WIRSPA to engage regional Govts on tax-free rum

first_img…as DDL’s Komal Samaroo re-elected as ChairmanDemerara Distillers Limited (DDL) Group Chairman Komal Samaroo has been re-elected to serve as Chairman for the West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA) and plans to engage Caribbean leaDemerara Distillers Limited Chairman, Komal Samarooders on the importation of duty-free rums.He was elected to continue serving in the capacity when rum producers from the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and the Dominican Republic met with members of WIRSPA earlier this month in St Lucia for the biannual Directors’ and Annual General Meetings.Speaking at the event, Samaroo said that the availability of imported duty-free spirits to both visitors and locals alike, whether through legitimate sale or through (tax) controls, is a real threat to regional domestic markets.“We have recently placed this as an active issue before Caricom Ministers of Trade and we will work with Governments to address these challenges which impact so negatively on our international competitiveness,” Samaroo is quoted as saying by the Association in a release to the media.During the two days of meetings, Caribbean rum producers were urged to exploit the potential of the regional tourism industry to build their brands.St Lucia’s Tourism Minister and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Dominic Fedee said there was tremendous opportunity for the Region’s two preeminent brands – tourism and rum.The Minister at a tasting of Authentic Caribbean Rums (ACR) shared that some of the best rums are being produced right in the Region and must be promoted. He said, “As a people we need to be prouder of our indigenous world-class brands… many persons aspire to foreign brands, while consumers in those self-same countries crave our products.”Minister Fedee reminded those in attendance that millions of visitors pour into various Caribbean countries each year which presents a unique opportunity for them to sample and purchase the high-grade products, whether on board a ship, in resorts or in their respective touring initiatives.In response to the Minister’s call, the reappointed Chairman informed that, “The potential to improve the visitor package and to increase exposure of our high-quality premium brands through leveraging our 300-plus years of rum history and heritage are well appreciated, and an opportunity our producers are actively addressing.”Meanwhile, St Lucia Distillers Managing Director Margaret Monplaisir, in her remarks, underscored the importance of visitors and shared the country’s plans for tourists.“Visitors are an increasingly important part of our business model. We are currently planning a major investment in a new visitor facility that will expose the best of St Lucia and, of course, the best of our rums,” she revealed.Monplaisir noted that the investment was a substantial one and, once completed, would be among St Lucia’s premier visitor attractions.WIRSPA is one of the oldest Private Sector trade associations in the Caribbean. It represents rum producers in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Haiti, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.ACR, the products produced by the membership of WIRSPA, represent a unique and distinct sector within the drinks industry, supported by common quality standards and rules. The ACR marque was developed as a symbol of authenticity, provenance, and quality for rums, within the WIRSPA family.last_img read more

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LIFESTYLE: COSY UP TO A PARKA THIS WINTER

first_imgCOSY UP TO A PARKA THIS WINTERCelebrities love their Parka and this iconic coat is back for another Autumn/Winter Season available in the traditional khaki as well as navy, black and printed designs.Expect a lot of over-sized faux-fur trimmed hoods to help keep you warm and stylish on that romantic winter walk. Here is a selection of Parkas in the stores and available online at the moment:Awear Khaki Hood PU Sleeve Parka€80.00***********************************DunnesParka With Faux-fur Lining€50.00*********************************** New LookKhaki Fur Hood Parka€59.99*********************************** New LookKhaki Faux Fur Trim Hooded Parka€64,99***********************************AsosGilet Parka€117.12***********************************River IslandNAVY 3 IN 1 FAUX FUR PARKA JACKET€135***********************************WarehouseFAUX FUR HOODED BUTTON PARKA€110.00********************************OasisDip Hem Parka Jacket Longer LengthPrice: €85.00LIFESTYLE: COSY UP TO A PARKA THIS WINTER was last modified: August 21st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AsosDonegal Daily FashionLIFESTYLE: COSY UP TO A PARKA THIS WINTERRiver Islandlast_img read more

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Red Bluff’s Sousa gets first place in skiing

first_imgMt. Shasta >> Red Bluff’s Connor Sousa took first place for boys skiing Monday at Mt. Shasta Ski Park, leading the Spartans boys to second overall during the third race of the season.Sousa’s win was backed up by a third place finish from Devon Treat and 9th, 10th, 11th place finishes by Brandon Bronze, Cole Bunting and Ryan Mueller respectively. Logan Carver took 13th out of 22 racers.The boys skiing was won by Mt. Shasta, in third was Shasta and fourth went to Foothill. Mariah Damante came …last_img

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Control Expressions in Adobe After Effects with Sliders

first_imgStep 1 — Use Null ObjectsFor the first step, I will create two null objects. These layers will give me control over my expression. So why did I create two? Well, if you take a closer look at the wiggle expression, you’ll notice two attributes: frequency and amplitude. I want to control both of these individually. To achieve this, I’ll create two null objects and rename them Amplitude and Frequency. Next, I’ll add a slider control to each null object by selecting Effect > Expression Controls > Slider Control.Step 2 — Parent the AttributesThis is the most important step, wherein you give control of the expression over to the slider in the null object layer. It’s easy to mess this part up and suddenly be confused as to why your effect isn’t working. The key is to parent the specific attribute and not the entire expression. To do this, go into the expression text box and highlight the amplitude, and then drag the expression’s pick whip to the slider control of the Amplitude null object layer. Now the slider is in control of the amplitude. Take note of the text added to the expression. Now, I’ll simply repeat this step for the frequency attribute.Step 3 — Add KeyframesNow that my amplitude and frequency are parented, it’s time to bring the effect to life. Again, my client wants to create an animated GIF version that animates from no movement to fast jitter and back again. I can do this by adjusting the frequency to a set amount and then keyframing the amplitude. For the amplitude null object layer, I’ll bring the slider to 0 and add a keyframe at the beginning and end. Then I will go to the middle and bring the slider up to 50. Now the wiggle expression is animated. The keyframes at the beginning and end will make the animated GIF loop seamlessly. And voilà: animated GIF. Take your animations to the next level, and save time with slider controls for your expressions in After Effects.I’m currently working on a very basic motion graphics project. The project is simple: a coffee mug with text that reads too much coffee. I have a wiggle expression applied to the word coffee, giving it a jittery and over-caffeinated look. The client is happy with the look; however, they need an animated GIF version for use on a website. For the GIF, they’ve requested that the wiggle effect animate in and out, from no movement to full wiggle, and then back again. Let’s take a look at how you can accomplish this without setting aside a week of time to learn a bunch of expression language. Looking for more After Effects tips? Check out these articles.How to Perfectly Position Assets in Adobe After EffectsHow to Quickly Retouch Skin in Adobe After EffectsCreate A Cracked Phone Screen Effect in After EffectsCreate and Animate the Facebook UI in Adobe After EffectsCreate and Animate the YouTube UI in Adobe After Effectslast_img read more

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