General McChrystal keynotes event honoring student veterans

first_imgIn what is believed to be the largest gathering of uniformed students at the University since Winston Churchill spoke on campus in 1943, more than 170 Harvard veterans from all the service branches gathered at Cambridge’s Sheraton Commander Hotel Monday night (April 25) for a dinner honoring students who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. The keynote speaker was retired four-star general Stanley McChrystal (National Security Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, 1997)—“one of America’s greatest warriors,” according to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.Former commander of the U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan, McChrystal also headed up the world’s premier military counterterrorism force, the Joint Special Operations Command. “General McChrystal’s command crushed the heart of al Qaeda in Iraq,” said Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) midcareer student Major Robert Kinder, U.S. Army (ret.), a longtime McChrystal adjutant and friend, in his introductory remarks.The event, the third since 2007 held in honor of Harvard veterans, was hosted by the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership (CPL). Co-sponsors included the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Harvard Business School, the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust; the Sheraton Commander Hotel, Donald Dixon and his wife, Betsy; Georgette Mosbacher; and a Marine Corps, Vietnam veteran who wished to remain anonymous.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Gun Safety Bills Alongside Pittsburgh City Leaders

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Gun Safety Bills Alongside Pittsburgh City Leaders National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Safety Governor Tom Wolf today joined Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, city leaders and advocates in announcing a package of commonsense gun safety measures that will be introduced to Pittsburgh City Council Tuesday.The bills include an assault weapons ban; an accessories, ammunition and modification ban; and an adoption of Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs). Copies are available here of the legislation on assault weapons, accessories/modifications, and ERPOs.“I wanted to be here as a show of solidarity with those here and those across our commonwealth, all calling out for safer communities,” Gov. Wolf said. “Earlier this year, I signed the first major gun safety bill in decades in Pennsylvania. It was long overdue, but we still have a lot of work to do.”Gov. Wolf signed the domestic violence gun safety bill in October. The law includes additional safeguards to help protect victims of domestic violence, including prohibiting abusers with a final protection from abuse (PFA) order from possessing firearms and requiring them to turn in their guns to a law enforcement agency immediately while the order is in effect; eliminates the concerns about an abuser giving a gun to a family member or friend; requires a PFA to be served by the sheriff or duly authorized deputy sheriff; and allows for the time that an abuser is incarcerated not to be counted for the 90 days of a temporary PFA.Gov. Wolf also announced the allocation of more than $1.5 million in funding to eight Pennsylvania municipalities for the 2018 Gun Violence Reduction Initiative. The funding was awarded through a competitive solicitation as part of a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency program to provide municipalities with funds to implement strategies resulting in the reduction of gun violence in communities.He announced in October that $1 million had been awarded to Pennsylvania for over 70 schools to implement violence prevention programs through the Sandy Hook Promise, which was created after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.And he created, with Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a School Safety Task Force that issued a report with recommendations on how to make the state’s schools safe. In addition, the General Assembly allocated $60 million in the state budget via the School Safety and Security Committee for grants to schools across the commonwealth to address their unique school safety needs.The measures were announced today, the sixth anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre of 26 schoolchildren and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The city hopes that the bills will be signed by February 14, 2019, the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting of 17 schoolchildren and staff in Parkland, Florida.“We need to make more progress at the state and federal level and I will do all that I can do make that happen,” said Gov. Wolf.center_img December 14, 2018last_img read more

11 Crew Airlifted from Sinking Ship off Hong Kong

first_imgEleven crew members have been evacuated from a sinking cargo ship, identified as Hong-Tai 176, while underway in the waters of Hong Kong as tropical cyclone Pakhar battered the area.The vessel sent a distress call while en route some 64 nautical miles east of Hong Kong on Sunday morning, August 27, with 11 crew members on board, Xinhua reports citing the Government Flying Service (GFS) of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).Once informed of the incident, GFS sent a helicopter to the scene to rescue the distressed crew.When the aircraft arrived at the scene, the ship’s bow was reportedly already submerged into the water.As informed, 10 airlifted crew members were in stable condition, while one sailor sustained minor injuries. The rescue operation was hampered by strong wind, water swells, and poor visibility.The Chinese-flagged vessel sank shortly thereafter.Based on the latest update from the government, the cyclone Pakhar is moving away from Hong Kong.On August 27, the Hong Kong Pilots Association Limited said that the pilotage service will partially resume from 10 pm Sunday and will fully resume operations when weather conditions improve. The pilotage service was suspended as of August 26 due to the tropical cyclone. The Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal in Tuen Mun, the China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui and the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan have been reopened as well.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more