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Daily Dirt: Clinton Visits Haiti, Dam Victories for American Rivers, The North Face Joins Virtual Training World, and More

first_imgSome of the best dirt of the week from around the Blue Ridge and beyond…Former President Clinton Visits Atlanta’s Boxercraft active apparelBased in Atlanta, Ga., Boxercraft (a growing fashion-forward activewear and spiritwear manufacturer) welcomed former President Bill Clinton this week to Industrial Revolution II (www.irii.com, IRII), its manufacturing facility in Haiti. Founded by Rob Broggi (former analyst at Boston-based Raptor Capital), and backed by designer Donna Karan, actor Matt Damon, and Joey Adler (CEO of Diesel Canada), IRII started production at its 35,000 square-foot facility in Port-au-Prince last September. Through its unique “shared- value business model,” the factory invests 50 percent of its profits back into its workers, their families and the local community through health and wellness programs, training and education initiatives. For more information, visit www.boxercraft.com.American Rivers Announces Dam Removal StatsAmerican Rivers announced this week that communities in 18 states — working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies — removed 51 dams in 2013. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in Alabama, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, restoring more than 500 miles of streams for the benefit of fish, wildlife and people.Pennsylvania topped the list for the eleventh year in a row. The top three states for river restoration through dam removal in 2013 were:Pennsylvania – 12 dams removedOregon – 8 dams removedNew Jersey – 4 dams removedAmerican Rivers will add the information on these 51 dam removals to its database of nearly 1,150 dams that have been removed across the country since 1912. (American Rivers is the only organization maintaining a record of dam removals in the United States and uses the information to communicate the benefits of dam removal, which include restoring river health and clean water, revitalizing fish and wildlife, improving public safety and recreation, and enhancing local economies.)See the full list at AmericanRivers.org/2013DamRemovals.North Face Launches Mountain Athletics Virtual Training ProgramThe North Face launched a digital training platform (along with its new Mountain Athletics training apparel and footwear collection) called the Mountain Athletics Training Program (thenorthface.com/mountainathletics), designed to help everyday athletes and serious competitors establish a goal within three sports: running, climbing and skiing. Based on a six-week timeline, athletes get a playlist of instructional videos led by The North Face Athlete Team members along with a downloadable training plan that will help you accomplish your outdoor goals.Light & Motion Factory to Be Featured in Discovery Channel ProgramFans of bike-light manufacturer Light & Motion will want to tune into the Discovery Channel this Fall, as the company’s fully integrated factory in California will be featured on the channel’s “How It’s Made” program. The show’s crew is currently filming at Light & Motion’s new California factory in Marina, Calif., where they are documenting the manufacturing and assembly of the LED-based Seca and Vis360 bike lights, the Bluefin G-30 underwater camera housing, and the company’s flagship dive light, the Sola 1200. “How It’s Made” takes viewers behind the scenes in factories around the world to show how raw materials are transformed into finished products. The show airs in 130 countries and is broadcast in more than 30 different languages.last_img read more

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NBA walkout sparks historic US sport boycott over police shooting

first_img“Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, and the additional shooting of protestors,” the Bucks players said in a statement explaining their boycott.”Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.”The Bucks’ no-show prompted the NBA to scrap two other games scheduled for Wednesday: Houston’s clash with Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers’ matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers.At an emergency meeting of NBA teams in Florida late Wednesday, the crisis threatened to put the entire season in jeopardy, with LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers both voting to abandon the season. All other teams voted to continue. Topics : It was not immediately clear whether the Lakers and Clippers would continue the season as scheduled. A walkout by two of the NBA’s strongest teams and title contenders — as well as its biggest star — would deal a devastating blow to the credibility of the season. The NBA’s Board of Governors is meeting on Thursday to address player concerns. Dramatic escalation The NBA postponements marked a dramatic escalation in the league’s calls for social justice, which have reverberated across the sport in the months since the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May.Lakers superstar James voiced solidarity with the Bucks decision in a tweet shortly after the boycott was announced. “WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT,” James wrote.The NBA’s players union also backed the protest. “The players have, once again, made it clear — they will not be silent on this issue,” National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts said in a statement.Renewed anger had swept the NBA after Sunday’s shooting of Blake.The 29-year-old was shot repeatedly in the back as he attempted to get into his car, which contained his three children.Protests have erupted in Kenosha since the shooting, with two people killed after a teenager opened fire on demonstrators with an assault rifle on Tuesday. Boycotts spread The boycotts spread to other sports, with the Milwaukee Brewers’ game against the Cincinnati Reds becoming one of several Major League Baseball games to be postponed.In tennis, two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka abruptly announced her withdrawal from the WTA Western & Southern Open semi-finals, where she was due to play on Thursday.”As a black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis,” Osaka said.In a statement released late Wednesday, ATP/WTA organizers said all play scheduled for Thursday had been postponed in recognition of the fight against racial inequality.Elsewhere, the Women’s NBA postponed its scheduled fixtures for Wednesday, while Major League Soccer also called off five of six games. ‘Horrifying, maddening’ The NBA’s coronavirus-halted season resumed last month in Orlando against the backdrop of nationwide protests following Floyd’s death.NBA teams have knelt in protest during the pre-match playing of the US national anthem, while the words “Black Lives Matter” have been painted onto each court staging games in Florida.Players, many of whom took part in protests against Floyd’s killing, have been allowed to wear jerseys bearing social justice messages.The first hints of boycotts over Blake’s shooting came from Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse, who revealed that his players had discussed refusing to play their game with Boston on Thursday.Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens described Blake’s shooting as “horrifying.””Our thoughts are with Jacob Blake and his family and obviously that video was horrifying, awful,” Stevens said. “To think of three kids being in that car, it’s ridiculous.”These are hard times. With the pandemic going on, with this constant wave of inequality — it’s maddening.”The Los Angeles Clippers African-American coach Doc Rivers contrasted the latest shooting with the apocalyptic rhetoric at this week’s Republican Party convention.”All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear,” Rivers said in remarks on Tuesday.”We’re the ones getting killed. We’re the ones getting shot. We’re the ones that are denied to live in certain communities.”We’ve been hung, we’ve been shot. All you do is keep hearing about fear. It’s amazing to me why we keep loving this country and this country does not love us back.” The Milwaukee Bucks led a historic sporting boycott Wednesday over the US police shooting of a black man, forcing the NBA to halt its playoff schedule and prompting a wave of walkouts across multiple sports.The NBA postponed its entire slate of Wednesday fixtures after the Bucks refused to play game five of their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Orlando Magic in protest over the shooting of African-American man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday.Blake was seriously injured after being shot point blank in the back seven times by police officers in a confrontation captured on video.last_img read more

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Free legal clinics offered to low-income residents

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Legal Aid announces a Free Legal Aid Clinic on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Decatur County Public Library. The clinic will be held from 3pm – 5pm. The free clinics are offered to low-income residents.The Legal Aid Clinic and Pro Bono Program utilizes local volunteer attorneys, offering free legal consultations to low-income individuals for the provision of legal advice and assistance in furtherance of equal access to justice within our community whom might not otherwise be able to afford the counsel of an attorney.Individuals coming to the Legal Aid Clinic can expect to receive a 10 minute consultation to answer general questions, offer legal information, or to receive other limited pro se assistance or advice, in person, on a first come, first serve basis. There is no need to register in advance.Legal Aid is also offering additional clinics throughout Pro Bono District I on a rotating basis. The upcoming regional clinics are listed below:DECATUR COUNTY: Decatur County Public Library 3 pm – 5 pm 1110 E. Main Street, Greensburg Wednesday, March 13 & Wednesday, May 8DISTRICT I CLINICS:BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY: Legal Aid Office, United Way Center 3 pm – 5 pm 1531 13th Street, Suite G330 Monday, March 25 Monday, April 22JENNINGS COUNTY: Jennings County Public Library 3 pm – 5 pm 2375 N. State Hwy 3, North Vernon Tuesday, March 19RUSH COUNTY: Rushville Public Library 3 pm – 5 pm 130 W. 3rd Street, Rushville Monday, April 8For more information please call 812-314-2722.last_img read more