Staff writer, with CNAThe US warship that sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday was likely the USS Chancellorsville. However, it did not specify when the transit was made and if it was made via the Strait. The information was made public after the Ministry of National Defense said on Saturday that a US warship sailed through the Strait earlier that day, but did not identify the vessel. It was the second time this year that a US warship has sailed through the Strait. On Monday, a number of Chinese planes briefly crossed the Taiwan Strait median line and entered Taiwan’s airspace, but retreated to the western side of the line after Taiwan scrambled F-16s and other military aircraft and issued radio warnings, the ministry said.
Staff writer, with CNAThe nation’s electronics sector could face disruptions in raw material supplies as early as next month due to the COVID-19 outbreak in China, the Taipei-based Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI, 全國工業總會) said on Saturday. The CNFI said that the electronics sector has been severely affected by the city lockdowns. As for the biotech industry, many drug manufacturers in Taiwan are expected to soon face raw material supply shortages from China as their inventories run out, CNFI said. The outbreak has also hurt private consumption in China, which would affect Taiwanese makers of consumer electronics items, such as chip and optoelectronic products, it said. Many businesses are hoping the government would help them negotiate with banks to resolve possible funding issues, it added.
Staff writer, with CNAPeople who enter the Philippines on a Republic of China passport are required to present a travel history when applying for a visa, despite Manila lifting a travel ban it imposed on Taiwanese amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office said yesterday. The ban on Taiwan was lifted on Friday by the Philippines’ Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases after it was determined that Taiwan had implemented strict travel protocols. This is part of its protocol to safeguard the Philippines from the coronavirus and one of the major factors considered by the inter-agency taskforce before it lifted the travel ban on Taiwan, De Belen said. Failure to submit an Entry and Exit Record might result in the denial of a visa application without a refund of the processing fee, the advisory says. For other foreign applicants for Philippine visas, office staff would check the entry and exit stamps in their passports to ensure compliance with the Philippines’ travel ban, the office said.
“It’s so much bigger than basketball,” Love said. “Part of the reason I wanted to convene these three, in addition to being amazing athletes, they’re good people and each of them are at different stages in their careers,” Obama said. This event, in his hometown of Chicago, was his second official event during NBA All-Star weekend after one with children, and first and second-year players on Friday. “All I know is, people gave to me,” Antetokounmpo said. “I’ve got to give back.”
AFP, RYTON, EnglandIn the heart of picturesque old Ryton village in northeast England, pub regulars banded together to save their favorite watering hole in a cutthroat sector where competition is fierce. After months of campaigning, pub regulars raised about ￡150,000 (US$195,707 at the current exchange rate) from more than 300 local people who became shareholders. The pub has also been boosted by a total of ￡100,000 in a mixture of grants and bank loans. Volunteer Richard held aloft a pint of lager after tidying the pub floor, which doubles as a yoga venue. As well as yoga, the pub has also become a venue for local knitting groups, film shows and other activities, all aimed at raising cash donations to keep the place running.
AP, UNIONDALE, New YorkAndreas Seppi defeated Jason Jung 6-3, 6-2 at the New York Open on Saturday to end the title hopes of the US-born Taiwanese player. 3 seed Reilly Opelka, the tournament’s two champions, to make his first career semi-final after qualifying just to make the main draw. Jung thanked his supporters in a video he posted to Facebook yesterday. “Just my resilience I think in the end proved a little too much,” Edmund said. Edmund reached his lone Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open in 2018 and won his only title near the end of that season in Antwerp, Belgium.
AFP, DORTMUND, GermanyPacked with passionate home fans, Borussia Dortmund’s imposing south stand — dubbed “The Yellow Wall” — is the “gigantic monster” lurking to test Paris Saint-Germain stars such as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in their round of 16, first-leg Champions League encounter tomorrow. The 19-year-old has bagged nine goals since Dortmund snapped him up for 20 million euros (US$22 million) from Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg. Liverpool are coasting towards a first Premier League title in 30 years having dropped just two points all season and are likely to be crowned English champions before the Champions League quarter-finals commence in early April. Klopp on Saturday described his team’s 25-point lead at the top of the Premier League as “insane,” after Sadio Mane struck to give them a 1-0 win against Norwich City. In the other Premier League match on Saturday, Burnley beat Southhampton 2-1.
AP, CHICAGOMiami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr celebrated his 23rd birthday by winning the All-Star slam dunk contest, edging Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in a memorable showdown that required two tiebreaker jams. Jones and Gordon each got a perfect 50 on their two dunks in the final, then they got two more perfect scores on their first jam in the dunk-off. He then took the ball from Fall’s hands on his way to a thunderous dunk. The United Center gasped as the courtside NBA stars celebrated, but Gordon was awarded a 47, giving the victory to Jones. The NBA has renamed its All-Star most valuable player award in honor of Kobe Bryant.
AFP, BEIJINGThe death toll from the COVID-19 outbreak yesterday surpassed 1,500 in China as France reported the first fatality outside Asia. In France, an 80-year-old Chinese tourist died from the disease, French Minister of Solidarity and Health Agnes Buzyn said. The death toll in China yesterday rose to 1,523 after 143 more people died in the country, mostly in Hubei Province. The Chinese National Health Commission yesterday reported 2,641 new cases of the COVID-19 strain, with the vast majority in Hubei. The number of new confirmed cases has been steadily falling outside Hubei, with 221 infections reported yesterday.
The panel stressed the link between North Korea’s nuclear program and its illegal exports, especially of coal. The panel said that North Korea also continues to violate UN resolutions through its illicit import of refined petroleum products through ship-to-ship transfers and direct deliveries by foreign-flagged vessels. These vessels sail directly into Nampo, the main North Korean port for petroleum deliveries, it said. They said that Russia reported exporting 30,886 tonnes of refined petroleum products to North Korea during the first 11 months of last year and China reported exporting 22,739 tonnes during the year. The panel said it calculated that the total of Russian and Chinese export amounts would equal 408,576 barrels of refined petroleum products — below the annual limit.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe government is negotiating with Japanese officials to arrange the evacuation of Taiwanese passengers quarantined on a cruise ship off the coast of Yokohama, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said yesterday. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection on the ship have been rapidly increasing since then. Two Taiwanese passengers who had been confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 were hospitalized in Japan for treatment, it said. “We have been discussing evacuation plans with Japanese authorities,” said Chen, who heads the CECC. The move is in response to the spread of the virus in the two countries, the CECC said.
Pan Shancu has easily won the unofficial gold medal, saying he jogged 66km in a loop at home in six hours, 41 minutes. “I felt a little dizzy at first, but you get used to it after you circle many times,” Pan said from Hangzhou, near Shanghai. They have been ordered by education authorities not to simply lounge about playing computer games and fiddling with their phones. Like hundreds of millions of others, his movements have been severely restricted by the Chinese authorities in an attempt to stop the deadly virus spreading. To make up for the lack of exercise, he twice runs up and down the emergency stairwell of his 17-floor apartment tower three times a day.
“Nations cannot cede telecommunications infrastructure to China for financial expediency,” Pelosi said. “In terms of some of these issues like Huawei, we have bipartisan agreement on that,” Pelosi said. “I always say to members: Don’t be against something because President Trump might be for it. Pelosi said that Republicans and Democrats in the US agree that Huawei poses a threat to democratic values. “If you want a free flow of information, if you want to build a collective conscience of values and respect for human rights, don’t go with Huawei,” Pelosi said.
AP, UNIONDALE, New YorkReilly Opelka was knocked out of the New York Open on Friday by Taiwan’s Jason Jung, who has beaten both of the tournament’s past champions en route to his first career semi-final. Jung won only two matches on tour last year — both at this tournament — and then qualified for the main draw this week. Opelka, who won his lone career title last year at Long Island, was the highest-seeded player remaining. 6 Miomir Kecmanovic, who came back to beat fourth-seeded Ugo Humbert 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. 8 seed Kyle Edmund, who edged Kwon Soon-woo 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/5).
AP, KINGSTON, GeorgiaA five-year-old boy who saved his family from a house fire received special recognition from officials in northwest Georgia on Friday. Noah Woods woke up on Sunday last week to flames in the room he and his two-year-old sister, Lilly, shared. On Friday, Noah was presented with a proclamation from Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor honoring him with his very own day, WXIA-TV reported. “I proclaim today, Valentine’s Day, February, 14, 2020, as Noah Woods Day in Bartow County,” Taylor said at the ceremony. The Bartow County Fire Department also presented Noah with his own badge, certificate, helmet and firefighter pajamas.