God bless you, stay healthy and fit: Sachin Tendulkar wishes MS Dhoni on 38th birthdayMahendra Singh Dhoni was showered with loved and lots of good wishes from former players, teammates, and fans on social media on his 38th birthday.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 21:02 IST MS Dhoni turned 38 on Sunday. (Getty Images)India legend Sachin Tendulkar wished Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his 38th birthday in an interview to India Today on Sunday.Born on 7th July 1981, Dhoni turned 38 on Sunday and he celebrated it with his family, wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva, along with some of his India teammates in a party. MS Dhoni celebrated his birthday after India’s won against Sri Lanka in Headingley in the ongoing Cricket World Cup.”Many many happy returns of the day, god bless you and stay healthy, happy and fit,” said Sachin when he was asked about Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s birthday.Virat Kohli also wished MS Dhoni on his birthday. Virat shared a photo with former India captain with heartfelt message.He wrote: “Happy birthday mahi bhai @mahi7781 . Very few people understand the meaning of trust and respect and I’m glad to have had the friendship I have with you for so many years. You’ve been a big brother to all of us and as I said before, you will always be my captain.”Happy birthday mahi bhai @msdhoni. Very few people understand the meaning of trust and respect and I’m glad to have had the friendship I have with you for so many years. You’ve been a big brother to all of us and as I said before, you will always be my captain pic.twitter.com/Wxsf5fvH2mVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 7, 2019Currently, MS Dhoni is representing India in his 4th World Cup and has scored 223 runs at a strike-rate of just over 90. Dhoni has attracted a lot of flak for his slow batting during the quadrennial tournament.advertisementTeam India has been in supreme form in the World Cup 2019 as they topped the group stages with seven wins and just one defeat from their nine matches to finish a point clear of Australia.India will now take on New Zealand in the first semi-final in Manchester on July 9.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s batting is poetry in motion, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | New Zealand have won just 1 out of 7 World Cup semi-finalsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Mahendra Singh Dhoni Next
“Climate change is a threat to national security and a threat to the fabric of our society,” Ravinesh Nand, a senior energy analyst at the Fiji Department of Energy told the audience gathered for a panel discussion on small islands and clean energy. “The threat is not an issue for the future,” he warned, “it is now.”Fiji is one of 52 countries and territories classified as Small Island Developing States (SIDS) by the UN and grouped by shared characteristics such as fragile natural environments, high costs for energy and heavy dependence on remote, external markets. The States are also heavily dependent on fossil fuels and conventional biomass that negatively impact the environment on which most island nations depend to boost the lives and livelihoods of their people. “November to April used to be the hurricane season. Now it is January through December,” Lord Ma’afu, Lands and Environment Minister of Tonga, told the panel. Cyclone Ian hit the South Pacific archipelago on January 10, bringing winds of up to 270kmh and causing almost complete destruction to the northern islands of Haapai. Thousands of people were displaced and more than 100 lost their homes. In addition, the majority of the fresh water drinking supply was lost.”The things that Tonga is really looking at are finance and adaptation,” Lord Ma’afu told UN News Centre afterwards, stressing the need to start the process of accessing funds for mitigation and adaptation purposes. “There is a lot of talk about billions and billions of dollars available. We are doing a lot in the Pacific, but all the talkfest of how much is available for adaptation and mitigation is not actually touching the ground. A lot of the money seems to be spent on an annual basis to just have another talkfest,” the Minister said walking by a model solar panel.”My message would be – let’s stop talking, let’s start acting…,” he continued, adding that there is a lack of political will from the Member States controlling the purse strings. “We want the political will from the other side that has the funding.”Lord Ma’afu and Mr. Nand delivered their strong calls to action during a panel discussion to mark World Environment Day, as part of a three-day UN Sustainable Energy Forum, named after the initiative Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched in 2011 with the aim of making sustainable energy for all a reality by 2030.This week’s summit is meant to draw attention to the initiative. It will also draw attention to Mr. Ban’s climate summit, which will be convened in September in New York, to garner support for a legally-binding climate change treaty aimed at limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels.This past April, while in the United Arab Emirates to address leaders weighing action on climate change at the Abu Dhabi Ascent, Mr. Ban met with representatives from the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, a network supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to promote debate and discussion around better use of fuel economy.”Energy efficiency is so unsexy,” said Sheila Watson, Director of Environmental Issues at the FIA Foundation. “For years, everyone wanted to talk about new technologies. But actually [fuel efficiency] is crucial, it’s free money basically; $2 trillion dollars [in savings] by 2025 is just free money that we are throwing away. And I think ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ [initiative] has really pushed the whole thing onto the agenda.”The $2 trillion is the estimated amount that FIA says could be saved through 2025 with improvements to fuel economy. The issue is particularly pertinent to the islands, which are likely to see increased car use in the next few years. Mauritius, also a small islands development State, doubled its use of cars between 2002 and 2012, Ms. Watson said. Based on this number of cars, a fuel economy policy could save one billion liters of gasoline and decrease its carbon dioxide output by 2,500 kilotons.”I don’t know if there is a politician alive who does not want to get money back. Certainly finance ministers can get pretty interested when you’re talking about savings,” she told the UN News Centre.Ms. Watson spoke on the same panel as Lord Ma’afu and Mr. Nand, and afterwards, some officials approached her to discuss further partnerships.”SIDS are just like everyone else in many ways. They face the same kinds of issues – lack of resources, a growing car fleet. It’s relevant to them because it is relevant to anyone,” she noted.That is a bit of what the Forum is meant to encourage: the creation of partnerships between the different representatives, including the hundreds of businesses, academics and non-governmental organizations in attendance.”The political will is there,” Mr. Nand told the UN News Centre following his presentation, pausing every so often to shake hands and take pamphlets and cards from passersby. “I think what is lacking is on the financial side. We need to form partnerships and [generate] investments,” he continued. “We have done our ground work in terms of feasibility studies and identification of gaps. We need some project developers and implementation partners.””Fiji is a small country, and in some areas, we do not have the technical capacity. For example, geothermal resources have big potential, but we do not have the technical capacity,” he said. “The UN and other international and regional agencies provide the expertise to develop such projects.”In early September, the Government of Samoa will host the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in its capital Apia. The focus will be sustainable development of small island developing states through genuine and durable partnerships.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter told the Dáil just before it broke for Christmas that in the interest of confidentiality, the ISI would not give details of the actual number of applications on a continual basis but would provide quarterly statistics as of this coming year.The ISI was set up under last year’s Personal Insolvency Act and has 80 staff members dealing with applications. It provides for three new debt settlement procedures, and reduces the term of bankruptcy to three years (from 12).The aim of the ISI is to provide more manageable debt settlement arrangements for people – and protect basics like childcare and housing.TheJournal.ie has put together a Q&A guide to how the service works and how it might help you – click here to read.Day One: Insolvency service opens its doors>Explainer: What does the Insolvency Service of Ireland do?> Guide to Reasonable Living ExpensesGuide to the Personal Insolvency ArrangementPersonal Insolvency Practitioners information THE INSOLVENCY SERVICE of Ireland received nearly 10,000 telephone and email requests for information in the first three months of its existence.The service began to accept applications from people trying to be declared insolvent (rather than bankrupt) on 9 September. From then until the end of November, it received 6,510 phone calls and 1,731 emails about its service.The website of the ISI, which published these figures, was visited 107,460 times and its information documents were downloaded 35,183 times. The top three guides that people wanted to download were: