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U.S. Cuts 2016 Coal Production Outlook

first_imgU.S. Cuts 2016 Coal Production Outlook FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Molly Christian for SNL:The U.S. government cut its coal production outlook for 2016 as the year began with the lowest monthly production total since July 1983.The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that domestic coal production totaled 59 million tons in January, a 7% decline versus the prior month. The government agency expects that U.S. coal production will total 834 million tons in 2016, a 2.2% decline versus the prior outlook and a 6.4% decline versus the prior-year total of 890 million tons. For 2017, the EIA expects that coal production will rise 0.9% to 841 million tons, a 0.3% decline versus the prior outlook.The government agency expects the Interior region to account for 20% of domestic production in 2016 and 2017, up from 13% of production a decade ago, as production declines at a slower rate than that of the Appalachian and Western regions.“This increase in share reflects the [Interior] region’s growing competitive advantages compared with other U.S. coal-producing regions, [including] higher heat content, closer proximity to major markets than Western region coal, and lower mining costs than Appalachia-produced coal,” the report said.Meanwhile, the EIA expects power-sector coal demand will remain flat as increased demand resulting from rising natural gas prices is offset by growing renewables penetration of the power market and coal plant retirements. The government agency projects that power-sector coal demand will slide 0.1% to 746 million tons in 2016, a 0.9% decline versus the prior outlook, before recovering 0.5% in 2017 to 750 million tons, up 0.9% versus the prior outlook.Full articlee ($): US government trims coal production outlook, projects demand to remain flatlast_img read more

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Ex-IAAF boss Lamine Diack’s trial suffers long adjournment

first_imgRelatedPosts Ex-IAAF boss bags two-year jail term Ize-Iyamu’s trial over N700m alleged fraud adjourned Ex-IAAF boss, Diack faces four-year jail term The trial of Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of athletics’ governing body IAAF, who faces charges of corruption and money laundering linked to a Russian doping scandal, was adjourned in Paris on Monday. Less than an hour after the hearing began, the trial was halted for procedural reasons and postponed until June. The trial’s opening came five years after prosecutors began their investigation into Diack, from Senegal, who now lives under house arrest in Paris. Investigators have described a web of corruption that was rife in world athletics, including bribes and extortion to cover up positive drug tests. Diack, 86, has denied wrongdoing and his lawyers said the accusations were baseless. “He is someone who dedicated almost his entire life to the public and to sport,” Diack’s lawyer Simon Ndiaye said. Diack’s co-accused include his son, Papa Massata, who worked as a marketing consultant for the IAAF, now known as World Athletics. Senegal has refused to extradite Papa Massata and he is being tried in absentia. The trial had been expected to last two weeks. But prosecutors sought the adjournment after receiving several “rather voluminous” documents on Monday from the Senegalese judiciary. They include the transcript from a November interrogation of Papa Massata and bank documents. Money laundering alone carries a jail term of up to 10 years in France. Diack, who led the IAAF from 1999-2015, was one of the most influential men in athletics. His arrest plunged the sport’s governing body into an unprecedented crisis. Prosecutors began their investigation after the IAAF’s ethics commission and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) uncovered evidence a Russian marathon runner paid €600,000 (£514,930) to cover up a positive drug test, allowing her to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Prosecutors highlighted what they described as the “extremely complacent” attitude of the IAAF toward the Russian athletics federation. Diack acknowledges discussions with the Russians, but denies sanctions were waived in return for personal benefit, his lawyer said.Tags: AdjournmentIAAFLamine Diacklast_img read more

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NBA playoffs wrap 2019: Raptors cruise to win over Magic; Nuggets come back to top Spurs

first_img DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with a game-high 31 points.San Antonio will likely make some adjustments to prevent a late game surge in Game 3 at home.Elsewhere, Portland put Oklahoma City in a deeper hole with its 114-94 victory in Game 2.The Trail Blazers had lost 10 straight playoff games entering the series, but have now won two straight and have a 2-0 lead over the Thunder.Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were crazy efficient and combined for 62 points on 22-of-43 shooting.  Leonard exploded for a game-high 37 points on 15-of-22 shooting and was relentless in his pursuit of the hoop.UNSTOPPABLE pic.twitter.com/lDqB1mIwPa— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 17, 2019Aaron Gordon led the overwhelmed Magic in scoring, totaling 20 points while most of his teammates struggled from the field. Related News Clippers’ Patrick Beverley on his defense: ‘I can’t help that people get irritated by me’ Paul George led the Thunder with 27 points, but they still struggled shooting from deep.Studs of the NightKyle Lowry bounced back from a scoreless Game 1 outing with 22 points and seven assists for Toronto.LaMarcus Aldridge totaled 24 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs.Duds of the NightJonathan Isaac scored five points on 1-of-8 shooting for the Magic.Rudy Gay scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting in San Antonio’s loss.Russell Westbrook flirted with a triple-double, but made just five of his 20 shot attempts.HighlightsMcCollum blew by the Thunder and finished with a scoop shot off the glass.Through-the-legs. Hesi. Cross. #ThunderUp 29#RipCity 24CJ up to 11 PTS EARLY on @NBAonTNT. #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/oiK4JAVPeG— NBA (@NBA) April 17, 2019Murray scored 21 points in the fourth quarter and hit seven straight shots to help the Nuggets win. Now the series is knotted up at 1-1 as the two squads head to Orlando for Game 3.Meanwhile, the Nuggets were upset by the Spurs in Game 1, but also found their footing in Game 2.Although Denver trailed by seven entering the final frame, it outscored San Antonio by 16 to secure a 114-105 victory.Four of the Nuggets’ five starters scored at least 20 points, and they were led by Jamal Murray, who had a team-high 24.center_img The Raptors responded to their Game 1 loss with a 111-82 victory over the Magic on Tuesday.Second-seeded Toronto improved considerably, and Kawhi Leonard was simply unstoppable against Orlando. Their scoring helped push Portland ahead after it was tied with Oklahoma City at the break. JAMAL. MURRAY.🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/KWxz0OM6u7— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) April 17, 2019Lillard shook off Raymond Felton for a buzzer beater 3-pointer to end the third.🚨 “Long ball by Dame coming up…” 🚨Damian Lillard (27 PTS) steps back at the 3rd Q buzzer on @NBAonTNT! #RipCity pic.twitter.com/SY1NFoQ9xG— NBA (@NBA) April 17, 2019What’s Next?Jazz at Rockets 9:30 p.m. ET — Utah was blown away by Houston in Game 1. Its defensive strategy to contain James Harden was full of holes. The Jazz will have to showcase some serious adjustments to stop the Rockets from running away with the series.last_img read more

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LADA Improves Capacity of Vegetable Aggregators and Food Processors

first_imgLife Focus Vegetable Aggregators received a 30Kva generator from LADA.The Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) over the weekend made a donation of two generators worth US$21,100 to a vegetable aggregator and food processor in Margibi and Montserrado counties.The Papé Natural Food Enterprise of Kakata received a 25kva generator, while the Life Focus Liberia Limited of Mount Barclay received a 30kva unit.The generators form part of several other equipment that LADA is currently procuring under its Co-Investment Fund (CIF), a matching grant fund aimed at building the capacities of agribusinesses in Liberia, according to Victor Ngorbu, CIF manager at the LADA program.Ngorbu told journalists during the delivery of the generators that his institution is building the capacity of agribusinesses in order to improve the incomes of smallholder farmers through market linkages and value addition.“LADA intends to enhance agribusiness productivity in the rice, cassava, vegetables, cocoa and aquaculture value chains. These empowered groups are involved in the aggregation and processing of food. We are collaborating with them to procure some machines that will enhance their aggregation and processing capacities. These generators are part of other equipment that will provide them with capacity to produce more food products for the market,” he said.“With these interventions, we expect that the productivity of these plants will increase to enable smallholder farmers to access better markets to earn more money and reduce poverty,” he said.LADA’s model to support agribusiness is meant to sustain them without much assistance from donor organizations in the future, he emphasized.The LADA CIF manager said several enterprises have benefited and others are in the process of benefiting from the initiative.According to a LADA press release, Life Focus Liberia Limited is benefiting from a grant of US$108,000, while Pape Natural Food received US$127,000 under a 50 percent cost-share arrangement, according to a LADA release. Patom Enterprise, another beneficiary in Montserrado County, received a 30kva generator from LADA on Monday.Receiving the equipment, the managing director of the Papé Natural Food Enterprise lauded CNFA/LADA for the high level of support.Joe Togba said the 25kva generator will put his group in the position to intensify the production of more foodstuff for the market.Papé Natural Foods is a family-owned and operated venture with its roots firmly planted in Margibi County that buys farm produce from smallholder farmers for processing.‘‘We have a small and dedicated staff, most of whom are women; ensuring that everyone receives training in all aspects of food processing is important to us. We are looking for more opportunities to work with more smallholder farmers in the future to improve their income generation through value addition,” he said.For his part, the administrative manager of Life Focus Liberia, Gaye Suomie, told reporters that his institution is involved in sourcing vegetables from smallholder farmers and selling them to supermarkets, restaurants, and hotels in Monrovia.“The LADA project donation is greatly transforming our facility in many ways as we are expecting a cold storage container that will improve our processing and aggregation capacities to reach more smallholder farmers,” he disclosed.The LADA program is a 5-year Feed the Future initiative of the U.S government aimed at increasing the income of smallholder farmers through increased private sector investment in the agribusiness sector of Bong, Lofa and Montserrado counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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