As the country prepares, yet again, to celebrate its glory on the track, JN Bank will be making the dreams of three Jamaicans and their guests come true with all-expense-paid trips to the 16th IAAF World Championships in London, England, August 4-13.The event will be the final World Championship performance for the legendary Usain Bolt, who will run the 100 metres at the meet. The many-time World Championship gold medalist is set to retire following this meet.”This is not just another prize,” remarked Saniah Spencer, JN Bank’s senior manager of marketing and product development.” This could lead to the moment of a lifetime!”No other Jamaican, or any man in the world, has achieved the success and athletic glory that Usain Bolt has in track and field. Therefore, this is a major opportunity to become a part of a very significant aspect of global track and field and international sports history,” Spencer declared.Bolt, the fastest man on the planet, holds the world record in the 100 and 200 metres with a lightning 9.58 in the 100 metres, and 19.19 over 200m.HOW TO QUALIFYSpencer explained that to get an opportunity to win a trip to the World Championships, the lucky JN member will only need to apply for and activate a JN Visa credit card, or transfer their current credit card balance to a JN Visa card.”In addition, they should also make a minimum purchase of $10,000, or its equivalent in US dollars. This includes GCT payments,” explained Spencer.The promotion, which commenced on April 18, will run until June 30.”Track and field is a very important part of our cultural history and our identity as a nation, therefore, we saw this as an international event, which our people should have a chance to witness for themselves,” she added.The company, which for a long time sponsored the Jamaica International Invitational meet and the Eastern Secondary Schools’ Sports Association Championship, has, in recent years, partnered with organisations representing Bolt, including the Racers Track Club. JN Bank will maintain its headline sponsorship of the JN Racers Grand Prix, to be held at the National Stadium, June 10.”While these partnerships have resulted in developing the sport, they have also assisted with developing communities,” Spencer added, underscoring the millions of dollars JN Bank has raised through the JN Foundation’s Heroes Run/Walk for charity, in partnership with the Usain Bolt Foundation over the past three years.
By Yuri Kageyama THE ASSOCIATED PRESS YOKOHAMA, Japan – Mazda unveiled a new hybrid vehicle on Tuesday that uses hydrogen fuel to power an electric motor. The Japanese automaker said it will be available for leasing in Japan next year. The Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid, shown to reporters ahead of its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, operates on a rotary engine, which runs almost silently because it doesn’t have pistons like standard engines. Hydrogen is combined with oxygen from the air to power the vehicle. It emits only water, rather than pollutants that have been linked to global warming. The new hybrid runs on hydrogen stored in a tank, but it can switch to gas when hydrogen runs out. Like other global automakers, Mazda, an affiliate of Ford Motor Co., has been working on hydrogen vehicles as consumers grow more interested in automobiles that don’t rely on fossil fuels. Ford’s 12-passenger shuttle bus powered by a 6.8-liter internal combustion hydrogen engine is operating at Orlando International Airport in Florida. Ford says its hydrogen technology is closest to mass production. The Michigan automaker said it could bring internal combustion hydrogen technology to market within five years but is dealing with fuel storage limits, public fear of hydrogen and availability at filling stations. Mazda officials said the latest hydrogen hybrid is an improvement over its previous hydrogen vehicle, leased since 2006, extending its run on a full tank of hydrogen from 62 miles to 124 miles. The new car also has a lithium-ion battery that drives the motor and recharges itself using energy from braking, further conserving on electricity. Mazda refused to say what supplier was providing the battery. Mazda Motor Corp. said it has no plans to lease the car outside Japan. The leasing fee will resemble the predecessor at about $3,500 a month, according to Mazda, so it’s aimed at government and ecological organizations. At its research facility in Yokohama, Mazda also showed a “concept car,” or show model, called Taiki, that it said was inspired by flowing wind. Its curvaceous surface creased with swooping lines, the slinky car looked like a metal stingray. Laurens van den Acker, general manager of design, said the sportscar highlights the Hiroshima-based automaker’s innovation in design. Its shape developed from studies of sheer fabric fluttering in the wind, and its interior was based on “koinobori,” or carp-shaped decorations of cloth that Japanese put up to sway in the wind to celebrate Children’s Day, a national holiday, said Chief Designer Atsuhiko Yamada. “Air is a very important substance, but it is invisible,” he said in explaining the design challenges. Mazda has been marking growing sales at a time when some automakers, including Ford Motor Co., has been struggling to make a turnaround amid faltering sales and cost cutting. Mazda’s global sales for the current fiscal year is expected to be up 4 percent to a record high 1.35million vehicles, surpassing the company’s previous record set in 1990, as it boosts vehicle sales in North America and Europe, offsetting flat sales in Japan.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!