Coal India April shipments fall 25.5% as lockdown erodes demand

Coal India April shipments fall 25.5% as lockdown erodes demand

first_imgCoal India’s shipments in April slumped 25.5 percent from a year earlier after more than a month-long nationwide lockdown halted economic activity, eroding demand for India’s most dominant energy source.Shipments dropped to 39.1 million tons in the month, the Kolkata-based miner said in a filing late Friday. Output declined 10.9 percent to 40.4 million tons.Global coal demand is heading for its biggest annual drop since World War II with burning the fuel to make electricity becoming unprofitable and socially untenable in several countries. The pandemic has only served to hasten its demise. The lockdown in India has shut factories and offices slashing electricity demand by about a quarter, affecting the use of coal and causing inventories to swell to record levels.z India extended the stay-at-home restrictions for most parts of the country for another two weeks starting May 4.“Coal India’s output is expected to remain muted until demand starts picking up,” Rupesh Sankhe, an analyst at Elara Capital India in Mumbai, said before the company reported the data. “It will probably look at new customers, especially those that depend on imported coal, to shore up shipments.”Despite the demand for the fuel crashing, the miner has set a higher output and shipments target for the fiscal year that began April 1 on expectations of a revival after the lockdown is lifted, coal minister Pralhad Joshi said last week.Topics :last_img read more

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The Gap locals are being given first access to two premium townhouses

first_imgCaroline Mara has purchased a four-bedroom townhouse and is expecting to move in by March 2018.“I have lived at The Gap for some time and love all the trees and hills surrounding the suburb; it creates the perfect environment,” Ms Mara said. “Mosaic’s dedication to the local environment through their vegetation management plan is absolutely fantastic. It’s a shame more builders aren’t doing this sort of thing to stop suburbs looking like concrete jungles.”Mosaic Property Group has committed $60,000 to restoration work through a vegetation management plan that will retain native species and remove weed species from the corridor.“The ecological protection of this asset is of paramount importance to everyone at Mosaic, and it is our commitment that we leave the waterway corridor in a better state than when we first inherited it,” Mr Monahan said. Greenhills at The GapThe development, in the inner-western suburb, has 20 townhouses with 15 spacious three-bedroom and five open-plan, four-bedroom properties.Greenhills is already popular among locals with 60 per cent of owner-occupiers who have bought in the development, already living at The Gap, and the remainder from surrounding suburbs.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoMr Monahan said the strong take-up by locals prompted Mosaic to reserve the extra two townhouses for local buyers.“We have continued to receive queries from members within the community about availability of our townhouses, so we were pleased to be able to provide this one last chance for those still interested,” he said.Caroline Mara, who has lived at The Gap since 1997, purchased a four-bedroom property at Greenhills and is expecting to move in by March 2018. Greenhills at The Gap is almost sold out, with two premium products being held exclusively for locals in the month of July.LOCALS are being given first dibs on the final two premium townhouses in a boutique development in The Gap.Developer Mosaic Property Group managing director Brook Monahan said the Greenhills townhouses were being offered only to residents within The Gap community and surrounding suburbs until the end of July.“We felt it best that more locals should be a part of this exciting new project,” Mr Monahan said.“Many of our own team members live in The Gap, so we are extremely sympathetic to the area and understand what is important to the members of this community.”center_img Greenhills at The GapMosaic is also planting trees along the frontage of Payne Road to provide more uniformed privacy for residents.“We will be contributing funds to the Council to offset the loss of tree canopy, which will go directly back into planting more trees in the local area,” Mr Monahan said.last_img read more

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Cricket News Uncapped Sam Curran called up for second test against Pakistan as cover for Ben Stokes

first_imgHe was called up for the England’s T-20 squad for the Tri-series in Australia and New Zealand, but did not play a single match. However, his brother Tom Curran, who was recently seen playing for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League 2018, played two tests in England’s recent Ashes defeat in Australia.After losing the first test at Lord’s by a humiliating margin of nine wickets, veteran pacer James Anderson called on the team to show more fight in the final test of the series, which is set to be played at Headingley on Friday.”It’s going to take some special individual performances this week,” Anderson told a leading English daily. “If you get one or two individuals standing up, then people can piggyback on that and take confidence as well.”It’s quite easy for the confidence of the team to take a hit when you have a defeat like that. So we’ll try, as well as using our skill, to use our heart, to use the fight we have in the dressing room to show people what we can do.” New Delhi: Uncapped all-rounder Sam Curran has been given a debut call-up in to the England squad for the second test against Pakistan as a cover for injured Ben Stokes, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Wednesday.Earlier, Stokes suffered a hamstring straing during fielding practice, but has not yet been ruled out of the second test match against Pakistan.The 19-year-old Curran, a left-arm seamer plays for English club Surrey and has taken more than 100 first-class wickets, and has an average of 27.18 with the bat.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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No. 11 Auburn looks to knock off No. 18 LSU

first_img February 6, 2020 Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 18 LSU (17-5, 8-1) vs. No. 11 Auburn (20-2, 7-2)Auburn Arena, Auburn, Alabama; Saturday, 12 a.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 11 Auburn goes for its fifth straight win over ranked opponents against No. 18 LSU . Auburn’s last loss vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats 80-53 on Feb. 23, 2019. LSU fell 99-90 at Vanderbilt on Wednesday.center_img BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Skylar Mays and Emmitt Williams have led LSU. Mays has averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and two steals while Williams has recorded 14.2 points and seven rebounds per game. Auburn have been anchored by Samir Doughty and Isaac Okoro. Doughty has averaged 15.5 points while Okoro has put up 13 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.MIGHTY MAYS: Mays has connected on 34.6 percent of the 81 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 3 of 14 over the last five games. He’s also made 84.2 percent of his free throws this season.STREAK STATS: Auburn has won its last 12 home games, scoring an average of 84.2 points while giving up 67.9.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Auburn offense has recently used assists to create buckets more often than LSU. Auburn has 31 assists on 67 field goals (46.3 percent) across its past three outings while LSU has assists on 28 of 86 field goals (32.6 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Auburn offense has scored 79 points per game this season, ranking the Tigers 20th among Division 1 teams. The LSU defense has allowed 71 points per game to opponents (ranked 204th).___ No. 11 Auburn looks to knock off No. 18 LSUlast_img read more

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Girls soccer Bears, Lakers earn wins before playoffs

first_img Tags: CazenoviaChittenangogirls soccer And the Bears traveled north to face General Brown Saturday afternoon, where it prevailed 2-1 over the Lions, goals by Garcia and Martin proving enough as Kelly recorded seven saves.Cazenovia, meanwhile, only had one game last week, but made it count as it traveled to Hannibal and, with a big first half, produced a 4-1 victory over the Warriors.All of the goals came early as Caitlin Smithers and Katie Rajkowski led the way, each finishing with one goal and one assist. Julia Reff also had a goal as as Ava Gavitt and Molly Dolan got assists, too.With a final regular-season mark of 11-4-1, Cazenovia picked up the no. 8 seed for the Section III Class B playoffs and host no. 9 seed South Jefferson in Wednesday’s opening round. A possible quarterfinal with top seed Central Valley Academy could await the Lakers with a victory over the Spartans.And with its 13-3 record, Chittenango landed the no. 6 seed. Also at home for its opening-round game, the Bears face no. 11 seed Phoenix on Thursday night, the winner to get to the quarterfinals against no. 3 seed Westhill or no. 14 seed General Brown.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Maryanna Garcia finished with one goal and one assist as Sarah Martin and Ally Shoemaker also found the net. Bears goalkeeper Cassidy Kelly stopped all nine shots she faced.A night later, amid the wind and rain, Chittenango faced Mexico, and the challenging conditions affected both teams, but the Bears did enough to edge the Tigers 3-2.Martin had a part in each of Chittenango’s three scoring plays, netting two goals and assisting on Ally Shoemaker’s tally. Shoemaker also assisted on a Martin goal and Kelly had to make seven saves.center_img During the last week of the regular season, the Chittenango girls soccer team was intent to build upon the good work it had done to turn around a mid-season slump, including its 3-1 win over Cazenovia on Oct. 7.The Bears hosted Solvay last Tuesday night and got an effort from its offense similar to what it was doing early this fall during a 7-0 shutout of the Bearcats.For Chittenango, the most encouraging part was the distribution of its production. Emily Moon led the way, scoring twice and getting a pair of assists, while Madison Wagner also got two goals.last_img read more

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Trojans finish with a win in tough weekend series against the Tar Heels

first_imgAfter dropping the first two games of a three game set against No. 6 North Carolina over the weekend, the USC baseball team managed to avoid a series sweep with a 5-2 victory over the Tar Heels (8-2) on Sunday.The Trojans (8-3) fell behind 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, and looked as they would go quietly in the top of the fifth. But with two outs, senior outfielder Garret Houts singled and stole second.Junior second baseman Adam Landecker singled him home and advanced to third on a double by senior first baseman Matt Foat. Both scored on a single by senior catcher Kevin Roundtree. Roundtree moved to third on a double by sophomore third baseman Kevin Swick, and both scored on a single by sophomore shortstop James Roberts before the inning finally came to an end.All told, six straight Trojan hitters reached base, all with two outs, and five players scoring to put USC up 5-1.“It just clicked,” said USC coach Frank Cruz of the big fifth inning. “We just got the hits.”Those five runs were more than enough for Trojan starting pitcher Stephen Tarpley. The freshman did not look like one against one of the best teams in college baseball, going six strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits, with just two walks to his seven strikeouts.“Stephen pitched great,” Cruz said. “He really stepped up and helped us get out with a win.”On Saturday, USC got another great performance on the mound, but senior Ben Mount’s seven and 2/3 innings of one-run ball were not enough as the Trojan fell 1-0 in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel. Tar Heel starter Chris Munnelly allowed a leadoff single to the very first hitter of the game, and then did not give up another hit over seven shutout innings.“Mount threw really, really well,” Cruz said. “It was a great game, but we squandered our best chance to score.”The chance came in the eighth inning when sophomore outfielder Omar Cotto Lozada singled to start the inning and moved to second on a fielder’s choice. Cotto Lozada advanced to third on a wild pitch. He broke for home on another wild pitch, but was tagged out at the plate. It was one of just two times in the game the Trojans even got a runner into scoring position.While the Trojans competed on Saturday, they were torn apart Friday 11-1. The Tar Heels scored three in the second off of senior pitcher Andrew Triggs and two more in the third to put USC in a 5-0 hole early. The Trojans got one back in the seventh, but their bullpen was decimated for six runs over the final two innings to put the game completely out of reach.The Trojans traveled every player on the team to Chapel Hill “as a reward for their hard work in the fall,” according to Cruz. And while USC lost the series, Cruz said he felt his team grew from the experience of the road trip and level of the competition.“We can take this and grow from it,” Cruz said. “But we can’t look behind at it. We’re always looking ahead.”Ahead for the Trojans is another tough matchup. USC returns home Tuesday to host No. 15 Cal State Fullerton at six p.m. at Dedeaux Field.last_img read more

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Bennett avoids major crash in Tour de France

first_imgFormer leader Fabian Cancellara was one of a number of riders forced to retire from the race yesterday following a high speed crash – the Swiss rider finished the stage but was later found to have fractured two vertebrae in his back.Carrick on Suir’s Sam Bennett managed to avoid the main crash but was caught up in a later spill.The Tour organisers will be hoping for a safer journey over the seven cobblestone sections during today’s 223.5 kilometre stage.last_img

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No Red Carpet for Liverpool at Old Trafford

first_imgThe two most successful clubs in English football-Manchester United and Liverpool will this weekend renew hostilities in an encounter that headlines the Premier LeagueWhile Liverpool had been struggling of late, their Sunday host, Manchester United had been on a winning streak in all competitions.Little wonder, former Anfield midfielder, Didi Hamann is of the opinion that Liverpool will struggle to handle a resurgent United on Sunday. The Red Devils look to be back in the title chace after a run of six league wins on the bounce moved them 10 points behind leaders, Chelsea.The Red Devils currently trail second-place Liverpool by four points but could cut the gap on their fierce rivals to just one point with a win at Old Trafford this weekend. Hamann is confident Mourinho can continue United’s impressive form until the end of the season.Liverpool are five points behind Chelsea but failed to beat relegation battlers, Sunderland and League Two outfit, Plymouth in the FA Cup.The former Liverpool star said: “Once Jose Mourinho’s team start rolling, they’re like a juggernaut – they can be incredibly hard to stop. United are unbeaten in 11 league games now – when he was at Chelsea Jose went on an unbeaten league run of 40 games and it wasn’t a one-off. “Chelsea had six unbeaten stretches that went over 12 games in the league under Mourinho’s watch. Manchester United haven’t been too successful in recent years but there is huge belief in the camp. “They are a serious force, and there’s no reason why this momentum would stop between now and May. United still have a massive role to play in the title race.“Ten points is a lot of ground to make up on Chelsea, but in the third week of December they were nine points off fourth place. Now they’re only three points away from Man City in fourth, and can close the gap to Liverpool to two if they win on Sunday. It isn’t impossible.”Meanwhile, Mourinho has said he, his players and even the club’s supporters would need to raise their game when arch rivals Liverpool visit Old Trafford this weekend.United beat Hull City 2-0 in Tuesday’s League Cup semifinal first leg to make it nine games in succession, while Liverpool suffered a one nil loss to Southampton on Wednesday. However, with the Reds five points above the Devils in second place in the table, Mourinho wants everyone to be at their very best on Sunday.“I think now about Sunday. I need to do better on Sunday, the players need to do better and the stadium they need to do better,” Mourinho said.Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion skipper, Darren Fletcher is hoping his side can extend their unbeaten run against Tottenham Hotspur when they travel to White Hart Lane in the Premier League today.West Brom, who are eighth in the league, have managed to avoid defeat in their last three encounters with the North London club, including a 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns in October.Spurs have not lost at home this season but 31-year-old Scotland international Fletcher is eyeing another positive result that could push West Brom up to seventh.“We managed to get a point against them earlier on in the season,” Fletcher told West Brom’s official website.“We know we are going to have to be on top of our game on Saturday, (today) but we have done well there in the past and hopefully we can get another positive result.”Third-placed Spurs are on a run of six consecutive victories in all competitions, while West Brom have won their last two Premier League matches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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NASCAR’s Kyle Larson to AP on slur: ‘I was just ignorant’

first_img First Published: 20th August, 2020 07:00 IST COMMENT LIVE TV FOLLOW US Written By Last Updated: 20th August, 2020 07:00 IST NASCAR’s Kyle Larson To AP On Slur: ‘I Was Just Ignorant’ What do you do when the entire world believes you are a racist? When your career has collapsed because you uttered the N-word while playing a late night video game?center_img What do you do when the entire world believes you are a racist? When your career has collapsed because you uttered the N-word while playing a late night video game?Kyle Larson packed his things and left North Carolina, returning to his native California too embarrassed to show his face in public.The facts were plain and he doesn’t deny them: He was iRacing in April, couldn’t hear his spotter on his headset and used the racist slur to get his colleagues’ attention. His downfall was swift: The 28-year-old Larson lost his sponsors, his job and any shot at a multimillion-dollar contract in NASCAR’s upcoming free agency.Depressed and devastated, Larson began a journey to understand both why he had said the word and how to grow from the experience. What he discovered was that he’d been living in a bubble most of his life in which winning races was the only thing that mattered.“I was just ignorant. And immature. I didn’t understand the negativity and hurt that comes with that word,” Larson told The Associated Press. “That’s not a word that I had ever used. I grew up in Northern California, all I ever did was race and that’s all I was focused on. There’s probably a lot of real-life experiences I didn’t get to have and I was just ignorant to how hurtful that word is.”Larson sat down with the AP on Wednesday for his first interview since he was fired April 15 by Chip Ganassi Racing after every sponsor cut ties. He had also been suspended by NASCAR and needed to complete a sensitivity training course for reinstatement.Larson took the course. Then he decided he needed to do more.He connected with retired soccer star Tony Sanneh, whose foundation works on youth development and empowerment in the Minneapolis area. Larson went to visit Sanneh and volunteer at the foundation in the weeks before the city — and the nation — were rocked by the death of George Floyd in police custody.Floyd died a few weeks after that first visit and Larson again returned to Minneapolis. Sanneh took him to the site where Floyd died and they toured parts of the city heavily damaged in protests over racial injustice.This was new ground for Larson. His family — father Mike and mother Janet, both devout in raising their son to make proper life decisions, be a good person and treat people equally — made racing a hobby. When Larson began go-karting at 7 they used all discretionary income on furthering his racing career.“I never really realized how privileged I was in the way I grew up,” Larson said. “I never had to really worry about anything and I guess I was naive. I didn’t have a full understanding that there are people struggling with different things on a daily basis. It was very impactful, very moving.”Sanneh connected Larson with former Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Larson visited her foundation in East St. Louis. He got on the phone with Max Siegel, the CEO of USA Track & Field who also runs a NASCAR-sanctioned team that is part of the stock car series’ diversity program. Larson, who is half Japanese, came through that very program on his way to NASCAR.Larson also continued work with the Urban Youth Racing School in Philadelphia. The nonprofit helps minorities advance in motorsports and Jysir Fisher, one of its students, had celebrated with Larson in victory lane following a win in Delaware last October.Fisher was deeply disappointed by Larson’s use of the N-word and discussed it with founder Anthony Martin. The two also talked when Larson said he wanted to visit the school.“Kyle made it his business to come here to this school and apologize. He didn’t want to do it by telephone. He wanted to do it face-to-face,” Martin told AP. “That had a strong effect on Jysir. His favorite driver is still Kyle Larson.”Larson has also hired a personal diversity coach from The Kaleidoscope Group, which specializes in diversity and inclusion consulting.Martin understands celebrities often go through the motions to repair their image after a fall. He insists that’s not what Larson has been doing.“Kids make mistake,” Martin said. “Do I think that Kyle was ever a racist? Absolutely not.”Larson said he isn’t doing what he’s doing in a bid to get his job back. Larson, whose maternal grandparents spent time in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, is adamant he wants to educate himself.“I just felt like there was more that I needed to do — and I wanted to show through actions that I am a better person than I was before,” Larson said.Larson has spent his time in NASCAR exile back at the starting point of his career, racing sprint cars across the country and piling up 31 wins.; this weekend, he will be at the Indy Mile Race at the Fairgrounds at nearly the same time the Indianapolis 500 is running across town.Larson still hopes to get back to NASCAR. He doesn’t know if a team or sponsors will be willing to give him a second chance. He has met NASCAR’s requirements for reinstatement. He said Wednesday he has not yet requested reinstatement.“I made a mistake and I’m paying for it and I accept that,” Larson said. “I’d like to get back there and we’ll see if there’s a way. All I can do is continue to improve myself and let my actions show who I truly am.”Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

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Iowa legislature’s top Democrats call for statewide shelter-in-place order

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa is among the five states which do not have some sort of a shelter-in-place or stay-at-home order within its borders.The top two Democrats in the legislature are urging Republican Governor Kim Reynolds to join change that. Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen of Des Moines and House Democratic Leader Todd Prichard of Charles City say issuing a statewide shelter-in-place order would send “a clearer message about the serious nature of this pandemic.”They say the current patchwork of recommendations is confusing and there’s growing frustration about the lack of information on Iowa’s plans and capabilities for combatting COVID-19. The two Democratic lawmakers say data provided by private researchers shows Iowans are taking some steps to flatten the curve of COVID cases, but the dramatic increases in case numbers show it’s not enough.The other states which do not have shelter-in-place orders are North and South Dakota, Nebraska and Arkansas. There are eight other states where orders are in place in cities or regions. Earlier this week, Governor Reynolds said she can’t lock the state down because it would disrupt the supply chain and impact essential workers.The two Democratic lawmakers say other governors have exempted critical occupations in their shelter-in-place orders. Senator Pedersen and Representative Prichard also called on the governor to release more information about the state’s efforts. Yesterday, Reynolds was asked if she will release the data she’s using to make COVID-19 decisions.“We’re looking at the percent of the population greater than 65. We’re looking at the percentage of identified cases requiring hospitalization,” Reynolds said in reply. “We’re looking at the rate per 100,000 impacted in the past 14 days. We’re looking at the number of long-term care outbreaks, so those are some of the metrics that we’re looking at, but there are other assumptions going into it as well.”Reynolds did not say whether she would release any of that data to the public.Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, a Democrat from Dubuque; Congresswoman Cindy Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines; and Congressman Dave Loebsack, a Democrat from Iowa City have all called on the governor to issue a stay-at-home order.Here’s the letter: COVID-19 Letter to Governor PDFlast_img read more

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