first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout taylor hatmaker Tags:#Gadgets#holidays If the term “holiday spirit” has more to do with spiked eggnog than seasonal cheer, you aren’t alone. This is our list of essential gadgets for making it through the travel, stress and awkward socialization of the holidays psychologically intact. And if you missed it the first time around, check out the Apps Edition of our Holiday Survival Guide for more tips to combat the various unique horrors of the holiday season – let’s be honest, you’re gonna need them. Be Your Own Internet With A MiFi Or Mobile HotspotHell hath no fury like a geek without Wi-Fi. Holiday travel presents plenty of scenarios in which reliable wireless Internet can prove scarce. If your relatives are still stuck in the dial-up era or you refuse to fork over an airport’s ridiculous day-use Internet fee, you’ll count your blessings if you BYO-Wi-Fi. The methods of becoming your own nexus of sweet, sweet wireless Internet vary, and they each have strengths and weaknesses. If money is no object and you’d be happy to pay for peace of mind, pick up a MiFi device on your carrier of choice. If you’d like a balance between thrift and utility, add a mobile hotspot to your carrier plan for around $20 a month – but keep a close eye on your smartphone’s battery life. On a shoestring budget or don’t feel like paying for what can be had for free? Jailbreak or root your smartphone to circumvent carrier greed while cruising on your own personal network.  External Battery Pack = Ultimate Gadget Life-SaverThe only thing worse than fighting a losing battle for Wi-Fi is a near-dead device. If outlets are scarce, battery life is the Achille’s heel of even our most trusted electronic companions. Forgo the anxious ritual of watching the battery gauge slowly flat-line and carry around an external battery pack. Sure, it’s frustrating to haul around yet another thing, but once you see that sweet symbolic lightning bolt spring to life in your smartphone’s status bar you’ll be a believer.These things are perfect for travel, extended coffee shop sessions and just about any other scenario that might leave your devices high and dry. We like Mophie’s Power Station line for its quick-charging ability, respectable capacity (4000 or 6000 mAh) and thoughtful design. With both a USB and micro-USB port, you’ll be able to charge just about any mobile device you can throw at it.Seek Sonic Solitude With A Good Pair Of HeadphonesOdds are that you may need to drown out some ambient noise. Flights are noisy. In-laws are noisy. And holiday cheer? Noisier yet. Switching up your sonic landscape is the easiest ticket to an instant zen-like state, so you might as well invest in some good sound. Skip the earbuds and go for a bigger over-ear style. Sennheiser offers a good balance of solid sound and good looks. If you’re on the (very) cheap, the HD 201’s can’t be beat. If you’ve got a little more to spend, you can get a pair of the HD 280’s for around $100. For serious noise cancelation and a considerably more serious price tag, look into the PXC 450’s. This could be you.Little Tablet + Portable Keyboard = Just Like The Real ThingSmall, affordable tablets have arrived, and they’re perfectly suited for all of the travel and jostling around that holiday gatherings often necessitate. If you can’t set up a full-scale entertainment station wherever you spend the holidays, the low profile of a little tablet like the iPad Mini or the Nexus 7 will serve you well. Battling notebook or desktop computing withdrawals? Pack a Bluetooth keyboard or a keyboard case – it’s the next best thing. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Find A Full-Scale Entertainment HavenIf you have the luxury of reliable Internet and a TV, your holiday escape hatch is just around the corner. Whether you’re a gamer, a movie lover or a TV junkie, it’s hard to beat the Xbox 360 when it comes to entertainment value. The 360’s wide support of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, coupled with its obvious gaming chops, make for a great all-in-one ticket to seasonal sanity. It’s the perfect time to strike up season one of a hit show (pick one with a multi-year run) or to immerse yourself in an expansive virtual world of some kind.Good luck fending off nieces and nephews – and don’t forget to come up for air.Images of holiday ornament and woman with headphones courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgAdobe’s sweet new Project Candy app could change the way colorists work. Here’s the scoop!It’s always helpful for colorists to receive reference images from the client. References are traditionally shared as stills or video, leaving the colorist to manually recreate the look. At NAB 2015, Adobe announced an app called Project Candy that will aid in this collaboration.The Project Candy app, compatible with iPhone and iPad, will allow users to bring reference images to the session with a corresponding LUT, which provides a great starting point for further color processing. The LUTs are saved as standard .cube files which work in After Effects, Premiere, SpeedGrade, and Resolve.Check out the video from HDVideoPro Magazine in which Adobe’s Bronwyn Lewis goes over some of Project Candy’s features: The Project Candy app reads the shot’s colors and represents them with colored spheres. Larger bubbles coincide with more intense colors. Rods showing brightness rotate around the space in a 3D histogram. Once you take a picture, you can adjust the tonality on the bottom with a slider. After saving a look, you can apply it to several test pictures or your own image. It will also work with a video clip, so you can test it on footage from your shoot.In post-production work, workflow is king. Adobe has smartly used their existing infrastructure to streamline this collaborative process. The looks are saved in Adobe Creative Cloud for pulling up later in the Adobe suite. Resolve exists in a different ecosystem, but the ubiquitous .cube format ensures that users will be able to read the LUTs into their systems.Adobe has chosen to stay away from the saturated market of look-creation apps to focus on a tool that will benefit many filmmakers and colorists down the road. I’m excited to see where the development of the app will go, and this can be a great starting point for clients to communicate the overall look and feel to their projects for post.For more on Project Candy, check out this post from the fine folks at Mixing Light. Read more from Adobe about their other NAB announcements here. Finally, here’s a post from PremiumBeat that covers a few more updates to the Adobe Creative Cloud.What do you think? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

first_imgWhen it comes to success in sales (or anything else), there is nothing more important than the right mindset. A positive, success-oriented mindset is intangible, and it is also the difference-maker. It’s your belief system. It’s your attitude.It’s the ability to be positive in the face of negative events. It’s the ability to see abundance where others see scarcity. It’s the ability to believe there is a way to succeed when others see only potential failure. It’s your willingness to take initiative and to make a difference.More Than SkillsMindset is more important than skill sets and tool kits. Without the right mindset, the skills aren’t nearly as valuable as they might be. More salespeople (and more people generally) fail because of their mindset rather than their skills. But we focus on teaching people the skills, as if that is the answer.More Than ToolsThe right tools in the hands of someone with a poor mindset are worthless. It really doesn’t matter how good the tools are, they won’t be used, and they won’t produce their intended outcome in the hands of someone with the wrong attitude and beliefs.Leaders and MindsetToo many people in executive leadership and management roles focus their time and attention on acquiring people with the skills, providing skills training, and developing the tools with which to arm their people. They aren’t interested in mindset because it is something concrete, something measurable. They don’t know how they are supposed to train and develop mindset.But mindset is the work of leaders. Leaders lead by sharing positive beliefs. Leaders improve mindset by focusing on providing growth to the individuals they lead. Leaders instill mindset by the culture they build and protect, and by what they hold their people accountable for.There is nothing that produces greater results than a team of individuals who believe that they can and will succeed and who are being given the mindset to do so.last_img read more

first_imgA first information report has been registered against former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Robert Vadra, son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, in connection with the decade-old Shikohpur village land deal between Mr. Vadra’s company and the real estate firm DLF.The case was registered at the Khedki Daula police station here on Saturday on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code and Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act following a complaint by social activist Surender Sharma. DLF and Onkareshwar Properties are also named in the FIR.‘Political vendetta’Mr. Hooda, however, denied the charges saying that it was “political vendetta” by the government aimed at hiding its failures. In the FIR, Mr. Sharma alleged massive corruption in connivance with the government officials and politicians in the deal. He said Mr. Vadra’s company, Skylight Hospitality, registered in 2007 with total assets of ₹1 lakh, bought 3.5 acres of land from Onkareshwar Properties for ₹7.5 crore. But Onkareshwar Properties did not encash the cheque and struck a deal with Mr. Vadra to help procure a housing licence through his influence in the Haryana government. The complainant alleged that Mr. Vadra, as the son-in-law of Ms. Gandhi, had considerable influence in Haryana’s Congress government headed by Mr. Hooda.He further alleged that the Hooda government in violation of the law, granted licence for a commercial project to Skylight Hospitality for the said land and Mr. Vadra sold it to DLF at a whopping ₹58 crore.Mr. Sharma, in the FIR, said Mr. Vadra’s company did not the meet the criteria for the commercial licence which was granted to it in unprecedented haste. He said that the officers overlooked the laws which proved their connivance.The FIR further said that then Director General, Land Consolidation, Ashok Khemka, cancelled the mutation of 3.5 acre land, but Mr. Hooda constituted a three-member committee to revoke the cancellation. This, he said, was illegal as only the Punjab and Haryana High Court had the authority to revoke the mutation cancellation order.Mr. Sharma told The Hindu that he had given a written complaint to the police on Saturday morning, but did not expect them to register the case so quickly. “The SHO told me that he would carry out a preliminary investigation before the registration of case. However, he called me in the evening to inform that an FIR was registered,” Mr. Sharma said. He said that the Congress government hushed up the matter and the present BJP government also seemed to be acting under the influence of the accused.The Haryana government had also set up Justice Dhingra Commission in May 2015 to enquire into the circumstances of grant or rejection of licences for development of colonies, group housing societies and commercial complexes in those sectors of Gurgaon for which land of Shikohpur, Sikanderpur, Badah and Kherki Dhaula was used, including the Vadra-DLF land deal.However, Mr. Hooda moved the Punjab and Harayan High Court in 2016 challenging the constitutional validity of setting up the commission.last_img read more

first_imgWest Bengal Minister for Transport and Sports Subhash Chakravarty has a new project: to make eye donation obligatory for every resident of Bengal.Some 10 million blind in India could regain their sight if they found donors, but in a society where many feel extracting eyes from the dead defiles the,West Bengal Minister for Transport and Sports Subhash Chakravarty has a new project: to make eye donation obligatory for every resident of Bengal.Some 10 million blind in India could regain their sight if they found donors, but in a society where many feel extracting eyes from the dead defiles the body, this appears difficult.Chakravarty is undeterred. He says he’ll take out a procession of one lakh blind people next year to push his case.last_img

first_imgNEW YORK — Khalil Mack has made All-Pro history.Mack’s versatility and relentlessness earned him selection at two positions on the 2015 Associated Press All-Pro Team, an NFL first.The second-year Oakland Raiders defensive end and outside linebacker drew enough support Jan. 8 from a panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league to make the squad both spots.Others, including Houston’s J.J. Watt last year, have been chosen first team at one position and second at another. Watt was a unanimous pick at defensive end for this season’s team, as was Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson.“I do whatever I can to help the team win. I’m a team guy,” said Mack, who had 15 1/2 sacks (five in one game), behind only Watt in the league. “Whether it’s dropping in coverage or rushing the passer. I can do either. I think they (voters) saw that.”What the voters also saw was the superb work by the Carolina Panthers.Carolina, with an NFL-best 15-1 record, had the most All-Pros with six: quarterback Cam Newton, fullback Mike Tolbert, center Ryan Kalil, linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, and cornerback Josh Norman. Kuechly led the Panthers contingent with 49 votes.“He has fulfilled everything we thought he could be,” Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said of Newton. “And he’s just had a great year. Again, the franchise quarterbacks make everybody better — that’s what they do.”Newton was especially happy to join Kuechly on the team; the linebacker has made it in three of his four pro seasons.“That’s big, man,” Newton said, adding with a laugh, “I’m just trying to be like Luke Kuechly man, that’s it — Captain America, man. He sets the tone.”Five teams — New England, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Arizona and St. Louis — had two All-Pros each. Steelers receiver Antonio Brown drew 49 votes; teammate David DeCastro made it at guard.The Patriots were tight end Rob Gronkowski and kicker Stephen Gostkowski. From Cincinnati, it was DT Geno Atkins and OT Andrew Whitworth. Arizona, in a measure of the strength of its secondary, had cornerback Patrick Peterson and safety Tyrann Mathieu. St. Louis’ All-Pros were DT Aaron Donald and punter Johnny Hekker.One rookie, Seattle kick returner Tyler Lockett, was selected.“It means a lot,” Lockett said. “There are a lot of great players who come in to the NFL and do an exceptional job and have a great career, but they’re never able to make it on the All-Pro team. It’s nothing that they did, just other players may have had a better season. To be a rookie to be able to come in, it’s a crazy experience and a crazy accolade to have.”In all, 15 NFC players and 12 from the AFC were chosen.The other All-Pros: Tampa Bay RB Doug Martin, Atlanta WR Julio Jones, Cleveland OT Joe Thomas, Baltimore G Marshal Yanda, Denver OLB Von Miller, San Francisco ILB NaVorro Bowman, and Kansas City S Eric Berry.For Berry, 2015 was a particularly special season. He was diagnosed with lymphoma and this time a year ago was undergoing chemotherapy. He returned in spectacular fashion, helping the Chiefs win their final 10 games this season to make the playoffs.“It’s an incredible honor. It means a lot to me,” said Berry, who also made the 2013 team. “Football’s a team game, so I have to give credit to those guys around me as well. We’ve been hungry from the get-go. I don’t know how to explain it, but I think you see it throughout our play. I think our play speaks for itself.”Bowman is another player coming off a courageous comeback from a major knee injury sustained in the 2013 NFC title game. He only returned to the field this season after being an All-Pro in 2011, ’12 and ’13.Newcomers to the team along with Mack and Lockett are Newton, Norman and Davis among the Panthers, plus Jones, Whitworth, Martin, DeCastro, Donald and Mathieu.“That’s another goal check off my list,” Norman said. “It really is. It went from Pro Bowl to All-Pro to hopefully Defensive Player of the Year. Sheesh.“That is all personal goals, though. The Super Bowl is the granddaddy of them all. I’m working so hard toward that right now. All of these other accolades will fall into place.”(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgOne day after Switzerland’s attorney general’s office raided FIFA headquarters in Zurich in its ongoing corruption investigation, FIFA lawyers on Friday revealed details of the contracts of former top officials for world soccer’s governing body. Former president Sepp Blatter, former secretary general Jerome Valcke and former finance director Markus Kattner gave themselves pay raises and World Cup bonuses totalling $80 million over five years, an apparent violation of Swiss law.Evidence from the latest raid will be given to American and Swiss federal prosecutors.“The evidence appears to reveal a coordinated effort by three former top officials of FIFA to enrich themselves through annual salary increases, World Cup bonuses and other incentives totaling more than 79 million Swiss francs — in just the last five years,” Bill Burck of Quinn Emanuel, the U.S. law firm retained by FIFA during its corruption crisis, told the Associated Press.Blatter resigned his position one year ago Thursday. Valcke was fired in January and Kattner was dismissed last week. Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber opened criminal proceedings against Blatter last September and against Valcke in March. Blatter and Valck, who are suspected of mismanaging FIFA money, denied wrongdoing, but were banned by FIFA’s ehtics committee for six and 12 years, respectively, in February. (washingtonpost)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img\R Washington, Jun 22 (AFP) Melania Trump has surprised the world by visiting child migrants on the US-Mexico border — but it was her choice of clothing for the trip that stunned the internet: a jacket emblazoned with the words “I really don’t care, do you?”A tone-deaf sartorial decision — or a hidden message from the first lady? And if so, to whom? The images of Melania Trump sporting the olive green khaki jacket yesterday as she boarded a flight to Texas — which immediately went viral — surfaced as the White House struggles to calm international anger over the practice of splitting migrant children from their parents.Asked about the military-style jacket with large white brush-style lettering — apparently sold for USD 39 at Zara, according to the Daily Mail which first spotted the odd choice of outfit — the first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said “there was no hidden message.””It’s a jacket,” Grisham said. “After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe.” “#SheCares #ItsJustAJacket” Grisham tweeted later on, as speculation swirled online.But the president’s take on the jacket told a decidedly different story: “‘I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?’ written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media,” Donald Trump tweeted shortly after his wife’s return.”Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!” When she arrived in McAllen, Texas the first lady had changed out of the controversial garment into a cream button-up safari-style jacket.advertisementBut upon returning to the White House she sported the jacket once more, despite stifling heat and humidity in the Washington region.Melania Trump’s unannounced trip to a youth shelter for migrants and a Border Patrol processing center came one day after President Donald Trump made a sudden decision to end the practice of splitting immigrant families that has left more than 2,300 minors separated from their parents or guardians.Images and recordings of distressed children held in enclosures akin to cages have sparked global fury.The first lady herself called for political compromise to end the stripping of children from their parents — the result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy against illegal border crossings, in effect since May.It was not the first time Melania Trump raised eyebrows for her fashion choices when out in the field: last year she wore needle-thin high stiletto heels to observe the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey. (AFP) KISKISlast_img read more

first_imgChina thrashed Malaysia 5-0 in the opening Group D tie of the Sudirman Cup badminton tournament here on Sunday.The Malaysian players looked good in the first two matches before giving away easy points in the remaining three.All-England runners-up Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia almost stunned world No. 3 Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen of China in the opening men’s doubles clash before wasting the early advantage to go down 21-18, 14-21, 22-24.Soniia Cheah then gave a good account of herself before losing 15-21, 23-21, 14-21 to Chen Yufei in the women’s singles.What followed was a lopsided affair as Shi Yuqi made short work of Lee Zii Jia who bowed out 12-21, 21-11 in just 35 minutes in the men’s singles.In the women’s doubles, Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen were tamed 18-21, 14-21 by Du Yue-Li Yinhui.The mixed doubles pair of Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing to tried to stage a fightback for Malaysia but they were also dumped 16-21, 12-21 in just 31 minutes.Malaysia will now take on India on Wednesday in a must-win tie to advance to the quarterfinals.Also Read | Rafael Nadal downs Novak Djokovic for 9th Italian Open titleAlso Read | La Liga: Lionel Messi increases goal haul as Barcelona draw with EibarAlso Seelast_img read more

first_imgWas this helpful? Topics McKayla Maroney says she was abused by Larry Nassar ‘hundreds’ of times Since you’re here… Timeline Larry Nassar abuse case In an interview with Dateline NBC that aired last month, Martha Karolyi said she feels for Nassar’s victims but added she doesn’t believe she should be held responsible for his actions.More than 250 women and girls say Nassar, who worked for USA Gymnastics, sexually assaulted them under the guise of treatment. He’s now serving up to 175 years in prison for molesting women and girls and possessing child pornography.Several gymnasts have said Nassar abused them at the ranch, which served as the training ground for U.S. women’s gymnastics. Vega alleges in her suit the Karolyis allowed Nassar to enter the cabins of female gymnasts alone and unsupervised to perform his training techniques.The ranch is being investigated by the Texas Rangers and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office. USA Gymnastics cut ties with the ranch in January.Vega’s lawsuit is the second filed in Texas in the last few weeks related to the abuse scandal. Last month, Rebecca Whitehurst, a former Texas gymnast who had been a member of the USA Gymnastics team filed suit in Houston, alleging Nassar abused her in 1996 when she was 15 years old. Hide August 2016 1997 January 2018 1996 Nassar becomes national medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics before the Atlanta Olympics. He will go on to treat athletes at the next five Olympics and abuse many of them. Olympic champions Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney are among those who said they were abused by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment.  Vega alleges that during medical treatments, Nassar molested her hundreds of times from 2008, when she 12 years old, until 2012, during competitions and while she trained at the Karolyi Ranch. The ranch is located outside of Huntsville, about 70 miles north of Houston. Vega’s lawsuit was filed in state district court in Huntsville.“I have struggled to cope with the effects of the repeated abuse I suffered at the hands of Dr Nassar. USA Gymnastics, the USOC and the Karolyis failed to protect me and the other athletes in their care and I believe they should be held accountable,” the 22-year-old Vega said in a statement.Vega, who now competes as a gymnast for the University of Georgia, said Nassar’s abuse has caused her depression, panic attacks and anxiety, which have become worse as Nassar’s case has become widely publicized.In a statement, USA Gymnastics said it doesn’t comment on pending litigation but the organization is “committed to creating a culture that empowers and supports our athletes and focuses on our highest priority, which is the safety and well-being of our athletes.”The US Olympic Committee and an attorney for the Karolyis didn’t immediately reply to emails seeking comment Tuesday. Eighteen women file a lawsuit against Nassar, USA Gymnastics, MSU and Twistars Gymnastics Club. The lawsuit alleges Nassar assaulted the women over a period of 20 years and the institutions named in the suit failed to prevent his behaviour.  Share on LinkedIn Thank you for your feedback. November 2017 The first recorded complaints about Nassar are received. According to a 2017 lawsuit, youth gymnastics coach John Geddert fails to investigate the allegations.  1992 1986 Larry Nassar joins USA Gymnastics as a trainer According to a lawsuit, Nassar commits his first recorded assault, abusing a 12-year-old girl in the guise of medical research. A year later Nassar gains his medical degree from Michigan State University, where he will commit many of his assaults. Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Nassar is given a jail term of up to 175 years for sexually abusing athletes in his care. In total, 156 women make impact statement at his sentence hearing, saying he abused them. Handing down the sentence, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina says: “I just signed your death warrant”. January 2017 A former member of the US national team on Tuesday became the latest gymnast to file suit over sexual abuse by imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar’s, alleging USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee and the husband-and-wife duo who coached America’s top female gymnasts for three decades failed to protect her and other athletes.Sabrina Vega, who was on the team that won a gold medal at the 2011 world championships, alleges the organizations along with Bela and Martha Karolyi ignored signs about Nassar’s behavior or should have known he posed a risk to the gymnasts he treated. Gymnastics Support The Guardian Claims against Nassar go public for the first time after the Indianapolis Star publishes an investigation into sexual abuse at USA Gymnastics. Rachael Denhollander files a criminal complaint against Nassar, saying she was first abused by him when she was 15. Nassar pleads guilty to seven charges of criminal sexual abuse. He later pleads guilty to three further accounts as part of a plea agreement.  US sports Share on Facebook Share via Email Read more Share on Twitter Show Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has priced its underwritten public offering launched earlier this week as the company eyes fresh funds to cover the acquisition costs of additional dry bulk vessels.The 17,500,000 common shares, par value USD 0.01 per share, were priced at USD 4 per share.The company has granted the underwriters an over-allotment option for a period of 30 days from the closing of this offering to purchase up to an additional 2,625,000 shares of common stock at the public offering price, less underwriting discounts.As part of the offering, entities affiliated with Simeon Palios, the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, executive officers and certain directors, have agreed to buy 5,500,000 common shares at the public offering price.Diana Shipping said that the offering is expected to close on April 26, 2017, subject to customary conditions.The net proceeds of the offering would fund vessel acquisitions including two 2013-built Post-Panamaxes and one 2013-built Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel that Diana Shipping agreed to purchase from unaffiliated third parties. These transactions are subject to approval by the board of directors.Any net proceeds from the offering not used for vessel acquisitions will be used for general corporate purposes, the company said.last_img read more

first_imgzoomArdmore Seavaliant; Illustration/Image Courtesy: Ardmore Ardmore Shipping has refinanced seven vessels and reached agreements to sell two units during the fourth quarter of 2018.Namely, the company completed financing transactions two 2015-built 37,000 dwt Eco-design IMO 2 product and chemical tankers and five 2014-built 50,000 dwt Eco-design MR tankers. Each of these were refinanced under finance lease arrangements, according to Ardmore.The net cash proceeds to the company of these transactions, after prepayment of existing debt, were USD 32.7 million in the aggregate.Ardmore also agreed to terms for the sale of the 47,000 dwt Ardmore Seatrader and the 45,840 dwt Ardmore Seamaster, the 2002- and 2004-built Eco-mod MR tankers.Ardmore Seatrader was sold for USD 8.3 million and delivered to its buyer on January 9, 2019, while the Ardmore Seamaster would be disposed of for USD 9.7 million and is expected to join its new owner in February 2019.The company revealed the transactions as part of its fourth quarter of 2018 financial report, in which it said it delivered a net loss of USD 8.8 million from continuing operations for the three months ended December 31, 2018, as compared to a net loss of USD 3.8 million seen in the same period a year earlier.For the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2018, Ardmore’s net loss reached USD 34.3million, as compared to a net loss of USD 12 million reported in the previous year.Spot MR tankers earned an average rate of USD 12,475 per day for the three months ended December 31, 2018, and USD 11,564 per day for the full year period. Chemical tankers earned an average rate of USD 10,779 per day during the quarter and an average of USD 11,406 per day for the full year.“Ardmore successfully weathered very difficult market conditions in 2018 by maintaining its financial strength and keeping a clear focus on operational performance,” Anthony Gurnee, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, said.He added that significant improvement was visible in the market rate environment late in the year, while even better market conditions anticipated in 2019 “as the impact of IMO 2020 begins to be felt.”“The outlook for product demand is positive, supported by expected continued strong underlying oil consumption growth along with estimated global refinery capacity additions of 2.6 million barrels per day for 2019, the largest annual increase since the 1970s.”last_img read more

first_imgJakarta: A volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali erupted Friday, spewing a plume of ash and smoke more than 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) into the sky. Mount Agung, about 70 kilometres from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been erupting periodically since it rumbled back to life in 2017, sometimes grounding flights and forcing residents to flee their homes. The latest eruption shortly before noon on Friday shot a cloud of volcanic ash high into the sky, but caused no disruption to flights, Indonesia’s geological agency said. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Agung remained at the second highest danger warning level, and there is a four-kilometre no-go zone around the crater. Last summer, dozens of flights were cancelled after Agung erupted, while tens of thousands of locals fled to evacuation centres after an eruption in 2017. The last major eruption of Agung in 1963 killed around 1,600 people. Indonesia is situated on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a vast zone of geological instability where the collision of tectonic plates causes frequent quakes and major volcanic activity.last_img read more

first_imgFood allergy is a reaction to any food substance, which occurs when the immune system does not accept it. The body’s immune system creates many antibodies to fight the allergen in the food. And perceives that particular food as harmful and fights against it causing a range of reactions.In the recent times, many such common allergies have come into the notice of nutritionists. Therefore, to know more about them, Millennium Post spoke to different nutrition experts. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”They are extremely common and affect 5% of the adult population and 8% of the children. Of course, this percentage is rising in recent times. Some allergens cause itches or rashes while some of them are characterized by sore throat and diarrhea,” shared Dt Shikha Mahajan, Holistic Nutritionist, Diet Podium. “Allergies can vary in severity in different people. Some of them can be handled with medicines and alternatives, while others can be life-threatening,” said Abhilasha V, Senior Clinical Nutritionist, Cloudnine group of Hospitals, Bangalore. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAlso, she noted that people often confuse food tolerance with food allergy. “Food intolerance is different from allergy, as it does not involve the immune system. It is indeed unpleasant, but not as dangerous as a food allergy. It happens more due to indigestion or a person’s ability to digest a food substance.” “Food intolerance is an uncomfortable issue but less serious. A simple example being lactose intolerance. The body has trouble digesting milk sugar – lactose which causes discomfort such as loose stools, gas, bloating etc. It is not as deadly or life threatening as an allergy,” she added.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: A day after the BJP released its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday slammed the saffron party for not offering any relief to the traders. Speaking to the media, AAP’s New Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Brijesh Goyal said the Bharatiya Janata Party, which “harassed the traders of Delhi through sealing has also not mentioned any relief from the sealing”. Goyal, who is also the convenor of the AAP’s trade and industry wing in Delhi, said that traders across the country and particularly in the national capital have suffered a lot in the last five years because of the BJP and its policies. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The traders of Delhi are very unhappy with BJP and its manifesto. The traders will appeal to the people that they should not vote for the BJP. Through demonetisation, GST and sealing the BJP has destroyed trade in Delhi. In their manifesto, there was no mention how the traders will get any relief,” he added. The AAP leader said, “During the last five years of Modi government if there is one section of the society that has been completely ruined, it is the traders. Demonetisation led to the closure of thousands of factories in Delhi and the destruction of the MSME (Micro Small and Medium Enterprises) sector.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsBrajesh Goyal said the closure of factories and MSME establishments left lakhs of workers unemployed in Delhi. “When cash flow was obstructed for months together, a cash-dominated economy like that of India was paralysed due to demonetization, which led to mayhem among traders and workers,” the AAP leader said. While the traders were still reeling under the adverse impacts of demonetization, the Modi government dealt the next blow with the hasty implementation of GST without any proper preparation. “Even a year and a half after the GST implementation, some of its aspects whether it be revised returns, tax rates or SSL forms, E-way bills – these are such issues which are tormenting and bothering traders even today,” Goyal said. The national capital will go to the polls on May 12.last_img read more

VANCOUVER — Seabridge Gold Inc. and the Tahltan Nation have announced a co-operation and benefit-sharing agreement linked to the proposed KSM gold and copper mine in northwestern British Columbia.The announcement comes in a joint news release after the First Nation received a 77.8 per cent ratification vote from members, approving the benefits agreement.Seabridge CEO Rudi Fronk says the company believes the agreement provides a long-term, genuine partnership between the project and the Tahltan Nation.He says Seabridge has listened to the nation’s environmental, cultural and economic concerns, and the mine’s design addresses those issues.Tahltan president Chad Norman Day says their government has worked in partnership with Seabridge for more than a decade to move the project from the early exploration stage through to permitting.The mine, located about 65 kilometres northwest of Stewart, has already received environmental approval from both the federal and provincial governments and is expected to operate for more than 50 years. Companies in this story:TSX:SEAThe Canadian Press read more

17 May 2007Though it has interviewed some 200 victims and witnesses of the post-election clashes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations mission there said today that Government cooperation with investigators has been tepid and many witnesses have been intimidated. The April human rights report by the UN Mission in the country (known as MONUC), says that, despite those obstacles, its special investigations team plans to conclude this month its probe into the March violence in the capital, Kinshasa, where hundreds were killed during fighting between Government forces and the guards of unsuccessful presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba.“The team’s work suffered from the refusal of the authorities to grant access to some important locations, such as the compound of former Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba and some military camps,” the report said. “Numerous incidents of intimidation by the intelligence services, police and military in the wake of the violence have also discouraged victims, witnesses, hospitals and medical centres staff and authorities from coming forward or speaking freely with the team,” it added.The Mission also found that police officers were involved in a large number of serious human rights violations, especially in the eastern Kasaï Province. Government troops were also found to have summarily executed civilians and to have engaged in other egregious human rights abuses.It said that members of other armed groups have continued to commit human rights abuses on the populations of North and South Kivu. In particular, reports of attacks by armed Rwandan Hutu militias on villages in area continued throughout the period in review, including allegations of executions, abductions and looting.Also in the Kivus, Mayi-Mayi militias were accused of multiple rapes, mutilations and killings, including the burning alive of three villagers in retaliation for the death of one of their number at the hands of Government forces.Yesterday, the UN Security Council extended the deployment of MONUC to help the DRC consolidate security in the wake of recent violence which follows the end of a six-year civil war, widely considered the most lethal conflict in the world since World War II. read more

Organized by the Holocaust and UN Outreach Programme of the world body’s Department of Public Information (DPI), the discussions commemorated the events of 9-10 November 1938, also known as the ‘night of broken glass,’ which signalled an escalation in violence towards Jews, ultimately leading to their mass murder during the Holocaust.On Wednesday, a roundtable discussion entitled ‘The Holocaust by Bullets: Uncovering the Reality of Genocide,’ examined the work done by Patrick Desbois, a French Catholic priest who has dedicated many years of his life investigating the truth about mass shootings that took place during the Holocaust. His latest research focuses on the fate of the Roma during World War II.Mr. Desbois also founded Yahad-In Unum, a research organization uncovering the mass executions of Jewish and Roma people in Eastern Europe between 1941 and 1944. The organization has identified over 800 extermination sites during the Holocaust so far, and recorded the testimony of more than 3,000 eyewitnesses to these crimes.“I commend Father Desbois and Yahad-In Unum for their tireless efforts to recover the dignity of the Jewish and Roma victims of this brutality,” the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information and head of DPI, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, told the discussion participants in his opening remarks.“By identifying their unmarked mass graves, you have set history on its proper course. No longer will these mothers, fathers and children remain forgotten,” he added. “No longer silent, their bodies will remain testimony to the truth.”The event also covered global efforts to prevent genocide today. “My goal is to give back to families, Jewish communities, and to fight against Holocaust deniers,” Father Desbois told the attendees.Other speakers at Wednesday’s event included Gillian Kitley, a senior political affairs officer in the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect. The Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the UN, Ambassador Martin Briens, also delivered a statement. On Thursday, a discussion on the history of the Holocaust in the former Soviet Union during World War II, and Holocaust education in Russia today, took place with the participation of renowned historian Ilya Altman, who also co-founded the Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Centre in Moscow.In the discussion, entitled ‘From Forgotten Memory to Nascent Remembrance: Holocaust History and Education in Russia Today,’ Mr. Altman and other historians examined how education and the preservation of memory of this event serve as vital links to prevent genocide in the future. Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Sergey N. Karev, made an opening statement at the discussion, which also touched on efforts to counter Holocaust denial and recent attempts to glorify Nazi ideology.“Today the United Nations Holocaust Programme is working – through educational materials, commemorative events, film screenings and other initiatives – to encourage Holocaust education and remembrance to help prevent genocide and mass atrocities,” DPI’s Deputy Director of Partnerships and Public Engagement, Ramu Damodaran, who moderated the Thursday event, told attendees. “Education is an essential tool in defending and promoting human rights, and in combating violence and other atrocities.”The activities of the events’ organizer, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, include producing online and print educational materials, holding seminars and exhibitions, screening films and the holding the annual worldwide observance of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust on 27 January each year. read more

They also include a new prayer entitled ‘a prayer for the nation’. It reads: ‘God of hope, in these times of change, unite our nation and guide our leaders with your wisdom. Give us courage to overcome our fears, and help us to build a future, and help us to build a future in which all may prosper and share; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”Last month the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, announced that he was preparing for five days of prayer after Brexit.He said he wants to pray in public with the leaders of the Catholic, Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed churches on the day after Britain leaves. Since the referendum, it has had the capacity to create awkward silences at dinner parties, the demise of even the strongest relationships and rifts across the family dinner table.However the Church of England has now proffered itself as the unlikely mediator amid Brexit discussions and division.As negotiations reach a pivotal point in parliament and Europe, churches yesterday[TUES] announced that they will host a weekend prayer to encourage people to “get together and chat over a cup of tea and pray for our country and our future”.The initiative, backed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, will see churches across the country hosting informal café-style meetings over the weekend of March 30 to bring together people of all opinions and to encourage open discussion.Introductory notes for those taking part urge respect for the integrity of opposing views, and encouraging communities which feel the same about the issues to use their imagination to consider the viewpoints of those who feel differently.Resource packs include specially-chosen Bible passages and prompt questions to start conversations. Questions for those attending include: ‘What effect has Brexit had in your family relationships, friendships etc and if you disagreed, has it been possible to disagree well?’ and: ‘What are the three main things we have in common that we can build on for a better future as a community and as a nation?’ Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgFuelling nuclear reactors with uranium harvested from the ocean could become more feasible because of a material developed by a team led by the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The combination of ORNL’s high-capacity reusable adsorbents and a Florida company’s high-surface-area polyethylene fibres creates a material that can rapidly, selectively and economically extract valuable and precious dissolved metals from water. The material, HiCap, vastly outperforms today’s best adsorbents, which perform surface retention of solid or gas molecules, atoms or ions. HiCap also effectively removes toxic metals from water, according to results verified by researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “We have shown that our adsorbents can extract five to seven times more uranium at uptake rates seven times faster than the world’s best adsorbents,” said Chris Janke, one of the inventors and a member of ORNL’s Materials Science and Technology Division.Results were presented recently at the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia.HiCap effectively narrows the fiscal gap between what exists today and what is needed to economically extract some of the ocean’s estimated 4,500 Mt of uranium. Although dissolved uranium exists in concentrations of just 3.2 ppb billion, the sheer volume means there would be enough to fuel the world’s nuclear reactors for centuries.The goal of extracting uranium from the oceans began with research and development projects in the 1960s, with Japan conducting the majority of the work. Other countries pursuing this dream include Russia, China, Germany, Great Britain, India, South Korea, Turkey and the US. Many adsorbent materials have been developed and evaluated, but none has emerged as being economically viable.What sets the ORNL material apart is that the adsorbents are made from small diameter, round or non-round fibres with high surface areas and excellent mechanical properties. By tailoring the diameter and shape of the fibres, researchers can significantly increase surface area and adsorption capacity. This and ORNL’s patent pending technology to manufacture the adsorbent fibres results in a material able to selectively recover metals more quickly and with increased adsorption capacity, thereby dramatically increasing efficiency.“Our HiCap adsorbents are made by subjecting high-surface area polyethylene fibers to ionizing radiation, then reacting these pre-irradiated fibers with chemical compounds that have a high affinity for selected metals,” Janke said.After the processing, scientists can place HiCap adsorbents in water containing the targeted material, which is quickly and preferentially trapped. Scientists then remove the adsorbents from the water and the metals are readily extracted using a simple acid elution method. The adsorbent can then be regenerated and reused after being conditioned with potassium hydroxide.In a direct comparison to the current state-of-the-art adsorbent, HiCap provides significantly higher uranium adsorption capacity, faster uptake and higher selectivity, according to test results. Specifically, HiCap’s adsorption capacity is seven times higher (146 vs. 22 g of uranium per kilogram of adsorbent) in spiked solutions containing 6 ppm of uranium at 20oC. In seawater, HiCap’s adsorption capacity of 3.94 g of uranium per kilogram of adsorbent was more than five times higher than the world’s best at 0.74 g of uranium per kilogram of adsorbent. The numbers for selectivity showed HiCap to be seven times higher.“These results clearly demonstrate that higher surface area fibers translate to higher capacity,” Janke said.ORNL researchers conducted field tests of the material at the Marine Sciences Laboratory of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Sequim, Wash., and at the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Broad Key Island in collaboration with the University of Miami.Other members of the team include Yatsandra Oyola, Sheng Dai, Richard Mayes, Tomonori Saito, Xiao-Guang Sun, Costas Tsouris of ORNL, and Jim Brang and Jeff Haggard of Hills Inc. of West Melbourne, Florida.last_img read more