first_imgIn an effort to boost the morale of the newly promoted 1st division club — FC Fassell, Mr. Kouh had revealed a sponsorship deal with the Phoenix Mining & Investment Group (PMIG).The FC Fassell CEO said the deal is valued at US$300,000.00.He indicated that the team has already made three sets of jerseys; dominant black and yellow distinctly with the logo of the sponsor and an alternative jersey of orange, with the logo also.Mr. Kouh further said a headquarters of the team has already been procured and inspected by the LFA; the Baptist Seminary field has been finalized, including the establishment of bank accounts of the association and a junior team, amongst others.“We are prepared to axe big trees and win the LFA Cup, Knockout and President’s Cup,” Mr. Kouh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgOn Friday the 13th, it occurred to me that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who just released his annual budget plan – as well as a massive bond proposal to fix California’s decayed infrastructure – must be realizing that luck is not exactly with him. That day, newspapers reported Schwarzenegger had decided to bail out the feds using $70 million from California taxpayers. This king’s ransom will be spent over a two-week period to address the inept Jan. 1 launch in California of the new federal Medicare prescription drug program. Apparently, so many poor people were switched to the program all at once on Jan. 1 that it caused a mini-meltdown in many states. In California, roughly 200,000 elderly and poor were in danger of being denied medicine, so Arnold acted to avert possible tragedies. The immediate price tag is $70 million, but it’s anybody’s guess if that’s where the buck stops. The specter of California bailing out the feds was an ironic cap to a series of events in which Schwarzenegger simply could not win for doing the right thing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card A few days earlier, he released a politically centrist budget that did not raise taxes but did restore $1.7 billion the state owes to schools – the most emotional political issue in California in 2005. In reward for his sensible budget, he was maligned for spending too much or too little, taxing the wrong people, taxing too much or too little, or funding the wrong things. Bizarrely, he was even taken to task by the nonpartisan Chief Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill, whose off-base comments sounded to me like her withering reviews of those awful budgets dreamed up by former Gov. Gray Davis. After all, Davis was busily spending California into a $25 billion hole, while Arnold’s plan achieves what politicians call “a slowing rate” of overspending by holding down growth of open-ended programs. Instead, it funds one-time needs that don’t metastasize like Davis’ pet programs. It’s not too inspiring, but it typifies Schwarzenegger’s strategy to reduce growth until the deficit gradually fades into oblivion. The Democrats are acting horrified by Arnold’s plans to spend roughly an extra $300 million on policies he supports. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, the most powerful Democrat in Sacramento, complained that the governor was proposing “more spending” than even the Democrats. Humorous. For their part, Republicans were up in arms about his massive proposed bond measure package. It would spend an eye-popping $222 billion on decaying roads, levees, reservoirs and other infrastructure that cannot withstand major disaster – or even a whole lot more wear and tear. The message I take from the sniping is that while a lot of us are happy that Arnold is no longer pointlessly drubbing the Democrats, it doesn’t mean he’ll be rewarded for governing as the rational centrist he was elected to be. “The governor knows that voters really want to see that money go back to the schools,” Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer told me of his plan to return $1.7 billion to schools. “He’s still a fiscal conservative, but he also heard their message.” Centrists are a rare breed because the tectonic plates in politics are greased by anger, battles, blame and narrow constituency groups who drive it all. As Palmer quipped, “I think it’s Texas where they say the only thing in the middle of the road is a yellow line and dead armadillos.” Still, the governor seems vigorously committed to his centrism in 2005. One spending idea he has proposed is $55 million to prepare California to deal with a flu pandemic, safety of the food supply and similar concerns. In addition, the governor wants Proposition 42 transportation funds, which were raided earlier, to be partially repaid one year early – $920 million for gridlocked California. Getting ready for a flu pandemic, restoring transportation funds, focusing on infrastructure, paying back the schools? What about tax cuts, identity politics, gay marriage, illegal immigrants or the other favorites of the constituency groups? Remember these wondrous wedge issues that got the governor and Legislature a lot of TV face time but also got them nowhere? Nope, Schwarzenegger has decided to be dull, centrist – and responsible. Thus the outrage over his budget and spending plans have only just begun. Jill Stewart is a print, radio and television commentator on California politics. She can be reached via her Web site, 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