Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket newcomers Nazareth Primary, out of Manchester, dethroned defending champions Hastings, from Trelawny, on Friday at the cricket festival at Sabina Park, where the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final were held.In the final, Nazareth made 144 for four off their allotted 10 overs while Hastings replied with 133 for 5 in their 10 overs.The Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket competition is a modified version of the game, where each team plays ten overs on a smaller field and shorter pitch (18 yards). During the game, every player bowls, fields and bats. The fielders are rotated after each over. All teams must include at least four girls.Nazareth’s coach Dean Lalor was very elated to win the competition despite the challenges along the way. He pointed to the challenge of teaching the sport to the girls and including them in all the matches.Yanique Forbes-Patrick, vice-president of marketing at title sponsor Scotiabank, was very pleased with this year’s staging of the festival. She said that the fact that newcomers topped the competition showed that the programme works and that the kids are learning the sport well.Several players got awards after the final.The best bowler (female) award went to Kade Wilmoth of New Works and the male award went to Chrismar McDonald of Priory.BEST PLAYERSBest batter (female) was Annalese Johnson of Priory and the male awardee was Ethan Henry of Hastings.Best fielder (female) was Janeil Deer and the male, Jordane Morrison. Both players hail from Hastings Primary.The parish champions are St Mary – Goshen; St Catherine – St John’s; St Elizabeth – Barbary Hall; Westmoreland – New Works; St Ann – Priory; Clarendon – Brandon Hill; St Andrew – Duhaney Park; Portland – Windsor; St James – Cambridge; Hanover – Church Hill; Kingston – St Benedict; St Thomas – Middleton; Trelawny – Hastings; and Manchester – Nazareth.
With a pledge to promote a regional approach to dealing with air transportation issues, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Lydia Kennard as director of Los Angeles World Airports. For Kennard, it is a return to the job she held from 1999 to 2003 and a post that she says has myriad challenges in coping with Los Angeles International Airport’s growth, a new master plan and increased security demands. Kennard’s salary has yet to be set but will be between $194,998 and $292,466. One of the top issues, she said, is dealing with how air traffic can be spread across Southern California to ease some of the pressure on LAX, which is designed for 44 million passengers a year and now handles 60 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But now, with a new mayor in Antonio Villaraigosa and support of the City Council, Kennard said she believes the city has a unique opportunity to exert leadership. “We are looking at different plans, working with the FAA, on a regional airport authority concept that has real legal authority to look at ways to develop a regional approach to air traffic,” Kennard said. At the same time, she agreed that the city wants to be able to control LAX operations. One potential solution is encouraging officials from Orange and San Diego counties to look at developing an international airport along their border to relieve traffic at LAX. At the same time, she said, LAX has to be recognized for its economic value – affecting some 50,000 jobs and bringing $60 billion to the local economy. Kennard said she hopes to see some improvements in passenger service with the addition of at least three more flyaway services around the city. Kennard also pledged to work to improve the LAWA police force to eliminate the need for extra officers from the Los Angeles Police Department by additional hiring as well as working to implement security recommendations from Rand. The use of LAPD officers at LAX has become a concern among city officials. Councilmen Greig Smith and Dennis Zine called for a report from the LAPD on the officers assigned to the facility and the impact on policing around the city. Smith said Wednesday that LAPD officers rack up more than 16,000 hours of overtime per month at LAX. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!