WWE legend Chyna dies aged 46, officials suspect drug overdose

first_imgWWE wrestler Joanie Laurer, who went by the name of Chyna, has died aged 46 and investigating officials suspect a possible overdose.According to media reports, Chyna was in her apartment in Redondo Beach, south of Los Angeles. TMZ Sports reported that the police were called around 7.30 PM local time. Chyna had not moved out of her apartment for a few days and a friend who went to check on her found her unconscious in bed. Following the discovery, a call was made to the police helpline.R.I.P. CHYNA (1970-2016) https://t.co/jqIztRIMMg via @ChynaJoanLaurer #RIPChyna #TeamChyna #Chyna pic.twitter.com/Eyb9ZNMFiR Chyna (@ChynaJoanLaurer) April 21, 2016 However, the police have so far ruled out any foul play.A statement on Chyna’s Twitter handle read “It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero.”Chyna was a legend in WWE. She had teamed up with Triple H and became an original member of D-Generation X. She was also the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble.However, her WWE days were behind her soon and she even featured for Playboy and TV reality show “The Surreal Life.” She even got into pornography, releasing as many as six pornographic movies from 2004 to 2013.#RipChyna ?????? all of us on team Chyna love you and will love you forever babe.Felix pic.twitter.com/jOfbHUAI2j Chyna (@ChynaJoanLaurer) April 21, 2016last_img read more

Germany keeps falling in FIFA rankings led by Belgium

first_imgMakabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue US keeps top spot in Fiba men’s world rankings; champion Spain No. 2 Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect Mexico leads CONCACAF nations at No. 12, and the United States rises one to No. 21.Senegal is Africa’s best at No. 20. Iran at No. 23 tops Asian confederation teams.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Germany lost a 2020 European Championships qualifier this month to the Netherlands, which rises three places to No. 13.Italy also moves above Germany to No. 15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Belgium is followed by No. 2 France, the 2018 World Cup winner, which trades places with No. 3 Brazil.England stays at No. 4 and European champion Portugal rises one place to No. 5. Germany’s Toni Kroos reacts after the Netherland’s second goal during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)ZURICH — Germany fell one place to No. 16 in the latest FIFA world rankings, which are still led by Belgium.As the 11th highest ranked European team, 2014 World Cup winner Germany risks being in the second-seeded pot and getting a tougher opponent when qualifying groups for the 2022 World Cup are drawn, likely next year.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Vital ingredient

first_imgThere was a brief moment of silence before Manny V. Panglinan, telecommunications tycoon and chairman emeritus of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, breathed out a huge sigh.“When we were in China [during the World Cup], yes,” said Pangilinan, when asked if the devastating and painful basketball setbacks he has witnessed since becoming the sport’s designated godfather in the country has floated thoughts of giving up.ADVERTISEMENT Rebuilding the imageThe retooled program has begun taking shape: There will be an overall program director, a position that is likely to fall on the lap of coach Tab Baldwin. The director will oversee the program from the top, starting with the Batang Gilas, to the cadet program resurrected every now and then for minor tournaments to the senior elite national team.“There should be a program director on top that oversees the entire program,” Pangilinan said. “He does the planning [picks the] coach, [does the] budget, and [crafts] the training programs.“We were better organized in 2014,” he added. “And we should be better organized in ‘23 and ‘27.”The SBP hopes to capitalize on a bumper crop of amateurs that it can train alongside the Gilas Pilipinas pool that will compete in the 2023 World Cup. Standouts like the 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto, AJ Edu, Dave Ildefonso, Justin Baltazar, Kobe Paras, Ricci Rivero, Juan Gomez De Liaño, Thirdy Ravena, Matt Nieto, Mark Nonoy and Rhenz Abando are all in the SBP radar, along with Batang Gilas regulars like Dalph Panopio.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano LATEST STORIES “Maybe the core could be a mixture of the Batang Gilas players and the veterans, the PBA players. What’s the proportion, who knows?” Pangilinan said. “The question for the college players now, are they mature enough experience-wise for 2023? Certainly for 2027 they will be, that’s why we have to [implement] a program for the team.”But for all the efforts SBP will put into rebuilding, the image of Gilas Pilipinas, everything will hinge on unity.The PBA has taken the first step by restructuring its calendar to accommodate international windows, but to build on the future, the SBP will also need a solid partnership with the UAAP and NCAA and hope that both collegiate leagues will look beyond self-interest.While Baldwin, or whoever will be named program director, will be the chief architect of the national program, the SBP has already drawn up parameters as to how it will run.Form a dedicated pool of PBA stars and amateur standouts and train them for long periods of time every year, potentially outside the country, like in Europe. The SBP has looked at the European style as a possible system to implement for the program, based on consultations with other basketball minds.Pipe dreamMajority of the PBA board have agreed that the European system would be the best to emulate. Former national coach Yeng Guiao said as much based on his experience in the World Cup. Chot Reyes ran the dribble-drive offense, which is predicated on actions similar to the European style—quick passing, spacing and freeing open shooters.“If we want to [adopt the European style], the players must train in Europe. They must spend some time there,” Pangiinan said. “I’m glad AJ Edu and Kai Sotto are training in the States. But other [amateur standouts] who deserve to be in the 2027 pool should train in Europe also.”And this is why unifying all stakeholders is of utmost importance.“The question is the college players. If they graduate, sina Matt Nieto, sina Thirdy and Baltazar, you can get them. But if naglalaro pa yung mga bata, we have to talk to the associations, and also the schools. The schools have to release them for that kind of training. Eh hindi ganon kadali,” Panglinan said. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “The PBA has been cooperative and I’m grateful for that. And the question is, in talking with the UAAP and the NCAA, will they be as cooperative?”It sounds like a pipe dream, but Panglinan remains hopeful. Amid the deluge of calls on social media for him to focus his time and resources on other sports, the PLDT/Smart chief has stuck to basketball—for a reason.“It’s the sport Filipinos love the most. How can we turn our back on that?” he said, adding that he has a strong emotional connection to the sport.Plea to stakeholders“I grew up in a basketball family, especially my mom. She was a very keen fan of San Beda. In fact [before going to] the games, she’d go to the school first to prepare sandwiches for the team with other moms. Ganoon siya ka fanatic. And she speaks Spanish so she could converse with [PH hoop legend and former San Beda great] Caloy Loyzaga.”Without unity, the SBP plans for a long-term coaching staff, a dedicated national pool, strengthened scouting of the international scene and developing young talents will take a major hit.And thus, Panglinan is hoping for major stakeholders to back the national program, especially the collegiate leagues.“That’s our plea to them,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MVP sees likes of Ravena brothers, Ricci Rivero as future Gilas members PLAY LIST 04:55MVP sees likes of Ravena brothers, Ricci Rivero as future Gilas members04:30Sereno Justice is just as vital as food in nourishing society01:53Tennis tips from Andy Murray’s former coach02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “Right after the Italy game,” he added, referring to the country’s first game in the World Cup, which ended in a miserable rout.And it only got worse from there.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40And for Pangilinan to make things better, he’s going to need a unified effort from all major stakeholders in the sport, especially from the ones that supply the talent.The SBP has begun to survey the wreckage of the country’s recent World Cup stint and has opened communication channels with every possible resource in the hopes of plotting a program that will span two World Cup cycles—2023, which the country will host, and 2027. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical National volleybelles come home with bronze, and a lot of gains for SEAG wars Becoming his own man MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Vin Diesel will be seen wearing a sherwani in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Here’s proof

first_imgAny stills (leaked or otherwise) from Deepika Padukone’s big Hollywood debut opposite Vin Diesel in xXx: Return of Xander Cage never fail to excite us.Also read:Kareena Kapoor Khan to Deepika Padukone: Bollywood beauties with the hottest Kala ChashmaAnd we were more than just delighted when fashion designer Sabyasachi took to Instagram to share a shot of the two actors, grinning with Diesel, sporting a handcrafted sherwani created by Sabyasachi.#SherwaniGoals posts are ready to come! Picture courtesy: Instagram/@sabyasachiofficialVin Diesel looks totally at home in the ensemble, right?Though he’s already on the wishlist of many to-be grooms and brides, couturier Sabyasachi’s sherwani will definitely be pulled off the racks as soon as the movie comes out. Seriously, brace yourselves for all those #SherwaniGoals posts, people.The third film in the xXx franchise, xXx: Return of Xander Cage is slated for a release early next year, and also stars Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose, Donnie Yen.Also read: Kareena Kapoor Khan’s baby bump looked stunning from every angle on the Sabyasachi runwaylast_img read more

Yash Raj Films to honour Indian Paralympic medal winners

first_imgMumbai, Sep 14 (PTI) Yash Raj Films has announced that it will honour Indian athletes, who will win gold at the ongoing Rio Paralympics.The film production company has also saluted Mariyappan Thangavelu for his historic gold win in mens high jump.According to YRF, the Rs 10 lakh rupee cash reward for Rio Paralympics winners is to salute the indomitable spirit of sports and champions, against all odds.”The studio believes to celebrate the sportsman spirit of these athletes. YRF is known to back sports subjects in Hindi cinema. With Chak De! India, Yash Raj Films had backed a subject few would touch- and won over audiences with an entertaining, powerful message in support of women in sport,” YRF said in a statement.”With Sultan, the film studio has repeated this feat- by once again batting for supporting sports in India and empowering women and lesser-privileged sections within the sporting arena.” PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more

SPORT-FIFA-WC 2 LAST

first_imgBefore FIFA settles on a new format, Montagliani is sure Before FIFA settles on a new format, Montagliani is sure there will be an “exhaustive process of review and cost benefit analysis.” The format and bidding process will begin to be discussed next week when Infantino chairs a FIFA Council meeting in Zurich. In outlining one potential format earlier this week, Infantino said “You could have a tournament in which the 16 best teams advance to a group stage and the other 16 will came out of a playoff ahead of the group stage, and the World Cup could end up with 48 teams.” The more pressing issues for FIFA center on the 2018 World Cup with the spotlight increasingly on Russia over racism and doping in sport, and the involvement in the war in Syria. Montagliani sees no need to strip Russia of the World Cup. “Its a very delicate situation because we are a sport,” he said. “You try to as much as possible stay out of the geopolitics of the world because its a just a dangerous thing (to mix) and so it is a bit of walking a tightrope.” AP AH AHlast_img read more

Ravens Deny Rice Misinformation

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti refuted a report suggesting he and other team officials tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Ray Rice after the running back was arrested in February for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.Bisciotti, who rarely met with the media before the Rice saga, said he felt it necessary to respond to an ESPN story last week that described he, President Dick Cass and General Manager Ozzie Newsome pushing Commissioner Roger Goodell for leniency for Rice.“Their accusations didn’t jibe with what we know is fact,” said Bisciotti, who, sitting in a raised leather chair square in the middle of a raised stage at his team’s training facility, also denied that he contacted the league on Rice’s behalf.“I don’t think the league would take too kindly to us badgering them,” Bisciotti said. “I didn’t really care. If it was going to be a precedent-setting (suspension of) four or six games, I would have told Ray not to appeal it.“I expected four of six games and I was surprised as everybody else that it was two.”The two games were Rice’s original suspension by the league — the Ravens took no action at the time — for punching Janay Palmer in a casino on Feb. 15.But after a video surfaced on Sept. 8 showing the violent attack, Rice was released by the team and suspended indefinitely by the league. He has appealed his suspension.Bisciotti acknowledged that the backlash over the handling of the domestic violence case is by far the biggest crisis he’s faced since taking over the team 14 years ago, but defended the integrity of his organization.“When your integrity is questioned, it’s pretty humbling,” Bisciotti said. “Last week it was our competence being questioned. Now it’s our integrity.”The 54-year-old owner criticized the ESPN report for being biased, saying of the anonymous sources quoted in the piece: “It’s clear from the subject matter that it’s Ray’s attorney, it’s Ray’s agent and it’s Ray’s friends. They are building a case for reinstatement.”The report was the latest development in the saga that has Bisciotti and his organization on its heels.“As I stated in our letter to you on September 9, we did not do all we should have done, and no amount of explanation can remedy that. But there has been no misdirection or misinformation by the Ravens,” Bisciotti said in a 15-point statement to the fans released before the news conference.ESPN also reported that Darren Sanders, the team’s Director of Security, was given a detailed description of what occurred in the elevator within hours of Rice’s arrest in February.In the team statement, Sanders said it was more than a week after the incident before an officer described the grainy tape. Sanders did not say he ever received a copy of the video, or ever saw it before it became public.“The officer could not tell from the video whether Ray slapped her or punched her,” Sanders said. Critics say that shouldn’t matter; that the Ravens had enough evidence.Rice was arrested on assault charges, and a police summons stated that Rice had struck Palmer with his hand, rendering her unconscious.Rice has been accepted into New Jersey’s pre-trial intervention program, which enabled him to avoid jail time and could result in having the charge expunged from his record after he meets the requirements.ESPN reported that that Bisciotti sent a text message to Rice offering him a job after the was done with football, and that Rice told friends he was “incredibly insulted” in that it appeared to be an offer of hush money.In the statement, Bisciotti said, “I believed he was, at heart, a good person, that he was capable of redemption, and I wanted to tell him I would be supportive of him.”Newsome reiterated in the team’s statement that Rice had been honest with him about what happened.“When I met with Ray to discuss the incident, I asked him one question: “Did you hit her?” He responded: “Yes,” Newsome said. “I later said Ray didn’t lie to me because he told me he hit her, and that is what the video later showed – although the video was much more violent than what I had pictured.”Ravens coach John Harbaugh denied he asked that Rice be released after the first videotape surfaced, as the report suggested. “I did not recommend cutting Ray Rice from the team after seeing the first videotape,” the coach said in the release.Added Newsome: “Neither John nor anyone else ever recommended cutting Ray Rice before we saw the second videotape on September 8.”Still, there remain questions as to whether the NFL had access to the video, and the ESPN report said Cass never asked for a copy of the video.Bisciotti said, “That’s where we failed. … I lacked a whole lot of interest and had zero desire to see that tape. If I had, I might have said I’m not doing a thing until we see it.”The Associated Press has reported the video was sent to NFL offices in April, and the league subsequently hired former FBI director Robert Mueller to look into how the NFL sought and handled evidence in the domestic violence case.Bisciotti hopes the Ravens and the NFL learn from their mistakes.“The question is, What are we going to do next year as a team, and what is the league going to do next year or the next time this happens?” he said. “I would lose faith in the league if this happened next year and their response is unsatisfactory. If I’m asking people to give me another shot, then I certainly would ask you to give the league office another shot.”(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Barcelona escape Copa expulsion after Spanish federation rejects Levante complaint

first_imgBarcelona will remain in the Copa del Rey after the Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Friday it had rejected Levante’s complaint that the Catalan side fielded an ineligible player.Levante said that Barca had played defender Juan ‘Chumi’ Brandariz in last week’s Copa del Rey last-16, first-leg game, which Levante won 2-1, when he was supposed to be serving a suspension.A statement from the federation said the head of the competition, Carmen Perez, had rejected Levante’s complaint because it arrived after the 48-hour deadline.”After studying the complaint and the corresponding allegations, the head of the competition has decided to maintain the result of the tie and keep Barcelona in the quarter-final draw,” the federation said.Levante said in a statement that they will appeal the decision.Barca, who have won the last four editions of the Copa del Rey and have lifted the trophy a record 30 times, won Thursday’s second leg 3-0 at the Nou Camp for a 4-2 aggregate win.Ernesto Valverde’s side will face Sevilla, who they thrashed 5-0 in last year’s final, in the quarter-finals following the draw, which was made shortly after the federation announced it had rejected Levante’s complaint.The federation’s decision means Barca escape the fate of Real Madrid, who were thrown out of the 2015-16 Copa del Rey for playing Denis Cheryshev in a last-32 game against Cadiz when he was supposed to be serving a suspension from the previous season when he played for Villarreal.Also Watch:last_img read more

Brighton v Norwich: match preview

first_img 19 Trybull 21 Fahrmann 27 Tettey (s 59′) 42 58 Match previews Goal attempts 16 Brighton Off target 7 Norwich 5 Brighton On target 0 Norwich 13 Gross 17 Emi 14 Cantwell 24 Propper 27 Button 4 Godfrey 1 Ryan (s 84′) 4 Duffy 5 Dunk 33 Burn 1 Krul 17 Murray 8 3 Share on LinkedIn (s 75′) 44 Connolly 18 Mooy news 11 8 (s 36′) Substitutes Fouls 15 Webster Possession Brighton 22 Montoya Lineups Premier League 18 Stiepermann 46 Alzate Share via Email 24 Amadou Match stats Corners NOR BRI 3 Byram 11 Trossard 11 Hernandez 6 Stephens NOR42BRI58% (s 86′) 10 Leitner 7 Maupay (s 84′) 20 Drmic Share on Pinterest 2 Aarons Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook 20 March Norwich City 22 Pukki Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Substitutes Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton have turned the Amex Stadium into something of a fortress this season, having lost just once at home in the league and Graham Potter is eager for his team to continue their good form with victory over Norwich. Aaron Mooy will return to the squad from suspension but Potter may not want to change a winning formula after victory over Everton last time out. Daniel Farke’s side have mustered just a single point on the road since promotion and they have lost four of their last five matches but the German is staying upbeat. “We are not so addicted to the table,” Farke said. “I want this attitude that we are addicted to winning games.” Ben FisherSaturday 3pmVenue Amex StadiumLast season n/aReferee Kevin FriendThis season G6 Y27 R3 5 cards/gameOdds H 3-4 A 4-1 D 3-1BRIGHTONSubs from Button, Steele, Bong, Balogun, Richards, Murray, Mooy, Jahanbakhsh, March, Baluta, Schelotto, Duffy, TrossardDoubtful NoneInjured Bernardo (knee, 23 Nov), Izquierdo (knee, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y13 R2Form DDLWLWLeading scorer Maupay 4NORWICHSubs from Fährmann, Mair, Hayes, Byram, Heise, Idah, Roberts, Srbeny, Scully, Famewo, Hutchinson, Drmic, Stiepermann, Trybull, HernándezDoubtful Amadou (knock), Cantwell (match fitness), HernándezInjured Vrancic (match fitness, 23 Nov), Hanley (groin, Dec), Zimmermann (ankle, Jan), Klose (knee, Jun)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y16 R0Form WLLLDLLeading scorer Pukki 6 32 Srbeny 23 McLean 21 Schelotto Norwich Topics 12 Lewis Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Gattuso: AC Milan aren’t Brad Pitt

first_imgMilan AC Milan aren’t Brad Pitt, they’re ugly like me – Gattuso Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:24 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gennaro Gattuso Getty Images Milan Serie A Udinese v Milan Udinese The coach wants his side to continue with their combative style after winning three league games in a row to climb up the table AC Milan should accept they are not football’s answer to Brad Pitt and embrace their “ugly” style, according to coach Gennaro Gattuso.A run of three straight wins in Serie A has seen Gattuso’s men climb to seventh in the table, with a 0-0 draw in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg against Lazio on Wednesday extending their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions.Milan have been grinding out results under the former Italy midfielder, who believes talk of a challenge for Champions League qualification is premature. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I know my ideas and the hard work of my staff,” Gattuso told reporters ahead of Sunday’s trip to Udinese. “I keep my feet on the ground and try not to read too much that is said about me, because I know there’s a long way to go.”We must not forget what people were saying about us only six weeks ago, otherwise we’ll regress.”We’re not Brad Pitt now, we’ve got to continue being as ugly as me and my beard, with dark circles under our eyes.”I hear talk of a Champions League place, but we’re not even in the Europa League spots now.”We are doing well because we are working well. The boys deserve it. We are a solid group, united. It’s important that everyone rows in the same direction because I need all my players, those who don’t get much playing time too.”I understand everyone wants to play, but I don’t want to see a negative attitude and it’s my job to prevent this from happening.”Although Milan spent heavily on players ahead of the 2017-18 season, homegrown striker Patrick Cutrone has been one of their stars.The 20-year-old scored the opening goal in a 2-1 victory at home to Lazio in Milan’s last Serie A game and Gattuso believes the academy product has a bright future.”Patrick is ready to do everything,” Gattuso said. “He has great enthusiasm, he’s always ready to come on.”He’s young and we need him not only for his goals but for how he plays for the team.”Sunday’s trip to Udinese sees Gattuso go up against Massimo Oddo, another member of Italy’s victorious squad at the 2006 World Cup.”I shared so much with Massimo Oddo,” Gattuso said. “He’s an intelligent and funny guy whose success speaks for him.”He got a few slaps in the face from me for his pranks, as we had very different ideas on how to prepare for a game.”We need an excellent performance tomorrow to get a result. Udinese are physically strong, they force teams back, but also counter very quickly. We can’t get anything wrong, as at the moment only Napoli and Juventus are on better form.”last_img read more

GasLog Orders One More LNG Carrier in South Korea

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: GasLog Owner and operator of LNG carriers GasLog has unveiled a new contract for the construction of a 180,000 cbm LNG carrier at Korean yard Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).The LNG carrier (HN 2262) with low pressure two stroke (LP-2S) propulsion is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2020, according to the company.GasLog has also signed a seven-year time charter contract with a wholly owned subsidiary of Centrica for the newbuilding.In addition, the parties have separately agreed optionality in relation to the actual vessel to be delivered into the charter. This optionality allows, instead of HN 2262, either HN 2212 or HN 2274 to be delivered into the charter. Both vessels are currently uncommitted GasLog newbuild LNG carriers due for delivery in Q3 2019 and Q2 2020, respectively.What is more, GasLog Partners has the right to acquire the vessel delivered into the charter. As a result, GasLog Partners’ potential dropdown pipeline will increase to nine LNG carriers with the charter length of five years or more.In February, GasLog also ordered a 180,000 cbm LNG carrier at SHI that will be chartered to Centrica.“I am delighted that Centrica has chosen GasLog to provide them with a second LNG carrier on long-term charter,” Paul Wogan, Chief Executive Officer of GasLog, said.“Robust LNG demand and supply fundamentals underpin a positive outlook for LNG shipping. These fundamentals are allowing us to grow our fleet at attractive returns, to extend the drop-down pipeline for GasLog Partners and to make progress toward the growth target set out at our recent Investor Day,” Wogan added.GasLog’s consolidated owned fleet consists of 30 LNG carriers — 25 ships on the water and five on order. The company has also an additional LNG carrier which was sold to a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and leased back under a long-term bareboat charter. GasLog’s consolidated fleet includes 13 LNG carriers in operation owned by GasLog Partners.last_img read more

Scheer to campaign in Saskatoon this weekend

Trudeau only leader to visit Sask. in first two weeks Ridings to Watch: Benson fights for second term in Saskatoon West battleground Saskatoon Liberals cheer Trudeau one day after blackface scandal breaks Scheer to focus on cost of living during Saskatoon visit Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s campaign is scheduled to land in Saskatoon this weekend.Scheer is set to attend an event at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market at 3 p.m. on Saturday alongside Conservative candidate Brad Redekopp, who is seeking to defeat NDP incumbent Sheri Benson in Saskatoon West.That will make Scheer the second federal party leader to stop in Saskatoon since the election was called on Sept. 11. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau was in the city for a town hall meeting last Thursday amid his blackface scandal.Scheer’s decision to concentrate on Saskatoon West makes sense strategically, since it is the only Saskatoon riding not held by the Conservatives, and one of only a few in the province that are in play.Kevin Waugh and Corey Tochor, the Conservative candidates for Saskatoon–Grasswood and Saskatoon–University, as well as Kelly Block, who is seeking re-election in Carlton Trail–Eagle Creek, are also expected to attend.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Redekopp hopes a growing desire for change in Ottawa will carry him to victory, while Benson is banking on her constituency work over the last four years generating enough support for a second term.Scheer, who represents the Regina–Qu’Appelle riding, was last in Saskatoon in July. He spent the first part of the week in Ontario and Quebec, and was campaigning in British Columbia on Thursday.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party leader Elizabeth May and People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier have yet to announce or make campaign stops in the province.Canadians go to the polls on Oct. 21.amacpherson@postmedia.comtwitter.com/macphersonaRelated read more

Fears National Trust publication of hunt details could lead to online trolling

first_imgHuntsmen and saboteurs face each other during a meet in Wiltshire Lee Moon, spokesman for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, said: “We will monitor the National Trust website. If they are trail hunting then there’s no issue. We believe, however, that they are illegally hunting and killing foxes on National Trust land.”A trust spokesman said they were simply making public details of the licence which includes a broad location and the planned dates. Specific information, such as start and finishing points which may often include hotels and pubs, are not included, he added. The row over the National Trust’s decision to publish details of hunts intensified yesterday amid fears that countryside businesses could become the target of animal rights activists.The move to post details of meet locations and times on trust property has raised the prospect that pubs, hotels, veterinary clinics and even farriers that trade with hunts could become victims of online “trolling”, where activists use the internet to try to destroy a company’s reputation.Online platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and customer ratings websites have been used by animal rights campaigners to denounce companies connected to hunts.The trust’s website will now be monitored by hunt saboteur groups so they can attend legal trail hunting, where hounds and huntsmen chase a scent, in the hope of spotting them illegally killing a fox. Huntsmen and saboteurs face each other during a meet in WiltshireCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty Images They also will be better able to see what local businesses offer support to the hunts, raising the prospect that militant activists could target them.Nigel Smith, landlord of the Fleece Inn on trust land in Bretforton near Evesham, said he was targeted online after his 15th Century pub hosted a hunt breakfast.“I believe in upholding the traditions of the countryside,” he said. “But, about three years ago I had a breakfast for the North Cotswold Hunt and had people trolling me online.“While I support the trust being honest and open about the trail hunts, I think they should make clear that these hunts are legal and not fox hunts. People need to be fully informed. I would now think twice about holding another hunt breakfast after people online said they would not come to the pub. I’m not saying I won’t do it again. But, I have to consider it carefully.”Reverend John Bundock was targeted on Facebook after he was filmed by hunt saboteurs blessing the hounds at a hunt that went through the trust’s Slindon Estate in West Sussex.“I wasn’t aware that they were filming or that footage had been posted on the internet,” said the retired Anglican priest, who does not hunt but accepted a request to attend a meet because it was a legal trail hunt.“I know there are people who do participate in anti-hunt activities and they can get out of control and there is ill feeling and potential violence.“I’m not quite sure why the National Trust wants to publicise these details. It seems a bit unnecessary.” In recent years, there have been hoax bomb threats at a Blackburn hotel that hosted a hunt ball, bad reviews and ratings for pubs used by hunts, and even online calls to boycott veterinary clinics that have treated injured hounds.Polly Portwin, head of hunting at the Countryside Alliance, said: “It is of huge concern that not only the tenants of the land may be impacted by the publication of meets, but also rural businesses too, particularly those which hunt supporters may frequent.”Pubs and other venues that support legal trail-hunting activities have previously experienced harassment both at their establishments and online by anti-hunting extremists.”Fake and abusive online reviews regularly have a negative impact on these businesses, despite the fact they are only supporting a legal activity.”Lou Berry, of This is Hunting UK, said some activists try to “ruin” businesses connected to legal trail hunting with online slurs.“Over the last six months we have worked with about 40 business that have become innocent victims of a vitriolic campaign of hate because they have connections to legal trail hunts.” 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.last_img read more

Teslas lithiumion plant a paradigm shift for graphite demand

first_imgwww.techventurenews.com reports the recent announcement from  electric car maker Tesla Motors to construct the biggest lithium-ion battery factory in the world – likely in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico or Texas. Tesla stated: “As we at Tesla reach for our goal of producing a mass market electric car in approximately three years, we have an opportunity to leverage our projected demand for lithium ion batteries to reduce their cost faster than previously thought possible. The Gigafactory is designed to reduce cell costs much faster than the status quo and, by 2020, produce more lithium ion batteries annually than were produced worldwide in 2013.“By the end of the first year of volume production of our mass market vehicle, we expect the Gigafactory will have driven down the per kWh cost of our battery pack by more than 30%.”This factory will disrupt the car and the battery industry for the foreseeable future.  By 2020 it will produce enough lithium-ion batteries to service 500,000 electric cars. Tesla – with a market cap of $31 billion – is already using half of all the batteries made for electric cars for its Model S car.Tesla’s “giga-factory” would more than double the current global lithium ion battery production. There is 10 to 30 times more graphite in a lithium-ion battery than lithium.  Therefore, the demand for graphite is going to grow substantially. In 2013 China produced 70% of the world’s graphite but it has recently restricted exports by instituting an export tax. China’s graphite grades and quality of its production are also decreasing. The world’s demand for large flake, high purity graphite is increasing exponentially.US technology driven companies (ones that use lithium Ion batteries) like Tesla will demand a stable domestic graphite supply to guarantee their needs for future production. Of the many companies aiming to supply the demand, USA’s Graphite One appears to be well positioned. The US currently imports 100% of its graphite. The company is developing the largest, high-grade, large flake graphite deposit in the USA and North America for that matter – the only one of its kind.The project has over $4 billion worth of graphite in the ground according to the last resource estimate the company made public. To put that in perspective, that’s enough graphite to supply the needs of growing US demand for the next generation.“It is exciting seeing one of the most significant, coarse flake graphite resources in the world grow with every drill hole,” stated Anthony Huston, GPH President and CEO for Graphite One in an interview with Financial Press, “an advanced stage graphite deposit in the US is a significant advantage, for both permitting, funding and off take strategies in the near future.”The Graphite One deposit is scalable and could exceed 1,000 Mt. The ease of extraction is a competitive advantage. Since the deposit is exposed at surface with no overburden along the face of the mountain, the cost of extraction will be low, offering a strong competitive edge.  Graphite One could be a low cost producer to buyers of technology-driven graphite products.Last week’s announcement by Tesla was not only a game changer for the auto industry.  It will be a paradigm shift in the technology arena for large flake graphite end users.last_img read more

Washougal schools get new start times

first_imgChanges in start times and meal prices will be coming to the Washougal School District starting this fall.The start time changes will accommodate the opening of the new Columbia River Gorge Elementary School, which will help the district cover the additional bus routes while trying to make minimal impacts on families with students at other schools.The new times are mostly five minutes earlier or later than the current start times. The new attendance times are:• Washougal High School: 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.• Jemtegaard Middle School: 8:04 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.• Cape-Horn Skye Elementary School/Canyon Creek Middle School: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.• Hathaway Elementary School: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.• Gause Elementary School: 9:10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.• Columbia River Gorge Elementary School: 9:10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.New bus routes are expected to be made official in mid-August.District officials also approved new meal prices to cover rising costs.Breakfast will cost $1.85 at primary schools, $1.95 at middle schools, $2.10 at the high school and $2.25 for adults. Breakfast currently costs $1.75 at primary schools, $1.90 at middle schools and $2.05 at the high school. The cost is the same for adults.Lunch will cost $2.75 at primary schools, $2.95 at middle schools, $3.15 at the high school and $3.50 for adults. Lunch currently costs $2.65 at primary schools, $2.85 at middle schools and $3.10 at the high school. Lunch for adults will cost the same.last_img read more

Sony X800M2 4K Bluray player with Dolby Vision coming for 300

first_imgSony With Oppo bowing out of the race in 2018, Sony is one of the only manufacturers still catering to the high end when it comes to 4K Blu-ray players. With the new X800M2, announced at CES, it also fixes something the company left out of the original X800: Dolby Vision. While the cheaper X700 offered it (and hence earned our recommendation instead) the expected Dolby Vision update skips the X800 and comes to the new M2 instead. Dolby Vision is one of several competing standards of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, which aims to increase picture quality through increased colors and contrast in 4K movies. The new X800M2 supports 4K Ultra HD playback, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) in addition to 4K upscaling. Like the original, the player supports Hi-Res Audio and DSD as well as SACD/DVD-A. The Sony will also include 4K streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube, though it’s unclear if it also supports HDR . Unlike the X1000, the X800M2 comes with digital outputs only. The X800M2 will be available in mid-May for $300.Originally published on Jan 7 2019 8:15 PMUpdate, April 18:  Added pricing and availability CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 85 Photos Blu-ray Players CES 2019 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Share your voice Tags Comments 2 4K TVs Sonylast_img read more

Sec Acosta did right by Alaska Murkowski and Sullivan say

first_imgU.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced his resignation, effective next week. (Photo: Department of Labor.) Among those who wanted Acosta to stay on was U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. “He not only came out and held a roundtable with so many in the industry, he continued to engage on that throughout all of last year,” Murkowski said. U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan put in a good word for Acosta, too. In an email from a spokesman Thursday, Sullivan called him “a strong advocate for Alaska’s working men and women,” and Friday he said he thanks Acosta for his service. “I’ve been impressed with his level of attention to the details of his job,” Murkowski said Wednesday, two days before Acosta announced his resignation. U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has resigned amid criticism of a lenient deal he negotiated for accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in 2008, when Acosta was a federal prosecutor in Florida. Acosta explained his role in the Epstein matter to Murkowski before his Senate confirmation, and she was satisfied with his answer. “So is Epstein an awful, heinous individual? Yes,” Murkowski said. “Did Acosta, in his role as (U.S. attorney,) was he in cahoots or alliance with Epstein? I don’t believe so.” Acosta visited Alaska last year. Murkowski said she wanted him to understand how important it is to the fishing industry that seafood processors have sufficient workers during peak season. She said he took the message to heart.last_img read more

YSRs 70th birth anniversary celebrated

first_imgLB Nagar: Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s 70th birth anniversary was celebrated on a grand scale at Lingogiguda here on Monday.The admirers of the legendary leader paid glowing tributes to him by garlanding his statue. They recalled his exemplary model of welfare governance on the occasion. Madhu Sagar, Tilak, Tinku, Praveen Reddy, Mahender Reddy, Kiran, Varma and others were present on the occasion.last_img

Saaho makers reveal interesting details of Prabhas Shraddha Kapoors romantic songs

first_imgPrabhas and Shraddha Kapoor on the shooting set of Saaho in AustriaPR HandoutThe makers of Saaho, who have kept the details of its shoot under wraps, have now revealed the interesting aspects of Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor’s romantic songs shot in exotic locales of Austria.Saaho is currently in the last leg of its shoot and two songs were shot in several locations across Innsbruck and Tirol regions of Austria in the final schedule. The producers have revealed that ace Bollywood choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant has directed the dance movies of Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor in these romantic songs of the Sujeeth-directed multilingual movie.The producers of Saaho are apparently very thrilled about the breathtaking locales of Austria. “Looking at recent stills from our shots across Innsbruck and Tirol region, it seems as though the locations seamlessly inculcate with the picturesque sequences of our high-octane action thriller. The shoot initially began in the Alpine city of Innsbruck,” reads their statement released to the media.Talking about the locations, the makers say, “The city beautifully blends raw breathtaking landscapes with an imperial city center. This juxtaposition is what really attracted Saaho to shoot across Innsbruck including the House of Music, the Innsbruck tram, Finstertal Dam in Kühtai, as well as at the aDLERS hotel. Some scenes were also shot at nearby town of Seefeld.”Saaho makers add, “Additionally, we had the privilege and support to shoot for a romantic song at the Top of Tyrol mountain at Stubaier Glacier and Gaislachkogel IceQ in Sölden which was one of the most memorable experiences for our crew. Some parts of the romantic song we also filmed at the Highline Suspension Bridge in Reutte. For our upcoming Song, we filmed at Salzburg Airport in Red Bull’s Hangar 7.”The team members of Saaho was so excited that they had a party after completing this schedule.”Along with the talented dancers from Red Bull Flying Steps the scenes truly came together beautifully within the glass dome after which the crew celebrated the wrap of the Austria schedule,” they conclude.The Baahubali actor was equally thrilled to shoot the songs of Saaho in the beautiful locations of Austria. In a statement released to the media, Prabhas says, “Shooting in Tirol was one of the most incredibly awesome experiences I have ever had.”UV Creations is thankful for the support received from Innsbruck Tourismus, Cine Tirol, Location Austria and FISA. “The shooting locations in Austria were the most spectacular ones where we managed to capture some breathtaking shots for our film Saaho,” says producer Pramod Uppalapati.He adds, “Our service producers Robinville Intech led by Ishvinder Maddh and Creative Creatures led by Dr. Ursula Keplinger-Forcher not only ensured that the shoot was conducted very professionally but also made the shooting experience pleasurable for the entire crew. We are glad to have them as our partners and look forward to coming back to Austria very soon for our next production.”last_img read more

3 on fresh remand over Feni madrasa student murder

first_imgFeni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi. File PhotoA Feni court on Wednesday placed three accused on one-day remand in the case filed for Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder, reports UNB.The accused are — Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Javed Hossain and Jobayer Ahmed.Senior judicial magistrate Md Jakir Hossain passed the order.Earlier, the three accused gave statement to the court confessing their guilt.Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) inspector Md Shah Alam, also investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court seeking a two-day remand for each.Madrasa student Nusrat was set afire on 6 April at an examination centre for refusing to withdraw a sexual harassment case against the principal of the madrasa.She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.last_img read more