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Monday, July 27, 2020

On Ed Koch's Bridge, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"The City seen from the Queensboro Bridge (which starts in Manhattan at 59th Street and 2nd Avenue and ends in Long Island City, Queens) is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty of the world."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

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#PeachyPI #Politics @Interior Trump Administration Establishes the First Cold Case Task Force Office for Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives

Seven Offices Being Established Across the Country to Handle Cold Cases in Indian Country

Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt, Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Tara Katuk Sweeney established the first of seven offices dedicated to solving cold cases involving missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center, there are more than 1400 unresolved American Indian and Alaska Native missing person cases in the U.S. Of that, 136 cases are in Minnesota.

To address this crisis, President Trump signed Executive Order 13898 on November 26, 2019.

“President Trump created a task force to support Tribal communities, reduce the staggering number of violent crimes committed against American Indians and Alaska Natives and close out hundreds of cold cases,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “The Trump Administration is committed to justice and working alongside these Tribal communities to restore peace and prosperity.”

“While visiting the great state of Minnesota with Secretary Bernhardt, we are advancing two top priorities for the Administration: The Pledge to America’s Workers and supporting American Indian and Alaska Native communities,” said Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump. “We are furthering President Trump’s commitment to forgotten men and women across our country and the Administration’s efforts to ensure that all Americans can live with dignity and the promise of a brighter future.”

President Trump's Executive Order established the Operation Lady Justice Task Force, a multi-agency effort co-chaired by Secretary Bernhardt and U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr. Its purpose is to enhance the operation of the criminal justice system and address the staggering number of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Natives in Tribal communities.

“Today’s opening of the first Missing and Murdered Native Americans Cold Case office demonstrates the commitment of the Operation Lady Justice Task Force to achieving the mandate set out for it under President Trump’s Executive Order,” said Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Sweeney. “Cold cases in Indian Country will be addressed with determination and the understanding that the victims in these cases will be accorded some measure of dignity and compassion – not only for them, but for their survivors, as well.”

The Cold Case Task Forces are in accordance with the President’s Executive Order and will be staffed with law enforcement personnel and newly appointed special agents from the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services (BIA-OJS), along with personnel from other Operation Lady Justice Task Force partners including tribal law enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Offices of the U.S. Attorneys.

A way for top federal officials to engage, coordinate and work with tribal governments on developing strategies to address the crisis, the Operation Lady Justice Task Force is working to collect and manage data across jurisdictions; establish protocols for new and unsolved cases; establish multi-jurisdictional cold case teams; improve the response to investigative challenges; and provide clarity on the roles, authorities and jurisdiction for those involved. It is also charged with providing a report to the President of its work and accomplishments in meeting the executive order’s mandate.

Since 2019, the Department of the Interior and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) have undertaken a number of efforts to address the crisis, conducting criminal investigations, stopping illicit drug activity and solving missing and murdered cases.

The BIA-OJS and its partners have opened 200 percent more drug cases across Indian Country than in the last year of the Obama Administration, and their tribal law enforcement officers have seized approximately 6,000 pounds of narcotics worth $30 million in the past two years. Preventing further violence against American Indians and Alaska Natives is largely predicated on ending illicit drug activities and sex trafficking.

The BIA-OJS's partnership with the Department of Justice’s Missing and Unidentified Persons System, known as NamUs, has led to the development and implementation of new Tribal-affiliation data fields to assist law enforcement with capturing information to track missing and murdered persons in Indian Country. Since the addition of these new data fields last year, there has been a 60 percent increase in Native-person entries into the system.

Today’s opening will be followed by Cold Case Task Force office openings in the following cities:
Rapid City, SD (August 4);
Billings, MT (August 6);
Nashville, TN (August 12);
Albuquerque, NM (August 18);
Phoenix, AZ (August 20); and
Anchorage, AK (August 27).


About the U.S. Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior conserves and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people, provides scientific and other information about natural resources and natural hazards to address societal challenges and create opportunities for the American people, and honors the Nation’s trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives and affiliated island communities to help them prosper.

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#ReadThis #TheFallen by @DavidBaldacci Our Coverage Sponsored by Cosmopolitan Dental, Official Dentist of Whom You Know @GaroNazarianDDS #cosmopolitandental #loveyoursmile


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Previously on Whom You Know, we reviewed:

Memory Man

The Last Mile

The Fix

The temperature is rising outside, and it's no different on the pages of David Baldacci.  It is prime time beach reading season and even if your beach is your bathtub, murder makes waves in all of his great works that are sure to keep you entertained and brighten your day when frankly the news is not.

Even Amos Decker is on vacation, but wait until you see his idea of a vacation.   Trouble won't give him a break, and he and his partner Alex Jamison have left the swamp of Washington DC and are in the midst of blanket bliss with little niece Zoe when even in the backyard, you're not safe.  As usual, there's so much more than meets the eye and in tandem the Baldacci style and Decker danger are off to the races in this page-turner installment of the Memory Man series.

Never in our life did we ever think basic safety would become a political issue, but here we find ourselves in New York right now that is pure chaos and totally lacks respect for authority, law and order which all in the land of common sense hold dear.  It was so refreshing that Amos has to explain to Alex what a pig is.  Up wtih the NYPD and the law and order on these pages!  For anyone that challenges authority, you should read this series for what you will learn alone, and it will instill respect in you for their intelligence, dedication, talent and hard work.

This is a well-woven plot, and the multiple tragedies are seemingly unconnected, but as always, it doesn't meet the eye until the end and you'll never guess the unbelievable tale's turnout. The cadence of the quill of Baldacci is perfection and the characters are also striking.

From where we sit, Stanley Nottingham in his polka-dot pajamas (see he is covid style pre-covid!) is among the best characters with his Manhattan background of fashion over fifty years...and sometimes you talk to your neighbors.  Finally, for all that appreciate a good treasure hunt, keep reading.

The Fallen is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.





David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories. (Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, “because every mom needs a break now and then.”)

David published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. The feature film adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 41 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. David has also published seven novels for younger readers.

A lifelong Virginian, David received his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

In addition to being a prolific writer, David is a devoted philanthropist, and his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family’s Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy programs in the United States. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and gently used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need.

David and his family live in Virginia.

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On Punishment, by Mayor Ed Koch

"The people threw me out, and now the people must be punished."
-Ed Koch

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#SmallScreenScenes THE DRIVE-IN WILL NEVER DIE: SHUDDER ORDERS THIRD SEASON OF ‘THE LAST DRIVE-IN WITH JOE BOB BRIGGS’

'Summer Sleepover' Special with Director Adam Green to Premiere August 14

 Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller, and the supernatural, today announced that it has renewed its hit original series ​The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs for a third season to air in 2021. The service also announced a special “summer sleepover” double feature pre-taped prior to quarantine that will feature a visit to the trailer park from horror filmmaker Adam Green along with other surprise guests. The special episode will premiere on Friday, August 14, at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Shudder is also planning several ​Last Drive-In specials for later this year and next year, with details to be announced later.

“I can’t believe it’s only been two years since that first marathon called ​The Last Drive-In,” said host Joe Bob Briggs. “To have a third season, and continue to experience the love and encouragement that daily pours out of the Shudder community, is more than I could ever have hoped for. It’s been a very difficult year for all of us, but I hope we can continue to be a little oasis where people come to celebrate holidays and weekends and that special family feeling that only horror fans know.”

“​The Last Drive-In continues to be a great success story for Shudder, trending in the Top 10 on Twitter during each live Friday night episode, and also driving tremendous on-demand viewing,” said Shudder General Manager Craig Engler. “We’re delighted to bring Joe Bob back for a third season, and we’re also planning some incredibly fun specials that we’ll announce down the road.”

In each episode, Briggs, the world’s foremost drive-in movie critic, presents an eclectic horror movie double feature, interrupting the films to expound upon their merits, histories and significance to genre cinema. ​The Last Drive-In premieres on Shudder’s live feed before being made available on demand; proving that an SVOD service can create appointment television, the show’s hashtag, #TheLastDriveIn, has trended in the top 10 on Twitter in the US during the premiere of every episode and special, often reaching No. 1.

Shudder and Briggs first teamed up in July 2018, for the 24-hour ​The Last Drive-In
​ marathon, intended to be Briggs’ final farewell to televised movie hosting. Due to overwhelming popular demand, Shudder brought ​The Last Drive-In back as a weekly series the following year. Past seasons of ​The Last Drive-In have featured guest appearances by AEW wrestling superstar Chris Jericho, actor/director/FX legend Tom Savini, horror icons Barbara Crampton, Kelli Maroney, Ashley Laurence and Doug Bradley and filmmakers Lloyd Kaufman and John McNaughton, among others.

The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs is produced by Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell and directed by Austin Jennings.



ABOUT SHUDDER

AMC Networks’ Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers and the supernatural. Shudder’s expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Germany. ​New members can enjoy 30-days free with the promo code SHUTIN when signing up at Shudder.com.

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#SmallScreenScenes @PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT To Air Two New Specials Exploring Families and Different Generations Today

Content Initiative Capturing Expressions of American Life and Struggle, As It Happens, Through Diverse Voices

 PBS announced today that its 50th anniversary programming and engagement initiative PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT, a crowdsourced storytelling project, will present two new half-hour documentary specials, co-produced with RadicalMedia, which will premiere Sunday, August 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET and Friday, October 16 at 10:30 p.m. ET, respectively (check local listings).

The first special, premiering in August, FAMILY OF US: A PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT STORY, captures a moving and meaningful picture of families in America today and the way these relationships shape us. Surrounded by a chorus of voices from user generated submissions from across the country, the program provides a personal look at two very different main stories that reveal how we value our relatives now more than ever.

First is Lumiere R., a recent film school graduate, who moved to Griffin, Georgia to help care for her grandparents and document their stories, as her grandfather’s dementia threatens to erase much of the family’s collective memory. Second is Amelia G., whose father was released from prison in February after serving 10 years for a crime he did not commit. After months of delays due to the pandemic, Amelia is finally able to fly from New York City to San Francisco for the long-awaited reunion with her father.

Airing in October, GENERATION NATION: A PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT STORY explores how people in different age groups, from adolescents to seniors, see themselves and their place in America. It reveals the common experiences that bind people together within and across age groups and the generational differences that can put us at odds with one another. Both specials are produced by PBS and RadicalMedia.

Since it was launched in early January 2020, the PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT website has collected thousands of stories by Americans that, together, hope to answer the question: What does it really mean to be an American today? With millions of users coming to the site to explore the thousands of stories submitted from people all over America, PBS recently added to the site two new prompts — “Family looks like…” and “At this point in my life…” — allowing people across the country to share personal stories about the topics explored in the two specials.

PBS also fast-tracked production of IN THIS TOGETHER: A PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT STORY, which aired in May, after receiving a wave of new submissions around the unprecedented global and national impact of COVID-19. The format of these two new programs will be similar to IN THIS TOGETHER, blending collages of user-generated content from around the country with deeper dives into a few main stories, where participants film and narrate their own lives.

“What’s powerful about PBS American Portrait is that all year, we are seeing expressions of American life and struggle through the eyes of diverse voices that make up this country,” said Bill Margol, Executive in Charge and Senior Director, General Audience Programming & Development at PBS. “We feel it’s important to share and amplify both the struggles and the celebrations, the joy and the pain. We did that with the IN THIS TOGETHER special and will continue to do so in the upcoming specials, docuseries and every day through our digital platforms.”

“In FAMILY OF US, viewers will get to experience firsthand accounts of how a wide range of American families are living today,” said Dave Sirulnick, Executive Producer at RadicalMedia. “Our hope is that these relatable, personal stories will resonate with those who watch and they’ll be inspired to share their own experiences.”

FAMILY OF US and GENERATION NATION will begin streaming August 2 and October 16, respectively, on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube TV and Chromecast.

PBS LearningMedia will also provide teachers and students with educational materials focused on media and storytelling by pulling conceptualized clips from each episode of PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT.

More details about the participants and their stories will be shared closer to the broadcast dates. Please visit the PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT website at www.pbs.org/americanportrait and follow the conversation at #AmericanPortraitPBS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to view the thousands of stories already being submitted.

Target is a major funder and national promotional partner for PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT, expanding the reach of this initiative. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Anne Ray Foundation.

PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT was developed and created with RadicalMedia. For RadicalMedia, Jon Kamen and Dave Sirulnick serve as Executive Producers, and Naomi Gilbert is the Senior Interactive Producer for the web platform. Craig D’Entrone is Executive Producing for RadicalMedia and is the showrunner on the project. Bill Margol is the Executive in Charge for PBS. For FAMILY OF US and GENERATION NATION, RadicalMedia’s Jon Kamen and Dave Sirulnick serve as Executive Producers alongside Director and Executive Producer Craig D'Entrone. Michéle Stephenson is Series Producer.


About PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT

Launched on January 10, 2020, PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT, a national storytelling project aligned with PBS’s 50th anniversary celebration, is the organization’s most ambitious multiplatform project in its history. A digital-first initiative produced by RadicalMedia, PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT begins as a platform for user-generated content participation and is envisioned to encompass publishing, short form content, classroom engagement, a web miniseries, public art installations, live events and, in January 2021, a nationally televised documentary series. Leveraging the local reach of PBS through its member stations, PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT presents a mosaic of our country’s diversity by connecting tens of thousands of people across the country, creating a communal voice through individual stories of joy, hardship, triumphs and sorrow. Participants will be able to tell and share their own stories, and see the stories shared by a wide panorama of Americans, united by a series of prompts that will serve as conversation starters, including: “I was raised to believe…,” “The tradition I carry on is…,” “What keeps me up at night is…,” “When I step outside my door…” and “Most days I feel…,” among others like, “I never expected…,” added in response to COVID-19, “Now is the time…” added to encourage people to share their stories about race in light of recent events.


About PBS

PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 120 million people through television and 26 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’s broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’s premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV— including a 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices


About RadicalMedia

RadicalMedia produces premium content across all media platforms. With offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, and Shanghai, RadicalMedia is a global media and communications company that creates and produces television, feature films, commercials, live events and interactive design. RadicalMedia is fluent in each and every discipline of storytelling, with accolades that include Oscar ®, Emmy ®, Peabody ® and Grammy ® Awards. Noteworthy programming includes Netflix’s first original documentary film, the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-Winning What Happened, Miss Simone?; Academy-Award Winning The Fog of War; Paradise Lost; Hamilfilm for Disney+; Hamilton's American and In The Heights for PBS; History Channel’s number one miniseries of all time, GRANT; Black Woodstock, directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Untitled Mental Health series with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry for Apple TV+, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich for Netflix; The multi-platform project; PBS’American Portrait, National Geographic’s Activate: A Global Citizen Movement; and David Byrne’s American Utopia, directed by Spike Lee, coming to HBO later this fall. Check out the latest work on Instagram and at www.radicalmedia.com.

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#FashionAlert From Prehistoric Times To Cartier, Cufflinks’ Appeal Never Seems To Fade - Historical Perspective By Sam & Qualis Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner @hallakcleaners @hallakcouturecleaner

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Sam & Qualis is an Australia based inspirational fashion company that offers a wide range of exquisite and spectacular luxury men’s cufflinks at affordable prices.

Long before fancy dressing and modern haberdashery came into men’s fashion, the way esteemed nobles and fashionistas put their outfits together was nothing short of barbaric.

From leaving symmetry dead in the ditch to using ties, ribbons, and strings to hold cuffs and points together, dressing up in the past was tedious, until cufflinks came into the picture.

The history of cufflinks
With its roots dating back to the 17th century, the humble cufflink's first iterations were introduced as a sleeker, more appealing, and effective solution to keeping cuffs in order.

These ornamental pieces were created and further refined by French tailors alongside the development of the stitched buttonhole to seamlessly combine style and functionality. Over time, the boutons de manchettes started to gain traction amongst aristocrats, socialites, and style-conscious men because of how they provided a solution that equally looked great.

A few years after its introduction, sleeve buttons—as they were called at the time—became even more popular with upper-echelon dressers in a short amount of time. During this time, the buttons themselves became even more luxurious and appealing as jewelers began to show their takes on the accessories. These refined takes were best defined by gold and silver castings that were adorned with semi-precious gemstones and stamped designs, eventually leading to the modern cufflink of today.

Later developments
At the turn of the 18th century, the usage of cufflinks and their popularity both exploded as they became even more commonplace in the fashion during that period. Aside from being donned by monarchs and aristocrats (which essentially acted as the catalyst for popularity), they were also used to commemorate special events and royal occasions – not too far from the purposes that they’re being used for today.

Despite the already-apparent growth of cufflinks and their rise to prominence, an even higher amount of success came about by the time the industrial revolution and the Victorian era came to be.

Thanks to the advent of machinery and its widespread availability, manufacturers, tailor shops, and stores were able to boost their production volumes and make cufflinks even readily available. Beyond production capacities, however, this period also saw the rise in fancy designs that slowly incorporated gold and silver bases, which were adorned with intricate designs that were extravagant and captivating.

This era saw the birth of the “Victorian Serpents” design, which is also a design staple among modern cufflink options today!


Post-world war resurgence
After the first and second world wars, the cufflink rebounded and made its resurgence in production, prominence, and overall importance in the turn of a modern fashion revolution. With the Boyer fastener system's introduction and a production drive undertaken by the factories, consumers had a sleeker, better, and more convenient way to keep its double cuffs together. This would later go on to be the cufflinks that are widely known today.


Conclusion
Cufflinks bear a storied past that carries its own history which adds even more to their overall importance and value. The next time you put on a suit and look at your cufflinks, feel proud that you’re wearing a time-honed accessory that was also worn by royalty and other prominent members of society in the past.


About Sam & Qualis
Sam & Qualis was founded with a rebellious spirit and an ambitious goal of making high-quality, beautiful luxury goods at down-to-earth prices. Sam & Qualis consider cufflinks as one of the most defining style signature, containing within itself the power of identity and sophistication of an effortless elegance.

The name Sam & Qualis has a meaningful thematic story. ‘Sam’ is the name of the founder and ‘Qualis’ is Latin for quality. The crown-shaped logo draws inspiration from the headgear worn by the Achaemenid Persian emperors.



Sam & Qualis is an Australia based inspirational luxury cufflinks company that is dedicated to providing customers with meaningful pieces of cufflinks that will touch the heart at an affordable price. The company believes in producing smaller quantities of high-quality cufflinks that will last, rather than pumping out large numbers of less than perfect pieces. Each order is packed in an exclusive hand-wrapped signature gift box with great care.



More information is available at the website at https://samandqualis.com/collections



Sam & Qualis provides exquisite and unconventional designs, the materials used are of the highest quality which include exquisite materials like Stingray Leather, Sterling Silver, Onyx, Lapis Lazuli, Tiger Eye, Opal, Mother-Of-Pearl among others. Sam & Qualis uses CNC machining technology for making some masterpieces like Dalton, Geovanni and others. 



Each Sam & Qualis cufflink is a special ornament, evoking class, character, and individuality in each and every detail. Some of Sam & Qualis best-seller cufflinks include:



Sebastian - Revolutionary spirit and ingenious craftsmanship: a manifesto of Sam & Qualis' vision of contemporary cufflinks, where diabolo is introduced in an unconventional style (featured in Vogue).

Lorenzo - The very soul of this pair is encapsulated in the visionary design and unbridled imagination. Enchanting deer cufflink in an antique finish like no other. Comes with a matching complimentary lapel pin.

Gabriel - Wearing a cufflink was never that easy. Magnetic cufflink…the innovation you desire.

Dalton - Iconic stingray inlay makes Dalton the most spectacular cufflink of modern times. Every element is designed to bring stingray’s profound soul to life (as seen in GQ Australia).

Elias - A symbol of classic self-expression set in a masculine bezel with such distinguished craftsmanship, substance, and elegance.



No matter what the personal style preferences of any man, there are fine cufflinks to suit anyone and any occasion. Not to be saved only for the most formal events, cufflinks are expressive and add an air of subtle sophistication to an ensemble. Born from Alexander Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, cufflinks have now become a hallmark of men’s fashion – what a journey indeed.

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#SmallScreenScenes #EnglandPeachy @PBS @Lucy_Worsley Lucy Worsley's Royal Photo Album

LUCY WORSLEY IN A CARRIAGE ON THE MALL, LONDON
Credit: Lorian Reed-Drake

Premieres Sunday, August 16, 2020 on PBS

From Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana to Prince Harry, the Popular Royal Historian Reveals How Iconic Photos Sustained and Transformed the British Monarchy

Once upon a time, the idea of the monarchy was spread through fairy tales, but since the days of Victoria and Albert, photographic images have shaped public perception. From official portraits to tabloid snapshots, the camera has been the British royal family’s confidante, messenger — and nemesis. In this intriguing new special, Lucy Worsley explores the royal family photo album, from Queen Victoria to Princess Diana to the current generation, and reveals how the monarchy used the power of the photograph to reinvent itself, engage the public and ensure its survival. LUCY WORSLEY’S ROYAL PHOTO ALBUM premieres Sunday, August 16, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings), on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video App.

In this new program, Lucy explores the various types of photos that enabled the royal family to conduct a dialogue with the British people, forging a modern monarchy that reigns rather than rules. Along the way, she recreates the Queen’s iconic coronation portrait, digs out photogenic outfits from the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, has her own Victorian-style picture taken, and gets the inside story from current royal photographers Anwar Hussein and Chris Jackson.

Lucy examines some of the earliest photos of the British monarchy — 19th century images of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children, taken at a time when monarchies across Europe were under threat. She contends that photography helped save them by presenting them as an actual family — royal yet relatable. Lucy also explains how advances in technology enabled a more informal side to royal photography. In the late 1800s, Princess (later Queen) Alexandra began taking pictures of the family using her new, lightweight Kodak camera. The results revealed the royals as they’d never been seen before — a typical family enjoying simple pleasures. This insider’s approach is continued today by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who posts her family photos on Instagram.

Lucy also explores how classic photo ops, like “the royal walkabout,” allow members of the monarchy to mingle with the public and appear spontaneous. In reality, these are carefully planned and controlled events captured by professional photographers.

But for all the pictures the royal family wants to share, there are many they wish had never been taken. In the 1930s, photography was turned against the monarchy for the first time when the tabloids used every trick to capture evidence of Edward VIII’s scandalous relationship with Wallis Simpson. When photos of the couple were finally published, they showed Simpson touching the king’s arm, and the public was shocked. A few days later, he abdicated. The new king, Edward’s brother George VI, sought to offset the damage by releasing photos of him and his family in everyday scenes, stressing their respectability and stability. Wholesome young princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, often posing with their dogs, were front and center.

But the image of the shy young girl holding a Corgi was swept away with the revelatory coronation portrait of Elizabeth II by favorite royal photographer Cecil Beaton. Drawing upon centuries of royal portraiture for inspiration, Beaton created an iconic photo that conjured a vision of magic, splendor and tradition — with a touch of Hollywood glamour. Younger sister Margaret took a more modern approach, choosing to work with fashion photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones, whose smoldering portrait of the princess hinted at their off-camera relationship and future as husband and wife.

No royal, however, understood how to communicate through photography as well as Princess Diana, who was endlessly pursued by the cameras. With great skill, she used the constant attention to shine a light on issues that mattered to her — shaking hands with AIDS patients at a time when that was considered radical, or stepping onto a recently cleared minefield in Angola. As a consequence of her tragic death, Lucy believes that the relationship between the royals and photography will never be as close again, with the younger generation exerting much tighter control over how their images are taken and used.

Over centuries, the royal family — who must remain in the camera’s gaze whether they like it or not — have learned the perils and power of photography. As Lucy says: “A photograph is never just a photo. It always has a meaning that goes deep beneath the surface, and nobody knows this better than the royal family themselves.”

The host of several popular PBS specials, Lucy Worsley is a royal historian, TV host, chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces (the charity which looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and other historic places) and author of numerous books, including Queen Victoria, Jane Austen at Home, Eliza Rose, A Very British Murder and more.

LUCY WORSLEY’S ROYAL PHOTO ALBUM will stream simultaneously with broadcast and be available on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV and Chromecast.

LUCY WORSLEY’S ROYAL PHOTO ALBUM is produced by Academy 7 in association with the BBC and PBS. Andy Hall is the producer and director. Executive Producers are Sebastian Barfield and John Das. The editor is Alex Boyle. Commissioning Editor for BBC is Lamia Dabboussy. Bill Gardner is the Executive in Charge for PBS.



About PBS
PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 120 million people through television and 26 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’s broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’s premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV— including a 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

#PeachyandtheCity #PatrioticPeachy #PhotoGallery #911 @911memorial #OneWorldTradeCenter #4thofJuly 2020 by @ManhattanPeachy #PeachyDeegan Thank you @RudyGiuliani @GovernorPataki New York Appreciates and Greatly Misses You


Photography by Peachy Deegan 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

#PeachyandtheCity #PatrioticPeachy @Interior #Politics @POTUS @realDonaldTrump President Trump Announces $2 Million Grant for 9/11 Memorial

President Trump announced the award of a $2 million 9/11 Memorial Act grant to the National September 11 Memorial & Memorial Plaza in New York City. The funding through the National Park Service will provide critical support for the continued operation, maintenance and security of the memorial and museum.

“We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001 - a day in American history where the world seemed to stand still,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt. “This funding will provide critical support for the memorial, so current and future generations can visit and reflect on the events that transformed our nation.”

“As we near the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, we must never forget the bravery, sacrifice and the lives lost,” said National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela, exercising the authority of the director.“These grants help ensure the memorials are maintained and that the public can learn about and commemorate the heroes of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.”

“The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is a national landmark and the preeminent authority on the history of the 9/11 attacks,” said President & CEO of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum Alice M. Greenwald. “It is a site of national significance, actively affirming the power of remembrance and the potential for resilience in the aftermath of tragedy and unimaginable loss. We are deeply grateful to the Department of the Interior for awarding the 9/11 Memorial Act grant so that this national place of tribute, reflection and learning can continue its mission to commemorate, educate, and inspire.”

The Trump Administration is committed to honoring the victims and heroes of 9/11. President Trump has also worked to ensure that America’s national monuments are protected and accessible to everyone and recently issued Executive Order 13933: “Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence” and Executive Order 13934: “Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes” meant to “preserve the memory of our American story and stir in us a spirit of responsibility for the chapters yet unwritten.”

Located at the World Trade Center in New York City, the National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.

Selected due to its extraordinary commitment to honoring the lives lost, as well as those who risked their own lives to save others, the National September 11 Memorial & Memorial Plaza is a place of national and international significance for learning, grieving and reflecting. The funds from this grant will ensure the continued maintenance and security operations of the eight-acre memorial to support an impactful experience for the six million annual visitors.

Since its dedication in 2011, the 9/11 Memorial has welcomed more than 51 million visitors, including 9/11 victim family members, first responders, veterans and the general public from all 50 states and 190 countries. In addition, funds will support a variety of meaningful public activities, including daily tours, an annual commemoration ceremony and professional training programs for law enforcement, intelligence and other government agencies and military organizations.

Background on the Funding

Authorized and funded by Congress, the Secretary of the Interior can award a single competitive grant per year for the operation and maintenance of a memorial commemorating the victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, and the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993. Eligible memorials have to offer free admission to active and retired members of the military, registered first responders to the 9/11 attacks, and family members of victims of the attacks — in addition to offering free admission hours to the general public at least once per week.

About the U.S. Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior conserves and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people, provides scientific and other information about natural resources and natural hazards to address societal challenges and create opportunities for the American people, and honors the Nation’s trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives and affiliated island communities to help them prosper.


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#NHLPeachy @NHL NHL Announces 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers North American Broadcast Schedule


Comprehensive Coverage of All Stanley Cup Qualifying and Round Robin Games Across NBC Sports, Sportsnet, TVA Sports, NHL Network, NHL.TV and NHL Center Ice
The National Hockey League today announced the national North American broadcast schedule for the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers™, which begin Saturday, Aug. 1, with a slate of five games across NBC, NBCSN, NHL Network™, NHL.TV™ and NHL Center Ice® in the U.S., and Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports in Canada.

The full North American broadcast schedule – including the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers™ (Qualifying Round and Round Robin) and exhibition games (July 28-30) – is available in its entirety here. Starting times and national broadcast information for games listed as TBD will be announced when available. In the U.S., many games will be available in the local market on the team partner regional sports network.

The NHL’s national North American broadcast schedule across NBC Sports, Sportsnet, TVA Sports, NHL Network, NHL.TV and NHL Center Ice includes:



NBC Sports (U.S.)
NBC Sports will present up to 120 hours of coverage of the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers™ on NBC, NBCSN and USA Network beginning Aug. 1, highlighted by at least 10 hours of wall-to-wall NHL action each day from Aug. 1-5, comprised of Qualifying Round and Round Robin matchups.
Beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, through Wednesday, Aug. 5, NBC Sports will present coverage from at least four games each day across NBC, NBCSN and USA Network, including some games that will be joined in progress.



Sportsnet and TVA Sports (Canada)
From Stanley Cup Qualifiers™ to the hoisting of the Stanley Cup, Sportsnet will present every minute of every game from every series, with up to six games a day. Exclusive English-language coverage begins Aug. 1 on Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet Radio Network, with livestreaming on SN NOW and NHL LIVE. Sportsnet and SN NOW also will present three all-Canadian exhibition games on July 28 and July 29.
TVA Sports is the exclusive French-language broadcaster of the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers™, including all Montreal Canadiens games, as well as all rounds of the 2020 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. From Aug. 1-5, TVA Sports will broadcast up to three games per day for more than 10 hours of daily action and also will present three exhibition games, including Toronto vs. Montreal on July 28 on TVA Sports and TVA Network. In all, TVA Sports will bring fans more than 100 games.



NHL Network (U.S.)
NHL Network™ will air a combined seven Stanley Cup Round Robin and Qualifier games in the first five days of the 2020 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. In addition to its live games, NHL Network will provide extensive studio coverage, including NHL Tonight before and after every Stanley Cup® Playoff game. Stanley Cup® Playoff games will re-air on NHL Network, and additional content featuring NHL Network analysts will be featured across NHL Network’s digital platforms. Leading up to the 2020 Stanley Cup® Playoffs, NHL Network will air exhibition games, beginning with the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, July 28, at 8 p.m. ET.



NHL Center Ice and NHL.TV (Streaming) (U.S. Only)
From Saturday, Aug. 1, through Wednesday, Aug. 5, 21 games will be available on NHL Center Ice and for streaming on NHL.TV. Local blackouts apply. Additional games after Aug. 5 will be announced if available.
Fans can subscribe to NHL.TV™ for $4.99 for all access to exhibition games and qualifying rounds in the U.S. Blackout and restrictions apply. Fans can access or subscribe to NHL.TV™ through the flagship NHL® app, official website, or on all major devices and platforms, including iOS, Android, tvOS, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon Fire TV and tablets, and Google’s Chromecast. For more information on the NHL’s streaming service, visit: NHL.TV.



The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers™ featuring the 16 teams that are contesting best-of-five series to determine the eight teams advancing to the 2020 Stanley Cup® Playoffs, commonly referred to as the Qualifying Round, will begin Saturday, Aug. 1. Each best-of-five series features one set of back-to-back games, occurring between Games 2 and 3, Games 3 and 4, or Games 4 and 5 (if necessary).



The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers™ featuring the top four teams from each conference to determine seeding in the 2020 Stanley Cup® Playoffs, commonly referred to as the Round Robin, will begin Sunday, Aug. 2, with two games – one in each hub city.



The 12 participating Eastern Conference teams will play at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, while the 12 participating Western Conference teams will compete at Rogers Place in Edmonton.



For the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge™, please visit: https://bracketchallenge.nhl.com/.


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NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams. © NHL 2020. All Rights Reserved.

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