Gov. Wolf Signs Domestic Violence Bill, Other Legislation

first_imgGov. Wolf Signs Domestic Violence Bill, Other Legislation June 05, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Bill Signing,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 275 today, which allows previous convictions of strangulation to be considered in sentencings for subsequent cases and in child custody proceedings. A 2016 law made strangulation a criminal offense and this legislation integrates it with other offenses under state law.“Domestic violence is a horrific crime and we must do everything we can to hold abusers accountable,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This new law is an appropriate step to protect victims and their children as they address the trauma caused by these experiences.”The law takes effect August 4, 2020.Other bills signed by the governor today include the following:House Bill 102, which amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking licenses, further providing for eligibility for license.House Bill 1036, which amends Title 8 (Boroughs and Incorporated Towns) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in creation and alteration, further providing for definitions and for judicial adjustment; in elections of officers, further providing for decrease in number of members of council; and, in manufacture and supply of electricity, further providing for specific powers.House Bill 1048, which amends the act of April 12, 1951 (P.L.90, No.21), known as the Liquor Code, in licenses and regulations for liquor, alcohol and malt and brewed beverages, further providing for issuance, transfer or extension of hotel, restaurant and club liquor licenses, for sale of malt or brewed beverages by liquor licensees, for wine expanded permits, for malt and brewed beverages manufacturers’, distributors’ and importing distributors’ licenses, for malt and brewed beverages retail licenses, for retail dispensers’ restrictions on purchases and sales and for renewal of licenses and temporary provisions for licensees in armed service.House Bill 1210, which amends the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949.House Bill 1907, designating the bridge carrying State Route 1025 over U.S. Route 11/15 in East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, as the Senator Hal Mowery Memorial Bridge.Senate Bill 863, which amends Title 48 (Lodging and Housing) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hotels, further providing for definitions, for hotelkeepers, for notice to boarders to lock rooms, for lien, warrant, sale and right of redemption, for liability for property loss or damage, for special arrangements for safe deposit of valuables, for duty of guest, for other liability, for exemption from levy or sale, for baggage, for baggage sale requirements, for sale proceeds, providing for abandoned property and further providing for tourist camp heater safety.Senate Bill 1030, which amends the act of January 24, 1966 (1965 P.L.1535, No.537), known as the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act, further providing for official plans. Read the governor’s signing statement for SB 1030 here.last_img read more

Protecting Point Pleasant Beaches

first_imgNew Jersey Representative, Chris Smith, has announced that progress has been made on restoring the beaches in Point Pleasant Beach Borough, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signaling it is planning to return to address recent erosion caused by severe weather over the past week.“Good beaches are essential to a successful local economy, tourism, and our shore town residents,” said Smith in his latest release. “As promised by USACE, high dunes must be accompanied by wide beaches and appropriate slopes, and we’re counting on the Corps to follow through with this important beach protection.” Smith spoke directly to USACE earlier this week, and followed up with a letter sent to Lieutenant Colonel Kristen N. Dahle, Commander of the USACE Philadelphia District that oversees the project.The Corps recently informed Smith that it was working on a plan of action that would get the contractor Weeks Marine back to Point Pleasant Beach for re-pumping, once the contractor completes the work in Bay Head.“I am writing to you once again about the critical coastal storm damage reduction project in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., in my congressional district which the Army Corps of Engineers has been diligently constructing in recent months,” Smith wrote.“Constituents have told me first-hand accounts of seeing their long-awaited, replenished beaches nearly washed away, with sea waters reaching the very foot of the dunes,” Smith said. “I have been in contact with Point Pleasant Beach officials, as well as Keith Watson, the Corps project manager, to express my support for the borough’s request that the Corps act as quickly as is possible on concerns about restoring the beaches.” Smith also spoke to Point Pleasant Beach Mayor, Steve Reid, to assure that he would work with the Corps to repair the recent damage.last_img read more

IMCA to Host Marine Energy Seminar in Amsterdam

first_imgThe International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is to hold a Marine Renewable Energy Seminar on 25 September in Amsterdam (Novotel Schiphol Airport). With the theme ‘Working together for safe and efficient operations’ this day-long seminar on the topic reflects the increasing involvement of IMCA members with the rapidly expanding global marine renewables sector.Free to attend for IMCA members plus invited guests the one-day seminar will consider IMCA global initiatives and feature three sessions – ‘Achieving harmonisation of training and certification’; ‘Openness is the key to safe and efficient operations’; and ‘Future trends in the marine renewable energy sector’.In addition to speakers drawn from IMCA member companies including Seaway 7, Boskalis, Subsea 7, Siemens Gamesa, DNV GL, TechnipFMC and Van Oord who will be joined by experts from the Global Wind Organisation (GWO); G+, the global health and safety organisation for the offshore wind industry; and The Carbon Trust.Sessions will be chaired by Alan MacLeay of Subsea 7 and Steve Myers of Siemens Gamesa, respectively Chair and Vice Chair of IMCA’s Marine Renewable Energy Committee, and by John Davies of Helix Canyon Offshore.Captain Andy Goldsmith, IMCA’s Technical Adviser – Marine sets out the aims of the event:“The seminar has been designed to enable attendees to have every opportunity to participate and therefore steer future IMCA guidance and influences. We are looking for three main outcomes – to promote harmonisation of training and certification for the benefit of the sector; to encourage and show that openness to safety works; and to prepare members for future developments.”We are looking forward to welcoming personnel from marine contractors, field developers, clients, marine warranty surveyors, equipment suppliers and training establishments who are directly involve din marine renewable energy operations.”last_img read more

South Africa targets screening whole population for AIDS

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePoliticsPrint South Africa targets screening whole population for AIDS by: – July 23, 2014 Share 43 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Aaron MotsoalediCAPE TOWN, South Africa (AFP)- South Africa’s government plans to extend AIDS tests to the country’s entire population and speed up antiretroviral treatment of those who test positive for the virus, the health minister said Wednesday.“We come from very far in the past five years,” Aaron Motsoaledi told parliament.“But a lot still needs to be done,” the minister said while presenting his annual budget.With 6.4 million people infected with HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS, South Africa has the largest seropositive population in the world, but also the largest programme to treat them.After a recent spike in AIDS infections, the country aims to eradicate the virus by 2030, a goal echoing guidelines adopted by the world AIDS conference in Melbourne this week.Within 15 years the conference wants 90 per cent of people to know their status, 90 percent of those infected to be treated and 90 percent of those on treatment to have no viral load.“There are leakages in the HIV/AIDS cascade,” said Motsoaledi, whose country saw a 27 per cent rise in new infections in 2012.South Africa will step up its programmes to reach the 90 percent target, he said.“This means testing most if not all of the population annually, initiating everyone who is positive on treatment.“It will mean mass testing in every possible setting: schools, universities, workplaces, churches and communities,” said Motsoaledi.From January 2015 public health centres will expand free anti-AIDS (ARV) treatment to those whose white blood cell count falls below 500 per microlitre.Currently the medicine is only available free to people whose count of the key immune cells falls below 350.Pregnant women will also start lifelong ARV treatment from next year, while they currently stop after breastfeeding.The new guidelines target incidence rates, since people who receive treatment have a lower viral load, which limits the risk of infection.After long resisting rolling out ARV treatment to people infected with HIV, South Africa set up the world’s largest HIV/AIDS drugs programme.Currently 2.5 million people get free anti-AIDS medicine in the country.Associated Free Press Share Tweetlast_img read more

‘Not yet time to suspend classes’

first_imgSecretary Francisco Duque. PNA “DepEd is ready to implement allnecessary proportionate response to the latest developments upon receipt of thedefinitive advisory from the task force,” DepEd said. In February, DepEd said it would allowthe suspension of classes in schools and areas where there wuld be confirmedcases of the virus. MANILA – The Department of Health(DOH) said it was “not yet right” to suspend classes despite the countryreporting six cases already of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Education secretary Leonor Briones,for her part, was also seeking inputs from the DOH for guidelines on how toconduct the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) and National Festival ofTalents (NFOT) in light of the COVID-19 cases. Tiangco on Saturday announced thesuspension of Monday’s classes in his city. DOH secretary Francisco Duque IIIissued the statement in a radio interview yesterday after Navotas City’s MayorToby Tiangco suggested cancelling classes from March 9 and give studentsautomatic passing grades as a precautionary move.center_img “Hindipa tama iyon,” Duque said over DZMM. “Wala namanng ebidensya na meron silang transmission.Diskarte na nila iyan, desisyon na nilaiyan, at sila naman ang mananagot din sa kanilang mga desisyon.” The Department of Education (DepEd)earlier said it was ready to respond to the COVID-19 threat based on theadvisory of the DOH-Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of EmergingInfectious Diseases. Over the weekend, it said it wouldwait for a “definite advisory” from the task force which is scheduled to meetthis Monday. Cainta and Taytay town in Rizal madesimilar announcements, too. President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturdaydeclared a state of public health emergency, upon the recommendation of DOH./PNlast_img read more

Greensburg couple arrested for child solicitation

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — Two Greensburg residents have been arrested after police say they attempted to solicit a 15-year-old girl.According to police, Michael L. Hollin, 39, and Jodi R. Griffin, 34, each face a single charge of child solicitation. Police say the couple used social media to lure the girl into their house in order to engage in sexual acts.During an investigation, the teen told investigators Griffin sat too close to her for comfort and touched her legs. She also said Griffin asked her if she needed help while she showered. The teen said the couple was aware of her age.The girl showed her mom a Facebook message of the couple attempting to solicit her; the mother then contacted police.A jury trial has been scheduled for August 2. Bond for Hollin has been set at $250,000 while bond for Griffin is set at $200,000. Hollin is registered as a sexually violent predator on the state’s sex offender registry from a conviction in 2012 of child molesting.last_img read more

USC knew of abuse by former men’s health doctor, report finds

first_img“We are aware of the lawsuit and are concerned by its allegations,” the University wrote in a statement. “We’re working to understand the facts of the allegations. We care deeply about our entire Trojan family, including our LGBTQ+ community, and take this matter very seriously. We will provide more information as it becomes available.” USC said that by implementing new campus health center training and protocols, students will see improvements with the Engemann Health Center. “USC takes all complaints seriously and has made sweeping changes to prevent all forms of misconduct on our campus, including the implementation of new protocols at the Student Health Center to ensure all complaints are investigated thoroughly,” the comment read. According to USC’s Change Progress Dashboard, a site that tracks University changes related to accountability, transparency and wellness, the Keck School of Medicine of USC is in the process of coordinating an external review of student health.  Allegations against Kelly surfaced in February when six male plaintiffs, all of whom identify as gay or bisexual, filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against the former doctor and the University. They accused the University of ignoring complaints of unwanted touching, probing questions and harassment during medical exams. In February, USC released an official statement regarding the allegations, noting the University was aware of the ongoing suit. According to previous Daily Trojan reporting, Kelly personally initiated his resignation as the University’s only men’s sexual health doctor in last July, transferring to California State Northridge as a campus doctor. After the initial suit was filed, CSUN placed Kelly on paid administrative leave.  In a statement obtained by the Daily Trojan Thursday, USC says that the report’s claim that complaints regarding Kelly’s conduct went ignored is “misleading” and that USC followed up on the complaints it received.  “The notion that complaints were ignored is misleading,” the statement read. “USC followed up on the handful of complaints it received. Nearly every allegation in the lawsuit was anonymous, which makes it difficult to conduct an investigation.” Additionally, the Keck School and the Office of the Provost is in the beginning stages of establishing a President’s Culture Commission dedicated to establishing a “culture of care, concern, consultation and compliance” at USC. According to The Beacon Project report, however, only two of the five men who complained directly to the University heard back. Of those two men, one claims a University official told him his claim was too dated for proper investigation. The Beacon Project report details graphic accounts of alleged abuse at the hands of Kelly, including invasive examinations. At least five students complained directly to the University officials, including one student who had a one-on-one interview with USC’s health center director. USC said that many of the allegations brought to the University’s attention were anonymous, making them difficult to investigate. The Beacon Project is an Annenberg initiative aimed at reporting on the University. USC was aware of five sexual abuse complaints against former men’s health doctor Dennis Kelly, according to a report published in BuzzFeed News Thursday. The report also describes several specific interactions between the doctor and nearly 50 alleged victims. Since then, the University saw an increase in accusations — and The Beacon Project report published in BuzzFeed News found that the University knew about the abuse yet failed to take action.  Sasha Urban, the author of the The Beacon Project-BuzzFeed News report, is the former news editor of the Daily Trojan. Daily Trojan file photo CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that one student had a one-on-one interview with a former health center director, when the student spoke with the current health center director. The previous version also incorrectly mentioned only three of the five men who complained directly to USC heard back, with an additional man claiming a USC official told him his claim was too dated. Only two of the five men heard back, with one of the two citing this experience with a University official.last_img read more

No. 1 men’s volleyball overpowers UC Irvine

first_imgIn his pre-game interview, USC coach Bill Ferguson indicated that No. 7 UC Irvine’s mediocre record belied a team that was only a few minor lineup adjustments away from surging.On Wednesday night, his words would prove prophetic as the Anteaters (3-4, 1-2) competed valiantly for a stretch, until falling to the No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team in four sets, 25-16, 27-25, 27-29, 25-17.“It wasn’t the most well-played game, but I think we showed some grit and some mental toughness there, and that was really the theme of our talk after the game,” Ferguson said.Indeed, the Trojans (3-0, 3-0) scheduled a difficult opponent for their first match away from the Galen Center, but to deserve a No. 1 seed teams must win consistently regardless of the environment.Padding his early Player of the Year candidate credentials, senior opposite Murphy Troy registered 19 kills, 11 digs and two blocks. Aiding Troy was another perpetual stat-sheet stuffer in junior opposite hitter Tony Ciarelli, who chipped in with 17 kills, five blocks and five digs.“They were good the whole game, battled real well,” Ferguson said of his two star players. “Irvine was keying on both of those guys. However, a guy who really came in and did a phenomenal job was [senior opposite hitter] Tri Bourne.”Bourne entered for sophomore opposite hitter Maddison McKibbin two-thirds of the way through the second set, when the Trojans were trailing 23-19. He proceeded to amass eight kills and five digs over the duration of the match to solidify the Trojans’ offensive attack and propel them to a comeback in that crucial second set.A refrain among USC players before this game was that their focus could not waver and that any No. 1-ranked team will receive its opponent’s fiercest effort.When asked if his team followed through on its expressed mission, Ferguson quickly dispelled any notion that the Trojans took the Anteaters lightly. Instead, he attributed poor execution and unforced errors to many of their woes.“We’ll never overlook [Irvine],” Ferguson said. “They’re too good. They played well, and after the end of the first set it was really close.”Undoubtedly, the Trojans’ resilience was tested for the first time all season in this game, and if this team demonstrates similar resolve in future matches, the Trojans may have the mettle to excel in the long haul.“I’m most proud of the fact that we turned the game right around in the fourth set, and really steadied out and did our thing,” Ferguson said. “We made plays like we did in the first set.”last_img read more

Lottoland appoints Laura Pearson as Head of Corporate Affairs

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties June 5, 2020 Laura PearsonGibraltar-based online lottery operator Lottoland, has confirmed the appointment of Laura Pearson as its new Head of Corporate Affairs.Pearson joins Lottoland from UK National Lottery operator Camelot, where she held the position of Head of Corporate Affairs for Camelot Global heading up the firm’s international communications strategy and PR planning.Joining Lottoland’s executive team, Pearson will be charged with leading the lottery operator’s internal corporate communications and external stakeholder strategies.Lottoland CEO Nigel Birrell commented on the appointment of Pearson:  “We’re delighted to welcome Laura on board to lead our corporate affairs team, and have no doubt she will be an invaluable addition to our organisation.“Our ever-expanding lottery betting offer continues to entice new waves of customers and brings with it new challenges. As such it is crucial we employ top talent to ensure success across the board. Laura will help us do just that.”Pearson backed Birrell statement, on joining Lottoland “Lottoland’s UK and its global operations are a fascinating example of innovation within the betting industry, and I am really looking forward to joining. It’s an exciting time for Lottoland and I am looking forward to helping the business continue this growth throughout 2017 and beyond.” Share Liverpool FC in agency dispute over £15m BetVictor sponsorship June 9, 2020 Submit BetVictor terminates its Isthmian amateur football profile April 15, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Dodgers fall to New York Mets as Clayton Kershaw stung by lack of run support

first_img“It felt all right,” Kershaw said. “It took a while to settle in and I was pretty erratic early, but I was able to get out of that and started feeling better toward the middle innings.“I’d like to go eight or nine, but this was better than six I guess. Seven is kind of the low benchmark for me. Eight is what I want to shoot for as a starter. That gives your bullpen the night off.”Pedro Baez pitched a perfect eighth inning with his 98-mph heat, but the lack of run support forced the Dodgers to bring in closer Kenley Jansen in a non-save situation in the ninth.Jansen gave up a bloop double to Lucas Duda, then mishandled a comebacker by Wilmer Flores to put runners at first and third. Jansen then gave up a booming sacrifice fly to Kevin Plawecki to push across the decisive run.VIDEO: Watch Kenley Jansen reflect on taking the loss in the ninth“This loss don’t mean anything,” Jansen said. “I did my job today. I can’t beat myself up. I made the pitches I needed to make. I gave up a bloop hit, another bloop hit and a sacrifice fly. I did everything I could.“It just didn’t go our way today. We got a really good team, and we can beat any of those guys. It’s a long season, we’re still in first place and we can’t let this bother us.”Another quality Kershaw outing went for naught. The Dodgers have won only eight of his 16 starts this season.Kershaw had allowed just one run with five hits in seven innings. His only letdown came in the fourth inning with a leadoff double to John Mayberry Jr. and an RBI single by Flores, who had two of the Mets’ five hits.Kershaw seemed to get stronger as the game went on, recording four of his seven strikeouts in the final two innings to give him 147 for the season, overtaking Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Chris Sale for the major league lead.Kershaw walked two batters, both in the first inning. That was the first time he had done that since June 15, 2013 at Pittsburgh.Kershaw particularly abused Duda, striking him out with a pair of 74-mph curveballs in the first inning and getting a popup on a 73-mph curve in the fourth.But it was the same old story for Kershaw. This time, the Dodgers’ offense could not solve Syndergaard, who matched Kershaw with six strong innings. He allowed two hits, struck out six and walked two.VIDEO: Watch Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reflect on the performances of Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen“Their guy was good, but Clayton was very good for us tonight and gave us every chance to win,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “That was the first time we saw their guy live, and he was impressive.”Hansel Robles struck out two in a pair of scoreless innings of relief for the Mets, and Jeurys Familia closed it out in the ninth for his 22nd save in 24 chances.Kershaw remained winless since beating St. Louis on June 6, a span of five starts. Aside from Gonzalez’s homer in the second inning — his 14th of the season — the Dodgers had two golden scoring opportunities to get Kershaw some runs.Justin Turner hit a leadoff double to start the fourth and took third on Gonzalez’s heads-up grounder to the right side. But Yasiel Puig was robbed at first base by Duda, and Andre Ethier then hit a line drive directly to Mayberry in left field to end the threat.The Dodgers also mounted a rally in the sixth inning, spearheaded by Howie Kendrick’s steal of second base. It was the Dodgers’ first steal since June 7, ending a franchise-record drought of 23 games. It was the longest spell in the majors since the Cardinals had a 33-game drought in 2011.But with runners at first and second and one out, Gonzalez blistered a liner that was caught in center field, and Puig struck out on a 3-2 pitch.Kershaw entered the game 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets, including a 3-0 mark with a 0.39 ERA at Dodger Stadium. It was the first time the Dodgers lost to the Mets with Kershaw on the mound. True to form, neither flailing offense got much going and it turned into a bullpen game in the Mets’ 2-1 victory over the Dodgers before a capacity crowd of 52,570. Despite the loss, the Dodgers maintained a three-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.VIDEO: Watch Clayton Kershaw reflect on hard-luck loss“It never feels good to lose in a game you pitched in,” Kershaw said. “I don’t know if ‘frustrated,’ but it’s definitely not as fun. The mood in here is not as strong when you lose.“I’ve just got to grind it out and get a win.”Kershaw allowed just one run through seven innings, with seven strikeouts. But the Dodgers supplied him with just one run — on Adrian Gonzalez’s home run to dead center — and Kershaw left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh with the score tied 1-1, having thrown 102 pitches. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img It can start to mess with a pitcher’s psyche.The lack of run support can be maddening. It can distort performance and magnify mistakes, pushing the margin of error down to zero.Just ask Clayton Kershaw, who had lost three consecutive games for the first time in his major league career despite a 3.15 ERA, a .219 opponents’ batting average and a 28-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in those three starts.With the pitching-rich New York Mets in town on Friday to open a three-game series, Kershaw hunkered down for another anticipated pitching duel with young right-hander Noah Syndergaard.last_img read more