Sleeping Under the Stars: Tree House Hotels Around the World

first_img Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) Editors’ Recommendations 7 Best Hatchets for Camping, Backpacking, and Survival The Ultimate Las Vegas Bachelor Party Guide for Grown-Ups Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat center_img It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt 1. Treehouse Point 2. Bangkok Treehouse 3. Chalklui Treehouse 4. Ariau Towers 5. Tree Hotel As a child, you wanted a tree house. You’d spend hot summer nights at your lucky friend’s house, climbing makeshift ladders to play in a wonderland under the stars. That dream doesn’t have to die. As an adult, you can release your inner child at tree house hotels around the world. Some are located on luxurious animal preserves. Others are nestled in lush forests with nary a city light in sight. Here are five of the best on five continents.Treehouse Point, WashingtonOn the banks of the Raging River, 30 miles from Seattle, lies Treehouse Point. The brainchild of Peter and Judy Nelson, Treehouse Point offers six unique tree houses for guests looking for romance and tranquility (no children under 13 allowed). Each house boasts hardwood floors, hand-hewn beds and views of the forest and stars. Guests share bathrooms at the ground level. The Nelsons will help facilitate hiking trips and other tours.Bangkok Treehouse, Bangkok, ThailandInspired by Walden Pond, Bangkok Treehouse is an eco-friendly oasis in this teeming metropolis. Guests have a choice of three tree-top accommodations, all unique and some rustic. “The View with the Room” boasts bamboo floors, mangrove trees and is situated 23 feet in the air. The night sky is your canopy. Guests have access to private outdoor showers as well as a freshwater pool. Don’t be surprised to spy a lizard in your room. Mosquito netting keeps the pesky pests away at night.Lion Sands Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South AfricaIf you’re headed on safari but want a unique lodging experience, Lion Sands Game Reserve at Sabi Sand Game Reserve offers the Chalkley Treehouse. Named after the founder of the Reserve, the Chalkley is situated in a Leadwood tree and is outfitted with a double-bed, mosquito netting, lanterns and a water basin. It’s a rustic as you can get without truly being on your own. Hyenas and other wild animals may keep you company but the velvet African sky will bring you peace of mind.Ariau Towers, Manaus, BrazilBrazil was one of the first countries to get in on the tree house hotel act and Ariau Towers in Manaus remains one of the top hotels in the country. Inspired by Jacques Cousteau, the expansive property was built in 1987 on the banks of the Rio Negro. The eco-friendly hotel has a large number of tree houses to choose from. Elevated nearly 40 above the ground, the houses feature private balconies, hardwood floors, queen beds and full bathrooms. Myriad activities are nearby, from the Adolpho Ducke Botanical Gardens to the Lago Januari Ecological Park.Treehotel, Harads, SwedenThe funkiest of all tree house hotels is the Treehotel in Harads, Sweden. The Swedes know design and Britta and Kent Lindvall had a clean aesthetic in mind when they built their hotel on the Lule River in Northern Sweden. Each of the six houses are unique and modern in design, with bespoke furniture, lighting and linens. The Cabin feels as if you’re in a high-tech train cabin. The Mirrorcube reflects the landscape at all angles. The UFO is just that, a mecca for sci-fi nerds everywhere. Guests have access to a tree house sauna as well. Head here in the depths of winter, when the spectacular northern lights are on display.last_img read more

EFM Engineered For Motion – From Bike to Boardroom

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men Tasc Performance Crafts Sustainable Fabrics Without Sacrificing Style 1. EFM Engineered For Motion 2. EFM Engineered For Motion 3. EFM Engineered For Motioncenter_img The Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato Shows Us What an Off-Road Supercar Would Look Like When the holidays hit us each year, we’re on the go from, planes, trains and automobiles. But what about bikes, skateboards, or snowboards? EFM Engineered For Motion, a radically engineered new menswear brand, understands the way we live.EFM’s designer, Donrad Duncan, is the former principal designer and concept creator of Victorinox/Swiss Army Apparel. With Duncan’s point of view of dressing the urban nomad, his first collection for fall 2014, brings together the items everyman needs. Such as:A classic blue blazer that can fit in the smallest of pocket of your carry-onChinos that stretch, but still look like selvedgeOuterwear with magnetic closures and reflective tapeDonrad understands the engineering and fabrics to make a man’s life better. This combination of how new tech fabrics move, what they weigh, and his tech/tailored vision works well with our busy schedules.Inspired by the Italian sportswear industry of the 1980’s, and their purist approach in menswear, Donrad collaborates with Trinovation Lab in China, dedicated to the continuous research, experimentation and application of a new generation of manufacturing techniques.Some of the outerwear pieces from Ducan’s premiere collection, use a lofty wool/nylon that has a comfortable stretch with the feel of cashmere. These are paired with other styles that are constructed of extremely lightweight translucent nylon, which is ideal for packing in luggage or a messenger bag. You’re welcome.CLICK HERE to check out this new brand’s website. A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America last_img read more

James Bond’s Creator Ian Fleming Found Inspiration in Jamaica and So Can You

first_img1. Fleming Villa Aerial View 2. Bedroom of the Fleming Villa 3. Al fresco bath at the Fleming Villa 4. The freshwater pool (not pictured: the salt water pool) and beach 5. Tropical cocktails aplenty at Bizot Bar 6. Hardcore lounging on a white sand beach 7. One of the Lagoon Cottages 8. A Beachside Villa 9. Just an example of one of the many activities on offer 10 Best Books by Ernest Hemingway, Ranked Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat The tropical environs of Jamaica proved a mighty muse to Ian Fleming. As a commander during World War Two, he was assigned to patrol the island for U-Boats and fell so hard for the place he vowed to return post-war. When he did in the ’50s, he built a bungalow on a lush swathe of land and dubbed it GoldenEye after one of his wartime operations.All of this is laid out in the book GoldenEye: Where Bond Was Born­, which describes in detail Fleming’s relationship with Jamaica. It was here that he conceived of the man who made him famous, James Bond. His series of 007 novels was banged out on his trusty typewriter while on an annual two month sabbatical from his day job at the Sunday Times. The book Dr. No is set in Ochos Rios, where GoldenEye is located, and its film adaptation was shot in the area.Today, the writer’s five-bedroom villa is dutifully preserved, his writing desk as he left it, and ready to be occupied for a price. It’s part of record exec Chris Blackwell’s luxe GoldenEye resort. Added to the property and slightly more affordable are 22 additional units, including villas bordering either the beach or lagoon, and six lagoon-side cottages.To give a sense of the exclusiveness of the resort, one just needs to look to the trees lining the gravel driveway, all generously donated by illustrious guests such as Kate Moss, Johnny Depp and Bill Clinton. Its extravagance befits a discerning special agent (circa the Daniel Craig era) who favors La Perla bathing trunks, Church’s oxfords, and bespoke Tom Ford suits. Both villas and cottages feature private gardens with outdoor showers, handmade linens, and Logitech sound systems.Perhaps, while taking a dip in one of two pools (fresh and salt water), lying on the white sand beach, or launching a kayak from your private dock, creative lightning will strike as it did for Fleming and you’ll write the next great American novel. You can also attempt to stay upright while paddleboarding, perfect your crow pose in a sunset yoga class, or catch your dinner with the help of a local fisherman. Or if you prefer a more sedentary itinerary, just kick back, soak up the sun, catch female guests attempting to recreate Ursula Andress’s sexy, dangerous entrance, and save your strength for the Bizot Bar, where you’ll need to resist the urge to order a martini.Speaking of Bizot, in addition to being the place to sip on Bond-approved cocktails, the beachside restaurant also serves casual Jamaican fare. If you prefer your food fancy, there is the Gazebo, where you can dine al fresco on a terrace overlooking the lagoon and catch the sunset, while eating lobster and jerk chicken. Not a bad way to end the day.It’s certain that Fleming’s GoldenEye was more rustic than this deluxe iteration, but Blackwell’s GoldenEye is a suitable Bond lair and offers a licence to chill (sorry, couldn’t resist).center_img Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) For Sale: The Stunning Bahamian Island Where Fyre Festival Didn’t Happen Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Our 5 Favorite Soaps for Spring

first_imgHudson Made Workers SoapDesigned to soften even the hardest working, most calloused hands, this handcrafted bar is packed with pumice and comfrey root powder and smells like the best kind of man cave.$16, Baxter of California Exfoliating Body BarAnother option for the man who wants to be smooth and smell amazing, this cedarwood and oakmoss scented bar uses natural ingredients, like crushed olive seed, to get the job done.$17, Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub SoapEven your toughest bits, like the skin on your heels and elbows, are no match for a trio of oat bran, oat kernel and pumice.$15, Editors’ Recommendations Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts How to Shave With a Straight Razor How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating SoapBetween its super sloughing abilities and a potent blend of Omegas, this soap will leave your skin in much better shape than before you washed.$17, By now you know that bar soap isn’t what it used to be. You can get it infused with your favorite fancy fragrance, enriched with luxe skincare ingredients, and even packed with scrubby bits to smooth out the rough bits while it cleanses. It’s this last category that we’re interested in now. After a few long months of winter (okay, it was pretty mild), the warming weather is going to mean shedding all the layers, both clothing and skin. It’s gross but you can’t start wearing less while exposing scaly skin. So we’ve rounded up five soaps that do double-duty: They clean and exfoliate.C.O. Bigelow Mentha Exfoliating SoapThe next best thing to coffee, the shot of bracing peppermint oil in this bar will be your wake up call in the morning.$7.50, nordstrom.comlast_img read more

Turn Your Kitchen into a High-End Steakhouse with this Countertop Grill

first_imgWhat’s the difference between a conventional grill and the German-made, steak-cooking beast known as Beefer? About a thousand degrees of cooking temperature, that’s what.Yes, the Beefer grill can reach up to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit, which is, according to the makers of Beefer, high enough to quickly caramelize and sear the exterior of a beautifully aged steak, all while maintaining consistent heat and a medium-rare interior. But, the really innovative feature in Beefer is the use of top-down heat.Emanating from a ceramic burner, the 1,500 degrees of heat blasts your meat directly from the top, meaning any juices, fat, or other flavors that come out of meat and would normally fall on the flames or burners of traditional grills are contained within the cooking tray — no lost flavor lost and no heavy smoke. All these collected juices are perfect for creating sauces for both steaks and side dishes. Au jus, anyone?Priced at $899 for the original Beefer and up to $2,400 for the Beefer XL Chef, home cooks might be inclined to pass this appliance, but when you think about the fact that some regular gas grills exceed prices of $2,000, Beefer starts to look more and more like a better deal. Add to that the money you’ll save by cooking steakhouse-quality cuts of meat at home and Beefer suddenly becomes a realistic prospect. To top it all off, Beefer’s totally removable internal parts are super easy to clean — a rinse with soap and water or a run through the dishwasher is all they need (no more cleaning grill grates!).The Beefer is powered by propane gas and can be used both indoors and out, so don’t worry if you’re kitchen isn’t big enough to fit this bad boy, your backyard will do just fine.If thinking about steak cooked in the Beefer has made your mouth water, wet your whistle with the perfect cocktail to pair with steak: the Manhattan. Turn Your Kitchen into a High-End Steakhouse with this Countertop Grill Close The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States How to Cook Steak in the Oven ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:41Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:41 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Editors’ Recommendations The Best Cast Iron Camping Cookware The Rise of Taiwanese Food Chain Din Tai Fung Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreatlast_img read more

This Island Fortress is for Sale and You Can Own It for Less than You Think

first_img Purple Bricks Stack Rock Fort isn’t the first fort to exist on Stack Rock, as there have been previous forts here built for defense, with the earliest proposals made by Thomas Cromwell in 1539 (which did not come to fruition). The fort in its current form was built to hold 32-pounder guns, a single 12-pounder for protection of the walls of the dock, one officer, and a garrison of 30 men.Currently uninhabited and uninhabitable, Stack Rock Fort features a nearly circular design with a partially open interior courtyard all squatly placed on a pile of rocks barely breaching the sea’s surface. Located in a bay just a few yards offshore from Milford Haven, Wales, and, according to the firm representing the sellers, “Previous owners have inquired about the potential to turn the fort into a commercial residence with links to the mainland.” Which is exactly what we’d do if we had the dough to make an offer on this spectacular fortification.And how much of an offer would they need to sell? Currently, Purple Bricks and property expert Ross McKenzie are considering offers in excess of £400,000 (or roughly $530,000), which is the price of a nice house in a mid-sized American city.So forget your suburban American dream, your job, and everything else. Liquefy your assets and head over to Wales to live your life out in a nearly-dilapidated fort in the Irish Sea.If you prefer your castles and fortresses to be move-in-ready, check out Derek Jeter’s New York castle, which is also for sale. Next Purple Bricks 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Purple Bricks Editors’ Recommendations Purple Bricks Purple Bricks Purple BricksAnyone who has watched or read Game of Thrones has definitely imagined owning their own island fortress a la Dragonstone.Well, good news people of the Seven Kingdoms, because now’s your chance — though you’ll be swapping locations from the fictional Narrow Sea for the very real Irish Sea.Just off the coast of Wales, the Stack Rock Fort is a Grade II listed building (the United Kingdom’s equivalent to being on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places) for its unique contribution to the defense of Wales in the 19th century during a French invasion led by Napoleon III. It was built between 1850 and 1852 and then updated in 1859 with a new building that completely encased the original gun tower.center_img Purple Bricks 1 of 9 How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Purple Bricks If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? You Can Sleep in Hunter S. Thompson’s Colorado Cabin Previous Purple Bricks Purple Bricks last_img read more

These Chili Cheese Nachos are Part Texan, Part Korean, and All Delicious

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish When it comes to party-ready snack foods, nachos rank pretty highly in terms of ease, share-ability, and deliciousness. How could they not? You can put pretty much anything you want on the chips — meat, cheese, salsa, guacamole, you name it — and the individual chips mean it’s easy to scoop a few onto your plate without making too much of a mess.One of our favorite toppings to add to nachos is a nice, homemade chili. There’s just something about the mix of meat (and sometimes beans) with spices and dark, savory sauce piled high on a slightly salty nacho chip that gets us.We love chili, specifically, because of its malleability when it comes to spice. Not to say we wouldn’t top our nachos with spiced brisket or any other meat, though, because we so would, but for all intents and purposes right now, we’re sticking with chili. It can be as mild or as hot as you want to make it. We usually go with as hot as possible, but also understand that sometimes it’s about flavor, not burning your taste buds off.One way to spice up your chili — and by proxy, your nachos — while maintaining a mouth-watering flavor is to switch up the type of hot sauce you’re using. Who says you need to stick to the typical Frank’s Red Hot or Tabasco when there’s a whole wild world of hot out there. (You could use this hot sauce, but you’d have to be a bit crazy to do so.) This time around, we’re going across the world and utilizing the rich sweet and spicy flavors of Korean cuisine to kick this snack time favorite up a notch. Specifically, we’re using Chung Jung One Gochujang Korean Chili Sauce. Sweet, savory, and rich in umami, it has the right amount of heat to liven up just about any meal. When you mix those flavors with beef and cheese, well, you’ve got yourself a surefire winner right there.Texas-Style Gochujang Chili Cheese Nachos(Serves 6-8)ChiliIngredients:4 lb beef chuck roast, cut into .5-inch cubes1 bottle dark beer, 12 ounces1 can diced tomatoes, 28 ounces4 cups beef broth6 tbsp Chung Jung One Gochujang Korean Chili Sauce3 tbsp vegetable oil2 tbsp brown sugar1 tbsp ground cumin5 tsp salt1 tsp ground coriander2 oz chipotle peppers in adobo sauce6 garlic cloves, minced2 jalapeño peppers, finely chopped1 large onion, finely choppedMethod:In a large pot, heat 2 tbsp of oil over high heat. Working in batches, brown the meat and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.Add the remaining 1 tbsp of oil and heat over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeño pepper. Sauté for 3 minutes until wilted.Add Gochujang Sauce, chipotle peppers, brown sugar, cumin, coriander, and salt. Cook for another 3-4 minutes. Then add beer, beef broth, and diced tomatoes.Simmer for about 2 hours, or until meat is very tender. Let cool to room temperature and adjust seasoning with additional salt as needed.Serve right away, or for best results, let cool in the refrigerator overnight and reheat the next day.*Sour CreamIngredients:4 oz sour cream2 tsp Chung Jung One Gochujang Korean Chili SauceMethod:Mix Gochujang Sauce and sour cream together in a bowl and keep refrigerated until ready to use.NachosIngredients:Texas-Style Gochujang Chili8 oz yellow and blue tortilla chips2 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded1 serrano pepper, thinly slicedGochujang sour cream to topMethod:Lay out the tortilla chips on a plate. Ladle about a quarter of the chili over chips. Sprinkle cheese over chili while still warm, so that the cheese begins to melt.Dollop sour cream over the cheese and garnish with serrano peppers. Serve immediately.*Note: Use leftover chili for an additional batch of nachos, topping baked potatoes, or thin with beef broth to serve as a soup. Ready and Rare-ing to Go: How to Make Steak Tartare The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets How to Cook Steak in the Oven last_img read more

Green Paper on Revised Youth Policy to be Tabled by September

first_imgMinister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says a Green Paper on the revised National Youth Policy could be tabled in Parliament by September.Miss Hanna, who made the disclosure while contributing to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 18, said the Concept Paper and Cabinet Submission are to go to the Human Resource Committee of Cabinet before the end of this month.She noted that the policy development process is expected to be completed by August this year.The Minister informed that the review of the policy is in response to the changes within the policy environment and the need to take into account the emerging issues that affect youth development nationally.The National Youth Policy places focus on entrepreneurship, skills training and preparing young people for the world of work in the global village. It is also expected to provide insight into developmental models and programmes for young people.Revision of the policy is being informed by the findings of the 2010 Jamaica National Youth Survey, which was commissioned by the Government under the Youth Development Programme loan agreement signed with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).Conducted by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), the survey provides a holistic profile of young people age 15 to 24 years, and seeks to aid in the strengthening of existing programmes designed for youth development throughout the island.It focuses on, among other things, unattached youth; young people living and working on the street as well as those in state care; young people with disabilities; entrepreneurial and employment opportunities; and spirituality and values.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Tertiary Students Urged to Help Find Solutions to Social Issues

first_img State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., is challenging tertiary-level students to use their talents to assist in finding solutions to social problems. Story Highlights “They don’t have the freedom that you have. We are trying our best to give them hope and to be reintegrated in our community without having to feel that they have to go back to the gangs,” he pointed out. “As youngsters who have been given an opportunity to be educated at the tertiary level, don’t sit back, because they (criminals) will take over. Do not keep quiet, because they will get louder,” he noted. State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., is challenging tertiary-level students to use their talents to assist in finding solutions to social problems.Addressing a youth forum on Tuesday (January 23), at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus in St. Andrew, he encouraged the young people in attendance to use their education to shape the society that they desire.“As youngsters who have been given an opportunity to be educated at the tertiary level, don’t sit back, because they (criminals) will take over. Do not keep quiet, because they will get louder,” he noted.Senator Charles said they could play a role by contributing to the Ministry’s ‘We Transform Jamaica’ initiative aimed at the rehabilitation and reintegration of young offenders.“They don’t have the freedom that you have. We are trying our best to give them hope and to be reintegrated in our community without having to feel that they have to go back to the gangs,” he pointed out.He advised them to go to Facebook and sign up for the programme. “We are giving you a platform to play a role for change,” he said.The youth forum, dubbed ‘Creating Awareness Through Revolutionary Entertainment (CARE)’ was organised by ProChangeJa, a non-profit organisation set up to help needy students in communities within the vicinity of the UWI.It included presentations from the Ministry of Health and several organisations that are working in vulnerable communities.Topics addressed included mental health, development through sport, domestic violence, paediatric cancer, autism awareness, corruption, youth and crime, schooling versus education, and teenage pregnancy.last_img read more

Education Ministry to Re-Introduce the Truancy Officer Programme in Schools

first_imgMinister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid says his Ministry will be working with the police to re-introduce the truancy officer programme in schools.This, he said, is to ensure that all children are accounted for at all times which will lessen the likelihood of them being recruited by gangs or become involved in criminal activities.“No child should be left behind, because if we fail to do that, all we are doing is leaving them to be taken over by the gangsters,” he said.The Minister was addressing the first in a series of anti-gang workshops at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on May 18.Mr. Reid said the programme “is something that we have to put back in place” to ensure that once students are at the age for school, they must be attending school regularly.The Education Minister stressed that students found to be out of school must be able to account for why they are not attending school regularly.In the meantime, Mr. Reid noted that the education system must be the avenue through which troubled youth can lead a more purposeful life and transition out of a life of crime.“We are saying that those who themselves are involved in organized crime, there is now an opportunity for you to come out, be trained, be skilled, be empowered, put down the guns, put down the crime, and let Jamaica be a crime free country,” he stressed.For his part, Acting Commander of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch, Superintendent of Police Anthony McLaughlin, said the police is serious about dismantling gangs and welcomes working with the Education Ministry to achieve this feat.He noted that the partnership with the Education Ministry is important, as the Ministry is seeking to go beyond what the police does in addressing the symptoms of criminal gang activities, to tackle the root causes.“In dismantling the gangs, if we do not try to attack the root cause of the problem, then we will always be trying to dismantle gangs,” he said.Noting that there are over 250 active gangs which account for between 60 to 70 per cent of homicides yearly, SSP McLaughlin said he was pleased that the workshop participants will be given the tools and knowledge to help steer students away from gangs and gang activities.“We are not saying that gangs are in schools, but a large number of the students are impacted by gang activities and the gangs are out there recruiting these youngsters and we have to know what we are dealing with in terms of these children coming into school when we see the anti-social behaviours, we must know the signs we are to look for,” he said.Research has shown that gangs recruit children as young as age eight.The six anti-gang workshops scheduled, are being staged by the Safety and Security Unit of the Education Ministry. They are geared towards providing school personnel with the necessary skills to reduce the vulnerability of stakeholders to a range of potential threats.One key issue the workshops will address is the formation of gangs and the effect on home, school, the community and by extension Jamaica.last_img read more