Press Trust of India LeuvenSeptember 15, 2019UPDATED: September 15, 2019 00:10 IST Lakshya Sen (@BAI_Media Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLakshya Sen defeated Victor Svendsen of Denmark in straight sets to clinch titleLakshya won the summit clash 21-14 21-15 in 34 minutesThe semifinal clash was a close affair initially but the Indian displayed a great showRising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen stunned second seed Victor Svendsen of Denmark in straight games to clinch the men’s singles title at the Belgian International Challenge here on Saturday.Lakshya was at his best as he notched up a comfortable 21-14 21-15 win over Svendsen in the title clash that lasted for 34 minutes.The 18-year-old from Almora had earlier beaten Denmark’s Kim Bruun 21-18 21-11 win in a 48-minute semifinal clash on Friday night.The semifinal clash was a close affair initially with Lakshya and Bruun exchanging leads frequently before the Danish shuttler jumped to a 11-9 advantage at the break.However, Lakshya erased the deficit after the interval and build on a slender 13-12 lead to slowly move ahead and eventually pocketed the opening game comfortably.Lakshya came out with all cylinders blazing in the second game to jump to a 6-2 lead early on and then reeled off five straight points to grab a 11-3 lead at the breather.The Indian produced another burst of five straight points to create a huge gap which Bruun failed to bridge.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 byAnita Jat Lakshya Sen wins Belgian International badminton titleLakshya Sen was at his best as he notched up a comfortable 21-14 21-15 win over Victor Svendsen of Denmark in the title clash that lasted for 34 minutes.advertisement Next
zoom Danish shipping giant Maersk has agreed to ensure that any vessel it charters has an International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) or similar agreement – which puts in place protections for crews on flag of convenience ships – covering it, according to the ITF.The company announced the decision at a meeting of the ITF Maersk network, made up of seafarers’ and dockers’ unions with members based on vessels or in ports operated directly or indirectly by the Maersk Group, in Copenhagen, Denmark.The company already has collective bargaining agreements covering its directly-owned fleet. “This is welcome news,” ITF maritime coordinator Jacqueline Smith said. “It shows that Maersk Group is reaching for high standards and behaving in a responsible and praiseworthy manner.”“This closes a circle that has been kept open by, in some cases, vessel providers who have told Maersk they have agreements on board when we know they haven’t.”Smith added that millions of the transport workers represented by the ITF’s unions work for Maersk directly or via subsidiary companies and “we are committed to making sure they have decent terms and conditions.”“As a key industry player we think Maersk wants that too, which is why good faith open dialogue is the only thing that makes sense moving forward,” she pointed out.Maersk Group’s vessels (owned or chartered) total in around 500 ships.On several occasions, the ITF voiced its concerns for crews working on FOC ships that lack an ITF agreement as workers are ever more frequently left without pay and even basic provisions such as food and water. One of the worst instances of bad FOC practices is linked to a coronary hearing in Australia into the deaths of two crew members on board the so called “death ship”, the notorious Sage Sagittarius bulk carrier, as the crew members had died under suspicious circumstances.