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January 11, 2020

Deal near on bill for war funds

first_imgRepublicans said that after weeks of struggle, they had forced Democrats to drop their demand for a troop withdrawal timetable. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the House GOP leader, said: “Democrats have finally conceded defeat in their effort to include mandatory surrender dates in a funding bill for the troops, so forward progress has been made for the first time in this four-month process.” But Republicans agreed to concessions, as well, in terms of billions of dollars in domestic spending that Democrats wrung from them and the administration. Republican leaders had hoped to persuade the White House to make a tougher stand against the Democratic demands, but it appeared that they were undercut by the desire of the GOP rank and file for money for farmers and others. Final details of the measure remained in flux, although Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said at an early evening news conference, “we’re very close to having things tied down.” In all, officials said the measure included about $17 billion more than Bush initially requested. Of the $17 billion, about $9 billion would go for defense-related items and veterans’ health care. The balance would be for other domestic programs. The bill would also include the first increase in the federal minimum wage in more than a decade. Both the House and Senate have passed measures raising the current level of $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour in three separate 70-cent increases over 26 months. Those measures included modest tax breaks, mainly aimed at helping businesses that hire low-skilled or handicapped workers. Obey outlined an unusual procedure in which lawmakers in the House could cast two votes, one on the war-related provisions, and a second on all other items. That would allow liberal Democrats to oppose the war funds, confident that Republicans would supply the support needed for it to prevail. The opposite would be true for the domestic spending, which draws more support from Democratsublicans. The bill would then go to the Senate, where senators would have to vote yes-or-no on the entire package. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re going to continue our battle, and that’s what it is, to represent the American people like they want us to represent them, to change the course of the war in Iraq,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Lawmakers in both parties claimed victory in legislation that contained no binding limitation on Bush’s powers as commander in chief. “I view this as the beginning of the end of the president’s policy on Iraq in this war,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill. “It ends the blank check of more troops, more money, more time and more of the same. And it begins the notion that we have to have a new direction to Iraq that has accountability, standards that you can measure progress and not.” Emanuel, Reid and other Democrats pointed to a provision setting standards for the Iraqi government to meet in developing a more democratic society. U.S. reconstruction aid would be conditioned on progress toward meeting the goals, but Bush would have authority to order the money to be spent regardless of how the government in Baghdad performed. And despite the Democratic claims of success, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters she is unlikely to vote for the war money because it lacks “a goal or a timetable” for a troop withdrawal. WASHINGTON – Flinching in the face of a veto threat, Democratic congressional leaders neared agreement with Bush administration Tuesday on legislation to pay for the Iraq War without a troop withdrawal timeline. Several officials said the emerging $120 billion compromise would include as much as $8 billion for Democratic domestic priorities – originally resisted by the White House – such as disaster relief for Hurricane Katrina victims and farmers hurt by drought. After a bruising struggle in which Bush vetoed one Democratic-drafted measure and threatened to reject another, congressional leaders in both political parties said they hoped the compromise would be cleared for President Bush’s signature by Friday. In power less than five months, Democrats coupled their war-related concession with a vow to challenge Bush’s policies anew, and quickly. last_img read more

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December 21, 2019

Call for ‘disability’ to be at the core of new Letterkenny Area Plan

first_imgA call has been made to make disability a core part of the new Letterkenny Area Plan.The call was made by local county councillor Jimmy Kavanagh.He said that disability should no longer be an “us and them” issue and that the people of Letterkenny need positive change. “There is an opportunity now when in the process of devising the new plan to make disability a central part of that plan.“This is something I have requested from the planners in our workshops and it is something that I hope they will respond positively to.“Disability has for far too long been an “us and them” issue. That approach needs to change and we need to realise that disability is about everyone, anyone of us are only a traffic accident, a fall or an illness away from finding ourselves disabled.”He added that making disability a central part of the plan would also help greatly in supporting our efforts to have an age-friendly town, as many of the issues facing people with disabilities impact equally on elderly citizens, we could also in the process, help remove any stigma attached to disability. Cllr Jimmy KavanaghHe said “We should therefore make disability a core consideration in the planning not just of our buildings, footpaths etc., but also our social housing design, the design of our parks, transport facilities, walks, leisure facilities, etc.“We should also be looking at making our workplaces accessible so that people with a disability are not excluded from applying or getting employment, our own public bodies could lead on an initiative to achieve this.”Currently, in Donegal only 18% of people with a disability are in employment.Cllr Kavanagh said that he has found on his canvass that the issue of young people with a disability both physical and intellectual, finding it extremely difficult to get employment is a recurring theme, even though in many instances these are well educated and very gifted people.According to the 2016 census almost 23,000 people in the county has at least one disability. Cllr Kavanagh added “Letterkenny and Donegal has a chance to lead the way in helping to tackle the issues facing the disabled, and we should take the opportunity that the new Letterkenny Area Plan presents to lay the groundwork for improved access and facilities for those with a disability.“If we do that we will not just improve the lives of the disabled and elderly we will also enhance the lives of our entire community, by helping people of all abilities to thrive and contribute to the future development of the area.” Cllr. Kavanagh concluded.Call for ‘disability’ to be at the core of new Letterkenny Area Plan was last modified: April 27th, 2019 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:callCllr Jimmy KavanaghDisabilityletterkennylast_img read more

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November 28, 2019

Ronaldinho, Kaka out of Brazil World Cup squad

first_imgFormer Barcelona star RonaldinhoRonaldinho and Kaka were left out of Brazil’s 23-man squad for the 2014 football World Cup on Wednesday as coach Luiz Felipe Scolari kept faith in his 2013 Confederations Cup-winning team.Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho has struggled with form and fitness for Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro football club and was not expected to make Scolari’s squad for football’s showpiece tournament in Brazil, to be played from June 12 to July 13.Kaka was considered an outside chance for his fourth World Cup campaign, having resurrected his career at AC Milan this season after four unhappy years at Real Madrid.Scolari, who led Brazil to victory at the 2002 World Cup during his first spell in charge, urged Brazil fans to unite behind the national team.”We ask that the 23 players called up are well-received regardless of people’s opinions,” Xinhua quoted Scolari as saying during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro. “We all want to be going in the same direction, which is to win the World Cup.”Scolari, who controversially omitted Romario from his 2002 squad, admitted the 2014 list was easier to choose.Scolari insisted the team is not looking beyond its first match against Croatia on June 12.”The biggest rival is Croatia. It doesn’t get us anywhere thinking about the final if we don’t get over the first step,” he said.Brazil’s squad will gather on May 26 at their training base in Granja Comary, north of Rio de Janeiro.Scolari’s team earned favouritism to win a record sixth World Cup after upsetting world and European champions Spain 3-0 in last year’s Confederations Cup final. They have been drawn in Group A alongside Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon.advertisementBrazil World Cup squad:Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Gremio).Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Roma), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (Paris Saint-Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli).Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham), Ramires (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Hernanes (Internazionale), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk).Forwards: Fred (Fluminense), Neymar (Barcelona), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg), Jo (Atletico Mineiro).last_img read more

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October 28, 2019

10 months agoMan Utd Transfer Watch: Four centre-backs Solskjaer should target

first_imgMan Utd Transfer Watch: Four centre-backs Solskjaer should targetby Phillip Ekuwem10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFollowing Jose Mourinho’s exit, Manchester United are looking to get their season back on track under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s guidance going into the second-half of the season. Considering the team’s defensive woes, the one area United undoubtedly need to bolster is their backline, primarily the centre-back position. Eric Bailly’s future at the club is currently uncertain, and the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are evidently not good enough to turn out for United on a regular basis.As such, here’s a look at four centre-backs United could realistically sign in January…Toby AlderweireldIt’s no secret that Manchester United are huge admirers of the Belgian centre-back having made attempts to sign him in previous transfer windows. Alderweireld has been a consistent performer at Tottenham since his arrival at the club, but with his proposed one-year contract extension at Spurs set to trigger a £25m release clause, Manchester United could snap him up at a relatively cheap price.Alderweireld is good with the ball at his feet and even better at preventing players from penetrating his side’s defensive line. He’s one of the best defenders in the Premier League and would be an excellent addition to United’s backline.Video Courtesy of Mathews FootballAndreas GranqvistAndreas Granqvist would be a more temporary option, but a good one nonetheless. The Helsingborgs man has been linked with a move to Manchester United since October.The 33-year-old was one of the best defenders in the World Cup back in June, as he marked players tightly and made key interceptions against highly skilled opponents. He also showcased his ability from spot-kicks, although should he sign for United, it’s unlikely that Pogba will give up his penalty taking duties.Granqvist has previously said that an offer from Manchester United would be ‘very hard’ to turn down, so should Solskjaer’s side table a concrete offer for the Swedish defender he’s likely to make the switch.Video Courtesy of Defence is an ArtDiego GodinGodin has a lot to offer United in terms of leadership and defensive contributions. The Uruguay international has been an integral part of both his national team set-up and Atletico Madrid for many years, so much so that he’s widely regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation.He’s reportedly got a £20m release clause which won’t be any trouble for United to pay, but the main hurdle is getting him to make the switch as he’s rejected offers from the club in the past.Godin would add a much-needed layer of protection to Manchester United’s back four considering his expertise in dealing with tricky and pacey forwards having face a number of world-class attackers with great success throughout his career.Video Courtesy of HN FootballHarry MaguireManchester United’s pursuit of Harry Maguire ended last summer because club chairman Ed Woodward refused to meet Leicester City’s valuation of the English centre-back.United have a much bigger need for a quality centre-back than they did back in August having already played through half of the season with defensive problems. The Leicester man has Premier League experience and World Cup experience so he knows what it is to play under pressure in massive games. Leicester are likely to demand a similar fee to what they asked for in August but whether United would take the same stance they did back then is unknown – one thing’s for sure, though – they need Maguire’s quality.Video Courtesy of Scouting Football TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorPhillip Ekuwem FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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September 28, 2019

Ohio State track and field prepares for Big Ten Championships

The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams participated in the Buckeye Tune-up Friday at OSU’s French Field House, their final meet prior to the Big Ten Indoor Championship meet.OSU athletes won seven of the 17 individual events contested for each gender. The men’s and women’s teams each had a two-event winner. Redshirt senior distance runner Adam Green took first place in the men’s mile run with a time of 4:11.25, and followed that with a winning time of 8:28.33 in the 3,000-meter run. On the women’s side, senior sprinter Christina Manning finished first in the 60-meter dash in 7.28 seconds, then won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.11 seconds.In addition to the event winners, two OSU athletes met automatic qualifying standards for the NCAA Division I Championship in the weight throw. Redshirt senior Matt DeChant met the mark with a throw of 70 feet, 9 1/4 inches, while fellow senior Max Mays also qualified with a throw of 70 feet, 7 inches. Ashland University’s senior Ryan Loughney won the men’s weight throw with a throw of 71 feet, 4 inches.While the Buckeye Tune-up served as a venue for some of the OSU athletes to perform, others rested this week in preparation for the Big Ten Indoor Championships.“Some people needed rest and some people need work,” said Karen Dennis, coach of the women’s team. “(Some athletes were) really getting geared up emotionally for Big Tens next weekend.”Although he won two events, Green said the meet “was more of a training day.”Heading into the conference championship meet, there is certainly pressure on the women’s track and field team, as they are the defending champions of the Big Ten Indoor Championship. Two women’s athletes also have individual conference titles to defend ­­—­­­ Manning was last year’s Big Ten champion in the 60-meter hurdles, while senior sprinter Madison McNary took first place in the 60-meter dash.“As defending champions, we want to go defend our title, but we are also realistic in knowing that we have to expect people to want to bump us off,” Dennis said. “Sprinters and hurdlers all have to make it back to the finals.”The men’s track and field team finished fifth at last year’s Big Ten Indoor Championships, but their sights are set on greater accomplishments in 2012.Redshirt junior Heath Nickles, who cleared a height of 16 feet, 11 1/2 inches and won the Buckeye Tune-up pole vault, said the team is in it to win it.“We won’t accept anything else,” he said.Nickles said his individual goals for this weekend are to win the heptathlon and pole vault, stressing the importance of scoring 10 points for the team in each event.Coach Robert Gary said Nebraska is the team to beat in the Big Ten. He said he believes in his team’s chances to win, because the team “doesn’t bring anybody to the Big Ten meet just to get the experience of getting their butts kicked.”Senior sprinter Thomas Murdaugh and redshirt junior distance runner Cory Leslie did not compete in Friday’s meet, but will be crucial to the team’s success this weekend. Murdaugh will be attempting to defend his conference title from last year in the 400-meter dash. Leslie finished fourth in the mile run at last year’s meet, but he has been running faster times this season, including a mile time of 3:56.85 at the Penn State National Invitational which not only set a school record, but also met the mark to automatically qualify for the NCAA Division I Championship meet.The quest to bring the Big Ten Indoor Championships title back to OSU begins Feb. 24, in Lincoln, Neb. The meet concludes Saturday. read more

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September 18, 2019

Messi wins fifth Golden Shoe

first_imgLionel Messi has won the Golden Shoe award for a record fifth time with his 34 goals being enough to beat Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the rankingsThe Barcelona forward has won the award for the past two seasons and has now become the first player in history to have won the Golden Shoe five times throughout his career.Messi first won the award in the 2009/10 season with 34 goals and won it the following season with an incredible 50 goals with another 47 coming after that campaign.In fact, in the past eight of the last nine seasons, the Argentine has finished in either second or first place in the rankings.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Golden Shoe final rankings (top five)Lionel Messi 34 x 2.0 x 68.01Mohamed Salah 32 x 2.0 x 64.0Harry Kane 30 x 2.0 x 60.0Mauro Icardi 29 x 2.0 x 58.0Robert Lewandowski 29 x 2.0 x 58.0(obtained by eurotopteams)Aside from 34 goals this term, Messi has also contributed 17 assists for Barcelona with 12 of those coming in La Liga.last_img read more

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DOnofrio The era of violence is coming to an end

first_imgRiver Plate President Rodolfo D’Onofrio hopes that the coming days will mark the end of violence in Argentine football and its society.Rodolfo spoke to Marca in the hours leading up to the grand final between Boca Juniors and River Plate and he is confident that there will be no violence even after receiving threats to his life and family.“This Thursday in the Congress, a law was projected against that and the House is approving very strong sanctions for those who commit those acts.”“I want this to be an example for Argentine football so that there is a before and after. As England did with the hooligans, in Spain with the ultras… the hardest law must be applied. I hope to see improvement on this.”“It’s a great shame that the most important match in Argentina has to be played in another country. I also hold the AFA responsible because those who manage it would have had to talk with the institutions.”River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“You don’t have to gather an army to be able to play football, but intelligence.”“You have to turn the page after everything that has happened. We are already in Madrid and we are trying to concentrate on the match. We want it to be a party atmosphere and understand that it is a game, it’s not about the death of anyone.“Both teams are representations of what is the Argentine’s passion for football. I hope you see a real show and not what’s happened over the last days.”last_img read more

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September 17, 2019

San Diego Food Bank 25M to fund diaper bank program

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsFinding the balance between work, children and a manageable budget is a huge challenge for thousands of San Diego County families.But on Friday, officials announced a one-time funding initiative looking to bridge that financial gap.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries was LIVE with the story. Ginger Jeffries June 15, 2018 Ginger Jeffries, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 15, 2018 San Diego Food Bank $2.5M to fund diaper bank programlast_img read more

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September 14, 2019

Elle Publisher Rebrands Corporate Name Logo

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Law360 Editorial Officially Votes to Unionize

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