Sir Chris Hoy Leads The Glasgow 2014 Queens Baton Relay

first_imgThis Wednesday, Her Majesty the Queen will launch the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace.Sir Chris Hoy, six-time Gold Olympian, double Commonwealth Gold medallist, and recently appointed UNICEF UK Ambassador, will be the Baton’s special escort as it makes the processional journey down the Mall to receive the Queen’s message.“I am so proud to be taking part in launching the Baton,” said Sir Chris, who has supported UNICEF since 2009. “It brings together three of my life’s passions – sport, Scotland and making a difference for children.“What could be more important than UNICEF and the Glasgow 2014 Games coming together to use the immense power of sport to transform children’s lives around the Commonwealth, including at home in Scotland?”Over 248 days the Baton will cover 198,000km, starting in New Delhi and visiting all 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth until it reaches its final destination – the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony.“The Baton beginning its journey around the Commonwealth supported by young people will be a great day – and one that I hope will signal change in a great many lives,” added Sir Chris.Source:UNICEF UKlast_img read more

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has more First Nations than any other leader

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsGravel gives way to new blacktop here on the road leading into Pasqua First Nation.But that’s not something Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer would know, says Chief Todd Peigan, because the incumbent MP has never visited the reserve.“What can I tell you about Andy?” Peigan says over the phone from New York City, where he’s attending a special climate conference at the United Nations.“He has never attended Pasqua First Nation, he has never attended any of the party debates when they’re held on reserve.”Pasqua is one of 12 reserves in Scheer’s sprawling riding of Regina-Qu’Appelle, here in southeastern Saskatchewan.(Pasqua First Nation is one of 12 reserves in the Regina-Qu’Appelle riding. (Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Describing it as “diverse” is an understatement.The riding encompasses North Central (an inner-city neighbourhood voted most dangerous in Canada in 2005), the upcale bedroom communities of White City and Emerald Park on Regina’s eastern outskirts, and vast, rolling farmland that dots a picturesque valley.As an MP, Scheer represents the most First Nations of any party leader.Green Party’s Elizabeth May has four communities in her riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands in B.C., but the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, PPC leader Maxime Bernier and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-François Blanchet have none.When Scheer coasted to victory in 2015 with the help of urban and rural voters, none of the 10 First Nation polls supported him.(One of the farms in Regina-Qu’Appelle. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Some of that anti-Scheer sentiment was captured in a controversial Facebook post on Sept. 16.Myke Agecoutay, a former vice chief of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, accused Scheer of making offensive comments in “the sacred boardroom” on Treaty 4 territory after accepting an invitation to meet with First Nation leaders.But Agecoutay, who now lives in Regina, didn’t respond to numerous requests from APTN News to defend or offer proof of his accusation.The post, which has since disappeared, is not true, said a spokesperson for Scheer in an email to APTN,“These allegations are patently false. The post has been deleted by Facebook,” the spokesperson said.(Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer outside the House of Commons in February. APTN file).Without Agecoutay or others in the room confirming the allegation, it is now social media history.But it’s being credited with sparking an interest in the federal election campaign, says the riding’s Liberal candidate Jordan Ames-Sinclair, a Treaty 4 Indigenous youth leader from Sakimay First Nation.“I’m aware of it; people are aware of it,” he said in an interview in his campaign office.Ames-Sinclair believes it’s “mathematically possible” for him to unseat Scheer if he takes all the Indigenous votes in the riding of just under 80,000 people, which according to Statistics Canada, is growing.“Not everyone feels they’ve been well represented,” said the business student at the University of Regina, who was recently endorsed by Liberal veteran Sheila Copps.“A large majority haven’t been voting.”#ScheerHomophobia @AndrewScheer worst nightmare. @JordanQuAppelle Dynamic young Métis two-spirit gay leader is the Liberal candidate against him. 13,000 indigenous people in the riding. That’s why Scheer is in hiding. Go Jordan!— Hon. Sheila Copps (@Sheila_Copps) August 29, 2019Jessica Gordon, one of the councillors for about 2,000 band members in Pasqua, knows something about fanning the flames of First Nation’s discontentment.She’s co-founder of the national Indigenous movement Idle No More.“There has been push back over the years that we shouldn’t vote (in the colonial system) – that it’s not our way,” she says, while driving to yet another meeting.“But we need to be engaged. We’re going to help people register and get to the polls.”(Jordan Ames-Sinclair is an Indigenous candidate opposing Scheer. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Sources at File Hills and Touchwood tribal councils in the riding, who aren’t authorized to speak for the organizations, confirmed their bosses are discussing a voting drive.Peigan, who identified Agecoutay as his nephew, was the only chief to respond to repeated requests for comment for this story.“We cannot just advise people to vote,” he says of plans to bus people to cast ballots and ensure there are polls on each First Nation for the Oct. 21 vote.“We have to advise them to vote Liberal.”Yes, despite high-profile party scandals involving the country’s first Indigenous attorney general and justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, and mocking people of colour via black-brownface, Peigan continues to support Trudeau.“Think of the alternative,” he said of Scheer. “(Here in the riding) he never went to bat for us.”(Jessica Gordon is a Pasqua First Nation band councillor and co-founder of Idle No More. Photo: courtesy: Facebook)Scheer wasn’t in Saskatchewan when APTN visited his riding earlier this week, and his spokesperson said he wasn’t available for an interview.But his face was plastered on billboards throughout the Saskatchewan capital and national pollsters claimed, at that point in time, his party was leading the Liberals.Toppling Trudeau would be a huge accomplishment for the man known here as ‘Andy’ who became Conservative party leader in 2017.Scheer is originally from Ottawa and moved to his wife’s hometown of Regina after meeting her at university.The father of five finished his degree in Saskatchewan and worked at an insurance agency and as a constituency assistant before making his own run for politics in 2005.He has won the riding twice and is hoping to take it – and the country – this third time.(Pedestrians cross a main street in downtown Regina, Sask. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)By comparison, his Liberal opponent was born, raised and still lives in Regina-Qu’Appelle.Ray Aldinger is running for the NDP, Dale Dewar for the Green Party, Tracey Sparrowhawk for the PPC and James Plummer for the Libertarian party.Ames-Sinclair says he has been active in both the colonial and First Nations political systems since he was 13.“In my years living in the riding, I felt no representation from (Scheer).”National Chief Perry Bellegarde also hails from Scheer’s riding but admits he didn’t vote in Canadian elections before 2015.“I was taught as a young boy that we don’t have to vote because we have treaty and it’s not our government,” he told a news conference Sept. 9 while releasing the Assembly of First Nations’ 2019 federal election priorities.“We have to use all the tools in our toolbox or use all the arrows in our quiver to bring out policy and legislative change, and voting is one of them.”Bellegarde’s office turned down an interview request from APTN about Agecoutay’s Facebook post.For more on the federal election click on: #vote2019Meanwhile, the Conservatives have yet to release an Indigenous platform but Scheer has made some of this thoughts clear on certain issues.He suggested during the Maclean’s magazine debate he would not follow a human rights tribunal order to pay victims of the child welfare system $40,000 in compensation – rather, he says, he would put the money to better use.Scheer also did not participate in any of the country’s climate strikes on Sept. 27.APTN has repeatedly invited Scheer to be interviewed about the campaign and forming government.His team has not responded.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

Tiger Woods Still Not Sure Back Will Be Ready

Two weeks from the start of the Masters Tournament and Tiger Woods says his back is still not strong enough for him to commit to being at the No. 1 tee box on April 10.Woods pulled out of Arnold Palmer’s tournament last week, citing back pain. He had withdrawn from his previous event two weeks before that because of back troubles.“For Augusta, it’s actually still a little too soon, to be honest with you,” Woods said Monday at a news conference to announce that Quicken Loans is the new title sponsor of his golf tournament. “That’s kind of the frustrating thing about this.”Woods, 38, has never missed the Masters in his illustrious 18-year career. He’s won four green jackets that come with claiming the season’s first major tournament, at Augusta National.  It was there in 1997 where he captured his first major. His last time winning the Masters was 2005.Never has Woods gotten off to a worse start to a season. He stopped playing in the final round at the Honda Classic on March 2 because of what he called back spasms and pain in his lower back. He tried to defend his title the following week at Doral, only for his back to flare up again in the final round, when he shot a 78, the highest Sunday score of his PGA Tour career and his first closing round without a birdie.Then last week, Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of persistent back pain.“I’ve had a couple weeks off and getting treatment and just working on trying to get ready for Augusta,” Woods said Monday. “As of right now, it’s still too soon, which is, as I said, pretty frustrating.”This isn’t the first year Woods has claimed back troubles.  At Bethpage Black at The Barclays in 2012, his back pain flared up. He said the issue was a soft bed. He said he felt twinges during the final round of the PGA Championship last year, and when his back bothered him in the final round of The Barclays two weeks later, he said it was unrelated. read more

LeBron James and Longtime Partner Will Give Four Aspiring

Business news network CNBC announced that it will partner with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James to create a new reality series  focusing on burgeoning entrepreneurial opportunities in Cleveland. James will serve as producer on the series, which is set to debut this summer.“Cleveland Hustles speaks to the network’s entrepreneurial spirit and also creates an opportunity to help strengthen communities that have fallen on hard times,” said Jim Ackerman, EVP, Primetime Alternative, CNBC.The announcement comes during a low point in James’ relationship with his beloved Cleveland, after the news that there would be no indictment of Officer Timothy Loehmann in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.   The boy was playing in the park with a toy gun when Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, arrived on scene and shot Rice within seconds. The event sent shock waves through the Twittersphere and sparked a #NoJusticeNoLeBron campaign to ask the superstar to sit out until there was an indictment.James admitted he did not know enough about the case to speak on the subject.Regarding the new show, CNBC says:NBA superstar LeBron James and his longtime friend and business partner Maverick Carter will give four aspiring local entrepreneurs the chance to realize their own dreams while also helping to revitalize a neighborhood in Cleveland. LeBron and Maverick will enlist the aid of four trusted business experts and associates, who will in turn invest in and mentor fledgling entrepreneurs who need a little jumpstart. In success, these four businesses will provide jobs and services for neighborhoods that desperately need investment.Cleveland Hustles continues his charity and commitment to the community he loves, even though he dropped the ball on the Tamir Rice issue. read more

Flag retirement program begins across San Diego County

first_img KUSI Newsroom July 5, 2019 Flag retirement program begins across San Diego County SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The county and city of San Diego will begin a program Friday enabling residents to dispose of old U.S. flags in accordance with federal code.County Supervisor Greg Cox announced the County Flag Retirement Box program last month in honor of Flag Day and in advance of the Fourth of July, saying it will help residents “dispose of old or tattered flags with the proper respect they deserve.”Starting Friday, residents will be able to drop off their old flags in designated boxes at county libraries, as well as the city of San Diego’s public libraries. Local Boy Scout troops will frequently collect the boxes and deliver them to local American Legion posts and associated nonprofits that will conduct flag retirement ceremonies.“County Supervisor Greg Cox’s Flag Retirement Box program will give San Diegans the opportunity to retire their American flags with the dignity and respect they deserve,” City Councilman Chris Cate said. “The American flag is a symbol of our freedom, and it is wonderful that all city of San Diego libraries will be participating in this program.”The program is similar to one promoted by the National Association of Counties, of which Cox is president. According to the NACo, the program has distributed roughly 700 flag boxes to more than 500 counties around the country to ensure proper flag disposal. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Honduras declares state of emergency

first_imgSupporters of Honduran presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship coalition Salvador Nasralla, clash with security forces during protests demanding the final results of the weekend’s presidential election, in Tegucigalpa on Friday. Photo: AFPThe Honduran government declared a state of emergency late Friday and imposed a 10-day curfew in an attempt to stop violent demonstrations across the country triggered by claims of presidential election fraud.Police said at least two officers and 12 civilians were injured, some by gunfire, after clashes in several parts of the country between riot police and opposition supporters.The violence was sparked by opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla claiming election fraud and calling his supporters onto the streets.An executive decree issued by President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is seeking re-election despite a constitutional ban on a second term, imposes a nighttime curfew from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.Representatives of the country’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) and political parties, national and international observers and journalists accredited to cover the elections are exempt.Thousands of Nasralla supporters blocked roads across the country, and footage of their confrontations with the police-who attempted to disperse demonstrators with tear gas-went viral on social media.In the capital Tegucigalpa, protesters lit bonfires of sticks and tires on boulevards and on exit routes.The unrest sparked panic, with people rushing to supermarkets and gas stations to stock up, fearing the riots would prevent them from leaving their homes.Shops closed by the afternoon and some international flights were suspended at the capital’s airport.Cliffhanger voteWith nearly 95 percent of the ballots counted from last week’s vote, Hernandez had a razor-thin lead of 42.92 percent over Nasralla’s 41.42 percent.TSE president David Matamoros postponed until Saturday a special count-with officials from both camps present-to review ballots with inconsistencies, blurs and other errors before a result can be declared, following new demands from leftist leader and ex-president Manuel Zelaya.“Within three days, we will have the result. We accept to recognise the final result if they accept these points,” Zelaya said.But in an television interview, Nasralla demanded a full recount, warning of possible collusion between the TSE and the government.“Do not let them steal the presidency,” said activist Juan Barahona of Nasralla’s Alliance of Opposition Against the Dictatorship.Police said they had arrested 50 people for alleged looting between Thursday and Friday.Security forces said rioters had damaged businesses and vehicles, some of which had been doused in gasoline and set on fire.Earlier, Hernandez broadcast a statement calling for calm and predicting “we are going to do very well” in the vote.The Organization of American States observer mission urged the TSE in a letter Thursday to ensure that 100 percent of the ballots were processed before declaring a result.“Political parties should be given the opportunity to present challenges. These will have to be dealt with impartially and within a reasonable timeframe and following due process,” it said.“This is the only way to restore confidence in this election and in the integrity of the popular will.”last_img read more

CM to kick off restoration work of Gandhi Bhavan on Oct 2

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be kicking off the restoration work of Gandhi Bhavan and setting up of a museum at Beliaghata on October 2.From the same programme, she will also be laying the foundation stone of Mahatma Gandhi University, which will come up in East Midnapore.It may be recalled that the state government has set up a committee to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the Chief Minister is the chairperson of the 46 member committee. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe first meeting of the committee was held on April 23, when a series of decisions were taken. On the same day, the decision of restoring Gandhi Bhavan at Beliaghata was also taken. It was also decided that the restoration work was carried out maintaining the heritage of the building.Sources said that necessary assessment has been carried out to prepare an outline, based on which the restoration work will be carried out.The state government has also taken the initiative to release a booklet called “Father of the Nation” and it will contain speeches of Gandhiji.last_img read more

Train services disrupted in Sealdah South section

first_imgKolkata: Train services were disrupted on Monday night and Tuesday afternoon in the Sealdah South section of Eastern Railway.On Monday, around 8:30 pm, one pantograph of Down Sealdah-Lakshmikantapur local broke after reaching Baruipur station. As a result, power services to the train was cut-off. Immediately engineers of Eastern Railway were informed. One tower van was also sent to repair the damaged pantograph. But, engineers were not able to repair it soon. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSome passengers allegedly ransacked the Baruipur station around 11:30 pm as the repair-work was taking time. Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) intervened and brought the situation under control. Repair work went on throughout the night and normal train services were resumed on Tuesday morning. After Monday night, train services were again hampered in the South Section on Tuesday afternoon due to road traffic congestion at Kakulia Gate near Ballygunge railway station. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to Eastern Railway authority, train services in Ballygunge – Sonarpur and Ballygunge – Budge Budge sections were delayed due to road traffic congestion at the Level Crossing (LC) Gate No. 5ST near Ballygunje, which popularly known as Kakulia Gate. The heavy rush of road traffic at this LC Gate since 3 pm caused delay in closing the gate and granting proceed signal to the trains. Situation turned normal in the evening. Eastern Railway authority has also informed that train services will be partially affected due to the maintenance work on down line between Chakdaha, S imurali and Madanpur stations in Naihati-Ranaghat section which will commence from May 2. It will continue till May 15 as traffic block will be implemented. Several trains will be cancelled and many more will be controlled enroute.last_img read more

Create Your Own Chatbot Online and Increase Productivity

first_img 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. April 4, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Chatbots are wonderful tools for productivity and efficiency. They allow you to automate tasks which would otherwise take forever to complete, thereby enabling you to focus on other more important things related to your business.Bots are also potent enough to render app fatigue irrelevant. With the sheer number of apps these days, downloading a new app for undertaking just about any task — and being inundated by a range of notifications and instructions — can be energy-sapping. To circumvent this, you can create chatbots online to augment the efficiency of your existing apps.Using bots, you can engage more efficiently with your colleagues and/or clients in popular chat platforms where they are most likely to spend time — Facebook, Whatsapp, Slack, Twitter — as well as your own smartphone. Chatbots also give you the flexibility of remaining within the platforms and apps that you use most frequently, which reduces the chances of unnecessary distractions and impeding your productivity. Let’s take the case of Jarvis, which serves as a reminder bot embedded within Facebook messenger. Bots like these offer great convenience and streamline processes that would consume a lot of time, money, and energy.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessUtility at its best.You can use bots for just about anything, be it work-related purposes, shopping, buying tickets, addressing customer service issues, or influencer marketing. They can be utilized to heighten your business prospects by attracting new customers and retaining existing ones while lowering the dependency on time-consuming human intervention. Thankfully, the technology of artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly sophisticated, thereby constantly expanding the scope of chatbots. In the parlance of managing your brand, these bots can take a lot of burden off your shoulders and help you become more productive.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingSimplify things; don’t complicate them.Most of us have already been utilizing automation, even on a small scale. Whether it’s the self-service kiosks, touch screens, or the numerous features in our smartphones, we’re subconsciously wired to the benefits of automation — as long as it makes things easier and doesn’t complicate them. As a business or an entrepreneur, you may want to ensure that you communicate with your customers in a manner with which feel comfortable and knowledgeable. When you do that, a lot of things begin to fall in place and your overall productivity increases. Using new technologies merely for the sake of using them when the customers are simply not ready isn’t going to get you anywhere.Related: 7 Ways Chatbots Can Benefit Your Marketing StrategyEnsure adequate engagement.As you progress further in your business or entrepreneurial journey, you’re likely to develop a steady online following. Remember, they are going to be responsive only if you offer something that holds their attention. Not adopting a thoughtful approach while curating your chatbot can seriously hamper productivity, because negative publicity spreads faster than positive publicity. To that end, understand the needs and preferences of your customers before having them interact with bots. When a bot-customer conversation is initiated, ensure that it is engaging, interactive, specific, and yes, time-saving. No one is going to wait beyond a few minutes for your chatbot to respond.Related: Top 7 Chatbot Monetization Strategies You Need to KnowProductivity benefits within an organization.Chatbots can be used by members of a company or organization to keep them updated about new agendas and projects, which in turn helps plan out their workload accordingly. Bots can set up daily reminders and create an inclusive community that unites the entire workforce for a dedicated cause. As opposed to setting up manual calendar reminders, you can leverage chatbots as an accessible, centralized reference point within existing online communication platforms. In addition, brands can use chatbots for their training programs where they can brief new employees about the various company policies and ensure they have a smooth transition. The good thing about bots is their quick response times, reduced errors, and ability to tackle multiple tasks simultaneously. For instance, Riot aims to identify a chatbot within its web messaging community to simplify mundane tasks for its customers by launching close to three fresh bots per weeks (internally).Related: 10 Facebook Messenger Chatbot Marketing Expert TipsRespect your customers and their choices.Customers may become irritated when they are forced into engaging with a peripatetic chatbot when they actually look forward to interacting with another human with clear-cut responses. In your zest to develop an amazingly cool chatbot, you may want to remember the timeless golden rule: it is the customer that counts — always.Understand and respect what your customer expects out of you and deliver it. If they are comfortable with a button within the chatbot window that they can click on to begin interacting with a real person, then do exactly that. If done appropriately, chatbots can make a lot of contribution to your business’s overall productivity. They can also make your employees perform better and with heightened clarity by sharing some of their burden, which takes a lot of their time. Since chatbots are all set to become more evolved, you may want to integrate them intelligently to position your brand in the right place and make the most of what technology has to offer. Register Now » 5 min readlast_img read more