A powerful young speaker with important messages about personalchoices and road safety is visiting Nova Scotia schools nextweek, beginning Monday, May 17. High school students across the province will hear how CaraJohnston lost her twin sister in a speed-related car crash theday after their 18th birthday. They’ll also hear Ms. Johnston’smessage that teenagers have options when making decisions thatcould put themselves and others in danger. “Few speakers have the ability to relate to young audiences anddeliver powerful messages as well as Cara Johnston,” said RonRussell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Herpresentation about changing attitudes could ultimately savelives.” Ms. Johnston, age 24, has spoken to more than 300,000 studentsacross North America. This will be the fourth year in a row thatshe has spoken to Nova Scotia students. The Nova Scotia tour is sponsored by the province of Nova Scotia,the Road Safety Advisory Committee, and Highway 104 WesternAlignment Corp.
DISABLED PERSONS COMMISSION–Minister to Proclaim AccessAwareness Week May 30 to June 5 is Access Awareness Week in Nova Scotia. This isa time set aside each year to inform Nova Scotians about thebenefits of accessibility and to celebrate positive changes thatremove barriers for people with disabilities. Community Services Minister David Morse will proclaim the week onbehalf of Premier John Hamm at a June 1 forum at the Universityof King’s College in Halifax. This is the 17th year for AccessAwareness Week in Nova Scotia. This year’s theme, Accessibilityfor All: Building Without Blocks, emphasizes the importance ofbarrier-free buildings in our communities. “Each year we celebrate Access Awareness Week to recognize thecontributions that people with disabilities bring to ourcommunities,” said Mr. Morse. “Working toward greater access toall aspects of community life benefits all Nova Scotians.” As part of its commitment to greater access, the provincerecently announced $146,000 in new grants under the CommunityACCESS-ability program administered through Service Nova Scotiaand Municipal Relations. This program helps not-for-profit groupsand municipalities purchase equipment and conduct renovationsthat make their facilities more accessible. The province hasinvested $1.3 million in about 200 projects since the program wasannounced in 2000. Access Awareness Week is organized by the Partnership for AccessAwareness Nova Scotia (PAANS). This community-based organizationpromotes inclusion and equal participation of all Nova Scotianswith disabilities as full citizens within communities. It doesthis through public awareness, education and communitypartnerships. The Disabled Persons Commission works closely with PAANS duringAccess Awareness Week. “Accessibility has many positiveoutcomes,” said Charlie Macdonald, executive director of thecommission. “Whether it’s removing barriers for a person with adisability, making building entrances safer for a senior citizen,or making life a little easier for a parent with a stroller,access helps everyone.” Individuals and organizations will receive Mel Hebb HourglassAction awards at the forum for their efforts to improveaccessibility. They include: Archie Kontuk of Trenton, MurdochMoore of Sydney, Claredon Robichaud of Church Point, the FalcourtInn in Middleton and the Rotary Clubs of Amherst and Truro. Theaward is named after the devoted Nova Scotia advocate foraccessibility. Several scholarships will also be awarded tostudents with disabilities who have demonstrated communityinvolvement and academic excellence. For a complete event listing or more information about AccessAwareness Week, visit the website ataccessawareness.nsnet.org/aaweek.html, or contact the DisabledPersons Commission at 902-424-8280, toll-free at 1-800-565-8280or TTY 902424-2667 or 1-877-996-9954.
Butterfield Fund Services is providing an opportunity for Nova Scotia expatriates to return home for the kind of positions they once left for. Butterfield Fund Services, headquartered in Bermuda, plans to add 30 to 60 positions in Halifax in 2007. The new positions have been created with the assistance of a payroll rebate from Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). Premier Rodney MacDonald made the announcement today, Nov. 15, along with Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt; Richard Ferrett, executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Butterfield Bank; Frank Sebestyen, senior vice president and group head of Butterfield Fund Services; and Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “Nova Scotia is quickly emerging as a location of choice for the financial services industry,” said Premier MacDonald. “This expansion is a cornerstone in the development of this sector for the province.” The incremental rebate has a maximum value of $9.1 million over the next seven years as the company reaches job targets. “Nova Scotia will benefit by attracting an international financial company of this caliber,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “Companies like Butterfield Fund Services will help grow the province’s economy.” The new positions will offer opportunities for a wide range of financial professionals, from recent business graduates to senior accounting professionals, from all over the world. “Bermuda and Halifax have always had strong connections and it is this history and commonality that placed Halifax at the top of our list from the start of our expansion process,” said Mr. Ferrett. “The presence of a supply of accounting graduates from renowned universities, combined with a pool of experiences fund accountants looking to return home, further confirmed our choice.” Butterfield Fund Services has opened an office in Halifax with the hope of creating up to 400 full and part-time jobs over the next seven years. “Butterfield Fund Services is proving that Nova Scotia has the right combination of resources to grow and prosper in this sector,” said Mr. Lund. “Companies like this are recognizing and capitalizing on our great people and increasing Nova Scotia’s credibility as a world-class place to do business.” Butterfield Bank also operates in the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, Barbados, Guernsey, the U.K. and Switzerland. With differing product arrays to meet local market needs, the group provides a full range of community banking services (encompassing retail and corporate banking and treasury activities), and specialist offshore financial services, including private banking, wealth management, fiduciary services and fund administration. Fund administration is performed from the wholly owned Butterfield Fund Services subsidiaries servicing more than $65 billion US of hedge fund and mutual fund assets. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private sector led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financial services.
For the second straight year, the Better Regulation Initiative has reduced paperwork for Nova Scotia businesses. Business operators now have 8.3 per cent less paperwork than they had two years ago, according to the initiative’s progress report released today, Sept. 29, at the third Regulatory Craft Conference. “We are building momentum and moving closer to our target of reducing paperwork for business by 20 per cent,” said Jamie Muir, chair of the Treasury and Policy Board and minister responsible for the Better Regulation Initiative. “Reducing paperwork remains top priority and our focus will be on achieving more results from here to 2010.” The 8.3 per cent paperwork reduction includes a 5.8 per cent drop last year and 2.5 per cent the previous year. Nova Scotia business spent an estimated 564,000 hours on provincial regulatory paperwork from April 2007 to March 2008, a drop of more than 51,000 hours in two years. “What’s key is that the number is going down, not up, as it probably would have had government not put an emphasis on reducing the amount of paperwork that businesses endlessly fill out,” said Leanne Hachey, vice-president Atlantic of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). “CFIB will give government three big cheers when they meet their goal of 20 per cent, which they are on the road to doing.” The Better Regulation Initiative has also made progress on its commitment to make licence and permit applications more predictable for business. Last year’s interim target, 50 per cent of provincial licences and permits processed within 10 business days, was surpassed. Currently, 64 per cent are processed in 10 days or less. The 2010 commitment is for most licences and permits to meet the 10 day service standard where appropriate. Alternate standards will be determined and approved by Cabinet for more complex licences and permits. “By committing to service standards and changing processes to meet these standards, you are creating accountability and meaningful change for a more competitive environment for business,” said Brad Smith, vice-president, Greater Halifax Partnership. The Better Regulation Initiative is a multi-pronged approach to improve the provincial government’s regulatory climate. It aims to maintain the benefits of regulation while making it easier to do business in Nova Scotia. It involves all provincial government departments to create a culture of continuous improvement that will result in simpler, more effective regulation. For more information on the Better Regulation Initiative, visit www.gov.ns.ca/betterregulation .
A series of education booklets, called Loving Care, are now available in both English and French from Nova Scotia’s public health services. Loving Care will help moms and dads navigate their way through the joys and challenges of raising healthy and happy children. “I am very pleased that these booklets are now available in French,” said Minister of Acadian Affairs Chris d’Entremont, today, Dec. 9. “This government has been working hard to better meet the needs of our Acadian and francophone community. We are providing more services, resources and materials in French than ever before. These booklets will be a helpful addition to the range of material already available to parents in their language of choice.” All parents, including those who are Acadian or francophone, will benefit from the booklets featuring Nova Scotia families. The booklets help parents better recognize and build on their parenting strengths, with a focus on parent and child interaction, and growth and development. The booklets also complement public health programs and services already provided to support families, including home visits and pre-natal education. “Children should have the best possible start in life,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “Loving Care is one of many things we’re doing to strengthen support for our children, youth and families. The early years are the most important and we want parents to have the health information they need in an easy-to-understand format.” Loving Care: Birth to Six Months, is the first of the series and provides need-to-know information in a way to help parents best respond to their baby’s behaviour. The second booklet, Loving Care: Parents and Families, focuses on the health of parents and families and includes information to help parents identify and address their own health needs. Acadian and francophone parents of children from birth to age three will start to receive the booklets this month. Plans are also in the works for two more booklets covering ages six to 12 months and one to three years. “The booklet told me everything I wanted to know about taking care of my baby,” said parent Renée Evans. “When I had my first baby, I was given a lot of reading material, but I had trouble finding what I was looking for. When I had my second baby, I got the Loving Care booklet and it was much easier to find the information I needed.” The booklets received extensive input from Nova Scotian families through focus testing by moms and dads, including Acadians and francophones, anglophones, African Nova Scotians, Aboriginal Peoples and newcomers to Canada. The booklets are available from public health offices and on the Department of Health Promotion and Protection website at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp .
Two finance measures already announced by the previous government are going ahead, Finance Minister Graham Steele said today, June 22. Effective midnight tonight, tobacco taxes will increase by five cents per cigarette, tobacco stick and per gram of fine cut tobacco. The increase is expected to generate $21 million in revenue in 2009-10. “This will generate revenue to fund important programs and services for Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Steele. “It will also help decrease smoking rates in Nova Scotia.” As well, members of the Public Service Superannuation Plan will see a contribution increase, effective July 5. The increase is required to address shortfalls in the plan’s long-term funded status. An increase was previously announced, but had not taken effect. Employees will see the new deduction rates on July 30 pay statements. As the employer, the province is obliged to match pension contributions made by employees. However, the additional contributions benefit the province’s finances by reducing overall liability for the pension plan. Legislation will be introduced at a later date to give effect to the tobacco and pension measures.
A report on excited delirium was released today, Sept. 4, by Justice Minister Ross Landry. The province commissioned the 38-page Report of the Panel of Mental Health and Medical Experts Review of Excited Delirium in November 2008, to make recommendations to help law enforcement officers when responding to individuals showing excited delirium symptoms. The report contains nine recommendations to develop new principles, protocols and procedures to deal with individuals who come into conflict with the law and display extreme agitation, aggressive and paranoid behaviour. It also outlines the need for further training and research. The volunteer panel members included physicians, government staff and experts in the area of mental illness. Dr. Stan Kutcher from the department of psychiatry at Dalhousie University chaired the group. “I want to thank the experts who offered their advice on this issue which is of great importance to those responsible for public safety and those who deliver medical help,” said Mr. Landry. Government will now consult other health and justice first responders. The full report is available at www.gov.ns.ca/just .
Monday, Sept. 22, Cambridge Suites, 380 Esplanade, Sydney, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, Keltic Lodge, 383 Keltic In Rd., Ingonish, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, Tara Lynne Community Centre, River Bourgeois, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Fishermen in Region Two, the eastern half of Cape Breton from the Inverness-Victoria County line to Port Hawkesbury, will vote on being represented by an accredited organization under the Fish Harvesters Organizations Support Act. “We all want the fishery in Nova Scotia to be a strong, viable industry, now and into the future, in order to sustain wealth in our coastal communities,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. Before the voting deadline, staff of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture will hold information sessions at three locations around Region Two. These sessions will give fishermen the opportunity to ask questions about the Fish Harvesters Organization Support Act. Locations and dates for the information sessions are as follows: A French-speaking moderator will available at the River Bourgeois meeting. A positive vote will mean organizations can apply for accreditation and then the fishermen can join any of the accredited groups. Being a part of an accredited group will make it easier for their interests to move ahead and for the industry to grow. The Fish Harvesters Organization Support Act was introduced in 2011 to make it easier for fishing regions to hold a vote. Ballots have been mailed to eligible voters. They must be returned by mail and postmarked no later than Friday, Oct. 3. Region One, which includes the western half of Cape Breton and gulf part of the mainland and Region Three, the Eastern Shore, have already voted in favour of being represented by an accredited organization. For more information on the sessions contact John Bueglas at 1-800-639-7030, Eugene Samson at 902-226-2787 or Nicole Sampson at 902-631-1476.
Government is strengthening the regulations that govern Nova Scotia’s fish harvesters and their organizations. “At the request of fish harvester organizations, we’ve made regulatory changes to provide fish harvesters with a clear understanding of their regulatory responsibilities,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “This strengthens government’s ability to enforce the act on behalf of fish harvester organizations.” Changes to the Fish Harvester Organizations Support Act include the addition of definitions for terms used in the act and regulations. “Harvesters are very pleased with the clarifications to the regulations and even more pleased that the act is now being enforced to its full intent,” said Eugene O’Leary, president, Guysborough County Inshore Fishermen’s Association. The act requires fish harvesters to pay mandatory dues to accredited associations. The provisions of this act come into force if harvesters vote to implement it in their region. Any licence holder in violation of the act can, upon summary conviction, be subject to fines starting at $1,000. The act is in force in the three regions encompassing the coast line, from the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border on the Northumberland Strait to the mouth of the Sackville River in Halifax Harbour. The Fish Harvester Organizations Support Act is provincial legislation that supports and encourages licence holders to develop strong organizations to represent them in matters related to the fishing industry.
On demande aux résidents et aux visiteurs de la région de Granton, dans le comté de Pictou, de ne pas nager dans la rivière Middle ou de consommer l’eau de ce lac et de toute étendue d’eau liée en raison d’une prolifération possible d’algues bleues. Bien que le risque pour la santé soit relativement faible, il vaut mieux éviter tout contact avec l’eau à titre de précaution. La prolifération d’algues bleues a lieu naturellement, et ces algues peuvent produire des toxines. Il faut éviter de boire l’eau ou d’utiliser l’eau pour préparer ou cuire des aliments, ou pour se brosser les dents. Les toxines ne sont pas éliminées en faisant bouillir l’eau. Les symptômes liés à la consommation d’eau contenant des algues bleues incluent des douleurs abdominales, la diarrhée, des vomissements et la nausée. Il n’est pas recommandé d’utiliser l’eau pour les loisirs, ou pour se laver. Le contact direct avec les toxines produites par les algues bleues peut causer l’irritation de la peau et des yeux. Si les symptômes persistent plus de quelques jours, consultez un fournisseur de soins de santé. Dans la mesure du possible, ne laissez pas les animaux de compagnie ou autres consommer l’eau ou nager dans l’eau où les algues bleues sont présentes. Des renseignements supplémentaires sont disponibles aux liens www.novascotia.ca/nse/water/docs/BlueGreenAlgae.pdf et http://novascotia.ca/dhw/environmental/blue-green-algae.asp (en anglais seulement).
For photos and video from today’s robotics demonstration, please visit http://novascotiabusiness.com/robotics. For more information on the Acadia robotics program visit http://robots.acadiau.ca/robotics-home.html. There are 23,000 Nova Scotians employed in ICT related jobs. Nova Scotia has the highest number of graduates per capita in ICT fields in Canada. Nova Scotia is ranked number one in Canada for operating costs in software development. The Nova Scotia ICT industry is 1,000 establishments strong, accounting for 8.2 per cent of Nova Scotia’s business sector output. To develop future talent for Nova Scotia’s growing ICT and technology sectors, students from across the province will expand their skills and knowledge through the use of robots in the classroom. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has purchased five robot kits for the Acadia Robotics Youth Outreach Program. Acadia University has identified Uniacke District School in Mount Uniacke, The Booker School in Port Williams, and Sir John A. Macdonald High School in Upper Tantallon as recipients of the first three robots, and is in the process of distributing the remaining robot kits. “The ICT and tech sector in Nova Scotia are key areas of focus for NSBI. Through the Acadia robotics program, we can help shape the workforce of the future by providing opportunities for tomorrow,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Business Inc. “This program is intended to get students thinking about their future, by putting the tech in their hands today. “By providing them with robotic technology and experience we hope to inspire and develop careers to support tech space in our province.” The Acadia Robotics Youth Outreach Program is designed to increase interest in building digital technology and computer science by engaging Nova Scotia students in annual robotics programming competitions and related activities that feature problem solving and teamwork. “The Acadia robotics program depends on partnerships with external organizations and the commitment of volunteers,” said Gary Walsh, director, Acadia Robotics. “We are pleased to partner with an organization like NSBI as we work with students to drive innovation and shape future inventors.” Nova Scotia ICT sector facts:
Jerusalem: Israel remained on high alert on Friday after wildfires fed by tinder dry conditions destroyed around 40 homes. There were no reports of casualties from Thursday’s fires as the emergency services evacuated homes in the path of the blaze in the centre of the country. Addressing a crisis meeting on Friday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked foreign governments which had helped tackle the blaze. Croatia, Cyprus, Greece and Italy sent firefighting planes, while Egypt, one of Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’only two Arab governments that have signed a peace treaty with Israel, sent two helicopters. Several roads across the danger zone in central Israel remained closed for fear that the fires would reignite amid the unseasonable heat. Temperatures have topped 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across much of the country for several days. In 2016, wildfires damaged or destroyed around 700 homes in Israel and the occupied West Bank, and sent more than 13,000 hectares (32,000 acres) of woodland up in smoke.
New Delhi: Vistara announced on Friday it has leased six aircraft from Singapore-based BOC Aviation to boost its domestic growth and will deploy them to meet the “sudden drop” in capacity in the market. Vistara has leased four Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft to be delivered in May 2019 and two Airbus A320neo powered by CFM LEAP 1A engines, scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2019, it said in a statement.At present, the full-service carrier connects 24 destinations, operates over 850 flights a week served by a fleet of 22 Airbus A320 aircraft. The airline said it has recruited nearly 500 former employees of Jet Airways, including pilots, cabin crew, engineers and other staff to support the next phase of expansion of its domestic operations. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsDue to acute lack of funds, Jet Airways suspended its operations on April 17, leaving more than 20,000 employees in the lurch. Leslie Thng, chief executive officer of Vistara, said, “Our focus on serving the domestic market has remained unwavering even as we prepare to become an international airline. These leased aircraft will be deployed to meet the sudden drop in capacity in the market and to aid convenience of travellers.” Thng said the decision to induct different aircraft type in Vistara fleet is a carefully evaluated one, which is both economically and commercially viable, and will eventually help in expanding the airline across India. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefIn March, Civil Aviation Secretary P S Kharola said Vistara has been given permission to operate international flights. Vistara’s relationship with BOC Aviation dates back to 2014, when the airline announced to lease its first 20 Airbus A320 family aircraft. Last year, for its domestic, short-haul and medium-haul international operations, Vistara placed an aircraft order of a combination of purchased and leased aircraft totalling 50 from the Airbus A320neo family (including the A321neo), with deliveries scheduled between 2019 and 2023. Additionally, the airline has purchased six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that are to be delivered between 2020 and 2021 and will be used for long-haul international operations.
New Delhi: Services were affected for nearly two hours on the Red Line of the Delhi Metro due to a technical snag in the Dilshad Garden-Shahdara section of the corridor on Wednesday, officials said. The Red Line connects Rithala in Delhi to Shahid Sthal (New Bus Adda) in Ghaziabad. “Due to an OHE (overhead electricity) issue on the Dilshad Garden-Shahdara section, train services were affected. As a result, trains were temporarily run in two separate loops,” a senior DMRC official said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar Services between Shahdara and Dilshad Garden stations were run on a single line until the sang was rectified, he said. Only one station Jhilmil falls on the Shahdara and Dilshad Garden section. The DMRC had posted on Twitter around noon time that services were affected and trains were run on two separate loops. Later in another tweet, the DMRC said, “Normal services resumed at 1:45pm”.
New Delhi: BJP state chief Manoj Tiwari Thursday raised the issue of pollution in River Yamuna in the Lok Sabha and demanded that steps be taken to stop it. “Yamuna is in danger. It is more in danger around Okhla where 3,000 houses are being built along Yamuna banks. There should be an inquiry into this and steps should be taken to check pollution of Yamuna,” Tiwari said in the Lok Sabha. Speaking during the Zero Hour, Hasnain Masoodi (National Conference) said Kashmir is cut off from India every month for at least 10-12 days and demanded an early completion of the Banihal-Qazigund Road Tunnel to ensure that commuting becomes convenient. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark Stating that tickets on the Delhi-Srinagar route are costlier than that of Delhi-Dubai, Masoodi also sought intervention of the Ministry of Civil Aviation to ensure that air fares remain in check. Meanwhile, as CPIM member A M Ariff sought to read out his speech from his phone, BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the House should come out with a bulletin on how to use advanced technological devices like iPad. To this Speaker, Om Birla said a bulletin would be issued.
New Delhi: The latest circular which clarified the eligibility for availing disability pension by armed forces personnel was issued after data analytics found that the provision meant for the needy was being misused, the CBDT chairman has said. Taking to PTI, CBDT chief P C Mody said the circular issued on June 24 was not a new directive but only in clarification to the stated policy. “We have full respect for the soldiers working in the armed forces. If there is any disability, then this provision is there but what happened was that over a period of time, the data analytics showed that many were claiming it and that it was being misused. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”To stop this, a clarificatory circular was issued. If disability happens due to action, then this pension is untaxed as it has been,” the CBDT chief said. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), which frames policy for the Income Tax Department, had issued circular no 13 of 2019 stating “such tax exemption will be available only to armed forces personnel who have been invalidated from service on account of bodily disability attributable to or aggravated by such service and not to personnel who have been retired on superannuation or otherwise.” Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsA CBDT circular acts as a policy directive for tax authorities across the country while assessing the income, tax and the exemptions of an assessee. Soon after this was issued, defence and war veterans expressed their anguish. The Army, through its official social media posts, said that over the years, broad-banding and the compensation awarded for disability with income tax exemption had led to a rise in the number of personnel claiming disability even for lifestyle diseases. “Indian Army is concerned for all personnel who are invalidated out of service in combat conditions or otherwise, and need additional support and discourages those who seek financial gains through their disabilities,” it added. The trend is worrisome, that too when the security challenges to the nation are on the rise, the Army said on Twitter. Following the controversy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s office had also tweeted a letter, saying ineligible personnel had gained from the disability benefits provided by the government to soldiers. Armed forces personnel, including from the Navy and the Air Force, get separate pension if they suffer any kind of disability in the line of duty. The amount depends on their rank and the kind of disability. A group of disabled war veterans of these forces had expressed their resentment at the move, saying, “Disability compensation is not only limited to war or operation disabilities, but is also available to all other medical conditions that arise while a person is serving in the military.” “In fact, as per rules, all disabilities arising in service are presumed to be related to service conditions since a person joins the military after a series of tests for physical and mental fitness,” the veterans said in a letter.
Dubai: India captain Virat Kohli retained his number one spot in the latest ICC Test batsmen’s rankings, a statement from the international body said on Tuesday. Kohli is on 922 points with New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (913) just behind him and Cheteshwar Pujara (881) third in the rankings list. In the Test team rankings, India remained in top position followed by New Zealand (2) and South Africa (3) with England (4) and Australia (5) the others in the top five. In the bowlers’ list, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are sixth and 10th respectively. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Meanwhile, veteran England pacer James Anderson was ruled out of the four-day Test against Ireland starting on Wednesday due to a right calf injury. Anderson, who was overtaken by South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada in November last year and subsequently by the present No. 1 Pat Cummins of Australia, is ranked second and would have had a chance to bridge the 16-point gap in the one-off Lord’s Test before featuring in a potential direct contest with Pat Cummins in the subsequent Ashes series. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Anderson’s fellow England fast bowler Stuart Broad (19th) will be looking to retain a top-20 place, which he maintained since 2009, while Moeen Ali (25th, 621 points) is only 12 points behind his best ever rating points achieved in August 2017. Captain Joe Root is the highest-ranked batsman on either side in sixth place while Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler are in 26th and 27th places, respectively. For Ireland, Kevin O’Brien’s scores of 40 and 118 on debut against Pakistan and a subsequent half-century against Afghanistan have lifted him to 68th place while Gary Wilson is 140th in the batting table. Stuart Thompson is their highest-ranked bowler in 64th position with Tim Murtagh just two places behind. Boyd Rankin, who played one Test for England in 2014, would be looking to improve his 106th position. In the all-rounders’ list, the best ranked Indian is Jadeja at third spot sitting behind West Indies’ Jason Holder and Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.
New Delhi: The oral testimony of witnesses is enough “to show your Dadagiri (bullying tactics)”, the Supreme Court on Friday told former Jharkhand minister Yogendra Sao, who has challenged his conviction and sentence in a 2011 extortion case.The top court said this while agreeing to hear Sao’s plea challenging the April 26 order of Jharkhand High Court which dismissed his appeal against the conviction and two-and-a-half year sentence in the case. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A bench of Justices A M Sapre and Indu Malhotra issued notice and sought response from the Jharkhand government on the plea. Senior advocate Rakesh Khanna, appearing for Sao, said the magisterial court did not have privilege to see entire call detail records (CDR) which included the period of alleged crime. “Allegation is that I made a phone call and asked for money but the complete CDR was not filed. The CDR, which was filed before the trial court was till the month of March while the alleged occurrence of crime had taken place on April 24, 2011 and August 25, 2011,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KKhanna said the trial court relied upon the testimony of prosecution witnesses and the informant who was an interested party. “The oral testimony is enough to show your Dadagiri (bullying tactic). We cannot re-appreciate the whole evidence. There are concurrent findings against you by two courts,” the bench observed. The top court, however, said that it will examine the matter and sought response from the state government in two weeks. On April 26, the Jharkhand High Court had refused to interfere with trial court’s January 28, 2015 order convicting and sentencing Sao for two-and-a-half year rigorous imprisonment. Sao was booked by the police on the charges of extortion on a complaint from a manager of Ramgarh Sponge Iron Private Limited and a case was registered against him on August 25, 2011.
Mumbai: The release date of actors Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra-starrer “Jabariya Jodi” has been postponed for the fourth time. The film will now hit screens on August 9. “Jabariya Jodi” was first scheduled to release on May 17 but was pushed to July 12 when Hrithik Roshan-starrer “Super 30” released. It was then pushed again for August 2 release. Sources close to the makers of the film say that the decision was taken after considering that there are too many releases on August 2 and previously released films like “JudgeMentall Hai Kya” are enjoying a solid run. Adding to that, exhibitors across India came together and requested the makers to move ahead to August 9 to avoid clutter. “Jabariya Jodi” will now enjoy a solo release. Directed by Prashant Singh, “Jabariya Jodi” is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.
Lahore: Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur is not surprised by Mohammed Amir’s decision to retire from Tests at the age of 27 as he feels the pacer’s career in the longest format was considerably damaged by the spot-fixing ban he served. Amir was banned for five years for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal in England. He returned to all formats of the game in 2015 but announced his retirement from Tests on Friday after having played 36 Tests with 119 scalps in his chequered career. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “He (Amir) had five years out of the game…In those five years, he didn’t do anything. His body was not up to the rigours of day in, day out Test cricket,” Arthur told ‘ESPNCricinfo’. “We pushed him as much as we could during the England and South Africa series, because he is such a good bowler whom we wanted during those tours. We’ve tried everything we possibly could with Amir. “He could have managed those five years better. He’d be the first one to acknowledge that. But I understand where he was in his whole life, so it was a tough period for him. I understand all that,” Arthur said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Arthur felt Amir would have been one of the best Test fast bowlers in Pakistan’s history had he not lost those five years to the spot-fixing ban. “The Amir hype all those years ago was justified because he is a quality bowler. When the ball swings there’s not much better. But he’s not the bowler now that he was in 2009 and 2010. He was different, his body was different,” he said. “Making a connection between the bowler now and then would be wrong. But had he not had those five years out of the game, I think he would be up there with the very best Pakistan have ever had,” he said. The South African said that the left-arm fast bowler had been thinking about it for over a year. “It was on the cards for a long while. Amir had been speaking to me about it with me for some time now. His Test career was taking a strain on his body,” Arthur said. “It’s not about management here. It’s about his desire to play Test cricket and the effects it has on his body… reluctantly I accepted his decision because that’s what he wanted to do and that’s what he thought was best for himself.” Arthur said the management had tried to ease Amir’s workload over the past year, and experimented with the possibility of making him an overseas-only bowler. “Of course there was (a possibility Amir would only play away). We managed him through the South African series. He didn’t play any Test cricket during the UAE last year. That was part of his management, and we started putting that in place because we wanted him for the South African series.” Amir finished as the most prolific Pakistan bowler at the recent World Cup with 17 wickets, which only six bowlers bettered, and Arthur said the team will now have a “rejuvenated” limited-overs bowler in him. “I’ve got a very soft spot for Mohammad Amir. As a person and as a cricketer, I admire him greatly. Yes, I am disappointed he won’t be playing Test cricket for us. But it was made in the best interests of his white-ball cricket in mind,” the head coach said.