The ROC is an illegal occupying force that took over our island against the wishes of the people,” Chen said. “Every year on Oct. 10, the government holds rallies and parades to celebrate the so-called Double Ten National Day of the ROC. Members of the Free Taiwan Party, the Taiwan Independence Party, the 908 Taiwan Republic Campaign, the Taiwan Independence Reformation Association and the Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan were also at the event. I see hope for building a new Taiwan nation in the near future,” he said. Chen and Tsay led the crowd in a funeral procession, singing Taiwanese songs and carrying the effigy to Liberty Square.
AP, TOKYOA Japanese court yesterday ordered the government and the operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant to pay ￥500 million (US$4.5 million) to thousands of area residents and evacuees who were demanding compensation for their livelihoods lost in the 2011 nuclear crisis. The Fukushima District Court said the government had failed to order Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) to improve safety measures, despite knowing as early as 2002 of a massive tsunami risk in the region. The 3,800 plaintiffs, who sued in 2015, form the largest group among about 30 similar lawsuits involving 12,000 people pending across Japan. Closely monitored as a measure of government responsibility, yesterday’s ruling was the second verdict that held the Japanese government accountable in the Fukushima meltdowns, increasing hopes for other pending cases. The ruling dismissed the plaintiffs’ demand that radiation levels in their former neighborhoods be reduced to predisaster levels.
I happened to arrive in Cannes for the Cannes Film Festival in 1988, and I witnessed how movie producers and directors were able to enjoy their moment of glory, walking on the red carpet amid cheers and flashing cameras. It was then that I vowed to myself that one day, I would take Taiwanese films to the Cannes Film Festival. Of course, it is only after I made the decision to learn how to make films that I came to realize that the quality of Taiwanese films were not up to global standards. Prior to making A City of Sadness (悲情城市), I decided there must be synchronous recording of the film, so I moved the post-production of the film to Japan. When the film became the first Taiwanese film to be nominated for the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, there was someone who blew the whistle on us.
Staff writer, with CNABrendan O’Connell, the first person to be naturalized without having to renounce his original citizenship, yesterday sang the national anthem with a group of elementary-school students in front of the Presidential Office Building to launch the Double Ten National Day celebrations. The procession was led by a display carrying several Taiwanese athletes who won medals at this year’s Taipei Summer Universiade. Immigrants wearing traditional clothing from their countries rode on the floats by the National Immigration Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which chose to feature the nation’s multiculturalism. For the finale, the air force’s Thunder Tiger Aerobatics Team flew overhead, creating smoke ribbons in the sky in the colors of the national flag. At 8pm, Taitung residents and visitors enjoyed a 36-minute fireworks display over the Beinan River (卑南溪), along with projections on seven hot air balloons.
RUSSIAN MASTERChen was trained by Lazar Berman, one of the greats of the Russian romantic tradition, who only took on a handful of students, Chen being the only non-European among them. You had to learn to endure his wrath.”Chen says Berman calls this the “Russian soul,” a tragic musical outlook that accepts no compromise. Having lived through World War II and the Cold War, Chen believes it was the brutality and hardship his teacher had experienced that connected him on such a deep emotional level to music. “I can feel the weight of history on my shoulders as I play,” Chen says. “Whether it’s making music or doing volunteer work, I want to leave behind as much as I can for this world.”
With a surge of cats being registered as pets in Taiwan over the past five years reflecting an increasing number of Taiwanese keeping cats as pets, the Council of Agriculture (COA) has decided to include cats in its Regulations for the Management of Designated Pet Industries, an official said on Saturday. Those operating a related business without a permit will face a fine of up to NT$3 million (US$100,000). In Taiwan, certain animals kept as pets need to be registered, as required under the Regulations for Pet Registry Management. Chiang said the amendment is necessary to supplement the Animal Protection Act, and it will help to improve, or even eliminate, problems derived from home breeding and inbreeding. 緩衝期 (huan3 chong1 qi2) 2.permit n. 許可證 (xu2 ke3 zheng4) 3.breed v. 繁殖 (fan2 zhi2) 4.board v. 寄養 (ji4 yang3)江文全強調，此管理辦法將貓納入將使「動物保護法」更能落實，也將有利於改善，甚至杜絕家戶繁殖、近親配種所衍生的各種問題。（中央社）
To date, Thomann has made 16 documentaries about Taiwan and two fictional dramas. Her work has contributed to research into southern Taiwan Aboriginal languages, and she has cooperated with researchers at Academia Sinica. Rizzo has staged performances at the National Theater and National Concert Hall, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, including the well-received dance performance D’apres une Histoire Vraie (依據真實). His production, Le Syndrome Ian (伊恩症候群), will be performed at the National Taichung Theater on Saturday and Sunday. After stepping down as director of CEFC Taipei, Corcuff continued to foster strong ties between Taiwan and France, engaging in research on Taiwan, conducting teaching seminars for other Taiwan-focused researchers and supervising academic theses.
The dispute arose after EHS wanted to renegotiate the slotting fees for its home shopping channels, NCC spokesman Weng Po-tsung (翁柏宗) said. TOP has seven cable systems in central and southern Taiwan with nearly 500,000 subscribers, Weng said, adding that EHS has five home shopping channels. Each subscriber in TOP’s cable systems is valued at NT$647 (US$21.3), but EHS has requested that the value be cut to NT$243 per subscriber, he said. EHS in January asked the commission to arbitrate over the dispute, but to no avail, Weng said. However, TOP said that EHS’ request for a fee reduction was unreasonable, adding that EHS has abused its dominant status in the market.
AFP, NEW YORKThe Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros on Monday punched their tickets to the next round of the Major League Baseball playoffs as the Dodgers swept Arizona and the Astros eliminated Boston in four games. The Astros rallied for a wild 5-4 victory over the Red Sox in Boston to win the best-of-five American League Division Series 3-1. “We felt like that we could win this series, but we knew it was going to be tough,” Astros manager A.J. However, it was not enough as the Astros reached a championship series for the first time since 2005 — when they were in the National League. George Springer and Jose Altuve drove in one run each for the Astros.
By Lo Tien-bin / Staff reporterAs the nation’s police uniforms have been in use for nearly three decades, new outfits have been designed, the Ministry of the Interior said. The Executive Yuan has already approved a budget of NT$945.34 million (US$31.12 million) for the Police Uniform Refinement Project, the ministry said, adding that about NT$585.81 million is to be allotted by the central government and about NT$359.53 million would come from local governments. The current uniforms were introduced on Dec. 4, 1987, the Executive Yuan said in response to an inquiry from Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順). As the material does not breathe well and lacks elasticity, it inhibits movement, so officers feel too hot in the summer and not warm enough in the winter, the Executive Yuan said, adding that officers’ movement is restricted in chases, so they are unsuitable for police duties. The National Police Agency had created an ad hoc group to design a new uniform that is comfortable, practical and aesthetically appealing, while also suitable for the duties of an officer, the ministry said.
AP, STOCKHOLMThe Nobel prize in economics has been awarded to Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago for research showing how people’s choices on economic matters — whether on savings or game shows like Deal or No Deal — are not always rational. The 9 million kronor (US$1.1 million) prize was awarded to the academic for his “understanding the psychology of economics,” Swedish Academy of Sciences secretary Goran Hansson said yesterday. Thaler is considered one of the founding fathers of behavioral economics, a field that shows that far from being the rational decision-makers described in economic theory, people often make choices that do not serve their best interests. In the paper, Thaler and the authors found that contestants become bolder in their choices when their initial expectations of how much they would win are shattered, whether by big losses or big gains. Thaler told the news conference that he would likely use the prize money in ways consistent with his research.
By Lauly Li / Staff reporterThe US Department of Commerce is to initiate an anti-dumping duty investigation into the import of forged steel fitting products from Taiwan, China and Italy, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said on Friday. We will also maintain close contact with domestic firms to offer necessary assistance,” the ministry’s Bureau of Foreign Trade said in a statement. The ITC’s request came after US companies, including Bonney Forge Corp, filed anti-dumping petitions, claiming that imports of the steel products from the aforementioned destinations had been sold in the US at less than fair value, the bureau said. The US is the main export destination for Taiwanese forged steel fittings, but annual exports to the US have declined over the past three years, the bureau said. China is the largest exporter of forged steel fittings to the US, shipping US$78.73 million of products last year for a 29.35 percent share of the US market.
Reuters, BEIJINGBusiness activity in China’s services sector grew at its slowest pace in 21 months last month, as the pace of new business cooled, a private survey showed. The survey was in sharp contrast to an official gauge of the non-manufacturing sector, which showed the services sector expanding at the fastest clip since 2014, blurring the picture on how a key part of the economy is performing. China is counting on growth in services, particularly high value-added services in finance and technology, to reduce the economy’s reliance on heavy industry and investment. A separate Caixin/Markit survey last week also showed that growth in the manufacturing sector slowed last month, but factory activity still grew faster than services. Official measures on both the manufacturing and services industries for last month showed growth in both sectors at multiyear highs.
AP, WASHINGTONUS President Donald Trump on Sunday told congressional leaders that his hardline immigration priorities must be enacted in exchange for extending protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many of whom were taken to the US illegally as children. Trump’s list of demands included overhauling the nation’s green-card system, a crackdown on unaccompanied minors entering the nation and building his promised wall along the southern border. “Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end,” he wrote. Trump announced last month that he was ending the DACA program, but he gave the US Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before recipients began to lose their status. Trump had previously said he wanted a DACA deal to include significant money for border security and eventual funding for his border wall, but the priorities released by the White House went far beyond that.
By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterHung Shun-wu (洪順五), an adviser to the US-based Friends of the Democratic Progressive Party, yesterday said he has launched a global marketing program that aims to open up overseas markets to Taiwan’s small and medium-sized businesses through the help of Taiwanese expatriates. Hung said he has invited Overseas Community Affairs Council and Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) officials to find a new way to open up markets for local businesses. The program’s first initiative, Taiwan’s Green Industry and Overseas Marketing Forum, was launched on Saturday with a ceremony at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, with more than 200 businesspeople and overseas Taiwanese compatriots attending. The nation’s exports rely on foreigners purchasing Taiwanese goods, but if the buyers are overseas Taiwanese compatriots, they would develop closer relations with the local economy, MOEA Small and Medium Enterprise Administration Director-General Wu Ming-ji (吳明機) said. There were about 1,911,000 overseas Taiwanese compatriots last year, with about 1,202,000 in the US and 613,000 in Asian nations, council data showed in July.