India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: As It Happened

first_imgHello and welcome to the LIVE coverage from the second ODI between India and New Zealand at the Ferozshah Kotla. (SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARY)As It Happened:New Zealand (242/9) beat India (236) by 6 runs. Jadhav (41), Dhoni (39), Southee (3/52). 5-match series level 1-1. This is New Zealand’s first win on this tour and their first-ever victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.(AP Photo)21.31 IST: India need 10 runs to win off the last over with 1 wicket in hand.  21.29 IST: Big wicket for NZ!Hardik Pandya falls for 36 off 32 balls. India need 11 runs from 7 balls.21.26 IST:  India 227/8 in 48 overs, need 16 runs from the last two overs.21.20 IST: Another good over for the hosts, 8 runs came off it. India 221/8, need 22 runs from 18 balls 21.14 IST: This match is headed for a tight finish. India 213/8, need 30 to win from 24 balls. 21.10 IST: Good over for India! Southee concedes 9 runs with Umesh smacking a four in that over. IND 204/8, need 39 from 30 21.01 IST: Pandya ends Henry’s over with a much-needed boundary. India 193/8, need 50 from 42 balls. 20.48 IST: Another one for Guptill, he gets his 2nd wicket in the over as Mishra falls for 1. India 183/8, need 60 runs from 55 balls.20.44 IST: WICKET!Axar Patel holes out at long-on, Guptill gets the wicket. India 180/7, need 63 runs from 59 balls.20.37 IST: That’s Out!! Tim Southee takes a stunning catch off his own bowling to send Dhoni back to the pavillion. India 172/6 in 39.3 overs, need 71 runs from 63 balls.(AP Photo)20.35 IST: MS Dhoni, who is batting on 37 from 63 balls, needs 24 more runs to complete 9000 runs in ODI cricket. advertisement20.30 IST: Black Caps have kept the batsmen quiet for some time now. India 161/5, need 82 from 72 balls.20.19 IST: Anton Devcich is struggling with cramps. He might have to go off the field. India 152/5 in 35.5 overs, need 91 runs from 86 balls. 20.16 IST: 150 up for India in 35.1 overs, need another 93 runs from 89 balls.20.08 IST: Close! That almost carried. He’s got out in similar fashion before as well.Full on the stumps, Axar Patel drives this back on the up. It falls just short of the spinner who gets low to take it. The left-hander survives. India 147/5 in 34 overs, need 96 more runs to win19.56 IST: OUT!! Matt Henry gets the breakthrough against the run of play as Kedar Jadhav edges a full delivery to the keeper. He departs for 41. India 139/5 in 31. 1 overs, need 104 more runs to win. 19.51 IST: Dhoni and Jadhav have upped the ante now at the Kotla. Last five overs: 37 runs. India 134/4 in 30 ovs, need 109 runs to win 19.42 IST: Fifty-run partnership between Dhoni and Jadhav comes up with a boundary by the latter. India 123/4, 120 runs from 22 overs. 19.31 IST: Big Hit!! Kedar Jadhav brings up India’s 100 with a huge six off Santner. India 103/4, need 140 runs to win.19.23 IST: India 87/4 in 23 overs (Dhoni 8*, Jadhav 6*), need 156 runs to beat New Zealand.19.08 IST: Run Out!! Manish Pandey falls short while going back for a quick second run. India 73/4 in 19.2 overs, need another 170 runs to win. 19.01 IST: WICKET!! Ajinkya Rahane holes out to Corey Anderson at deep backward square leg, Southee gets the wicket. Evidence though, suggests that the ball may have bounced in front of the fielder. India 72/3 in 18.4 overs. 18.43 IST: At this stage New Zealand were 85/1 in 15 overs. India are 57/218.34 IST: Big breakthrough for NZ!!(AP Photo)Mitchell Santner bowls one wide down the leg side but even then Virat Kohli manages to get a faint edge to the keeper. India 41/2 in 12 overs. 18.27 IST: FOUR!! Kohli smashes one through the covers to collect his first boundary. India 35/1 in 10 overs 18.15 IST: WICKET!!(AP Photo)Rohit Sharma dismissed, caught-behind off the bowling of Trent Boult for 15. India 21/1 in 7.1 overs.18.09 IST: Consecutive maidens from Trent Boult. Brilliant stuff. India 18/0 in 6 overs.  18.04 IST: SIX!! Rohit deposits a full delivery from Henry into the stands behind the sightscreen. 89-meter six from hit-man. India 18/0 in 5 overs. 18.02 IST: Trent Boult bowls the first maiden over of the match. Watchful start from both the Indian openers. India 7/0 in 4 overs. India in chases at home (in last 5 years):  Target Instances Won Lost NR Tied Win Percentage 225-249 2 2 0 0 0 100.00 250-275 7 4 3 0 0 57.14 276-299 3 2 0 1 0 66.67 300-325 3 0 3 0 0 0.00 325+ 4 2 2 0 0 50.00 All 250+ chases 19 10 8 1 0 52.6317.50 IST: 281 is the highest successful run chase at the Kotla. India (281/4) chased down this total against Sri Lanka way back in 1982. 17.47 IST: India’s run chase is underway with Rohit Sharma getting off the mark. Matt Henry has opened the bowling attack for NZ. India 2/0 in 1 over. New Zealand end up with 242/9 in 50 overs vs India. Kane Williamson 118, Tom Latham 46, Amit Mishra 3/60, Jasprit Bumrah 3/35. A terrific comeback from the Men in Blue towards the end of the innings! At one stage the Black Caps were at 202/3 in 40 overs but then Williamson’s wicket triggered a collapse. The visitors lost 6 wickets for 40 runs in the final 10 overs thanks to some superb bowling from Bumrah and Mishra in the death overs. Going into the dressing room, India will be very happy with how they’ve finished with the ball.  advertisement#TeamIndia need 243 runs to win the 2nd ODI @Paytm #INDvNZ. Follow the game here – BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 201616.54 IST: Bumrah is Bang On!! An outstanding yorker from Bumrah castles Tim Southee, who falls for a duck. NZ 225/8 in 45.5 overs 16.48 IST: Brilliant Catch! Anton Devcich falls prey to a superb catch by Axar Patel at short fine leg. Jasprit Bumrah gets his first wicket of the match. Black Caps collapse continues. NZ 224/7 in 45.1 overs.Watch @akshar2026’s marvellous catch @Paytm ODI Trophy #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 201616.44 IST: Last 5 overs – 19 runs, 3 wickets. NZ 217/6 in 44 overs16.41 IST: WICKET!!Axar gets his first of the match as Luke Ronchi departs for 6. NZ 216/6 in 43.3 overs16.38 IST: Centurion departs! Kane Williamson holes out at long-off for 118, handing Amit Mishra his third wicket of the match. NZ 213/5in 43.3 overs.16.28 IST: WICKET!!Amit Mishra traps Corey Anderson plumb in front of off-stump. NZ 204/4 in 40.5 overs16.25 IST: 200 comes up for New Zealand in the 40th over. Their next target should be 300 from here on. NZ 202/3 in 40 overs.16.07 IST: Magnificent innings from the skipper!! Kane Williamson reaches his eighth ODI hundred in 109 balls. This is the first time a Kiwi batsman has reached triple figures on this tour. NZ 180/3 in 36 overs Century for Williamson #INDvNZ. Follow the game here – BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 201616.03 IST: Kane Williamson, who is batting on 98, has called for some medical assistance. NZ 176/3 in 35.1 overs.15.42 IST: WICKET!! Amit Mishra finally gets a wicket. Ross Taylor, in the quest for some quick runs, slog-sweeps a tossed up delivery but hits it straight to Rohit at deep mid-wicket. Taylor departs for 21 off 42 balls. NZ 158/3 in 31 overs. 15.29 IST: Close Chance! Ross Taylor survives a very close run out chance. NZ 143/2 in 27.4 ovs15.23 IST: India have managed to slip in a quiet few overs after the departure of Tom Latham. NZ 138/2 in 27 overs. 14.57 IST: WICKET! So it takes a part-timer to break a big stand. Jadhav traps Latham lbw as New Zealand slip to 120/2 in the 21st over. Latham and Williamson had orchestrated a strong fightback for the Black Caps after Umesh had removed Latham in the first over of the innings.14.47 IST: That’s 100 up for New Zealand and also a century-run stand between Latham and Williamson.Kane Williamson. (BCCI Photo)  14.44 IST: SIX! Latham positions himself well and early and puts it away. Gets low to this floated delivery and sweeps it over the deep backward square boundary for a maximum. Beautifully hit, that. Mishra gives away 9 runs. NZ 99/1 in 17 overs14.36 IST: FOUR! That’s 26th ODI fifty for Kane Williamson! He welcomes Amir Mishra with a boundary. NZ 85/1 in 15 oversadvertisement50 for Kane Williamson! The captain taking 56 balls to get there. Has got better & better as innings gone on. 85-1, 14.3 #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 20, 201614.35 IST: FOUR! Lovely shot by the southpaw. Fullish in length and angled across, Latham just crunches this through the cover region and sends it all the way. NZ  77/1in 14 overs14.33 IST: DROPPED! This one should have been taken though. Bumrah bowls it full and outside off, Williamson drives this one the up and ends up lobbing it towards mid off. Hardik Pandya is the man there and he runs to his left. Dives low and tries to take it but fails to keep a hold of it. Williamson is dropped on 47!14.31 IST: LBW APPEAL! But it’s turned down and rightly so. Good length delivery angling in sharply on leg, Williamson looks to flick it away but misses and is rapped on the pads. There’s a huge appeal for a leg before but the umpire isn’t interested as it was sliding down leg.14.29 IST: FOUR! He’s turning it up here. Showing his strengths as he plays the spinners brilliantly. It’s flatter around off, Williamson goes back and plays this very late. Cuts it past short third man and sends it all the way, beating the chasing fielder with ease. That’s a big over for NZ, 16 runs off it. NZ 71/1 in 13 overs14.27 IST: SIX! Wonderful from Kane Williamson, just oozes class every time he plays. Axar Patel tosses it up outside off, Williamson makes good use of his feet, gets to the pitch of the delivery and launches it over the wide long on fence for a biggie. Turning out to be big over!14.26 IST: FOUR! It’s poor from Axar Patel and Williamson is on to this in a flash. Rocks back quickly to this flat and short delivery and pulls it through the gap in the mid-wicket region for a boundary.14.18 IST: Fifty comes up for New Zealand and that’s a fifty-run stand between Latham and Guptill as well.14.15 IST: Latham and Williamson have stitched a steady stand after the loss of Guptill in the first over. The partnership has moved into 40s now.Tom Latham. (BCCI Photo)14.10 IST: Jasprit Bumrah is introduced into the attack!  14.00 IST: FOUR! NEAT! Fuller outside off, Latham gets in line and drives it nicely through extra covers for a boundary. That was sweetly timed. NZ 34/1 in 7 overs13.50 IST: This is how Umesh Yadav got rid of Martin Guptill with a beauty! BCCI Photo 13.44 IST: FOUR! Fuller on middle, Williamson gets across a touch and clips it nicely through mid-wicket for a boundary. Umesh was trying for the in-swinger but did not get it to swing this time. NZ 13/1 in 3 overs13.38 IST: FOUR! Latham gets his first runs via a boundary! That’s also 1000 ODI runs for him. Fuller outside off, Latham gets nicely forward and drives it through covers for a boundary. He gets off the mark in style. NZ 5/1 in 1 over. Hardik Pandya gets another go with the new ball.13.34 IST: OUT! That’s a beauty! Umesh castles Guptill for a duck! Angles it on a good length on middle and off, comes in with the angle, Guptill looks to defend from his crease but is beaten by the late movement away. Guptill’s horrible tour continues. New Zealand in early trouble. Perfect start for India here! NZ 0/1 in 0.2 overs. Kane Williamson walks in at No.3.13.30 IST: Guptill and Latham to open for the Black Caps, while Umesh Yadav will start the proceedings for India. Here we go! 13.26 IST: The players are heading out for the national anthems.MS Dhoni: We will bowl. They have reduced the grass so it may slow down. If there is no variable bounce, we will be happy. Dew will make it easier. NZ is a dangerous side. Important to respect the opposition. Have to start from scratch in the shorter formats. Would be much lesser in pace. Last game, the ball came on nicely. Bowlers will have to adapt to the length as this is a wicket with less bounce. Same team.Kane Williamson: Looks a dry surface, hope to make good use with the bat up front and get a competitive total. Short straight boundaries here so we will look to get the partnerships early. Have to adapt with the ball if the dew comes in. First things first, have to get to a good start. Openers, top order need to assess. Tough to say as it looks like a dry surface. 3 changes – Boult, Henry and Devcich come in. Bracewell, Neesham and Sodhi miss out.Teams:India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit BumrahNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Anton Devcich, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi(w), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent BoultPitch Report: The ball will come on to the bat. Similar to Dharamsala but will only turn more. And with the dew factor coming in, captains will want to bowl first. Dhoni did that in Dharamsala and nothing different is to be expected today from whoever wins the toss. The plan will be to restrict them under 250 and chase the target under the lights, reckon Simon Doull and Sunil Gavaskar. .@msdhoni wins the toss at Feroz Shah Kotla and elects to field first @Paytm ODI Trophy #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 20161:00 PM  MS Dhoni has won the toss once again as India opt to bowl at the Ferozeshah Kotla. India are unchanged while New Zealand have made three changes – Boult, Henry and Devcich come in12:43 PM  The second ODI couldn’t have been timed more better with Virender Sehwag celebrating his 38th birthday, and the cricketing journey starting right from this venue. 12:12 PM  The second one-dayer was earlier scheduled for Oct 19 but later BCCI moved it to next day considering ‘Karva Chauth’ festival can affect footfalls at the Kotla. After registering an easy win in the first match in Dharamsala, India would look to continue in the same vein, while New Zealand need to pull up their socks in all the departments.Preview: Brimming with confidence after a convincing victory in the first ODI, limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will eye another big win when favourites India take on New Zealand in the second match of the five-match series at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium.With the conditions at the Ferozshah Kotla favouring the spinners, the hosts will bank on their last ODI performance where Kedar Jadhav and experienced legspinner Amit Mishra, who ran through the Kiwi’s middle and lower order.It is also expected that Dhoni will not make any changes to the playing eleven as each player seemed like complementing each other in the last match. While, Suresh Raina will miss the match as the southpaw is still recovering from a bout of viral fever.In the batting department, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey and Dhoni had decent starts in the last game and are expected to score big runs in the second game. (India haven’t lost an ODI at the Kotla in 11 years)The bowling department has settled down into a nice rhythm as pacers and spinners chipped in with vital breakthroughs when needed.Sent into bat in the last ODI, New Zealand would have been disappointed to be bowled out with 37 balls still remaining in their innings, so skipper Kane Williamson will likely make some changes in the top order.Apart from Tom Latham, batsmen Martin Guptil, Ross Taylor and Williamson looked clueless against the Indian bowlers and will have to come good if they want to match India. (Anil Kumble backs Hardik Pandya to continue good form)In the bowling department, pacer Trent Boult may be included in the squad to support Tim Southee to trouble the Indian batting line-up. Spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi had also found it hard to bowl on the flat Dharamsala track. But on the Kotla wicket both spinners will like to make their case stronger as conditions there will favour spinners.last_img read more

Google brings Daydream View to India for Rs 6,499

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 12 (PTI) Tech giant Google has launched its Daydream View in the Indian market for Rs 6,499 as it attempts to cash in on the nascent, but growing virtual reality market in the country.The VR headset, which competes with the likes of Samsungs Gear VR and HTCs premium offering Vive, will allow users experience sports and live events in full 360-degree panoramic view.Googles Daydream View headset and controller will go on sale on e-commerce platform, Flipkart. The device was launched in markets like the US, the UK and Australia in November last year.”Swim with a pod of dolphins, stand at the edge of a volcano and even visit Pluto with Daydream View. Users can teleport from virtually anywhere to pretty much everywhere. Our aim is to make the VR experience mobile so that customers can easily carry it anywhere with them,” Google Vice President Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Clay Bavor said.He added that Google is working with developers, smartphone companies, and content creators to make VR accessible to all.Daydream View, however, works with Googles Pixel, Pixel XL and Moto Z currently and will soon be available for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.Daydream-ready phones are built with high-resolution displays, powerful mobile processors and high-fidelity sensors?all tuned to support great VR experiences, Google said.Daydreams controller is packed with sensors that respond precisely to a users movement and gestures, letting them interact with the virtual world the same way they would in the real world around them.advertisementSome apps and games on Daydream include NYT VR, Guardian VR, The Turning Forest, Netflix VR, Google Play Movies, Within, Fantastic Beasts, The Arcslinger, Need for Speed No Limits VR, LEGO BrickHeadz Builder VR. PTI SR SBTlast_img read more

Blue Jays Batter Royals, 11-8

first_imgTORONTO — Back in the homer dome with their rowdy fans, Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays quickly got into the swing of the AL Championship Series.Tulowitzki and Donaldson both connected in a six-run third inning Oct. 18, and the Blue Jays roughed up Johnny Cueto for an 11-8 victory over the Royals that cut Kansas City’s series lead to 2-1.“I feel like we’ve played better at home and I felt like the entire night we had great at-bats,” Donaldson said. “Not just good at-bats, great at-bats.”Ryan Goins also homered and had a two-run single, one game after his misplayed pop fly set off Kansas City’s winning rally Oct. 18.The resilient Royals tried to come back this time, too. Kendrys Morales capped a four-run surge with a two-run homer in the ninth before Roberto Osuna closed it out.“We’re just going to keep fighting,” Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon said. “We’ve got a lot of competitors on this team and that’s what you see.”Even with a big lead, Tulowitzki lost his cool. He was given a rare playoff ejection for arguing balls and strikes before the top of the eighth.Tulowitzki, who struck out looking in the seventh, was restrained by teammates as he argued with plate umpire John Hirschbeck when the Blue Jays took the field. Toronto manager John Gibbons and bench coach DeMarlo Hale also came out to break it up.Despite being outhit 15-11 by the pesky Royals, Toronto pounced on Kansas City pitching in the first ALCS game at Toronto since 1993. The Blue Jays scored their most runs ever at home in the postseason — after mustering just three in two games at Kansas City.“You could not tell in the clubhouse if we’re down 0-2 or up 2-0,” winning pitcher Marcus Stroman said. “What we have is extremely special. The confidence that everybody has with everybody is amazing.”Seemingly not distracted by the contentious federal elections being held in Canada on Monday, 49,751 fans serenaded Cueto with a sing-song “Cueto-Cueto!” chant from the game’s first pitch and never quieted down.The Royals took a quick lead when Alcides Escobar opened the game with a triple and scored on Ben Zobrist’s grounder. But that was the only advantage Kanas City held in having its nine-game ALCS winning streak snapped. The string dated to the 1985 series against Toronto.Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar quashed the early rally with a fantastic, over-the-shoulder catch that sent him crashing into the wall.After an easy first, Cueto appeared flustered by the crowd. Eleven of his remaining 13 batters reached and at one point in the third inning he threw his hands up in frustration after gesturing for a new cycle of signs from catcher Salvador Perez.Goins singled in two runs in the second after Tulowitzki singled with one out and Russell Martin was hit by a pitch that knocked off his left elbow guard. Goins pulled into second on the throw home and shouted and pumped his arms.“There’s no need to put any extra pressure on yourself,” Goins said when asked if he was looking for redemption. “Just come out and do what I’ve been doing all season — whatever I can do to help this team win is what I’m going to do.”David Price, the losing pitcher in Game 2, led the cheering from the top step of the dugout.When Goins scored on Donaldson’s hit, he was greeted first by the enthusiastic Stroman.“He’s been carrying that load around a little bit,” Gibbons said of Goins. “But he stepped up, really got us on the board with that great at-bat, picking up those two runs, base hit to left and then, of course, the home run.”Nursing a sore shoulder that sidelined him in September, Tulowitzki entered in a 4-for-29 postseason slump. But he connected for the Blue Jays’ first ALCS homer after Edwin Encarnacion singled and Chris Colabello walked to start the third.“Battling with the shoulder at times, but trying to gut it out,” Tulowitzki said.Cueto was coming off a dominant, eight-inning performance in Game 5 of the ALDS, retiring his last 19 batters. But after giving up Pillar’s RBI double in the third, he was done.The dreadlocked Dominican gave up six hits and eight runs in two-plus innings. He walked four and hit a batter with a pitch.As fans sang Cueto off the field, he smiled and tossed his gum near the Royals dugout.“That’s just part of my DNA. That’s what comes out, but there wasn’t any laughing about it,” he said through a translator.Donaldson connected for a 9-2 lead two batters after Kris Medlen entered. Goins homered off Medlen in the fifth as Toronto matched its postseason best with three homers in a game. The Blue Jays also hit three against Texas in Game 4 of the ALDS.Stroman gave up four runs and 11 hits in 6 1-3 innings. The 24-year-old returned from a torn knee ligament in March to go 4-0 down the stretch and get the win in Game 5 of the ALDS.Blue Jays fans were confident enough with a 10-4 lead to sing “Happy Birthday” to Jose Bautista when he came to bat in the sixth. Bautista drove in a run in the eighth.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Afghan president orders probe into abuse of female athletes

first_imgKabul, Dec 4 (AP) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday ordered an investigation after the Guardian reported that members of the national women’s soccer team were sexually and physically abused by men from the country’s football federation.The report in the British newspaper on Friday cited senior figures associated with the team as saying the abuse took place at the federation’s headquarters in Kabul and at a training camp in Jordan last February.The Guardian also cited Khalida Popal, a former head of women’s soccer in the Afghanistan Football Federation who was forced to flee the country in 2016 and seek asylum in Denmark, as saying that her own investigation uncovered physical and sexual abuse, death threats and rape.Ghani described the report as “shocking to all Afghans,” the presidential palace said. On Monday night, he met with officials from the Afghan National Olympic Committee, sportsmen and sportswomen, and pledged authorities would “conduct a thorough investigation into this.” Attorney General Farid Hamedi promised a transparent probe.”I would like to assert in front of our athletes, the president and people of Afghanistan that we will proceed with this investigation transparently, justly and comprehensively,” said Hamedi.Sayed Alireza Aqazada, AFF’s secretary-general, denied the allegations in the Guardian report, saying they were “all baseless and untrue.” Hafizullah Wali Rahimi, president of Afghanistan’s Olympic Committee, told local media that such allegations were not new and that there had been similar complaints in the past.”Even if mere allegations (of abuse) cause our people to stop sending their sons and daughters to sports, we need to act immediately,” said Ghani. “We have to have a framework in place to mitigate such incidents in our sports.”advertisement Danish sportswear brand Hummel cancelled its sponsorship of the Afghan team last month, calling for new leadership of the soccer federation. It said the decision was made after “allegations of severe mental, physical and sexual abuse as well as documentation of new contracts stripping female players of basic human rights was presented to the company.”(AP) AMSAMSlast_img read more

Koi nahi bolta Bhai team mein aaja: Rishabh Pant claims he has earned his India spot

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 8, 2019UPDATED: September 8, 2019 13:03 IST Pant responded to his doubters by saying that he has earned his place in the Indian team (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant is currently the No. 1 choice for wicketkeeping in the Indian Test teamPant was called to the Indian one-day side during the World Cup as an injury replacementPant said that he is trying to learn from mentor MS Dhoni while playing to the best of his abilityYoung Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has responded to criticism regarding his limited-overs batting by saying that he has earned his spot in the national team rather than someone gifting it to him on a platter.In a recent interview with Bombay Times, Pant talked about comparisons with the legendary MS Dhoni, his experience of playing the World Cup 2019 and the famous ‘babysitter’ banter with Australian Test captain Tim Paine.”I do think about the comparison with Dhoni sometimes, but it’s too difficult. If I am learning from him, I can’t possibly think that I can be in his league overnight. I am just trying to learn from him. I consider him my mentor. He has taught me so many things be it how to work on my batting or mindset before I go to bat, and most importantly, keeping calm in pressure situations.”At 21, if I start thinking that I have to fill Dhoni’s shoes, it will get very difficult for me. I just try to keep it simple. I want to play the game to the best of my ability and learn from everyone around me, especially my seniors,” Pant said in the interview.After making his debut with the Indian T20I side in 2017, Pant has become the 1st choice wicketkeeper in Tests for the team, having scored hundreds in England and Australia. However, after being called to the Indian ODI team during the World Cup, Pant has been criticized for not having played the kind of match-defining innings which many expected from him.advertisementPant responded to his doubters by saying that he has earned his place in the team and ‘nobody has gifted that’ to him.”It’s good for a player to get an early break. Besides, I am not getting anything for free. I have worked hard and earned my place in the Indian cricket team. Nobody has gifted that to me.”Koi nahi bolta ke, Bhai team mein aaja’. Aisa nahi hota hai. If you don’t perform well, you won’t be selected. It’s as simple as that. Everyone has to justify their spot in the team,” said Pant.The 21-year-old also said that he hadn’t expected to make it into the World Cup side ‘as a wild-card entry’ after initially being ignored when the 15-member squad was announced in April 2019.”I didn’t expect to make it to the WC as a wild-card entry. I had hoped that I would make it to the final 15. I had worked for it. It was a dream come true to play the WC, but no, I never thought the opportunity would come like this. I was happy. I remember I was in my hometown Roorkee when I got a call from the BCCI saying, Just be ready. You may have to come to the UK, so be in Delhi’. I told them that I am in Delhi already (smiles!). I had an intuition that I will get that call,” said Pant.Pant made headlines earlier this year when he got involved in a friendly but hilarious banter with Australian Test captain Tim Paine, with the latter cheekily trying to recruit him as a ‘babysitter’. Pant said that it was all in good humour as was evident when the left-hander posed for photos with Paine’s family later during the tour.”I was laughing at it. I have no clue how he thought of calling me that. It was fun. When I met his family, his mother wanted a photo with me. His wife was standing around with their two kids. She asked me if she could also take a picture with me.”I actually held one of the kids for the photograph, saying I can be their babysitter. She posted it on Instagram and it went viral. It was friendly banter. Also, whatever happens on the field stays on the field. I don’t take it home or hold grudges.”I love the banter actually. I won’t ever start anything (sledging) first, but if someone pushes my limit, I have to give it back. I can’t just listen to anyone and keep quiet,” Pant signed off by saying.Also Read | MS Dhoni should be playing more often if he is in scheme of things for T20 World Cup 2020: Anil KumbleAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik apologises to BCCI, CoA for watching CPL match from Trinbago dressing roomFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow MS DhoniFollow Tim PaineFollow Team India Koi nahi bolta Bhai team mein aaja: Rishabh Pant claims he has earned his India spotRishabh Pant, who hasn’t quite lived up to the expectations during his short stint in India’s white-ball career, claims that he has rightfully earned his spot and is trying to learn and improve upon his skills with every game.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

OOCL Orders Big

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-based carrier Orient Overseas International Limited (OOCL) has ordered construction of six 20,000 TEU containerships at Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.The deal will usher in OOCL into the elite club of owners of the biggest box ships in the world.The order is worth a total of approximately USD 951.6 million, with USD 158.6 million assigned for each vessel.The company  said it was arranging bank financing for the vessels and expects that finance for about 70% of the purchase price of each vessel will be finalised in the near future with the balance of the purchase price to be funded from internal resources. Should it fail to arrange bank finance, OOCL said that the full purchase price of each vessel would come from internal resources.The vessels are expected to be delivered in 2017.” It is the view of the directors that ownership of the vessels will improve both the operating efficiency and profitability of the group,” OOCL said in a filing to Hong Kong Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Dépôt dun rapport spécial du vérificateur général

first_img Pour diffusion : Le vérificateur général, Jacques Lapointe, a déposé aujourd’hui (11 juin) son rapport spécial sur la catégorie économique du Programme des candidats de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le rapport contient les résultats de l’audit de certains aspects de la catégorie économique du Programme de candidats de la Nouvelle-Écosse effectué par le vérificateur général. Monsieur Lapointe a déclaré que le rapport faisait état de lacunes considérables dans la conception, l’implantation et l’administration du programme. Le rapport complet est sur le site Web du vérificateur général à w-w-w point gov point ns point c-a barre oblique a-u-d- g . -30- Le vérificateur général, Jacques Lapointe, a déposé aujourd’hui, 11 juin, son rapport spécial sur l’audit de la catégorie économique du Programme des candidats de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le rapport contient les résultats de la première étape de la vérification de certains aspects de la catégorie économique du programme d’immigration de la province effectuée par le vérificateur général. Monsieur Lapointe a déclaré que le rapport faisait état de lacunes considérables dans la conception, l’implantation et l’administration du programme. « Bien qu’une grande partie de la conception et de l’administration du programme ait été confiée au secteur privé à contrat, le contrat avec le fournisseur était inadéquat, a déclaré M. Lapointe. Il ne faisait pas mention de pratiques commerciales loyales et ne prévoyait pas une surveillance appropriée par le gouvernement. « L’objectif du programme de fournir aux candidats un poste avec mentorat n’a pas été atteint. Moins de 50 p. 100 des candidats ont bénéficié de mentorat, et la plupart des entreprises marraines étudiées dans le cadre de l’audit ne répondaient pas aux critères minimums. » Le rapport complet se trouve sur le site Web du vérificateur général à . On peut en obtenir une copie en s’adressant au Bureau du vérificateur général au 902-424-5907 ou par courriel à .last_img read more

Excustoms agent sentenced to 11 years in Quebec for role in cocaine

first_imgSAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, – A former customs agent has been given an 11-year prison term for turning a blind eye to the importation of 182 kilograms of cocaine into Canada.A Quebec judge sentenced Stefanie McClelland in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on Tuesday after a jury convicted the mother of four last month.The Crown was seeking a 15-year prison term, while the defence suggested five years.In December 2014, McClelland allowed a vehicle carrying unconcealed bags of cocaine to enter Canada at the Lacolle border crossing.She testified she was distracted at the time.Testimony revealed McClelland had sent a text message to the alleged head of a drug-trafficking ring to tell him she was at the Nexus entry point. The drug-laden vehicle arrived just minutes later and sailed through in a matter of seconds without its occupants having their passports checked.(Radio-Canada)last_img read more

Kids not getting enough exercise spend too much time with screens new

first_imgNew data shows most Canadian children and youth are still not getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity.Two studies from Statistics Canada reveal they are also spending more time in front of digital screens than experts like.The federal agency released the findings Wednesday, drawn from the Canadian Health Measures Survey.The first study concludes that fewer than 20 per cent of Canadian children and youth meet all three targets for sleep, sedentary behaviour and physical activity.The majority are getting enough sleep but half are too sedentary and only about a third get enough physical activity.It’s recommended that kids and youth get 60 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and spend no more than two hours a day with digital screens.A second study shows virtually no change from 2007 to 2015 in average daily minutes of physical activity.It also found that boys tended to be more active than girls, and that six- to 11-year-olds accumulated more physical activity than 12- to 17-year-olds.last_img read more

Nunavut reaches settlement with Ottawa on 1 billion lawsuit

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National News IQALUIT–A $1 billion lawsuit between the Inuit of Nunavut and the federal government has been settled out of court.The lawsuit has been in court for 10 years.Nunavut Tunngavik (NTI) is the land claims organization that protects the Nunavut Land Claim which is the document that gave birth to Nunavut and settled Aboriginal title for the Inuit of Nunavut.NTI launched the lawsuit arguing Ottawa never lived up to the promises in the agreement and they needed $1 billion to provide the services promised.Much of their argument relies on the 2006 Berger Report, where retired justice Thomas Berger focused on education, and the lack of support for Inuktitut instruction in Nunavut.The tentative detail was announced from the bench at the Nunavut Court of Justice.Throughout the 10 year process the court had grown frustrated and accused Ottawa of dragging its heels when they were supposed to provide NTI’s lawyers with documents they requested.“Canada has only produced 613 documents because (Justice Canada) did not consider other potential privileges when vetting the documents,” said Justice Earl Johnson. “The rational for the claim of privilege has not been provided…to this date.”The Government of Nunavut is also a part of the lawsuit due to the role they play in putting the land claim agreement into action.They’ve argued that they shouldn’t be held to account, because the agreement was negotiated before the Nunavut government began to exist on April 1, 1999.Both Ottawa and NTI have declined comment until the tentative deal is reviewed and approved by both sides.The judge set April 22 as a reserve date if both sides haven’t approved the deal by read more

Federal government announces new funding for onreserve child healthcare

first_imgAPTN National NewsFirst Nations children requiring medical treatment on-reserve may get the support they need after the federal government announced late Tuesday it had earmarked nearly $400 million to support what’s known as Jordan’s Principle.Health Minister Jane Philpott said the federal government will spend $382 million on a new way to implement Jordan’s Principle that she says will enhance service co-ordination and ensure service access resolution so that children’s needs are assessed and responded to quickly.Jordan’s Principle holds that no First Nations child should suffer denials, delays or disruptions of health services available to other children due to jurisdictional disputes.In the past, provinces and the federal government couldn’t agree who should pay.Jordan Anderson was a Cree boy from Norway House, Man., who died in hospital in 2005 after such disagreements kept him from spending his last years in home care.“This approach will put the needs of children first and ensure that First Nations children living on-reserve receive the health and social services they need in a timely manner,” Philpott said.The money will allow First Nations organizations to hire a regional service co-ordinator to assess needs, facilitate early intervention, develop integrated care plans and connect the child and family to needed services, she said.The announcement came a day before the federal government was required to update the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on how it was going to fund on-reserve child welfare, including Jordan’s Principle.The tribunal previously ruled Canada discriminates against First Nations children.With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Russian hackers use Brexit in phishing email experts warn

first_imgLONDON — Cybersecurity experts at consulting firm Accenture are warning that Russian hackers are using public interest in Brexit as a lure in their latest phishing emails.The company’s security division issued an advisory Thursday about a Brexit-themed document intended to deliver malware to targets.Accenture said the Microsoft Word file started circulating the same day this month that the British government agreed on a draft of its agreement to leave the European Union.The document had Brexit in its file name but contained only garbled text used to trick users into activating a macro command to load malicious content.Accenture said it appears the cyberattackers were Russian based on software used in previous hacking attempts. It added that they often use news headlines to trick victims.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Mindtree board to discuss proposed buyback offer

first_imgBengaluru: Leading IT services firm Mindtree’s board of directors will meet on Wednesday to discuss the company’s proposed buyback, in the backdrop of diversified conglomerate Larsen and Toubro Ltd’s (L&T) bid to take over. “The proposed buyback will be discussed by the board on Wednesday. Our plan for buyback will be based on the evaluation. The method and price for the buyback will be decided…,” the city-based company’s Chief Executive Rostow Ravanan told the media on Tuesday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The L&T on Monday bought 20.4 per cent stake from Cafe Coffee Day founder V.G. Siddhartha for about Rs 3,300-crore, in a bid to take over the IT services firm. The company had said it would also buy additional stake in Mindtree through an open offer. “The independent directors will look into whether to support the open offer or not, because as per law they have to make a recommendation to shareholders whether to participate or not,” Ravanan said. The independent directors would set up a committee to evaluate the open offer, Mindtree said. Alleging a “hostile” takeover attempt by L&T, the Bengaluru-based company has maintained that it continues to have the support of its investors and stakeholders in opposing the takeover. “All our large shareholders have given us their support through this journey,” Ravanan added.last_img read more

Muppets go to school in Kosovo in UNbacked effort to bridge ethnic

2 October 2007The Muppets are going to school in Kosovo in a new project to teach tolerance to children in the Albanian-majority Serb province, which the United Nations has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind the province’s Albanian and Serbian versions – Rruga Sesam and Ulica Sezam respectively – of the famed children’s television programme Sesame Street, have launched a series of story and picture books with Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and the rest of the crew bringing a message of diversity and understanding.Distribution began on Friday with children, parents and teachers in Pristina and Mitrovica kindergarten classrooms. The TV programme has already been on the air for some time, adapting its content to local needs.“In a region rich with diversity, but challenged by conflict, our mission is to reach as many children as possible with meaningful content,” Albanian Content Director for Rruga Sesam Anita Pasha said of the new initiative. “Like the Rruga Sesam television series, the outreach materials are designed to better prepare them for school and encourage them to develop a lifelong love of learning.”Serbian Content Director Jelena Ravnjak was equally enthusiastic. “Since Ulica Sezam debuted in Kosovo, teachers in Serbian regions have shared with us their need for relevant materials that present sensitive social-emotional lessons.“The beauty of the Muppet characters resides in the fact that they’re multi-coloured, tall and short, wide and skinny, furry and feathered, and incredibly different from one another, yet all the same – learning to live and laugh together. We are thrilled to extend their reach from the television directly into the classrooms and homes.”Sesame Workshop and UNICEF were joined by UNICEF’s Head of Office Robert Fuderich as well as local celebrities at the launch.In Pristina, actress and UNICEF local Good Will Ambassador Yllka Gashi took part at the Albanian-language Gëzimi Ynë Kindergarten, while actress Zorica Jovanovic joined children and caregivers at the Serbian-language Danica Jaramaz Kindergarten in Mitrovica, each reading the new story book Dita Ime e Parë në Shkollë/Moj Prvi Dan u Skoli, or My First Day of School, to children in their respective classrooms. All materials will be disseminated free of charge to preschools, family healthcare centres, women’s literacy centres in conjunction with women’s non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based early childhood education centres and parent/teacher organizations. The materials include 30,000 storybooks and 30,000 picture books in Albanian, 5,000 of each in Serbian Cyrillic letters and 3,000 apiece in Serbian Latin letters. read more

UN expert urges governments to ensure free flow of information on Internet

“Governments are using increasingly sophisticated technologies and tactics which are often hidden from the public to censor online content and to monitor and identify individuals who disseminate critical or sensitive information,” says Frank La Rue, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression.In his annual report to the General Assembly, which he will present later today, Mr. La Rue states that these actions by governments frequently lead to arbitrary arrests and detention.“In recent months, we have seen a growing movement of people around the world who are advocating for change – for justice, equality, accountability of the powerful and better respect for human rights,” he noted, “and the Internet has often played a key role in such movements by enabling people to connect and exchange information instantly and by creating a sense of solidarity.”Mr. La Rue noted that the potential of the Internet as a catalyst for change has also generated fear among those who prefer to maintain the status quo. However, in his view, such fear of change cannot justify monitoring, censoring, or blocking access to the Internet.In his report, the Special Rapporteur outlines four types of “exceptional” expression which States are required to prohibit and criminalize under international law. These are child pornography; incitement to commit genocide; incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence; and incitement to terrorism.He recommends that States refrain from criminalizing all other forms of expression, and also outlines the safeguards which must be in place to prevent censorship of content under the guise of seemingly legitimate goals.Noting that three-quarters of the world still lack access to the Internet, Mr. La Rue also stresses the need for States to renew their efforts to make this medium widely available, accessible and affordable to all.States must also ensure that everyone, including persons with disabilities, can fully participate in the information society, he added. For example, while 81 per cent of the total United States population has access to the Internet, the figure is only 4 per cent among people with disabilities.Mr. La Rue, a national of Guatemala, has served as the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression since 2008. He reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in an independent and unpaid capacity. 21 October 2011An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged Governments to ensure that the Internet is made widely available, accessible and affordable to all, and to guarantee the free flow of information online. read more

Rogers breaking CRTC rules with exclusive features in NHL sports app says

TORONTO – Two of Canada’s largest sports broadcasters are scrambling to score points with hockey fans through a regulatory battle over whether certain NHL game content can be offered exclusively to Rogers customers.Bell TV says that the GamePlus mobile app should be made available for free to all NHL GameCentre Live subscribers, not just those who are customers of Rogers Communications.Consumers who are not Rogers customers will be harmed as a result of being blocked from accessing this content“Consumers who are not Rogers customers will be harmed as a result of being blocked from accessing this content,” Bell TV argues in a filing to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.BCE’s Bell, owner of the TSN and RDS sports channels and other businesses that compete with Rogers, says that CRTC rules prohibit its Toronto-based rival from giving its own customers preferential access to the GamePlus mobile app.Rogers has until Nov. 20 to respond formally to the complaint but it said in an emailed statement that the company believes the app is covered by an exemption for digital media broadcasting.“It’s a shame that Bell is trying to stop innovation in hockey,” the Rogers statement says.“We have made significant investments in innovations to bring Canadians an enhanced experience and judging by the thousands of fans that are logging in every game night it is working.”Rogers says conventional television broadcasts the exact same program to a mass audience and every person sees the same content, presented the same way, but that’s not the case with this digital product.Rogers claims victory after opening weekend of NHL hockey nets almost 10 million viewers“With GamePlus, each fan has a unique experience since they can choose the camera angles and the replays they want to watch. These user enabled camera angles were designed primarily for the Internet — we wouldn’t have developed them solely for broadcast use.”Bell counters in its filing, dated Oct. 14 but released this week by the CRTC after removing some portions that contain competitive information, that the digital content is “inextricably linked” to the TV programming and that Rogers only has it because of the people and equipment used for television broadcasts.It alleges that Rogers is trying to use a “loophole” in the exemption to undermine the regulator’s intent.“This loophole, if endorsed by the commission, will of course be aggressively exploited by all stakeholders,” Bell says in its eight-page complaint.Bell adds that the onus is on Rogers to demonstrate that “subscribers to other mobile and Internet providers are not being subjected to an undue disadvantage when access to the GamePlus content is blocked for them even if they pay $199 to access GameCentre.”Bell says that the GamePlus application will be, in practical terms, exclusively available to Rogers mobile and home Internet customers although it acknowledges the possibility that people with a rival wireless or Internet provider could get the app if they have a Rogers cable or home phone service.“It does break CRTC rules because these kinds of features are already available on broadcast TV, but hockey fans just aren’t happy about being denied access after paying full price,” Bell spokesman Mark Langton said in an email Wednesday.“In Canada, hockey isn’t something one company can really restrict as it pleases, it’s not something TSN or (its French version) RDS do with their hockey broadcasts and mobile products. Hockey lovers who’ve paid full price for a hockey service should be able to access all of its features, simple as that.”Once Rogers responds formally to the complaint, Bell will have a chance to make another written submission before the CRTC makes a decision. read more

WHO backs production in Tanzania of indigenous medicine to cure malaria

Artemisia annua – a medicinal plant of Chinese origin – flourishes in Tanzania where it is grown in the southern and northern highlands. WHO said the raw plant is exported to Europe for processing into anti-malarial medicines, which are then imported by African countries and sold at a cost far beyond the means of those in need. “We are certainly excited by the prospects (for commercial production and marketing in Africa) of this medicine because it will be more affordable to those who need it the most,” WHO Regional Director Ebrahim Samba said of the agency’s efforts to help fight the disease that kills a million people worldwide every year, 90 per cent of them in Africa.Local production of the medicine could mean a drop from the current $6 to $7 per dose to a more affordable $2 per dose, saving the many lives lost to malaria. WHO said that most of those killed are children – one African child out of every five succumbs to the illness before the age of five. WHO’s provision of process technology for local production in Tanzania will help prevent such tragic loses. “We will also provide the country with pure arteminisinin (the active medicine in the medicinal plant) and dihydro-artemisinin to serve as reference substances so as to guarantee the quality of local production,” Dr. Samba said, elaborating on the nature of assistance the agency will be giving. He added that the agency would also assist with the necessary monitoring, “to ensure the development of the requisite process technology locally.”Experts from the WHO regional office, after a recent field visit to Tanzania, concluded that the production of the medicine locally was a viable option, particularly given the fact that the indigenous variety of Artemisia annua was 10 to 15 times more potent than the varieties found in China and Thailand.To support WHO’s efforts, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will provide $6.5 million over five years to the agency to facilitate the strengthening of traditional health systems for malaria control and prevention in Africa. read more

New public policies omit knowledge gained from gender studies UN research group

The answer may depend on how progress is measured. A new report from the Geneva-based UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) says despite women’s recent advances, socially and politically men and women still live in parallel universes.According to UNRISD Director Thandika Mkandawire, many policy debates on structural adjustment, economic liberalization, democratization and ethnic conflicts are not systematically integrating the new knowledge being generated in gender studies and women’s studies.”On one side there are policies being made, but on the other the policy makers are not drawing adequately on what is known from research on gender,” he said at a press briefing earlier this week during the two-week UN review of progress towards gender equality since the 1995 Beijing women’s conference.The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) call for the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, the provision of universal primary education, the promotion of gender equality, the improvement of maternal and child health, combating such diseases as HIV/AIDS and malaria, ensuring a sustainable environment and developing a global partnership for development.The UN Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has said, however, that “many women’s human rights advocates have noted that gender equality, as a cross-cutting concern for the achievement of all the MDGs, is not well-reflected in the global targets and indicators.”The UNRISD report, “Gender Equality: Striving for Justice in an Unequal World,” says macroeconomic aggregates, such as gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, for instance, do not take into account unpaid labour, which is largely undertaken by women. In any case, it says, money is a limited measure of well-being.It advocates putting gender equality at the core of efforts to reorient the development agenda. To meet some of the key contemporary challenges – economic growth and structural transformation, equality and social protection and democratization – this ordering of priorities is essential, it says.Joining Mr. Mkandawire at the briefing was UNRISD researcher Shahra Razavi, who said her team believes that the Beijing Platform for Action offers more in its goals and is a more comprehensive agenda for development that the MDGs.The trend towards rallying around the MDGs diminishes both expectations and standards by diluting Beijing’s goals, she said.Through new laws, many countries recognize women’s rights in divorce, child custody, domestic violence and reproductive rights, but “gains made in women’s rights remain as fragile as the democratic institutions and procedures that should give them legitimacy and protection,” the 70-member UNRISD team said in a release about the 336-page report.Conservative forces and coalitions still challenge international human rights norms, related agendas are being weakened by terrorism, militarism and war, while de-centralization has sometimes undermined the political advancement of women, it said.”What counts as progress is often a contested field in which there are competing visions of ‘the good society’ and of women’s place within it,” UNRISD said.”The concept of progress has itself undergone revision and qualification, along with the realization that the complex process of social change does not follow a uniform path and offers few guaranteed outcomes. Social and economic development may not always enlarge the realm of human freedom, nor is the idea of ‘development’ always, or simply, associated with one version of modernity,” it added. read more

Canadas RD subsidies are too rich require review University of Calgary study

Canada’s R&D subsidies are too rich, require review: University of Calgary study by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 27, 2014 9:13 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Canada needs to rethink its approach to research and development subsidies, according to a new paper by the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.The study, issued Thursday, argues that tax breaks for R&D performed by small firms are high by international standards and that it’s likely the cost to taxpayers outweighs the benefit.While it can be common for governments to boast about how generous they are when it comes to R&D, co-author John Lester questions whether that’s something to be proud of without qualification.“It shouldn’t be cause for celebration, it should be cause for reflection,” he said in an interview.“We’ve put in a lot of money for R&D and if it’s not money well spent, it’s billions and billions of dollars lost a year. You have to be careful about the (subsidy) level that you offer . . . and then how you deliver it.”Through the tax system, federal and provincial governments together pick up nearly 41 per cent of the R&D tab for small Canadian firms, many of which are eligible for additional perks that have nothing to do with taxes, Lester said.The paper looked at R&D subsidies in 36 countries and found Canada ranked third highest for small firms, behind just Chile and France.The paper’s authors say when subsidies hit 25 per cent, it’s time to examine whether they’re worth it.“The purpose of subsidizing businesses and R&D in particular is to make Canadians generally better off and that the test is whether the benefits to the overall economy exceed the costs,” Lester said.“They don’t always and you can easily do too much.”Enriching the companies themselves shouldn’t be the goal, he said.The best policy is to have a uniform R&D rate for all businesses, regardless of age or size, the paper says. However, the authors concede taxpayers would likely get more bang for their buck with subsidies targeting young firms that would tend to be more innovative and have a steeper growth trajectory than their more established counterparts.The study also urges policy-makers to ensure those receiving the subsidies actually get the benefit at whatever level is deemed appropriate.For instance, a small firm with little taxable income may not get much out of a tax credit unless it’s refundable.For larger multinational firms, Lester said a non-refundable tax credit should provide incentive for them to book income in Canada as opposed to another jurisdiction. And the value of perks that aren’t used at the same time they’re earned should be adjusted to reflect current worth. read more

Earthquake in Haiti prompts fundraising effort

John KaethlerA fundraising drive is underway for relief efforts in Haiti.Various University groups will meet Friday morning to discuss the best ways to raise money for the Canadian Red Cross, which is supporting emergency work in Haiti. The impoverished Caribbean country was devastated by a deadly earthquake Tuesday. The death toll is estimated to be at least 100,000 people.International Services is spearheading Brock fundraising efforts. The Brock community raised $25,000 for Red Cross Indian Ocean tsunami relief efforts in 2005. John Kaethler, director of International Services, hopes this drive inspires a similar outpouring.“It’s a human disaster there, so it’s something all of us are interested in helping with,” Kaethler said.There will be fundraising over the next month, although much of it is still in the planning stages. Kaethler foresees posters and coin boxes, and a way to involve the greater community. A web portal for Brock donations has been established through the Red Cross.“Because Haiti is in the western hemisphere, it is our brother and sister. I’m hoping people will be generous in a time of fiscal restraint,” he said.There are currently no Haitian international students at Brock, although there have been several in the past, Kaethler said.The Canadian government announced Thursday that it will match citizen donations to the relief effort. That means any money Brock raises will be doubled.Stay tuned to The Brock News for updates on fundraising activities.Related links:CBC News – Disaster in HaitiRed Cross responds to devastating earthquake in Haiti read more