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This mountain was once considered impossible to climb — see a photographer's dizzying images of one climber's ascent


Climbing the nose

Free climbing — rock climbing using only your hands, feet, and ropes — can be very dangerous, but it can also be extremely rewarding. One of the most notoriously difficult routes for both free and rock climbing is The Nose at El Capitan in Yosemite, California. 

There are two main faces of El Capitan: the Southwest and the Southeast. The Nose lies between the two and is the most popular climb of El Cap. The 3,000-foot mountain was once considered impossible to climb due to the technicalities involved. 

The very first successful rock-climbing ascent of The Nose wasn't until 1958, and until 1993, no one had successfully free climbed it. Since then, only four people have successfully completed a free-climb ascent of The NoseFree climbing can be done solo, with no safety gear, or with the help of safety gear — such as ropes — to protect from falls, but not assist on the ascent. We got a chance to speak with one of those climbers, Jorg Verhoevenand his photographer, Jon Glassberg, about the climb. 

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In 2014, Verhoeven finished the fifth ever free-climb ascent of The Nose, taking only three days to do so. The past free-climb ascents had been done in 12 days, four days, and even one in less than a day.

"Climbing in Yosemite has been a dream for me ever since I've started climbing," Verhoeven told Business Insider. "Just the stunning view driving into the park, as you see the profile of the Nose, makes a climber's heart beat faster."

"Standing underneath, I knew that however long this might take me, I had to try and climb it," Verhoeven said.

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Netflix has the answer for those who want to watch TV on two screens (NFLX)


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Watching Netflix one screen at a time just isn't enough anymore. What is this, 2011? Time to take it to the second screen!

The streaming giant has announced a new feature, set to debut later this year, aimed specifically at addressing the ever-growing consumer trend of "second screening" in which a viewer uses their phone or tablet at the same time as the television while watching a program.

A Netflix watcher who uses his or her phone to send the content to the TV will get supplemental content on their handheld device, such as behind-the-scenes information about the actors or other trivia.

A Nielsen study showed that 62% of people in North America browse online while also watching video programming, and 58% of people do the same worldwide. So Netflix is smartly trying to capitalize on a significant chunk of market wherein advertisers and content creators can reach and engage with the audience on multiple fronts.

At the moment, Netflix plans to only show its own cataloged information, but the potential is clearly there to open this space up to third parties.

Margaret Boland and Robert Elder of BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research team, point out that Netflix could have an enormous range of partnerships on its hands because it theoretically could push any content it wants on the second screen as long as it relates to the program somehow.

If Netflix were to charge content partners to gain access to this second screen audience, then it could tap into a significant new revenue stream outside of the subscriptions on which it currently relies wholly to generate revenue.

This move by the biggest streaming media player in the game is another indicator of how consumers' viewing habits are rapidly changing. The second screen experience is just one piece of this, as virtual reality headsets, gaming consoles, smart TVs, and more will all play a role in the future of streaming content.

So how will these changes affect you? Jessica Smith, research analyst for BI Intelligence, has the answer.

Smith has compiled a detailed report on streaming media devices that sizes up this market by device category and takes a more granular dive into each.

The report includes new shipments forecasts, identifies major players, and assesses the advantages and weaknesses of each device category. It also examines how usage and ownership may vary among device categories and the implications of this upswing on various ancillary markets, like advertising and app development.

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Here are some key takeaways from the report:

  • Streaming media device adoption is rising fast as over-the-top (OTT) streaming video services — such as Netflix and HBO NOW — make it easier than ever to ditch traditional pay-TV. We expect global shipments of streaming media devices to grow at a 10% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), from 240 million in 2016 to 382 million in 2021.
  • Over the next few years, we expect the market for streaming media devices to grow and consolidate. In the long term, newer technologies like virtual reality will become a leading connected device segment. However, in the next five years, smart TVs, gaming consoles, and media streamers will remain the top categories by a wide margin.
  • Smart TVs currently dominate shipments, accounting for three-quarters of device shipments in 2015. As people upgrade their TVs, the global installed base of smart TVs will grow from 584 million in 2016 to 896 million in 2021.
  • As streaming media device uptake rises, stakeholders throughout the larger media ecosystem will need to adapt to consumers' changing habits. Legacy TV providers will likely need to offer skinny bundles or their own OTT subscriptions to stay relevant, while advertisers will want to capitalize on the opportunities available in targeting streaming viewers using demographic and behavioral data. App developers, platform creators, and game makers will also have a stake in where and how streaming activity develops.

In full, the report:

  • Identifies the major device categories in the streaming media market.
  • Sizes up the current reach and shipments forecast for each device category.
  • Compares and contrasts the benefits and downsides of each device category within the greater streaming media ecosystem.
  • Examines the major players in each device category.
  • Assesses the gap between streaming media device installed base and usage.
  • Explores how this growing market is impacting other industries in its peripherals.

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This man's wife lost her sight — so he planted thousands of flowers for her to smell

The highest court in Connecticut will decide the fate of a Kennedy cousin accused of a 40-year-old murder


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The Connecticut Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday to decide whether to reinstate the 2002 murder conviction of Michael Skakel, a wealthy Kennedy cousin.

Skakel — a nephew of Ethel Kennedy — was convicted of bludgeoning his neighbor, Martha Moxley, to death with a golf club in 1975 when they were both teenagers. 

He was freed on a $1.2 million bail in 2013 after Thomas A. Bishop, Connecticut lower-court judge, overturned the murder conviction. Bishop wrote a 136-page opinion criticizing the lawyer who represented Skakel in the 2002 trial.

Bishop ruled that Skakel would likely have been acquitted if Michael Sherman, Skakel's lawyer, had focused more on Skakel's brother Thomas, reports The Associated Press.

Dorthy Moxley, Martha's mother, told reporters that she hoped the court will reinstate Skakel's conviction, according to The Wall Street Journal.

She said that the jury, "could just tell that Michael was guilty," per The Wall Street Journal

If Skakel's conviction isn't reinstated, Connecticut prosecutors will decide whether to seek a new trial for Skakel. 

Michael SkakelThe strange case against Skakel had no physical evidence and went unsolved for two decades. Skakel's life of privilege was interrupted in 2000, when he was charged in the horrific murder at the age of 39.

In 1975, Moxley was killed just outside her family's house with a 6-iron golf club owned by Michael Skakel's mother Anne Reynolds Skakel. He and his brother Thomas were both suspects in the case, as was a tutor who lived with the Skakels. Nobody was arrested after the 1975 murder, though, and the case went cold for decades.

The case started to heat up again in 1998, after former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman wrote a book called "Murder in Greenwich: Who Killed Martha Moxley?" Fuhrman theorized that Michael Skakel killed Moxley after he saw her kiss his brother. That same year, the state attorney in Bridgeport, Connecticut convened a grand jury to see if there was enough evidence to prosecute any of the suspects, according to The Times.

Skakel — who had worked with his cousin at a company called Citizens Energy Corporation and as a professional speed skier — was convicted of murder in 2002 despite a lack of physical evidence. The Times reported that the jury heard evidence that he had unrequited romantic feelings for Moxley and access to the weapon used to kill her.

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The 25 best leadership and success books to read in your lifetime, according to Amazon


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This week, Amazon's editors selected their 100 favorite books on leadership and success.

We've highlighted the top 25 below, including books by psychologists, economists, and competitive athletes. Each one offers a unique look at what it means to be truly successful and how you can achieve your full potential.

Read on and start stocking your shelves with inspiration.

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25. 'Getting to Yes' by Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton

Based on the work of the Harvard Negotiation Project, this 1981 best-selling business book — the second edition was released in 1991 — offers strategies for dealing with personal and professional conflicts. Those include separating the people from the problem and focusing on interests, not positions.

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24. 'Getting Things Done' by David Allen

Thirteen years after its first publication, productivity guru Allen released the second edition of "Getting Things Done."

The book teaches readers the basics of time management at work and at home. The idea is to come up with an organizing system for daily to-dos so you free up mental space for focusing on big-picture goals.

Case in point: the "two-minute rule" to keep an overflowing inbox under control.

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23. 'Getting More' by Stuart Diamond

In this best-seller, Diamond turns traditional negotiation strategies on their head, instead suggesting that it's important to value your partner's emotions and perceptions.

As Diamond wrote on Business Insider:

The more important the negotiation is, the more emotional people tend to be — whether diplomacy, a billion-dollar deal or my kid wants an ice cream cone. Pay attention to this! The world is not rational.

The book is based on Diamond's course at Wharton Business School, and Google has even used it in its employee training.

Find it here »

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This poodle had her leg amputated after abuse — but now she lives the high life


Paula the poodle lived 12-years with an abusive and neglectful owner, resulting in the amputation of her back left leg.

After the state finally intervened and removed Paula from her harmful owner, she was brought to the Amanda Foundation in Beverly Hills, where she was adopted by the loving Nelson family.

Today, Paula lives like a queen. The Beverly Hills pup loves green juice, sushi, massages, and even getting her makeup done with her mom.

Follow her adventures on Instagram @PaulasBucketList.

Story by Aly Weisman, editing by Ben Nigh.

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Up-and-coming songwriter reveals the advice she'd give to her younger self when she was freaking out during a "dark night of the soul"



Studying philosophy in college almost ruined Victoria Reed's life. But Reed, the daughter of a successful rock musician (Alto Reed, part of Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band), dropped out one semester shy of graduating to follow her dream — becoming a musician herself.

In the first episode of One Song Story, Reed reveals the advice she would have given to herself a few years ago when she was freaking out during a "dark night of the soul." And, she explains how that dark time ultimately provided the fuel for her to realize her career dreams.

The video is set to her moving single "Make It Easy" from her debut album Chariot, out February 26th.

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Cinematography by David Fang

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Bestselling author Seth Godin recommends 7 audiobooks that will change your life


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Bestselling author, entrepreneur, and marketing expert Seth Godin recently told author Tim Ferriss on Ferriss' podcast that the best books "cause something to flip in your head" and prepare you to take your life in a new direction.

He's found that for him, there are some books that work best as audiobooks because repeated listens allow the material to seep into your subconscious.

Here are six that profoundly influenced him, along with one of his own that he thinks captures his general philosophy.

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'Secrets of Closing the Sale' by Zig Ziglar

Godin said he listened to the late author and marketing expert Zig Ziglar's audiobooks so many times when he was younger that he wore out the cassettes and had to order a new set.

Ziglar's lessons focus on goal-setting, motivation, and closing a deal.

"He's your grandfather," he told Ferriss, "and my grandfather; he's Tony Robbins' grandfather — none of us would be here if it weren't for Zig."

Godin finds some of Ziglar's beliefs to be outdated, "but the fundamental principles ... just kept me going."

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'The Pema Chodron Audio Collection' by Pema Chodron

Pema Chodron is an American-born Buddhist nun who runs a monastery in Nova Scotia.

She learned from the late Tibetan monk Chogyam Trungpa, whose teachings Godin said can be summarized by the following: "We are falling, falling, with nothing to hold onto and nothing to slow us down. The good news is there is no ground to land on."

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'Leap First' by Seth Godin

Godin couldn't help including one of his own audiobooks.

"Leap First" is a two-hour recording of one of his recent presentations he gave, and it serves as a nice introduction to the main themes of his work on career success. 

Find it here »

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8 ways dating may look different by 2040


Dates in the future may not happen in coffee shops. Instead, you might just sit in your living room with a virtual-reality headset, according to a report from Imperial College London and dating website eHarmony. The report predicts how relationships will change over the next 25 years using eHarmony's user data, historical accounts, and interviews with anthropology, technology, and biomedicine experts. Here's how dating and relationships could look by 2040:

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15 trendy New York City restaurants you need to try right now


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Foursquare wants to help you find your new favorite restaurant in New York City. 

Here's the rundown on this week's foodie hotspots, sourced with data from the city guide app's "Trending This Week" list. It ranks food and drink establishments by identifying which spots are generating the most buzz on its two apps, combining implicit visits from Foursquare users' activity with check-ins registered on its sister app, Swarm. The list is updated each Tuesday morning. 

This week, it looks like fast-casual poké bowl places are trending (as Business Insider predicted), along with the latest opening by restaurant magician David Chang and a few new ramen spots.

Check out the full list, below. 

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15. Bluestone Lane Coffee (Carmine St.)

30 Carmine Street

The newest outpost of the popular mini-chain of Australian cafes is located on the West Village's hip Carmine Street. Bluestone is known for their tasty flat white coffees and a mean (and very photogenic) avocado toast, heaped high with crumbled feta cheese and topped with a poached egg — and served to you by waiters with heavy Aussie accents. 

Primarily a brunch move, be prepared for a wait: the small, cozy space gets packed easily with a scene-seeking crowd.

14. Sons of Thunder

204 East 38th Street

One of the three new fast-casual poké bowl restaurants now in Manhattan, Sons of Thunder offers bowls of diced raw seafood — octopus, tuna, and salmon are on the menu — over a base of rice or greens and topped with anything from seaweed to edamame. For those less inclined to raw fish, hot dogs are also on the menu at the new Midtown favorite.

13. Boba Guys

23 Clinton Street

Bubble tea is still very much in vogue, as evidenced by the popularity of the Lower East Side storefront location of Boba Guys. With tapioca pearls at the base, the Boba Guys version comes in classic milk tea flavor or horchata, Matcha, or jasmine green options. They use organic milk and natural fruit to add flavor to their specialty drinks.

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We got a peek inside the starchitect-designed luxury apartments that are dramatically changing New York City's skyline


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Via 57 West, a luxury residential building designed by star Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, is changing the Manhattan skyline. The unique pyramid-like building, with a 22,000-square-foot sloping courtyard in its center and floor-to-ceiling windows, has been capturing the attention of architecture fans since renderings were first revealed in 2009. 

The building, which has a total 709 units, was built with sustainability in mind. The energy-efficient building recycles 60,000 gallons of water a day, and it was built using responsibly forested wood. Not to mention, with 178 different floor plans, there's a fit for any type of living situation.

Starting March 1, the units will be on the rental market — aside from the building's 142 affordable housing units, that is, which range from $565 for a studio to $1,067 for a three-bedroom apartment and were filled via a lottery late last year. Average prices for the market-rate apartments range from $2,770 for a studio to $16,500 a month for a four-bedroom apartment.

Business Insider recently got to peek inside five different units, each with a unique floor plan. We were in awe with what we saw. 

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APARTMENT #1, two-bedroom, two-bath: This particular unit runs for $7,200 per month and is 1,024 square feet.

Thanks to the building's tetrahedron-like design, some of the apartments are lucky enough to have not one, but two balconies. Here, the smaller room of this two-bedroom apartment leads out to a patio space.

The master bedroom is separated by a small hallway.

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The 100 best leadership and success books to read in your lifetime, according to Amazon


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This week, Amazon's editors released a list of 100 leadership and success books to read in a lifetime.

"We chose books to help people plan for their futures and/or deal better with their present," said Chris Schluep, senior books editor at Amazon.com. "The same book won't work for every situation, or every person, so you'll see titles sitting beside one another that might not normally share shelf space."

In other words, while this list does include books by traditional business people, you'll also find works by outspoken entrepreneurs, spiritual leaders, and Hollywood producers.

What each of these authors shares is a desire to help people find out what they really want — and to make their dreams a reality.

Check out the full, ranked list below, and learn more about the top 25 here.

  1. "#Girlboss" by Sophia Amoruso
  2. "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle
  3. "Andrew Carnegie" by David Nasaw
  4. "Awaken the Giant Within" by Tony Robbins
  5. "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert
  6. "Business Adventures" by John Brooks
  7. "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life" by Daniel G. Amen
  8. "Chicken Soup for the Soul" by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy Newmark
  9. "Choose Yourself!" by James Altucher
  10. "Crush It!" by Gary Vaynerhcuk do over
  11. "Do Over" by Jon Acuff
  12. "Drive" by Daniel H. Pink
  13. "Eat That Frog!" by Brian Tracy
  14. "Elon Musk" by Ashlee Vance
  15. "Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman
  16. "Essentialism" by Greg McKeown
  17. "Execution" by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, and Charles Burck
  18. "Find a Way" by Diana Nyad
  19. "First, Break all the Rules" by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
  20. "Flow" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  21. "Flying Without a Net" by Thomas J. DeLong
  22. "Freakonomics" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  23. "Getting More" by Stuart Diamond
  24. "Getting Things Done" by David Allen
  25. "Getting to Yes" by Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton
  26. "Give and Take" by Adam M. Grant
  27. "Good to Great" by Jim Collins
  28. "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie
  29. "How Will You Measure Your Life?" by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon
  30. "Influence" by Robert B. Cialdini
  31. "Leadership on the Line" by Martin Linsky and Ronald A. Heifetz
  32. "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg
  33. "Made to Stick" by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  34. "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor E. Frankl
  35. "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius
  36. "Mindset" by Carol Dweck
  37. "Misbehaving" by Richard Thaler
  38. "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss
  39. "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell
  40. "Personal History" by Katharine Graham predictably irrational
  41. "Predictably Irrational" by Dan Ariely
  42. "Quiet" by Susan Cain
  43. "It Worked for Me" by Colin Powell and Tony Kolt
  44. "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse
  45. "Start With Why" by Simon Sinek
  46. "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson
  47. "Strengths Finder 2.0" by Tom Rath
  48. "Stumbling on Happiness" by Daniel Gilbert
  49. "Superforecasting" by Philip E. Tetlock
  50. "Talent is Overrated" by Geoff Colvin
  51. "The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing" by Al Ries and Jack Trout
  52. "The 48 Laws of Power" by Robert Greene
  53. "The 4-Hour Workweek" by Timothy Ferriss
  54. "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey
  55. "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho
  56. "The Art of Happiness" by Dalai Lama
  57. "The Art of Stillness" by Pico Iyer
  58. "The Art of Strategy" by Avinash K. Dixit and Barry J. Nalebuff
  59. "The Art of the Start 2.0" by Guy Kawasaki
  60. "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu
  61. "The Big Short" by Michael Lewis
  62. "The Black Swan" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  63. "The Charisma Myth" by Olivia Fox Cabane
  64. "The Checklist Manifesto" by Atul Gawande
  65. "The Confidence Code" by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
  66. "The Effective Executive" by Peter F. Drucker
  67. "The Essays of Warren Buffett" by Warren E. Buffett and Lawrence A. Cunningham
  68. "The First 90 Days" by Michael D. Watkins
  69. "The First Tycoon" by T.J. Stiles
  70. "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" by Patrick Lencioni
  71. "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills
  72. "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brene Brown
  73. "The Happiness Advantage" by Shawn Achor the happiness project
  74. "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin
  75. "The Hard Thing About Hard Things" by Ben Horowitz
  76. "The Innovator's Dilemma" by Clayton M. Christensen
  77. "The Intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham
  78. "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
  79. "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries
  80. "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo
  81. "The Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod
  82. "The Now Habit" by Neil Fiore
  83. "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg
  84. "The Prince" by Nicolo Machiavelli and N.H. Thompson
  85. "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran
  86. "The Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck
  87. "The Road to Character" by David Brooks
  88. "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne
  89. "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" by Deepak Chopra
  90. "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman
  91. "Titan" by Ron Chernow
  92. "Triggers" by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter
  93. "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom
  94. "Turn the Ship Around!" by L. David Marquet
  95. "Uncertainty" by Jonathan Fields
  96. "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman
  97. "What Got You Here Won't Get You There" by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter
  98. "Willpower" by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney
  99. "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes
  100. "Zero to One" by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

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The 25 best Caribbean islands, ranked


st lucia badgeThe Caribbean islands are bursting with adventurous activities, clear waters, and stunning natural sites.

Though each island has its own unique appeal, some have advantages over the others.

We've ranked the best islands in the Caribbean, based on the costs of hotel bookings, their accessibility, and the range of activities they offer.

To rank the islands, we factored in each one's average hotel room costs using data from Hotels.com, the flight time from New York City, the number of attractions listed on TripAdvisor, and the amount of coastline offered per square kilometer.

To read our full methodology, click here.

Melia Robinson contributed to an earlier version of this post. 

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25. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Distance from NYC: 6 hours

Average hotel room cost: $637 per night 

Located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, the island chain of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is made up of 32 islands and cays. The relatively deserted islands offer travelers a combination of rainforest adventures, water sports, luxury accommodations, and miles of powder-white sand beaches. Of the 115 activities offered to travelers, 59 of them are either stunning natural sites or parks. The island chain has a moderate beach density score of 0.22. 

24. Haiti

Distance from NYC: 7 hours and 45 minutes

Average hotel room cost: $107 per night 

In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Haiti has undergone recovery efforts that have brought travelers back to the history-rich island. There are plenty of historic and picturesque attractions to see here, including the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien and the Marche de Fer flea market. It has a low beach density score of 0.06, indicating that it has relatively little beachfront compared to other Caribbean islands.

23. Anguilla

Distance from NYC: 5 hours and 2 minutes

Average hotel room cost: $412 per night 

In Anguilla, you'll find miles of white sand and pristine waters — hence its high beach density score of 0.67. With romantic beaches like Rendezvous Bay, this is a destination where you can swim and sunbathe year-round. Its list of activities range from swimming with dolphins to sailing on glass-bottom boats.

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Here's how we ranked the best Caribbean islands


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We recently published a list of the 25 best Caribbean islands — no easy task, considering the beauty and appeal of each island.

For this ranking, we used four criteria: accessibility, average cost of a hotel room, number of attractions, and a beach density index score, which we'll explain below.

We weighted these criteria equally, because getting there with ease can be just as important as perfecting your tan.

In most instances, we defined a Caribbean island as a single country, republic, or territory in the Caribbean. The US Virgin Islands are made up of three major islands — St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas — but we counted it as one since the archipelago is considered one insular area of the United States. 

To determine accessibility, we searched Google Maps to see how long the journey is from New York City to the major airport on the island. Islands that offer direct flights from New York City had shorter travel times, and performed better on the list.

For islands with no direct flights from New York City, we added the flight time from New York City to a nearby major airport, an hour for a layover, and the flight time for an island-hopper flight to the final destination.

To determine the average hotel room cost, we sought out the help of our friends at Hotels.com. The hospitality site provided us with the data for a majority of the islands. For the unlisted islands, we sourced Expedia.com for Haiti and Booking.com for Montserrat.

To determine the number of attractions, we searched the island on TripAdvisor.com, a reviews-based travel website. We used the number of attractions, which includes beaches, landmarks, cultural sites, and outdoor venues.

We did not take the number of activities, nightlife, or shopping venues into consideration, because we wanted to award islands rich in nature and culture.

To determine the beach density index, we divided the length of each island's coastline by its land area. This metric rewards islands that have a relatively large amount of potential beachfront for their size.

In the slideshow, we assigned description words to the island's beach density index score:

  • Low: 0.0 – 0.2
  • Moderate: 0.21 – 0.5
  • High: 0.51 – 0.8
  • Very high: 0.81+

When it was time to crunch the numbers, we normalized the data in each criteria so that each sub-score has a mean of 0 and a standard deviation of 1.

This common statistics technique allows us to preserve some of the relative size information (e.g. if one island has twice as much coastline than another island, it will get a much better score than if it had just 10% more coastline), while putting each variable on a common scale so we can meaningfully average them.

For more information on how we calculated this list, contact the Lists team at lists@businessinsider.com.

Melia Robinson contributed to an earlier version of this post.

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UPS is making big moves toward same-day delivery (UPS, AMZN)


UPS delivery trucks are seen in New York City March 6, 2014.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

UPS is on the road toward same-day delivery.

The global delivery company has invested in Deliv, a same-day delivery startup, according to Fortune. The precise dollar amount was not released, but UPS did lead the last round of investing into Deliv, which totaled $28 million.

Deliv currently works with several major retail outlets including Best Buy, Walgreens, Macy's, Kohl's, and Sony in 17 major U.S. cities.

It might seem odd that UPS is investing in what's essentially a competitor, but Nancee Halpin, a research associate for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, notes that UPS can now learn more about the on-demand delivery market without risking any money on its own operations.

This is a smart move considering that companies like Amazon have been aggressively pushing to get products to their customers more quickly with services like Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime Now. And it's becoming increasingly clear that consumers don't want to wait for their goods.

According to a Deloitte, survey, 96% of U.S. consumers consider same-day or next-day delivery to be fast, but that number drops to 63% for 3-4 day shipping. Moreover, 24% of consumers said they would not pay extra for same-day delivery and 22% would not pay for next-day delivery.

So UPS is wisely trying to make strides toward serving its customers' ever-growing desire to get their goods as quickly as possible after they click the buy button from the comfort of their own homes or on their smartphones.

To be sure, there are several expenses and complexities involved in delivering over this so-called "last mile," but companies such as UPS will grow e-commerce's customer base (as well as its share of retail dollars) and siphon off one of offline retail's last real competitive advantages if they are successful in this regard.

Cooper Smith, senior research analyst for BI Intelligence, has compiled a detailed report on same-day delivery that takes an exhaustive look at this market and sizes the percentage of people who will purchase goods to be delivered the same day.

The report uncovers the demographics of same-day delivery customers, the markets where these services have the best chance of taking off, and assesses how each of the many new same-day delivery entrants compares to the others. It also looks at the technology that really could make getting a package delivered to your door hours after you order it a common phenomenon.

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Here are some of the key points from the report:

  • USE: BI Intelligence estimates that 2% of shoppers living in cities where same-day delivery is offered have used such services. In dollar terms, we estimate that roughly $100 million worth of merchandise will be delivered via same-day fulfillment this year in 20 US cities.
  • CONSUMER EXPECTATIONS: Consumer interest in same-day delivery is already fairly high. Four in 10 US shoppers said they would use same-day delivery if they didn't have time to go to the store, and one in four shoppers said they would considering abandoning an online shopping cart if same-day delivery was not an option.
  • DEMOGRAPHICS: The most common same-day delivery shopper fits a very specific profile — millennial, highly likely to be male, urban-dwelling, and young. The products people want delivered same-day are also fairly niche.
  • BARRIERS: Despite all the competition in the same-day delivery market, it still won't be easy to get people to pay for these services. 92% of consumers say they are willing to wait four days or longer for their e-commerce packages to arrive.

In full, the report:

  • Estimates the market for same-day delivery from 2013-2018, including the percentage of people who will use these services and the total sales volume
  • Looks at the most likely same-day delivery customers and the cities where these individuals are concentrated
  • Unpacks the kinds of goods people are likeliest to order for same-day delivery
  • Lays out how the different same-day delivery services stack up against each other in terms of prices, location, and selection
  • Considers the barriers that could keep same-day delivery from ever becoming a mainstream preference among consumers
  • Identifies the technology that could make same-day delivery cost-effective and commonplace

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13 essentials every guy should have in his wardrobe for spring



Warmer weather is approaching — is your wardrobe game to handle it?

The fact is that warmer weather also means a shift in the precipitation falling from the sky. That means raincoats and umbrellas will be your best friend in the next few months.

We've made a list of all the most important items to tackle the upcoming muggy, changeable weather.

These are the 13 items no man's spring closet should be without.

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A sweatshirt will keep you warm on chilly nights.

If nothing else, make sure you add a cool gray sweatshirt to your spring wardrobe.

Nothing beats its soft, warm embrace when the temperature drops.

Uniqlo makes a great one.

A Breton-striped shirt for a pop of prep.

Originally made for French sailors, the Breton-striped shirt has since become a spring staple. It's comfortable and roomy, perfect for the quick-changing spring weather.

French label Saint James makes the classic one, and it's even sold by J. Crew.

A polo shirt to keep it casual.

If you don't have a nice polo shirt to pull out of your closet in case of emergency, it's time to invest in one.

This Acne Studios version is pricey, but you can't beat its casual-cool look. There are endless options — find one that speaks to you.

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18 things successful people do in their 20s


20sYour 20s are a time of major transitions.

The choices you make in this critical decade lay the foundation for your career, relationships, health, and well-being.

While nothing can replace learning through firsthand experience, you can save some stress by listening to those who have already been through it.

We've looked through our archives to collect some of the best advice we've found from our favorite writers and entrepreneurs and found recurring themes.

Here are 18 things that successful people do in their 20s:

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They learn to manage their time.

When you're just starting to build your career, it can be difficult to arrange your days for maximum productivity.

As Étienne Garbugli, a Montreal-based entrepreneur and author, explains in his presentation "26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I'd Known At 20," setting deadlines for everything you're working on and avoiding multitasking are two keys to effectively managing your time.

They don't prioritize money above all else.

While there are those who spend their 20s drifting without direction, there are others who are so afraid of failure that they take a job solely because it provides a comfortable paycheck.

But, says Quora user Rich Tatum, that job you're not interested in quickly becomes a career, and by the time you're 30, it's a lot harder to start pursuing your passion.

The key, says author Cal Newport, is to pursue something that you're passionate about and is valuable to employers.

They save.

A Bankrate survey of 1,003 people found that 69% of those ages 18-29 had no retirement savings at all. Twenty-somethings who don't have enough foresight to recognize that one day they're going to retire and need money to live on are missing out on years of money gained through interest.

Entrepreneur Aditya Rathnam writes on Quora there's no need to start investing too much, since you're just starting your career, but it's essential to take advantage of your company's 401(k) matching program, if one is available, and/or open an IRA account.

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A CEO says this is the best question you can ask when you meet an influential person


men networkingNetworking can be awkward.

Of course, you're hoping that your relationships with the people you meet will bolster your career — but you don't want to put them off by soliciting their help right off the bat.

In fact, says Dave Kerpen, you probably shouldn't ask for favors right away.

Kerpen is the founder and CEO of Likeable Local, a social-media software company, and the author of "The Art of People."

In the book, he explains that the first time you meet a prospective client, colleague, or friend, you should not ask "How can you help me?"

Instead, the best question to ask when you meet an influential person is "How can I help you?"

Kerpen writes that offering your help can have one of two results.

Either the person will tell you how you can help them, "after which he will feel indebted to you, connected to you, and appreciative of you and eventually feel compelled to return the favor and help you one day."

Or "the person will decline politely, probably because she doesn't know how you can help her, but will feel that you care and feel connected to you and be much more emotionally invested in helping you eventually."

Indeed, Kerpen tells Business Insider that people take him up on his offer to help them only about 10% of the time, but he believes it still deepens their connection.

Regardless of whether you expect the person to accept your offer, Kerpen says that it has to be genuine — you really need to be in a position to assist the person. And you might want to follow the question with some specific suggestions as to how you can help. For example, maybe you can introduce that person to someone else influential in your network.

Then, the next time you speak with the person, you can request their help and they'll probably be happy to give it.

To explain why this strategy works, Kerpen cites the work of Wharton psychologist Adam Grant, who has found that most people are "matchers." In other words, when you do something or offer to do something for someone, they feel more inclined to help you in return.

In the book, Kerpen describes an interaction in which someone surprised him by asking how they could help. Michael, a financial adviser, once asked Kerpen if he could meet with him for 15 minutes because he had just one question he wanted to ask. After a few minutes of introducing himself and his business, Michael asked: "How can I help you?"

These were the early days of Likeable Local, and Kerpen told Michael that he could benefit from some introductions to technology investors. Sure enough, Michael followed through by making those introductions.

Soon after that meeting, Kerpen realized that he needed a financial adviser, and he started working with Michael.

"He just was insistent upon only being there to help me at first," Kerpen says, "and that's what was so compelling."

The only downside to asking how you can help? "People don't even believe it," Kerpen says.

Once they realize you're serious, however, they'll likely feel warmer toward you and more open to helping you in any way they can.

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These stock photos are trying to change the way people view pot smokers


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The marijuana industry has a bone to pick with the media, and it involves beanies, tie-dye tees, and Sean Penn's iconic character, Jeff Spicoli.

In an interview with Tech Insider, Sharda Sekaran, managing director of communications at the Drug Policy Alliance, said she's tired of clicking links to articles about the cannabis industry and seeing photos of stereotypical stoners splashed across the page.

"There's still a major bias on who the marijuana user might be," Sekaran says. "They don’t always look like the guy from 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High.'"

There are some 2.5 million legal cannabis users in the US, which means the lazy, bong-ripping hippies we see in television, movies, and stock images no longer represent the average smoker — if they ever did in the first place. Sekaran and other like-minded industry activists believe that stigma has permeated media culture, and the solution is making better stock photography available.

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In 2014, the Drug Policy Alliance hired a professional photographer and recruited friends of friends to participate in a stock photo shoot. Marijuana users of various races and ages reenacted situations that actually seem realistic, like smoking a bowl while reading the newspaper or vaping at the kitchen counter.

The images are free to download and use for non-commercial editorial purposes, so long as credit is given.

Some of the photos are cheesy. Take this one of a "young female smoking marijuana and taking a bath," as the caption describes. Who takes a bath wearing chandelier earrings?

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Still, the Drug Policy Alliance's collection gives way to a more positive perception of cannabis users, and freshens up the often offensive images we see on the web.

A few years back, Sekaran wrote an article about whether a new drug policy in the US would help bring justice for the disproportionate number of African Americans serving time on marijuana possession charges.

"It was a pretty serious piece," Sekaran says. "And the picture was a black man smoking the biggest blunt [you've seen] in your life. I reached out to my contact there and I was like, 'Is there any way we can change this? I don't even want to share this now.'"

When I searched "marijuana users" on Google News earlier this month, close-ups of smokers (mostly male) puffing on fat, crumbling joints made up a majority of the teaser images.

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Images like these may be damaging to the industry, according to Mike Ray, director of San Francisco-based medicinal marijuana company Bloom Farms. They perpetuate negative stereotypes, and worse still, they isolate consumers who don't fit the mold.

"The over-the-top sexualization of women along [with] the reinforcement of the 'stoner' stereotypes is so undercooked and poorly thought out," Ray tells Tech Insider, "that it turns most of the mature and responsible demographic away immediately."

"If this industry is going to grow beyond what exists today, I think it's critical to fight those stigmas through thoughtful and intelligent branding," Ray adds.

Sekaran says the marijuana industry's image crisis isn't necessarily because writers are ignorant or behind the times. It might boil down to image availability.

A lot of legal marijuana users just don't want to be photographed lighting up, whether it's for a major news outlet like Reuters or a stock photo site like Shutterstock. They risk being found out by their employers, coworkers, and families.

When the Drug Policy Alliance held a stock photo shoot in Colorado, for example, they had to contract outside models because no people of color volunteered. Black Americans were nearly four times as likely as whites to be arrested for pot possession in 2010, so the risk of being "exposed" carries more weight.

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"Even though there's so much changing around public opinion on marijuana ... there are still consequences in states where it's still criminalized. People can lose their jobs, lose their kids," says Sekaran, explaining why she gives them the benefit of a doubt.

Sekaran hopes the organization's stock photo gallery is a step toward better portrayals of the growing marijuana industry.

"Part of [the photo shoot was] tongue-and-cheek, but really," she says, "let's acknowledge that this is the most commonly used drug apart from tobacco and alcohol. The tides are turning."

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