Hamilton fastest in 1st practice sessions for Australian GP

MELBOURNE, APLewis Hamilton has already delivered the faster speeds that Formula One rule changes were designed to achieve, going under the racing lap record during practice Friday for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. It was only one-tenth slower than the best ever lap of Albert Park, which Sebastien Vettel set to take pole position in 2011. Ferrari driver Vettel split the Mercedes cars of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, who posted the fastest two times in the opening practice earlier Friday, with his 1:24.167 in the afternoon session. The first practice was almost processional with the Mercedes cars followed by the two Red Bulls and the Ferraris. Hamilton predicted ahead of the Australian GP that Ferrari would be the team to beat.

March 24, 2017 21:56 UTC

Tsai calls esports 'professional' as she meets with leading team

Spending hours locked indoors could be good for you, after President Tsai Ing-wen announced Friday that the Sports Administration would class "gaming" as a professional sport. Tsai made the announcement as she met with esports team Flash Wolves (閃電狼) at their training ground, Wanin International's (網銀國際) research base for online games and mobile apps, in Taichung on Friday. After years of debate, the Sports Administration officially taking esports under its banner marks an important milestone for the development of esports in Taiwan. Representing the Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau region, Flash Wolves won the League of Legends (LoL) 2017 Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) World Championship last month. During their meeting on Friday, Tsai tried playing LoL for the first time, guided by Flash Wolves' Huang "Maple" Yi-tang (黃熠棠) and another team member Hu "SwordArt" Shuo-Jie (胡碩傑).

March 24, 2017 18:00 UTC

Second Floor Cafe, Taipei 101 team up for charity burger truck

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Popular American-style eatery "Second Floor Café (貳樓)" will be setting up a food truck at the Songzhi Road plaza of Taipei 101 on March 25 and March 26, selling fusion-style burgers to the general public in order to raise money for charity. The restaurant will be providing three different kinds of burgers: the German-style sauerkraut beef burger, the Dongpo-style Shaoxing wine pork burger and the Japanese sake-style vegetarian burger. According to the restaurant's public relations manager Dai Jing-jie (戴靖潔), all proceeds from the food truck will be donated to two charity foundations: the ANDREW Food Bank (安得烈食物銀行) and Teach For Taiwan (TFT, 為台灣而教). Dai said that the café had decided to organize the charity food truck in order to give back to society. Reportedly, Chou Te-yu (周德宇), a professor of finance and president of Taipei 101, found out about the idea, and decided to support the effort by providing the café with a space for their food truck at Taipei 101 between March and May.

March 24, 2017 18:00 UTC

Anti-sub missile tests 'a success,' says Air Force

Air Force has completed validation of the torpedo firing systems on the 12 P-3C anti-submarine aircraft purchased from the United States, officials disclosed Friday. Delivery of the aircraft started inSeptember 2013, and the Air Force said the P-3C joined with the R.O.C. The last of the 12 P-3C planes will be delivered in July, the Air Force has disclosed. Meanwhile, the Air Force said it respects and accepts a censure by the government watchdog Control Yuan over the purchase of EC225 Super Puma long-range passenger transport helicopters. But the Air Force said the EC225 helicopters at its Chiayi base can operate in different scenarios, including daytime, nighttime and long-range rescue missions.

March 24, 2017 18:00 UTC

Farglory predicts Taiwan property market boom

Taiwan's property market is bracing for a boom this year, a chairman of one of the biggest real estate developers said Friday. Chao Teng-hsiung, chairman of the Farglory Group, said the local property market this year would be better than last year, and his company had already made preparations for the boom, having purchased large plots of land in Tainan and Taichung. As for the upcoming holiday campaign starting at the end of March — a traditional peak period for the local property market — demand will be much better than in the same period of last year, Chao said. Regarding the property market in mainland China, Chao said it was already well developed and local firms usually had an advantage over foreign ones. Consequently, Farglory decided to quit the residential property market in mainland China to focus on the commercial segment, constructing office buildings and hotels.

March 24, 2017 18:00 UTC

The Archive: What was in The China Post on Jan. 20, 1958?

We delve into a random edition from way back in CP's 65-year history. This week: Monday, Jan. 20, 1958. Before entering one store after another, he would kneel down first and then push the sales by wagging his tail. Picture shows an old woman over eighty, accompanied by a member of her family (right), casting her ballot during the election of Taipei City councilors yesterday. WHAT WE WERE ADVERTISING:■ Mow Dah Stove Works' fabulous new heater and stoves.

March 24, 2017 16:18 UTC

Power in South Asia: Will Trump's China policy affect the region?

It is now known that the Bangladeshi leader turned down the Indian request for a 25-year defense treaty. Indian leaders, policymakers and even the media agree that Sheikh Hasina's government has gone far beyond the extra mile possible to improve Bangladesh-India relations. As Hasina prepares for her Delhi visit, Indian and Bangladeshi officials are trying to finalize a deal to allow Indian use of Chittagong and Mongla ports for accessing the northeast." Over time these insurgents had become a genuine worry as their destructive power rose with sanctuary on Bangladesh's side of the border. Not to be forgotten or its importance underrated is how Sheikh Hasina's government has changed the narrative from "India, the hegemonic oppressor" to "India, the development partner" ever since she came to power in 2009.

March 24, 2017 16:07 UTC

Hon Hai will hire Japanese exec to head Sharp

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hon Hai Precision Industry's (鴻海) chief marketing officer Freddie Yuan (袁學智) said the group would recruit a Japanese executive to head Sharp once the Japanese electronics maker returns to profitability, according to local media reports. Tai said he was considering both internal and external candidates for the role, and would choose a final candidate after consulting with Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘). Hon Hai, widely known under the trade name of Foxconn overseas, is the main assembler of Apple Inc.'s iPhones. Acquiring Sharp gave Hon Hai a consumer electronics brand of its own and boosted Hon Hai's competitive edge in the market for smartphone and TV screens. Bidders include Taiwan's Hon Hai, the U.S.'s Western Digital and South Korean rival SK Hynix Inc.

March 24, 2017 16:07 UTC

Yummy Town buys lemons in bulk as it prepares for expansion

Yummy Town (Cayman) Holdings Corporation signed a purchase contract with Yong-Da Food and Ingredient Company and Pingtung County's lemon producers on Friday to purchase a large volume of lemons. The partnership secured was for Yummy Town Pingtung's Eureka lemons. These lemons are apparently Happy Lemon's secret weapon in a competitive beverage market, Wu stated, noting the lemons' natural aroma, more powerful than that found in Southeast Asia and mainland China lemons. Making More than LemonadeDuring its earnings report earlier this week, Yummy Town officials stated that it was to proceed with its plan to open more than 200 new shops this year. Yummy Town is optimistic about the global beverage market's growth this year, hoping to become a more global brand through its take on lemon-based beverages.

March 24, 2017 16:07 UTC

Manila could share maritime resources with China: Duterte

MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he was open to sharing resources with Beijing in flash-point South China Sea waters over which Manila has been given exclusive rights by an international tribunal. Even the (oil) rig and everything we can't afford it," Duterte told lawyers in Manila. Duterte's predecessor Benigno Aquino had challenged China's claim to control most of the South China Sea, despite counter-claims by several other nations. Duterte on Thursday repeated earlier pronouncements he would not go to war with China over the disputed claims. He said he also told Xi Manila would put off a discussion with Beijing on The Hague-based tribunal's ruling.

March 24, 2017 16:07 UTC

Lippi leads China past South Korea 1-0 in World Cup qualifier

SEOUL, South Korea -- Marcello Lippi earned his biggest win since taking over as coach of China, 1-0 against South Korea in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday. Lippi, who led his native Italy to the World Cup title in 2006, was hired by China in October. Ki Seung-yeung and Ji Dong-won both went close for South Korea but could not find a way past China goalkeeper Zeng Cheng. South Korea is still on course to qualify for the World Cup in Russia but is four points behind Group A leader Iran after six matches. China, which last qualified for the World Cup in 2002, is nine off the pace.

March 24, 2017 16:07 UTC

TORONTO 101, MIAMI 84 Raptors beat Heat in another comeback win

MIAMI -- DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points, marking the first time he's had that many in consecutive games as the Toronto Raptors pulled off their 19th double-digit comeback of the season to beat the Miami Heat 101-84 in the NBA on Thursday night. Norman Powell scored 14 and Delon Wright added 13 for Toronto, which never led until midway through the third quarter. The Raptors allowed 33 points in the first quarter, then held Miami to 35 points over the next 27 minutes. Playing with 13 stitches in his right hand, Hassan Whiteside scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Miami. Rodney McGruder and Goran Dragic each had 13 points for the Heat, with Dragic shooting just 5 for 18.

March 24, 2017 16:07 UTC

If Tsai backs the labor law, why have more exceptions?

It has also once again called into question the practicality of the disputed labor law introduced at the tail end of last year. An amendment to the Labor Standards Act was swiftly passed by the legislative majority-holding Democratic Progressive Party last December. "Workers are held most dearly in the softest parts of our hearts," President Tsai Ing-wen once said in an interview speaking on the administration's future plans regarding labor issues. However, three months since the promulgation of the new labor laws, resistance and criticism among the public have only increased. Tsai needs to stop trying to satisfy everyone, and start acting like a real president.

March 24, 2017 16:07 UTC

Global conflicts allow human slavery and exploitation to thrive

UNITED NATIONS -- Modern slavery is tragically thriving in the Twenty-first Century! U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that "trafficking networks have gone global" with over 21 million people ensnared in forced labor, and extreme exploitation. 'No magical solution'American Ambassador Nikki Haley stressed, "Standing up to modern slavery and forced labor was an element of United States foreign policy." She added that the Trump administration "would work to end human trafficking and devote more resources to that end." She added poignantly "modern slavery is a crime of the twenty-first century: adaptive, cynical, sophisticated, extremely complex and highly variegated."

March 24, 2017 16:07 UTC

Food review: This charming and discreet patisserie in Taipei is reinventing French classics

Instead of being set up in one of Taipei's French patisserie hubs like East District or Zhongshan, the shop is charmingly hidden in a discreet alleyway. Le Bleu Ballon's Berry Opera (NT$160) is made with layers of hand-crafted blueberry mouse, yogurt cheese, almond cake and French shortbread cookies. (And I take this cake — my favorite — very seriously; my friends can testify to my maniacal hunt for the "original" Opera cake on our trip to Paris. The staff are particularly enthusiastic about their mixed berry cream eclairs (NT$150), but I didn't have the chance to try them. Le Bleu Ballon's quiche, however, has a creamy souffle-like cheese-and-egg filling, and the exterior is just right — flaky and golden.

March 24, 2017 16:06 UTC

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