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

AP4 joins shareholder rejection of VW offer for Scania

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first_imgThe German automotive group also owns MAN, a rival truck manufacturer to Scania, and has steadily increased its holding in the Swedish firm looking to complete a merger of the two.After its final move to acquire complete control, Scania’s independent committee provided its verdict which rejected any takeover offer valued at SEK200.This led fellow institutional shareholders, Swedish pension provider AMF, which owns around 0.8% of Scania, and asset manager Skandia, to turn down the offer.In a statement, AP4 said it fully backed the committee’s findings.“AP4 is fully aware that there is a risk that the Scania share price may fall in the short term if the offer is withdrawn by Volkswagen.“Our belief is however that the Swedish senior citizens who are the main principals of AP4, in the long term will benefit if Scania remains as an independent listed company.”When it rejected the offer, AMF said that VW’s lack of focus on long-term potential was counter to its mission as a long-term investor.“Our conclusion is based on both external and internal analysis. Particular emphasis has been placed on the independent committee’s recommendation because of their deeper insight in Scania and the company’s business plan,” said Anders Oscarsson, AMF’s head of corporate governance.“We are well aware of the risk of a short-term stock market reaction if the bid as a whole is not accepted, but our view is that the offer of SEK200 do not meet the company’s long-term value.”Skandia echoed these sentiments, suggesting the committee’s conclusion was in line with its own house view.The rejection is an issue in a long line of clashes between VW and Scania’s smaller shareholders.In February, the trio of institutional investors and Swedbank Robur took steps against the German manufacturer after it shut out minority shareholders.The group claimed the VW was using its influence, and 88% voting right, to reduce shareholder rights and take control of the board. Swedish buffer fund AP4 has joined a list of institutional investors rejecting Volkswagen’s offer for truck manufacturer Scania.AP4 said it was following the recommendation of the independent board committee at Scania, which advised investors to reject the SEK200 (€22.30) per share offer, as it did not reflect the long-term fundamental value of the firm.The fund currently owns around 0.65% of the firm, compared to VW’s 62.6% holding.Scania has been embroiled in a controversial battle between VW and its remaining shareholders for some time.last_img read more

Irish pension funds voice ‘frustration’ at regulatory delays

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first_img“Practically speaking, items on the public agenda often come to an abrupt halt over the summer months, but we cannot afford to let this happen.” Irish policymakers should “not to take their foot off the gas” regarding pension system reforms to ensure the country does not fall further behind its targets, the head of the country’s pension fund trade body has said.The government has met just six of 35 target deadlines it set out last year in its ambitious “roadmap” for reform Ireland’s pension system, according to the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF). Among its planned reforms are the introduction of a national auto-enrolment regime for pension funds, and the implementation of the EU’s IORP II directive.Addressing a conference in Dublin yesterday, Eunice Dreelan, chair of the IAPF, said: “I believe it is fair to say that the mood of optimism that was felt at the launch of the roadmap last year has changed to one of frustration. We are asking government to continue its consultation, to ensure the aspirations of full pension coverage for workers in Ireland is effectively achieved.“All stakeholders should be looking at this through the prism of the pension timebomb that is ever present in Ireland today. This is a can that we cannot afford to kick down the road. We need to keep momentum going if we are going to get the policies that are needed across the line. The government simply cannot take their foot off the gas. Eunice Dreelan, chair, IAPFEarlier this year the IAPF warned there had been little action from the government on its pension reform targets, and lamented a lack of communication from policymakers.IORP IIThe government has yet to publish its finalised framework for an auto-enrolment regime, and has not yet implemented the IORP II directive. The EU’s deadline for implementation was January.IORP II was “one of the most urgent matters” for ministers to address, the IAPF said, as it was set to introduce demanding new governance and disclosure requirements for Irish pension schemes.The uncertainty is of particular concern to Ireland’s smallest pension schemes, which could be hit with a wave of new requirements from the directive. The EU allows for schemes with fewer than 100 members to be made exempt from the directive, but the Irish government has indicated that it does not intend to invoke this exemption. “While the government has indicated that it does not intend to avail of the derogation, we do not think that this is the most appropriate course of action at this time,” Dreelan said.“Adding onerous and costly regulatory requirements to smaller schemes throughout the country at this time will result in employers opting to simply discontinue these schemes, without putting any alternatives in place, instead favouring to wait until the auto-enrolment initiative is rolled out – which at the earliest will be three years from now.”Regina Doherty, minister for employment affairs and social protection, told a separate industry conference this week that Ireland was at an “advanced stage” of drafting legislation to implement IORP II.Dreelan, director of strategy and change at Irish Life Financial Services, took over as chair of the IAPF from Peter Fahy this month.last_img read more

Caretaker Alan Curtis wants Swansea to go back to basics

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first_img One win in 13 games has left Swansea in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League ahead of West Brom’s Boxing Day visit to the Liberty Stadium. This dramatic slump cost Garry Monk his job two weeks ago and, while the search for a permanent manager goes on, Curtis has steadied the ship in the last two games with improved displays, if not results. “It’s only been one game and the way we played showed there was no nervousness or edge to it,” Curtis said. “The crowd responded and they have a huge part to play because any nerves can go from the stand to the players. “But we haven’t felt it and against West Ham the players played freely and expressed themselves. “There was no hint of any nervousness and now I’m working closer with these players I’m even more convinced that we can climb the table.” The bad news for Swansea, however, is that they are bottom of the Premier League form table over the last seven matches with two draws and five defeats. And Swansea fans have not witnessed a home victory since Manchester United were beaten at the Liberty Stadium at the end of August to take them into the top four. “Sooner or later we have to start winning games,” Curtis said. “Look at our ratio of wins to games and it’s no wonder we’re in the bottom three. “But the players are comfortable with our style and we do feel a win is around the corner and the results can come.” Swansea suffered an agonising 2-1 injury-time defeat at Manchester City before fighting out a goalless home draw with West Ham, and Curtis feels the upturn in performances is down to a squad which finished eighth last season going back to basics. “We’ve tried to strip it back a bit, we lost it for whatever reason and the identity that served us so well we fell away from,” Curtis said. “We have to go back to the basics of passing to another white shirt, move again and look for the next pass. “If that’s a simple game, that’s what we want. “We’ve had criticism of the way we’ve played but it’s small steps and getting back to a possession-based game. “We’ve done that in the last two games and, if we continue to go back to principles that have taken us to this level and allowed us to prosper, then I’m sure we can start winning games.” Swansea slipped into the relegation zone for the first time in nearly two years last weekend when Norwich moved out of the bottom three following their shock win at Manchester United. Curtis’ side failed to respond with victory against West Ham 24 hours later but the former Wales international insisted that had nothing to do with the pressure of being in the relegation places. Press Association Swansea have reverted to their passing principles to try and escape relegation trouble, says caretaker manager Alan Curtis.last_img read more