By Stacy Hsu / Staff reporterThe most destabilizing element of cross-strait relations is China’s refusal to renounce the use of force against Taiwan, former US House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan said yesterday in Taipei. “I think it is self-evident that perhaps the most destabilizing element ... of cross-strait relations is Beijing’s refusal to renounce the use of force to achieve its goal of unification,” Ryan said in his keynote speech at the one-day Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue. “The world is watching whether Beijing treats Taiwan with the dignity and the respect that it deserves. “The US’ vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific dovetails neatly with our security cooperation with Taiwan. This vision promotes stability and security cooperation across the Indo-Pacific region to ensure that all parties are free from external coercion,” Christensen said.
New research suggests seniors who aren’t on guard against scams also might be at risk for eventually developing Alzheimer’s disease. But scientists know that long before the memory problems of Alzheimer’s become obvious, people experience more subtle changes in their thinking and judgment. Neuropsychologist Patricia Boyle of Rush University’s Alzheimer’s disease center wondered if one of the warning signs might be the type of judgment missteps that can leave someone susceptible to scams. They took a scam awareness questionnaire and then took yearly brain tests for an average of six years. During the study, 151 seniors were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and another 255 with mild cognitive impairment, sometimes a precursor for Alzheimer’s.
It was the first home playoff game in 10 years for the Hurricanes, with the PNC Arena full of energy. The Capitals hold a 2-1 series lead going to Game 4 tomorrow in Raleigh. Brock McGinn added a goal and an assist, and Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek stopped 18 shots for his fifth career playoff victory — four of them shutouts. Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov, 19, exited in the first period after he was dropped by a punch from Alex Ovechkin. Goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped 25 shots for eighth-seeded Colorado, who took a 2-1 series lead over the top-seeded Flames.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency made the announcement on its Web site on Monday, saying the department has issued its approval for continuing the program for training and logistics at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. The Taiwan-US strategic partnership is solid and cooperation will grow increasingly frequent, he said. As Luke Air Base is transitioning to Lockheed-Martin F-35 jets, the training program could be relocated to another US Air Force facility near Tucson, Arizona, it said. The ministry aims to raise the annual budget to more than NT$400 billion (US$12.96 billion) by 2027, a ministry official said on Saturday. Last year’s defense budget was NT$327 billion, with arms investment accounting for 25 percent and personnel costs for 48 percent, the official said.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday confirmed seven new measles cases and one case of serious complication caused by an enterovirus infection. The seven cases were associated with three clusters, two of which originated overseas, it said. The third cluster includes two men in their 20s who work at a central Taiwan hospital where several cases have been reported, the CDC said, adding that a total of 10 cases associated with the cluster have been confirmed. Measles is a highly contagious disease that can spread through the air from person to person, so people in small spaces with poor ventilation, such as an airplane cabin, with an infected person could be infected, even without direct interaction, he added. A total of 63 measles cases have been confirmed this year: 36 originated in Taiwan — 25 people had direct contact with someone infected — and 27 were imported, the CDC said.
By Ann Maxon / Staff reporterDraft acts proposed by the ruling and opposition parties to establish monitoring mechanisms for cross-strait agreements are seriously flawed, because they would not be retroactive, the Economic Democracy Union said yesterday. Unlike the proposed amendment, which aims to increase oversight over cross-strait agreements of a political nature, the bills would provide a more general framework for filtering all cross-strait agreements, including trade pacts. Although their details vary, none of the bills ensure legislative oversight, public participation, transparency or a preliminary impact evaluation for cross-strait agreements signed before their enactment, union convener Lai Chung-chiang (賴中強) told a news conference. “The movement’s main goal was to cancel the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement and the new law should include mechanisms to make that possible,” he said. The NPP said it would propose a motion during the review to increase the threshold for cross-strait agreements to pass.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterPundits and Internet users have lambasted the Ministry of National Defense’s “surrender foods” purportedly designed to convince invading Chinese soldiers to lay down their weapons. Officers from the Psychological Warfare Operations Group on Sunday presented the package along with videos and posters at a news conference at the ministry’s headquarters in Taipei. “How can they believe PLA soldiers will surrender when they see these food items? They have no idea of the quality of our military food provisions,” a Chinese Internet user wrote. “This might work, because PLA soldiers might die from laughing too hard,” another added.
However, Luckin Coffee has, in the process of this rapid expansion, burnt through more than NT$14bn (approximately US$454m) in capital. This means that the faster Luckin Coffee opens new stores and the more coffee that it sells, the greater its losses will become. Chinese citizens originally began drinking fewer cups of Starbucks coffee, switching to the more affordable Luckin Coffee. Starbucks China has successfully seen off the threat of rival Chinese chain Luckin Coffee. Starbucks China is currently expanding at a faster rate than its competitor Luckin Coffee.
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So far, four employees — or one-fifth of its inspectors who worked around ionizing radiation — have been diagnosed with cancer, Hung said. Investigating the case showed that the company has allegedly been preventing employees from wearing radiation detectors to save money and avoid being liable for occupational illnesses, she said. In 2008, the company was fined NT$500,000 by the Atomic Energy Council for failing to provide detectors to employees and failing to monitor radiation levels in the workplace, she said. She urged the council to increase the frequency of inspection at companies where employees work near ionizing radiation and called on it to crack down on firms found to have breached safety regulations. Under the Ionizing Radiation Protection Act (游離輻射防護法), employers who fail to conduct regular health checkups for employees can be fined NT$40,000 to NT$250,000, she said.
“Large businesses are clearly looking to protect themselves against risk by raising cash levels and bullet-proofing balance sheets,” Deloitte chief executive for northwest Europe David Sproul said. Official data last month showed British business investment fell every quarter of last year, the longest decline since the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Speaking on the sidelines of the IMF’s spring meeting in Washington last week, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said that a chaotic Brexit remained one of the top three risks to the world economy. Most large businesses now expect the bank to keep interest rates on hold over the coming year. The Deloitte survey showed that the proportion of chief financial officers expecting one or more interest rate rises in the next 12 months dropped to 40 percent from 58 percent at the end of last year.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited him to India as the Taiwanese company plans its expansion in the country, Gou said. It is not yet clear how Apple’s steps into India will affect its China operations. China has been the company’s most important manufacturing base for years, home to Hon Hai’s biggest facilities and hundreds of other partners. Hon Hai already has two assembly sites in the southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, where it makes devices for Xiaomi and Nokia Oyj. Locating more production in India would help diversify Apple and Hon Hai’s manufacturing footprint away from China amid ongoing trade tensions with the US.
Staff writer, with CNAInvestment from returning Taiwanese entrepreneurs has reached NT$120 billion (US$3.89 billion) since the beginning of the year and more is expected to follow, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Sunday. The government has been inviting Taiwanese expatriates to return home and invest, Tsai said in a Facebook post, adding that 30 companies have already responded to the government’s call and invested in the nation this year. This is a show of confidence by overseas Taiwanese in the nation’s investment climate in the face of a changing global economic environment, she added. “Now is the right time to invest in Taiwan,” Tsai said, referring to an IMF forecast for Taiwan’s economic growth this year. Tsai, who is planning to run for re-election in next year’s presidential election, said that it is important to improve the nation’s economic health by developing innovative industries and attracting more overseas investment.
By Lu Yi-hsuan and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerHon Hai Group chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) yesterday clarified comments he made on Facebook on Sunday about Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu’s (韓國瑜) view on Taiwan’s future and called for increased investment in high-end technology. On Sunday, Gou responded to a 20-word, bullet-point statement Han made last week at a seminar at Harvard University. Economy and technology are fueled by innovation and Taiwan must interact with the US, which has the best technology and know-how in artificial intelligence 5G, Gou said. Regarding the economy, Gou said that agricultural produce should not become the mainstay of exports, as the industry’s value could not support itself given Taiwan’s limited landmass. The government must understand that the US-China trade dispute is based on both sides restructuring industry, hence the competition and “muscle flexing” of their technology sectors, Gou said.
“The hazard perception test is only so that test takers can practice. A score on the practice test is not needed to schedule an appointment for a motorcycle license test,” Motor Vehicle Section Deputy Director Wei Wu-sheng (魏武盛) said. However, materials covered in the practice test are to be included in a mandatory two-hour traffic safety lecture that each test taker must attend before taking the written part of the license test, Wei said. Eighty-eight percent of respondents recommended adding hazard perception questions to the license test, he added. Nearly 60 percent of traffic accidents are caused by motorcycle riders and traffic accidents account for nearly 80 percent of deaths among those aged 18 to 20, DGH statistics showed.
By James Baron / Contributing reporterAside from some low-key events in Europe and Latin America, yesterday’s Universal Day of Culture passed in the same way as previous installments: unremarked. As early as 1903, Roerich had penned reflections on the sorry state of Russia’s architectural heritage. The following year Roerich formalized his views in a report to Russia’s architectural society, headed by Tsar Nicholas II. He has a vision for world peace, which began with the creation of a spiritual union between Asia and Russia. Five years later, he led a second expedition to Manchuria, funded by US Department of Agriculture of which Wallace was then head.