AP, BIRMINGHAM, EnglandEthiopian teenager Samuel Tefera broke a 22-year-old indoor world record in the 1,500m event on Saturday, clocking 3 minutes, 31.04 seconds at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix. “I’m delighted with the outcome and to have the world record is a special feeling.”Kejelcha had said before the meet that he was aiming to break the record, after coming within 0.01 seconds of setting a new world mark in the indoor mile last week at the Millrose Games. El Guerrouj still holds the outdoor world record of 3:26.00, set in 1998. Britain’s Laura Muir also pleased the home crowd by beating the national women’s indoor record in the mile, which had stood since 1988. “To run one of the fastest runs ever, a British record and a win in your final race ... is perfect,” Muir said.
ReutersRyan Fox claimed his maiden European Tour title yesterday with a comprehensive 3-2 victory over Spain’s Adrian Otaegui in the final of the World Super 6 at Perth’s Lake Karrinyup Country Club. “It just worked out that I didn’t have any bogeys in the matchplay today, and played great in the final,” he added. “It felt like a home crowd out there for me today.”Fox’s win, in his 79th European Tour event, followed two close calls at the tournament. His European Tour victory is the first by a New Zealander since Danny Lee won the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic as an amateur. “A little bit disappointed after losing the final, but it’s been a good week,” Otaegui said after being denied a third European Tour title.
On Saturday, Wang, who was the legislative speaker from 1999 to 2016, staunchly rejected criticism that he is secretly a pan-green supporter. Wang said he is “for the KMT and for Taiwan,” and even though he is Taiwanese, he could not reject his ethnic-Chinese “soul.”“The current state of cross-strait relations is not peaceful. The lack of exchanges between Taiwan and China has harmed the public, Wang said, adding that it is his urgent public duty to mend and rebuild the cross-strait relationship. The “1992 consensus” is just a phrase, but it gives China “face” and gives Taiwan “ambiguous space” to maneuver, he said. If cross-strait relations were good, the US would not be “so demanding” and Taiwan would have more space to assert its own position, he added.
PCA Life joined several other foreign insurance companies in either exiting Taiwan or scaling down their operations during the global financial crisis. PCA Life entered Taiwan’s life insurance market in November 1999 through the acquisition of ChinFon Life Insurance Co (慶豐人壽). Last year, PCA Life reported first-year premiums (FYPs) of NT$19.15 billion through channels including telemarketing, bancassurance and brokering, accounting for 1.4 percent of total FYPs in Taiwan, Life Insurance Association of the ROC (壽險公會) statistics showed. That was behind other foreign life insurance companies in terms of FYPs, such as Allianz Taiwan Life Insurance Co’s (安聯人壽) NT$79.29 billion, the Taiwan branch of Cardif Assurance Vie’s (法國巴黎人壽) NT$73.7 billion and Chubb Life Insurance Co’s (安達人壽) NT$28.68 billion, the data showed. An executive at a local insurance company said that trust is fundamental to the insurance business, which requires long-term commitment and effort.
“Flexium’s 2019 outlook is positive and the market is expected to see periods when earnings are revised upward,” it said. Last year, revenue increased 3.6 percent year-on-year to NT$26.77 billion, while gross margin slid 2.8 percentage points to 19.1 percent. Net profit totaled NT$2.65 billion, down 13.5 percent from a year earlier, with earnings per share of NT$8.55. Flexium has spent NT$5 billion this year on production equipment and factory facilities, and plans to allocate another NT$5 billion next year to develop 5G smart antenna solutions and new composite FPCB materials, it said. “5G applications will start in smart homes, including smart speakers, lighting devices and earbuds.
By Chung Li-hua / Staff reporterThe Executive Yuan has drafted an amendment to extend the period during which retired generals would be prohibited from traveling to China in an apparent response to two retired generals praising Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) at a political event in China last year. The proposed amendment aims to prevent retired government and military officials from attending events in China that could unduly assert Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan, the Executive Yuan said. The generals also praised the “five points” that Xi mentioned in an address on Jan. 2, it said. Turning one’s back on Chinese culture would be forcing one’s self into oblivion,” Chen said, according to the report. Retired generals who ingratiate themselves with China do not deserve a pension, he added.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe government’s pension reforms could be the cause of a surplus of police academy graduates that has been reported by local governments, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday. The reports compared the situation to that faced by certified teachers, many of whom are now unable to find jobs. There would be approximately 5,000 unemployed police officers if the six special municipalities refuse to hire new police college graduates, the reports said. The government’s pension reforms have prompted senior police officers to put off retirement, but at the same time, the annual intake of new cadets remains the same, he said. The Cabinet is highly concerned about the issue, Executive Yuan spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterKinmen Kaoliang guard Yu Huan-ya (于煥亞), whose hot touch often racks up key baskets down the stretch, was named most valuable player of the Super Basketball League’s (SBL) All-Star Game on Saturday, while Dacin Tigers import player O.J. Yu led the White team to a 146-140 triumph over the Black team at this year’s all-star contest at the Taoyuan Stadium. Yu’s two three-pointers in the final minute made the difference for the Whites and made him the All-Star Game’s most valuable player. The front-runners, Kinmen Kaoliang and Taiwan Beer, face off in the early game on Saturday, followed by the Dacin Tigers and the Fubon Braves. On Sunday, Pauian Archiland entertains Bank of Taiwan in the day’s first match-up, followed by the Yulon Dinos and the Dacin Tigers.
City eventually hit their stride in the second half and Leroy Sane’s powerful finish put them ahead before Phil Foden doubled the lead. However, Newport had already knocked out Premier League side Leicester City and Championship outfit Middlesbrough in the previous two rounds. Guardiola had told City that they would “suffer” at set-pieces against Newport’s “taller, stronger” players and the Spaniard’s fears were nearly confirmed in the 14th minute. Failing to deal with Mickey Demetriou’s long throw, City left space for Tyreeq Bakinson, and he headed goalward from close range, only for Ederson to dive to his right to make a brilliant one-handed save. With 15 minutes left, Foden increased City’s advantage as his low strike eluded Day’s weak attempt at a save.
“Disarmament is something that concerns us all and we would of course be glad if such talks were held not just between the United States, Europe and Russia, but also with China,” Merkel told the Munich Security Conference. While pointing the finger at each other, both Washington and Moscow have also voiced concern that the INF does nothing to constrain rapidly growing military power China. However, it would be difficult to persuade China to give up or restrict what represents an important part of its military capability. Given this, “it is difficult to envision a scenario under which China would today enter a regime such as the INF Treaty,” the report said. “China develops its capabilities strictly according to its defensive needs and doesn’t pose a threat to anybody else,” Yang told the conference.
BloombergUS Department of State spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Saturday said she is withdrawing from consideration as US President Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to the UN. The statement from Nauert on Saturday night did not acknowledge the problem with her nanny. A day before Nauert withdrew, Trump declared a national emergency to secure more money for the proposed wall, after the US Congress approved only about US$1.4 billion in a spending deal. “I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary [of Defense Mike] Pompeo for the trust they placed in me, for considering me for the position of US Ambassador to the United Nations,” Nauert said in the statement. Other potential nominees had earlier included former White House aide Dina Powell, US Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, former US Senate candidate John James and US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.
Staff writer, with CNAHualien County officials yesterday warned the public to be alert to suspicious behavior by wild animals or pets, after another case of a wild ferret-badger infected with rabies was reported. A ferret-badger caught late last month in Guangfu Township (光復) tested positive for rabies, the Hualien County Animal Health Inspection and Prevention Office said recently. The incidence of wild animals in the county infected with rabies has increased notably over the past five years, Hualien County Animal Epidemic Prevention Center Director Lin Kuo-tong (林國棟) said. The public should avoid approaching wild animals, and pet owners should have their pets checked regularly, Lin said. Six of the ferret-badgers tested positive for rabies, including four in Hualien County, it said.
Last month, the Chinese Ministry of Education relaxed its requirements for Taiwanese high-school graduates, allowing them to apply for a Chinese university if they achieve average scores for any of the three subjects of the college entrance exam — Mandarin, mathematics and English. In response, the MAC in a document detailed the potential risks and problems associated with pursuing higher education in China. Chinese media reported that the number of positions on popular Chinese job hunting Web site www.51job.com dropped from 2.85 million in April last year to 830,000 in September. CNN in November last year reported that Chinese authorities have tightened their grip on campuses, citing the arrest of a Peking University graduate who was involved in a labor rights movement. In October last year, the Chinese Communist Party appointed an official with experience at the Beijing State Security Bureau, Qiu Shuiping (邱水平), as party secretary at Peking University.
Staff writer, with CNAThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday issued an “orange” warning on travel to Haiti, its second-highest travel alert, amid continuing protests calling for the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. The ministry urged Taiwanese to avoid unnecessary travel to the nation’s Caribbean ally and asked those who need to visit to exercise extreme caution. The ministry urged protesters and the Haitian government to engage in dialogue to resolve their differences and end the turmoil as soon as possible. All Taiwanese expatriates and staff at the nation’s embassy are safe, the ministry said. It uses a four-color code to indicate levels of alert for overseas travel, with red being the highest level, followed by orange, yellow and gray.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe Control Yuan has passed a proposal to censure the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for setting loose standards for brewed soy sauce, officials said yesterday. The ministry removed an important standard for identifying brewed soy sauce products — the levulinic acid level — after the FDA released its draft, and instead adopted a looser standard used by the Chinese National Standards (CNS) for Grade C soy sauce products — the total nitrogen level, the Control Yuan said. The FDA failed to inspect the levels of chemical 4-methylimidazole, a contaminant formed during the manufacturing of certain caramel coloring agents used in food and drink products, in soy sauce, the Control Yuan said. 423 for grading soy sauce products requires brewed soy sauce to have a levulinic acid level of no more than 0.1 percent, but that was not included in the FDA’s regulations, it said. Industrial Development Bureau statistics showed that about 137,528 tonnes of soy sauce were manufactured in Taiwan between 2015 and 2017, the Control Yuan said.