Term limits keep lid on power play

first_imgIf 12 years are so vital for elected officials to gain the “necessary” experience, why extend legislative term limits but not statewide office limits? What makes 12 years vital for a legislator but eight years plenty for the attorney general or governor? Are legislators slower learners? Do the actions of the current legislative majority justify rewarding them with extended terms in office? Last session the state budget deficit was ignored. Real education reform was not on the agenda. The pending financial disaster of state and local government unfunded health care and pension commitments was disregarded. Redistricting reform was killed in a blatant show of political power. Someday the Legislature may seriously address the state’s major challenges. But until then, term limits are the only functioning check on incumbent power. Pete Schabarum and Lew Uhler co-authored Proposition 140 and co-chaired the Yes on Proposition 140 campaign.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An idea circulating in the Capitol – now a Senate bill – is to add an additional primary date in February 2008, ostensibly to make California a player in the presidential primaries. But the real purpose of the proposal is to provide a vehicle for an initiative extending terms to get on the ballot in time for Senate President Don Perata and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez – the Democrat legislative leaders – to stay in power a few more years. There is talk that a redistricting measure might be placed on the same 2008 ballot, but there is no assurance that any redistricting measure would be fair or would pass. We shouldn’t be lured into the web these currently term-limited legislators are weaving for their personal benefit. Term limits work to promote diversity in the Legislature. The 2006 growth in the African-American Caucus would not have occurred if the incumbents had not been removed by term limits. The massive growth in Latino representation from seven legislative seats in 1990 to 23 in 2000 would not have occurred without the twin powers of the court-drawn 1990s redistricting plan and term limits. And the number of women in the Legislature exploded when term limits took effect. Term limits work to promote competition. The current rules remove the incumbency advantage at least every eight years, and most legislators decline or fail to jump to the other house. Legislators’ zeal to extend their own careers only reinforces the voters’ belief in strict term limits. CALIFORNIA’S term limits work. That is a revolutionary idea in Sacramento these days, but the voters agree. Adopted in 1990 with 52 percent of the vote, recent surveys show that public support has increased since then: Between 65 percent and 70 percent of California voters now support the state’s term-limits laws. The efficacy of term limits is clear. Once the self-proclaimed “Ayatollah of the Assembly” Willie Brown was termed out of office, no successor has seized equivalent power. Yet despite the strong voter support for term limits, most legislators can’t wait to extend their terms. The irony is that the complaining legislators wouldn’t even be in Sacramento but for the fact that term limits opened up the very seats they now occupy. last_img read more

Vipers strike late to overcome resilient Ndejje in League opener

first_img Tags: ndejje universitytopvipers The Vipers team that started against Ndejje on Friday (Phot0 by Shaban Lubega)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueVipers SC 1-0 Ndejje University St. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeFriday, 28-09-2018Defending league champions Vipers SC required a stoppage time goal to take care of newly promoted Ndejje University in their league opener at Kitende.Substitute Davis Kasirye was the hero on the day, scoring in the 91st minutes to hand Mexican tactician Javier Martinez Espinosa a debut win.Vipers took the game to Ndejje from the on-set as Bashir Asiku sent in a low cross which was spilt by Ndejje custodian Derrick Emikole but last season’s top scorer Daniel Sserunkuma could not capitalize as he shot high rebound straight at the keeper.In the third minute, Noel Nasasira sent a deep cross into Viper’s penalty area and after a scramble, Anwar Ntege shot straight at Fabian Mutombore in the Venom’s goal.Ndejje continued growing into the game, and Sam Matovu who looked calm in possession tried his luck from distance only to see his fierce drive saved comfortably by Mutombora.Seconds later, Vipers want on the offensive at the other end. Tito Okello sent a low cross into the area and again Emikole spilt it but Richard Sekubomba saved his blushes as the defender deflected Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye’s goal bound rebound out for a corner off the left hand post. From the resultant corner, Dickens Okwir headed wide Aggrey Madoi’s pin-point cross.Minutes later, the Venoms were at it again, this time it was Asiku who shot venomously at Emikole who pureed the ball out for a corner.The first booking of the game and season went to Ndejje’s Isa Mubiru for a clumsy foul on Tito with 26 minutes played.Vipers’ Tito Okello (left) in action against Nyamityobora on Friday (photo by Shaban lubega)Just after the half hour mark, Moses Waiswa raced down the pitch and tried to lobe Emikole from distance but the custodian saved comfortably. Waiswa’s teammates Dan Sserunkuma and Okwir were left furious as they had caught Ndejje naping and had the midfielder decided to play either of them in, he would be one on one with Emikole.With four minutes to play in the first half, Anwar who had sustained an injury after following Venom’s captain-Tadeo Lwanga’s challenge earlier in the half, was taken off and replaced by Dickens Kilema.The game picked more life towards the and of half time. Matovu ran through on the Vipers goal and crossed low but Isaac Mayanja failed to connect with the ball on the turn.At the other end, Waiswa sent in a delicious cross but Sserunkuma and Zaga somehow failed to connect as it went out for a goal kick.At the stroke of half time, Waiswa and Zaga played several short passes to one another but the former could only look on as his fierce drive went inches wide of the target.In stoppage time, Sserunkuma had the best chance of the first but failed to find the back of the net as he tapped weakly a Tito cross while standing inches away from the goal line.Following a 20 minute delay at half time as Ndejje coach Raymond Komakech had failed to produce his licence, the match resumed and Martinez brought on Duncan Sseninde in place of the in effective Dickson Okwir.Ndejje who had spent almost the first five minutes of the second half socking up pressure finally tested Mutombora following a long throw by Mwima Abdallah but Kilama’s header could not beat the Congolese custodian.The second booking of the game was shown to Bernard Katetemera who fouled Waiswa as the Vipers midfielder tried to build an attack from the centre circle.Dan Sserunkuma who looked a shadow of the player who won last season’s top scorer’s gong had a chance to put Vipers ahead on 64 minutes but his header off Madoi’s cross was saved low by Emikole.With Vipers searching for a goal, they made another substitution three minutes later. New signing Davis Kasirye came on for Zaga.The lanky striker found himself un marked in the box with 17 minutes of the game to play but headed Asiku’s cross straight at Emikole.With time running out, Ndejje resorted to time-wasting tactics and Mwima was booked for delaying a restart.Emikole in the Ndejjje goal who seemed unbeatable all day was at it again with eight minutes to play when he saved Tito’s low shot from inside the area after Vipers had passed their way through the University side’s back-line.When Kasirye again headed straight at Emikole with two minutes to play, the St. Mary’s stadium went into silence as many seemed to be resigned to taking only a point from the game.However, the striker had other ideas and in the first minute of added on time, the former SC Villa player made amends for his earlier misses, tapping in a Tito low cross from the right to give the home side a priceless lead.It was heart break for Ndejje but three vital points on the side of Vipers who start their league title defence on a high.The other league games played on Friday:-KCCA FC 2-1 Tooro United-Kirinya JSS 2-2 SC Villa-URA 2-0 Paidah Black Angles-Bright Stars 3-1 Maroons-Onduparaka 2-0 Nyamityobora-Mbarara City *-* Express (PP)Comments last_img read more

Facebook Stops Harshing On Hashtags

first_imgTags:#Facebook#now#social media#twitter Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This has been reported since March, but the official rollout is apparently happening soon. Twitter’s use of hashtags has made the social media channel a popular medium for real-time conversation surrounding events both positive and negative, like the Oscars or the Boston Marathon bombings. Facebook’s inclusion of hashtags is one more way to tap into that real-time chatter and hopefully drive in more eyeballs for ads. It was a long time in coming, but today Facebook made it official: hashtags, the popular tagging tool from Twitter, are coming to Facebook. From ABC News:Over the next few weeks all Facebook users will be able to include a hashtagged phrase, like #royalbaby or #puppies, in their posts and then watch it become clickable. When a hashtag is included in a post, clicking on it will pop out a feed that aggregates others posts that have been tagged with the same phrase. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… readwrite 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

CoA forms four-member panel to decide on Ravi Shastri’s salary

first_imgThe Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Saturday formed a four-member panel, which includes acting Board president CK Khanna and CEO Rahul Johri, to decide on the remuneration of newly-appointed head coach Ravi Shastri and other members of the support staff.CoA member Diana Edulji and BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary are the other members of the Committee which will meet on July 19. This was decided after a CoA meeting on Saturday. WATCH FULL VIDEOReceived communication that 4-member committee formed with Rahul Johri as convener.1st meeting on 18th in Mumbai:CK Khanna, BCCI Acting Pres pic.twitter.com/VLPsRk4nEI- ANI (@ANI_news) July 15, 2017For further coaches&others, must hv discussion with Ravi Shastri. Then we set up a committee of Diana,Acting Pres,Secy&CEO as Convener:V Rai pic.twitter.com/edD7AefvdI- ANI (@ANI_news) July 15, 2017Recommendation has been made which COA has to act upon which will be done in consultation with head coach: V Rai on Rahul Dravid&Zaheer Khan- ANI (@ANI_news) July 15, 2017The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) had named Shastri as head coach while Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan were appointed batting and bowling consultants respectively for specific overseas tours.The new committee will reach out to CoA with its recommendations on July 22.Since the Indian cricket team is leaving for a tour of Sri Lanka on July 19, it is not clear if Zaheer and Dravid will travel with the team.India will play the first Test against Sri Lanka on July 26.advertisementlast_img read more

HHI Seeks Regulatory Approval in Japan for DSME Takeover

first_imgzoomSource: Wikimedia – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Wei-Te Wong South Korean shipbuilding group Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has commenced the process to obtain regulatory approval in Japan for its acquisition of compatriot Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). HHI is working on submitting a regulatory approval application to Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), a Tokyo-based government agency regulating economic competition, Yonhap News Agency reported.In March this year, HHI signed a formal contract to proceed with the takeover of its smaller rival DSME. The deal was inked with Korean state lender Korea Development Bank (KDB), the majority shareholder in DSME owning a 55.7 percent stake in the company.Under the deal, KDB would sell its DSME stake, that has an estimated value of KRW 2.16 trillion (USD 1.85 billion), to HHI. The bank would transfer its DSME common stock to HHI and buy KRW 1.5 trillion worth of HHI stocks. Additionally, the bank would consider providing KRW 1 trillion as a financial boost to DSME.HHI earlier said that the main prerequisite for the realization of the transaction is the receipt of all government licenses and permits as well as the approval of business combination by domestic and foreign regulatory authorities.Two months ago, HHI officially launched the process to gain the necessary approvals for its DSME takeover. The shipbuilder has so far submitted requests to antitrust regulators in South Korea, China, Kazakhstan and is in the process of submitting the application to the European Union.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

The Blue Jays Are Getting Hot But It May Already Be Too

The biggest April-to-May OPS increases since 2002 2Chase AndersonBrewers11878-40 Less than a month into the season, the Toronto Blue Jays seemed as good as dead. Toronto had 17 losses against only six victories (the worst record in baseball), was getting outscored by 1.1 runs per game and found itself threatening franchise records for April offensive futility. The Jays had enjoyed a handful of good seasons in recent years, but with such putrid stats — and the second-oldest roster in baseball — the party appeared to be coming to an ugly, abrupt conclusion.Then, just like that, the Jays started winning ballgames again. It started with two straight victories to close out April, followed by a .500 record in the first week of May. (Baby steps!) Then they got legitimately hot: Seven wins in an eight-game span as the month neared its midway point. And, after another brief mid-month hiccup (losing five of six), eight wins over the final nine games of May. Toronto was hitting again, pitching pretty well and clawing its way back into an absurdly stacked division race.Baseball can be a strange sport in that way, with hot and cold streaks coming and going without warning. So when a team has such a mercurial start to a season, how do we know which version is the genuine article? Toronto is hoping it’s the one from May, and history has good news — that’s more likely than it being the awful edition that showed up in April. But even so, one poor month may have buried the Jays in too deep a hole to escape.It’s hard to be much colder than Toronto’s hitters were in April. Out of the 480 MLB team-seasons since 2002,1The earliest season of monthly splits in FanGraphs’ splits leaderboard tool. the Blue Jays’ .645 April on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) ranked 30th worst; it also represented the seventh-biggest April dip from a team’s previous full-season OPS, down 110 points as it was from Toronto’s .755 OPS showing at the plate in 2016. Although perennial-MVP-candidate third baseman Josh Donaldson was in and out of the lineup with a leg injury, his absence wasn’t the only explanation for Toronto’s struggles. Starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit poorly when healthy,2Only adding to his disappointing record since donning a Jays uniform two years ago. aging sluggers Jose Bautista and Kendrys Morales looked well past their primes and second baseman Devon Travis was the worst regular batter in baseball.The Jays’ improvement at the plate in May was even more remarkable than their April slump. Since 2002, only two teams — the 2015 Texas Rangers and 2003 Detroit Tigers — improved their OPS as much from May to April as this year’s Jays did.3For all the good it did those Tigers; they still finished with 43 wins, the second-fewest of any team in the 162-game era. And it was their worst hitters from April who caught fire most when the calendar flipped: Bautista’s OPS leapt from .554 to 1.055, Morales’s from .667 to .930 and, most remarkably, Travis’s from .388 to 1.019 (!). Only the surging Houston Astros had a better month at the plate than Toronto did in May. 14Michael FulmerTigers8869-19 22003Tigers.512.688+.177 52010Reds.713.873+.161 5James PaxtonMariners6734-33 42007Tigers.727.888+.161 The most improved pitchers of 2017 62004Yankees.723.877+.153 82002Angels.684.836+.152 15Ivan NovaPirates✓9678-18 YEARTEAMAPRILMAYDIFFERENCE 102012Phillies.640.776+.136 Source: FanGraphs 12Sonny GrayAthletics11291-21 8Josh TomlinIndians11488-26 ON-BASE PLUS SLUGGING AVERAGE 10Jeff SamardzijaGiants9873-25 9Zack GreinkeDiamondbacks9974-25 32017Blue Jays.645.809+.164 3Taijuan WalkerDiamondbacks✓12081-39 Nelson was awful last season, but he’s striking out more than two extra batters per nine innings this year — and walking two fewer — in part by ditching his lousy sinker. For his part, Anderson was nearly as bad as Nelson last year; his 2017 tonic has been a drastic reduction in homers allowed, from 1.7 per 9 to 0.7.Needless to say, neither is likely to be so lights-out going forward. But of the two, Nelson seems more likely to hold on to his gains (he has the better peripherals and is allowing softer contact). And for now, the Brewers have two of the best pitchers in baseball — completely out of the blue. It’s one of the biggest reasons why the Brew Crew are above .500 and a game up on the Cubs for the top slot in the NL Central, after being projected in preseason for a fourth-place finish. Just call them the anti-Mets.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 72005Pirates.650.803+.153 92004Expos.552.691+.139 12015Rangers.611.797+.186 1Jimmy NelsonBrewers11970-49 6Luis PerdomoPadres11891-27 11Dallas KeuchelAstros9271-21 Includes pitchers with a minimum 100 innings per 162 team games in both seasons. Stats for 2017 through June 5.Source: FanGraphs 13Sean ManaeaAthletics9877-21 7Chris ArcherRays9266-26 When a previously solid hitting team (such as the Blue Jays, whose 2016 OPS was 1 percent better than average) suffers a poor April and bounces back in May, they usually deserve the benefit of the doubt. In a regression predicting each team’s rest-of-season performance based on its OPS in the first two months and its OPS the previous year4Again, using data since 2002., April is the least predictive. Performance in May and the previous year combined to carry about three times as much relative importance5According to the “lmg” (Lindeman, Merenda and Gold) function in R’s “relaimpo” package.. Also of particular note for an elderly roster such as the Toronto’s: Age was not significant in the prediction after controlling for a team’s various OPS splits.This isn’t to say a poor April means nothing. The Jays’ projected rest-of-season OPS would be 14 points higher if they’d hit in April like they did in 2016 as a whole. (That’s the difference between having the fifth-best offense in MLB and merely the 10th best.) But in conjunction with the lineup’s May recovery, it was more a blip on the radar than a sign of impending collapse.Now for the bad news, Toronto. A poor April record can sink a team’s playoff chances, even if it doesn’t represent their true talent level. Since MLB added the extra wild card in 2012, the worst April record by an eventual postseason team was 7-14 (.333), by the 2015 Texas Rangers. By comparison, Toronto’s April record was a full game worse, at 8-17 (.320). Of course, some of that is chalked up to the fact that teams with playoff-caliber talent don’t tend to suffer such rough starts, but it also speaks to the challenge posed by falling so far down the standings, so quickly. Even if every game were a coin-flip from May onward, the Jays’ April record dropped their playoff odds from 33 percent in preseason to 10 percent after one month.They’ve since risen to 21 percent under “coin flip mode” — or higher, if you account for the talent on Toronto’s roster. But any way you cut it, a team that boasts one of baseball’s top 10 or so most talented rosters will probably find itself outside the playoffs at season’s end. And if that does happen, they can look back and blame it the extra month of spring training that Toronto decided to take in 2017.Milwaukee’s dynamic duoEarlier this week, we detailed the horror show in Queens, formerly known as the Mets’ pitching staff. The Mets entered the season with several pitchers who they thought were aces, only to see a historic decline in 2017. The Milwaukee Brewers are enjoying the opposite scenario: Several pitchers who looked like liabilities before the season have transformed into elite starters (for now).Specifically, each of the two hurlers who’ve reduced their fielding independent pitching (FIP)6Relative to the league, so using FIP-. most between 2016 and ’17 wear Milwaukee uniforms: Jimmy Nelson and Chase Anderson. (These numbers are through the games of June 5; Nelson and Anderson have both made — and won — starts since.) PITCHERTEAMNEW TEAM?20162017DIFF. FIELDING INDEPENDENT PITCHING MINUS 4Chris SaleRed Sox✓7943-36 read more

Kovac demands more goals from Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich boss Niko Kovac reckons that the side haven’t been clinical enough in front of goal, despite their three-game winning runThe Bavarians have overcome a run of four games without a victory following recent wins over VfL Wolfsburg, AEK Athens and Mainz 05.While the pressure has reduced significantly for new coach Kovac, he refuses to take his eye off the ball ahead of Tuesday’s DFB-Pokal clash with fourth-tier side Rodinghausen.“We are back on track, but we also want to win the next games,” said Kovac on FourFourTwo.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“I saw a lot of good things over the weekend. But, we have to score more goals.“In the games [at the start of the season], every shot was a goal, it’s not like that anymore. The last three games we have brought a concentrated performance.”The Croatian also insisted that 18-time DFB-Pokal winners Bayern will not take Rodinghausen lightly.James Rodriguez, Jerome Boateng, Arjen Robben and Sven Ulreich are all expected to be absent, while Leon Goretzka and Mats Hummels could feature.last_img read more

One hospitalized after shooting near Dave and Busters

first_img Updated: 11:03 PM September 16, 2018 One hospitalized after shooting near Dave and Buster’s , Posted: September 16, 2018 MISSION VALLEY (KUSI) — One person was wounded Sunday evening in a shooting near the Dave and Buster’s in Mission Valley.The shooting occurred just after 8:30 p.m. near the Dave and Buster’s arcade and restaurant in the 2600 block Camino Del Rio North in Mission Valley, according to San Diego Police Officer John Buttle.The victim was transported to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound, police said. Their condition is not known at this time.The suspects were a man and woman and the victim was a 26-year-old man, Buttle said.“They got into an argument,” he said. “The suspects ran to Camino del Rio North, turned around and shot at the victim.”The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation, Buttle said.The shooting was near Dave and Busters but the entertainment business was not involved in any way, Buttle said.This is a developing story, we will update as more details become available. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more