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.
Some questioned whether the citizens’ group had enough time to organize a recall election between now and the regular elections Nov. 6. Beltran said that if it carried past the November elections, Lopez-Reid and Bagwell would be unaffected since their current terms would be over. Siccama, who will be two years into his first term, could still be subject to the current recall effort, he said. But Steve Stokes, a co-spokesman for MCHG, said even if there wasn’t enough time to bring about a recall, his group wanted to “send a message.” He said when the council voted Nov. 22 to reject a petition demanding that voters decide the fire department’s fate, he felt the council was not representing popular sentiments. Petitioners had gathered more signatures than the 15 percent required to trigger a special election on the issue. “They ignored more than 3,600 people who said we should decide whether we want county fire,” Stokes said. “Thirty-six hundred is a big number out of the only 5,000 who vote \. Especially when you consider that Siccama only won by a little over 100 votes.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – A group of residents have given official notice to three city council members that they are launching a recall campaign against them. Representing Montebello Citizens for Honest Government, Anna Arriola hand-delivered a “notice of intent” to circulate a petition to the council majority of Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid, Bob Bagwell and Jeff Siccama at Wednesday’s meeting. Arriola said she and other residents were angry at the Montebello council’s actions in firing numerous department heads since the new majority took power in the 2005 election. The other issue driving the recall campaign is the council’s consideration to eliminate the city’s fire department in favor of county services. “People feel fear and are uneasy with all these firings because there’s no discussion by the council about it,” Arriola said. Other complaints cited in the notice were the council’s move to cut public comment time by “40 percent” – or from five to three minutes each – and wasting city money on an interim city attorney (John Pringle) with “no municipal law experience.” Siccama said he supports the democratic right of the group to take action, but vowed not to be swayed in his efforts to make change that he thinks is best for the city. “I know I can’t make everybody happy,” Siccama said Thursday. “But I won’t get bullied into going against my principals and for taking the city in a new direction like I promised.” City Attorney Arnoldo Beltran said the council members have seven days to respond to the notice of intent. That will kick in a 10-day deadline for Montebello Citizens for Honest Government to prove the notice of intent has been published in an adjudicated newspaper and to turn in a draft of the petition to the city clerk. read more