West Indies Women’s cricket captain, Stafanie Taylor, has been added to the list of Sportswoman of the Year nominees, the RJR Sports Foundation announced in a release yesterday.The 2015 awards takes place on Friday, January 15 at The Jamaica Pegasus and Taylor joins eight other women vying for the National Sportswoman of the Year award. The other nominees are boxer Alicia Ashley; swimmer Alia Atkinson and track athletes Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Sherone Simpson, Elaine Thompson and Danielle Williams.Taylor topped the tables in a recent ODI home series against Pakistan with a batting average of 130.50 runs and was the most economical West Indies bowler while taking four wickets. West Indies won both the T20 and ODI series. She was also recently named the International Cricket Council’s Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year.The Jamaican all-rounder recently became the only overseas player selected for the Sydney Thunder Women in the inaugural Australian Women’s Big Bash T20 League.
Delgadillo joins a range of public officials and lawmakers who have proposed dozens of anti-gang measures in recent months. His package includes SB 271 by Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, which would allow prosecutors to sue gangs for monetary damages and seize their assets to satisfy the judgments. Some gang members, he said, own homes, auto-repair shops, night clubs and their own homes. The funds would be spent by the city to improve the neighborhoods terrorized by gangs. Not all anti-gang crusaders, however, agree on the best approach. Republican lawmakers have generally focused on enhanced sentences and accuse Democrats of being soft on crime. Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who has proposed his own anti-gang legislation, said the Delgadillo proposals and those by other Democrats simply tinker with existing laws. SACRAMENTO – Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo unveiled a slate of new anti-gang legislation Thursday that he said would help law enforcement tackle a “growing scourge upon our communities.” The half-dozen bills, authored by several Los Angeles-area legislators, include tougher penalties for gang-related activities and broader powers for enforcement officials. “We are here today because we have decided that enough is enough,” Delgadillo said at a Capitol news conference. “We have to get tougher and smarter. We have to forge partnerships among law enforcement agencies, public officials, the business community and local residents.” There are an estimated 150,000 gang members in California, including about 40,000 in Los Angeles. Last year, officials have said gang-related crime rose 14 percent in Los Angeles and 44 percent in the San Fernando Valley. “We are glad that there’s bipartisan recognition that gang crime should be a high priority for the Legislature. But our review of their package is that we don’t think it’s very creative,” Runner said. But Democrats said cracking down on gangs is not a partisan issue. “The last time I checked, gang members don’t interview victims as to their political affiliation or orientation,” said Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, one of the authors of Delgadillo’s measures. “They are indiscriminate in their acts of violence. It is my view that what we have here is essentially legislators, irrespective of their partisan affiliation, concerning themselves with a very serious problem in this state.” [email protected] (916) 446-6723 California gang legislation More than a dozen bills aim to toughen regulations on gangs. Six were announced Thursday: SB 271 by Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles: Would allow prosecutors to go after gang assets to satisfy criminal judgments against them. AB 1013 by Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, D-Burbank: Would allow city attorneys to evict drug dealers who engage in illegal drug activity on the premises. SB 989 by Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles: Would add hate crimes to the list of crimes considered to be a pattern of criminal gang activity. AB 268 by Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Montebello: Would allow out-of-court statements by prosecution witnesses to become admissable in court. SB 844 by Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello: Would toughen sentences for gang activities, child abuse and hate and drug crimes within 1,500 feet of a school. AB 1033 by Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, D-Salinas: Would classify gang recruiting as a criminal activity subject to one year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online…Jose Mourinho wants a written promise from Manchester United that he will be their new manager this summer. The Special One has a verbal assurance that will be the case. But Alex Ferguson publicly backed current boss Louis van Gaal last week, leaving the Mourinho camp fearing things could change. That is why he wants the job offer in writing, so he can start planning a future at Old Trafford. (The Sun)Chelsea’s new manager Antonio Conte was introduced to his squad on Tuesday and will hold a series of individual meetings with those who want to leave. He wants to establish who is keen to leave ahead of a potential summer rebuild, and will hold meetings with Eden Hazard, John Terry, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa. (Daily Mail)Paris Saint-Germain are set to enter the race for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. The French champions are resigned to losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer and want Lukaku to replace him. Boss Laurent Blanc travelled to Old Trafford on Sunday to watch Lukaku in action against Manchester United and is now considering a bid in the region of £45m. United and Chelsea are also chasing the Belgian. (Daily Star)Manchester United are keeping tabs on Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets. Busquets’ current contract at the Nou Camp runs until 2019, but the Spaniard is yet to agree a new deal. (Daily Express)Yaya Toure will snub a move to Inter Milan this summer, because he wants to stay in the Premier League. Midfielder Toure, who turns 33 next month, has yet to be offered a new deal at Manchester City, even though his current £220,000-a-week contract expires in 2017. (Daily Mail)Robert Lewandowksi has urged Mario Gotze to reject the advances of Liverpool FC and prove himself at Bayern Munich. Jurgen Klopp is targeting the out-of-favour, World Cup winning midfielder as a priority signing this summer, but Lewandowski, who played for Klopp alongside Gotze at Dortmund before moving to Bayern, says talk of the 23-year-old leaving the Bundesliga champions is ‘silly’. (Liverpool Echo)Arsenal are interested in highly rated AC Milan midfielder Manuel Locatelli. The 18-year-old is considered to be one of the most promising Italian players of his generation and has been hailed as “Milan’s playmaker of the future” by the club’s honorary chairman, Silvio Berlusconi. (Goal.com)Aston Villa are ready to offload Gabriel Agbonlahor this summer as the club prepare for the Championship. Agbonlahor, who has two years remaining on his contract, is set to become a high-profile departure at the end of the season, with Villa keen to shift his £54,000 a week salary off the wage bill. (Daily Telegraph)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?‘Tottenham have built a team to compete for Premier League titles for years to come’ – Ledley KingI wouldn’t be surprised if Antonio Conte tried to sign Paul Pogba for Chelsea, former Juventus director tells talkSPORTDwight Yorke tells talkSPORT: I want the Aston Villa job and I have Sir Alex Ferguson’s backingManchester City transfer report: Yaya Toure will have to take 50 per cent pay cut to join Inter MilanIncoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte makes Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci his top target – Terry replacement?Manchester United ready £50m bid for Everton striker Romelu LukakuLiverpool transfer news: Jurgen Klopp plotting raid on Real Madrid for wingerArsenal transfer report: Alexis Sanchez to reject Real Madrid interest in favour of Emirates stay