By Yang Chun-hui and Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter, with staff writerIn addition to visiting electoral districts and expanding their local influence, people hoping to run in next year’s local elections have been placing an emphasis on digital strategies to engage with younger voters. The nine-in-one elections are to take place either on Nov. 24 or Dec. 1 next year, pending a final decision by the Central Election Commission. When people see videos or photographs of candidates appearing in their electoral district, they feel it has bearing on their life, they said. However, success in social media management cannot be achieved overnight, they said, adding that people who manage social media need to slowly discover and readjust their content according to the preferences of their audience. Facebook fan pages are not always managed by the politicians themselves.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterLaw enforcement officials yesterday announced the arrest of four Taiwanese men suspected of working as “mules” to transport illegal drugs from abroad. The airport operation netted a total of 9.216kg of ketamine, estimated to have a street value of about NT$3 million (US$100,026). The suspects were allegedly working as “mules,” with pouches containing the ketamine taped to their waists and thighs, Chen said. After questioning the suspects, prosecutors intend to file charges against them in terms of the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act (毒品危害防制條例). “Being only teenagers or about 20 years of age, they lacked the life experience to know that criminal involvement and drug trafficking are serious offenses,” Chen said.
Staff writer, with CNAPalauan Ambassador to Taiwan Dilmei Olkeriil said that diplomatic ties between the two nations are “extremely stable,” despite a Chinese travel ban that prevents tourists from visiting the western Pacific island nation. Taiwan and Palau, which established official ties in December 1992, continue to enjoy exchanges in many areas, including tourism, medicine, education and others, all of which ensure a stable relationship, Olkeriil said in an interview. Beijing last month issued a ban on tourist groups visiting Palau, which some are calling a measure to punish the nation for its relationship with Taiwan. Palau would not establish official ties with China, which would require it to sever links with Taiwan, even if pressured by Beijing, Olkeriil said. Palau would instead work to diversify its sources of tourists, targeting Taiwan and nations in Europe and North America, she added.
Staff writerAs smartphones continue to be a big part of people’s lives, wider smartphone adoption will create a larger appetite for live streaming and digital content subscriptions, accounting firm Deloitte said in a report. In its latest annual report on technology, media and telecommunications trends released on Wednesday last week, Deloitte predicts that live broadcasts and events will generate more than US$7.4 billion in revenue worldwide next year, up 47 percent year-on-year. With increasing willingness to pay, there will be over 680 million digital subscriptions by the end of 2020 and about 350 million subscribers, with aggregate spending on digital subscriptions averaging over US$100 per month, the report said. Due to its strong entertainment demand, the Chinese market could offer significant potential and will likely remain the largest market for live streaming, with US$4.4 billion in forecast revenue next year, up 32 percent from this year, Deloitte said. By the end of 2023, more than 90 percent of adults in developed countries will have a smartphone, with ownership among 55-to-75-year-olds reaching 85 percent, the report said.
By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterAdvocates for animal rights and vegetarianism yesterday staged a demonstration in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義), shouting slogans and promoting the ethical treatment of animals. With placards that read: “Animals are our friends,” the demonstrators wanted to appeal to people’s emotions and reiterate that animals are not objects for exploitation, event organizer Chang Chia-pei (張家珮) said. Chang said she previously fought for the rights of “economic animals” — animals exploited or consumed for economic benefits — with members of Veganism for 30 Days (純素30天), but they did not have much opportunity to network with advocates of other animal issues. She hopes to be introduced to other groups fighting for animal rights issues because of the march, Chang said. Some demonstrators were dressed in animal costumes, holding placards that read “Stop eating animals” and “Eat beans, not beings” in their hands.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week announced that it plans to classify five types of food ingredients as food allergens, which would need to be declared on packaged food labels starting in 2019. The Regulations on Food Allergens Labeling (食品過敏原標示規定) implemented on July 1, 2015, show six types of common food allergens — shrimp, crabs, mangos, peanuts, milk, eggs and egg products — that must be declared on packaged food labels with a precautionary message. It is to amend the regulation, adding five types of food allergens to the regulatory list and also modifying the existing six types, the agency said. The allergens were decided upon after having discussions with specialists and referring to regulations in other nations, FDA Food Safety Division Director Lee Wan-chen (李婉媜) said, adding that the changes aim to protect consumers from major food allergens. People who are allergic to certain food ingredients should ensure that they read food labels carefully before purchasing food products, the agency said.
Staff writerDomestic fuel prices are to rise this week, after global crude oil prices rose amid worries among investors about a potential supply shortage in the short term, state-run refiner CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) said yesterday. Global crude oil prices rose last week following an agreement among major oil producers to extend an output reduction through the end of next year, CPC said in a statement. Prices also rose due to the shutdown of the North Sea Forties Pipeline System to fix a hairline crack in an onshore section, it added. The average cost of crude oil increased by US$0.97 per barrel to US$62.10, CPC said. This allowed the company to raise gasoline and diesel prices by NT$0.2 per liter from today after factoring in the New Taiwan dollar’s appreciation of NT$0.004 against the US dollar, it added.
Staff writerThe increasing memory density of servers will continue to drive demand for server memory, DRAMexchange, a research division of Taipei-based TrendForce Corp (集邦科技), said in a report on Thursday. Server DRAM sales are expected to record 28.6 percent growth next year, the highest among all the DRAM product lines, the report said. Driven by the surging demand for servers at data centers, global server shipments could grow 5.53 percent next year from this year, DRAMexchange said. This year, the three companies’ market shares were 18 percent, 17 percent and 7 percent respectively, the report said. Based on DRAMexchange’s analysis, a data center requires 10 million to 20 million GB of server DRAM on average.
By Stacy Hsu / Staff reporterSince the passage of the Act on Promoting Transitional Justice (促進轉型正義條例) on Dec. 5, people have been speculating if, when and how former president Chiang Kai-shek’s (蔣介石) symbols will be removed. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration has lamented that the question unfairly reduces the grand project of transitional justice to a single issue, but the answer to this question is long overdue. That is why the symbols have been repeatedly vandalized and singled out by proponents of transitional justice as an issue that demands change. Public opinion will have a decisive say in whether the DPP administration will adopt the more extensive approach, Li said. “Each individual task will have to be fleshed out in another piece of legislation.
However, he adds, with increased consumption nowadays of refined foods and exposure to additional environmental risk factors, people are developing high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high blood fats, as well as having heart attacks, at increasingly younger ages. Cold snaps and extremely hot weather can also increase the chances of heart attack. Typical symptoms of heart attack include sustained chest pain, cold sweats and difficulty breathing, Chien says. People with a family history of heart attacks are advised to undergo regular yearly health checks. ( Liberty Times, translated by Tu Yu-an)日前一名年三十七歲的男子因突發胸痛前往彰化基督教醫院就醫，透過心導管檢查發現右冠狀動脈完全阻塞。檢查過程中，男子突然心臟衰竭及心因性休克，醫師使用葉克膜搶救並迅速打通血管，救回一命。原來該名自認健康的病患，早有糖尿病及高血脂，只是一直未檢查而不自知。TODAY’S WORDS今日單字 1. artery n. 動脈 (dong4 mai4) 2. block v. 阻塞 (zu3 se4) 3. cardiogenic shock phr.
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Staff writer, with CNAThe Penghu District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday revealed that law enforcement personnel had found the biggest-ever haul of drugs in the county’s history on Friday. Police seized 20 bricks — or 506kg — of ephedrine on board the Chinese vessel Min Long Yu 60894, lead prosecutor Liu Shih-kuo (劉仕國) said. The batch of ephedrine, a level 4 drug and an ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine, is estimated to have a market value of NT$100 million (US$3.33 million), Liu said. Police said they detained the five crew members for questioning over the source of the drugs as part of an ongoing crackdown on the area drug trade.
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By Jason Pan / Staff reporterLegal experts yesterday said they suspected former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) had an ulterior motive after he gave a public talk after filing complaints against Taipei prosecutors, accusing them of leaks and violating the confidentiality of a case under investigation. “Ma applied to transfer the investigation to another jurisdiction which could create the impression of political interference in the affairs of the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office,” he said. Chou said that Ma’s accusation that Taipei prosecutors “leaked information” was inaccurate and the basic premise of Ma’s accusation is contradictory. “If Ma admitted that the media reports were accurate information, only then it could be considered a ‘leak.’ If the information was not correct, then there could not be a leak,” he said. Chou said that if the information in the media reports was incorrect, “then Ma should sue the media outlets for libel.
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By Wang Chun-chi and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerA book of stories about 20 Aboriginal artisans and their work preserving traditional handicrafts from six Aboriginal communities in Hualien County has been published with the aid of the Hualien County Indigenous Peoples Department. The Illustrated Book on Aboriginal Handicrafts (原藝百工圖冊) contains pictures and descriptions of Aboriginal handicrafts, including dyed cloth, hand-carved products and woven bamboo, the county government said at the book’s launch on Thursday. The Council of Indigenous Peoples has praised the book for its “indicative significance” in the development of Aboriginal culture in Hualien, the county government said. Department Director Chen Chien-tsun (陳建村) said most of the artisans featured in the book are not well-known — a testament to the innate artistic talent of Aborigines. There are about 92,000 Aborigines in the six communities, including many undiscovered talented artisans, Chen said, adding that sequels to the book would be published to expand the public’s exposure to the aesthetics and wisdom of Aborigines.
Staff writer, with CNAThe first group of students at Minerva Schools, a college start-up that conducts courses via online seminars and has no set classrooms, is looking to visit Taipei in the final semester of their four-year programs, which have taken them to six countries so far. Since the ministry is not responsible for conferring degrees on Minerva Schools students, this eliminates any legal issues in terms of curriculum and teaching, Lee said. As for visa issues, she said the education ministry could assist by communicating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The inaugural class at Minerva Schools started in the fall of 2014 in San Francisco, California, and after spending the first year there, the students have been traveling to a new location every semester. They have been to London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, India’s Hyderabad and Seoul, and are looking to make Taipei their classroom for the final semester of their programs.
Staff writer, with CNA, HanoiVietnam has demanded that Taiwanese authorities investigate the cause of a fire that killed six Vietnamese workers at a Sican Co factory in Taoyuan on Thursday, after the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday listed names of people believed to have died in the blaze. Investigators said that the bodies had not yet been formally identified as of yesterday, as they were burned beyond recognition. The ministry yesterday in a statement listed the victims’ names and called for Taiwan to expedite its investigation. Five other Vietnamese workers escaped with injuries and were hospitalized. Sican chairman Chen Hung-ju (陳宏如) and factory chief Hsieh Chao-yi (謝朝怡) were yesterday released on NT$1 million (US$33,342) bail each, after being detained on Thursday night on charges of negligent homicide, but were barred from leaving the country.