INDIA: It was once known as the city of a thousand lakes. But it is now the city of burning lakes.Bengaluru, or Bangalore – India’s Silicon Valley, home to some of the world’s biggest software companies – is where the lakes can catch fire because of untreated sewage and industrial effluents.Nearly 90 per cent of its lakes are dangerously polluted. And the biggest lake has become the city’s “largest septic tank”, a court-appointed committee concluded in June.This high-tech city, which has grown to more than 12 million inhabitants from three million in the 1980s, faces a Day Zero crisis – when its taps are turned off – in the not too distant future. It may even become uninhabitable.“Bangalore is now exploding because people think it's got a nice climate, there are a lot of opportunities and so on,” said Mr Ravi Narayanan, the chair of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum and the chairman of the Water Integrity Network.“But … [Read more...] about India’s parched earth: Too late to solve the worst water crisis in its history?
28 years old crisis
NEW YORK: Marco Saavedra had just graduated from college in 2011 three years after the global financial crisis erupted and just as the Occupy Wall Street movement was picking up steam.Like many in his generation, Saavedra faced slim pickings for jobs after college, a fate that has left millennials with a wealth gap that economists fear they won't ever recover.It has also left them more skeptical about government, worried about the future and more activist.Saavedra, 28, who is undocumented, joined the Occupy chapter in Ohio, and now works at his family's restaurant in the Bronx in New York City, where he is active in immigrant rights campaigns.Laura Banks, 31, never had any interest in demonstrating, but also has bad memories from her early 20s of going to job fairs where there were almost no jobs. Friends lost jobs and her father, an attorney, had trouble finding clients."We felt very cornered. We feel like we're behind," said Banks, who now works as a project manager for Express … [Read more...] about Lost generation? 2008 crisis still weighs on millennials
The deep cuts and brutal knockouts of Lethwei – Myanmar’s bare-knuckle traditional boxing – made a debut in Maungdaw, a town with a history of violence against Rohingya Muslims. For seven long months, Maungdaw in northern Rakhine has been under curfew as the military systematically forced Rohingya Muslims over the border into Bangladesh. Ethnic Rakhine stand accused of colluding with the security forces in mass killings, widespread rape and the burning down of Rohingya villages – actions the UN has labelled ethnic cleansing. Myanmar vehemently rebuts the allegation, saying it was forced to act to fight off Rohingya militants who launched raids on police posts on August 25 last year. Authorities – aided by rich businessmen – have piled in with redevelopment cash and say the refugees are welcome back, insisting that the communal scars are healing. Yet only 556 Rohingya have been “verified” for repatriation so far – and none … [Read more...] about Myanmar shrugs off Rohingya crisis with ‘rumble in Rakhine’
By Gerald Imray The Associated Press Wed., March 28, 2018 JOHANNESBURG—Australia cricket captain Steve Smith confirmed Wednesday he had been banned from playing for his country for 12 months for his role in a ball tampering plot in the test series in South Africa. Smith confirmed the punishment to The Associated Press and a small group of Australian reporters before leaving the tour of South Africa in disgrace for his part in a plot to cheat in the third test. Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft conspired to cheat by illegally changing the condition of the ball by rubbing it with a piece of yellow adhesive tape and some dirt in the match against South Africa in Cape Town last weekend. Read more: Former Australia cricket captain Steve Waugh urges new commitment so ‘Spirit of Cricket’ pledge Article Continued Below That’s not cricket! Australia captain Smith banned, steps down after being caught cheating … [Read more...] about Australia cricket captain Steve Smith gets one-year ban for ball tampering plot
JOHANNESBURG: Cricket faces one of the toughest weeks in its history as the backlash grows over Australian ball-tampering, a scandal that could cost Steve Smith not only the Test captaincy but a potential life ban.The Marylebone Cricket Club, the guardian of the laws of the game, called for a "major shift in attitude" to preserve the game for future generations."The behaviour of some of the players in the current South Africa/Australia series, and other incidents in recent times in the game we all cherish, has fallen well below the standard required to inspire future generations of cricket-loving families," the MCC said.Australian captain Smith was banned for one Test and docked his entire match fee by the International Cricket Council for his role in a plot that saw team-mate Cameron Bancroft tamper with the ball during the third Test against South Africa which ended in a crushing 322-run defeat for the visitors.SMITH CEDES ROYALS CAPTAINCYSmith, who is on a US$1.9-million … [Read more...] about Australian cricket in crisis over ball-tampering scandal