View comments LATEST STORIES Thousands of student athletes from around the world donned their team uniforms or traditional dress and walked behind the sign showing the name of their country and their national flags to the cheering crowd in Taipei Stadium. However, no Chinese athletes showed up to walk behind the staffer holding China’s national flag. Local media said China was absent due to the reference of Tsai as president. Taipei’s mayor Ko Wen-je is widely seen to have secured Chinese athletes’ attendance during his visit to Shanghai in July to attend a city exchange forum. But he said he had drawn the line at Chinese officials’ request for Tsai only to be called “leader” at the opening ceremony, not “president”.In the current climate, some expected Chinese athletes to boycott the Universiade entirely. ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Instead, they will compete in individual events but sit out the team sports, citing a clash with their own national games. Outside the stadium, there were chaotic scenes when dozens of protesters opposing the government’s pension reforms scuffled with pro-DPP groups briefly blocking an athlete’s entrance and delaying part of the ceremony.Protest groups also forced some buses taking athletes to the event to detour. The rest of the opening ceremony Saturday night will showcase Taiwanese culture and lifestyle, including indigenous dance and songs as well as performances using electric scooters.Pop star Leehom Wang is set to perform near the end of the show before baseball player Chen Chin-feng lights the Universiade flame to formally open the games, followed by a firework show. Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey This picture taken on August 11, 2017 shows a student demonstrating teetotum skills to celebrate the upcoming Summer Universiade in Taipei.Taiwan is about to host its largest ever sporting event, attracting thousands of athletes from around the world, but the World University Games, dubbed the “Little Olympics”, has highlighted tensions with China and Taiwan’s struggle for international recognition. The biennial Summer Universiade will draw more than 7,000 student athletes to Taipei for two weeks from August 19, to compete in sports from basketball to swimming to Chinese martial arts. / AFP PHOTO / Sam YEH / TO GO WITH Universiade-2017-Taiwan-China-politics-diplomacy, FOCUS by Michelle YUNChina boycotted the opening ceremony of the World University Games hosted by Taiwan on Saturday in the latest reflection of deteriorating relations between the two sides.The biennial Summer Universiade, dubbed the “Little Olympics,” is the largest ever sporting event Taipei hosts but it has also highlighted tensions with Beijing and the island’s struggle for international recognition. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC It is the first time Taiwan has held the Games, but even on home turf it must compete as “Chinese Taipei” and is unable to fly its national flag or play its national anthem because of Beijing’s sensitivities. The two sides split after a civil war in 1949, but Beijing still sees the self-ruled island as part of its territory and objects to any official diplomatic recognition of Taiwan. 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 shutoutRelations have deteriorated since Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took office in May last year, with Beijing cutting off all official communications. At the opening event, Tsai was introduced as the president of “the Republic of China”, Taiwan’s official name, which China does not recognise. She waved to the audiences but did not give a speech. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent reveals Juventus serious about buying Ramsey this monthby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveItalian agent Andrea Boscolo has revealed Juventus are attempting to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey this month.Juve and Ramsey have settled on Bosman terms, with the Welshman happy to move to Turin in June when his Gunners deal expires.However, Boscolo has confirmed reports of Juve wanting to buy Ramsey immediately to take part in the remainder of their Champions League campaign.He told TMW: “I know that Juventus are trying to get him now because he could be important for the Champions League, he is an experienced player who will not have difficulty entering the Italian league and (coach Max) Allegri’s tactical board. “The ideal position is a midfielder that is good for the two phases, like (Claudio) Marchisio: he can assist and score, he can give something more to the Juventus midfield.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool reacts furiously to ‘racist’ Origi from own supportersby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have reacted furiously to a banner depicting Divock Origi in Genk.The Reds labelled the flag ‘highly offensive’ after it briefly hung from the second tier in the away end prior to kick-off in Belgium.A Liverpool spokesperson said: “Liverpool Football Club condemns the offensive banner displayed in our section of the ground, prior to kick off.”To be clear, the image used perpetuated a racist stereotype.”This is completely unacceptable. We acted swiftly to have the banner removed and we are now working with the local authorities and stadium team in Genk to identify those responsible.”Any subsequent action will be taken in keeping with our sanctions process.”
APTN National NewsA new billboard has gone up in Saskatchewan protesting against federal cut backs to Aboriginal programming.Located in the heart of down town Saskatoon, the billboard displays every Aboriginal organization across the country that has faced cut backs from the federal government since Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized in 2008.The billboard included the Native Women’’ Association, Sisters in Spirit and the Assembly of First Nations. It is part of an exhibit and was put up in conjunction with the Paved Arts Gallery opening this month in Saskatoon and runs until October.Non-Aboriginal artist Cathy Busby says if the billboard creates an open dialogue on the issue it will have been a success.
Redshirt-sophmore safety Tyvis Powell (23) makes a tackle during a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won in double overtime, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorTyvis Powell is living a dream.The redshirt-sophomore safety and Bedford, Ohio, native, who came to OSU in 2012 as a top-100 defensive back according to ESPNU, committed to the Buckeyes when Luke Fickell was the interim coach in 2011, amidst the Tattoo-Gate scandal.Powell said Monday that it didn’t matter who the coach was, he was set on being a Buckeye from day one.“This is a dream. You’re not going to give up your dreams. No matter who is the coach, you grow up your whole life and you watch one certain team, and you root for this team all your life, that’s where you want to go,” Powell said. “Your heart is always going to be with that team. The only place I felt like I would give 100 percent effort all the time would be here.”Once in Columbus, however, Powell said he had thoughts about leaving OSU after being redshirted in 2012.“My redshirt year I struggled a lot,” he said. “Adjusting to college and everything, watching everybody else, all my teammates that came in with me were actually playing and me being a redshirt, it was kind of frustrating. I had some doubts about even being here in the first place, I can honestly admit that.”Powell said a talk with his high school coach Sean Williams helped him to realize OSU was the right place for him.“I had a serious conversation with my mentor, my high school head coach, about what I was going through,” Powell said. “He just kind of reminded me why I came here in the first place, and it kind of triggered some stuff off in my head. I just realized that if you really want something, you got to work for it. They are not just going to give it to you.”Just a year later, Powell was appearing in games for the Buckeyes, starting five as a redshirt-freshman and totaling 48 tackles.Powell said he stepped up his work ethic to earn playing time because he did not want to be just another footnote in OSU football history.“People get here and they say, ‘Oh I arrived, I am just happy with being here.’ I kind of fell (in) with that a little bit, but then, like, I wanted more,” Powell said. “I wanted to be known, I wanted to make plays.”His biggest play as a redshirt-freshman came against Michigan when he stepped in front of a pass from then-redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner on a two-point conversion that sealed a 42-41 OSU victory.The play is considered by some to be one of the biggest plays in recent OSU history, but Powell said he was only thinking about one thing when he made the catch.“I just thought it was something that would help get my seniors get their last pair of gold pants,” Powell said.The gold pants being an accolade Buckeyes receive following a win over Michigan, in the form of a small charm that usually bears the players initials and score of the game.Now a redshirt-sophomore and a full-time starter, Powell has made his presence felt again this season as he is currently second on the team in tackles with 40 and is tied with three other players for first on the team for interceptions with two.The second interception proved to be one of the biggest plays of Saturday’s game against Penn State as Powell dove in front of a pass from sophomore Christian Hackenberg in the second half of a 31-24, double-overtime win.Cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs said he was particularly impressed with the play Powell made.“I thought that interception Saturday night was spectacular,” Coombs said. “Coming across the field, running in front of the receiver, laying out and making that play. That’s just typical of what Tyvis is doing right now.”Heading into Saturday’s game against Illinois at Ohio Stadium, Coombs added that the improvement of Powell from last season to this season has been exceptional.“I noticed, I think we all have, in Tyvis tremendous leaps and strides in this season,” Coombs said Monday. “Knowing that he is coming in, he is going to be a starter. There’s a difference when you are fighting to get a job and when you have a job. And he has got a job and so he can take another step, I think, in his development.”Powell said his development has resulted in a practice drill being named after him by the coaches.“We got a drill on Tuesday that he (co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash) calls the ‘Tyvis Powell drill’ where we (just) tackle,” Powell said. “He calls it that, because at first I dreaded it, but now I love it. I embrace it. You got to embrace the things that suck.”Now, being one of OSU’s leaders and having a drill named after him, he still credits Williams for helping him achieve his dream.“At first I thought it wasn’t going to be a reality, but then me and my high school head coach came up with this plan,” Powell said. “I told him I wanted to come here, he said ‘Tyvis, you have the talent to get there and I can show you the way.’ He showed me some things, he created the work ethic inside of me that I didn’t know that I had and that ultimately helped me get here.”Powell said being in Columbus was the only choice entering college, adding he would have walked on as a Buckeye before accepting a scholarship elsewhere.“(It was) OSU or nothing,” Powell said.
Ohio State associate head coach Mike Stafford played for the Buckeyes from 1994 to 1998, serving as the closer his last two seasons. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsMike Stafford had spent the last seven seasons coaching pitchers at Ball State on the staff of then-head coach Greg Beals. But when Ohio State head coach Bob Todd retired in 2010, Beals emerged as the front-runner to take over the position.Stafford played for the Buckeyes from 1994 to 1998, serving as the closer his last two seasons. After graduating from Ohio State, he dreamed of returning to his alma mater to coach. And with Beals potentially heading to Columbus, the dream looked like a possibility.All this excitement was stored in the back of Stafford’s mind while on a recruiting trip to Chicago. While evaluating a recruit, his phone rang.“[Beals] called me on his way home from somewhere and said that ‘[Ohio State Athletics Director] Gene Smith just called and said that he offered me the job,’” Stafford said. “And I remember I was in Chicago, I took the call and went running behind the stadium and I was like ‘Wow this is, this is another life-changing moment.’”The opportunity had been a lifetime in the making for Stafford, who recently became Ohio State’s associate head coach.Stafford was born into a baseball family. He’s the only son of pitcher Bill Stafford, who won two World Series titles with the New York Yankees in the 1960s.Stafford said he constantly felt pressure from the media in Canton, Michigan, to live up to his father’s level. “There was awfully a lot of pressure to either match what my dad did or be better,” Stafford said. “But at the same time I felt like I learned a lot from it and made me a better player and person, and now a coach because of that.”Growing up 9 miles from Ann Arbor, Michigan, meant a majority of Stafford’s friends attended either Michigan or Michigan State, but he wanted to do something different. He wanted to leave the state. His high school baseball coach knew Todd, and after a visit, Stafford knew Ohio State was the place for him.Settling into first base to begin his Ohio State career in 1994, Stafford saw little playing time until his redshirt junior year. The Buckeyes had several left-handed pitchers leave the program and an opportunity appeared.“The biggest thing I wanted to tell coach Todd was, ‘I pitched in high school, I can help this team as a pitcher,’” Stafford said.The coaches gave him a shot in fall workouts and he won the closing role in the bullpen.Stafford saved six games in his redshirt senior season of 1998, 12th most all-time in a single season at Ohio State. His ERA was the lowest on the team in both 1997 and 1998. The Toronto Blue Jays felt Stafford was worth a 41st-round draft pick and he played in the minor leagues for four seasons. His professional career came to an end with the High Desert Mavericks, the Advanced Class-A team of the Brewers, after the 2001 season.“I was looking in the mirror, just thinking, ‘I’m 27 years old, I’m in high-A. I’m not making the progress that I feel like I need to to make my career as a big leaguer,’” Stafford said. “I felt like the writing was on the wall and I really needed to think about my future, and my future was I wanted to stay in the game of baseball somehow.”Doors soon blew open. The Yankees called Stafford to ask if he would be interested in becoming a scout. He accepted the opportunity and made plans to train for the position. But his plans changed.“A week before I was supposed to go to Arizona to go to scout school, my dad passed away,” Stafford said. “Scout school’s only offered once a year, this many days. And I wasn’t going to be able to do that and make that a priority over my family.”After some time off to grieve, Stafford instead became the bullpen coach for the Columbus Clippers. His stint lasted two seasons, ending a short time before Beals entered the picture.“After my first year at Ball State, I realized that I needed to have somebody to take care of our pitching staff,” Beals said. “Coach Stafford’s name came up a couple of times from professional scouts.”The same scouts told Stafford about the opportunity and worked to get him a phone interview. Beals called him in fall 2003.For almost an hour, the two discussed pitching, coaching philosophy and player development. Both recall an instant connection. “It almost felt like we knew each other before we even knew each other,” Stafford said.After an on-campus interview it was a done deal. Stafford was Beals’ choice for pitching coach.Fast forward more than 14 years, Stafford has produced five players selected in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft and more than a dozen total picks. He’s won two conference titles with Beals. Now, before the 2018 season, he has been promoted to associate head coach.“The promotion is a loyalty thing for me,” Beals said. “One thing that you never want to have in your program is status quo, so to say. I want for there to be progression. I want there to be progression in our program, and so I want there to be progression in our coaching staff.”John Kuchno, a player who failed to make the team at Wake Forest as a freshman, was recruited to Ohio State by Stafford. He finished his collegiate career as a draft pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Current major-league pitchers Brad Goldberg and Drew Rucinski still ask for Stafford to evaluate them and offer advice.“Whether they win 12 games or two games, the work they put in, the accountability and the commitment that they have to get their education and play baseball at Ohio State is second to none,” Stafford said. “I still have a great relationship with all of them.”Beals made clear that one of Stafford’s greatest attributes is his ability to relate to players.Redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer was a fan of Stafford’s personality before even arriving at Ohio State, having met Stafford when he was recruited.“He seemed like a really genuine, down-to-earth person that wasn’t telling me stuff for me to believe him just to get recruited,” Niemeyer said. “He was telling me stuff that I could genuinely learn from.”Through the years, Stafford and Beals have maintained a strong relationship that has clicked since the early days at Ball State. Stafford is more laid back and soft spoken. Beals is a high-energy guy.After 14 seasons together, the promotion is a signifier of the camaraderie between two coaches who might coach together until one or both retire.“We have a friendship that goes beyond just our jobs,” Beals said. “You develop a level of trust, there’s more than just ‘this is your job, this is my job’ when you spend that much time with somebody.”Stafford sees himself staying at Ohio State for the foreseeable future.“I don’t feel like I have any aspirations of going anywhere else,” Stafford said. “I’m a Buckeye, I’ve always been a Buckeye, and this is my home.”
Lionel Messi reached another milestone in La Liga following his exploits against SD Huesca on Sunday nightThings didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts for Barcelona though when Colombian forward Cucho Hernandez grabbed a goal inside the third minute of the game at the Camp Nou for Huesca.But Messi spared the hosts’ blushes by putting the scoreline back level 13 minutes later.The Barcelona captain added his second goal and the side’s sixth of the day following an own-goal by Jorge Pulido and strikes by Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, and Ivan Rakitic.Alex Gallar did add a consolation goal for Huesca before the end of the first-half.A Jordi Alba goal and an injury-time penalty by Luis Suarez sealed an 8-2 win for Barcelona.But the night belonged to Messi after setting up Rakitic for Barcelona’s fifth goal of the night.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.It means that the Argentina international has become the first-ever player in the history of La Liga to take his overall assist tally to 150.Messi’s 16th-minute strike against Huesca also means that he has scored against 37 out of the 40 teams he’s played against in Spain.5 – Current players most assists in the top five European leagues:1 – LIONEL MESSI: 1502 – Cesc Fàbregas: 1433 – Mesut Özil: 1284 – Cristiano Ronaldo: 122 5 – Dani Alves: 110Ace. pic.twitter.com/hbRi8imFF5— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 2, 2018
Legendary striker Alan Shearer is one of the few who actually defends Jose Mourinho’s status as the manager, he goes after Pogba and Sanchez.Manchester United’s most recent form is very alarming, there are people blaming Mourinho and people blaming some of the players, but Alan Shearer is clear about where his allegiances are.The former Newcastle striker and Premier League’s all-time top scorer wrote a column for The Sun, where he felt the need to let it all out and publicly defend Jose Mourinho in a time when it’s easier to just go after the manager for all the bad results.Other legends of the game like Paul Scholes have come hardly after the Portuguese manager, flat out saying that his mouth is completely out of control and he should quit the job while he still has some dignity left.But for Alan Shearer, talking trash about Mourinho is wrong because the boss has an impressive resume that gives him more than enough credit to turn things around at Manchester United.Shearer wrote that he has never liked going after the manager because the players are also to blame when situations like this take place at any club, and Manchester United is no different as he specifically singled out Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez. Alan Shearer on Pogba:”He was offering nothing. Despite being a World Cup winner, he cannot lace the boots of those whose names will go down in history at Old Trafford” pic.twitter.com/o9syUVLiJm— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) October 2, 2018On his Monday column for The Sun, Shearer expressed how incredible the difference this Manchester United has with the one that Sir Alex Ferguson managed. Back when he was still a player, the Red Devils inspired a lot of respect and no information was leaked like today.Carrington is a source of drama 24/7, something that was impossible to imagine back in the day. For the England legend, there are two specific players to blame, and he went after them hard. His first victim was aul Pogba as he wrote: “It was never like this when I started in the game. The club had the power, as did the boss.”“Now all the power is with the players. Paul Pogba is Manchester United’s record signing. Just take that in for a moment and consider all the great players who have played for this club. Despite being a World Cup winner, he cannot lace the boots of those whose names will go down in history at Old Trafford.”“He was pathetic again at West Ham and was that bad that Mourinho had to drag him off as he was offering nothing. If he is looking to get the manager out then he is doing a much better job of that than playing football, as his team-mates were not much better,” he wrote.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Alan Shearer and Alex Ferguson. pic.twitter.com/9LIXWEFYvT— 90s Football (@90sfootball) October 2, 2018But Shearer wasn’t done, as he also pointed out the terrible situation that Alexis Sanchez is currently going through at Manchester United. The Chilean player was reportedly told by Mourinho that he won’t play a single more minute for the club until he modifies his attitude.For Alan Shearer, buying the Chilean forward from Arsenal was the single biggest mistake that the Red Devils could’ve made and he agrees with us that he may be one of the club’s biggest flops in recent history.“And where was Alexis Sanchez? This is a player they fought tooth and nail to sign ahead of their big rivals, pipping Pep to his signature. Yet he sums up everything wrong with United. He was not even on the bench after a series of poor displays.”“He has got nowhere near the levels we saw at Arsenal since the move and you have to ask why. City’s decision to step away from that deal is looking better and better.”“A manager of Mourinho’s stature and an incredible CV does not deserve this. Yet is he blameless? What on earth was he doing tactically in the 3-1 defeat at West Ham?” wrote Shearer in his explosive column for The Sun last Monday.And then, this Tuesday in the Champions League, Alan’s words made even more sense as the Red Devils weren’t even capable of getting past a goalless draw against Valencia.Alexis Sanchez regrets joining Manchester United from Arsenal in January after turning down the chance to join eventual champions Manchester City. [Mirror] pic.twitter.com/gqBt0NB12y— City Watch (@City_Watch) October 1, 2018Who do you think should leave Manchester United, Jose Mourinho or the players who are not performing? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
AC Milan midfielder Suso revealed that a return to his native Spain over the past two summers has been a possibilityThe Spaniard joined Milan from Liverpool in January 2015 and has since emerged as one of the most promising talents in the Serie A.In light of this, Suso had been linked with a return to Liverpool along with a switch to Tottenham in the Premier League last season.However, Suso remained at the San Siro and has continued his fine form this term with four goals and eight assists in 12 Serie A matches.Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.But now Suso has announced a switch to La Liga had been a possibility with Atletico Madrid.“It’s true, there were contacts with Atletico Madrid,” said Suso, according to Football-Italia.“In the last two summers, I’ve had options to return to Spain.”Suso is contracted at Milan until June 2022.
Akkineni NagarjunaTwitterSalman Khan’s remuneration for Bigg Boss Hindi has made headlines in recent times and has raised many eyebrows. He is getting paid Rs 31 crore per weekend. The next question that struck the Telugu audience is how much Nagarjuna would be receiving for Bigg Boss Telugu.A rumour has been doing rounds, which says that the actor is receiving Rs 12 lakh per episode. The season will run for less than 105 days, which means there are around 15 weeks. Well, he appears on the show only during Saturday and Sunday. So now you better calculate and see how much the Akkineni man is going to get paid on the whole.Well, what Jr NTR and Nani were paid is much less when compared to what Nagarjuna is getting. It is all about the experience, seniority and stardom. We also learnt that Nagarjuna used to get paid Rs 7 lakh per episode for hosting Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu. He hosted the show for two consecutive seasons and later it was taken up by actor Chiranjeevi. Nagarjuna on Bigg Boss Telugu 3TwitterMoreover, the Bigg Boss house has been constructed inside the premises of Annapurna Studios, 7 Acres. As per the report, the management of the show has signed a contract for three years with Annapurna Studios for the construction of the house.Bigg Boss 3 Telugu is going on air from July 21 and in the last couple of days, the management of the show has been facing casting couch allegations. Till now, neither the management of the channel nor the actor has responded on the controversy.On the work front, he has Manmadhudu 2 to release on August 9.
Trump speaks by phone with Merkel in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump has re-decorated the Oval Office according to his opulent tastes with new gold curtains and a red-and-beige rug with green leaves, the media reported.A CBS News report on Friday said that these changes came naturally to Trump whose family home is a three-storey penthouse in New York’s Trump Tower.His ‘Versailles in the Sky’, as it has come to be known, is accented with marble, the family “coat of arms”, and paintings of Greek gods along with plenty of golden coloured items around the house.One of the most notable choices Trump made in the Oval Office in accordance with his love of gilded decor, was replacing the red curtains used during former president Barack Obama’s second term with a set of gold ones.While used briefly by former president George W Bush, these curtains ironically first hung in the Oval Office during Bill Clinton’s presidency. President Bush ultimately swapped them out for a slightly different set of golden drapes, the report said.The next replacement was the tan-and-navy rug which the Obama administration had laid out in 2010 with inspirational quotes from five American heroes around its outer edge.But one item that Trump has retained from the previous administration is the Resolute Desk, as it is officially known, the most ornate of the Oval Office desks and also the most popular one, the report said.Used by Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and John F Kennedy, the Resolute Desk has been used by more US presidents than the Hoover Desk, the Johnson Desk and the Wilson Desk combined.Opulent and highly ornamented, its wood was salvaged from a British ship called the HMS Resolute, which explored the Arctic in the mid-1800s.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /50:48 X On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Houston cycling advocates are taking another look at the city’s bike plan. Bike Houston just released a report card, which comes a year after Houston City Council adopted the plan. John Long, Bike Houston’s executive director, lays out his organization’s thoughts on the plan.Also this hour: 25 years ago this week, the siege on a religious compound near Waco went wrong, leaving more than 80 people dead. We hear from the people who were there, as part of our collaboration with the Houston Chronicle remembering the lessons of the Waco tragedy.Then, the Texas Association of Museums is holding its annual conference this week in Houston. We find out what will be discussed and learn what major issues museums are facing these days – especially the many in Houston’s lauded Museum District.Plus, we learn how an engineer designed cost-effective wheelchairs to be distributed by his nonprofit, Free Wheelchair Mission. And Brantley Hargrove talks about his new book The Man who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live VideoWe also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
Share Jeff Grass PhotographyHouston Chamber Choir 00:00 /00:00 Just before Christmas, the Houston Chamber Choir found out that they were selected to perform at the World Symposium on Choral Music – a week-long festival of the world’s best choirs.It’s held only every three years in different cities around the globe, and the 2020 Symposium will take place in Auckland, New Zealand.The Houston Chamber Choir is one of only 24 choirs in the world invited to perform, chosen from a record 179 entries this past year.“The opportunity to represent our city, our state, and our nation at this gathering of the world’s top choirs has long been a dream of mine,” said Robert Simpson, the choir’s founder and artistic director.A kind of musical “Olympics” and “congress” rolled into one, the festival is a public showcase of preeminent international choirs, plus seminars and workshops for leading conductors, composers, singers and administrators in the field.The Houston Chamber Choir is composed of 20 professional singers, selected through auditions from top singers in the region. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen
Apple, however, is a wholly new potential player, with Van Amburg or Erlicht entering the fray in Toronto on behalf of the company for the first time. They joined Apple last year, ending long tenures as presidents of Sony Pictures Television. Apple has since aggressively pursued high-profile series projects, such as a comedic drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon and a revival of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories.” The company has, however, been less aggressive on the film front thus far, and has yet to reveal plants for the platform on which it will mount all the content it is developing.Netflix has long been a player at festivals such as TIFF, establishing the precedent of direct-to-consumer services shaking up the traditional festival marketplace. Hulu as well is a regular presence at TIFF, where this year it will be represented by two film-acquisition execs and documentaries head Belisa Balaban. Popular on Variety Apple is going shopping in Canada.Variety has learned that at least one of the digital giant’s top entertainment-programming executives, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, will head to the Toronto International Film Festival this week. Execs for the streaming giant will arrive with checkbooks in hand as they look to make potential acquisitions that could fill out the content pipeline for the company’s still-under-wraps entertainment service.Apple leaders won’t be the only deep-pocketed digital executives in Toronto. Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, who joined the company earlier this year, will make her first trip to the festival as a potential buyer. Salke is expected to arrive in Toronto today.Amazon has in recent years been a presence at festivals. Under previous entertainment head Roy Price, the company was an aggressive buyer at Sundance and SXSW last year. But with Amazon Studios in transition earlier this year following Price’s ouster in the wake of sexual-harassment allegations and amid a lengthy search for a replacement, the company was not active at either festival this year. Salke, a television veteran who previously served as NBC entertainment president, is a new presence on the film side, where she is a looking for a new top deputy to replace departed Amazon film chief Jason Ropell. ““I think you’ll be seeing expansion over there,” Salke told Variety in June of her film plans. “I think we might not necessarily be making a ton more movies, but I think the way we make movies might evolve a little bit.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
To understand the roots of XRL, UPenn’s GRASP lab subsidiary, Kodlab, explains that RHex is a biologically inspired robot first thought up as part of a DARPA funded consortium. A variety of RHex platforms were subsequently developed and Kodlab stayed hot on the trail of coming up with new versions for studying biologically inspired locomotion, gait control, and sensor-based navigation. RHex platforms all include six legs.The new XRL scores points because it can right itself in midair after being dropped at various angles. It also maintains its orientation as it is made to run off a ledge.The XRL, at 8.1 kilograms, has six very springy legs, which act as shock absorbers. In describing their tests, the XRL team said that they compared the previously published empirical self-righting behavior of the Tailbot, a robotic car with an attached tail developed at UC Berkeley, with new, tailed XRL experiments. They said that they dropped the XRL nose-first from a 2.7 body length height and also deliberately ran it off an elevated cliff, to see it land safely on its springy legs in both cases. The research efforts have resulted in the presentation, “Tail Assisted Dynamic Self Righting,” by Aaron M. Johnson, Thomas Libby, Evan Chang-Siu, Masayoshi Tomizuka, Robert J. Full, and D. E. Koditschek. The study was presented recently at the fifteenth international conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR 2012), from July 23 to 26.Within the field of mobile robotics, scientists at the GRASP Lab point to an area of study focused on “throwing your weight around,“ using appendage inertia. Aaron Johnson and D. E. Koditschek, from the GRASP Lab, note the interesting ability of cats that, when falling, gyrate legs and tail to land on their feet. Lizards use tails to move quickly over uneven terrain. Humans use their arms for balance. Scientists, meanwhile, are focusing on how robots might use appendages for self-righting, dynamic transitions, and efficiency improvements. More information: Kod Labvia IEEE Explore further Citation: XRL robot uses tail for easy landing on springy feet (w/ Video) (2012, August 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-xrl-robot-tail-easy-springy.html © 2012 Phys.org The robot is based on RHex, UPenn’s original hexapod robot, but the most distinguishing features of the newer version are that it is more modular, and it has an actuated tail. The common challenge has been getting mobile robots to land and stay on their feet. Tailbot and XRL. Image: Aaron M. Johnson et al. Falling lizards use tail for mid-air twist, inspiring lizard-like ‘RightingBot’ (Phys.org) — What a difference a tail makes. Robots with tails can fly through the air while maintaining their orientation, evidence that appendages for robots can enhance performance and effectiveness. Past research from UC Berkeley explored what happens when you give a wheeled robot a controllable tail, as that used by the lizard. Now an extremely adept X-RHex Lite, or XRL for short, robot shows it can stay upright no matter how challenging the attempt is to make it do otherwise. The XRL is the result of a collaboration between UC Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania. 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.
Kolkata: In a bid to prevent death due to electrocution from wet light posts or feeder boxes during monsoons, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to install awareness hoardings at a number of light posts across the city.In October last year, an elderly man had died of electrocution after he touched a trident lamp post while wading through a water logged street on Hossain Shah Road under Ekbalopore police station area.The hoardings will be installed with the awareness message that no one should touch light posts or feeder boxes, particularly at the time of rainfall or during water accumulation or with wet hands. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The advertising department of the KMC will soon finish the preparation of such hoardings. After that tender will be floated for fitting these hoardings to light posts,” Member Mayor-in-Council (Light) Manzar Iqbal said.It may be mentioned that the lighting department of the KMC has already identified certain areas in which the feeder boxes are not in proper condition.Apart from the steps taken by the civic body, a senior official of KMC’s lighting department said CESC should increase their vigil to prevent rampant hooking in certain areas. “Feeder boxes are often opened by the people for hooking that increases the risk of electrocution,” he added. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIn the case of Maksud Alam, who died on October 10 last year, it was found that the level of water was over the red tape of CESC’s feeder box. “The person was unable to see that the feeder box was open,” the KMC official said.In August 2016, a 14-year-old boy Yash Bengani returning home from tuition was electrocuted as he grabbed a trident lamppost to balance himself while wading through thigh-high water on Ramesh Mitra Road in Bhowanipore after a heavy downpour.