Officials soft-pedal cop threat

first_img“It’s not that we’re just losing officers who are assigned to these duties, it’s that we’re losing all the knowledge they have built up over the years that make them effective. “And, this couldn’t have come at a worse time when we are trying to crack down on gangs.” The Police Commission is scheduled to discuss the issue Tuesday, but Villaraigosa has asked for a delay so he can try to resolve the dispute. Bratton said the city is still negotiating with the PPL. “What I would encourage is for everyone to calm down for the time being,” he said. “The sky is not falling. The end of the world is not here. We still have time to work this out and resolve it.” Even if gang officers refuse to fill out the forms, the LAPD would have three months to implement the requirement, Bratton noted. “That is so far down the road of my focus right now,” he said. “The mayor’s focus right now is to see if we can’t find some common ground that the union, the department, the city, the monitor and the judge can all stand on.” The consent decree was developed in response to the scandal at the Rampart Division, where gang officers were accused – and several were convicted – of framing and assaulting gang members. Part of the decree included a provision that gang and narcotics officers provide financial disclosure forms so their supervisors could tell if they were illegally profiting from police work. Bratton and the city will be discussing the issue next week, when federal monitors arrive for their monthly progress report. The PPL’s Baker said the requirement would apply to disclosure of any holdings of an officer’s spouse and could even include information on their children or grandchildren. “We just think it goes too far,” he said. “We support random audits of police officers and other disclosure requirements, but this is going too far.” City officials had hoped to hit a June deadline for compliance with the federal consent decree to have it lifted in two years. They figured the biggest obstacle was implementing the TEAMS II computer system, which is designed to track officer conduct early on to prevent corruption. The system is expected to be fully phased in next month. The dispute comes at a challenging time for Villaraigosa, who recently unveiled a crackdown on gang violence, which soared 44 percent in the San Fernando Valley last year. City Councilman Jack Weiss, who chairs the council’s Public Safety Committee, said he favors moving slowly on the issue. “This calls for a measured response and not a mad rush,” Weiss said. “In my five and a half years on the council, this has been the most challenging aspect of the consent decree, and I think we need to move carefully to serve public safety and the cause of justice.” However, Councilman Bernard Parks, who was police chief when the consent decree was adopted over his objections, defended the requirement. “We should not give in to the tantrums of a union that is spreading fear among its members,” said Parks, who clashed frequently with the PPL. “I don’t think we can lose sight of the fact that this was agreed to by the City Council and mayor at the time, the Police Commission and a board of rights. “It was put into place to instill public confidence that we have an honest police force. “It is the union that is going to make it more difficult for us to get out from under this consent decree if they pursue this course.” And Parks added that he believes Baker’s concerns about officer privacy are misplaced. “There’s never been a case where private information about officers has gotten out,” Parks said. “They are just creating this folklore of potential problems to justify what they do.” Officials with Kroll Associates, appointed by the courts to oversee the implementation of the consent decree, did not return calls for comment Friday. Meanwhile, Zine hopes the latest conflict doesn’t affect the department’s fight against gangs. After Rampart, the city disbanded the gang units, leading to an upsurge in violence, he said. “We had complete chaos and that’s why we have so many gang problems now,” he said. “We don’t want to see that repeated.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Feess has already refused the PPL’s request to lift the requirement. The PPL has taken a stance against the requirement and encouraged officers to transfer to other positions rather than release information about their finances. “First of all, none of this is protected information,” said PPL President Bob Baker. “If an officer fills it out, it becomes part of their record and can be subpoenaed in court. “I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want some gang member having access to my bank account or Social Security number.” Councilman Dennis Zine, a retired Los Angeles Police Department sergeant who formerly headed the PPL, called the dispute “serious stuff.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sympathized Friday with anti-gang officers who’ve refused to disclose their personal finances as mandated by a federal decree, and said he and LAPD Chief William Bratton are trying to work out a compromise. City leaders are negotiating with the Police Protective League over a requirement that the 600 officers assigned to LAPD gang and narcotics units disclose their personal finances as part of an effort to detect corruption. “This requirement is very difficult because … no other police department in the United States of America is required to fill out financial disclosures when they work with gangs at this level,” Villaraigosa said. “I understand why our officers – in a city where we haven’t had corruption on a scale and scope that other cities have – why they would be reticent to sign these financial disclosures.” In trying to avoid a showdown with gang officers, the city asked U.S. District Judge Gary Feess – who oversees the decree – to consider a plan that would instead allow random audits of gang-unit officers. last_img read more

BC tourism numbers up but local down

first_imgThat’s CKNW business analyst Robert Levy talking about the reasons why new numbers from the province confirm, more than 2.3 million people took an overnight trip to BC in the first half of this year.In addition to the low dollar, he argues the banner year for cross-province tourism growth, up more than 12% from 2015, has also been driven by increased air access and is a key reason why BC’s economy is humming.- Advertisement -Again we note the BC economy is expected to lead the country in economic growth this year and next, and tourism is seen as one of the keys, with the Province now annually investing more than $98 million into the sector.This year’s six month visitation numbers show Mexico jumped nearly 40%,  while tourism from China grew by 22%, and the US by 12%.In addition, more than 600,000 international visitors came to BC in June alone, an increase of 8.6% over the total for June of last year.In this case, China was the runaway leader, among the list of vacationer’s country of origin, with an increase of 48.8%, and Mexico was next at 40.2%.Advertisement Four other countries recorded double digit hikes, all near 20%, and they were Japan, South Korea, India and Australia.The increasing number of international visitors has now become a well-entrenched trend in B-C with the four point nine million coming last year, representing an increase of eight percent over 2014.However, the Fort St. John Information Centre numbers for this year do not follow that trend, and are actually down slightly for each of the first seven months.The 2016 January through July total was 6047, as compared to 68111 in 2015, when the 12 month total was 11,985.Advertisementlast_img read more

Balotelli scores as Mancini starts Italy reign with a win

first_imgMade the scapegoat for Italy’s first-round exit from the 2014 World Cup, Balotelli’s four-year Azzurri hiatus ended when he was recalled by Mancini, appointed six months after Italy’s shock failure to qualify for Russia following a playoff defeat to Sweden.It took the 27-year-old Nice striker just 21 minutes to get on the scoreboard with his first goal for Italy since netting the winner against England at the 2014 World Cup.Substitute Andrea Belotti added a second midway through the second half before Yahya Al-Shehri pulled one back for the Saudis following Italian defensive blunders.“I’m satisfied with the first half-performance. The difficulties of the second half were down to tiredness due to the extra fitness training we’ve been doing over the last few days,” said Mancini.“Saudi Arabia are approaching peak form because they are going to the World Cup. I wasn’t angry about the goal we conceded. I thought it was down to fatigue.”Mancini said Balotelli’s performance was “pretty good”.“Balotelli can do better, much better, but I thought he did pretty good in the first half. He scored a goal, which is important for a striker, but of course he can do more.”Italy have dropped to their lowest ever world ranking of 20th, but were in control against the 67th-ranked Saudis.Mancini opted for a 4-3-3 formation with Gianluigi Donnarumma in goal and Sassuolo winger Matteo Politano handed his full debut.Balotelli came out firing early with the Nice striker heading just wide off a Leonardo Bonucci cross.He finally found a way through with a low drive under the outstretched arms of Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais for his 14th goal in 34 appearances.Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne nearly added a second minutes later after picking up a pin perfect cross but defender Yasir Al Shahrani blocked.An Alessio Romagnoli bicycle kick flew just wide with Domenico Criscito rattling the the crossbar.– ‘Open wound’ –Both Mancini and Saudi coach Juan Antonio Pizzi made substitutions in the second half with Balotelli making way for Belotti after 58 minutes.Italy’s head coach Roberto Mancini (R) looks on next to Italy’s forward Andrea Belotti during the friendly football match between Italy and Saudi Arabia at Kybunpark stadium in St Gallen on May 28, 2018. © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIAnd the 24-year-old Torino striker scored the second when he turned in a rebound ten minutes later.Al-Shehri pulled Saudi Arabia back into the game four minutes later taking advantage of defensive error by Davide Zappacosta.Leganes winger Al-Shehri picked up a Salem Al Dawsari flick and fired past the outrushing Donnarumma into an empty net.After Donnarumma denied Fahad Al Muwallad a late equaliser Italy held on for their first win since their 1-0 World Cup qualifier away to Albania on October 9, which was followed by two draws and two defeats.“In the second half we held our own against one of the best teams in the world,” said Saudi coach Pizzi. “Although they are not in the World Cup, they have a great coach, an unparalleled history.”Belotti added: “The failure to reach the World Cup is something that continues to hurt, it’s an open wound.“We must start again and build our self-confidence, which I think is what we saw tonight.”Italy play two more friendlies, against France on June 1 in Nice and the Netherlands on June 4 in Turin.The Saudis play two more warm-up games, against Peru on June 3 and Germany on June 8 before kicking off their World Cup campaign.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Italy’s forward Mario Balotelli (L) celebrates with Italy’s forward Lorenzo Insigne after scoring his team’s first goal during the friendly football match between Italy and Saudi Arabia at Kybunpark stadium in St Gallen on May 28, 2018. © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIST. GALLEN, Switzerland, May 29 – Mario Balotelli got new Italy coach Roberto Mancini off to a winning start by scoring the opener in a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in a pre-World Cup friendly in Saint Gallen on Monday.Saudi Arabia face hosts Russia in the opening match of the tournament on June 14 while four-time champions Italy stay home following their failure to qualify for the first time in 60 years.last_img read more

‘A perfect match for Arsenal’ – The Gunners’ next super star according to the experts

first_img1 One man’s name has dominated the headlines in recent days; Danny Welbeck.The striker’s surprising £16million deadline day move from Manchester United to Arsenal has had the football world fiercely debating whether the Red Devils have made a mistake in letting the 23-year-old go.Former United coach Rene Meulensteen refuted Louis van Gaal’s claims Welbeck was not good enough to play at Old Trafford, and told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show the Gunners star will prove the Dutch manager wrong for selling him.So what will Welbeck be: an Arsenal star or will Van Gaal’s criticism ring true? talkSPORT’s Expert Eye takes a look at what those who know the striker best have said about him.Welbeck was here for three seasons and had his chance but did not have the same record as Van Persie or Rooney so we let him go. That is the standard we expect at Manchester United. And this is why we signed Falcao – Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal reveals the reasons behind selling the striker to Arsenal. Danny is a perfect match for Arsenal. He is such a versatile player. He is very good in short, creative, combination play, showing for the ball, passing and moving, picking up different positions. At the same time he has the pace and power to break away if they break from their own half– Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen pays tribute to Welbeck on talkSPORT and believes the striker will prove Van Gaal wrong.I can’t work it out [why Manchester United sold Welbeck]. There’s been right-backs and left-backs galore who have been bought for £15million this summer. How have they got him for £16million?– Manchester United legend Gary Neville tells talkSPORT he cannot understand United’s reason for selling and believes Arsenal have got a bargain in Welbeck.Last year he had 12 goals, this year he’s only got two, so that’s a big drop. But that drop doesn’t concern us because he still applies himself really well and still looks to score, still looks to get a chance and with that kind of courage he will eventually become a regular goalscorer. I think he will find his role through the middle once he gets that maturity and gets into a more consistent way of scoring – Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson in May 2013 looks back on Welbeck’s season and backs him to be a success at Old Trafford.I am a massive fan. People were looking at him when we signed Van Persie saying ‘where is his position, where is he going to fit in?’ But he showed he is still a major part of it. We have got so much strength, but he has been terrific, and he was terrific again on Friday against San Marino. If he keeps performing like that he is only going to get better– Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick back in October 2012 after Welbeck’s bright start domestically and internationally.“We had a word with Welbeck about a month ago and we said that he needs to be the last off the training field. Wayne’s out there practising his finishing each day… (and) I said: ‘Danny, you need to be out there every day finishing, even if it’s 15 minutes at the end’– Former Manchester United boss David Moyes criticises the striker’s attitude to training in December 2013. New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck last_img read more

Will Messi quit the international stage after Argentina pain?

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi’s World Cup dream in Russia is over © AFP / SAEED KHANSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 30 – Four France goals ended Lionel Messi’s fourth World Cup on Saturday and may have brought down the curtain on an international career seemingly destined to end in disappointment.Tens of thousands of Argentines poured into Kazan hoping to see Messi carry an ageing side over one more hurdle after his solitary goal in Russia helped avoid an embarrassing group-stage exit against Nigeria. He played his part with two assists in a World Cup classic in the last-16 tie but it was not enough to save Argentina’s fragile defence from the firepower of France and, in particular, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe in a 4-3 defeat.“It will depend how we do, how it ends,” Messi said before heading to Russia on whether he would continue on the international stage after the World Cup.The last 16 is the earliest he has exited the competition.Having turned 31 earlier in the tournament, it looks increasingly like defeat in the final four years ago is as close as he will come to matching Diego Maradona’s feat of leading Argentina to glory in 1986.For all his heroics at club level with Barcelona, Messi — who left his homeland for the Catalan capital aged just 13 — is still looked upon unfavourably when set against Maradona by many in Argentina, who compare their records at international level.Lionel Messi’s Argentina exited the World Cup in Russia against France © AFP / Roman KruchininAfter the 2014 defeat to Germany in Brazil, there was more heartbreak on penalties in the final of the 2015 Copa America and the 2016 Copa America Centenario, both times at the hands of Chile.Messi missed his spot-kick in the 2016 final, prompting an uncharacteristic spur-of-the-moment decision to retire from international football.“The fact we’ve lost three finals led to some complicated moments with the Argentine press due to the differences in seeing what it means to reach a final,” Messi told Barcelona-based newspaper Sport.“It is not easy and has to be appreciated. It’s true that winning them is important, but getting there is not easy.”– Messi reverses retirement –That became obvious as, even after Messi quickly reversed his retirement from international football, Argentina struggled to even make it to Russia.Messi missed eight qualifying matches through injury and suspension, of which Argentina won only one.Trailing 1-0 to Ecuador in their final qualifier, the two-time world champions were on course to miss out on the World Cup for the first time since 1970 until Messi stepped up to score a hat-trick at altitude in Quito.Lionel Messi’s international record does not match his glittering club career with Barcelona © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMessi’s heroics that night could not cover over the cracks appearing on the field, nor his frustration with a chaotic federation off it.Messi publicly described the Argentine federation as “a disaster” due to logistical problems suffered by the team during the 2016 Copa America.Argentina’s preparations for Russia were disrupted when their final warm-up friendly against Israel was cancelled over security fears after the venue of the game was switched to Jerusalem.The fallout from the defeat to France has already begun, with Javier Mascherano the first of many players expected to retire from international football.“From now on I am just another fan,” said the 34-year-old.Messi would be 35 by the time the Qatar World Cup kicks off in 2022.“I think that this World Cup came just in time for us,” said Sergio Aguero, who has played alongside Messi at international level since they were teenagers.Now Messi must decide whether to prioritise the twilight of his career at club level with Barca by cutting down on regular transatlantic trips to serve his country.Or if he can summon up the energy for one last shot at glory in Argentina’s colours.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Seriously, put that stuff down while you’re driving

first_imgYour car is not a library. Don’t attach a book to the steering wheel and read while driving. The same thing goes for newspapers, advertising supplements or maps. The rule applies to contracts and food labels, too. Your car is not a locker room or bedroom. The latter two are where you change clothes. Don’t do it in the front seat of your car while driving down a public street. And please keep your body parts covered at all times while driving and at least one hand on the wheel. Your car is not a restaurant, although it can take you to one. After you hit the drive-through window, head home or to the office or some shady place for that nice snack. Don’t try to shove the burger, the fries and the onion rings in your mouth while balancing the beverage. You may end up hitting something and making a mess of your lunch. Ladies, your car is not a beauty salon, nor your bathroom mirror. That’s the place to put on makeup. Not at the intersection of Hawthorne and Artesia boulevards. Or any other intersection, for that matter. Those lighted visor mirrors? They are for makeup touchups – when you’ve arrived at your destination. Guys, your car is not a barber shop, hair salon or bathroom mirror. Shave at home. Trust me, you’ll do a better job. And if you must shave your head, please don’t do it while driving down a street. Your knees don’t have the control your hands do. Ever watch a car race? The yellow flag means caution because there is trouble on the track. Drivers get back up to speed when the green flag comes back out. So when you see a yellow light it doesn’t mean push the pedal to the metal. Yellow lights last about four seconds before they go red. Bust one of those and something very bad can happen. Sure, your car’s horn is a warning signal. But it’s not intended for you to sound the alarm that you are blasting through a red light and everybody else should get out of the way. Stop signs mean just that. It’s not OK to ignore them when making right turns. And I know that some have white borders. But that doesn’t mean that stopping is optional. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Gregory J. Wilcox STAFF WRITER The signal light finally changed to green. And nobody moved. Not the SUV in front of us nor what turned out to be a small white compact in front of it. Horns sounded. Gentle beeps at first, then harsher, more strident tones. “It’s California. Nobody goes on green anymore,” the wife said. I hate it when she’s right like that. At the next light the driver of that white compact, a young woman with a Bluetooth device jammed in her ear, flashed half of the peace sign to her agitated companions on the road. She was still engaged in an animated conversation and her hands were moving too fast to simply grab the steering wheel and drive. So here are some new road rules proposed after seeing more than a fair share of stupid moves while driving. And some things your car is not. Your car is not a phone booth. If you are going to get into a shouting match on the phone while driving, pull over to the curb to give whomever an earful. And keep the windows closed. last_img read more

Datebook

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card MONDAY: Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition will meet to discuss bike-riding opportunities throughout Santa Clarita, 6:15-7:30 p.m., Town Grind Coffee Cafe, 23414 Lyons Ave., Newhall. For more information, call (661) 670-0332. Granada Hills Neighborhood Council will meet, 6:30 p.m., Van Gogh Elementary, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. (818) 360-4346. Newhall Pajama Storytime for children, 6:30-7 p.m., Newhall Library, 22704 Ninth St., Newhall. (661) 259-0750. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. 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

A mini breakup

first_imgLEGISLATION to break up the Los Angeles Unified School District may be on life support in Sacramento, but the yearning for independence is alive and well within the district. In the southeast portion of the LAUSD, six small cities Bell, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, South Gate and Vernon are pushing for autonomy. They know better than to seek outright independence previous efforts at breakup have been quashed by the anti-education education establishment. So the cities have set their sights on something less ambitious: The power to name their own superintendent and have more say over budget and curriculum, but not the power to fire or hire teachers or interfere with labor deals. The vision falls short of the ideal of total independence, but it’s a big improvement over the status quo, which is to remain a cog in an enormous, bureaucratic machine. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has backed the effort, saying the LAUSD needs more local control. And it does, which is why breaking free from the behemoth would be good not just for six small cities in the southeast, but for all of the communities in the district. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want 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

Battered hero still state’s best hope

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There’s a scene in every Terminator movie where our cyborg protagonist seems to be, at last, finished. He’s just been engulfed in the flames of an exploding fuel truck, or his enemy has destroyed his power supply. This ruthless, utterly unstoppable machine has apparently been – stopped. Or has he? Incredibly, out of the roaring flames marches his titanium-alloy skeleton, its human flesh entirely burned off, ready to do battle once more. Or the red light behind his eye that had just grown dim suddenly reignites. Nothing can stop the Terminator. That’s the celluloid legend that made a governor out of Arnold Schwarzenegger, a man who brought very little in terms of qualifications, experience or even ideas to the 2003 recall election. His celebrity and his charisma, to be sure – but also the Hollywood-created myth that Arnold could do anything – drove millions of Californians to believe that this movie star could be the state’s savior. Only now the very same Californians who made the Terminator their governor seem poised, according to every major poll, to destroy him and his reform agenda. Barring a last-minute surge in public support, there seems little hope that our hero will escape defeat this time. Schwarzenegger now looks very vulnerable, after all. Reality is fast overtaking myth. And reality is that the public employee unions, which own the California Democratic Party and thus dominate Sacramento, are the only truly unstoppable force in state politics. For decades, they have stifled any effort to bring accountability, reform or hope to our chronically failing schools. They have locked the state into spending formulas and compensation packages that, if left unchecked, will bankrupt us sooner rather than later. They have accommodated a corrupt redistricting system that allows politicians to draw up their own self-serving political boundaries. Two years ago, voters elected Schwarzenegger on the unrealistic hope that he could change all this without partisan controversy. His moderate politics would enable him to do business with Sacramento’s Democratic power structure and craft bipartisan solutions to the state’s problems without stepping on anyone’s toes. His vast popularity alone would ensure cooperation. For a year or so, it seemed to work beautifully, in part because Sacramento Democrats feared him, in part because he demanded very little of them. Rather than pressing for major, comprehensive financial reforms, Schwarzenegger settled for heavy borrowing to stabilize the state budget, and he accepted a somewhat limited version of workers’ compensation reform. But when it came time for the serious business of overhauling the way the state spends money, there was suddenly little room for compromise. Government union bosses had grown accustomed to getting their way, regardless of the cost to the public, and they weren’t going to give that up without a fight. Conflict was inevitable, as Democratic leaders were more concerned about losing union funding than about losing the governor’s friendship. Meanwhile, the unions discovered that if media images and fables could make Schwarzenegger a governor, they could also make him a pariah. For the better part of a year, the unions have savaged him with vitriolic ad campaigns and shrill protests, and the strategy has worked. The governor’s reputation is now so tainted that his propositions fare worse in the polls because they’re associated with him. But what’s remarkable about the bitterness and intensity of the opposition to the propositions on the Nov. 8 ballot is that Schwarzenegger’s reforms are actually quite modest. In a failed attempt at achieving consensus, he and his supporters drastically scaled back their efforts from the more expansive reforms that could, and arguably should, be adopted. Thus, rather than eliminating the absurd practice of teacher tenure, Proposition 74 merely expands the probationary period before the people charged with educating our kids are granted lifetime job security. Instead of opening up most state jobs to nonunion workers, Proposition 75 only allows those who are forced to pay into unions to keep their money from being spent on political causes they don’t support. Far from placing a firm cap on state spending, Proposition 76 weakly ensures that it just can’t grow faster than state revenues. Even Proposition 77, which would take political redistricting out of the hands of lawmakers who have an obvious conflict of interest, is of no political advantage to Schwarzenegger’s party – which is why its leaders oppose it. Yet even these minor, albeit important, changes were too much for the unions to bear. Sacramento Democrats refused to broker a deal on the reform measures, preferring to slug it out in a special election instead. And the public-employee unions spent tens of millions to quash any change in the status quo. Nor has Schwarzenegger done much to help his cause. His staff bungled a pension-reform plan, inadvertently placing widows’ and orphans’ benefits in doubt. By weaseling out of a 2004 deal with the teachers’ union, he enraged his adversaries and squandered his credibility. And by diluting his reforms, he made his propositions seem less meaningful and less necessary. Still, for all his failings, Schwarzenegger remains California’s best hope for saving the state government from bankruptcy and from the institutionalized mediocrity of the union hacks who control it. But the voters who once bought, perhaps too easily, into the myth of Arnold the savior now risk succumbing to the myth of Arnold the bogeyman. Dashed hopes for a painless solution to the state’s woes have apparently given way to unwarranted anger and despair. Schwarzenegger is neither the hero of his film past nor the villain that protectors of the status quo make him out to be. He is, however, the main proponent of modest, sensible reforms in Sacramento. And if he goes down, California could well go with him. Chris Weinkopf is the Daily News’ editorial-page editor. Write to him by e-mail at chris.weinkopf@dailynews.com.last_img read more

AFCON U19: Cubs defeat Tanzania to go second in group A

first_img Tags: AFCON U17 2019Fabin Kwesitopuganda cubs The Cubs players celebrate one of the goals against Tanzania on Wednesday (FUFA Photos)2019 AFCON U17Uganda 3-0 TanzaniaNational Stadium, Dar es Salam Wednesday, 17-03-2019DAR ES SALAAM – The Uganda Cubs are very much in contention for a place in the last 4 of the 2019 AFCON finals thanks to a commanding victory over hosts Tanzania on Wednesday.Having lost the first game 1-0 to Angola, the Cubs who were without suspended left-back Ibrahim Juma ran out 3-0 winners at the National Stadium in Dar es Salam.Uganda’s goals were scored by Andrew Kawooya, Ivan Asaba and Najib Yiga.Kawooya opened the scoring with a 16th minute goal off a Rogers Mugisha assist.Mugisha assisted Asaba for the second on 28 minutes as the first half finished 2-0 in bold in favour of the Cubs.Yiga wrapped up the scoring on the evening for Uganda with a well drilled header, 14 minutes from time.During the game, the Cubs technical bench led by Ghanian-Fabin Kwesi, made three changes with Abdulwahid Iddi, Isma Mugulusi and John Alou replacing Rogers Mugisha, Andrew Kawooya and Ivan Asaba respectively.Uganda’s Ivan Asaba was named the Total man of the match.Uganda is now second in group A, three points behind leaders Nigeria who overcame Angola 1-0 in the other game played on Wednesday.The Cubs will now face Nigeria on Saturday, knowing that victory will see them through to both the semi finals and the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.On the same day and time, Angola will battle Tanzania.Team Line Ups:Uganda U-17 XI.Jack Komakech (G.K), Justine Opiro, Kevin Ssekimbegga, Gavin Kizito, Samson Kasozi, Rogers Mugisha (58? Abdulwahid Iddi ), Thomas Kakaire, Andrew Kawooya (62? Isma Mugulusi), Davis Ssekajja, Najib Yiga, Ivan Asaba (84? John Alou)Subs Not Used:Delton Oyo (G.K), Patrick Mubiru (G.K), James Jarieko, Edrine Mukisa Opaala, Innocent Opira, Polycarp Mwaka,Suspended: Ibrahim JumaTanzania XI:Shabani Hassan (G.K), Omary Omary, Arafat Swakali, , Alphonce Msanga, John Edmund, Kelvin John, Pascal Msindo, Ladaki Chasambi, Amiri Njeru, Esdon Mshirakandi (57’ Salumu Milinge), Morice Abraham (Captain)Subs:Ben Starkie, Mustapha Nankuku, Misungwi Chananja, William Dominic, Agiri Ngoda, Mwinyi Yahya (G.K), Zuberi Masudi (G.K)The AFCON U17 fixtures on Thursday:-Cameroon vs Morocco-Senegal vs GuineaComments last_img read more