Young Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen on Thursday clinched the Bulgaria Open International Series title after notching up a hard-fought win over Croatia’s Zvonimir Durkinjak in the men’s singles final in Sofia, Bulgaria.The Uttarakhand shuttler, who celebrated his 16th birthday on Wednesday, defeated second seed Zvonimir 18-21, 21-12, 21-17 in a 57-minute match. He had beaten Sri Lanka’s Dinuka Karunaratna 21-19, 21-14 in the semi-finals on Wednesday.Former world Junior No. 1 was recently sent to train under former All England champion Peter Gade, who is currently the head coach of French national team.Lakshya had earlier reached the finals of Senior National championship in February.”It is a creditable achievement for Lakshya. He is still a junior but he has been able to win tournaments and that is a good sign. We had sent five players on a 10-day training trip with the French national team. He trained under the great Peter Gade and it has benefitted him,” coach Vimal Kumar told PTI.”He had a good tournament. He beat the top seed Sam Parsons in the first round. He won the junior National and also was finalist at Senior Nationals this year and it gave him a lot of confidence to beat top players like HS Prannoy. So I feel if groomed properly, he does have a great future,” Kumar said.Asked what are the upcoming tourneys that Lakshya would be playing, Vimal said: “He is concentrating on his strength. We have former national champion Sayali Gokhale attached to him and she travels with him.advertisement”In two months time, he will be playing Vietnam Grand Prix and then it would be junior World championship,” he added.Last year, the Indian had won the India International Series and clinched a bronze at the CPB Badminton and Sports Science Training Center in Thailand.
The Canadian Press HALIFAX — Up to 700 Canadian Forces personnel will be fanning out across the Maritimes today to help restore electricity, clear roadways and evacuate residents in flooded areas following the wrath of Dorian.The former hurricane howled into Atlantic Canada yesterday as a ferocious post-tropical storm with wind gusts reaching nearly 150 kilometres an hour.In the Halifax area, which was among the hardest hit, the storm uprooted trees, ripped into roofs and pulled down powerlines, leaving hundreds of thousands of people in the dark.Nova Scotia Power said it had crews standing by ready to make repairs as soon as it was safe for them to do so.As the storm plowed into Prince Edward Island, about 50,000 homes and businesses were soon without power, as were another 74,000 in New Brunswick.Early this morning the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador was bracing for heavy rain, strong winds, storm surges and large waves, however, Newfoundland Power said it was ready for the storm and would provided updates through an automated alert system.There have been no reports of injuries in the Maritimes linked to Dorian, but dramatic footage shared on social media showed a large crane swaying in the wind and collapsing into the side of an empty apartment building under construction in downtown Halifax.In the city’s south end, a roof was ripped off another apartment complex, while other images on social media showed scores of upended trees, a torn-up waterfront boardwalk, flooded streets and flying debris.The Canadian Red Cross opened three evacuation shelters in the Halifax region.As Dorian closed in on the Maritimes, it strengthened to become a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds reaching 160 km/h. But it weakened by the time it came ashore near Sambro, N.S., at 7:15 p.m. and was downgraded to a post-tropical storm.Despite its downgrade, Dorian continued to produce hurricane-force winds well above 120 km/h.
Following the April signing of the Paris Agreement, R20 (Regions of Climate Action) and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation announced the formation of a new partnership to accelerate climate change solutions.A new $650,000 grant from LDF allows R20 to identify and fund the best energy and infrastructure initiatives with the potential to create positive environmental and social benefits to communities across the globe.In 2010 former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other global leaders in cooperation with the United Nations formed R20 — a coalition of partners led by regional governments that work to promote and implement projects to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while improving public health and local economies.Together, R20 and LDF are following the mission of the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA) that was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2014 to encourage investment in low-emission, climate resilient infrastructure in cities, and to close the investment gap in climate friendly projects in urban areas over 15 years. Under this framework, R20 will develop and construct these projects, as well as measure and report on their impact.“I commend LDF and R20 for supporting the goals of the CCFLA. Partnerships like this one strengthen the effort to unlock billions of dollars of private investment in projects that will urgently address climate change,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “I thank them for their commitment to our environment, and to the future of humanity.”“The Paris Agreement was an important first step for reducing global carbon emissions, but there is more that must be done to accomplish this important goal. Our partnership with R20 is a signal that it is also the responsibility of private organizations to take up the charge of accelerating the adoption of climate-saving technologies, worldwide,” said Leonardo DiCaprio, Chairman of Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. “We call on others to follow our lead because our planet is quickly running out of time.”“R20 and LDF share an unwavering commitment to taking bold action on climate change by supporting proven solutions that will impact real change for our planet,” said Christophe Nuttall, Executive Director of R20. “With the support of our partners at LDF, we will help set a model for CCFLA members, governments and organizations take action to develop their own climate solutions in all parts of the globe.”