The previous record was 771 thousand barrels per day, set in December 2019 Petrobras reaches oil export record in April. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras informs that it exported 1 million barrels of oil per day in April. This represents a new oil export record and contributes to strengthening the company’s cash flow. The previous record was 771 thousand barrels per day, set in December 2019.The result occurs in a challenging period of the world economy, with high reduction of global oil and oil products demand, caused by the outbreak of new coronavirus (COVID-19). Due to the strong contraction of the national market, Petrobras is directing efforts to export its production, after meeting domestic demand.“We are attentive to international movements and accessing all markets. Our oil, which is low sulphur, maintains its value in the international market due to the specifications of IMO 2020 ”, informs Anelise Lara, Chief Refining and Natural Gas Officer at Petrobras.The volume exported in April is 145% higher than that sold internationally in April 2019. The growth follows the trend observed in the first quarter of 2020, when there was an increase of 25% in relation to the previous quarter (4Q19).In the first four months of 2020, China was the main destination for sales, absorbing 60% of the oil exported. Besides the giant Asian, Petrobras usually sells oil to the USA, Europe, India and other Asian markets. “We are directing our efforts to export oil and oil products through a series of logistical actions, which allow us to expand our capacity. We expect to continue with a good performance of our exports, due to the resumption of demand from China together with actions to develop new markets for our products.”, added Anelise. Source: Company Press Release
Jose Mourinho’s men are chasing a first Premier League title in five years. The Blues have four draws in their last six games in all competitions, including on Sunday at home to Southampton as they missed the chance to move eight points clear. Two of those draws were against Paris St Germain, in exiting the Champions League on away goals, while one of the two wins in the same unbeaten run secured the first silverware of the season. “We’re desperate… not desperate, it’s the wrong word – we’re looking for the next convincing win, the next win, to get us back up and running,” Cahill told Chelsea TV. “We should be going out playing with freedom and not feeling the pressure. “We should be going out and enjoying (it). I think that comes with winning games. The next win I’m sure is just around the corner for us.” Hull, Chelsea’s next opponents on Sunday, have been warned, particularly as the Blues have a full week’s preparation, unusual at this time of the season. “We’re out the competitions, apart from the Premier League,” Cahill said. “We can prepare well. A week, which is rare for us, to prepare for the next game, which is important.” Chelsea lost on New Year’s Day at Tottenham – whom they beat two months later in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley – but since exiting the FA Cup to Bradford, have won half of their games in an unbeaten 10-match run. Gary Cahill has hinted Chelsea are feeling the pressure of the Premier League title run-in. The Blues’ nearest rivals Manchester City lost at Burnley on Saturday but Mourinho’s men were unable to fully exploit the slip, instead enhancing their advantage, which includes a game in hand, to six points. Mourinho refuses to believe it is purely a two-team race between Chelsea and City, with Arsenal seven points behind and Manchester United eight adrift. The draw with Southampton came in the first match after the European exit to PSG. Cahill, who has won the European Cup with Chelsea, but is yet to win a Premier League title, said: “Playing for this club the expectations are so high. We didn’t lose the (PSG) game, we drew. All of a sudden everyone’s saying ‘what’s happening here?’ “As players we have to focus on the job in hand and that’s the Premier League. “I’m sure we’ll kick on. Man City dropped points and we picked up another point. Our goal difference is good. “It’s by far the end of the world, but we’re looking for the next result. “It’s a massive opportunity for us this season, everybody knows (that). “Ten games left to go now and we’re in a fantastic position.” Mourinho bemoaned Southampton being awarded a penalty and Chelsea being denied one when Branislav Ivanovic appeared to be tripped by Dusan Tadic. Ivanovic said on chelseafc.com: “I was at full speed, he stood on me and I went down. The decision was the referee’s (Mike Dean), so I don’t have anything to say.” Southampton withstood a late onslaught from Chelsea, with Fraser Forster performing well in goal. The former Celtic goalkeeper told Saints’ YouTube channel: “We’ve got a fantastic belief as a team. “We keep moving forward and we can do that. On any given day we can match teams. “It’s just about trying to do that consistently. “We’re going to keep working as hard as we can right until the end.” Ronald Koeman’s men are sixth, one point behind fifth-placed Liverpool, ahead of next week’s match at home to Burnley. “We can be very proud of what we’ve done,” Forster added. “But it’s only a good point if we go into next week’s game, work as hard as we can and come out of that with a result as well. “It’s an important game, a tough game so it’s vital we get another good week of training and then see what we can do next weekend.” Press Association
The Searsport Vikings hammered 15 hits in five innings as they romped to a 19-1 victory over the winless Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners on Wednesday, May 14, in Searsport.Pat Duddy drove in the lone run for the Mariners with a double.Bucksport 15, Sumner 0Tyler Maguire drove in four runs with three singles as the Golden Bucks cruised to a five-inning 15-0 win over the Sumner Tigers on Wednesday, May 14, in Bucksport.Josh Gray doubled and singled twice to drive in two runs and Jack Cyr drove in a pair of runs with a single and double for the Bucks.Cameron Warren and Jacob Shorey each singled for the Tigers.Orono 20, Sumner 0The Orono Red Riots crushed the Tigers 20-0 on Thursday in Sullivan as pitchers Jackson Coutts and Jacob Earl combined on a five-inning no-hitter.GSA 2, Washington Academy 1Righthander Kelsey Allen bested Washington Academy ace Gage Feeney in a pitchers’ duel on Friday in East Machias as the Eagles nipped the host Raiders 2-1.Allen scattered nine hits and didn’t walk a batter and got support on offense from Anthony Bianco, Cooper Smallidge, Tyler Webber and Dakota Chipman, who each singled.Feeney allowed just the four hits and struck out nine batters in going the distance on the mound for the Raiders.GSA 4, Orono 1Garrison Looke pitched four innings of one-hit, shutout relief as the Eagles downed the Orono Red Riots 4-1 on Monday in Orono.Wesley Herrick pitched the first three innings for GSA.Anthony Bianco drove in a run for the Eagles with a single.For more pictures from the Ellsworth/John Bapst game, click here.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] Steve of the Ellsworth Eagles bears the throw to second on a successful steal against the John Bapst Crusaders.ELLSWORTH — After a week-long layoff, the Ellsworth Eagles returned to action on Tuesday with a 6-3 win over the John Bapst Crusaders.The win left the 3-5 Eagles just a point out of post-season playoff contention in the Eastern Maine Class C standings, with a makeup doubleheader scheduled yesterday (Wednesday) in Caribou.Also in Class B, the 6-4 Mount Desert Island Trojans remained in fifth place following Tuesday’s 2-0 win over the Hermon Hawks, and were slated to face the George Stevens Academy Eagles yesterday (Wednesday) at Blue Hill.The 9-1 Bucksport Golden Bucks continued to roll, holding on to the top spot in the Eastern Maine Class C standings this week with a lopsided win over the Sumner Tigers.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA’s Eagles climbed to third place in Class C, improving their record to 7-3 with wins over second-ranked Washington Academy.Also in Class C, the 2-9 Sumner Tigers are ranked 12th, justg a point out of playoff contention after Tuesday’s loss to Searsport.And in Class D, the winless Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners are at the bottom of the standings.Ellsworth 6, John Bapst 3A six-hit, five-run fourth inning lifted the Eagles to a 6-3 win over the John Bapst Crusaders on Tuesday in Ellsworth.Righthander Conor Maguire went the distance on the mound for Ellsworth, scattering eight hits and striking out nine batters.Maguire also had three singles and drove in a run, Nick Bagley doubled and singled twice, Steve Mahon had a two-run single, Sid St. Peter doubled and Hunter Cote had a run-scoring single for the Eagles in the win.MDI 2, Hermon 0Tom Paola pitched a no-hitter as the Trojans downed the Hermon Hawks 2-0 in Orono on Tuesday.A fourth-inning triple by Riley Swanson drove in both runs for the Trojans, and Steve Hanscom and Jack Sasner both singled for MDI.Searsport 4, Sumner 2At Sullivan on Tuesday, the Searsport Vikings downed the Sumner Tigers 4-2.In earlier action:Searsport 19, DI-Stonington 1 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Bio Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017
… if Guyana is to bring home medalsNOTING an improved attitude in the government’s approach to sports, President of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), K. A. Juman Yassin, reiterated that Guyana cannot keep expecting Olympic medals when”we will still do not sufficiently invest in our athlete.”“When you see Guyana not winning a medal at the Olympics,do not be surprised, do not throw stones, because unless you invest you will not get the returns.“I am happy and elated to say that I have seen that there is a change in the mood and approach of the government.“Minister Nicolette Henry has indicated that the government intends to invest in its athletes and coaches; I am going to put her to the test,and I am waiting to see how soon.”Yassin said.Yassin was at the time speaking at a press briefing at Olympic House,yesterday.He was reporting on Guyana’s performance at the recently concluded Rio Olympics, where Guyana was represented by a team of four athletes and two swimmers,at the end of which they again returned without ending our medal drought at the quadrennial event.Representing Guyana were athletes Troy Doris (men’s triple jump),Winston George (men’s 400), Brenessa Thompson (women’s 100m, 200), Aaliyah Abrams (women’s 400m), and swimmers Hannibal Gaskin (men’s 100m butterfly) and Jamila Sanmoogan (women’s 50m freestyle).The government,through the Minister responsible for sport, Nicollette Henry, recently congratulated and praised the Olympians at a function held in their honour; an occurrence that Yassin noted was the first in a long time, if not the first ever.Refering to Great Britain,the Rio Olympics second highest medal recipient,Yassin pointed to the kind of backing which that country confers to sports overall, and to its athletes directly, contrasting it against Guyana’s sports landscape, where many of our athletes are either ‘part time’ or merely volunteers.“The reason that Great Britain was so successful was because of the investment that they have made now and in the past.“They have allocated funds in order to get the best coaches in the world. They were able to get the best coaches from around the world, they were able to pay their athletes an allowance to work fulltime,(while) our athletes and coaches are part time, some of them are not even part time, some are just volunteers.” Yassin asserted.Also present at the meeting were Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) president, Aubrey Hudson, and President of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association, Ivan Persaud, as well as the Olympic team’s Chef-de-Mission, Garfield Wiltshire, and coach of the swimming team, Paul Mahaica.Wiltshire pointed out that it must be kept in mind that, with the exception of George, all of the athletes on the team were first timers, and this may have been somewhat daunting for the athletes, coupled with other conditions surrounding their performances; particularly in the case of college athletes Thompson and Abrams. Nonetheless, he asserted that they showed potential as strong future contenders.“Even though some of the athletes, their times were not of their best, there’re several factors that could have contributed to that.Firstly, they were running at almost 10:40 at night and the first two nights were extremely cold;and for athletes to come appearing before 80, 000 on the big stage for the first time, some persons may say that they froze, but it was young college athletes and they could only get better for the future; this was their first time on the big stage.” He explained.Both Hudson and Persaud said that they will now be looking towards Tokyo 2020 for young Olympians, while Hutson also noted that he is also focusing on the 2017 IAAF World Championships.