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French service sector fails to reach growth rates of its peers

first_img Tags: NULL Wednesday 6 May 2015 8:52 pm French service sector fails to reach growth rates of its peers by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal PastOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlush More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com Express KCS Sharecenter_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ THE FRENCH economy is struggling to reach the levels of growth of its main European partners, according to survey figures released yesterday.Markit’s service sector PMI scored a 51.4 in April, down from March’s 52.4. Figures above 50 signify growth, which means France’s service sector is growing at a slower rate. However, France was shielded from the 2008-9 recession that hit Spain and Italy. “The trend is down and the level is very weak compared to other Eurozone countries,” said economist Dominique Barbet from investment bank BNP Paribas. While Barbet does not believe the PMI’s are the best indicators of French economic health, he said “the April data clearly show that France lags the Eurozone economic recovery.” whatsapp last_img read more

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US tech stocks and Greek vote boost markets – New York Report

first_img whatsapp Thursday 16 July 2015 8:31 pm WALL Street ended stronger yesterday, with the Nasdaq up more than one per cent at a record high after earnings reports from eBay and Netflix boosted optimism.Google’s shares jumped more than 13 per cent after the bell following a better-than-expected profit report.Sentiment was also bolstered after the Greek parliament voted in favor of austerity measures. Uninspiring quarterly reports from Goldman Sachs and UnitedHealth, however, capped gains on the Dow.The S&P has surged almost four per cent from eight days ago, when widespread fears about Greece and a Chinese stock selloff pushed the index to its lowest level since March.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 70.08 points, or 0.39 per cent, to 18,120.25. The S&P 500 gained 16.89 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 2,124.29. The Nasdaq Composite added 64.24 points, or 1.26 per cent, to end at 5,163.18, just beating its previous record-high close of 5,160.095 on June 23. The S&P was also near a record high.Google’s Class A shares jumped 13.5 per cent to $683 after the web search leader posted a better-than-expected profit for the first time in six quarters.Netflix surged 18.02 per cent to a record high of $115.81 a day after reporting strong subscribers numbers.Citigroup reported its highest quarterly profit in eight years. Its shares rose 3.77 per cent to a six-and-a-half year high of $58.59.EBay rose 3.39 per cent to a record high of $65.59. Tags: NULL Express KCS Sharecenter_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirror More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com US tech stocks and Greek vote boost markets – New York Report last_img read more

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4-year-old rings the bell after two years of chemo at Golisano Children’s Hospital

first_imgAdvertisementTags: Fort MyersGolisano Children’s Hospital Advertisement Advertisement Dealer found guilty for selling drugs in Fort Myers June 17, 2021 Thief scoops up tip jar at Fort Myers ice cream shop June 16, 2021 AdvertisementAddie started treatment right away, needing platelets and a transfusion. Her family said prayer, their community, friends, family and resources shared by the hospital kept them going through Addie’s over two-year treatment. “The journey has been long but we’ve prayed for today and for her to overcome this, we knew she could do it,” Addie’s mom Joycelin said. RELATEDTOPICScenter_img Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 2021 FORT MYERS, Fla. – “When you need a princess full of laughter and sunshine, call Addie.” That’s how staff at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers describe the 4-year-old, who rang the bell Thursday signifying the end of her chemotherapy treatment. According to the hospital, Addie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in September 2018. “It was aggressive and ravaging her little body,” Golisano Children’s Hospital said in a Facebook post. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments WATCH: Fort Myers lotto looter on the run with stacks of scratchers June 16, 2021last_img read more

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CPMI, IOSCO issue methodology for oversight of market technology providers

first_imgJames Langton In addition to establishing an oversight methodology for regulators, the paper also provides guidance for the authorities in assessing infrastructure firms’ critical service providers. The policymakers also provide guidance to the service providers themselves in complying with their oversight expectations. And, it provides more detailed guidance to these sorts of firms on risk management practices and additional issues. Companies International Organization of Securities Commissions The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) have published an assessment methodology for the oversight of so-called critical service providers. The Principles for financial market infrastructures notes that technology providers may be essential to the operational reliability of financial market infrastructure (FMI) firms. It stresses that infrastructure firms “may be dependent on the continuous and adequate functioning of third-party service providers that are critical to an FMI’s operations, such as information technology and messaging providers.” center_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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New TV advert urges public to stay at home to protect NHS and save lives

first_imgNew TV advert urges public to stay at home to protect NHS and save lives New TV ad fronted by the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty urges people to stay at home in the face of rapidly rising rate of coronavirus infections and pressures facing the NHSMassive public information campaign will run across TV, radio, out of home and on social media from tonightEveryone in England is being urged to stay at home and “act like you’ve got it” as part of a major advertising campaign encouraging the public to control the spread of the virus and protect the NHS and save lives. Around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms and can pass it on without realising, which is why it’s essential everyone stays at home and remembers Hands, Face, Space.‘Stay at home, save lives’ will run across TV, radio, out of home advertising and on social media, and will include a new advert fronted by the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty which will be aired for the first time on ITV at 7.15pm on Friday 8 January 2021.The campaign recognises the overwhelming pressure facing the NHS and urges people to stay at home. It comes as current data shows COVID-19 cases and deaths are at an all-time high and NHS hospitals and staff are under huge pressure, with some hospitals in the South East at extreme capacity.On 1 September, there were under 500 COVID-19 inpatients in hospitals in England. On 1 November this increased to approximately 9,000. On Christmas Day, it was just below the last peak at 17,701 and on 7 January there were 28,246 – that is an increase of more than 11,000 in under two weeks.Today’s stark data (8 January) shows the UK recorded 68,053 new coronavirus cases – the highest daily total of the pandemic so far, as well as the highest ever daily COVID-19 deaths with 1,325 fatalities.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:Our hospitals are under more pressure than at any other time since the start of the pandemic, and infection rates across the entire country continue to soar at an alarming rate.The vaccine has given us renewed hope in our fight against the virus but we must not be complacent. The NHS is under severe strain and we must take action to protect it, both so our doctors and nurses can continue to save lives and so they can vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as we can.I know the last year has taken its toll – but your compliance is now more vital than ever. So once again, I must urge everyone to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said:Our NHS is facing a huge challenge – it is under immense pressure and it’s imperative now more than ever we all play our part.I know how much we have all sacrificed already, but the new variant has significantly changed the current landscape and we absolutely cannot let up now.There is light at the end of the tunnel – the vaccine will provide a way out of this and over 1.5 million people across the UK have now been vaccinated.Every day we are closer to beating this virus, but right now, we need to pull together for one final push and I’m urging you to continue to do your bit by staying at home to save lives and protect the NHS.Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said:Covid-19, especially the new variant, is spreading quickly across the country. This puts many people at risk of serious disease and is placing a lot of pressure on our NHS.Once more, we must all stay at home. If it’s essential to go out, remember: wash your hands, cover your face indoors and keep your distance from others.Vaccines give clear hope for the future, but for now we must all stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.The adverts remind the public the new Covid-19 variant is spreading fast. Around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms, but can still pass it on, putting people at risk and a renewed pressure on our NHS.It reiterates everyone must stay at home. If it’s essential to go out, it reminds people to wash their hands, cover their face and make space.In the meantime, NHS Test and Trace is successfully reaching more people than ever before, with 96.8% of contacts reached within 24 hours and more than five million people being reached in total. As of 30 December, more than 54 million tests have been processed in the UK in total since testing began – more than any other comparable European country.Over 1.5 million people across the UK have now been vaccinated – more than the whole of Europe. But the Government is urging people to continue to do their bit and further prevent the spread of Covid-19. /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. 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NSW land values hold strong despite COVID

first_imgNSW land values hold strong despite COVID Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey has welcomed the latest valuations by the NSW Valuer General showing the State’s residential property market continues to show remarkable resilience in the face of extreme economic headwinds.“Regardless of the doomsayers, property remains one of the most resilient asset classes. Despite the bushfires and the COVID 19 pandemic, residential land values across the State increased 4 per cent overall to $1.4 trillion.” Mrs Pavey said.“The resilience was also seen in the regions, with rural land values increasing by 4.8 per cent off the back of strong commodity prices and sustained demand for farm lands.”Minister Pavey said the results underpin recent reports of a rebounding housing market which demonstrate the strength and resilience of the NSW economy.“The balanced approach to managing COVID has kept people safe while keeping the economy moving.,” Mrs Pavey said.“The Valuer General’s results also provide more evidence of the ‘tree and sea change’ trend that has been underway with residential land value increases of more than 3 per cent recorded in 37 local government areas in regional parts of the State showing people can live in beautiful country areas, be close to services without sacrificing a career.”NSW Valuer General Dr David Parker said the impacts of COVID had been mainly limited to commercial land with residential land values remaining strong in many locations.“Commercial land values decreased 7% overall largely due to COVID but the largest impacts were in Sydney with a more limited impact in regional locations,” Dr Parker said.“Leading the residential land value increases was Parkes local government area (16.82%) followed by Dungog (16.15%), Lachlan (15.94%), Snowy Monaro Regional (15.27%), Murrumbidgee (9.64%) and Queanbeyan-Palerang (9.59%).“Rural land values across the state also increased overall by 4.8% supported by strong commodity prices and demand for good quality farm and grazing lands.”View NSW land valuations. Aerial view of suburban houses /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:bushfires, Dungog, Economy, Government, housing, Impact, industry, Minister, NSW, NSW Department of Industry, pandemic, Parkes, property, property market, quality, resilience, Snowy Monaro, Sydneylast_img read more

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Queensland’s animal welfare laws under review

first_imgQueensland’s animal welfare laws under review Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities The Honourable Mark FurnerQueenslanders have been invited to have their say as the Palaszczuk Government initiates a major review of animal welfare laws to ensure Queensland laws keep pace with community expectations.Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the review will continue to ensure that our animal welfare laws remain current and protect the welfare of all animals in Queensland .“I know Queenslanders love their animals as valued members of their families,” Mr Furner said.“They are also vital to agricultural production, involved in sport and recreational activities, and they assist individuals and services in areas such as quarantine and security.”“While the current laws have served us well, they’ve been operating for 20 years without a significant review. In that time, the community’s expectations for animal welfare has evolved.“This review will examine all aspects of the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 to ensure that the Act continues to meet changing community expectations and modern animal welfare practices.“RSPCA Queensland is an important animal welfare partner with the Queensland Government and we will be working closely with them on this review.“I encourage anyone who has an interest in the care of animals to have a say as part of the review – whether you have pets, produce livestock for a living, or work with animals.”As part of the review, we are seeking feedback on issues including:Mandatory reporting by veterinary professionals of animal welfare concerns;Prohibited events, regulated surgical procedures and offence exemptions;The use of baits and traps;Restraining dogs in open utility vehicles and trucks;The use of animals in science;Inspector powers and arrangements for externally appointed inspectors;The management of animals seized during animal welfare investigations; andPenalties for animal cruelty.Have your say before midnight, Friday May 21, 2021. Visit biosecurity.qld.gov.au and search for ‘ACPA review’ to complete the survey or submit a written response. /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:Animal cruelty, animal welfare, Australia, biosecurity, community, Fisheries, Furner, Government, industry, livestock, Palaszczuk, production, QLD, quarantine, Queensland, RSPCA, Rural Communities, veterinarylast_img read more

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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, April 2, 2021

first_imgPress Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, April 2, 2021 The White HouseJames S. Brady Press Briefing Room12:33 P.M. EDTMS. PSAKI: Okay. A special guest. A member of our Jobs Cabinet. Today, I am thrilled to have Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh with us. As you all know, Secretary Walsh was mayor of the City of Boston for the last seven years.While mayor, he led the creation of close to 140,000 jobs, helped secure a statewide $15-an-hour minimum wage, paid sick leave, and paid parental leave. He established universal, high-quality pre-kindergarten for all children and free community college for low-income students.After following his father into Laborers Local 223 in Boston, Secretary Walsh rose to head the Building and Construction Trades Council from 2011 to 2013.Before serving as mayor, he was a state representative for one of the most diverse districts in Massachusetts. There, he focused on creating jobs, protecting workers’ rights, expanding mental health treatment, and investing in public transit.As always, he’s happy to take a couple questions. I’ll be the bad cop. But, with that, we’ll turn it over to you.SECRETARY WALSH: Thanks, Jen. Thank you very much, Jen. And it’s an honor to be here today. I want to also thank President Biden and the Vice President Harris for inviting me to share an update on the economic recovery at this important moment in time.The news today: Under the President’s leadership, through the American Rescue Plan, the — America’s workforce is climbing out of the deep hole that COVID has put us in. Our recovery is building momentum, and many more Americans are certainly returning to work, as we can see. But we still have a long way to go, and there’s a lot of work to do.Today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the American economy added 916,000 jobs in the month of March. The unemployment rate edged down to 6 percent, from 6.2 percent in February. That’s certainly good news for over 900,000 working men and fam- — men and women and families in this country. We saw significant job growth in most sectors of our economy. And it’s clear that the National Vaccine Program is not only saving lives, but it’s enabling more people to get back to work.Relief checks and expanded unemployment benefits are not only putting food on the table, they’re also stimulating our local economy. Their support — the supports that are being put in place for rent, mortgages, childcare, schools, small businesses, and emergency paid leave are giving workers the security they need to hold on and start planning for a better future.The American Rescue Plan certainly has had positive effects across our economy, laying down the foundation for continued recovery. At the same time, over 8 million jobs that existed a year ago today are yet to return. Millions of people in this country are still hurting, and disparities within the workforce continues to be a major concern. The African American unemployment rate in March was 9.6 percent, the Hispanic rate was 7.9 percent, compared to the 5.4 percent for whites.In addition, barriers to the labor force participation for women continue to be a problem that has been exposed and exasperated during this pandemic. We must continue to address the fact that working people and communities already suffering the most from inequality were hit the hardest during the COVID illness and job loss.That’s why the American Jobs Plan proposed by President Biden this week is so vital to our future. It tackles each of these issues head on and with bold action. The plan offers a necessary path forward towards sustainable economic growth that is robust, competitive, and inclusive.As a former mayor, as Jen mentioned — as a former mayor, I know all about infrastructure needs. This plan would move us into the 21st century and to the forefront of the world in transportation, in clean energy, in high-speed Internet, and would create millions of good jobs all across the United States.A report issued by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce found that the American Job Plan would create over 8 million jobs for people with just a high school diploma alone. It would increase the share of infrastructure jobs from 11 percent to 14 percent of the jobs in this country, reviving the blue-collar, middle-class economy and all across our country.As Labor Secretary, I’m thrilled by the investment it would make for American workers in their skills, in their opportunities, and in their right to organize and advocate for better-paying working conditions and jobs. Those investments will create and open up access to good manufacturing and construction jobs.It will also — there’s also a major investment in our caring professionals, in an industry where one in six workers — who are disproportionately women of color — live in poverty.We’ve seen how much our families depend on childcare and seniors care over the last year. Those skilled, compassionate workers need and deserve a better deal.The American Jobs Plan would also double the number of registered apprentices — apprenticeships to over 1 million while ensuring these programs reach those who have been left out in the past.I’ve personally seen the benefits of union apprenticeships up close. As mayor, I launched an apprentice program. As mayor and as a labor leader, I’ve seen them change the lives of women and people of color in low-income communities in the city of Boston.For those reasons and many other, this plan that fuels — is the fuel to a true engine of our economy. The working people certainly can — will work — run off that.It’s not only the numbers that tell the story of the economy; this is about the conversations Americans are having at kitchen tables all across our country. Over the last two weeks, I’ve talked to parents; I’ve talked to childcare providers; I’ve talked to small-business owners, members of labor unions, frontline public employees, and federal and local employees; mayors all across America, cities both large and small. I’ve talked to senators. I’ve talked to a couple governors. They continue to be concerned about the situation and what they’re seeing in their communities, but everyone seems to be optimistic and hopeful. They all see a pathway forward.Today’s data shows, while jobs are coming back, unemployment remains a necessary lifeline for too many people, for millions of Americans. But a new opportunity — a good job, providing for your family, building up your community — those are the things that will allow us to dream again. And that’s exactly what we’re working for in this administration and all across America.With that, I’ll take some questions.MS. PSAKI: All right. Andrea.Q Secretary Walsh, we’ve got some factory owners in the Midwest telling us that they’re really struggling to get people to take their jobs. So if we’re going to add 19 million jobs, where are the people who take those jobs going to come from? And how would — do you need to do extra training?SECRETARY WALSH: Well, first of all, in this bill, there is job training money and there’s workforce development money. And I also think — I think the biggest thing that a lot of — what I’ve heard — a lot of workers are concerned about is COVID-19. People are still afraid of the impacts of COVID-19. Still too many deaths, too much loss of life.And I think that — I know this — that the President’s plan is a competent plan, a vaccine plan, to get more and more shots out. And the President, I think, doubled down on his efforts the other day about the vaccine. He reaches his vaccine goal of 100 million vaccine shots, and now he’s shooting towards 200 million. That’s going to make a difference.And I think what we’ve seen a little bit in some of the economy today, in the numbers, is people feeling comfortable coming back into the workforce. People need to feel safe. The President stressed today: Wear a mask. Wash your hands with soap and warm water. Physical distance. Be careful. You know, stay — stay separate. All of those things are still very much — you have to do — any state, any city in this country.Q But there is — I mean, there are gaps in — and even now, even — you know, sort of, even before COVID, there were gaps between what was available in terms of jobs and people who were willing to take them for, you know, sort of, manufacturing positions and things like that.SECRETARY WALSH: I mean, I think that the numbers right now, when you look at the numbers, we still have eight-point — I think it’s 8.4 million people out of work. The people — and there’s another nearly 2 million people that are not in the workforce.Again, I think it comes down to safety. I think it comes down to fear. Even in within the Department of Labor, a lot of conversations I’ve had with the employees at the Department of Labor asking us, you know, “When do we come back? You know, how — what are the safety precautions that are going to be put in place?”You know, we’re not bringing people back right now. I think that — as mayor of the City of Boston, I heard it every day. People want — companies and — people want people to come back into work, but people are still fearful.I think as we get through the next couple of weeks, or — I think — I think that that will shift and change. I think as people get vaccinated, as more and more people continue to get vaccinated, I think you’ll see more and more people want to come back into the workforce.MS. PSAKI: Kelly.Q What will the impact on these travel changes that are taking place — the CDC is saying those who are fully vaccinated can travel. Obviously, hospitality, travel, entertainment have been big sectors that have suffered a great deal. What do you see as the, sort of, comeback arc, time wise, for those areas of the economy to have employment coming back?SECRETARY WALSH: You know, again, that’s a great question. I think that, again, it comes back to people feeling safe and comfortable. I don’t mean to keep going back to “being the mayor of Boston,” but one of our major industries is tourism. We haven’t held a convention at the Convention Center in Boston for over a year. My office overlooked Faneuil Hall; that would — a day like today, there’d be thousands of people shopping at Faneuil Hall. If I were in my old office today looking out the window, I’d probably see half a dozen.Again, I think the more that we can get the vaccine out to people, the more we can get shots in people’s arms, the more that we can control the virus and eliminate the virus. That is going to be key.I mean, I can’t stress it — and I know President Biden said it today — I can’t stress the fact enough of wearing a mask. There are people that won’t wear a mask. Well, wear a mask for the people around you, making sure that you’re being safe and getting testing — tested. All of those things are so important to moving us forward.The hospitality industry had a pretty good day today, when you look at the numbers. The numbers show that a lot of our restaurants had — are starting to reopen and open across the country. But they’re not there yet. So we need to do everything we can, within our power, to combat this virus and beat this virus back if we truly want a full recovery.And it’s great to see more and more people traveling, but we also — there’s many more people that just won’t get on a plane right now. They’re — even with the vaccine, they’re worried.So we just have to continue to educate and continue to fight this virus back.MS. PSAKI: Nancy.Q Thank you, Mr. Secretary. As you know, the $15-an- hour minimum wage fell out of the COVID relief bill. Is it your expectation that that will be part of phase two of the infrastructure and jobs plan?SECRETARY WALSH: Well, I think, you know, the President has been very clear he is very supportive, as I am, of raising the minimum wage. And I think that we will continue to work until we get a vehicle that we can — can have a debate and a vote on the minimum wage.I think that the minimum wage is really — you know, when you look at the aspects of today’s plan, one of the areas that we saw a lot of growth was in low-skilled, mostly — a lot of high school dropouts that came into the workforce — low-wage earners. Minimum wage changes that dynamic.Those same workers coming back, having a minimum wage, raises their wages, which can actually put more money back into the economy. So that’s something that I know the President is focused on, I’m focused on as Secretary of Labor, and I know there’s other members of administration that are going to be focused on that as well.Q But you haven’t decided whether that’ll be part of phase two?SECRETARY WALSH: That’s a conversation I’ll have to have with the President.Q And then on today’s job numbers, one of the things we noticed was that the unemployment rate for Asian Americans went up almost a full percentage point, even though those numbers dropped for almost every other demographic group or at least stayed the same. Do you know why that would be?SECRETARY WALSH: No. That came up in the conversation — in my briefing this morning. So they’re still diving in to try and figure out what that’s all about. So we’ll get some information on you. We didn’t have the information today. They’re trying to — because it seems a little –everyone brought that — that number kind of jumped out. Everyone is saying, “There’s something not right here.”Q Thank you.MS. PSAKI: Jen.Q On the infrastructure plan: To what extent should union jobs be prioritized in that infrastructure plan?SECRETARY WALSH: I think in a lot of ways — I mean, a lot of those jobs will be union jobs. I think that it’s important though that — to make sure that those jobs that the — that are inside this bill — whether it’s roads and bridges, whether it’s water upgrading, whether it’s VA, all of those construction jobs, if you will — I think it’s really important that there’s good wages with those jobs.The President and — I believe in collective bargaining; the President believes in collective bargaining. So, certainly support having higher wages there.Again, I mean, we’ll have to see where this bill ends up and what’s actually in the bill, but we believe in those areas. The Building Trades actually support this piece of — this part of the legislation, because it’s about infrastructure. It’s about building roads and bridges and all the other things that are going to be here.So, you know, I think it’s important to have, obviously, good — make this — this part of the bill is certainly one of those that creates entry points into the middle class for people.Q And then, on addressing income inequality, is the Labor Department going to do anything different, as far as gauging numbers? Are you planning to change the way you count in terms data for people?SECRETARY WALSH: So today was my first jobs today. And I had my first briefing at eight o’clock this morning, and it was — I had a quick briefing yesterday, but not about the numbers today. And one of the things that I — that I did bring up in the conversation was about women who have been pushed out of the workforce. Two million women have been pushed out of the workforce during COVID. So we talked about that.As mayor, dealing with inequality and — women’s inequality, when it comes to getting paid what a man makes, and then looking what a white woman compared to a person of — a woman of color, to a Latino. So I brought that up today.So what I want to do is do deeper dives with these stats, because you can’t fix a problem — well, the stats are there, but you can’t address a problem correctly if you don’t have the stats. So I have a whole different group of people now — economists — that are going to help me with this. And I intend on using that to help close these gaps — and people of color as well, close these gaps. This is important.And part of the American Jobs Plan — you know, when we think about — as it goes through its process through Congress, we think about what the numbers say and how do we create and draw up programs through workforce development, registered — or union apprenticeships and other places. How can we make sure that those investments are targeted? So those are all things that we can collectively do.And also work with Commerce, work with Transportation — all of my colleagues, the other secretaries — because this issue of inequality is not just a labor issue; it’s all across the board.MS. PSAKI: Darlene.Q Thank you. 916,000 jobs — do you think that pace of hiring is sustainable?SECRETARY WALSH: I hope so. I was asked a question like that earlier today. You know, again, there’s too many variables with the virus to say that next month could be better. You know, when we think about this summer — you know, if you go back to a year ago, the virus was at its — surging. And in the months of May, June, July, August, September, we started to get back, we started to look good, and people started to come back out and go to work. And then the holidays came, and we saw a spike after Thanksgiving, and we saw another spike after Christmas. And I think that — you know, the virus is unpredictable.That’s why I think there’s a couple of different components here. The American Jobs Plan — pushing to get that passed is key, number one.Number two, making sure we continue to have — when the CDC is up here talking about wearing a mask and the need to be careful, we have to pay attention to that.And then all of the other questions I’ve gotten today, whether it’s women in the workforce or factory workers not wanting to come back, all of that’s connected. So I just think we have to continue a plan.And, you know, I’m confident that — you know, when President Biden got sworn in, he came up with a COVID plan right off the bat. He had a direction where he wanted to go. He — he’s been talking about the — the vaccinations: 100 days, 100 million — doubling that number up.So what he’s laid out is working. Now, we just need to continue to work with our partners in state and local governments. We need to work with our governors. We need to work with our mayors, our town managers, our city councilors, our town council. We have to continue to work collectively with all those groups.MS. PSAKI: Last one.Q Thanks, I appreciate it. Mr. Secretary, the President just spoke about his concern for people that had been long-term unemployed — you know, over 27 to 30 weeks. We know that, right now, that’s such a big proportion of people that are out of work. Is there anything you can do — any specific efforts underway to help people who are experiencing long-term unemployment?SECRETARY WALSH: Yeah, I think, you know, the American Rescue Plan addresses some of that. And right now — again, I’m — this is my second week here. I’ve had some conversations with our workforce development folks to think about how can we make some targeted investments in some places.Some of those folks — for example, like you have restaurants around the country that people worked in them and they’ve gone out of business because of COVID, because they lost their business. Some of those folks might not want to go back into that industry. So how do we — and some of those folks are probably the people the President was talking about today. How do we find those folks, get them trained into other opportunities and other skills that they can take advantage of, of jobs that are here today? I think that that’s one of the things I would — we have to do.Q And do you support the push by Amazon workers in Alabama to unionize?SECRETARY WALSH: You know, I support everyone’s right to collectively bargain. I think we’re all kind of waiting to see what the result of that election is. But I certainly believe everyone, as the President does — everyone should have the right to join a union if they choose.MS. PSAKI: Thank you, Secretary.SECRETARY WALSH: Thank you, everyone.MS. PSAKI: Thank you.Q Wicked (inaudible). (Laughter.)MS. PSAKI: You’ve been waiting to say that. (Laughter.)I did tell him, next time he comes back, he won’t get as nice of an introduction. (Laughter.) So he’s prepared for that.Just a couple of items for all of you at the top. Three new reports over the last 24 hours underscore the critical importance of passing the American Jobs Plan: the jobs it will create, the type of workers who will benefit from it, and why we can pay for it by asking big corporations to pay their fair share.First are the jobs: A report from Moody’s Analytics that came out yesterday afternoon projects that the economy will create 19 million jobs over the next decade if Congress passes the American Jobs Plan.Moody’s also projects that the plan will help reduce the unemployment rate and drive up labor force participation on a sustained basis over the decade. A lot of the benefits will continue once the American Rescue Plan is played through.Second are the blue-collar workers who are going to benefit from this plan. According to another report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, an investment like the Jobs Plan would, quote, “reverse a long-term decline in jobs and earnings for those with high school diplomas or less” — which Secretary Walsh already touched on — “creating 8 million jobs for this population.” “Would create jobs at every education level,” but the majority of infrastructure jobs will be for people with “no more than a high school diploma.”Finally, is why we can pay for this once-in-a-century investment in jobs and growth by asking corporations to pay their fair share. Another new report — people were busy reporting yesterday — by the Institution on Taxation and Economic Policy revealed that 55 big corporations paid zero dollars in federal taxes on 2020 profits. In fact, these companies actually received billions of dollars in tax refunds.So we believe they can pay more of their fair share so that we can help fund this — in — this once-in-a-generation investment.A couple other scheduling announcements. President Biden looks forward to welcoming Prime Minister Shug- — Suga to the White House on — the Japanese Prime Minister, in case you all were not following — to the White House on — on Friday, April 16th.This will be our first in-person visit from a foreign leader in the Biden-Harris administration, reflecting the importance we place on our bilateral relationship with Japan, and our friendship and partnership with the Japanese people. We look forward to sharing more details, of course, in the days to come.Finally, on the week ahead: On Monday, the President, while there will be no Easter Egg Roll — next year, we’ll do a big one — but he will deliver remarks on the tradition of Easter at the White House. On Tuesday, he will participate in an event on the state of vaccinations. And on Wednesday, he will parcipita- — the President will participate in an event on the historic investments in the American Jobs Plan.And with that, Darlene.Q Thank you, Jen. I wanted to ask you — I have a COVID question —MS. PSAKI: Sure.Q — and just a little while ago, we heard the President appeal again to people to take the coronavirus seriously, saying that, you know, too many people are acting as if this fight is over, and it’s not.So I’m wondering: Why does the President think — or are you or the White House or the COVID team — why do you think this message isn’t breaking through for some people? What — why does he have to keep saying it again and again and again?MS. PSAKI: Well, we have always anticipated that there would be ups and downs. And that’s why the President, the Vice President, and all of us have continued to reiterate that we are at war with the virus, that we need to be vigilant. And that’s a message you have heard from him and members of our health team throughout the past several months, even when people were feeling more and more confident out in the American public.We don’t view the observation of public health guidelines as a political step; we view it as a step that helps save lives. Some people view it otherwise. But what our focus is on is on ensuring that we are expediting the — getting vaccinations out to pharmacies; doubling the number of pharmacies that have them — more than doubling; expediting, increasing the amount of vaccines that are going out to states, which we saw a dramatic increase in that. And we’re also working with local mayors, business owners, and at the individual level to continue to reiterate what has long been our consistent message.Q Is that message that it’s too early to celebrate? I mean, how much — how often or how much of that is part of the public education, messaging — there are some PSAs that the administration is doing. How much of that message is part of that campaign?MS. PSAKI: The big focus of the public campaign is: We can do this, and that it’s important to take the vaccine. And, obviously, increasing partnering that public messaging with our efforts to expedite and getting more vaccines out; increasing the number of vaccination sites; the number of vaccinators — we’re doing those in partnership.And, also, working — investing, I should say, a significant amount of our public education efforts in local partners, which we’ve seen to be the most effective efforts. So that’s one of the reasons why that is where the majority of our funding through the — for that public campaign is going.Q And one other quick question regarding the call the President had today with the President of Ukraine.MS. PSAKI: Yeah.Q Are you able to say if Donald Trump and the investigation that he sought into the Bidens, from the Ukrainian government — did that come up at all during the conversation?MS. PSAKI: I know we’ve put out a readout of the call. I’m not aware of that coming up on the call.Q Yeah, that was not in the readout. Okay, thank you.MS. PSAKI: Sure. Go ahead.Q So, just to back up on Ukraine: Are you concerned about Russian disinformation about the activities at the border? You know, this has been a continuing theme. And then I have another one after that.MS. PSAKI: You’re abso- —Q (Inaudible) come up. (Laughs.)MS. PSAKI: You are absolutely right, Andrea — it has been a continuing theme. We’ve sern [sic] this — seen this movie before of the disinformation campaign that Russia has implemented in the past as it relates to their aggressions at the border of Ukraine.So that is certainly something we’re watching, we are concerned about, and we will continue to communicate from here but also with our partners in Europe about.Q Okay. And then just on the, sort of, jobs and infrastructure package: Reuters’ polls, sort of, show wide support for the infrastructure package and even for corporate tax increases. But when we — when Reuters asks — poll, you know, Republicans, they are — the support is very partisan. So the — you know, and there’s the sense that Republicans will not support anything that has basically a Democratic president’s name on it. How do you — how do you change that dynamic? The President talked about it just before and, you know, said he thinks that Republican voters will speak. But our polling shows that they’re going to follow the leader.MS. PSAKI: Well, I haven’t looked at your particular polling, but consistently in polling we’ve seen about 80 percent of the public believes we need to invest in our infrastructure across the country and that that is long outdated.And the President doesn’t believe that’s a political issue. Whether it’s roads, railways, bridges, access to broadband — access to broadband is an issue that is certainly the case — a challenge, I should say, in inner cities and lower-income communities, but is also an issue across rural America — many parts of the country that are redder, in the political sense, and have more predominantly Republican populations. I think what our focus is going to be on is continuing to communicate the different components of these — this package and how it’s going to specifically help the American people.We don’t see it as a politically charged package or as a partisan package. And most polls you look at, when you look at the components of it, as you alluded to, agree — are consistent with that. So that’s what our focus will be on. We just announced it two days ago, so —Q Just real quick, on another foreign policy one. So in Geneva — I’m sorry, in Vienna, now there’s this discussion about having — or U.S. and Iranian negotiators are to be in Vienna at the same time but not meeting directly.MS. PSAKI: Right.Q Can you say a word about what you expect to come out of that shuttle diplomacy and how soon you think you could actually sit down at the table together with the Iranians?MS. PSAKI: Sure. Well, for everyone — for people who haven’t been following it as closely as you, let me catch you up. We’ve agreed to participate in talks with our European, Russian, and Chinese partners to identify the issues involved in a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA with Iran.This is a welcome and potentially constructive early step, even if the diplomatic road ahead may be long, as it was during the first negotiations around the JCPOA. We are very clear-eyed about the hurdles that remain.These talks will be structured around working groups that the EU is going to form with the remaining partners in the JCPOA, including Iran. And the primary issues that will be discussed are the nuclear steps that Iran would need to take in order to return to compliance with the JCPOA, and the sanctions relief steps the United States would need to take in order to return to compliance as well.We don’t anticipate presently that there will be direct talks between the United States and Iran through the process, though we certainly remain open to them.Go ahead, Kelly.Q On the southern border of the United States, Customs and Border Protection has some new preliminary numbers about unaccompanied minors crossing in March, and they are way, way up — 18,500. Again, preliminary number, but a big jump, suggesting it’s more than seasonal, suggesting it’s more than just the conditions on the ground.Is there a sense now that the administration needs to do something different in terms of the message of “this is not the time to come, but children who are unaccompanied will be protected and cared for and be able to stay”? Is there any movement on that as the message?MS. PSAKI: That continues to be our message, and we continue to look for ways to project it more broadly and more effectively in the region. But that is a sliver of what our efforts are. And we don’t feel that simply telling people, with more PSAs, not to come, that that is going to be the only way to reduce the number of people who are taking the journey.So in addition to that, we, of course, have these conversations that started last week that are — that will be ongoing and will continue with our envoy and our officials who will be working within — with governments and officials in the Northern Triangle to talk about addressing conditions and talk about reducing the temptation to travel.Some of that will, of course, be aid and assistance and a discussion of that. The President has proposed $4 billion in his own plan. But some of it will be, of course, continuing to communicate directly with the region. And we also will continue to reiterate that our policy remains in place in terms of implementing Title 42 authority and that the vast majority of adults are turned away.These numbers are certainly, you know — we are not naive about the challenge, but what our focus is on is solutions and actions to help address the unaccompanied minors who are coming across the border and making it less of an incentive to come, including also continuing to implement the Central American Minors program so kids can apply and people under 18 can apply from in-country.Q Does the President see the Vice President’s role in stewardship of this issue dealing with more than diplomacy and dealing with some of the operational issues that are being dealt with along the border with the Bureau and Border Patrol and HHS?MS. PSAKI: That’s a role that, of course, the Department of Homeland Security is playing — Ali Mayorkas, the Secretary, who has a great deal of experience dealing with challenges at the border and implementing it. Now we also have a Secretary of Health and Human Services who is in place, who can work in partnership. And they have oversight, as you know, over a number of the shelters, and that’s a key part of the partnership.But the Vice President’s role is really focused on the Northern Triangle.Go ahead.Q Following up there, if it’s such a pressing issue — I know you’ve been asked this in the room before — but if it’s such a pressing issue, why hasn’t the administration named a CBP Commissioner or an ICE Director yet?MS. PSAKI: Those are certainly important roles and ones that we are eager to fill. I don’t have an update on the personnel there. But we also have a number of experienced leaders, including the Secretary of Homeland Security — who had served as Deputy Secretary in the past — and others throughout the agencies who are implementing our work on a daily basis.Q Just last week, you were asked if there was a consideration for an immigrant in particular to be in either of those spots. You said you’d talk to the President about that. Have you had that conversation with him? Does he think that’s important?MS. PSAKI: I don’t have anything more about what characteristics will go into the personnel, other — other than somebody who’s qualified and, of course, prepared to implement as quickly as possible.But we don’t have a shortage of talented, experienced, qualified personnel addressing these issues. That’s not the biggest challenge we’re focusing on right now.The biggest challenge is expediting processing, ensuring we have more shelters available. We’ve made some progress in those areas, but there’s still certainly more work to be done.Q Could I ask you too, quickly, just on the Georgia law? I had a conversation with the lawyer for Representative Cannon, who was arrested there outside Governor Kemp’s office. And he said, over and over, he thought the Justice Department needed to get involved in what was going on in Georgia.The President, last week, said that the Justice Department was looking into its options, that he was looking into options. Can you update us on whether there’s — if there’s anything to update us on, just as far as looking into options to get involved?MS. PSAKI: There just wouldn’t be from here. It’s an independent Justice Department, so I would certainly refer to them on any plans they have.Q And any response from the White House to get involved? I mean, any update on whether the White House, in any way, will respond to the Georgia law?MS. PSAKI: Well, in what — beyond —Q Well, the President was asked —MS. PSAKI: Beyond the Department of Justice?Q I mean, so is that — it will only come from the Justice Department?MS. PSAKI: I’m sorry, I don’t really understand your question.Q I guess, he’s — the President said he was looking into his options.MS. PSAKI: Yeah.Q So are there any other options beyond what we would see from the Justice Department?MS. PSAKI: Well, I think there’s one category — right? — of legal action. We’d leave that in the Department of Justice’s hands. They’re an independent agency — right? — in that sense. They’ll make independent decisions, I should say.The President, I think, was referring broadly to the importance of continuing to advocate for the expansion of voter access and the expansion of making it easier for people to use their civic duty to elect officials.So there are obviously pieces of legislation that are working their way through Congress. That’s a way he’ll continue to be involved. He will continue to communicate with and work with leaders like Stacey Abrams and others, who are, you know, implementing grassroots activism across the country.So there are a lot of roles the President can play. I would just put it in a different category than whether there’s a Department of Justice legal step, because that would be up to the Attorney General.Go ahead.Q Thanks, Jen. On the issue of voting rights, the President said that he would support Major League Baseball moving the All-Star Game out of Atlanta. Now a similar bill has passed the state senate in Texas. So does the President believe that Texas businesses should move out of the state or boycott the state if this bill is signed into law?MS. PSAKI: Well, first, he was — he didn’t call for businesses to boycott; businesses have made that decision themselves, of course.He also was di- — not dictating that Major League Baseball move their game out of Georgia. He was conveying that if that was a decision that was made, that he would certainly support that. And that’s true in the context of the remarks he made in that interview.Q What does the President believe the responsibility of businesses is in this debate?MS. PSAKI: They’re — in terms of activism or taking —Q Yeah, when it comes to voting rights bills in the states where they reside and where they call home, what does the President believe the responsibility is of businesses when it comes to this issue of voting rights?MS. PSAKI: Well, the President has made his view clear that he believes — that he has major concerns about the bill passed in Georgia. He has consistently argued it should be easier and not harder to vote. And he believes that making it a criminal act to deliver water to people waiting in line is not making it easier. We’re also not calling from here for specific actions from businesses.Q Can you tell us a little bit more — the President has said this morning that his infrastructure plan would create 19 million jobs. Can you explain a little bit more about how the White House came up with that figure?MS. PSAKI: It’s not our figure. It’s actually a figure by Moody’s.Q Okay. And then, on another subject: Is the President aware of the reporting and the investigation into Congressman Matt Gaetz? And does he believe that the Congressman should resign? /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. 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Govt welcomes Tiwai clean up undertakings

first_imgGovt welcomes Tiwai clean up undertakings Hon David Parker The Government has today welcomed confirmation of waste remediation actions from Tiwai smelter owner Rio Tinto, including the removal of aluminium dross in Southland to the Tiwai site and paying the costs of doing so.That also involves taking on the $4 million in funding commitments of the Government, councils and landowners in relation to the dross stored in the former paper mill in Mataura.In a letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson, Energy Minister Megan Woods and Environment Minister David Parker, Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jakob Stausholm said the company would make right its environmental performance at New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS).The undertakings follow a face-to-face discussion between Jacinda Ardern and Jakob Stausholm in Wellington in early May and an earlier meeting between Grant Robertson, Megan Woods, David Parker and Aluminium Group Chief Executive Ivan Vella and the general manager of NZAS Stew Hamilton.“It has taken a long time to get to this point, but we welcome this commitment and the more conciliatory and open stance that NZAS has taken in recent months,” David Parker said.“We also welcome the acknowledgment by NZAS of its responsibilities and how its environmental performance had disappointed the Government and the community of Southland.”“We acknowledge and thank Ngāi Tahu for their role in highlighting the importance of environmental remediation and continue to encourage Rio Tinto to work with Ngāi Tahu.”“We appreciate Mr Stausholm’s efforts to rebuild an ongoing collaborative and positive working relationship. With the smelter expected to close by the end of 2024, it is important to ensure these commitments are followed up by action to get the environmental outcomes for Southlanders and the region,” Mr Parker said.The new undertakings go beyond the removal of the dross, and are to:Relocate the Taha Ouvea from all other Invercargill locations as the space at Tiwai allows. Once the Mataura material has been moved we will begin the relocation of material from other buildings in Invercargill, with an initial 2000 tonnes expected in the second half of 2021. Further relocation will occur when material from Tiwai has been processed. Fund the shortfall in processing costs for Taha Ouvea. It is estimated that there is a current funding shortfall of $2 million to enable the full 23,000 tonnes of material to be processed. Take full funding responsibility for the Taha Ouvea and in doing so, assume the current funding commitments of NZAS, The Ministry for the Environment, Invercargill City Council, Environment Southland, Gore District Council and building owners ($4 million). Provide an undertaking to remove and process the buried Haysom’s dross on site. This dross was relocated from Bluff approximately 20 years ago and has a government indemnity in place. Work with Ngāi Tahu, MfE and Environment Southland and government officials to identify other processing options for Ouvea and Spent Cathode Linings (SCL). Implement, by Q4 this year, new technology that enables the elimination of washing shells of reduction cells with water. This will significantly reduce cyanide emissions to the coastal marine environment. NZAS’ emissions are already better than consent levels, and the change will take the emissions to very low, and certainly world class levels. Share soil contamination data, as part of our closure study process, in Q3 with Ngāi Tahu, Environment Southland and MfE. They add to earlier undertakings to:To relocate the Mataura Ouvea to Tiwai point. As of 17 May, 3000 tonnes of material remain stored at Mataura. Progress will continue over the next few weeks until approximately 1500 tonne remain. We will then await the arrival of the remaining shipping containers (coming from China) in mid-June to complete the removal. Shipping container availability has been very tight globally. To remove all SCL from the Tiwai peninsula at closure. To share 20 years of ground water monitoring results from the SCL pad and landfill – this is now completed. To share the sampling plan for soil contamination on site – this is now completed. To work with Environment Southland and Ngāi Tahu to develop further sampling plan requirements and assess options to address the outcomes of the sampling. To commit to collaborating with Environment Southland officials allowing them access to site and to working closely with Ngāi Tahu to ensure our standards reflect the cultural significance of Tiwai Point. /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. 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Jeep and Hyundai’s Super Bowl LIV car commercials came out on top, say viewers

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next › Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending Videos See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED TAGSHyundaiJeepFlexNews advertisementcenter_img The Super Bowl is over for the year – all hail the “great state of Kansas” – but its impact, including all the huge ads that dropped during the big show, is still rippling across the planet. Among the blockbuster commercials were a handful from the world’s largest automakers. Now, with the benefit of a few days’ distance, the Internet is pretty much done ranking the best spots to air in between plays. According to USA Today’s Ad Meter, it was Bill Murray’s Jeep spot that won the day ad-wise. In it, the 69-year-old actor revives his character from the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, waking up in an eerily familiar way and eventually embracing the day’s repetitive curse when he spots, and commandeers, a 2020 Jeep Gladiator.  PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending in Canada COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS How did the media do ranking Super Bowl LIV’s car ads? Let us know your favourite (or least favourite) in the comments below. Which was your favourite 2020 Super Bowl car ad?Porsche “The Heist”Jeep “Groundhog Day”Hyundai “Smaht Pahk”GMC Hummer “Quiet Revolution”Audi “Let It Go”Kia “Tough Never Quits”Genesis “Going Away Party”Toyota “Big Game Commercial”VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comTake Our Poll https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QgBRvMmWk4Ad Age also awarded the Groundhog/Jeep bit top honours, granting it a touchdown rating of five footballs out of five. At a rating of 4.5-out-of-5, the plug for Hyundai’s remote smart park assist featured a lot of star power, with actors Chris Evans, John Krasinski and Rachel Dracht alongside the Red Sox’s David Ortiz. The joke is simple – people from Boston talk funny – but it works.Audi put GOT’s Maisie Williams behind the wheel of its e-Tron and had her sing your eight-year-old’s favourite Disney jam, “Let It Go” from Frozen. That’s good enough for 4 stars chez Ad Age.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85iRQdjCzj0Also with a rating of 4 stars, Porsche’s “The Heist” ad (the first Super Bowl Porsche ad in 23 years) pits Porsche museum guards driving a variety of gas-powered vehicles against a thief in the new electric Taycan. It’s funny, fun and does a great job of promoting the German brand’s storied history.  RELATED Super Bowl 54: EVs take center stage in football game ads That may be the next-gen Porsche 911 GT3 hiding in this Superbowl ad Of course, they couldn’t all be hilarious hits. Kia tried to play a more serious note with its “Tough Never Quits” spot that featured Las Vegas Raiders Josh Jacobs giving career advice to his younger self, and earned a 2.5-star rating. And down at the very bottom with 1.5 stars was the ad for the new Hummer. It includes (get this) a herd of horses galloping across a plain to depict horsepower; and LeBron James dunking a basketball so hard he breaks the backboard to depict “pure dominance.” Not the most original, even with the sound on mute.  last_img read more

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EE launches LTE-Advanced in central London; more to follow in 2015

first_img Tags 4GEELTE-AServicesTechnology Saleha Riaz Home EE launches LTE-Advanced in central London; more to follow in 2015 Previous ArticleSamsung confirms weak Q3 as device prices tumbleNext ArticleMicrosoft opens up Office 365 functionality, announces new SDKs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 30 OCT 2014 Related Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more BT consumer boss opens net neutrality debate Bangladesh 4G auction raises $898M Author Verizon details DSS progress EE launched its LTE-Advanced service in central London offering peak download speeds of 150Mb/s, although initially it will only be available on two Samsung devices.The operator is offering the service on the Samsung Note 4 and Samsung Alpha.The company argued both devices were mainstream and told Mobile World Live they will be followed by others in 2015. Mifi devices and tablets are also on the roadmap, said EE.Mobile data speeds in its ‘4G+’ areas will “regularly be up to 90Mb/s,” claimed the operator, and customers can see speeds as high as 150Mb/s if they sign up to the 4GEE Extra or Corporate 4GEE plan.The operator said the faster speeds are facilitated by ‘carrier aggregation’ – combining 20MHz of 1800MHz and 20MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum.EE has plans to expand the LTE-Advanced network to cover greater London by next June. Other major cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester will then follow.In the summer EE planned to launch LTE-Advanced early next year.  Now, however, its plans have appeared to come forward although the company said it was always the plan to make the network live in 2014.Bengt Nordstrom, co-founder and CEO of mobile consultancy Northstream, this week told Mobile World Live he is excited about the prospects for LTE-Advanced, and described the technology’s fast speeds as “a huge leap forward” with immediate benefit for users.He also believes that LTE-Advanced can be used as a substitute for fibre broadband in rural areas, particularly in the developing world, where infrastructure is not available.last_img read more

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AT&T teases new streaming service for 2019

first_imgHome AT&T teases new streaming service for 2019 HBO Max tops US video streaming uptake AT&T shed more light on a plan to use its new WarnerMedia assets for a streaming service to take on OTT giants including Netflix, noting the offering will include content from HBO and make its debut late in 2019.In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, AT&T said the service will launch in Q4 2019 and be offered direct to consumers. WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey added in an internal memo cited by CNN (a WarnerMedia property) the service will stack content from Turner and Warner Bros. on top of “genre-defining” programming from HBO.Stankey said connecting directly with consumers in the same manner as OTT services including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will give the company an opportunity to reach “audiences that aren’t part of a traditional subscription service”. However, he noted wholesale partnerships will remain a key distribution channel for the new service.Pricing is yet to be announced.The new offering will build on AT&T’s earlier video efforts including the mobile-oriented DirecTV Now, which launched in November 2016 and surpassed 1 million users earlier this year.But it is possible the launch could be hindered by an ongoing Department of Justice (DoJ) effort to overturn approval for AT&T’s merger with Time Warner. The DoJ appealed a US trial judge’s decision to approve the merger, despite AT&T closing the transaction in June. The case remains pending. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Previous ArticleHonor launches 8X, Band 4 in UKNext ArticleUS operators edge toward mmWave acquisitions Amazon reels in MGM Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 OCT 2018 Diana Goovaerts Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Related US chip funding tipped to top $150B Author AT&Tvideo streaminglast_img read more

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Face masks next big step in fight against Covid-19 – Harris

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Face masks next big step in fight against Covid-19 – Harris By News Highland – June 15, 2020 Face masks are the next big step in the fight against Covid-19, according to the Minister for Health.The government has launched a new campaign to encourage people to wear face coverings where social distancing is difficult.Ads will be rolled out on TV, radio and outdoors advising people on how and where to wear them.Minister Simon Harris says people need to make face masks a habit the same way as we embraced coughing into our elbows and hand washing:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/harrid4pm.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleProgramme for Government agreedNext articleSuspected firearms recovered from house in Derry News Highland Google+ Twitter Facebook Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

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Driver arrested following early morning cross border chase

first_img Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Twitter Google+ Facebook Police in Derry have arrested a driver following a cross border chase in the early hours of this morning.A motorist was observed driving erratically in Derry and as police attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver speed off across the border.An Garda Síochána were soon notified and also gave chase.However, the driver failed to stop for Gardai and returned across the border into Derry.Despite several attempts to evade police, the vehicle was located and the driver arrested for driving with excess alcohol, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Previous articleStormont to sit today for first time in almost 3 yearsNext articleDisappointment and relief for Mervyn O’Donnell News Highland WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Twitter Driver arrested following early morning cross border chasecenter_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Google+ By News Highland – October 21, 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme last_img read more

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Co Donegal man jailed for sex act on Dublin to Derry bus

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Co Donegal man jailed for sex act on Dublin to Derry bus DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook Twitter Google+center_img By admin – April 16, 2015 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleMc Ginley says PPS numbers are necessary for conservation grantNext articleDonegal Disability campaigner disgusted by troll Facebook remarks admin Homepage BannerNews Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A Co. Donegal man who admitted sex act on a bus travelling from Dublin to Derry has been jailed at Derry Crown Court.39-year-old Patrick Gavin Porter of Grange, Inch Island, pleaded guilty to committing an act outraging public decency on June 22, last year.The court heard that a female passenger, who got on the bus in Dublin, sat on the back seat.After the bus stopped in Monaghan, 39-year-old Porter got on and sat in the row of seats in front of her.The court was told the woman fell asleep and woke up as the bus approached the city.She saw Porter leaning over the seat and looking at her as he masturbated.The woman reported the matter to the bus driver.Police were called and arrested Porter at Foyle Street Bus Depot.During an initial police interview, the 39-year-old claimed the allegations were ‘rubbish’ and he was released on bail.Porter was interviewed by police a second time after they had viewed CCTV from the bus.The court heard the footage lasted over 40 minutes and Porter admitted it was him.However, he said he had been drinking heavily and had no memory of the incident but Judge Philip Babington said that ‘this turned out to be false.’The court was also told that Porter has sought help for his problems and the ‘future for him is much brighter’.The court also heard that the 39-year-old has been ‘subject to ridicule’ in the community as a result of the publicity the case has attracted.Judge Babington said the accused had ‘a very relevant criminal record’ and had been given a suspended sentence in 2011 for two similar offences at a student village of Magee College.The judge said it was ‘clear Porter had been engaging in this behaviour for many years.’Porter was sentenced to 14 months in prison and will serve half of that in custody. Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

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Premium / Market insight: A ‘semi-secretive’ town hall in Chicago? It’s business as usual for Panalpina & DSV

first_img Password* Please Login Email* By Alessandro Pasetti 07/06/2019 Forgotten your password? Please click here Email* Reset Please either REGISTER or login below to continue New Premium subscriber REGISTER Premium subscriber LOGIN << Go back Reset Your Password LOGIN “Could you please tell me why the story about Panalpina (PAN) execs meetings in Chicago was removed? I can not find it anywhere” – a Loadstar Premium reader.As many of our readers noticed, a DSV/Panalpina “Market Insight” column published by Premium on Wednesday, 5 June, was temporarily put on hold. We apologise for that.However, it was necessary to give more time to the parties involved to comment on one of the most important topics that characterises the dynamics of large ... Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premiumlast_img read more