Latest: Basel 0 Chelsea 0 – Blues more solid and Hazard is on

first_imgChelsea have lost Samuel Eto’o to what looked like a nasty injury and been forced to withstand spells of pressure in the Champions League clash in Switzerland, where a point would seal their place in the knockout phase.Keeper Petr Cech, making his 450th Chelsea appearance, had to be alert to punch Taulant Xhaka’s early free-kick clear and dealt with several other deliveries into the danger area in the first half.And Basel, who won at Stamford Bridge in these teams’ opening Group E match, would have gone ahead had John Obi Mikel not been on hand to clear off the line after a corner had dropped to Ivan Ivanov.The home side continued to press and Cech was called into action again, this time keeping out a shot from Mohammad Salah, who sent another effort wastefully wide.Chelsea then had to make a change when Eto’o was stretchered from the pitch with what appeared to be a groin injury and was replaced by the fit-again Fernando Torres.Eto’o was hurt while stretching for the ball 40 yards from goal and immediately crumpled to the ground in pain.Blues boss Jose Mourinho again left out Juan Mata, who was named among the substitutes along with Torres and Eden Hazard.With his team having looked much more solid in the opening stages of the second half, Mourinho replaced Oscar with Hazard on 55 minutes.Chelsea: Cech Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires; Oscar (Hazard 55), Willian, Eto’o (Torres 43).Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Mata, De Bruyne, Schurrle.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Oyo to enter Japanese market ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

first_imgOYO RoomsReutersThe latest unicorn in the Indian start-up segment, Oyo is all set to enter the Japanese hotel market. The startup is targeting a pie from Japan’s budget hotel share ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games, financial daily Mint has reported.Oyo has planned an aggressive global expansion plan as the company entered the Japanese market only within a year after launching its operations in China.In the early part of this month, Oyo had secured $800 million from Japan’s SoftBank Vision Fund including other investors. The fresh round of funding has taken the valuation of the company to around $4 billion.Oyo is expected to invest around $600 million out of $800 million to consolidate its position in China. Interestingly, its website already offers at least two properties in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The startup has also started its hiring spree in Japan.The Japanese experts are of the opinion that Oyo may have to face a bumpy ride in its Japanese operations as several local, as well as international companies, are entering into the hotel business which may lead to an oversupply of the hotels in the Japanese markets. The companies are seeing the Tokyo Olympics as an opportunity to grow their businesses.After performing handsomely in the Indian market, Oyo which is run by Oravel Stays Pvt LTD is eyeing global markets. In the last 12-18 months, the Gurugram based company has kicked off its operations in five countries which include India, China, Malaysia, the UK and Nepal.Recently it announced its operation in 26 Chinese cities including Hangzhou, Xian and Guangzhou and it has been employing more than 1,000 people in China.Oyo was founded in 2013 by Ritesh Agarwal and has been one of the breakout startups from the funding boom of 2015; the same year it managed to raise $100 million from Japanese Softbank. It aggressive plans were slowed down by poor service by hotels. Initially, starting as a marketplace, Oyo, today controls room inventory and is bullish on its new brand, Townhouse.last_img read more

Over 5K participate in awareness drive against Thalassemia

first_imgKolkata: Over 5,000 people took part in a signature campaign as a part of the awareness drive against Thalassemia on World Thalassemia Day. The campaign was organised by Medical Bank. The signatories included people from all walks of life. Leaflets were distributed as a part of the campaign. Workshops and seminars were held on Thalassemia to celebrate the World Thalassemia Day.There are 40,000 Thalassemia patients in Bengal while the number of carriers will be over one lakh. There is no treatment for the disease and awareness is very important. The state government has over and again requested young people to get their blood tested before marriage to control spread of the disease. It is a well-known fact that Amitabh Bachchan is a Thalassemia carrier, while his spouse Jaya is not a carrier. Hence, none of their children Abhishek and Sweta are suffering from the disease. D Ashis, secretary of Medical Bank, said awareness to check the spread of the disease is important as the disease is fast growing. Thalassemia patients need blood and in summer when there is a crisis of blood or if they have negative blood group the problem is doubled.On the occasion, CM Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Today is World Thalassaemia Day. My best wishes to all those fighting the disease: patients, doctors and caregivers.”last_img read more