Governor Wolf Signs Bill Protecting Victims of Rape into Law

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first_img Bill Signing,  Government That Works,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 663, sponsored by Senator Randy Vulakovich, into law, which would enhance protections for victims of rape. Wolf also signed Senate Bill 678.Senate Bill 663, now Act 40, amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations) to allow a court to terminate the parental rights of a convicted rapist, thereby eliminating the abuser’s access to full, partial, or supervised custody of a child conceived by rape. The bill does maintain the offender’s obligation to pay child support even if parental rights are terminated.“This is an important fix to what was clearly an imperfect law and we can now ensure victims that their children are not punished economically because of a parent’s crime or placed in a potentially unsafe environment,” Governor Wolf said. “I applaud Sen. Vulakovich and bi-partisan colleagues in both houses for their efforts to get this done.”Additionally, the bill provides the victim with the opportunity to object to the termination of rights if she wishes to stay in contact with the child’s biological father.Senate Bill 678, also signed today, was sponsored by Senator Lloyd Smucker and is now Act 41. The legislation amends the defined term “grounds” for a school’s campus to include roads and bicycle trails and sidewalks that traverse or abut the land. The bill provides a legislative fix to a 2014 court decision that could have hampered the ability of any campus police to protect the health and safety of the campus and their students. October 01, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Signs Bill Protecting Victims of Rape into Lawlast_img read more

You ain’t seen a home in Stafford like this before

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first_imgMulti-level living.With the backyard facing the parklands, an expansive balcony on the top floor, and a deck on the lower levels, the home was built to embrace the breeze and the views. “We can see across to the northern suburbs of Brisbane and off to Moreton Island,” Mr Cox said. Take a look inside.FOR a street filled with weatherboard homes and old Queenslanders, the curved otherworldly home at 16 Longland St sure does stand out.The four-storey home was a passion project for its owner Peter Cox who bought the block of land last decade.The block overlooks a parcel of council parkland, so he wanted to build something that not only embraced the view, but did it in a unique way. The home was designed by a prominent architect.“I don’t know what style I would call it, maybe contemporary,” Mr Cox said.He hired a prominent architect to map out his vision, and the home was built in 2008.“It was exactly what I wanted,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThe home uses the block’s 401sq m space to maximum efficiency. Although it is technically four levels, two are split as ‘half levels’ with just five steps between the first and second floor and the third and fourth floor.Mr Cox said the layout was good for privacy, with it giving a strong sense of separation between the upper and lower levels.center_img Even the bathroom has a view.The curved and high ceilings and large windows also keeps the home cool all year round. “There is no airconditioning because there is no need for it,” Mr Cox said. He felt it would be the perfect house for an executive couple or a family with teenagers.It will go under the hammer on site at 6.15pm on Wednesday, March 28, through Harcourts Solutions.last_img read more

Managing director of largest Swiss pension fund to step down

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first_imgDieter Stohler, managing director of Publica, Switzerland’s largest pension fund according to IPE Top 1000 data, is to step down.The CHF40bn (€36bn) public pension fund this morning announced he had submitted his resignation with effect from the end of September 2020. He had given the extra advance notice to facilitate a seamless transfer of office, it added.Stohler became director of Publica, which is the pension fund for Swiss public servants and selected authorities, at the beginning of 2012. He joined from the pension fund for the city of Basel, which he had led as chief executive since 2000. Before that he headed the supervisory authority for foundations and occupational pensions for the canton of Basel-Landschaft.According to Publica, Stohler had expressed a desire to take up self-employment in order to carry out various roles in occupational pensions in Switzerland. Its board of directors expressed its thanks and appreciation to Stohler, saying that, since assuming his position as managing director, he had “optimised” the fund in various ways and, together with the board of directors, had “set an important course for the future”. Dieter Stohler, managing director of PublicaPublica also drew attention to numerous cuts it had made to the conversion rate and the technical interest rate during Stohler’s tenure at the pension fund, saying these adjustments had been able to be implemented “in a socially acceptable manner”.It also highlighted that administration costs per member had fallen by more than 20% since 2012 and that the pension fund’s information technology systems had been completely rebuilt.Stohler recently spoke to IPE about Publica’s perspective on UK assets against the backdrop of Brexit.Publica is organised as a collective institution and runs money for 20 pension plans, 13 of them open and seven of which are closed.last_img read more

Ferguson enjoys watching brief

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first_img “You have to say Manchester City are playing so well, there is no dispute about that, but the teams at the top at the minute must have a big chance. “Arsenal must have a big chance. Everyone keeps writing them off, saying they won’t last, but we’re into the second half of the season and they are still there. Then you’ve got Chelsea, Everton, Tottenham, who are starting to do well. “United always do well in the second half of the season, so we’ve got a fantastic league and we should be proud of that.” The former United manager, who departed after almost 27 years in charge last summer to make way for Moyes, has seen the Red Devils struggle to impose themselves in the title battle this season and get eliminated from both domestic cup competitions. Last season’s champions are crawling along in seventh place this time, six points outside the top four and a further eight points behind leaders Arsenal. Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced Manchester United can climb the Premier League table and insists he is enjoying watching David Moyes’ team. Ferguson says there is no limit to what United can achieve, but he concedes second-placed Manchester City are looking a major force as the campaign moves towards its crucial stage, and he also sees Arsenal as stayers in the race for silverware. “United can do anything. They have got that great philosophy and history, they will always do well,” Ferguson said. “I can watch the team whenever I want and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m going as a supporter now and instead of suffering with the team, I’m suffering or enjoying it with the fans. I’m really enjoying watching the team play.” The retirement of Ferguson and the transitional phase of former Everton manager Moyes moving into the top job at Old Trafford has been cited as a factor behind the United team’s regression. There have also been suggestions that Ferguson’s regular presence in directors’ boxes at United matches may not be helping Moyes to settle in, given plenty of focus continues to be afforded to the 72-year-old Scot. Yet Ferguson, named a UEFA coaching ambassador on Friday, sees the competitive nature of this season’s Premier League as a cause to celebrate, while holding out hope for a late United surge. “This year for the first time it really looks as if five or six could be involved (in the title race), so it’s a great Premier League,” Ferguson told Sky Sports News. “It’s still not an easy league to win. I think the English game is the most honest and is the hardest league to win in terms of the competition you face. You can lose to anyone. Press Associationlast_img read more

Wilson hails Wenger ‘minor miracle’

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first_imgArsene Wenger’s success as manager at Arsenal cannot be measured in trophies alone, according to former double-winning goalkeeper Bob Wilson. The Gunners are currently second in the Barclays Premier League, just a point off leaders Chelsea and through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup – although their European hopes look over for another season following a 2-0 home defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week. Wenger, 64, is understood to be close to agreeing a new deal to keep him at the Emirates Stadium. Despite all of his success at the turn of the millennium, Arsenal have so far not been able to add to their 2005 FA Cup triumph. The north London club have, of course, not stood still since then, reaching the 2006 Champions League final against Barcelona and twice beaten in the League Cup final, by Chelsea in 2007 and dramatically in the last minute against Birmingham three years ago. Wenger was labelled a “specialist in failure” by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in response to comments from the Frenchman over this season’s close title race. Wilson – who was part of the successful 1971 Arsenal side and later worked as a goalkeeping coach under Wenger for the doubles of 1998 and 2002 – has labelled those mind games as “despicable”, and feels the value of true success is not just all about silverware. “I look not only at Arsene’s great achievements when he first came,” said Wilson, whose Willow Foundation charity will host a London Football Legends Awards on March 6, where England manager Roy Hodgson is set to be among those honoured. “It is about what has happened since then, with (Arsenal) building a new ground and all the debt that incurred, but still getting in the Champions League. “Obviously you are going all that time without winning a trophy, which is now nearly nine years, but who has been winning things? “Yes, Wigan won the FA Cup last year, but you need to play well and have the luck of the draw, but if you are talking about the major things, being champions of your country and Europe, then it all becomes secondary. “Would you really rather say ‘well, we won the League Cup’, but then not be in the Champions League again next season? I personally wouldn’t.” Wilson told Press Association Sport: “What Arsene has achieved with the (financial) constraints of the new stadium move, is truly amazing. “We know Manchester City have a sheikh and Chelsea have an oligarch and have won things because of the money they have spent – Chelsea had not won the league championship for 50 years before Roman Abramovich arrived – but the Mesut Ozil signing shows the Arsenal board can now make a statement. “We now have to go into this area of paying £40million or £50million if you are really going to seriously challenge under a company run in a proper way against the bottomless pits (of wealthy owners). “So when you put everything into perspective in terms of the money and where the game is at, then to even be challenging this season, a point behind Chelsea with the way the club is managed, is a minor miracle and a great feather in the cap for this squad of players. “If Arsenal could win the league this year, then in my opinion that would be an achievement to rank close to the ‘invincibles’ season.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Victim ‘Emily Doe’ in viral Brock Turner sexual assault case comes forward

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first_imgThe woman who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner has come forward with her real identity and the release of a new memoir.For years, Chanel Miller was known in legal proceedings as “Emily Doe,” the woman assaulted while unconscious by the Stanford swimmer outside an on-campus fraternity house.“In newspapers, my name was ‘unconscious, intoxicated woman.’ Ten syllables and nothing more than that,” she told “60 Minutes” in an episode airing Sunday, Sept. 22.In 2015, Turner, then 20, was seen by two graduate students sexually assaulting the then 22-year-old Miller behind a dumpster on campus.Turner then tried to run away, but the two students detained him and called the police.Turner later admitted to having sexual contact with Miller but said it had been consensual.In 2016, a jury found Turner guilty on three charges, including assault with intent to commit rape and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object.Prosecutors initially asked that Turner be sentenced to six years in jail.But the Judge presiding over the case, Judge Aaron Persky, sentenced him to six months in county jail.In his ruling, the Judge said that the extended sentence would have “severe impact” on Turner.Furthermore, he did not believe Turner would be “a danger to others.”Turner served only three months of this sentence before his release.The case went viral following “Emily Doe’s” powerful victims impact statement, and gained more attention after the short sentence imposed by Judge Persky.In this clip, Miller reads her statement.The sentence sparked outrage nationwide with many arguing Turner’s privilege as a young white man played a role in the decision.Miller, too, was outraged by Persky’s sentence, which she referred to publicly as “gentle.”Judge Persky was recalled by voters in 2018, becoming the first judge in California to be recalled in since 1932.The book written by Miller titled “Know My Name” is scheduled for release on Sept. 24.last_img read more

Kim Jong Un Reportedly Makes First Public Appearance Since May 1

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first_imgKim had been out of the public eye for several weeks before he reappeared to mark the opening of a fertilizer factory on May 1, raising rumors about his health and possible surgery.However, South Korea’s intelligence agency claimed earlier this month that he was staying out of the public eye due to coronavirus concerns.Last week, Kim abruptly replaced his bodyguard and the head of North Korea’s spy agency, according to South Korean media. No reasons were provided for the actions. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly appeared in public Saturday for the first time in over three weeks to host a military meeting, according to state media reports.“Set forth at the meeting were new policies for further increasing the nuclear war deterrence of the country and putting the strategic armed forces on a high alert operation,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.The news agency released images of Kim speaking from behind a large desk to an audience of men dressed in military uniforms.Who would be the next President of the United States of America?— Kim Jong-un 김정은 (@ReaIKimJongUn) May 22, 2020last_img read more

Former tennis World No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska gives birth to baby boy

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first_imgWARSAW: Former tennis World No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska has given birth to her first child. Radwanska made the announcement on her Instagram handle and shared the first photos of her son Jakub. Her husband Dawid Celt, who was also Radwanska’s hitting partner during her days as a player on the WTA tour, also shared a photograph of the couple’s newborn son. “Jakub is already with us,” he posted on Twitter with a photo of a tiny hand. IANS Also watch: Moran’s Khowang Ghat Shut For 3 Days After Girl Tests COVID Positivelast_img

Zidane criticises Real Madrid’s lack of intensity in PSG defeat

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first_imgZINEDINE Zidane criticised Real Madrid for a lack of intensity during their 3-0 Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.Madrid were humbled at the Parc des Princes, where an Angel Di Maria brace and a late Thomas Meunier goal saw the Ligue 1 giants to victory in their Group A opener.Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema had efforts ruled out for Madrid, who fell to a PSG side  without Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.Zidane, whose team failed to record a shot on target, was unhappy with Madrid’s intensity in Paris midweek.“They have surpassed us in everything, especially what bothers me is the intensity,” the Madrid head coach told a news conference, via AS.“At this level, in this competition, it is complicated if you don’t enter the field well. They have surpassed us.”Zidane added: “They are good at creating chances. What has worried me is to see my team without the necessary intensity.“We know that the opponents were going to put a lot of pressure on us. We have almost never entered the game. We had only two chances and made two goals, but the VAR ruled them out.”Di Maria opened the scoring for PSG when the attacker beat Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at his near post in the 14th minute.However, Zidane refused to blame his shot-stopper – later beaten by Di Maria from 20 yards before Meunier’s late sealer – following the defeat.“We are all in the same boat. When we win, we all win. And when we lose, we all lose,” he said.“I don’t want to point at anyone. It is everyone’s fault when it is lost.”While Madrid failed to have a single shot on target in a Champions League game for the first time since Opta started recording the data in 2003-04, Zidane is unworried about his side’s ability to create.“I didn’t like not creating opportunities with the players we have on the field. It is what it is. We have almost never entered the game,” he said. “I am not worried. Normally we have occasions.”last_img read more

NPFL Invitational: Another Day of Drawn Games

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first_imgMatch-day two of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Invitational Tournament witnessed two entertaining games but ironically had no goals to show for the high quality football that was on display.In the first game, Kano Pillars drew 0-0 with Akwa United but it was the Sai Masu Gida keeper, Isa Danladi who stood between Akwa and goal. In one moment of bravery in the 38th minute, he pulled a double save first off Cyril Olisema before thwarting Musa Newman’s follow-up effort.When in the 73rd minute, Akwa managed to get beyond Isa, Amaechi Orji’s goal-bound shot was cleared off the line.While Pillars missed the cutting edge hitherto provided by their captain Rabiu Ali, Akwa’s trio of Aminu Nuhu, Christopher Lolo and Yenne Tenton bossed the middle of the park. It was a dominance that didn’t reflect on the scoreboard.At some point in the second half, the hosts were pegged back in their half and were only left off the hook by the referee’s final whistle.If the first game was thrilling, the second lived up to the high expectations given the star cast. CHAN Eagles and Plateau United ended it goalless.A game that pitted the defending champions against a selection of the best legs in the NPFL should be of high quality and this didn’t disappoint.What Pillars missed in Rabiu Ali was the CHAN Eagles’ gain as his deft touches and passes provided the needed incision from deep. But despite all the good football in the middle of the park, the attackers couldn’t break down opposing defenses.Eagles’ central defense pair of Olamilekan Adeleye and Kalu Orji were so hard on Plateau’s new recruit and last season’s NNL top scorer Tosin Omoyele that the lad made limited incursions into the box.Omoyele’s alertness and mazy runs caught the eyes and earned him a standing ovation when he was substituted but that was all. He never troubled Ikechukwu Ezenwa in goal for the national team. He was restricted to bursts from deep and wide positions.On the other end, Plateau United’s duo of Elisha Golbe and Salomon Junior kept Eagles forwards at bay.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more