Illustration purposes only (Image courtesy of SHI)DIF Capital Partners, through its DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I, has signed a deal securing a 50 percent stake in a French incorporated company that will own and operate a fleet of five to-be-built LNG carriers. The independent infrastructure fund manager, DIF Capital Partners said it signed final documentation alongside ship-owner Geogas Maritime and Access Capital.The remaining 50 percent will be held by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), DIF Capital Partners said in its statement.The five 174,000-cbm vessels will be built by South Korean shipyards and equipped with state-of-the-art LNG fuelled propulsion technology, resulting in best-in-class environmental performance, the statement reads.The first ship is expected to become operational in April 2020. All five ships will fly the French flag.The vessels will be chartered to a French and European utility under long-term contracts and will be project financed under a customary French lease structure.
Mount Kanlaon is the highest point in Negros Island and in the Visayas at 2,465 meters above sea level. People living near the foot of the stratovolcano are urged to be prayerful and vigilant after a recent series of volcano-tectonic earthquakes jolted some parts of Negros Occidental. ARCHIE ALIPALO/PN BACOLOD City – People living near the foot of Mt. Kanlaon in Negros Island have been urged by their respective local authorities to be vigilant and prayerful after a recent series of volcano-tectonic earthquakes jolted some parts of Negros Occidental. In La Castellana, Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan said she felt a strong tremor around 1 a.m. She was able to get in touch with some village officials afterwards. Residents in neighboring towns such as La Castellana and Pontevedra as well as in the cities of Bago and Bacolod also felt the 2:06 a.m. temblor at Intensity IV. Magnitude 4.7 tremors were felt in La Carlota at 1:01 a.m. and 2:06 a.m. Phivolcs said Kanlaon’s seismic monitoring network recorded 136 tectonic earthquakes on the western flanks during the 24-hour observation period. In Bago City, the city government posted on its Facebook page a call on its residents to stay safe following the earthquakes. It also warned local government units to strictly prohibit entry into the four-kilometer radius permanent danger zone “due to the further possibilities of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions”. He added the local government unit has been monitoring the earthquakes which started around 4 p.m. on June 21. On Monday, Mangilimutan met with personnel of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to discuss the local government’s preparedness. The mayor also urged her constituents to pray for their safety. “As always, what we do is we confirm it with Phivolcs if it’s volcanic or tectonic. We just have to prepare, we don’t know anytime Mt. Kanlaon might erupt,” she said in a radio interview. The DOST-Phivolcs also advised civil aviation authorities to “avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ejecta from any sudden phreatic eruption can be hazardous to aircraft. (With a report from PNA/PN) “Pray, be vigilant and keep safe,” La Carlota City Mayor Rex Jalando-on said on his Facebook post. Meanwhile, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Phivolcs reminded Negrenses that Mt. Kanlaon, which straddles the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, is still on Alert Level 1, or at an abnormal condition and has entered a period of unrest. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology’s (Phivolcs) Kanlaon Volcano Bulletin No. 22 issued at 8 a.m. on June 22, four earthquakes took place at 1:01 a.m., 1:04 a.m., 1:34 a.m., and 2:06 a.m. the same day with recorded magnitude of 3.2 to 4.7. The tremor at 1:01 a.m. was felt at Intensity V in La Carlota and Intensity III in Bago and Bacolod cities.
With only 12 Open places across four courses – three at each venue – there was no margin for error for the 288 hopefuls. Higgins’ excuse was that he had taken all his clubs back to his car as he did not think he would need them again after posting a five-under 137 only to be called for a play-off. And while Higgins’ mistake might not have been as expensive as Woosnam’s mistake 12 years ago – that cost the Welshman second place and lost him £218,334 and a place in the Ryder Cup – but it was as damaging. Royal North Devon amateur Jimmy Mullen topped the qualifier at North Berwick after back-to-back 68s gave him a six-under total. It was not a good day for former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie either after blew his bid to return to The Open for the first time since 2009. The 50-year-old Scot carded a second-round 76, having been in contention after an opening 69, to finish three over and four adrift of qualification at Gullane. Amateurs Ben Stow, from Rushmore in Salisbury, and 2012 British Boys champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, from Hallamshire in Sheffield, went through with Sweden’s Oscar Floren. Reigning Scottish amateur champion Grant Forrest booked a maiden Open appearance at The Open as the 20-year-old, from Craigielaw less four miles from this year’s venue Muirfield but studying at San Diego University, carded rounds of 67 and 65 to post an eight-under aggregate of 132 at Dunbar. The other two to secure their Open places at Dunbar were Australian John Wade, who took a holiday to play in qualifying, and India’s Shiv Kapur, both one shot behind. Kent professional Steven Tiley ensured a third Open appearance in four years with some impressive scoring at The Musselburgh. A total of 13 birdies in 36 holes saw him finish nine under, three ahead of Scot Lloyd Saltman, winner of the Silver Medal for leading amateur in the 2005 Open at St Andrews, and High Wycombe 21-year-old Tyrell Hatton, who played his first Open at the Old Course three years ago, who both finished six under. A calamitous oversight by David Higgins ended the Irishman’s Open chances after he lost a play-off having discovered one club too many in his bag. Press Association In a scenario similar to Ian Woosnam at the 2001 Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes, the 40-year-old European Tour professional from Waterville realised he was carrying 15 clubs – one more than rules allow. The 40-year-old, whose has his fair share of bad luck in his career after breaking his left wrist and right elbow in a horseriding accident in 1997, incurred a two-stroke penalty and his two rivals Gareth Wright and George Murray progressed from Local Final Qualifying at North Berwick.
Press Association Stoke were unable to fashion any chances but they enjoyed a fair share of possession and did a fine job of protecting goalkeeper Jack Butland, who had replaced Asmir Begovic to make his first Premier League start since January 2014. The game finally stirred into some sort of life in the final five minutes of the half after Charlie Adam tried his luck but was off target from 25 yards. Swansea lost Oliveira to injury but Neil Taylor made good progress down the left to deliver a cross which saw Nathan Dyer tee Shelvey up for a shot which flew straight at Butland. Stoke instantly replied as Steven N’Zonzi forced Lukasz Fabianski to tip over his bar and Ryan Shawcross should have done better from the resulting Adam corner when he lost his marker but headed wide. Swansea needed to raise the tempo at the start of the second period and they were almost immediately rewarded for doing so when Marko Anautovic slipped to present Angel Rangel with possession. Rangel squared the ball to Gylfi Sigurdsson and the Iceland international rattled the crossbar from 20 yards. Sigurdsson had an even clearer sight of goal from Dyer’s centre but he could not keep his header down and Butland waved it over the bar. Swansea were now firmly in the ascendancy and Shelvey saw his shot blocked before Sigurdsson’s follow-up was deflected wide, but Stoke were unable to hold out in the closing stages. Swansea stole a march on Stoke in the battle for eighth place in the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium. Stoke had started the day in ninth spot but they offered precious little in attack and were reduced to 10 men for the first time in the Premier League this season when Marc Wilson tripped Montero five minutes from the end to collect a second yellow card. The first half was a forgettable affair but Swansea eventually found the fluency which had been missing from their game and dominated the second period. But it looked as if they might be denied until Jonjo Shelvey kept the ball in down the right flank and crossed to the far post where Montero beat Phil Bardsley to score with a diving header. Stoke were a man short when substitute Modou Barrow broke free and found Shelvey at the far post, the midfielder pulling the ball back for Ki to score with aplomb. There was an edge to the early stages as if the events at the Britannia Stadium when the two sides met in October was in the minds of both sets of players. On that occasion Swansea manager Garry Monk accused Stoke’s on-loan winger Victor Moses of “cheating” to win a penalty and that raised the hackles of his Stoke counterpart Mark Hughes. Stoke settled well and harried Swansea to such an extent that the home side were unable to find any sort of fluency. But the first opportunity still fell to Swansea when Montero crossed to the far post and Nelson Oliveira volleyed into the side netting from an acute angle. Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero’s first goal in English football broke the deadlock after 76 minutes before substitute Ki Sung-yueng settled matters in stoppage time with a firm sidefoot finish. The win extends Swansea’s advantage over ninth place to six points with three games of the season remaining and the Welsh club look on course for their highest-ever Premier League finish.
Press Association In response to Pulis’ demand last week an FA spokesman had said: “The FA is a not for profit organisation that puts its funds back into football at every level of the game, including grassroots football. “We have been able to achieve this at a rate of more than £100m a year consistently. All of the funds from fines go back into FA revenues which subsequently help us fund football from the grassroots through to the FA Cup.” Pulis takes his team to Old Trafford aiming for a third straight win at United and will assess “one or two” knocks but is likely to have an unchanged squad. Taylor is set to take control of Stoke’s televised clash with Chelsea on Saturday and Pulis, who has failed to properly speak to referees’ chief Mike Riley, remains upset. “The LMA are doing the most they possibly can to try to bring us together and yet we get no feedback on Anthony’s performance on Saturday,” he said, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Manchester United. “I got the fine and the club got punished because we dropped points because of those decisions and then you see Anthony Taylor has got one of the top games this weekend. It is most probably the best game and the game most people will watch on Saturday. “I just hope and pray that it’s not just lip service. I hope they do take some notice of what we do. “What is disappointing is the fact we sent in a response, I’ve tried to get hold of Mike who is in Japan and Mike has tried to send me a message back and we’ve not been able to get hold of each other.” Pulis had previously urged the FA to reveal where the cash collected from fines goes and reiterated that stance. He said: “Greg Dyke has been a fantastic advocate for transparency in FIFA and UEFA. I’ll be writing him a letter and asking him where my £8,000 is going. “The FA is a non-profitable organisation so if it’s going to a charity, which I hope it is, I’d like to send it to the Donna Louise Hospice in Stoke on Trent and I’d like transparency on that.” The West Brom boss was fined £8,000 by the Football Association on Thursday after admitting an improper conduct charge following last week’s 3-2 home defeat to Leicester. He was upset with Taylor’s decision not to award Albion two penalties and confronted the official after the game. Tony Pulis has questioned the decision to award referee Anthony Taylor one of the Barclays Premier League’s top games.
MADRID: Arsenal great Robert Pires said that he could see Villareal and Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla’s potential early on in the latter’s career. 46-year-old Pires played for four years at Villareal after his trophy laden years with Arsenal and Cazorla had made his senior debut for the LaLiga side during the former’s last year at the club.”I remember when I saw Santi Cazorla train for the first time,” the former French midfielder told LaLiga TV. “It was a long time ago! But after the first training session I said to the coach, Manuel Pellegrini: “Manuel, who is this guy?” He said, “Santi Cazorla… why?” He was so good. What a talent. Great skills. Could play with his right, with his left. Good vision.” Cazorla also went on to join Arsenal where he became a crowd favourite and played for six years. However, he spent the last two years of his time at the Emirates Stadium recuperating from what was effectively a career-ending enjury. He returned to Villareal in 2018 and has worn the captain’s armband ever since. IANS Also watch: Health Minister Sarma: 7 more COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital
1. Syracuse men’s basketball extends conference winning streak to 5The Orange continued its rise in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings this week, beating both Florida State on Thursday and Boston College on Sunday.Riding a season-best 62.5 shooting percentage, SU bolted past the Seminoles in an 85-72 home win. Michael Gbinije led the scoring effort with 22 tallies, and Tyler Roberson pitched in a double-double. Senior center Dajuan Coleman helped cushion the lead with a 6-0 run of his own to start the second half. After the game, Jim Boeheim acknowledged that people gave up on his team a long time ago, and felt jolly enough to speak of the weather in his postgame press conference.Against Boston College, freshmen duo Tyler Lydon and Malachi Richardson keyed SU’s eighth conference victory. Lydon led the Orange with 20 points, and shot 2-of-2 from the charity stripe to contribute to a team-wide 88 percent free-throw shooting mark on the day. Syracuse suits up next on Wednesday against Louisville at 7 p.m.MORE: Syracuse community reacts to win over Boston College2. Syracuse lacrosse teams win in season-openersSyracuse men’s lacrosse rolled to an 18-5 win over Siena on Saturday. Senior attack Dylan Donahue assumed a refined role in the offense and notched a game-high nine points. He orchestrated the attack and midfield lines from the X position behind Siena’s net. Warren Hill made his first career start for the Orange, and allowed only two goals in three quarters.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHalle Majorana and Kayla Treanor teamed up for nine goals in women’s lacrosse’s 17-6 win over Loyola. The Orange finished with more shots than Loyola had goals, and bested its offensive averages from last year in the season-opening victory.MORE: Check out The Daily Orange’s Lacrosse Guide, “THEIR SHOT”Logan Reidsma | Senior Staff Photographer3. Syracuse women’s basketball cruises to pair of road conference winsIn a 91-57 dismantling of Virginia on Thursday, the Orange was on pace for 114 points by halftime. It’s 57 first-half points was the most for the team at half since 2013. Leading the charge was Briana Butler, who came within one 3-pointer of her career-high with six 3s through two quarters.Three days later against North Carolina State, Alexis Peterson rescued Syracuse with an eight-point run in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter. SU squeaked past the Wolfpack, 55-52, thanks in part to Peterson’s heroics and Brianna Day’s third straight double-double. The win was the Orange’s 20th of the season and 10th in the conference, a number head coach Quentin Hillsman thinks is high enough to garner an NCAA tournament berth.Quick Hits1. The NCAA said it will factor Jim Boeheim’s absence when considering Syracuse’s case for an NCAA tournament bid.2. Syracuse softball got its season off to a rough start in Las Vegas.3. SU ice hockey secured a first-round bye in the College Hockey America tournament. Comments Published on February 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+
Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaAhmed Amate and Chris Osarumwense both from lBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja over the weekend emerged the country’s flag bearers to the all expense- paid Amateur Golf World Cup (AGWC) that will hold in Spain this year.Amate booked his passage after producing the best nett score of 72 in the division 1 that featured ladies with handicap 19-36 and men with handicap 15-28. The 16-handicap player beat Chijioke Iloghalu on the count back, while a 73 nett left Uche Okpuno one shot off the pace.However, it was Osarumwense that posted the day’s best net of 69 and was handed the second qualifying ticket to Spain.The seven-handicapper, who competed in division 1 that paraded handicap 0-18 ladies and handicap 0-19 men, won by three strokes, beating MB Hassan and Faridah Wada, who shot 72 net a piece.The international final of the AGWC that holds from September 15-20 at Le Club, Murcia, Spain will feature contingents from 20 countries, including Nigeria.Amate exuded enthusiasm after the keenly contested final, saying he couldn’t wait to represent Nigeria at the global amateur golf showpiece.” I have never been to Spain and I can’t wait to get there and do Nigeria proud.“It is a great feeling to win the ticket and go to Spain and represent my country,” Amate said.The Nigerian final organised by TW Mulmedia Limited, had amateur players from across the nation scrambling over 72 holes.The Country Partner of the TW Mulmedia Limited, Faridah Wada, charged Amate and Osarumwense to work on all aspects of their game and aspire to bring laurels for Nigeria in Spain.“The two people who have won the tickets to represent us have to be on top of their game. I am going to keep eyes on them that it is not over yet until we get to Spain and comeback with the trophy,” Wada, a one time Lady Captain of IBB Club said.She urged other sponsors to emulate Well Charlton Hotel and Apartment and Nigerian Local Content Board for their support and commitment to the development of the game of golf in Niger.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Campaigning against the challenge of Governor Rick Scott to be reelected to the US Senate, Democrat Senator Bill Nelson was in South Florida this weekend, and will be in the Panhandle, Central Florida and Rural counties for the rest of his current unusually brief (1.5 weeks) recess from the US Senate. He is scheduled to attend about 15-20 events during this week. Below is an update from the last couple of days. Sunday, August 6th, Senator Nelson met with Caribbean-American elected officials and community leaders from Broward county. The meeting was attended by over twenty-five (25) officials and community leaders. Senator Nelson also visited a local Caribbean owned barbershop, speaking to the business owner and clients. To support Nelson’s small business initiative, the luncheon meeting was held at Lakes Ballroom & Restaurant, a Caribbean restaurant owned by Haitian-American entrepreneurs.That evening, he had three additional meetings pertaining to support from the Caribbean American community. The senator plans to host similar meetings in Miami, West Palm Beach and Central Florida. On Monday, Senator Nelson spoke at two churches in Broward county (The Faith Center and Piney Grove Church in Lauderdale Lakes). Caribbean American endorsements The Nelson reelection campaign has received eighteen (18) endorsements from Caribbean elected officials and community leaders, showing full support to help the campaign galvanize, engage and educate Caribbean-Americans to go out and vote for Senator Nelson on November 6thThe Caribbean American Democratic Caucus of Fl held a 24-hour mobilization call to organize, engage and galvanize Caribbean Americans to vote!Future campaign plans related to the Caribbean American community includes:Α “Graceful Gathering” event with Grace Nelson, wife of the senator, on August 21st with the Haitian American Democratic Club of Lee County (Fort Myers), Democratic Women’s Club of the Lee County and the Democratic Club of the Islands.A “Tea with Grace Nelson” event on September 8th with Women in Business from the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce in Tampa.
Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter MOVE THEY COULD MAKEEvery pitcher mentioned so far is a right-hander. Lefty Ryan Buchter was non-tendered by the Oakland A’s, after posting a 2.98 ERA in 64 games. Although the new three-batter rule will make it more difficult for pitchers like him to be used as situational lefties, Buchter has held righties to a .210 average, along with .187 against lefties. He also has a career average of 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings, which is just what the Angels like to see.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros As the Angels head toward the first workout of spring training on Feb. 12, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with their roster. Players acquired this winter include the method of their acquisition in parentheses. This week, the bullpen. (Previously: the rotation):2019 RECAPThe Angels’ bullpen was a strength at times in 2019, but the failure of the starters to get deep in games – or Manager Brad Ausmus’ reluctance to let them try – forced the bullpen to handle a heavy workload. Cody Allen began the season as the closer and struggled so much that he was released in June. Hansel Robles emerged to become the closer and the Angels’ best overall pitcher, posting a 2.48 ERA. Ty Buttrey had a 2.45 ERA in late June, but it ballooned to 6.93 the rest of the season. He insisted it was just a mechanical issue, and not fatigue. Cam Bedrosian tweaked his slider and was consistently effective all season. They also got solid work out of Noé Ramírez, who had 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings. One of the most disappointing performances came from Justin Anderson, who looked to be a potential back-end reliever in 2018, but regressed to a 5.55 ERA.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWThe Angels’ best hope for improvement might be Keynan Middleton, who missed almost all of 2019 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. When he returned, Middleton gave up one run in 7-2/3 innings, showing an improved changeup that could become a key pitch for him. Assuming Middleton can pitch the way he did before surgery, he could be a part of a dominating late-inning trio, with Robles and Buttrey. Bedrosian could also be in the mix. Noé Ramírez will be back with the potential to fill a key multi-inning relief role. After that, the Angels have Anderson, Mike Mayers (waiver claim from Cardinals) and non-roster invitee Neil Ramírez (free agent from Blue Jays) to compete for middle relief spots. Matt Andriese (trade from Diamondbacks) is coming to camp as a starter, but he’s been a reliever most of the past two years, so he is likely to be in the bullpen if he doesn’t crack the rotation.THE NEXT LAYERRight-hander Kyle Keller (trade from Marlins) has pitched just 10-2/3 innings so far in the majors, and he still has options, so he figures to be one of the relievers who move up and down, with a chance to stay in the majors if he pitches well. Luke Bard, Taylor Cole and Parker Markel (trade from Pirates) also have options, making them likely candidates for the Anaheim-Salt Lake shuttle. Félix Peña, who was a reliever when the Angels acquired him, also could get some work in the bullpen if he doesn’t remain a starter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error