Doyle set for Kazeem Gold run

first_img Doyle partnered Roger Charlton’s stable star to a hat-trick of Group One victories during a glorious 2013 campaign but as he is now one of the principal riders for Godolphin, Ryan Moore steered Al Kazeem to his comeback success at Longchamp in early April. Crack Frenchman Olivier Peslier then took over in the saddle when he filled the runner-up spot behind Cirrus Des Aigles on his return to Paris for the Prix Ganay at the start of this month. James Doyle is set to be reunited with Al Kazeem in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on Sunday. However, with Moore set to partner The Grey Gatsby in this weekend’s prestigious event, Doyle has been called upon once again by Charlton and owner John Deer is looking forward to seeing his pride and joy compete in a race in which he beat Camelot two years ago. Deer said: “We’re all booked up for Ireland this weekend. He’s entered in France (Prix d’Ispahan), but won’t be running in that. “It looks a top-class race on Sunday. I’ve heard some people saying this race has been a bit sub-standard in previous years, but it’s certainly not that this time around. “James Doyle will ride him, I believe. Ryan Moore will obviously be riding The Grey Gatsby. “It should be an interesting race.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Point-counterpoint: New Super Bowl venue

first_imgAckerstein:With football holding firm as the last major sport still dominatedby Americans, it only makes sense that the Super Bowl be played right in theheartland of the United States, Nebraska?s Memorial Stadium.Holding the most-watched sporting event of the year in acity not traditionally viewed as glamorous may seem out of line with the recentnorm, but it is just what the NFL needs to restore the true meaning of theSuper Bowl: football.Playing the game in Nebraska is the remedy the event needsto get back to its roots now that it has become just as much of a party as ithas a football game. When recent hosts like Miami, Phoenix and Houston hold thegame, there are plenty of glitzy places for the stars to hold parties, takingattention away from the game itself. Sure Maxim, Victoria?s Secret and Playboy can still hosttheir star-studded Super Bowl parties in Nebraska, but good luck finding hiphangouts loaded with paparazzi in Lincoln, and just try convincing Paris Hiltonand John Mayer to make the trip out to a state that has about as many hotnightclubs as it does beaches.Unlike other sites, in Nebraska it is Tom, and not Ozzy,Kelly or Jack, who?s the most likely Osborne to have his picture taken.With fewer people coming to the Super Bowl for the parties,more tickets become available for real fans, bringing the sport?s mostimportant game back to the people who matter most.Plus, playing the game in a state without a professionalteam eliminates the possibility that a team has a home-field advantage in thebig game, although only having it in Detroit, Miami and Phoenix practicallyguarantees that as well. Less glitz and more hits. Nebraska for the win.Mason:Nebraska? Are you kidding me? Who on earth would want totravel to Lincoln for the Super Bowl?I’ve got to rack my brain to think of things to do inNebraska. Right now, all I can think to do there is husk corn. Good luckgetting the media, fans, Playboy and Victoria’s Secret models there for aweek-long excursion, especially in early February. (It could be as cold as 26degrees on Super Bowl Sunday in Lincoln this weekend.)So if not Nebraska, then where should the next big game be played?Simple: Hawaii.But wait, isn’t the Pro Bowl already played there? Yes,which is why I say we do away with the Pro Bowl and just have Honolulu host theSuper Bowl instead. Football’s version of an all-star game is one of the leastentertaining to watch anyway.And what’s wrong with the fact that the Super Bowl hasturned into a media frenzy and party central? That’s half the fun of the weeklongpreparation for the game.Just picture pregame tailgates with pigs roasting on spits,hula dancers shaking their grass skirts and plenty of poi and tropical drinksto go around. Plus, you can’t beat the Hawaiian weather, no matter what time ofyear it is.And Mike wants a state without a professional team, he says.What a coincidence, because Hawaii has zero pro sports franchises.As far as travel is concerned, I realize Honolulu is a bitfarther than Lincoln to travel to for most people. But if you’re going to spendan exorbitant amount of money to go to the game, you might as well make itworth your while and travel somewhere enjoyable. Super Bowl XLIII in Hawaii. Aloha.last_img read more

Jamaica’s tourism ministry drafting destinations assurance policy

first_imgJamaica’s Ministry of Tourism is developing a destination assurance policy and strategy that will ensure Jamaica’s tourism product remains first class and that the country can maintain its competitive advantage in the global marketplace.Cannot allow threats or challenges “We cannot allow any threat or challenge to interfere with this product (because tourism) is the only sector in Jamaica that has grown consistently for the past 30 years,” said Senior Director for Technical Services in the Ministry, David Dobson. “The idea is that once a visitor books a vacation to Jamaica, they can be confident from the moment of arrival until their departure [of] a comfortable, safe and fulfilling visitor experience,” he pointed out. Dobson was addressing tourism and health stakeholders at a workshop on the Regional Tourism and Health Program in the western city of Montego Bay Hotel recently.Destination Assurance Council Last year, the ministry launched the Destination Assurance Council, which will work to ensure that the quality, standards and integrity of the tourism product are maintained.Among its many functions, the Council will identify the needs of the tourism industry, monitor the progress of the developmental efforts made by key stakeholders in the resort areas, and ensure that operators are licensed.Dobson informed that since the launch of the program in July 2017, “we have developed this web-based real-time tourism health information monitoring and response system, [and] we have established regional guidelines for harmonized responses to tourism public health threats.”In addition, extensive capacity-building in food safety and environmental sanitation have been executed and public-private partnerships have been initiated.The Regional Tourism and Health Program was developed through support from the World Bank and is being executed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and member countries.last_img read more

Farewell TCF government approves phaseout

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Plans to phase-out the Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) have received the green-light after the Australian government approved the launch of the proposed accreditation transition plan.The State and Federal Consumer Affairs Ministers gave the go-ahead to the Travel Industry Transition Plan (TITP) last week, which will include winding up the TCF and introducing of a new consumer protection body.Commencing the TITP from 1 July 2013, with a view to full implementation by 2015, Australian Federal of Travel Agents (AFTA) chief executive Jayson Westbury said the decision was a “win” for the industry and will make way for the launch of an “appropriate consumer protection” group.According to the AFTA head, the implementation of a new Scheme would bring the industry into line with the rest of the Australian economy and consumer law, through regulations that meet the needs of the current travel industry and the modern Australian traveller.“These changes will deliver a level playing field with protection for consumers and a more balanced approach for the travel industry,” Mr Westbury said.As part of the transition, the TCF will be completely phased out by 2015, while the the majority of the $30 million in TCF’s accumulated reserves will be redistributed back to the State and Territories.The government will also issue a one-off grant for consumer research and advocacy purposes as well as a one-off grant to fund the development of an industry-led accreditation scheme. Jayson Westbury says the decision is a “win” for the industry.last_img read more