Jam Cruise just announced their lineup for its 16th year, and we’re beyond excited to hop aboard the Norwegian Jade in Miami, Florida, for Jam Cruise 16, which runs from January 17th through 22nd with stops at Roatan, Honduras and Grand Cayman. As always, the lineup for the near week-long event is stacked, with Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood topping the bill.Jam Cruise is always diverse in the music it brings to the table, and 2018 will be no different. Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Maceo Parker, Lettuce, The New Mastersounds, Dumpstaphunk, Turkuaz, Naughty Professor featuring Chali 2na, and The Main Squeeze will all be in attendance to provide their funk stylings throughout the cruise. Jam acts Lotus, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and Aqueous are all set to perform, as well as Steve Kimock, Jackie Greene, Jeff Chimenti, George Porter Jr., and John Kimock, who will be on the boat for a performance by the beloved Voodoo Dead.However, guests should not just get ready for funk and jam, though there’s plenty of that accounted for on Jam Cruise’s bill. Keller Williams, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, and Lil’ Smokies will be providing more bluegrass-inspired sounds, while, on the other end of the spectrum, Gramatik, The Russ Liquid Test, and DJ Logic will add each their takes on electronic music to the mix. Reggae and afrobeat will be readily accounted for with performances by Steel Pulse and Antibalas, and attendees can also look forward to soulful performances by Marcus King Band, Con Brio, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Robert Randolph, and Kat Wright. Additionally, special guest Ryan Montbleau, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Dan Lebowitz, Mike Dillon, Skerik, and Roosevelt Collier will be on-board for special collaborations and sit-ins.In addition to the non-stop music that goes down each year, Jam Cruise 16 has a bunch of special programs and activities lined up both on the boat and at its two stops. Pre-book cabin selections will run from May 10th through 12th, and the public on-sale starts on May 16th and 12 p.m. EST. Find out more on Jam Cruise’s website here.[Photo courtesy of Phierce Photo]
Dutch container terminal operator APM Terminals has reached a deal to sell its 76% share in the APM Terminals Zeebrugge container terminal to COSCO SHIPPING Ports.Under the agreement signed between APM Terminals and the Hong Kong-based subsidiary of China COSCO Shipping Corporation, the stake in the Belgian port facility would be sold for a price of EUR 35 million (USD 42 million).The transaction, which is subject to adjustments and fulfillment of conditions precedent, is expected to close by the end of November 2017.The acquisition will bring COSCO SHIPPING Ports’ shareholding in the 1 million TEU annual capacity terminal in Belgium’s second-busiest container port to 100%.As part of the deal, APM Terminals has proposed to buy back 25% of the Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) shares and will then sell them together with APM Terminals’ own 51% stake in Zeebrugge to COSCO SHIPPING Ports.The Dutch operator opened the Zeebrugge terminal in October 2006 and later sold a 24% share to COSCO SHIPPING Ports in 2014.“Our decision to divest Zeebrugge reflects our portfolio strategy to focus on long term core assets. We believe COSCO SHIPPING Ports is the right long-term owner of the Zeebrugge facility and will continue to grow the port for customers, employees and the Zeebrugge stakeholder community,” Wim Lagaay, Head of APM Terminals USA and Europe Portfolio, based in The Hague, Netherlands, said.
The men’s tennis team returns to its home courts this week to host two of their final three matches of the season. With their No. 6 ranking under their belts, the Trojans will first take on Arizona (9-13, 0-4) on Friday and Utah (15-7, 1-3) on Saturday.Arizona has yet to notch a conference win this season, taking losses to both Washington and Oregon. None of the Wildcats are ranked in singles and doubles, and the Trojans have only lost two matches to them since 1932. With three matches left in conference play, Friday’s matchups should give the Trojans an opportunity to notch an important victory.Utah have also faced struggles this season, finding their only conference victory of the year in a 4-2 win over Washington last week. Similarly, the Utes do not have any ranked players in singles or doubles, providing the Trojans with a solid chance to add another match to their win column.So far this season, the Trojans have only built on their original ranking of No. 10, climbing closer this week to the nation’s top five. This week’s individual rankings also place two Trojans in the top rankings for singles along with three doubles teams. Freshman Brandon Holt sits at the top for the team with a No. 23 national ranking for singles, while sophomore Logan Smith follows at No. 72. In doubles, Holt and fellow freshman Riley Smith are ranked No. 11, while senior Nick Crystal and sophomore Laurens Verboven sit at No. 76. Junior Thibault Forget and sophomore Logan Smith follow close behind at No. 80.Head coach Peter Smith is looking to extend his career wins after recording his 600th at the end of march. The Trojans took down No. 23 Oregon to clinch the victory and hauled in a win against Cal and Stanford last week. Smith has already brought five national championships to the Trojans, and in his 15th season, he is continuing to make an impact in the program.The next challenge for Smith’s team will be to close out the regular season in order to secure a top seed for the Pac-12 championships. After that, the Trojans will turn their attention toward the national playoffs and another trip to the title match.