World Champs decathlon silver medallist Maurice Smith wants to start a multi-discipline coaching programme in Jamaica. Smith said recently that he would be looking to reach out to local high schools which compete at the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. Thirty-six-year-old Smith represented Jamaica at two Olympic Games (2004 and 2008), and a total of four World Championships (2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011). He won silver at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, picking up a total of 8,644 points. According to Smith, who was part of Calabar’s coaching team during their successful Boys’ Championships defence, he is looking to into the schools where he can host seminars on the multi-discipline events. “Just like I was everywhere on the track, I want to be everywhere in the schools, making positive changes in the multi-disciplines. “For me, I’d rather work with youth, as I am an educator, and I have my bachelor’s in education, my thing is not necessarily for the classroom because I am very passionate about the sports and education in sports, so I want to help teach the youth the multi-disciplines,” he told The Gleaner. Confident Smith, who broke the Pan American Games record in 2007, winning his first international gold medal, remains confident that he will be able to train, and impart knowledge to upcoming athletes who want to take up the multi-disciplinary events. “I enjoy coaching at this level because when you have done it, and they understand that, it’s easier to effect change,” he continued. “Not only can I explain, I can also demonstrate because I am very much still in great condition,” assured the 36-year-old who is back home having lived overseas since 1999.
American carmaker Jeep has launched the much awaited Compass in India, with prices beginning from Rs 14.95 lakh and going all the way up to Rs 20.65 lakh. These are ex-showroom prices and will stay the same all over India.The Compass is the first model from Jeep that will be manufactured India. It is a big launch for the American carmaker, one that can make or break Jeep’s legacy in India. Keeping this in mind, the Compass has been priced aggressively in the country.The Compass is available with two engine options in India, one petrol and one diesel. The Petrol unit is a 1.4-litre MultiAir engine that puts out 162PS of power 250Nm of torque. It is available with a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DCT gearbox. The diesel engine is a 2.0-litre Multijet unit that pushes out 173PS of power and 350Nm of torque. For the time being, the diesel engine is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox, although a nine-speed automatic will be introduced at a later date. The petrol variant of the Jeep will be offered only in a 4×2 set up while the diesel trims will be available with a 4×2 and 4×4 set up.ARAI figures for the petrol engine are not availble yet, but the diesel engine is capable of returning a fuel efficiency of 16.3kmpl for the 4×4 version and 17.1kmpl for the 4×2 version.Jeep had entered India last year with the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler Unlimited. Both cars were brought in through the CBU route and their price tags left not many impressed. However with the Compass, Jeep is aiming to get mass numbers in India to cement its position in the market. Another area where FCA (Jeep’s parent company) needs to buck-up in India is its aster-sales service.The Compass is available in three trims, Sport, Longitude and Limited.advertisementJeep has revealed that even before launch, the Compass had garnered 38,000 enquiries and 5,000 bookings, These are pretty impressive numbers for a SUV whose price was not known until the launch. The Compass also gets a three year/1,00,000km warranty. Prices of all the trims are:ModelPrice (Ex-showroom, Delhi) 1.4 MultiAir Petrol Sport Rs 14.95 lakh 1.4 MultiAir Petrol Limited (AT) Rs 18.70 lakh 1.4 MultiAir Petrol Limited Option (AT) Rs 19.40 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Sport Rs 15.45 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Longitude Rs 16.45 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Longitude Option Rs 17.25 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited Rs 18.05 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited Option Rs 18.75 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited 4×4 Rs 19.95 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited Option 4×4 Rs 20.65 lakhThe Jeep Compass’ main competitor in the market is the Hyundai Tucson but with its aggressive pricing, it could eat into the market share of cars like the Mahindra XUV500 also.Also Read: Made-in-India Jeep Compass launch date revealedAlso Read: Fiat officially commence online booking for upcoming Jeep Compass in India