In a major blow to the Congress in Meghalaya, four-time Chief Minister Donwa Dethwelson Lapang resigned from the party.In his resignation letter to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Thursday night, Mr. Lapang said he was resigning “reluctantly and with a heavy heart”.The former Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief accused the All India Congress Committee (AICC) of embarking upon a policy of phasing out senior and elderly people.“In my opinion it means that service and contribution of senior and elderly people is no longer useful to the party,” he said in the letter, copies of which were made available to the media.Mr. Lapang said, “This restriction made me frustrated and compelled me to be no longer comfortable in the party.”Mr. Lapang first became Chief Minister in 1992. He was again sworn in as Chief Minister in 2003, 2007 and 2009.AICC general secretary in charge of Meghalaya Luizinho Faleirio said he had not met Mr. Lapang in the last three years. Mr. Faleirio said he did not meet Mr. Lapang during his recent visit to Shillong for revamping the activities of the party.Mr. Lapang, after demitting the office of party chief last year, continued to hold the position of an adviser to the party.MPCC president Celestine Lyngdoh expressed surprise over Mr. Lapang’s decision to quit the party. “We’ll try and find out and, if possible, sort out things at the earliest,” he said.
Wijnaldum insists Liverpool not getting carried awayby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum insists they’re not getting carried away by title talk.The season is only eight games old but already Jurgen Klopp’s men hold a significant eight-point lead over last season’s champions Manchester City.”We don’t want to think we are already champions. That would be a really wrong thing to do,” Wijnaldum told Sky Sports.”I’m sure the manager will keep us grounded and say that we just have to think about ourselves, and try to play good and try to give 100 per cent every week.”We just have to do what we did before and look at ourselves and not look too much to other teams because we don’t have influence on other teams – we can’t control the performance of other teams.”We just have to make sure we are ready for the games that are to come and to make sure we are ready and try to have good results because we know that it can change quickly.”Then at the end of the season we will see where we stand.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Senior goalkeeper Sean Romeo looks down the ice during the second period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Minnesota on Feb. 15. Ohio State lost 4-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The Lantern The Ohio State Men’s Ice Hockey team took on Minnesota on Feb. 15 and Ohio State lost 4-3 Photos by Nick Hudak
Developer Harry Stamoulis has joined forces with Daniel Grollo’s Grocon development group, on plans to build a $600 million office tower at 555 Collins Street.An earlier proposal by the Stamoulis Property Group – to build a 404 metre tower on the Western side of Collins Street – was deemed too tall. There were also concerns it would cast a shadow over the Yarra River.Grocon and Stamoulis are working on a proposal for an office tower to feature around 60,000 square metres of prime space and are already seeking out potential anchor tenants. There is currently a 24 storey building on the site built in 1975 and owned by the Stamoulis Property Group. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Email Elvis Costello Cancels European Tour Dates elvis-costello-reveals-cancer-diagnosis-cancels-european-tour-dates News Facebook Elvis Costello Reveals Cancer Diagnosis, Cancels European Tour Dates https://twitter.com/ElvisCostello/status/1015145826941743104 Read more The iconic singer/songwriter will forgo the final six dates of his summer tour to recover from surgeryNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 6, 2018 – 4:39 pm GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Elvis Costello has been forced to cancel the remaining six shows of his ongoing European tour after revealing he was recently diagnosed with cancer.The 63-year-old underwent surgery in May to remove a “small but aggressive cancerous malignancy” before beginning his summer tour. His doctors have urged him to sit out the upcoming dates to recover.“Six weeks ago my specialist called me and said, ‘You should start playing the Lotto,’” Costello said in a statement. “He had rarely, if ever, seen such a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy that could be defeated by a single surgery. I was elated and relieved that our European summer tour could go ahead.”Despite this initial optimism, Costello admitted he had to accept his recovery will take longer than he would have wished and apologized to ticketholders for the cancellations.”Post-surgical guidelines for such surgery, recommend three weeks to four weeks recovery, depending on whether you are returning to a desk job or an occupation that involves physical work or travel,” Costello continued. “It was impossible to judge how this advisory would line up with the demands on a traveling musician, playing 90-minute to two-hour-plus performances on a nightly basis, but by the time we reached the Edinburgh Playhouse, I was almost fooled into thinking that normal service had been resumed.” In the statement, Costello also reminded fans he and his band The Imposter have a “magnificent new record of which we are truly proud” on the way this October. Just last month, he announced the album and a fall North American tour to support it.A full list of scheduled tour dates can be found on Costello’s website, as fans of the songwriting icon from all over the world wish him a full and speedy recovery.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Twitter
Honda ‘s much awaited scooter Activa 125 is all set to hit Indian roads on 28 April.Activa 125, the latest offering of Honda in the Activa line up has been the talk of the town since its first appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014.The two wheeler enthusiasts in the country have waited enough to hear about the launch of the Activa 125 in the domestic market and now the latest report suggests that the scooter will finally reach showrooms on 28 April.A report by Motoroids claims that the Honda has started sending invite for the Activa 125 launch and the event will also mark the inauguration of the sales of the scooter. Earlier in this week, Honda revealed the prices of its upcoming Activa 125.Activa 125 will be made available in two variants – Standard (with drum brakes) and Deluxe (Disc brakes & alloys). While the Standard version is priced at 52,447, the Deluxe comes at a price point of 58,156 (ex-showroom, Delhi).The latest Activa pack a 125cc, single cylinder, four-stroke engine under the hood ,which can churn out a power of 8.6bhp at 6500 rpm and a peak torque of 10.12 Nm at 5500 rpm .The scooter, a strong rival of Piaggio’s Vespa, Suzuki’s Access and Swish and Mahindra’s Duro and Rodeo in India comes mated to a V-Matic CVT transmission and comes with telescopic fork suspension at the front and hydraulic type at the rear.It measures 1,814 mm in length, 704 mm in width, 1,151 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 1,260 mm. Promising a fuel efficiency of 60-65 kmpl, the Activa 125 is the first Honda scooter in the 125cc segment to come with Honda Efficiency Technology (HET). The scooter will be offered in four colour variants in the sub-continent market- midnight blue, black, pearl white and sword silver – and comes with features like optional disc brake, tubeless tires, digital meter and metal body.Technical Specifications of Honda Activa 125Engine Type: 4 Stroke, Air Cooled, SI EngineDisplacement: 124.9ccMax Power: 6.38 Kw (8.6 Bhp)@6500 rpmMax Torque: 10.12 Nm@5500 rpmDimension: 1814mmX704mmX1151mmWheel Base: 1260mmSeat Height: 765mm[ED:VS]
TOUGH TIMES: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev and Managing Director of Patanjali Ayurved Acharya Balkrishna performing yoga. REUTERS/Amit DaveAfter gaining a considerable market share in the FMCG market space, self-styled Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved is planning to diversify its business, this time into the solar power equipment manufacturing.”Getting into solar is in line with the swadeshi movement. With solar, each household in India can have power supply, and we are here to make that happen,” Acharya Balkrishna, managing director of Patanjali Ayurved told Mint in an interview.Since its inception, Patanjali is cashing in on the “natural” or ayurvedic and ‘swadeshi’ label to scale up its business. The company was set up in 2006, has been a success story now, as it has grown at a dramatic pace, with revenue touching Rs 10,561 crore as of March 31, 2017, from Rs 2,006 crore in 2014-15.Patanjali’s decision to foray into solar power equipment manufacturing space comes when the central government is considering a 30 percent capital subsidy as part of a new solar manufacturing policy, reported the business daily.”The government has been working on the solar industry, and even offering sops. We will manufacture solar panels in India without compromising the quality. But we are not going to get into the price war with the Chinese solar panels,” Balkrishna explained.The government has also proposed a scheme—”rent a roof”, with an aim to support its ambitious plan of generating 40 gigawatts (GW) of solar power by 2022.Earlier this year, the firm acquired a navigation aid equipment manufacturing company, Advance Navigation and Solar Technologies. Baba Ramdev backed Patanjali plans to invest around Rs100 crore in solar equipment manufacturing.For manufacturing solar equipment, the firm has already chosen a factory unit in Greater Noida, it is expected to be functional in next three to four months, reported the business daily.”This started with our plan to use solar as a source of power at all our factories. That time we understood (that) most of the solar modules come from China. And there was no quality consistency even in India-made ones. We started with making solar modules for our captive use initially and then decided to utilize existing capacity to manufacture solar modules and sell in the market. This unit is at a nascent stage at the moment,” Balkrishna said.
By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.orgAs twilight gave way to nightfall at the end of the holiday weekend, Goombay’s coed spring kickball league drew to its conclusion July 7 at Tucker Road park. The previous night’s torrential rains threatened to derail this version of championship Sunday for the rookie and intermediate leagues. However, nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the teams and fans who were a part of the weekly gathering of sports and socializing with trophies, and another year of bragging rights on the line.Twenty-four teams and more than 500 weekend warriors began the season in April and set up 20 games on the soggy football field, which had to be configured into two kickball areas so that both leagues could conclude their seasons. Goombay faced two deadlines as they tried to finish the tournament before the park’s normal closing time, while the summer league is scheduled to begin in the District next weekend. An extension of the season could’ve wreaked havoc on the start, however, after discussing the situation with the captains of the teams and others, they decided to press on.Savage Shock won the 2019 Goombay Kickball Advanced League championship on July 7 at Tucker Road Park in Fort Washington, MD. (Courtesy Photo)“I walked through all the softball field and they were too wet to play on today,” said Goombay’s founder and league directory Butch Goodwin to the AFRO. “I don’t believe in [postponing] games and rescheduling unless you absolutely have to. Once we considered all those factors we just decided let’s get it done today.”The configuration of the playing field saw outfielders looking into the infield with their counterparts positioned back to back as games were played simultaneously. A steady group of enthusiastic fans watched as 22 teams in two divisions battled in the single elimination format. Approximately 350-500 fans lined the fences of the 100 yard amateur gridiron that was transformed into dual kickball diamonds.There was one difference between the tournament and the intermediate playoffs. Two “wildcard” entries qualified in a last ditch effort for a chance to compete for the title giving the 10 teams, who would have won as many as four games in one day, to win the championship. Meanwhile, the top eight teams – based on regular season records – met for the right to compete for the big trophy. By nightfall, when the football lights took over, the intermediate tournament came to an end. Khaotic Money was looking for a sweep of both divisions but it wasn’t meant to be.In the finals Khaotic Money was shocked in what was an entertaining and intense battle down to the wire. Savage Shock got revenge for their 2018 loss in the intermediate championship game with a 5-3 victory to win this year’s title. However, Game Changers ended the possibility for a championship for Khaotic Money by dominating them in the advanced division finals. Game Changers scored early and seemingly at will. They cruised to a to an 11-3 win as Khaotic Money seemed to run out of energy in the finals.The Goombay kickball scene now shifts to the District for the summer leagues, which starts July 15.
(PhysOrg.com) — While size may not matter when it comes to humans, a new study published in Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology found that the width of the male bank vole’s penis plays a role in social dominance. Bank Vole sitting on the forest floor. Image: Evan James hymo/ Wikipedia. Male bank voles have a bone in their penis known as baculum. While these bones are not present in humans, they can be found in a variety of different mammal species. The function of this bone has not yet been determined, but this new study does show that when it comes to the bank vole, it plays an important role.The new study, led by Dr. Jean-Francois Lemaitre from the University of Liverpool, looked at the male bank vole to determine what contributed to social dominance. They collected wild bank voles and studied their offspring.They paired the young males up and exposed them to female nesting material. Scent mark patterns were then recorded and the males that left more scent marks were determined to be the dominant of the pair.The next step was to then scan the baculum of all the males and evaluate the images. While many previous studies have focused on the penis length, the researchers discovered the real difference was in the width and that the dominant males have a much wider baculum than their subordinate male counterparts.Lemaitre believes the possible explanation may be that female bank voles need physical stimulation in order to release eggs and that this wider baculum may provide this stimulation and result in a greater reproduction success rate.He believes that this study may be the first step toward understanding the connection between genital structure and reproductive success. Explore further 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. High levels of pollutants may decrease sexual organ size in polar bears © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: Penis size does matter if you are a bank vole (2011, October 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-penis-size-bank-vole.html More information: Genital morphology linked to social status in the bank vole (Myodes glareolus), Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, DOI:10.1007/s00265-011-1257-4AbstractSince genital morphology can influence the outcome of post-copulatory sexual selection, differences in the genitalia of dominant and subordinate males could be a factor contributing to the fertilisation advantage of dominant males under sperm competition. Here we investigate for the first time if penile morphology differs according to male social status in a promiscuous mammal, the bank vole (Myodes glareolus). In this species, dominant males typically achieve higher reproductive success than subordinates in post-copulatory sexual selection, and male genital morphology is complex, including both a baculum (os penis) and penile spines. Our results show that despite no difference in body size associated with male social status, baculum width is significantly larger in dominant male bank voles than in subordinates. We also found evidence of positive allometry and a relatively high coefficient of phenotypic variation in the baculum width of male bank voles, consistent with an influence of sexual selection. By contrast, baculum length and three measures of penile spinosity did not differ according to male social status or show evidence of positive allometry. We conclude that dominant male bank voles may benefit from an enlarged baculum under sperm competition and/or cryptic female choice and that differences in penile morphology according to male social status might be important but as yet largely unexplored source of variation in male reproductive success.via BBC
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