• England beckons for trio of scholars

    first_imgBy now, most College seniors are beginning to contemplate their post-undergraduate careers, trying to decide whether to apply for grad school, launch a job search, or both.Not Rebecca Panovka and Bianca Mulaney.Both were recently selected to receive Marshall Scholarships, which typically cover two years of tuition, research, and living expenses at a British university. They will be joined in the United Kingdom by Yen Pham ’15-’16, who recently received a Rhodes Scholarship in her native Australia.Rebecca PanovkaThe Quincy House resident plans to spend a year at Cambridge studying intellectual history and political thought before moving to the University of Manchester’s Granada Centre to pursue a film degree.Panovka, who is working on a joint thesis in philosophy and English, as well as a documentary she shot in South Africa over the summer on a Harvard Artist Development Fellowship, has plenty of experience dividing her time between scholarly and creative pursuits. For her, the two types of work “feed into each other.”At Harvard, she has served as editor of The Harvard Book Review and The Harvard Advocate’s 150th anniversary anthology. She has also interned for The Paris Review, Radio Open Source, and two documentary production companies.But working as a research assistant for Professor Maria Tatar the summer after her sophomore year, she found herself drawn away from literary studies and toward intellectual history. “I realized I was interested in not just the texts and ideas I was studying, but the context in which they arose,” she said.The Marshall Scholarship left her shocked and thrilled. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I felt so incredibly lucky.”Even better, she said, was that Mulaney — the other Quincy House finalist, with whom she’d prepared for the interview — was selected as a Marshall Scholar the next week. “What are the odds?” Panovka said.Bianca MulaneyThe scholarship will give Mulaney the chance to pursue her interests at the intersection of economics and health — she plans to study at the London School of Economics for a year before shifting to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.“Through my experiences as an undergraduate, I have started to explore a few specific relationships: the contribution of health to economic development, and the economics of infectious disease, specifically the problem of antibiotic resistance.”The issue, which the World Health Organization has identified as one of the most urgent health threats of the next generation, involves both the prudent use of antibiotics and a question of economics, Mulaney said.“There are huge economic disincentives to pharmaceutical companies to develop new antibiotics. Antibiotics are cheap, and in most cases it’s inevitable that the drug will become ineffective with the evolution of resistance.”Another economic issue linked to antibiotics is agriculture. The drugs are often administered to livestock to prevent disease and try to accelerate their growth.“The interesting economic question is, how would the farmers’ productivity suffer if they were to stop using antibiotics, given the threat agricultural antibiotic use may pose to human health?” said Mulaney, who switched her primary concentration from molecular and cellular biology to economics so she could write her senior thesis on the topic.Mulaney first became interested in antibiotic resistance as a research intern in the Kolter Lab at Harvard Medical School. Later, pursuing health policy internships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and at the Wellcome Trust (for the U.K. prime minister’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance), she started to see how economic thinking and health issues overlapped.Outside the classroom, Mulaney is involved in an array of campus activities, including tap dancing. She is the co-president of the Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum and co-chair of the Quincy House Committee.Mulaney agreed with Panovka that the process of studying together — encouraged by Quincy House fellowships tutor Ruthie Ezra — was invaluable.“What was really wonderful was how supportive we were of each other,” she said. “When Rebecca found out, I was thrilled for her, and she still took the time to sit down with me in the days leading up to my interview and grill me with practice questions. This is a very high-risk, low-reward process … and I think we ended up being more successful because we worked together.”Yen Pham ’15/16 has been awarded an International Rhodes Scholarship. She is pictured by Robinson Hall at Harvard University. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerYen Pham, Rhodes ScholarWhen she heads to Oxford next year, Pham plans to pursue two degrees — one in contemporary literature and another in film aesthetics — with the goal of exploring a topic she takes personally: the literature of migration.“Migration has been a huge force in my life,” she said. “My parents were refugees from Vietnam, and I moved from Australia to the United States for college, so that’s been a governing cultural dynamic of my life. It’s something I’ve always been thinking about.”The issue gained a literary dimension when she read the Willa Cather classic “My Antonia” as part of a class on the American novel.“I felt there were surprising resonances between that book and my family history, even though it is about a Bohemian family in 1800s Nebraska,” she said. “That got me interested in this topic academically.”Her desire to study film, Pham said, grew from her belief that the medium is arguably the most powerful for modern storytelling.“I’ve spent a lot of time studying literature, but I think film is an extremely important means by which we tell stories today,” she said. “In some ways, it feels like the more immediate, visceral medium, and it has the potential to reach a broader audience.”Pham said she is eager to join the community of dedicated scholars at Oxford and delve deeper into her studies.“The reason I applied was because I was excited to join this community of people who are, first of all, very intellectually serious, but who are also interested in using their skills or research to improve the world in some way,” she said. “That is something that is very important to me as well.”last_img read more

  • Spiders to the rescue

    first_img“We seem to have lost a fang.” File that under things you probably don’t want to hear in a workshop about spiders.Luckily, the aforementioned missing fang was made of foam, and was used to help a group of local 8- and 9-year-olds learn about the anatomy of a spider. The students, who are part of the Gardner Pilot Academy’s after-school program, were at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston for a workshop titled “Spider Superheroes.”The program was created by Sarah J. Kariko, research director of Gossamer Labs LLC and an associate in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and it was adapted in collaboration with the Harvard Museum of Natural History. It was funded in part by a grant from Creativity Garden, a nationwide project of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, which is supported by the Walt Disney Co.“Spider Superheroes” teaches students all about spiders, and some of the remarkable things they can do. For instance, the students learned that some spiders can jump long distances, dance, live underwater, balloon through the air, change colors, and sometimes even be mistaken for jewels.Spider superheroes at the Harvard Ed Portal <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Local elementary school students visit the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston for a workshop called “Spider Superheroes.” Producer and editor: Joe ShermanThough many people fear spiders, the truth is that they’re far more helpful than harmful.Students learned how spiders help to keep insect populations in check, learned about their extraordinary sense of touch, and learned how some spiders spin strong, intricate, complex webs that they use to catch their prey — webs they never seem to get stuck in themselves.The class began with students discussing what words they’d use to describe spiders: hairy, pretty, stinky, bold, gross, big-footed, cool.Their task was to travel around the world in their imaginations and meet some spider superheroes along the way. Then they were to come back to the Ed Portal and design their own superhero who could help them solve a real problem — or a challenge — of their own choosing.,During their trip, they “met” pelican spiders, scuba spiders, beautiful peacock spiders, spiders that performed nighttime ballets, and even ballooning spiders that covered Charles Darwin’s ship, the HMS Beagle, with gossamer silk off the coast of Argentina in 1832.When their travels were complete, the students got closer to various types of spiders, but this time live and in their exoskeletons. They looked on, some in trepidation and some in awe, as Wendy Derjue-Holzer, education director at HMNH, positioned a live tarantula for students to view.“Does she bite?” one student asked.“Not unless you’re a cricket. Are you a cricket?” replied Derjue-Holzer.“Noooo,” they giggled.“Do you know what tarantulas really like? They like to use their fangs to make cricket milkshakes. They don’t actually eat the bug like you would eat something. They stick their fangs right into the cricket, inject digestive enzymes, and suck out all the juicy bits. Delicious,” continued Derjue-Holzer.Remarkably, none of the 30 students seemed squeamish or frightened by the spiders (though 8-year-old Jeffery Blanchard did say that his mother would be scared). The students picked up the spiders’ cases, studied their movements, and made drawings. Eight-year-old Sean Quirk desperately wanted to see the tarantula eat the cricket. Much to his disappointment, she — yes, the tarantula is a girl — didn’t comply.Students took their observations and got down to business designing their own superheroes to help solve a problem. Some students created spiders to help clean up litter, spiders to help construction workers lift heavy objects, and even spiders to help them with their math homework.Quirk created a spider superhero that would “stop bad guys by putting them in a chair and weaving a web around them to tie them up until the police came.” He designed this while watching to make sure he didn’t miss any cricket milkshakes.Gustavo Moreira, 9, of Allston, made a spider that helped people stop smoking by using its legs to break their cigarettes.“We are so fortunate to bring Sarah and Wendy and their ‘Spider Superheroes’ program to the Ed Portal. The students were excited to learn about spiders, a creature we all come into contact with on a fairly regular basis. I think that when they left the two-hour class they had gathered enough information to understand how valuable spiders are to the environment, and for many children fear was cast aside and replaced by wonder!” said Joan Matsalia, associate director of Harvard’s Public School Partnerships team.“I hope today’s class helped some [of the students] lose their fear of spiders,” said Keyla Veloz, a teacher who accompanied the class to the Ed Portal. “Some of the kids have been learning about insects in science class, so the timing for us was really very fortunate. It was nice to have them come and make the connections and build upon what they had been learning in class.”You can learn about spiders and see the tarantula yourself by visiting the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free to Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to noon and on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m., September through May.last_img read more

  • Workshops

    first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaTo help landscapers better bid on and estimate the costs of their jobs, the University of Georgia is holding a workshop March 12-13 in Athens, Ga. UGA specialists will discuss landscape installation, maintenance and software programs they’ve developed to make running a landscape business easier.Participants will learn how to use Excel-based cost estimating and bidding spreadsheets developed by UGA faculty. Day one will focus on landscape installation cost estimating using Hort Scape software. Day two will focus on landscape maintenance cost estimating using Hort Management software. The daylong workshops will start at 8:30 a.m. each day in Conner Hall room 202 on the UGA Athens campus. The cost is $150 for both days or $100 for either day. The fee includes breaks, lunch, handouts and copies of the software. For more information, call (706) 542-2861 or visit read more

  • Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund launches new Farm to Plate Initiative

    first_imgThe Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) announced today that is has officially launched the Farm to Plate Initiative, has named a 15 member Strategic Planning Process Team and has hired Kit Perkins as the Initiative s project manager. The Farm-to-Plate Initiative aims to bolster Vermont s food system by quantifying market potential and pin-pointing critical bottlenecks, especially in processing and storage infrastructure and distribution systems so that more of Vermont s agricultural products can be enjoyed by Vermonters and throughout the Northeast, said Ellen Kahler, Executive Director of the VSJF.  She went on to say that, A ten year strategic food system plan, which will be one of the main deliverables from this initiative, will help determine where future investments should be made, thereby leading to more jobs and overall agricultural economic activity.During the 2009 Legislative session, Representatives Chris Bray and Jason Lorber, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) and Rural Vermont collaborated to secure passage of legislation (Act 54) which called for the creation of a Farm to Plate Investment Program.  The ultimate purpose of the program is to foster economic development and job growth in the farm and food sector. While Vermont is a strong agricultural state, we still purchase 97% of our food from out of state at an annual cost of $2.6 billion, said Representative Bray, who serves on the VT House Agriculture Committee. As we rebuild our food system, we will not only keep more food dollars in Vermont and strengthen our farm economy, but because these dollars circulate locally, we will also strengthen our entire rural economy.Will Patten, executive director of VT Businesses for Social Responsibility, added, “The Farm to Plate Initiative is the culmination of a series of VBSR discussions with our business members and with agricultural leaders that concluded that agriculture in Vermont could stop the hemorrhaging of hard-earned dollars and become an engine of economic development. We are thrilled that the Sustainable Jobs Fund is going to quantify this opportunity for Vermont.”The VSJF also announced that is has hired Kit Perkins, formerly of the Intervale Center in Burlington, to be the Project Manager for this new initiative.  Kahler said, we are very excited to have Kit Perkins join our team as she has nearly 25 years of experience in planning and community economic development and a deep commitment to and passion for agriculture in Vermont.   Besides her 4 years at the Intervale (2004-2008), Perkins was a founding member and trustee of Sustainable Seattle, where she helped author the groundbreaking document, Indicators of Sustainability. From 1999-2003 she served as Vice President with New Ecology, Inc. in Cambridge, MA.  Perkins earned a B.A. in urban planning with honors from the University of Vermont and a Master of Urban Planning and Design from the University of Washington.A 15 member Strategic Planning Process Team has also been named to assist VSJF Staff and Researchers over the coming year.  They will serve as an advisory board of the Initiative, focusing on how best to engage the broader agricultural community to provide critical content to the ten year strategic plan.  Process Team members include: Roger Allbee (Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets); Marie Audet (Blue Spruce Farm); Stacy Burnstein (Castanae Foundation); Megan Camp (VT-FEED); Guy Choiniere (Choiniere Family Farm); Eric Clifford (Clifford Dairy Farm); Paul Costello (VT Council on Rural Development); Brian Dunkiel (Shems Dunkiel Kassel & Saunders); Amanda Ellis-Thurber (Lilac Ridge Farm); Bill Schubart (formerly of Resolution, Inc.); Will Stevens (Golden Russet Farm); Ryan Torres (VT Community Foundation); Steve Voigt (King Arthur Flour); Tom Vogelmann (UVM College of Agriculture & Life Sciences); Enid Wonnacott (NOFA-Vermont).Members were selected for their deep understanding of the food and farm sector in Vermont and not necessarily for their organizational affiliation.Recently, the Farm to Plate Initiative was included as part of the agenda for a national webinar hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “We re receiving tremendous support from Vermonters, and because of the webinar, we re fielding calls from California, Maine, and across the U.S.,” said Representative Lorber, who serves on the VT House Commerce & Economic Development Committee.  “Other states want to craft similar programs that create jobs and strengthen their Buy Local movement as well.” Rural Vermont sees the Farm to Plate Initiative as a critical component to our goal of food sovereignty for Vermont and economic viability for its farmers, said Brian Moyer, the new executive director of Rural Vermont. A smoother road for farmers to bring their bounty to market will create a more stable and vibrant economy. Historically, this has always been true.Funding for this initiative is being made possible through Vermont ARRA stimulus funds, the Vermont Community Foundation, anonymous foundations, the John Merck Fund, and the High Meadows Fund.Source: VSJFlast_img read more

  • Now That’s a Weird Bike

    first_imgKids in Chattanooga had the chance to pimp their bikes and build their ultimate dream ride over the summer as Houston-based artist Smitty Regula spearheaded Art Bike workshops in the Southern City. What’s an Art Bike? Imagine a cruiser with a flame thrower, and an antenna of stuffed animals. Imagine a bumper car bike. A dragon bike. A fish bowl bike. Regula helped a handful of school kids conceptualize, weld, and finalize their own dream bikes over the summer. Recently, the kids pedaled their kick-ass bikes through Coolidge Park in ‘Nooga. Check out the vid, and start thinking about what your personal dream bike would look like.last_img read more

  • Clips of the Week: Weekend Destination Profiles

    first_imgOne of the best things about living in the Blue Ridge is the quick and easy access to surrounding mountain towns and other regional destinations. Whether you’re looking to take off for a weekend on the Carolina coast, spend some time top roping in the Red River Gorge of Kentucky, or hunting down the next Appalachian mountain biking hot bed, there are no shortage of options within striking distance of your Blue Ridge home base.Figuring out which destinations are worthy of your weekend can be a daunting task, but we’re here to help take some of the guess work out of that process. Check out these BRO TV destination profiles in the Clips of the Week!BRO-TV: A Day at Looking Glass from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.BRO-TV: Kentuckybound from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.BRO-TV: Experience Bryson City from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.Best Mountain Towns of the Blue Ridge: Part IV from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.Best Mountain Towns of the Blue Ridge – Part I from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.last_img read more

  • Illegal Armed Groups Fight Over Border Control Between Venezuela and Colombia

    first_imgBy Diálogo December 18, 2019 At least 10 illegal armed groups from various political sectors are fighting for control of Venezuelan territory near the border with Colombia, reports from the Strategic Center for Homeland Security and Protection (CESPPA, in Spanish) — an institution of the Nicolás Maduro regime — indicate.In November 2018, CESPPA produced a detailed mapping of these organizations in the states of Zulia, Táchira, Apure, Bolívar, and Amazonas near the Colombian border, based on data provided by the Integral Defense Strategic Regions of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB, in Spanish).Venezuelan nongovernmental organization FundaRedes, devoted to promoting human rights and democracy, had access to the CESPPA report, which indicates the presence of three Colombian insurgent groups in Zulia state: The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the National Liberation Army, and the People’s Liberation Army (FARC, ELN, and EPL respectively, in Spanish). In addition, the report also identified Colombian criminal rings, such as the Clan del Golfo and Los Rastrojos narcotrafficking networks, as well as the paramilitary group Águilas Negras.Táchira is the state where the largest number of groups operate, FundaRedes said, adding that the CESPPA document indicates that Los Rastrojos, the Clan del Golfo, the Venezuelan guerrilla group Bolivarian Liberation Forces (FBL, in Spanish), and Tren de Aragua, a very violent Venezuelan criminal gang, operate in the area. The ELN is the group with the largest presence, with 700 members deployed in several municipalities throughout the state.According to InSight Crime, a U.S. research organization that specializes in security threats in Latin America and the Caribbean, these groups are behind the increased violence in the state, with frequent shootings and murders (33 victims of violence in October 2019 alone) to control human trafficking, narcotrafficking, and smuggling on the border.Javier Tarazona, president of FundaRedes, told Diálogo that the ELN controls a radio station and a magazine (Antorcha Elena) in Zulia and Táchira, and that according to their research it also recruits minors. Their activities, he said, include extorting ranchers and farmers and controlling the government’s program that distributes food at subsidized prices known as CLAP.David Smolansky, coordinator of the Organization of American States’ Working Group for Venezuelan Migrants, said that another profitable activity for criminal groups is controlling the movement of people and goods between Venezuela and Colombia through hundreds of unofficial border crossings. Smolansky said that the activity may yield up to $10,000 a day.According to FundaRedes, authorities detected the presence of the FARC and ELN in Apure, where they also control the CLAP program. The state is home to the FBL, but the group is splitting into factions, Tarazona said, with some members remaining close to the Maduro regime and others accusing him of betraying Hugo Chávez’s original project.In Bolívar and Amazonas states, where the gold mines of the Orinoco Mining Arc are located, FundaRedes said that the FARC and ELN (with more than 500 members) have joined forces to control mining resources.Tarazona warned that a large part of the FARC has withdrawn into Venezuela since their former leaders announced their return to the armed struggle in late August. “Now, they not only want to have armed men, but also to consolidate a parallel economy in Venezuela,” he said.Rear Admiral (ret.) Carlos Molina Tamayo, former FANB director of armaments who is in exile in Spain, said the Maduro regime has partnered with FARC and ELN leaders.“It’s clear that the FARC and the ELN have a safe haven in Venezuelan territory. They are partner forces. The only way to change this is to change the regime,” he said.last_img read more

  • 6 habits of highly successful savers

    first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With the utmost respect and honor to Stephen Covey for my very similar title (Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is on my recommended reading list), I’d like to talk about habits. Specifically, good saving habits that could put you in a position to retire on your schedule — early, if that’s what you want to do, or whenever you’re ready to exit the workaday world.1. Pay yourself firstHighly successful savers maximize their retirement plan at work, or they create one if they’re self-employed. Some self-employed people manage to put away more than $50,000 a year in a Solo 401(k). They also frequently enable and fund spousal IRAs, Roth IRAs and/or non-deductible traditional IRAs that convert to Roth IRAs.2. Practice frugalityMany successful savers grew up in households that clipped coupons, bought things only when on sale or used, and practiced group discount behavior (multiple families sharing things). They continued these practices as adults, mirroring their parents or even taking things to a higher level. continue reading »last_img read more

  • NFL Predictions Week 10: Neil Reynolds takes on Asmir Begovic and Phoebe Schecter | NFL News

    first_imgNeil Reynolds is back in the hot seat for NFL predictions in Week 10, taking on AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and Britain’s first-ever female NFL coach, Phoebe Schecter.Reynolds is of course representing Team NFL, while Schecter – who spent 11 months as a coaching intern with the Buffalo Bills from 2018-19 – is lending her talents to a Sky Sports team in need of points. Ravens @ PatriotsRavensRavensRavens 2:52 American football coach Phoebe Schecter discusses her coaching journey and time in the NFL with the Bills Week FiveRichard Graves 8Sky Rugby League 8Oli McBurnie 11 – Advertisement – NFL Network analytics expert Cynthia Frelund gives her Week 10 NFL predictions. Sign up to play NFL Pick’Em – Advertisement – Week TwoJeff Reinebold 15Warne/Hussain 10Anya Shrubsole 14 REYNOLDS PICKS: Ravens“I’m going with Baltimore in this game – a simple one for me – as, when the Patriots are having to dig deep to beat the Jets, it’s a worry.”SCHECTER PICKS: Ravens“I saw something which said the Patriots have a total of 16 players limited because of injury. So I have to go with the Ravens.“Plus, Lamar Jackson is amazing!”BEGOVIC PICKS: RavensMinnesota Vikings @ Chicago BearsMonday Night Football, live on Sky Sports NFL, Tuesday, 1.15am Bills @ CardinalsBillsBillsBills Buccaneers @ PanthersBuccaneersBuccaneersBuccaneers Week ThreeNeil Reynolds 11Golf Vodcast crew 10Thomas Bjørn 7 Week FourShaun Gayle 8NBA Heat Check 7Samantha Quek 8 American football coach Phoebe Schecter discusses her coaching journey and time in the NFL with the Bills REYNOLDS PICKS: Bills“Kyler Murray vs Josh Allen – this is a good one. I’m going to pick Buffalo to win on the road.”SCHECTER PICKS: Bills“I have to go with my Bills! It’s going to be a really exciting game though, because both offences can definitely put up points – I expect it to be high-scoring.“I feel like people still haven’t really bought into the Buffalo bandwagon, but they have been great on the road this year and I think that will help them going into Arizona.”BEGOVIC PICKS: BillsBaltimore Ravens @ New England PatriotsSunday Night Football, live on Sky Sports NFL, Monday, 1.20am Week SixRob Ryan 9Sky Sports Boxing 8Aaron Cresswell 7 Colts @ TitansTitansTitansColts Week EightJeff Reinebold 9Tamsin Greenway 6Darren Bent 8 NFL Network analytics expert Cynthia Frelund gives her Week 10 NFL predictions. Sign up to play NFL Pick’Em – Advertisement – Week SevenBrian Baldinger 10Caroline Barker 11Hannah Blundell 8 1:18 Dalvin Cook breaks free of the Lions defence to run in a massive 70-yard touchdown for the Vikings REYNOLDS PICKS: Vikings“I think the Vikings have found their formula; let Dalvin ‘Cook’. I’m going with Minnesota.SCHECTER PICKS: Vikings“This is an interesting one. Chicago is pretty solid against the run game, but Cook has been amazing this season, especially the last couple weeks.“I’m a big believer in momentum, and Minnesota have had two-straight victories, they’re on a roll right now.”BEGOVIC PICKS: Vikings“I’m also going with the Vikings as I don’t trust that offence of Chicago’s – it has looked stagnant, with a lack of ideas.“Minnesota are fighting hard after a slow start to the season – it shows that Mike Zimmer at the helm has created a really good, competitive culture.”Sky Sports NFL is your dedicated channel for NFL coverage through the season – featuring a host of NFL Network programming, a new weekly preview show as well as at least five games a week and NFL Redzone, you won’t miss a moment. Don’t forget to follow us on, our Twitter account @SkySportsNFL & Sky Sports – on the go! Bengals @ SteelersSteelersSteelersSteelers Philip Rivers and the Colts offence has been up and down during the 2020 season Philip Rivers and the Colts offence has been up and down during the 2020 season

  • Governor Wolf Calls for Gun Violence Prevention After New Jersey Attack

    first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Calls for Gun Violence Prevention After New Jersey Attack National Issues,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the gun violence in New Jersey that resulted in the death of a police officer and three innocent civilians:“The shooting in Jersey City is yet another heartbreaking act of gun violence in America. And now we’re learning that the murderer had a history of anti-Semitism. We must support those affected by this tragedy not just with thoughts and prayers, but with action that discourages hatred, especially anti-Semitism, and helps stop violence. And as we saw in the Tree of Life terrorist attack, hatred can drive violence, but the types of weapons used in these shootings are enabling mass murder. These weapons are putting innocent citizens and law enforcement at greater risk. It is past time for federal and state lawmakers to pass meaningful gun violence prevention legislation. We can do more to stop people driven by hatred or any other evil from being able to so easily kill so many innocent people.”center_img December 11, 2019last_img read more