Gov. Wolf, Sen. Casey Honor Victims, Call for Action on Federal and State Gun Legislation

first_img August 07, 2019 Gov. Wolf, Sen. Casey Honor Victims, Call for Action on Federal and State Gun Legislation Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey were joined by legislators, representatives of CeaseFire PA, Moms Demand Action, religious leaders, and members of the public tonight to remember the lives lost to gun violence in Pennsylvania and around the nation, and to reiterate their urgent call to federal and state lawmakers for action on legislation for universal background checks and Extreme Risk Protection Orders.“Today is solemn one as across America, families are burying their loved ones,” Gov. Wolf said. “For those families, parents, children, siblings or spouses will not come home. And there is no undoing what has been done. We must tackle the use of gun violence. We must take guns out of the hands of people who will use them to kill.“We must prevent people who want to kill from buying guns that are manufactured to allow them to kill at a more rapid pace. We must do everything we can to ensure people are not planning to kill before we sell them guns and we must restrict access to the weapons that are primarily used – time after time – for mass murder.”Gov. Wolf has consistently urged lawmakers in Pennsylvania and D.C. to pass Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation, and the state’s General Assembly to mandate universal background checks through the Pennsylvania State Police on all firearm purchases. He also called on our partners in the United States Senate to pass House Resolution 8 and close background check loopholes at the federal level.“These are three concrete, verifiable actions that legislators can take today to reduce the number of graves being dug for gun violence victims,” Gov. Wolf said.“Far too often we come together to mourn the victims of gun violence and mass shootings in our communities, but enough is enough,” said U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). “We don’t have to live like this. Gun violence is a uniquely American problem and the first step to reducing gun violence is to pass universal background checks, limit the size of magazines and ban military-style assault weapons—among other measures. We must also confront white nationalist ideology and rhetoric that has inspired some of the domestic terrorist attacks that have happened in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. It’s time we hold accountable politicians who refuse to take action to reduce gun violence.”“Thank you, Governor Wolf, for urging action at the state and federal level to address this uniquely American problem of gun violence,” said Shira Goodman, Executive Director of CeaseFirePA. “There are many policy solutions that would make Pennsylvania safer, and we are pleased that this bipartisan effort to bring Extreme Risk Protection Orders to PA is being highlighted. We need Pennsylvania lawmakers to come together again to take strong, decisive action that will save lives. Pennsylvania voters are watching closely, and they are expecting swift action by the legislature.”“Gun violence is a multi-layered issue; whether the swift, disorienting blow of a mass shooting or the simmering, persistent public health crisis affecting cities all across this country,” said Julia Mallory, gun violence survivor. “Communities that wake up and never anticipate this magnitude of tragedy are not immune from tragedy. Now is the time for us to wake up and act. It will never be convenient or easy – as we know progress rarely is.”Sens. Anthony Williams and Tom Killion, and Rep. Todd Stephens joined the governor in support of swift passage of legislation.“For too long, the violence in our neighborhoods and cities has been growing,” Sen. Williams said. “In Philadelphia, mass shootings which are ignored by the media or belittled as ‘everyday crime’ have become a constant threat to residents gathering at family barbecues, basketball tournaments or church services. One-hundred ninety-three souls have been lost to homicide in the commonwealth’s largest city, with hundreds more injured, because we refuse to directly address the root causes of violence. I hope that the General Assembly can return to session soon to immediately begin working on combating these issues directly.”“America’s gun violence epidemic claims 100 lives a day,” said Sen. Killion. “Enough is enough. I proudly stand with Governor Wolf and lawmakers from both political parties who are fighting to enact commonsense legislation, such as a red flag law here in Pennsylvania. We need to end gun violence and save lives now.”“Whether we’re talking about suicides in rural PA, mass shootings at our places of worship or on the streets of our cities, the loss of one innocent life to gun violence is a tragedy we must work to stop it,” Rep. Stephens said. “Doing nothing is NOT an option. Pennsylvania is a diverse state but if President Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Lindsay Graham and Chuck Schumer can all agree Extreme Risk Protection Orders are an important tool against gun violence, we can too. We must enact Extreme Risk Protection Orders in Pennsylvania.”“I’m not under the impression that legislation is the magic pill that will cure the national health crisis that we face regarding illegal gun violence,” Rep. Harris said. “I do, however, believe that it is our moral duty to do what is in our power to preserve the lives and safety of our constituents using the tools that we have. For this reason, I urge that this body put our people first and return to session to address this plague.”“In the wake of the senseless shootings in El Paso and Dayton and in recognition of the 100 Americans who die each day from preventable gun violence, the Pennsylvania chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America expects the General Assembly to show bipartisan leadership and immediately pass the pending state Background Checks and ERPO/Red Flag bills,” said Marybeth Christiansen, Chapter Lead of Pennsylvania Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. “We know that we can reduce gun violence while respecting the rights of responsible gun owners. Our legislators know this as well. We expect our General Assembly to protect the rights of all Pennsylvanians. We deserve no less from those who represent us.”“The measures we talked about today are not the only ones I would support, but they represent a start,” Gov. Wolf said. “I will continue to work with the General Assembly to advance legislation to reduce community gun violence, including combating lost and stolen guns and straw purchases.“No one should have to live this way. We must do better; we can do better. It’s time to take back our communities. It’s time to take back our commonwealth. It’s time to take back our values.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Sapura nets $315M in new contracts

first_imgMalaysia’s Sapura Energy has recently secured five new contracts worth RM1.3 billion, or $315 million, in total. Apart from the usual work in the space of offshore oil and gas, the company has won a deal with the Australian Navy as well as its first contract in Egypt.In Egypt, Sapura Offshore has won a sub-contract from Pan Marine Petroleum Services Company, to install six new subsea pipelines in the Gulf of Suez for the Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (GUPCO), a joint venture between BP plc and Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation, the National Oil Company of Egypt.Works will be carried out in various locations in the Morgan field, with an expected total pipelay of approximately 57 kilometers.Also, Sapura’s drilling subsidiary Sapura Drilling Asia been awarded two new contracts. The first one is with ExxonMobil in Malaysia and is for the provision of its tender assist drilling rig, Sapura T-9 over a three year period at the Tabu field, offshore Malaysia.Sapura Drilling has also been awarded a contract extension by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd for the provision of semi-tender assisted drilling rig, Sapura Berani. The contract entails the drilling of nine wells at the Sumandak, Erb West and Dulang facilities, offshore Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia.Pipelines for Eni in Indonesia, Rescue system for Oz NavyIn Indonesia, Eni has awarded Sapura and PT Timas Suplindo JV a contract for Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation works of two 16-inch diameter offshore rigid pipelines from the Jangkrik facility to a future manifold near Merakes drilling centers.Works will be carried out at water depths of between 70 meters to 1400 meters. The total length of the pipeline system is approximately 95 kilometers. The scope of work includes design, fabrication and offshore installation of foreseen structures, deep water pipeline end terminations (PLETs) and in-line tee (ILT) systems for the East Sepinggan Block, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.In its first contract for The Royal Australian Navy, Sapura said its subsidiary Total Marine Technology Pty Ltd (TMT) has been awarded key roles in the Submarine Rescue Service contract by Phoenix International (Australia) Pty Ltd.TMT has been selected to design and fabricate a Remotely Operated Vehicle, including to design and supply the external propulsion and non-life support-related electrical and control systems as well as the Submarine Rescue Bell.The rescue system will be accepted into operational service in 2022 and will be one of four air transportable systems in the world. The ‘primary mission’ of the system is to deliver rescue capability to The Royal Australian Navy’s submarine fleet. The system will also be capable of supporting other submarine operating nations by means of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) standard escape hatch.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

Bear Causes 5-Car Crash in Florida

first_imgWhile bears have been known to cause problems for humans, they typically don’t cause traffic problems.But that’s what a black bear in Collier County, Florida did on Thursday when he decided to take a stroll on Interstate 75 during the morning commute.When a pickup swerved to avoid the bear, it set off a chain reaction that caused five cars to crash and a tractor-trailer to jackknife and overturn, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The multiple accidents resulted in a several-mile backup and a lot of late employees.Three people were injured in the melee, one of them seriously. The bear didn’t survive.last_img read more

ISU dismisses claims American skater Mariah Bell deliberately injured South Korean rival

first_imgHowever, the ISU says there is no evidence of any intention on behalf of Bell, while rejecting claims a formal complaint had been received.”The incident was verbally reported to the ISU by the Korean team leader, however no formal complaint has been received,” the governing body said in a release. “Based on the evidence at hand at this point in time, which includes a video, there is no evidence that Ms. Bell intended any harm to Ms. Lim.”The ISU met with delegates from both USA and Korea and urged both parties to find an amicable solution. The ISU maintains that this remains the appropriate approach.” Bell was alleged to have kicked out at the 16-year-old Lim, cutting her leg, as they prepared for the women’s short program on Wednesday. The International Skating Union (ISU) has dismissed suggestions South Korean skater Lim Eun-soo was deliberately injured by rival Mariah Bell.In scenes reminiscent of Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan in 1994, reports emerged on Thursday that Bell had hurt Lim during a warmup at the World Championships in Japan.last_img read more