The Office of the Ombudsman will hold an outreach clinic in the Digby area on Thursday, Sept. 25. Representatives from the Ombudsman’s office will be available to talk about the role of the Ombudsman in Nova Scotia. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the complaint process, ask questions, and meet with an Ombudsman representative. The outreach clinic will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Isaiah Wilson Memorial Library, 84 Warwick St., Digby. The Office of the Ombudsman is an independent agency that addresses administrative concerns about provincial or municipal government services. Its services are provided free of charge. For more information on the session, call toll-free 1-800-670-1111, e-mail email@example.com or see their website at www.gov.ns.ca/ombu .
CALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. says operations have ceased at its oilsands base plant near Fort McMurray, Alta., after a temporary power loss Wednesday afternoon.Company spokesperson Erin Rees would only describe the cause of the power loss as a “process upset” but says power was restored as of Wednesday night.Rees says she cannot provide more detail because it’s a “day to day operational issue.”She says the incident does not impact the safety of the company’s employees or contractors.Suncor is currently focused on a safe return to operations, Rees says.She says during that return to operations, there is potential for additional flaring at the plant.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure presented an update at the Peace River Regional District Board meeting about completed work in the Peace region and B.C.Since the last report dated July, projects such as road resurfacing was completed on Jackfish Lake Road, West Fraser road Dawson Creek to Kiskatinaw Bridge Mill & Fill and H29 Bullmoose to Sukunka HIPR as well as providing additional paving to Farrell Creek Road and Patch paving on Braden, Sweetwater, Bessborough Roads.Bridge work that is now complete includes Roseland Culvert Replacement, Scour Remediation, McLean & St John 3 and Brassey Creek Bridge.Community safety enhancements were completed to the Murray River Boat Launch Access, improved 911 Signage, increased reflectivity North Taylor Hill and improvements to the Museum Cross Walk in Ft. Nelson.To date, 2017 road washouts have been fixed with the Ministry now focusing on the Old Fort Road.“Currently, a single lane forestry type road has been put in place of the Old Fort Road, and within a weeks time they seek to upgrade the road to two lanes reducing the curves and increasing sight lines,” said Hali Davenport, Acting District ManagerFor more information on continued work in the region, see the Drivebc.ca website or HERE
Mumbai: Revenge will be on their mind when Mumbai Indians lock horns with Kings XI Punjab, the hosts looking to stretch their winning run in the Indian Premier League here Wednesday. The previous encounter between the two teams in Mohali had ended in a comprehensive eight-wicket win for Kings XI, but home conditions at the Wankhede Stadium are expected to favour MI. MI enter the match high on confidence following successive victories over holders Chennai Super Kings and last edition’s finalists Sunrisers Hyderabad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Significantly both these victories came mostly because of MI’s all-round bowling strength as the bowlers defended totals successfully. MI are also blessed with splendid batting firepower in the end overs from West Indian Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. Kings XI, who too have been given a shot-in-the-arm by their six-wicket victory Monday night over Sunrisers, need to chip away at the top of the MI batting as well as ensure that the big-striking Pollard and Hardik don’t take away the game like they did when carving 45 runs in the last two overs against CSK to turn the game around. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later MI don’t even have anyone in the top-20 run scorers’ list this season, an indication of the depth in their batting, and have a superior fast bowling attack bolstered by the inclusion of West Indian pacer, Alzarri Joseph, who blew away Sunrisers with his record-breaking haul of 6/12 in Hyderabad in their previous game. The hosts have a formidable pace attack with Jasprit Bumrah and left-arm Jason Behrendorff also there, along with Joseph and Hardik, to utilise the bounce and carry on the Wankhede track. Kings XI, third on the table with eight points, have been top heavy in batting with K L Rahul and Mayank Agarwal leading the way with 200-plus aggregates and the indomitable Gayle too not far behind. In bowling, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (7 wickets) has done well in five out of six games that the team has played and has got good support from the likes of Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami and Murugan Ashwin. Teams (from): Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Alzarri Joseph, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan (wk), Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav. Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Karun Nair, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthi, Harpreet Brar, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi.
“The enactment of the new law is a major step towards bringing to justice those who have committed, attempted to commit, or plan to commit terrorist acts. It is an important part of an effective and comprehensive anti-terrorism strategy,” Christina Gynna Oguz, UNODC Representative in Afghanistan, said in a statement.The new Combat against Terrorism Offences legislation ensures the human rights of suspects and accused, according to UNODC. It requires that all protections in the country’s Constitution and criminal procedure laws apply in terrorism cases.“This law now brings Afghanistan’s penal legislation in accordance with the 13 international conventions on terrorism,” Ms. Oguz said, while she also urged the drafting of regulations to safeguard privacy rights by controlling law enforcement monitoring of communications, after court approval. UNODC has worked closely with the legislation department of the Afghan Ministry ofJustice and has provided technical advice by leading weekly meetings, training workshops and drafting sessions. The UN agency says that Afghanistan faces serious terrorism problems threatening its stability, prosperity and good governance, as well as the human rights of its citizens. In a related development, UNODC held a training workshop this week for Afghanistan’s Central Prison Department on new regulations for prisons in the country.“The obligation to treat persons deprived of their liberty with dignity and humanity is a fundamental and universally applicable rule – and not dependent on the material resources available,” Ms. Oguz said.The new regulations are designed to enhance the protection of prisoners and detainees across the country and to support proper management of prisons. Further trainings are planned for all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. 31 July 2008A new anti-terrorism law in Afghanistan has been welcomed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which says the legislation brings the country in line with international conventions.
He said that climate change, human rights, anti-corruption and access to water are among the hot topics that are factoring into investor and business decision-making processes.“It is understood that an obsession with a short-term quarterly share maximisation is not necessarily synonymous with long-term sustainability,” said Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, Georg Kell.The Global Compact, set up in 2000, is a UN-created alliance in which close to 5,000 participating businesses in 130 countries have pledged to align their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in areas ranging from human rights and labour to the environment and anti-corruption practices. “Initially the idea of the Global Compact was in essence to call upon business to engage in support of UN goals, to embrace the principles and act upon them,” Mr. Kell told reporters, as he highlighted current trends and developments in corporate responsibility, particularly in the context of current market turmoil.A significant development over recent months is the serious damage to public faith and confidence in the private sector, and the growing distrust is “fanning populist reactions to global economic integration,” according to a Global Compact paper titled the Global Economic Downturn.“We are convinced, as we have been for many years already, that engagement on non-financial issues is a way to restore and rebuild trust,” said Mr. Kell, adding, “so we do believe that the Compact can be, at least a part of the answer, by challenging companies, in particular to demonstrate responsibility.”The environment is one direction in which commercial enterprises are turning their attention, said Mr. Kell, noting that the Secretary-General has repeatedly suggested a ‘Green New Deal’ as a way of combining stimuli packages with attention to environmental issues.“This kind of thinking needs to develop much faster and much more rapidly because the necessity for doing so is clearly out there,” he stressed.The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent is necessary to avoid disastrous implications, but “at this point nobody knows how to do this but everybody knows in order to achieve it ultimately fundamental economic and social transformations are required.“Already 1.1 billion people don’t have access to water. So the whole natural resource issue clearly, clearly is bound to be amplified in the months to come, and we strongly believe that next year will be the year of sustainability where sustainability of markets will be intimately linked with climate, water and through it also food and related issues.”Mr. Kell pointed out that the Compact had also launched an initiative in 2006 at the New York Stock Exchange, with investors in stock markets who are concerned with establishing principles for responsible investment.The Principles for Responsible Investment initiative now has over 450 institutional supporters – representing $18 trillion in assets under management – increasingly paying attention to environmental, social and governance issues when making assessments for investments. 17 December 2008The global crisis in financial markets and looming economic recession has focused the corporate world’s attention on critical non-financial issues – such as climate change – important to its future survival, the head of the United Nations initiative for ethical business told reporters today.
TORONTO — Canadian home prices rose 0.3% in February, pushing the Teranet-National Bank national composite price index to a record high for a second month in a row.Home prices were up in all five markets surveyed in Western Canada and were down in all five metropolitan eastern markets except Montreal.A record was set for the fourth straight month in Vancouver (up 0.9%), while Calgary’s increase of 1.1% helped it set a record for the first time since September 2007. Increases were also recorded in Edmonton (0.6%), Victoria (0.9%) and Winnipeg (0.5%).Halifax and Quebec City dipped the most at -1.7%. Decreases were noted in Ottawa-Gatineau (-0.8%), Hamilton, Ont. (-0.5%), and Toronto (-0.1%). Montreal was up 0.7%.Over the last 12 months, the index has increased by 5%, with prices in Calgary rising 9.6% and Vancouver by 7.7%. Toronto was up 6.1%, followed by Edmonton (5.3%) and Hamilton (five%). Winnipeg was below the average at 3.5% and Montreal was up 1.9%.Prices were down in at least four markets for the first time since October 2009 as Victoria fell 3.4%, Halifax was down 4.7% and Ottawa-Gatineau slipped 0.6%. Prices in Quebec City were down for the first time in 15 years, falling two% over the last year.The Teranet-National Bank index tracks average home prices in 11 metropolitan markets based on data collected from public land registries.
Manoel de Almeida e Silva said UN agencies, working with government officials and a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), “have been working on a comprehensive set of essential measures aimed at curbing this illegal practice and raising awareness about the problem.”Meanwhile, steps are being taken to reunite children who had been deported from other countries with their families back in Afghanistan. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are backing the operation, which since October has brought over 70 children – mostly boys ranging in age from 5 to 15 – back to Afghanistan.In another development, a UNHCR spokesman today reported that 150 Afghans who survived December’s devastating earthquake in Bam are back in their home country. The agency is providing them with cash, food and relief supplies while helping additional Afghan earthquake survivors to make their way home.
Speaking to the press in Geneva, Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, said the contrast between the east and the west of the city could not be clearer. Indeed: “Everyone’s gone home to eastern Mosul except for 20,000 people.” “Mosul’s really a tale of two cities. Eastern Mosul is a city that’s recovering, people are home, schools are open, businesses are open, markets are open. Conditions aren’t great but it’s a city on the mend,” she said.Yet, the situation is very different in western Mosul, explained Ms. Grande, who is also the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). “In the 15 completely destroyed neighbourhoods, there are 230,000 civilians who come from those districts who are not coming home anytime soon.” Overall, she said that Mosul, which had been the site of the single largest urban battle since World War II, had also witnessed the largest managed evacuation in modern history, with nearly one million civilians assisted out of the city. “Very exceptionally, humanitarian agencies were not near the front line, they were on the front line,” she stated. In all, some 3.3 million people across Iraq remain outside their homes, including those recently displaced from Mosul. In the wake of the Iraqi campaign to oust the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) from Mosul, she said that there are three more military operations that are expected: in Tal Afar; in Hawija; and in the Euphrates Valley, western Anbar Province. “We think that by the end of those military operations several hundred thousand more civilians are likely to be displaced. [As such] when the military campaign in Iraq is over, we are possibly looking at 3.5 million civilians who will need to go home,” she said.
The new findings are based on analysis of surveys of 402 GPs and 1,901 adult British men, which will be presented at a Public Health England conference in Manchester today.Prostate cancer can be successfully treated if caught in time, but the disease often displays no symptoms in the early stages.GPs should tell those with a family history about the option to have a PSA blood test, which can pick up higher levels of proteins linked to prostate cancer.Such tests are not routinely offered by the NHS, because raised levels do not necessarily denote cancer, but are offered on request to those over the age of 50. Prostate cancer treatment can involve hormone therapyCredit:Alamy “We need men to feel empowered to take control of their own health, find out their family history and pro-actively ask their GP whether they need tests for the disease due to their risk of developing it. Currently this isn’t happening nearly enough and the increased risk due to family history of prostate cancer is being dangerously overlooked by both men and their GPs.”Too many men are walking around completely blind to the serious danger they could face. This must change.” Family doctors are leaving patients with a family history of prostate cancer “completely blind” to the serious dangers they face, a leading charity has warned.Men whose father or brothers suffered from the disease are 2.5 more likely to develop it, and should be monitored more closely.But research by Prostate Cancer UK found just one in ten GPs were likely to ask patients about their family histories – even though 91 per cent were aware of the added risks.Meanwhile, two thirds of men whose relatives had suffered from the disease had no idea of the dangers linked to harmful genes, researchers found.The charity’s chief executive Angela Culhane said: “There’s no denying that GPs in the UK today face tremendous pressure to start conversations with patients regarding an ever-growing list of medical conditions. Each year more than 40,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer and around 11,000 die from the disease. Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancerCredit:Alamy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Heron Resources says it has successfully commenced processing activities at its Woodlawn zinc-copper mine in New South Wales, Australia.Reclaimed tailings from hydraulic mining operations are now being processed in the new flotation treatment facility; a significant milestone that marks the start of full production activities, the company said.Attention has now turned to the ramp-up program with a focus on increasing throughput to nameplate capacity of 1.5 Mt/y, achieving design recoveries and meeting product quality specifications for the three base metal concentrates to be produced at Woodlawn.In addition, preparation for the first processing campaign of high-grade underground ore is well advanced and will proceed following the current ramp-up program, Heron said.“Underground mining continues to perform well, with production in the last three months exceeding plans, and development ore from the G2 Lens stockpiled at the crushing circuit in readiness for processing,” the company said.Based on the current ore reserves mine plan, the project is expected to produce three concentrates at an average annualised gross production rate at steady-state of 40,000 t zinc, 10,000 t copper, 12,000 t lead, 900,000 oz silver and 4,000 oz gold over an initial mine life of 9.3 years. The company says there is significant potential for mine life extensions through the conversion of high-grade underground resources and further exploration success.Heron’s Managing Director and CEO, Wayne Taylor, said: “We are excited to have now achieved this significant milestone in the transition from explorer to producer with the processing of the first reclaimed tailing through the Woodlawn plant. Commencing operations is timely, and we look forward to taking advantage of continuing favourable conditions in base metals markets as we ramp-up our operations.”The feasibility study for the “starter case” at Woodlawn contemplated campaign treatment processing of 1-1.5 Mt/y from two separate production sources – underground and tailings.The company kicked off commissioning at Woodlawn back in December.
MUCH AS NIALL Collins tried to put the story to bed on Wednesday night, the significant furore created by a letter he sent asking that a drug dealer not be jailed required a more fulsome response from the Fianna Fail justice spokesperson.The Limerick TD will hope that in issuing a statement and outlining the rationale for the letter he wrote on behalf of Hugo Porter, a father of four who admitted to the possession for sale of €18,000 of cannabis, he has put an end to the controversy.But the implied criticism from his own leader Micheál Martin – “I do not believe that Oireachtas members should involve themselves in criminal proceedings” – and the widespread condemnation from other political quarters is an indicator of how both people within Leinster House and the general public feel about it. Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams said he wouldn’t have done it. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny described it as “a direct intervention in the administration of justice”. Even Lucinda Creighton got in on the act, telling RTÉ yesterday that she believed it was “completely inappropriate” and an “immense and grave error of judgement”.In other words, it’s not something a TD is supposed to be doing. Yet TDs have been doing it in one way or another for decades. Some, but not all, have had to fall on their swords because of it.Previous casesIn 2007, the office of former Fianna Fáil minister Tony Killeen sent two letters to the Minister for Justice urging that a convicted child rapist be freed. The following year, Labour’s Kathleen Lynch expressed regret after she wrote to a judge in a case where a man was convicted of raping two teenage sisters in Cork. Both held onto their jobs.But more recently the Green Party minister Trevor Sargent resigned in 2010 after contacting gardaí about a case involving a constituent.The basic problem here is that what Collins did just doesn’t look good.Strip away the intricacies of the case and what you see is a politician writing a letter that seeks leniency for a man who admits to possessing thousands of euro worth of illegal drugs.But what about those intricacies? You can certainly have some understanding over what Collins did – and why he did – when you consider a number of factors. He was approached about the case, it doesn’t concern a constituent (so there is no political gain) and the man in question has four children who lost their mother in tragic circumstances.As the Limerick TD himself says:My decision was based solely on compassion and concern for the four children.”‘Pain the arse’One of his Fianna Fáil colleagues probably put it best today when they said “he put the welfare of the kids ahead of covering his own arse”.Had he covered his own arse, Collins would have simply declined to do what he did because as much as it used to happen, it doesn’t any more. Primarily because of the controversies it can create, as was seen in the cases of Killeen, Lynch and Sargent.But also because it begs the question. Is it actually fundamentally correct that politicians seek in anyway to involve themselves in matters related to the administration of justice in this State?Many would say that it’s not and it should not have happened so Collins has done himself no favours with his intervention.He may weather this storm but he is badly damaged by it. As the same colleague noted: ”He’s done nothing wrong, but it’s not the done thing, and it’s a pain in the arse for him.”Micheál Martin: TDs shouldn’t involve themselves in criminal proceedingsRead: Niall Collins sent letter to judge to inform him of the suicide of children’s mother
The year 2010 was the time for Greece to make a new start and major changes, Prime Minister George Papandreou underlined on Wednesday in a press conference held to mark the completion of 100 days since ruling PASOK was sworn in as the new government.“It is now or never for deep change and to this dilemma we answer now,” he said, stressing that Greece was experiencing a crisis of unprecedented proportions, with the public debt and deficit at levels never seen before, one that extended beyond Greece’s borders and threatened the country’s credibility abroad. He also underlined that this crisis was not just an external one but a symptom of deeper problems for which the way of governance was to blame.“It is time to change everything, to turn the crisis into an opportunity. We have already shown that we are capable of doing this, that we can be leaders and not laggards,” Papandreou underlined.The prime minister identified the key problems facing the country as the “sick” state sector, rampant with corruption and wasteful spending, a system that undermined Greece’s productivity, competitiveness and credibility, exposed the country to ridicule abroad and which was treated by a defeated resignation by its own citizens. Papandreou underlined that the government was determined not to fall into the inertia of its predecessors and had already made important changes at every ministry, while several deep reforms were now in the process of being introduced.Reviewing his government’s course during its first 100 days, he admitted that some mistakes had been made but stressed that the government was prepared to take corrective action when this proved necessary.“It’s only when you make no moves that you avoid mistakes,” he added, “but we will not make the even greater mistake of inertia that allows events to pass you by, like our predecessors did.”Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras, commenting on the press conference given by Prime Minister George Papandreou on Wednesday, said that “the problem is not the first 100 days that were lost but the days that are coming.”Samaras said that the Greek people remember exactly what the ruling PASOK had promised before the elections “and it is not necessary for us to show how quickly their promises were denied.”The main opposition party leader said that in PASOK “they had promised increases in the salaries of civil servants and now they are preparing drastic cutbacks with the taxation of their bonuses, they had promised not to increase taxes and they are already announcing a tax raid, they promised to tidy up public administration and they have not yet finished with the appointments of general secretaries and with the duties of deputy ministers and Greece is in danger of losing tens of millions of euros from ESPA that have remained halfway and cannot be received.”“Our problem is not the government of PASOK failing, it is achieving this by itself. Our problem is to support Greece, its economy, its social cohesion, its security, the morale of ordinary people and we want all the Greeks with us on this course,” Samaras concluded. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Thousands of students who are taking too long to complete their university courses will be barred from continuing their degrees, Education Minister Andreas Loverdos said this week.As a result of reforms passed a few years ago, the names of any students taking longer than 11 years to complete courses that should run to a maximum of five years will be scrubbed from university registers.“Everybody has had a long enough time to prepare,” said Loverdos. “All these students were warned in 2007 and then again in 2011.”Kathimerini understands that the move could affect as many as 180,000 so-called “eternal students.” Loverdos claimed that the list of those who had not yet completed their degrees included people who had been attending classes in the 1950s.He added that he was not willing to delay or change the measure, which is due to take effect on August 31. “Whoever thinks that we will give ground on this for petty political reasons only has to wait for a few more days to find out whether we will be true to our word,” said the minister.Loverdos argued that although most of these students were not a financial burden for the state, the cleaning up of university records would allow the government to make more accurate calculations about the number of teaching and administrative staff required at the public institutions.The minister refused to give further information about the government’s proposal to allow university students to freely transfer between institutions. This has created fears that universities in rural areas will lose students as parents seek to save money by bringing their children closer to home.Source: Ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Des bords de routes fleuris pour sauver les abeillesFrance – Au printemps prochain, des fleurs vont être plantées sur les bords de certaines routes de France. But de la manœuvre : aider les abeilles menacées de disparition en raison d’un manque de pollen, mais aussi de l’émergence de maladies qui les déciment. Cette initiative des ministères de l’Environnement et des Transports pourrait rapidement être étendue à l’ensemble du réseau routier national.Dès le printemps prochain, des espèces végétales mellifères seront semées sur quelque 250 kilomètres d’accotements “afin d’offrir aux abeilles de nouvelles ressources florales pour leur alimentation” ont expliqué Dominique Bussereau, secrétaire d’État aux Transports, et Chantal Jouanno, secrétaire d’État à l’Écologie.Cette initiative a pour but d’améliorer l’alimentation des abeilles et de contribuer au renforcement de leurs défenses immunitaires quand virus, maladies, pesticides ou agriculture intensive menacent de les décimer. Comme l’a souligné Chantal Jouanno, “plus de 35% de nos ressources alimentaires proviennent aujourd’hui des insectes pollinisateurs comme les abeilles. Les protéger, c’est aussi assurer notre survie”.Ce projet est vivement salué par les associations telles que le Réseau biodiversité pour les abeilles qui regroupe des apiculteurs et des agriculteurs et sera chargé d’assurer le suivi apicole de l’expérimentation. Celle-ci sera menée pendant trois ans dans six grandes régions correspondant aux directions interdépartementales des routes. Elle pourrait ensuite être étendue à l’ensemble du réseau routier français non concédé, ce qui représente environ 12.000 kilomètres.Le gouvernement expérimentera également le fauchage tardif qui consiste à ne faucher qu’une seule fois les bords de routes dans la saison au lieu de trois, laissant alors le temps à certaines fleurs de s’épanouir.Depuis une dizaine d’années, les colonies d’abeilles connaissent un taux de mortalité inquiétant qui peut atteindre 40 à 80% dans certaines régions du monde.Le 24 janvier 2010 à 19:01 • Emmanuel Perrin
The Fool Who Follows Him: 9 Solo Spin-Offs Disney Should Make NextEpisode IX Gets a New Screenwriter and John Boyega Discusses Leia’s Sendoff Stay on target Yes, most of us know Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, royal badass in Star Wars. We were introduced to her this way as children, and that remains her most iconic role. However, the actress is multi-faceted, not just emoting and holding a gun in front of the camera, but doing just about everything else.It seems as if Fisher has dabbled in a lot of fields. She’s been working for decades, and while she’s stirred up some public controversies, and struggled with drug addiction and mental illness (more on this later), she’s managed to try different things and contribute to many different areas of the entertainment industry. She’s the definition of #lifegoals.Courtesy Riccardo Ghilardi via Wikimedia CommonsScript DoctorGeorge Lucas’ work almost always benefits from the input of others, and that stems back to the original Star Wars films. The three main players–Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill–had a say in the dialogue. As the movies progressed, the actors had more say in what they said, including Fisher. She refers to this as one of her first script-writing jobs.The first script she worked on fully was the adaptation of her semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge, which pulled from her struggles with drug addiction. It starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine and was praised for its writing and dialogue by critics such as Roger Ebert, who said that while the second half falls off in quality, it “contains too much good writing and too many good performances to be a failure.”It was following the script that Fisher was brought on to fix the dialogue and writing on a number of high-profile screenplays in the 1990s and early 2000s. While you’ll almost never find her name in the credits, she’s attached to Hook, Sister Act, The Wedding Singer, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and even the Star Wars prequels. She worked with actors and studios behind the scenes, helping Whoopi Goldberg and Disney executives get along for the sake of Sister ActThis is one of those Hollywood legends that has become more public in recent years. It’s not that she was being actively hidden. It was well-known in the industry, which is how she was able to get work on Steven Spielberg films and other mainstream, big budget releases. It’s a shame that Fisher didn’t get any credit during the time when she was busiest, especially since, as she says, the process changed to her detriment over the years, essentially pushing her out of the industry. However, her mark is on many iconic films, so in a way, she’ll always be around.Carrie Fisher’s one-woman show at Studio 54 on Broadway.Novelist and PlaywrightAs previously mentioned, Fisher wrote about her experiences with drug abuse in the bestseller Postcards from the Edge, but she didn’t stop there and wrote even more books based on her life. Surrender The Pink was about her relationship with Paul Simon. The Best Awful There Is is thought to be about her relationship with agent Bryan Lourd, who came out as homosexual years into their courtship.Wishful Thinking combined her loves of writing and acting into a one-woman play, which toured the country in 2006 and 2007 and did a short stint on Broadway. That was adapted into a book in 2008, and the audiobook earned her a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word album.Her writing is always quick and self-aware. Her life experiences are strange and absurd enough to most readers to serve as entertainment, but the amount of herself she puts into her work makes it more intimate. This has worked to her disadvantage in some of the critical reception, but her honesty about her life and her struggles, and the way she is able to make fun of them, has always made her endearing to her audience.And as she’s gotten older, she’s gotten more open, which brings us to one of her greatest achievements.Mental Health ActivistFisher was diagnosed with bipolar disorder on top of struggling with drug addiction famously in the 1980s (she was often seen doing drugs with John Belushi, who died of a drug overdose in 1982). She’s been open about her diagnosis and her medication use, which is still a taboo in 2016. She’s been open about how her struggles to find a proper chemical balance has caused her to have psychotic breaks, including some very public, headline-grabbing ones.For example, she became the subject of gossip in 2013 after suffering a manic episode on a cruise ship, that was captured on video.She’s gone on 20/20, Extra and the BBC to discuss her illness, which she often does with a frankness that few people have.She’s even talked in detail about how medication like lithium works, even opening her pillbox to reporters.“There is treatment and a variety of medications that can alleviate your symptoms if you are manic depressive or depressive,” Fisher said in 2002. “You can lead a normal life, whatever that is. I have gotten to the point where I can live a normal life, where my daughter can rely on me for predictable behavior, and that’s very important to me.”She’s received a number of awards for her work and honesty about her mental illness, including a lifetime achievement award from the Humanist Hub at Harvard in 2016. She is one of the most famous spokespeople for bipolar disorder, a subject that is very important to her due to the stigma and the lack of knowledge surrounding the disease.“What happens with the insurance companies, they don’t cover you for a physical illness and a mental illness. You have to pick,” she told Newsweek.”Obviously you’re going to pick a heart medication over a mental illness one. That’s asking people to make a tough choice.”Outspoken, Amazing Human BeingBeing an amazing person isn’t the most lucrative part of her public career, but it’s one of the things that endears us the most. She’s a nerd icon, so for that she’ll always be on our minds, but her candor on politics and the issues facing women in Hollywood is refreshing. Her Twitter is a goldmine of sharp comedy, quotes, and puppies, of course, but her appearances on talk shows, especially now that Star Wars is once again making her a household name, is always welcome.She’s spoken out against body shamers who criticized her look during the promoting for The Force Awakens, for instance, and never seems to let it hurt her. She’s been in this industry for decades and dealt with worse than some trolls online, so she doesn’t have the patience to let it affect her. Of course, she’s been open about her insecurities as well.She’s a treasure. Every time she appears on our screens, she makes us smile and clap. She’s incredibly smart, funny, and knows herself so well. She’s an inspiration, and we hope to one day be as cool as her.“I haven’t ever changed who I am. I’ve just gotten more accepting of it. Being happy isn’t getting what you want, it’s wanting what you have,” she said.
Finding the right shoe isn’t easy, however, Wanna Kicks is here to help: It’s a 3D augmented reality app that allows you to virtually try on sneakers wherever you are.The free app, which is only available for iOS right now, is like having a high-tech sales associate: Sneakerheads can search for all different types of kicks, instantly try them on with their smartphones, and buy them. Unlike other apps, Wanna Kicks enables you to try on sneakers first, so you’ll get to avoid inconvenient online returns and store trips.Here’s how it works: Wannaby, the company that created Wanna Kicks, uses a combination of AR, computer vision, and rendering technology to help you achieve the right sneaker fit. Just download the app, browse different types of shoes, including Puma Creepers and Yeezys, virtually “try on” pairs with the app’s AR tech and your smartphone camera, and click “find in store” to purchase sneakers.Another cool feature of the app is that you can try on shoes in different locations. The app adapts to different settings, such as room lighting, so you’ll know if a pair of sneakers will look good at the gym or your favorite brunch spot. The app also considers what outfits you’re wearing, so you can easily see how sneakers will coordinate with your wardrobe.Wannaby didn’t disclose if Wanna Kicks will be available for other mobile operating systems, including Android. But, you can download the Wanna Kicks app from the Apple App Store. To learn more about Wanna Kick’s AR technology, visit Wannaby’s company website.More on Geek.com:Nike Is Designing Self-Lacing Sneakers That Will Only Cost $350 Stellar Sneakers: Vans Launches NASA ‘Space Voyager’ CollectionVersace Designer Teases Apple Computer-Inspired Sneakers Stay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit
Posted: March 21, 2019 March 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SeaWorld’s 55th anniversary offers free parking, food discounts 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – SeaWorld will kick off a celebration of its 55th anniversary today with various amenities, discounts and park attractions.The aquatic amusement park will offer free standard parking, a churro or popcorn and soda for $5.50 and 55-cent souvenir bottle refills throughout the day.Park attendees will also have access to discounts on throwback and celebratory T-shirts, collectible pins and daily tickets and passes.Throughout the weekend, the park will offer special events such as performances by the Sea Street band, a 55th anniversary video screened at the Mission Bay Theater and celebratory activities during Orca Encounter presentations and Dolphin Days and Sea Lion Live shows.Since opening in 1964, the park has served roughly 175 million attendees, according to SeaWorld representatives. The 55th anniversary celebration is scheduled to continue through March 24.Residents can go to seaworld.com/san-diego to purchase tickets, learn more about the park’s history, view special commemorative merchandise and learn more about the 55th anniversary celebration.The park will open at 10 a.m. each day of the celebration. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
NORTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to an apartment fire in North Miami-Dade.Crews tackled the blaze at a building near Northeast 191st Street and Miami Avenue.Smoke was spotted billowing from the front of the building.Firefighters were able to put out the fire before the flames spread to other apartments.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Unless they are focused on protecting DOD networks, national cyber units should not be housed on military bases, according to an op-ed in c4isrnet.com. Cyber units created to support federal, state and private sector resources need to be located in proximity to the nation’s critical IT infrastructure, including large data centers, to allow for a rapid response capability, writes Jan Kallberg, a research scientist at the Army Cyber Institute at West Point and an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy.“A cyber unit that is housed in an office building in St. Charles, Missouri, on an office floor in Federal Plaza, Manhattan, or along the I-75 corridor in northern Texas is closer to the action when it happens,” Kallberg says. “The cyber units of the future should be based where their ability to reach mission success is highest, no matter the locale.”Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher McCullough Dan Cohen AUTHOR