Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement made before the 2014 Lok Sabha poll in Varanasi that he had come there on the invitation of (river) Ganga mata, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said “Ganga maiya” now has been asking where was her son.Mr Kumar also said the condition of the river had become so deplorable that “he gets emotional over it.”“When I visited Varanasi recently people there were saying river Ganga has been asking for her son who earlier had declared that he had come there only on the invitation of Ganga mata…why he (PM Modi) has stopped saying so…the condition of river Ganga has become so deplorable that I get emotional seeing it,” the Chief Minister said while addressing an international conference on “Incessant Ganga” here.“Close Farraka”Mr Kumar said he had demanded the closure of the Farakka barrage in West Bengal “as it has been the root cause of siltation causing floods every year in Bihar.”“Several river experts have expressed a similar opinion but nothing has been done yet,” he said.“It is because of the Farakka barrage that Bihar gets flooded every year…there is a danger to Bihar due to the barrage,” Magsaysay award winner and water conservationist Rajendra Singh said.He said the Central government project of Namami Gange has been benefiting only contractors.Another river expert and economist, Bharat Jhunjhunwala, said the Central government raises the issue of cows but not of Ganga.Problem of silt depositBihar Water Resources Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh said the conference would discuss in detail the problem of siltation in the river bed.The experts and delegates would look into all aspects of human intervention, including the proposed construction of barrage for inland waterways, which have resulted in the deterioration of the Ganga, an official of the state Water Resource Department said.
Wary of an Indian backlash after their humiliating loss in the series opener, South African batting coach Duncan Fletcher on Friday asked his players to hit visiting team “hard” from ball one in tomorrow’s second cricket one-dayer here.South Africa had crushed India by a huge margin of 135 runs in the first one-dayer at Durban on Wednesday.But going by India’s performance in the tour so far, South Africa cannot afford to relax as Mahendra Singh Dhoni and company have made a strong comeback in the three-match Test series, drawing it after losing the first Test by an innings.”Just got to be very wary that this happened in the Test series. But I don’t think it will. There seems to be a very good attitude amongst this one-day squad. They seem to have learnt their lesson. It’s just important that they go in there and hit India hard from ball one again,” Fletcher told media on the eve of the second ODI of the five-match series.”And make sure they don’t get complacent. India are quite an experienced side. Although they’ve got young players, if but they are pretty experienced. You got to be wary this fact.They know how to play out of these situations. South Africa have to be careful,” added the former England coach.Fletcher, however, is not happy with the home team’s handling of the Power-plays.”I’ve always believed they haven’t really believed when they have taken it. If sides or captains want, there are a lot of possibilities on how to take them.advertisement”It’s just been a misinterpretation as how you play within the Power Play. Sometimes you’ve got to look at it as there are other advantages of taking it at a certain time,” he said.Talking about the changing face of the game in the wake of Twenty20 cricket, Fletcher said: “It (T20) had an influence right through cricket. The players are going to be more attacking, but 50 overs is a lot of cricket.”If sides think they can go out there and adopt a Twenty20 attitude from ball one, sure on a given day they might be successful, but not over a period of time. They got to be very wary that in 50 overs there will be periods when you have to be more patient.” .Fletcher also said that international teams should have the ability to adjust to different conditions and playing surfaces and was satisfied with the Proteas team on this front.”I believe South Africa matches everyone as far as one-day cricket is concerned. They haven’t been fooled by the wicket they bowled on. They won’t bowl on that wicket very often, but when they get on it they play very very well.”When they go to India the wickets may be a bit slower and a bit flatter, but they just have to get used to it. They have to adapt a bit quicker. Bowlers at the international level have got to do that. They’ve got the skill and the ability to do that,” he said.Fletcher made no bones about the fact that South Africa was missing Jacques Kallis but said the upcoming all-rounders are really bright.”Obviously they’re going to have a problem with the all-rounder. South Africa always had plenty of all-rounders which has given them depth. They’ve got into the area that without Jacques Kallis they might need a bit of depth but the backup batters are good enough. All it needs a little bit more experience I guess,” he said without taking any names.
Advertisement AdvertisementWest Ham’s Felipe Anderson opened the sheets for West Ham with a goal at the 5th-minute mark. Photo Credits: ReutersMore tragedy ensues for Manchester United and its fans as West Ham sealed a 3-1 victory over a woeful United side at the London Stadium.Some questions will arise once again as to why Jose Mourinho benched Alexis Sanchez and fielded Scott McTominay as a centre-back.The match’s fate was sealed in the early moments when West Ham took the lead with an Anderson opener and an own-goal courtesy of Victor Lindelof.Marcus Rashford was able to score one from a corner shot at the second half but that was it and didn’t do much for United. Paul Pogba, however, was subbed by Mourinho just moments before that goal and the two had a staredown.It was Marko Arnautovic who finished things off for the Red Devils with a well-placed goal at the 74th minute.Read Also: Lionel Messi left out of Argentina’s national teamFootball: CR7 fans look away! Woman accuses Juventus star of rape
Eugenie Bouchard pulled off her first win over Maria Sharapova with a 7-5 2-6 6-4 triumph in the Madrid Open on Monday in a thrilling contest full of tension after the Canadian had called the Russian a cheater following her doping ban.Bouchard, 23, saw the five-time grand slam winner as her idol when she was growing up but her admiration vanished when Sharapova tested positive for the banned substance meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, which led to a 15-month suspension.The match was the most eagerly anticipated when the draw was made after Bouchard’s comments in the Turkish media in April when she said Sharapova was a “cheater” and should not have been allowed to compete again following her positive test.Bouchard stood by her comments about Sharapova on arriving in the Spanish capital and after Monday’s victory the Canadian said recent events had made her more fired up for the game.”I definitely had some extra motivation going into today, Obviously I had never beaten her before and then there were other circumstances,” she told a news conference.”I was actually quite inspired before the match because I had a lot of players coming up to me privately wishing me good luck, players I don’t normally speak to, getting a lot of texts from people in the tennis world that were just rooting for me.”So I wanted to do it for myself, but also all these people. I really felt support.”After suffering a tough defeat, Sharapova avoided getting drawn into the extra furore surrounding the game.advertisement”I’ve been part of this game for many years. I know what the drill is,” she said. “But at the end of the day, it’s just two athletes competing against each other, and I’m one of them. That’s how I treat this game.”What you work for for so many hours every single day is to be on the winning end of matches. Today was just not that day.”THRILLING CONTEST(Reuters Photo)Monday’s enthralling contest, which lasted nearly three hours, certainly lived up to the hype.Bouchard, ranked 60th in the world, entered Madrid after five tour-level opening round losses in a row and her three-set first round win over Alize Cornet was her first since the Australian Open in January.But her extra determination to beat Sharapova was on display as she managed to win a gruelling 70-minute first set against the 30-year-old Russian by clinching the 12th game.Sharapova, who reached the Stuttgart Grand Prix semi-finals last month in her first tournament since being banned, was given a pep-talk by coach Sven Groeneveld at 2-1 down in the second and roared back to win four straight games to wrap up the set.But the Russian played too many risky shots in the decider and, after saving three break points in two consecutive service games, she was broken in the seventh game.Sharapova broke back immediately but then dropped another service game to allow Bouchard to serve out for the match.The pair endured a brief, awkward handshake after Bouchard claimed a place in the third round against top seed Angelique Kerber, who she beat on her way to the Wimbledon final in 2014.”It was a very tough match, not only physically and tennis-wise, but also mentally and emotionally,” Bouchard added.”Each point was a battle from the first point. It was really a fight. I’m just proud that I came out stronger in the end and held it together in the third set.”
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From the Mint team: Mint may be compensated if you click on the links to our issuer partners’ offers that appear in this article. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint Partners were added after the creation of the posting. Mint Partners had no influence on the creation, direction or focus of this article unless otherwise specifically stated.Every year, thousands of adults brave the mall and office supply stores to go back-to-school shopping. But they’re not shopping for their kids. They’re shopping for themselves.Countless adults return to college campuses every year. About 37% of college students are 25 and older.Going back to school as an adult can be tricky, whether you’ve never gone to college or if you’re returning to get an advanced degree. Your brain is older, your body needs more sleep and you’re not financially reliant on your parents.The latter reason is why many adults delay going back to school, even if they know it’ll advance their career or help them achieve their dreams. Keep reading to find out how to go back to school as an adult without busting your budget.Ask Your Company for HelpIf you’re continuing to work while you go back to school, talk to your supervisor about it. Many companies have tuition reimbursement programs so you may be able to get a discount on school and books while you’re employed.Mention how going back to college will make you a better employee and what skills you’ll learn there. If you can frame the decision in a way that benefits the company, they may be more inclined to help.Some companies may also be willing to dial back your hours if you want to take more classes or if there aren’t evening classes available. They may allow you to work part-time or work remote from home some days.Apply for AidIf you had a disappointing experience with financial aid as a teenager, don’t let that discourage you from filing for financial aid as an adult.If you’re older than 23, live by yourself, are married, or have kids, you may qualify to be an independent student and won’t have to provide your parents’ income on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. Their salary won’t be used to determine your ability to pay.You might discover that you qualify for more than you think in financial aid. You should also contact the college directly because you never know what kind of scholarships or grants they may have to help people returning to school.Compare Federal and Private Student LoansSince you’re an adult, you’re likely to have a better credit score than an 18 year-old which means you qualify for better interest rates on your student loans. Before signing up for federal loans, compare those rates with private student loan companies.The current interest rate for Direct Unsubsidized Loans, available to graduate or professional students, is 6.08%. The rate for Direct PLUS loans, also for graduate or professional students, is 7.08%.Those rates aren’t astronomical, but you might find better ones if you go outside the federal government. Private lender SoFi has rates as low as 5.05% for a five-year term and Earnest has a 5.09% fixed-rate option.Go through your options and see what makes sense. You can always sign up for federal loans first and then refinance with a private lender after you graduate. If you’re interested in public service or working for a non-profit, you may be eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, which would require you to have federal loans.Before applying for student loans, check your credit score through the Mint app to see where you stand. If your score is below 700, take a few months to bump it up. A lower score will hurt when it’s time to get student loans.Tips for Succeeding in College as an AdultManage Time WellWhen you were an undergrad student, you might have had hours of free time to study at the library. But now your time is probably limited if you’re working and attending school. If you have a family or a long commute, you’re at an even bigger disadvantage.Time management is so important for anyone going back to school as an adult. Part of time management is taking advantage of small bits of time, like your lunch break or the one-hour gap between your workout and your next class. Don’t wait for huge chunks of time to work on your assignments.If you’re waiting in line running errands, bring a textbook. If you have a doctor’s appointment, bring your laptop in the waiting room.NetworkNetworking and meeting new people is one of the most important things you can do as an adult student, especially if you’re switching careers. It’s even more important to make new connections that can help once you’ve graduated.Attend networking events on campus and look for potential mentors, like professors and administrators. Join clubs and do activities that have a direct tie-in to your future profession.Create a BudgetIf you’ve spent some time in the workforce, you’re probably used to getting a regular paycheck. But if you’re going back to school, you may have to tighten the reins on your spending.Go through your expenses and see how new costs add up. You may be spending more on take-out if you have less time to cook or your transportation costs may increase if campus is far away.Examine your spending to see what your real expenses are and how they compare to your income. If you’re not working anymore and living off student loans, you should be especially careful with your spending. Every dollar you spend costs you some amount of interest. The more you spend, the more you’ll owe in the future.Use Mint to track your expenses and schedule a time each week to check in on your finances. If you find yourself slipping, take some inspiration from your new peers. Skip eating out in favor of easy meals at home. Take the bus instead of Uber. Look into discounted student services, like cheaper health insurance or free gym access.It may be difficult to say no to things, but consider it in an investment for your future self.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedHow To Leverage Student Credit Cards As A Financial OpportunityAugust 21, 2019In “Student Finances”Credit Card Reviews: Best Credit Cards for FamiliesJune 11, 2019In “Credit Info”Credit Card Reviews: Best Credit Cards for StudentsJuly 2, 2019In “Student Finances” Post navigation
Back pain could be prevented by one workout that you can do at home, according to a medical expert…GP and Embarrassing Bodies presenter Dr Dawn Harper believes that Pilates could help ward off the issue, which the NHS describes as ‘very common’ among the British public.Speaking to the Daily Express, she explained that core strength exercises are a great way to help prevent back pain.Pilates, which aims to strengthen the body in an even way, has a particular focus on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing.‘The most common cause [of back pain] is mechanical strain,’ she said. ‘The problem is most of us don’t take much notice of our backs until they go wrong.‘Once someone has strained the muscles in their back, it is often a recurrent problem so I am a huge fan of people doing core strength exercises and taking time to think about their posture. Pilates is great for this.’Dr Harper continued: ‘It really doesn’t have to take a lot of time. I do a 15 minute routine every morning before my shower. There are some great videos online to help too.’‘Back pain that is associated with a fever, numbness or weakness and poor control of bladder or bowels must be seen urgently by a doctor,’ she added.The NHS says that there is ‘some evidence that Pilates can provide pain relief to people with non-specific lower back pain’.Source
Guiding principles for long-term sectoral transformation. The plan lays out a broad vision for the transformation that each economic sector will need to undergo over the coming decades. For instance, it touches on the need to achieve a climate-neutral building stock, due to the long lifespan of buildings and their emissions-generating activities, highlighting the need for further development of building energy standards and funding for renewable heating systems. With regard to transport, the plan notes the need for adequate infrastructure and electric mobility. Germany showed the world this week that it is forging ahead with a strategy to rapidly phase out greenhouse gas emissions. Coinciding with climate negotiations in Marrakech, Morocco (COP22), the German cabinet approved a plan on November 14th to guide climate action through 2050, known as the Climate Protection Plan 2050. Germany is the first country to come forward with a “mid-century, long-term low GHG emissions development strategy,” which the Paris Agreement invited Parties to communicate by 2020.These long-term strategies are critical for achieving the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting warming to 1.5-2 degrees C (2.7-3.6 degrees F) and preventing some of the worst impacts of climate change. Countries’ current national climate plans are only set to limit warming to 2.7-3.7 degrees C (4.9-6.7 degrees F). Ambitious plans that take a long-term view are essential for closing the gap.They can also help guide the implementation of current shorter-term climate commitments so they do not lock in high-carbon pathways. As Germany put it, “With the decision to build a new coal-fired power station, the expectation would be to make money in the next 30 years. Against the backdrop of German and international climate protection targets, this is certainly no longer realistic.… The Federal Government wants to provide incentives for investment in climate-friendly technologies, buildings and infrastructure.”Germany has advanced a long-term vision on climate action for some time. For example, its 2010 Energiekonzept (energy strategy) set out to reduce energy-related emissions by 80-95 percent by 2050 and increase renewable energy supply 80 percent by 2050. The famous German energy transition, or “Energiewende,” was embraced by Chancellor Merkel in the aftermath of Fukushima, leading to a shift of nuclear and fossil fuel power to renewable energy.The Climate Protection Plan 2050, adopted on Monday, builds on these plans and sets a new bar for other countries preparing their own long-term emissions-reduction strategies. Key elements of the plan include:Steep GHG reduction target with reference to GHG neutrality. In 2010, Germany committed to reduce emissions by 80 to 95 percent by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. The new plan reiterates that goal, and states that Germany will target “extensive greenhouse gas neutrality” by 2050. The relationship between the neutrality goal and the GHG reduction goal (which excludes the land sector) remains to be seen. Greenhouse gas neutrality suggests that any GHG emissions would be balanced by equal removals (for example, via enhanced sequestration in the land sector or from negative emissions generated through technologies such as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, a technology which remains unproven at scale). Noting Germany’s relatively high per-capita emissions and its status as a strong, industrialized economy, the plan states that Germany must reach the Paris Agreement goal of GHG neutrality “early.” Sector-specific targets for 2030. While Germany already had a target to reduce emissions by at least 55 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, notably the Plan lays out specific GHG reduction targets for each economic sector: energy (61-62 percent below 1990 levels by 2030), buildings (66-67 percent), transport (40-42 percent), industry (49-51 percent), agriculture (31-34 percent) and “other” (87 percent). While these measures do not enhance the overall ambition of Germany’s 2030 target, they do provide greater certainty for each sector as to their expected contribution. Notably, the plan fails to establish a specific date by which coal will be phased out – a point of contention throughout the negotiation of the plan over the past several months. Instead, Germany notes that the targets “can only be achieved if coal is gradually reduced,” and provides for a commission on Growth, Structural Change, and Regional Development to address the issue. Likewise, the plan has been criticized for lacking specific measures to achieve the targets, but detailed action programs are to be drawn up for each sector. GHG reductions will be quantified, and economic, social and environmental impacts evaluated. An annual climate action report will track implementation, facilitating swift policy adjustments as needed.The plan notes that while Germany’s targets are largely achievable with existing technology, research and development will nonetheless play an important role, including for certain industrial applications.Looking ahead, Germany will update the plan at regular intervals, considering technical progress and economic development. The plan leaves open the possibility that the updates could shift mitigation obligations between sectors, stating that “in this way, we allow flexibility without jeopardizing compliance with the climate targets.” Ideally, the plan would be updated to include measures for reaching the higher end of the target’s ambition, a 95 percent emissions reduction by 2050. This is important because in order to have a likely chance of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F), global CO2 emissions must reach net zero by 2045-2050. To meet the Paris Agreement goals at least-cost, the EU and the OECD should phase out coal by 2030.In the wake of the U.S. election, the world desperately needs every government to stand committed to climate action. While the German 2050 plan has room for improvement, it sends necessary signals to cities, businesses and citizens that a zero-carbon society is inevitable. We hope that others follow in Germany’s footsteps and provide strong visions for a long-term transformation.
Nearly a year ago in Paris, the world came together around a historic climate agreement that affirmed the global community’s commitment to shift to a zero-carbon economy. The agreement is underpinned by national plans and ambitious goals to keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees C, or 1.5 degrees C (3.6 or 2.7 degrees F), achieve net zero emissions in the second half of the century, and promote climate resilience broadly.By the end of the two-week climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco, more than 100 countries, representing over 75 percent of global emissions, had formally joined the Paris Agreement. The Marrakech talks also marked the first official meeting of Parties to the Paris Agreement on November 15.The U.S. presidential election sent reverberations through the gathering, but it did not deter participants from moving forward with a spirit of determination. Over 190 governments agreed to the Marrakech Action Proclamation which sent a strong message of global unity on climate change. Shortly before the meeting’s conclusion, the 47-nation Climate Vulnerable Forum made a bold commitment to move towards 100 percent renewable energy between 2030 and 2050.Attention has shifted from the adoption of the Paris Agreement to advancing action on the ground. Signs of progress are everywhere: 33 countries and nine major international institutions launched the NDC Partnership to catalyze implementation of National Climate Plans. Four countries – Germany, the United States, Mexico and Canada – submitted strategies for deep emissions reductions by 2050. New coalitions formed, including the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative and the Africa Agriculture Adaptation (AAA) Initiative. All of these point to the strong global momentum for climate action.The negotiators also took important strides with a roadmap to agree on the rules and processes to implement the Paris Agreement, including a deadline of 2018. The current and next presidents of the COP (the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC) – Morocco and Fiji – will have a new mandate to design a facilitative dialogue process in 2018 to take stock and drive progress. More progress will need to be made to increase transparency and raise ambition over time.Following are highlights of events at COP22 in Marrakech. (For details on the first week of COP22, check out our mid-COP blog post.)Inside the NegotiationsRules and Tools: In Paris, countries agreed to finalize the transparency framework by 2018. In Marrakech, countries agreed to conclude the whole rule book by 2018. This includes not only the transparency framework, but also the modalities for the ambition mechanism and the mechanism facilitating implementation and promoting compliance. However, Parties will need to redouble their efforts to navigate the complex issues highlighted during the summit and reach the milestones in the agreed road map.Boosting implementation: Capacity building was a focal point and Parties delivered on a number of fronts. The Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) is up and running, with about $50 million in pledges. The first set of projects have been approved for Kenya, Costa Rica and South Africa, as well as a global platform to align lessons and experiences on how to fine-tune the details of national climate action plans. The Paris Committee on Capacity Building will start in earnest next May to support countries’ preparations and implementation of their national plans. $23 million was pledged to the Climate Technology Centre and Network, to increase countries’ capacity to identify, develop and deploy the most adequate technologies. And various other initiatives were launched to strengthen the role of universities, South-South cooperation, and other approaches to helping countries overcome specific challenges.Accelerating ambition: Parties set 2018 as a key moment for countries to recalibrate their plans in light of the objectives of the Paris Agreement and create incentives for a more ambitious second round of NDCs that will be set in 2020. The current and next COP presidencies (Morocco and Fiji) were charged with the important task of bringing Parties together in 2017 to begin developing an inclusive, transparent and robust facilitative dialogue in 2018.First Meeting of Parties to the Paris Agreement: Marrakech also hosted the first meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement, known as CMA1, opening a new chapter in international climate action. Holding this first meeting less than a year after the Paris Agreement was adopted was an extraordinary achievement. Parties discussed key steps to implement the Paris Agreement and develop the rulebook to support its objectives and long-term goals. The CMA will reconvene next year in conjunction with COP23 to assess progress in developing the rulebook.Finance: Developing countries came to Marrakech emphasizing the need to significantly increase funding for adaptation. The Paris Agreement called for finance to be balanced between mitigation and adaptation, but the second Biennial Assessment of Climate Finance showed that mitigation represented over 70 percent of public finance to developing countries. Negotiators welcomed the progress developed countries have made in increasing climate funding for developing countries to meet the commitment to mobilize $100 billion a year by 2020, but urged them to channel a substantial share of public finance to adaptation to bring about a more balanced allocation.In a significant step, the CMA’s first substantive decision was that the Adaptation Fund, created in 2001, should serve the Paris Agreement. The final decision on this will be made in 2018, but last week’s decision shows the Fund remains open for business. Indeed, Germany, Sweden, Belgium and Italy made new pledges to the Fund totaling $81 million.The High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance demonstrated the role finance ministers can play to mobilize and shift finance flows from high-emissions activities to low-emission, climate-resilient investments. Negotiators also worked on rules and processes for accounting and reporting of finance, aiming to reach agreement by 2018.Outside the NegotiationsGlobal Climate Action: Climate champions announced the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, which calls for all-hands-on-deck to accelerate climate action as well as a deeper, more coordinated process. New initiatives surfaced, such as “One for All,” a new global campaign to rapidly scale up funding for energy access, and Climate Change Act from Pakistan, which establishes the Climate Change Authority to oversee adaptation projects there.Partnership for Climate Action: On November 15, 33 countries and nine international institutions launched the NDC Partnership, a new effort to help countries achieve their national climate commitments and ensure financial and technical assistance is delivered as efficiently as possible. The Partnership is a platform for countries to come together and deliver ambitious action, with a focus on enabling implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. The effort is co-chaired by the governments of Morocco and Germany, while World Resources Institute hosts the Support Unit.Private Sector Mobilizes: The private sector must play a decisive role in advancing the goals of the Paris Agreement. Companies around the world are stepping up their ambition by setting emissions reductions targets that are scientifically consistent with efforts to keep warming well below 2 degrees Celsius. On Wednesday, the Science Based Targets initiative announced that 200 companies, representing $4.8 trillion in market value, have committed to set such targets. These companies span 33 countries and represent a wide range of sectors, demonstrating that the growing momentum for a low-carbon future is global, cross-cutting and in businesses’ best interest.Momentum, Celebration and ResolveBroad political support for climate action and the Paris Agreement continued in Marrakech, where Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, Botswana, Italy, Pakistan, Djibouti, Finland, Burkina Faso, The Gambia and Malaysia formally joined the Paris Agreement, bringing the total number of members to 111 Parties representing 77 percent of global emissions.Representatives from around the globe arrived in Marrakech in a celebratory mood, just days after the Agreement came into force. They should leave feeling satisfied that they got down to work and hammered out important details around the Agreement. In the coming months, country leaders – as well as businesses, states, cities and civil society groups – should show the same collective resolve to accelerate the shift to a climate-resilient, zero-carbon future.
Next month’s UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland (COP24) is seen by many as the most important climate negotiation since 2015, when 196 countries created a vision for a zero-carbon future by adopting the landmark Paris Agreement. This year’s summit is the critical juncture for countries to agree on the rules for turning this vision into a reality, and to set stronger climate action in motion.The stakes of moving the Paris Agreement forward have never been higher. COP24 takes place in the wake of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on 1.5°C degrees, which delivered an unequivocal message that we’ll need dramatic changes across multiple sectors in the coming decade to limit global temperature rise to the thresholds laid out in the Paris Agreement. Coupled with a rising awareness of the increasing signs of climate impacts – from tragic wildfires in California to ferocious typhoons in the Pacific – this should provide impetus for national leaders to step up with decisive action. Backsliding is simply not an option, and inaction will be tremendously costly.Fortunately, the IPCC report also highlighted the many opportunities for climate action that can also boost development. These messages reinforce findings from the 2018 New Climate Economy report showing that climate action can generate $26 trillion in economic benefits globally by 2030. There is no longer a question of whether we choose economic growth or climate action: We can have both.At COP24, countries can demonstrate their commitment to achieving the vision of the Paris Agreement by delivering three things: 1) the detailed guidelines for how the Agreement will be implemented, referred to as the “Paris Rulebook;” 2) a clear signal that nations will strengthen their climate commitments by 2020; and 3) confidence that enough finance will be available to support a zero-carbon and climate-resilient transition. 1. Paris RulebookThese are not rules just for the sake of rules. To fully bring the Paris Agreement to life and set the course for a rapid climate transformation, countries will need to adopt one set of guidelines for all countries to follow in implementing their Paris commitments and beyond.The Paris rulebook is essential to mobilizing action on the ground and ensuring countries are on track for achieving their individual and collective commitments. It will spell out how countries will communicate their climate plans, how they will regularly track and report on individual efforts, how they will assess progress, and how they’ll strengthen their action and scale up investment over time. The rulebook will need to find the right balance between a common approach for all countries – such as on transparency—with national discretion and the need for flexibility for developing countries with limited capacity.For more on the Paris rulebook, go here. 2. AmbitionThe Paris Agreement laid out a process where countries would strengthen their climate action plans every five years. We are in the midst of the first of those five-year cycles. At COP24, countries need to send a clear signal reaffirming that they will strengthen their national climate commitments by 2020.The final decision agreed by countries at COP24, the “COP Decision,” should reaffirm the importance of the 2020 timeline adopted in Paris for communicating new national climate commitments (known as NDCs). These updated commitments should build on the urgency underscored by the IPCC report and the outcomes of the Talanoa Dialogue, the first collective stocktaking of progress under the Paris Agreement. The COP Decision could also encourage countries to undertake or intensify national consultations on their climate plans, stress the importance of finance to pursue stronger goals, and note the Secretary General’s Climate Summit in September 2019 as an important moment where countries can make announcements about plans to strengthen their climate action. Frontrunner countries might also use COP24 as an opportunity to announce their plans, either individually or collectively, to review and strengthen their NDCs.For more on ambition, go here.3. FinanceAvailability of finance continues to be essential for fulfilling the Paris Agreement’s goals – it makes change possible on the ground. COP24 needs to build confidence that developing countries, especially those most vulnerable to threats, will have the support they need to invest in climate solutions and adapt to climate impacts.One of the most significant mechanisms for channeling such financial support is the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Its board meeting in October 2018 bolstered confidence by approving $1 billion in new projects and kick-starting a year-long process to replenish its funding, which is starting to run low. In Katowice, developed countries will need to send clear signals that they intend to support developing countries, including by committing to an ambitious GCF replenishment and by making additional financial pledges to other important climate funds, like the Adaptation Fund and Least Developed Countries Fund.Countries will also discuss progress on the goal of mobilizing $100 billion a year in climate finance for developing countries by 2020, based on the latest Biennial Assessment on Climate Finance. A High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance on December 10th will provide an opportunity to take stock of progress and for countries to announce new funding pledges.For more on finance, go hereBeyond the NegotiationsOf course, not everything taking place at COP24 will just involve national governments. The Talanoa Dialogue process will bring together ministers, CEOs, subnational leaders and others to discuss concrete solutions they are pursuing across many sectors, highlighting the roles that a wide range of actors can play in the climate transformation. And throughout the COP, many events will showcase examples of action from cities, states and businesses, as well as in the energy, cities, transport, land-use and industrial sectors. At the start of the COP, the Polish government will unveil a high-level declaration on the “just transition,” advancing the aim that climate action goes hand-in-hand with efforts to ensure a fair low-carbon shift for workers and communities.Right now, the momentum behind the transition to a zero-carbon economy is impressive, but it is being outpaced by the increasingly dangerous and costly impacts of climate change. COP24 is a critical moment to bring the Paris Agreement to life and set in place the rules and tools to accelerate global climate action.
Jonty Rhodes, one of the greatest fielders in the history of cricket, has applied to become India’s next fielding coach. Rhodes confirmed to India Today he has indeed thrown his hat in the ring.Indian fielding standards have gone up over the decades but Jonty Rhodes is keen to help the side improve their catching especially on overseas tours.An outstanding fielder, Rhodes was innovative with the bat and deployed the reverse sweep at a time when most batsmen still stuck to conventional stroke-making.Speaking to India Today, Rhodes said he wants India’s fielding to complement the batting and bowling depths: “I have great respect for what they have achieved over the past three years. But I don’t want them to just be the team with the lowest drop-catch percentage, also the team who takes the most half-chances.”R Sridhar, sources suggest, could be nearing the end of his tenure as India’s fielding coach after 5 years.In the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Ravindra Jadeja was the only outstanding Indian fielder on display. Vijay Shankar is another major asset but then he was ruled out of the tournament with an injury.Virat Kohli, the India skipper, often mans the boundary in the death overs due to lack of athletic fielders with good throwing arms in the playing XI.Jonty Rhodes was one of the most popular cricketers in the world back in the 1990s. He is best remembered for his sensational run out of Inzamam ul Haq in the 1992 World Cup – his sterling effort earned him the moniker of “Flying Jonty”advertisementRhodes spent 9 years as fielding coach of 4-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians and has also spent some time with the South African cricket team and a few Associate nations.Also Read | England blown away for their shortest Test innings by newcomers IrelandAlso Read | Virat Kohli ahead of Conor McGregor, Mohamed Salah in Instagram Rich List
One of the biggest stars in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Shane Watson has been pleasantly surprised by the kind of platform that young players in Tamil Nadu are being provided through the Tamil Nadu Twenty20 Premier League. The all-rounder feels that it is one of the best in the world.Speaking on his first impression of the TNPL, Watson said: “I’m really blown away at how incredibly well-organised the tournament is. The quality of cricket is of a high standard. It’s just a great launching pad for these young cricketers in Tamil Nadu to be able to show their skills. It’s inspiring hopefully for the next generation to realise that there’s an opportunity available and if you love what you do and work very hard. So, I think it’s a great way to make youngsters understand it’s within reach to achieve your dreams.”Watson feels that even with Chennai Super Kings (CSK), it is all about smooth management and credit for that goes to the trio of N. Srinivasan, skipper M.S. Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming.”My experience with Chennai Super Kings has been very special and welcoming. I’ve played a lot of leagues for franchises around the world, whether that’s here in India or other parts of the world. There’s no doubt that CSK is a very slick operation with how it is run, on and off the field. And everything comes down to the leaders, with how Mr. N Srinivasan, how he allows the team to be run by the franchise; with MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming, who I believe are the best captain-coach combination in the world.advertisement”Obviously, they have a lot of history with working together as well, it is an amazing dynamic these guys have got and they know how to get the best of all the players around them. And also the coaching staff. So, it is really a privilege to be able to play for CSK. I have had an amazing time in the last couple of years. We’ve had a lot of success as well, which is a nice bonus. There aren’t any secret theories as to why they are so successful. It’s just because it’s such a great franchise and such a great operation,” he said.Watson said that the love for the game has kept him going even post retirement as he plays in various T20 leagues across the world.”The love for the game keeps me going. I absolutely love playing, I love the opportunities that I have had throughout my career to be able to play for the teams that I have had and now to continue playing for some awesome franchise and awesome tournaments as well. So for me I still love the challenge of playing, I am still definitely learning all the time. I love the challenges. To be able to get to know Dhoni and Fleming is certainly one of the highlights of my career across any team I have played yet,” he explained.Asked if he feels that the Aussies can make it 2-0 in the Ashes, Watson said: “That’s wishful thinking. It’s so incredibly hard to be able win away from home. It’s not just the Ashes, for most teams winning away is looking impossible now. So for us to get off to such a great start, winning the first Test match it’s been amazing, especially Steve Smith. For him to come straightback in and hit the ground sprinting and single-handedly get Australia that win is incredible. England, can be pretty good at panicking at certain times, it’s going to be a true test of what their make up’s like as a team after their World Cup win and how they are able to bring things together and turn it around quickly.”
Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik has been reinstated to the national camp at the SAI Centre in Lucknow after she replied to the show cause notice issued by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for leaving the camp without permission.Sakshi (62kg), Seema Bisla (50kg) and Kiran (76kg), all of whom have qualified for the upcoming World Wrestling Championships, were three of the 25 wrestlers who were suspended from the national camp by the WFI for the same reason.WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar on Monday told IANS that all three wrestlers told the Federation that they had gone home for the festival of Rakshabandhan.”Sakshi said that she had gone home for the festival and admitted that she made a mistake by not taking due permission for it. Seema and Kiran also gave the same reasons. They have replied to the show cause notices and apologised. So now they are back in the camp,” he said.The trio’s participation at the Worlds is no longer in doubt.It had emerged on Saturday that 25 of the 45 wrestlers in the camp were barred by the WFI. They were supposed to assemble on August 16 after the Alexandre Medved event in Minsk, Belarus, but when the attendance was taken only 13 were present. Those who had taken exemptions from the camp had not been barred.Tomar said that all the wrestlers have replied to the federation and have been told that they can re-join the camp. However, those who had their World Championships trials on Monday were not allowed to participate in the same. While the trials for the Olympic weight categories were held on July 28 in Lucknow, those for the non-Olympic categories were held on Monday.advertisementThe World Championships will be held in Kazakhstan from September 14 to 22.
Mehuli Ghosh of West Bengal won both the senior and junior women’s 10m air rifle title in the National Shooting Trials (T6) here on Tuesday.Anhad Jawanda and Parul Kumar won the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol and men’s 50m rifle 3 positions title respectively at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.Mehuli was the undoubted star of the day, winning the senior women’s 10m air rifle with a score of 252 over Madhya Pradesh’s Shreya Agrawal who finished with 251.2 to claim second place.World number one and finals world record holder Apurvi Chandela of Rajasthan shot 229.3 to finish third.In the junior women’s event, Mehuli’s victory was even more emphatic as her score of 252.2 was way ahead of Punjab’s silver medallist Khushi Saini’s total of 248.8.Madhya Pradesh came in third and fourth with Mansi Kathait and Shreya Agrawal finishing on scores of 227.5 and 205.8 respectively.Zeena Khitta of Himachal emerged victorious in the youth category of the same event with a finals score of 252.5.In the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol, Anhad shot 31 in the final to overcome Olympian and army marksman Gurpreet Singh, who shot 26. Thomas George of Kerala, who had topped the qualifiers on Monday, came in third with 23.In the junior men’s event, Vijayveer Sidhu of Chandigarh won with a finals score of 31. Adarsh Singh, who has been part of the senior India rapid fire team this year, finished second with 26 while Vijayveer’s twin Udhayveer won bronze with 25.Another recent India international Parul Kumar of the Air Force won the men’s 3 positions with a score of 458.3 in the finals. Satyendra Singh of the Army was second with 456.5 while another army man Chain Singh was third with 443.1.advertisementUpcoming talent Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar of Madhya Pradesh won the men’s junior 3 positions event with a finals score of 453.5.Also See:
Crown Jewel 2019 marks the return of WWE to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this time in the grandest manner with some superstars ready set the stage on fire. As part of the 10-year partnership that began last year, Saudi Arabia has witnessed 3 star-studded events so far but none bigger than the October 31 spectacleThe Crown Jewel 2019 will feature some of the biggest names, including Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, Tyson Fury and legendary Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair on Thursday at the King Fahd International Stadium.Hosted by WWE announcer Michael Cole, Tyson Fury and Braun Strowman weigh-in and comment about their match. Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar weigh-in and comment about their match. Other Superstars to speak as part of the press conference includes Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and Mansoor. The additional members of Team Hogan and Team Flair will also be on site.
Australia Kewell wants Australian Socceroos coach, endorses Graham Arnold Kieran Francis Last updated 1 year ago 08:09 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Australia Norway v Australia Friendlies The Aussie legend is adamant a local candidate should lead the nation to Russia and there is only one option… Harry Kewell believes an Australian should lead the Socceroos to the World Cup and Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold is the best candidate.The former Socceroo star, who is currently managing Crawley Town in England’s League Two, says backing a local coach for the green and gold will be a real statement by Football Federation Australia.It’s understood the FFA are keen for a foreign coach to guide Australia to Russia on a short-term contract – with Dutch managers Bert Van Marwijk and Louis Van Gaal heading the shortlist. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I’d like to see an Australian coach take (the Socceroos job) because I like the identity of being Australian,” Kewell said on SEN.”I know we have had foreign coaches before and I know we have succeeded with a couple of foreign coaches but I think it’s time to home in and give an Australian a chance.”There is no better way than to give an Australian a chance to lead their country out in a World Cup.”I think it would be fantastic for us and a real statement – hopefully it’s what (the FFA) decide in the end.”When asked if he would back the appointment of Arnold in the role, Kewell replied: “Yes I would. He’s dominating the A-League.“He had a bit of a bad spell in Asia but he has come back, taken over at Sydney, and from the reports I get, no one can catch him.”He’s got the best team. The strategy he’s got is far better than anyone else’s.”The FFA have said a new coach will be appointed in mid-February – around a month before the March friendlies against Norway and Colombia.Australia has been drawn in group C for the World Cup, alongside France, Peru and Denmark.
Members of the Accompong community in St. Elizabeth have expressed gratitude for the new basic school that was handed over recently.“We are thankful to all those persons who gave willingly to make this a reality. I am overwhelmed. The parents and the community will protect the school,” said Principal of the school, Daynia Miles, at the handing over ceremony.The school was built by Food For the Poor, as part of its commitment to construct 50 basic schools, in celebration of Jamaica’s 50th year of Independence.“To invest in the holistic development of the children, the structure must be right, and everything must be in place to ensure that they (children) are taken care of. This structure will no doubt achieve that,” the Principal said, pointing out that the old building was unsafe for the children.For her part, President of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Sharmora Lennon, assured that the group will help in the maintenance of the school.“We are elated and happy to receive this school. It will help the children to learn better. There is more space; we have proper bathroom facilities and a proper play area. As a PTA, we will make sure that the students take care of all the equipment and we will continue to keep our fund-raising events, so as to help with the maintenance,” she said.Deputy Colonel of the Accompong Maroons, Norma Rowe-Edwards, said the children need to have the best facilities to learn.“They are our children; it is our community, so we have to work for each and everyone. We really thank Food For the Poor for the new school,” she added.Meanwhile, Chairman of Food For the Poor, Andrew Mahfood, said the three classrooms can accommodate up to 100 students. At present, 37 students are attending the institution.“We are passionate about assisting Jamaica. Our wish is for this school to be a hub of successful activities, not just for the school population, but also for the wider Accompong community. I encourage every adult citizen (of Accompong), to live service-oriented lives for the benefit of the children of this community and the nation in general,” Mr. Mahfood said.Food For the Poor partnered with Grand Jamaica Homecoming 2012, the Ray Chang Foundation and Food For the Poor (Canada), to build the school.By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter