Caicos. The debut of Beach Enclave Long Bay comes on the heels of the successful launch of Beach Enclave North Shore, where all nine beachfront and ocean front villas sold just over a year from launch. .An unprecedented concept in the industry, Beach Enclave’s homes offer the remarkable amenities and flawless services of a luxury resort, with an optional villa rental program for homeowners. With sales having recently launched, homeowners and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the most coveted destinations in the Caribbean beginning in late 2017.“Beach Enclave has set a new benchmark for home ownership in which design and hospitality converge,” said Vasco Borges, Co-Founder and CEO of Beach Enclave. “We are thrilled to offer homeowners a remarkable travel experience while also offering a seamless experience for home rentals in one of the most spectacular settings in the world. We selected Long Bay as home to our second enclave on the island, boasting a secluded beach like no other,stunning sunrises and sunsets over the Caribbean ocean, and incredible wind sport opportunities nearby.”Beach Enclave Long Bay offers two custom contemporary home designs, representing the ultimate in barefoot beach leaving, boasting over 7,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space with the four- to seven -bedroom homes. Beach Enclave Long Bay’s villas adhere to the brand’s signature design philosophy of seamless indoor and outdoor living, featuring generous concealable glass sliding doors which open to expansive covered terraces, sun decks and infinity pools. Uniquely situated on a secluded, three mile white sand beach crowned with a gentle sand dune, Beach Enclave Long Bay is positioned to enjoy both sunrise and sunset over the Caribbean Sea. Long Bay also enjoys warm, calm turquoise waters soothed by the trade winds, ideal for families and watersport lovers alike.The organic yet refined design by SWA Architects and Domino Creative Interior Designers presents an effortless, elegant and calm setting to take in the magnificent views and surroundings, which are truly the star of each private home. Each Beach Enclave Long Bay villa features an open floor-plan, providing stunning views of the entire north shore of the island. The contemporary and modern design is equally warm, featuring exposed wood ceilings, sliding glass doors to maximize views, and generous outdoor living areas for gatherings and entertaining. The grounds are equally beautiful, with landscaping that enhances the native flora with trees, palms and flowers. In keeping with the philosophy and celebration of the beautiful landscape of their locale, Beach Enclave Long Bay villas employ environmentally friendly practices and feature high efficiency appliances, water collection and recycling, and optional solar technologies. The villas have been designed with sustainability in mind taking into consideration sun, wind and topography while minimizing the construction footprint and preserving the surrounding landscape.Beach Enclave’s brand offering is unlike any other in the Caribbean as it affords residents the opportunity to enjoy the convenience and comfort of the services and amenities of a resort, along with the luxury of a private home. Beach Enclave Long Bay amenities and services include 24/7 on-site management and security, dedicated butler/maid; private chef services; regular kite surf lessons off the beach and paddle board and kayak tours; among others. Beach Enclave residents and guests also benefit from a concierge, who can manage requests such as arranging spa treatments, grocery stocking, airport transportation, dining reservations and more as well as access to an oceanfront, fully equipped fitness room and yoga terraces looking out to the ocean and the distant reef barrier. Beach amenities are also available to guests and include the set-up of loungers and umbrellas, delivery of towels and water and the use of kayaks and snorkel equipment to explore the nearby coral reef. Residents can also arrange for activities such as private boating excursions, one of the best ways to discover Turks & Caicos.The second of three developments on the coveted Providenciales island, Beach Enclave Long Bay will redefine home ownership, featuring refined service and specialized amenities in the most spectacular beachfront setting. Construction of Beach Enclave Long Bay’s luxury villas will begin in November 2016, with occupancy beginning Christmas 2017. Beach Enclave’s third development, Beach Enclave Grace Bay, will be launching sales this winter, following a Friends and Family release earlier in the year. With just a few villas left for sale – construction is scheduled to start mid 2017.Beach Enclave Long Bay beachfront villas start at $3,950,000. Beach Enclave Grace Bay beachfront villas start at $8,750,000, with ocean view villas starting at $5,950,000.For press inquiries about Beach Enclave or North Shore villas, please reach out to email@example.com. For rental inquiries please reach out to reservations at: 1 649 941 7577 or 1 866 580 1675 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For an opportunity to own a villa please reach out to Nina Siegenthaler at (+1) 649 231 0707 – email@example.com or Joe Zahm at (+1) 649 231 6188 (TCI) or (+1) 610 715 0506 (US). For more information, please visit www.beachenclave.com or follow Beach Enclave on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
IndiGoIndia’s low-cost carrier, IndiGo is considering investing in Jet Airways if it fails to acquire a stake in Air India. With this move, the carrier aims to expand its international footprint, Mint reported.InterGlobe Aviation– the parent company of IndiGo– run by aviation entrepreneurs Rahul Bhatia and Rakesh Gangwal, was the first to show interest in Air India on the same day the government decided to sell a stake.IndiGo has a great chance to crack the Air India deal with new foreign direct investment (FDI) policy on aviation in sector in place. The new FDI policy says that rule allowing foreign airlines to invest up to 49 percent in an Indian airline does not apply to Air India, which rules out all the possibilities of a foreign airline buying into India’s national carrier, the business daily reported.A senior official, who was briefed on IndiGo’s strategy, told Mint that the airline will take the organic route if it can’t acquire a stake. But the process would be slower, he added.Currently, the foreign airlines fly about 65 percent of international passengers in and out of India. The rest is mostly carried by the state-owned Air India and Jet Airways.Given the circumstances, IndiGo would go all out to get Air India’s international business as the state-owned carrier has international flying rights and slots, the official said.Another alternative could be Jet Airways. IndiGo “sees an opportunity there” in a year, he said. Earlier in 2013, Jet sold 24 percent stake to Etihad.In case, neither of the options work out, IndiGo would like to start international operation on its own by buying bigger planes from Airbus or Boeing. But that will be a “very slow process” and it will be the last resort for the airline, he said.With a fleet of 139 planes, IndiGo is currently the largest domestic airline in India. To build managerial bandwidth IndiGo has roped in several experts from the US and other markets in departments such as finance, commercial, airports and flight operations.
US president Donald Trump pumps his fist as he boards Air Force One upon departure from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, US, on 12 January 2018. ReutersFrom Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon through Barack Obama, Americans have gotten used to the idea of their presidents using profanity, but Donald Trump’s use of the word “shithole” to describe Haiti and Africa this week sparked a storm of protest.The countries offended condemned the outburst and human rights groups labelled the comment racist, given that Trump described people from largely white Norway as more desirable immigrants.But supporters of the former businessman and reality TV star erupted in applause.“Finally a president that says what we all think! You go @POTUS! #ShitholeCountries #shithole #America1st,” tweeted Marco Gutierrez, a Trump supporter and Congressional candidate from California.Conservative blogger Stacy Rush dismissed criticism of Trump’s language as pitiful and a distraction from the bigger picture: “It is pathetic our country and particularly the MSM (mainstream media) is wasting time on the word #shithole when we have real issues that need to be addressed.”But many from the worlds of diplomacy, academia and even etiquette experts cringed.“The reality is that when you have to resort to it, it does send a message of insecurity,” said Diane Gottsman, author of Modern Etiquette for a Better Life, who advises against using profanity in either professional or social settings.Trump’s remarks during a meeting on immigration policy that was held at the White House on Thursday were reported by a US senator at the gathering, who said on Friday that the president had used “vile, vulgar” language, including repeatedly saying “shithole.”Trump denied on Friday that he had used such derogatory language. But he was condemned nonetheless in many African nations, as well as in Haiti and El Salvador, and by international human rights organizations.During the 1960s Lyndon Johnson raised eyebrows by saying that, in politics, “chicken shit can turn to chicken salad.” Experts said the public were shocked by the profanity-laced Nixon tapes from the Oval office in the 1970s Watergate political crisis, and that people are less sensitive now.“People have become accustomed to the idea that presidents swear,” said Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University history professor who studies the presidency. “But even with that, I think people still expect a certain amount of formality in public.”Some academic research suggests there could be benefits to swearing in some contexts, from dulling pain to suggesting trust in social situations.Benjamin Bergin, a cognitive science professor at the University of California San Diego who wrote a book on why people swear called “What the F,” said his research has shown profane speech can be perceived as more honest.If swearing kept Trump from storming out of the negotiations, that could be positive, said Timothy Jay, emeritus professor of psychology at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and author of five books on profanity.That was not enough to sway Gottsman, who advises people on business etiquette.“My advice would be don’t do it,” she said. “When we are in a position of power, people look up to us.”
People vote behind booths at a polling station in Bangkok on 2 February 2014. — Photo: ReutersThailand will hold a much-delayed general election on 24 February 2019, the election commission said on Tuesday, after the junta lifted a ban on political activity it imposed after taking power in a coup in 2014.The junta imposed the strict ban on political activity citing the need for order after months of street protests against the democratically elected government of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.The election, which many hope will restore democracy in Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy, will likely pit the populist political movement backed by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and supported by many in rural areas against the military and royalist establishment.The Bangkok-based establishment seized power in successive coups in 2006 and 2014 and now has its own proxy political parties.The junta began easing the ban in September, when it allowed political parties to resume organising ahead of an election expected in February.It still retains sweeping powers to maintain law and order despite lifting the ban, including conducting searches, freezing assets, and making arrests.The election commission confirmed the Feb. 24 election date on Tuesday, just before a statement announcing the ban on political activity had been lifted was published in the Royal Gazette.“The people and political parties will be able to take part in political activities during this period leading up to the election in accordance with the constitution,” the statement said..Thailand last held a successful election in 2011 but the election commission said it was ready to go ahead with the 24 February poll.“The lifting of the ban means political activities can resume, including political campaigning, but this has to be done under the law,” deputy election commission secretary-general Sawang Boonmee told Reuters.
Get-out-the-vote rally for gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown with Elijah Cummings.First lady Michelle Obama was the show at a get-out-the-vote rally for gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown on Election Day eve in Baltimore. Brown promised to be a partner to the city, then let Obama take over the stage to what was, hands down, the evening’s most deafening roar.U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings opened the event, describing Obama as someone who “speaks truth to power.” He then described what he felt this election was about, making an implicit contrast between Democrats and Republicans.“Today, I’m not so much concentrating on who to fight against, I’m concentrating on what we’re fighting for,” said the Baltimore representative, who included education, affordable health care, and seeing children do better in life than their parents among those issues.Every one of the event’s 10 speakers emphasized the importance of getting to the polls.Get-out-the-vote rally for gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown with Baltimore City Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.“No one can speak for you,” said Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “You have to stand up and have your voices heard. I can’t tell you how many people in the Republican Party are counting on us to forget that tomorrow’s election day.”Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown would later set the table for Obama, feigning no pretense that the rally might actually be about him, but briefly speaking about the sort of governor he would be for the city hosting the rally.“I’m running for governor because I know that Baltimore City needs a partner in Annapolis, and I’m going to be that partner,” said Brown.Stump necessities out of the way, Brown introduced Obama, who was greeted by the evening’s loudest cheers, sustained for 23 seconds (if that does not sound like much, try screaming for that long). The first lady cited a number of issues at stake in this election such as schools, wages, equal pay for equal work—stock democratic talking points broadly applicable to just about any locality in the country.Get-out-the-vote rally for gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown with First Lady Michelle Obama.But Obama would make the most substantive point of the evening—and the one most relevant to Maryland’s current gubernatorial contest—when she asked the crowd to think back to Brown’s first race for Lt. Gov. in 2006.“Take this in,” said Obama, “because this is important. The outcome of that election was decided by about 60,000 votes. . . . And while that may sound like a lot, when you break that number down, that’s just 30 votes per precinct. . . . So if there is anyone in the state who thinks their vote doesn’t matter, if anyone is thinking of sitting this election out, I just want you to think of those margins.”The first lady then told the sort of story that is hardly uncommon in a place like Baltimore City, of a young woman whose father was murdered when she was still an infant, and whose family struggled with homelessness, yet who managed to graduate high school with a 4.0 GPA and received a full scholarship to Georgetown.“These kids have every reason to give up,” said Obama, “but they don’t because they are so hungry to succeed, they are so desperate to lift themselves up. See and that’s why, me and Barack, we do what we do every day, because those kids never give up and neither can we. So let me tell you something Maryland, Baltimore we need to be energized for them.”firstname.lastname@example.org
5 min read With the speed of innovation today, technology becomes obsolete practically the minute it’s available. And now with two always online smartphones in use for every nine people on the planet, according to Business Insider, there appears to be no satisfying the information consumption of hyperconnected users. We are past the age of “smart” and moving into the age of “smarter.”This deluge of always-on technology has also created a wave of disruptive applications that are empowering today’s consumers as never before. But customer service has been left huffing, puffing and lagging behind. With 26 billion devices projected to be connected via the Internet of Things by 2020, a blender might issue an alert before it’s going to break or a furnace may dispatch an email indicating it needs servicing before the owner knows it does. But what’s yet to be figured out is how to use that information to provide a seamless and exceptional experience that satisfies consumers before they express a desire to be satisfied.People want to engage with the companies they do business with on their terms. But most companies have been slow to respond to this fundamental shift in the customer-company relationship. Because of this, only the companies that make customer experiences as smart as the products and services they support will hold an advantage over their more reactionary competitors. And while there is no simple app for smart customer service, here some things enterprises should know:Related: Will Your Company Be a Leader of the Customer-Service Revolution?1. Care across channels can take continuity to a smarter level.When consumers use smart devices, their expectation is clear: engagement with a company on all channels (voice, text, instant message chat) with a continuity and consistency of care between them all. Companies must drive a smarter experience by correlating one interaction to the next regardless of how each contact was started and where it finishes. Similar to smart products, these channels should be able to share information like an “Internet of Channels” so the customer-service dots are connected to provide a seamless and consistent experience.This is a critical piece of the puzzle for the future of customer engagement. Consumers will no longer tolerate having to repeat themselves or go through multiple steps every time they contact customer service. Pet insurance company Trupanion does this: Its customers can move from an email, to chat and then to a voice session without interruption and without starting over. This smart experience is one of the reasons why the company has such a fiercely loyal and growing customer base.Related: 8 Ways the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Your Everyday Life2. Harness the interconnectedness of smart data.Smart devices have expanded how much and how often consumers are pushing out information about themselves and their habits. This presents enormous opportunity for companies. Through software-driven analysis of customer interactions, companies can now predict in real time what will happen next before an upselling opportunity is lost or a frustrated client decides to cancel his or her service. One way it can do this is by flagging potential telltale terms that a customer might provide. This way the service representative will be able to change the course of the customer experience from poor to better.Look at service pain points. Data on customer-purchase history, interactions and previous complaints need to be at the agent’s fingertips, instantly accessible on every channel, including those for in-person interactions. The faster that data is made available to front-line representatives, the more likely they’ll be able to act on the opportunities the information reveals.Related: 10 Stories of Unforgettable Customer Service3. Smart predictions could keep pace with fast reactions.Research shows that consumers are willing to divulge personal information if it improves their experience or service with a company.Take, for example, the upscale eatery Eleven Madison Park in New York City. The restaurant’s staff googles its guests before they arrive to see where they are from or what they might like to drink so as to deliver a highly customized dining experience. This idea is the essence behind the smarter experience: proactive and predictive engagement. The result is that customers feel like the brand “knows” them.According to RnRMarketResearch, location-based service marketing is predicted to grow 25 percent a year over the next five years. Armed with data from Foursquare check-ins, interaction history, a company now has the ability to proactively serve a gamer who just recently had trouble updating his console by recognizing that he is in the area and dropping him a store credit for the season’s hottest new game.Or a company can predict that a customer might need allergy medication based on the local pollen count and the number of days since the person’s last refill, then send that individual a reminder when close to the pharmacy. It’s like “nesting” the customer: the gathering data through all points of engagement that the individual has with a company so as to anticipate his or her needs and create smarter experiences.The future of customer care will be a completely synchronous response, able to call upon any resource, any individual and any piece of data to deliver an experience that meets that consumer expectation. By creating a seamless relationship between omni-channel communication, analytics and predictive, proactive communications, companies can create the smarter experiences consumers, and their smart products, demand.Related: Why the Future of Retail Will Blow Your Mind Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 24, 2014 Register Now »