Gov. Wolf Commends State Police for Ending Forensic Rape Kit Backlog, Supporting Crime Victims

first_img Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today commended the Pennsylvania State Police forensics for completing the testing of more than 1,100 kits in 2018 and reducing its backlog from 390 kits to zero.“I commend the Pennsylvania State Police for its commitment to ending the backlog of untested rape kits,” Gov. Wolf said. “When I took office in 2015, I made it a priority to bring the right level of staff on board at the Pennsylvania State Police to do this incredibly important forensic work in a much timelier manner,” Gov. Wolf said. “Timely testing of these vital pieces of evidence helps to ensure victims know they are supported, and their case is important. Test results also ensure perpetrators are held accountable for this heinous crime.”“For every untested kit there is both a victim without resolution in their respective case and an unknown perpetrator who could be identified,” Jennifer Storm, Victim Advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania said. “It is unconscionable to think of evidence just lying around untested that could lead to justice and prevent further sexual violence and I applaud the Pennsylvania State Police for helping to end the backlog.”The Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act was amended on July 10, 2015, with the passage of Act 27. As amended, local law enforcement agencies are required to submit the number of sexual assault kits in their inventory with any backlogged evidence awaiting testing to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which in turn publishes an annual report at the end of April. Each testing laboratory used by a local law enforcement agency is required to submit the same information to the department.The annual report is intended to provide a comprehensive view of the number of untested sexual assault kits in the commonwealth and to ensure that those kits are tested in a timely fashion. This, in part, ensures that sexual assault data is uploaded into the requisite federal database to help solve related sexual assault cases.Kits may be considered backlogged for a number of reasons, including that some kits are from victims who have not yet consented to testing and anonymous victims. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 17, 2019center_img Gov. Wolf Commends State Police for Ending Forensic Rape Kit Backlog, Supporting Crime Victimslast_img read more

Homeowners among the happiest people in Australia: NAB survey

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoA new survey reveals those who live in and own a home have higher levels of wellbeing. Image: iStock.More women said having a home loan impacted their wellbeing negatively than men in all age groups, while higher income earners were more stressed having a mortgage than low income earners.But while owning a home can contribute to overall wellbeing, renting can detract from it, with the survey revealing people who rent a house or apartment recording a below average wellbeing rating.NAB’s wellness index rose in the March quarter to 65.2 points, but while sense of life worth, life satisfaction and happiness all improved, anxiety also increased, with 1 in 3 people (36 per cent) surveyed experiencing “high” levels of overall anxiety. Homeowners are among the happiest people in Australia, a new survey shows. Picture: Inside Outside Design.QUEENSLAND homeowners are among the happiest people in Australia at a time when anxiety in the community is growing, a new survey reveals.National Australia Bank’s latest wellness index reveals those who live in and own a house or apartment have the highest level of wellbeing, after people who have pets. Among the states, having a mortgage had the least impact on people living in Queensland (-14 per cent) and the greatest impact on those surveyed in Tasmania (-28 per cent). RELATED: The suburbs you can now afford Owning a home is the second highest driver of wellbeing after having a pet, a new survey reveals. Image: AAP/Troy Snook. MORE: ‘Worst house I’ve ever seen’ Compiled by NAB’s economics unit, the survey quantifies how people feel across 17 factors ranging from the homes they live in, to personal safety, physical health, commute times and spare time.Nearly a third of those surveyed had a home loan — the second most common type of debt held after credit cards.last_img read more

Tetra Divests Decommissioning and Maritech Units

first_imgTetra Technologies has completed the divestiture of its offshore heavy lift, plugging and abandonment, decommissioning, cutting, diving and related consulting services businesses and its Maritech operations and offshore leases.This divestiture included the sales of its subsidiaries involved in these businesses – Tetra Applied Technologies, TSB Offshore, Epic Diving & Marine Services, and Maritech Resources. The buyers were Orinoco Natural Resources (Orinoco) and Epic Offshore Specialty.Tetra said that with the completion of this divestiture and the recent acquisition of SwiftWater Energy Services, the company continues to progress its long-term growth plans and enhance its position as one of the leading integrated completion fluids and water management companies in the energy industry, better positioned to exploit its competitive advantages in the U.S. shale plays, the international and offshore fluids markets, and in meeting the compression needs of the energy industry.“This divestiture is consistent with our long-term strategy and represents a transformational milestone in simplifying our value proposition and optimizing our portfolio to unlock value for TETRA shareholders,” said Stuart Brightman – Tetra CEO. “Tetra will continue to focus on increasing its profitability in fluids, production testing and compression to support the company’s growth and capabilities in technology-enabled services for our customers, domestically and internationally.”last_img read more

Surge in cases of family violence

first_imgStuff 3 March 2015Women in relationships with men in white-collar jobs are flooding into Women’s Refuge in Timaru for help as the reporting of family violence surges.“While most of our clients are from across the board, we are now seeing a flood of women coming to us who are in relationships, or married, to men with white-collar jobs,” Mid South Island Women’s Refuge and Family Safety Service manager Dawn Rangi-Smith said.Rangi-Smith said that, in the past, women’s refuge case workers helped a lot of clients in relationships with “freezing workers”.“Now we are dealing with a lot of women with partners who are working in supervisory and professional type roles. It’s interesting, and we don’t know why there has been a change all of a sudden. Maybe it’s something we need to research.”Ministry of Social Development statistics released to The Timaru Herald showed the number of family violence referrals from police to Child, Youth and Family (CYF) in Timaru last year was nearly double that in 2011-12. A total of 475 family violence notifications were made by police in 2013-14, compared with 244 in 2011-12. The overall number of notifications received by CYF was 1408, against 1189 in 2011-12.Another area where referrals had increased was the education sector, with CYF receiving 116 in 2013-14, compared with 90 in 2011-12. read more

MLB Delays Opening Day

first_imgMajor League Baseball put out the following press release Thursday afternoon…Following a call with the 30 Clubs, and after consultation with the Major League Baseball Players Association, Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. today announced that MLB has decided to suspend Spring Training games and to delay the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic. This action is being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, Clubs and our millions of loyal fans.MLB will continue to evaluate ongoing events leading up to the start of the season. Guidance related to daily operations and workouts will be relayed to Clubs in the coming days. As of 4:00 p.m. (ET) today, forthcoming Spring Training games have been canceled, and 2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifier games in Tucson, Arizona have been postponed indefinitely.MLB and the Clubs have been preparing a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular-season schedule. MLB will announce the effects on the schedule at an appropriate time and will remain flexible as events warrant, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible.Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our players, employees, and fans. MLB will continue to undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts. We send our best wishes to all individuals and communities that have been impacted by coronavirus.last_img read more

Hammers hit back to beat Baggies

first_img Dawson had become the first Albion player to score in 370 minutes but the Baggies’ dream start turned into a nightmare before the break. They had recalled Chris Baird and Victor Anichebe with Sebastien Pocognoli, sidelined with a dead leg, and Youssouf Mulumbu, dropping to the bench. West Ham were without midfielder Mark Noble, who failed to recover from the calf injury he suffered in their 1-0 win over Newcastle. It meant Nolan returned with Winston Reid and Mauro Zarate. The Baggies needed a quick start after their recent slump and they got it after 10 minutes. Anichebe and Graham Dorrans had already gone close before they grabbed the goal their start merited. The former was fouled on the left and Dawson arrived unmarked to crash in Dorrans’ free-kick from six yards. The Baggies, so passive in losing to Arsenal on Saturday, seemed to have learned their lessons as they took the game to West Ham, only for their momentum to ebb away. They survived a scramble when Ben Foster saved from Nolan’s hooked shot and Cheikhou Kouyate could not force a leveller. Kevin Nolan and James Tomkins cancelled out Craig Dawson’s early opener as the hosts slipped to their fourth straight defeat. The Hammers, though, remain fifth in the Barclays Premier League after another impressive victory. It lifted the Hammers after their slow start and they took control and, a s against Arsenal, Albion wilted and inevitably conceded on 35 minutes. Referee Mike Jones awarded a free kick after Chris Brunt, who was booked, won the ball from Nolan. Downing’s delivery found Tomkins and, when the ball fell to Andy Carroll, his fine acrobatic volley was saved by Foster – only for Nolan to head in from four yards. Worse was to follow, though, in stoppage time as the Hammers deservedly took the lead. Kouyate forced Foster into a smart save but the keeper was beaten from the resulting corner when Tomkins headed in Downing’s cross. It was abject defending from the Baggies and underlined the soft underbelly of the squad which requires improvement next month. That the Baggies lost the influential Brunt to injury just before the goal was a double blow but they should have levelled eight minutes after the break. Mulumbu, on for Brunt, chipped up to Joleon Lescott but Dawson could only volley his knock-down wide from 10-yards. It was a golden chance but one which summed up the hosts’ waning confidence. Adrian got down smartly to save Anichebe’s fierce angled drive with 27 minutes left but the hosts lacked sparkle. Substitute Silvestre Varela tried to add the missing creativity and his cross saw Anichebe head weakly at Adrian. The lack of cutting edge had Albion fans calling for record signing Brown Ideye and he was thrown on as the hosts tried to rescue the game in the final 10 minutes. It lifted the Baggies and Anichebe continued his duel with Adrian when he turned only for the keeper to save his sharp six-yard effort. And with four minutes left Dorrans sent a volley inches wide but with that missed chance went Albion’s hopes of a recovery. West Ham hit back to win 2-1 at West Brom and heap more pressure on Baggies boss Alan Irvine. Press Associationlast_img read more

Alabama St. faces Southern in SWAC quarters

first_imgBIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Tobi Ewuosho is averaging 12.9 points and six rebounds to lead the charge for the Hornets. Leon Daniels is also a big contributor, maintaining an average of 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. The Jaguars have been led by Ahsante Shivers, who is averaging 9.7 points.EXCELLENT EWUOSHO: Ewuosho has connected on 41.3 percent of the 63 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 4 for 9 over the last three games. He’s also converted 71.4 percent of his free throws this season.UNBEATEN WHEN: Southern is a perfect 7-0 when the team records 10 or more steals. The Jaguars are 9-15 when they steal the ball fewer than 10 times.STREAK SCORING: Southern has won its last eight home games, scoring an average of 80.3 points while giving up 64.3.DID YOU KNOW: Southern is ranked first among SWAC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 32.1 percent. The Jaguars have averaged 11 offensive boards per game.___ March 9, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 7 seed Alabama State (8-23, 7-11) vs. No. 2 seed Southern (16-15, 13-5)Southwestern Athletic Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, F.G. Clark Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Alabama State is set to take on Southern in the quarterfinals of the SWAC tourney. Southern swept the two-game regular season series. The teams last played on Feb. 22, when the Jaguars outshot Alabama State 43.4 percent to 25.5 percent and recorded seven fewer turnovers en route to the 12-point victory. Associated Press center_img For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Alabama St. faces Southern in SWAC quarterslast_img read more

Abramovich Pumps £247m into Chelsea in One Year

first_imgThe club’s wage bill went up by £41m in 2019 despite not playing in the Champions League.And there were also big-money moves for new players including Kepa Arrizabalaga, Christian Pulisic, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho.Chelsea have now spent an eye-watering £90m on sacking managers since Abramovich took over in 2004.Former Italy midfielder Conte steered Chelsea to the 2017 Premier League title but was dismissed a year later with 12 months left on his contract as the Blues finished fifth and failed to qualify for the Champions League.Conte also led Chelsea to victory in the 2018 FA Cup, with a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the final.“Exceptional items in the current year of £26.6m relate to changes in respect of the men’s team management and coaching staff, together with associated legal costs,” read Chelsea’s latest set of published accounts, for the year ending June 30, 2019.Abramovich, 53, is the most successful owner in the club’s history.The Blues have won the Premier League five times, the FA Cup five times, three League Cups, the Europa League twice and the Champions League under his ownership.He was once a regular fixture in the directors’ box at Stamford Bridge, but a visa dispute has kept him largely out of the country since early 2018.Abramovich withdrew an application for a British visa in June 2018 following reported delays in his application.His previous tier-1 visa, which allows people who invest more than £2m in the British economy to stay for 40 months, had been granted before more stringent regulations were introduced in April 2015 as relations between the British and Russian governments soured.The British government launched a crackdown on wealthy investors coming to the UK after the poisoning in Salisbury of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March 2018.Former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal was left in a critical condition when his home was contaminated with nerve agent Novichok. His daughter, Yulia, was also poisoned in a suspected attack by Russian spies.Abramovich instead secured an Israeli passport. Israeli citizens may visit the UK as a visitor for a ‘maximum period of six months’ but are required to obtain a UK visa if they want to ‘live, work or study’ in the UK.His appearance at the Europa League final in Baku in May, in which the Blues beat Arsenal 4-1, was the first time he’d watched his side in action in over a year.Reports suggested the visa row had led Abramovich to put the club up for sale, but no buyers were willing to pay the £2.5billion price tag.Chairman Bruce Buck told the UK’s Guardian last November that Abramovich still helped run the club as much as ever, despite having to keep his distance.“In terms of being involved, in looking at new players, talking about whether to extend players’ contracts, do we buy this player, do we sell this player, (Abramovich) was always intimately involved in that from day one and is just as intimately involved now,” said Buck.“He talks to Marina (Granovskaia) – the board member who supervises the football operation – several times a day, every day. Marina has been doing that for seven or eight years; that hasn’t let up or changed at all.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Roman Abramovich pumped £247million into Chelsea in 2018-19 it has emerged, despite barely being seen at Stamford Bridge in the last two years.Abramovich has continued to invest heavily despite running the club from abroad due to ongoing issues over his UK visa amid a souring of diplomatic relations between the British government and Russia.The Premier League club’s latest accounts also show they paid a total of £26.6m in compensation after sacking former manager Antonio Conte and his backroom staff.last_img read more

Point guard Hughes puts Marquette game behind

first_imgMILWAUKEE — Coming off arguably his worst game of the season— an outing that could only be described as shaky at best — Trevon Hughes knewwhat he needed to do: get back to basics.”We have to control the tempo of this game; we wanted tocome out of it with a win and we wanted to try and get the ball in the postlike we did today,” Hughes said.That simple approach paid off for Hughes Wednesday night, ashe spearheaded Wisconsin’s 61-39 win over UW-Milwaukee with a sharp performance.”I think it’s more how he responded to being a competitiveguy, to wanting to be better and help his team win. … He understands goodversus bad, and I think tonight he had a chance to show that,” UW head coach BoRyan said. “I like the way he bounced back.”For as shaky and rushed as Hughes looked at times againstMarquette, he looked equally in control Wednesday.”That’s from the past game,” Hughes said. “Watching gametape I learned what’s a good shot from what’s a bad shot. As I look at it,every time I went in for a layup I had teammates open. … The movement withoutthe ball is great for this team, and I’m learning that myself.”That control was especially on display in the first half,when Hughes played perhaps his best 20 minutes of the season, scoring 10points, handing out three assists and nabbing two steals.Hughes came out showing no ill effects from his dismalshooting against Marquette — when he made just 4 of 15 attempts (26.7 percent)— and made each of the first four shots he took.After knocking down a 16-footer from the top of the key forhis first basket, Hughes went to work. He used his speed and quickness to findholes in the Panthers’ defense and drive the ball to the hoop. Hughes’ nextthree baskets all came on short bankers in the lane.The sophomore guard would go until 14:20 remaining in thesecond half before he missed a shot, a deep 3-pointer off a Greg Stiemsmascreen.”That wasn’t in my mind,” Hughes said of his poor shootingagainst Marquette. “I had to (get in the lane), that’s my job. My job is to getmy team involved. … That’s why you call it a scouting report. I know that if Ican get in the paint, my teammates will get open and get open shots.”And opposed to how he seemed to force contested shots intraffic in both of Wisconsin’s losses, when Hughes drove and found things notto his liking Wednesday, he was able to stay composed. The point guard finishedseveral drives with pretty dishes to open teammates, and wound up with threeassists for the game.That ability to penetrate caused all kinds of problems forthe Panthers.”It’s either our opponents go at us or they sink in andhelp,” said Marcus Landry, who finished with a game-high 16 points. “If theysink in and help, then we’re wide open on our cuts. Coach says people don’tlike to guard those cuts, so that gives Trevon the opportunity to drive. And ifthey’re trying to guard our cuts, [the lane is] wide open … to get to thepaint and finish baskets.”Always his own harshest critic when it comes to ballsecurity, Hughes was quick to point out he still needs to improve on what heconsiders to be a glaring statistic: his turnovers.Hughes turned the ball over three times on the night, and asa team the Badgers had another 18-turnover game.”I’m not satisfied,” Hughes said. “I had threeturnovers, and as a point guard you’re supposed to control the team.”last_img read more

USC paid former Keck dean over $1.8 million in a settlement following his termination

first_imgIn a statement to the Daily Trojan, USC said the previous University administration was responsible for the settlement payments. USC paid former Keck School of Medicine dean Carmen Puliafito over $1.8 million following his termination from the University, according to University tax filings disclosed this week. The L.A. Times investigation uncovered footage and photographs of Puliafito smoking methamphetamine and ingesting ecstasy in various settings, including on campus. “In 2017, the University’s previous administration reached a settlement agreement with Carmen Puliafito to resign from his faculty position, give up his tenure and separate from the University,” USC wrote. “Since that time, USC has implemented significant reforms regarding what corrective actions must be taken when any employee violates university policies and the procedures that must be followed regarding their separation.” Former Keck dean Carmen Puliafito was paid $850,000 in severance, $624,000 in base pay and $124,000 in bonus pay, among other payments. (Photo from USC News) Puliafito, who was stripped of his medical license by the Medical Board of California last summer, has a court hearing scheduled next year to determine if he can return to treating patients, the Times reported. While the dean resigned in 2016, he was not officially barred from campus and stripped of his tenure until a settlement was reached in Fall 2017 following a Los Angeles Times investigation into the matter that summer. The settlement included the $1.8 million payment, according to this year’s tax forms, which are required to be publicly disclosed due to USC’s status as a nonprofit organization. Former president C. L. Max Nikias said USC was not aware of Puliafito’s illegal activities prior to his resignation. Following the Times report, the University hired former U.S. attorney Debra Wong Yang to lead an internal investigation. According to the Times, the findings of Yang’s report have been kept secret for two years. The Chronicle of Higher Education, which first reported the University payments, stated that USC paid Puliafito $850,000 in severance along with $624,000 in base pay, $124,000 in bonus pay and a remaining $206,215 in unidentified payments. A University spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times that Puliafito’s bonus was paid in accordance with his employment contract. last_img read more