ReutersRookie Park Sung-hyun on Friday fired an eight-under-par 63 to take the first-round lead at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in the city of Rogers. “My play was best with putter today, very good,” Park said. A hole-in-one at the par-three 11th moved her to eight-under, but she made bogey on two of the final seven holes. “As soon as I hit it I thought: Oh, it’s got a chance,” Reid said of her hole-in-one. McDonald finished with seven birdies and a bogey.
The All Blacks outscored the Lions three tries to two to maintain their 24-year unbeaten record at Eden Park. “We’ve plenty to play for, we’ve got to regroup now and move on to Wellington,” O’Mahony said, referring to the venue for the second Test. The All Blacks countered the renowned Lions’ defensive line speed by employing the visitors’ tactics of direct crash-and-bash up the middle. Murray’s clever box-kicks, which caused the All Blacks much discomfort in the opening 30 minutes, faded as the Lions pack started to wilt. Rhys Webb scored the Lions’ second try on fulltime.
BloombergGoogle is stopping one of the most controversial advertising formats: ads inside Gmail that scan e-mail content. The decision did not come from Google’s ad team, but from its cloud unit, which is angling to sign up more corporate customers. Ads are to continue to appear inside the free version of Gmail as promoted messages, but instead of scanning a user’s e-mail, the ads will be targeted with other personal information Google already pulls from sources such as search and YouTube. Greene’s ability to limit ads, Google’s lifeblood, shows her growing clout at the company. Google does not share its cloud division sales, but its “other revenues,” which include those numbers, grew 49 percent to US$3.09 billion in the first quarter.
By Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe nation’s first combat-ready helicopter squadron is to be formed on Wednesday, the Ministry of National Defense said. Of two planned squadrons, the second is to be established first, as its pilots, equipment and training have met the ministry’s standards after a series of tests, the ministry said. The squadron would be given separate insignia and gear to signify its role in independent operations, said a ministry official who declined to be named. The first squadron is to temporarily serve as a reserve unit, the official said, adding that it has also passed all tests. The first squadron is expected to be formally established by the end of the year, the official added.
It was the second consecutive session in which the US dollar moved lower against the NT dollar. The NT dollar fell NT$0.019 against the greenback from its close of NT$30.381 on June 16. Foreign institutional selling in local equities lent further support to the US dollar, the dealers added. The dollar index, which tracks the US dollar against six major peers, fell 0.35 percent to 97.248, retreating further from a one-month peak reached on Tuesday. On Friday, St Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said the central bank should wait on further rate hikes, while Cleveland Federal Reserve President Loretta Mester said recent inflation weakness should not defer another rate rise this year.
BEIJING -- At least 141 people are missing after heavy rain triggered a landslide in south-western China, local authorities have said. A rescue mission was underway after approximately 40 homes were buried in Maoxian county in Sichuan province, the Xinhua news agency reported. A day earlier, two villagers died while four others were injured in Puge county of Sichuan province, also after rain-triggered landslides, Xinhua reported. China has been experiencing weeks of heavy summer rains that have caused extensive flooding and triggered landslides. Heavy rain is forecast to continue in Hunan over the next few days.
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DOHA -- Qatar confirmed Saturday demands communicated by four Arab states that cut ties with Doha this month over the country's alleged support for terrorism. According to a release from the Qatar News Agency, the 13 "collective demands" were initially received on Thursday. The first demand asks Doha to cut its diplomatic ties with Iran and close its diplomatic missions there. The demands state that Qatar should stop all forms of Qatari funding of any terrorist or extremist individuals, entities or organizations and extradite all terrorist individuals wanted by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. In addition, the document states that Qatar should agree to all the demands within 10 days of their submission, otherwise the list would be considered invalid.
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Temperatures in Taitung County's Dawu Township soared to 38.2 degrees Celsius at noon Saturday, the highest recorded anywhere in Taiwan so far this year, the Central Weather Bureau said. The high, recorded at 12:08 p.m., was attributed to warm and dry gusts that descend from the sheltered side of mountains into valleys, according to the bureau. The reading broke the year's previous record of 37.8 degrees, which was seen two days ago in Dawu as well. The highest temperature Taiwan has ever experienced in June was 38.7 degrees, recorded in Dawu in 2015, according to the bureau.
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BEIRUT -- At least 472 civilians, including 137 children, have been killed in the past month of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria, a monitoring group said Friday. This is the highest monthly toll from coalition bombardment since September 2014, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The deaths were mainly from the provinces of Deir al-Zour and al-Raqqa, where Islamic State extremists are active, it added. The observatory's head, Rami Abdel-Rahman, said the fatalities included 222 civilians in Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria and 250 others in the north-eastern province of al-Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto capital. "This is the highest civilian death toll in the US alliance airstrikes since they (the coalition) began bombing in the country on Sept. 23, 2014," Abdel-Rahman said.
Postage stamps for domestic mail are set to increase in August for the first time in 26 years. The price for a standard letter will increase from NT$5 to NT$8, while postcard prices will double from NT$2.5 to NT$5. The Transport Ministry said Friday that the adjustments reflected service cost increases and made unit prices more convenient for customers. The ministry added that it would supervise the postal service's use of the increased revenue for infrastructure upgrades to ensure service efficiency and quality. It added that it would request the postal service fulfill its corporate social responsibility requirements by helping to promote government senior care policies by deepening the attention it gives to older people.
LONDON — The Metropolitan Police are considering manslaughter charges over the devastating fire that killed at least 79 people at west London's Grenfell Tower, Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said Friday. "We will identify and investigate any criminal offence and, of course, given the deaths of so many people we are considering manslaughter, as well as criminal offences and breaches of legislation and regulations," McCormack told reporters. "We have been told the speed it spread at was unexpected, so importantly we will establish why this happened." Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday said tests had found more tower blocks with "combustible" cladding similar to the type used on Grenfell Tower. The London Borough of Camden said it would remove unsafe cladding found on five towers on its Chalcots Estate in northwest London.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan's young adults are facing stagnant wages in an increasingly competitive labor market. According 1111 Job Bank survey data released today, 41 percent of 562 people surveyed owed at least NT$200,000 (US$6,589) in student debt, with 17 percent owing NT$310,000 or more. Student loans are becoming increasingly common, and the debt burden of Taiwan's young workforce is becoming greater. Job bank deputy CEO Lee Ta-hua said that 63 percent of those interviewed were interested in seeking jobs abroad, with 25.9 percent of those seeking full-time jobs. The survey was conducted from June 7 to 21 on seniors graduating from university this year.
Former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan was defiant as he addressed the closing session of Cambodia's genocide tribunal in Phnom Penh on Friday, denying accusations that his former government was involved in genocide. "The Communist Party of Kampuchea leaders did not exterminate our people," he said, calling such claims "Vietnamese propaganda." Samphan argued that the regime's infamous collective farms and worksites were a means to "urgently" rebuild a damaged country facing famine. The wish of the Communist Party of Kampuchea at the time was not to subject the population to slavery for the sole benefit of Pol Pot," he told the court. Vietnam's overthrow of the Khmer Rouge in 1979 remains a point of contention in Cambodia.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taking care of a little one is hard enough. Doing it in a foreign city, even an international one like Taipei, adds a load of other problems, from deciphering bus routes to finding some appropriate weekend fun. But we have some good news: There's a blog for that. A Toddler in Taipei was started by expat mom Sarah to give English speakers ideas about where to go and what to do with their tot around the capital. The blog, which has a super-practical Facebook page, shares stuff like this:It's a very resource-rich site.
The motor club focuses on environmentally friendly mobility, which includes cargo bikes. They're great for heavy loads, says von Rauch, adding: "There's no longer any reason to take a car to the store." Cargo bikes are not only environmentally friendly and carbon-neutral, they also often help you save on time. The logistics company DPD has confirmed the increase in productivity that cargo bikes bring compared with conventional delivery vehicles. Manufacturers have embraced the cargo bike trend and are coming up with a range of new models.