“Warship Cliff” in the county’s Jianshi Township (尖石), named for its ship-like appearance, is a popular destination, the township office said. The inscription describes the effectiveness of three cannons that were installed by the Japanese to suppress Atayal and other Aboriginal communities in the nearby mountains. During the colonial period, a force of 3,000 Japanese soldiers stationed throughout the area employed the cannons against Aborigines in Hsinchu and New Taipei City’s Wulai District (烏來), visitors said. Visitors also expressed regret over the closure of the paths to the cannons’ remains due to landslides, the office said. Yeh would work with the office to have the inscription fixed or replaced, he said.
Although the Ministry of National Defense has not yet officially awarded the project to CSBC, the company is nonetheless off to a good start, CSBC president Tseng Kuo-cheng (曾國正) said on Friday. Success in attracting potential builders for the first project in the indigenous shipbuilding program initiated by President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration could be considered a significant step forward, the ministry said. The ministry said it plans to take delivery of the first vessel under the Hung Yun project by 2021 and it envisions two vessels as part of the project. The project was conceived in 2008 to replace the navy’s ROCS Chung Cheng, which was refitted from the USS Comstock, a Casa Grande-class dock landing ship commissioned by the US in July 1945. However, the plan languished for nearly 10 years due to a lack of funding.
Staff writer, with CNAGoogle yesterday temporarily changed its online logo to one that showed a train passing through mountain tracks lined with cherry blossom trees, to celebrate the 106th year of the Alishan Forest Railway’s operations. The search engine’s themed logos, known as Google Doodles, celebrate specific occasions in targeted countries or regions. Google featured the doodle to “[celebrate] the landmark on what is known as kickoff day for the Alishan ‘Cherry Blossom Season,’” it said on its Doodle Archive Web site. The annual Alishan cherry blossom festival is to officially open on Thursday. The three railroad stretches within the Alishan Forest Recreation Area (阿里山國家風景區) are all operating normally.
The grand justices ordered the Judicial Yuan, the competent authority on the Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法), to amend Article 33, Subparagraph 2 of the code within the year. Judicial Yuan statistics showed that 31,669 out of 50,361 defendants chose to represent themselves in court in 2016. Such defendants will be entitled to request and read the rulings in their cases after the Judicial Yuan amends the code, it said. The restrictions imposed by Article 33, Subparagraph 2 were introduced for fear that defendants would tamper with or destroy evidence, Judicial Yuan Secretary-General Lu Tai-lang (呂太郎) said. However, digitization of documents has removed such fears, and allowing defendants without legal representation access to such files would be better for such defendants, Lu said.
Task force members revealed the results of their survey on gender friendliness in physicians’ workplaces in Taipei on Wednesday. The survey was conducted by interviewing 600 physicians, who were also given questionnaires. Wei said interns often train in the surgical department and some superiors take advantage of this to touch or harass them. The survey showed that although the sexual harassment rates are high for both female and male physicians, only 3 percent of them filed a formal complaint, and while 8 percent of women filed a complaint, none of the men did, Wei said. The group urged hospitals to make systems for filing sexual harassment complaints more accessible to medical practitioners, and to review sexual harassment prevention measures and physicians’ long working hours.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterThe Taichung District Court on Friday convicted a man of killing three dogs with poison in a breach of the Animal Protection Act (動物保護法), sentencing him to three months in prison and fining him NT$100,000. The court found the man, surnamed Hung (洪), guilty of “killing, deliberately hurting or causing injury to an animal” in violation of Article 25 of the act. The prison term is commutable to a fine of NT$1,000 per day. Huang told police that he was walking his three dogs when they found the sausages and ate them. While Huang was reporting his case, another man also came to report that his dog had eaten something and died, police said.
By Sean Lin / Staff reporterThe recent increase in the cost of living remains within the government’s target and prices have been “relatively stable” compared with previous years, Premier William Lai (賴清德) said yesterday at a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. Lai made the remarks in response to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Liu Chien-kuo’s (劉建國) questions about the consumer price index rising 2.13 percent year-on-year last month, its fastest pace in 13 months. As prices of goods correlates to electricity prices, Liu asked the premier to comment on media reports that electricity prices would rise either next month or in October, and that the government would make a decision next week at the earliest. It is best not to speculate on the matter, as unnecessary speculation would only aggravate public concern, Lai said. The Electricity Pricing Review Committee would follow standard procedures when evaluating whether it is necessary to raise power rates, Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) said.
By Hung Chen-hung and Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter, with staff writerA Hibiscus tiliaceus is to be planted tomorrow to replace the original “southernmost plant in Kaohsiung” after it was destroyed by a typhoon two years ago. The tree, dubbed the “southernmost plant,” was located near where Gaoping River (高屏溪) and the Taiwan Strait intersect. There used to be many Hibiscus tiliaceus along the coast of Linyuan, Linyuan District Mangrove Conservation Society director-general Su Wen-hua (蘇文華) said. However, due to erosion along the coastline, Hibiscus tiliaceus gradually disappeared, he said. The Linyuan District Office, the Linyuan District Mangrove Conservation Society and CPC Corp, Taiwan’s petrochemical business division collaborated to make the project happen.
By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterNature documentary maker Liu Yan-ming (劉燕明) yesterday donated 730 rolls of his films to the Council of Agriculture’s Forestry Bureau, while lamenting Taiwan’s lack of resources for ecological programming. His 2014 Hawk Eagle Heroes (熊鷹英雄) won the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival’s Gold Remi Award in the TV documentary category and was screened on the National Geographic channel the same year. During a contract-signing ceremony at the bureau in Taipei yesterday, Liu donated 730 rolls of film and 30 terabytes of digital recordings to the bureau, which is in charge of forest and wildlife conservation. It would take between 18 months and two years to digitize all of the film, Lin said, adding that Tainan National University of the Arts has been asked to assist. Despite the donation, Liu said he is not retiring, but discouraged younger generations from entering the profession, because “the nation has no market” for ecological films.
Staff writer, with CNA, ManilaAcer Inc (宏碁) founder Stan Shih (施振榮) and Asian Institute of Management (AIM) president Jikyeong Kang (姜志卿) on Thursday jointly presided over the official opening of a corporate research laboratory at the institute in Makati, Philippines. The Analytics, Computing and Complex Systems Laboratory, also known as ACCeSs@AIM, aims to assist the country in the research and development of artificial intelligence. “This supercomputer will serve as a centerpiece for the artificial intelligence [AI] facility,” Shih said. Data science turns complex pieces of information into an organization’s competitive advantage, so “we need to cultivate this skill in future business leaders,” he added. AIM, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is one of the few business schools in Asia to be internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the school’s Web site said.
Staff writer, with CNATaiwan was one of the countries worst hit by ransomware attacks last year, falling victim to millions of attacks, according to Trend Micro Inc’s (趨勢科技) annual security roundup. Global software security company Trend Micro found in its 2017 Annual Security Roundup: The Paradox of Cyberthreats that companies worldwide lost up to US$5 billion due to massive ransomware outbreaks. Although there were fewer ransomware attacks last year, they had greater impact, the company said. The growing popularity and profitability of cryptocurrencies has led cybercriminals to target the field, Trend Micro said. Cybercriminals are developing new ways to make money from cyberattacks — methods that are targeted and specific so they can optimize the profitability of each attack, Trend Micro marketing manager Jon Clay said.
For information and communication technology applications, power electronics have become increasingly commoditized, leaving little room for margin growth as customers look for bargains and can easily switch to another supplier, Hai said. Price competition has cooled since the second half of last year, as the firm’s rivals began to suffer from component shortages, Hai said. Delta plans to diversify and tap the power needs of medical and industrial applications, unmanned retail stores, home appliances and power tools, he said. Contribution from power electronics fell to 53 percent last year, compared with 55 percent in 2016, company data showed. Delta also announced plans to expand its power electronics production capacity in Taoyuan and raise the output at its robotics and automation center in Taichung.
Staff writer, with CNAThe Tourism Bureau yesterday rebutted reports that China would eliminate package tours to Taiwan by not issuing licenses for tour leaders to Taiwan. This number has dropped to about 6,500 per day — with 1,900 to 2,100 joining package tours and about 4,000 traveling independently, Ko was quoted as saying. Tien said that the Chinese government has stopped renewing licenses this year and said there would be no more package tours to Taiwan after a year, it reported. The decision to combine the two licenses was not aimed at Taiwan, as it applies to all package tours in general, he said. As for reports that the Chinese government has refused to renew licenses for tour leaders to Taiwan, Liu said that Chinese regulations stipulate that tour leaders must have special tour leader licenses to conduct tours to Taiwan.
The second wave of recruitment is to begin on April 2 and last until April 30, it said. In response to a shortage of First Lieutenants and Second Lieutenants in the army, the ministry is stepping up recruitment through a program to fast-track non-commission officers (NCOs) to first and second lieutenants and a one-year program to train commissioned officers. Relaxing the age restriction would encourage people to join the military, the ministry said. The maximum age at which one can join the Air Force as a pilot would not be relaxed and remain 24-years-old, the ministry said. The Act Regarding Hong Kong and Macao Affairs (香港澳門關係條例) stipulates that former Hong Kong and Macao residents cannot enlist under the ROTC program unless they have held Taiwanese residency for at least 10 years.
Staff writer, with CNASixty-two percent of Taiwanese employees have taken training courses to become more competitive in the job market, according to a survey released yesterday by online 1111 Job Bank. There seems to be more aggressive training in the financial sector than in the services industry, the job bank said, citing the results of the poll. Those employers who tend not to encourage training said their main reason was that it would affect their employees’ work progress, the poll showed. The 1111 Job Bank survey, conducted from Feb. 21 to March 8, collected 1,070 valid samples. The CPA survey was conducted from Dec. 14, last year to Jan. 1.