In fact, most of Uncle Buddy is in Mandarin, depicting what happens to a pretty typical Taiwanese family when wayward Aunt Betty’s new black boyfriend visits the house. “My story is about the definition of a Taiwanese family as an outsider looking in,” says the aspiring screenwriter and Taiwan resident of 31 years. “I particularly asked for screenplays that speak something to the expat experience in Taipei,” Openshaw says. “Sometimes expat screenwriters write stories that are set in LA, and I say ‘No, you’re living in a unique environment and you’re in a unique position. “We want to say, ‘Hey, look, with almost no budget this is what we can produce, and this is how we see Taiwan,” Openshaw says.
FTV has also failed to reach an agreement on the fees with Kbro, TWN Broadband and two other cable system operators. About 1.78 million cable subscribers to Kbro, TWN Broadband and the two other systems would be affected if FTV had not agreed to the temporary fix. Unlike TBC, Kbro and TWN Broadband have agreed to carry all three FTV channels of FTV, but they disagree with its fee structure. TBC yesterday said it had formally invited FTV to meet today for another negotiation on content authorization fees. TBC dismissed FTV’s claim that it had not demanded TBC pay content fees for all three FTV channels, citing a document from FTV as evidence.
By Lisa Wang / Staff reporterPowerchip Technology Corp (力晶科技) aims to relaunch an initial public offering (IPO) in 2020 in Taiwan to fund construction of a NT$278 billion (US$9.31 billion) 12-inch fab. “Powerchip has to build a new fab to fill clients’ orders,” founder Frank Huang (黃崇仁) told a media briefing. “The Fab 4 will help increase capacity of logic chips, rather than memory chips,” Huang said, adding that construction is set to begin in 2020. Making a comeback to the local stock market would help fund the construction, Huang said. MOSFET supplies have tightened due to strong demand from new applications such as electric vehicles and Internet-of-Thing devices, Powerchip said.
Staff writerThe average monthly regular wages was NT$40,679 in the first quarter, up 2.71 percent from a year earlier, the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said yesterday. The annual increase was the highest expansion since 2001, reflecting an improving domestic economy and pay raises by employers, the agency said. After adjustments for consumer inflation, which increased 1.55 percent annually in the first quarter, the real average monthly regular wage was NT$38,132, an increase of 1.14 percent year-on-year, but still lower than NT$38,188 in 2001. First-quarter average regular wage data were based on the agency’s survey of employees in the industrial and service sectors. A more detailed report, expected to be unveiled by the end of this month, would show if an improving economy or pay raises carry more weight in the increase in regular wages, the DGBAS said.
By Ted Chen / Staff reporterCheng Uei Precision Industry Co Ltd (正崴精密), an affiliate of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密), yesterday said it would relist three subsidiaries under a holding company. The company, also known as Foxlink, said that Power Quotient International Co Ltd (PQI, 勁永), Glory Science Co Ltd (光燿科), also known as Glorytek, and Foxlink Image Technology Co Ltd (FIT, 崴強科技) would form a holding company in the hopes of leveraging their combined business strengths and resources for synergistic gains. The new holding company would wholly own each of the three subsidiaries, each of which is to initiate a share swap to gain a stake in the new entity, Cheng Uei Precision Industry vice president Lee Tseng-rung (李增榮) told a media briefing at the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The new holding company would have paid-in capital of NT$2.49 billion (US$83.2 million), Lee said, adding that the subsidiaries’ operations and payroll would not be affected by the restructuring. PQI would leverage its strength in distribution channels and would look to expand into other segments, such as the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, Lee said.
By Ann Maxon / Staff reporterA coalition of veterans’ groups yesterday urged the government to not retroactively apply planned pension reform to retirees at a demonstration outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei while a review of the reform bill was ongoing. Meanwhile, members of veterans’ group 800 Heroes handed out “reporter passes” that they had made for journalists and promised to try to protect them. The government can implement its planned pension reform for active military personnel, but it should not apply it retroactively,” he said. If the bill passes the third reading, the group would request a constitutional interpretation from the Council of Grand Justices, said group spokesman Wu Sz-huai (吳斯懷), a retired lieutenant general. “A petition for a constitutional interpretation on pension reform for public-school teachers and civil servants has already obtained 35 signatures from KMT and People First Party legislators, as well as Non-Partisan Solidarity Union Legislator May Chin (高金素梅),” he said.
By Chen Yu-fu / Staff reporterLocal courts last year confiscated nearly NT$2.4 billion (US$80.2 million) from fraud rings, the Ministry of the Interior said on Monday. Since August 2016, when the National Police Agency established a unit dedicated to combating fraud, law enforcement agencies have arrested 6,389 fraud suspects, found 106 fraud call centers and confiscated a total of NT$337.9 million from fraud rings, the ministry said. While in the past, only 5 percent of fraud ring members faced legal action, last year 54.9 percent were indicted and nearly NT$2.4 billion was confiscated, it said. The Taichung District Court on Jan. 27 sentenced five members of a fraud ring to three years of community service and between two-and-a-half and five years in prison, the ministry said. Over the past two years, police have worked with foreign law enforcement agencies to locate 14 overseas call centers and identify 357 fraud suspects, the ministry said, adding that 484 Taiwanese fraud suspects have been repatriated in the period.
By Liu Wan-chun and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writerA Taiwanese delegation was on April 14 named the best overall performers at the world’s first International Nanotechnology Olympiad held in Tehran. The delegation was comprised of students and professors from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and National Taiwan University (NTU). While the international engineering olympiad for high-school students is more than a decade old, the International Nanotechnology Olympiad was the first such competition for students from higher-eduction institutions, NCKU said. Taiwan is one of the founding member states of the event, the school added. Other nations that sent delegations to the event include Germany, Italy, the UK, South Korea, Malaysia and Russia.
By Yang Kuo-wen and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe Taiwan High Court yesterday acquitted whistle-blower and former public servant Wang Yu-sheng (王玉升) of corruption charges on a technicality. The High Court overturned the Shilin District Court’s guilty verdict last year sentencing Wang to 13 years in prison. The Taiwan High Court found Huang guilty of corruption and sentenced him to 11 years and six months in prison. Tsai gave NT$40.4 million from the proceeds to Wang and Lee, of which Wang received NT$16.95 million, the court said. However, prosecutorial authorities are seeking to indict Wang with new charges under the Civil Servant Work Act (公務員服務法), since she had improperly provided assistance to Tsai in the land deal, the court said.
After seeking medical attention at a hospital, she was diagnosed with a uterine fibroid and a doctor recommended removing the entire uterus, Hsieh said. An ultrasound showed that the uterine fibroid, which should have grown inside the uterus, had gradually slipped into the cervix due to uterine contractions, Hsieh said. The uterine fibroid was able to slip into the cervix because it had not connected with uterine tissue, he said, adding that since the cervix was blocked, it led to irregular menstrual bleeding and prolonged menstrual periods. With the help of a hysteroscope, surgeons made an incision and remove the fibroid, Hsieh said. One in four women could develop the fibroids and about half to 70 percent of people with uterine fibroids are unaware of their condition, he said.
By Stacy Hsu / Staff reporterEuropean Parliament lawmaker Neena Gill yesterday pledged to continue to push for a potential investment agreement between Taiwan and the EU and expressed the hope that Taiwan would become a human rights hub in Asia. “The European Parliament has been pushing to increase the dialogue on this, to get some speed on it,” Gill told a news conference on the sidelines of the forum. The issue is at the first stage in the EU, and it would require the consent of the bloc’s 28 member states, Gill said. “We are bringing 28 member states plus the European Parliament together forward. Taiwan-EU relations have been expanded to cover non-trade issues, such as universal human rights, climate change, money laundering and human trafficking, Gill said in her keynote speech at the forum.
AP, SWANSEA, WalesWest Bromwich Albion were relegated from the Premier League on Tuesday, after Southampton beat Swansea City 1-0 to leave the Welsh club facing an uphill task to preserve their seven-year stay in the top flight. Swansea stayed third from last — the final relegation place — and now must beat already-relegated Stoke City on the final day of the season on Sunday, while also requiring 17th-placed Huddersfield Town to lose to Chelsea yesterday and Arsenal on Sunday. “We must try to do our part and see if a miracle can happen,” Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal said. We are depending on others.”However, the game is up for West Brom, who cannot escape the bottom three heading into the final weekend. The side needed a draw between Swansea and Southampton to keep alive their faint hopes, but Gabbiadini put paid to that.
The county in December last year started accepting bids for a new design for the iconic green man. The updated version shows the “couple” expecting a child during red lights, and a family of three walks across the screen when the light turns green, it said. The new version would appear on 37 walking signals, bringing the total number of traffic lights with creative animations to 76, including 39 devices that display the proposal version, the county said. The update was made to increase traffic safety awareness, and to add warmth to the city, Pingtung County Commissioner Pan Men-an (潘孟安) said. The creative lights have drawn the attention of local and foreign tourists, and they promote the city, Pan said, adding that the county would continue to update the animations.
By Kuo Chia-erh / Staff reporterThe nation’s machinery exports are this year estimated to grow 5 percent to 10 percent on the back of better market sentiment, the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI, 台灣機械公會) said yesterday. “The growth momentum should be driven by increasing demand for machine tools and key components used in machinery equipment, such as ball screws,” TAMI machine tool committee chairman David Chuang (莊大立) said. In the first quarter of this year, machinery exports rose 18.3 percent to US$6.43 billion, with machine tool exports increasing 19.1 percent annually to about US$820 million. The production value of Taiwan’s machinery industry last year reached NT$1.1 trillion, with exports climbing 21.1 percent to US$25.6 billion, TAMI data showed. The Executive Yuan plans to create a machinery industry that is digitally interlinked and turn Taichung into a global hub for smart machinery.
By Ted Chen / Staff reporterAcer Inc (宏碁) shares yesterday surged by nearly the daily 10 percent limit in Taipei as investors warmed to the company’s growing hold on the premium gaming PC market. Acer shares rose 9.98 percent to close at NT$23.7 following the company’s announcement on Tuesday that gaming PC shipments last month soared 190 percent annually, with total gaming PC shipments in the first four months of this year rising 113 percent from the same period last year. Supported by strong sales of its gaming PC line, aggregate revenue in the first four months totaled NT$71.05 billion, an increase of 0.8 percent from a year earlier, company data showed. Acer reported net income of NT$708 million for the first quarter, a significant improvement from NT$63 million in the same period last year. Sales in the first four months weakened 10 percent annually to NT$109.76 billion, it said.