With GPS still in the future, the merchant seaman made his way around the globe the old-fashioned way, with a sextant. The feat is to be commemorated in Falmouth tomorrow, the 50th anniversary of the finish. “I reckon I can celebrate the 50th anniversary, but can’t guarantee I’ll be around for 100th,” Knox-Johnston, 80, said in a telephone interview. After his water supply was fouled, he said he had 19 liters of fresh water left and 100 cans of beer. The wave had opened the hatch and filled the boat with what he estimated as about 3 tonnes of water.
AP, MANCHESTER, EnglandSoccer players in England boycotting social media in a protest against racism were targeted with abuse about the 24-hour campaign. “In the coming days, we will be inviting players to report any racist abuse they have received to us. We will collate it and share it with social platforms to demonstrate the impact of their lack of action,” it added. Social media companies did not appear to respond on their networks to the players’ concerns, despite widespread coverage and support from FIFA for the boycott. “We will be requesting meetings with each of the social platforms as a matter of priority,” the association said.
AFP, SYDNEYThe New South Wales Waratahs yesterday rallied from behind to win their first match since Israel Folau was stood down over anti-gay comments. I couldn’t be happier,” said Waratahs skipper Michael Hooper, who made his 100th appearance for the side. HIGHLANDERS 42, BLUES 12In Dunedin, New Zealand, an acrobatic Shannon Frizell sparked a Highlanders revival as they rallied to beat the Blues 24-12. Veteran Blues center Ma’a Nonu blasted through the Highlanders’ defense to put Tom Robinson over for the opening try in the 22nd minute. Their domination continued in the second half and their scrum was able to bully the Blues all-All Black front row to earn a penalty try.
AP, INDIANAPOLIS, IndianaThe Boston Celtics keep following the same game plan. Another dominant second-half defensive performance on Friday helped the Celtics retake control of the game, and another late scoring run helped them pull away from Indiana for a 104-96 victory and a 3-0 series lead. The Celtics turned Game 1 by limiting the Pacers to eight third-quarter points and won by 10. In Game 2, the Celtics erased a huge deficit by allowing just 12 fourth-quarter points as they won by eight. “We’ve got to come out and not take our foot off the gas.”For Indiana, it has been a nightmare of a series.
By Tsai Shu-yuan and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerPeople must not provoke or attack snakes in the wild and should refrain from using “midwives’ cures,” but seek medical attention as soon as possible if bitten, doctors said. The man killed the snake, took it home and ate it with a herbal liquor in a bid to counteract the venom, Mao said. In a separate case, the hospital treated a patient bitten by a mountain pit viper — Ovophis monticola makazayazaya — administering antivenom intended for people bitten by a pointed-scale pit viper, or Protobothrops mucrosquamatus. The antivenom had been ascertained as an antitoxin for mountain pit viper venom, doctors said. However, it is important to identify the snake, so its characteristics should be noted or a photograph taken to help doctors administer an appropriate antivenom, he said.
Netizen Liu Chi-wei (劉志偉) on Thursday shared a photo of several Chinese-made MREs, two of which said in simplified Chinese characters that they were shredded pork with noodles and beef sausage. Another netizen shared a Web site showing Chinese MREs for sale on Ruten.com. The Council of Agriculture in December last year formed an African swine fever prevention alliance with online shopping businesses, which pledged to stop selling pork products and tighten control over products sold on their platforms. Customs records show no cases of Chinese MREs being imported since October last year, the customs agency said yesterday. African swine fever has spread to all Chinese provinces and regions after Hainan Province on Friday reported two cases.
In a statement, the ministry said that it was positive about the US-Japan Security Consultative Committee’s latest session in Washington, because the two countries had focused heavily on regional issues. The ministry said that as a responsible stakeholder in the Indo-Pacific region, Taiwan would work with like-minded countries to continue to serve as a driver of regional peace, stability and prosperity. The US and Japan also vowed that they would strengthen coordination efforts — both bilaterally and multilaterally — to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The Diaoyutais are administered and controlled by Japan, but also claimed by Taiwan and China. China often dispatches patrol boats to the waters near the Diaoyutais, which has raised alarms in Tokyo.
Staff writer, with CNA, LONDONThe British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group on Thursday expressed concern over Chinese fighter jets crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait last month, saying that the move endangered regional peace. In a joint statement, British Member of Parliament Nigel Evans and House of Lords Deputy Speaker Dennis Rogan said that by sending fighter jets over the median line of the Taiwan Strait, China had damaged the cross-strait “status quo.”“We are seriously concerned about the rise of tension in cross-strait relations,” the groups’ cochairs said. “Any unilateral attempts to disrupt the status quo are harmful and do not contribute to cross-strait stability,” Evans and Rogan said. On March 31, two J-11 fighter planes from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait southwest of Penghu County. ROCAF officer Wang Chun-hsiung (王純雄) said that the military has standard procedures for dealing with such incidents and would dispatch surveillance units if China’s military aircraft enter Taiwan’s air defense identification zone or cross the Strait’s median line.
By Tsai Ya-hua and Lee I-chia / Staff reportersPresident Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) asked Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Ming-wen (陳明文) to approach Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) for his support in her re-election bid, the Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) reported, citing an anonymous source. Tsai, seeking the DPP’s nomination for re-election, faces a challenge from former premier William Lai (賴清德) in the party’s presidential primary. Tsai asked Chen to persuade Ko, an independent, to run as her running mate in the presidential election next year, the source said. When reached for comments, Taipei City Government adviser Tsai Pi-ju (蔡壁如), a close aide to Ko, denied the report, saying: “Ko Wen-je will not be vice president to anyone. His most important job now is to perform his municipal administrative duties and to improve the well-being of Taipei residents.”Chen denied the report last night.
Without laws, the military has no combat effectiveness, he said, adding that increasing the military’s budget would be a waste of time. However, Taiwan still has military judges who would handle military cases in wartime, Tsai said. As commander-in-chief, she could not let Han disparage the hard work of the men and women serving in the military, she said. Han yesterday defended his statement, saying that he was using a metaphor to call attention to the importance of military laws. Tsai’s administration has continually bought additional weapons, but without laws, the military had no spirit or discipline, he said.
AFP, SHANGHAIGerman camera maker Leica has become the latest company to draw fire over an advertisement deemed offensive in China, distancing itself from a short film that broaches the taboo subject of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. That picture, of an ordinary citizen facing down a Chinese army tank, is the most iconic image from the weeks-long pro-democracy protests that paralyzed Beijing in 1989. The subject has been essentially banned from public discourse in China and is particularly sensitive as the 30th anniversary of the crackdown approaches in early June. A company spokeswoman told Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post that the video, produced by Brazilian agency F/Nazca Saatchi Saatchi, was not officially sanctioned by Leica. The camera maker joins a growing list of foreign companies to learn the hard way about the political sensitivities that go with operating in China’s gigantic market.
The registration and wedding plans are going ahead, despite uncertainty over how the Legislative Yuan plans to handle competing demands from groups in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage and those opposed to categorizing same-sex unions as marriages. However, a referendum on whether to support the legalization of same-sex marriage through amendments to the Civil Code was defeated in November last year. It is the first draft act created using the name of the constitutional interpretation, which would allow same-sex couples to register their marriage or divorce at any household registration office. 748” before May 24, so that same-sex couples can marry legally. 12.”Draft acts have to pass second and third readings by the full Legislative Yuan before becoming laws.
Reuters, QINGDAO, ChinaChina is to show off new warships, including nuclear submarines and destroyers, at a parade on Tuesday marking 70 years since its navy’s founding, a senior commander said yesterday, as Beijing flexes its increasingly well-equipped military muscle. Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) is overseeing a sweeping plan to refurbish China’s military by developing everything from stealth jets to aircraft carriers as China ramps up its presence in the South China Sea and around Taiwan. “The PLAN ships and aircraft to be revealed are the Liaoning aircraft carrier, new types of nuclear submarines, new types of destroyers, as well as fighter aircraft,” Qiu said, without giving details. Vietnam frequently complains of Chinese military activity in the disputed South China Sea, where Taiwan also has claims. China’s last naval battles were with the Vietnamese in the South China Sea, in 1974 and 1988, although these were relatively minor skirmishes.
Antonio Gracias, a private equity firm founder, has also indicated he would not stay on Tesla’s board after next year. Buss, Gracias and Jurvetson have long been associated with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “It strikes me as an important step towards more effective corporate governance,” said Stephen Diamond, an associate professor of law at Santa Clara University. The trio of Buss, Gracias and Jurvetson are the heart of the Musk crowd and the old-boy network. “This is a first good step, but there’s more work to do,” Waizenegger said.
“She was a virtuous and gifted child with great intelligence, distinguishing herself from her peers at a young age. She enjoyed embroidery and drawing instead of playing, and by the age of nine, she had become a vegetarian and devout Buddhist,” the records state about Tsai. Tsai grew up to be a well-respected poet, her work appearing in numerous publications between 1923 and 1937. Notable names include Huang Chin-chuan (黃金川), who authored Taiwan’s earliest known anthology of classical poems by a woman, and Chang Lee Te-ho (張李德和), another accomplished poet and painter who later served in the Taiwan Provincial Assembly. Both have been featured in previous Taiwan in Time columns on June 5, 2016 and June 24 last year, respectively.