Denny’s profits lift

first_img whatsapp Denny’s profits lift DENNY’S, the US hamburger chain, yesterday reported an 18.7 per cent increase in third-quarter profit.Revenue for the quarter came in at $117m, higher than forecasts of $115.4m.“Given the strength of our results and the solid start to the fourth quarter, we are positioned to produce our highest annual system-wide same-store sales growth since 2006,” said chief John Miller. Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap Share Jenny Forsyth center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical Matterszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Fun Tags: NULL whatsapp Monday 27 October 2014 8:26 pm Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Over half of Laois people with lung disorder go undiagnosed

first_imgHome News Community Over half of Laois people with lung disorder go undiagnosed NewsCommunity Community TAGSCOPD WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Twitter According to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Support Ireland over half of the people in Laois with COPD are undiagnosed.COPD Support Ireland reported that ‘4,658 of the 9,312 people with COPD in Laois remain undiagnosed’.COPD is a lung disease known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.COPD interferes with normal breathing and its main symptoms include shortness of breath and coughing up mucus. It is a progressive disease which generally worsens over time.The support group’s chairperson Professor JJ Gilmartin stated: “500,000 people in Ireland have COPD. Estimates suggest that 50% of these people are undiagnosed.“If you find yourself experiencing COPD symptoms like shortness of breath, persistent coughing coughing up mucus/phlegm and wheezing, you should see a doctor who can help you investigate if you may have COPD especially if you are over 40.”If you are diagnosed with COPD it can help you get in control of your condition and avail of services such as the COPD free phone advice line 1800 832 146 or the asthma advice line 445 464.The Asthma Society of Ireland’s chief executive Sarah O’Connor said: “It is so important that people with COPD and asthma properly control their conditions and the joint COPD and asthma advice line is the perfect way for them to do so.”People who use the advice line are put in contact with a highly qualified respiratory nurse who has the knowledge to advise about a variety of topics on coping with and improving their condition.SEE ALSO – Ballyroan Vintage Club donate €4,600 to Abbeyleix Hospital Patients Fund Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter Pinterest By Tara Donovan – 23rd February 2019 Previous articleLaois’s Leinster minor and U-20 football and hurling fixtures confirmedNext articleLaois athletes on their marks for first run of 2019 Road Race Championships Tara Donovan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Over half of Laois people with lung disorder go undiagnosed Council Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

Fr Paddy: When Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

first_img Electric Picnic News Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date TAGSFr Paddy Byrne Home Columnists Fr Paddy: When Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? Columnists WhatsApp Pinterest Familiar faces, consoling words and reminiscence are all important in our grieving process. Many have not had the traditional practices that help us; wakes, gatherings at home, reception of remains at the church and a funeral Mass with an unrestricted attendance. These experiences have added to the sense of loss.We have been without the normal free flowing schedule of Masses and sacraments for over seven months now.Our priests and parishioners have made great efforts to keep our churches open and safe and welcoming, for this we are very thankful. Although we have moved online, and on television, for Mass, it is not the same. In his message for World Mission Day 2020, Pope Francis writes;‘Being forced to observe social distancing and to stay at home invites us to rediscover that we need social relationships as well as our communal relationship with God.’We long so much to be back in church, with the support of a gathering, and meaningful participation of being present with others, an expression of who we are and what we believe in.Our remembrance this November takes place at a time of continuing uncertainty, isolation and economic hardship. We take reassurance from the good practices learned in all areas of life about how to keep ourselves and others safe.Every day we should reassure our young people of our love and support and help them to nurture their God-given gifts.We take reassurance from the determination of our political leaders to bring us through this pandemic as safely and as socially and economically resilient as possible.We take reassurance from our belief in a caring God who encourages us to make wise decisions for the common good and to look out for each other. Jesus’ call to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ has taken on a new meaning in the current context of caring and of keeping safe.We have the reassurance of the Lord that all will be well and that He will strengthen our ability to lift ourselves and others with resolve and hope during this terrible time, resolve to do our very best to ensure maximum safety.Hope based in Jesus’ promise to be with us always ‘until the end of time’ (Matt 28:20). In his extraordinary Urbi et Orbi address of March 2020, Pope Francis said: ‘In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side’The risen Lord is with us. During the month of November parishes will continue with their remembrance practices in so far as the restrictions allow, November lists, remembrance trees, candles and other local traditions.Many find connecting via parish web-cams comforting at this time. November, is not an easy time with darker days and colder weather, not to mention living in the midst of a pandemic.However hold onto hope. Hope in the light of Christ which is always brighter than any winter darkness.Hope in our shared experience, when winter comes, can spring be far behind?SEE ALSO – You can read all of Fr Paddy’s columns by clicking here RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook November is a time to remember and pray for family members, colleagues, neighbours and friends who have died since this time last year.Those who have gone before us, those who were so much present with us, so central to our lives, have left us with a deep sense of loss.We look for peace, for healing of heartache, and for hope. I live behind a graveyard, and witness how daily, so many loved ones visit their family grave. Finding peace and connection with loved ones who have passed is a deeply spiritual search.This year is particularly difficult for those who have been bereaved since March. Those profound feelings of loss have been heightened by not being able to be present at a time of death and by the absence of the familiar family and community supports.The lockdown and restrictions have impacted on how we say goodbye to our loved ones. Some sadly died without familiar faces around them, some left this life with the caring presence of hospital and nursing home staff and we are grateful to them.center_img Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Twitter Fr Paddy: When Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest By Fr Paddy – 7th November 2020 Twitter Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, November 7, 2020Next articleYour guide to Saturday’s GAA action as Laois hurlers and camogie set for two big championship games Fr PaddyFr Paddy is a curate in the hugely vibrant Portlaoise Parish. From Carlow town, he was educated in Carlow CBS and studied Business and Politics in Trinity College Dublin before training to be a priest in Carlow College.He is the youngest priest in the Kildare & Leighlin diocese and writes for a number of media outlets. He has almost 14,000 followers on Twitter.last_img read more

Minister Kim Ha Joong: “We Are Waiting for a Request for…

first_img News Minister Kim Ha Joong: “We Are Waiting for a Request for Food from North Korea” By Yang Jung A – 2008.05.09 1:27pm News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News center_img AvatarYang Jung A On May 8, Unification Minister Kim Ha Joong repeated Seoul’s intention to resume humanitarian food aid if North Korea requests it.At a National Assembly hearing regarding the administration’s policy on politics, unification, foreign affairs and security, Minister Kim replied to the question about plans for humanitarian food aid to North Korea by saying, “We are waiting for North Korea to request humanitarian aid.”“Last year, we allocated 197 billion won as a budget for food aid to North Korea – around 500 thousand tons of rice. One ton of rice was 400 dollars last year, but now it has risen to 1,200 dollars for one ton,” He hinted that either more money or some reduction of food aid amount is needed. On April 29, Unification Minister Kim addressed the Unification, Foreign Affairs, and Trade Committee of the National Assembly saying, “For humanitarian aid, the request of the recipient country is necessary, but there have not been any requests from North Korea.” In reference to the Sunshine Policy, he pointed out that in his opinion, “Over the past 10 years, aid to North Korea has partly contributed to the improvement of North Korean people’s living conditions, but the lack of transparency in food aid distribution, so it was just unilateral aid.” Regarding North Korean criticism of the Lee Myung Bak Administration he said that, “We have not responded thus far as we are waiting for a good opportunity to suggest a dialogue. North Korea begins by criticizing every incoming South Korean administration.” Members of the United Democratic Party urged the Lee administration to break through the stalemate by implementing the October 4 Agreement and by positioning itself in a forward-looking posture. Regarding the implementation of the June 15 Joint Declaration and the October 4 Agreement, Minister Kim said that, “There have been many agreements between the South and the North which have not been implemented, such as the 1972 July 4 South-North Joint Statement and the 1992 Inter-Korean Basic Agreement. We are expecting that the South and the North will examine feasible agreements under a mutually respectful mentality through negotiations.” News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Candlelight Vigil for Daughter of Tongyeong

first_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak By Daily NK – 2011.09.29 5:29pm SHARE Candlelight Vigil for Daughter of Tongyeong [imText1][imText2][imText3] News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News center_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Newslast_img read more

Elder financial abuse is growing rapidly, U.S. consumer agency warns

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Reps have a role in combatting the opioid epidemic, regulators say “SARs indicate that elder financial exploitation is widespread and damaging,” the report says. Its analysis highlights the need for “strong and diverse interventions by financial institutions, law enforcement and social services, as well as the involvement of policymakers,” it says.The report finds that SAR filings involving suspected financial exploitation of older customers quadrupled between 2013 and 2017, that victims aged 70 to 79 lost an average of US$43,300, and that the average loss was larger (about US$50,000) in cases where the senior knew the suspect, compared with an average loss of about US$17,000 for incidents involving strangers.Additionally, it finds that less than one-third of these reports indicate that the financial institution referred the incident to authorities, such as adult protective services or law enforcement.The lack of reporting is a “missed opportunity to increase investigation and prosecution, and to make it more likely that victims will receive appropriate services,” the report says.It concludes that SARs are a “useful and untapped resource” for monitoring and measuring elder financial exploitation, and, in particular, it recommends that law enforcement use the reports for proactive investigation and prosecution of cases.“This use of SARs by law enforcement can trigger new investigations, enhance ongoing inquiries and increase prosecutions,” it says.Finally, the CFPB says that, despite the large increase in reported suspicious activity, the SARs involving seniors “likely represent only a tiny fraction of the actual 3.5 million incidents of elder financial exploitation estimated” to have occurred in 2017. Related news AMF invites industry to combat elder abuse Reports of senior financial abuse rising: NASAA U.S. financial firms are reporting rampant financial abuse of their older customers, according to a new report from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).The bureau has published a report that examines trends in the suspicious activity reports (SARs) that are required from various financial institutions, such as banks and credit unions, and certain other businesses. Keywords Financial abuse beautiful senior couple having a walk along embankment, man with cane zinkevych/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER

first_imgRelatedCHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER UncategorizedDecember 25, 2008 RelatedCHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER RelatedCHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLERcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail My Fellow Jamaicans,The Christmas season is once again upon us. It is the time of greatest cheer, of goodwill and of corporate celebration.For us here in Jamaica, the warmth of the season shows up in the blooming poinsettias, the sorrel, the soft golden light of the December sun and the joyful sound of carols.As a people I know we will find a way to celebrate, even amidst the challenges.As we celebrate, we are to be mindful of the reason for the celebration which is the birth of our Lord and Saviour.His life which is the supreme example of compassionate love, forgiveness, peace and reconciliation to all mankind throughout the ages.Today in the midst of all the festivities, I encourage everyone to follow the example of our Master, Jesus Christ.I challenge those who have, to share with those who do not have; those who are healthy and strong – help to strengthen the weak and less fortunate among us.Let us also remember those who are confined to the various institutions.Our hospitals, our children’s homes, our infirmaries, our penal institutions – to bring them some comfort and a little cheer.Give our senior citizens pride of place in our homes and allow them to tell us the old stories of Christmas market and other folk tales.My brothers and my sisters, it is my wish for every Jamaican that we would settle our personal and domestic disputes without violence and bloodshed.As the line from the well-known song says, ” Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”My special plea to all of us this season is for our children – that we give them all the love and attention they need.Let us put some sparkle in their eyes and bring out the laughter within their hearts, and teach them the true meaning of Christmas.Let us ensure their safety and security.We are living in very difficult times. But it is in such times that we need to draw nearer to our families and our friends.We are a resilient people and adversity often brings out the best in us.If our foreparents could have made it through the trauma and indignity of slavery, and our National Heroes could come through times of great social upheaval and economic deprivation, then we too can summon up the courage and the determination to make it through these testing times.In a very special way, I call on every Jamaican to remember those families who have lost their loved ones throughout the year.Particularly those who lost their family members in the tragic accident in Portland last weekend.As we rally around the bereaved families and communities with our love, and any assistance we can give, let us pray to the God of all comfort that He will sustain them during this time.I wish for everyone – Jamaicans at home and abroad and the visitors to our island home – a happy and peaceful Christmas.It is my wish that every family will have a safe, Holy and bright Christmas filled with love, joy and peace.I want to use this opportunity to wish for my colleagues in both Houses of Parliament and Civic Leaders across the Nation, a God-blessed season.I ask all those in the business and commercial sectors to join with us in ensuring that all Jamaicans are served well.Let us ensure that the poorest and most disadvantaged among us are able to share in the goodness of God’s grace through our kindness.This is our greatest service to God and to our people. Let us remember the words of our Lord, “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it unto Me.”Through our loving and giving, we will generate the beautiful Christmas spirit, and let it blow, like the Christmas breeze right across our country and within our hearts.May we all come together this Christmas as one Jamaican family sharing and shaping the future together.God bless you all.Click here to see other Christmas messages Advertisementslast_img read more

CORRECTION

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail In a release issued on Thursday (June 4), the headline should have read: ‘Inaugural Early Childhood Expo on July 7’, and not June 7, as we reported.The first paragraph should have read, ‘The inaugural Early Childhood Development Expo 2009, which will feature innovations in early childhood education and development, will be held on Tuesday (July 7) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston’.Also in a release issued Wednesday (June 3) headlined, ‘Dr. Tortello Urges Early Childhood Instructors to Adopt New Curriculum’, the second to last paragraph should have read: ‘The event will take place on Tuesday (July 7) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,’ and not June 7 as was reported. RelatedCORRECTION RelatedCORRECTION Advertisementscenter_img CORRECTION Office of the Prime MinisterJune 5, 2009 RelatedCORRECTIONlast_img read more

Secretary of State announces appointment of new Commissioner for Independent Commission for Location of Victims Remains

first_imgSecretary of State announces appointment of new Commissioner for Independent Commission for Location of Victims Remains Rosalie has over two decades of experience of working at the heart of devolved government in Northern Ireland, including notable roles as Permanent Secretary at the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and as Director of Executive Services in the Office of First Minister and deputy First Minister. Since her retirement in 2013 she has remained active in public life, including through her work as a Member of Independent Review Panel for the Assessment of Paramilitary Activity.Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, said: “We are delighted that Rosalie Flanagan has accepted the post of Commissioner for the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains. Rosalie brings a wealth of experience to this vital role.”The Commission has had great success in locating the remains of eleven of the Disappeared and continue in their efforts to locate the remains of three individuals: Robert Nairac, Columba McVeigh and Joseph Lynskey. The Commission remains committed to doing everything that can reasonably be done to bring an end to their loved ones harrowing ordeal.NotesBackgroundThe Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains was established by an intergovernmental agreement between the British and Irish Governments, signed on 27 April 1999, and by legislation enacted in the two jurisdictions. The Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Office, provides financial support for the Commission. The Commission is responsible for facilitating the location of the remains of victims of paramilitary violence who were murdered and secretly buried arising from the conflict in Northern Ireland.The Commission has in place a confidential free-phone number and post office box address through which information can be passed to it. Any such information will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be used for any purpose other than locating the remains of victims. Further information about the Commission and its activities and about the Disappeared is available at www.iclvr.ieTerms of appointmentLength of appointment: Starting 13 January 2021; to be reviewed in January 2024Remuneration: £650 per dayPension: The position is not pensionableTime requirements: Approximately 12 days annuallyIn accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity in defined categories within the last five years to be made public. Mrs Flanagan has not been engaged in any political activity in the last five years.This appointment is not regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, Brandon, British, Commission, Commissioner, conflict, culture, Department of Justice, Government, Ireland, justice, legislation, Minister, retirement, Secretary, UK, UK Government, violencelast_img read more

Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Aboard Air Force One En Route Hampton, VA

first_imgPress Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Aboard Air Force One En Route Hampton, VA The White HouseAboard Air Force OneEn Route Hampton, Virginia1:24 P.M. EDTMS. JEAN-PIERRE: This afternoon, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, the President and the First Lady will address service members and their families and thank them for their sacrifices. They will speak from their personal experience as a proud military family; the President’s long history working on foreign policy and visiting troops aboard [abroad]; and the First Lady’s work to support military and veteran families, caregivers, and survivors, including through Joining Forces.Finally, the President will reflect on the service of the armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the debt — the debt owed to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.I’m going to read the statement from the Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, on Memorial Day weekend and the gas prices because I — we know that there’s been a lot of inquiry on this.Across America, the pandemic is in retreat. As we continue to make progress and our life returns to normal, Americans are eager to make up for lost time and more people are traveling this Memorial Day weekend.And as Americans are hitting the road, they are paying less, in real terms, for gas than they have on average over the last 15 years. And they’re paying — they’re paying about the same as they did in May 2018 and May 2019. The administration’s success in beating the pandemic and getting our economy back on track has led to increased demand for gas as the — as the country reopens.But while price — prices have increased from the lows last year as demand drastically dipped, prices at just about $3 per gallon are still well in line with what there have been — what they’ve been in recent decades.And last week, prices have already stabilized after a spike earlier this month as the Colonial Pipeline is fully flowing and the supply situation returns to normal. This is due in part to the administration’s aggressive whole-of-government response to the unprecedented shutdown of the pipeline.While oil prices are shaped by glo- — global forces, the President knows that gas prices are a pa- — a pain point for Americans, especially the middle-class families he’s put at the center of our economic agenda. That’s why President Biden is oppose — opposed any proposal to raise the gas tax. And that is why he will — we will continue to monitor prices and are glad that Americans can get on the road again.Here’s a quick preview of the President’s schedule next week: On Sunday, he will deliver remarks during the Memorial Day service hosted by the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs at Veterans Memorial Park at the Delaware Memorial Bridge.On Monday, the President will return to Washington, D.C. He and the First Lady, the Vice President, and the Second Gentleman will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington Ceme- — National Cemetery. The President will also deliver remarks on the National Memorial Day Observance.On Tuesday, the President will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma; deliver remarks; and he’ll commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. He’ll also meet with surviving members of the community who are now between the age of 101 and 107.On Wednesday, the President will deliver remarks on the COVID-19 response.And on Friday, President Biden will deliver remarks on the economy.I’ll take a few questions, as we just landed.Q Karine, the Senate defeated the September — the January 6th commission today. Can we get a response from the President and what he wants to see next? And could that include a select committee from the House?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: So, as the President said during his speech before a joint session of Congress, in — in the very place that had been des- — desecrated during the insurrection, the events of January 6th represented an existential crisis of our democracy.That’s why the President supported the bipartisan commission that was proposed and why he consistently called for a full and independent investigation into what happened and how we can ensure something like that could never happen again.Members of the Senate aren’t sent to Washington to — to rubberstamp any party’s views. They swear on — an oath to support and defend the Constitution. And today, unfortunately, they failed to do that.As far as the alternative option that you asked, Jonathan, the President has been clear that the shameful events of January 6th need to be independently and fully investigated. He remains committed to that, and we will continue to work with Congress to find a path forward to ensure that happens.Q Is he considering forming a presidential commission?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I don’t have anything else to share. He truly believes that this should be done on a bipartisan — in a bipartisan way.We have to remember, when it — when it passed the House, it was a bipartisan pass where 35 Republicans voted for it. And he believes the Senate should have — do the same.Q Can you give us an update on Belarus sanctions?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I don’t have any more updates. As I mentioned, the President’s team is going to put together some options for him. And more — there will be more to come.Q The New York Times reported that there was a raft of unexplored evidence into this sort of Wuhan — the origins of the coronavirus. Can you talk a little bit about how much unexamined intelligence there is and whether that’s why the President asked for a — was part of the reason the President asked for a larger review?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Thanks for your question, Annie. Look, we do not comment on intelligence, as you can imagine. We’re going to — we’re going to continue to look at the intelligence. We believe there’s more work to do, hence the 90-day review.Q How does — how does the latest reported hack that’s attributed to Russia impact the summit that’s coming up between the President and Putin?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: There’s been no changes to — to the summit. We’re going to move forward with that, as you can imagine.Q What is the White House concern on the — on the cyberattack though? What — how concerned is the White House about this escalation?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: So, we are — we are aware of the phishing incident and we are monitoring the situation. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is managing this incident and working with USAID. We refer you to USAID and CISA.But I’ll say while we may — while we may learn more, this is basic phishing which is blocked by most systems automatically. As Microsoft’s blog noted, it’s likely to have been blocked by automatic — automated system as spam. If an email got by the automated system, a user would still have to click on the link to activate the malicious payload. And we should all know better than to click links in unknown emails.I direct you to the USAID or CISA for further questions.Q Secretary Mayorkas spoke positively about the vaccine — the possibility of a vaccine passport today. Can you clear up where the administration stands on this?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I mean, it’s — we haven’t moved on our — on our stance on this. There will be no federal vaccination database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.Q Can you explain what he meant then by his comments?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Again, the U.S. government recognizes that other countries have or may have foreign-entry requirements. We will be monitoring these and helping all U.S. travelers meet those, but we will not be — there will be no federal mandate requiring anyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.Q Do you have a quick White House response to Republican criticism over the size of President Biden’s budget?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Look, we — as you know, we got our — the counteroffer. We will be working this weekend, and taking a look — a deep look, a deep dive into what the counteroffer was — was presented by Capito and her — and the senators there.Q I actually meant the budget.MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Oh, the budget. I’m so sorry.Q That’s okay.MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I’m so sorry. I am so sorry about that.Q All good.MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Things are moving so quickly. The budget will be released soon, so I’m not going to get ahead of it.Q It’s out now.MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Oh, okay. Well — (laughs) — so, like — well, I have not seen it. So, is it —AIDE: (Inaudible) 1:30.MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Okay. But here’s what I can say — here’s what I can say about the budget: When the President took office, Congress had already spent more than $3 trillion trying to get the pandemic crisis under control. And there was more work to do, which is why he took the decisive action to get the economy back on track through American Rescue Plan.The budget does exactly what the President told the country that he would do: grow the economy, create jobs, advance his Jobs Plan and his Families Plan, and do so responsibly by requiring the wealthiest Americans and big corporations to pay their fair share.The economic plan is already showing results: New unemployment claims are down almost 50 percent since he took office. He’s created more new jobs than any President in his first month in office. And growth is at 40 — 40th-year high.AIDE: Okay, thank you. Thank you.MS. JEAN-PIERRE: We have to go. And I didn’t — I lost track of time. I didn’t realize it was past 1:30.Thanks, guys.Q Thank you.1:32 P.M. EDT /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Afghanistan, air force, america, Belarus, Delaware, Government, Iraq, Microsoft, New York, Oklahoma, Republicans, Russia, U.S., United States, veterans, Virginia, Washington, White Houselast_img read more