Staff writer, with CNATaiwan won four gold medals, one silver, five bronze and 27 medallions of excellence at this year’s WorldSkill Competition in the United Arab Emirates earlier this week, finishing with the fourth-highest medal haul. Tsai Yu-chih (蔡喻至) of Neihu Vocational School won in the electronics category, Cheng Chin-hao (鄭欽豪) won the cabinetmaking, Chen Min-heng (陳泯亨) won in automobile technology and Huang Yu-zhen (黃于貞) won in graphic design technology. The gold medalists all promised to continue sharpening their skills and to pass on their experience to younger students. “Taiwan needs to make progress along with other nations,” Lin said. China, South Korea and Switzerland finished in the top three medal positions at the competition, which is held every two years.
AFP, SYDNEYThe last car yesterday rolled off the production line of Australian automaker GM Holden Ltd, marking the demise of a national industry unable to stand up to global competition. The brand has long been an Australian household name, with 1970s commercials singing that “football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars” were part of the nation’s identity. The nation’s three car manufacturers — Toyota Motor Corp, Ford Motor Co and Holden — all announced they would cease production by the end of this year. The last Australian-made Ford car was rolled out a year ago, while Toyota closed its factory in Melbourne earlier this month. Holden cars are now expected to be imported into Australia from countries such as Thailand and South Korea.
By Liam Gibson / Staff ReporterIn January 2014, everything seemed to be going well between the Uni-President Lions and Chang Tai-shan (張泰山). Chang was in top form and with a salary raise and a renewed contract, it seemed the club was going to stay the course with him. “I figured, if that’s how they treat me as a player, how is it going to be as their coach?” Chang, 40, says. It’s another wet cloudy day in Taoyuan as we make our way to his local training spot, National Taiwan Sport University. They take it in turns to hit off from a tee before Chang gets up to show them how it’s done.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterFollowing Japan’s recall of four types of ACUVUE contact lenses from Johnson & Johnson due to tainted contact lens solution, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday said four batches of the brand’s products are also being recalled in Taiwan. The company released a statement on its official Web site on Wednesday afternoon announcing that several batches of four types of contact lens products — 1-Day ACUVUE Moist (daily lenses), ACUVUE Oasys (bi-weekly lenses), ACUVUE Advance (bi-weekly lenses) and ACUVUE Oasys (astigmatism bi-weekly lenses) — were being recalled due to possible quality problems. As ACUVUE-brand contact lenses are also sold in Taiwan, the FDA yesterday said it has contacted the company and confirmed that four batches of three types of ACUVUE contact lens products imported to Taiwan might have also been tainted. The products being recalled in Taiwan include 50 boxes of ACUVUE Oasys (six bi-weekly lenses per box) with the batch number L002NCS; 515 boxes of 1-Day ACUVUE Moist (30 daily lenses per box) with batch numbers 2836840101 and 2836840102; and 200 boxes of 1-Day ACUVUE Moist (30 astigmatism daily lenses per box) with the batch number B00LF41, the FDA said. The FDA also advised people to always properly apply, remove and care for contact lenses according to the instructions and to consult a doctor immediately if they experience any discomfort, such as eye irritation.
AFP, TOKYOJapanese Emperor Akihito is to step down on March 31, 2019, a report said yesterday, the first imperial retirement in more than two centuries. There have been abdications in Japan’s long imperial history, but the last one was more than 200 years ago. In June, the Japanese National Diet passed a one-off rule allowing the aging emperor to step down, but the Asahi report is the first time a precise date for the abdication has been mooted. Some worried that changing the rule to allow any emperor to abdicate could put Japan’s future monarchs at risk of being subject to political manipulation. “Nothing has been decided on this issue,” an Imperial Household Agency spokesman said, declining to comment further.
By Lauly Li / Staff reporterLargan Precision Co (大立光), the world’s leading smartphone camera lens supplier, yesterday said it would increase monthly and annual bonuses for production line workers in an effort to recruit and retain workers for its new plant in Taichung. The extra bonuses would bring workers’ average annual income at Largan to NT$669,000 (US$22,122), up more than 10 percent from the previous average income of NT$606,000 per year, Largan said in a statement. “We hope this new policy will accelerate our recruitment process,” a Largan investor relations official, who declined to be named, said by telephone. Despite the wage hike, the official said it is difficult to recruit production line workers in Taiwan. Largan chief executive officer Adam Lin (林恩平) said earlier this year that the new plant in Taichung would need to recruit 4,500 production line workers.
Staff writer, with CNATaiwan and the US have decided to drop plans to build a second set of six small satellites for the Formosat-7 program due to funding issues, the National Space Organization (NSPO) said yesterday. SpaceNews on Thursday reported that a joint Executive Steering Committee memo said Taiwan and the US were encountering problems funding the payloads, satellites and launch of the COSMIC-2B system. The memo was signed by NOAA and NSPO officials on Oct. 6 and Monday respectively. The memo also indicated that launch options for the system were an issue. Formosat-7 is a collaborative effort between the NSPO and the NOAA, and is a follow-on mission to Formosat-3, the NSPO said.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterTaipei police were yesterday investigating an acid attack at a National Taiwan University (NTU) dormitory, where the alleged perpetrator is suspected of having committed suicide after harming three people, one of whom is believed to be his former boyfriend. The suspect, a 25-year-old National Taiwan University of Science and Technology graduate surnamed Chang (張), apparently killed himself with a fruit knife. Chang reportedly had a heated argument with Hsieh, who was with another NTU student, surnamed Luo (駱), in the dormitory’s guest meeting room, police said. Chang allegedly threw an open vial of acid at Hsieh and Luo, police said, adding that the acid burned Chang and a security guard, surnamed Ku (谷), who was trying to calm the situation. The attack appears premeditated, as Chang had a knife, glass vials containing sulfuric acid and a stun gun in his backpack, police said.
The man, surnamed Lin (林), said he wanted to turn himself in for murdering his daughter. Police later contacted his former wife, surnamed Kuo (郭), to clarify details of the case. Lin told police he would like to “clear his conscience” by confessing that he had a fit of anger 11 years ago and lashed out at his one-month-old daughter. After accidentally beating her to death, Lin said he had kept the body wrapped up and hidden in a box. The birth registry showed that the girl was born in December 2005 and she should have registered for elementary school in 2012.
Staff writer, with CNAThe Taiwan International Human Rights Film Festival opened in Taipei last week to mark the 30th anniversary of the lifting of Martial Law and encourage reflection on human rights issues. Two Taiwanese and nine foreign films are to be screened at 18 locations nationwide during the seven-week festival organized by the Preparatory Office of the National Human Rights Museum. “The fact is, authoritarian rule allowed the state machinery to cause a lot of collective harm in certain periods,” Ting said. Now, former political prisoners, government officials and academics can sit down together to watch a human rights film and think about transitional justice, Tsai said. Martial law was imposed in Taiwan on May 19, 1949, and lifted by then-president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) on July 15, 1987.
By Chen Yu-fu and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe issue with the so-called “1992 consensus” is that there is no consensus about whether it exists or what it actually means, Premier William Lai yesterday told legislators yesterday, adding that the nation needs to address the problem. “We are willing to have exchanges with any Taiwanese party, group or individual who… acknowledges the 1992 consensus and believes both the Mainland and Taiwan belongs to ‘one China,’” Xi told the congress on Wednesday. Lai said Taiwanese society is divided on the “1992 consensus” framework. “Some think the government should accept the ‘1992 consensus,’ while others believe there is no consensus. “There are two interpretations of one 1992 consensus,” Lai said, adding that China understands its “1992 consensus” to mean its “one China” ideology, while KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) believes the framework means that each side can have its own interpretation of what “China” means.
Council Director of Information Management Chuang Ming-fen (莊明芬) said an agency would be appointed to the petition within seven days and would have to respond by Dec. 19. The council is coordinating with the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the Ministry of the Interior and others,” Chuang said. The netizen who launched the petition said that the country should leave the GMT+8 time zone, which it shares with Malaysia, China and parts of Indonesia and Australia, to the GMT+9 time zone, which covers Japan and South Korea. “The cost would be substantial and it would affect domestic airlines as well as foreign airlines that operate in Taiwan,” Han said. The airport handles 600 flights per day to and from 157 destinations and is used by 86 airlines, Lee said.
On a monthly comparison base, export orders — indicative of outbound shipments in one to three months — rose 12.6 percent, the ministry’s data showed. The results of both sectors — the pillars of last month’s export orders — marked record monthly highs in their respective categories, the ministry’s data showed. Orders from Japan rose 26.6 percent to US$2.98 billion, while orders from ASEAN members fell 1.6 percent to US$4.3 billion. In the first nine months of this year, cumulative export orders reached US$349.04 billion, up 10.1 percent from the previous year, the ministry said. For this month, export orders are forecast to grow by between 5.4 percent and 7.8 percent year-on-year to between US$45 billion and US$46 billion, Lin said.
AFP, JEJU, South KoreaNoh Seung-Yul yesterday wowed his home fans with a best-of-the-day 65 in testing conditions at the CJ Cup and then revealed he had not played in weeks because of impending military service. “I only found out on Sunday that I had got into this event,” said Noh, who won the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2014. “I needed a caddie and I remembered I had worked with my father at the Genesis Open and I found him to be quite useful, so that’s how he has joined me here,” Noh said. The wind caused a logjam at the top of the leaderboard, with the top 14 players within four strokes of each other. His card contained two triple-bogey eights, at the third and ninth, with just a solitary birdie at the short 13th.
The correction included an investigative report that cited oral history documented by late Academia Historica president Chang Yen-hsien (張炎憲), and never before published declassified documents and interviews by the Control Yuan. Of those, 28 were executed, Control Yuan member Kao Feng-hsien (高鳳仙) said. In 1952, the bureau laid siege to Luku and subsequently executed 28 people, with another 19 people sentenced to “re-education” as then-bureau officer Ku Cheng-wen’s (谷正文) slaves, Kao said. In the 1990s, the government paid the victims more than NT$500 million (US$16.53 million at the current exchange rate) in compensation, Kao said. “A number of people were tortured before their release and there is no record of their suffering and therefore no recompense.