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Don’t have to be Einstein to work that out: Trevor Bayliss on England’s top-order problems ahead of Ashes

By on October 25, 2019

first_imgDon’t have to be Einstein to work that out: Trevor Bayliss on England’s top-order problems ahead of AshesEngland coach Trevor Bayliss also said Jason Roy will need some time to adjust to red-ball cricket, saying that the aggressive opener need to be more selective than usual. advertisement Asian News International New DelhiJuly 28, 2019UPDATED: July 28, 2019 13:52 IST Jason Roy has been named in England’s 14-man squad for 1st Ashes Test (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTrevor Bayliss conceded England have had long-standing issues with top-orderEngland announced a 14-man squad for 1st Ashes Test vs AustraliaJason Roy, Joe Denly and Rory Burns are top-order options for EnglandAhead of the upcoming Ashes series, England’s coach Trevor Bayliss has said that the team has been hampered by the top-order problems since last six or seven years, saying you don’t have to be Einstein to work that out.”You don’t have to be Einstein to work that out. They have been for the last six or seven years, but it didn’t stop us from winning the Ashes four years ago,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Bayliss as saying.England announced their 14-member squad for the first Ashes Test against Australia on Saturday. Jason Roy, Rory Burns, and Joe Denly were named in the team and they will be the opening options for the side in the upcoming series.The team defeated Ireland in the one-off Test match by 143 runs. England were bundled out for just 85 runs in the first innings and they managed to score 303 runs in their second innings.Defending 181 in the second innings, England bowled out Ireland for 38 (the seventh-lowest total in Test cricket), and as a result, the team registered a comprehensive win.Roy who scored just 5 in the first innings, managed to change his fortunes around, as he played a knock of 72 in the second innings.England coach admitted that it might take some time for Roy to adjust to red-ball cricket.”Like any debutant, he looked nervous, but to score 70-odd in your first Test was a good effort. There was a bit more in those wickets than I’m sure he’s been used to in white-ball cricket over the last few years, but runs are runs. He wouldn’t be the first player to look scratchy and eke out runs. In fact, that’s a good sign, I think,” Bayliss said.advertisement”We want him to go out and play his natural game, but in red-ball cricket, you have to be a little more selective. You’ve got to make a conscious effort to say to yourself, I’m not going to go for the big cover drive on the up until I’m really settled, the wicket is flat or the ball’s not doing as much,” he added.In the 14-member team, fast bowler Jofra Archer received his maiden Test call-up.The 24-year-old found a spot in the squad on the back of his impressive performance in England’s successful ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup campaign.Archer readiness for five-day cricket will be assessed, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had announced.Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, both who were rested for the one-off Test against Ireland, also returned to the squad. Lewis Gregory and Jack Leach, who were part of the one-off Test, were dropped from the side.The squad will be reporting to Birmingham on July 29.England’s 14-man squad for first Ashes Test is as follows: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.England and Australia will compete in five Ashes Test matches from August 1 to September 16.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Ashes 2019Follow Trevor BaylissFollow Jason Roylast_img read more

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Uprise Art: Making the Gallery World Manageable

By on October 24, 2019

first_img Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Service Editors’ Recommendations Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ride Tze Chun graduated from Columbia University in 2006 with a background in art history. After school, she watched as friends and acquaintances from college entered the working world, obtaining high salaried, New York “dream jobs” in finance and law. Everything looked good from the outside, but there was a snag.“A lot of my friends had these great jobs, lived in nice apartments and had this disposable income that they didn’t know how to use. They worked long hours and then came home to a bare, white box,” Chun explained. “One person I knew worked for a law firm that gave its employees a free membership to the MOMA, but she knew that she was never going to use it.”That’s when Chun first had the idea for a service that would help hardworking professionals connect with New York’s abundant gallery world; as well as provide a general art education. After working in the non-profit art arena for five years, she observed a variety of galleries embracing a more online existence. So, in 2011 Uprise Art, the online gallery that allows art lovers or curious city dwellers to purchase pieces of art either outright or on a monthly installment plan, was born.The majority of Chun’s clients choose to purchase their pieces on an installment plan. “That’s really how we’ve been able to expand our market and reach and connect with different types of professionals who have an interest in art, but just don’t know where to start at being an art collector,” Chun explained.One of the most important services that Uprise Art offers is its free client consultation. Chun believes that it is important to give a “white glove, concierge” service to anyone that is interested in the gallery. Chun or another Uprise employee will go to a client’s home, look at the existing décor and help decide what kind of art would or would not work. The main purpose of this facet of the gallery is to help educate newcomers to art collecting as well as create an environment where no question is a bad question.“It’s hard to just walk into a gallery and ask questions,” Chun said. “So we try to make art collecting, easier, more enjoyable and more affordable.”Because the gallery is strictly online, Chun and Uprise Art are constantly partnering with different schools and business around the city to set up lessons in art collecting, studio visits and other parties and events in order to maintain a real world presence. “Basically, we’ll find plenty of excuses to party,” Chun joked.However, what Chun stresses the most is educating and connecting people through art. So, whether you know what makes Jeff Koons great or don’t have a clue about cubism, give Uprise Art a holler and start rolling up those sports posters for posterity. Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and Morelast_img read more

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Sony’s SRS-X9 wireless speaker is an elegant brick of high-powered sound

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first_img How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail Remember when Sony was king of electronics? While it reined on high in the 80’s, a series of missteps (and a healthy dose of South Korean competition) has put the tech titan on its heels. Sony is attempting to get some of its mojo back, however, with a new emphasis on hi-res audio. It is that ambition that spawned the company’s SRS-X9 wireless speaker, a luxurious brick of glass and aluminum loaded with top notch components, and priced to impress at a whopping $700.While the sticker is certainly shocking, Sony has put together an impressive piece of electronics in the X9. The gleaming top panel reflects lower models in its wireless speaker lineup, but the X9 stands alone with a host of premium accents, including golden halos around a pair of super tweeters on the top panel, brushed aluminum side panels, and a magnetically-attached speaker screen that can be removed to reveal five active drivers and two passive radiators under the hood.The system is powered by a monstrous 154 watts of claimed power from 8 individual digital amplifiers, and it’s one of the few truly hi-res wireless speakers we’ve encountered, offering playback of digital WAV and FLAC files at up to 192kHz/24 bit resolution. In addition, the X9 is designed to upscale your lower resolution files through a suite of digital sound processing (DSP). Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connection supporting both DLNA and Airplay, along with dual USB ports.As for the sound, the X9 is strikingly clear, providing lucid transparency for the midrange and top end to dig up the finest details – though it does have a bit of bite. Bass isn’t as large and in charge as you might hope from a speaker at this price, but it does provide a hefty punch for its size. Speaking of hefty, this thing is as solid as it is elegant, packing over 10 pounds into its 17 x 5-inch frame.Those looking for a speaker that is strikingly accurate, and relentlessly elegant will want to take a look at the SRS-X9 for themselves. The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club last_img read more

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Throttle Jockey: Harley’s expanded Sportster lineup has a bike for everyone

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first_img 7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Last-Minute Summer Vacation I’ve been trying to stick to the “one bike focus” thing for Spring, but like Honda’s diverse line of bikes with automatic transmissions that we looked at last time, I’m having a hard time picking just one again, especially when it comes to Harley-Davidson’s recently expanded offerings around a single model: the Sportster.We’ve all lusted after a shining cruiser, and no one has had more experience cruising than Harley-Davidson, but one of their best-selling bikes is the speedy and sort of anti-cruiser Sportster, a slim, stripped-down, versatile and affordable bike that Harley has wisely refined and expanded upon as of late.Initially debuting way, way back in 1957, until recently the Sportster had been Harley’s lighter-weight, entry-level machine, a niche now occupied by the even lighter-weight Street 500 and 750cc machines. While the big-inch bikes have always held all the glory and have gotten ever larger in terms of size and displacement, the 883 and 1200cc Sportster models have soldiered on, sometimes in the shadows, but always there, winking, promising an experience involving less money, a bit less ego and a fair bit more velocity.Today, the Sportster isn’t just one bike, it’s become a platform unto itself. There are no less than seven Sportster variants to tempt you, from the simple 883cc SuperLow at the base of the pyramid to the newly returned 1200cc Roadster  and SuperLow 1200T Tourer at the top. In between are classically-styled Iron 883, 1200 Custom, the Seventy-Two chopper-esque throwbacks, and the neo-retro Forty-Eight. Such largess, and the SuperLow starts at a super low price of just $8,500.Back in 2005, Harley slipped some vibration-quelling measures into the Sportster’s traditionally solid-mounted and vibe-happy engine, making the bikes much more tolerable for distance riding (and truthfully, just about any riding). They’ve been refining them ever since. The shake is still there at idle, but once underway, the Sportsters now merely thrum along with a perfectly muted vibe, reminding you it’s still an old-school air-cooled V-twin down there, but now no longer requiring new fillings or organ transplants after extended outings.While the Sportster may be regarded as a “beginner bike” by riders who have graduated to the big-inch models, don’t be fooled: if you’re looking for an easy way to get rolling on a bike that includes plenty of power, a bit quicker handling and a slim profile, this is the rig. Bigger is not always better, especially if you’re going to be rolling around a modern city.Riding around Portland late last year on the Forty-Eight series, I never had a moment where I thought “shucks, this is just too small and slow.” Rolling on the throttle to catch a group ahead, the lusty red Sportster I was on quickly powered past 90mph, with plenty left in the engine room if needed.Cruising through Portland’s tight downtown streets, the suspension soaked up the crumbling pavement and the wide bars made quick direction changes a snap. Comfort was spot-on despite the compact form factor of the Sportster. You couldn’t ask for a better city bike in this displacement class. It’s a classic combination of style and performance perfectly suited for an urban commute but still capable of a weekend getaway – even two-up. Remember, the big Sporty is a 1200cc twin, it’s not like you need to wring it out to achieve escape velocity; just surf that big wave of torque.Nits? The stock EPA/DOT/Nanny-compliant exhaust is far too quiet (a complaint that can be leveled at almost every bike made by any bike maker today) and depending on the model, cornering clearance can run out quickly – issues solvable with Harley’s infinite accessory catalog and even more infinite aftermarket.Despite all their modern refinement, glittery paint, hip new style variants, the current hot-rod Sportster – whichever version ticks your box – remains a near-perfect city bike.If you can stand all the attention that comes with owning and riding the marque, you’ll likely find it can get you to a happy place just as quickly as you dare.Photos by Riles and Nelson Photography 1. Harley-Davidson Sportster 2. Harley-Davidson Sportster 3. Harley-Davidson Sportster 4. Harley-Davidson Sportster 5. Harley-Davidson Sportster 6. Harley-Davidson Sportster Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa center_img Editors’ Recommendations Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy A Beginner’s Guide to Road Bikinglast_img read more

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The Bo Light Is a Minimalist Bullseye

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first_imgI love lamp.The newest light offering by L.A. design studio MASSESS manifests in the shape of a simple archer’s bow, but is far from basic. Cordless and seemingly bulb-less, Bo ($250) is a brilliant practice in deconstructed minimalism.Installed on the wall of your apartment, it can even make your framed Derek Jeter jersey look sophisticated. (No disrespect to Mr. November.)MASSESS achieved its design goal of deconstructed minimalism by stripping away elements and materials to give space to what remains. For Bo, that is a solid oak arch reminiscent of an archer’s bow, kept tense by a bronze braided wire that acts as a touch-activated light control.Lightly touch the wire to illuminate LEDs embedded into Bo’s oak spine, which diffuses light outward in a warm glow.Designers at MASSESS said during the creation of Bo, they allowed the materials to guide its process, whereas traditionally designers sketch a product and source materials to fit its shape and purpose.Bo ups its minimalist points by being explicitly cultureless (a main principle in the design aesthetic). It also pulls on the element of dislocation, as we quickly notice the shape of the light and its association to a bow and arrow, however the item now functions outside of the surroundings we might expect to see it.If Bo is already Incepting your mind, join the club.Its designers added that Bo is, “An approach to rediscover the beauty that arises from a deep understanding of the limitations in materials and processes… Yielding products that encapsulate not only form, but also physical forces.”I guess the main point is, Bo’s not just a lamp. It’s part sculpture and part lighting solution that is stunning both in its functionality and presentation. (I guarantee you won’t be able to look at your normal lamps the same way anymore.)Available in Ebony or natural finished Oak, Bo offers us a chance to dabble in hardcore minimalism, adding breadth and contemplation to our living area without going balls-to-the-wall and swearing to live with less than 100 things.It’s the perfect choice for a space that needs to feel larger and less cluttered, and isn’t too strong of a design choice that you can’t use other styles like industrial lighting in other rooms.Each fixture is handmade in-house at MASSES, where the designer’s obsessively detailed craftsmanship makes just another lamp into a timeless sculpture. And for those of us who have a hard time rationalizing the purchase of art (not to mention the excessive cost), you can kill two birds with Bo and get a masterpiece and a daily essential. The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About How to Shave With a Straight Razor How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Editors’ Recommendations A Soaring Roof Defines This Paradise of an Arizona Desert Dwelling How to Change a Light Fixture Without Getting Shocked last_img read more

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Get Folk-ed Up On Bob Dylan’s New Whiskey Line: Heaven’s Door Spirits

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first_img Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey Gab BonghiYou may have been excited about Wu-Tang Clan’s new vodka , but if your spirits and Spotify preferences lean toward the acoustic end of the spectrum, Bob Dylan’s new whiskey might be more your pace.Don’t think twice — just accept that Bob freakin’ Dylan is now in the whiskey business.In partnership with Spirits Investment Partnership (SIP), the iconic singer-songwriter has created Heaven’s Door Spirits. This won’t look like your standard whiskey line, though. Indeed, times they are a changin’, because instead of creating one type of whiskey with one master distiller, Heaven’s Door Spirits is set up to be an evolving portfolio of small-batch whiskeys in collaboration with multiple renowned distillers.Michael Persico“By working with different whiskey artisans for each new expression, the portfolio would be more diverse and eclectic,” says Marc Bushala, CEO of SIP.Bushala is the man who was able to convince The Voice of a Generation to get into the whiskey biz after learning that Dylan had a registered trademark application for “Bootleg Whiskey” in 2015. They met via a mutual friend and got to talking about art and craft.Heaven’s Door Spirits marks Dylan’s first consumer brand partnership in over 50 years. (At 76 years old, maybe it was the last road he needed to walk before he could be called a man?) So yeah, it’s safe to say Dylan is not only excited about distilling new whiskies, but more of an expert than we might think.Gab Bonghi“I’ve been traveling for decades, and I’ve been able to try some of the best spirits that the world of whiskey has to offer,” Dylan says. “This is great whiskey.”Dylan is talking about Heaven’s Door’s inaugural portfolio, which includes:Straight Tennessee Bourbon that uses 30 percent “small grains” to complement the character imparted from spending almost seven years in new American Oak barrels.Double Barrel Whiskey, a distinctive blend of three different whiskeys, finished in new American Oak barrels for a secondary aging worthy of another year’s wait.Straight Rye Whiskey finished in “cigar” barrels from Vosges, France.Ryan Perry, who leads whiskey development for Heaven’s Door, says, “We weren’t restricted by deadlines, budget, or a particular taste profile. Working with master distillers like Jordan Via enabled us to establish creative collaboration as a foundational principle of the brand.” Zimmy might be the only musician we’d trust to make a premium whiskey, which has already taken home medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Ultimate Spirits Challenge.Gab BonghiBob Dylan’s artwork is featured on the packaging of each whiskey (you didn’t know he’s an artist?). Iron gates, found farm objects, and pieces from scrapyards bring Dylan’s Americana folk vibe to the forefront, which preps you for a similarly themed taste inside the bottle. In 2019, Heaven’s Door Spirits will release something called “The Bootleg Series” showcasing Dylan’s paintings on rare whiskey stocks and special blends. As expected, these will be very limited.Also in 2019, Heaven’s Door will open a distillery in a 140-year-old Nashville church. Trip to Nashville, anyone? 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Falllast_img read more

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Gov’t Ramps Up Activities to Combat Illegal Fishing

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first_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, made the disclosure at a press conference at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens offices in St. Andrew on March 12. The Government will be spending $20 million to ramp up coastal surveillance and enforcement activities to militate against illegal fishing in Jamaican waters and protect the island’s fisheries sector. The Government will be spending $20 million to ramp up coastal surveillance and enforcement activities to militate against illegal fishing in Jamaican waters and protect the island’s fisheries sector.The money will be provided under the Fisheries Management and Development Fund, which was established to facilitate the sustainable management and development of the sector.Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, made the disclosure at a press conference at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens offices in St. Andrew on March 12.He said that appropriate technology will be employed to effectively monitor the country’s waters.“Regulations will be put in place, very shortly, to mandate all locally licensed motor fishing vessels to have on board a vessel monitoring system (VMS) device. Very importantly, to complement this technology, we are arranging access to satellite imagery of our waters to enable us to actually see these perpetrators,” he noted.Minister Shaw said that the surveillance and enforcement activities “will be spread far and wide to stop illegal fishing in our near-shore areas and… activities on mainland Jamaica such as the illegal storage and sale of fish and fish products”.He informed that plans are far advanced for the establishment of multi-agency enforcement teams, which, at a minimum will be comprised of the police, coast guard, and personnel from the Ministry’s Fisheries Division and the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit.“Of course, it is expected that other enforcement entities will provide support, when and where necessary. These teams will be checking fishers, fishing vessels, fish vendors, supermarkets, hotels, restaurants and cold storage facilities and any other relevant persons and/or establishments,” he pointed out.The Minister, in the meantime, indicated that a revision of the relevant laws will be undertaken soon to address the issue of poaching in Jamaican waters.This comes against the background of the interception of two illegal vessels from the Dominican Republic by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard recently, after they were caught fishing illegally.The poachers were reportedly caught with queen conch, spiny lobster, crabs, fin fish and octopus.“I am advised that the court case, involving the foreign poachers, will take place soon,” Minister Shaw said.“It is indeed, my hope that our courts will send the strongest signal possible to all poachers, both local and foreign, that Jamaica is very serious about protecting our fisheries resources, and, by extension, the livelihood of our fishers and fish workers,” he said.Mr. Shaw informed that over the last eight years, from January 2011 to March 2019, a total of 10 foreign vessels were caught fishing illegally in Jamaican waters, noting that this reflects only 14 per cent of foreign illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.He said IUU fishing is a global problem that has plagued both developing and developed countries, and a comprehensive multipronged approach is being undertaken to address the issue.The Government recently imposed a one-year ban on the harvesting and trading of conch from March 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020, due to a depleted population. Scientific survey of the queen conch population conducted in November 2018 showed that conch stocks are in a degraded state.Minister Shaw noted that illegal fishing and environmental influences are two of the factors resulting in the depletion of the conch stock.He said that the Government will be employing a comprehensive strategy of advocacy and diplomacy to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing as well as curtail the trade of illegally caught fish and fish products.This will be done through bodies such as the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) West Central Atlantic Fisheries Commission.Minister Shaw said the objective is to achieve meaningful collaboration and cooperation amongst queen conch-producing and importing countries, and the Flag State of foreign poachers.He said he intends to meet with colleague Ministers at the upcoming Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) in St. Kitts on May 2 and 3, 2019 to discuss the issue.“At the international level, we intend to engage Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to ensure that all relevant provisions of this multilateral arrangement is transparent and properly implemented.The truth is, we do have some concerns regarding how some queen conch-producing countries have been able to satisfy the strictures of the CITES convention,” he said. The money will be provided under the Fisheries Management and Development Fund, which was established to facilitate the sustainable management and development of the sector. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Commerce Minister Calls for Small Business to Formalize Operations

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first_imgStory Highlights The policy is about “applying resources in a manner that is designed to have the real impact” on business growth and development. Minister of Industry, Investment, and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has called on small business owners to formalize their operations to benefit from offerings under the new Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Entrepreneurship Policy.The Minister was addressing a recent Think Tank held at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) head office in Kingston.He noted that the policy is not about “finding a way to give more money”, but “applying resources in a manner that is designed to have the real impact” on business growth and development.As such, he said, persons will benefit from training and guidance in areas such as product development, marketing, and incentives such as tax breaks during the infancy stage of the business.“Before you go to the bank and start asking for money, what you need is some training, exposure, and critical intervention from entities like the DBJ (Development of Bank of Jamaica) and others, who can intervene and talk to you about the feasibility of your business, marketing, and product differentiation,” Minister Hylton said.The MSME Policy seeks to implement a structured and sustainable programme to provide training to MSMEs through public-private partnerships in key areas such as: business planning, cash flow projections, management, book-keeping, inventory management, protection of intellectual property, standards, and market penetration. Small business owners urged to formalize their operations to benefit from offerings under the new MSME Entrepreneurship Policy. The MSME Policy seeks to implement a structured and sustainable programme to provide training to MSMEs.last_img read more

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Businesses Urged to Support Ramps for Schools Project

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first_img “We are committing $1.5 million per school to instal ramps for this year. A budget of $50 million has been earmarked from our Ministry, and we are looking forward to corporate Jamaica to complement that with their $50 million,” he said. Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is calling on corporate entities to match the $50-million allocation by the Government to equip public schools with wheelchair ramps. Work will get under way at the St Ann’s Bay Infant School in St. Ann on Labour Day, May 23, which is being observed under the theme ‘Ramp it up… Fix it up’. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is calling on corporate entities to match the $50-million allocation by the Government to equip public schools with wheelchair ramps.An initial 126 institutions, two in each of the island’s 63 constituencies, are being targeted under the ‘Ramps for Schools’ project.Work will get under way at the St Ann’s Bay Infant School in St. Ann on Labour Day, May 23, which is being observed under the theme ‘Ramp it up… Fix it up’.“We are committing $1.5 million per school to instal ramps for this year. A budget of $50 million has been earmarked from our Ministry, and we are looking forward to corporate Jamaica to complement that with their $50 million,” he said.Minister Reid was bringing greetings at the National Workers’ Week and Labour Day Thanksgiving Church Service held on Sunday (May 20) at the Portmore Holiness Christian Church, Hellshire Main Road, Portmore.Of the island’s 971 public infant, primary and high schools and over 2,900 early-childhood institutions, only about 138 primary and high schools have been fitted with ramps.Senator Reid said that the ‘Ramps for Schools’ project will run for an initial one year after Labour Day and will continue until “all schools are fully equipped and provide enabled access to all our vulnerable population”.“That means we have a lot of work to do because we have to get all of these institutions retrofitted, including bathroom facilities to ensure that they are fully accessible to our physically challenged,” he said.“The aim is to target organisations to support the remaining schools,” he added.Minister Reid said the theme for Labour Day is timely, and lauded the decision taken by the National Labour Day Planning Committee to focus on the most vulnerable.“There can be no invisible people if we are truly serious about furthering the development of workers’ rights. Each and every one has to be equally protected under the law. Protection of the most vulnerable also means equal access to services and opportunities,” he said.last_img read more

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Effective Traffic Ticketing System by Mid-Year

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first_img By the middle of this year, the Government should have a fully operational traffic ticketing system in place. Story Highlights This was disclosed by Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, as he opened the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 16. “I have given a commitment that by mid-year we will fix the system. There is a traffic ticketing management system that was acquired from some time back, but the system was never properly operationalised,” he said. By the middle of this year, the Government should have a fully operational traffic ticketing system in place.This was disclosed by Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, as he opened the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 16.“I have given a commitment that by mid-year we will fix the system. There is a traffic ticketing management system that was acquired from some time back, but the system was never properly operationalised,” he said.The Minister pointed out that the necessary hardware and software are being sourced to ensure that “we can have development and implementation of an electronic warrant module in the traffic ticketing management system”.“Once we can do that and ensure that those who receive tickets will, in fact, have consequences when they breach the Road Traffic Act, that will begin to restore order to our public highway, and the public will see a major difference in how they operate and our public space will be safe,” he said.He noted that currently, there are four agencies involved in the ticketing process, “but the process is dysfunctional” and has resulted in errant drivers with traffic violations not being held accountable.last_img read more

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Government Taking Aggressive Steps to Promote Development of Downtown Kingston

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first_img The Government of Jamaica is taking more dynamic, innovative and aggressive steps to promote and encourage the greater development of Downtown Kingston.According to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, the Government has a clear and strategic plan to transform the skyline of Downtown Kingston to become the pearl of the Antilles.“The UDC has several projects for Downtown Kingston including apartment buildings, office buildings, parking facilities and cultural and entertainment facilities and then of course you would have heard as well about the Government circle project and then you would have heard the Minister of National Security also speak about the police plaza where we’ve identified the lands for that. I looked at some amazing architectural designs that is in place and the list of projects that I’ve seen would be about 15 major construction projects slated for Kingston and St. Andrew”, said Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister was speaking at the official opening of the new Grace Kennedy Headquarters on Wednesday, May 29, Harbour Street, DowntownWhile lauding the Grace Kennedy Group for its commitment to remain and develop downtown Kingston, the Prime Minister outlined that the Government already has policy incentives in place for tax incentives to promote further construction in the area.“The Government is going to be very aggressive in encouraging and promoting further developments like this. We already have incentive policies in place with the tax incentives for construction in this area (Downtown). We want to see more companies take advantage of it, ” noted Prime Minister Holness.In the meantime, the Prime Minister made clear that the Government is cognizant of the major infrastructure work that needs to be completed to transform the city.In that regard, he outlined that the necessary budgetary allocations will be made to facilitate the transformation.“The necessary utility infrastructure, sewage and water in particular – sewage along this stretch, that investment will be made, we have already scoped it, we know what the cost is and it will be programmed in budgets to come. We’re making the necessary provisions to bring water into this area and we have already made the budgetary provisions for those – so the government is going to put in place everything to make sure when you decide to build you are well facilitated”, stated Prime Minister Holness. The Government of Jamaica is taking more dynamic, innovative and aggressive steps to promote and encourage the greater development of Downtown Kingston. According to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, the Government has a clear and strategic plan to transform the skyline of Downtown Kingston to become the pearl of the Antilles. Story Highlights “The UDC has several projects for Downtown Kingston including apartment buildings, office buildings, parking facilities and cultural and entertainment facilities and then of course you would have heard as well about the Government circle project and then you would have heard the Minister of National Security also speak about the police plaza where we’ve identified the lands for that. I looked at some amazing architectural designs that is in place and the list of projects that I’ve seen would be about 15 major construction projects slated for Kingston and St. Andrew”, said Prime Minister Holness.last_img read more

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Alfa Laval Brings New AQUA Technology

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first_img Print  Close zoom With the launch of AQUA in 2008, Alfa Laval introduced the most efficient process yet for freshwater generation. The AQUA technology cut the need for seawater in half, along with the electrical energy needed for pumping it.As energy efficiency continues to gain focus, the technology is more relevant than ever – especially with the launch of the new AQUA Blue.AQUA Blue, on show at Marintec China, is Alfa Laval’s next step in a long tradition of development within freshwater generation technology. AQUA Blue uses the same proven, energy-efficient desalination process as its predecessor. But it incorporates a wide range of enhancements that simplify both operation and installation.“The AQUA technology was a revolution in freshwater generation, because it cut energy use and changed the way we look at a very well-known application,” says Alex Jönsson, Alfa Laval’s Regional Marketing Manager responsible for the product launch. “But innovation is one side of the Alfa Laval coin, and continuous development is the other. AQUA Blue takes this pioneering technology and builds on its already substantial advantages.” The 3-in-1 AQUA technologyThe foundation of the AQUA technology, and therefore of AQUA Blue, is a unique type of titanium plate. Though plate-based freshwater generators have existed for half a century, the plates themselves have always been a modification of heat exchanger designs. Alfa Laval’s AQUA plate was the first to be specifically designed for desalination work.The AQUA plate has a 3-in-1 construction, which means that evaporation, separation and condensation all occur within the same plate pack. First, feed water passes through the lower section, where it is evaporated in a vacuum. As the vapour rises, it then passes through the separator section, with brine falling back into the sump at the bottom of the freshwater generator. Only the clean vapour reaches the top section, where it is condensed into high-quality fresh water. Remarkably low energy consumption“The simplicity of the AQUA concept is surprising, considering what it can achieve,” says Jönsson. “With one plate pack instead of two, the freshwater generator needs just half the seawater flow. So only half the pumping capacity has to be installed, which means only half the electrical energy for running the pumps.”In the new AQUA Blue, the focus on energy efficiency is also seen in the use of an IE3 motor. “Energy efficiency is even more relevant today than it was when the original AQUA was launched,” says Jönsson. “So for AQUA Blue, Alfa Laval has chosen not just an energy-efficient motor, but the most energy-efficient motor type available.” Full peace of mind for the operatorBesides minimizing energy consumption, the AQUA technology keeps scaling to a minimum and provides consistently high-quality fresh water. To ensure still more uniform results, the flow of seawater through AQUA Blue is regulated.“AQUA Blue operators can be sure of 2 ppm maximum salinity in all conditions, and the seawater regulation will also contribute to faster start-up times,” says Jönsson. “In fact, AQUA Blue gives operators more peace of mind at start-up and beyond, thanks to expanded instrumentation that gives them a better overview of what’s happening inside.” From easy installation to a lifetime of serviceFor operators and shipbuilders alike, there are advantages in the physical construction of AQUA Blue, whose plate pack slides open for easy inspection and maintenance. Because the AQUA technology maintains the vacuum within the plate pack, there is no outer shell to be opened – and no service area needed beyond the frame.“The AQUA concept has always had advantages for installation and maintenance, and we’ve added new features to AQUA Blue that provide further ease and flexibility,” Jönsson says. “Between the new features, the optimized process and a robust construction with duplex piping, AQUA Blue is a convenient solution that will last the vessel lifetime while asking little of the crew.” My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Alfa Laval, December 2, 2013last_img read more

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Port of Tauranga Makes Way for Large Ships

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first_imgzoom Freight and logistics management company Kotahi and New Zealand’s freight gateway Port of Tauranga have struck a strategic ten-year freight alliance.Port of Tauranga, New ZealandThis, along with a separate long-term agreement between Kotahi and Maersk Line, will deliver a ‘step-change’ for New Zealand’s $83.3bn  international trade sector.“New Zealand doesn’t have a big ship capable port, and now is the right time for key players to work together to build a capability within New Zealand to receive these large vessels with all the efficiencies they will bring to New Zealand. These ships will ensure New Zealand does not become a spoke to the larger hubs across the Tasman, which would add 7-10 days to export transit times,” Kotahi Chief Executive Chris Greenough said.The new arrangements are founded on the following:• Kotahi has committed to provide up to 1.8 million TEU export cargo containers to the Port of Tauranga over the next 10 years, commencing  August 1, 2014;• Kotahi has committed significant export cargo to Timaru Container Terminal (TCTS), for the next 10 years commencing  August 1, 2014;• The Port of Tauranga has committed to investment in infrastructure to enable visits from the larger 6,500 TEU container ships within the next few years;• Port of Tauranga will, subject to certain conditions, issue shares to Kotahi and Kotahi will take a stake in TCTS; and• Kotahi has committed to provide up to 2.5 million TEU export cargo containers to Maersk Line for the next 10 years, commencing  August 1, 2014.Port of Tauranga Chief Executive Mark Cairns said: “The agreement with Kotahi will be immediately earnings accretive for Port of Tauranga and will transform the New Zealand supply chain.“The cargo commitments give Port of Tauranga the certainty to proceed with the infrastructure to accommodate the 6,500 TEU ships. This will in turn spur the development of New Zealand’s coastal shipping industry as freight consolidates on Port of Tauranga as a hub port for the country.”Maersk Line New Zealand Managing Director Gerard Morrison said: “Maersk Line has committed to introducing a new 4,500 TEU service from October 2014, to Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia, to provide additional capacity, and complement, the current Northern Star and Southern Star services.We now have a clear path to work on the introduction of Maersk Line’s 6,500 TEU vessels to New Zealand. These ships are significantly more fuel efficient on a per-container basis and will reduce the carbon footprint of the ocean freight component of New Zealand exports by approximately 22% per container unit, compared to the existing New Zealand industry average.”Press Release; June 26, 2014last_img read more

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Drewry: Half of Over 12-Year-Old Capesizes Need to Go

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first_imgzoom If dry bulk ship-owners collectively removed half of all capesize ships over 12 years old, equating to around 20 million dwt of capacity, it would enable earnings to return to profitability by 2018, according to the latest estimates from Drewry.The shipping consultancy believes that dry bulk shipping is facing a perfect storm and requires drastic supply side measures if the industry is to return on course to profitability in the medium term.If they were to remove all old capsize vessels the recovery would occur even sooner.According to Drewry, this could be achieved through a combination of scrapping and temporary vessel idling. While the proposed adjustments may seem harsh, there is now a need for industrywide action otherwise the market will remain loss making for the foreseeable future. Time for drastic supply side measures “The only solution is for shipowners to remove older capesize vessels from the fleet until the market recovers, otherwise the industry faces many more years of losses,” said Rahul Sharan, lead analyst for dry bulk shipping at Drewry.“Any market correction resulting from inevitable insolvencies will not alone be sufficient to correct supply/demand imbalances as vessels will simply be recycled back into the fleet.”The economic slowdown in China continues to negatively impact demand for iron ore and coal shipments while the fleet carries on rising. This week the Baltic Dry Index reached an all-time low of 345 points and Drewry expects earnings to deteriorate further through 2016 as more vessels are fixed at rates well below operating costs.Indian coal import demand is expected to wane as domestic extraction ramps up and ports remain congested. Meanwhile, vessel capacity growth continues to outstrip demand and the orderbook represents a threatening 16% of the global fleet. These factors have caused Drewry to further downgrade its outlook for the sector.“In the absence of radical action, we expect dry bulk shipping freight rates to deteriorate further through the course of the year and to remain weak in 2017. Any recovery will be pushed out further with little near term prospect of a return to profitability,” added Sharan.last_img read more

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Marlink Orders Six Containerships from Fujian Mawei

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first_imgzoom German shipping company Marlink Schiffahrtskontor has placed an order for six Feedermax vessels with an option for another six ships at China’s shipyard Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Five containerships from the batch, with a capacity of 1,162 TEU, are scheduled for delivery in 2018, while the remaining one would join its owner in 2019.VesselsValue added that the company would pay a total of USD 114 million for the six vessels, with each ship costing USD 19 million.The vessels on option, if exercised, could all be added to the fleet during 2019, and would bring the total value of the deal to up to USD 230 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Shipping Should Not Ignore New Revenue Standard

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first_imgzoom Although the new revenue standard IFRS 15, set to come into force from January 1, 2018, will have a limited impact on the shipping industry, “it can’t be entirely ignored,” shipping consultant Moore Stephens said.The new accounting standard, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, excludes revenues under leasing contracts, so income from bareboat charters and the asset element of time charters will be unaffected. Rather, the effect will be on the service element of time charters and on voyage charters.The key change is one of approach. Current practice looks at revenue recognition by reference to what is being done by the seller, while the new standard looks at what is being received by the buyer.Moore Stephens informed that there are various bases currently used for voyage accounting, most commonly discharge-to-discharge.“That makes sense when looked at in terms of what the shipping company is doing, but not if we look at what the charterer is receiving. Voyage accounting is expected to move to a load-to-discharge basis, since that reflects the period over which the charterer is obtaining benefit.”That leaves the question of the accounting treatment of relocation costs, such as a ballast leg. Such costs can be carried forward prior to load if they relate directly to a contract; generate or enhance resources to be used in meeting obligations under the contract; and if they are expected to be recovered.“Where costs are carried forward, they will be written off over the period of the next voyage. The criteria will often be met, although care will need to be taken to ensure that general and administrative overheads are not included. The final criterion also means costs cannot be carried forward where the charter is expected to result in a loss,” Moore Stephens said.So compared to current practice, revenue will start to be recognised a little later, and for fewer days each year. On those days when revenue is recognised, the amounts will, of course, be higher. The change in total revenue, and profit, will arise only in relation to those voyages, or periods of relocation, which straddle the end of a year. This will also effect key performance measures, such as Time Charter Equivalents (TCE).last_img read more

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STX France Unveils New Sailing Ship Concept

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first_imgzoom French shipbuilder STX France has unveiled a new sailing ship concept which would reduce environmental impact and save energy.Presented at the Seatrade Cruise Global exhibition in Fort Lauderdale, the company’s SILENSEAS concept would feature a length of 190 meters, 150 passenger cabins, and offer an eco-friendly cruise experience.Following the launch of its cruise ship concept EOSEAS in 2009, STX France continued research on the principle of sail propulsion and developed a patented concept, SOLIDSAIL, capable of reaching large sail areas.By combining the use of the sails with the latest propulsion and energy production technologies, including LNG, batteries and automation, STX France developed SILENSEAS, which reduces the use of propulsion energy on 60% Caribbean routes, while allowing exceptional performance under sail.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

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Hutchison Ports ICAVE Starts Operations in Veracruz

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first_imgzoomIllustration; Image by Navingo Port operator Hutchison Ports officially launched operations in the new port of Veracruz on July 1.The first operation of Hutchison Ports Internacional de Contenedores Asociados de Veracruz (ICAVE) within the modernization of the Port of Veracruz was undertaken with the visit by CMA CGM White Shark.Featuring a length of 294.12 meters, the Malta-flagged ship has a capacity of 5,095 TEUs.The vessel arrived to the terminal in the morning hours and unloaded the first of millions of containers that are expected to arrive at the new ICAVE Terminal.The port of Veracruz, considered as a millenary gateway to world diversity, gained strength with the latest upgrades, while the port operator said that the move was “a small step for Hutchison Ports ICAVE, but a great step for the Mexican Port System.”last_img read more

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Province Mourns Death of Cpl Christopher Reid

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first_imgOn behalf of all Nova Scotians, Premier Rodney MacDonald today, Aug. 3, offered condolences to the family and friends of the late Cpl. Christopher Jonathan Reid of Truro, who was killed today while on duty near Kandahar, Afghanistan. “All Canadians are mourning the loss of this fallen soldier, but it hits very close to home when we learn he was a Nova Scotian,” said Premier MacDonald. “We offer to his family, his friends and colleagues our sympathy and prayers while they absorb this tragic loss. May they know that all Nova Scotians are so proud of Cpl. Reid’s service to Canada in which he selflessly and bravely worked to bring peace to this troubled country.” Out of respect for Cpl. Reid, the premier announced that flags at both Province House and the provincial buildings in Truro will be lowered to half-mast.last_img read more

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The 2008 John Humphrey Freedom Award Winners Visit Halifax

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first_imgJohn Humphrey changed the face of Human Rights for the world when he drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The John Humphrey Freedom Award was named in his honour, and this year’s winners, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, will visit Halifax on Thursday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 5. “We are so pleased that Halifax has been chosen as one of the five cities that the award winners will be visiting,” said Krista Daley, director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights are very deserving of this honour for the work that they do, and it is a great opportunity to share their insight and learn from their experiences.” The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights organization has played a leading role in promoting and protecting human rights since its founding in 1996. They provide services ranging from legal support for victims of state-endorsed persecution, to public education and human rights training at the community level. Representatives Irene Petras and Andrew Makoni will speak at an event hosted by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Rights and Democracy, and the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute at Dalhousie Law School on Friday, Dec. 5. Ms. Petras will also speak at the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women ceremony the same day at 10:30 a.m. in Province House. “December is a busy month for human rights awareness,” said Ms. Daley. “With the International Day for Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3, and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights’ visit is another way to spread the message about the importance of promoting and protecting human rights. The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights event will be held Friday at 6 p.m. in room 104 of the Weldon Law Building, Dalhousie Law School, 6061 University Ave.last_img read more

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