Messi against ghosts –

first_imgThe Barça from Messi arrives at Maradona temple with many tasks to accomplish and traumas to overcome (follow the game live on Barcelona returns to the maximum European competition (9:00 p.m., San Paolo, Movistar Champions League) with a depleted equipment, with the ghost of the debacles of Rome Y Liverpool still stinging and with the doubt of how the Setién team in his first European contest against a rival in clear progression.Further, Naples he has taken the game as a liturgy. The return of God’s successor Maradona, whose presence is still alive in each corner of the city and where he is venerated as a saint, he gives the party a special air. In Naples everything is grandiloquent: the carnival, the celebration of the prodigy of San Gennaro, traffic, food, Life in short. And football could not remain in the background to this celebration. Less when the Barcelona to San Paolo. Blaugrana are considered a “team friend” by the demanding Neapolitan fan, which does not mean in the least that there will be no kind of clemency, but get awayto of the hostility that the great enemies receive. That kind of visceral hatred is reserved for teams like the Juventus or those of northern Italy. Therefore, to Messi he was received as a hero upon arrival at the hotel, but during the game San Paolo will roar. And there will come the first test for Barcelona, ​​which in addition to compete with your legs, you should do it with head. The Blaugrana team aspires to take off once and for all from above the slab of falling before ehellish scenarios. Over the past few years, the Champions League has gone to Barça through the sump in disconnection moments in Turin, Rome or Liverpool (not to mention the Paris disaster that he fixed on the turn) who have left their scar on the team. Said Setien in the previous press conference that of those experiences barely talk in the dressing room. They are like those bitter memories that are there and that nobody wants to remember, but that one day or another must be overcome. It may be Messi the one who took the first step to overcome the trauma when last week he said that the Barcelona team, because of its current status, does not seem to be the favorite to win the Champions League.A realism exercise and a good way to free yourself from a responsibility that has crushed the Blaugrana in the last three seasons. For face your first duel from Champions, Setien arrives with nothing, 14 players of the first team. The last injuries from Jordi Alba and of Sergi Roberto They leave the marked cards. A defense with Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet and Junior; midfield for Busquets, Arthur and De Jong and Arturo Vidal supporting in attack to Messi and Griezmann.In Naples, Gattuso He puts on the sheepskin he never used when he was a great Milan player to praise Barça de Setién. They say that prepare a “cage” to control Messi, who will play guarded by his markers and the shadow omnipresent Diego.last_img read more

Photo Essay: Poor Communities in Surat, India, Take Climate Resilience into Their Own Hands

first_imgIn the community workshops in Ugat, men and women both discussed the need for improving waste management. They require more community garbage bins placed at convenient locations that are designed to manage overspills, so animals don’t get in. Residents complained about animal rearers who let their livestock roam free, adding to their health risks. Women stressed the need for greater health awareness and trainings to manage waste and maintain healthy living conditions before monsoons hit. While residents try to maintain hygienic living conditions along their own streets, they acknowledge that waste management is a joint effort and one that needs to be supported by the city.Household of a goat rearer in Ugat, Surat. Photo by Lubaina Rangwala/WRI 2. Men and women participate in flood risk management differently, based on their social and financial capacities.In Morarji Vasahat, the neighborhood temple and community centers are used for shelter during floods because they are located on higher ground. The temple committee and male volunteers prepare food and other supplies for distribution during evacuations. During the workshop, male residents marked on a map areas that are most prone to flooding and streets commonly used for access and emergency evacuation.Men from the Morarji Vasahat community mark on a map areas that are most prone to flooding and streets used for evacuations. Photo by Lubaina Rangwala/WRI 3. Socially and politically connected communities are more resilient than others.Though not especially wealthy, the Morarji Vasahat community is well-connected with city officials and political leaders. This is a big reason why its infrastructure is more resilient to flooding than the  Ugat neighborhood.Residents of Ugat feel more disconnected. For example, survey results indicated that they do not know where their local administrative ward office is located, or the name of their corporator, an elected representative for the neighborhood. They expressed a lack of faith in local governance measures, instead focusing on community-based solutions to their waste-management challenges.Several women from both communities complained that flood warnings reach them only after water has already entered their homes. They said they would benefit from receiving heavy rainfall warnings a few days earlier.Men and women discuss issues of social cohesion and the lack of political leadership or governance in the Ugat neighborhood. Photo by Lubaina Rangwala/WRI Urban flooding is a major and growing concern. Japan experienced floods and mudslides that killed more than 120 people last year. The Indian state of Kerala witnessed a 100-year flood that swamped several metropolitan areas. And a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that cities will face even more flooding and extreme precipitation in the years ahead.Today’s fastest-growing urban areas — for the most part located in Latin America, Asia and Africa — face another challenge on top of climate change: inadequate infrastructure. Housing for the urban poor is often located in precarious areas, like steep slopes, flood plains or hazardous industrial sites. Most residents’ homes are self-constructed and unable to withstand extreme weather. An estimated 1.2 billion people live in unsafe and insecure urban housing.Many city residents fear climate extremes, but their resilience capacities vary based on gender, age, income and social resources. To help better understand how to build resilience, WRI assessed several neighborhoods using the Urban Community Resilience Assessment (UCRA) tool, developed with support from Cities Alliance’s Joint Work Program on Resilient Cities. Learn more in our recent research paper, Prepared Communities.The UCRA helps city planners understand the nature of climate vulnerabilities in poor, urban neighborhoods and their means to adapt to them. The tool can benefit cities in four ways: 1) to tailor early warning systems to meet the needs of vulnerable people; 2) map service gaps in vulnerable neighborhoods; 3) inform long-term resilience planning and build climate-resilient infrastructure; and 4) promote a culture of inclusive planning.One location we analyzed is Surat, India, a coastal city of 4.5 million people. There, residents deal with frequent flooding, heavy monsoon rains and extreme heat. But they’re also learning to adapt to these extremes by co-building basic infrastructure and planning for emergencies. We learned three things from our engagement during community workshops and household surveys:1. Residents are investing their own resources to rebuild, repair and maintain their infrastructure.Many residents in the neighborhood of Morarji Vasahat have lived together for 30 years or more. Households are semi-permanent built structures, with brick walls and metal or plastic roofing. Most roads are well paved and clean, with storm water drains along both sides. Household drainage is designed to flow through the same drains. Residents have built high plinths to raise their homes above street level and taller thresholds at their doorways to prevent storm water from entering homes.Residents have built high plinths to raise their homes above street level and taller thresholds at their doorways to prevent storm water from entering homes. Photo by Lubaina Rangwala/WRI The women of Morarji Vasahat maintain evacuation bags, packing them with money, important documents, medicines and other essentials. Some maintain an emergency savings based on the extent of losses incurred in past floods.The women of Morarji Vasahat discuss personal resilience measures like maintaining disaster evacuation bags packed with money, important documents, medicines and other essentials. Photo by Lubaina Rangwala/WRIcenter_img In the neighborhood of Ugat, infrastructure is less robust. Residents are repaving streets and filling potholes to reduce the risk of waterlogging and ensure main streets stay open during heavy rains. However, inadequate waste management and animal rearing are exacerbating risks to human health. Each time it rains hard, raw sewage spills into the street. Hence, residents chose to focus more on waste management in their community workshops as a measure to reduce the impact of floods.Inadequate waste management and animal rearing pose risks to human health in Ugat. Photo by Lubaina Rangwala/WRI Residents are also taking special steps to prepare for the monsoons, which are growing less predictable and more intense in South Asia due to climate change. They are waterproofing their roofs by repairing cracks in corrugated metal and adding new plastic sheets. They’re cleaning storm water drains in the street. And they’re checking external water tanks and water taps for mosquito infestations and leaks to reduce the risk of vector-borne diseases.Households in the Ugat neighborhood are poorly built. Several streets remain unpaved and difficult to navigate. Photo by Lubaina Rangwala/WRI Improving Resilience Throughout SuratWhile poor residents across Surat are taking climate resilience into their own hands, critical gaps remain. The UCRA helps shed light on outstanding challenges and important differences between and within communities.WRI presented the results of our survey and communities’ recommendations to Surat city officials during a multi-stakeholder workshop, to communicate gaps in emergency preparedness and climate resilience planning. Now, it is up to the city government to take this information and inform better, more climate resilient planning in vulnerable neighborhoods.Learn more: Download our full report, Prepared Communitieslast_img read more