Jamaica to Host Stellar Sporting Events Next Year

first_imgRelatedJamaica to Host Stellar Sporting Events Next Year RelatedJamaica to Host Stellar Sporting Events Next Year FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica will be hosting a number of stellar sporting events next year, which will showcase the country to the world and strengthen efforts to boost sports tourism.Among them is a Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tournament in April, which will feature the top 16 female golfers in the world.Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, making the announcement at the launch of the Reggae Marathon 2009 yesterday (October 22) at the Altamont Court Hotel in Kingston, said that the tournament will be carried on CBS, ESPN and in every territory right across the world, giving Jamaica maximum publicity.She informed that Jamaica was also in discussion with the Florida-based basketball team, Orlando Magic, to stage a Jamaica Night. “The entertainment will be Jamaican, their dancers will wear Jamaican clothing and they even want to put on the market – the Orlando Magic/Jamaica T-shirt,” the Sports Minister announced.She pointed out that these events and partnerships will work well in enhancing the country’s tourism product and “have the potential to get us through the difficult financial times.”She stated that the Ministry is committed to promoting sports tourism as a means of further boosting brand Jamaica.“Sports tourism will be a critical and important part of our way forward. we want to exploit Jamaica’s unique position at the heart of sports. We want more of the world’s sportsmen and women to come to Jamaica and to compete in events of the highest level,” Minister Grange said.The Reggae Marathon, now in its ninth year, is organised by the Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston, and will be staged in Negril on December 5.Featured will be local and international participants from Brazil, South Africa, Finland, Canada and the United States (US) including Rohan Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley and co-founder of the organically Blue Mountain grown Marley Coffee; Sisters in Motion; the Canadian Running Girlz and the Arthritis Foundation US Chapter.The competition, which includes a half-marathon and 10-kilometre race, will begin at 5:15 a.m. at the Long Bay Beach Park. The awards ceremony will be held after the race at Negril’s West End.In endorsing the event, the Sports Minister said it will help to sell brand Jamaica to the world and encourage visitors to the island.Minister Grange commended Jamdammers, noting that the Reggae Marathon continuously welcomes distance runners from across the globe. “They come because you organise a good race every year, they come because it is Jamaica and they come because it is the world’s best destination.the world of sports and the world is in love with Jamaica,” she stated. Advertisementscenter_img Jamaica to Host Stellar Sporting Events Next Year SportOctober 23, 2009 RelatedJamaica to Host Stellar Sporting Events Next Yearlast_img read more

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UK railway news round-up

first_imgTransport Scotland has selected Jacobs UK to undertake a seven-month study into options for improving transport provision in the south of Scotland. This will include looking at the case for an extension of the Borders railway to Carlisle. Great Western Railway and Bristol City Council are to launch a smart card for the Bristol Temple Meads – Severn Beach line, as a pilot for a plan which could see combined rail and bus travel offered through a single ticket. Users will be able to add weekly, monthly and annual season rail tickets to the ‘Touch’ branded card using an online account or at a smart card-enabled ticket vending machine. The pilot will run from May to September, but bus tickets will not initially be offered.RSSB and ATOS have launched R2, a jointly-funded web-based integrated database to replace the Rolling Stock Library and Rail Vehicle Records System. Improving the efficiency of recording information for rolling stock maintenance and planning, component tracking and defect recording is expected to reduce the subscription charges paid by users from £1·8m to £1·1m per year. It should also avoid the need for companies to develop their own systems and facilitate easier exchange of data. Arriva Trains Wales is running a two-month trial of FindMyLost, an online lost and found platform which lets staffs and passengers who find an item upload a description, photo and details of where and when it was found. Someone who has lost something can search on the site, and if it has been reported can contact the lost property office where the item is being stored. Network Rail has obtained a Transport & Works Scotland Order granting powers to undertake a major redevelopment at Glasgow Queen Street station to increase passenger capacity and improve access.Work has begun to build a £20m multi-storey car park to increase the number of spaces at Didcot Parkway station by more than 65% to 1 800, partly funded by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. ‘Didcot Parkway is used by over three million customers every year, and offers quick and easy journeys to Oxford, Banbury, Reading and London, making it a key hub,’ said Great Western Railway Regional Development Manager Tom Pierpoint. ‘With London around 40 min away by train, a new multi-storey car park, complimenting new trains and more seats, will provide a better travelling experience for all those who use the station both now and into the future.’On April 19 the ScotRail Alliance is hosting a rail awareness open day at Dundee station for customers who may need assistance to use trains. This is expected to be of interest to parents with young disabled children, older people with disabilities, elderly customers, carers and companions of people with reduced mobility and those with sight impairments. A train will be available for boarding and alighting, and staff available to explain the assistance available and discuss individual requirements.last_img read more

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