Anger in Taiwan over ‘Chinese Taipei’ Olympics moniker

first_imgBut the anthem that played for the first Taiwanese athlete to ever win gold — she won gold at the 2004 Olympics in the lightweight taekwondo competition — was not the one Chen heard growing up, nor was the flag in front of her the red and blue of Taiwan.Instead, Chen stood under the white banner of “Chinese Taipei,” a nation that does not exist, the result of a political compromise stemming from divisions that have existed since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949.That compromise, which allows Taiwan to compete in the Olympics but not use its own name, flag or anthem, is increasingly starting to rankle among Taiwanese far more assertive of their identity and autonomy, especially in the wake of the election of President Tsai Ying-wen.Changing identitiesWhile Taiwan has participated in every Olympics for the past three decades, the compromise never sat well with many at home, and has grown more controversial as Taiwanese politics shifted in the direction of full independence from mainland China.According to annual polls conducted by National Chengchi University, only 13.6% of respondents in 1991 self-identified as Taiwanese; by 2004, that number had risen to over 45%. A poll conducted this year by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation found that 80% of respondents described themselves as Taiwanese.This is particularly true among the younger generations, many of whom participated inwidespread protests against further economic integration with China — the so-called “Sunflower Movement” — and supported the candidacy of recently inaugurated President Tsai.”We definitely want a peaceful relationship with China,” lawmaker and Sunflower Movement activist Huang Kuo-chang told CNN in January.”But that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice our way of life.”As Taiwan becomes more assertive of its identity at home, many are asking why it should not do so overseas as well.Freddy Lim, a death metal frontman and lawmaker elected at the same time as Tsai, says the name “Chinese Taipei” is “disrespectful.””Taiwan’s Olympic athletes come from all over the country and are of different ethnic backgrounds, so the best name for the team would be ‘Taiwan’,” he told CNN.”I hope the global community could see how Taiwan is treated internationally and support our efforts to participate in international affairs as a normal country.”Coen Blaauw, executive director of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, which advocates for Taiwanese independence (Formosa is a historical name for the island of Taiwan), says the use of the name is damaging to Taiwan’s international standing.”Not only is the name ‘Chinese Taipei’ humiliating for the 23 million people of the democratic country of Taiwan, we are concerned that the name will stick,” he told CNN.”China’s veto power and approval over Taiwan’s role on the international stage should not be a prerequisite for Taiwanese participation in international organizations like the Olympics.”DK Dang, chairman of World United Formosans for Independence, says he hopes Tsai’s administration will pressure the IOC to allow Taiwan to compete under its own name.Tsai’s office did not respond to a request for comment.China has maintained that nothing is permissible on the international stage if it suggests there are “two Chinas.”last_img read more

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Record support for Special Needs

first_imgKINGSTON: A record 10,600 participants lined up on the waterfront, downtown Kingston, to participate in the Digicel Imagine 5K Run on Saturday night. David Butler, CEO, Digicel Jamaica, said he was encouraged by the record numbers and thanked everyone who contributed to the overwhelming success of the event – being staged for the fourth time – in support of special-needs institutions. “We want to thank everyone; the participants, our sponsors and partners from corporate Jamaica and the public sector, the media and, importantly, our hundreds of volunteers, for joining us in the support of this great cause,” said Butler. Last year, a total of 8,052 persons turned out to support the cause. ‘grateful’ many firsts Also expressing thanks was Jean Lowrie-Chin, chairman, Digicel Foundation. “We are grateful to the thousands of persons who registered in this year’s race, they have boosted the Foundation’s islandwide programme for our special-needs family,” she said. “Our patron, Denis O’Brien, has inspired us with his passion to uplift these beloved Jamaicans. Our special-needs students, athletes, teachers, coaches and volunteers have brought us and our country pride and joy, and it is a privilege to partner with them,” added Lowrie-Chin. In line with the record turnout, the company is also celebrating several firsts for the race, with this year showing the highest number of participants coming from the special-needs community. Mustard Seeds registered 229 participants, while Early Stimulation Plus registered a team of 221 participants. The race also received massive support from the school population across Jamaica, with a total of 427 students from secondary schools and 555 from tertiary institutions. A new addition to this year’s race and a first for 5K races in Jamaica was the fun route. Participants in this section of the race were splashed with paint as they started the route that was laced with fun, interactive obstacles. These included more paint, a maze, a giant-sized pendulum swing, tyre run, balance beam, and ending with a slip and slide.last_img read more

Harden scores 44 points, Rockets beat Wolves

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Houston kept All-Star big man Towns in check, limiting him to just eight points after he’d averaged 21.3 in leading the Wolves to their first playoff appearance since 2004. Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points to lead Minnesota.The Wolves scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 56-54 lead. Tucker made a 3 for the Rockets after that, but Minnesota used a 6-1 spurt, with 3s from Wiggins and Teague, to go back on top 62-58.The Rockets had managed just six points in the quarter when Gerald Green made a basket with to cut the lead to 1 with about five minutes left in the third. Derrick Rose added a bucket seconds later, but Houston scored six straight points after that to put Houston up 68-65. Harden got things going when he made a 3-pointer while being fouled by Rose and also made the free throw.Minnesota led by a basket after a jump shot by Towns with about two minutes left in the quarter. Harden took over after that, scoring the last six points of the quarter to leave Houston up 76-72 entering the fourth.Harden hit a 3-pointer before making a driving layup he was fouled on by Gorgui Dieng. Harden flexed each bicep twice while peering down at the muscles after the shot before making the free throw.ADVERTISEMENT Minnesota Timberwolves’ Gorgui Dieng, right, fouls Houston Rockets’ James Harden during the second half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — James Harden scored 44 points and powered a big fourth-quarter run that allowed the Houston Rockets to outlast the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-101 on Sunday night in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.Minnesota scored four straight points to get within 3 with about 30 seconds left. Chris Paul added two free throws after that for Houston, but a tip-in by Karl-Anthony Towns got Minnesota back within 3. After a bad pass by Paul gave the Timberwolves a chance to tie it with 1.5 seconds left, Jimmy Butler’s shot was short.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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But the Timberwolves got going after that and had tied it up by late in the first quarter.The Rockets led 54-47 at halftime.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Butler, who led the team by averaging 22.2 points in the regular season, finished with 13 points. … The Wolves made 8 of 23 3-point attempts. … Towns had 12 rebounds and two assists.Rockets: Ryan Anderson missed the game with a sprained left ankle. Coach Mike D’Antoni said there was a chance he could return for Game 2, but that he would know more in the next couple of days. … Capela had 20 points and 10 rebounds at halftime, but was limited in the second half and added just four more points and two rebounds.UP NEXTGame 2 is Wednesday night in Houston.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Timberwolves had a one-point lead with about seven minutes left when Houston used a 9-0 run, with the last seven points from Harden, to make it 94-86 with about four minutes to go. Harden, who also had a steal in that span, capped the run with a 3-pointer that prompted Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau to call a timeout.Jeff Teague ended Minnesota’s scoring drought with two free throws after the timeout and added a 3-point play after a basket by Harden. Harden made another shot to give him 11 straight points for Houston before another basket by Teague.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHarden got Capela in on the scoring after that, finding him for an alley-oop that pushed the lead to 101-93 with less than three minutes left.The top-seeded Rockets had their hands full with the No. 8 Timberwolves on a night where Houston made just 10 of 37 3-pointers. Harden made 7 of 12 3-pointers, but Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon and Paul combined to make just 3 of their 22 tries. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Neymar ‘recovering well’ after injury, on course for World Cup ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View commentslast_img read more

Blue Field Comes Alive with First Soccer Tournament

first_imgCheerful football fans are expected to watch the first football tournament after nine months since football activities were banned in July-2014 at the Blue Field in Monrovia.Today at 2:00pm on the Blue Field in the PHP Community, local football giant, BYC I would host Nimba United in the opener of Group A of the Coca-Cola Top 8 Tournament.  In the second derby, Mighty Barrolle, (the Kanyan Pepper Boys) are expected to rub shoulders with LISCR FC at 4:00pm. On Saturday, FC Fassell will host NPA Anchors at 2:00pm in the Group B and IE and Aries will play at 4:00pm. The clash of the titans would be on Sunday, with BYC I and LISCR FC fighting for the top; while Mighty Barrolle and Nimba United will lock horns. Fans are expected to throng the stadium with red, blue, yellow and green shirts and flags. Prior to the opener there will be a formal program. Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe is expected to be in attendance.The 8-day tournament is expected to run from today to Friday, May 8. The winner is expected to pocket US$2,000 and a trophy, while the runner-up would receive US$1,000.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hidalgos celebrate 60 years of marriage

first_imgAfter completing his tour of duty, he worked several years in construction. In 1951 he obtained a job with the city of Los Angeles, where he worked until his retirement in 1978. Toni was born in Glendale in July 1928. She graduated from Glendale High School in 1947. In 1948, Toni and Raul started their family. For the next 30 years, Toni was a homemaker and seamstress. From 1978 until her retirement in 1988 she worked at the Los Angeles Unified School District as a bilingual aide at Roscoe Elementary School in Sun Valley. After retirement, Raul and Toni moved from Sun Valley to Lancaster. They have five children, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Raul Hidalgo posted this story April 9 on the Antelope Valley hub on Raul and Toni Hidalgo will celebrate 60 years of marriage on May 5. In 1944 at Jeffery’s Barn in Burbank, Raul Hidalgo, 20, met Toni Gasca, 16. They were married on May 5, 1947, in Glendale. Raul was born in La Puente in August 1924. He attended North Hollywood High School, was drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1943 and discharged in October 1945. He served more than two years overseas on the island of Luzon, Northern Solomons and New Guinea. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Super Mario: ‘Balotelli is the most rock ‘n’ roll player in the Premier League’

first_img1 Wretch 32 Each week, a band or artist gets to set to in the talkSPORT Q&A hot-seat. And this week it’s Wretch 32…What’s your favourite talkSPORT Show and why?My favourite show is ‘Call Collymore’. I love hearing the fans’ views on the aftermath of the day’s games.talkSPORT gives you your own show, what’s it’s called and what’s it about?Probably been done already. I’ll name it ‘Three or Two Questions’. I’ll have the listeners phone in asking three or two questions they would like to ask their team’s manager.Who are the greatest football team in the land?Has to be Arsenal. Could it be anyone else?Who is the most rock ‘n’ roll player playing the beautiful game right now?Right now it has to be Mario Balotelli. He’s having a rocky time right now at Liverpool.If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup Final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live?Assuming I’m already playing!… I’ll have Coldplay or Oasis. They would both be perfect for an occasion like the FA Cup.Who’s gonna sing the National Anthem?Emeli Sande or Adele. They both have amazing voices and will kill it.What track are the players walking down the tunnel and onto the pitch to?The Black Eyed Peas – Let’s Get It Started.What’s on the stereo in the dressing room to psyche the players up?I’ll have someone mellow like James Blake, maybe ‘Retrograde’. So the players are feeling relaxed before the game.You build your own rock ‘n’ roll five-a-side team, who’s in it?I’ll have Serge from Kasabian,  Chris Martin from Coldplay,  Alex James from Blur/Fat Les, Robbie Williams and my brother Example. We probably won’t win a single game but the music we could make together would be incredible.You get to pick one footballer to work as roadie with your band. Who is it and what do you have them doing?I’ll have Cristiano Ronaldo. I’ll just have him chilling, serving drinks at the bar or something.What’s going on with you as an artist at the moment?At the moment I’m busy doing promo for my new single ‘6 Words’ out on November 16 and gearing up for a big 2015.Wretch 32 releases new single ‘6 Words’ through Ministry Of Sound on 16th November. For more information visit www.wretch32.comlast_img read more


first_imgJohn’s book is to hit shelves in August.Many years after his death, a Donegal poet is helping to raise funds and awareness of a crippling disease.Manorcunningham man John.J. O’Donnell passed away on the 5th of February 1987 aged 26 and ten years after his death John’s family found out that he had died of alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency.The late John J O’Donnell.John wrote many wonderful poems throughout his life, on a range of diverse and interesting topics. And now, after months of hard work, the O’Donnell family are publishing a collection of his poems in his memory.Profits from the book, which will cost €10, will go to the alpha one foundation.In Ireland 15,000 people are severely affected by Alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency with another 250,000 carriers also at risk of lung and liver disease.Alpha1 is of the most common inherited conditions in Ireland but unfortunately the condition is hugely under-diagnosed. Donegal is one of the counties worst affected by the disease.The Alpha One Foundation is dedicated to increasing diagnosis, raising awareness, improving the treatment of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) and it provides a free screening programme for the disease.Further information on the condition can be obtained from or their facebook page “Alpha One Foundation Ireland”.After months of hard work the family are delighted to be launching John’s book on Friday, August 21st, at 8pm in the resource centre in Manorcunninham.The O’Donnell family would like to invite the local community and those from further afield to the event. DONEGAL POET TO HELP OTHERS FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE WITH UNIQUE POETRY COLLECTION was last modified: July 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalJOhn J O’DonnelllaunchManorpoetry collectionlast_img read more

QPR v Bolton: Ramsey makes changes

first_imgChris Ramsey has made four changes for today’s game at Loftus Road.With Charlie Austin and Jamie Mackie both unavailable, the QPR head coach has given Jay Emmanuel-Thomas his first start of the season.Leroy Fer also starts and there are recalls for Grant Hall and Daniel Tozser, with Massimo Luongo, James Perch and Alejandro Faurlin dropped to the bench.Striker Sebastian Polter, fit again after a hamstring injury, is also among the Rangers substitutes.Bolton, meanwhile, welcome back Dorian Dervite after suspension.QPR: Green, Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Konchesky; Tozser, Henry, Phillips, Fer, Chery; Emmanuel-Thomas.Subs: Smithies, Perch, Sandro, Doughty, Luongo, Polter, Faurlin.Bolton: Amos, Pisano, Dervite, Prince, Moxey, Davies, Danns, Pratley, Feeney, Clayton, Madine.Subs: Rachubka, Vela, Spearing, Casado, Wellington, Dobbie, Wheater.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Are Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary?

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img What follows is a reconstruction of Martin Holladay’s keynote address at the Passive House Northwest conference in Olympia, Washington, on March 18, 2011. The piece has been fleshed out somewhat, in light of the fact that the original time constraints no longer apply. For the most part, each paragraph corresponds to one slide of the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. Click here to view the presentation slidesAre Passivhaus requirements logical or arbitrary?Over the last seven years, it’s been exciting to see the Passivhaus standard take root in the U.S., where several dozen Passivhaus buildings have already been built.But it’s important to remember that superinsulated houses are not new. Canadian and American researchers and builders began building superinsulated homes in the late 1970s.My own interest in superinsulation can be traced back to my years as editor of Energy Design Update, a superinsulation newsletter launched by Ned Nisson in 1982. I took over as editor in 2002.In 1985, Ned Nisson and a co-author, Gautam Dutt, published a landmark book, The Superinsulated Home Book.The book emphasized the importance of careful air sealing measures, and it provided details for building double-stud walls, Larsen-truss walls, and foam-sheathed walls. It described the advantages of low-e glazing, argon-gas-filled glazing, and triple-glazed windows.By 1985, superinsulation concepts were well understood. Researchers had studied and quantified air leakage in homes. Books and magazines with superinsulation details were widely available. Builders could buy low-e windows, triple-glazed windows, HRVs, and blower doors. Builders had developed a number of techniques for building homes with very low rates of air leakage. And many successful homes with R-40 walls and R-60 ceilings had already been built.Eleven years after this somewhat arbitrary milestone, Dr. Wolfgang Feist founded the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany, to promote the newly developed Passivhaus standard.During the… last_img read more