Brooklyn Boutique: Wolves Within

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first_img Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind How to Make a Whiskey Sour If we had a nickel for every time we have suggested to a retailer that it have an e-commerce presence we would be a wealthy website!Today having not just a website but a sales site is a must for a brick and mortar. Men around the country (and world!) are buzzing about new brands and always scouring for the newest hat, hoodie and hair pomade. We don’t know about you, but we aren’t always impulse buying. We need to go home and think about spending on a new item. And when that store is online we can go home, mull it over and then click and buy (with beer in hand).Wolves Within does a great job with this. It was founded by Bethany and Max Vogel in 2011 to support all the incredible designers, artists and craftsmen they were meeting in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Since then they have grown their love for brands from around the country and globe such as Velva Sheen, Vans, Vanishing Elephant and Upper Cut. Oh and they sell to the ladies too, so you can go online together to surf and shop (awwww). Max and Bethany are also all into Made in the USA, Fair Trade as well as supporting local artists by hosting a bi-annual community art show.But when you are in Brooklyn be sure to check out their HQ on Franklin Street as well as their pop-up shop, Home of The Brave located at 67 West Street (4th Floor Unit 416). The location is permanent but the shop rotates out new goods seasonally such as Izola candles, Murchison-Hume soap and hand carved cheese boards from Amelie Mancini. The current spring season focuses on handmade table top items from Brooklyn. (and yes, it is all online too!).If you are heading to Brooklyn this summer, be sure to check them out, but if you are not, simply click and see what the cool kids are wearing.Photos courtesy of www.drielys.com The Manual Is Hiring! 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts last_img read more

Beyond the Bucket List: How to Vacation Like a One-Percenter

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first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair There are luxury vacations, and then there are luxury vacations. Most of us will experience the former at some point in our lives — on honeymoon, winning big on The Price Is Right, or celebrating the Miami Dolphins finally winning a damn playoff game.However, there are some luxury vacations designed to tick the boxes off even the most ambitious bucket lists. For those, we look to Black Tomato, an elite tour provider whose annual Luxe List takes bucket list travel to an almost absurd level. For 2018, they’re going bigger and bolder with a host of extravagant, once-in-a-lifetime experiences you never knew you wanted. Here are five of our favorites.Personal Champagne Concert Inside an Icelandic VolcanoChampagne. Iceland. Volcanoes. Any one of these things is pretty awesome. But why not combine all three into one ridiculous, over-the-top private experience? For this, Black Tomato will fly you and (presumably) someone you really like via chartered helicopter into the crater of an Icelandic volcano. There, you’ll experience a private operatic concert and a Champagne toast, while golf-clapping and pretending you’re a Bond villain. Price from USD $25,000 per couple.Arctic F1 Supercar Racing Under the Northern LightsDriving an F1 supercar is something most mortal men dream of doing, but probably never will. Ditto driving an F1 supercar across a frozen lake in Swedish Lapland (high above the Arctic Circle) on a full-scale replica of one of four legendary Formula 1 tracks, including Silverstone, Nürburgring, and Paul Ricard. Black Tomato ups the ante further by timing this experience to coincide with the Northern Lights. The stable for this package includes some of the world’s most exclusive rides: Porsche GT3, Maserati Ghibli S Q4, and Maserati GranTurismo Sport. Price from USD $5,000 per person.Explore the African Continent via Private Flying SafariThere’s a lot more to Africa than taking a traditional safari. If you’ve got five, well-heeled friends, Black Tomato is happy to prove it to you. Via private Cessna on their Flying Safari, travelers will cross the African continent from the Namibian desert to Botswana’s Okavango Delta to the Zambian savannah and Lake Malawi, before ending over the stunning islands of Mozambique. The 14-day itinerary soars over every imaginable ecosystem in Africa, providing a thorough view and appreciation of the vast and varied landscapes the continent has to offer. Price from USD $158,000 for six guests (all-inclusive).Private Breakfast and Sunrise Fly-over of the Great Wall of ChinaThe Great Wall of China is, well, pretty great — unless you’ve ever attempted a visit during peak season trying to elbow your way through a crowd of thousands. Black Tomato can arrange a private sunrise helicopter flight over the wall before landing on the Mutianyu section. There, you and your companion will be served a gourmet breakfast, then tour the world-famous landmark with a professional historian, all before the crowds arrive. Price from USD $3,400 per couple.Night at the Museum, Dinner at the PalaceIf you love fine art but hate crowds, the exclusive Night at the Museum package may suit you. After the snap-happy crowds disperse from the Louvre, guests are provided an exclusive tour of the legendary Paris museum. Alongside a gallery curator and private guides, you’ll explore 10 of its greatest masterpieces, plus a few the public has never seen. Because that’s not enough, the tour is followed by a private “Grand Siecle’”dinner at Versailles, courtesy of a team of Michelin-starred chefs. Price from USD $29,000 per person.Featured image courtesy of Ullstein Bild/Getty Image. Editors’ Recommendations Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out last_img read more

Fagan Calls for Sustained Anti-Smoking Programme

first_imgMinister of State for Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, says a sustained public education programme, targeted particularly at the youth, is critical in raising awareness of the adverse effects of smoking. “Statistics provided to me indicate a worrying trend that has shown that Jamaica is now having children as young as 10 years old addicted to smoking; a trend that is increasing,” he lamented. The State Minister was speaking at the ‘Partnerships for Smoke Free Spaces’ breakfast meeting this morning (November 22) at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew. Mr. Fagan said that equally of concern is the burden on the budget to manage the health effects of smoking, both for smokers and those who are exposed to second hand fumes.  He informed that of the approximately US$170 million per year spent on non-communicable diseases, a significant portion is related to tobacco smoking. “Simply put, Jamaica cannot afford this. We need to be promoting healthy lifestyles, and tobacco use and smoking are clearly not among the contributing qualities,” he said. Mr. Fagan informed that the Government remains steadfast in reducing tobacco use, signing the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on September 24, 2003 and ratifying the agreement two years later on July 7, 2005. Legislation is also being drafted to ban smoking in public places, while the tax on tobacco has been raised as a means of control. The Government is also increasing public awareness through ongoing education and consumer information. Mr. Fagan also pointed to efforts at the local government level, with the St. Catherine Parish Council designating Emancipation Square a smoke free zone. “I want to implore your organisation to work more closely with our parish councils and municipalities, all 14 of which, I am sure, would welcome you and partner with you for a cause that will redound to the benefit of our environment, our health sector and young people,” he urged. Mr. Fagan also commended the efforts of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica and the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control towards the sensitisation of Jamaicans regarding the effects of smoking. The World Health Organization (WHO) MPOWER 2009 Report, states that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide, and is a risk factor for six of eight leading causes of death worldwide. Tobacco use kills more than five million people every year, more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, demonstrating the increasing burden of tobacco on the world’s health status, which, if current trends are not aggressively addressed, could kill more than eight million people per year by 2030, and up to one billion people in total in the 21st Century, the report said. In addition to the effects on those that directly consume tobacco, one third of the world’s adult population are regularly exposed to second hand smoke, which kills 600,000 persons each year.last_img read more

NYS Rebrands Summer Employment Programme

first_img NYS has designed a pilot programme called ‘Enrichment Camps’ 4,000 students between 17 and 24 years of age will be engaged in the NYS programme this summer The National Youth Service (NYS) summer employment programme is being rebranded, as part of a major thrust by the NYS to reach and empower more young people with its development programmes.Executive Director of the NYS, Melvin Smith, told JIS News that the programme, which seeks to engender professional work and ethical standards in the youth, has been undergoing changes and will now be referred to as the ‘National Youth Service Summer Programme’.He said the word employment has been removed from the title, because it implied that a reward would be given that is commensurate with the work done.“Certainly, we expect that the work that the participants do will be significantly beyond the stipend we pay,” he said, adding that the stipend is based on the agency’s budget and ability to pay.“The real value to the participants is not the cash they receive, it is really the knowledge they gain and the employability skills that they have and the networks they would have developed during that period,” Mr. Smith emphasised.Approximately 4,000 secondary and tertiary students between 17 and 24 years of age will be engaged in the NYS programme this summer. The students recently participated in a two-day orientation session to prepare them for placements at business organisations for a three-week internship, either in July or August.Mr. Smith pointed out that at the end of their internships, the students will be empowered, have more knowledge about career options and the requirements of particular businesses or sectors.“They would have developed skills in doing clerical chores or team working or problem solving. The top performers would likely, as has happened before, be called back for other short term projects or potential openings if and when they occur,” he continued, adding that some may decide to go back to, or finish school.For those persons who did not get into the summer programme, Mr. Smith said the NYS has designed a pilot programme called ‘Enrichment Camps’ that will begin during the last week of August.“We are targeting youth who applied to the summer programme, but were unsuccessful. This is a pilot…to give the youth an opportunity, and to say ‘here is something else’,” he said, noting that  the two-week camps will be held in three parishes, St. Catherine, St. James and Kingston, and will target between 40 and 60 persons for each camp.“We are looking at character building, career development skills, and an appreciation of Jamaica’s culture to increase their cultural awareness and of course, to foster volunteerism, which are some of the tenets of the National Youth Service that we have strayed away from over the years,” he said.“Based on how successful that pilot runs, we will see how we do it as a full blown programme over the rest of the fiscal year and into the next year,” Mr. Smith said, while pointing out that the camps could be held throughout the year, based on the findings of the pilot study.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Government Making Home Ownership More Affordable

first_imgThe 33-year-old customer service representative says the changes have placed him in a better position to access benefits.“I (have) always aspired to own my own home; it’s one of the many things on the (life goals) checklist that I have,” he shares.For Melanie Whyte, who is a renter, investing in her own home is now a reality.She says she has long wanted to make the switch from paying rent to putting her hard-earned money into something she can call her own.“When you are paying rent, while you have somewhere to reside, that place belongs to someone else. On the contrary, when you are paying towards your mortgage, that house will be yours in the end,” she tells JIS News.The Government has also provided a $150,000 grant to NHT mortgagors with disabilities or those who reside with and care for family members with disabilities. The grant is to be used to retrofit/upgrade the dwelling to make it suitable to serve their needs.The individual with the disability must be residing at the mortgaged property and registered with the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD).Contributors who are disabled and earn $30,000 per week or less will borrow at a rate of zero per cent.Meanwhile, contributors earning below $12,000 weekly and who have been contributing for over seven years, will be able to access up to $2.5 million for an NHT home grant.By combining their mortgage loan and the home grant amount, these contributors should be able to purchase a unity equivalent in value to an NHT studio. Previously, contributors benefited from a maximum home grant of $1.5 million. Story Highlights For many Jamaicans, owning a piece of the rock, a home, which they can pass down to future generations, is one of the most important life goals.The Government is making it easier for persons to realise their dream by implementing a raft of measures to make home ownership easier and more affordable.These include increasing the National Housing Trust (NHT) loan ceiling, reducing the interest rates on mortgages for lower-income groups, providing 100 per cent financing for all NHT units, improving home grants, and establishing a special grant for persons with disabilities to assist with retrofitting their houses.Since July 1, thousands of persons have been able to access more funds to purchase houses on the open market and NHT-financed scheme units, and build on own land, through an increase in the loan ceiling from $4.5 million to $5.5 million.In addition, the loan limit for the 15-plus loan category has been increased to $2.5 million from $1.5 million.This is for contributors who want to repair, improve or expand an existing mortgaged property or those who want to purchase or construct a residential property once the beneficiary is no longer a homeowner.With this new policy, two qualified NHT contributors can co-apply and access up to $5 million for home improvements.In addition, the house lot loan limit has been increased to $2.5 million from $2 million.The NHT now offers 100 per cent mortgage financing for all housing units it produces. This means that the Trust will lend qualified contributors the full amount required to buy NHT units, providing that they can afford the monthly loan payments.A number of persons are welcoming the new policy measures.Eduardo Ferguson tells JIS News that the move by the Administration is a commendable one, as it is ensuring that all Jamaicans, not only those from the upper echelons of society, are provided with an opportunity to own a home. For many Jamaicans, owning a piece of the rock, a home, which they can pass down to future generations, is one of the most important life goals. Eduardo Ferguson tells JIS News that the move by the Administration is a commendable one, as it is ensuring that all Jamaicans, not only those from the upper echelons of society, are provided with an opportunity to own a home. By combining their mortgage loan and the home grant amount, these contributors should be able to purchase a unity equivalent in value to an NHT studio. Previously, contributors benefited from a maximum home grant of $1.5 million. NHT contributors are taking advantage of the new policy measures, with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, announcing recently that the entity is set to deliver a historic 8,000 mortgages this financial year.This will amount to approximately $28 billion of housing loans.The Prime Minister said the NHT is delivering on the mandate set by the Government to build more houses.“We are not just building houses in the high-income category, we’re not building houses alone in the middle-income category but we are building mostly housing solutions for persons above minimum wage,” he notes.The Prime Minister says the Government is ensuring that the required infrastructure is in place to meet the demands of a growing population.The NHT housing programme for the 2017/2018 financial year will see the commencement of construction of almost 6,000 housing solutions across Jamaica. The target is 15,000 over the next three years.Housing developments under construction include Ruthven Towers in St. Andrew; Colbeck Castle 1 and 2 in Clarendon/St. Catherine; Longville 2A and Monymusk 2 in Clarendon; Barham, Darliston and Masemure in Westmoreland; and The Estuary and Cashew Grove in St. James.The NHT is an entity set up by the Government to lend money at low interest rates to contributors who wish to build, buy or repair/improve their houses or who wish to buy or build on lots.The NHT also develops housing schemes for sale to contributors and provides low-cost financing to private developers.last_img read more

Framework Being Created for Kingston to Operate as Musical Economic Zone

first_img The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is working on building a framework for Kingston to fully operate as a musical economic zone.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, during a reggae month reception on the lawns of Jamaica House on February 20.“Having received the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) designation, we must now translate that into greater tangibles for our people,” she said.Kingston was one of 47 new locales added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in December 2015.Ms. Grange argued that reggae is the strongest component of brand Jamaica. “Reggae is hot commodity and the world has embraced it, but we are proud to declare that we still own it… (and) the celebration of Reggae Month is a symbolic mark of respect for the eight genres we have given to the world,” she noted.Ms. Grange said that the importance of reggae music to Jamaica should never be undervalued, adding that “it is the lifeblood”.“When we look at the role that reggae music has played… the anthropological role in the development of Jamaica as a nation, its role in the transformation of the lives of many young people, its role in the struggle for human rights and freedoms in places like Zimbabwe and South Africa, we must hail and respect our music and the sounds of Jamaica,” she said.In the meantime, she informed that plans are under way to build a world-class concert hall in Kingston.“We want to see more global superstars coming back to Jamaica to perform. We want to see a thriving entertainment industry where all the stakeholders can have a livelihood and the production line can continue well beyond our time,” she said.The reception, which was hosted by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is expected to become a yearly event on the calendar of activities for Reggae Month in February.The function, which featured musical tributes and dance performances, was attended by members of the musical fraternity, including artistes, producers and promoters, members of the Government and the wider society. Ms. Grange argued that reggae is the strongest component of brand Jamaica. “Reggae is hot commodity and the world has embraced it, but we are proud to declare that we still own it… (and) the celebration of Reggae Month is a symbolic mark of respect for the eight genres we have given to the world,” she noted. “Having received the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) designation, we must now translate that into greater tangibles for our people,” she said. Story Highlights The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is working on building a framework for Kingston to fully operate as a musical economic zone.last_img read more

Labour Ministry Looking to Expand School Days Count Campaign

first_img The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is looking to expand its ‘School Days Count’ campaign to reach more institutions where there are high rates of non-compliance with the 85 per cent attendance requirement under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).The initiative was launched in February 2018 as part of efforts to address attitudes to school attendance and punctuality among students who are PATH beneficiaries.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said that the first phase of the campaign was implemented in the 13 worst-affected institutions.“As an incentive, 10 scholarships, each valued at $250,000, will be awarded to PATH students who have achieved 100 per cent attendance rates,” she noted.She was speaking at a quarterly press briefing held at the Ministry’s North Street Offices today (September 4).Meanwhile, the Ministry continues to provide opportunities for young people under PATH to achieve their goals.To this end, two additional students have been presented with scholarships under PATH’s 15th anniversary tertiary award programme.They were Brittany Munroe, who received $400,000 to continue studies towards a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology at the University of Technology; and Shanique Davidson, who received $600,000 towards the attainment of a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of the West Indies.In celebration of its 15th anniversary, 17 beneficiaries of PATH were awarded scholarships valued at $15 million last year, to pursue studies at the tertiary level. The initiative was launched in February 2018 as part of efforts to address attitudes to school attendance and punctuality among students who are PATH beneficiaries. Story Highlightscenter_img The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is looking to expand its ‘School Days Count’ campaign to reach more institutions where there are high rates of non-compliance with the 85 per cent attendance requirement under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). last_img read more

Church Leaders Urged to Help Promote Healthy Lifestyle Habits

first_imgStory Highlights He was speaking at a Physical Activity Forum for leaders of faith-based organisations at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew on (Friday) May 10. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is calling on church leaders to partner with the Government on its healthy lifestyle promotion campaign in order to reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).“This partnership is very important. Too many of us are afflicted by various lifestyle ailments and diseases and that is reflected in the data (from) the hospitals,” the Minister said.He was speaking at a Physical Activity Forum for leaders of faith-based organisations at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew on (Friday) May 10.Citing statistics, Dr. Tufton said that one in three Jamaicans is hypertensive, one in eight is diabetic and one in two is obese or overweight.He noted that an average of 6, 000 Jamaicans die from cardiovascular diseases each year, 4,000 from cancer and another 7,000 are diagnosed with cancer.He argued that these conditions are preventable if people follow healthy lifestyle habits such as a balanced diet, daily exercise and have annual health checks.The Physical Activity Forum, under the theme:  ‘Love Yuh Body, Treat Yuh Body Right,’ was hosted by the Ministry to mark World Move for Health Day.The event promoted the importance of exercise as part of the larger ‘Jamaica Moves’ programme.Activities on the day included blood pressure and blood sugar tests, as well as nutrition displays, and the launch of a Physical Activity Bible.Director of Health Promotion and Education in the Ministry, Takese Foga, explained that the bible is an important resource developed by the Ministry as it seeks to use creative ways to engage the public in its healthy lifestyle initiative.“It is designed to support you all, as church leaders, in incorporating healthy activities into your services, into your programmes and into your activities. It is really a guide for you to use, just to give you some ideas,” Ms. Foga said.Data from the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey 2016-17, indicated that only two per cent of persons were involved in high intensity physical activity; 16 per cent were engaged in moderate activity; and 82 per cent were found to be involved in low activity.World Move for Health Day is a global day of awareness and action to encourage persons to introduce physical activity as part of a lifestyle habit.The initiative was borne out of a 2002 World Health Report, which revealed that a large number of persons engaged in very limited physical activity.In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality.In Jamaica, this accounts for 12 per cent of mortality contributing to 13 per cent of breast cancer, 14 per cent of colon cancer, eight per cent of coronary heart disease, and 10 per cent of Type 2 diabetes. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is calling on church leaders to partner with the Government on its healthy lifestyle promotion campaign in order to reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). “This partnership is very important. Too many of us are afflicted by various lifestyle ailments and diseases and that is reflected in the data (from) the hospitals,” the Minister said.last_img read more

PHOTOS: USF Church Service

first_imgMinister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams (left), greets Pastor of Fellowship Tabernacle, Rev. Al Miller (right), at the Universal Service Fund’s 14th anniversary church service, held at Fellowship Tabernacle, 2 Fairfield Avenue, Kingston, on May 19. Looking on is USF Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Dawes.last_img

GE Capital to Fund Ongoing Expansion of Laborde …

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first_imgzoom GE Capital, Corporate Finance today announced it provided $22.5 million in equipment financing to Laborde Marine. The funds refinance existing debt used to purchase five new crew boats.Founded in 1995 and headquartered in New Orleans, LA, Laborde Marine is a privately held supplier that provides marine support to the “offshore oil and” gas industry internationally. They operate more than 20 vessels in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and have two international offices in Brazil.“GE Capital delivered the financing we need to fund the ongoing expansion of our fleet and customer base,” said Cliffe Laborde, managing member of Laborde Marine. “They use their keen sense of our business and industry to provide competitive and customized financing to meet our needs.”“We’ve worked with Laborde Marine for several years, so we understand their goals,” said Eric Dusch, chief commercial officer, Equipment Finance, GE Capital, Corporate Finance. “We work closely with customers to deliver the financing they need to succeed whether it’s for single units or large fleets of equipment.”GE, November 1, 2013last_img read more

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