The U.S. athletics team at the 2017 Taipei Universiade is made up mostly of students from the University of Houston coached by sprint sensation Leroy Burrell and legend Carl Lewis. At a press conference on Tuesday, Burrell declared that he was confident Team U.S.A. could claim at least 10 medals at the games. Head coach Burrell, coach Lewis and three athletes -- Valarie Allman, Cameron Burrell and Reggie Jaeger -- also made an appearance at a press conference. Burrell and Lewis, both multiple-time Olympians, were vocal in their praise for Taipei Universiade's opening ceremony. This year, the U.S. athletics team comprised students aged 18 to 20 who hailed from the University of Houston and other U.S. schools.
August 22, 2017 13:30 UTC
The search for 10 U.S. sailors missing after their destroyer collided with an oil tanker continued on Tuesday, with ships and aircraft from the U.S., Singapore and Malaysian navies. The search was focused on an area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, where the USS John S McCain collided with the Liberian-flagged Alnic MC early Monday, the US Navy's 7th Fleet said. The destroyer, which has since arrived at Changi naval base in Singapore, sustained significant damage to its hull, and five US sailors were injured. The 7th Fleet said divers had begun assessing the damage and that the crew was now focused on "dewatering" the ship and restoring auxiliary systems. Monday's was the second incident in three months in which a U.S. destroyer collided with a commercial vessel, prompting the U.S. Navy to order an operational pause for its fleets worldwide.
August 22, 2017 07:52 UTC
Chile's Constitutional Court on Monday ruled in favour of easing the country's strict abortion laws, after a complaint against new legislation was brought by conservative opposition lawmakers. "Today, women have won, they have won democracy and they have won Chile," President Michelle Bachelet, who first submitted the bill to parliament two years ago, said as she welcomed the ruling. But critics of the law also gathered in front of the court to protest, with some shouting, "God hates the shedding of innocent blood." Chile has some of the world's strictest abortion laws, which date back to the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet between 1973 and 1990. The Constitutional Court was the last legal hurdle for the new legislation as its rulings are final.
August 22, 2017 06:00 UTC
Rashman was among hundreds of people who gathered in Marion, a town about 100 kilometres south-east of St Louis, Missouri, to witness the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in the United States in 99 years. Marion was one of many places to mark eclipse with a special event geared toward families, including educational programmes, music and other entertainment for stargazers. The astronomical event, first seen in the US in Oregon, was the first total solar eclipse visible in the country since 1979 and the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse across North America since 1918. NASA estimated ahead of the eclipse that millions of people would view it, especially along the path of totality. The total solar eclipse ended in the country in the south-eastern US state of South Carolina just before 3 pm (1900 GMT), with some people already looking forward
August 22, 2017 05:03 UTC
"The torso had no head, arms or legs," Jens Moller Jensen of the Copenhagen police, who is leading the probe, told reporters. The remains, spotted by a man who had cycled by the scene on Monday, were to undergo an autopsy and other tests, Moller Jensen said. The body had been in the water "for some time," Moller Jensen said, but added it was "too early" to say if the remains were those of Swedish reporter Kim Wall. Wall, 30, was last seen on the evening of August 10 on the amateur-built Danish submarine belonging to Peter Madsen, leaving Copenhagen harbour. He continues to reject the charges against him, Engmark told Danish broadcaster TV2.
August 22, 2017 00:22 UTC
It was a transcendent moment, as she not only broke the Universiade record but, more importantly, broke the world record on home soil as she lifted the 142 kg with ease. At the moment after breaking the world record, Kuo shed tears of joy and excitedly hugged her coach Lin Geng-neng as the frenzied cheers from the crowd reverberated around her. "This time, (we're) here to break the world record!" I wanted to break the meet record, and I also hoped to shatter the world record at home. But this only energized him, and Linder went on to break the clean and jerk record and clinch the gold.
August 21, 2017 16:52 UTC
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporterTaiwan yesterday won four gold medals and six silvers at the Taipei Universiade in roller-skating, taekwondo and weightlifting. Roller skaters Chen Yen-cheng (陳彥成) and Ko Fu-shiuan (柯福軒) began their pursuit of medals yesterday morning by securing a gold (20 points) and a silver (13 points) respectively, in the men’s 10,000m points-elimination race. Kao Mao-chieh (高茂傑) won the silver in the men’s roller skating 300m time trial race, finishing at 24. Chen Ying-chu (陳映竹) won silver after the 300m final was delayed about an hour by rain, finishing in 25.828 seconds. Athletes competing in the men’s and women’s team poomsae won two more silvers.
August 21, 2017 16:01 UTC
Staff writer, with CNAEVA Airways Corp (長榮航空), one of the nation’s two major international carriers, retired its last Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft, nicknamed the “Queen of the Skies” by aviation enthusiasts, after it carried 389 passengers from Hong Kong to Taipei yesterday. Boeing 747-400 aircraft had served the airline as a passenger plane for 25 years, but EVA will continue to use it as a cargo plane until 2019, when it will be replaced by the double-engine Boeing 777, the company said. The Boeing 747-400 set the standard for wide-body airplanes when it was first flown as a passenger aircraft by Northwest Airlines in February 1989. Over the past 25 years, EVA has operated a total of 18 Boeing 747-400s — seven as passenger aircraft, three as cargo aircraft and eight for dual use. Meanwhile, China Airlines Ltd (中華航空), the nation’s other major international carrier, said it would decommission two of its Boeing 747-400 aircraft in November.
“We had to start with the few old artisans we had, it was a very difficult start,” he said. Slowly more and more Afghan artisans joined the collective, preserving priceless skills that many feared would disappear altogether due to decades of war — a problem that many Syrian craftsmen, who are fleeing their country in droves, now face. First started by British diplomat Rory Stewart, the Turquoise Mountain foundation, which is supported by the UK’s Prince Charles, the British Council and USAID, says it has now worked with some 5,000 artisans. RIGOROUS SELECTION PROCESSStaff at Turquoise Mountain began by combing Kabul’s streets and knocking on doors in the villages trying to find artisans and students to enroll. They leave with a double certifications — Afghan and British.
By Kuo Chia-erh / Staff reporterThe nation’s export orders rose 10.5 percent year-on-year to US$38.72 billion last month, boosted by continuing strong demand for electronics products, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said yesterday. It marked the 12th straight month of year-on-year expansion, ministry data showed. However, the nation’s export orders dropped 4 percent month-on-month from US$40.35 billion in June, statistics showed. For the first seven months of the year, export orders amounted US$262.35 billion, up 11.1 percent from the same period last year. The ministry expects export orders for this month would grow 4.1 percent and 6.8 percent from the same period last year.
The investigation is the US administration’s first direct measure against Chinese trade practices, which the White House and US business groups say are damaging US industry. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said in a statement that the move sent the wrong signal to the world and would be condemned by the international community. “The United States’ disregard of World Trade Organization rules and use of domestic law to initiate a trade investigation against China is irresponsible, and its criticism of China is not objective,” an unnamed ministry spokesman said. “China expresses strong dissatisfaction with the United States’ unilateral protectionist action. China’s policy of forcing foreign companies to turn over technology to Chinese joint venture partners and its failure to crack down on intellectual property theft have been longstanding problems for several US administrations.
By Abraham Gerber / Staff reporterOpponents of pension reform will not stage protests outside the venue hosting the Summer Universiade’s closing ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan Veteran Rights Protection Association president Huang Cheng-chung (黃正忠) said yesterday, amid criticism that protesters disrupted the opening ceremony on Saturday. The smoke bomb went off behind them; how are we supposed to have gotten through?” he said, urging the Taipei City Police Department to release any footage of the incident. “Charging through would have been an impossibility and there was no way for us to reach the athletes,” Huang added. Some groups that had previously opposed pension reform legislation have distanced themselves from the Universiade protesters, with the 800 Heroes group of military veterans saying they will not take part in any protests aimed at disrupting the Games. National Federation of Teachers’ Unions director-general Huang Yao-nan (黃耀南) and National Civil Servant Association president Harry Lee (李來希) participated in Saturday’s protests in a personal capacity, with the teachers’ union reportedly declining to support the Universiade protesters.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe Taipei Universiade Organizing Committee yesterday said that spectators can have their tickets refunded if the Games are interrupted by Tropical Storm Hato. Although the storm is expected to mainly affect southern Taiwan, the committee said it will work with the bureau to keep a close eye on it and take emergency response measures if necessary. Committee spokesman Yang Ching-tang (楊景棠) said emergency response measures, which were planned ahead of the Games, include dismantling and removing temporary equipment, such as timing and scoring systems, audience seats and tents for referees. An international technical committee will decide whether to delay or cancel events, Yang said. “If a match is delayed or canceled due to weather, spectators will be able to have their tickets refunded,” he added.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterTaipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday maintained that the opponents of pension reform who disrupted the Summer Universiade opening ceremony were “bastards” as he replied to a comment on Facebook. Ko first made the remark on Sunday during a news conference after the protesters blocked foreign athletes entering the Taipei Municipal Stadium, where the ceremony was held on Saturday evening. Being the mayor of Taipei and confidently vowing that nothing will go wrong during the Universiade, but what was the result? We the residents of Taipei had not even asked you to pay for it,” the comment read. “Please tell all Taipei residents who the bastard is,” the netizen wrote.
Moller-Maersk A/S for US$4.95 billion, another sign that the pace of deals in the energy sector is accelerating after a long downturn. Maersk is to receive a consideration of US$4.95 billion in Total shares and the French company will also assume US$2.5 billion of Maersk’s debt, the companies said in statements yesterday. “The combination with Maersk Oil offers Total an exceptional overlap of upstream businesses globally, which will enhance Total’s competitiveness and value in many core areas, in particular through some high-quality growing assets,” Total said in its statement. Earlier this year, he agreed to purchase stakes in a project in Uganda from Tullow Oil PLC for US$900 million and said yes to a US$2.2 billion deal to buy into Brazilian oil fields and infrastructure. Crude oil prices remain stuck at about US$50 a barrel — half the level three years ago — and some notable traders see the outlook for next year weakening.