China, the world’s largest energy consumer, boosted its imports of liquefied natural gas by 19 per cent in May. LNG imports totalled 5.23 million tonnes last month, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Tuesday. In the January-May period, the country imported 25.48 million tonnes of chilled fuel, a year-on-year rise of 7 per cent. Q-Flex vessel at the ENN Zhoushan LNG terminal in China (Image: Qatargas) This represented an 11-year low in monthly volumes and a fifth monthly drop in volumes this year. China is currently the world’s second-largest importer of LNG behind Japan but this could change this year. In the five-month period, piped imports reached 4.75 million tonnes, down 30 per cent, the data shows. On the other side, China’s pipeline gas imports dropped 16.6 per cent to 2.61 million tonnes. Japan’s May LNG imports dropped almost 19 per cent to 4.51 million tonnes as the Covid-19 pandemic stopped economic activity.
The St. Louis Cardinals 7th Grade Volleyball team came short against the Greendale Tigers 25-6, 25-7. The Cardinals struggled with passing the ball from the strong serves from Greendale until the end of the 2nd set. At that point, they started pushing themselves to move on the court so they could set up the offense a few times. Cora Roth had the only 2 hits of the game. Roth also led the Cardinals with 3 points followed by Lucy Abplanalp and Kalli Obermeyer with 1 point each.The 8th Grade Lady Cardinal St. Louis Volleyball team started off strong in the first set by taking the lead until the Greendale Tigers went on a 6 point run. The Cardinal just could not turn the match around. The Cardinals recorded their second loss of the season. 25-19, 25-16. Ella Moster and Claire Saner shared the top leader on the scoreboard with 3 points each followed by Kate Weber and Lilly Schebler 2 points, Ingrid Tuveson, Isabelle Wonnell, and Rhea Miller 1 point each. Maggie Beiser and Ava Owens dug several balls so the Cardinals could set up the offense where Catherine Streator and Saner had 7 hits between them. Saner also had 1 block against the Tigers offense. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.
City side remain third in the table after being held to a scoreless draw by Mark Hughes’ side. Pep Guardiola started with David Silva on the bench, but defended his decision to rotate his squad given their schedule.
Alaska Dispatch is making an aggressive move to position itself at the forefront of the the state’s media landscape.It announced Tuesday that it’s buying the Anchorage Daily News – Alaska’s largest newspaper.Download AudioThe $34 million dollar deal between Alaska Dispatch Publishing and the California-based McClatchy Company, which currently owns the 68-year-old, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, was signed Tuesday morning..“The whole idea behind this is to develop a much more comprehensive news product than what Alaska Dispatch or the Anchorage Daily News offer now that reaches all of Alaska,” Tony Hopfinger, the executive editor of Alaska Dispatch, said.Hopfinger says he hasn’t spoken to Anchorage Daily News employees yet, and future changes to the staffing and structure of the company are uncertain.“We will certainly merge the two companies together and there will be one, combined news operation,” Hopfinger said. “We can say that there will be one news website, but when that’s up and running and happens…I don’t know yet. And the paper will continue 7-days-a-week.”Hopfinger says with the combined newsrooms, the goal will be for the Dispatch to delve into issues on a broader statewide level.“That’s the first thing you’ll notice is we’ll have more people and a larger, healthier newsroom and then we’re also looking at trying to eventually get more people positioned in other bureaus around the state,” Hopfinger said.He says the Dispatch has been looking for ways to improve its product and reach more Alaskans. And after tracking newspaper sales in the Lower 48, the Dispatch reached out to McClatchy in August last year.“When we saw the Boston Globe and the Washington Post sell, and other newspapers, frankly, last year, it began to occur to us that there might be an opportunity here in Anchorage to combine forces and create a more comprehensive journalism operation,” he said.The sale is expected to be finalized in early May.Calls to the Anchorage Daily News were not returned by deadline.