China continues to boost LNG imports

first_imgJapan’s LNG imports stood at 48.40 million tonnes in the January-August period, up by 6.23 million tonnes compared to China. China is currently the world’s second-largest importer of LNG behind Japan but this could change this year. LNG imports totalled 5.96 million tonnes last month, data from the General Administration of Customs showed. China, the world’s largest energy consumer, is continuing to post higher monthly LNG imports and reported a 16.3 percent year-on-year increase in August. On the other side, China’s pipeline gas imports also increased by 8 percent to 3.40 million tonnes. But they are still down year-on-year in the nine-month period to 22.90 million tonnes. Q-Flex vessel at the ENN Zhoushan LNG terminal in China (Image: Qatargas) In the January-August period, the country imported 42.17 million tonnes of chilled fuel, a year-on-year rise of 10 percent.last_img read more

Yorke: Benteke needs penalty break

first_imgFormer Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke believes manager Paul Lambert should consider relieving Christian Benteke of penalty-taking duties. Yorke, who was a regular penalty taker for Villa during his decade with the club before a big-money move to Manchester United in 1998, said: “If you missed two penalties and it has cost your team – at Villa in particular because their results have not been great of late – if you’re a manager I would try to get somebody else on it. “As much as he is fantastic and the talisman in that team at the moment, if he is missing the opportunity you need to reassess. “He should keep practising but as a manager you always need to have (a second penalty taker). Where there’s a plan A there should be a plan B – Paul Lambert doesn’t need me to tell him that. “It’s easy for me to sit here and say this person or that person should take penalties. But only the manager can stare their players in the eyes and see if they are ready to take penalties.” Benteke has become Villa’s regular spot-kick taker, with that responsibility previously falling to the likes of Darren Bent, Barry Bannan and Gareth Barry – all of whom have left Villa Park. Yorke was also occasionally found wanting from 12 yards, although fans still recall his cheeky chipped penalty against Sheffield United in 1996 with fondness. The former Villa number 10, who was speaking at the World Travel Market in London where he is an ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago, said: “Penalties are all about confidence. As a striker you ought to be taking them. “You have to give goalkeepers credit sometimes. Press Association Belgium international Benteke, who scored 19 league goals last term, has missed twice from the spot for his club this season – once in the opening-day victory over Arsenal, and then during last month’s home defeat to Everton. Benteke nodded in the rebound after his spot-kick was saved against the Gunners, but his failure from 12 yards against Everton came when the score was still goalless. “But it is about confidence – if you’re scoring week-in, week-out and you can convert them with your eyes closed… when things are not going for you then obviously there is a downturn in confidence. “You want to do the right thing and when you miss your confidence goes further. “That’s the nature of the game. If you miss, you want to get up and take that next one. The only way you will do that is by practising.” last_img read more

Syracuse blows 2-run lead in the 4th inning of loss to Colgate

first_imgAfter a seven-run Syracuse win over Colgate in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, and a two-run first inning for the Orange in the second game, Syracuse was looking great.That was until the fourth inning, when disaster struck for the Orange in its 3-2 loss to the Raiders. Syracuse (24-19, 8-9 Atlantic Coast) gave up all three runs on one hit in the fourth inning to Colgate (8-22, 3-5 Patriot). As Brigit Ieuter’s screwball toyed with the Orange, Katie Bushee’s fourth-inning, bases-loaded hit buried the Orange.“We thought we could just roll over this team,” Corinne Ozanne said, “and obviously we couldn’t.”After throwing three scoreless innings for the Orange to start the second game, starting pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti walked into the circle and eyed Colgate leadoff hitter Tara Grennan to start the fourth inning.As Grennan dug in, Gatti went into her windup. Ball one. The right-hander followed with four more pitches, three of them balls, walking Grennan on just five pitches total.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGatti admitted after the game that in the fourth inning, she wasn’t as consistent as she usually is. At times she felt like herself, but she wasn’t 100% there.Meghan Romero followed Grennan with a single down the third base line. The single put runners on first and second. Gatti then got the next two batters out, bringing up nine-hole hitter and Colgate starting pitcher Ieuter.As Ieuter walked to plate, a wave of uneasiness came over the crowd. Gatti had already gotten the Orange out of two jams earlier in the game, stranding a runner on base in both the second and third innings, but she wasn’t looking like herself on the mound.“I tried to be tougher and carry over the innings before,” Gatti said. “… But I just didn’t feel like myself.”Ieuter steadied herself at the plate and Gatti came at her with everything she had, but nothing seemed to hit the strike zone. After a high pitch out of the zone landed in catcher Olivia Martinez’s glove, home plate umpire Danny Everson called ball four.A hush fell over the crowd as Ieuter jogged to first base, flipping her bat towards the cheering Raider dugout as she went past. A few Syracuse players shouted words of encouragement to Gatti, who was beginning to look flustered on the mound.As Colgate leadoff hitter Bushee stepped into the right handed batter’s box with the bases loaded, Gatti looked down at the rubber and took a deep breath. Bushee was already 3-of-5 on the day, with a run scored in the first game.“You walk the nine-hole hitter to get to the girl on top who had the best day (of any Colgate player),” Bosch said. “So with the bases loaded, you’re going after their best hitter.”Early in the at bat, Gatti made a mistake.She floated a changeup high in the zone and Bushee made her pay for it. The junior pounded a two-out double to deep left field that rolled under the glove of Alyssa Dewes and all the way to the fence.“(Bushee’s RBI double) was kind of a gut shot, because that inning led off with a walk,” Ozanne said. ”Things just kind of trickled into play — it’s tough to come back from that.”Grennan scored. Romero scored. Ieuter scored.Just like that, the Orange was down, 3-2, a score it wouldn’t come back from the rest of the game.As the Orange filed off the field after the game, the scoreboard in left field showed a line of zeroes in the Colgate row, flanked by one three in the fourth inning. It was the only inning the Raiders scored in all game.Gatti finished with three runs allowed on four hits, five strikeouts and one misplaced changeup, a changeup that ended up costing the Orange the game.“I hung the changeup. If I would have left it a little bit lower, (the three run double) probably wouldn’t have happened, but I hung it,” Gatti said. “Stupid me.” Comments Published on April 20, 2016 at 11:35 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly explains the thinking behind four-nation ODI tournament proposal

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFP/India TVAdvertisement rp2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6vxrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5czz6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3vofWould you ever consider trying this?😱eu4dCan your students do this? 🌚ruRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recently proposed the much awaited four-nation One Day International tournament, that will include Team India competing in a super ODI series against England, Australia and one more team that is yet to be decided. While The English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia have shown positive reactions to the proporsal, there have been some criticism from others. Now the BCCI Prez Sourav Ganguly has made a response.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/India TVSoon after the announcement of the four nation super ODI series, Ganguly said: “It’s a proposal. Let’s see where it goes. The reason behind it is only to have a good, competitive tournament.”“People want to see a high class tournament and we are attempting to do it.” Dada added.Advertisement Previously, the ECB had confirmed that they were in talks with BCCI regarding the tournament.“A four-nation tournament was raised at a meeting with the BCCI in December and we are open to discussions with other ICC members to see if this concept can develop.” an ECB spokesperson had said earlier.Advertisement Kevin Roberts, the CEO of Cricket Australia had also praised Ganguly’s proposal of the super ODI series.“I think it’s an example of the innovative thinking coming out of the BCCI with Sourav Ganguly as president,” Roberts told ESPNcricinfo.However, some reprimanding reactions have been received by the BCCI. Rashid Latif, cricket coach and former Pakistani international believes the idea of a four nation tournament is not a good news.“By playing such a series, these four countries want to isolate the other member nations which is not a good news. But I think this will be a flop idea like the Big Three model, which was introduced few years back” the 51 year old told reporters, reminding the cricketing world about a similar endeavour named the ‘Big Three Model’.Back in 2014, the International Cricket Council endorsed the ‘Big Three Model’. The model proposed to give the major share of ICC’s revenue to India, England, and Australia. However, Latif believes the super ODI series will turn out to be a ‘flop’ similar to this.However, Ganguly has come up with a response to Latif, explaining that the series will be beneficial to the fourth undecided team as well as the previous Big Three members.“There will be a fourth team as well. We have to just fit this tournament in the gap, which is the biggest challenge. The agenda just is a high class tournament with very powerful teams put together.” The 47 year old added.Also read-A Study In Pink: What the Day/Night pink ball test at Eden Gardens means for Test cricket in IndiaBCCI fires back over PCB over ‘security’ jibe: Handle Security In Your Own Country First! Advertisementlast_img read more

Greater Vancouver ousts Kootenay Wild from playoffs

first_imgThe Coments opened with a 2-1 victory Friday as Jenn Gardiner scored the winner less than a minute into the third period.Michaela Read scored the other goal for Greater Vancouver while Nelson’s Kelsey Paterson replied for Kootenay.Greater Vancouver then clinched the series as Gardiner once again scored the winner Saturday.Rebecca Clarke and Stefanie Wallace also scored for the Coments.Reece Hunt of Nelson and Lisa du Toit replied for Kootenay.Greater Vancouver now meets Northern Capitals in the league final beginning Friday in Coquitlam. The Capitals defeated Fraser Valley Rush in the other semi final series played in Prince George. Despite finishing more than 20 points behind in regular season standings, the Kootenay Wild gave Greater Vancouver Comets everything they could handle before losing two straight in semi final action of the BC Hockey Female AAA League Playoffs.The Comets squeaked out a pair of one-goal victories to sweep the Wild 2-0 in the best-of-three playoff this past weekend in Coquitlam.last_img read more

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint – Quotes & Recap – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

first_imgBREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT QUOTES ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino’s Obviously ($9.60) became the first favorite to win at the 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships, taking the lead shortly out of the gate and then holding off Om by a nose to win the ninth running of the $1 million Turf Sprint (G1) for 3-year-olds and up on Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park. Second-place jockey Gary Stevens (Om) – “He got wiped out leaving the gate, which he did to himself, and it was a tough beat. He broke completely sideways from the gate and he had to overcome a lot. Almost got it done.” For the 8-year-old Irish-bred Obviously, who was making his fifth Breeders’ Cup start, it was his first taste of success after finishing third, fifth twice and ninth in the past four runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Mile after setting the pace in all four races. Winning Jockey Flavien Prat (Obviously) – “I got a good trip. He didn’t break well  like he does every time but when I sent him and he got the lead he got comfortable. I asked him before the dirt and he went on. He got a little tired but the wire was there.” OBVIOUSLY HOLDS OFF OM BY A NOSE TO WIN BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINTcenter_img Winning Trainer Phil D’Amato (Obviously) – “This is tremendous. A (first Breeders’ Cup) win for me and for my old boss Mike Mitchell, who had the horse before me.” Third-place trainer Christophe Clement (Pure Sensation) – “I’m happy with our race except for the final result.  He got a perfect ride and ran his race.  We were unfortunately third best today.” Second-place trainer Dan Hendricks (Om) – “He missed the break slightly and had to make up a lot of ground on a really good horse. We can’t be prouder.” Trained by Phil D’Amato and ridden by Flavien Prat, Obviously covered the 6 ½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:11.33. It was the first Breeders’ Cup victory for D’Amato and Prat.last_img read more