A new generation of artistsTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Sometimes it's hard to choose. That's why every year, the Taipei Arts Awards (臺北美術獎) provides a platform for many artists to display their finest pieces. According to TFAM Director Lin Ping (林平), the Taipei Arts Awards isn't meant to be a contest but to recognize great works in Taiwan's contemporary art scene. Compared to the previous year, the 2016 Taipei Arts Awards received 130 more works of art for a total of 388. Tang Jo-Hung (黨若洪) was named the winner of the 2016 Taipei Arts Awards award.
Milan snatch draw at TorinoTURIN, Italy -- Italy forward Andrea Belotti has three goals in three matches against AC Milan this season but his Torino club can't beat the Rossoneri. Milan came back from two goals down to draw at Torino 2-2 in Serie A on Monday, four days after eliminating the "Granata" from the Italian Cup. Belotti and Marco Benassi put Torino ahead 2-0 at halftime but Andrea Bertolacci and Carlos Bacca responded for Milan. Milan, which has a game in hand, remained fifth, three points behind Lazio, while Torino dropped to ninth, seven points further back. "I'm not angry, I'm furious and very disappointed because we continue to throw away points and waste chances," said Mihajlovic, who coached Milan last season.
Widow of Pulse gunman facing chargesSAN FRANCISCO -- The wife of Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen faces a court hearing in California after being arrested there in connection with his Florida shooting rampage that left 49 people dead. They gave no further details on her alleged role or what specific actions led to the charges. She had been repeatedly questioned by FBI investigators over whether she had any knowledge of her husband's plans. Her attorney Linda Moreno said after her arrest that she "had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night." "But today, there is some relief in knowing that someone will be held accountable for that horrific crime."
Curry cooks up Golden State win over CavsOAKLAND, California -- Stephen Curry hit five 3-pointers and had 20 points while matching his season best with 11 assists in Golden State's 126-91 rout of the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. Klay Thompson scored 26 points with five 3s for the Warriors, and Draymond Green produced his third triple-double of the season with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. He also equaled his career best with five blocks — and had another dustup with LeBron James in the process. Of course, the Warriors also blew a 3-1 advantage over the Cavs in the NBA Finals last season, one year after beating Cleveland to win the championship. Kyrie Irving scored 17 points for the Cavaliers in this one, but they committed 15 turnovers to 11 assists and shot just 35.2 percent.
Gov't has responsibility in cabbage crisisLess than two months ago, The China Post discussed the damage caused by abnormal weather this fall and winter, with the "ammonia-flavored" cabbages as a case in point. A head of cabbage that normally fetches around NT$40 was sold for NT$200 to NT$300 last September and October. Since then, the price of cabbage has been on a roller-coaster ride. Kuomintang Legislator Chang Li-shan (張麗善) has criticized the government for failing to curb cabbage price by monitoring the import and planting of the vegetable. She pointed out that after the price of cabbage skyrocketed, farmers dedicated over 300 hectares to the crop, far more than the typical 180 hectares.
Root ready to take Test reins should Cook quitNEW DELHI -- England's Joe Root has said he is ready to take on the mantle of Test skipper should Alastair Cook decide to relinquish the captaincy. Root, part of the England limited-overs squad currently in India, has been widely tipped to take over the Test reins if Cook decides to stand down after five years at the helm. Calls for a change of leadership gained ground after England suffered a 4-0 drubbing in the Test series against India at the end of last year, with Cook going on to say that Root was "ready" for the job. "I'd like to think so," Root told the English media in Pune when asked whether he was ready to captain England in Tests. The 26-year-old batsman has represented England in 53 Test matches, scoring 4,594 runs at an average of 52.80.
It's a Martin Luther King Jr. Day with TrumpATLANTA -- As Americans celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leaders and activists are trying to reconcile the transition from the nation's first black president to a president-elect still struggling to connect with most non-white voters. King's daughter on Monday encouraged Americans to fight for the slain civil rights leader's vision of love and justice "no matter who is in the White House." In Atlanta, Bernice King addressed more than 2,000 people gathered at her father's Ebenezer Baptist Church four days before Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. She spoke on the same day that her brother, Martin Luther King III, met privately with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York. "At the end of the day, the Donald Trumps come and go," Bernice King said.
NFL preview: Patriots face different Steelers team with healthy Big BenFOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts -- The New England Patriots got a break by not having to face Ben Roethlisberger during their regular-season win over the Steelers in October. The 27-16 home loss to New England was the only game the Steelers' 34-year-old quarterback missed due to injury this season. The Steelers outgained the Patriots 375-362, but were 1 for 4 in the red zone and Jones finished with only one touchdown and an interception. They also ranked 12th in the NFL during the regular season in red zone efficiency, scoring a touchdown on 59 percent of the trips inside the 20-yard line. Roethlisberger had 13 touchdowns and only three interceptions in the red zone in 14 regular-season games.
Eastern Realty to open store in Jiangsu provinceTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Eastern Realty took its first step into the Chinese real estate market on Tuesday, inking a deal to link up with ShangSen Real Estate Marketing Planning Co., Ltd. The collaboration, which Eastern Realty Chairman Wang Ying-chieh (王應傑) said was nearly two years in the making, allows the Chinese real estate company to operate stores under the Eastern Realty brand in China. He said the Eastern Realty brand, "which holds its own weight in China," would allow ShangSen Real Estate to differentiate itself from other real estate firms in mainland China. For Eastern Realty, the offer to expand into mainland China was one of many, according to the company's chairman. What set this one apart, besides shared ideologies, was that Lin himself is a Taiwanese national who used to serve as a broker for Eastern Realty.
Trumping Trump? NY's Cuomo courts 'middle-class anger'SYRACUSE, New York -- An ambitious Democratic governor with possible White House aspirations has a formula for staying blue in the time of Trump: Take your progressive message directly to angst-ridden middle-class voters. But some wonder just how sincere Cuomo really is, questioning whether his middle-class outreach formula that he defiantly posed as an alternative to Donald Trump is nothing more than the groundwork for a presidential run. And they question where this formula — combining progressive social programs and big spending on airports, train stations and water infrastructure — was during Cuomo's previous six years as governor. "He hasn't done anything for me," said Adam Kelley, an unemployed carpenter who was walking through downtown Syracuse as Cuomo delivered a speech nearby.
Uber drivers fined NT$331 mil. in 8 daysTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Uber Taiwan and its drivers in Taipei alone have been fined more than NT$331 million in the eight days since an amendment to the Highway Act came into effect, the Taipei City Vehicle Monitor Office said Tuesday. The Legislature passed an amendment to the Highway Act in December last year, raising the maximum fine on any firm or individual who illegally runs a transportation service to NT$25 million. Taxis Fight BackTaxi associations from across the country jointed initiated a "reporting task force" on Monday, calling on taxi drivers as well as citizens to join the mission in "combatting the unlawful business." "Uber hasn't even registered for the Transportation Ministry's latest Diverse Taxi Service Project," Cheng said, asserting how this showed Uber has no actual interest in collaborating for a mutually accepted solution.
Cathay Financial's class A shares soar on TWSE debutTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Cathay Financial Holdings' (國泰金控) class A preferred shares saw brisk trading as they made thier debut on the Taiwan Stock Exchange Tuesday. The round of fundraising — registered under the title Cathay Financial Holding Co., Ltd. Preferred Stock A (CTFHCPSA) — would help Cathay compete in the Asia market, Cathay United Bank president Alan Lee (李偉正) said. Cathay Financial Holdings said it would issue 833 million class A preferred shares at the price at NT$60 per share. Cathay Financial Holdings saw combined earnings of up to NT$48 billion last year, with earnings per share at NT$3.79, second among financial holdings firms after Fubon Financial (富邦金控) at NT$4.72.
Trump to trigger market inflections: DBSTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Donald Trump presidency will bring changes and market inflections in the first quarter of 2017, according to DBS. "After extraordinary election night swings in futures and Asian markets, investors quickly embraced President-Elect Donald Trump," DBS said in a report on investment outlook for the first quarter of 2017. The bank pointed out that Trump's "Make America Great Again" policy was protectionism by another name, with negative implications for emerging markets and Asian markets except for Japan. DBS said it saw the likely resumption of "Trump Trade," which would take U.S. equities even higher. And there will come a point when the consequent higher rates will kill the market for already expensive risk assets."
Rio Tinto ups iron ore shipments on price surgeSYDNEY -- Mining giant Rio Tinto reported Tuesday a ramp up in iron ore shipments on surging prices, but copper output disappointed amid production issues at its global mines. Prices in key commodities such as iron ore have soared in recent months, supporting producers, with shares in Rio Tinto jumping more than 60 percent from a year ago. Rio said iron ore shipments rose by three percent to 327.6 million tons last year compared to 2015, in line with guidance. Iron ore shipments were up 8 percent in the last three months of 2016 compared to the previous quarter, while production for the same period rose by 3 percent. The miner issued a wide copper production guidance of 525-665 thousand tons for this year, and unchanged guidance of 330-340 million tons for iron ore for the same period.
GM to create 1,000 new jobs with US$1 billion investmentDETROIT -- General Motors will announce a US$1 billion investment in its factories that will create or keep around 1,000 jobs, a person briefed on the matter said Monday. The investment is part of the normal process of equipping factories to build new models, and it's been planned for months, the person told The Associated Press. The person didn't want to be identified because the announcement hasn't been made yet. Multiple factories will get part of the money, but GM does not plan to state where the new jobs will go, according to the person. The company plans to use the announcement to tout both blue-collar and white-collar U.S. jobs it has created in recent years, the person said.