Senator Hillary Clinton’s camp has shot down all talk of moving out of the Presidential trail after the pivotal March 4 nominating contests in Ohio and Texas, where competitor Senator Barack Obama is expected to land a knockout. Clinton’s decision followed talks by prominent politicians that she reexamine her contest prospects at this primary.
Several key politicians have suggested that Clinton fold her campaign if she fails to win the landslides in the contests. A prolonged Clinton-Obama combat, they believe, could work in favor of the likely Republican nominee, Senator John McCain.
Clinton’s communications chief, Howard Wolfson, insisted that the race would continue after this primary into the next key showdown in Pennsylvania in April and the Puerto Rico primary in June. “We’re going to win this nomination. This nomination fight is going to go forward after Ohio and Texas. We’re going to go to Pennsylvania, where a lot more Americans are going to vote, and we’re going to be the nominee in Denver,” he said.
Meanwhile, Obama is spending lavishly in Texas and Ohio, reportedly outspending Clinton by a ratio of about two to one on television ads, in the run-up to the March 4 primaries, in order to deliver a knockout blow to Clinton. This, combined with the extensive travel schedule all over Texas and Ohio, highlights the anticipation of the deciding nature of this voting.
Obama hopes to extend his current winning streak of 11 straight nominating contests. He has closed important Clinton leads in the past three weeks, with most polls having him in the lead in both states. In fact, he is said to have started planning the makeup of his Cabinet, which includes two prominent Republicans.
A total of 2,025 delegates are needed for victory at the Democrats’ convention. The current count of nominating delegates shows Obama leading by 1,389 to Clinton’s 1,279. The Democratic rivals are currently in Ohio. Polls reveal that the race is virtually tied in Ohio and Texas, and a shift in this deadlock will help decide the much-awaited Democratic contest.
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Well looks like Wilma is looking for Fred and then she will go do a little shopping in the Caribbean. But Wilma is no cartoon character she will be the last named storm of the 2005 Hurricane Season, well that is to say she will help us finish out the English alphabet. If this all sounds Greek to you, then you are right as we are now going to have to start naming our storms after the Greek Alpha-bet, you bet, starting with Alpha.
How serious is Wilma as she turns into a Tropical Storm with counter clockwise catastrophic winds? Well, Puerto Rico does not need any more rain, they are starting to look there like the folks in New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts with 8-days of torrential rains. They say rubber raft sales have gone up by thirty percent in the last two-weeks and the entire North East is sold out of Home Depot water pumps.
Wilma is a young vixen at 24 she is graduating with a degree in Tropical Weather as she ties the all time record for the most named storm in a Hurricane Season and guess what there are still 45-days left in the season. We are not even close to the end of the season yet. Will Wilma use her Alpha-Beta-Gamma Seroirty status as a pass into the big league of the Gulf’s warm water? We shall watch and wait as Wilma willfully washes out Western World Weather Records this 2005 Hurricane Season.
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An interesting name, derived from Zenobia, Queen of the wealthy city of Palmyra in the Arabian Desert, and in Latin, a feminine form of “Zeus.” Indeed a powerful name, but quite appropriate for an incredibly self-driven woman, rather adequately described by the words “motivation” and “prosperity.” Zenaida was the #1 earner in her home business in 2005, though she didn’t start off with a silver spoon, didn’t have the best education, and generally had a rough time just living as she grew up.
Zenaida began life in an ethnic neighborhood, primarily Puerto Rican like Zenaida herself, in Dover, New Jersey. The family was so poor that there were a few times when she went hungry and had to wear the same clothes to school more than once. It didn’t seem to matter then, as many of the families in her school had similar problems. Poverty was a way of life.
“Welfare was much better then,” Zenaida remembers. But she can still recall coming home to a bare cupboard at times. School trips were out, because there was no money for them. There just wasn’t money for anything, and many times, not enough for food.
But when she was about seven years old, she moved with her single mother and four siblings (another child would be added later) to another neighborhood, which bordered the Anglo part of town. The most difficult part of that was that she would have to attend an all-Anglo school, a place where it would be extremely difficult for her to fit in. She went from a school where the student body was 70-80% minority to a school where 95% of the kids were Caucasian. In the early 1970s, this was about as different as night and day.
The school administrators had no experience with Hispanic children, for one thing, and to make matters worse, Zenaida was severely dyslexic, though nobody seemed to realize it. Her teachers told her mother, “There’s something wrong with Zenaida,” implying that the child was mentally challenged. The fact that her mother didn’t speak English and that there was no father in the house only compounded the issue.
Zenaida failed her first year in the new school, which was 2nd grade. She went on to repeat the pattern in third, fourth, and fifth grades, as well, without anyone understanding what Zenaida’s problem really was. The girl was not only alienated from her classmates because of race, but because she just had no way of getting help with her problems. Her mother just kept pushing her ahead because her mother just didn’t want her to fail. Zenaida’s mother was uneducated, and didn’t understand the consequences of her decision.
Yet, dyslexia wasn’t Zenaida’s only issue. She was also ADHD–she had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a condition that wasn’t even recognized during the time Zenaida was growing up. ADHD sends thoughts through the brain at rapid speed, likened often to a ping-pong ball game going on inside the person’s head. What ADHD meant for Zenaida was that she was easily distracted and easily bored. The hyperactivity only added to those issues, making it very difficult for her to remain still for any length of time.
At age 13, Zenaida was not just going to school; she was working and paying her mother rent. By the time she got to high school, she was working two jobs to help support the family.
But in high school, Zenaida began to flourish. Her artistic abilities came to light and she began to design her own clothing. She even won 2nd place in the school arts competition. Then, in her senior year, Zenaida wanted to work in the area where she had found her only success–fashion design, and she tried to get into college. Yet, her grades weren’t good enough to go to the schools of her choosing. She was functionally illiterate.
About that time, Zenaida left home for New York City, and she found a video tape of a very old book, one that inspired millions and continues to do so today–Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich.” Zenaida poured over the book, working very hard to comprehend its forceful tenets of focus and persistence in the face of resistance. And at 21, she went back to college.
Her first step was to run down to the local Barnes & Noble and pick up a 5th grade reader because she was intent upon getting a college degree. She started to realize how the words jumped around on the page before her, and it wasn’t until she shared her trouble with her friends that she learned that all along, her problem had been dyslexia. Zenaida persisted in her learning, until she taught herself to read.
At 25, she got a job working for a bankcard system in sales, and was the top earner two months in a row. Her self-esteem rose. In fact, it rose enough to secure a job with a newspaper. She lied on her application, and said that she had a degree in liberal arts from the University of Puerto Rico, where she had moved and lived for a short while.
And her boyfriend continued to help her. Unbeknownst to her employer, her boyfriend at the time, was writing all her sales correspondence, then her boss started doing it for her, too. By the time he had figured everything out, Zenaida was important in the company, and was making a great deal of money for them.
But that wasn’t the end of Zenaida’s career. She decided that she wanted to work for the world-renowned publisher Conde Nast, and asked her boyfriend to help her get a job with the company. Yet, he told her, “I can’t keep writing to your clients.” In fact, he told her she couldn’t get another job, until she learned to read and write.
So, she set to work. She was determined to learn to read, no matter what. First she bought two books about getting higher scores on the SAT–Princeton Review Word Smart, Volumes 1 and 2. Her friend and her boss taught her how to speak properly without the ghetto slang, and after work every night, Zenaida would take an index card and choose a word from each of the two Princeton books, beginning with the letter “A.” On the front of the card, she would spell the word, write its phonetic pronunciation, and on the back, its meaning.
Zenaida played games with the cards. She read an article from the New York Times each day, which took her about forty minutes. If she didn’t know a word that was included in the article, she would look it up in the dictionary and then, add an index card for it.
She got to the letter “P” before stopping her routine.
She was finally functionally literate by the time she was 29.
Zenaida bolstered her knowledge of history by going to the Museum of Modern Art every weekend. She bought audio-taped biographies of the artists, which as with all good biographies, drew in the history of that person’s time, the culture, the politics, and so on. She hung on every word.
And she prospered. Her achievements led her to making a commercial for then Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani for the local disabilities center. She also received a proclamation from Mayor Newman of Dover, New Jersey for teaching herself to read and for speaking to local high school students about dyslexia, using the theme “Anything is Possible.”
Zenaida also came to excel in business. She was making 6 figures a year, and at 34, decided to go back to college and to continue until she reached an MBA. When her company was sold in 2003, Zenaida was forced to take a 30% pay cut because there were no other jobs. Soon, she wasn’t meeting her obligations, and decided that there had to be a better way. She started a home business. In 2005, after less than one year with her home business company, Zenaida was their top earner, making close to $1 million in sales.
Though Zenaida is an incredible inspiration, and someone worthy of the people that follow her, she says, “When I was in my twenties, I was very angry. I would look at successful people and I always thought that if I could only read and if I only had an education, I could have the opportunity to be as successful as they are. Today I realize that the reason I am so successful is because of all the disadvantages and disabilities I had to overcome. They made me strong, persistent, and gave me the courage to look to alternative businesses. There are so many people who today, have every advantage, but they still work for others and earn a fraction of what is truly available. Today, I have total time and financial freedom. My goal is to empower others to see what is available to them, and to help them overcome their self-imposed limits.”
If you were to follow one person toward success in business or in life, Zenaida is certainly a woman to follow. She has helped many people to succeed at the same level she has succeeded herself. Today, she’s eager to help more people live the life of financial freedom and to make herself the best person she can be.
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Our most recent cruise was aboard the Princess Cruise Lines’ ship the Golden. Our itinerary included the tropical Southern Caribbean. This overview is one article in a series of our Golden Princess Southern Caribbean cruise review. First, let me start by explaining why we chose this particular cruise.
We had a very special birthday to celebrate. This celebration was to include our children (in their mid to late 20′s) as well as our parents (up to 85 years old). We wanted a cruise line that would cater to the activity needs of our kids and still be elegant enough to be enjoyable to our parents.
Princess Cruise Lines seemed to be a natural fit. The date for our cruise was somewhat fixed in that the birth date had to be among the cruise dates. Our preference was to take a Southern Caribbean Cruise which included Aruba, St. Thomas and St. Kitts. It just so happened that the magnificent Golden Princess was sailing that itinerary on the required dates.
Our cruise started from the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It meant a rather lengthy flight with one stop-over to reach San Juan. The flight segments however were very smooth and uneventful. From the airport, we had a short bus ride to the cruise terminal.
There were the usual line-ups to clear customs and check-in with Princess in the terminal. This seemed to pass quickly enough considering some of the other cruises we have enjoyed.
The Golden Princess had its inaugural cruise in May of 2001. That meant that she was 5 years old at the time of our cruise. Having been on a newer cruise ship, her age was somewhat evident to us but her majesty overshadowed her age.
The cruise was a very smooth sail when compared to other Caribbean cruises we have been on. With so many stops on a one week cruise, the distances between ports made for a mostly leisurely run.
The ports of call were all interesting. Some were still rebuilding after hurricane damage. We are normally ‘beach babies’ wanting to enjoy the sun and surf as often as possible, but on this cruise we went to a beach only twice and one of those times was right at the cruise port. Our ports of call included San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Grenada, Isla Margarita, and Aruba.
We found this cruise to be rather ‘aggressive’ in that we were in port so quickly and so often that we never really saw the entire ship. Of course we mad a point to try to see all of the common areas but obviously missed a few.
The weather, although overcast with light rain a couple of days, was great. Mid to high 80′s every day is what we went on a sunny vacation for.
The staterooms we chose were balcony rooms. All were on the same side of the ship with two groups of three attached balconies. This was great. With the doors between balconies open, we could congregate as we would at a cottage or resort.
The birthday celebration was wonderful as well. Room service delivered veggies and dip, fruit trays, cheese trays nachos and dip and beverages to our stateroom. There was ample room on our balcony for the eleven of us to sit and enjoy all of this food.
In all, this cruise ship was not the most elegant that we have been on, but it did have all of the amenities and activities required to suit our broad age range. It certainly sold the kids on cruising vacations.
For more specific reviews on the components of our Golden Princess cruise including the trip to the cruise port including embarkation, stateroom, food, dining options, activities and ports-of-call, check our Caribbean Cruises Articles map at http://www.a1-discount-cruises.com often.
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Hurtle down an icy chute at breakneck speed. Hit high G forces in the turns. All this in a fiberglass bullet. Enjoy.
Olympic Bobsledding had it’s very beginning in 1877 in Davis, Switzerland after people trying adding a steering wheel to a sled. In 1897 a club was formed in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
At that time most of the bobsled runs were only on the roads and proved to be a great winter pass-time of the wealthy. It was as popular as skiing is today. It is said that they called it bobsledding because the team members bobbed their heads to try to gain speed.
Olympic bobsledding found its way into the winter games in 1932. Women were not included as four man teams entered the competition. Does something about this sound familiar to you?
Two man teams were added later. The sport was a no-no for women until the 2002 games in Salt Lake City. Strangely, the only winter games where Olympic bobsledding were not held occurred in the 1960 games in Squaw Valley, California due to lack of interest.
Prior to the 1950s the bobsledding team was made up of big heavy men as the thinking was that mass moving down the icy runway would make the sled go faster. In 1952 new rules were adapted governing the overall weight of the sled with riders. The members were soon made up of slimmer, well conditioned athletes who had the strength and the agility to get the sled to its maximum speed in quick time.
The sport now attracts teams from many countries. Even teams from warm climate such as Puerto Rico and Jamaica have entered.
Bobsledding, Luge and skeleton are three distinctly different sports.
Olympic bobsledding begins with two or four person teams pushing the sled along the track to get a start and climbing in.
A luge race begins with the single person pushes off from two bars sitting on the sled with the feet facing forward.
In skeleton racing, the rider pushes his sled down along the starting area, and barrels down the track head first.
Three things are required for the bobsled race. A team, a bobsled and a track. The team is made up of two or four person teams who must steer, brake and give the weight to the overall weight of the bobsled. The bobsled has been designed to aerodynamically cut through the air as it makes its way on the ice. The runners are extremely smooth to help with the speed.
At the first, the tracks were simply made from piled snow. Later the ground would be coated with ice. Now the bobsled run is made of concrete. Inside the concrete are miles of pipes filled with a solution of chemicals that help the ice making plant to freeze the water as it is flooded. Slowly the expert ice makers build up a surface of solid ice to allow the sleds to hit speeds of upwards of 130 km (78 miles) per hour. Crashes are common.
Olympic bobsledding requires the team members to have a great sense of balance and they must be brave. But a lot more than that goes into the run to the bottom. The sleds weigh hundreds of pounds and to get them started with a bang the team must be very strong and fast. They must get it going, run as fast as they can and then get inside in a matter of seconds, smoothly. Coordination is the key.
Team members will probably come from a background of sports such as football or track and field where strength and agility are the keys.
The team member need plenty of traction to be able to push the heavy bobsled. Olympic bobsledding is a demanding sport. Everyone on the team must wear spiked shoes. The spikes are arranged to provide the best traction and they can’t be longer than one millimeter in length. They must be no wider than four millimeters and no further apart than three millimeters.
The bobsledders suits are wild. Fantastic graphics. Colorful and skin tight. The colors and graphics do not do much but the suite are designed to assist drag resistance from the air.
Helmets get wilder and more aerodynamically designed every year. They and everything worn or used is designed with the assistance of a wind tunnel. Most drivers wear gloves for better grip.
Here is how serious the teams go about an attempt to win. Because a bobsled can cost over $25,000. to build, a company called Sports Biomechanics Lab at the university of California at Davis, built a bobsledding simulator. It used physics and complex mathematical equations to recreate the experience of Olympic bobsledding.