first_imgCONKLIN, A.B. – A worker has been killed in an energy sector accident in northern Alberta.Cenovus Energy Inc., says the accident happened late Tuesday night at its Christina Lake oilsands site, about 350 kilometres northeast of Edmonton. The company says in a release that the death involved a hauling truck and occurred as a drilling rig was being moved.The worker was employed by one of Cenovus’s third-party contracting companies. Officials have not released any other details, including the person’s name.- Advertisement -Brett Harris, a Cenovus spokesman, says the drill rig site has been shut down for an investigation.last_img read more

first_imgThere is no more heartbreaking news story than the discovery of an abandoned newborn baby. In many instances it is the desperate act of a terrified teenager afraid to go to the nearest emergency room, fire or police station. Statistics indicate that 57 children are abandoned every day in this country. Shocked by the human toll, Debbe Magnusen launched a grass-roots crusade in July 1996 from her Costa Mesa home to prevent these tragedies. A third-generation Pasadenan, Magnusen has fostered more than 30 drug-exposed babies while raising her two biological children and five adoptees. She calls the 24-hour toll free crisis hot-line Project Cuddle. Within 12 hours of the initial announcement, she received her first call. “I saw you on TV,” said a frantic expectant mother. “You’d better figure out what to do with this baby or I’m going to put it in the park!” Days later, Magnusen coached the young woman through the birth of a beautiful baby girl, who was delivered into the arms of adoptive parents. As a result of that phone call, two lives were saved, the baby’s as well as the mother’s who could have faced prosecution for abandonment. That is just one of 580 rescues in Magnusen’s archives over the last 11 years. When Project Cuddle was featured on Oprah on May 9, the hot-lines were deluged and there just wasn’t enough manpower to handle them all. Arriving guests were served Schramsberg Blanc de Noir sparkling wine while they bid on 100 silent auction items and bought “Keys for a Cause” for a chance to unlock a display case and choose one of five items donated by Tiffany & Co. of Pasadena. Dinner created by Patina caterers was served on the main lawn, which was transformed into an outdoor ballroom beneath a canopy of twinkling lights. On the tables, draped in gold damask, tall crystal pillars held bouquets of white roses and hydrangeas. Glamorous Ann Martin of the KCBS/KCAL-TV news team admitted she was a little nervous making her debut as an auctioneer at this event. Her colleague Fritz Coleman, who has handled the auction chores in the past, had a conflicting date and asked Ann to appear in his place. “Fritz is a hard act to follow,” said Martin. But she did just fine toting up more than $66,000. Among the items on the block was a Chinese-style dinner party personally prepared by Descanso Executive Director David Brown and his family. Guests also raised their auction paddles to pledge donations to refurbish the Boddy House as a museum and event center. The house, which received the Cinderella treatment this spring as the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, will become the site for new exhibits on the garden and its founder E. Manchester Boddy. His camellia collection begun in the early ’40s is the largest in North America. McNally Sagal and Anne Trujillo chaired the event committee. In the crowd were Hizzoner Bill Bogaard and his wife, Claire; L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and his wife, Barbara; Descanso board chairman Simon Harrison and his wife, Charlotte; Sally and Harlan Bixby; Heather and Paul Haaga; Sharon Thralls and Neil Papiano; Janice and Bill Corey; Karen and Lou Bachand; Tony Coelho; Dawn Frazier; Georgianna and Paul Erskine; Alma and Steve Giovanisci; Amy and David Lamb; Edwina and David Dedlow; Pam and J.C. Massar; Melinda Widuch; Vicki and Gary Olson; Francisca and Nick Neumann; Katie Poole; Hope and Peter Schneider; and Lucia and Ben Logan. TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE The opening night response to “Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons,” proved that nostalgia is what it used to be. Christopher Kale Jones’ rendition of Valli’s romantic classic “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” drew a show-stopping standing ovation midway through the second act. And if that wasn’t enough d j vu for those of us who rocked and rolled to their songs back in the ’60s, the real-life Seasons – Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio along with old pals Bob Crewe and Joe Pesci – joined the young cast on the Ahmanson stage for the curtain call. The former blue-collar guys from Newark, all long since-senior citizens, lingered to make the rounds with the show’s writers, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, director Des McAnuff, and choreographer Sergio Trujillo at the post-performance party on the Plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. There, the Levy Restaurant chefs dispensed mountains of antipasto, Italian deli sandwiches and pizza. And guess who crashed the bash? None other than Cardinal Roger Mahony along with cathedral pastor Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik. I suppose it’s not really crashing when the gig takes place in your digs. You certainly can’t blame His Eminence for wanting to check out the action on his own turf. After all, Mahony grew up in NoHo during the heyday of rock & roll. But the true fan is Kostelnik. The padre was overheard telling Bob Crewe that the first album he bought was by the Four Seasons. Also on the scene were Anne and Kirk Douglas; Jason Alexander; Angela Bassett; Kate Burton; Jason Robert Brown; Debbie Reynolds; David Alan Grier; Frankie Avalon; Melina Kanakaredes; Eddie Murphy; Jim Piddock; Aaron Sorkin and Geena Davis. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On June 2, Pat and Bill May, a local couple who have been dedicated to the project for several years, sponsored their first benefit at Pasadena’s University Club. Their goal was to help fund personnel for the hot-lines and medical and legal expenses incurred in rescuing and placing a child. Although many services are provided pro bono, it costs $3,000 to $4,000 per child, said May, whose accounting firm in Pasadena serves as the satellite office for Project Cuddle. More than 100 supporters turned out for Flip-Flop Formal, a black-tie & beach sandal affair that featured entertainment by the Surf City band and a silent auction of hand-decorated flip-flops created by students at Edison High School in Huntington Beach. The event raised $12,000. “It’s a start,” said May. “The important thing is that we get the word out to someone who is pregnant and doesn’t know what to do. We are here. All they have to do is call our hot-line.” For more information on Project Cuddle, call (888) 628-3353. CHAMPAGNE AND ROSES More than 400 guests strolled down a red carpet at Descanso Gardens in La Ca ada Flintridge to dine and dance at Champagne & Roses: A Red Carpet Affaire, the seventh annual black-tie benefit sponsored by S.E.E.D.S. (Supporting Education and Excellence at Descanso). Proceeds from the always-lavish evening exceeded $160,000 to help support the 160-acre botanic garden, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. last_img read more

first_imgAlex McLeish joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to look ahead to Tuesday night’s League Cup showdown between near neighbours Aston Villa and Birmingham.Villa have endured a disappointing start to the season, winning just one of their opening six Premier League games, while visitors Birmingham go into the match in good form having lost just once in the Championship this term.McLeish, who has managed both clubs, believes the pressure is all on Tim Sherwood’s side and says he would not be surprised to see the Blues pull off a famous derby victory over their top-flight rivals at Villa Park.The Scot said: “Tim has to get the Aston Villa show back on track. When he came in, he was a breath of fresh air and it is absolutely vital he wins this one tonight.“But Gary Rowett looks relaxed. He has put a bit of pressure on Villa saying they are fourth from bottom in the Premier League. All these little things niggle and get under your skin and I’m sure the Blues will put up a very good fight. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a shock.”last_img read more

first_img1 Charly Musonda Real Betis have asked Chelsea to extend their loan agreement for Belgian youngster Charly Musonda.Musonda, 19, joined the Spanish club on a six-month deal back in January and has made steady progress in La Liga by racking up 13 appearances and scoring one goal.According to Het Laatste Nieuws, Chelsea are also satisfied with Musonda’s development at Betis and are considering loaning him back to them for another season.With incoming manager Antonio Conte unlikely to consider Musonda for a place in Chelsea’s first team next season, both the player and Betis believe it would make sense for him to continue his development in Spain next term.Musonda still has a contract with Chelsea that runs until 2019 and it is now up to Conte to decide whether he wants the attacking midfielder involved with Chelsea’s senior squad when he takes over in July.last_img read more

first_img Mauro Icardi in action for Inter Milan 1 Napoli are hoping to take advantage of the bitter feud between Mauro Icardi and the Inter Milan fans by clinching a cut-price deal for the Arsenal target.Inter fans unfurled a derogatory banner about the captain before Sunday’s home defeat to Cagliari while it was also reported that his car was attacked after the game following comments made about them in his autobiography.It has been widely suggested that the striker will be stripped of the captaincy but some reports in Italy have claimed he will be sold as quickly as possible too.Arsenal have held a long-standing interest in the Argentinean, who has scored six goals in eight Serie A games so far this term.Their interest appeared to coll when he penned a new deal at the San Siro earlier this month which set his release clause at £100m.That particular fee, however, only stands for non-Italian clubs, according to the Corriere dello Sport, with clubs inside Serie A able to sign him for around £50m.Now Napoli, who pursued the 23-year-old during the summer, could be about to launch a fresh bid to sign him in January with his reputation among Inter ‘Ultras’ in tatters.last_img read more

first_img Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 1 Everton have bid £30m for Iwobi Everton have not been timid in the transfer market this summer, having already landed Moise Keen, Andre Gomes, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Fabian Delph in deals worth around £90m.Meanwhile, Arsenal loan target Philippe Coutinho is keen on remaining at Barcelona to fight for his place in the first-team.On Tuesday, reports suggested the Gunners were close to securing a loan move for the playmaker, with Tottenham, Man United and Liverpool also believed to be interested.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever. REVEALED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update TROPHY LATEST What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star New job Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Everton have had a £30million bid for Arsenal star Alex Iwobi rejected, talkSPORT understands.The Toffees have been pulling all the stops to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfiried Zaha in recent days, but have so far been unsuccessful in their pursuit of the Ivory Coast international. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions deals OFF Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January latest BREAKING: Everton make £30million bid to sign attacker Alex Iwobi from Arsenal.– talkSPORT sources understand.Join us now for the transfer latest.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/SKMvzqPtWB— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 7, 2019Iwobi, who made 35 appearances in the Premier League last season for the Gunners, is facing the difficult task of cementing a spot in Unai Emery’s first-team this season due to the arrivals of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid and Nicolas Pepe from Lille.And despite having their opening offer rejected, Everton will be comforted by the fact that the 23-year-old may be looking for other opportunities, although they will now have to stump up an improved bid to secure his services. targets Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers FAREWELL The Eagles are determined to keep hold of their most prized asset, with chairman Steve Parish maintaining his stance that the 27-year-old will not be allowed to leave the club this summer.Everton manager Marco Silva is desperate to sign a winger before the transfer window shuts at 5pm on Thursday.Therefore, Goodison Park chiefs have turned their attention to Nigeria international Iwobi, but have had their opening £30m bid for the winger turned down the north London club. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSlast_img read more

first_imgThe present pains for drivers on Interstate 40 in Haywood County are temporary.The N.C. Department of Transportation and Harrison Construction Company are implementing new traffic control procedures this week on I-40 westbound to alleviate significant congestion while crews improve bridges between Exits 27 and 20.Signs direct I-40 through traffic to merge left and drivers wanting to take U.S. 74 to remain in the right lane.“These improvements are the most important projects we have going,” Division 14 construction engineer Ted Adams said. “We are making progress at a much faster rate than the original contract because we want to complete the work as soon as possible.”The entire scope of the project is on pace to be finished a full year ahead of the originally scheduled completion date.All significant improvements over the eastbound bridges were completed in time to remove lane restrictions for Memorial Day weekend traffic. Another crew will continue paving the eastbound lanes.In a similar manner to five weeks ago, lane restrictions on I-40 will also be lifted on Thursday July 1 and all lanes will be open through July 9 to allow holiday traffic to flow at a traditional pace.Once crews return, they will continue working on the bridges closest to Asheville then move to bridges closer to the Pigeon River Gorge. They will need 4-6 weeks to complete the comprehensive rehabilitation, then the major lane closures will be lifted.All major lane closures should conclude by Labor Day weekend. The project is scheduled to be completed by Thanksgiving.“We’ve seen an increase in traffic and we are responding to the need to keep people and trucks moving through this area,” Adams said. “We are delighted that this safety project will be done 12 months ahead of schedule.”last_img read more

first_imgBrand South Africa congratulates the Proteas who have taken a giant step towards holding the 2015 Cricket World Cup trophy.We thank the team for flying the South flag proudly and stand behind you.  Match details Channel: SuperSport 2 / HD (channel 202)Date: Tuesday, March 24, 201501:30 – 11:30CricketICC Cricket World Cup SF 1: Tbc v South AfricaSouth African Squad  CP: AB de VilliersAaron Phangiso Dale SteynDavid MillerFaf du Plessis  Farhaan BehardienHashim AmlaImran TahirJP DuminyKyle Abbott Morne MorkelQuinton de KockRilee RossouwVernon PhilanderWayne Parnellfor more info visit: www.icc-cricket.com Brand South Africa congratulates the Proteas who have taken a giant step towards holding the 2015 Cricket World Cup trophy. We thank the team for flying the South flag proudly and stand behind you.last_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img According to a report on CNet, the next version of Google’s Picasa Web Albums will go live at noon PST today. The central new feature of this version will be automated face recognition and tagging. In tandem with this update, Google will also launch a new version of Picasa, its desktop photo management software, which will also get a number of new features, including a movie maker mode, a retouch brush, and online synchronization with Picasa Web Albums. Remember Riya? Google is not the first company to add face recognition to online photo albums. Riya, when it first launched, made face recognition its central feature, but Riya’s implementation, while interesting, made too many mistakes in the face recognition to be successful. Most users quickly abandoned the site after the early hype and Riya was forced to change its business model. To be successful, Google’s face recognition will have to be a lot more precise than Riya’s algorithms.Picasa UpdateThe updates to the Picasa desktop software are interesting, but not revolutionary. Two features stand out, though. The movie maker mode will allow users to create videos of their slide shows and upload them to YouTube. The online synchronization feature will keep galleries in the desktop client in synch with the web albums. Sadly, though, this synchronization only seems to work from PC to web and not vice versa, making this potentially great feature just a bit less useful.CompetitionIt’s good to see that Google is showing some drive to innovate in the online photo album market. Flickr, as Stephen Shankland points out, has been slow to add new features, and Picasa itself has not exactly been the most exciting place to store pictures. If Google can make the face recognition work, it will have at least one great feature that will set it apart from its competition. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web last_img read more

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#NYT#web In an overcrowded world of mortal human beings, struggling with scarcity and inequities, networked technology can extend the reach and vision of any of us individually – beyond the wildest dreams of most of human history. The Internet is a great source of hope.Enter Angel Investors. They give money, usually their own from previous business successes, to early stage startup companies aiming to create the future of the Internet. They enable inventors to quit their jobs and to build their technologies without immediately worrying about revenue. If there’s trouble among the Angels, then the entrepreneurs they help fund and mentor face trouble in their efforts to build the future of the internet that we will all benefit from. Michael Arrington’s report of collusion among Silicon Valley Super Angels really is as epic a story as it seems – and if the allegations are true, the consequences could affect everyone in the world.This weekend tech blogger Michael Arrington reported on a secret dinner attended by a large number of Super Angel investors, some of the most prominent early-stage investors in consumer web technology. Uneasy participants at the event later told Arrington what the topics of conversations have been at prior meetings and it appears they could constitute illegal price fixing and collusion. Collaboration to take greater control for these investors and less for other investors they compete with and the entrepreneurs they invest in. That’s what it comes down to, if the allegations are accurate.That’s contrary to the interests of the inventor entrepreneurs that those Super Angels are charged with shepherding into the world. Why Should You Care?Why should you care? Because the Internet has changed your life, and we’re only at the very beginning. And each new innovation needs financial support.World leaders used to have to ride a horse for days to visit a library that held less information than we can all now access in moments with an inexpensive device we carry in our pockets. Angels funded the early development of the systems that made that possible. Ron Conway, now the most prominent Angel investor in tech, was an early investor in Google. Humanity is fortunate that Google’s early investors like Conway didn’t sabotage its development out of short-term self-interest.Anyone can now publish text, photos, audio or video, live in real-time even, to any number of people all around the world. Those publishing tools were born in part thanks to the money of Angels, who helped them become real and popular before worrying about how to make money from a communications revolution. The otherwise unknown people around the world who use free blogs to expose the injustices committed by authoritarian governments? Those people are fortunate that when O’Reilly invested ten years ago in Pyra Labs, the company that made Blogger.com, that backing didn’t come at the expense of Pyra’s ability to innovate.Aggregate activity of all these systems can now be analyzed to capture everything from real-time global self-awareness to instant personalization that would have been unimaginable in all but very recent history.The next step will be machines talking to machines talking to the internet – your refrigerator will be your next friend on Facebook and its newsfeed will update when it has trouble using electricity efficiently or no longer contains a carton of eggs. More importantly, city streets will report to the web about what happens on them, inequitable delivery of public services to different populations will become clear as day when all the data is online and the illumination of new problems will foster the creation of new solutions.Entrepreneurs will build those systems, and Angels will fund their doing so.So it’s very important that Angel Investors not act contrary to the interests of the entrepreneurs building the future. Because the rest of us all want that future to be developed as well as possible.Not all important innovation comes from Silicon Valley, or is invested in by Valley Super Angels – but that is the case for a lot of it.That’s why the story of AngleGate is a story of alleged injustice being done not just to competitors of these particular investors, or the startups that seek their funding. It’s a story about Super Angels acting against the interests of anyone whose life might be touched by the future of the Internet.Photo by Joi Ito.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more