IndianAmerican adoptive father of Sherin Mathews denied new trial

first_imgHouston: Wesley Mathews, the Indian-American foster father of three-year-old Sherin Mathews, has been denied a new trial in the tragic death of the Indian toddler in 2017, in a case that attracted international attention.Mathews, 39, pleaded guilty on June 24 to a lesser charge of injury to a child in Sherin’s death and was sentenced to life imprisonment.He was originally charged with capital murder by authorities in the US state of Texas after they discovered Sherin’s highly decomposed body following a massive search that lasted 15 days. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMathews will continue to serve his life sentence for the death of Sherin, whose body was found in a culvert in Richardson city in Dallas two weeks after she went missing in October 2017, The Dallas Morning News reported.His defence claimed the jury in the June trial should never have been shown photographs of the child’s dead body, or photos that detailed a history of injuries prior to her death.Mathews’ lawyers argued their client deserved a new trial in part because prosecutors showed a picture of Sherin’s body to the jury. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe defense team filed a motion for a new trial last month, arguing that “photographs of the remains of the decedent, both where her body was discovered and in the autopsy suite” were so prejudicial as to deny Mathews a fair trial.The lawyers also argued prosecutors failed to prove Mathews was responsible for broken bones Sherin suffered in his care, the report said.Based on the above, Mathews’ defence filed a motion for a new trial. That motion was denied Thursday and now his team is expected to file an appeal, another media report said. In June, Mathews avoided a capital murder trial by pleading guilty to a lesser charge of injury to a child by omission.At his trial, he told the jury Sherin died after she choked on milk in the family’s garage and that he wrapped her body in a trash bag because he wanted “to do something nice” for her.Mathews never called 911 or sought help from his wife a registered nurse because he said fear prevented him. He drove to a nearby culvert, where he left Sherin’s body.The child’s body was found two weeks later, so badly decomposed that prosecutors said a true cause of death couldn’t be determined.Sherin’s adoptive mother, Sini Mathews, was also criminally charged after the child’s body was found, but that case was later dismissed after the Dallas County District Attorney said there was not enough evidence to prosecute.Mathews and his wife Sini, both hailing from Kerala, adopted Sherin from an orphanage in Bihar’s Nalanda district in 2016.Police charged Sherin’s foster mother Sini with child abandonment in November 2017, after Mathews told officials that the couple left the toddler alone the night of her death while they went to dinner with their biological daughter.Sini’s case was dismissed in March this year after prosecutors said they could not prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.Sherin’s death attracted the attention of the Indian government and then External Affairs Minister late Sushma Swaraj took keen interest in the case and also instructed the Indian mission in Houston to make sure that the Indian toddler received justice.India revoked the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) immigration status of Wesley and Sini after Sherin’s death.The government further tightened the adoption process after Sherin’s tragic death.last_img read more

Bahamian Cultural Icon passes

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 6th 2017 – Nassau – Bahamas has now lost a cultural icon. Cleophas Adderley, founder and director of The Bahamas National Youth Choir (BNYC) passed away yesterday after a long illness. Adderley was 62 years of age and had spent most of life showcasing Bahamian talent of the arts worldwide. He was a well-known musician and composer, and led the National Choir to perform for the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, the late Nelson Mandela, the late Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and so many others.Adderley also recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ALIV Bahamian Icon Awards in June. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Michel Pintard expressed his condolences to the family and said, ““He was a unique and iconic cultural character who dedicated his life to music and to the people of the Bahamas. His life experience led him to be involved in many facets of the community where he touched the lives of thousands through music.”Adderley started the BNYC in 1983 as part of Bahamas 10th Independence anniversary celebrations. Over the past three decades he had trained hundreds of young people, and led the BNYC to win and participate in numerous competitions both locally and internationally.Adderley also composed “Our Boys”, the first Bahamian grand opera, which was also the first opera to have been written and performed in the English-speaking Caribbean; and the composer of the first Bahamian Concert Mass, “Missa Caribe”.Adderley was the son of former Member of Parliament, late Cleophas E. Adderley and the grandson of the later R. M Bailey.Adderley will be remembered by many as a “distinguished” and “talented” scholar and musician and will be especially missed by his National Youth Choir family.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrest

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between June 21, 2018 and June 27, 2018:Thursday, June 21NoneFriday, June 22NoneSaturday, June 23Angelo R. Speranza (55, Wilmington) — Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Possessing Open Container of Alcohol In A Motor Vehicle (Arrest)Sunday, June 24NoneMonday, June 25Erik M. Miltrano (31, Burlington) — Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Revoked or Suspended License and Warrant (Arrest)Tuesday, June 26NoneWednesday, June 27None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Mazda recalls 7854 CX9 SUVs for wiring weirdness

first_img 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Review • 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? More about 2019 Mazda CX-9 Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Car Industry SUVs 10 Photos 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star 81 Photos Tags Post a comment 74 Photos Mazda,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Share your voice More From Roadshow Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 18 Photos Car Industry Enlarge ImageLosing your turn signals can be bad. Losing your passenger-side airbag can be much worse. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Modern vehicle wiring is complex. If even one thing goes wrong, a litany of problems could crop up, some of which might affect the vehicle’s overall safety. For Mazda, its latest recall focuses on connectors that might do weird things with the electrical system.Mazda announced this week that it will initiate a recall for 7,854 examples of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 crossover. The vehicles in question were built between Sept. 12, 2017 and Nov. 9, 2017.The problem comes from the wiring harness. A “weak retention force” in some wiring harness connector terminals might cause disruptions between different control modules in the car. Each presents its own problem, which complicates matters. In some cases, the turn signals may stop working, the engine might not restart or the passenger-side front airbag may not deploy in a crash. Each of these represents a unique safety hazard, but thankfully Mazda says it’s received no reports of accidents or injuries related to the defect.Mazda didn’t say how it plans to remedy the situation, whether it’s installing new harness connector terminals or replacing parts of the harness or something else. It also did not say when dealers and owners should expect to receive notifications. Nevertheless, once you receive a recall notification in the mail, it’s best to call your dealer to confirm everything and set up an appointment to have the issue remedied. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 68 Photos 26 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustlecenter_img 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Share your voice 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  49 Photos 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 3 52 Photos 71 Photos More From Roadshow 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 0 Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Tags 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 69 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Mazda CX-9 is the supermodel among three-row, midsize crossover SUVs Comments 12 Photos Recalls Mazda General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Busier Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted

first_img Share NASAHurricane Isabel taken from the International Space StationU.S. government forecasters expect a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, after three relatively slow years. But they also say climate conditions that influence storm development are making it difficult to predict how many hurricanes and tropical storms will arise over the next six months.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s season outlook calls for 10 to 16 named storms, with four to eight hurricanes and one to four “major” ones with winds reaching 111 mph and up.The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1.The National Hurricane Center says an area of low pressure between Bermuda and the Bahamas has a high chance of brewing into something bigger Friday or Saturday. NOAA officials warned communities in Georgia and the Carolinas to monitor that disturbance.last_img read more

BGE Celebrates Veterans Day Honors 350 Military Member Employees

first_imgBALTIMORE– Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is proud to join millions of Americans honoring our active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces this Veterans Day. As the nation honors the men and women who serve our country today, BGE offers special thanks to its more than 350 military members driving excellence in service and reliability as valued employees.All active, retired and reservist military members employed at BGE received special pins to commemorate their service, along with letters from executive leadership at BGE and the Exelon Corporation, its parent company.“Across all areas of our company, BGE is indebted to our active and retired servicemen and women,” said BGE CEO Calvin Butler Jr. “All of our team members are creative and passionate; however, leadership, collaboration and mission-focused work are particular areas of strength among those who have military experience. Their impact is clear through their performance here at BGE and most importantly, in our strength as a nation.”Many of BGE’s military and military-supporting civilian employees are members of Exelon Militaries Actively Connected (EMAC) employee resource group (ERG).   The ERG provides a support network for self-identifying employees with prior, active or reserve duty military service and civilian advocates.EMAC is among several groups invited by Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh to participate in a Veterans Day March to Baltimore’s War Memorial monument for a ceremony honoring veterans this morning beginning at 9:00 a.m.“It is very gratifying to be part of a company with a very clear commitment to supporting veteran employees,” says EMAC Baltimore President and BGE Procurement Specialist Dawn Adams-Alexander. “Knowing that my ideas, experiences and perspectives as a veteran are a welcomed part of our company’s culture makes my work that much more valuable, and advocacy for fellow veterans that much more rewarding.”The Military Times named Exelon Corporation among its top 50 ‘Best For Vets’ employers ranking in May, citing the company’s practices in recruiting military members, veteran-related policy and organizational culture for veteran support.last_img read more

Quiz Blackberry or iPhone

first_imgApril 10, 2009 Trying to decide between a BlackBerry and an iPhone? Take this quiz to find out which one’s for you.1. Which feature is most important to you in a mobile phone?a. Top-notch securityb. A slick interface2. When on the go, what do you need most?a. Turn-by-turn directions to client meetingsb. Info on nearby businesses3. Which do you use more?a. IMb. SMS4. How often do you need to check your e-mail?a. If it’s not instant, I feel behind.b. Every 15 minutes or so is enough for me.5. Are you a major multitasker?a. I have as many programs open as possible atany given time.b. I prefer to do one thing at a time, thank you.6. Which wireless carrier are you partial to?a. I like to keep my options open.b. AT&T is it for me-despite famously bad coverage.7. Do you like customizing your gadgets?a. I want them to do everything right out of the box.b. I love finding new apps and add-ons to increase productivity.If you answered mostly As, you want a BlackBerry to tap into its leading-edge enterprise functions and cross-carrier flexibility.If you answered mostly Bs, pick up a sleek and sexy iPhone for a stylish, customizable mobile experience. This story appears in the May 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 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 Enroll Now for Free 2 min readlast_img read more

The Jetsons World Is Becoming Reality Innovators Start Your Engines

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 8 min read January 26, 2018 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer The innovations we saw in 2017 came to fruition much faster than even the most optimistic futurists had projected — except, maybe, for the creators of one of my favorite childhood cartoon shows, The Jetsons.As entrepreneur and optimist Peter Diamandis has written in his (and Steven Kotler’s) book, of the same name, we’re living in an age of abundance. Growth is exponential. Few, for example, could have predicted, Elon Musk’s big steps toward the colonization of Mars or last year’s incredible growth of the cryptocurrency market — which surpassed the market capitalization of Amazon ($600 billion) in December.Related: 8 Far-Out ‘Jetsons’ Contraptions That Actually Exist TodayThat’s not all. Self-driving cars surpassed 4 million miles on the road last year. Quantum computers made strides toward their debut. The advent of cancer-killing cells put a cancer cure closer within reach. Even Bluetooth-connected vibrating denim shorts came to be — leaving us to wonder whether humanity had reached its peak.True, we can’t yet Uber around in Jetsons-style flying cars, but some of us will soon be able to party like it’s 2062. A flying car worth more than $1 million went on display in April; pre-orders were accepted; and delivery is expected by 2020. These advancements are not only rapidly transporting into the future, but are actually bringing us the kind of future we were promised in the past.How the cartoons of yesteryear inspired today’s tech.With so many retrofuturistic dreams coming true, the entrepreneurial community should look to past visions for inspiration for tomorrow’s innovations. Remember Rosie, the Jetson family’s robot maid? Meet Sophia, the first-ever robot citizen, who made her debut in Saudi Arabia last year. Sure, Sophia has expressed a desire to “destroy humans,” but her new tone about living in harmony with humanity is genuine — we hope.Not all the real-life innovations first predicted in The Jetsons are reserved for the ultra-elite. Families in the Jetsons’ world could talk to their houses to request food delivery and weather updates or schedule meetings. And that’s happening: In May 2017, eMarketer projected that more than 35 million Americans would be using a voice-activated device monthly. Alexa and Siri can’t deliver food through high-speed tubes yet, but they can certainly summon Uber drivers quickly enough.Then there were those flying robots that took care of many basic tasks for the Jetsons; today, unmanned drones dominate our discourse on robots. From their roles in our military actions overseas to their potential for package delivery, drones represent another feather in the cap of cartoon prescience. And, with space-age societies come space-age rules: The police in Abu Dhabi announced a plan to set up a security station on Mars, putting out the warning that any bad guys wreaking havoc across the solar system should tread carefully, come 2057.Is life imitating art, or did (cartoon) art imitate life? Are we following in the path of The Jetsons because we saw it on TV first, or did the show just happen to predict — accurately — what life in the future would be like? We can’t say for sure, but entrepreneurs of the future would be wise to borrow a few ideas from the predictions of the past.How to innovate like the JetsonsNow is the time to stop feeling limited by reality and start taking cues from cartoons. If the Jetsons got to have flying cars and cool gadgets for everything, so do we. Follow these steps to turn inspiration into action:1. Think bigger — a lot bigger. We are living in exponential times. Entrepreneurs can realize new opportunities quickly, but speed is a double-edged sword, as those who don’t move fast enough get run over by those who dive in.Innovation, then, means looking for bigger problems to solve, not just bigger solutions to create. Take, for example, the scientists at NeoLight, who are introducing a device to treat jaundice in infants and are disrupting the traditionally slow medical device industry through a portable phototherapy technology that parents can use to treat infants at home. Those scientists found a widespread problem — jaundice affects about 60 percent of babies — and focused on finding a simple and inexpensive solution.So, be like them. Think bigger — in terms of the problem you’ll solve — and find the simple solutions. As NeoLight co-founder Vivek Kopparthi has said, innovation is “about the vision and impact you’re trying to create in the world.” Anyone with a dream and the drive to realize it can create the next big advancement, especially when seeking the simplest solutions to the world’s largest problems.Related: When It Comes to Innovation, Go Big or Go Home2. Build systems and company structures that facilitate innovation. Yes, innovation relies on freedom. However, without systems in place to drive progress, innovative ideas rarely move beyond the brainstorming phase.Smaller companies and startups tend to innovate faster and better than larger, slower organizations. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Innovation Benchmark confirmed, and Clayton Christensen’s book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, described the reasons behind this phenomenon. But larger companies certainly have a role to play, because they can encourage innovation by creating spin-off companies free from corporate bureaucracy. Larger companies can also put money into existing startups.As Skift.com has written, JetBlue Technology Ventures is one such large company that takes innovation seriously in hopes of being a part of the disruption in its space.3. Embrace diversity in all its forms. Innovative companies and innovative products depend on teams with varied backgrounds, cultural influences and perspectives on life. While The Jetsons wasn’t the best example of diversity, teams with wide-ranging skill sets can innovate in ways homogeneous teams cannot.Seek diversity to create better solutions and improve financial success. According to research from McKinsey, companies that are in the top 25 percent for racial and ethnic diversity enjoy a 35 percent higher chance of achieving higher financial medians over competitors that are less diverse.Gender diversity pays dividends, too. ConsumerTrack, a tech startup in L.A., is bucking trends by running a successful company made up of 62.3 percent women and 37.7 percent men — almost the exact opposite gender ratio of most tech startups. Want to embrace diversity at your startup? Find people with different perspectives and backgrounds to help you respond to problems in new ways.4. Take employee feedback to heart. Cosmo Spacely’s borderline abusive approach to leadership might have delivered results, but he was a pretty horrible boss. George Jetson wasn’t the happiest employee, and Spacely Space Sprockets never seemed to truly get a leg up on Cogswell’s Cogs. Clearly, something was amiss.Instead of emulating Mr. Spacely, encourage innovative thinking among your own employees by adapting methods that reflect their feedback. According to PwC’s Innovation Benchmark, 60 percent of companies surveyed saw internal employees as their most important drivers of innovation.I confirmed that view for myself this year when we worked with the special innovation team at Scientific Technologies Corporation in Phoenix on a new venture concept. Some of the company’s team members weren’t regular parts of the innovation arm, but they all helped further the idea and expressed passion about bringing it to market.So, follow that model: Be open to feedback from your team, and create mechanisms for employees to submit new ideas for consideration by your company’s own innovation group. When someone does submit a great idea, don’t steal it and run. Let the original innovator have a voice in the process.Related: Paying Lip Service to Diversity Doesn’t Work — Here’s What DoesToday, we’re living in an amazing time of abundance and innovation. If we appreciate the advancements around us and make room for new ideas, we can make the world of tomorrow even better. It’ll be a fun ride — so buckle up in your fancy new flying Jetsons car and aim for the stars. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Coming in 2020 Margaritaville Beach Resort at The Pointe Bahamas

first_img ORLANDO — Margaritaville Beach Resort at The Pointe, set to debut in 2020 in the Bahamas, recently marked its topping off celebration.The five-star property will be an integral part of Margaritaville at The Pointe, a US$250 million, seven-acre luxury development on Nassau Harbour.Upon completion, the 150-room resort will feature signature brand décor elements in the lobby, including a larger-than-life flip flop sculpture, luxury residences at One Particular Harbour at The Pointe, a deep-water marina and boardwalk, a waterpark, entertainment centre, upscale shopping, and signature food and beverage concepts.Margaritaville Beach Resort will officially be a part of Margaritaville’s growing collection of hotels and resorts, which currently comprises 17 lodging locations and 24 additional projects in the pipeline.Resort LobbyPenthouseBedroomKing Room Posted by Tags: Margaritaville Beach Resort, Openings & Renovations Coming in 2020: Margaritaville Beach Resort at The Pointe, Bahamas Sharecenter_img Friday, April 26, 2019 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more