After receiving emergency treatment at Lotung Bo-Ai Hospital, Hsieh’s condition worsened, and he ascended the Pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale to level 7 (severe). With his recovery making slow but steady progress, Hsieh’s mother Hsu Mei-chen took her son to Lotung Bo-Ai Hospital last week for a follow-up appointment and cognitive assessment. Before the appointment, Hsu had been hopeful that the metal staples inserted into Hsieh’s skull during emergency treatment would be removed. Doctors hope the encouragement provided by interacting and conversing with classmates, coupled with ongoing outpatient rehabilitation, will lead to further progress in Hsieh’s recovery. Tu adds that Hsieh’s overall recovery is going well, and confirmed that the next step will be to schedule an operation to remove the metal staples from Hsieh’s skull.
AFP, HONG KONGViral artwork pummeling city leaders, clever word plays and Cantonese cursing that would make a sailor blush — Hong Kongers have displayed a characteristically riotous embrace of satire during their huge anti-government protests. The legions of tech-savvy youngsters never miss an opportunity to invent new chants, memes, banners and slogans that often turn the criticism against the movement on its head. Outside the city’s parliament, a shrine has sprung up for the finance hub’s beleaguered pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam. Police were also filmed yelling an insult at demonstrators that sounded like “freedom hai” and demonstrators reclaimed the insult, adopting it with pride. PONCHOS AND GOLLUMMany of the memes have gone viral via the website LIHKG — a sort of Cantonese Reddit — where users can vote on designs and protest plans.
Taking inspiration from Cheng’s 2014 stabbing rampage that left four dead and 24 injured, the social realist drama, concluding in April, deviates from the over-idealized storylines with annoyingly flawless characters that plague Taiwanese shows. It epitomizes the rising trend of quality Taiwanese dramas that distinguish themselves from romcoms targeting local audiences, paving the way for Taiwan’s entry into the international market. Both The World Between Us and On Children examine contemporary social issues that exist globally and aim to inspire thoughtful reflection. They may be outliers for Taiwanese dramas, but the incorporation of social issues is common in Western television series. In the case of The World Between Us, PTS willingly stepped up and offered to produce the series, kicking off the rising global visibility of the Taiwanese drama industry.
Staff writer, with CNATaiwan’s two major fuel suppliers yesterday announced small hikes in fuel prices for this week, citing an increase in global crude prices due to tensions in the Middle East. The state-run oil refiner, CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油), said it will raise its gasoline and diesel prices by NT$0.2 per liter, starting today. With the adjustment, retail prices at CPC gas stations will be NT$27.2 per liter for 92 octane unleaded, NT$28.7 per liter for 95 octane unleaded, NT$30.7 per liter for 98 octane unleaded, and NT$25.1 per liter for super diesel. One of the main factors that contributed to the rise in crude prices was the recent attack on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, CPC said. With the increase, prices at Formosa gas stations will be NT$27.2 per liter for 92 octane unleaded, NT$28.6 per liter for 95 octane unleaded, NT$30.7 per liter for 98 octane unleaded and NT$24.9 per liter for diesel.
Staff writer, with CNAChip designer ARM Holdings PLC, which has close ties to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), plans to increase its investments in Taiwan, owner Masayoshi Son said on Saturday. Softbank has not yet decided where the public offering would be held, Son told a technology forum in Taipei. After the forum, which had the theme “Transformation of global technology industries and capital flows,” Son told reporters that ARM would expand its investments in Taiwan in areas such as the Internet of Things and autonomous vehicles, and would hire more engineers, as well as research and development specialists. The performance of the nation’s semiconductor and technology industries has been outstanding, he said. Founded in 1990, ARM quietly grew into the UK’s largest listed tech company before Softbank’s takeover.
“The package in question was mistakenly returned to the shipper, and we apologize for this operational error,” FedEx told reporters in an e-mailed statement. Huawei, the world’s biggest telecoms gear maker, is at the center of a bruising trade dispute between Washington and Beijing. China launched an investigation into FedEx earlier this month over Huawei parcels delivered to the wrong address, without giving details about the deliveries in question. “FedEx can accept and transport all Huawei products except for any shipments to listed Huawei entities on the US Entity List,” the company said yesterday. Huawei, which said it was reviewing its relationship with FedEx after the mishandling of its packages earlier, did not immediately respond yesterday to a request for comment.
Staff writer, with CNATo mark the 15th anniversary of the passage of the Gender Equity Education Act (性別平等教育法), a legislator and civic groups yesterday called on the government to work harder to achieve gender equality in schools. Despite those achievements, about 7 million Taiwanese in November last year voted for a referendum that called for a ban on same-sex-related education in elementary and junior-high schools, Yu said. “The passage of that referendum has dealt a major blow to long-time advocates of gender equality education and has subjected children with different gender traits or sexual orientation to more pressure and difficulties,” Yu said. The act says it is to “promote substantive gender equality, eliminate gender discrimination, uphold human dignity, and improve and establish education resources and an environment of gender equality” and it requires schools to provide a gender equitable learning environment, and give respect and due consideration to students, regardless of their gender, gender disposition, gender identity or sexual orientation. “However, the reality is that public opinion remains hostile toward teachers who try to implement gender equality education,” Lee said.
Economists warn that this opens the door to a damaging global currency war pitting everyone against everyone. Central banks use interest rate cuts to spur a sluggish economy, weakening a currency’s value in exchange for boosting exports, which then power economic growth. OPEN FOR COMMENTIf approved, the department could impose tariffs to offset the weaker exchange rate against the US dollar. The department is accepting comments from the public until Thursday and could implement the change any time after that. According to the proposal, the department said that it would defer to Treasury’s evaluation of whether a currency is undervalued, “unless we have good reason to believe otherwise.”
The lack of advance notice before the strike began on Thursday gave travel agents almost no time to respond, hurting both travelers and agents, Taipei Association of Travel Agents chairman Wu Chih-chien (吳志健) told a news conference alongside Association of Taichung Travel Agencies chairman Chang Chin-ding (張進丁) and Kaohsiung Association of Travel Agents chairman Wu Ying-liang (吳盈良). “Travel agents are running out of patience and are determined to settle this by taking to the streets,” Wu Chih-chien said. “The Executive Yuan should immediately ask the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications to end the strike,” Wu Chih-chien said. “The nation’s air transportation industry has seen three major strikes, and travelers and travel agents have experienced great losses,” he said. The three men also issued a statement they said had been endorsed by travel agent associations in New Taipei City, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, as well as the Taiwan Association of Travel Agents.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterLaw enforcement officials yesterday announced the results of a crackdown on organized crime and illegal loan operations, including raids on eight illegal weapons shops and 58 illegal money-lending businesses that saw hundreds of people questioned. Tao was apprehended on Friday in Taipei’s Daan District (大安) and was in possession of a modified pistol and three rounds of ammunition, Chu said. The operation also included raids on premises suspected of providing sex services, Taipei City Police Department Chief Chen Chia-chang (陳嘉昌) said. “We targeted premises that have been reported to offer illegal sexual services and many of them are likely controlled by gangs,” Chen said. In Changhua County on Friday, police detained a man surnamed Hung (洪) on suspicion that he operated an illegal weapons shop.
By Ann Maxon / Staff reporterTens of thousands of people yesterday rallied in Taipei to protest against media outlets that spread fabricated news for Beijing and called for tighter regulations to counter China’s manipulation of local media. The purpose of the rally is to oppose Chinese authoritarianism, said Internet celebrity Holger Chen (陳之漢), who organized the protest with New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌). China has seriously infiltrated Taiwan’s media and businesses, with CtiTV News (中天新聞) being an obvious example, he said. “We want such media outlets to go away,” he said, urging people to stand up against media manipulation and defend Taiwan regardless of their age and party affiliation. “China has not only infiltrated Taiwan’s media, but also its schools, communities, temples and other organizations,” DPP Secretary-General Luo Wen-jia (羅文嘉) told the crowd.
“Obviously heartbreaking to get so close, but not get over the line,” Brathwaite said. In reply, the West Indies were 142-2 before things started to go haywire. Brathwaite had to come in and block the hat-trick ball after Lockie Ferguson took two wickets with consecutive deliveries. When everyone else was writing them off, Brathwaite kept batting with Kemar Roach (14), Sheldon Cottrell (15) and Oshane Thomas. Their incredible effort in a compelling, low-scoring match at the Rose Bowl almost earned them a first win over a still-stunned India.
AP, BANGKOKSoutheast Asian leaders yesterday pressed their call for self-restraint in the disputed South China Sea and renewed their alarm over the US-China trade dispute, with one leader saying it might spiral out of control. Long-raging territorial conflicts and the protracted trade dispute are high on the agenda in the final two days of meetings of ASEAN leaders. The US is not included in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which Prayuth said would encompass the world’s largest free-trade region. Duterte has said that he would raise the territorial conflicts in the South China Sea following the June 9 ramming of an anchored Philippine boat by a larger Chinese fishing vessel in the disputed Reed Bank (Lile Bank, 禮樂灘). ASEAN has been in talks with China to negotiate a nonaggression pact called the “code of conduct” to prevent major armed clashes in the region.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterPolice officers were deployed at 9,082 protest events and rallies in Taipei last year, the highest number of such events in the nation, the Taipei Police Department said on Saturday. A total of 192,788 officers were deployed to protect participants and prevent disorder, it said, adding that there have been more than 2,000 such events annually over the past few years. Department statistics showed that 75,610 officers were deployed to 2,161 rallies in 2015; 81,544 were deployed to 2,379 rallies in 2016 and 108,509 were deployed to 2,747 rallies in 2017. The significant increase in last year’s numbers was mainly due to the nine-in-one elections on Nov. 24, with 143,202 officers deployed to 7,185 rallies from Aug. 24 to Nov. 24. As presidential and legislative elections are to be held on Jan. 11 next year, it would continue to ensure the safety of the participants and guide traffic at such events, the department added.
Staff writer, with CNAA total of 1,173 same-sex couples have registered their marriages, while two have gotten divorced since the nation on May 24 became the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, government statistics released yesterday showed. 748 (司法院釋字第748號解釋施行法) went into effect, Ministry of the Interior statistics showed that among the 1,173 same-sex marriages registered so far, 790 have been between women and 383 between men. On the day the bill took effect, 526 couples registered marriages, ministry data showed. The number of same-sex marriages recorded so far in five of the nation’s 22 cities and counties has been fewer than 10, while none have been registered in Lienchiang County. Over the past month, 9,644 marriages between people of different sexes have been registered, averaging 321 per day, compared with 39 same-sex marriages per day, the statistics showed.