Analyst says rising domestic production will cut China’s need for thermal coal imports in 2019

first_imgAnalyst says rising domestic production will cut China’s need for thermal coal imports in 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享South China Morning Post:China’s thermal coal imports will decline by between 10 million and 12 million tonnes in 2019, a leading industry analyst said on Tuesday, largely because of rising domestic output in the world’s top producer and consumer.The country’s coal output will increase from the second quarter of 2019, reducing its reliance on overseas supplies, Rodrigo Echeverri, head of hard commodities at trader Noble Group, told an industry conference in Shanghai.China is set to produce an additional 100 million tonnes of coal this year, Wang Hongqiao, vice-president of China National Coal Association, said earlier at the same event. “Coal demand for power generation in China will increase but the growth rate of general coal consumption will slow down,” Wang said, leading to a glut of the fuel and “severely disrupting” the market.China produced 4 billion tonnes of coal in 2018, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. It also added 194 million tonnes in mine capacity that year, despite promising to cut excess capacity for the sector.Echeverri said he expected a drop in thermal coal imports this year of 11 per cent from 2018 volumes to 19 million tonnes, with the reduction hitting top supplier Australia the hardest.That comes after traders have already cut back on purchases of both thermal and metallurgical coal from Australia due to lengthy quality checks on supplies from there that have lasted as long as two months at some ports.More: China’s thermal coal imports ‘will fall 10-12 million tonnes in 2019’last_img read more

Equipment set on fire at Mountain Valley Pipeline site + NC dodges 140 tons of toxic compound

first_imgEquipment set on fire at Mountain Valley Pipeline site investigated as arsonA piece of earth moving equipment has been set on fire at Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site in Virginia, causing $500,000 in damage. Authorities received a call on Saturday night reporting a car fire but when they arrived they found a Caterpillar PL87 pipe layer located in the pipeline construction right-of-way ablaze. The fire damaged no other equipment. Fire marshals have decided that the fire was set intentionally and are investigating it as arson. The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline is a 303-mile pipeline that will run from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia. Malec Brothers withdraw permit to use methyl bromide in Columbus County, NCAn Australian company that had planned to emit up to 140 tons of toxic compound in their log fumigation business has withdrawn their air permit to emit methyl bromide, says the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The plan encountered strong public opposition and state officials scrambled to petition the Environmental Management Commission for a new rule to add methyl bromide to the state’s list of air toxins. Methyl bromide has been banned internationally for most uses because of its toxicity and ozone-depleting properties, but log fumigation is an exception. China will accept only exported logs that have been fumigated, but Malec Brothers has decided to debark the logs instead. The fumigation would have taken place less than a mile from a school.last_img read more

Glorious, Spring-like Weather Ahead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York While February is traditionally among the coldest times of the year, that doesn’t mean this normally frosty month is immune to extremes.Brace yourselves, Long Islanders: You’re about to confront a significant winter warm-up, with temperatures reaching the 40s and topping off in the mid-50s on Sunday. Put away the snow shovel. Break out the sun block.The upcoming spring-like forecast features sunny skies through President’s Day Weekend and well into next week.This Friday’s outlook calls for sunny skies with a high of 41 before temps take a dive in the evening to the freezing mark.The mercury will shake off the shivers Saturday as mostly sunny skies and temperatures pushing 50 degrees are likely. As the forecast stands, Sunday is expected to be even more glorious: a whopping 55-degree day featuring mostly sunny skies. (Perhaps some golf is in order?)Things are also looking up for President’s Day, which is expected to resemble the weekend’s unseasonably warm forecast.It may not technically be beach weather, but the forecast should bring a wide smile to anyone still reeling from last week’s blizzard, which dumped up to 16 inches of snow on the Island. The first major storm of 2017 was followed up by blustery weather and powerful winds, which temporarily knocked out power to thousands of PSEG Long Island customers.Now we can all talk about the weather with something positive to say. In these politically fraught days, such news is always welcome. Almost like a breath of fresh air.last_img read more

Trump’s latest stunt may be about to blow up in his face

first_imgBut the performance of congressional Republicans on the Sunday shows — and a weekend’s worth of legal analysis taking apart the Nunes effort — together suggest another possibility.The Nunes memo affair may be shaping up as a much bigger fiasco than we even know – so bad, in fact, that it could ultimately undermine Trump’s position even more dramatically than we could have expected.A key conclusion about the Nunes memo reached by legal analysts is that the memo actually confirmed that the FBI’s investigation was launched in July 2016.That’s well in advance of the awarding in October 2016 of a warrant to conduct surveillance on former Trump adviser Carter Page due to his suspected links to Russia, based to an indeterminate extent on Democratic-funded research in the “Steele dossier.”The Nunes memo vaguely notes that information gathered on Trump adviser George Papadopoulos is what triggered the FBI inquiry.Papadopoulos revealed in his plea that he had learned of “dirt” collected on Hillary Clinton by the Russians.What’s more, the Nunes memo notes that surveillance warrants were subsequently granted numerous times. As Paul Rosenzweig, a former Whitewater investigator, points out, these could only have been granted if new evidence had demonstrated sufficient grounds for suspicion of Page, meaning “independent reviews” by “separate judges” actually “validated the FBI’s investigation.”If a rebuttal memo from Rep. Adam Schiff is released by the House Intelligence Committee, it is likely to add detail, where possible, filling in this picture of the genesis of the probe.The New York Times reports that the rebuttal will supply “crucial context” to the FBI’s case for getting the warrant.Indeed, Rep. Jim Himes, Conn., the No. 2 Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, hinted at this when he told CNN that the Democratic rebuttal will show that “it is not true” that the warrant “was awarded solely on the basis of the Steele dossier.”In other words, the Schiff memo will likely detail, to the degree that it can, the actual reasons the warrant was granted — and why subsequent warrants were as well.Yes, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee could still vote against releasing the Schiff rebuttal.Trump himself signaled opposition to its release, when he tweeted: Categories: Editorial, OpinionIt is still very possible that President Donald Trump could use the Nunes memo as a pretext to try to quash or constrain special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe.Trump tweeted over the weekend that the memo “totally vindicates” his claim that the investigation is a “witch hunt,” which is an absurd lie in every possible respect, but it shows he’s still mulling a move on Mueller. Perhaps their bad faith is bottomless enough to permit them to go here, but the glaring thinness of the Nunes memo may make it politically more risky.In the end, Trump could still use the Nunes memo to hamstring Mueller by firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and replacing him with a loyalist to oversee the probe.But this would now have to happen either after the Schiff rebuttal served to reinforce the investigation’s legitimacy, or after Trump suppressed the Schiff rebuttal even though it could further undermine his own rationale for taking such a dramatic step.Trump is shameless enough to do this in either scenario. But it could now be harder for congressional Republicans to go along with it.This would not be the case if not for Nunes’s antics — which Trump backed.Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog for The Washington Post, offering commentary from a liberal perspective.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? But on the Sunday shows, multiple Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee firmly stated that the Nunes memo should not be used to cast doubt on the integrity of the Mueller probe.This is disingenuous, in that they voted to release the Nunes memo while knowing Trump wants to use it to target Mueller.Still, this signals that some leading congressional Republicans are now reluctant to be associated with Trump’s efforts to undermine his probe.Trump just raised the stakes, in effect directly associating his seeming opposition to releasing the rebuttal with his own efforts to obstruct the investigation.Yes, Trump himself could block the release of the Schiff rebuttal.But the White House itself called for release of the Nunes memo on grounds of “transparency,” and House Speaker Paul Ryan has come out for releasing Schiff’s rebuttal.If Republicans now give cover to Trump thwarting its release, they will be even more overtly associated with his efforts to block the truth from coming out than before.last_img read more

High on life on the hill

first_imgFor many parents of school aged children, and even those with children yet to come, it’s the fact that it’s in the school catchment zones of West End Primary and Brisbane State High schools. 4 bed 3 bath 3 car pool It took more than three years and a trip to the land court for Mr Lynch to get Council approval.“By the time you get to the back of the house it’s at least three storeys high and you talking about the days when they had a 7.5m (limit) and I was trying for a 11.5m high house print,” he said.“It’s on a 900sq m (876sq m) lot…but it’s only 10m wide, so when you’re trying to deal with Council on a 10m wide site, they treat you as if you’re on a small lot.”He said his brief, was like any city house brief – “full of contradictions”.“You’re trying to get light into your house, but you’re trying not see your neighbours,” he said.“You’re trying to get privacy, but as well as that you’re trying to get views.“It’s a 365sq m house internally, that’s without the garage, so you’re trying to get a large house on a small block, even that’s a contradiction isn’t it?”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago Owner Paul Lynch said while it might be a “happy accident” the suburb has turned out this way – you couldn’t argue that it was well connected – with taxis, buses, trains, scooters, ubers and even ferries.“My wife started scootering to work, and she’s worked out she can get to the CBD in 12 minutes on a Lime Scooter,” Mr Lynch said.A commercial architect by trade, this was the first house that he designed.“A lot of the finishes are commercial finishes, so they actually don’t date,” he said.“It’s got acoustic ceilings like you find in a hospital and it stops the echo when you’re having dinner parties.” Now that his boys were teenagers, it was time to opt for a low maintenance lifestyle.“The kids don’t use the backyard anymore,” he said.“It’s this little oasis in the middle of the city and it’s quite lovely, but… if the teenage boys aren’t kicking a soccer ball around in it, then there’s no point having it.” He said you needed a three-storey house in the city if you want to have some green space.“I think you need to always steal views, and I think this (house) does a good job of stealing views,” he said.“What you’re trying to do is use your backyard and your neighbour’s backyard as your view…that’s really important.”So important, that it was Mr Lynch’s most prized part of the home. “My favourite thing about the home is actually the view out the back,” he said.“I adore the fact that you can have a city house, with basically a bushland view, with possums and lorikeets and you can’t hear the city, you can’t hear the traffic.“There’ almost not a room in the house a city view or a bushland and suburban view.” PRICE ON APPLICATION Having fallen in love with the locale over the past 20 years, Mr Lynch said they would downsize to a four-bedroom apartment down the road. The opportunity exists to purchase this home on its own 438sq m block with the option to also buy the joining vacant land to make it 876sq m. For those with tertiary aged offspring, it’s just a ferry stop away from the University of Queensland.For the social butterflies, it’s within walking distance of West End’s Boundary St, South Bank and even Brisbane City. House of the Week: 155 Dornoch Tce, Highgate Hill.Location, location, location! It’s a catch phrase we’ve all heard too many times before – but it is the highlight of this beautiful home. That is a big call as the home in itself is a showstopper. AGENT/ Deb Maguire, 0427 246 279, Place Kangaroo Pointlast_img read more