Vopak​ Starts Bunkering​ ​Services​ ​at Singapore Terminal

first_imgzoom Tank storage company Vopak has introduced a new concurrent bunkering services​ ​at​ ​its​ ​Sebarok​ ​terminal​ ​in​ ​Singapore.With the service, vessels calling at the company’s Sebarok terminal can receive bunkers from bunker barges while loading or discharging at the terminal, eliminating the shifting time to anchorages for bunkering and making the scheduling of bunker supply more predictable.Vopak said that the move is in line with Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore’s directive to improve port efficiency. Prior to the service, vessels were required to sail to the anchorage to receive their bunkers.“This new concurrent bunkering service is a continuation of Vopak’s strategy to help unlock logistical value for our customers, enabling seamless, safe and efficient logistics processes in the entire supply chain,” Tan Soo Koong, Vopak Terminals Singapore’s Managing Director, said.The bunkering service, introduced through a collaboration with BW Pacific, Sinanju Marine Services, and Unicore Fuel, will be expanded to Vopak’s other terminals in Singapore, according to the company.Located close to the Eastern anchorage where a large part of the bunkering activity takes place, Vopak’s Sebarok terminal is a strategic hub connecting the supply of bunker fuels and the flow of oil products.last_img read more

Yogi to attend Janmashtami celebrations in Mathura

first_imgMathura: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will attend the grand ‘Janamashtami’ celebrations in Mathura.He will stay in Mathura for two days during Janamashtami and perform ‘Abhishek’ at the Krishna Janambhoomi.Janamashtami will be celebrated on August 24 but the week-long celebrations in Mathura-Vrindavan will begin from August 17. The cultural programmes will be held at the Ramlila ground in Mathura and near the Vaishno Devi temple in Vrindavan.Special security arrangements were being made for the festival as well as for Adityanath’s visit.SSP Shalabh Mathur has sent a requisition for additional forces that were being called in from Prayagraj, Agra and other adjoining districts for the occasion.The SSP said that an ATS commando squad will also arrive in Mathura on August 22.last_img read more

Adopt healthy lifestyle to get rid of dementia risk WHO

first_imgNew Delhi: If you think that you may be under the risk of dementia then start doing regular exercises, eating healthy diets along with staying away from the harmful use of alcohol and smoking as the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its new guidelines on dementia have stated that potential dementia patients can get rid of the disease by maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.While releasing the new guidelines on dementia, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that in the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia. The scientific evidence gathered for these guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time that what is good for our heart, is also good for our brain,” Ghebreyesus said in an official press statement released by the WHO. The guidelines provide the knowledge base for health-care providers to advise patients on what they can do to help prevent cognitive decline and dementia. As per the WHO press note, the guidelines would also be useful for governments, policy-makers and planning authorities to guide them in developing policy and designing programmes that encourage healthy lifestyles. “The reduction of risk factors for dementia is one of several areas of action included in the WHO’s global action plan for the public health response to dementia,” the WHO said in its release.last_img read more

Boat with 70 people missing

A boat with at least 70 people is reported to have gone missing after it left Mirissa and was heading to Australia last week.The boat with mostly Tamils had left on July 17th and is believed to have faced engine trouble halfway through the journey, our reporter in the area said. Under the new arrangement signed with Papua New Guinea unauthorised arrivals will be sent to Papua New Guinea for assessment and if found to be a refugee will be settled there.Regional processing arrangements in Papua New Guinea will be significantly expanded and people will be sent to Manus Island as soon as health checks are complete and appropriate accommodation is identified. (Colombo Gazette) The attempt to reach Australia by boat came despite the announcement that under a new agreement reached between Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG), asylum seekers who travel to Australia by boat without a visa will never be settled in Australia but in Papua New Guinea. The navy is not aware of the incident but family members are worried about those who had attempted to make the illegal journey by boat to Australia. read more

Amid acrimony jobless benefit plan stalls in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., meets with reporters to urge passage of legislation to restore unemployment insurance benefits which expired Dec. 28, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Espo, The Associated Press Posted Jan 9, 2014 11:10 am MDT Amid acrimony, jobless benefit plan stalls in Senate WASHINGTON – Legislation to resurrect long-term jobless legislation stalled in the Senate on Thursday, triggering recriminations from both sides of the political aisle despite earlier expressions of optimism that benefits might soon be restored for more than 1 million victims of the recession.Gridlock asserted itself after majority Democrats offered to pay for a 10-month extension of a scaled-back program of benefits — then refused to permit Republicans even to seek any changes.Instead, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., accused Republicans of “continually denigrating our economy, our president and frankly, I believe, our country.”But Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana, one of a half-dozen Republicans who helped advance the bill over an initial hurdle earlier in the week, said he hadn’t been consulted on any compromise.Echoing complaints by other members of his party, he said that under Reid’s leadership he has been relegated to the sidelines. Indiana voters “didn’t send me here to be told just to sit down and forget it,” he said.At issue was a struggle over the possible resurrection of a program that expired on Dec. 28, immediately cutting off benefits of roughly $256 weekly for more than 1.3 million hurt by the recession.The measure is the first to come before the Senate in the election year, and since Monday has become ground zero of a competition between the political parties to appeal to hard-hit victims of the longest recession in more than a half-century.While unemployment has receded in recent months, long-term jobless is high by historical standards.Despite the squabbling, lawmakers in both parties said the effort to find a compromise would continue.“We’re still trying to work through this,” said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., whose state has 9 per cent unemployment.At midday Thursday, Reid had expressed optimism about the chances for compromise, and Democratic officials said talks with Republicans were focused on a scaled-back program that is fully paid for and would provide up to 31 weeks of benefits for the long-term unemployed.The officials said the proposal would run through the late fall, and the price tag — approximately $18 billion — would be offset through cuts elsewhere in the budget so deficits would not rise.Reid told reporters he was “cautiously optimistic” about a compromise emerging later in the day, and said he had held meetings with fellow Nevadan Dean Heller, a Republican, but provided no details.But midafternoon, when Reid formally outlined the proposal, there was no evident Republican support for it, and each side accused the other of an unwillingness to compromise.Chandler Smith, a spokeswoman for Heller, said the senator met with Reid and Reed during the day and has been talking with Republicans as well, although he spent part of the day at a hospital for repair of a cast.Heller “remains optimistic, and appreciates that Sen. Reid has been negotiating in good faith to reach a deal,” Smith said.Democrats initially sought a three-month renewal of the expired program and opposed paying for it, meaning the $6.4 billion cost would be added to the deficit.Republicans countered that any legislation must be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget. Among their proposals was one to delay the requirement for individuals to purchase health care under “Obamacare,” and another to prevent immigrants living in the United States from claiming a certain type of tax credit for their children.They said either would pass easily, a claim Democrats did not dispute. But rather than exposing his rank and file to a politically hazardous vote, Reid made sure they were not formally offered.The expired law provided a maximum of 47 weeks of payments after an unemployed worker has exhausted state-funded benefits, usually 26 weeks.The new measure would reduce the 47 weeks to a maximum of 31 weeks, officials said, based on a sliding scale that dates to the expired program.The Democratic officials said the first tier of additional benefits would be six weeks, and be generally available to all who have used up their state eligibility.They said an additional six weeks would be available in states where unemployment is 6 per cent or higher; an additional nine weeks in states with joblessness of 7 per cent or higher; and 10 more weeks in states where unemployment is 9 per cent or more.The cost would be offset in part by extending a previously-approved reduction in Medicare payments to providers, the officials said, and in part by limiting or eliminating the ability of individuals on Social Security disability from also receiving unemployment benefits.The officials who described the details of the possible legislation did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to speak on the record. read more

New Nissan Qashqai to be designed engineered and built in Britain

At a meeting today with Prime Minister David Cameron, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, announced that workers in Britain will design, engineer and build the next version of the company’s Qashqai model.New model production will safeguard 6,000 jobs, both direct and indirect through the UK supply chain, and represents a significant endorsement of the quality and calibre of UK automotive manufacturing. Each Qashqai produced has 3,779 parts, of which 83.6% come from one of 224 UK suppliers.“Nissan’s announcement is the latest in a series of positive investment stories for the UK auto industry,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Manufacturing is crucial to the UK’s economic recovery and this decision demonstrates the long-term strength and global competitiveness of our sector.”The project amounts to a £192 million investment in Britain and is being funded entirely by Nissan. The design, engineering and build of the new car will involve teams at Nissan’s European Design Centre in London, Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield and manufacturing facility in Sunderland.Nissan’s Sunderland plant will produce its one millionth Qashqai later this month and more than 80% of current production is exported to 97 markets worldwide.The company is investing an additional £420m in its Sunderland plant for the production of the Nissan LEAF electric car from 2013 and in a new stand-alone facility to make lithium-ion batteries for both Renault and Nissan vehicles from 2012. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

This is what PS Vita game cards and cases look like

first_imgThe Tokyo Game Show is already producing a lot of information relating to the forthcoming PS Vita. We know it’s going to launch on December 17 in Japan with around 28 games available before the end of the year. We’re also starting to see gameplay footage of some of those games (videos below).What we haven’t really seen much until now is what the PS Vita physical game cards (NVG cards) and game cases look like. That all changed yesterday when a bunch of those games got mounted in a display case for all attendees to see, and Joystiq was kind enough to take some photos.As you can see, Sony has adopted a card format similar to what we’ve been using for years in the Nintendo DS and now the 3DS. It makes a very welcome change to the slow, battery-draining UMD format. It also makes it a lot easier to carry around a bunch of games on your travels.The cases look to be squashed DVD/Blu-ray cases just like the PS3 uses. I doubt they will be exactly the same as PS3 cases as Sony will want to differentiate between the two on store shelves beyond just the format name at the top of the case.As promised, here’s some of the latest Tokyo Game Show footage from PS Vita games in development and available on or soon after launch. This certainly looks like a next-gen portable device to me, and I’m a lot more excited about getting my hands on a PS Vita than I was about the 3DS if I’m being honest. More at Joystiqlast_img read more

TT Mayor gets key to St Anns

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, August 15, 2017 – Montego Bay – Chairman of the Mayaro Rio Claro Regional Corporation in Trinidad and Tobago, Mayor Glen Ram, was on August 11 bestowed with the Key to St. Ann’s Bay, the capital town of St. Ann.  Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, Michael Belnavis, made the presentation following a special meeting at the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.He said the “Key is a symbol of the friendship we have formed and also a token of the wonderful hospitality we are known for here in the ‘Garden Parish’ of St. Ann”.Mayor Belnavis said the Corporation is looking forward to working with local government colleagues in the twin-island republic “to do some wonderful things”.“I can see us doing some twinning as it relates to St. Ann and our rich history. We will certainly explore the areas of interest… on things that will be beneficial to us and also the people of Trinidad and Tobago. In this era of strong Caribbean integration, cooperation on all fronts is extremely necessary,” he pointed out.While in St. Ann, Mayor Ram visited the statue of National Hero Marcus Garvey and the St. Ann’s Bay Library, and toured the Mystic Mountain attraction, among other activities.The Mayor arrived in the island on August 9 for a five-day visit as guest of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development to observe the country’s local government reform processes.He met with Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, the mayors of Kingston and St. Ann’s Bay and representatives of the Social Development Commission (SDC).  He also visited the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).“That is a very professional and efficient organisation. It was a wonderful visit and one that showed me how well Jamaica is prepared to handle natural disasters,” he said.Mayor Ram had high praises for the Ministry, which he described as “wonderful hosts”.  He said that there are many similarities between Jamaica and Trinidad, noting that they are “probably the leaders as it relates to local government”.He contended that the countries could pave the way for the creation of a Caribbean Local Government Association.   “This, I believe, would be very effective and could play a valuable role in the region where local governance is concerned,” Mayor Ram said.last_img read more

New Life for Events

first_imgIn February, Canon announced plans to launch three DesignMed events this year to be co-located with its Medical Design & Manufacturing shows in the U.S. O’Keefe says Canon aims to have a 10-to-1 qualified attendee to exhibitor ratio. “When we see this metric or better, we see at least 70 percent on-site or at-show space renewals with signed contracts and deposits. When we don’t, the at-show space selection tells a different story.” To help with qualifying leads, Canon is launching Qmed.com. Featuring only “qualified, Canon-vetted medical OEM suppliers,” the online tool requires interested medical device manufacturing buyers to register first.At residential housing and commercial construction publishing giant Hanley Wood, selling booth space has been the primary revenue source for its Exhibitions group. In 2010, the group has been focused on being “more realistic” about budget expectations. “The residential and commercial markets are under duress, although improvement in some residential sectors is taking place,” says Rick McConnell, president of Hanley Wood Exhibitions. “The overall business model is becoming more integrated with our print and online platforms. Online marketing efforts have increased with significant improvements made in our Web sites, online match-making attendee tool Connect (a program that mines the company’s database for VIPs) and other online applications.”Hanley Wood produces 14 tradeshows. McConnell declined to say how 2009 revenue compared to the prior year. Last month, the publisher bought what it calls a “category-killing” Web business in Home Plans LLC which features more than 14,000 house plans on HomePlans.com.Reducing CostsSteve Reiss, vice president and publishing director at Vance Publishing, oversees the company’s three woodworking industry tradeshows. The events have typically been driven in terms of revenue by booth rentals and large companies “allowing attendees to see their large capital equipment in action.” But financial constraints among exhibitors have resulted in many of the larger companies not renting as much space or not participating at all.“Clearly, we’re going to figure out other ways to drive revenue,” says Reiss. “Producing a show costs a lot of money—for both the producer and the exhibitor. We’re shifting to focus on technology to bring a certain level of interactivity between vendors and attendees. We also have to maximize opportunities for face-to-face contact.”Experimenting in VirtualAccording to O’Keefe, the current virtual tradeshow format “has not really taken hold in any meaningful way”  for Canon and most likely never will. But Hanley Wood’s McConnell doesn’t share that opinion. The company is using virtual tradeshows to complement its face-to-face events. “For example,” he explains, “we will produce a series of Webinars leading up to one of our live events or a one-time virtual event featuring a series of Webinars. Then, on-site at the live event, we will feature an educational session that culminates the series. In order to gain all of the knowledge from the sessions, attendees must participate in both the online and on-site events.” But despite the strategy, no one publisher has figured out the silver bullet for producing mega-profit generating tradeshows during this economic downturn. The solution (or solutions) aren’t coming overnight, says Reiss. “The marketplace is in such poor shape that there’s nothing we can do in the short term to replace the revenue that’s lost when a large equipment supplier can’t afford to bring as many tools to the show and has either a smaller space or doesn’t show up at all.” The exhibitions industry declined 12.5 percent in 2009, according to the Center of Exhibitions Industry Research. Meanwhile, tradeshow M&A has come to a crashing halt, according to trade publishing event advisory firm Corporate Solutions.However, the event side of the publishing industry received a couple boosts in recent months. First, Los Angeles-based Canon Communications announced plans to launch three DesignMed events this year to be co-located with its Medical Design & Manufacturing shows in the U.S. Meanwhile, American Lawyer Media said attendance and registration for its LegalTech New York event grew by 3 percent this year.With revenue streams changing and expectations from sponsors growing, the business of producing a tradeshow is shifting for a number of producers from heavily sponsorship-driven to other sources. At Canon Communications, for instance, increased demand from sponsors to deliver ROI is pushing the company to intensify attendance campaigns this year, according to events senior vice president Kevin O’Keefe. Last year, Canon saw revenue from its events decrease roughly 5 percent to $45.2 million compared to 2008.“The basic premise of the outreach is very personalized and highly targeted, involving top-quality, first-class mailings, telephone outreach and practical show related incentives to the titles,” says O’Keefe. “We are also paying special attention to develop pristine databases of the qualified buyers we really want on the floor of the shows and reviewing our pre-registration files to remove attendees and not send badges to or confirm registrants we would prefer not to come to the show.”last_img read more

Another Begich Ad Alleges Alaskas US Senators Cooperate

first_imgSen. Lisa Murkowski keeps trying to shake him off, but Sen. Mark Begich continues to insist they have a good working relationship.Listen now:His latest television ad mentions Murkowski by first name only. It features Margie Brown, former CEO of Cook Inlet Region Inc. Brown says Begich helped expand Alaska’s telecom industry.“And I like how he works with Lisa,” Brown says.Brown points out that Alaska is one of the few states with both senators on the Appropriations Committee.“We can’t afford to lose that. I voted for Lisa. Now I’m voting for Mark,” she says at the end.Last week, Murkowski very publicly endorsed Begich’s opponent, in a TV ad for Republican Dan Sullivan. This is the second Begich ad featuring an Alaska business person highlighting what they allege is a good relationship between the senators. Begich spokesman Max Croes says there’s nothing wrong with saying that.“Well the response we had from the first ad was that Alaskans were pretty pleased with the fact that Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Begich work together in Washington,” Croes said.Murkowski, though, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Begich last month demanding he quit using her name and image in his ads.  The latest ad again shows  a photo of the two senators smiling, standing in Murkowski’s Senate office.While Murkowski is overtly trying to ditch Begich, Croes says the claim the two senators  make a good team is reflected in their Senate votes:  For the first half of this year, they voted together 80 percent of the time, a figure verified by the independent group Politifact.Kevin Sweeney, a spokesman for Murkowski’s campaign, says they don’t intend to respond to the latest ad because Murkowski has already made her views known.last_img read more

Teens Count Premiers Success A Journey Dream Big and Fly

first_imgSuccess…A Journey? Dream Big and Fly! premiers on Aug. 8th.Teens Count proudly presents Success. . . A Journey? Dream Big and Fly! a theatrical production written by our summer youth program participants. The production is a story about young girls struggling to find their identity, and learning how to code switch their way to a successful life through friendship, love, and art. The play premiers on Aug. 8th at 2pm at Saint Fancis De Sales (Educational Building), located at 2021 Rhode Island Ave., N.E., Washington, DC.Teens Count takes an innovative approach to career exploration using Theater, Marketing and Audio-Visual Technology as youth development activities.  Approximately 50 Washington, DC students (ages 16–21) work during the 6-week summer program to learn all production aspects. Participants cast, produce and market all components of their production and engage in relevant learning opportunities.last_img read more

Terminator Salvation Fight for the Future VR Experience Opens in San Jose

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Cinemark and Spaces, the VR startup that spun out of Dreamworks 3 years ago, opened one of the Bay Area’s first location-based virtual reality (VR) experiences in San Jose, Calif. this weekend. “Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future” allows up to 4 players to enter the world of the “Terminator” franchise, and fight as rebels against the robot overlords.The experience is being housed in the foyer of the Century 20 Oakridge and XD theater. Visitors are first asked to scan their faces with the help of customized iPads. Spaces then uses those face scans to customize their avatars in VR, making it easier for friends to recognize each other. After strapping on a VR backpack, and putting special sensors onto their hands and feet, they put on an Oculus headset, and enter a VR world, where they are tasked with a special mission in service of the resistance. Unlike in other location-based VR experiences, Spaces gives each group of players a dedicated guide who helps them with their objective, and talks them through the more challenging parts of the mission. But even with that guidance, there’s still enough time for senseless robot shooting, as players get to explore a stage with physical props freely, without and wires tying them down. Each participant gets a video highlight reel emailed to them once a group is done with the 12-15 minute experience.“Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future” is a little less complex than some of the other location-based VR experiences from companies like The Void and Nomadic, but it’s still unlike anything you’d get from trying VR at home. “You will remember the first time you’ve ever done anything like this for the rest of your life,” said Spaces co-founder and CEO Shiraz Akhmal.It’s also an experience that sits squarely between casual fun and video game play. Players can work on their high score by shooting as many terminators as possible — but it’s also fine to just ignore the points. “You don’t really have to be a gamer to come in and enjoy this,” said Cinemark marketing and communications senior vice president James Meredith.Cinemark isn’t the first theater chain looking to location-based VR to bring audiences used to spend time with video games and streaming back to the movies. Those efforts haven’t always worked. Imax, for instance, tried to build out its own VR initiative, with trial locations housed in a handful of theaters around the globe. But the chain quickly found that the numbers didn’t add up, and decided to shut down its VR efforts last December.“Where people may fall short is rushing to market with something simple that’s more home-based,” said Akhmal, referencing the fact that most of the VR experiences available at Imax’s now-shuttered VR centers were also available for the home VR market. “This is something that you just can’t do at home,” he said.Still, Meredith seemed cautious not to overplay his company’s commitment to the new medium. “The idea is just to take a look and see how well that this is working,” he said. “How big it’s it’s going to grow, I don’t know. It’s going to be interesting to see.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

7 Things to Consider Before Launching a Fintech Startup

first_img Register Now » 7 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals The impact of technology on the financial industry has been powerful. Traditional financial institutions, such as banks, have discovered that new technologies are indeed disruptive. This epiphany has forced age-old financial institutions to develop their own tech capabilities, and to stay ahead of the game, many have partnered with fintech startups or acquired promising new companies.However, the shorthand, “fintech,” has become a buzzword, encouraging budding entrepreneurs to believe that they can simply hitch their ventures on to the bandwagon in order to make a quick buck. As with any endeavor, this isn’t the case. New businesses, especially in an emerging industry such as fintech, require careful planning and thought. Here are seven things that you need to consider before launching a fintech startup.1. RegulationsRegulations are why financial services can be a tough industry to break into. Laws have been put in place in order to safeguard financial systems from abuse. In addition, the amount of compliance that is required of institutions often involves the need for accountants and lawyers.Related: 12 Top Fintech Companies to WatchHowever, fintech has ushered in new ways of viewing and handling money and has become a gray area for regulation. This is something that has been drawing the attention of lawmakers, especially in fintech companies’ charter applications to be “special purpose national banks.” This isn’t as straightforward as it seems since some fintech services such as peer-to-peer lending operate using new models.In addition, these regulations may vary per market depending on the state, country or region in which you seek to operate. In Europe, there’s the impending implementation of the Revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). While this directive actually opens up the market for fintech in Europe, know that venturing into fintech will require you to know and fully understand these regulations and comply to whatever the territory demands.2. Competition from institutionsWhile banks have acknowledged the disruption fintech has created, this doesn’t mean that they will just accept defeat and step aside for the new guys. It isn’t exactly banks as institutions that are under threat as much as it’s the way we do banking.Banks still hold the assets, and many of them have the capability and clout to either partner up with fintech companies or buy them out. In fact, this is already happening. Bank of America is investing $1.5 million in fintech efforts in Charlotte, N.C. In Europe, Santander has started a fund to develop fintech startups. As a venture, you have to decide if you’d be determined enough to take on the big guys on or if you’d rather explore greener pastures.Related: 4 Things You Should Know About Cashless Payments3. Customer trustSecurity has come to the forefront of all tech ventures today. Data breaches and cyberattacks are still rampant. With the nature of the information fintech companies handle, they are becoming an optimal target for cybercriminals. Getting attacked and having customer data stolen is a surefire way to lose customer trust quickly.Customer trust is key in the financial industry and it is becoming a rare commodity these days. A survey by the National Association of Retirement Plan Participants in 2016 indicates that only 8 percent had faith in their financial institutions.Many will be skeptical of any new services and most people would be wary of the risk sending out financial information or handing over their money to fledgling fintech services. The challenge lies in putting safeguards in place and convincing prospects that your system is robust and secure enough.4. The need for a strong teamThis might seem obvious, but fintech isn’t exactly an area where there are turnkey tools and free scripts one can use to come up with an app or service. This isn’t like some other tech ventures where barriers to entry are relatively low. Financial, technological and business expertise are all required to develop fintech. Then, there are compliance requirements that may require you to bring in legal help.Building a strong team means that you must attract talent in various areas of competence, as it truly is a multidisciplinary effort. Fintech is still in a state of flux, at least in the foreseeable future, so the ability to deliver or change direction quickly is essential.Related: How Fintech and Payments Innovations Will Disrupt Global Ecommerce5. Unique and valuable serviceThe fintech industry is starting to get crowded now that many pioneers have done enough for new ventures to follow. Still, a key entrepreneurial question to ask is if your venture will be able to offer something unique and high value.All segments related to money are fair game for fintech. We can now see fintech startups enter personal finance, budgeting, payments, lending, investments and insurance. All are trying to find solutions to consumers’ problems and offer new ways to do things. The danger for startups is to be a “me-too.” Copying can be a bad strategy, especially if there are already similar services that are established in the niche.That said, there are verticals worth considering. Many of fintech’s early adopters are millennials who want to integrate their financial matters with their mobile lifestyles. Stock trading app Robinhood’s users have an average age of 26. This may mean that other age groups are untapped markets for now, even if communicating a novel value proposition to older and more traditional age groups may come as a challenge.6. Technology choicesThere are also a number of new technologies that are hyped in fintech. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are now figuring in the area of investments in the form of robo-advisors. This data and algorithm driven approach to investing is even challenging age-old financial wisdom. Banks are also experimenting with using chatbots that would allow customers to check account information within Facebook Messenger.Other hot ticket technologies in fintech include blockchain and distributed ledgers. Blockchain, the technology powering the digital currency Bitcoin, is a decentralized way of exchanging value online. It is arguably the biggest threat to banking.As a startup, you may have to bet on technologies that would power the service. On the plus side, technologies such as machine learning and analytics engines are now being offered as a service by cloud platform providers like Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, which lowers the barrier for development. However, these technologies have yet to fully mature. You should be prepared for growing pains and hiccups when using them.Related: Regulation is Strangling Fintech Startups: 4 Ways VCs Can Help7. FundingForming a tech startup isn’t cheap. If your venture isn’t a partnership between experts who can develop the entire product and business development, then be prepared to shell out a good sum for talent. As traditional institutions try to assimilate fintech talent for themselves, startups would surely face competition in the hiring.There are also the typical capitalization and operating expenses associated with starting a business. What further increases the expense for fintech startups are integrations with traditional institutions such as banks and brokerages.Still, many are optimistic since funding for fintech is at a high. Global venture capital investment was $17.4 billion in 2016. However, this excitement only means that competition for funding is also increasing. VCs are getting more selective, seeking out companies with truly game changing offerings, thus making your value proposition all the more important.Focusing on InnovationFintech isn’t for everybody. It demands expertise, creativity and frankly a lot of grit to launch a startup in a volatile and competitive industry. There are arguments highlighting the supposed disconnect between the slow-changing realm of finance and the fast-changing world of technology. The pressure for tech companies to deliver huge results rapidly can also be immense. Still, if you believe that you will be able to solve financial issues for your users through innovative means, go ahead. Fortune favors the bold. Just be smart with how you do it. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 10, 2017last_img read more

Playa del Carmen reinforces operations in its irregular colonies

first_imgThe city notes that the newly established routine will be in addition to the installation of security filters at entrances with the purpose of deterring and preventing crimes such as the sale of drugs or the carrying of weapons. Photo: Ayuntamiento de Solidaridad This joint action arises as a result of the work tables that have been held since the beginning of the current administration among commands of the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR), Federal, State and Municipal Police, so that on a daily basis, a large group made up of municipal and federal authorities carry out safety tours on foot and on board units, an action that has been well regarded by the inhabitants to deter crime and create a climate of peace and tranquility. In a press release, the city reports that as part of the reinforcement of permanent presence and surveillance operations throughout the municipality, the Dirección General de Seguridad Pública y Tránsito de Solidaridad in coordination with the Naval and Military Police will patrol irregular colonies to provide greater security for its inhabitants. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The municipality of Solidaridad says they will be carrying out regular inspections and routine patrols in the irregular areas of the city to reinforce security. Diddier Vázquez Méndez, in charge of the Policía Municipal Preventiva, indicated that through this operation in conjunction with the Canine Unit, surveillance was reinforced in the irregular areas known as the Sauces, las Torres, In House, the delegación de Puerto Aventuras and its surroundings, where security checkpoints and crime prevention are implemented randomly under current legal guidelines. Diddier Vázquez Méndez added that along with these operations, vigilance is maintained throughout the municipality with patrol prevention and social proximity in neighborhoods to preserve the dialogue with citizens in order to continue reinforcing security schemes.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Kurt Warner played five years with Darnell Dockett. Together, they played the San Francisco 49ers 10 times, winning six matchups, with seven of them being one possession games. They’ve continued to be a big division rival to the Arizona Cardinals, but now Dockett will be on the other side of it.“With my time here, probably the biggest rival that we had was the 49ers,” Kurt Warner told Burns and Gambo Thursday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “To think he’s on the opposite side of that, that he’s going to be coming into this place and wreaking havoc for the other team and a team that’s not well liked within that division so to speak from a football standpoint, yeah it’s odd. It’s weird. It’s going to be weird seeing him in that uniform.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments   Share   LISTEN: Kurt Warner, NFL Network analyst Dockett signed a two-year contract worth $7.5 million with the 49ers on Thursday. The Arizona Cardinals released the 33-year-old defensive tackle last week, not wanting to pay him $6.8 million this season. Reports are the Cardinals tried to re-sign Dockett to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with incentives. Dockett was clearly not excited about the offer. “There’s no question that in this day and age, players feel a lot of lack of loyalty to an organization,” Warner said. “That usually becomes the biggest thing. If the money is anywhere close, they want to go back to where they’ve been and where they’ve established themself. But, they want to feel like they’re wanted. They want to go some place where they feel like the organization is behind them and wants to go out of their way to keep them a part of that organization or make them a part of that organization.”Fresh off a Super Bowl run in the 2008-09 season, Warner and the Cardinals were also struggling to agree on a deal for his return. Like Dockett, Warner explored his options and the 49ers took an interest. He even went as far as visiting the facility to see if it was a good fit. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “When I went, I had full intentions of listening what they had to say and figuring out if it was the best situation for me and I loved Coach (Mike) Singletary,” Warner said. “There were a lot of things there that I really liked about their situation, but when I sat down in the offensive room and heard from the coaches and heard the kind of system they had, it just didn’t fit me.”Warner said money wasn’t even discussed at the meeting, he just wanted to finish his career “on a high note.”“I was at that point where it wasn’t really so much about the money,” Warner said. “It was more about finding the right place and when I came back to Arizona, I told my agent, ‘Let’s figure it out. Let’s get something done because this is where I want to be.’”Dockett had been with Arizona since he was drafted by the team in 2004. He missed last season because of a torn ACL, but was looking forward to a bounce-back year. Warner said he hasn’t talked to Dockett since the deal went down, but thought he wanted that bounce-back year to be with the Cardinals.“It’d just be speculation, but just knowing Darnell, it wouldn’t surprise me that I believe he wanted to be back, he wanted to be a Cardinal, he wanted to be a part of what they’re building here,” Warner said. “That was the sense I got the times I talked to him that he loved being here.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


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