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first_img Editors’ Recommendations A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know On a mission to provide its customers with durable, no-frills outdoor gear and wear, American-made lifestyle brand Ball and Buck has unveiled a brand new travel bag—The Expedition Duffel.“It’s a beast,” Ball and Buck founder Mark Bollman said of the rugged travel bag. “It’s been in development for three years and has gone through several field tests where we’ve had guys take it out on intense trips.”“These guys beat the hell out of it and offered their feedback, which helped us to evolve it into the great bag that it is today.”Unlike other bags of its ilk, however, the Expedition Duffel isn’t just a highly durable travel bag built to withstand the elements—it’s also incredibly light.“The core of the product is that it’s extremely tough, but also lightweight,” Bollman explained. “With ever stricter airline restrictions, we wanted to make sure that the weight of our bag would never impede someone from travelling.”The challenge was in finding a fabric that was water and abrasion resistant, but wasn’t as heavy as materials with those qualities tend to be. The solution came in scouring U.S. military archives, where the brand learned about the design process behind the rucksacks and tents used in WWII.Based on these blue prints, designers developed a special duck cotton canvas for the bag that was resistant to the elements and didn’t add any unnecessary weight. This, along with the duffel’s hard bottom, removable shoulder strap, interior and exterior side pockets, side webbing handles, and fully-accessible top make it a highly functional and practical adventure bag.“There aren’t many bags on the market that performs like this one does,” said Bollman. “With the brass feet to keep it elevated off the wet ground, the versatile material and all the extra features like the side pockets, it really is built for anything.”The Expedition Duffel retails for $798. Check out the full Ball and Buck collection, here. Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Save the Environment in Style: Taylor Stitch Makes New Apparel from Old Garments last_img read more

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first_img For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner Editors’ Recommendations Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Do you love pets and travel and not paying for hotel rooms? How would you like to stay in an exotic Italian villa full of kittens or on a swanky Hong Kong houseboat with a lovable rescue bulldog — and pay next to nothing for the privilege? TrustedHousesitters is just what you’re seeking.The gist of the site is simple. There are countless home- and pet-owners who would love to travel the world but can’t bear to leave their pet alone or in the care of strangers. There are also countless others — read virtually every sane, breathing human — who would love to travel the world without paying for accommodations. TrustedHousesitters provides that connection between travel-hungry pet owners and budget-minded housesitters.Like most online marketplaces — eBay, Etsy, Airbnb — registered sitters establish a profile which is verified through a multi-point system, including global identity checks and criminal background screening. They choose the details of their preferred “sit,” like where, when, and what types of pets they’re interested in. The site then provides regular email alerts whenever a matched sit is available. As long as sitters are reasonably flexible with their travel dates, it’s easy to travel for weeks or months every year.It’s a hyper-competitive market since there are far more housesitters looking for a sit than there are houses to be sat. The most successful housesitters upload videos, provide extensive references, and go the extra mile to prove to prospective home and pet owners that they’re doing it as much for their love of pets as for their love of travel. Pet owners often love their pets as much as parents love their children, so they understandably want boatloads of reassurance that they’re leaving their pets in good hands.Each homeowner/pet-owner likewise receives a verified profile with similar background screening. They then outline the details of their home (size, location, and amenities) and their pets (how many, age, and general disposition).If you’re the sort who prefers an Airbnb-style stay (compared to a traditional hotel) with a legit local feel, just consider some of the amazing properties TrustedHousesitters makes available to you. This stunning, three-bedroom Tuscan farmhouse is home to three cats and boasts a swimming pool and sweeping valley views. This modern barn-style home is on a New Zealand avocado farm just five minutes from a beautiful beach. This luxury houseboat in Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Marina is home to a sweet rescue bulldog.Registration is USD $119 annually for both homeowners/pet-owner. The fee includes unlimited travel or sits respectively, plus access to a free vet care advice line and a host of other benefits.last_img read more

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first_img Everyman’s Right BreweryEveryman’s Right Brewery co-founder and head brewer Jussi Hukkanen has economic reasons for this ambitious goal, in addition to just being a concerned global citizen. “Consumers’ interest in craft beer has been growing for years. And around the world, they are asking more questions about the products they consume, about how they are made and how sustainable they are,” says Hukkanen. “Our target is to export our beer globally, so differentiating from the competition is very important for us. If we can also influence climate change at the same time, everyone wins.”Hukkanen hopes his brewery will serve as an example, setting a trend toward a more climate-friendly and sustainable brewing industry. He is joined by Antti Suikkari and Keijo Kemppainen, a team with experience in brewing, but also importing and distributing alcoholic beverages, industrial-scale production, and marketing.Everyman’s Right Brewery is just getting started and is soliciting initial investments via crowdfunding with a minimal goal of raising 480,000 euros ($565,101). If you’d like to learn more about how you can be involved, find out more at the brewery’s Funded by Me page. Native Shoes Jefferson Bloom Turns Algae Into Sustainable, Stylish Footwear Editors’ Recommendations The Finnish startup Everyman’s Right Brewery is passionate about both beer and the environment. That’s why its nascent production plans include using 100-percent renewable energy sources.A carbon footprint study conducted by LCA Consulting Oy, a lifecycle assessment company based in Finland, confirmed that the brewery’s production plans will start Everyman’s Right at carbon neutral status, with the opportunity to improve and become carbon negative as it ramps up. The initial production level is estimated at 1 million liters. If it succeeds in expanding, Everyman’s Right Brewery contends that it will be the first carbon-negative brewery in the world.Everyman’s Right Brewery contends that it will be the first carbon-negative brewery in the world.As a part of the brewery’s commitment to the environment, Everyman’s Right will recycle spent grains and produce its own biogas, which is formed from the breakdown of organic material. This fuel will provide energy to sustain the beer’s production. In the result of excess biogas, it can be used to generate electricity or be further refined for other applications.The brewery will also collect and purify carbon dioxide, then recycle it into production. Excess carbon dioxide can be pressurized and sold to third parties. Finally, the brewery plans to use green electricity from solar fields and use heat recovery systems. All of these items add up to one extremely energy-conscious brewery. Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Treecenter_img What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know last_img read more

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first_imgJamaica’s staging of the 2013 Carifta Swimming and Water Polo Championships has received a major boost, with sponsors providing an additional $8.8 million. Major sponsor, Petrojam Limited, yesterday (March 7) presented $7 million to the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ), during a press conference held at the National Stadium Aquatic Centre (Stadium Pool) in Kingston.   These funds are to assist with underwriting the cost for the renovation of the Stadium Pool facilities, where the event will be held.   CAPRI Sun, and CGM Gallagher Insurance Brokers Jamaica Limited, also handed over $1.2 million and $570,000, respectively, which will go towards other expenses, such as transportation and meals. Expressing gratitude for the donation, President of the ASAJ, Martin Lyn, said the additional money now brings the organisation closer to its target of $15 million for the staging of the event scheduled for March 30 to April 3. The donation puts the organisation just $2.5 million short of its target, with $12.5 million already in hand. Mr. Lyn said he is particularly grateful for the donation from Petrojam, which he said,  is “the largest single amount aquatic sports has ever gotten in terms of one sponsor”, and it indicates to other sponsors that they need to come on board to help with the development of the sport. “When sponsors such as Petrojam come on board, they send a strong signal that aquatics is not only important to our country’s sporting image but to the development of our youth. It is with sponsors like this that we will certainly be able to represent and compete at the highest level worldwide,” he stated. In response, Human Resource Manager, Petrojam Limited, Andrea Bent, said the company is of the firm belief that the development of sports is critical to national development. “We believe in fostering the growth and development of the nation’s youth by providing opportunities that can unearth and cultivate current and future talent. This is what forms the basis of this donation,” she stated. During the press conference, a 34-member team was named to represent Jamaica at the upcoming games, which the ASAJ believes, will improve on the country’s 5th place finish at the last CARIFTA games. This is the 5th time in 28-year staging of the event, that Jamaica will be hosting the championships. Another event, Open Water Swimming, will be introduced this year. Other sponsors include: Island Grill, Digipoint, Romans, YSpeedos, Tastee Ltd., Sports Development Foundation, Brumalia House, Edge Chem, and Jamaica Money Market Brokers.last_img read more

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first_img Upgraded station in Freeport, Montego Bay, constructed at a cost of just under $5 million Story Highlights Mayor of Montego Bay, Councilor Glendon Harris, called for good maintenance of the facility Fire fighters in St. James now have an upgraded station in Freeport, Montego Bay, constructed at a cost of just under $5 million.Speaking at a dedication ceremony on August 28, Deputy Superintendent of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Andrew Russell, said members of the service gave their time and skills during the construction of the station, and ensured value for money.“Skilled firefighters from St. Elizabeth and St. James contributed valuable time and effort and installed the roof canopy, ceiling bed, kitchen cupboard and all other concrete and painting works,” he said.“As a cost saving initiative, firefighters with the requisite competencies were identified by the Project Manager and their skills utilized on the project. With their intervention and endowment from stakeholders, the project cost $4.7 million, about $1 million less than what was budgeted,” the Deputy Superintendent told the audience.Funding and material support for the facility came from the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Premix Jamaica, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, and Quality Dealers.The work included construction of over 1,000 square feet of living space, bathroom facilities, and other sections.Meanwhile, Mayor of Montego Bay, Councilor Glendon Harris, called for good maintenance of the facility and for all to have pride in the upkeep of the City of Montego Bay.“All of our officers will have to play their part in the maintenance of this facility. It is the duty of all of us to ensure that everything in this facility is at its best. Let us all take pride in the city, let us all take pride in this parish,” he said.For her part, Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, Mrs. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, said all should be done to make firefighters comfortable, because they endanger themselves to save lives and property.“It is very important that we take care of our firemen and fire women. We are in the city of Montego Bay, and we have to protect its residents, and we have to protect the tourism industry. We also have here in Freeport, a very important industry, the information and communication technology industry. We have the important business of protecting the residents and our industries from destructive fires,” she said. The work included construction of over 1,000 square feet of living space, bathroom facilities, and other sectionslast_img read more

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first_imgStory Highlights The Ministry of Education is offering 40 scholarships for the programme. The programme will provide a standard credential, the Professional Qualification for Principalship (PQP). Dr. Smith said that the programme is a professional certification. The Ministry of Education, through the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), is to launch a course of study geared towards training individuals aspiring to become school principals.The programme will provide a standard credential, the Professional Qualification for Principalship (PQP), to which the Ministry of Education and school boards will refer before authorising the hiring of principals of public schools.“The course is set to get started in January 2014 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus, which will be delivering the programme on behalf of NCEL,” said Principal Director of NCEL, Dr. Maurice Smith.Dr. Smith, who was speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, said that the programme “is akin to what an individual will do at Norman Manley Law School, so it is a professional certification. It is the rudiments and the rigor of the job that participants are going to be exposed to.”The programme has a prescriptive component that consists of a set of modules that must be completed by the participants within 15 months. There is also the practicum component that may be completed between two to three months. The programme is open to all teachers with a first degree and at least five years experience working in a school, and who have aspirations of becoming a school principal.In the meantime, the Ministry of Education is offering 40 scholarships for the programme. The application process for these scholarships opens on November 11 and closes on December 6, 2013. Application forms will be available on the Ministry’s website and also at the Ministry’s six Regional Educational offices island-wide.We invite individuals, who are eminently qualified to apply; those who have the conviction that this is what their purpose is in life,” Dr. Smith said.As of 2015, all persons interested in becoming a school principal must have the PQP in order to be considered for the post of principal of a public school.Established under the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), the NCEL is responsible for developing excellence in leadership as a common denominator in schools and support institutions.last_img read more

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first_img Chairman of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), Norman Brown, says the entity has some 19,000 land titles in its possession, which it will be handing over in short order.“In our vault in Kingston, we have about 19,000 titles. Instructions are that we are to embark on a programme to get the titles into the hands of the landowners…a title is a game changer,” he noted.He said the documents will be presented before the two-year tenure of the current HAJ board expires next year.Mr. Brown was addressing a function in Norwood, St. James, on July 9, where more than 100 land titles were presented to residents for property that they occupy.He informed that of the 19,000 titles to be delivered, 60 per cent are for residents of the parish.“When we leave, we want to take out that 60 per cent. (Those) who do not receive their title, are those who do not want it,” he said.Meanwhile, Mr. Brown urged the residents to appreciate the value of the titles, noting that some of them have been waiting for the document for more than 20 years.“Today is a big deal. It is the first time that the Housing Agency of Jamaica, on one occasion, is presenting more than 100 titles to the owners of properties anywhere in Jamaica. You are now the owner of a piece of Jamaica; that is significant… for you, your children and your family,” he said.Managing Director of the HAJ, Gary Howell, in his remarks, said the ceremony marks the start of a “ramped up” effort by the agency to increase the number of legal landowners in Jamaica.“The agency has made it a part of its mandate to regularise a number of brownfield settlements across Jamaica. Here in Norwood, the company has in excess of 1,500 titles to deliver, once persons have paid the requisite price for their lots,” he informed. Story Highlights He said the documents will be presented before the two-year tenure of the current HAJ board expires next year. Chairman of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), Norman Brown, says the entity has some 19,000 land titles in its possession, which it will be handing over in short order. Mr. Brown was addressing a function in Norwood, St. James, on July 9, where more than 100 land titles were presented to residents for property that they occupy.last_img read more

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first_img Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, is calling for the strengthening of the local government regime in the region. While here, the Mayor will visit the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM); meeting with the Mayors of Kingston and St. Ann’s Bay, and with representatives of the Social Development Commission (SDC). Mr. McKenzie told JIS News that he is hoping that the visit to Jamaica by Mayor Glen Ram, Chairman of the Mayaro Rio Claro Regional Corporation in Trinidad and Tobago, will help to rebuild the regional local government regime. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, is calling for the strengthening of the local government regime in the region.“There is a lack of a coordinated effort between countries in the region that actually practise local (governance). There are only a few countries that have such a system,” the Minister noted.Mr. McKenzie told JIS News that he is hoping that the visit to Jamaica by Mayor Glen Ram, Chairman of the Mayaro Rio Claro Regional Corporation in Trinidad and Tobago, will help to rebuild the regional local government regime.“We are hoping that out of this visit by Mayor Ram we can forge and develop a stronger local government fraternity in the region,” the Minister said.Mayor Ram arrived in Jamaica on August 9 for a five-day visit, as the guest of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, to observe the local government reform processes.While here, the Mayor will visit the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM); meeting with the Mayors of Kingston and St. Ann’s Bay, and with representatives of the Social Development Commission (SDC).For his part, Mayor Ram expressed gratitude to Mr. McKenzie and the Local Government Ministry for hosting him.He explained that the primary objective of his visit is geared towards strengthening local government practices in the region.Mayor Ram pointed out that there are many similarities between the two countries, in terms of local governance, and indicated that, currently, in Trinidad and Tobago there is an ongoing effort to strengthen the local government process, so the visit is indeedtimely. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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first_imgMinister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, tabled the Second Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure for the 2017/18 financial year, in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 13).The figures show that the Budget has been revised upwards from $805.4 billion to $815.2 billion, an increase of $9.78 billion.The Estimates show an increase in the Recurrent (housekeeping) expenses from $515.4 billion to $523.8 billion, while Capital (development) spending has moved from $290 billion to $291.4 billion.Members of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) will deliberate on the Second Supplementary Estimates on Wednesday, March 14.The First Supplementary Estimates for the 2017/18 financial year was approved by the House of Representatives in December. The Budget was increased from $715.6 billion to $805.4 billion. It reflected an increase of $89.9 billion.last_img read more

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first_img The Physical Education Department of The Mico University College has received sport supplies from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), through its ‘Smile for All the World’ programme. “This donation represents the collaboration between Mico and JICA in assisting us to build sustainability in our sports programme. This is a critical area that is driving the education curriculum in Jamaica,” he said. President of the university, Asburn Pinnock, thanked JICA for the generous donation. Story Highlights The Physical Education Department of The Mico University College has received sport supplies from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), through its ‘Smile for All the World’ programme.The assortment of netballs, footballs and volleyballs were handed over during a ceremony, held on March 26, at The Mico University College, in Kingston.President of the university, Asburn Pinnock, thanked JICA for the generous donation.“This donation represents the collaboration between Mico and JICA in assisting us to build sustainability in our sports programme. This is a critical area that is driving the education curriculum in Jamaica,” he said.Meanwhile, Resident Representative for JICA, Jamaica Office, Tobita Kenji, said the programme is evidence of the continued friendship and goodwill between Jamaica and Japan.He expressed the hope that the supplies will assist in improving the performance of amateur athletes in these disciplines.The ‘Smile for All the World’ programme in Japan distributes goods related to sports, culture, education, social services and more all over the world through JICA volunteers. These goods are primarily donated to developing countries.According to the Japanese Embassy, 36 volunteers are involved in activities throughout the island. They are assigned to public agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) under the Ministries of Education, Youth and Information; Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; Local Government and Community Development; Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; Tourism; Economic Growth and Job Creation, and Transport and Mining.Since 1989, a total of 425 JICA volunteers have worked in various areas of the island.Established in 1974, JICA has been implementing Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) through cooperation, such as loan, grant and technical cooperation, which include the JICA volunteer programme, training in Japan as well as technical cooperation projects.last_img read more

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