By Chiu Chun-fu and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe National Police Agency yesterday announced the introduction of new on-duty uniforms for all police, as well as policies that would guarantee social housing units for police and firefighters. A uniform ceremony was held in Taipei yesterday and was attended by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇). All of the work uniforms that police have worn over the years were displayed. They would also not have to pay check-in fees when visiting military hospitals or council-run hospitals, Hsu added. The government is starting to implement social housing projects specifically for non-ranking members of the police force and firefighters, Tsai said.
“The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in,” Bloomberg’s Mark Gunman tweeted. Dieter Bohn of The Verge said: “Something happened to my Galaxy Fold screen and caused a bulge... It’s broken.”Samsung spent nearly eight years developing the Galaxy Fold, which is part of the South Korean tech giant’s strategy to propel growth with groundbreaking gadgets. “The main display on the Galaxy Fold features a top protective layer, which is part of the display structure designed to protect the screen from unintended scratches,” it said. Samsung is the world’s biggest smartphone maker and earlier this month launched the 5G version of its top-end Galaxy S10 device. Samsung has said it would release the Galaxy Fold as scheduled on Friday next week.
By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterThe National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) and graphics chipmaker Nvidia Corp yesterday inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on promoting autonomous driving technology, with the latter promising to share its several simulation systems. The NARL on Feb. 25 inaugurated the Taiwan CAR (connected, autonomous and road-test) Lab, the nation’s first closed testing ground for self-driving cars, which has partnered with Acer Inc, 7Starlake Co, National Cheng Kung University and Chunghwa Telecom Co, among others. Self-driving technology is related to the development of Internet of Things, artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G mobile network technology, making it a vital field for talent cultivation and the nation’s industrial growth, NARL president Wang Yeong-her (王永和) said. Taiwanese companies are skilled in manufacturing vehicle components and subsystems, while Nvidia — a world leader in developing vehicle control systems — could provide them with platforms for testing products, Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) said. Testing data gathered at the CAR lab would be managed by NARL National Center for High-performance Computing, Wang said.
742, would allow people to appeal a government urban development project at a High Administrative Court for perceived rights infringements. Currently, only urban development projects that are issued in the form of an administrative injunction and forced eviction orders can be appealed. Under the amendment, if the court finds a government urban development project to be illegal, it could partially or fully nullify the project, or simply require the government to provide fair compensation to residents affected by a project, he said. Moreover, it fails to take into account forced evictions that take place before an urban development project is approved, a phenomenon unique to Taiwan, Environmental Rights Foundation researcher Lin Pi-hsiu (林必修) said. Government land development projects are always portrayed as being in the “public interest,” but to what extent that is true should stand up to scrutiny in a court, National Chengchi University land economics assistant professor Tai Hsiu-hsiung (戴秀雄) said.
By Sean Lin / Staff reporterThe Cabinet yesterday unveiled draft amendments to the Criminal Code and the Referendum Act (公民投票法) that would stiffen penalties for spreading rumors about agricultural products and plebiscites. The proposed punishments would also apply to those found to have hoarded daily commodities in an attempt to push up prices. Prior to running an advert about a referendum, media outlets must verify the authenticity of its content, as well as whether its sponsor is from China, Macau, Hong Kong or other places. If the sponsor is a political party, legal entity or civic group, its head shall be punished, the proposed amendments say. The Executive Yuan would publish a list of daily commodities to be regulated by the proposed amendments following interdepartmental discussions, Tsai said.
Shares of Hon Hai, the second-largest stock in terms of market capitalization in Taiwan, extended its momentum yesterday on the Taiwan Stock Exchange in Taipei. In the previous 15 trading sessions, the net buy hit 157.05 million shares, the Taiwan Stock Exchange said. He later added that Hon Hai would allow board members more power to run the company,A source close to Hon Hai who asked not be named said that Gou would not retire any time soon, since he is building a succession plan for the company. Under Hon Hai, there are 13 sub-business groups, including Japanese electronics giant Sharp Corp and Taiwanese flat panel maker Innolux Corp (群創). Hon Hai is integrating hardware production with software development capability, such as cloud computing, the Internet of Things, big data and artificial intelligence, with its contract electronics operations set to expand beyond pure manufacturing.
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporterA passenger who had demanded that EVA Air flight attendants remove his pants and wipe his behind while using the toilet passed away last month, the airline said on Wednesday. The incident was exposed at a news conference on Jan. 21, when one of the flight attendants tearfully described what had happened on the flight from Los Angeles to Taipei on Jan. 19. The passenger had demanded that flight attendants assist him because his right hand had been injured, she said. After the news conference, netizens discovered that the man had been scheduled to fly with EVA again next month. The airline on Feb. 1 said that it would inform the passenger that it would not let him board the flight.
AP, SRINAGAR, IndiaVoting began yesterday in the second phase of India’s general elections amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. The Indian election is taking place in seven phases over six weeks in the nation of 1.3 billion people. Also voting yesterday was Tamil Nadu state in the south, where tens of thousands lined up to cast their ballots for 37 seats. His party accused federal tax authorities of raiding the homes and offices of party leaders running against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party. The governing party in the state, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, is an ally of Modi’s party.
AFP, SEOULNorth Korea yesterday demanded the removal of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from talks over its banned nuclear program, hours after it claimed to have tested a new kind of weapon. Pyongyang and Washington have been at loggerheads since the collapse of a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump earlier this year. It is not the first time North Korea has singled out Pompeo for special criticism. When the secretary of state met with North Korean officials in Pyongyang in July last year, he was condemned for his “gangster-like” insistence that North Korea move toward unilateral disarmament. South Korea had not detected anything on radar, so it was unlikely to have been a missile, a military official said.
AFP, MUMBAI, IndiaJet Airways Ltd shares yesterday plunged more than 32 percent, hours after the Indian carrier’s final flight landed following a decision to ground its entire fleet. Jet’s stock fell more than 32 percent to 162.15 rupees on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Until then, the carrier’s remaining fleet is grounded, with a final flight from Amritsar to Mumbai landing in the early hours of yesterday. Jet, which has debts of more than US$1 billion, has been in a tailspin for months. Bad investments, competition from several low-cost carriers, high oil prices and a weak rupee contributed to Jet’s financial demise, experts said.
Among these were a small number of expats, some shooting for foreign media outlets, others covering it for personal interest. The occupation lasted for 23 days, with the students leaving voluntarily on April 10, 2014. Chang was among the 22 activists sued by the government; the charges were later dropped. Openshaw and Chang will be giving talks at Sunday’s opening, with ample time reserved for questions and discussion. ■ Opening on Sunday from 4pm to 10pm, Red Room (紅坊國際村), 177 Jianguo S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市建國南路一段177號).
By Sean Lin / Staff reporterThe Executive Yuan yesterday proposed changes to the Income Tax Act (所得稅法), which seek to introduce a tax deduction of NT$120,000 (US$3,891) per person eligible for long-term care services, and are estimated to benefit 290,000 taxpayers. The tax cut would ease the financial burden of households with members who have mental or physical disabilities, and is in line with the government’s Long-Term Care 2.0 initiative, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said at the weekly Cabinet meeting in Taipei. If passed by the Legislative Yuan, people would benefit from the tax deduction when they file their income tax return next year, the Ministry of Finance said. However, under the proposed amendment, staff numbers at public hospitals would not be reduced and the number of judicial employees would be increased by 1,100 to 15,000. Hopefully, the adjustments would boost the efficiency of the government and provide the staffing necessary for pushing judicial reform, he said.
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporterA magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Hualien at 1:01pm yesterday, injuring at least 17 people and tilting some buildings. The earthquake also damaged 20 schools at an estimated cost of more than NT$2.5 million (US$81,061), the Ministry of Education said. Seismological Center data showed that the earthquake occurred about 18.8km below Hualien County’s Hsiulin Township (秀林). Hualien City, Nantou County’s Hehuanshan (合歡山), Taichung’s Lishan (梨山), New Taipei City’s Wufenshan (五分山) and Yilan County’s Auhua Village (澳花) recorded intensities of 5. Taipei, New Taipei City, Taichung, Changhua City, Miaoli City, Yilan City and Taoyuan’s Sanguang Village (三光) saw intensities of 4.
I now have a much better idea what I need to do if I’m to achieve what I hope to. My bicycle was already there, and as soon as I’d bought a few snacks to keep me going until dusk, I started pedaling. My first stop was Yongsing Giant Camphor Tree (永興神木), a 26m-tall sacred tree just past Yongsing Elementary School (永興國小). Freewheeling back down the hill, past the old camphor trees, I took the designated bike trail that leads to Yongsing Suspension Bridge (永興吊橋). If I said some of the holes were big enough for skateboards to fall through, I’d hardly be exaggerating.
BloombergIn a rare retreat for Amazon.com Inc, the e-commerce giant plans to shut down its Chinese marketplace business in July as it shifts its focus to offering Chinese consumers overseas products rather than goods from local sellers. Amazon will keep running its other businesses in China, including Amazon Web Services, Kindle e-books and cross-border operations that help ship goods from Chinese merchants to customers abroad. Starting on July 18, customers logging in to Amazon’s Chinese Web portal, Amazon.cn, will only see a selection of goods from its global store, rather than products from third-party sellers. Since then, it has invested in warehouses, data centers and programs to teach Chinese sellers how to get their goods to Amazon customers. However, Amazon still has to contend with Chinese e-commerce players in India, where Alibaba and others are building up operations or investing in local start-ups such as Paytm E-commerce Pvt and BigBasket.