Is Denver a New Kind of Tech Town? Positively.

first_imgTrends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Denver Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Follow the Puck Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Denver has long been the playground of craft brewers and the outdoorsy types, but thanks to a booming economy, growing metro area, and intelligent workforce, it’s now also a technology hotspot. Yet unlike Silicon Valley with its cut-throat reputation, Denver is a *different* kind of tech town: one that’s as supportive as it is smart, an idea as refreshing as the Rocky Mountain air.It’s no secret that Denver’s a peak business destination. U.S. News and World Report named it a top place to live in 2018 based on a healthy job market, cost of living, and perception as a desirable place to live, and Forbes includes Denver among the nation’s best cities for business and careers. What’s new is the influx of tech over the past decade in the form of startups, incubators, and innovative companies — and the welcoming community that greets them. “Anyone’s welcome here, as long as they remember to be kind, give back, and respect our nature,” says Lizelle van Vuuren, founder of celebrated learning platform Women Who Startup.Like other technology hotspots, Metro Denver has become a connected sprawl, drawing in places like Boulder, Centennial, and Louisville. And the area is booming; according to the Denver Chamber of Commerce, the region added about 39,000 jobs in 2017 and employment growth was 1.2 percentage points higher than the national average.The City of StartupsMany of those jobs have been created by startups. The Denver Business Journal reports ventured capitalists invested a record $1.1 billion in Colorado startups in 2017. But the VCs have had plenty to choose from over the years; the original Startup Week took place in Boulder in 2007. (It was so successful that the founding company, Boulder’s Techstars, is now running Startup Weeks globally.) What makes the area so great for startups? “Greater Denver has everything an entrepreneur might need, most importantly population density and free thinkers,” says Brad Feld, Co-Founder of Techstars and Managing Director at Foundry Group. “You’ve got all of the resources here, but none of the ego.”And then there’s the “other” startup week — Denver Startup Week — an unrelated conference which has become the country’s largest free entrepreneurial event; this year’s event boasts 20,000 attendees and 376 sessions (chosen from 1200 submitted). This one is unique in that the entire thing is run by a community of passionate volunteers who manage the agenda, content, and more. Founders Ben Deda and Erik Mitisek — both University of Denver alums — drew on the area’s supportive nature in creating the event: “Whether you’re talking sports, business, skiing, or technology, Denver is such a supportive place. I’ve always been taken by the idea of collective community leadership, and this is a perfect example of what can happen when a community collaborates to support all walks of entrepreneurs,” says Mitisek.Leading the Internet of ThingsThanks to a great deal of those successful startups, Denver is now a recognized leader in the internet of things (IoT), or the industry building devices enabled with electronics, software, and connectivity. Denver is home to Rachio, which added the internet to sprinkler systems, and Remote Lock, which added the internet to door locks. Then there’s Boulder’s Chui, which created the smart doorbell, and Revolar. Revolar’s line of personal safety devices provide peace of mind. They let you stay in touch with friends and family, or quickly send for help, all with the click of a button.Combining Denver’s love of the outdoors with its penchant for IoT is Louisville-based Clean Energy Collective (CEC), which is pioneering environmental IoT via intelligent software and community-shared clean energy facilities. “Living in such a beautiful area, you can’t help but care about the environment and how to preserve it. It’s in our DNA,” says Paul Spencer, Founder and CEO of CEC. “That’s why we’re taking solar energy mainstream.”Who’s helping all these companies get started? For many of them it’s Boomtown Accelerator, which created the area’s first IoT lab, complete with design and software work stations and equipment like 3D printers and scanners, plus a library of every available IoT device — tablets, smart thermostats, lightbulb, and appliances — so developers can test their devices with existing IoT objects.If You Build It, They Will ComeIn addition to IoT, Denver is now home to a number of other subsets — like secondary tech offices and tech transplants — all seeking to bask in the all-for-one-and-one-for-all mentality. Most notably there’s tech giant Salesforce, which has an office in Louisville. “We love the opportunities the Denver area affords,” says Salesforce SVP Marie Rosecrans. “Louisville is a great place to be thanks to reasonable real estate costs and high quality of life, but really the whole area jives with our company and values.”And then there’s transplant Guild Education, which helps large employers offer college education benefits and tuition reimbursement as an employee work perk. The female-founded company began in San Francisco, but migrated to Denver thanks to a lower cost of living and a supportive community. “Denver fits our model, our mission, and our people,” says Guild CEO and Co-Founder Rachel Carlson. “We believe it’s the best place to build a mission-driven, high growth company, both because of the amazing people who live here and the city itself.”Collaboration Is ContagiousThe collaborative nature of the city is inspiring. Take a group of entrepreneurs and add a little kumbaya, and you get the Downtown Denver Partnership, a collaborative city-building organization that ensures all of Downtown Denver’s stakeholders — businesses, employees, residents, and visitors — are connected. Their vision of togetherness projects Denver as one of the most economically powerful center cities in the country, and by all accounts, they’re making it happen.And then there’s Galvanize, a Denver-based tech education business that combines classroom space with co-working areas and community-building events for startups. Galvanize has 8 offices nationwide, but keeps Denver as it’s flagship area thanks to the cohesive community. Case in point: This month Galvanize is teaming up with Salesforce to host a Business Growth conference in Denver on June 14; anyone curious about using technology to connect systems and serve customers can attend for free.Wondering where AI fits into all this helpfulness? Here’s a company that combines both: Iterate.ai is a platform that connects executives with entrepreneurs through an AI-based search engine matching enterprise challenges with startup success stories. “Our team is based both the Silicon Valley and Denver. We were drawn to Denver thanks to its easy-going lifestyle yet thriving business community, particularly when it comes to IoT,” said Iterate Studio Co-founder and Chief Digital Officer Brian Sathianathan.A New Kind of Tech TownMaybe it’s the entrepreneurial spirit or maybe it’s that Rocky Mountain air, but great things are happening in Denver. It’s positively a new kind of tech town — one that’s collaborative, friendly, and booming with innovation.last_img read more

NBA: Clippers want to move out of Staples Center

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ginebra gets its groove back WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage The former boss of the internet giant Microsoft bought the California franchise in 2014 for $2 billion and quickly said he wanted the Clippers to play in their own arena. The Clippers were eliminated in the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ The Los Angeles Clippers see action against the Utah Jazz in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. GETTY IMAGES/AFP FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Clippers announced Thursday they are considering leaving Staples Center arena which they have shared with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings since 1999.The Clippers reached an agreement with the city of Inglewood, California to look into building a new stadium in the suburbs, about 12 kilometers (eight miles) southwest of downtown Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT “I have said from day one that we need to plan for the future. This agreement helps us do that by expanding our options,” said Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.“The prospect of a new state-of-the-art NBA arena would allow us greater latitude to influence our game schedule, particularly as it relates to weekend games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBallmer said the Clippers hope to build a state of the art facility on 20 acres of land that would include an arena, training center and offices. It would be located across the street from the NFL Los Angeles Rams’ new stadium.But Ballmer said the Clippers would not be able to move before 2024, when their current lease with The Anschutz Corp. expires. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Heat make it official, signing Waiters, Johnson and Olynyk

first_imgOlynyk thinks he and Miami will be a great fit.“The culture here, I’ve heard so much about it,” Olynyk said. “I’m really excited about it.”Olynyk being added to the mix was the lone surprise.Johnson and Waiters had made clear they wanted to stay in Miami long ago.Johnson was courted by the Utah Jazz after Gordon Hayward left for Boston and said he was still getting used to the idea of being a sought-after commodity.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters shouts to the fans after shooting a basket in the final seconds of the game to secure the Heat’s victory over the Golden State Warriors during an NBA basketball game in Miami, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald via AP)MIAMI— They came to the Miami Heat a year ago almost as afterthoughts, two guys with less-than-stellar reputations who didn’t exactly have an abundance of options.Those days are long gone for James Johnson and Dion Waiters.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LATEST STORIES LaVar Ball on Lonzo’s debut: ‘His worst game ever’center_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena They’re now cornerstones of Miami’s plan to return to contention.Capping several days of salary-cap maneuvering to make sure all the pieces fit the right way, the Heat announced the signings of Johnson, Waiters and newcomer Kelly Olynyk on Friday to new four-year contracts. All were agreed upon earlier this week, though Miami didn’t start closing those deals until more cap space was created earlier in the day by trading Josh McRoberts to Dallas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCombined, Johnson, Waiters and Olynyk’s deals have a maximum value of about $165 million. Those three played for $10 million last season.“As soon as Kelly Olynyk became an unrestricted free agent, we pursued him,” Heat President Pat Riley said. “He is not only a post player, he can also play away from the basket. What we like the most is that he is a playmaker, tough defender and rugged rebounder. At just 26 years old, he fits in perfect with our young core that will play together in their primes.” Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was my first time ever being in a situation like this,” Johnson said on Friday night. “Everything was mind-boggling and exciting at the same time. I was just riding the rollercoaster.”As intoxicating as it was, he had so many reasons to stay.Johnson could make over $60 million in the next four seasons, a huge bump from the $4 million he played for last season. He dropped 40 pounds, changed his body, changed his outlook and went from someone who bounced around the league — and carried a bit of an underachiever label — to someone Miami trusted to have on the floor at the end of games last season.Waiters transformed as well. He slimmed down at the team request, and his game took off — making him a go-to player in Miami last season.“Dion was so important to us,” Heat point guard Goran Dragic said. “He worked hard and you saw what that did for his game.”Much of the space Miami used this summer was created by the waiving of Chris Bosh, who still gets his $25.3 million salary for this season but doesn’t have it count against the Heat books. The Heat went after Hayward and lost out when he picked Boston, so that meant Miami went to what Riley described as Plan B: keeping its own guys.Waiters was the first big domino to fall Miami’s way in that plan, agreeing to his deal on Wednesday. Johnson and Olynyk agreed on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

London Olympics: Soniya Chanu not feeling overawed

first_imgDiminutive weightlifter Soniya Chanu on Sunday said she is not going to get intimidated at the Olympics. “I know it is a huge sporting extravaganza and only the best sportspersons are here. The competition is bound to be tough,” admitted Soniya, who will be competing in 48kg category.However, when asked if she would get intimidated by some of the big stars, Soniya shot back, saying: “Why should I get intimidated? I qualified through the Asian Championship held in Korea in April. If I did not get overawed there, where I had to make the cut, why should I be worried here?”God has given me the chance to represent my country. I finished fourth with a career-best [lift] of 175kg in Korea. The field was very strong but I had confidence in myself. I’m a very confident person and will give my best. You must remember that I’m among the 14 lifters from across the world to have qualified for the Games in this weight category, which in itself is a big achievement.”India did not have representation in this discipline at Beijing after the Monika Devi doping fiasco, and the 32-year-old lifter from Manipur is happy that the country is back in action this time and she is hoping for a strong showing.”I have been doing well in the training and almost touching 175kg. I hope I will improve by the time my event is held on July 28,” she said.Soniya’s coach Hansa Sharma expects her ward to give her 100 per cent. “I am not predicting anything but I can say that she will give her best performance. However, if that would be enough for the podium finish I can’t say,” said Hansa.advertisementlast_img read more

Bowman Wins Women’s Halfpipe Gold

first_imgKRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — This one was for Sarah.Braid spinning in the chilly mountain air, Maddie Bowman of the U.S. soared to the first-ever gold in women’s Olympic halfpipe skiing, edging Marie Martinod of France in the final on a night the sport paid tribute to late Canadian freestyle skiing icon Sarah Burke.Burke, a leading advocate to have several events — including halfpipe — added to the Olympic program, died following a training accident in 2012. Her parents, Gordon Burke and Jan Phelan, watched as Bowman made history.The 20-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., put together a pair of athletic runs in the finals. Stringing along dizzying series of spins and grabs, Bowman performed the two highest-scoring runs of the finals.Her first one, an 85.80, put pressure on Martinod, who led qualifying. Bowman’s second run was even better. She clasped the side of her helmet in disbelief then sat and waited to see if Martinod or American teammate Brita Sigourney could top her.Nope.Sigourney, who washed out in her first finals run, appeared ready to threaten Bowman before her backside skimmed the snow with only one jump off the 22-foot halfpipe left.That left Martinod, who retired in 2007 but returned to the sport in 2012 at the urging of Burke. The 29-year-old Frenchwoman was one of the oldest performers in the 23-skier field and her introduction included a series of outtakes with her young daughter.Martinod was clean but not spectacular. Her 85.40 earned silver but didn’t really come close to bumping Bowman from the top of the medal stand.There were several hard crashes during qualifying, the worst coming when Anais Caradeux slammed into the ice during her second run. The 23-year-old Frenchwoman lay motionless for several seconds before being tended to by medics.Caradeux sustained lacerations on her face but managed to ski down the halfpipe to the medical tent. She qualified ninth but didn’t compete in the finals. Caradeux said afterward she blacked out for “10-15 seconds” and sustained some short-term memory loss.Then again, Caradeux was hardly alone on a sometimes bruising night. Sigourney took a rough fall during her first finals run, with Bowman sprinting up the halfpipe to help her up. She recovered in time to take a second trip down the slope but it wasn’t nearly good enough.Sigourney blinked back tears of disappointment, though they were soon cast aside during an event that served as a celebration of Burke’s legacy.“A lot of girls were really pushing themselves,” said Rosalind Groenewoud of Canada, who finished seventh. “I wish (Sarah) could have won tonight if it wasn’t me.”(Will Grave, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mets’ Manager Collins Eyes Playoffs

first_imgPORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Like a lot of New York Mets fans, Manager Terry Collins is tired of waiting for a playoff run.“We’ve been sitting around for four years asking everybody to be patient and even the players,” Collins said Feb. 21 after the first workout for pitchers and catchers.“Well, it’s time,” he said. “We’ve got guys now that have been in the big leagues for four and five years. It’s time for them to step up and play the game the way everybody expects it to be played.”A day earlier, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said five years was enough to turn around a franchise, regardless of payroll constraints.The Mets have not made the playoffs since 2006 and have not finished above .500 since 2008. The Alderson-Collins regime is heading into its fifth year.New York was 79-83 and finished third in the NL East in 2014 while ace Matt Harvey and closer Bobby Parnell were out with injuries and star third baseman David Wright was ailing.“What we accomplished last year with the fact that we didn’t have our No. 1 starter, we didn’t have our closer, our third baseman played hurt most of the season,” Collins said.“There were a lot of positives going into the offseason and I say, Hey, it’s time,’” he said.The Mets were relatively quiet this offseason. They signed right fielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million deal and brought in John Mayberry Jr. to bolster the bench.But the team expects to have Harvey and Wright healthy for a full year and hope to have Parnell back between mid-April and early-May.“We should match up against a lot of teams, now we just have to go play,” Collins said. “It’s all about execution. … There’s no reason why, if we can’t play up to expectations and what we think the caliber of players we have, we’ll be playing in October.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

James Anderson holds back tears while talking about Alastair Cook retirement

first_imgVeteran fast bowler James Anderson on Tuesday couldn’t hold back his tears as he spoke about Alastair Cook after England’s 118-run victory against India at the Oval Test on Tuesday.A compelling series kept giving right until the very last ball as Anderson sealed England’s win with a wicket that made him the most successful fast bowler in the history of Test cricket.With less than an hour remaining and India teetering on 345-9, the 36-year-old Anderson was finally rewarded for a long spell as he ripped out Mohammed Shami’s middle stump.Root kept asking Cook whether he’s sure about retiring throughout Oval TestIt was Anderson’s 564th Test wicket — one more than retired Australian great Glenn McGrath managed — and left him fourth on the all-time list behind spinners Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619).With the final wicket of the #ENGvIND series, @jimmy9 became the top wicket-taking pace bowler in Test history!How many wickets will he finish his career on? pic.twitter.com/evK3l3mz32ICC (@ICC) September 12, 2018Alastair Cook elated after fairytale farewell from Test cricketThere could not have been a more fitting conclusion to an incredible few days at the historic south London ground that on Monday witnessed Anderson’s close friend Cook sign off his record-breaking career with an emotional century.Root pays tribute to Cook and Anderson after series win over IndiaThey walked off together to a standing ovation and Anderson nearly broke down as he spoke of Cook’s achievements.advertisementCook gets emotional after special day at Oval: Sometimes dreams come true”Happy that Cooky was on the field to see that wicket, it’s been a tough week,” Anderson, who played the first of his 143 Tests in 2003, said.”I’m just happy to win the game. I wasn’t even thinking about the record. When India were building that partnership it was looking like they were going to get close.”But I got into a good rhythm and thankfully (Joe) Root let me take the new ball and gave me a chance to take that wicket.”But then came the question about Cook and how much he is going to miss him which almost made Anderson choke.”Yeah, absolutely he is my best mate. He’s been brilliant, just to be there for me all the time,” Anderson said while trying to hold back his tears.Cook, England’s most-capped Test player and run scorer, led the tributes for his old pal.”(It has) been a privilege to play with England’s greaTest cricketer, no disrespect to any other guys, his skills to do it time and time again. He didn’t miss his length once,” Cook said after the match.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

2009 X-Blades National Youth Championships preview

first_imgOver 1,500 players and spectators will converge on Port Macquarie for the four day event which showcases the top under 18’s talent in Australia. The championships have returned to the traditional Under 18’s format after the inclusion of the Under 20’s division in 2008, with 36 teams competing at the tournament.The event is Port Macquarie’s second national Touch Football tournament this year, after the National Touch League was hosted at the stadium in March.QSST’s Boys and Girls teams will both be looking to again take a clean sweep of the Under 18’s titles after their dominance at the 2008 championships, but will face tough competition from NSWCHS, NSWCCC, SQBD Sharks and Brisbane City Cobras in both divisions. Local hopes will be high after the Northern Eagles fifth placing in the Under 18’s Girls last year, and the experience of their coach – Australian Women’s 20’s player, Stephanie Halpin, will be of great benefit to the team. The Under 18’s Boys team will be looking to improve on their result of 14th at the 2008 championships with the help of the talent Port Macquarie brothers, Nick and Matt Bale. The round games will be played from Wednesday to Friday, before the semi finals and finals are played on Saturday. To keep updated on scores and news throughout the tournament, please visit the National Youth Championships website: http://www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comlast_img read more

New Skilled Trades Centre Opens at Glace Bay High School

first_img Skilled Trades 10, which gives an overview of all trades and focuses on using basic hand tools Construction Trades 11, which helps students develop skills essential to the construction trades and put them into use A new skilled trades centre will offer more opportunities for Glace Bay High School students. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan, on behalf of Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey, officially opened the new centre today, Oct. 17. “Skilled trades centres allow our students to learn and experience potential careers such as plumbing or carpentry in a school setting,” said Mr. MacLellan. “This centre represents an investment in the future for students from Glace Bay and surrounding areas by providing real-life work experience to help them prepare for future opportunities in skilled trades.” The centres have been specifically designed by educators, tradespeople and members of industry. Glace Bay High School’s centre has more than 2,400 square-feet of instructional space. “Glace Bay has a long and proud history of developing skilled tradespeople,” said Glace Bay High School student council co-president Makayla Roberts. “The skilled trades centre links the past to the future, a future full of promise and opportunity for the youth of our community.” With the new centre, Glace Bay students can access courses such as: Additional courses are expected to be added next year. “This program means exciting new possibilities for hands-on learning for our students,” said Theresa MacKenzie, Glace Bay High School principal. “They can explore courses that will better prepare them for continuing education in their chosen careers.” There are 11 skilled trades centres across the province. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/education .last_img read more

Quebec man faces manslaughter charge in death of 5monthold baby girl

first_imgST-JEROME, Que. — A 24-year-old Quebec man faces charges of manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death after a baby girl was found unconscious inside a home west of Montreal.Police found the five-month-old child Feb. 3 in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, and she died two days later in hospital.Police said the infant’s mother had left the girl in the care of a man she had recently met.Steven Bernard appeared Monday at the courthouse in St-Jerome, Que. His lawyer, Andre Blanchette, entered a plea of not guilty.The Crown opposed Bernard’s release, and the resident of Contrecoeur, Que., will remain detained until his next court appearance Feb. 19.Quebec provincial police and the local police force arrested Bernard last Friday. The local police had been called to the home at around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 and discovered the child in cardiorespiratory arrest.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Three party leaders campaign in British Columbia Scheer tours Quebec

first_imgOTTAWA — British Columbia is getting attention from three federal party leaders today, including the promise of a “new deal” from the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh.Singh has already promised to cede authority in several areas to Quebec, including on the environment, immigration and justice, as part of his vision for more asymmetric federalism, in which the provinces don’t all have the same relationship with the federal government.Singh is also to meet with Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, the former NDP MP whose old seat Singh now holds.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is starting his day in Delta, B.C., where he’s expected to make another announcement on the environment before flying back east to a rally in Thunder Bay, Ont.And People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier begins a western tour, his first extended trip of the campaign, with an appearance at the Surrey, B.C., board of trade.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is campaigning in Quebec and Green Leader Elizabeth May is to reveal the financials behind her party’s platform in Halifax.Trudeau has been trying hard to paint Scheer as backward on environmental issues, especially climate change, by tying him and his opposition to the Liberals’ carbon-pricing policy to unpopular Ontario Premier Doug Ford.He hopes a string of environment-related promises will help draw back some of the support that got shaky after last week’s revelations of his history dressing up in black- and brownface.Singh made climate-change promises of his own Tuesday, including pledging to electrify Canada’s public-transit fleets by the end of the next decade and to construct a coast-to-coast clean-energy corridor.Trudeau’s climate-change policies are hypocritical, the NDP said, considering the $4.5-billion the government spent to buy the Trans Mountain oil-pipeline project.Trudeau and Singh did speak late Tuesday about the times Trudeau darkened his skin for costumes, but neither camp would say just what they talked about.Scheer, meanwhile, has mostly been playing his own game in central Canada, talking about undoing Liberal changes to the tax treatment small corporations get and eliminating regulations.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Cyclist Represents Elton John AIDS Foundation

first_imgUpcoming 18yo star South African cyclist and sprint champion of last year’s Cape Rouleur, Nicholas Dlamini is to ride 2014 Cape Rouleur from 2-6 March as an Ambassador for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.Nicholas Dlamini Rides For EJAFDlamini has proved himself a talented cyclist and was crowned the winner of the Amateur Green 36One Sprinter’s Jersey during the 2013 Cape Rouleur (part of the HotChillee Global Event Series) with Ride Magazine flagging him as a ‘name to watch’. Growing up in Khayelitsha and Capricorn Park in Cape Town, riding for the Foundation in this year’s Cape Rouleur has added significance.“Growing up in and around Khayelitsha, I understand the damage that HIV has done to families, neighbourhoods and the country as a whole. I am excited and proud that my passion for cycling can help raise funds and awareness to fight HIV in my country. I’m looking forward to riding with the guys from UBS, and am delighted to be of help to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, that has done so much to fight HIV around the world”, says Nicholas Dlamini.The Elton John AIDS Foundation has given over ZAR196 million (GBP£16 million) to 197 projects throughout South Africa including since 1993 reaching over two million people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The Foundation continues to work extensively in and around the areas where Nicholas grew up.The charity’s Founder, Sir Elton John, commented ‘At my Foundation, we are passionate about helping to create an AIDS-free future for South Africa’s youth, so it’s fantastic to have such an inspirational young man as Nicholas joining forces with us. He understands that lifelong commitment is essential in realising your dreams. This kind of commitment is what will save lives in South Africa. On behalf of all of us at the Foundation, I want to wish Nicholas and his team every success for the Cape Rouleur.’“Nicholas is one of a range of new Ambassadors for the Foundation” commented Anne Aslett, Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “These are champions who are using their personal passion and skill to raise awareness and funds for our work and, ultimately, for an AIDS-free future”. In his capacity as Ambassador, Nicholas will head a team of cyclists from UBS who are also riding to support the charity.Nicholas will head a team of cyclists from UBS who are also riding to support the charity.Sean Bennett, CEO of UBS South Africa and Head of UBS Sub-Saharan Africa, who will be part of the UBS team for the Cape Rouleur commented “At UBS, we are excited to be part of this superb race in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. It will be an immense physical challenge for me personally and I am inspired by the dedication and talent of Nicholas as well as the enthusiasm of my fellow team mates. UBS is delighted to be partnering with the Elton John AIDS Foundation which has done such great work on the African continent, particularly in South Africa. “The 2014 Cape Rouleur is full week of cycling, comprising a prologue and three stages of the Cape Rouleur, a 112km Festival ride into Cape Town and ends with the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour.To support Nicholas and the EJAF/UBS team with a donation to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, go to www.ejaf.com.last_img read more

Pippa Middleton Bikes Across America For Charity

first_imgPippa Middleton has begun an epic bike ride across the US for charity.“On 14th June, my brother and I, along with six friends will be setting off on a West to East Coast Race Across America (RAAM),” she wrote on her fundraising page. “This relay cycling event spans 3000 miles, 12 states and 88 counties. We are aiming to complete this non-stop challenge in eight days, riding between 350 and 500 miles a day.“Shortly after this, we will be heading over to Istanbul to take on the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Race. This 6.5km historical swim crosses two continents – Europe to Asia, across one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.“We are taking on these two overseas sporting challenges to raise money for two charities that are very close to our hearts …“It was shocking to learn that nearly three times more women die from coronary heart disease than breast cancer. We’re passionate about raising awareness of this killer disease and money raised from these challenges will go towards funding the British Heart Foundation’s life-saving heart research.“The other charity we’re supporting is the Michael Matthews Foundation. Mike tragically died descending the summit of Mount Everest. The Foundation helps to provide education to children all over the world. Mike’s brother James, is part of our team.“It means everything to have your support, and thanks in particular goes to Martin Gilbert and Aberdeen Asset Management for their invaluable sponsorship for getting us, quite literally on the road. Every donation will give us extra power to pedal (and paddle) all the way to the finish lines!”Find out more here.last_img read more

Los Angeles next stop on Bans ongoing tour of United States cities

Los Angeles is the latest stop on Mr. Ban’s tour of major US cities since taking office in January 2007, which also includes San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta. Among those he will meet with next Thursday are California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa.UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters that as part of the programme, Mr. Ban will reach out to Hollywood and meet with representatives and leaders from the creative community and the entertainment industry.“These meetings aim to build partnerships to highlight issues of global concern and tell the UN story,” she stated.Mr. Ban embarked on a similar mission in June, when he travelled to Jackson, Wyoming, to open the inaugural Global Insight Summit convened by the UN and the Jackson Hole Film Institute. That event brought UN officials together with entertainment leaders to explore how film and television can better be put to use to heighten awareness of key global issues and the world body’s role in tackling them.During his stay in California’s largest city, the Secretary-General will also speak at the University of California Los Angeles, where he is to receive a UCLA medal in recognition of his contribution to world peace and security. From Los Angeles, Mr. Ban will head to Washington D.C. to attend the meeting of the leaders of the so-called Group of 20 (G20) countries on the global financial crisis. 7 November 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon embarks on his first visit to the United States city of Los Angeles, where he is scheduled to meet with senior state and city Government officials and leaders in the entertainment industry, as well as address students and faculty at the University of California. read more

Ban condemns series of terrorist attacks in Turkey

“[The Secretary-General] is greatly concerned by the violence,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York. According to news reports, the attack on the US Consulate follows the overnight bombing of an Istanbul police station and further unrest in other parts of the country. “The Secretary-General expresses his deepest sympathies with the victims of today’s acts, as well as with the Government and people of Turkey,” the statement said, adding that the UN chief hopes the perpetrators of the attacks will be swiftly brought to justice. read more

The Torg silenced after wishing death to Desmond Howard

The Ohio State-Michigan football rivalry is a passionate subject for many, and Columbus radio host Scott Torgerson let that passion get the better of him. Torgerson, a co-host of “The Common Man and The Torg” show on WBNS 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, was suspended by the radio station after wishing death on former Michigan football star and current ESPN analyst Desmond Howard. The suspension is indefinite, according to multiple reports. Howard currently works as a co-host for ESPN’s traveling, live college football show, “College GameDay.” 97.1 The Fan also happens to be an ESPN affiliate. From his Twitter account, @myguythetorg, Torgerson tweeted Saturday: “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch Gameday again.” Torgerson later issued an apology on Twitter, saying: “My Desmond Howard tweet was a joke. I think if you listen to the show you know that. My apologizes to those who took it serious. Total joke.” The apology arrived too late for Kirk Herbstreit and Howard’s wife. Herbstreit, an ESPN analyst, co-host of “College GameDay” with Howard, and former OSU quarterback, criticized Torgerson during “The Kirk Herbstreit Show,” which airs on 97.1 The Fan. “I think what Desmond Howard had to deal with over the weekend is disgusting and very sad,” Herbstreit said. “I don’t know the reason behind it, but the tweet from an individual that works at the radio station was above and beyond, I think, what was acceptable … There’s so much more I wish I could say about that and I’ll choose not to … To me he crossed a line and that’s just completely unacceptable.” Howard’s wife, Rebkah Howard, responded to Torgerson on Twitter as well. From Rebkah Howard’s Twitter account, @pink_funk, she said: “(thanks) for the ‘apologizes’. Are you fortunate enough to be a father? Know who didn’t get your ‘total (dead) joke’? Our daughter.” Torgerson did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s Tuesday request for comment. read more

Ecuadorian jailed in Guyana for cocaine possession fraud

Julio Harreira of Ecuador was slapped with cocaine possession and fraud charges and taken to the Georgetown Magistrate’s Courts on Wednesday.Harreira stood before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and admitted to both charges, which stated that on May 23 at Charlotte Street, Georgetown he had in his possession 0.6grams of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.The second charge stated that between May 1 and 23, 2019 in Georgetown he conspired with person(s) unknown to commit forgery.Police Prosecutor Adduni Innis told the court that ranks of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters were conducting an operation at a shipping company at Fifth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown when a search was carried out on eight persons.According to the prosecutor, two passports with forged US visas were found in their possession. After the items were found, a further search was conducted, and the cocaine was found in a cigarette pack.The accused was arrested and was taken to the CID Headquarters, where he admitted to both offence. The file was sent to the Department of Public Prosecutions for advice, in which they advised immediate deportation.Harreira told the court that he had no intention of scamming anyone in Guyana, adding that he was sorry for the offence committed. He furthered begged the Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus for a lenient sentence, and urge the magistrate to take into consideration to the fact that he has no family members in Guyana.As a result, Magistrate Isaacs -Marcus sentenced Harreira to one-year imprisonment for possession of cocaine and $20,000 fine, along with four years imprisonment for the forgery. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuilty for cocaine possession, man gets 3 yearsJanuary 8, 2018Similar post3 men remanded on cocaine, illegal gun possession chargesOctober 5, 2018In “Court”Albertown man slapped with cocaine trafficking chargeApril 15, 2019In “Court” read more

President Granger urges fathers to spend time with children

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident urges Berbice residents to continue nation building with pillars of ancestral foundationAugust 2, 2015In “Business”“Respect women folk” – President Granger urgesNovember 19, 2017In “Local News”After criminal charges filed against GECOM: Granger asks for “shortest possible time” for electionsMarch 13, 2019In “latest news” President David Granger admires his daughter Mrs. Han Granger-Gaskin and granddaughter Faraa Gaskin as they play a game at State House in GeorgetownAs the world celebrates Father’s Day today, President David Granger is urging men to make time to spend with their children.The following is a Father’s Day message from the Head of State:“I have no doubt in my mind that the happiest moment in my life is when I was 26 and my first daughter was born all of 48 years ago. It is a sense of responsibility; there is a sense of joy, knowing that you participated in bringing a human life into this world.It is a feeling that I feel all fathers should share as we celebrate Father’s Day. I urge fathers where ever they are to find a few minutes, a few hours, days and weeks to spend with their children.This has been the policy of our government to encourage happy families by providing houses, by ensuring that there are enough schools for children to go to and by allowing the next generation to grow up in a happy country. Happy families, happy country. So that is my dream.Father’s Day is not only 24 hours it is really a lifetime celebrated from one generation to the next.” read more

Jordans position on unemployment shocking – Jagdeo

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo                                      Finance Minister Winston JordanOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has taken Finance Minister Winston Jordan to task over recent remarks on unemployment in Guyana.Last week, the Finance Minister flagged Guyanese for crying foul over the lack of job opportunities when foreign nationals are coming here and getting jobs. He made this remark while at a press conference hosted by the PNCR – the largest party in the APNU fraction of the Coalition government.Jordan had opined that Guyanese are demanding high wages hence jobs often go to those foreigners who are willing to accept lesser salaries.“When you say they are no job, I’ve seen Venezuelans and I’ve seen Cubans, I’ve seen Brazilians, I’ve seen Nigerians and I’ve seen Haitians now getting jobs in Guyana – a country that supposedly don’t have jobs or you hear a lot of young people say, they ain’t got jobs. I’m not speaking lies, you have Haitian Carpenters, Brazilians carpenters and plumbers and so on,” Jordan had said last Friday.However, this statement did not go down well with Jagdeo when he was asked about the Minister’s utterance at his weekly press conference on Wednesday.According to the Opposition Leader, this position by a Senior Government Minister is especially shocking. “If this is the justification of this government, then I don’t know. It’s shocking for me personally because I thought our aim is to first of all to look out for our Guyanese people and to ensure that progressively, they get better paying jobs and more jobs – not to try to bring in people to undercut their salaries,” Jagdeo posited.Recent figures from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has estimated youth unemployment in Guyana to be almost 23 percent. To further compound this, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has found that 80 percent of prosecuted crimes here are committed by youths between the ages of 19 and 29. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related“Worst budget I’ve ever seen” – JagdeoNovember 28, 2016In “latest news”Jordan, Jagdeo clash over development plans for GuyanaAugust 16, 2016In “latest news”2018 Budget should focus on growth, development & welfare of the people- OppositionNovember 22, 2017In “latest news” read more

Guyana Amazon Warriors assist 14YO to fight cancer

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWarriors’ Hemraj, Shepherd top CPL charts after three roundsSeptember 11, 2019In “latest news”League topper Guyana Amazon Warriors take on Jamaica Tallawahs for spot in CPL finalAugust 2, 2016In “Sports”Powell & Smith preview Hero CPL Playoff 1 on WednesdayAugust 1, 2016In “latest news” GAW Media Officer, John Ramsingh hands over the donation on behalf of the team to the Nahoe family in St KittsThe Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) cricket team has assisted 14-year-old Shaniece Nahoe, who has been diagnosed with a cancerous facial tumour, in her battle for survival.While preparing for their clash against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (SKNP) in Basseterre in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the Warriors learnt of the Washington Archibald High School student’s situation and immediately pooled financial resources to hand over to the family.Nahoe, who was born in Guyana, is currently in Jamaica at the University of the West Indies Hospital with her mother, Shelly Jailall, while her father and two younger siblings remain in St Kitts praying for her speedy recovery.The form two student is far from full recovery having just recently undergone her first chemotherapy session. The next session is set for the end of September and once the tumour begins to shrink, radiation treatment will begin.Upon receiving the donation, Nahoe’s father, who was born in Guyana, thanked the Guyana Amazon Warriors for their support and wished the team well in their quest for a maiden CPL title. read more