News RSF_en Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today called on the Czech authorities to take firm action in response to a violent attack on Tomas Nemecek, the editor of the weekly Respekt, on 17 January.Nemecek, 30, was sprayed with pepper gas and then kicked and punched in the head by two men men after leaving a shop near his home in Prague. His assailants said nothing and took nothing from him. He was hospitalised with injuries to his head and face, but his condition was not critical. The police have said they are investigating.”The authorities must react with the utmost firmness to this act of violence, which could constitute a direct attack on press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said in a letter to interior minister Stanislav Gross.”We call on you to ensure that all appropriate resources are deployed to identify and punish those responsible and, at this early stage of the investigation, to not rule out the possibility that the attack was linked to the victim’s work as a journalist,” the organisation added.Marek Svehla, the weekly’s deputy editor, told Reporters Without Borders: “The attack was obviously prepared, it was obviously against the newspaper.” He said it could have been prompted by several articles that have been published since the start of January about a criminal gang operating in Most and Litvinov, in the north of Bohemia, and the failure of the police to take action.A journalist with the weekly, who did not want to be identified, received a telephone call yesterday from a gang member threatening to attack him if he wrote an article. Svehla voiced scepticism about the ability of the local police to deal with these gangs and said he would like the case to be assigned to a special unit that combats organised crime.The newspaper has also published investigative reports on such sensitive issues as a neo-Nazi group’s racist behaviour towards the Roma in the eastern region of Ostrava, arms trafficking and the privatisation of coals mines in northern Bohemia. Tomas Nemecek, the editor of the weekly Respekt, was the victim of a violent attack on 17 January. His newspaper has written about such sensitive issues as organised crime gangs, neo-Nazi groups and arms trafficking. RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia to go further Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia Follow the news on Czech Republic Receive email alerts January 19, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor badly beaten in an attack that could be linked to his work News News Organisation Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more News May 21, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU December 2, 2020 Find out more
Previous Article Next Article … in briefOn 13 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Thisweek’s news in brief.Artthe best stimulantEmployersshould put modern art up in offices to stimulate their employees instead ofproviding coffee machines, according to a new study by InsideSpace. Twice asmany people find good, original artwork more likely to stimulate them thancaffeine, with 98 per cent of the 250 employees questioned wanted some form ofart in their office. www.insidespace.comJobcuts save £82mBritannicAssurance has announced it is to make 2,000 staff redundant as a result of thefirm’s decision to cut its direct sales force. The company aims to save £82mthrough the job cuts, which will be completed by the end of the next financialyear. www.britannic.co.ukCBIagainst legislationTheCBI has urged the Government to abandon proposals giving new parents a right towork part time. The CBI, responding to the Government’s Work and Parents GreenPaper, said flexible working practises should be encouraged to help parentsbalance work and family responsibilities rather than the introduction oflegislation. www.cbi.org.ukLowpaid out of policyLow-paidworking parents are being excluded from family friendly employment policies,according to research by the Economic and Social Research Council. Middle-classemployees are more likely to enjoy career break, assisted childcare and timefor family matters. www.one-europe.ac.uk Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
Despite being axed from the Germany team last year, former World Cup winners Mats Hummels and Thomas Mueller are surprise contenders to feature at the Tokyo Olympics after being included on a 50-strong preliminary list of candidates for the German team. Borussia Dortmund defender Hummels, 31, and Bayern Munich forward Mueller, The squad will not be finalised until June, but both Borussia Dortmund defender Hummels, 31, and Bayern Munich forward Mueller, 30, are on the extended list submitted on Wednesday by Stefan Kuntz, who will coach the German team in Tokyo. Football at the Games, which will take place between July 24 and August 9, are contested at Under-23 level, but each team is allowed to add three older players. Despite having played key roles in helping Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Hummels and Mueller were dumped by head coach Joachim Loew in March after the national team failed to qualify from the group stages of the 2018 World Cup.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Most Expensive Mistakes In HistoryShe Managed To Change The Lives Of Pakistan Women10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… Read Also: Becker captaining Team Germany at inaugural ATP Cup The German Football Association (DFB) has stipulated that no player can play at both the Euro 2020, being held across Europe between from June 12-July 12, and the Olympics. Germany have been drawn in Group F in the Euros, alongside world champions France and holders Portugal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Georgetown beat Lower Corentyne by five wicketsGEORGETOWN completed a fighting five-wicket win inside two days over Lower Corentyne yesterday at the Lusignan Community Centre ground.Set 157 to win, Georgetown reached their target for the loss of five wickets.Scores in the match: Lower Corentyne 165 and 145; Georgetown 154 and 157-5.In the morning, former National left-arm spinner Kasim Khan completed a five-wicket haul, finishing with 5-49, which ensure his team secured a 11-run lead.Georgetown had started the morning at 154-8, were looking to overall the visitors 165, but their hopes were crushed inside the first two overs of the day.Both overnight batsmen Christopher Barnwell and Ahmead Nedd fell without any addition to their overnight score of 73 and 0 respectively.Nedd was the first to depart, bowled by Nial Smith before Khan wrapped up the innings when Barnwell was bowled in the left-arm spinner’s first over of the morning.Khan and Smith were complemented by spinners Devon Clements (2-21) and Kevlin Umroa (2-52), who contributed to the steady inroads late on day one.Batting a second time, the visitors’ top-order batting was again exposed as they reached 75-4 at lunch.The innings started in disastrous fashion, after Alex Algoo was trapped leg before wicket to Barnwell without scoring.Jason Sinclair and Kelvon Anderson added 33 for the second wicket before the spinners played their part before the interval.Leg-spinner Steven Sankar bowled Sinclair for 13. Eight runs later Anderson was bowled by new Guyana Jaguars recruit Ramaal Lewis for 24, while Jonathan Foo was bowled by Gajanan Suknanan for five at 49-4.However, Seon Hetmyer and Clements navigated their way to the interval without any further casualties.But soon after the break, the visitors were left wobbling again, after Lewis and Sankar claimed the last six wickets.The off-spinner Lewis picked up four of the six wickets to finish with figures of 5-35, while Sankar who removed Hetmyer for a top score of 53, ended with figures of 3-29. Akeem Hinds (23), was the only other batsman reached double figure.Barnwell then made a composed 79 in the run chase to set up the win.He received support from Raymond Perez 39 and Robin Bacchus 18. Lewis (13) and Kellon Carmichael (0) were the other two batsmen dismissed. Sunil Singh (3 not out) and Dextor Solomon (3 not out) were at the crease when victory was achieved.Khan again was the main threat, claiming four wickets, while Smith was the other successful bowler.Meanwhile, in scores in the other second round of matches saw Upper Corentyne facing East Coast at Port Mourant, West Berbice taking on Essequibo at Bush Lot and East Bank going up against West Demerara at Tuschen.Scores provided by GCB’s Assistant Administrator, Avee Fedee-Grimmond as follows:East Bank 171 all out. (S. Rutherford 67; Richi Looknauth 5-46).West Berbice replying to Essequibo’s first innings of 196, were bowled out for 146. Ricardo Adams and Anthony Adams had figures of 4-32 and 5-34 respectively.Upper Corentyne 233 all out (Joshua Ramsammy 65, Chanderpaul Hemraj 5-22). In reply East Coast 259 all out. Amir Khan 92, Brain Sattuar 59, Joshua Persaud 62.
GREGORY DIXON/Herald photoFollowing a rare letdown this past weekend, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team (9-5-2, 3-1-1 Big Ten) looks to get back on track as it takes on a strong UW-Green Bay side (11-5-0, 5-2-0 Horizon) at 6 p.m. tonight at the McClimon Soccer Complex.After having its momentum snapped in a 1-0 loss to No. 19 Northern Illinois Sunday, Wisconsin will have to battle back and overcome a little pressure to regain that all-important confidence as the team heads into the final stretch of the season.”Obviously, I think losing [Sunday], dropping that game, certainly puts some added pressure on the game [tonight],” Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “With only a few games remaining on our schedule before tournament play, we’re certainly eager to rebound and get back into our winning ways.”Prior to Sunday’s loss, the Badgers were nearly unstoppable for a long period of time, losing only one match in nine contests and recording six shutouts. During that span, the Badgers also climbed to the top of the Big Ten table, knocking off Michigan, Northwestern and Penn State, while sharing the points with Michigan State in a 0-0 draw.Though UW-Green Bay just lost two straight Horizon League matches, dropping a 1-0 game to UW-Milwaukee and losing 2-0 to Illinois-Chicago, the Phoenix had an equally impressive run of matches this season, winning 10 of 11 and outscoring their opponents 30-11 during that stretch.As Wisconsin looks forward to its showdown with Indiana for the Big Ten title this Friday, Rohrman is quick to remember the game at hand and is making certain his team is eligible for an at-large NCAA tournament bid should they not receive the automatic bid with a Big Ten Tournament crown.”Green Bay is a quality side, and we’re going to have to perform pretty well to beat them,” Rohrman said. “It’s a huge regional game, and it’s going to be important for us to get a win and position ourselves for an at-large bid if we don’t win the Big Ten tournament.”If the Badgers are to have any success against the Phoenix, they’ll have to shut down UW-GB’s offensive trio of senior Josh Okoampa, junior Dan O’Brien and sophomore Tosaint Ricketts — all of whom have provided significant contributions to the Phoenix’s 36 goals this season.”Josh Okoampa is probably the main threat up top,” Rohrman said. “I think Dan O’Brien, also, has put together a pretty good year. (Tosaint) Ricketts, another guy up top, is also very athletic and certainly a guy we have to be aware of. Those three guys are three dangerous attacking players, and we have to be very good defensively with those three for sure.”Despite allowing a goal in Sunday’s loss to Northern Illinois, the Badger defense has been rock solid in 2006, leading the Big Ten in goals per game allowed and shutouts. Principal to that defense has been senior goalkeeper Jake Settle, who earned his third Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor recently after recording his ninth shutout of the season.As the Badgers host their final home match of the season tonight, the team also honors its seniors for all their contributions over the past few years. Those honored for Senior Day include Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Hamid Afsari (Whitefish Bay), William Bagayoko (Baton Rouge, La.), Andrew Cardona (Waukesha), Aaron Hohlbein (Middleton), Frank Iaizzo (North York, Ontario), Matthew Jelacic (Brookfield, Wis.), and Reid Johnson (Mequon.).While in-state showdowns often produce enough emotion as it is, being such rivalries, tonight’s match will hold special significance, as Rohrman’s seniors look to secure one more victory at the McClimon Soccer Complex.
MediaClubSouthAfrica 12 July 2010 As Spain lifted the 2010 Fifa World Cup on the chilly evening of 11 July, South Africans across the country were filled with a sense of pride in a spectacle well hosted. While Soweto’s Soccer City stadium, where Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0, was packed to capacity, thousands of other fans flocked to public viewing areas elsewhere in Johannesburg to witness history being made in their own backyard. Free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Celebrations after the match at Innes Free Fifa Fan Fest in Sandton, where I watched the match, had a rich South African flavour, with music, dance and much vuvuzela-trumpeting. With such a distinct local vibe, you could be forgiven for thinking that Bafana Bafana had beaten the Netherlands in that final. “The World Cup has been a great success,” said Sifiso Mazibuko from Soweto. “People who expected it to go badly have been proven wrong. Even though Bafana lost in the first round, we proved … that we can host a world-class event. “There are many events, like the Olympics, that South Africa can now host,” he added. The final match buzz could be felt in the country from the time Germany lost to Spain in the semifinals, days before the 11 July finale. A colourful carnival kicked off on the streets of Soweto on 9 July, with about 500 entertainers showing off their skills along a 5km stretch from Maponya Mall to Kliptown Square. These festivities helped set the mood for a thrilling countdown to the final match and closing ceremony. Vincent Nkosi gathered with his family in Pimville, Soweto, to witness the impressive display on the streets. He later commented that the carnival’s success reflected how well World Cup-related events were managed. “It is part of a package that shows that everything has been well organised. Organisation of the World Cup was really up to scratch,” he said.African hospitality Nkosi also spoke about the tourism boom in the township during the tournament: “I’ve been seeing many tourists everyday here in Soweto. It was nice hype.” The noted decrease in crime and hospitality shown to World Cup visitors swelled Nkosi’s pride in Africa’s first World Cup. “It’s been a success and enjoyable, especially the safety and accommodating our visitors … We’ve shown good courtesy to our visitors.” To minimise crime during the tournament, government deployed 31 000 local police officers and called on international security agencies, including Interpol, for back-up. Christian Jutte, from Denmark, is one of the visitors who felt safe and welcome here, although he is no stranger to the country, as his wife is originally from Soweto. Speaking from Kliptown Square during the carnival, he said: “feels like home in South Africa … I feel safe. “I now hope that investors will come and see that anything is possible in South Africa,” he added.‘Putting the country first’ President Jacob Zuma announced on 10 July that government will soon launch a programme to thank South Africans for their impressive World Cup spirit. “South Africans are the stars and champions of this tournament,” Zuma said in a statement. “We extend a special thank you to South Africans for the passion and excitement that has kept the tournament alive for the past weeks. We thank you for putting the country first,” he added. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
Editor’s note: This is one in a series of blogs detailing the construction of a net-zero energy house in Point Roberts, Washington, by an owner/builder with relatively little building experience. You’ll find Matt Bath’s full blog, Saving Sustainably, here. If you want to follow project costs, you can keep an eye on a budget worksheet here. Plumb and line the wallsWith all of the first floor walls complete, it was neat to be able to navigate the rooms and get an idea of the feel of the dimensions of the house. Before moving on to the second floor, I needed to take some time to ensure that all of my framing so far is straight, level, square, plumb, and true. The subfloor on the second floor will tie everything together, so this was my last chance to make sure it was just right.A plumb bob helps the author make sure that walls are straight up and down.I started by double checking the lengths of the top and bottom plates and the lengths of the corner studs. Next, I used a plumb bob to ensure each of the corners was plumb. I used long 2x4s nailed diagonally and nail stakes in the ground to push or pull the end of each wall as needed to plumb the ends of the wall. I knew the foundation was level, so since the wall lengths were equal and plumb, I knew the walls were square and true as well.To check the middle of the walls, I nailed a 2×4 block to the top corner on each end of the wall and stretched a string tightly between them. Using a third block, I checked all along the wall to ensure this block fit snugly between the wall and the string. Where necessary I used additional bracing to make the wall straight.With the exterior walls (hopefully) perfect, it was time for the interior walls. I used a powder-actuated hammer tool to nail the bottom plates of the interior walls into place (see Image #6 below). This tool uses a .22-caliber explosive to drive the nail into the hard concrete.With this crucial step of straightening done, I was now confident enough to get going on the joists. Framing the interior wallsAdvanced framing will help me lower my heating bill by creating more space for insulation. However, insulating a house is just one of the ways to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat (or cool) a house. No matter how much insulation I put in the house, if I don’t control the air that is allowed to flow through the walls, it will be impossible to control the temperature.According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 30% of heating and cooling costs is due to lack of air sealing. One of the places where air can escape is in the tiny gap between the sill plates of the walls and the concrete foundation. While I did place sill gasket in that area, that was only to prevent water from wicking up the concrete and into the walls. The sill gasket is air-permeable, meaning air can pass through it. I needed to add an additional layer that was air-impermeable.The best time to do that work is now. After I frame the interior walls it will be nearly impossible to caulk the spaces where they connect to the exteriors.I also will be using a continuous layer of drywall to control air movement. This means that the drywall will slide in behind the wall framing for the interior partitions, resulting in fewer joints in the drywall and thus fewer opportunities for air infiltration (see Image #5 below). Drywall is installed later. For now, I cut small scrap pieces of 3/4-inch material and used them as spacers to ensure the gap was sufficient.I used standard framing instead of advanced framing for the interior walls since they don’t require any extra room for insulation. This meant spacing the studs at 16 inches on center instead of 24 inches, and capping the studs with a double top plate instead of a single. Additionally, I used 2x4s to frame most of the interior walls instead of 2x6s. (An exception is walls that house large drain lines and vent pipes.) RELATED ARTICLES The slab came out really well, but not perfectly. (This is my first solo build, after all!) There will be a few small areas of concrete that stick out a bit or don’t come out far enough (see Image #2 below). This is no problem at all structurally and visually it will be covered up by the siding, but in taking these measurements I was able to position the walls to minimize the problem as much as possible.The exterior walls will be framed with 2x6s. The first lines I snapped marked the inside edges of the bottom plates — 5 1/2 inches in from the edge. Once I had marked all the exterior walls, I grabbed the first sill plate from my pile of lumber and cut it down to 20 feet (most lumber yards give you an extra 1/2 inch or so). I lined it up on my line and marked out the anchor bolt locations, and then drilled them out. (Remember, the bolts were embedded in the concrete so just the top part stuck out) Then I set the bottom plate over the bolts and made sure it lined up just right. I repeated the procedure all the way around each wall until I had all four plates done.With the placement of the exterior walls now set, I was able to measure out the locations of the interior walls and snap those lines as well. It will be much easier to mark them now, and they will serve as a sort of map to where my interior walls will be going. The Pros and Cons of Advanced FramingGreen Encyclopedia: Energy-Efficient FramingStrategies and Details: Advanced Framing Drawing Fine Homebuilding Video: Framing an Advanced House Fine Homebuilding: Bring Advanced Framing to Your Job Site BLOGS BY MATT BATH Pouring the Slab Designing and Installing a Septic SystemFoundation FormworkAn Introduction Laying out the wallsI had to call a friend to help me carry the 32-foot-long laminated veneer lumber (LVL) top plate from the lumber pile over to the slab, and we set it on edge next to the bottom plate, which I had also turned on edge. I used some clamps to hold them together, perfectly lined up, and then used a tape measure to mark out the stud locations every 2 feet.I had ordered the studs precut so that saved me a lot of time. I just had to carry them from the lumber pile and then inspect and “crown” them. Lumber, being a product of nature, is never perfect. I set aside studs with significant bends or waves for later use. The straighter ones I will use now, but even the straighter ones have a bit of a curve or “crown” in them. I lined the crowns up all going in the same direction, which will make it easier to straighten them out later in the build.Once all the studs were laid out on my marks, it was just a matter of nailing them together. Building codes offer several different ways to satisfy nailing requirements, and the one I chose will be three 16d nails, top and bottom, to connect each stud to the top and bottom plates. I took my time and carefully aligned each stud to ensure that it didn’t stick out on either side. It is situations like these where even with my lack of experience I can guarantee I put together a better wall than 90% of the framing crews since they are focused on speed over quality.For the window openings, a larger piece of lumber must be used to carry the load around the opening to studs on either side. Again, building codes offer several ways to satisfy these header requirements, and for mine I chose a single 2×10. I will also be utilizing some metal hangers to carry the weight of the header instead of shorter studs called jack studs, although I did use jack studs for the entry door (see Image #3 below).Once all the lumber was nailed together, I unrolled some sill gasket and placed it on the slab where the wall would be anchored. I also nailed some long 2x4s to the top of the wall. As we raise the wall, these boards will swing out and brace it. The wall was very heavy but with a few friends we were able to get it airborne with ease. Once it was vertical, I staked down the bracing boards and then screwed the nuts down over large square washers on the anchor bolts. Using advanced framing techniquesTo an experienced framer, the work I have completed over the last couple of days would seem wrong. It is quite possible they would never have seen a house framed the way that I am framing mine. A few might even claim that I am violating building codes by not following “standard practice.”The fact is, I am utilizing a method of framing created in the 1970s in a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Association of Home Builders Research Foundation. It’s commonly called advanced framing. The goal was to reduce the amount of wood used in construction, not only to save the lumber, but more importantly, to create more space for insulation and save on energy use. All of these small changes work to ensure the house will be net-zero.In traditional framing you have a single sill plate at the bottom of the wall connected to a series of studs spaced 16 inches on center, which are then connected to two top plates sandwiched together (see Image #4 below). Even more studs are used to anchor interior walls to the exterior. All of the wood used are 2x4s, leaving a stud cavity 3 1/2 inches deep for insulation.In advanced framing, on the other hand, only a single top plate is used, studs are spaced 24 inches on center and metal hangers are used instead of jack studs. On gable end walls, no headers are needed at all. “Ladder framing” is used to anchor interior partition walls, and 2×6 lumber is used instead of 2x4s, leaving 5 1/2 inches for insulation.The advanced framing system is cheaper because it uses 5% to 10% less lumber, and it is faster because it uses 30% fewer boards (although they are a bit bigger and heavier). More important, every single year more money is saved on energy costs because more insulation can be used.Okay, so what’s the catch? If advanced framing was added to the building code over 40 years ago, is cheaper and faster, and reduces energy bills every single month, then why isn’t it standard operating procedure for builders? How could I possibly be telling you that most builders don’t even know about it?Most houses are built by a massive team of contractors who under normal circumstances communicate very little with each other, if at all. These tradesman are managed by a general contractor who uses building plans that were probably drawn up by an architect and edited by an engineer.The changes in advanced framing may seem small, but they ripple right on down the line and affect every single person that works on the house. As contractors are paid by the job and not by the hour, they aren’t too keen on taking time to learn this new technique. The fewer that learn it, the fewer that are available to teach it, and the cycle continues…As I’m building solo, I have none of these issues. I designed the house myself from the very beginning with advanced framing in mind. Thanks to my mentor, who introduced me to advanced framing, I’ve never built any other way. I’m saving time, money, and materials. If you really want to save sustainably, advanced framing is the way to go. After spending the weekend spraying the new slab down with water every hour or so, I was finally ready to get the walls up. The process of “wet curing” concrete for three to seven days can add up to 50% in strength because it prevents the water inside the concrete from evaporating. While many contractors begin framing the house the day after the concrete is poured, without experiencing any problems, I played it safe and waited until the third day to get going.The first step was to snap lines on the slab where the walls would go. This will help keep the bottoms of the walls straight and square to each other. I took several measurements of the concrete, including the diagonal measurements from corner to corner, to decide where to start.
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Dan Cohen AUTHOR It still is possible for Congress to pass both fiscal 2017 spending bills that allocate funding for DOD programs before the end of the fiscal year, but with the window fast closing for lawmakers to complete their work, the Pentagon may be forced to operate under a continuing resolution (CR) starting Oct. 1.The military construction-veterans affairs title is the only spending measure that has cleared both chambers and advanced to a conference committee. But after the House approved the compromise version on a party-line vote, the Senate last week blocked the conference agreement from advancing over Democratic opposition to the portion of the legislation providing emergency funding to address the Zika virus.So far, Senate Democrats have indicated they are not prepared to accept the spending package due to its inadequate level of funding to combat Zika, the spending cuts Republicans used to offset the Zika money and policy provisions they deemed “poison pills.”The Senate possibly could consider and approve the defense spending bill before Congress adjourns July 15 for a seven-week recess. If so, there could be time for the two chambers to reconcile their differences before Oct. 1; the House passed its defense spending bill June 16.Still, to avert a government shutdown, Congress may need to resort to a CR for one or both defense bills, and most of the other spending titles as well. At this point, GOP leaders have not addressed how long a stopgap would last. Some Republicans — and many Democrats — hope to pass a short-term stopgap giving lawmakers until December to craft a year-end omnibus that could be passed during a lame-duck session, reported CQ Roll Call.Other Republicans, though, want a CR to last until next spring to allow the new president an opportunity to weigh in on FY 2017 spending. Another possibility is passing a full-year CR and avoiding any more spending decisions for FY 2017.