Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras and it is likely they are also on planes used by other carriers. However, companies that make the entertainment systems are installing cameras to offer future options such as seat-to-seat video conferencing, an American Airlines spokesman said. The airlines said that they did not add the cameras — manufacturers embedded them in the entertainment systems. American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said that cameras are in “premium economy” seats on 82 Boeing 777 and Airbus A330-200 jets. “Cameras are a standard feature on many in-flight entertainment systems used by multiple airlines,” he said.
AFP, SAN FRANCISCOKey parts of the Internet infrastructure face large-scale attacks that threaten the global system of Web traffic, the Internet’s address keeper said on Friday. “They [hackers] are going after the Internet infrastructure itself,” ICANN chief technology officer David Conrad told reporters. The list of targets included Web site registrars and Internet service providers, particularly in the Middle East. ICANN is putting out word to Web site and online traffic handlers to ramp up security or leave users vulnerable to being tricked. “It aims to assure that Internet users reach their desired online destination by helping to prevent so-called ‘man in the middle’ attacks, where a user is unknowingly redirected to a potentially malicious site,” ICANN said in the release.
AFP, FRANKFURT, GermanyGerman car giant Volkswagen AG on Friday reported steady operating profit and rising revenue last year, but said that its “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal again inflicted one-off costs of 3.2 billion euros (US$3.63 billion). Operating profit inched up 0.1 billion euros to 13.9 billion last year, the Wolfsburg-based group said in preliminary results, released unexpectedly ahead of its March 12 annual earnings news conference. Meanwhile the sprawling 12-brand conglomerate last year increased unit sales by 0.9 percent to 10.8 million vehicles, a new yearly record, with annual revenue up 2.7 percent to 235.8 billion euros. Volkswagen was particularly happy to hit the high end of its profit margin target, at 7.3 percent — slightly down from 2017. Revenues should increase by up to 5 percent year-on-year, and operating profit between 6.5 and 7.5 percent, managers forecast.
After a seven-day, 80km hike into the mountains with a mountaineering team, Hsu found a virgin forest with giant trees. Drone footage posted on the researcher’s “Rebecca Hsu” YouTube channel shows the two giant Taiwanias with Mabolasishan (馬博拉斯山) and Siouguluanshan (秀姑巒山) in the background. With that in mind, she asked National Cheng Kung University’s Department of Geomatics for help in pinpointing the forest’s location. Using LIDAR, an instrument that measures distance using a pulsating laser, the department was able to locate the forest and the three giant trees in the national park’s Qaqatu (瓜瓜圖) area. Hsu said that she still remembers the delicate fragrance of wood and moss mingling with beams of sunshine coming through the trees.
By Liu Ching-hou / Staff reporterNearly 80 percent of respondents to a poll expressed doubt about the impartiality of judges, while a larger number said they were dissatisfied with judicial reform efforts, a poll released on Friday by National Chung Cheng University’s Crime Research Center showed. The survey showed that 21.9 percent of respondents said judges conduct trials correctly, down 1.2 percentage points from a previous poll. The government in August 2017 convened the National Congress on Judicial Reform, but 80.9 percent of respondents expressed dissatisfaction with its efforts. Regarding public security, 91.3 percent, a record, said they felt safe in their neighborhoods, while satisfaction regarding public security rose 11.1 percentage points. However, when asked about the performance of prosecutors, only 32.3 percent said they were satisfied, including 2.3 percent expressing high satisfaction.
AP, NEW YORKSeveral smartphone apps are sending sensitive user data, including health information, to Facebook Inc without users’ consent, a Wall Street Journal report said. Although Facebook’s terms instruct app developers not to send such sensitive information, Facebook appeared to be accepting such data without telling the developers to stop. The development comes as Facebook is dealing with increased scrutiny over how it handles user data. The data-sharing is related to a data analytics tool that Facebook offers developers. Beside Flo Health, the Wall Street Journal found that Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor and real-estate app Realtor.com were also sending app data to Facebook.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterTaipei’s eastern shopping districts are suffering because rent is kept high and the city government is looking for solutions to the issue, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said on Friday. Huang asked Ko to comment on a remark by actress Eva Lo (羅霈穎), who said on Facebook on Feb. 13: “Mayor Ko, please revive Taipei and let the eastern shopping district return to life. “We are thinking about increasing property taxes for empty storefront properties,” Ko said. “However, it is difficult to operate a store in a suburban area and start-ups commonly spend all their profit on high rent,” he said. Tax policy is a serious issue, so decisions would not be rushed, he said.
AP, MANILASome of the fiercest Muslim rebel commanders in the southern Philippines on Friday were sworn in as administrators of a new Muslim autonomous region in a delicate milestone to settle one of Asia’s longest-raging rebellions. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte led a ceremony to name Moro Islamic Liberation Front leader Murad Ebrahim and some of his top commanders as among 80 administrators of a transition government for the five-province region called Bangsamoro. About 12,000 combatants with thousands of firearms are to be demobilized starting this year under the peace deal. “The dream that we have fought for is now happening, and there’s no more reason for us to carry our guns and continue the war,” rebel forces spokesman Von Al Haq told reporters in an interview ahead of the ceremony. Known for his fiery rhetoric while wearing his camouflage uniform and brandishing a rifle and grenades, Macapaar is to be one of the 41 regional administrators from the Muslim rebel front.
Staff writer, with CNAThe Hong Kong government’s proposal to amend its extradition rules was not targeted at Taiwan and covers other places, too, Hong Kong Secretary for Security John Lee (李家超) said in an interview broadcast yesterday. Taiwanese officials said that the proposal was based on Beijing’s “one China” principle, under which China defines Taiwan as part of its territory. The proposal was motivated by a case in which a Hong Kong woman was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend in Taiwan, the bureau said. As Hong Kong does not have an extradition agreement with Taiwan, it cannot send the suspect to be prosecuted and stand trial in Taiwan, which has jurisdiction over the case. The proposal elicited mixed reactions in Hong Kong.
By Michael Schuman / Bloomberg OpinionOptimism that the US and China can reach a trade deal is rising amid another round of intensive negotiations in Washington this week. The US is not on its own capable of compelling Chinese leaders to do its bidding, nor is China strong enough to shun the Western world. The two also appeared to be making some headway on widening access to the China market for foreign companies. It is hardly surprising that China would be reluctant to give ground and not only because meeting US demands would require Beijing to overhaul the way the Chinese economy works. It is not just the flood of cheap Chinese imports many countries face, or the hassles their companies encounter while trying to do business in China.
Organized by the GSM Association (GSMA), the congress is to take place from tomorrow to Thursday in Barcelona, Spain. Taiwan has always attended previous events as “Taiwan,” the ministry said. The GSMA responded that the listing was in line with the names used by the UN and the International Telecommunication Union, and refused to change it, the ministry said. As a result of the name change, the National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said that NCC Chairperson Chang Ting-yi (詹婷怡) and others in the delegation would not attend. The ministry pledged to work with the NCC, other government organizations, allied nations and other friendly parties to persuade the GSMA to change the listing.
Staff writer, with CNAPresident Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said in a recent interview with CNN that her decision on whether to accept an invitation to address the US Congress would depend on three major considerations. Tsai, who came to power in May 2016, also said in the interview that she intended to seek re-election next year. According to CNN, Tsai, throughout the interview, painted the picture that Taiwan was facing down the growing might of China. Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) called for the peaceful unification of China and Taiwan, but declined to discount the use of force. “Our defenses are well-prepared for an attack at any time — for any situation where we would need to fend China off for 24 hours,” Tsai said.
The project would have “significant adverse environmental effects” on the whales and an oil spill could have equally horrendous impacts on the marine environment, the board said. However, the effects “can be justified in the circumstances, in light of the considerable benefits of the project and measures to mitigate the effects,” it said. The expansion of the 1,150km pipeline is to move 890,000 barrels of oil a day from landlocked Alberta Province to the Pacific coast, replacing a smaller, crumbling conduit built in 1953. Ottawa in August bought the project for C$4.5 billion (US$3.43 billion at the current exchange rate), effectively nationalizing it. Opponents said that the board recommendations do not satisfy their concerns and vowed to continue their fight against it.
By Sean Lin / Staff reporterThe Legislative Yuan’s eight committees yesterday elected new conveners, with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) taking 10 seats, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) taking five, and an alliance between the People First Party (PFP) and the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union taking one. The DPP and KMT caucuses each appointed a lawmaker to serve as convener on six of the committees. DPP Legislator Chang Hung-lu (張宏陸) and KMT Legislator Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) were appointed to cochair the Internal Administration Committee, while the Economics Committee is to be cochaired by DPP Legislator Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆) and KMT Legislator Yosi Takun. DPP Legislator Shih Yi-fang (施義芳) and KMT Legislator Lo Ming-tsai (羅明才) are to take turns presiding over the Finance Committee, while DPP Legislator Lee Kuen-tse (李昆澤) and KMT Legislator Chen Hsueh-shen (陳雪生) are to rotate the duty of chairing the Transportation Committee. Chou Chun-mi said that the DPP caucus is to send the Executive Yuan’s draft Judicial Yuan Interpretation No.
Chen Shih-meng made the comment during a Super FM98.5 interview hosted by Chien Yu-yen (簡余晏). It would be incorrect to issue a pardon for Chen Shui-bian if the Democratic Progressive Party simply wanted to improve its chances of winning the presidential election next year, Chen Shih-meng said in the interview. There were obvious traces of political manipulation in all four of Chen Shui-bian’s cases, Chen Shih-meng said, adding that there has never been proof that he embezzled money. Chen Shih-meng said that he had always been a proponent of launching an investigation into the court procedures during the former president’s trials. In 2016, then-DPP secretary-general Hung Yao-fu (洪耀福) and then-Kaohsiung mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) said that Tsai would seek to pardon Chen Shui-bian “at an appropriate time,” Chen Shih-meng said, adding: “That time is now, as the truth has been made public.”