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COP26: Draft deal calls for stronger carbon cutting targets by end of 2022

COP26: Draft deal calls for stronger carbon cutting targets by end of 2022

Science
Getty ImagesCountries are being urged to strengthen their carbon-cutting targets by the end of 2022 in a draft agreement published at the COP26 Glasgow climate summit.The document says vulnerable nations must get more help to cope with the deadly impacts of global warming.It also says countries should submit long-term strategies for reaching net-zero by the end of next year. Critics have said the draft pact does not go far enough but others welcomed its focus on the 1.5C target.The document, which has been published by the UK COP26 presidency, will have to be negotiated and agreed by countries attending the talks. COP26 president Alok Sharma said he expected "near final texts" to be published overnight, adding that the agreement that comes out of the conference would "set the future for ou...
IRDAI issues draft guidelines on trade credit insurance

IRDAI issues draft guidelines on trade credit insurance

Finance
IRDAI on Wednesday proposed a regulatory framework to facilitate general insurance companies to offer trade credit insurance covers to suppliers as well as licensed banks and other financial institutions to help businesses manage country risk. Trade credit insurance protects businesses against the risk of non-payment for goods and services by buyers. It usually covers a portfolio of buyers and indemnifies an agreed percentage of an invoice or invoices that remain unpaid as a result of protracted default, insolvency / bankruptcy. Based on the recommendations of a working group on revisiting guidelines on trade credit insurance, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has now come up with draft guidelines on trade credit insurance. IRDAI said the proposed guidel...
Trinity Rodman, daughter of NBA legend Dennis Rodman, enters NWSL Draft

Trinity Rodman, daughter of NBA legend Dennis Rodman, enters NWSL Draft

Sports
Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Washington State University forward Trinity Rodman, the daughter of NBA legend Dennis Rodman, has registered for the 2021 National Women's Soccer League Draft. Rodman's name was among 50 listed Tuesday by the NWSL for the draft, which streams at 7 p.m. EST Wednesday on Twitch. Advertisement Rodman, 20, scored eight goals and had six assists for the United States Youth National Team in March at the 2020 CONCACAF Under-20 women's championship. She is expected to be a first-round selection in the 2021 NWSL Draft. Stanford's Kiki Pickett and North Carolina's Emily Fox and Brianna Pinto also are expected to be first-round picks. Racing Louisville FC has the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft. Sky Blue FC have three of the first eight selections.[embedded content] Denni...
China targets overeating, food waste with new draft law

China targets overeating, food waste with new draft law

World
Dec. 23 (UPI) -- China is drafting a law that will ban all media that promote overeating and implement heavy fines against offenders. Any Chinese broadcaster, radio, TV or online, would be prohibited from promoting overeating or other activity that results in large amounts of food waste. The fine is up to $ 15,029, The Guardian reported Wednesday. Advertisement The legislation being deliberated at the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's rubber-stamp legislature. Beijing has denounced the large volume of food waste generated annually. Under Xi Jinping, the government has launched a "Clear Your Plate" campaign, encouraging the public to order less food at restaurants, and asking business owners to put up campaign posters, according to Xinhua news agency. Chinese n...
NBA Draft: Edwards, Wiseman, Ball lead mock selections

NBA Draft: Edwards, Wiseman, Ball lead mock selections

Sports
Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Twenty-six of the NBA's 30 teams are scheduled to make selections in the league's 2020 virtual draft starting at 8 p.m. EST Wednesday on ESPN. The event will be held on ESPN's main campus in Bristol, Conn., with NBA commissioner Adam Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum in the studio and draftees featured in virtual appearances as a safety precaution because of the coronavirus pandemic. Advertisement Georgia's Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball of Australia's National Basketball League, Memphis center James Wiseman and Iowa State's Tyrese Haliburton are among the top prospects in the class.[embedded content] Here are my predictions for the team's that own the first 30 selections in the draft order: NBA Mock Draft 1. Minnesota Timberwolves -- Anthony Edwards, G, Georgia 2...