3 Healthy Tailgating Recipes That Don’t Sacrifice Flavor

first_img How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Editors’ Recommendations Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes We’re in the midst of football season, and whether you’re a fan of the sport or not, we can all agree on one thing: the snacks are killer. We love our wings, nachos, chili, and dips, but weekends can feel heavy after tailgating and attending viewing parties with those traditional spreads for the last two months. As the holidays approach, we’re looking for lighter, yet delicious, ways to enjoy football season. These three recipes will make your game day a little bit healthier without sacrificing any of that precious flavor.Spinach and Artichoke DipProject JuiceWe love gooey, cheesy spinach and artichoke dip just as much as the next person. But most recipes are laden with a ton of dairy, which could be problematic if you’re watching your fat or calorie intake. But this recipe from Project Juice subs out the traditional cheese with an irresistible version made from cashews, which is incredibly creamy and flavorful. We bet your guests won’t even notice the difference.Ingredients for the cashew cheese:2 cups soaked cashews1 cup filtered water3 tbsp lemon juice2 tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil1 tsp sea salt.5 tsp garlic powderIngredients for the dip:1.5 cups canned artichokes, roughly chopped1.5 cups spinach, roughly chopped.5 medium onion, diced1 tsp sea salt1.5 tsp garlic powder.5 tsp black pepperMethod:Soak cashews in water for a minimum of 2 hours.Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.To make the cashew cheese: In a blender or large food processor, first add soaked cashews, water, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, .5 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of sea salt, and 2 tablespoons of organic extra virgin olive oil. Blend until very smooth. If you are using a high powered blender, this will only take a minute or two. If you’re using a standard blender or food processor, keep blending until very smooth.Transfer your cashew cheese from the blender to a large mixing bowl. Add the roughly chopped artichoke and spinach, diced onion, black pepper, sea salt, and garlic powder. Mix very well and pour into an oven safe dish.Bake mixture for 20 minutes.To brown the top, broil on high for 3 minutes. Serve in the baking dish to keep warm. For dipping, use your favorite bread or blue corn tortilla chips with sprouted amaranth, quinoa and chia seeds.Hurricane PopcornMerSeaSalty chips and cheesy crackers are always solid additions to a game day snack spread, but suddenly they don’t sound so great when you read the ingredient labels. They’re often packed with preservatives, almost a day’s worth of sodium, and very little nutrients, which makes for empty calories (delicious calories, but empty calories nonetheless). But this umami-packed popcorn recipe from MerSea in Treasure Island San Francisco is an excellent alternative. It will give you the crunchy texture you crave with a savory punch from togarashi (a Japanese chili pepper blend) and furikake, a seaweed-based seasoning mix.Ingredients:2 tbsp canola oil.5 cup popcorn kernels6 tbsp butter2 tbsp furikake1 tsp togarashi1 tsp saltMethod:Coat the bottom of a 3-4 quart saucepan with the canola oil. Add the popcorn kernels and stir them to coat with canola oil as well.Cover the pot and place on high heat. After the first 2-3 kernels pop, reduce heat to medium-low.The kernels will begin popping rapidly. When the popping slows to 4-5 kernels every 10 seconds, turn off the heat.Wait until you don’t hear a kernel pop for 30 seconds, and the popcorn is done.Melt the butter. Put the popcorn in a large mixing bowl, and pour the butter around the edge of the mixing bowl. Mix the popcorn to coat with butterSprinkle the togarashi, furikake, and salt around the edge of the bowl. Toss to mix.Serve with plenty of beer (or perhaps sparkling water).Grilled Chicken SouvlakiSalonikiWe love our wings at The Manual. We love them when they’re dipped in gold and paired with Scotch. We love them when they are doused in Buffalo sauce and double-fried, Korean style. But we’re also aware that eating wings every week isn’t great for our waistline. Thankfully, Greek mini-chain Saloniki has the perfect solution. They marinate chicken thighs in a mustard-vinegar mix, then grill them to juicy perfection. Serve these skewers the next time you’re craving wings but want a healthier alternative.Ingredients for the marinade:2 oz red wine vinegar7 oz canola oil⅓ cup minced red onion3 tsp dried Greek oregano.5 tsp salt2.5 tbsp Dijon mustard.5 tbsp sweet paprika1.75 tsp black pepperIngredients for the Souvlaki:4 wooden skewers1 pound boneless chicken thigh meat1 tsp dried oreganoOlive oil, to finishSalt, to finish1 lemon, cut into wedgesMethod:Soak the skewers in water. This helps to keep them from burning.Place all marinade ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and well combined.Trim the chicken of excess fat and cut into 24 pieces.Toss the chicken in the marinade and marinate in the fridge for at least 3 hours and up to 12.Skewer chicken pieces onto 4 wooden skewers.Grill the skewers over a medium flame until charred and cooked through, about 7 minutes.Serve sprinkled with dried oregano, olive oil, salt, and a wedge of lemon. 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Scores Expected to Attend Youth Forum on Friday

first_imgScores of students are expected to participate in the annual Youth Forum, scheduled for Friday (November 2) at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall, 16 Ellesmere Road.                 The event, organised by the National Child Month Committee (NCMC), will get underway at 9:00 a.m. To be held under theme: ‘Jamaica 50: Let’s Celebrate Our Children,’ the forum will include presentations from the Wolmer’s Girls and Penwood High Schools on the topic:‘Care and Protection for our Children during the Past 50 years’, while St. George’s College and Ardenne High School will be looking at the topic: ‘Recognition and Celebration of the Achievements of Our Children during the Past 50 Years’.                  Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, is schedule to bring greetings, while Principal of Wolmer’s School for Girls, Colleen Montague, will be the guest speaker.    The annual Youth Forum is one of several activities organised by the NCMC to mark Child Month. It provides an avenue for children to voice their views on issues that affect them.   “Children should be encouraged to express their ideas about issues that affect them and the environment must be created for children to learn about their rights and   responsibilities and also how to overcome challenges that impede their success,” said Chair of the NCMC, Dr. Pauline Mullings, in an interview with JIS News. Initially a Child Month activity in May, the Youth Forum was moved to November as the NCMC is committed to organising year-long activities geared towards the nation’s children as well as for the observance of National Youth Month.     The NCMC, instituted in 1953, brings together a number of agencies working with and on behalf of children in an effort to focus on their needs, and heighten public awareness on the relevant issues affecting the nation’s children.last_img read more

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Education Minister Says More Persons Should Become Multilingual

first_img Additionally, he said the new National Standards Curriculum highlights the importance of teacher competence in delivering student-centred education as among the new trends in foreign-language teaching. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says Jamaica can benefit from enormous economic possibilities for increased trade with non-English-speaking countries, if more persons become multilingual. “As a Caribbean region, if we can effectively integrate and relate to our non-English-speaking neighbours (through) foreign-language skills, that certainly would be a great asset,” he added. Story Highlights Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says Jamaica can benefit from enormous economic possibilities for increased trade with non-English-speaking countries, if more persons become multilingual.Citing the apprehension by some individuals about Jamaica engaging in trade with non-English-speaking countries, Senator Reid said significant expansion in the global space within which nations now operate has resulted in more persons broadening their skills to include the ability to communicate in different languages.He was speaking at the Ministry’s ninth Foreign Languages Annual General Meeting, which was held at Shortwood Teachers’ College on October 27 under the theme ‘Unearthing the Kit for the 21st Century Foreign Language Learner’.The Minister argued that based on the increased number of languages at which persons across the world are becoming adept, “the more we can empower Jamaicans… to be able to speak other languages (is the more) I think trade will become easier for Jamaica”.Senator Reid said the Government, in recognition of the importance of foreign-language skills in the global economy and their relevance to virtually all career fields, has been taking steps to ensure that youngsters are so exposed at an early age.The Minister noted that student competence in a foreign language is part of the goals of the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan.Additionally, he said the new National Standards Curriculum highlights the importance of teacher competence in delivering student-centred education as among the new trends in foreign-language teaching.“We are driving that from very early… trying to make it mandatory that students are exposed to foreign languages, with particular emphasis on training of teachers to deliver Spanish at the primary level as well as professional development of all foreign-language teachers,” the Minister said.“As a Caribbean region, if we can effectively integrate and relate to our non-English-speaking neighbours (through) foreign-language skills, that certainly would be a great asset,” he added.last_img read more

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Enid Bennett Hailed As Servant of The People

first_img “Hers was a life of true and remarkable service. In fact, I recall that her campaign slogan was always ‘I promise to serve’. Her stellar work, particularly as one of Jamaica’s pioneering female politicians in representational politics, in legislative affairs and as a Minister, all embodied her commitment to public service,” Late former State Minister, Enid Maude Bennett, was eulogised by several of the nation’s leaders on Saturday (January 20), as a true champion of the people, who dedicated her life to the service of others.One after the other, in the charming St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Linstead, where the Official Funeral Service was held, the leaders voiced their admiration and respect for the trailblazing politician, who served as Member of Parliament of 30 continuous years until her retirement in 1997, setting a record as a female legislator in the House of Representatives.They recalled her commitment to the people of Central St. Catherine and later St. Catherine West Central, whom she represented and hailed the foundation Ms. Bennett laid for females to enter politics as well as the wise counsel she provided.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in his tribute, said Ms. Bennett did the very best for as many people as she could.“Hers was a life of true and remarkable service. In fact, I recall that her campaign slogan was always ‘I promise to serve’. Her stellar work, particularly as one of Jamaica’s pioneering female politicians in representational politics, in legislative affairs and as a Minister, all embodied her commitment to public service,” he said.He noted that while Ms. Bennett as one of short stature, she had a big heart for people as well as for principles, and was loyal and courageous.“She was caring, filled with good counsel. Personally, I would have benefitted from her counsel in difficult times and I am certain many in this church could attest to that,” he said.Minister of Health and current Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, spoke of Ms. Bennett’s love for her constituents, whom she described as “most beautiful, peaceful and hardworking”.He said she was a “quiet giant” and someone “not easily dispatched” in the face of formidable challenges.Dr. Tufton informed that Ms. Bennett was instrumental in securing funds to build schools such as Tacius Golding and Bog Walk High and Lucky Valley Primary.“She was instrumental in establishing community centres in Buxton Town and Point Hill, improving the West Central St. Catherine road network and bringing electricity to several communities in the constituency,” he noted further.National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague remembered Ms. Bennett as “stern, sweet and tender,” while Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, hailed her for paving the way for more women to enter politics, thereby shattering the proverbial glass ceiling.“It says to young women that Jamaica will see a brighter future when you get involved,” she said.Former Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, said Ms. Bennett was a “noble lady, beautiful inside as she was outside…giving so much of her life to improving the life of others.”In her tribute, former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said she had great admiration for the dignity and fortitude of Ms. Bennett, who was a “voice of the voiceless.”Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, in a tribute read by Mayor of Spanish Town, Norman Scott, remembered Ms. Bennett as committed and dedicated to people. Late former State Minister, Enid Maude Bennett, was eulogised by several of the nation’s leaders on Saturday (January 20), as a true champion of the people, who dedicated her life to the service of others. Story Highlights  Ms. Bennett served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government between 1980 and 1982, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security between 1982 and 1989.center_img Prev 1of2 Next Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness signs the condolence book opened in honour of the late former Minister of State and Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, Enid Maude Bennett, at the Official Funeral Service held on January 20, at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Linstead. Entering politics at a young age, the record-breaking Enid Bennett was elected as councillor for the Sligoville division in the St. Catherine Parish Council, before replacing Roy McNeill as Member of Parliament for St. Catherine Central in 1967, when he moved to St. Catherine Eastern.She won seven consecutive general elections – two in St Catherine Central and five more in St Catherine West Central.In 1978, she was elected as Deputy Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) replacing current Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pearnel Charles. She was the only female Deputy Leader of the party.Ms. Bennett served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government between 1980 and 1982, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security between 1982 and 1989.She was awarded the country’s fourth-highest honour, the Order of Jamaica, in 2012.Ms. Bennett died on December 22 at age 86 after a brief illness.last_img read more

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At-Risk Youth Get Second Chance

first_imgStory Highlights Forty-four youngsters who have been in conflict with the law have been given a second chance to turn their life around and make a positive contribution to society. Following assessment, the participants, who were referred by the DCS, received psychosocial services, vocational skills training in areas such as auto mechanics and general construction, remedial education, counselling and consistent monitoring and follow-up by CSJP case management officers. At a ceremony held at the Ministry of National Security’s Oxford Road offices on Monday (March 19) to celebrate the success of the beneficiaries, Portfolio State Minister, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., commended the CSJP III and its partners for the transformative work. Forty-four youngsters who have been in conflict with the law have been given a second chance to turn their life around and make a positive contribution to society.Over the past two years, the youngsters have been engaged in a reintegration programme being undertaken by the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III in partnership with the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).Following assessment, the participants, who were referred by the DCS, received psychosocial services, vocational skills training in areas such as auto mechanics and general construction, remedial education, counselling and consistent monitoring and follow-up by CSJP case management officers.Ten additional persons are currently engaged in the programme.At a ceremony held at the Ministry of National Security’s Oxford Road offices on Monday (March 19) to celebrate the success of the beneficiaries, Portfolio State Minister, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., commended the CSJP III and its partners for the transformative work.“This is an opportunity for us to say to Jamaica, to those who are most vulnerable and at-risk, that those that some label as not deserving can become the best among us. They can become the next generation of champions to move our country forward,” he noted.He expressed the hope that the publicity around the programme will inspire confidence in those struggling to maintain a positive path in society.“To achieve greatness [in the country]…, we have to treat with crime and violence. We have to create an environment where people feel confident, where people can trust again, where people believe in themselves, in the process and in the system,” Senator Charles Jr. argued.He pointed out that the Ministry is working to ensure that rehabilitation and redemption are not just theoretical, but that efforts produce positive and tangible results “to show to our country that we are making a sustainable and real difference”.Senator Charles Jr. hailed the beneficiaries, who have worked to transform their attitudes and circumstances, and urged them to be ambassadors for the Ministry and the CSJP in their communities.“We expect you to walk and to talk and to conduct yourself in such a way that others looking on know that you have benefited from the CSJP programme and know that they too can change,” he added.The young people involved in the reintegration initiative also benefited from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Internship Programme, aimed at improving the employability and social skills of participants as well as the relationship between young men and the security forces.They are part of a wider pool of 2,319 youth from across 50 volatile communities across eight parishes, who have benefited from the case management services under CSJP III since January 2016.CSJP case managers and other service providers have reported significant improvement in the participants’ general outlook on life, productivity, sense of purpose and their problem-solving skills.The CSJP is funded by the Government of Jamaica; Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Britain’s Department for International Development; and Global Affairs Canada formerly Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) of Canada.last_img read more

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Trelawny Surpasses Property Tax Target

first_img “Trelawny continues to be a leader in local government, and I want to say a special thank you to the management and staff for the hard work and dedication they have shown in ensuring that our finely tuned machine continues to operate at peak efficiency,” he said. Mayor of Falmouth, Colin Gager, says the Trelawny Municipal Corporation must be commended for Trelawny being the only parish other than Kingston and St. Andrew to reach and surpass the property tax target for the 2017/2018 financial year. “What is even more exciting and commendable is that the Jackson Town Tax Office by which Clarks Town is served, collected 19 per cent more than its targeted amount,” he noted. Story Highlights Mayor of Falmouth, Colin Gager, says the Trelawny Municipal Corporation must be commended for Trelawny being the only parish other than Kingston and St. Andrew to reach and surpass the property tax target for the 2017/2018 financial year.The Mayor, who was speaking at the official opening of the Clark’s Town Transportation Centre in Trelawny on April 6, said the municipality collected some $340.7 million, which was $19.3 million more than the target of $321.4 million.“What is even more exciting and commendable is that the Jackson Town Tax Office by which Clarks Town is served, collected 19 per cent more than its targeted amount,” he noted.“Trelawny continues to be a leader in local government, and I want to say a special thank you to the management and staff for the hard work and dedication they have shown in ensuring that our finely tuned machine continues to operate at peak efficiency,” he said.Turning to developments in Falmouth, Mayor Gager said the parish capital “is poised to reclaim her economic and social importance and is positioned to become the tourism mecca of the region”.He noted that the town of Falmouth and the parish of Trelawny have always played a pivotal role in nation-building and are major catalysts for the stimulation of growth for sustainable development.“The economic impact and contribution of this parish is rightly recorded in history as it was the royal parish when sugar was ‘King’ and the wealthiest town and parish during that period.Falmouth boasted in excess of 12 sugar factories and was the leading exporter of sugar, rum and molasses,” he pointed out.The Mayor said it should also be noted that Falmouth is emerging as a major force in tourism, pointing to the cruise-ship pier as “the biggest of its kind in the Caribbean and one of “the leading cruise-shipping ports in the world”.“It is the home of the world’s largest cruise-shipping vessels and has been repeatedly voted as the favourite destination port by passengers and crew members,” he said further.He pointed out that the parish has also produced stalwart leaders, who have not only contributed nationally but are making an impact internationally.“These are individuals such as Rex Nettleford, William Knibb, Hugh Lawson Shearer, Usain Bolt, Ky-Mani Marley, Anita Belnavis and the former world’s oldest living person, Violet Mosse-Brown,” he said.last_img read more

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JAPEX in Mobay Sept. 23-25

first_img In his message regarding this year’s staging, President of the JHTA, Omar Robinson, noted that the event provides the business-conducive atmosphere for participants to meet, collaborate and conduct business with wholesalers, tour operators and travel agents. A slew of overseas buyers and local suppliers in the tourism sector are expected to converge at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James from September 23 to 25, for the 28th staging of Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX). A slew of overseas buyers and local suppliers in the tourism sector are expected to converge at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James from September 23 to 25, for the 28th staging of Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX).The annual event, put on by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), provides the ideal forum for leading suppliers in Jamaica’s tourism industry to negotiate and network with overseas buyers.In his message regarding this year’s staging, President of the JHTA, Omar Robinson, noted that the event provides the business-conducive atmosphere for participants to meet, collaborate and conduct business with wholesalers, tour operators and travel agents.“It is also a golden opportunity for our partners in Jamaica’s agriculture and manufacturing sectors as we continue to integrate our suppliers and showcase valuable tourism linkages at JAPEX,” Mr. Robinson said.He added that this year, the workshops will address critical topics, such as marketing small properties, interior decorating, energy efficiency and revenue management.JAPEX commences with the official opening and welcome reception on Sunday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m.Over the three days, participants will be engaged in discussions, appointment scheduling, networking and scheduled tours of hotels and attractions. Over the three days, participants will be engaged in discussions, appointment scheduling, networking and scheduled tours of hotels and attractions. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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JAMPRO Collating Recommendations on Draft National Investment Policy

first_imgStory Highlights Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is seeking to finalise the collation of stakeholder recommendations from consultations now under way with key government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), on the draft National Investment Policy (NIP) Green Paper by the end of the week. Mrs. Cox was speaking at a National Investment Policy Forum, jointly hosted by JAMPRO and the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (October 9). Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is seeking to finalise the collation of stakeholder recommendations from consultations now under way with key government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), on the draft National Investment Policy (NIP) Green Paper by the end of the week.Vice President of JAMPRO, Shullette Cox, said this is aimed at updating the document for presentation to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, which has portfolio responsibility for JAMPRO.Mrs. Cox was speaking at a National Investment Policy Forum, jointly hosted by JAMPRO and the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (October 9).JAMPRO, the Government’s investment promotion agency, serves as the NIP Technical Secretariat.Mrs. Cox noted that the Ministry is expected to conduct a review of the policy, for which it has overarching responsibility, as well as other supporting engagements to finalise the Green Paper for submission to Cabinet for deliberation, approval, and subsequent tabling in Parliament.In this regard, she is encouraging public-sector stakeholders yet to finalise their comments and recommendations to endeavour do so and submit them by Friday (October 12).“We are working on very tight timelines, because we do want to update the document and submit it to the Ministry as soon as possible,” the Vice President said, while pointing out that the agency will consider extending the timeline where requested.Mrs. Cox said barring no delays, it is anticipated that the Policy could be implemented by the end of the 2019/20 fiscal year.The forum was held under the theme ‘Enhancing Jamaica’s Competitiveness among Global Investors’.Mrs. Cox, who heads JAMPRO’s Research Advocacy and Project Implementation Division, said the current round of consultations commenced in September following the Green Paper’s drafting and submission by a special consultant in June, and subsequent approval by a 15-member Policy Steering Committee (PSC), chaired by Government Senator, Don Wehby, in July.She said the document was disseminated to all stakeholders who were initially identified in the draft among those who the NIP will impact, for the feedback.Among the responders, to date, are the Office of the Cabinet; Ministries of National Security, and Justice; National Environment and Planning Agency; and Jamaica International Financial Services Authority.Mrs. Cox indicated that a short-term consultant has been recruited to assist in incorporating all of the comments and recommendations.She pointed out that JAMPRO has earmarked fiscal year 2019/20 for wider national consultations, the outcomes of which will serve to further refine the Policy, “before again tabling it in Parliament, hopefully as a White Paper, by the end of fiscal year 2019/20”.Noting that public education and sensitisation “is going to be critical”. Mrs. Cox said once the Green Paper is tabled in Parliament, “then we will go big on communication… both in the private and public sectors”.The National Investment Policy aims to establish a comprehensive policy framework that will guide the development, administration and monitoring of the investment community, to ensure cohesion among all related initiatives, programmes, incentives regime and stakeholder contributions. Vice President of JAMPRO, Shullette Cox, said this is aimed at updating the document for presentation to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, which has portfolio responsibility for JAMPRO.last_img read more

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WatchStander Non-Lethal Antipiracy System Ready for Market

first_imgWatchStander LLC, October 31, 2013 zoom WatchStander LLC, a maritime security systems company, announced today that it has completed development of a fully automated system designed to prevent gangs of pirates and other unwanted individuals or groups from boarding ships.The object of the system is to make it more physically intolerable for the criminals to approach the ship and to persuade them to abort their attacks. The video and data from all incidents will be archived for subsequent transmission to the data centers of the shipowner and WatchStander for training and evidential purposes.The system is designed to keep the attackers beyond the range of their guns and thereby protect the ship and its crew from potential danger. “What makes our system unique is that it disrupts the attack without burdening the crew in a way that is affordable,” states company President David Rigsby.The fully automated WatchStander system, which combines intelligent software with a range of non-lethal countermeasures and is, has been satisfactorily tested on a number of ocean-going ships over the past 6 months and is now ready to be installed on ships in the commercial fleet.The system uses a cost-effective high resolution radar to automatically identify surrounding traffic and assess their behavior over time to identify hostile targets. The system then operates non-lethal countermeasures to respond to the threats if they continue to approach the ship.The system is based on technology developed by the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State University for use by the US Navy and adapted for use on commercial ships and other maritime installations such as oil-rigs under contract for WatchStander LLC.WatchStander has an exclusive license from the ARL to use its patented intelligent control technology to develop cost effective solutions of a legal and non-lethal nature, and market them to the commercial shipping and oil and gas industries.WatchStander will use the services of various maritime installers to put the system on board ships that operate through the high-risk areas and maintain and service them. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My locationlast_img read more

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UK: ‘Ocean Endeavour’ to Support Shetland …

first_img Print  Close zoom The cruise ship Ocean Endeavour is on its way to Lerwick to provide floating accommodation for Petrofac in support of the Shetland Gas Plant project. It left Las Palmas in the Canary Islands at the weekend and may arrive in a week’s time.The ship is expected to remain in Lerwick for six months and will initially berth at Victoria Pier but may need to move berth on occasions when the berth is otherwise required.Formerly Kristina Katarina the vessel has previously visited Lerwick on cruises and had been expected to call again in July and August. However, the Finnish company that owned the vessel has recently stopped operating cruises, and the new owners have renamed the vessel and made the 193 cabin vessel available for charter.There is no news on the Bibby Bergen accommodation barge that Petrofac planned to bring to Lerwick.Petrofac have advised that the other three floating accommodation barges in Lerwick are scheduled to remain until May, June and August 2014. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Lewrick Harbour, January 21, 2014; Image: Wikipedialast_img read more

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U.S. Container Volumes to Rebound in April

first_imgzoom Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 6.1 percent in April, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report.The Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach, the largest and busiest port in the U.S.“With winter over, retailers are stocking up in anticipation of a busy spring and summer,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Consumers can expect plentiful supplies of merchandise.”“A busy time is expected over the next few months, so retailers are keeping a close eye on the labor situation at West Coast ports to ensure that cargo continues to move smoothly,” Gold said, noting that the current contract for West Coast dockworkers expires June 30 but negotiations are not expected to begin until mid-May. “Companies are already exploring contingency plans in case of a disruption.”U.S. ports followed by Global Port Tracker handled 1.26 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in February, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available.February is historically the slowest month of the year, and the number was down 8.4 percent from January and 1.4 percent from February 2013. March was estimated at 1.31 million TEU, up 15 percent from the same month last year.April is forecast at 1.38 million TEU, up 6.1 percent from last year; May at 1.44 million TEU, up 3.8 percent; June at 1.43 million TEU, up 5.5 percent; July at 1.49 million TEU, up 3.1 percent, and August at 1.51 million TEU, up 1.2 percent. The first half of the year is expected to total 8.2 million TEU, up 5.5 percent over last year.The total for 2013 was 16.2 million TEU, up 2.3 percent from 2012’s 15.8 million TEU.The import numbers come as NRF is forecasting 4.1 percent sales growth in 2014, contingent on how Washington policies on economic issues affect consumer confidence. Cargo volume does not correlate directly with sales but is a barometer of retailers’ expectations.“There is positive news with both the rebound in U.S. retail sales in February and the new filings for jobless benefits hitting a fresh three-month low last week, suggesting that the economy is gaining momentum,” Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said. “Our forecast continues to reflect the economic rebound and we remain convinced that 2014 will have sustainable growth.”Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. nrf, April 10, 2014last_img read more

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Drewry: Container Rates to Rise after Hitting Bottom

first_imgzoom Container freight rates are forecast to rise modestly over the next 18 months from the all-time lows reached recently, but this will not be sufficient to rescue the industry from substantial losses in 2016, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Liner shipping has had a torrid time so far in 2016 with spot freight rate volatility reaching unprecedented levels, while unit industry income has fallen to record lows.Drewry estimates that container carriers collectively signed away USD 10 billion in revenue in this year’s contract rate negotiations on the two main East-West trades. With annual Transpacific contract rates as low as USD 800 per 40ft to the US West Coast and USD 1,800 per 40ft to the US East Coast, carriers have done exactly what they did during the global financial crisis in May 2009 in a desperate attempt to retain market share.With first quarter headhaul load factors at around 90%, there was no logical reason for carriers to sign so much revenue away in one fell swoop, Drewry said.While spot rates on the core trades have significantly improved after the 1 July GRIs, it is still too early to say if carriers have suddenly changed their approach to commercial pricing.The recent decision by the G6 lines to take a weekly loop out of the Asia-North Europe trade is a positive move. But similarly pragmatic and pro-active measures will be necessary across other sick trades if recent improvements are to gain momentum. While the new alliance structures are bedding-in between now and April 2017, this work will take some time yet.“For 2017, Drewry anticipates a slightly brighter picture with global freight rates forecast to improve by about 8%. Carriers are expected to take some action to address overcapacity as cashflow attrition becomes more urgent and BCO (beneficial cargo owner) rates rise from this year’s lows. But once again, this cannot be seen as a genuine recovery since these so-called improvements must be set in context against the unnecessarily big rate declines seen in both 2015 and 2016,” Neil Dekker, Drewry’s director of container research said.last_img read more

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Rising Large Marine Losses Could Prove Too Much for Insurers

first_imgzoom The increasing number of large marine losses can potentially put severe financial strain and overwhelm insurance companies, Dieter Berg, President of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI), said during the closing of this year’s IUMI 2016 marine insurance conference in Genova, Italy.Berg cited the recent losses connected with the Chilean earthquake in 2010, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011 (USD 3.8 billion loss), Thai floods in 2011 (USD 2.5 billion loss), Hurricane Sandy in 2012 (USD 3 billion loss) and the Tianjin explosion in 2015 (USD 3-4 billion loss expected).These marine losses were often coupled with associated major property losses, Berg said.“Our industry is concerned that natural catastrophes, due to climate change, are occurring more often and with greater severity,” Berg said.”Coupled with this, globalisation and the unrelenting growth of global trade is driving an increase in the value of goods being transported by sea and an increase in the quantity of goods being stored on ultra-large container ships, or in port terminals. These have the potential to create extremely large losses. Recent marine losses have been very expensive for insurers and often an accumulation of multiple business lines occur which can include cargo losses, container losses, warehouse damage, destruction of automobiles, damage to pleasure craft and even fine art losses. At Tianjin, for example, around 68,000 cars were affected, i.e. a total loss or damaged, by a single explosion.”Berg explained that when large marine losses were combined with property and other losses, there was a real concern that this might overwhelm insurance companies.He called on the industry to understand, clearly, their aggregate positions and to manage their exposures by carefully modelling their risk positions.last_img read more

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Euronav Arranges Salvage Ops for Grounded Tanker

first_imgzoom Euronav’s crude oil tanker M/T Alex, which ran aground on April 12, could soon be freed as the ship’s managers hired two salvage firms to undertake the ship’s refloating operation.Namely, Euronav Ship Management agreed with SMIT Singapore Pte Ltd. and PT Samudera Indonesia to carry out the salvage works which will include lightening of the vessel by ship to ship transfer of cargo.Following the tanker’s grounding on a soft mud bottom while sailing between Borneo and Sumatra, continuous monitoring of its condition “has confirmed no breach of hull, cargo containment, or mechanical failures,” according to Euronav.The company said that the 299,446 dwt ship is still safely aground at the same position, where it ran into trouble while it was on its way to Ningbo, China.Following meetings with the Indonesian Authorities, the necessary arrangements for antipollution, fire-fighting and security at the site were agreed on April 17.Euronav said that permission to start a diving survey was granted and is underway, while tank inspection with the presence of Class surveyor has been planned for April 19.The ship’s managers earlier informed that “no injuries or pollution have been reported.”last_img read more

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SCI Breaks 6 Mn Deadweight Mark with BWs VLGC

first_imgzoom The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI)  has taken delivery of a 2001- built second-hand very large gas carrier (VLGC), the largest in its gas carrier fleet.The 82,488-cbm ship BW Vision, now renamed to Nanda Devi, was previously owned by Singapore’s BW LPG, part of BW Group.According to Capt. Anoop Kumar Sharma, C&MD, SCI, with the addition of VLGC Nanda Devi, SCI has become a six-million deadweight company.“SCI is the first and only Indian shipping company to reach this milestone,” he added.At 53,503 deadweight, Nanda Devi has a gross tonnage of 46,506 and complies with the latest and most stringent international regulations.The ship, built by Japanese Kawasaki Heavy Industries, is valued at USD 33.2 million, based on VesselsValue’s estimation.As pointed out by SCI, the acquisition of the gas carrier is expected to further strengthen SCI’s position in the energy transportation sector.SCI’s total fleet strength stands at 70 vessels totaling in 6.01 million DWT and gross tonnage of 3.35 million. In addition, SCI also manages 53 vessels (0.55 million GT and 0.39 million DWT).last_img read more

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TV Web Gurus Eye Cleanup Website

first_imgA California computer guru and his P.E.I.-reared co-host offerthe Sydney Tar Ponds cleanup some web design tips this week onthe TechTV channel. Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur, co-hosts of G4TechTV’s technicaladvice show, Call for Help, check out the Sydney Tar Ponds Agencywebsite — www.TarPondsCleanup.ca — and offer suggestions forimprovement in a segment airing Thursday, Dec. 30. Ms. MacArthur, a graduate of the King’s journalism program inHalifax, regularly reviews websites on Call for Help. The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency invited her to critique its cleanupsite, currently under redesign by MediaSpark, a Sydney softwaredevelopment and new media production company. “The website is a key part of our efforts to ensure exemplarycommunications throughout the big cleanup,” said Frank Potter,director of operations for the agency. “The challenge is topresent understandable, easy-to-grasp information, while stillproviding comprehensive backup material for the small group ofpeople who follow every technical detail of the project. “Amber responded with some very helpful advice,” Mr. Potter said. The Call for Help episode featuring the Tar Ponds website willair Thursday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Channel 164 (Eastlink), 301(Seaside Cable), 514 (Star Choice), and 515 (Bell ExpressVu).last_img read more

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Safety for Bikes and Motorcycles

first_imgVictoria Day weekend is one of the busiest times of the year to travel on our highways, but not just in cars and trucks. Bicycles and motorcycles are hitting the roads in growing numbers across Nova Scotia. The result is an increase in the number of collisions involving two-wheelers. Police across Nova Scotia will be holding a series of events, such as bike rodeos, to promote safe riding skills over the coming days. Events like bike rodeos are a fun and exciting way to provide children with safety tips. “Bicyclists and motorcyclists share our roads, and, for their own safety, they need to be more cautious than other road users,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell. “Police are providing important and timely safety tips, encouraging everyone to wear proper helmets and clothing and to be better riders.” While reported bicycle and motorcycle collisions spike in the summer months, the month of May is when police begin promoting safe riding each year. “With the good weather coming out we are seeing a lot more bicycles and motorcycles on the roads,” said Const. Keith McGuire of the RCMP. “The bike rodeos are great to teach children the rules of the road, but the important thing is that motorists acknowledge the safety of these more vulnerable drivers. For the safety of all drivers, we ask that the motoring public be more conscious of the bikers and motorcyclists who share our roads.” The province is marking May 17-23 as National Road Safety Week, an initiative designed to increase public compliance with safe driving measures and, ultimately, to save lives. It is a special week to focus on safe driving practices, and is timed in conjunction with Canada’s first holiday weekend of the summer, when the travelling public will be out in great numbers. Nova Scotia is working toward benchmarks set by Road Safety Vision 2010, a national plan to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world. Nova Scotia’s Road Safety Advisory Committee helps government develop road safety priorities and programs. The committee includes members of nonprofit organizations, government, industry, police and others.last_img read more

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Premier Signs Commonwealth Games Bid Letter with Mayor

first_imgPremier John Hamm signed an official letter of intent to bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games today, July 13, with Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly. Halifax, in partnership with the province, is bidding to be the Canadian city chosen to represent Canada in the international competition in 2007. “Many Nova Scotians benefit when the province and the city work together,” said Premier Hamm. “This project is a terrific opportunity for us to combine our resources and help a lot of people. This project supports several provincial priorities, by creating and promoting a healthier, more active way of life for Nova Scotians, and by helping improve our sports facilities, roads and housing. “We also want to show the world what a wonderful place Nova Scotia is to live, do business, work, and raise a family,” added the premier. The province and the city will share the total costs of this bid, estimated at $750,000. Fred MacGillivray, president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited, will chair the bid committee. The deadline for letters of intent to bid is July 22, 2005. Commonwealth Games Canada will announce the Canadian representative in December of this year. The country chosen to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games will be announced in 2007.last_img read more

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Family Violence Report Shows Improved Justice Response

first_imgA new report shows improvements in the justice system’s response to family violence in Nova Scotia. The 2005 Family Violence Tracking Project, released today, Dec. 7, indicates police and the courts are playing a key role in addressing family violence. The Department of Justice produced the report with the co-operation and support of Nova Scotia’s law enforcement community. “While we still have work to do, this report shows that we are making gains in providing a strong justice system response to family violence in our province,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “Family violence is unacceptable, and we are working with the police and courts to ensure we are responding appropriately and effectively.” Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada to do this type of analysis of the criminal justice system’s response to family violence. The report is based on a sample of family violence cases reported to police. “We are pleased to participate in this innovative project,” said Halifax Regional Police Chief Frank A. Beazley. “It provides valuable information to support our ongoing efforts to address family violence in Nova Scotia.” The 2005 report compares data from two earlier reports to evaluate the justice system’s response, and identify what is working well, and what needs to be addressed. Improvements from the 1998 to 2005 reports include: “This report reflects what we are seeing on the front lines, and we are pleased the Department of Justice is tracking these statistics,” said Rhonda Fraser, executive director of Chrysalis House and vice-chair of the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia. “We will be interested to see what impact initiatives like the Domestic Violence Intervention Act have on future reports.” The report identifies longer court processing times and an increase in non-compliance with probation orders as areas that need improvement. Processing times are an issue across Canada, and department staff and justice system partners are working to shortening them. Other areas needing improvement will also be addressed. “Having this information is a vital part of developing solutions,” said Mr. Scott. “I commend our partners in law enforcement for their participation in this important project.” The Family Violence Tracking project is one of several provincial programs addressing family violence, including the introduction of the Domestic Violence Intervention Act, and providing training for police, corrections, sheriff services, courts, victim services, military police, legal aid, transition house representatives, and Department of Community Services staff. The province also provides more than $5 million annually for transition houses and men’s treatment programs. A protocol has been introduced to guide information sharing on high risk domestic violence cases among professionals, and a pocket guide has been developed to assist police responding to incidents of family violence. The report can be view online at www.gov.ns.ca/just/ . police response times improved by 33 per cent, to six minutes from nine minutes arrest rates increased by 26 per cent police charge rates increased by 28 per cent median sentencing increased to 61 days from 41 days police referral rates to victim services programs increased to 96 per cent in 2003 from 85 per cent in 2000.last_img read more

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Investing in Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007

The best party of the summer concludes today, July 16, with the Tall Ships 2007 Parade of Sail in Halifax Harbour. About 600,000 people picked their way through 25 Tall Ships. Financial help for the festival was provided by the province and Halifax Regional Municipality. The provincial government has contributed $600,000 in cash and in-kind services to ensure that all Nova Scotians share the economic benefit across the province. “With a track record for economic impact of about $20 generated for every $1 dollar invested, Tall Ships events in this region continue to be a leading tourism and economic development generator,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. The Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival began in Halifax on Thursday, July 12. Today, July 16, the ships head south to Lunenburg, Shelburne and Yarmouth, while other ships head north to Port Hawkesbury, Louisbourg and Sydney, and to Pictou. For Halifax Regional Municipality, the event continues to build on the momentum of nearly a quarter of a century of hosting modern-day Tall Ships gatherings in the Halifax Harbour. HRM contributed $300,000 to host the Halifax Harbour event July 12-16. “Halifax Harbour is well-known as one of the deepest and most serviceable harbours in the world,” said HRM Mayor Peter Kelly. “Our waterfront is an exceptional platform to showcase this large fleet of amazing tall ships as well as the thousands of people who admire them.” The budget for the Tall Ships Nova Scotia festival is about $3.3 million, which includes attracting ships to each of the eight ports, host fees, entertainment and administration. “Tall Ships is an amazing event and we’re proud to host it, here in Nova Scotia, said Eric Thomson, chair, Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. board of directors and chair, Tall Ships executive committee. “We’re very pleased that three levels of government have provided cash and in-kind support to attract the largest gathering of Tall Ships in North America this year, it will be a great event for our province.” Cumulative corporate sponsorship support totals $976,000 and an additional $1,011,000 will be raised through earned income on ticket sales, vending and merchandise. Tall Ships Organizers expect more than 600,000 visitors will come to Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007 at venues across the province. On-line ticket sales and inquiries have come from as far away as Germany, France, and the United States and across Canada. read more

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