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Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 13:41
Now that John Groot has finished walking 1,200km around Taiwan’s coastline, he can rest his feet and autograph a few books. Groot will be at the Lei Gallery in Taichung tomorrow to sign copies of his new book, Taiwanese Feet: My walk around Taiwan. It’s the last stop on a summer book tour that included events in the Taipei area and Kaohsiung. Starting in 2006, Groot set out to walk clockwise around the island. Instead of doing it as a single trek, he broke it up into mostly day hikes and weekend outings. In all, it took him 83 days, spanning.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 13:41
Lyft Inc posted a loss of US$437.1 million during the second quarter, when the COVID-19 outbreak led many people to stay home and few were eager to use its ride-hailing service. The San Francisco-based company’s revenue slumped to US$339.3 million in the April-to-June period, down 61 percent from the same period last year, the company said on Wednesday. Its number of active riders declined 60 percent during the quarter, as people shied away from traveling in shared vehicles. "The facts of COVID-19 have been severe for our society and economy, as well as our own business," cofounder and CEO Logan Green told a.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 13:41
Japanese couple Rikiya and Ayumi Kataoka had their honeymoon wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, but their resourcefulness in enforced exile in Cape Verde has won them appointments as ambassadors for its Olympic team. The Kataokas had completed a third of their round-the-world trip when a suspension in long-haul flights stranded them for five months in the archipelago of 10 tiny islands off the coast of West Africa. Unable to resume their journey to Europe and then home to Japan, and unwilling to head to the African mainland, where virus cases are spiking, they had to trade their skills with domestic businesses to.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:37
Satellite imagery suggests flooding in North Korea might have damaged pump houses connected to the country’s main nuclear facility, a US-based think tank said yesterday. Analysts at 38 North, a Web site that monitors North Korea, said commercial satellite imagery showed how vulnerable the Nyongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center’s nuclear reactor cooling systems are to extreme weather events. The Korean Peninsula has been hammered by one of the longest rainy spells in recent history, with floods and landslides causing damage and deaths in both North and South Korea. Nyongbyon, on the bank of the Kuryong River about 100km north of Pyongyang, is home.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:37
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said his relationship with US President Donald Trump was like a "fantasy film," according to the publishers of a new book on Trump set to unveil 25 private letters exchanged between the two leaders. The relationship has been a key driver of diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang, veering from mutual insults and threats of war to a declaration of love from Trump. In the letters obtained by US investigative journalist Bob Woodward, "Kim describes the bond with Trump as out of a ‘fantasy film,’ as the two leaders engage in an extraordinary diplomatic minuet," publishing house Simon.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:37
Your body is floating in a warm, blue bath, neither sinking nor rising. Sunlight shimmers on the white sand below as a sea turtle drifts by. You feel your heart beating slowly and a profound sense of calm floods your mind. The figures floating at the surface seem distant, as if from a different world. Down here, there is just you, your mind, your body, and the water. In this calm, timeless moment, you have glimpsed infinity... you are freediving. The next time you find yourself on Siaoliouciou (小琉球), or on Green Island (綠島), or at any number of popular snorkeling.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:37
To begin, I have to admit that it took every iota of willpower not to do a bit where I submitted a list of 10 of my own tweets but I imagine the kind editors and readers of the Guardian absolutely do not want that. In the end, these are the pieces that I could guarantee would always pull me out of a foul mood and make me laugh out loud. This was an eye-opening experiment for me. I’d like to think of my comedic sensibilities as sophisticated, if a little gentle. Turns out that’s wrong. What really makes me laugh.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:37
French luxury brand Cartier is facing online mockery in China over a Valentine-themed advertisement that appears to show a gay couple who are described in a caption as depicting "father-son" love. Cartier posted a video on Sina Weibo this week promoting its "Trinity" ring, which the brand described in the video’s caption as representing the "bond of love" — ahead of Qixi Festival, or Lovers’ Day, which falls on Aug. 25 this year. The video showed groups of people laughing and embracing each other, including a man and a woman holding hands, two women lying on the ground together, and two.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:37
Malaysia has rejected China’s expansive maritime claims in the South China Sea in a rare public rebuke of its largest trading partner. The government two weeks ago made a submission to the UN on its rights over the remaining portion of a continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles (370km) from the country’s baselines, Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hishammuddin Hussein told parliament yesterday. It was in response to a similar claim China made to the UN on Dec. 12 last year, he said. "Malaysia opposes China’s claim that they have historic rights over those waters," Hishammuddin said.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:37
Four bones found on a beach on the Isle of Wight, off England’s south coast, belong to a new species of theropod dinosaur, the group that includes Tyrannosaurus rex, researchers at the University of Southampton said on Wednesday. The new dinosaur, which has been named Vectaerovenator inopinatus, lived in the Cretaceous period 115 million years ago and was estimated to have been up to 4m long, the palaeontologists said. The name refers to the large air spaces found in the bones, which were discovered last year on the foreshore at Shanklin, a seaside resort on the island. The air sacs, which are also.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:37
A sharp escalation in tensions with the US has stoked fears in China of a deepening financial war that could result in it being shut out of the global US dollar system — a devastating prospect once considered far-fetched, but now not impossible. Chinese officials and economists have in the past few months been unusually public in discussing worst-case scenarios under which China is blocked from US dollar settlements, or Washington freezes or confiscates a portion of China’s huge US debt holdings. Those concerns have galvanized some in Beijing to revive calls to bolster the yuan’s global clout as it looks to.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:37
A: After registering at the emergency room, we had to wait three hours before we were able to see a doctor. B: Was that because they were busy dealing with COVID-9 cases? A: No, I asked a nurse and she told me they were still treating the injured from an earlier multiple-vehicle collision. B: If it were me, I would have been freaking out about catching COVID-19, cooped up inside a hospital for that long. A: Huh?
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:37
BHUTAN. Nation goes into lockdown. The Himalayan kingdom has imposed its first nationwide lockdown due to a COVID-19 infection in a returning traveler who had been released from quarantine. The government issued a stay-at-home order for its approximately 750,000 people, and all schools, offices and commercial establishments were closed. The lockdown would be enforced from five to 21 days “to identify and isolate all positive cases, immediately breaking the chain of transmission,” a government statement said. CHINA. Flood damage at US$25bn. Summer floods have left 219 people dead or missing, destroyed 54,000 homes and caused US$25 billion in direct damage, Vice Minister.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:36
As a domestic worker, Amsale Hailemariam knew from the inside out the luxury villas that had grown up around her simple shelter of raw metal and plastic sheeting. In them, she saw how her country, Ethiopia, had transformed. The single mother told herself: “Oh God, a day will come when my life will be changed, too.”The key lay in her daughter, just months from a career in public health, who studied how to battle the illnesses of want and hunger. Then a virus mentioned in none of her textbooks arrived, and dreams faded for families and entire countries, like theirs. Decades of.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:36
SOCCER. Players booed for kneeling. Players from FC Dallas and Nashville SC on Wednesday night faced a smattering of boos when they collectively took a knee during the US national anthem before their Major League Soccer game in Frisco, Texas. Dallas defender Reggie Cannon said he was disgusted by the boos at Toyota Stadium when players and officials knelt to call attention to racial injustice. He said teammate Ryan Hollingshead turned to him afterward and said he was sorry. “You can’t even have support from your own fans in your own stadium. It’s baffling to me,” Cannon said. “As a team we.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:36
Former Pacific Distribution Investment Co chairman Lee Heng-lun (李恆隆), a key figure in the Pacific Sogo Department Store investigation, on Aug. 1 was brought in by the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office for a second round of questioning. Aked about allegations that he bribed legislators, Lee said: “This is a creditor-debtor relationship. It is natural to see loans and payments.”Lee’s statement on live television sealed the fate of legislators Su Chen-ching (蘇震清), of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and Chen Chao-ming (陳超明) and Sufin Siluko (廖國棟), of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), who have been questioned by prosecutors in the probe.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:36
Iranian special forces boarded a tanker in international waters for between four and five hours on Wednesday before releasing it, according to a US official familiar with the matter. Two Iranian ships were in the vicinity when the personnel roped down from a helicopter onto the Wila, a Liberian-flagged chemicals and oil-products tanker, at about 5:30pm, said the official, asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak publicly. The Wila was in the Gulf of Oman and about 32km from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the official said. It passed through the Strait of Hormuz, a critical choke-point.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:36
Since the death of former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) on July 31, some people have been calling for the government to establish a “Lee Teng-hui library” as a permanent memorial. Some have proposed using the US’ presidential libraries as a model to follow, overlooking Taiwan’s lack of a legal framework for establishing such institutions. In 2005, Academia Historica, under then-president Chang Yen-hsien (張炎憲), cooperated with Lee’s think tank, Taiwan Advocates, to work out how to raise funds in accordance with the Act for Promotion of Private Participation in Infrastructure Projects (促進民間參與公共建設法). The organizations obtained a plot of land in Danhai New Town.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:36
Washington has gradually realized that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) seeks to challenge global democratic values and US supremacy. As a result, US officials have set to work to “clean the stables.”These measures include investigating US academics who have participated in China’s Thousand Talents Program and increased vigilance toward Chinese immigrants and students studying in the US. The US Department of Homeland Security has established a China Working Group tasked with defending against Chinese malicious activity within its borders. Since taking office, US President Donald Trump has gradually cleared out pro-China personnel within the US Department of State who were opposing.
Taipei Times (Taiwan) 08/13/2020 12:36
Patrice Bergeron on Wednesday scored early in the second overtime and the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in Game 1 of their first-round series that was postponed 15 hours to a rare late-morning start. The game scheduled for 8pm on Tuesday started the next day at 11am after the Columbus Blue Jackets-Tampa Bay Lightning series opener went into overtime five times. The Hurricanes-Bruins game was not the same marathon with Bergeron scoring 1:13 into the second extra period, but it had plenty of theater from Carolina’s surprise scratches to a controversial goal and video review. Joel Edmundson, who was not with.

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