The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, today announced a $100,000 gift from Brad Pitt to support the organization’s marriage efforts.Pitt has agreed to match contributions from HRC members and supporters up to $100,000 in order to direct resources to the marriage campaigns entering their final week in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington State.“Brad Pitt’s partnership with HRC in this closing week delivers vital resources into these campaigns and we’re proud to be working with him as we show that fundamental fairness will win at the ballot box,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “With his commitment, Brad joins HRC in a tremendous coalition of religious leaders, business leaders, labor groups, civil rights organizations and everyday, fair-minded Americans supporting marriage for gay and lesbian couples.”“It’s unbelievable to me that people’s lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days,” said Pitt in an email today to HRC members and supporters. “If you’re like me, you don’t want to have to ask yourself on the day after the election, what else could I have done?”Supporters can heed Pitt’s call and contribute with him to HRC’s marriage work at www.hrc.org/Brad.HRC has invested $8 million in efforts to expand marriage equality over the past two years, including $5 million in the four ballot measure states this year. HRC has staff on the ground in each of the campaigns and is currently engaged in the organization’s largest ever election year mobilization to put these campaigns – and other endorsed candidates – over the top.The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
It was the fifth inning Friday night when Homer Bailey looked up to see how many innings he had pitched. He learned something more: that he had not given up a hit to the Pittsburgh Pirates.Bailey did not let that news change the way he pitched. Instead, the 26-year-old stayed the course and spun baseball’s seven no-hitter of the season, as the Reds won 1-0.“I looked up at the scoreboard (after the fifth inning) to see if I had hit 200 (innings) and saw a couple of zeros,” Bailey said. “That’s when I knew I had a chance at a no-hitter. It’s not something you think about doing.”It was the 15th no-hitter in Reds history and first since Tom Browning’s perfect game against the Los Angles Dodgers on Sept. 16, 1988. The seven major league no-hitters match the modern record for one season, tying 1990 and 1991. There were eight no-hitters in 1884.“I don’t think there is any reason why there have been so many,” Bailey said. “There is a real fine line there in throwing a no-hitter. A bloop can fall in the outfield or an infielder can be in the wrong position and there goes your hit. You have to be extremely fortunate to throw a no-hitter, and we had luck on our side tonight.”Bailey (13-10) struck out 10 and walked one. He threw 115 pitches and retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Brock Holt and inducing Machael McKenry and Alex Presley into pop outs. Bailey was mobbed near the mound by happy teammates and doused with water.Bailey improved to 5-0 with a 1.40 ERA in six career starts at PNC Park. All three of his complete games and both his shutouts have come against Pittsburgh.It was the first time the Pirates had been held hitless since Hall of Famer Bob Gibson pitched the lone no-hitter of his career in 1971 for the St. Louis Cardinals. Cincinnati, which clinched the NL Central title last Saturday, improved to 95-62. The Reds are tied with Washington for the best record in the NL.
Divine Social Welfare Society, a Non- government organization organised a Sufi Musical evening with Nizami Brothers on December 7 at Sri Satya Sai Auditorium for their Campaign Green Hands: Save Earth- Save Future which is directed towards the environmental issues that are prevalent today and their impact on our upcoming generations.It was a fund raising event whose proceeds will be utilized for bearing the expenses of the campaign. Nizami Brothers commenced the evening with Maula Ke Kaul, which according to Sufiana tradition is important to start with. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’These Sufi legends mesmerised all with their powerful voices and magic of qawali. Nizami Brothers presented some soulful poetry and received a huge applause from the audience.The evening saw the soulful performance of Sufi music composed in Urdu, Farsi and Arabi language these included; ‘Saanson Ki Khushboo..’, ‘Khwaja Mere Khwaja..’, ‘Faya Kun..’ amongst few others. They ended the programme with popular song ‘Dama Dam Mast Kalandar..’,During the program B. Kalita (MP and President Assam Pradesh Congress Committee), Mohd. Adeeb (MP), Ashok Tanwar (President Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee were present their to support this campaign. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSpeaking about the program General Secretary of Divine NGO Yash Sharma said “In the last 2-3 decades, we have witnessed drastic changes in the environmental scenario which is affecting us in many ways such as Global Warming, Earthquakes, Cyclones, Floods, Landslides, Depletion of Natural Resources etc. “So, we are very much concerned about our next generation with the big question,’ Are we going to leave anything behind for Gen-next?’ To address this question, we have designed a fresh campaign to create as well as enhance awareness amongst the masses and also to find and implement the necessary measures to slow down the degradation of the environment.” This campaign will also move to other parts of India.