Thirty-two people have been killed by wild elephants in West Bengal in the past six months, between April and September 2017. While these figures indicate a decline in the trend of human-elephant conflict for the year 2017-18 when compared with earlier years, the State is still grappling with this jumbo problem.In a reply to a question raised by Rajya Sabha member N.L. Panchariya, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on March 20, 2017, presented figures which made it clear that West Bengal recorded the highest human deaths in attacks by elephants in 2014-15 and 2015-16.During the year 2016-17, 84 people died in elephant attacks, while the number of human deaths in 2015-16 was as high as 112.West Bengal Forest Minister Binay Krishna Barman said that a drop in human deaths between April to September 2017 is a result of a number of steps taken by the State government. On October 13, 2017, Mr. Barman launched four special vehicles named Airawat for tackling human-wild conflict in north Bengal. Four such vehicles, with facilities for tranquillising animals and tracking their movement, are already working in south Bengal. Raman Sukumar, Bangaluru-based elephant expert and Professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc),said that, till the 1980s, there was no elephant population in south Bengal, except in a few border areas. Not a natural habitatThe problem arose with the increase in the elephant population, and conflict mitigation became more challenging, particularly in south Bengal. He added that the fragmented forests of south Bengal are not a natural habitat for elephants.S. Kulandaivel, Chief Conservator of Forests-West Bengal, said that in south Bengal, elephant herds have changed their food habits and now survive on agricultural crops, juicy vegetables and fruit crops. Among a number of initiatives that the State Forest Department has taken to mitigate the conflict, Mr. Kulandaivel lists planting trees like bamboo and sal in the forests of south Bengal as elephant fodder.Monitoring movementThe State Forest Department has also set up an Elephant Movement Coordination Committee (EMCC), where updates on the movement of elephant herds are given via bulk SMS alerts.The data of the State Forest Department reflects some success in districts like Bankura, where 35 human deaths were recorded 2015-16, 13 human deaths in 2016-17, and three human deaths in the first six months of 2017-18. The latest figures provide some hope to forest officials in south Bengal, where, from 71 human deaths in 2015-16 and 36 human deaths in 2016-17, the number has come down to 10 human deaths in the first six months of 2017-18.The situation in north Bengal, however, remains unchanged with 41 human deaths in 2015-16, 47 human deaths in 2016-17, and 22 human deaths in the first six months of 2017-18. “We are hopeful that we can take this success forward. Moreover, the State Forest department has placed a lot of emphasis on sensitising people over the past few years, and now people have become more aware of how to deal with elephants who stray away from herds,” Mr. Kulandaivel said. However, experts like Mr. Sukumar, who have been working closely with State Forest Department and have suggested steps to manage the elephant population in south Bengal, said that there is an urgent need for long-term mitigation plans to contain human-elephant conflict. “I am happy with the outcome but we should not be under any illusion as the elephant population is increasing in West Bengal. If the elephant population continues to rise, we have to try other forms of management like contraception, and capture and relocation of elephants to other States,” he said. West Bengal recorded 682 elephants in the 2017 census. The number of human-elephant conflicts here is much higher than in States like Karnataka, which has 6,049 elephants in the 2017 census, almost ten times the number of elephants in West Bengal.
The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad on Wednesday arrested a suspected Maoist who carried a reward of ₹50,000 on his head from outside the Bareilly railway station, a senior police officer said.‘Inputs from activist’The ATS claimed that the suspect, Kheem Singh Bora, was nabbed on the inputs of Manish Srivastava, an activist and professional translator, who, along with his wife Anita Srivastava, was recently arrested from Bhopal for alleged Maoist links.Bora was arrested while travelling to Dhanbad to meet his associates, said Additional Director General, ATS, Aseem Arun.A .315-bore countrymade pistol with five live cartridges, literature (yet to be legally examined), a pen drive and a jungle survival kit, including a folding knife, wire cutter, mosquito repellent cream, lighter, umbrella and a hand fan, were recovered from him, said the police.Bora is allegedly known by several other aliases — Krishna, Prakash, Rajan, Prabhakar and Vijayprahrum.A resident of Almora district of Uttarakhand, Bora was an active member of the banned Maoist Communist Centre of India since 2003 and even participated in a weapons training camp in the forests of Nainital in 2004, the police said.Charges under UAPABora faces four FIRs in Uttarakhand, including sedition, criminal conspiracy and under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. From 1983 to 2003, he was active in various farmers’ and students’ movements before becoming the secretary of the zonal committee of the 3 USAC (Uttar Bihar-Uttar Pradesh-Uttarakhand Special Area Committee) of CPI (Maoist) in 2006.Mr. Arun said Bora’s task was to propagate the Maoist ideology and recruit members from among farmers, youths, students and labourers.Other charges against him include defacing walls in Uttarakhand with writings and posters on prohibition, jobs and migration, as well as his call for boycott of the State Assembly elections in 2012 and Lok Sabha election in 2014.Bhopal arrests The Srivastavas were arrested from their residence in Shahpur area of Bhopal earlier this month. They were accused of living in the city “using false identities and documents”. The police are examining the literature and other materials recovered from them.
Mexican Sergio Perez will stay at Force India next year for a fourth straight season, the Silverstone-based Formula One team announced after Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix.”I’m pleased to confirm that I will be racing with Sahara Force India in 2017 as the team and my supporters have concluded their agreements,” said the 26-year-old in a statement.”I’m very happy with this team and I have a good feeling for the future.”Perez, who has rebuilt his career at Force India having been dropped by former champions McLaren after a single unhappy season there in 2013, has raced to two third-place finishes this year.His haul of 74 points has been instrumental in helping the team climb to fourth in the constructors’ standings ahead of former champions Williams.Force India team principal Vijay Mallya said in July that Perez, who had been linked to Renault and even Ferrari, would remain with the team next year alongside German Nico Hulkenberg.But the complex commercial agreements that needed to be hammered out between the team and his backers, who include Mexican telecoms billionaire Carlos Slim Domit, had delayed any confirmation.Perez is currently eighth in the drivers standings, one place ahead of Hulkenberg who is 24 points adrift.
India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was on Monday declared fit by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Bhuvneshwar, who missed the ongoing five-match Test series in England due to a back problem, was named in the India A squad in the ongoing Quadrangular series.”Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been declared fit and will be a part of the India A squad in the ongoing Quadrangular series,” the BCCI said in a statement.Bhuvneshwar had aggravated his lower back injury while playing the third India-England ODI match in the UK in July. He was subsequently ruled out of the India-England Test series and had to undergo recovery training at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.UPDATE: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been declared fit & will be a part of the India A squad in the ongoing Quadrangular series. He will feature in the side’s next fixture against South Africa A. pic.twitter.com/4TXF7jBU9iBCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) August 27, 2018Bhuvneshwar will play against South Africa A on August 29 in Bengaluru as Shreyas Iyer-led India A will battle it out for the third position in the Quadrangular series.India A are already out of the Quadrangular series as they could manage just nine points. They lost to South Africa A on Monday.India A Squad:Shreyas Iyer (captain), Ravikumar Samarth, Suryakumar Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Nitish Rana, Sanju Samson, Mayank Markande, Krishnappa Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj, Shivam Mavi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Ambati Rayudu.
Adelaide United v Central Coast Mariners Adelaide United 1 Central Coast Mariners 0: Kitto’s early strike the difference 21:40 12/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Adelaide United v Central Coast Mariners Adelaide United Central Coast Mariners A-League Adelaide United struck early through Ryan Kitto and held on to beat Central Coast Mariners 1-0 in the A-League. Ryan Kitto’s fifth goal of the season earned Adelaide United a 1-0 Boxing Day victory over Central Coast Mariners, lifting the team to fourth in the A-League.Kitto reacted quickly to turn the ball home at the end of a well-worked move after 14 minutes, although Adelaide had goalkeeper Paul Izzo to thank for keeping them in front.Izzo produced three saves in quick succession as the Mariners chased an equaliser, while Kitto came close a second at the other end, when his headed effort was cleared off the line by Josh Rose. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Another Kitto opportunity drew a save from Ben Kennedy before the interval, but with Izzo on form, his early strike looked set to be enough.Kitto: “We believe in ourselves and have some important players coming back for us…it is exciting times ahead and healthy competition. We are looking forward to it.” #ADLvCCM #ALeague— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) 26 December 2017Izzo kept out further strikes from Kwabena Appiah and Connor Pain to climb above Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory, leaving the Mariners seventh.
The 2018-19 season may still be fresh in the mind but for West Ham, they will already be plotting how to improve their standing come 2019-20.Manuel Pellegrini took the Hammers to their best Premier League finish since 2016, guiding them to 10th with a points haul of 52, claiming victories over top six opposition such as Tottenham and Arsenal.However, a dismal cup run that saw them eliminated in the fourth round of both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup – to Wimbledon and Spurs respectively – means there is still much room for improvement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Ahead of the upcoming campaign, Goal takes a look at the Hammers’ pre-season friendly schedule, the club’s transfer activity and when their Premier League push begins again.West Ham pre-season fixtures Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jul 11 SCR Altach 4:30pm / 11:30am Cashpoint Arena, Altach Jul 17 Manchester City* 1:30pm / 8:30am Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, Nanjing Jul 20 Newcastle United 11am / 1.30pm Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai Jul 27 Fulham 3pm / 10am Craven Cottage, London *Part of the 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy West Ham kick off their 2019-20 pre-season preparations with a quick trip to Austria enroute to a spell in China, before they return home to London for a derby encounter.Their first friendly match is against SCR Altach on July 11, in the western state of Vorarlberg, before they head east for the 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy.There, they will face Manchester City on July 17 in Nanjing – and depending on their result, they will subsequently face either Newcastle United or Wolves in either the final or a third-place match on July 20They then return back to the United Kingdom, when they make a short trip across the capital to face Fulham , who are preparing for life back in the Championship, on July 27.West Ham 2019-20 transfer activity West Ham have already announced that they will release a dozen players, who will bid farewell to London Stadium ahead of the new campaign.Only one player so far has found a new home, with academy product Jay Mingi making the short trip to Chalton Athletic.That means major faces like Andy Carroll and Adrian are on the lookout for a new club following the conclusion of their careers with the Hammers.There has already been an incoming arrival however, with the Irons confirming that they have signed goalkeeper Roberto from Espanyol.A Spain youth international, the 33-year-old has been bounced around La Liga as well as Portugal and Greece for much of his career and will hope to make a more permanent home in London upon his arrival.The club completed the record signing of forward Sebastian Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt in July.Transfer activity in Position Player Transferred from Fee Date GK Roberto Espanyol Free Jul 1 MF Pablo Fornals Villareal £24m Jun 14 GK David Martin Millwall Free Jun 3 FW Sebastien Haller Eintracht Frankfurt £45 Jul 17 Transfer activity out Position Player Transferred to Fee Date GK Adrian Released N/A Jul 1 DF Mason Barrett Released N/A Jul 1 FW Andy Carroll Released N/A Jul 1 MF Kevin Dalipi Released N/A Jul 1 MF Moses Makasi Released N/A Jul 1 FW Toni Martínez Released N/A Jul 1 MF Jay Mingi Charlton Athletic N/A Jul 1 MF Samir Nasri Released N/A Jul 1 DF Vashon Neufville Released N/A Jul 1 DF Josh Pask Released N/A Jul 1 FW Odysseas Spyridis Released N/A Jul 1 MF Noha Sylvestre Released N/A Jul 1 West Ham 2019-20 Premier League fixtures West Ham discovered their Premier League schedule on the morning of June 13, when the 2019-20 season fixtures are released.Games will kick off on August 10 with their entry into the Carabao Cup later that month when they join the competition in the second round.The Hammers will get their Premier League season underway against Manchester City at 12:30pm on August 10 at the London Stadium. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
zoom Nasdaq-listed owner of Handysize vessels FreeSeas Inc. has acquired a 51% controlling stake in the newly formed Standcorp International Limited that will engage in the commercial operation of product and crude oil tankers.The rest of the Standcorp’s shares are owned by non-affiliated entities associated with the Marvin group of companies, with extensive experience of over twenty years in the operation and ownership of tanker vessels.Standcorp plans to contract the vessels through time charter or bareboat charter arrangements, and subsequently deploy them in the spot market or in fulfillment of contract cargoes.The company intends to operate in generic markets but also to focus on a number of niche markets, such as West Africa. In addition, the company intends to commercially operate dry-bulk carriers either chartered-in, acquired, or through services agreements with affiliated owners, including FreeSeas Inc. tonnage.“At a time when the dry-bulk market is at a standstill, we expect that FreeSeas shall be able to generate income and create value for its shareholders by getting involved in the tanker sector which offers higher returns on investment, as operators only in the first stage, and gain experience in the sector,” notes Ion G. Varouxakis, Chairman, President and CEO of FreeSeas.
NEW DELHI: Mohalla clinics of Delhi, the flagship project of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will soon get an upgradation where the various important tests for the patients would be outsourced to the private labs. Tenders have also been issued for outsourcing laboratory services for the clinics and mobile health services. This will make the tests faster and perfect.”The Delhi government tries to give all the tests facilities at the Mohalla clinics but in some places, we face problems due to lack of technicians. Now if we can outsource these tests it will help the patients and also bring down the rush,” said an official. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAccording to the sources, the target of the government is to outsource the lab diagnostic so that if a doctor of Mohallah clinic write a test and the patient goes to the registered private labs then they would be able to do the test and get the government benefits as well. Earlier, the Delhi government also decided to bear all the bills incurred in the treatment of victims of road accidents, burns or acid attacks in private or government hospitals. Moreover, residents of Delhi who are unable to have surgeries at any government hospital in the city now get free surgery in 48 private hospitals without having to worry about huge bills. Under this scheme, the patient needs to submit residence proof with the OPD slip (containing referral to the private hospital) with an authorisation form (available at the hospital) to the nodal officer of the Delhi Arogya Kosh from where he/she will get the authorisation letter allowing treatment at a private hospital. The hospital administration will assist the patients’ family in the process. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderEarlier this month, after lots of tussle with the DDA, the Delhi government decided to take semi-commercial spaces on rent to make Mohalla Clinics. By November, the Delhi government will make 500 more Mohalla Clinics, said the sources in the Delhi government. In an urgent meeting with the Health Minister, the department took the decision. Sources in the Delhi government also said that next week the department is likely to inaugurate nine Mohalla Clinics at various places across Delhi.
Potent with the firepower to dent a country’s destiny, climate change today doesn’t wear the same mask it did a decade ago – something Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is being forced to become familiar with since smacking himself headfirst into the disastrous burning of the Amazon rainforest. Given its political underpinnings, this incident could well force Brazil, and the world, to answer some difficult questions. What, why, how — who? The Amazon rainforest in South America was on fire this week, with multiple fires raging; nevertheless, that Amazon is being burnt with deliberation is neither new nor surprising. Nevertheless, the scale and frequency of the event now is alarming. Nearly 10,000 new fires have been reported in just the last week and smoke trails are visible even from space. Also Read – A race against timeThis casts a dark shadow on our existence as the ecological value of the rainforest, which is the largest of its kind in the world, remains unrivalled. While the forest’s native biodiversity is expansive and important; centrally, Amazon is among the largest carbon sinks in the world, responsible for cleaning up nearly 20 per cent of the carbon dioxide released worldwide. The value of the rainforest in this essential task, especially in today’s time, is so enormous that it has often been labelled as the lungs of our planet. For the South American continent, the value of this forest is even greater – through rain and its eponymous river, the forest provides water to areas that are responsible for approximately 70 per cent of the continent’s GDP. The destruction of the forest, naturally, will carry far-reaching consequences. Also Read – A Golden LootGiven the evident value of preserving the forest, how then did we arrive here? The answer lies, as is often the case, in politics that has been forcibly interwoven in the matter. A decade ago, Brazil inspired many in its conservation commitments that thoroughly checked industrial exploitation of the Amazon rainforest. Around 2014, official figures recorded a nearly 80 per cent drop in deforestation as compared to the previous decade. All that was required was for successive administrations to keep the stone rolling. But almost as if to mock the saying “Cometh the hour, cometh the man”, came along Jair Bolsonaro in 2019. Bolsonaro assumed power as President of Brazil with a full platter of right-leaning promises. The most prominent of these was to roll back protection of the rainforest. As he sees it, the Amazon is a resource to exploit free from the prying eyes of the outside world. He also has relevant backers, most prominently, the agribusiness lobby which is rather powerful not just within the country but across the entire continent. He came through soon enough as he merged the forest department with the agricultural ministry, effectively handing over the Brazilian half of the Amazon to the agribusiness lobby. Fines were cut down and rarely applied, inspections became numbered and many veteran inspectors, including those with ties to the indigenous tribes of the region, were fired. Most importantly, he took on Ricardo Salles as his environmental minister, a man who allegedly in his role as Secretary of Environment for São Paulo had redrawn maps of protected areas in the region to benefit the mining industry. But Bolsonaro apparently still wishes to maintain Brazil’s credentials as an environmentally-conscious country and has tried everything – from blaming NGOs for forest fires to discrediting reports from his own space agency about the enormous upswing of deforestation in the Amazon. Incidentally, this very same agency was responsible for much of the imagery that appraised the world of the reality of the situation in the Amazon. In response, Bolsonaro fired the head of the agency. Since then, rumours hold that Salles is trying to sell the agency to a private corporation with vested interests. But in the age of viral content, such information is hard to conceal. And so, with domestic needs and political rhetoric clashing against global climate mandate, arrives the current situation. At this point, it may seem easy to define this issue as a right-wing versus left-wing concern but it is hardly that simple. Bolsonaro only added more fuel to existing fire – man-made fires in the dry season aren’t new and in fact, they aren’t even unique to the country. Bolivia, a bastion of left-wing politics, has been responsible for destroying over 1.2 million hectares of the forest just this year – all without earning the condemnation of G7 nations or threats of trade sanctions by the EU. Admittedly, Bolsonaro is just bad at appearing not guilty. Consider the fact that when confronted with the burning of the Amazon recently and its effects on global warming, he replied offhandedly that the situation could be resolved by everyone attending to nature’s call on alternate days. Given his general apathy, it should be conceded that at best he can be blamed for accelerating a situation that would have inevitably unfolded. A lot of this concerns the powerful agribusiness lobby that can force favourable legislation – yet, there remains a more fundamental if not obvious factor. The politics of fire “Our house is burning. Literally,” French PM Emmanuel Macron said. His assertion that it is our house that is burning, not Brazil’s, not France’s but our collective house that is on fire is rather telling. Macron followed this up by asking attendees at the recently-concluded G7 summit to discuss this situation urgently (in the absence of South American countries). Bolsonaro caught on to this fact, labelling Macron’s comments as being neo-colonialist in trying to arbitrarily decide matters about another’s sovereign territory. This has lent Bolsonaro the chance to label all international effort as attacks onBrazil’s right to govern its own territory. To sum up, the point of contention over the Amazon broadly circumscribes questions of whether an area of such global significance can be allowed to remain under the jurisdiction of one country with its own set of priorities and stakeholders.In recent years, agricultural land is flagging severely in comparison to population rise. Despite more efficient methods of farming, more land is the need of the hour, especially in a country that sources over 23 per cent of its GDP from agriculture. With 5.5 million sq km of South America, roughly 40 per cent, covered by the Amazon, it is not hard to understand why the rainforest is perceived as land that carries potential for active exploitation irrespective of devastating long-term apocalyptic tradeoffs. Undoubtedly, given current legal understandings, the world at large, at best, has only indirect stake in the Amazon despite its global value. Consequently, an evolution in this understanding in imminent – condemnation and slapping sanctions is myopic, especially with Brazil’s rigidity in conforming to national interests. For now, Brazil has placed a 60-day ban on forest clearance fires and insists that the blaze is under control. The international community is predictably not quite convinced of the declared happy ending. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is considering calling a summit to discuss the crisis even as EU decides whether to go ahead with its punitive trade sanctions against Brazil. But is there really a way out of this cycle? A way out? It appears unreasonable to burden responsibility on one nation to maintain such essential areas, especially when it is contradicting the host’s national interests. In the long-term, such areas must be designated as wider responsibilities of humanity as a whole, administered by an international body that is answerable to a different threshold of agreements. The Rio Earth Summit tried to facilitate this need in 1992 but the UN body for sustainable development that was formed as a result is seen as more of a paper tiger with optional membership and no real reinforcing power. However, that such international effort will be controversial is unquestionable. Altruism isn’t nearly reason enough for a country to surrender its rights over sovereign property. A stopgap measure towards a more sustainable future must incentivise nations to go green (and stay green). The current system favours negative reinforcement with nations being slapped with criticism and trade sanctions. This is questionable and its success, even if such sanctions are applied which is rare in itself, is doubtful. Brazil may overtly comply with international mandate for the time being but other stakeholders within the nation may not be quite as compliant. More carrot and less stick then – whether as favourable trade agreements or direct investment. The continued existence of humanity is just not a good enough incentive, no matter how commonsensical it may seem. Empathy it seems is just as much a requirement as good sense in avoiding a repeat of the Amazon saga, especially for much-bereaved Bolsonaro. It is only proper that a crisis concerning all of humanity is not benchmarked upon making villains of a few most evident detractors.
Changzhou (China): World champion P V Sindhu will look to reassert her supremacy when she spearheads the Indian campaign at the USD 1,000,000 China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament beginning here on Tuesday. The World No.5 Sindhu ended India’s long wait for a world championship gold at Basel, Switzerland last month. She achieved the historic feat after her third successive final appearance. The performance also turned around her erratic season during which she had reached the finals at the Indonesia Open Super 1000 event. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Life after that historic gold has been all about felicitations and the Indian will now have to quickly turn her focus back on badminton as she remains the country’s best bet at the China Open, a title she had won in 2016. The 24-year-old from Hyderabad will begin her campaign against China’s Li Xuerui, a former Olympic gold medallist and World No.1. Interestingly, Sindhu had announced her arrival on the international scene when she had stunned the then Olympic champion Li at the China Masters in 2012. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Since then, Sindhu has reached the highest echelons of international badminton, while Li has been dealing with a career-threatening knee injury that she suffered at the Rio Olympics. The Chinese is currently ranked 20th but has a 3-3 record against Sindhu. Sindhu had beaten Li at the Indonesia Masters earlier this year and if she can cross the opening hurdle, she is likely to face Canadian Michelle Li, who hasn’t beaten the Indian since 2014. If everything goes well, then she might be up against China’s third seed and All England champion Chen Yufei in the quarter-final. World No.8 Saina Nehwal, who had won the Indonesia Masters this year, will also look to put up a good show following her recovery from injuries which bogged her down this season. The former World No.1 looked good at the world championships before a few controversial umpiring decisions ended her run when she lost to Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in second round. Saina will face Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the opening round and is expected to clash with former world no.1 and her nemesis Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals. China Open, the last Super 1000 event of the World Tour season, will also see the return of two superstars — Olympic champion and three-time world champion Carolina Marin and 2017 World Champion Viktor Axelsen. Both the bigwigs will be back after recovering from their respective injuries. The Indian campaign lost a bit of sheen with the withdrawal of Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy. While Srikanth’s knee injury flared up during the world championships, Prannoy is down with dengue. All eyes will be on B Sai Praneeth, who ended India’s 36-year wait to become the first Indian male shuttler to claim a medal at the World Championships. The talented shuttler will open against Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon and is likely to face China’s third seed Shi Yu Qi in the second round. Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap too will be in the fray, taking on France’s Brice Leverdez in the first round. Returning to action after an injury lay-off will be the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who became the first men’s pair from the country to win a super 500 event at Thailand Open last month. The duo, who had broken into the top 10, will open against Canadian combination of Jason Anthony Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura. In mixed doubles, Satwik will pair up with Ashwini Ponnappa and meet Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti, the Indonesian sixth seeds. The other men’s pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will square off against the second-seeded Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan. Ashwini and N Sikki Reddy, the Commonwealth Game bronze-medallists, will fight it out against the Taiwanese combination of Cheng Chi Ya and Lee Chih Chen in women’s doubles, while Sikki and Pranaav Jerry Chopra will lock horns with Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Linda Hamilton is returning to the Terminator franchise for the first time since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day.Terminator creator James Cameron announced Hamilton’s casting at a private event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, the Hollywood Reporter reported.Paramount Pictures, which is distributing the planned sequel, confirmed the news Wednesday. Twitter Advertisement Cameron is producing the sequel, which Deadpool filmmaker Tim Miller is directing. Cameron and Miller have enlisted a team of writers — including David Goyer, Charles Eglee, Josh Freidman and Justin Rhodes — to plan out a new trilogy of films, according to the report.Arnold Schwarzenegger is also set to return.Cameron, who was once married to Hamilton, recently compared Wonder Woman, the classic character brought to life in one of this summer’s biggest hit films, unfavourably to Hamilton’s Terminator character, Sarah Connor.Cameron called Gal Gadot’s superhero an “objectified icon,” but said Connor was defined by “pure grit.” James Cameron is seen with ex-wife Linda Hamilton in 1998. Cameron announced Hamilton will return to the role of Sarah Connor in an upcoming revival of the Terminator franchise. (Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images) Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:
CALGARY — High Tide Inc. has signed a letter of intent to acquire a minority interest in one of the lottery winners selected to apply for one of the first 25 cannabis retail licences in Ontario.Financial terms of the agreement between the unidentified winner and High Tide weren’t disclosed by the company, which has seven Canna Cabana cannabis stores in Alberta.High Tide says the letter of intent includes the acquisition of a minority interest in the Ontario lottery winner and the option to acquire a greater interest in the future.Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario held a lottery last month to choose the 25 entities that would be eligible to apply for the first 25 retail licences to open cannabis stores in the province in April.High Tide is an Alberta-based company focused on the manufacturing and wholesale distribution of smoking accessories and cannabis lifestyle products.“The winner was looking for a strong partner and we are grateful that High Tide was selected to help them achieve their goals,” High Tide chief executive Raj Grover said in a statement. The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER — The company formerly known as Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. had a US$285.9-million net loss in its second quarter as it worked toward getting a massive copper and gold mine in Mongolia into commercial production next year.The loss at Turquoise Hill Resources was equal to 35 cents per share and compared with net income of $600,000 or zero cents per share a year earlier.[np-related]The Vancouver-headquartered company, now majority-owned by Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto PLC, says the first phase of building the mine was 90 per cent completed by the end of June.It says the final cost of Phase 1 is expected to be US$6.2-billion, which is 3% over the initial budget, excluding the impact of foreign exchange.Ivanhoe Mines adopted the new name Turquoise Hill this month.
MONTREAL — As the Supreme Court prepares to hear a landmark case on provincial beer and liquor monopolies, a new poll indicates Canadians overwhelmingly want to tear down trade barriers to alcohol — and any other legal product — across the country.The right-leaning Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) commissioned a poll by Ipsos Public Affairs, which surveyed 1,103 Canadians in an online panel between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1Eighty-nine per cent of respondents said Canadians should be able to bring any legal product from one province to another — which is currently illegal when it comes to alcohol. Of the 89 per cent, 72 per cent said they “strongly agree,” while 17 per cent said they “somewhat agree.”Trade ministers say progress made reducing barriers on cross-border liquor salesWeed is the new craft beer, says former Budweiser exec: ‘Ignore it at your peril’Provinces such as New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario maintain strict laws limiting the free trade of beer and spirits.A New Brunswick man learned this the hard way and his case will be heard in front of the country’s highest court Dec. 6-7.In 2012, the RCMP arrested Gerard Comeau on his return to New Brunswick after he had bought alcohol in Quebec.He was fined for violating New Brunswick law, which limits the amount of booze that can be brought into the province from elsewhere in Canada.Comeau contested the ticket, arguing Sec. 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867, mandates that all Canadian goods be admitted freely across the country.His lawyers argued the fathers of Confederation wanted a single market for all products made in Canada.The Ipsos poll suggested about 25 per cent of Canadians heard about the Comeau case, and 78 per cent of respondents said the New Brunswick man should win.Eighty-four per cent of respondents said Canadians should be permitted to order wine from any winery in the country, while 78 per cent said they should be allowed to bring any amount of wine or beer purchased in one province into another province.Fewer than 15 per cent of respondents said they strongly agreed or somewhat agreed alcohol monopolies should be maintained.Howard Anglin, executive director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), said provinces continue to enforce “prohibition-era” laws on alcohol because of inertia and fear of change.The CCF is a charity that raised money to fund the legal team defending Comeau. Anglin said provincial governments can continue to receive the same revenues from alcohol by taxing beer and liquor sales as opposed to running liquor stores.Alberta privatized its liquor industry and Anglin said the province has “much more variety and selection,” he said.“Some stores specialize in whiskeys and others in French wines,” he added. “They tend to reflect the owners’ passion and interests.”A Quebec government report released in 2015 recommended its liquor monopoly be privatized. The province’s auditor general followed up with her own report in 2016 claiming the government-run corporation’s structure prevents it from getting the best prices for consumers.Quebec’s alcohol monopoly brings in more than $1 billion in revenues that help fund services, making privatization a politically difficult move.Comeau’s date with the Supreme Court will also likely have an influence on the plans to create provincial cannabis monopolies, according to legal experts.If the justices rule in Comeau’s favour, the decision will almost certainly trigger lawsuits across the country seeking to dismantle similar government-run corporations for marijuana when it becomes legalized next summer.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Shares of Best Buy Co. jumped on Friday after the electronics chain showed signs of starting to reverse declining sales during the critical holiday selling season, a better-than-expected result.Shares rose 12 per cent during midday trading.Best Buy has been facing tough competition from discounters and online retailers, as people browse electronics in stores and then go home to buy them more cheaply online, a practice known as “showrooming.” To combat this, it has instituted a cost-cutting program, invested in more employee training and put an online price matching policy in place during the key holiday period of November and December. The holiday quarter accounted for about a third of Best Buy’s revenue last year.The chain said that revenue at stores open at least a year fell 1.4 per cent for the nine weeks ended Jan. 5. This figure is a key gauge of a retailer’s health because it excludes results from stores recently opened or closed.The company’s U.S. performance was flat. While this was slightly below the 0.3 per cent increase Best Buy reported a year ago, President and CEO Hubert Joly said in a statement that it was an better than the past several quarters.Best Buy tapped Joly in August to help reverse its slide. Joly has made management changes, including hiring CFO Sharon McCollam in November, and embarked on a turnaround plan.Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy said the results show that some of Best Buy’s initiatives, such as increased employee training and online price matching, helped boost sales.But he added that the company still faces bigger problems such as tough competition from sellers like Amazon.com and more and more vendors selling products to customers directly.“Sales are incrementally positive, but Best Buy still faces an uphill battle with regard to its turnaround,” he said.Best Buy said that sales were strongest among cellphones, tablets, electronic readers and appliances, while sales of entertainment, televisions and computer-related items dropped.Another encouraging sign was that online revenue rose 10 per cent for the holiday period, bolstered by better traffic, an increase that shows that the chain is managing to grab its share of online buyers as well.“While it will be a journey with ups and downs, we are focused on becoming an increasingly effective multi-channel retailer and engaging with the tens of millions of consumers who shop us online and in-store,” Joly added.Revenue at stores open at least a year declined 6.4 per cent internationally, stung by softness in China and Canada.Total revenue for the holiday period fell slightly to $12.8 billion from $12.9 billion.Best Buy lost CEO Brian Dunn in April, after an investigation showed he had an inappropriate relationship with a female staffer.That led to the departure of co-founder Richard Schulze, who knew about the relationship but didn’t report it properly, the investigation found.Schulze stepped down, but he has been considering making a bid for the company. That bid had not materialized by the end of 2012, although Best Buy has given Schulze more time to look over its books and arrange financing for an offer.Best Buy shares rose $2, or 16.4 per cent, to close at $14.21 Friday. That’s still close to the low end of the stock’s 52-week trading range of $11.20 to $27.95. The stock hit its lowest point of the year on Dec. 27, 2012. by Mae Anderson And Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2013 6:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Best Buy shares rise after holiday sales come in better than expected
FILE – In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry goes in for a shot during an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Curry and some of the basketball league’s other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women’s rights at home and at work. The players will deliver the message in public service announcements that will appear during NBA games shown on major TV networks over the next few months. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File) SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league’s other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women’s rights at home and at work.The players will deliver the message in public service announcements aired during NBA games on major TV networks over the next few months.Sandberg is hoping to persuade men that they will be better off financially and emotionally if they take more responsibility for housework and child care, while also backing equal rights for women at work.“Gender equality doesn’t just benefit women, it benefits men in lots of ways,” Sandberg said in an interview with The Associated Press. Among other things, she believes most women are likely to have sex with their husbands or partners more frequently when they get more help at home — a phenomenon she has branded as “choreplay.”The clips featuring the basketball stars are part of a partnership to be announced Thursday between the NBA and LeanIn.org, a non-profit group Sandberg started two years ago with the publication of a bestselling book advising women on the steps they should take to ensure they get the same opportunities as men traditionally have.The book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” also urged men to do more to support the women and girls in their lives.Sandberg, Facebook’s second-highest ranking executive behind CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is counting on the NBA’s appeal to connect with millions of sports-loving men who haven’t read her book.LeanIn.org is providing men with tips on how to help in brochures that will be available online as part of the campaign with the NBA.Facebook is among a long list of major Silicon Valley companies with a dearth of women in engineering and other technical positions, where the best-paying jobs are found. Women hold just 15 to 20 per cent of the technology jobs at Google, Apple, Facebook and Yahoo, according to company disclosures made during the past nine months.“Certainly technology has an uphill battle to fight, but no industry has gotten to where it should be,” Sandberg said. “The only way anything really changes in society is when we have everyone in society pulling together.”Several technology companies, including Facebook Inc., Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp., are backing a campaign that will be punctuated with (hashtag) LeanInTogether.The National Basketball Association has been running a separate league for women for nearly 20 years. Several WNBA players, including All-Stars Sue Bird and Skylar Diggins, appear in the public service announcement that also features the Golden State Warriors’ Curry and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ James, the players who got the most votes in the fan balloting for last month’s NBA All-Star game.The union representing the NBA players also elected a woman, Michele Roberts, as its executive director last year. Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs hired woman, former WNBA star Becky Hammon, as an assistant coach at the start of this season.“The NBA is committed to creating a work environment that expects — and benefits from — gender equality,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg enlists NBA stars to persuade more men to support women’s rights by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2015 5:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The list of phones running the pure Google version of Android is about to increase by one as Samsung prepares the Galaxy S4 “Google Edition”.Google’s big developer conference, I/O, is often the stage for new products, and this year is promising to be bigger than any other. Despite shifting from two smaller keynotes to one larger keynote, Google is ready to put on quite a show tomorrow. Part of the big day will be to announce a new version of Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S4. While Samsung’s phone is an incredible piece of hardware, many users find themselves less than pleased with Samsung’s version of Android. To resolve this once and for all, we’ve learned that a pure AOSP (Android Open Source Project) version of the Galaxy S4 is being prepped for launch and will be unveiled during the I/O keynote.Not to be confused with a Nexus phone, which is a piece of hardware made with Google’s guiding hand, the Galaxy S4 GE will feature stock Android inside Samsung’s familiar plastic casing. According our sources on hand at Google I/O, this Google Edition phone is a collaboration between Samsung and Google to address a growing group of users that prefer stock Android on something other than a Nexus. In order to accomplish this right now, users would need to install custom versions of Android like CyanogenMod. Complete with removable battery and expandable storage with the MicroSD card slot, this phone could certainly address this growing niche.This Google Edition S4 is expected to be made available starting in June and will be available on T-Mobile bands. At this time we are unaware of pricing or whether more bands will be made available. It’s also unclear if Samsung will be selling the phone or if it will be available through the Google Play Store.
By Fora Staff Mar 17th 2019, 1:01 AM https://jrnl.ie/4554942 Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 1:00 PM COLIN HARMON, THE founder of coffee group 3fe, is writing a follow-up to his debut book on the café industry after launching several translations of the first title.Two years ago, Harmon self-published What I Know About Running Coffee Shops, a business book that started as a college assignment when he enrolled in a master’s course in innovation, entrepreneurship and design at UCD’s Smurfit business school.The warts-and-all tome – which retails at €30 – has sold roughly 16,000 copies and includes a mixture of anecdotes and advice for people who are considering setting up their own coffee business or have an interest in the industry.What I Know About Running Coffee Shops has been translated into Russian and will soon be available in Indonesian, Japanese and Icelandic – markets where “speciality coffee drinking is thriving” among native speakers, Harmon told Fora.“I’m keen to get a Spanish one as well,” he said, adding that he intends to distribute the title in South America via e-book.The follow-up Harmon is writing will include “more elements of expansion and actually growing up a bit” and will be aimed at an audience of existing café owners.“It’s for people who need some advice or are struggling … There’s a real lack of literature in the segment – although I don’t know if I’d call it literature,” he said.Harmon – who has enlisted a London-based agent to help with his literary ambitions – described the first self-funded book as “probably the most successful thing I’ve done financially” and said the marketing of the title came “very naturally and organically”.Existing buyers of 3fe wholesale coffee and various champions of the business – which has a strong following on social media – helped get What I Know About Running Coffee Shops on the shelves of various independent cafes and other outlets.“There has been no media campaign, I don’t have a PR company. It’s literally just Instagram and Twitter. It’s strange, but I couldn’t get it into (traditional) book shops in Ireland. One I spoke to didn’t get back to me and another one said there was no market for it,” he said. Image: 3fe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 3fe coffee guru Colin Harmon is writing book number two after opening cafe number five The entrepreneur is also dreaming of rolling out a coffee shop overseas someday. 20,397 Views 28 Comments Now we’ve sold thousands of copies. That makes me feel kind of smug.” Source: 3fe3fe – which stands for Third Floor Espresso and celebrates its 10th year in business this December – is arguably one of Ireland’s most respected coffee brands. It was recently given the ‘outstanding organisation’ award by the Irish Food Writers’ Guild.The company was founded in 2009 after Harmon left a career in finance to compete in the World Barista Championships. He built a replica of the competition stage in his third-floor apartment – hence the name – and finished fourth the first year he competed.After starting life in the former Twisted Pepper on Abbey Street, now called Wigwam, the business today operates two 3fe shops, sister cafes Five Points and Daniel – the latter of which will soon close for refurbishment – and a restaurant called Gertrude.The company also runs a subscription service, an online shop, a coffee wholesale business, and it hosts a series of workshops on making the perfect brew. The wholesale unit originally sold coffee to Irish hotels, offices, cafes and other businesses but also started selling overseas in 2017 and now exports to 30 markets.Funding and new cafesAccording to a return at the Companies Registration Office, 3fe Coffee Limited recently secured €250,000 in funding, with backing from family, friends and hospitality and festival firm Bodytonic.Harmon said the money will be used to take the pressure off Gertrude on Pearse Street, which opened later than expected in December after experiencing a delay.It took longer than expected to secure a fire certificate as the restaurant required a rebuilt staircase because the old one wasn’t health and safety compliant.“We couldn’t shift the stairs, so we had to build a whole new staircase. It slowed things down … It was a big learning curve for me. That’s the way it is,” he said.Harmon said that the funding also allows 3fe to bring on board “people who were incremental in the business” in an advisory capacity, including his father.“There are lots of companies in Ireland that constantly see raising money as the goal,” he said.Essentially there’s a down side. That’s why I was happy to (fundraise) with friends and family. It brings them on board. Raising money is not success. It’s definitely a step towards being able to grow something, but it’s not a tangible success.”Harmon said he has received multiple offers to buy the business but “always resisted it”.“I don’t know what I’d do with the money or what I’d do with myself. Unless someone came out with a stupid offer, I wouldn’t sell,” he said.When asked about his other ambitions for the business, Harmon said that in the future, he hopes to open 3fe coffee shops outside of Dublin and overseas – but is focused on running the five existing outlets for now.He name-checked Galway and his birthplace Cork as potential future locations.“I have a real grá for Limerick as well. My wife did her master’s there. I really love the town,” he said. Get our NEW Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Image: 3fe Short URL Share5 Tweet Email4
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form In 15 days, everyone’s favorite stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder returns to cinemas in Solo: A Star Wars Story.The long-awaited offshoot of George Lucas’s famed franchise has been teased all month through a series of official previews and featurettes, each more thrilling than the next.But none hold a candle to 19-year-old Huxley Berg’s trailer—which perfectly re-enacts the action with LEGO.Obviously someone with immense amounts of time and expendable funds, the Orange County-based filmmaker has been replicating scenes from Marvel, DC, and other popular movies for four years.The life-long film buff was inspired by The Lego Movie, “and just started to crank out trailers,” Berg told Geek.com in an email. “The LEGO community is a genuine pleasure to be a part of, everyone has always been so supportive … for my whole career.”A quick scroll through his YouTube library highlights the technological progress, moving from bedroom-floor shoots to computer animation, each painstakingly edited to match Baby Driver, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, IT, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Jurassic World, and even Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi ad.An average trailer takes up to a month to complete. Solo, like its titular character, was a no-nonsense job that Berg finished in two weeks.His latest Star Wars venture (published a day after May the Fourth), the producer stunningly emulates the Solo: A Star Wars Story “risk” TV spot, layering original dialogue with home-grown LEGO animation to match. I know it’s just a bunch of plastic figures that look a lot like Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, and Emilia Clarke. But there’s something so charming about the characters’ changing facial expressions, moving hair pieces, and gun-throwing skills.Who shot first? (via Huxley Berg Studios)Of course, LEGO is no stranger to the big screen: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (original directors of Solo, before Ron Howard took over) launched an entire franchise based on the construction toys.In 2014, The Lego Movie wowed audiences (because everything is awesome), and last year’s spin-off The Lego Batman Movie left viewers pining for more. (If you just ignore The Lego Ninjago Movie, the series is a bonafide hit!)A sequel and third spin-off, The Billion Brick Race, are scheduled for release in 2019.In the meantime, quench your LEGO-movie-trailer thirst with Berg’s latest uploads—including Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, and “Chewbacca Eating a Porg.”“I am also in the beginning stages of recreating [the] Deadpool movie entirely in LEGO,” he added, plugging a Kickstarter campaign for the “first-ever frame-by-frame LEGO stop-motion recreation of a feature film.” Stay on target
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