Joseph to Leave and Dr. Henry to be new PM of Haiti

Since July 7, Haiti’s President, Jovenel Moïse’s assassination, there was a political power struggle between Claude Joseph, the Interim prime minister (PM), and Dr. Ariel Henry (named PM by late President two days before his assassination).

Joseph has since accepted and decided to honor the late president’s wishes. 71-year-old neurosurgeon Dr. Ariel Henry will be the new Prime Minister of Haiti until the new election. According to NPR, “officially taking office as prime minister will be Ariel Henry (71),” as “it was part of the plan and wishes of late President Jovenel Moïse that he should lead a new coalition to be prime minister and form a new government,” said Mathias Pierre, Minister of Elections in Haiti.

Pierre stated that the transfer of power will take place in a public ceremony this Tuesday. Dr. Henry posted a brief address to the nation online Sunday night, saying “unity” and that he would soon announce a consensus government that leads the country until elections can be held to elect a new president.

Henry applauded the Haitian people for maturity in the face of “what could be called a coup d’état,” and that the president’s assassination was “unspeakable,” and “odious and revolting.” Henry has support from foreign powers including the U.S. diplomat, representatives from the United Nations, and the Organization of American States.

“I received calls from certain American diplomats in Haiti,” said Senate Lambart. “Also I received calls from diplomats in the U.S. State Department, who asked me to postpone so we had time to build a larger consensus.” He said that while the majority of Haitians don’t appreciate the postponing of certain Haitian events by foreign powers, Haiti remains influenced by them nonetheless due to its precarious state both as a developing country and as a country dealing with a lot of recovery efforts.

Mr. Joseph said he would now become the foreign minister in Mr. Henry’s cabinet.

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The Enhanced Child Tax Credit Will Hit Your Bank Account on July 15

The Enhanced Child Tax Credit (CTC) is about to drive your home finances more flexible if you have children to the age of 17. At least 36 million homes will be impacted by this Biden administration’s aid. From July 15, eligible bank accounts will see a deposit, courtesy of Uncle Sam.

Even those who didn’t file their tax return in 2019 and 2020 still can get the money from IRS if they prepare their tax file with IRS, and IRS will assist those who need help. Follow this link to get the free prep, https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5532.pdf

Most of the parents with children under the age of 6 will receive $3,600 per child in total. The parents will get $300 a month for each child under 6, and $250 a month for each child between ages 6 – 17 respectively from July to December. They can then claim the rest of the amount on their tax return next year.

This enhanced Child Tax Credit is intended to be a big help to the lower to middle-class income families.

Under the American Rescue Plan, this enhanced CTC will give $3,600 for each child under age 6 and $3,000 for each child between ages 6 to 17.  The original CTC excluded those who turned into17 and was limited to $2,000 per child. Basically, under the Biden administration, at least $1,000 to $1,600 increase is possible from the original CTC.

Aside from having children who are 17 or younger as of December 31, 2021, families will only qualify for the expanded credit if they fall below certain income thresholds:

  • $75,000 or less for single taxpayers
  • $112,500 or less for heads of household
  • $150,000 or less for married couples filing a joint return and qualified widows and widowers

The IRS on Tuesday said it had created a website that will allow people to check whether they qualify for the benefit, called the Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant. To check whether you’ll receive the payments, you’ll need either your 2020 or 2019 tax return (if you haven’t yet filed for 2020). The IRS said if people don’t have a copy of their return, they may be able to use an estimate based on their W-2s or 1099s to determine eligibility.

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The Ever Given is finally FREE

The Ever Given Cargo vessel, Panama flagged cargo ship, with a Japanese owner Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd.) finally reached the deal on the price of blocking the Suez Canal with the Egyptian authorities on Wednesday.

Under the pandemic, this cargo vessel stalled at the Suez for over 3 months and is finally free to move onto its final destination with help, as a tugboat came to pull the ship out to the Mediterranean Sea. According to AP, “A deal that achieved justice and prioritized both parties’ interests has been reached,” Lt. Gen. Ossama Rabei, head of the Suez Canal said. “It ended a crisis that lasted for more than three months.”

The original price tag was $916 million in compensation but has since lowered to $550 million with a tugboat in its settlement. The compensation will cover the salvage operation, costs of stalled canal traffic, and lost transit fees for the six days the Ever Given had blocked the Suez canal. This vessel was supposed to go to the Dutch port of Rotterdam on March 23 but didn’t make it due to the ship being stuck at the canal after slammed banks of the canal about 3.7miles north of the southern entrance.

Hundreds and thousands of ships behind it were equally stalled, waiting to pass through for at least a week, while some ships turned around to take other routes, like the Cape of Good Hope at South Africa. While the Ever Given ship was stuck in the Suez, some economic crisis concerns such as supply shortage and rising prices were experienced by the global economy, which was already suffering from the pandemic.

The Ever Given cargo vessel was directed to and stayed at the Great Bitter Lake in Egypt for more than 3 months due to the pending settlement issue with Egyptian authority. It is only now that the Ever Given will continue its way home, with $550 million paid to pass through.

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The U.S. left more than 100,000 items behind in Afghanistan

Per President Biden’s order, the U.S. military has left Afghanistan. Also left behind, is 20 years’ worth of “things.” The Afghani military showed up on Monday at the airbase and found more than 100,000 items on the base. Most of the items are day-to-day items such as food, bottled water, and energy bars. But the U.S. military also left about 1,000 civilian vehicles and ammunition that can be used for short-range shootings. According to NPR, The Afghan military said that the U.S. military didn’t notify of their departure to the new Afghanistan’s base commander prior to leaving.

The Pentagon recently announced that all military from Afghanistan will withdraw by the end of August. The U.S. military in Bagram airbase, the biggest airfield in the country was so quickly vacated that much of their belongings were simply left behind when the new base commander arrived just after 2 hours. What the rush was about, no one knows at the moment.

“We [heard] some rumor that the Americans had left Bagram, and finally by seven o’clock in the morning, we understood that it was confirmed that they had already left Bagram,” General Mir Asadullah Kohistani, Bagram’s new commander said.

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Biden Eliminates Three Major Trump Policies

President Biden signed Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions on Wednesday to eliminate three of Trump’s stances during his time in office: climate change, finance, employment discrimination claims.

Pres. Biden stated, “I’m about to sign into law three bills … protecting our planet from climate disturbing greenhouse gas, particularly methane, which is devastating, protecting consumers from predatory lenders and protecting workers from employment discrimination,” and added, “Each of these bills reflects a return to common sense and commitment to the common good.”

The CRA only requires a simple majority vote in both chambers and presidential approval. As Democrats are the majority in both chambers, there were no expected hardships in passing the bill.

The CRA was equally used by then-Pres. Trump to eliminate many of his predecessor’s regulations, some of which will be restored by the Biden administration.

The climate rule that Biden got rid of included a weakened regulation of methane under Trump’s rule. Pres. Biden took it back to 2016 Obama-era regulations that encouraged the use of clean fuels which minimizes methane output; methane is known to be one of the more impactful greenhouse gases.

Another rule allowed lenders to offer loans at interest rates that exceed state limits if they team up with a federally chartered bank headquartered in a state with a higher cap. The Trump administration argued that the rule clears up uncertainty surrounding who the “true lender” is in such cases, but opponents said it allows lenders to charge consumers higher rates,” according to The Hill.

The employment discrimination against employees due to more information requiring to get a job will be removed. Under the Trump administration, more information was required of people to clarify their “identity” and fit for the job. The Trump administration said the additional information would improve transparency, while critics said it could lead to retaliation because employers would be able to [better identify] victims and witnesses, with employers also having an advantage in potential litigation through early access to information.”

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Heat Wave in the Northwest, Flood Warning in the Northeast

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A prolonged heatwave hit the Pacific Northwest last week and the Northeast is now in a flood warning situation. According to the national weather forecast from Weather.gov, the heatwave expanded into the Northern High Plains from the Northwest, and the Northern Rockies. In the Northeast, after almost 100 degrees temperatures with high humidity on the last day of June, severe weather with a flood warning is in effect for the evening.

National Weather service’s excessive heat warning is still in effect for the Pacific Northwest, from July 1st to the 4th of July. In the meantime, the weather forecast warns of rain all day long with cooler temperatures but severe thunderstorms capable of causing floods for the Northeast.

A cold front is moving slowly up the southeast coast of the U.S. into the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic. While the front will bring brief relief from the hot and muggy days, the air mass is so buoyant, it is likely to also bring severe thunderstorms. Both floods and high winds are risks, as they also have the capacity of knocking the electricity down. Storms may also produce rainfalls in excess of 1″ per hour leading to the risk for flash flooding. A Marginal Risk is in effect for the Southeast on Friday for rain totals in excess of 1″.

Folks living in areas from the Ohio Valley to the Southwest as far down as the Mid-Mississippi Valley to Southeastern Kansas may also see excessive rainfall as well as cold front heads in that direction. These would be flash flood warnings, as the soil conditions are also known to be saturated and would not absorb the rainfall as easily. Tropical Storm Enrique will be dropping some much-needed rain and thunderstorms into the Desert in the Southwest, although as always, excessive rainfall concerns are to be noted.

High temperatures will remain at or below normal for this time of year across the southern U.S., with daily highs mainly in the 80s.

The areas in much need of water, such as California and the Pacific Northwest will continue to experience sunny days, unfortunately.

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United Airlines To Expand, Buying 270 New Planes

United Airlines announced that it has ordered 270 new aircraft for domestic travelers. Since the pandemic, there has been a rebound of domestic travelers instead of international travelers. As a result, United Airlines will be replacing the older aircraft, improve seatback entertainment, and space for carry-on bags with new aircraft features.

According to United Airlines, this is the “the largest combined order in the airline’s history and the biggest by an individual carrier in the last decade,” and “The ‘United Next’ plan will have a transformational effect on the customer experience and is expected to increase the total number of available seats per domestic departure by almost 30%, significantly lower carbon emissions per seat and create tens of thousands of quality, unionized jobs by 2026, all efforts that will have a positive, ripple effect across the broader U.S. economy.”

“Our United Next vision will revolutionize the experience of flying United as we accelerate our business to meet a resurgence in air travel,” said United CEO Scott Kirby. “By adding and upgrading this many aircraft so quickly with our new signature interiors, we’ll combine friendly, helpful service with the best experience in the sky, all across our premier global network. At the same time, this move underscores the critical role United plays in fueling the broader U.S. economy – we expect the addition of these new aircraft will have a significant economic impact on the communities we serve in terms of job creation, traveler spending, and commerce.”

United Airlines received $54 billion in federal aids, and most of them were grants. The government gave aids to US-based Airlines in exchange for not cutting jobs or pay rates, though thousands of workers received furlough notice from the companies and received cut pay rates for certain periods of time.

For example, while American Airlines furloughed almost 20% of its workers, it also paid out $1.4 million bonuses for the CEO last year, drawing criticism.

However, many airline employees chose to move onto other jobs, and now, airlines are struggling to fill their rosters, although United is hiring again for the new aircraft operations in its 7 hubs. According to United Airlines, at least 25,000 jobs will be created with new aircraft orders. Currently, the airline supports about 68,000 union jobs, and 89% of jobs are mostly the airline’s total domestic workforce. Some of this hiring will be done at D.C.’s Dulles Airport hub.

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Pandemic Changes Peoples’ Preference

People in the U.S. are changing their minds about many things now that they’ve experienced a pandemic. They prefer to do more family-oriented things than spend that time at work. In April 2021 alone, 4 million workers quit their jobs. Since the pandemic hit, many people have been working from home or at places near their homes. As a result, more workers are hesitant to return to a life of extensive commuting time or to the office, where they have to spend needless hours engaging in things like work politics.

According to the Labor Department, the U.S. population wants more money, easier or no commute, and more flexibility in terms of their employment. People would rather spend the time to be with their family than spend it at the office. As corporations seek to bring people back post-pandemic, they are facing increasing hesitation and friction against returning to the office, especially now that many workers have finally adjusted back to working from home. Furthermore, many workers have also realized that they can perform their jobs at home, as last year is evidence of this.

People are reassessing what they value in light of the pandemic. That promotion doesn’t seem as attractive now as it might have been prior to the pandemic. Some people have realized that they earn more money from unemployment than from their minimum-wage jobs and are reevaluating their options. The fact is that the labor market is currently lacking incentives for people to want to return to the ways prior to the pandemic.

The shortage of workforce might lead to the end of the debate of raising the minimum wage; if no one wants to work at minimum wage, then those jobs will not be filled. Some companies requiring minimum wage workers are now attempting to lure in workers using “sign-up bonuses” and other incentives to get people back to the office.

However, most people are now demanding flexible work arrangements and higher pay, especially now that they know these things are possible. The labor market will have to meet the demands of its desired workers or not have the supply of workers they need. Simple economic concept.

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Delta COVID-19 Will Hit US HARD

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The U.K. and Europe are currently dealing with the sleuth of the very contagious Delta Variant of the Covid-19 virus, first found in India. The U.S. should expect to be hit hard by the Delta variant, federal officials and health officials have reported.

Dr. Fauci said, “20.6% of new cases in the U.S. are due to the Delta variant, and the Delta variant is currently the greatest threat in the U.S. to our attempt to eliminate COVID-19,” at a White House briefing on COVID-19 on Tuesday. He added that the Delta variant is the most contagious yet and among those not yet vaccinated, may trigger some of the most serious illnesses than other variants have done so far.

As the U.S. eases up on physical distancing and masking rules, many people are exposed to this rapidly spreading virus, especially the unvaccinated, the younger generation, and those under the age of 12.

According to Mayo Clinic, at least 92.4% (as of June 2, 2021) of the age group of 65+ and only 11.1% of the age group of 18 are vaccinated. Northeast, West, and Mid-Atlantic states are more vaccinated than the red states, but even then, these states do not report a vaccination rate higher than 70 percent.

“There are still big portions of the country where the rates of vaccination are quite low,” notes Dr. Jeremy Luban, a virologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. “And, in fact, the Helix paper shows that this Delta variant is increasing in frequency — the speed at which it’s increasing in frequency is greatest in those areas where vaccination rates are lowest.”

It is also important to note that even those who are currently vaccinated are not fully protected from the devastating effects of the Delta variant, which also includes the growth of the “black fungus,” a serious infection that usually is resolved by cutting out the infected body part. The unvaccinated are even more vulnerable, however.

If you have not been vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible, for your safety and others around you.

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Church Clinic: Need for Paradigm Shift in Ministry during a Pandemic

이제 선교도 “새 술은 새 부대에 담아야 할 때”

일 년 반이 넘는 시간 코비드19는  페데믹시대를 가져왔고, 이로 인해 세상은 달라졌다. 교회 또한 예외는 아니다. 이제 국가마다 차이는 있겠으나 백신의 보급으로 그동안의 비대면 사회가 대면으로의 회귀를 기대하고 기다리고 있다. 그러나 변해버린 우리 환경은 ‘펜데믹 이전으로 완전히 돌아갈 수 있을것인가?’라는 의문을 떨칠 수 없다. 실제 앞으로의 시대는 대면과 비대면의 공존의 시대가 될 것이라는 말이 지배적이다.

그렇다면 개인 일상이나 공동체의 변화 뿐 아니라 교회의 지상 명령인 선교는 어떻게 달라지고 변화해야 할 것인가를 고민해야 한다. 여전히 과거와 같은 방법의 선교 전략은 복음이 더욱 효과적으로 전파될 수 없기 때문이다.

‘교회 함게가자’ 처치클리닉(대표 손기성 목사)은 코비드19으로 인해 변화된 시대, 지역 교회와 선교 현장이 어떻게 변화하고 있는지 살펴보고, 교회의 위치나 크기가 아닌 다양한 방법과 지속 가능한 방법들을 모색하고 찾아가야 할 때라고 봤다.

처치클리닉은 6 28() 오후 7:30분 공개강좌를 통해 시대적 필요에 따른 “펜데믹시대, 선교동향과 Paradigm Shift”라는 주제를 가지고 강의를 진행한다. 강사는 전 총신대학교 총장을 지낸 김의원 박사다. 김의원 박사는 뉴욕대학교와 웨스트민스터신학대학에서 학위를 취득했으며, 뉴욕에서 이민목회를 경험한 이민교회 목회자이기도 하다. 김박사는 평생을 후진양성에 헌신했으며, 은퇴 후 수년 간 선교지와 선교사들을 돌아보며 현장과 만나왔다. 최근에는 ATEA라는 세계선교지에 세워진 학교와 선교단체들이 양질의 교육과 사역을 진행할 수 있도록 지원하는 단체의 대표를 맡아 헌신하고 있다.

손기성 목사는 “강사이신 김박사님의 삶과 이력들이 선교 현장의 동향과 변화를 더 생생하게 지역 목회자들과 성도들에게 전달 할 수있으며, 나아가 선교 현장과 지원 교회의 이분법적 관점이 아닌 새로운 관점의 선교 모델들을 제시할 수 있을 것이다. 이번 강의를 통해 선교는 특정 교회나 단체만 아니라 모든 교회, 누구나 함께 할 수 있는 방향과 방법을 찾아볼 수 있을 것으로 기대한다”고 전하며 선교에 관심 있는 분들의 참여를 권했다.

참여 문의는 703.334.7602나 [email protected]으로 하면된다. 온라인 강의로 진행되기 때문에 사전 접수가 필요하다.

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