Diana Containerships Repays Existing Indebtedness in Full

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Athens-based boxship owner Diana Containerships has completed the sale of one of its Post-Panamax container vessel and secured a debt-free balance sheet.The earlier announced sale of the m/v Hamburg was finalized with the delivery of the vessel to its new owners.The 2009-built ship was sold to an unaffiliated third party for a price of USD 21 million.Part of the proceeds from the sale of the vessel were used by the company to repay in full its existing indebtedness.The full and final repayment of the loan was made on July 23, ahead of schedule, according to Diana Shipping. The loan to Diana Containerships was originally agreed in May 2013 and refinanced in June 2017.Diana Shipping said that, in addition to the full repayment of the outstanding principal amount, the company received aggregate interest and other payments, including a discount premium in the amount of USD 5 million, of approximately USD 19.8 million during the life of the facility.“With the repayment in full of the Diana Shipping Inc. loan, the company has no outstanding debt on its fleet of four modern container vessels,” Andreas Michalopoulos, Diana Containerships’ Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, said.“The transition from a highly leveraged company in breach of financial covenants during the first half of 2017 to a debt free balance sheet today represents a remarkable turnaround for the Company, which can be largely attributed to management’s successful refinancing of its outstanding RBS credit facility in June 2017, its ability to raise additional equity capital and the strategically timed sales of certain of its containerships at attractive prices during the past 8 months.”Diana Containerships’ fleet currently consists of 4 container vessels, two Post-Panamax and two Panamax.last_img read more

Jury finds Quebec construction mogul Tony Accurso guilty of fraud other charges

first_imgLAVAL, Que. – A jury has found Quebec construction magnate Tony Accurso guilty on all five charges he was facing including fraud and corruption.Accurso, 66, was impassive as the jury delivered the verdicts on their seventh day of deliberations on Monday.He was on trial in connection with a municipal corruption scheme involving former Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt.The Crown had argued that Accurso participated in a kickback scheme on construction contracts doled out in that city.At his trial, Accurso denied any involvement and testified he was not aware of any such system in place.Accurso was found guilty on five charges, which were conspiracy to commit corruption in municipal affairs, conspiracy to commit fraud, fraud of more than $5,000, corruption of municipal officials and breach of trust.More than two dozen people were charged in the fraud case, including Vaillancourt, who pleaded guilty to demanding kickbacks from construction companies in exchange for municipal contracts and was sentenced to six years in jail.Accurso was the only one who opted to go to trial.“It’s very disappointing for him, after presenting his defence, giving his testimony, he feels like someone who has been found guilty of something he denied,” said defence lawyer Marc Labelle.The veteran lawyer wouldn’t comment on the possibility of appealing the case, but agreed his client’s notoriety may have tilted the case against him.Crown attorney Richard Rougeau welcomed the jury’s decision.“Obviously, it’s an accomplishment,” he told reporters at the Laval courthouse. “We are particularly satisfied with the result.”A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Thursday before Quebec Superior Court Justice James Brunton.It was Accurso’s second trial on the same charges — last November, his first fraud and corruption trial ended in a mistrial.The second trial began in May.last_img read more

Federal government pledges 49 million for 35 billion plastics project

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A $3.5-billion project to turn Alberta propane into plastic pellets for the manufacture of consumer products is to receive $49 million from the federal government.Ottawa says the money provided to Calgary-based Inter Pipeline Ltd. through the $1.6-billion Strategic Innovation Fund will help secure jobs and support the environmentally cleaner production of plastic products.The facility is already under construction in Strathcona County, just northeast of Edmonton, with completion scheduled for late 2021. The company is to increase jobs for post-secondary students and women in trades while continuing to fund research and spending $10 million to find ways to reduce plastic waste.The Inter Pipeline project was given $200 million in provincial royalty credits in 2016, while Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Ltd. was handed $300 million in credits for a similar proposal.Last month, Pembina announced it had decided with its partner, Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Co., to go ahead with a $4.5-billion polypropylene project also to be located northeast of Edmonton.last_img read more

French play reading with live music to take the stage in

Fes – During the upcoming Fes Festival of World Sacred Music, the city will be brought to life with a myriad of performers and musicians set to inspire and entertain audience members from around the world. Fes escapes from routine daily life and opens itself up as a stage to an assortment of global artists and actors.Visitors heading to Fes for the Festival of World Sacred Music, which will take place from June 13-24, will have the opportunity to catch an exclusive preview of a newly released French play accompanied by live music. The production, LADY DI et MONSIEUR ANTOINE, is the latest release by British playwright and author, Kay d’Astorg. The author was inspired to acquire a riad in the Fes medina in 2004 after being enchanted by the charm of the sacred music festival.“How wonderful to be able to give something back to this remarkable city which has given us so much joy since we acquired our riad in 2004,” d’Astorg said.Fes will host the initial trial readings of the play before the official reading in Paris this October. “We have just performed a first reading in Paris, and we shall take this opportunity to explore new changes in the text, and respond to feedback from a live audience during the Festival…before going on to those more formal readings in Paris in the autumn,” d’Astorg said.The play relates an imaginary conversation between the English socialite Lady Diana Cooper, whose husband was the English Ambassador to France in the forties, and the famous French hairdresser, Antoine de Paris.Professional actors and actresses will bring the French production to life during three live readings in Fes. Patty Hannock, an English actress recently seen in the Kevin Costner film, “Three Days to Kill,” will incarnate Ladi Di, the main character. Hannock, who has worked for over 30 years in French and British theatre and television, has performed in Fes on two previous occasions and says she is thrilled to return to Fes once more. “To be able to perform yet again in Fes is a joy, especially during the Music Festival,” Hannock said.The reading of the play will be accompanied by live music composed and played by Ghislain Hervet, a classical clarinetist, and composer for theatre and film.Those looking for a professional theatrical reading alongside live music can catch LADY DI et MONSIEUR ANTOINE, during one of the three performances in Fes. “It will be interesting to see if we get a Moroccan audience as well as Festival visitors. We believe that the play has a certain humanity and can reach a wide audience. This will be the test,” d’Astorg added.The readings will take center stage at three of the most prestigious places in Fes: Riad Fes on 19 June, Le Jardin Des Biehn on 20 June, and Palais Faraj on June 21. The event is free and open to the public. “Not only is this a chance to discover some excellent theatre but also the incredible riads which now exist in the Fez Medina,” d’Astorg said. “For those of you who don’t understand French – come anyway as the atmosphere is terribly British and speaks for itself,” d’Astorg added.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

SecretaryGeneral welcomes new UK climate change financing scheme

According to media reports, last Friday, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown unveiled the “Roadmap to Copenhagen” proposal for $100 billion to be raised annually to finance mitigation and adaptation measures, especially in the world’s poorest nations.“This initiative comes at a critical time, and is precisely the kind of leadership developed countries must demonstrate” if talks on a new climate change framework, seeking to replace the Kyoto Protocol whose first commitment period ends in 2012, are to succeed, Michele Montas, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, said.“Without a serious commitment on financing from developed countries, a deal in Copenhagen is unlikely,” she added.The UK proposal’s focus on adaptation, the Secretary-General believes, is especially crucial since the poorest and most vulnerable developing countries are suffering most acutely from climate change.“He also welcomes the reaffirmation of the principle that additional public funding, beyond existing pledges for development assistance, is necessary to finance adaptation,” Ms. Montas noted.Mr. Ban also voiced hope that the UK scheme will spur discussion and financing commitments from other Member States.Last week, he invited heads of State and government to attend an “unprecedented” global summit at UN Headquarters to propel action towards “sealing the deal” on a new global warming accord in Copenhagen.“Climate change is the greatest challenge facing this and future generations,” he said at a press conference in New York. “Emissions are rising and the clock is ticking.”The high-level meeting will be held on 22 September, just over two months before the start of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in the Danish capital. 29 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the new initiative announced by the Government of the United Kingdom on financing for climate change, ahead of this December’s meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, where countries are expected to wrap up negotiations on an ambitious new pact to slash greenhouse gas emissions. read more

Harmful traditional practices against women pervasive in Afghanistan – UN

Based on research and interviews in nearly all 34 provinces with women, men, Government authorities, religious leaders and community groups, the human rights unit of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) found that the practices occur among all ethnic groups, in rural and urban areas, and that the most harmful among them violate not only Afghan law but also Islamic Sharia law.“As long as women and girls are subject to practices that harm, degrade and deny them their human rights, little meaningful and sustainable progress for women’s rights can be achieved in Afghanistan,” UNAMA’s Human Rights Director Georgette Gagnon told a news conference in Kabul, the capital, calling on religious leaders to take a lead in eliminating the practices.The 56-page report – Harmful Traditional Practices and Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan – notes that millions of Afghan women and girls face pain, suffering, humiliation and marginalization from the discriminatory views of the role and position of women, and it stresses that religious leaders and community elders play a key role in both ending and continuing the scourge.Many men and women interviewed feel the way to end harmful practices is to provide religious leaders with training and education on women’s rights as their moral voice can persuade local communities that the practices not only harm and degrade women but are in most cases inconsistent with Islamic law, it says.Harmful practices are further entrenched by the Government’s inability to fully protect women’s rights, the report adds, calling for speedy implementation of the 2009 Law on Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) that criminalizes many harmful practices such as buying and selling women for marriage and offering girls for dispute resolution.It also criminalizes forced and child marriage, forced isolation, forcing a woman to commit self-immolation and denying women the right to education, work and health services, and prescribes preventive measures for implementation by seven Government ministries.“The urgent need now is to raise awareness of the EVAW law and ensure its full implementation,” Ms. Gagnon said. “The Afghan police and judiciary require far more guidance, support and oversight from national-level authorities on how to properly apply the law.”UNAMA found that some Afghan law enforcement authorities are unaware of the EVAW law, while many are unwilling or unable to apply it, a main reason why such practices persist. Many Afghans interviewed said the police and judiciary often fail to enforce laws on women’s rights, pursuing cases where women are perceived to have transgressed social norms but failing to act when they report violence or in cases of child marriage, claiming these are ‘private matters.’This is shown by the large number of women jailed for ‘moral crimes,’ the report says, noting that when social and cultural circumstances do not allow women and girls to oppose harmful traditional practices or escape violence, they sometimes run away from home.While running away is not a crime, law enforcement authorities often arrest, jail and prosecute such runaways, charging them with intending to commit zina (sexual intercourse outside of marriage).The report stresses that the consequences of child marriages have been widely demonstrated to be lasting and damaging to the health, education and well-being of girls. Afghanistan has the worst rate of maternal mortality in the world, with many deaths among those married under the age of 16. Among the most tragic consequences of harmful practices is self-immolation, where women set themselves on fire often as a cry for help or as their only escape from violence.Among its recommendations, the report calls on the Government, including President Hamid Karzai, to fully implement the EVAW law, and to issue as an immediate step a decree freeing girls and women arrested for running away. Courts and prosecutors must apply the EVAW law and police and prosecutors must promptly investigate and prosecute all complaints of harmful practices.It calls on religious leaders, together with the ministries of Hajj and Religious Affairs and Women’s Affairs, to develop training and awareness-raising programmes for mullahs, imams and religious teachers about women’s rights, violence against women and the EVAW law so that they speak out on those practices that are inconsistent with Islamic teachings. 9 December 2010Harmful traditional practices violating women’s rights, including honour killings, child marriage and giving away girls to settle disputes, are pervasive in Afghanistan, says a United Nations report released today that calls on the Government to implement a new law aimed at ending the scourge. read more

Ohio State womens hockey enjoys undefeated weekend at Minnesota State

OSU freshman forward Maddy Field (22) fights for the puck during a game against Minnesota State on Oct. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 5-3.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team recorded a tie and win this weekend at Minnesota State, providing some temporary joy in its disappointing 2015-16 campaign.On Friday, the Buckeyes and Mavericks ended regular time in a 3-3 tie and then the Buckeyes won a shootout 2-1. The next, the OSU offense exploded for eight goals, while only giving up three.In the first game, the Buckeyes jumped out to a two-goal lead after the first period off of goals from senior forward Kendall Curtis and freshman forward Erin Langermeier, with Langermeier’s being the first of her collegiate career. Minnesota State was able to cut the deficit in half in the second period with a goal from forward Emily Antony.At 13:45 in the third period, Mavericks freshman Jordan McLaughlin knocked in a goal to tie the game. The Buckeyes answered with a goal from captain Melani Moylan to recapture the lead shortly after, but the Mavericks scored on a power play with 1:15 left to send it to overtime, where neither team was able to score.In the shootout, Curtis found the net first for the Buckeyes. Mavericks defenseman Anna Keys scored on Buckeye goalkeeper Alex LaMere to notch the shootout at one goal apiece. Then, sophomore forward Julianna Iafallo scored to win the shootout for the Scarlet and Gray and grab an extra point.On Saturday, the Buckeyes jumped out to a two-goal lead for the second day in a row. The goals for the Buckeyes were scored by junior forwards Claudia Kepler and Katie Matheny. Minnesota State followed that up with two goals of their own to tie the game. Antony and Katie Johnson were the first-period goal scorers for the Mavericks.Matheny scored in the second period to once again give the Buckeyes the lead but the Mavericks’ Antony scored her second goal of the game and third in two days to tie the game at 3-3. Unlike Friday, however, the Buckeyes did not let the score remain that way.OSU added two more goals in the second period. One came on a power play by Kepler and the other was a short-handed goal by senior forward Julia McKinnon.In third period, the floodgates opened, as the Buckeyes scored three more times. McKinnon scored her second goal of the game off an assist from Iafallo 5:13 into the period. Curtis was able to add another goal for the Buckeyes three minutes later. Then Moylan scored the final goal with less than two minutes left in the game.The eight goals scored on Saturday are the most by the team this season. Kepler and McKinnon each tallied four points.The Buckeyes have another road series on the agenda next weekend when head back to Minnesota to play Minnesota Duluth. The games are scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. on Friday and 5:07 p.m. on Saturday. read more

EHF CL Round 3 SG Flensburg beat Wisla Plock

SG FlensburgWisla Plock ← Previous Story Talant Dujshebaev is new Hungarian head-coach! Next Story → Darko Stanic and RK Metalurg – THE END SG Flensburg celebrate the second win in a row at EHF Champions League. Team of Ljubomir Vranjes won the match against Polish Wisla Plock 35:28 (21:16) with fantastic Mattias Andersson in the main role with 20 saves. The match in “FLENS Arena” was the opener of the EHF CL Round 3…SG Flensburg-Handewitt – Wisla Plock 35:28 (21:16)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (20/2 saves), Møller () – Karlsson, Nenadic (7), Eggert (6/4), Glandorf (6), Mogensen (7), Wanne (1), Kaufmann, Jakobsson, Heinl (1), Zachariassen, Radivojevic (7)Wisla Plock: Wichary (7 saves), Corrales (8 saves) – Kwiatkowski, Daszek, Racotea (4), Tioumentsev (3), Wisniewski, Pusica (1), Ghionea (7/3), Rocha (4/2), Syprzak (2), Zelenovic (5), Montoro (1),Nikcevic (1) read more

Curious seagull steals GoPro camera gives us birds eye view

first_imgGoPro cameras have got a growing reputation of being the sportsman’s camera of choice for catching the action first hand. Head-mounted, they give onlookers a great view of the action, be it skiing, surfing, snowboarding, or sky diving. You can also attach one to a hunting dog with great results.One of the advantages of the GoPro is how small and light they are while still managing to capture HD video at a decent framerate. One of the disadvantages is they are also shiny and therefore attract the interest of curious birds.AdChoices广告As the video above shows, one GoPro owner left his camera on the ground unattended for a few seconds. A curious seagull saw his chance and went in for the kill, grabbing the camera and taking flight with the shouts of protest from the owner fading into the background.You’d be crushed if this happened, right? I mean, what can you do? There’s no way to chase down a fast-flying bird carrying your expensive device in its beak. But this guy got lucky and tracked his stolen camera down to the top of a castle wall. In order to get it back he had to do a bit of climbing, though.We think it was worth the stress and workout to get it back, however. It’s not often we get to see a bird-s eye view of flight over the streets of Cannes, France. I’m sure getting a seagull to willingly wear a camera and fly around would be much harder to achieve.via YouTubelast_img read more

Red Hot Nickel Ball takes on crayons with a surprise ending

first_imgThe Red Hot Nickel Ball (RHNB) has come to claim another victim, and this time it’s that childhood favorite, the crayon. Well, a whole bunch of crayons, actually. The RHNB operator has tethered a mess of crayons together with a rubber band. Can you guess what will happen? You’re probably only half right.At first, the RHNB does it’s thing by turning the crayons into puddles. It melts the wax in a few seconds, with an appropriate amount of flame. At the bottom of the crayon container is a bit of water to catch the burning wax — this becomes important later on.After the RHNB melts down to the rubber band, the operator picks it up and melts a bit more wax. You know, just for fun. He finds that the RHNB is now coated in boiling wax, which is quite flammable. He drops the nickel ball into a bucket of water to extinguish it. The boiling wax in the original bowl is also on fire. So, dump it in water? Not the best idea.The fireball that results from pouring the boiling wax into water is pretty dangerous, especially when you’re hovering over it with a camera. The practice of wax burning is actually a common method of entertainment during festivals in Hong Kong. The danger that goes along with it has caused authorities to prohibit it in many areas.What causes it, though? When boiling wax is added to water, it vaporizes water. The expanding cloud of water vapor launches wax upward as tiny droplets, thus increasing its surface area dramatically. This exposes more flammable boiling wax to oxygen, resulting in a big flare up. It’s essentially the same mechanism that makes grease fires increase in size when water is poured on them. If you ever feel the need to copy the RHNB’s exploits, be careful with this one in particular.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S3 première prise en main

first_imgSamsung Galaxy S3 : première prise en main Sorti depuis le 29 mai, le Galaxy S3 commence à arriver dans les différentes boutiques. Maxisciences a pris en main ce smartphone haut de gamme.Après avoir tourné et retourné le fameux Galaxy S3, voici les premières impressions ainsi que quelques photos.Niveau design, le Galaxy S3 s’éloigne du Galaxy S2. Plus grand, 9 mm de longueur et 4 mm  en largeur supplémentaires, le Galaxy S3 reste plus fin (8,9 mm) et plus léger (133 grammes) que l’iPhone 4S (9,3 mm et 140 grammes). Samsung a misé sur un aspect galet et a arrondi tout les angles de son téléphone. Plutôt léger, sa prise en main est très agréable et il faut admettre que sa taille le rend plus facile à manipuler qu’un Galaxy Note. Mais ce qui accroche l’œil, c’est évidemment l’écran. Le 4,8 pouces Super AMOLED HD tient ses promesses, il offre un grand confort visuel et les couleurs sont très bien rendues. Mais les caractéristiques techniques du Galaxy S3 ont déjà été ressassées plusieurs fois. Ce qui fait le plus de ce téléphone, ce sont les applications proposées par Samsung. Pour cette première prise en main du Galaxy S3, seules certaines fonctionnalités ont pu être testées. En effet, tout l’aspect social de Samsung avec des applications comme AllShare Play ou Ch@tOn n’était pas disponible car elles nécessitent un compte Samsung pour s’y connecter.S Voice Samsung mise sur l’intelligence artificielle avec l’arrivée de son service de reconnaissance vocale, S Voice. De ce qu’on a pu voir, le S Voice a un peu de mal à identifier les différents mots et il lui faudra un peu de temps pour s’adpater à votre vocabulaire. Cependant, nous étions dans un environnement bruyant, il est donc difficile d’évaluer la performance. Les fonctions météo et envoyer un SMS fonctionnent plutôt bien, même si il est conseillé de pré-enregistrer le numéro plutôt que de le dicter, car S-Voice a du mal à saisir tout les chiffres. Petits bonus, l’application propose des phrases toutes faites pour permettre d’accéder facilement à des fonctionnalités, il est aussi possible de désactiver le lancement d’application depuis la reconnaissance vocale.Veille Intelligente À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Nous avons testé ensuite le système de veille intelligente. Plutôt bien pensé, le téléphone se met en veille au bout de 15 secondes,s’il ne détecte pas le mouvement de vos yeux. Le système fonctionne bien et le téléphone se rallume rapidement après avoir détecté votre regard.Appareil Photo Autre fonctionnalité testée, l’appareil photo. Facile d’utilisation, Samsung mise sur le mode rafale qui prend une vingtaine de prise en trois secondes. Si vous avez du mal à vous décider, le Galaxy S3 se propose de choisir la meilleure en se basant sur la netteté de l’image et sur les personnes qu’il arrive à détecter. Même si l’appareil est un peu bruyant, le mode rafale fonctionne très bien et malgré quelques photos floues la majorité des photos sont réussies.Le 5 juin 2012 à 15:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Report No Digital Platform Reigns Supreme

first_imgThere was no clear trend between consumer demographics (like gender and marital status) as factors for who was more willing to pony up for Web content. However, the report found that those more likely to pay are slightly younger—43 years versus 47—and were 24 percent more likely to be technology optimists. Income didn’t play in to consumers’ willingness to pay for magazines online.A majority of consumers—67 percent—feel that magazines and newspapers are “priced about right,” while a small contingent (one in five, or 19 percent) thinks they are getting more value than they’re paying for, especially when it comes to magazines.I for one think it’s important for publishers to take baby steps when it comes to offering content behind a pay wall—particularly with four out of five consumers reporting a blatant refusal to buy into the model. Like the Economist’s “experiment” annouced earlier this month, publishers should expect that determining the amount of paid content be a true trial and error process. Move your content from free to everything-behind-a-wall the next day and you may be faced with a slew of angry, embittered readers. This aversion to paying for online content may also stem from the fact that for many consumers—as the report indicates—are still unsure as to what, exactly, is their next platform move beyond print. The study also confirmed that while the industry may be on board, the majority of consumers (80 percent) won’t pay to access magazine content online. For those few that said they wouldpay, they prefer subscriptions over single-article micropayments. It seems like each digital platform has had its moment in the sun as the next new savior of print magazines—Web sites, PDFs, mobile, digital editions and e-readers. But based on a 2009 Forrester Research study released last week, called “Publishers Need Multichannel Subscription Models,” which surveyed 4,711 U.S. consumers during the third quarter (and is part of their “Media Meltdown” series), no one delivery method reigns supreme among consumers.When asked, “If the publications you read were no longer available in print, how would youprefer to access that content,” responses showed that no single channel dominates. Thirty-seven percent of consumers said they’d prefer to access content on a Web site, while smaller groups said they’d prefer content via mobile phones (14 percent), and laptops and netbooks (11 percent). And despite the e-reader hype, the skeptics may be right: only 3 percent of respondents said they’d read their print content on a device like the Amazon Kindle. Although considered a rudimentary method of delivery, 10 percent of those surveyed say they’d prefer the anachronistic solution of PDF by e-mail. A whopping 44 percent of respondents identified “None of these” as a replacement for print.Who Will Pay?last_img read more

Give an early start to your day to cut depression

first_imgIf you are an early riser, you are significantly less likely to develop depression, according to researchers.”Being an early type seems to be beneficial, and you can influence how early you are,” said lead author Celine Vetter, Director at the University of Colorado-Boulder.Conversely, people who are up till late at night are twice as likely to suffer from depression, studies have shown.It is because the late chronotypes – or night owls – are less likely to be married, more likely to live alone and be smokers, and more likely to have erratic sleep patterns, the researchers explained. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLack of sleep, exercise, less time spent outdoors, bright lights at night, and low exposure to daylight all can contribute to depression.For the study, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, the team analysed more than 32,000 female nurses to explore the link between chronotype – the propensity for the individual to sleep at a particular time during a 24-hour period, or sleep-wake preference, and mood disorders. The results showed that even after accounting for environmental factors like light exposure and work schedules, chronotype – which is in part determined by genetics – appears to mildly influence depression risk. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Our results show a modest link between chronotype and depression risk. This could be related to the overlap in genetic pathways associated with chronotype and mood,” Vetter said.However, early risers still had a 12-27 per cent lower risk of being depressed than intermediate types, while late types had 6 per cent higher risk than intermediate types (this modest increase was not statistically significant).”This tells us that there might be an effect of chronotype on depression risk that is not driven by environmental and lifestyle factors,” Vetter noted.Vetter stressed that while the study does suggest that chronotype is an independent risk factor for depression, it does not mean night owls are doomed to bedepressed.last_img read more

I feel the pressure Disney actor on playing first openly gay character

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Last year, the Disney Channel made history when it aired its first ever coming out scene. The scene was from the Season 2 premiere of their show Andi Mack. Joshua Rush’s character, 13-year-old Cyrus, comes out to his friend Buffy.Rush, who was 15 when he landed the role, and now 16, talked to People about the historical nature of the role.‘I feel the pressure, and I also don’t,’ he said. When he got the role, he spent a lot of time preparing for it. ‘I think the most important thing for me when I got this part was to do it right.’Before the big coming out scene, he revealed he and his co-star Sofia Wylie ran through it many times. ‘We put the work in, and I think it shows,’ he added about the final product.‘I can be who I am now’Rush knew the importance of the storyline. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img ‘I knew that I wanted to do it justice, because I knew that people were gonna end up seeing this and being like, “Wow that’s me, I identify with that [and] I can be who I am now,” but I also wanted to make sure that it’s not all-encompassing. Like that’s not all of Cyrus’ personality,’ he commented.He added that he was the first person one of his friends came out to, and how powerful this representation will be for others.It wasn’t received well everywhere, however.Kenya banned the show because of the storyline. Ultimately, Disney pulled the show from South Africa due to responses.However, it’s also inspired many and Rush hopes Disney will continue in the same vein.‘I hope that more shows will follow in Disney’s footsteps with Cyrus’ storyline. Really, I look forward to the day that it’s not an unusual occurrence. I hope everyone can one day see that our differences are beautiful and that love is love.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Love, Simon and Disney actor Joey Pollari comes out as gayGay Hollyoaks star Nathan Sussex on why straight men can play gay roles (and vice versa)British model Zander Hodgson comes out as gayRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/disney-actor-playing-first-openly-gay-character/ Joshua Rush as Cyrus in the coming out scene. | Photo: YouTube/Disney Channel Centrallast_img read more

Sunwings 20192020 Cruise Brochure out now with savings of up to 200

first_img Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, May 31, 2019 Sunwing’s 2019/2020 Cruise Brochure out now with savings of up to $200 per couplecenter_img Posted by TORONTO — Hot off the press is Sunwing’s new 2019/2020 Cruise Brochure, available now at travel agencies across Canada and online at sunwing.ca.Featured in the brochure are three leading cruise lines: MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Marella Cruises. Travellers can take advantage of roundtrip flights on Sunwing Airlines from Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Moncton or Halifax, as well as pier transfers, accommodations, meals onboard and more.Plus, from now until June 7, travellers can save up to $200 per couple on all Sunwing cruise packages for travel between Dec. 17, 2019 and April 14, 2020.Vacationers can choose from two different ships with Norwegian Cruise line: Norwegian Escape and, new for this season, the Norwegian Encore, which will set sail from Miami later this year and features a water slide and the largest multi-level racetrack at sea. On Encore’s Eastern Caribbean itinerary, guests will visit Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterMSC Cruises, meanwhile, offers three different ships to choose from, including the MSC Meraviglia, which is new to Sunwing’s 2019/2020 lineup. With sailings from Miami starting Dec. 22, 2019, the Meraviglia boasts a number of world class amenities, including a water park and Cirque du Soleil shows. Several itineraries are available with unique ports of call like Belize, Honduras and MSC’s new private island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas.Sunwing is also welcoming back several MSC favourites this year, including the MSC Armonia and the MSC Seaside, both of which feature a splash park, the MSC Aurea Spa and fun-filled kids clubs. Plus, Sunwing guests can enjoy the Easy Drink beverage package with a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks included complimentary in their cruise package.Finally, Sunwing welcomes back the popular all-inclusive Marella Discovery 2, with sailings from Montego Bay starting Dec. 17, 2019. These voyages include a complimentary beverage package and daily gratuities, and feature a wide selection of restaurants and amenities such as an open-air cinema, mini-golf and rock climbing wall. Cruise itineraries on the Marella Discovery2 include ports of call like Guatemala, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica, to name a few.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTAll Sunwing cruise packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines. Tags: Cruise, Sunwinglast_img read more

With great fanfare Pyongyang opens new airport terminal

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Comments   Share   It is rare for North Korean media to mention any problems in the country, but under Kim Jong Un there have been other occasions where his criticisms have been published.Photos of his visit to the new terminal were prominently featured in the North’s media last week. Judging from his broad smile in those photos, whatever defects he had previously pointed out were fixed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. However, the airport is likely to appear largely empty. Just a handful of international flights come and go from Pyongyang every week, although since last year the frequency has increased. Only two airlines have scheduled flights to Pyongyang — North Korea’s flag carrier, Air Koryo, and Air China.The new international terminal building is roughly the same size as the old one which was long in service. But it is much bigger than the small, temporary terminal building that has been in use for the past few years while construction was going on.In recent years, the regular international connections from Pyongyang have been Beijing and Shenyang in China, along with Vladivostok in Russia. Air Koryo occasionally flies further afield, for example to Malaysia and Kuwait, but those are not regular flights.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had shown a keen interest in the construction of the new airport facilities and North Korean state media reported him making inspection visits to the project four times in the past two years.On one occasion last year, North Korean state media reported that Kim Jong Un criticized the construction of the new airport terminal building, highlighting “defects.” Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea opened a new terminal building at Pyongyang’s international airport on Wednesday, underscoring an effort to attract more tourists and to spruce up the country ahead of a celebration of a major anniversary of the founding of its ruling party in October.North Korean Premier Pak Pong Ju officiated at the opening ceremony, which marks the completion of years of work at Pyongyang’s main Sunan airport. Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

Related 10 of the worlds most dangerous volcanoes

first_img Related10 of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes: in picturesTen totally stunning photos of a selection of the world’s most awesome, and most dangerous volcanoes.Top 10 things to do in Costa Rica: In picturesFrom active volcanoes to tropical rainforests – explore one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world.Top ten things to do before you dieTop ten things to do before you die Blasting billions of tons of ash and lava 10,000ft into the atmosphere, Iceland’s unpronounceable volcano – Eyjafjallajökull – wreaked havoc on European airspace, grounding thousands of flights for over five days.But now planes have returned to our skies – ironically one of the first flights was to Reykjavik – where are the best places for lava lovers to see volcanoes up close?Skyscanner brings you the top ten destinations for volcano voyeurs.Stromboli, ItalyKnown as the ‘Lighthouse of the Mediterranean’ due to its spectacular night time explosions, this Aeolian Island has been attracting global lava lovers for years. Stromboli is almost unique in that it has been active since records began. The eruptions are so regular that the word Stromboli is now used to mean ‘small explosion’ and its shape means you can get remarkably close to the action –just 200m above the active crater! Find cheap flights to ItalyKilauea, HawaiiKilauea on the Hawaii’s Big Island claims the title of the world’s most active volcano – so a visit here is likely not to disappoint. You’ll need to take a boat ride to see one of its most spectacular sights – red hot lava oozing into the ocean which causes the sea to boil and vaporise into white plumes of steam. Find cheap flights to HawaiiEtna, Sicily, ItalyThis fiery Italian mountain boasts the title of being Europe’s most active volcano. In a state of almost constant activity, it last erupted as recently as this month (April 2010!). Take a 4-wheel drive excursion to explore Etna’s lava fields, volcanic caves and tunnels, and eruptive fissures, but don’t get too close! Find cheap flights to ItalyTeide, Tenerife, SpainIf you prefer your volcanoes a little less active, a visit to Mount Teide is a safer option. Part of the Teide National Park, it hasn’t erupted since 1909. At 3718m tall, it’s the highest peak in Spain and easily visible from flights to Tenerife. Take the Mount Teide cable car to the summit to enjoy the view, but don’t forget to apply for a permit first. Find cheap flights to TenerifeMt Ruapehu, New ZealandPart of the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’ it’s no wonder that New Zealand is home to many active volcanoes. Mount Ruapehu is the country’s highest and one of the world’s most active having last blown its top in 1996. In winter its slopes become the North Island’s largest ski areas offering snow sports at Turoa and the interestingly named Whakapapa resorts. Find cheap flights to New Zealand**Mount Fuji, Japan**The almost perfectly symmetrical volcanic cone of Mount Fuji is a potent symbol of Japan. Climbing all 3776m of it is popular during the summer months, when hikers take to the trails of volcanic cinder to enjoy an almost lunar landscape and spectacular views from the peak. Though still classed as active, Fuji hasn’t erupted since 1708, so the threat of being consumed by hot magma is thankfully fairly low. Find cheap flights to TokyoCotopaxi, Ecuador The ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’ in the Andes Mountains includes Cotopaxi volcano which, at almost 6000 metres, is the world’s highest active volcano. Even if Cotopaxi doesn’t blow during your visit, her picture perfect cone surrounded by pristine forests, lakes and wild horses should offer ample compensation. Find cheap flights to EcuadorSierra Negra, GalapagosOne of the largest volcanoes in the Galapagos Archipelago, Sierra Negra last went off in 2005. As one of the most active volcanic areas in the world, the Galapagos Islands are considered perfect for volcano watching – so far there have been more than 50 eruptions in the last 200 years. Find cheap flights to EcuadorYellowstone Supervolcano, Wyoming, USAAlthough Yellowstone’s last eruption happened nearly 640,000 years ago, the area is a hydrothermal hotspot; visitors flock to see the Geysers spurting hot water and the many mud pots and hot pools. If Yellowstone’s super volcano did erupt again, volcanologists say it would have devastating consequences for much of the US and Canada. Experts predict that this won’t happen for another 90,000 years; let’s hope they’re right. Find cheap flights to USA**Montserrat, West Indies**In 1995 the Soufrière Hills volcano erupted, burying and burning the former capital of Plymouth to such an extent that they had to relocate the government permanently. Ash continues to fall to this day making much of the area off limits, but some parts of the exclusion zone are now open for guided tours allowing visitors to see the half-buried houses. The volcano itself is best viewed from Jack Boy Hill from where you can watch its angry red glow after dark. Find cheap flights to MontserratReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

NEW YORK — The wife of the artist Peter Max has di

first_img NEW YORK — The wife of the artist Peter Max has died in a suspected suicide amid a family fight over her husband’s work.New York City Police say Mary Max was found dead Sunday in her apartment. She was 52.Her attorney, John Markham, says in the hours before she died, Max left a lengthy voice mail with a friend in London, saying last goodbyes to loved ones.The New York Times recently published a story detailing legal battles over the work of Peter Max, a prolific creator of art now living with dementia at age 81.Some family members claimed Peter Max was being mistreated and asked to sign his name on work created by others.Mary Max also was accused of being abusive toward her husband — allegations she denied.Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Artist Peter Max’s wife found dead in a suspected suicide by Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2019 1:54 pm PDT FILE – In this June 14, 2017, file photo, artist Peter Max acknowledges applause during the unveiling of the theme art he created for the 2017 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Authorities say Mary Max, 53, the wife of the artist Peter Max, was found dead Sunday, June 9, 2019, in New York, of a suspected suicide amid a family fight over her husband’s work. Her death comes two weeks after The New York Times published a story detailing legal battles over the work of Peter Max, a prolific creator of colorful, psychedelic art who is now living with dementia at age 81. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File) last_img read more

Rep Tedder participates in the 4th Annual Legislative Polar Plunge for Special

first_img Temperatures dipped back down into the teens just in time for the 4th Annual Legislative Polar Plunge when state Rep. Jim Tedder and more than a dozen other legislators jumped into a swimming pool of frigid water on the Capitol lawn to support the Special Olympics.The pool they jumped into was transported to the Capitol by Special Olympics Michigan ahead of the event.“The water was freezing but it was worth it to be able to support an organization that acts as a champion for respect and dignity to those with disabilities,” said Rep. Tedder, R-Clarkston. “Special Olympics in Michigan brings year-round sports and athletic competition to over 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and I am honored to play a small part in supporting them by taking the plunge.”All donations received from the Legislative Polar Plunge go directly to Special Olympics Michigan to help support their activities.Polar Plunges take place all over the country in cold weather and is well-known for the colorful costumes and shivering swimmers they produce. Categories: Tedder News,Tedder Photos 05Mar Rep. Tedder participates in the 4th Annual Legislative Polar Plunge for Special Olympicslast_img read more

Rep Marino announces Rep for a Day summer reading contest

first_img29Jun Rep. Marino announces ‘Rep for a Day’ summer reading contest State Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) is kicking off his ‘Rep for a Day’ summer reading contest for local elementary school students. The winner will have the opportunity to serve as an honorary state representative at the Capitol for a day. Rep. Marino hopes to encourage students to utilize their summer breaks to improve reading skills and develop a passion for reading.“By using down time during summer vacation to read, students significantly grow their reading abilities,” Marino said. “This annual contest is about fostering a healthy habit for our younger generation that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”Students in grades one through five who reside in the 24th House District are eligible to participate. The 24th House District encompasses Harrison Township, and parts of Clinton and Macomb townships.Participants will track their reading on special bookmarks provided to local libraries. Contest bookmarks are available to download and print on www.RepMarino.com and available throughout the summer at the following participating libraries:Harrison Township Public Library, 38255  Lanse Creuse St. in Harrison Township; andClinton-Macomb Public Library, 40900 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township.Students can drop off completed bookmarks in boxes provided at local libraries before Sept. 1. There is no limit to the amount of bookmarks that can be submitted, as long as each bookmark is completed.Rep. Marino will draw from the boxes to determine the winner, who will be invited to the Capitol with their family to act as Rep. for a Day.For questions regarding the contest, please contact Rep. Marino at (517) 373-0113 or by email at SteveMarino@house.mi.gov. Categories: Marino Newslast_img read more