Stafanie Taylor, the Jamaican who led the regional women’s cricket team to its first ICC World T20 title, was treated to a welcome-home ceremony fit for a heroine inside the Pineapple Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.In attendance at yesterday’s event were Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, who also represents the Spanish Town constituency from whence the cricketer hails; and Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, who praised the Jamaican for having “team spirit that we have never seen before”.It was Taylor’s third time at the World Cup and first in the leadership role, having been appointed captain in September last year.”The road has been really rough, I can tell you being the captain and the leader. It left me with no friends,” she joked.”When we got into Barbados, I got a reception that I’ve never received before; I felt like a superstar when we arrived in Barbados yesterday, and today, it was like a reminder of feeling like a superstar,” she told the media.The 24-year-old said thanks to the fans, supporters, sponsors and her family at home who were eagerly awaiting her arrival.”Today, it is Spanish Town day,” joked Grange, who said all the people of the Caribbean will be talking about her constituent for years.”I am really happy to be here again. Stafanie has been a source of inspiration for many of us. Years from now, we will be talking about this little girl from Gordon Pen in Spanish Town that led a band of heroines from the Caribbean and made history in Kolkata, India,” said Grange.She added that “a big session” will take place for Taylor in Gordon Pen today and also assured that plans will begin soon to rehabilitate the Stafanie Taylor Oval at Eltham High School, where Taylor’s talent blossomed while a student there.Taylor, who was named Player of the Tournament for her consistent contribution, was named captain of the ICC Select World T20 team of the tournament, which includes fellow West Indies player, Barbadian all rounder Deandra Dottin.Patrick King, director of customer solutions, Digicel, which is the main sponsor of West Indies cricket, said his organisation remains proud to be a part of the ascendancy of the game in the region.The West Indies men’s team also won the World T20 title, on Sunday in England, and in February, the West Indies Under-19 team won the ICC Youth World Cup in Sri Lanka.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The program, modeled after a similar effort in Berkeley, will target areas in each of Los Angeles’ 15 council districts that have particularly high trash “contamination” rates. In some of the areas, up to 30 percent of the contents in recycling bins is actually trash, according to a Bureau of Sanitation report. Sanitation officials will work with neighborhood councils to publicize the program, and residents will get advance notice if their area is chosen for the test run. Fliers will be used to remind people about recyclable items ranging from papers, packaging and publications to metal, glass and plastic containers. During the test, the 45 residences that have 5 percent or less contamination in their recycling bins each week will be randomly chosen to win a $200 prize. Any unclaimed or unused money is rolled over, potentially driving prizes up to $1,000. The program – started with $139,000 from the Curbside Recycling Trust Fund – will be assessed after its eight-week test to determine whether to extend or expand it. Councilman Greig Smith, who chairs a special committee examining ways to reduce Los Angeles’ landfill dependency, said the investment could lead to greater returns because recycling generates revenue for Los Angeles. “If we can effectuate huge changes in the way people recycle, that equates to huge dollar amounts for the city,” he said. Dan Laidman, (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! Angelenos who sort their trash with care could be rewarded with cash prizes as part of a recycling effort approved Wednesday by the City Council. With the panel’s unanimous endorsement of the Recycle for Dollars program, city officials will begin working on an eight-week test scheduled to begin in March or April. During the test, sanitation workers will inspect recycling bins at 1,800 houses across the city. Those that clearly separate the vast majority of trash from recyclable items could win $200. “Our intention is to reduce reliance on landfills, educate the public on recycling and increase revenue to the city,” said Alexander Helou, a manager in the Bureau of Sanitation’s Solid Resources Support Services Division.