However, scientists want to go one step further and map the entire genome of the Argentine polo horse to create the perfect specimen. The Argentine polo ponies distinguish themselves in their rate of learning and sensibility to their rider’s desires. There is nothing new about using applied research and biotechnology to improve polo ponies, but interest in the science is growing, as is the money people are prepared to pay for its results. According to estimates, there are about 200 cloned Argentine polo ponies, many copies of elite-level mounts. Argentina “is absolutely at the cutting edge of applied research into polo ponies,” said geneticist Sebastian Demyda, one of the project’s leaders.
Reuters, SYDNEYJake McLeod yesterday continued his strong home season with a six-under-par 66 to take a share of the lead alongside compatriot Matt Jager after the first round of the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. He and Western Australian Jager ended the day one stroke ahead of South Korea’s Eom Jae-woong and Australian Dimitrios Papadatos, who finished second at the Australian Open two weeks ago. 2 Marc Leishman was a stroke further adrift on four-under in a group five players that also featured Spain’s Adrian Otaegui. McLeod finished third at the Australian Open at The Lakes course in Sydney and the 24-year-old credited his recent good form to the help of a new psychologist. It left him off balance and shaking his hand after the club appeared to pinch him.
Staff writer, with CNAAny law that follows from the passage of referendums initiated by groups opposed to same-sex marriage cannot contradict the Council of Grand Justices’ Interpretation No. 748, as it came from the highest ranks of the legal hierarchy, the Judicial Yuan said yesterday. They proposed excluding education about gay people from elementary and junior-high schools, restricting the Civil Code’s definition of marriage to a union between a man and woman, and drafting a separate law to protect same-sex marriage. However, the referendum results would have a legally binding effect on the administrative and legislative branches of the government, which might have to protect marriage equality via a separate law, Hsu said. A separate law would not necessarily afford unequal treatment to the LGBT community, as it would depend on its content, he added.
That was a good thing for the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. Bertuzzi broke a tie with 6 minutes, 53 seconds to go with his second goal of the game as Detroit held on to beat the St Louis Blues 4-3 after blowing a 3-0 lead. He competes,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said of Bertuzzi, the nephew of former NHL player Todd Bertuzzi, who also played for the Red Wings. The Red Wings led 3-2 after a five-goal second period. Detroit scored three times in 6 minutes, 42 seconds to take a 3-0 lead in the middle period.
Dance’s (張婷婷獨立製作) re-staging of Deja vu (既視感) at the National Experimental Theater this weekend all the more special. Deja vu, a piece influenced by 3D technology, first premiered at the Wellspring Theater in December 2016 and was shown at the Festival Off d’Avignon in France this summer. Prior to the 2016 premiere, Chang said that she was fascinated by the work of 19th century French philosopher Emile Boirac, who posited that 70 percent of the world’s population would experience a feeling of deja vu at least once in their lives. ■ Deja vu will be performed at the National Experimental Theater (國家戲劇院實驗劇場), 21-1 Zhongshan S Rd, Taipei City (台北市中正區中山南路21-1號) tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm. ■ Tickets are NT$800 and NT$1,500 (sponsorship), available at NTCH box offices, Eslite ticket desks, online at www.artsticket.com.tw and at convenience store ticket kiosks.
The GuardianJapan is to acquire at least one aircraft carrier for the first time since World War II as it attempts to counter Chinese maritime expansion in the Pacific. The government is to upgrade its two existing Izumo-class helicopter carriers so they can transport and launch fighter jets, media reported. Previous Japanese governments have ruled out acquiring aircraft carriers, adhering to the postwar consensus that the vessels’ capabilities could be interpreted as offensive. In its latest defense white paper, Japan said that China had acquired and built aircraft carriers to enable it to expand into Pacific waters near Japan’s outlying southwestern islands. The white paper, published in August, also voiced concern about Chinese military spending and activity in the South China Sea.
AP, OKLAHOMA CITY, OklahomaRussell Westbrook was more introspective than usual on Wednesday night. Last year’s Most Valuable Player moved into a tie for third place on the NBA list for triple-doubles with 23 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a regular-season sweep of the shorthanded Cleveland Cavaliers with a 100-83 victory. Jordan Clarkson led Cleveland with 25 points, while Collin Sexton (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Cedi Osman (14 points, 10 rebounds) each had a double-double. Oklahoma City trailed 55-51 in the third quarter when Westbrook started a 13-0 run with a three-pointer. By the end of the quarter, the Thunder led 73-62 and the Cavaliers got no closer than nine the rest of the way.
Staff writer, with CNAThe American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday confirmed that it purchased a plot of land in Taipei to build a residential complex for its staff, saying the decision reflects the US’ strong long-term commitment to the nation. “On Nov. 28, 2018, AIT finalized a conditional purchase agreement with Jean Co, Ltd [新美齊] for the construction of a new residential tower in Tianmu [天母] and purchase of the underlying land,” AIT spokesperson Jesse Curtis said in an e-mail. “When completed, AIT plans to use the residential tower as housing for AIT staff and their families,” Curtis said, confirming a report in the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) about the deal. It was not the AIT’s first real-estate purchase in Taiwan, as the newspaper had reported, he said without elaborating. The 1,000m2 plot of land and construction of the building is to cost NT$1.16 billion (US$37.6 million), Jean Co said.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs would not have to pay, the ruling added. Lin Hsuan-chi (林媗琪), representative of the victims’ legal team, said the team approved of the court’s decision to reject the majority of the company’s appeals. However, they regret the decision to overrule a previous ruling requiring the ministry to pay compensation, as it should also be held liable, she said. In the first trial, the court had ruled that the ministry should pay compensation, but in the second and third trials, it reversed the ruling, she said. If CPDC does not make the payments of its own initiative, the legal team would take action, she added.
Staff writer, with CNAThe family of a trainee police officer killed in the line of duty have decided to donate his organs and said they hope that action would be taken to ensure the safety of law enforcement officers. The parents of National Highway Police Bureau trainee officer Wang Huang Kuan-chun (王黃冠鈞) will donate their son’s heart, liver, kidneys, corneas and blood vessels, Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital deputy superintendent Huang Jing-long (黃璟隆) said. Wang Huang’s father, a squad leader at the Fifth Special Police Corps, said that although he was never worried by the danger associated with being a police officer, he was afraid of losing his child. The organ donations are a way to ensure that his son’s life continues to have meaning and benefits others, he added. Wang Huang sustained fatal injuries when his car was rear-ended on Friday last week, the bureau said.
AP, MADRIDChinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) yesterday issued an impassioned defense of free markets’ ability to combat economic uncertainty as he sought allies in Europe. However, Xi’s two-day visit to Spain is presenting the Chinese leader with the opportunity to charm a country that has traditionally avoided confrontation with Beijing. However, top officials said that Spain would not officially endorse Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative. Spain and Portugal, for example, were among the countries whose ambassadors did not back a letter by 15 Western diplomats about China’s rights record in Xinjiang. Xi is to fly to Argentina today for tomorrow’s G20 leaders’ summit, after which he is to visit Panama and Portugal.
The peaceful development of cross-strait relations would bring both sides concrete benefits, which would include economic, cultural and other types of exchanges, he said. The Chinese Communist Party hopes that the livelihood of Taiwanese would be improved more easily through economic development, he said. Taichung mayor-elect Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕), who also acknowledges the “1992 consensus,” said she would endeavor to have the Games reinstated. China had originally objected to Taichung hosting the Games on the basis that Taiwanese groups were calling for the name change. Ma said the decision to reinstate the city’s right to host the Games ultimately rests with the East Asian Olympic Committee.
Staff writer, with CNAInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach yesterday said he welcomes Taiwan’s participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the name “Chinese Taipei” after a referendum in Taiwan to apply for a name change was rejected. Taiwan has taken part in all editions of the Olympic Games under the name “Chinese Taipei” since 1984 after China refused to allow Taiwan to participate officially as the Republic of China (ROC) in the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal. The nation had competed in the Olympic Games from 1956 to 1972 as the ROC, but it did not take part in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics because of disputes over protocol and national recognition. Taiwan first participated as “Chinese Taipei” at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo after the IOC passed the Nagoya Resolution in 1979, which led to the Lausanne Agreement in 1981. The agreement requires Taiwan to compete under the name “Chinese Taipei” and bans its Olympic committee from using the ROC flag or national anthem.
The results showed that 59.5 percent of the nearly 10 million people who voted are against abolishing nuclear power, Central Election Commission figures showed. The Executive Yuan respects the result and would work with concerned ministries to re-evaluate the nation’s energy policies, Kolas said. After the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster in Japan, public opinion took a strong turn against nuclear energy, so the Democratic Progressive Party vowed to phase out nuclear power by 2025, Kolas said. Although nuclear energy produces less air pollution, the problem of handling and storing nuclear waste remains a serious issue, she added. In keeping with voters’ wishes, the new strategy would prioritize renewable sources, energy conservation and nuclear power, Shen said.
The league applied to unfreeze its assets because it was dissatisfied with the committee’s decision to file an administrative suit, sources said. The court in its press release disregarded the fact that transitional justice projects must always race against time and said that lifting the penalty would merely postpone the realization of transitional justice, the committee said. Central Investment Co (中央投資公司) and Hsinyutai Co (欣裕台) had also applied to end the administrative penalties placed against them, but the Supreme Administrative Court rejected their requests, the committee added. The Taipei High Administrative Court only urged the league to consider the potential legal risks it might face and to handle its assets in a reasonable manner, it said. If the league uses large amounts of its assets and in doing so harms the public interest, the Taipei High Administrative Court should be held responsible, it added.