‘Once Upon a Virus’: China mocks US coronavirus response in Lego-like animation

first_imgChina has published a short animation titled “Once Upon a Virus” mocking the US response to the new coronavirus using Lego-like figures to represent the two countries.Washington and Beijing are locked in a war of words over the origins of the disease, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has grown into a global pandemic.US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was confident the coronavirus may have originated in a Chinese virology lab, but declined to describe the evidence. In the animation posted online by China’s official Xinhua news agency, red curtains open to reveal a stage featuring Lego-like figures in the form of a terracotta warrior wearing a face mask and the Statue of Liberty.”We discovered a new virus,” says the warrior.”So what?” replies the Statue of Liberty. “It’s only a flu.” As the warrior issues warnings about the virus and counts off the grim milestones in China’s outbreak, the Statue of Liberty replies dismissively with echoes of Trump’s press conferences in which he played down the severity of the illness.Read also: Trump says China could have stopped coronavirus, Beijing decries shifting of blame”Are you listening to yourselves?” asks the warrior as the statue begins to turn red with fever and gets hooked up to an intravenous drip.”We are always correct, even though we contradict ourselves,” the statue replies.”That’s what I love about you Americans, your consistency,” says the warrior.The United States and other countries have accused China of misleading the world about the severity of the outbreak, and there are growing calls for an international inquiry into the origins of the virus.In an interview with Reuters, Trump said he believes China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is proof that Beijing “will do anything they can” to make him lose his re-election bid in November.Lego’s press office wrote in an emailed statement on Saturday: “We weren’t involved in making the animation in any way.”Topics :last_img read more

Boeheim on cusp of joining elite company with 900th career win

first_img Related Stories Gery: Boeheim’s rapid rise from 800 to 900 wins fueled by keen eye for talent, strong recruiting classesWhen he wants: Amid grumblings of retirement, Boeheim remains steadfast in position at helm of SU Facebook Twitter Google+ The NCAA as it stands today was founded in 1906. Thousands of coaches have coached Division I basketball in thousands more games. But just two have managed 900 wins.Ankur Patankar | Design Editor | View largerOn Monday night, Jim Boeheim can become the third, joining Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight.After Saturday night’s 85-61 victory against Canisius, Boeheim told reporters that his players “don’t care about how many wins I get,” rather they were focused on the next win and nothing more. While his No. 4 Orange (9-0) preferred to focus on simply playing basketball, the enormity of the occasion was hardly lost on them. Though the numbers themselves are hardly the obsession of his players – 34 20-win seasons, nine regular season and five Big East tournament titles and 29 NCAA Tournament appearances all in 36 seasons – Boeheim’s illustrious, but unfinished legacy is admittedly part of why they play for SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s a team, it’s a winning tradition, winning program, something everyone wants to be a part of,” senior forward James Southerland said.That doesn’t mean the SU players will hear about the impending milestone outside of conversations with media members. Southerland and Brandon Triche each made their collegiate debuts Nov. 9, 2009 in Boeheim’s 800th win against Albany. They’d heard about the approaching 800-win mark in the buildup to the game, but Boeheim never mentioned it.“We won the game, we was all ready to get off the court,” Southerland said. “And then it was ‘Wait wait wait, 800 wins’ so we were all standing there, we was all on TV. Everyone was happy.”Players, members of Boeheim’s coaching staff and family posed for pictures at center court and the head coach was presented with a framed, oversized jersey with ‘800’ and his last name on the back.Freshman center DaJuan Coleman grew up in Syracuse, watching Boeheim’s Orange teams win again and again—he’s never had a losing season. So when the SU head coach says his team doesn’t care about his wins total, he’s not all right.“It means a lot,” said Coleman, the center who graduated high school last spring less than nine miles from the Carrier Dome. “For somebody to accomplish something like that, I’d love to be a part of it. Hopefully we get the next win.”Boeheim’s legacy is inseparable from that of the 2-3 zone. Each of Boeheim’s 899 wins meant a loss for someone else. Canisius was the most recent victim after SU’s 2-3 zone – the defense that is inseparable from the rest of his legacy – stifled the Golden Griffins into 19 turnovers and 23 points from them. CC guard Billy Baron relayed the importance of the zone from the other side of Boeheim’s success.“That’s why Boeheim’s got 899,” Baron said. “… Even when you’re driving you’re watching their hands and stuff like that. But that’s just what makes them so good.”Triche came to SU heralded as a local star and was thrown into a star-studded starting lineup. He committed 71 turnovers his freshman season, or one every 10:30 he spent on the floor. Triche frequently came under fire from Boeheim, but it made him the player he is today. And that kind of criticism is what makes Boeheim unique, Triche said, 48 hours before his coach’s first shot at 900.“I think the biggest thing is how he motivates his guys. You have to have some tough skin being a player under Coach Boeheim,” Triche said. “… Sometimes you don’t see because you’re 18, 19 years old, you’re immature, you don’t really know that it’s motivation.”Regardless of how or why he’s won, the Hall of Famer insists he’s not thinking about his next milestone. Instead, it’s the progress of this team in this season, and whatever stream of wins it can provide.Said Boeheim: “No one wants to believe me but I’m thinking nine now I’m thinking 10.” Commentscenter_img Published on December 17, 2012 at 12:44 am Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

Hosts Suffolk snatch a fairytale win

first_img Yorkshire coach Steve Robinson fine-tuned his team’s putting with a lunchtime session and they returned to the course to dominate the singles.  Alex Giles, 17 (pictured) and Caley McGinty, 16, each notched up 7/5 wins and were soon followed by 14-year-old Ffion Tynan, who took the team safely over the line with her 5/4 win. The result was further improved when Claudia Ovens, 19, squeezed a half out of her game.  Megan Lockett won the top game on the 18th, in a match where she birdied four out of five holes and her opponent Lauren Spray had three in five holes.  But this afternoon they hit top form as they settled into the event, where they’re making their first appearance for 22 years. County champion Alice Barlow got the ball rolling with four birdies and a 9/7 win. Lottie Whyman soon followed with a 6/4 win, helped by four consecutive birdies from the seventh. Then Abbie Symonds took them to within touching distance with her 5/4 win.  Meanwhile, Deeya Aggarwal and Georgina Bowers put points on the board for Buckinghamshire. The teams were tied with four points apiece and the players in the final game were all square after 15, but Amanda Norman won the 16th with a par and the 17th with a birdie to start Suffolk’s celebrations (pictured top).  “It was nerve-wracking,” said Norman, who was tempted out of a five-year retirement from county golf to play on her home course. “It’s a great feeling and I’m really pleased we have managed to get a win under our belt.”  Click here for full scores Suffolk’s 5-4 win over Buckinghamshire – secured with a 17th hole birdie from Amanda Norman – was a huge turnaround. Yesterday, they lost 8-1, this morning they trailed 2-1 after the foursomes.  Team captain Andra Knight commented: “We are delighted to have got our win. Hampshire came at us very strongly and the golf in the top match was amazing, really top class.”  Team captain Vanessa Bell added: “It is so exciting, we’re thrilled to get a win on the board and it’s the confidence boost we need.” The win moves them up to third in the table, behind Yorkshire and Gloucestershire, the defending champions.  They did concede a half point in the morning foursomes, when Rachel Boulton and Libby Kilbride found a chink in the Yorkshire armour. The Nottinghamshire pair were one down playing the last but, thanks to Kilbride’s mastery of the slopes on a daunting putt, they won the hole with a par. Yorkshire, who are seeking their 13th win at County Finals, continued their impressive progress through the championship.  Megan Garland got ahead early on with a birdie on the 7th and an eagle on the 8th, where she holed a putt the full length of the green. After 15 she was dormy three up, but her opponent Rachel Boulton took her to the last to earn her point.  Tags: competitions, English Women’s County Finals, Suffolk Gloucestershire took two points from the foursomes and then clinched their win over Hampshire with three big wins from young players.  Olivia Winning and Charlotte Heath (pictured) both produced comfortable 4/3 wins, but elsewhere the team was proving how good they are at finishing off. Hosts Suffolk were celebrating today after they pulled off a fairytale win on the second day of Women’s County Finals at Felixstowe Ferry.  In the day’s other matches, Gloucestershire’s teenagers pulled out the stops in the singles, beating Hampshire 5.5-3.5 for their second win; while Yorkshire continued to dominate their games, beat Nottinghamshire 8.5-0.5.  Melissa Wood won her game 3/1 while Hannah Holden fought back from one down after 15 to win on the 18th.  Team captain Fran Dickson said: “It was tight this morning and they had to improve their chipping and putting. But they had a lots of practice at lunchtime and they fought very hard this afternoon when they needed to.”  Tomorrow’s order of play: Match 1 Suffolk v Yorkshire  Match 2 Nottinghamshire v Hampshire  Match 3 Gloucestershire v Buckinghamshire   Match 1 Suffolk v Yorkshire  Match 2 Nottinghamshire v Hampshire  Match 3 Gloucestershire v Buckinghamshire   That game went Hampshire’s way when former Curtis Cup player Kerry Smith won on the last to secure her second point of the day.  19 Sep 2017 Hosts Suffolk snatch a fairytale win Images copyright Leaderboard Photography last_img read more