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first_imgPV Sindhu begins Senior National Badminton Championships campaign with easy winPV Sindhu took time to get into the groove before claiming a 21-11 21-13 win over Malvika Bansod to clinch a quarter-final berth in Guwahati on Thursdayadvertisement Press Trust of India GuwahatiFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 12:16 IST Badminton Senior National Championships 2019: PV Sindhu has clinched the quarter-final berth with a comfortable win on Thursday (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu beat Malavika Bansod 21-11, 21-13 in the women’s singles Round of 16Top 8 players on the combined basis of world and domestic rankings were given direct entry into pre-quartersSindhu finished runner-up at the last year’s edition after losing to Saina Nehwal in the finalOlympic silver medallist P V Sindhu Thursday opened her campaign in the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championship with a straight game win over Nagpur’s Malvika Bansod to enter the women’s singles quarterfinals here.A former champion, Sindhu took time to get into the groove before claiming a 21-11 21-13 win over Malvika, who is a gold medallist at the South Asian U-21 Championship in Nepal and a runner-up at Khelo India Games.Like last year, the top eight players of the competition on the combined basis of world and domestic rankings were given direct entry into the singles pre-quarterfinals for which a Super Draw was held Wednesday night.Day 3 Match Updates:Olympic Silver Medalist, @Pvsindhu1 scaled through to the quarter-finals of Yonex Sunrise 83rd Senior Nationals, she defeated #MalvikaBansod 21-11;21-13 in the pre-quarters. #IndiaontheRIse #SeniorNationals2019 pic.twitter.com/sgy6f8kVrIBAI Media (@BAI_Media) February 14, 2019Malvika made a dream start, moving to a 4-0 lead. Soon Sindhu clawed her way back to level the scores with a push at the backcourt.Sindhu eventually grabbed an 11-7 advantage at the break. She continued to force the younger shuttler to commit errors.At 19-11, Sindhu unleashed a couple of smashes to seal the first game.In the second game, Sindhu was ahead 9-2 with Malvika committing unforced errors. The Hyderabadi went to the break with an 11-4 lead.Malvika played well in the rallies but lacked the finishing touch, committing unforced errors as Sindhu eventually wrapped up her pre-quarterfinal match in 35 minutes with a precise return at the forecourt.advertisementAlso Read | Lakshya Sen eyes top 30 ranking by year endAlso Read | All England Badminton Championships 2019: Sindhu, Saina, Srikanth handed tough drawsAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Sameer VermaFollow Saina NehwalFollow Badminton Senior National Championships 2019Follow badminton national championships Nextlast_img read more


by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 3, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta needs to strengthen program to deal with dormant oil wells: critics Pumpjacks pump crude oil near Halkirk, Alta., June 20, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal CALGARY – A program in Alberta to deal with thousands of dormant oil and gas wells that don’t meet safety and monitoring standards needs to be strengthened, critics say as falling crude prices could see their numbers swell.Energy operators have brought about 3,600 wells in line with regulations as part of a compliance program the province launched in April. The Alberta Energy Regulator’s goal for the 2015-16 fiscal year is just under 5,500 wells.While that shows that the organization is two-thirds of its way to meeting its goal, that still leaves more than 22,100 wells that aren’t complying with rules that govern fencing, and testing for leaks, among other measures, said Carrie Rosa, a spokeswoman for the regulator.Rosa said the program is meant to bring them into compliance over the next five years.But Barry Robinson, the national program director for regions at Ecojustice, said in the meantime those wells could still contaminate the environment.“In the worst-case scenario you can have a well that is venting something or leaking something and not being aware of it because you’ve never done the pressure testing that was required,” said Robinson.Jason Unger, staff counsel at the Environmental Law Centre, said the regulator should explain why operators were allowed to have so many wells not complying with regulations in the first place.A bigger problem is that the program doesn’t set deadlines for well closures, Unger added.He said unreclaimed wells continue to impact the land and could affect property values, while an increase in the number of inactive wells means an overhang of liabilities for companies that may not be able to pay reclamation costs.“It’s reliant on the operator to determine when to abandon them,” said Unger.Concerns over inactive wells comes as the number of orphaned wells has swelled from 162 in March to more than 700.Wells are orphaned when the company that owns them goes bankrupt or can’t be found. The wells then become the responsibility of the Orphaned Well Association, an industry-funded group that was set up to deal with them.Brad Herald, a director of the association, says low oil prices have contributed to an increase in orphaned wells.“We know that given the economic times, there’s probably more coming,” said Herald.Despite an increase in the number of orphaned wells, Herald doesn’t think Alberta needs to set timelines for reclaiming old wells.He said wells can be inactive for a variety of reasons, from waiting for the construction of a pipeline to holding on until prices recover.But Robinson says the province should consider firm timelines for well reclamation like many U.S. states have, because many wells in Alberta have been sitting idle for years.According to the Alberta Energy Regulator, of the roughly 77,000 inactive wells in the province, 18,000 haven’t been active for more than a decade.“If there’s some good reason why the well’s been inactive for five years and needs to be inactive longer, well then the company should have to justify that,” said Robinson.Last year, the Progressive Conservative government committed to reviewing well closure timelines.A spokeswoman for Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said in an email that the current NDP government will look at strengthening existing programs to address inactive and orphaned wells.Note to readers: This is a corrected story to one that moved on Monday, Aug. 3. A previous version had an incorrect spelling for the name of a spokeswoman with the Alberta Energy Regulator. read more