Scotiabank, who pride themselves as sponsors of the regional game, starting from the youth level, pumped a 25 per cent increase into this year’s Scotiabank/Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Prep Schools Cricket competition yesterday.The increase will bring the sponsorship package to $5 million, along with MVP cash prizes of $50,000 for players in the counties of Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey.”This increase in sponsorship is a testimony to our continued belief in the importance of investing in youth through developmental sports,” said Yanique Forbes-Patrick, vice-president, Scotiabank Marketing.”Always play your best game. Strive to be the best on your team. Be champions in your own right and make a difference in everything you do,” she implored the youngsters during yesterday’s launch at Lucas Cricket Club, after which defending champions Quest Prep and Richmond Prep played the competition’s opening game.BETTER CITIZENSCourtney Francis, CEO, Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), lauded Scotiabank for ensuring that “cricket is part of the medium to make you all (players) better citizens, more responsible, understand and learn at this stage how to be part of a team and how to be able to contribute to society”.Quest were crowned national champions for the first time last year, after defeating Hydel Prep by 10 runs in the final at Lucas.Hydel, the most successful school with two national titles (2012, 2013) and four in Surrey, followed by St Peter and Paul, Monymusk, Mona, Lannaman, Belair Prep and Quest one each.In Cornwall, there are only two winners; Denis Tobin in 2005 and 2006, while St James have been unbeatable since 2007.Quest’s coach, Leonard Malcolm, told The Gleaner his team is missing about eight players from last year, “but we are a competitive school and we are going to compete to try and retain our crown”.The competition will run to June 12 and feature a total of 48 teams, with approximately 121 matches across three counties.The competition began in 2003 and has grown from 24 schools to 48; 24 from Kingston and St Andrew and St Catherine, 12 from Middlesex and 12 from Cornwall.Prep school standouts to come from the competition include Brandon King, who has represented Jamaica at all levels, Brad Barnes (2013), Raewin Senior (2014) and Kirk McKenzie last year.West Indies’ World T20 men and women’s champions, Marlon Samuels and Stafanie Taylor, respectively, also participated and signed bats and balls for the youngsters.
Fashion designers Alex Perry and Arthur Galan along with television star Ada Nicodemou are just some of the Australian celebrities who will be giving up clothes to charity. The giveability store is a designer charity store that will help raise money for children with cerebral palsy. “The giveability program is one of Westfield’s important commitments to raise awareness and help children with disabilities in our local communities,” said John Batistich, general manager marketing, Westfield. Westfield Doncaster will have the store open now till Sunday 31 July. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
BARCELONA, SPAIN—Twenty-nine transgenic mice that two Spanish airlines had refused to transport hitched a ride to the Canary Islands on a military plane Friday and are now at their final destination, the University of La Laguna on Tenerife in Spain. The mice, bred in the United States, had been stranded in Madrid for 2 months because Iberia and Air Europa have stopped shipping laboratory animals.The military aircraft left Madrid early Friday morning and flew the mice to the Gando Air Base on Gran Canaria. From there, a shipping company ferried the animals in a 90-minute sea journey to the island of Tenerife, where they were delivered at the only animal facility on the island at 5:30 p.m. local time. The university had negotiated the solution with the military. “We feel relieved after these 2 months, which have been very stressful,” says Javier Castro Hernández, a postdoc at the University Hospital of the Canary Islands who had ordered the animals and who recently sounded the alarm about the airlines’ decision. Castro says he looks forward to continuing his research project. But a permanent solution must still be found, Castro Hernández says. The University of La Laguna and the Spanish civil aviation authority are still trying to work out a deal with various carriers. But “the airlines continue to delay giving their answer,” Castro says. “So … the blockade still persists for now.”