News / ONE Q1 profit soars 3,000% on 2019, thanks to cheaper fuel and higher rates

first_img© Sheila Fitzgerald By Mike Wackett 03/08/2020 Japanese carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE) has kicked off the quarterly financial results reporting season with a $167m net profit for April-June.Despite seeing liftings slump by about 20% on its Q1 of last year, to 2.67m teu, the merged carrier’s revenue declined by just 4.8% to $2.74bn, as freight rates spiked in response to tight capacity on the major east-west tradelanes.Additionally boosted by a 20% fall in the price of bunkers, to $348 per ton, and surcharges levied on shippers for low-sulphur fuel, ONE’s profit for the quarter soared by more than 3,000% over the $5m for the same quarter of 2019.As suggested by OOCL’s operating performance update last week, the aggressive blanking strategies of the major container lines to mitigate the demand reduction impact of Covid 19 during the quarter has vastly improved the prospects of carrier profitability.center_img “Liftings largely decreased due to the impact of Covid-19,” said ONE, but added that its improved profitability was attributed to a “relatively stable short-term market,” cost reductions due to a reduction in its fleet, extra blanked sailings, a “sharp bunker price drop”, reductions in overheads for agency fees and lower IT system costs.From April, the carrier suspended publication of its monthly liftings statistics for Asia-Europe and the transpacific, but has included the quarterly data in its results. For headhaul routes, vessel utilisation was an impressive 96% for both trades. This compares favourably with an average load factor for its previous full-year of 93% for Europe and 91% for North America.Moreover, backhaul vessel utilisation levels were also higher, at 51%, compared with last year’s 44% from North America, and 75% against 67% from Europe.ONE’s average rate per teu for the quarter came in at $1,023 per teu compared with OOCL’s average of $917 per teu.The carrier said “demand is gradually coming back” in the current quarter to approximately 10% less than last year. But it said the impact of the pandemic on trade was “ongoing” and that the “uncertain situation continues”.“Forecasting FY2020 performance reasonably is still difficult, and therefore full-year forecasts are not yet fixed,” said the carrier.ONE’s action plans include “a focus on operational excellence by closer collaboration with terminal operators, improvements in vessel stowage planning along with empty repositioning optimisation”.MOL holds a 30% shareholding in ONE, while compatriot shipping groups NYK and K Line have 40% and 30% ,respectively.Commenting on the container division result in its own accounts MOL said that it was anticipating “a deterioration of profit on the assumption that cargo movement will slow down after autumn”.ONE is the sixth-largest container line with a fleet of 194 ships, with a capacity of 1,546,755 teu, and does not have any ships on order.last_img read more

Law Society warns LSB over ‘micro-management’

first_imgThe Legal Services Board must resist the urge to ‘micro-manage’ aspects of legal regulation, and should reduce its budget rather than extending its role to become an ‘economic regulator’, the Law Society has warned. Responding to the LSB’s draft business plan, Chancery Lane also cautioned that the overarching regulator’s £900,000 budget (over three years) for externally funded research risked ‘duplicating’ work already being done by frontline regulators such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The Society said: ‘The LSB’s interpretation of the regulatory context seems to be shifting towards placing increasing emphasis on considering the skills, distribution and makeup of the legal sector. It is doubtful whether this is the proper business of the LSB. ‘The LSB was not designed to be an economic regulator, like those governing the utilities; it has a more limited role. ‘It is important that the LSB does not divert resources into research relating to economic regulation, rather than reducing its budget.’ Chancery Lane noted that the LSB planned to maintain its 2011/12 budget at £4.9m. It suggested that the regulator should instead be looking to reduce its budget, around 80% of which is likely to be paid by solicitors. Chancery Lane also voiced concern over the LSB’s plans in relation to education and training in the profession. It said: ‘The LSB says that it will assess how education and training requirements can be used as a regulatory tool to ensure proper standards of professional and ethical competence across the legal workforce. ‘We understand that the LSB, as an oversight regulator, would want to know how frontline regulators are achieving this aim… [but it] must resist the urge to micro-manage the process.’ The Society did, however, acknowledge that the LSB had ‘quickly grasped the legal landscape’ and operated in a ‘professional and consultative manner’. An LSB spokesman said it would discuss responses to its draft business plan at its board meeting next week.last_img read more

The future belongs to the clickizens

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

ISH Studbook Showjumping Series 2014

first_img 26 April 2015, 23:47 Kelly and Drumiller Lough (ISH) win Chantilly Grand Prix 2 February 2015, 01:07 Irish riders take three top five places in Florida 25 April 2015, 13:49 Kenny scores first Irish victory at five-star Antwerp ISH Studbook Showjumping Series 2014 Related news stories 8 January 2014, 12:00 Home  »  Breeding News  »  ISH Studbook Showjumping Series 2014 center_img Applications are now being sought from venues to run legs of the 2014 Irish Sport Horse Studbook ShowjumpingSeries.Application forms and associated conditions can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. Venues should notethat for 2014, it is intended to run the Series between March and July.The closing date for receipt of applications will be 5pm on Friday 17th January 2014. For further information pleasecontact Sophie D’Alton (Email: [email protected], Tel: 045 854514).ISH Studbook Showjumping Series 2014 venue application form 29 March 2015, 21:22 Lennon and Lou Lou take victory in Portuguese Grand Prix 27 June 2015, 18:57 Ryan Takes Speed Trophy at Canteleu 15 March 2015, 19:32 Lennon shares Grand Prix win at Spanish Sunshine Tour Tags: ISH, ISH Studbook Showjumping Series last_img read more

South African web use surges

first_img21 June 2007South African internet usage is surging, a new report by internet media and market research company Nielsen/NetRatings finds, with the potential for even bigger growth in the online African language market.Released last week, the report – “South Africa’s Exploding Internet” – states that the number of South African internet browsers increased by 121% in the last two years, from 1.8-million in May 2005 to 3.8-million in May 2007.Over the same period, the number of South African web page “views” grew by 129%, from 91-million to 207-million.Affordable internet connectivity has been boosted recently, with state-owned telecoms company Telkom offering ADSL and broadband, cellular operators like Vodacom and MTN offering 3G and HSDPA access, and other companies like Sentech and iBurst offering wireless broadband.South Africa’s second fixed-line network operator, Neotel, is expected to offer similar services once it becomes fully operational.“In terms of the number of people using the internet, the most developed markets in the Northern Hemisphere have seen a plateauing of growth over the last year or so,” says Nielsen/NetRatings analyst Alex Burmaster.“In contrast, South Africa has seen phenomenal expansion – growing by around 50% in each of the last two years.“This type of growth is, of course, something we have seen across all markets as the internet has taken hold and moves away from being a niche activity to a very mainstream form of media and an integral part of life.”African language potentialThe majority of South Africa’s internet population speaks English, and the vast majority of South African online content is English.However, while the South African internet is experiencing huge growth in this area, Burmaster believes the opportunity for future “hyper-audience” growth lies in targeting African language speakers.English is generally understood across South Africa, being the language of business, politics and the media, and the country’s lingua franca. But it only ranks joint fifth out of 11 as a home language.According to the 2001 census, isiZulu is the mother tongue of 23.8% of South Africa’s population, followed by isiXhosa at 17.6%, Afrikaans at 13.3%, Sepedi at 9.4%, and English and Setswana each at 8.2%.Nielsen/NetRatings’ research report made the following findings on the demographics of South African internet surfers:SA’s internet population is split 54% male (2.15-million people), 45% female (1.79-million people).At 1.42-million people, South Africa’s 25- to 34-year-olds are the most dominant age group, accounting for 36% of the country’s online population – closely followed by 35- to 49-year-olds (1.37 -million: 35%).English is the dominant language – being the home language of around 2.10-million online South Africans (52% of SA’s internet population). Afrikaans follows at 1.11-million (28% of SA’s internet population).Burmaster says South Africa’s internet population is more concentrated around 25- to 49-year-olds than is the case in other English-speaking internet countries.“In South Africa this group makes up around 70% of the internet population, compared to less than 50% in the UK, around 45% in Australia and 40% in the US,” he said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa’s reputation improving

first_img22 September 2011 South Africa’s reputation among people of the G8 countries has shown a steady improvement since 2009, the Reputation Institute said on Wednesday, with recent gains in beating crime boding well for further improvement still. The global reputation consulting firm said South Africa’s reputation had shown a steady year-on-year improvement since 2009, from a score of 44.27 in January 2009, to 44.60 in January 2010, and 46.70 in January 2011 (on a score scale of 0-100). South Africa’s reputation score spiked at 49.11 in August 2010, after the Fifa World Cup held at venues around the country. The G8 comprises the world’s eight most industrialised nations: Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Russia, the UK and the US. The institute said the top driver of South Africa’s reputation among people of the G8 countries in 2011 was whether people were welcoming and friendly. The perception of whether the country was a safe place was the second most important of the 16 drivers measured in 2011. South Africa achieved a “weak” score of 57.84 in the top driver, and its score as a safe place was considered poor at 37.32. Perceptions of the government’s effectiveness achieved a “weak” 41.6. The country scored the highest for physical beauty (72.19) and enjoyment (71.21), but these were only the fifth and seventh most important drivers of South Africa’s reputation. “This indicates that we can improve our reputation by working hard on safety and effective government,” the institute’s managing director in South Africa, Dominik Heil, said. “Recent gains that have been announced in safety and security are therefore really important and bode well for us in building a stronger reputation.” Out of the 50 countries measured in 2011, South Africa continued to be associated with mid-scale reputation countries such as Puerto Rico, South Korea, Mexico, Turkey and Egypt, and this year was ranked 33rd overall in the world. Several new countries were included in the 2011 survey, including Egypt and Nigeria. The survey ranked Egypt at 37th position. Nigeria was 47th, ahead only of Pakistan, Iran and Iraq. Canada was the best-regarded country in the world in 2011, while Sweden, Australia, Switzerland and New Zealand were in the next four. Norway, Denmark, Finland, Austria and Netherlands made up the rest of the top 10 countries in the world. Sapalast_img read more

#SHRMTALENT – IS THIS A RECRUITING CONFERENCE?

first_imgOriginally posted on The Tim Sackett Project. I’ve been pretty outspoken throughout the years about the lack of great Talent Acquisition conferences on the national stage.  There are some great local and regional recruiting conferences, like Recruit DC, Talent 42, Minnesota Recruiters and, of course, the Michigan Recruiters Conference.I really love the folks at SourceCon, and they do a great job, but for many corporate talent acquisition pros, SourceCon can get really way too far into the weeds, and most will feel intimidated by what’s being discussed. ERE continues to trip over themselves and hasn’t never fully turned itself into that national TA conference.This is my first time to SHRM Talent and I have to say SHRM is well positioned to create something really big for corporate Talent Acquisition leaders and pros!Much of the content was on the same par you would find at any of the top recruiting conferences around the world. Of course, I’m doing a couple of sessions and people were highly engaged, asking great questions. Some of the others here include:Johnny Campbell from Social Talent who had another super engaged session!Chris Hoyt, the Recruiter Guy, sharing great information on Candidate Experience!Dee Ann Turner, head of talent for Chick fil a, one of my favs, and say what you want about them, they hire super nice and friendly people, consistently, at every location I’ve ever been in.Great Keynotes by Jim Knight and Kat Cole – again solid, solid, speakers and talent pros.Chloe Rada, Recruitment marketing at Sodexo, talking employer branding.And just a ton more talent practitioners sharing really solid information.These are people you would expect to see at the top TA conferences in the world, challenging people with some really innovative ideas and best practices.Of course, in a large national conference, you need content at all levels, so all of it won’t be for everyone. I’ve come to grips with that. I sat in a session and found myself wondering ‘how the heck did this person ever get picked to come to a TA conference?’ When you have 50 plus speakers, not everyone is going to be for every attendee.But, for the most part, I’m thoroughly impressed with what SHRM put on, and you all know I don’t normally say that! There were around 1400 attendees at SHRM Talent, and I really thing SHRM can position themselves as the premier TA conference in the world, just as they’ve positioned SHRM National as the premier HR conference in the world.What are the next steps for SHRM Talent, in my opinion?They need a technology track – TA corporate pros are hungry to learn more about what technology can do for them.They need a few more hardcore recruiting, sourcing speakers.  Some folks who will get into the weeds for those who desire that.I would love SHRM play around with session times. An hour and 15 minutes is your parents conference presentation. Most attendees, now, would prefer TEDx style presentations. This becomes a logistical issue, but I think if you move speakers and not attendees, they could test some of these things. No one wants to sit for 75 minutes and hear speakers drone on.I’m leaving Orlando encouraged about SHRM and the direction of SHRM Talent. Corporate Talent Acquisition is in desperate need of a great conference and SHRM might actually be able to fill this need for the future!last_img read more

European Migration Crisis Costs Eclipse $1 Billion in Supply Chain Disruption

first_imgA recent study reveals that essential shipments of retail goods and medical supplies are being delayed and destroyed as a result of the European migration crisis, with the consequential supply chain disruption costing a collective $1 billion to the economy in the United Kingdom in the last year alone.The latest BSI (British Standards Institution) Supply Chain Security Risk Index shows that in September Europe saw the highest number of border closures in the last twenty years. With the number of families and individuals displaced by war across Africa and the Middle East growing by 50% over the past year, BSI warns that costs to international shippers will continue to rise.The report highlights that closures at Calais add an estimated $1.2M each day to the cost of those transporting retail goods to the UK with delays of nine hours or longer, while border closures in Southern Germany, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary have hit retailers and shipping firms hard. This type of supply chain disruption increases risks of theft, spoilage, product damage, and other losses. Food and pharmaceutical shipments are worst affected, underscored by a recent incident in which an entire shipment of medical supplies worth $3.9 million having to be destroyed after stowaways broke into the container.- Sponsor – Calais is a town and major ferry port in northern France. Since the middle ages it has been a very important center for transport and trading with England. The migrants, who are living in camps known as “the Jungle” on the edge of Calais, attempt to stow away on trucks headed for Eurotunnel, or jump or cut security fences to try to hide on Eurotunnel trains themselves. They also try to board trucks bound for cross-Channel ferries. Extra security, including fencing, paid for by the UK, has been put in place.Attempts by migrants to cross the Channel from France into England have resulted in a logistical crisis, causing delays in transportation, rising security concerns and supply chain disruption. In one recent incursion, 100 migrants broke through a fence and entered the Eurotunnel terminal, with some making it into the tunnel itself. More than a dozen migrants have lost their lives trying to reach the UK since late June.Jim Yarbrough, a global intelligence program manager of supply chain solutions at BSI, commented: “More so than any other economic bloc, Europe relies upon free trade. Every shipment delayed, contaminated or destroyed, raises the cost to the end consumer. For exports, this hurts competitiveness, undermines productivity and risks jobs; for imports, it raises the cost of living for each and every citizen.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

I am satisfied with the type of game I am playing: Prakash Padukone

first_imgPadukone: ‘I don’t lack the killer instinct’Few players have had such an abrupt fall from the pinnacle of fame as 26-year-old Prakash Ramesh Padukone, India’s stellar badminton player. Fewer still have ever risen from the ashes of defeat and climbed again to the dizzy heights as Padukone has.After completing a,Padukone: ‘I don’t lack the killer instinct’Few players have had such an abrupt fall from the pinnacle of fame as 26-year-old Prakash Ramesh Padukone, India’s stellar badminton player. Fewer still have ever risen from the ashes of defeat and climbed again to the dizzy heights as Padukone has.After completing a unique grand slam last year by winning the Danish open, the Swedish open and the prestigious All-England title, Padukone had crowned himself the indisputable king of badminton. But that glory was short-lived. Soon after, he lost in all the major tournaments, including the Indian National crown which he had held for an unprecedented nine consecutive years. And just when Padukone was being written off as a “has been”, he staged a spectacular come-back last month when he convincingly beat China’s number one, Han Juan, at the inaugural World Cup prize money tournament m Kuala Lumpur. The champion had returned.Padukone’s entry into the exclusive ranks of the world’s top badminton players came rather late when he was 24 years old in the 1979-80 season. His finest hour, so far, was probably that spring day in March 1980, when he became the first Indian to win the All-England title after defeating the redoubtable Liem Swie King of Indonesia. But the pressure of being the World’s top player began to tell on the champion. He lost out to an unseeded Indonesian in the second World Championship held at Jakarta. Said a despondent Padukone: “Unlike Mohammed Ali, I am not the greatest and defeat is part of the game.” But like Ali, he has staged a comeback from the wilderness of defeat.advertisement’What people see in the end is who won or who lost…. I try to be asfair as possible but if I find that my opponent is trying to cheat then I would also change.’A more confident but still shy Padukone spoke to India Today’s Raj Chengappa in Bangalore last fortnight just before his departure to Pune for the Indian Masters tournament. Excerpts:Q. In the past one year your performance has been erratic. After your fantastic grand slam you were beaten in most of the major tournaments till you made a come-back in the World Championship at Kuala Lumpur last month. What were the factors that led to your initial downfall and how were you able to overcome these to reach the top again ?A. Immediately after the All-England Championship (March, 1980) I had my own problems. It’s quite natural for a player because once you reach the peak then I think there will be a slight downfall. That was the reason I was not playing so well after the All-England. Then after about six months I moved over to Denmark. That was another big change for me. I had my own problems when I went there because the climate, the people, the food and the training methods were entirely different. So it took me quite some time to settle down. I am now satisfied of my performance.Q. What were the problems you encountered after winning the 1980 All-England?A. Maybe it was the pressure of being a champion. It is much easier when you haven’t won a major championship to win a tournament. But to continue as a champion, I would say, is two to three times more difficult than becoming a champion. So I had more of mental tension. I was not feeling confident. Mentally I was very upset and I just couldn’t concentrate on the game. You know, concentration is very important in this field. But I was hardly concentrating. I was thinking of something else while playing and somehow I could not get involved in the game. This was one of my biggest problems.Q. How did you overcome it? A. Once I got used to the local conditions (in Denmark) I started playing better. I met my coach, Svend Carlsen, and he was very helpful. After the nationals (which I lost to Syed Modi) I had a discussion with him. His approach to training was very scientific and I was impressed. I strictly followed his schedule and I got back on top.Q. What were your main weaknesses at that time ?A. Well, I had to improve my physical fitness, sharpen my strokes, improve my smashes and get back to my original form. Be fitter, faster and try to concentrate on the game.Q. Experts feel that you have the talent to be the world’s best but you are unable to deliver the coup de grace. Do you think this observation is right?A. Well, it’s not for me to say. I play for my own satisfaction. I always try to do my best. And if I am satisfied, that is all that matters. I don’t think I lack the killer instinct.advertisementQ. What do you think of the current styles in international badminton ? Do you conform to it?A. The present emphasis is mostly on speed and power. But mine is a combination of speed and power, along with the basic strokes. I am more of a stroke player. I depend on strokes but not entirely on strokes. Added to the strokes I have a little bit of power. It may not be as powerful a smash as the Indonesians and Chinese have; but I have a reasonably good smash. Also I have a certain amount of speed. That’s my type of game and I have no intentions of switching over completely.Q. What is your assessment of some of the top international players like the Chinese, the Indonesians, and the Danes ?A. The Chinese play an aggressive type of game like the Indonesians. The Danes don’t jump and smash like the Indonesians; they don’t have as much power as the Indonesians. I think with China’s entry in international badminton the standard of badminton has gone up tremendously. China is powerful as far as badminton is concerned. If one has to win a tournament now it is far more difficult. I think it’s good in a way because the general standard has gone up, the spectators can see better players and now no one nation can dictate terms to the rest of the world as the Indonesians did at one time.Q. When compared with the other international players, are you happy with your style ?A. I am satisfied with the type of game I am playing: strokes with power and speed. It’s all wishful thinking when somebody says that if I had a smash like Liem Swie King I would have been unbeatable in the world. That’s very easy to say. The same way if King had my strokes then nobody would have touched him. So one has to be satisfied with what one has got. You can’t have everything: the speed, the stroke, exact length and power. You’ve got to base your game either on this or that. It is very difficult to be a perfect player. To be on top you have to choose. I don’t think you can be both very aggressive and at the same time very positive. I have chosen a combination of both.Q. How is it that you are able to remain so cool when you play? You have been compared to Bjorn Borg in this respect.A. Well, it’s inborn. I haven’t been like this right from the beginning. Losing and winning does affect me. I think all players would like to win; the difference is some show it outwardly and some don’t. I am one of those persons who hide it. When I lose I may be smiling outside but inside I feel it. I don’t show it on the outside. That’s my way of doing things.advertisementQ. You are considered an outstanding sportsman while playing but last year you remarked that once you reach the top it’s not important if you play fair and square. Why?A. Well, it depends on the opponent. Because one or two bad decisions can turn the entire result of a match. What people see in the end is who won or who lost. They never would say he lost because of a bad decision. I try to be as fair as possible but if I find that my opponent is trying to cheat then I would also change. I won’t cheat but I will not be fair to him. If the opponent is not a gentleman then in my opinion one should not behave like a gentleman to him. It was different before when there was not so much prestige but now every result counts because each tournament is important for ranking, seeding and could get you good contracts – now one has to look at it from a very wide angle. It’s not just getting called an outstanding sportsman that matters. I would still like to be one but in a different way depending on how things go.Q. You became the world champion when you were 25 years old unlike Hartono, your idol, who came to the top when he was 18. Why was your entry to the top so late? Is it affecting your game ?A. It all depends. You can’t compare my standard to Hartono’s. We are from two different nations. Probably if I was in Indonesia I could have become a champion earlier. Maybe or maybe not. I am not sure. But there would have been chances because badminton has been an established game in Indonesia for the last 30 years. It has been their national game. They have the facilities and they have been producing world champions right from the beginning. They had the basic set-up whereas I had to work on my own. There were not enough facilities in India when I started playing. Nor did we get the opportunities to go out and play in tournaments. For example, in 1973 when I was 18 years old I was sent for the All-England and then for the next three years I was not sent again because of financial or political reasons. You know 19,20 and 21 are the most crucial years of any badminton player and I could not play in the All-England! I was sent only in 1977. But I am satisfied with what I have achieved. There is no point in repenting over the past. Better late than never.Q. You are getting married next month. Do you think it would affect your game ?A. No.Q. Why do you say so? Don’t you think marriage may slow you down?A. In what way? Why do you say so? You tell me the reason, then I will clarify.Q. You may get involved in your family life and probably get domesticated.A. Well, I might. I think it’s entirely up to the individual. Of course I may not be able to devote so much time to the game. But because I am a licensed player my time is my own. I can always adjust my training in such a way that I can devote a certain amount of time for home.Q. How many years more have you given yourself far badminton ?A. Maybe another three. I haven’t decided what to do after that.Q. Why has no other Indian player reached the heights you have climbed? Is it because of lack of initiative or do they have too many problems ?A. I think comparatively now youngsters are getting a lot more opportunities for playing in tournaments than what we had 10 years ago. But of course I don’t say there are no problems. Finance is one of the biggest problems not only in badminton but in all the sports in India, especially to send players abroad. Another problem is that the game is becoming more expensive. We don’t have many good halls when compared to either Denmark or Indonesia where every street corner has a badminton hall. Therefore the number of players which you can choose from is less. Equipment is another headache. Indian rackets and shuttles are not up to international standards and we have to do something about it. But badminton is getting to be more popular now. People have come to recognise badminton as a sport. I am sure in the next few years we will have the basic facilities and the situation would improve.Q. After Padukone who? This is the question raised quite often these days.A. Syed Modi will be our brightest prospect.Q. What are the main weaknesses of Indian players? How can they improve?A. Basically, I think they have to improve their physical fitness and also the power of their game. We have got to have power. It’s not enough to have strokes Because if you have good strokes you have good control and create openings. But to finish a rally you have to have a good smash. It may not be a smash like Liem Swie King has but a reasonably good smash to take advantage of the opening which you have created. Otherwise, you again play a drop then the rally continues and you get tired. You don’t have the finish. These are the two things they should concentrate on. As far as strokes are concerned nobody can beat us. But we need speed and fitness.Q. What is the key factor that makes or breaks a champion ?A. One has got to have the self-confidence that you can be a good player and be a world champion. If you don’t have the self-confidence then no amount of training and practice would help. As the standard is high and everybody wants to win you have to keep on trying. Because, naturally, you can’t win the first time. You keep trying without getting dejected because of one or two losses. That is important, too.Q. Wasn’t it lack of confidence that made you lose your crown last year?A. If I was not self-confident I wouldn’t have become a champion in the first place. Once you win a tournament that is something different. You become more tense and there is more pressure. This is different from the pressure when you try to reach the top.Q. Do you think you have reached your peak now? Will there be a decline again?A. Better to wait and see. Nobody can predict what will happen. I am not an astrologer.last_img read more

See Pics: This is what Katrina Kaif looks like on Day 1 of Cannes 2015

first_imgKatrina Kaif, who is making her debut at the Cannes International Film Festival this year, has begun sharing her experience with her fans. The actress’ maiden visit to the fest has largely been under the media scanner, what with the paparazzi tracking her every single move ever since the news that she’d be at Cannes was out.This is Katrina Kaif’s maiden visit to the Cannes International Film FestivalKaif’s debut on social networking site Twitter, too, happened because of her Cannes visit, as was evident from her Twitter handle: It’s called @KatrinaAtCannes. Now, the actress has shared her look from her first day at the Festival de Cannes.Day one! #MediaInterviews #Cannes2015 pic.twitter.com/2mtKmMvUm4 Katrina At Cannes (@KatrinaAtCannes) May 13, 2015Media interviews at #Martinez #Cannes2015 pic.twitter.com/jruX94c6Ob Katrina At Cannes (@KatrinaAtCannes) May 13, 2015Sporting a black and white outfit, Kaif looked quite the diva on Day 1 of the fest. In addition to Katrina, the other Bollywood actresses glamming up the French Riviera this year are Cannes regulars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Mallika Sherawat, and actress Richa Chadda.last_img read more