REUTERS: Three-times world champions New Zealand have slipped to third in the World Rugby rankings after their shock defeat by Argentina in the Tri-Nations over the weekend, with England moving up to second behind current world champions South Africa. The All Blacks, who were number one in the rankings between 2009-2019, briefly dropped to third after last year's World Cup semi-final defeat by England but moved up to second after beating Wales for the bronze medal. Argentina, who beat the All Blacks for the first time in 30 attempts, were the biggest climbers in the top 10, moving up two places up to eighth. Wales and Japan dropped to ninth and 10th respectively as a result. South Africa remained on top despite not having played a test since last year's World Cup final. England moved up to second after Eddie Jones' squad thumped tier-two side Georgia 40-0 in their opening fixture of the Autumn Nations Cup. (Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Lincoln Feast.) … [Read more...] about All Blacks slip to third in rugby rankings behind South Africa and England
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LONDON: As more countries, cities, investors and businesses set net-zero emissions goals, they now cover about half of the world's economy - but Africa is largely left out of the picture so far. Of its 54 countries, only South Africa has set a net-zero aim - and failure to revamp policies to benefit from a global low-carbon shift may mean Africa misses out on investment, said Wendy Hughes, a carbon markets manager at the World Bank Group. But officials from the continent noted that with sub-Saharan Africa currently producing less than 4 per cent of global emissions, "carbon-cutting" goals have limited relevance, with most African nations focused instead on creating jobs and economic growth. READ: Climate change action may seem 'optional' or 'too expensive' amid COVID-19 economic fallout: UK Ambassador to ASEAN LISTEN: The politics and path forward for international cooperation on climate mitigation With international investment already lacking in Africa - and some … [Read more...] about Africa shrugs off net-zero emissions push without finance to follow
SINGAPORE: On most days, visitors to Yili Farm are a rarity given its remote Lim Chu Kang location and the unsavoury odours of vegetable fertilisers permeating the farm. But Feb 7 and Mar 17 were not like most days, recalled Miss Toh Yingying, 24, business manager of Yili Vegetation and Trading. Many people rushed to supermarkets to snap up daily essentials in the two days when Singapore’s disease alert level was upped to orange, and when Malaysia was about to impose a nationwide lockdown respectively. Some decided that it would be a good idea to head to Lim Chu Kang to buy fresh vegetables right from the source, even though the farms there do not typically keep a ready stock to sell to visitors. “Four to five families came to the farm to buy vegetables. I told them no, but some of them insisted on plucking the vegetables (off the ground) themselves,” said Miss Toh. The unexpected visitors went home empty-handed. “This has never happened to us before. They thought … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore has been buttressing its food security for decades. Now, people realise why
What’s more “embarrassing,” the fact that Canada is buying vaccines through COVAX, a program run by the WHO (a UN agency) to supply vaccines to poor nations, or the sanctimony of Canadians who are “shocked” to hear it? Stephen Lewis says “It’s just wrong morally.” Former NDP leader Thomas Mulcair called it humiliating. Current leader Jagmeet Singh found it troubling. A rep for Doctors without Borders said it was indefensible. A pharmacy prof said it was “shocking and an embarrassment.” Shocking it isn’t. It was always part of COVAX, a kind of matching grants program, though the formula is more complex. You can buy for yourself while also donating for poor countries. Lewis said it was always understood that it wasn’t a source for rich countries, but that’s one of its signature features. CBC’s Rosemary Barton asked Singh three times if he’d cancel the transaction and thrice, like a left Canadian version of Peter before the cock crowed, he avoided answering. She gave up, after … [Read more...] about Do vaccines coming from COVAX to Canada make you cringe?
LONDON: Young people are less satisfied with democracy and more disillusioned than at any other time in the past century, especially in Europe, North America, Africa and Australia, a study by the University of Cambridge has found. Millennials, or those born between 1981 and 1996, are more disillusioned than Generation X, those born between 1965 and 1981, or Baby Boomers born between 1944 and 1964 and the Interwar Generation of 1918-1943. "Across the world, younger generations are not only more dissatisfied with democratic performance than the old, but also more discontented than previous generations at similar life stages," the Cambridge study found. The picture is bad in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, France, Australia and the United Kingdom. But satisfaction has increased in Germany, South Korea and many of the post-Communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The main reason behind the disillusion with democracy among young people was inequality … [Read more...] about Millennials get little satisfaction from democracy: Cambridge study