By LIn Yen-tung and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerA titanium alloy has been grafted into a patient’s face using minimally invasive incision, surgical navigation and 3D printing techniques, Taipei Veterans General Hospital said on Monday. The procedure left almost no scars on the patient’s face, and the alloy follows their facial contours and does not impair vision, the hospital’s oral and maxillofacial surgeon Wu Cheng-hsien (吳政憲) said. Traditional methods would involve surgical incisions on the face to remove the cyst and the use of bone tissue from the calf to fill the gap left by the operation, Wu said. Su was not the first patient to undergo the procedure that combines the three techniques, Wu said. In addition to Su and Chen, there were three other cases in which the hospital’s doctors conducted surgery combining the three methods, Wu said.
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporterDemocratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) yesterday asked the National Communications Commission (NCC) not to follow in the footsteps of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in abandoning the principle of net neutrality. Many telecoms have also produced over-the-top (OTT) content, which people can access through the Internet, Lin said. If telecoms are exempted from observing net neutrality, people would be able to access the OTT content faster than other content, he said, adding that this would result in unfair competition. The NCC should not be affected by the FCC decision or succumb to pressure from telecoms, Lin added. In response, NCC Chairwoman Nicole Chan (詹婷怡) said that the draft act is based on the principle of net neutrality, even though the term is not included in the draft’s text.
By Chen Wei-han / Staff reporterPresident Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) approval rating remains at 33.5 percent, but Premier William Lai (賴清德) has regained his popularity following controversial labor law amendments, with an approval rating of more than 50 percent, according to the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation’s latest poll. Tsai has an approval rating of 33.5 percent, an increase of 1.8 percentage points from January, and a disapproval rating of 47.1 percent, an increase of 0.4 percentage points from January, the foundation said yesterday. The poll found that while 32.6 percent of the respondents approved of Tsai’s handling of cross-strait affairs, 57.3 percent were dissatisfied. Lai has an approval rating of 53 percent, an increase of 5.9 percentage points from January, and a disapproval rating of 31.7 percent, an increase of 4.6 percentage points from January, You said. While 38.3 percent of the respondents supported Taiwanese independence, 20.1 percent supported unification with China and 24.1 percent said that maintaining the “status quo” was preferable.
The company has for years been working to diversify into new areas in search of growth beyond the sputtering PC industry. Compal expects shipments of non-PC products this year to grow 20 percent year-on-year from 40 million units last year, he said. On the PC front, the company expects shipments to increase 15 to 20 percent next quarter from the first quarter. Compal expects to continue to outgrow the notebook computer industry, which is forecast see anything between 2 percent growth and a 2 percent decline this year, Chen said. Despite the earnings contraction, Compal intends to keep its payout ratio stable at between 50 and 60 percent this year, Chen said.
Yen asked National Communications Commission (NCC) Chairwoman Nicole Chan (詹婷怡) if the NT$10 billion fund — NT$6 billion from the National Development Fund and NT$4 billion allocated toward the development of the cultural and creative industries — would help counter China’s incentive packages. “Is NT$10 billion a nutritional supplement or a snack? Will it help the film and television industries?” he asked. Yen said that both South Korea and China have adequate funding to produce popular TV series and are capable of exporting them to other countries. The ministry has also provided subsidies to produce films, to help further the education of professionals needed for the film and television industries and to fund projects, Chan said.
By Lisa Wang / Staff reporterSolar wafer supplier Sino-American Silicon Products Inc (SAS, 中美晶) yesterday saw its shares rally 9.82 percent in early trading amid speculation that it has become an acquisition target for a Chinese fund. The stock retreated from earlier gains to close 6.78 percent up at NT$105.5, still setting a six-year record. The fund would reportedly like to secure stable silicon wafer supply through such an investment, as SAS owns a 50.8 percent share in the world’s No. 3 semiconductor wafer supplier, GlobalWafers Co (環球晶圓), the report said. “We did not have information to that effect,” SAS spokesman Lee Chung-wei (李崇偉) said in a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange yesterday.
The bureau last year held 33 classes to help people quit smoking or chewing betel nuts, bureau Director Lee Chao-jen (李昭仁) said. Out of 389 participants who attended the program, 149 quit smoking, Lee said. From this month until August, the county’s 33 health centers would hold classes to help people quit smoking or chewing betel nuts, the bureau said. Next month, the John Tung Foundation is hosting its biannual “Quit and Win” event, where participants who quit smoking have a chance to win a prize, it added. The bureau said it hopes to help more people quit smoking or chewing betel nuts.
Staff writer, with CNADiscover has ranked a report about a Taiwanese scientist’s team finding a protein in a 195 million-year-old dinosaur fossil as its 12th top story of last year. An article about the discovery was published by Nature Communications, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, on Jan. 31 last year, describing how a team led by Lee Yao-chang (李耀昌) of the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center used a new method to find the protein collagen in a fossil that is more than 100 million years older than previous preserved protein findings. The team used in situ synchrotron radiation-based Fourier transform infrared microspectroscopy to look inside the rib fossils of the Lufengosaurus specimen. It was like looking at tiny blood vessels whose diameter was one-third that of a human hair, Discover magazine said. Discover published its list of last year’s top stories in its January/February edition.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe Taipei City Government and EasyCard Corp yesterday announced that users can now link their bank account to their EasyCard and set up automatic top-ups for more convenient use of the card. Cardholders with bank accounts at 12 cooperating banks are to be offered the service, but only accounts at three banks — Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank, Shin Kong Commercial Bank and Mega International Commercial Bank — can be linked during the first phase of the launch. EasyCard chairman Kenneth Lin (林向愷) said the new service is aimed at students and other EasyCard holders without credit cards. Each EasyCard can only be linked to one bank account and only direct relatives, spouses and legal guardians can link their bank accounts to EasyCards registered in a different name, the company said. “For Taipei to become a ‘smart’ financial city, an important factor is to facilitate cashless transactions, meaning that we hope coins and notes will disappear from Taipei,” he said.
Staff writer, with CNAThe first in a series of eight documentary films that explore the role of science and technology in several high-profile societal incidents in Taiwan premiered at National Chengchi University in Taipei on Friday last week. Initiated three years ago, the project also involves academics from five other universities whose expertise range from public health, biotechnology, environmental engineering and mechanical engineering to science education, mass communication and public policy in the interdisciplinary field of science, technology and society. Yang Bei-chang (楊倍昌), head of the Taiwan Science, Technology and Society Association, hailed the films as a milestone in establishing collaboration between technical and social scientists to address challenges facing society. He has been experimenting in his laboratory for the past 25 years, said Yang, a professor at National Cheng Kung University’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The first three parts of the series are to air on Formosa TV on Saturday, March 31 and April 7.
By Ted Chen / Staff reporterAsia Cement Corp (亞泥) yesterday announced that the company is partnering with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) to develop an offshore wind farm that could be in operation before the end of 2020. The NT$60 billion (US$2.05 billion) Hsinchu Offshore Wind Power Project (竹風離岸風電計畫) is one of only a few locally led wind energy projects and is to have a generating capacity of about 450 megawatts (MW), Asia Cement president Lee Kun-yen (李坤炎) said at a news conference in Taipei. Asia Cement would cover NT$20 billion to NT$30 billion of the development costs, in line with the 20 to 30 percent self-financing ratio of most wind projects, Lee said. With its experience and expertise in development, CIP would also help with the technology transfers that are necessary for Taiwanese businesses to set up a domestic wind energy industry, Lee said. Asia Cement, which is a part of the Far Eastern Group (遠東集團), would seek synergies with other affiliates of the conglomerate, Lee said.
The photographic essay, published in January, is made up of 160 black-and-white photographs of coal miners taken between 1983 and 1988, with short paragraphs explaining their context, Chu said. Thinking judges would be hooked by images that tell a human story, he made regular trips to coal mines during his time off from work and carefully cultivated relationships with miners, he said. However, his motivation gradually changed from winning photography prizes to giving voice to the nation’s miners, Chu said. Photographing coal miners was an experience in sadness and sympathy, he said, pointing to the cover image of his book, a soot-covered miner looking over his shoulders at the camera with a big grin. There was a saying that when a miner was down in the shaft, his life belonged to the earth gods.
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporterThe occupancy rate of the nation’s hotels did not hit a 14-year low in January, the Tourism Bureau said on Sunday, rejecting claims made in a report in the Chinese-language China Times. The newspaper had reported that the average hotel occupancy rate in January dipped to 52.12 percent, a 14-year low. It also said that the bureau had expunged the data recorded in January after a reporter for the newspaper had asked about the lackluster performance. “Hotel occupancy rate and related data are compiled through the voluntary reports filed by the hotels. The shifting time for the Lunar New Year holiday is a major factor affecting hotel occupancy rates in January and February, the bureau said, adding that last year the holiday was in January.
By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterDemocratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday rejected Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers’ motion demanding that the Environmental Protection Administration’s (EPA) deputy head step down for his approval of rebuilding the controversial Shenao (深澳) power plant. The coal-fired Shenao plant in New Taipei City’s Rueifang District (瑞芳) was demolished in 2007. State-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) has proposed rebuilding the plant, a project that passed an environmental impact assessment (EIA) in 2006. Unconvinced, KMT Legislator Alicia Wang (王育敏) proposed a motion demanding that Chan step down and that the EPA revoke its approval and review the project again. All six motions were rejected as the DPP’s eight lawmakers on the committee outnumbered the four KMT lawmakers.
By Dave Carroll / Staff reporterTaiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and Czech partner Barbora Strycova on Saturday used “old-school tennis” to overcome the top seeds and claim the doubles title at the BNP Paribas Open. “It was tough, because it was first time for us to play on center court and it was very tricky conditions,” Strycova told the WTA Web site. We are going better and better.”The duo took a last-minute decision to pair up in California; Hsieh had entered with Monica Niculescu, while Strycova planned to play with Svetlana Kuznetsova. You can overcome the power with tricky points, to think how you plan the point every time, to cross, or play serve and volley,” Strycova said. It’s a little bit that maybe we play old-school tennis, but it’s still working.”
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