This is a victory for the KMT, but all party members know that it does not mean public recognition of the party,” they said in the op-ed. The proposals have been interpreted as an attempt to force older KMT members to take a back seat. Asked about the proposal, Lin said that Wu would not necessarily lose in a primary if the party adopts an opinion poll approach. The selection method the party uses for presidential candidates has always been a combination of opinion polls — weighted at 70 percent — and surveys of party members (30 percent), Lee said. “However, if more than half of the candidates in a primary agreed to only use public opinion polls, we would comply,” Lee said.
By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterA maximum fine of NT$1 million (US$32,397) for people caught illegally carrying meat products from areas infected by African swine fever came into effect yesterday, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said, adding that first-time violators would be given lighter fines. Those carrying meat products from areas infected with foot-and-mouth disease or highly pathogenic avian influenza would be fined NT$30,000, NT$300,000 and NT$1 million for the first, second and third violations respectively, the bureau said. People carrying meat products from disease-free areas would still face fines of NT$10,000, NT$100,000 and NT$300,000 for the first, second and third violations, it said. As of 4pm yesterday, customs officials at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport had intercepted eight people — two Chinese, five Taiwanese and one Vietnamese — who were carrying meat products, bureau section chief Peng Ming-hsing (彭明興) said. Three tourists who carried Chinese sausage products were fined NT$50,000 each, two carrying Vietnamese pork products were fined NT$30,000 each, two carrying Chinese chicken products were fined NT$30,000 each and one carrying Japanese pet food was fined NT$10,000, the bureau said.
“Reasonable license fees and spectrum usage fee will be vital for the adoption of 5G technology,” Li said. The NCC should cut the spectrum usage fee from NT$10.67 million per megahertz, Li saidThe regulator only charges a small administration management fee for the licensed spectrum in the US, the UK, France and Singapore, Li added. A contiguous 100 megahertz bandwidth is considered the optimal capacity for a 5G network, she said. The regulator is set to auction the 5G spectrum in 2020. Expensive equipment, high power consumption and huge antennae are among many hurdles when installing a 5G network, he said.
Lo is a professor in the Department of Finance at Feng Chia University in Taichung. In 2003, Lo’s then-wife, surnamed Tseng (曾), filed for divorce, accusing him of assault and saying he has bipolar disorder. Tseng, who was an instructor at the university, described Lo as having violent tendencies and emotional problems, court documents showed. Taichung City Councilor Tseng Chao-jung (曾朝榮) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who is running for Taichung City Council speaker, told reporters that Lo is not suitable to head the Finance Bureau and Lu should reconsider the appointment. Lu has announced that Lee Shan-chih (李善植) is to head the Taichung Legal Affairs Bureau, Kao Ssu-hsiang (高?翔) the Economic Development Bureau, Yang Cheng-sheng (楊振昇) the Education Bureau and Yen Nai-lun (顏迺倫) the Secretarial Office.
Staff writer, with CNAThe Chinese for “Soccer World Cup,” referring to the FIFA World Cup in Moscow this year, was Taiwan’s most-used key word in Google Search this year, the search engine’s annual report on popular searches said. Soccer World Cup (“世足賽”) topped the list of 10 most-used key words in Google Search in Taiwan from December last year to this month, followed by “Story of Yanxi Palace (延禧攻略),” “earthquake (地震),” “sports lottery (運彩)” and “Central Election Commission (中選會),” Google Taiwan said in this year’s Year in Search report, published on Wednesday. They were followed by “Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace (如懿傳),” “referendums (公投),” “[Kaohsiung mayor-elect] Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜),” “ELTA (愛爾達)” and “vote counting (開票),” the report said. Story of Yanxi Palace and Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace are Chinese TV drama series. The report was first published at the end of 2001.
BloombergThe surprise arrest of Huawei Technologies Co (華為) chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou (孟晚舟) is about to affect one of the Chinese company’s suppliers in Japan. Of Yaskawa’s ￥448.5 billion (US$4 billion) in revenue for the fiscal year that ended in February, 23 percent came from China. “My people on the ground in China say that Huawei is turned upside down internally,” Ogasawara said. That outlook is now uncertain, because of the events at Huawei, Ogasawara said. The Huawei incident and trade tensions with the US are not likely to derail 5G’s rollout in China, he said.
By Chen Hsin-yu and Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe New Taipei City Library is hosting a series of events at its branches to celebrate Christmas. From Monday to Christmas Day, people can nominate up to three picture or children’s books on the library’s Facebook page and share its Facebook event to enter a draw to win NT$200 convenience store vouchers, the New Taipei City Library said. Fifteen recipients are to be selected and the books they nominated are to be added to its collection, the library said. Each of the Shulin branches is to mail 100 postcards, it said. The branch also has a limited supply of Christmas-themed stationery to give to people who participate in the book exchange, the library said.
By Wen Yu-te, Yang Hsin-hui and Jake Chung / Staff reporters, with staff writerThe Taipei District Court yesterday announced the results of a recount in the Taipei mayoral election, with independent Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) maintaining his lead over Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate Ting Shou-chung (丁守中). As the results favored Ko, Ting has forfeited a NT$4.23 million (US$137,115) deposit he paid for the recount. Ting earlier this week filed to invalidate the Nov. 24 election, but a court date has not been set. All five candidates had fewer total ballots than in the initial vote count, with Ting down 470 to 577,106 votes and Ko down 157 to 580,663 votes, Huang said. While the recount was completed on Tuesday, the court spent an additional two days to verify all the information, Huang added.
Staff writer, with CNAIndonesian Minister of Manpower Hanif Dhakiri is expected to meet Minister of Labor Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春) today to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the rights of migrant workers. The MOU covers the recruitment, placement and protection of Indonesian migrant workers. Local media have speculated that the Indonesian government wants Taiwan to raise the monthly minimum wage for domestic helpers and in-home caregivers from NT$17,000 to NT$19,000. The Ministry of Labor said the MOU is a renewed version of a 2011 MOU between Taiwan and Indonesia that agreed to the direct recruitment of Indonesian migrant workers and the prevention of human trafficking. According to ministry statistics, about 190,000 Indonesians work as caregivers or domestic helpers in Taiwan, and make up 76 percent of all migrant workers in those categories.
By Sean Lin / Staff reporterThe Executive Yuan yesterday introduced amendments aimed at curbing the spread of disinformation, which proposed punishments for people who disrupt social order or threaten another person’s safety through false information. Those who contravene the rule could be subject to repeated fining until improvements are made, the addendum says. An amendment to the Disaster Prevention and Protection Act (災害防救法) recommends fining people who report or spread false information about disasters. If someone is grievously harmed as a result of such disinformation, the guilty person would face a prison term of three to 10 years. In the extreme case that false information results in deaths, those responsible for spreading the disinformation could face life imprisonment, the draft says.
With the slogan “Live more, Bank less,” the bank encourages its clients to pursue happiness and spend less time worrying about money management, which the bank can assist with, Lim said. Asked about DBS’ plans for next year, Lim said that the bank plans to launch a credit card targeting wealth management clients. While many of its rivals launched credit cards featuring cash rebates, DBS Bank said they are just one way to attract new customers. “We still think there are a lot of customers in the nation who need wealth management,” and the bank plans to focus on it, Lim said. As for the online-only banks, DBS said it is still studying possible cooperation plans.
In Tainan’s Nansi District (楠西) yesterday, a man fired five shots as two police officers approached a car that seemed to have mechanical problems. The officers, surnamed Wang (王) and Yen (顏), got out of their vehicle and asked a man if he needed help, but the suspect fired a handgun, prompting the officers to run back to their vehicle and depart the scene, Tainan police officials said. In Taichung, police were searching for two masked gunmen after shots were fired at a residence in Beitun District (北屯) yesterday. A police official said that two residents, men surnamed Liu (劉) and Chiang (姜), were hit, sustaining injuries to limbs. In Kaohsiung, police yesterday said they were searching for a suspect surnamed Huang (黃) after he allegedly drove away from officers conducting a roadside alcohol check on Wednesday night.
Reuters, FRANKFURT, GermanyThe European Central Bank (ECB) was all but certain to formally end its lavish bond purchase scheme yesterday, but was likely to take an increasingly dim view on growth, raising the odds that its next step in removing stimulus would be delayed. “Ending quantitative easing now looks more like the ammunition is running out rather than [being] based on a convincing economic outlook,” Societe Generale economist Anatoli Annenkov said. Overall inflation, the ECB’s primary objective, might be near the target now — and slightly above it in Germany, where prices grew by 2.2 percent last month, data showed. However, falling oil prices suggest a dip in the months ahead and a solid rise in wages is not feeding through to prices, leaving the bank with an unexplained disconnect. On the upside, turmoil in the Italian debt market subsided in recent weeks and Rome’s government bond yields yesterday fell further after the country’s government cut its deficit goal for next year.
BloombergItalian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has proposed cutting the deficit target to 2.04 percent of output for next year in a significant concession to the European Commission. The original number was rejected for being in breach of EU rules. Officials cautioned that there is more work to be done to satisfy EU regulations. Even a deficit of 2.04 percent might still not be low enough to avoid EU sanctions. It could increase tensions between Salvini and Di Maio, who would have less money to divvy up for their costly promises to voters.
AFP, BRUSSELSBloodied, but not yet beaten, British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday met EU leaders to ask for concessions that might save her Brexit deal, but said that she does not expect a rapid breakthrough. May late on Wednesday survived a confidence vote staged by her own party’s lawmakers, but said as she arrived at an EU summit that she would not fight the next general election planned for 2022. The other 27 EU leaders have agreed to draft a reassuring statement, but remain opposed to renegotiating the withdrawal deal. European diplomats are discussing a two-step plan that would see a brief political statement issued at the summit, followed next month by a legal interpretation of the deal. May was due to meet EU President Donald Tusk for what he called “last-minute talks” before joining the other European leaders.