The Archive: On Aug. 10, 1960, we reported on a coup and left-handed people

Sketchy reports filtering out of Laos, which has been the scene of prolonged military and political troubles, indicated that the second coup in eight months had been engineered by a Capt. THE DAY'S EDITORIAL:■ Welcome To China, Ambassador PaikWe welcome General Sun-yup Paik to the Republic of China as the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea. WHAT WE WERE ADVERTISING:■ Taipei Veterinary HospitalAn animal care center of superlatives, with the most up-to-date therapy, gracious treatment and up-to-date equipment. The four-member Hawaiian mission headed by Hawaii's Lieutenant Governor James Kealoha Lee flew here yesterday from Tokyo for a 10-day visit to Free China. WHAT ELSE WE WERE ADVERTISING:■ Lucky BarOffering hostesses, drinks and music for those feeling lucky or down on their luck.

April 28, 2017 21:00 UTC

Recipe: Green garlic butter with parsley brings spring to oysters

And probably 90 percent of folks who love snails love this dish because of the rich green garlicky butter. But this butter isn't just for escargots — it makes amazing grilled oysters and the ultimate garlic bread. Grilled oysters with green garlic butterStart to finish: 15 minutesServings: 4 appetizer-sized portionsIngredients:- 1 dozen shucked oysters- Green garlic butter (see below)- Hot sauce for serving- Lemon wedges for servingMethod:Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for medium direct heat. Top each oyster with a generous spoonful of the oyster liquor (liquid that the oysters are packed in) and the green garlic butter. Nutrition information per serving: 284 calories; 183 calories from fat; 21 g fat (12 g saturated; 1 g trans fats); 121 mg cholesterol; 415 mg sodium; 9 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 0 g sugar; 15 g protein.

April 28, 2017 18:56 UTC

Food review: Lay's lime chips taste weird

In the past two months, Lay's has come out with a (seemingly rotating) series of new flavors. We'll look at the lime, which is the one still most easily found in convenience stores. PRIMARY TASTE: The packaging of lime like this is so strange that even if they tasted perfectly of real lime it would still be weird. These don't taste like a real lime (not that we expected them to), so our initial reactions were even more confused. CONCLUSION: There's no point dancing around it: These chips taste weird and, if you eat more than a few, plain bad.

April 28, 2017 18:00 UTC

Cross-border e-commerce transactions subject to business tax starting May 1

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Cross-border e-commerce transactions will be subject to 5 percent business tax starting May 1, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF). Starting next month, cross-border e-commerce operators with annual sales reaching NT$480,000 must register with the government and pay business tax, the ministry said. As offshore e-commerce operators may not have fixed physical offices, currently it is the Taiwan purchasers who must pay the business tax. To plug such this loophole, the ministry has turned the taxable targets to the cross-border e-commerce operators. The MOF said neighboring countries, including South Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, had already implemented new business tax schemes for cross-border e-commerce transactions, and that Singapore had announced that it would follow suit soon.

April 28, 2017 16:07 UTC

Trump rejects Tsai's suggestion of second call

The Tsai administration would continue to maintain close communications with its greatest ally the United States, the Presidential Office said in a statement following Trump's remarks. The Presidential Office emphasized that the hypothetical question was broached by Reuters and not the president herself. "Look, my problem is I have established a very good personal relationship with President Xi. Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang reiterated that opportunities for more direct communication between the leaders depended "on the needs of the situation and the U.S. government's consideration of regional affairs." In light of the international circumstances that Taiwan faces, the government should not limit its options when pursuing the course of action most advantageous to the country, the Presidential Office said.

April 28, 2017 16:04 UTC

Half of workers 'don't feel benefits of new labor law'

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- About half of Taiwan's workers say they have not felt any benefits from the five-day workweek scheme, as they continue to work long hours without overtime pay, according to survey results released Friday. A total of 48.9 percent of the workers surveyed by employment website yes123 said they had to continue working after clocking out until their assignments are finished. Another 21.1 percent of the respondents said their jobs were assignment-based rather than fixed-hour ones, meaning the five-day workweek scheme had no effect on them. The five-day workweek scheme, implemented in December, is meant to give laborers more rest and better overtime pay. The clocking in and out allows employers to monitor their employees' attendance, but as they do not want to give overtime pay, they have their employees continue work during off-hours, Yang said.

April 28, 2017 16:04 UTC

New China fears brew in Taiwan after snub

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's fears that it will become a bargaining chip between China and the United States worsened Friday after a snub by President Donald Trump, who said he would not do anything to upset Beijing. Trump rattled China in December after taking a congratulatory call from the self-ruling island's new Beijing-sceptic president Tsai Ing-wen after his election, smashing decades of diplomatic precedent. Since then, Trump has praised China for helping pressure North Korea over its nuclear and missile programmes. He later went on to say he would honour the policy, which acknowledges that there is only one China and Taiwan is part of it. Taiwan is a self-ruling democracy but China sees it as part of its territory to be reunified, by force if necessary.

April 28, 2017 16:04 UTC

Taiwan teachers to learn more about Holocaust

Israel's de facto embassy in Taiwan is planning to send local educators to the country to learn more history behind the Holocaust after a high school parade by swastika-clad students snowballed into an international incident. A group of local high school students had been found dressing in Nazi uniforms and brandishing banners decorated with swastikas in a school-sanctioned parade. He said Taiwan's Holocaust education was apparently lacking, resulting in last December's incident at Kuangfu Senior High School in Hsinchu. The school-sanctioned parade featured students dressed in Nazi uniforms and was complete with large tanks made of cardboard. In a strongly worded response, the office condemned the event, saying "it is deplorable and shocking that seven decades only after the world has witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust, a high school in Taiwan is supporting such an outrageous action."

April 28, 2017 16:04 UTC

Spurs get much-needed break before semis

MEMPHIS -- Gregg Popovich feels like his San Antonio Spurs survived the Memphis Grizzlies and is grateful their first-round series finally is over after six games. His Spurs desperately need a couple days off before hosting Houston on Monday night in their Western Conference semifinal. The Spurs finished the game on a 22-8 run Thursday night after trailing by seven in beating Memphis 103-96 to take the series 4-2. The Spurs advanced by winning on the road, something neither San Antonio nor Memphis had managed against each other all season long. But some of the other Spurs started stepping up as San Antonio turned a 2-2 tie into a series victory.

April 28, 2017 16:03 UTC

Crosby and Penguins win Game 1 vs. Capitals

WASHINGTON -- Sidney Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Nick Bonino had the winner in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night. Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin got much of the buzz heading into the showdown of two of NHL's best teams, and Ovechkin collected his fourth goal of the playoffs. Crosby was a threat to score just about every time he touched the puck. The 26-year-old defenseman, who has been playing with a foot injury, also logged more than 28 minutes in the win. Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa, which eliminated Boston in six games in the first round.

April 28, 2017 16:03 UTC

Execution fast-tracked to beat expiry date

A plan by the conservative southern state to execute eight prisoners in 11 days — before its stock of a drug used in legal injections expires — set off a huge legal battle. Kenneth Williams, 38, became the fourth inmate put to death in Arkansas in a span of eight days. Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson has said the accelerated execution timetable was necessary because the state's stock of a sedative, midazolam, used in lethal injections will expire at the end of the month. Hours ahead of the execution, Greenwood's daughter sent a letter to Hutchinson asking the governor to spare the life of her father's killer. "His execution will not bring my father back or return to us what has been taken, but it will cause additional suffering."

April 28, 2017 15:56 UTC

There are aliens out there, says Ridley Scott

PARIS -- "Alien" creator Ridley Scott said Thursday that he was convinced that they were aliens out there — and that one day they will come for us. The veteran director said he believed in alien beings as he prepared to release the sixth episode of the sci-fi horror series, "Alien: Covenant," next month. "Alien: Covenant" the second of the prequel films, is set in 2104 on board a spaceship carrying 2,000 cryogenically frozen colonists to a distant planet when they chance upon an uncharted paradise. But their voyage soon turns into a gory nightmare that makes "Alien"'s original "chestbuster" scene seem tame. 'Hideous beyond belief'The "neomorph" aliens in the new film are based on the goblin shark "which has a jaw which hinges in two ways.

April 28, 2017 15:56 UTC

Writer's apparent suicide puts spotlight on rape

Lin's novel is the painful and horrify narrative of a teenaged girl being seduced into having sexual intercourse with her cram school teacher. 'Seduction and rape'The Criminal Code stipulates that an adult having sexual intercourse with an underage teenager, with or without their consent, constitutes rape. The age of consent for sexual intercourse is 16. But the budget for mental health has only continued to decrease over the past few years, Yeh said. In 2015, the government spent approximately NT$23.4 per person for mental health, down from NT$26.51 in 2014.

April 28, 2017 15:56 UTC

France's election anything but an American rerun

Though the political setting of the upcoming French presidential election bears superficial comparison to the U.S. election of 2016, the contest is anything but an American rerun. Macron embraces "globalization," long a dirty word across the French political spectrum. His En Marche (Forward) movement has attracted not only widening support but an enthusiasm not often seen in the staid realm of French political circles. Macron remains the Hologram candidate, a real but a different shade and reflection of every issue to conform to what you see at the moment. She remains Statist and a hard-line rightist (certainly not an American conservative) who believes in Big government.

April 28, 2017 15:56 UTC

Taiwan should rethink homegrown subs

President Tsai Ing-wen is passionately determined to have Taiwan build conventional submarines at home. If the threats turn factual, Taiwan's shipping, on which its foreign trade depends, will be hopelessly crippled. Moreover, the quality of the conventional submarines built in Taiwan will be poor at best, as its semi-homemade IDF (indigenous defense fighter) Ching-kuo fighters have proven. They can easily sink Taiwan's conventional subs and patrol the coast of western Taiwan to blockade its shipping. In other words, Taiwan's conventional subs cannot be used as a bargaining chip to compel China to tone down its threats to invasion.

April 28, 2017 15:56 UTC

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