Basketball wants its own house

first_imgHaving a facility of its own to manage and host national camps, plus getting better financial aid would be on top of the wish list of basketball president, Mark Broomfield, when the new Government takes office.Broomfield says if associations, especially basketball, have a facility to call their own, it would greatly improve preparation for international tournaments and enhance programmes to develop local talent.”We want a facility to manage and operate on our own. For any sport, give them (associations) facilities, so they can develop programmes. As it is now, we don’t own any facilities. The minister of sports for the first time gave the national (basketball) team the opportunity to train indoors when we are preparing for international tournaments, so we can use the indoor centre free of cost.”The next step would be to have our own facility, where we have the keys and can have any training programmes and have access to it. We want also a facility that can be managed by the association, so we can have training when preparing for international tournaments, especially the youth programme.”If you have a home, you can have a camp and have access to courts. We have one that is used for netball, we want one for basketball as a home allows us to do things that you are not able to do if you don’t have a camp, and for basketball, we want our own facility,” he reasoned.Broomfield added that financial assistance could also be improved.”One of the improvements I would like to see is greater financial support for the associations, especially basketball. But I would love to see them continue the improvement of sport as it relates to government intervention,” he said.last_img read more

Four-star Mbappe helps PSG break 82-year-old record

first_img“Fantastic, incredible. It was super hard in the first half, it was a crazy match,” PSG coach Tuchel told Canal+.A Neymar penalty gave PSG a ninth-minute advantage, but Presnel Kimpembe was sent off just after the half-hour mark to give Lyon hope.Bruno Genesio’s side threw away their man advantage, though, as Lucas Tousart was dismissed, and after missing a string of chances, the sensational Mbappe capped an virtuoso display by scoring four times in 13 minutes to seal history for PSG.The capital-city giants, bidding for a sixth title in seven seasons, are already eight points clear of second-placed Lille at the top of the table, with Lyon five points further back in sixth.Lyon endured the worst possible start to the match, as star man Nabil Fekir was forced off injured in the seventh minute, and the hosts were awarded a spot-kick just seconds later.Mbappe raced to reach a loose ball, and visiting goalkeeper Anthony Lopes needlessly charged off his line to bring down the teenager.Neymar stepped up and sent Lopes the wrong way with a stuttering run-up to score his 11th goal of the season.Lyon responded well, though, with veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon having to shovel a Memphis Depay free-kick over the bar, before Di Maria was fortunate not to concede a penalty for handball.The reigning champions thought they had got lucky again when Kimpembe was only shown a yellow card for a nasty tackle on Tanguy Ndombele, but with the young midfielder lying stricken on the ground, a video review resulted in the centre-back’s punishment being upgraded to red.But Lyon shot themselves in the foot on the stroke of half-time as Tousart tripped Mbappe inside the PSG half and was given a second yellow card.OL should have equalised early in the second period, but Maxwel Cornet contrived to miskick with the goal at his mercy.Cornet, who came on for Fekir, almost scored in bizarre circumstances shortly after, as a Silva clearance ricocheted off his back and bounced back off the base of the post.– Eight-minute hat-trick –Mbappe almost put PSG out of sight three times in the space of five minutes — powering clear after Cornet’s unwitting effort and drilling against the far post, seeing Lopes dive at his feet as he ran through one-on-one, and shooting too close to the Lyon ‘keeper.But the World Cup-winner’s persistence finally paid off in the 61st minute as he latched onto the ball inside the area after Neymar had burst forward, turned his man and smashed the ball in off both posts.Confidence was coursing through PSG, and the floodgates opened as centre-back Marquinhos drove into the box and squared for Mbappe to stab in his eighth goal of the campaign.Neymar soon sent the 19-year-old bearing down on goal yet again, and Mbappe lofted the ball into the net to complete an incredible eight-minute hat-trick.He was not done there, though, as he pounced to slam home his fourth with 16 minutes left after Neymar had seen a low shot blocked.– Monaco crisis intensifies –Radamel Falcao and Monaco have made a disastrous start in Ligue 1 having finished second last season © AFP / VALERY HACHEEarlier on Sunday, 10-man Monaco slumped to a fifth defeat in nine Ligue 1 matches as former PSG outcast Hatem Ben Arfa earned Rennes a 2-1 victory with his first league goal since April 2016.Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco, runners-up to PSG last season, remain winless since the opening weekend and above the automatic relegation spots only on goal difference.Elsewhere, ex-Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic saw his Nantes side beaten 3-0 at Bordeaux on his return to French football, while Kostas Mitroglou and Florian Thauvin scored as Marseille climbed to third following a 2-0 victory over Caen.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mbappe was in unstoppable form as he put four goals past a stunned Lyon © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULATPARIS, France, Oct 8 – Kylian Mbappe tore Lyon to shreds on Sunday with four goals as a 5-0 thrashing at the Parc des Princes saw Paris Saint-Germain set a new French top-flight record of nine straight wins to start a season.Thomas Tuchel’s Ligue 1 leaders broke the 82-year-old record of eight consecutive wins set by Olympique Lillois in 1936, having equalled the mark with their 3-0 victory at Nice last weekend.last_img read more

AT&T Comes Over to the Android Side

first_imgAT&T has announced a new line of Android-based smartphones for 2010. Dell, HTC and Motorola will make the five new devices, which are scheduled to be released during the first half of 2010.Endgadget is predicting that AT&T will be using the Motorola Backflip, while Slashgear has confirmed that the Mini 3i will be the choice for Dell. The other three, Endgadget says, will most likely go to HTC.The announcement is good for AT&T customers who wanted an Android phone but are held under contract with the company. Up until now, AT&T has offered the iPhone and a variety of Palm and Blackberry devices, but nothing operating the Android OS. The company made the announcement today at CES where they also announced new initiatives to increase the number of applications available to their customers. To this end, the company is offering a new software developer kit and is looking to sign new distribution deals in order to offer its phone apps worldwide.Nokia also announced today that its Ovi mobile application store will be available to AT&T customers in the United States.Full details can be found in the company’s press release. Related Posts Tags:#mobile#news#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces mike melansonlast_img read more

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton wins Italian Grand Prix 2012

first_imgMcLaren driver Lewis Hamilton led nearly from start to finish to win the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, and Formula One leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari came third to extend his overall lead.Hamilton put speculation about his future and a possible switch to Mercedes behind him to claim his first victory at Monza and the 20th of his career.It’s unlikely to have much impact on the championship after an impressive race from Alonso, much to the delight of the fans at Ferrari’s home track. The Spaniard started from 10th on the grid after he had technical difficulties during qualifying. Sergio Perez was second, 4.3 seconds behind Hamilton after starting 12th. The Mexican finished strongly, scything through the field in the closing stages and slashing Hamilton’s lead.It was a miserable day for defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, who was second in the standings coming in to the race. The Red Bull driver had to retire because of a mechanical problem when wisps of white smoke started to emerge from his car with six laps to go.Red Bull teammate Mark Webber also retired at the end of the penultimate lap.Hamilton’s teammate, Jenson Button, was also forced out of the race on the 35th lap just when the McLaren driver was looking on course for second place.Hamilton moved past Vettel to take second place in the drivers’ standings, 37 points behind AlonsoFerrari driver Felipe Massa finished fourth after starting third. The Brazilian got off to a fantastic start, overtaking Button and almost moving past Hamilton on the outside just before the first chicane.Alonso made up three places on the first lap from 10th, and was up to sixth by the second lap.A tremendous tussle with Vettel halfway through the race forced Alonso onto the grass adjacent to the track to avoid a collision, with the German later being issued a drive-through penalty.advertisementlast_img read more

Haute and happening

first_imgEthnic elegance Ishita SinghIshita Singh makes rustic look sensuous and imaginative, whether on a film star or a girl next door.A National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Hyderabad graduate, she’s been in the fashion industry for more than a decade with quite a few shows to her credit. Singh’s latest,Ethnic elegance Ishita SinghIshita Singh makes rustic look sensuous and imaginative, whether on a film star or a girl next door.A National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Hyderabad graduate, she’s been in the fashion industry for more than a decade with quite a few shows to her credit. Singh’s latest collection revolves around Kalamkaris and the play of textures, using various fabrics such as crepe and corduroy. A symmetry adds a dash of spunk to these kurtas and tunics while surface work featuring thread embroidery, sequins, zardozi and beads further hint at the Indian element in her fusion line.Mixed fabrics involving tussar silk, jute cotton and malmal create a feminine feel and the prints with earthy tones add to the vibrant energy of these garments. What she likes best about this collection is that each piece can be used individually – like the palazzos can be teamed with a top of your choice or a long kurta with jeans. Our pick: A pair of deep red palazzos made to include three different panels from the front and back, paired with a corduroy jacket involving a lot of rich embroidery. Contact anhadbyishita@gmail.comCross stitchNeha AgarwalNIFT graduate Neha Agarwal is an artist at heart and her fusion creations in Indian silks and sensuous chiffons would look rather pretty on a canvas too. Her label is all about Indo-westerns that are richly textured and come across as contemporary interpretations of many inspirations from the past. She describes her creations as “over the top”. She debuted in the fashion week circuit this season at the Lakme India Fashion Week, Winter/Festive with her collection, Mille Fleurs translating to a thousand flowers from French.advertisementThe collection draws inspiration from regal petit point embroidery of 17th century France.This she combines with organic tussar and gicha and muga silks for figure-flattering dresses or tunics in vibrant shades that come alive with delicate floral patterns.The geometric cross-stitch embroidery that features on these dresses is rich and subtle, creating textural aesthetics of the garments and invites interest immediately.A good blend of femininity and sophistication, this collection is sure to win many hearts and many more pairs of sculpted legs. Our pick: A short red and pink flared box pleat dress with rich embroidery all over. Contact Plot 706,Road No 3, Banjara Hills Tel 40072771Bridal coutureShilpa ReddyDance comes naturally to Shilpa Reddy, a model, fitness expert and fashion designer. She finds creative energy from the chemistry and rhythm of Salsa and other dance forms.Retailing from her studio in the city and others like Ensemble and Aza in Mumbai,Reddy has found her space in bridal and trousseau lines for the urban Indian woman with contemporary sensibilities.Likewise, her designs are all about an Indian essence mingling effortlessly with a global touch. She’ll combine a jacket with just about anything-a traditional lehenga or even an heirloom sari. Her latest collection is another such interesting blend of the bold and feminine, the boisterous and the delicate. It is festive and bridal wear of another kind in silhouettes that combine flounce with flared sleeves and in colours ranging from bold greens and maroons to gentler beiges.Traditional Indian embroidery is richly rendered on these skirts and kurtas plus expect surprises like a leather belt.Reddy says,”This collection is for the Indian bride who will love an outfit defined by simplicity and grandeur at once and something that doesn’t restrict her from breaking into a dance.” Our pick: A long sleeved green ensemble with a structured silhouette and a delicate fall, featuring rich embroidery. Contact N Asian,Road No 59, Jubilee Hills Tel 23550079Fit and flareAnushree ReddyAnushree Reddy never trained to be a designer but always wanted to be an entrepreneur. Her love for dressing to charm and a connoisseur’s taste in clothing prompted her to give fashion a try. Four seasons on the fashion week circuit later, she’s found her calling.And it is moments like actor Madhuri Dixit shaking a leg on Jhalak Dikhla Jaa in one of Reddy’s elaborate anarkalis that reiterated said calling, despite holding a degree in marketing.Reddy enjoys all the flare and drama of Indian ethnic wear and revels in understated bling. Her collection for the Lakme Fashion Week,Winter/festive, titled Portobello: The Indian Chapter is an ode to everything vintage with a strong Indian essence and inspiration drawn from Portobello Market. The classic floral prints from the Victorian era are reinvented to add a dramatic spin to her heavily ornate garments.advertisementFrom elements of a vintage newspaper print to additions of a measuring tape print, there’s a lot of quirk that’s gone into pepping up this collection.Saris, lehengas and anarkalis in rosy pinks and sea greens, beige and lavender celebrate womanhood in all its splendour with the delicateness of fine satins and sassy chiffons. Our pick: A floral printed soft pink and green anarkali with a dupatta bordered with a measuring tape print. Contact Keemti Sadan, Road No 12, Banjara Hills Tel 8374826657All that glittersMoni AgarwalA keen eye for detail and a deep love for traditional jewellery turn Moni Agarwal’s creations into heirloom-style keepsakes. Traditional in essence and embedded with a universal appeal, her jewellery makes heads turn, whether we’re talking of intricate kundan jhumkas or a statement neckpiece inspired by the Nizami Satlada-the traditional Hyderabadi seven layered necklace.Agarwal has been showcasing her creations at exhibitions and shows for the last three years and finds inspiration anywhere from a passing remark to classical European architecture. Her latest collection, Meeravali, showcased at the India International Jewellery Week 2014 was appreciated for its sophistication and detailing.It created much stir when actor Chitrangada Singh sported Agarwal’s elegant pieces on the ramp. Inspired from the old-world charm of Rajasthani jewellery, this collection featured statement bridal pieces crafted exquisitely in polkis and emeralds. Our pick: An emerald bead neckpiece with emerald motifs and several strands of white pearls. Contact 9701809990Chic and subtleArchana RaoArchana Rao finds her creative highs in all things minimal and is happiest creating sophistication out of subtleties. No wonder then, her brand Frou Frou appeals to the individualistic urban woman, with skirts, shirts and dresses that make a strong statement for their sheer simplicity.Appreciation for her work came pretty early when her collection was adjudged the Best Design Collection in 2007 at NIFT and while at Parsons School of Design,New York, she had the opportunity to showcase her graduation collection at the prestigious Parsons Line Debut, 2009.Her latest collection from the Lakme India Fashion Week, Winter/Festive is inspired by Teaism which is all about the aesthetic and cultural aspects of tea.”The aroma, feel and most importantly the bonding over tea”have inspired her.Vintage china sets, the paper doilies, classic porcelain shapes and more quirks like these find themselves reinterpreted in her new collection featuring impressions on fabric, soft textured surfaces and a lot of subtle colour.Haute pick: A classic striped pencil dress snug fit with an extended embroidered collar, teamed with a sheer pastel blue circle skirt with a delicate cutwork border in soft pink. Contact Plot 65 A,MLA’s Colony,Road No 12, Banjara Hills Tel 9866426653last_img read more

Rep Frederick votes to bring transparency accountability to petition initiative process

first_img Categories: Frederick News,News 13Dec Rep. Frederick votes to bring transparency, accountability to petition initiative process State Rep. Ben Frederick today voted to support multiple pieces of legislation to improve the integrity of Michigan’s petition initiative process and empower voters through increased transparency.Frederick, of Owosso, said the bills, sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans, keep the grassroots lawmaking process in place with critical improvements that give voters in rural communities a greater voice.“Tens of millions of dollars have poured into Michigan from out-of-state special interests in recent years in an effort to advance measures across the political spectrum,” Frederick said. “When signatures are gathered to change our state constitution, most petition circulators focus on urban areas, rarely venturing into rural communities. This proposal ensures the people of small-town communities like ours have a voice in the process.”House Bill 6595, sponsored by Rep. Jim Lower (R-Cedar Lake), includes the following protections:·       Require that not more than 15 percent of certified signatures come from any one congressional district, guaranteeing more circulation in rural areas.·       Require initiative campaigns to provide a short summary at the top of their petitions, ensuring people can quickly size up the issue.·       Make absolutely clear that if a petition circulator deceives people or provides fraudulent information, the signatures they collect must be invalidated.House Bills 4635, 5208 and 5209, sponsored by Jeremy Moss (D- Southfield) and Leslie Love (D-Detroit), implement the following reforms:·       Prohibit circulators from misrepresenting the contents of a proposed ballot question or recall petition.·       Prohibit circulators from misrepresenting whether they are a paid or volunteer signature gatherer.·       Require petition circulators to wear identification badges.·       Ban organizations from employing someone as a petition signature gatherer if they have been convicted of an election crime.·       Give voters an option to remove their name and signature from a ballot question or recall petition.“When signature gatherers are paid by outside interests, we must ensure they disclose that information to residents while also being held liable if they misrepresent or otherwise deceive voters,” Frederick said. “That’s something we can all agree on.”The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more

Apps cost too much Court allows suit adding to Apples woes

first_imgConsumers can pursue a lawsuit complaining that iPhone apps cost too much, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, adding to Apple’s woes that already include falling iPhone sales and a European investigation. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Apps cost too much? Court allows suit adding to Apple’s woes (2019, May 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-supreme-court-lawsuit-iphone-apps.html Explore further The lawsuit could have major implications for the tech giant’s handling of the more than 2 million apps in Apple’s App Store, where users get much of the software for their smartphones. While most of those apps are free to download, some impose fees for people to use the software and subscribe to the services.In those cases, Apple charges a commission of 30%, a practice that the lawsuit contends unfairly drives up the price for the apps. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the majority opinion that agreed the antitrust lawsuit can move forward in a lower court.The court’s four liberal justices joined Kavanaugh, one of President Donald Trump’s two high court appointees, to reject a plea from Apple to end the lawsuit at this early stage. The decision did not involve the merits of the suit.Apple argues it’s merely a pipeline between app developers and consumers, and that iPhone users have no claims against Apple under antitrust law and a 1977 Supreme Court decision. Tens of thousands of developers create the software and set the price, Apple says.”We’re confident we will prevail when the facts are presented and that the App Store is not a monopoly by any metric,” Apple said in statement issued in response to Monday’s ruling. The lawsuit could take years to wind to its conclusion.But Kavanaugh stressed in his opinion that Apple’s commissions also may affect consumers, as well as app developers.”The iPhone owners purchase apps directly from the retailer Apple,” he said, describing a relationship sufficient to allow the lawsuit to go forward.Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s other high court pick, wrote a dissent for four conservative justices, saying that the consumers’ complaint against Apple is the kind of case that a 42-year-old decision, in Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, was intended to prevent. The court in that case “held that an antitrust plaintiff can’t sue a defendant for overcharging someone else who might (or might not) have passed on all (or some) of the overcharge to him,” Gorsuch wrote. “Yet today the court lets a pass-on case proceed.”The ruling threatens to throw another monkey wrench in Apple’s efforts to increase the revenue generated from its app store at a time that its iPhone sales have plunged into their deepest slump since that revolutionary product hit the market 12 years ago. The effort has been largely successful, helping to transform the Apple services division that includes the app store into the fastest growing part of the company. Apple’s most recent quarter highlight the ongoing transformation as its services division revenue surged 16% percent from the previous year to $11.5 billion while iPhone sales plunged 17% to $31 billion.Meanwhile, Apple is under scrutiny in Europe because of claims of unfair business practices. The Dutch anti-trust agency opened an investigation in April into allegations by companies including the Sweden-based online music service Spotify over commissions and other issues.The Financial Times reported this month that the European Commission planned to begin a formal probe based on a separate complaint from Spotify.Even before Spotify filed its complaint in Europe, Netflix magnified the attention on the issue late last year when it decided to stop accepting new subscribers through Apple’s app store.Now the Supreme Court decision raises the specter of the legal dominoes falling in a way that could require Apple to slash its commissions or even abandon them.The commissions are unlikely to disappear completely because it’s reasonable for apps to pay a fee for distributing their software just as manufacturers pay brick-and-mortar retailers to get the products on store shelves, said Danielle Levitas, executive vice president of market insights for App Annie, a firm that tracks the app market.But even a reduction in the commission rate could deliver a financial blow that would even damage a company as profitable as Apple.If Apple can maintain the current commissions in its app store at its recent rate of growth, it will produce revenue of about $17 billion in 2020, estimates Macquarie Securities analyst Ben Schachter. But if the average commission rate were to fall to 12 percent, the projected revenue from the app store would shrivel to $7.6 billion next year, Schachter predicts.That possibility rattled investors already jittery about how the escalating trade war with China might make it even more difficult for Apple to sell more iPhones. Apple’s stock dropped nearly 6 percent Monday to close at $185.72. With the China tariffs causing even more pressing concerns, Apple’s stock has fallen by about 11% percent in the past week alone to erase $100 billion in shareholder wealth.There has been exponential growth in the availability of apps since Apple created the App Store in 2008 with 500 choices.”‘There’s an app for that’ has become part of the 21st-century American lexicon,” Kavanaugh said.The case is Apple Inc. v Pepper, 17-204. To counter the iPhone sales drop, Apple is trying to make more money from selling services such as its music subscription service, as well as a forthcoming Netflix-like video service while also taking a cut from the subscriptions and other transactions done on apps downloaded on iPhones and iPads. Justices to hear antitrust case over sale of iPhone apps In this March 25, 2019, file photo Peter Stern, Apple Vice President of Services, speaks at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new products in Cupertino, Calif. Apple users will be able to subscribe to HBO, Showtime and a handful of other channels directly through Apple’s new TV app, bypassing the need to download or launch a separate app. The new capabilities available Monday, May 13, come ahead of Apple’s plan to offer its own original shows, including ones from Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File) © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this May 31, 2018, file photo customers enter the Apple store in New York. The Supreme Court is allowing consumers to pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)last_img read more

Rahul in Lok Sabha Fulfil promises to farmers

first_imgRahul Gandhi   –  AP SHARE COMMENT COMMENTS Rajnath Singh says Congress is to be blamed; touts PM’s sops for farm sector Speaking for the first time in the Lok Sabha after his party’s resounding defeat in the general election, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi raised the issue of farmers’ suicide and said the government seems to consider farmers “inferior” to businessmen who have been given concessions and loan waivers worth lakhs of crores. Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Rajnath Singh countered blaming the long years of Congress’ rule for the plight of farmers. He asserted that no Prime Minister has worked as hard as Narendra Modi for farmers’ welfare.Taking up the issue in the Zero Hour, Gandhi in his brief speech mostly focused on Kerala and made specific mention of problems faced by farmers in Wayanad, from where he has been elected to the Lok Sabha.No relief has been given to farmers by the government, he said, claiming that businessmen have been granted concessions of ₹3 lakh crore and loan waivers of ₹5 lakh crore.He asked why the government thinks farmers are ‘inferior’ to rich businessmen.Rajnath hits backIn his reply, the Defence Minister said the government’s move to give ₹6,000 to farmers will lead to an increase in their income by 20-25 per cent and claimed that more farmers committed suicide before the BJP-led dispensation came to power.“It is not that the condition of farmers deteriorated in the last one, two or four years. Those who have ruled the country for a long time are responsible. The amount of increase in minimum support price (MSP) that our Prime Minister has effected has not been done by anybody in independent India’s history,” he said.Gandhi said farmers are suffering throughout the country and are in a terrible condition in Kerala, and added that one farmer ended his life in Wayanad.Farmers have been facing threats of immediate eviction from their properties, he said, as banks from which they had taken loans have begun recovery process.Eighteen farmers in Kerala have committed suicide due to this, he added.Modi had made a lot of promises to farmers and the government should fulfil them, Gandhi said. Lok Sabhacenter_img agriculture Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL July 11, 2019 politicslast_img read more

Karnataka minister and independent MLA Nagesh resigns withdraws support to govt

first_imgKarnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy Exodus of MLAs keeps Karnataka ruling coalition on tenterhooks COMMENT state politics Published on COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL Karnataka minister and Independent MLA, H Nagesh, resigned on Monday and withdrew support to the H D Kumaraswamy-led government, delivering another blow to the JD(S)-Congress rule in the state.Nagesh, who was recently inducted into the ministry as small scale industries minister, met Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan here and submitted his letter of resignation.The Congress-JD(S) coalition government, which is on the brink of collapse, could suffer another jolt with another minister threatening to quit.Karnataka Minister and Congress’ Bidar North MLA, Rahim Mahmood Khan, said he has informed senior Congress functionaries about his grievances and will take a decision after meeting them at Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara’s residence. The move comes amid reports that ministers in the coalition government will be asked to step down to make way for disgruntled MLAs who have resigned as legislators.The Congress-JD(S) government has plunged into crisis with 13 MLAs of the alliance submitting their resignations to the Speaker so far. The ruling coalition faces the risk of losing its majority if the resignations are accepted.The JD(S)-Congress coalition’s total strength after Nagesh withdrew his support is 117 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-1), besides the Speaker.The BJP has 105 MLAs in the House, where the half-way mark is 113. If the resignations of the MLAs are accepted, the coalition’s tally will be reduced to 104. The Speaker also has a vote. “I have this day tendered my resignation to the council of Ministers headed by Shri H. D. Kumaraswamy,” Nagesh’s letter to the Governor read.He said, “I have been elected as a member of the legislative assembly from Mulbagal (SC) constituency, as I am independent candidate. I would by this letter, inform your good self that, I withdraw my support to the government headed by Shri H D Kumaraswamy. In view of the same, suitable action may be taken.” On June 14, Kumaraswamy expanded his cabinet by inducting two Independent MLAs, Nagesh and Shankar, in an apparent move to give stability to his 13-month-old wobbly government.The exercise was seen as a move to ensure the two Independents don’t jump ship.Nagesh, a former Congress member, contested and won as an Independent after not getting a party ticket in the 2018 assembly polls.In December last year, Shankar and he sided with the BJP and wrote to the Governor withdrawing support to the government for not being inducted into the ministry during the Cabinet rejig then.As the BJP failed in its alleged attempts to topple the coalition and form the government, the two lawmakers retraced their steps to get back in the ruling alliance. Karnataka SHARE July 08, 2019 RELATED 0last_img read more

Factories near residential areas stockpiling ammonia will be relocated

first_imgSUBANG JAYA: Factories that have large stockpiles of ammonia and are located near residential areas will be ordered to relocate, says Selangor Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian (pic).He said this was a preventive measure to ensure the public are safe in case of an ammonia leak.This was in reference to an incident on July 5 where a 1.5 tonnes of ammonia was found in factory after a fire broke out at the Pulau Indah industrial area in Klang.”The state government views this incident seriously. We are investigating together with Environment Department (DOE) , Fire and Rescue Department and Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). “DOE and DOSH are investigating why the factory has such large quantities of ammonia in its premises,” he said after launching the “Say No to Straws” campaign at Main Place Mall on Saturday (July 13) here.He also cited a case in August 2018 where an ammonia gas leak at an ice factory in Shah Alam killed two workers while 18 others were rushed to hospital.”We are finding ways to prevent such incidents from recurring. We will ask all local councils to check how many such factories are operating in their respective areas.”Illegal factories and those located too close to residential areas will be asked to relocate,” he said.When asked about the Sungai Semenyih pollution in June, Hee said the factory connected to incident has been allowed to resume operations”After two weeks, the factory has been allowed to resume operations after installing filters that are certified by the DOE.”Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas) and DOE will monitor the situation and take action against factories that do not follow the guidelines. The court proceedings will take time,” he said, adding that he will be providing more details at the upcoming state assembly meeting at the end of July.Related stories:Sg Semenyih pollution: Water supply resumes to 13% of affected areasFactory gas leak claims two livesShah Alam factory with ammonia leak given three months to move out Metro News 27 Jun 2019 Sg Semenyih pollution: Water supply resumes to 13% of affected areas Metro News 20 Apr 2019 Jenjarom residents want battery factory out of their village Metro News 09 Jul 2019 Stop placing straws on counter, eateries urgedcenter_img Related News Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more