The leaders came together to consider their role as leaders and highlight how leadership on and off the field can be a factor in making sport inclusive for all Australians, in particular Indigenous Australians. The event included a dinner at Darling Harbour on Wednesday night, before the forum was conducted last Thursday. Stowe says that it was a great opportunity to be involved in the Forum and found it very beneficial.“It was great to experience sharing thoughts on leadership and diversity in sporting groups with other people at the elite level,” Stowe said. “The Australian Sports Commission grabbed 35 of their elite sportspeople and leaders to get together and discuss basically ways that captains and leaders influence their sport and to determine what sort of aspects we can have and influences we have on our sport. It was also used to see which ways we are best off in bridging the gap in getting indigenous kids into our sport and ways to get them in and keep them in.”“The Australian Sports Commission is trying to obviously find the ways we can influence as role models and as leaders to keep these kids in the sport, which they seem to be striving to do through different pathways. It was also an opportunity to get together with all of the leaders to be able to share ideas on leadership qualities and to bounce ideas off each other as to how to improve our skills and attributes.”A long list of sports and their leaders took part in the event, including Swimmer Brenton Rickard, Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons, Rugby Union player Dean Mumm and the Kookaburra’s leadership group. “It was great to have the input of so many different sports, from Snowboarding to Surfing, Tennis, Shooting, there were so many different sports that you could get ideas from and a lot of leadership qualities, from motivation right through to preparation and into handling your teams whilst competing through to training and all of the aspects of their sports. It was very beneficial.”Stowe says that is was ‘exciting’ to see Touch Football represented at the Captains’ Forum, and that it was great to see that many of the people involved at the event had some form of connection to the sport. “We had the chance to interact with some of the indigenous kids there and they were quite excited to see that the sport that they played was there. Out of the 20 kids there, there was probably 10 or a dozen that actually played Touch, it was good to see someone there from Touch, so it was quite amazing.”“Just talking to the other captains, a lot of them do a lot of cross training and it was amazing to see that if they hadn’t played Touch growing up they were playing it at the moment, they all facilitated in Touch which was great to see. It was really important I think that we represented the sport there and continue in doing so.”
Australia’s Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open squads will travel to Sydney this weekend for a training camp in preparation for the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series to be held in Auckland next February. The Australians are hopeful of continuing their strong form against New Zealand on the Touch Football field after their impressive 3-0 whitewash of their Trans Tasman counterparts in Mudgee earlier this year. This will be the final selection medium for athletes to impress their respective coaches before teams are decided on and final preparation for the Open’s division title defence begins. The Super Trans Tasman will be the biggest Trans Tasman held yet, with 12 divisions – four Youth, three Open and five Masters – travelling to Auckland to compete. Stay tuned to the TFA website for all of the latest news in the lead up to the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series – www.austouch.com.au.Related LinksAussie Squads In Camp
The Seattle Seahawks are at a pivotal point of their season, in 2nd place in the NFC West with a record of 5-3 going into their Thursday night game against the Arizona Cardinals this week. Their big question mark: what’s happened to their running game? In the video above, Neil Paine outlines how a lack of a rushing attack may hamstring the team if it makes the playoffs.
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16Mar Rep. Runestad champions House passage of open records bills Categories: Runestad News State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake Township, today lauded the overwhelming House passage of bipartisan legislation making state government more accountable to its taxpayers.Runestad said the legislation makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act.“State government, like local governments, should be held to high standards of accountability,” Runestad said. “By strengthening the transparency laws, we are giving people in the communities we serve the information they deserve on how their hard-earned tax dollars are being used.”The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House. The bills did not make it to the governor for signature.Michigan is an outlier among states as Michigan’s legislative and executive branches are exempt from open records acts. This legislation will remedy this. The House recently put a salary database of all House employees on its website to provide more accountability to taxpayers.#####
Belgian cable operator Telenet has named Birgit Conix as chief financial officer, reporting to CEO John Porter. Conix is currently regional head of finance for Heineken’s western European organisation at its Amsterdam headquarters.Porter said: “We are delighted to have found a highly qualified and experienced CFO and seasoned executive. Birgit’s strategic vision and her strong leadership skills make her the ideal candidate to head our finance department going forward. She is a collaborative and engaging leader. I am looking forward to working with Birgit to continue to ensure Telenet’s future.”
December 29, 2017 Clothing Company Named ‘Steve Jobs’ Can Keep Name After Apple Loses Legal Battle Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read –shares Senior Editor Matthew Humphries Image credit: via PCMag Apple isn’t having a very good final week of 2017. Already being forced to admit older iPhones were being purposefully slowed down, followed by an apology and cheap battery replacement offer, now Apple has lost a multi-year Steve Jobs branding legal battle.As The Verge reports, it started back in 2012 when Italian brothers Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato realized Apple hadn’t trademarked the name Steve Jobs, so they did instead. It became their company name with the logo based on the Apple logo by adding a bite mark to the “J” in Steve Jobs. Clothing and accessories were then offered under the brand.As you’d expect, Apple wasn’t pleased with the name of its co-founder being used by someone else, so the brothers were hit with a lawsuit. Apple focused on the logo, but because the letter “j” isn’t seen as an edible item, the bite mark in it wasn’t viewed by the courts as copying Apple’s own logo.Apple lost the fight and the brothers get to keep their trademark and can continue to use the name. However, it’s going to become even more frustrating for Apple as the Steve Jobs brand isn’t going to remain limited to clothing and accessories. Vincenzo and Giacomo are planning to expand the business to offer electronics goods, so we will eventually see gadgets sporting the Steve Jobs name.We could end up seeing a Steve Jobs smartphone and tablet, and most likely they would run Android. If they launch a laptop, Windows 10 and not macOS would be used. But if they did choose to offer such devices, Apple would have a fresh case against them. Apple The Italian company can continue to use the Apple founder’s name and Apple’s logo and plans to start offering electronic devices under the brand. Add to Queue
Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Mikal E. Belicove This story appears in the October 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Next Article –shares In the world of website promotion, only three things matter: proper positioning, traffic volume and conversions. The number of people visiting your website–and how many of those people are ultimately doing what you want them to do, such as placing an order or contacting you for more information–is absolutely critical. What the Pros UseAs you shop from the vast array of available web analytics software and services, consider the following options:Omniture SiteCatalyst: Pricey but very powerful, well supported and great for enterprise-level businesses.ClickTale: Hosted service offering affordable tiered plans, visually stunning interface, records and plays back individual user sessions.Google Analytics: Free, easy to install, powerful and well documented.Sentiment Metrics: Great online tool for monitoring social media dialogue.To maximize your return on investment on launching and managing a website, blog, or online campaign, you need to know what’s working and what’s not, where visitors are coming from, what they view, how long they stay and why some wander off. You need to know which campaigns are driving the most traffic to your site and how effective your site is in converting that traffic into targeted behaviors.Enter web analytics tools–applications that collect site traffic data and display it in graphical simplicity. With web analytics, you can monitor the success of web pages, pay-per-click advertising campaigns and other promotional efforts online and off. You gain valuable insight into visitors’ behaviors on your site. Perhaps best of all, you can identify and correct any obstacles to conversion, such as a poorly designed page or registration form, inferior product descriptions, or excessive steps for signing up for an e-newsletter.Assessing and improving conversions with the help of web analytics requires patience and persistence, but following these simple guidelines can simplify the process: Set trackable site goals. Do you want visitors to register for e-mail updates, place an order, contact you for an estimate, or something else?Use analytics to identify and monitor traffic sources and obstacles to conversion.Evaluate your ROI for traffic sources, such as pay-per-click advertising, blogging, offline advertising and social media marketing. Make adjustments as needed.Tweak your site to correct any obstacles to conversion.Continue to track traffic and conversion rates and fine-tune your promotions and approach.The good news for startups is that incorporating web analytics into site development and online marketing is affordable, in terms of both time and money. With a free service like Google Analytics, you can start monitoring traffic in less than 24 hours.Mikal E. Belicove is a market positioning, social media and management consultant specializing in website usability and business blogging. When he’s not working or ghosting blog entries for clients, Mikal can be found musing about the world on Belicove.com and can be reached at email@example.com. Technology Magazine Contributor 3 min read Analyzing the Analytics September 16, 2009 Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. How to make sense of your website’s performance data Register Now »
Next Article Image credit: Stephen Masker | Wikimedia Commons Supreme Court Jeff John Roberts –shares 5 Ways Scalia’s Death Will Affect U.S. Business 5 min read Add to Queue The unexpected passing over the weekend of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has touched off a political scramble in Washington D.C., and produced numerous tributes to Scalia’s towering presence among conservative intellectuals and in U.S. jurisprudence.Scalia’s passing also has immediate consequences for U.S. business. His death scrambles the expected outcome in key cases before the court and, in the longer term, removes the passionate pen Scalia often deployed on the side of business.Here are five ways the death of Scalia, one of five conservatives on the nine-member court, will affect U.S. business (keep in mind that, under Supreme Court practice, a 4-4 tie means the ruling from the lower-instance court stands).1. Class action lawsuitsThe Supreme Court, led by Scalia, has made it harder in recent years for lawyers to use class action cases to sue companies. Experts predicted that the court would use three current cases to make it harder still. Now, Scalia’s death means these cases will likely result in a tie (a negative outcome for the companies here) or a loss.The most important case, called Spokeo, involves data privacy, and turns on what type of harm consumers must show to bring a lawsuit. If the court doesn’t overturn the lower ruling, expect more class actions over technical violations of privacy — and in similar situations where a company has broken a law — but where no one is obviously harmed.The second case involves Microsoft, which is challenging a procedural maneuver that lets lawyers have a second crack at filing as a class when their first attempt comes up short. The third case, involving Tyson Foods, is about workers using formulas, rather than actual damages, to show harm. Once again, the outlook for the companies looks much worse than it did a week ago.2. Pollution regulations/climate changeThe Supreme Court in early February delivered a major blow to President Obama’s plan to use an executive order to cut carbon emissions. In a 5-4 ruling, the court imposed a stay on the proposal until an appeals court can rule — a victory for utilities and mining companies that say Obama’s plan is illegal and too expensive.The companies won a stay thanks to Scalia’s vote, and it looked like they would win if the case returned to the Supreme Court for a final ruling. Now, all bets are off. The appeals court is expected to side with Obama, and Scalia’s absence means it will be hard for the industry to block the plan (unless a Republican wins this year’s presidential election).3. ImmigrationThe single biggest case of this Supreme Court term is probably Texas vs. United States, in which the state is challenging an order by President Obama to let 4 million undocumented people avoid deportation and find work. While companies have not weighed in too loudly on the case, the outcome has enormous implications for industries like agriculture and construction, which draw on undocumented workers for labor.What happens next? A lower court ordered a stop to the plan, but the final outcome is unclear. The White House will need a majority of the votes (a 4-4 tie means the lower order stays in place), and that result became more likely in the absence of the arch-conservative Scalia.4. Intellectual propertyThe Supreme Court in recent years has repeatedly stepped in to fix the country’s troubled patent system, and has also handed down important copyright rulings. By his own admission, these intellectual property issues were a rare topic on which Scalia did not see himself as an authority (although he was the first to introduce “patent troll” to the Supreme Court’s lexicon). In 2014, however, he did issue a sharp dissent in a high-profile case that favored TV broadcasters, accusing the majority of using a “crude “looks-like-cable-TV” solution.”As Stanford law professor Lisa Ouellette observes, Scalia’s IP legacy represents a balance between the defense of property rights on one hand and, on the other, a desire to ensure companies don’t use intellectual property to grab undeserved monopolies. His absence could make it easier in the future for IP-intensive industries, like pharma and entertainment, to persuade the court to grant them expanded rights.5. UnionsThe big labor case this term turns on whether public employees at a California union can refuse, on First Amendment grounds, to pay fees for collective bargaining. Until last week, many thought the Supreme Court would side with the employee plaintiffs. This week, people are predicting the opposite.While the case involves public unions, not private sector ones, it carries considerable significance for business too. A Supreme Court decision knocking down mandatory fee collection would deal a big blow to the overall power of organized labor. That outcome now looks less likely. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business February 16, 2016 This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine
This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps 5 min read Enroll Now for $5 Next Article Andrew Gazdecki CEO of BiznessApps Making your blog header interesting and encouraging further reading is the first key. 8 Tips To Avoid Customers Falling Asleep Reading Your Blog Add to Queue Content creation in business is a vital part of keeping the business afloat. According to a recent survey nearly 61% of consumers made big purchases based upon a blog post. Additionally 57% of companies survived reported that they have gained new customers from a blog. Yet, turning a profit from a blog can be a bit tricky, especially if you are new to blogging. Here are a few tips to help your numbers and your revenue add up.1. Make your message clearPeople have very short attention spans and so we have a tendency to scan information. This means that your blog has to have content that is easily seen and read. Make sure that your content has information that will hook them in. If all that you are posting is material about how great your business is, your blog will not do well. Your blog must provide a service to the people and empower them. And where the goal is to turn a profit, the goal is also to drive customers to your site as a source for information. For example: If Joe owns a roofing company, he can make blog posts about home improvement. He does not have to tell them how to roof a house (as that is his bread and butter), but he can tell the consumer how to detect a leak in their roof.2. Don’t spam posts with keywords and SEOOrganic content is the new name of the game. Where in the past you would find blogs that had the same word repeated 100 times to help boost it to the front of the SERPs, today the market departments are focusing on comments, shares, real discussions, tweets, etc. which build up the content in the blog. Whatever you post will need to have some SEO and keywords but do not go overboard. At most keep it to 3%.3. Think like a journalistBy this I mean think of your headline. Journalists understand that they can have a great piece but if the headline is a dud then the content will not be read. Craft an attention grabbing header for your blog which encourages reading. With this being stated, you do not want to put a header that does not relate immediately to the content within the blog. It has to match up. According to an online study 8 out of 10 people will read a header but only 2 will go on to read the blog. Making your blog header interesting and encouraging further reading is the first key.4. Update your blog oftenYes, the quality of your writing should be the first focus of your blog. No one wants to read junk. However, after this has been taken into consideration you must keep the information updated and new post flowing. A person will typically only read a post once. If the content is really good they may read it twice. It is recommended that you update your blog at least once a week with quality/engaging material.5. Be involved with your readersBeing involved in your blog goes beyond just posting content. You will need to answer comments from your customers. If there is a specific questions that is asked of a competitor’s product, answer the question and show how your product is superior. Do not be afraid to comment on negative feedback as it will show that you are a person and not just a machine.The premise of a blog is to provide a media that people can get information about your company in an engaging way. If you think of the blog as a miniature PR, FAQ and information page about your business and you as the head of that department, you will be far more successful in your approach and your success.6. Break up that textBlogs must have images and other content to break up the text. Think about a newspaper. Now, imagine all of the images and the fonts being gone and replaced with only a 14pt header and plain text. It would be so overwhelming no one would read it. The same is true for your blog. Add video posts that relate to your product, use headers, bold fonts and add images. Creatively construct your blog so that it is visually appealing and draws the person in.7. Wake them up with your call to actionIf you want to have revenue then you have to make it to where a reader can invest. Create a unique call to action button at the end of your blog post. Do not use a hyperlink only and do not use the clichéd call to action like “Read More” or “Click Here.” If you are selling a book put “Get My Book Now” or if you have products available for a simple task put something that relates to that such as “Get Your Go-Cart Starter Pack Here.” Remember, a blog is a part of your business and not a byproduct of it. To have revenue from this source dedication and the same professionalism you show other aspects of your business must be present. Implementing these tips is a great way to start. October 5, 2016 –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: Yuri Arcurs | Getty Images Blogging
Email Open Rates: Leveraging Personalization to Be Ever in Your Favor Jason GrunbergJune 20, 2019, 9:00 pmJune 18, 2019 Email Engagementmachine learningpredictive analytics Previous ArticleGracenote Launches New Video Popularity Score to Surface Top Trending TV Shows and Movies for More Topical Discovery ExperiencesNext ArticleRainFocus Delivers the Event Industry’s Most Advanced Machine Learning Tool Over fifty percent of consumers say they delete at least half of all brand marketing emails in their inboxes without ever opening them. Even if they don’t delete the email, there is no promise consumers will open it. Thus, low email open rates. I’ll bet most inboxes look something like this:The email that doesn’t go to the primary inbox is not SPAM. The vast majority of that is caught by ISPs, but the tremendous volumes of email looking to reach individual consumers are what is making marketers’ jobs infinitely more challenging; a challenge marketers bring upon themselves.The stakes are high. Email offers significant ROI, so more emails are sent in order to tap into the potential revenue gains. But with primary inbox placement is tied to multiple factors, including Email Engagement. Email deliverability experts consistently point to the relevancy of message as a key to increasing placement.So by focusing on email open rates, a marketer could stand to increase overall email performance more effectively. The challenge is that most strategies for improving email performance are tied to email conversion. To solve that, here’s a primer on tactics that can help boost opens.Read More: The Three Promises Every Marketer Must MakeGo Beyond “Dear [First Name]” in Subject LinesConsumers today expect Personalized Service and Communication that reflects their interest and behavior.To build engagement with and earn revenue from individual customers, email marketers must personalize in two distinct ways: Leveraging information about a customer’s prior behavior and incorporating unique interest profiles created for each customer. Personalized subject lines that include a consumer’s name, products they specifically are interested in, or products they are individually predicted to purchase can materially improve email open rates and email revenue.Using simple field insertion for a customer’s name can increase email open rates by upwards of 18% while using a personalized product recommendation in a subject line can increase email open rates by 41%. There is significant downstream impact as well with personalized product recommendations in subject lines boosting purchase conversion rates by 188%.Take a look at online retailer JustFab, for example. Personalization is baked into the brand’s DNA. This billion-dollar retailer uses Machine Learning to look at each customer’s unique interests to serve email subject lines (and email content) leading with the product category and product style each individual customer prefers.Example: JustFab customer Samantha from New Jersey will buy any handbag animal print, and Indira from California loves wedge heels. JustFab’s unique user profiles allow the retailer to send an email that leads with a hook that speaks directly to each customer’s specific and personal interest. In this case, Samantha might receive a subject line that says “Bags and more in prints that roar” and Indira would be served with “Wedges and more in prints that roar.”With this approach, JustFab increased email revenue by 19%.Read More: Customer Experience 2020: Personalization is KeyPersonalize Email Send Time Your friends know when to – and not to – reach out. I’m an early riser and early-to-bed kinda guy. So, anyone who messages me after 9 pm will not get a response until the following morning. My good friends know this, so they simply don’t reach out.Brands should – and can – do the same.Even when I’m up at 5 am, I will not check my personal email to see what’s on sale for the day. I’m most likely to do that at 2 pm when I take an afternoon coffee break. There are few brands that respond to this signal by sending me an email in the early afternoon rather than at the crack of dawn. The emails at the top of my inbox at 2 pm are far more likely to open than the ones 100 spots down on the list.Business Insider and JustFab are two brands that personal email sends time in this way. By using historical open data, the brands can automatically deploy email messages at the ideal time of day for their individual consumers. For JustFab this approach increased email revenue from top customers by six percent and 41 percent from new subscribers.Trigger Based on Predictions77 percent of Email Marketing ROI is generated from targeted, triggered messages. Welcome series, post-purchase series, abandonment series, subscription renewals, and other transactional are powerful messages when consumers are highly engaged.But, trigger messaging is reactive – triggers by a specific behavior. By integrating predictive analytics into campaign management, brands can further increase the ROI of triggers by pre-empting action.Rather than waiting for a purchase to take place, predict when a customer will purchase? how much she will spend? and what she will specifically buy? And then deploy a pre-purchase series that guides her to make the purchase. Follow that up with your traditional post-purchase series.Instead of waiting for an audience member to disengage, predict if he disengages in the next 30 days and sends a re-engagement message before he’s not even paying attention to your Email Marketing.By implementing tools like Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics, marketers can take this valuable insight and leverage it to better connect with prospects in ways that prove to work for each unique, individual customer. Subject line content, send time, and purpose of the campaign offer opportunities for increasing email revenue while appealing directly to customers.Read More: Why Tone is Everything in Marketing!
©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. “Do I really need five cameras in a smartphone?” Citation: First look: LG V40 ThinQ smartphone features five cameras, but do you really need them? (2018, October 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-lg-v40-thinq-smartphone-features.html IPhone XS and XS Max review: Apple’s beautiful big-screen beasts exact a small ransom Maybe the most interesting feature to highlight is called Cine Shot, or the ability to create a “living photo” or cinemagraph. What this essentially means is you’re capturing a still image, except, that is, for a chosen portion of the picture that remains animated, something like a babbling brook behind an otherwise frozen subject. It’s a cool effect done right, but I found the process is a little tricky. You have to remain still to capture three seconds of video, then after shooting “paint” over the portion of the image with your finger where you want to retain motion. The feature works with both the rear and front cameras.As for the front cameras, you can toggle between them to grab your standard selfie, or shoot a wider angle picture that captures not only your face, but also the mugs of all your buddies.Other photo features on the V40 are also found on rival phones, including portrait effects that let you blur the background while focusing on your main subject. I wouldn’t blame you if that was the first thing you asked upon hearing about the signature feature in the LG V40 ThinQ, the latest premium flagship smartphone from the South Korean electronics maker.Specs-wise LG’s new $900 (on up) phone is in line with other Android smartphones in this class. It is water and dust resistant and has a phablet-sized display, a 6-4 inch OLED variety in this case (with a notch), framed by thin bezels.Inside is powerful Qualcomm processor with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, expandable (up to 2-terabytes) through microSD. It also has a standard headphone jack—and these days, that is worth cheering.And I should point out that while the phone has a solid feel, I found it to be a tad slippery and a magnet for smudges.Still, what you keep coming back to is that camera quintet, broken out as follows: The rear of the device sports a module with three different lenses: 16-megapixel super wide, 12MP standard, 12MP 2X telephoto zoom. The front of the device has a camera pair comprised of a standard 8MP lens and 5MP wide angle. I plan to reserve my full judgement until I’ve had an opportunity to take more pictures and determine whether most of the camera features border on being more fun and helpful, or quite frankly more gimmicky. Sorry, LG, but at least with some of the features here I’m leaning towards the latter.One feature I find useful, at least some of the time, is that you can preview what a shot will look like taken with any of the three rear cameras.And if you choose the aptly named “Triple Shot” mode, you can capture an image taken with the rear trio in consecutive fashion, with the idea being to focus on an object in the center of your scene and holding the camera still until all three photos have been taken. A few seconds later, the camera generates a GIF. You’ve also of course captured pictures from all three cameras and can save and/or share any or all three.Yet another feature, the “Flash Jump-Cut” mode, also generates a GIF, by shooting photos 3 seconds apart. You get to choose just how many pics will be the underpinning for this GIF (4, 8, 12, 16 or 20 images). 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. Explore further
COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENT Tamil Nadu March 30, 2019 Published on elections The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami during the election campaign along with S. Asaimani, Mayiladuthurai Lok Sabha candidate, on Saturday. – Photo: M Moorthy The AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu has taken extensive steps for water resources conservation and management across the State, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Saturday.Addressing an election meeting, he said the government has accorded top priority for the welfare of farmers and desiltation works had been taken up at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore in delta districts. Palaniswami said a special team headed by four experts has been set up to identify places where check dams have to be constructed with a view to preventing rain water from flowing into the sea during the monsoon season.“Our government has taken extensive steps for conservation and management of water resources. We are determined to implement a new combined water scheme for this area,” he said while campaigning for the party’s candidate from Mayiladuthurai Lok Sabha constituency S Asaimani. Travelling between Sirkazhi and Mayiladuthurai, the Chief Minister stopped his campaign vehicle near paddy fields at a few places and interacted with farmers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi – – COMMENTS SHARE Elections 2019 Published on Election Commission of India SHARE SHARE EMAIL April 30, 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been given a clean chit by the Election Commission for delivering a speech in Wardha on April 1. Sources said, after going through the report of the Chief Electoral Officer Maharashtra, the EC examined the matter in detail and found no such violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).”The Opposition had complained that the Prime Minister in his speech had violated the MCC as he said Rahul Gandhi had decided to all contest from Wayanad because the ‘majority’ was in ‘minority’ there and that he was scared. There were allegations that Modi had violated the MCC as he was campaigning for votes using religion.The Commission order giving a clean chit to Modi comes before Varanasi — the constituency from which the Prime Minister is contesting — going to polls on May 19, the last and final stage of the seven-phase election. The fifth stage of the election is scheduled for May 6 while the sixth will be on May 12. Till the completion of the fourth phase of elections on April 29, 68 per cent of the seats to the Lok Sabha had already been voted for.The Commission was also to examine the MCC violations that BJPPresident Amit Shah and Congress President Rahul Gandhi have allegedly committed during their various election speeches. But the Commission’s order on Shah and Gandhi was not available.Campaign ban on Azam KhanThe Commission also decided to bar Azam Khan for campaigning for 48 hours from 6 am on May 1. COMMENT
NEW DELHI: The 15 rebel Congress-JD (S) MLAs told the Supreme Court Tuesday that Karnataka assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar is trying to “prop” the H D Kumaraswamy-led government which has lost the majority and his non-acceptance of their resignations is a violation of fundamental right. They told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that it is their fundamental right to resign from the membership of the Assembly and the Speaker cannot “frustrate” it by not accepting the resignations. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for these MLAs, argued that once resignation is tendered, “notwithstanding the pendency of disqualification proceeding, has to be decided in its own course and the parameter for this is to see whether its voluntary or under coercion”. “When an MLA says that he wants to resign voluntarily, there is no rule not to accept it. It cannot be mixed up with the disqualification process. If an MLA says he will resign, nobody can compel him to discharge his duty as a member of the Assembly,” he told the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose. The bench, after hearing the submissions of the counsels representing the MLAs, the Speaker and the Chief Minister, said it would pronounce order Wednesday on the pleas filed by the 15 lawmakers seeking a direction for the Speaker to accept the resignations. Rohatgi said the speaker, by not accepting their resignations, is forcing them to vote in a particular manner during the scheduled trust vote on July 18. “This (resignation) is my right. He (Speaker) cannot force me (MLAs). He is infringing upon my fundamental right to resign and do whatever I want to do,” he told the bench. He argued that the Kumaraswamy-led government “is in minority” and idea behind keeping the resignations pending is to make them vote during the confidence motion. “What will happen if you (MLAs) resign?,” the bench asked Rohatgi. He said that if the resignations are accepted, the MLAs can join other party and may “become a minister tomorrow and then get elected to the Assembly within six months”. He said the Speaker has to only ascertain whether the resignation is voluntary and “nobody has put a gun on the temple (of an MLA) to resign”. Rohatgi said if the Speaker is not accepting the resignations, he is compelling these MLAs to do something against their wishes. “The rule says that decide the resignation now. By not deciding it and keeping it pending, he (Speaker) cannot be said to be neutral and is partisan,” he said. He said there may be several reasons for an MLA to resign from the membership of the Assembly. Referring to the unprecedented midnight hearing in the apex court last year, Rohatgi said that the court had directed the protem Speaker of Karnataka Assembly to conduct a floor test. He said the bench should ask the Speaker to decide on resignations of these MLAs during the day itself and he can later decide the issue of disqualification. He said there is vote of confidence in Assembly on July 18 and the rebel MLAs may be forced to follow the whip despite resigning. The bench asked Rohatgi if there was any constitutional obligation on the Speaker to decide disqualification which was initiated after the resignation. Rohatgi responded that the rules say to ‘decide now’ on resignation. “How can the speaker keep it pending?,” he asked. Disqualification proceeding is like a “mini-trial” under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, Rohatgi said, adding that resignation is different and its acceptance is based on single criterion — is it voluntary or not. There is nothing to show the rebel MLAs conspired with BJP, the senior advocate said, adding that the disqualification proceeding was nothing but to scuttle resignation of MLAs. He also told the court that the disqualification proceedings were initiated for not being “a disciplined soldier of the party and for not attending meetings outside the Assembly”. The bench further asked if all the disqualification pleas are on same grounds, to which Rohatgi replied “more or less same”. The rebel MLAs told the court that the Speaker kept their resignation pending just to disqualify them and there was nothing wrong in resigning to escape disqualification. Summing up the arguments, Rohatgi asked the bench to continue with its interim order directing Speaker to maintain status quo on the issue of resignations and disqualification of the MLAs. The counsel for the rebel MLAs also asked the bench that if the House assembles for business, the 15 rebel MLAs be exempted from appearing on the basis of the whip of the ruling coalition. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for you