The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men “Well, at least it can’t get any worse.”These days, that seems to be the mantra for most air travelers just before the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) enacts some new program that does just that. In an effort to keep us safe — or at least provide some semblance of the illusion of safety — the agency is further clamping down at airport security checkpoints around the U.S. Here’s what you need to know about — and how to prepare for — the new TSA screening.Think about the good ol’ days (read: yesterday) when you were only required to remove your laptop and liquids from your carry-on baggage. No more. The TSA now requires air travelers to remove not just laptops, but all electronics larger than a cell phone, which must be placed in a bin with nothing on top or below them. This essentially means that passenger will be required to remove anything with a battery for extra screening. The previous method often required two or three bins per person to accommodate the bevy of laptops, tablets, and liquids, even for non-tech-heads. The new method adds things like digital cameras, Bluetooth speakers, Kindles, spare batteries, and a whole lot more. Just pray you don’t get stuck behind a travel photographer.The TSA has stated that disrupting commercial aviation remains a clear target for terrorists. They continue to seek new and innovative ways to accomplish that goal, including smuggling explosive devices into smaller and smaller electronics. The ubiquity of mobile technology has created a real problem for the TSA who often struggle to adequately screen baggage with so much hardware clutter crammed into each carry-on bag.After an 18-month trial run, the new security measures are slowly rolling out in all U.S. airports; New York was added to the growing list in October. The TSA is recommending travelers arrive at least 90 minutes ahead of the scheduled departure time for domestic flights. Bank on three hours or more for international departures. For many, the only solution is to be prepared and organized before you get to the airport and to be very, very patient once there.If you’re a frequent traveler, it’s also worth looking into one of these three trusted traveler programs. Bottom line: A frequent domestic-only flyer should opt for TSA Precheck ($85 for five years). International travelers should go for Global Entry ($100 for five years), which includes all the benefits of TSA Precheck and more.Once you finally make it through airport security, treat yourself to this travel playlist: Editors’ Recommendations The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Will You Need a Passport to Fly Within the U.S. Next Year? Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul
Do You Want Your Home to Smell Like Scotch Country? How Does a Vasectomy Work: Your No-Frills Guide to Getting Snipped Editors’ Recommendations The Hypervolt massager is a cordless, hand-held massaging gun that feels as powerful as an industrial-strength jackhammer. Basically, it will unknot your tight muscles and then some.This “first-ever high intensity vibrating roller” made by Hyperice was created with the goal of allowing a cutting-edge portable massager device to be available for recreational athletes, not just Olympic studs.However, the intense power of the Hypervolt makes one wonder if the device really should be left to the pros.A high-torque motor powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery is set to three changeable speed settings, which might as well be labeled insane, mega-insane, and mind-altering. Whether using the Hypervolt on yourself or someone else, the power will make your arms, muscles, teeth, and brain vibrate … sometimes to the point of lethargy. In fact, the massager packs so much buzz, it’s not recommended for those with epilepsy, migraines, recent surgeries, herniated disks, or those wearing a pace-maker.So, yeah, this is a legitimate piece of massaging tech. Hyperice recommends it for professionals in the health and wellness space, including “personal trainers, massage therapists, and sports performance professionals who are constantly on the go,” but also say wellness-minded consumers can grab this Terminator gun and use it. The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows How to Support the Teachers in Your Life How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type The weight of the Hypervolt (2.5 pounds, according to Hyperice) feels quite heavy and is comparable to holding an electric drill. Four interchangeable heads are provided, depending on the place you’re massaging and the type of focused pressure you like.Yes, the Hypervolt does look and feel a bit like a torture device, but you’ll get that “good pain” associated with deep tissue massage and foam rolling.“We have acquired substantial knowledge relative to vibration technology. We put all of that knowledge into the development of the Hypervolt,” says Hyperice Founder Anthony Katz. “Recovery and mobility tools are no longer used only by athletes, they have become essential for everyone from fitness enthusiasts to personal trainers and physical therapists. This was top of mind when developing this new product.”Hypervolt is even used by athletic stars like Olympic Track and Field athlete Charles Jock, CrossFit Games competitor Dave Castro, and LeBron James, who spends roughly seven figures on body care per year.Hypervolt is a fraction of that price at $350, but still a substantial chunk of cash. Using the Hypervolt can increase your range of motion, relieve stiff, painful, and sore muscles, increase circulation, and allows you to massage yourself — not an easy feat when you’re looking for intense pressure.Then again, are you really training as hard as LeBron James or just whining as much?
Avoya Recognized for Superior Sales and Innovative Consumer Travel Planning ExperienceView Avoya Travel’s Host Agency Profile Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – January 16, 2019– Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s most innovative travel brands, has been honored with Norwegian Cruise Line’s esteemed 2018 Online Partner of the Year award. The award acknowledges Avoya’s top sales achievements and its innovative customer experience that combines cutting-edge website technology and online search with the personalized service of expert travel professionals in the Avoya Network™. This is the sixth time Norwegian Cruise Linehas named Avoya a Partner of the Year and the second time Avoya has received the Online Partner of the Year honor. The Online Partner of the Year award is one of the top travel partner distinctions given by Norwegian Cruise Line. It recognizes Avoya’s superior ability to generate customer demand for Norwegian Cruise Line through its leading marketing, technology, and Live Leads™ program that uses proprietary patented technology to successfully connect new customers with travel experts in the Avoya Network. In 2018, Avoya launched enhancements to its partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line that successfully created even more cruise bookings for Norwegian Cruise Line. Implementing new personalized, data-driven marketing campaigns; partnering on greater exclusive amenities; and promoting personalized interaction between Avoya Network members and Norwegian Cruise Line created stronger synergies. Ultimately, this helped Avoya deliver even better customer experiences and higher value to Norwegian Cruise Line guests. Avoya continues to leverage Norwegian Cruise Line’s strong brand and strengthen its partnership by supporting the company’s new collection of products. Avoya looks forward to introducing travelers to the highly anticipated Norwegian Encore in Miami and the newly refurbished Norwegian Joy that will join the popular Norwegian Bliss in offering more cruise vacations in Alaska. “Norwegian Cruise Line is pleased to recognize Avoya Travel and the elite Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network with our Online Partner of the Year award. Avoya Travel is truly best-in-class with their lead generation strategy and online innovation, technology and data intelligence,” said Camille Olivere, Senior Vice President, Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are delighted with the continued success of our partnership with Avoya Travel and look forward to strategically growing our businesses together while delivering extraordinary cruise experiences to our mutual guests.” Avoya and Norwegian Cruise Line both celebrated outstanding sales in 2018. When commending their travel Partners of the Year, Olivere credited the instrumental role Avoya had in contributing to Norwegian Cruise Line’s record year and continued success. “Avoya Travel is honored to earn Norwegian Cruise Line’s Online Partner of the Year and be acknowledged once again for providing the best vacation planning service and value to travelers,” said Jeff Anderson, Executive Vice President, Avoya Travel. “We are excited for the future of our partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line and look forward to sharing their new itineraries and ships with more travelers than ever before in 2019 and beyond.” Travel professionals who want to learn more about Avoya and joining the award-winning Avoya Network can visit: www.JoinAvoya.com. About Avoya TravelAvoya Travel is a family-owned company with a longstanding reputation for being one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 30 years, and one of their largest sellers of cruises and tours, Avoya is deeply committed to Integrity and Professionalism™, service, and value in every aspect of planning cruises and vacations. Through an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service to travelers worldwide. Cruise lines and travel partners recognize this, as Avoya has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, MSC Cruises, and more. Today, Avoya is headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with support offices throughout the United States. Travel agency owners, travel professionals, and others interested in owning and operating their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visitwww.JoinAvoya.com. Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with Avoya Travel, should call 800-753-1463 or visit www.AvoyaTravel.com.
Story Highlights She said the visit, which took place in the context of the 30th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of CARICOM, “provided a wonderful opportunity to engage at the highest level on a variety of areas of strategic importance.” Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has extended condolences to those who lost loved ones in Cuba, following a tornado that hit the country on Sunday (January 27).“The Government and people of Jamaica express our deepest condolences to those who are mourning and wish a speedy recovery to the many who were in this tornado,” she said.In a speech read by the President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson, Minister Johnson Smith said the tragic loss of lives, injuries and damage to the infrastructure throughout Cuba are a reminder of the vulnerability of small island states.“It is a stark reminder of the vulnerability that we share as Small Island Developing States and demonstrates the importance of the assistance granted by Cuba to countries like Jamaica in this area,” the Minister said, adding that Cuba has provided invaluable support to the region in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.The Minister’s message was read at a reception on January 31, at the Spanish Court Hotel, in Kingston, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution National Day.Senator Johnson Smith highlighted the friendship between Jamaica and Cuba since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972.“Both countries have shared multiple technical cooperation initiatives over the years, in pursuance of our respective development priorities which span the areas of healthcare, education, security, sports, agriculture and culture,” she said.The Minister mentioned the visit to the island by the President of the Councils of Ministers and President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Miguel Diaz-Canel, at the invitation of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.She said the visit, which took place in the context of the 30th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of CARICOM, “provided a wonderful opportunity to engage at the highest level on a variety of areas of strategic importance.”The Minister said that Cuba’s support to the process of nation-building across the region has been demonstrated in various other fora, such as the Association of Caribbean States, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the United Nations.At the United Nations, she said that Jamaica and other CARICOM countries continue to advocate for the ending of the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed against Cuba.“Jamaica is committed to strengthening our partnership with the beautiful and culturally rich neighbour, the Republic of Cuba, through meaningful dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation in the years ahead,” the Minister added. “Jamaica is committed to strengthening our partnership with the beautiful and culturally rich neighbour, the Republic of Cuba, through meaningful dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation in the years ahead,” the Minister added. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has extended condolences to those who lost loved ones in Cuba, following a tornado that hit the country on Sunday (January 27).
Thousands of students from schools across the island are expected to converge at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium in Trelawny on Friday (February 22) for the first national Jamaica Day celebration. The national activity will be a celebration of Jamaica’s culture and will feature a parade, reading of the Jamaica Day Proclamation, drumming, performances by gospel choirs, among others. Speaking at a recent JIS Think, Director of the Culture in Education Programme in the Ministry of Education, Amina Blackwood-Meeks, informed that within the stadium, “a gala will be mounted that will centre the students in the experiences that some of us had in 1962. ” “We want to build a generation that will be centered in memories that will drive their understanding of their citizenship,” she stated. Ms. Blackwood-Meeks told JIS News that the six education regions will be asked to mount displays depicting their interpretation of the Jamaica Day theme: ‘Celebrating Jamaica: I’m On It’ This interpretation, she explained, should be centered on their uniqueness, for example, “the region in which Trelawny falls, which has yam and Usain Bolt, they would have a different interpretation from the region in which St. Thomas Technical High School falls, being the place in Jamaica where the sun rises first, hence the name Golden Grove.” Agencies such as the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica (ACIJ)/Jamaica Memory Bank; Social Development Commission (SDC); Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC); National Library of Jamaica; and the Jamaica Library Service (JLS), are expected to participate. Education Outreach Officer at the ACIJ, Tracian Meikle, told JIS News that“on Jamaica Day, we will be putting on a display showcasing Jamaica’s culture.” “It will focus on persons or groups that have really fought to make Jamaica what it is today. For example, we will have a display showcasing Maroon artefacts, the period of slavery, and abolitionists, who actually fought to make us free”. The event is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. Aspects of the extravaganza will be transmitted live on CVM Television, which is one of the event partners. Ms. Blackwood-Meeks said that in addition to the national event, schools will be required to celebrate Jamaica Day in their own way. “But whatever we do, we want to make sure we involve our communities, the Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) our police, our youth clubs, our churches, and so,” she stated.
Over $1 billion has been spent to improve the delivery of potable water to several communities in south eastern St. Catherine and its environs, says Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan.The improvements, which were completed in May 2013, fall under the Portmore Pipeline Project implemented by the National Water Commission (NWC).Mr. Fagan, who provided details during his recent Sectoral presentation in the House of Representatives, said the project involved the construction of 10 kilometres of 30-inch transmission main from the Rio Cobre pipeline in Caymanas, across Mandela Highway, along Municipal Boulevard, and to the existing Marley Hill Reservoir at Braeton.It also included reinforcement of the distribution network in Passage Fort Drive, Germaine Road, Port Henderson Drive, and Portmore Parkway.“While the inconsistent water supply has not been fully resolved, it has certainly improved. The residents in areas of Cumberland, Edgewater, Independence City, Passage Fort and Waterford, to name a few, are already experiencing the benefits of this work which was completed…two months ahead of schedule,” he said.Mr. Fagan informed that phase two of the water supply improvement exercise is underway and will see the replacement of the transmission line from Flat Bridge to Mandela Highway.“This will then be interconnected with the transmission line that was recently completed. This phase is expected to take 18 months, after which, the residents of Portmore will have consistent and reliable high-pressured quality water,” he said.Contact: Chris Patterson
Story Highlights Mr. Shaw pointed out that he commissioned the new Tax Reform Working Group, comprising representatives from major private-sector organisations and key Ministries, with the mandate to review and recommend tax policy reforms for both Customs and Tax Administration Jamaica, with a particular focus on tax compliance. The Minister was opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, today (March 8), under the theme ‘Stability, Growth and Prosperity – Our Goal, Our Responsibility’. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced that 15,106 new taxpayers were registered during the period April to December 2017, due to a compliance drive conducted by Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ). Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced that 15,106 new taxpayers were registered during the period April to December 2017, due to a compliance drive conducted by Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ).Mr. Shaw said the Tax Reform Working Group, which began under his leadership, should be praised for this number of new registered taxpayers.The Minister was opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, today (March 8), under the theme ‘Stability, Growth and Prosperity – Our Goal, Our Responsibility’.Mr. Shaw pointed out that he commissioned the new Tax Reform Working Group, comprising representatives from major private-sector organisations and key Ministries, with the mandate to review and recommend tax policy reforms for both Customs and Tax Administration Jamaica, with a particular focus on tax compliance.He said that for the new fiscal year, the TAJ will be focusing on assisting persons who are unable to pay their taxes on time.“We are also aware of the difficulties and bureaucracy associated with paying taxes. As such, Tax Administration Jamaica has developed flexitime with staff to implement a policy of opening the most heavily trafficked offices earlier. In addition, the TAJ is in advanced stages of introducing an automated queuing system in its offices that will involve tracking of service demand and provide real-time information to allow for improved queue management,” Mr. Shaw said.He added that some other initiatives will include introducing an online banking option to make payments, integrating the National Identification System (NIDS) into the TAJ when it comes on stream, and producing interest withholding tax certificates online to facilitate easier refunds processing for pension contributions.“We also plan to implement scanners with advanced technology in Customs at our various ports of entry to reduce revenue leakage and also to increase the protection of our borders,” he said.The Minister told the House that tax arrears now stand at approximately $234 billion, inclusive of interest and penalties. Property tax arrears are also estimated at almost $14 billion.
Story Highlights “Our teachers have asked for an increase of $60,000 per annum in the book and software allowance. If this is granted, it would cost $1.7 billion,” State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, said. The Government is reiterating that in order to maintain the targeted wage to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio and remain fiscally responsible, it is unable to accede to the requests of the nation’s teachers. Mr. Spencer noted that while the Government acknowledges the need for more resources for the teachers, “there is simply no room to absorb any further increase at this time, given the imperative to get nine per cent wage to GDP”. The Government is reiterating that in order to maintain the targeted wage to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio and remain fiscally responsible, it is unable to accede to the requests of the nation’s teachers.“Our teachers have asked for an increase of $60,000 per annum in the book and software allowance. If this is granted, it would cost $1.7 billion,” State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, said.He was making a Statement during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Wednesday (March 14).Mr. Spencer noted that while the Government acknowledges the need for more resources for the teachers, “there is simply no room to absorb any further increase at this time, given the imperative to get nine per cent wage to GDP”.“We are asking our teachers to exercise patience and tolerance of the Government’s current position as we work to build a stronger, more robust and resilient economy. This would allow us to provide more in the future,” he said.“We are urging our teachers to hold strain. We know the hard work that is involved, we know the conditions under which they work. Most of all, we know their value. We truly do. We would love to grant all that our teachers ask, but we must meet the wage to GDP of nine per cent as part of our fiscal responsibility framework,” the State Minister said.Regarding the wage negotiations cycle, Mr. Spencer said all unions came up for review at the same time.He noted that given the current negotiations cycle, it is simply impossible for the Government to satisfy all the requests of each group, adding that this would derail the Government’s economic reform efforts.Mr. Spencer further argued that despite the unique set of circumstances faced by teachers, to accede to their requests at this time would mean that similar consideration would have to be given to all public-sector groups.“This forms part of the reason that a review of the negotiations schedule is necessary at this time. The current two-year cycle, with one year already gone, does not allow for the Government to do all the things that are necessary to address the unions’ claims,” Mr. Spencer said.He explained that streamlining the cycles into a four-year term would allow room for the Government to complete talks with each group independently and allow better and deeper consideration to be paid to the issues of each group of workers.Additionally, he said it would allow for better planning on both sides and for implementation of the reforms.Meanwhile, Mr Spencer said the Government is strategically trying to craft a more efficient system by which it can effectively handle the claims of each group.