HEARTBREAKING SCENES OF GRIEF AS BRANDON AND CONNOR BURIED TOGETHER IN SAME COFFIN

first_imgFROM ED BARRY IN NEW YORK: THERE were heartbreaking scenes as grief as two boys swept from their mother’s arms during Superstorm Sandy were laid to rest in the same coffin.Donegal native Damien Moore, originally from Portnoo, and his wife Glenda sobbed uncontrollably as the single silver casket was taken from St Rose of Lima Church in Brooklyn.More than 1,000 mourners were there to support them as they said a tearful goodbye to their sons Brandon, two, and his four-year-old brother, Connor. “Glenda, Damien, there are no words that we can offer. The only thing that we can offer is our support as a family,” Chaplin Peter Colapietro said in the Kensington area church.“We pray for your strength in these days – we know that you will need it.”Among the mourners were some 300 sanitation workers on hand to support Damien and his family. The Donegal man was at work in New York helping others when the tragedy happened.“We’ve always maintained that Sanitation is a family, and we’re here to support you with our prayers, with our love,” Colapietro said. The boys died on October 29 when Glenda’s SUV stalled in South Beach, and they were swept into the storm after she took them from the vehicle to find help.The grief spread from New York to Ireland, Damien Moore’s native land.“These were two Irish children and American children,” Noel Kilkenny, the Consul General of Ireland, said at the ceremony.“This is one of the more visible and heart wrenching signs of this tragedy.”After the funeral, friends and family talked of Glenda’s anguish. “She is suffering,” said her sister, Marie Lemaire. “She won’t eat.”Steven Vatslie, a next-door neighbor of the Moores, said the boys were “two angels” and added that “the ceremony was great, to have all the support from the community.”After the service, the boys were laid to rest at Green-Wood Cemetery in BrooklynHEARTBREAKING SCENES OF GRIEF AS BRANDON AND CONNOR BURIED TOGETHER IN SAME COFFIN was last modified: November 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:HEARTBREAKING SCENES OF GRIEF AS BRANDON AND CONNOR BURIED TOGETHER IN SAME COFFINlast_img read more

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SA launches Green Campus Initiative

first_img23 April 2012 Universities and colleges that tackle the “green” challenge will better serve their students while helping Africa take leadership on climate change, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said at the launch of the African Green Campus Initiative. Speaking at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Saturday, Nzimande called on the country’s university and college leaders to sign the Climate Change Commitment Pledge, and so help build on the legacy of the COP 17 climate change summit held in Durban in December.Helping colleges, universities to ‘go green’ Colleges and universities, he said, could help provide students with the skills needed to address climate change and allow them to benefit from the economic opportunities that arose from the solutions they helped develop. The Department of Higher Education and Training will be supporting the initiative by reducing energy consumption at colleges and universities through recycling, encouraging students to use bicycles and buses, and conducting consumption audits. It would also look at structuring curricula to include more focus on sustainability, at retro-fitting and creating energy-efficient buildings, and at encouraging universities to procure more “green” products and services. Nzimande said environmental education was very important, adding that the department was looking at introducing a foundation programme through Further Education and Training (FET) colleges to help students with poor maths and science marks, and that this should also include environmental studies. The minister said environmental science as an academic discipline also needed to be strengthened.Car-pooling to reduce carbon emissions Some universities have already embarked on the initiative – UCT started its own Green Campus Initiative in 2007. Nzimande said the UCT initiative was started in the university’s botany department but soon grew to a campus-wide one, with projects in recycling including waste at residences, the organisation’s first UCT Green Week, and the use of car-pooling to cut down on carbon emissions. “This initiative at UCT is an example of what can be done when there is energetic leadership and commitment.” He conceded that initiatives such as energy-efficient buildings were more difficult to attain, but said his department was currently looking at proposals for infrastructure funding at universities for the current and coming financial years, and that “green” building was one of the key criteria in the approval of new projects. The African Green Campus Initiative was created and is being funded by the Southern Africa chapter of the Association of College and University Housing Officers International (Acuho-I-Sac) in collaboration with African Compass and PD Naidoo and Associates. The Department of Higher Education and Training, as well as the Department of Environmental Affairs, are both supporting the initiative.Students ‘genuinely interested’ African Green Campus Initiative ambassodor Richard Parker said that, while students were often more concerned with passing their courses – or with where the next party was – than with going green, there was in fact genuine support and interest in green initiatives among them. African Green Campus Initiative national committee member Sammy Ellie, from the the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), said students had indicated in a survey conducted at the university that they would participate more in green initiatives if there were incentives and competitions in place. NMMU students had been running various green initiatives on waste management and had also signed a green pledge, Ellie said. The university had also helped Eastern Cape farmers to grow Spekboom which, once planted, could be traded for carbon credits. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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SaaS: Growth, but not Problem Free

first_imgCutter Consortium has released a report by Jeffrey Kaplan titled Software-as-a-Service on the Rise.  The analysis says that their survey gives “proof” that the “interest and adoption of on-demand software solutions is accelerating” and that “a third of organizations are already using SaaS solutions and an equal portion are considering SaaS.”The numbers from the survey do show a jump in interest in SaaS from 34% to 43%, but the number of SaaS users actually hasn’t changed between 2005 and 2006.  One might have expected that, given the overall upward trend of SaaS, the percentage of real SaaS adoptors would have increased over the last year.  That’s a little surprising.  It looks like conversion of tire-kickers into adoptors will be the challenge for 2007.The report also concludes that ROI and cost-effectiveness is the main driver for why companies are moving towards the SaaS model.Kaplan also noted that statisfaction rates of SaaS users slipped from 90% last year to 80% this year.  Kaplan says a drop like that is natural during the early going for any new technology and he attributes it to unrealistic expectations from users of SaaS.  Like any software product users need to do their homework and thoroughly evaluate vendor capabilities before making a selection.Kaplan gives SaaS high marks for reliability and functionality, but in the area of cost savings, the top reason wny SaaS is attracting attention, it hasn’t matched people’s expectations.  Startup costs related to integration and data migration often made the move to SaaS more expensive than expected.SaaS has a lot of positives, but like any technology, it is often hard for reality to live up the hype.last_img read more

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Free Filmmaking Wisdom

first_imgFilm IndependentFilm Independent’s mission is to “champion the cause of independent film and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision.” They do that through a whole host of various events, communities, festivals and forums. In these sound bites you get a sense of the quality of a Film Independent event and the quality of the discussions. If you can get to one, you definitely should. The global filmmaking community is an invaluable resource for established and aspiring filmmakers alike. Bookmark these great online resources for insightful filmmaking wisdom.If you’re just starting out on your filmmaking career then learning from those who have gone before you is a fantastic way to help find your feet in an ever changing industry. Today’s technology opens the doors to anyone who wants to make a film, even just on their iPhone, as long as they have the will to make it happen.We all need wisdom, encouragement and inspiration along the way so it is well worth dipping in and out of these great resources on a regular basis for an extra boost to keep pursuing your filmmaking dreams.Film CourageFilm Courage offers excellent nuts and bolts advice to independent filmmakers in a straight shooting format. If you want to hear from expert professionals who have living and breathing what they’re describing (most having started from scratch) this is the place to start.Film Courage covers every practical aspect of filmmaking from networking, financing, writing, directing and much more. Time spent here is time well spent. BAFTA GuruThe BAFTA Guru series is a hugely impressive collection of lectures, interviews and short insights from a star studded collection of actors, directors, producers, writers, editors, sound designers and more. You could spend hours and hours absorbing all of these opinions and perspectives so it’s probably best to focus your attention the creative sphere that most interests you.center_img BFI – Ask An ExpertThe British Film Institute has a great YouTube channel called ‘Ask an Expert‘ which features some fantastic Q&A’s with world renown filmmaking experts including directors, actors, documentary makers and more. All of the questions have been suggested via Facebook and Twitter, so if you want to be to post a question – keep an eye on those social networks.last_img read more

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