zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Belgian owner and operator of gas carriers Exmar has received a firm commitment for the refinancing of its ten owned pressurized vessels.The fleet is currently 100% chartered out and will be refinanced through several sale and leasebacks with unnamed Japanese owners for a period of up to six years, the company revealed.The refinancing will generate approximately USD 60 million of free cash to Exmar.The transaction is subject to documentation and expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year with a partial drawdown in 2018 and the balance in the first quarter of 2019.The ships are all Hong Kong-flagged, built between 2008 and 2010, ranging in capacity from 5,019 to 3,518 cbm.
Football Leaks revealed UEFA helped Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain cover up massive Financial Fair Play violations in the form of inflated sponsorship deals.The latest edition of the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) expose as a result of leaked documentation makes remarkable allegations.“European football association UEFA arranged secret settlements with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain that allowed the clubs to cheat its own Financial Fair Play rules by hundreds of millions of euros, a new investigation by EIC Network can reveal.’Football Leaks’ have alleged that PSG’s owners injected €1.8bn into the club against Financial Fair Play regulations, with Gianni Infantino and Michel Platini helping to cover it upIf caught, the French club would have faced a ban from all European competitions 😳 pic.twitter.com/cmEHLArnwf— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) November 2, 2018“Senior UEFA administrators, including the ex-secretary general and current FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, personally intervened to encourage settlements with big clubs, while the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), the UEFA department that investigates rule breaches, aggressively pursued poorer clubs in the likes of Turkey and Romania.”This is of particular interest to a club such as Milan, which was excluded from the Europa League this season for FFP violations before winning an appeal for its reinstatement.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…👀 #LaLiga President Javier #Tebas fires shots at #MCFC and #PSGHe claims that it was clear all along that the both clubs cheated UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules – after allegations this evening from Football Leaks that the two clubs were allowed to breach the rules in place. pic.twitter.com/vyw96M8RDt— CalcioMercato (En) (@CmdotCom_En) November 2, 2018Their financial status remains under question and the same issues could be raised next summer.“The new revelations are based on a batch of tens of millions of Football Leaks documents obtained by German weekly magazine Der Spiegel and shared with its partners in journalism network European Investigation Collaborations (EIC).“The combined dataset contains more than 70 million documents, around 3.4 terabytes, and is the biggest journalistic data leak to date.“Over the past eight months, around 80 journalists and technologists from 15 media partners have collaborated to document and expose illegal or secret deals across the football industry from this trove and other sources.“But owners of several clubs have continued to supply excessive amounts to cover losses using highly inflated – and sometimes deceptive – sponsorship contracts, in a practice known as ‘financial doping’.
2:57 End of an era for space exploration Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: A composite image of Kepler’s final view. The missing tiles are due to parts of the camera that failed. NASA The final thing NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope captured was everything, or at least it looks that way.NASA ran out of fuel last year and was put into a permanent sleep mode on Oct. 30. The final full-field image it took can be seen in the above mosaic captured Sept. 25. You can see the telescope’s full view of the sky and an abundance of stars within. Some blocks of the composite image are blacked out due to failures by parts of the camera. Fortunately, the device had a modular design that allowed for other parts of the image to be retained. Kepler helped revolutionize how we think about the universe by enabling the discovery of thousands of exoplanets beyond our solar system, making it clear our galaxy and others are packed with other worlds. Enlarge ImageKepler’s view of K2-138 with its six planets sized between Earth and Neptune. It was the first multi-planet system entirely discovered by citizen scientists. NASA/Ames Research Center But it struggled to make some of those discoveries. A few years into its mission, the parts that help it stay pointed at a target began to fail. Engineers had to come up with a work-around that basically used the subtle pressure coming off the sun itself to keep the telescope steady. Kepler went on making more finds for half a decade before finally running out of gas. To the right is one of the later star systems Kepler helped discover called K2-138. It is believed to host six planets roughly between the sizes of Earth and Neptune. The GIF shows images collected of the system during Kepler’s last day of photography.The pixelated view might not be much to look at, but Kepler played a pivotal role in pointing the way towards promising systems like this so that future telescopes might provide a clearer view one day, and perhaps even find evidence of alien life. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. 1 Comment Sci-Tech Tags NASA Space