The boss of Dixons Carphone on Tuesday said he was banking on gaming to lure shoppers, setting up a High Street showdown with retail tycoon Mike Ashley. Chief executive Alex Baldock, who joined Dixons in April to implement a new strategy, has opened 17 “gaming arenas” within its shops, where customers compete against each other on in-store consoles, and plans to have 140 by next year. He added: “We’re pretty excited about this. Gaming makes stores a much more exciting destination. Shoppers can come in and get a feel of the tech.” The move could turn Dixons into a direct competitor to retailer Game Digital, in which Ashley owns a 25% stake. The Sports Direct tycoon paid £3.2 million last year for half of Game’s e-sports business Belong to set up similar gaming arenas in Sports Direct stores. Ashley has tabled a bid for beleaguered HMV, which fell into administration days after Christmas, fuelling speculation it could merge … [Read more...] about Dixons Carphone plots duel with Mike Ashley in big gaming hunt
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The longest serving FTSE 100 boss has been photographed with trophy kills, shot on hunting holidays in Africa despite sitting on the board of a big cat conservation charity. Mark Bristow, the chief executive of Randgold, a mining conglomerate, appears in promotional newsletters on the website of Hunters & Guides Africa, a South Africa-based professional hunting tour operator. The newsletters, ranging from 2005 to 2014, show him holding a rifle and posing with dead elephants, buffalo, zebra, hippo, lion and a leopard. Mr Bristow was last year appointed to the conservation council of Panthera, a global charity dedicated to the conservation of wild cats. The council, an advisory board to the... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about City boss on board of conservation charity pictured with slaughtered animals from African big game hunt
BIG game hunting is a controversial subject with many people condemning the practice. While common, it gained widespread publicity in 2015 after dentist Walter Palmer slaughtered Cecil the lion, who was part of a University of Oxford study. In which countries is big game hunting legal? Hunting is legal in many countries around the world, including Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australia. Most big game hunting takes place in Africa, with top destinations including including Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania. Website Diana Hunting, which offers hunting tours, says: “Big Game - is for many the very essence of hunting in Africa. “Big Game does not just mean big animals, but big challenges and experiences. “Generally speaking it is only in the areas where hunting outfitters operate that the increasing levels of poaching have been brought under control, which elsewhere have grown alarmingly, especially with regard to elephants, over recent years. … [Read more...] about In which countries is big game hunting legal and what dangerous wild animals do people hunt and how much do they pay?
AN American trophy hunter who sparked outrage by gunning down a rare black giraffe has claimed she was carrying out "conservation". Tess Thompson Talley was called "murdering scum" after she struck a celebratory pose beside the two-ton beast's corpse in South Africa. She has hit back and insisted the thousands paid by each foreign hunter helps African countries save wildlife. Tess told Fox News: "The giraffe I hunted was the South African sub-species of giraffe. "The number of this sub-species is actually increasing due, in part, to hunters and conservation efforts paid for in large part by big game hunting. “This is called conservation through game management.” She added: "The breed is not rare in any way other than it was very old. Giraffes get darker with age." Tess also hinted she has received threats since the pictures, taken in June 2017, emerged online this week. The images were shared on Twitter by an account called Africa Digest. It said: “White American … [Read more...] about US game hunter Tess Thompson Talley claims she was carrying out ‘conservation’ by shooting rare black giraffe in South Africa
AN American big game hunter has caused outrage for slaughtering a rare black giraffe during a South Africa hunting trip. Tess Thompson Talley posted photos of herself posing with the slain creature online about a year ago. But last month they were picked up by African news outlet Africa Digest, sparking a firestorm on social media. The photos show Talley, from Kentucky, standing proudly next to a dead giraffe bull. Her caption read: "“Prayers for my once in a lifetime dream hunt came true today! Spotted this rare black giraffe bull and stalked him for quite a while. I knew it was the one. "He was over 18 years old, 4000 lbs. and was blessed to be able to get 2000 lbs. of meat from him.” Hundreds of people have now responded to African Digest's tweet highlighting Talley's original post. One wrote: "A very sad example of a person who lives for the thrill of the moment, and who has a dreadful sense of entitlement to kill for her own pleasure. "There are no words to describe … [Read more...] about American game hunter sparks outrage after slaughtering a very rare black giraffe on South African hunt