Reuters, WASHINGTONUS President Donald Trump might include Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei Technologies Co (華為) and ZTE Corp (中興通訊) in the trade deal being negotiated between the US and China, he said on Friday. US officials are not talking about dropping charges against Huawei, Trump told reporters at the White House. Huawei will be raised with US attorneys and the attorney general in the coming weeks, but “right now it’s not something that we’re discussing,” Trump said. Last year, Chinese peer ZTE was prevented from buying essential components from US firms after pleading guilty to similar charges, crippling its operations. Trump said that he probably would meet with Xi in Florida next month to decide on the most important terms of a trade deal.
AFP, MONTREALCanadian miner Barrick Gold Corp on Friday said that it is weighing a mammoth bid for US rival Newmont Mining Corp to reclaim its dominance in the gold sector. In a statement, the company said it had “reviewed the opportunity to merge with Newmont Mining Corp,” but added that “no decision” had been made yet. Last month, Colorado-based Newmont announced a US$10 billion stock deal for another Canadian mining company, Vancouver-based Goldcorp Inc, in a move to leapfrog Barrick as top gold miner. That acquisition — which is expected to close in the second quarter — came only three months after Barrick agreed to buy Britain’s Randgold Resources Ltd in a US$5.4 billion deal. The two companies have adjoining assets in Nevada and Newmont already has a stake in Barrick’s Turquoise Ridge Mine in the US state.
By Han Cheung / Staff reporterFeb. 25 to March 3After Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) became the first president to publicly apologize for the 228 Incident in 1995, he added that this was just the beginning. “We need to publicize the truth behind the events, compensate the victims, designate a memorial day, heal our people’s spirits and rebuild their dignity,” he said. COMPENSATION ACTJust over a month after Lee’s historic gesture, the 228 Incident Disposition and Compensation Act (228事件處理及賠償條例) went into effect on Apr. As of June last year, the Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) reported that 2,312 cases related to the 228 Incident were approved for compensation. On the 49th anniversary of the incident in 1996, Taipei New Park (台北新公園) was renamed 228 Peace Memorial Park (228和平紀念公園).
By Davina Tham / Staff reporterLab Man Mano (慢慢弄乳酪坊) is a temple to traditional Italian cheese-making located in the heart of old Taipei. Her hands are a blur as they twist mozzarella into knots called nodini — a mark of handmade cheese, since machines cannot produce the shape. Fluent in Italian, she had already been making cheese at home as a hobbyist, learning from books and Italian artisans on online fora. A DAY IN A CHEESE ARTISAN’S LIFEThe number of professional cheese-makers in Taiwan can be counted on one hand. Even professional chefs expect to be able to make cheese for paying customers after just one lesson at Lab Man Mano.
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By Jason Pan / Staff reporterThe Supreme Court yesterday rejected appeals by defendants in the Weiguan Jinlong building case in which more than 100 people died after the housing complex collapsed during the 2016 Tainan earthquake. The court also upheld the sentences for the five defendants of five years in prison and a fine of NT$90,000 each. The five are Weiguan Corp owner Lin Ming-hui (林明輝); architects Chang Kuei-pao (張魁寶) and Cheng Chin-kuei (鄭進貴); Weiguan design department’s Hung Hsien-han (洪仙汗); and structural engineer Cheng Tung-hsu (鄭東旭). Following the High Court’s ruling in July last year, all the defendants, except for Lin, filed appeals to either overturn the guilty conviction or receive a lighter sentence. The two architects had helped the company acquire construction certification and other documents without properly supervising the construction work, the investigators added.
Most such incidents have been settled through private compensation deals between the dog owners and postal workers, but there have been cases where owners have refused to take responsibility for their dog’s actions. If a resident complains twice about not receiving mail, Chunghwa Post asks workers to resume deliveries to the the address, an employee said. Employees have been told to carry dog treats and tennis rackets to defend themselves, but they are ineffective, he said. Some owners would rather pay NT$10,000 compensation than try to protect the workers, he said. Chunghwa Post associate manager Kuo Chun-yang (郭純陽) said taking legal action against a dog’s owner is a last resort.
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporterTravelers can start booking tickets for Taiwan Railways Administration’s (TRA) new tourist train on April 1, the railway operator said at a product launch yesterday. Reporters were invited onboard to check out one of the new trains, which was equipped with a dining car, a lounge car and business-class train cars. The agency started renovating the Chukuang-class train cars, which have been in use for almost 18 years, in March last year and spent about NT$79 million (US$2.56 million) to convert them into tourist train cabins, said TRA Director-General Chang Cheng-yuan (張政源), who served as conductor for the day. The agency now has 20 business-class train cars, six dining cars and three lounge cars. Families and companies planning a group tour can take advantage of the tourist train service, which would fit their needs perfectly, Chang said, adding that international visitors could board the train and experience the rail tour themselves.
By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterThe Formosat-7/COSMIC-2 satellite constellation would bolster national security by collecting more weather data, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday as she inspected the Ministry of Science and Technology’s preparations for the next launch. The Formosat-7 constellation, the biggest Taiwanese-US collaboration, is designed to collect more weather data for national defense and disease prevention purposes, Tsai said while visiting the National Space Organization (NSPO) at the Hsinchu Science Park (新竹科學園區). After inspecting the organization’s integration and testing facilities, Tsai presented the constellation’s certification of flight readiness to NSPO Director-General Lin Chun-liang (林俊良). The successor to the Formosat-3 constellation, dubbed “the world’s most precise thermometer in space,” the Formosat-7 constellation is expected to collect three to four times more data than its predecessor, Lin said. The program’s first remote sensing satellite is expected to be launched in 2021, Chen said.
Staff writer, with CNAThe EU would not rule out the possibility of signing a bilateral investment agreement (BIA) with Taiwan, even though it observes a “one China” policy, a European Commission official said on Tuesday. The public hearing was also attended by Bureau of Foreign Trade Director-General Yang Jen-ni (楊珍妮) and European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan chief executive Freddie Hoglund. The EU is Taiwan’s largest source of foreign capital and its fifth-largest trade partner, while Taiwan is the EU’s sixth-largest trade partner in Asia, Ministry of Economic Affairs data showed. FRIENDSHIPIn a news release yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it welcomed the hearing — the first ever held at the EU on the issue. This public hearing once again underscores its friendship and support to Taiwan,” it said, urging the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, to take concrete action to push for the inking of a BIA.
By Peng Wan-hsin and Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter, with staff writerNew Power Party (NPP) Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) yesterday proposed a draft same-sex marriage bill that he said focuses on protecting the rights and interests of children with same-sex parents. The draft proposal would also allow people in same-sex marriages to have a child through assisted reproduction with the approval of their partner. The bill is a counterproposal to a draft act unveiled by the Executive Yuan on Wednesday titled the “enforcement act of Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. The NPP supports Lim’s proposal, NPP Legislator and caucus whip Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) said yesterday. Hsu said that he had signed a petition supporting Lim’s proposal and if it did not gather enough signatures to be considered, the NPP would consider proposing a competing same-sex marriage bill, using Lim’s version as the foundation.
Staff writer, with CNAThe EU yesterday welcomed the Executive Yuan’s unveiling on Wednesday of draft act on same-sex marriage and said it hoped that LGBTI rights in Taiwan would continue to advance. Officially titled the “enforcement act of Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748,” the bill is the first in Taiwan to be named after a constitutional interpretation to avoid causing disputes between supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage. The bill was drafted in line with a ruling by the Council of Great Justices on May 24, 2017, in which the judges said that the prohibition of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Following the passage on Nov. 24 last year of a referendum that said that the the Civil Code should not be amended to allow marriages between people of the same sex, the Cabinet decided to create a special separate draft bill to legalize same-sex unions, which is expected to be enacted by May 24.
British animated TV series “Peppa Pig” has achieved global success over the last few years. In the US, some parents are saying their children have been adopting Peppa’s charming British accent and vocabulary after watching the cartoon, calling their mothers “mummy” or asking their parents to “snuggle” with them instead of to “hug” them. It is, however, possible that kids are learning to mimic individual words from the show, she told the Guardian last week. The pink pig, known as “Pei Pei Zhu” in Taiwan and “Xiao Zhu Pei Qi” in China, is a superstar to many young children. There is also an “I love Peppa Pig” lantern area in the 2019 Taipei Lantern Festival, which this year celebrates the Year of the Pig.
By Ann Maxon / Staff reporterLGBT rights groups yesterday praised the Executive Yuan for adhering to the Council of Grand Justices’ Constitutional Interpretation No. 748, saying that the Cabinet’s draft bill on same-sex marriage is “viable,” but conservative groups said that it contradicted the result of one referendum. Before Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Wednesday evening revealed that the bill had tentatively been named the “enforcement act of Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748,” many civic groups had been concerned that it would be a same-sex partnership law instead of a same-sex marriage law. The Cabinet’s draft aims only to implement the constitutional interpretation and not the referendum result, he told a news conference.
By Hsieh Chun-lin and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe Control Yuan yesterday censured the Ministry of National Defense, the Financial Supervisory Commission and the Fisheries Agency in connection with the Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co (慶富造船) scandal. The Control Yuan members tasked with the inquiry interviewed 96 witnesses over 42 sessions and issued 36 requests for official documents, it added. While the ministry’s mistakes did not result in direct losses to taxpayers, they saddled publicly owned banks that dealt with Ching Fu with bad loans, while the minesweeper scandal also harmed the ministry’s credibility, it said. The Financial Supervisory Commission facilitated Ching Fu’s efforts to secure loans from the banks in 2016, the Control Yuan said, adding that it would be censured for exceeding its legal authority. Government agencies in charge of contracting should consider themselves warned to avoid the behavior highlighted in the report, it said.
By Chou Yen-yu and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe Taipei City Government yesterday said it would continue to inspect mobile fruit stands at the Shilin Night Market to protect consumers against overpricing, with the eventual goal of removing all mobile stalls in the area. Several incidents of overpricing by mobile fruit stands were reported last month and subsequently confirmed by night market management, Taipei Department of Legal Affairs Consumer Protection Officer Ho Hsiu-lan (何修蘭) said. The majority of mobile fruit stands — which offer cut fruit on-demand — overcharged customers by two to three times the market price, Ho said. Only 19 mobile fruit vendors remain in the market, with two vendors quitting last month due to the fines, Market Administration Office Vendors’ Division head Yang Chung-cheng (楊忠誠) said. Inspections are conducted twice a week, Yang said, adding that the ultimate goal is to remove all mobile fruit stalls.