Isner an easy winner, returns to Miami Open semifinals

first_imgThe other women’s semifinal is also Thursday, with No. 13 Sloane Stephens set to meet three-time Miami champion Victoria Azarenka. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The big-serving American is in the semifinals of the Miami Open for the second time in the past four years, after overpowering South Korea’s Hyeon Chung 6-1, 6-4 in just over an hour on Wednesday afternoon. The 14th-seeded Isner finished with 13 aces, won all but one of his 32 first-serve points and avenged a loss to the 19th-seeded Chung at Auckland in his first match of the year back in January.“I played extremely well,” said Isner, who dropped six of his first eight matches of 2018 before arriving in Miami and winning eight of his nine sets played at Key Biscayne so far.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Every match I’ve played in this tournament, I’ve gotten better. I’ve gotten stronger and that’s a very, very good sign.”He’ll hope that trend continues in the semifinals. John Isner of the United States celebrates winning the his quarter final match against Hyeon Chung of South Korea during the Miami Open tennis tournament Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Isner won 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Nothing was coming easily to John Isner over the first three months of this year, and he was essentially a nonfactor in every tournament he entered.Until now.ADVERTISEMENT Azkals rise again Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Isner — who ousted second-seeded Marin Cilic earlier this week — will next face either No. 5 seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina or No. 20 Milos Raonic of Canada. Del Potro and Raonic play late Wednesday night in another quarterfinal.Isner was broken twice by Chung when they met in Auckland. He faced only one break point on Wednesday.“It’s perfect conditions,” said Isner, who lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 semifinals at Key Biscayne. “I’ve played well here in the past and I’m so happy that I’m playing well here again.”The women’s semifinals also continued taking shape Wednesday, with No. 6 seed Jelena Ostapenko ousting fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) to reach the final four at Key Biscayne for the first time.Next up for Ostapenko: either No. 8 seed Venus Williams or qualifier Danielle Collins in the semifinals on Thursday. Williams and Collins play Wednesday night in an all-American quarterfinal.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

FINN VALLEY AC ATHLETE TERESA DOHERTY WINS HER FIRST EVER ULSTER CROSS-COUNTRY TITLE

first_imgMulti Donegal Cross-Country champion Teresa Doherty posted her first ever Ulster country title in Lurgan Saturday.She was an impressive winner of the title from would you believe her cousin Breege Connolly who runs for N. Belfast.North won the team title from Valley who had Catriona Devine ,Catherine Dooher and Donna Evans score on their team finishing as stated second Its been a few years since a Donegal athlete won the title namely Catriona Mc Granaghan back in 2006 at Coleraine.Teresa joins a line up of Finn Valley athletes who have won the title namely Camilla Harron in 85 and 86 .Belinda M c Ardle 91 and 92 ,Kay Byrne 93,94 and 95 ,Jill Bruce 96 ,Rosaleen Campbell 99 and 2000,Noleen Porter 2001 and 2002 and Catriona Mc Granaghan 2003,2004,2005 and 2006 . For the record the first team title at this level for Finn Valley was back in 1974 scoring Mary Ann Mc Gowan ,Doreen Gallagher ,Mairead Mc Loone and Susan Houston . Gerard Gallagher was the sole Valley athlete in the mens race finishing top 10 .FINN VALLEY AC ATHLETE TERESA DOHERTY WINS HER FIRST EVER ULSTER CROSS-COUNTRY TITLE was last modified: February 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticsFinn Valley ACNoticesSportlast_img read more

Questions abound as Boks lose in Perth

first_imgAttacking approachIn Perth, the Boks’ only try began with a high-up-and-under, which was won by Kirchner, thanks really to the bounce of the ball. Springbok fans want to see more than that. Ball winnerAlso, with Bismarck du Plessis sidelined after being injured against Argentina in Cape Town, the Springboks lost a valuable ball winner in the loose, and the decision to go for a very big loose trio in Perth, without including a true ball winner, proved questionable. Australia’s Michael Hooper, the smallest loose forward on the field in Perth, effected four turnovers. It’s not often that a team manages to come back from 10 points down as the Australians did to beat South Africa, so hats off to them, but the fact that they did that is what makes it so disappointing from a South African perspective, along with the manner in which the Boks played the game. Game planBy sticking to a game plan that brought the Bulls three Super Rugby titles, Meyer’s Springboks have found it far harder to break down the opposition at international level. The tactical kicking game that was previously spearheaded by scrumhalf Fourie du Preez now looks old and tired, and it appears that the Bok backline has little to offer in the way of innovation and excitement. Playing within themselvesIt seems, in many ways, that a clash of styles, brought from the various franchises, is limiting the Boks. They’re playing within themselves and the result is that some established international players who shone in the Super Rugby tournament now appear to be mere shadows of themselves. Patrick LambieIf one is to criticise Meyer, Lambie is an ideal example to do so. He stood out at fullback on the biggest stage of all in 2011, the Rugby World Cup. However, he was played at flyhalf early in the year by the Sharks before being moved back to fullback. Meyer, though, has opted for the steady, but unspectacular Bulls’ number 15, Zane Kirchner, ahead of the undoubtedly more talented Lambie. A first defeat for the Springboks under Heynecke Meyer felt inevitable after three iffy performances in succession, but it was nonetheless disappointing as the Boks gave up a halftime lead before going down 26-19 to the Wallabies in a Castle Rugby Championship match in Perth on Saturday. A good all-round gameThe best rugby they have played in recent times came during the 2007 Rugby World Cup; they combined an uncompromising defence with razor-sharp counter-attacking. They did the basics well and the general at number 10 was not a kicking flyhalf, but Butch James, a man with a good all-round game. There must be a lesson to be learnt from that. In Meyer’s six tests in charge of the Springboks, it should be remembered that the South Africa team looked at its best in the first half of the team’s 36-27 victory over England in the second test in Johannesburg in June. In that first half, the basics were performed well. They played well with the ball in hand, aiming to get it wide, and were rewarded. So, the question is: why has the ambition of the Springboks’ play receded so much since then, or appeared to do so? Is it time to recall Heinrich Brussouw? In 2011, before being injured, he was lauded for his influence on the game. Now he is on the outside looking in. This much is true: he looked very good for the Cheetahs in their narrow loss to Western Province on the weekend. Granted, test rugby is a different animal, more tightly contested than any other games, but isn’t that where subtle skills make all the difference? Shouldn’t we believe the Springboks are capable of more than they’re showing? And another question about the Springboks’ loose forwards: was Keegan Daniel let go too soon? Yes, he is smaller than the South African ideal of what a flanker or eighthman should look like, but his skills are unmatched among loose forwards in the country. He is one of the reasons why the Sharks are able to play such a good and effective counter-attacking style of rugby.center_img Lots of questions, I know, but that’s where the Springboks’ performances leave us, the fans, at present – with more questions than answers. While Kirchner has not let the Boks down, his ceiling is much lower than that of Lambie, who came off the bench for the first time in three games on Saturday. To match up to teams like the world champion All Blacks, who are South Africa’s next opponents by the way, the Springboks need their most talented players on the park. It didn’t really work for the Bulls in this year’s Super Rugby competition; they finished sixth on the log and were beaten in their first playoff game. The Stormers topped the log with a defensive-minded approach, but they never once earned a bonus point for scoring four tries in a game and that defensive approach it was found wanting by the Sharks in the playoffs. One of the scapegoats for South Africa’s poor performances has been flyhalf Morne Steyn, especially as his goal kicking has been below his usually immaculate standard. He offers less than Patrick Lambie on the attack, with Lambie good at taking the ball flat, while rising star Johan Goosen is as talented a player as anyone in the game, but he has only recently returned from a long injury layoff. The most inventive and attacking of the South African franchises, the Sharks made it to the final. Their style of play, more integrated than that of the other South African franchises, matched up best to the challenge of Australian and New Zealand opposition when the chips were down. 10 September 2012 A man like Kirchner won’t let the team down, but he is not a potential difference maker and match winner like Lambie is. And that is what is needed against the best opposition. When Goosen is fit, let him loose at flyhalf. Where they stood out most was in their ability to offload in the tackle and keep attacking movements alive. It’s something that has been relatively scarce in the Springboks’ approach. They want to see the ball run, especially as South African conditions are so conducive to it. They want to see the physicality of the players used not only to try and run over the opposition, but also around them, or to slice through them. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Pierre Terblanche puts SA design skills on the map

first_imgPierre Terblanche‘s childhood passion for design and motorbikes has blossomed into a career as a world-leading motorcycle designer.Despite all he has achieved though, Terblanche still yearns to design the bike of his dreams, hoping to work on something with all his creativity and no limitationsHaving designed for the European and US markets, he still fondly remembers his early Port Elizabeth to Cape Town bike runs.Custom motorcycle manufacturer BikeExif.com called him one of the most influential motorcycle designers in the world today. Norton Motorcycles chief executive, Stuart Garner, praised the man’s experience when he was hired to develop the Norton range.And Confederate Motorcycles founder and chief executive, H. Matthew Chambers, referred to him as a rebel “who by nature is dissatisfied with the status quo” and “intimidatingly intelligent, fiercely courageous, and outspoken to a fault”.Pierre Terblanche is clearly a trailblazer in the motorcycle design world and an early passion for bikes and design has fuelled his career.Born in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, in 1956, Terblanche was exposed to design and building at his father’s woodworking shop at an early age.After matriculating from Hoërskool Brandwag in Uitenhage, he went on to study graphic design at the Eastern Cape Technikon in the mid-1970s and began his career at advertising company Young & Rubicam, in Cape Town.Here he was tasked with marketing Ford Motors, but needing to follow his passion for design, he enrolled in the Masters in Transport Design programme at the Royal College of Art in London. After graduation he joined Volkswagen’s advanced design studio before leaving for a design post at Ducati Rimini in 1989. It was here that Terblanche produced some of his finest work, including the Ducati 749 and 999, the SportClassic, the Hypermotard, and the Cagiva 600 Enduro, otherwise known as the Canyon.Pierre Terblanche had always loved bikes more than cars because the more hands-on approach meant there was more to do for designers. Pictured above is the Ducati MH900e (Image: Pierre Terblanche)About his switch from VW to Ducati, he told Faster and Faster.net that he had always loved bikes more than cars because the more hands-on approach meant there was more to do for designers. In Italy, particularly, designers are usually involved in the layout, packaging and the clay or hard modelling of the bikes.Terblanche worked for two years with Massimo Tamburini on restyling the Paso and the Ducati 888. Tamburini is widely hailed as a world-class designer and was behind the Ducati 916, argued by enthusiasts as the world’s “most beautiful” bike.It was when he moved to Ducati’s design centre in Morazzone, Italy, that Terblanche designed the iconic Ducati Supermono. According to Terblanche’s website the bike “is the inspiration for the powerhouse Superbike winner, the 916”.After Cagiva sold the Ducati brand in 1997, Terblanche was appointed as the company’s director of design. Here he created the Supersport 900 and made the first online motorcycle sale, of the neo-classic MH900 Evoluzione.By 2006, after 15 years with the Italian company, Terblanche left to work as an independent design consultant. He subsequently developed three motorcycles for Moto Guzzi which won the Motorcycle Design Association award for Best Design at the 2009 EICMA show in Milan.When he joined Norton in 2011, Terblanche was tasked with developing a range of bikes that would appeal to the US market and in 2013, American company Confederate Motorcycles hired him as their head of product development.Despite all he has achieved though, Terblanche still yearns to design the bike of his dreams, hoping to work on something with all his creativity and no limitations.Even though Terblanche has been living outside of South Africa for over 25 years, he still finds pleasure in things that are very much South African. In an interview with BikeExif.com, he said enjoys watching the Springboks thrash the British Lions and taking a solo ride from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town – via the backcountry route past Oudtshoorn – on a sunny South African weekday.{loadposition ambas-menu}last_img read more

It’s goodbye Bafana at Afcon 15

first_img28 January 2015Bafana Bafana lost 2-1 to the Black Stars of Ghana on the night of 27 January, eliminating Shakes Mashaba’s side from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament taking place in Equatorial Guinea.As has been the case throughout the competition, Bafana Bafana took the lead but allowed the opposition to come back and steal the show.Mandla Masango gave the South Africans the first half lead with a sublime strike in the 17th minute, but late strikes by John Boye and Andre Ayew, son of legendary Abedi Pele, put paid to any chances South Africa had of making it into the last eight as Ghana, who lost the opening game to Senegal topped the group.It was a sad end for Bafana Bafana, who had entered into the finals in Equatorial Guinea on the back of an unbeaten run. After Masango’s goal, the match immediately turned into war of attrition, becoming a ding-dong affair.With news that Algeria was winning by a single goal, it meant South Africa had to push forward for another goal to proceed to the next round. But instead of going into the second half hard, it was the Black Stars who started on the offensive.Despite this, Brilliant Khuzhwayo and his back four kept things tight. Khuzhwayo was in the thick of action, again punching the ball clear in the 55th minute from a good cross as Ghana threw every man upfront.Meanwhile, Erick “Tower” Mathoho cleared all the high balls as Ghana continued to pump long balls into the box. In the 70th minute, Ghana made a double substitution in a bid to add some bite upfront and immediately equalised when substitute John Boye scored after he collected a loose ball inside the box and his strike gave Khuzhwayo no chance to make it 1-1.Kwesi Appiah then hit the upright moments later as the double substitution started to pay dividends. It was at this juncture that South Africa needed to regroup as they were constantly pushed on the back foot. They Black Stars forced one corner after the other as they searched for the winner.In the 82nd minute, Ghana took the lead through Andre Ayew whose perfect header gave Khuzhwayo no chance as Bafana Bafana again gave away yet another lead, as was the case in their previous two games.It is not all doom and gloom for Mashaba and his rising charges, and they will have to pick up the pieces in the forthcoming competitions as the rebuilding exercise continues.Source: Safalast_img read more

How To Enable 2-Factor Verification On Gmail (And Avoid Getting Hacked)

first_imgYou want to click on Account, which will open up a new tab on your browser, your Google Account page. From here, you want to navigate to Security located on the far left side.  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Clicking the Security tab will reveal a few options, the most important being “2-step verification.” You want to click the “Edit” button and once you do, Google will ask you to sign in again before allowing you to make the security change. Once you have signed in a second time, Google will ask you for your phone number. You can choose to add additional devices and phone numbers as you see fit. fruzsina eordogh Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting While many folks might hesitate giving their phone number to Google, the other possible option, having your “entire digital life …destroyed” (as Honan so succinctly put it), isn’t too appealing.  center_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market An easy tip for Gmail users on how to avoiding getting hacked: two-factor verification.  If there is one lesson to be learned from Wired writer Mat Honan’s “epic” hacking last week – a hack that wiped years of digital memories including emails and photos of his daughter – it’s the importance of Gmail’s two-factor verification security feature.“Had I used two-factor authentication for my Google account, it’s possible that none of this would have happened,” wrote Honan, who went on to say if he had used the security feature the hack would have stopped during the hacker’s “recon mission” leading up to the multi-device attack.Google’s two-factor verification, which the company began offering last February,  is easy to set up and just requires a phone capable of receiving text messages. When you try to log into your computer from a different location than the one you set up, like a coffeeshop or airport, Google ask you for a verification code before it lets you proceeds to your inbox. It will text you a code to enter, alongside your password, to make sure it is really you.   Setting up the security feature can be done through a variety of options (like this one, or this one), but an easy way is to go to the menu options on the top right of your Google Account page screen when signed into Gmail. Click the downward facing arrow on the far right of your Google+ picture, and a small menu will pop out like so: Tags:#tips#web last_img read more

Jamaicans Encouraged To Engender Greater Love of Family, Community and Country

first_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is encouraging Jamaicans to engender greater love of the family and community. According to Ms. Grange, it is love of family, home, community and country that inspired the nation’s forefathers to engage in the struggles leading to Jamaica’s Emancipation from slavery 180 years ago. Story Highlights “Let us say thanks to our people of all ages and eras who have been motivated by love of family to make their contribution to the development of Jamaica, Land We Love,” she added. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is encouraging Jamaicans to engender greater love of the family and community.She said that it is love of the immediate family that will prompt love of the community and, ultimately, country.Ms. Grange was speaking at Sunday’s (August 5) National Emancipation and Independence Thanksgiving Service at the Constant Spring Road Church of God, Kingston, which was held under the theme, ‘Jamaica 56: One Love…One Family’.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, headed the dignitaries attending, who included South West St. Andrew Member of Parliament, Dr. Angela Brown Burke, who represented Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips. Both read Old and New Testament scriptures during the service.According to Ms. Grange, it is love of family, home, community and country that inspired the nation’s forefathers to engage in the struggles leading to Jamaica’s Emancipation from slavery 180 years ago.“It was that same love of family, in the broadest sense, that led to the efforts that resulted in Independence for Jamaica from Britain ,which we mark for the 56th time on Monday, August 6. It is the love of family that underlines the deeds of our National Heroes and the sacrifices that they made, which were, in some cases, the ultimate sacrifice,” the Minister added.Ms. Grange thanked Jamaicans who are serving the nation in various ways and giving of their best “continuously and selflessly for the good of all of us”.“Let us say thanks to our people of all ages and eras who have been motivated by love of family to make their contribution to the development of Jamaica, Land We Love,” she added.last_img read more

Is Indian time a real thing Time to weigh in

first_img(On Thursday, Québec’s Indigenous Affairs Minister Geoffrey Kelly used ‘Indian time’ when asked why it took 8 years to write a piece of legislation. The term wasn’t received well.)Bruce SpenceSpecial to APTN National NewsEvery once in a while the phrase “Indian Time” rears its ugly head in discussions around the clean water coolers of modern day work places. Except in Aboriginal organizations. Ain’t nobody got time for that.For those of you who’ve never heard it, Indian Time means….in the vernacular of construction company foremen from bygone eras…. those damned Indians are always late.Just saying, that’s what it meant in my world.Kind of a racist thing to say though when it’s a human foible present in every people and culture the world over.How ignorant is it to attach the colloquialism to an entire people when there are individuals in every race in every country who couldn’t be on time for their own funerals if their life depended on it. I am one of those by the way.One of my best friends and mentors, an ex-military Saulteaux guy from Pine Creek, hated to be late and he never was. 10 minutes early was too late for him.As someone younger and wiser than me pointed out, we never had clocks. Didn’t need them. Winter has been coming aroundWinter has been coming around year in and year out around the same time since time immemorial.Same with spring, summer and autumn.So are the solstices, just in time for winter (or spring, or summer or fall) like clockwork.Those wild rice lakes were and still are ready for picking every September.Bottom line is, IT doesn’t exist.”bspence@aptn.caBruce Spence is the lineup editor for APTN National News. He is based in Winnipeg.last_img read more

WestJets new TorontoBelize City flight is now up and running

first_img Travelweek Group Monday, October 31, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Belize, New Routes, WestJetcenter_img Share CALGARY — WestJet has officially become the only Canadian carrier that directly connects Canadians to the country of Belize, following the departure of flight 2604 from Toronto Pearson on Oct. 29.“This is a very exciting moment for the tourism stakeholders in Belize. After a long planning period with WestJet, we are thrilled that the route has become a reality,” said Karen Bevans, Director of Tourism for the Belize Tourism Board. “This flight comes at the perfect time, as we are approaching the start of our upcoming high season, making travelling to Belize so much easier and more convenient for Canadians. We expect that with such ease in accessibility, tourism arrivals from Canada will increase, thereby contributing positively to the growth in the overnight tourism sector in Belize.”Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr., Belize’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, added: “This is truly a historic milestone for our nation. We certainly foresee an increase in travel to Belize from thousands of Canadians who have been deterred in the past due to inconvenient layovers and connections in the United States. After today, this is no longer the case.”More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyBelize is WestJet’s 21st destination in the Caribbean and third destination in Central America.  During peak winter months the airline has a total of more than 90 flights per week from Toronto to the Caribbean and Central America.Flights will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 737 aircraft featuring the enhanced Plus product and WestJet Connect, WestJet’s inflight entertainment system connected directly to smartphone, tablet or computer. Almost 70% of WestJet’s Boeing fleet is now equipped with WestJet Connect.Toronto-Belize City flies twice weekly at 9:15 a.m., while Belize City-Toronto also flies twice weekly at 12:50 p.m. All flights allow WestJet Rewards members the opportunity to earn WestJet dollars to be used towards the payment of a WestJet-marketed flight or a WestJet Vacations package (excluding taxes, fees and charges). WestJet’s new Toronto-Belize City flight is now up and runninglast_img read more

Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica opens with 98 suites and plenty of

first_imgTags: Karisma Hotels & Resorts NEGRIL — Kicking off the summer season in style, Karisma Hotels and Resorts has opened the doors to its newest island hotel, Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica by Karisma.Located on Seven Mile Beach in Negril, the contemporary ocean-view suite resort was officially feted by friends, colleagues and several Jamaican VIPS including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett and John Lynch of the Jamaica Tourism Board. Wednesday, July 5, 2017 Karisma Hotels & Resorts Chairman & CEO Rafael Feliz spoke about his commitment to Jamaica, the first country after Mexico chosen for Karisma Resorts’ expansion. “Jamaica has shown its devotion to tourism and welcomes foreign investment,” said Feliz, adding that Karisma Hotels & Resorts properties are now found in nine countries including the D.R., Colombia, Montenegro and Croatia.Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett proudly spoke about the 4.5% increase in arrivals to the island so far in 2017 as well as the increase in earnings, a 6.7% jump over last year. Despite the drop in Canadian visitors in 2016, Bartlett said 2017 has been positive, with a 4.5% increase in arrivals from Canada to Jamaica.Prime Minister Holness stated that ongoing investment by his government in infrastructure will support continued growth of Jamaica’s tourism industry. “For the first time ever, the Caribbean has welcomed 29 million arrivals,” said Holness, “and with our continued growth, we have been welcoming 3.5 million visitors to Jamaica in the past year, and hope to increase the number, setting a target of five million visitors by 2021.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesHolness added that Jamaica was chosen as the number one destination on TripAdvisor as well as #12 in the world and with the World Tourism Council predicting growth in global tourism, Jamaica is poised to lead the Caribbean.Azul Beach Resort Sensatori has 98 suites, featuring swim-up suites or ocean-view balconies with oversized seating, and are targeted for the North American market. Modern rooms are decorated in cool shades of gray and cream, with multiple seating areas and accents of turquoise and hot pink. The bathroom/dressing room features two spacious closets with multiple storage options, and metallic and white ceramic tiles.Guests have access to personal concierge and butler service, nine Gourmet-Inclusive restaurants, Vassa Spa (which features the Samadhi room), an expansive bride prep room for hair, makeup and spa treatments and extensive children’s programming including Azulitos Playhouse, My Gym Children’s Fitness Program and Azulitos Spa. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Resort dining options include global flavours at Mahogany, Thai cuisine at Hua Hin and seafood at the Garfield Beach Bar, named for the resort’s original owner, Dr. Garfield Munroe. The resort also features exclusive offers with Canadian Beef and Jackson Family Wines. Stylish places to drink include swim-up bars, Indigo Denim Bar and Amber Oceanfront Bar, which feature bands, DJs and dance performances in the evening.Additional amenities at the Azul Beach Resort Sensatori include pillow, room scent and toiletry options for premium guests, as well as complimentary watersports, yoga on the beach, cooking classes, rum tastings and Caribbean cooking classes.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTGuests have access to the Azul Sensatori pools as well as dining options such as Ackee for Jamaican cuisine, Di Romagna for Italian cuisine, Palms for breakfast, lunch or dinner and Nesta Rasta Lounge for music and local rums. Both resorts now offer 285 suites.The opening of Azul Beach Resort Sensatori follows the opening of Azul Sensatori Resort in 2014 and continues Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ ongoing investment in Jamaica. The next major project is Sugar Cane Jamaica, a $1 billion investment to create a hotel, entertainment and retail complex on over 200 acres in the island’s St. Ann region. Slated to start construction later in 2017, Sugar Cane Jamaica will feature Nickelodeon and Margaritaville resorts and 2.5 kilometres of beachfront.Karisma Hotels & Resorts is focused on expansion plans beyond Jamaica too, with a Nickelodeon Resort and a Margaritaville Resort currently underway for both Punta Cana and Riviera Maya. Waheeda Harris Share Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica opens with 98 suites and plenty of luxe touches About Latest Posts Waheeda HarrisA traveller from a young age, Travelweek contributor Waheeda Harris is pop culture obsessed, loves spicy food and is happy to wander around our planet with her camera in hand. Latest posts by Waheeda Harris (see all) Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Edge stars of JetSet3 fam – April 23, 2019 Unleash the power of cross-company digital transformation to revolutionize your CX – February 8, 2019 On location: Cabo San Lucas welcomes the stylish Riu Palace Baja California – December 20, 2018last_img read more