Zimbabwe cricketer investigatedover racial slurHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP):A Zimbabwe cricketer witha history of disciplinary problems is being investigated for making a racial slur on social media where he referred to black people as “apes”.Zimbabwe Cricket said it is looking into comments posted on Facebook by batsman Mark Vermeulen. Vermeulen was responding to a complaint made by black player Prosper Utseya alleging racism in Zimbabwe cricket.In the post made back in July, Vermeulen wrote that black people wouldn’t have any problems “if we had left them in the bush”, and Utseya might be happier if he was living “in his mud hut”. He referred to black people as “the apes”.Vermeulen, who has played nine Tests and 43 one-day internationals but has been in and out of the team, could face a life ban in Zimbabwe after a series of previous problems.Ex-T&T captain submitspoll candidacy to FIFABERNE, Switzerland (AP):David Nakhid’s campaign team says the former Trinidad and Tobago captain has submitted his candidacy to FIFA to stand in February’s emergency presidential election.Campaign strategist Josanne Leonard told The Associated Press by email that “Nakhid’s papers and five nominations have been lodged with FIFA”.Presidential hopefuls have until October 26 to submit their candidacies for approval by FIFA’s election committee.As well as being backed by five federations, candidates must have had an active role in football for at least two of the last five years and pass integrity checks.Those checks could prevent Michel Platini from being declared a candidate since he is currently serving an ethics suspension.England’s Taylor to makehistory in men’s gameADELAIDE, Australia (AP):England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor will make history today when she becomes the first woman to play in a men’s A-grade cricket match in Australia.Taylor will appear for the Northern Districts club against Port Adelaide on the opening day of a two-day match in South Australia’s elite men’s competition.No woman has played in the competition since it began in 1987 and it is believed none has done so in a two-day match in a men’s A-grade tournament in any other state. Former Australia fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick played one Twenty20 match for the Dandenong club in Victoria in 2006-07.Taylor, who is the current ICC Women’s International One-Day Cricketer of the Year, said she is “nervous and excited” about her debut.”I’ve always wanted to push myself and check where I’m at in terms of my cricket,” Taylor said.
The Security Sector Reform Report is currently being reviewed by the National Security Committee (NSC), comprised of local security stakeholder agencies. This is almost seven months after that document was handed over to Government.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, told reporters at Thursday’s post-Cabinet press briefing that while the report is before the Council of Ministers, it is also being looked at by the NSC.“I know there was at least one special session of the committee where they looked at these recommendations, and there’re some additional work that’s taking place on it; and once that is done, you’ll certainly get a report out of what is taking place. But I can say to you that the report is being vigorously interrogated (scrutinised), so that it in fact reflects what is needed in a modern police force,” Minister Harmon explained.The US$4.7 million Security Sector Reform Programme was initially launched in 2007, but was scrapped two years later, after major disagreements between the then administration and the United Kingdom Government over some of the condition of the plan.During a meeting with then British Prime Minister David Cameron back in 2016, President David Granger had requested that the multi-million-dollar security sector pact be revived.British security expert Colonel Russell Combe was brought in to conduct an assessment of the local security sector, and he compiled a report which detailed steps to be taken to improve services. While the report focuses primarily on reforms within the Guyana Police Force, there are measures included to address issues plaguing the Prisons and the Fire Services, as well as the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF’s) Coast Guard.At the handing over of the report back in January, Combe had said the presentation of the report was neither just the beginning nor end of efforts to reform the local security sector.“The report is dynamic. It’s not to represent just the beginning. Activities supported by the United Kingdom have already commenced: the training of (Police’s) Strategic Planning Unit last year, and then in November there was consultancy on the marine capability of the Police Force; and indeed, (we were) engaged with the Coast Guards as well… So this is not the beginning, nor is it the end,” he had noted.The UK security expert had further stated that his Government does not want to see the report sitting on the shelf, gathering dust. In fact, he noted that the report was compiled in such a way that it can be broken up and separated into its parts, to be dealt with by different groupings.Colonel Combe is expected to oversee the implementation of his recommendations until March 2019, when his tenure would be up. read more
Tags: bright stars fcExpress FCFUFA Uganda Cup 2018/19John RevitaNelson Ssenkatukatop Bright Stars’ players celebrate after defeating Express on Thursday. (Bright Stars Photos)Uganda Cup 2018/19Express FC 1(2)-1(3) Bright Stars Betway Mutessa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Thursday, 09-05-2019WANKULUKUKU – There will be a new winner of the Uganda Cup on the 25th of May.Both clubs that qualified for the finals in Proline and Bright Stars have never won it, let alone reach this far in the tournament.This comes after Bright Stars eliminated Express in penalty shots at 3-2Wankulukuku Stadium on Thursday to join Big League side Proline in the last two of the competition.The game ended in stalemate on a hit day at Wankulukuku.Express scored an early goal through John Revita in the 3rd minute, swerving a speculative free kick in past the stranded Hamza Muwonge in the Bright Stars goal.There were a number of chances for both sides to score early in the game but they either went astray or the keepers denied them.Express got a number of free kicks but the only successful one was the when the team’s Captain John Revita scored.Bright stars didn’t have a good game at the start of first half but after the break they made chances.They eventually equalized through James Angu 10 minutes to full time to take the match to penalties.In the shootout, Katongole, Rajab Kakooza and Nelson Ssenkatuka successfully scored Bright Stars’ penalties as Express’s Michael Birungi, Mayanja and Sadiq Ssekyembe all missed.Ssenkatuka converted the winning penalty for Bright Stars.In the end, the Red Eagles bowed out 2-3 on penalties to continue their wait for major silver ware.The last time Express won a major trophy was in 2012 when Sam Simbwa led then to the League crown.Fred Kajoba’s side now book a place in the final against Proline who eliminated Kyetume 5-4 on post-match penalties following a 3 all aggregate stalement.The final will be played on the 25th of this month in Masaka.Comments read more