AGNELLO, JEAN P. (nee: Rowe)

first_img82, passed away on January 18, 2018 at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, NJ. Jean was born in Jersey City and lived most of her life in Bayonne. Wife of the late Louis “Lou Angelo” Agnello. Mother of Valerie Zaleski and her Husband Dr. Edmund Zaleski, DDS, and Stephen L. Agnello. Grandmother of Mark A. Zaleski. Sister of Joann Ross. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img

Face to face with Larry Blagg

first_imgQ Tell me about your own background.A I was born in St Louis in the middle of the USA and grew up in Ohio, which is in the mid-West. I’ve only come to California since my involvement in the raisin industry.I spent 23 years living in Tokyo, Japan. I actually went over there to start a frozen food company for Heinz. We were a chip manufacturer and introduced the Japanese to the wonderful world of fast food.I then set up my own company and was the only non-Japanese person working there. But the good news is that I was one of the two owners, so they could not kick me out. I have always struggled with Japanese. I can speak a little bit, but that’s all.My 16-year-old is struggling with the language right now; she is half-Japanese and she has grown up with the language, but you have to learn 1,600 Japanese and 1,800 Chinese characters to get your high school diploma.It is an interesting country, housing 126 million people in a small space. Q What does your day-to-day job involve?A I am mostly a paperwork guy or I am busy attending trade shows and visiting overseas markets. I have spent some time with the growers in the harvest season and have gone out and picked grapes.You really need to get involved so that you can understand the process completely. It makes you appreciate how hard a task it is. Q What is the freight system like in the US?A The train and track system in the US is very under-developed. We are not big on public transportation in this country, it’s just too much of that independent spirit, I guess.We have a very well developed road system. Part of the excuse I give for gaining weight since I got back is that I never walk any more! I never have reason to.All the raisins produced in the US are within 60 miles of Fresno, and are moved by truck. We ship overseas in rail cars and containerised freight.One of the joys of living in California is that there’s an amazing array of fresh produce. Twenty-five per cent of the US’ fruit and vegetable crops are grown in the San Joaquin Valley. Q What are the issues facing raisin growers in America?A Because our harvest is essentially driven by temporary labour, it is quite difficult to ensure that we have a constant labour supply. There’s an element in the US that wants to shut the borders to immigrant labour, and that’s not going to help the progress of California or any other state.We are really hoping that the government will come up with a guest worker programme, as in many other countries, but the signs are not good.Our US congress has just voted to build a 700-mile wall between Mexico and the US. They have funded enough to start it, but I don’t know if they have enough money to finish it.We have enough things to spend money on, I don’t know if that one is my idea of a great thing. Q California must be a real contrast to JapanA I love the space of California. I like being able to get out and drive around freely; the average speed on the expressway around Tokyo from 8am to 8pm is around 12 miles an hour.I made up my mind several years ago that, if I was going to retire, I would like to retire here. The climate is good; we very rarely have snow and I grew up in very heavy snow country, so I have no intention of going back.I am 61 at the moment. Retirement age was 65 in America but is now moving towards 70. I don’t know when I will retire. I like what I’m doing and, as long as I am contributing, I will continue to do so.center_img Q How have you enjoyed the first year in your new job?A There’s an awful lot to do! It has been great fun and the last year has been incredible.We are spending money in areas that we feel will return benefit to our growers and our industry. We have been out of proportion with our spending, putting a lot more money into bakery.Bakery and confectionery, snacking and dairy are four areas to which I want to devote more attention. We previously had a campaign here in America, called ’Look Who’s Cooking’, that was focused almost 100% behind foodservice.But the foodservice industry only represents about 15% of the total value of raisin sales; bakery is about 34% of the business, so we are now focusing on that much more.That’s for the USA. In other parts of the world, it really depends on the infrastructure. Q What are the trends in raisins at the moment?A We are getting requests for flavoured raisins and, over time, that’s something that will become more popular. But, as of right now, it’s still a small portion of the business.They have mostly been infusing some natural flavour from some of the higher-cost fruit, so that they can help cut the overall cost of the finished bakery product.We are now getting requests for savoury and have heard that cinnamon would be a popular flavour, so I am hoping that we can get one of our producers to put that together. It would be useful for cinnamon raisin rolls. Q Where do you see California Raisins expanding in the next few years?A We just opened an office in South Korea. We had an office 10 years ago, but it was closed. The market is getting stronger, so we think it makes sense to put more effort there.China is also a source of new business for us; it is very underdeveloped at the moment. In terms of developing into any other new countries, we don’t see that happening in the next three years.The first estimate for this year’s harvest was 259,000 tonnes, but that estimate is done before the crop is fully off the vine. A final estimate will be given in January. In 2005, the crop was fairly decent, at 310,000 tonnes.We want to find ways of using raisins in value-added products. We are interested in selling to the fast food market.One of our processors, Sun-Maid, is selling food to Subway and your Jamie Oliver has also helped us; we are making a serious effort for sensible foods for school lunch programmes.We were pleased to see that one of the bakers in the UK is taking a quarter cup of raisins for each muffin, making it a portion of fruit. We are trying to do the same thing here now.last_img read more

Rest In Peace, Kofi Burbridge

first_imgIt is with incredibly heavy hearts that we confirm the death of 57-year-old Kofi Burbridge, multi-instrumentalist of Tedeschi Trucks Band, who passed away yesterday. According to the Allman Brothers Band, with whom Kofi sat in over 20 times, he died in Atlanta “following complications surrounding treatment for an ongoing cardiac issue.”If you were to ever ask bassist Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band) who his biggest musical influence was, he’d say his brother Kofi. He is the reason Oteil started playing drums, and then bass: to jam with his older brother who displayed immense talent during their childhood. He was said to have “perfect pitch” around the age of seven, which turned into playing keyboards, organ, and the flute for touring bands like Derek Trucks Band and Tedeschi Trucks Band, winning Grammy Awards with both.Read Oteil Burbridge’s 2013 Tribute To His Big Brother Kofi BurbridgeHis musical career, though, of course, routes back to Atlanta with Col. Bruce Hampton. His first-ever band was called Knee-Deep and featured Oteil and drummer Jeff Sipe. The band only lasted about a year but led him to the “Grandaddy of the Jam Scene” during his musical conquest. Kofi later joined Aquarium Rescue Unit, sans Bruce, with Oteil and Sipe, appearing on 1994’s In A Perfect World.In the 1998, Kofi joined Butch Trucks’ side-project, Frogwings, with Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, Count Mbutu, Marc Quiñones, John Herbert, and John Popper.Kofi officially joined Derek Trucks Band in 1999 and has been making music with the guitarist ever since. He appears on all Derek Trucks Band albums from 2002 through 2010 (seven total), and every Tedeschi Trucks Band album to date (six total). Trucks often cites Kofi as one of the core parts of his bands and credits him with major songwriting roles.In June of 2017, Kofi suffered a massive heart attack that kept him from the road. He eventually went back on TTB tour, but his health was once again compromised in early January as he wound back up in the hospital due to a “setback”. Renowned keyboardist Gabe Dixon is currently on the road with Tedeschi Trucks Band as a fill-in for Kofi. There has yet to be an announcement about who the permanent replacement will be.Yesterday, Tedeschi Trucks Band released their latest album, SIGNS, their first record since 2016’s Let Me Get By. The extended period of time between albums is a result of the major losses experienced by the band over the last several years. During the recording process, the group lost several of their mentors: Leon Russell, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Derek Trucks’ uncle and original Allman Brothers Band drummer, Butch Trucks, followed by Gregg Allman later that year.The 11-track album includes all original songs which were recorded live on two-inch analog tape at their Swamp Raga Studio. TTB brethren Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Doyle Bramhall II, and Marc Quiñones also appear on the record.As the band notes in a press release, “Signs confronts loss, heartbreak, and politically troubled times with a credence and conviction that puts the group’s undying world-class musicianship and collaborative spirit on full display. It’s a genre-defying collection that runs the gamut from uplifting soulful anthems to bittersweet ballads and driving rock and roll.”In celebration of Kofi Burbridge’s final work, listen to the album below:Rest in Peace, Kofi Burbridge. There will be few spirits, minds, humor, and talents like yours to follow.last_img read more

‘The man who won an AFCON for Ghana’: 5 things to know about Opoku Afriyie

first_imgGhanaian football has taken a massive hit with the demise of former national team striker Opoku Afriyie.The former Kotoko captain died on Sunday in Kumasi at the age of 64, with a long, exceptional life behind him both on and off the field.While many followers of local football might immediately recognise Afriyie, his importance to the game in the country might still not be apparent to some people.Here are a few things to know about the deadly goal poacher who came to be known simply as ‘Bayie’He won the 1978 AFCON for GhanaWith Ghana seeking a third African Cup of Nations title in 1978, a lot of pressure was on the Black Stars to win the cup for keeps.Having scored in Ghana’s opening win against Zambia, Opoku Afriyie went on to make an even more significant impact in the final.He scored both of the Stars’ goals in the 2-0 win over Uganda as Ghana became Champions of Africa for the third time.1979 goal kingAfriyie was for a number of years, one of the most feared goalscorers in the local league.He was top scorer in 1979 for Asante Kotoko, a season in which the Porcupine Warriors scored 51 goals in total; the second-highest in the league.However, they missed out on the title to Hearts of Oak by one point.Goals and a titleHaving won the previous season’s title, Kotoko started a period of dominance in Ghana from 1981 led by Opoku Afriyie’s goals.Afriyie won the top scorer’s award for the second time in three years as Kotoko edged out rivals Hearts for the league title.Captain, Team manager, legendOpoku Afriyie wasn’t just a top-class striker while at Asante Kotoko, he was a leader as well. He led the side as captain for a number of years before returning as team manager in 2003 after his retirement.He also captained the Black Stars from 1984 to 1986 before eventually becoming team manager of the national team.Opoku Afriyie in his playing daysFrom Kotoko to HeartsNot many players have been successful at Ghana’s two biggest clubs but Opoku Afriyie was certainly one of them. Having played for many years in Kumasi, winning multiple league titles, Afriyie signed for Hearts in 1984. He was league champion again with Hearts before retiring.last_img read more

Lakers pushing Lonzo Ball to be more aggressive

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions If anybody watching the Lakers’ eventual 90-83 win over the Jazz on Friday night didn’t know yet that Ball was plugged in, they knew it then. The second-year point guard was one of the clear standouts despite just a 9-point, 10-rebound, 2-assist stat line that belied his influence. The Lakers outscored the Jazz by 13 points when he was on the floor.Even though he shot just 4 for 10, Ball gave a spark to an often listless Laker offense that night, zooming to the rim.“Well, I’m just faster than a lot of people out there,” he said. “So I can get to the spots. It’s just about finishing.”Wait – Lonzo Ball saying he’s faster than other players? Is this right? How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years James said he realized how to balance his roles as a scorer and distributor in high school, but not everyone is on the LeBron James learning curve. Still, Ball is just 21 years old, and as James pointed out, not even a full 82 games into his NBA career (he played only 52 as a rookie). These things, he said, take time.Ball might just be getting it. He’s acknowledged that he understands he plays better when he’s aggressively and trying to get to the rim, and if he starts getting passive, James, Walton, Rajon Rondo and the rest of the Lakers will let him know.“Great coaching staff, great teammates – they always are on me,” he said. “They don’t let me slack off, take no plays off, and I appreciate them for that.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs While his father LaVar Ball may be known for his braggadocious banter, Lonzo has hardly shown any signs of his dad’s gift of gab. He’s quiet by nature, perhaps chatty with his close friends and teammates, but less so on the court. Throughout his season-and-a-half with the Lakers, coaches and fellow players have called on him to be more vocal.It’s at this delicate stage in his career, as he learns to complement an offense rather than be its focal point, that the Lakers – particularly the veterans on the team – have encouraged him to embrace a more confident version of himself. Maybe a drop of LaVar’s bravado is what he needs to be a more effective player on a winning team.“I think he just sometimes he doesn’t realize how great he is, the things that he possesses out on the floor,” LeBron James said. “When ‘Zo realizes how good he is on the floor, it makes him a very dynamic player and it makes us even better.”Of all the returning Lakers, perhaps no one has been asked to shift his role more than Ball. While Ball still often acts as the point guard for the team, James has the ball in his hands often as well. That has meant more off-ball action for Ball, who cited his experience at UCLA as a basis for finding his way this year.But in practice, it has been more difficult to execute. Luke Walton has acknowledged as much after a handful of games in which Ball has been more wallflower than active participant.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.And yet lately, something has gotten into Ball: His activity has increased, and he’s running the floor harder and more often. While he’s still struggled to shoot (just 36.8 percent from the floor this year), Ball has seen his rebound and assist numbers rise in the past six games, and he’s been an active part of the team defense. While his season-long net rating is still negative, in the past six games, he trails only James in net rating (plus-9.7) when he’s on the floor.There’s a slightly intangible quality (at least statistically) to how Ball’s play positively influences the Lakers. He makes smart passes that aren’t always assists. He knows how to set smart screens that open the floor for others to drive to the hoop. He pushes the ball in transition, which helps break defenses down and opens up shots for others, or gives his teammates a chance to make putback attempts on his own misses. He plays scrappy defense, and while it doesn’t always mean he gets steals, he can create opportunities for stops or turnovers with his quickness and fast hands.That’s why many people on the team, including Walton and James, say it doesn’t matter when Ball misses shots at the rim. The aggressiveness is something they want to encourage.“He missed a couple of ’em, that’s absolutely fine,” James said. “He had a couple charges, that’s absolutely fine. When he’s aggressive, it just changes our dynamic of the team, and he’s been doing it of late and we need him to continue to do that because he’s very good.”Related Articles LOS ANGELES — As the Jazz corralled the rebound off his missed layup, Lonzo Ball didn’t skip a beat.He hung a quick turnaround, then raced back to the other end of the floor, recovering quickly enough to block Jae Crowder, cruising toward the rim, on the other end. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei seeks Olympic badminton gold despite cancer

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 76ers put end to road struggles with 100-94 win at Indiana LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lee says doctors gave him a clean bill of health after more than two months of intensive treatment in Taiwan. He says he has restarted fitness training and hopes to return to the court next month.At 36, Lee says he “cannot say 100 percent” that he can make a successful comeback but if it goes well, it will be his “last track.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Former world No. 1 badminton player Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Chong Wei says in press conference he plan to return to field and eyes on Tokyo Olympics if he bodies condition are permitted. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Former No. 1-ranked Lee Chong Wei says his nose cancer has gone into remission after intensive treatment and he still aims to chase his dream of winning an Olympic gold in badminton.In his first public appearance since his diagnosis, Lee says health is his top priority but he isn’t ready yet to hang up his racket.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Minister Sharpe-Patterson drops bombshell on Guyanese

first_img…says “going to private hospitals means you have money, so pay VAT”…taxing condoms is taxing safe sex – Dr AnthonyGovernment has roundly rejected the avalanche of criticism against the proposed 2017 Budget measure to impose the Value Added Tax (VAT) on health services and medicines, saying that persons that opt to use private facilities and outlets have money to pay.Minister within the Communities Ministry, Valerie Sharpe-PattersonMinister within the Communities Ministry, Valerie Sharpe-Patterson dropped that bombshell as she delivered her contribution to the debate over the 2017 expenditures.She was at the time responding to People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament, Dr Frank Anthony, whose shadow remit in the National Assembly involved the Public Health Ministry.Dr Anthony had minutes earlier in his presentation lamented the Government’s move to apply VAT to basic medicines and services, and bemoaned the acute shortages of drugs that would plague the public health systems, forcing persons to seek treatment privately.Minister Sharpe-Patterson, in rebutting Dr Anthony, sought to point out that free medical services were provided by the Administration.PPP/C MP Dr Frank AnthonyIt was at this point in time the Minister told the House that if anybody wished to go to a private facility, it meant they had money and, as such, must pay VAT.Dr Anthony had been unrelenting in his criticism of the Administration’s signalled intention to apply VAT to drugs, medical supplies and medical services.The coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government is literally taxing the sick, and Dr Anthony appealed to Government to repeal the careless taxation measures or withdraw the Budget in its entirety.He told the House, “I am totally at a loss to describe this level of callousness that is being exhibited by this Government…Where is the compassion?”Lamenting the state of affairs, Dr Anthony reminded the House that the World Health Organisation (WHO), in addition to the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), has been advocating the world over to ensure that medicines and health-related services and supply did not attract taxes.He told the House that for many years the Guyana Government has been compliant with this regime, and the APNU/AFC Administration was looking to reverse what obtains.In an appeal to the conscience of the members of the Government, Dr Anthony questioned where was the compassion for the sick, elderly, poor and disabled.According to Dr Anthony, the measures to impose taxes on the sick demonstrate the nature of the APNU/AFC Government.He drew the attention of the House that Budget 2017 has brought with it 57 new tax measures, including the imposition of VAT on health services and medical services, and questioned whether Government had, in fact, undertaken an assessment of the impact of its decision.Dr Anthony called on Government to provide its assessment of the number of jobs that would be lost at pharmacies, maternal and elderly care facilities and other related institutions.The MP was adamant that the APNU/AFC policy of taxing medicines and health services would have a negative effect on the public health gains made over the years.According to the former Government Minister, the prevention of HIV/AIDS in Guyana will suffer since the antiretrovirals will now be attracting VAT.Dr Anthony even told the House that condoms would now attract VAT, which effectively meant that Government had placed a 14 per cent tax on safe sex.“I urge this Government to urgently repeal these exploitive tax measures,” he said.Bemoaning the state of affairs proposed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, Dr Anthony noted that a visit to a medical practitioner would attract VAT.He said Government has been speaking laudably about the need for neonatal care and reducing infant mortality, but the very medicines and services required to ensure that there was a favourable outcome would be attracting 14 per cent VAT.“If you go to a nursing home to recuperate its 14 per cent VAT,” Dr Anthony bellowed as he cited many of the other numerous services that would now attract the tax.He was adamant that very often the public health facilities had inoperable equipment or with drug shortages, leaving persons with no choice but to resort to private pharmacies and services.“If you are hospitalised, the meals that you eat will now attract 14 per cent VAT,” Dr Anthony said.He too also used the occasion to remind that VAT was now being imposed on accessories required for differently abled persons, such as hearing aids and wheelchairs.The former Minister lamented too that Government was even seeking to tax the partially blind since VAT was now applicable to spectacles.“If you get diarrhoea”, according to Dr Anthony, the treatment for this too will attract VAT even as he sought to emphasise that this also obtained for the treatment of high blood pressure and headaches.In withholding his support for the 2017 Budget, Dr Anthony described the proposal as visionless, ruthless and careless. (Gary Eleazar)last_img read more

Redwoods men advance to tourney title game, ‘Woods women pick up road-win

first_imgMen’s college basketball: Redwoods 83 Sac City 67Zac Claus scored 21 points and the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team took care of business in the semifinal-round of the John Hogue Memorial Tournament, beating Sacramento City College 83-67 Friday night in Ukiah.Redwoods scored 53 points in the first-half alone and led 60-30 early in the second-half.“Zac has shown a lot of leadership at this tournament,” Redwoods head coach Ryan Bisio said. “He’s having a very memorable …last_img

Huelgas willing to represent PH ‘in a heartbeat’ in 2019 SEA Games

first_imgFilipino triathlete Nikko Huelgas shows off his second straight SEA Games gold medal. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netThere’s no way Nikko Huelgas, who has risen as the face of Philippine triathlon, is going to pass up on a chance to represent the country in the next edition of the Southeast Asian Games two years from now.Especially when the next staging of regional sports spectacle will be in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Pencak Silat: PH finishes 6th in men’s doubles MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “Definitely, I want to compete again. I’d do it in a heartbeat,” Huelgas told INQUIRER.net during his hero’s welcome dinner at Discovery Suites Hotel Wednesday night.Huelgas successfully defended his men’s triathlon crown in the SEA Games on Sunday after the Philippines finished 1-2 in the event with John Chicano claiming silver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHuelgas’ eyes lit up when asked about the possibility of going for a third consecutive SEA Games gold medal in front of his countrymen, but he also doesn’t want to look to far ahead.The 26-year-old Huelgas is set to go back to training sooner than later and though his best years are still ahead of him, he is wary of the wear and tear that every athlete who undergoes rigorous training is susceptible to. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gamescenter_img “It will be an honor to represent the country on your home soil, but I take it race by race. As they say, you get more injury prone when you get older,” he said. LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Yeddyurappa to induct six ministers, drops three

first_imgSetting the stage for Wednesday’s expansion and reshuffle of his ministry, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa sacked three ministers on Tuesday, ignoring suicide threat by one of them.In the much-awaited reshuffle, Yeddyurappa would induct six ministers, going ahead with his resolve to restructure the 28-month old BJP Ministry, the first ever in the south.Ministers Goolihatti Shekar (Sports), who has threatened to commit suicide if removed, Shivanagouda Naik (Adult Education) and Aravind Limbavali (Higher Education) were shown the door by Yeddyurappa, who also faced threat of resignations by ministerial aspirants to quit their assembly membership if not accommodated in the cabinet.A day after consulting the party central leadership on the exercise, Yeddyurappa recommended the sacking of the three ministers to Governor H R Bhardwaj, who promptly accepted it.An appeal by Tourism Minister and mining magnate G Janardhana Reddy, who was the rallying point for dissidents last year, not to drop Shekar, Limbavali and Naik met with an outright rejection.Shobha Karandlaje, who fell victim to dissident activity launched by Reddy last year and a close confidant of Yeddyurappa, is all set to return to the ministry tomorrow.Others who will be sworn in on Wednesday are V Somanna, C H Vijayashanakr, A Ramdas, A Narayanaswamy and C C Patil.Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa. Photo: PTIYeddyurappa was reportedly furious with Shekar, an independent who supported the BJP at the time of formation of the government in 2008, for issuing the suicide threat.Similar was the fate of Naik, who had threatened to quit his assembly membership if he was dropped.advertisementLimbavali, who initially ignored the directive to resign seeking Reddy’s support for continuance, however, ultimately yielded and sent in his resignation letter, but it was too late as Yeddyurapa had already recommended his sacking.C T Ravi, a strong aspirant for ministerial berth, submitted his resignation to his assembly membership to the Speaker’s office, after his claim was ignored, but it was yet to be accepted. Speaker K G Bopaiah is abroad now.Suspected supporters of Ravi, pelted stones at three buses on the outskirts of Chikmagalur today to vent their anger over denial of ministerial post to their leader.In another development police foiled an attempt by a supporter of Shekar to consume poison in front the residence of Health Minister B Sreeramulu.last_img read more