Twitter launches crowd-sourced fact-checking project

February 8, 2021

first_imgTwitter is enlisting its users to help combat misinformation on its service by flagging and notating misleading and false tweets. The pilot program, called Birdwatch, allows a preselected group of users who sign up through Twitter. People who want to sign up must have a U.S.-based phone carrier, verified email and phone number and no recent Twitter rule violations. Twitter says it wants both experts and non-experts to write Birdwatch notes. Twitter, along with other social media companies, has been grappling how best to combat misinformation on its service. Despite tightened rules and enforcement, falsehoods about the U.S. presidential election and the coronavirus continue to spread.last_img read more

Ryan Steele, Bryce Ryness, Jason Gotay & More B’way Faves Join Peter Pan Live!

January 18, 2021

first_imgA host of Broadway (Newsies) favorites complete the casting for Peter Pan Live!. Ryan Steele will play Lost Boy Curly, with Bryce Ryness as Pirate Starkey and Jason Gotay as Lost Boy Tootles. They join the previously announced Allison Williams as Pan, Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, Christian Borle as Mr. Darling/Smee, Kelli O’Hara as Mrs. Darling, Taylor Louderman as Wendy Darling and Alanna Saunders as Tiger Lily. The telecast will air on December 4 at 8PM EST.We now know that the company will also feature Michael Park (Pirate Cecco), Caitlin Houlahan (Jane), Jake Lucas (John Darling), John Allyn (Michael Darling), Jacob Guzman (Lost Boy Twin 1), David Guzman (Lost Boy Twin 2), Chris McCarrell (Lost Boy Nibs), F. Michael Haynie (Lost Boy Sniffler), Dyllon Burnside (Lost Boy Prickles), Daniel Quadrino (Lost Boy Bunting), Garett Hawe (Lost Boy Patches), Michael Hartung (Lost Boy Sniffler), Chris Sullivan (Pirate Noodler), Alan H. Green (Pirate Cookson), Austin Lesch (Pirate Bill Jukes), T. Oliver Reid (Pirate Oliver Shreeks/Islander), Gary Milner (Pirate The Vicar/Islander), Matt Wall (Pirate Skylights/Islander), Ryan Andes (Pirate Admirable Chrichton) and John Arthur Greene (Pirate Robert Mullins/Islander). Other Pirates and Islanders include Dominique Kelley, Marty Lawson, Charlie Williams, Michael Munday, CJ Tyson, Alex Wong, Andrew Pirozzi, James Brown III and Keenan Washington.A Great White Way family classic, Peter Pan premiered on October 20, 1954 at the Winter Garden Theatre, featuring a book by J.M. Barrie, music by Mark “Moose” Charlap and Jule Style, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins and Mary Martin in the lead role of the boy who won’t grow up. NBC has broadcast the musical live a total of three times previously: in 1955 (when it reached 65 million viewers), 1956 and 1960. The show has been revived five times on Broadway since. The tuner’s classic songs include “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land.”The broadcast is the Peacock Network’s follow-up to the highly rated Sound of Music Live!, which featured Carrie Underwood along with many Broadway favorites. Star Files View Commentscenter_img Bryce Rynesslast_img read more

Chattanooga Is So Dirty (but in a good way)

December 30, 2020

first_imgThe hottest mountain town below the Mason- Dixon? It’s not uber-hip Asheville, N.C., or trendy and athletic Charlottesville, Va. It’s not the dirt-bag paradise of Boone, or up-and-comer Fayetteville, W.Vva. It’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, a former industrial town that was once dubbed the “dirtiest city in America” by the federal government thanks to the city’s alarming levels of pollution emissions. Today, Chattanooga has eschewed its industrial image and emerged as a paradise of singletrack, rock, and rivers. Boaters, climbers, runners, and bikers are now flocking to the city for the world-class recreation that sits literally on the edge of town.Randy Whorton moved to Chattanooga with his wife from Boulder, Colo., expecting to spend a year, maybe two, in the Southern town before heading back to the Rockies. Seven years later, the Whortons have no intentions of heading west.“We had no idea that the recreation would be this good,” says Whorton, founder of Wild Trails, a nonprofit that distributes grants to clubs for local trail construction and maintenance. “There’s so much singletrack around this city, it’s unbelievable.”Chattanooga sits on a dramatic bend in the Tennessee River, virtually surrounded by the short, but steep mountains that make up the Tennessee River Gorge.  Much of that land is a mix of state parks, forests, private conservancy, and Tennessee Valley Authority land that’s open to the public and, over the last few years, has been systematically developed for recreation by groups like Wild Trails and the Southern Off-Road Bikers Association (SORBA). The amount of trails close to town is off the charts. There are 56 trailheads within 30 minutes of downtown. Boulder has only 21.It’s not just singletrack that Chattanooga offers. “Chattanooga is easily one of the top two or three climbing towns in the country,” says Dan Rose, a climber who opened the Crash Pad hostel in downtown Chattanooga in 2010. The fabled crags of Lookout Mountain are 10 minutes from downtown.For mountain bikers and trail runners, Raccoon Mountain’s 22 miles of singletrack waits 10 minutes away. For hikers, the Cumberland Trail starts 20 minutes from town and continues to grow north. New trail projects are scattered throughout the gorge, including an inner city tract known as Stringer’s Ridge and Williams Island, a 20-acre hunk of land sitting in the middle of the Tennessee River close to downtown.“It’s changed the lifestyle of the city,” Whorton says. “The outdoors isn’t just for the weekends here. It’s after work. It’s lunch break. You can blitz up to Raccoon Mountain, knock out a loop, and be back to work in an hour and a half.”The growing “live to play” philosophy catapulted Chattanooga into the national spotlight this year when Outside Magazine readers declared the city the “Best Town Ever,” besting perennial favorites like Boulder, Portland, and Durango. It wasn’t always this way. Before former mayor-turned Senator Bob Corker declared Chattanooga was “the Boulder of the East” in 2003 and enacted key initiatives to make good on that claim, few locals were enjoying the outdoor adventure that was staring them in the face. Ben Friberg is a Chattanooga local and stand-up paddleboarder who says he had the rivers and mountains to himself as a kid.“I was always surprised there weren’t more people out in the elements when I was growing up,” says Friberg. “In the ‘90s, it seemed like you had everything to yourself. If you ran into anyone on the river, they were probably a good friend.”Today, the creeks that Friberg grew up paddling are widely recognized as some of the steepest and gnarliest in the South. Ditto the climbing on the sandstone walls that rise from the Tennessee River and its many tributaries. Some of the most storied climbing crags in the East (Tennessee Wall, Sunset) sit on the outskirts of downtown. The singletrack continues to grow as well, as mountain bikers and trail runners work together to build out Raccoon Mountain’s system and create brand new trail hubs, like the newly created Five Points system, which runs on top of Lookout Mountain not far from downtown. You could still call Chattanooga the dirtiest city in America. Only now, it’s a compliment.Raccoon Mountain22 miles of purpose-built singletrack overlooking downtown Chattanooga. The system was built by mountain bikers, but is beloved by all and hosts the Scenic City Trail Marathon and a leg of the Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race.Tennessee WallA 100-foot sandstone cliff on the edge of the Tennessee River Gorge in Prentice Cooper State Forest. The crack-heavy crag is one of the most beloved climbing areas in the East.Tennessee RiverThe steep slopes surrounding Chattanooga are full of class IV-V creeks. For something more mellow, consider knocking out a piece of the 48-mile Tennessee River Blueway that runs from Chickamauga Dam to Nickajack Dam. The section that skirts the edge of downtown near the aquarium is popular with canoes, kayaks, swimmers, and SUP’s.LAND AT The Crash PadThe Crash Pad, a boutique hostel in downtown Chattanooga that caters to the adventure-set, is easily the nicest hostel you’ll ever stay in state-side. crashpadchattanooga.com Gear Up AT Rock Creek Rock Creek Outfitters has been singing Chattanooga’s praises for two decades. Their popular race series helps fund the many trail projects around town. rockcreek.comlast_img read more

Colombian Government Seeks to Accelerate Negotiations with FARC

December 20, 2020

first_img The Colombian government seeks to accelerate the peace talks with the communist FARC guerrillas, head of the official negotiators Humberto de la Calle said before leaving for Cuba to resume talks on January 14. “We need a better pace. I want it to reach public opinion and the FARC,” former Colombian Vice President told the press. Negotiators appointed by President Juan Manuel Santos’s government traveled to Havana, Cuba, after the Christmas and New Year’s holiday recess, on January 13. The talks, which started in the Cuban capital on November 19, 2012, have developed “slowly,” confirmed President Santos in December, after receiving a report from negotiators. Santos has set November 2013 as a deadline for reaching an agreement with the FARC. “We want to move with responsibility, but at a rate in which the country expects to reach the results to benefit Colombia,” De la Calle added. He assured that “the government team is aware of the desire for peace in the country,” and that is the reason why they are involved in these talks with “realism, seriousness, dignity, and without generating false expectations about the results.” He highlighted the government delegates and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) would resume the discussion about rural development on January 14, the first of five points in the previously agreed negotiation agenda. Former Vice President De la Calle revealed that the parties were already “discussing each one of the specific issues” of the first agenda topic. The other four subjects to be discussed include: drug trafficking, rights of the victims of the armed conflict, guerrillas’ transition into political life, and the mechanics of the armed conflict’s end with the FARC, which have been in an armed battle against the State for 48 years. De la Calle added that “we have a long way ahead. There is a chance for peace, and we hope it is settled in concrete agreements.” The negotiation process with the FARC – the fourth one in history with the insurgents – was supported by former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jimmy Carter on January 12, who visited Bogotá to learn firsthand about the progress of peace talks. “The (peace) process is not only important for Colombia, but also for the region and the whole world,” Carter said on January 12 after meeting with Santos. By Dialogo January 15, 2013last_img read more

Brazil Hosts Military World Beach Volleyball and Swimming Games

December 20, 2020

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo December 18, 2017 Brazil played host to two military world games in Rio de Janeiro: the second Military World Beach Volleyball Championship (November 6th–13th) and the 49th Military World Swimming Championship (December 11th–15th). The Taekwondo Military World Championship will also take place in the country in 2018. The events—part of the International Military Sports Council (CISM, in French)—fall under Brazil’s ministries of Defense and Sports, via the Department of Military Sports. The championships’ goal is to encourage preparation of high performing military athletes for the 2019 Military World Games, and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. “Brazil is an outstanding member of the council and considered one of the greatest world military sports powers. The country aspires, with reason and merit, to be an Olympic power. The continuity of our program will certainly help the country in the pursuit of this dream,” said Brazilian Navy Vice Admiral Paulo Zuccaro, director of the Department of Military Sports of the Ministry of Defense. “The World Military Games currently include 41 sporting events, of which 34 are Olympic events. They intentionally precede the Olympics. The council deliberately holds the World Military Games one year before the Olympics to encourage different countries’ to plan for this event,” Vice Adm. Zuccaro said. Beach volleyball leaders More than 50 athletes from Brazil and other countries participated in the second Military World Beach Volleyball Championship. Brazil dominated the podium, winning eight out of nine medals in both categories. In the men’s category, the duo comprising Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) Petty Officer Second Class Álvaro Filho and Brazilian Air Force Staff Sergeant Saymon Barbosa Santos, won the gold medal. Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) Command Sergeant Major Gustavo “Guto” Albrecht Carvalhes and EB Command Sergeant Major Vitor Araújo Gonçalves Felipe took the silver. The bronze went to MB Petty Officer Second Class Evandro Gonçalves Júnior and MB Petty Officer Second Class André Loyola Stein. In the women’s category, MB Petty Officer Second Class Ágatha Bednarczuk and EB Command Sergeant Major Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa won the gold, while EB Command Sergeant Major Larissa França Maestrini and EB Command Sergeant Major Ana Patrícia Silva Ramos took the silver. Qualifying rounds were held at the Army’s Physical Training Center in the southern zone of Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil’s great sports training hubs, where athletes train for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The semifinals and finals took place at the Olympic Park in Barra to take advantage of the Olympic legacy of Rio 2016. “This experience is very important for me because every tournament, every day that goes by, is a learning experience. To be part of the high performance team is very important,” said CSM Lisboa, of the gold-winning pair. “It’s an honor and a pleasure to be able to represent the [Armed] Forces and Brazil. For us, it’s a great pleasure,” said CSM Larissa, of the duo that took the silver medal. At the closing ceremony, EB Colonel David Kabré, a CISM representative, congratulated the military athletes and spoke about the importance of friendship and overcoming cultural differences for peace. “At the beginning I thought there’d be a good level of competition. Now, at the end, I see that it was an excellent competition,” he said. Swimming championship The CISM 49th Military World Swimming Championship in Rio de Janeiro brought together more than 300 foreign service members, including athletes and technical committees. In addition to Brazil, 11 countries participated. The opening ceremony and competitions were held at the Air Force University at Campo dos Afonsos, in the western part of Rio de Janeiro. According to Vice Adm. Zuccaro, swimming has a strong military component in the competition and—similarly to the Military World Volleyball games—gathered the best Brazilian athletes. “In swimming we have high-profile names, like Etiene Medeiros—by far the biggest name in Brazilian swimming—in addition to João Gomes Junior and Daiene Marçal Dias. The three just won the Fast Lane Challenge held in October. The recent event combined two men and two women in a very difficult race against a strong North American foursome that included Olympic medalists. The level was very high,” Vice Adm. Zuccaro said. All athletes who participate in the military world championships are part of the High Performance Athletes Program (PAAR, in Portuguese), created in 2008. A year prior, the country hosted the 2011 Military World Games and won first place in a number of events. The objective of PAAR is to strengthen the Brazilian military team to participate in high-level national and international sporting events. “At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil won 19 medals, 13 of which were from military athletes who represented just 30 percent of the Brazilian delegation of 145 athletes. Our winning medal rate was practically five times greater than the national average. It took 50 athletes from the delegation to win an Olympic medal. Among the military, one in 11 won a medal,” said Vice Adm. Zuccaro. “So we have every indication that we must make great strides with our program, because it’s important for the country.” Sports as a social alternative According to Vice Adm. Zuccaro the Armed Forces have invested in young athletes for 14 years through the Armed Forces in Sports Program—the Ministry of Defense, in partnership with the ministries of Sport and Social and Agrarian Development developed the curriculum. Through sports, the program currently serves 23,000 youth and adolescents between 6 and 18 years old in vulnerable social situations throughout the country. “The main objective of the program is social inclusion, but we also manage to discover talents. It’s one of the aspects most needed in Brazil: integration between fundamentals and high performance,” said Vice Adm. Zuccaro. “We are very satisfied and proud of these two programs,” he said. Taking advantage of the favorable turn of events, Brazil, said the Vice Adm., will present its candidacy to CISM to host the Military World Judo Games in 2018.last_img read more

Cops: Drunk Mom Crashes 3 Times with Kids in SUV

December 18, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Manhattan mom accused of driving drunk with her two children in the vehicle fled the scene of two accidents on the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway Tuesday afternoon before slamming into a guardrail and overturning her Jeep Cherokee, Nassau County police said. Megan Pieroni, 38, faces several charges, including driving while intoxicated and two counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated, under Leandra’s Law. Her 5-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter, one of whom suffered a minor arm injury, were treated at a local hospital and released to the care of family members, police said. Pieroni, who injured her arm, remained in the hospital for observation, police said.Pieroni, according to police, was driving a 2008 Jeep Cherokee southbound on the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway at Exit 12 around 3:05 p.m. when she was involved in an accident and allegedly left the scene. Several minutes later, she got into another accident near Exit 7 that resulted in the other driver sustaining a minor injury, and she fled the scene a second time, police said. At around 3:10 p.m. Pieroni lost control of the Jeep near Exit 3, slammed into a guardrail on the shoulder and overturned the SUV, police said.Responding Highway Patrol officers detected alcohol on her breath and said that she was slurring her words and had red, bloodshot eyes, police said. A breathalyzer test conducted at the scene produced a positive result, police said, though they did not release a blood-alcohol level. Pieroni was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and leaving the scene of an accident. An arraignment date has not been set. Police said she’ll have her first court appearance “when practical.”last_img read more

ESIGN and transferable records

December 17, 2020

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With the need for social distancing during the current COVID-19 pandemic, you have probably heard a lot about eClosings and eMortgages. As explained in frequently asked questions (FAQs) prepared by Fannie Mae, “[a]n eClosing is the act of closing a mortgage loan electronically.” The Fannie Mae FAQs describe the term eMortgage to generally refer to an eClosing process that involves the note and mortgage being executed through the use of electronic signatures. The eClosing process could ultimately result in a note and mortgage signed electronically –an eMortgage—or the note and mortgage might require wet-ink signatures while disclosures are provided electronically to the applicant and signed electronically by the applicant. The Fannie Mae FAQs note that this latter process ending with electronic disclosures and a physical note and mortgage is often referred to as a hybrid closing.Your credit union might already be using a hybrid closing process and might be interested in moving toward an eMortgage process involving an electronically signed note and mortgage. Today’s blog will solely focus on the statutory requirements that must be satisfied to have an enforceable electronically signed note. A later blog will address requirements that affect whether an electronically signed mortgage is permissible under state law.Wait, ESIGN Permits Electronic Signatures on a Promissory Note Governed by Article 3 of the Uniform Commercial Code?A promissory note executed by a borrower evidences the borrower’s written promise to repay a loan received from a credit union. A promissory note, in general, is governed by Article 3 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). The scoping provisions of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (ESIGN) Act, suggest that the general rule of validity related to electronic records and electronic signatures does “not apply to a contract or other record to the extent it is governed by . . . the Uniform Commercial Code, as in effect in any State, other than sections 1–107 and 1–206 and Articles 2 and 2A.” See, 15 USC § 7003(a)(3). But a different section of the act, section 7021 of title 15 of the United States Code, provides the framework for using an electronic record like a promissory note governed by Article 3 of the UCC. That section explains that the key concept in facilitating an electronically signed note is the transferable record.last_img read more

Frank Lampard explains how Mesut Ozil caused Chelsea problems against Arsenal

October 18, 2020

first_imgThe German was creating issues until Lampard made some half-time tweaks (Picture: Getty)Frank Lampard says Chelsea struggled to deal with the movement and positioning of Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil and was disappointed with how his side dealt with playing against 10 men.The west Londoners looked in complete control of Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge when David Luiz was sent off for a cynical foul, with the double jeopardy rule not applying as Jorginho converted the resulting penalty.But rather than laying siege to Arsenal’s goal, it was actually the visitors who began to exert control, with Mikel Arteta even changing his mind over subbing on a centre-back due to how well the team were playing. Frank Lampard explains how Mesut Ozil caused Chelsea problems against Arsenal Advertisement Ozil worked tirelessly before being substituted in the second half (Picture: Getty)Lampard was unhappy with how Chelsea approached the match once Arsenal had been reduced to 10 men, particularly how they dealt with Ozil, and welcomed the chance to make tweaks at half-time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked why his side struggled to control the game despite their man advantage, Lampard explained: ‘Well I think probably for 15 minutes in the first half it did because I think we were still probably in the mindset of them with 11.‘And Ozil pulling out to the side and giving you some problems and I think we ended up being in a kind of middle ground. So I was pleased for half-time so I could address that.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalIn another interview with BT Sport, he added: ‘I think we were used to having a little bit of an issue where Ozil comes out to the side and we sort of stayed in the mode of dealing with them with 11, when really with 10 we could have been more aggressive.’Lampard continued: ‘Then I thought the second half was what it was, we had loads of the ball, we were in their half most of the time, they had a few breakaways – that can happen. Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Jan 2020 12:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link19.7kShares Advertisement Chelsea had to settle for a point despite playing against 10 men (Picture: Getty)‘Sometimes being tentative when they’ve got 10 is wrong, you have to go in and still be really positive to make sure they don’t get out. And they had a few moments and they fought for it and that’s what they should do in a London derby.‘So the initiative is on us to be really ruthless about doing the right things, to move the ball quick enough, to take your chances when they came along. I thought we moved it quick enough at times but we didn’t take our chances when we got them.’MORE: Mikel Arteta praises Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli and explains substitution confusionMORE: Ian Wright mocks Cesar Azpilicueta’s celebration after Arsenal find late equaliser against Chelsealast_img read more

How to reduce your refrigeration energy consumption by 15%

October 18, 2020

first_imgThe Grocer may use your contact data to keep you informed of its products and services by email or by phone. You can withdraw your marketing consent at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in such email or by sending an email to dataprivacy@wrbm.com. More information on our processing can be found in our Privacy Notice. By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Notice. Lowe Rental has been working side-by-side with the retail and refrigeration industries for over 40 years. During this time Lowe has witnessed a significant advancement in the technology used in integral refrigeration. The new generation of integrals now offer display and operating characteristics on par with their remote counterparts, tackling old limitations such as heat egress, noise and inefficiencies. Lowe’s technical experts are now seeing a growing number of integrals address traditional issues and deliver energy efficiencies that supersede those of the remote system. In order to support these findings, Lowe commissioned an independent study on the energy efficiency of integral cabinets vs remote systems, by Professor Judith Evans and her team at Refrigeration, Developments & Testing (RD&T). The findings are reported in this study and show that 5 out of the top 5 integral cabinets are up to 15% more energy efficient than their remote equivalents. This whitepaper also challenges the historical trend towards the outright purchase of refrigeration systems by analysing the financial and operational benefits of Long-Term Rental..last_img read more

BLOG: Wolf Administration Launches #ItsOnUsPA Campaign

October 17, 2020

first_img January 29, 2016 By: Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf First Lady Frances Wolf,  It’s On Us PA,  Public Safety,  The Blog Today, at Elizabethtown College, we joined Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, the PA Commission for Women, representatives from “It’s On Us” and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, numerous presidents from colleges across the state, and state representatives and senators to make an exciting announcement in our state’s fight against sexual assault.We announced “It’s on Us PA” – the first statewide effort to address the crisis of campus sexual assault. This builds on the White House “It’s on Us” campaign.The InitiativeWe need to treat sexual assault in our schools and colleges as the serious problem it truly is. We need to agree that we’re not going to put up with it any longer. That’s why we are launching this initiative.Together, we launched “It’s On Us PA.” Building off the momentum of the national “It’s On Us” movement launched by President Obama and Vice President Biden in 2014, “It’s On Us PA” will engage education leaders from school superintendents to college presidents as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, civic leaders, families, and communities to make a personal and public pledge to play a role in preventing, addressing, and responding effectively to sexual violence.With this announcement, Pennsylvania is the first state in the nation to launch an “It’s On Us” campaign. “It’s On Us PA” will be a statewide campaign that invites everyone to play a role in ending sexual assault.The PlanThe goals of “It’s On Us PA” are to:Improve awareness, prevention, reporting, and response systems in schools, colleges and universities to better serve all students.Remove and reduce the barriers that prevent survivors from not only reporting their assaults but also accessing vital resources. This will be accomplished by creating a more consistent, empowering reporting process for student survivors of gender-based violence.Demonstrate significant, proactive, and sustainable leadership to change campus culture by challenging Pennsylvania’s education leaders – including college and university presidents and district superintendents – as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, families, and communities to pledge to improve their institutions’ climate.With today’s launch, we will kick off a year of action.The Governor’s Office and the Pennsylvania Department of Education will hold roundtable discussions with leaders and community stakeholders over the next three months to develop a package of proposed legislation and recommendations to implement “It’s On Us PA” and to address the pressing issues of sexual assault in our schools, colleges and universities.PDE will also launch a webinar series in the spring for schools, colleges and universities focused on best practices and existing legal requirements related to sexual violence, including Title IX, Jeanne Clery Act, and state law.The CrisisPennsylvania’s greatest resource is the more than 2.5 million children and young adults enrolled in our schools and postsecondary institutions. We must ensure that every single student has an opportunity to live and learn in a safe, supportive environment that allows them to reach their full potential.For too many of our young people, classrooms and campuses are not the safe havens they should be.Sexual violence affects an estimated one in five college women and one in 20 college men. Nearly 20 percent of girls between the ages of 14 and 17 are sexually assaulted.Sexual assault affects the health and well-being of students.  Sadly, sexual assault can also derail a student’s educational success. Survivors often struggle with long-term health issues, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse. They are more likely to earn lower grades or drop out of school altogether.The impact of this violence extends beyond individuals to the entire community. Based on estimates from researchers, the lifetime costs in lowered educational attainment and lost productivity for adolescent girls experiencing sexual assault in Pennsylvania is a staggering $15.1 billion.Let’s Get StartedWhen a person is sexually assaulted, it reflects – and often reinforces – a number of negative forces: it promotes a culture of unfairness and discrimination, feeds on the pernicious idea that some people have clearer rights than others, and builds an environment of fear among the community of friends, acquaintance, and neighbors who know of the survivor’s ordeal.Safety is a fundamental civil right, and sexual assault is a clear violation of that civil right. When that violation occurs for any member of a community, it violates the right of everyone to a safe society. A society in which sexual assault is a big problem is a society in which the core values we claim to hold dear – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – are little more than empty ideals.We need to end sexual assault.We must recognize that this is a problem that demands leadership, courage, and action. We are proud to launch “It’s On Us PA.” Ensuring our students’ safety and well-being is paramount not only for their success, but the success of Pennsylvania as a whole.center_img BLOG: Wolf Administration Launches #ItsOnUsPA Campaign SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more