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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Is your city prepared for a terror attack?

May 11th, 2010
02:12 PM ET

In light of the attempted terror attack in the heart of New York City, major cities around the world are beginning to re-evaluate their preparedness for a similar attack.

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Faisal Shahzad was arrested while trying to fly out of New York last Monday night, two days after federal authorities say he left a vehicle filled with explosive materials in Manhattan's Times Square.

The makeshift bomb failed to detonate, preventing what could have been a deadly attack on one of the city's busiest areas.

In the wake of the failed terror attack, cities around the world and ramping up their readiness for a potential terror attack.

In Paris, emergency officials simulated three coordinated bomb attacks on the French capital with ambulance, fire and police services taking part.

The "blasts" went off at the Stade de France National stadium, next to the Seine in the heart of Paris and at a shopping mall.

A spokesperson said the exercise was to prepare the city in the event of an attack and check that authorities were "synched."

In the United States, the federal government has trained more than 330,000 emergency service personnel to be deployed across the country.

We want to know what you think.

If you live in a major metropolitan area, do you think officials in your city are doing everything they can to prepare for a potential attack? Are too many resources being spent on terror exercises and drills? Is this only a big city problem?

Please leave your comment below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

Filed under:  General

Thursday's Connector: Greta Scacchi

May 11th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

As parts of the Gulf of Mexico continue to be devastated by one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history, one environmental campaigner by the name of Greta Scacchi has been warning for years that the state of the world's oceans are in peril.

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caption="Greta Scacchi is your Connector of the Day."]

Fifty-year old Greta Scacchi, is both a well-known film actress and environmentalist and has been arguing for years on the deadly impact that overfishing has on the world's oceans.

Scacchi has appeared in a number of campaigns to promote the health of the oceans and has even posed nude to raise awareness for the plight of blue fin tuna.

Born in 1960 in Milan, Italy, Scacchi studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and starred in her first film in 1982.

Scacchi went on to star in other films including "White Mischief", "The Ebony Tower", and "The Coca Cola Kid".

In 1996, Scacchi won an Emmy award for her portrayal of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna of Russia in the television film "Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny".