Anyway, Howard said the only problem he had with the new rule was that punishing floppers after the fact isn’t going to change any of the outcomes on the floor during the game. The new punishment for flopping the NBA instituted is being met with resistance by the players union, which said it will file a grievance and unfair labor practices charge against the league over the disciplinary guidelines aimed at curtailing flopping.“The NBA is not permitted to unilaterally impose new economic discipline against the players without first bargaining with the union,” executive director Billy Hunter said in a statement.Earlier Wednesday, the NBA announced a fine schedule for flopping, the practice of tricking the official into calling a foul by exaggerating contract. Under the guidelines being challenged by the union, the league said players would receive a warning for the first flop, followed by fines of $5,000 for the second offense, $10,000 for the third, $15,000 for the fourth and $30,000 for the fifth. Beyond that, players would be subject to increased discipline at the league’s discretion, including higher fines and/or suspension.All punishments would be handed out after possible flops are reviewed on video after the gameHunter called the new rules “without precedent in our sport or any other sport,” and characterized the penalties as “a vague and arbitrary overreaction and overreach by the commissioner’s office.”NBA spokesman Tim Frank said, “Although we haven’t seen any filing from the Players Association, our adoption of an anti-flopping rule is fully consistent with our rights and obligations under the collective bargaining agreement and the law.”The move by the NBPA was expected and largely procedural. Union officials are not necessarily opposed to putting rules in place to curtail flopping, but are prepared to argue that monetary discipline cannot be imposed outside of the fine schedule for various offenses already contained in the collective bargaining agreement.Player reaction Wednesday was strongly in favor of the new flopping guidelines, however — at least at Lakers camp, where Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash all gave their approval for the concept, if not the execution.“I’d love to see it have an impact on the game itself,” Bryant said. “In international play, they give you a technical foul, a free throw and you get the ball back. I like the rule, though. Shameless flopping is just a chump move. We’re familiar with it, and Vlade [Divac] kind of pioneered it in the playoffs against me and Shaq.” Nash said it’s “good, actually, to try to keep the game honest and penalize guys for trying to trick the referees.” Moments later, he was accused by his own teammate of flopping in practice. “I drove down the lane today and I saw him and as I was going towards him, I passed the ball to Kobe and [Nash] kind of touched me and said, ‘Ahhhh!’ and fell on the ground,” Howard said. “That’s a flop. And coach called a charge on me, but he’s going to get fined by me and David Stern.” After Howard informed his new point guard of this, Nash replied, “There’s no videotape in here.” Good comeback, but it’s not clear whether this incident was an indictment of flopping or the new offense the Lakers are running. Shouldn’t Nash — not Dwight — be driving down the lane and passing to Kobe? “If guys are going to flop in a game, we’re going to get the foul called,” Howard said. “So the fine is not really going to help us in the game. It is what it is. I’ve never flopped. I don’t know how to flop. For the guys who do, this is good. They can’t do it as much and guys like me can be a little bit more physical and get away with it.”
The 46th edition of IHGF Delhi Fair Autumn 2018 concluded with a bang on October 18 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida with business enquiries worth Rs 3465 crores.The closing day witnessed the valedictory session, wherein, Bhupendra Singh Choudhary, Minister of State for Panchayati Raj, Public Works Department, launched the product catalogue of Home Décor and Home Textiles along with Ritesh Kumar Gupta, MLA Moradabad Nagar. Rakesh Kumar, ED –EPCH welcomed the chief guests and apprised them about IHGF-Delhi Fair. He said, ” It started in 1994 with 313 and today over 3200 exhibitors are displaying home, lifestyles, textiles and fashion products.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the event, Bhupendra Singh Choudhary, MOS for Panchayati Raj said that a large number of exporters from Moradabad are participating in this show and he also wished them good business. “Export is backbone of the country as it earns foreign exchange. Therefore, this fair will become a vital platform for increasing export.” Even though the overseas buyers from 110 countries visited the show but maximum buyers from USA, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, UAE, China, Brazil, Canada, South Africa and Saudi Arabia came to source their requirement from over 3200 Indian handicrafts exhibitors who showcased 2000+ designs and styles. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about the event and this year’s business at the fair, Rakesh Kumar said, “The IHGF-Delhi fair has played a vital role in increasing exports of handicrafts from the country. The handicrafts exports was to the tune of Rs 751.67 crores in 1993-94 when the fair was initiated. The Handicrafts exports during the year 2017-18 was Rs 23,029.36 crores. However, the exports of handicrafts during first six months of the current financial year 2018-19 is Rs 12953.25 crores [prov] with overall increase of 6.58% in rupee terms over the previous year.” “Buyers from new countries like Benin, Fiji, Latvia, Rwanda and Dominican Republic have been added in the list of 46th edition of IHGF-Delhi fair,” he informed. Representatives from departmental and chain stores who were regularly visiting every year including Herold, Deetjen and Meyer, Lambert GMBH, Germany, Kapimex BV, Only Natural, Riviera Maison, Lifestyle Home Collection, Zara Home, Spain among others were also present at the show. Many dignitaries from centre and state government also came to encourage the participants including Ajay Tamta, Union Minister of State for Textiles, Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of State for MSME, aong others. Also, Ambassadors of various embassies were also seen becoming the part of the mega event held in the Capital. Theme pavilions of NER, Jodhpur/ Barmer were the main highlights of the fair as exquisite crafts of these states attracted many buyers to visit these theme pavilions. A record number of domestic volume retail buyers sourced the home, lifestyle, furniture products from the show witnessing the growing demand in the domestic market. The 47th edition of IHGF-Delhi Spring 2019 will be held from 18 – 22 February, at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida and EPCH has already initiated publicity world wide.