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Published:Friday | August 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Multiple medals for J'can rum

Jamaica's Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rum, Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Rum, and Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum, won six double gold medals in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The Jamaican rum company is owned by Campari.

The brands are a part of the wider Campari America premium portfolio. Campari America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Davide Campari-Milano Spa, also won the competition's Director's Award, in addition to picking up multiple double gold and gold medals across its premium portfolio.

Campari America also won six gold medals, for brands such as SKYY Infusions and Russell's Reserve, 10 silver medals, and two bronze medals from this year's competition, the company said in a release issued via its local publicist ProComm. Entries in the competition were evaluated by judging panels comprised of nearly 40 spirits industry experts and led by Anthony Dias Blue, executive director and founder of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Judges were drawn from renowned restaurants and hotels, well-known spirits journalists, spirits buyers for large purveyors and spirits consultants.

This year was the largest in the competition's 14-year history with nearly 1,500 entries.

Drought could limit Panama Canal shipping

The head of the Panama Canal Authority says officials might be forced to limit the draft of ships by the end of this year or early in 2015 if a drought continues and lowers the level of lakes that feed the waterway's locks.

Jorge Luis Quintano told Panama's Channel 2 television station that unusually light rainfall has dropped the level of Lakes Gatun and Alajuela. He says he's hoping for healthy rainfall in the normally rainy months of October, November and December. But he noted in the Sunday interview that last November's rains were the lowest for that period in the 100-year history of the canal.

Thirty-eight to 40 ships transit the canal daily between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, carrying some five per cent of world maritime trade.