India ‘Doesn’t Want Foreign Coal’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tim Loh for Bloomberg News:India has some bad news for the world’s struggling miners: it doesn’t want foreign coal.“I’m trying to find new reserves so I can remove my dependence on imports,” the country’s coal and power minister Piyush Goyal said in an interview Friday at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York. Asked when India might stop importing the power-plant fuel altogether, Goyal said “I wish it was yesterday. Maybe two or three years.”In recent years, India’s been considered a possible savior for beleaguered coal miners including Peabody Energy Corp. that have suffered amid slowing Chinese demand and plummeting commodity prices. But it may be no white knight. In 2015, it increased its own production of the power-plant fuel and slashed imports in “a big way,” according to Andrew Cosgrove, a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst.That trend will probably accelerate in coming years as India seeks to increase its annual electricity production fourfold by 2030, to as much as 4.5 trillion kilowatt-hours from 1.1 trillion kilowatt-hours at present, Goyal said. State-owned Coal India Ltd., the world’s biggest coal producer, plans to increase annual production to about 1 billion tons in the next four years, while India’s overall domestic coal output could climb to 1.5 billion tons, he said.The company, which produces more than 80 percent of India’s coal, reported record production and dispatches during the year ended March 31, after faster land purchases and government approvals led to the opening of new mines.India is developing new shipping routes and adding railroad capacity to transport domestic coal from mining areas to coastal power plants in hopes of further reducing its reliance on foreign coal.“At the end of the day, I may only be left with imports to the extent where certain plants are designed for imported coal,” Goyal said. “Until the time I can either retrofit or replace those plants.”India’s Energy Minister Wants to Cut Coal Imports to Nothing
Image courtesy of QatargasQatar Petroleum has selected Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation to deliver front-end engineering and design (FEED) of the onshore facilities of the North Field expansion project. The facilities will produce additional 23 million tons of LNG per year, raising Qatar’s total production capacity from 77 million tons per annum to 100 mtpa, Qatar Petroleum said on Monday.Speaking of the award, Qatar Petroleum’s president and CEO, Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said it was a major milestone that will enable the company to deliver the first LNG from the new project by the end of 2023.The FEED scope of work will provide the basic design for the addition of three 7.8 mtpa LNG production trains with associated pre-investment to add a fourth LNG train in the future, Qatar Petroleum said.The onshore facilities will receive approximately 4.6 billion standard cubic feet per day of feed gas from the southern sector of Qatar’s North Field, which is the largest single non-associated gas field in the world.The processing of the feed gas will also produce approximately 3,000 tons/day of ethane as feedstock to a petrochemical development in Qatar, 185,000 barrels/day of condensate, and 8,500 tons/day of LPG, in addition to approximately 12 tons per day of pure helium.Qatargas has been entrusted with executing this on behalf of Qatar Petroleum, the statement reads.
– Old Fort triumph in U-16 indoor finalTHE QUEEN’s Park Cricket Club won back-to-back U-13 titles (indoor and outdoor) to finish on top of the Guyana Hockey Board Boys’ Challenge over the weekend in the capital city. The Trinidadian club’s older team did not fare as well in the U-16 category; given that Guyanese clubs Saints (outdoors) and Old Fort (indoors) triumphed.Old Fort triumphed in the U-16 indoor battle on Sunday.Playing at the National Gymnasium on Sunday, the visiting team got past GCC in the U-13 final by a score of 3-0 in the three-team event (Saints also participated in the lower age group).Nicholas Siu Butt led the attack with two goals, while Adam Traboulay scored the other.The U-16 final was less eventful, with the clash going to penalties and the home team succeeding.On Saturday, QPCC had stormed to a 10-0 victory against Saints in the U-13 Boys Outdoor final at the GCC ground. In that clash, Adam Wyatt and Siu Butt had both scored hat-tricks, while Christiano Austin and Caiden Mack supported with two goals each. In the U-16 final, a Naresh Mahadeo goal propelled Saints to a 1-0 victory over Old Fort.Earlier, QPCC were knocked out in the semi-finals by the eventual second place finishers.Siu Butt won the most-goal award for both the indoor and outdoor competitions, while Mack was named MVP for the outdoors and another QPCC player, Siem Zanvliet, MVP for the indoors.Saints’ Samuel Garnett won both the Most Goals and the MVP awards in the outdoor competition for the older age group, while in the indoors, Daniel Woolford won the Most Goals award and his Old Fort teammate, Shaquon Favourite, the MVP award.
MORE: Three reactions to rumored MLB season planYou know where this is going, obviously. The coronavirus-mandated shutdown of the baseball season — as with pretty much every sport across the globe — has thrown a wrench into the plans of strength and conditioning coaches in MLB. “Right now the challenge is that we don’t have an end in sight for this thing,” Vazquez said. “So what I’ve told guys is, let’s go to a medium volume and let’s just keep that up until we’re told some sort of timeline. That’s the challenge. Basically, we’re trying to go into some sort of a hybrid between offseason and preseason.”In a Zoom video call with media folks on Thursday morning, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said he estimated his players are back to a “mid-January” position right now when it comes to their preseason progress. The workouts can vary by player. “Right now, our program is just based off what they have available,” Cardinals strength and conditioning coach Lance Lance Thomason told SN. “With all the gyms shutting down, not everyone has access to a gym or equipment, so we’re making modifications. A lot of guys are just doing some body-weight stuff at home because that’s all they have. We’re trying to work with the guys to provide the best opportunity to maintain where they’re at. We revisit those on a weekly basis. If they all of a sudden had access to more equipment, we could make some modifications.”It’s a challenge, yes, but as both Vazquez and Thomason were quick to point out, with what’s happening in the world right now, it’s a rather insignificant challenge. “I’ve told them, ‘Look, guys, in the grand scheme of life, this isn’t biggest issue right now.’ Obviously, we’re navigating a new world,” Vazquez said. “Just make sure you take care of personal business, make sure you can take care of families. Focus on that, and we’ll do our best to get you the best workout that we can, the best ideas we can under the circumstances. We have to say to ourselves, what’s the most important thing for my life right now? Lifting weights and hitting a baseball is probably not the most important thing. So let’s keep that in perspective and do the best we can with the equipment that we have, with the access that we have, and in time they’ll let us know where we can go, when we can go back to the stadium and that kind of stuff.” Thomason: “Obviously, there’s uncertainty on on all fronts, whether it’s professional sports or what not. We’re basically just trying to create somewhat of a normal schedule for these guys. They worked really hard in the offseason, and we just want to make sure that they’re ready to go when MLB says we can play baseball again.”To deal with their challenges — now and during regular year-long programs — 10 major-league teams use the TeamBuildr app to manage their strength and conditioning programs, including the Rangers and Cardinals. “The way the app’s designed, if there’s a video attached to it — this was was great for the offseason, and it’s coming in handy now — we put a program together, and drop it on their calendar, and then they have access to that on the phone,” Thomason said. “And then they just go down the list. If they know what I want them to do, they can click on it.MORE: MLB cancels Cubs-Cardinals series in LondonIf they don’t know what it is, there’s a video attached to it. They watch that video, hit complete on their end. As an organization, we’ve used it for about seven years. Pretty well versed in TeamBuildr.”The Cardinals were the first MLB team to reach out about the possibility of using the app to manage their needs.“We were able to do a lot of customization with them,” TeamBuildr CEO Hewitt Tomlin said, “but also in a way that benefitted other customers.”Tomlin said a total of 10 teams — the Rangers, Cardinals, Angels, Padres, Diamondbacks, A’s, Marlins, Rays, Astros and Braves — use the app. For every strength and conditioning coach in Major League Baseball, there’s a rhythm, a flow and a purpose to how they design their year-round workout programs. Most years, it goes like clockwork.“Every season — offseason, preseason, meaning spring training, and in-season — they have a certain amount of work volume,” Rangers strength and conditioning coach Jose Vazquez told Sporting News in a phone interview. “In the offseason, the work volume is very heavy. There’s a lot of running, a lot of lifting, a lot of stuff, so to speak. As we approach the season, we cut the volume back and we scale down the number of exercises, the number of repetitions, the number of things we do because the baseball takes over.” “A couple days ago, I was mowing the yard and a player called. I stopped what I was doing and within five minutes he had a workout on his phone that he could follow. That’s the beauty of this thing,” said Vazquez, who said the Rangers have been using the app for three years. “Getting the workouts to the guys, not that complicated. Helping guys to work out at home, giving them ideas of what to do, not that complicated. What makes it difficult is the timeframe. Can’t tell a guy, ‘Now you cut back.’ Or, ‘Now you’ve got to do this.’ That’s what’s challenging.”And the timeframe isn’t something they’ll have an answer to any time soon. “We’re obviously in the same boat. We don’t know much,” Thomason said. “We just try to base our decisions off the information we have. We know it’s probably not going to start in the next couple of weeks, but once we hear a date, we’ll adjust our programs again and make sure that everyone has what they need to be prepared.”
JURGEN KLOPP is set to be ignored as Premier League clubs embrace plans to extend the Champions League.As SunSport reported earlier this month, support is growing among Europe’s elite clubs for a revised format involving more games from 2024.2 Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to Champions League final glory against Spurs on June 1 but is a fierce critic of expanding the competition2 The Premier League’s biggest clubs were determined to resist the plans of Juventus president Andrea AgnelliCredit: Getty Images – GettyLiverpool boss Klopp slammed the plans after his side’s 2-0 win over Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.The straight-talking German, who tasted Champions League glory last season, branded the proposals “absolute b******s”.But as SunSport has previously revealed, Liverpool — along with other members of the Big Six — have been part of extensive negotiations led by Uefa and the European Club Association.And this should lead to clubs agreeing to a redesigned competition.The Prem six were determined not to accept initial plans, drafted by Juventus President Andrea Agnelli.This would have seen 12 games in the initial phase and a ring-fenced structure involving promotion and relegation for the initial elite.CONSENSUS REACHEDBut clubs from across Europe were equally adamant Agnelli’s vision would not fly. Now, though, consensus has been reached over the format meaning ten games in the first phase.There are two models currently being discussed.The first is the so-called “Swiss system”, based on a competition first designed for a chess tournament in Zurich in 1895.That would see 32 teams in one league, but in a series of seeded bands and playing just ten opponents from different seeding groups.The top eight teams in the table after ten games would automatically go to the knockout stage, with the sides ranked 9-24 playing off to join them.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneIt is envisaged that the top eight would also automatically qualify for the next season’s competition.Although there might be a cap of three guaranteed spots per country to still allow clubs to qualify through their domestic league.The other option under consideration is an extension to 36 teams in the group phase — allowing more nations to take part — with the teams split into six groups of six.The top two in each group would go through, with either a play-off system or the best third place teams determining the final four slots.Whatever the precise shape of the plans, it will require eight European games before Christmas and minimum 17 games to win the competition — four more than now.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticThat creates a genuine threat to the long-term future of the League Cup as England will be the only one of the Big Five nations with a second domestic cup from next season.It could also spell the end of FA Cup replays — already scrapped after the fourth-round stage — to free up more space in the fixtures calendar.Discussions will be ramped up in the New Year with an expectation that a final proposal can be voted on at the annual congress of Uefa’s member nations in Amsterdam in early March.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy to stay at the club as he signs new five-year contract