IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: ‘End Game’ for Coal Imports in India

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jai Sharda, a Mumbai-based IEEFA energy consultant, said in an afternoon presentation at Energy Finance 2016 that the government of India will probably achieve its goals of doubling wind-energy capacity by 2021 and increasing solar-energy capacity 10-fold by then.Sharda said the rapid rise of renewables combined with policy shifts at the government-owned Coal—including “huge growth in coal production domestically”—will create an “end game” for coal imports into India.He noted that solar tariffs in India have dropped 25 percent in the past 12 months—making solar energy more affordable for more people. He reported also that more than three gigawatts of solar capacity have been added over the past year and that the government is pushing for an additional twelve gigawatts of solar capacity in 2017.“It is not outside the realm of possibility,” Sharda said. IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: ‘End Game’ for Coal Imports in Indialast_img read more

Rock Climbing 101: Get a foothold on your first climb with our beginner’s guide to rock.

first_imgRock climbing is like forming a band in high school; everyone does it, but very few of us do it right. Typically, this is the way most of us begin climbing: You see some videos on Youtube or maybe watch Stallone’s Cliffhanger, get psyched about dyno moves, then convince some work buddy who claims to be “big into rock climbing” to take you out one Saturday afternoon. But said work buddy’s climbing experience is limited to hitting on chicks at the local climbing gym. He has to retie your knot three times before he says, “I think that’s right,” and you spend about 20 minutes stuck to the side of a sandstone route that’s way over your head wondering why anyone would risk their life just to make it to the top of a rock that you could probably summit on a hiking trail anyway. Once safely on the ground you swear you’ll never strap on a climbing harness again.There’s a better way to begin your rock climbing career. Follow this guide and learn about common mistakes, proper gear, training tips, and where to find beginner-friendly rock.ARE YOU TRAD OR SPORT?There is more than one way to send that rock. Here are the three most common forms of rock climbing.Top Rope: The rope is attached to a fixed anchor or temporary anchor at the top of the climb, allowing for a single point of contact above the climber. Top roping is usually the first form of climbing athletes explore. It’s single pitch only, so you remain relatively close to the ground, it requires a limited amount of gear, and because of the higher anchor position, a top roped climber never actually “falls” as long as the belayer is doing his/her job. There’s always tension on the rope so instead of falling several feet to a point of protection below the climber, you swing away from the rock staying at the same position.Sport Climbing: Permanent bolts are fixed to a given route allowing climbers to “clip in” as they progress up the wall. While sport climbing is very popular in Western states, bolted routes are few and far between in the Southeast. The Red River Gorge in Kentucky and Foster Falls in Tennessee are hotbeds of southern sport climbing.Traditional Climbing (“trad”): The most common form of climbing in the Southeast, trad climbers place their own temporary protection in the rock as they send a route. Climbers are equipped with a “rack” of gear which is placed in cracks and crevices throughout the climb to protect against falls. In multi-pitch trad climbs, one climber leads placing protection and the second climber follows removing the protection.TRAIN SMARTERClimbing is the best way to train for climbing, but how do you train for rock climbing when you can’t climb rock? Think muscle endurance. Pull-ups are good, but you need to train your entire body to withstand the demand of sending 80-foot long routes without rest. Forget the big plates in the weight room. Instead, do full body exercises like “cleans” and “burpees” that hinge on low weight at high reps. Work your core and don’t neglect your cardio and you’ll perform better on the rock than just knocking out a bunch of pull-ups.POSTURE PLEASEProper climbing posture can often feel awkward for beginners who want to hug the wall with every inch of their body. Instead of sticking to the rock like glue, adopt this basic climbing stance: “Keep your arms straight, your back arched and your hips pushed toward the rock, as if you’re leaning away from the rock with your upper body,” says Swis Stockton of Granite Arches. “This keeps the stress on your legs, which is the key to climbing endurance.” When you’re comfortable with the stance, work the wall with your legs, thinking about foot placement first and hand placement last. Maintain contact with your feet. If your feet are slipping off a hold, you’re putting too much pressure on your upper body (hugging the wall) and not enough on your lower body.last_img read more

Mixed feelings for goalscorer Wakaso

first_imgMubarak Wakaso is proud to have scored his first Africa Cup of Nations goal but has been left disappointed by his suspension for Ghana’s next game at the finals.The 22 year-old midfielder converted a first-half penalty that handed Ghana a 1-0 win over Mali, a result which takes Black Stars to the top in the Group B standings with four points from their opening two matches.With Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan relinquishing his penalty kick duties, Wakaso stepped up ahead of other players to fire past the Malian goalkeeper Samassa Mamadou for the winner.“I have to feel happy [to score debut Nations Cup goal],” Wakaso told “It’s not easy to get a goal for your nation and it was the only goal for the game.”“We have Agyemang Badu and Isaac Vorsah but when the kick came, Badu was down with injury and Vorsah was at the back and that is the reason why I took the penalty.”But his goal celebration will cost him a place in Kwesi Appiah’s team for the final group game against Niger on Monday through suspension after picking a second yellow card in the competition. Wakaso, after scoring was booked for displaying a slogan when he lifted up his jersey to reveal “Allah is Great” emblazoned on his t-shirt.“I feel bad but I have to accept it because it’s part of the game,” he said.“But we still need to work hard and get our final three points.”The midfielder, who did not finish the game at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Thursday after he was carried off with an injury to his knee is hoping it improves.“I feel a little pain but I don’t know how I will look tomorrow [Friday].”last_img read more

A stubborn Clayton Kershaw lifts Dodgers to 2-1 win

first_imgFor the first time in his career, Kershaw struck out 10 batters and allowed 10 hits. He walked one. Though his fastball was typically steady, Kershaw said he could not rely on his secondary pitches as much as he wanted.Of the Braves’ 10 hits against Kershaw, eight were singles. Six came on fastballs, two on sliders, and one each on a curveball and changeup.“I know it’s in there because I threw some good ones every now and then, slider and curveball,” he said. “But just inconsistent. I’ll throw a good one, get a swing and miss or a groundout, then hang one. Leave one up. It’s just in between right now. I know I can still do it, it’s just a matter of doing it every time.”For Kershaw, in-between is better than nothing. He’d rather have a pitch half the time than never at all.“I don’t have that many pitches where, if one’s not working I can throw other ones and hope for the best,” he said. “I need it to work. You’ve kind of got to be stubborn there a little bit and eventually figure it out.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ATLANTA — Clayton Kershaw’s mastery of pitching to major league hitters tends to obscure his other outstanding qualities as an athlete. When he can combine a mid-90s fastball with a sharp-breaking curveball, a deceptive slider and an overlooked but nasty changeup, it’s easy to forget that Kershaw can be as stubborn as he is dominant.The stubbornness was on full display Thursday in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.On a day when manager Dave Roberts wanted to spare his overworked bullpen, the Dodgers played 10 innings for the second day in a row. Ordinarily, that might have crippled a pitching staff on the verge of a three-game series in the thin air of Denver’s Coors Field.Kershaw saved the day, as he often does, by throwing 116 pitches and allowing only one run in eight innings. No Dodgers pitcher had thrown as many pitches in a game this season. center_img Kershaw was stubborn running the bases, too.Batting for himself with two outs in the seventh inning, Kershaw sent a line drive into Turner Field’s spacious right-field gap. Atlanta center fielder Mallex Smith and right fielder Jeff Francoeur collided in pursuit of the ball, which fell to the ground for a two-base error.Rookie Corey Seager then lined a single to right field, and Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward sent Kershaw home. The play at the plate was close because of Francoeur’s strong right arm. Kershaw insisted he was safe. Umpire Angel Hernandez called him out. The Dodgers quickly challenged and lost after a lengthy review, and the game remained tied 1-1.Several television angles appeared to show Kershaw was safe. So did the pitcher’s reaction; he immediately nodded to Roberts to challenge the call. But there was no “clear and convincing evidence to confirm or overturn” the call — the league’s verbiage — and the out stood.It was only the second challenge the Dodgers have lost in six tries this season.“We thought he was in there,” Roberts said. “That’s why we challenged it. Those guys in New York do the best they can.”The Dodgers struggled to score all series, even when they did. They still won two out of the three games in their final visit ever to Turner Field. Thursday, Yasmani Grandal’s RBI double against Alexi Ogando drove in Kiké Hernandez with the game-winning run in the 10th inning.Chris Hatcher pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning in relief of Kershaw, and Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless 10th for the second time in as many days. Jansen is 7-for-7 in save opportunities this season.As a whole, the Dodger bullpen has allowed one run in its last 26 1/3 innings, good for a 0.34 earned-run average.Kershaw lowered his own ERA to 1.50 and got his uniform dirty on a slide at the plate, an all around good day for the three-time Cy Young Award winner. A lesser manager’s heart might have stopped seeing his ace slide foot-first into potential danger.“It’s funny,” Roberts said. “When you get into the season and you start going through spring training, you worry about things like that. But as the game goes on, that was a potential winning run. I was trying to just think about scoring. I was looking at him as a baseball player.”A stubborn one, at that.last_img read more