JN Bank confirmed that they will continue as title sponsors of the JN Racers Grand Prix over the next two instalments in a move that Carlene Edwards, the institution’s sales, promotions and events manager said was an indication of its commitment to athletics and sports development in general.The June 10 event is set to unfold at the National Stadium with the likes of Usain Bolt, David Rudisha, Mo Farah and Wayde Van Niekerk expected to pull massive crowds.Edwards, who was speaking at yesterday’s launch event ahead of the second instalment of the Glen Mills-inspired meet, noted that her company was determined to play its role in pushing the growth of the sport in the island, and bringing world-class level athletics to the Jamaican track and field supporter.”The important thing for us is to ensure that we have the opportunity to bring the biggest international stars of the sport here, and paired with our own icons and standouts, we are certain that the JN Racers Grand Prix product will continue to push the sport forward,” Edwards told The Gleaner.”We are tremendously excited, JN Group has been sponsoring sports and athletics and so it was an easy decision for us to again come on board with this event knowing the track record of Glen Mills and the Racers Track Club, so it was really a no-brainer for us,” Edwards added.She added that JN Bank will be engaging those in attendance at the meet in various activities involving JN Group products.PROMOTION COMING SOONEdwards noted that JN Bank will be launching a promotion in early April for JN Bank Visa Credit Card customers, who will have a chance to win tickets to the JN Racers Grand Prix and all-expense paid trips to the IAAF World Championships in London this summer.”We will be activating our JN Bank Visa card, we will be using social media to give persons the chance to win tickets to JN Racers Grand Prix, with what we are calling the JN Bank Visa Credit Card VIP experience, where they will be treated like stars in the stadium,” said Edwards.”In early April, we will launch our JN Bank Visa credit card promotion and for persons with the Classic card, all they have to do is spend at $10,000 per month within the promotional period and persons with the Gold card; we are asking them to spend at least 15,000 to get an entry into the grand prize draw for a chance to win an all expense paid trip to the World Championships,” Edwards concluded.
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InterContinental Bali Resort is renowned for showcasing the best of Bali, with the essential components of Balinese Hindu philosophies, imagery and symbolism prevalent throughout its design. The Resort follows the principals of ‘Tri Hita Karana’, which is the balance and harmony between the three sources of life – humans, nature and God, while the architecture also honours the sacred axis between the holy mountain and the sea.InterContinental Bali Resort now continues this tradition with a comprehensive guestroom redesign programme, which sets new standards for luxury accommodation in Bali and introduces world-class room technology.Michel Chertouh, Regional General Manager for Bali Resorts, IHG, said, “As one of the iconic resort properties for IHG, the design of the new rooms has been conceived to bring the ‘Soul of Bali’ to life with features such as hand-painted batik prints and intricate wood carvings, coupled with personalised technologies that will set new standards in Bali.”Guest room designThe interiors have been designed by the Singapore-based ‘James Park Associates’, a renowned design consultancy that has an extensive knowledge of Bali and Indonesia, and specialises in creating exceptional guestrooms that pay homage to the location. The rooms’ most unique features are the full-wall mural paintings inspired by designs found on Balinese textiles.The bed head backdrops feature carved wood headboard panels with geometric lattice patterns typical of those seen on traditional Balinese doorways. A circular carved artefact features prominently in each room, mounted on the fabric-panelled accent wall of each lounge area. The pendant lamps are a signature of the new InterContinental Bali guestrooms and suites, inspired by the elaborate terracotta crown finials of traditional Balinese thatched roofs. Each lamp also features a cast brass decoration depicting dragons, and Garuda – the winged messenger and carrier of the supreme god, Wishnu. The woven rattan material, ubiquitous to the tropics, is treated with an antique patina and used prominently in the wall panelling of the dressing rooms. The crafted furniture has been carefully designed to complement the hotel’s vernacular architecture, while also conveying a timeless, tropical aesthetic. Indonesian wood from sustainable sources is widely used, and is combined with accents such as hardwood veneers, lacquered tobacco leaf and faux-shagreen – resembling the textured skin of a stingray, while the hand-tufted wool rugs are characterised by local patterns. The rooms are completed with curated thematic paintings depicting Balinese Legong dancers.The extensive use of Indonesian marble authentically reflects the context of the bathrooms, while exotic imported stone brings a rich opulence to vanity counters and bath surrounds. Contemporary yet timeless fittings and fixtures, such as those from Hansgrohe’s ‘Citterio E’ range, complete the composition.All of the rooms retain their original teakwood flooring, carefully restored to bring new life to this rich and valuable material.Technology New technology and state-of-the-art facilities are being incorporated to anticipate every guest need and to meet the Resort’s ongoing environmental commitment to improve its carbon footprint and protect natural resources through the reduction of energy consumption and water usage.To enable guests to fully relax in their rooms and to enjoy a true home away from home experience, each room will be equipped with a High Definition Smart IPTV system, with a 43-inch wall-mounted screen, offering access to thousands of high quality digital TV and radio channels from around the world, as well as movies and TV series on demand, Internet radio, YouTube channel and live streaming via a high speed Internet connection. Guests can even watch more than one channel at a time via their own Android or iPad (and iPhone) devices. Other options via the IPTV system include a messaging interface for in-room dining and concierge services, and facilities such as a world clock, wake up call, interactive maps and interactive flight info.In line with the Resort’s ‘Green Engage’ sustainable environmental programme, each room is being fitted with a revolutionary energy management system featuring occupancy sensors, which will reduce negative impact and energy consumption by controlling lighting and air-conditioning thermostats when no one is present. Lights will come on automatically when the room is reoccupied and guests can change the settings for their own comfort. Halogen ceiling lights are being replaced with energy-saving LED downlights, while silent mini-bar fridges are being installed utilising an energy efficient compressor cooling unit to reduce power consumption.The impact of overuse of ground water by tourism – with a falling water table – is being felt all over Bali. Therefore, the renovated bathrooms have been fitted with low flow shower heads that reduce the water flow to 6.3 litres per minute; low flow taps; and high efficiency dual-flush toilets, reducing water usage by up to eight litres per flush by using only three – 4.5 litres at any one time. Bathrooms will be completed with an attractive range of accessories designed to harmonise with the new décor, synonymous with the style of the Resort.Finally, intelligent electrical control devices will be installed. These will include a master switch beside the bed, as well as bed top and desktop level universal power points and USB charging ports.InterContinental Bali Resort is a five-star luxury resort, which rests alongside the magnificent golden-sand beach of Jimbaran Bay, complete with five swimming pools, award-winning restaurants and an internationally-acclaimed spa.