Watch: Panama commentators in tears after World Cup debut

first_imgIt has been a difficult start to their World Cup journey for debutants Panama.After losing to Belgium in their Group G encounter, they suffered another massive defeat at the hands of England in their second game.But for a team which is making its World Cup debut, the result hardly matters.The country is known for its ports and tourism and football is not what you associate with the North American nation.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEReaching the World Cup is seen as a massive achievement for a country which has a population of little over four million and that was clearly visible by the reaction of Panama TV’s World Cup commentators, who broke down in tears while listening to their national anthem being played for the first time in the tournament’s history.In a video doing the rounds on social media, two commentators were captured listening to the national anthem.Wow. Panama commentators reaction off air while they listen for the first time the Panama anthem at the World Cup.I totally, totally understand them pic.twitter.com/dusriPyXkBTancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) June 24, 2018The world got to see another example of how much Panamanians love football when the fans celebrated wildly after Felipe Baloy, 37, scored their first-ever goal at a World Cup, against England.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe Panama’s national broadcaster also released another video of the same TV commentators celebrating the historic goal in the studio.¡COGE TU GOL HISTÓRICO! Así vivimos el primer gol de Panamá en un Mundial junto a @samudio14 y @miguelremon #EstoyEnElMundial #Rusia2018 pic.twitter.com/C8tPtPbfoDadvertisementDeportes RPC (@deportes_rpc) June 24, 2018Panama lost their World Cup debut match against Belgium 3-0 as Romelu Lukaku scored a brace for the European nation after Dries Mertens opened the scoring.They suffered a 6-1 loss in their second match to England. Harry Kane scored a hat-trick, John Stones scored a brace and Jesse Lingard added one more. Baloy scored the only goal for PanamaThe tiny nation has been eliminated from the ongoing tournament as a result of the two losses.Their last match of the quadrennial event is against Tunisia on Thursday.last_img read more

Porsche Cayenne drives in Indian market for Rs 1.19 crore

first_imgThe latest generation of Porsche’s SUV model line is now available in India. Now customers can choose from three variants right from the start: the Cayenne, Cayenne E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo. The arrival of the brand’s flagship SUV was celebrated at a special event held by Porsche India at the Sahara Star hotel in Mumbai, where all three derivatives were showcased, following an exclusive reveal.The new Cayenne no gets turbocharged engines, enhanced chassis systems, rear-axle steering, mixed-size tires, and a sharper design. These new developments bring the Cayenne even closer to its racetrack roots, thanks to better versatility and more performance. Additional enhancements to the third generation also include intelligent assistance systems and further connectivity features to offering the improved driver and passenger comfort. The new Cayenne comes with a choice of V6 and V8 petrol engines offering 340bhp and 550bhp on tap, combined with the standard eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission. The Cayenne Turbo accelerates from zero to 100kmph in 3.9 seconds (with the Sport Chrono Package) and has a top speed of 286kmph. The E-Hybrid variant belts out 462bhp and features a boost strategy, adopted from the 918 Spyder hypercar. With a fully charged battery, it can drive up to 44 kilometers with a top speed of 135 km/h in all-electric mode. The new Cayenne also gets a bold new design which stays true to the original identity of the Cayenne but delivers a more streamlined, sporty impression. Inside, the spacious cabin houses several comfort and convenience features, including a luggage compartment that has been increased by 100 liters. The Porsche Advanced Cockpit concept also offers connectivity and intuitive controls, whilst the center console with Direct Touch Control, a new 12.3-inch touchscreen display for the PCM act as the driver’s interface to all vehicle functions. A new head-up display also makes ground on the Cayenne dashboard.advertisement The new lightweight chassis of the Cayenne has been completely redesigned to deliver a balance between performance and comfort, and contributes to an overall weight saving of up to 65 kilograms, despite an extended range of standard equipment. Porsche also states that the new technologies, such as 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension, electric 48-volt roll stabilization, and high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brakes contribute to overall excellent driving dynamics. The Cayenne also gets five pre-programmed drive and chassis modes which can be activated in accordance to the terrain via the Porsche Communication Management (PCM). In addition to the default On road programme, drivers can choose between Mud, Gravel, Sand and Rocks settings to adapt to the relevant conditions. Additionally, the Cayenne is available with rear-axle steering and mixed-size tires derived from the 911, which improve agility, stability, and safety.Porsche’s latest SUV features several assistance systems as standard, including LED headlights, Warn and Brake Assist with predictive pedestrian protection, cruise control as well as front and rear Park Assist. The Cayenne Turbo is the first SUV in the world to have an adaptive roof spoiler as part of its active aerodynamics. Similar to the 911 Turbo, the spoiler adapts the aerodynamics and downforce to suit the driving conditions. Visually, the Turbo is easily identifiable by its distinctive twin tailpipes, enlarged air intakes, double-row front-light modules and 21-inch Turbo wheels in dark titanium emblazoned with the colored Porsche crest. The rear apron, exterior mirrors and door side trims are finished in the vehicle color.The new Porsche Cayenne, Cayenne E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo are now available at all Porsche showrooms in India. Bookings already began in late June after the global unveiling. Basic retail prices are as follows:Cayenne: Rs 1.19 croreCayenne E-Hybrid: Rs 1.58 croreCayenne Turbo: Rs 1.92 crorelast_img read more

Banyana edge Zambia to book a date with Zimbabwe

first_imgFriendlies Women Banyana Banyana stage the greatest comeback to book spot in Cosafa final 02:06 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Banyana Banyana Backpagepix Friendlies Women South Africa Zambia SA staged the greatest comeback against a strong and determined Zambia side to book their spot in the final of the 2017 Cosafa Women’s Championship Down 3-0 in the 75th minute, the South Africans scored three quick goals to leave the scores level at 3-3 at the end of regulation time, and force the match to a penalty shootout where they emerged victorious 5-3 and set up a repeat of the 2011 final where they lost to the hosts, Zimbabwe.Things looked bad for Banyana when Barba Banda scored the opening goal for Shepolopolo in the 21st minute before increasing their lead on the stroke of half-time through Grace Chanda.Zambia grabbed their third in the 73rd minute and it appeared the match was over as a contest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Just six minutes into the second half, Shepolopolo was awarded a penalty after the referee adjudged defender Noko Matlou to have fouled Chanda.But there was relief for Banyana Banyana when Rhoda Chileshe stepped up and ballooned her spot-kick over the crossbar.With their never-say-die spirit, the South Africans clawed their way back into the game with a 77th minute goal from Leandra Smeda whose header was powerful for Hazel Nali to stop.Three minutes later Thembi Kgatlana, who was a handful for the Zambia defence, was fouled and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Smeda made no mistake to reduce the deficit to 3-2 with her second of the day.With six minutes remaining on the clock, Kgatlana left her markers for dead and her cross found second half substitute Rhoda Mulaudzi who had an easy tap in to take the match to a penalty shootout. Smeda, Bambanani Mbane, Matlou, Nompumelelo Nyandeni (who had also come on in the second half), as well as Lebohang Ramalepe converted their spot-kicks to send the South African bench into a frenzy.Rachael Zulu, Grace Zulu and Lweendo Chisamu all scored for Zambia, while Ester Mukwasa missed her spot-kick.Shortly before the final whistle, interim head coach Desiree Ellis had brought on goalkeeper Andile Dlamini in preparation for the penalty shootout.In the end, Banyana Banyana triumphed 5-3 on penalties following a 3-3 stalemate after regulation time, with Smeda being voted as the player of the match.With the victory, South Africa will now face Zimbabwe in the final.This is Banyana Banyana’s fifth straight final in the tournament they won in 2002, 2006, and 2008 but came second in 2011 where they lost to Zimbabwe.last_img read more

Gary Cahill: Conte uncertainty must end for Chelsea

first_imgChelsea Chelsea must end uncertainty over Conte future – Cahill Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 05:30 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gary Cahill Getty Images Chelsea FA Cup Chelsea v Manchester United Manchester United Antonio Conte The Blues captain wants to see his club come out and clarify the future of their head coach after admitting the the issue undermined their season Gary Cahill thinks Antonio Conte’s reign as manager of Chelsea has been successful but he wants to see his club clarifiy their head coach’s position so they can move forward either with him, or without him.Chelsea mounted a poor title defence this season which has left them out of the Champions League spots for next season after finishing fifth in the Premier League.However, they still ended the season on a high note by beating Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final on Saturday evening. Cahill is happy to celebrate the success, but seemed relieved that his side can now regroup in the summer, as he wants to see Conte’s position resolved by the club’s directors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I probably want the uncertainty to be put to bed and for whatever is going to happen, to happen,” Cahill said at Wembley. “Naturally, we will see what happens with the club. I don’t really want to speak about it. Today is about celebrating the FA Cup. It is out of our hands.”We fell short in some aspects this season but today we produced and the rest behind the scenes is not down to us. So we will wait and see. This summer, a lot of the lads have got big summers ahead. I am going to chill out of six days and take my mind away from football and look forward to the tournament with my national team.”I feel a sense of uncertainty and I think that’s obvious to everybody in the last few months. What I can say, obviously we as players have no impact on that situation. I am sure, if I was a guessing man, they will have spoken between the club and manager. Let’s see, I am sure the manager will make the best decision for him and his family.”I am sure the club will make the best decision for what they feel. I am not dodging the question but it is totally out of our hands, we just sit on the side. What I can say, it has been a great finish. If he stays on next year, then he stay on. If he doesn’t then we have ended with a Premier League and FA Cup. “I think that is something that everyone at this club can be proud of, even the people behind the scenes who you don’t see. They work tirelessly behind the scenes and it is a long slog of a season. Everyone feels like we have got our reward now and we are going to celebrate and have a good time.”We are going to celebrate all together as a team, as a tight-knit family. As I said, you have to enjoy these moments and they don’t come around every day. Who knows whether we will be in another FA Cup final, you never know, so enjoy the moment. I think the whole season almost built up to this day, where we had to try and rescue and produce today.”That goes for all the staff and everyone who delivers behind the scenes. We had to try to deliver a trophy. When you look at it in terms of last year we got the Premier League title and this year was the FA Cup, it is not too bad. Two years, two titles and one runners-up. Like I said the other day, for me that is success.”Olivier Giroud Chelsea Manchester United FA Cup final 19052018Cahill has had a turbulant season of his own and had been dropped for a long period in winter and spring by Conte which led to him being left out of the England squad in April.However, the captain has since fought his way back into the Chelsea side and earned a spot in Gareth Southgate’s 23 man squad for the World Cup in Russia. Cahill lifted his first trophy as club captain at Wembley Stadium and he spoke about why he held onto the trophy for a long time, before releasing it to his team-mates after beating Jose Mourinho’s side.”It feels amazing, absolutely amazing for a number of reasons. Number one, obviously with our season [being tough]. Two, we tasted disappointment in this competition last year. Three, we won this competition in 2012 but I didn’t play at centre half through injury,” He added.”To be out there on the pitch, leave everything out there and win it today, from a selfish point of view is special for me. I felt the pressure before this game. I felt like we really had to win this game to save our season. When I say save it, I am not saying it has been a massive success, but at the same time it is the FA Cup.”We have won a trophy this year which a number of teams haven’t. It is extremely difficult to do that. I wanted to remember the moment. Without being too emotional about it, it is one of those things when you grow up as a kid watching the FA Cup, then to play in an final is one thing and to win it is another.Jose Mourinho Antonio Conte Chelsea Manchester United FA Cup final 19052018“To captain the club is another. So you have to remember these moments. I said to the lads before we went out not to take anything for granted in terms of being in a final. No matter what you have achieved in your career, I wanted them to remember when they were first starting out and looking for that first appearance, remember them days and don’t take it for granted that we reached the final.”It is one of them, throughout the season, you take criticism and sometimes rightly so. We fell short in quite a few competition, like I said the other day. But you keep quiet, you keep plugging and plugging away and when you know what you could achieve at the end of the season.”I had a feeling before the game and all week that it was a massive game. I wanted it more than anything and we have managed to deliver so it feels amazing. It is a dream, but you reap your rewards. I feel that if you keep working hard, then there’s a number of things needed. You need ability and character, you need all these things.”But you sit quiet, take it on the chin when it is good or bad. You keep plugging away and you reap your rewards. I was out there today and I felt like I delivered a great performance, as did the rest of my team-mates on the biggest stage. I’d rather do my talking on the pitch.”When I was out of the team it was difficult to do that but now I am back in the team and it is easier to do that and there’s no bigger stage than today. I spoke before the game [to the team]. That’s it. I don’t want to go too much into it because that’s personal for us. I touched upon it, I spoke before the game.Marcos Alonso Eden Hazard Chelsea Manchester United FA Cup“I felt like we were ready, we were prepared. Someone said to me the other day, can you just switch it back on after that Newcastle performance? I felt confident this week and good. When you are in a squad, you are looking around to make sure that everyone is focused and feels the same way. I felt like that.”Today was a strange game, it wasn’t the most exciting game for a neutral to watch, but we scored early in the game which probably made it more defensive for us. Naturally when you are 1-0 up against Manchester United, you are not going to gamble too much, when you are in the lead.”We had to soak up a lot of pressure, I felt defensively, not just the back five and the team as a whole was terrific defensively. Of course, Thibaut had to pull off some saves.”last_img read more

Rehabilitation of Police Stations High on List for Security Minister

first_img In a recent interview with JIS News, the Minister also pointed to the $1.9-billion investment to build the JCF Mobile West facility in St. James, citing it as evidence of “this Government’s commitment to investing in our security”. Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the rehabilitation of more than 70 police stations islandwide is part of a bigger plan to significantly improve the working conditions of members of the security forces. “The Ministry of National Security will follow up our policy support with significant investment in police infrastructure in the West,” the Minister said. Story Highlights Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the rehabilitation of more than 70 police stations islandwide is part of a bigger plan to significantly improve the working conditions of members of the security forces.In a recent interview with JIS News, the Minister also pointed to the $1.9-billion investment to build the JCF Mobile West facility in St. James, citing it as evidence of “this Government’s commitment to investing in our security”.“The Ministry of National Security will follow up our policy support with significant investment in police infrastructure in the West,” the Minister said.“The JCF Mobile West facility will provide the region with increased security presence. With the agility of the force improved, social development initiatives like Goals for Peace, will have the peaceful climate needed to effect change in our communities,” he added.Dr. Chang said that in the wake of the State of Public Emergency, the continued execution of targeted social-intervention programmes in St. James remains a top priority.“We must recall that the State of Public Emergency is part of a larger operational strategy to Clear, Hold and Build. The Build aspect is what the Goals for Peace Initiative represents,” the Minister explained.“When a certain level of control has been established, then second-tier strategies such as roadwork, community development projects, and social-intervention initiatives have the capacity to build and grow,” he noted.The Ministry of National Security/Citizen Security and Justice Programme, in partnership with other key social intervention agencies in St. James, has been implementing the Goals for Peace programme in the parish, which has engaged approximately 1,160 unattached and at-risk male youth from 15 communities, to date.“In the case of Goals for Peace, the programme aims to use the unifying agency of sports to bridge the gap between young men and positive attitudes and behaviour,” Dr. Chang said.“The rationale behind this approach is the creation of an environment that promotes bonds and friendships, which will, in turn, starve the hostile environments that encourage division, strife and violent disputes. It is harder to be violent to someone you laughed and played with,” the Minister argued.Dr. Chang said that when social and economic conditions change, it encourages the people within these spaces to change too.“A peaceful Jamaica is our aim, and it’s a reality that I believe is achievable in our lifetime. It is easier to talk through disputes when young people learn these skills on the field or on the sidelines of a friendly game, rather than in courtrooms, police stations or detention centres,” the Minister said.last_img read more

Province Moves To Protect Jobs Industry

first_imgSERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–CXN–Province Moves To ProtectJobs, Industry Keeping jobs and industry in Nova Scotia are the benefits fromlegislation introduced today, May 7, by Barry Barnet, Minister ofService Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The Oil Refineries and Liquified Natural Gas Plants MunicipalTaxation Act increases the property tax paid by the Imperial Oilrefinery in Dartmouth by $1.4 million, for a total of $3.6million this year, said Mr. Barnet. The increase would be newrevenue to Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), $1.4 million overand above what it received last year. The minister said the legislation would also enable the provinceto establish the property tax for any future liquified naturalgas plant. He added that his department would begin a thoroughreview of Nova Scotia’s industrial assessment and taxationpolicy. “Two decades ago, there were three oil refineries in Nova Scotia.Today, there is one and its future could be in doubt unless weact now,” said Mr. Barnet. “The refinery employs about twohundred people in well-paying jobs and this legislation is aboutprotecting these jobs.” Following a revaluation of the refinery and its property, therefinery’s assessment increased from $70 million in 2003 to $191million in 2004. Municipalities determine the tax bill bymultiplying the assessment by the commercial tax rate. Some time ago, refinery officials approached the province becauseof the increase in its municipal tax bill such a large increasein assessment would trigger. The officials said that, ifImperial’s municipal tax bill increased by such a large amount,it could threaten the long-term survival of the refinery. “Questions about this refinery’s continuing operation have beenwell documented over the past decade,” Mr. Barnet said. “Becauseof its size, its productivity is relatively low compared to otherrefineries. Its municipal tax bill, however, is completely out ofwhack compared to other refineries.” Under the new assessment, Imperial’s property tax bill would havebeen the equivalent of $71 per barrel of capacity. This amountwould be more than quadruple the amount paid by the much largerIrving refinery in Saint John, N.B., and the Ultramar refinery inQuebec. It would be more than six times the amount paid by asimilar sized refinery in St. Clair, Ont. “The municipal tax we are proposing today is the equivalent of$41 per barrel of capacity, and even that is much higher thancompeting refineries in eastern Canada,” he said. “I am sensitiveto the municipal concerns on this issue. However, this governmentwill not stand by as a critical part of the province’sinfrastructure is threatened. “Two-hundred Nova Scotians earn a very good living at thisrefinery. Its payroll of $23 million a year and its huge spin-offbenefits could not be easily or quickly replaced. “More than just jobs are at stake. This refinery is the onlyproducer of gasoline, diesel and furnace oil in Nova Scotia. We’ve seen what is happening to gas prices. Nova Scotians canonly lose if we become dependent on out-of-province or foreignsuppliers of these vital commodities. This legislation is nothingmore, and nothing less, than putting the economic interests ofNova Scotia first.” The minister added that there is precedence for governmentintervening to establish municipal tax revenues from largeindustrial accounts. In 2001, the province determined themunicipal tax revenues from the Maritimes and Northeast gaspipeline. He said that municipalities on their own sometimes make specialtax deals with individual commercial properties, citing theHalifax Regional Municipality’s deal with the Halifax AirportAuthority. “And on my desk is draft legislation, sent to me by HRM,proposing a municipal tax structure for the Heritage Gaspipelines,” he said. “This proposed tax structure is also outsidethe strict rule of rate times assessment. It would also lead tosignificant tax savings to this energy company, compared to rate-times-assessment.” The minister said his department will conduct a review of theprovince’s assessment and taxation policies of heavy industrialproperties. “We cannot expect to lure new heavy industry, such asa liquified natural gas plant, to Nova Scotia if our property taxsystem discourages them from moving here,” he said. “That is ourlong-term solution. In the short term, we must ensure that theamount of property tax being paid is fair to Imperial, fair tothe municipality, and helps ensure Nova Scotia does not lose 200jobs and an important part of our economy.”last_img read more

COLCHESTER COUNTY

first_imgNew Work COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, west bound from East Mountain for approximately 6.5 kilometres will have a right lane closure for roadwork today, June 27 until Friday, Aug. 31 Work takes place from dawn to dusk. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, from Brookfield to Truro, the northbound right lane will be closed for roadwork today, June 27 until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, east bound from Onslow for approximately 4.6 kilometres will have a right lane closure for roadwork today, June 27 until Friday, Aug. 31 Work takes place from dawn to dusk. -30-last_img read more

Suspects remain outstanding after St Catharines shooting injures three

first_imgST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Police searched into the night for two armed men following a daytime shooting in St. Catharines, Ont., on Thursday that sent three people to hospital, two of them in life-threatening condition.Niagara regional police said officers were looking at a number of residences in a downtown area of the city south of Toronto in what they described as a “slow, methodical process.”Const. Phil Gavin said late Thursday that officers were still looking for two men between the ages of 19 and 23 who were wearing hoodies and jeans.“Our detectives will be continuing the investigation overnight,” Gavin wrote in a series of tweets just before midnight. “The suspects remain outstanding.”In a statement issued early Friday, Niagara police said they were holding one scene overnight for forensic examination.Earlier in the evening, Gavin told a news conference “the full strength of the Niagara regional police” was involved in the investigation.“We’re doing everything we can to resolve this situation safely for everyone involved,” he said, adding investigators believe the shooting was a targeted incident.Those injured in the shooting have not been publicly identified, but authorities said two were flown to trauma centres in life-threatening condition, while a third was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.Gavin said police were called to the intersection of Church and Niagara streets at around 3:45 p.m. The nearby intersection of Queenston and Geneva streets was also affected, he said.Gavin said numerous officers, including the tactical unit, negotiators, the K-9 unit and emergency responders were all on the scene.At various points throughout the evening, officers with the force’s emergency task unit walked in and out of a building on the mostly residential street where the shooting took place, guns drawn and shields raised.Several civilians could also be seen leaving the building with their hands up.Police advised residents to stay out of the area, and employees of local businesses said they remained inside with doors locked until more information was available.More than a dozen people who live within the police line waited well into the night before they were allowed to return home shortly before midnight.Some approached officers guarding the police tape, demanding to be let through. Others, whose properties fall just outside the line, sat on their porches to watch the action unfold.Dan Peterson, who’s lived in the area for more than a year, was among those waiting outside police lines. He was turned away from the police tape at 5 p.m. and was still waiting to be allowed through four hours later.“We’re just waiting the situation out,” he said, noting that others had tried to dart through the police tape.Peterson said that while the neighbourhood isn’t crime-free, he was surprised by the magnitude of the violence.“You see little scraps here and there, but that’s about it,” he said. “That’s child’s play compared to what’s going on now.”Coun. Mat Siscoe, who represents part of the area where the shooting took place, said the neighbourhood has struggled economically in recent years.“The main hospital used to be just down the street from there, and it’s been a fairly economically depressed area since the hospital closed down about four years ago,” he said.But he said such levels of violence are unusual in the neighbourhood.“It’s unusual for the city of St. Catharines in general,” he said. “We’re not used to gun violence in the city. Not on this scale.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly stated that St. Catharines is west of Toronto.last_img read more

Eva Longoria To CoHost Bat4Hope Celebrity Softball Game

first_imgAdrian Gonzalez and actress Eva Longoria are co-hosting Bat4Hope, a celebrity softball game benefiting children and young adults with cancer November 7 at Dodger Stadium.Also taking part in the event are Taboo, Constance, Adam Rodriguez and many more.The organization behind the event is Padres Contra el Cancer, a nonprofit organization that for 30 years has been committed to improving the quality of life for children and young adults with cancer, along with their families, throughout Southern and Central California. Event proceeds will benefit family bilingual cancer education, quality of life and economic assistance programs.last_img read more

Ban applauds Pope Benedicts commitment to interfaith dialogue

The 85-year-old Pope cited deteriorating health for his decision to step down as the head of the Roman Catholic Church. He was elected in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II.“Recalling the Pope’s visit to the United Nations Headquarters in April 2008, the Secretary-General expresses his appreciation for the profound commitment of Pope Benedict to inter-faith dialogue and to addressing such global challenges as the alleviation of poverty and hunger, as well as the promotion of human rights and peace,” said Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“He hopes that the wisdom demonstrated during his Pontificate may stand as a legacy on which to build further dialogue and tolerance.”During his address to the UN General Assembly in April 2008, Pope Benedict called the UN the embodiment of aspirations for a “greater degree of international ordering” in response to the needs of the human family.He also stressed the Organization’s major role in seeking a better world as he highlighted the need to protect human rights, ensure development, security and reduce local and global inequalities.“The promotion of human rights remains the most effective strategy for eliminating inequalities between countries and social groups, and for increasing security,” he added. read more

Tennant Praises Incoming Doctor Who Showrunner Chibnall

first_imgMillions of eyes are on Chris Chibnall as he prepares to take over one of the BBC’s longest-running, most-beloved TV programs. No pressure or anything.The writer and producer remains mum about his new job on Doctor Who. But he already has one fan: David Tennant.Star of Chibnall’s ITV drama Broadchurch (and my favorite Doctor), Tennant told Digital Spy this week that the incoming showrunner was “possibly the only choice” to replace Steven Moffat, who announced his retirement last month.“I think it was an inevitability that he [Moffat] would turn to Chris,” Tennant said. “It’s a big, massive, difficult job and it needs someone who is as enthusiastic and talented as Chris.”The Scottish actor starred in at least four of Moffat’s early episodes, including “Blink” and “Silence in the Library”/”Forest of the Dead.” He also appeared in the 2007 Children in Need mini-sode “Time Crash” (with Fifth Doctor and IRL father-in-law Peter Davison) and 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor”—both penned by Moffat.Tennant moved on in 2013 to play Detective Inspector Alec Hardy in small-town murder-mystery Broadchurch; he reprised the role (as Detective Emmett Carver) in Chibnall’s American remake, Gracepoint.So, if anyone can speak with authority on not only the future of Doctor Who, and its current and incoming showrunners, it’s Tenth Doctor Tennant.“It’ll go from strength to strength,” he told Digital Spy, describing his predictions for a new era of the sci-fi show. “It’s nice to know it’s in safe hands, because it’s such a prized property.”But Moffat is giving up more than just the keys to the TARDIS: Following this year’s 10th season—his and Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi’s last—the dramatist said he will not pursue a writing gig under the new Doctor Who regime.Just what that dynasty will look like remains unclear. While Chibnall focuses on the third and final season of Broadchurch—after which he plans to take a much-needed vacation—Whovians continue to speculate on the next Doctor’s casting.The incoming boss isn’t giving away any details: “If I told you now, I might change my mind,” he told The Telegraph last week, adding that the part will be treated as any other.“We’ll cast the role in the traditional way: write the script, then go and find the best person for that part in that script. You couldn’t go out and cast an abstract idea,” Chibnall said. “The creative possibilities are endless, but I have a very clear sense of what we’re doing to do, without even knowing who’s going to play the part.”last_img read more

The Best Reynald Pedros rules as womens coach

first_imgThe former Marseille, Parma, Napoli and Lyon footballer is now ruling women’s football thanks to his managerial skills with Lyon WomenOlympique Lyonnais Féminin is a project founded in 2004 by Olympique Lyonnais in the French football league.Since then, the team has won a record 16 Division 1 championships, 9 Coupe de France, and 5 UEFA Women’s Champions League.Their most recent win came on May 24th, when Lyon Women beat Germany’s Wolfsburg 4-1 after extra time.And apart from the footballer’s work, one man has made this possible: Reynald Pedros.The former Parma, Napoli, Montpellier, Marseille and Lyon player is now ready to coach in his most difficult adventure.Apart from winning the Women’s Champions League, he also was selected today as The Best FIFA Women’s Coach, beating Asako Takakura from Japan and Sarina Wiegman from the Netherlands.Tessa Wullaert, Manchester CityWullaert says City are ready for the Women’s Champions League Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 According to Manchester City forward Tessa Wullaert his team can focus now on the UEFA Women’s Champions League after defeating Manchester United on Saturday.There were originally ten coaches shortlisted, but on September 3rd, the three finalists were announced.This is the first time a man has won the award since past winners include Silvia Neid from Germany in 2016 and Wiegman from the Netherlands just last year.The Best FIFA Women’s Coach Award 2016: Silvia Neid – Germany 2017: Sarina Wiegman – Netherlands 2018: Reynald Pedros – Lyon WomenCongratulations, Reynald Pedros 👏Winner of #TheBest FIFA Women’s Coach 2018 🏆#FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/dKDXBHW3km— FIFA Women’s World Cup 🇫🇷 (@FIFAWWC) September 24, 2018last_img read more

Larger Buick Encore GX crossover reportedly a possibility for the US

first_img null Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. More about 2018 Buick Encore 49 Photos Car Industry More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 68 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Post a comment Tags 18 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 71 Photos 52 Photos 0 Buick,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 10 Photos 2019 Volkswagen Arteon review: VW’s CC followup is more than just a carbon copy 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatnesscenter_img Share your voice Crossovers Luxury cars 2018 Buick Encore Premium: A subcompact SUV with a touch of luxury Review • 2018 Buick Encore: A plush subcompact crossover Tags General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 69 Photos Enlarge ImageThe Encore GX was introduced in Shanghai but could also be offered in the US. Buick A new crossover called the Buick Encore GX might be sold in the US, according to a report Monday by Automotive News. The Chinese model made its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show last week and could reportedly go on sale in the US by the end of 2019, though so far there’s no confirmation as to the car’s immigration plans to the States.A Buick spokesman in the US declined to comment further and told Roadshow via email, “The reveals in Shanghai were for the Chinese market only.”The GX has a longer wheelbase than the existing Buick Encore crossover. That will put the Encore GX in the compact-crossover segment, whereas today’s Encore is a subcompact model. Few details are available as to the Encore GX’s technical specifications so far, though Buick said that the car would be offered with both a nine-speed automatic and a continuously variable transmission as options.The Encore remains the best-selling model in the Buick lineup in the US, with sales in the first quarter of 2019 nearly double those of the next-best seller, the Enclave crossover. So adding a slightly larger model alongside the popular Encore seems like a safe bet to gain sales. And Buick needs the help: As a whole, the brand’s US sales were down 8.7 percent year-over-year in the first quarter — with the Chinese-built Envision crossover, the brand’s third-best seller, down 21.4 percent.At the Shanghai show, Buick also showed a refreshed Encore, but Automotive News reports that model will not make it to the US. The report also says that China is now slated to get a smaller version of the three-row Enclave crossover. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 47 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 12 Photos 81 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 26 Photos Share your voice Buick 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 0 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for familieslast_img read more

Murthy back after the break wants Panaya probe report made public

first_imgN R Narayana Murthy, founder and former chairman of Infosys.Reuters fileThe Infosys row has resurfaced after N R Narayana Murthy, the founder of the company wrote a mail to its board a few days ago, demanding that they make the Panaya probe report public, ET Now news channel reported on Thursday.Let us rewind. On February 16, 2015, a whistleblower had written to the Securities and Exchange Board of India, saying that Infosys had overpaid for the acquisition of Panaya, an Israeli firm. After a strenuous probe of two years, the Infosys management was given a clean chit in June this year by international law firm Gibson Dunn and investigation firm Control Risks.”We found no evidence supporting the whistleblower allegations regarding acquisitions, there were no conflicts of interests or kickbacks, required approvals for M&A were obtained, thorough due diligence was done, valuations of the target companies done by an outside advisor were reasonable and the purchase price was within the range determined by the advisor. We found no evidence that the CEO received excessive variable compensation or incurred unreasonable expenses for security, travel and its Palo Alto office,” the investigators said in a statement.In an assertive email to employees, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said, “Reports questioning the company’s acquisition of Panaya were orchestrated by people who are hell-bent on harming the reputation of the company and its employees.” He denied that the management of the company benefited in any sort from the acquisition, calling the allegations “libellous”.Sikka and his team were still struggling to move past the allegations and its aftermath when Murthy demanded Panaya probe to go public. Differences over corporate governance between Murthy and Sikka don’t seem to be abating.Previously, the founders of Infosys had also raised objections to the quantum of salary hike given to Vishal Sikka and size of severance packages given to former CFO Rajiv Bansal and former General Counsel David Kennedy.As told to ET Now by unidentified sources, Infosys has no plans to make the report public as this would violate client confidentiality agreements between Panaya’s investors and their limited partners.last_img read more

After Bombings Uncomfortable Truths Emerge About Racial Divides In Austin

first_imgIn Central East Austin, Jane Rivera and her husband, Gilbert, have been trying to process some of the same feelings.“It appeared that these were very personal attacks directed to people’s homes in communities of color,” Jane Rivera says. “We’re very outspoken in support of the community. Who knows? We might be next, and that’s how all of us were feeling – very threatened.”The Riveras have owned their home in Rosewood since the 1980s. Gilbert Rivera is president of the local neighborhood association. He says the bombings no longer dominate their conversations, but the attacks have heightened another kind of pressure that’s a constant part of their life in Austin.“Every single day, we get phone calls,” he says. “We get letters in the mail. We get people knocking on our doors, telling us it is time for us to move out, and we are in constant fear of losing our home because of gentrification.”Rivera says having a bomber appear to target his community adds to the feeling of not being welcome in Austin. These days, he keeps coming back to the same question: Where will he go if he has to leave? The first three package bombings all took place east of I-35, injuring and killing people of color. The attacker’s approach changed with the fourth bombing, which didn’t appear to have a specific target. It was set off by a tripwire in a residential neighborhood in Southwest Austin and injured two white men. Two more package bombs were shipped through FedEx facilities. Some observers took that change to conclude the attacks weren’t racist; they were random.“There’s a sense that this really isn’t part of who we are,” says Eric Tang, associate professor of African American and Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. “This isn’t really part of our history, and that comes across at times as a disavowal of history or a kind of evasion of historical truth.”For years, Tang has been studying why many African-American residents are leaving Austin, either by choice or because of financial pressures. He has also looked at why some East Austin residents choose to stay.“They stayed because they were resilient, and they want to continue to hold on to that sense of community despite having been segregated there to begin with, followed by rapid displacement of their communities owing to gentrification,” Tang says. “And what they feel is that very few people in this city acknowledge that history. So this is the context in which three package bombs go off in East Austin.”Tang says the public shouldn’t ignore why the attacks have felt like terror for many people of color.“For those who have more than just a passing sense of U.S. history, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear a bomb has gone off in a Southern city?” he says. “The first four victims were all people of color. Again, if you have more than a passing knowledge of U.S. history, you understand that this resonates with a history of racial terror.”That feeling of terror didn’t dissipate when the confessed bomber killed himself or when authorities said his recorded confession didn’t identify race as a motive. Caleb Bryant MillerA view of downtown Austin from River Street.In the days after the Austin bombings, Jesus Valles couldn’t stop thoughts from buzzing around like bees in his head. He made sense of his feelings the best way he knew how: He sat down at his computer and began to write a public Facebook post about Austin.“Austin is an exhausting place where racism smiles at you and does yoga and is a kind teacher and is such a good actor and is just trying to help you and just wants to know why you’re so upset,” Valles wrote.Valles is a teacher by day. He’s also a writer and a performer. His Facebook post has been liked by more than 8,000 users and shared by more than 4,000. The comments are filled with people saying things like “You could be describing my city” and “I’m so sorry you feel this way.” ‘There’s no other word but to call it terrorism’ “Better schools and also more black businesses I could patronize out here,” says Lamey, the president of Pflugerville Black Business Builders. “Don’t get me wrong – I patronize all businesses, but I’m just saying, more community involvement, more cultural awareness and everything out here in Pflugerville.”In the wake of the bombings, Lamey says people feel unnerved, especially after learning the attacker lived in Pflugerville. He says the language used to talk about these attacks – in particular, not officially labeling the bomber a terrorist – has been frustrating.“When you terrorize the whole city, there’s no other word but to call it terrorism, because everybody was scared,” Lamey says. “I had one friend that said her son was scared to go to school because he was scared that a package bomb might show up to the school and everything. That was here in Pflugerville, so it was a terrorist act.”Lamey says he and other residents are trying to focus on keeping their communities safe. They’re banding together neighborhood watch groups and holding self-defense classes.“We can’t take it for granted that this won’t happen again,” he says, “so we’ve got to be proactive instead of reactive.”‘Very personal attacks’center_img Valles says he has also been getting hateful responses from white supremacists, which he was expecting. But more than anything, his words have touched on certain truths for many Austin residents of color.“What’s been fascinating is that the people who’ve been most viscerally responsive to it in a negative way have almost entirely been people who I think would see themselves as left-leaning or liberal,” Valles says. “And I think it’s because the idea is that a specific political orientation absolves you from racism, and that is not the case.”When we talk about Austin, there’s a sort of shorthand that often gets used: It’s weird; it’s a progressive city; it’s a blueberry in a sea of tomato soup. But Valles’ words gave shape to a sort of alternate reality that exists for many residents of color – and it made some people angry.There have been moments over the past month that have highlighted this racial divide. The first package bomb exploded on March 2, killing Anthony Stephan House, a 39-year-old African-American man. At the time, police were working with a theory that the attack was related to a drug raid they’d conducted at a house down the street. They also questioned whether House may have in some way been responsible for his own death, an idea that offended many residents of color.Austin interim Police Chief Brian Manley later offered an explanation for those theories at a press conference.“What we had was a singular event that had taken place in this community that was very unique,” he said. “We had no information to believe that it was related to a larger plan at that time.” Austin native Sheldon Lamey has called Pflugerville home for almost 11 years. The 41-year-old says he was drawn to the city in part by a lower cost of living. He also says he appreciates the community he’s found there. Sharelast_img read more

XRL robot uses tail for easy landing on springy feet w Video

first_imgTo 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.center_img 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.last_img read more