New allies fresh conquests to be included in Modi cabinet

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP allies JD(U) and AIADMK are likely to be part of the new government while it will also reflect the saffron party’s inroads into states like West Bengal and Telangana, sources said Sunday.A JD(U) leader said the Bihar party expects at least one Cabinet berth in the government which will be sworn in on May 30. The party may also get one more berth in the Council of Ministers. The Rashtrapati Bhavan said on Sunday that Narendra Modi will be sworn in as Prime Minister on Thursday for his second term. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThough there has been no official word on likely faces in the new government, many leaders are of the view that most key members of the previous dispensation will be retained. There has been speculation that Arun Jaitley, who held the finance portfolio in he previous government, may opt out due to health reasons but people close to him have insisted that he has been doing well after undergoing treatment. The government on Sunday stepped in to insist that reports regarding his heath condition are false and baseless. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations”Reports in a section of media regarding Union Minister Shri Arun Jaitley’s health condition are false and baseless. Media is advised to stay clear of rumour mongering,” its principal spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted. Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasupta, who is associated with the BJP, said Jaitley is off all medication now and is recovering his strength. He is still meeting officials, Dasgupta said. “Questions about Arun Jaitley health understandable. He is recovering from a bout of heavy medication. But he is still in terrific form and his wit is firmly intact. Needs a little rest to get back his strength. All our good wishes,” Dasgupa tweeted. A number of senior faces from the outgoing cabinet including Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal, Narendra Singh Tomar and Prakash Javadekar are expected to figure in the new cabinet. Speculation has been rife that BJP president Amit Shah, who won the Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar with a massive margin, may also join the government. Shah has refrained from commenting on the matter. Another BJP ally LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan, sources said, has pushed for induction of his MP-son Chirag Paswan in the government. His party LJP won six seats in the polls. Ram Vilas Paswan, one of the most veteran parliamentarians, was a Cabinet minister in the last government. Though the AIADMK, which was also not part of the previous government, has won only one seat, it may be given a ministerial berth as it is in power in Tamil Nadu and a key dravidian ally of the BJP. The BJP put up its best ever show in West Bengal and Telangana these elections, winning 18 (from two in 2014) and four seats (from one in 2014) respectively in the two states. This may result in the party giving a greater representation to these states in the government.last_img read more

Daylight shooting Man killed by armed assailants in Narela

first_imgNew Delhi: More than half a dozen bullets were sprayed on a car which resulted in the death of a person in Narela area of Outer North district.The incident took place in broad daylight on Sunday. Police said that the deceased was involved in more than a dozen criminal cases. The investigators claimed that they are probing the case from different angles including personal enmity. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer-North) Gaurav Sharma said, “This is not the case of a gang war and we will solve it soon.” According to police, they were alerted about the incident in the morning. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice further said that a team was rushed to the spot which was in Lampur Mod, Main Road in Narela. The deceased in the case was identified as Virender alias Kala. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. Adding further, an official said that the deceased was a bad character of one of the police stations in the city. He was involved in 14 criminal cases. The investigation in the case revealed that the deceased was going to his relative’s house in the morning when three to four armed assailants intercepted his SUV car and started incessant firing at his vehicle. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHis driver fled the spot but the Virender was trapped inside the car. “Around seven-eight rounds were fired at deceased. After committing the crime the accused fled the spot,” added the officer. It is suspected that personal conflicts resulted in the death of Virender. After the police team reached the spot it was found that the car was riddled with bullets. The investigators said that several teams have been formed to solve the case. “We are working on various leads. Several people have been questioned in this regard,” police said. The cops are also using technical analysis to solve the case. Raids are going on in various places. Reports were coming that the deceased had contested in municipal polls on a party ticket from Narela area earlier. “Few years ago, he had contested the election and lost,” a police officer said adding that property dispute angle is also being probed. The Delhi Police are also scanning CCTV footages of some places to get further clues in the case. Sources said that the investigators are probing whether the deceased had arguments or conflict with some person in recent past. A case under the appropriate section was registered in the police station.last_img read more

Manitoba judge approves 90M flood compensation settlement

first_imgKathleen Martens APTN NewsFirst Nations people are individuals first and band members second, a Manitoba judge was told Friday.“We are not children,” said Clifford Anderson. “We do not need our chief and council’s consent to pursue a matter like this.”Anderson is one of the lead plaintiffs in a flood damage class-action settlement that was decided in a Winnipeg courtroom.“These are my personal losses, not something owned by the band,” he told Justice James Edmond in urging him to accept the $90 million offered by the provincial and federal governments.“We have a fair deal.”Edmond approved the compensation package that would award adults $42,000 to $67,000 in “disruption payments” while children would receive 10 per cent of that.Anderson was one of three flood victims to speak in favour of the deal that would compensate members of four First Nations for personal damages.The communities of Pinaymootang, Lake St. Martin, Little Saskatchewan and Dauphin River that ring Lake Manitoba were flooded in 2011, after the Manitoba government intentionally diverted water from the swollen Assiniboine River to spare Winnipeg.More than 4,000 people were affected and spent the past six years living in trailers, hotels, apartments or staying with friends and family members – mostly in Winnipeg. While 3,600 were living off reserve.“What am I doing here in a strange place?” said Elder Mary Stag of her time living in the Manitoba capital.“I’m 78. This is no place for me. My place is in Dauphin River.”Stag said the compensation would help ease the displacement but she would never recover completely from losing her home and community.“I don’t even know how to describe it without crying in front of the courtroom,” she said of the hardship.Bertha Travers of Little Saskatchewan also urged the judge to accept the settlement offer.“Some people have been given houses but they have no furniture,” she said. “We’d like to see… our belongings replaced.”Two chiefs filed last-minute motions opposing the settlement reached by McKenzie Lake Lawyers in London, Ont.As did four evacuees from Lake St. Martin, who spoke against the compensation point system.There is an “unjustness and inequity” to this, said their lawyer David Newman, because the Manitoba government “chose not to do it as a humanitarian public policy thing.”He said the money was a drop in the bucket compared to what they lost after their community was wiped off the map.But Anderson said this settles claims for personal belongings not communal property like housing, infrastructure and land. Something, he said, band members have come to rely on their leadership to fight for.“My brother (Kurvis) and I recognized we could go after personal losses,” he said, noting his chief and council supported the court action.“I am a band member who has rights – individual rights.”Under the deal, compensation is also available for band members who lived off reserve and the estates of people who died since the flooding.The governments didn’t admit wrongdoing and continue to negotiate with band councils on other lawsuits related to the widespread damage.The flooding also ruined farmland and destroyed cottages.Kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

AAP politicising cow will lodge plaint with EC BJP

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi BJP on Tuesday alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party was trying to incite communal tensions by “politicising the cow” and said it would lodge a complaint with the Election Commission.The BJP’s reaction came on a tweet by AAP Lok Sabha poll candidate Raghav Chadha in which he wrote “door to door campaigning by BJP” and posted a photo of a cow and a calf standing at the doorstep of a house. The post has been liked by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP leader Vijender Gupta said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”We have taken an appointment with the Election Commission of India and will apprise them about how the AAP is politicising the cow, which is a symbol of harmony, and trying to create communal tension,” Gupta, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi assembly, told reporters.The tweet is a violation of the model code of conduct (MCC) and the Delhi BJP will lodge a complaint with the poll panel on Wednesday, he said. BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri said complaints have been filed at the Govindpuri, Pul Prahladpur and Sangam Vihar police stations against the AAP for trying to incite communal tension through Chadha’s tweet. “We will urge the Election Commission (EC) to invalidate the AAP and urge them to ensure that FIRs are filed on these complaints. “His (Chadha) said act has not only hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindus but has also intended to create mutual hatred, differences and cause tension between different religions,” he said.last_img read more

No need to keep a chowkidar who helps fraudsters flee India

first_imgDiamond Harbour: Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tall claim of calling himself a ‘chowkidar’, Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool YouthCongress president and sitting MP, said there is no need to keep a chowkidar who allows money launderers to flee India and take safe shelter in foreign countries. “We do not want a chowkidar who will allow money launderers like Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya to flee the country and get settled in a foreign country peacefully,” he said while addressing a rally at Sarisha High School ground on Saturday afternoon. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaComparing the BJP with a special type of insect that is found during Diwali, he said: “BJP is like that particular type of insect called “shyamapoka” which can only be seen during Diwali and Kali Puja. The leaders of BJP come before the election and during the year, they cannot be seen anywhere near the constituency,” he said. “I request locals not to support BJP leaders as they are like snakes. At the earliest opportunity, they will bite those who have helped them,” he added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAbhishek said the BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour constituency, Nilanjan Roy, is a resident of Balurghat and “he needs at least three months to know the area. But before that elections will be over and he will go back to Balurghat.” He maintained that in the past five years, the MPLAD fund worth Rs 25 crore has been used for the development in the area. In addition to this, the state Public Works department and Public Health Engineering department have spent another Rs 1,600 crore. On top of it, the state Tourism department, Irrigation and waterways department and Transport department spent another Rs 2,600 crore. He said: “I can say with utmost conviction that in the past five years, the same amount has not been spent for the development of Varanasi which is Modi’s constituency.” Abhishek added that he would conduct road shows and organise meetings in Diamond Harbour. He assured that more development in the area would be taken up in future.last_img read more

Sharma to push for progress in Sri Lanka

During the Secretary-General’s last visit in September 2012, his discussions with government identified a number of areas in which Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth would collaborate to deepen their partnership. These included the strengthening of the Human Rights Commission; strengthening the public service, local government, electoral institutions and processes; youth entrepreneurship; sport for development and peace; supporting implementation of the report of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission; legislative drafting; and strengthening an independent media. The Commonwealth Secretariat has been working with the Government of Sri Lanka to take all of these forward.The Secretary-General’s engagements in Colombo will include meetings with the President, the Speaker of Parliament and the Minister of External Affairs. He said that the Secretary-General will review organisational preparations for CHOGM and discuss possible outcomes that Sri Lanka and Commonwealth leaders will want to achieve at the summit. Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma will push for advancing Commonwealth values and principles, including the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers, during his ongoing visit to Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth Secretariat said in a statement issued in Colombo today.Richard Uku, Official Spokesperson and Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Commonwealth Secretariat said that the Secretary-General will discuss matters of shared interest between Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which takes place in Sri Lanka in November. “We want the 2013 summit to achieve significant outcomes for all members. It should show ways in which all Commonwealth citizens – be they city dwellers or residents of remote communities – can increasingly become beneficiaries of national development and growth, and be confident that they can shape their societies through democratic culture and processes. Development and democracy are mutually reinforcing,” Uku said. Sharma is expected to discuss, among other issues, options for advancing Commonwealth values and principles, including the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers.“The Commonwealth approach is to highlight our shared values and to offer best-fit practical assistance that helps achieve progress,” Uku concluded. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Prosecutors charge former Audi boss in emissions scandal

FRANKFURT — German prosecutors have charged the former head of Audi, Volkswagen’s luxury division, with fraud in connection with sales of diesel cars with software that enabled cheating on emissions tests.Prosecutors in Munich said in a news release Wednesday that they had charged Rupert Stadler and three other individuals. The three unnamed individuals were charged with having developed engines used in Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche models that had software that made the emissions controls work better on the test stand than in real-life driving.Stadler was charged with having known about the manipulation in Audi and Volkswagen cars and with continuing to sell the models despite that knowledge.Volkswagen admitted the cheating in 2015 and paid billions in fines and settlements while two executives went to prison in the U.S.The Associated Press read more

UN officials challenge Johannesburg forum to invest more resources to fight global

Sounding the drumbeat for a stronger public commitment to fight global problems, United Nations officials today challenged governments meeting at the World Summit on Sustainable Development to invest more resources to help reduce worldwide hunger and poverty, provide clean water and ensure adequate treatment for HIV/AIDS.”Governments, international organizations and financing institutions need to use their resources effectively to improve their performance and to step up their cooperation, working as one to overcome hunger and to consolidate the primary role of sustainable agriculture and rural development in food security,” Jacques Diouf, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said in an address to the Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.For her part, Carol Bellamy, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said that achieve truly sustainable development meant creating world that was fit for boys and girls. “Something as simple as providing safe water and clean toilets in schools will not just help protect children from deadly diseases – it will keep millions of them, especially girls, going to school,” she stressed. “And, making sure children get a quality basic education can help a single generation make a huge leap.”Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Piot, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), said that the international community needed to make a major commitment to redress the human resource crisis provoked by the disease. He called for a broad spectrum of actions, from increased prevention and accessible treatment to investing in new models of development that re-build human capacity from the community up. “Turn our backs on the epidemic and, in the worst affected countries, development will continue its rapid slide into ‘undevelopment,'” he warned. “But act purposefully and in partnership, and the impact of AIDS can be turned back.”In other news from the Summit, negotiations on some issues, such as outstanding targets and timetables, were being sent to a group of ministers for resolution. Although dozens of additional paragraphs in the draft action plan have been finalized, there were still several tough issues – such as trade subsidies, globalization, and a target for providing proper sanitation – that have not been resolved, UN officials said.Negotiations were also continuing on setting a target for promoting renewable energy as a part of the goals dealing with energy, an issue that cuts across various regions and negotiating groups. There was still disagreement on a timetable for phasing out subsidies for fossil fuels, and whether the Summit should encourage the launch of action programmes for energy on a centralized basis, or whether efforts should be more decentralized. read more

Ashley Judd appointed Goodwill Ambassador by UN Population Fund

“Ashley and UNFPA will be joining forces to raise awareness of the huge work that still needs to be done across the world to stop women dying giving life and to empower women to choose when and how often to become pregnant,” said UNFA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. In a press conference with Dr. Osotimehin announcing the appointment, Ms. Judd told journalists that that it was an “honour” to be appointed as UNFPA’s Goodwill Ambassador and to advocate for women’s rights.“At the heart of sustainable development is the ability of a woman to regulate her fertility,” Ms. Judd said.She also spoke out about violence against women, saying that the family is often the seat of gender-based violence and other violations of human rights.In a press release, UNFPA commended Ms. Judd for her strong commitment to social justice and passionate advocacy of the right of every girl and boy to enter adulthood safely and empowered.“Being a girl is not a crime, it is a privilege,” she said. “I am excited to do what I can to help girls and women everywhere contribute to their potential – which is indeed awesome – to the progress of all humankind.”Ms. Judd’s appointment comes at the opening of the historic 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The priority theme for the 60th session is women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.Goodwill Ambassador Judd will give the keynote address tomorrow, at a special event at the UN General Assembly Hall, using words and music to call for an end to female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and son preference. read more

People told me I was mad when I bought Swindon and its

first_img Waterford FC owner Lee Power. Mar 2nd 2017, 9:30 PM Bad news for Drogheda as Killian Brennan suffers broken collarboneFrom the England U18 squad with Cole and McManaman to becoming a LOI legend Short URL By Ryan Bailey Follow us: the42.ie 31,971 Views Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 9:30 PM 19 Comments Waterford FC owner Lee Power. ‘People told me I was mad when I bought Swindon and it’s the same with Waterford’ Waterford FC owner Lee Power outlines his ambitions for the League of Ireland club. Share213 Tweet Email1 MORE SO THAN in any other walk of life, the fine margins between success and failure in sport — but football in particular — are incredibly pronounced. In the short-term, one result can define a season but also has the capacity to shape a club in the long run.In the case of the 2012 SSE Airtricity League promotion/relegation playoff, the outcome has had a huge influence on the landscape of Irish football and the fortunes of the two clubs involved.In the five years since, Dundalk – who won the tie 4-2 on aggregate to maintain their Premier Division status — have gone in one direction and Waterford United (as they were called back then) have gone in the other. The contrast, both on the pitch and financially, couldn’t be starker.After a 2-2 draw between the two cash-strapped and embattled clubs in the first leg at Oriel Park, a Michael Rafter brace was to prove the difference on the night for the Lilywhites, who were managed by Darius Kierans and had Chris Shields and Stephen McDonnell in their ranks. Michael Rafter celebrates after scoring for Dundalk against Waterford in 2012. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOAfter plummeting to the bottom of the Premier Division, Dundalk were given a lifeline and two years later they were League of Ireland champions. The rest, as they say, is history, as Stephen Kenny’s men have reached unprecedented heights both domestically and in Europe.Conversely, Waterford have since been consigned to the First Division and their financial difficulties came to a head last season when players and staff were let go in a desperate bid to keep the club afloat. The board issued an urgent appeal to raise €80,000 to ensure the six-time League of Ireland champions survived until the end of the year. Somehow, they did.How much longer they were going to be around was another question and all the signs were that a club steeped in history would follow the likes of Sporting Fingal and Kildare County in going under.So the intervention of Lee Power, the former Ireland U21 international and current owner of League One side Swindon Town, couldn’t have been more timely as he assumed control of Waterford from former chairman John O’Sullivan last November.It’s not overstating it to say Power’s investment has saved Waterford but his decision to add the south-east club to his growing portfolio is far more than a rescue act; the 44-year-old points at Dundalk’s achievements as first-hand evidence as to what can be achieved. Lee Power playing for Plymouth Argyle in 1998. Source: EMPICS SportBut, the real question here is why?Why would a multi-millionaire put money into a First Division club in a league with a history of ill-advised takeovers and financial mismanagement? Surely there are far more attractive and lucrative markets out there with less risk attached.Yet Power’s answer is straightforward: he has a close affiliation with Waterford as a club, city and county through family heritage. He also sees genuine potential in the league.“We looked at the League of Ireland as an upcoming market, and Dundalk highlighted that with their achievements and the more we looked at it, it was a market that I wanted to be heavily involved in,” Power tells The42.“Waterford was the only club I wanted to be involved in so I asked my friend Eamonn Collins [former St Pat’s manager and football agent] to find out if Waterford would be available and lucky enough for me there was a possibility it would be.“There were no guarantees as it’s a very complex process when you’re buying a club in Ireland as a lot of them are owned by trusts or committees. We were just very lucky Waterford was owned by an individual and with my roots in the city, it just fitted well.” Waterford’s home at the RSC. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOThat individual was O’Sullivan, who had been chairman for over a decade and almost single-handedly kept the finances in check while the club was languishing in the doldrums.From first discovering the club was available to takeover, Power met with O’Sullivan a couple of times in Portugal and four months later, all the paperwork was complete, the debts paid and the slate wiped clean.It was during those meetings, and a visit to the Regional Sports Centre (RSC) for the last game of the 2015 campaign, when Power learned of the limitations O’Sullivan had been running the club under for a number of years. An average home crowd of under 300 and no primary shirt sponsor meant revenue was almost non-existent.“When I found out there were a few problems financially, it was perfect for me,” Power continued. “I decided to come in and help out and get the show on the road.“If anything it probably excited me more that the club had been in doldrums. It’s such a big club in Ireland, the history is there, and the fact that there hasn’t been a lot for the city and county to shout about was a big motivating factor. Lee Power in 1992. Source: © INPHO“Firstly, there have been a number of clubs who have gone out of business unfortunately and a lot of local people have been left with bills. It was very important to John and also to me that all these bills got paid and the debts got cleared and it was a clean slate and a blank canvas.“It’s quite complex when there’s a lot of creditors involved and that’s the reason why we cleared those and started again.”Once the future of Waterford was secure, Power went about identifying the right people he wanted at the club to drive this project forward. The crest and name (Waterford FC) were changed in a throwback to bygone glory days but the most important decisions were always going to be in a football sense.With the financial muscle to invest resources into the squad and staff, Power convinced Pat Fenlon to take the role of director of football and then added Alan Reynolds, who had been first team coach at Cork City, as head coach. It was a clear statement of intent.Fenlon’s first task was to assemble a new squad, with Power handing the former Bohemians and Hibernian manager a substantial budget to recruit the right calibre of player for their promotion tilt. Waterford FC director of football Pat Fenlon. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“I’ve worked very closely with Pat,” Power, who enjoyed a playing career with Norwich City and Peterborough United among others, continued.“He was key to this project as well, to get someone with his pedigree and experience in the league. I was delighted but also surprised he was willing to drop down. But that just shows you he believes in the project and he’s managed to get a number of players to drop out of the Premier Division to come here. They had offers but wanted to join us and that bodes well.“It’s a difficult one because we need to be promoted so we might have been a little bit more generous [with contracts] than we wanted to be to try and get out of this. It’s imperative that we get out of the First Division so the budget in place is probably the biggest budget in the league, but that doesn’t guarantee anything.“Pat has spent the money well. I believe we’ve broken the transfer record, obviously bringing [Kenny] Browne back from Cork. We’ve spent fees, albeit different sort of fees to the UK, but they’re still fees and hopefully now that squad can achieve what we want them to achieve and then next season hopefully it’s a completely different ball game.”It’s clear Power wants success, and in his first season that would equate to promotion, but it’s not the be-all and end-all and he stresses repeatedly that this is about the club’s long-term sustainability rather than instant reward. Kenny Browne is back at Waterford this season. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOPower was hugely impressed by the facilities available to the club at Waterford Institute of Technology, comparing them to Premier League or Championship standard, and he sees the national U15s and U17s leagues as a huge opportunity to develop young talent from a county which has previously produced internationals such as John O’Shea, the Hunt brothers [Stephen and Noel] and Daryl Murphy.He explained: “The big thing that attracted us here is the underage leagues. It’s a bit like our academy system in England. That’s the market we want to target and invest in. We want to get the best players in the city, county and the country to come to Waterford because it’s a bit like growing your own vegetables.“Long after I’ve left and there’s a new owner, there is a conveyor belt of players coming through which means the club doesn’t have to go over budget and still be competitive.“Pat has a number of different areas he’s responsible for but because of the way the football club is going to be structured with the youth system, he has a lot of work to do with the 15s and 17s.“We want to put a structure in place like the UK structure and Alan [Reynolds] will be on the ground every day with the players. Pat won’t be spending as much time on the training pitch as Alan but he has other duties. We’re starting afresh with the club that needs to be built from the bottom up and build the foundations. Pat knows the ins and outs of Irish football and I’d want nobody better on my staff to do that.” A former Waterford player, Alan Reynolds is the club’s new head coach. Source: INPHOA new era for Waterford FC started in rather inauspicious fashion last week when the Blues slipped to an opening day defeat to Athlone Town.Fenlon’s side welcome Cabinteely to the RSC for their first home game of the campaign tomorrow night and one of the motivating factors for Power is to restore the pride in the club that may have been lost in recent times.His father was born and raised in Waterford city before moving to London, but Power’s roots run deep having learned of his heritage during three years representing Ireland U21s in the early 90s.“People told me I was mad when I bought Swindon. I mean Swindon were losing £5 million a season when I took over and Paolo di Canio had just left as manager,” he says.“Everyone thought I was crazy and it’s the same here. But this is a blank canvas and the big thing in Waterford is I know if the team is doing well you’re going to get bums on seats.“It’s a very proud city, it’s a very proud county and I know that from my playing days. As you can tell from my accent, I’m a London boy born and bred but when I was playing for the 21s, you used to see it and I learned it very quickly. Estonian international Sander Puri, pictured here tackling Arjen Robben, is one of Waterford’s new signings. Source: Peter Dejong“I’m proud that I have an association with the county through my family and I want them to be proud of the football club. Obviously I don’t speak like Waterford people but I’d like to think I’m one of their own and if we can get the place rocking, we want a bit of a siege mentality and we don’t want teams to look forward to coming to Waterford.“We want to go out there and have a place which is very hard to come and I do believe if we manage to get promoted we would become one of the biggest forces in Irish football again.“You want to do it for people like John O’Sullivan and all the volunteers who have poured their life into the football club. While this investment made business sense for me also, I want this to succeed for the staff, volunteers and all the supporters.“I only want to succeed, I don’t want to fail anywhere. I want to put smiles on faces and want to make sure everyone is happy and we can look back in many years to come and reflect on a fantastic thing and for my family as well, my local team that I’ve managed to go over and help.“It’s nice for them. Obviously my grandparents aren’t here anymore, but it’s nice for my father, he’s not very well at the minute, but I know he’s proud and I’m proud. That’s the big thing I want, it’s a proud county and if you give people something to hold onto, it will put a smile on their face and these people will go through a brick wall for you and that’s what we want.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! http://the42.ie/3262200 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Stonehenge un monument préhistorique peut en cacher un autre

first_imgStonehenge : un monument préhistorique peut en cacher un autreExposés dans un documentaire diffusé sur la chaîne britannique Channel 4, les résultats d’une étude de 10 ans menée sur les vestiges du site néolithique anglais de Stonehenge débouchent sur l’hypothèse d’une “double vie” du célèbre site.   Après une décennie de fouilles, de travaux de laboratoire et l’analyse de 50.000 fragments d’os incinérés provenant de 63 individus, l’équipe de Mike Parker Pearson, de l’University College de Londres, propose une nouvelle lecture du fameux site archéologique de Stonehenge, dans le sud de l’Angleterre. Les chercheurs suggèrent qu’il n’y a pas eu un mais “deux” Stonehenge.En effet, selon eux, le premier serait une grande structure circulaire – construite 5 siècles avant le monument principal – jouxtant un cimetière. Pour en arriver là, les spécialistes ont étudié plusieurs éléments parmi lesquels un site tout proche appelé Durrington Walls, qualifié par le Pr Pearson de “plus grande colonie néolithique dans tout le nord de l’Europe”, avec environ 1.000 maisons. Mais ils ont également considéré la présence de 80.000 ossements de bovins et de porcs – dont l’examen montre qu’ils étaient parfois originaires des Highlands écossais.Or, tout ceci a semblé témoigner d’une grande affluence et d’une grande activité à Stonehenge il y a 5.000 ans, soit 500 ans environ avant l’édification du monument “définitif” que nous connaissons. L’analyse des dents du bétail montre un pic d’abattage de jeunes animaux (nés au printemps) durant le solstice d’hiver, et, dans une moindre mesure, durant celui d’été. Un cimetière plutôt qu’un observatoire ou un calendrier À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon Mike P. Pearson, des gens semblent donc être revenus sur le site à chaque solstice, depuis toute la Grande-Bretagne, durant une dizaine d’années – comme le suggèrent les marques successives de réparation des maisons. Leur but : se livrer à des festivités, mais surtout construire le (premier) monument de Stonehenge petit à petit.À cette époque (3.000 av. JC, donc), plutôt que d’être un observatoire astronomique ou un “calendrier”, le site, estime le Pr Pearson, était principalement un cimetière. Les sépultures contiennent un nombre presque égal d’hommes, de femmes et d’enfants (dont un nouveau-né). La présence d’objets comme une tête de massue ou un petit bol partiellement brûlé ayant pu servir “d’encensoir” suggère que les défunts auraient pu être des dignitaires politiques ou religieux, accompagnés de leurs familles.Le 22 mars 2013 à 10:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE 2K16 soundtrack now available on iTunes

first_img Birthday: 2nd of September Red Carpet at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards Katy Perry ‘knows what she wants’ Now Playing Up Next Facebook WhatsApp Courtesy of WWE.com:WWE 2K16 soundtrack now available for streaming on iTunesGrappling gamers can surely expect to raise some hell in the squared circle when WWE 2K16 hits shelves this fall. Now, they can hear what tunes will help them rock the virtual ring.2K revealed the soundtrack details for the highly-anticipated WWE video game during “Release” on Beats 1 on Apple Music Friday morning. The companion album to WWE 2K16 will feature 11 incredible songs from across multiple genres, covering musical tastes from hip-hop to heavy metal to country and everything in between.Also confirmed on “Release,” the WWE Universe can stream the WWE 2K16 soundtrack right now on iTunes.The WWE 2K16 soundtrack includes:– Billy Idol – “Rebel Yell”– Diplo (feat. Faustix & Imanos and Kai) – “Revolution”– Fashawn (feat. Nas & Aloe Blacc) – “Something To Believe In”– Kid Ink – “Hello World”– Marilyn Manson – “Deep Six”– MGK (feat. Victoria Monet) – “A Little More”– Run-DMC – “It’s Tricky”– Skid Row – “Youth Gone Wild”– Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”– Yelawolf – “Till It’s Gone” [Dan Heath Remix]– Zac Brown Band (feat. Chris Cornell) – “Heavy Is The Head”– Zedd (feat. Logic and X-Ambassadors) – “Transmission”WWE 2K16 is scheduled for release on Oct. 27, 2015, in North America and on Oct. 30, 2015, internationally. The game has not yet been rated by the ESRB.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCharli XCX’s ‘genuine’ collaborationsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:03/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 95.82%0:02Remaining Time -1:01 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Lizzo Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Preview for WWE Network special on Elias airing this week, Top 10 WWE Ringside Rescues Charli XCX’s ‘genuine’ collaborations Google+ Videos Articles Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Netflix announces season three of GLOW set to premiere Friday, August 9 Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 The Fabulous MTV VMA 2019 Red Carpetlast_img read more

Seattle burglary suspects getaway ends in air duct

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — A burglary suspect who cut through an apartment building’s drywall in an attempt to escape became trapped in an air duct and had to be rescued by firefighters.KIRO reports a resident of the apartment building caught the man Tuesday night stealing quarters from a soda machine in the laundry room.The man blocked the door and tried to get away by cutting through drywall. When he ran into a basement masonry wall he tried to crawl out the vent but became stuck and had to call for help.Firefighters cut him free. When they asked if he needed medical attention, he said, “heroin.”last_img

The Taylor Swift Experience Comes Home To Los Angeles

first_img The Taylor Swift Experience Is Returning Home taylor-swift-experience-comes-home-los-angeles NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Taylor Swift; Album Of The Year speech for ‘1989’ Twitter News Email The premiere exhibit showcasing an interactive look into the life of the 10-time GRAMMY winner will return to Southern California after 2 years spent touring the countryBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 14, 2017 – 12:26 pm GRAMMY.comThe GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live’s most popular exhibit to date, The Taylor Swift Experience, has spent the past summer months traveling the country, but will soon return home to Southern California this September. The Taylor Swift Experience Comes Home To Los Angeles Facebook The exhibit originally opened on Taylor Swift’s 25th birthday, Dec. 14, 2014, and was only intended to run through May 2015, but was extending through Oct. 4, 2015 due to its overwhelming popularity. Since then the exhibit has traveled around the country, most notably popping up in New York’s Seaport District in 2016, and then the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi this past summer.Following its travels around the country, the exhibit will now return home to Southern California, where it will be on display at the L.A. County Fair from Sept. 1 – Sept. 24.  The exhibit includes family photos and early childhood reading books provided by Swift’s family; tour costumes from the singer’s The RED Tour; handwritten lyric sheets for her smash singles “Teardrops On My Guitar,” “White Horse,” and “22”; the banjo Swift played during her performance at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012; and her 2009 GRAMMY Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “White Horse.”Additionally, several items not included in the 2014 run of the exhibit have since been added, including tour costumes from Swift’s The 1989 World Tour, outfits from the GRAMMY-winning music video for “Bad Blood,” handwritten lyric sheets for “Welcome To New York,” and the one-of-a-kind custom-built piano used during The 1989 World Tour.”When the exhibit first opened at our Museum in Los Angeles nearly three years ago, it became our most successful exhibit ever, and our visitors still talk about it to this day,” said GRAMMY Museum curator Nwaka Onwusa, “We are thrilled to bring The Taylor Swift Experience back to Southern California.”Bruno Mars Donates $1 Million To Support Flint Water Crisislast_img read more

CES 2019 Alexa will command Hamilton Beachs new drip coffee maker

first_img Preview • Will Spinn sling great coffee or just hype? Mentioned Above Spinn Coffee Maker CES 2019 Hamilton Beach Alexa Smart Home CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it Spinn Coffee Maker $499 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 85 Photos CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Comments Share your voice Tags 2 Enlarge ImageThis new coffee maker from Hamilton Beach will accept voice commands from Alexa. James Martin/CNET At CES 2019, Hamilton Beach had a pair of connected coffee makers on display. The newest one, the $79 Alexa-Enabled Smart Coffee Maker (Model 49700), will enjoy tight integration with Amazon’s voice assistant. You’ll be able to ask things like, “Alexa, is my coffee ready?” and “Alexa, when was my coffee brewed?” Alexa will then ping the brewer and provide an answer. You can also command the drip machine, via Alexa, to kickstart brewing.Also be sure to read: The best home espresso machines for sale right nowfood-tech-live-ces-2019-8620Enlarge ImageThe FlexBrew uses Kurig-style K-Cups or standard coffee grounds. James Martin/CNET Another appliance, the $89 Hamilton Beach Wi-Fi Connected FlexBrew, links to your home Wi-Fi. That lets you control the brewer with the HB Connect mobile app.  Additionally, the coffeemaker supports Amazon Dash Replenishment. With it enabled, the machine will automatically order coffee before your supply runs dry. The FlexBrew either makes single-serve portions from K-Cup containers, or up to full pots (12-cup max) from ground coffee.Hamilton Beach Alexa-Enabled Smart Coffee MakerModel 49700Price: $79Availability: Q2 2019Hamilton Beach Wi-Fi Connected FlexBrew Coffee MakerModel 49968 Price: $89 Availability: Nowlast_img read more

Pakistans outcry over Kashmir height of hypocrisy

first_imgGERMANY: Pakistan’s outcry over the developments in Kashmir and its advocacy for the human rights of Kashmiris shows the height of hypocrisy and shamelessness when compared to the 72 years of their illegal occupation of Balochistan, said Hammal Haider, foreign spokesman of the Baloch National Movement. The spokesman’s remarks came in the wake of heightened tension between India and Pakistan following New Delhi’s historic decision of the changing the status of Jammu and Kashmir and transforming it into a union territory, with effect from October 31. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Rattled by India’s move, Pakistan requested the international community to intervene in the matter and call for restraint against the so-called “illegal aggression” in the region. Haider said that Pakistan has been “illegally occupying” Balochistan since 72 years and has extra-judicially abducted and killed thousands of Baloch political activists throughout the years. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Balochistan was once an independent country like many others, he said. On August 11, 1947, the province, which is currently under the dominance of Pakistan, gained independence from the British colonisers just three days before the creation of Pakistan. “But six months later, we lost our freedom. A proposal was presented by the then ruler of Balochistan, Mir Ahmad Yar Khan, to the upper and lower house of the parliament at Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s request to join Pakistan. But both houses unanimously rejected his proposal and refused to join Pakistan,” he stated. Advertise With Us “After failing to convince the Baloch people in the name of Islam and focal two-nation theory, Pakistan resorted to military forces and invaded Balochistan on March 27, 1948, and annexed it against the will of the Baloch people,” the activist added. Since then, Haider said, the same military has killed hundreds and thousands of people who asked for the rights of self-determination. “It also is the same army that is currently involved in the killings of not only Baloch people but also Sindhis and Pashotoon political activists, teachers, lawyers, and human rights campaigners,” he added.last_img read more

Onedome to Open Unreal Garden Augmented Reality Art Exhibit in San Francisco

first_imgHowever, the goal of the company wasn’t to build its own dedicated AR sphere, but to host other artists in a new environment, said Onedome co-founder and chief marketing officer Leila Amirsadeghi. “We don’t want to be creators, we want to be curators.”The Unreal Garden is only a first step in Onedome’s plans for curated immersive art spaces. In December, the company plans to open a separate exhibition called LMNL in its San Francisco location, which will include 15 interactive installations in separate rooms. “There will be secret passages,” teased Amirsadeghi.And in the coming years, Onedome plans to open additional locations across the U.S. Amirsadeghi said that it won’t directly compete with other location-based immersive entertainment, including the location-based VR experiences that have been popping up in malls and movie theaters everywhere in recent months. “There is so much room for all of us,” she said. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img San Francisco-based Onedome is unveiling a decidedly different take on location-based immersive entertainment in the Bay Area later this week: The company will open its very first augmented reality art exhibit to the public in downtown San Francisco this coming Friday.Dubbed “The Unreal Garden,” the exhibit lets consumers freely roam an enchanted world of plants, animals and digital art objects, brought to life with traditional projection technologies as well as Microsoft’s Hololens AR headset, combined behind the scenes with technology from HP.The exhibit includes a total of 10 art pieces from 9 artists, including Android Jones, John Park, Jasmine Pradissitto, Andy Thomas, Shuster + Moseley, Scott Musgrove, Werc, Ray Kallmeyer and Vladislav Solovjov. Onedome helped to digitize their artwork and port it to the Hololens. The company also worked to combine all of the individual pieces to a group experience, allowing visitors to work together to unlock special visual effects.last_img read more

Mamata tweets on International Animation Day

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted informing the launch of the state-owned animation academy on the occasion of International Animation Day on Sunday.”Today is International Animation Day. You will be happy to know that in July this year, we have launched a state-owned animation academy — the Webel DQE Animation Academy — at Salt Lake Sector V. My best wishes to all,” Banerjee tweeted. The Webel DQE Animation Academy provides the platform for creative individuals to learn, share and develop themselves as animation professionals. The lessons for the courses are being imparted by qualified and experienced faculty members. Webel in technical collaboration with DQ Entertainment (International) Limited is offering various long-term and short-term courses. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDQ Entertainment (International) Limited is a world-renowned name in television, feature films, home video, visual effects, mobile and next-generation console games etc. Webel is an undertaking of the state Information Technology and Electronics department that collaborated with DQE for the state-of-the-art academy. A MoU was signed between Webel and DQE at the Bengal Global Business Summit which was held at the Convention Centre in New Town in January this year.last_img read more

Stop Looking at Your IT Department as a Cost Center

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In modern business, departments not directly related to operations have had to fight to demonstrate their value. Marketing departments have been the go-to scapegoat, but information technology (IT) departments haven’t been far behind. In a recent survey conducted by CIO magazine, half of IT leaders surveyed said their departments were seen primarily as “cost centers” — meaning they do not add to profits.Related: A Well-Trained IT Team: Your Company’s Secret Weapon (Infographic)But a reality check is needed here because a company’s IT department should be one of its major profit drivers. A 2016 Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services poll of 500 mid-market executives found that IT department leaders were responsible for 49 percent of technology adoption, compared to 36 percent a year earlier. In fact, IT departments are becoming more and more strategic, and technology is becoming a more reliable investment.Clearly, then, there’s a disconnect there: IT teams are playing a key role in moving businesses forward, but their department heads still claim they’re seen as a sieve in the budget.Yet, CIOs and IT departments play a much bigger role in business than they’re often given credit for, and that needs to change.More about that IT reality checkIf an attitude shift is in order, it’s executives and entrepreneurs who are in the most ideal position to bridge that gap and shift their (and their companies’) perspective, from viewing the IT function as a necessary evil to viewing these departments as innovation hubs.The purpose for doing that isn’t to give them a warm fuzzy feeling, because there’s actually a lot more at stake. In a world reliant on and connected by technology, IT is vital to operations. Lacking IT resources is the same as lacking the machinery or manpower necessary to produce a product or service. A company simply can’t function without it.And the “tech nerds in front of their computers all day” stereotype is exhausted and clichéd.CIOs and IT departments are really agents for change and innovation. They create new, more efficient processes and provide solutions to stagnant operations. Hiring or partnering with an IT team means you have people whose primary focus is on innovation — and that’s essential in the hyper-competitive market accompanying today’s influx of entrepreneurs.Removing cost from the thought processRethinking your IT department gives these professionals room to demonstrate the kind of innovation they’re really capable of. Here’s how to start:1. Try to learn the basics of IT. Nothing will generate appreciation of your IT department faster than learning firsthand about these people’s jobs and the (seemingly endless) complexities they deal with daily. They may be more experienced and are being paid to be the experts, but even a rudimentary understanding of what IT encompasses will lead to a greater appreciation for the department.Fifth Third Bank CEO and President Greg Carmichael began his journey as the bank’s CIO, and he credits his time in that role for teaching him crucial problem-solving and multitasking abilities. “CEOs today have to solve multiple problems at once,” he says, “and they need to understand disruptive technologies and how they apply to their current businesses. I am a stronger CEO as a result of my time as a CIO.”If you’re looking to dip your toes into the tech world, Lynda.com is a great resource for learning about IT. Many universities also offer relatively cheap courses on IT-related subjects, but another option is to simply ask your IT department questions about what they do and how they think they can improve things.They’re often eager to talk about their work and will appreciate the interest.2. Integrate IT into your company — not only strategically, but physically. Too often, the IT department is relegated to some back room, hidden out of sight. Physically integrating it with the rest of the company by moving IT’s offices and workspaces to a more central location will allow you and your other employees to see IT’s contributions to your operations up close.Walmart is making just such a change to its technology division, merging corporate IT with its technology groups responsible for ecommerce development. Part of the motivation stems from an initiative to quickly identify ways of combining physical and online shopping, to put IT in a position to contribute more directly to business growth.The phrase “out of sight, out of mind” is incredibly pertinent in this instance. The people whom employees interact with daily are those whose contributions they recognize in the company, largely because they see the actual product of the hours those people put in. When your IT department is in some dimly lit back room, it’s likely that the only interaction you have is when something is going wrong or you’re signing paychecks.Related: Rethink Your Office Design: Designing a More Effective Workspace3. Challenge your IT department with the strategies and objectives of the company. Most importantly, instead of tasking IT staffers only with menial assignments (such as setting up email accounts), challenge them to align your overall strategy with your business objectives.One such example of a successfully aligned IT department is at Southern Company, where CEO Tom Fanning — former CIO — transitioned the company’s IT practice from a cost center to a positive financial differentiator. Similarly, IT Labs, NASA’s Technology and Innovation Division, has created a process for integrating new information technologies that has made the division the incubator for several effective innovations that have required minimal investment.If you start seeing your IT staff as your “innovation team,” you’ll empower them to transform your company for the better. Proper utilization of your IT team will allow them to locate and eliminate internal inefficiencies, identify opportunities through the analysis of data, determine technology threats and opportunities in the industry and better manage your customers through CRM tools.Thinking of your IT department as a driver of business growth can only improve your company. Instead of focusing on its cost, look at the areas where it pays for itself, and then some. Increasing internal efficiency lowers costs and helps keep you competitive, and IT is a means for connecting you to potential clients in an increasingly technological world.Related: One Way to Reduce Inconvenience and Cost of Managing ITThe most successful companies are those that react more quickly and intelligently than the competition. Once you start rethinking the value your IT team offers, you’ll be one step closer to seating yourself at that table. 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Choosing the Right Chatbot Program Could Be Your Best Customer Service Move

first_img When you consider that 45.8 percent of consumers would rather connect with a business through messaging than through email, it’s clear that businesses need to utilize new communication channels if they want to retain their customers.Unlike impersonal email exchanges, messaging apps allow brands to connect with people in an intimate, personalized way. Unfortunately, maintaining intimate communication channels using human employees is challenging, for a number of reasons. With technological automation, chatbots can be used to deliver a personalized experience, without additional human labor costs.For this reason, chatbots are highly effective for businesses that want to scale their marketing and customer services.If you’re looking to get started with chatbots, choosing a platform that fits your requirements is crucial. Here are 10 of the most popular chatbot platforms, so you can make an informed decision on the right chatbot for your business.Related: Enterprise Chatbots and the Conversational Commerce Revolutionizing BusinessFacebook Messenger PlatformFacebook has over 50 million companies that operate on the platform, with over 1 billion business messages being delivered every month. For this reason, Facebook Messenger Platform is very enticing for developers that want to build chatbots.With Messenger, your customers don’t need to download your app in order for you to communicate with them. Instead, you can get in touch with them whenever they’re logged into Facebook (which is over 20 minutes per day, for the average person).Facebook’s developers section has an abundance of material about chatbot creation. Check out this informative guide for getting your chatbot up and running.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingChatfuelIf you’re looking to integrate a chatbot with JSON, YouTube or Twitter, but lack the coding skills to make it happen, you’re in luck. Chatfuel has been specifically designed to enable non-technical developers to create fully functional chatbots.Chatfuel features a very simple interface, which allows you to pick your chatbot’s name, input conversational content and add images with ease. Check out this video to see how you can get your Chatfuel chatbot running in less than 10 minutes.Just because Chatfuel can be used by non-technical developers doesn’t mean you’ll wind up with a weak functioning chatbot. Chatfuel has produced chatbots for big brands like Adidas, MTV, TechCrunch and more.Related: Enterprise Chatbots Platforms and the Future of WorkBeep BopBeep Bop is a popular paid platform which allows developers to create chatbots for Facebook and Slack. You can manage your Slack integration using GitHub and work with your desired coding language.Beep Bop features comprehensive event analytics and makes it easy for developers to collaborate with other team members. You can also receive customer support from the Beep Bop team directly within Slack.Remember that Slack’s core users are people at work – so it may not be appropriate to create a chatbot for Slack if you’re a leisure or entertainment brand.ChattyPeopleChattyPeople is one of the most popular chatbot solutions for ecommerce brands, due to the fact that it integrates seamlessly with Facebook commerce. With ChattyPeople, you don’t need any coding skills in order to create a helpful customer service bot for Facebook.Your bot will be able to process orders from Facebook and can recognize variations in trigger words.Due to its excellent functionality and flexibility, many ecommerce marketers choose to integrate ChattyPeople with their Shopify stores. The platform also supports PayPal and Stripe.You can get started with ChattyPeople for $10 USD per month or try the advanced payment plan ($20 USD per month) which offers more comprehensive services for established businesses.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessTelegram BotsTelegram, a messaging application founded by Russian tech entrepreneur, Pavel Durov, was the first app to feature a bot store. In this regard, Telegram is partially responsible for the rise in popularity of chatbots.Since Telegram’s chatbot code is open-source, numerous bot tutorials have been published which teach the basics of bot building with the Telegram platform. Regardless of if you want to create a bot for predicting the weather or a polling bot for market research, you’ll find many comprehensive guides online.BotKitBotKit is another open-source platform which enables you to build chatbots for Slack, Facebook Messenger and Twilio. BotKit has a sizeable developer community forum, where you can get your technical questions answered and receive valuable feedback from expert developers.It’s worth noting that BotKit was developed with plenty of input from Slack. If you’re looking to integrate BotKit with Slack, I recommend checking out this starter kit.If you want to create a chatbot with an identity that can mimic human conversations, BotKit could be a good choice for you.BotsifyBotsify is a paid subscription service that enables you to integrate fully functional chatbots with Facebook, as well as other platforms. With a simple drag-and-drop interface, it’s easy to build complex question-answer sequences in no time.Botsify is lauded for its fast-learning, sophisticated artificial intelligence.For instance, Botsify can ask people questions which enable the AI to build a user profile for each individual. Once Botsify understands each user’s likes, dislikes and location, it can deliver personalized content for each individual user.Related: 7 Ways Chatbots Can Benefit Your Marketing StrategyFlowXOIf you’re looking for a business platform that creates chatbots for Slack or Facebook Messenger, FlowXO might be the right choice for you. The platform features over 100 integrated modules, services and applications.FlowXO’s USP (unique selling proposition) is that you get a high level of flexibility without any coding expertise required. You can customize your bot to behave exactly as you want, using FlowXO’s simple interface.This informative guide shows you how to create a chatbot for Facebook Messenger, setup flows, add triggers, ask questions and respond to answers.Related: Top 7 Chatbot Monetization Strategies You Need to KnowSmoochNot to be confused with the dating website of the same name, Smooch is a cloud-based platform that excels in multi-channel messaging.Integrate your most popular customer channels, such as Facebook Messenger, WeChat and Viper, with one API. With all incoming messages streamlined, you can craft your responses without leaving Smooch.Smooch integrates with many popular bot platforms, allowing you to deliver automated, conversational messages across all relevant channels.Related: 10 Facebook Messenger Chatbot Marketing Expert TipsMeokayWith Meokay, developers can create highly sophisticated chatbots without any coding skills.Meokay recognizes variances in trigger words and leverages signals in order to deliver relevant offers to the right people. You can integrate Meokay with Stripe and Paypal, and process orders within Facebook Messenger. 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 21, 2017 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more