Gov. Wolf Announces More Support for Victims of Sexual Assault SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 11, 2020 Criminal Justice Reform, Human Services, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Office of Victims’ Services in the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is now accepting sexual assault counseling claims for victims of sexual abuse. This claim process, which was enacted as part of Act 87 of 2019, covers the costs of therapy and counseling for victims of childhood and adult sexual abuse in the commonwealth.“With this new process, victims of one of the most unimaginable crimes have another means of receiving the support they deserve,” Gov. Wolf said. “My executive order for mental health support, Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters, emphasizes the need to remove barriers to mental health care and this monetary support for counseling services can help eliminate barriers to vital wellness care for sexual assault survivors.”The sexual assault counseling claim process is modeled after the Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP), which also provides financial support to victims after a crime has occurred. Unlike standard VCAP claims, sexual assault victims seeking counseling services related to their abuse under this new claim process are not required to have reported the assault to police or other authorities to be eligible to receive these counseling benefits.Under the law, a direct victim of sexual abuse who at the time of the crime was 18 or older is potentially eligible for up to $5,000 in counseling services. A direct victim of sexual abuse who at the time of the crime was under 18 is potentially eligible for up to $10,000 in counseling services. Counseling services include mental health therapy performed by or under the supervision of a psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed professional counselor, or licensed social worker.To be considered for an award under this claim process, a direct victim/claimant must first submit a completed Sexual Assault Counseling Claim form to PCCD’s VCAP unit. The form can be found online at PCCD’s website, by calling 1-800-233-2339 or emailing ra-davesupport.@pa.gov.Learn more about the claim process.
Mark Tinker, head of Asian equities at AXA Framlington, added that innovative developments were boosted by China’s growing middle class population and rising incomes, as well as by the continuing migration to urban areas where more people were digitally connected.He advised investors to shun state-owned firms “as they represent the old industry”.The same went for indices and exchange-traded funds because they lacked sufficient technology, innovation and growth, Tinker contended. “Only by actively investing will investors benefit from the technological revolution in China,” he said. AXA Framlington only offers actively managed funds.Bryan Collins, head of Asian fixed income at Fidelity International, also saw opportunities in the transition to a consumption-driven services economy which was increasingly focused on the environment.“As a consequence, new chances are created in technology such as renewable energy and air purification,” he said.Collins also emphasised that investments were possible across the entire spectrum of the Chinese capital market, comprising a diversity of bonds in terms of duration, rating and coupon rates as well as dollar and renminbi-denominated government paper.He noted that China’s “onshore bonds” for foreign investors – issued since 2015 – have been added to several indices and that this trend was accelerating.As the onshore market represents a value of $12trn (€10.1trn), the potential was enormous, according to Collins. Investors should refocus on China as a new digital services economy rather than on “old China” and its production-based economy, according to AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM).Speaking at the annual conference of IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro last week in Amsterdam, senior economist Aidan Yao said that the country’s transition to a services-based economy was in full swing and was driven by a fast-growing middle class, as well as innovation and new technology.This trend was confirmed by an annual rise in research and development costs of 12% across the country during the past five years, he said.Although the Chinese government was largely sponsoring these costs, in Yao’s opinion, the reform policy was bearing fruit “as the authorities are increasingly open to the privatisation of companies”.
Rescuers in Nepal battled on Tuesday to reach remote communities devastated by a huge earthquake that has killed at least 4,310 people, as the impoverished country’s leader said relief workers had still not reached many of the worst-hit areas.Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told an emergency all-party meeting that the government was sending desperately needed tents, water and food supplies to those in need.But he said getting help to remote Himalayan villages left devastated by Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude quake was a “major challenge” in the desperately poor country, where many communities are inaccessible by road.Sources say an estimated eight million people have been affected by the massive earthquake in Nepal, and 1.4 million are in need of food aid, the United Nations says.International aid has started arriving but there is still a shortage of medical equipment, food and body bags.The 7.8-magnitude quake hit Nepal on Saturday destroying buildings in Kathmandu and severely affecting rural areas across the region.A government official said on Tuesday the death toll had risen to 4,310.Almost 8,000 people have been injured, home ministry spokesperson Laxmi Prasad Dhakal is quoted as saying.China’s Air Force planes are already in Nepal to give relief to the victims of the quake and also help in rescue operations following Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake.Two IL-76 planes were dispatched to an airport in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, and one IL-76 plane was placed at an airport in Kunming, capital of nearby Yunnan Province, to transport PLA rescuers and logistics to Nepal. International aid has started arriving but there is still a shortage of medical equipment, food and body bags.
Delegation of football club ”Sarajevo” visited Kaiserslautern on the invitation by Helmut Rufe (FSV AG, Sports Top 5, etc), where they talked about the cooperation of FC ”Sarajevo” and German investors.President of the Assembly Adnan Hadžimuratovi, President Dino Selimović and member of College Elvir Kantaradžić represented FC Sarajevo.FC Sarajevo delegation saw the new stadium of Kaiserslautern and watched the match of their U-23 team.In the end, they concluded that Germans are interested in building a camp of FC ”Sarajevo” which has the aim to training young players since BiH has very talented players who could advance even further with the help of top class coaches.