BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Former West Indies Women captain Merissa Aguilleira believes that the regional side is capable of securing championship honours in the forthcoming T20 World Cup, which starts next month in India.West Indies women have reached the penultimate stage of the competition on three successive occasions, but the Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper-batsman believes that they can go all the way this time.”I am really excited about this tournament because I truly believe it is time for us to win this T20 World Cup,” said Aguilleira.”It has been three consecutive times we have reached the semi-finals, so it’s about time, but I have all faith in the girls, and I truly believe we can cross that mantle.”Aguilleira has been in prolific form since she was relieved from her duties as captain, a title that has been handed to Jamaican cricketer Stafanie Taylor.She roared to two powerful half-centuries in St Lucia last October to help West Indies Women come from behind to beat Pakistan in an ODI series 3-1 and said consistency would ensure that Windies Women lift the World T20 trophy.LACKING CONSISTENCY”I must say consistency because we have been lacking that for quite some time,” said Aguilleira, a 10-year veteran who has played 86 ODIs and 73 T20s.”One minute we are up; next minute, we are down. But I think once we get that consistency going, everything will fall into alignment.”Aguilleira is part of a squad that includes a number of reserve players in a training camp at the West Indies High Performance Centre in Barbados, preparing for a tour of South Africa before the ICC World Twenty20 Tournament in India. They are participating in an on-field training programme as well as a number of personal-development sessions before leaving for South Africa in two batches on February 9 and 10.”I will be going forward in South Africa with full fire, trying to continue from where I left off in St Lucia,” she said.”I have really been putting in some work so, hopefully, I can go out there and contribute for the team.”
james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – At the next election, Lancaster will ask residents whether they want to keep April elections or shift to November ballots. The city will put an advisory measure on the April2008 ballot to gauge when the public wants city elections to be held. Councilman Ron Smith asked for the vote, saying the issue was a frequent topic during his campaign for office. “I want what the people want,” Smith said. “Personally, I like our April elections. They’re exciting. It’s old-town democracy. But if the people want a November election, that’s fine by me.” The timing of the city’s election has been debated since 1994, when the state Legislature opted to move the presidential primary election from June to March. In the months after that move, both Palmdale and Lancaster looked at switching to November elections. Palmdale officials opted to make the switch. In Lancaster, public outcry about the possibility of the City Council extending its terms forced the council to abandon the idea. “It’ll give us a feel for what the people would like to do,” Vice Mayor Ed Sileo said. “My preference is to leave it in April as a stand-alone election. People are more focused on the issues, we wouldn’t get lost on a much larger ballot, the city would maintain control, and we would get results faster than turning it over to L.A. County.” Sileo said he also hoped legislation would allow for all-mail-in ballot elections for the city. Benefits of consolidating in November include an increase in voter turnout, although not guaranteed, and a decrease in the number of trips to the polls for voters. Stand-alone elections allow Lancaster to quickly count ballots; whereas, results for Palmdale elections often take several more hours to tally. Costs for switching the vote would be about the same, but there would be an additional cost of about $10,000 for voter notification if the election date were changed.