Shaggy, Sting Win Reggae Grammy

first_img(Jamaica Observer) The best-selling reggae album of 2018, has won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. Sting and Shaggy’s 44/876 were declared winners (Sunday) afternoon during the Grammy Premiere Ceremony at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. “I’d like to thank my partner in crime, Sting. He made the project feel like the biggest project ever,” said Shaggy during his acceptance speech. He continued: “My family is here, my lovely wife (Rebecca) and my daughter, Sydney. Big up the Jamaica crew in the place and big up all the nominees in the category. Big up every time.” Read more a:  Jamaica Observer Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Gong strong at 75: Love lessons from my father Aug 23, 2019 CARICOM Secretary General pleased with Regional cultural… Feb 6, 2020 You may be interested in… Island Beats Issa Vibe: #CARIFESTAXIV “Lit” Performances on stage for CARIFESTA XIV Aug 27, 2019 Koffee Cops Grammy Nomination With EP, Rapture(Jamaica Gleaner) In addition to her age, the other elements that take the euphoria of 19-year-old Koffee’s Reggae Grammy nomination up a few notches are the fact that she did it on her first-ever attempt, and her submission is not a full-length album. Reggae artiste and promoter of the annual…November 21, 2019In “Culture”Koffee wins Best Reggae Grammy for Rapture EP(Loop Jamaica) You can add Grammy Award winner to her accolades as the 19-year-old recording artiste copped the Best Reggae Album Grammy Award at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles (Sunday evening). Koffee ousted Julian Marley’s As I Am; The Final Battle: Sly & Robbie…January 26, 2020In “Associate Member States”Gong strong at 75: Love lessons from my father(Jamaica Observer) IN 2006, Ziggy Marley, first son of reggae icon Bob Marley, released the album Love is My Religion . His second solo project, it went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album that year. The lyrics of the title track reflect a very personal mantra…February 6, 2020In “Culture”Share this on WhatsApp Aug 20, 2019 The other nominees were Reggae Forever by Etana, As the World Turns by Black Uhuru, Rebellion Rises by Ziggy Marley and A Matter of Time by Protoje.last_img read more

The Mostly True Story Of The Christmas Tree On Otter Pond

first_imgThe history of Otter Pond in Sag Harbor spans over centuries when, originally, the freshwater pond was home to a large population of otters. In 1793, John Jermain was granted the right to dig a ditch to connect the pond to the Upper Cove and build a bridge over the inlet. Hence saltwater flowed into the pond and, with it, the tears of one lovely, but lonely, Amelia Ford Wentworth. The year was 1924 and Amelia’s husband, Derick, known as Dick, had moved his young bride to Sag Harbor, to find his fortune in the old whaling town.A carpenter by trade, Dick hoped to find work in the building business. He had not anticipated that, with wood a scarcity, more houses were simply moved to new locations rather than being constructed. But his broad shoulders did attract a wealthy widow from New York City, and Dick, with a simple note, one month’s rent, and his incisor left on the kitchen table, disappeared, leaving his new bride to fend for herself.Amelia found a room at Miss Annie’s Boarding House, across from the pond, and took a small room with a shared bathroom that had a view of the changing estuary. Each morning, she would share her cornbread with the ducks and swans, without an appetite of her own. After a discouraging search for work as a pretty, jilted stranger in town, Amelia saw a notice on the board of the Antheneum Theater, which sat on the corner of Sage and Church streets. They needed a dancer.As legend goes, one night after a show, she was standing by the wharf, melancholy overtaking her, when she noticed a man on his sailboat staring at her. “I’ve had about enough saltwater on my vessel here, Miss, if you might care to let those tears fall somewhere else,” he said to her. Amelia looked up at the scraggly man, and what should have signaled danger instead was a connection.Captain Bill McCoy was smiling, stepping off his boat, The Amelia. This was during Prohibition, and many a sailor set out for “Rum Row,” a spot just three miles offshore, where the international water line allowed local vessels to connect with suppliers of contraband hooch, then smuggle it back to shore. If you could avoid the Coast Guard and the mob, it was a lucrative trade.The captain invited her not for a drink because, of course, that was illegal, but perhaps some tea? Across from the wharf was a speakeasy known as the Mousetrap due to the diminutive nature of the proprietor. The password Dead Cat only helped perpetuate the place’s myth. Bill was greeted as always as The Real McCoy. This nickname was earned because, unlike other bootleggers, he did not water down his whiskey or rum before sending it on its way, so it was “the real McCoy.” When one of the patrons recognized Amelia from her shows and made lewd remarks, Bill firmly grasped his arm and told him, “Just because she has to work doesn’t mean she’s not a lady.”Snow arrived early that year in December, and despite the captain’s promise to return to her, The Amelia had not been in port for weeks. To make matters worse, Amelia had a glimpse of Dick, his new wife, and the gold tooth installed in his grin. Anger infused Amelia’s dance that night at The Antheneum, which was so self-admittedly smoldering that she determined it would be the performance that brought down the house. And indeed it did. The Antheneum burned to the ground that very night.Without a job, without savings, without family or friends in a village dominated by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, Amelia made a final stop in town and headed back to Miss Annie’s. It was Christmas Eve. The other girls were out, so she had the bath all to herself. She drew a bath as hot as she could stand. Then she put Dick’s tooth on the sill, opened up a small bag, and pulled out razor blades. She took a moment to peer out the window at the pond, and then she noticed a small light coming under the bridge. The light flickered on a vessel moving slowly in the still and silent night. Then it stopped in the middle of the pond, and one by one she saw candles lit until they formed the outline of a Christmas tree.Amelia climbed out of the tub, put on her clothes, and headed out to this mysterious vision. There, in the middle of Otter Pond, was a smallboat with a glowing Christmas tree. When Captain McCoy pulled up to the shore and helped Amelia come onboard, she asked what he was doing. “If I can smuggle rum past Dutch Schultz, I can certainly smuggle a Christmas tree past Mrs. Russell Sage,” he told her. On that night he made a vow, “There is no room for Dicks in this town, only the Real McCoy, andfrom this point on there will be a Christmas tree lit in the middle of Otter Pond to give hope to those who don’t have hope, and no more saltwater tears shall be shed. . . Now let’s go find us some otters to smuggle back to this pond.” Sharelast_img read more

Noreco Quits Crazy Horse Ops (UK)

first_imgTrapoil, the independent oil and gas exploration, appraisal and production company focused on the UK Continental Shelf (“UKCS”) announces an update covering arrangements with Norwegian Energy Company UK Limited (“Noreco”).Proposed Arrangements and Revised Equity InterestsTrapoil has been informed by Noreco that it no longer intends to drill the Crazy Horse well, which was scheduled for 2014. As a result Trapoil and Noreco conditionally agreed on 18th October 2013 to amend the existing legal arrangements between them. DECC have confirmed that in the circumstances it will Determine the Crazy Horse licence on 12 December 2013, with no further obligation to Trapoil.The principal amendments comprise:· Noreco will, on behalf of Trapoil, pay all costs relating to seismic acquisition and the processing or purchase of speculative seismic data to fulfill the firm obligation to DECC in respect of the Homer licence by late 2014, estimated to be circa £1.5m.· Noreco will provide Trapoil with a carried interest of 10 per cent. through the operations on the first well, should one be drilled on the Homer licence. This will replace the Company’s existing 5 per cent. carried interest. The working interests of both Noreco and Trapoil will remain at 50 per cent.· Noreco will assign to Trapoil its entire 10 per cent. working interest in the Romeo licence. An existing 3.125 per cent. carried interest provided by Noreco (which is inclusive of 1.696 per cent. being carried by Total) will be extinguished. As a result Trapoil’s existing carried interest will fall to 9.375 per cent. The revised paying interests will be Suncor 57.857 per cent, First Oil 17.143 per cent, Total 11.875 per cent and Trapoil 13.125 per cent.Completion of the proposed equity transfers set out above is subject, inter alia, to DECC, and where required partner, approvals.Mark Groves Gidney, Chief Executive Officer of Trapoil, commented:“It is clearly disappointing that our commitment to drill the Crazy Horse well has not been matched by our partner but in the circumstances they currently have other priorities, which we understand.“I am pleased to report that, following the expiry of the Crazy Horse licence and after taking account of the proposed transactions above, Trapoil’s current total outstanding commitments to all third parties have now been reduced to approximately £3m, being our 20 per cent. paying interest in the Niobe well which is scheduled to be drilled in 2015 and some seismic on our Valleys licence.“With continued positive net income from Athena and a healthy bank balance the company is in a sound financial position to consider future activity, including any remedial work at Athena and fresh commitments to explore with our new partners.”BackgroundTrapoil, via its wholly owned subsidiary Trap Oil Limited, holds a 22 per cent. working interest (17 per cent. paying and 5 per cent. carried interest) in Licence P.1650 (Block 14/13) (“Crazy Horse”) and a 50 per cent. working interest (45 per cent. paying and 5 per cent. carried interest) in Licence P.1989 (Blocks 14/11, 12 & 16) (“Homer”) which were acquired by the Company in February 2009 and January 2013 respectively as part of successful 25th and 27th Licence Round awards. Noreco owns the remaining equity in respect of these licences and is the operator.In addition, Trapoil holds a 12.5 per cent. carried interest in Licence P.1666 (Block 30/11) (“Romeo”). The other partners in Romeo are the operator, Suncor Energy UK Limited (“Suncor”), which holds a 57.857 per cent paying interest, First Oil and Gas Limited (“First Oil”), which holds a 17.143 per cent paying interest, Total E&P UK Limited (“Total”), which holds a 13.5714 per cent. paying interest and Noreco, which holds a 11.4286 per cent. paying interest.[mappress]October 21, 2013last_img read more

TGS hires ‘Polarcus Alima’ for Sierra Leone survey

first_imgTGS announces acquisition of a 3D multi-client survey offshore Sierra Leone. The survey, Sierra Leone Block 4A Extension, will add 1,000 km(2) of new 3D data to the existing 6,268 km(2) of 3D data library in Sierra Leone.“This survey extends our current data coverage in an important and prospective area. TGS has been active in acquiring data over the West Africa Transform Margin for the past decade and we are pleased with the level of customer support to continue our investment in this region,” commented Stein Ove Isaksen, Senior VP Eastern Hemisphere for TGS.TGS is chartering the 12 streamer Polarcus Alima for this survey. Data processing will be performed by TGS and will be available to clients in Q1 2015. The survey is supported by industry funding. [mappress] August 26, 2014last_img read more

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Lean and mean

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Dockwise to convert Black Marlin

first_imgConversion will lift the Black Marlin’s carrying capacity from 56,000 to 76,000 tonnes. The design engineering and ship construction contracts will be put out to tender immediately for execution of the conversion in 2014.The company says that the decision to convert the Black Marlin follows Dockwise’s securing of a Letter of Intent (LoI) for the 2015 transport of a spar buoy from the North Sea to the Gulf of Mexico. Tendering for large scale transport & installation (T&I) projects continues to be busy and there is sustained global demand for access to Dockwise’s larger vessels.The conversion will take approximately three months and will be conducted during a scheduled dry dock overhaul in 2014. This conversion is a further step, following the commissioning of the Vanguard and the adoption into the Dockwise fleet of COOEC Type 2 vessel, HYSY 278, to create substantially greater capacity and flexibility for the largest and most demanding projects.Andre Goedee, chief executive, Dockwise, said: “The conversion of the Black Marlin is the next in a series of steps as we adjust the scope and scale of the Dockwise fleet to the emerging opportunities at the large scale, premium end, of marine transportation. The shift in oil and gas exploration and production into ever more distant and challenging offshore environments is the signal trend for growth in this segment.”www.dockwise.comlast_img read more

Darwin gets new operator

first_imgUnder the terms of the agreement, the territory will lease the Darwin Port land and facilities of East Arm Wharf, including the Darwin Marine Supply Base, and Fort Hill Wharf to energy and infrastructure company Landbridge Group.The Northern Territory will retain Stokes Hill Wharf, Fisherman’s & Hornibrook’s Wharves and Frances Bay facilities. It will also retain a range of oversight and regulatory functions including the Regional Harbourmaster role and responsibility for price and access regulation, through the independent Utilities Commission.Landbridge has confirmed its intent to maintain the established workforce at the Port of Darwin and says that there will be no forced redundancies during the term of the current Enterprise Agreement, which terminates in June 2018.Landbridge also intends to implement a stable and competitive pricing regime for port services with no more than Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustments for the use of current port facilities.Landbridge Group also operates a port in North Haizhou Bay in China’s Shandong province, and is in the process of expanding its port capacity to in excess of 200 million tonnes per annum – more than 65 times the current volume at the Port of Darwin.Landbridge Infrastructure Australia director, Mike Hughes, said: “Through our significant investment in the Port of Darwin, Landbridge intends to grow two-way trade between Australia and Asia, leveraging Landbridge’s existing port and logistics businesses and firmly putting Darwin on the map for Chinese business.”We plan on making considerable financial investment in the Port of Darwin. In addition to committing an initial USD35 million of new growth investment expenditure over the first five years, we anticipate in excess of USD200 million of capital expenditure over the next 25 years. Given the scope of development opportunities in the territory, we hope to invest a lot more.” www.landbridgeau.comlast_img read more

ECOL gains recognition at home and away

first_imgAccording to ESTA, the manufactures are currently going through the registration process.Heavy lifting and engineered transport specialist Sarens, meanwhile, has applied to qualify its Belgian training facility under ECOL. Belgium’s Comokra and Fagioli from Italy are expected to follow suit, said ESTA.The ECOL scheme is also gaining recognition outside of Europe; in April ECOL foundation signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the British Columbia Association for Crane Safety (BCACS) in Canada.The agreement will mean that, in future, ECOL cardholders in Europe will be able to work in British Columbia without taking any further tests, and vice versa, as the two bodies’ training standards are set to be fully aligned.  The two organisations hope that the agreement will eventually apply to all of Canada.www.estaeurope.eubccranesafety.calast_img read more

Big stink as sewage flows outside office

first_imgSpecialist consumer attorney, Trudie Broekmann, kicked up a stink about the sewage which has been flowing past her offices in Bo-Kaap, since her practice relocated there from Tamboerskloof in July.MsBroekmannofTrudie Broekmann Attorneys wrote to the municipality numerous times, fruitlessly, and then finally she asked Brandon Golding, Ward 77 councillor, to intervene. Which helped, but not much.“I moved my practice to ‘Buitengracht Service Road’ in the Bo-Kaap in July this year and soon after, sewage started flowing from the gutter between us and number 216 on to the road in front of our building, where it puddles and then evaporates.“We contacted the City and after several requests, they sent an inspector who ascertained that the source of the sewage must be one of the properties behind us, on Jordaan Street. Nothing further happened, despite many, many emails to the City. Could you possibly intervene?” she asked Mr Golding. “It’s disgusting for my staff to step over the puddle, it’s unhygienic and terribly embarrassing when we have clients visiting us,” Ms Broekmann told him.There is a chain of correspondence: the first one on August 31 when the water department emailed the attorney: “Your reference number is 9105791884 A query of this nature could take up to 24 hours to be resolved. Please quote your reference number in any follow-ups relating to this matter.”On September 11, after yet another enquiry, Ms Broekmann’s assistant spoke to Lizaan who said the previous clerk logged the case to the incorrect department, but she has corrected it. “The City will contact you to attend to this matter”. Really?Carolyn Borland, Mr Golding’s assistant, on November 7, wrote to Sharmista Nundlall asking if she could help. “A site inspection was conducted this morning (November 9) and unfortunately Water Pollution Control is unable to assist on private matters. The finding of the inspection was that no pollution into the municipal infrastructure was observed. We advise that the owners deal with the matter privately,” Ms Nundall said.MolepanaRamonyai,yet anothercustomerrelations agent, wrote on November 13, that: “Sharmista conducted an inspection sometime last week and on her report she mentioned that there was no pollution into the stormwater system. She further conducted an investigation yesterday and she found out that there was a flow from the servitude. Unfortunately she could not ascertain the origin of the water during her investigation but she managed to liaise with the reticulation team to find out as to where the blockage originates from as they mentioned that they previously unblocked that same line. We are still waiting for their report and further investigate to establish the source of the blockage.” Ms Broekmann said this was unacceptable. “As ratepayers we are being affected by the stench and perpetual spill of sewage in front of our building. We are unable to ascertain the source of the sewage, except it is not from our building only the City can find that out. The sewage flows along the furrow which presumably belongs to our neighbour, but then pools right in front of our entrance on the road, which is the municipality’s responsibility to keep hygienic. How many times does the CoCT expect us to report this problem before they resolve it?,” she said and asked Ms Nundlall to send them the report, including the “plans to ascertain the source of the spill”.Ms Nundlall said the teams found the leak on private property. Ms Borland said they were aware of the blockage and the teams did attend to it. “It is complicated by the fact the cause of the blockage is on private property, but we had thought it had been resolved. We will urgently get hold of the department to address.”Thought planted a feather and thought a chicken would grow.A truck arrived with a camera to find the blockage. “However, I suspect the problem emanates from a neighbour having connected their sewerage outlet to the stormwater system, which then blocks and overflows into our road. In fact, an inspector said the source of the sewage must be one of the properties behind us, on Jordaan Street,” Ms Broekmann said.Xanthea Limberg, Mayoral committee member for informal settlements, water and waste services; and energy, said the sewage emanates from a crack on sewerage pipes on private property and is due to ageing. The sewage seeps into the stormwater system, which runs past Ms Broekmann’s building.Ms Limberg said the team went on walkabouts and inspections and used CCTV to find the problem.She said the City will issue a notice to the property owner advising him to clear blockages, replace or repair sewer installations within 14 days but she could not contact the relevant department to find out when the notice was issued. The sewage still flows in the gutter outside the law firm’s building. Ms Broekmann told Mr Golding last week: “I refer to the answers you gave Mr Joss, and despite your assurances, the stream of effluent continues to empty in front of our building, so the owner of the Jordaan Street house whose pipes are leaking, is clearly ignoring the City’s notice. I request that the leaking sewerage pipe now be repaired by the City and the owner be charged for the cost.”last_img read more