WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration is moving to revoke the designation of Yemen’s Houthis as a terrorist group, citing the need to mitigate one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters. President Donald Trump’s administration had branded the Iranian-backed Houthis as a foreign terrorist organization, a move that limited the provision of aid to the beleaguered Yemeni people, who have suffered under a yearslong civil war and famine. A State Department official confirmed the move Friday after members of Congress were notified of the administration’s plans. The official said the removal changed nothing about the Biden administration’s views of the Houthis, who have targeted civilians and kidnapped Americans.
Remarks by Governor Wolf at the Launch of “It’s On Us PA” It’s On Us PA, Remarks, Videos Elizabethtown CollegeElizabethtown, PATRANSCRIPT:I am proud to announce “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.This initiative has three goals.First, to improve awareness, prevention, reporting and response systems in the commonwealth.Second, to remove or at least reduce barriers that prevent survivors from reporting sexual assault.And third, to demonstrate that we are committed – at all levels – to the task of eradicating this scourge in Pennsylvania.This campaign is very important.We 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 because sexual assault has a corrosive effect on all of us. It clearly affects its survivors. It affects the friends, colleagues and family members of the survivor. It affects us all. And it happens a lot.Sexual violence is unfortunately pervasive in our society. It affects an estimated 1 in 5 college women.Nearly 20% of young women between the ages of 14 and 17 are sexually assaulted — mostly by someone the survivor knows and trusts: a classmate, a supposed friend, a relative, or a family member.And the impact is serious and widespread.First of all, sexual assault – wherever it occurs – clearly imposes a huge burden on the survivors. The individual consequences are clear.Survivors are more likely to experience immediate and long-term health issues like:Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – 94%Depression – 75%And suicidal tendencies – 35-50%Survivors are more likely than their peers to abuse alcohol. They are more likely to drop out of school. They are likely to have a lower GPA in college.All of which leads to an average reduction in lifetime income of over $240,000. That’s a $15.1 billion cost for Pennsylvania over the lives of these survivors in our state. So there are clear costs to the survivors of sexual assault.But, there are also clear costs to those living and studying around them.When someone else is sexually assaulted it reflects – and often reinforces – a number of negative forces.It promotes a culture of unfairness and discrimination. It feeds on the pernicious idea that some people have clearer rights than others. That some are more equal than others.It builds an environment of fear among the community of friends, acquaintances and neighbors who know of the survivor’s ordeal. And this inhibits and restricts freedom of action on the part of that entire community.Sexual assault places a barrier between people who have become concerned about the possibility of sexual assault and those with whom they might otherwise interact freely. It dampens the open exchange of everything from ideas to feelings.Finally, sexual assault reduces the quality of life for us all.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 that empty ideals.We need to end sexual assault.To this end, I have directed my administration to address this problem over the course of the next year.We have great partners in this effort. Over 40 colleges, universities and school districts in Pennsylvania have signed the pledge to join the “It’s On Us” campaign. And the hope is that many more will join this group.We also have a network of 50 rape crisis centers across the state ready and willing to work with our schools, colleges and universities.I am determined to make Pennsylvania a shining example to the rest of the world as to what committed citizens can do to make our world better.It’s truly on all of us to accomplish this.Let’s get to work.###Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf January 29, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Indianapolis, In. — Hunter participation in previous years has allowed the Indiana DNR to scale back bovine tuberculosis (bTB) surveillance in southeast Indiana.The bTB surveillance the DNR conducted during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 hunting seasons resulted in the collection of more than 2,500 samples. None tested positive for the disease.Because those testing results may suggest the prevalence of bovine tuberculosis within the previous surveillance zones was at a very low level, the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife has established a bovine tuberculosis surveillance zone in a smaller focal area of Franklin and Fayette counties than in previous years.DNR will still accept samples for bTB testing from concerned hunters who harvest deer from outside the focal area, but still within the 2017 bTB surveillance zone.Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic bacterial disease that affects primarily cattle, but can be transmitted to any mammal. In 2016, the disease was detected in a deer culled for testing from a Franklin County cattle farm affected by bTB.Surveillance involves collecting and testing lymph nodes from the head and neck of deer harvested by hunters and voluntarily submitted for evaluation.The DNR asks those who hunt in the small focal area to help it collect as many samples as possible. The preference is for bucks that are 2 years old or older, but all deer will be accepted for testing. Submitting deer for testing is voluntary.A biological check station staffed by DNR employees will be located at Whitewater Canal State Historic Site maintenance facility at 19083 Clayborn St., Metamora. The check station will be staffed on weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 3 – Dec. 23. After hours, hunters may drop off deer heads in a designated drop box at the check station. In addition, drop-off locations will be established at two area businesses for hunters to drop off deer heads.See wildlife.IN.gov/9320.htm for more information where to submit a deer for testing, more general information on bTB, and how to help with this effort.Hunters must check in their deer online and receive a confirmation number before bringing the deer to a biological check station. The deer must be submitted to a biological check station within 12 hours of harvest to be eligible for testing.
BROOKVILLE, Ind. – The Franklin County Board of Commissioners announced today the declaration of a level orange travel watch. The declaration is in conjunction with Governor Eric Holcomb’s “Stay-at-Home” order which took effect March 25 th , at 12:00 a.m.A level orange travel watch means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During the “watch” only essential travel such as: obtaining groceries/food, necessary medical supplies/prescriptions, medical appointments, to and from work, or emergency situations, is recommended. The level orange travel watch goes into effect Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to do their part to slow the spread of the virus and protect those in our community who might be more vulnerable. Including Franklin County, twenty-two Indiana counties are under a travel advisory. For information on which counties are under a travel advisory go tohttps://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/.