PV Sindhu hopes to end title wait in Thailand Open

first_img Press Trust of India BangkokJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 13:34 IST PV Sindhu crashed out of the Japan Open after quarter-final defeat to Yamaguchi. (BWF Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSindhu would be desperate to break her seven-month-long title jinxSindhu will open her women’s singles campaign against unseeded Chinese Han YueSindhu might face her first real test in the quarterfinals with a possible clash against sixth seed Ratchanok IntanonThe successive losses to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi have been disappointing but Indian ace P V Sindhu will have to put it all behind when she renews her chase for a maiden title this year in the Thailand Open badminton tournament, starting here on Tuesday.The last two weeks have been an emotional roller-coaster ride for Sindhu as after finishing second-best at the Indonesia Open, she was shown the door in the quarterfinals of the Japan Open last week.On both occasions, familiar foe Yamaguchi turned out to be Sindhu’s nemesis. The Indian would be desperate to break her seven-month-long title jinx.Seeded fourth, Sindhu will open her women’s singles campaign against unseeded Chinese Han Yue, whom she easily overcame in the first round of Japan Open.If all goes well, Sindhu might face her first real test in the quarterfinals with a possible clash against sixth seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.The other Indian in the fray, Saina Nehwal has been seeded seventh here, but she has been hampered by several injuries of late.Saina was forced to withdraw from both the Indonesia and Japan Open on medical grounds as she is focussing on getting into shape for next month’s World Championships. She has been pitted against a qualifier in the opening round.In men’s singles, Shubhankar Dey has got a tough opening round against top seed Kento Momota of Japan, while B Sai Pranneeth, who lost in the semifinals last week, is up against Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen.If both the Indians manage to get past the first hurdle, they will face each other next.advertisementFifth seed Kidambi Srikanth will take on a qualifier, while H S Prannoy will be up against Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong in the opening round.Sameer Verma, seeded eighth, will face Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia while Parupalli Kashyap will take on France’s Brice Leverdez.Sourabh Verma and Ajay Jayaram will have to go through the qualifiers.While Sourabh will play top seed Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia in the first qualifying round, Jayaram will face Chinese Zhou Ze Qi.In men’s doubles, two Indian pairs feature but only one among them will progress to the next round.The combinations of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will face each other in the opening round.The lone Indian pair in women’s doubles — Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy — will be up against the Chinese duo of Li Wen Mei and Zheng Yu in the opening round.In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy are drawn against the Japanese combination of Kohei Gondo and Ayane Kurihara while the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ponnappa have a tough task at hand as they are pitted against fifth seed Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia.Also Read | Japan Open 2019: PV Sindhu’s campaign ends with quarter-final loss to Akane YamaguchiAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Thailand Open PV Sindhu hopes to end title wait in Thailand OpenOlympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu had crashed out of the Japan Open after a second successive defeat to Akane Yamaguchi.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Tentative contract agreement averts threatened strike by LCBO workers

Tentative contract agreement averts threatened strike by LCBO workers TORONTO – A tentative contract agreement has been reached averting a strike by LCBO workers that was set to begin at midnight.The agreement was signed shortly after the strike deadline passed, and was announced in a release from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.Union president Warren “Smokey” Thomas said details of the accord would not be released before union members have a chance to examine it over the next few days.A ratification vote has not yet been scheduled, but Thomas said the union’s bargaining team is unanimously recommending members accept the deal. From there, it would go to the LCBO board and the provincial government for ratification.The agreement was negotiated with the help of a mediator who imposed a media blackout on the talks.The 8,000 unionized LCBO workers have been without a contract since March 31, and voted 93 per cent in favour of a strike in April.The LCBO had extended store hours for its outlets the past couple of days to allow customers more time to stock up in case there was a job action. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 25, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2017 at 1:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

thyssenkrupp Barge Loader delivered to EGA bauxite project in Guinea

first_imgThe final major piece of equipment for Emirates Global Aluminium’s in-development bauxite mining project in the Republic of Guinea has arrived in the West African country, the company reports.The Barge Loader was shipped to Guinea from thyssenkrupp’s fabrication facility in India. It will be installed at the end of the project’s 1.5 km pier, where it will load bauxite ore into self-propelled barges for transport to waiting bulk cargo ships offshore, EGA said.The Barge Loader is the last in a series of massive pieces of equipment for the project to arrive in Guinea, which includes some of the largest ever installed in a mining project in Africa, according to EGA.Abdulla Kalban, EGA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, said: “All the major pieces of equipment for our Guinea project have now safely arrived, completing a series of challenging engineering and logistical feats. Construction overall is very well advanced and we look forward to its safe completion and the start of bauxite exports later this year.”The project is being developed by EGA’s subsidiary, Guinea Alumina Corp, and has a total budgeted project cost of around $1.4 billion. First bauxite exports are expected during the second half of 2019.Just last month, the company loaded the first batch of bauxite from the project.last_img read more