Russian Invasion of Ukraine “IMMINENT,” warns White House

White House warned that Russia could invade Ukraine at any moment, as Russian troops continue to gather along the Ukrainian border. Press secretary Jen Psaki said that talks between the US and Russia so far had ultimately failed to resolve the amounting amount of troops along the Ukraine-Russia border. U.S. has warned severe economic consequences on Russia for invading Ukraine, including economic sanctions.

The Biden administration released information that the Russian government has already sent group of operatives into Ukraine to conduct false-flag operation to justify the invasion. In fact, just last week, Ukraine was hit with a cyberattack that downed more than 70 government websites. While the culprit has yet to be found, the U.S. is not leaving Russia out as a potential suspect.

While the U.S. is still open to diplomatic resolutions, although if Russia chooses to escalate and invade Ukraine, the U.S. has promised to interfere.

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Washington, DC to Receive Largest-Ever Federal Investment to Improve Bridges

It is no secret that the bridges connecting Washington D.C. to its neighboring states Virginia and Maryland are quite decrepit. And for thousands of commuters and other traffic that must cross these bridges, both the traffic and the weakness of these bridges are worrisome things.

Pres. Biden signed one of the largest infrastructure bills to fix up the older infrastructures. According to Mayor Bowser, D.C. will receive $225 million over 5 years to repair the 8 bridges and to improve the city’s entire bridge network.

The first two bridges being repaired will be Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge and New York Avenue bridge. These two supported travel of 225,000 vehicles per day on average. H street bridge will be completely replaced to improve safety for Union Station traffic. The bridge supports WMATA tracks and Amtrak, along with cars. This improvement is also set to increase train capacities and develop air rights above the tracks.

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Church Clinic 2022 New Year Seminar: Vision for the Church Post-Pandemic

Church Clinic’s 2022 New Year Seminar focuses on what isn’t necessary this new year, specifically, on the matter of “never changing.” On January 24 at 7:30 PM, pastor Gi-Sung Son will discuss how to maintain healthy faith, and how the people and the church must always work hard to change for the better.

Pastor Son explained how even before we could fully recover from the Delta variant, we were hit with yet another variant, Omicron.

And during this time, what is absolutely necessary in churches and its people? Pastor Son hopes to discuss. Anyone interested is encouraged to register for this free seminar by contacting [email protected], contacting at kakaotalk ID churchclinic, or call 703-334-7802.

처치클리닉 2022 신년세미나포스트팬데믹, 신학과 영성목회의 비전

시대에 필요한 것은 변함없는

교회 함께가자처치클리닉(대표 손기성 목사) 2022년을 맞아1 24() 저녁 7:30 온라인 신년세미나를 진행한다. 이번 신년세미나는 펜대믹상황이 변함없지만 가운데 건강한 신앙과 삶을 지켜가기 위하여 성도와 교회는 끊임없이 노력하고 변화해야한다는 생각을 가지고

성결대학교 초대 2,3 총장을 역임하셨던 성기호 박사를 강사로포스트팬데믹, 신학과 영성목회의 비전이라는 주제로 진행한다. 손기성 목사는위드코로나가 적응되기도 전에 우리는 델타바이러스에 이어 오미크론이라는 복병을 만나 어려운 상황을 지나고 있습니다.

이런 포스트펜데믹 시기에 교회와 성도들이 필요한 것이 무엇일까 고민해봅니다. 결국은 문화가 변하고상황이 전과 달라진다 할찌라도 변함없이 자신을 건강하게지켜가는 힘은바른신학과 영성 있다는 결론을내렸습니다. 이번에 모시는 성기호 박사님은 이런면에 대가이십니다. 이미 한국에서 국민일보에 연재칼럼을통햬 신앙인과 비신앙인들 사이에 깊은 감동과 영향력을 보여주셨으며 신학교 강단에서도 목회자 후보생들에게도 바른신학과 영성에 대한 롤을 제시해 주셨습니다. 박사님을 모시고 이번 세미나를 통해 다시한 깊은 은혜와 도전을 누리길 원합니다. 현재의 어려운 상황을 믿음으로 이겨나가길 바라는 마음으로 여러분들을초대합니다.”라고 초대의 변을 전했다. 대상은 누구나 참석이 가능하며, 사전 접수가 필요하다. 접수는[email protected] 카톡아이디 churchclinic으로 하면된다. 전화문의는 703-334-7802.

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Try NOT to file paper Federal Tax Return

Tax season is back, and the IRS is warning that the tax refunds will be delayed. Last time anyone has checked, the IRS had 6 million returns not yet processed in 2021.

Due to the pandemic and years of underfunding, the IRS expects enormous challenges related to refund processing. The tax season begins on January 24, and the filing deadline will actually be pushed to April 18 because of Emancipation holiday in D.C.; Maine and Massachusetts residents have until April 19 in celebration of the Patriots’ Day holiday.

No one needs to wait to file the 2021 tax return, even if their 2020 tax returns are still pending review. That being said, if the person is owed a refund, they might not receive it for a while.

It is advised that as soon as one has their 2021 records, such as W-2s, 1099s, and other year-end statements, they should go ahead and file their 2021 tax returns.

The IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said filing electronically with direct deposit was the best way to obtain the return the fastest. For example, those who file electronically and have the IRS direct the return to the bank account could receive their return within 21 days. Accuracy is also key, as inaccuracy with IRS records would require manual processing and cause a delay.

There are some who have filed a tax return in 2020 and still waiting on the refund; the “where’s my refund?” status hasn’t updated. Taxpayers might have to brace for impact this year and try to keep it as easy as possible for the IRS to even make refund possible for themselves.

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Limited State of Emergency Declared in Virginia for Omicron Surge

Gov. Ralph Northam declared a limited state of emergency for hospitals due to the ongoing pandemic.

It is a 30-day state-of-emergency order that seeks to expand capacity and increase staffing at hospitals. While Gov.-elect Youngkin could rescind the emergency order after he takes office on Saturday, Gov. Northam believes Gov.-elect Youngkin will also support the continuation of the order.

Gov.-elect Youngkin’s spokesman said that Youngkin does support the use of tailored executive action to remove staffing barriers and provide flexibility to deliver high quality care.

These removals include limitations on bed capacity, providing those with active licenses and in good standing to practice in Virginia. Furthermore, there will be more flexibility with regards to vaccine administration and will prevent price-gouging for at-home antigen test kits.

A 30-day state of emergency is also in effect in Maryland, and D.C. Hospital Association is also calling on D.C. to reactive a health emergency.

About 90 percent of Virginian adults and 78 percent of all Virginians have had at least one dose of vaccine, although the advised dosage is both vaccine + the booster.

Northam said that most overwhelming the hospital systems are those that are not fully vaccinated or boosted. On Friday, Virginia hit a peak 3,329 hospitalization, beating out the record of 3,201 on January 13, 2021. COVID-related hospitalizations are up 200 percent.

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Schmidt Baking Company Saves Folks Stranded on I-95

On Monday, Virginia saw a monster snowstorm, that eventually saw around 10 inches of rapid snowfall, as well as a 50-mile traffic jam that had many people stranded in below freezing temperatures for more than 27 hours.

A couple of people, who had been stuck inside of their cars for 21 hours slept in their cars overnight, had no access to food or water, and had little resources to turn to, as nearest towns were also out of power. A person reached out to Schmidt Baking company and asked them whether they would be willing to open the truck and provide the people with food, as many that were stuck had small children, the elderly, and pets.

The person reporting said that within 20 minutes, the CEO of the company, Chuck, reached out back to them, and had the truck driver open the back of the truck, to provide bread to more than 50 cars nearby.

Schmidt Company sells Old Tyme breads and is based in Baltimore, Maryland. His decision helped many people who likely starved for at least a day.

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Australia Revokes Novak Djokovic’s Visa

Novak Djokovic is the world’s No. 1 male tennis player. He received a medical exemption to mandatory covid vaccination. However, when he landed in Melbourne to prepare for the Australian Open, he was escorted to an immigration room while the authorities checked his paperwork.

Border authorities then canceled his visa. By midmorning Thursday in local time, Djokovic was escorted to a government-approved hotel pending flight out of the country. He has engaged with lawyers to overturn the decision.

While Serbian president called out against the act, the Australian Prime Minister was resolute in supporting the decisions of the border patrol agents.

Australian Open officials did not have immediate comments.

Although Djokovic had performed everything exactly as requested by the Australian authorities to obtain a visa exemption, his obtaining it had caused an outrage from Melbourne citizens who had been subjected to some of the toughest covid restrictions in the world. Ultimately, it seems that he has become a sort of a scapegoat.

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48-Mile Traffic on I-95 Kept Tim Kaine on the road for 27 Hours on his D.C. commute

On Monday, Virginia experienced an intense snow storm, with several feet of snow accumulation in multiple areas of the state. Virginia was highly unprepared for the event, as it had decided against pre-treating the roads the day before.

As a result, the state police experienced one of the heaviest work loads in recent years, responding to more than 1000 calls statewide in just one day.

One area heavily impacted was I-95, specifically in northern Virginia. Six tractor trucks had slipped or otherwise gotten involved in an accident, blocking up traffic for more than 48 miles of it.

At 8:27 AM on Tuesday, January 4, 2021, Sen. Tim Kaine tweeted that he had left for D.C. at 1 PM on January 3, 2021 and was still not near the Capitol. He also tweeted that he was talking with the Virginia Department of Transportation. The area had received at least 14 inches of snow in one day.

He arrived in the Capitol after 27 hours on the road, and reported that he only had an orange and a Dr. Pepper to consume for the entire time. He explained how he had to figure out ways to conserve gas throughout the night while keeping warm.

Governor Northam and his current administration has been criticized for his ill-preparedness in handling the snow storm.

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Virginia chose not to Pre-treat the Roads before the Snow Storm. Today, there were more than 300 accidents.

By 3:30 PM on January 3, 2022, the Virginia State Police released information that they had responded to more than 2,000 calls for service due to the conditions on the roads from the first major snowstorm to hit Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are currently no fatalities reported, and most of the crashes only had vehicular damage.

By mid-afternoon, traffic crashes totaled at 600, with equal numbers of disabled/stuck vehicles.

Virginia had chosen not to pretreat the roads prior to the snow storm, and as a result, when the heavy snowfall hit most of the state, the roads had piles of snow and ice on them, making driving highly dangerous.

It is expected that the temperatures tomorrow will be worse, especially considering icing on the roads, and many counties are choosing to remain closed into Tuesday.

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