Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles Editors’ Recommendations Highland Park Takes Tailgating to Another Level In the race to create new expressions and labels in the whisky world, count Vikings as the latest twist.Highland Park, a 200+ year old distillery located way up in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, is launching Valkyrie – a non-age statement whisky blending the company’s Norwegian heritage with new packaging created by Danish designer Jim Lyngvild.He brought his eccentric style to the packaging, which is embossed using metallic detailing, featuring Viking folklore that pays homage to goddess Freya’s magical necklace.“I am fiercely proud of my Viking ancestry and the connection to the islands of Orkney,” Lyngvild said through a press release.Valkyrie is aged in a variety of European and American Oak sherry casks as well as Bourbon casks. The liquid picks up plenty of fruit and spicy notes as a result.“This creates a richer, fuller phenolic note that has balance due to the sweeter, heathery character of our moorland peat,” Master Whisky Maker Gordon Motion said about the addition of extra peat.The new whisky is part of a bigger brand overhaul for Highland Park, which will further the Viking theme across their core 10-, 12-, and 18-year expressions. It pays tribute to the Orkney’s lineage where one in three islanders have Scandinavian heritage.Valkyrie is the first in a series of three “Viking Legend” special edition releases. “Valknut” and “Valhalla” will follow in 2018 and 2019, respectively.Valkyrie will retail for around $80 and will be available in select cities across the U.S. The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection Bruichladdich Distillery Unveils its New Octomore Scotch Whisky Series All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall
Focus FS, a leading provider of industrial worksite systems, has announced the release of its latest software product, Shift Rescue. The announcement happened during the 10th International Mine Rescue Competition (IMRC), hosted by Workplace Safety North and Ontario Mine Rescue, which took place this week in Sudbury, Ontario. Shift Rescue is an all-in-one under oxygen mine rescue incident application used to digitally capture incident data including team captain information, briefing officer reports, map viewing and mark-ups, photo sharing, activity alerting, and post-incident reporting.“Shift Rescue will significantly enhance and improve how information is collected and shared during an under oxygen Mine Rescue event,” says Nicole Darbaz, Director of Products and Marketing at Focus FS. “The system collects and distributes critical rescue information during both team training and live rescue events. Shift Rescue applies to mine rescue competitions such as IMRC, but most importantly, it’s been developed for annual mine rescue team training and real-life incidents.”The application is deployed on rugged tablets and is used underground where network connectivity may or may not be available. The information collected underground is shared with the briefing officer and control group above ground who assess the information and make time critical decisions.From August 19 to 26, 2016, 27 teams representing 13 nations competed in different events at the IMRC including an underground scenario, firefighting, first aid, and more. Focus FS with the help of Ontario Mine Rescue developed the Shift Rescue product to be deployed and used during the competition.“We could not have chosen a more suitable venue to launch our Shift Rescue product,” says Jeff Brown, President of Focus FS. “This is a globally recognised competition with mine rescue personnel from around the world. Early feedback we have received from mine executives, mine rescue teams, and the industry in general has been very positive. The exposure has been tremendous.”
Ireland has been pushing for the use of the ESM to retrospectively recapitalise its pillar banks AIB and Bank of Ireland which received billions of euro in State funding at the height of the financial crisis.But Kenny said that nothing can be done until banking union is in place saying this is “quite a complex issue”.“Ireland obviously had to borrow very extensively when this happened in the first place,” he said. “That’s why Ireland is mentioned specifically in the decision on the 29th of June  and that has been recognised by a number of influential European leaders.”Asked if a deadline of June 2014, that he had previously mentioned, would be met, Kenny admitted that it will not be.“I wouldn’t think it would be met, no. I always said in the latter half of 2014. Now, look I may be wrong here, when you sit around the table with 27 others, complications can arise from any point.”“So, I would like to think it could get to a point where our issue of what happened in Ireland’s case in terms of the possibility of recapitalisation could be on the table. “The decision is clear and stands. I always say that the European Council should follow through on the decisions it makes,” he said. Kenny said that despite Ireland’s improving economic position its national debt remains high at 122 per cent of gross domestic product and he hopes this will contribute towards recognition of the State’s circumstances.He added: “So, you know, while people would have said: ‘These things cannot happen’. Whether it be about the promissory note or the extension of loans or the reduction in interest rates – all these things eventually did take place and were followed through.”In full: Taoiseach tells EU leaders it ‘remains imperative’ to split bank and sovereign debtTaoiseach in 2012: Deal on Irish bank debt ‘can be reached before 2014’ – KennyTaoiseach in 2012: Bank debt deal will be dealt with by Finance Minister next year TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has admitted that his own target for Ireland getting retroactive recapitalisation of its banks will not be met but insists that he still expects something to happen in the latter half of next year.Kenny’s comments came prior to those of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso who last week appeared to rule out any use of the new eurozone bailout fund retrospectively.In a briefing with journalists last week, Kenny said that much will hinge on the setting up of a banking union in the eurozone with a European Council summit agreeing the broad framework of the new system last week.Irish officials have played down Barroso’s comments and continued to insist that the currency bloc’s permanent bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), can be used to deal with the State’s legacy debt.Last week, the Taoiseach pointed to the historic 29 June 2012 agreement, where leaders agreed to break the link between bank debt and sovereign debt, and insisted that this had acknowledged the unique circumstances of Ireland which bailed out its banks in 2008.