Coal continuing to lose ground to renewables in India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times ($):Indian power companies spent much of the past decade rushing to build coal-fired power plants in anticipation of surging electricity demand as economic growth took off.Now, many of those projects are mired in deep financial distress and private investment in coal power has ground to a near halt. The sector has been hit by a host of problems: many plants have struggled to secure fuel supplies, and to clinch deals to sell their power to cash-strapped state distribution companies.But the biggest driver of long-term uncertainty for the industry is one that few anticipated 10 years ago: an explosive take-off in the renewable power sector, as India joins the global push to tackle climate change by shifting towards green energy.Soon after taking power in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government set a target of increasing India’s renewable energy capacity by 2022 to 175 gigawatts, equivalent to 40 per cent of the country’s total power capacity at the time of the announcement. This shift in the industry’s economics means that coal power — once one of the hottest prospects for Indian industrialists — is now a space where most fear to tread. “You’d have to be quite courageous to invest in coal at this point,” said Navroz Dubash of New Delhi’s Centre for Policy Research. “The speed with which the story has reversed is quite astonishing.” Increasingly, large private-sector coal power producers are looking at renewable projects when they build new capacity. Adani Power, for example, has invested more than $600m in a solar plant in Tamil Nadu — a southern state with abundant sunshine. There is no longer an economic case for the highest-cost coal plants in inland areas of the country’s south and west, which are forced to rely on coal expensively transported over long distances from the northeastern coalfields, said Tim Buckley at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.More ($): India’s renewable rush puts coal on the back burner
John Gibson is heading to the injured reserve.Ducks general manager and interim coach Bob Murray told reporters Wednesday the 25-year-old goalie will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future with an upper-body injury. Injury updates from Bob Murray:John Gibson (head/back/neck) is improving, but he will he placed on IR.Chad Johnson (head) will be placed on IR.— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) February 13, 2019Gibson was an early season favorite to win the Vezina Trophy as he started 2018-19 with a .938 save percentage over his first month and kept a Ducks team afloat that was really struggling to put the puck in the net.Since that first couple of months, though, the Ducks have hit a serious slide. The team is on a seven-game losing streak and has dropped 19 of their last 21 games. Related News Gibson has won 17 games this season and still sports a .913 save percentage, but he has been in the net for 27 losses this season (eight in shootouts or overtime) and has had very little support on the offensive end as Anaheim is last in the NHL with 124 goals scored in 2018-19. Ducks fire coach Randy Carlyle, name GM Bob Murray as interim coach
Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai Jr. has thanked the Egyptian Government and people for the invaluable support to the Liberian Defense sector over the years and making available several scholarships to the sector at a time when capacity enhancement remains critical to the branding of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as a “Force for Good”. Minister Samukai, according to a Defense Ministry release, described the relations between the Egyptian Defense sector and Liberia’s as one that transcends bilateral relations. He welcomed the two-man Egyptian delegation to his office stressing that the defense sector of both countries strive for the common security interests of the African continent through friendly exchanges.Samukai added: “The AFL and the entire defense sector are very pleased with the offers that Egypt has made and will take full advantage of them to benefit our soldiers and other personnel.”Minister Samukai made the remarks last Friday when Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs and Special Egyptian Envoy, Ambassador Mohamed Edrees, leading the two-man delegation, paid a courtesy call on the Minister at his Barclay Training Center office in Monrovia. Ambassador Edrees was accompanied by Egyptian Ambassador to Liberia Alaa Khaira Issa.Minister Samukai and the special Egyptian Envoy held discussions on capacity building, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) transition, and regional and continental security concerns. They also dialogued on charting a partnership course in the field of medicine between both militaries and utilizing technical skills and capacities that Egypt has placed at the disposal of the AFL during UNMIL’s transition.Ambassador Edrees lauded Minister Samukai and the High Command of the AFL for demonstrating the high level of leadership since the AFL was reconstructed as part of Liberia’s peace process that ended the 14 long years of civil crisis. He said he was optimistic that his discussions with Minister Samukai would further strengthen the continuing cooperation in the military and security field, which is an important aspect of Egypt and Liberia’s bilateral relations. “The visit is coming in the context of assessing our support and our solidarity with our brothers and sisters here in Liberia as demonstrated by our keeping the Egyptian embassy continually open dating from 1957,” said Ambassador Edrees.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Former Indian cricketer Tinu Yohannan, a qualified Level-I coach now, thinks young Kerala paceman Basil Thampi had improved a lot in recent times and would represent the country soon. (IPL 2017: Suresh Raina fashions Gujarat Lions victory over Kolkata Knight Riders)WATCH: Nitish Rana, Manish Pandey dominate frenetic week 3 of IPL 2017Yohannan, the first player from Kerala to play for India, said the 23-year-old Thampi had shown a lot of promise and earned a spot in the IPL side Gujarat Lions due to consistent performances in the domestic tournaments. (Gujarat Lions were far more professional than us, says Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir)”He is a good prospect and is on a learning curve which would help him don the national colours. He is athletic, which is a key attribute for a fast bowler and looks quite strong,” he said after being appointed head coach of TNPL franchise Ruby Kanchi Warriors. (IPL: Suresh Raina edges past Virat Kohli in battle for all-time leading run scorer)If Thampi can work on his fitness and increase his strength, he can bowl quicker, Yohannan felt. (Exclusive: Suresh Raina shows off his singing skills)A few days ago, West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo had praised Thampi and said he was a very talented youngster and would get an opportunity to play for Team India in a year or so.The 38-year-old, who coached his home State last season when P Balachandran was sacked after the team fared poorly, said, they did “fairly well” when he was the head coach.advertisementHe said good performances in the South Zone T20 championship in Chennai had helped players get opportunities in the IPL. Apart from Thampi, Kerala’s Sanju Samson and opener Vishnu Vinod are part of IPL sides.Yohannan said apart from Thampi, Vinod, Sandeep Warrier, Sachin Baby and Daryl S Ferrario were talented players and said they need to be guided properly for them to shine consistently.On Kerala’s below-par performances in the domestic tournaments, he said lack of exposure was one reason and added that the lack of four-day cricket in the State resulted in the side not doing well in the Ranji Trophy.Yohannan welcomed the appointment of former Australian Test cricketer Dav Whatmore as the head coach for the 2017-’18 season and said, “he is a wonderful coach and will make a huge difference to the players’ mindset and confidence and thereby help improve the team’s performance.”Further, he said the renowned coach, who guided Sri Lanka to the World Cup triumph in 1996, would instill self-belief among the Kerala players and make them perform well.Meanwhile, Yohannan was upbeat after being handed the coaching job by Kanchi Warriors for the TNPL’s second edition likely to be held in July-August this year.”I am excited to be part of something as good as the TNPL. It will be a challenge to coach a T20 outfit and make them deliver,” he said.The Kanchi Warriors, which had former Australian paceman Brett Lee as mentor and former India under-19 star Baba Aparajith as captain, had a moderate run in the inaugural TNPL and Yohanan said doing well in TNPL-2 would be a priority.”It (role at Kanchi Warriors) will be a good opportunity to gain experience in coaching,” he said.
In the current edition of ICC World Cup, two major records were broken in a gap of just two days recently.The first one was on 18 June during the England versus Afghanistan match, which witnessed the most expensive spell in a World Cup. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, the world’s number three bowler in ICC ODI ranking, conceded 110 runs without a wicket off nine overs.The second record was set two days later, of the highest aggregate ever in any ICC World Cup match, during the Australia versus Bangladesh match. In all, 714 runs were scored with Australia posting a massive score of 381/5 and Bangladesh replying with 333/8 in a losing cause.Both these records make one thing clear. The current World Cup tournament has been a high-scoring one and the pitches are favouring the batsmen more than the bowlers. If the trend continues in the second half of the tournament, there is a strong chance that Sachin Tendulkar’s record of scoring the most number of runs in a single World Cup tournament could be broken.Tendulkar’s 673 runs in the 2003 edition of the World Cup is still unbeaten. However, this year, the top two run scorers of the tournament have already made over 400 runs each, with quite a few matches yet to be played.Australian opener David Warner tops the chart with 440 runs in six games that he has played so far. He is followed by Shakib Al Hasan, the all-rounder from Bangladesh who has scored 425 runs in six matches, including one match which got washed out. Both Warner and Hasan are yet to play three matches each in the league stages of the tournament.advertisementWarner’s opening partner and Australian skipper Aaron Finch is not far behind, with 396 runs. Joe Root of England, and Indian opener and vice-captain Rohit Sharma are two other batsmen in the top five run scorers list.Who among these five batsmen can break Sachin’s record? The Data Intelligence Unit (DIU) of India Today group analysed the scoring patterns of the these five batsmen in the tournament to see how many runs they could score in all by the end of the league stage, if they continue scoring runs at the same pace (average runs/match) as they have been doing so far. According to DIU calculations, Rohit Sharma and Shakib Al Hasan Hasan could cross the 673-mark by the end of the league stage if they maintain their scoring average in the remaining league stage matches. Sharma has played three matches in the tournament till now, with one match getting washed out, where he has scored 319 runs at an average of 106 runs per match. If he maintains his form, he can score more than 850 runs by the end of the league stage as India is yet to play five more league matches in this tournament.Hasan has scored 425 runs in five matches, with one match getting washed out. Bangladesh has three more league matches ahead, and if Hasan keeps scoring at the same rate, he too can easily cross the 673 mark.David Warner, at his current scoring rate, might miss the mark by just three runs. While Aaron Finch and Joe Root will have to level up their scoring rate to surpass Sachin’s record, as they are falling short off the it by quite a few runs.Additionally, if the respective teams of these players reach the semi-finals or the finals, their chances of breaking the 16-year old record increase further.Also See