What to Look for in a Crowdfunding Site for Nonprofits

first_imgThe Internet has emerged as a fantastic tool for nonprofit fundraising. There has never been an easier way to contact your supporters, share ideas, and — best of all — get them to promote your cause to their friends. It’s also very easy for donors to give money to your organization with just the click of a mouse button. No driving, searching for checkbooks, or mailing donations. They just have to tap in an amount, hit send, and they are done!The best crowdfunding sites make it easy for you to get your message out and for donors to make their contributions. So what should you look for in choosing a crowdfunding platform?Customizable – You must be able to display your brand and use your logo, colors, images, etc. You also need to be able to tell your story. Nonprofit crowdfunding isn’t going to garner online support if it is just a payment page. Your crowdfunding platform has to allow you to share your mission and engage donors.Simple Technology – There is no reason for you to have to employ an IT staff or programmers just to put up a nonprofit fundraising site. Platforms are available that let you easily copy and paste your text and drag and drop your images to make your page look good.Multiple Fundraising Pages – You want an unlimited project size for your nonprofit crowdfunding. You can link together multiple campaigns to reach a much broader audience, and you also want your crowdfunding platform to allow you to share your stories. It can’t be over-emphasized just how powerful stories are to make people feel connected to you.Built-In Social Media – Those little social media logo buttons are invaluable for getting donors to share your posts with their networks. Be sure they are easy to find and in an accessible part of your page.Security – Any time you are asking for money, you will be asking someone to trust your system with access to their financial information, such as credit card information, and possibly even passwords. Check that the crowdfunding platform you are considering is secure and that the individuals who are running it are experienced and known in the industry.Visual – A picture paints a thousand words, and video raises that exponentially. You want to engage people on an emotional level, and you’ve got to have pictures and video to reach them and to make your site more enticing than any others that are vying for your visitors’ attention.In addition to confirming the above, be sure that any crowdfunding sites you commit to are supported by live, knowledgeable support staff who can help with setup and who will also be available as time goes by and questions arise. Contact us at 1-855-229-1694 with all your questions and to get a demo of our powerful crowdfunding software, GiveCorps.last_img read more

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Toure explains ‘Fernandinho role’ as City continue replacement search

first_imgYaya Toure has given some insight into what Pep Guardiola wants from his holding midfielders as Manchester City continue the search for an able replacement for the ageing Fernandinho.The 33-year-old himself stated recently ‘I feel like I’m 25 now’ when asked if he’s at the fittest he has ever been, but the reigning Premier League champions have no immediate replacement should he fall injured or lose his form.Chelsea’s Jorginho had been a target for Guardiola’s side before the former Napoli man opted to reunite with Maurizio Sarri, though questions have been raised over the Italian’s defensive ability. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It is understood that Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong is a current target, but at 21 years old, it may take some time to ably take the Brazilian’s mantle should he make the switch to the Etihad.Other names include Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele and Wolverhampton’s Ruben Neves, both of whom are capable on the ball, but again could struggle to replicate Fernandinho’s defensive abilities.With the search still in full swing, Toure, who performed in the number 6 role under Guardiola in the past, gave a sneak peek into what the demanding Catalan coach expects from players in that position.“The main message is just to have good position,” Toure said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.“Sometimes, with Pep, when we play the games can start with the midfield or the [back] three because he loved to start the ball from behind, from the back first.“After that, you have this fluidity. It’s like a machine. Something is systematic. When you have the ball, you know what to do.“And your friend or your team-mate around you knows what to do, even without looking. This is something that you work on a lot in training.”Manchester City return to action in the Premier League on Sunday with a trip to Huddersfield – who recently parted ways with manager David Wagner by mutual consent – as they look to shorten the gap between themselves and league leaders Liverpool. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Atalanta stun Juve in Coppa Italia

first_imgJuventus’ hopes of a fifth successive domestic double were extinguished after they were knocked out of the Coppa Italia by Atalanta in a 3-0 quarter-final defeat that marked their first domestic loss of the season and saw Massimiliano Allegri sent off.The Bianconeri went into Wednesday’s tie in Bergamo on the back of an extremely unconvincing performance in a 2-1 Serie A win over Lazio that sent them 11 points clear at the top.And they were underwhelming again at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia as they were undone by an Atalanta side that is the most prolific in Serie A, having scored 47 goals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Gian Piero Gasperini’s men dominated from the outset and Timothy Castagne’s 37th-minute strike and Duvan Zapata’s 19th goal of the season proved enough to set up a semi-final with Fiorentina, with the frustration that fuelled Allegri’s dismissal after the second goal increased late on when a defensive mix up allowed Zapata to double his tally as their dominance of the competition ended.Atalanta will have been buoyed by their stirring comeback against Roma on Sunday and Alejandro Gomez forced Wojciech Szczesny to turn behind with a fine effort from outside the box.The hosts saw Josip Ilicic forced off through injury while Juve were dealt a significant blow when Giorgio Chiellini motioned to the bench that he could not continue.It was his replacement, Joao Cancelo, one of the heroes of Juve’s fightback at Lazio at the weekend, who was at fault for the opener. Cancelo was dispossessed by Castagne, who then surged towards the edge of the box and bent an effort beyond Szczesny and into the bottom-right corner.And 125 seconds later Szczesny was beaten again in stunning fashion as the in-form Zapata turned and fired a fierce effort inside the Poland international’s near-post, with a furious Allegri sent from the dugout in the aftermath after an exchange with the fourth official.Juve improved after the interval and Daniele Rugani skimmed the woodwork with a header but they offered little thereafter and a terrible error by Mattia De Sciglio allowed Zapata to round Szczesny for his second as Allegri watched forlornly on from the stands.FT: Our Coppa Italia adventure comes to an end.#AtalantaJuve #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/PTal3UxsBS— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 30, 2019What does it mean? – Juve invincible no moreWhile a first domestic loss for Juve is unlikely to provide hope for those vainly pursuing them in the title race, their inability to find the net and their sloppy play at the back will provide plenty of encouragement to an Atletico Madrid team that is extremely talented at both ends of the pitch ahead of their Champions League last 16, first leg next month.Zapata reaches 20-goal markThough Zapata was aided by some questionable goalkeeping from Szczesny and some ponderous play from De Sciglio, the clinical manner in which he dispatched his double was indicative of a forward who has been one of the best in European football this season and now has 20 goals in all competitions.Cancelo’s Bergamo blunderPivotal to their revival in Rome, Cancelo’s performance could not have been more contrasting to the one he produced at the Stadio Olimpico. He dallied on the ball for the opener and did more to hinder Juve’s cause than help it on an evening he will want to quickly forget.What’s next?The visit of Parma is unlikely to provide a stumbling block for Juve in their seemingly inevitable march to the Scudetto. Seventh-placed Atalanta visit Cagliari as they push for the top four. read morelast_img read more

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My First Week of Working from Home

first_imgEditor’s note: Guest blogger Joann Klimkiewicz is a writer and Freelancers Union member. This post originally appeared on her blog, where she covers writing, freelancing, and Polish culture.1. No matter how tempting, do not indulge in the opening “host chat” segment on Live! with Kelly**. **Sure, you’ll tell yourself that you’ll settle at your desk by 9:15. But 9:15 fast becomes 9:45, and 9:45 somehow bleeds into the 11 o’clock hour with the ladies of The View. Before you know it, you’re knee deep in Judge Judy and self-loathing. Allow yourself the pre-9 a.m. joy that is yelling at The TODAY Show (“Show me the numbers that proves that’s a trend!” “Jenna Bush is not a reporter!”). But then it’s butt to chair by 9 a.m. or you’ll regret it.**2. Pantless Tuesdays and Pajama Fridays might sound like a good idea, but for the love of God, put some clothes on. **I’ve heard freelancers espouse the joy of working from home in pajamas or boxers, but this is no way to launch yourself into a productive day. You’re subconsciously sending yourself the message that this is a sick day, or a lazy Sunday. And while you’re at it, wash your face and brush your teeth, will ya? (Yeah, I’m still working on those two.)**3. Give yourself an alloted 40 minutes or so to get in your news reading, tweeting, facebooking, pinning and gchatting. Then shut it off, and get to work. **Otherwise you’ll find yourself lost in the black hole of the interwebs and social media. An hour of that and you’ll only feel the foggy haze and weight of guilt commonly associated with watching Jersey Shore marathons. Or eating one too many Krispy Kremes.**4. Working from home does not mean working on your home. **It’s tempting. There’s a dishwasher to be unloaded, a pile of laundry to be folded. You’ve been meaning to organize that Tupperware cabinet. Don’t do it. Go ahead, tidy up your surroundings so you don’t feel psychologically cluttered. Make your bed, straighten your desk. Do what you need to dive into a productive day. But resist housecleaning. That’s what Saturdays are made for.**5. It’s okay to take a break and go for a walk. **Yes, you feel some guilt around your new career move. You worry there may be a lot of Spam-and-Wonder Bread sandwiches in your future. You feel like you shouldn’t get up from your desk, that you haven’t earned a break until you earn your first check. Relax. Go get some fresh air. But for the love of God, just remember to put some pants on first.To read more from Joann, check out her website, http://www.fliesinmyamber.com/.last_img read more

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Tailor your communication to your business

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Wondering whether you should give your cell number to a new client? Trying to decide if you should contact them via email or phone?Each medium of communication has different benefits and weaknesses associated with it. When I’m hemming and hawing over whether to call, email, text or meet a client, I like to harken back to the age-old pro/con list.It’s a fast and easy way to identify which conversations should be held where – and I hope it helps you too!EmailPros:You can plan out what you want to say in advance (and get the wording JUST right).You have a record of all communication to refer back to.There’s much more opportunity to get into greater detail in emails, and you can also add other forms of media as needed (such as website links, photos, videos, attachments, etc.).Cons:Depending on how long your client takes to respond to their emails, you might not hear from them for days.You don’t actually know if the client received your email or if it went to their spam filter.Things can sometimes get misinterpreted in emails.Join the Union (it’s free!)Become a memberPhone callPros:You and your client can discuss the project in real time, saving the back-and-forth that can come with email or texting.The client can repeat things in a few different ways if you are unsure of what exactly they want the first time they explain it – thus increasing the chance that they will love your finished work.Conversations on the phone have the feel of an in-person meeting, so that your client can “get to know” you, even if they live on the other side of the world.Cons:Your client may call you out of the blue when you’re unprepared for a phone meeting.Any agreements you make over the phone will then have to be translated into writing for confirmation afterwards.If your client lives far away and you don’t have a great phone plan, it could end up costing you a lot of money depending on the frequency and duration of your phone conversations.In-person meetingPros:You can get to know one another and determine whether you’re a good fit.You can go into all of the minute details of the project so you know exactly what they want, and so that they understand exactly what your vision for the project is.It gets you out of the house and interacting with the public – and let’s face it, most of us as freelancers need to take advantage of those opportunities!Cons:As with making agreements over the phone, you’re still going to have to get confirmation on your agreements in writing after your in-person meeting.If you don’t take detailed notes, you might miss out on something important (or minor, which could become a big problem later on).It might take a lot of time out of your day: in-person meetings tend to take longer than phone meetings, for example, and if you have a long commute to your agreed-upon destination, the amount of time your in-person meeting takes up could increase drastically.Text messagePros:If your client is at an event and needs to send you a quick photo or key information that you will be sharing with the public, texting can make this happen in a snap.Texting can be a great way to share things that are time-sensitive or to ask quick questions from one another.It can build a nice, friendly camaraderie between you and your client because of the informality of this method of communicating.Cons:Because of the nature of texting, you might not be able to get across your point – and there’s an increased chance you will misunderstand each other.Your client might think that they can start texting you for everything, all the time, which can seriously disrupt your day when you’re trying to stay disciplined and focused on your work.If you don’t respond to a text right away, you might forget about it later on.The bottom line…What it really comes down to is your personal preference – and your client’s preference, too. Even though your favorite type of communication might be email, if your client only checks their email a couple times in a month, then you’ll wind up with some major communication problems!You will likely need to use a few different forms of communication for different clients, and it might be a good idea to set up some boundaries right in the beginning (for example, texting is only to be used in emergencies).Don’t give out all of your contact information freely, or you might just be bombarded with text messages and phone calls when you’re trying to get work done.What’s your favorite (and least favorite!) type of communication when it comes to connecting with clients? Share with us on Twitter (@freelancersu and @Saganlives) your best communication tips!Sagan Morrow is a freelance writer, editor, and social media manager. She writes a professional lifestyle blog (including freelancing and productivity tips) at SaganMorrow.com.last_img read more

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From money to emotions: BCCIs players handbook covers all

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 8 (PTI) From managing money to managing emotions, Indian cricketers will have a ready reference to deal with myriad issues in the BCCIs first ever players handbook released today. The book titled 100 things every professional cricketer must know, was released by the Committee of Administrators (COA) and is in line with the recommendations of the Lodha panel. The document will be the official handbook for all the cricketers registered with the BCCI. The book, foreworded by former India captain Rahul Dravid, has 10 sections covering topics ranging from money management to injury management. It also touches upon the importance of eating right, having knowledge about your own body, how to handle mental and emotional hardship, having knowledge about legal and commercial obligations, dealing with the media and professional integrity. India A coach Dravid called the book a handy ready reckoner for the players. “As a coach to young cricketers, I have realised that it is important to create an environment that supports and empowers them as they prepare to participate and succeed at sport,” Dravid wrote in his foreword. “During my playing career, I was fortunate to have a number of mentors, who contributed to my success in various ways. In that sense, there is a lot of value in having the awareness to know what information to seek and whom to seek it from. “I see this handbook as a valuable resource that can be referred to from time to time. A wide range of topics is covered, which I hope will enable better decision making, especially among younger cricketers,” he added. PTI BS AH BSadvertisementlast_img read more

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John Stones hails Pep Guardiola’s impact after return to form for Manchester City

first_imgManchester City defender John Stones has praised manager Pep Guardiola for making him a “better player and person” during their first year together at the Etihad Stadium.Stones struggled to deliver under weight of expectations when he joined City from Everton last season, then as the world’s second most expensive defender behind Chelsea’s David Luiz.However, Guardiola’s constant support and work behind the scenes with the 23-year-old is finally paying dividends as Stones helped City claim six clean sheets over the last seven games in all competitions.”He’s (Guardiola) always positive and wanting me to do better and that’s what I try to repay him on the pitch,” Stones told reporters.”The games this season speak for themselves: clean sheets both in the Champions League and Premier League. I feel like I’m developing as a player and a person under him.”That’s all down to the players around me, him and the staff that are there. All I want to do is keep this run going and see where it takes us.”Premier League leaders City have scored 22 goals and conceded just twice in their opening seven league games as players appear to be responding to the demands of the Spanish coach’s attacking philosophy.Stones believes his England team mates have what it takes to play a similar style but said that results take priority on the international stage.”We’ve got the players to do it,” Stones said.”It’s so different — but we’re always striving to become better and there’s a lot of likeness between how City play and international football. But to gel all those things is very difficult.”advertisementEngland will qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia if they win at home to Slovenia on Thursday, while a draw will also do the trick if Slovakia fail to beat Scotland away in the other Group F qualifier.last_img read more

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The job is not done yet: Sandesh Jhingan post 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification

first_imgDespite India qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, national football team defender Sandesh Jhingan believes it is just a first step towards success for his team and that the job is not done yet.Last week, India had secured a direct qualification to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup for the first time since 1984 after crushing Macau 4-1 in their third qualifier match of Group A at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore.India are placed in Group A, alongside Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Macau, and by winning the first four games in their group, India picked up an unassailable lead to qualify for the next year’s event in the UAE.However, Jhingan insisted that it is just the beginning and that his side have to see a lot more success.”The job is not done yet. This is the first step which we have achieved because we will travel to UAE not just to participate. Rather, we need to make it to the next round for which, I reiterate, we need to work harder,” Jhingan said.When asked about the importance of Asian Cup qualification to him, the defender said that it was a big achievement for the country as it would contribute towards the growth of the Indian football.”Our priority from now on is to improve and try to dominate in Asia as the Asian Cup provides us with the chance to play the bigger teams. To improve we need to learn the dominance and there is still a lot of work to be done for that,” he added.advertisementMeanwhile, Jhigan also revealed that he cried as a 17-year old when the last time India played in Doha and lost to Bahrain in the Asian Cup in 2011.”The last time India played in Doha (in 2011), I was a 17-year old boy and remember crying after our loss to Bahrain — a match which I felt we could have won. It was an emotional moment for a boy who was in love with the National Team and the other day in Bengaluru, it was a special moment when we qualified,” Jhigan said.India will now lock horns with Myanmar in their next Group A match of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifier, which is slated to be held on November 14.last_img read more

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Two gates of Feroz Shah Kotla stadium to be named after Anjum Chopra

first_imgA month after the Gate No.2 was dedicated to former India opener Virender Sehwag, the Ferozshah Kotla Ground in the national capital will have another couple of gates named after ex-Indian women’s team captain Anjum Chopra.The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has decided to name the Gate No. 3 and 4 of the stadium after the cricketer-turned-commentator, who represented the country in six World Cups.”In order to recognize, encourage and reward the contribution that women deserve in our country and in her sports, a woman cricketer has been chosen too and it has been decided to name a gate in the name of Arjuna award winner and Padamshri awardee, Anjum Chopra,” a DDCA statement read.”Gates 3-4 will be now be renamed as Anjum Chopra Gate,” it added.In addition to that, the DDCA has planned to name two stands of the stadium after former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi and former India all-rounder Mohinder Amarnath.The DDCA led by retired Justice Vikramajit Sen, has also planned to host its first Annual Conclave on November 29, where Bedi will be the keynote speaker.The DDCA has also constituted an Honours Committee led by retired Justice Mukul Mudgal as the chairman and comprising noted commentators Narottam Puri and Ravi Chaturvedi, senior journalists Neeru Bhatia and Vijay Lokapally.last_img read more

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Lewis Hamilton on F1 rivalry with Sebastian Vettel: Expect it could be worse

first_imgThe rivalry between Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is expected to get more intense this season. With both Hamilton and Vettel equal with four world champion titles, Hamilton expects his Formula One rivalry to get hotter.The new season is set to begin in Australia on March 25 and Hamilton said he is prepared for everything that Vettel throws at him. Hamilton won the championship last year and left Vettel behind with one race to spare.It was a season that started out in mutual respect before tipping into ‘road rage’ and recrimination when they collided and banged wheels in Azerbaijan.”You would have to expect that it could be worse,” Hamilton told reporters when asked, at the launch of his Mercedes team’s new F1 W09 car at Silverstone on Thursday, about the tension between himself and Vettel.”Always expect the worst and hopefully it will be better.”The Briton said the campaign was likely to be closer than ever but he would also be even better.”Hopefully if I am performing at my best, then there will be issues — because they (Ferrari) will be upset about it,” he added.Asked about potential ‘mind games’, Hamilton smiled.”Honestly, I don’t play mind games,” he said. “I just drive faster.”The Briton spoke of his hunger, even if he still has some weight to lose before the first race, and commitment as well as the joys of his longest break in a decade.Since November, the 33-year-old has been surfing in California and snowboarding in Japan as well as hanging out with friends and family on both sides of the Atlantic.advertisementHe enthused about the time spent chasing waves with 11-times world surf league champion Kelly Slater, an experience that was also painful.”I go for the biggest waves and I get barrelled over,” he grinned.Hamilton has also kept a lower profile on social media, wiping his Twitter and Instagram accounts in late December after attracting criticism for comments about his young nephew wearing a pink dress.He said the “clean slate” was planned and he would aim to strike a balance in future.”I have been very open with my life for several years and it is always difficult to make a change because I have always been open,” he added.”But we are in a strange time in the world where things are magnified a lot more than they were in previous years. It is a critical time for the world.”Social media is still the gateway to connect to fans, so it will be a part of my life. As to how deep I will go, we will see.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Hyundai unveils two EV models

first_imgMumbai, Feb 27 (PTI) South Korean auto-maker Hyundai today unvieled two electric vehicles (EVs)-the Nexo and the Ioniq–at a business summit in New Delhi.The next gen fuel cell-run Nexo and the battery- powered global Ioniq were showcased during the second edition of the India-Korea Business Summit in the national capital, a release said.”Since the past 20 years, Hyundai has a long-term commitment towards Make-in-India and today we are proud to showcase sports utility vehicle Nexo along with an global EV Ioniq at the India Korea Summit 2018,” Hyundai Motor R&D centre vice president S H Kim was quoted as saying in the release.Terming the development of the two EVs a significant leap forward for Hyundai Motor as it intensifies the companys efforts to produce highly efficient, eco-friendly vehicles, Kim said, “Hyundai is continuously innovating in clean and connected mobility solutions to make a long-term positive transformation for our future generations.”The Nexo is set to spearhead Hyundais plans to accelerate development of low emission vehicles globally, the company said.This next generation vehicle offers the most advanced technology on the market with various advanced driver assistance systems and the strongest powertrains in the segment, it added. PTI IAS BEN BEN BASlast_img read more

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Nepal PM expands Cabinet, inducts 15 new ministers

first_img(Eds: Updating with fresh inputs) By Shirish B Pradhan Kathmandu, Mar 16 (PTI) Nepals Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli today expanded his Cabinet and inducted 15 new ministers in his Council of Ministers, including the daughter-in-law of Maoist chief Prachanda. President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office to the newly appointed 11 ministers and four ministers of state in an official function at the presidents house Sheetal Niwas, the Himalayan Times reported. With the induction of new ministers, the Oli-led Cabinet now has 22 members. Six lawmakers from the CPN-UML and five from the CPN Maoist Centre were inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet while four Members of Parliament (MPs) were given the charge of the Minister of State. Yesterday, Oli held consultations with the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre)�chief Prachanda regarding the Cabinet expansion. The six CPN-UML ministers are Pradip Kumar Gyawali (Foreign Affairs), Rabindra Adhikari (Tourism and Civil Aviation), Raghubir Mahaseth (Physical Infrastructure and Development), Gokarna Bista (Labour and Employment), Jagat Bishwakarma (Youth and Sports) and Sher Bahadur Tamang (Law), according to a Presidents Office statement. The three Minister of State from the party are Gokul Baskota (Information and Communication), Padma Kumari Aryal (Health and Population) and Dhan Bahadur Buda (Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation). The five lawmakers from the CPN-Maoist Centre who were given the ministerial berth include Barshaman Pun (Energy and Water Resources), Giriraj Mani Pokharel (Education), Shakti Bahadur Basnet (Forestry), Chakrapani Khanal (Agriculture and Land Reforms) and Prachandas daughter-in-law Bina Magar (Drinking Water), it said.advertisement Prachandas only son Prakash Dahal died in November last year due to heart failure. CPN-Maoist Centre MP, Ram Kumari Chaudhary was made Minister of State for Agriculture and Cooperatives. The Oli Cabinet, earlier, had seven members including lawmakers Ishwar Pokhrel, Lal Babu Pandit, Yubaraj Khatiwada, Tham Maya Thapa, Ram Bahadur Thapa and Matrika Yadav. Meanwhile, CPN-UML lawmaker Shivamaya Tumbahamphe was today elected as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Left alliance candidate defeated her rival Pushpa Bhusal of the main opposition Nepali Congress by 140 votes. Tumbahamphe secured by 201 votes while Bhusal got 61. Out of the total 275 members of the House, 261 lawmakers cast their vote during the election. CPN-Maoist Centre lawmaker Dev Gurung had proposed her name for the post and seconded by CPN-UML Rabindra Adhikari. CPN-Maoist Centre MP Krishna Bahadur Mahara had been elected to the post of Speaker of the House of Representatives during a voting at Parliament building last week. PTI SBP SMJ AKJ SMJ SMJ SMJlast_img read more

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first_imgJPC conducts hearing in Silchar on Citizenship BillSilchar(Assam), May 8 (PTI) Almost all major parties of Assam met the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 as it began its public hearing at Silchar in the states Barak valley today, official sources said.The hearing began in the late afternoon hours of the day for three districts – Karimgang, Hailakandi and Cachar at the National Institute of Technology here. The 16-member JPC, which is headed by Lok Sabha member Rajendra Agarwal, arrived from Guwahati and the hearing will continue till tomorrow, they said.A human chain was formed by a large number of people who held placards expressing their support for the Bill.Altogether 357 organisation had applied for permission to meet the JPC from the three districts, the sources said. Of these 88 organisations are from Karimganj, 109 from Hailakandi and 160 from Cachar district, the sources said adding later organisations and individuals who did not register their names earlier were also heard and their memoranda received by the committee. Stating that the committee is expected to take the opinions from 53 organizations of Cachar district today, they said 29 non governmental organisations, including student and citizens groups, individuals, public representatives and other stakeholders from Hailakandi district met it and submitted memoranda. The organizations submitted their opinion verbally as well as in written form to the JPC. AIDUF MP from Karimganj, Radheshyam Biswas, partys Katlicherra MLA Suzam Uddin Laskar and its Algapur MLA Nizam Uddin Choudhury met the committee. Congress, AGP, BJP, AIUDF besides the AIDUF met the committee. The others included Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, Hindu Jagaran Mancha, Senior Citizens Forum, Bengali Students Youth Forum, Assam Tea Tribes Students Association, District Sports Association, Zilla Khilonjia Okya Mancha and Asom Yuva Unnayan Parishad. The Committee incorporated the opinions of organizations and individuals on the Citizenship Bill, they added. Biswas said his party has expressed its opinion in favour of 24 March, 1971 as cut off date for identifying foreigners in Assam. Congress leader Gautam Roy emphasised on accepting the Bill on humanitarian grounds but said the whole country should take the responsibility of those given citizenship under the Bill and not Assam alone. Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Tarun Gogoi had yesterday said in Guwahati that the party opposed the bill “tooth and nail”.advertisement”In the Preamble to the Constitution, it is written that India is a secular republic. This bill violates the basic structure of the Constitution,” he had said and questioned the basis on which the Centre sought to amend the Citizenship Bill.The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 and is scheduled to be presented in the winter session of Parliament. PTI cor ESB KK KK KKlast_img read more

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Roger Federer wary of slim margins on grasscourt return

first_imgRoger Federer returns to action with Stuttgart open. The 20-time Grand Slam winner can return to the top of the ATP rankings this week but knows all too well the dangers lurking on grass.The 36-year-old Swiss skipped the claycourt season, including the French Open, to concentrate on retaining his Wimbledon crown and kicks off his preparation on the German city’s slick lawns.He will play German serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev in his first match in Stuttgart on Wednesday – a tricky test especially as he has not played a competitive match since a surprise loss to Australian youngster Thanasi Kokkinakis in March.Last year Federer lost his opener in Stuttgart to close friend Tommy Haas.”Having lost here last year in the first round, for me, it resets the goals as well, and just take it one at a time and don’t think too far ahead,” Federer told the ATP website.”Not that I did that last year, but on grass, margins are very slim. It’s not so simple, especially when you haven’t played in three months.”Federer will overhaul Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings if he reaches the final on Sunday.That defeat by Haas last year together with his semi-final loss the year before against Dominic Thiem means Federer is in the unusual position of trying to avoid a three-match losing streak at a single tournament.Losing to Haas did not dent his confidence too much last year, however, as he went on to win the Halle title and an eighth Wimbledon without dropping a set.advertisement”I came back very strong and my reaction was very good after losing here against Tommy,” Federer said.”I didn’t drop a set for the rest of the grasscourt season, which I was very happy about. So I just hope I can find my rhythm and range a bit earlier.”I’m motivated. It’s been a while, I haven’t played matches. Obviously I don’t want to be on a three-match losing streak… I want to break that as well.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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At Rs 29,999 Asus ZenFone 5Z is cheapest Snapdragon 845 phone but you can get it for Rs 26,999, here’s how

first_imgTaiwan’s smartphone making company Asus on Wednesday launched a new ZenFone dubbed ZenFone 5Z. Besides being the cheapest phone in India to come with a whopping 256GB internal storage, the ZenFone 5Z is also the cheapest smartphone to come with Snapdragon 845. The company has launched three variants of the phone– the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage that costs Rs 29,999, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model for Rs 32,999 and the top-end 8GB RAM and 256GB storage version for Rs 36,999.The smartphone will be available from July 9, 2018, exclusively on Flipkart and the company is giving instant cashbacks and offers as part of an introductory offer. Buyers can purchase the ZenFone 5Z for as low as Rs 26,999 under the offer. To avail the offer, you should have an ICICI credit or debits card. There is a Rs 3000 instant cash back on ICICI and debit cards. There is also no cost EMI for 3 months, 6 months and 9 months with no cost on SBI and Bajaj FINSERV from July 9 to July 15. Also, 3 months EMI on all other bank credit and debit card for first month of sale.Buyers who pair their ZenFone 5Z with Jio SIM and recharge the number with Rs 198 and Rs 299 plans will get Rs 2200 cashback and 100GB additional 4G data in the form of 10GB 4G additional data voucher per recharge for first 10 recharges. The cashback will be credited in the form of 44 vouchers of Rs 50 each which can be redeemed upon subsequent recharges in MyJio App.Asus ZenFone 5Z brings high-end specs to the masses. The phone sports a 6.2-inch 1080p+ screen and 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB RAM or 8GB RAM. The phone runs Android Oreo-based ZenUI software. The Asus ZenFone 5Z comes with a vertically aligned dual camera system on the rear. This dual camera system comprises of a primary 12-megapixel sensor and an 8MP secondary sensor. On the front, the Asus ZenFone 5Z comes with an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. It is backed by a 3,300mAh battery with support for fast charging.advertisementlast_img read more

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Restoring the World’s Forests While Feeding the Poor

first_imgThis piece originally appeared in The Guardian.Trees are being cut down for farming, but a new study shows that a lot of land already cleared could be used instead.”We are one shock away from a full-blown crisis,” stated Robert Zoellick, the president of the World Bank, at a recent meeting of the bank and the IMF. He was referring to a critical increase in poverty, resulting from the escalating cost of food. The UN’s food price index has risen 37% since March 2010. Basic cereal prices are up 60% over this period. Wheat is up 63%, and maize 83%.Roughly 1 million people slide into extreme poverty for each 1% rise in global food prices, the bank’s analysts calculate.Availability of land for farming is a key factor in long-term food supply and prices. As the human population expands, the remaining forests, wetlands and other fragile ecosystems will come under greater threat as farmers push further into the frontiers of the Amazon, Borneo and the Congo, as well as intensifying production in North America, Europe and beyond. Feeding billions more and feeding the poor properly will be possible only if better use is made of available land.About half the world’s forest has been cleared for farming or seriously damaged by logging, fires, drainage, pollution and other ills. But where forests once grew they can grow again.A new analysis, carried out by the World Resources Institute, South Dakota State University, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration, found that more than 1bn hectares of land where forest once stood is now degraded, and could be put to more productive uses. This is an area larger than the entire United States.Some of this degraded and underused land could be used for food and tree crop production without cutting down another square inch of standing forest. In order to make this possible, governments and development agencies need to invest in more careful planning, incentives, investment and controls. Special care is needed to ensure that local communities that may be using parts of the land are respected and fully involved in decisions to intensify use or to restore forest.The remainder of the 1bn hectares could be restored to forest and woodland. Once restored, it will also play a greater role in supporting nutrient cycling, reducing erosion, sequestering carbon,managing water and further supporting food production across the wider landscape downstream.In Indonesia, the World Resources Institute, together with a local partner, Sekala, is putting these ideas to the test by working with the Indonesian government, communities and industry to shift new oil palm estates on to already cleared and burnt land instead of cutting species-rich rainforest. Indonesia has rapidly become the world’s largest producer of palm oil. The government plans to expand oil palm plantations by about a million hectares a year to meet surging global demand for vegetable oil and biofuel. Until now, it was assumed that most of this expansion would result in the clearing and burning of precious rainforest. With more careful mapping and analysis, a new vision has emerged. Top officials are proposing new plans to use degraded land for the expansion of plantations. Mapping has shown that there is more than enough such land potentially available to meet demand.Brazilian groups are looking to the Indonesian experience as they struggle to find space for that country’s expanding beef, soya and sugar cane enterprises. Through a careful process of defining degraded land, mapping it, and consulting with existing landowners and local communities, plans and policies encourage a shift in future investment to this kind of land and away from the forests of the Amazon.Development agencies, charities, national governments and business should transfer some of their attention to the opportunity of restoring already cleared and degraded land to more productive use. This needs to be done equitably and should be driven by the local communities, who have the most to gain from the long-term potential of these efforts to contribute to enhanced food production, ecosystem services and poverty reduction.last_img read more

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Transforming Transportation for More Inclusive, Prosperous Cities

first_imgThis post is co-written with Jose Luis Irigoyen, director for the Transport, Water, and Information and Communications Technologies Department in the Sustainable Development Network (SDN) of the World Bank.Cities are the world’s engines of economic growth. Yet many have a long way to go when it comes to ensuring safe and affordable access to jobs, education, and healthcare for its citizens—in part because their transport systems are inadequate and unsustainable. This weakness is visible in packed slums and painful commutes in cities that fail to provide affordable transport options.Inadequate transport comes with other costs related to air quality and safety. Beijing, China, battles dangerous levels of air pollution due in part to motor vehicle emissions. Major Indian metropolises like Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai are growing out instead of up, contributing to increased travel distances and an estimated 550 deaths every day from traffic accidents. And across the globe, cities are the locus of up to 70 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions driving climate change.Poor transport systems not only hinder the public health and economic growth of cities, they can spur civil unrest. More than 100,000 protestors, for example, gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on one night in June 2013 to express a wide range of grievances, including transportation fare hikes, poor public services despite a high tax burden, and other urban issues.But in these challenges lie significant opportunities – particularly for the business and transport sectors at the city level.Better Cities, Better BusinessHigh-quality and affordable public transport systems make a city attractive to investors and thereby create more job opportunities. Reliable public transport systems also promote inclusiveness and allow all residents to benefit from the economic growth potential of a city.This week, EMBARQ – the sustainable urban transport and planning program of the World Resources Institute (WRI) – and the World Bank will co-organize Transforming Transportation with a team of partner organizations. Transforming Transportation is a two-day event that will bring together business leaders, policymakers, and city and transport officials. This year’s theme is “Better Cities, Better Business.” By convening this diverse group of stakeholders, we hope to share ideas and spread the message that the business and transport sectors can work together to improve the world’s cities – to benefit themselves, as well as millions of urban residents.Businesses have not traditionally been seen as critical to improving urban areas, but they should be – 25 major cities account for approximately 50 percent of the world’s GDP, and improving cities is beneficial and rewarding for businesses and urban residents alike. Globally, cities are home to more than 3.5 billion people, more than half the population of the planet. People migrate to cities at the rate of tens of millions per year because cities reduce the physical distance between people and companies. Home to some of the poorest on the planet, they offer the most opportunities to raise oneself out of poverty. Companies are often located in cities for the same reason: proximity.In a global race to attract and retain talent, cities and businesses must partner to create attractive, dynamic places to live and work. One immediate way businesses can help improve cities is by engaging with the transport sector. Consider the following opportunities:In Mexico City, Mexico, traffic congestion forces 20 percent of workers to spend more than three hours commuting to work each day. Meanwhile, chronic traffic congestion in Cairo is estimated to cost up to US$8 billion per year — about 4 percent of Egypt’s GDP. Sustainable transport solutions can help recover the financial value of lost productivity– Line 3 of Mexico City’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Metrobús, has saved US$142 million in travel time alone.Similarly, investing in sustainable transport infrastructure improves road safety for users across all modes of transport, including passengers on public transport, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Because traffic crashes currently claim 1.2 million lives every year and are predicted to become the fifth-leading cause of death by 2030, investment in pedestrianization and cycling infrastructure could be a game-changer. The vastly publicized pedestrianization of Times Square has also benefited businesses by increasing foot traffic. Times Square has become one of the 10 most successful retail destinations in the world since the beginning of its transformation. What has been good for residents has been good for the city and businesses at large. From Buenos Aires, Argentina’s famed Florida Street to the Pandara Market in Delhi, India, pedestrian areas make commercial sense: they attract tourists, shoppers, and workers on their lunch breaks.Working Together for Sustainable UrbanizationIn today’s increasingly globalized, interconnected world, we can’t operate in silos – whether in the business, transport, or development sectors. Truly improving cities for the benefit of all requires concerted, cross-sectoral action and seizing all sorts of opportunities—from advances in technology to climate finance to shifts in the global development agenda. We also need to follow the example of recent innovations—like the rapidly expanding car-sharing industry or auto-rickshaw fleet reorganizations—and think outside of the box. The most effective solutions may not necessarily be high-tech, but they will certainly require creative, collaborative thinking.Several major milestones loom ahead: the 20th and the 21st Conferences of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Lima in 2014 and Paris in 2015, as well as the definition of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These key events will set the framework for global action after 2015. Transforming Transportation offers a unique opportunity for businesses, transport experts, and policymakers to raise the right questions and hone in on issues that will take center stage in upcoming international summits. These discussions will help shape economic, environmental, and social sustainability for decades to come.LEARN MORE: To find out how better cities can lead to better business, stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of Transforming Transportation this week. You’re also encouraged to engage and raise questions on social media using #TTDC14 throughout the conference, follow @EMBARQNetwork and @wbsustaindev on Twitter for real-time updates, and tune-in to the Transforming Transportation website and World Bank LIVE for video streaming of select sessions.last_img read more

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Reducing Food Loss and Waste: An Overlooked Strategy for Creating a Sustainable Food System

first_imgToday is World Food Day, an annual commemoration of the creation of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It’s not just an acknowledgment of the beginning of this important institution, however. World Food Day gives people everywhere an opportunity to take a close look at our global food system and see what’s working, what’s not, and what needs to change to create a truly sustainable food future.Much of the emphasis around feeding the world tends to focus around increasing food production and growing more with less. But just as important – and often left out of the conversation – is how we treat what’s already been produced. In other words, how we deal with the world’s food loss and waste.Food Loss and Waste Is a Global ProblemGlobally, according to WRI analysis, about 24 percent of all the calories produced for human consumption don’t actually end up reaching human mouths. As the chart below shows, this happens throughout the value chain, from farm to fork, and in all parts of the world.Food Lost or Wasted by Region and Stage in Food Chain, 2009This chart looks at where kilocalories (kcal) are lost and wasted along the food chain in different regions. In some regions, like sub-Saharan Africa, the problem is much more on the production side. Food tends to be lost in fields or in storage, due to factors such as inclement weather, pests, and inaccessibility of markets. In regions like North America, much more food is lost at the consumption end of the value chain, due to factors such as food spoiling before being eaten, improper preparation, or people simply throwing out what they don’t eat.This big inefficiency suggests a big opportunity, however. According to WRI analysis, the world will need to produce about 69 percent more calories in 2050 than it did in 2006 to feed a projected 9.6 billion people. Cutting current rates of food loss and waste in half would close this calorie gap by roughly 20 percent. That’s one-fifth of the way there without producing any new food!One Solution: A Food Loss and Waste ProtocolOne way that WRI is going about working on reducing food loss and waste is through the development of the Food Loss & Waste (FLW) Protocol. The FLW Protocol is a multi-stakeholder effort led by WRI and a Steering Committee of some of the world’s foremost organizations addressing food loss and waste, including FAO, United Nations Environment Programme, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Consumer Goods Forum, WRAP, and EU FUSIONS. The goal is to develop a global accounting and reporting standard for food loss, waste, and the inedible parts of food (like bones and pits).This is based on the idea that what gets measured gets managed. How can a company or a country cut its food loss and waste if it doesn’t know how much food is being wasted to begin with? The FLW Protocol will provide the tools and methods necessary to measure loss and waste, which can then spur the action necessary to help more food reach the people who need it.We’ve already made a lot of progress. Two Technical Working Groups comprised of experts from all over the world have been working throughout the year on the methods that will go into the FLW Protocol. Next, in 2015, road testers will review and test the methodology before its publication in the Fall of that year.More than 300 people have been involved in this process so far, and we hope you’ll join us, too – visit our web page to learn more about how to do so.last_img read more

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INDCs: Bridging the Gap Between National and International Climate Action

first_imgAs the world marches toward December’s United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) Paris climate summit, governments are determining what effort they will make to reduce emissions and address climate change. Countries are in the midst of implementing commitments through 2020, and they are now turning their attention to preparing what they will commit to for the post-2020 period. These post-2020 pledges are known as intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). Post-2020 INDCs, which will be released this year, are foundational to an international agreement to meet the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) goal of limiting global warming to 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures. Here’s an in-depth look at what INDCs are, and why they’re so important for curbing global climate change:Why are INDCs important?INDCs are the key vehicle for governments to communicate internationally how they will cut emissions for the post-2020 period. They also help countries demonstrate leadership on addressing climate change. While climate change is a global challenge, each country faces unique circumstances, with a different emissions profile and emissions-reduction opportunities. INDCs allow contributions to be tailored to national priorities, capabilities and responsibilities. These individual measures can be the basis for collective action, and, if they are ambitious enough, set a path toward a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.Beyond the global good, each country can also create significant non-climate domestic benefits through INDC development and implementation. Demonstrating political commitments to address climate change helps governments build a new climate economy where emissions reductions, sustainable economic development and poverty reduction go hand-in-hand.When will we see them?Countries have committed to publicly communicate their INDCs in the first quarter of 2015 for those able to do so. Accordingly, it is likely that developed countries and some leading countries in the developing world will communicate their INDCs by the end of March 2015, with many others by the June UNFCCC session.The UN Climate Change Secretariat will compile a synthesis report on the aggregate effect of all INDCs communicated by October 1st. This creates a constructive feedback loop between national and international negotiators, and enables potential adjustments ahead of COP21. What are the broad options for an INDC?INDCs can be framed as either a means or an end to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A country could commit to implementing specific emissions-reduction actions, such as policies or mitigation actions like advancing a feed-in tariff for renewable energy technologies, phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, or converting to no-tillage agricultural practices. Alternatively, a country could commit to a certain outcome or result — for example, reducing emissions to a specific level (a greenhouse gas outcome) or generating a certain percentage of renewable energy or increasing energy efficiency to a certain level (both non-greenhouse gas outcomes).The variety of domestic situations each country faces in reducing emissions will drive a wide diversity of INDCs, ranging from emissions targets to energy targets to actions in particular sectors. For example, there have been a number of public announcements in previous months that are likely to inform what countries will submit, for example: The European Union has proposed a 40 percent reduction of emissions below 1990 levels by 2030;The United States has proposed a 26-28 percent reduction of emissions below 2005 levels by 2025;Chile has put forward a draft INDC which includes a reduction in the emissions intensity of its economy (25-30 percent or 30-35 percent reduction in intensity by 2025, and 35-40 percent or 40-45 percent by 2030 relative to 2007 levels) as its primary INDC, while also pursuing separate forestry sector action as a second INDC element; andChina committed to peak its carbon dioxide emissions around 2030, while striving to peak earlier, and generate 20 percent of its total energy supply from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030. Other details may also emerge on its future plans.Also, the decision at COP 20 in Lima also invited Parties to consider communicating undertakings in adaptation or consider including an adaptation component in their INDCs. Many developing countries have noted their intention to include adaptation in their INDCs.Furthermore, developing countries may choose to highlight needs and priorities to assist in the INDC’s implementation—including with regard to finance, technology, and capacity building—and may articulate the additional ambition that could be realized with greater support.What should the global community be looking for in INDCs?Regardless of their form, INDCs should clearly show that a country is doing its part to reduce emissions and limit future climate risks. When assessing INDCs, the global community should ask three questions:What are the country’s future emissions if its INDC is achieved? Because INDCs are “nationally determined,” each country decides its own appropriate contribution to reduce emissions and keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. Because INDCs will come in a variety of forms, it is necessary for the global community to know what each country’s emissions are expected to be in 2025 or 2030 if its INDC is implemented in order to determine if the total effect of all INDCs is sufficient to keep the world within its global carbon budget. It will also be essential to look at the long-term prospects for transformation of emitting sectors to enable a longer-term phase out of emissions.How fair and ambitious is the country’s INDC? Countries are expected to explain how their INDC is a fair and ambitious contribution to the UNFCCC’s objective: avoiding the most dangerous impacts of climate change. Countries may explain fairness through multiple criteria, such as emissions responsibility (such as historical, current, or projected future emissions per capita or total emissions), economic capacity and development indicators (such as GDP per capita), or relative costs and benefits of action. Countries may also explain their ambition in terms of how much INDCs deviate below current “business-as-usual” emissions, or how quickly their economy is decarbonizing. WRI’s Open Climate Network (OCN) is working with eight focus countries to evaluate emissions trends and abatement potential to help inform initial INDCs.Which planning processes and policies are available for achieving the INDC? In order for international negotiators and civil society to have confidence the INDC will be achieved, each country should define what domestic policies and planning processes exist or will be put in place to achieve the INDC. This information will also be critical for understanding to what extent a country is putting in place policies that will drive transformative change over the longer term.To be able to answer these questions, it is essential for countries to be transparent when communicating their INDC. WRI’s Open Book project has developed a comprehensive list of information for countries to provide when submitting INDCs. Even if all countries follow through on current emissions-reduction pledges, global emissions projections are far from a pathway that limits global average temperature rise to 2°C above pre-industrial levels. In the absence of additional mitigation, global mean surface warming would be 3.7-4.8°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.1 This level of warming would bring disastrous impacts. INDC submissions are not a destination—rather; they’re the beginning of a longer journey toward continuous commitments to address climate change. The 2015 Agreement can kick-start an upward spiral of ambition, where the world combats climate change more and more aggressively, leading to a phase out of GHG emissions.1. With a full range of 2.5-7.8°C when uncertainty is taken into account.”>↑last_img read more

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Bangladesh cricket team’s near-death experience with Christchurch shooting

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