WASHINGTON – On the eve of a critical vote, House Democrats labored Thursday to lock down a majority behind a Sept. 1, 2008, deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq, the sternest test yet for a determined new majority eager to challenge President George W. Bush. “If it comes off, it’s a superb accomplishment,” said Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., as the party’s leaders cajoled liberals who want an even faster timetable and moderates fearful of tying the hands of the commander in chief and generals in the field. Democratic aides expressed growing confidence of success when the vote is called, and four of the bill’s most consistent critics said they had told Speaker Nancy Pelosi they would help pass it, even though they intend to personally vote against it. “While I cannot betray my conscience, I cannot stand in the way of passing a measure that puts a concrete end date on this unnecessary war,” said one of the four, Rep. Barbara Lee of California. An aide to Pelosi confirmed that the speaker had met with Lee and California Reps. Lynn Woolsey, Maxine Waters and Diane Watson. But with the leadership lobbying intensively on its own, it was not clear which lawmakers, if any, had swung behind the bill as a result of the offer the four had made. Throughout the day, a string of liberal opponents of the war swung behind a measure they deemed insufficient. “I want this war ended today. If I thought it would help this war ending sooner by voting against the bill, I would vote against it in a heartbeat,” said Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, who sponsored legislation for a troop withdrawal in 2005. “But I don’t believe that to be the case,” he added of the measure, which combines funding for the war, the troop withdrawal deadline and billions of dollars in funding for politically popular programs at home ranging from farm aid to relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The legislation marks Congress’ most direct challenge to date of Bush’s policy in a war that has claimed the lives of nearly 3,200 U.S. troops. As debate began in the House, Republicans criticized it vociferously. “The bill is a sham,” said Rep. Harold Rogers of Kentucky, adding it would “provide fodder for our enemies abroad.” Bush has threatened to veto the bill, opposing both the troop-withdrawal provision and billions of dollars in spending that Democrats added. Money troubles Defense Secretary Robert Gates said any delay in approving the funds could “have a genuinely adverse effect on the readiness of the Army and the quality of life for soldiers and their families.” White House press secretary Tony Snow sharpened the message. “There’s a very real chance that money for the troops will run out while members of Congress are on vacation,” he said. “Is that the message you want to send to men and women who are putting their lives on the line?” Across the Capitol, a Senate committee launched legislation taking a slightly different approach – setting a date for the beginning of a withdrawal but only a nonbinding goal of March 31, 2008, for the final exit of combat forces. The measure cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee on a voice vote, but Republicans said they would attempt to strip out the withdrawal provisions when the issue comes before the full Senate next week. Senate Democrats fell short of a majority, 50-48, last week on a similar attempt to set a timeline for the war. Since then, Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and others have made changes in hopes of persuading Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas to swing behind the withdrawal proposal. The changes include a series of suggested goals for the Iraqi government to meet to provide for its own security, enhance democracy and distribute its oil wealth fairly. Looking for support More than two months after Democrats took power, the main focus in the war debate was on the House, where Pelosi and other leading Democrats chipped away at holdouts. Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington, a 10th-term lawmaker and longtime opponent of the war, said he would support the measure. He called the legislation a “bare minimum but dramatically better than what we have today, which is a war without end, from a president capable only of escalation, not negotiation.” Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia, new to Congress, said he was leaning toward supporting the legislation, as well. Like McDermott, he said he wanted a faster end to the war, but also said he had listened to the arguments of leadership that the current measure was the most that could be passed given the current makeup of the House. “What we are here to do is to govern,” Johnson said of the new Democratic majority, which came to power in January after midterm elections framed by voter discontent with the war. Democrats hold 233 seats in the House, meaning they can lose 15 votes from their own rank and file and still be assured of passing the measure. Whatever the vote count, some war foes disagreed with the strategy. “I think the Democrats are doing it all wrong,” said Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio. “We don’t agree with them,” said Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif. She said she and others believe the party must “honor what the voters of November said, which is to be bold, end the war and bring the troops home.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The special intake program will run out of the Fort Nelson NLC Campus and the Fort Nelson Hospital for the first five months, with the final two months at the Peace Villa Care Home next to the new Fort St. John Hospital for clinical practica sessions. There will now be room for 20 students in the program, which includes free residence accommodation when in Fort Nelson. The province says the one-time funding is targeted at communities that don’t have enough student and employer demand for a long-term program. For more information on the Health Care Assistant program, contact the Fort Nelson Campus at 250-774-2741.- Advertisement –
0Shares0000Hard worker: Wayne Rooney in action for DC United © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Patrick McDermottWASHINGTON, United States, Aug 15 – With Major League soccer still buzzing over Wayne Rooney’s late-game exploits in DC United’s Sunday win over Orlando, the former England star said Tuesday he’s not in North America on holiday.“I understand people might get frustrated when they see players coming over maybe a bit later in their career, but that’s for me to show with performances that I’m not here just to be on holiday,” Rooney, 32, told the Washington Post. “I’m here to work, and I’ll have plenty of time when I finish playing to enjoy myself and have holidays.”Rooney’s work ethic was on full display on Sunday, after Orlando broke out following a United corner in the fifth minute of stoppage time in a game that looked set to finish 2-2With United goalkeeper David Ousted stranded upfield, Orlando’s Will Johnson advanced past halfway with an empty net ahead of him.Rooney raced half the length of the field to win the ball, then launched a long ball into the area met by Luciano Acosta, who nodded home the game winner in the fifth minute of injury time.“Seeing a player like Wayne make that effort and run all the way back and make that tackle, put in that work – it motivates all of us, especially with the euphoria of the game,” Acosta said.Rooney, England and Manchester United’s all-time record goalscorer, confirmed his move to MLS in June after a season with Everton in the Premier League.His exploits on Sunday went some way toward keeping DC United’s slim MLS Cup playoff hopes alive.Although they remain rooted to the foot of the standings with 21 points from 20 games, they have several games in hand over the teams above them and aren’t yet out of the running.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal have not given up their hunt for the Premier League title and ‘will fight to the end’ to get their hands on the coveted trophy.Since being tipped as favourites for the crown after a victory over Manchester City before Christmas, Wenger’s side have seen their challenge slip away with a run of three wins in 12 games in all competitions.And, following Saturday’s draw with Tottenham in a thrilling north London derby, the Gunners are now eight points adrift of leaders Leicester City with nine games remaining.But Wenger believes his side are still challenging both Spurs and the Foxes for the title and feels their two wins over the table toppers this season shows they have enough in their squad to close the gap.Arsenal face Hull City in an FA Cup fifth-round replay on Tuesday night, but – with the Gunners also on the brink of a Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona – Wenger has refused to pin all of his trophy aspirations on the competition.“You don’t think like that,” he said when asked whether the FA Cup is now Arsenal’s most realistic chance of silverware.“The Premier League is far from being over. Just to remind you, we have beaten Leicester twice so we have done our job against them.“People have to look at other teams more, not just us on that front. We will not give up the Premier League, we will fight until the end.”A sixth-round clash at home to Watford awaits the winner of Tuesday’s replay, with Arsenal’s Premier League game against West Brom to be rescheduled if they advance.Wenger is an advocate of the FA Cup and has seen his side win it in the last two years, but he is still likely to make changes against Steve Bruce’s Hull as his side face four games in the next ten days.“Look, we had no choice because the next round in the FA Cup is next Saturday,” he said of the replay being arranged for Tuesday.“So we had to fit it in somewhere. Ideally it’s not the best position for us but I couldn’t see any other solution.“I will have to [make changes] but I’m not so much concerned about replacing one player with another one. It’s more that I have to rotate a little bit and keep the right balance in the team.” 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A marriage of hip and Jewish that emerged in the late 1990s has redefined religious identity for irony-loving 20- and 30-somethings from New York to Los Angeles and beyond. They flock to all-night multimedia celebrations of Jewish holidays; fill nightclubs where Jewish storytellers are the headlining act; start magazines, journals and Web sites – all while wearing a wide array of irreverent clothing. Among the edgier items is a bra made out of yarmulkes. Traditional Jewish leaders who for years have been wringing their hands over declining religious observance among young people and rising intermarriage rates are hardly rejoicing at the trend. For them, it is a superficial fad as welcome as a Hanukkah bush. But the young entrepreneurs spearheading these new ventures say their elders should look beneath the kitsch. There, they say, is the modern-day answer to the question that has vexed Jews for generations: how to keep the religion alive. “Our mission is to promote Jewish literacy and to empower people to take it on their own terms,” said Amichai Lau-Lavie, 36, president of Storahtelling, whose shows are an explosion of traditional ritual and contemporary performance. He sometimes goes onstage dressed as a woman, Hadassah Gross, a Jewish motivational speaker whose motto is “a little bit of irreverence is very good for battling irrelevance.” “We use edu-tainment. We make them laugh. It’s 95 percent humor, culture, radical fun, and 5 percent meaning. If they want more, they’ll come back next time,” Lau-Levie said. This is what vibrant religious life looks like in one corner of American Judaism: A T-shirt that says “W.W.B.D.?” above a sketch of Barbra Streisand. A man in drag teaching Torah. A Web site called Mazal Tov Cocktail, a self-described “encyclopaedia of Jewish radical culture” represented by a flaming rag inside a bottle of Manischewitz. The significance of this debate within the community cannot be overstated. Jewish groups have spent millions of dollars researching how they can prevent young people from abandoning their faith – which studies have found they are doing in steadily increasing numbers. Community leaders have started programs ranging from free Israel trips to singles dances to hip cafes for the younger generation. But these efforts, while achieving some success, haven’t come close to the popularity of the outlets young people have devised for themselves. Storahtelling is booked around the country. “Heeb,” the quarterly magazine most identified with the trend, printed 25,000 copies of its latest issue. It’s also trying to diversify into other media and continuing to sponsor sold-out literary events that have expanded from the United States to London and Berlin. “What we’re doing is creating Jewish experiences where there otherwise weren’t (any),” said Heeb editor Josh Neuman, 33, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it led to Jews marrying more Jews. I wouldn’t be surprised if it led to Jews becoming more Jewish. But it’s definitely not the goal. This audience feels so comfortable because people feel they’re not being manipulated for some larger agenda.” No one disputes that these events are attracting young people who previously had little or no contact with the Jewish community. However, traditional leaders say it is difficult to see what the happenings provide other than a good time. The IKAR worship community in Los Angeles was formed last year by 31-year-old Rabbi Sharon Brous, who also is involved with Reboot. The group is religiously traditional, with worship in Hebrew, but rejects the conventional synagogue approach, partly by making volunteer work and social justice advocacy a central activity. “We wanted to provoke a cultural shift,” said Brous, a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, who organizes members partly using the model of MoveOn.org, the liberal political group, holding house parties to discuss religious and social issues, and coordinating events through the Web. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Dublin star Bernard Brogan has admitted he still hasn’t been able to watch his side’s demolition by Donegal in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final.Bernard BroganThe forward told Ryan Tubridy on last night’s Late Late Show that he was still hurt by the manner in which they were beaten.Brogan said he felt his team had left the game on the pitch. But he admitted that Jim McGuinness and his team came to Croke Park with a plan and executed it well.He suggested that a couple of mistakes by his team was the only difference between winning and being dumped out of the championship.However he admitted that he had still not watched a repeat of the game.He laughed and said he would have to have the 30 players from the entire Dubin set-up with him to relive the moment. Perhaps he can watch a replay this summer with Rory Gallagher as the new director of the Donegal dreamteam! ‘I STILL CAN’T WATCH OUR DEFEAT BY DONEGAL’ – DUBS STARS BROGAN was last modified: January 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bernard Brogandonegaldublin
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Think about the most successful people in your office. Who always has the best ideas? Who knows just how to navigate difficult conversations? What do those people have in common?Chances are good that the best and brightest workers at your company are also the most creative ones. Contrary to popular belief, though, most creative people aren’t born that way. Creativity is a skill just like any other, which means even the least creative person can learn to see the world in a new light.Ambitious professionals should be more concerned about creative growth than most. Creativity is a vital component of professional success. People who expand their horizons climb the ladder, while those who fail to grow also fail to achieve or innovate.Whether you earned a degree in art or struggle with stick figures, you can learn to be a more creative person by adopting a few new habits:1. Establish a creative process.Productive creatives know that great works of art don’t appear out of thin air. By following a creative process, they plan, produce, and improve their work until it’s ready to be shown the world. While you might assume that everyone’s process is unique, one of the season’s best books on creativity claims otherwise. While writing “The Creative Curve,” big data entrepreneur Allen Gannett discovered that essentially every creative process shares four stages: consumption, imitation, community, and iteration. Through interviews with creators ranging from Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield to musician D. A. Wallach, Gannett shows that close adherence to that process, not “genius,” is critical for creative success. 2. Get away from the everyday.When you stare at the same desk five days a week, you don’t have a lot of creative inspiration available. Take a vacation to break up the routine of work and provide your mind with the fresh canvas it deserves. 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Bring your journal to lunch and write about your day so far, your plans, or whatever comes to mind. Schedule vacations and breaks ahead of time so you can relax without worrying about work. At home, set aside 30 minutes a night (or whatever works for you) to read a new book or take the next lesson in your class. Following a routine might not sound very creative, but by doing so, you set the foundations for a new mindset. The more you invest in your creative development, the more you’ll find yourself contributing new ideas and discovering better solutions at work. Before long, people will start to tell you how lucky you are to have a naturally creative mind. Tags:#creativity#innovation#work habits Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. 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Pocari head coach Rommel Abella said their championship form all boiled down to the team’s composure.“It was all about the team’s composure, I remind them every time I call a timeout that they need to be composed and focused at the game at hand,” said Abella.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Water Defenders’ last gasp on life were their three straight points late in the fourth set to cut the Lady Warriors’ lead to 23-18, but Michelle Keddy would quell Bali Pure’s futile attempt to a comeback to put Pocari at match point, 24-18.Pocari Sweat celebrates another PVL title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“Even when Bali Pure scored three straight points, I wasn’t worried that we would lose,” said Abella. “What I was worried about was that they could cut the lead and the momentum would swing to their favor.” LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Krystal Rivers, who played her first game with Pocari in the first match of the finals, was magnificent for the Lady Warriors as she put up a game-high 27 points while Finals MVP Myla Pablo added 16 points.Michelle Strizak, who was named the Conference’s Best Import, had 10 points to aid the Lady Warriors in their championship quest.Jeng Bualee and Jennifer Keddy led Bali Pure with 13 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Young, full of potential’ Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 team heads to France Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Water Defenders, 20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19, in the deciding Game 3.Jessey De Leon rose up for the final hit of the conference and gave Pocari its third straight title in in the tournament formerly known as Shakey’s V-League after conquering last year’s Reinforced and Open conferences.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pocari drops Bali Pure to win another PVL title2.8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage
China’s ZTE, the world’s sixth largest smartphone maker, is introducing new value-priced phone models and aims to sell between 60 million and 70 million devices overall this year, an executive said on Monday.ZTE Senior Director of Mobile Devices Waiman Lam said in an interview at the Mobile World Congress that the company is cautiously targeting growth of around 60 million units, which would mark a 7 per cent rise in unit sales from 2015.The higher end of its target range, 70 million units, would represent around 20 per cent growth over 2015.ZTE unveiled two new models in its high-volume, value-priced line and unveiled a new sports marketing partnership with Spanish soccer club Seville, taking a page from a strategy that has turned ZTE into the 4th largest U.S. smartphone vendor.ZTE sponsors five professional basketball teams, including the Golden State Warriors, last year’s NBA champions, and pro golfer Danny Lee, which has driven its U.S. brand recognition.The Blade V7 Lite offers a 5-inch screen that can be operated with one hand and a fingerprint scanner for users to sign on to the phone. It will initially be sold in Russia and in coming months in markets including Mexico, Spain, Germany and Thailand.A slightly larger Blade V7 sports a 5.2-inch screen in a metallic case for single-hand use and both front and rear 13-megapixel cameras. Instead of fingerprint security, it offers ZTE’s retinal eye-scan feature and goes on sale in summer.The company has not yet disclosed pricing for the new models, but Lam told Reuters that the larger of the two, the Blade V7, will sell for around 250 euros ($277.95) and the Lite will go for less than 200 euros, or even as low as 150 euros.advertisement