Temperatures to rise Monday as cold front weakens

Temperatures across Taiwan are forecast to rise as a cold front lingering since last Thursday begins to weaken Monday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). Morning conditions in central and northern Taiwan will be as cold in recent days. Temperatures will rise to the higher teens in northern Taiwan, while central Taiwan will see daytime temperatures of 21 to 22 degrees. Expect temperatures ranging from 19 to 22 degrees along the east coast. Meanwhile, the CWB is forecasting scattered showers for the mountainous areas of northern Taiwan, the eastern portion of Greater Taipei as well as Taitung.

February 27, 2017 00:20 UTC

'I'm a clean athlete' insists Mo Farah

LONDON -- Britain's four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah on Sunday insisted he was "a clean athlete" after a leaked United States Anti-Doping Agency report suggested that his coach had "almost certainly" broken anti-doping rules. "I am a clean athlete who has never broken the rules in regards to substances, methods or dosages and it is upsetting that some parts of the media, despite the clear facts, continue to try to associate me with allegations of drug misuse," Farah said in a statement. "As I've said many times before we all should do everything we can to have a clean sport and it is entirely right that anyone who breaks the rules should be punished." The newspaper said it had seen documents showing Salazar gave intravenous drip infusions to Farah and to half a dozen top US runners and that USADA had concluded the treatments of the Americans "almost certainly" broke anti-doping rules. USADA said Saturday that no conclusion had been reached.

February 27, 2017 00:01 UTC

Japan's 'King Kazu' turns 50 with J-League start

YOKOHAMA -- Twinkle-toed former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura celebrated his 50th birthday by starting a J-League game for Yokohama FC on Sunday, marking yet another landmark in a storied career. Miura, the oldest Japanese to play professional football, lasted 65 minutes in a 1-0 home win over second division rivals Matsumoto Yamaga as he became the first quinquagenarian to grace the J-League. Now the golden oldie, dubbed "King Kazu" by Japanese media and fans, wants to play until he's 60. Though the pin-up looks have been replaced by a few tell-tale wrinkles and greying hair, Miura still enjoys celebrity status in Japan. He made 20 league appearances last season, scoring twice, but he betrayed signs of rust Sunday when he mis-kicked with his only real sight of goal.

February 26, 2017 23:01 UTC

Rea scores second victory in 1st World Superbikes round

PHILLIP ISLAND -- Britain's Jonathan Rea began the defense of his Superbike World Championship with a double victory at the first stop of the season at Phillip Island on Sunday. Rea, on a Kawasaki, won the first 22-lap race of the season on Saturday ahead of Ducati's Chaz Davis. He won again Sunday, regaining the lead on the last of 22 laps to beat Davies and Marco Melandri. The double victory gave Rea a flying start to the new season, giving him 50 championship points and a 10-point lead over Davies and his Kawasaki teammate Tom Skyes. Melandri and Davies both led on the closing laps but Rea was able to recover both times to reclaim the lead.

February 26, 2017 22:01 UTC

Amy Yang wins LPGA Thailand by five strokes

CHONBURI -- Amy Yang rarely wavered with a big lead during the final round of the Thailand LPGA tournament, shooting a 4-under 68 to win by five strokes Sunday. Due to rain delays, Yang was forced to play her final five holes of the third round on Sunday morning, and she led by five strokes after 54 holes. "I knew I had to make it, and I did," Yang said of her par putt on 14. So Yeon Ryu, the 2011 U.S. Women's Open champion, matched Yang with a 68 to finish second. Yang carded 10 birdies, one eagle and only one bogey over her second and partial third rounds on Saturday.

February 26, 2017 21:01 UTC



New York Times to broadcast 'truth' ad during Academy Awards

NEW YORK -- The New York Times will broadcast a commercial called "The Truth Is Hard" during Sunday's Academy Awards, just days after the company and other news organizations were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing. It is the first television advertising from the Times since 2010 and its first brand-focused television ad in a decade. The ad closes with: "The truth is hard. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the move by the White House, and it marked another sign of struggle between news media and President Donald Trump. He has chafed at a number of anonymously sourced stories, including numerous reports describing contacts between his campaign advisers and Russian intelligence agents, which the White House has sharply disputed.

February 26, 2017 18:00 UTC

Titanic' actor Bill Paxton has died: family representatives

LOS ANGELES — Bill Paxton, the prolific and charismatic actor whose many memorable roles included an astronaut in "Apollo 13" and a treasure hunter in "Titanic," has died from complications due to surgery. Paxton, a Fort Worth, Texas, native, appeared in dozens of movies and television shows and seemed to be around when history was made both on and off screen. Paxton's movie credits included some of the signature works of the past 40 years, from "Titanic" and "Apollo 13" to "The Terminator and "Aliens." He was, sci-fi fans like to point out, the only actor killed by a Predator, a Terminator and an Alien. "And all I can tell you is, thank God for Turner Classic Movies and Robert Osborn. "

February 26, 2017 18:00 UTC

Miners regain sparkle as commodity prices rebound

"Most miners are going to be making very good cash, and better cash than they have been making for years," UBS commodities analyst Daniel Morgan told AFP. "Their cost bases are lower and in many cases they are back to sustaining capex (capital expenditure) rather than growing capex. Copper prices have also rallied, with a strike at BHP's Escondida mine in Chile — the world's biggest copper pit — also providing support. "Demand was persistently better than what was expected, led by those two subsectors, for much of the year," Driscoll told AFP. The November election of President Donald Trump, who has touted massive infrastructure spending, and the Indian government's vow to fund the modernization of roads, airports and railways also boosted sentiment.

February 26, 2017 16:09 UTC

State-run oil giant taps China's vast geothermal reserves

BAODING, China -- Chinese state-run energy giant Sinopec has drilled hundreds of wells across the country without finding a single drop of oil. Chen Menghui, director of Sinopec's geothermal branch in Hebei, said the process depends on a cycle of running water. An Icelandic AllyBefore launching itself into the geothermal industry, Sinopec found an unusual partner in the Icelandic company Arctic Green Energy. In a joint venture beginning in 2009, they invested 400 million yuan (US$58 million) into the Xiong project, where they drilled almost 70 wells. According to Sinopec, Xiong has become China's first "smokeless town" by eliminating the coal-fired heating systems common throughout other parts of the country.

February 26, 2017 16:09 UTC

Uno takes Asian Winter Games figure-skating gold

SAPPORO, Japan -- Shoma Uno of Japan overcame several early mistakes Sunday to win the gold medal in men's figure skating on the final day of the Asian Winter Games. Uno, who was second after the short program, fell on his opening quad loop of his free skate and stepped out of a triple lutz, but scored 281.27points. Two Chinese skaters finished second and third — Boyang Jin with 280.08 points and Yan Han with 271.86. Despite the early mistakes, Uno earned points with three combination jumps including his last one: a triple salchow-single loop-triple flip. "It wasn't my greatest performance but I'm pleased with the result," said Uno, who received 188.84 points in the free skate.

February 26, 2017 16:07 UTC

Sharp vision: New glasses help the legally blind to see

"These glasses have made my life so much better," said Regan, 48, a Canadian engineer who lives in London, Ontario. That's because many visual impairments degrade central vision while leaving peripheral vision largely intact. Although eSight's glasses won't help people with total blindness, they could still be a huge deal for the millions of peoples whose vision is so impaired that it can't be corrected with ordinary lenses. Among them: proving the glasses are safe and effective for the legally blind. ESight CEO Brian Mech said the latest improvements might help insurers overcome their short-sighted view of his product.

February 26, 2017 16:06 UTC

Sevilla defeat Betis 2-1 to go level on points with league leaders Real Madrid

BARCELONA -- His team trailing against its fiercest rival, coach Jorge Sampaoli orchestrated a 2-1 comeback at Real Betis that lifted Sevilla to the top of the Spanish league on Saturday. "Vicente contributed immediately and had a lot to do with the transformation of the team," Sampaoli said. "The first half didn't reflect who we are as a team," Iborra said. The first half was theirs, but the second half was ours from start to finish, and reflects what we are doing this season." The win in the Seville derby, which came three days after Sevilla beat Leicester 2-1 in the Champions League, pulled it level on points with Liga leader Real Madrid.

February 26, 2017 16:06 UTC

To fight inaccuracy, we must tell our own stories

While the academy has stepped up its game on diversity this year, it still seems to view it as purely a black-and-white matter. Dev Patel, a British actor of Indian heritage, is not only the sole Asian actor nominated this year, but also the sole non-black acting nominee of color. Rather, we want to point out that Asian Americans, like African Americans, share a common struggle, which goes far beyond the lack of award nominations. The Asian character was deployed usually as foil to a white protagonist, there to emphasize the leading character's struggles and growth. Then, characters like Cristina Yang on "Grey's Anatomy" and Mindy Kaling on "The Mindy Project" came along and took center stage in major network TV shows.

February 26, 2017 16:06 UTC

Win leaves La Dea dreaming of Europe

It ended Napoli's run of 14 league matches without defeat. Inter Milan can move back level with Atalanta with a win over second-placed Roma on Sunday. "If, after 25 matches, you're fourth and you've beaten Napoli at the San Paolo, you're allowed to believe in yourself." An estimated 5,000 fans greeted Atalanta at Bergamo Airport, welcoming the team home with flares, fireworks, and singing "We're going to win the league." Petagna scored in a 1-0 win over Napoli this season, but since October Napoli had lost only one match, at Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League last 16.

February 26, 2017 16:06 UTC

A luxurious experience

However you define your luxurious life, there are some common standards that define what "luxurious" is. According to the Forbes Travel Guide, Mandarin Oriental, Taipei and the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Taipei have attained the highest rating in the 59th annual Forbes Travel Guide Star Ratings. Aside from service and facilities, the rating system emphasizes your "personal experience," like the spectacular showcase of authentic Italian cuisine hosted between Feb. 22 and 26 by noted Italian Chef Felice Sgarra. Highlights from the menu included Iberico pork secreto and black winter truffle, artisanal long-spaghetti pasta cut and served in a lobster broth with chickpeas and fresh tomatoes, as well as veal cheek slow-cooked in milk with potatoes and red onion to create a "luxurious" dining experience. Refined Afternoon TeaTo further build on this culinary feast, the Jade Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Taipei is collaborating with prestigious skincare brand from Switzerland, la prairie, to present the "White Caviar Illuminating Afternoon Tea."

February 26, 2017 16:06 UTC



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