February 6, 2016 |
TAIPEI, Taiwan - A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, toppling at least one high-rise residential building and trapping people inside. A news agency reported that 120 were rescued. Firefighters scrambled to the site with ladders, cranes and other equipment and pulled survivors from the building in the southern city of Tainan, footage from local TV broadcasters showed. It was unclear how many people were trapped inside. Some reports said dozens or scores of people might have been in the building at the time of the collapse.
November 29, 2015 |
Joe McGrath is senior vice president of the home store division for Reading-based Boscov's. He is charged with buying anything for the home to stock all 44 Boscov's stores regionally. He said about 25 percent of the products he orders come from China, where "the quality and workmanship has improved. " Retailers, vendors, and merchants are taking note of what appears to be a thawing of relations between China and Taiwan. Some say the meeting between the leaders of both this month - viewed by some as détente, though it's too early to call it that - could mean better economic ties between the two and steady prices on products, such as clothes and electronics, that are made in both.
November 9, 2015 |
Several business operators in the city's Chinatown district Saturday praised the warming relations between China and Taiwan. "It is good for peace," said Joan Zhong, 41, who moved from mainland China to Brooklyn, then to Philadelphia's Chinatown, where she has been managing Legend Furniture on Arch Street for the last six years. "And it is good for business. When you have more of a relationship, you open doors for more business. " Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou met for the first time on Saturday, on neutral ground in a hotel ballroom in the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore.
November 16, 2014 |
One recent morning, Susanna Foo could be found, bundled in a quilted jacket, picking out boxes of butternut squash, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes at the chilly wholesale produce market in Southwest Philadelphia. The weekly shopping dates to her days on Walnut Street, when for 25 years her eponymous restaurant was the toast of the town. She'd pioneered a new cuisine, a blend of Chinese sensibility and French technique. And even after decamping five years ago to a cafe in suburban Radnor, she remains picky about her vegetables.
May 16, 2014 |
Lily Yeh folds her hands on the small dining table in her tiny Philadelphia townhouse, drops her forehead to her ropy knuckles, and weeps. It is not unusual to see Yeh, 73, overcome with feeling. Since cofounding the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia in 1989, she has made it her mission to bring creativity and art to broken communities. More often than not, she grieves for others' pain and finds joy in their successes. Her tears this time, however, are not for the neglected children of drug addicts in the city, or victims of genocide in Rwanda, or orphans in China, or the poor in Kenya, Palestinian areas, Ecuador, and India - all of whom have moved and inspired her. No, this time, the pain is personal.
June 21, 2013
After putting up some eye-popping numbers with Taiwan's EDA Rhinos (.352 average 43 RBIs, 8 homers in 49 games), Manny Ramirez figures it's time for the big leagues. The Rhinos said they tried to keep Ramirez (promising to raise his monthly pay from $25,000 to almost $60,000, which is a lot of money in the Chinese Professional Baseball League) but the 41-year-old, 12-time all-star said he missed his family. He left Taiwan and was to arrive in New York on Friday. "This whole thing with Manny in Taiwan was a phenomenon.
June 16, 2013 |
There were moments in Cheng-Tsung Pan's U.S. Open round of 75 Saturday - such as the double-bogey on 14 or the blown par putt a hole later - when another golfer might have wilted, even snapped. But his father raised him to be tougher than that. When Pan was a golf-crazy 8-year-old on Taiwan, his dad would drop him off at the gate to their local course and have the youngster run the three miles to the clubhouse. He wanted his son to learn about golf in any weather condition. So when a typhoon struck the Asian island nation, they played in it. "His dad pushed him hard.
May 28, 2013 |
When Martin Rawls-Meehan started making adjustable beds in 2004, it was a foregone conclusion that key parts would be made overseas. It was cheaper to manufacture in Taiwan than in the United States, and from Taiwan it was easier to ship to customers in Asia. But this year, Rawls-Meehan's company, Reverie, began making some beds in their entirety at a factory in New York. "Shipping costs are tremendous," he said, soaring between 50 percent and 60 percent since the company was founded.
March 11, 2013
Team USA was down by 3-2 in the eighth inning against Canada on Sunday when Adam Jones doubled in the tying and go-ahead runs en route to a 9-4 win that sent the Americans to the second round of the World Baseball Classic. The United States finished Group D play at 2-1, tied with upstart Italy, which lost to the Americans, 6-2, on Saturday. In other WBC action Sunday, Venezuela beat Spain, 11-6, for a win that means very little since the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico finished ahead of both in Group C, which some wags have called the "Group of Death.
March 10, 2013
Ordinarily, we at Touch 'Em All stay away from novelty sports like the World Baseball Classic, but when the Romans win their second game in a row - on a mercy ruling, no less - we have to write something. Italy routed Canada, 14-4, Friday in Phoenix to improve to 2-0 in group play. The game was called after Italy scored five times in the eighth to make it a 10-run game. Italy takes on Team USA on Saturday. The Italians are the reigning European champion, so it's hard to malign their victory - even if they did began as a 100-1 choice to win it all. By the way, Italy's only other win in the classic came in 2009 . . . against Canada.