The jerseys feature the magpie
The national women’s football team are due to take the pitch this month at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in India, dressed in uniforms designed around a Formosa blue magpie motif, the emblem of the Chinese Taipei Football Association. “The blue magpie has strong vitality, strong adaptability and adheres to the idea of mutual support, which is the spirit of our football team,” said designer Hsiao Ching-lun (蕭景倫) of Plugin Branding and Visual Marketing Integration. . The blue jersey, which features short, thin white and red streaks on the sleeves, also includes a feather pattern mimicking those of a real blue magpie, he told a press conference last month. The team is a three-time Asian champion, winning the title in 1977, 1979 and 1981.
Hualien at the top of the resort choices
Seven of the 10 properties selected in an online survey as the country’s finest resort hotels are in Hualien and Nantou counties, two of the country’s top vacation destinations, according to a survey by ezTravel. The travel agency last month selected the 10 finest resort hotels and 10 finest metro hotels based on an online vote of 150,000 people and weighted judgments from 1,000 frequent travelers. Four of the top resort hotels selected were in Hualien County: Promisedland Resort & Lagoon Hotel, Grand Cosmos Resort Ruisui Hotel, Hualien Farglory Hotel and Gaeavilla Resort. Three others – Le Midi Hotel Chitou, Hotelday Plus Sun Moon Lake and Fleur de Chine Hotel – are located in Nantou County. The Royal Chiaohsi Hotel in Yilan County, the Fullon Hotel Tamsui Fishermen’s Wharf in New Taipei City and the Uni-Resort in Tainan were also selected.
Contraband cigarettes seized
Coastguards on Sunday seized about 222,000 packets of contraband cigarettes, with an estimated market value of NT $ 14 million (US $ 506,659), from a fishing boat in Keelung. The vessel was searched after entering the fishing port of Badouzi (八斗子 漁港) around 6 a.m. Authorities found 444 boxes, each containing 500 packs of cigarettes, bearing the markings “Burton” and “Modeng,” said the Taipei Coast Guard investigative branch. The cigarettes were found in a hidden storage area on the boat, he said. The Keelung City Government confiscated the cigarettes, while the ship’s captain, surnamed Chang (張), and crew are to be investigated and prosecuted for violating administration law tobacco and alcohol (菸酒 管理 法).
The CPBL will start in April
The new CPBL professional baseball league season is set to begin in early April, with defending champions CTBC Brothers welcoming last year’s runner-up, CPBL Commissioner Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said. Speaking after a team general manager meeting on Wednesday, Tsai said the CPBL was due to start on April 2 with the Taichung-based Brothers at home against the Tainan Uni-President Lions. Other important dates for the new season include July 15, the start of the second half of the CPBL season, and July 30 and 31, the weekend dates for the CPBL All-Star Game, Tsai said, adding that the post-season is Oct 29-Nov 1, with the Taiwanese series starting Nov 5. The new season would introduce a mandatory playoff series, and the half-season winner with the highest winning percentage would go straight to the Taiwanese series.
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