“We stand united in saying loud and clear that when we’ve got troops in harm’s way, we expect those troops to be fully funded,” he said. “And we’ve got commanders making tough decisions on the ground, we expect there to be no strings on our commanders. And that we expect the Congress to be wise about how they spend the people’s money.” Two Republicans, Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Gordon Smith of Oregon, joined 49 Democrats in backing the bill, which totaled $123 billion when money for Gulf Coast hurricane relief, agricultural aid and other domestic projects was added. The bill also includes the Democratic plan to raise the minimum wage by $2.15 over two years. Reid promised that negotiators would quickly begin to reconcile the new Senate measure with a version passed by the House last week and have a bill ready to be approved and sent to the president soon after the House returned from its spring break on April 16. The administration has said the military needs the money by April 15, and the White House said Thursday that the Pentagon was already having to juggle accounts, shifting money from one program to another to buy more vehicles better able to withstand mines. Dana Perino, the deputy White House spokeswoman, said, “This, again, underscores the need to get the show on the road, get the bill to the president, he will veto it, and then, we’ll take it from there.” Democrats said the president was at fault there as well, saying he took too long to send his financing request to Congress. They also dismissed Republican complaints that they were micromanaging military policy, saying that Congress had constitutional authority equal to that of the executive branch and that Democrats were forced to intercede because of Bush’s refusal to heed public demands for withdrawing forces. WASHINGTON – Issuing a stinging challenge to President Bush, the Senate on Thursday approved a spending measure that provided more than $97.5 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan but ordered troop withdrawals from Iraq to begin within 120 days and set a goal of removing most armed forces within a year. Democrats, preparing for a veto fight, immediately sought to paint the president as obstinate in the face of broad public sentiment against the war. They said he would be the one abandoning U.S. forces should he reject a final bill that lawmakers expected to produce in a few weeks. “If the president vetoes this bill, it is an asterisk in history,” said Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, after a 51-47 vote on the measure. “He sets the record for undermining the troops more than any president we have ever had.” But Bush was not wavering. He stood on the North Portico of the White House, flanked by Republican House leaders, and delivered his veto threat one more time. “It begins to return Iraq to the Iraqi people and to return our troops home,” Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said about the legislation. Republicans said the measure was a colossal mistake that told insurgent forces in Iraq when U.S. troops would begin leaving. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Leicester prepare to lift their trophy, it’s crunch time in the Aviva Premiership, while Andy Murray’s ready for Rafael Nadal.Here’s the latest from Russ Hargreaves and the team on Friday May the 7th.
DDTV: With all the madness around Donegal, it doesn’t do any harm to bring you all back down to earth ahead of the All-Ireland final. Here’s a video interview with Mayo ‘keeper David Clarke.He points out that Mayo have won back-to-back provincial titles, got to the semi-final last year and made it to this year’s final.If that sounds familiar, that’s because that is what Donegal have done.Click Play to see his interview DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – MAYO KEEPER DAVID CLARKE CONFIDENT AHEAD OF FINAL was last modified: September 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – MAYO KEEPER DAVID CLARKE CONFIDENT AHEAD OF FINAL
Leeds United footballer Mallik Wilks has appeared in court charged with violent offences linked to a stabbing in Leeds.The 19-year-old, who is currently on loan at Doncaster Rovers, entered not guilty pleas to a charge of violent disorder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. Wilks has been granted unconditional bail, report the Yorkshire Evening Post, and will next appear at Leeds Crown Court on November 21.The incidents were alleged to have occured at the city’s West Indian Carnival on August 28, 2017 and relate to an incident which saw a 23-year-old man stabbed.Wilks is alleged to have “used or threatened unlawful violence and…as such would cause a person of reasonable firmness to fear for his or her safety”.The assault occasioning actual bodily harm offence is said to have also taken place on the same day.Prosecutor Maggie Cavanagh is pushing for the case to move to the Crown Court due to the seriousness of the charges.Wilks is rated as one of Leeds’ brightest young talents.He made his first-team debut in January 2017 and is currently on a six-month loan with Doncaster.He has netted five goals in 17 appearances for Rovers and is due to return to Elland Road in January. 1 Mallik Wilks has made one appearance for Leeds, in the FA Cup clash with Sutton
A 40-year-old Polish man has avoided jail after a ‘drink-fuelled’ assault following a New Year’s Eve party in Letterkenny. Pawel Stolarczyk of Dromore, Letterkenny, was sentenced at Letterkenny District Court for assault causing harm to Andrezj Urban at his home, at The Maples, Letterkenny, on January 1, 2013. Last July, Stolarczyk had been trialled by a jury, who found him unanimously guilty of assault causing harm to Mr Urban.The pair had both attended a New Year’s Eve party at a house in Ballymacool, Letterkenny, the previous night, December 31, 2012.There had been a falling out at the party between Stolarczyk and the home owners. Stolarczyk was asked to leave but, Detective Garda Cullen said, there was ‘difficulty’ in getting him to leave.The following morning, Urban – who left the party early with his wife as he had complained of a migraine – was awoken by banging on his front door at The Maples.Urban opened to find ’some guys outside’, including Stolarczyk, who demanded that Urban give him an address of another man who had been involved in an incident the previous night.Detective Garda Cullen said Urban had not been present the previous night during any incidents that took place and had not been involved in prior altercations.The court heard that Stolarczyk was in possession of ‘a metal bat’ but had assaulted Urban with his fist before leaving in an Audi A4. Urban sustained a cut to his lip, which was sore for a number of days.“Stolarczyk hit me on the mouth with his fist,” Urban said in his evidence. “He had a metal bat, but the assault was a punch.”In a victim impact statement, Urban said that the incident ‘strongly influenced my mental health and functioning. I lost a sense of security, became more nervous and had difficulty with sleep and concentration. Every day I remind myself that the perpetrator might come to my house again’.Stolarczyk has been living in Ireland since 2006 and has been working for a local refuse company since then.Counsel for Stolarczyk, Fiona Crawford BL, said that her client was a ‘hard-working family man’ who adapts his working hours to suit his son, who has non-verbal autism.Stolarczyk lodged €500 with the court and the court heard that he was suitable for community service.Judge John O’Hagan said that he felt, having listened to the evidence in the case from beginning to end, that the atmosphere on the night had been ‘particularly threatening and menacing’.“There was a party, a good time was had by all, but there was an awful lot of drink involved,” he said.“This was all in a drink-fuelled atmosphere with an awful lot of aggression. Drink might well have been talking, but it was serious.“I have little doubt that Mr Urban was very worried and his poor wife was awoken by the commotion; it must have been a very disturbing experience for her too.”Judge O’Hagan sentenced Stolarczyk to 240 hours community service, in lieu of 18-months imprisonment.Meanwhile, a co-accused, Dariusz Kot, did not appear sentencing for his part in a separate assault. Judge O’Hagan issued a bench warrant for his arrest.Community service for man following ‘drink-fuelled assault’ in Letterkenny was last modified: July 1st, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Andrezj UrbanDariusz KotFiona Crawford BLJUdge John O’HaganletterkennyLetterpenny Circuit CourtPawel Stolarczyk
Red Bluff >> With football season here, Red Bluff High School’s players are ready to hit, catch and throw the ball starting Friday at Paradise in a non-league game. But before the Spartans set their sights on the Bobcats and the new season, Conner McKenzie and Marshal Brose reflected on the ongoing situation at Spartan Stadium, which is officially shut down for play due to an unsafe playing surface. Brose, the senior quarterback, said while it was a difficult blow earlier, he’s now ready to …
30 April 2004Shoprite Holdings and the Department of Trade and Industry’s Khula Enterprise Finance have signed a groundbreaking agreement to grant a limited number of retail franchise concessions, back by outfitting, training and mentoring support, to black entrepreneurs.The agreement, signed in Cape Town on Wednesday by Shoprite chief executive Whitey Basson and Khula managing director Xola Sithole, will grant successful small business (SMME) applicants a number of OK Franchise concessions on negotiable terms.OK Franchise and Khula will provide dual guidance in terms of outfitting, training and mentoring the SMMEs in a deal that promises to deliver maximum viability for the new businesses.Shoprite and Khula will also share the capital investment and risks associated with promoting the black economic empowerment (BEE) initiative, with Khula providing loans to concession holders to acquire equipment and furnish their stores.Shoprite, for its part, will supply stock without soliciting securities from concession holders, especially on the first stock consignment.“The issuing of a limited number of franchises by Shoprite will serve as the initial pilot project on whose successes and lessons the future expansion of this project will rest”, Basson said.“The strategic importance for SMMEs lies in their access to retail space in Shoprite’s multi-national retail chain.”Sithole said partnership with Shoprite would be a model for future partnerships between government agencies like Khula and the private sector for addressing the economic challenges facing the country.Khula, he added, would be launching similar joint venture initiatives across different industries such as mining and petroleum.Source: BuaNews
9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… curt hopkins Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Following up their creation of an exact replica of King Tut’s mummy, Belgian company iMaterialise has helped to repair Rodin’s famous sculpture The Thinker. In 2007, the Singer Laren Museum in the Netherlands, where The Thinker resided, was burglarized. The meatheads who broke in did so not to steal the art, but to steal the metal. They made off with seven sculptures and started to try to chop them up to sell for scrap. Six of the sculptures were utterly destroyed but a badly damaged Thinker was recovered. Quite aside from its artistic merit, it is worth, on the open market, up to $10 million. So the Singer Laren needed to figure out how to deal with the butchered figure. iMaterialise had an idea. They did a CT scan of the damaged figure. Then they scanned the original mold retained by the Musee Rodin in Paris. They printed out a full-sized copy from the original on their Mammoth 3D printer. The Mammoth uses a photopolymer resin to form the product in sections about six feet in length. The CT scans are imported and rendered using Materialise’s software. Lasers guide the shape, laying down thin sheets until they build up into the figure. A modeler finishes, adding texture and color.The conservators at the Singer Laren have used that and the scans of the original to re-fabricate and lay in the missing and damaged parts of the statue. The remade Thinker is on display at an exhibit at the Singer Laren called The Thinker Thinks Again through May. First photo copyright by Kees Haageman | second photo copyright by Paul Kramer 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#art#web
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#apps#Intel#Microsoft#microsoft surface#PC#Windows 8 markhachman Let’s say the rumors are true, and that Microsoft does in fact bring back the Start button and a boot-to-desktop option to address longstanding user complaints. Can that fix what’s ailing Windows 8? Perhaps, eventually — but Microsoft is still treating the symptom rather than the disease. The problem is the PC itself, not the operating system that runs it. And that’s what Microsoft (and, secondarily, its Wintel partner Intel) really needs to transform.At this point, it seems clear that the tiled, touch friendly Start screen and the lack of a boot option to the familiar “desktop” interface scared off some people who might otherwise have upgraded to Windows 8. Instead, those PC users stuck with their familiar Windows 7 or Windows XP interface, or powered down their PCs altogether and turned to their phones or tablets.Wintel PanicAll of which has the onetime Wintel duopoly in a bit of a panic. Microsoft needs an OS that will delight consumers. It’s so far failed in that, so it’s apparently retrofitting Windows 8 for folks who need more handholding to move to the new OS. Similarly, Microsoft needs a robust apps environment, so it’s looking to entice developers to its Windows Store. That’s not going so well, either.Intel, meanwhile, continues to push down the cost of its microprocessors to a point where Windows tablets running on its Core microprocessors can compete with the Android and iOS markets. By the holiday season, Intel executives said, we should see Core-based laptops at between $499 to $599, with new, more powerful Atom options in the $200 price range.Put those together, and here’s what needs to happen.1. Downplay The Start ScreenIf Microsoft brings back the boot-to-desktop option, the company faces an interesting marketing dilemma: Should it still promote the tiled Start screen that turns off at least some of its customers? No. That doesn’t mean that Microsoft should change the Windows 8 interface — the Start screen was designed as a tablet interface, and should remain so. But Microsoft should make the Start screen the face of the Surface tablet, and make the Windows desktop the face of its Windows 8 advertising for PCs.2. Gently Push New Users To The Desktop Clearly, a portion of Microsoft’s customer base has been traumatized by its initial reaction to Windows 8. There’s a real risk that these users may never return to the Windows fold.But gently managing a boot-to-desktop option may mitigate some of that. Boot-to-desktop should be presented as one of the first options in the Windows installation, perhaps accompanied by something like this: “Would you like Windows 8 to boot to the Windows Desktop? The Windows desktop provides a familiar environment for users of Windows XP and Windows 7.”From there, let them explore and do as they wish. If the Start Screen is as compelling as Microsoft seems to think, at least some users will eventually move over of their own volition.3. Solve The Blah Windows Apps ProblemOne of the bigger problems with the Start screen that Microsoft so far hasn’t been able to address is that most of the applications featured there are basically uninspiring (Fresh Paint excluded). With Windows XP and Windows 7, those applications were tucked away behind the Start button, where users were free to ignore them. With the Windows 8 Start screen, they’re out there for the world to see and grow disillusioned with. And it’s not immediately clear how booting to the desktop’s empty expanse will be much of an improvement.But by making the Windows 8 Desktop the focus, Microsoft’s advertising, at least, can encompass the broad expanse of Windows apps out there. Mix and match! Steal a page from Apple. Highlight the flashiest apps, whether they be from the Windows 8 world or even from Windows 7. Legacy OS support is a feature, too. And free advertising for Adobe, EA, or some other developer can only engender goodwill.4. Make Windows Shine On Tablets — CheaplyMicrosoft also desperately needs a successful mobile strategy. And the only real way to to do that is to offer more for less.In other words, if Microsoft wants to leverage Windows in the mobile space, it needs to really leverage Windows. The Windows RT version of Surface failed in part because it was a crippled version of Windows 8; it’s time to retire it. The Surface with Windows Pro, by contrast, could be a hit if its price falls far enough. And if Microsoft pushes hard to convince buyers that they can accomplish a whole lot more with a full-fledged Windows tablet than they can with competing products.Microsoft needs to show that a Windows tablet — derivative of the Surface, or one based on the new quad-core “Bay Trail” chips — can offer desktop PC-class performance at tablet prices. We know tablets are mobile. Microsoft Stores need to feature a Windows tablet or convertible running the flashiest piece of software it can, on a conventional desktop monitor, with the price tag prominently displayed. The message: all this for $299??!! Why would I ever want an Android tablet?5. Find A Mobile Apps Tiger TeamTucking your Android or iOS phone in your pocket is an unconscious decision. And as more game developers choosing to write for iOS and Android, fewer are around to focus on Windows. There’s another key advantage for iOS and Android, too: chances are that you can play the same game on your iPad and iPhone, or your Android phone and tablet. You can’t often say the same for Windows Phone and Surface.If users can’t share apps, files, and other documents between the PC, notebook, tablet and phone, they’re going to start looking elsewhere. Microsoft’s realized this with its core apps, including Office and the Xbox. Netflix traverses the range of Microsoft’s platforms, but that’s about it.There is no easy fix here. If Microsoft can’t develop the apps it needs itself, it’s going to have to go out and buy them. This is the Nintendo problem, writ large. Without AAA third-party software, Microsoft will have to go it alone. Delaying The InevitableIDC’s right; the PC is dying. It’s inevitable, and Microsoft is merely rearranging desk chairs on the Titanic. But in this case, there’s a chance the ship could make harbor before it sinks.Notebooks will eventually give way to tablets, whether or not they have a keyboard attached to them. Microsoft won the desktop, and it won the notebook. Now it needs to win tablets. If it shows weakness now, it will be buried. Can Microsoft throw enough money at these problems to fix them? It may have to. It can patch Windows 8, and Intel can help keep prices falling. But the apps and mobile problems require more extensive surgery, and the time to act is now.Image Source: Flickr/yoshimov Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
For years, LinkedIn has been trying to break past its reputation as a job-seeking site that’s all about posting your online resume.If today’s news – that LinkedIn is allowing users and companies to post images and documents in status updates – doesn’t get that message through, we’re not sure what will.(See Also: 5 Ways To Use LinkedIn That Aren’t About Finding A Job.)LinkedIn was slow to get visual. It took more than four years for LinkedIn to allow something we take for granted now on almost every social site: posting a profile photo. But with last year’s acquisition of SlideShare and the introduction earlier this month of a visual “portfolio” section to the profile, LinkedIn showed it was becoming a visual learner. owen thomas Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#collaboration#File Sharing#LinkedIn#social networks Like it or not, this is a way a lot of people like to communicate online. So perhaps LinkedIn is smart to embrace it. But after LinkedIn and Twitter broke off their partnership last summer, requiring people to post updates directly on LinkedIn rather than porting their tweets into LinkedIn, the quality of LinkedIn’s stream of status updates improved markedly, since people primarily posted professional updates without personal updates from Twitter mixed in.Putting images in LinkedIn’s stream could go sideways, so we have to hope its product team is watching what users do closely and adjusting accordingly. Dropbox And Box In LinkedIn’s Sights?One interesting aspect to LinkedIn’s update is that it’s also allowing companies to post images and documents to their company pages.The ostensible reason for this is to appeal to the people who follow a particular company on LinkedIn, who are typically employees, job seekers, customers, or other interested parties. One obvious way a tech company might use this, for example, is to post white papers about a new product it’s rolling out.One has to wonder, though, if this isn’t also a move to carve out part of the document-sharing business that Dropbox, Box and YouSendIt have so far dominated. That’s the public-facing sharing, where you’re not sending a document to a particular person but merely alerting people to a place from which it can be downloaded.We don’t see LinkedIn swerving from its media-focused strategy right now. But LinkedIn’s mission isn’t to be a media company – it’s to help people succeed in their professions. So if at some point it decides sharing and collaboration around documents is part of how it accomplishes that mission, Box and the rest should worry.For now, it’s just an interesting option LinkedIn could pursue down the road, for which it’s laying the groundwork now. Related Posts A Risky PictureThe danger LinkedIn faces is that its stream of work-related content will become cluttered with the kind of vapid visual noise that has taken over Facebook’s News Feed. Facebook, in the hopes of spurring people to post better pictures of moments in their lives, started giving photos larger display. Instead, people posted picture quotes and memes.LinkedIn seems to be more or less rolling with this particular consumer behavior: It even shows an example of someone posting an inspirational quote image. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit