Oracabessa, Jamaica – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazieWith two new airport openings it will now be more glamorous – and easier than ever – to flit in, out and about Jamaica. In conjunction with Island Outpost’s Jakes in Treasure Beach, Lionel Densham Aerodrome opened on December 16th with an event hosted by Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Bruce Golding; and Ian Fleming International Airport, Jamaica’s third international entry point, is set to launch on January 12th, just 10 minutes away from the newly-reopened GoldenEye Hotel & Resort in Oracabessa.Ian Fleming International Airport Jamaica opened its first international airport in February, 1947. At the time Montego Bay Airport (today known as Sangster International) was the lively hub for island-hopping glitterati. Now, a month shy of that airport’s 64th anniversary, the best-loved bolt hole of the Caribbean will receive its third international airport with the launch of Ian Fleming International. The airport will be officially opened by Prime Minister Bruce Golding with a 4pm launch event on January 12th, and will be attended by Fleming’s nieces, Lucy and Kate, as well as Island Outpost founder and music mogul, Chris Blackwell.The airport formerly known as Boscobel Aerodrome has been updated and expanded to accommodate private jets and other small commercial aircraft. It has also received a fitting name change – Ian Fleming was not only a fixture of the area (his Jamaica home is the idyllic GoldenEye Hotel & Resort) but he also helped put Jamaica on the map during the glamorous 50s and 60s. He and good friend Noel Coward would host everyone from heads of state to Hollywood royalty between his own estate and Coward’s nearby cliff-top home, Firefly.Providing quick and easy access to Jamaica’s beautiful North Coast, the launch of Ian Fleming International means that the phrase “Let’s pop down to GoldenEye for lunch and a swim,” is no longer simply wishful thinking! The airport will be able to park six international aircraft with a maximum wingspan of 55 feet (16.8 meters) and maximum length of 65 feet (20 meters), plus three small domestic planes. Also available will be JetA1 and AvGas fuel. Initially, international flights will be limited to private aircraft, with a domestic shuttle service between Jamaica’s other airports set to launch at a future date.Lionel Densham Aerodrome For guests wishing to fly to Jakes, Lionel Densham Aerodrome is a new private airstrip located 10 minutes away from the resort. Exclusively for Jakes guests, it is the first aerodrome in Jamaica to be wholly owned by a resort property, to be used as an amenity for guests. The grass-surfaced strip is 2,300 feet long (701 meters) and is ideal for single-engine light aircraft. Four- and six-seater Cessnas will be available to transfer guests between Jakes and other Island Outpost properties, as well as to and from the main airports at Montego Bay and Kingston.All flights will be private charters and part of a VIP package, which will include a complimentary bottle of champagne and spa treatments. But with rates starting at US$275/night for VIP flight and stay packages, this luxe add-on won’t break the bank! Reservations can be booked through Jakes, or Island Outpost’s central reservations. Guests wishing to land their own planes at Lionel Densham should request permission prior to their stay.The eponymous airstrip pays homage to Jamaica’s first aviator, Lionel Densham – the great uncle of Jakes’ owner Jason Henzell. He was a local eccentric who first came to Jamaica in 1929 while navigating a yacht for some wealthy Americans. When the stock market crashed, so did the yachting job, and Lionel returned to Jamaica with his only sibling, Basil. Lionel was the first person living in Jamaica to own his own plane, but was perhaps a little more famous for his eccentricities. When a friend stopped to find out if he was having engine trouble he said: “Oh no old boy, just frying an egg,” and sure enough that is just what he was doing, with his frying pan balanced precariously on his engine block.
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares February 9, 2014; Sports IllustratedAt the Super Bowl, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell gave his “State of the NFL” speech and then took questions. In response to a question about whether he would feel comfortable calling a Native American a “redskin” to his face, Goodell explained clearly where the NFL has come out on the controversy regarding the team name of the Washington, D.C. NFL franchise:“I spent the last year talking to many of the leaders of the Native American community. We are listening and we are trying to make sure we understand the issues. But let me remind you: This is the name of a football team, a football team that has had that name for 80 years. That has presented the name in a way that is honorable to Native Americans. We recognize that many don’t agree with the name. And we respect that. But if you look at the numbers, including the Native American communities, the Native American community poll, nine out of 10 prefer the name. Eight of 10 Americans in the general population would not like us to change the name. So we are listening and being respectful to people who disagree. But let’s not forget that this is the name of a football team.”With none of the wiggle room from his statements of past years, Goodell’s new answer isn’t hard to understand.The Washington team’s owner, Dan Snyder, has won his case with the NFL establishment to keep the current name of the franchise intact, but not necessarily with other constituencies. In Congress, Republican Tom Cole and Democrat Maria Cantwell have written to Goodell to sway him toward changing the name of the league’s Washington, D.C. franchise. Despite Goodell’s contention that the derogatory name is actually popular, their joint letter to Goodell notes that national civil rights organizations such as the National Congress of American Indians, NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, the Rainbow Coalition, and the League of United Latin American Citizens have come out condemning the team’s name and calling strongly for a change.Contrary to some of the commentary on sports talk radio, the letter doesn’t explicitly threaten the NFL’s tax status. The relevant line in the letter reads, “It is not appropriate for this multibillion dollar 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization to perpetuate and profit from the continued degradation of tribes and Indian people.” However, separately, Cantwell said she would look into changing the NFL’s tax status in order to convince the NFL to change its position. “You’re getting a tax break for educational purposes, but you’re still embracing a name that people see as a slur and encouraging it,” she is quoted to have said.Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie responded, in an emailed statement, “With all the important issues Congress has to deal with, such as a war in Afghanistan to deficits to health care, don’t they have more important issues to worry about than a football team’s name? And given the fact that the name of Oklahoma means ‘Red People’ in Choctaw, this request is a little ironic.”Probably equally ironic is that the name of the Washington team was given to it by its legendary owner, George Preston Marshall, who was considered the leading racist owner in the NFL. He was the last owner in the NFL to integrate his team, and did so only after the intervention of attorney general Robert F. Kennedy, who made the extension of the team’s lease for what would later become RFK Stadium contingent on breaking the racial barrier in Washington professional football.On the heels of the Cole/Cantwell letter, University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, entering the upcoming NFL draft, announced what his Mizzou teammates already knew, that he was gay. Predicted to be drafted in the middle rounds—maybe the third round of the draft, because Sam is a little undersized at 6’2” and 260 pounds for a defensive end—Sam’s joining the NFL will break the sexual identity barrier in America’s most macho sport.Unlike its stance on derogatory names of racial groups, the NFL issued a politically correct statement on Sam’s announcement: “We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage. Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.” The statement underscores the idea of the NFL, in player teams, as the ultimate meritocracy—if you can play, that’s all that matters.But not quite.Eight NFL coaches and executives told Sports Illustrated—off the record, however—that they expected “a significant drop in Sam’s draft stock” as a result of his statement, even though he was and will be the same player despite his Sunday evening revelation. One former general manager said that teams would drop Sam’s standing in the draft “unless he’s Superman.” SI reported that many NFL execs were questioning what prompted him to do that, suggesting that his future earnings would be negatively affected. “Not a smart move,” according to one NFL assistant coach.On one issue, the tax-exempt NFL (though not quite an “educational” institution, as Sen. Cantwell mischaracterized it) chooses to defend and perpetuate a racially insulting name as a team name. On another, it issues a brief but appropriate statement about a gay football player, though executives from around the league make it clear that the NFL’s public PC stance doesn’t match the underlying sentiment among many teams. Regarding both Native American team names and gay players, the NFL shows that it has a long ways to go before it really catches up to the big leagues of open, tolerant, and accepting contemporary society.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares