May 13, 2013 |
For all the anguish he caused, there were moments when Manny Ramirez was a unique, irresistible, almost childlike force. That would be the Manny who was electric at the plate, and jovial and carefree in the clubhouse. Not the drug-busted, non-talking, non-producing Manny. But when he was going good, there was no one like him, neither via his baseball prowess or special antics on and off the field. Ramirez, who turns 41 on May 30, is not willing to give up the ghost just yet. After failing to hook up with the Oakland Athletics last season, he is now playing baseball in Taiwan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1995
Jim Mann's April 17 column, "Taiwanese Opposition's Independence Drive Shows Need for New U.S. Policy" was a superb review of the current situation between the U.S. and Taiwan. It reflects the ambiguity and contradiction inherent in U.S. policy toward Asia. Taiwan has traditionally been seen as a pawn in the international game of superpowers. In the anti-Communist fervor during the beginning phases of the Cold War, U.S. military and economic aid to Taiwan propped up the authoritarian dictatorship that claimed sovereignty over China.
April 16, 2006 |
China announced tariff cuts on imports of fruit and fish from Taiwan, offering the self-ruled island new trade concessions in an effort to boost sentiment for uniting with the communist mainland. The announcement came during a visit to Beijing by Taiwan's former opposition leader, who is calling for increased trade ties. Beijing is trying to isolate Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian. The two sides split amid civil war in 1949 and have no official relations.
July 9, 2005 |
The original settlers of the Polynesian islands were longtime residents of Taiwan, not migrants from China who used Taiwan as a staging point before traveling deeper into the Pacific Ocean, according to a study published Monday. Researchers studied the DNA of nine indigenous Taiwanese tribes and found they shared three specific genetic mutations with today's Polynesians.
August 13, 2009 |
Taiwan's military airlifted survivors from remote mountain villages devastated by mudslides triggered by last weekend's Typhoon Morakot, and announced today that it was sending an additional 4,000 soldiers to help with the rescue effort. The new troops will join the more than 10,000 soldiers already racing to save thousands of survivors stranded in several villages in the island's south, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. Rescue efforts have been slow because many bridges and roads to hard-hit villages collapsed or were washed out by raging floodwaters.
February 3, 2007 |
Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee grew up in Taiwan and started his career there. Now he wants to give back to its movie industry. He and younger brother and fellow filmmaker Lee Kang have started a program to cultivate Taiwanese directors by financing them and providing help in marketing, Lee Kang said Friday. "Nowadays directors have to do everything -- raising money, writing the script, securing government grants, shooting, producing and marketing," he said.
December 22, 1997 |
German chemical maker Bayer has dropped plans to build a $1.48-billion plant in Taiwan, but the island nation said it is expecting other overseas companies to invest $1.5 billion next year. U.S., French, Swiss and German firms are planning up to 11 large investments, the Economics Ministry said. It said details would remain confidential until deals were signed. Bayer's announcement Friday came after 18 months of delays and a county-government decision to subject the plant to a public referendum.
July 13, 1987 |
Tu Ai-yi of Taiwan ended four months of frustration as she captured her first golf victory of the season Sunday by winning the Hokkaido Open. It was her first victory of the year. First place was worth $26,700 for Tu, the leading money-winner on the Japan Ladies Professional Golfers Assn. tour for five consecutive seasons. It was her 43rd triumph in Japan. Tu took the lead after the second round and was one shot in front at the start of the final round.
December 16, 2002 |
Taiwan's government today will try for the fifth time this year to auction a stake in Chunghwa Telecom Co. to help plug a budget deficit. Investors predict another flop. The problem: The government wants to sell 13.5% of the island's biggest phone company at higher than market value. The government is seeking institutional or strategic investors to buy 1.3 billion shares at a minimum price of $1.84 billion. That's $1.42 a share, 1.7% more than the average price in the last six months and 1.
December 8, 1991
The oversimplified conclusion of letting the market work and letting the government of Taiwan buy 40% of McDonnell Douglas is typical of the self-serving elitist thinking that is continuing to cause our country's slide into manufacturing oblivion. In no way do the columnists want the U.S. government to underwrite the $2 billion necessary but they don't see the danger of a foreign government doing so. Why don't these great thinkers at the RAND Corp. put their efforts into how the U.S. can put a stop to the continuing erosion of our industrial base with the corresponding decent-paying job loss?