Griezmann knows the way

first_imgIt has not reached the figures of Messi; neither his Athletic It was as dominating as the Barça in the Bernabeu, but Antoine Griezmann he is a habitual suspect in Chamartin. After accumulating four losses in his first four visits with the Real society when he was just a kid, the Frenchman only lost twice in his nine visits with the red and white shirt to the white coliseum. Two falls, yes, very painful, because they were in Champions. The first, in the quarters of the 2014-15 season (the goal of Chicharito). The second, 3-0 in the first leg of the semifinals of the 2016-17 campaign, which left those of Simeone almost KO despite the attempt of feat in the second leg.Griezmann has scored only four goals in his 13 visits to the Bernabéu, but he got a lot of juice. A pass from Filipe Luis, scored the victory goal in the 2015-16 league league visit. The little Prince it also wet in the following two seasons. In the 2016-17 academic year he made a 1-1 that was very painful for Madrid. It was in the 85th minute. Griezmann repeated in the 1-1 of the 2017-18 season. ‘Usual suspect’ in the Bernabéu in recent years, the Frenchman hopes that the streak will expand with Barça. In Griezmann’s plans, of course, he is not left out of eleven. That absence in San Mamés in the quarterfinals of Cup it hurt. Believed that Setien He did not respect his gallons as a World Champion franchise player and star signing of the Barça season. In Naples showed gallons with the goal and hopes to repeat in Chamartín. Griezmann signed for Barça for matches such as Bernabéu. And hope not to fail. Courted by Madrid when he was an Atlético player, his only possible step in The league to grow it was Barça. He does not care about receiving the Bernabéu, but his prestige. And he doesn’t want to fail.last_img read more

Bernard’s KC aim for trophy success

first_img Home game against Ascott Confident his team has the right balance and is very hungry for silverware this season, Ludlow Bernard has warned his charges, who comfortably top Group C, that anything short of lifting the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup, FLOW Super Cup or Walker Cup title will be unacceptable this year. Bernard, who is in his second season in charge of his Alma Mater, feels he has players who are mentally strong enough to deal with the conditions of competition this year. “The hunger is very much there in my team. They are probably seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and we are hoping that we can bend the corner and of course, get out into the light. The trophies are there for the taking, and we are one of the contenders,” he told The Gleaner. The many-time Manning Cup champions have gone over two decades without Manning Cup success, and Bernard wants his charges to believe that this year could be the year. Today, Bernard’s KC will line up against Ascott High in a home game at 3:30 p.m. looking to push their winning record to a perfect four. “I can’t really speak for the second round now. We will have to continue our progress, we are playing these games and hoping we can build a momentum with and try to provide as much exposure as possible for all of our players,” he said following his team’s 2-0 defeat of Papine High, last Friday. He wants to win every game and qualify for the Flow Super Cup and Walker Cup. “We are definitely eyeing the Super Cup, that is one of our priorities to try and top the zone and qualify for the Super Cup as well as the Walker Cup. “I guess anything short of that would not be acceptable, but I think we are on course, and we are going to try and maintain our form going forward,” stressed Bernard. The ‘Purples’ have dispatched St Mary’s College, Denham Town and Papine High so far, with Bernard expecting even more wins. “The team is a lot more balanced, and there is quite a bit of depth inside of the squad,” Bernard outlined, noting a number of national Under-17 players will help their title chase in future games.last_img read more

Nadal travels long road to win 16th Slam title at US Open

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson READ: Nadal wins US Open for 16th major titleThe triumph moved Nadal three shy of Roger Federer’s all-time record of 19 Slam singles titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe US Open was the final Slam at which Toni, Nadal’s long-time coach and inspiration, will join him, instead of taking a role directing Nadal’s youth academy.In his victory speech, Nadal reflected on what Toni has meant to his life in building the grit to overcome numerous knee injuries. A costly, catty dispute finally settled MOST READ But Nadal roared into the Australian Open final, losing to Federer, then captured his record 10th French Open crown in June, setting the stage for his title run in the Flushing Meadows fortnight.Only Nadal, Pete Sampras and Ken Rosewall have managed the feat of winning Grand Slam titles in their teens, 20s and 30s.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “It’s not one lesson. Diary is in the head from 3 years old,” Nadal said.“Probably without him I’ll never be playing tennis. I’m thankful I had somebody like him pushing me all the time.“Because he gave me motivation I could get through all the problems I had in my career. I can only thank him for making me stronger.”When Nadal reclaimed the world number one ranking last month, it was the first since in more than three years he had topped the list.And when Federer lost in the US Open quarter-finals to Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal was ensured of keeping the top spot.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with his winning trophy after defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their 2017 US Open Men’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 10, 2017. Nadal raced to a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 rout of South African giant Kevin Anderson. AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADNEW YORK — Rafael Nadal reflected on his roots as a child prodigy from the island of Mallorca and on the influence of his uncle Toni on Sunday after winning the US Open title.The 31-year-old Spaniard defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 for his third US Open title and his 16th career Grand Slam crown after having taken a 10th French Open trophy in June at Roland Garros.ADVERTISEMENT Winning startcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It has been a long journey for Nadal to his latest Grand Slam glory.Nadal won an under-12 regional crown at age eight and by 12 had captured Spanish and European age-group junior titles.By 15, he had turned professional and was facing such foes on the global circuit as Anderson.At 17, Nadal won his first match against Federer.At 19, he won the 2005 French Open in his debut, the first of nine Grand Slam titles in 10 years he would claim on the red clay of Roland Garros, cementing a legacy as the greatest player ever seen on the surface.It was early in his career when Nadal began his habit of biting the championship trophies he wins.Nadal added Wimbledon crowns in 2008 and 2010, an Australian Open title in 2009 and completed the career Grand Slam in 2010 by defeating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final, becoming the youngest in the Open era (since 1967) to complete the four-event career sweep.And only Nadal and Andre Agassi can say they have a career Grand Slam and an Olympic men’s singles gold medal, Nadal having claimed his in 2008 at Beijing.Nadal, the sixth left-hander to win a US Open title, added another crown at Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2013, again downing Djokovic in the final.Knee injuries took a toll throughout his career, costing him nine Slam appearances, and after he failed to even reach a Slam semi-final in 2015 and 2016 some figured his greatest moments were behind him. Break new ground Nadal wins US Open for 16th major title Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

ECONEC Advocates Structured Engagements between GEC, Other Political Stakeholders

first_imgECONEC delegation with ECOWAS Spec Rep in Guinea Amb Alapini & development partnersIn continuation of its electoral mid-term follow-up Mission to Guinea, the ECONEC delegation led by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu met on Monday, 11 June, with the ECOWAS Special Representative in the country Ambassador Liliane Alapini, representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and development partners, according to a press release.At the talks with the interlocutors including representatives of the EU, USAID (United States Agency for International Development), US, German and Japanese embassies, the American National Democratic Institute (NDI), Guinea’s Independent Electoral Commission, CENI, and three CSOs, Cellule Balai Citoyen, PCUD and CNOSCG, Prof. Yakubu, ECONEC governing board President and Chair of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), called for sustained political dialogue, effective communication and structured engagements between CENI and Guinea’s other political stakeholders including development partners.Ambassador Alapini commended ECONEC for working hand in hand with the ECOWAS Commission towards deepening democracy in the region by supporting credible and peaceful polls.On the agenda of the consultations were issues from the disputed results of Guinea’s last February’s municipal elections and areas of further support by ECOWAS, ECONEC, and development partners.Also discussed was the implementation of recommendations of ECOWAS Observation Mission (EOM) to Guinea’s 2015 presidential poll and those in the October 2016 Political Accord, including the restructuring of CENI and other legal and political reforms ahead of the country’s 2019 parliamentary vote and the 2020 presidential election.Prof. Yakubu said that structured engagements would enable the articulation of needs, political inclusive and focus support on the entrenchment of best practices in the electoral process that will contribute to sustained credible elections and consolidation of democracy in the country.The development partners and CSOs’ representatives had harped on the need for the implementation of the recommendations of the ECOWAS EOM’s in the aftermath of the 2015 presidential vote and those contained in the 2016 Political Accord signed by the ruling and opposition parties with ECOWAS, UN, EU, Francophonie organization, and the US and French envoys as observers, the release concluded.Some of the recommendations include reform of CENI to make it more technical and professional, as well as legal and political reforms for a level playing field and sociopolitical climate.Prof. Yakubu pledged that the Mission will reflect in its report to the relevant authorities, areas of support to address the identified needs and strengthen the capacity of CENI Guinea in line with ECONEC’s mandate to empower its members to deliver credible and peaceful elections and contribute to the consolidation of democracy in the ECOWAS region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt unappreciative of rural culture

first_img… says rural appreciation needed to foster national unityFormer Chairman of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) Bishop Juan Edghill has accused government of being unappreciative of the rural cultures and lifestyles, a detriment in the push for national unity to prevail.During a discussion forum called “The Factor”, which will be aired tonight on Television Guyana (TVG) Channel 28 at 20:00h, Edghill among other political luminaries explored the notion of national unity and social cohesion; what it means to the layman; the role of politicians in achieving this status, and the significance of such a movement in this jubilee year.The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) administration has campaigned lustily on the need to promote national unity amongst Guyanese, and still continue to place much emphasis on this ideology. However critics contend that government has only been giving lip service to reaching such an achievement.Adding to those assertions, Edghill posited that the divisions in Guyana do not exist solely on the margins of racial groupings.In fact, he declared that disunity borders on the class level rather than the ethnic level:“I have accused this present administration of being urban, upper middle class, judo Christian elites who don’t appreciate the culture of the rice farmer, the sugar worker, the man in Buxton who goes with his hook and fish, the Rasta man who has his own lifestyle… If you are an urban elite and you have no appreciation for rural folks in this country, you are not a candidate that could bring about unity in this country,” he explained.The other panelists included Ravi Dev and Dr David Hinds, who joined Edghill in exploring exactly what is meant by national unity.The three commenters agreed that one needs to examine the layperson’s perspective when s/he refers to the notion of “national unity” before a game plan can be crafted to achieve it.“We have to now question the premises and disentangle the various strands of what different people talk about when they mean unity… Does unity just mean unanimity, does it mean to be identical… These are all questions we need to ask,” Dev stated.Hinds also expressed: “We need to revisit the whole notion of unity, national unity, and ethnic unity, whether it means the same thing or we inflated them or so forth.”However, Edghill highlighted that, based on his engagements, people look forward to having one main goal when they speak about national unity.“If you don’t have unity, you have division… Di vision, two visions… The attempts of establishing national unity for the Guyanese that I have consulted with over the many years on the grassroots level, they are not talking about us having uniformity or sharing one identity… What they are looking for, and I subscribe to that at a personal level, and it is for us as a people to sit around a table called the Guyanese family in its plurality and say this is a common vision we have for Guyana,” he explained.He further explained that the problems in Guyana are not necessarily because of disagreements between the ethnic groupings:“Guyanese of East Indian extraction who have grown up in a predominantly Afro-Guyanese village, their perception and views of Afro-Guyanese is totally different from an East Indian who grew up in an East Indian society…You say something bad about an Afro-Guyanese to an East Indian Guyanese who grew up in that society, you could get into a very serious argument because their outlook of that community of people is totally different,” Edghill explained.Broadening the discussions, Dev pointed out that, “for individuals to be descending from people who slaved for this country to be put in a situation where they have no hope of seeing themselves reflected in those who are governing the society, based on the system we have of electing those who lead, it has to create a sense of dissonance.”Hinds added that there appears to be a fear to step out of the lip service and sloganeering of “one people”.“So if you begin to talk about the specificity of our identity, the Guyanese people respond to that to say that but you are so in division… these are the very people who guard their identity but they are also invested in this notion of one people at a certain level and they feel that if you don’t express that one people then you are betraying some kind of national vision or so forth,” he posited, noting that this demeanour is not healthy if Guyanese are to achieve national unity.Overall, it was agreed that national unity cannot happen overnight and it requires the genuine efforts of all.last_img read more

Ex-champs Wiyeta kick off Copa with a bang

first_imgAfter winning in 2016, Wiyeta have reached the 2017 and 2018 finals but lost both and according to coach Edgar Manyara, they are determined to do one better this year and clinch their second title.“We are confident we can win this title. We will take a match at a time and we respect all teams. We have come here after some very good preparations and we are ready for the competition. Starting off with a win has given us the confidence we need and looking at the girls and how we performed, I am more than confident we have what it takes,” Manyara told Capital Sport.Wiyeta commanded the game from the word go and got into the lead just two minutes and 55 seconds into the tie with star player Amida making an easy finish inside the box.Part of the action as Wiyeta Girls High School took on Dagoretti Mixed High School during the Copa Coca-Cola Championship at the Kisumu Polytechnic on July 30, 2019. Photo/Timothy OlobuluThe winger should have made it 2-0 in the eighth minute when she went through on goal but failed to beat the keeper one on one.Almost immediately, Swaum Masungo had another chance when she ran behind the defense but the keeper forced her to go out wide and the eventual shot was blocked.On the quarter hour mark, Amida made amends for her earlier miss, this time breaking through on goal, side stepping the keeper and slapping the ball into an empty net.Amida continued her destructive nature in the second half and almost made it 3-0 two minutes after the restart. From a short corner, the winger skillfully went past her marker but her short from a tight angle was saved by the keeper.However, Wiyeta made it 3-0 with quarter of an hour left to play when Nanda tapped in simply from the edge of the six yard box after rushing to a Dorine Aujat cross from the right.In the second match of the day, Everline Anyango struck twice adding on to Grance Wangui’s goal as Njambini beat Nyanza’s Ugari 3-0.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wiyeta Girls High School skipper Jamila Amida surges forward against a Dagoretti Mixed High School player during the Copa Coca-Cola Championship at the Kisumu Polytechnic on July 30, 2019. Photo/Timothy OlobuluKISUMU, Kenya, Jul 30 – Star player Jamila Amida struck twice as 2016 Copa Coca-Cola champions Wiyeta Girls began their campaign with a strong statement, hitting Nairobi’s Dagoretti Mixed 3-0 in their Pool A opening match at the Kisumu Polytechnic on Tuesday afternoon.Amida struck in the second and 15th minute with Edina Nanda adding the third late on in the second half as the girls from Rift Valley ensured they had a commanding start to their campaign.last_img read more

LETTERKENNY MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT ON NIGHTCLUB STABBING CHARGES

first_imgA Letterkenny man will appear in court today in connection with the stabbing of four people including a Garda outside a local nightclub.John Boyle of Leck Cottages, Oldtown, Letterkenny, was released on bail at a previous sitting to appear at Letterkenny District Court this morning.Garda Inspector Kevin Gately told a previous sitting of the court that a file on the matter is being prepared and is almost complete. The 46 year old is charged with four different counts of assault causing harm. He was also charged with the illegal possession of a knife.The attack happened outside the Voodoo Nightclub on Lower Main Street around 1am on August 14th last.As a result of the attack, a Garda Sergeant and three nightclub doormen were stabbed and had to receive treatment at Letterkenny General Hospital.The owners of the nightclub, Jason and Sharon Black, condemned the attack on their employees and on the Garda Sergeant who was named locally as Aidan Doherty from Buncrana.The court was also told there may be other charges arising out of the incident.The tree nightclub doormen and Sgt Doherty were all treated at Letterkenny General Hospital and have made a full recovery.LETTERKENNY MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT ON NIGHTCLUB STABBING CHARGES was last modified: November 17th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:John BoyleLetterkenny District CourtVOODOO NIGHTCLUBlast_img read more

Serge Aurier almost joined Atletico before transfer collapsed at the last minute

first_imgTottenham right-back Serge Aurier was reportedly primed to move to Atletico Madrid this summer before the deal collapsed at the last minute.Aurier, 25, moved to the north London club from Paris Saint-Germain last summer for £23million. It’s not clear what the exact reason for Aurier’s move collapsing is RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Latest Transfer News IN DEMAND center_img But Spurs were open to letting the defender go to after holding talks with the LaLiga club earlier this summer, however, the move broke down, according to RMC Sport.German side Borussia Dortmund were also reportedly in the hunt for the Ivorian.It’s not clear why Aurier’s move to Spain broke down at the last minute, however.Although he was seen as an ideal replacement for Kyle Walker, Aurier failed to cement his place in Spurs’ first team last season as Kieran Trippier was preferred by manager Mauricio Pochettino. 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland However, Aurier started Spurs’ first league game of this season and provided a brilliant assist for Dele Alli’s winning goal in their 2-1 victory over Newcastle.last_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTES

first_imgSt. Mary’s GAABingo in Hall on Tues at 9 Lotto results 5 with 2 counties Moira Mc Hugh, Sally Bonner, Danny Harkin Convoy Sheena Mc Namee Drumkeen and Helen & Jason Mc Daid ListillionNext week’s  jackpot €1200 lotto’s available from committee members Slimming WorldSlimming World Stranorlar, every Tuesday in Kees Hotel, Stranorlar, 10am, 12pm, 5.30pm & 7.30pm, all welcome. Contact Catherine 0863962666 for further details.Tyrconnel Martyrs Flute Band Band practice as usual in the hall on Tues night @ 7pm Contact Harry on 087 7741054 for enquiries.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 27th June 03, 06, 07, 21.No jackpot winner 1match 3 Nos: €100 Hughie Doherty Carrigart. Next weeks jackpot €3,125 Tickets from any committee member €2. Go raibh maith agat.FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUPSStranorlar – 1st Friday of each month (excluding Aug) Millbrae Health Centre 6.30 – 8.30pm. Contact Jude Bromley 086 3945008 / mikejay1@eircom.net / JudeFibromyalgia Bromley on Facebook Letterkenny – 1st Wednesday of each month (excluding Aug)St Conals Coffee Dock 7 – 8.30pm (Jude will greet people at front door of St Conals & to give directions to room!)Contact Jude Bromley 086 3945008 / mikejay1@eircom.net / Jude Fibromyalgia Bromley on FacebookDungloe – 3rd Friday of the month, 7pm-9pm, – Upstairs in 3 Gweedore Road, Dungloe –Contact number for further information is 0879067573, Anne GillespieSouth West Donegal Fibro Support Group, – 2nd Friday of the month, 7pm – 9pmIn Councillor Campbell’s office, next door to now doc, Main st, Mountcharles.Contact Lulu Pringle 0868390588Inishowen Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Support Group Last Tues of every month 7.30 – 9pm Day Unit in Carn Hospital. Contact Una Farren 0863748676Community Car WashA big thank you to all who donated to the car wash and also those who donated after the event. A fantastic total of €945 was raised. We hope to get started on the Marian Shrine in the coming weeks. Thanks to Liam and Patricia who arranged the flowers at the graveyard and St. Bridget’s well on behalf of the car wash committee.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Birthdays, Anniversaries etc.Is there something happening in the area you think should be highlighted or if anyone would like a birthday or anniversary mentioned in the notes, also any photo’s you would like published – please feel free to email them to drumkeennotes@gmail.comDrumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included please emaildrumkeennotes@gmail.com (Deadline Sun @ 6pm)LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: July 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

Ethics complaint closed

first_imgThe state’s political watchdog agency has closed an ethics complaint into Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s magazine consulting contract without conducting any investigation into whether the agreement violated conflict of interest laws, according to documents released Friday. The Fair Political Practices Commission concluded that there is no provision in state law that allows the agency to sanction a statewide elected official – such as the governor or the attorney general – for conflict of interest. Therefore, its members reasoned, the agency had no reason to carry out a probe into the question, documents obtained by The Associated Press under the California Public Records Act show. Attorneys representing a Petaluma family who filed the complaint said the agency’s announcement was baffling. “It doesn’t make any sense,” said Jonathan Davis, who represents Denise and Raymond Garibaldi, whose son committed suicide in 2002 after a period of steroid use. “The commission is taking the position that even if the governor was found to have violated conflict of interest laws when he signed a contract to receive millions of dollars, the commission nor any individual citizen can do anything about it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We believe this is something that the Legislature needs to take a very serious look at,” he said. The terse, one-page, Oct. 4 letter from Mark Krausse, executive director of the FPPC, to the family noted that the agency enforces the Political Reform Act. The law provides sanctions for conflict of interest violations, but also says, in another section, that they “shall not be applicable to elected state officers for violations of section 87100, the conflict of interest provisions,” wrote Krausse. “The Fair Political Practices Commission is therefore unable to proceed with this investigation.” The Garibaldis’ complaint was one of two made in July to the commission in the wake of disclosure that the governor was earning at least $1 million annually from a contract with a fitness magazine publisher, American Media Inc. At the same time he was working for the publisher in September 2004, Schwarzenegger also vetoed legislation that would have regulated the sale of nutritional supplements, an industry that provided much of the ad revenues for the fitness magazines. Although the governor has insisted that he broke no rules, he gave up the consulting contract shortly after the company’s annual report filed with the Security and Exchange Commission by the company made the relationship public and raised a storm of protest over the agreement. Last month, Schwarzenegger signed similar legislation by state Sen. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, into law that prohibits high school athletes from using certain performance-enhancing supplements and requires students and parents to sign a pledge not to use them. The governor’s office declined to comment Friday on the decision of the Fair Political Practices Commission. A spokesman for the commission said that a second complaint, filed by the California Democratic Party, remains under review. Some experts have argued that Schwarzenegger’s contract was not a conflict of interest because the proposed legislation would have regulated an entire industry – not a single company that did business with the governor. Still, some observers raised a larger question – why California’s top political regulator appears to have no ability to fine or sanction statewide office holders for conflict of interest. “This is a very strange provision in the law,” said Steve Levin, staff attorney for the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles. “It would seem to be prime issue for the FPPC to be looking into, what appears to be a classic conflict of interest.” Speier, who has introduced legislation to limit the governor and other statewide officeholders from earning outside income, said that there was clearly a defect in the Political Reform Act that needs to be addressed. “Whether it was a loophole by design or by mistake, it is clear that it must be addressed,” she said. She noted that, because the governor had resigned his position with the publisher, there was no longer an ongoing issue with Schwarzenegger having a conflict of interest and she would not call for further investigation. Lance Olson, an attorney for the Democratic Party, said that he believes the Fair Political Practices Commission should have looked deeper into the governor’s contract – whether or not the agency could impose sanctions. “They have an obligation to investigate, and they didn’t do diddly,” he said. “The fact that they could not sanction under the law doesn’t mean that people don’t want to know if the governor had a conflict of interest or not.” Olson, who wrote the other ethics charge against the governor, said that he does not believe the same legal argument will doom his complaint because he raised other questions including whether the governor properly disclosed the business relationship. One issue for the commission, however, could be manpower. The agency announced earlier this month it had dropped about 225 complaints against candidates or elected officials accused of breaking elections or ethics laws because of budget cuts. The commission has asked the governor’s office for $1.2 million in funding next year to help bring back its staffing level to where it was in 1991. Speier said she was concerned about the lack of resources at the agency. “I don’t feel comfortable that the FPPC does not have the resources to do the job,” she said. “What if the attorney general said we can’t continue prosecuting cases because we don’t have the personnel?” 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