Seafarer's death highlights interpreter shortage

In his narration, Mualip describes Supriyanto as having been beaten by crew members on the ship before recording the video. A recent probe into the case of Supriyanto's death suggests otherwise. In November 2015, the Pingtung District Prosecutors' Office deemed the death of Supriyanto, who died onboard a fishing vessel in August, an accident. Prompted by petitions from non-government organizations upholding seafarers' rights, who found details of the case and Supriyanto's death suspicious, the Control Yuan ombudsman Wang Mei-yu (王美玉) relaunched investigations into the case last December. The Pingtung Prosecutors' Office, prompted by Wang's report, has relaunched a probe into Supriyanto's case.

January 22, 2017 16:20 UTC

Now that that's over

President Tsai Ing-wen said Sunday that if pension reforms were successful, it would signify that any change could be achieved in the future. Her remarks during the closing ceremony of a daylong conference on pension reform were a hopeful contrast to the differing opinions posited during the three individual group discussions throughout the day. The president expressed confidence that protests against pension reform would ultimately end. "If the pension reforms can be carried out successfully, there wouldn't be any reforms that can't be undertaken in Taiwan," she said. Lin said he hoped to send a revised bill into the Legislature in March or May 20 at the latest.

January 22, 2017 16:20 UTC

Thousands rally against Tsai's pension plan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A protest against a pension reform plan culminated in a brief break-in into the Ministry of Education on Sunday. A crowd of retirees began gathering outside the Presidential Office early Sunday as the government kicked off a national affairs conference on pension reform. Organizers said more than 30,000 turned out to protest the government's reform plan, which threatens to make severe cuts to the pensions of civil servants. Angry demonstrators, including the retirees' advocacy group Pension Reform Oversight Alliance (監督年金改革行動聯盟), called the government "incapable and untrustworthy," and demanded that President Tsai Ing-wen step down. The Oversight Alliance said in a statement that civil servants, military officers and teachers had been mistreated by the government, and had been left with no choice but to take to the streets.

January 22, 2017 16:20 UTC

Travel sector zooms in on gay market

MADRID -- The travel sector is jazzing up its offer for gay tourists, who tend to spend more than most when away from home, taking it beyond parties in sunny hubs like Ibiza. But it also promoted bird watching trips, local architecture and rural tourism to gay and lesbian travelers at a special section of the fair dedicated to the market segment. Thomas Bomkes of Diversity Tourism, a German consultancy, said gay tourists spend "even more when they know they're accepted." Spanish airline Iberia as well as several hotels have launched special offers for this time of the year to appeal to gay travelers. Pride festivities are used by many Spanish coastal destinations to attract gay travelers outside of their high season.

January 22, 2017 16:19 UTC

Women lead global rallies against Trump

Reuters, WASHINGTONHundreds of thousands of women filled the streets of major US cities to lead an unprecedented wave of international protests against US President Donald Trump, mocking and denouncing the new US leader the day after his inauguration. Women activists, outraged by Trump’s campaign rhetoric and behavior they found to be especially misogynistic, on Saturday spearheaded scores of marches in the US and sympathy rallies around the world. While women constituted the bulk of the demonstrators, many were accompanied by husbands, boyfriends and children. About 400,000 marchers assembled in New York City, according to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, though organizers put the number there at 600,000. The protests, mostly peaceful, illustrated the depth of division in a country still reeling from the bitterly fought election campaign.

January 22, 2017 16:05 UTC

No ‘provocation’ can stop PLA’s naval drills: paper

China caused unease among some countries in the region last month when the carrier the Liaoning, accompanied by several warships, cruised around Taiwan and into the Pacific for what China called routine drills. Earlier this month, Taiwan scrambled fighter jets and navy ships as the Liaoning then passed through the Taiwan Strait. The People’s Daily said no amount of “word bombs,” such as Tillerson’s South China Sea remarks, could stop China’s military drills. “These provocations, pressure, fantasies and over-exaggerations will not prevent the normal drills of the Chinese military,” the paper said in a commentary. In 2015, five Chinese ships carried out exercises in international waters in the Bering Sea off the US state of Alaska.

January 22, 2017 16:05 UTC

Tsai urges support for pension reform

Tsai said that the same month four years ago, and at the same place, then-president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) expressed to the public the imperativeness of pension reform. “Ma said our pension system involves both self-help and mutual help. Tsai said this shows that pension reform is not a political issue, but rather something a national leader, regardless of their political party, must carry out for the sake of the long-term stability of the nation. However, only a sustainable pension system can make sure all of you receive pension payments, including your next generation,” Tsai said. The reform plan aims at keeping the pension systems alive for another 25 to 30 years, said Minister Without Portfolio Lin Wan-i (林萬億), who is deputy convener and executive director of the committee.

January 22, 2017 16:05 UTC

Australia defeat Pakistan by 86 runs to win series

AFP, SYDNEYAustralia yesterday secured the one-day international series against Pakistan with a commanding 86-run win at the Sydney Cricket Ground, taking a 3-1 lead in the five-match series. After Australia made 353-6 on the back of a David Warner century that was aided by appalling fielding from the tourists. After Australia captain Steve Smith won the toss, the home side took advantage of a placid wicket and the hapless Pakistan fielding. Pakistan recalled captain Azhar Ali after a hamstring injury at the expense of Asad Shafiq, while Australia recalled Mitchell Starc and spinner Zampa for James Faulkner and Billy Stanlake. Henry Nicholls is 56 not out — the third player to post a half-century in the New Zealand innings — and fast bowler Tim Southee is unbeaten on four.

January 22, 2017 16:04 UTC

Edinson Cavani scores twice as PSG defeat Nantes

Heading into the match, Nantes had only lost once in seven games since Sergio Conceicao took charge early last month. Confidence showed as Nantes began at a frenetic pace, closing down PSG’s players and depriving them of space to pass. The pressure almost worked when PSG rightback Thomas Meunier clumsily hacked the ball away in the eighth minute. The only drawback for PSG was when Germany winger Julian Draxler limped off in the 68th minute. Elsewhere, midfielder Valentin Vada’s first career league goal came in the first minute as Girondins de Bordeaux beat Toulouse 1-0.

January 22, 2017 16:04 UTC

Biathlon ruling body clears 22 Russians, demands answers

AP, ANTERSELVA, ItalyThe International Biathlon Union (IBU) has cleared 22 athletes and given Russian sports officials an ultimatum to explain by next month what role seven others played in alleged state doping around the time of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The IBU on Saturday said that the Russian Biathlon Union “is to provide the IBU with a detailed and fully documented report with respect to the seven cases under investigation.”Two more athletes who were already suspended remain so and are being investigated by the International Olympic Committee. Another IBU executive board meeting on Feb. 9 is to determine the status of the seven athletes still under investigation for the world championships in Hochfilzen, Austria, beginning the same day. Russian biathlon competitors implicated in the McLaren report ranged from Olympic medal winners to regional-level or junior athletes with no major achievements. Documentation regarding many of the cases was incomplete in the redacted version of the report made available to the public.

January 22, 2017 16:04 UTC

Ghana earn spot in quarter-finals with Mali victory

Ghana lead the pool with six points from two games, followed by Egypt with four, Mali one and Uganda zero. Ghana rode their luck against Mali, but joined Group B side Senegal in the next round and now face a shootout for top spot in the group with Egypt on Wednesday. Ghana goalkeeper Razak Brimah had to make two excellent late saves to deny Kalifa Coulibaly and Bakary Sako as Mali pressed for an equalizer. Egypt’s Argentine coach Hector Cuper was relieved that his side pulled off the win in testing conditions. “It was difficult on that pitch and in this climate, but we won and that is the important thing,” he said.

January 22, 2017 16:04 UTC

Spurs coach Popovich voices his disdain for Trump

AFP, CLEVELAND, OhioSan Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich on Saturday took aim at US President Donald Trump, devoting nearly half of his pre-game news conference to describing his contempt for the new head of state. Popovich, 67, called Trump a bully, chastised his top advisers and praised Saturday’s protests defending the rights of women on Trump’s first day in office. “It does boggle the mind how somebody can be so thin-skinned,” Popovich said. Popovich was speaking on a day when more than 1 million people protested Trump’s presidency by marching in North America and across the world at a series of women’s rallies. “I hope he does a great job, but there’s a difference between respecting the office of the presidency and who occupies it,” Popovich said.

January 22, 2017 16:04 UTC

SSC Napoli keep title hopes alive

AFP, MILAN, ItalyLorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon struck inside the opening minutes as classy SSC Napoli kept their title hopes alive with a 2-1 win against AC Milan on Saturday. A week after seeing ACF Fiorentina stun leaders Juventus 2-1 to carve open the Serie A title race, Milan hoped to upset predictions at a packed San Siro. Napoli marksman Dries Mertens missed several chances to embellish the win, which saw Napoli remain third ahead of the remainder of the weekend’s games. “What I saw made me happy, although I would have been happier if we’d wrapped the match up earlier,” Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri said. “Napoli are doing very well, it’s not that my players are playing badly, and their goals were impressive.

January 22, 2017 16:04 UTC

Hadwin takes lead with sizzling 59

ReutersCanadian Adam Hadwin provided the fireworks with a sizzling 59 to vault one stroke clear after Saturday’s third round of the US$5.8 million CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. “I didn’t want to make bogey, that’s the last thing I wanted to do,” Hadwin told Golf Channel about his final putt of the day, a four-footer at the par-four 18th. PGA Tour rookie Dominic Bozzelli sat alone in second place after carding a 69 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course, with fellow American Swafford (71) among a group of four trailing by two shots. Swafford had been two ahead coming off the 15th green on the hosting PGA West Stadium Course, but dropped three shots over the closing stretch as his round unraveled. Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-tsung failed to make the cut after carding a six-over 78 in the third round.

January 22, 2017 16:04 UTC

Spurs defeat Cavaliers 118-115 in overtime

AFP, LOS ANGELESKawhi Leonard on Saturday finished off a dunk in the final seconds of overtime, capping a career high 41-point performance as the San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-115. The Cavaliers had a chance to send it to double-overtime, but Love missed a three-point attempt from the corner at the buzzer. Leonard surpassed 30 points for the sixth straight game, while LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the short-handed Spurs. David Lee scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while starting in place of injured Pau Gasol. James and Kyrie Irving each scored 29 points, while Love had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland.

January 22, 2017 16:04 UTC

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