Junior defenseman Dani Sadek carves through the ice with the puck vs Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Courtesy OSU AthleticsThe offseason in any sport has its drama, and that’s certainly the case for the Ohio State women’s hockey team. Coming off a disappointing 10-25-1 season in 2015-16, OSU bid adieu to three transfers — including its captain Alexa Ranahan, and top scorer Claudia Kepler — and its head coach whose job was terminated amid NCAA violations.On Friday, the Buckeyes are looking to close that chapter and start anew, taking on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, in two games this weekend to ring in the new season.On Sept. 10, OSU named Nadine Muzerall its third coach in as many seasons. Although she hadn’t been on the ice yet with her team, Muzerall will be in New York to coach her new team. Redshirt sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve said that the offseason made the team grow up a bit.“As a whole right now, we’re just trying to come together and play Buckeye hockey,” Sauve said. “This is a new era for us. Having everyone rolling on the same page is really important for us right now.”Suave started 20 games her freshman year before suffering an injury. She sat out last season — earning a medical redshirt — following double-hip surgery. Sauve said that each hip took about six to nine months to recover and return to action.“It’s been 581 days since my last game,” she said. “Not that I’ve been counting.”As for the Buckeyes opponent, RPI has already played a pair of games in the 2016-17 campaign, splitting a two-game set with the University of Maine. Similar to OSU, RPI experienced a difficult season, finishing the year with a 10-17-7 record. The Engineers ranked 29th out of 35 teams in the NCAA in goals scored, compared to OSU’s finish at third-most goals allowed last year.RPI senior forward Laura Norwood leads her team with 12 shots through two games. She notched a goal and an assist in the team’s 3-1 win in its season opener. To stop her and the rest of the Engineer attack, the Buckeyes will welcome back redshirt freshman defenseman Jincy Dunne who sat out last year after suffering two concussions in a short period of time.Dunne came into OSU as a highly-touted recruit. She has experience on the international level, playing for U18 Team USA at the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship, winning silver medal in 2014 and claiming gold in 2015. Although she has yet to see her in game action, sophomore defenseman Lauren Boyle is excited to see her classmate besider her on the ice.“I think (Jincy) is one of the best passers I’ve ever played with,” Boyle said. “She has so much composure and poise on the ice that it’s fun to be out there with her and it’s fun to watch.”OSU was voted to finish second-to-last in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association preseason poll. Last year, Boyle said there wasn’t a lot of emphasis on winning games early, rather than hitting their stride late in the season. That stride never fit, so OSU is attempting to jump out to a quick start in Muzerall’s first season as head coach, along with still working in a new system.But the Buckeyes seem to believe they are mentally prepared after the program changes that occurred in the offseason.“I think going forward this year, it’s going to help us when things get tough and things aren’t always going to go the way we want them to in game situations,” said Lauren Spring, OSU junior forward. “Having to go through adversity early on can be a good thing for teams.”OSU will likely undergo a learning process with a new coaching staff, but two wins this weekend is definitely on the minds of the team.“I think it would put a lot of confidence behind us and have a little more trust in the process of placing the staff and getting the whole program going in the right direction,” Boyle said. “It kind of all depends on how the team all clicks together. We’re all learning new systems.”
After the Indiana-Ohio State men’s basketball game ended Saturday, citizens of Bloomington, Ind., had cause to celebrate on New Year’s Eve well before the clock struck midnight. The No. 2-ranked Buckeyes lost their second game of the season against the No. 15 Hoosiers, 74-70, at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. With OSU trailing, 72-70, Buckeyes senior guard William Buford heaved a potential go-ahead 3-point shot with 2.3 seconds remaining in the game. Buford missed the target, though, and Indiana gathered the rebound and added free throws to clinch the win. In a game that featured eight ties and 10 lead changes, the Hoosiers retook the lead with less than a minute to play after OSU sophomore guard Aaron Craft’s turnover lead to an uncontested lay-up by Indiana sophomore guard Victor Oladipo that put his team up, 71-70. Oladipo’s late bucket turned out to be the game-winner for the Hoosiers (13-1, 1-1 Big Ten). Craft scored a team-high 16 points and added four assists and two steals. Sophomore forward Jared Sullinger tallied 15 points in the game, but failed to score in the final 2:26 of regulation. With the loss, OSU drops to 13-2 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes didn’t suffer their second loss of the 2010-11 season until February 20, 2011. Conference play continues for OSU Tuesday against Nebraska at 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
The OSU women’s ice hockey team prepares to take the ice prior to an exhibition game against Western Ontario at the Ohio State Ice Rink Sept. 28. OSU tied 2-2.Credit: Grant Miller / Copy ChiefThe Ohio State women’s hockey team was a model of inconsistency last season. Coming into its season opener against the University of New Hampshire this weekend, the Buckeyes are hoping to ditch the Jekyll and Hyde show and find consistency in their team.OSU comes off a season where it went 15-17-5, but earned a 9-4-3 record following winter break. The late push gave the Buckeyes a template for success they can build upon this weekend in Columbus.Given its roster makeup, OSU is in a much different position than it was at the start of last year. The Buckeyes graduated five seniors but retained the majority of their veteran skaters.“I think that they’re a together group,” said coach Nate Handrahan. “That’s not to say that last year’s group wasn’t, but it just seems that this group has come together a lot quicker.”OSU returns a large group players from last season, including nine of its top ten point scorers. Their key offensive departure was forward Ally Tarr, who led the Buckeyes with 32 points in 36 games last season.Defensively, OSU’s biggest loss was Annie Svedin, who logged 134 games over four seasons on the blueline. Buckeye senior defensemen Kari and Sara Schmitt might be forced to help pick up the slack, as the pair combined for 51 points last season.While the Buckeyes have retained key veteran skaters, it’s a different story in the goal crease. Redshirt-junior goalie Stacy Danczak is the lone returner in her position, and on Thursday, Handrahan announced freshman Kassidy Sauve would be Friday’s starter.Danczak, Sauve and freshman goalie Alex LaMere each saw a period of action in OSU’s 2-2 exhibition tie against Western Ontario last weekend. Sauve started the game, making seven saves in the first period.“Everyone played well,” Kari Schmitt said. “It was a good start to the season and we’re ready to go.”Sauve won a gold medal with Team Canada at the International Ice Hockey Federation U-18 Women’s World Championship and comes to OSU following a minor-midget career where she became the first woman to play in the Ontario Hockey League cup.“She’s got some patience and she’s pretty agile side to side,” Handrahan said. “She’s trying to let shooters make the first move as opposed to her trying to dictate the play.”Aside from goaltending, the Buckeyes’ minimal roster turnover has put them ahead of schedule in introducing tactics and systems into their play, redshirt-senior defenseman Kara Gust said.“We can already see it on the ice in our practices,” Gust said. “Our systems are already getting there quicker and I think we’ll have a better start to the season this year than we did last year.”Positive fitness tests have also been an indication of the Buckeyes preparedness for the season, Handrahan said.The University of New Hampshire Wildcats welcome seven true freshmen, a new head coach and new assistant coach to their roster this season. Coach Hilary Witt is coming off of a two-year stint as an assistant coach and head scout for the U.S. Women’s National Team.The Wildcats dropped their season-opener, 2-1, on the road against the University of Maine last weekend.The puck is set to drop on Friday at 6:07 p.m. and Saturday at 2:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink.
Belgian forward Eden Hazard finally came clean about his high profile possible transfer to Real Madrid, he still hasn’t given up his dream to play in Spain.Just like any other top footballer in England would, Eden Hazard still hasn’t given up on his dream of someday going to Spain and play for Real Madrid. The Belgian forward is currently having the best start of a season from his whole career, he has scored an impressive 6 goals in 7 Premier League matches and he has the confidence from his manager to become the best player in the world while playing for Chelsea.Right now Hazard has virtually everything with the Blues, there could be no reason for him to leave the club in the future but the player is obsessed with something that he wants to fulfill someday soon before he finished his career. Eden Hazard was one of the hottest topics of the summer in regards to transfer rumors, there were even confirmations of the player agreeing to a new contract with Real Madrid since he was playing the World Cup in Russia with Belgium but he decided to stay in the end.All these rumors cleared up this Saturday as Eden Hazard spoke frankly about the whole situation, turns out he did want to leave but the Blues offered him to stay for a while longer and he gladly accepted the suggestion. However, this doesn’t mean that Hazard will finish his career at Chelsea.Chelsea Transfer News: Eden Hazard Restates Spain Dream, ‘I Can Leave in a… #Chelsea https://t.co/kuVDUXIxap pic.twitter.com/z0MKYbGxBN— ChelseaFC Report (@ChelseaFC_Fanly) September 29, 2018There has been a lot of new contract talk about Eden Hazard, the press has been constantly trying to ask him if he would like to end his career with the Blues and Hazard finally opened up about the whole situation but his words maybe weren’t welcomed by Chelsea fans who do want him to retire at the club.“I am happy here, the new manager came in and we enjoy playing with him. To stay was the right decision. I have two years left on my contract – I can sign a new deal, maybe not, I don’t know. I’ll tell you the truth, after the World Cup I wanted to leave. It’s my dream to play in Spain. Then I spoke to the board and the manager and I said ‘I can stay no problem’,” said the Belgian player.When asked if he would like to retire at Chelsea, Hazard told BT Sport that: “Yes, of course I would like to end my career here. The fans love me. I like the club, I like the city, and I think my teammates love me also. But there is also a possibility I will move in a year or two as well. For me it’s easy to stay. If I leave or if I stay, I will be happy. This club is now part of my life,” stated Hazard this weekend and leaving everyone still confused about the player’s future because he clearly still fancies playing in Spain.Eden Hazard appreciates great goals, whoever scores them. pic.twitter.com/sWcA77JqGsQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) September 29, 2018It all depends on what happens during the next two yearsFor any player like Eden Hazard, at the end of the day, their future in any club solely depends on the squad’s capabilities to win all the titles. The Belgian forward’s dream to someday give Spanish football a shot, has more to do with the fact that the Spanish clubs dominate European football and they don’t seem to have any plans to stop that any time soon.If Chelsea does manage to get back to the top of European football before Hazard ends his contract with Chelsea, the club and the fans don’t need to worry about not having their best player during the final stages of his career because he will stay if they can remain competitive in every single tournament they play. Maurizio Sarri’s arrival in Chelsea has been a key move from owner Roman Abramovic, because Hazard can finally say that he feels very comfortable playing this style of football and he is proving that he can produce incredible football.We can expect the very best from Hazard at Chelsea this season, his stats suggest this will be the big breakthrough in which he will get to score a number of goals we had never seen from him before and that should be enough to excite all the Blues fans for what’s coming. Let’s leave Hazard’s dream of playing in Spain alone for a while, it’s better if we enjoy him now.Eden Hazard’s record:vs Liverpool: ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️vs Man United: ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️vs Arsenal: ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️vs Tottenham: ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️vs Man City: ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️Big game player. pic.twitter.com/whpdmRTJ2C— Jomen Joseph Aondoaver (@Joseph99371304) September 29, 2018Do you think Chelsea will be able to convince Hazard to remain at the club until he hangs up his boots? Please leave your opinion in the comment section down below.
· Finally, Scout Analytics research shows that some audience members are more “clicky” than others. The clicky audience not only frequently generates click-throughs but often on the same ad distorting the CTR further. This example assumes 10% of the loyal audience is 5X more clicky than the average loyal audience member. After solving a couple of simultaneous equations, the CTR of the average loyal audience is 0.177%; the clicky audience’s CTR is 0.885%; and the fly-by CTR is 0.089%. Rather than getting 8,000 target audience members to click through, the advertiser would actually only get 4,956, or 3,044 short of the expected 8,000 – a full 38% short. Click-through rate or CTR is often used to describe the advertising performance on a publisher’s site. CTR for an ad is defined as the number of clicks on an ad divided by the number of times the ad is shown (impressions), expressed as a percentage. If the ad sales team for a publisher claims a million monthly unique visitors with 4 million page views and a CTR of 0.2% (or 8,000 click-throughs), the buyer might think those click-throughs are all distributed across the million unique users to yield 8,000 target audience members. The buyer and the seller are wrong. Here’s the problem: CTR doesn’t take into account audience composition. To demonstrate the weakness of CTR to communicate performance, let’s assume a single advertiser buys the entire inventory for the month. The advertiser bought all four million page views from the one million unique to have an intended 8,000 target audience members click-through to the advertiser’s site. What skews CTR to be a poor metric of performance? Engagement. · As shown by Scout Analytics research, the advertiser’s target, the loyal audience, is usually 20-30% of the visitors who generate 70-80% of the page views. This means that the available audience for the advertiser is really 200-300,000 visitors not 1,000,000. The remaining 700,000 audience members generated from search are statistically irrelevant to the advertiser.· Scout Analytics research also finds that CTR varies by engagement with loyal audience members delivering the majority of the click-throughs, but for odd reasons, irrelevant fly-bys still generate click-throughs. These 700,000 irrelevant fly-bys typically have a much lower CTR. For this example, let’s assume their CTR at half the CTR of a loyal audience. A more relevant metric would be audience conversion rate (ACR) or the number of unique audience members that clicked through divided by the total number of loyal audience members. Looking at the above example, the publisher is actually producing 1.65% ACR (i.e., 4,956/300,000). Not only is the 1.65% a more representative of publisher and media performance, it is also has a better value proposition to the advertiser and makes ad sales more productive.
Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voice The “Founders Circle” deal offers a three-year subscription for $140.97 total, or the equivalent of $3.92 a month, compared with the $7-a-month price if you don’t make a long-term commitment.Disney Plus is the highest-profile example of traditional Hollywood digging in to compete as streaming becomes a growing consumer demand. With tech giants pouring money into their own TV shows and movies and luring consumers away from traditional pay TV, Disney is aiming to create a single streaming hub for all of its family-friendly content to complement its other services like Hulu catering to adult-oriented programming and ESPN Plus specializing in sports. 5:29 Disney Plus preorders offer a big discount, but there’s… TV and Movies Digital Media 5 Comments Frozen 2 will be among the Disney theatrical films becoming available to stream early next year on Disney Plus. Disney Disney Plus presale demand Tuesday knocked out the the Disney fan-club website offering discounted preorders for the Disney streaming service launching Nov. 12. The outage of the D23 website, which acted as the entry point for the deal, lasted about three hours.Disney said the outage occurred because of an unexpected surge in traffic for a discounted presale offer for Disney Plus, the streaming video service that Disney is launching to compete with the likes of Netflix. The “Founders Circle” deal significantly cut the price of the service if you commit to a three-year subscription.The D23 site and the Disney Plus service itself don’t share backend technology, so one of them crashing under heavy traffic doesn’t necessarily presage bandwidth problems for the other. And the offer was mostly targeted at Disney fan-club members, the people most likely to flood the company with interest. Disney Plus Disney
Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:57 Listen Florian MartinWreckers and cleanup crews are working on SH-288 after it got flooded Wednesday morning.It was a traffic nightmare for commuters driving into work on State Highway 288 Wednesday morning.The freeway was shut down for several hours, while a section near MacGregor Boulevard was flooded and then cleaned up after the water receded.Several drivers got stuck in the water and others in the mud.“It’s been a pretty bad morning,” said a man who only identified himself as Jerry and who was waiting by his truck in the grassy freeway median at MacGregor for hours – even after the water was gone.“About 5:30 this morning, I was on my way to work and I ran into a lot of traffic,” he said. “Everything stopped right here. My truck, we were sitting right here, the water started coming up, so a lot of people moved over into the grass to get away from the high water.”He was waiting for a tow truck, but of course he wasn’t the only one.Overall, more than 130 cars were towed from Houston roads.SH-288 opened again about 11 a.m. Wednesday, after all stranded cars were removed and the road cleaned.
JEN RICE / TEXAS STATION COLLABORATIVEGov. Greg Abbott gives his State of the State on Tuesday, Jan. 31.Gov. Greg Abbott spoke for almost an hour Tuesday in his “State of the State” address. Almost as notable as the contents of that speech were the hot topics he didn’t mention.Here are five key issues the governor avoided Tuesday, with annotations by public radio reporters and editors across the state.1. Refugees And President Trump’s Travel BanWhile the governor was speaking inside the State House, Texas Muslims were holding their annual Texas Muslim Capitol Day on the grounds outside. Here’s a Facebook Live from the rally.Abbott did not mention President Trump’s controversial executive order suspending travel to and refugees from seven countries on Friday. Here’s the text and NPR’s annotation of that order.That sparked a weekend of confusion at airports — at least nine people were detained as long as 30 hours at DFW International — and protests in cities including Houston, Austin and San Antonio.Abbott also did not mention his move to withdraw Texas from the U.S. refugee resettlement program in September, leaving the process to nonprofits including Refugee Services of Texas and the International Rescue Committee. President Trump’s executive order Friday has resulted in the cancelation of more than half of the refugee resettlements planned in the next month in Texas.— Rick Holter, KERA in North Texas2. Women’s Privacy Act (a.k.a. The Bathroom Bill)This legislation has been a priority for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick since he helped to defeat a proposed ordinance in Houston that would have extended non-discrimination policies to transgender people. Despite the backlash in North Carolina over a similar law, Patrick has called this legislation one of the most important bills of the 2017 legislative session.Abbott didn’t mention the issue Tuesday, and state Sen. José Rodríguez (D-El Paso) said after the speech that its absence “might be good news.”The reason? The lieutenant governor says he is still working toward getting enough support to bring the bill to the floor of the Senate. So far there are 15 writers and co-sponsors on the bill. But it takes 19 senators to bring a bill up for a vote. No mention by the governor and no sign of significant support in the House (Speaker Joe Straus doesn’t see an urgency to pass it) could make that magic number harder to reach.The bill as filed would penalize municipalities and state-funded institutions that allow a transgender person to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. It would also increase the criminal penalty for several offenses, if they are conducted in a bathroom, and would block any local government from passing a non-discrimination ordinance that allows transgender bathroom access.Several business groups, including the Texas Association of Business, issued a report that said the law would cost the state millions, even billions in lost business and events.— Ben Philpott, KUT in Austin3. Special Education In Texas SchoolsAbbott didn’t mention the federal investigation into special education in Texas. That issue has been the target of public outrage since a Houston Chronicle investigation revealed that Texas could be denying tens of thousands of children with disabilities needed services guaranteed by federal law.The Chronicle reported that in 2004, state administrators created an arbitrary benchmark that directed school districts to keep special ed enrollment to 8.5 percent of all students. Since then, participation rates in Texas have fallen to the lowest in the country. The national average is about 13 percent.Federal education officials toured Texas in December and are planning to return in late February to gather more information, to see if the state has violated federal law. Some leaders, including House Speaker Straus, have called a special ed overhaul. And the education commissioner, Mike Morath, told reporters in December he would eliminate the de facto cap. Advocates and parents are getting impatient and are putting on pressure for quick change.— Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media4. Health Care And Possible Repeal Of Obamacare Today is the last day for open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. Despite Gov. Abbott’s steadfast opposition to the law, he didn’t mention health care or Obamacare once in his address.Roughly 1.3 million Texans bought health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Despite these gains, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates Texas still has the highest number of uninsured residents nationwide: nearly 4.5 million people.Part of the reason so many Texans still don’t have health insurance is that state lawmakers haven’t expanded Medicaid.Polling done by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows Texans are significantly more likely than adults nationwide to report that it has gotten harder to see a doctor in the past two years.In 2016, several major health insurers (including Aetna, United Healthcare and Scott and White) announced they would not offer plans on the federally-run marketplace. Both the health insurance plans available under the Affordable Care Act and the plans available through Texas employers have tended to be more high-deductible, bare-bones plans. If the Affordable Care Act is repealed by Congress, that could have a major effect on the Texas economy as well. According to the Commonwealth Fund, the repeal of Obamacare could cost Texas 175,000 jobs.But a repeal would be good news to many small and mid-size Texas companies, says Marianne Fazen, president of the Texas Business Group on Health. The employer-mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide affordable health insurance. Fazen says some companies have had to add staff to meet reporting requirements and avoid paying penalties.— Lauren Silverman, KERA in North Texas5. Women’s HealthIn his 2015 State of the State, Abbott called for more funding for women’s health programs. And while the 84th Legislature did allocate an additional $50 million for women’s health, that came after years of drastic cuts to the state’s family planning budget and the cutoff of state funding to Planned Parenthood. Abbott has threatened for years to ban women’s health clinics that also provide abortions from receiving any Medicaid funding.A little background: In 2011, Texas kicked out women’s health providers like Planned Parenthood from the joint state-federal women’s health care program. As a result, the federal government stopped contributing money (it had previously provided 90 percent of the funding for the program). This forced the state to re-launch the Texas Women’s Health Program solely with state funding.So what’s changed? The state’s program, “Healthy Texas Women” does include more health care workers than were available in 2011, but many clinics have not reopened since the funding cuts. It is also true that in 2015 Texas began funding women’s health services at historically high levels. Though the analysis of how the funding translates to women’s health is complicated.— Lauren Silverman, KERA in North TexasCopyright 2017 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM. Share
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More information: www.takanishi.mech.waseda.ac.j … top/research/wabian/via IEEE Spectrum © 2013 Phys.org Explore further Their work on WABIAN has been in step with the Japan government’s concern about technology for an aging population, to preserve a decent quality of life for the aging, despite limitations on freely moving about that may result from old age. The team stated in the past that a robot as “a human’s partner” would provide daily robotic assistance, and that kind of application was more in their line of view than an industrial robot earmarked for highly specified and constrained applications. To accomplish the task, robots have to be able to move in indoor and outdoor conditions, they said, and biped humanoid robots are best suited for this. They also noted that aside from robots as human assistants, there was a need for evaluation methods for assistive equipment, dependent on human body measurements. A biped humanoid robot optimized to serve as a human motion simulator is a step in the right direction. 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. In their latest workup of the WABIAN robot, now called WABIAN-2RIII.the researchers redesigned lower legs, after studying humans walking. They analyzed the average size and movement range in humans, and analyzed motion-capture data to decide on the best performance requirements.The researchers, T. Otani, A. Iizuka, D. Takamoto, H. Motohashi, T. Kishi, P. Kryczka, N. Endo, L. Jamone, K. Hashimoto, T. Takashima, H.O. Lim, and A. Takanishi, discuss their work in the paper presented at ICRA. The paper is titled, “New Shank Mechanism for Humanoid Robot Mimicking Human-like Walking in Horizontal and Frontal Plane.” According to IEEE Spectrum, they had the following results: In tests of walking in place, (1) they were able to match the human step time of 0.6 seconds; (2) they matched the required 12-degree foot rotation and 90-mm step width; (3) they successfully reduced its center of mass lateral movement from 50 mm down to 34 mm. The researchers only conducted standing tests, with walking in place, and switching balance from foot to foot. In the future, the researchers intend to work on the robot’s forward walking. Robots learn to take a proper handoff by following digitized human examples Citation: WABIAN robot from Japan steps closer to human walk (2013, June 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-wabian-robot-japan-closer-human.html (Phys.org) —Researchers designing adult bipedal robots have faced a challenge in limitations in a robot’s walking pattern. They seek ways to improve on designs to have robots move more naturally. Improving the walking function has been the goal of researchers at the Humanoid Robotics Institute at Waseda University in Japan. Last month, led by Professor Atsuo Takanishi, the team presented the results of their efforts at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Germany. What they achieved more closely replicates normal human foot movements than before. The Institute’s researchers turned to their humanoid robot, WABIAN-2R (WAseda BIpedal humANoid – No. 2 Refined), which already had a flexible pelvis, and stretched knees. WABIAN-2R’s feet also had the distinction of a curving arch and flexible toes, landing heel-first and lifting off at its toes, noted the IEEE Spectrum report. The robot is under 5 feet tall (148 cm), and weighs 64 kg (141 pounds), with 41 degrees of freedom.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief, in a rally here outside the parliament, said that his protest will continue till the government initiate an inquiry into the “massive rigging” in last year’s general elections, which saw Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) win by a landslide. “The ball is in your court, Nawaz Sharif — do your talks, do your investigations and solve the issue. We will close Pakistan down when December 16 comes, and what I do after that you will not be able to bear it…It has been 109 days and “Naya Pakistan” is waking up every day. We can all see it,” Khan was quoted as saying by Dawn. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepen“On Thursday (December 4), I will go to Lahore and shut it down. On December 8, I will shut down Faisalabad, on December 12, I will go to Karachi and shut it down. By December 16, I will shut down all of Pakistan if the poll inquiry is not initiated,” Khan said. The cricketer-turned-politician has been holding protest-rallies in different cities to spread his movement, demanding a probe into the allegations of rigging the election. Khan had launched his protest in mid-August, demanding Sharif’s ouster, but he later withdrew his main demand of the prime minister’s resignation ahead of the probe and offered the government to constitute a judicial commission comprising Supreme Court judges, ISI and military intelligence officials, to investigate the reported rigging. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanDecember 16 is considered as a tragic day in the history of Pakistan as the country lost its eastern wing after a war with India when its army surrendered and Bangladesh emerged as an independent country.The PTI leader said that if his demand for the impartial inquiry of the elections was not met, he would make the functioning of government “impossible”. He alleged that the Nawaz Sahrif government is promoting corruption and politics of patronage. Meanwhile, the prime minister’s spokesman, Mussadik Malik said that it was “unfortunate” that Khan had threatened to “shut down” the country. “What he want to achieve through it. I urge him to leave the politics of agitation and enter into a meaningful dialogue to achieve his objectives,” he said.
“If (the) Municipal Corporation Department (MCD) is not working then Bharatiya Janata Party should resign. Aam Aadmi Party will turn MCD into a profit-making venture within a year,” said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, while speaking at the vote-on-account, which was presented in the Assembly by state Finance Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday. Kejriwal had also charged that the prevailing corruption in the three civic bodies was the main reason behind the financial stand-off between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Aam Aadmi Party. He further alleged that if BJP could not bear the burden of running the Municipal Corporation of Delhi properly and effectively; then the party should leave it for AAP to handle. In the same vein, Kejriwal also pointed fingers in the direction of the Central government and held them responsible for any water crisis that may arise in Delhi in future. Also Read – Working on improving tiesEven if these allegations are true; they do little to alleviate the mess that the BJP managed MCD finds itself in. The North and East Delhi municipal corporations are currently cash-strapped and unable to pay their staff for the past two months. There are fears that a large section of these workers may soon go on strike. The East Delhi municipal corporation finds itself in the precarious situation of needing Rs 600 crore just to clear its debts; let alone entertain the possibility of stabilising its depleted finances. Also Read – Political parties and our RepublicThis unavoidable situation has been precipitated by the fact that for a long while almost all the three municipal corporations were running deficit budgets; with a huge grand canyon-like gap between revenue and expenditure. The BJP may argue that running the MCD smoothly required poor financial accounting on their part. This claim, however, can be easily dismissed by the reality that poor financial accounting alone can’t result in debts worth Rs 600 crore. Incompetence and corruption could also be probable factors for this situation. Politically the AAP move to point fingers at BJP is a shrewd one. It automatically diverts attention from the internal churn that AAP has been going through of late. Be that as it may, if Kejriwal wants his allegations against opposition parties not to be interpreted by the voting public as typical political bluster and mudslinging, then he has to take heed of the yawning gap between what the AAP has promised and what it has delivered so far. Rather than pointing fingers at opposing parties, AAP must earnestly focus on the daunting challenge of fulfilling the promises it had made in the run-up to the Delhi assembly elections. Anything less than that will be self-defeating for a party, which has rode into power riding on a massive wave of public optimism.
A day after Sonia Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday called a meeting on the issue of GST Bill, summoning senior party leaders.According to sources, Mallikarjun Kharge met Rahul Gandhi to discuss the party’s stand on the GST Bill. “If our concerns are met, a formula is reached, then we can move ahead,” Kharge had told reporters earlier. Meanwhile, Venkaiah Naidu expressed optimism that the GST Bill would be passed in this session of the Parliament. “Sonia ji said that in principle they support the bill, just that a few changes need to be made. I am optimistic,” Naidu said on the PM’s meeting with Congress President. “The public, everyone wants the GST passed. A good beginning has been made; PM’s meeting with Sonia ji was very good,” he added. In a bid to give a push to the stalled GST Bill, PM Modi reached out to the Opposition and tried to assuage concerns over intolerance. He later met Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh to break the ice, raising hopes of a deal on the key reform Bill. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damModi’s meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and his predecessor Manmohan Singh on Friday evening was intended to resolve the imbroglio over the goods & services tax (GST) Bill -yielded no immediate outcome but may have broken the ice, giving some hope to the government that a deal could be reached soon. Both sides parted with the understanding that they would meet again. “With regard to the GST Bill, the subject was discussed. Congress leaders explained their position on the three issues while the history and background of the issue was explained to them (by the government). Congress will discuss the issue within the party and get back,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters after the meeting. Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu were present at the meeting. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeEven Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha expressed the hope that the GST Bill will be passed in Parliament and implemented soon. “On the GST… We are hopeful, we remain hopeful,” Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said on Saturday while addressing the annual session of PHD Chamber of Commerce. Hopefully, the GST will be implemented soon, he added.Taking a dig at PM, Congress General Secretary, Digvijay Singh Modi initiated discussion on GST with Congress Sonia Gandhi and former Manmohan Singh after BJP was trounced in Bihar Assembly elections. “The people of Bihar deserved to be congratulated for pulling Modi from sky and brought him down to earth by defeating his party in the recent assembly elections,” Singh told reporters at his residence here.“Modiji has initiated discussion on GST with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh after suffering humiliating defeat in Bihar,” he said.
KOLKATA: Animal lovers in the city have urged people not to burst fire crackers and throw them at stray animals for their enjoyment during Kali Puja and Diwali.Animal lovers took out a rally in the city on Monday and distributed leaflets requesting people not to burst fire crackers. The animal lovers alleged that some people throw fire crackers at street dogs and get enormous pleasure to see them running for shelter. The poster contains the picture of a stray dog who lost its left eye after some youths threw a fire cracker at him. He bled profusely and finally lost his left eye. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe now stays at the shelter of Love and Care for Animals at Jagannathpur in south 24-Parganas. Susmita Roy, an animal lover and a spokesman for Love and Care for Animals, said not only the stray dogs even the pet dogs are equally affected by fire crackers. Another dog lover said some days ago two Labradors died of a sudden heart attack after some body threw fire crackers at them when they were taking a stroll in the evening. They said bursting of fire crackers in areas surrounding Alipur zoo affects the animals badly that are in cages. The animals cannot come out and many of them become traumatized. Animal lovers said people should follow the instructions of Supreme Court. Love and Care for Animals that holds classes in schools to create awareness among students appeal to them not to burst fire crackers to give relief to stray and pet animals.
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