DiCaprio steers attention to Chennai water crisis

first_imgLos Angeles: Oscar winning Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio, known for his environmental activism, has raised awareness about the ongoing water crisis in Chennai. DiCaprio took to Instagram to share a photograph of a dry well. He wrote: “‘Only rain can save Chennai from this situation.’ A well, completely empty, and a city without water. The southern Indian city of Chennai is in crisis, after the four main water reservoirs ran dry.” “The acute water shortage has forced the city to scramble for urgent solutions and residents have to stand in line for hours to get water from government tankers. As the water levels depleted, hotels and restaurants started to shut temporarily, and the air con was turned off in the city’s metro. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “Officials in the city continue to try and find alternative sources of water — but the community continue to pray for rain.” Chennai has been facing a severe water crisis. While Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 mcft), Redhills (full capacity 3,300 mcft) and Chembarambakkam (3,645 mcft) lakes that supply water to Chennai have gone dry, there is only 19 mcft water left in the Poondi reservoir (full capacity of 3,231 mcft), according to the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board. DiCaprio, who works extensively as a climate champion, had visited India in 2015 to film a segment for his 2016 documentary film, “Beyond the Flood”. He also visited the Taj Mahal during his trip.last_img read more

WINDIES Super50 Scorpions remain undefeated

John Campbell hits 4 during the Group “B” match of the WINDIES Super50 Cup between Jamaica Scorpions and United States of America on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Kensington Oval.© CWI Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks LaTouche PhotographyJohn Campbell followed up destructive bowling led by Nikita Miller with a fluent half-century to guide Jamaica Scorpions past the United States by seven wickets in the WINDIES Super50 Cup on Monday here.Campbell, playing his first match of the Tournament, after replacing retired fellow left-handed opener Chris Gayle, cracked 56 from 72 balls, as the Scorpions remained unbeaten in Group “B” with their third straight win.Elsewhere, the spin bowling duo of Damion Jacobs and Rahkeem Cornwall proved the undoing of Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners and handed Leeward Islands Hurricanes an important, nine-run victory.Chasing 145 for victory, Campbell and wicketkeeper/batsman Chadwick Walton shared 51 for the first wicket to give the Scorpions a strong start.Campbell, whose innings included half-dozen boundaries, followed up with a 55-run, second-wicket stand with WINDIES Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood to the put Scorpions firmly on course.Though Campbell and Blackwood fell to the American captain Saurabh Netravalkar in the space of 11 deliveries, Rovman Powell came to the crease and guided the Scorpions over the finish line with Andre McCarthy.Powell formalised the result with a flick to the deep mid-wicket boundary for four off the first ball the 27th over from David Wakefield.Earlier, a handful of United States batsman got starts, but failed to carry on, with Timil Patel gathering 37 to lead the way, as they were bowled out for 144 in 42.1 overs.Scorpions captain Nikita Miller was the pick of his side’s bowlers, bagging 3-41 from 10 overs, and Fabian Allen and Oshane Thomas, two selectees for the WINDIES’ limited-overs squads on the Tour of India, grabbed two scalps apiece.Leg-spinner Jacobs snared 4-31 from his allotted 10 overs and off-spinner Cornwall 3-39 off 10 overs to undermine the Marooners’ chase of a modest target of 131.Nicholas Kirton led the way for the Marooners with 33, but no other batsman reached 20, as the home team narrowly missed out on a crucial second victory, when they were bowled out for 121 in 37.1 overs.Earlier, Devon Thomas hit 44 to be the cornerstone of the Hurricanes’ innings, as they were dismissed for 130 in 39.3 overs, after they were put in to bat.Yannick Ottley, bowling his uncomplicated left-arm spin, was the most successful Marooners bowler with 3-37 from 10 overs and three other bowlers collected two wickets apiece. (CWI) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSuper50: Scorpions forge ahead with fourth consecutive winOctober 13, 2018In “Sports”Super50: Guyana Jaguars seal semi-final spotFebruary 17, 2018In “Sports”Scorpions sting JaguarsJanuary 27, 2017In “Sports” read more