Trump’s post-hospital White House appearance takes on campaign rally themes

Oct. 10 (UPI) — President Donald Trump turned his first post-COVID public appearance into a campaign rally on the White House South Lawn Saturday, nine days after was hospitalized for the coronavirus infection.

Thanking supporters for prayers and well wishes for himself and the first lady, within minutes Trump had referred to his Democratic presidential opponent as “Sleepy Joe Biden,” had boasted about the border wall and delivered other material typical of a campaign speech.

“We gotta vote these people into oblivion. Into oblivion. Gotta get rid of ’em. So bad for our country,” the president said.

About 400 people attended the invitation-only event. Trump called the event a peaceful protest for law and order and blamed the “radical Socialist Left” for civil unrest in U.S. cities this summer.

“Where there is evidence of wrongdoing by police, the criminal justice system must investigate and any perpetrators must be held accountable,” Trump said. “But we must never allow mob rule.”

Event organizers of Candace Owens’s BLEXIT Foundation paid for travel and lodging of some attendees and demanded that they wear matching shirts, ABC reported Saturday. Attendees were asked to wear masks, but were packed tightly together, not following social distancing guidelines.

Attendees were also scheduled to attend a pro-law enforcement rally in Washington, D.C.

The speech lasted about 18 minutes, much shorter than Trump’s usual campaign rally remarks, which can last more than an hour.

Trump, with flesh-colored bandages visible on his hands, downplayed his time at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and said he was returning to the campaign trail.

“I feel great,” he said. “We are starting very, very big with our rallies and with our everything,” Trump promised. The president has rallies planned in Florida, Pennsylvania and Iowa next week.

The speech ended with supporters chanting “four more years!” and Trump urging them to “get out and vote — and I love you.”

The president has not been seen in public other than in White House-released videos since his release from the hospital five days ago. The White House declined to say Saturday whether Trump was still potentially contagious from COVID-19 .

The last public event at the White House was the Sept. 26 Rose Garden ceremony to announce Supreme Court Justice candidate Amy Coney Barret’s nomination. Public health officials determined the gathering of more than 200 people was a “super-spreader” event which has been linked to dozens of COVID-19 infections, including those in Trump’s inner circle.

On Saturday, Trump campaign advisor and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced he had been released from the hospital following treatment for the coronavirus.

Joe Biden’s campaign said Saturday that he had again tested negative for the virus. Biden’s campaign has been releasing regular updates since Biden appeared on the same Cleveland stage as Trump in a debate on Sept. 29.

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Unmasked Trump takes Covid back into White House



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Good morning, Warren Murray enlightening you this Tuesday morn.

Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, said he was not surprised by Donald Trump’s coronavirus infection and declared that “masks matter” as the still-infected president returned to the White House and pointedly removed his mask on the balcony. Shortly after flying back from the Walter Reed medical centre, an unmasked Trump recorded a rambling, triumphalist video statement in which he claimed to be overcoming the virus, said, “Maybe I’m immune!” and urged Americans: “Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re gonna beat it … Be careful!”

Biden said: “I would hope that the president having gone through what he went through – and I’m glad he seems to be coming along pretty well – would communicate the right lesson to the American people … These masks, they matter. It saves lives. The only thing I heard was one of the tweets saying that, you know, don’t be so concerned about all this, essentially. There’s a lot to be concerned about.” Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases expert, who has been shunned by Trump, told CNN that doctors would need to monitor the president for a “reversal” in his progression because he was still in the danger period. Fauci also said he strongly suspected an experimental monoclonal antibody drug given to Trump was helping him recover.

Julian Borger writes that the next four weeks will be dangerous not just for Trump but those around him. “Many students of Trump’s life and career have warned that he would be prepared to sacrifice anyone to spare himself the humiliation of a one-term presidency. It involved creating a culture in the White House in which the wearing of masks was scoffed at, and seen as a sign of disloyalty. Trump drove home the message on Monday night … He has produced a toxic workplace to the point of potential lethality.”

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Opposition politician takes over Kyrgyzstan Interior …

BISHKEK, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Kyrgyz opposition politician and former senior security official Kursan Asanov has taken over as acting interior minister, a ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, indicating President Sooronbai Jeenbekov could be losing control over the country.

Police have been ordered to ensure citizens’ safety and prevent clashes and looting amid protests, the spokesman said, adding that incumbent Interior Minister Kashkar Junushaliyev has not shown up for work on Tuesday. (Reporting by Olga Dzyubenko; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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Kyrgyzstan: Opposition politician takes over interior ministry, pres. ‘in control’

Kyrgyz opposition politician and former senior security official Kursan Asanov has taken over as acting interior minister, a ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, indicating President Sooronbai Jeenbekov could be losing control over the country.

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Police have been ordered to ensure citizens’ safety and prevent clashes and looting amid protests, the spokesman said, adding that incumbent Interior Minister Kashkar Junushaliyev has not shown up for work on Tuesday.

Kyrgyzstan’s pro-Russian president insisted he was in control of the country Tuesday despite protesters capturing the seat of government and freeing his predecessor and nemesis following violent clashes with police.

Sooronbay Jeenbekov’s office said in a statement that the president was “in control of the situation and expresses confidence that all political forces will put the interests of the country above their own.”

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New Perm Sec takes over at Interior Ministry

By Omeiza Ajayi – Abuja

The Federal Government has deployed Dr Shuaib Belgore as the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior.

Assuming duty on Wednesday, Dr Belgore said he would set up a fitness regime through the promotion of extra-curricular activities aimed at enhancing staff performance in the discharge of their duties, in line with the Ministry’s mandate.

According to him, “I will set up a fitness regime here through the promotion of extra-curricular activities so as to bring out the sportsman in you. To this end, I intend to ensure a monthly walking-jogging exercise in the Ministry for everyone so as to keep staff fit to enable them to deliver on our mandate which is ensuring internal security and citizenship integrity”.

Belgore who applauded the ministry for its efforts at digitising processes said he would further improve staff competence in information technology through the provision of additional gadgets and working tools for enhanced work performance.

The new Permanent Secretary took over the mantle of leadership from Mrs Georgina Ehuriah-Arisa who retired after putting 36 years of service to her fatherland.

He commended the outgoing Permanent Secretary, for her contributions to the successes achieved by the Ministry.

While he described her as a model of efficiency to be emulated by public servants, Belgore assured that he would build on the legacies of staff welfare, efficient service delivery and excellence as demonstrated by Ehuriah during her tenure in office.

Earlier, the outgone Permanent Secretary, Georgina Ehuriah encouraged staff to support her successor, Dr Belgore by putting in their best.

“Don’t compromise or derail the system, support your principals, the new Permanent Secretary and the Minister, to achieve the deliverables of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in line with the mandate of the Ministry,” she said.

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House bill takes aim at FAA delegation of oversight to Boeing

House lawmakers unveiled bipartisan legislation to reform aircraft manufacturing in the wake of the Boeing Co. 737 Max disasters, an effort that would partially undo efforts over decades to streamline aviation-industry approvals.

The measure released on Monday would tighten the Federal Aviation Administration’s control of programs at Boeing and other companies that allow employees to sign off on aircraft designs and would also require an expert panel to review Boeing’s safety culture.

The missteps that led to crashes on the Max “alarmed and outraged” lawmakers, said Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who is chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill is an attempt to “meaningfully address the gaps in the regulatory system for certifying aircraft and adopt critical reforms that will improve public safety and ensure accountability at all levels going forward.”

The bill is also backed by the committee’s ranking Republican, Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri, and the leaders of the aviation subcommittee, increasing its chances of passing.

There appears to be strong support by members of both parties for at least some action, but contentious preelection politics and disputes over what such legislation should include could hinder passage this year. It’s also supported by several unions, including those representing FAA’s engineers and inspectors.

The measure was prompted by two crashes of the best-selling 737 Max that led to its grounding in March 2019.

The legislation was released as the FAA and other global aviation regulators are nearing approvals to return the plane to service. FAA Administrator Steve Dickson plans to fly the plane this week in a demonstration meant to reassure the public.

Democrats on the House committee this month concluded an 18-month investigation into what went wrong on the 737 Max design, finding fault with engineering failures, deception by Boeing and insufficient oversight by the FAA.

A safety feature on the Max designed to ensure its controls felt the same as on earlier models went haywire in two crashes, repeatedly pushing down the jet’s nose into dives. Crashes off the coast of Indonesia in October 2018 and in Ethiopia in March 2019 that killed 346 people were blamed in part on the system.

The House legislation isn’t intended to end the controversial program that allows the FAA to deputize company employees to sign off on designs, but it gives the agency more authority over who companies pick for such duty.

That is a reversal of more than a decade of actions by Congress that directed the FAA to expand such programs. The aviation industry had argued before the Max crashes that it needed more authority to approve designs in order to remain competitive in other parts of the world.

The legislation would also require the adoption of better safety-management systems at manufacturers, ensure more realistic assumptions about pilot reactions to emergencies and mandate disclosure of flight-control systems that can alter a plane’s flight path.

Each of those was designed to address issues raised by multiple reviews after the crashes.

While the investigations into the two crashes

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House Bill Takes Aim at FAA’s Delegation to Boeing of Oversight

(Bloomberg) — House lawmakers unveiled bipartisan legislation to reform aircraft manufacturing in the wake of the Boeing Co. 737 Max disasters, an effort that would partially undo efforts over decades to streamline aviation-industry approvals.



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The measure released on Monday would tighten the Federal Aviation Administration’s control of programs at Boeing and other companies that allow employees to sign off on aircraft designs, and would also require an expert panel to review Boeing’s safety culture.

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The missteps that led to crashes on the Max “alarmed and outraged” lawmakers, said Representative Peter DeFazio, the Oregon Democrat who is chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill is an attempt to “meaningfully address the gaps in the regulatory system for certifying aircraft and adopt critical reforms that will improve public safety and ensure accountability at all levels going forward.”

The bill is also backed by the committee’s ranking Republican, Representative Sam Graves of Missouri, and the leaders of the aviation subcommittee, increasing its chances of passing.

Bipartisan Support

There appears to be strong support by members of both parties for at least some action, but contentious pre-election politics and disputes over what such legislation should include could hinder passage this year. It’s also supported by several unions, including those representing FAA’s engineers and inspectors.

The measure was prompted by two crashes of the best-selling 737 Max that led to its grounding in March 2019.

The legislation was released as the FAA and other global aviation regulators are nearing approvals to return the plane to service. FAA Administrator Steve Dickson plans to fly the plane this week in a demonstration meant to reassure the public.

Democrats on the House committee earlier this month concluded an 18-month investigation into what went wrong on the 737 Max design, finding fault with engineering failures, deception by Boeing and insufficient oversight by the FAA.

A safety feature on the Max designed to ensure its controls felt the same as on earlier models went haywire in two crashes, repeatedly pushing down the jet’s nose into dives. Crashes off the coast of Indonesia in October 2018 and in Ethiopia in March 2019 that killed 346 people were blamed in part on the system.

Earlier: Boeing Deception Alleged in Scathing Report on Max Crashes

The House legislation isn’t intended to end the controversial program that allows the FAA to deputize company employees to sign off on designs, but it gives the agency more authority over who companies pick for such duty.

That is a reversal of more than a decade of actions by Congress that directed the FAA to expand such programs. The aviation industry

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Olive Garden parent takes a COVID-related hit in key markets but here’s why analysts are upbeat

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Olive Garden and other pieces of the Darden Restaurants Inc. business have taken a hit from the coronavirus pandemic, but upbeat analyst groups are raising their price targets after the company took measures, like simplifying menus, in order to adjust.

Darden (DRI) reported fiscal first-quarter sales of $1.53 billion, down from $2.13 billion last year and just below the FactSet consensus for $1.56 billion. Olive Garden same-restaurant sales were down 21.1%. Sales at Olive Garden were down 27.7% to $788.2 million, sales at Longhorn Steakhouse fell 16.3% to $376.8 million, and fine dining sales sank 38.9% to $83.1 million.

“Overall, capacity restrictions continue to limit their top-line sales, particularly in key high-volume markets like California and New Jersey where dining rooms were closed for the majority of the quarter,” said Chief Executive Eugene Lee on the earnings call, according to FactSet.

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Lee notes that Olive Garden has 100 restaurants in California alone. Overall, what’s going to make a difference to same-restaurant sales in the near future will be increased capacity.

“We need to get California back,” Lee said. “We need some other areas to increase their capacity from 25% to 50%. Once you get past 50%, as long as the six-foot rule is in place, you’re still not going to really be able to max out your dining rooms.”

Even getting the bar area back in certain area is an improvement, he said.

The “best” Olive Garden in the company’s lineup, the Times Square location in New York City, is a $15 million location, Lee said. Now that restaurant is only pulling in $2,500 per day.

On Sept. 30, indoor restaurant capacity up to 25% will be allowed.

“[T]his is going to probably be hard for you to believe but we have one restaurant that cost us 50 basis points in comps. That’s the Times Square Olive Garden,” said Lee. “You wake up every day and you’re $300,000 short just in that one restaurant.”

Still, Darden shares closed up 8.1% on Thursday. The stock is down 11.3% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index (SPX) has edged up 0.8% for the period.

“Like many restaurant companies, Darden has used the pandemic as an opportunity to reset its cost structure, streamline operational processes, and eliminate unpopular items from the menu,” writes KeyBanc Capital Markets analysts led by Eric Gonzalez.

See: Kraft Heinz stock upgraded twice with analysts upbeat about ongoing business transformation

“While capacity limitations might mean Olive Garden’s sales recovery lags the industry, Darden’s cost-cutting measures continue to outperform expectations, and we see a more favorable margin structure in the future.”

KeyBanc rates Darden stock overweight with a price target of $108, up from $102.

Darden’s Chief Financial Officer Ricardo Cardenas said on the call that streamlining the menu “more than offset” the cost of additional to-go packaging.

A number of research groups raised Darden’s price target, including

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Noelle takes us inside her dream kitchen in Co Cork


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“WE WANTED TO have a big fridge. We’ve always lived in homes with tiny fridges, so we wanted one with enough space.”

Along with more refrigerator space, another top priority for Noelle Sloane was having a kitchen that could comfortably host guests – something many of us are looking forward to being able to do more freely once current Covid-19 restrictions lift.

“We wanted somewhere that we could host and have family and friends over,” says Noelle, who moved into her self-build home in Ballymacoda, Co Cork with her boyfriend Paul last year. “We wanted the kitchen to be lovely and bright and fresh and still inviting.” 

For me, it was important that we had an island with a hob on it. It makes hosting much easier. You can be involved in conversation while you’re cooking for people.

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Noelle Sloane in her dream kitchen, the Hampton


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After seeing and loving a Cash & Carry Kitchens design in someone else’s house, Noelle went to the showroom in Cork city with her wish-list in hand. There she met with kitchen designer Declan Hennessy, who worked to create a space that matched Noelle’s vision.  

“One of Noelle’s main things was to have lots of worktop space, plenty of storage space and easy access to storage,” he says. “There’s a lot of satisfaction to be got from knowing you designed her dream kitchen and that she is very happy with it.”

With the kitchen completed – including the all-important centre island – Noelle says it’s everything she wanted and more. “It’s definitely the heart of our home. It’s where we have the most fun and the most memories in the house already, which is really important to us.”


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“I just love the way it is when we have people over. That was the most important thing to us from the kitchen,” she says. “It wasn’t so much the kitchen itself, it was what we would be doing in the kitchen and who we would have in the kitchen. I just feel that the layout is absolutely perfect for what we want from it.”

From minor details to installing a built-in extractor fan, Noelle and Declan take us through the process of creating her dream kitchen in this video. 

You can book a free design appointment with Cash & Carry Kitchens today, at any of their 15 nationwide showrooms. With a reputation built on quality, trust and expertise, Cash & Carry Kitchens are with you all the way – from the first conversation, to seeing your new kitchen installed by trained fitters. To start your journey and book a free consultation, visit cashandcarrykitchens.ie or call 1890 92 92 26. 

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Chilled-Out Cat Takes a Nap in the Middle of a Japanese Zen Garden

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Japanese zen gardens are designed to help people relax and meditate on the meaning of life. And apparently, the traditional tranquil spaces aren’t only beneficial to humans. Twitter user kmt (@syu9ji2) recently shared photos online, revealing how a cat decided to take a nap, right in the middle of the raked gravel ripples at the Kuhonbutsu Jōshinji Jōdo Buddhist temple garden in Tokyo.

Cats don’t usually need much convincing when it comes to taking a time out, but the zen garden’s peaceful atmosphere may have had some influence on this particular feline. Kmt’s photos show how the ginger tom is completely “at one” with the zen garden. Traditionally, only the garden caretakers are allowed to step foot on the gravel to create the beautiful patterns. However, this cat doesn’t care for the rules, and took it upon himself to stretch out on the sacred ground.

Later, Kmt snapped more photos of the sleepy kitty lounging around the garden, after he had woken up. This furry little guy is clearly a zen master!

Twitter user kmt (@syu9ji2) recently shared photos online, revealing how a cat decided to take a nap, right in the middle of a zen garden in Tokyo.

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This furry little guy is clearly a zen master!

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