If Eddie Jones’s warning that they will be “physically smashed” against England on Saturday was not jarring enough for Japan’s players, their coach has revealed his squad are being paid only £13.64 a day (2,000 yen) to represent their country.That amount does not even cover a steak (£19.45) or burger with chips (£13.75) at their trendy south-west London hotel and is a lot less than England’s 23-man squad who are on £25,000 a match per man. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share via Email “I am not sure we can run away from the big boys,” said Joseph, who has given up coaching the Super Rugby side the Sunwolves to fully concentrate on the preparations of the national team before next year’s Rugby World Cup on home soil. “One to 15 they are pretty big compared to our blokes. At the end of the day rugby is pretty simple, you have got to create momentum from set pieces and that is our first challenge and we are working on that.“When we can do that we can score tries and we did that against the All Blacks and we have done it against tier-one teams, France, Wales. But we are playing at Twickenham and the players are going to experience a different style of footy. The game in England is very different to other parts of the world and we have a realistic opportunity.”With some key players absent, Joseph is expected to blood a fairly inexperienced team at Twickenham although the captain, Michael Leitch, who inspired Japan to their shock win over South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup when Jones was in charge of the Brave Blossoms, is still in the lineup. Topics “There was a real rugby fever after the World Cup because of the success of the team,” Joseph said. “The majority of those players have moved on now so we have had to rebuild and bring new guys through. It has settled down but expectation internally in Japan is always high. Every team I have coached, there is always expectation to win. Externally, I don’t think there are many in this country who think we can do it.”Japan, who trained in torrential conditions on Monday, will need the weather to be fine to help their fast-paced phase play. “When we’ve got the ball and guys are really excited about playing, we’ve got a different style of play; we’re not as big as others, but we’re quick,” Joseph said.“In tough conditions it’s tough to get our game going, so we’re hoping and praying for a bit of weather. I’m not sure I’m going to the temple though!“We don’t want rain come kick-off time and I think we’ve shown over the last couple of years if we can get our game going we can push teams hard.” news Japan rugby union team England rugby union team Rugby union The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Read more Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Kieran Read suggests retirement plans before All Blacks beat Japan 69-31 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Eddie Jones calls on England to ‘physically smash cheeky Japan’ Read more Support The Guardian However, Jamie Joseph said his team are more concerned about making their mark at Twickenham than any financial reward. “Our guys here who are amateur, they are employees of companies, they get 2,000 yen a day. While our professional players, the foreigners we have in our team, don’t get paid for playing for Japan.“But they do it because they want to play a high level of rugby that they don’t get in Japan. Playing a team like England is a great opportunity. If you put that altogether we have got different motivators and we just want to get out and leave our footprint behind.”Joseph also refused to get drawn into a war of words with the England coach, who joked at the weekend that Japan’s team needed to “go to the temple and pray”. However, he admitted his young team could be up against it at Twickenham. Autumn internationals Share on WhatsApp
The national capital has been known rather world-wide for its toxic air and degraded environment owing to the rapid pace of reckless development and belligerent modernisation; the crisis compounded by the convenient agricultural practice of burning stubbles in nearby states. Commendable efforts of the Delhi government have mitigated the situation to a palpable extent. We know this because four years after a World Health Organisation study declared Delhi the world’s most polluted city, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated that pollution in the city has dropped 25 per cent since, especially in terms of concentration of particulate matter. The most polluted city in the world has since then geared up and got its act together to curb pollution quantitatively and create an impact qualitatively. The Centre, states, and courts have got together to take several steps to arrest pollution in the city. Through its pollution control committee, the Delhi government set out to monitor the air quality in real time in 2010, beginning with just four stations (in R K Puram, Punjabi Bagh, Anand Vihar, and Mandir Marg). With crop-residue burning in full force that year in October and November, 2012 was the year when Delhi suffered its worst air quality. 2012 was also the year when for the first time the common practice of burning stubbles was seriously flagged and it was realised that this was a major reason for the sudden dip in air quality in Delhi. And since 2012, the average annual concentration of particulate matter, which is the primary cause of pollution in the city, has been declining, gradually in the beginning and dipping more sharply between 2015 and 2018. In a move to step up the pollution control programme, last year, 2018, there was an increase in the number of air quality monitoring stations to 26. Focusing on the aspect of particulate matter is especially important as it is a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets in air which easily make their way into our lungs and a concentration of these is severely hazardous to health, and even life. Some of these particles can be seen with the naked eye while others are microscopic. The primary pollutants in Delhi’s air are PM 2.5 (these are inhalable particles of 2.5 micrometres diametre or smaller) and PM10 (of 10 micrometres diametre and smaller). November is the month when highest volume of crop residue is burnt in Haryana, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh. This is also the time when temperatures fall and humidity rises, causing an increase in concentration of pollutants in the air. Hence, the onset of winter is a time of heightened pollution in the national capital and efforts to mitigate that are made before hand. A result of this is that in 2012 and 2018, the concentration of PM10 reduced by 21 per cent from an average 351 micrograms/cubic m to 277 micrograms/cubic m. Delhi’s performance in terms of PM10 concentration has been encouraging in so far as August this year. As much as constructions and vehicular pollution contribute to the bad air quality, several studies have established that the localised weather conditions and seasons are among the biggest determinants of Delhi’s air quality. And despite the vagaries of the weather, the efforts of the government have borne fruits over the past few years and point to the fact that not only do efforts need to be made, but when done so consistently, the results are encouraging and that things can be improved tremendously. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWhat has particularly helped Delhi is its government’s efforts curb vehicular pollution, especially from diesel, as well as the odd-even road rationing scheme during peak seasons of air pollution. After a lawyer Vardhaman Kaushik, in 2014, approached the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against pollution levels, his petition became the basis of several NGT orders upheld by the Apex Court. The ban on old diesel and petrol vehicles was a very impactful order under this. Subsequently, between 2014 and 2017, the Delhi government, Central Pollution Control Board, and Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority executed drives, issued orders, and implemented orders passed by NGT to curb air pollution. The most significant push has been in 2017 when the Centre notified the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) providing state governments in Delhi and the Nation Capital Region with a roadmap for action. This included contingency measures like if the air was severely polluted for more than 48 hours, the entry of trucks would be stopped, and all construction work halted. The GRAP also set roles for each agency, fixing accountability. Shutting down two thermal power plants in Delhi, completing the eastern and western peripheral expressways for vehicles not bound for Delhi, ban on PET Coke as an industrial fuel, the introduction of BS VI fuel are some of the significant administrative changes that have contributed to Delhi’s air. Clearly, since good air is the rightful need of all breathing it, institutions at different levels coming together to make it cleaner is a heartening example of coordinated work for general good and public welfare.
Ron Washington said he resigned as the manager of the Texas Rangers earlier this month because he was unfaithful to his wife.On Sept. 5, the Texas Rangers announced Washington had resigned as manager, effective immediately. At the time, no reason was given for Washington’s departure other than that it was to address an off-the-field matter.On Thursday, Washington cleared up some of the speculation when he said that after more than four decades of marriage he had cheated on his wife.“I made a mistake and I’m embarrassed, more than I’ve ever been in my life. I don’t run when I make a mistake. And when you put yourself in situations you own it. Those are the type of things my wife would always say to me,” Washington said. “I was not true to my wife. After 42 years, I broke her trust. I’m here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her and to those I disappointed, and those who have trusted in me and I let them down.”Washington offered no further details about the dalliance and did not reveal whom he cheated with.Washington talked about telling his wife to quit her job when he was 22 years old when he said he figured out the game and felt he had “arrived.”“Today, I’m at a very low time in my life. I’m sorry for breaking the trust that I had with my wife and for disappointing my players, for disappointing my coaches, for disappointing Major League Baseball and for disappointing the Texas Rangers. All I ask is for your forgiveness and your understanding. I also ask that you respect our privacy as we go on with our lives. This matter is certainly personal, and we’re trying hard to put it behind us.”After his announcement, Washington took no questions from the media. He walked over toward the exit door, put an arm around his wife and walked out the door.