ICC hearing: Shashank Manohar marks end of Dispute Resolution Forum with ‘strong’ deposition

first_imgShashank Manohar, the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman, made a strong deposition as India’s witness and it marked the end of the three-day Dispute Resolution Forum hearing into Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) compensation claims.It is learnt that the three-member committee has kept its orders reserved as there have only been oral submissions from both parties.”Now there will be written submissions and after that the panel will write the order,” a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.PCB has claimed INR 447 crore compensation following allegations that the BCCI didn’t honour a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that required India to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.”We are very happy how the cross examinations went. Today Manohar’s deposition was very strong. He deposed as India’s witness not as ICC chairman. Even all the other witnesses also put up a strong case,” the official said.Former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid was Tuesday cross-examined, during which he justified India’s refusal to play bilateral cricket with Pakistan.Khurshid, who was the external affairs minister during the UPA-II government which finished its term in 2014, was presented by the BCCI as one of its prime defence witnesses on the second day of the hearing that began Monday.Manohar, himself a lawyer, was the BCCI president when erstwhile PCB chairman Shahryar Khan had visited India to meet him in order to convince the BCCI for a bilateral series at neutral venues.”Manohar is very well versed how the e-mail signed by Sanjay Patel is not binding. He is well aware about contractual obligations in bipartite agreements,” the official said.advertisementIndia and Pakistan last played a bilateral series in 2012-13 when the 1992 world champions toured India for three ODIs and as two Twenty20 Internationals.The two arch-rivals play only in multi-nation tournaments organised by ICC and most recently played two matches at the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Cop buys shirt tie for alleged thief who was taking them for

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto police officer who purchased a shirt and tie for an alleged shoplifter after learning the young man needed the clothing items for an upcoming job interview said Tuesday that he wanted to show kindness to someone who had fallen on hard times.Const. Niran Jeyanesan said he wasn’t rewarding the behaviour of a hardened criminal when he made the purchase, but rather using his discretion as an officer in deciding that this case merited credit card charges rather than criminal ones.“He was very remorseful, very ashamed,” Jeyanesan said of the teen. “… I could see that this is truly a mistake and this person wanted a chance at life.”Jeyanesan said the case unfolded on Sunday night when he and his partner were called to a Walmart in the city’s north end in response to a report of shoplifting.Such calls are routine, but Jeyanesan said the details of this incident quickly caught his attention.The would-be thief had attempted to steal a long-sleeved shirt, a tie and a pair of socks, he said, adding such items are not common targets for shoplifters.Jeyanesan said the unusual merchandise prompted him to try and dig deeper and find out the reasons behind the teen’s actions.The story he heard was of a young man in a time of crisis, he said.His family had recently lost their home after his father — the principle bread-winner — fell seriously ill, he said, adding the 18-year-old felt mounting pressure to fill the financial void and help provide for his parents and younger siblings.Jeyanesan said the teen had secured a job interview for a “service industry position,” but did not have professional-looking clothes to wear.As the interview date approached, he resorted to shoplifting out of desperation and a lack of awareness of other options available to him.“We try to get everybody’s story when we attend calls. Everyone has their own battles that they’re fighting,” he said. “It doesn’t excuse them, but behind every action there’s a reason why this person is doing it.”Before police transported the teen back to the station for some additional questioning, Jeyanesan decided he would acquire some suitable clothes for the teen.He went back into the store to try and select something himself, but didn’t know the teen’s size. He eventually asked the manager to hand over the original shirt and tie, which he purchased for about $40. He opted not to acquire the socks.Jeyanesan did not present the clothes to the teen himself, but rather left them with the other belongings he had surrendered when entering the police station.The teen found his interview outfit waiting for him when he recovered his possessions and walked out of the police station without any charges.Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash praised Jeyanesan’s compassionate approach to the situation, calling it an intelligent use of his officer’s discretion.“He understood the importance of what happened, that this could easily be seen as a crossroads in this young man’s life, and took the very commendable decision to assist in the way he did,” Pugash said.Jeyanesan said he has not been in touch with the teen since Sunday. Not even to find out the results of the job interview, which was set to take place on Tuesday.Follow @mich_mcq on Twitterlast_img read more

Hotel Association of Canada calls on political parties to crack down on

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Ahead of the federal election, hotels, motels, and resorts across Canada are calling on political parties to crack down on short-term online rentals.According to the Hotel Association of Canada, the laws around online rental companies like Airbnb are out of date.Members are urging parties to make a change, and even the playing field.At an announcement this morning by the Hotel Association of Canada, calling on federal parties to crack down on business policies around online short term rentals like Airbnb #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/dv1rXvuSC5— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) July 17, 2019“These platforms continue to reap the benefits without paying their fair share,” the association’s Alana Baker says.The group would like to see the federal government start treating short-term rentals like every other hotel or motel in Canada, and is calling on federal parties to include in their election platforms a plan to charge these types of companies Canadian corporate income tax, and to apply GST or HST to consumers.Baker says Canadians are currently losing out on a lot of tax revenue.“With estimated losses of $169-million in sales tax revenues alone,” she explains, claiming short-term rentals can also have unintended consequences.The Hotel Association claims there are many unintended consequences to operations like Airbnb #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/HsPb0Tndg2— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) July 17, 2019Steve Ball with the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association likens Airbnb to a virus, and echos the concern that short-term rentals can have negative impacts on the cities and communities they’re in.“Less available housing for residents to live in, soaring rental prices making housing affordable for families, escalating community nuisances,” he explains.The group has spoken with federal parties, but has yet to receive any commitments.Airbnb says hotel industry ‘peddling lies’Meantime, Airbnb is responding to the latest calls by the Hotel Association, saying “the big corporate hotels are at it again.”In a statement, the company says hotels are “peddling lies about homesharing” in an effort to “protect their ability to price gouge consumers, and preserve outdated business models.”“Home sharing and vacation rentals have always been an important part of Canada’s tourism economy,” Alexandra Dagg, who speaks for Airbnb, says. “Today, regular people in communities large and small are making extra money sharing their space — but hotels have made it clear they want to eliminate any competition.”Dagg suggests Airbnb has been a “responsible partner to governments,” and says the company has worked with provincial and municipal governments to “collect and remit tourism taxes.”Statement from @Airbnb in response to the @hotelassoc call for federal action on short term online rentals #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/1Cl5uToEeg— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) July 17, 2019last_img read more