Gov. Wolf Announces More Support for Victims of Sexual Assault

first_imgGov. Wolf Announces More Support for Victims of Sexual Assault SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 11, 2020center_img 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.last_img read more

Two Injured in Massive Fort Lauderdale Boat Fire; Officials Close Intracoastal Waterway

first_imgAlthough there is minimal impact to nearby roads, the intracoastal waterway is shut down as of about 3:30 p.m. The boat, a 60-foot sport fisherman, reportedly caught fire directly behind the Shooters restaurant, says Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen GollanThe restaurant is located at 3033 Northeast 32nd Ave. just south of Oakland Park Boulevard. Gollan adds that two people were injured, but did not have any additional information on the extent of their injuries. A massive boat fire in Fort Lauderdale has shut down the intracoastal waterway in both directions as of late Sunday afternoon, and officials say two people are being treated for injuriescenter_img “FLFR is working a boat fire aboard and approximately 60 foot sport fishermen on the inter coastal and East Oakland Park Blvd.,” Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue tweeted at 3:08 p.m. The cause of the fire is not yet known, and it was unclear if there were any other injuries.last_img read more

Human rights department files a complaint against Minneapolis PD

first_imgThe Minnesota Department of Human Rights has filed a complaint against the Minneapolis Police DepartmentThe complaint was filed on June 2nd, just a week after George Floyd was killed while in police custody after an officer kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes.According to the report, the police department has had several complaints over the last few years about police brutuality against certain citizens.This complaint will open an investigation into the practices, policies and patterns of the department over the past 10 years, to see if the department engaged in systemic violations of human and civil rights.last_img

England amateur Conor Gough to make Tour debut

first_img England amateur star Conor Gough will make his European Tour debut at Hillside next week after receiving an invite to participate in the 2019 Betfred British Masters from May 9-12.The 16-year-old, who won the British Boys Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush and Portstewart last year, will be taking the same first steps on the European Tour as this year’s British Masters host Tommy Fleetwood. He made his European Tour debut at the same event in 2008. Fleetwood missed the cut by just one shot after rounds of 75 and 73, so Gough will be hoping to go one better in Southport.Similarly to Fleetwood, Gough has been a member of a victorious Jacques Léglise Trophy side and is a member of the England Boys’ squad. Fleetwood represented GB&I against Europe in 2007 and again in 2008, helping his side win the trophy on both occasions.“I’m very excited to play the Betfred British Masters,” said Gough. “I can’t wait to see the European Tour pros play up close and try and compete with some of them. It’ll be a great experience for me and it’ll give me a taste of what the future may hold.“Having people like Tommy to look up to really gives young English golfers a lot of confidence, knowing that there are players out there who are better than the Europeans or the Americans. It’s very important to have people like Tommy, Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace to name a few to look up to – it gives us the knowledge that it can be done.”Gough has three victories to his name in the last 12 months, adding the Fairhaven Trophy and Major Champions Invitational to his trophy cabinet alongside his Boys Amateur success – he became the first Englishman to win the Boys Amateur since Matt Fitzpatrick in 2012. He also represented Team Europe at The 2018 Junior Ryder Cup last September. He won England Golf’s Performance of the Year Award for his successes in 2018.“Before last season I really knuckled down over the winter and did a lot of practice, and that really paid off,” said Gough. “The British Boys Amateur was the most mentally tough week I’ve had in my life, but it was also really fun. Then I had the chance to go to the Junior Ryder Cup, which was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.“Having the opportunity to play in the British Masters feels like a reward for the hard work I’ve put in over the last 12 months, I can’t wait to get started.”Gough may well be the busiest player in the field at Hillside next month. When he is not out on the fairways, he will be studying for his GCSE exams which start later in May.“It’s going to tough preparing for both,” added Gough. “Most mornings I’ll be revising and then playing golf in the afternoon. When I’m at Hillside, I’ll be revising when I’m not playing golf. I think I’ll manage it – I might be one of the busiest people that week.”Fleetwood continues the sequence of British players claiming hosting rights since the rebirth of the tournament in 2015.“Playing the British Masters in 2008 was a great experience for me,” said Fleetwood. “I missed the cut by one shot but I learned so much being around so many great players.“Hopefully Conor will benefit from his experience in the same way I did and go out and enjoy the week.”Ian Poulter (2015), Luke Donald (2016), Lee Westwood (2017) and most recently Justin Rose (2018) have all played an important part in the success of the tournament following its reintroduction to the schedule, which had previously been an integral part of the European Tour’s calendar from the Tour’s formation in 1972 through to 2008.Tickets to the 2019 Betfred British Masters hosted by Tommy Fleetwood at Hillside Golf Club from May 9-12 are available by clicking here. A range of hospitality packages are also available.Image copyright Leaderboard Photography 3 May 2019 England amateur Conor Gough to make Tour debut Tags: elite golf, England Boys’ Squad, European Tourlast_img read more

Black Fives NY Exhibit highlights Monticello Athletic Club, Cum Posey, Jr.

first_imgWhen Claude Johnson was an engineering student at Carnegie Mellon University, he didn’t know Cumberland Posey Jr. was, in addition to owning the Homestead Grays Negro League Team, one of the seminal figures in the history of Black basketball.But, now after a career path that took him from Lawrence Livermore labs, to IBM, to the NBA and Nike, Johnson heads the Black Fives Foundation dedicated to preserving and educating people about Blacks in “basket ball,” as it was first called, from the early 1900s until 1950.And Johnson not only knows who Cumberland Posey is, he is featuring him in an exhibit he is guest curating at the New York Historical Society that opens March 14.Due to segregation in the early 1900s, Black athletes formed their own professional leagues. Because teams have five starting players, they were called “fives.” Some of the most famous Black Five teams were the New York Renaissance, or the Rens, the Washington Bears, and the most famous remnant of that era, the Harlem Globetrotters.But Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University feature prominently in the exhibit because Cumberland Posey also starred for Duquesne during the Black Fives Era.One of the great stories in sports of any kind, which Johnson previously wrote about for the foundation website, involves Posey and the Monticello Athletic Club team in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.Jim Dorsey (left) and Cum Posey (Second from left) pictured with members of the Monticello Athletic Club circa 1912. The Monticello lineup also featured Walter Clark, Sell Hall, Israel Lee, and Cum’s brother Seward.“They couldn’t practice in any quality gymnasiums because of segregation, but on that team was one of the Dorsey brothers, all great athletes. Anyway, Jim Dorsey worked as the janitor at a Whites-only Phipps Gymnasium on the North Side, and he would let the team in on Sundays,” he said. “They practiced in secret, so nobody knew who they were when they came out and started playing, and they just blew everyone away and won the 1912 league championship. So Dorsey literally held the keys to their success.”Union Labor Temple in Pittsburgh was one of the few gyms in Pittsburgh where Black basketball players could play.After World War I, Dorsey became the director of the Center Avenue YMCA. As Johnson put it, “he finally got his own gym.”Posey, at the time was a star athlete at Duquesne, captain of its baseball, basketball and golf teams, which led to another curiosity.“If you look at the basketball roster, his name is listed as Charles Cumbert,” said Johnson. “It wasn’t because he was Black, the Holy Ghost fathers integrated the school well before 1900. It was because he was playing for these professional teams—Monticello, the Loendi Big Five, The Monarch Elks Five– making money playing against white clubs in barnstorming exhibitions. It was because he was a ‘ringer.’”In an interesting coincidence, the current Duquesne basketball team will be in New York for the Atlantic-10 Tournament when the exhibit opens. Johnson said he hoped to arrange for them to visit, if they have an off day.The exhibit at the Historical Society features a host of photos from the Black Fives Era, including other famous players Jackie Robinson, of the LA Red Devils, and Paul Robeson, of the St. Christopher Club of Harlem.Exhibit workers put finishing touches on Cumberland Posey display at Black Fives exhibit in New York.It also contains memorabilia including ticket stubs, event broadsheets, and an advertisement for the 1912 “Pittsburgh vs. New York” Annual Christmas Basketball Games and Dance of the Alpha Physical Culture Club, as well as vintage equipment such as leather basketballs, buckle-front shorts, and leather and wool basketball knee pads.The exhibit runs through July 20 at the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park Westat 77th Street, New York, NY 10024.Images courtesy of the Black Fives Foundation, except Monticello AC photo, courtesy of Zerbie Dorsey Swain collection.(Send comments to cmorrow@newpittsburghcourier.com.)last_img read more