Nanya Technology said robust demand for gaming PCs and corporate notebook computers would support prices. Mobile DRAM prices are increase at a quarterly pace of 3 percent this quarter in tandem with weaker-than-expected demand for mobile phones in China, after the prices surged 5 to 20 percent in the final quarter of last year, TrendFroce said. Samsung is expected to produce more DRAM on cost-saving and advanced 18-nanometer technology, the researcher said. The South Korean firm commanded 46 percent of the world’s DRAM market last quarter. Nanya Technology is expected to see higher profit margin this quarter, compared with 38.9 percent last quarter, thanks to a faster-than-expected technology upgrade to 20-nanometer technology, TrendForce said.

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By Kuo Chia-erh / Staff reporterFormosa Plastics Corp (FPC, 台塑), the nation’s largest producer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), forecast that PVC prices in Asia would remain at relatively high levels this quarter thanks to rising demand from India, a company official said earlier this month. India’s demand this year for building materials is expected to grow significantly, given the country’s strong economic growth, Formosa Plastics chairman and president Jason Lin (林健男) told an earnings conference in Taipei. PVC prices in India rose above US$1,030 per tonne last week, an increase of US$10 per tonne from the previous week, online petrochemical information Web site Polymerupdate reported. The temporary shutdown for maintenance is to affect nearly 4 percent of Asia’s total PVC production volume, Formosa Plastics said. The company’s PVC sales volume last month increased by 31,000 tonnes from a year earlier, while sales of polyethylene and polypropylene rose by 17,000 tonnes and 30,000 tonnes respectively.

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By Lin Yan-tung and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writerPeople should not feed their dogs traditional Lunar New Year dishes, as they contain ingredients that might cause illness or event death in dogs, a Taitung-based veterinarian said. Feeding dogs those treats might also cause pancreatic inflammation or breathing problems, Liu added. The fibers in these vegetables are also too coarse for dogs to digest and might cause problems in their digestive tracts, he added. Fruits are also off-limits for dogs, as the large amounts of natural sugars in fruits might cause diabetes in dogs, Liu said. Discarded food, such as corn cobs, can cause serious injury in dogs that try to eat them whole, he added.

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By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterTo mark the beginning of spring showers, Council of Agriculture Minister Lin Tsung-hsien (林聰賢) yesterday led council officials in planting rice seedlings at a field in Yilan County. According to the 24 solar terms (二 十 四節氣) that farmers in ancient China used to guide their agricultural activities, spring showers present a good time for plowing fields and sowing seeds, as the weather becomes warmer and rainfall increases. This year’s spring showers started yesterday and continue until the beginning of next month. The council on Monday last week launched new guidelines that clarify identity qualifications and requirements for insurance application to help underprivileged farmers receive insurance coverage. People working in agricultural production can file an application for insurance with local farmers’ associations by presenting the required documentation, the council said.

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By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterSix people were injured on Saturday when a joss paper brazier collapsed at Gaoshanyen Fude Temple (高山巖福德宮) in Pingtung County’s Hengchun Township (恆春). Six people who were standing by the brazier were injured by flames and embers, and were taken to the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Hengchun Tourism Hospital. One of the patients, a 48-year-old woman, was on Sunday intubated due to aspiration pneumonia, Huang said. She also had second-degree burns on both forearms, her chest, face and neck, Huang said, adding that the patient’s tubes had been removed as of noon yesterday. A five-year-old boy sustained second-degree burns on approximately 10 percent of his body and was hospitalized.

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Daan-Wenshan is widely viewed as a KMT stronghold, with the pan-blue camp occupying eight out of 12 city councilor seats in the constituency before the death of then-Taipei city councilor Lee Hsin (李新) last year. In Songshan-Xinyi, the KMT has five out of 10 seats, while the DPP has four and the Republican Party has one. “Having a high visibility is what matters most, whether you are nominated by a big political party or a small one,” Miao said. “As the city council elections take the form of plurality-at-large voting, the third political force should find strength in unity,” she said. “My aim is to wipe out the KMT and supervise the ruling party.”If elected, Miao said she would focus on supervising Taipei’s education and public housing policies.

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Reuters, PARISFrench couture house Chanel has taken a minority stake in London-based online retailer Farfetch, as part of a tie-up to develop digital services such as chats to connect the label’s clients with store assistants, the companies said yesterday. Luxury goods companies worldwide are trying to expand their digital services to court younger or more tech-savvy clients. Under the new deal, the label would not sell its wares through Farfetch, but would work with the platform in coming years on digital innovations linked to customer services, Chanel fashion president Bruno Pavlovsky said. The firm has also invested in developing digital functions for stores, which can be adapted to suit its partners. It sells cosmetics, eyeglasses and perfumes online, but says releasing other items on the Web would make them less exclusive.

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By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterSeveral traffic accidents were reported yesterday on the Sun Yat-sen Freeway (Freeway No. 1) as northbound Lunar New Year holiday traffic reached a peak, worsening the congestion, with heavy traffic expected to last until midnight, the Freeway Bureau said. 1, the Formosa Freeway (Freeway No. 3) and the Chiang Wei-shui Memorial Freeway (Freeway No. The bureau’s high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) policy — which requires cars to have at least three passengers — was put into effect for northbound cars on Freeways No.

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The US-based firm — valued at about US$31 billion — is part of a growing drive to root out modern slavery from the hospitality sector, mainly the sexual exploitation of women and children. Founded in 2008, Airbnb now operates in nearly 200 countries and has facilitated more than 260 million home and room rentals. British lawmakers last year investigated the rise of “pop-up brothels” on rental Web sites such as Airbnb following reports of temporary brothels springing up across Britain. Airbnb’s anti-slavery push follows similar action by another sharing economy company — the ride-hailing service Uber — which last month said it would teach its drivers across the US how to spot traffickers and their victims. “The sharing economy and companies such as Airbnb offer new ways to scale up ... the fight against trafficking,” Polaris spokesman Brandon Bouchard said by e-mail.

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Staff writer, with CNAThe local property market flashed “blue” last month, pointing to contraction, with an index gauging the state of the market falling from the previous month, according to a survey conducted by the Chinese-language Housing Monthly magazine. The housing index last month dropped 0.4 percentage points from a month earlier to 30.2, indicating that the local property market contracted, as the score remained under 32 points. It was the second consecutive month that the local property market has contracted, it said. The sub-index for price negotiations and the number of viewings by potential buyers remained unchanged at 4.78 and 5.76 respectively, it found. The decline in property advertising also resulted from a similar mentality among property developers, Ho added.

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Staff writer, with CNATaipei 101 has won the right to host the Towerrunning World Championships in May, and it will be only the second time a world championship has been held in the sport, a spokesman for the Taipei landmark said. The first Towerrunning World Championships were held in the Qatari capital, Doha, in 2015, Liu said. After Taipei 101 joined the World Federation of Great Towers in 2014, the annual Taipei 101 Run-Up event has been included as a Towerrunning Tour Race hosted by the Towerrunning World Association (TWA), the international governing body for the sport. While the Towerrunning World Championships race is open only to invitees, Taipei 101 is organizing a separate race for 4,000 non-runners, he said. The fastest times ever recorded in the Taipei 101 Run-Up came in the inaugural race on Nov. 4, 2005.

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AFP, LONDONLowly Rochdale on Sunday scored deep into stoppage-time to deny Tottenham Hotspur victory as their FA Cup fifth-round tie ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw. This result means Rochdale, bottom of League One, can now look forward to a lucrative replay at Wembley. Lucas Moura drew Spurs level, exchanging passes with Moussa Sissoko and beating Rochdale goalkeeper John Lillis just shy of the hour-mark. “The FA Cup is magic,” Pochettino said. Newport gave us a fantastic game and they lost their next game in the league 5-0.”

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By Hsieh Chun-lin / Staff reporterMinister of Justice Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) was involved in a car accident in Taichung on Sunday when his vehicle bumped into a taxi in front of it. No one was injured, but the rear of the taxi in front was damaged slightly. Chiu and the taxi driver took breath tests and officials said the test showed that alcohol was not involved. Chiu said he had apologized to the taxi driver and offered him NT$5,000 compensation to cover repairs to a dent to the rear of the taxi, but the driver said he had to report the damage to the police for his insurance company, so they called the police. “It was my error in judgement,” Chiu said.

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Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the US presidential campaign, the company plans to send postcards to potential buyers of political ads to confirm that they reside in the US, Facebook global politics and government outreach director Katie Harbath told a meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State in Washington on Saturday. The recipient would then have to enter a code in Facebook to continue buying the ad. The method is first to apply to ads that name candidates ahead of the midterm elections in November, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said. Mueller’s indictment described how Russian agents stole social security numbers and other information from real US citizens and used them to create bank and PayPal accounts to buy online ads. Facebook uncovered some 3,000 Russian-linked ads on Facebook and Instagram bought before and after the November 2016 election, which it says might have been seen by as many as 150 million users.

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The HOV policy for northbound cars on the Sun Yat-sen Freeway (Freeway No. 1) and the Formosa Freeway (Freeway No. 3) was put into in effect yesterday between 9am and 2pm — and will be again today — while the policy was put into place for the Chiang Wei-shui Freeway (Freeway No. Starting at 9am yesterday, congestion was reported on the northbound lanes of Freeways No. 3, as well as the northbound freeway entrance of the Hsuehshan Tunnel on Freeway No.

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