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Ramchandani keeps Miss Global in Jamaica

Published:Friday | February 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter

The 2010 Miss Global International beauty pageant was launched at the Hilton Kingston Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday under the theme 'Beauty for Tourism'.

Speaking to those in attendance, Lachu Ramchandani, the pageant's director, promised to "make sure we have the best pageant in the history of the Caribbean. One of the main reasons we started the pageant is to promote tourism. One of the motives of this pageant is to bring additional tourists".

He explained that the pageant was booked to be held in The Bahamas on August 1, where everything was being provided.

However, he said, "Bahamas is a business for me and I can make some money from it, but Jamaica is my home. So it was against my conscience."

Ramchandani worked with Miss Jamaica World and Miss Jamaica Universe pageants in former years.

For charity

The pageant will also benefit the Jamaica Early Childhood Development Foundation, which is chaired by Lorna Golding, as proceeds from the event will be donated to the cause. Golding, who will also be the sole patron of Miss Global Jamaica and Miss Global International, said she was pleased with the donation and has already made a commitment to a children's home.

The first elimination show will be held on May 1. Then the Miss Global Jamaica pageant will be held at the Grand Palladium Resort and Spa, Lucea, Hanover, on May 29. The winner of that round will represent Jamaica in the Miss Global International Grand Coronation show on September 26 at the Hilton Kingston hotel. There, she will compete with 24 other contestants from around the world.

The Miss Global International Pageant is now into its sixth staging, and was started by Ramchandani, a Montego Bay businessman. The first two pageants were held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston before the contest was hosted in London in 2008. It took back its place in Jamaica last year when it was held at Riu in Montego Bay, St James.