Preity Zinta cheers on as KXIP open campaign with emphatic win
Kings XI Punjab’s co-owner Preity Zinta has over the years supported her franchise like an ardent fan. The 10th season of the Indian Premier League is underway and the Bollywood star like always was seen on the stands cheering on for Glenn Maxwell and company in Indore.Preity Zinta acknowledged every run KXIP, who have never won the IPL, chased down Rising Pune Supergiant’s 163/6. Maxwell struck a blazing 20-ball 44 not out to anchor the six-wicket win for the hosts. (Also read: IPL 2017: How ‘Big Show’ Glenn Maxwell got the better of his Australian captain)Mrs. Goodenough (@realpreityzinta) is in the house @lionsdenkxip #KXIP #IPL pic.twitter.com/U2H0OD3tyi- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 8, 2017His unbeaten 79-run stand with David Miller (30 off 27) took the game away from the opposition in front of a packed Holkar Stadium. (Also read: Kings XI Punjab vs Rising Pune Supergiant: Maxwell’s 20-ball 44* wins it for Punjab)Maxwell’s fireworks came after Ben Stokes led Rising Pune Supergiant’s recovery with a blistering 50 off 32 balls, helping his team post 163 for six.With the win, Kings XI have begun the competition on a promising note after finishing at the bottom in the previous two editions.It was the first loss this season for Pune, who had beaten Mumbai Indians in their tournament opener on Thursday.With Kings XI 73 for two in 10 overs and needing another 91 for victory, the match was hanging in balance. Then Maxwell came and ran away with the match with some brutal hitting.The Australian, made captain of the side ahead of established names like Eoin Morgan, hammered four sixes and as many fours to begin his IPL campaign in style.advertisementMiller was mostly a spectator in this match-winning stand with Maxwell, who punished spinners as much as the pacers.The Australian even did not spare Pune’s most impressive bowler Imran Tahir, hitting him for consecutive sixes in the 16th over that virtually sealed the match in Kings XI’s favour.Earlier, after the fall of the top order that left Pune at 49 for three in the ninth over, Stokes showed why he commanded a Rs 14.5 crore price at the auction. He got good support from Manoj Tiwary (40 off 23).Tiwary and Daniel Christian, who both remained unbeaten, took Mohit and Sandeep Sharma to the cleaners at the end of the innings, collecting 30 off the last 12 balls.It was a memorable IPL debut for Tamil Nadu pacer T Natarajan, who took just two balls to strike, having the seasoned Ajinkya Rahane (19) holed out at deep cover.The onus was on in-form captain Steven Smith (26) to bail his team out of trouble. He hung around for a while before he mistimed one to be caught at deep square leg.Soon another experienced batsman, MS Dhoni, departed and Pune were down to 71 for four in the 12th over.Stokes was joined by Tiwary and together they scored 61 off 37 balls to set up a competitive total.The Englishman slammed three sixes and couple of fours in his blazing knock of 52 off 32 balls.Tiwary was not far behind with three fours and two sixes and ended up having a better strike rate than Stokes.Christian hammered Sandeep for couple of fours and a maximum in the 20th over to push the score beyond 150.
Steve Smith challenges South Africa to sledge him: ‘They can go for their lives’
After leading his side to a 4-0 win in the Ashes against England, Australia skipper Steve Smith is confident going into the four-Test series against South Africa beginning in Durban on Thursday.Fired up by the sledging of English players, Smith raked up 687 runs in Ashes with the help of three hundreds.If the Proteas players have similar plans to get under the skin of the right-handed batsman, Smith has a simple message for his opponents: “They can go for their lives.”South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 1 in Durban | Live Cricket ScoreSpeaking on the possibility of sledging in the upcoming Tests, Smith said verbal challenges help him to get into the game.”I might be able to tell you more after the first Test match, but if they do, go for it, it doesn’t bother me,” Smith was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”A bit of a verbal challenge actually makes me switch on a bit more and gets me in for the fight. So they can go for their lives.”When asked if sledging gets the best out of South African batsmen, Smith made it clear that his focus was his own team and not the opposition. (Durban Test: Steve Smith urges Australia to do basics right vs South Africa)”I don’t really like to think too much about what gets them going,” he said.”I prefer to think about what gets either myself or us going, and if that’s getting into a contest like that, then go for it.”advertisementIn the Ashes, Smith started off with a match-winning century in the first Test at Brisbane.Wary of Smith’s great form with the bat, England decided to get in his face to distract the Aussie skipper. After which his formed dipped a little in the second Test in Adelaide where he could only manage 40 and 6 in two innings, his two lowest scores in the series. The home team however won the match by 120 runs.He made a splendid comeback in the third Test at Perth with a career-best 239 to lead his side to an innings victory and series win.The Australian skipper on Thursday also went on to name the same playing XI for the first Test against South Africa that he had used against England in the last Ashes Test at Sydney in January.
Sunil Narine creates history with 100 wickets for Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine, on Monday, joined an exclusive 100-wicket club in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the West Indian mystery spinner scalped three wickets for Kolkata Knight Riders against Delhi Daredevils.Kolkata eventually hammered Delhi by 71 runs and Narine bowled a brilliant spell, returning with figures of 3/18 off three overs.Narine became only the third bowler in IPL history to take 100 wickets for a single side after Lasith Malinga, who leads the list with 154 wickets for Mumbai Indians and Harbhajan Singh, who grabbed 127 wickets for MI.On the overall list of most wicket-takers, Narine is ranked 10th with his 102 wickets while Malinga, Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla make the top three. (IPL 2018, KKR v DD: It was weird to play against Gautam Gambhir, says Sunil Narine)In the ongoing season of the IPL, Narine is now the Purple Cap holder with seven wickets in four games and is tied for the top spot with Mayank Markande (Mumbai Indians) and Chris Woakes (Royal Challengers Bangalore).IPL 2018: KKR fans most loyal, says Gautam Gambhir after returning to Eden as DD skipperOn Monday, Kolkata bowlers ruined Gautam Gambhir’s return to the city as the opposition team captain as KKR bowled out the Daredevils for 129 inside 15 overs after posting a mammoth total of 200 for 9 after being put into bat. (Preity Zinta furious with fans after KXIP’s thrilling win over CSK. What happened?)Narine and Kuldeep Yadav bagged three wickets each while Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Andre Russell and Shivam Mavi took one wicket apiece for the home side.advertisementGlenn Maxwell and Rishabh Pant scored 47 and 43 respectively for Delhi but the rest of the batsmen couldn’t even reach double figures and succumbed to their 7th successive defeat in Kolkata. (IPL 2018: Dinesh Karthik savours perfect outing for Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens)Earlier, Nitish Rana cracked a fine half century while Andre Russell blasted a 12-ball 44 to propel the Knight Riders (KKR) to 200/9 in 20 overs.Rana (59) played a gem of an innings, selecting his shots with aplomb, as he hit five fours and four sixes to set up KKR’s onslaught and allow Russell, who was dropped on 7 by Jason Roy, to go for the big shots from the word go. Rana took 35 balls for his 59. (Mohammed Shami’s nightmarish return to Kolkata: 53 runs in 4 overs)Russell hit six sixes in a three-over period where the hosts bludgeoned 54 runs before leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia (3/18) put a lid on the proceedings by taking three wickets in the last overs and conceding just one run.Rana and Russell stitched together a 61-run partnership in just 22 balls for the fifth wicket.
Steve Smith will return stronger after ball-tampering ban: Graeme Smith
Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith expects Steve Smith to make a “strong” comeback after serving his suspension for his role in the ball-tampering fiasco.Steve Smith was handed a one-year ban by Cricket Australia and was also stripped off his captaincy.Vice captain David Warner was also banned for 12 months and batsman Cameron Bancroft suspended for nine months, as Australia were criticised globally by fans and commentators for what they perceived to be an arrogant and hypocritical team culture.Steve Smith to return to cricket in Global T20 Canada leagueThe trio was found guilty in Cricket Australia investigation of hatching a plan to scuff up the ball with sand-paper during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town in March.”The Australia team got into that mindset of winning at all costs and the way they play the game,” Smith, who played 117 Tests while captaining South Africa in 109 of them, said in an interview.”I would love to interview him (Steve) and ask him if that’s something he wishes he had sort of changed a little bit as the leader in terms of the culture, how they play, the win at all cost mindset.”And how he’s reviewed that now after the situation. That will be an interesting interview.”Smith eager to ‘earn back trust’ after ball-tampering rowOne of the leading batsmen in the world, the 28-year-old Australian has also been barred from holding leadership positions in the national side for two years.He will, however, return to cricket as a marquee player at next month’s Global T20 Canada league.advertisement”Playing at the top level is competitive, you want to win,” Graeme Smith said at the sidelines of the Ceat Cricket Rating awards.”He’s still a young man, we have all made mistakes. I expect him to bounce back and come back really strong. Mentally he would have grown a lot from this situation.”Smith’s punishment for ball-tampering harsh, felt sorry for him: AB de VilliersThe South African remains the most capped Test captain in the history of the game. After taking over the reins of the side at the age of 22, he finished as the world record holder for the most Test wins as a skipper with 53.TEST CRICKET FEARSDespite no longer competing, Smith still understands the pressure to gain reverse swing with an old ball and is not completely opposed to a slight relaxation of the rules laid down by the governing body International Cricket Council (ICC).”The ball is a big issue. The Kookabura ball, in particular, has stopped swinging and bowlers are desperate to get some sort of movement,” said Smith, who retired suddenly from cricket at the age of 33 in 2014.”Reverse swing has become such a key. What happened in Cape Town was pretty shocking. I’ve never seen an actual foreign object being brought out on the field. It was madness.”I think the ICC needs to review that. Whether applying sweetened saliva or using a fingernail… I don’t have a problem with that actually, but I wouldn’t allow foreign objects on the field.”Warner, Bancroft to play limited-overs tournament for Northern TerritoryWith the ever-increasing popularity of Twenty20 cricket and mushrooming domestic leagues in the shorTest format around the globe, Smith admitted that he remains worried about the future of the traditional five-day game.Sitting in a hotel lobby overlooking the Arabian Sea, Smith said while cricket needed T20 to draw people into the game, the Test format needed better marketing by its administrators.Ball-tampering saga: Smith, Warner ‘paid a heavy price’, says Watson”I am a big believer that T20 cricket shouldn’t be played at international level. Maybe have a World Cup every couple of years but it should be largely a domestic-based format,” Smith said.”Test cricket needs some context, how they get there I don’t know. They need to invest in marketing that game a little bit better. So much money nowadays go into marketing the T20 game and rightly so because it’s an amazing concept.”The ICC needs to sit down and work on a way forward for cricket. Maybe there should be six months a year that’s just domestic T20 cricket and six months is international cricket.”These things need to be debated because I don’t think in the current system everything can survive.”(With inputs from Reuters)
[Video] 2018 Honda Amaze First Drive Review
A few months ago, Honda revealed the new generation Amaze compact sedan at the Auto Expo 2018 in Greater Noida. The company launched the sedan in India and we got a taste of all the new variants.Firstly, the new Amaze has changed quite drastically. The sedan now sits on a completely reworked platform (unlike the older version that was based on the Brio platform).As a result, the sedan has new dimensions to show off. The new Amaze is then 5mm longer than the outgoing version and at the same time sports a 65mm longer wheelbase and is also 5mm higher. The idea was to infuse Hondas famous man maximum machine minimum philosophy and it seems the Japanese manufacturer has done so rather successfully.2018 Honda Amaze First Drive ReviewWatch here for our review of the Honda Amaze:
Playing for India not a priority for Yuki Bhambri
Yuki Bhambri’s decision to skip the Asian Games has once again brought into focus the dilemma which professional tennis players face.Unlike the previous generation comprising Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi, Yuki has not been very passionate about playing for India. At least that is the impression one gets as he skips Davis Cup ties often and has said “no” to the Games this August in Jakarta.”If Yuki believes he wants to focus on his pro career and feels he has the best chance on the hard courts, his decision to miss the Asiad and go to the US Open is justified,” said Jaidip Mukherjea, the former Davis Cup non-playing captain.However, another former top tennis star, not willing to be drawn into a controversy, said: “Yuki may have done well to go to the Asian Games as the winner of men’s singles and women’s singles gets a direct entry into the draw for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”At a time when club over country and County over country were the headlines for Virat Kohli when he intended to play for Surrey, Yuki has been spared that branding. Later, Kohli decided not to go to England for County cricket because of his neck injury.Indian tennis has seen passionate players. From the Krishnan and Amritraj era downwards, tennis players gave priority to Davis Cup, Olympics and even the Asian Games. The same trend continued for many more players but with the US Open first round loser assured $50,000 (last year) it may be more lucrative for Yuki to skip the Asiad.advertisementTo be sure, Yuki may not be the only player who will skip the Asiad. The Asian Games is taking place bang in the middle of the hardcourt season. Someone like Rohan Bopanna will be flying in from Cincinatti to Indonesia and then again fly back to New York for the US Open.Fitness, flight fatigue and so on, there could be some twists in the Indian tennis squad bound for Jakarta, more so for those who have a chance of playing in the US Open main draw.Tennis fans have welcomed Leander Paes’s return to the squad, but three doubles specialists does look luxurious. And this is where Yuki Bhambri’s presence could have made a difference for the Asian Games. However, none can complain as professional players like to draw up their own schedules.
2018 FIFA World Cup: France jerseys the most popular among fans
The World Cup is barely a week away, and the French have already have already won one world contest before its players even fly to Russia. As more blue jerseys have been sold across the globe than any other national strip, even more than the famous yellow shirt of Brazil.The Nike-branded strips are huge money-spinners. France’s official shirt costs 85 euros, even for a child, according to the French Football Federation (FFF) website.”It’s dramatic. Stocks have run out all over the world. We can’t meet demand. We’re ahead of Brazil in numbers of jerseys sold,” Noel Le Graet, head of the FFF, told BFM TV in an interview.”As soon as a jersey turns up in any of our shops across the world, it’s snapped up.”Nike, which only got heavily involved in soccer when the World Cup was played in the United States in 1994, is supplying shirts for 10 countries, including Brazil, France and England.Rival Adidas is sponsoring 12 of the 32 teams, including strong contenders Germany and Spain, along with hosts Russia.Le Graet said French team players under Didier Deschamps would each get a 150,000 euro ($176,580.00) bonus if “Les Bleus” reach the semi-finals and 280,000 euros for the final. SOLD OUT IN 15 MINUTESEarlier almost 3 million replica shirt of Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup jersey was sold out on pre-order in less than 15 minutes.Long queues could be seen outside Nike’s (the jersey’s manufacturers) flagship store in London, with even the jersey being sold out online on their website.The makers have come out say that the jersey was a “subtle homage to Nigeria’s ’94 shirt, with its eagle wing-inspired black-and-white sleeve and green torso.”advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)
Crime and beauty
Author Kirk Wallace Johnson’s prose glitters like the tropical bird feathers he describes in this story of a 20-year-old American flautist’s theft of some $250,000 worth of bird skins. One of the summer’s most talked about books in the US, the tale is rich with detail and colour. Johnson embarks,Author Kirk Wallace Johnson’s prose glitters like the tropical bird feathers he describes in this story of a 20-year-old American flautist’s theft of some $250,000 worth of bird skins. One of the summer’s most talked about books in the US, the tale is rich with detail and colour. Johnson embarks on a high-speed tour of Victorian fashions, the secretive world of salmon-fly-tying and environmental degradation-all in pursuit of a charismatic and unusually wily villain. THE FEATHER THIEF: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the CenturyThe rare feathers belong to the “skins”-dead birds with their innards removed but feathers intact-stored in the Natural History Museum of Tring, a small town in Hertfordshire, about 44 miles northwest of London. The skins are rare for three reasons. They belong to endangered species of birds. A number of those that were stolen belonged to birds that had been caught, collected and tagged from South America and the Malay Archipelago at great personal peril by 19th century biologist Alfred Russel Wallace, whose ideas closely paralleled those of Darwin’s. But the third reason is the most extraordinary. The beautiful plumage of these dead birds is as precious as rare gems for an international group of artisans who create ornamental fishing lures. Called “flies”, these tiny, jewel-like creations are built around fish hooks and require hours of painstaking effort behind a magnifying glass to complete. The origin of the craft is the sport of fly-fishing, but creating lures with no function other than their own beauty is what captivated an exceptionally gifted young flautist called Edwin Rist. In 1999, when he was only 11 and expecting to pursue a career in music, he happened to watch an instructional video on television about fly-tying. He became entranced. By 14, he was being hailed as a master of the craft. It would become an obsession which, combined with his ambitions as a world-class flute player, warped his moral compass. The reason he stole the precious bird skins was to sell them and buy himself an exceptionally fine flute.advertisementIn a book that recalls Susan Orlean’s blockbuster The Orchid Thief, Johnson presents this complex story like a skilled angler. The brightly coloured lure is Rist, while we are the salmon, kept on the hook by the fine, taut line of the author’s desire to expose the truth behind the tale. Not just the “how” of the theft but also why we should care about it.Accompanying the text is an album of photographs. Amongst them we see the handsome young criminal, an array of the tiny enticing fishing “flies” and a selection of the birds whose gorgeous plumage leads humans astray.
Will Clean Energy Lead to the Next Generation of Asian Tigers?
This piece originally appeared in the Jakarta Globe.Renewable energy has the potential to transform Asian society, but only if its leaders can take it to the next level.The West created the automobile, led the space race, and invented the Internet. Each of these innovations transformed society, powering rapid economic growth and enabling people to reach new frontiers in ways that had never been imagined before.Now, however, it is Asia that is poised to lead the next revolution: the clean energy revolution.A few weeks ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report showing that the world can shift to 80% renewable energy by mid-century. Much of this potential rests in Asia— which has been rapidly advancing its renewable energy production and is becoming the top destination for clean energy investment.The financial firm Ernst & Young recently named China as the number one country for clean energy investment, with India at number three, and the United States sandwiched in at number two. A recent report from the Pew Climate Charitable Trust found that in 2010 clean energy finance and investment grew globally to $243 billion (USD). Of that, Asia was the fastest growing region, as investment in clean energy climbed to $82.8 billion, a 33 percent increase from 2009. In China, clean energy investment reached $54.4 billion in solar, wind and other clean energy technologies. By comparison the United States saw $34 billion in investments.Why have Asian countries surged forward in the transition to clean energy investment and production?The first reason is economic growth. Many Asian countries are looking for new ways to power their economies while meeting their development goals, and they understand that investing in innovation can make them leaders in the global clean energy market. For example, China is already the world’s largest producer of wind turbines and solar modules. The Philippines declared a goal of becoming the world’s top geothermal electricity producer by 2030. Meanwhile, in India, the company Suzlon was launched in 1995 and is now is the third largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world.The second reason is energy security. Many Asian countries depend heavily on fossil fuels, especially gas and oil, meaning that their security is tied to international markets and foreign countries. China, India, Japan and South Korea are all among the world’s leading oil importers (along with the United States and Germany). But none of the Asian countries are top oil exporters.Several countries in Asia, especially China, are also heavily dependent on coal, a limited resource that carries additional concerns, especially around greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the recent disaster in Japan reminded the world of the low-probability, but high-impact risks of nuclear power. As a result, many countries are now turning to renewable energy sources, like wind, solar and geothermal, which can be produced at home, carry lower risks, and have a virtually limitless supply.The shift to renewable energy has a third driver: climate change. Nearly all Asian countries have experience recent impacts of extreme weather events, whether it’s deadly typhoons in the Philippines, drought in China, or flooding in Pakistan. These are the type of events that are expected to increase in frequency and intensity if climate change continues unchecked. Unfortunately, the International Energy Agency announced that global carbon dioxide emissions—the leading cause of climate change— reached a record high in 2010. In order to slow climate change, the world needs to significantly increase its production of renewable energy.While Asia’s leadership on clean energy is commendable, it is still not on pace to keep up with the population growth and demand for more energy. Asian countries need to consider how to increase their renewable energy production while meeting the energy needs of their people. According to the International Energy Agency, nearly 800 million people Asia lacked access to electricity in 2009. This inequality prevents many people from having access to basic energy services, including modern appliances for cooking, computers, or even lights for reading.What will it take to for Asia to truly transform its energy production from fossil fuels to renewable energy? And, can they do it in a way that is affordable, sustainable and safe?Top minds in business, policy and NGOs are gathering this week in Manila for the Asia Clean Energy Forum, hosted by the Asian Development Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the World Resources Institute, where leaders will explore what is needed to build a clean energy economy.One thing is clear: in order to drive investment, governments need to put the right policies in place. The World Resources Institute recently convened a workshop with representatives from 12 developing countries, and the consensus is that the right policies are the key to making renewable energy more competitive.This week’s energy forum will inform an ongoing dialogue among government officials, business leaders, investors, and policy makers that will help shape the direction of Asia’s energy future. With the right investments and policy decisions, Asia’s tigers will lead the clean energy race.
Colombia First South American Country to Release New Climate Plan Ahead of Paris
Last week, Colombia became the first South American country to release its intended nationally determined contribution, or INDC, ahead of the United Nations’ COP21 climate talks in Paris. Most notably, Colombia’s INDC adopts a national, economy-wide emissions reduction target for the first time, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent below projected business-as-usual (BAU) emissions by 2030. With international support, this reduction target would increase to 30 percent.Colombia’s previous international pledge, made in 2009, consisted of a series of mitigation actions instead of a national emissions target. In its new climate plan, the country advances actions such as reaffirming its commitment to reduce deforestation, but within a broader objective to limit overall national emissions. This is an important milestone as developing countries move toward limiting and eventually reducing their emissions to ensure global emissions peak in the near-term and decline dramatically by mid-century.While Colombia’s target allows emissions to increase by 2030, the INDC estimates Colombia’s emissions will be 268 million tons of CO2-equivalent in 2030 under the new target, compared with 335 million tons of CO2-equivalent under a BAU scenario. The target would also reduce per-capita emissions from 5.8 tons of CO2-equivalent per person under a BAU scenario to 4.6 tons of CO2-equivalent in 2030.For comparison, in 2010, the country emitted 224 million tons of CO2-equivalent. More than half (58 percent) of national emissions came from agriculture, forestry and other land use, while a third came from the energy sector (due in part to 68 percent of electricity being generated from hydropower). In 2010, Colombia’s total emissions represented 0.46 percent of global emissions.A Transparent Emissions-Reduction PledgeTargets relative to BAU scenarios are typically less transparent, more uncertain, and more difficult to track progress toward than other types of targets, such as those relative to emissions in past years. Given this, it’s important Colombia communicated the country’s intended 2030 emissions level in absolute terms (268 million tons of CO2-equivalent), increasing the pledge’s transparency and accountability.Other countries with targets relative to BAU scenarios should also report intended absolute emissions levels to ensure the UN Climate Change Secretariat can accurately assess and report the aggregate effect of all INDCs compared to global emissions reductions needed to limit warming to below 2°C.Colombia can further increase its pledge transparency by clarifying whether it intends to keep the BAU scenario fixed for purposes of meeting the target or plans to revise the BAU scenario in the future, which would change the target emissions level for 2030. Any unexpected revision in the BAU scenario would represent a moving target, making it more difficult to enable global aggregation of mitigation efforts and determine whether the world is collectively on track to meet the global 2°C goal.Clear Goals for AdaptationBeyond mitigation, Colombia’s INDC also provides a clear and concise “snapshot” of adaptation planning and goals. The INDC draws from Colombia’s National Adaptation Plan, as well as territorial and sectorial plans to outline 10 specific and measurable adaptation action goals through 2030, including strengthening adaptation planning, land protection, water resource management and education to raise awareness.These goals contribute to Colombia’s stated vision for adaptation of “improving the well-being of the entire population, in territories well-adapted to the climate, all of which will make Colombia a modern, innovative and competitive country globally.” While the INDC states that achieving adaptation goals requires financing, technology transfer and capacity building, it is not specific about the type or amount of additional support needed.Fairness and AmbitionColombia’s INDC transparently describes how the country views its climate plan as fair and ambitious by referencing a number of key indicators. It was transparent about its energy consumption (compared to regional and world averages), emissions per capita, total projected emissions under BAU and the INDC, poverty and inequality challenges and climate impact vulnerability.Like many developing countries, Colombia highlighted the priority of pursuing mitigation actions to also increase resilience and reduce the risk of loss and damage. Colombia is, however, the first country to examine the implications for building peace through climate action in its INDC—highlighting the role climate action can play in consolidating peace in a more equitable manner.While Colombia recognizes the significance of land use and forestry sectors to its national emissions profile and reaffirms its commitment to reduce deforestation, it doesn’t include the target level or regional or global comparison necessary to provide context for fairness and ambition purposes.A Path Forward for Developing NationsAll nations must submit their INDCs by October 1st in order to be included in the synthesis report on their aggregate effect before COP21 opens, with many developing nations expected to announce their pledges in the next few weeks.As nations put the finishing touches on their pledges, they should consider the positive elements of Colombia’s on transparency, adaptation and fairness to help ensure success in December.
Working on variations to keep up with wrist spinners: Nathan Lyon
Australia’s premier off-spinner Nathan Lyon is looking to add a few more variations up his sleeve in order to remain relevant in limited-overs cricket at a time when wrist spinners are ruling the roost.Whether its Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav for India, Yasir Shah for Pakistan, Adil Rashid for England or Adam Zampa for Australia, they have all posed challenges for the finger spinners but Lyon is up for it.”Wrist spinners are a valuable part to any side but I am working on a couple of variations to make sure I am keeping up with the game. The game is moving so fast. This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn,” Lyon said on the eve of the third ODI.However, Lyon believes that there should be a proper balance of finger and wrist spinners in any set up.”I think it is a pretty important balance to have, a couple of really good spinners to have in your side. Look at India, they have a couple of really good ones. Kuldeep, his skills are unbelievable but their reliance on Jadeja has been quite impressive as well,” Lyon said.”I think it is very important for any international side to have a couple of decent spinners going into the World Cup.”Possibly the best off-spinner in current Test arena, Lyon is still trying to become a permanent fixture in the ODI set-up but said he is not putting any additional pressure on himself.”No, it hasn’t put any extra pressure. Really enjoy playing the shorter formats and being in coloured clothing for Australia,” he said.advertisement”For me, it is just about enjoying the challenge and trying to get better in shorter formats. Yes, there is added pressure I guess but none I am putting on myself.”One of Lyon’s main weapon is bounce but the pitches on offer has been low and slow in nature.He feels one needs to bowl differently on these tracks.”I still believe bounce is a massive weapon. It is about me having the ability to change the pace, variation and the mindset depending on who I am bowling to,” the 31-year-old said.”It is really about me trying to read the game, what’s going to happen before it actually happens and try and control the moment.”Australia may have lost two close games but Lyon feels that terms like “choker” is too harsh.”We are playing against one of the best sides in the world. Choke is a pretty strong word, we are a young cricket side, we are trying to get better and we are learning about the game on the training field,” he said.”It has been a close contest if you actually break down the games — I have just come from a team meeting — into all the little numbers we look at, it is quite close.”I think a lot of people will be surprised as to how close it is. So there is a great feeling inside the Australian change room at the moment, a lot of belief,” the senior player came to his team’s defence.Lyon has a lovely sense of humour and it showed when his take was sought on the newly unveiled “MS Dhoni Pavilion” and whether he would like something like that in any of the Australian grounds.”I don’t think it will be grand anywhere in the world that will have my name on it. But obviously, MS Dhoni and Nathan Lyon are two different characters. He is an absolute legend and I am not comparing myself to him.Also Read | Bhabhiji ruining our fitness levels: Rishabh Pant after dinner at MS Dhoni’s houseAlso Read | After dinner at MS Dhoni’s house, Team India begin preparations for Australia ODIAlso Read | MS Dhoni hosts Team India for dinner at Ranchi home: Thank you bhai, says ChahalAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan could have played Ranji Trophy: Aakash Chopra on Shikhar Dhawan’s formAlso Read | Pat Cummins says Australia looking at positives despite loss in 2nd ODI vs IndiaAlso Watch:
Reliance Jio offers Rs 2,400 cashback with Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro: Everything you need to know
Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro last week. The Note 7 comes at Rs 9,999 while the price of Redmi Note 7 Pro price starts from Rs 13,999. After Airtel that has announced an exclusive double data offer on select Airtel plans, now Jio has announced a new cashback offer for the Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 buyers.Reliance Jio is giving double data benefits on all recharges of Rs 198 and above to the owners of new Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro. The users will also get cashback vouchers worth Rs 2400 on recharge worth Rs 299 to Redmi Note 7 buyers. This cashback will be credited in user’s MyJio wallet.Airtel is also giving double data benefit on select Airtel prepaid recharge packs. The Airtel recharge plan worth Rs 249 will get you 4GB of data per day instead of 2GB along with unlimited voice calling, free Airtel TV subscription and more. Similarly, the Airtel Rs 349 plan will offer 6GB of daily data instead of 3GB along with the same benefits as Rs 249.Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro specsThe Redmi Note and Note 7 Pro are the latest offerings from Xiaomi. The budget phones come with all new gradient finish and Dot notch. The Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS display with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels while the Redmi Note 7 comes with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS display with screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. Both the phones have a same aspect ratio of 19:5:9.On the camera front, Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary camera sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor. On the front, it offers a 13MP AI camera. The Note 7 on the other hand comes with a 12MP primary camera and 5MP secondary camera and on the front it has a 13MP camera. The Redmi Note 7 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660AIE processor coupled with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage whereas Note 7 Pro is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Both the phones come with a same battery size of 4000mAh with support for Quick Charge 4.advertisementALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7 launched in India, price starts from Rs 9,999ALSO READ | JioGigaFiber launch: All questions answeredALSO READ | Jio GigaFiber user review: Cheap and best says the person who has used its 100mbps speed for free
POLICE IDENTIFY MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT VICTIMS (UPDATE)
UPDATED 10:15AM 9/13/16SIOUX CITY POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED THE DRIVER OF A MOTORCYCLE THAT DIED MONDAY IN A COLLISION WITH A TRUCK.AUTHORITIES SAY 35 YEAR OLD DONNIE MOHR OF SIOUX CITY WAS THE DRIVER OF THE MOTORCYCLE THAT STRUCK A TRUCK AT GORDON DRIVE AND DACE.POLICE SAY MOHR WAS DRIVING AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED, RAN A RED LIGHT AND HIT THE SIDE OF THE TRUCK.THE IMPACT SENT MOHR THROUGH THE REAR PASSENGER WINDOW OF THE TRUCK INTO ITS BACK SEAT.THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK, 31 YEAR OLD LUIS FERNANDEZ OF MIDLAND TEXAS, AND A FEMALE PASSENGER WERE TRANSPORTED TO MERCY MEDICAL CENTER WITH MINOR INJURIES.THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.——————————————————————SIOUX CITY POLICE HAVE CONFIRMED THAT THE DRIVER OF A MOTORCYCLE THAT COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK MONDAY MORNING HAS DIED.AUTHORITIES HAVE NOT RELEASED THE NAME OF THE CYCLIST BUT SAY HE IS A 31 YEAR OLD MAN FROM SIOUX CITY.POLICE SAY THE CYCLIST WAS DRIVING AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED ON GORDON DRIVE, RAN A RED LIGHT AND STRUCK THE SIDE OF THE TRUCK AS IT CROSSED GORDON DRIVE ON DACE.THE IMPACT SENT THE MOTORCYCLE DRIVER THROUGH THE REAR PASSENGER WINDOW OF THE TRUCK INTO ITS BACK SEAT.THE MALE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK AND A FEMALE PASSENGER WERE TRANSPORTED TO MERCY WITH MINOR INJURIES.THEIR NAMES HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED.PHOTO COURTESY KMEG/KPTH
PIERCE STREET SINKHOLE SNAGS CITY SNOWPLOW
ANOTHER SINKHOLE OPENED UP ON PIERCE STREET FRIDAY AFTERNOON, AND PARTIALLY SWALLOWED A CITY SNOWPLOW.THE STREET COLLAPSED AT 30TH AND PIERCE AND THE SNOWPLOW’S REAR WHEELS SANK DOWN IN THE HOLE.THE SINKHOLE IS ACROSS THE STREET FROM A HOME THAT HAS HAD FIVE SINKHOLES OPEN UP SINCE 2010 ACCORDING TO THE HOMEOWNER, JOYCE DOWNING.DOWNING HAS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY BECAUSE OF THE PROBLEM.Courtesy KMEG TV
HAVE COFFEE WITH CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS THURSDAY
SIOUX CITY RESIDENTS CAN ENJOY A CUP OF COFFEE WITH THEIR CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS THURSDAY MORNING AND DISCUSS CURRENT ISSUES WITH THEM AND OTHER CITY STAFF.THE MONTHLY COFFEE WITH COUNCIL WILL BE HOSTED AT THE HAMILTON BOULEVARD HY-VEE IN THE MARKETPLACE MALL.THE EVENT BEGINS AT 8:30AM THURSDAY.
LAWSUIT FILINGS CONTINUE IN SOUTH SIOUX ODOR ISSUE CASE
Two more lawsuits have been filed against the City of South Sioux City and Big Ox Energy on behalf of residents that were displaced from their homes in 2016 by odors they claim backed up into their property.The lawsuits contend that the odors originated at Big Ox Energy and backed up into their homes through the city’s sewer system.The latest filed by attorney David Domina are on behalf ofChristopher Cornell and Kirk and Angela Campbell and their three children.Cornell is asking for over $614,000 in property damage to his home and an indeterminate amount for damage to his personal health and ongoing medical treatment.The Campbell’s are seeking in excess of $754,000 in property damage and indeterminate amounts for damages to the personal health and ongoing medical treatment of each family member.More lawsuits on behalf of other displaced families are expected to be filed in the coming weeks.
IOWA LEGISLATURE TO BEGIN 2018 SESSION
Iowa lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Monday for the start of a new legislative session.Overhauling state taxes will be one of the items on the agenda and Republican Senator Rick Bertrand of Sioux City says it will be one of the top priorities for lawmakers:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/SESSION.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….people can feel. ;11Governor Kim Reynolds is hoping lawmakers will pass a new water quality bill for the state.Bertrand isn’t sure that will happen:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/SESSION2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….not right. :17But Democratic Representative Chris Hall of Sioux City does expect to see the House take up the issue:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/SESSION3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………in our drinking water. :23Republicans and Democrats disagree on funding amounts for education and on how to address issues with the privatized Medicaid program.Governor Kim Reynolds will give more information on what she hopes for Tuesday in her Condition of the State address.You will hear that address live at 10am here on KSCJ.
Photo Attribution: US PresswireWinners: Screengrabs, Desmond Roland, Twitter (always), Vegas (Texas covered up -3), David Ash, OSU offensive line, Fox ratings, Major Applewhite fist pumps, OSU’s downfield blocking, RB shimmies, BPS crowd.Losers: Justin Gilbert, Texas’ secondary, Big 12 refs, the Texas coach at the end of this run, OSU special teams, Gus’ voice (he smokes!), my Justin Gilbert love affair, whoever had to sit next to Monken, face guarding, throwing on the run.Best play: The Randle shimmy. Runner up: Walsh hit Tracy Moore over the middle in the middle of the third quarter with maybe the hardest pass he’s ever thrown. You might not remember it but it was big time. Also this pick by Tyler Johnson.Worst play: The Walsh pick was pretty bad. He stared down his receiver for 3+ seconds.Best player: Joe Randle was magnificent. He answered the bell over and over again and had this truck stick move in the 4th quarter to top off what was a litany of highlight reel plays. Worst player: Justin Gilbert was horrendous. Like Amilian said after the game, maybe Mel Kiper will remove him from his big board so Gilbert will start seeing how awesome he’s not.“God, why?!” moment: All three of Texas’ fourth down conversions. Javorskie Lane flashbacks.Uniform Heisman: Loved Blake Jackson in the black gloves, OJ-style (too soon?)Quote: Mack Brown: “Best crowd I’ve seen up here…They gave their guys a standing ovation after they lost. I don’t think I’ve seen that before.”Other quote: Monken: “J-dub is a heart-beats-like-a-dog leader, always in front. That’s just him.”Photo of the game: Well, this probablyOther photo: Definitely this one.Tweeter of the game: @andrewmitch didn’t tweet very much but he was on fire when he did.Stat of the night: OSU is now 0-2 when wearing a uniform combo they’ve already worn. Via @super_EwilliamsIf 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!
Josh Fields donates money to John Talley
THANK YOU Cowboy Nation! Total of 2,241 RTs! I said a dime per RT when we started this but lets go with a quarter per RT to OSU FCA instead.— Josh Fields (@OkieFields) September 11, 2013He later updated that to a quarter which is stand-up. After it got 2,241 retweets.I think there’s a little bit of irony in here that a guy accused of giving money is getting money but still, cool move by Fields. He’s been OSU’s No. 1 spokesperson throughout this whole ordeal thus far.Also, a note on Talley — he admitted to paying players and OSU said they were not cool with it. So that’s going to be a big issue at the end of this thing.Here are the quotes:Talley says that he sometimes paid players a fee for speaking engagements and that they frequently did work on his ranch, noting he always paid an hourly wage. He also says he cleared the speaking fees and the hourly employment through the university’s compliance office. “I have paid lots of players to work on my ranch,” Talley says. “But I would never pay someone not to work.”OSU compliance director Kevin Fite says of the speaking engagements arranged by Talley, “They were not cleared through our office as paid speaking engagements. In fact, two of my staff members indicated to me that they had they had conversations with John and told him you cannot pay for speaking engagements. If you want to employ our student-athletes for other things, that’s fine, but you cannot pay them for speaking engagements.”Not good.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! Josh Fields sent out the tweet below that for every RT he got he would donate a dime to John Talley (who was accused of overpaying players in the SI article) and his FCA ministry.For every RT this gets tonight, I’m donating a dime to my good friend John Talley’s OSU FCA Ministry. (Proverbs 20:19) #IRideWithTheCowboys— Josh Fields (@OkieFields) September 10, 2013
Thayer Evans responds
I’m not going to break it down because I don’t have 20 days, but you should watch.Also — for the sake of fairness — just because Thayer employs Tyler Hatch’s hair stylist and has written some ridiculous columns in the past doesn’t mean none of this is true. It makes me question why all of this started and his journalistic ethics have been shown to be somewhat shady but there’s a disconnect in logic between “[reporter] is kind of a clown therefore [this event] didn’t happen.”Just remember that.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!