first_imgA pair of Senate runoffs in Georgia that will determine which party controls the chamber has reordered the political universe in the days since the election, influencing nearly every decision by members of both parties, including the refusal of most Republicans to recognize President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory.Senators are lining up day trips to Atlanta to campaign. Party leaders are carefully calibrating their postelection messages to frame the fight on the ground. And Mr. Biden’s transition team is tailoring its plans to two drastically different outcomes, preparing an ambitious agenda in case Democrats are able to win both races and take control of the Senate, and a more pared-back one in case they fall short.- Advertisement – The most jarring consequence has been Republicans’ refusal to challenge Mr. Trump’s false claims that he won the election. Though most leading Republicans have not repeated his claims, they have also declined to acknowledge Mr. Biden’s clear victory, fearing that doing so would enrage the president and his loyal base of supporters ahead of January.“We need his voters,” Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking Republican, told reporters on Wednesday. “Right now, he’s trying to get through the final stages of his election and determine the outcome there. But when that’s all said and done, however it comes out, we want him helping in Georgia.” And Vice President Mike Pence told senators privately on Tuesday that he planned to jet down to Georgia next week to campaign.Democrats were seeking to rally their own voters and donors in a long-shot bid to win both races in a historically conservative state where their party has often fallen short in runoff contests.“When it comes to the Senate, it’s not over, at all,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, said on Wednesday. “Georgia is close.” The contests pit two Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, against the Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock. But they are quickly becoming nationalized into referendums on Mr. Biden’s victory and the direction of the country.The impact was apparent throughout the Capitol. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, privately warned House members to watch their words in the coming weeks to deny Republicans any new ammunition to caricature the Democrats as extremists.Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, bucked up Mr. Trump and expressed outrage over Democrats insisting the president concede.- Advertisement – Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was on the ground Wednesday in the Atlanta suburbs rallying with Ms. Loeffler at a Save Our Majority Rally, an indoor event at which many attendees did not wear masks. Senator Rick Scott, the newly elected chairman of Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, is scheduled to hold a fund-raiser in the state on Thursday. The stakes are staggeringly high for both sides. With Republicans on track to control 50 Senate seats and Democrats 48, the twin runoffs on Jan. 5 will determine how much power Mr. Biden can wield in a post-Trump Washington.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgLondon-based Stolt-Nielsen Limited expects a negative financial impact on its tanker business following a fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company’s facility in Houston.Namely, the company noted that its future performance is expected to be affected by the fire which erupted on March 17 at ITC’s petrochemical storage facility, leading to a chemical spill in the Houston Ship Channel.“The fire at ITC’s facility in Houston last month is already impacting the local chemical industry, including both transportation and storage,” Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, CEO of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, commented.“We are at a minimum expecting a negative impact on Stolt Tankers, as parts of the Houston Ship Channel have been closed to traffic, causing delays. We continue to follow the situation closely, as the full impact is unclear at this point.”The Oslo-listed company reported USD 501.9 million of revenue for the first quarter ended February 28, 2019, compared to a revenue of USD 515.3 million reported in the same period a year earlier.Stolt-Nielsen’s net profit dropped to USD 6.6 million in the period from USD 38.8 million delivered in the first quarter of 2018.“Stolt-Nielsen Limited’s first-quarter results were in line with expectations,” Stolt-Nielsen said.“Freight rates and volumes overall were stable at Stolt Tankers. Results at Stolthaven Terminals were steady when excluding the impairments taken in the prior quarter, reflecting stable market conditions and operations. At Stolt Tank Containers, first-quarter results were down in line with seasonal expectations, though market softness remains, with intensified price competition.”Stolt Tankers reported an operating profit of USD 14.3 million, up from USD 7.7 million delivered in the previous quarter, mainly reflecting a USD 3.4 million bunker-hedge gain in the quarter.Stolthaven Terminals’ operating profit was at USD 18 million, up from USD 11.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, while Stolt Tank Containers reported an operating profit of USD 15.7 million down from USD 18.1 million quarter-on-quarter.last_img read more

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin (18) bunts safely against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Texas Rangers shortstop Logan Forsythe, left, puts out Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun on a fielder’s choice during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is congratulated by Los Angeles Angels third base coach Mike Gallego (86) after hitting a two run home run off of Texas Rangers starting pitcher Joe Palumbo that scored David Fletcher during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) is congratulated by Justin Upton (8) after hitting a two run home run off of Texas Rangers starting pitcher Joe Palumbo that scored David Fletcher during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 20: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after his two-run home run in the top of the first inning during game one of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 20: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels is congratulated by his teammates after his two-run home run in the top of the first inning during game one of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)Texas Rangers starting pitcher Joe Palumbo works against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (28) works against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo (4) is congratulated by Wilfredo Tovar (19) after hitting a two run home run off of Texas Rangers relief pitcher Phillips Valdez that scored Brian Goodwin during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo (4) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two run home run off of Texas Rangers relief pitcher Phillips Valdez that scored Brian Goodwin during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 20: Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates with his teammates after scoring in the top of the first inning during game one of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin (18) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a two run home run by Luis Rengifo during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Texas Rangers’ Nick Solak follows through on a single off of Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney during the seventh inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. The single was Solak’s first major league hit. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels first baseman Matt Thaiss tags out Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor (12) on a bunt during the fourth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)A thermometer at field level shows 107 degrees fahrenheit during the third inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader between the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout cools off in the dugout during the third inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1 as temperatures topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Texas Rangers shortstop Logan Forsythe receives the throw ahead of Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton on a stolen base attempt during the ninth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Upton was thrown out on the play, but Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)A patch honoring former Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who died suddenly before a July 1 game against the Texas Rangers, adorns the jersey of Angels’ center fielder Mike Trout during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. This game was a makeup game for the one that was canceled the day Skaggs died. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Wilfredo Tovar fields a groundout by Texas Rangers’ Willie Calhoun during the ninth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) laughs while waiting for a decision on a disputed foul ball call as Texas Rangers catcher Jeff Mathis looks on during the fourth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 20: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the first inning during game one of a doubleheader at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 20: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels lines out to left field against the Texas Rangers in the top of the ninth inning during game one of a doubleheader at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 20: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels slides into third base for a triple against Isiah Kiner-Falefa #9 of the Texas Rangers in the top of the ninth inning during game one of a doubleheader at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 20: Taylor Cole #67 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates with Anthony Bemboom #48 of the Los Angeles Angels after defeating the Texas Rangers in game one of a doubleheader at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout, Wilfredo Tovar (19), and Luis Rengifo (4), left to right, celebrate their victory over the Texas Rangers in the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin (18) bunts safely against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)NextShow Caption1 of 25Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin (18) bunts safely against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Los Angeles won 5-1. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)ExpandARLINGTON, Texas — Andrew Heaney got some advice before pitching in the sweltering afternoon heat on Tuesday.“Conserve energy at all costs,” Heaney recalled. “Don’t back up bases. Don’t even leave the dirt (of the mound). … Arguing with an umpire or backing up bases or just going on and off the field. … It sounds minor, but over the course of nine innings that takes a toll on you.”One other way to have an efficient outing is to simply not stay on the mound for very long, which is what he accomplished while pitching eight dominant innings in the Angels’ 5-1 victory over the Texas Rangers in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday. The Angels lost the nightcap 3-2 in 11 innings.Heaney struck out a career-high 14 and he did not walk a batter, allowing him to pitch the most innings of any Angels pitcher in a game this season. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Heaney needed 108 pitches to get through eight innings. He’s the first Angels pitcher this season to pitch at least seven innings in back-to-back games.“He gave us exactly what we needed,” Ausmus said. “He was outstanding. He was efficient. Considering the circumstances of the extra-inning game last night and the doubleheader today, he gave us exactly what we needed.”The Angels, and Heaney, would have loved to have more performances like this before the Angels fell out of the playoff race. Since coming back from his last trip to the injured list, Heaney has allowed five runs in 18-1/3 innings, with 24 strikeouts and one walk.“I want to finish strong,” Heaney said. “I understand I’ve had a disappointing season. I am trying to rectify that anyway I can. I know it’s late but better late than never.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img The first game on Tuesday was sandwiched between night games, an 11-inning loss the night before and the second game of the doubleheader later on Tuesday.The afternoon half of the doubleheader Tuesday was the makeup game from the July 1 postponement in the wake of Tyler Skaggs’ death.Heaney took the mound knowing the Angels needed some innings from him and knowing that he’d have to endure upper 90s temperatures, with a heat index well over 100.His strategy was simply to fill the strike zone as much as possible, waiting until he got to two strikes or there were runners on base to worry about making perfect put-away pitches.It worked.After Heaney allowed a pair of singles in the first, he retired 16 in a row before yielding a solo homer to Willie Calhoun sixth inning.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Having an early lead helped him to be more aggressive, and Mike Trout provided that with his career-high 42nd homer, a two-run shot in the top of the first.Trout nearly hit a couple more, hitting a ball barely foul and another off the top of the left field fence for a triple.“I think this is probably his best offensive year to date,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “He’s getting into what they consider the prime years of a player’s career, so hopefully he continues that trend.”Trout, who turned 28 earlier this month, has been an offensive machine all season. Heaney, on the other hand, has failed to deliver what the Angels hoped, mostly because of two separate stints on the injured list.The pitching-starved Angels have needed this type of performance all season, and on Tuesday they had an even more acute need because of the circumstances. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more