The HMV Football Extravaganza is back. This year, the event will honour Ryan Giggs, the most decorated player in English Football history, having made his first appearance for Manchester United in 1990.He is the only player to have played in all 22 Premier League seasons since its inception in 1992. He has made an incredible 963 appearances for the Club, winning 13 Premier League titles, two UEFA Champions League titles, four FA Cups and four League Cups. Ryan has recently been appointed Assistant Manager at Manchester United.The HMV Football Extravaganza will take place on Tuesday 14 October 2014 at The London Hilton on Park Lane and will be attended by a host of football greats for a fantastic and unique night of football and fundraising.Now in its 19th year, the HMV Football Extravaganza has raised over £6million for Nordoff Robbins and continues to raise essential funds to provide much-needed music therapy for vulnerable and isolated people across the UK.Ryan Giggs said: “It’s an honour and privilege to be presented with the Legend of Football Award, particularly when I look back at the list of previous winners.“I am looking forward to the event, celebrating with friends and colleagues and raising money for Nordoff Robbins music therapy, a really incredible cause.”Brian McLaughlin, Chairman of the Football Extravaganza event, said: “We are honoured to be presenting Ryan Giggs, the most decorated player in the history of English Football, with the Legend of Football Award.“The Football Extravaganza, now in its 19th year, is raising funds for Nordoff Robbins. Since its inception we have raised over £6 million, enabling Nordoff Robbins to provide music therapy across the UK to people who really need it – those who are vulnerable and isolated, giving them an opportunity to communicate and to be heard.”Paul McGowan, Chairman of HMV, said: “With his unrivalled record in the English Premier League, Ryan Giggs is a truly deserving winner to follow on from Pelé, last year’s recipient.“We love being involved in this event. It’s a unique opportunity for music and football to come together and we get the chance to raise funds for Nordoff Robbins, one of HMV’s favourite charities.”Previous recipients of the Legend of Football Award, which recognises outstanding achievement in the world of football and contribution to the game, include Pelé (2013), Sir Bobby Robson (2001), Sir Alex Ferguson (2005), Eric Cantona (2010) and Jose Mourinho (2011). Giggs is no stranger to the HMV Football Extravaganza, having been one of 6 players recognised in 2102 for playing more than 500 Premier League games, celebrating 20 years of the Premier League. The other 5 members of the ‘500 Club’, at that time, were Sol Campbell, Emile Heskey, David James, Frank Lampard and Gary Speed (who was awarded the honour posthumously).Tickets for the event are available from Rae@TheFE.co.uk.
Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook OTTAWA – The Ontario South Asian Community Association (OSACA) is pleased to announce the launch of its annual showcase event, the South Asian Festival (www.southasianfest.net), the largest such festival in North America to celebrate the cultural heritage of the south Asian region.The 10-day festival is sponsored by the TD Bank Group as its title sponsor as well as Fineqia International Inc. Financial support has also been provided by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport via its Celebrate Ontario 2019 program, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF), Human Concern International, the City of Ottawa and the Rangar family.Branded as the “TD SouthAsianFest,” it offers visitors a glimpse of arts, crafts, food, music and dance performances, primarily from the Indian sub-continent from Aug. 9 to Aug. 18. This year’s festival is being held in honour of the founder of the festival, Hunsdeep Singh Rangar (“Huns”), who tragically died in June this year (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/festivals-ottawa-film-asian-lgbtq-indigenous-1.5239969). Twitter Advertisement Advertisement The festival, running for the eleventh year, with its kick-off Splash! dinner and dance boat cruise on the Ottawa river on Aug. 9, which offers dinner and dance to the tune of Bollywood and bhangra music. This is followed by Ticket to Cricket event on Aug. 11, in collaboration with the Defence Cricket Club at Rideau Hall.The festival adds a new event in the form of Women of Influence at the National Arts Centre on the evening of Aug. 12. Aside from networking opportunities, it will feature a panel of notable south Asian women from Canada and the US. Opening remarks will be provided by Hon. Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport as well as a spokesperson from the Human Concern International.Other eminent persons addressing the festival include the former Minister of Employment and Social Development Mr. Pierre Poilievre, the former Minister of State for Multiculturalism Mr. Tim Uppal and Ontario’s Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, the Hon. Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria.“We’re grateful to have such a show of attendance from community leaders and those interested in south Asian culture, at a time of deep sadness for our family,” said Bundeep Singh Rangar, President of OSACA and brother of the festival’s founder. “SAF2019 has only been possible by the countless hours of behind-the-scenes work by OSACA’s TeamHuns support team.”On Aug. 13, visitors get a 15% discount at select Indian restaurants across the capital by simply stating they’re part of the celebration of south Asian food called FoodFest!From Aug. 14, the festival shifts to the Ottawa City Hall, with dance lessons from professional dancers, including Masala Bhangra at the Dance Showcase. On Aug. 15, artwork from local artists of south Asian background, or else influenced by the region, is featured in The Focus is ART!On Friday Aug. 16, the Vedic Sanskruti organisation partners with the festival for live Gujarati dancing via the Garba in the Park show. On Aug. 17 and Aug. 18, the family-friendly shows continue with star south Asian singers from Canada, India, Pakistan, the UK and the US such as Sharry Mann, Miss Pooja, Raghav, H Dhami and Nasreen Shoshi performing on stage.In addition, approximately 20 local singers, musicians and fashion designers will present their talent during the final two days of the festival. Festival fun will include entertainment such as henna artistry, face painting, magicians, bouncing castle installations, video games, among other items.On the final day, an India Day parade will be held to celebrate India’s Independence Day, whereby a flag will be hoisted by His Excellency Vikas Swarup, High Commissioner of India to Canada.During the entire weekend of Aug. 16-18, stage performances as part of the Mirch Masala Mega Mela are accompanied by vendor booths displaying culinary delights, arts and crafts from the Indian subcontinent and supported by Mirch Masala radio programs on CHIN Radio 97.9 FM.OSACA’s TeamHuns members include Jagdeep Singh Perhar, Meeta Singh, Jyoti Bhullar, Meenakshi Sharma-Vadnais, Sheryl Singh Bagga, Becky Dipa Khan, Lovejot Singh Deo, Maipal Singh Bali, Chetan Sharma, Farid Pirzada, Anuj Joshi, Virender Chopra and Ilon Tyan, who has been the lead coordinator of activities.The 10-day event is proudly supported by the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, the India Canada Association and Cistel Technology among other organisations and companies.For more information, please visit www.southasianfest.net.ABOUT OSACAThe Ontario South Asian Community Association (OSACA) was founded in 2009 as an Ottawa-based, Not-for-Profit Corporation with a mandate to promote Cultural Awareness through an Annual Event showcasing South Asian Talent in the National Capital Region targeted towards the Canadian Mainstream. 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APTN National NewsPotential casino developments in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake have been voted down twice in the past. But some say that the community is finally ready for a casino, and they’re pushing for residents to vote ‘Yes’ at the end of this month.Ryan Rice has been managing the latest version of the development, and he believes that after consultations with more than 30 Aboriginal community-owned casinos, the third time will be the charm.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin spoke with Rice and with community members ahead of the April 28th vote about the casino development and the potential influx of income.
9 August 2007The Security Council today welcomed the progress made during “pre-negotiation” talks last weekend with some of Darfur’s rebel groups and called on all sides to the conflict to now show their commitment to the peace process by ending their hostilities. In a statement to the press, Ambassador Pascal Gayama of the Republic of Congo, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, said the 15-member panel noted “the substantial progress” made at the talks, which were held in Arusha, Tanzania.The talks, chaired by the UN and African Union envoys charged with energizing the peace process in Darfur, Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim, concluded with agreement from the rebels who attended that they would work together to try to devise a solution to the deadly conflict that has devastated the Sudanese region since 2003.The rebels reaffirmed their commitment to the so-called Road Map outlined by Mr. Eliasson and Mr. Salim, and agreed to present a common platform on the sharing of power and wealth, security arrangements, land and humanitarian issues. They also recommended that final talks towards a political solution to the Darfur conflict be held in two or three months’ time.More than 200,000 people have been killed and two million others forced to flee their homes because of fighting between rebel groups, Government forces and allied Janjaweed militias.Today’s press statement noted that the progress achieved at the Arusha talks built on the momentum generated by talks in Tripoli, Libya, last month and on last week’s Security Council resolution authorizing the deployment of a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force (UNAMID) to Darfur to quell the violence there.Council members stressed the importance of pursuing the political and peacekeeping tracks simultaneously, the statement added.They also “call on all parties to move from pre-negotiations to negotiations as soon as possible and to demonstrate their commitment to the political process through concrete actions, in particular cessation of hostilities.”Mr. Eliasson continued his latest visit to Darfur today, meeting with Arab and nomadic tribal leaders in Nyala, South Darfur, before heading to El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur and the planned headquarters of UNAMID.After his meeting with the tribal leaders, Mr. Eliasson said that the political process had reached a serious stage and it was vital that the process continued to enjoy the support of the people.“We have to reach out to all the people of Darfur,” he said. “There has been an enormous tragedy, enormous violence exerted here in this area. But looking at the future we have to build a premise that people have to live together. And therefore it is important that we have to reach out to all groups in Darfurian society.”
TORONTO — Corus Entertainment says it’s expanding in the live events business, starting with a two-day country music in July that’s associated with its CMT specialty TV channel.The Toronto-based company says the country-music festival will headlined by Grammy nominee Eric Church on July 8 and the Grammy winning Zac Brown Band on July 9 in Kitchener, Ont., at the Bingemans grounds.Corus Live is intended to be a new source of revenue for the integrated media company, which owns a variety of TV channels and radio stations and the Nelvana animation studio.Shaw Communications to sell Global TV network, specialty channels to Corus Entertainment for $2.65 billionCanadians hungry for pick-and-pay savings in 2016 — but broadcasters are bracing for the worstThe company says future Corus Live events will be built around its brands for kids, families and women.Its brands include the Canadian versions of CMT, Cartoon Network and Disney Channel as well as its own YTV, Teletoon and Treehouse channels and radio stations such as Toronto’s 102.1 The Edge, which promotes a number of summer events.The Corus Live announcement follows a $2.65-billion deal for Corus to buy Shaw Media. That deal is expected to close by May 31, giving Corus Entertainment (TSX:CJR.B) additional specialty TV channels and the Global conventional television network.Corus president and CEO Doug Murphy says Corus will promote the CMT Music Fest across the company’s digital, television and radio platforms.“The creation of Corus Live advances our strategic priorities to expand into new and adjacent markets and engage our audiences,” Murphy, said in a statement Monday.The Canadian Press
Photo by USA Today.For all the disappointment in Miami and excitement in Cleveland that LeBron James changed teams last summer, it is the Heat that have the most to smile about at this early stage of the season.Luol Deng, who was ripped by Atlanta Hawks general manager as “having a little African in him” and being a locker room weak link, has stepped in nicely in James’ place. He’s been a steady influence in his demeanor and his play has been solid, culminating with his best performance in the team’s biggest win of the season in Dallas.Deng lit up the high-flying Mavericks for 30 points on 13 of 19 shooting with four assists Sunday in Miami’s impressive 105-96 victory. He also shut down Dallas’ key offseason acquisition, Chandler Parsons, holding him to just four points on 2-for-20 shooting.LeBron who?”We still have a lot to figure out,” Deng said. ”Their game plan today, they doubled Bosh and D-Wade, and we did a good job of moving the ball and had a lot of open jumpers.”Chris Bosh stayed with the Heat after James departed to Cleveland and is more of a featured player than in the four years with James at the helm. He had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in his hometown. Dwyane Wade, James’ old sidekick, had 10 assists and seems to enjoy again being the team’s top player.The win in Dallas was “our best win of the year so far,” Wade said.They took down the Mavericks in Miami’s sixth game in nine nights, on the road. They are 5-2 and second in the Eastern Conference, while James’ Cavaliers are wallowing at 2-3, ninth place in the conference.It stands to reason that James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will find a rhythm and end up being the stellar team that most pundits expected when the consensus best player left Miami to return to his home state.But for now, Miami seems as if it has the goods to be better than expected. Maybe the Heat will not fall apart without James. Maybe Eric Spolestra can coach. And maybe Cleveland and Miami will face each other in the playoffs. That would be worth watching.
During Anglo American’s 2018 sustainability performance presentation this week, Technical Director, Tony O’Neill, said the company was working on an innovative solution to power haul trucks by hydrogen using solar panels.By oversizing the photovoltaic generation capacity at a site, the company would be able to capture enough hydrogen to potentially power a haul truck.O’Neill said this was all part of the company’s plan to create a “smart energy mix that allows us to become carbon neutral”.“That leads us straight to hydrogen,” he said.The approach the company is working on required a different mindset from O’Neill and his team.“What some in my team have done is say, ‘OK, we’re not worried about a return. As long as the project washes its face, what does that do?’ And, what does it do, particularly, if you oversize your power consumption enough that you can actually generate hydrogen?”The decision-making process changes with such a viewpoint, he said.“All of a sudden, we had enough hydrogen, so we could stick it in our trucks. We looked at the trucks and re-engineered the way they work. Voila, we found we could get 5-10% more out of our trucks,” he said.And, this line of thinking and re-engineering has allowed O’Neill to make a bold statement:“Our aim, is to get, hopefully, in the next 12 months, a truck running around using hydrogen.”Solutions like these could provide energy security, price resilience, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, move Anglo to a “hydrogen economy”, and help it develop the next generation mining vehicles, the company said.
VALENTINE’S DAY CAN be insufferable enough to drive you to the drink.So what better way to spend the evening than with DailyEdge.ie‘s Valentine’s Day Drinking Game.Whether you’re single, attached or whatever else you’re having yourself, there’s something here for everyone.You will need:Something to drinkWe’re not ones for encouraging the consumption of alcohol here, so grab some water, a good old fashioned Irish mineral, a sup of tae, or whatever else takes your fancy.Image: Flickr/Creative Commons/Dushan and MiaeA keen eyeThe playing of this game is based on observational skills.Clint Eastwood and the way he might look at youA strong constitutionWitnessing extreme Valentines-induced PDAs may leave you feeling queasy.Ah lads, get a room (Image: Birds kissing/Shutterstock)How to play:Keep your eyes peeled for any of these occurrences. When you see one… drink.1. When you walk past a mildly dodgy local restaurant which is usually fairly empty, and it’s packed full of disappointed looking couples You’ll know them when you see them. They’ll all be crammed in, so that their elbows are digging into a stranger’s ribs. When you see them, drink.2. When you see a woman in Dunnes frantically buying some matching smallsJaysus, he’ll think something’s up if I show up in these (Image: Shutterstock)Drink. And stop staring.3. When you see a man at the petrol station buying three bunches of crap flowers to try and make one big bouquetNo really, you shouldn’t have (Image: Flickr/Creative Commons/Susan E Adams)Drink.Take another drink if he’s also buying wine in the petrol station, and a box of Lily O’Briens.4. If you see a couple having a rowTake two swigs if one of them is crying.5. If you see someone wandering around M&S with the rejected bits of the romantic dine in for two offerSorry darling, they’d run out of the fillet steak and chocolate fudge roulade (Image: Flickr/CreativeCommons/KrgJumper)6. When you get your significant other a Valentine’s Day card, and they get you nothingYouTube/Giannis TsirogiannisHave several drinks, nay, ALL the drinks.7. If you spot the couple who accidentally organised their first date for 14 FebruarySooooo, what do you do for a living? *all around them couples smooch and make disgusting noises* (Image: Shutterstock)8. When you spot someone doing the walk of shame tomorrow morningBuy them a drink.9. When you see two men or two women sharing a lovely moment togetherTerry Gilbert, left, kisses his husband Paul Beppler after wedding at Seattle City Hall (Image: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Drink and say Happy Valentine’s Day EVERYONEAre you avoiding Valentine’s Day? Let us help 13 best office romances of all time>
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #CRASH: Two people have died in Seattle after a TV news helicopter crashed outside its station near the city’s Space Needle. Another man has been taken to hospital for treatment to serious burns.2. #CABRA: Gardaí have arrested two men in connection with the death of man in Cabra, north Dublin, this morning. The 21-year-old was found outside the Cabra House Pub at around 7.40am and later pronounced dead in hospital.3. #PLANE: The turn that diverted missing flight MH370 was programmed into the plane’s navigation system, probably by someone in the cockpit, it’s being reported. It’s ten days since the plane vanished, en route to Beijing.4. #MCCONVILLE: A 77-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Jean McConville in 1972. Detectives investigating the 42-year-old case made the arrest in west Belfast this morning.5. #PAGE TURNERS: The Government has provisionally appointed five people to a new Censorship of Publications Board — solely to deal with the issue of Alan Shatter’s reprinted novel ‘Laura’.
Share Joshua Roberts/Reuters/Via NPRSteve Schuh, county executive of Anne Arundel County, Md., holds a copy of Friday’s The Capital.“Today we are speechless,” reads the opinion page in Friday’s edition of The Capital, where the staff is still reeling after five of their colleagues were shot and killed. Despite Thursday’s attack, the staff put out a newspaper, with powerful reporting on its own tragedy.That opinion page — A9 — sits almost entirely empty, with a huge blank space where columns and editorials would normally be.Beneath it, the editorial staff wrote, “Tomorrow this page will return to its steady purpose of offering our readers informed opinion about the world around them, that they might be better citizens.”pic.twitter.com/dEiIgEd15K— Capital Gazette (@capgaznews) June 29, 2018“Yes, we’re putting out a damn paper tomorrow,” the Capital Gazette news outlet said late Thursday night, affirming an earlier statement by reporter Chase Cook.We also don’t know anything about motive in this incident.— Chase Cook (@chaseacook) June 28, 2018That declaration came as Cook and others reported on the latest news of the shooting and the devastating loss of life in the small Capital Gazette newsroom. Cook’s message resonated with many who were following the story, including journalists who work for other news outlets but offered to pitch in if they could help the Capital.Capital Gazette journalists worked to report the story of what police say was a “targeted attack” on their place of work, informing the public of what they knew about a shooting that touched them all on personal and professional levels.In addition to the tribute in the opinion section, the paper’s front page led with the photos of the five colleagues who were killed:Gerald Fischman, 61, editorial page editorRob Hiaasen, 59, assistant editor/newsJohn McNamara, 56, staff writer and editor for the Bowie Blade-News and the Crofton-West County GazetteRebecca Smith, 34, sales assistantWendi Winters, 65, special publications editorBefore midnight, the newspaper also published focused pieces on each of those who were lost, drawing on reporting from its sister publication, The Baltimore Sun. It did so just eight hours after the shooting had turned the Capital Gazette newsroom into a chaotic crime scene.Today, the Capital Gazette lost five members of our family. Stories on all five bright, wonderful lives will be included in the following tweets.— Capital Gazette (@capgaznews) June 29, 2018“Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees,” reporter Phil Davis tweeted.He later added, “There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.”There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018The attack came on what was supposed to have been a normal news day — and, for many staff members, a recovery period after covering Maryland’s primary elections on Tuesday. Before the shooting, the big news Thursday was a planned event: Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy.As news of the shooting erupted, staff members who weren’t at the office rushed to learn what had happened — and to report on it. Photojournalist Joshua McKerrow documented the scene as he arrived.Police response for shooting in my newsroom. @capgaznews. pic.twitter.com/0O1LtlXdps— Joshua McKerrow (@joshuamckerrow) June 28, 2018McKerrow and Cook continued to work from the scene as details emerged. So did another colleague, veteran reporter Pat Furgurson — who can be seen in photos from the police news conference, holding his phone out to record official updates on the damage sustained by the Capital Gazette newsroom.Setting about their work, the three journalists used the back of Furgurson’s pickup truck as a makeshift desk, according to a story on the Capital Gazette website.The Maryland man who is suspected of carrying out the attack is in custody and has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. Jarrod Ramos, who had sued over a 2011 column in the Capital, had harassed the paper’s staff for years, police say.Early Friday, as Davis tweeted details about Ramos’ planned bail hearing, he wrote, “I can’t sleep, so I’ll do the only thing I can and report.”Many of the messages from other staff members showed the same mix of journalistic commitment and personal loss.After Hiaasen’s death was confirmed, Cook said via Twitter, “He called me this morning asking about a headline clarification. He was an amazing editor who made me a better reporter.”Of the paper’s Friday edition, Cook wrote, “This was not possible without our colleagues and friends at The Baltimore Sun. Thank you all for your work.”McKerrow extended the same gratitude — and last night, he wrote, “I want to thank the first responders for all their work today, and the many journalists who came to cover our tragedy with empathy and respect. I can’t talk about those we’ve lost yet. The loss is unimaginable.”I want to thank the first responders for all their work today, and the many journalists who came to cover our tragedy with empathy and respect. I cant talk about those we’ve lost yet. The loss is unimaginable. @capgaznews— Joshua McKerrow (@joshuamckerrow) June 29, 2018Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently joined former Mayor Anthony Williams, Councilmember David Grosso, Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Board of Library Trustees President Gregory McCarthy and a handful of residents to kick off construction at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and a ceremonial lowering of the building’s historic mural.The event proved emotional for several residents on hand for the June 9 ceremony that ushers in a massive $208 million modernization project. The mural was removed for safekeeping and will be cleaned and stored for the duration of the library’s renovation. When the building reopens, the mural will be returned to the library’s Great Hall.“The first thing a visitor saw walking into the lobby of the library was this Dr. King mural – it gave me a sense of pride every time I came here because I remember a time when libraries were segregated,” Patricia Tarrance told the AFRO. “It’s amazing to see the care the city is using to remove it – I think because they knew how much pride the residents took in seeing Dr. King and our fight for equality on that wall.”The 56-by-7-foot oil mural contains nearly 100 images, buildings, and events, and was painted by Jamaican-born artist Donald Miller. The mural was installed on the first anniversary of the national holiday honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 20, 1986. In addition to the mural, public art honoring Dr. King will be solicited for the library’s vestibule and the plaza in front of the building.“My Administration is committed to expanding learning opportunities for residents of every age, in every neighborhood, and one way we are doing that is by building and renovating libraries across the District,” Bowser said at the removal. “Earlier this year, after 44 years of service, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – the first public building in the country named for Dr. King – closed its doors for a complete $208 million renovation. When it reopens in 2020, the MLK Library will offer tremendous learning opportunities to more than one million visitors each year.”In 2015, Bowser accelerated the funding to renovate the central library in her Fiscal Year 2016 Budget.On March 4, 2017, the library closed for a complete modernization. When the $208 million transformation is complete, the building will feature: a new and transparent entryway, sculptured monumental stairs, a large auditorium and conference center, an interactive children’s space; and an expanded special collections space for researchers and local history enthusiasts.“I guess I am a bit overwhelmed watching this mural come down just because it has been a part of my daily life while working on my dissertation research for nearly 5 years,” Tobin C. Taylor told the AFRO. “Once the library administration opened the sitting area in the lobby, I’d write while looking up at that mural. It reminded me that the fight for anything worth having is arduous – but worth it.”
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. February 28, 2018 Over the last several years, chatbots have become ubiquitous for businesses trying to scale their customer outreach. Research from Oracle found that 80 percent of businesses intend to interact with customers using chatbots by 2020. While many companies have recognized that chatbots and other automated applications are a powerful means to grow and support their businesses externally, it’s equally important to think about how chatbots can support companies internally, both now and in the future.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessThe benefits of bots Whether you’re a startup founder, a small business owner looking to grow your business, or an executive hoping to take your enterprise to the next level, jumping on the chatbot train can help your team in numerous ways.Bots that take care of tasks like scheduling appointments free up your people to focus on meatier problems. Bots that facilitate coordination between people, like collecting project updates, make work more efficient. Even the bots that seem silly, like a joke-telling bot, can have a positive impact on company culture. The ripple effect of using bots can pave the way for innovation, foster better work-life balance and create cost savings.Let’s look at a kind of bot that can help employees save time — like the Slack bot appointment scheduler, Meekan.Creating a calendar invitation takes roughly one to three minutes. If you imagine that you schedule an average of four meetings a week, this equates to spending around 10 minutes weekly or at least 40 minutes each month scheduling calendar appointments.And that’s just by automating one task. Juniper Research projects that by 2022, chatbots will be contributing to more than $8 billion in annual cost savings for enterprises.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingWhat’s next for chatbotsThere’s major potential for bots to impact all sorts of businesses and departments. The results and the changes we’ll see depend on how well we, as bot makers, can show teams how to apply it to their jobs — and how we equip them to adopt it and move it forward in future.For example, it’s easy to imagine how IT and HR departments at major corporations could use bots like Zendesk’s Answer Bot. These departments constantly receive internal questions from employees about their pay stubs, their laptops or the password for the Wi-Fi in a conference room. A bot that automates initial responses or routes questions by keyword and category could help streamline these questions, saving employees across departments time.Most companies want to make good decisions that are backed by observable data about their products and services. The problem businesses have nowadays isn’t that they don’t have enough data to inform decision making, it’s that they have too much. They’re either unable to decipher it or don’t have enough employees with the right skills to analyze it. Bots can be trained to detect patterns, monitor changes or find informative outliers in data and share them with stakeholders and data analysts.And bots aren’t limited to helping out in the digital world. Just as OpenTable uses bots to help you make a reservation at your favorite restaurant, the same bot technology could help reserve certain conference or break rooms at work.Related: 10 Chatbot Conversation-Builder TipsAs more employees see the benefits that bots and apps bring to their teams and to themselves, we’ll see a corresponding rise in the usage of low and no-code options for creating automated workflows (e.g. Mission.ai, Zapier and Workato). And as more people across industries are able to take advantage of that, we’ll see even more interesting applications of chatbots to make working life better. Advancements in natural language processing are already improving bot recognition of colloquial language and making them more conversant, and this will only continue to increase with time.Building bots is only half the story; in order for many bots to be effective and useful, they must be widely used across an organization. Let’s say you’re using the Butler Bot for Trello, which can perform repeatable tasks like assigning a due date to a project. If only half your team is using Trello, only half of them are seeing that time savings — or possibly even seeing the project tracker at all. To properly deploy a bot to an organization takes coordination — choosing apps and bots that make sense for the business, and then working as an internal champion to make sure that the bot sees usage. You can almost think of a bot as a new teammate: You need to create good conditions for its success.Over time, as more employees become comfortable working with bots, there will be more adoption across businesses. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Register Now »
‘Growing up in the closet is hard, but saying that Buffalo Grove supports the gay community, it will make someone in the closet feel seen and accepted.’Buffalo Grove first Pride will be next June‘I recently went to Aurora’s parade, and it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. It was inspiring to see a parade that’s main focus was acceptance and equality,’ Molly explains.She would want Buffalo Grove Pride to be as inclusive and family-friendly as Aurora Pride was. Her parents are helping her through the long process that will bring the party to town next 2 June 2019.‘We would like children, adults, elderly, everyone included,’ she says in the video.Molly Pinta is campaigning for inclusivity in her own town. | Photo: Carolyn PintaMolly founded The Acceptance Club at her schoolAs if this girl wasn’t inspirational enough, Molly also founded The Acceptance Club, a ‘gay-straight alliance’ at her middle school. She came up with the idea after attending her uncle’s same-sex wedding in 2017. The club has now more than a dozen members and meets weekly.Molly is hoping to get the attention of her role model, TV host and gay icon Ellen DeGeneres. It might be just a matter of time before we see this incredible girl on Ellen’s show.Read more about Prides:Missed out on Pride month? These are the highlights of parade season Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) After attending her very first Pride last month, seventh-grader Molly Pinta has decided it was high time her own town got its first parade too. Molly Pinta is organizing Buffalo Grove, Illinois, first Pride parade. | Photo: Courtesy of Carolyn Pinta/YouTube LGBTQ – eTurboNews (eTN)International Mr Leather, Chicago Pride and other festivals to celebrate summer in IllinoisMississippi LGBTI group will sue the city that denied them a pride paradeRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/chicago-suburb-will-have-its-first-pride-thanks-to-this-incredible-12-year-old/ The 12-year-old, who identifies as gay, marched proudly with her mother Carolyn during Aurora Pride Parade in the Chicago suburbs last month.Amazed by the experience, Molly thought to help her town – Buffalo Grove, Illinois – to organize its own march and celebrate the LGBTI community.‘We felt so amazed and wowed,’ she told NBC News.‘I imagined having that in my hometown would be so cool and seeing the town supporting the community.’Molly and her mom Carolyn at Aurora Pride parade last month. | Photo: Carolyn PintaMolly got to workMolly immediately reached out to Indivisible Aurora, the committee which organized Aurora Pride Parade.‘We all couldn’t help but be impressed and supportive. We’re certainly rooting for her,’ Chuck Adams, founder and executive director of Indivisible Aurora, told NBC.He also said: ‘Molly has such a self-awareness for her age and we’re just thrilled to be a part of it in any role we can play.’She raised $6,500 for Buffalo Grove PrideSetting up a fundraising page was the first step. Molly started her own on GoFundMe and has already raised nearly $6,500 at present (12 July). The final target is $30,000.She also posted a video on Facebook asking family and friends to contribute to the cause.Sporting beautiful rainbow hair, Molly appeals to her viewers to help fund the event, but, most importantly, to attend the march next year.[embedded content]‘As a gay child, I would love to see a Pride celebration in my town,’ she says. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Dads surprise their LGBTI kids with adorable rainbow bus to Pride
Cancun, Q.R. — Airport authorities have announced the addition of a Terminal 5 for the Cancun International Airport.The Airport Group of the Southeast (Asur) says that due to the constant increase in passengers, they have begun preparations to begin work on the addition of another terminal. The new addition, which will be Terminal 5, would be the latest in updates to the Cancun International Airport.The constant growth in passenger figures shows the need for the additional terminal, which Asur says, will be an investment in excess of $300 million USD.This announcement is part of the company’s investment plan for the period 2019-2023, which will also include upgrades to the Cozumel airport since it too, has recorded a steady increase in passenger traffic.The hint of a possible Terminal 5 came last year when the Cancun airport’s new Terminal 4 was inaugurated by President Enrique Peña Nieto. At the time, the possibility was mentioned, adding that if constructed, it would allow the airport to handle an additional 9 million passengers.Photo: The National Fund for Tourism DevelopmentThe work for Terminal 5 at the Cancun International Airport is set to begin toward the end of this year or early 2019. The new Maya Train project, that has been set in motion by president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will also include the Cancun International Airport.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A man was shot and wounded this morning in the irregular community of In House in the extreme west area of Playa del Carmen.Witnesses say the shooting occurred at 2:00 a.m. Sunday when the man was reportedly shot by another who instantly fled the scene via Constituyentes with Flor del Norte streets.Police arrived along with paramedics to transport the victim to local hospital to treat a gun shot wound to the leg.The irregular community known as In House in the west of the city in one of the invasion zones, consisting of hundreds of residents who live illegally in make-shift houses.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Facebook received a report 29 minutes after the video started.Image: Carl Court/Getty ImagesBy Johnny Lieu2019-03-19 05:11:51 UTC Facebook has revealed more details about the spread of the Christchurch terror attack video, and its seemingly relentless attempts to stop it.The social media giant said in a post the video was watched fewer than 200 times during the live broadcast, and that it was watched around 4,000 times in total before being removed.Facebook said it received a user report 29 minutes after the original video started, and 12 minutes after the live stream had finished. The company also revealed it removed the attacker’s video “within minutes” of being contacted by the New Zealand Police. Before Facebook was alerted, a link to a copy of the video hosted on a file-sharing site was already posted on 8chan.The original video was hashed to remove existing and further posts. Digital hashing breaks down a video and stores it on a database, so that it can be employed to prevent visually similar videos from appearing. Facebook said other variations of the video, like screen recordings, were harder to detect, and so it employed audio technology to weed them out. Within 24 hours of the attack, Facebook said it removed 1.5 million instances of the video, with 1.2 million of those videos blocked at upload. It’s since shared 800 visually-distinct videos of the attack to a collective database.Despite their efforts, Facebook and other social media platforms have come under intense scrutiny due to the continued spread of the video. Internet service providers in New Zealand and Australia have taken action against sites which host the video, although curiously, this enforcement so far doesn’t seem to apply to social media platforms.On Tuesday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she had “some communication” with Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg on the issue.“We have been in contact with Facebook; they have given us updates on their efforts to have it removed, but as I say, it’s our view that it cannot — should not — be distributed, available, able to be viewed,” she said, as per the Associated Press.“It is horrendous and while they’ve given us those assurances, ultimately the responsibility does sit with them.”
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This Wednesday, GitHub pages were non-functional as there was some instability in their servers. A hacker claimed that he performed a DDoS attack on the website. Github was down for roughly about an hour before normal functionality was restored. A hacker that goes by the name of Hax Stroke, a part of Ghost Squad Hackers Tweeted: Hax Stroke claims to have performed the attack using RPCBIND service DDoS amp and that it was ‘just a demo’. The Issues, PRs, Dashboard, Projects seemed to be down, enough for the website to not load at all. The outage was observed in many parts of the globe. The same person also claims to be responsible for the YouTube outage end of last year. The new year has just started and users observed issues in using GitHub: On their status website, their official comment as of January 2, 16:32 UTC is: “Resolved – We observed elevated error rates and discovered a capacity issue in one of our databases which impacted Web, API, and Gists. A backlog was cleared and systems returned to normal.” This isn’t the first time when the crowd favorite open-source repository was malfunctional. In October last year, GitHub was down for one whole day due to a failure in its data storage system. Read next GitHub down for a complete day due to failure in its data storage system GitHub plans to deprecate GitHub services and move to Webhooks in 2019 GitHub Octoverse: The top programming languages of 2018