Gov. Wolf to Host Bipartisan Remembrance of Victims and Call for Action Event Against Gun Violence Tomorrow at the Capitol

first_img August 06, 2019 Gov. Wolf to Host Bipartisan Remembrance of Victims and Call for Action Event Against Gun Violence Tomorrow at the Capitol National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf will host a bipartisan event in remembrance of the victims of all gun violence and as a call-for-action after a weekend of mass shootings and a continued deaf-ear response from federal and state lawmakers to take up stricter gun laws.The event will be held at 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, August 7, in the Capitol Rotunda. Gov. Wolf will be joined by Sen. Bob Casey, members of CeaseFirePA, Moms Demand Action, multiple advocacy groups, legislators, and others to call on Congress and the state General Assembly to pass legislation that keeps guns out of the hands of those who are dangerous and may harm others or themselves.In a statement released yesterday, Gov. Wolf referenced the Tree of Life Shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue last year in addition to the mass shootings over the weekend and dozens of recent shootings in Pennsylvania cities as the most pressing reasons to take immediate action to reduce gun violence.“Over the past few months, my administration has been consulting partners and members of the general assembly on what more the executive branch can be doing to reduce gun violence and keep weapons from dangerous individuals,” Gov. Wolf said. “We want to ensure we are using the full weight of the executive branch to combat this problem.“This is just the start. We should be passing measures to reduce violence by combatting poverty and increasing opportunity for struggling communities. We should strengthen our hate crimes law and better target domestic terrorism and white nationalism. We should certainly invest in our mental health systems and combat the stigma and any barriers to seeking treatment.“But we cannot limit our action to any one of these problems, either. This crisis demands swift but comprehensive reforms. We know what we are doing now is not enough. The status quo is costing people their lives and robbing many Americans of their peace of mind and freedom to live their daily lives without fear. We cannot accept this violence and fear as normal. We must take action.”Various speakers, including a gun violence survivor, will join the governor in calling for action at the event. The event is open to the public. Those who wish to stand on the Rotunda stairs should arrive by 5 p.m.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Aquaponics: new ways to help reduce the OECS Food Import Bill

first_imgFood & DiningLifestyleNewsRegional Aquaponics: new ways to help reduce the OECS Food Import Bill by: – August 13, 2018 Share Minister Dean Jonas and distinguished colleagues inspect crop production using aquaponics(Press Release) — Tackling the region’s high food import bill and improving food security is increasingly being explored through aquaponics or the production of food that combines aquaculture (farming fish) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.This potential was highlighted by the recent visit to the Choiseul aquaponics facility and mobile desalination plant in Laborie in Saint Lucia by both the Hon. Dean Jonas, Minister of Agriculture of Antigua and Barbuda and Mr. Jedidiah Maxime, Director of the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries, and Barbuda Affairs.Minister Jonas said that while the OECS faced an unacceptably high food import bill, the region also faced an unprecedented opportunity to lead the way in aquaponics which needs 90% less land and water than agriculture but has the potential to generate 3 to 4 times more food than the latter.“While traditional farming will always remain the backbone of the OECS agricultural industry and is envisaged to expand with the support of enterprises such as the agri-shipping initiative, we must also expand investment in complementary food production techniques such as aquaponics and hydroponics where sometimes limited agriculture land tenure and space demand creative new ways of food production” said Minister Jonas.“An aquaponics industry can facilitate the rearing of fish for high value protein concurrently with green leafy vegetables, beans, peas, radishes, onions, herbs and other produce which as an import substitution measure can help reduce dependence on these foreign imports.“I commend the Choiseul facility for helping pioneer the important role aquaponics can not only play in driving economic activity but also in ensuring food security through the production of more eco-friendly, nutritious and high-value produce for local communities” said Minister Jonas.OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules said the Choiseul aquaponics facility was a model for the rest of the OECS to replicate for the highly efficient use of existing space for more economical food production.“Crops may be produced according to the interests of growers and local demand and notably production is generally more environmentally sustainable than traditional farming” said Dr. Jules.“Depending on market trends, crop production can be rapidly accelerated according to local, tourism and export demand.“There is also an opportunity for small holders and young people seeking a career in complementary agricultural technologies to enter aquaponics, both as a commercial venture and as way to produce food for local consumption.“However, public-private investments in the right frameworks of support and infrastructure will be required beyond present capacity and to this end we will also be seeking to engage our development partners further as part of an existing coalition of support to the OECS’s agriculture industry” said Dr. Jules. 157 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Jol praise for Pulis

first_imgFulham manager Martin Jol believes Tony Pulis should be admired for his physical style of football, despite describing Stoke as a “near rugby team” earlier this season. Jol made that comment in November after seeing his side beaten 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium. Ahead of Saturday’s return fixture Jol maintains his team had been bullied that day, but believes Pulis deserved credit, rather than any inferred ridicule, for it. “In that game yes. They tried to bully us,” he said. “It was annoying for me. That is what I told my players at half-time and in the second half they did it again, so nothing changed. They play a style which is probably difficult for any team to play against.” Jol added: “He (Pulis) feels that this is the way to do it and the way for him to be successful. I always admire that. I respect that. You have a lot of teams that have no style, in Europe for example. “They play 4-3-3, 4-5-1, 4-4-2 and they change their style all the time and I don’t like that. I like the people who make their choice and stick to their choice and hopefully they are successful with that.” Jol has made his managerial reputation by sending out teams intent on passing their way out of trouble. That has proved successful enough to ensure he has always finished inside the top 10 in the Barclays Premier League, during stints at Tottenham and Fulham. And while he admits he would not replicate Pulis’ style he bristled at suggestions it was an archaic formula for success. “I could try to play like that but I haven’t got the players,” he said. “It is English. I always would like to play organised football that is very attractive. You look at Stoke and their main purpose is to deliver. To get the ball into the box. But I can’t say that they don’t play. There is not many teams with this style left and that is why Stoke is quite successful.” Fulham were boosted on the eve of the match by confirmation veteran midfielder Damien Duff has signed a one-year contract extension. Duff, who has scored three times in 22 league appearances this term, will remain at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2014. Jol admitted the 33-year-old’s signature comes as a relief amid concern he could lose a chunk of his squad in the summer. “We have 11 people who are at the end of their contract (at the end of the season),” he said. “So we have a few problems.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford lead tired Clippers past Jazz

first_imgAs if to prove Doc Rivers’ assertion that it will take a little more time for the Clippers to recuperate from their recent schedule, they hardly had a spring in their step Saturday night.But they did have Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford.While their teammates tried to slog their way past Utah at Staples Center, the unrelenting Griffin pounded away and Crawford fired away to push the Clippers to a 102-87 victory over the Jazz.Griffin scored 25 points, getting his last bucket while being fouled and have his shot drop in after bouncing twice on the top of the backboard, and added 11 rebounds as the Clippers rebounded from an early seven-point deficit. “You can’t take a sigh of relief in the West, you just can’t anyway,” Rivers said. “I think our guys are pretty good there. Having said that, that doesn’t mean the fatigue doesn’t affect them. We have to still play through this. “Looking at the schedule, we’ve got to get through this stretch and get all the way through Miami and then we can start rebuilding our legs and stuff.”It took the Clippers a while to get their footing, especially against Jazz center Enes Kanter, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds through three periods. Kanter was starting only because Derrick Favors (hip inflammation) couldn’t answer the bell.But the rest of the Jazz could make only 14 of 46 shots.Griffin had eight points in the third quarter, when the Clippers began to get out on the run after being tied, 42-42, at halftime. Crawford scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half.The Clippers had six turnovers in the first quarter but only two in the next two periods. They even looked good on the stat sheet, but it took until late in the third for them to start to pull away from the patient Jazz.Rivers has noticed a drop-off in production, but a stretch of games that included nine in nine different cities has apparently taken its toll.“Oh yeah, definitely, but that’s natural,” Rivers said of the slippage. “When you go through a schedule you just went through, I guarantee you any team that goes through the schedule we went through you’re going to have slippage on both ends. You can talk about it, try to adjust to it, but that’s normal.”And there’s no time for a breather after returning home. The Clippers still have a trip to Denver on Monday, then return home to start a five-game homestand that begins with the Miami Heat on Wednesday.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal model Faye Dinsmore is certainly going up in the world.Ms Dinsmore splits her time between studying at Trinity College and doing fashion shoots for some of the world’s biggest labels including Ralph Lauren.But now Faye, who has more than 255,000 people following her on Facebook, is planning on giving something back. She is joining her sister Beth is climbing to the Mt Everest basecamp in aid of Suas educational development charity.The trek takes place from May 5th to 22nd when Ms Dinsmore finishes college. MODEL FAYE DINSMORE FACES UPHILL STRUGGLE THIS YEAR was last modified: January 1st, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Faye DinsmoreMt Everestlast_img read more