APNabil Fekir on Friday scored his second goal of the game with a free-kick deep into injury-time as Olympique Lyonnais beat defending champions AS Monaco 3-2 in the French Ligue 1. “It’s a great win, even though Monaco was missing a few players,” he said. Monaco twice equalized in the first half through midfielders Rony Lopes and Adama Traore, canceling out goals from striker Mariano Diaz and Fekir. Six minutes later, Fekir turned in a cross from defender Ferland Mendy — again from the left — before Traore leveled in the 34th with a powerful strike from the edge of the area. Keita Balde made his first start for Monaco since joining from Lazio in the off-season and astutely set up Lopes’ goal.
That rationale took a beating this week, when the men’s team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, a shocking result that also hurts US Soccer’s bottom line. Norway this week said it would pay its men and women’s national soccer players equally for the first time. Despite their success, the women’s team gets paid less. The new contract signed by the women’s team this year narrowed that gap, but the women still earn less, Kessler said. “The reason they are entitled to equal pay is that they are engaged in equal work,” Kessler said.
AFP, NEW YORKOnce shunned by US sports leagues over concerns gambling ties could erode fan faith in uncompromised results, Las Vegas appears ready to welcome its third pro sports team in 16 months. ESPN reported on Friday that the San Antonio Stars of the Women’s NBA will be sold to an undisclosed buyer who will relocate the team to Las Vegas for next year’s season, citing unnamed sources. The Stars, owned by the Spurs Sports and Entertainment (SS&E) group that owns the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, on Thursday said they were in negotiations to sell the team to a buyer that would move the club, but did not specify where. “This was an extremely difficult decision as all of us at SS&E are proud of what the Stars have accomplished on the court and in the San Antonio community,” a team statement said. Should the Stars move to Las Vegas, they would join the National Hockey League Vegas Golden Knights, an expansion team finalized in June last year, that begin its opening season earlier this month and arrive ahead of the NFL Oakland Raiders, who are set to move to Las Vegas in 2019 or 2020 and eventually into a new stadium.
By Chen Yi-chia and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe Consumers’ Foundation called on the government to introduce an identity system to guarantee the safety of consumers following the discovery of suspected “fake” pork floss products made without animal oil. Pork floss products from the Sunmerry Bakery’s Yadong Hospital branch, the Yitang Bakery in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋) and a My Warm Day outlet in New Taipei City’s Tucheng District (土城) were found to contain only soybean oil. Testing the primary oil content helped deduce the kind of meat used, foundation staff member Ling Yung-chien (凌永健) said, adding that pork floss at the inspected stores did not contain any lard. Pork floss on bread is a widely sold product, foundation chairman Yu Kai-hsiung (游開雄) said, adding that it should be more strictly regulated due to its popularity. Should stores be found guilty of false advertising, they could face fines from NT$40,000 up to NT$4 million (US$1,325 to US$132,516), Yu said, adding that pork floss is not currently an item that is regularly inspected.
By Kuo Chia-erh / Staff reporterThe nation’s textile exports are forecast to grow 5 percent this year, thanks to improving customer demand worldwide, the Taiwan Textile Federation said yesterday. Far Eastern New Century, which mainly fabricates polyester-related materials, has teamed up with Adidas AG this year to manufacture running shoes made from reclaimed and recycled ocean trash. “That kind of new product [with higher technical thresholds] will enable Taiwanese textile makers to differentiate themselves from their Chinese competitors in the global market,” Huang said. Some US-based e-commerce operators are trying to manufacture low-priced apparel by themselves, but Taiwanese films still hold niches in the functional and sportswear markets, he said. The three-day TITAS this year is to exhibit a variety of functional wear, smartwear featuring connectivity technologies, as well as recycled and sustainable textiles with a focus on having a lower carbon footprint, the federation said.
By Chen Yu-fu, Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung / Staff reporters, with staff writerPremier William Lai (賴清德) yesterday said he would instruct the Ministry of Education (MOE) to establish a promotional committee on making English the nation’s second official language. Wu asked Lai whether he intended to follow his own example while serving as Tainan mayor and make English the nation’s second official language. The importance of English in an increasingly globalized world needs no further emphasis, Lai said, adding that he made English an official language of the Tainan City Government precisely because it would increase the competitive edge of the city’s children. The original plan was for the city’s businesses and universities, as well as the Tainan Bureau of Education, to make English the established second official language of the city within 10 years, he said. Promoting an official language in a city is different from promoting it nationwide, Lai said, adding that the ministry might consider establishing a promotional committee to conduct preliminary research.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterProsecutors investigating police corruption this week carried out raids and detained 32 people for questioning, including four police officers, on allegations of receiving bribes and colluding with underground gambling dens in Taipei. A police detective surnamed Huang (黃) and three officers from police precincts in Taipei’s Wanhua District (萬華) were yesterday released after giving statements at the New Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office and posting NT$10,000 to NT$30,000 in bail. Huang, who has been placed under investigation, has been stationed at a precinct in Taipei’s Wenshan District (文山), but the corruption probe focuses on his activities while he was stationed at a Wanhua precinct, which he left earlier this year. According to New Taipei City Prosecutor Yang Ching-shun (楊景舜), the investigation centered on bribe-taking by the suspects and they would be charged with violating the Anti-Corruption Act (貪污治罪條例). Yang said Tseng and Hsu had also regularly treated the four police suspects to drinks and sexual services by hostesses at nightclubs.
Reuters, KUALA LUMPURAustralian Cameron Smith yesterday blitzed the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club with a flawless eight-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead over a top-quality field after the opening round of the US$7 million CIMB Classic. Smith, who won his first PGA title at the Zurich Classic team event in May, picked up five shots on the way out and three more over the final five holes to stand a shot clear of Thai Poom Saksansin and Americans Xander Schauffele and Keegan Bradley. “It was boring, which I guess is a good thing out here,” Schauffele said. “I hit a lot of fairways, kind of made an easy day out of it. Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-tsung finished tied for 23rd after carding a two-under 70.
ReutersRafael Nadal yesterday continued to scythe his way through the Shanghai Rolex Masters, reaching the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-1 thrashing of temperamental Italian Fabio Fognini. The Spaniard needed 62 minutes to dispatch Fognini, taking his winning streak to 14 matches since the start of the US Open, where he claimed a 16th Grand Slam title. Dimitrov, closing in on a first appearance at the ATP Finals, is to play Nadal next. Wimbledon runner-up Marin Cilic of Croatia also eased into the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 victory over American Steve Johnson. In the late match, Roger Federer avoided a potential banana peel in outclassing Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov to reach the quarter-finals.
2 Park, playing in the marquee group alongside top-ranked South Korean compatriot Ryu So-yeon and No. 3 Lexi Thompson, carded six birdies in a bogey-free round at the SKY72 Golf Club west of Seoul. 1 Ryu carded an even-par 72. Meanwhile, Australia’s Lee offset two bogeys with eight birdies, while South Korean Kim finished her round with five straight birdies. I was quite surprised when I reached the first hole and saw the size of the crowd,” Park said.
South Korea’s 22nd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) started yesterday and will run through Oct. 21. This year, the Taiwanese animated film “On Happiness Road” has been nominated. Director Sung Hsin-yin says that her new film, which will have its world premiere in Busan, is the story of a girl growing up. Where are you from?” When she was telling her story of growing up on Singfu Rd, literally “Happiness Road,” in New Taipei City’s Sinjhuang District, her classmates watched her with eyes wide open. The film’s nomination also marks the return of Taiwanese animated feature films to the international movie scene.
AFP, BENGALURU, IndiaCaptain Sunil Chhetri expressed joy and relief after India sealed their place at the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, underlining soccer’s rising fortunes in the country. “If not the best, this Indian team is surely one of the best Indian teams in history and the credit goes to all,” the AFC Web site quoted the Englishman as saying. India have remained unbeaten since losing back-to-back FIFA World Cup qualifiers in March last year, winning 11 of their past 12 games. Oman and Palestine on Wednesday also qualified for the Asian Cup, joining the hosts the United Arab Emirates, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Qatar, Thailand and Uzbekistan. Nine more spots are still up for grabs in what is to be the first 24-team edition of the Asian Cup, which previously featured 16 nations.
AFP, HONG KONGDefending champion Caroline Wozniacki and world No. 4 Elina Svitolina yesterday withdrew from the Hong Kong Tennis Open with injuries, leaving the WTA event devastated after a spate of pre-tournament pullouts and early big name exits. Third seed Wozniacki appeared on center court just after her second-round match against Lizette Cabrera was due to start to announce that she had injured her elbow in practice and would withdraw. “I want to apologize to everyone who came out today to watch this match,” said an emotional Wozniacki, who won the title on the same court 12 months ago. In the little action that did take place on court yesterday, China’s eighth seed Zhang Shuai was ousted 6-3, 6-4 by American Jennifer Brady, who is to face Gibbs in an all-American quarter-final.
AP, CLEVELAND, OhioThese young Yankees were on Wednesday night unshaken, resilient and as tough as the city they represent. What those guys did for me, I’ll never forget it.”The Yankees went 2-5 against AL West champions Houston, led by 168cm-tall dynamo and Most Valuable Player candidate Jose Altuve. Cleveland’s World Series drought turns 70 next year — baseball’s longest dry spell. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, who faced Cleveland in last year’s spine-tingling World Series and signed an US$86 million free-agent contract in December, worked two innings for the save. The Yankees became the 10th team to overcome a 2-0 deficit to win a best-of-five playoff series.
As of last month, Taipei Rapid Transit Corp has started relocating the eating restriction demarcations in 32 of its MRT stations. After the work is completed, expected this coming January, members of the public walking through the no-ticket areas of the stations will be allowed to consume food and drink. The areas of the Taipei MRT passengers enter after swiping their cards at the gates are counted as ticket areas; areas passengers are not required to swipe their cards to enter are the no-ticket areas. After the restriction markings are changed in the designated stations, the rules for the no-ticket access areas will be more consistent than at present. (CNA, translated by Paul Cooper)從上個月起，台北捷運陸續調整三十二個捷運站的禁止飲食線，預計明年一月底完工，未來民眾行走在非付費區時將可飲食。搭乘台北捷運時，刷卡進入閘門後，為付費區；無須刷卡處，為非付費區。各站的禁食線調整後，未來各車站的非付費通道將一致。目前部分捷運車站對於禁食線的標準不一，如忠孝復興站的非付費通道內有出入口，所以未劃設禁食線，但如市政府站，非付費通道內無出入口，所以劃設禁食區。TODAY’S WORDS今日單字 1.thoroughfare n. 通道(tong1 dao4) 2.violate v. 違反 (wei2 fan3) 3.punish v. 處罰 (chu3 fa2) 4.fine n. 罰款；罰鍰 (fa2 huan2; fa2 kuan3)以市政府站為例，民眾、旅客往往不小心走進去，卻因此違反規定。根據「大眾捷運法」，只要在禁食線內飲食，經工作人員勸導無效，可處以新台幣一千五百元以上、七千五百元以下罰鍰。（中央社）
October 11, 2017 15:56 UTC