Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications Chi Wen-chung (祁文中), who is also acting chairman of Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC), made the statement at a meeting of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, which was reviewing the budget submitted by the airport company for the next fiscal year. The postponement has added NT$3.6 billion (US$116.7 million) to the construction budget, increasing it to NT$78.2 billion, the company said. TIAC has fared poorly in its performance and its budget should be cut by NT$20 million, Chen said. “The company does not have enough workers to complete all of the work, with the workload expected to increase in the years to come,” he said. It would be a pity to abandon the design,” TIAC vice president Chen Fu-chiang (陳福將) said.
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporterPeople can use Chunghwa Post iPostbox terminals at 10 MRT stations in Taipei, as well as on Antai St in Neihu District (內湖) and the Taipei Tennis Center, the postal company said yesterday. The terminals have been installed at the MRT’s Minquang W Road, Beimen, Ximen, Zhongshan Elementary School, Taipei City Hall, Nangang, Zhonghxiao Xinsheng, Gongguan, Songjiang Nanjiang and Nanjing Fuxing stations, Chunghwa Post said. An inauguration ceremony was attended by Chunghwa Post President Chen Shian-juh (陳憲著) and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲). The company launched its iPostbox service in July 2016 to meet demand for e-commerce and logistics services, it said. They can pick up their items at the iPostbox, it said, adding that the terminals are open all day, every day.
By Peng Wan-hsin / Staff reporterFormer Democratic Progressive Party legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) is said to be considering running for party chairperson after Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) on Tuesday said that he “has no intention” of joining the race. Chen has a natural and warm personality, and is someone who can take on the responsibility of chairperson, Hsu added. Suggestions include include Lin, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦), Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien (林智堅), DPP acting chairperson and Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (林右昌) and Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君). Cheng Wen-tsan, Lin Chih-chien and Lin Yu-chang have said they have no plans to run, while Cheng Li-chiun decided not to register after gauging responses from other party members. Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation chairman Michael You (游盈隆) is the only party member to have publicly voiced his interest.
By Sean Lin / Staff reporterThe Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday called on the Executive Yuan to reassess changes it was reportedly planning to make to a digital communications bill, saying that some of them would infringe on freedom of speech. The Executive Yuan has not engaged in effective and substantive communication with digital communications companies about the changes, which would jeopardize the nation’s hard-fought freedom of the press and speech, KMT caucus whip Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) told a news conference at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. The fine recommended by the Executive Yuan for operators that do not remove disinformation within a prescribed period would amount to 10 percent of their revenue in the previous year, Hsu said. The planned changes would lead to the reinstatement of an authoritarian regime in Taiwan, KMT Legislator Lee Yen-hsu (李彥秀) said. In response to the Asia Internet Coalition’s open letter, he asked whether private digital communications platforms can disclaim responsibility for exercising self-regulation to curb the spread of fake news.
By Shen Pei-yao and Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe Taipei City Government yesterday called on the central government to support an expansion of its West District Gateway Project during a closely watched meeting between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲). At about 2pm yesterday, Tsai and Ko met at the plaza of the historic North Gate (北門) in Taipei, where Taipei Deputy Mayor Charles Lin (林欽榮) briefed the president on improvements made to the surrounding area before the group went into the adjacent Taipei Post Office for further discussions. About 30 minutes into the meeting, an adviser handed Tsai a note, which she read before passing to Ko. “I do not know if you will believe me,” Tsai said, adding that they discussed the report they were about to hear. He declined to comment on whether he would support a potential re-election bid by Tsai in 2020.
“So far, only the two companies have received a permit from the Bureau of Energy, which is key for developers if they aim to ink a PPA with Taipower,” Taipower spokesman Hsu Tsao-hua (徐造華) told the Taipei Times by telephone yesterday. Formosa 2, which is off the coast of Miaoli County, is scheduled to start generating power by 2020, Swancor said. The firm plans to begin construction in 2020, Swancor said, adding that Formosa 2 would generate enough power for 380,000 households per year. The firm plans to begin construction next year, Wpd Taiwan said. The firm would choose to operate under the tiered feed-in tariff scheme, which is to be canceled next year, according to the ministry’s proposal, Wpd Taiwan said.
Kase certainly had plenty of jump on Wednesday night, rallying Anaheim to their seventh victory in eight games. The 23-year-old forward from the Czech Republic got his first NHL hat-trick in a 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars. Cam Fowler had the Anaheim Ducks’ only other hat-trick this season on Nov. 4 against Columbus. Rudulov gave the Stars their second power-play goal of the period with a high wrist-shot from the right circle. Kase pulled the Ducks to 3-2 late in the second with a wrist-shot that went between Bishop’s legs.
The collapse of civilization and the natural world is on the horizon, Sir David Attenborough, British naturalist and TV personality, has told the UN climate change summit in Poland. “Right now we are facing a manmade disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change,” he said. Climate action must be increased fivefold to limit warming to the 1.5 degrees Celsius scientists advise, according to the UN. He highlighted the opportunities of the green economy: “Climate action offers a compelling path to transform our world for the better. The prime minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama, who led the 2017 UN climate summit, said his country had raised its ambitions.
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Wu made the statement at a meeting of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, which was reviewing the commission’s budget for fiscal 2019. Democratic Progressive Party legislators Cheng Pao-ching (鄭寶清) and Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) asked Wu how the government regulates telecoms’ use of Huawei products. Cheng said that in 2012 some telecoms were found to be using core network technology built by Huawei. Wu said that the Public Construction Commission would do as Cheng asked and would circulate a reminder regarding the regulations. The Government Procurement Act (政府採購法) stipulates that government agencies can set regulations governing the participation of foreign suppliers in government procurement cases, Wu said.
Reuters, SYDNEYAustralia’s competition watchdog yesterday recommended tougher scrutiny and a new regulatory body to check the dominance of tech giants Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google in the country’s online advertising and news markets. The recommendation, in a preliminary report on the US firms’ market power, is being closely watched around the world as lawmakers wrestle with the powerful tech firms’ large and growing influence in public life, from privacy to publishing. Facebook and Google in separate statements said they would continue to work with the ACCC while the regulator prepares its final report due in June next year. The ACCC has said its recommendations are subject to change, but suggested handing the new regulator investigative powers to examine how the companies rank advertisements and news articles. Traditional media companies in Australia, including Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd and News Corp’s local arm, yesterday welcomed the ACCC’s suggestions in separate statements.
Several nations have expressed national security concerns about the use of Huawei’s products, which have been dubbed a “Trojan horse,” Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Wan-ju (余宛如) said. The company has provided products to financial institutions to develop digital finance services, Yu said, urging the commission to ban domestic banks from using Huawei’s equipment. “At least state-owned banks should not use Huawei’s equipment, nor their chairpeople and presidents use Huawei smartphones or the messaging app WeChat (微信),” she said. DPP Legislator Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘) said financial institutions that use Huawei’s products should detail the type of equipment they use. “The FSC and financial institutions know that national security is important, but we have to confirm if such a ban is legal,” Koo said, adding that it is easier to ask state-run banks to ban Huawei’s products, but it would be another story for private banks.
AP, TOKYOJapan’s economy shrank at a worse-than-anticipated annualized rate of 2.5 percent in the July-to-September period due to weaker consumer demand and corporate investment. Japan’s economy returned to expansion in the April-to-June quarter, but contracted in the quarter before that. Natural disasters weighed on consumer travel and spending, which means growth could recover if such events do not occur during the final quarter. The closure of a major airport in the western Kansai area after a typhoon was among the factors that hurt the economy in the third quarter. A major earthquake also hit the northernmost island of Hokkaido during the quarter, causing deadly landslides and widespread blackouts.
Xinhua news agency said that Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng (樂玉成) “lodged solemn representations and strong protests” with US Ambassador Terry Branstad against the detention of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou (孟晚舟). The Xinhua report quoted Le as calling Meng’s detention “extremely egregious” and demanded that the US cancel an order for her arrest. It quoted Le as calling for the US to “immediately correct its wrong actions” and said it would take further steps based on Washington’s response. It alleges that Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company to evade US trade curbs on Iran. We’ve got serious people working on them and I don’t think they’ll be affected by this,” Lighthizer said.
In addition to charges against Ghosn, prosecutors also indicted Kelly and Nissan itself, local media reported, as the company submitted the official documents that under-reported the income. The Japanese firms in the three-way alliance with Renault — Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors Co — have both sacked the Franco-Lebanese-Brazilian as chairman. Ghosn is suspected of deferring part of his pay to avoid criticism from staff and shareholders that his salary was too generous. In Japan, prosecutors and defendants begin a trial at a district court and can appeal to a high court and the Japanese Supreme Court. It has also fueled anger in Lebanon, with digital billboards around Beirut proclaiming “We are all Carlos Ghosn” under a picture of the magnate.
US technology heavyweights, including Qualcomm Inc, Intel Corp, Broadcom Inc and Micron Technology Inc, supply chips to Huawei, which was last year the world’s No. Although Huawei has other sources, supply can be scant and might affect its operations and indirectly disrupt its supply chain in Taiwan, Jih Sun said. Huawei sold more than half of its products to Chinese companies and generated only 6 percent of its revenue in the US, Jih Sun said. “The impact on Taiwan’s supply chain would be more severe if US businesses were barred from supplying electronic components to the Chinese firm,” the report said. About 20 percent of Universal Microwave’s revenue came from Huawei, which buys its telecommunications components, Jih Sun said.