FOOTBALL’S-world governing body, FIFA, has denied a request by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to postpone its World Cup Qualifier on Good Friday, March 25, against Costa Rica at the National Stadium at 7 p.m. “The JFF wishes to advise that it made representation to FIFA for a possible change of date based on the sacred nature of Good Friday to many Jamaicans,” informed a JFF release yesterday. It added: “FIFA has responded that the change in date was not possible as the 2016 international match calendar has been approved since 2013.” Captain Horace Burrell, the JFF president, apologised. “Because we are a Christian society, I appealed to FIFA and asked them to postpone the game and have us play on another date. However, FIFA came back to us and said no,” Burrell told The Gleaner. “We had no intention to offend the Christians, but nothing can be done,” he emphasised. Burrell said arrangements could be made for a church service inside the venue before game time. “I am thinking of having a church service at the National Stadium before the game starts,” Burrell said. Meanwhile, ticket prices remain Grandstand Category One $6,500, Grandstand Category Two $5,500 and Bleachers $1,200.
Jaguar today announced that it has started accepting bookings for the diesel variant of the Jaguar XE in India. Currently, Jaguar Land Rover sells the petrol variant of the XE sedan in India at Rs 41.69 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the Pure variant, Rs 43.69 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the Prestige variant and Rs 48.59 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the Portfolio variant. With this, Jaguar XE will be available in both petrol and diesel options.The Jaguar XE new variant will be powered by a 2.0l (litre) diesel engine that delivers a power output of 132 kW. This is in addition to the 2.0l (litre) petrol engine already on sale in India since February 2016.Rohit Suri, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd. (JLRIL), said, “In the past one year, Jaguar XE has gained immense popularity and success in the Indian market and we are now pleased to offer the choice of diesel to our customers.”The Jaguar range in India includes F-TYPE sports car with price starting at Rs 1.26 crore and locally manufactured XF sedan has price starting at Rs 47.7 lakh.It also sells XJ sedan in India at a starting price of Rs 97.2 lakh (All prices ex-Mumbai pre octroi).Jaguar vehicles are sold from 23 dealerships across the country.ALSO READ:JLR slash prices of Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque in IndiaALSO READ:Dealers start taking bookings for diesel Jaguar XE in India