In 2016, 116 of the city’s 374 medical disputes were related to aesthetic medicine, the agency said, adding that it counted 415 cosmetic surgery clinics in Taipei that year. Medical disputes in aesthetic medicine mainly arise when cosmetic surgery patients are dissatisfied with the result, Chinese Society of Cosmetic Surgery and Anti-Aging Medicine education committee convener Sung Feng-yi (宋奉宜) said. They make up about 10 percent of all medical disputes that the foundation receives, he said. A recent investigation discovered many unreported cases of medical disputes, Sung said, adding that for each case covered in the media, there could be more than 20 unreported cases. People should select qualified hospitals and clinics if they want to have cosmetic surgery, said Lee Lin-shen (李林深), leader of the injections group of the cosmetic surgery society’s education and scholarship committee.
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Gross margin edged lower to 13 percent last quarter from 13.1 percent the previous quarter and from 15.3 percent a year earlier. Gross margin sank to 13 percent from 14.6 percent. Sercomm stopped taking orders from Chinese clients in November and December in an attempt to stave off further gross margin erosion, Wang said. Higher key component prices and a strong New Taiwan dollar shaved more than 3 percentage points from the company’s gross margin, Wang said. “We are going to boost [shipments] of higher-margin products, while moving away from lower-margin commodity products,” Wang said.
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Wu made the remarks at the opening address of a Taipei seminar on opportunities available to Taiwan under an Indo-Pacific strategy, a strategic partnership jointly promoted by the US and Japan to counter the military and economic threats of China and North Korea. This vision of the Indo-Pacific region is grounded in democratic values and would safeguard the region’s freedom and openness, Wu said, adding that Taiwan is ready to shoulder its responsibility, as a democracy in the region, to fulfill this vision. The term “Indo-Pacific strategy” is not new, nor is its substance, Gregson said. The Indo-Pacific strategy presents a window of opportunity that will not stay open forever, Newsham said, adding that for Taiwan, it is important to move fast and develop concrete relationships with the US and Japan. Taiwan not only plays a key role due to its location in Southeast Asia, but it can contribute through cyberspace, Toshiba Corp advisor Osamu Onoda said, adding that Taiwan and Japan must work together to secure the safety of East Asia and the Indo-Pacific region.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterForward Lo Pei-yi’s 37 points yesterday led the defending champions Pu-Men High School from Kaohsiung to the women’s basketball title for the second year in a row. Pu-Men took a decisive 79-58 victory over Nanshan High School from New Taipei City in the High School Basketball League (HBL) final played at the Taipei Arena. Taipei’s Hujiang High School took third earlier yesterday afternoon, coming from behind to defeat Tainan’s Yung-Ren High School 71-66. MEN’S FINALIn the men’s final, Taipei’s Songshan Senior High School also took a second consecutive title with a 70-60 win over Neng Ren Home Economic and Commercial Vocational High School from New Taipei City. Head coach Huang Wan-jung has built a hoops dynasty at Songshan, capturing the HBL men’s title for the third time in four years and the sixth time since 2009.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urged people to cook their meat thoroughly and wash or peel fruit and melons carefully before eating them, to prevent being infected by listeria, as there has been a serious outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa. The source of the outbreak was traced to processed meat products, it added. Separately, 17 listeriosis cases were confirmed across the eastern states of Australia, and Australian authorities on Wednesday last week said that four people had died after consuming listeria-contaminated melon. listeriosisThe FDA said that listeriosis is caused by eating foods contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, and the bacteria are found in soil, manure used for fertilizer and water. Separate raw and cooked food in the kitchen to avoid cross-contamination, cook meat and seafood thoroughly before eating, and avoid dairy products that have not been properly sterilized, it added.
By Chen Wei-han / Staff reporterThe Cabinet yesterday said that management of national parks would remain under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior, instead of passing to a yet-to-be-established “ministry of environment and resources,” as discussions about government restructuring continue. The decision is to be finalized today during the coordination meeting between the Executive Yuan and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus today, Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said. According to an amendment to the Organizational Act of the Executive Yuan (行政院組織法) made in 2010, the 37 government agencies under the Executive Yuan at the time were to be merged into 29 starting in 2012. Following his inauguration, Premier William Lai (賴清德) has taken measures to expedite the restructuring. The Cabinet said it is close to finalizing the restructuring plan, which it is to negotiate with DPP lawmakers before submitting it to the Legislative Yuan for approval.
A minute of silence for the victims of the disaster was observed at the ceremony, which was presided over by Japanese Representative to Taiwan Mikio Numata. Also in attendance were Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) and Taiwan-Japan Relations Association (TJRA) President Chiou I-jen (邱義仁). Chiou also thanked Japan for its support in the wake of the Hualien earthquake. President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) sent prayers to the victims of the March 2011 disaster in a post on Twitter yesterday, saying she hopes that reconstruction work in affected areas can be completed as soon as possible. Japanese students in Taiwan yesterday established a committee that aims to express gratitude to Taiwan through practical action and designated March 11 as “Taiwan-Japan friendship day.”
The Tourism and Hospitality program is the only program at APIC that is still accepting students, and last year it recruited only one. Yi-shen Group (怡盛集團), a corporation best known for its security services, took over the APIC school board in August 2016 after it promised to donate NT$480 million (US$16.4 million) to the school, APIC teacher Huang Hui-chih (黃惠芝) said. However, the corporation paid less than NT$150 million and began closing most of its programs, forcing students to transfer or drop out, and illegally cutting teachers’ pay, she said. “The school in 2016 decided to reduce its programs, because some could not recruit enough students. In 2016, universities in Taiwan planned to recruit 46,192 students, but the actual number of students that applied for the university entrance exams was 44,958.
By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterEncumbered by property and environmental controversies for more than a decade, the National Biotechnology Research Park in Taipei’s Nangang District (南港) is slated for completion on Wednesday, Academia Sinica officials said. Located near Academia Sinica and the Nangang MRT Station, the park covers 25.44 hectares that used to house the Ministry of National Defense’s 202nd Arsenal. The land was designated as the park’s site during former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) presidency, and the construction project was launched in 2007 by then-Academia Sinica president Wong Chi-huey (翁啟惠). Tsai, who helped negotiate the land use when she served as vice premier, in June last year said the park’s construction would be completed by the end of last year. Initial controversy over land use was the main reason for delays, as it took about six years for the Ministry of National Defense to hand over the land, Liu said.
By Kuo Chia-erh / Staff reporterIndustrial motor supplier Teco Electric & Machinery Co (東元電機) presented an optimistic sales outlook for this year, saying that it expects to secure more orders for its new energy-efficient motor products. The company has been researching and developing VHPD motors for two years. Teco next month is to exhibit its VHPD motors at the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair in Hannover, Germany, with the aim of attracting more foreign buyers, it said. To cut labor costs, the company is to move part of its production capacity to Vietnam, where it is to build a new plant capable of producing 300,000 small motors per year. The Vietnamese plant, which is to become a manufacturing hub in Southeast Asian markets, is scheduled to begin mass production in May next year, Teco said.
The council issued the statement after China’s National People’s Congress yesterday ratified a constitutional amendment that abolishes presidential term limits, thereby enabling Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) to rule indefinitely. However, in a third term, Xi would likely put greater pressure on Taiwan, so Taiwan must strengthen itself and accumulate “bargaining chips” now, Wang said. The most important task is to ensure the cohesion and integration of opinions within Taiwan, he added. Xi’s indefinite retention of power would affect the entire world, National Chengchi University Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies chairman Wang Hsin-hsien (王信賢) said. “The leadership of the CCP is the most essential characteristic of China’s socialism with Chinese characteristics” was added to Article 1 of the Chinese constitution, he said.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterKaohsiung prosecutors yesterday summoned a school teacher, Liang Mei-tsung (梁梅宗), for questioning in connection with a probe into allegations of raping underage girls. Yeh said Liang ran the gymnastics teams of several schools in Kaohsiung and forced the girls under his charge to have sex with him. Liang received awards for “outstanding gymnastics coach,” and his teams won titles and gold medals in national gymnastics competitions. Investigators said that Liang denied any wrongdoing, and when questioned about the rape claims, said: “It was a long time ago. After 10 minutes, he walked in completely naked and touched my neck, then hugged me,” Yeh wrote.
The pickup came despite the government’s lifting last year of a 14-year ban on beef imports from Japan, Sweden and the Netherlands. “Taiwanese are more receptive to beef of higher quality grades, compared with diners in Japan, South Korea and elsewhere in Asia, accounting for the relatively high proportion of prime and choice beef imports,” Wu told a media briefing in Taipei. US beef constitutes 40 percent of local consumption, outperforming other places of origin, Wu said. The trade federation is seeking to increase US beef consumption in Taiwan by launching the “Diamond Plus Precious” certification intended to encourage local restaurants to use US beef. The reference book, which is to be published in August, would name the 20 best local restaurants that serve US beef at a price of NT$500 to NT$600, Wu said.
“The macro environment remains favorable for Asia, where return on equity declined since 2010, but staged a strong rebound last year,” Hong Kong-based HSBC head of Asian and Indian equities Sanjiv Duggal told a news conference in Taipei. HSBC plans to increase holdings in consumer and social media companies in China to take advantage of a growing affluent population in the vast market, Duggal said. Meanwhile, consumption-focused companies might find long-term support in Indonesia’s demographic dividend, as much of the country’s population is young, he said. HSBC is to buy technology shares in Taiwan and South Korea amid pullbacks, especially companies that command leadership positions on the world stage, said Duggal, who was to visit technology firms in New Taipei City and Taoyuan during his stay. Finally, biotechnology firms in India, China and South Korea deserve more attention as they move up the value chain, Duggal said.
By Lo Tien-bin / Staff reporterThe Presidential Office Building has purchased new security equipment for its guards and is expected to make minor modifications to the nearly 100-year-old building. The attack followed a 2014 incident, when a man drove a truck through a bullet-proof screen and into the main gate of the Presidential Office Building, saying he was protesting a judicial hearing involving his ex-wife. Meanwhile, the Presidential Office on Feb. 22 submitted to the Legislative Yuan a security review report, as requested by lawmakers when they approved the office’s budget proposal for this fiscal year on Jan. 30. The office has stepped up security and last year adjusted its security arrangements to install a so-called “landscape fence” around the building, the report said. It is often used around large-scale public infrastructure and sports arenas,” a Presidential Office official said, adding that the fence would only be installed around areas of the Presidential Office Building that require bolstered security.
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