first_imgKylian Mbappe was back scoring stunners on Sunday, netting a first-time volley from a ball over his head to hand Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne.  Both sides seemed to lack the cutting edge through much of the match, with even Mbappe misfiring as the club struggled bit without the services of Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Marco Verratti and Thomas Meunier.But the French star came up with the moment of magic in the 73rd minute, guiding Dani Alves’s lofted pass into the top corner on the volley to score his 19th league goal of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And the 20-year-old says his strike was just proof that persistence pays off, having missed a similar chance earlier in the contest. “I tried a first time, I sent it over the top, in the stands,” he told Canal+. “But when we persevere, it pays. “[Alves] gave it perfectly to me at the right time and I played it instinctively.”The goal and the win pushed PSG’s lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 12 points, the club having lost just once so far this season, and their star man was pleased to pick up another victory in tricky circumstances. 19 – Kylian Mbappé  is the first French player to score 19 goals in his first 18 games of a Ligue 1 season over the last 45 years. Unsane. @PSG_English pic.twitter.com/fJRQgL0AyB— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 17, 2019″We played against a good team,” he said. “They play with the heart, and try to play ball also. “Not many teams will win here. We are happy. “That’s good, we must continue. We must aim as high as possible.” Mbappe was once again named as the star performer of the night, but the forward says he would rather have team success, though he did admit to enjoying adding to his personal trophy case.  “The personal stats are good, but the collective is better,” he said. “Individual trophies, I have quite a lot right now at home, but there will never be enough.” PSG will be looking to extend their lead atop the league on Wednesday when they host Montpellier, with Nimes to follow next Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgThe booing began as Lewis Hamilton stepped out on to the Italian Grand Prix podium, high above the red tide of Ferrari fans surging down the straight, but not for a moment did the triumphant Mercedes driver stop smiling.He understood their pain but that was also part of the pleasure.If winning at Monza, Italy’s venerable ‘Temple of Speed’, is an unforgettable experience for a Ferrari driver, it is pretty sweet for anyone else to beat the sport’s oldest and most glamorous team in their own backyard.Hamilton has now done that three times in the last four years and Sunday’s victory, if dull for the worldwide audience and many of the 93,000-strong crowd at the former royal park outside Milan, was even more rewarding.It took the championship lead from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who finished a distant third, and handed it to Hamilton for the first time in a year.All on a weekend when the Maranello-based team were celebrating the 70th anniversary of late founder Enzo Ferrari’s first car in 1947.”Inevitably you are going to be the villain here if you are the one that’s stopping the Ferraris,” Hamilton, who led team mate Valtteri Bottas in an absolutely dominant one-two, told reporters.”If Valtteri and I were not driving here today, the Ferraris would have won. So we are the villains. But some days I am really happy to be the villain and I don’t mind.”Hamilton, now three points clear of Vettel, said he had had “a real nice song” playing in his head as he stood on the podium and so the crowd’s reception had gone over his head.advertisementEven so, former racer and podium interviewer Martin Brundle suggested he ‘punch through’ the noise.”It is to be expected here in Italy. Over the last 10 years it’s been common to have that if a Ferrari driver’s not on top,” Hamilton said, with plenty of experience having also won for McLaren in 2012.”I just try to remain respectful. I admire their passion. They feel a little bit more like football fans here — the aggressive ones — but it’s all in the name of love for the red car.”But in amongst them, I see the British flag, I see Italians who have crossed from Ferrari to Mercedes, and bit by bit, year on year we convert a few more.”It may only be a couple each time but I am grateful for those ones,” said the Briton.last_img read more

first_imgJust three days ahead of China Open Super Series Premier, Kidambi Srikanth pulled out of the event citing muscle strain.Srikanth has been playing non-stop badminton since October 18 and he has won the Denmark Open Super Series Premier, French Open Super Series and settled for silver at the Senior National Badminton Championships in that time.The four weeks of continuous competitive badminton seems to have taken a toll on the health of the world No.2.”I am pulling out of China Open (November 14-19). It is a muscle strain and doctor advised me to take rest for one week. It happened in the Nationals but because I kept playing it got a little worse. But I should be ok in a week,” Srikanth said to PTI.The National Badminton Championships gained context and relevance once more this year after the Badminton Association of India (BAI) made it compulsory for the top shuttlers to participate and gave them direct entry into the pre-quarterfinals.However, voices are now blaming the participation in Nationals for Srikanth’s injury.”I think it is wrong to say Nationals were responsible for his injury and it is wrongly timed,” BAI secretary general Anup Narang said.”The dates were decided in consultation with the top players and they willingly participated in the event. In fact, if not Nationals, many players would have played at the Macau Open,” he said.”There has been no major injuries to any player. Srikanth has a mild injury which will be corrected with a week’s rest. So he would be playing in Hong Kong, where he will have the opportunity to reach no.1 ranking.”advertisementSrikanth had a chance to become world No.1 had he won the China Open Super Series Premier but missing the big event now, the wait gets longer.When asked of the same, the 24-year-old replied in an affirmative matter.”Yes. But with the injury, I can’t manage the upcoming tournament. So I need to take rest and recover,” Srikanth said to ANI.The BAI official said the National Championship is an integral part of the annual calendar and the federation will continue to organise the event in consultation with the players.”The Nationals have been very well managed. It is very important to conduct the Nationals. We will keep organising it in consultation with the players, according to their comfort. If it is not done the next crop of players will not come up. It is an important event for the growth of Indian badminton,” Narang said.(With inputs from PTI and ANI)last_img read more

first_imgEverton striker Oumar Niasse became the first Premier League player to be charged with “successful deception of a match official” on Tuesday after diving to win a penalty in a match against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and could be banned for two games.The Senegal international threw himself to the ground after minimal contact from Palace defender Scott Dann, allowing Leighton Baines to equalise from the spot.To rub salt into bottom club Palace’s wounds Niasse later scored Everton’s second equaliser as the game ended 2-2.Players ‘conning’ match officials into awarding decisions in their favour has long blighted world football.Blatant simulation is often punished immediately with yellow cards — notably when Chelsea’s Victor Moses was sent off in last year’s FA Cup final after a dive earned him a second booking and therefore a red card from referee Anthony Taylor.However, Niasse’s potential retrospective punishment, the result of a new law introduced in May, opens up a new front in the battle to stop cheating.”Incidents which suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation are referred to a panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player,” the Football Association said in a statement.”Each panel member will be asked to review all available video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it was an offence of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’.”Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would the FA issue a charge.”While Niasse is the first Premier League player to be charged under the new law, Bristol City defender Bailey Wright was banned for two games this month after being found guilty of simulation in an off-the-ball clash with Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara during a Championship (second-tier) fixture.advertisementAboubakar was initially shown a red card after Wright fell theatrically to the ground but it was later rescinded.Niasse, who also faces a two-match ban, has until 1800 GMT on Tuesday, to respond.last_img read more

first_imgBayern Munich, helped by two typical Thomas Mueller goals and two from Robert Lewandowski, romped to a 5-0 home win over Besiktas in their Champions League tie on Tuesday after the Turkish champions played nearly the whole match with 10 men.Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida was given a straight red card for tripping Lewandowski outside the penalty area in the 16th minute, the defining moment in the round of 16, first leg tie.Mueller, inelegant yet always effective, broke the deadlock with a miskick two minutes before halftime to break Besiktass resistance.Kingsley Coman and Mueller added two more before Lewandowski helped himself to a late brace, virtually assuring the Bavarians of a seventh successive quarter-final appearance.”We began nervously and couldn’t find our rhythm,” said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes after his side equalled a club record of 14 consecutive wins in all competitions. “The turning point was the sending-off and the goal just before the break.”Besiktas won all three away games in the group stage and came with the clear intention of attacking Bayern but their plans were torpedoed by Vida’s red card.A poor pass from Atiba Hutchinson went straight to Lewandowski, who burst past Vida and was tripped as he ran at goal with only goalkeeper Fabri to beat.Besiktas could still have snatched a priceless goal minutes later when Vagner Love got past two Bayern defenders to give himself a clear shot on goal but his effort was high and wide.COMPLETE CONTROLBayern then laid siege to Besiktas and Fabri denied them the opening goal with a superb one-handed save at point-blank range to turn away Mats Hummels’s header.advertisementHaving survived another scare when Ricardo Quaresma burst down the right and forced Sven Ulreich to save at his near post, Bayern broke the deadlock two minutes before halftime.Coman got to the byline and crossed, Alaba touched it on and the ball fell to Mueller who turned, failed to make proper contact but poked it home.It was a typically scrappy effort from a player once described on the German Football Federation’s Twitter feed as having the elegance of a swan on ice skates.There was an air of inevitability about the second half as Bayern took complete control.Coman sidefooted in from Lewandowski’s pass in the 53rd minute before Mueller struck again in the 66th, this time sticking his leg out to divert Joshua Kimmich’s cross past Fabri.Lewandowski got in on the act by snapping up a rebound in the 79th minute, before Mueller set up the Poland striker’s second and Bayern’s fifth.The second leg takes place in Turkey on March 14.(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgMS Dhoni boasts of one of the best captaincy records in the shorter formats of cricket. But Dhoni’s leadership skills are not just limited to winning trophies.Besides being a captain and a leader, the Ranchi lad has always been a mentor to his teammates. His instructions from behind the stumps to his bowlers have become the part of folklore of Indian cricket.Under his leadership at Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Manpreet Gony, Sudeep Tyagi, Mohit Sharma, R Ashwin were transformed from newbies to Indian internationals.Dhoni will be seen once again leading the Chennai franchise in IPL 2018 as they return after serving their two-year suspension. Their bowling coach and former Indian cricketer Lakshmipathy Balaji broke down Dhoni’s style of mentoring bowlers.”Dhoni doesn’t involve much and only when a bowler is really thrown into a corner he takes over,” Balaji told the Times of India. “He will give you challenges and let you be in your space to understand them. He will not compel a bowler to do something which is not the bowler’s style.”That I have experienced as a player. On the field, you will be handled by one of the greatest captains. Dhoni will give you the freedom. Apart from that, you will learn to swim on your own under Dhoni’s leadership.”Presenting to you the #WhistlePoduArmy! pic.twitter.com/985ePtTq46Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 15, 2018The current quad is loaded with young bowling prospects; Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi and Mark Wood and former CSK player S Badrinath said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if more players like Gony and Mohit come out from Dhoni’s team.advertisement”MS has the capabilities to produce (talented) cricketers. Someone like a Gony or Mohit, they went on to become the cricketers they were and it was MS who produced such cricketers. I wouldn’t be surprised if MS produces such cricketers again,” Badrinath told TOI.”He analyses and assigns them specific roles and that is what makes MS standout as a leader. He identifies these cricketers, persists with them and ends up producing them.”When the little super fans’ relentless pursuit for an autograph fructified. #WhistlePoduArmy #WhistlePodu pic.twitter.com/f4kDsOzsSyChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 15, 2018Ambati Rayudu, who will be playing for CSK for the first time in the upcoming IPL, was also full of praise for the former Indian skipper.”He has been successful and won two World Cups for India. What more can a captain do. I think he has a knack of picking players and keeping the dressing room atmosphere really conducive to play good cricket. He is a born leader and has it in him naturally.”last_img read more

first_imgPV Sindhu was a delighted person after her stunning comeback win against seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara of Japanin the quarter-final of the All England Badminton Championships on Friday.In a yet another tedious battle that lasted for an hour and 24 minutes, Sindhu trumped Okuhara 20-22, 21-18, 21-18 to enter the semi-final of the oldest badminton tournament. Sindhu and Okuhara are now level at 5-5 in their overall head-to-head record.Just like their World Badminton Championships final last year (where Okuhara won), the match was full of long and tremendous rallies. Despite trailing 16-12 at one point in the deciding game, Sindhu battled hard to level the score and then win the match.Sindhu, after the match, was simply happy to have won it. She did not have much to say except that the relief of going past Okuhara in a tiring match was visible on her face.”Well it’s been a good match and she also played really well. It was anybody’s game till the last point so I am happy that I took out this match. Also, I was trailing 16-12 but then I came back and won it so I’m happy that I won it. I have nothing to say really because I just played my game and gave my best,” Sindhu said after the match.After yet another epic match between two of the best in the , it’s @Pvsindhu1 who progresses to the semi-finals after overcoming @nozomi_o11! #YAE18 pic.twitter.com/WiHpIptWm3Yonex All England (@YonexAllEngland) March 16, 2018Sindhu showed the immense grit and fighting spirit that she is known for and even though there were some errors from her side that pegged her back, she did not let that bother her and came out triumphant.advertisement”I know there were errors where I missed taps, hitting outside or into the net. I think I just have to control them and just put them inside the court.”Sindhu has had many close losses in the past two years and it has not been easy for the 22-year-old. However, the lanky Indian said that she has been working on improving the mental aspect of her game.”I have lost matches where I am leading. I know physically and mentally at times when you lose such matches it hits you but we have to comeback stronger to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.”I have been working on my mental game. My coaches have been telling me because sometimes I feel when I hit out or tap to the net, when you actually have to get points, I lose confidence and get nervous. So they tell me ‘let it be its over.’ I have been practicing that and I think I am getting better,” Sindhu added.On Friday, Sindhu and Okuhara added yet another added chapter to their every-growing rivalry. A rivalry which dates back to their junior days has set the women’s singles circuit ablaze in the past one and a half years.There is never a favourite when these two face each other. Back in 2016 Olympics, Sindhu romped past Okuhara in the semi-final but the Japanese came back to avenge that by winning the epic World Badminton Championships final last year. Sindhu, thereafter, took revenge in the 2017 Korea Open final, which was yet another pulsating contest, only for Okuhara to then beat her in straight games in 2017 Japan Open in September.In Birmingham today, it must have been all flashbacks for both the players, where long and tiring duels were the core feature once more.”Everytime we play, there are good matches. It’s been like 10 times we have played and we’ve won five times each. Today I won but even she is playing a brilliant game and it was not so easy to get points from her where we actually ended up playing long rallies, like the World Championships almost.”May be the match was not so long but the match went long and to three sets, there were long rallies not like the 72-shot rally (in World Badminton Championships final) but overall, it was a good game from both of us,” Sindhu concluded.Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand said he was happy to see Sindhu topple Okuhara today in what was another massive contest between the two.”It was a tough match and I think both of them are used to playing long matches. It is good that she ended on the right side this time but Okuhara has been a fantastic fighter and it is great entertainment for the spectators,” he said.advertisement”Overall very happy to see Sindhu pull off a great win. They have had a very similar matches all along and hopefully she will pull through in the next couple of days as well,” he added.Sindhu will next face the winner of the other women’s singles match between Spain’s Carolina Marin and second seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan. Both these opponents, Sindhu will know, won’t make it any easy for her. She lost the famous Rio Olympics final to Marin in three games while she went down fighting against Yamaguchi in the final of Dubai Super Series Finals last year.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

first_imgduring IPL? asks HCMumbai, Apr 3 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) if it would continue its decision of not supplying additional water to the Wankhede Stadium during the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament.The court asked the civic body to file an affidavit on this.A division bench of Justices A S Oka and Riyaz Chagla was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Loksatta Movement in 2016, raising concerns over water usage for ground management during the IPL tournament, when the state was reeling under drought.In April 2016, the high court had directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to shift all the IPL matches to be held in Maharashtra post April 30, outside the state due to the severe drought condition.During an earlier hearing of the matter, the BMC had told the high court that in the past three years it has not given any special supply of water to the Wankhede Stadium, located in south Mumbai.”Is the civic body willing to continue this statement that there would be no special supply of water to the stadium during the IPL tournament? File an affidavit,” Justice Oka said.The bench posted the petition for hearing on April 6.The court said the civic body affidavit should also clarify whether water was supplied to the stadium at commercial rates.The court also noted that the government was bound by its policy on water supply.As per the policy, the water supply is divided on priority basis into four categories, under which supply for drinking purposes comes first, and for events such as Shahi Snan (royal bath during mega events like the Kumbh mela) falls in the last category.advertisementWhile the petitioner claims that the IPL also falls under the last category, the BCCI and the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) said that the IPL was a sports event and would hence, fall under the category of recreation. PTI SP GK KJ KJ RYSlast_img read more

first_imgDwayne Bravo ensured Chennai Super Kings returned to the Indian Premier League with a bang when they overhauled the Mumbai Indians target at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.Chennai’s chase of 166 in the IPL 2018 opener was rocked when Hardik Pandya and debutant wrist-spinner Mayank Markande ran through the visitors’ top order.However, Bravo kept Chennai’s hopes alive with some lusty blows from one end even as they kept losing wickets at the other end.Bravo hammered 68 off 30 balls to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. He even dedicated the win to CSK fans and later, took to Instagram to celebrate the victory.IPL 2018, Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Live Cricket Streaming available on Hotstar from 8 PM today”He has been working hard in the nets, Bravo. He loves playing for CSK, he feels like it’s a family here and so, he is really motivated to do well. He knows his role very well. As far as what we’ve been working on him, it’s pretty basic really. Keeping things very simple for him, just working on a few technical things.”I can’t take any credit for that innings, he was the one out there doing business and played a magnificent innings. So, nothing particular that we have been working on him, he has just been batting a lot in the nets, honing his skills,” batting coach Michael Hussey said in a video posted by iplt20.com.Chennai were out of the contest at one stage when they were reduced to 118/8 after Mayank Markande (3/23) and Hardik Pandya (3/24) struck crucial blows. (IPL 2018: MS Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings give injured Hardik Pandya a helping hand)advertisementA Mumbai victory was imminent but Bravo had other plans as he clobbered seven sixes to and three fours to bring CSK back in the game from a hopeless position.Bravo fell to Bumrah with seven runs needed off seven balls. Kedar Jadhav, having retired hurt earlier, walked in as CSK’s last man. He struggled to time the ball but soon hit a six and a four to seal victory for CSK with one ball and one wicket to spare.”It was an amazing feeling. I thought we weren’t going to win the game halfway through the batting innings but Bravo played a magnificent innings. He showed a lot of fighting spirit and then even the guys at the end. Imran Tahir was fantastic and also KJ (Kedar Jadhav), obviously with a torn hamstrong finishing the game off, it was an incredible feeling in the room. It made everyone very happy and a great welcome back for CSK in the tournament,” Hussey added.Hussey reiterated that it was a great win but said they have to move on and look to improve their game for the compeition ahead.”I guess you never lose hope. You always think you know well we have still got some good players here and we still have a chance to win the game and Bravo is a very good player. He has been a fantastic all-rounder for a long time. He played a special innings and a couple of more contributions around him got us over the line.”It was a great win but we have to move on quite quickly in this competition, take some positives out of it and we got some learning as well. We can definitely improve, a lot to work on and then hopefully we can keep improving in the next matches,” he said.Hussey spoke about the emotional attached he has with CSK and called it a family. He said he wants to contribute to the team by helping the batsmen become better.”I’ve really loved being back to being involved with CSK really. Like I said earlier with Bravo, it’s a family feel. You really value this as a person and what you can bring to the team. So, personally what I wanna bring, I just want to help all the batsmen become better players. That’s all I wanna do.”last_img read more

first_imgWith only few months to go for the Lok Sabha elections next year, the BJP has set itself the task of bringing 1.8 crore first-time voters to its fold and to achieve the target, the BJP and RSS cadre are hitting the campuses to attract the youth. RSS’ youth wing – Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) – has launched a massive campaign in universities in states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and many other South Indian states.An ABVP functionary told Mail Today that in recent times, the party has won student union elections in universities in Patna and smaller cities like Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur in Bihar for the first time in 25 years. With its outreach programmes, the party aims at roping in students who will be casting their votes for the first time in 2019 general elections.This is also in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for associating new voters with the ideology. As per estimates, there are 1.8 crore “millennial voters” and will be eligible for voting in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.”It is now time that a system is created where newest development opportunities are easily accessible for the youth of new India as they turn 18,” Modi had said in ‘Mann ki Baat’.According to BJP sources, during the last three years the RSS has launched massive student outreach programmes. In northeastern states, it launched a number of educational and sports programmes for tribal youths.A senior BJP leader said the party had employed similar strategy during assembly elections in states like Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland where the party got historic mandate recently.advertisement”Buoyed by the massive expansion of the Sangh in the northeastern states that essentially won the BJP youth support, the RSS and ABVP will further intensify its spread on campuses and in hostels in every nook and corner, particularly in educational hubs such as Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Pune. At the same time, focus will be on smaller cities in these states,” said the ABVP leader.Connecting the first-time voters with the right-wing ideology will help the BJP gain a strong foothold in the upcoming elections.As a strategy, the ABVP activists are reaching out to colleges and hostels in major cities and connecting to the students with issues of resentment over unemployment, crime, and crumbling infrastructure.Similarly, with the admission session soon to begin in Delhi University, the ABVP also plans to reach out to northeastern students residing in the national Capital. The idea is to instill a sense of integration and social security among the northeastern communities who often face discrimination and are subject to attacks.The Sangh will also rope in youths from Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, and Meghalaya to connect the students in bigger cities with its ideology. These youth will share their experience of association with the Sangh and its agenda of nationalism.ALSO READ | Amit Shah to kick off ‘Mission 2019’ with Uttar PradeshWATCH VIDEO | Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha quits party, says democracy under threatlast_img read more

first_imgThe second day of Indian Premier League(IPL) offers an epic clash between the two powerhouses in the tournament. Mumbai Indians(MI) will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday. Despite the tournament being in early phase, the match offers complete entertainment with the likes of destructive Chris Gayle featuring in today’s encounter.With Ricky Ponting as captain, Mumbai would be hoping to lay their hands on the IPL trophy for the first time.Sachin Tendulkar is expected to open with either Dwayne Smith or James Franklin, both of whom can contribute with their bowling as well.However, spinners were a tad disappointing for them in IPL- 5. Mumbai, in fact, are rocked by a problem of plenty as they have Glen Maxwell, Dwayne Smith, Kieron Pollard, Jacob Oram, James Franklin in their ranks.Bangalore will take the field with Virat Kohli leading the team. They have swashbuckling characters like Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers, who can turn the game on its head in a jiffy.Players to watch out for(MI):Sachin Tendulkar: The Master Blaster remains the biggest draw in Mumbai’s line-up. He has scored 2,047 runs for the team overall, but only 324 of them came in 13 matches of IPL 5. He has been willing to anchor the innings and would be hoping for a consistent opening partner this time.Lasith Malinga: The biggest reason why Mumbai are feared by their opponents are Malinga’s toe-crushing yorkers. He will continue to lead the bowling and will hope the batsmen can keep up their end of the deal this time around.Glenn Maxwell: The million-dollar man is a terrific all-rounder to have in your side. He can bowl right-arm off-spin and bat anywhere in the middle-order. He shot to fame after smashing a 19-ball half-century in 2009-10 – the fastest fifty in Australia’s domestic cricket. He will have to play a key role if Mumbai intends to clinch their first IPL title.Kieron Pollard: The West Indian scored 220 runs last year and picked up 16 wickets. He is also a panther in the field and a fan favourite.Players to watch out for(RCB):Chris Gayle: Arguably the most devastating contemporary batsman, Gayle is the first player to score a century in international Twenty20 cricket; the only man to score seven or more tons in the Twenty20 format; and is the leading six-hitter in Twenty20s. With 1,804 runs in matches in his IPL career, Gayle has been the backbone of RCB’s batting. The left-hander has been the top-scorer in IPL for two consecutive years(2011 and 2012).Virat Kohli: The newly-appointed captain of the RCB, Virat Kohli, is one of the finest batsmen in the world today. The 24-year-old is the quintessential new-age cricketer who plays his game aggressively and is unafraid to express his emotions on the field. The right-hander has been explosive for RCB with 1, 639 runs in 77 matches during his IPL career. He was the second-highest run scorer in 2011 season behind his teammate Gayle. Kohli is also a good fielder and can bowl the occasional medium pace spell too.Sadeep Warrier: The 21-year-old unknown cricketer from Kerala has been a livewire in the Indian domestic cricket. The right-arm medium-fast bowler shot to fame after taking 22 wickets in a mere five matches for Kerala in the Ranji Trophy. After being called up the BCCI to bowl at the Indian batsmen in nets, the young speedster managed to impress Virat Kohli – who asked RCB to sign him with immediate effect.AB de Villiers: The South-African wicket-keeper batsman has made a name for himself with his game changing abilities in the world of cricket. The 29-year-old cricketer has scored 1,302 runs in 60 matches during his IPL career. He can role-play himself as a finisher, middle-order batsman or even as a pinch hitter. During the 2012 season when playing the role of a finisher, he snatched wins out of the jaws of defeat. He unearthed some outrageous shots to incredible effect and in one over, smashed Dale Steyn for 23 – two fours and sixes each – to win RCB a thriller.Teams(From):Mumbai Indians: Ricky Ponting(c), Abu Nechim Ahmed, Akshar Patel, Aditya Tare, Aiden Blizzard, Ambati Rayudu, Amitoze Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Harbhajan Singh, Jacob Oram, Jalaj Saxena, James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Johnson, Munaf Patel, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Phil Hughes, Pawan Suyal, Pragyan Ojha, Rishi Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Suryakumar Yadav, Sushant Marathe, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal.Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli(c), AB De Villiers, Abhimanyu Mithun, Abhinav Mukund, Andrew McDonald, Arun Karthik, Cheteshwar Pujara, Chris Gayle, Christopher Barnwell, Daniel Christian, Daniel Vettori, Harshal Patel, Jaidev Unadkat, K P Appanna, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal, Moises Henriques, Murali Kartik, Muttiah Muralitharan, Pankaj Singh, Prasanth Parameswaran, R Vinay Kumar, Ravi Rampaul, Rudra Pratap Singh, S Aravind, Sandeep Warrier, Saurabh Tiwary, Sheldon Jackson, Sunny Sohal, Syed Mohammad, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Vijay Zol, Zaheer Khan.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Australia captain Steve Smith made a rare public appearance at a school in Sydney on Monday where he opened up on what he went through in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal in March.Smith, who is serving a one-year ban following his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test against South Africa, was a special guest at Sydney’s Knox Grammar School’s year six and senior school assembly, as part of the students’ Gotcha 4 Life Foundation.”To be honest, I probably spent four days in tears. I was really struggling mentally and I was really lucky that I had some close friends and family members that I could speak to at all hours of the day,” Smith said.Also Read – David Warner to join Steve Smith in Global T20 league in Canada”The people that I had supporting me through that whole time made a huge difference to the head space I am in now,” he said.Smith was banished from the captain’s post along with the ban with vice-captain David Warner also suffering the same fate. The duo also had to sit out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season as a result.Cameron Bancroft, the player who tampered with the ball on Smith and Warner’s orders, was handed a nine-month ban.Australia coach Darren Lehmann also stepped down from his post following Smith, Warner and Bancroft’s tearful press conferences after they were sent home from Cape Town.The tainted trio along with Lehmann were criticised globally by fans and commentators for what they perceived to be an arrogant and hypocritical team culture.advertisementWicketkeeper Tim Paine was appointed as Test and ODI captain after Smith’s ban while Justin Langer succeeded Lehmann as the head coach.Smith and Warner however, will return to competitive cricket very soon at next month’s Global T20 league in Canada.Warner will turn out for the Winnipeg Hawks while Smith will feature for Toronto Nationals as a marquee player in the tournament which is slated to run at Maple Leaf Cricket Club located in King City, Ontario, from June 28 to July 15.Besides Warner and Smith, Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga, West Indies players Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo will also take part in the tournament.Following the Canadian league, Warner, along with Bancroft, will play in Darwin’s limited-overs Strike League.While Bancroft had committed to feature in the entire tournament, Warner will play in just two matcheslast_img read more

first_imgEngland have called up all-rounder Sam Curran and fast bowler Craig Overton for the final two fixtures of the five-match one-day international series against Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday.England notched an ODI world record score of 481 for six at Trent Bridge on Tuesday before bowling Australia out for 239 to win the third match and take an unassailable 3-0 lead.The squad additions come after all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes were ruled out of the series with a hamstring and knee injury respectively.Stokes is expected to return for the three-match Twenty20 series against India, which starts on July 3, while Woakes is expected to miss the tournament.Sam Curran will join Tom Curran, who is already in the squad to face Australia, and the duo could become the first brothers to represent England since Adam and Ben Hollioake in 1999.Woakes suffered a right quad tear which he picked up during the second test against Pakistan at Leeds this month and will also miss the one-dayers against India, beginning July 12.Stokes, who tore his left hamstring before the Leeds test, will continue his rehabilitation with the English side during the fourth and fifth ODIs and will likely play in the Twenty20 series against India, which begins on July 3.England, who will play Australia in the fourth ODI at Chester-le-Street on Thursday, lead the five match series 3-0.last_img read more

first_imgSamsung’s 2017 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, was launched in India last year at around Rs 58,000. Around 14 months later, the smartphone can now be found for as low as Rs 38,000 on Paytm Mall. While the phone is actually listed at Rs 45,990, Paytm Mall is throwing in a cashback of Rs 8,000 as well via a promo code, which effectively brings the price of the Galaxy S8 down to Rs 37,990. This sounds like a pretty sweet deal considering all that tha flagship phone has to offer.There are a number of things to love about a phone that brings a near bezel-less Infinity Display along with top-notch hardware as well as some stellar cameras. At Rs 38,000, the Galaxy S8 sounds like a steal, or at least it would have been a clear choice for many had it been a few months ago. But now, the phone falls in the same segment as the OnePlus 6, which was launched in India a few weeks ago at an even lower price point of Rs 34,999. You also have the Honor 10, which is even more affordable at Rs 32,999. These are the phones Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will be competing against and here’s what you need to know.– The Galaxy S8 comes with a gorgeous design that includes curved glass on the front and back and a display that stretches edge-to-edge. Its probably one of the best designed phones in a while (carried forward by the Galaxy S9) and also comes in a compact form factor that makes it feel extremely good to hold. The OnePlus 6 also features an all-glass design, but its bigger and doesn’t quite match the Galaxy S8’s aesthetics. The Honor 10 comes with an aurora glass back is able to reflect light, resulting in a psychedelic colour scheme that looks stunning and is probably the closest to taking on the Galaxy S8 in the design depratment.advertisement– Out of the three phones, the Galaxy S8 is the only one to sport a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display, which means colours look vivid and punchy and the deep blacks look great as well. The OnePlus 6 and Honor 10 only manage to bring Full HD+ displays, which may sound a bit disappointing on paper, but real-world usage will not disappoint. All three phones offer bright and vivid displays, but the Galaxy S8 probably gets an edge (quite literally) thanks to Samsung’s excellent panel. — That being said, the OnePlus 6 and Honor 10 come with notches that allow for a larger screen real estate, which may attract some consumers out there who prefer the 2018 industry trend. The Galaxy S8’s Infinity Display comes with symmetrical, narrow bezels on the top and bottom, which would please consumers looking for an affordable notch-less flagship right now.– The Galaxy S8 also comes with some really great cameras that outclass the OnePlus 6 and the Honor 10. The 12-megapixel ‘dual-pixel’ rear camera with f/1.7 aperture takes some great pictures in broad daylight and also does well in low-light and the same can be said about the front camera as well. At the time, the phone could easily take on the cameras on the Pixel and iPhone 7.– The OnePlus 6, on the other hand, doesn’t fall in the same ballpark as the Galaxy S8 when it comes to photography. OnePlus flagship manages to capture good shots outdoors with good colours and detail, but the phone fails in low-light conditions. Meanwhile, the Honor 10 gets a lot of AI help thanks to its chipset which helps capture better photos compared to the OnePlus 6. But the Honor 10 is only as good as its price tag and doesn’t come close to the Galaxy S8.– While the Galaxy S8 looks stunning and comes with exceptional cameras, the biggest issue with the flagship is its software. The phone was launched with Android 7.0 Nougat-based TouchWiz UI and received the Oreo update only a few months ago. While Samsung’s skin is a lot better compared to the olden days, it still comes with a lot of duplicate apps, which can start to weigh down the phone after a while.– The OnePlus 6 is the closest to stock Android among the three and offers an exceptionally smooth and responsive UI with a very light OxygenOS skin on top. It also ships with Oreo out-of-the-box and is guaranteed to get Android P in the future and possibly Android Q as well. The same cannot be said of the Galaxy S8, unfortunately, and timely security updates are also going to be an issue here, especially now that the phone has aged. Even the Honor 10 ships with Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.1 which is pretty cluttered and confusing. So as far as latest, clutter-free and secure Android software goes, the OnePlus 6 takes the cake.advertisement — A good chipset is what drives the overall experience and the Galaxy S8 does come with last years flagship chipset – Exynos 8895. While not a Snapdragon SoC, the Exynos chip makes the Galaxy S8 feel smooth and is quite capable of handling intensive tasks. But we are in 2018 now and the chipset inevitably will be compared to the likes of the newer Snapdragon 845 that powers the OnePlus 6. In this battle, a dated chip like the Exynos 8895 will start to wane. The OnePlus 6 is the cheapest smartphone in India to sport the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset, making it a stellar option at Rs 34,999.– The OnePlus 6 is ridiculously fast and performs smoothly no matter what you throw at it. Whether it is graphic intensive games or multitasking, the OnePlus 6 will breeze through anything and a lot of the credit also goes to how well optimised the software and chipset are. The Honor 10 with a Kirin 970 chipset is also a snappy performer, but even this falls a little short of the Snapdragon 845 SoC.– The 3,000mAh battery inside the Galaxy S8 will make you want more after a day full of intensive usage. On an average, the phone should get you through the day but on other days you may find yourself reaching for the charger twice. The Honor 10 is also pretty much on the same boat here. Despite a larger 3,400mAh battery, the Honor 10 will find it difficult to go beyond a day. Again, its the OnePlus 6 that really manages battery life extremely well, promising a good day and a half worth of battery life even with intensive use.– In conclusion, the Galaxy S8 at Rs 38,000 is a fantastic deal if what you’re looking for is a stellar design, a gorgeous Quad HD+ display and exceptional cameras. But when it comes to software, chipset and battery life, the OnePlus 6 and Honor 10 are the better options and they also come in cheaper as well.ALSO READ: Is this Samsung Galaxy S10? Probably not, it’s too early to talk about next Galaxylast_img read more

first_imgTokyo, Jul 2 (AFP) When Japan’s Blue Samurai take on Belgium today for a spot in the World Cup quarter finals, fans nationwide will pack spots from bars to temples to cheer them on. They are the undisputed underdogs against star-studded Belgium, but Japan weren’t even expected to qualify from their group after a chaotic and disappointing run up to the tournament. The team’s surprise turnaround has delighted fans at home, with people determined to stay up and cheer despite a time difference that means Monday’s game starts at 3:00am Tuesday morning local time. At a sports gear shop in Tokyo, several fans were out stocking up on kit before the game. “I think there is a chance to win,” said Yuta Makino, predicting Japan would sneak by Belgium 2-1 with goals by Shinji Kagawa and Yuya Osako. “Since Belgium have a lot of famous players, I want (Japan) to concentrate on defence and look for a window of opportunity,” said Makino, a 19-year-old university student, at an outlet of Soccer Shop KAMO in Tokyo’s entertainment district of Shinjuku. Hikaru Sasayama, also a university student, was planning to watch at a public viewing at a movie theatre, dressed from head to toe in Japan’s strip. “I’m afraid Belgium are stronger as they are faster and taller than Japan, but I want to cheer them on loudly from the theatre,” Sasayama said. Shin Abe, 20, said he expected the whole region would be cheering for Japan, the only Asian team to make it to the last 16.advertisement “I hope Japan will set Asia alight by winning as Asian teams have been defeated every time,” said Abe, who was planning to go a sports bar to watch the game. – Zen approach -================ Japan entered the competition with low expectations, after a series of disappointing pre-tournament fixtures and the chaotic dismissal of their former coach. The Japan Football Association unceremoniously canned Vahid Halilhodzic just months before the tournament began, citing communication problems with the team. He denies there were any problems, and is suing the association over his firing. The upheaval doesn’t appear to have perturbed the team, though new coach Akira Nishino has faced criticism for ordering players to run down the clock in their final game at the group stage, knowing that a 1-0 loss to Poland would be enough to get the Blue Samurai through to the final 16.While many Japanese will be eager to cheer as loudly and raucously as possible, one viewing venue will be encouraging a more contemplative watching experience. Tokoji Temple in central Japan’s Shizuoka, will be holding its first ever public football viewing, inviting people to its guest house. “I’m looking forward to seeing many people visit us and enjoy, as a lot of people are interested in the World Cup,” Taiko Ishida, the 51-year-old chief priest of the Zen temple, told AFP. “Since it’s a temple and the game is taking place quite early in the morning, we hope people will watch the game calmly without whistles or drums, except when goals are scored,” Ishida said. The temple plans to offer a special meditation practice as well as rice gruel for viewers after the game, free of charge, the priest said. “I am quietly wishing for Japan’s victory,” he added. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

first_imgThey can learn from the 29 environmental commitments that a handful of countries have already made. These commitments span environmental democracy, environmental and natural resource management, extractive industries, and corporate sustainability. For example:Chile has embraced leadership on a Regional Principle 10 agreement that will ensure the development and implementation of rights to information, participation, and accountability, which can help local communities protect themselves from environmental injustices. Chile has promoted this commitment throughout the Latin American and Caribbean Region, and 17 governments have now committed to engage in a process to improve these rights through national and regional action.Indonesia has also made an impressive commitment to develop what is called the “One Map Portal” to promote efficiency on forestry management. The initiative will digitize data and information related to primary and secondary forests on a single portal base map for the use of all sectoral ministries dealing with land tenure, land concessions, and land-use licensing. This commitment will streamline licensing of all concession types in Indonesia ( logging, palm oil, mining etc.) It will also, according to the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) report, set the basis for “central-regional collaboration to build trust and a foundation towards better natural resources governance and bureaucratic reform.”Finally, Ghana’s commitment to continue building a strong, legislative framework to manage oil revenues and to promote the independence of the committee that will monitor the use of such revenues is commendable. The fact that this commitment will be monitored by Ghanaians and the IRM highlights the strength of utilizing this partnership to achieve national and international goals for accountability.Integrating Environmental Issues into the Open Government PartnershipThe OGP has the potential to make a big difference in how participating countries address environment and development challenges, but only if it integrates this topic into its process. At the summit, countries made 37 new, ambitious commitments, but only one of them was environmentally focused. The OGP has launched Working Groups around specific themes—one of them being extractives—but there is a huge emphasis on revenue management and benefit-sharing rather than natural resources and environmental management. The OGP should continue to pursue a sectoral approach to commitments, but should open this process up to develop a key focus on environment and natural resources, perhaps with a lead government like Indonesia or Brazil. Networking opportunities should be encouraged formally and informally between civil society and governments. The OGP should also make room for designing smarter, more ambitious environmental commitments that address both government and corporate accountability.The opportunity to advance in this direction is now, when new countries are joining OGP and current members are drafting their second action plans. OGP must broaden its reach in the coming years to address critical environmental governance problems. This post was co-written with Consuelo Fernandez, an intern with WRI’s Access Initiative.The Open Government Partnership (OGP)—which held its most recent summit about three weeks ago—has made tremendous progress in its two years of existence. The OGP, a voluntary partnership between governments and civil society, aims to make governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Discussions at the summit made it clear that the partnership is already demonstrating impact. Sixty-two governments have now joined OGP, making 1,115 commitments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.The Summit provided a real sense that there’s a growing community who really “gets” the importance of open government to meeting development goals. Yet there was still a gap in the discourse in one particular area—the environment.Open Government and the EnvironmentWhile it’s encouraging that OGP governments have made more than 1,000 commitments to transparency and accountability, as of this month, only 29 of these commitments—or 3 percent— pertained to environmental and natural resource management. We define ”environmental” commitments as those which specifically mention environmental issues or natural resource management and have a direct impact on ecosystems, land use practices, or resource extraction.The gap in environmental commitments is particularly troubling, given that climate change, air pollution, water risks, use of toxic and solid waste, extractive sectors, the growth of cities, and land use change are of fundamental importance to present and future generations. Without government transparency and accountability, development decisions can come at the expense of communities and the land, water, and resources they rely on for their livelihoods.Learning from the LeadersThe health of citizens and ecosystems relies on transparent, engaging, and accountable governance in the environment and natural resource sector. There’s a clear need for governments to create and nurture a space in OGP to discuss these issues.last_img read more

first_imgPopulation growth and rapid urbanization are combining to create huge challenges for Indian cities. According to McKinsey, the country’s cities are expected to grow from 340 million people in 2008 to a whopping 590 million in 2030. Meeting demand for urban services in these cities will require US$ 1.1 trillion in capital investment over the next 20 years. Without the right design and planning, this massive urban growth could exacerbate existing problems of congestion, pollution, and traffic safety.Overcoming these hurdles and creating sustainable cities in India is the main topic of discussion at the upcoming CONNECTKaro, a conference co-organized by EMBARQ India and the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), Government of Karnataka, India that will take place from March 10-11, 2014. The second annual conference—named for the idea of “Karo,” which means “make it happen”—explores sustainable transport opportunities as ways of addressing the challenges associated with India’s urban growth.But before we can identify ways that India can sustainably urbanize, it’s important to first understand some of the underlying obstacles.3 Key Challenges to India’s Urban DevelopmentRapid and unprecedented population growth have contributed to common, pressing issues for India’s cities. Many of these are inherently linked to transportation, including reducing urban sprawl, ensuring safe access to city services, and addressing the real estate industries’ roles in determining cities’ designs.1. Urban SprawlIn the past two decades, Indian cities have grown tremendously—not only in population, but in geographic size. For instance, Delhi’s urban area has almost doubled in the last 20 years. This has led to an increase in average trip length from 8.5 kilometers to 10.4 kilometers, and this commuting distance is projected to increase further in the coming years. Sprawling cities and reliance on automobiles have contributed to traffic congestion, air pollution, rising greenhouse gas emissions, and poor public health. Ensuring that India’s cities of the future are both livable and sustainable requires that decision-makers find ways to shorten commuting distances and decrease urbanites’ reliance on automobiles.2. Traffic Safety and AccessibilityAccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), 10 percent of the world’s road fatalities (130,000) occur in India alone. Traffic crashes occur every minute, and a life is lost every 3.7 minutes. Crashes have a significant negative impact on the nation’s economy, costing the country the equivalent of 3 percent of its GDP between 1999 and 2000. These startling numbers mean that city leaders and other decision-makers must consider issues of safety not only on the road, but also in the surrounding environment. Safety and accessibility are key components of ensuring that cities become secure, sustainable places to live.3. Future Real Estate DevelopmentAs more and more people move into India’s cities, these people will need safe places to live, work, and commute. There’s already a projected shortage of 18.78 million households in India between 2012 and 2017. Real estate developers will inevitably aim to fill this gap, which means that they’ll have a massive influence in shaping what India’s cities look like in the future. Will the private sector invest in developments that provide access to sustainable transport, or will they follow a business-as-usual path and perpetuate problems of urban sprawl, pollution, and unsafe roads?CONNECTKaro to Explore Solutions for an Urbanized IndiaBy bringing together stakeholders from all sectors—government, academia, and business—CONNECTKaro aims to foster meaningful dialogue on how to overcome these challenges through sustainable transport solutions. A few key topics of discussion will be:How transit-oriented development (TOD) concepts, integrated transport and land use planning, and environmentally friendly transport options can be integrated into cities and states in order to cut back on urban sprawl and pollution.How last mile connectivity can be a critical factor in determining public transportation usage. Plus, we’ll examine how implementing low-cost, accessible sustainable transport options—like bike paths, pedestrian walkways, and public transport—can help citizens commute more safely.How housing projects can incorporate sustainable mobility options in order to reduce emissions and create safer urban spaces. We’ll also examine how the private sector can create platforms that support sustainable transport innovations.Overcoming India’s urbanization and sustainability challenges won’t be easy. But by bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders for a solutions-oriented conversation, we hope to begin identifying some of the ways to “make it happen.”GET INVOLVED: Stay tuned for our future blog posts on Insights and TheCityFix, where we’ll explore some of the potential solutions coming out of ConnectKaro. You can also watch the event live, and participate on social media by following @EMBARQIndia and using #CONNECTKaro.last_img read more

first_imgClimate change threatens virtually every community on Earth. Increasingly frequent and severe droughts, floods and heat waves will impact agriculture, food security, infrastructure, GDP, and lives and livelihoods. The World Bank estimates that the world should be prepared to spend $70 billion to $100 billion a year between 2010 and 2050 to adapt to a 2 degree Celsius (3.6 degree F) warmer world.Despite the dire impacts of climate change, adaptation efforts thus far have mostly involved small-scale and time-bound projects. These projects often have a strong grassroots focus—which helps address local needs—but they have limited capacity to benefit large populations and to contribute to policy reform.It’s time to start thinking bigger. Truly overcoming the climate change challenge means scaling up adaptation projects across larger geographies to benefit more vulnerable people.Scaling Up AdaptationThe need for achieving adaptation success at scale can be seen in the case of India’s rainfed regions. Rainfed agriculture occupies about 58 percent of India’s cultivated area, and contributes to 40 percent of its food production. Without adaptation, projections indicate that climate change will stress these rainfed agricultural systems, and farmers will face significantly decreased yields and revenue. Production losses in rice, wheat and maize alone could go up to $208 billion and $366 billion in 2050 and 2100, respectively. There are many ongoing adaptation projects in India’s rainfed regions but, to date, few have achieved a scale that can be truly transformational.For example, an NGO-run project that makes drought-resistant seed varieties available to farming communities in the rainfed regions of a given state could help farmers be better prepared for more variable monsoon and drought seasons. But the impact of a seed-distribution project is limited only to the small number of communities participating in that one particular project. However, if that project is scaled up to other drought-prone regions in the same state, or is successful enough to inform an agricultural policy that would institutionalize access to drought-resistant seeds for all farmers in all states with rainfed areas, the scale of positive impact in the face of climate change will be significantly greater.There are different pathways to achieving scale, and each one requires involvement of different actors. For instance, project implementers could gain funding to replicate the project in other similar geographical areas. The state or country governments could see the benefit of providing drought-resistant seeds to farmers in rainfed areas and introduce a subsidy. Or if the drought-tolerant seed varieties are affordable enough, farmers may spontaneously adopt the adaptation measure by copying their neighbors.And these good practices don’t need to stop at the country level. Droughts will worsen with climate change and plague many rainfed agricultural communities—especially in Asia and Africa. Given the scale of the challenge of climate change and food security, farming communities in rainfed regions around the world should be applying lessons learned and replicating good adaptation practices to reap larger benefits.A Recipe for SuccessAt this point, many countries are developing national and sub-national adaptation plans, and many are including adaptation components in their new national climate commitments under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. Funding for adaptation, while still limited, is starting to grow, with the Green Climate Fund, national funds, and other new sources of adaptation funding coming online.The time for scaling adaptation success is now: funding agencies, policymakers, practitioners, and the public are seeking large-scale, transformational solutions to adapt to climate change. The challenge is knowing what to scale, and how to scale it.To this end, WRI will soon release a report entitled Scaling Success: Lessons from Adaptation Pilots in the Rainfed Regions of India, which provides guidance on how to design, fund and support adaptation projects that can achieve scale. The report will be launched at an upcoming International Conference on Scaling Up Good Adaptation Practices in New Delhi on August 24-25, 2015, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).Now is the time to think bigger on adaptation, and to move the many good, but small pilot projects to a scale that can address the resilience needs of millions.last_img read more

first_imgThe process to fill the rest of former city council member Keith Radig’s term is officially underway.Radig resigned at the beginning of the year after being elected to the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors.The council has decided to fill the one year vacancy by special appointment.Applications for those interested in the council seat may now be picked up at city hall from the first floor clerk’s office.Those applying must be at least eighteen years old and a resident of Sioux City.An online application will become available Tuesday at www.sioux-city.org.The deadline to apply is 4p.m. on February 6thApplicants will be scheduled for a public interview in front of the City Council.The City Council will make their special appointment on Monday, February 27th at the 4pm council meeting.last_img read more