India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin expressed concerns about the air quality in Delhi, saying the condition in the city “is scary”.R Ashwin’s comments come on the eve of India’s T20I match against Bangladesh at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. On Friday, Delhi recorded its worst-ever air quality of the season and the pollution levels remained severe on Saturday morning.According to official data, the overall AQI in Delhi was 427 at 6.30 am. Pollution levels in the satellite towns of Ghaziabad (496), Greater Noida (496), and Noida (499) were much worse.”The quality of air in Delhi is really scary, the oxygen we breathe is the basic requisite for mankind on this planet. This indeed is emergency,” Ashwin wrote on Twitter.The quality of air in Delhi is really scary, the oxygen we breathe is the basic requisite for mankind on this planet. This indeed is emergency. #AirQualityIndex #pollutionAshwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) November 2, 2019Ashwin is not part of India’s T20I squad for the 3-match series, starting November 3 against Bangladesh. However, the India all-rounder was part of Deodhar Trophy action in Ranchi on Friday.Even as Supreme Court-mandated panel, Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) declared a public health emergency in Delhi-NCR, India and Bangladesh are gearing up to play the 1st T20I at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday.Meanwhile, The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has started watering, dust cleaning and other arrangements for Sunday’s match. It was reported that the SDMC had inspected the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium earlier to make arrangements to combat the dust and air pollution at the venue.advertisementRohit Sharma reportedly gave thumbs up for the 1st T20I to go as planned after BCCI president Sourav Ganguly called and inquired about the situation in Delhi.”The BCCI President checked with Rohit. The team is comfortable and the players are not facing any problem after a full-on training session on Friday. In fact, there is an optional training even on the eve of the match on Saturday. The skipper has given thumbs up to the BCCI chief,” news agency IANS quoted a BCCI source as saying.Bangladesh trained outdoors but were spotted wearing pollution masks during their training session for the 2nd successive day on Saturday.On the other hand, India players trained without masks on Friday evening. Batting coach Vikram Rathour brushed aside concerns surrounding the air pollution in Delhi, saying both the teams are preparing to play the match in the city.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly discusses Delhi situation with Rohit Sharma ahead of 1st T20I vs BangladeshAlso Read | Unlike Bangladesh, India cricketers train without pollution maks ahead of Delhi T20IAlso See:
[np_storybar title=”Best Buy to close 15 stores in Canada; lay off 900 workers” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/31/best-buy-to-close-15-stores-in-canada-lay-off-900-workers/”%5DFacing pressure from online electronics retailers such as Amazon and Apple, Best Buy Canada will close 15 of its big box stores before opening smaller outlets. Click here for a full list of closures[/np_storybar]The Source electronics chain will open 20 new stores this year, expecting its small-store strategy with popular products, including cellphones, to attract consumers.More than half of the new stores will open in Western Canada, The Source president Charles Brown said Friday.“In spite of the cautious economic forecast, we continue to see strong consumer spending in key categories, things like headphones and mobility and home entertainment,” Brown said from Toronto.“The beauty of our model with the small store is you can go into a fairly small market and have that store be profitable. You don’t need a massive market for a 2,000-square-foot store,” he said.Telecom giant BCE Inc. bought The Source in July 2009 to complement its Bell wireless products and services.Associated Press “That’s starting to be a growing part of our business,” Brown said.The announcement comes a day after major retailers Best Buy Canada and Sears Canada announced layoffs totalling some 1,600, a move analysts blamed on the popularity of online shopping and the shrinking demand for super-sized brick-and-mortar stores.“We’re really accessible — 70% of Canadians live within five kilometres of a Source store. So we’re in your neighbourhood. That fits the trend of where things are going today,” Brown said.The company already has 700 small-box locations across Canada, and says about 6% of its business comes from online sales.It also plans on renovating 50 stores, in addition to the new stores which will expand the 67 stores it opened last year, Brown said.He said almost 900 full-time and part-time jobs will be created for the 67 stores opened last year and the 20 stores to open this year.Retail analyst Len Kubas of KubasPrimedia Consultants said The Source isn’t in direct competition with Best Buy or Sears.“Most people who go to The Source are probably going to need a sales person to help (them) with what they want,” Kubas said from Toronto.“You go for a little extra service, you go for personal attention which you may not get to the same degree in a big box store.”Many of the stores doing business as The Source are former Radio Shack stores.The name was changed after U.S.-based Circuit City acquired the Canadian operations.Circuit City later declared bankruptcy and closed all its U.S. locations but the Canadian business survived when it was acquired by BCE Inc.