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QINGDAO, May 2 (Xinhua) - Swiss yacht Alinghi won three first prizes out of six rounds on Monday, nailing its victory in the Qingdao events of the 2016 ISAF Extreme Sailing Series.

Leading in the first two days, Alinghi scored a match-high 68 points on Monday, although it only ranked fourth in the last round with double points.

"Our team work was perfect, so I could focus on steering to make the yacht sail as fast as possible," said Arnaud Psarofaghis, skipper of Alinghi.

"With powerful wind, our yacht flied for a few times as it had been expected. I hope we could do better in Cardiff of Britain in June," said Arnaud Psarofaghis.

The One from China ranked seventh in the Qingdao events. "It feels great to make our yacht fly today," said Liu Xue, a Chinese sailor of the One.

The Act 2 of the 2016 ISAF Extreme Sailing Series takes place in Qingdao from April 29 to May 2.

The first Act was held in Muscat of Oman in March, and the eight yachts will compete in Cardiff of Britain, Hamburg of Germany, St. Petersburg of Russia, Istanbul of Turkey, Lisbon of Portugal and Sydney of Australia after Qingdao events.

It marks the 10th anniversary of the ISAF Extreme Sailing Series this year, which has visited Qingdao six times in a row.

TOKYO, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Japan's top government spokesman said Monday that any punishment for new Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike's defiance of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) would primarily lie with the party's Tokyo chapter.

Yoshihide Suga, chief cabinet secretary, told a press conference Monday that he was sorry for the defeat of former internal affairs minister Hiroya Masuda who was backed by Japan's ruling coalition in Sunday's Tokyo gubernatorial race.

Regarding Yuriko Koike's running the race without party consent, Suga, also an LDP lawmaker, said any punishment would primarily lie with the LDP Tokyo chapter.

He also said it was necessary to work with Koike to ensure the success of the 2020 Olympics. "We need to coordinate (with the governor) for the good of the nation's people," he said.

Hakubun Shimomura, special adviser to LDP president and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said Monday that Koike's run was an "anti-party act" and that the party will hold a committee meeting to debate possible punishment such as expulsion from the LDP.

Koike, however, pledged Monday to work with the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly members to achieve her policy goals, while the assembly is dominated by the ruling LDP and its partner Komeito.

64-year-old Koike, former lawmaker with the ruling LDP, won Sunday's Tokyo gubernatorial race by a large margin without endorsement of her party and became Tokyo's first female governor.

DUBLIN, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Ireland was in talks with U.S. tech firm Apple over setting up an escrow account for the 13 billion euros (13.9 billion U.S. dollars) the European Commission (EC) says is due to Ireland in back taxes, pending the outcome of an appeal against the EC's ruling, a cabinet minister said on Thursday.

"Irish officials are currently negotiating the terms of such an escrow fund which may be established by a commercial contract with Apple, subject to the views of the Commission," Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan said in an address to parliament.

In August last year, the EC ruled that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to 13 billion euros to Apple, saying that "selective treatment" allowed Apple to pay a tax rate of 1 percent on EU profits in 2003 down to 0.005 percent in 2014.

In response to the ruling, the Irish government decided to appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

"Obviously, the terms of such an escrow fund are subject to confidential and commercially sensitive considerations and as a result I will not be able to discuss them at this time," he said.

In his address, Noonan argued that it is simply untrue that Ireland provided favorable treatment to Apple. He said that the EC is undermining the fundamental principle of international tax: that tax should be paid where the value is created.

He also said that in the ruling, the EC is attempting to rewrite Irish corporation tax legislation. "The government is of the view that there was no breach of state aid rules in this case and that the legislative provisions were correctly applied," Noonan said.

"By appealing the decision, the government is taking the necessary course of action to vigorously defend the Irish position," he said.

"Ireland has done nothing wrong here. We have a proven track record in international tax reform and a strong commitment to meeting the best international standards," he added.

At the center of the Apple controversy are two of the company's subsidiaries, Apple Operations Europe and Apple Sales International.

These firms were registered in Ireland, however, they were controlled in the United States where they held their board meetings. Revenue taxed the companies on the basis of their activities in Ireland, however, the EC says both companies should have been taxed by Ireland on the basis of their worldwide income.

BEIJING cheap adidas superstar supercolor , Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Beijing adopted an anti-smoking legislation on Friday, vowing to ban smoking in all indoor public places cheap adidas superstar slip on , workplaces and public transport vehicles.

The draft regulation was passed by vote at a meeting of the Standing Committee of Beijing Municipal People's Congress. It is scheduled to become effective on June 1 next year.

According to the bill, smoking is also prohibited in open-air space in kindergartens cheap adidas superstar foundation , schools, child welfare institutions cheap adidas neo shoes , women and children's hospitals, fitness and sports venues , and cultural relic protection sites that are open to the public.

Tobacco advertisements are not allowed to appear outdoors, in public.
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