Tired of keeping track of everything in spreadsheets, post-it notes, or your inbox? Project management software can help you save time, collaborate effectively, and prevent important to-do’s from slipping through the cracks.Here’s a run-down of some project management programs that we recommend. In addition to running on a standard desktop, each of these tools offers iOS and Android apps.BasecampPrice: Starts at $20 a month for 10 projects at a timeBasecamp is a beautiful, cloud-based project management tool with a large fan base. The intuitive design makes it easy to set tasks and keep track of who is doing what, and you can also set it up to send your project members email notifications as tasks are completed.TrelloPrice: Free for basic useSelf-described as a “whiteboard with superpowers,” Trello is a visual collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards (‘To Do’, ‘Doing’, and ‘Done’, for example). This simple, intuitive project management application can be upgraded to business class for $50 per month. This upgrade includes advanced features such as Google Apps integration and read-only observer roles.AsanaPrice: Free for basic useAsana is a popular group collaboration tool that’s free to use for up to 15 people. Users can create, assign, and comment on tasks and store them together. You can also subscribe or unsubscribe to notifications regarding changes to the task, which makes it easy to keep everyone in the loop.Evernote & AzendooPrice: Free for basic useWhile Evernote was primarily created as a task manager, the organizational tool is also a popular project management tool. Depending on what types of tasks or projects you’re working on, Evernote is appealingly flexible. It can store notes, receipts, and other miscellaneous files associated with each project. Evernote also syncs up with an excellent project management app called Azendoo. This simplifies the process of delegating tasks, sharing ideas, and achieving goals when working with a team.Freelancers, what are your favorite project management tools or apps?
If you’re bitten by the independence bug — do you quit your day job to start your own business, or do you string along a side gig for as long as you can manage?Sometimes it seems like the best plan is to go for the gold and dive headfirst into entrepreneurship. If you devote yourself wholeheartedly to something, you’ll be able to make it succeed. Right?A 2013 study at the Academy of Management showed that the risk and uncertainty associated with entrepreneurship deters many from starting their own businesses. Fair enough. But an easy way of reducing this risk? Holding onto that day job… for a bit.Hybrid entrepreneurs, or people who start their own business while maintaining a day gig, learn from the transition and have a much higher chance of business survival when they eventually switch to full-time self-employment. That’s to say: the research shows your independent business will be a lot more successful if you don’t jump into it full time.What do you think? Hang onto that day job, or mutiny and dive into the waters of entrepreneurship? Which way did you choose?Tell your origin story in our Hive, What’s your going freelance story?, and debate away!
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Sending emails asking for a job can be tricky. In just a few lines, you need to introduce yourself, communicate your professional offerings and entice this powerful stranger to respond favorably to your request.Chances are, the person receiving your message already has a clogged inbox, and will read your email on a tiny device while rushing to a meeting or while sitting at a computer desk with multiple tabs open on the browser.How do you get these busy professionals to respond to your emails? More importantly, how do you get them to read your email in the first place? Here are some tips:1. While it is fun to use puns and nicknames, save those for personal use.Try not to use random letters or obscure nicknames in your official email address. Accounts with the names: LoveToFish302 or HandsomeHunk53 are probably not the way to go.Use your first and last name in your address, if possible. Try to avoid ambiguous characters – a zero and the letter “o” can get mixed-up more often than you’d think.Remember that there is a 100 percent chance of not getting a response if the email was never received.2. Your subject line is the first impression your reader will see.Make it clear. One way is to include the recipient’s first and last name in the subject line along with your own, so that they realize that this isn’t spam. Try to always include a word or two about what the email is about or the position for which you are applying.Get more smart business tips (it’s free!)Become a Freelancers Union member3. Titles are important.Be sure to address your contact with their preferred title, especially if it is a Dr. or President.If you are sending something to someone who speaks another language, you could start and end the email with hello and thank you in their native tongue—it will show thoughtfulness.You could also include respectful, cultural titles at the end of names, such as jan or san/sama, if appropriate.4. Never start your business email with “My name is…”Your message should be interesting enough so that the recipient can identity who you are and what you want by the time your email signature appears.Lead with the most important thing. You can say that you are a designer, or an engineer or a specialist working at a certain company, but your specific name should only appear at the very end. That’s what the email signature is for.5. Check the clock—and the timezone of the person you are emailing.Send your message an hour after the official business hours begin in that country.At that point, that person would have already cleared their inbox (which is usually done shortly after reaching the office) and your email would be the first new thing waiting to be opened.You could compose the email hours in advance and save as a draft, then click send when it’s time. Or schedule the email to go off at a specific time.6. Try to always use a reference—even if invented.For example, call the main number of a firm and ask the secretary for the president’s email address. Make sure to write down the secretary’s name (and google to make sure to spell the name correctly).In your email to that president, write: “I spoke to Pat on the phone…” If you have a real reference, that’s even better. You should mention your reference (real or created) at the beginning of your email.7. Always send an email first with your resume attached and then follow-up with a call.That way, when you speak to HR, you could both scan your resume together on the spot. The less work employers need to do to gain an employee, the better.8. Check their social media feed to find out what they like or dislike.If you’ve met in person, mention something from that time. A visual clue is often helpful, so reference a funny thing that happened or something you talked about.If you took a business card, always scribble a brief description on the back to remind you of the conversation, and use it in the email.9. Follow-up, but don’t be a pest.Contact them then give them space. If you don’t hear back for a week, it might be time to either send a fresh email with a different subject line or reach for the phone.10. Never make the email too long.There’s nothing more intimidating to a busy person than opening up an email to find a giant block of text. Try to break down the words into shorter paragraphs that contain three or four sentences each.11. Research the person and personalize it.Include a sentence about their work or something interesting you found out based on your readings. While employers expect that you will copy/paste some of the same message to others, nobody likes an email that is completely generic.Show them that you took the time to craft an email based on your interest in that specific company. Make sure that they still work at that company.12. If you send a thank you note after an interview, don’t expect a reply.If you do want a reply—say so. End with an action that you want of them. “Let me know if we can meet for coffee next week—would Wednesday work?” is an example.13. Leave your brand logo out of it.It is tempting to include your brand’s logo in your email signature, but remember that most smartphones and tablets identify them as attachments.This may confuse readers when they see the tiny paperclip icon next to the message and then don’t see anything attached once opened. A better way would be to just include your company name and job title in plain text and hyperlink to the main website or social media handle.14. Fancy or creative typefaces should remain in museums or greeting cards.Don’t use multiple colors and underline words or excessively highlight or bold/italicize words in the body of the email—they are often hard to read and look juvenile. Which brings us to…15. …Make sure font size & colors match up.If you need to copy/paste text from, let’s say a Word or Google Doc or a name from their website, make sure that you format all of the email so that the font size/colors match up. Consistency is key.16. Limit the use of “I” in your emails.A sentence such as “I was wondering if you could let me know when I could schedule an appointment,” seem less confident than “When can we schedule an appointment?”17. Try to eliminate hints of sarcasm.Some things are just better left said—and unread.In general, jokes are usually about the physical delivery and don’t always translate well to text—and they usually don’t translate at all in a business email context. Unless you are a professional comedian asking for a comedy gig and it is expected of you, try to never use phrases that could be misunderstood in an email—especially if you have never met that person before.You may never meet at all if the reader doesn’t get your sense of humor.18. DON’T GET TOO EXCITED!Limit exclamation points to one or a few per email, and try to never write an email WITH ALL CAPS. It can appear to be over-emotional and perhaps even rude.19. Write simply.Don’t use “big words” or jargon just because you think it’ll make you seem smart. Use words that you already know—or read up on the industry terms to make sure that you fully understand what you are saying and that the sentence makes sense. Also, spell out all abbreviations and acronyms unless they are very common.20. Be cognizant of who you’re emailing when you hit “Reply.”Disclaimers from company emails usually point out that the message was only intended for that person and is not to be forwarded to others. This is probably a good policy in general. Be careful when you forward the message from a recruiter to your mom, especially if you have an account which groups all same-subject-emails into one place. You could easily send the original sender the message in error.Try to start a new thread and copy/paste the email to your mom in another window entirely. Also, if you receive a message as part of a mailing list, let’s say from the head of HR announcing a job opening, be careful to not hit reply-all if you meant to just send it to the HR person—the whole group will then read your private message.21. Keep it brief.Just as you wouldn’t call a 1-800 number and tell the operator your whole story without first hearing a voice on the other end, your initial email should not just be a flood of words. Make sure that this is the correct email first and that this is the appropriate person to send this information to.22. Be careful what you say.Similarly, never disclose sensitive or legal information without first receiving a reply from the person. This way, you’ll be sure that you are not sending sensitive material to a random person in error. Always triple-check that you are sending the email to the correct address if you have it saved in your contact list. If it is a common name in your address book, you may accidentally send it to the wrong person, which could cause embarrassment or delays.23. Be specific.Use full names when you mention people in the body of the email. Don’t just say, “Received your email address from Sam.” Sam who? Be clear. If you mention an article or company in your email, link to it.24. Include your contact information.Before signing your name, make sure to include more than one way to reach you. Provide a phone number, a hyperlink to your personal portfolio, company website or Twitter handle. If applicable, offer to contact them to follow-up within a week or as appropriate.25. End on a sincere note.Make sure to include your last name in your signature! Your first name won’t do on its own—unless you are Beyonce or Prince.While there are no guarantees of a response—even if you turn on the “read receipts” notification—there are ways to improve the chances of receiving one. Be sure to always read your full message to check for spelling and grammar before clicking the send button. Good luck!If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to shoot me an email at JasmineBagerCruz@gmail.com, tweet / instagram me or ask me in person.
Maria Sharapova has shrugged off Caroline Wozniackis criticism of U.S. Open organisers for giving the Russian centre court billing in her return to grand slam tennis after a doping ban.Defeated by Ekaterina Makarova on an outside court in the second round, former world number one Wozniacki lashed organisers for scheduling Sharapova at Arthur Ashe Stadium in her opening matches.Sharapova, who returned from a 15-month ban in April, was handed a wildcard for the year’s final grand slam and made her third consecutive appearance in the main stadium on Friday, beating American teenager Sofia Kenin 7-5 6-2 to reach the fourth round.POINT OF THE MATCH:Outrageous rally between @MariaSharapova and Sofia Kenin.#USOpen pic.twitter.com/3R9ZmWNxN6- US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 2, 2017″With regards to scheduling, as you know, I don’t make the schedule,” Sharapova told reporters.”I’m a pretty big competitor. If you put me out in the parking lot of Queens in New York City, I’m happy to play there.”That’s not what matters to me. All that matters to me is I’m in the fourth round. Yeah, I’m not sure where she is.”Sharapova closes out the first set under the lights.#USOpen pic.twitter.com/nIP5stGiu2- US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 2, 2017 The 2006 U.S. Open champion has been warmly embraced at Flushing Meadows, playing to standing ovations and raucous cheers from sellout crowds.She will play Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova for a place in the quarter-finals.
Be it her scorching photoshoots or her personal photos , Sunny Leone always manages to create a buzz on social media.Recently, Sunny became a victim of a prank on the sets and reaction is breaking the internet. The actress shared a video on Instagram, where she is seen sitting and reading in her chair, when a crew member approaches her with a snake. He then throws it on her and runs away. Sunny jumps in shock, and screams She throws off the snake and runs away chasing the person who threw it while everyone is left in splits.Sunny isn’t amused that the video has fetched over 1 million views in 5 hours. She also announced on Twitter, that she would get her revenge soon.I think 5hrs to reach 1million views is the fastest I have ever seen on instagram! Haha glad to know you all like pranks. Now I have to get revenge on @yofrankay very soon. Hopefully that video will be funnier for you!- Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) November 25, 2017Sunny, clearly is a good sport!The actress will next be seen in Tera Intezaar, which stars Arbaaz Khan.ALSO WATCH: Porn is the reason why I’m here, and I’m not ashamed of it, says Sunny Leone
West Indies begin their battle to secure a place at next year’s fifty over World Cup in England as the two-time world champions take part in next month’s ICC Cricket World Cup qualifier for the two remaining places.Zimbabwe will host the qualifiers from March 4 to 25.WATCHThe West Indies, along with Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe, had missed out on automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup by finishing outside the top eight on the ICC ODI Team Rankings at the September 30, 2017 cut-off date.These four sides have been joined by Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Scotland and Papua New Guinea, who finished in the top four of the ICC World Cricket League Championship.The remaining two sides will be confirmed in Namibia from February 8-15 when Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Oman and the United Arab Emirates will fight it out in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2, with the finalists getting a step closer to cherishing their dreams of playing in the World Cup.Eighty-three teams had embarked on the road to the World Cup 2019 way back in 2013 through the ICC World Cricket League, introduced to give the teams outside the top 12 meaningful competition as part of the World Cup qualification.The 10 teams taking part in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 are split into two groups of five teams.The West Indies, Ireland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and winners of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 make up Group A, while Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and runners-up of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 form Group B.advertisementEach side will play the other teams in their group once with the top three from the groups progressing to the Super Six stage.The teams each play three Super Six matches against the sides they did not meet in the group stage. All points won in the groups will be carried over to the Super Six stage apart from those gained against the bottom two from each group.Important tournament coming up for our Windies. We will be heading to Zimbabwe for the World Cup qualifiers in MarchCheck out the match schedule released by the @ICC https://t.co/ghuXbBVKNe pic.twitter.com/HDOxsxxzWX— CricketWestIndies (@westindies) January 15, 2018The finalists will progress to the World Cup, whilst the Netherlands (ICC World Cricket League Championship winners) and the three highest finishing Associate Members will earn ODI status till 2022 upon the conclusion of the event.Only matches between Afghanistan, Ireland, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, the Windies, Zimbabwe and potentially the United Arab Emirates (if they qualify) will have ODI status in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.Hosts Zimbabwe will feature on the opening day of the tournament on March 4 when they will take on the runners-up from the Namibia tournament at the Queen’s Sports Club, Bulawayo, while West Indies will square-off against the winners of the Namibia tournament on March 6 at Old Hararians Cricket Club in Harare.ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “This will undoubtedly be a competitive and hard fought tournament with two tickets for the World Cup up for grabs as well as ODI status. Seeing four Full Member sides up against our best Associate Member teams who have progressed through qualification will make for some exciting cricket.”Fixture (1st round):March 4: PNG v WCL Div.2 winner; Ireland v Netherlands; Zimbabwe v WCL Div.2 (runners-up); Afghanistan v Scotland.March 6: PNG v Ireland; West Indies v WCL Div.2 (winner); Zimbabwe v Afghanistan; Scotland v Hong Kong.March 8: Netherlands v WCL Div.2 (winner); West Indies v PNG; Scotland v WCL Div.2 (runners-up); Afghanistan v Hong Kong.March 10: West Indies v Ireland; PNG v Netherlands; Zimbabwe v Hong Kong; Afghanistan v WCL Div.2 (runners-up).March 12: West Indies v Netherlands; Ireland v WCL Div.2 (winners); Hong Kong v WCL Div.2 (runners-up); Zimbabwe v Scotland.Super Sixes:March 15: A1 v B1; A3 v B3; A5 v B4 (play-off); A4 v B5 (play-off).March 16: A2 v B2.March 17: 9th/10th position play-off; 7th/8th position play-off.March 18: A2 v B3.March 19: A1 v B2.March 20: A3 v B1.March 22: A1 v B3; A3 v B2.March 23: A2 v B1.March 25: Final at Harare Sports Club.(With inputs from PTI)
Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have emerged as the biggest threats for South Africa in the ongoing ODI series with both spinners playing starring roles in the first two ODIs at Durban and Centurion.The South African batsmen have been bamboozled by the spin and guile of India’s premier wrist spinners which is why the visitors are leading 2-0 in the current six-match series.Chahal in particular has been the wrecker-in-chief with 7 wickets in two ODIs including his maiden five-wicket haul in the last match at Centurion on Sunday.The 27-year-old is the highest wicket-taker in the series so far while his spin twin Kuldeep, has been unplayable at times for the Proteas batsmen.Chahal recorded his career-best figures of 5 for 22 — his first five-wicket haul in 50-over cricket. On the other hand, Kuldeep’s 3 for 20 was also his best performance, bettering the 3 for 34 he got in the previous match.Between them, the spin duo has snared 13 wickets from the first two ODIs. Both men have given the South African coaching staff sleepless nights. How do they tackle India’s magical spinners? Traditionally, South Africa have never coped with leg-spin well. And India have two in their armoury.South Africa’s batting coach Dale Benkenstein also conceded after the loss that their batsmen have been unable to read Indian wrist spinners so far.South Africa all out for 118 runs in 32.2 overs (@yuzi_chahal 5/22, @imkuldeep18 3/20) #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/svLQ3kdvob— BCCI (@BCCI) February 4, 2018″The tough thing is you are playing against two wrist spinners, and not a lot of players have played against them. It does take time to get used to their change-ups and their variations,” Benkenstein sounded helpless.advertisement”Their spinners are very good, obviously. Earlier, Anil Kumble was the one who could really spin the ball away from the bat. He bowled pretty quick and the ball would come on to the bat. But these guys (Chahal and Yadav) are a lot slower.”We’ve had a good look at them in the two games (so far) and I’m sure our performances will improve as the series goes on,” he said.Chahal and Kuldeep’s performances had historic significance as well, as they became only the second spin pairing to pick up three-plus wickets each in the same innings. West Indies’ Carl Hooper and Keith Arthurton had previously shared six wickets at Bloemfontein in 1999.Chahal’s bowling figures of 5 for 22 are the second best recorded by an Indian bowler against the Proteas in ODIs. Former left-arm off-spinner Sunil Joshi tops the list with 5 for 6 in Nairobi in 1999.It was also the third instance when Indian spinners took 8 or more wickets in an ODI outside the subcontinent.The home team were left red-faced as they got bundled out for their lowest total in South Africa in ODIs. Virat Kohli and Co. then chased down the target with 9 wickets and almost 30 overs to spare.ASHWIN-JADEJA BACKUP OPTIONS IN ODIsChahal and Kuldeep’s success since 2017 has kept Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja out of the limited-overs squads.India has been amazing in both the ODI s and the wristies have been amazing, great effort to go 2-0 up and fingers crossed for 6-0. Well done imVkohli , @yuzi_chahal and @imkuldeep18 #INDvSA— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) February 4, 2018Since making his debut in 2016, Chahal has picked up 34 wickets in 19 ODIs at an outstanding average of 21.88 with 5 for 22 being his best bowling figures.Kuldeep on the other hand, has 28 wickets in 16 ODIs at an even better average of 21.39.The two have similar bowling figures in T20 internationals as well. While Chahal averages 15.92 with an economy rate of 7.73, Kuldeep is averaging 18.50 with an economy of 7.65.In comparison, Ashwin played 9 ODIs last year getting 8 wickets at 53.75 while Jadeja picked up the same number of wickets in 10 matches at 60.12. Both have played just 1 T20I since last year without any success.The most successful spin duo in Test cricket in recent time are now the backup options for Kohli in the limited-overs teams with no immediate return in sight. Such has been Chahal and Kuldeep’s impact in the blue jersey.India have significantly changed their tactics after the Champions Trophy, where both finger spinners were ineffective. Every team around the world started focussing on wrist spinners and India found two, readymade to deliver at the international arena.Yes, the two wrist spinners have played most of their cricket either on home soil or in friendly conditions in South Africa and Sri Lanka.But these two are very intelligent when it comes to adaptability and generally take wickets by putting pressure on the batsmen rather than waiting for the pitch to assist them in any way.advertisementAnd if South Africa keep on gifting India with spin-friendly tracks in the remaining matches, they might as well kiss the series goodbye.
At Rs 56,999, HTC launched the U11+ in India on Tuesday and today, it is for the first time that the smartphone goes on sale, exclusively on Flipkart. HTC U11+ is the company’s latest premium phone which comes with an edge-to-edge display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at 2.45GHz. HTC has also partnered with Flipkart to offer several launch offers as well.On buying the smartphone via Flipkart, customers having Axis Bank Buzz Credit card can avail up to 5 per cent flat discount. Additionally, the e-commerce site is also offering up to Rs 20,000 off under its exchange offer.To recall, HTC had first unveiled the U11+ in its home market, back in the month of November last year. Soon after the initial announcement, HTC had said that the phone will hit selective markets, including India. Living up to its promises, the company launched the HTC U11+ in India in two colour variants, including — Amazing Silver and Ceramic Black, and both the models are available on Flipkart. We can expect the phone to be available on Flipkart until stock lasts.Going by the specifications, the new HTC U11+ sports a 6-inch Quad HD+ Super LCD 18:9 display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The display is further protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which will save the device from cracks. The HTC U11+ runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box with the company’s HTC Sense UI running on top.ALSO READ: HTC U11+ launched in India at Rs 56,990, to be available for buying from Flipkart from Feb 7advertisementThe HTC U11+ is one powerful phone as the device comes powered by Qualcomm’s very recent Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at 2.45GHz. The company launched the smartphone in two variants — one with 4GB and the other one with 6GB of RAM. However, it is noteworthy that currently, only the 6GB RAM with 128GB of internal storage model of the U11+ is available for buying on Flipkart.As far as the camera is concerned, the HTC U11+ comes with a 12-megapixel UltraPixel camera coupled with autofocus, BSI sensor, OIS, f/1.7 aperture, and dual LED flash. That’s about the primary camera. While on the front, the smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel camera along with BSI sensor and f/2.0 aperture. U11+ also comes with support for 4K video recording.The HTC U11+ is powered by a 3930mAh battery coupled with support for QuickCharge 3.0. Additionally, the smartphone also comes with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support and HTC U11+ let them integrate with Edge Sense. There’s also the HTC Sense Companion, BoomSound speakers, and HTC USonic earbuds. The device sports IP68 certification which rescues the phone from both water and dust.
The 89th minute header from Jose Gimenez helped Uruguay beat Egypt a 1-0 in their World Cup opener on Friday.Gimenez rose perfectly to meet a Carlos Sanchez free kick and score the goal that broke a 48-year Uruguayan ‘curse’ of failing to win in the opening game of the World Cup finals.Egypt came within minutes of surviving largely thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy, who bravely dived to snatch the ball from Luis Suarez’ feet and then flung himself through the air to tip a Edinson Cavani volley wide.Uruguay gained in strength and purpose as the game progressed and it became clear that Salah, who injured his shoulder last month, was going to stay on the bench.What a finish! #WorldCup@Uruguay leave it late, but do enough to get the win. #EGYURU 0-1 pic.twitter.com/UmKN1f6YwOFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 15, 2018Before that, Egypt had rarely looked in trouble in a scrappy match at the less-than-packed Yekaterinburg Arena, though without Salah they also did little to threaten the Uruguay goal.Suarez squandered a great first-half chance by firing into the side netting when the ball broke loose after a corner, and forced another good save from El-Shenawy in the opening moments of the second period.Salah’s absence came as a surprise after coach Hector Cuper had said on Thursday he was almost 100 percent certain to play.The Liverpool striker, who turned 26 on Friday, injured his shoulder in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, and millions of Egyptians had been on tenterhooks to see if he would recover in time for the tournament.advertisementHe now has four more days to work on his fitness before Egypt face Russia in St Petersburg next Tuesday, while Uruguay will play Saudi Arabia the next day in Rostov. IRAN STUN MOROCCO WITH STOPPAGE-TIME OWN GOALA heartbreaking stoppage-time own goal from substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz gave Iran a dramatic 1-0 win over Morocco in their World Cup Group B opener on Friday.In a group where Spain and Portugal are strong favourites to qualify for the knockout stage, the result gives Iran an outside chance of an upset but was a bitter blow for an enterprising Moroccan side.Iran left back Ehsan Hajsafi whipped in a free kick five minutes into added time and Bouhaddouz launched himself at the ball, flashing a header past his own keeper Munir Mohamedi.The Iranians, who had not won a World Cup game since their victory over the United States in 1998, celebrated as if they had won the tournament, leaving the field only reluctantly after lengthy and emotional embraces.Morocco and the unfortunate Bouhaddouz were devastated as the country were forced to reflect on a second major footballing blow of the week after their bid to host the 2026 World Cup failed on Wednesday.When the pain subsides, however, they should take heart from a performance which showcased some impressive talent, well assembled by French coach Herve Renard, and which will have been keenly noted by Spain and Portugal.(With Reuters inputs)
KL Rahul smashed a unbeaten century and Kuldeep Yadav picked up his maiden T20 International five-wicket haul as India outclassed England by eight wickets in the first T20I and go 1-0 up in the three-match series at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.Rahul struck a breezy 54-ball 101, laced with 10 fours and five sixes to anchor India’s run chase that saw him forge a masterly 123-run second wicket stand with opener Rohit Sharma (32 off 30).Chasing 160, India quickly overcame the early loss of opener Shikhar Dhawan (4) as the right-handed duo of Rahul and Rohit helped the visitors race to 50 in the first five overs.KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav script India’s demolition over England in 1st T20IIndia captain Virat Kohli explained his decision to promote Rahul ahead of him in the batting line-up and his plans going forward.”Just looking at all the three skill-sets and how convincing we were gives me a lot of pleasure. Some of the younger guys stepping up pleases us too. We are shuffling around keeping the World Cup in mind and that’s why KL went in at three and I went in at four,” said Kohli.MATCH HIGHLIGHTS”We haven’t changed a lot, I usually bat at three and have dropped to four, but this allows me to control the innings in the middle-overs. It gives someone like KL the freedom to go after in the powerplay. We want our cricketers to be fearless, enjoy themselves just like what Kuldeep and he did today. We don’t want that mindset to change and want to provide a cushion behind them to go after. It may not work out well every time but we need to stick to it,” he added.advertisementAlso read – Rahul joins Rohit with second T20I hundredRahul continued his glorious run with the bat, dominating the partnership with Rohit, who uncharacteristically played the perfect second fiddle to the Karnataka youngster.”Rahul has come a long way; especially the way he’s been batting since the IPL and in that one game in Ireland – so clean and crisp. We want guys like him to step up. We don’t want to be one-dimensional, we want people going up and down the order. He’s got a great technique, great temperament and is very hungry and today he was a bit emotional because the last century he scored was against England in Chennai and it’s been that long he’s been waiting for. It was a great century and a great sign for Indian cricket,” Kohli said in praise of Rahul.Also read – Kohli fastest ever to reach 2000 T20I runsRahul started the onslaught right from the word go before meting out some special treatment to off-spinner Moeen Ali, whom he welcomed with a superb reverse sweep that yielded a boundary and followed up with a massive six over long on.The right-hander then picked the leg-spinner Adil Rashid for a boundary to third man to get to his half century off just 27 balls, before launching Liam Plunkett for two sixes and as many fours to milk 20 runs from the paceman.Also read – Kuldeep 3rd Indian to grab five-wicket haul in T20IsWith India comfortably placed at 103/1 midway through the innings, Rohit too stepped up the gas by launching Rashid for a towering six over mid wicket before falling to the same bowler.Rohit’s departure brought in skipper Kohli (20 not out off 22 balls), who was seven shy of becoming the fourth batsman to notch 2000 T20I runs.Kohli, not only got to the landmark but also ensured Rahul get to his deserving second T20I century with a single before the skipper finished off in style with a thunderous six off Ali to guide India home.”When a guy like KL Rahul gets going, he’s difficult to stop. Kuldeep is a terrific bowler, we knew he’d be a big threat coming into the series. It is something we need to assess and get back in the next game,” said England skipper Eoin Morgan.”Today was a game of margins for our spinners; KL chipped one just over. But India played well today and it just wasn’t our day and hopefully we’ll turn up for the next one,” he added.#TeamIndia wins the first T20I against England by 8 wickets.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/HOKRLviiB2BCCI (@BCCI) July 3, 2018Earlier, England had themselves to blame for wasting a sound 50-run opening start from Jason Roy (30) and Jos Buttler (69) as Kuldeep (5/24) triggered a collapse that saw Alex Hales (8), Eoin Morgan (7), Jonny Bairstow (0) and Joe Root (0) departing in quick succession — the latter three in a span of four deliveries.advertisementKohli also heaped praise on Kuldeep as his five-wicket haul spun the game in India’s favour.”Umesh was superb with the new ball as well. Kuldeep is a wrist spinner, he’s going to be lethal with any help from the pitch. It was his one over that turned it for us because England were taking it away before that. He’s very difficult to pick and his wrong ‘un hasn’t been easy and I hope he can keep working on it,””At the toss I didn’t think the wicket wouldn’t change much through the course of the game, but we were lucky to keep them down to 30-40 runs short. With the start they got, I thought they would get to 200. And then the odds were stacked against England,” Kohli added.Buttler, however continued tormenting the Indians with a 46-ball knock laced with eight fours and a couple of sixes before becoming Kuldeep’s fifth victim, thanks to a brilliant catch by Kohli after Rahul dropped him one ball earlier.When asked about his celebration post the dismissal he clarified that it was emotion of representing his country.”We dropped Jos and we know how dangerous he can be. It was a moment where I felt we needed to hold on to everything and I got the opportunity to convert. I can’t be someone who’s standing on the field doing nothing, I need to be pumped up when I am playing for the country and sometimes that boils over, but it’s not that I always go bonkers. Luckily that passion has carried on for a while,” Kohli said.Towards the end, lower order bat David Willey’s unbeaten 29 off 15 balls helped England to some sort of respectability.(With inputs from IANS)
According to SpaceX’s recent federal regulatory filing, Elon Musk’s aerospace company is probably going to make a Falcon 9 rocket booster land on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.If the company manages to achieve that, this would be the first time ever that a Falcon 9 rocket will stage at a new onshore recovery pad at Vandenberg. This could be a new step towards achieving the goal of retrieving and reusing the boosters set by SpaceX.First a car, now a satellite SpaceX Falcon 9 is set to fly againSpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch was as much a publicity stunt as a technology demonstration, launching Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster sports car into a solar orbit past the reach of Mars — but generating no revenue for SpaceX.This launch won’t actually take place until September 2020. Now, aside from SpaceX, the only US launch provider capable of launching payloads this big is ULA.So, while the Pentagon didn’t identify SpaceX’s rival by name, this almost certainly means SpaceX beat out ULA to win this contract — and saved taxpayers a bundle in the process.SpaceX files an application to Federal Communication CommissionAs per the filing, SpaceX has already submitted an application to the Federal Communications Commission. If the FCC approves the application, only then will the firm will be able to go ahead with its plans to use radio frequencies for communicating with the rocket following its landing.SpaceX has specifically requested the FCC to permit them to use a ground antenna for sending across the commands to a Falcon 9 booster after landing at Vandenberg, which may take place by the end of this year. The application doesn’t mention any specific mission for this landing procedure, which is supposed to take place at Vandenberg Air Force Base.advertisementFirst attempt of SpaceX to land rocket at Vandenberg SpaceX satelliteAs of now, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has managed to successfully land one of its Falcon rocket stages 25 times. While 14 out of the 25 times, the rocket’s first stage landed on a sea landing platform in Florida and California, the other 11 times, the rockets landed at Cape Canaveral.This is going to be the first time that SpaceX would make an attempt to land a rocket at Vandenberg. Air Force, the Federal Aviation Administration, NOAA, and state authorities have already given their permission to SpaceX to go ahead with their landing plans after conducting thorough environmental and safety reviews.According to reports, the next Falcon 9 launch is slated to take place on July 20 at the California military base. It is expected that SpaceX will recover the first stage of the rocket from this mission on a drone ship located at the Pacific Ocean.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
France take on Croatia in the World Cup 2018 final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday and French mid-fielder is mindful of not carrying rejecting the favourites tag which cost them dearly two years ago.France are now determined not to make the same mistakes they did two years ago in losing the Euro 2016 final when they take on Croatia for the biggest prize in football, midfielder Paul Pogba said on Thursday.The French beat Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-final setting up an encounter in Paris against then-underdogs Portugal, who stunned them 1-0 in extra time to win the continental title.”We are conscious of the situation, we do not want to make the same mistakes like two years ago. We want to work for it, to give everything we have to take this Cup home,” Pogba told reporters.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”I think at the Euro we thought it was already a done deal, the mentality was not the same as now. I cannot lie that when we beat Germany we thought that was the final. I know the taste of losing a final. I don’t want it to happen again.”Against Portugal we thought we had won it before the start of the game. That will not happen again.”READ – Croatia played an ‘extra match’ to reach historic final: Key statsFrance have been improving throughout the tournament and have beat Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the knockout rounds without needing extra time or penalties.advertisementCroatia needed spot kicks to advance against Denmark in the last 16 and against Russia in the quarter-finals. They then came from a goal down against England on Wednesday to win 2-1 in extra time.That is not a sign of a struggling team, according to Pogba, but one that has a lot of talent.READ – Paul Pogba dedicates France win to rescued Thai players”The Croats had a very difficult match and they were behind. But they are mentally very strong. There are two teams in the final, a Cup and there are 90 minutes more.”For us, we are not the favourites. We stay as we are from the start of the tournament. We have no doubts, we play together, that’s our strength. We are chasing something and will do everything to succeed.”France, world champions in 1998 after beating Croatia in the semis, are in their third World Cup final. It is unknown territory for Croatia however.READ – France reach 3rd final, Belgium’s unbeaten streak ends: Key stats”For sure the Croats they want the star (for winning the title) they have had a good run. They want to win. But I have no star either although there is one on my shirt. I want mine.”Pogba said while Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was their driving force the French plan would not be limited to stopping the Real Madrid playmaker.”The Croats are not just Modric. They have (Mario) Mandzukic, (Ivan) Rakitic and (Ivan) Perisic,” Pogba said.”Even their defenders are outstanding players. I don’t think there is a plan just for Modric. The plan is to win the match.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Manama, Jul 15 (PTI) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today held wide-ranging talks with her Bahraini counterpart Shaikh Khalid during which they discussed ways to expand cooperation in a number of fields including tourism, oil and gas, petrochemicals, security, defence and intelligence training.Swaraj, who is visiting Bahrain for the third time, co-chaired with Shaikh Khalid the second meeting of the India-Bahrain High Joint Commission. The first meeting of the Commission was held in New Delhi in February, 2015.”The wide-ranging discussions were held in a friendly and forward-looking atmosphere, with useful exchanges of views on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest,” said a joint statement issued after the meeting.The two sides discussed in detail various aspects of bilateral relations. These included ways and means to expand cooperation in the fields of education, health, housing, renewable energy, space cooperation, tourism, culture, youth and sports, women empowerment, customs, oil and gas and petrochemicals, security, defence and intelligence training and exchange of expertise, it said.They also discussed ways to enhance the cooperation between universities in both countries and the possible exchange of researchers and faculty members in the fields of food security, cyber space and energy; as well as enhancing cooperation in the field of information sharing within the framework of existing Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Information Affairs and the Indian news agency, the joint statement said.They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, including recent developments in the Gulf, Middle East, West and South Asia.advertisementThe two sides reiterated condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and called all states to reject and abandon the use of terrorism against other countries. They also agreed to work together for the early adoption of India’s proposed Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism at the United Nations, the statement said.The two sides welcomed the signing of the agreement on exemption from short stay visa for holders of diplomatic and official/special passports. They agreed to consider further liberalization of visa regime for each other’s nationals.Bahrain and India agreed to explore opportunities health care industry and welcomed the signing of an MoU for cooperation in the field of healthcare, which would contribute in expanding the cooperation between the two countries.An MoU for cooperation in the field of renewable energy was signed during Swaraj’s visit, which was welcomed by the two sides as it would encourage and promote bilateral technical cooperation on new and renewable energy on the basis of mutual benefit, equality and reciprocity.The two sides also agreed to strengthen coordination on consular issues taking into consideration humanitarian cases on both sides. They agreed to work towards integration of e-Migrate system with the work permit issuance system of Bahrain.The two sides also agreed to enhance cooperation in the field of civil aviation and the Bahraini side encouraged Indian companies to participate in the Bahrain International Airshow- prominent airshow in the Region.They agreed to explore collaborative arrangements between National Space Science Agency of Bahrain and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in training, human resource development, use of space technologies and applications for developmental and other purposes and to benefit from the low-cost Indian experience in the operation and launch of satellites and other space areas.The two sides highlighted the importance of the regular meetings of well-established bilateral mechanisms and high-level bilateral visits.Swaraj recalled her visits to Bahrain in September 2014 and January 2016, during which she had an opportunity to meet and discuss range of bilateral and regional matters of mutual interest with the Bahraini top leadership.During the meeting, the two sides underlined their close bilateral ties, deep-rooted in shared history and cultural affinities, sustained and nourished through growing economic linkages, multi-faceted cooperation and close people-to-people contacts.Shaikh Khalid recalled the historical and friendly relations between the two countries and highly appreciated the role and contribution of the Indian expatriate community in Bahrain’s progress and economic development.The Indian community of about 3,50,000-4,00,000 people forms nearly one-fourth of Bahrain’s population.The two sides noted the existing potential for two-way investments and reaffirmed their desire to provide favourable environment for investments, both from public and private sectors, from the two countries, the statement said.Both sides agreed on the importance of regular and timely exchange of information on available investment opportunities.The High Joint Commission was established by a MoU signed between two sides during the historic visit of Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to India in February 2014. 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Two countries that once eyed each other warily, India and the United States are building trust through mutually beneficial partnerships on climate and energy.That was one of the messages that came out of an event held at the World Resources Institute on September 22nd featuring some of the leading thinkers on U.S. – India relations.Panelists included Jamshyd Gondrej, WRI board member and Chairman, CII Climate Change Council and Chairman & Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd; Suresh Prabhu, Member of Parliament & Former Cabinet Minister for Industry, Energy and Environment, Government of India; Rick Duke, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy, U.S. Department of Energy; Ambassador Frank Wisner, Foreign Affairs Advisor, Patton Boggs LLP; Former US Ambassador to India; and Manish Bapna, WRI Executive Vice President and Managing Director.India faces significant energy-related challenges. India is still very much a developing country, with 42 percent of the population living below $1.24 per day. As the country grows into an economic and diplomatic leader, it is trying to meet the energy needs of its citizens while minimizing the impact on the environment, particularly as India is likely to be hard hit by climate change.As Gondrej said, “India’s development is moving ahead rapidly, but if we don’t do it in a sustainable way, I think we are asking for immense problems and trouble for India.”On the other hand, the United States is highly developed but is looking for opportunities to change its energy mix and compete in the clean energy economy.A Global Climate DealBoth countries have firm stances on their roles in the United Nations Convention on Climate Change. In general, India believes it should be held to a different standard than developed countries (like the United States) that historically caused global emissions to rise, and the United States believes a legally binding agreement should apply symmetrically to developed countries and emerging economies such as India. Despite their positions, both countries are committed to achieving a global climate deal.“The U.S. and India must work together on a global deal,” said Minister Prabhu.Bilateral PartnershipsIn the meantime, bilateral and private sector partnerships are stimulating discussion that may help bolster the relationship between the countries.Rick Duke, of the U.S. Department of Energy, saw promise in the Major Economies Forum and the related Clean Energy Ministerial meetings convened by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Duke described new partnerships on appliance and building efficiency standards, a high-potential area for collaboration.“The government of India has joined the U.S. on a suite of initiatives which we believe can collectively add up to at least 500 power plants avoided by 2030,” said Duke.Private Sector OpportunitiesPanelists also detailed the role of the private sector in catalyzing efficiency improvements in the two countries, citing examples such as the consumer demand for efficient appliances in India and interest in smart grid technologies.Referring to India’s star rating system for appliances, Gondrej said, “Consumers in India today are lining up to buy five-star rated air conditioners and refrigerators…All of us in the appliance industry in India are not able to keep up with the demand for these products.”The event captured the sense that India and United States’ growing relationship may be strengthened by collaboration on energy and climate change.As Ambassador Wisner concluded, “We’re obviously going to have different political perspectives, but I believe that the way ahead is going to be about the multiplicity of actions we engage in on both sides.”
With its high reliance on manufacturing, mining, and agriculture, South Africa’s economy runs on fresh water. Recent projections estimate a startling 17 percent gap between water demand and supply in the country by 2030. Even more concerning, the areas most affected, the Gauteng and Vaal River regions, are also the most economically significant: According to the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, these two areas produce more than 50 percent of South Africa’s wealth and supply more than 80 percent of the country’s electricity requirements (more than 50 percent of all the electricity generated in Africa). Reducing Water Risks Requires Collective ActionAs part of the effort to address this growing water crisis, representatives from the private and public sector converged this May at the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) 2012 conference. A one-day session on Corporate Water Stewardship, sponsored by consumer goods giant Unilever, with representatives from the South Africa Department of Water Affairs (DWA), Sasol, Eskom, Nestle, SABMiller, and Coca-Cola, highlighted the fact that water risks are inherently shared by governments, communities, and companies. Therefore, mitigating those risks requires collective action. For example, investing solely in water-efficiency improvements within a company’s fence line will only reduce overall water stress if this action is coupled with policies to ensure that the water saved is not reallocated to inefficient users. Conference panelists agreed that to ultimately reduce water-related risks, private sector actors must improve water efficiency and engage in water policy and stewardship through partnerships with government and civil society groups.South Africa’s public sector has reached similar conclusions: During the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille in March 2012, officials from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) water sector described plans to increase private sector participation in water management. And during the opening session to the WISA 2012 conference, the South African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs underlined the need for increased public-private collaboration around water management and set broadening partnerships as a priority goal for the South African DWA.Examples of Public-Private Partnerships in South AfricaA number of public-private partnerships are already forming in an effort to reduce water risks:In a recent article in South Africa’s Times LIVE, water managers from Eskom and Sasol, two of the largest industrial water users in the Gauteng and Vaal River supply region, emphasized that improving the companies’ water-use efficiency alone would not be enough to significantly reduce water risks. Sasol recently launched a pioneering partnership with the Emfuleni Local Municipality and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the primary German development agency. The effort aims to improve municipal infrastructure and cut back on leakages in order to reduce urban water demand and shared water risks. If proven successful, it will serve as a model to inform similar partnership projects.In the beverage sector, SABMiller has been working with the South African Department for Science and Technology through the South African Water Futures partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and GIZ. The collaboration aims to identify and respond to water risks faced by hops growers in the Gouritz watershed.Obstacles to Reducing Water Risk in South AfricaThe companies present at the WISA session on Corporate Water Stewardship have been leading by example, but represent only a small fraction of the private sector. The critical roadblock to reducing South Africa’s water risk is low participation from the private sector in the discussion around corporate water stewardship and collective action. More companies need to engage in this discussion and start taking action to reduce water-related risks.Maps and other tools such as the ones provided by WRI’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas can help facilitate this process. Aqueduct’s maps highlight the major issue-areas around water and provide a unique depiction of how water-related risk varies spatially across basins, regions, and countries. Understanding the geographic context of water risk is the first step towards developing a water strategy and engaging in corporate water stewardship.South Africa’s thirsty economy and reliance on foreign water to meet its increasing demands have already begun to trigger water-related financial impacts to businesses. This environment is indeed ripe for the development of private-public partnerships to reduce shared water risks. Companies in other countries should not wait for risks to materialize. Instead, collective action must be taken in advance through active engagement in corporate water stewardship.
This post is part of a series on World Water Week, an annual event designed to draw attention to and discuss global water issues. Read more posts in this series.This piece was co-authored by Anne-Leonore Boffi, Program Officer with the WBCSD, and Ruth Mathews, Executive Director of the Water Footprint Network.The unsustainable use of water and the risks it creates is on the minds of many of the thousands of water experts from the corporate, NGO, and government worlds who convened in Stockholm this week for World Water Week. As companies increasingly view water as not just an environmental issue, but a complex driver of very real risks to their businesses, the appetite for better information on how to manage these risks and become good water stewards has grown substantially. In fact, many organizations have put tremendous effort into developing tools and methodologies and compiling the best publicly available water information so that companies can manage their water use in sustainable, efficient, and equitable ways.This week in Stockholm, teams from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), World Resources Institute (WRI), and Water Footprint Network (WFN) convened a seminar called “Towards Sustainability: Harmonising Water Tools for Better Water Governance”. The event focused on providing an overview of each tool and highlighting areas requiring better harmonization and coordination efforts to help drive companies towards better management and stewardship of water resources. The seminar also included Ceres, DEG (a German development finance institution), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the UN CEO Water Mandate. The goal of the seminar was to explain how our organizations are striving to provide companies with a clear, easy-to- understand, and compatible set of water management tools—not a variety of competing efforts, but rather an organized and coordinated front. Existing EffortsThe groups meeting in Stockholm worked to coordinate the water risk and stewardship tools they have already created, including:WRI’s Aqueduct: A tool which creates customizable global and basin-specific maps of water risk today and projections for the futureWBCSD’s Global Water Tool: A free and easy-to-use tool for companies and organizations to map their water use and assess risks relative to their global operations and supply chains.GEMI’s Local Water Tool: This can be used in conjunction with the Global Water Tool to create step-by-step guides for investigating water risks, impacts, and management plans at specific sites or facilities facing significant water risks.WFN’s Water Footprint Assessment Tool: A free online web application assisting users in water footprint quantification, sustainability assessment, and response formulation based on the Global Water Footprint Standard.WWF and DEG’s Water Risk Filter: A risk-metric tool designed to help companies and investors ask the right questions about water, assess risks, and understand what to do in response.Ceres’ Aqua Gauge: A tool which enables investors and companies to assess, score, and compare water management practices.CEO Water Mandate’s Corporate Water Risk Disclosure Guidelines: A set of guidelines designed to help advance a common approach to corporate water disclosure that addresses the complexity of water resources in a comprehensive yet concise, practical manner.This past year has been a year of innovation. These tools and others created by participants at the seminar—many of which were released this year—already represent significant progress towards supporting better water stewardship by companies. Although the tools and initiatives have different objectives, WBCSD, WRI, and WFN share a common vision of moving both companies and the public sector towards managing water at a watershed level in ways that are sustainable, efficient, and equitable.Conclusions from StockholmOur seminar in Stockholm was an exciting opportunity to collect feedback and make plans on how to best advance our existing work on water risk and stewardship. Some of the key points raised during the conversation include:Companies are not waiting for complete or perfect information to take action–they are keen to work with their operations and their suppliers to reduce strain on water resources and water risk before it impacts them.There is still a need to find a better way to translate environmental risks into financial arguments that will help engage CFOs and other corporate managers.Different tools can help corporations answer different questions about their water management. A next step for our organizations is to clearly communicate which tools are best suited to answering which questions.Although different tools all have their own role to play, there is a need for a common language of definitions, concepts, and indicators between tools.Looking AheadThere’s a growing awareness of the business impacts of water scarcity, poor water quality, and water use competition. The next step is to continue to communicate where each tool is best suited for water management, identify and fill any existing gaps in their functionality, and combine efforts wherever possible. By doing so, we hope to achieve our ultimate vision: to drive more sustainable and equitable water resource management across sectors.Watch a recording of the World Water Week seminar, courtesy of 2Degrees.
Climate Change and PovertyPoor communities in developing nations are arguably the most vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate, such as heat waves, drought, extreme weather and sea level rise. They’re also the groups that suffer most from the world’s current development patterns.New Climate Economy Commissioner, WRI Board member and former president of Mexico Felipe Calderon highlighted analysis from the New Climate Economy report: In the 15 countries with the highest greenhouse gas emissions, the value of health damage from poor air quality associated with fossil fuel burning amounts to about 4 percent of GDP on average. In China, it is more than 10 percent of GDP. And inevitably, this pollution impacts the poorest in particular, who are least able to afford healthcare. It is worth remembering, he added, that we now know that strong climate action will also yield economic benefits to countries at all levels of income.Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State of the Vatican, sees combating climate change as imperative for achieving development goals. His personal letter to the participants set out a powerful message of support to the two critical U.N. processes scheduled for later this year: the U.N. Summit on the post-2015 agenda that will take place in New York in September, and the UNFCCC COP 21 that will take place in Paris in December. “There is no room for the globalization of indifference,” he said, but rather to work together “to cultivate two interconnected objectives: combating poverty and easing the effects of climate change.”A Time for ActionThe issue before us, Cardinal Peter Turkson said, belongs to us all, so it is all the more critical that the response comes from us all—from business and finance, governments and the Church. The Church, with its global presence and “expertise in humanity,” fully intends to participate in and drive environmental discussions at local, national and international levels, he said. Businesses are also starting to respond to the challenge. Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, and Naina Lal Kidwai, Chairman of HSBC India and Director of HSBC Asia Pacific, reflected that more than 1,000 major businesses have called on governments to implement a price on carbon, and more than a quarter of the world’s top 200 companies have set carbon-intensity reduction goals in line with a 6 percent per year reduction target. Critically, businesses are also recognizing why these measures are in their own interests. Preparing for the Papal EncyclicalThe New Climate Economy event also set the stage for another major happening—the Papal encyclical on climate change, expected sometime in the next month. It is hard to fully understand what a Papal encyclical on climate change will mean—it’s not your average climate-related document. The contents are still secret, but social justice and the moral imperative to act will be central, and its effects on recipients have the potential to be transformative. To put it in context: It is the second-highest ranking document that the Pope can issue; Pope Leo XXIII’s encyclical in 1891, for instance, spurred on the workers’ rights movement, which led to the creation of trade unions. This encyclical could influence the way billions of people on the planet think about climate change, as well as how they demand action from leaders. In his address to the COP 20 summit participants in Lima in December 2014, Pope Francis said that the “effective struggle against global warming will only be possible with a responsible, collective answer, that goes beyond particular interests and behavior and is developed free of political and economic pressures.” That is even truer when those economic pressures are less than we realized. Beyond the moral imperative to act, there are real business and economic opportunities for sustainable and inclusive low-carbon development. “Take good care of creation. St. Francis wanted that. People occasionally forgive, but nature never does. If we don’t take care of the environment, there’s no way of getting around it.“ Pope Francis may have spoken those words in 2013, but it’s a message that came through again just last week. An especially unique dialogue took place May 20th at the Pontificia Universita Della Santa Croce in Rome, focused on “The New Climate Economy: How Economic Growth and Sustainability Can Go hand in Hand.” As part of a series of events in the run-up to the highly anticipated papal encyclical on climate change, the New Climate Economy project was invited to provide a strong economic and business voice to demonstrate that climate action and economic growth can and should occur together. Organized by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, WRI and the New Climate Economy, the event brought together a diverse group of policymakers, business leaders, researchers and preeminent figures from the Catholic Church. It served as a reminder to all in the room that billions of people around the world—most of them poor—depend on businesses and governments working together against climate change to ensure a just transition to a low-carbon future. From left to right: Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme, President Felipe Calderon, HE Liliane Ploumen, Paul Polman, Naina Lal Kidwai, Andrew Steer, Jeremy Oppenheim and His Holiness, Pope Francis. Photo by © L’Osservatore Romano
Delhi Police has registered a case after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) complained to them about cheating from young cricketers by fraudsters in the name of getting them a place in Ranji Trophy and other BCCI organized tournaments.The case of cheating was registered after BCCI’s regional integrity manager of its Anti Corruption Unit Anshuman Upadhyay stated that they have received three complaints from Kanishk Gaur and Kishan Attri of Rohini and Shivam Sharma from Gurgaon.They were allegedly duped of Rs 80 lakh on the pretext of getting them selected in the Ranji Trophy teams of Nagaland, Manipur and Jharkhand, police said.In the complaint, BCCI told police that there is also the involvement of some cricket association members in the illegal activity. “BCCI’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) is receiving complaints from young cricketers of cheating. These youngsters have been asked to pay huge sums of money and the players end up losing a lot of money and yet are not selected in the teams,” reads the FIR copy in the case.The investigation in the case revealed that after paying money the young cricketers played few matches of under 19 cricket and then removed.The suspects in the case also organized a cricket match in the name of the trial of Jamshedpur and Ranchi. The complainants also provided substantial evidence.In one of the case, fraudsters cheated Rs 10 lakh approximately, on the pretext of getting 17-year-old aspiring cricketer in the Ranji Trophy team. The role of some state board members is also being investigated. “There is the possibility that the accused in the case has duped cricketers of the huge sum of money,” reads police documents.advertisementA case under sections 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (Forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (Using as genuine a forged 1[document or electronic record) and 120 B ( Punishment of criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code.
David Warner announced his Indian Premier League comeback in style by hammering the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowlers in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) opening match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Warner was striking it cleanly from the word go and got SRH off to a flyer. It was as if Warner had not been away from the game for the last 12 months. However, Warner revealed he felt nervous before his return to the Twenty20 league on the second matchday of IPL 2019.”It was good to get back in there and contribute to the team. I’m pretty chirpy in the change room but I didn’t really say much (because of nervousness). I kept drinking pickle juice,” Warner told Star Sports after smashing 85 from just 53 balls.KKR vs SRH, IPL 2019: HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTWarner was handed a one-year ban by Cricket Australia in March 2018 over his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal that brought disrepute to Australian cricket. He had to miss IPL 2018 after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) barred Warner and his Australian teammate Steve Smith from playing the cash-rich league.What a comeback @davidwarner31 #VIVOIPL #KKRvSRH pic.twitter.com/hPQ1I5QX3fIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 24, 2019Warner had played very little cricket at the highest level over the last 12 months and his Bangladesh Premier League stint was shortlived due to an elbow injury.Warner though showed no signs of rustiness as he blasted three sixes and nine boundaries during his whirlwind knock at the Eden Gardens. Warner also revealed he is feeling good about his elbow.advertisement”The elbow injury is not too bad. When you haven’t lost a wicket, it’s easier to free your arms and take on their (KKR’s) spinners. We put pressure on their spinners and made their quicks come back.”Warner had met the Australian team who are playing Pakistan in an ODI series in the United Arab Emirates. The opening batsman is likely to return to international cricket in the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales. Notably, his one-year ban expires on March 30.Former England captain Michael Vaughan took to social media and lauded Warner’s sensational comeback to IPL.Warner is BACK … #IPL2019Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 24, 2019Warner and Sunrisers. The partnership continues.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 24, 2019David Warner batting as though he’s never been away! #CSKvsRCB #IPL2019RK (@RK_sports) March 24, 2019David Warner’s clubbed 85 off 53 balls with 9x4s & 3x6s for @SunRisers in the #IPL2019 tonight. Every ball absolutely flew off his bat. 40th half-ton for the Aussie, most ever in #IPL. Walk-up starter for the World Cup.Michael Randall (@MickRandallHS) March 24, 2019David Warner scores 85 from 53 in his IPL return. Welcome back ???? we need this guy in the Australian side.Caden Helmers (@cadenhelmers) March 24, 2019During the course of his knock, Warner also broke a couple of IPL records as surpassed Gautam Gambhir’s tally for the most number of half-centuries in the Twenty20 league, scoring his 37th IPL fifty. Warner now has the most number of runs (762) against Kolkata Knight Riders. He had surpassed Rohit Sharma’s tally of 757 runs on Sunday.Also See: