Maria Sharapova survived a late wobble in the blazing centre court to ease into the third round of the Australian Open after beating 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 7-6(4).As the temperatures soared, Sharapova’s barrage of winners also went north. The former champion just took 23 minutes to win the first set against the Latvian at the Rod Laver Arena.Sharapova wavered when serving for the match at 5-4, allowing Sevastova to drag the match into a tiebreak, but the Russian doubled down on her baseline firepower to raise three match points quickly.WATCHHigh on momentum, she closed the match on the second when Sevastova’s forehand went long.”I love being in the city. I love Australia. I love the summertime…A lot of things to smile about.”-@MariaSharapova#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/rxFDiuXlzU— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2018The 32-year-old will next meet the winner of 2016 champion Angelique Kerber and Donna Vekic for a place in the last 16.(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH:
Rohit Sharma, who was in the middle of a rare poor run, smashed his maiden century in South Africa as India looked set for a competitive total in the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. It was his 17th hundred in ODIs overall.India, who lead the six-match series 3-1, are looking for their first ever bilateral series triumph in South Africa.WATCHRohit was dropped for the third and final Test against South Africa in Johannesburg after scores of 11, 10, 10 and 47. He was expected to fare better in the ODIs but managed only 20, 15, 0 and 5 in the four ODIs of the series – several experts questioned his technique in alien conditions.However, Rohit, India’s vice-captain in limited-overs cricket, bounced back in style after South Africa put the visitors in at St George’s Park.Rohit and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan got off to a watchful start before the latter started taking the attack to South Africa’s new-ball bowlers.Rohit, who was troubled by Kagiso Rabada right through the tour, hit the pacer for a massive six. India lost Dhawan soon after but Rohit was relentless in his aggressive approach.In fact, so dominating was Rohit that the in-form Kohli had to take the backseat. The two added 105 for the second wicket before a terrible mix-up resulted in Kohli’s run-out.However, Rohit dug deep and scored a well-deserved hundred to lift India in their pursuit of history.
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Jason Holder led from the front with an unbeaten 99 to lead West Indies to a six-wicket win over Papua New Guinea in Group A of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier at the Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare, Zimbabwe.In another Group A match, United Arab Emirates defeated Netherlands by 6 wickets, as Rohan Mustafa picked up five wickets.Over in Group B. Afghanistan’s poor run continued in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, as they succumbed to 30-run loss (DLS method) to Hong Kong.Scotland reached the Super Sixes with their 4-wicket win against Nepal, as skipper Kyle Coetzer leading from the front with the bat.West Indies captain Holder, though failing to reach his maiden ODI hundred, ensured the West Indies go into the weekend with two wins from two. after a hard-fought and at times nervy victory over a spirited Papua New Guinea. At one stage a monumental upset seemed to be on the cards, but from the precariousness of 58/4 chasing PNG’s 200, Holder and his resolute No.3 Shai Hope took the West Indies home with 46 balls and six wickets to spare.Choosing to bat, PNG got off to a nightmare start, losing Vagi Morea to a run out – Holder’s day starting as it would go on – from the third ball of their innings. Assad Vala hit a valiant 57 and Norman Vanua a frenetic 35 at number 10, but Carlos Brathwaite’s maiden ODI five-for helps West Indies. SCOTLAND BEAT NEPALScotland made it three wins from three in Group B and guaranteed their spot in the Super Sixes after an impressive all-round bowling display and unbeaten 88 from captain Kyle Coetzer inspired a four-wicket victory over Nepal, who are still waiting for their first win the tournament.advertisementAt 71/1 in pursuit of Nepal’s 149 all out, Scotland appeared to be cruising. But a mini-collapse of five wickets for 51 runs ensured an exciting finish at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, with Coetzer emerging the hero. HONG KONG BEAT AFGHANISTANAfghanistan’s fortunes did not change, as the skies opened to bring an early end to their chase Hong Kong’s total of 241/8. Anshuman Rath and the lower-order batsmen that guided Hong Kong, as Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi pick up three wickets each for Afghanistan. Mohammad Nabi and unbeaten Dawlat Zadran tried their best to take their team home ,but falling wickets at regular intervals dented Afghanistan’s chances when rain stopped pay. Ehsan Khan for Hong Kong was the danger man, as he wrecked havoc as he picked up four wickets for just 33 runs. UAE BEAT NETHERLANDS A five-for for Rohan Mustafa and a half-century from Chirag Suri led United Arab Emirates to a comfortable six-wicket win over the Netherlands to boost their hopes of qualifying from their group.Rohan Mustafa picked up 5/26 to headline an impressive bowling display for UAE as Netherlands were bowled out for just 176. Wesley Barresi and Max O’Dowd got off to a promising start as the pair added 52 runs for the opening wicket. UAE didn’t have everything their own way during their pursuit of 177, at one point losing three wickets for the addition of just 14 runs to leave them 84/4. Opener Chirag Suri and wicket-keeper Ghulam Shabber added 57 for the second wicket to take UAE home.(With inputs from ICC)
David Warner held a press conference on Saturday over his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal but ducked most of the questions thrown at him by the journalists and left most unsatisfied.While Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft had spoken to the media day before yesterday immediately after landing in Sydney and Perth, respectively, Warner had sought some time to take care of his family before addressing the media.Having been identified as the chief conspirator in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town Test that led to widespread outrage, Warner was expected to answer some tough questions. Warner apologised to the Australian public but broke down and lost his voice for a moment as he talked about his family.WATCH DAVID WARNER’S EMOTIONAL APOLOGY”I want to apologise to my family, especially my wife and daughters [cries]. Your love means more than anything to me and I would not be anything without you. I am sorry for putting you through this and I promise I won’t put you in this position again,” Warner said in the press conference.Though social media was not impressed, Warner’s “hard face, pained eyes and outward breaths” showed that he was remorseful, according to speech and body language expert Michael Kelly.Also read – Major takeaways from emotional David Warner press conference”You could see his body was unanimated; it was almost like he’d taken a punch. It shows this is taking a huge toll on him,” Kelly told the Sunday Morning Herald.”He was almost losing emotional control, his voice started breaking when he spoke about his family and the effect it has had on them, but it also happened again when he started speaking about his future, long-term career,” he said.advertisementWarner at the press conference said he hoped and prayed that he be bestowed with an opportunity to play for Australia once again but was aware that it may not happen again.”It is hard to know what lies ahead but for now, it is all about the well-being of my family. There’s a tiny ray of hope that I may one day be given the privilege of playing for my country again but I’m resigned to the fact that it may never happen.”Also read – Warner breaks down and apologises to wife and daughtersKelly said that the fact the he mentioned his concern over not playing for Australia again, shows how much he cares for his cricketing future.”I think his greatest interest is his self interest,” he said. “He said at least three times that he might not be able to play for Australia again and it really hurt him.”Warner was bombed with questions about who else might be party to the crime, but the opener shut out the queries by deflecting the blame his way, over and over again.Also read – Warner resigned to the fact he may never play for Australia againAfter the press interaction, Warner took to Twitter to acknowledge that there was “unanswered questions and lots of them” suggesting he was just complying with the “process”.He said that there was too much at stake for his family, but promised that he would “answer all questions in the proper place and at the proper time”.1/3 I know there are unanswered questions and lots of them. I completely understand. In time i will do my best to answer them all. But there is a formal CA process to follow.David Warner (@davidwarner31) March 31, 20182/3 I am taking advice to make sure I properly comply with that process and answer all questions in the proper place and at the proper time.David Warner (@davidwarner31) March 31, 20183/3 I should have mentioned that in my press conference Im sorry for not making it clearer. With so much at stake for my family and cricket I have to follow this process properly. I think thats fair.David Warner (@davidwarner31) March 31, 2018To put things into perspective, Warner (along with Steve Smith) had led the pay-dispute charge against the Australian board. Treats of tour boycotts had forced CA’s hand aback then, but the ball is firmly in their court.ALSO WATCH:
The Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games has decided to appeal against CGF court’s decision to ban two of the country’s athletes for violating the ‘no-needle’ policy in Gold Coast on Friday.”We don’t agree with some decisions, and we will discuss with our higher authorities. We will appeal against these decisions,” General Team Manager, Namdev Shirgaonker said addressing a press conference that was also attended by the Indian chef-de-mission Vikram Sisodia.Indian race walker KT Irfan and triple jumper V Rakesh Babu were on Friday ordered to return home from the Games and a strong reprimand issued to the Indian officials here after the duo was found guilty of breaching the event’s strict no-needle policy.”Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi are with immediate effect not permitted to participate in the Games. The accreditation of Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi was suspended with effect from 09:00 hours on April 13, 2018. Both athletes were removed from the Games Village,” the Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin said in a strongly-worded statement.CWG 2018 MEDALS TALLYCWG 2018 FULL COVERAGECWG 2018 LIVE BLOG”We have asked the Commonwealth Games Association of India to ensure both athletes depart Australia on the first flight available,” it added.While Irfan was already through with his 20km race walk event, finishing 13th, the 28-year-old Rakesh Babu was to participate in Friday’s triple jump final after qualifying 12th for the competition but was unlikely to compete due to injury. There is no doping offence involved.”There is a lot of confusion, why our athletes were banned, how they confirmed this. Why was Irfan banned when the syringe was found in Babu’s bag,” Indian athletics team manager Ravinder Choudhry said.advertisement”How is the CGF so confident that both athletes were using the same syringe. Babu admitted but what Irfan,” he added.The latest embarrassment comes after the Indian contingent escaped unscathed when a needle was found outside a boxer’s room.At that time the CGF had merely issued a reprimand to India for not disposing the syringe as prescribed, clearing the country of any declaration norm violations.The Commonwealth Games Federation Federation Court heard the latest complaint on Thursday after it was brought to its notice by the CGF Medical Commission.”The Chef de Mission of the Commonwealth Games Association of India, General Team Manager, Namdev Shirgaonker; Athletics Team Manager, Ravinder Chaudhry; two athletes, Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi; and other individuals (Team Managers) associated with CGA India were found by the CGF Federation Court to be in breach of the CGF No-Needle Policy for the Games (the No Needle Policy). All five individuals were found to be in breach of the Policy,” the CGF stated.(With PTI inputs)
Lahore, Apr 15 (PTI) In a shocking incident, a sixth grade student lost his life while playing innocuous face-slapping at his school in Pakistans Punjab province, media reports said.During break time, Bilal and Aamir chose to play Thapar Kabaddi (face-slapping) at Government High School Mian Channu when Bilal was severely struck near his neck, the Express Tribune reported.During the game, students and teachers also gathered in the ground to watch the fight, it said.The incident happened earlier this month but its video surfaced yesterday.As the game begun, both of them started to slap each other as hard as they could. The event took an ugly turn, when Bilal unable to bear Aamirs slaps lost his conscious and fell on the ground.Nobody came to his aid and shifted him to the nearby hospital while the rescue team also arrived late after a delay of half an hour, the report said.The incident points towards grave negligence on the part of police, school administration and parents of the victim.Sources said that the school administration failed to take Bilal to hospital for medical treatment immediately after the incident and are equally responsible as the local police for not carrying out post-mortem of the body, it said.Thappar Kabaddi, also known as Chanta Kabaddi, is a famous sport in many cities of Punjab. PTI AMS NSA AMS AMS
Virat Kohli is not human. The India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain is a run-machine of the most efficient order.Kohli is poetry in motion when he bats and he makes batting look ridiculously easy even when others around him struggle to put bat to ball.But how does Kohli do it? Fitness has often been attributed to the man’s Herculean feats with fans often been privy to his regime.Kohli has been a vocal advocate for a healthier lifestyle in the recent past and most his off-field energies have been directed in these endeavours during the Indian Premier League.He was spotted working out before RCB takes the field in their game on Thursday.RCB will take on already-qualified table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in a must-win IPL encounter at home in Bangalore with their playoff chances hanging by a thread.After registering successive victories over Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab, the Kohli-led RCB are a rejuvenated unit while SRH have been the team to beat this season, having won nine matches out of 12.RCB are still languishing at the second last position on the table, while SRH are on top with 18 points.Kohli, on a personal note, is currently the leading run-scorer in the history of the IPL. The 29-year-old had a middling time with the bat last year but bounced back in style this season.Also read – Kohli creates IPL history with 5th 500-run seasonadvertisementHe remains the only player in the IPL to have been with the same team since the inception of the league in 2008. Bought by RCB as an under-19 star 11 years ago, Kohli has gone from strength to strength over the last decade.After a modest start, Kohli reached his peak in 2011 when he smashed 557 runs from 16 matches. In 2013, he was handed over the RCB captaincy and he celebrated by scoring a 634 runs from 16 matches. In 2015, Kohli hammered 505 runs from 16 matches.However, the breakthrough year came in 2016 when Kohli hammered a record 973 runs including four hundreds. He also hit seven boundaries as RCB stormed into the final only to lose to Sunrisers Hyderabad.This year, Kohli has once again led by example. The team is heavily dependent on him and AB de Villiers and the duo have not disappointed.Scoring 500 runs in the IPL is no mean feat.Before today, besides Kohli, there was only one man who had gone past the 500-run mark in a season four times – David Warner.Warner, who was removed from the IPL roster this year after being handed a one-year ban over his role in the ball-tampering scandal, scored 528 runs in 2014, 562 in 2015, 848 in 2016 and 641 in 2017.
Liverpool will face back-to-back UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid and the catalyst for this season’s run was an inspiring speech by Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp in the aftermath of the Europa League final loss to Sevilla two years ago, captain Jordan Henderson has said.Liverpool are within touching distance of a sixth European crown and are looking to deny holders Real Madrid a 13th title when the teams face off at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday.”He looked at the bigger picture and the future and he felt as though it could be a big moment in our careers to learn from the experience,” Henderson told British media.”He had this vision that made me think in the future we’d get to another final. He wanted to use the experience of that final to keep us together and use it as a positive. If we got to another final we’d be ready.”At that moment I sensed that he could see that he was confident about getting to another final. I can’t remember word-for-word but he had something about him that felt it was the start of something.”Liverpool have put 2016’s 3-1 defeat by Sevilla in Basel well behind them and are firing on all cylinders in Europe’s elite club competition in this campaign.The Merseyside club have already plundered 40 goals in their march to the final and England international Henderson credited Klopp with re-energising the team.”I think you can see how he has taken the team forward since then has been fantastic… I see how hungry the team are to be successful,” Henderson added.advertisement”I have spoken about the manager having a massive impact since he’s come in, which he has. He is our leader and everyone looks up to him.”(With inputs from Reuters)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today embarked on a campaign to reach out to voters ahead of the crucial 2019 general elections. Called ‘Sampark for Samarthan’, the BJP will target 1 lakh prominent personalities across the country over the next 15 days and tell them about the four-year achievements of the Narendra Modi-led government.BJP president Amit Shah himself kick-started the campaign on Tuesday. His first stop was the residence of former army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag. Suhag was the army chief under whom the Modi government orchestrated the surgical strike against Pakistan in September 2016.”As part of the ‘Sampark for Samarthan’ campaign, met former Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag ji at his home in Delhi to discuss and brief him on the several achievements and initiatives undertaken by Modi sarkar since it was voted to office 4 years ago,” Amit Shah tweeted after the meeting.As part of the Sampark for Samarthan campaign, met former Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag ji at his home in Delhi to discuss and brief him on the several achievements and initiatives undertaken by Modi sarkar since it was voted to office 4 years ago. pic.twitter.com/ihpIcooh3rAmit Shah (@AmitShah) May 29, 2018Gen Suhag said Shah and he talked about the state of farmers and villages in the country. He remained mum on the possibility of him joining politics in the wake of this meeting.As part of the campaign, top 4000 BJP functionaries will tap 25 important persons each, mostly retired, from the fields of judiciary, army, literature, arts, cinema, music, sports, religious organisations, journalism, business, farmers’ organisations, corporate conglomerates among others. BJP functionaries who will reach out to these persons will include union and state ministers, MPs, MLAs, district presidents and top office-bearers.advertisementOn Tuesday, Amit Shah’s second stop was former secretary general of the Lok Sabha and constitutional expert, Subhash Kashyap. Kashyap gifted Shah books on Ramayana, Bhagwad Geeta and the Constitution.BJP National President Shri @AmitShah met Shri Subhash C. Kashyap during the ‘Sampark for Samarthan’ campaign. Shri Amit Shah will reach out to 50 people personally with details of initiatives and achievements of the Modi government. #SaafNiyatSahiVikas pic.twitter.com/Rfa2gYv8MSBJP (@BJP4India) May 29, 2018After meeting Shah, Kashyap said, “There are several schemes of the Modi government that are good but there is much that still needs to be done.” He said he has no intention of plunging into politics.READ: Mudra Yojana is a mission or mess? 5-point fact checkerREAD: 4 years of Modi Sarkar: Report card of promises keptWATCH: Mood of The Nation: Who will stand where if LS elections are held today?
FIFA ranking: 1 (till June 7)MATCHES: (Group F)June 17: Germany vs MexicoJune 23: Germany vs SwedenJune 27: Germany vs Korea RepublicPREVIOUS TOURNAMENTS:Defending champions Germany have appeared in 18 World Cups and won the title four times, including the 2014 tournament in Brazil. They are the only nation to have placed third or better in every decade of the World Cup since its creation in the 1930s.Considered the ultimate tournament team, they have reached the semi-finals or final in every tournament since 2002 and are the most consistent side over the past four decades.COACH:Joachim Loew: The unassuming former assistant of Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann, until 2006, has risen to become one of the most successful Germany coaches of all time. In his 12 years in charge Loew has led Germany to at least the semi-finals or final in every competition they have played.They won the 2014 World Cup as well as the 2017 Confederations Cup with his trademark attractive attacking football while also benefiting from an unprecedented wealth of talent generated by the country’s youth academies.Loew has set a number of German records in his 12 years in charge, including for the most wins by a national team coach with 106 out of 160 matches.He is also set to overtake Sepp Herberger’s record of 167 matches as head coach.KEY PLAYERS:Toni Kroos: The brain and engine behind Germany’s game. Almost every move goes through Kroos who regularly has the most ball contacts and passing accuracy that can reach 100 percent.The midfielder, who has enjoyed remarkable success in the last five years, having won the World Cup as well as three Champions League titles with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, also enjoys going forward and has a powerful shot.advertisementMarco Reus: When fit the speedy but injury-plagued winger can have a devastating impact on the game. After yet another long absence he single-handedly kept Borussia Dortmund in the top three of the Bundesliga with his goals and assists this year and on track for a Champions League spot.Reus’s pace and the simplicity of his game are crucial for Loew’s attacking plan. The 28-year-old is desperate for his first World Cup having missed the 2014 tournament due to an injury suffered on the eve of the team’s departure to Brazil. He also missed Euro 2016.Timo Werner: The young RB Leipzig forward is expected to be the first-choice striker for Loew, ahead of the more experienced Sandro Wagner and Mario Gomez.A great finisher with 11 goals in the Bundesliga this season, the 22-year-old needed no time to find his footing in the national team, having an even better scoring rate than in the league with seven goals in 12 internationals.FORM GUIDE:Germany completed a perfect qualification, winning all 10 matches and conceding only four goals in the campaign.They were unbeaten for 22 matches since their Euro 2016 semi-final loss to France before the run ended with a 1-0 friendly defeat by Brazil in March.HOW THEY QUALIFIED:Germany breezed through qualification, topping Group C 11 points ahead of second-placed Northern Ireland.PROSPECTS:Germany have set their sights firmly on a title defence with Loew saying they will be the hunted ones. They are expected to get through their group, which includes South Korea, Sweden and Mexico, without major problems.
Japan did not expect the kind of counterattack Belgium orchestrated after the Asian giants had taken a two-goal lead in the round of 16 match of FIFA World Cup 2018 at Rostov Arena on Monday. Belgium fought back to win 3-2 and book a quarter-final berth against Brazil on Friday.Belgium in fact, became the first team since West Germany in 1970 to come from behind and win a World Cup knockout game.The Belgians threw caution to the wind to reach the World Cup quarter-finals as substitute Nacer Chadli scored in the dying seconds against Japan to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.The distraught Japanese, who went 2-0 up with goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui early in the second half, fell to the turf after Chadli poked the ball home from Thomas Meunier’s cross four minutes into added time at the Rostov Arena.World Cup 2018: Brazil, Belgium in quarter-finals, Japan go down fightingBelgium, who had taken a conservative approach to the game, got back into contention with late goals by Jan Vertonghen and substitute Marouane Fellaini before Chadli struck.And that stunning late assault, minutes after Japan were soaring high and dreaming of a quarter-final berth, was too much too handle for the 61st-ranked team.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”We wanted to win it. Our team is strong enough and against Belgium we could at least match them, I believed. There were different plans in my mind and of course we started off very well but at the end, right at the end, to have conceded a goal like that was not expected,” said Japan coach Akira Nishino.advertisement”When we were 2-0 up and I didn’t change my players, I really wanted to score another goal and we did have opportunities. We were to some extent, controlling the ball and controlling the game, but at that point, Belgium upped their game when they really had to.”At that point, when the free-kick and corner-kick were taken, we wanted to decide and finish the match. Of course at that point I thought we might go to extra-time but I did not expect that kind of super counter-attack and my players didn’t expect that in a few seconds the ball would be carried into our half and it would decide the match.”Belgium faced an embarrassing exit but finally clicked to become the first team to win a World Cup knockout game from two goals down since West Germany beat England 3-2 after extra time in 1970.However, there was a lot of praise for Japan on social media. The Asian side won respect and admiration for their gutsy fight against one of the best teams in the world.Belgium will now play Brazil in the quarter-final in Kazan on Friday.(With Reuters inputs)
OpenClimateNetwork.orgVisit openclimatenetwork.org for the latest analysis, project info, expert perspectives, and more. The UNFCCC Cancun Agreements of December 2010 marked an important step forward for transparency of country actions to respond to climate change. In addition to creating a new standard for the way countries report on their national climate commitments and actions, the agreements mandated advances in the reporting and review of countries’ climate finance contributions.The success of Cancun in improving the transparency of climate finance will depend on the actions countries take to implement this mandate in the coming months, as there are still many details that need to be filled in. As countries meet in Bangkok this week, they will have to decide how to move forward on the details that were left up-in-the air in Cancun. The following questions help explain the issues on the table and the next steps.What is transparency of climate finance and why is it important?The 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), agreed to by 195 countries, recognized that developed countries should provide new and additional financial, technology and capacity-building support to help developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. Accordingly, developed countries have committed to mobilizing $100 billion in climate change financing by 2020.Keeping track of these funds and ensuring that they are delivered effectively is a huge undertaking. In the world of international climate negotiations, the transparency of these climate finance arrangements — how governments, banks, international institutions and civil society groups report and review financial contributions –is referred to as the “measurement, reporting and verification” (MRV) of finance.Transparent and accurate reporting has many benefits. For example, developed countries can gain international recognition for their support and developing countries can gain assurance that the money pledged is actually delivered. Furthermore, increased transparency can help governments and civil society groups assess the scale and type of support provided, identify trends and pinpoint possible gaps in sectors or regions.Don’t countries already report their climate finance contributions?Yes, but existing systems need to be improved. Developed countries report their bilateral and multilateral climate finance contributions in periodic national communications submitted to the UNFCCC. However, countries currently use multiple methods for reporting and often provide insufficient information even where requested. Because of this, the data gathered are of limited utility.Outside the UNFCCC, developed countries report their overall development assistance to the OECD DAC and indicate which supported projects aim to help mitigate climate change. However, this framework has certain limitations. For example, development assistance supporting mitigation is measured in a qualitative rather than quantitative way, making it difficult to aggregate and analyze information. In addition, the mitigation category is applied to an entire project even if only a portion of the project relates to climate change.Do the Cancun Agreements improve MRV systems for long-term financial commitments?The Cancun Agreements mandate the revision and improvement of climate finance MRV, which could help alleviate some of the current limitations of reporting under the UNFCCC.Specifically, they call for enhanced reporting in national communications by developed countries. Enhanced reporting should include “common reporting formats” and “methodologies for finance”, to be developed, and should “ensure that information provided is complete, comparable, transparent and accurate.” Developed countries will also need to generate biennial reports that include information on progress in providing financial, technology and capacity-building support to developing countries.In addition to enhanced reporting of financial information, the COP called for enhanced review of this information.The Cancun Agreements also call for developing countries to submit national communications every four years, in which they must report on “support received.” This information could help reviewers cross-check information from developed countries.What about the transparency of the so-called ‘fast-start finance’?The Cancun Agreements invite developed countries to annually report their financial commitments to 2012 (known as “fast-start”). Reiterating a pledge made in Copenhagen, developed countries committed to providing $US30 billion of new and additional resources for the period 2010-2012, with a balanced allocation between adaptation and mitigation. The Cancun Agreements invite developed countries to submit information on how they are meeting this ‘fast-start finance’ commitment by May 2011, 2012, and 2013.It is important to note, however, that the Cancun Agreements contain no specifics with regard to the format that such reporting should follow, putting the quality of these reports at risk. That is why WRI has issued a list of elements we hope to see in these reports.What new institutions were created in Cancun that relate to the MRV of finance?The Cancun Agreements established a “Green Climate Fund,” to channel financial resources to developing countries. A Standing Committee was also established to improve coordination in the delivery and MRV of climate finance.In addition to these bodies under the financial mechanism, the Cancun Agreements established a registry that will help developing countries match their projects with available international support.What are the next steps in this process?The Parties to the UNFCCC have a great deal of work to do in the months leading up to the next Conference of the Parties in Durban in December 2011 in order to improve the transparency of climate finance.Countries will need to draft enhanced guidelines and methodologies for reporting climate finance, as well as review procedures. This should include an agreed common approach for reporting on additionality, which was not addressed in Cancun.In the meantime, developed countries will need to report on their fast-start financial commitments starting this year each May until 2013.In addition, countries will need to clarify the role of the Standing Committee, particularly in relation to the MRV of finance process.Finally, many of the characteristics of the registry have yet to be determined. This includes the role, if any, the registry or another other international body will play in reviewing the actions and support submitted to the registry.
This piece was originally posted on www.environmentalleader.com, and was written by Amanda DeSantis, DuPont, and Janet Ranganathan, WRI. Read part II here.For many of us, the term “ecosystems” conjures up thoughts of environmental protection and restoration. While that is one part of the picture, this view misses the critical role that ecosystems also play in underpinning economies and the business sector. Ecosystem services—- the benefits that businesses and people derive from nature such as food, freshwater, pollination, and climate regulation— are the link between nature and economic development. This viewpoint enables governments and corporate leaders to move beyond a narrow mindset of protecting nature from economic development to focus on how to invest in nature for development.Ecosystem services: the backbone of businessResources underpin much of business activity, from product development and capital projects to operational resource needs. Most business sectors, from consumer products to agriculture to extractive industries, such as mining and oil and gas, depend on ecosystem services at some point in their value chain. Agriculture, for example, relies heavily on ecosystem services from requiring an adequate water supply, fertile soil, and pollination for nearly 75% of the world’s crop species. This reliance is especially pronounced in developing countries where agriculture contributes a larger share of economic wealth and where there is less social and economic resilience when ecosystems degrade or even collapse.In 2005, the UN-led Millennium Ecosystem Assessment provided the first global snapshot of conditions and trends in ecosystem services. Involving nearly 1,400 experts from the private and public sectors, the Assessment made the startling finding that globally two-thirds of ecosystem services are already degraded due to a variety of human activities.Since resource costs and constraints will likely continue to escalate along with growing ecosystem degradation, the world faces a critical need to improve resource efficiency. Several factors are adding urgency to this quest: a rapidly changing climate, a booming population which is headed to over 9 billion by 2050, and the growth of the global middle class. Together, these factors will further exacerbate pressure on ecosystems.Emerging approaches to assessing the business risksIn response, governments, UN agencies, NGOs and businesses such as Syngenta, Dow, Mondi, and Akzo Nobel, have begun to factor in ecosystem service risks and opportunities.At a recent event, hosted by the World Resources Institute, on corporate ecosystem valuation, Kyung-Ah Park, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs Center for Environmental Markets, underscored the business relevance of a world of depleting resources. “Almost all financial institutions are now concerned with this issue,” she said. “A healthy environment is the foundation for a strong and sustainable economy. A key challenge for us is to manage the competing human demands [on resources] without undermining crucial ecosystem functions.”Such a message from a global financial services company is a sure sign that ecosystem services are rapidly becoming a mainstream business issue. So, too, is the recent decision of the International Finance Corporation to incorporate ecosystem services into their performance standards, which are adhered to by 70 other financial institutions that are signatories to the Equator Principles.To help business address potential risks and opportunities, ecosystem service based decision-making tools are being developed. One such tool by the World Resources Institute, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and Meridian Institute, is the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review, used by over 200 companies to date, which provides guidelines for identifying risks and opportunities. Additional tools are being developed for product development and consumer product labeling to integrate life cycle assessment methodologies into ecosystem valuations.Steps businesses can take to incorporate ecosystem servicesFollowing are several key steps businesses may take to incorporate ecosystems services into their strategic planning:Assess ecosystem service dependencies and impacts (using tools if helpful) for operational needs, product offerings, and value chain considerations;Identify key ecosystem services and the resulting business risks and opportunities, and incorporate into business strategies if needed; andMonitor global policy trends and collaborate with policy makers and others when appropriate.Looking Forward on Ecosystem ServicesBelow are a few highlights of where ecosystem services could be heading in the future.–Strengthened science-policy interface. The creation of the new UN-led Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services may improve the links between emerging scientific knowledge and policy action at multiple scales.–Integrated decision support tools and regulatory/policies. Further development and refinement of tools for Environmental Impact Assessments, Strategic Environmental Assessments, Life Cycle Assessments and NEPA analysis.–Large scale restoration. An ecosystem services framing will help make the case for scaled up ecosystem restoration based on the benefits they provide to people.–Public-Private Collaborations. Many businesses already work to adapt to ecosystem and climate change but the magnitude of change will require collaboration at an impactful and sustainable scale.–Further proliferation of market based incentives. The world’s largest payments for ecosystem services market is in China, mostly for the agricultural sector. In the United States, the Department of Agriculture is fostering such markets, for example in nutrient trading for the Chesapeake Bay.–Innovation. More innovative products and technologies will help sustain and enhance ecosystems along supply chains and product markets. Examples among consumer products include detergents that require less water and agricultural seeds that are drought tolerant.To learn more, below are some of the numerous efforts occurring on an international, national, and regional scale.World Economic ForumOrganization for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentMillennium Ecosystem AssessmentIntergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem ServicesUnited States Department of AgricultureUnited States Environmental Protection AgencyWorld Business Council for Sustainable DevelopmentBusiness for Social ResponsibilityNational Ecosystem Services PartnershipWorld Resources InstitutePart II of this article series will focus on the agricultural sector.Janet Ranganathan is VP of Science and Research for World Resources Institute. Amanda DeSantis is Leader of Sustainability Initiatives for DuPont.
1) Build Green as Well as GrayAs we saw from Hurricane Sandy and other destructive, recent storms, cities from New York to Miami to Houston need to develop infrastructure that reduces the vulnerability of homes, commerce, and services.This does not mean walling-in every coastal community with huge barriers or dikes. Where cities meet shorelines, “green infrastructure” can often meet the same need. For example, Maryland’s state government is buying up wetlands and marshes to provide buffers against future storm surge. And in New Jersey, the restoration of South Cape May Meadows provided a natural seafront barrier that helped the area fare much better than others when Sandy hit.Within cities, forward-looking municipal authorities are experimenting with climate-resilient infrastructure, such as heat-resistant, permeable pavements in Chicago and water-collecting rain gardens in Philadelphia that slow storm-related runoff. In Los Angeles, incentives for homeowners to install rooftop solar power enable the city to spread risk and reduce energy disruption when power outages strike.2) Spend Today, Save TomorrowThe toll on the U.S. economy from climate change and extreme weather events is mounting. The insurer Munich Re estimated that over the past 30 years, weather-related catastrophes cost more than $1 trillion in North America alone, an average of more than $34 billion per year. Insured losses increased from $9 billion in the 1980s to $36 billion in the 2000s. Hurricane Sandy’s economic costs are on track to exceed $70 billion in New York and New Jersey alone.Clearly, there are large, near-term costs to making U.S. cities more resilient. But the future pay-off is likewise significant, enabling our economy and society to weather the storm as climate change impacts unfold in the years to come. Choosing green over gray infrastructure is one way to help slash the bill.When it comes to reducing destructive stormwater runoff, for example, WRI analysis found that maintaining wetlands to soak up sea surges cost $ 0.47 per thousand gallons compared with $3.24 for conventional controls like storm drains. New York City already employs green infrastructure to control stormwater runoff, an investment that will save $1.5 billion over 20 years, and North Carolina has gone the same route.3) Plan Smartly, and with Public SupportIf cities are to adapt smartly and cost-effectively to global warming, municipal and state authorities must embed climate considerations into planning. This will require both new engineering approaches to rebuilding, and new processes for making fundamental decisions about the future of our cities.Practical examples of new planning approaches already exist. The Thames Barrier, for example, protects London from storm and tide surges. But this may not always be the case, depending on how fast and high the sea rises. So the designers included options to raise the barrier or build a new one and crafted a “decision map” to guide future Londoners in matching unfolding climate impacts with appropriate actions.A high degree of public engagement and buy-in will also be essential given the tough choices cities will need to make. The views and values of citizens whose lives will be most affected must count as authorities ponder questions such as: Should multi-billion dollar barriers be erected to protect city borders? Should new development be forbidden along vulnerable areas of shoreline? Politicians and planners cannot make such momentous decisions alone.Time to ActAs Sandy vividly revealed, America’s densely populated northeast hub—including the country’s financial and political capitals—is highly vulnerable to climate impacts. New York and Newark, N.J., according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, rank among the 20 world cities most susceptible to rising sea levels.Governor Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, among others, have indicated that rebuilding efforts must take account of the new climate context. As thousands of people continue to rebuild their homes and lives after Sandy, “building back better” must become more than a slogan. It should be the basis of a new, climate-resilient approach to urban development across the nation.Analysis was provided by Heather McGray, Johan Schaar, and Ayesha Dinshaw, of WRI’s Vulnerability and Adaptation team. As negotiators in Doha move toward a new global climate agreement this week, politicians and planners in the United States are still busy absorbing the lessons of Hurricane Sandy.With half of all Americans living near the ocean, Hurricane Sandy provides a wake-up call for state and municipal authorities in coastal areas nationwide. New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo is leading the way, pledging a new generation of storm-resistant infrastructure and forming three commissions to explore how the state can better prepare for climate change’s coming impacts.Sandy wrought a 1,000-mile trail of damage in towns and cities along the East Coast shoreline. As climate change intensifies, more severe storms (and storm surges), rising seas, extreme heat, and other destructive impacts loom on the horizon. How can New York City; Newark, N.J.; and other cities hit by Sandy rebuild in ways that avoid a repeat of the devastation that deprived millions of the basic essentials of modern life? How can other coastal cities adapt to become more resilient to a warming climate?Put simply, they need to “build back better,” a phrase first coined by President Clinton following the 2004 Asian tsunami. In practice, this means coupling short-term efforts to get communities back on their feet with longer-term urban development that adapts to expected climate change impacts.As they seek to make our coastal cities and towns more climate resilient, urban leaders should adopt three key approaches that we believe will be critical to success:
The recent U.N. negotiations in Durban and Doha have provided the platform for this dialogue. In Durban, governments agreed to launch a new round of negotiations that will culminate in 2015 with the adoption of a new, international climate agreement. In Doha, negotiators agreed to undertake a one-year work program to think through the application of equity, and how it relates to the scope, structure, and design of the new agreement.The U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, Todd Stern, welcomed a discussion on equity, noting that unless we can find common ground on CBDR-RC, we will not succeed in producing a deal in 2015. In private sessions, some major emerging economies also acknowledged that they would need to assume more responsibilities in the decades to come. This year, governments and civil society organizations will be able to join the dialogue with their own proposals on the principles that should guide equity and ambition. Submissions on the principles of the Convention—including equity—should be sent to the UNFCCC Secretariat by March 1, 2013. Now is the moment to put forth sound principles of climate justice.The Climate Community Can Compel Leaders to LeadAnd what of leadership? Many people continue to depend on negotiators, looking to them to guide us to greater equity and ambition. But we cannot expect them to lead in the COP process before we shift their mandate at home. We need to apply domestic pressure to compel them to act.There are numerous examples of this strategy working throughout history. In the 1930s, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with a group of activists who sought his support for New Deal legislation. He listened to their arguments for some time, and then said, “You’ve convinced me. Now go out and make me do it.” At the height of the civil rights movement, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson listened intently as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. talked about daily humiliations, intimidation, and violations of basic rights. As Bill Moyers noted in an essay, the President’s response was “OK. You go out there, Dr. King, and keep doing what you’re doing, and make it possible for me to do the right thing.” Both FDR and LBJ knew that domestic constituencies, equipped with powerful and compelling narratives, could move the political process. The climate community will need to force our leaders to lead.The new social movements that have emerged over the past five years have taken this message to heart. We can learn lessons from the revolutions in Ukraine, Georgia, and Iran; the indignado protests in Europe; the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon; the Tea Party; and throughout the Middle East and North Africa on the tide of the Arab Spring. These movements are all very different, but have one important commonality: They each used justice as a core narrative to push for change. They mobilized people around notions of rights, freedom, and justice. And with differing degrees of success, they captured a prevailing zeitgeist.There is an opportunity for the climate community to learn from this example. This “justice narrative” could serve as an additional pressure point on the road to 2015. If governments can be persuaded to do more by the volume of demand domestically, their negotiators will come to the COPs with a mandate to push for a more effective, ambitious, and equitable agreement through the UNFCCC.Addressing the British Parliament in 1940, Winston Churchill said, “Of this I am quite sure, that if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.” In the new climate agreement, equity cannot be about sharing failure. It must become a means to share both the opportunities and challenges of the transition to climate-compatible development. In addition, equity cannot remain a quarrel about the past. It must be our opportunity to secure a fair future for all, with equitable access to sustainable development and respect for planetary boundaries.LEARN MORE: Visit our website to find out more about a new project, the Climate Justice Dialogue. The Climate Justice DialogueWRI is working with the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice over the next three years to advance the cause of climate justice. Our new project, the Climate Justice Dialogue, aims to mobilize political will and creative thinking to shape an equitable and ambitious international climate agreement in 2015. Our Dialogue works toward a hopeful, positive future where all stakeholders are empowered to act. Learn more about the Dialogue by visiting our website. I spent the recent U.N. climate negotiations in Doha trying to reconcile two injustices. The first is captured by Nicholas Stern’s “brutal arithmetic.” This is the simple, unavoidable fact that bold greenhouse gas emissions reductions will be needed from all countries to hold global temperature increase to 2°C above pre-industrial levels, thus preventing climate change’s most dangerous impacts. Developing nations, many of which are battling crippling poverty and inequality at home, are being told that the traditional, high-carbon pathway to prosperity is off-limits, and that they, too, will need to embrace aggressive mitigation actions. This is a glaring injustice – the product of two decades of missed opportunities in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), inadequate domestic action in industrialized countries, and substantial geopolitical changes in major emerging economies.But the second injustice is even greater – one that is manifest and which must be avoided. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has illustrated, breaching the 2°C threshold would seriously degrade vital ecosystems and the communities who depend on them. This, itself, is an issue of justice, as climate change undermines the realization of human rights, including the right to food, health, an adequate standard of living, and even the right to life. Those same developing countries who are home to the poorest and most vulnerable members of our global community—and who are now compelled to act on reducing emissions—will be hit first and hardest by climate change’s impacts.It didn’t need to be this way. Despite important steps over the past two years and considerable efforts by some countries domestically, there is a significant gap between where we are today and where we need to be by the end of this decade to limit temperature rise to no more than 2°C.Rethinking Equity in UNFCCC NegotiationsClosing that gap may remain beyond reach unless we succeed in rethinking and operationalizing Common But Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDR-RC), the principle at the heart of the UNFCCC. CBDR-RC aims to generate enough ambition to close the emissions gap while recognizing that capacity to act is often determined by countries’ varying stages of development. CBDR-RC was coined at a time when ambition and equity could coexist. That time is closing fast. As the scientific case hardens and the need for urgent action by all becomes clearer, the scope for CBDR-RC begins to narrow. This, in turn, forces countries into defensive positions and short-sighted posturing. Now is the time to rescue CBDR-RC as a valuable and effective part of this regime. This will require dialogue and leadership.
Steven Smith has impressed on his Test return with a fighting knock of 144 in the 1st innings of the 1st Ashes Test and is continuing to frustrate England with another dogged performance with the bat as Australia try to gain an upper hand in their 2nd innings in Birmingham. Assistant coach Ricky Ponting has called, contrary to many others, suggestions that Smith should not be giving tactical advice to captain Tim Paine, “an absolute load of rubbish.”Ponting also said that as long as the authorities are okay with smith returning as captain once his leadership ban expires, he wouldn’t have any problems with it as well.”I read a bit of that stuff this morning, with people online going on about the fact he shouldn’t be doing it because he’s not captain,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.”That’s an absolute load of rubbish. He’s not captain. He’s not tossing the coin and he’s not picking the team. But an experienced guy like him with a cricket brain that he’s got, Tim would be silly to not try and tap into that and not try to use him when he can. He’s served his time as far as his playing suspension goes and everyone knows he can’t captain again until next year. He’s part of a team that is relying on him heavily for his experience, so he can help in whichever way and wherever he possibly can. And I’m sure if Painey or anyone around the team wasn’t happy with it, then it wouldn’t be happening” added Ponting.advertisementOn the matter of Smith returning to lead the side after his 2-year-long ban expires next year, Ponting reasoned that the duration of the ban itself points to Cricket Australia not having an issue with Smith returning as captain in the future.”I haven’t really thought about, but personally I wouldn’t have any problem with it at all,” he said.”If the hierarchy at Cricket Australia have an issue with him ever being captain again, they would have given him a life ban, wouldn’t they? By banning him for just an extra 12 months, they think it’s OK for him to come back. So if the authorities think it’s OK, I’m happy with it as well.”Also Read | Steve Smith again frustrates England to leave Ashes opener finely balancedAlso Read | Ashes 1st Test: England need to find a way to get ‘world class’ Steve Smith out, says Chris Woakes
Nominations are now being accepted for the 33rd annual Women of Excellence Awards.The banquet and ceremony, sponsored by Women Aware, will be held on Tuesday, March 28, at the Sioux City Convention Center.The awards recognize women who have made an impact in SiouxlandNominations will be accepted through March 2nd.To obtain application forms and/or additional information, contact Women Aware at 712/258-4174 or download it from the website, www.womenawarescia.org.Recipients of the awards will be announced at the banquet.
Mason Rudolph tossed so many dimes on Saturday I thought the Federal Reserve was going to issue a cease and desist. He finished the Kansas State game 29/38 for 457 and five TDs. Based on stats along, you could chalk it up as a top-five game ever for him. Even more so considering he came into the game having thrown just 10 TDs on the road in his career.Rudolph now has eight wins (!) over teams in which OSU trailed in the second half in his career and is 19-5 as a starter.“Say what you want about the guy … he’s won a lot of football games,” Mike Gundy told reporters after the game. “He actually played better after he turned the ball over a couple of times than he did before. Why that is, I don’t know. He came together. He played well. He played terrific in the last half of the fourth quarter.”It’s the second straight year in which No. 2 has led a game-winning drive against Kansas State with less than two minutes left in the game. He was 8/9 for 177 yards and two TDs on Oklahoma State’s final four drives. His only incompletion was an interception on a 50/50 ball. No passes he threw hit the ground. It was a spectacular showing.“I just love tight games,” Rudolph told the O’Colly. “I love that crowd noise and being on the road in a tough environment and just seeing your teammates grow. Those game-winning drives and those last few minutes is where you gotta just relish it, and you gotta love it.”He did. Every bit of it on Saturday. And it impressed his offensive coordinator.“To have your eyes down the field and be able to keep your eyes downfield when somebody’s barreling down on you and then be able to navigate your way just to a clear launch point is a hell of a trait that quarterbacks,” Yurcich told the O’Colly. “Some have ‘em and then some don’t, and I think that’s what makes really good quarterbacks great.”Freeze that throw to Washington for six. Watch Rudolph step up in the pocket and toss a missile to The Prez. Look at how he avoided the sack right here and kept his eyes on No. 28 (who thought his QB got sacked).Here are three of the other eight passes he completed on OSU’s final four drives. Rudolph is a great one. His numbers show it. The eye test shows it. He’s one win from 20 in his career and still has a season and a quarter to go. He’s three wins from a Big 12 title. His stats this year are enormous through nine games. He has nearly matched last year’s totals through 75 percent of this season.He is on pace to fly by the 4,000-yard mark (only Brandon Weeden is in that club) and toss over 30 TDs with under 10 picks. He is inching towards that elusive 70 percent mark that Weeden hit in 2011. He has become everything we thought he could be which is why his warts (overthrows, not sliding etc.) are stark.But like we have seen time and time again and saw on Saturday, when poo is flying around and nobody knows what to do, Rudolph is willing to take the wheel and steer the S.S. Gundy safely into the harbor.Those last few minutes is where you gotta just relish it. You gotta love it.He does.We do too.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
The Cowboys added another commitment to their 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday with the announcement coming from Fua Leilua that his intent is to transfer from junior college to Stillwater.https://twitter.com/jlei44/status/799071584262701060Leilua is a 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle built from the same mold of defensive line mainstay Mote Maile, who will complete his eligibility this season. He is the third defensive lineman to commit to OSU joining Brock Martin and Brendon Evers, and it appears the de-commitment of defensive end Nelson Mbanasor opened up the spot on the defensive front.With this news, don’t be surprised if OSU elects to take one more defensive end in this class to pair alongside Martin as the Cowboys near national signing day in February. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!