Image courtesy of Poten & PartnersChinese LNG imports are on track to set an annual record this year due to strong policy support, with January and February imports averaging more than 4 million tonnes per month, according to the consultancy Poten & Partners.LNG imports hit a record 5.18 million tonnes in January, 51% higher than the same month last year. Official data for February shows that China imported 3.99 million tonnes in February.Based on this data, Chinese LNG demand November through February would have increased by 50% to 18.26 million tonnes, the consultancy noted in a report issued last week.To remind, in the meantime, official customs data showed that China imported 3.25 million tonnes of LNG in March, up 64.2 percent from March 2017.“In a typical year since China imported its first LNG in 2006, state-owned terminal operators would be told to ensure adequate LNG supply during the winter – November through February – because China relied on it for gas supply security during its peak energy demand,” Poten said.However, this was the first year operators have been officially ordered to guarantee sufficient LNG supply throughout the year, Poten said citing industry sources.Coal-to-gas switching policies put in place last year would continue to be enforced throughout North China this year, and there is room for more conversions to be completed, especially in Hebei province, according to the consultancy.On the infrastructure side, new terminals to be commissioned this year in China include Sinopec’s Tianjin, CNOOC’s Shenzhen Diefu, ENN’s Zhoushan and Shenzhen Gas’s small-scale facility, while CNOOC Tianjin could complete a 160,000-m3 storage tank this coming winter, Poten said.
Ryan Giggs made a cameo appearance off the bench and Nemanja Vidic said goodbye to Old Trafford, but it was Manchester United debutant James Wilson who stole the show as he scored twice to sink Hull. Vidic was not in the starting XI, but he took centre stage just before kick-off. The Serbian received a gift, wrapped in United-coloured paper, from Sir Bobby Charlton on the touch line. Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra – who could also leave this summer – were not in the squad. Wilson threatened to steal the limelight in the second minute when he shaped to shoot inside the box, but Alex Bruce came to the rescue with a diving interception. Unlike in their first two matches under Giggs, United were flying early on. Januzaj slipped into the box after latching on to Antonio Valencia’s chip, but he was hacked down by Figueroa. Referee Craig Pawson waved play on despite the protests of the home side. United’s early dominance started to fizzle out. The hosts were then forced into an early change when Jones and Figueroa clashed shoulder to shoulder while in mid-flight. Jones came off worse. He was immediately substituted, wincing with pain as he walked down the tunnel. Vidic came on to huge applause and a standing ovation. The crowd were on their feet again on the half hour as Wilson scored the opener. The youngster volleyed home from close range after Marouane Fellaini knocked down Januzaj’s free-kick at the back post. A huge smile stretched across the striker’s face as “There’s only one James Wilson” rang out on the Stretford End. Steve Bruce brought on Fryatt and Yannick Sagbo on at the break. United remained on top though. Januzaj drew a top-class save from Premier League debutant Jakupovic. Vidic was desperate to go out with a bang. The big centre-half was a constant menace in the box when he came up for set-pieces and he thought he should have had a penalty when Stephen Quinn handled the ball in the box following his header. The night belonged to Wilson though. The striker was in the right place at the right time to fire United 2-0 up on the hour. The ball dropped to Wilson after Jakupovic spilled Fellaini’s shot and he tucked the ball home. The crowd sang “Wilson for England” as the smiling teenager celebrated. Those celebrations were cut short a minute later when Fryatt knocked the ball past Carrick and blasted a 26-yard shot past David de Gea. Wilson then received a standing ovation and a pat on his back from his manager as he was replaced by Van Persie. Giggs caused the biggest cheer of the night when he started warming up. Such was the excitement about Giggs’ introduction that stewards had to restrain the United fans in the front row of the stand. After a brief wait, Giggs entered the field in place of Lawrence. The Welshman did not look his age as he raced at the Hull defence. Giggs thought he should have had a penalty when his low shot struck Alex Bruce’s arm. The 40-year-old then rolled back the years to embarrass the Hull manager’s son with a burst of pace. Meyler threatened to spoil the party with a swirling 25-yard drive, but De Gea saved well. Every time Giggs touched the ball he was urged to shoot, but he resisted the temptation with three minutes to go, playing the ball forward to Van Persie who fired past Jakupovic at the second attempt after seeing his initial attempt blocked. Meyler drew the ire of United fans by sinking his studs into Januzaj’s shin, but the foul went unpunished. Giggs had the chance to end night in the perfect fashion, but Jakupovic pulled off a fantastic save to stop his curling free-kick from 25-yards. Giggs and Vidic then both gave emotional speeches to the crowd before disappearing down the tunnel. Wilson, 18, scored from close range either side of half-time, and Robin van Persie also found the net as United beat Hull 3-1 in the final home game of the season. This year may have been the worst in recent memory, but at least United ended on a high thanks to impressive performances from Wilson, fellow debutant Tom Lawrence and 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj, who was superb throughout. Press Association But for all the energy shown by the three youngsters, it was Giggs who drew the biggest cheer of the night when he came off the bench with 20 minutes to go. Giggs will not be manager here next year. He may not even play a game for the club again. Giggs, who is expected to be replaced by Louis van Gaal, wrote in his programme notes that he had not made up his mind about his future, but he added that it had been “an honour and privilege” to manage the club’s final three home games of the season. The midfielder, who gave an emotional message of thanks to the fans after the final whistle, also said in his notes that he was in two minds as to whether he should continue playing under Van Gaal next. Giggs showed signs that he is still up to the job though as his 40-year-old legs sprinted past Alex Bruce late on. The interim player-manager almost made it a perfect night when he curled a brilliant 25-yard free-kick over the wall towards goal, but Eldin Jakupovic saved superbly. Vidic had little to do in his farewell match. Hull were rather abject throughout. Matty Fryatt’s long-range strike was the only positive for the FA Cup finalists. The only downside for United was that Phil Jones was taken to hospital after he suffered a shoulder injury jumping for the ball with Maynor Figueroa in the first half.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Emmanuel Stewart will have five new caps to lead when the West Indies Under-19 squad embark on a tour of southern Africa in July.The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday announced a 15-member squad that will take on South Africa in five Youth One-day Internationals and Zimbabwe in three.“The squad is well balanced with a number of multi-dimensional players which will provide depth in all departments,” said head coach Graeme West.“This team is still very young in comparison with the previous squad, but it’s already a very united group that works well together and has a great desire to learn and improve.”Stewart and vice-captain Kirstan Kallicharran are the only two remaining members from the World Cup-winning squad of last year.The new players are: Trinidad & Tobago left-handed batsman and part-time off-spinner Keegan Simmons, nephew of former West Indies batsman and head coach Phil Simmons and cousin of West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons; Guyanese wicketkeeper/batsman Joshua Persaud, along with pacer Cephas Cooper of Trinidad & Tobago, Darren Nedd from Grenada, and Barbadian Nyeem Young.The remaining eight players were part of the team that played in the Regional Super50 Tournament in January/February in Antigua, including Bhaskar Yadram.The slow bowling all-rounder from Guyana is the only player in the squad that has moved on to make his first-class debut, playing for reigning three-time Regional 4-Day champions Guyana Jaguars against Leeward Islands Hurricanes last April.The WICB said in a media release that the tours were being undertaken as part of the team’s build-up to the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand from January 12 to February 4 next year.“We are going to give 15 talented, young players the opportunity to represent West Indies, experience touring overseas and to play Youth Internationals,” said West.“We learnt a great deal about a number of the players in the WICB Regional Super50. This will be another opportunity to find out which players have the skill-sets to perform consistently at this level and establish who will stand up when put under pressure by quality opponents.”West said the objectives for the tour is to win both series and establish the patterns of play and combinations that will be taken into the World Cup.“We will want to see growth and improvement in every game we play and we will want contributions from all members of the squad, so it will be important that the team acclimatise quickly and get off to a good start,” he said.Squad:Emmanuel Stewart (captain), Kirstan Kallicharran (vice-captain), Te-Shawn Alleyne, Alick Athanaze, Joshua Bishop, Cephas Cooper, Mykile Louis, Darren Nedd, Matthew Patrick, Joshua Persaud, Jeavor Royal, Kegan Simmons, Jeavier Spencer, Bhaskar Yadram, Nyeem YoungITINERARYWest Indies Under-19s to South AfricaJULYTuesday 4 – Tour Match vs South Africa Under-19 XI – Varsity Oval, Durban.Thursday 6 – Tour Match vs Kwa-Zulu Natal Academy – Varsity Oval.Sunday 9 – First Youth ODI – Chatsworth Oval, Durban.Wedbesday 12 – Second Youth ODI – Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg.Friday 14 – Third Youth ODI – Pietermaritzburg Oval.Sunday 16 – Fourth Youth ODI – Pietermaritzburg Oval.Wednesday 19 – Fifth Youth ODI – Chatsworth Oval.West Indies Under-19s to ZimbabweJULYSunday 23 – First Youth ODI – Venue to be decided.Wednesday 26 – Second Youth ODI – Venue to be decided.Saturday 29 – Third Youth ODI – Venue to be decided.
He reclaimed the 200-metres butterfly title – then helped the USA finish first in the 4-by-200-metres freestyle relay – ahead of Team GB.Phelps is the most decorated Olympian ever – having won 25 medals in total so far.
Later that month, Clark filed a grievance against the Marlins, Pirates, Rays and Athletics, claiming those clubs weren’t spending enough of the revenue-sharing money they had received from big-money MLB clubs. The grievance was still active as of last July.The collective bargaining agreement between the players and teams is set to expire Dec. 1, 2021, but the sides have already begun negotiating toward a new pact.This article has been updated with Anthopoulos’ response to Clark’s statement. The MLB offseason is just a week old, but there is already an accusation that clubs are working in concert with regard to free agents.Tony Clark, the executive director of the MLB Players Association, made the claim Wednesday in response to comments by Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who told reporters Monday that he had already spoken with officials of all clubs but the Nationals and Astros, who were occupied with the World Series. SN RANKINGS: Best free agents available in 2019-20 offseason”The statements made by Braves GM Alex Anthopoulous call into question the integrity of the entire free-agent system,” Clark said. He added that the union will begin an investigation into the comments. “The clear description of Club coordination is egregious,” Clark added.Clark, in his statement, cited this quote from Anthopoulos:”Every day you get more information. And we’ve had time to connect with 27 of the clubs — obviously the Astros and (Nationals) being in the World Series, they were tied up — but we had a chance to get a sense of what the other clubs are going to look to do in free agency, who might be available in trades.” Anthopoulos responded Wednesday night in a statement released by the Braves that he spoke only about potential trades with the other clubs:#Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos’ statement in response to earlier announcement from players’ union: pic.twitter.com/LXKoL4FN8C— David O’Brien (@DOBrienATL) November 7, 2019The players have grown suspicious of teams’ motives in recent years as the average salary has decreased and contract negotiations have routinely dragged into February. In February 2018, with close 100 free agents still unsigned, Clark released a statement saying the system was being “attacked” and that the players would stand united.