Attack-minded midfielder Joel ‘Jobi’ McAnuff, who missed an easy scoring chance for the Reggae Boyz in their 1-1 draw with Costa Rica at the National Stadium on Friday night, says he wants to make amends in their return CONCACAF semi-final round World Cup Qualifier in San Jose on Tuesday.The England-based McAnuff, one of the most influential players for Jamaica, especially in the first 45 minutes of Friday’s game, collected a fine defence-splitting pass, but sent his shot high and failed to trouble the Costa Rica goalkeeper.little disappointed”Yeah, I just probably tried to put a little bit too much power into it rather than placing it and I am a little disappointed that I did not put that into the back of goal,” he told journalists after the game.McAnuff, however, stressed that everyone gave 100 per cent during the game and the Reggae Boyz had chances to win the game.”We played them (Costa Rica) in the Gold Cup and we should have won that as well. We need to turn the ‘should haves’ into wins, and we believe we can do that,” he said.Historically, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have it all to do in San Jose as they have never beaten Costa Rica at home, but McAnuff said they will fight to win on Tuesday.”The group is getting stronger and we responded well to the goal on Friday. Maybe, in years gone by, we would have gone under and lost the game, but we held on and really made sure we were playing up in their half towards the end.”We are going to be right there to the end and get the points we need,” he stressed.Jamaica are third in the four-team group with four points. Costa Rica lead with seven while Panama, also on four points, are ahead of Jamaica on goal difference. Haiti are at the bottom of the group on a point. Only the top two teams will advance to the final round.
Way before the motor car, Maharajahs loved trains. They installed their own royal thrones in opulent coaches, embellished them with ivory and gold, and commissioned detailed models for their own personal use – one of which chugged along the centre of the royal banqueting table on silver rails, carrying an essential consignment of liqueurs and cigars for guests to enjoy.The Maharajas’ Express, due to arrive in January 2010, will be heralded as a major new departure in luxury trains and will be a landmark event in Indian tourism. So 21st Century, the new train will put other luxury trains into the sidings for sheer comfort, state-of-the-art facilities and personal space.The train will feature 20 Deluxe Suites, 18 Junior Suites, 4 main suites and the one-carriage Grand Presidential Suite. Every cabin will have large panoramic windows, individual temperature controls, satellite surveillance, air cushioned suspension and other hi-tech facilities, including large LCD TV’s, DVD players and new generation, environmentally friendly washrooms. The Standard Deluxe Cabin is the world’s most spacious rail cabin in its category – 9’5” x 7’9” with a bathroom measuring 7’9” x 4’9”. There is a choice of twin or double beds. Junior Suites are 13’6” x 7’9”, Suites are 21’8” x 7’9”. Travelers get together in the lavishly appointed bar carriage, the Observation carriage with its own bar, games table and club armchairs, as well as two fine-dining restaurants, each seating 42 people.Beyond the advanced technology and fit-for-royalty spec, the Maharajas’ Express will have a very significant impact on tourism, opening up spectacular parts of India that are very difficult for a luxury traveler to experience by plane, by car or by current train services. As the first Pan-India luxury train, it will cut across state borders to offer four very different and exciting itineraries that take travelers into the heart of another world.The Maharajas’ Express will be operated by Royale Indian Rail Tours Ltd, a newly formed company created by Cox and Kings India Ltd and the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd, a Public Sector enterprise under the Ministry of Railways.ItinerariesThe itineraries are not just about a journey – they encompass seeing some of the most beautiful parts of India whilst having unique experiences along the way. Lunch at the private residence of an erstwhile feudal family in Jambughoda and at the Maharaja of Bikaner’s private hunting lodge, a visit to Dera Amer – for an Exhibition Elephant Polo match, a boat trip on the holy Ganges to see the sunrise in Varanasi – this is just a sample of the type of distinctive experience en route that the train will offer.Princely India (Mumbai – Delhi)The 8 night, 7-day Princely India journey travels through the heart of ‘royal’ India from Mumbai through to Vadodara, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, RanthamboreNational Park, the Taj Mahal in Agra and on to Delhi.Classical India (Delhi – Kolkata)This is a very different six-night experience, offering a journey into the heart of local India. Itself a groundbreaking journey that passes through places that are previously incredibly difficult to access without flying to and from Delhi to visit each place. This journey starts in Delhi, and travels through Agra, Gwalior, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh, Varanasi, Gaya and Kolkata.Both itineraries can be taken in reverse. Included in the cost are a range of fantastic trips and events; visits to the main sites en route and all activities, including elephant polo and champagne breakfasts.Prices start at $800 per person per day based on two sharing a Deluxe Cabin. A Junior Suite is $900, a main Suite is $1400 and the Presidential Suite is $2500. This includes accommodation, all meals and soft drinks, house brands of wine, beer and spirits, all sightseeing, with entrance fees, guides and all entertainment.www.rirtl.com