Reid calls for Rove to quit

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Senate Democratic leader said Sunday that presidential adviser Karl Rove should resign because of his role in exposing an undercover CIA officer, and a veteran Republican senator said President George W. Bush needs “new blood” in his White House. Rove has not been charged, but he continues to be investigated in the CIA leaks case that brought the indictment and resignation Friday of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, an adviser to Bush and the top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has not made a decision on whether Rove gave false testimony during his four grand jury appearances. Rove is Bush’s most trusted adviser. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said he is disappointed that Bush and Cheney responded to the indictment by lauding Libby and suggested they should apologize for the leak that revealed the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “First of all, the vice president issues this very terse statement praising Libby for all the great things he’s done,” Reid said. “Then we have the president come on camera a few minutes later calling him Scooter and what a great patriot he is. There has not been an apology to the American people for this obvious problem in the White House,” Reid, D-Nev., told ABC’s “This Week.” Meanwhile, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said Cheney should “come clean” about his involvement and why he discussed Plame with Libby before Libby spoke to reporters about her. “What did the vice president know? What were his intentions?” Dodd asked on “Fox News Sunday.” “Now, there’s no suggestion the vice president is guilty of any crime here whatsoever. But if our standard is just criminality, then we’re never going to get to the bottom of this,” Dodd said. Democrats appearing on Sunday talk shows portrayed Libby’s indictment as one of many serious problems surrounding the White House and one of several allegations raising questions about Republican ethics. Republicans repeatedly said the charges have been made against only one individual and that Libby should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Public opinion appears to be running against Bush. Almost half the public, 46 percent, say the level of ethics and honesty in the federal government has fallen with Bush as president, according to an ABC News-Washington Post poll. That’s three times the number who say ethics and honesty have risen during that time. Republican Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi said Bush should be on the lookout for “new blood, new energy, qualified staff, new people in administration.” He said poor advice may have even contributed to the failed nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. A grand jury charged Libby on Friday with five felonies, alleging obstruction of justice, perjury to a grand jury and making false statements to FBI agents. If convicted, he could face a maximum of 30 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines. Libby was not charged with the crime that the grand jury was created to investigate – specifically, who leaked the name of Plame to reporters in 2003. Libby and Rove were named by reporters brought before the grand jury, but it was unclear whether they knew that she was a covert agent. Reid said Rove should resign or be fired for even discussing Plame. He recalled that Bush once said he would fire anyone involved in the leak, although Bush later amended that standard to say he would fire anyone convicted of a crime. “If he’s a man of his word, Rove should be history,” Reid said on CNN’s “Late Edition.” Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said Rove has not been charged with any crime and that any talk of him stepping down is politically motivated. “Senator Reid is entitled to his opinion, but he’s not the president of the United States, and he doesn’t administer justice in this country,” Specter said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Conte on Costa contract, Ake, Begovic, Eduardo and sleepness nights

first_imgChelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked about a number of issues at his press conference ahead of Sunday’s home game with Hull City. Here is some of what the Italian had to say.On Diego Costa“He had a training session on Tuesday with the rest of the team and he trained very well. He hasn’t [any] pain in his back – for this reason he’s available.“On Sunday and Monday, he trained with a fitness coach because it is important to prepare his body to have a good session on Tuesday.”On Costa’s future“I think the player wants to stay at Chelsea. He’s very happy to play with us – this idea [a move to China] is far from his mind.“He’s happy to stay here, to play with us. This is the most important thing for us. I don’t see any problem.”On reports of a bust-up with CostaEmbed from Getty Images“After the game against Leicester, I told you the truth [that Costa was injured].“I heard a lot of speculation about Diego, but now the most important thing is that he trained with us this week, he hasn’t any pain in his back, and is available to come back in our squad against Hull City.“Diego is an important player for us. When he stays in a good form, he’s always played. Will he start against Hull? We’ll see on Sunday. I do not want to give an advantage to our opponent.”On whether Costa should get a new contract“I think now it’s better to be concentrated on the present, not the future. It’s important to have these [next] four months in a very strong way, and then we’ll see.“It’s important now to be focused on the present and not to see too far, in my opinion.“Diego is a good player, he is a good person and now he’s only focused on Chelsea and to play with us and to continue to help us.“He missed only one game but now he’s ready to come back with us. I’m sure about his commitment, his will to fight with this team to the end and to try to win the title.”On an offer from Bournemouth for Asmir Begovic“Asmir is an important player for me, on and off the pitch. He knows this.“There is this offer – me and the club, we are evaluating this offer. But it’s important to find the right solution for Asmir, for the club, for me.”On Costa’s possible return to the team“At the moment, for me to make a decision is not easy, because I have four or five players [who are] very strong in that position – I have Pedro, Willian, [Eden] Hazard, Costa and also Ruben [Loftus-Cheek].“It’s not easy because they are in good form, and they give me different options. For sure, I sleep some hours less to make the best decision but it is my task to pick the best players game-by-game.“I have to pick three players [up front] and if someone stays out it’s not for punishment, or for other stories. I like to make choices game-by-game, and also to consider the opponent.”On Nathan Ake“I evaluated his situation, I evaluated our situation and I think it’s a good reinforcement for us because Ake is a player that can play in different positions.“I think in this last two years he has played and improved a lot, and now he’s ready to play with this team, to stay with us and to help us.“This is the second week that he’s working with us – now he’s starting to go into our idea of football. I’m pleased to have him.”On whether Eduardo could replace Asmir Begovic“Eduardo is a great buy for us. He arrived as a third goalkeeper, that position is very clear in my mind.“I’m very happy for him because he is working very well, and he is helping me, helping Thibaut [Courtois] and Asmir a lot and also he is helping [goalkeeper coaches] Gianluca Spinelli and Hilario in their work. For me, he is doing very well.”On Fifa technical director’s Marco Van Basten’s proposed rule changesEmbed from Getty Images“I don’t like this because I think that if you start to change a lot of rules, it’s not good. With these [current] rules, football is very attractive. I don’t like wanting to try to take examples of the other sports. Football is football, other sports are other sports.”On Hull“You have to face this game with great concentration and focus on our target because if you think that these games are easy, you can make a great mistake and you can pay for this mistake at the end of the season.“For me, Hull City are a good team – in the last game they won against Bournemouth. They changed the coach and usually when you change the coach you have a great reaction from the players – we must pay great attention.”   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Country values and the Amish furniture boom

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mike Ryan, OCJ field reporterOhio has been home to the Amish since 1808, when the first settlers moved west from Pennsylvania to settle the scenic, rolling eastern Ohio. Today, roughly 60,000 Amish reside in Ohio across more than 50 individual settlements and over 400 church districts.The Amish culture is known for its agrarian nature, but as farm technology has changed, food safety practices have evolved and farmland availability has become an issue for some Amish communities in recent decades, the Amish have looked to new areas of enterprise to make a living, including making furniture. The now booming Amish furniture industry started simply with just a handful of barns and shops. As more English discovered the value and craftsmanship of Amish-made furniture the niche business took off and now there are more than 80 regional locations that bridge the logistical, transportation and technology gaps between Amish craftsmen and modern shoppers. One such business is Oak Creations of Millersport that is celebrating 25 years of working with the Amish and the English. This Buckeye Lake region storefront is a testament to the owners’ passion for high-quality Amish furniture — for which they have a sharp eye — and their loyal customer base who appreciates the individualized attention offered by owners and operators Mike Finlaw and Rosann Franks, and their daughter, Emily Finlaw.They sell beautiful Amish handcrafted solid wood furniture in oak, cherry, maple, and other hardwoods, specializing in high-quality home furnishings at affordable prices in a wide variety of styles, wood types, finishes, and custom designs. Oak Creations attributes some of their longevity to the strong business and personal relationships they have with their Amish builders, with whom they deal directly.“We are passionate about our relationships with both our customers and our builders, and we need builders who are passionate about what they do. Our craftsmen have the same values as we do; and their passion for and pride in their product shows,” Rosann said. “Their respect for family values and strong work ethic goes hand-in-hand with what we are doing with our business.” Mike has been around wood his entire life, working in his family lumber business, Finlaw Lumber of Zanesville, and managing building supply companies in Columbus prior to getting into the furniture business. And this skill and expertise from a life of woodworking gives him discerning vision for well-wrought pieces. The direct relationships with the talented builders are important.“We have very solid, long-term relationships with our builders. I try not to deal with a middleman and I deal directly with over 150 Amish builders. We have worked with some of them for over 20 years, and they are like extended family,” Mike said. “We always help them out and we are very loyal to our builders. We try to stick with Ohio builders, and most of our products come from Stark, Holmes, Tuscarawas, and northern Coshocton counties.” At least two trips a week are made into Ohio’s Amish country to touch base with craftsmen and to pick up product.“I make 10 to 20 stops throughout Amish country every Monday. I place orders, transport furniture to finish shops, pick up hardware, and freight small finished products back to the store. These weekly business stops are also good for business relations, as lack of access to telephones for some in the Amish community can make communication a challenge,” Mike said. “The box truck goes up to Amish country on Wednesday and we then do deliveries Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.”The heirloom Amish furniture industry and Oak Creations itself have changed greatly over the past twenty-five years.“In the beginning, the demand was for only oak furniture with designs coming from a very limited catalogue. But the industry has exploded over the last 25 years and there has been great change in what is wanted and offered,” Mike said. “When we first opened, our products were coming from suppliers in Michigan that my cousin Roger, who had a furniture store in Kalamazoo, used. We quickly outgrew this, began dealing directly with our builders, and started doing more custom jobs and working with other wood types and design styles.”Once quality products are secured, Oak Creations then relies on quality customer service to match the right places with the right furniture. Rosann and Emily, who has a background in Interior Design, work with customers on a sense of proportion and creative insight that helps customers conceptualize what is needed and what would look best to really pull a room together.“Mike has an eye for how furniture should be built and good design work. For custom work, which consists of over half of our business, he can envision what a customer needs and what the finished product will look like. Our vision for what is needed and what may look best is a gift we give the customer. Our job is to educate the customer about quality and design, let them know what they should be looking for in a product, and then let them decide,” Rosann said.Long-standing customer loyalty is a boon to Oak Creations, which strives to provide personalized attention to patrons of the furniture shop.“With our furniture, we are creating a look that is both current and timeless. Certain people want to go more contemporary and others want to be more traditional, and we can accommodate either taste,” Emily said. “We design a lot of our own furniture, as well, and we strive to create a beautiful piece that is solid and well-constructed, but also at a reasonable price. Our furniture is not the most expensive and not the least expensive, but it is the best value. We are selling great quality, hardwood furniture for less than imports can be bought.”The business connects the niche production of Amish craftsmen and the consumers who appreciate and value those products.“There is a niche of people who appreciate and enjoy quality furniture and may want to pass it down. We cater to people who embrace the home as a place for family and friends. Our tables bring a lot of families together at the start of the day and at the end of the day,” Roseann said. “If it was just about money, I would have gotten out of the business a long time ago.”Today, Oak Creations’ sole location in Millersport is a 6,400 square-foot showroom adorned with beautiful furniture and filled with an array of unique country decor that is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. A visit to Oak Creations shows the Finlaws’ expertise in both furniture and hospitality and this year’s Holiday Open House will be held Nov. 1-10. Located at 2474 Blacklick-Eastern Road, Oak Creations is a study in Amish craftsmanship and down-to-earth country values. They can be reached at 740-467-2600 or at www.oakcreationsofmillersport.com.last_img read more

How to Not Lose Yourself in Your Caregiving Role

first_imgThe information from this blog post was derived from the Family Caregiver Alliance article entitled “Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregiver.” For more in-depth information please refer to the following article: Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 3, 2017. I’m too busy…I don’t have enough time for…If I don’t do it, no one will… Are you guilty of having these or similar thoughts? Often times family caregivers get lost in the caregiving role and forget to care for themselves, however caring for yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver.Caregivers often report problems attending to their own health and well-being such as:Poor eating habitsFailure to exerciseSleep deprivationFailure to make medical appointments for themselvesFailure to stay in bed when illHow can you keep from losing yourself in the caregiving role?First, you need to identify what is in your way.Do you think it is selfish to put your needs first?Do you struggle with asking for what you need, or do you feel inadequate if you ask for help?Do you feel frightened thinking of your own needs? If so, what is the fear about?Do you feel the need to prove you are worthy of your care recipient’s affection? Does this cause you to do too much, as a result?Once you have established where you stand, you can then begin to move forward and change your behavior and thoughts about caregiving. How can you move forward?Reduce and Manage Personal StressStress reducers can be simple activities such as taking a walk, gardening, coffee with a friend, exercise.Set GoalsSet realistic goals that you would like to accomplish, then work towards them.Seek SolutionsOnce you have identified a problem, take steps toward solving it,Communicate ConstructivelyBeing able to communicate effectively and constructively is very important for caregivers. We have a course entitled “Communication ‘In the Crunch’” that might be of some assistance.Ask for and Accept HelpBe prepared with a mental or physical list of how others can help you, and don’t be afraid to reach out for help. There are many community resources, professionals, friends and family ready to help.Talk to a PhysicianSpeaking to a physician about your care recipient’s needs is extremely important for caregivers, but speaking to the physician about YOUR needs is equally as important.Begin ExercisingExercise improves endurance, strength, flexibility as well as promotes better sleep, reduces tension and depression and increases energy.Learn from your EmotionsLearn to listen to your emotions and take appropriate action.last_img read more

Two militants killed in Kashmir’s Kulgam

first_imgSecurity forces killed two Hizbul Mujahideen militants in a pre-dawn operation in Kulgam on Wednesday. The police said Irfan Manzoor Bhat from Poniwah in Kulgam and Zahid Ahmad Mantoo from Ferripora in Shopian were surrounded by a joint team of the Army, the police and the CRPF in the Gopalpora area of Kulgam. “The operation was launched on credible inputs. Both the militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site,” the police said.Mantoo, they said, was involved in planning and executing a series of attacks in the area. “He was involved in a case pertaining to the killing of three policemen at Batgund Shopian last year,” the police said.Bhat, who joined militancy recently, was “part of a militant group behind the killing of Abdul Majeed Dar from Shalipora in Kulgam”.In Poonch district in the Pir Panjal Valley, one solider was killed died and two others were injured in an “accidental” blast.An Army spokesman said the blast took place around 9.15 a.m. “during a training activity on a military post in the Mendhar sector”.“One soldier was critically injured in the incident and later succumbed to his injuries,” the Jammu-based Army spokesman said.last_img read more