Flooding in Jakarta leaves one dead

JAKARTA -- Widespread flooding hit the Indonesian capital Tuesday after hours of torrential rain, with thousands of homes inundated, cars stranded and at least one person killed. Water up to 1.5 meters deep swamped parts of the Indonesian capital and nearby commuter towns after a thunderstorm overnight. In Bekasi, a city within the Jakarta metropolitan area, one person drowned while about 280 others were forced to evacuate, the agency said. Jakarta is hit by flooding to some degree every year during tropical Indonesia's monthslong rainy season, with the city's numerous riverside communities worst affected. The flooding submerged a major downtown roundabout, forced 30,000 people from their homes and left 20 dead.

February 21, 2017 16:05 UTC

Asia set for winter sport boom: Olympics organizer

SAPPORO, Japan -- Lee Hee-beom, the head of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, expects the 2018 Olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia. While the region has traditionally lagged behind North America and Europe in terms of winter sports competition, staging the next two Winter Olympics in Asia would significantly shift the balance, Lee said. "With Pyongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022, winter sports will move from Europe and North American to Asia," said Lee who is attending the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo. "We will have more sports fans among Asians because of Pyeongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022." The Pyeongchang Games will mark the second time the Olympics have been staged in South Korea, which hosted the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul.

February 21, 2017 16:04 UTC

Pakistan women take key step in rugby sevens debut

ISLAMABAD -- They won only once at the Asian Women's Rugby Sevens in Laos last weekend but for the Pakistan women it was a dream debut at an international event. "That's a big deal that women are playing rugby," player Mehru Khan said. But World Rugby's "Get into Rugby" program has in the last three years attracted 50,000 people, more than a third of them females, according to the Pakistan Rugby Union. In the seven-team Asian Women's Rugby Sevens, Pakistan beat only Nepal. But Mehru, who began playing rugby while she was studying in Canada, believed the sport could play a big role in empowering women in Pakistan.

February 21, 2017 16:04 UTC

Sacramento Kings cut ties with DeMarcus Cousins

Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac headed into All-Star weekend convinced it was finally time to part ways with ultra-talented center DeMarcus Cousins. Befitting a franchise that appears headed to an 11th straight season without a playoff berth, the Kings even seemed to botch that. Sacramento dealt Cousins and forward Omri Casspi to New Orleans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round draft picks this summer. "Most likely we would get less because I had a better deal two days ago," Divac said. Cousins will now team with another former Kentucky big man who has developed into an NBA All-Star in New Orleans' Anthony Davis.

February 21, 2017 16:04 UTC

Stationing Marines at AIT isn't all that it seems

Dr. Stephen M. Young, a former director of the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), said last Wednesday the United States would station a Marine Guard at the new AIT office compound in Taipei scheduled to open later this year. U.S. Marines are posted at 148 American overseas missions around the world to protect the diplomatic facilities and the personnel stationed there. Did Dr. Young want to prevent a repetition of the May 24 Incident when he was pushing for the stationing of a Marine Guard at the new office compound, which has yet to be completed? Nor can a platoon of leathernecks protect its personnel and prevent the compromise of Uncle Sam's national security information. Perhaps that's the reason why Young called the Marine house a symbolic expression.

February 21, 2017 16:04 UTC

'Soldier-scholar' H. R. McMaster replaces Flynn

Army Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster would remain on active military duty while leading the National Security Council, White House officials said Monday. Trump called McMaster "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience" when he introduced his new national security adviser at his private Florida club. The White House said McMaster was one of four candidates Trump interviewed for the job over the weekend. McMaster has been heavily involved in the Army's efforts to shape its future force and its way of preparing for war. McMaster, born in 1962, earned a doctoral degree in history from the University of North Carolina.

February 21, 2017 16:03 UTC

Airport MRT crack not serious: official

By Shelley Shan / Staff ReporterA crack found on a Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) railway track is not interfering with the trial operation of the system, Taoyuan Metro Corp said yesterday. “We [Taoyuan Metro Corp] also informed the Bureau of High Speed Rail about the problem. After assessing the crack and its location, it was determined that the defect would not interfere with the trial operation of the airport MRT line,” Chen said. As the railway tracks are still covered by a warranty, the company said it has asked the Bureau of High Speed Rail to investigate. This is the first time a crack has been found on the line, Chen said, adding that it might have been caused by rapid changes in temperature.

February 21, 2017 16:03 UTC

Hochen sought to resign over bus crash: Lin Chuan

By Alison Hsiao / Staff reporterPremier Lin Chuan (林全) yesterday said that Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) had sought to resign to take responsibility for the bus crash in Taipei on Monday last week, but said that accountability should only be discussed after investigations are completed and improvements are made by the government. 5) to the southbound lanes on the Formosa Freeway (National Freeway No. Lai accused Hochen of calling the driver in last week’s crash “indecent,” amounting to passing the buck to a dead man. Lin denied Lai’s accusations that the government “passed the buck [for the bus fire last year] to Chinese tourists and the administration of former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).”“We did not blame Chinese tourists; [Lai’s] remarks are irresponsible,” Lin said. The phenomenon of “integrated travel services” — where travel services such as hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops are all owned or invested in by a conglomerate — is in need of inspection, but pointing that out cannot be called a criticism of Chinese tourists, Lin said.

February 21, 2017 16:03 UTC

Ker urges Ma Ying-jeou to plead guilty

By Jason Pan / Staff reporterFormer president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) should admit to his part in the 2013 illegal wiretapping case so that he can maintain his dignity, Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said yesterday at a hearing at the Taipei District Court. Ker and Ma attended what was expected to be the final hearing of the case, with Ker the plaintiff and Ma the defendant. He placed blame on his personal secretary and [then-prosecutor-general] Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘).”Ker said he is confident he would win the case. “I urge Ma to admit his guilt so that he can maintain his dignity,” Ker said. Ker accused Ma of asking Huang to disclose details of the ongoing investigation and then leaking the confidential information to then-premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) and then-Presidential Office spokesman Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強) in September 2013.

February 21, 2017 16:03 UTC

Taiwan top Cuba in WBC warm-up

By Jason Pan / Staff reporterTaiwan last night bolstered their confidence with a 4-2 victory over Cuba at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium to split their warm-up series at one win each, before heading to the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in South Korea. However, Cuba rattled Pan from the opening frame, when first baseman Guillermo Aviles and catcher Osvaldo Vazquez hit consecutive RBI singles. In the third inning, Pan was replaced by lefty pitcher Ni Fu-te, who played for the then-Chinatrust Whales, as well as the Detroit Tigers in 2009 and 2010. Taiwan are to get one day of rest before flying to South Korea tomorrow. Cuba are to play one more warm-up game, against the Brothers, today at 6:30pm, also in Taichung.

February 21, 2017 16:02 UTC

Lu rallies to win, advance at Delray Beach Open

AFP, MIAMITaiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun and British eighth seed Kyle Edmund on Monday booked a second-round matchup at the Delray Beach Open, while defending champion Sam Querrey of the US advanced on a retirement. 63 Lu rallied from a set and 0-3 down to defeat Bjorn Fratangelo of the US 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, while world No. It worked pretty well after that.”Fourth seed Querrey advanced 6-2, 2-1 when Israeli rival Dudi Sela retired with a back injury. Fritz next faces either compatriot Donald Young or Croatian second seed Ivo Karlovic. Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka ousted Belgium’s Kimmer Coppejans 6-3, 6-3, sending him into a second-round match against either fifth seed Steve Johnson or wild-card Stefan Kozlov.

February 21, 2017 16:02 UTC

Eastern’s female coach Chan to make history

AFP, HONG KONGHong Kong’s Chan Yuen-ting is to smash another hole through soccer’s glass ceiling when she makes history in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League tonight — but it could not be a tougher debut for the trailblazing female coach. However, for Chan, who last year became the first female coach to win a top-flight men’s league, it will be an honor to face Evergrande and their Soccer World Cup-winning manager, Brazil’s Luiz Felipe Scolari. “We need to focus on defense, and especially our discipline and attitude during the match,” Chan said. I just hope to show my abilities,” Chan told reporters last year. “We are proud that Hong Kong has provided an opportunity for a female coach to operate at the highest level,” Sutcliffe told reporters.

February 21, 2017 16:02 UTC

Huang to challenge ‘Unstoppable’ Lee

By Cobus du Plessis / Staff reporterUndefeated Taiwanese mixed martial artist Jenny Huang is to challenge women’s atomweight world champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee for her title at the “ONE: Warrior Kingdom” event in Bangkok on March 11. Huang, 26, with a professional mixed martial arts record of five wins and no losses, crosses paths with the 20-year-old champion in the main event at the 12,000-capacity Impact Arena. Her combination of solid striking and grappling skills has proven to be a potent formula for success as she remains unbeaten in her mixed martial arts career. In her most recent bout, Lee captured the inaugural ONE women’s atomweight world championship by defeating Brazilian jiujitsu and karate practitioner Mei Yamaguchi of Japan. Heavily influenced by her late father, who trained in judo, Ishige went on to hone her skills as a martial artist, eventually taking up mixed martial arts.

February 21, 2017 16:02 UTC

Last-gasp Trocheck goal lifts Florida to 2-1 win over Blues

AP, ST LOUIS, MissouriVincent Trocheck on Monday night scored with just less than five seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St Louis Blues. Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since. Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games, scored for the Blues, while Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St Louis lost their second straight since winning six in a row. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced.

February 21, 2017 16:02 UTC

Taiwan seen as smart city tech hub

By Lauly Li / Staff reporterTaiwan is expected to become an international hub for “smart city” industrial development, Taipei Computer Association (TCA, 台北市電腦公會) chairman Tung Tzu-hsien (童子賢) said yesterday. The association’s 2014 smart city exhibition was the first such exhibition in Asia and was designed to demonstrate the applications of big data, cloud-computing and the Internet of Things in modern cities. Acer yesterday announced it would collaborate with the Tainan City Government and the Tainan University of Technology to provide the first smart parking meter system for roadside parking in the nation. The smart parking meter identifies the vehicle’s license plate and offers the user payment options, Acer said. Wan said he hopes to continue working with the city government to expand the scope of Acer’s smart parking meter system.

February 21, 2017 16:01 UTC

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