Dance review: A well-tempered ‘Spring Riot’

First up was Huang Huai-te’s (黃懷德) Bright (亮), set to Garini & Black Bull by Les Tambours du Bronx and Aleph by Emptyset. Chen Yun-ju (陳韻如), the first female choreographer to work with the troupe in many years, gave us A Blue State of Mind (潛). This year’s “Spring Riot” is the first time that Benson (Po-chen) Tsai’s (蔡博丞) has choreographed for the troupe, but hopefully it will not be the last. There are still four more shows — one tomorrow night, two on Saturday and a matinee on Sunday — with seats left for tomorrow and Saturday night. Spring Riot World Premiere” is well worth the trip out to Tamsui.

March 22, 2017 15:56 UTC

Arthur Yo pans Taipei mayor on Dome

By Sean Lin / Staff reporterTaipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) should not use the Taipei Dome construction project as a bargaining chip for his re-election, Songshan Tobacco Factory Tree Protection Union convener Arthur Yo (游藝) said yesterday, also accusing the project’s developer of employing two-faced tactics. Yo, a longtime opponent of the controversial build-operate-transfer project, made the remarks before entering the Taipei High Administrative Court, which yesterday reviewed a lawsuit the union initiated against the Taipei City Government. Saying that former Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin’s (郝龍斌) administration profiteered on behalf of Farglory by being lenient during reviews and helping the developer obtain the initial construction license, Yo said he is often asked: “What is Mayor Ko doing? Why has he not dissolved the contract with Farglory?”Ko and Farglory chairman Chao Teng-hsiung (趙藤雄) have clashed over the project numerous times. Both sites are next to the Dome construction site.

March 22, 2017 15:56 UTC

TSU demands ‘Taiwan’ used at 2020 Olympics

By Jason Pan / Staff reporterThe Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) yesterday demanded that the government use “Taiwan” instead of “Chinese Taipei” during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and called on recently installed Sports Administration Director-General Lin Te-fu (林德福) to resign over his refusal to make the change. Even President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) always calls herself the president of Taiwan on the international stage,” Chou said. “We know people are not happy about using ‘Chinese Taipei,’ but we have to accept it. The “Olympic model” refers to the 1989 agreement reached between Taiwan and the International Olympic Committee that only the name “Chinese Taipei” — not “Taiwan” or “Republic of China (ROC)” — can be used at Olympic venues and that only the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee flag can be used at Olympic events. It has gathered more than 60,000 signatures and is to be presented to the International Olympic Committee,” Wang said.

March 22, 2017 15:56 UTC

Once-banned books now on display in Taichung

The exhibition at the Taichung Literature Museum is as part of the city’s human rights and culture festival, and features books from author Liao Wei-min’s (廖為民) private collection. The book is displayed in “the ridiculously banned books” section. Exhibition organizer Chen Yan-pin (陳彥斌) said there is no agreed upon explanation for why Jin’s historical fantasy was banned. Liao, who worked for the Taichung Books and Journals Publishing Co and Humanity Magazine (人間雜誌), said censorship of literature started in 1978, when censors seized copies of Long Live the Election before they could be bound. The exhibition is organized by subject, such as proscribed books or rare books, with a section dedicated to works edited or authored by democracy movement pioneer Deng Nan-jung (鄭南榕), who died after setting himself on fire on April 7, 1989.

March 22, 2017 15:56 UTC

Last P-3C plane said arriving in July

By Lo Tien-bin and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe last of Taiwan’s order of 12 Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft is expected to be delivered in July, a Ministry of National Defense official said. The US-made aircraft is to be unveiled at a ceremony that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is expected to attend, the official said on condition of anonymity. The Orion aircraft are to be the backbone of the nation’s marine patrol warfare capability, the official said. “The delivery of the final P-3C will mark a new chapter in our aerial anti-submarine forces,” the official said. The center would mark fundamental changes in the way the air force deploys multi-role marine patrol aircraft, he said.

March 22, 2017 15:56 UTC



KMT-sponsored poll finds most against government moves on Chiang Kai-shek

Only 17.7 percent of respondents supported the moves, while 21.8 percent had no opinion, the KMT said. The government has been ignoring vital issues concerning the economy to focus on political feuds and ideological wars in the name of transitional justice, the KMT said. “Chiang was not a murderer, nor was he the mastermind of the 228 Incident, but the principal warrior that safeguarded Taiwan,” the party said. The DPP’s transitional justice aims to manufacture conflicts and violates the basic requirements and logic of true transitional justice,” the KMT said. The poll collected 1,101 samples and has a margin of error of 2.95 percentage points.

March 22, 2017 15:56 UTC

Is there life after 60 for the crises-plagued European Union?

Today's European Union is the product of efforts led by France and Germany in the wake of World War II to bring peace to a continent that had seen centuries of war. But the political and economic union ushered in by the March 1957 Treaty of Rome that leaders will celebrate this week is in many ways less united than ever. After years of burying their heads in the sand, European leaders have finally acknowledged they face an existential crisis. New European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani said this week that the "European project has never seemed so far away from the people as it does today." But what makes today's crises different from those that the organization formerly known as the European Economic Community faced in its early years?

March 22, 2017 15:56 UTC

Wong charge: ex-Academia Sinica boss could face life sentence

TAIPEI -- Prosecutors in an alleged corruption case against Former Academia Sinica President Wong Chi-huey (翁啟惠) said Wednesday that they were seeking to revise the charges, which could lead to a life sentence if Wong is convicted. Wong was first charged with accepting bribes to carry out an action within the scope of his authority. In the case of the former charge, the maximum penalty is 15 years imprisonment, while revised charge comes with a penalty of 10 years to life, according to prosecutors. Asked to comment on the new development, Wong said he had no clue why the prosecutors were trying to revise the charges. According to prosecutors, Wong received 3 million OBI shares from Chang in 2012, which were priced at NT$31 (US$0.97) each when the company was listed on the emerging stock market.

March 22, 2017 15:56 UTC

Iris Travel ‘indifferent’ toward dead bus driver’s family after compensation ruling

Accompanied by Taipei City Councilor Chang Mao-nan (張茂楠) of the Democratic Progressive Party, Kang’s family members told a Taipei news conference that Chou has not discussed compensation with them since the accident. Citing the occupational hazard act, the department said that Iris should compensate Kang’s family the equivalent of 45 times Kang’s monthly salary, and passed the ruling to the Ministry of Labor for review. The ministry approved the ruling and set the deadline for compensation to be paid today, the department said. If Iris fails to pay the compensation, it faces a NT$1 million fine, the department said, adding that it would continue to fine the company until the compensation is paid. Speaking by telephone, Chou said that he would pay the compensation on the condition that Kang’s family bears responsibility for the accident and compensates him.

March 22, 2017 15:56 UTC

New example shows work still needed to dispel old taboos

But the anti-elitist trend in the post-truth age has shown that people do not necessarily see science or rationality as the standard for decision making. Thanks to scientific and societal advancement, medical treatment has moved beyond superstitious religious bargaining, embracing instead the rigors of scientific inquiry. But many still retain immense faith in religious and superstitious remedies. While such a preservation of ancient customs and traditions is admirable, when it comes to mental health and physical wellbeing, a lifestyle heavily influenced by religious traditions and values arguably does more harm than good. But a crying baby is often the sign of treatable medical discomfort such as a high fever or stomach flu.

March 22, 2017 15:56 UTC

Endangered elephant in Cambodia killed by power pole

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- A park ranger in Cambodia says an endangered wild elephant has died after an electrical pole fell and electrocuted the animal. Nup Thet, a ranger at Wildlife Alliance, said the 3-ton elephant was electrocuted late Tuesday in the jungle near Cardamom National Park. Suwanna Gauntlet, chief executive officer of Wildlife Alliance, said about 200 of them live in Cardamom National Park. Last July, a wild baby elephant died in northeastern Mondulkiri province after becoming snared in a poacher's trap in the jungle. The death raised a red flag for many conservation groups concerned with the ability of local authorities to protect the endangered species.

March 22, 2017 15:56 UTC

33 die in US-led Syria strike as coalition meets

BEIRUT -- A U.S.-led coalition strike is reported to have killed 33 civilians in northern Syria ahead of a Wednesday meeting of top officials in Washington focused on defeating the Islamic State group. A reported coalition strike in the northern province of Raqa early Tuesday has killed 33 civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Damascus Air Raids"Raqa is Being Slaughtered Silently," an activist group that publishes news from IS-held territory in Syria, blamed the coalition for the strike. The U.S.-led coalition is backing twin offensives to defeat IS in Raqa — the Syrian heart of the group's so-called "Islamic caliphate" — and Mosul in neighboring Iraq. Control of war-ravaged Syria is divided between myriad armed groups — rebels, jihadists, Kurdish militia and Syrian government forces.

March 22, 2017 15:56 UTC

Mayday's ready to rock, but is Taipei?

Music fans, Taipei citizens and city government officials alike are getting ready after Mayday (五月天), one of the Chinese-speaking world's biggest bands, made the surprise announcement that they would hold a free concert at a city park next week. The Taipei Metro Company has already stated that more trains to Daan Forest Park MRT Station would be scheduled to meet the expected surge in demand. Including the 1,500 seats available in front of the park's amphitheater, the performance area of the park could accommodate around 5,000 people, Yang said. Since there are no such constructions underneath the park area, concertgoers would not have to worry about causing complaints, Yang said. Mayday said the March 29 concert, "Back to 1997.3.29> No.

March 22, 2017 15:56 UTC

After Brexit, could an ASEAN-EU trade agreement be on the cards?

International trade as a proportion of global gross domestic product has stopped growing in the last decade. The momentum for multilateral trade liberalization has stumbled and Doha seems to not be going anywhere (even though the Trade Facilitation Agreement only started to take effect on Feb. 22). In the decade from 2005 to 2015, the 28-member EU meant a market of 13 percent of ASEAN's exports. The U.K. was the source of 1.1 percent of ASEAN's imports in 2015. In the aforementioned decade, ASEAN only meant 2 percent of the EU's export market and 3 percent of the EU's import sources.

March 22, 2017 15:56 UTC

Raptors end 11-game losing streak against Bulls with 122-120 OT win

TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan had 42 points, and the Toronto Raptors ended an 11-game losing streak against the Chicago Bulls by rallying for a wild 122-120 overtime win on Tuesday. Tyler Johnson scored 17 for Miami (35-36), which had seven players in double figures. Stephen Curry, two-time MVP and the older of the brothers, had 17 points and nine assists for the defending champions Warriors. The Warriors, who have a league-high 57 wins overall this season, are the first team ever with 28 road wins in three consecutive seasons. Bucks 93, Trail Blazers 90 Khris Middleton scored 26 points, and Milwaukee held off Portland for the victory.

March 22, 2017 15:56 UTC




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