Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, targeted in mass shooting, raising money for Muslim victims of massacre at New Zealand mosques

first_imgiStock/Montes-Bradley(PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania) — Still recovering from a mass shooting at their temple in which 11 worshippers were killed, members of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh have launched an effort to raise money for the victims of a rampage at two mosques in New Zealand that left 50 people dead.Synagogue members started a GoFundMe campaign on Sunday, with a goal of raising $100,000 for the families of those killed and the victims wounded in Friday’s attacks at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch.As of Monday afternoon, the GoFundMe campaign had raised more than $13,000“We stand beside our Muslim brothers and sisters and mourn alongside the families and friends who have lost loved ones in this unconscionable act of violence,” reads a statement from the Tree of Life congregation on its GoFundMe page. “We will continue to work towards a day when all people on this planet can live together in peace and mutual respect.”On Friday afternoon, a 28-year-old man described by police as a white supremacist allegedly walked into the Al Noor mosque and opened fire, killing 42 people, according to police. The attacker, identified by police as Brenton Harrison Tarrant, an Australian, then allegedly drove three miles across Christchurch to the Linwood mosque and killed eight Muslim worshippers attending a prayer service.In addition to the 50 people killed, another 50 were wounded in the two attacks.The New Zealand attack came less than five months after a gunman burst into the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh and opened fire. The suspect, Robert Bowers, 46, was charged with federal hate crimes including the murder of 11 congregants at the Tree of Life.“We’re unfortunately part of a club that nobody wants to be a part of, and we wanted to reach out to New Zealand in the same way everyone reached out to us,” Sam Schachner, president of the Tree of Life, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Following the Oct. 27 killing rampage at the Tree of Life, people from across the country donated money to help members congregations that use the temple.“Tree of Life members, and our friends who continue to comfort and bolster us as we recover, must now come together to support the Muslims of Christchurch,” reads a statement on the GoFundMe page. “Please share this page with your families, friends and neighbors. Make a donation, and leave a kind message of hope to let them know that the entire world is with them.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Capitol on high alert but quiet amid March 4 threat

first_imguschools/iStockBy BEATRICE PETERSON and BENJAMIN SIEGEL, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — As Capitol Police and National Guard troops were on high alert amid a potential threat tied to March 4, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi downplayed that the House changed its schedule so it wouldn’t be in session on Thursday.“I don’t think anybody should take any encouragement that because some troublemakers might show up that we changed our whole schedule,” Pelosi told reporters. “No, we just moved it a few hours,” she said, to accommodate Republicans headed to an issues retreat Thursday afternoon.“We were going to be out by noon because we promised that to the Republicans,” she said.The House held a late-night session on Wednesday to ensure that members and staff would not have to be on the Capitol complex on March 4.At the same time, Pelosi conceded there were security concerns for House members, compared to the Senate, which was in session Thursday, noting that the House is “at least four times more people, and therefore, all that that implies in terms of numbers of people in the Capitol if, in fact, there’s any troublemakers around, and it made sense.”Capitol Police officials said earlier Wednesday they had “obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4” — the date far-right conspiracy theorists believe former President Donald Trump would return to power.As of mid-day Thursday, security remained visibly tight but there was no indication that any attack would happen.The intelligence, law enforcement sources said, suggested the militia plot hoped to draw 50,000 members from around the country to overwhelm and take the Capitol but there was sign of large numbers of people headed to Washington. Authorities have been monitoring travel to D.C. and hotel reservations and they say they have seen no meaningful uptick –- such things are more noticeable as travel during the pandemic has been relatively light and hotel room availability remains high.Capitol Police faced criticism for not sharing intelligence from the FBI about the potential for violence the day before the Jan. 6 attack and since then smart phones have been distributed to all officers and intelligence shared with them.In response to the ongoing threats, ABC News has confirmed that Capitol Police officials have requested a 60-day extension for the National Guard presence at the Capitol.There are currently more than 5,000 armed National Guard troops still at the Capitol and in the city, down from the peak of 25,000 present for security at the Jan. 20 inauguration.The scheduled end for the 5,000 remaining troops is March 12.Asked about the National Guard presence, Pelosi said a security review could be made public next week.“We should have them here as long as they are needed, and the silliness of this being Inauguration Day … falls into the realm of let’s not waste our time on it,” she said. “We have to have what we need, and when we need it, and in the numbers we need it. But that’s a security decision.”She added, with “the threat of all the president’s men out there, we have to ensure with our security that we are safe enough to do our job.”“It’s going to take more money to protect the Capitol in a way that enables people to come here, children to come and see our democracy in action, all of you to cover what happens here safely, members to be comfortable that they are safe when they are here, and not be concerned about what happened last time, but that — that just doesn’t have a place in a democracy.”Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief U.S. Yogananda Pittman also told Congress in February that there are ongoing threats to disrupt President Joe Biden’s expected speech to a joint session of Congress, perhaps later this month.“We know that members of the militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union, which we know that date has not been identified,” Pittman testified. “So, based on that information we think that it’s prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced and robust security posture until we address those vulnerabilities going forward.”The Capitol security review commissioned by Pelosi and led by retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore will recommend adding roughly 1,000 new Capitol Police officers to the force and improving infrastructure around the Capitol Hill complex, according to an executive summary obtained by ABC News.The draft report, which has been shared with congressional leaders and relevant committees, recommends replacing the temporary, razor wire-topped fencing around the House and Senate office buildings with both mobile and retractable fencing that could still “enable an open campus” absent any threats.It also recommends empowering the Capitol Police chief to request assistance from federal law enforcement and the D.C. National Guard in an emergency, to avoid the bottleneck and extensive delays that plagued the response to the Jan. 6 riot.Other recommendations in the report include that Capitol Police should maintain Civil Disobedience Units to be on duty whenever Congress is in session, that more K9 units are needed to detect explosives, that the Capitol Police mounted unit be reestablished and that a permanent quick reaction force be on standby to supplement Capitol Police and local law enforcement when needed.ABC News’ Jack Date and Luis Martinez contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Remote islands reveal rapid rise of Southern Hemisphere sea debris

first_imgA generation of people have now grown up thinking that shorelines strewn with anthropogenic artefacts is normal. Yet this pehnomenon is just a few decades old and aesthetics and beach cleanups are only the tip of the iceberg – plastics at sea are poisoning, choking and starving large animals and transporting small organisms to places they’ve never been. It is now widely acknowledged that one of the great threats to global biodiversity is establishment of pest species, yet little is known of thier latest vector, our miracle material – plastic. Annual clear ups in the northern hemisphere show only little recent increases in marine litter but this study of remote southern shores and islands shows drastic increases in accumulation across the entire southern hemisphere over 3 decades. Although there is much variability, typically now >2 items per m per year strand at the equator and items now carry hitchhikers to the most southern shores of the Southern Ocean. The number of people per area of the globe match almost exactly the amount of rubbish stranding on the shores at any latitude. The rate of change seems most extreme on the shores of subAntarctic islands. Plastics are pushing pole-wards and the wilderness shores around Antarctica are becoming symbols of our waste culture.last_img read more

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Geolocators map the wintering grounds of threatened Lesser Kestrels in Africa

first_imgAim To identify the wintering grounds of the threatened western European Lesser Kestrels to focus conservation efforts in those areas. Location Huelva Province, southern Spain, as breeding range, and western Africa (Senegal and Mauritania), as wintering range. Methods We used archival light level geolocators (1.5 g) to map the wintering areas and determine some characteristics of the migratory journeys of 20 adult Lesser Kestrels from the Iberian Peninsula tagged in 2007. Results Thirteen geolocators were recovered the following breeding season (2008) after attachment in 2007. Four recovered geolocators provided useful data. According to kernel density analyses, kestrels wintered near the Senegal River (border between Mauritania and Senegal). Pre-nuptial migration took longer than the post-nuptial migration, which may be the consequence of a loop migration. Main conclusions Geolocators have solved a crucial conservation question (i.e. the winter destination of western European Lesser kestrels), and these devices have thus proved useful to determine the location of the winter quarters of small sized migratory species. Our data indicate that European Lesser Kestrels winter in West Africa, in accordance with previous suggestions based on scattered observations during the winter months. This valuable information should serve to focus conservation efforts both in northern Senegal and southern Mauritania. Large roosts gathering thousands of lesser kestrels had been recorded in these areas over the years, but there was no previous confirmation of individuals staying all winter long. Specific and sustained protection of the roost sites, where the birds may be most vulnerable, should be sought in conjunction with local authorities.last_img read more

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Antonio Brown, Steelers president, agree it is ‘time to move on’

first_imgFebruary 19, 2019 /Sports News – National Antonio Brown, Steelers president, agree it is ‘time to move on’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who has had nine wildly successful seasons with the organization, says he and the team have decided to “move on.”Brown posted a picture with his arm around the shoulder of Steelers president, Art Rooney II, writing:“we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues! We both agreed that it is time to move on but I’ll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization!”ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that after the meeting, a source told him “everyone agreed the trade will be for the best.”The tweet comes after Brown publicly requested a trade in January. He then posted an Instagram video in which he said he will not play without more guaranteed money, reinforcing his desire for a trade.ESPN reports Brown has no guarantees left on his current five-year-deal with the Steelers, which he signed in 2017. Rooney previously stated he wanted to meet with Brown to “clear the air.”Brown publicly put pressure on the Steelers to trade him on several occasions. He thanked fans and fielded questions on Twitter, saying quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has an “owner mentality,” and criticized head coach Mike Tomlin.Brown holds an NFL-record six consecutive seasons with 100 or more catches. He has led the league in receiving yards and receptions twice.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

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Agent agrees to withdraw ‘knocking copy’ ad after ASA investigation

first_imgAn  agent in Andover, Hampshire has been investigated by the advertising watchdog the ASA for making competitor comparisons within a flyer.Bournes Town & Country, which has two branches in and around Andover, circulated a flyer featuring a picture of a house previously marketed by a competitor, Austin Hawk, that Bournes Town & Country had subsequently sold.The text on the flyer compared the listings of the two firms, one saying “3 viewings no sale time wasted” while the other “12 viewings sold STC success”. Additional text then said “originally advertised with your agent then swapped to Bournes”, suggesting the flyers were circulated to homes marketed by Austin Hawk at the time.The complainant about the flyer said there were a variety of factors which could impact on whether a house sold or not and challenged wither the comparison in the ad was misleading.The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) contacted Bournes Town & Country about the complaint and it “agreed not to make competitor comparisons which included details that customers cannot independently verify in the future”, the watchdog said. It also said it had “received assurance from the advertiser they would make their future advertising compliant with the advertising rules”.The ASA says the advert was not compliant under rule 3.3 of its code. This states that “marketing communications must not mislead the consumer by omitting material information. They must not mislead by hiding material information or presenting it in an unclear, unintelligible, ambiguous or untimely manner”.advertising standards authority ASA Bournes Town & Country March 8, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Agent agrees to withdraw ‘knocking copy’ ad after ASA investigation previous nextRegulation & LawAgent agrees to withdraw ‘knocking copy’ ad after ASA investigationFlyer from Hampshire agent that compared itself favourably with competitor broke rules, watchdog says.Nigel Lewis8th March 20170813 Viewslast_img read more

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Holcomb Stresses Importance Of Collaboration In Workforce Development

first_imgBy Quinn FitzgeraldTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS –Various business and policy leaders got the inside scoop Wednesday on how Gov. Eric Holcomb wants to improve Indiana’s workforce development.Holcomb participated in a question and answer event led by Tom Guevara, director of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The event was part of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Innovation Policy Forum.Scholars, practitioners, people of the business community, government officials, and others attended the forum to learn what Holcomb had to say on the economic challenges throughout Indiana and how to meet them. Because businesses follow the talent, Holcomb said a number of groups have to collaborate at the local level.“I think it’s government for sure, philanthropic organizations, our schools and our corporate community, all at that table,” Holcomb said. “That’s the whole reason why we said we’re going to take a deep dive this legislative session into workforce development.”The table also includes Holcomb’s Workforce Development Cabinet, a group created during the regular session to assess and realign the state’s workforce development programs and services.The cabinet includes Chairman Danny Lopez, Blair Milo, secretary of career and connections, and Teresa Lubbers, commissioner for the Indiana Department of Higher Education.“It’s a holistic approach,” Holcomb said.Holcomb said cultivating talent for the workforce starts with identifying students’ passions and strengths at the earliest stage possible, making sure they are equipped by the time they receive their high school diplomas.This, Holcomb said, will require a greater emphasis on creative thinking skills, computer science, and STEM––a program that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.“We’re all part of the same journey for every single individual out there,” Holcomb said. “A large part of the business community needs to be part of that discussion, especially in [each] regional area.”On the other side, Holcomb said employers need take action on their end by being involved with these schools.“You have to be involved a step before and a step after in someone’s life,” Holcomb said. “We have to pay for that pathway together.”FOOTNOTE: Quinn Fitzgerald is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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EDITORIAL: IT’S Time For Mayor To Be Held Accountable To The Voters

first_imgMAYORMAYOR Last Friday afternoon the City-County Observer published “breaking news” of City Attorney Nick Cirignano’s refusal to provide Evansville Brownfield’s past audits to Brownfield transparency crusader George Lumley. We believe that the City Legal Counsel’s refusal to share the records of a non-profit that is wholly funded with public monies is a smoking gun, if ever there is one!We don’t hold Mr. Cirignano solely responsible for the decision to keep EBC’s audits since 2009 under wraps, though. He has a boss, and that boss, Lloyd Winnecke just won re-election as Mayor of Evansville running on a platform of transparency. There are a lot of reasons to doubt that transparency. Before the election, it was known that the Icemen were considering leaving the city, and the investigation of the use of TARP funds for the relocation of D-Patrick’s downtown lot to the corner of Walnut and Hwy 41 was being dismissed as a routine audit. On top of those examples, we are still are awaiting the overdue publication of the results of the SBOA audit for 2014. Nobody seems to know if former Councilman John Friend  CPA was right about $6,000,000 being unaccounted for, but it is past time for the information to be made public.We hope that the Mayor will see fit to be accountable to the voters and release information concerning the details of the agreement for the new hockey team that will play at the Ford Center next year, and we hope that he will encourage the SBOA to release the overdue results of the 2014 audit. Even more, we look to him to release the Brownfields audits to George Lumley. If everything is in order, it seems that the Mayor would be anxious to make that information public. It is also disappointing to see that the mainstream media isn’t taking more interest in these issues, as it appears that they have begun to occasionally be critical of our current leadership.We are asking the Mayor to live up to his pledge of accountability and transparency by releasing the audits requested by Mr, Lumley. We have long been wondering how the Maybelle-Montrose give-away is justified and many of our readers have,too. By releasing audits, Mayor Winnecke can clarify the propriety of the expenditures that many of us have questioned. We are asking our readers to join George Lumley and the City-County Observer to call on the Mayor to live up to his campaign promises of accountability and transparency.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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A Better Life Basketball finals

first_img1 / 2  BETTER LIFE BASKETBALL CHAMPS — OKC won the Better Life Basketball Fall 2017 League. From left to right are Birdie Reyes, Justine Guthrie Luis Pagan, Jourdan Roberson, Matt McMonagle, Danny Liming, Ramy Lawandy, Al Yap and Reggie Quin.  2 / 2  BETTER LIFE BASKETBALL’S MVP — Danny Liming of OKC won the MVP award in the text fall league. ❮ ❯ We would like to congratulate both teams for a well played final game. Lakers jumped ahead with an 18-point lead. They were a hungrier team at least in the first 10 minutes. They were focused on speed ball and OKC could not stop the Lakers for the first ten minutes. The question was how long they could sustain this pace.OKC, with their twin towers, relied on a slower pace so they can feed Danny Liming down low. He then created open threes for his teammates. In winning a championship, you have to stick to your game plan and stay focused. The first team who gets distracted will lose. OKC came back with the slow paced game and won the game. ×  1 / 2  BETTER LIFE BASKETBALL CHAMPS — OKC won the Better Life Basketball Fall 2017 League. From left to right are Birdie Reyes, Justine Guthrie Luis Pagan, Jourdan Roberson, Matt McMonagle, Danny Liming, Ramy Lawandy, Al Yap and Reggie Quin.  2 / 2  BETTER LIFE BASKETBALL’S MVP — Danny Liming of OKC won the MVP award in the text fall league. ❮ ❯center_img Champion: OKC2nd Place: LakersMVP of the championship game: Danny LimingRegular season MVP: Kevin WalkerWe would like to thank Marist High School and Coach Reggie Quinn for letting us use this gym. To the referees, Christopher Taylor, Frank Bruno and Oscar Amaguan/Chris Ploumitsakos, thank you as well. Thanks to one of our sponsors, ABL Trucking Inc., for donating the trophy and hoodies. Lastly, to all the players who participated, thank you.last_img read more

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O.C. Farmers & Crafters Market Extended

first_imgThe Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Farmers & Crafters Market, originally scheduled through Sept. 9, has been extended through Sept. 30.Farmers will be on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle, 6th Street and Asbury Avenue. Crafters will be on Asbury Avenue between 5th and 6th streets.The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and showcases a dozen farmers and a number of crafters with many handmade treasures and treats.The Farmers and Crafters Market will feature an assortment of fresh Jersey produce, fresh flowers and fresh herbs, all from local farmsThis market, established with the N.J. Department of Agriculture, is designed to benefit local farmers by exposing them to a new outlet to sell their produce, which will help sustain their farms.For more information, call 609-399-1412 or visit www.oceancityvacation.com. The Ocean City Farmers & Crafters Market is a haven for fresh produce, flowers and arts and crafts. (Photo courtesy Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce)last_img read more

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