This two-day community event features speakers, music, colorful artwork and calls for attendees to protect and preserve the Appalachian Trail, currently under threat from the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. Global attention on climate justice has increased during the month of September due to the efforts of activists who fear climate change the most: children. When: Bears Den, Sunday, September 29, 11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. Where: 18393 Blue Ridge Mountain Road, Bluemont, VA 20135 Who: Members of the public, community groups, environmental organizations Groups to celebrate Fourth Annual “Hands Across the Appalachian Trail” What: Celebratory rally with featured speakers, live music and refreshments, visuals including signs/banners When: Giles/Pearisburg, Saturday, September 28, 11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. Where: 2030 Narrows Road, Pearisburg, VA 24134 Early this morning at 7 a.m., protestors gathered in downtown Washington D.C. for climate justice. Their route hit the EPA, Wells Fargo, the Trump Hotel, and the investment firm BlackRock according to tweets from Washington Post reporter Marissa J. Lang. Swedish Environmentalist Activist Greta Thunberg has turned a lot of heads to the issue not only from starting the Fridays for the Future protests but also after she and 15 other young activists addressed the UN directly by calling out those in power for, “taking away dreams and childhood with their empty words and promises.” According to Lang, no one was arrested or injured during Friday’s rallies. The large group marched their course with multiple banners and chants in hopes to put more pressure on those in power. From September 20-27, strikes for climate justice were happening around the world. The protests, young activists, and the increase in media coverage has brought a lot of momentum to environmentalist, which can still be felt across the world. Friday’s protest was a bit different than Monday’s. Multiple climate and social justice groups gathered to block 22 major intersections of D.C. during rush hour in efforts to mobilize the #ShutDownDC movement. 32 protesters were arrested, including a few who chained themselves to a full-sized boat that was to symbolize the rising water levels. On Saturday, September 28, community members, environmental groups, and protectors of the Appalachian Trail will gather from 11:00 am-1:00pm in Pearisburg and Lyndhust, Va. and on Sunday, September 29, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm in Bluemont, Va. for the fourth annual “Hands Across the Appalachian Trail.” Climate Justice Protestors that “Shut Down” D.C. on Monday returned to the streets again this Friday Morning When: Humpback Rocks, Saturday, September 28, 11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. Where: Humpback Rocks Visitor’s Center and Picnic Area, Milepost 5.8, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Lyndhurst, VA 22952
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thousands of officers from the tri-state area and beyond descended on Seaford on Friday for the funeral of NYPD Officer Brian Moore, a five-year veteran of the force tragically killed while patrolling in Queens last weekend.A dense fog that lingered for most of the morning eventually gave way and the sun finally cracked through as busloads of officers streamed into Saint James Roman Catholic Church. Outfitted in their Dress Blues, officers stood shoulder-to-shoulder under a brilliant azure sky, ready to pay respects to their fallen brother.“He was the man that walked in the room and made you laugh,” said Pat Lynch, president of the New York City Police Benevolent Association. “But after you were done laughing, you went out in the street and he was serious about his work, following in his father and uncle’s footsteps—truly blue bloods.”Officer Moore, 25, who lived at home with his parents in Massapequa, was gunned down in Queens Village just after 6 p.m. Saturday. Police said 35-year-old Demetrius Blackwell, an ex-con, allegedly fired multiple shots into Moore’s unmarked patrol car. Moore was struck in the head. His partner, also seated in the car, wasn’t injured.Friday’s funeral capped an emotional week for the Moore family.The enormous sea of officers, including family and friends of the fallen cop, fell silent as a police motorcade led Moore’s hearse from the funeral home to the church, followed closely by limos holding his heartbroken family.Moore’s father, an ex-NYPD Sergeant, became overcome with grief as his son’s NYPD flag-draped casket was carried into the church.NYPD Officer Brian Moore’s NYPD flag-draped casket being carried into St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)The mass was led by Monsignor Robert J. Romano, an NYPD chaplain, who told Moore’s parents that “we are here to let you know that we are with you,” adding that “millions” across the country were also thinking of the family.“We are here to console you because your pain is our pain,” he said, “your loss is our loss.”Of the tens of thousands of cops who made it their duty to pay their respects, Romano said, “they are here to honor Brian Moore.“We will never forget Brian,” he added. “He has left an indelible mark on all those who were close to him.”Moore was a brave and honorable cop who was living his boyhood dream of wearing NYPD blue, inspired by both his father and his uncle, speakers said. He was a doting son who made it his mission to spend every Monday—his day off—with his beloved mother, whom he adored dearly. Moore not only followed the path his father once traveled but he also adopted his father’s allegiance to the Baltimore Orioles, a rival of the hometown Yankees. And he was deeply devoted to his German Shepherd, Smoky, a family pet he cherished.Most of all, speakers said, Moore was a cop’s cop with a passion and a sixth sense to sniff out crime. He made more than 150 arrests in his short career, and he was quickly promoted to the NYPD’s anti-crime team.“He led a life that was very short,” but he accomplished “wonderful and great things,” Romano told the packed church.Moore was only 17 years old when he first took and passed the NYPD entrance exam, said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.“He devoted his whole being to the job,” de Blasio said, adding that “he knew that he was making the city safer.”NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton grew emotional at times during his speech, particularly toward its conclusion when, his voice cracking, he posthumously promoted Moore to detective. The announcement prompted a thunderous applause from inside the church, a wave of intense emotion that swept outside and poured into nearby streets, where police officers and members of the community also acknowledged Bratton’s remarks.Not only did Moore dream of being a cop, Bratton said, he also dreamed of catching bad guys and taking them off the streets.As one person who knew Moore told the commissioner, Bratton recalled, “he never showed up at work with the ‘why do I have to be here puss?’”Behind the badge was a jokester with an infectious smile, Bratton said. The commissioner reported a recent visit Moore had had with his grandmother when the young officer asked her, “’Grandma, I thought this was a party. Where are the shots?’“We need more like him,” a somber Bratton said. “We all need to be more like him.”Blue ribbons like this one were placed along the church and surrounding houses to pay tribute to the slain officer. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)After the mass, which lasted more than an hour, Moore’s family streamed outside and was met by a silent sea of blue, all saluting the fallen officer. The silence was broken up briefly by police choppers soaring above. Moore’s parents and his sister held each other with firm grips as tears streamed down their faces. Moore’s father dipped his head several times and clutched his daughter while bidding goodbye to a son who wanted so bad to be like his dad. The green-and-white NYPD flag draped over Moore’s casket was presented to his grief-stricken mother, prompting more tears.Nine police helicopters—representing the NYPD’s Missing Man Formation—flew over the church, cutting through the silence.Then Moore’s casket was loaded into the hearse, which would take him to his final resting place, Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.Since his death, the community where Moore grew up has remained in a state of mourning, essentially in shock that an officer so young with so much pride in his job was taken so early.“Unfortunately it takes a tragedy like this to remind [people] what an outstanding job cops do,” U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said outside the church. “My hopes and prayers go out to his family.”Those neighbors living in homes near the church chose to decorate their facades with blue ribbons in honor of the slain officer. Many peered over a wall of officers from their porches to catch a glimpse of the sorrow-filled funeral.“We are a local community, we wanted to support Police Officer Moore and his family,” said 50-year-old Diane Carrino, of Seaford, whose five-year-old son held a sign that read: “THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO, NYPD WE LOVE YOU.”Carrino also said the day served as a lesson for her young son.“We wanted to teach our children the importance of the police,” she said.Rick and Susan Seymour of Levittown took up positions in the church’s parking lot. The couple has two nephews in the NYPD, one of whom works in a precinct that neighbors the 105th precinct where Moore worked. He was one of the fist officers who responded to the call of Moore’s shooting, they said.Seymour said the show of support around the community and from officers who never knew Moore was “uplifting.”“It shows that there’s still solidarity and strength and camaraderie, which is important for them,” he said.Officers from as far away as California and Louisiana, Chicago and Boston and a host of other places traveled to Long Island to bid farewell to the fallen offficer. Blue ribbons hung from trees dotting the freshly manicured lawns outside the church’s entrance, and pink and purple wreaths ornamented the church’s doors.Police set up large screens outside the church so the hundreds of officers on hand could watch the proceedings.The screens also provided a heart-breaking reminder of why everyone had gathered, featuring Moore’s boyish NYPD photo and a police badge wrapped in a blue ribbon.“1989-2015,” the screen read.
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DETROIT (AP) – Chris Kunitz had two goals and an assist to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Wednesday night in an exhibition game.Jussi Jokinen, Pascal Dupuis and Craig Adams also scored for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each had two assists, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 16 saves.Drew Miller scored for Detroit, and Petr Mrazek stopped 31 shots.Jokinen and Dupuis scored in the final 5 minutes of the first to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead. Adams made it 3-0 3:14 into the second period. Miller scored with 7:11 left in the middle period.Kunitz’s first goal came with 2:35 remaining in the second and he added a power-play goal 9:28 into the third. Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) scores on Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (34), of the Czech Republic, in the third period of a NHL preseason hockey game in Detroit, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery’s latest sculpture commemorating their platinum medal winning wine, Rapture of the Deep, is now on display. Johnny and Darlene Camp of Opal Art Glass in Cosmopolis, Washington, installed their latest contribution for the winery’s public, outdoor sculpture display the first week of March. This illuminated blown-glass creation resembling a giant blue jellyfish hangs under a black gazebo adjacent to the winery’s exotic Color Wheel Garden.The Opal Art Glass team has previously designed and built three other sculptures at the winery. The first was for Surfer with 70 arcing glass tubes that form a breaking wave, the next was Shelter From The Storm with a series of undulating glass umbrellas, and the last was Float with over 200 glass floats in a spherical metal frame. According to winery co-owner, Kim Roberts, “Working with Opal Art Glass is one of our favorite collaborations. Johnny and Darlene also produce our unique wine bottles designed to look like Japanese fishing floats. We’ve had a great time working together and have become good friends.”The winery crafts 33 different wines and three hard ciders. They have commissioned local artists to honor each wine with a sculpture on their 66-acre grounds. In addition, they have sculptures in each of their seven destination gardens along with a central figure in their lavender labyrinth. The sculpture garden is open daily, there is no charge to experience this art display, and all ages are welcome. The winery even offers complimentary umbrellas for guests who wish to stroll the gardens on rainy days. Guests are welcome to have their canine companions accompany them in touring the gardens on leash or they can enjoy the winery’s off-leash dog park as well.A portion of the proceeds of each of Westport’s wines benefit different local charitable organizations. Rapture of the Deep benefits Aberdeen’s Driftwood Theater.
OK! Magazine featured the appearance of Bella Thorne and her boyfriend, Gregg Sulkin, at Santa Anita Park. The mention reported, “All dolled up for the races! Bella Thorne was spotted looking glamorous with her dapper looking boyfriend, Gregg Sulkin at Santa Anita’s Opening Day celebration kicking off the track’s winter meet.”Via OK! Magazine
West Ham have recalled Sam Howes from his loan spell at Wealdstone. The highly-rated 18-year-old goalkeeper has impressed since joining the Stones, who recently extended the loan deal for another month.Howes is an England Under-17 international and made his first appearance for West Ham’s senior side during a pre-season trip to New Zealand in 2014.See also:Wealdstone sign highly-rated West Ham keeperHowes to stay on loan at WealdstoneFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
12 October 2005In the coming months Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will be sending fieldworkers to households all over the country to assess informal and self-employment, so as to measure the growth of South Africa’s informal economy.This will help provide a clearer picture of the country’s economic growth and unemployment, and help the government provide services to encourage entrepreneurship.Stats SA deputy director-general Elizabeth Gavin told Parliament’s portfolio committee on finance on Tuesday that South Africa’s “second”, or informal, economy was difficult to measure because the sector’s large number of small and informal businesses were not listed on the official business register. The survey is an attempt to remedy this situation.Survey fieldworkers are being trained and will be going out to selected households in the coming weeks, Gavin said.This ties in with Stats SA’s priority of improving the quality of statistical information, as was achieved by its November 2004 benchmarking and rebasing of GDP, the committee was told.Gavin said the survey was important to assess the impact of the informal economy on South Africa’s GDP.Statistician-general Pali Lehohla said informal employers and the self-employed should be taken into account in the assessment of GDP; the only way to do this was with a household survey of a sample frame of dwellings.Reliable information on the number of informal businesses is also necessary for the government to provide the necessary services to encourage people to start their own businesses, the committee was told.The survey would also result in more accurate unemployment figures, Stats SA officials said.The stricter international definition of employment does not reflect “job-seeking behaviour” as a whole, the committe was told. The standard measure may therefore not provide a comprehensive picture of the problem.A broader definition of unemployment accounts for factors such as “discouraged” job-seekers, so providing a clearer picture of actual numbers of people out of work.Source: BuaNews
13 February 2012President Jacob Zuma has called on all South Africans to participate in taking the country forward.The government was doing its part, he said; now it was time for the rest of us to “play your part” and invest in South Africa, he said, calling on business, labour, civil society and residents to form a partnership with the state.Zuma was speaking at a business breakfast briefing hosted by Brand South Africa, the SABC and The New Age newspaper at Grand West Casino in Cape Town on Friday.Just a few hours before, he had said goodnight to his guests after delivering his fourth State of the Nation address in Parliament.The mood at Grand West was jovial; everyone was relaxed and satisfied. The President himself was fresh-faced and upbeat.At the breakfast were government ministers, deputy ministers and business people, all armed with their questions. The briefing was broadcast live on SABC, and the general public was able to send in their questions for the President on Twitter and SMS.The openness of the dialogue was precedent-setting for a sitting South African president, and certainly marked a change in the government’s way of doing business.“We want to do things differently. We want to take South Africa forward. We believe we’ve made progress, but we know that there are challenges,” Zuma began. The government was tackling the economy in a way that it had not done in the past. “We can’t only do politics; we must also do the economy.”Zuma said the government’s major programme was infrastructure as it believed that building infrastructure would give opportunities to all.The government was creating an enabling environment and building infrastructure, and business needed to invest in opportunities that would open up. This would bring jobs and so improve the quality of life for all.“We have discussed the difficulties of doing business in South Africa. We are opening this. You must participate in this window period.”Partnership was a big theme for Zuma, who called on business to work with the government to deal with the negative impact of job losses. Training was mentioned as a possibility. “We must create the kind of projects that can create jobs.”What is differentAsked what was different for workers in his latest State of the Nation address – we’ve heard this all before, was the criticism – he said: “We’ve created an environment where jobs can be created. We have a massive infrastructure programme; there is money for it.“The private sector must see the opportunities for investment, and invest. The logical consequence of that is jobs.“You can’t have jobs without investment, and the government is creating an environment for investment.”He had three items on his wish list from the private sector: invest in the country, have confidence in the country, and big business must help small business.A hot potato issue, especially given that the Mining Indaba has just finished in Cape Town, is the nationalisation of mines. The final word on the topic came from the President.Setting many minds at rest, and garnering a round of applause, he said: “Nationalisation is not our policy. It is as clear as that. Our policy is a mixed economy.”Of potential, he said Africa was one of the fastest growing regions in the world, and the country should invest in that potential. “South Africa has the potential to grow. Working together, we can take advantage of Africa, the BRICS countries and the changing economy. Invest in this country; invest in your future.”Brief questionsAsked what keeps him awake at night, the President answered: the plight of the poor. “I am kept awake thinking of ways to alleviate their plight.”He pointed to South Africa’s strategic global importance in regards to shipping, saying it did nothing in its waters for its economy, despite the shipping lanes that passed the country. There were massive opportunities in this sector.Of toll roads, another hot potato, Zuma said they were necessary for road maintenance. However, the issue was not closed. South Africa was unusual in that the government was open to discussion of ideas and policies it had put forward.In answer to a question from the floor, the President said fronting in business – whereby companies use black people as figureheads to up their black economic empowerment ratings – would be punished.The details of what that punishment would be still had to be worked out, though. The law must come first, he said, and the details would come after.Rural developmentOf small towns, their factories and rural areas, he said the government was talking of reviving the economy and development of those regions as part of its plan.Asked about what was being done to stop farm murders, he pointed out that as crime was falling, so were farm murders. The police were working with farmers to stop this crime.The police were also working hard to address the issue of piracy. Many raids had already been carried out.Regarding service delivery, the government had delivered to some degree, but there were still challenges. There was electricity and water available where there had been none before. “The question of infrastructure remains a challenge.”The Italian ambassador offered his country’s and Europe’s help – we could share experiences, promote investments and help you avoid the mistakes we made in industrial policy and job creation, he said, to which Zuma replied that South Africa was certainly keen to learn what went wrong, and what would happen to alleviate the present economic crisis.Questioned about land reform, Zuma again spoke of the Green Paper on Land Reform he had mentioned in his State of the Nation address. “We are looking at those issues,” he said.“The fact is that lots of land was taken away and many people were left landless. We can’t let this continue. We need frank views from South Africans on how to solve land issues.”First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.