Gov. Wolf Signs Three Bills to Protect Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Bill Signing,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf, joined by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, bill sponsors Reps. Mark Rozzi, Todd Stephens, and Jim Gregory; legislators; advocates and survivors of childhood sexual abuse, signed three bills that mirror the Grand Jury’s recommendations after its investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.“After tireless and passionate work on the part of so many, especially countless brave victims, these bills will today become law, and victims of one of the most unimaginable forms of abuse will receive the support and rights they deserve,” Gov. Wolf said. “And while we celebrate the monumental victory of many survivors of childhood sexual abuse finally receiving their opportunity for justice, we must continue pushing forward until every survivor, of every age, has the chance to tell his or her story.”“These reforms fundamentally change our justice system and will protect generations of children who experience abuse from this day on,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “While we still must address justice for those survivors who made this day possible, seeing this progress gives me hope that bravery and activism will win over entrenched interests and powerful institutions.”Gov. Wolf signed these bills:House Bill 962, sponsored by Rep. Mark Rozzi, abolishes Pennsylvania’s criminal statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse and extends the timeline victims have to file civil action against their abusers; extends civil statute of limitations for victims age 18-24 until the age of 30; extends the criminal statute of limitations for criminal proceedings for victims age 18-24 for 20 years; and provides counseling services for victims of sexual assault via the Crime Victims Compensation fund through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.House Bill 1051, sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens, increases penalties for failure to report child abuse by a mandated reporter.House Bill 1171, sponsored by Rep. Tarah Toohil, makes conversations with law enforcement agents exempt from non-disclosure agreements.“This year, I worked directly with House and Senate leadership to craft legislation to get statute of limitations reform over the finish line, given the political dynamic here in Pennsylvania,” said Rep. Mark Rozzi. “While my House Bill 962 provides for prospective reforms, House Bill 963, offered by Rep. Jim Gregory, puts the retroactive window before voters in the form of a constitutional amendment. As we approach Thanksgiving, I am personally grateful to Governor and Mrs. Wolf for their compassionate support of our efforts to help all victims of childhood sexual abuse.”“I want to thank the governor for signing my legislation, so the law is crystal clear,” Rep. Todd Stephens said. “Anyone who knows of ongoing child abuse and fails to act will face harsh penalties under the law.”“There are survivors of childhood abuse out there with these non-disclosure agreements who believe they are still unable to come forward. Many of them have been silenced for decades,” said Rep. Tarah Toohil. “It is clearly stated in the new law that these survivors are able to provide information to law enforcement regarding their abuse, even if such an agreement is in place.”In addition to the bill signing, the governor lent his support to House Bill 963, sponsored by Rep. Jim Gregory, which amends the Pennsylvania constitution to create a two-year revival window in which victims can file civil charges in old cases. This piece of legislation must pass two consecutive legislative sessions before it goes on the ballot for voters to determine if the constitutional amendment will take place.“From my first meeting with the governor, I realized he was going to pay full attention to my efforts, but only through dedicated time and effort did this happen,” said Rep. Gregory. “I’m very pleased to work with the governor to respond to the four Grand Jury recommendations in a helpful way for all victims – past and future.” Gov. Wolf Signs Three Bills to Protect Victims of Childhood Sexual Abusecenter_img November 26, 2019last_img read more

High rents and low vacancies attract developer

first_imgFull height sliding doors lead on to the balcony, which has been designed to optimise aspect and views while also affording privacy and solar control.Each apartment features airconditioning to living spaces and all bedrooms, ceiling fans in bedrooms, plenty of storage space, a separate laundry with dryer, LED ceiling lights, a screened and private balcony, and secure basement car parking.Where possible, Curio will incorporate overhangs, deep recesses and screening.“These not only add interest to the facade, they also minimise the impact of heat gain from direct sunlight while still allowing ample natural light to penetrate deep within the building,” Mr Monahan said.A two-bedroom apartment starts from $475,000, with three bedroom apartments from $601,000.The median sales price for a unit in Mount Gravatt is $450,000, according to CoreLogic.Units are securing, on average, $440 a week from renters, compared to $400 a week for a house. The average age of an Upper Mount Gravatt resident is 32. Curio by Mosaic will be built at Mount GravattApartments in Upper Mount Gravatt are commanding higher rents than houses – a fact not lost on Mosaic Property Group.The developer has launched Curio by Mosaic, a seven-level residential complex of 42 architect-designed apartments. Curio by MosaicMosaic Property Group managing director Brook Monahan said Upper Mount Gravatt was shaping up as one of Brisbane’s most sought after residential locations.“Just 10.5km south of the CBD, Upper Mount Gravatt is earning a reputation as a highly sought-after, city-fringe location thanks to increases in median rental rates and consistently low vacancy rates,” Mr Monahan said. “Young, working professionals seeking access to employment, lifestyle and educational facilities are drawn to the area and their dwelling choice is typically apartments given their low maintenance nature.”center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago Curio by Mosaic will be just seven minutes’ walk to the recently upgraded Westfield Garden City, and will offer an easy commute to the city via the Southeast Busway.It will be close to Griffith University’s Mt Gravatt and Nathan campuses and less than one kilometre from cafes, restaurants, eateries and fitness and sporting facilities.Mr Monahan said the apartments delivered low-maintenance living for the discerning owner-occupier or savvy investor.“They are spacious residences with a level of finish not normally associated with apartments in this price range,” he said.“Curio delivers practical, elegant comfort in a location that is unrivalled for convenience, amenities and quality of life.”The airy and light-filled apartments boast large, open-plan living spaces flowing to the generous and private balconies, beautifully appointed kitchens with quality appliances and luxurious bathrooms with contemporary finishes.last_img read more

D’Tigress star backs Nigeria to surprise the world at Tokyo 2020

first_imgD’Tigress and Butler Bulldog women basketball club guard Upe Atosu remains confident Nigeria prove doubters wrong at this year’s Olympic Games after their performance at the just-concluded Olympic qualifying tournament. Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Did You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices? “I’m super excited that we the D’Tigress will be there and with the ranking so far we deserve and I know that at the Olympics, we are going to shock the world.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also: FIBA Ranking: D’Tigress rise to 14 after sealing Olympic ticket“I’m super excited for these girls you know they’ve been committed, determined, they’ve been hard working and it has actually paid off. It has been a long time that the D’Tigress team made the Olympics and been in this coming Olympics 2020. A performance  that saw Nigeria make huge progress in the latest FIBA world ranking.Advertisementcenter_img Speaking on BrilaFM,  Atosu expressed delight at Nigeria’s return to the Olympics basketball women event after missing back to back editions. Loading… She further commended her colleagues for getting the job done as they look forward to cause more surprise at Tokyo 2020 Olympics.last_img read more

NegOcc’s 10 most gender-responsive LGUs feted

first_imgLizares-Si, meanwhile, noted that theawardees were among the LGUs that participated in the “GeRL Ka Ba?”self-assessment conducted earlier this year.  “The tenacity of Filipino women cannot beignored. Filipino women are among the best workers in the world — disciplined,skilled and intelligent, making them an indispensable force in the workplaceand in whatever industry they are in,” the governor said. The awardees in the City Categoryincluded the cities of Bago, Sagay, San Carlos, Escalante, and Himamaylan. Lacson in his message assured thecouncil of the provincial government’s support for initiatives aimed to empowerNegrense women. “These LGUs have been activelyparticipating in PCW activities in the past three years,” she said. (With a report from PNA/PN)center_img BACOLOD City – Ten local government units (LGUs) in Negros Occidental,considered as the most gender-responsive, were recognized by the ProvincialCouncil for Women (PCW) during its midyear assembly last week. In the Municipal Category, Hinobaan ledthe pack with Pontevedra, Ilog, Don Salvador Benedicto, and Binalbagan. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and PCWchairperson Andrea Lizares-Si led the awarding of the plaques to therecipient-LGUs.last_img read more

Zeitner collects top IMCA Modified cash at midweek Winter Nationals show

first_imgSOMERTON, Ariz. (Feb. 9) ­– Nebraskan Justin Zeitner was the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modi­fied main event winner at Cocopah Speedway’s midweek Winter Nationals show.Zeitner captured the $1,000 checkers from his outside row one start Tuesday night, taking the lead on the first of 25 circuits and staying in front through a series of cautions.The first-time feature winner and new Fast Shafts All-Star ballot qualifier took the checkers ahead of Tim Ward, Nick Deal, Tony Wedelstadt and R.C. Whit­well.“I got a pretty good jump at the start and it was smooth sailing,” said Zeitner, who won in the GRT ride that was displayed on Manufacturers’ Row at last September’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. “It’s feels pretty good to have won that race and it’s pretty cool to be on the All-Star ballot.”“I’m proud of what I did but it was more for the people back home,” he continued. “I’ve got a lot of people behind me and it was neat to see all the posts on Facebook.”Total car count for round three of Winter Nationals was nearly 90 with 49 Modifieds entered from 13 states and Canada. Ten states were represented in the feature.Pole starter Jon Courchaine was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner, with eighth starting Andrew Altenburg and Greg Wichman in tow.Levi Kiefer raced from seventh starting to win the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Aus­tin Frye was second and Chris Toth third.Bob Horton collected his second IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win in three Winter Nationals starts. Scott Shaw and Jason Beshears rounded out the top three.All four divisions return to Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13 cards at Cocopah. Modifieds vie for another $1,000 top check on Friday and for $3,000 on Saturday.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Justin Zeitner; 2. Tim Ward; 3. Nick Deal; 4. Tony Wedelstadt; 5. R.C. Whitwell; 6. Mike Jergens; 7. Ethan Dotson; 8. Brett Simala; 9. Shawn Strand; 10. Lance Mari; 11. Brian Mul­len; 12. Dylan Smith; 13. Johnny Sheets; 14. Scott Sluka; 15. Steve McCollough; 16. Jerry Phil­lips; 17. Marlyn Seidler; 18. Anthony Roth; 19. Bobby Horton; 20. Hunter Marriott; 21. Paul Stone; 22. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 23. Brian Schultz; 24. David Murray Jr.Stock Cars – 1. Jon Courchaine; 2. Andrew Altenburg; 3. Greg Wichman; 4. Tony Hill; 5. Race Fisher; 6. Manny Baldiviez; 7. Jimmy Davy; 8. Jody York; 9. Steven Kihle; 10. Steven Daffern; 11. Joe Haines; 12. Rick Hibbard; 13. Thomas Daffern; 14. Rob Krull; 15. Joey Essary; 16. Aaron Corley.Northern SportMods – 1. Levi Kiefer; 2. Austin Frye; 3. Chris Toth; 4. Timmy Reese; 5. Kyle Smith; 6. Gary Dutton; 7. Miles Morris; 8. Corey Clayton; 9. Adolfo Noreiga; 10. Thomas Harrison; 11. Dennis Gates; 12. Crystal Hemphill; 13. James Dupre; 14. Wayne Dotson; 15. Joshua Cor­dova.Hobby Stocks – 1. Bob Horton; 2. Scott Shaw; 3. Jason Beshears; 4. Aaron Norman; 5. Harvey Quinn; 6. Leonard Manos; 7. Brent Wofford; 8. Francisco Cordova; 9. Jim Robinson.last_img read more

Remy reveals big-club ambition

first_img Press Association The 27-year-old France striker is currently on loan at Newcastle from QPR, and the Magpies are desperate to complete a permanent deal at the end of the season. However, the former Marseille frontman has ambitions to perform at the highest possible level one day. Loic Remy has revealed his dream of playing for one of Europe’s biggest clubs before the end of his career. center_img He told France Football: “Nowadays, without being pretentious, I might be able to play for a bigger club, a top-five European club. “I do not know… Yes, I will be part of the European top five, or I will be part of a very large club. I’m sure of what I can do. I can still be much better.” Remy has scored 13 Barclays Premier League goals for Newcastle so far this season, including one in each of the two games in which he has appeared since returning from a three-match ban. He joined the Magpies on a season-long loan deal in August last year following QPR’s relegation to the Sky Bet Championship. However, he might have arrived at St James’ Park some seven months earlier with Alan Pardew having tried to sign him before he headed for Loftus Road instead. Remy eventually joined the Tyneside club with an allegation of rape hanging over his head. The case against he and two other men was dropped last month, but Remy, who denied the accusation, admits the uncertainty put off many potential suitors and, in the circumstances, he is grateful for Newcastle’s support. He said: “At QPR, during the first half of 2013, I had a good six months. But this story cooled a lot of clubs. “I had the chance to come to Newcastle – a great club that I thank. They supported me a lot in this case. The verdict was a great weight lifted.” last_img read more

The Latest: NASCAR’s Spencer Davis tests positive for virus

first_img___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: NASCAR’s Spencer Davis tests positive for virus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___NASCAR driver Spencer Davis says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Friday night’s Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. August 6, 2020center_img Davis said he tested positive Thursday and his team’s entry has pulled out of the Michigan race. “I support the protocols in place by the CDC and NASCAR and plan on taking the correct steps to come back to the track,” Davis said. Davis is 18th in the Truck Series standings after nine races. His best finish this season was 12th at Las Vegas in February.Davis is the second full-time NASCAR driver in the sport’s top-three national divisions to receive a positive coronavirus test. Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson tested positive in July and missed one race, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NASCAR does not test for COVID-19. Davis got the test on his own. Associated Press last_img read more

Lakers expect Nick Young out 2-4 weeks with strained calf muscle

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error CHICAGO >> Lakers guard Nick Young will be sidelined for two to four weeks after an MRI taken on Wednesday revealed a strained calf muscle in his right leg.The Lakers (9-10) will miss Young, beginning with tonight’s game against the Chicago Bulls (10-6) at United Center. Young has had a resurgent season thus far under first-year coach Luke Walton by averaging 14.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting in 26.4 minutes as a starter. It does not help that Lakers starting point guard D’Angelo Russell is sidelined for at least another week while rehabbing his sore left knee.But Young’s injury did not turn out as serious as initially feared. The MRI revealed no structural damage to his leg. Young was originally diagnosed with a strain to his right Achilles tendon after landing awkwardly on his right foot in the opening minutes of the Lakers’ 105-88 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday at Smoothie King Center.While veteran guard Jose Calderon has started in Russell’s place in six of the past seven games, Young’s absence could either spur Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams or even Marcelo Huertas to the starting lineup. Clarkson has averaged 15.1 points on 45 percent shooting in 27.8 minutes off the bench, while Williams has posted 16.6 points on a 45.6 percent clip in 23.5 minutes as a reserve. Though Clarkson and Williams lead the Lakers’ in bench scoring, Walton could start seldom-used Huertas for various reasons. Though Huertas has averaged 1.1 points on 25 percent shooting and 2.3 assists in 8.4 minutes through seven appearances, the Lakers like his ability to run a balanced offense. Walton also has been reluctant in breaking up the team’s reserves unit since it leads the NBA in scoring (52.4).last_img read more

Where is ‘College GameDay’ this week? Location, schedule, guest picker for Week 13 on ESPN

first_imgWho will represent the Big Ten East in the conference title game? That answer may very well be answered on Saturday when No. 9 Penn State visits No. 2 Ohio State for the “College GameDay” game of the week.With a win, the Buckeyes could win the East outright; should the Nittany Lions win, they would need only to down a moribund Rutgers the following week team to claim the divisional title. Easier said than done, however; Ohio State is an 18.5 point favorite on the strength of its nation-leading scoring offense (51.5 points per game) and defense (9.8 ppg). ESPN typically announces its next “College GameDay” location every Monday. Potential locations include …No. 2 Ohio State at No. 12 Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.)No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 22 Oklahoma State (Stillwater, Okla.)No. 5 Alabama and No. 16 Auburn (Auburn, Ala.)No. 14 Wisconsin at No. 11 Minnesota (Minneapolis)WeekMatchupLocationGuest PickerCorso’s HeadgearOutcome0Miami at No. 8 FloridaOrlando, Fla.Michael IrvinGators24-20 Florida1No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 16 AuburnArlington, TexasBo JacksonDucks27-21 Auburn2No. 6 LSU at No. 9 TexasAustin, TexasMatthew McConaugheyTigers45-38 LSU3No. 20 Iowa at Iowa StateAmes, IowaEric ChurchCyclones18-17 Iowa4No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 GeorgiaAthens, Ga.JeezyBulldogs23-17 Georgia5No. 5 Ohio State at NebraskaLincoln, Neb.Gabrielle UnionBuckeyes48-7 Ohio State6No. 7 Auburn at No. 10 FloridaGainesville, Fla.Emmitt SmithGators24-13 Florida7No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSUBaton Rouge, La.John GoodmanTigers42-28 LSU8No. 16 Michigan at No. 7 Penn StateUniversity Park, Pa.Lara SpencerNittany Lions28-21 Penn State9No. 1 NDSU at No. 3 SDSU (FCS)Brookings, S.D.Pat McAfeeBison23-16 NDSU10No. 15 SMU at No. 24 MemphisMemphis, Tenn.Jerry LawlerMustangs54-48 Memphis11No. 1 LSU at No. 2 AlabamaTuscaloosa, Ala.Justin ThomasTigers46-41 LSU12No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 12 BaylorWaco, TexasChip and Joanna GainesBears34-31 OklahomaWho is the guest picker on ‘College GameDay’ for Week 13?”GameDay” has yet to announce its picker, but potential guests include noted Buckeyes fan LeBron James and comedian Richard Lewis.Oklahoma at Baylor oddsSportsbook Review has Ohio State listed a 18.5-point favorite over Baylor. Both of SN’s Bill Bender and Zac Al-Khateeb have predicted a Buckeyes victory: 34-17 by Bender and 38-24 by Al-Khateeb. Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford will need to have a near-perfect game against Ohio State’s defense, finding ways to distribute the ball to both running back Journey Brown and receiver KJ Hamler. That will be difficult with Ohio State defensive end Chase Young returning from a two-game suspension. On the other side of the ball, can Penn State defensive ends Yetur Gross-Matos and Shaka Toney keep quarterback Justin Fields and running back J.K. Dobbins out of the end zone?We’ll find out on Saturday. Until then, here’s everything you need to know about “College GameDay” as it visits Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.MORE: College Football Playoff updated rankingsWhere is ‘College GameDay’ location for Week 13?Location: Columbus, OhioMatchup: No. 9 Penn State at No. 2 Ohio StateThis will be the 19th time Columbus hosts “GameDay.” Penn State has been the visiting team on six such occasions, with the Buckeyes claiming a 5-1 record against the Nittany Lions. Overall, Ohio State is 13-5 when hosting “GameDay.”‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPNTV channel: ESPNStart time: 9 a.m. ETThe “College GameDay” crew of Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Rece Davis and Desmond Howard will preview Week 13’s college football action live from Columbus. The game will be broadcast on ABC with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more

PNG women netballers finish unbeaten

first_imgWith three consecutive wins against Samoa and a drubbing of Solomon Islands and Tonga, they have put themselves in medal contention.PNG will be playing the second placed team in Pool –A.The official quarter finals draws are yet to be released by the games organizers but Loop PNG understands that PNG will play Cook Islands and Fiji will meet Samoa on Friday.The winners of both matches will meet in the gold and silver play offs and the losers get a chance in the bronze medal challenge.The Pacific Games medal play off will be played on Saturday.But the netball competition continues today after lunch with Vanuatu playing two matches. Vanuatu meet Tonga (1pm) and then go against Solomon Islands at 7pm at the PNG Power Dome.last_img read more