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.
Mr. SpeakerMr. Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme CourtMr. Pro TemporeHonorable Members of the LegislatureThe Dean and Members of the CabinetThe Doyen and members of the Diplomatic CorpsLadies and GentlemenWhen a giant tree falls in a forest, it impacts other trees far and near. Last night, our country was shocked by the news of the unfortunate demise of the late Sheikh Kafumba Konneh; a great statesman of valor unpretending. His passing symbolizes the fall of a giant tree in the forest.The late Islamic Prelate was a distinguished Liberian who will be remembered as a messenger of peace and inter-religious tolerance. He was a prominent voice and face of Islam in the last three decades in Liberia commencing with his role as Secretary General of the Muslim Union of Nimba County – to Secretary General to Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia.He was not just an Islamic preacher but a politician, scholar, lawyer and judge. Prior to the demise of the late President Tolbert, Sheikh Kafumba Konneh was Commissioner of Ganta City and served as Justice of the Peace in Sanniquellie, Nimba County. His role as an activist started when he disagreed with and pledged his support for the late Dr. Edward Kesselly and founder of the current ruling Unity Party. It was Sheikh Konneh that mobilized Nimba in support of Dr. Kesselly in the 1985 elections. Today he is no more but we will fondly live with the memories of his outspokenness, fearlessness and courage. When conflict raged – he stood as an outstanding proponent in the search for lasting peace for our country.The Vice President called me a few hours ago and asked me to convey his deepest sympathy over this loss. He could not be here because he is away on official duties attending an African Union Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.We mourn this great loss to our country as we strive to consolidate the peace and stimulate the trappings of national healing and reconciliation. To the bereaved family – we say take heart.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)