Dutch ACM Investigates Possible Bunker Cartel

first_imgzoom An investigation has been launched into a possible cartel in the bunker sector in the Netherlands and Belgium, according to the Dutch competition authority.This investigation involves several companies that are active in the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp, which may have concluded illegal price-fixing agreements, according to the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM).The Dutch Public Prosecution Service provided ACM with valuable information about the bunker sector coming from the police. That information was one of the reasons to launch this investigation. ACM has already conducted several dawn raids in this sector.Fines for cartel activities imposed on companies can be as high as 40 percent of their combined global turnover. The maximum fine on individuals that have exercised leadership over cartels is EUR 900,000.In the coming months, ACM will assess whether the Dutch Competition Act has indeed been violated by investigating the actual practices in greater detail.last_img read more

Jon Kaplan was all heart no ego

first_img Facebook Advertisement People in the Toronto theatre community have been doing a lot of hugging this week.And that’s appropriate. Because we’ve all lost one of our dearest, kindest, most supportive friends. And he was a hugger.In fact, I can’t remember simply shaking Jon’s hand, but we must have when we first met. It was almost 20 years ago, and I had just been hired as a theatre writer at NOW. Jon took me out for lunch on the Danforth (where NOW was then located), and we talked about how we would cover the busy Toronto scene together. Notice that word: “together.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jon was never territorial about what he wanted to review. No “first-string” or “chief” theatre critic ego. We always evenly divided up what we would review. Why? Firstly, because he was just nice. Secondly, he would catch whatever show I was reviewing himself, later. But finally, and most importantly, Jon knew that great theatre could be found anywhere. Not just in the big and medium-sized houses, but in a theatre school graduation production, in a theatre-for-young-audiences show, in a clown show. And especially in the thriving indepen­dent scene, which he championed from the start. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

PDM confirms candidates for three constituencies

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 13, 2016 – The PDM today confirmed that Doug Parnell won 75% of the vote to run on the PDM ticket for the Cheshire Hall Richmond Hill seat; that George Pratt won 60% of the popular vote to offer in The Bight and that Ezra Taylor will again go after the Leeward Long Bay Constituency for the PDM.Other spots are still being determined, we understand and it was also explained to Magnetic Media by PDM Bosses that Taylor’s seat was never up for grabs, as stated earlier today by independent candidate and former PDM at large contender, Sabrina Green.  Meanwhile tonight, in South Caicos the governing PNP is trying to decide between five offering for the district.last_img read more

Bahamas Defence Force Makes Arrest in Bimini

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 17, 2017 – Bimini – An American visitor was taken into custody by Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines on Friday night after he was found with undeclared rounds in the northern Bahamas.While conducting a routine search at the Bimini Bay Marina shortly after 5:00 pm, Marines assigned to the Bimini detachment boarded and searched a 37-ft yellow and white intrepid craft.   It was discovered that a total of 26 rounds were undeclared by the foreign visitor.   He was subsequently taken into custody and handed over to Custom officials for further processing.   He was subsequently fined five hundred dollars ($500.00) and the rounds were confiscated.This type of arrest aligns with the Force’s mandate of guarding our heritage.RBDF Assists with TransportAlso, in other news, the Airwing Section of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was busy taking officials to Long Island Sunday morning. Representatives from the Port Department and the Ministry of Environmental Health Department were transported on the Defence Force’s aircraft to investigate the circumstances involving a grounded barge offshore Gray’s, Long Island.   More information will be provided as details become available.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to protecting the territorial integrity of The Bahamas.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritagePress Release: RBDFPhoto credit: RBDF Related Items:last_img read more

Jamaicas Minister of Health urges regular health checks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 31, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minster of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton is advising Jamaicans to get  regular health checks, whether or not they are seeing signs and symptoms of illness.“Remember now, you don’t have to be sick to go to your doctor.   That’s what a lot of Jamaicans do, but then by that time it is too late. So, you must know your health status from early so that your doctor can say to you ‘boy your blood pressure is a little bit too high, cut out the salt’, or ‘you are overweight for your body and your age so cut out the sugar and the fats’ – that sort of thing,” he said.“Once you know your health status, then you will know how to live in order to remain healthy and to have longer and better living,” he pointed out.The Minister’s words of advice came during his address to residents of Black River, who had congregated in the town square on, Friday (October 27) for the Jamaica Moves road show.   He re-emphasised the need for Jamaicans to engage in physical activity in order to prevent and combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also called lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity.“A lot of Jamaicans are dying because of lifestyle diseases, meaning diseases you get from what you eat and physical inactivity – a lack of exercise.   So what the Ministry of Health has done is to develop this programme called Jamaica Moves, which is taking you around the country, that is firstly encouraging all Jamaicans to know their health status, to do their check-ups,” he explained.   Dr. Tufton said as Minister of Health, he has been trying to lead by example.“You notice that I have shed a few pounds because I have been exercising, not only for myself but hopefully to set an example for all of us,” he told the audience, which included school children and adults.The Jamaica Moves Campaign is a response by the Ministry of Health to the prevalence of NCDs among Jamaicans.   It encourages persons to maintain a healthy lifestyle through regular physical activity and a balanced diet.The Black River leg was the fifth staging of the campaign’s road shows, which are to be taken to all 14 parishes.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

Lascelles says Mourinho was not good for United

first_imgAccording to the English footballer, the Portuguese boss was not the one Manchester United needed to be lead to gloryAfter Jose Mourinho was fired from Manchester United, many people have said their opinion of the “Special One.”And for Newcastle United captain and defender, Jamaal Lascelles, Mourinho was not the right person to lead the Red Devils to glory.“They probably needed that (a change at the top),” he told The Mirror.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“They have world-class players on big wages who have done it for their countries and for other teams, but have not done it for Manchester United.”“Some players can only play for certain managers and that reaction you get from the players,” he added.“Maybe (Solskjaer) might be the difference in getting the best from those players. They have a lot of quality. It will be an exciting game.”last_img read more

BusinessWeek Named ASBPE Web Site of the Year

first_imgThe American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) announced BusinessWeek winner of its Web Site of the Year at the Digital Azbee Awards Friday.One judge said BusinessWeek’s site had a strong, clean interface with consistent page elementsthat led to positive user experience, according to a release. The other three finalists—IDG’s CIO and InfoWorld, and TechRepublic—earned honorable mentions during the award luncheon at the San Francisco Hyatt. The Digital Azbees total 28 categories, with the 15 new digital categories added this year, including best podcast, slide show, video and blog. All category winners and finalists can be found at asbpe.org. The top Multi-Platform award went to Meister Media Worldwide’s Today’s Garden Center. The site’s branding, said one judge, was consistent in both print and online and that the content was complementary to each platform. The judge also said the online content is interesting and easily navigable. Honorable mentions for the Multi-Platform award went to finalists Greenhouse Grower and Realtor.last_img read more

The New Print Gimmick

first_imgDavid Granger likens print innovations to the new squeezable ketchup bottle, what he calls “the greatest consumer product in the history of mankind.” That little twist on the American staple “allows people to access it in a simple and fulfilling way.” The use of print innovations have yet to become as widespread as the ketchup bottle, but the new technologies are breathing fresh air into a mature industry that is battling its own digital counterparts for survival.“In this era, when everyone’s excited about new media, we need to do everything we can to make older media as exciting as possible,” says Granger, Esquire’s editor-in-chief. The magazine’s latest print gimmick was its May 2009 issue where it featured a mix-n-match cover. The facial features of President Obama, George Clooney and Justin Timberlake became interchangeable thanks to a tri-perforated cover.It’s not just the digital era, but also the poor economy that has publishers looking for new ways to stay viable. “The growth of the Internet as consumers’ primary news and content-delivery method, in combination with the impact of the recession on the publishing industry, has created a marketing environment that requires inventive and customizable cover and insert creative that will resonate with the consumer,” says Scott Berry, senior vice president of sales for specialty printer Vertis Communications.Print Innovations, Past and Present Four years ago, Rolling Stone made news with its 3-D lenticular cover for its 1,000th issue. Late last year, The Hollywood Reporter also produced a 3-D cover featuring the movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” for its November 30th issue. Some other recent covers include Esquire’s October 2008 e-ink issue, where it embedded an electronic paper device in the cover—a first for the magazine industry. Another Hearst publication, House Beautiful, featured a pocket cover with a pull-out for its September 2009 issue. The cover line asked, “What colors does your house need?” and the pull-out provided a sampling of colors with personality descriptions and suggestions for use.Hearst Corp. seems to be embracing print innovations. The company’s 2009 annual report is a panoply of print gimmicks, including digital bar codes, pop-ups and magazines within magazines, produced by Sandy Alexander and Brown Printing Co. And for the past three years, the company has held “print expos” where it invites printers to set up display booths to showcase their cutting-edge capabilities in an internal tradeshow setting for Hearst’s publishers, editors and marketing people. In January, Michael Clinton, executive vice president, chief marketing officer and publishing director for Hearst Magazines, decided to open the doors to invite advertisers and agencies to the expo.That was a smart move considering that producing these special issues usually requires advertiser buy-in. One of the reasons specialty print issues aren’t more commonplace is because they are more costly to produce. Granger notes that it wasn’t until the economy started to head south that advertisers got interested in collaborating on some print innovations. “I have no budget for increased cost so I need an advertiser to do it with,” he says. “Frankly, there are costs that need to be shared. That’s why we haven’t done more; we have to find advertisers that get excited about doing something, as well as committing on the edit side.”It should be noted that some of the best print innovations these days are showcased by advertising inserts. Take the magazine insert for Ubisoft’s Assassin Creed II, a video game. As you open the four-page spread, you actually tear off the head of the king, one of the characters in the game. “You can literally hear and feel the head tearing,” says Doug Hazlett, vice president of marketing and sustainability for specialty printer Sandy Alexander.A Jump In Newsstand SalesWhile specialty printing has been around for a while, new technologies coupled with publishers’ desire to stay relevant are leading to growth in this area of magazine publishing. “There are new techniques and technologies that are changing the business,” Hazlett says. “The advantage of specialty magazine printing is that it drives higher awareness, recall and in turn sales which drives a higher return on your investment.”The newsstand sales of Hearst’s specialty print magazines are proof. House Beautiful’s September 2009 issue, featuring the pocket cover, was the top selling issue of the year for the magazine with 110,000 copies sold—24 percent higher than the average issue. In fact, it was the best-selling issue since September 2007, says a Hearst Magazines spokesperson. And the newsstand sales of Esquire’s mix-n-match cover for May 2009 were up more than 10 percent. Esquire’s e-ink cover for its October 2008 issue saw a newsstand spike of more than 15 percent with a 33 percent price increase, according to the spokesperson.The payoff is also about generating buzz. “Great ideas and executions beget more great ideas and executions,” says Karen Wagner, production director for Hearst Magazines. “Not only do advertisers benefit from innovation, but so do editors and the editorial product.”Challenges and PricingWhile it’s difficult to get a good idea of just how much these specialty printing projects cost, Granger says that Esquire’s issues that were innovative through its use of paper and ink cost in the “tens of thousands of dollars,” noting that it was only a “slight upcharge” and not “cripplingly expensive.” And Hearst maintains that its 2009 annual report with all the bells and whistles did not cost any more to produce than a regular report. There are other challenges to producing specialty printed issues. The edit team, production staff, advertiser and printers must all be on the same page. Another challenge is the longer lead time. For example, a print unit that runs inside the magazine may take a week to two weeks to prepare, and can be produced earlier, but must be at the printer at the time of binding. And a specialty cover can’t close too early because of edit constraints, Wagner says. Esquire specialty covers have closed about 10 days earlier than regular covers, Granger says. He adds that time also has to be factored in to allow for the selling of the idea to an advertiser and for the manufacturing division to have enough time to order paper, etc. What’s Next: Thermo-Dynamic InkSome of the emerging trends and biggest bangs for the buck include the use of 2-D bar codes and anything interactive. The use of 3-D covers still generate a tremendous amount of interest and activity, especially given the advent of 3-D movies and TV, Hazlett says. Special coatings, like gloss UV and metal effects, unique stocks, special colors and custom pop-ups and die-cuts are hot now, he adds. “Inside the book, a unique stock, custom shape or special finish provide the highest awareness and recall for a marketing campaign,” he says.In addition, some of the updates to the actual presses have enabled many of these technologies. “There are so many different units that can be produced and bound, due to improvements to presses,” Wagner says. “We can do more on press in one pass than we could before. In the past, in some cases we’ve had to print a unit on press and then take it offline and do other things to it, like [die-cut] it, fold it or glue it. Now, the new technologies that printers have added to the presses enable them to do more of that inline,” saving time and money.Hearst’s Marie Claire has something special in the works for select copies of its March issue, Wagner says, and Esquire is already planning something innovative for its November issue, which will feature “the sexiest woman alive.” Granger wants to experiment with inks next, particularly thermo-dynamic ink, which changes color based on temperature, so words can actually change color. “There’s so much interesting ink technology and that’s one of the next frontiers I want to play with,” he says. We’ve already seen what he can do with paper.last_img read more

Modern Luxury Acquires Aspen Magazine

first_imgIt was Modern Luxury who approached the publication, which has been around for almost 40 years and joins the company’s existing 40 regional titles. Janet O’Grady, the brand’s previous owner, will remain editor-in-chief of Aspen Magazine and continue to direct the publication’s editorial focus.When it comes to growth, Dickey says that Aspen will look to its other titles in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas or Houston, among others, to capitalize on the synergy between the demographics. According to Kim Mac Leod, president of Regional Media Advisors, who was not involved in this deal, the very nature of Aspen as a location and a publication presents a great opportunity for Modern Luxury.“This make sense for them because it’s the same kind of audience that they’re going for,” she says. “These magazines sell advertising across their various titles—that’s the business model, to leverage multiple circulations and aggregate circulation to sell larger advertisers that want to target the same kind of audiences and have retail establishments or brands in all of the disparate areas. It’s quite possible that if you did a demographic snapshot of Aspen residents, my guess is that this is a second home for them, so it’s quite possible that Modern Luxury believes the same audience and the same mindset will be there, who will then go back to their primary city and also look for that brand.”Besides growing the brand’s stature among its existing audiences, Dickey says that over the next two-to-three weeks the company will begin rolling out Aspen Magazine on to tablets in an effort to grow its digital presence.In addition to O’Grady, all of Aspen Magazine’s staff is expected to be maintained, and its parent company will look to fill the open positions of publisher and managing editor. According to a spokesperson for Aspen Magazine, the title has a paid circulation of 5,000, though 30,000 copies are usually printed for distribution of this 7x publication.Outside of this acquisition, Modern Luxury is setting its site on continuous growth.“In the summer of 2013 we’ll also be going into the Hamptons—we allow the brands to show us where they need Modern Luxury, whether it’s a Seattle, a Boston or a Philadelphia, whatever the case may be. Where there’s a need, that’s where we look first.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! Affluent lifestyle publisher Modern Luxury is closing a hole in its portfolio with the acquisition of Aspen Magazine—a market the CEO says will help propel the company’s growth.“Aspen is a premiere luxury market and our company didn’t have a presence there,” says Michael Dickey, CEO of Modern Luxury. “Our plan was to enter the market here in 2013, but then the opportunity came upon us to purchase Aspen Magazine and it was a great fit.”Dickey declined to offer terms of the sale.last_img read more