The myriad moments of Commencement


first_imgOne of the many things Harvard knows — and that it proves unfailingly each spring — is how to put on a show.The weeklong buildup to Commencement Day’s ancient and scripted rites is a feast for the eyes, the ears, the palate, but mostly the heart. There are reunions and receptions, prayers offered and advice given. There are long years of toil complete and lingering fears of failure vanquished. And parents’ once hopeful pride is now openly worn.It is indeed both graduation (the closing of a chapter, the relinquishing of a heart’s once fondest dream) and commencement (the beginning of what comes next) in the many graduates’ thousands of variations.Harvard’s 367th Commencement Day was about last laughs, wistful goodbyes, about family, friends, and pride in work well, and finally, done.last_img read more

Three Indonesians who attended mass prayer in Malaysia test positive for COVID-19


first_imgThree Indonesian citizens who participated in a mass prayer during 2020 Jhor Qudamak, a mass Islamic gathering, in Malaysia have tested positive for COVID-19.Foreign Ministry acting spokesman Teuku Faizasyah confirmed that three individuals had taken part in the grand tabligh (religious) gathering.“All three have been hospitalized in Malaysia,” Faizasyah said as quoted by kompas.com on Monday.Malaysia reported 190 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, up from 12 on Friday, with the new cases said to be linked to the gathering. Read also: COVID-19: North Sumatra traces residents who attended virus-stricken religious gathering in Kuala LumpurThe country has traced around 5,000 of the 14,500 Malaysians who attended the event.The Malaysian Health Ministry said it would place the event participants and their closest contacts in quarantine for 14 days.The event was held at the Sri Petaling Jamek Mosque from Feb. 27 to March 1 and was attended by 16,000 people from various countries, Reuters reported.The mass gathering was attended by 700 participants from Indonesia, 200 from the Philippines and 95 from Singapore, Channel News Asia reported. Singapore said it was currently tracking its citizens linked to the event.Meanwhile, in Brunei, at least 38 of the 40 COVID-19 cases in the country have been linked to the event. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

Seanergy Concludes Refinancing of Bulker Championship


first_imgGreek dry bulk shipping Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. has concluded the refinancing of the 2011-built Capesize M/V Championship through a leasing agreement with Cargill International SA.The refinancing has released approximately USD 7.8 million of liquidity for the company.Pursuant to the agreement, the company has chartered back the vessel on a bareboat basis and subsequently entered it into a five-year time charter with Cargill at a rate which is linked to the 5-routes time charter average of the Baltic Exchange Capesize Index (BCI).Cargill will also cover 100% of the equipment and installation cost for retrofitting the vessel with an exhaust gas cleaning system.As part of the transaction, the company has issued 1,800,000 common shares to Cargill.As informed, the transaction is part of the company’s scrubber installation and time-charter program announced in October 2018. The company plans to equip five of its Capesize bulkers with scrubbers before the January 1, 2020 implementation date of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) sulfur emission cap regulation.last_img read more