China Open: Satwik-Chirag Fall in Semi-finals to World No.1 Pair Gideon-Sukamuljo

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. badmintonchina openchina open 2019Chirag Shetty First Published: November 9, 2019, 4:38 PM IST New Delhi: The top Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty were unable to break the Minions code as they bowed out of Fuzhou China Open in the semi-final with straight-games loss to world No.1 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia on Saturday.Satwik-Chirag bowed out of the tournament with a 16-21, 20-22 loss to the Indonesian pair in 40 minutes, losing their eighth straight encounter against the world No.1 pair. Satwik and Chirag had lost to them in the French Open final last month in straight games as well and in all their encounters, the Indian pair has taken a game off the Indonesians only once.Irrespective of the result, Satwik-Chirag are set to climb two places in the BWF men’s doubles rankings to reach their career-high of world No.7.Satwik-Chirag gave a brilliant fight to ‘The Minions’ but failed to break their code as the world No.1s stayed on course to defending their title. This is Gideon-Sukamuljo’s fourth straight Fuzhou China Open and they have never lost in the tournament so far.The match saw some excellent badminton, brilliant fast-paced flat exchanges, some stunning defensive skills from both pair but it was the Indonesian pair that came out on top.The match started well for the Indian pair as they took a 7-4 lead, trying to put as much pressure as possible on Gideon at the back of the court. Chirag, who was the best player at the net in their quarter-final, knew he could not win that battle from Sukamuljo in the semi-final and hence, they look to play far more expansive.However, the Indonesian pair used all their experience to overturn the deficit and take a 10-7 lead. Then, Satwik made a good cross court return forcing Sukamuljo to lean forward to take the shuttle and the Indonesian hit the net. Trailing 8-10, Chirag was involved in a goof flat exchange at the net and then crouched to play into the empty court to grab another point before the Indonesians took an 11-9 lead into the break.After the break, Sukamuljo’s marauding presence forced the Indians into making a lot of mistakes as the world No.1 took a 14-9 lead. However, the Indians did not stop fighting back and in the next rally itself, they defended two extremely powerful smashes to then force an error out of Sukamuljo.Chirag then took control of the proceedings and smashed his way to reducing the gap to 13-16. However, Sukamuljo did not let up the initiative at the front court at all and Gideon helped him with excellent drives, leading the world No.1s to take the first game 21-16.Satwik-Chirag began the second game well and led 3-1. Then a stunning 28-shot rally ensued that saw the Indonesians dish out some spectacular defensive skills to eventually win the point and make it 2-3.It stayed neck-and-neck from there before the Indians took an 8-6 lead with Chirag once more making his presence felt at the front court. At 8-8, Satwik took the matter in his hands and played a superb smash from the front court in one rally and a crouching defensive shot in the next to take a 10-8 lead. However, the Indonesians took back the control and with a smash at Chirag’s body, they led 11-10 at the break.Right after the break, Chirag and Satwik came out with incessant smashing at the Indonesians to level the proceedings at 11-11. Once more it stayed close from there with both pairs exchanging points with some delightful all-court play.The Indians then took an 18-16 lead after Satwik executed a beautiful cross-court drop in one rally and a fabulous half smash in the other. But the Indonesians soon level the proceedings to eventually bring up a match point at 20-19.Satwik then showed bravery as he made a good leave with Sukamuljo sending the shuttle just wide to make it 20-20. However, the Sukamuljo show came to the fore once more as the Indonesians took the match.Having another match point at 21-20, Sukamuljo played a stunning tumbling net shot that Chirag somehow picked up hassling. Gideon then smashed the shuttle behind Chirag that the Indian just about picked. Sukamuljo then steep-smashed from the net and all Satwik could do was just try and flick his racquet in the direction as the world No.1 reached another final. last_img read more

Go BehindTheScenes With Ben Affleck For Earth Day

first_imgThe Climate Reality Project, the leading international organization dedicated to mobilizing action on climate change, and Charitybuzz, the global leader in online charity auctions, today announced the launch of the two-week Climate Reality auction.This auction will run from April 22 – May 6 at www.Charitybuzz.com/ClimateRealityProject.The auction, which begins on Earth Day, will raise funds for the Climate Reality Leadership Corps educational and grassroots-organizing program, with 2013 trainings in Istanbul, Turkey; Chicago, Illinois, and Rio de Janerio, Brazil. The Climate Reality Leadership Corps is currently made up of 4000 Climate Leaders from 58 countries who educate their communities about climate change impacts and solutions.Items featured in the Climate Reality auction include the following:• Meet Ben Affleck with a day-long set visit on his next film • Meet country music superstar and American Idol judge Keith Urban with VIP tickets to an upcoming concert• Tickets to the Vera Wang Fashion Show During New York Fashion Week • A Versace gown worn by Academy Award winner Charlize Theron• Meet Chelsea Handler with VIP tickets to Chelsea Lately • Tickets for 2 to the Galapagos Islands on a Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic vessel• An autographed guitar from Maroon 5• Tickets to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and Awards Party• Premium tickets to see Celine Dion at a Las Vegas concert • Tickets to the critically acclaimed play “The Weir” in London and a private meet and greet with lead actor Brian Cox• Meet Jackson Browne with VIP tickets to his upcoming tour• Autographed copy of Betty White’s newest book and autographed picture• VIP tickets to “Dancing with the Stars”• Ultimate Disneyland Family VIP Package“We are incredibly grateful to these friends who are generously contributing their unique talents to support the Climate Reality Leadership Corps program, which is changing the cultural conversation about climate change and driving for solutions,” said Climate Reality CEO Maggie L. Fox.last_img read more

WorkSafeBC report cites safety failures in derailment that killed 3 workers

first_imgDecaying railroad ties and the failure of a safety mechanism to prevent a train derailment are cited in a report by British Columbia’s workers’ safety agency as factors in a crash that killed three people and injured two others.The accident in April 2017 happened on the now-abandoned Western Forest Products rail line at Woss, a community of about 200 residents on Vancouver Island. The railway, known as the Englewood Railway at the time, was the last operating lumber railway in North America.The WorkSafeBC report says 12 rail cars loaded with logs were being moved when 11 of them suddenly began to roll freely with the force of gravity.The failure of a so-called “derail” device to stop the runaway cars caused them to crash into five members of a work crew who were either on a rail backhoe or in a “speeder” vehicle, a self-propelled rail car used to transport workers and equipment from location to location along the line.When the vehicle was hit from behind, the speeder operator instinctively hit the brakes, the report says.“The loaded cars, speeder, tool car and rail backhoe all continued down the track out of control, gaining speed. Continued attempts by the speeder operator to brake had no effect.”When the cars and equipment left the tracks, logs loaded in the cars rolled onto the speeder and backhoe, killing three men and seriously injuring two others. The names of those involved in the crash were redacted from the report.The report says the safety device that was intended to derail free-rolling cars was affixed on decaying ties and when the runaway cars passed by, the “derail” device was easily dislodged.“Besides the deficiencies related to the ties, WorkSafeBC investigators also found that an insufficient number of spikes were used to fasten the failed derail to the ties,” the report says.The rail traffic controller broadcast repeated warnings to anyone who might be on the same track but there was no response from anyone, it says.Western Forest Products Inc., which was not available for comment, was cited with one violation of the Workers Compensation Act for the failure to ensure the health and safety of its workers.B.C. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena, who represents the residents of Woss in her North Island riding, said the accident has been devastating for the community.“It’s made a major change to the whole of the North Island because Western has obviously stopped using the train since the accident and transferred to roads, so everybody’s had their lives changed, but particularly the three families. It’s just been devastating.”The Transportation Safety Board is also investigating the crash.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Technical Safety BC was also investigating the accident.last_img read more

US oil prices predicted to climb in 2019 on lower supply

first_imgAfter a turbulent two months during which oil prices plummeted from a four-year high to a one-year low, investors may wonder what comes next for U.S. crude.Analysts at Swiss bank UBS are among those who predict prices will recover in 2019, as oil cartel OPEC, the U.S. and Russia curb output from the current record level.“We believe the market’s cautious turn is overdone,” UBS analysts wrote in their recently published 2019 outlook. “On balance, we keep a positive view on crude.”U.S. crude plunged 22 per cent in November, its worst month in a decade. That followed a nearly 11 per cent drop in October. “The decline in oil over the last month or two has been shocking to the market,” said Lindsey Bell, investment strategist at CFRA.The sudden sell-off was sparked after investors grew concerned the global economy was slowing even as major producers continued to pump oil at high rates. The U.S. decision to hold off sanctioning countries that import oil from Iran boosted supplies further, and uncertainty over the escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China added to concerns of a slowdown.After peaking at $76.41 a barrel on Oct. 3, oil prices bottomed out at $50.31 a barrel on November 28. Since then, oil has edged higher in choppy trading. It settled at $52.15 a barrel on Wednesday.UBS forecasts U.S. crude oil will climb back to $73 a barrel by mid-2019, as supply cuts offset lower demand due to the slowing economy. Oil should pull back to around $68 a barrel by the end of next year, UBS predicts, assuming that OPEC will “maintain production discipline.”Oil prices steadied last week after OPEC and other major oil producers, including Russia, agreed to cut global crude production by 1.2 million barrels a day. The cuts are slated to begin in January and last six months.In its forecast, UBS sees other factors supporting higher oil prices next year. The analysts noted that global oil spare capacity is running at around a 10-year low. That can set the stage for prices to climb, especially if there’s unexpected, sharp rise in demand for oil, say in the event a major hurricane strikes production facilities or a key port.UBS also predicts a slowdown in U.S. shale production next year because new pipelines are not expected to be operational until the second half of 2019.Alex Veiga, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Elon Musk asks judge to toss divers lawsuit in Thai dustup

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Elon Musk is asking a California judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against him by a British diver who accused the tech entrepreneur of falsely calling him a pedophile.Wednesday’s court filing argues that “the public knew from the outset that Musk’s insults were not intended to be statements of fact.”Musk called diver Vernon Unsworth a “pedo” in a tweet to his 22.5 million followers after Unsworth criticized Musk in a CNN interview in July about efforts to rescue young soccer players trapped in a cave in Thailand.Musk and engineers from his rocket company, SpaceX, built a small submarine and shipped it to Thailand to help with the rescue. The device wasn’t used and in the interview, Unsworth called it a “PR stunt.”Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Presslast_img read more

TransCanada responds to NEB application challenging Coastal GasLink

first_imgHowever, last year the Federal Court of Appeal ruled against the NEB, saying that it must consider whether the pipeline fell under federal jurisdiction.In a letter on behalf of the company, TransCanada V.P. of Natural Gas Pipelines Law Catharine Davis said that the Board should decline to establish a process to examine the jurisdictional question raised in Sawyer’s application.“Six years after the public process began to decide whether the Project should be allowed to proceed (a process the applicant chose not to participate in), four years after Project approval, and four years after the applicant’s similar challenge to another approved LNG pipeline, the applicant again seeks to create uncertainty masked in a question of constitutional law,” the letter reads. “While aware of the issues raised in the Application for at least four years, the applicant has waited until the eve of the publicly known Final Investment Decision (FID) date for the LNG Canada Project to impact that project and associated developments (including the Project).”If the NEB approves Sawyer’s application, it would then hold a hearing.If Sawyer is successful in that hearing, that would mean a federal review of the pipeline would be required, which could potentially delay construction if LNG Canada goes ahead.The full submission by TransCanada can be read below. CALGARY, A.B. – TransCanada Corporation has submitted a letter in response to a jurisdictional challenge filed by a former Alberta resident against the company’s proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline.Michael Sawyer, who worked two decades in Alberta as an environmental consultant in the oil and gas sector argues that Coastal GasLink should have faced a federal environmental review instead of a provincial one.Previously, Sawyer launched a similar challenge against TransCanada’s proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline, but that was rejected by the National Energy Board.last_img read more

Pembina Pipeline buys Kinder Morgan Canada

first_imgThe deal also includes an Edmonton storage and terminal business and Vancouver Wharves, a bulk storage and export-import business.Pembina is offering 0.3068 of a Pembina share per Kinder Morgan Canada share and class B unit. The acquisition is valued at approximately $2.3 billion including the assumption of Kinder Morgan Canada’s preferred shares and outstanding net debt.In addition, Pembina is paying roughly $2.05 billion in cash for Kinder Morgan Cochin LLC, which holds Cochin US.Companies in this story: (TSX:PPL, TSX:KML) CALGARY, A.B. – Pembina Pipeline Corporation will buy Kinder Morgan Canada and the Cochin Pipeline for $4.35 billion.Upon closing of the deal with Kinder Morgan Inc., Pembina says it will increase is monthly dividend by a penny per share to 21 cents.The Cochin pipeline runs 2,900 kilometres between Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., and Chicago and has a design capacity of up to 110,000 barrels per day.last_img read more

All necessary security measures will be in place for voters poll personnel

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission said on Monday that there will be deployment of armed forces at all the booths and adequate security measures would be taken for the voters and voting personnel in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab said on Monday that they are concerned over the security issues of polling personnel. In some places, the polling personnel have threatened to boycott the polls if adequate security measures are not taken. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, the office of the District Election Officer in North Kolkata launched the e-portal Pollstar, where the voters and voting personnel would be given information related to the poll procedure. Voters will be trained through 7 modules which have been uploaded in the portal. It may be mentioned here that a number of polling personnel in North Bengal have recently written to the CEO, seeking immediate deployment of Central Forces in all the polling stations. They have also threatened to pull out from their election duties, unless adequate forces are deployed to man all the polling stations of these districts. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhile answering the questions of media, Aftab said armed police personnel from both the Centre and the state police force will be deployed at the polling stations. Senior officials of the CEO’s office assured all the election employees that all preemptive measures would be taken to conduct free and fair elections. Sources in the CEO’s office said that the commission is thinking of deploying 35 to 45 companies of Central Force in the state. At present, 36 companies of Central Forces are available for the polls in the two districts of Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. Around 10 companies of Central Forces would be brought to Jharkhand. Meanwhile, the state government has released 29 companies of Central Forces which were deployed in Jangalmahal. Out of the 29 companies, 11 will be deployed in Alipurduar and 18 in Cooch Behar, sources in the CEO’s office said. 9,000 state armed police personnel will be deployed in the 3,844 polling booths, of which 2,010 are in Cooch Behar and 1,834 in Alipurduar. The decision about force deployment was finalised following a meeting between CEO Ariz Aftab and ADG (law and order) Siddh Nath Gupta recently.last_img read more

Ohio State set to battle Nebraska in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals

Junior center Amir Williams (23) dunks the ball during a game against Purdue March 13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 63-61.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — In postseason college basketball, winning supersedes all.Teams come into their conference’s respective tournaments with different amounts of dependance on each game — a win or two could help bolster an NCAA Tournament résumé. A bad loss could hurt seeding in the tournament, or a program could need to run the table to secure its spot in the big dance.Ohio State’s tournament life is likely secure, but dropping a first-round game in the Big Ten Tournament to a team with a losing record — Purdue — wouldn’t have done the team any favors as far as seeding goes come Selection Sunday.But the Buckeyes in fact survived to play another day with a chance at the Big Ten Title, defeating the Boilermakers, 63-61, Thursday.The outcome wasn’t decided, however, until Purdue senior guard Terone Johnson’s final 3-pointer fell hopelessly to the floor at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. But a win is a win — the Buckeyes are now 23-9 all time in the Big Ten Tournament — and OSU is looking to further bolster its argument for a higher seed in the Big Dance when it plays in the quarterfinals Friday. Their opponent might come as a bit of a surprise to diehard Buckeye fans — Nebraska.Yes, Nebraska.The Cornhuskers (19-11, 11-7) earned the tournament’s fourth seed after dispatching then-No. 9 Wisconsin, 77-68, Sunday at home, and the program has been trending upward since Tim Miles took over prior to the 2012-13 season. Nebraska finished 12-18 the year before Miles arrived, but the coach has brought a new energy and aura to the program — even splitting games with OSU this season.The second meeting between the two teams was a 68-62 win for the Cornhuskers in Lincoln, Neb., a game that was the fourth consecutive loss for the Buckeyes. The rematch is a game senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said he’s been looking forward to playing ever since that loss.“I’m so ready to play these guys. Obviously when we lost to them up there and they stormed the court … but we get another crack at them,” Smith Jr. said after the win Thursday. “I’m expecting the team that I know this team can be to show up tomorrow and play those guys. I’m pretty sure everybody remembers that.”OSU shot 39.6 percent from the field in the loss, including making just six of 21 shots from beyond the arc. A pair of sophomores, guard Shavon Shields and forward Terran Petteway, paced the Huskers with 18 points each in the win, getting in the lane and drawing fouls to ultimately go a combined 10-13 from the free throw line.Nebraska also won eight of 10 games to close out the regular season to earn the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.“They’re on a roll right now. They are playing great basketball, and obviously Shields and Petteway are doing a good job,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after his team’s victory against Purdue. “They’ve got guys that can stretch the defense, they’re shooting the ball well. I think they’re playing as well as anybody in the country right now.”Buckeye senior guard Aaron Craft tallied a team-high 12 points against Nebraska in the Jan. 20 loss, eight of which came from the free throw line. He finished with 16 Thursday against Purdue, also swiping three of OSU’s nine steals in the game.Craft said after the win against Purdue, shutting down the potent Nebraska guard play Friday is going to be a team effort.“It’s got to be a big defensive game for us. They’ve got bigs that can shoot the ball, and obviously Petteway and Shields, who are playing great basketball right now,” Craft said. “It’s going to be a big team defensive effort for us.”At times against the Boilermakers, OSU seemed disinterested, nearly sleepwalking its way to an early exit in what has been an up and down year. Doing the same against Nebraska, however, would yield a different result, Smith Jr. said.“Obviously, guys’ minds weren’t right (against Purdue),” he said. “We got Nebraska rolling in here, and they beat us already this year and I’m pretty sure they think they can beat us again.”Junior center Amir Williams — who had six points and grabbed nine rebounds against Purdue — said he believes Nebraska is on the bubble, but a win against OSU would go a long way for the team’s tournament hopes.“They’ve been on a tremendous run as of late. We have that in the back of our minds, we want to win, they want to win. If they win, I think they’re in the tournament. Right now they’re still on the bubble, we’re still playing for something so they’re still playing for something,” Williams said after the game Thursday. “We’re worried about ourselves, take it out on them Friday and get a victory.”Tipoff Friday is set for 25 minutes after the completion of No. 8 Michigan and Illinois at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. read more