AFP, WASHINGTONAlex Killorn on Thursday scored the go-ahead goal halfway through the third period and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 36 shots as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 to level the Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2. Tampa Bay regained home ice advantage in the series, but it might not matter, as the victory at the Capital One Arena in Washington followed a familiar pattern. The road team has now won all four games in the series. The Lightning will try to break that mold when they host Game 5 today. We were dictating play and we did a lot of good things, we just didn’t get the result we wanted.
“You don’t want to be on the back of losing two FA Cup finals in a row,” midfield playmaker Cesc Fabregas said. Young midfielder Scott McTominay said United’s players are also driven by a desire to win the FA Cup for their former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who is recovering from a brain hemorrhage. “We really want to do it for Sir Alex Ferguson as he’s obviously not so well,” McTominay said. “To see Jesse Lingard score that [winning] goal was incredible, and it was obviously a moment that him and all of the fans will never forget,” McTominay said. “It’s a place where you want to showcase your skills and go out to do your best for the team.”
“If I had been sent to the engineering department, I might have ultimately become an engineer.”Today, the 63-year-old godfather of Hong Kong gangster films continues to be one of the most active and commercially successful filmmakers in the local industry, both in terms of quantity and quality. To has made more than 50 films since debuting in 1980, releasing at least two to three films a year without fail under his production company Milkyway Image (銀河映像). “I made Throw Down at a time when Hong Kong was suffering from the SARS epidemic, and the morale of the people was low. Meanwhile, To has diversified by tackling different genres, with films such as romantic drama Linger (蝴蝶飛, 2008) and musical-comedy Office (華麗上班族, 2015). But he is best known for his gritty, highly-stylized action thrillers that go deep into the dark underbelly of Hong Kong triad society, exploring enduring themes of brotherhood, loyalty and honor.
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporterThe Association of Taiwan Journalists yesterday issued a statement protesting the UN Secretariat’s decision to deny Taiwanese journalists access to next week’s World Health Assembly (WHA), saying it contravened Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UN Secretariat also refused to grant media accreditation to journalists from Taiwan, without citing a reason for the rejection. “We protest in the strongest term against the UN’s transgression on the basic rights of Taiwanese journalists and demand full accreditation right to be granted without discrimination. “The discrimination made by the UN and the WHO against the Taiwanese media clearly contradicts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states the right ‘to receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers,’” Alviani said. Alviani’s response came one day after an application by two CNA reporters to cover the WHA meeting was rejected.
By Sean Lin / Staff reporterThe Executive Yuan yesterday unveiled a draft administrative areas delimitation act, with officials saying that the bill would serve as the legal basis when rezoning administrative regions to help balance regional development. The bill covers the founding, abolition or adjustments of administrative areas ranging from special municipalities, counties and cities to townships, county-governed cities and districts. Adjustments may be made in the form of a full or partial merger between two or more administrative areas, dividing an existing administrative area or merging part of an existing administrative area into another, it says. Plans that concern Aboriginal administrative areas in two or more cities or counties must be approved by all Aboriginal district offices and the Aboriginal councilors of all areas involved. The problem can be effectively solved if the bill is passed by lawmakers, which would provide a much-needed reference for rezoning and adjusting administrative areas, he said.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterThe Kaohsiung branch of the Taiwan High Court yesterday reversed a guilty verdict and acquitted the owners of Chan Shen Country Food Co, a tofu processing factory in the city, in a case of alleged exploitation of migrant workers. The Kaohsiung Labor Affairs Bureau had previously imposed a NT$1.2 million (US$40,126 at the current exchange rate) fine on the company. The case has received much media coverage, as it involved the alleged mistreatment and financial exploitation of three foreign migrant workers, breaches of labor law and collusion with a labor brokerage agency. The investigation found that the owners did not restrict the movement of the migrant workers, and that all three of them had cellphones to make calls, the court said. The court also found that the migrant workers’ treatment at work and their wages were comparable to those of Taiwanese working similar factory jobs.
The commission is set to tighten restrictions, barring responsible persons at financial institutions from holding concurrent key positions at other financial firms. “The change addresses potential conflicts of interest when key people at financial companies are knowledgeable about and actively involved in the management of competitors in the industry,” FSC Chairman Wellington Koo (顧立雄) told a news conference in Taipei. To ensure fair competition and to foster innovation in the financial sector, restrictions on concurrent engagements would be extended to responsible people at banks and financial holding companies, as well as interested parties, such as spouses and second-degree relatives. However, the change would not be imposed on state-run financial companies, as they are under additional supervision by the legislature and the government, the commission said. Changes to the rules on concurrent engagements are expected to come into force by July 1 next year, it said.
AP, OSIMO, ItalyOverall leader Simon Yates on Wednesday gained a few more seconds on closest rival Tom Dumoulin by winning the 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia. Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome lost more time on the leaders and his chances of winning are disappearing. Dumoulin, who is a time-trial specialist, was two seconds behind Yates in second. Yates now leads Dumoulin by 47 seconds. I’m going to keep fighting.”Froome is trying to become the third person to win the three Grand Tour titles in a row.
Reuters, LAS VEGASAfter splitting the first two games of the NHL Western Conference Finals with the Jets in Winnipeg, Canada, the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday returned home to a heroes’ welcome and put on a show worthy of their spot near the Las Vegas Strip with a 4-2 win. The victory pushed the Golden Knights’ advantage to 2-1 over the favored Jets in the best-of-seven series as the team continue to defy the odds in their inaugural season with the support of their vocal and colorful fan base. Fans were just getting situated when Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault scored just 35 seconds into the contest, unleashing a deafening roar from the raucous crowd who waved white “battle towels” throughout the contest. “We all came here with the right mindset,” Neal told reporters after the win. “Whether you have three Stanley Cups or your first time in the playoffs, everyone has something to prove.”The Knights host the Jets in Game 4 today.
The petition, titled “The Air Canada Kowtow: Get Air Canada to stop referencing Taiwan as belonging to China,” was launched on Tuesday on the change.org platform and has gathered more than 3,400 signatures as of press time last night. Chou compared the incident to a hypothetical scenario where the US asks Air Canada to “turn Ontario into Ontario, USA.”Chou told reporters that he does not hate China or Air Canada, but he never thought this would happen in Canada. Although the petition might not sway Air Canada’s policy, Chou said he hopes that it would show businesses Taiwan’s strength. He added that he would not fly Air Canada again. If Air Canada does not do so, Taiwanese in Canada are considering launching a boycott to collectively resist Air Canada, Chung added.
Japanese pop diva Namie Amuro is set to bid farewell to the showbiz industry in September, as she ends her legendary singing career that has spanned a quarter-century. The singer is currently in the middle of a farewell concert tour and the two concerts scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Taipei Arena will be her last shows overseas. This makes her the first and only artist in the Japanese music industry to have sold a million records in her teens, 20s, 30s and 40s. To leave the pop diva with fond memories of Taiwan, Taiwanese fans have raised over NT$500,000 (about US$16,794) through crowd-funding. They plan to show their love for Amuro via “illuminated images” using LED wall lights outside the Taipei 101 building this evening and again on Sunday evening.
AFP, LOS ANGELESBillionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper has reached an agreement to buy the Carolina Panthers for a reported US$2.2 billion, the highest amount ever paid for an NFL franchise, the team announced on Wednesday. The Panthers said in a statement that Tepper, the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management, had signed a definitive agreement to buy the team. The reported US$2.2 billion sale price is US$800 million more than the previous record figure for an NFL team, the US$1.4 billion raised in the sale of the Buffalo Bills in 2014. Tepper, 60, said he was looking forward to taking over the Panthers, one of the strongest sides in the National Football Conference who reached the Super Bowl in 2016. “I am thrilled to have been selected to be the next owner of the Carolina Panthers,” Tepper said in a statement released by the team.
By Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with ReutersTaiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Chan Hao-ching on Wednesday crashed out of the second round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, while world No. 50 Hsieh fell to a 6-0, 6-4 defeat to Johanna Konta in the second round of the women’s singles as the British world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who also advanced to the third round by defeating Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2. “Anything that is gluten free, dairy free or sugar free,” Djokovic said. In the second round of the women’s doubles, Chan and Yang Zhaoxuan of China fell to a 6-2, 6-4 defeat to Czech second seeds Andrea Sestini Hlavackova and Barbora Strycova in 67 minutes.
By Kuo Chia-erh / Staff reporterFormosa Plastics Group (台塑集團), the nation’s largest industrial conglomerate, said it would today fire up the second blast furnace at its Vietnamese venture, Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp (台塑河靜鋼鐵興業), marking the completion of the first phase of its construction of the steel mill. The blast furnace was approved by the Vietnamese authorities last week, the group said in a statement yesterday. The firm forecast its Vietnamese unit would generate US$2.5 billion in revenue this year, with an expected sales volume of 4.65 million tonnes of steel products. The investment by Formosa Ha Tinh Steel is the largest foreign direct investment in Vietnam and also the biggest integrated steel mill in Southeast Asia, the group said. The steel mill produced 1.6 million tonnes of steel last year and sold 1.37 million tonnes, the group said.
Near sightedness among Taiwanese children has reached a new high. According to a new survey, released this month by the Health Promotion Administration, the percentage of six-grade elementary students with near sightedness has risen to 70.6 percent. Third-grade junior high students fared the worst, with the figure as high as 89.3 percent. The administration is urging parents to keep infants under the age of two away from any "computer, communication and consumer" (3C) electronics such as smartphones. The study suggests that people put their smartphones aside more often and take part in non-screen-based leisure activities.
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