Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s popularity among Latinos has plummeted in the last several months, with only 17 percent approving of his performance as governor. Although the drop in popularity reflects the general trend, Latinos have very specific reasons for their movement away from Schwarzenegger. As governor of a key state with an economy rivaling that of major industrialized nations, California’s relationship with Mexico is crucial. Yet during Schwarzenegger’s tenure as governor, the state’s links with our southern neighbor have taken a beating. Although he has stated a number of times how much he likes Mexico because he made a number of movies there, the fact is that Schwarzenegger’s relationship with Mexican leaders has been chilly. In part it has to do with the governor’s statements about the border. Schwarzenegger came out in support of the Minuteman Project, stating that the border needs to be “closed.” He soon tried to defuse the remark with humor, saying he needs to go back to school and improve his English because what he really meant was “secure” the border. But then he reiterated his support for the Minutemen, whom President George W. Bush labeled “vigilantes.” Mexican leaders are very sensitive to border issues because they realize very well that illegal immigration to the U.S. is a clear indication that they fail as government officials. If they managed to provide enough jobs, there wouldn’t be a “border problem” as there isn’t with Canada. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Schwarzenegger’s actions with Latinos in California have also come under fire. One of the first things he did as governor was to push the Legislature to repeal SB 60, a law which would have given undocumented workers the right to obtain driver’s licenses. The governor promised Democratic legislators he would support a new and improved law to accomplish the same task. Yet, he hasn’t. Even a new bill passed this year which would give undocumented workers driver’s licenses with a distinct design and color – conditions he demanded a year ago – does not satisfy him. Schwarzenegger’s problems with Latinos are real, as evidenced by a recent letter written by a group of Latino Republicans. The letter states that the governor has done little to deserve Latino support and points out that he has appointed virtually no Latinos to his Cabinet. One of the complaints in the letter is the fact that Schwarzenegger does not support Latino candidates running for office. The letter also attacks California’s GOP as “morally wrong and politically stupid.” The GOP relationship with immigrants and particularly Latinos has always been cool at best. Schwarzenegger’s actions reflect some strategists’ belief that the Republican Party’s embrace of the Minutemen and other right-wing groups alienates Latinos and hands over their votes to the Democratic Party. Latino members of the GOP tend to be strong supporters of their party officials. When a group of them openly criticizes a sitting governor, it means that serious problems are certainly present. Margita Thompson, a Schwarzenegger spokeswoman, has said that the governor has done a lot to improve the lives of all Californians, and that includes Latinos. She pointed to an improved economic climate and gave credit to Schwarzenegger. But, given the governor’s plummeting approval rating, few people seem to buy that argument. Schwarzenegger’s initial popularity as governor infected everyone, including Latinos, 31 percent of whom voted for him. Now that he has been governor for almost two years, people have had a chance to see what he actually does. Schwarzenegger recently announced that he will seek re-election in 2006. The Latino vote represents 14 percent of the total California electorate. Can Schwarzenegger prevail without the support of this rising group? Domenico Maceri is a professor of Romance languages at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Legendary West Indies batsman Vivian Richards has said he is a big fan of Virat Kohli’s aggression and he is enjoying watching the India captain play an aggressive brand of cricket against the Australians, who are known for their hostility.Richards called Kohli a “special player” and pointed out that the world number one Test batsman is able to give it back because he is good enough to do so.Speaking at a promotional event in the Northeast Indian city of Guwahati, Richards said he found traces of himself in Kohli’s approach, especially with the way he has been dealing with Australia in the ongoing four-Test series Down Under.”Kohli is aggressive. I am a big fan of him. I like good batsman and good aggression. And I like the fact that someone can play Australia like that. I think Virat Kohli is going to give it back to Australia this time. Virat is special and I like that game,” Richards said.”I also played the same game. Can you imagine Viv and Virat playing in the same team?”Virat is good. You are good if you can only reply. If you are not good you can’t reply. Virat is good in that sense.”Richards, who broke several batting records and wooed fans across the globe during his heyday, was known for his inimitable charm. Opposition bowlers relished the challenge of bowling to Richards but once the gum-chewing maverick got going, the only way to keep him silent was getting him off strike.Like Kohli, Richards also enjoyed tough challenges. His record against Australia is a testament to that. He had scored 2266 runs, including five centuries, against Australia and 1760 of them, including four tons, came Down Under.advertisementRichards’ comments come at a time when Kohli has been criticised for his behaviour in the ongoing tour of Australia. Former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson had called the India skipper “silly and disrespectful” after he had some testy exchanges with his Australian counterpart, Tim Paine in Perth.Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had slammed Kohli and the Indian cricket team, saying needling opponents was not part of the Indian cricket’s DNA in the past.There is a lot of ground to cover for India to find consistency overseas: RichardsMeanwhile, Richards also appreciated the shift in India’s attitude when it comes to acknowledging the need for having quality fast bowlers to perform well overseas. However, the 66-year-old former West Indies captain insisted the Asian giants need more work to win on the road, consistently.”Earlier, India used to play with four spinners. They now have four fast bowlers. It is good that things have changed. India realised it needs that attitude. But India still get to do well in overseas,” Richards said.”Indian infrastructure have improved. IPL has helped in a big way. It has brought money and the Indian team has got substance. But I think India needs to win overseas and still there is a lot of ground to cover.”Also Read | Aaron Finch on Tim Paine’s banter with Rohit Sharma: He did not take the baitAlso Read | Admire Virat Kohli but he should behave with dignity: Naseeruddin Shah to India TodayAlso See:
Axel Tuanzebe ‘You can’t ask for a bigger manager than Mourinho’ – Tuanzebe appreciates demanding Man Utd boss Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 19:15 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Premier League Swansea City v Manchester United League Cup The 19-year-old defender appears to have a big future ahead of him at Old Trafford and he is enjoying learning from the Portuguese boss Manchester United teenager Axel Tuanzebe believes there is no “bigger manager” to play for than Jose Mourinho and appreciates the pressure the Portuguese puts on his players.The 19-year-old played four Premier League games for United towards the end of last season and showed serious potential, with the centre-back good on the ball and defensively sound.United 7/2 to win Carabao Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Appearances have been harder to come by for Tuanzebe this term, as Tuesday’s 2-0 EFL Cup win at Swansea City was his first appearance of the campaign.But the defender is simply enjoying learning from the other players and Mourinho, whom Tuanzebe believes is making him a better defender with the “burden” of pressure.”There’s nothing better than playing for Manchester United – playing for a big manager and a big club,” he told MUTV.”There’s nothing better than playing for Manchester United.” A solid performance from Axel Tuanzebe tonight! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/TckGWiiY4v— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2017″There’s nothing more rewarding as a young lad coming through. Every day you are learning.”We’ve got Jose Mourinho as our manager and you can’t ask for a bigger manager.”Under him there’s a lot of pressure and you have to perform. But dealing with that pressure makes you a better player – I’ve got that burden on me.”