10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us How to Shave With a Straight Razor It may not surprise you to learn that a number of us here at The Manual are quite fond of cultivating facial hair. However, fine eating and drinking can cause problems for even the most fastidious groomers, and even a quiet evening sipping nice beer can require several napkins. Therefore, you need something to protect your investment in the bewhiskered arts, without cramping your style at your favorite upscale beer bar.Inspired by a history of inventions dating back to the 1800s, Jeff Mulock and his brother cooked up the Whisker Dam in his living room to prevent your flavor savor from getting unsavory. These previous mustache protectors did a fine job keeping the hair dry, but were often a little silly, requiring the wearer to strap the device around their head, or use a special glass to prevent contamination. Mulock’s Whisker Dam is a simple design with a singular purpose that it accomplishes admirably.Mulock attributes part of the Whisker Dam’s success to the passion of facial hair enthusiasts, eager to protect their hard work in any way possible. By focusing on one product, his team is able to carefully construct each Dam at Mulock’s home in San Diego, or wherever they can find space. Since they started working in November of 2014, Mulock and team have made over 2500 Whisker Dams, each one by hand. Crafted from 100% copper, each Dam is coated with a ‘ye-old’ patina to give it that old world, worn look, then wrapped in a food safe clear coating.It doesn’t just look great though, the Whisker Dam really works, and it does it in the classiest way possible. The Dam is sized for a standard pint glass, but the copper is malleable enough to fit it to almost any glass you might find yourself sipping from. It comes with a special box that allows it to stealthily fit in with your other grooming objects, or you can slip it in your pocket when you know you’ll be hitting the taps. The Whisker Dam is the perfect blend of form and function, keeping your hirsute upper lip clean without strapping anything metal over your chops.The Whisker Dam is available at select retailers in San Diego, or on The Original Whisker Dam website. Editors’ Recommendations
15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations A classy pair of leather mid-tops is easily the most versatile shoe. It can take you from work, to happy hour, all the way through a fancy dinner.Normally nice leather shoes can run you hundreds of dollars, and unless you find the perfect pair, there’s no way you’ll find them as comfortable as Reef’s Spiniker.You might recognize Reef from that pair of flip-flops that haven’t fallen apart even though you’ve taken them to the beach a thousand times. That same essence flows through the Spiniker Mids as well.Reef’s own Swellular outsole helps provide plenty of cushion while gripping the ground. Inside, you’ll find a pair of injection molded cushions for an extra layer of comfort, and quilted sides that won’t rub or scratch even if you decide to wear shorter socks.The distressed leathers, on the other hand, are decidedly less beach-bound. They come out of the box bearing some light marks and discoloration, for a worn look that isn’t trying too hard. Ours had a lovely orange gradient near the toebox, and a little scratching. Just enough to make them look lived in. It’s also nice to not have to worry about scuffing or scratching a pair of leather shoes.While waxed brown laces will probably be the most common, there’s a set of lighter laces in the box for a more summer-focused look. That said, the Spinikers are a solid shoe for any easy-going occasion, from beers and board-shorts to evenings over a nice bottle of wine. It’s hard to find a pair of shoes you can say that about, especially for just $110.The Spiniker Mid is available from Reef’s store in both light brown — the color pictured above — and a darker brown leather. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men 8 Pairs of Sneakers to Keep Clean and Crispy for Special Occasions What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul
The Washington Post/Getty ImagesThe Washington Post/Getty ImagesMarch has plenty of new album releases in store, there are three particular records coming out this month that we can’t wait to hear.The Breeders – All NerveAuthor Neil Gaiman describes The Breeders’ sound as “melodic and discordant all at the same time, women’s voices singing from the darkness … fighting to feel emotions, to feel something.” Then-Pixies bassist Kim Deal formed the group as a side project with Tanya Donnelly of Throwing Muses in 1989 and released a debut album in 1990. The Breeders would become Deal’s primary band following the Pixies’ breakup in 1992, and a year later (with a new lineup), the group would release Last Splash, an album that helped to define the sound of alternative rock. Deal recorded two further albums under The Breeders moniker, but neither maintained Last Splash‘s definitive lineup.The Last Splash group reunited in 2013 for LSXX, the album’s 20th anniversary reissue. The quartet has remained intact since the reunion. Early singles from All Nerve starting appearing in October 2017, with “Wait in the Car” released as part of series of 7-inch releases from 4AD.Not only is All Nerve the Breeders’ first studio album since 2008’s Mountain Battles, it also reunites the same quartet that played on 1993’s acclaimed Last Splash. Indie rock phenom Courtney Barnett sings background vocals on “Howl at the Summit.”All Nerve is available now via 4AD.Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black TimesBorn in Lagos, Nigeria, Seun Kuti is the youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Following Fela’s death, then-14 year-old Seun began leading the his father’s dance orchestra, Egypt 80, in 1997 and has continued to do so for the past two decades.In that time, the younger Kuti has honed the group’s sound while continuing to emphasize the political side of the music. On the title track of Black Times, lyrics such as “Understand your history / rise to be free” shine a forensics-style black light on current issues, intensified by the axe-work of Carlos Santana.In a press statement, Kuti described the album as a “true reflection of my political and social beliefs … It is an album for anybody who believes in change and understands the duty we have to rise up and come together. The elites always try to divide the working class and the poor people of the world. The same oppression felt by workers in Flint, Michigan, is felt by workers in Lagos and Johannesburg.”Black Times is available now via Strut Records.Jack White – Boarding House ReachSince his time as one half of The White Stripes, Jack White has continues to create well-regarded music. Boarding House Reach marks the Detroit-born, Nashville-based artist’s third solo album and his first release since The Dead Weather’s 2015 album, Dodge and Burn. Discussing the forthcoming album with Rolling Stone, White described his goal: “I wanted to take punk, hip-hop, and rock and roll, and funnel it all into a 2018 time capsule.”The first sounds from the album, a four-minute piece titled “Servings and Portions from my Boarding House Reach,” provide some context. Less a single than a collage of music from the forthcoming record , “Servings and Portions” runs the gamut. From the sounds of a discordant piano to a brief interlude featuring White rapping, the release moves through different flavors at warp speed.If the remaining songs are any indication, White has succeeded in his goal. “Respect Commander” features the anxious rhythm of a drum machine mixed with a variety of synthesizers. “Corporation” is closer to the bluesy, distorted, guitar-led tracks White is known for, but rather than the straightforward garage rock of The White Stripes, the track has a funk-influenced groove and features a suite of instruments and techniques.Boarding House Reach arrives Friday, March 23 via White’s Third Man Records.Did you miss out on last month’s releases? Check ’em out here. The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale Editors’ Recommendations
8. Lightly drizzle oil on a baking sheet and position your empanada on the top. Add a quick egg wash to make it shine and put into the oven for 15-20 minutes until the dough has turned golden.9. Once you’re done, let them rest for 10 minutes.10. Put all your empanadas in a big basket or tray, pour you and your guest a glass of wine or sangria, and eat with your hands and a napkin.Should you use a knife or fork? Cantarovici says, “No, no, no, no, no. You do not eat with a fork. It was intended to eat with your hands and you can probably even walk with one.”“Empanadas came from Spain and were authentically made with a sheet pan, then cut into pieces. After that, it started to appear in its smaller size and that size came to Argentina. But every country does it differently. In Mexico, empanadas are a sweet dessert and in Uruguay, they’re all made with potatoes. The Finnish, for instance, similarly have pasties,” Cantarovici says, “but they’re made to be cooked and enjoyed with someone you want to spend time with.” [Finnish pasties, though, differ in that they were historically made with a rye crust and stuffed with barley or talkunna.]Major date points with a crush or a best-son ranking with parents. 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Maria EmpanadaDon’t be the guy who “only knows how to cook pasta.” That’s a great start, but frankly, it’s not going to be enough. If you need a new dish to add to your repertoire, you should consider the empanada. Why? Because empanadas are not only easy to make, but they taste heavenly, require no silverware or plates, and serve as a bonding activity to do with a date, friends, family, or all of the above.Jahla Seppanen/The ManualFor the best beginner recipe, The Manual turned to Lorena Cantarovici, founder and head chef at Maria Empanada in Denver, who has been called the ambassador of the Argentinian empanada in America. Her recipes earned her recognition as one of Zagat’s “Hottest New Bakeries” and one of Nation’s Restaurant News’ “Breakout Brands” of 2018, not to mention the Flavortown seal of approval from Guy Fieri himself.Cantarovici welcomed us into her kitchen with a glass of South American yerba mate and explained, “Everyone should know how to make empanadas because it creates unity. It’s a way of bringing people together and making memories, while the process is like a game or craft.”While Cantarovici makes roughly 11 different fillings at Maria Empanada, she taught us the recipe of her signature Caprese empanada, which takes less than five ingredients to make.Caprese EmpanadaJahla Seppanen/The ManualIngredients:Phyllo or empanada doughMozzarellaTomatoesBasilPepper for tasteMethod:1. Go either to your local international grocer or a traditional grocery store and get empanada dough or phyllo dough. In the case of phyllo dough, “use a rolling pin to thin out the dough and cut into a round disk,” Cantarovici says. Thickness-wise, think of a hearty slice of breakfast ham.2. Put to the side. Fill a small bowl of water and also put to the side.3. “Cut the mozzarella into small but not shredded pieces, and the same with the basil. Cut tomatoes into small cubes and mix these ingredients together in a bowl, adding pepper and salt depending on the saltiness of the cheese,” Cantarovici says.4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.5. If you live in a humid climate, dust your surface with flour. High-altitude bakers, add only a sprinkling so as to not dry out the dough.Jahla Seppanen/The Manual6. Take your first disc of dough and, using your hands, run water on one half of the edge. Add two spoonfuls of Caprese filling to the middle and fold the dough to create a half moon. Press hard on the ends (the water helps seal this dough together).7. Now for the repulgue. Pronounced “rra-pull-gay,” repulgue is the unique twist or fold that characterizes each empanada. Fun fact: The way in which the dough is folded is intentional depending on the filling. This is one telltale sign of an artisanal, hand-made empanada, as the use of mass machine-made empanadas yields only one fold on the edge. For the Caprese empanda, press the border closed to seal the filling, then pull up that border until it touches the center. Then make pinches to the side. The job of the repulgue is usually assigned in a family setting to the children, who can play with the dough while the grown-ups continue chopping vegetables and meats. So give the task to your most Gronk-like friend. 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider
Story Highlights This year’s conference, being held under the theme, ‘Partnership for Transformation’ Mrs. Simpson Miller will receive the award at the Gala Awards and presentation ceremony Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, will be honoured at the 36th Annual Conference and Awards Banquet of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO), being held at Secrets Wild Orchid Hotel in Montego Bay, from July 18-20, 2013.Mrs. Simpson Miller will receive the award on Saturday, July 20, at the Gala Awards and presentation ceremony, where she will be the keynote speaker.“The Prime Minister is going to be getting the highest honour from NAJASO, because of her work in Jamaica,” said President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NAJASO, Roy Davidson.According to vice president of NAJASO, Rick Nugent, Prime Minister Simpson Miller will receive the Lignum Vitae Award, in recognition of outstanding service to Jamaica.“She was selected as (she is) the first female Prime Minister of Jamaica, which is an outstanding achievement. We know that it was not an easy task. She earned it because of her significant contribution to Jamaica. We want to let her know that we appreciate her,” Mr. Nugent said.This year’s conference, being held under the theme, ‘Partnership for Transformation’, was officially opened on Thursday, July 17, by Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. The seminar and symposium segment of the conference opens on Friday, July 19, with an Education Seminar. Speakers include Professor Gordon Shirley, Principal of the University of the West Indies; Professor Errol Morrison, President of the University of Technology (UTech); Dr. Joseph Whittaker, Head of Mathematics Department, Morgan State University in Maryland; and a representative of the Education Ministry.An Immigration and National Security Symposium follows, with keynote speaker being Ambassador Curtis Ward. Also scheduled to address the group is Joan Pinnock, President of Jamaica Bar Association in New York and New Jersey.Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Andrew Holness will address the conference, and according to the NAJASO president, “he is expected to outline his recommendations for helping to transform Jamaica into a world class entity.”Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, will give the keynote address at a Symposium on Tourism also scheduled for Friday. The session will be chaired by community tourism expert, Diana McIntyre Pike.The Business Symposium will follow, with the focus on ways to boost investment in Jamaica. This session will engage “some of the ideas that came out of the (5th Biennial) Diaspora Conference and how the NAJASO organizations can be involved,” said Mr. Davidson.On Saturday, Minister of Youth & Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, will give the keynote address at the Young Professionals Forum, to be chaired by Cassandra Chase, from the USA. Also on the schedule for Saturday is Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, who will give the keynote address at the Health Symposium chaired by Dr. Charles Anderson, of Buffalo, New York.The medical seminar will also be attended by Dr. Richard Constable, chairman of the NAJASO Board; Dr. Channer Watson, Vice President of Jamaica and the Eastern Region; Dr Rudolph Willis, President of Help Jamaica; Dr Ray Fraser, Surgeon at the Annotto Bay Hospital; and Dr. Delroy Fray of Cornwall Region Hospital.Speaking to JIS News about the Conference, Mr. Davidson informed that “delegates coming to our conference represent their organization. NAJASO is a member to member organisation. Every single member of our organizations is invited to our conference and everyone else, not as delegates, but supporters.”Each organization in the United States usually has between 50 and 100 members and a database of about 2,000 persons with whom they communicate.NAJASO is an umbrella organization of over 500 member groups in the USA, Bermuda and Jamaica. Its main goal is to serve Jamaicans at home and Jamaican nationals in the USA in different capacities. NAJASO’s scope has expanded to include the greater Caribbean and Central America.
Western Regional Coordinator for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Natalie Morris, has welcomed the $100 million allocated by the Government towards Emancipation and Independence celebrations this year.She said that the money, while less than the sum provided in 2012, will be well spent in promoting the country’s culture and heritage.Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, announced the $100 million budget during the launch of Emancipation and Independence activities on Monday, July 21, at the Office of the Prime Minister.She said that despite fiscal constraints, the celebrations are vital given the role of culture in empowering the spirit of the nation during these times.Miss Morris, who was addressing a Think Tank at the Jamaica Information Service’ s (JIS) Montego Bay Regional Office on July 24, lauded Government’s commitment to supporting the development of the arts and culture even as it faces budgetary constraints.“We know that from an economic perspective, we are having financial challenges and so even in the local business community, people are cutting back. The allotment is reflective of how tight the economy is and what is happening around us and indeed it is a cut back from last year, (but still much can still be achieved) as we commemorate and celebrate our emancipation and independence,” Miss Morris told JIS News.She dismissed comments by some that the money is a waste of resources at this time.“I believe that there is a misunderstanding or a misinterpretation of the society as to how they view entertainment. For a country that boasts that our competitive advantage is our music and sports, we pay very little attention and place very little importance on that industry and the many persons that benefit from it … I don’t believe that this will be money wasted, it is money that will be well spent supporting an industry, a culture and our history, that can be a competitive advantage and that which can put us in the place where Jamaica needs to be, a developed nation by 2030,” Miss Morris asserts.Meanwhile, she informed that plans are in high gear for the celebrations in the western region, which comprises Trelawny, St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland.Activities include Emancipation vigils, staging of culture yards, church services, and Independence Day civic ceremonies. Plans are in high gear for the celebrations in the western region Minister Hanna dismissed comments by some that the money is a waste of resources at this time. The celebrations are vital given the role of culture in empowering the spirit of the nation Story Highlights
The Minister continued that the conference is going to redefine destination Jamaica as the centre where the world can come, on an annual basis, to cerebrate on matters relating to the development of tourism. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the upcoming global conference will explore partnerships and avenues for sustainable tourism, and showcase destination Jamaica to the world.Speaking with JIS News, the Minister informed that the conference is intended to foster a forum for governments, investors, donors and development organisations to exchange development and investment opportunities; share proven best practices for developing public-private partnerships (PPP) in tourism; and work with governments to prepare innovative tourism PPP investment opportunities that prioritise sustainability, economic inclusion and poverty alleviation.The conference, he added, will provide the forum for discussions on social inclusiveness, employment and poverty-reduction strategies that have been employed with success by the various entities.It will examine the policy and framework, legislative and regulatory arrangements, innovative partnerships and best practices to enable sustainability.The event, dubbed: ‘Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’, is being hosted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James.“It will be three days of insightful and results-oriented discussions on sustainability by leading regional and international speakers,” the Tourism Minister highlighted, adding that the event will bring together hundreds of high-level decision makers in tourism from more than 60 countries “to design an international road map and foster collaborative partnerships for inclusive economic and social development”.Minister Bartlett said that the conference will also focus on jobs and growth, with leaders of the cruise industry sitting at the same table with their land-based counterparts, discussing critical matters related to tourism.He said one of the key outcomes of the conference will be the Declaration of Montego Bay document, which will form the blueprint for sustainable tourism development globally.“The legacy from this conference will make Jamaica immortal, because we will become the centre for a whole range of discussions and applications in the future as we build out tourism down the road,” he argued.The Minister continued that the conference is going to redefine destination Jamaica as the centre where the world can come, on an annual basis, to cerebrate on matters relating to the development of tourism.“All eyes will be on the tourism capital of Montego Bay. The region, and, by extension, the Americas, has never seen anything like this. There has never been a gathering of this nature, of key leaders in tourism who will be looking at best practices and how we can bring ideas and resources together,” Mr. Bartlett said.Some of the key speakers confirmed for the conference include President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina; Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness;Vice-President for Countries, Inter-American Development Bank, Alexandre Meira da Rosa; Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro; CEO of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), James Scriven; President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Gloria Guevara Manzo; and UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.Conference collaborators include the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO); the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA); private international development company, Chemonics International; and the George Washington University of the United States. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the upcoming global conference will explore partnerships and avenues for sustainable tourism, and showcase destination Jamaica to the world. Story Highlights Minister Bartlett said that the conference will also focus on jobs and growth, with leaders of the cruise industry sitting at the same table with their land-based counterparts, discussing critical matters related to tourism.
Jahmarley Knight and Steve Pinnock are optimistic about their employability having just received National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J) certification in general construction and electrical installation. Story Highlights The 23-year-old who secured the Level two NVQ-J certification in general construction is able to lay and render concrete blocks and build partition walls. He also said the programme will enable him to successfully achieve full employment. “I studied electrical engineering [in] the [Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination] but doing it here, allows me to apply it to jobs like the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) because here I get the practice that I will need,” the 19 year-old Waterhouse, in St. Andrew resident continued. Jahmarley Knight and Steve Pinnock are optimistic about their employability having just received National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J) certification in general construction and electrical installation.The at-risk youths received honour awards and were valedictorians at a graduation ceremony of 73 participants in the National Military Engagement Training and Apprenticeship Programme.It was held at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) headquarters at Up Park Camp on December 28.The nine-month training programme, which began in March this year, is a partnership among the JDF, Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), and the Heart Trust/NTA.Mr. Knight told JIS News that the programme instilled in him “better values, discipline and attitudes towards work than what I had before”.“I studied electrical engineering [in] the [Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination] but doing it here, allows me to apply it to jobs like the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) because here I get the practice that I will need,” the 19-year-old Waterhouse, in St. Andrew resident continued.He indicated that his interest in electric installation stems from his fascination with light and electricity and the conclusion that “everyone needs (to use) it”.He described the training and apprenticeship programme as “great and wonderful”, as it provides a lifeline for youths from at-risk communities to stay away from crime.With the level-two NVQ-J qualification safely secured under his belt, Mr. Knight now has his sights sets on going overseas to pursue employment.Similar sentiments have been shared by Mr. Pinnock, who hails from York Town in Clarendon.The 23-year-old, who secured the level-two NVQ-J certification in general construction, is able to lay and render concrete blocks and build partition walls. He also said the programme will enable him to successfully achieve full employment.“It has helped me to develop a better understanding of how to approach people… . I decided to enrol in this programme to achieve better for my life and for my family,” he said.He will also use the skills that he has learned to encourage friends and family members who are from at-risk communities to pursue the same programme.In his address to graduates, State Minister for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., noted that the training and apprenticeship programme is a conduit to actively solving the crime problem by engaging and empowering young people.“One of the most important things is social intervention… . The graduation must be seen as part and parcel of our Ministry’s crime strategy. We are trying to achieve a smarter approach to enable our citizens to make smarter decisions,” he said.The Senator also expressed hope in the continuation of CSJP to “create opportunities for youngsters who are thirsty to shine”.Programme Manager of CSJP, Simeon Robinson, said his entity has been in partnership with the JDF for the purpose of preparing at-risk youth for the labour market through on-the-job training in various vocational skills.These, he said, include welding, general construction and electrical installation.He said the engagement of youth in this way was endorsed and further concretised in 2016 by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.“The Prime Minister expressed an intention to diversify and expand the engagement of the JDF in the pursuit of the Government’s goal of realising increased social and economic growth, along with strengthened national security,” he said.He continued that CSJP has been able to implement this initiative over the years through funding from its international development partners.They are the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Global Affairs Canada, as well as support from the Jamaican Government.Mr. Robinson commended the trainees, noting that their “determination and dedication have taken them far and will continue to take (them) closer to accomplishing their goals and dreams”.For his part, Acting Chargé d’affaires of the Canadian High Commission, Walter Bernyck, urged the graduates to ensure the opportunity provided by the training and apprenticeship programme works for them.“Follow your passions and stay true to yourself. You have a chance to be role models to people in your community. Recognise your importance to your family and to your community,” he said.The training and apprenticeship programme is designed to address the reality that the country faces with a growing crime rate usually perpetrated by the youth cohort.Through skills training and military supervision, the training is expected to engender positive values and attitudes, thus providing employment and entrepreneurship options for those who would normally have found their way into deviant or illegitimate activities as a permanent source of income.
zoom ENDOFA, a bunker supplier owned and operated by three Danish partners, Kenn Soendergaard, Mads Borggaard and Allan Frost, has completed its first year with a turnover of USD 235 mil between the company’s offices in Houston and Dubai, more than doubling the organization’s first-year turnover projections.“ENDOFA has been well received in the competitive market in general and that has helped put our name on the map,” says Soendergaard. “Plus, strong support in our three physical operations has added greatly to the turnover.”Soendergaard adds ENDOFA’s first-year success also can be attributed to stronger cooperation from larger players in WAF, the Far East and the Persian Gulf.The company’s first year in operation will leave it with a loss of close to USD $500,000, a figure ENDOFA’s management deems satisfactory for a first year in operation coupled with significant investments made in 2013.ENDOFA currently owns and charters seven vessels ranging from coaster to Pan-Max and expects to expand its current fleet in the coming year.With a stronger and proven name in the market, a new joint physical setup, owned vessels and an increase in traders in both offices, ENDOFA projects 2014 will generate a turnover of USD 350 mio.ENDOFA, January 14, 2014
zoom Cargo container traffic rose 7.3 percent in September at the Port of Long Beach compared to the same month last year, making for the Southern California seaport’s busiest September since 2007, the port’s peak year.A total of 629,771 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) was moved through the Long Beach Harbor in September. Of those, 339,343 TEUs were imports, up 10.2 percent compared to September last year. Exports declined 12.1 percent to 118,412 TEUs. Empty container moves increased 19.1 percent to 172,016 TEUs. Empties are typically repositioned overseas to be refilled with goods.Cargo numbers climbed in September largely due to the importation of products for the upcoming holiday shopping season. The jump in imports made this September the third-busiest import month in Long Beach’s history. For the year to date, Port of Long Beach containerized cargo is up 1.7 percent.Another West Coast port, the Port of Los Angeles marked a 9 % increase in September cargo volumes compared to 2013, making it the port’s busiest month since August 2006.The negative side effect of the increased volumes is the worsening port congestion, the impact of which the Port of Long Beach is trying to combat through forming a Congestion Relief Team, as well as extending the container free time.Press Release