New Safe Harbor Law Will Protect Child Victims of Human Trafficking

first_img October 25, 2018 New Safe Harbor Law Will Protect Child Victims of Human Trafficking Bill Signing,  Criminal Justice Reform,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Safety HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Wolf created new protections and supports for children of human trafficking and sexual exploitation by signing Senate Bill 554, now Act 130 of 2018. The new law shields children from prosecution for crimes their abusers forced them to commit, enhances law enforcement training and establishes a new fund for victim services.“These vulnerable children of sexual exploitation are victims of horrible abuse, often from a young age. I am proud to sign this law that will protect these children and help them to get the care they need to start their recovery, rather than treat them like criminals, which can further traumatize a child.” said Governor WolfThe legislation had strong bipartisan support and was supported by the Pennsylvania State Police, state Office of the Victim Advocate, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Juvenile Court Judges Commission, Network of Victim’s Assistance of Bucks County, Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research at the University of Pennsylvania, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, National Sexual Violence Resource Center and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.Abusers often use violence, threats, and drugs to control young victims of human trafficking, who can be charged with prostitution and drug offenses, among other crimes.“I applaud Governor Wolf and the legislature for standing up for minor victims of human trafficking,” said Jennifer Storm, Commonwealth Victim Advocate. “This new law extends compassion and resources to minor victims of human trafficking caught up in horrifically exploitive situations. It goes a long way toward stopping a cycle of violence and abuse to make room for hope and healing.”Sponsored by Senator Stewart Greenleaf, Senate Bill 554, known as Safe Harbor, creates new safeguards for children of human trafficking, including:Creating immunity for victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation for certain crimes;Directing the Department of Human Services to coordinate specialized services for sexually exploited children, in conjunction with county agencies;Requiring training for law enforcement on how to identify and help victims;Establishing the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund to support care for victims and to prevent human trafficking.According to the bill sponsor, more than 100,000 children are exploited through prostitution in the United States each year, and since 2016, there were more than 273 human trafficking cases in Pennsylvania.Act 130 of 2018 takes effect in 60 days.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

El Administración Wolf Recibe la Aprobación de USDA Para la Distribución de Alimentos por la Catástrofe del COVID-19

first_img Español,  Press Release,  Public Health Justo un día después de una carta del Gobernador Tom Wolf al Secretario de Agricultura de EE.UU, Sonny Perdue, el Secretario de Agricultura Russell Redding recibió la aprobación para que el Departamento de Agricultura de Pennsylvania ponga en funcionamiento un programa de Distribución a Viviendas por la Catástrofe, a través del Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), para proveer de suministros de alimentos a los residentes de Pennsylvania afectados adversamente, cómo resultado de los esfuerzos de mitigación del COVID-19 en todo el Estado.“Cientos de miles de residentes de Pennsylvania solicitaron la compensación por desempleo justo después de dos semanas de los esfuerzos por mitigar el COVID-19. Estoy inmensamente agradecido por el reconocimiento del Departamento de Agricultura de EE. UU. de la necesidad que tenemos de alimentar a Pennsylvania”, dijo Wolf. “Esta dispensa nos quita un peso de encima respecto de nuestros bancos de alimentos y para las familias de todo el Commonwealth.”El jueves, 27 de marzo de 2020, el Gobernador Wolf envió al secretario Perdue una carta instándolo a aprobar la aprobación por parte del departamento que permitiría que se distribuyeran más alimentos a cientos de lugares de todo el Estado, al tiempo que transitoriamente dispensar la necesidad de verificar la elegibilidad de las viviendas. A última hora del Viernes, 28 de marzo de 2020, el departamento recibió la aprobación para usar los alimentos del USDA Foods cómo parte de un programa de distribución a Viviendas por la catástrofe, que funcionaría a través de la red estatal de los bancos de alimentos, despensas de alimentos y sitios de distribución por retiro. La aprobación le permite al departamento y a sus asociados distribuir de manera más eficiente una variedad de alimentos, que incluye carnes, verduras, fruta, alimentos enlatados, cereales, arroz, pasta, huevos y más, a los más afectados por el cierre de los comercios que no son indispensables para esta situación en Pennsylvania.“El apoyo unificado, bipartidario, que vimos mientras solicitábamo esto es una evidencia de que verdaderamente estamos todos juntos en esto”, agregó Redding. “Vamos a supercar esta prueba; y hasta que llegue ese día, trabajaremos codo a codo para proveer a los residentes de Pennsylvania que se están sacrificando tanto por proteger a sus prójimos”.Visite Responding to COVID-19 guide para enterarse de las últimas pautas y recursos para los habitants de Pennsylvania o la página web dedicadada al coronavirus del Departamento de Salud de Pennsylvania sobre la información más actualizada respecto del COVID-19.Vea la carta de la USDA aquí o en Scribd.Vea esta página en inglés. March 28, 2020 El Administración Wolf Recibe la Aprobación de USDA Para la Distribución de Alimentos por la Catástrofe del COVID-19center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

QLD agents earn 2nd highest average rate in Australia

first_imgNew research shows Queensland real estate agents earn some of the highest commission rates in the country. Photo: Peter WallisResearch by comparison website revealed Queensland real estate agents earn among the nation’s highest average commission rates.The website’s analysis showed agents in the Sunshine State earned an average commission of 2.61 per cent on each property’s sale price.This was second only to Tasmania where the average rate was three per cent.The study revealed the Australian average was 2.07 per cent in metropolitan areas, and 2.54 per cent in regional CEO, Matt McCann, said comparatively higher rates in Queensland could have resulted from recent deregulation.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“Prior to commissions being deregulated in Queensland, they were capped, so a high average commission could still be carrying on as an effect of that,” Mr McCann said.“Further, the fact that property prices in Queensland are slightly lower, on average, than the rest of Australia might be indicative of how the average commission in Queensland compares,” he said.Corelogic data shows the median house price for Brisbane sits at $520,000, so at the statewide rate, agents made an average of $13,520 on each sale.Mr McCann said, in comparison, the lower average commission in New South Wales and Victoria of 2.05 per cent reflected the strength of their markets.Based on a CoreLogic assessment of Sydney’s median house price of $940,000, a 2.05 per cent rate would equal $19,270 in commission.“The average commission in NSW and Victoria are indicative of the robust market in these states — particularly in the metropolitan parts of these states,” Mr McCann said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Hotel train power

first_imgGREAT Scottish & Western Railway Co, operator of The Royal Scotsman land cruise, has taken delivery of two ex-British Rail MkIII sleeping cars purchased from Porterbrook Leasing and converted by EMC (International) Ltd at Carnforth. Each 41·5 tonne vehicle now houses a 160 kW Volvo diesel generator set to meet the train’s particular electrical requirements, located in a sound-insulated compartment at one end of the car. Fuel tanks are mounted on the underframe, and one generator set is usually in use with the other in reserve. One car has seven crew cabins, formerly used by paying passengers in BR service, and a crew dining area. Its partner has a crew shower, four crew cabins and two passenger state rooms, each with two berths (one longitudinal) and an en-suite shower and toilet. State room decor features marquetry and polished mahogany. To bring the MkIIIs in line with other Royal Scotsman vehicles, air-conditioning equipment was removed and opening hopper windows installed. olast_img read more

Anti-corrosion materials testing underway at Bimep

first_imgOCEANIC project team has informed the second set of samples has been deployed for real sea study of fouling and corrosion at the Bimep platform, off the Spanish north coast.The second round of trials began last month with the deployment of two frames containing eight and seven panels each, to test the coating materials in order to identify the ones most suitable for use with marine renewable energy (MRE) components and devices.The total of 15 samples are made of 12 metallic and three plastic panels, the OCEANIC project team said.After 6-9 months of immersion, the structures and panels will be extracted and fouling and corrosion in the metallic panels will be analyzed.The results are expected to help on what type of materials should be used to decrease marine growth and corrosion associated with long-term submersion of the devices.OCEANIC project received financial support through the Oceanera-Net international collaborative initiative, and its aim is to develop systems for surfaces protection to provide the ocean energy sector with the solutions to improve its reliability and project’s life time.last_img read more

Field Of Dreams Soccer Equipment & Gear Drive At Batesville

first_imgCome to the Batesville Boys Soccer Game and bring some new or gently used soccer equipment to donate to the work being done in Uganda. All gear and financial donations will help empower the children being served in Uganda.The game will start at 5 PM.Fields of Dreams – Batesville FlyerFields of Dreams – Soccer Equipment DriveThey will also be set up at Gillespie Soccer Park all afternoon prior to the BHS game to collect donated items.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Fix.last_img

Martin: Laila Ali Would ‘Smoke’ Claressa Shields

first_img Martin, who admits she “talked a lot of shit” during her own ring career, is at pains to point out how she would do so with a smile on her face, with a funny quip following the trash-talk. Martin says Shields – who in her opinion “cannot fight going backward” and has a low KO percentage with just 2 stoppage wins on her record – “just wants to be a tough guy.” Shields has fired back, saying how Martin “boxed against strippers and ballroom dancers to skyrocket her career,” and she apparently has no appreciation for the path Martin pave for her and other female fighters. But what about that possible (though probably not too likely) Shields Vs. Ali fight? If it did happen who would win? Is Martin right, or would Shields, active, around her peak and unbeaten, prove too much for “She Bee Stingin’?” read also:Ali Jeje’s Mother gets Minister’s palliative As for who the best current female fighter in the world is, Martin says Katie Taylor probably deserves the distinction. There was a time when practically everyone turned up their nose at female boxing. Thanks must go out to Christy Martin for this no longer being the case. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Martin, when she was 14 years into her ring career, was stopped in four rounds by Ali, and even today Martin feels the daughter of “The Greatest” would be way too much for current champ Claressa Shields. As fans may know, Shields, unbeaten and a three-weight world champ, and Ali, retired for well over a decade, have been going at each other via social media and on TV chat shows, each claiming they would defeat the other. Ali never lost during her career, while Shields is for many the best female fighter in the world right now. If the money was there, and if Ali agreed to end her retirement at age 42, Shields Vs. Ali could prove to be a big deal. “I think Laila smokes her. It takes her now six or seven rounds whereas back when she fought me it would probably take her the same amount of time that she got rid of me. At least that fast, if not faster,” Martin, now a boxing promoter, said. “I think Claressa is very full of herself. Why somebody doesn’t talk to her and say ‘Look, say some positive things once in a while, be a little nicer.’ A quote from her was, boxing doesn’t deserve her, are you freaking kidding me? Like she’s gonna go to the UFC, good, go over there, they’re gonna smoke your ass over there.”Advertisement Long before Claressa Shields, even before Laila Ali, Christy Martin was the trailblazer; the female fighter who was a star allowing a number of other female boxers to get in there and do their thing. Loading… Promoted Content7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetTop 10 Most Costly Liquids In The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Best Car Manufacturers In The World10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably MissedRyan Reynolds Does The Bottle Cup Challenge (You Better See This)Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocketlast_img read more

McGinley hopes for McIlroy response

first_imgWorld number one Rory McIlroy needs to respond to the challenge posed by new US Open champion Jordan Spieth, according to former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. Spieth’s dramatic victory at Chambers Bay on Sunday means he and McIlroy now hold all four major titles between them, the 21-year-old American having won the Masters at Augusta National in April. McIlroy’s lead over Spieth in the world rankings has been cut to 1.72 points – it was 5.30 at the end of 2014 when Spieth was ranked ninth – and the Northern Irishman has lots of points to defend this summer having won the Open Championship, Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA last year. Press Associationcenter_img “Rory has to step up to the plate,” McGinley said. “As well as he played to finish fourth in the Masters and ninth here, the bottom line is he left himself too much ground to make up. “Jordan is putting it to Rory and that can only be good for Rory.” McIlroy was 12 shots behind Spieth after 36 holes at Augusta before closing with rounds of 68 and 66 to cut the deficit in half and finish fourth. The 26-year-old started Sunday’s final round eight off the lead and closed the gap to two after six birdies in 13 holes, but dropped shots on the 15th and 17th to finish in a tie for ninth, five shots off the pace. However, given his excellent record at St Andrews and his share of third place in the 2010 US PGA at Whistling Straits, the four-time major winner is full of confidence ahead of this year’s remaining two majors. ” I feel like I have a great chance in the next two majors,” said McIlroy, who shot a record-equalling 63 in the first round of the 2010 Open at St Andrews and has finished second three times in the Dunhill Links Championship, which features two rounds at the Old Course. “To finish where I did the way I putted this week shows how good my ball striking has been so if I can keep that similar and start to roll in a few putts, I can do even better at St Andrews and Whistling Straits. ” I take a lot of positives out of this. The long game is really in good shape. I’ve never hit the ball as good in a major championship for four rounds. “I was really dialled in all week and confident with that. And if I can just get the putting a little bit better and roll a few more in and get a little bit of confidence with that going, I see nothing but positive signs for the next few months.” McIlroy was due to fly home to Belfast on Tuesday and plans to practice at St Andrews before contesting the Scottish Open at Gullane the week before the Open. last_img read more

GSA girls fall to Dexter in Class C North title game

first_img Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 12345678910111213141516171819PreviousNextPHOTOS BY TIM SUELLENTROP Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 BANGOR — Faced with the toughest defense they saw all season, the George Stevens Academy girls came up three points short in their bid for the Class C championship game Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Center.The swarming defense of the Dexter Tigers prevented the second-seeded Eagles from mounting any consistent offensive flow, limiting them to single shots on trip after trip down the court.Meanwhile, the fifth-seeded Tigers took an early lead with the help of 6-foot senior center Megan Peach and never let it get away in their 35-32 upset victory.Neither team mustered a lot of offense, and that was especially true in the first half. Senior center Morgan Dauk scored eight of the Eagles’ 10 first-half points. Peach had 11 of her 19 to give the Tigers a 15-10 lead at halftime with the help of their dominant rebounding, which held the Eagles to only a few second-chance shots.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textNo. 2 GSA (18-3) trailed by as many as eight points in the fourth period before mounting a comeback, one that was highlighted by a 3-pointer from sophomore Julianna Allen and a free throw by Dauk that cut the Dexter lead to 30-26 with 4:24 to go.The Tigers took more than a minute off the clock in one stretch before Dexter senior Kayli Cunningham scored from underneath on a layup high off the backboard for a 34-28 lead.The Eagles cut the margin to three points on a rebound putback by Dauk with 17 seconds to go, but that was as close as they would come.“They played us tough with really good defense,” said GSA coach Bill Case. “I think we were getting hurried. They were using 30, 40, 50 seconds, and we were using six or eight. … We were right there to the end, and I’m proud of them.”GSA will lose Dauk to graduation, but the Eagles will return Allen, Mazie Smallidge and Dawn Hutchinson next season. The 16-6 Tigers will return to the Cross Insurance Center to play in the state championship game against Monmouth (19-3) at 7:05 p.m. next Saturday, March 4. GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

Chappell emerging as effective offensive threat

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoLen Chappell was the last player in NCAA history to average 30 points per game over an entire season, doing so for Wake Forest in 1962. It is fitting, then, that the offensive dynamo’s son would find his own offensive mojo on his fathers’ old stomping grounds. Literally underneath the banner — hanging in the rafters — and the gaze of his father, who was sitting in the crowd, Wisconsin junior forward Jason Chappell discovered his role in the swing offense and is now a reliable offensive option, not the liability many thought he might be.”The first couple games I was just trying to get used to being out on the floor and playing with all these guys,” Chappell said. “If you’re running the swing well you’re definitely going to get open, so you just have to make the most of it.”Chappell certainly didn’t do anything to embarrass himself through Wisconsin’s first four games of the season. Averaging 4.5 points, four rebounds, two assists and 19 minutes per game, Chappell was solid, but didn’t seem comfortable in the starting lineup.Since the second-half of the Wake Forest game, however, Chappell has looked infinitely more confident and quicker to let the ball fly should he find himself open.”That second-half my jump shot was feeling pretty good,” Chappell said. “I knew if I was open, I could hit it.”Against Wake Forest, Chappell scored a career-high 11 points, shooting 2-for-2 from the field and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe in the second half after going 1-for-5 in the opening stanza.Chappell followed up his performance by setting a new career high in points scored against Pepperdine, pouring in 15 on 5-of-10 shooting, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. The offensive explosion has caught opposing teams off guard.”We didn’t know that Chappell can shoot the ball as well as he did,” Pepperdine head coach Paul Westphal said.Just as Westphal wasn’t cognizant of Chappell’s offensive abilities, neither was Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser.”If they keep saying … they are surprised, well obviously they aren’t doing their scouting too well,” Chappell said. “People will probably start taking notice more and more that I can hit the outside shot and start playing me differently, but for now I suppose I am enjoying it.”Chappell doesn’t have to light teams up on his own, but simply knock down the open shots that are sure to come his way as teams continue to key on junior forward Alando Tucker and junior guard Kammron Taylor.”We figured we could have our center clog the middle to keep Taylor and Tucker from hurting us inside and if we gave up anything, it would be shots to [Chappell],” said Westphal. “But he hurt us.”This kind of stratagem has been the defense du jour against Wisconsin this season, but might not hold out for much longer, should players like Chappell and sophomore center Brian Butch continue to contribute and make teams pay for double-teaming Tucker and Taylor.Although Chappell is listed as a junior, he might as well be a redshirt freshman for all the experience he has seen on the floor prior to this season, a total of 59 minutes in his first three years. The reason for the limited minutes wasn’t because of depth or skill level but simply because injuries have plagued Chappell’s career.He redshirted the 2003-2004 season after missing six weeks with a foot injury and then started off last year on the same foot — the wrong one — sustaining an ankle injury that hindered him from competing for minutes early in the season.”The one thing that people don’t realize, probably because I overshadowed him, is that he’s had injuries,” said Tucker, no stranger to injuries himself. “When I broke my foot, he broke his foot and he bounced back. Then last year he had an early ankle injury that he struggled with the whole season and, man, that plays on your confidence.”The UW coaching staff is hardly surprised about Chappell’s emergence as an offensive threat.”I think the best way to describe Jason is that he has taken advantage of his opportunities,” Badger assistant coach Greg Gard said. “We’ve always known that Jason has the potential. I always felt it was just about him getting some confidence and him getting some reps.”Regardless of how Chappell has emerged from obscurity, it is probably safe to say that when Wisconsin plays UW-Green Bay on Wednesday, Phoenix head coach Tod Kowalczyk won’t be caught off guard by anything he sees from Chappell. But then again, that might not even matter.”I don’t think defenses are ever going to start keying on me [as long as we have Tucker and Taylor], so I think there will still be open shots, whether they think I can shoot or not,” Chappell said.last_img read more