First drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R

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first_imgWith 292 horsepower on tap and a wide range of driving modes, the 2015 Golf R is ready to roll with the big boys .The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R drives like it has something to prove. Compared to the previous generation, the Mk7 iterant has 36 more horsepower, is 0.6-seconds quicker to 60 mph, and boasts a revamped four-wheel drive system. If the old car was great, the new one is certifiably sublime.There’s good reason for this. The Subaru WRX STI may not be offered as a five-door in the U.S. anymore, but hot hatches like the Focus RS, Mazdaspeed3, and even the front-wheel drive Honda Civic Type R are coming in guns blazing.Why? Because hot hatchbacks are awesome, that’s why.Seven generations in, the car that essentially invented the segment is still carving corners like a sports car while boasting the practicality and refinement that makes the class special.Hot hatchOn a twisty, switchback-laden road, the Golf R is home. The course Volkswagen provided for us during the vehicle’s first drive event in San Diego, California fit the bill perfectly. On this proving ground, the range-topping Golf is the fastest version ever to grace the United States.Like the Audi S3 with which it shares its MQB platform and 292-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the R feels flat and grounded during spirited driving. A revamped 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, an 0.8-inch lower ride height, XDS+ electronic differential control on both axles, and DCC adaptive dampers are the major players here, but the newest Golf is 75 pounds lighter than its predecessor as well.Brake, turn in, smash the apex, throttle out, and the Mk7 proudly shows you its improvements. Like most Golfs, it’s loads of fun, but also drama free, with the front-biased 4MOTION system sending up to 50 percent of the power to the rear if needed. The brakes are the same units you’ll find in the GTI Performance Package, but this time they have ‘R’ stamped on the calipers. That means they’re better, let’s say.The hatchback’s DSG automatic gearbox is another huge highlight. It’s quick and responsive, most of the time doing its job so well you don’t even have to use the paddles. Toggle the ‘Race’ Driving Mode on the standard touchscreen and the car holds gears like a champ, taking advantage of the 280 pound-feet of torque available from just 1,800 rpm. It also tightens up the steering and suspension noticeably.It’s a Golf after allPressing the ‘Race’ button is intrinsically satisfying, but there are are ‘Normal,’ ‘Eco,’ and customizable ‘Individual’ settings as well. Throughout the drive, I found myself switching between ‘Race’ and ‘Comfort’ (which should really be spelled with a K) most often.Hit the switch and immediately the engine quiets down. The revs drop a bit at idle, and the DCC stifles harsh bumps well before they hits the exclusive bucket seats.Yes, it may be a 292-hp athlete when needed, but at the end of the day, this is a Golf. In fact, outside of its badging, quad exhaust tips, and standard Bi-Xenon headlights, it’s hard to tell it apart from the standard one.What that means is that it’s quiet, comfortable inside the ‘Carbon Touch’ interior, practical, and fun. Simply put, it takes all the positive attributes of the hot hatch segment and distills them down to their very essence.It’s even decent on gas, with economy numbers of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Compare that to the WRX STI’s numbers of 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, and the Golf starts to look a whole lot better. Granted, the Subaru is a much more hardcore, performance-focused, and perhaps charismatic machine, but that’s kind of the selling point of the Golf. It can do it all with little fuss.Good things come to those who waitFor all the positives the 2015 Golf R has, the 2016 model will be even better.The six-speed manual transmission that’s currently Europe-only will be ported over next year, and I was lucky enough to test in the winding roads surrounding the small town of Julian.The DSG is great, easy to drive, and great on gas, but the stick shift is joyous to operate. The throws are light and sharp for this type of car, and the clutch engagement felt just right. For purists, this is the way to go, but that’s not all.Also arriving for the 2016 model year will be connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with MirrorLink. Those USB connections will finally show up, too, albeit a few years too late.I’ll admit, it would be tough to set my deposit aside until late summer when 2016 model goes on sale. But after driving the manual and hearing about the vehicle’s infotainment future, that would be the way I’d go.ConclusionThe new Volkswagen Golf R is unquestionably a great little car, with few practical downsides. With a starting MSRP of $36,595 (not including $820 destination), the real question is this: is the Golf R $12,200 better than the 210-hp GTI?I’m not so sure, but it ultimately depends on your driving style and the severity of your adrenaline addiction.All 500 units of the Lapiz Blue launch edition of the hatchback sold out in less than 12 hours. There is definitely a market for this car, and after getting behind the wheel, I can definitely see why.The 2015 model goes on sale in late February.HighsPowerful engine with gobs of usable torqueDriving modes make for a tailorable experience behind the wheelResponsive DSG gearbox (and forthcoming six-speed)Comfortable interiorLowsExpensive for a Golf Why Clover Whiskey Can Only Be Found at Select Golf Clubs Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) center_img 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now 1. 2015 VW Golf R 2. 2015 VW Golf R 3. 2015 VW Golf R 4. 2015 VW Golf R 5. 2015 VW Golf R 6. 2015 VW Golf R 7. 2015 VW Golf R 8. 2015 VW Golf R 9. 2015 VW Golf R 10. 2015 VW Golf R 11. 2015 VW Golf R 12. 2015 VW Golf R 13. 2015 VW Golf R 14. 2015 VW Golf R 15. 2015 VW Golf R 16. 2015 VW Golf R 17. 2015 VW Golf R 18. 2015 VW Golf R 19. 2015 VW Golf R 20. 2015 VW Golf R 21. 2015 VW Golf R 22. 2015 VW Golf R 23. 2015 VW Golf R 24. 2015 VW Golf R Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Superfeet’s New Spring 2017 Footwear Collection Delivers on Comfort and Fit

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first_img 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Crane Biking Red – $129.95 Novato Black – $139.95 The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 You Can Sleep in Hunter S. Thompson’s Colorado Cabin Stuart Blue – $129.95 Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras Stuart Castlerock Red – $129.95 Shaw Black – $129.95 Perfecting the industry’s most comfortable insole wasn’t enough for Superfeet, so now they’re employing that expertise in their first-ever footwear collection that is on shelves now.Superfeet discovered long ago that there’s a science to everything – even feet.They took a completely different approach to the construction of a shoe by building it from the inside out – literally. The entire spring collection was designed to showcase the brand’s iconic fit using their Lock-and-Key™ construction, which works by combining the insole and midsole for a one-of-a-kind fit, and their Supercork™ Premium Insole that molds to your foot and gives you the ultimate feel and support you need in a shoe.Superfeet is thrilled to bring their loyal fan base – half of which already own two or more pairs of Superfeet insoles – a complete collection of footwear this spring that features both men’s and women’s styles. The collection includes six sandals and 12 shoes designs that stay true to the brand’s mission of providing the best-fitting and most comfortable products for your feet.“Our consumers trust the Superfeet brand to deliver the ultimate comfort and fit for any pair of shoes they own. Now we’re bringing all our experience and knowledge to market in a complete package – sandals and shoes that start with Superfeet’s focus on shape and emphasis on foot health,” explains Eric Hayes, chief marketing officer at Superfeet.Since the collection hit stores back in February, Superfeet has seen an overwhelmingly positive response from customers. Their first footwear line is so successful that they are already prepping for the upcoming fall season. Just as the spring line compliments warmer weather styles, the fall line will do the same for cooler weather. You have until this coming Friday, March 10th, to pre-order your pair. For more information on ordering the fall 2017 collection, contact sales@superfeet.com.Take a look at some of our favorite styles from the spring 2017 collection below.Ross Black – $129.95 Stuart Black/Castlerock – $129.95 Novato Adobe – $139.95 Crane Black – $129.95 Editors’ Recommendations 3 of the Best Teeth Whitening Products For Pearly Whiteslast_img read more

Cyber Security Expert Shaun Murphy on Keeping Devices Safe While Traveling

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first_imgIn the heat of excitement about summer vacation it’s easy to forget just how vulnerable to attack our devices are, especially when traveling. Between confusing tech speak and what feels like an ever-growing list of cyber threats, protecting your tech can feel like a Sisyphean task. Luckily, we talked to Shaun Murphy, a cyber security expert and CEO of sndr.com, who has consulted with the government on security. He’ll definitely make you think twice before using that free WiFi…Do we face different cyber threats while traveling than we would in our daily lives?Yes –  tourists are always a big target of criminals – in digital and real life. When you travel you will commonly face hostile WiFi access points that can not only capture the information you’re sending, but also modify data coming back to you. Device theft is a huge concern as well; losing a several hundred dollar device hurts but remember, your phone knows almost everything about you and has hooks into all of your accounts and services. That information is far more damaging in the wrong hands.What kind of access does connecting to public WiFi or even a hotel’s WiFi give to our devices?Free Wi-Fi access seems too good to be true, and it probably is. While you surf the internet and check your email, a scammer can easily steal your credit card or other sensitive information. They can also change the data coming back to your device – think you’re downloading your bank’s app? Surprise, you’re actually downloading some hacker’s version.What’s the safest way to connect to the Internet while traveling? Is it different if you’re in the United States versus traveling internationally?When on public Wi-Fi, it’s better to use your browser instead of using apps on your phone. Web browsers have passed rigorous security auditing for e-commerce and other sensitive transactions. Consider any unfamiliar network to be hostile and take steps to protect yourself.Are smartphones safer to use than laptops or tablets in terms of how easily hacked they can be or installing malware?They all have different threats. Desktop/laptop operating systems are under constant threat of malware that is always running, or even scarier ransomware that locks you out of all of your data. Mobile devices (phones/tablets) can be host to many hostile apps that capture your private information.Very generally, is there any difference in security between Android and iPhone?Due to fragmentation, there are multiple versions of the Android operating system existing at any given time. These manufacturers sometimes inject their own malware into Android systems. General Android security updates have to be rolled out across dozens of systems at one time. Sadly,  Android manufacturers do not commonly send out these updates. iPhones don’t suffer from this fragmentation for the most part, but they are also a very closed environment. You can not replace the Messages app with your own SMS program. You also don’t have the choice of web browsers – they are all using Safari under the hood. This lack of choice forces you to blindly trust Apple to do the right thing with no way to verify.Is there a way to know if a device has been compromised?There are a few signs that may indicate your device has been compromised.  Installed malware running in the background may drain your battery faster, make your phone warm to the touch, or run slower than usual. Any unfamiliar behavior such as unrecognizable text messages or browser pages could also indicate that your device has been infected.What does it mean when an app uses location services and why might it be potentially a bad thing? Is there a safe way to use GPS when in new places?Location services allows websites and apps to use your location information (depending on what wifi you’re connected to, the cell phone tower you’re closest to and the GPS sensor), to determine your location. It keeps track of your location throughout the day as long as you give permission, and this data can be correlated with network activity to uniquely identify you online.The best way to stay safe is to turn off location services when you’re not actively using them. It will also save you some battery.Does posting updates and photos on social media during a trip make us more vulnerable?Most social media platforms give you the option to add your location to a photo. Tagging your location makes you immediately vulnerable, as your location is confirmed. Even simply captioning a photo with where you are on a trip, or that you’re on a trip, lets anyone know where you are located, how long you’ll be gone, and possibly where you live. Even worse, most tech giants are scanning all of your phones and videos to learn who is in the photos and where they were taken even if location services are turned off. Criminals with a simple search can find out the type of places you visit and when you’re not going to be home. Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags last_img read more

Go Nuts: 10 Coconut Cocktails that Aren’t a Piña Colada

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first_img 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer Coconut is one of our favorite summer cocktail ingredients and, while we do love piña coladas and getting caught in the rain (did you really think we wouldn’t go there?), sometimes we also want to kick our cocktails in the ‘nuts, so to speak.In order to do that, we reached out to bartenders across the country for some of their favorite coconut cocktails. Whether utilizing fresh coconut water or looking for a creamier mouthfeel by dropping in some coconut milk, these recipes will show you the better side of coconut cocktails. We enjoyed these and we’re sure you will, too.Colada FrescaCreated by Aleeza Bender2 oz Cacique guaro rum1 oz fresh coconut water.75 oz mandarin lime juice (it looks like a lime but the flesh and juice is bright orange, regular lime is a fine substitute).75 oz spiced honey syrup*60g cut pineapple6 mint leaves Method: Muddle mint and pineapple in a shaker then add the rest of the ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain contents into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with a slice of pineapple and a mint leaf.* Spiced honey syrup2 cups water5 cups raw honey2 star anise1/2 tsp cloves1/2 cinnamon stickZest of 1/2 lime5 black peppercorns Method: Bring all ingredients to a boil and turn down heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and cool. 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Editors’ Recommendations 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without center_img 9 Cocktails Recipes to Mix Up for National Rum Day Red Suit Ready1.5 oz LocoNut.75 oz Captain Morgan White Rum1.5 oz Coconut Water1.5 oz Strawberry Daiquiri Mix.75 oz Water Method: Combine LocoNut and coconut water. Stir to combine. Separately, combine Captain Morgan White Rum, strawberry daiquiri mix, and water. Stir to combine. Fill a plastic freezie sleeve halfway up with strawberry daiquiri mixture. Top with LocoNut mixture and freeze overnight before serving.Jolly Tom BombadilCreated by Nick Bennett, Porchlight, NYC1.5 oz Coconut Fat Washed Gin.5 oz Yellow/Green Chartreuse Blend.25 oz ESP NoHo Gin.25 oz Douglas Fir Brandy.75 oz Lemon.5 oz Honey SyrupEgg WhiteMethod: Dry shake and then shake and strain into Goblet. Garnish with Angostura bitters.Cucumber Coconut Lime Ice Pop12 oz organic coconut water9 oz organic coconut milk1 cucumber – peeled and seeded1 c. pineapple chunks3 oz lime juice4 oz orange juice5 oz simple syruppinch of saltOptional: add your favorite Patrón Tequila for a fun twist.Method: Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth, then pour into popsicle molds, place the sticks in the popsicles and freeze overnight. (Makes about 12 Pops)Kokomo(Created by Zach Lynch)1.5 oz Barbancourt white.5 oz Bittermens Baska Snaps1 oz Coconut Oolong syrup.5 oz lemon juice2 dashes Angostura bittersMethod: Mix with ice, strain, and serve.Coconut-Ginger ColadaCreated by Hemant Pathak, Junoon, NYC2 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur5 oz Lime-infused coconut milk.5 oz Lime Juice.25 oz Simple SyrupTwo small pieces fresh lemongrassOne Green Cardamom beanMethod: Shake all the ingredients with ice vigorously, serve in a wine glass with cube ice. Garnish with lemongrass stick and edible flower.#undeportable(Created by Tainah Soares, A4cade, Boston)1 oz Toasted Coconut Avuá Prata* .75 oz Cynar.75 oz Cap Rock Bitters .5 oz Rare Wine Co. Boston Bual2 dashes of Bittermen’s Chocolate Mole BittersMethod: Build in a glass starting with the Bitters, add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled lowball glass and garnish with the oil of a grapefruit peel by squeezing it on top of the finished cocktail. Discard the peel and enjoy!* Toasted Coconut Infused Avuà1 bottle of Avuá Prata 2 cups of Toasted unsweetened coconut flakes ( toast on broil in oven until golden brown and crispy)Method: Combine and let it sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Strain with a cheesecloth (4 layers) and lightly squeeze the flakes but be careful to not overdo it or it’ll get really oily from the coconut fat. Rebottle. SleepwalkCreated by Becky McFalls-Schwartz for Bar Moga, NYC1 oz Mizu No Mai Lemongrass.75 oz Yuzu Omoi.5 oz lime juice.5 oz cream of coconut.5 oz ginger syrup Method: Shake all ingredients. Serve on pebble ice with a spritz of rose water and lemon twist.China Doll(Created by Joe Nicol, The Ice Plant Bar, St. Augustine, Fl).75 oz Sandemans Sherry .75 oz Plantation Three Star rum.75 oz Coconut curry syrup.0125 oz Smith and Cross.5 oz ginger syrup.5 oz pineapple juice4 dashes Angostura bittersMethod: Mix with ice, strain, and serve.Batida of the GodsCreated at Rumba, Seattle1.5 oz Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça.5 oz Ancho Reyes.75oz coconut cream.25 oz simple syrupMethod: Shake with crushed ice and dump into a large glass. Garnish with nutmeg and a pineapple frond.To Tulum(Created by Jaymee Mandeville, Senior Portfolio Ambassador, Bacardi)8 oz Tequila Cazadores Blanco10 oz Fresh Sour Mix8 oz Coconut Milk4 oz Pineapple Juice1 whole Poblano Pepper1 bunch CilantroMethod: Blend pepper and cilantro with coconut milk.  Strain. Add other liquid ingredients.  Add ice. Stir with a bar spoon. Garnish with pepper slice. Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Masterlast_img read more

The World’s Most Beautiful Cemeteries Worth Traveling to See (Seriously)

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first_img The Best Whiskey Quotes of All Time Cemeteries hardly seem like “destination-worthy” tourist attractions. But, some are so beautiful, strange, or downright fascinating that visitors flock to them by the tens or hundreds of thousands each year. It’s not surprising when you consider it’s a lot more fun to visit a cemetery as a “tombstone tourist” when you’re actually, you know, alive. With that in mind, here are four of the world’s best cemeteries worth traveling to see.Bonaventure CemeterySavannah, GeorgiaBonaventure Historical SocietyCharleston aside, few cities nail the spooky-beautiful-charming Southern vibe like Savannah, Georgia. Nowhere is this more evident than in the city’s Bonaventure Cemetery. Stands of massive, centuries-old live oak trees draped in Spanish moss canopy the historic burial grounds which are perched on a scenic bluff overlooking the Wilmington River. The 100 acres here include significant tombstones, sculpture gardens, and Southern Gothic monuments. Plus, the cemetery has appeared in numerous Hollywood flicks including Clint Eastwood’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. If you’re into that sort of thing …Panteón Antiguo de XoxocotlánOaxaca, MéxicoGreg Willis/FlickrFew cultural ceremonies honor the dead like Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos. There’s no better place in the world to experience the annual celebration than Panteón Antiguo de Xoxocotlán. There’s a simple, undeniable beauty in the grounds of this Oaxacan cemetery. Every October 31, thousands of locals gather here, pushing wheelbarrows full of fresh pink and orange flowers. As part of their annual Day of the Dead tradition, they clean the graves of their loved ones, light votive candles, quietly sing songs, and sip mezcal to honor the dearly departed. Photos are allowed, provided you’re respectful and ask beforehand.The Merry CemeterySapânta, RomaniaWikimedia CommonsEastern Europeans aren’t known for their sparkling senses of humor. But, clearly, the one thing they don’t take too seriously is death. The Merry Cemetery is Romania’s bizarre and oddly charming take on the more traditional — and, let’s face it, boring — burial ground. Here, the more than 600 tombstones feature colorful artwork, revealing limericks, and light-hearted poems about the deceased. Most provide a darkly humorous take on the vices or manner of death of those buried within. From one, in particular: “Ioan Toaderu loved horses. One more thing he loved very much. To sit at a table in a bar. Next to someone else’s wife.” Hilarious.Okunoin CemeteryMount Koya, JapanWikimedia CommonsMount Koya is considered ground zero for the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. Situated in a stunning valley, the compound has expanded over the last 1,200 years to encompass 100 temples. Hundreds of thousands pilgrimage here each year to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site. That the complex’s Okunoin Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Japan is an impressive enough reason to visit. But, it’s also the final resting place (emphasis on “resting” as practicing Japanese Buddhists do not believe him to be dead) of Kobo Daishi — the famed founder of Shingon Buddhism. The grave markers at this massive cemetery neatly line the paths leading to his grave site. Perhaps most interesting, however, is the sheer number of surprisingly “playful” tombstones. There are those in the shape of coffee cups, spaceships, and even a memorial from an insect removal company dedicated to the death of its “victims.” All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

6 Boozy Advent Calendars to Get You Into the Holiday Spirit

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first_img 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down Dictador 2 Masters Takes Luxury Rum to a New Level 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic Editors’ Recommendations Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind ‘Tis the season for friends, family, gift-giving, festive decorations, making and eating mountains of food … whew, that’s a lot. So much, in fact, that we’re gonna need a drink. The holiday whirlwind can chew us up and spit us out like an over-baked fruitcake, but what if the countdown to Christmas came with a treat that’s better than chocolate?Advent calendars have taken on many forms over the years, but alcoholic versions have exploded in popularity, if only as a way to bring a childhood treat into adulthood. There are ups and downs to each of these of course, which the primary down being that the majority of these boxes are still only available in the U.K. (and they’re still learning how to share).From gin to wine, here are some very merry boozy advent calendars to experience this December.Heritage Distilling Co. 2018 Spirits Advent Calendar – $59If you really want to mix things up, Heritage Distilling Co. has the right mix of 24 tiny liquor bottles. This advent calendar is a little whiskey heavy, but it includes a few different ryes and bourbons. For clearer fare, you also get to enjoy gins and vodkas, but you’re out of luck when it comes to rum and tequila. Each bottle holds about a shot’s worth of booze to enjoy solo or as part of a wintry cocktail.Drinks by the Dram Tequila Advent Calendar – $193Tequila lovers, rejoice! Enjoy 24 bottles of award-winning tequilas this holiday season, including añejo, reposado, and blanco varieties. This edition of Drinks by the Dram’s Tequila Advent Calendar is still available, but the more colorfully designed versions have sold out.Give Them Beer Advent Calendar – $90Thoughtfully curated by GiveThemBeer.com, this festive 12-pack features the best craft beers of the year and a handy bottle opener. From Elysian’s Space Dust IPA to Ballast Point’s Sculpin, these full-sized bottles will make for some very hoppy holidays. You can choose which days to open it or treat it like a variety pack at your next ugly sweater Christmas party.Vinebox Twelve Nights of Wine – $129For a different kind of 12-pack, look no further than Vinebox’s Twelve Nights of Wine. The popular wine subscription service offers a sleek box filled with a variety of wines that also make for a stunning gift. Each screw-top vial holds a glass of wine to pair with dinner or to simply sip on as a festive nightcap.Gin Foundry Ginvent Calendar – $131Gin might not immediately come to mind when it comes to holiday libations, but Gin Foundry wants to change that. Their Ginvent Calendar features 24 gins, ranging from London Dry to Old Tom styles (and everything in between, if you could consider the other styles in between). Whether you’re a gin connoisseur or novice, this calendar will take your palate on an adventure.Drinks by the Dram Rum Advent Calendar – $191Want to bring some pirate energy into the holidays? Drinks by the Dram also offers a rum advent calendar, featuring rums from the Caribbean and beyond. Will you get a sweet, clear rum today or an aged, darker rum? Only time will tell. 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Take Steps to Prevent Fires during Yuletide Season

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first_imgThe Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is urging citizens to take appropriate steps to ensure their personal safety and that of their property during the festive season. One of their main concerns is decorated Christmas trees, as they can cause considerable damage to property during the yuletide season, if a fire occurs. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on December 11, Assistant Superintendent in charge of communication at the JFB, Emilio Ebanks, emphasised that extra precaution should be exercised in relation to the decoration of Christmas trees, adding that statistics indicate that these decorations pose the greatest fire risk. He pointed out that during this time of the year, there is a noticeable spike in fire related deaths and called on Jamaicans to adhere to good safety practices. “Don’t put up your trees too early, because the heat generated in the house and from the (Christmas) light bulbs dry the trees, and the drier they get the more likely they will start a fire or contribute to one,” he said. On the matter of decorative lights, the Assistant Superintendent pointed to the practice of stacking lights, especially on Christmas trees. This is a dangerous practice and if one is not careful, the lights could become a fire hazard. “Don’t plug more than three of these lights into one another. Anything over that you’re overloading your circuit.  When you overload your circuit, this can start a fire,” he warned. Mr. Ebanks also pointed to the outdoor use of decorative lights and the lack of care in installing them. “Great care must be taken to ensure that plugs on the outside are properly protected,” he stressed.                     “You might have a shower of rain, and the plug gets submerged and anyone who comes along will step into the water and may get electrocuted. You must also ensure that the lights are checked and that they are not chafed in any way. Lastly, when it comes to decorations and lights, plug them out before you retire to bed at nights,” he implored. Two other concerns cited by Mr. Ebanks are the use of candles and the practice of leaving children at home unattended. These, he said, are serious concerns to the JFB.   He said that candles should be kept away from areas where flammable materials can cause a fire. “You might have these candles in the bedroom, make sure that you keep them away from the sheets and curtains. Always make sure they are in candle holders,” Mr. Ebanks said.last_img read more

Labour Day Concert on the Waterfront

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first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Culture will be partnering with the Jamaica Biscuit Company to host its annual Labour Day concert on Thursday, May 23, at the Waterfront, in downtown Kingston.Dubbed ‘Excelsior Water Crackers Marching Band Festival and Labour Day Concert’, the event will feature performances from different genres of music, including gospel, vintage, popular, traditional folk form and contemporary.Speaking with JIS News, Event and Production Co-ordinator of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Hopeton Murray, said the event features an impressive line-up of local artistes and entertainers, such as gospel sensations, Omari and Sister Pat; the Fab Five Band and the Islington Dinki Mini Dance Troupe.Another exciting element of the show will be the parade of marching bands, representing various community groups within downtown Kingston and its vicinity.“We are expecting persons to be there early, as we have the marching bands on show and other activities throughout the day, then the concert at 8:00 p.m.,” the JCDC Co-ordinator pointed out.The concert is organised annually by the JCDC, in collaboration with the ministries of Youth and Culture, Local Government and Community Development and Labour and Social Security.Contact: Sanasha Pearsonlast_img read more

IHC EB’s Largest Pipe-Lay Tower Built at Port of …

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first_imgzoom IHC Engineering Business (IHC EB), the designer and manufacturer, installer and commissioner of bespoke equipment for the offshore industries has reached a pivotal point in the construction of a 300t capacity flexible pipe-lay system.This system is destined for the Santos basin deep waters off the Brazilian coast. The completed lay system is scheduled to be installed on the Brazilian-built, Sapura Kencana – Seadrill operated vessel in late 2014.The IHC EB system consists of three distinct packages of work; an under deck product handling system, tower system and vessel deck systems.A key stage of the project has been achieved with the delivery of the 150t tower fabrication, one of the key structures of the system, to IHC EB’s Port of Tyne facility ahead of a six month outfitting and testing period.The tower structure fabrication has been produced by North Yorkshire-based Allerton Steel. The Fabricator has produced the major tower sections in its Northallerton facility over the past four months, expending some 1200 hours per week at the peak of the fabrication phase.Work for Allerton culminated in a month on site at Port of Tyne where the major sections were joined and subjected to final machining operations.Alongside the tower system, IHC EB is also progressing the vessel deck system equipment. Both will be complete by the early 2014 delivery requirement.This current phase follows the completion of the under deck equipment that was delivered earlier this year to the vessel builder to coincide with the vessel build sequence. This package consisted of two cable storage carousel baskets, which have 500t and 2000t capacity, and associated load manipulator devices have been produced by both the load UK supply base and in IHC group companies in Holland.Ben Johnson, project manager for IHC Engineering Business, commented: “It is an exciting and challenging project for IHC EB. At the time of delivery to the vessel build team next year, it will be the largest pipe-lay tower to come out of our Port of Tyne Facility”.“While the design has similarities to other IHC EB pipe-lay systems, the Stocksfield Hall-based team of talented engineers led by Project Chief Engineer Will Raynerd, have done extremely well to deliver to the right timescales and solve many new design challenges”.Ben added: “The fully-assembled and tested tower system will be an impressive sight on the Tyne, weighing in at some 800t and standing approximately 40 metres tall when it is lifted to the vertical orientation later this year”.“By the time we complete the project, we will have expended over half of the total project costs in the UK IHC EB supply chain. I look forward to the coming six months when we see the physical system take shape”. My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 IHC, October 8, 2013 Print  Closelast_img read more

Video: U.S. Navy Ships Rescue 282 from Sinking Vessel

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first_imgJune 9, 2014 zoom The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) transferred 277 persons in distress to the Armed Forces of Malta offshore patrol vessel P61, and another five persons were medically evacuated to Malta, on June 6th. Bataan and the guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) rendered assistance to persons in distress and provided food, water, medical attention, and temporary shelter to 282 persons after receiving a report that an Italian military marine patrol aircraft sighted six small vessels, one of which was sinking.Bataan launched two Search and Rescue (SAR) MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters to investigate. Once on scene, Bataan’s SAR helicopters confirmed a small vessel was sinking. The SAR helicopters then deployed the SAR swimmers to start extracting persons from the water.Elrod deployed their 7-meter rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB); Bataan deployed their 11-meter Captain’s Gig and 7-meter RHIB to assist. 282 persons were recovered and brought on board Bataan.last_img read more

Sinotrans Escapes Red

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first_imgzoom Hong Kong-listed Sinotrans Shipping turned a USD 1.86 million net profit in 2014 despite an 8% drop in revenue, which stands at USD 1.21 billion.In 2013, the dry bulk and container shipping company posted a USD 0.64 million loss.Even though the annual operating loss was USD 27.6m, investment gains from the cash raised through the 2007 IPO covered the difference and pushed the company to profit.Annual revenues from dry bulk and container shipping fell by 13.1% and 1.3%, respectively, due to a weak dry bulk market and a capacity oversupply in the container shipping segment.In 2015, Sinotrans expects the trend of weak recovery, and unbalanced development of global economy to continue.”Shipping enterprises will still face a host of challenges such as demands shortage, high costs, tight capital and narrow profit margins,’‘ Sinotrans says in their financial statement. ”According to the prediction from Clarkson’s, the growth of dry bulk shipping capacity will outstrip the growth of demand again in 2015.”With regard to the Intra-Asia container shipping market, the company expects the weak balance situation to continue in 2015.”Though the improved shipping demand may consume a certain amount of shipping capacity, it is unlikely to bring a substantial change in the market oversupply,” Sinotrans says.”However, large shipping companies’ responses toward the changing supply-demand relationship and their degree of alliance remain crucial factors to the freight rate. Facing current market situation, our Group will adhere to the operating shipowner business mode.”World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Xeneta: Price War Key Driver for Swapping Container Carriers

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first_imgPrice, risk management and loss of trust were identified as the main reasons why businesses end agreements with container ship carriers in a market currently riven by instability, the market intelligence platform for containerized ocean freight Xeneta said.“One might expect bad service to be the main reason for swapping supplier, but that isn’t the case in container shipping,“ Xeneta CEO, Patrik Berglund, said.He added that the current state of the industry, with huge capacity oversupply leading to collapsing TEU rates, “has effectively created a price war, pushing cost ‘front of mind’ for anyone shipping large volumes of product.”Price may be top of the list with Xeneta’s contributors, but, for some at least, it is not the sole consideration for switching as risk management, in terms of supply, is also a factor, Berglund said.“According to some of our shippers, shifts in trade lanes due to changing customer needs may result in an inability for an incumbent carrier to provide the requested capacity. If you think of retailers that need to react to changing market demands, it’s imperative that their supply chain is both reliable and flexible. A carrier that can’t meet those criteria is simply too much of a risk,” he said.Additionally, there are signs that the market is picking up and prices are increasing, which creates a new risk. Shippers that negotiate long-term rates when the market is low could face danger of ‘rolling cargo’, whereby their products are left on the docks to make way for shippers paying higher prices.Loss of trust was the last of the ‘top three’, with bad experiences or contractual failures undermining relationships that may otherwise have prospered. Again though, price was often a key factor, according to Xeneta.Berglund says that some container ship carriers price ‘strategically’ to win market shares, but then a few months into the relationship try to adjust rates to meet their business requirements.However, he added that shippers rely, and base their entire operational plans, on the information provided by their suppliers, “such as guaranteed capacity, transit time and pricing, so the commitments that are made during the procurement process must be honoured. If they don’t do that, they don’t keep the business.”last_img read more

Oil Spills from VLOC Berge Bureya in Strait of Malacca

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first_imgzoom The Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) Berge Bureya took part in an oil spill incident off Malaysia in the Malacca Strait earlier yesterday morning, the vessel’s operator, Singapore-based shipping company Berge Bulk, told World Maritime News.While anchored, the crew identified a quantity of oil leaking from the vessel and “immediately enacted emergency procedures” to halt the leakage and to start the clean-up operation, Berge Bulk said.The company added that the oil leak was stemmed quickly and that there were no injuries to crewmembers.Berge Bulk said that it is cooperating with the Malaysian authorities in the management of the spill and that the vessel was boomed following the incident.Data from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency suggests that approximately one ton of fuel oil was spilled, covering an area of some 20 nautical miles.The maritime agency earlier said that the 289,800 dwt bulker has reportedly been arrested following the oil spill which occurred while it was travelling from Singapore to Brazil.Berge Bulk has now launched an investigation into the causes which led to the incident.According to Marine Traffic’s AIS data, the 1993-built ship is currently anchored off Singapore.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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first_imgUK Takes Action against Modern Slavery at SeaThe government of the United Kingdom has decided to tackle substandard working conditions at sea by enforcing the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act, which came into force on 8 August… Read More RMS: 10 Most Catastrophe-Prone PortsPorts in Japan and China top the list of ten ports in the world with the highest catastrophe risk, according to analysis released by California-based catastrophe risk management firm RMS… Read More Tanker Sinking after Collision off JapanTwo tankers, the Panama-flagged Eastern Phoenix and Japanese Keihin Maru 8, collided off Japan’s port of Kehin, Prefecture of Kanagawa, on Sunday, less than two nautical miles from the coast… Read More Hapag-Lloyd Sees Disappointing First-Half Year ResultGerman shipping major Hapag-Lloyd said its first-half year “result is disappointing,” due to subdued economic growth in many parts of the world, persistently tough competition in the liner shipping industry and further declines in freight rates… Read More Drewry: Mega-Alliances Could Help Transhipment HubsThe world’s largest transhipment hubs are exposed to numerous risks, however, strong links to new mega-alliances that can guarantee capacity and smooth operations could provide opportunities as well as risks… Read More World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Sea Shepherd Stops Pursuit of Japanese Whalers

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first_imgzoom The marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd will not be sending ships to fight the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean this year, the organization said.The decision was made on the back Japan’s move to employ military surveillance to watch Sea Shepherd ship movements in real time by satellite in order to avoid the organization’s vessels.“During Operation Nemesis, the Sea Shepherd ships did get close and our helicopter even managed to get evidence of their illegal whaling operations but we could not physically close the gap. We cannot compete with their military grade technology,” Sea Shepherd said.Additionally, Japanese authorities escalated their resistance this year with the passing of new anti-terrorism laws, and might even send their military to defend their illegal whaling activities for the first time ever.“The decision we have had to face is: do we spend our limited resources on another campaign to the Southern Ocean that will have little chance of a successful intervention or do we regroup with different strategies and tactics?,” Sea Shepherd explained.Despite this move, the organization informed it is not abandoning the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.“We need to cultivate the resources, the tactics and the ability to significantly shut down the illegal whaling operations of the Japanese whaling fleet. In the meantime, it’s time for the Australian government to live up to their promises.”In 2005, Sea Shepherd set out to tackle the whaling fleet, which targeted 1,035 whales a year including a yearly quota of 50 endangered Humpbacks and 50 endangered Fin whales.Over the last 12 years, Sea Shepherd has exposed the Japanese whalers and denied them “thousands of lives that we have spared from their deadly harpoons.”In 2015, Japan announced plans to send its whaling fleet to the Southern Ocean under its new scaled-down scientific “whale research program” to catch up to 333 minke whales on an annual basis over a period of 12 years.last_img read more

Clarksons Era of Major Consolidation to Take a Breather

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first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Contship Italia Following a wave of major consolidation in the container shipping industry, the trend could diminish following the merger of OOCL and China COSCO Shipping, according to Clarksons Research.The start of joint operations as of April 2018 between major Japanese containership operators NYK, MOL and K-Line, as the Ocean Network Express was another milestone in the ongoing consolidation of the sector.When looking at the past 20 years, Clarksons said that there was an acceleration of this trend, with significant merger and acquisition activity.In 1998, the top 20 carriers accounted for 73% of deployed capacity globally, with the largest (Maersk) with a 7.2% share and the carrier ranked 20th (CSAV) with 1.3%. The top 20 included some famous old names, and was essentially made up of the global carriers of the day. The list of carriers ranked 21-30 also contained some carriers still well-known today: Wan Hai, Crowley, Matson and PIL (ranked 30th) as well as carriers since notably merged with others such as Safmarine, UASC, Hamburg-Sud, Delmas and MISC.However, consolidation has greatly changed the situation and the top 20 now account for 90% of all capacity, while the top 10 account for a mighty 83%. The largest carrier (still Maersk) now accounts for 19.4%, but the carrier ranked 10th (Zim) for 1.8% and the 20th (Quanzhou Ansheng) just 0.3%.“This profile is the result of an era of major consolidation, which looks like it might take a breather as and when the merger of OOCL with China COSCO Shipping is completed,” Clarksons said.“The scope of the liner companies’ cost base and the perceived benefits from economies of scale have led to a slimming of the number of major operators long considered inevitable by many.”A heavyweight top 10 carriers operates 10.4 times the capacity of the carriers ranked 11-20, compared to 2.4 times 20 years ago.last_img read more

CMA CGM Launches CEVA Logistics Takeover

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first_imgzoomImage by Navingo French shipping major CMA CGM launched its public tender offer for Swiss logistics company CEVA Logistics’ shares on February 12.The offer’s price is set at CHF 30 (USD 29.7) per CEVA Logistics share. This values the share 12.2% above its average listing over the last 60 days and 62.9% above its CHF 18.42 share price on October 10, 2018, its last day of listing before the announcement of an unsolicited takeover offer by a third party, according to CMA CGM.The company added that the offer has the support of the Board of CEVA Logistics.“The launch of this public tender offer is in line with CMA CGM’s overall strategy. By developing a logistics offering to complement our maritime activity, we will be able to propose a full ‘end-to-end’ service to our customers,” Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman-CEO of CMA CGM, said.“This is a milestone in the group’s history. Once the takeover is completed, CMA CGM will become a 100,000-employee strong group, generating over USD 30 billion in revenue.”This offer is part of the new strategic plan for CEVA, which has been developed jointly with CMA CGM. Moreover, CMA CGM and CEVA have planned to implement major cooperation programs with the objectives to increase turnover to reach USD 9 billion by 2021 compared to USD 7 billion today (before CEVA’S IPO), as well as reach an adjusted EBITDA between USD 470 and 490 million, compared to USD 260 million in 2018.CMA CGM Group already controls 33% of the capital of CEVA Logistics.The public tender offer was launched only days after the French major received the European Commission’s approval to acquire CEVA Logistics.The commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns, given its limited impact on the structure of freight forwarding, short sea and deep sea container shipping markets, according to a statement issued on February 7, 2019.last_img read more

Cumberland Health Authority Seeks Input on Health Services

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first_imgResidents in the Cumberland health district are being asked for their input on how the province delivers continuing-care services to infants, children, youth, adults and seniors. “It’s important we hear from all Nova Scotians on this health-care issue,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “The input we receive will help us build a better system.” Continuing-care services include home care, nursing homes, end-of-life care, adult day centres, adult protection, and other services that support people of all ages living in the community. More than 50 public meetings were held throughout the province during June and July. Public input and additional research will be used to develop short- and long-term plans for continuing-care services. The Cumberland area public meetings — via videoconferencing through the province’s telehealth network — will be held on Monday, Sept. 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Amherst, Springhill, Parrsboro, Advocate and Pugwash. More information about continuing care and a schedule of public meetings is available on the Department of Health website at www.gov.ns.ca/health . Written submissions will be accepted by e-mail to contcaresfp@gov.ns.ca, or by mail to Project Manager, Strategic Framework Project, Continuing Care Branch, PO Box 488, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2R8, or by fax to 1-866-544-7700 (toll-free). Input can also be provided by calling toll-free 1-877-564-3400.last_img read more

Government Surplus Auction

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first_imgThe government of Nova Scotia will hold its next surplus equipment auction on Saturday, Nov. 25. A list of items to be auctioned is not yet available, but is expected to include vehicles, metal working equipment, and office furniture. A complete list of items and photos will be posted on the following website one or two days before the auction: www.gov.ns.ca/tran/govservices/govauction.asp . The auction will be held at the Department of Transportation and Public Works’ warehouse at 10 Acadia St. in Dartmouth at 10 a.m. The items can be viewed between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The auction will be conducted by A&A Auctioneering. Payment must be made by cash or auctioneer-approved cheque. Credit cards or debit cards will not be accepted. Money earned in this auction is used to pay down the provincial debt.last_img read more

No Access to Graves Island Provincial Park

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first_imgPublic access to Graves Island Provincial Park, in Lunenburg County, will be disrupted for about two weeks to allow repairs to the causeway that connects the island with the mainland. Graves Island Provincial Park is located on Route 3, three kilometres east of Chester. Repairs are expected to be completed by Wednesday, May 9, in time for the regularly scheduled opening on Friday, May 18. For more information on Nova Scotia Provincial Parks, see the website at http://parks.gov.ns.ca/default.htm . -30-last_img read more