President, First Lady open Sunrise Centre in Region 2

first_img– aimed at empowering and providing skills training and mental health support servicesResidents in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) can now access professional counselling, mental health support services, holistic wellness activities, skills training courses free of cost now that the Guyana Foundation has formally opened a Sunrise Centre in the Region.The Centre was officially opened on Saturday during the ceremonial cutting of ribbon done by President David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger, assisted by elder Kayman Sankar at lot 1 Zorg-en-Vlygt, Essequibo Coast.Addressing the audience the First Lady called on Essequibians to use the Centre to empower themselves in the various skill areas. First Lady Granger, patron of the Guyana Foundation, said that the Centre was opened with the aim of building a strong community that can fight against the many social ills in society such as depression and suicide.First Lady Sandra Granger, Guyana Foundation President Surpriya Singh-Bodden and an elderly citizen cutting the ribbonPresident David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger with participantsShe said it is her desire to see the Centre become a hub where persons can visit in time of need as well as to make themselves more marketable. She congratulated the organisers for the achievements thus far. She mentioned that the Centre since establishment has hosted GOAL workshops as well as extended its services to persons in the Amerindian community of Lake Mainstay\Wyaka.The First Lady therefore called on the graduands to use their skills to start small businesses and hence earn an income from their skills.Meanwhile, founder of the foundation Surpriya Singh-Bodden during her address said that the Sunrise Centre is part of the foundation’s ongoing efforts to provide urgent training, counselling and support to individuals and families in need across Guyana. Singh-Bodden said that most of the facilitators and mental health counsellors hail from Essequibo Coast.She happily informed that the three-month pilot phase was successfully completed and already,  the foundation has received orders from a leading fashion house in the Cayman Islands.Singh-Bodden further stated that 80 per cent of the focus of the Guyana Foundation will now be directed to Region Two.The Centre is currently operating under the motto “Hope for Tomorrow, Today, Together”.It is the first such Centre to be opened in Guyana to date. On the occasion 34 persons graduated in skills such as Electrical installation, catering, fabric designing, and floral arrangements. They were presented with certificates by First Lady Granger.One participant Verlyn Trotz told this newspaper that the course was a life changing one for her. She did the catering course and said she learnt a lot from it. When asked what she intends to do with her knowledge she said she can now cater for birthdays, weddings and other occasions.Kevin Gangoo an electrical installation student said he would like to thank Guyana Foundation for providing young people within the district with the  various skills.The Centre will be starting new courses November 14.Also attending the opening was Region Two Chairman Daveanand Ramdatt and Regional Executive Officer Rupert Hopkinson.last_img read more

Asked to leave

first_img Surging on Re “More troops in Iraq considered” (July 17): To surge or not to surge. That’s no longer the question. The surge of the latest surge will surely surge in September, when President Bush surges the surge strategy again. With the current surge of troops, there’s been a large surge in the deaths of U.S. soldiers (over 3,600 now) and a surge of deaths with Iraqi insurgents as well as innocent Iraqi citizens. Bush certainly has no intention of leaving Iraq with the surge in crude oil prices, until the current Iraqi government signs the oil sharing deal, with 70 (percent) to 75 percent of the oil production going to the four biggest U.S. and British oil companies, leaving 25-30 percent for the Iraqis. So it looks like we will surge on. – Jerold Drucker Tarzana Car-pool lanes Caltrans does not have a clue about reducing traffic congestion. It tries to solve the problem with spending money on car-pool lanes. I bet as few as one in 20 cars in the diamond lane are there for a legitimate reason. I am able to use it on occasions when my wife is riding with me, but is that truly the reason the lane is there? Does Caltrans think my wife would take her car if the lane was not there? We all pay, everyone should be allowed to use all lanes to eliminate some of the congestion. – Truett Sparkman Woodland Hills Bring them back Why did you find it necessary to change what comics you run? Imagine opening up the LA.COM section anticipating reading your favorite comics after reading the rest of the paper, only to find most of them are no longer there. To make it worse, these comics have been replaced with garbage. Please, Daily News, bring back the good comics like “For Better or Worse” and “Hagar” and the others you took out. Leave things well enough alone. – Trina Wheaton Glendale While he’s commuting Now that President Bush has stepped up to commute Scooter Libby’s jail sentence, it is past time for him to do the same for our two Border Patrol agents in prison for doing their job. – Emy Lenoir Blackwell Granada Hills Everything in life What you have done to the comics in the new “LA.COM” section is a travesty. Will Hagar ever take out the garbage? Will Willy ever get a job? Which candidate will Mallard endorse in 2008? Now I’ll never know – my life is in shambles. I may have to – gasp – subscribe to the L.A. Times. Everything in life is in the comics. The strips that you dropped were a great asset to this section and their replacements pale in comparison. – Jim Powder Valencia What will it take? Yesterday in Iraq 85 people were blown up in a market in Iraq, mostly women who were out shopping for groceries with their kids. Seems to happen every day there, now that Saddam is gone. Al-Qaida is as strong as it ever was. During a Global Security Assessment last week, CIA officials admitted that the war in Iraq has made it more difficult for them to obtain intel from formerly friendly sources, as well as reconfirming the conclusion that the number of terrorists hostile to America has increased tenfold. Most of the suicide bombers in Iraq are coming from Saudi Arabia, and Bush has avoided putting pressure on their government. What will it take to get this monster out of the White House, and wake the world up from this horrible nightmare? – Jennifer Rabuchin Burbank160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A couple of years ago, President George W. Bush said that he would withdraw our troops from Iraq if the Iraqi government asked us to do so. A couple of months ago, Bush again said, “If they were to say `leave,’ we would leave.” Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki said that the Iraqis were ready to accept the responsibility for their own security and that U.S. (and whatever coalition forces may still be around) could leave at any time. Instead of making good on his prior pledges, Bush continues to fight calls for the withdrawal of troops. The blood on his hands will never wash out. – David Holland Chatsworth last_img

La Jolla landslide destroys 2 homes

first_imgAuthorities said most residents had gone to work and only seven people were inside homes near the collapse when it occurred. Mayor Jerry Sanders declared a state of emergency Wednesday night, making the city eligible for state and federal aid. The city began noticing cracks on Soledad Mountain Road in July and water and gas main breaks in August. A water line in the neighborhood was replaced with an above-ground pipeline in September to avert damage from the moving earth. Sanders defended the city against charges by some residents that it didn’t do enough after noticing the street cracks in July. “We have been working with people in the most immediately affected areas since July,” Sanders said at a news conference. “We have contacted the most immediately affected people over and over and over again.” Many homes that weren’t in the immediate slide zone were yellow-tagged – meaning that occupants could come and go, but not stay overnight. Rob Hawk, a city engineering geologist, said most movement had already occurred, but extra slippage is possible. “The current slide has basically come to a rest,” Hawk said. A firm hired by the city last month was in the area in the hours before the collapse installing measuring devices after a large section of slope on Mount Soledad began to slip, Hawk said. After the outside firm advised that some residents should not stay overnight in their homes, the city sent letters to residents on Monday, and on Tuesday sent officials to four homes that now border the collapse, Hawk said. The landslide sent earth sliding down into backyards of houses in the street below, Hawk said. “It is fairly well-defined and localized,” Hawk said. Weld packed up her car and took her two children to her parents’ house in Pasadena, near Los Angeles, after city officials said her family couldn’t sleep in their house on the opposite side of the street from the collapse. At least three significant hill slides have occurred in the area from 1961 to 1994, including a major failure in 1961 that destroyed seven homes under construction. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO – Dozens of city workers remained at the scene of a landslide Thursday, monitoring the area for signs of fresh slippage and keeping evacuated residents from returning home. San Diego Police Sgt. Jim Schorr said about 50 officers were at the slide, which destroyed at least two homes in the upscale La Jolla neighborhood Wednesday and damaged several others. No one was hurt. “It’s still shifting, but just very slightly,” Schorr said. “Every once in a while there will be a little crumbling, but the majority of the movement has subsided.” Schorr said 111 homes had been evacuated and police spent the night making sure no one entered evacuated properties. There were no incidents of looting and officers overnight had escorted several residents into their houses to get pets and important belongings, Schorr said. Also on scene were utility crews, fire fighters and other workers. The landslide cut a 50-yard-long chasm in a four-lane street and left a 20-foot-deep ravine overlooking Interstate 5 hundreds of feet below. City officials just one day earlier had warned residents of four homes not to sleep in them because the land might give way. It wasn’t clear if those residents heeded the warnings. The neighborhood, which comprises many million-dollar homes, is in an area that has a history of landslides dating back to the 1960s. Orange traffic cones and sections of big concrete pipes sat in the fissure across the crumpled residential street, which serves as a busy shortcut between the surf neighborhood of Pacific Beach to the south and the fancy enclave of restaurants and shops in downtown La Jolla, a major tourist draw. last_img read more

City OKs appeal of Cemex ruling

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Despite a pummeling in federal court, Santa Clarita is picking itself up, dusting off and appealing a federal court ruling rejecting the city’s claims that federal agencies failed to conduct a satisfactory environmental analysis before approving Cemex’s plan to mine 56.1 million tons of sand and gravel in Soledad Canyon. The Santa Clarita City Council authorized the appeal during a closed-door meeting Tuesday. On Jan. 4, U.S. District Court Judge Dickran Tevrizian sided with the federal Bureau of Land Management and the Interior Department’s Board of Land Appeals in a ruling favoring the mining company. The action raised claims under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act and several federal mining laws. “The city’s reviewing its options, given the verdict, and will most likely be filing an appeal in the future,” said Geralyn Skapik of the firm Burke, Williams and Sorensen LLP. In a related matter, Skapik’s firm filed an appeal Dec. 21 for a case lodged under the Endangered Species Act. In that case, the court had sided with the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Cemex in its November ruling. On Nov. 29, the city filed an annexation application with the Local Agency Formation Commission, the agency that oversees municipal boundary changes in Los Angeles County, to annex 1,885 acres in Soledad Canyon where the mine is proposed and where the city owns 906 acres. City officials acknowledge that gaining jurisdiction over the land would not grant them authority over the mining operations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Cemex filed a lawsuit in state court Dec. 14 challenging the environmental review in the annexation application. The review says the annexation will have no impact on the underground mineral and energy resources., 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

More than just poppies at fair

first_imgLANCASTER – The 15th annual California Poppy Festival drew thousands of visitors Saturday to Lancaster City Park and continues today with shows by jazz saxophonist Michael Lington and guitarist Craig Chaquico. The festival will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at 43011 10th St. W. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and seniors age 62 and older, and free for children under age 6. Parking is free. Concerts are included in the admission price. Lington, a Dane whose debut album “Stay With Me” has been on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart for 24 weeks, will perform at 1:30 p.m. Chaquico, who was a member of Jefferson Starship as a teenager and evolved into a smooth-jazz band leader, performs at 3:30 p.m. Besides food, crafts booths and a farmers and flower market, the festival will include workshops on home decorating and desert gardening. Michael Payne, host of Home & Garden TV’s “Designing for the Sexes” series, will speak from 1 to 2 p.m. today. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Woodland Hills man, two others, behind web’s Lonelygirl15

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips LOS ANGELES – The creators behind the Internet video mystery teen Lonelygirl15 have revealed themselves and want their fans to know they are not a front for a big Hollywood studio marketing some upcoming film. Instead, the three friends launched the adventures of the doe-eyed, 16-year-old homeschooled “Bree” as an experiment in storytelling that they intend to continue on their own Web site that was launched Tuesday. Bree’s inventors went public after fans of the two- to three-minute videos began questioning her existence and expressing disappointment that the seemingly genuine video diaries were a hoax. The creators identified themselves to The Associated Press as Miles Beckett, 28, of Woodland Hills; Mesh Flinders, 26, of Petaluma, and Greg Goodfried, 27, of Los Angeles. “We never wanted to lie to people,” Beckett said. “Our job from the beginning was not to trick people, it was to create a character that was believable,” Flinders said. The trio began posting individually scripted and filmed episodes online and began incorporating changes based on reactions and suggestions from fans. The result is part video game, where viewers exercise some measure of control over the characters, and part mystery novel, complete with hidden clues and cliffhanger chapters that left viewers wanting more. Flinders writes scripts for each “episode” and the actress playing Bree delivers her lines with a persuasive power that still has some online viewers believing she is genuine, even after “The Creators” posted their online confession several days ago. The three creators declined to identify the name of the actress Tuesday. But amateur Internet sleuths discovered she is Jessica Rose, a 19-year-old actress from New Zealand who recently moved to Los Angeles. Despite suspicions that the videos were slickly produced, the creators say they use the same tools and resources available to others who regularly post videos on the Web. The episodes are shot with a $130 Web camera and the lighting is provided by two desk lamps and a window. The sound comes from the Webcam’s internal microphone. “We’re fans of this medium,” Goodfried said. “It represents a shift from the content being in control of the big corporations to power being in the hands of the little guy who has a Webcam.” “We are the little guys,” Beckett said. The revelation that Bree was fake initially angered fans on YouTube, who suspected Lonelygirl15 was a slick Hollywood attempt to advertise some upcoming movie or TV show. But since the creators revealed the fictitious nature of the show last week, the number of people subscribing to the Lonelygirl15 channel on YouTube has skyrocketed. “Just because I know a movie isn’t real isn’t going to stop me from watching it,” Alexandra Inman, a 17-year-old fan from St. Louis, said Tuesday. “I’m there for the entertainment.” Bree’s adventures will continue on a new Web site created in conjunction with the online syndication network Revver. The company helps video-makers profit from their efforts by attaching ads to each video, then burying a “tag” in the computer code that tracks where the video is posted. Revver then shares the ad revenue with the authors. “The fact that creators are getting paid to make more stuff is a good thing,” said Revver co-founder Steven Starr, a former Hollywood agent. As far as what happens to Bree next or just how long “Season One” will last, the creators themselves are unsure. The three are represented by Hollywood talent agency Creative Artists Agency, but say they have no immediate plans to make a Lonelygirl15 movie or TV show. “We’re moving forward and we want to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Beckett said. — On the Net: http://www.lonelygirl15.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Beckett, a self-confessed Internet geek, said he came up with the idea of using short videos as a storytelling technique while a surgical resident. Earlier this year, he met Flinders, a fledgling filmmaker, at a party. “I saw YouTube coming about and podcasting and wanted to be a part of it,” Beckett said. Flinders said he had been developing the character of a teenage girl who was more at home relating to adults than with her peers. The character never quite fit into any of his screenplays, but seemed a perfect fit for Beckett’s idea of telling stories using video blogging. The two joined with Goodfried, an attorney, recruited the actors to play Bree and her dorky boyfriend, Daniel, and began writing the broad outlines of an open-ended plot filled with the kind of mysteries and clues TV watchers know from the hit ABC show “Lost.” The short videos began appearing on the Web sites YouTube and MySpace in June. The creators said Tuesday that they never intended to stage a hoax or trick people into believing their characters were real. last_img read more

The mayor wants Shakira to win

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. Alongside Shakira, who is perhaps best known for her suggestive gyrating dance moves, the nominated video also features Wyclef Jean singing, “I never really knew that she could dance like this. She makes a man want to speak Spanish.” Shakira, 29, is traveling on her “Oral Fixation” world tour. She received seven nominations for the VMAs, which are returning to New York this year after briefly fleeing to Miami. The mayor’s taped promotion will be repeated several times before the awards are broadcast Thursday evening from Radio City Music Hall. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who uses his iPod mostly for studying Spanish, has made a powerful endorsement, backing Colombian pop star Shakira in the race for video of the year at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Bloomberg passed over the other nominated artists, Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Panic! At the Disco and Christina Aguilera. In a taped spot that aired on MTV’s “Total Request Live” daily countdown show, Bloomberg defended his choice by noting the truth in the title of Shakira’s smash single “Hips Don’t Lie,” which refers to her famous curves. “I think I’m going to have to go with Shakira those hips don’t lie,” Bloomberg said Tuesday.last_img read more

Haaland signs Man United kit amid £76m rumours… and posts Leeds pic too

first_imgErling Haaland added fuel to the fire amid rumours of a £76million move to Manchester United by sharing a snap of him signing a Red Devils shirt.Reports claim United are confident of securing a deal for the Red Bull Salzburg striker, 19, who has scored 28 goals in 22 appearances this season. 2 Haaland is thought to be keen on linking up with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his compatriot who he worked with for two years at Norwegian club Molde.And reports also suggest Solskjaer flew to Austria to speak with Haaland last Friday.“He knows what he wants to do and knows what he is going to do,” said Solskjaer, when asked if he had any advice for the youngster.“I don’t have to offer any advice to other teams’ players.” Instagram @erling.haaland Man United fans will hope Haaland puts pen to paper in January Kevin Hatchard on why Liverpool should be excited about signing Takumi Minamino 2 Haaland is a boyhood Leeds fan Instagram Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 9.44%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen However, while it appeared as though Haaland was dropping some sort of hint to United fans, he also penned the kits of several other clubs, including the Red Devils’ arch rivals Leeds.The Norwegian, son of former Manchester City and Leeds player Alf-Inge Haaland, was born in Yorkshire and supports the Championship club.Nonetheless, United remain the front-runners to beat off competition from across Europe for Haaland’s signature.The Sun reports that the forward is close to agreeing a switch to Old Trafford on the basis that he can stay with Salzburg for the remainder of the season.last_img read more

Meet the 2018 Buckley Awards Winners

first_imgThe judges have deliberated, and the winners are in!Over 50 outstanding liberty-minded leaders were nominated for this year’s Buckley Awards, and AFF is excited to introduce our four winners.Celebrate with the winners at the Ninth Annual Buckley Awards on Wednesday, October 24, at 6:00 pm at the Hillsdale College Kirby Center in Washington, DC. RSVP here to attend.These young leaders are fighting to increase freedom in our society, and they’ve made it a mission in their lives.As the namesake of the awards, William F. Buckley, Jr. said, “The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.” And these winners are certainly that.Through leading a significant grassroots initiative, impacting the national debate of an important issue, and using their voice to advance the principles of liberty in our culture, their efforts to promote free markets and limited government in our society better the lives and happiness of all.Meet the 2018 Buckley Award winners:Ericka Andersen, for her impact on the national debate on the opioid crisis by focusing on empathetic free-market, private solutions through her book Leaving Cloud 9: The True Story of a Life Resurrected from the Ashes of Poverty, Trauma, and Mental Illness.“In general, conservatism is like common sense to me. Limited government is better governmentbecause I believe people can and must make the best decisions for their own lives.”Photo: Ericka AndersenEricka is the digital marketing director of Independent Women’s Forum where she focuses on audience development, promotional, and engagement strategies to connect with women across the country. She is the author of Leaving Cloud 9: The True Story of a Life Resurrected from the Ashes of Poverty, Trauma, and Mental Illness. An account of her husband’s life story, the book offers a message of hope to those struggling with childhood trauma.Ericka was formerly the digital director of National Review and online and digital manager at The Heritage Foundation. She also served as the director of online media outreach for Vice President Mike Pence when he was Chairman of the House Republican Conference. Ericka lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband and two young children.Follow Ericka on Facebook @ErickaAndersenSylvester and Twitter @ErickaAndersen.Rob Bluey, for his work to spread the ideas of liberty and free markets across the nation, reaching new and wider audiences through his work at The Heritage Foundation and the founding of its multimedia arm, The Daily Signal.“I want my family and all Americans to enjoy freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and a robust civil society. Those are all made possible because of conservative policies.”Photo: Rob BlueyRob is the vice president of communications at The Heritage Foundation and editor-in-chief of The Daily Signal, the think tank’s multimedia news organization.Rob is the founding editor of The Daily Signal, launched by Heritage in June 2014 to provide insightful, credible reporting and influential commentary on policy issues from a conservative perspective. He joined Heritage in 2007 after five years as a reporter and editor in Washington, D.C. Within a year, he was named editor-in-chief of and oversaw creation of the rapid-response policy blog, The Foundry, and its daily e-newsletter, Morning Bell.Rob serves on the board of visitors for the Institute for Political Journalism. He frequently speaks about journalism and digital strategy. Campaigns & Elections magazine named him a “Rising Star” in 2008. Politico placed him among Washington’s “Top 50 Politicos.”He currently resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and two sons.Follow Rob on Twitter @RobertBluey and The Daily Signal on Facebook @TheDailySignalNews and Twitter @DailySignal.Christina Sandefur, for her impact in the lives of thousands of terminally ill Americans, empowering them to make decisions about their own health treatment through the “Right to Try” initiative.“I believe that freedom is mankind’s most precious gift and is essential for human flourishing. The right to live our lives as we see fit – to shape our own destinies – is what makes life more than mere existence.”Photo: Christina SandefurChristina is the executive vice president at the Goldwater Institute. She also develops policies and litigates cases advancing healthcare freedom, free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights. She is a co-drafter of the 40-state Right to Try initiative, now federal law, which protects terminally ill patients’ right to try safe investigational treatments that have been prescribed by their physician but are not yet FDA approved for market.Christina is the co-author of the book Cornerstone of Liberty: Private Property Rights in 21st Century America(2016). She is a frequent guest on national television and radio programs, has provided expert legal testimony to various legislative committees, and is a frequent speaker at conferences.Christina is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law and Hillsdale College.Follow Christina on Twitter @cmsandefur and the Goldwater Institute on Facebook @GoldwaterInstitute and Twitter @GoldwaterInst.Carrie Sheffield, for bringing together diverse audiences and exposing them to conservative ideas through her innovative multimedia outlet BOLD.“The miracles wrought through our commitment to personal freedom and enlightenment have enabled the most astonishing discoveries in history. These simple, though dazzling truths, are so often obscured in today’s culture of shame and anger directed at our Forefathers, who were but fallible human creatures pulling us along the path of innovation.”Photo Credit: Patrick RyanCarrie is the founder of Bold. She is passionate about storytelling to empower and connect others. A founding POLITICO reporter, Carrie contributed on political economy at Forbes and wrote editorials for The Washington Times. After earning a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, she managed credit risk at Goldman Sachs and researched for Edward Conard, Bain Capital founding partner and American Enterprise Institute scholar. She earned a B.A. in communications at Brigham Young University and completed a Fulbright fellowship in Berlin.Follow Carrie on Facebook and Twitter @CarrieSheffield, and Bold on Facebook and Twitter @BoldTV. Join us in celebrating the inspiring achievements of this year’s winners at the Ninth Annual Buckley Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:00 pm at the Hillsdale College Kirby Center in Washington, DC.last_img read more

Simple AMT WS-Eventing in PowerShell with the High Level API

first_imgNow when I hit the “Get Technical Help” button or hit the appropriate key sequence during the boot process, I can trap that event on my server: Since we subscribed to All Events, it will also trap other event alerts. For example I pulled the battery out of my local machine: Recently I started working with AMT and WS-Eventing and wanted to share a few things I learned along the way. I found the quickest and easiest way to get started was to download the AMT SDK / High Level API (HLAPI) (link) and start digging into the samples there.  It was pretty straight forward to get the samples working and I was actually able to create a subscription to an event and trap the alerts on my SCS server! Great! After that bit of success I wanted to see if I could replicate the functionality in PowerShell.First off, I needed to load the High Level API assemblies in PowerShell:n[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFrom(‘C:HLAPIHLAPI.dll’)n[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFrom(‘C:HLAPIIWSManClient.dll’)nnnAs you can see all you need to do is load the HLAPI.DLL and the IWSManClient.DLL. Once loaded we can create a connection to our AMT client and create a subscription to some events.Next we just need to create a connection to the AMT client. For my test I just used my local machine, digest user and non-TLS:n$auth = [Intel.Manageability.ConnectionInfoEX+AuthMethod]::Digest n$cs = New-Object Intel.Manageability.ConnectionInfoEX(“localhost”,”admin”,”P@ssw0rd”,$False,””,$auth,$null,$null, $null)n$amt = [Intel.Manageability.AMTInstanceFactory]::CreateEX($cs)nnnnWe also need to indicate where the “Listener” will be located:n$lstn = “″nnnnWe also need to choose what Event filter we want to subscribe to. You can find a list of them and what events they cover at this LinkFor my simple demo, I just used the “All Events” filter, basically telling AMT to send me an alert for any event.n$wsfilter = [Intel.Manageability.Events.FilterName]::AllnnnnNext we need to indicate the SenderIDType and where you want to place that SenderID. You can read more about this in the HLAPI/SDK documentation here, but your choices here are: CurrentAddress, FQDN, NONE or UUID.n$sidtype = [Intel.Manageability.Events.SenderIDType]::FQDNn$sip = [Intel.Manageability.Events.SenderIDPlacing]::ReferenceParameternnnnNow we can pull it all together into a “subscription”:n$sub = New-Object Intel.Manageability.Events.Subscription($lstn,$wsfilter,$sidtype)nnnnNow that we have the subscription defined, we can use the connection to our AMT device to apply it:n$amt.Events.WSEvents.Subscribe($sub)nnnnNow we have a subscription created on our local host that will generate a WSEvent when our filter criteria are met!I went ahead and modified this a bit and wrapped a GUI around it: There are plenty of options when it comes to creating subscriptions / subscribing to events, be sure to check out the SDK/HLAPI documentation online for more information: Link It works great on the command line, but sometimes it’s nice to have that GUI experience as well.So now we are generating alerts off of AMT events, but how can we “Trap” them?Let’s create a simple PowerShell / HLAPI based WSevent Trap / Decoder:It starts out similar to that of the subscriber script, you have to load the HLAPI assemblies:n[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFrom(‘C:HLAPIHLAPI.dll’)n[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFrom(‘C:HLAPIIWSManClient.dll’)nnnnNext we just need to create a WSEventListener on our “Listening Server” indicating which IPAddress and Port I want to listen on:n$listener = New-Object HLAPI.Services.WSEventListener([IPAddress]::Any,’999′)nnnnNow we need to register an Object Event that will fire when we receive an alert:nRegister-ObjectEvent $listener OnNewEventArrived -SourceIdentifier $listener.OnNewEventArrived  -Action {write-host “”; write-host “Address: “$Event.SourceEventArgs.Sender ;    write-host “Alert Type: “$Event.SourceEventArgs.EventData.AlertType ;    write-host “Filter Name: “$Event.SourceEventArgs.EventData.IndicationFilterName ;    write-host “Indication Time: “$Event.SourceEventArgs.EventData.IndicationTime ;    write-host “Message: “$Event.SourceEventArgs.EventData.MessageDescription ;  }nnnnHere you can see that when the listener receives data, it fires off an Action. In our case it’s going to write out to the screen some information about the event such as the Alert Type, Filter Name, Indication Time and the Message of the event.Once we have our listener created, we can start the listener on our server:n$listener.StartListening()nnnnNow I have my AMT client ready to send out alerts based on events and we have our listener ready to trap them.In my demo I used the Get Technical Help icon in the Intel Management and Security Status Icon:last_img read more