SHARE Email Facebook Twitter After Texas Shooting, Governor Wolf Urges Lawmakers to Stop Delay of Gun Safety Measures National Issues, Press Release, Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – “It has been more than three months since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, yet state lawmakers have failed to pass any gun safety measures to my desk. Now, after another massacre has taken the lives of innocent kids, we must act.“In the coming weeks, I look forward to working with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to enact targeted measures to improve school safety. Our School Safety Task Force is nearing completion of its regional meetings and there is broad agreement on strengthening Pennsylvania’s Safe Schools initiative and providing better tools for law enforcement, schools, students, and parents to prevent violence. But this is no substitute from real action to protect all our constituents from dangerous individuals having access to firearms. We are failing them if we cannot protect them.“Senate Bill 501, which would keep guns from domestic abusers, has not been called for a vote in the House despite passing the Senate exactly two months ago today. Over and over again, we see a nexus between domestic abuse and access to firearms being a recipe for mass violence. This bill has broad support from victim, law enforcement, and gun safety advocates. Yet, despite public and private requests by my administration, this bill continues to be held up. House Republican leaders need to free this bill from committee and bring it to the House floor this week.“Over and over again, deadly mass shootings are committed with high-powered long guns. Yet, in Pennsylvania, these guns, including weapons of war like an AR-15, can be purchased in a private sale without requiring a background check by the Pennsylvania State Police. I continue to urge the House and Senate to close this loophole to reduce the likelihood of a known dangerous individual from getting access to these potentially deadly weapons.“I urge the House and Senate to expedite action on these bipartisan, commonsense proposals.” May 21, 2018
InternationalLifestylePrintTravel Missing flight ‘crashed into ocean’ by: – March 24, 2014 Standing sombre before the world’s media, Malaysia’s prime minister ended weeks of limbo with a brief statementMalaysia’s prime minister has announced that missing flight MH370 crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.Najib Razak said this was the conclusion of fresh analysis of satellite data tracking the flight.Malaysia Airlines had told the families of the 239 people on board, he said.The BBC has seen a text message sent to families by the airline saying it had to be assumed “beyond reasonable doubt” that the plane was lost and there were no survivors.There were 227 passengers on flight MH370, many of them Chinese.Relatives of those on board who watched the announcement at a Beijing hotel wept with grief, and some were taken away on stretchers by medical teams.Passengers’ relatives in China took in the news with a mixture of deep anguish and some angerFlight MH370 disappeared after taking off on 8 March from Kuala Lumpur.A big international search operation has been taking place in the southern Indian Ocean, along the southern arc or corridor of the plane’s possible route, more than 1,500 miles (2,500km) off the south-west coast of Australia.In the past day, both Australian and Chinese air force crews have reported spotting debris.The unidentified objects have been seen in separate parts of the vast search area, in some of the world’s most treacherous and remote waters.HeartbreakingThe announcement by Prime Minister Najib Razak came at a late-night news conference in Kuala Lumpur.It was based on new analysis by British satellite firm Inmarsat, which provided satellite data, and the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).The firms “have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth,” Mr Razak said.“This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”Mr Razak appealed to the media to respect the privacy of the families of the passengers and crew, saying the wait for information had been heartbreaking and this latest news harder still.Malaysia Airlines later said it informed the majority of the families in advance of the prime minister’s statement in person and by telephone, and that text messages “were used only as an additional means of communicating with the families.”The text messages read “Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived… we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”Selamat Omar, the father of a 29-year-old aviation engineer who was on the flight, said some family members of other passengers broke down in tears at the news.“We accept the news of the tragedy. It is fate,” Selamat told Associated Press in Kuala Lumpur.Fresh analysis methodsInmarsat had already revealed that it did indeed receive signals – automated “pings” – from the plane over its satellite network after the aircraft ceased radio and radar contact.Sources told the BBC that flight MH370 continued to ping for at least five hours after the aircraft left Malaysian airspace – which indicated the plane was intact and powered.And initial analysis showed the location of the final “ping” was probably along one of two vast arcs running north and south.On Monday, the Malaysian prime minister said Inmarsat had been able to shed further light on the plane’s flight path by performing further calculations on the MH370 data “using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort”.According to Inmarsat, this involved a totally new way of modelling, which was why it took time.The company told the BBC the new calculation involved crunching far more data and that engineers spent all weekend looking back at previous Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flights.They compared the satellite data from those flights with flight MH370 and were able to work out that it went south.As far as the engineers could tell, the plane was flying at a cruising height above 30,000ft, but its final position could not be pinpointed more clearly, says BBC Transport correspondent Richard Westcott.Inmarsat gave the AAIB the new data on Sunday, it said, which had to be checked before it could be made public.BBC News Share Sharing is caring! Share 64 Views no discussions Share Tweet
PANAMA kicked off play in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 win over host Honduras on Friday at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.Fidel Escobar scored the only goal in the 22nd minute, when his right-footed free kick from 22-yards out took a slight deflection off Honduras’ Romell Quioto before hitting the back of the net.Although other chances were hard to come by in the first half, both sides were more dangerous after the break and were unlucky to not generate additional goals.In the 57th minute, Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo produced two outstanding stops. He made a diving save off a Diego Reyes effort from the right side of the box and, seconds later, the 35-year-old custodian thwarted Alberth Elis at point-blank range.Blas Perez had an opportunity to double Panama’s advantage in the 57th minute, only to miss way wide of the near-left post despite being completely unmarked in the box.Honduras goalkeeper Donis Escober maintained his side’s hopes in the 65th minute. The Olimpia standout first blocked Alberto Quintero’s initial attempt and then dived at the left post to prevent the ball from crossing the line as the midfielder tried to slot home his own rebound.Elis had an opportunity to equalise in the 89th minute, but was unable to connect from the right side of the box.Panama returns to action on Tuesday by welcoming Mexico to the Estadio Rommel Fernandez, while Honduras will stay in San Pedro Sula for a visit from Trinidad & Tobago.(Sportsmax.comP
States Brace For SCOTUS: Calif. Exchange Marches On, Texas Mulls Next Steps In California, the state health insurance exchange is starting its work no matter the outcome of the Supreme Court decision while Texas officials consider their post-decision steps.California Healthline: Exchange Looks At Outreach, Focus Groups, By-LawsThe Supreme Court decision on the fate of the national health care reform law, expected this week or next, could have a significant impact on the work and purpose of the California Health Benefit Exchange. But that isn’t slowing the project one bit. Today, the exchange board meets to discuss some big agenda items: outreach, marketing, insurance coverage assisters and agents, the second phase of its establishment grant and yet another look at its bylaws (Gorn, 6/19).Texas Tribune: Texans Brace For Supreme Court’s Health Care VerdictAs the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on the Affordable Care Act, Texas officials, insurers and physicians are looking at potential outcomes that could keep health care reform in the spotlight for months to come. … No matter which decision is made, the state will continue to be involved in health care debates, said Attorney General Greg Abbott. If the law is upheld, Abbott said, there will probably be new lawsuits — both at the state and federal levels — concerning its other components. And if the law is completely struck down, both Congress and Texas will look for other legislation to address health care reform (Luthra, 6/18). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.