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Girls revive previously male-dominated cheering squads

National | Regional voices: Chubu Dec 6, 2019

Girls revive previously male-dominated cheering squads

Typical cheerleading clubs in schools, known as ōendan, consist of men clad in black gakuran stand-up collar uniforms yelling vigorously and performing synchronized, dynamic choreographed moves to support sports teams. While the traditional activity is becoming less popular among male students, many ōendan across the ...

Toyota struggles to match demand for hybrid models

Business Dec 6, 2019

Toyota struggles to match demand for hybrid models

Toyota Motor Corp. has a problem with selling its hybrids — its customers can't get enough of them. "The only thing holding us back on hybrids is capacity," Bob Carter, Toyota's North American executive vice president for sales, told reporters Thursday at an event in ...

Business / Tech Dec 6, 2019

Nonprofit and IBM to sell 25-cent AI devices for analyzing soil

A piece of paper no bigger than a business card could enrich struggling coffee farmers and their soil, a growing challenge as temperatures rise and prices fluctuate. Enveritas, a U.S. nonprofit, signed an agreement with International Business Machines Corp. on Thursday to pilot the AgroPad, ...

South Africa makes last-ditch move to save state airline

Business Dec 6, 2019

South Africa makes last-ditch move to save state airline

South Africa's government will cede control of the national airline to a restructuring specialist in a last-ditch attempt to save the cash-strapped business from collapse. As part of a rescue plan started on Thursday, the government will hand the running of South African Airways (SAA) ...

WWII veteran Silver Spitfire back in Britain after round-the-world trip

World Dec 6, 2019

WWII veteran Silver Spitfire back in Britain after round-the-world trip

An original Spitfire plane landed back in Britain on Thursday after successfully completing a first-ever attempt to fly the iconic World War II fighter around the globe. The gleaming silver aircraft touched down on the grass runway at Goodwood Aerodrome outside Chichester, exactly four months ...

Brendan Rodgers extends contract with Leicester City until 2025

Soccer Dec 6, 2019

Brendan Rodgers extends contract with Leicester City until 2025

Leicester City has extended manager Brendan Rodgers' contract until June 2025, the Premier League club said on Friday after he had been linked with the vacant coaching role at Arsenal. Rodgers, who left Scottish side Celtic to take charge at Leicester in February, has overseen ...

Chen moves out to big lead over Hanyu at GP Final

Figure Skating Dec 6, 2019

Chen moves out to big lead over Hanyu at GP Final

Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu sits second behind Nathan Chen after the short program at the Grand Prix Final, with the American opening a commanding 12.95-point lead on Thursday. Hanyu scored 97.43 points to the reigning world champion Chen's personal-best 110.38. Hanyu's score suffered after he ...