Babcock & Brown Infrastructure gives update on asset sale

first_imgBBI said that it still intends to sell down its holding further, but no additional bids are under active consideration.In regards to PD Ports, BBI said it was discussing proposals with interested parties and looking at ways to optimise the debt capital structure of the company, including a review of options relating to the current securitised debt.The company reported softening in volumes through its Teesport in northern England, “with limited short-term visibility on selected customer outlooks”. EBITDA to the end of March was about 9 0own on the previous year, with the main weakness driven by weaker general cargo and unitised cargo volumes.For BBI Euroports, volumes to end of March were 7 0own and EBITDA 8 0own on the previous year, driven by weakness across the board since November 2008. Freight transport conditions remain challenging across Europe with many countries within the portfolio being in recession, BBI said.”Diversity of the regional spread and cargo mix coupled with strenuous cost cutting measures continue to provide downside risk protection until a pick-up in volume occurs, however, as with PD Ports, visibility on any such pick-up remains uncertain,” it said.last_img read more

Teenage judoka Asahina claims Kodokan Cup title

first_img“I am the youngest here, so I had nothing to lose, and I fought with the spirit of a challenger,” Asahina said. “If I say I want to be at the Tokyo (2020) Olympics, that could mean I’m overlooking Rio de Janeiro. First of all, I want to be at Rio.”Tomomi Okamura, a runnerup here last year, won the 78-kg title by ippon, while Karen Nunira triumphed in the 70-kg division. It was the first victory here for all three women.Among the men, Joshiro Maruyama won the men’s 66-kg class with an ippon victory in the final. The 20-year-old felled Ren Miyazaki with an osotogari major outer reaping move for his first Kodokan Cup title. London Olympic 60-kg silver medalist Hiroaki Hiraoka was knocked out of the competition in the second round.In the 81-kg final, 20-year-old Takanori Nagase won the final against London Olympian Takahiro Nakai by judge’s decision. It was Nagase’s first championship here. Meanwhile, Shinji Kido won his second straight 60-kg title, and Keiichi Ota won the 73-kg crown for the first time. Teenage kicks: Sara Asahina (right) competes in the over-78-kg class at the Kodokan Cup at Chiba Port Arena on Saturday. Asahina won the competition. | KYODO IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img RELATED PHOTOS CHIBA – High school student Sara Asahina won the women’s over-78-kg class in a decision on Saturday, the first day of judo’s Kodokan Cup at Chiba Port Arena.It was the 17-year-old’s first title at the event that is used to select the squad for next year’s world championships.last_img read more

Toua wins first gold medal for PNG in Pacific Games

first_imgLong time champion PNG weightlifter Dika Loa Toua has won PNG’s first gold medal at the 16th Pacific games by taking out the snatch in the 49kg division at Apia, Samoa. Toua also won gold in the clean and jerk and registered three Pacific Games gold medals for PNG. The Oceania and Commonwealth weighting lifting championship titles is also being held in Samoa and Dika also won the Oceania category but finished third in the commonwealth category, behind a Canadian and the winner Chanu Mirabal Saikhom from India. Her sister Konio won PNG’s first medals, a silver each in the snatch, clean and jerk.last_img read more

With the start of the interval, the classic World Cup in…

first_imgWith the start of the interval in the classic Sunday in Madona, the 2nd stage of the World Cup in roller skiing ended, which gathered 53 participants from 5 countries in Madona during the week. Although this year, due to the spread of the virus, several delegations had to withdraw from the PK, three days of successful competitions in the Baltic, Norwegian and German competitions, Latvian scooter skiers ensured that the Latvian anthem was played several times at the award ceremony. Today in the elite group Raimo Vīgants 3rd place in the classic, giving way to the Norwegians, but in the junior group two first prizes for Latvians: Niks Saulītis and Lauris Kaparkalājs, leaving behind Lithuanian Edvīna Šimonuti. After this stage of the PK, Lauris Kaparkalējs also maintains the leading position in the overall rating. Meanwhile, in the women’s competition, German Merle Richter remains unbeaten, securing a silver prize for Madonna Lahna Shahno, and a bronze prize for Samanta Krampe. Even today, the best cross-country skier Patrīcija Eiduka, the second – Estonian Johanna Udras, won the laurels in the elite group, while Kitija Auziņa won the bronze award for Latvia. The best results shown in the individual start in the classic style: Junior group – women:1. Merle Richter (Germany), 2. Līva Šahno (Latvia), 3. Samanta Krampe (Latvia) Junior group – men:1. Niks Saulītis (Latvia), 2. Lauris Kaparkalējs (Latvia), 3. Edvīns Šimonutis (Lithuania)Elite Women:1. Patricia Eiduka (Latvia), 2. Johanna Udras (Estonia), 3. Kitija Auziņa (Latvia)Elite Group – Men:1. Patrick Fossum Kristoffersen (Norway), 2. Amund Korsaeth (Norway), 3. Raimo Vīgants (Latvia)MNiklass, Head of the FIS Roller Skiing Subcommittee: Madona has developed as a ski and biathlon center in Latvia, and the organizational side of this PK is also appreciated by the great power of this sport, Norway – which emphasizes that progress is being made every year. Along with the organization of competitions and the development of infrastructure, athletes will also be more interested in trying their hand at this sport.Estonia and Latvia, despite this year’s situation in the world, have shown that rollerblading is becoming more and more popular and popular here, which is very important for the future. In winters like this, skiers have the opportunity to stay in shape, while not organizing regular competitions, not to lose the fighting spirit in the off-season. In the last couple of years, a very positive trend has been observed – and a record number of Latvian athletes also entered the starting line of this PK stage. ”Jānis Puida, PK stage organizer: “I am glad that despite the challenges posed by the spread of Covid-19, we were able to organize a PK stage in Madona. It is good to show the international ski community that Latvia can also organize competitions of this level. Our athletes provided a sense of celebration by fighting every day and showing recognizable results. Satisfaction with the participants in the elite group – Raimo Vīgants, Patricia Eiduk, who showed our young juniors that hard work will be followed by success. Also, we have a strong junior generation – Madonis Lauris Kaparkalējs is a positive surprise this PK season. Despite the smaller number of national delegations, it is important that our young athletes have the opportunity to gain experience in international competitions.To ensure equal competition, the athletes today went on the track with vithe technical support of FF Rollerskis. This year Madona took the second and final stage of PK in roller skiing. China has just announced that the cup stage scheduled for October has been canceled. Lauris Kaparkalējs retains the leading position in the junior-men’s group after the last stages of the PK, the German Merle Rihtere is unbeaten in the women’s competition. In the women’s competition – Estonian Johanna Udras, while in the men’s competition – Norwegian Patrick Fossum Kristoffersen. The World Cup in roller skiing in Madona took place from 27 to 30 August. On the first day, the official trainings were held, while on August 28, in the streets of Madona, roller skiers covered a 200m distance in the sprint. On the third day of the competition, despite the rain, mass starts took place in the city of Madona, where a group of women covered a distance of 15 km, and a group of men – 20 km. On the closing day, the athletes met at the sports base “Smeceres sils” to conduct individual starts in the classic style. The first World Cup in roller skiing in Latvia was held in 2006 – in Priekuli, but in Madona this year the sixth stage of the World Cup was held. Last year, the track “Smeceres sils” also hosted a successful World Championship in roller skiing, both from a sports and organizational point of view. More detailed information about the course of the competition is available https://madona2020.lv/ as well as Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smeceressils/Additional information:Gita Saukapublic relations consultantMob. 28326828e-pasts: [email protected]last_img read more

Riot Games names David Higdon Global Head of Communications

first_imgLeague of Legends developer Riot Games has named David Higdon the newest Global Head of Communications for the esports division. David Higdon, Riot Global Head of Communications – EsportsHigdon has previously worked in prestigious positions such as Chief Communications Officer for the LPGA, Vice President of Integrated Marketing Communications for NASCAR and most recently as Head of Strategy on a fitness training project with his father called Hal Higdon Digital. He has also worked as a business and marketing consultant on esports projects such as a workshop with The University of Oregon.Higdon posted the announcement on LinkedIn and said: “Headed to LA as Global Head of Communications, Esports for Riot Games. Yes, Riot Games – developer and publisher of League of Legends. More later…”This adds to Riots recent hires along with Hans Christian Dürr as Head of Esports DACH. Christopher Tom is currently Communications Lead for Esports with Riot and will most likely work under Higdon.Higdon will officially begin with Riot at the end of the month and make his first appearance on behalf of the developer at the North American League of Legends Champions Series (NALCS) summer finals in September. Esports Insider says: This is a strong global hire for Riot as Higdon has vast experience in communications in a non-endemic space along with consulting experience in esports. Riot has been under scrutiny lately with a recent Kotaku expose on the sexist environment within the company. A new approach to how they handle communications could be just what they need.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Witness puts suspect at scene

first_imgNORWALK – Deputy District Attorney Shelley Dominguez said Adeline Garcia was hit with a bar stool, a drawer and a broomstick, and both of her wrists were broken. A key witness said he and two others left a 23-year-old La Mirada man – accused of brutally murdering his 86-year-old great-aunt – in her home on the day Garcia was found dead. Eugene Silos, 23, testifying in Norwalk Superior Court on the first day of trial Monday for Eric Steve Caballero, said they had gone to Garcia’s home in the 15000 block of Stambrook Drive in La Mirada on the morning of March 4, 2005. “Eric got out to see if we could stay in the house,” Silos said, referring to a Chevrolet Astro van they were in. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAfter about 30 minutes and an altercation between Alberto Martinez and someone in the house, Silos, Martinez and Mayra Huitron left without Caballero. At about 4 p.m. that day, Garcia was found dead by her then-14-year-old great-granddaughter, Katherine Cardoza. Garcia lived with Cardoza and her father, Nelson. Caballero is charged with murdering Garcia, as well as robbery, burglary, elder abuse, and stealing two guns from the home and a 2003 Dodge Ram 1550 that belonged to her grandson. Special circumstances are included in the charges that could result in a penalty of life imprisonment without parole. Garcia died from what Dominguez, the prosecutor, described as “blunt force trauma.” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Lillian Peck testified that the bedroom looked like a big fight had happened there. “The room was ransacked,” Peck said. “There was furniture everywhere and blood everywhere. It was awful.” Garcia was wearing one shoe and another shoe of hers was found in the kitchen, she said. Caballero’s attorney, Barbara McDaniel, said she agrees the murder was brutal, but that it wasn’t done by her client. “The dispute arises as to who killed Adeline Garcia,” McDaniel said in her opening statement. “I submit to you that my client didn’t kill Mrs. Garcia.” In her opening statement, Dominguez said in addition to the evidence that Caballero was in the Garcia home, he was wearing shoes with blood on them. The trial continues today. during her opening statement [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more