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‘Joker’: LAPD Says “No Credible Threats”; Exhibitors Remain Vigilant As Theatrical Release Nears – Deadline

September 26th, 2019

In the wake of several mass shootings in Gilroy, CA; Dayton, OH, and El Paso, Texas, there’s plenty of concern surrounding the opening of Warner Bros.’ The Joker on Oct.  4, particularly as it’s poised to bring in a record amount of moviegoers for an October release.

Some sources in distribution and exhibition believe these fears are over-heightened, especially with the LAPD issuing a statement tonight that they don’t see any credible threats in the Los Angeles area from the pic’s opening. Industry sources also tell us that the FBI and Homeland Security do not foresee any looming threats currently for the Todd Phillips-directed DC origin movie about the crazed Batman villain

Said the LAPD tonight in a statement received by Deadline, “The Los Angeles Police Department is aware of public concerns and the historical significance associated with the premiere of the Joker.  While there are no credible threats in the Los Angeles area, the Department will maintain high visibility around movie theaters when it opens.  We encourage everyone to go out and enjoy all of the weekend leisure activities this city has to offer however,  Angelenos should remain vigilant and always be aware of your surroundings.  As always if you see something, say something.”

We also hear that the National Association of Theatre Owners also hasn’t been alerted by the FBI or other law enforcement of any threats surrounding Joker. If such intel was received, NATO would pass any relevant information along to their members so that they can make their own security decisions.

However, two days ago, Stars & Stripes published a report that an Army Criminal Investigation Command memo was issued Monday and put commanders at Fort Sill, OK, ., on notice about an intelligence bulletin that read a Texas law enforcement agency working with the FBI had discovered “disturbing and very specific chatter in the dark web” regarding the the potential targeting of an unknown theater for a mass shooting during the weekend of Joker‘s release.

That said, exhibition isn’t being irresponsible, and exhibitors do not detail their specific security plans to the press.  Warner Bros. has had the unfortunate and horrible experience of having gone through a mass shooting tragedy with The Dark Knight Rises 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting. They know what type of film they have on their hands with Joker. Movie theaters in certain neighborhoods are very aware of the type of film they’re booking, and that masses descend upon their theaters. Security sources have informed Deadline that security always gets beefed up at high-volume theaters during any big box office weekend, especially around the holidays. It doesn’t take a Joker movie to simply put everyone on high-alert. Note that Dark Knight Rises previews began at midnight, which was when the tragedy occurred, and since then with the exception of Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home recently, major studios have largely eliminated opening their films at midnight Thursday into Friday. Joker will begin its previews Oct. 3 at 4PM.

During Star Wars: The Force Awakens, security was increased in downton LA multiplexes from 3-4 guards to 9-12 on average per sources at the time. Expect that type of responsibility here with Joker. In regards to whether Warners foots the bill for extra security or not, that’s always on an exhibitor by exhibitor case basis. For Straight Outta Compton, Universal said they were “partnering” with movie theaters that requested support during screenings of the NWA biopic. Specific details were scant at the time, but it wasn’t a straight matter of the studio outright reimbursing theaters for any costs associated with heightened security, rather the studio sharing some of the costs.

AMC theaters issued a statement yesterday assuring their customers that they plan to be vigilant and enforce their costume policy which forbids masks, face paint or any object that conceals the face.

Said the No. theater chain in a statement, “The safety of our guests and associates is AMC’s top priority. Working with law enforcement, AMC has a number of safety and security protocols in place at all of its theatres. To help ensure that safety, we do not discuss specifics. Because we’re also getting calls about our costume policy, I want to make sure it’s clear that this is AMC’s standard costume policy, which has been in place for several years and applies to all movies at all times: Guests are welcome to come dressed in costume, but we do not permit masks, face paint or any object that conceals the face. AMC does not permit weapons or items that would make other guests feel uncomfortable or detract from the movie-going experience.”

Landmark is banning toy weapons and masks, while Regal, like AMC, says it’s in contact with law enforcement and do not comment on their security protocol.

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Every Alexa and Echo device Amazon announced this week in one handy list – The Next Web

September 26th, 2019

Amazon hosted a massive hardware event this week, announcing a cavalcade of new Alexa-enabled and IoT devices. Make no mistake: Amazon wants to find a way into your home or pocket one way or another. But there’s a lot to be excited about too, especially as Amazon‘s pricing often undercuts similar competition.

Let’s get right to it then, starting with the myriad of Alexa-compatible devices in the Echo family.

Echo Studio

The Echo Studio is Amazon‘s challenger to the likes of Sonos and Apple’s HomePod. We wrote about it at length here, but it promises serious audio chops and is the first smart speaker to support 3D audio, including Dolby Atmos.

Price: $199.99
When: Pre-order here, launches November 7.

Echo Buds

As long-rumored, Amazon is finally getting into the true-wireless headphone game. They promise high-end sound quality with dual balanced armature drivers, and Amazon made the smart choice of licensing Bose noise-reduction technology. An ambient sound mode is also available for awareness of your surroundings, and the Buds are sweat-resistant.

Battery life is rated at five hours per session, with three more charges provided by the case, for a total of 20 hours. As a pleasant surprise, Amazon doesn’t limit you to Alexa; Google Assistant and Siri will work too. They look seriously compelling at a price of just $130. Read more here.

Price: $129.99
When: Pre-order here, launches October 30.

Echo Frames

Yup, Amazon is making smart glasses, but no, they don’t beam holographic images to your eyes; this is an audio-only affair. That’s why they’re relatively svelte compared to AR glasses and can promise “all-day” battery life.

They basically work like an audio smartwatch, reading your notifications out loud and allowing you to ask Alexa questions. They even support optional access to the Google Assistant. But the microphones can also be turned off when you want some extra privacy. Read more here.

Price: $179.99
When: Part of Amazon‘s new ‘Day 1 Edition’ pilot program. Available only via invitation, which you can request here.

Echo Loop

Another Day 1 Edition product, the Echo Loop also works like something of a tiny audio-only smartwatch. Click the action button and you can ask Alexa for the weather or information on your dinner reservations. You can even make short phone calls from the thing by holding your hand up to your ear, which both sounds awkward and, admittedly, pretty futuristic.

As is a common theme in Amazon‘s new wearables, the Echo Loop also supports Siri or the Google Assistant. Read more here.

Price: $129.99
When: Also only via invite; sign up here.

Echo Dot 3rd Gen (AKA Echo Dot Clock)

It turns out a lot of people ask their Echo Dot’s for the time, so Amazon figured, why not just put a clock on it? The Display can also be set to tell show alarms, timers, or the temperature.

Price: $59.99
When: Pre-order here, ships October 16.

Echo Flex

As with most home gadgets, smart speakers need to be plugged in, running a wire over your beautiful furniture. Boo. The solution? Have a smart speaker that plugs directly into the socket. The Echo Flex works basically the same as any other Echo, but at a super-cheap $30 buck price (and probably not-great sound quality). It comes with a built-in USB-port too, so that’s nice.

Price: $24.99
When: Pre-order here, ships November 14.

Echo Glow

Ooooh, shiny. It’s a bit odd this gadget falls under the Echo family, given there’s no microphone or speaker on board. Instead, you can control it via another Alexa-toting device, setting different colors for reminders, or making the light dance along to your music. There’s even a ‘Rainbow Timer’ to help kids stay on track with bedtime, errands, and more. Allegedly

Price: $29.99
When: Pre-order now, ships November 20.

Echo Show 8

It’s a bigger Echo Show! It has a chunk 8-inch screen, which, you know, is bigger than 5-inches.

Price: $129.99
When: Pre-order here, ships November 21.

Echo Speaker Gen 3

The latest Echo has better sound “powered by Dolby,” though it’s not an Atmos speaker like the Studio because duh.

Price: $99.99
When: Pre-order here, available October 16.

Okay, that’s enough Echo devices. Amazon had some other gadgets too:

Amazon Smart Oven

First Amazon had an Alexa-powered microwave. Now Amazon has an Alexa-powered microwave-air-fryer-convection oven combo. No microphones on-board, but it can be controlled by your other voice devices. You can even scan your packaged foods with Alexa and the oven will set the appropriate time. Jack Donaghy would be proud.

Price: $249.99
When: Pre-order here, available November 14.

Ring Fetch

Amazon announced a new low-power, long-distance wireless protocol called ‘Sidewalk’. Operating on the 900 MHz spectrum it’s meant for low-speed transmissions for things like IoT devices, reaching up to while away. The Ring Fetch is one of the first devices to use the technology. It’s basically a tracking device that lets you make sure your pup is still within a specified radius.

Price: TBD
When: Sometime next year

New Eero

Amazon announced the first new Eero since it bought the company. Unsurprisingly, it comes with deeper Alexa integration. The mesh router allows you to link multiple routers to ensure strong coverage throughout your home, and Amazon is promising setup will take less than 10 minutes.

Price: $99 for one, or $249 for three
When: Available now

Ring Stick Up Cam

Ring’s new Stick Up Cam is basically the same as last year’s model, featuring 1080P streams and motion detection. Also comes in a battery-powered version. The difference? It’s cheaper.

Price: $99
When: Pre-order today, available October 23

Ring Stick Up Cam Elite

Same as above, but with Ethernet for a rock-solid connection.

Price: $199
When: TBD

Ring Indoor Cam

Like the Stick Up Cam, but smaller, cheaper, and without weather-proofing. It also needs to be plugged into a socket and doesn’t come in a battery-powered version.

Price: $59.99
When: Today

Ring Retrofit Alarm Kit

Lets you plug your old alarm system into Ring’s network. The best of both worlds

Price: $199
When: TBD

Phew. Got all that? For more on the new devices, check out Amazon’s Alexa hub page here.

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The 40mm Apple Watch Series 5 comes with a new battery design – Engadget

September 26th, 2019

The best blood pressure monitors for at-home use – CNET

September 26th, 2019

Shopping for the best blood pressure monitor? Good for you. It’s never too early to start taking readings and monitoring your blood pressure level; a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that people who have high blood pressure, or hypertension, before age 40 are at an increased risk of heart disease later in life. But for the best results, you need an accurate home-use monitor. And according to the American Heart Association (AHA), accuracy depends on two things: a properly fitting blood pressure cuff and independent validation

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Below are eight upper-arm based blood pressure monitors and two wrist based devices, which the AHA recommends only for people who cannot fit into traditional arm cuffs. Despite offering a wide variety of features at a wide range of price points, each of these devices have been independently validated against one or more set of AHA-recognized standards to track accurate blood pressure readings. In other words, no matter which one you choose, your heart with thank you.

These products and services are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.

Upper-arm based blood pressure monitors

Beurer

An illuminated start/stop button and extra-large digital display makes this fully automatic blood pressure monitor super easy to use. It saves an average of your morning and evening readings for seven days and classifies your risk using a colored LED scale. The Beurer BM 47 can even detect arrhythmia

iHealth

Slip on the adjustable cuff, place your smartphone in the dock and fire up the iHealth MyVitals mobile app (iOS and Android). The iHealth Ease can measure and store an unlimited number of readings from an unlimited number of users and detect irregular heartbeats

A&D Medical

Pressing one button is all it takes to start a reading — the digital blood pressure display automatically averages multiple measurements. Up to four people can use one device; it will store 60 readings for each person, though you can also download the A&D Connect companion health app to electronically log and track your pressure level and measurements. 

Panasonic

This simple and slim blood pressure machine does the basics: measures your blood pressure and immediately alerts you if you’re experiencing hypertension. Save up to 90 readings directly on the device; a large LCD screen makes it easy to read your blood pressure and your heart rate simultaneously. 

Omron

Designed for two different users, the Omron Platinum monitor will automatically take three consecutive readings at intervals that you can customize and then track and average the results. The horizontal dual LCD display shows your current and prior reading side by side and will alert you if your systolic pressure is 130 mmHg or above and/or your diastolic pressure is 80 mmHg or above.  

iHealth

Available in two cuff sizes, the iHealth Feel can take 80 measurements on a single charge and track and store up to 200 readings. Instead of featuring a digital monitor on the device, iHealth outsources all data to the iHealth MyVitals Android and iOS apps where you can take notes and record your mood and activity with each measurement. The iHealth Feel also has the ability to detect irregular heartbeats. 

Qardio

This is a BP monitor your whole family can use — it pairs wirelessly with up to eight smartphones or tablets at any given time. It automatically averages three readings, monitoring and detecting irregular heartbeats, and stores all your measurements and notes in Qardio’s HIPAA-compliant cloud. View and share your data on the Qardio App, where you can also set goals and reminders, or sync your data with Apple Health or S Health on Android devices. 

Omron

If irregular heart rhythms, hypertension and high blood pressure are a concern, the Omron Complete will have you covered. It measures systolic and diastolic blood pressure, your pulse, atrial fibrillation, tachycardia, bradycardia and sinus rhythm simultaneously, and stores all your info and readings in the Omron Connect app. 

Wrist based blood pressure monitors

iHealth

One reason wrist based monitors aren’t more widely recommended is because of their propensity for user error and lack of accuracy. The FDA approved iHealth Sense device helps minimize this risk by detecting your arm position and suggesting tweaks on the accompanying smartphone app. Results and readings from the automatic wrist blood pressure device are stored in the iHealth Cloud where you can export your data or share it with your doctor for your next doctor’s appointment.

Omron

The Omron Gold packs many of the features of pricier upper-arm monitors into a small, quiet and convenient package for your wrist. It automatically averages up to three readings taken over a 10-minute period and will alert you to hypertension, or when your blood pressure is high. The wearable blood pressure device can store up to 200 readings from multiple users or wirelessly transmit results via Bluetooth to the Omron Connect free app, where you can track your blood pressure trends over time. 

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives. 

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Why Law and Order: SVU Changed Things Up for Benson and Carisi in Season 21 – E! NEWS

September 26th, 2019

Law & Order: SVU started its history-making season 21 with some big changes. Warning, spoilers follow for the Thursday, Sept. 26 episode titled “I’m Going to Make You a Star.”

Yep, returning series showrunner Warren Leight wasn’t kidding when he promised big changes were coming to the longest-running drama on TV. Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi? No longer a detective. Viewers met ADA Carisi (Peter Scanavino) in the season premiere. Lt. Olivia Benson? No longer a lieutenant. She’s Captain Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) now.

So, why all the big changes? “Thematically, it’s a year about passages and changes. I don’t think nobody at the start of the season will be in the same place at the end of the season,” Leight told us ahead of the premiere. “People’s titles will change, people’s roles in the squad room will change, people’s domestic life—turning 21 is a major passage in life, so it should be for the show as well. With any luck, the special victims unit will still be up and running by the end of the season, but people will go through a lot of personal and professional changes, I think.”

Get the inside scoop on the big changes below.

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Captain Benson
Leight said the promotion for Benson came at a cost. Dodds was removed from his position, but made it so Benson was taken care of in his absence. “So, it’s a promotion for her, but with an emotional cost as well, because I just think that’s how things work. But she’s the captain now,” Leight said.

Viewers can expect to see Benson and the new bureau chief come into conflict early this season. “She and Dodds were pretty cozy, but her office had like 185 pictures of Noah, she’s the captain now and different people will be visiting her office now, so she’s going to have to take out 183 of those pictures of Noah,” Leight teased. “It’s always tricky when you have a new boss, so we’ll be seeing a few new bosses in the season, not just for her, but over in the district attorney’s office, we’ll get some turnover there.”

Some fans have been critical over Benson’s lack of love life on the series, equating a relationship to happiness. But being in a relationship isn’t the be-all and end-all for people.

ADA Carisi
Leight said Carisi put himself through law school while working as a detective, so why wouldn’t he pursue a law career? “He’s smart, he’s got a legal mind. I think he’s feeling a little, ‘Is this all there is? Is this it?’…I think he thought by now he’d be married, I think he thought he was a different path than he ended up on. He got a little stuck,” Leight said.

With ADA Stone (Philip Winchester) out, Leight said Carisi seized the opportunity presented to him. “It’s kind of like, if I don’t do it now, I’m never going to do it. I think he does it with regret… A cop always has his gun and now he doesn’t. That will come back, probably to haunt him, at some point this season,” Leight teased.

Expect Carisi’s exit to open up the squad room to new blood. Leight explained the real NYPD’s special victims unit tends to get white shields, police officers who want to be detectives but aren’t trained yet, so NBC’s SVU may introduce some rotating new faces in that respect.

“What does it do when you take an experienced detective out of a small unit? It kind of throws everybody off a little bit. What does it do for Carisi? It gives him a little challenge. But he’s not ready at the start of the season to go in there and go all Barba on people, he’s got to earn his shot to get a big case. We put him through the ropes certainly the first eight or nine episodes of the season. He’s doing grunt work in the DA’s office under a boss who’s not overly empathic,” Leight previewed.

Click play on the video above to hear from Scanavino about his character’s new gig.

Law & Order: SVU airs Thursdays, 10 p.m. on NBC.

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WARMINGTON: Time for Auston Matthews to man up – Toronto Sun

September 26th, 2019

Auston Matthews is not more important than security guard Fayola Dozithee.

When he puts on a military uniform and goes to war for his country, they will be equals.

No sports icon outranks any military veteran.

And no matter how much more power, money, fame and influential friends Matthews may have, there is one fact he can’t influence his way out of.

It’s wrong to treat a woman the way it has been reported.  It’s horrendous to disrespect a veteran of any era.

It’s also selfish to allow for the Toronto Maple Leafs organization to hear about an alleged disorderly conduct incident that happened in May through twitter.


Security guard Fayola Dozithee, a U.S. military veteran, has accused Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews of disorderly conduct in May, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (social media)

However, that’s the past. The future is what matters. Some good decisions need to be made now.

What has to happen is for Matthews — who I still considered innocent until proven otherwise — to step up and properly apologize to security guard Fayola Dozithee for the alleged behaviour outside his Scottsdale, Ariz., condominium.

Make amends.

Forget any lawyers and agents trying to cover your butt, which you allegedly used to moon this veteran.

Stand up like a man and fix this.

None of this has to hurt his brilliant career or take anything away from what is a decent young man who is adored by millions of Maple Leafs fans in Canada and in his home country of the United States.

We still love Auston. But he needs some tough love here, not coddling.

He knows what he (allegedly) did. He needs to show contrition — not after it’s sorted out in court but now, before the NHL season begins.

What’s wrong is wrong.

From all the information I have been able to gather, not only did Dozithee serve in the American military in Iraq, she told police she had indicated to Matthews and his friends she suffered from PTSD.

She alleges Matthews dropped his drawers to his boxer shorts in response.

There’s no part of that a woman who has served her country should have to face and those suggesting otherwise have not walked a mile in her shoes.

“I regret my actions or whatever put a distraction on the team,” Number 34 told reporters Wednesday, adding his regret for “distress on the individual.”

Regret is not an apology. And, if the allegations are proven in court, one is warranted.

But Matthews and the Maple Leafs need to go further.

Tie Domi set the standard by inviting a fan he got into a fight with in the penalty box in 2001 in Philadelphia to come to Toronto for a game.

Classy.

And this is what needs to be done now.

Have Dozithee and her family flown up here first-class to attend both a Leafs game and a Raptors game.

In addition, when the teams announce the game’s veteran in attendance, introduce Dozithee so she can feel the love from a city that doesn’t put someone earning $11 million US a year over someone earning minimum wage.

Also, the team could consider suspending and fining Matthews and donate any withheld income to American and Canadian veterans suffering from PTSD.

Of course MLSE and Matthews have the power to not do any of this and just power through it. But it doesn’t mean they should.

Make this right Auston.

jwarmington@postmedia.com


Don Cherry sits down with Joe Warmington for a summer coach’s corner on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

GRAPES COMES TO AUSTON MATTHEWS’ DEFENCE

Don Cherry has seven words for those who are coming down on Auston Matthews for his alleged disorderly conduct.

“He without sin cast the first stone.”

The coach has come to the Maple Leafs star’s defence.

“He’s just a kid,” said Grapes.

Cherry said the security guard should have never complained.

“I am flabbergasted she would report something like that,” said Grapes. “I just hope she wasn’t looking for publicity.”

That said, Cherry said he supports the idea of making John Tavares the Maple Leaf’s next captain.

“He has been one before and it is a tough job in Toronto. Mats Sundin started every interview with a sigh,” Cherry said. “Making Tavares the captain is the right call. This will allow Auston Matthews to focus solely on playing.”

— Joe Warmington

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‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Boss Breaks Down Final Death Mystery (SPOILERS) – Variety

September 26th, 2019

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the sixth and final season premiere of “How To Get Away With Murder,” entitled “Say Goodbye.”

For five seasons on “How To Get Away With Murder,” lawyer and professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) was involved, to various degrees, in other deaths. But this time, it came for her.

The premiere episode of the sixth and final season of the ABC-Shondaland drama ended with a signature flash-forward that revealed Annalise’s funeral. The scene, which will be explained as subsequent episodes unfold in the show’s usual structure, delivering answers at the mid-season mark at the end of the calendar year, was something of a book-end to the beginning of the episode, in which Annalise was in rehab and told by her therapist that she had to make a choice as to whether she would live or die. For showrunner Pete Nowalk, though, that decision was clear for awhile.

“I came to the season with the big idea of how to end the show, which you get a hint of in the season premiere. I wanted to give everyone, especially Annalise, an ending that felt big. For me the mystery of this premiere, which is Who killed Annalise? was something I wanted to do forever, but obviously you can only do it in the last season,” Nowalk tells Variety.

Although Nowalk acknowledges that some of the audience might be “really angry to see that Annalise, this person that maybe I’ve been rooting for, is dead,” he says that anger is an important emotion for the final season. In it, he adds, “is something really useful to maybe take away into your own life. It’s going to be uncomfortable.”

The fifth season of “How To Get Away With Murder” ended on a cliffhanger as Annalise stood in the street screaming after Laurel (Karla Souza) disappeared. Laurel’s infant son was also snatched out of a crib while Connor (Jack Falahee) and Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) were watching him. When the sixth season picked up, the question of what happened to Laurel was still lingering — as were questions about Michaela’s (Aja Naomi King) birthparents, including the fact that Annalise knew her father, and why Annalise selected Connor to be a part of her group at all.

While Nowalk says he does plan to answer as many of the lingering questions as possible throughout the season, the initial focus at the start of the show’s final run was on Annalise’s journey in rehab — including actually opening up honestly to her roommate about her husband’s death and being honest with herself about the negative feelings she has about who she is.

“It should change her, and I think it will change her,” Nowalk says of her experience in rehab.

Even though she only stayed for a week, she exhibited slightly changed behavior already upon getting out by bringing some of the therapeutic techniques she learned there to her infamous Keating Five. But Nowalk notes it won’t be smooth sailing for her in the final stretch of episodes.

“She got some really clear advice,” he says. “It’s the life preserver rule, you put it on yourself first and then you try to save someone else. But I don’t know if Annalise believes that. So I think when she left rehab, I feel really icky about it, I feel scared for her, and I think what we see at the end of the first episode lets you know, ‘Is that the right decision? Should she just run from these people?’ There’s something really heroic she’s doing, which is staying with the date she came with to this murder party because she’s not going to give up — she doesn’t believe in running — but she’s going to go back and forth on that throughout the season.”

How much characters trust Annalise — and each other — this final season will play into the story in a way that bends a bit from previous seasons, as well, Nowalk notes. “They’re all going to choose their alliances. I don’t have to keep them all together. That goes for every dynamic in the show — every character pairing — people are going to choose their alliance like you would on ‘Big Brother’ or ‘Survivor’ and then cross their fingers and hope it works. When push comes to shove I think we would all show our true colors, and that’s what we’re going to do to these characters.”

While Nowalk purposely kept how Annalise dies vague thus far, he says he wasn’t worried about how tragic the event would seem if she was murdered versus if she relapsed and overdosed. Instead, he was focused on making sure to be “true for the character” and not thinking about the “moral of the story, but what feels inevitable.”

Davis previously told Variety that before Annalise’s story comes to an end, she does hope to see some growth and redemption for the woman she devoted six years to portraying. Nowalk shares that the discussion about redemption will be expanded beyond Annalise to include all of those in her orbit in this final season.

“As we get to the end of the doom and everything builds to this final, horrible conclusion — which it will be final and horrible — they have to ask themselves who they want to be, can they live with getting away with this, or is the guilt going to get to them? It’s a real existential part of the episodes: What type of person am I? Would I rather be in jail but be honest with myself and the world? Is that more liberating than running? That’s one of the final questions that I’m having everyone ask themselves,” he says.

Just like in life, he adds that while some characters will get redemption, it might not be the ones who really deserve it.

In writing the final season of a show with so many characters and plot twists to serve, Nowalk says the biggest challenge is wrapping things up without relying on a cliffhanger, the way he has gotten to end the past five seasons. “I don’t want to leave the audience with a cliffhanger at all, I think that’s the least satisfying version of the show at all,” he says.

But he is also careful to mention that he’s not completely wrapping up their lives or definitively answering if they’re better off without Annalise in their lives, either.

“They’re young. They could very easily get a life sentence. They probably deserve that, if not a death sentence. But I actually really love we got to meet them in this really impressionable moment in their lives, and their lives got highjacked by this event and their own choices. They are very culpable, and right now I just want to hint at where they’re going,” he explains. “It’s like the girls from the Manson family, how did they end up? I’d be interested in revisiting that. Who knows? If the show is a big hit, in 20 years maybe I could do that.”

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‘Law and Order: SVU’ Premiere Recap: Season 21, Episode 1 – TVLine

September 26th, 2019

Law & Order: SVU kicked off its premiere with a nod to Gunsmoke, the series whose record it’s surpassing in this history-making Season 21. (Missed it? Rewind and check out what’s playing on the TV at the bar.) But after that brief, meta moment, Olivia Benson & Co. are back at it — because even after two decades, perps gonna perp.

The episode opens with Carisi packing up his desk and telling Rollins he’s turned in his gun. Wait, what? She cajoles him into getting one last drink with her, but it turns out that she’s actually luring him to the bar so Benson, Dodds and the rest of the squad can throw him a surprise going-away party.

Law and Order SVU Premiere Recap Season 21 EPisode 1Where’s he going, you ask? To the District Attorney’s office: Carisi is the new Assistant D.A., and he’ll work under Bureau Chief Hadid (hi, Lost‘s Zuleikha Robinson!).

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The case of the week involves Sir Tobias Moore (hi, Deadwood‘s Ian McShane!), the head of PicFlix, one of the world’s largest studios and streaming services. Because this is SVU and McShane is an actor of note, you know Tobias is likely to be a dog. And he is! We watch him Harvey Weinstein his way through a so-called audition with a young, pretty actress named Pilar: He turns on the video camera, he pours her a drink, he criticizes her acting and then tells her to take her blouse off. She cries as she tells him she’s not comfortable doing that. “You want this part, don’t you?” he smarms.

Law and Order SVU Premiere Recap Season 21 EPisode 1Pilar reports the interaction to SVU, saying Tobias fondled her, blocked her exit after she kicked him, and forced her to watch him masturbate. The case becomes Carisi’s first on the courtroom side of things.

Olivia and her team learn that Tobias is a frequent #MeToo offender without any arrests. “He rapes them, then he pays them off,” Fin speculates. In the course of the investigation, they find a whole bunch of women who say Tobias did the same to them — or worse — as he did to Pilar. Long story short: He’s gross.

There’s a lot of back and forth, but eventually SVU gets a vice cop to pose as an aspiring actress, and she gets a private meeting with Tobias. He does his disgusting schtick, and they nab him as he’s choking her. There’s a huge perp walk with tons of press; at the arraignment, a bunch of women hold signs saying “Sir Toby assaulted me” — many of them are the women who said they weren’t allowed to talk because of NDAs.

Though Carisi had been in a bit of trouble with his new boss earlier in the episode, Hadid takes the arrest as a public win, and the newest ADA is safe. However, Dodds is being sent to the traffic and safety task force in Coventry. “Feathers were ruffled so a head has to roll,” he tells a very upset Olivia. But he tells her to let it go — and he casually calls her “Captain” as he does so. Yep, Liv has been promoted! “I made it a condition of my exile,” he informs her, adding, “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be back.”

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Facing the risk: Climate impacts that young Canadians will have to contend with – The Globe and Mail

September 26th, 2019

Pieces of melting sea ice in Frobisher Bay in Iqaluit, Nunavut on July 31, 2019.

Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

For anyone younger than 20 – in other words, those who have lived entirely in this century – climate change is a fact of life that has fast become a matter of collective urgency.

This cohort is set to witness in the years to come some of the most significant effects of climate change thanks to the greenhouse gasses that have been released into the atmosphere since the start of the Industrial Revolution. Some effects are already deemed inevitable.

It is also the cohort that will find out, first hand, whether society can be nimble enough to change course and avert something more severe in the century beyond.

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“If you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you,” 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg told delegates at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York this week.

Ms. Thunberg’s appeal for action has struck a chord, in part because it is bolstered by what people already see happening around them. In Canada, that includes heat waves, severe floods and widespread smoke from forest fires, all of which can be attributed at least in part to climate change.

Each year, scientists accumulate more data on the planet’s response to ever-higher concentrations of heat-trapping gasses from fossil fuels. These data add confidence to models that project where things are heading. They also show that the human-caused change is getting easier to distinguish from the natural variability of the climate.

Adam Fenech, director of the University of Prince Edward Island’s Climate Research Lab, said trends he and colleagues once envisioned decades ago, such as rapid ice-shelf breakup in Antarctica and category-five hurricanes making landfall in North America, are coming to pass.

“We’ve always said that this is the direction things would go, but now the reality is hitting home,” Dr. Fenech said.

“It means we have a choice to make,” said Xeuben Zheng, a senior research scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, and one of the lead authors of a federal report released last spring on the anticipated effects of climate change across the country.

One choice, Dr. Zheng said, is to make changes in the near term to help mitigate some of the more serious effects coming later this century. The other is to face the cost and upheaval of adapting to a very different world. One way or another, Dr. Zheng added, “there’s no easy escape.”

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On Friday, student-led climate strikes offer another sign that a national discussion on climate change is under way, prompted by those who will be most affected by policies pursued in the next decade. Here is a summary of what we know today about some of the future climate effects young Canadians are likely to face.

Projected annual temperature

change for Canada

For late century, 2081-2100

Low-emission scenario

High-emission scenario

Degrees Celsius

Projections are based on the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) multi-model ensemble. Changes are relative to the 1986–2005 period.

Average sea level is expected to increase by a metre or more over the next century but a bigger impact on coastal communities will be the increasing frequency of high water events that formerly occurred only once per century

Sea level height and recurrence frequency

HCE

(Historical Centennial

extreme sea level Event*)

Once per century

Once per decade

Once per century

Once per year

Once per decade

Once per month

Once per year

Average sea level

Once per month

Sea

level

rise

Average sea level

Recent past

Diagram is schematic and not to scale

*Once a century event

year when HCEs are projected

to occur once per year on average

Black:

Where HCEs

already recur

annually

White:

Where HCEs

will occur

by 2100

john sopinski/THE GLOBE AND MAIL, SOURCE: iPCC;

Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our

Knowledge for Action; Canadian Association

of Physicians for the Environment

Projected annual temperature

change for Canada

For late century, 2081-2100

Low-emission scenario

High-emission scenario

Degrees Celsius

Projections are based on the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) multi-model ensemble. Changes are relative to the 1986–2005 period.

Average sea level is expected to increase by a metre or more over the next century but a bigger impact on coastal communities will be the increasing frequency of high water events that formerly occurred only once per century

Sea level height and recurrence frequency

HCE

(Historical Centennial

extreme sea level Event*)

Once per century

Once per decade

Once per century

Once per year

Once per decade

Once per month

Once per year

Average sea level

Once per month

Sea

level

rise

Average sea level

Recent past

Diagram is schematic and not to scale

*Once a century event

year when HCEs are projected

to occur once per year on average

Black:

Where HCEs

already recur

annually

White:

Where HCEs

will occur

by 2100

john sopinski/THE GLOBE AND MAIL, SOURCE: iPCC;

Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our

Knowledge for Action; Canadian Association

of Physicians for the Environment

Projected annual temperature change for Canada

For late century, 2081-2100

Low-emission scenario

High-emission scenario

Degrees Celsius

Projections are based on the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) multi-model ensemble. Changes are relative to the 1986–2005 period.

examples of climate-related health impacts in canada

Health

outcome

Hazard/

exposure

Environmental

effect

Climate change

driver

Respiratory

conditions

Air pollutants

+Formation air pollutants*

Rising temperatures

+Forest fires

Extreme weather

+Droughts/dust storms

Changes in precip.

Extreme heat

Heat waves–hot days

and warm nights

Rising temperatures

Extreme weather

Rising temperatures

Malnutrition

Food

insecurity

Drought, crop loss,

biodiversity loss

Extreme weather

Water

shortages

Vector-

borne

diseases

Infected ticks,

mosquitoes,

rodents

Expanding habitat condu-

cive to disease vectors

Rising temperatures

Extreme weather

+ Conditions for vector

propagation

Changes in precip.

*Note: + = increase

Average sea level is expected to increase by a metre or more over the next century but a bigger impact on coastal communities will be the increasing frequency of high water events that formerly occurred only once per century

Once per century

HCE

(Historical Centennial

extreme sea level Event*)

Sea level height and recurrence frequency

Once per decade

Once per century

Once per year

Once per decade

Once per month

Once per year

Average sea level

Once per month

Sea

level

rise

Average sea level

Recent past

Diagram is schematic and not to scale

*Once a century event

year when HCEs are projected to occur once per year on average

Black:

Where HCEs

already recur

annually

White:

Where HCEs

will occur

by 2100

john sopinski/THE GLOBE AND MAIL, SOURCE: iPCC; Canada in a Changing

Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action; Canadian Association

of Physicians for the Environment

WEATHER EXTREMES

Regardless of what choices are made, one aspect of the future can be stated with virtual certainty.

“Canada is getting hotter,” said Dr. Zheng, whose specialty is the statistical analysis of climate trends.

Exactly how much hotter depends on which path the world takes to reduce carbon emissions. But Canada will warm at about twice the global average and the Arctic will warm at three times that rate. Severe heat will be a growing problem in cities that are not used to it. Under a high-emissions scenario, the average number of days above 30 degrees in Montreal, which experienced 66 heat-related deaths last year, will increase five-fold by 2080.

More heat also means the air can hold more moisture. That sets up conditions for severe downpours and flash floods. Trends for seasonal flooding are harder to forecast because they depend on additional factors, including diminishing winter snowfall and the rate of spring melting. And while Canada may experience more rain overall under climate change, the summer months stand to be hotter and drier in the west, creating the conditions for more severe forest fires such as Fort McMurray, Alta., experienced in 2016.

ARCTIC MELTING

The warming of the Arctic stands apart because its impact on communities and ecosystems is being felt sooner and more profoundly than in the south. In addition to higher temperatures – including a record-breaking 21 degrees in July at the Canadian Forces Station Alert – ice loss across the region is causing fundamental changes on land and sea.

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Summer sea ice extent across the Arctic Ocean is on a steady downward trend, producing more ice floes and exposing coastal communities to higher rates of erosion. This effect introduces a crucial feedback loop, because ice serves as a counterbalance to warming by reflecting sunlight away from the planet.

Permafrost – the permanently frozen soil that covers approximately one quarter of the country’s land area – is also in retreat, a costly threat to northern infrastructure such as roads, buildings and airports.

Because permafrost locks up a vast reservoir of soil carbon, its disappearance could contribute to more severe levels of global warming if emissions are not reduced in time. Such scenarios are difficult to model, but Merritt Turetsky, an Arctic ecologist at the University of Guelph, sees little reason in her data to be complacent.

“All I can say is, our eyes need to be trained on the North, because that’s what’s coming for us next,“ Dr. Turetsky said.

SEA-LEVEL RISE

Slowly but surely, the global average sea level is inching upward, driven by expansion due to warmer water and by the melting of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.

“These processes take time to evolve … and they’re gaining momentum,” said Glenn Milne, a geophysicist with the University of Ottawa. “Even if we were to cut emissions today, we’re already committed to a certain amount of sea-level rise.”

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In some places, that is exacerbated by other factors. For example, land is sinking along Canada’s east coast as central Canada rebounds after the glaciers receded at the end of the last ice age.

Dr. Milne and his colleagues have calculated that this effect will add nearly 20 centimetres to a sea-level rise of 30 centimetres expected by the end of century. While that may not seem like much in a part of the world where the tide is measured in metres, what matters more is the frequency of storm-driven high-water, which threatens lives and infrastructure. As the average sea level rises, these high water events that were formerly seen once per century will eventually come yearly.

HEALTH EFFECTS

Human health is an area where the impact of climate change is increasingly gaining recognition.

In Canada, documented effects include physical injuries and mental stress related to severe weather disasters, emergency evacuations and displacement from homes. They also include long-term and chronic problems from poor air quality, longer allergy seasons, and heat and humidity.

Warmer weather also creates a gateway for pathogens – a fact that is evident from the rising number of cases of Lyme disease, which increased five-fold in Ontario between 2012 and 2017. As the warming continues, diseases more commonly associated with the tropics, such as dengue fever, are likely to follow.

For Courtney Howard, an emergency room doctor in Yellowknife and board president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, it is these kinds of effects that are most likely to force policy-makers to action.

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“More and more Canadians are experiencing climate change in their own bodies, and it’s starting to feel real to them,” Dr. Howard said.

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Galaxy Fold display damage shows up after one day of use – SlashGear

September 26th, 2019

There’s a reason Samsung is putting out videos and articles on how to properly take care of and use its foldable phone. The Galaxy Fold is probably the most fragile phone in the market today and everything that you knew about smartphones, Android or otherwise, may not all apply. That, however, may also apply to the way the Galaxy Fold is made in the first place, as one early owner of the phone unfortunately discovered.

After the catastrophic first day of the Galaxy Fold in the hands of reviewers and influencers, Samsung has taken great pains to make sure that users understand how to take care of the phone. That includes not pressing on the soft display too hard or putting it near water and dust. Unfortunately, those only apply to users and assemblers and manufacturers need to have their own quality standards to follow.

TechCrunch’s Brian Heater discovered to his misfortune a small blob right in the middle of the screen. This appeared just one day after using the newly redesigned and supposedly improved Galaxy Fold. Ironically, Heater’s first sample Galaxy Fold was one of the few units that survived the first round of tests but had to be given up when Samsung recalled the phones.

Heater’s theory is that the speck may have been caused by a combination of a manufacturing defect and the act of folding the device while pressing the display. While Samsung does caution against putting too much pressure on the fragile flexible screen, it should expect that users will press the screen, especially when trying to fold the Galaxy Fold.

Samsung has, for the second time, taken back the device to investigate what went wrong. Admittedly, it is the first report of a problem with the re-launched Galaxy Fold, or at least the first public one. With the Galaxy Fold launching in the US this Friday, we’ll see if there will be more in the days to come.

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