A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Editors’ Recommendations Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Remember those New Years resolutions? Yeah, how are those working out for ya? While some of us do stick to them, most do not. After you read about Rich Roll, you will be digging out those resolutions. He is all muscle, all smiles and all about motivational speaking and eating healthy. We could all learn a little something from Mr. Roll.A former corporate lawyer, Rich was hurtling into middle age and focusing on the corporate ladder. Although he had been an athlete in college, that all went by the wayside upon graduation.By the time he was 39 he was 50 pounds overweight and had transferred his alcohol addiction to fast food. As Rich told us, “It was less about the weight and more about the dissatisfaction of the way my life was going. I’d done everything the way it was ‘supposed’ to be done and I wasn’t happy in the law firm and corporate world. I had a bit of an existential crisis!”Late one night he was winded just from walking up the stairs in his house and felt like he was having a heart attack. Luckily it wasn’t one but at that moment he changed course. In. A. Big. Way. “Just eating better and going to the gym wasn’t for me. My diet and fitness was something I wanted to experiment with. I found vitality through a plant based (vegan) diet and had so much energy I had to burn it off,” Roll explained.The more he exercised the more he enjoyed it and on a whim in 2008, he entered an Ultra Man competition and placed 11th overall after training for only seven months. He went back the next year and placed 6th. Now he is know as the ‘Vegan Runner’ and he is proud of it.In 2010 Rich took it to the next level and came up with the idea of an ‘Epic Five’ where he and a friend would do an Iron Man a day on each Hawaiian island. They didn’t make it in five days (missed some flights!) but they managed it in under a week.Today Rich Roll is one of America’s most popular wellness advocates. His book Finding Ultra has won praise from everyone from CNN to ESPN and The New York Times. He travels around the world giving motivational speeches helping people unleash their most authentic self. His weekly podcast is a great listen too, where Rich speaks with people who inspire him. As he was sure to point out, “The message is much more important than how fast I can ride my bike.” Finally keep a look out for his cookbook coming out this summer.Here we speak to Rich about his personal style:Rich’s Style:I am particular but not fancy. I believe in having a few nice things. For me a great pair of jeans that fit right and a v neck tee is my daily uniform. I live in LA so I am in flip flops most of the time!Jeans: I like Joe’s Jeans and I like the Gap 1969 line.Tees- Nice Gap black or white does me right. They are cheap enough I buy a pile of them and toss em out when they get old.Shirts: Thomas PinkSuit: Prada and Hugo Boss, a dark suit with a white shirt is the way to go for me.Dress shoes: Prada shoes but usually my Converse All Stars in blackDaily shoes: Converse All StarsRunning Shoes: Ten pairs in bright colors, mostly Nike.Flip Flops- HavaianasSocks: I wear Paul Smith socks when I want to add a little color to my day.Running attire- Nike and Patagonia are my go to for shells and vests. I like The North Face for puffy jackets. Beanies- loads of different kinds, from surf lines like Volcom.Yoga Pants: Lulu LemonRunning Socks: InjinjiCycling Gear: I’m telling you, the most bespoke sport in the world is cycling. I like Castelli and Hancipip.Favorite App- Instagram – Love it! @RichRollNext Tech Purchase- Probably a 27 inch Mac Thunderbolt display If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors
1. Wiltshire Pantry Bakery and Cafe offers picnic-perfect pastries and artisan breads at breakfast and lunch. and Photo by Josh Merideth. 2. Bourbon barrels at Willett, a stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. Photo courtesy of the Kentucky Distillers Association. 3. At gralehaus’ first event last month they paired coffee, tea, and beer with dinner. Photo courtesy of gralehaus. 4. The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience brings distilling back to Whiskey Row. Photo courtesy Heaven Hill. 5. Downtown cocktail lounge Meta will transform into a Derby weekend pop-up club. Photo courtesy Original Makers Club. What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary Editors’ Recommendations The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries Louisville opens its arms to throngs of horse racing fans every spring. Derby City is the place to be: the bourbon’s flowing, the eating is good, and living is easy the first Saturday in May. If you’re headed to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby and want to see what else you might get up to besides those legendary two minutes at Churchill Downs, you’ve come to the right place. Our contributor Dana McMahan is on the ground in Derby town and will steer you to the latest and greatest.EatLouisville is brimming over with new eateries that join an already stellar line-up.Atlantic No. 5 – Brought to you by the tastemakers behind RYE (remember? We steered you there last Derby; you’re welcome) this food/coffee/sundries shop downtown turns up the volume on sandwiches and salads, serving up seriously good lunch fare in a spare, urban setting.El Camino – Tiki is the first thing to come to mind when you think Kentucky, right? No? That’s ok, El Camino – opened last fall – will show you the way with their classic tiki cocktails, vintage surf music on vinyl, and authentic Mexican street fare.El Taco Luchador – Yep, more south of the border here, with this colorful new taqueria (just down the street from El Camino actually) that packs the house with fans of their cheap-and-delicious tacos. Don’t miss the chicken mole, and definitely grab those sweet potato fries with smoked pineapple sauce.Wiltshire Bakery and Cafe – Francophiles get their fix at this corner bakery, and if Paleo types don’t abandon all principles when they catch a whiff of the croissants, surely they’ll cave when they spot the sandwich board. To pack a Derby box lunch in style, get your order in by April 28 (our pick: the meat and cheese fantasy in the #1 Italian box).DrinkMeta/House of the Public – Two in one! This upscale cocktail lounge (housed in a former strip bar) is playing host to House of the Public Derby weekend. Three days of pop-up club, totally new every day, for the “culturally discerning” will showcase local makers and promises some mean mixology – with no cover charge.Gralehaus – If you made a pilgrimage to the Holy Grale last year, you’re going to want to head to their new shop tucked behind the beer garden. Gralehaus defies easy categorization, but one thing’s for sure: you’ve got plenty of options in their wall of beer – plus some high end snacks and square meals to round out your liquid nourishment.See and doThe revival of Whiskey Row downtown has launched in earnest with the opening of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. If museums had been this cool (and well-funded) when we were kids we might’ve been better students (the bourbon tasting doesn’t hurt either). This official first stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail gives you an up-close look at the magic and alchemy that is bourbon-making – with a bonus helping of local history and lore. A handful more distilleries are in various stages of progress, so keep your eye on this swathe of downtown.This year marks the 50th anniversary of Louisville legend Cassius Clay’s (aka Muhammad Ali) bout with Sonny Liston; it’s also 45 years since John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “bed-in.” What do these things have in common? They add up to a very good reason to drop in on the excellent Ali Center. Besides learning all about the life and times of the Champ, you’ll want to check out the new retrospective bed-in exhibit Give Peace a Chance.Get out of town: head west (or east or south) on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® and scope out what’s happening in the – micro-distilling – world of whiskey. Sample some moonshine and watch from grain to glass at one of eight small distilleries scattered across the commonwealth.
Ludovic LubeigtMost Americans would be forgiven for having no idea where Mauritius is. It’s small, halfway around the world, and flies blissfully under the radar of every CNN news cycle. However, the tropical island nation just east of Madagascar is a bit like Africa’s version of Hawaii. It’s a place of stunning beaches, (almost) perfect year-round weather, and a vibrant melting pot of culture and cuisine. Here are seven reasons why it should on your travel bucket list for 2018.It’s Hot Right NowSofitel So Mauritius/FlickrWe’re not talking about the weather. Mauritius earned a coveted spot on all the right “must-travel-to-in-2018” lists worth reading because everyone — including Lonely Planet — is or will be talking about it this year. This is due in large part to the island flying so neatly under the radar for most travelers, so it still feels well off-the-beaten-path, particularly for Americans. There are few chain restaurants or shops on the island; the culture remains largely as authentic as it’s been for the last few decades; and, once you’ve made it there, a vacation is surprisingly affordable.… But, Really, It’s Hot Right NowNatesh Ramasamy/FlickrIn fact, it’s always hot or, at the very least, quite warm. Aside from the island’s brief though predictable cyclone season, the weather is just beautiful throughout the year. October is the best time to go for a long list of reasons, including: cyclones are rare; temperatures are still high, but not too high; the water is crystal clear for the best diving and snorkeling; and hotel rooms are more plentiful and affordable thanks to the shoulder season.The Sand, Sun, and Surf is Second to NoneSofitel So Mauritius/FlickrOf the island, Mark Twain once said, “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius.” The beaches of Mauritius rival — and in some cases, best — even the most famous beaches in Mexico and the Caribbean. For no-frills relaxation, head to the west or northwest where locals and tourists agree that the impossibly turquoise waters of Pereybere and Flic en Flac never disappoint. For more active pursuits, look to the powder-white beaches of Belle Mare on the island’s windier east side where sea kayaking, surfing, kitesurfing, and sport fishing are all on offer.Get Lost in the Southern JungleSofitel So Mauritius/FlickrThe island’s wealth of beach-centric opportunities is no surprise. However, Mauritius’ rugged interior offers plenty of beautiful and challenging land-based activities as well. Head to the lush and less-developed southern reaches where the resorts and tourist influence have yet to venture. Black River Gorges National Park is the island’s biggest and undoubtedly best. The park’s ecosystem is critical to the survival of endemic flora and fauna including macaque monkeys, wild boar, 300 flowering plant species, and unique tropical birds like the echo parakeet and pink pigeon. If you can peel yourself away from the eye-popping beaches for just one inland journey, head here.It’s Never Been Easier to Get ThereAshwin CM/FlickrIt may seem daunting to travel halfway around the world for any destination. However, new routes from KLM and Air France make it easier than ever to get to Mauritius. The island is reachable is less than 24 hours (including connections) from many major U.S. cities through Amsterdam and Paris. Plus, Americans don’t need a travel visa for stays of less than 90 days, so a visit requires no more paperwork than traveling to, say, Jamaica.Eat Your Way Around the Eastern HemisphereL’atelier de Kristel/FlickrIn the last few hundred years, Mauritius has fallen under the rule of the Arabs, the British, the French, and the Dutch. It was once known as the “Star and Key of the Indian Ocean” for its prime position along colonial trade routes. Add to that several hundred years of immigration (some voluntary, some not) from Asia, India, and the African continent, and the result is an island with more cultural and culinary influences than any destination you’ll find in the Western Hemisphere. It’s heaven for foodies — a place to eat your way around the Eastern Hemisphere. You’ll find fantastic curries, coq au vin, chutney, and rougaille (a popular tomato paste usually served over fish). A single Mauritian dish can deftly blend Indian, Chinese, French, Creole, African, and other cuisines in a way that just works.Celebrate 50 Years of Independence in 2018Judith/FlickrMarch 12, 2018, marks 50 years since Mauritius bid adieu to Britain. While that single day is likely to be a nonstop party, the island will be celebrating all year with festivals, events, concerts, and plenty of amazing food and Phoenix lager. 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Story Highlights Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, says macroeconomic stability has been entrenched, evidenced by relatively low inflation, high net international reserves (NIR), successive positive growth, and fiscal discipline, which has significantly lowered public debt. The country’s debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio is projected to fall below 100 per cent at the end of the 2018/19 fiscal year, which is the lowest level of debt in nearly two decades. Mr. Henry noted that with the strengthened foundation resulting from the improving macroeconomic out-turns, coupled with ongoing efforts to sustain the gains attained, “the country is now [moving] to achieve economic independence”. Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, says macroeconomic stability has been entrenched, evidenced by relatively low inflation, high net international reserves (NIR), successive positive growth, and fiscal discipline, which has significantly lowered public debt.The country’s debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio is projected to fall below 100 per cent at the end of the 2018/19 fiscal year, which is the lowest level of debt in nearly two decades.Mr. Henry noted that with the strengthened foundation resulting from the improving macroeconomic out-turns, coupled with ongoing efforts to sustain the gains attained, “the country is now [moving] to achieve economic independence”.Dr. Henry was speaking at the PIOJ’s inaugural Economic Growth Forum at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew recently, under the theme ‘From Elusive to Inclusive Growth’.The occasion was also used to launch the PIOJ’s 2019 Growth Inducement Programme Research Report, which is a collection of eight research papers encompassing economic growth-related areas.These include financial inclusion, tertiary education, labour market developments, and social interventions.“The recurring theme emerging from these studies is the importance of the Government creating a strong enabling environment for doing business,” the PIOJ Head said.He noted that the aim is to set the stage for individuals and businesses in the private sector, including social enterprises, to create wealth for themselves and their communities, which will redound to broader economic growth and development and, in turn, “complete the circle of development with improved conditions”.“As a country, we have earnestly undertaken many growth initiatives and made progress on many areas… but have not seen the levels of economic growth that we desire,” he noted.He said against this background, stakeholders should draw on the lessons learnt through “open and honest” reflection, sharing and action to devise “coordinated approaches” to effectively create or strengthen solutions to address Jamaica’s growth challenge.“We believe this is critical to attaining higher economic growth, higher social outcomes, and to achieve the targets established in Vision 2030 Jamaica – the National Development Plan and, thereby, make a real difference in the lives of the people,” he added.While acknowledging that “there is no panacea or quick fix for [elusive] growth”, Dr. Henry maintained that “working together, utilising our scarce resources effectively and efficiently [we] can generate the desired results, as we continue to target meaningful, sustainable and inclusive economic growth”.
The Government is to continue initiatives under its Fiscal Administration Modernisation Programme, through a $700 million allocation in the 2013/2014 Estimates of Expenditure. The project, implemented in December 2011, aims to support the Government of Jamaica in achieving a sustainable fiscal position by strengthening the Ministry of Finance and Planning’s institutional capacity to effectively improve customs, inland tax collections, and manage debt and government payments. The sum allocated for this fiscal year, will go towards remodelling of a building at East Street; acquisition of a surveillance system, a fixed asset system, applications for revenue system, and 111 computers and 50 laptops; commencing the procurement of an integrated tax administration system and document management system; and implementing a modernised customs system. As of March 2013, the programme had procured 120 computers, 50 laptops, and 15 tablets; requested proposals for the remodelling of the East Street building; acquired statistical licence; procured enterprise backup and storage solutions; invited bids for a new integrated tax administration system; while asset inventory management, revenue accounting and document management systems were drafted for publishing; The programme is funded jointly by the government of Jamaica and the Inter American Development Bank (IDB). It is scheduled to be completed by December 2016.
Story Highlights Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the BGLC, Carole Martinez-Johnson, said that the Commission is currently reviewing proposals from licencees, which will be processed as quickly as poosible. The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), has indicated that it intends to fast-track the roll-out of Internet gaming in Jamaica. Executive Director of the BGLC, Vitus Evans, noted that online gaming is a lucrative industry, valued at US$39.9 billion in 2015. The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), has indicated that it intends to fast-track the roll-out of Internet gaming in Jamaica.Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the BGLC, Carole Martinez-Johnson, said that the Commission is currently reviewing proposals from licencees, which will be processed as quickly as poosible.She was speaking at a JIS Think Tank held at the agency’s head office in Kingston on June 1.Executive Director of the BGLC, Vitus Evans, noted that online gaming is a lucrative industry, valued at US$39.9 billion in 2015.He noted that the figure is forecast to reach US$51.96 billion by 2018.Mr. Evans said interactive and online gaming represent the new frontier of the industry, and will be key topics for discussion at the upcoming Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit in St. James.“Gaming, like other forms of entertainment, is transforming from an activity that consumers enjoy at a physical brick and mortar location to one that is readily available online, with opportunities, for gaming, literally at players’ fingertips 24 hours a day, accessible via smartphones, tablets and laptop PCs,” he pointed out.He said the BGLC will be facilitators and enablers to ensure the orderly development of the industry and the protection of citizens who choose to engage in this form of entertainment.“It is important to understand the industry and the opportunities. This is important as the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act goes through the process of being updated to establish the licensing regime and framework for regulatory supervision of interactive gaming,” Mr. Evans pointed out.The BGLC will be hosting the Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit 2017 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from June 14 to 15. The event will focus on the impact of technology on gaming.Matters to be eaxamined include jurisdictional issues, protection of minors and responsible gaming.Chief Executive Officer of Millennial Sports Canada, Alex Igelman, will speak on the growth of eSports.Attendees are invited to register for the conference at www.bglc.gov.jm.
Story Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Ministry will be pushing for even greater performance by students in external examinations, especially Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects. Speaking at TIP Friendly Society’s 2018 Scholarship awards luncheon at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on August 17, Mr. Green cited the increase in students’ performance in CSEC, which showed an overall increase of 3.8 per cent this year when compared to 2017, and emphasised that Jamaica’s youth can improve their annual performance in all external examinations. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Ministry will be pushing for even greater performance by students in external examinations, especially Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects.Speaking at TIP Friendly Society’s 2018 Scholarship awards luncheon at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on August 17, Mr. Green cited the increase in students’ performance in CSEC, which showed an overall increase of 3.8 per cent this year when compared to 2017, and emphasised that Jamaica’s youth can improve their annual performance in all external examinations.“We’re equally as happy, as you would have heard from the Minister of Education, Youth and Information. We’ve seen an improvement in our CSEC results. In fact, 22 out of the 34 subject areas saw improvement. In Mathematics, we saw improvement in the performance [and] improvement in English. That is something to celebrate,” Mr. Green said.The State Minister said that Jamaica’s teachers should also be commended for the increase, as they, along with parents and guardians, play a major role in imparting knowledge for the students to be prepared for the external examinations.“Our teachers work extraordinarily hard to ensure the success of our children. We have to remember the teachers in the journey. We have a lot of self-less teachers who go above and beyond to prepare students. Some of them take the pass results as serious as if the child was their own, and we must applaud our teachers,” Mr. Green said.At the luncheon, 37 young persons, whose parents are members of the TIP Friendly Society, were awarded with scholarships for their outstanding achievement in their studies.The youth included 28 students who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT); six students in high schools, two students pursuing undergraduate degrees and one student pursuing a post graduate degree.One of the GSAT awardees, Joel Barnett, scored a perfect 100 in all the subjects he took. “We’re equally as happy, as you would have heard from the Minister of Education, Youth and Information. We’ve seen an improvement in our CSEC results. In fact, 22 out of the 34 subject areas saw improvement. In Mathematics, we saw improvement in the performance [and] improvement in English. That is something to celebrate,” Mr. Green said.
It was around 9 o’clock on a Tuesday morning and traffic was gridlocked at the intersection of West King’s House Road and Constant Spring Road.Seeing the congestion first-hand, police officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) newly formed Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) quickly sprang into action, to clear the snarl.“I hate seeing traffic jams”, declares Inspector of Police attached to PSTEB’s Traffic Enforcement section, Ronald McLeod, as he waves motorists through the stoplight at the intersection, which was now on red.The cause for the traffic congestion was ongoing road works in the area. In this instance, an attempt was made to use an excavator at the corner of West Kings House Road, which greatly hindered the peak hour traffic flow from Dunrobin Avenue onto Constant Spring Road; and from West King’s House Road onto Constant Spring Road.“They were trying to work while the peak traffic is moving; that could not have happened. So I came over and stopped them,” Inspector McLeod explains after pausing briefly to speak with JIS News.This is just one of the many scenarios that PSTEB officers have been working to address since the new branch commenced operations just over a month ago. More than 60 personnel from the traffic enforcement section, are dispatched daily to deal with such matters.Explaining how directing traffic works under these circumstances, Inspector McLeod, who is one of the persons in charge of the PSTEB officers on the ground, says they first have to identify where the majority of the traffic is coming from and, in some cases, give it a “double pull”, to enable a free flow.“A double pull means that even though the light changes to red, we will still allow [motorists] to go through to get off that segment of the traffic that is heaviest,” he explains.“We are the traffic enforcement section, and our role is to ensure we have a steady flow of traffic, both pedestrian and vehicular. That is why we are here every morning to ensure that, especially during the peak hours, we get traffic moving,” he emphasizes.Inspector McLeod says the motoring public has been “welcoming” of the PSTEB officers’ increased presence. Brightly attired in their neon-coloured vests, and helmets, the lawmen officers can be seen at major signalized intersections throughout the Corporate Area and St. Catherine.“Every day that we are on the road, people toot their horns at us. They wave at us in appreciation of what we are doing. They realize that this is a new initiative and that we are working well and its working for them. People are getting home on time; people are getting to work on time… and they appreciate it a lot”, he says, adding that commuters also express their gratitude via twitter and other social media platforms.The PSTEB officers have also been deployed to areas where major road rehabilitation works are being undertaken to facilitate better traffic management.These include: Constant Spring Road, Mandela Highway, Portia Simpson Miller Square and Hagley Park Road. This has resulted in several traffic changes which the officers have been handling.“PSTEB officers are the persons who you are going to see upfront, because even for the traffic changes, we are very instrumental in those. We are in touch with the various agencies in whatever changes that are going to be made to the roadways, and then we go out and we carry out the functions,” Inspector McLeod says.He points out that the officers of this specialised branch are diligently at work from as early as five o’clock in the morning daily to ensure there is free traffic flow.In fact, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin Allen, who heads the branch, has also been seen directing traffic on roadways such as East Avenue, which has been converted to a one-way thoroughfare.Inspector McLeod says while there were some initial hiccups during the back-to-school period in September, the PSTEB officers, who at that time were out on the roads from as early as 4:00 a.m., have not been encountering many challenges recently, as motorists “are understanding what we are about and we are getting a lot of conformity”.In terms of the operators of public passenger vehicles, some of who display extreme indiscipline on the roads, he says the presence of the PSTEB officers has been keeping them in line.“How the unruly (motorists) work, is that once the police is present, then they deter from their (disruptive) actions; and what we have at Traffic Enforcement, is a lot of presence on the roads. Apart from presence, we do take action when we see them out of line… as a result, they don’t take chances. So we have things under control at the moment,” he confidently states.The Inspector notes that whatever the situation requires, once persons are out of line, “if they are to get a ticket… they will get a ticket… if they are to be arrested… they will be arrested”, according to the nature of the offence.“So people will understand that we are serious and we are here about change; and if we are about change, then we are going to stand by it,” he asserts.Inspector McLeod says, ultimately, conformity from the public is one of the main objectives of PSTEB, noting that the branch’s establishment was necessary, given the “rampant disregard for the usage of the road”.As such, he says that, “so our mandate is really to cover as many intersections and corridors as possible, to ensure that the offenders will desist from doing the things they used to do. We intend to continue this and to make sure that persons understand and once they get used to it, I expect (more) compliance,” he states.Inspector McLeod stresses that the officers “are not here for just face value. We are here to ensure and to protect and to serve. While we are on the road, these things (unruly behaviour) just cannot happen. We won’t allow it”.“We have presence. Every corner you turn in the Half-Way-Tree area, in Waltham Park, down by East Avenue, we have presence there to ensure that the rules of the road are maintained,” he says.Inspector McLeod attributes PSTEB’s early success to the highly motivated officers who were specially handpicked for assignment at the branch.“We are a serious set of officers at the PSTEB and this is no joke initiative. We are very serious people… a special group of people, specially trained, and we are expecting that training to be shown on the roadway, not only with conformity, but even how we speak to people… it will make a difference,” he says.The 700 PSTEB members have been specially trained to engage community members as they carry out their duties to deal with traffic, vending and the general population in public spaces. They underwent training in human rights and situational awareness, among other areas.Inspector McLeod also notes that the officers are led by a “great motivator”, SSP Allen, who encourages them to give of their best when carrying out their duties.“When he speaks to us, he [does so] with assurance and we know that he is there for us. He has our back, as well as the management team of PSTEB… what we have are good leaders,” he says.The PSTEB’s operations, which constitute a merger of the JCF’s motorised patrol and traffic and highway divisions’ activities, are expected to result in improved compliance with the Road Traffic Act, reduced crime in public spaces, and increased public support of the police.The Branch features motorcycle, motor car, bicycle and beat patrols, comprises three divisions – the Public Safety Division, Highway and Safety Patrol Division, and the Traffic Enforcement Division.The unit’s objectives are the overall improvement of public safety through strategic deployment of police assets and personnel; and a reduction in response time to demands for police service, especially in road accidents and domestic disputes.The PSTEB’s initial operations are in the Corporate Area, St. Catherine and major resort towns, but will eventually be expanded islandwide. The unit’s objectives are the overall improvement of public safety through strategic deployment of police assets and personnel; and a reduction in response time to demands for police service, especially in road accidents and domestic disputes. The 700 PSTEB members have been specially trained to engage community members as they carry out their duties to deal with traffic, vending and the general population in public spaces. They underwent training in human rights and situational awareness, among other areas. Story Highlights Seeing the congestion first-hand, police officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) newly formed Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) quickly sprang into action, to clear the snarl.
Print Close zoom The 4,500 TEU capacity Maersk Copenhagen called APM Terminals’ West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) in Onne (Port Harcourt), Nigeria on December 3rd, becoming the largest vessel to visit the Eastern Nigerian port.The port is located along the Bonny River near Port Harcourt in Rivers State and serves major markets in East Nigeria and the Nigerian oil and gas industry. The Nigerian Port Authority was instrumental in making this a success by widening the channel and removing some wrecks in the Bonny Channel.The port call was a trial stop for Maersk Line’s weekly Far East-West Africa (FEW2) service, which is comprised of 22 West Africa-Maximum (Waf-Max) sized vessels that are equipped with on-board cranes and draft 12.5 meters (41 feet), are 37.4 meters (123 feet) wide, 249 meters (817 feet) long, representing the largest vessels that can currently be accommodated at West Africa’s major container ports. The weekly service links the ports of Busan, Korea; Shanghai, Ningbo, and Guangzhou, China and Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia; with Walvis Bay, Namibia; Apapa, Onne, Nigeria; and Luanda, Angola.“We are very pleased with the arrival of the first 4,500 TEU vessel size to the West Africa Container Terminal at Onne. We are investing USD 30 million in the terminal to serve our customers more efficiently and safely, while installing the essential port infrastructure necessary for Nigeria’s economic future” noted APM Terminals’ Africa-Middle East Regional Head, Peder Sondergaard.The investment reflects the company’s overall West Africa port modernization plan designed to serve the market’s demographic growth and expanding middle class. According to a UN report released this year, Nigeria’s population is expected to grow to 440 million by 2050.WACT, which is owned and operated by APM Terminals, has a current capacity of 212,000 TEUs, and will handle some 210,000 TEUs in 2013. Volumes at Onne have tripled in the past five years. The facility is located within the Onne Oil & Gas Free Zone which was established in 1996.In Nigeria, APM Terminals also owns and operates the country’s largest container terminal, at the Port of Apapa, investing USD 200 million in upgrades since the start of operations in 2006. APM Terminals Apapa handled 618,000 TEUs in 2012, representing West Africa’s busiest container terminal. The company is also developing a new deep-water mega-port at the Badagry Free Trade Zone, 55 km (34 miles) west of Apapa, which would be the largest port in Africa and serve Nigeria’s growing economy.In West Africa, the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network has facilities in Monrovia, Liberia; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Tema, Ghana; Cotonou, Benin; Douala, Cameroon; Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo and Luanda, Angola. APM Terminals, December 19, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 My location
zoom Jaya Holdings Limited (Jaya) has agreed to sell the entire issued and paid up share capital of all its subsidiaries (the sale companies) to Mermaid Marine Australia Limited for aggregate cash consideration of approx $495 million.Following completion of the proposed transaction, the company intends to distribute a significant portion of the purchase consideration to shareholders by way of a cash dividend. Subsequently, the Board will consider options available to the company.The proposed transaction is subject to approval at an extraordinary general meeting of the shareholders of Jaya (the EGM), regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.Cathay Asset Management Company Limited, Linden Capital L.P., Orchard Avalon Limited, Orchard Centar Master Limited and Orchard Makira Master Limited (together, the Undertaking Shareholders) together have an interest of approximately 52.9% of the issued and paid-up shares of Jaya. My location Jaya Holdings, February 25, 2014 Print Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定
zoom Talks on terms of employment between Dutch trade unions FNV Havens and CNV Vakmensen and Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) have hit another hurdle.The dialogue broke off as the unions insisted on enforcement of a collective agreement for every RWG employee, RWG said in an update.“RWG did not rule out discussion about an operational collective agreement beforehand but unfortunately, the unions decided to reject our offer of dialogue because they insisted that RWG enforces a collective agreement for every RWG employee. It is disappointing that the unions have adopted this position,” RWG said.“RWG is ‘pro-choice’ when it comes to union membership and collective agreements for its employees. All RWG employees are free to be members of any union if they wish, but RWG will not enforce any collective agreement upon its employees without their express desire and consent. To date there has been no such request from RWG employees.”The company explained that it has assigned all operational work, based on long-term contracts, to companies who have existing collective agreements for dockers.RWG voiced their readiness to resume talks with the unions in order to reach an agreement beneficiary to both sides.RWG started commercial activities in second half of January.
zoom Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. (LR) has teamed with Penn Oak Energy Corp with the aim of helping companies raise much needed capital and mitigate the technical risks associated with retrofitting ships fuelled by liquid natural gas (LNG), by providing a one-stop-shop solution to the industry. The challenge to building these new environmentally-friendly ships has been that shipowners are unwilling to invest in LNG-fuelled ships if supplies of LNG bunker are difficult to obtain. However, according to Lloyd’s Register, that has started to change as more LNG facilities are built.LR’s LNG Bunkering Infrastructural Survey 2014 indicates that major ports around the world are either planning for, or are anticipating, the wide-scale development of LNG bunkering. The other challenge for shipbuilders is the large initial capital costs to build these new ships.“LNG as a fuel has emerged as one of the most considered choices for a new generation of vessels. The infrastructure to support this new class of ships has started to mature, and we have seen great strides in companies willing to convert their existing ships to this new fuel or constructing new ships in the U.S. Emission Control Areas. “Our relationship with Penn Oak Energy will help provide the private equity to ship owners to undertake these ambitious projects, and assist those ship builders that the U.S. will need to expand this growing demand,” said LR’s Rafa Riva, Marine Business Development Manager.Penn Oak Energy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a developer of LNG fuel solutions for industrial clients. The company specializes in turnkey solutions that take into consideration technology, natural gas liquefaction and supply, as well as logistics and financial considerations.“The reason Penn Oak Energy chose to partner with Lloyd’s Register after doing a thorough review on other class societies throughout the maritime industry was that Lloyd’s Register was the most experienced in LNG conversions and transport vessels,” said Philip Parker, head of business development for Penn Oak Energy.
zoom Former international chief of Brazilian state-run oil company Nestor Cervero has been sentenced to 12 years of prison for corruption and money laundering.Cervero is believed to have, together with two other defendants, been involved in paying bribe from Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for two drillship contracts, Reuters reports.The contracts in question are dating back from 2006 for the Petrobras 10000, which was hired on charter by Petrobras and Mitsui, and the Vitoria 10000, hired by Petrobras in the following year.This is Cervero’s second sentence as he had already been sentenced to five years for money laundering.Brazil’s Petrobras has lost around USD 2 billion due to its involvement in corruption activities that are said to have occured during 2003-2010 period, and, it may have to pay up to USD 1.6 billion more to settle U.S. criminal and civil probes into its role in the corruption scandal, Reuters reported citing sources familiar with the matter.World Maritime News Staff
zoom UAE-based Tomini Shipping, the shipping subsidiary of Tomini Group, has ordered three 82,000 dwt Kamsarmaxes from the Chinese shipbuilder Taizhou Kouan Shipbuilding.The vessels are scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2019 onwards and follow the company’s order from June for three newbuilding bulk carriers placed with China’s CIC (Jiangsu) shipyard.The 64,000 dwt Ultramaxes ordered at CIC are set for delivery in the first quarter of 2019.This company said that the latest deal underlines its comprehensive fleet renewal strategy.“We decided to move into the Kamsarmax dry bulk sector and take advantage of the historically low asset price levels; we believe that this sector is on its way to a sustainable recovery by 2019/2020,” said Imtiaz Shaikh, Chairman of Tomini Group.The order will take Tomini’s fleet to over 18 vessels.The Chinese shipyard Taizhou Kouan has secured an order for up to two more 82,000 dwt newbuildings from Ukrainian Aquavita International. As informed by Clarksons, one firm order plus option for one more have been agreed. The ship is slated for delivery in 2020.The financial details of the two orders have not been disclosed.
zoomImage Courtesy: Hamburg Sud In November 2017, Germany’s Oetker Group sold the liner shipping company Hamburg Süd to Maersk Line. Maersk announced the acquisition in December 2016 and it took the Danish shipping giant less than a year to secure all 23 regulatory clearances to complete the transaction.Commenting on the sale at today’s session titled Germany’s New Dawn within TradeWinds Shipowners Forum, being held as part of SMM trade fair program, Alexander Oetker, Founder and CEO of AO Shipping, said the event was sad.“To me, personally, it is a sad event as there was a lot of family history embedded into the company,” he said.“But of course, there is a rational question of whether we, as a family, as diverse and large as we are, can be the best owners of this particular vehicle, in the midst of a very strong consolidation process. And the answer, overtime, was that we couldn’t.”“As sad as I am on the one hand, on the other hand, I know that the new owners will preserve the continuation of the company’s strategy and the people working in the company.”“In shipping you have to be completely in, you cannot invest in it on the sidelines. We have other businesses that need capital, and we never want to take any debt, so there was just a rational point where we said that we should consider to sell.”Describing the sale as “absolutely tremendous”, Oetker said that “there couldn’t have been a better buyer out there.”Maersk’s acquisition of the German liner has paved the way for the creation of the world’s largest containership fleet of 773 vessels, including owned and chartered ships.Namely, Maersk Line’s fleet of 668 vessels, with an average age of 9 years, was enlarged by 105 ships from Hamburg Süd. The average age of the German carrier’s fleet is 6 years.The combined fleet has a capacity of 4,156,500 TEU, according to Alphaliner’s figures.Maersk Line acquired Hamburg Süd for EUR 3.7 billion (USD 4.4 bn) on a cash and debt-free basis through a syndicated loan facility.World Maritime News Staff
zoomImage Courtesy: Royal Arctic Line/Havyard Germany’s lender KfW IPEX-Bank is providing EUR 16.43 million (USD 18.6 million) to Greenland’s Royal Arctic Line A/S to finance two additional transport vessels.The new vessels will be built at the Nodosa shipyard in Spain, with a significant portion of the components sourced from Germany.Securing this industrial suppliers’ portion took place primarily in cooperation with the German Maritime Export Initiative (GeMaX), according to KfW IPEX-Bank.As informed, the financing is covered by insurance from the Spanish state export credit insurer CESCE and avails of the fixed rate funding offered by the Spanish Commercial Interest Reference Rate (CIRR).The vessels are designed for year-round operation so as to supply the inhabitants of remote settlements along the Greenland coast that are not connected to each other by land.The 36-meter-long vessels will have onboard cranes, highest ice class and refrigerated container connections for transporting deep-frozen fish for export. They will also meet the requirements of the New Polar Code, which came into force in 2017.In November 2018, the bank also concluded a pre- and post-delivery financing for two similar vessels for Royal Arctic Line. The ships are being built at the Zamakona shipyard in Spain.“We are delighted to be able to continue reliably to finance and secure the fleet renewal for Royal Arctic Line… We thereby not only contribute to supplying the Greenland population, but also to modernising the maritime infrastructure of the North Sea,” Andreas Ufer, a Member of the Management Board of KfW IPEX-Bank, commented.With delivery at the end of 2020 and 2021 respectively, these newbuild transport vessels will replace older ships in the Royal Arctic Line fleet.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license. Greek tanker owner and operator TOP Ships has concluded a financing agreement with an undisclosed Chinese financier to refinance one of its MR2 tankers.As informed, the gross proceeds from the new financing amount to USD 25.6 million and will be used mainly to refinance the facility of the 49,700 dwt Stenaweco Excellence with Nord LB.The tenor of the new facility is ten years.The company also revealed that it intends to enter into two additional financing agreements with the same financier at similar terms in order to exercise its purchase options for the Stenaweco Energy and Stenaweco Evolution.These acquisitions are expected to be concluded during the fourth quarter of 2019.“We are very pleased to have concluded this financing with a very high quality financier and look forward to concluding the two additional financings. These new financings will lead to a lower cost of debt for the 3 vessels overall,” Evangelos Pistiolis, the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company, commented.TOP Ships has a fleet of a total of fourteen tankers including Suezmaxes, MR2 and MR1 ships.
The twelfth annual Old Fashioned Christmas at Sherbrooke Village will feature tried and true programming along with a number of innovations designed to improve the visitor experience. This year’s event will take place from Friday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 25, and will begin with the traditional tree lighting ceremony at Maple Manor seniors’ complex, followed by a candlelight procession. This year, the procession will end at the Sherbrooke Village Performance Centre, allowing participants to see the full lighting display and get a better view of the Kidd Brothers, who will provide the entertainment. There will be free hot chocolate and snacks, followed by a visit from Santa and a fireworks display. The new location will also provide enhanced parking services and better access for those with mobility issues. After the fireworks, there will be a free family skate at St. Mary’s Recplex and karaoke at the Lions Club for the adults. Another new component of opening night will be the Holiday Light Exchange, an initiative of Conserve Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Power, whereby people can exchange two sets of old incandescent lights for one set of energy efficient LED lights. Also new this year, in response to requests from the visiting public, more village buildings will be open during the weekend and house tours will be concentrated within the village. This year there will be no charge for the tour which will feature five houses in addition to the five working buildings which will also be open. Traditional community house tours will take place in Liscomb on Dec. 8. Again this year there will be an old fashioned Christmas button available, a souvenir item that allows participants to receive discounts at a number of paid events and free admission to others. The purchase of a $5 button offers savings off regular event costs. The weekend’s events include adult and children’s craft workshops, wagon rides, craft show and sales, holiday luncheon, guided wagon tour and a children’s scavenger hunt. Saturday and Sunday will begin with breakfast at the Lions Hall and also feature a Victorian tea, scavenger hunt, and a courthouse ceilidh featuring Roly and Ellie Burton and Joyce Johnston. Saturday will end with a dinner theatre at the Lions Club. Sunday will feature an ecumenical carol service, a Ceilidh, the groaning board Christmas feasts and Sunday night concert which will be held in St. James Presbyterian Church. The concert features some of the best local entertainers, headlined by Gertie Grant and Rusty Cage, who have become audience favorites at Sherbrooke Village. For more information call toll-free at 1-888-743-7845. A complete list of activities is also available online at www.oldfashionedchristmas.ca or call 1-888-743-7845 .
Close to 370 tall ship owners, operators and sail trainees are in Halifax today, Nov. 14, for the 2008 International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference. Two thirds of the delegates, from 26 countries, are attending from outside North America. Delegates include youth sail trainers and representatives from ports that host Tall Ships events. This is the first time the conference has been held outside Europe. The conference, which runs today and Saturday, is also the first joint Sail Training International and American Sail Training Association annual conference. Premier Rodney MacDonald will open the conference and a resolution acknowledging the significance of the conference will be read in the legislature. “Tall ships occupy a important place in our province’s history and tall ships festivals continue to inspire Nova Scotians, just as they attract thousands of visitors and contribute to our economy,” said Premier MacDonald. “We’re very pleased to welcome delegates from around the world to this conference, and look forward to the festival this summer.” Keynote speaker, World Ocean Observatory director Peter Neill, is also executive director of the Ocean Classroom Foundation that owns and operates three sail training schooners. Mr. Neill will take the stage from at 9 a.m. and later join the panel discussion Delivering Sail Training as Part of a Long-term Personal Development Program. “Welcoming this world-class conference to our waterfronts for the first time speaks to the knowledge base and experience that we have right here in Nova Scotia,” says Colin MacLean, president and CEO of Waterfront Development Corporation Limited. “Sharing real-life examples of what works well, what doesn’t, and building those contacts is priceless.” Agenda topics range from medicine at sea and effective sail training programs to search and rescue case studies and a session for young sail trainers and Halifax paralympic gold medalist, Paul Tingley, who will speak on the final day of the conference. The conference, at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, will conclude with presentation of 2008 Sail Training Awards and the gala dinner, hosted by the Waterfront Development Corporation Limited. Visit www.sailtraining.org/events/conference for more information and the agenda. The Waterfront Development Corporation Limited is a provincial Crown corporation that plans, co-ordinates, promotes and develops properties, events and activities on designated waterfronts around Halifax Harbour.
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has settled with TradeStation Securities Inc., which admitted to managing futures accounts for Nova Scotia investors without registering with the commission. TradeStation is a U.S. licensed broker dealer, and registered futures commission merchant with a head office in Plantation, Florida. It was not registered to trade securities in Nova Scotia. Between Jan. 1, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2008, TradeStation maintained four self-directed futures accounts for investors in Nova Scotia. Under the order and settlement agreement, TradeStation will pay an administrative penalty of $7,500 to the commission. It will also pay $2,500 in costs connected with the investigation and conduct of the proceedings. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities within the province. The order and settlement agreement can be viewed at www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/compliancenforce/enforproceedings.asp .