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first_imgTopics : “I’d say this is only the beginning,” he told AFP, predicting exports would come under further pressure.Shipments of automobiles and auto parts fell, while prospects are gloomy for semiconductors even though they managed to log growth in March, Minami said.”Production activities have stalled with sales of durable goods slack and corporate investment in plants and equipment halted,” he said, adding it was difficult to find good export demand.Overall exports fell 11.7 percent, a drop for the 16th consecutive month, with US-bound shipments tumbling 16.5 percent and shipments to China falling 8.7 percent. Exports to the European Union fell 11.1 percent. “Exports fell sharply in March and are set to plummet this quarter as economic activity in most of Japan’s major trading partners has collapsed,” said Tom Learmouth, Japan economist at Capital Economics.Thanks to a gradual recovery in its activity, “China is likely to be a rare bright spot for external demand in Q2”, he added in a note.Japan’s imports from the rest of the world fell 5.0 percent as imports from China declined 4.5 percent and those from the EU fell 9.7 percent.Imports from the United States rose 1.3 percent, supported by purchases of aircraft, medical supplies and liquefied natural gas.center_img Japan’s trade surplus dived 99 percent in March from a year earlier as coronavirus woes hit exports to its major trading partners, official data showed Monday.The March surplus came in at 4.9 billion yen ($45.5 million), less than one percent of the year-before figure of 517 billion yen, according to the finance ministry.”Exports to the United States and Europe as well as to China fell as the global spread of virus infections hit demand,” said Takeshi Minami, chief economist at Norinchukin Research Institute.last_img read more


first_imgUtley will file an appeal today and a decision could come before gametime. One would certainly hope so. If not, Utley will be introduced on the baseline before Game 3, amid 44,000-plus pitchforks. And he probably will be seen in the batter’s box, too. What fun.Before the suspension, Don Mattingly said Utley had a good shot at getting into the lineup. He has a .333 average in 24 plate apperances against Matt Harvey, the Mets starter.Harvey also spoke Sunday. “As far as sticking up for my teammates, going out there and doing what’s right is exactly what I’m going to do,” he said.One can reasonably interpret that as a warning for Utley to wear very light shoes in the batter’s box, in either Game 3 or a possible Game 5, although Harvey would be more eloquent if he postponed the retribution and pitched nine incident-free innings.One can also assume that several Mets will make sure they slide enthusiastically into second base. @MWhicker03LANG on TwitterChase Utley plays it like hockey. No bro-hugs, no chitchat. No higher compliment.Baseball could use much more of that. But when something illegal, damaging and malicious happens in hockey, the punishment is decisive and the explanation is sound.On Sunday night, MLB suspended Utley for Games 3-4 of the N.L. Division Series, tonight and Tuesday in Citi Field, after his excessive slide wiped out Mets’ shortstop Ruben Tejada and broke his fibula in Game 2. And that is exactly what should happen. The Mets should file their protest with fastballs and spikes. Utley surely expects it. So do the Dodgers. But baseball won’t stand for it. Harvey will be warned before the game and then ejected if anything comes close to the chin, and the actual competition will be further distorted. Whether Joe Torre weighed Utley’s likely appearance and Harvey’s apparent warning is something only he knows. In the 1973 NLCS, Cincinnati’s Pete Rose was enraged that Mets’ shortstop Bud Harrelson was mocking the Reds’ hitter after a Jon Matlack shutout. He slid hard into second base (not into Harrelson) and then got up and popped up, sparking a brawl that brought whisky bottles from the audience at Shea Stadium. Sparky Anderson pulled the Reds off the field.Those were different days. Security will be U.N.-tight at Citi Field, but then it should always be.Should Utley play in these New York games? Of course not.There’s the argument that baseball is becoming too effete and clubby and Utley is a shining exception to that. That is probably true, except that the “Hal McRae Rule” dictates that you have to be at least somewhat interested in sliding into the base and not just the fielder.In the 1977 ALCS, Kansas City’s McRae ran through the bag to go after the Yankees’ Willie Randolph. Because of that Frank White was able to score and tie a game, just as Kike Hernandez did Saturday, courtesy of Utley. That sparked new legislation, as the Utley-Tejada play probably will.There is the argument that we wouldn’t be even discussing this if Tejada weren’t hurt. Again, probably true. And what’s wrong with that? Hockey’s Department of Player Safety takes injuries into consideration, and also history. The Mets remember that Utley went after Tejada similarly in 2010.Here, the Mets lose their most consequential defender because Utley went over the top.Pirates fans erupted because the Cubs’ Chris Coghlan got no suspension after he plowed into shortstop Jung-Ho Kang and knocked him out for the season, which ended when Chicago beat Pittsburgh in the wild-card game. But Coghlan at least was reaching for the bag with his left hand when he took out Kang’s knee, and actually slid first instead of chop-blocking.Utley disrupted the competitive balance of the series, no matter how unintentionally, and he set into motion a Dodgers victory. Again, if umpire Chris Guccione calls Utley and Howie Kendrick out, as the rules provide, then Kike Hernandez doesn’t score and the Mets lead 2-1 after seven innings.Second baseman Daniel Murphy hung Tejada out to dry with a wayward toss, as Rose correctly pointed out on a studio show. At that point Tejada was a defenseless receiver. Utley could still have hindered Tejada by sliding on time and staying close to a base that he still hasn’t touched.It was not “good old hardball.” It was irresponsible and reckless. But MLB is secretly aglow. It now has its controversy and its storyline: The Guilty v. The Aggrieved.If Utley somehow plays, just make sure the jury stays in the box.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


first_imgAfter leaving Saturday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks and sitting out Tuesday’s contest vs. the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is now reportedly considering surgery for a sports hernia injury that has bothered him since training camp.The Athletic reported Tuesday that Crosby is mulling undergoing a procedure that would require up to six weeks of recovery time. This comes after he suffered a leg injury on Saturday, but the report states that the 32-year-old star already opted against sports hernia surgery earlier this season. A closer look. Wish this had gone longer. pic.twitter.com/6kz3Ax7gQI— ToughCall 🇨🇦 (@ToughCallBlog) November 10, 2019In Tuesday’s report, The Athletic stated that Crosby’s foot was not injured. It’s a small bit of good news for the Penguins and Crosby, who could also choose to receive steroid injections and physical therapy to try to delay the need for hernia surgery until the offseason, although the team is said to prefer its star player going under the knife earlier than later.The Pittsburgh captain leads his team with 17 points in 17 games played so far this season. With Crosby now on the shelf for the time being, the Pens are currently dealing with two recent injuries as well: defenseman Kris Letang is out week-to-week with a lower-body injury and the team placed forward Patric Hornqvist on injured reserve Nov. 3.Pittsburgh (10-6-2, 22 points) dropped to fourth place in the Metropolitan Division after Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers, and with its star center potentially out in the near future, the team will need to find a way to maintain its winning record with some of the Penguins’ other pieces. After the Penguins’ 3-2 shootout victory Saturday, it was confirmed that Crosby suffered an injury in the third period and underwent further evaluation.No. 87’s left leg collided with Chicago defenseman Erik Gustafsson’s skate during an offensive zone entry in the final frame of Saturday’s game. Later in the same shift, Crosby took a shot off his right skate and left the ice shortly afterward.last_img read more


first_imgCALGARY, A.B. — A new Reuters News Agency report is suggesting Petronas and its Pacific NorthWest LNG consortium partners hope to make a decision within months whether to move forward with the project.“Depending on the timing of the CEAA decision, we would hope that by late summer or early fall we would be in a position to follow up on (a final investment decision),” president of Pacific NorthWest LNG Michael Culbert said in a phone interview with Reuters.Culbert also says further delays to the environmental review could push back the investment decision timeline. He has been president since the fall of 2014, but is stepping down to focus on his duties as chief executive officer of Calgary-based Progress Energy, which was acquired by Petronas in 2012, and taking on the new role of Petronas Country Chair for Canada.- Advertisement -The Malaysian national oil and gas company also owns a 62 per cent stake in the $36-billion proposed Pacific Northwest LNG project and leads the consortium seeking to build an $11.4-billion LNG export terminal on Lelu Island on B.C.’s northwest coast.Culbert believes whether the LNG project goes ahead or not, depends largely on final conditions imposed by Canada’s environmental regulator, and Pacific Northwest is now working to address the agencies final round of questions.Once that’s done, the Trudeau government  have promised the company will have its decision on the project within three months. But, the Reuters report says Culbert believes it’s fair to say some of the agencies’ conditions in last February’s draft review were ‘not realistic’ for a construction project of this magnitude.Advertisement Meantime, industry sources say the LNG price cycle continues to underscore difficulties in timing the construction of all proposed multi-billion dollar projects which take years to come on line.Chevron CEO John Watson was recently quoted in a Bloomberg report as suggesting companies have to focus on long-term natural gas demand which is expected to grow by 35 per cent over the next 20 years.But that report also said the over-supplied LNG market is in hiatus right now, as energy giants like Chevron await a surge of demand from countries seeking access to energy.last_img read more

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