Olympic referendum: Shall it be ‘Taiwan’ or ‘Chinese Taipei’

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum A referendum to challenge this will be held in Taiwan on Saturday. It asks if the self-governing island should compete in international sports events — including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — as “Taiwan” instead of “Chinese Taipei.”“We are the sole IOC member banned from using our own country’s name,” said Chi Cheng, a bronze medalist in the 1968 Olympics. “We are the only member who cannot sing our national anthem and fly our national flag. We are the only one. This shows how seriously China is suppressing us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNo matter what voters want, nothing is likely to change.China’s authoritarian government has viewed Taiwan as a renegade province since the two separated in the 1949 civil war. The International Olympic Committee backs China, which will host the 2022 Winter Olympics after spending $40 billion on the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Cleveland thanks LeBron James, who carries Lakers past Cavaliers “People who support changing the name, many of these supporters are pro-independence,” Liao said. “The pro-independence people are feeling upset, so they try to find an opportunity to promote this kind of issue even though they know it may not pass.”China has thwarted Taiwan’s every move to assert its independence, even in the sporting sphere. Earlier this year, Taiwan lost the right to hold the East Asian Youth Games, under reported pressure from China.Taiwan held the Summer University Games last year with about 7,500 athletes. China skipped the opening ceremony, but competed in the events. Athletes from Argentina unfurled Taiwan’s real flag at the closing ceremony, waving an independence symbol that Taiwan athletes are forbidden from displaying.The Argentines were reprimanded for breaking Olympic rules, but warmly applauded inside the stadium.China has warned international airlines and hotels not to use the word “Taiwan” on maps or other material.The referendum needs one-quarter of Taiwan’s 19 million voters to be approved. Liao, the political scientist, doubts it will reach that threshold. If it does, the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee is likely to ask its membership what to do.It risks IOC censure if it moves ahead. The IOC is reported to have warned it at least three times not to proceed. If it backs down, it’s thwarting the democratic will of Taiwan voters.“It’s insulting to us because everyone knows we are Taiwan,” George Chang, the former mayor of Tainan and a referendum organizer, told AP. “Chinese Taipei is not an area or a country. What is Chinese Taipei? Nobody knows. So let Taiwan be Taiwan.”Taiwan participated in the 1972 games as the Republic of China. It boycotted the next several after its United Nations seat was handed to China, returning in 1984 after submitting to the name change and China’s rising clout.Despite the roadblocks, the island of 24 million remains a regional power and placed seventh in the recent Asian Games, fielding a delegation of 550 and boasting stars like badminton’s No. 1-ranked woman Tai Tzu-ying. 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Its executive board repeated that stance in meetings on May 2-3.“The agreement remains unchanged and fully applicable,” the IOC said.That puts the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee in a bind.If the referendum passes, it could be required by Taiwanese law to go ahead with the name change pending approval from the legislature.But in a statement to AP, it said “we are bound by the Olympic Charter, the agreement we signed with the IOC in 1981, and also by the IOC executive board decision.”ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan’s athletes are caught in the middle. Dozens protested Wednesday, fearing they could lose their chance to participate in the Olympics.Even if Taiwan was booted out, the IOC has frequently let athletes compete under an independent Olympic flag.Jacqueline Yi-ting Shen, the secretary general of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, declined to comment for this article. But she spoke about Taiwan’s predicament in an interview with the AP at the Asian Games in August.“This gives us a chance to compete and make our strength known internationally, so we accept the pity that we have to compete under the name of Chinese Taipei,” Shen said.She added: “I’m sure that many people (in Taiwan) feel dismayed. But quite a lot understand that it is the reality in the international sporting realm. If we use our own name, we will lose the chance for our athletes. They will lose the playground, or the showcase they have. The right of our athletes to compete is our utmost concern. And I think most Taiwanese understand that.”Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, told a news conference this month that Taiwan was using the name issue to “politicize” sports. He said the referendum would damage Taiwan’s interests but gave no details of measures Beijing might take.Earlier, China warned that Taiwan would “swallow its own bitter fruit” over the referendum issue.Taiwan’s ruling party, the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party led by President Tsai Ing-wen, has remained largely silent on the name change.“There are international constraints on her (Tsai),” Dachi Liao, who teaches political science at National Sun Yat-sen University, told the AP. “She cannot speak out loudly on this; maybe doing something subtly, but never speaking out.”Liao said the referendum is a proxy vote on independence, and China fears it could echo in the ethnic-minority regions of Tibet and Xinjiang. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this file photo taken Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, Taiwanese athlete Lien Te-An carries the Chinese Taipei flag representing Taiwan during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Taiwan will vote on a referendum this month asking if the self-ruled island should compete as “Taiwan” instead of the present “Chinese Taipei.” This would include the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The controversial referendum has angered China, which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)Athletes from Taiwan compete at the Olympics under the name of a make-believe country: Chinese Taipei. They march behind an imaginary national flag and, if they win a gold medal, hear an “alternate national anthem” being played.Imagine if France or Australia had to use an assumed name at the Olympics, or the United States and Japan were banned from flying their flags.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Alexander C. Huang, who teaches political science at Tamkang University in Taiwan, said the island only faces more isolation if it challenges China.“Taiwan does not have much leverage or support our noble cause, to get our name right or to get our flag flying,” he said. “Maybe in the future … the atmosphere would lead us to that eventual goal. But not now.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Japan 8,060mt Rice Donation to Benefit Farmers

first_imgThe Japanese Government has donated over 8,060 Metric tons of rice to the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Agriculture Ministry. The rice, according to Commerce Minister Axel Addy, is to be sold and proceeds used by the government to improve the livelihood of farmers and citizens as a whole.The donation by the Japanese Government shows another great commitment and continued support that they have made thus far.It can be recalled that recently Japan and Liberia signed a Non-Project Grant Aid valued at 4.2 Million United States Dollars for economic and social development.Presenting the rice to Government yesterday, Japan Ambassador to Liberia, Kaoru Yoshimura said “I am happy to today to hand over the 5th Kennedy Round (KR) food aid weighed 8,060 metric tons of rice to the Government today.”The KR is grant aid provided to developing countries with food shortages for the purpose of buying rice, wheat, maize or other grains.Based on the food aid rules of the International Grain Agreement, which came into effect as part of the Kennedy Round (KR) at the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in 1967, it began in 1968 and is referred to as “KR” because it came out of the Kennedy Round.He said that the donation is to ensure that Liberian get access to health, sufficient and safe food as well as the implementation of projects that will ensure self-reliance in the production of food to achieve food security in Liberia.“The KR food aid donation is materialized as a result of an agreement between the two Governments for the grant of five hundred and ten million Japanese Yen towards the implementation of the food assistant project by the Government of Liberia in November 2013,” said Ambassador Yoshimura.According to him, after few months of hard work on the part of the both governments, “We are finally witnessing the realization of this agreement today and I would like to especially thank the Ministry of Commerce and other related ministries in the country.”Ambassador Yoshimura indicated that the handover ceremony is not the end of the aid, rather the beginning of new development projects but Japan will always remain a true partner to Liberia.“After handling this rice over, the Liberian Government will sell the rice in the market and utilize the proceeds for socio-economic projects which are called counterparts funds projects,” he said.The Japanese Ambassador said that the achievement of the food security is the principle of Japan’s development assistance to Liberia.He said his Government will therefore put a lot of effort into working with Liberia and other organizations across the world to achieve food security.  “Where there is food insecurity,” he said, there is starvation and fear as well as an environment where people are unable to demonstrate their maximum potential for growth and development.”He disclosed that Japan is currently supporting the World Food Program (WFP) food program for vulnerable groups in the country with a grant amount of approximately US$2,837,000.Receiving the rice on behalf of the Liberian Government, Commerce Minister Axel Addy commended the people of Japan for their tireless efforts and support to the Liberian economy.Minister Addy disclosed that the rice donation is not the first as other donations include the construction of bridges as well as assistance with the Mount Coffee Hydro project. “It is a pleasure today to receive another food aid from the government of Japan, this has been a long standing program. Today we have FOUTA, United Commodities Industry (UCI) and all of them are rice importers; all we can say to them is to purchase the rice so that our farmers can be empowered,” he urged.The Commerce Minister then pleaded with consumers to swiftly purchase the rice, which he said will help finance other projects that will empower local farmers in the country.“It’s important that we consumers buy the rice so that local farmers can be empowered and today we can boast that the farmers are empowered through the continued purchasing of rice,” he said.For her part, Agriculture Minister Dr. Florence Chenoweth thanked Japan for the assistance, saying that the impact of the program supports the whole cycle of rice production in Liberia. She noted that though Ebola took away almost everything, the full cycle of support from the Japanese Government must be commended.”However, we will ensure that farmers benefit from the donation,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sentencing looms for man found guilty of raping 7-year-old

first_imgTwenty-five-year-old Rowland Sam was on Monday afternoon found guilty of raping a girl who was just seven years old at the time he committed the act. He was charged with rape of a child under sixteen, and he pleaded not-guilty when the State presented the indictment at the Sexual Offences Court last week. The prosecution’s case detailed that Sam sexually penetrated the young child sometime in the month of January 2015, when he was 22 years old. The jury returned its 10-2 majority verdict after some deliberation, but Sam had little reaction after the jury foreperson announced the decision. Presiding judge Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry delayed sentencing to September 5, 2018 after Sam’s attorney Clyde Forde requested a probation report be prepared for his client. State Counsels Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt prosecuted the case.last_img read more

Fourth Annual Battle of the Peace takes place September 22 in Farmington

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fourth Annual Battle of the Peace Tournament is taking place September 22 in Farmington.The Battle of the Peace is a one-day, two-round Professional Disc Golf Association tournament and this year, it will be a PDGA C-tier event.According to Clint Warkentin, of the FSJ Disc Sports Club, players from the clubs of Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and Grande Prairie come together to compete in this Tournament on a temporary course which is located on neutral grounds.- Advertisement -Warkentin says they set up a temporary course on neutral grounds in order to prevent any team from having a home-field advantage.Also taking part in this year’s Tournament will be 2018 World Champion Disc Golfer, Gregg Barsby during his Peace Region Tour.Additional games in the Tournament will include Ace Pot, Poker Run, and Ring of Fire.Advertisement Registration Fees for the Battle of the Peace range from $35.00 to $60.00, depending on the playing division and PDGA membership status.You can register online or in-person at the Northern Toy Box or at the FSJ Chiropractic Clinic.The Fourth Annual Battle of the Peace Tournament takes place Sunday, September 22 at the Farmington Fairways.For more information, you can call Tournament Director, Daniel Martin, at 780-803-5537.Advertisementlast_img read more

We’re targetting Sunderland record, claims Chelsea star John Terry

first_imgJohn Terry claims Chelsea are targeting a Sunderland record next season!The Black Cats have won six league titles over the course of their history – and the Blues skipper claims the west London club, who won their fifth title this campaign, have set their sights on that achievement.“That’s the target [Sunderland’s league champions haul of six],” he told talkSPORT. “We found at the weekend [against Sunderland] that winning the league this year was just the beginning.“Everyone is going to be up for it and wanting to beat Chelsea next season because we’re champions.“Some of us in the dressing room have experienced that before, and it does make it harder the year after.“We’ll be fully prepared for it though next season.”last_img

WIN FREE TICKETS TO SEE EDDI READER AT AN GRIANAN

first_imgThe Alan Kelly Gang have teamed up with Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and mesmerizing songstress, Eddi Reader, (of Fairground Attraction fame) and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas for a concert at An Grianan Theatre on Saturday 22nd September.And Donegal Daily has a pair of FREE tickets to see the show (see bottom of article for simple details.)The show is an unmissable experience, brimming with powerful instrumentals, alluring songs and magnetic harmonies. Scotland’s The Living Tradition magazine has described it as ‘an astonishing concert’. Since 2005 Alan has toured the world as part of the Eddi Reader Band and recorded on her last four albums.His friendship with Eddi first resulted in a beautiful collaboration on a song penned by John Douglas. The collaborative work ‘I Hung My Harp Upon The Willows’ appears on Alan’s 2009 album,After The Morning, which was named as one of the ‘top ten musical highs of 2009’ by the Irish Times who described it as a “humdinger of a collection”.In 2010, Alan and Eddi joined forces for three Irish festivals, The Cork Folk Festival, Sligo Live and The Galway Artsfestival. Each was a huge success, receiving glowing reviews and propelled the collaboration further onwards.In 2011 the Alan Kelly Gang teamed up with Eddi and John for the beautiful and evocative song, ‘Connemara‘,released on the Alan Kelly Gang’s album, Small Towns and Famous Nights. To book call An Grianan Theatre on 074 91 20777 or go online at angrianan.comBut to win the free tickets just tell us what ‘perfect’ band Eddi Reader topped the charts with? Email info@donegaldaily.com with your name, phone number and answer and we’ll pick your name at random.WIN FREE TICKETS TO SEE EDDI READER AT AN GRIANAN was last modified: September 12th, 2012 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:An griananEddi Reader and the Alan Kelly Gangfree ticketslast_img read more

COURT HEARS LAND BATTLE WAS LIKE SCENE OUT OF ‘THE FIELD’ FILM

first_imgOne of Ireland’s most famous authors, John B Keane, would have travelled to Co Donegal to hear the case of a family split by a contested will of a farm, a court heard today.Nora KellyThe case involving the ownership of a 12 hectare farm at Correnagh, 5kms outside Letterkenny has been heard before Donegal Circuit Civil Court for a total of five days. Claims and counter claims of assault, threats and forced wills have been made between two families, the Kellys and the Gildeas who are both claiming the land.The land was left by Willie John Kennedy when he died in 2007 to his niece Nora Kelly who is claiming ownership of the land.However Mrs Kelly’s mother, 89 year old Nora Gildea claims some of the land should be hers.Mrs Gildea’s two sons, Christopher and Daniel are also claiming ownership of some of the property.Christopher is claiming ownership of all the land while Daniel is claiming ownership of a shed and a small portion of land surrounding it.The Gildeas claim that William John Kennedy never owned the land after he claimed it from their Great Uncle John Kennedy who died in 1937.They contest that the land is theirs as they have been living on it and grazing animals on it for many years.Over the past three days, the court has heard various claims by both sides in the case who sat on opposite sides of the courtroom in Letterkenny. There have also been claims of assault and intimidation.Barrister Peter Nolan for Mrs Kelly claimed his client’s life has been made a “living hell” over the past two years.She had been followed and assaulted and the court also heard how she was on the verge of a “cracking up” after having 26 sessions with a psychiatrist.He said the case was simply in that if Mrs Kelly had been born a man then there would be no case whatever saying it was a case of pure sexism“If John B Keane were alive today he would be here in Donegal writing about this, although the lands involved here are greater than those involving Bull McCabeHe added that the claims of the Gildeas of “adverse possession” because they were on the lands could not be accepted.“I’m using this courtroom for more than 20 years but I’m not going to claim. They were using lands and I say – so what? The bottom line is that that they do not own it,” said Mr Nolan.During the case, tempers became frayed and Judge Mary Faherty asked barrister Peter Nolan to keep the emotion out of the case.“I appreciate this is an emotional case but there are two families involved and it is a difficult case for everyone,” she said.89 yr old Nora Gildea at Letterkenny courthouse yesterday.During cross examination it was put to Mrs Nora Gildea, 89, that she had needlessly brought her daughter Nora to court.The pensioner told the court that she did not want her daughter’s name mentioned to her and swore on two occasions.Barrister Sean MacAodha, instructed by Dan Gildea and Christopher Gildea, dealt with both of his client’s claims separately.He claimed Daniel Gildea had exclusive possession and was in occupation of the shed on the land since 1989.He also claimed that Christopher Gildea had never said his claim was about “adverse possession” through grazing” but related to the family home and the fact that he had worked the land and was involved in a ‘joint operation’ or ‘family operation’ on the named land.Judge Mary Faherty then reserved judgement in the case and said she will contact all parties in the case in June.COURT HEARS LAND BATTLE WAS LIKE SCENE OUT OF ‘THE FIELD’ FILM was last modified: May 16th, 2013 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:COURT HEARS LAND BATTLE WAS LIKE SCENE OUT OF ‘THE FIELD’ FILMlast_img read more

No. 49 Men’s Tennis Earned Wins Over Western Michigan and Michigan State

first_imgMatch Notes:Drake University 8-7; National ranking #49Western Michigan 7-6Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,6,1,2,3,5) Singles competition1. #48 Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Matt Hamilton (WMU) 7-6 (7-3), 7-52. Kennosuke Nouchi (WMU) def. Stride, Ben (DU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-43. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Matej Svjetlicic (WMU) 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-44. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Maik Steiner (WMU) 6-2, 6-15. Thorold, Barnaby (DU) def. Eric Olivarez (WMU) 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5)6. Jannik Opitz (WMU) def. Wood, Ben (DU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 #49 Drake University 4, Western Michigan 3March 12, 2017 at East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility) WMU took the lead the final time, 3-2, with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win at No. 2 The Bulldogs travel to San Diego, Calif. for the San Diego Spring Tournament on March 16-19. Calum MacGeoch tied the match up at 3-3 with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win at No. 3 victory over Matej Svjetlicic. “Today was a very tough and challenging day for the team. We found a way to gut out and steal a comeback win over Western Michigan,” Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said. “That morning win really propelled the team to a great effort win over Michigan State in the afternoon. Hopefully, team has gained a bit of confidence as we head to San Diego.” Doubles competition1. Daniel Loebel/Kennosuke Nouchi (WMU) def. Philips, Bayo/Wood, Ben (DU) 6-32. Maik Steiner/Matt Hamilton (WMU) vs. Hands, Tom/Gillespie, Vinny (DU) unfinished3. Jannik Opitz/Eric Olivarez (WMU) def. Stride, Ben/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-4 Freshman Barny Thorold sealed the comeback victory with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 win over Eric Olivarez at No. 5 singles. The Bulldogs began their day against Western Michigan and dropped the doubles point. Tom Hands got Drake on the board with a 6-2, 6-1 over Maik Steiner at No. 4 singles. The Broncos regained the lead after win at No. 6. Vinny Gillespie defeated Matt Hamilton 7-6 (3), 7-5 at No. 1 to tie the match up at 2-2. In the nightcap, the Bulldogs put together a dominating performance over Michigan State. Drake jumped out to a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point.  Doubles competition1. Philips, Bayo/Thorold, Barnaby (DU) def. Michael Dube/Jasper Koenen (MSU) 6-32. Doug Francken/Billy Shisler (MSU) vs. Gillespie, Vinny/Hands, Tom (DU) 3-5, unfinished3. MacGeoch, Calum/Wood, Ben (DU) def. Alexander Kim/Brett Forman (MSU) 6-4 Thorold extended the Bulldogs’ lead to 2-0 with a convincing 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 4, while Ben Clark cruised past Colin Harvey 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6. MacGeoch clinched the sweep with his 6-3, 6-4 win over Michael Dube at No. 2. Match Notes:Drake 9-7; National ranking #49Michigan State University 9-6Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,6,2)  #49 Drake 4, Michigan State University 0March 12, 2017 at East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility) EAST LANSING, Mich. – The 49th-ranked Drake University men’s tennis team earned a pair of victories, beating Western Michigan, 4-3, and Michigan State, 4-0, on Sunday at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. Singles competition1. Brett Forman (MSU) vs. #48 Gillespie, Vinny (DU) 5-7, 4-5, unfinished2. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Michael Dube (MSU) 6-3, 6-43. Jasper Koenen (MSU) vs. Hands, Tom (DU) 7-6, 2-5, unfinished4. Thorold, Barnaby (DU) def. Alexander Kim (MSU) 6-1, 6-25. Ivan Rakic (MSU) vs. Philips, Bayo (DU) 6-7, 2-3, unfinished6. Clark, Ben (DU) def. Colin Harvey (MSU) 6-4, 6-2  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Peter King issues a P.S. on 49ers — Saints likely to be better when Brees returns

first_imgAlways read the fine print.On Monday, NFL savant Peter King gushed over the 49ers, especially the team’s defense, in the wake of their resounding triumph over the Rams.On Tuesday, King appeared on 95.7 The Game’s Damon, Ratto and Kolsky show and dropped a well-considered qualifier.The only NFC team better than the 49ers, King opined, is the New Orleans Saints once quarterback Drew Brees returns from his right thumb injury. Hear it for yourself:“I think the only team right now …last_img