By Shelley Shan / Staff ReporterThe Freeway Bureau yesterday said that it is formulating a pricing scheme for towing away supercars from the nation’s freeways. Regular tow trucks were unable to tow the car as is chassis was severely damaged and the owner found a towing firm specializing in towing sports cars. The bureau aims to implement a new pricing scheme by June after discussing the issue with contractors, Wu said. Contractors working with the bureau have about 180 tow trucks that can tow sports cars, he added. In related news, starting on Friday next week, motorists whose cars break down while driving through the Hsuehshan Tunnel on the Chiang Wei-Shui Freeway (Freeway No.
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Revenue last year fell 6 percent annually to NT$86.64 billion (US$2.81 billion), missing the company’s target of NT$89.89 billion, which was attributed to the unlimited data plan launched in May last year. The nation’s other telecoms also launched similar data plans. “We have information that some of our peers are losing their appeal to consumers, compared with [when the data plans first] disrupted the market,” she said. Apparently, the consensus between the nation’s big three telecoms — FET, Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信) and Taiwan Mobile Co (台灣大哥大) — is that “NT$499 is the bottom line,” Ching said. It plans to maintain a stable cash dividend distribution policy, FET said.
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AFP, BEIJINGThe founder of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co (華為) has hit back at US efforts to blacklist the company, saying defiantly that the world cannot do without Huawei and its “more advanced” technology. Last year, security concerns prompted Australia to ban Huawei equipment from its future 5G network. US prosecutors are also charging Huawei with stealing trade secrets, saying it offered rewards to employees for stealing technology from rivals. Signs that US efforts to convince its allies to shun Huawei technology could fall through are also growing. “We still trust in the UK, and we hope that the UK will trust us even more,” he told the BBC.
The incident on Jan. 19 involved a passenger who demanded that flight attendants assist him because he had a right-hand injury, EVA Air Union said. The Office of Labor Inspection conducted an inspection of EVA Air on Jan. 22 after a flight attendant appeared traumatized by the incident at a news conference the day before. “We hope the airline will quickly address the problem, support the flight attendant affected by the incident and allow her to take work-related sick leave,” the union said. The flight attendant returned to work after taking three weeks of sick leave on her doctor’s orders. The airline had said it was waiting for a reply from the Bureau of Labor Insurance before granting the flight attendant work-related sick leave.
AFP, PARISSuperstar designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85, his fashion label Chanel said yesterday. Friends have always said that the prolific creator would die with a pencil in his hand, and just last week his own fashion line, Karl Lagerfeld, was still announcing new design collaborations. German-born Lagerfeld was artistic director of three separate brands, Italy’s Fendi, France’s Chanel — the world’s richest label — and his eponymous line. He contributed to making Paris the fashion capital of the world and Fendi one of the most innovative of Italian brands,” the billionaire said. “Karl Lagerfeld is an immense personality, someone out of the ordinary,” French Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner told RTL radio.
“Many firms made more money and raised wages for employees last year,” DGBAS Deputy Director Pan Ning-hsin (潘寧馨) told a media briefing. Total average monthly wages — including both take-home pay and non-regular compensation — rose 3.94 percent to NT$51,957 last year, the agency said in a report. After factoring in inflation, real take-home pay averaged NT$38,235 per month last year, less than the NT$38,398 recorded in 2001, the official said. In December last year, overall average wages rose 3.62 percent year-on-year to NT$50,861 per month, while average take-home pay gained 2.11 percent to NT$41,414, the report said. It was the 13th consecutive month that average wages increased, Pan said, adding that wage figures are closely tied to corporate earnings and are also linked to economic showings.
Honda also plans to cease production in Turkey, where the company makes the Civic sedan, he said. Honda is not the source of media reports on the plant closure, Teruhiko Tatebe, a Tokyo-based spokesman for the automaker, said by telephone. The UK has long been a Japanese hub for European auto production, with Honda, Nissan Motor Co and Toyota Motor Corp owning three of the country’s six largest automaking factories. Ford Motor Co, in announcing thousands of job cuts in Europe, last week said a hard Brexit would be “catastrophic” for the UK auto industry and its engine-production facilities. The closure, the biggest since 2005, would affect thousands more jobs across Honda’s UK supply chain, he said.
By Ann Maxon / Staff reporterA coalition of civic groups yesterday urged the Legislative Yuan to prolong referendum proposals’ review periods and introduce more measures to ensure the quality of proposals. To improve the quality of referendums, the Central Election Commission’s review period of each referendum proposal should be prolonged from 30 to 60 days to four to six months, he said. That is only enough time to spread rumors, not enough to ensure public discussion of important issues,” he added. “Referendum results have the same effect as a law, but while legislators must go through a complex process to pass a law, passing a referendum is very easy,” Lin said. Meanwhile, to prevent unconstitutional referendums from being held, the commission should have the option of asking the Council of Grand Justices to review referendum proposals that could be unconstitutional, he said.
Swancor, which has a 7.5 percent stake in the project, would ship about 500 tonnes of epoxy resin worth several million New Taiwan dollars, it said. Swancor has reported that revenue last year rose 26.32 percent annually to NT$6.2 billion (US$201 million). In the first nine months of last year, net income stood at NT$579 million, up from NT$46 million a year earlier, company data showed. Swancor is also a developer for the Formosa II project, which has a planned capacity of 376MW and is scheduled to be completed by next year, in addition to Formosa III, which has a planned capacity of 2 gigawatts. Shares in Swancor yesterday closed down 1.87 percent at NT$105, retreating from an intraday high of NT$114.
Reuters, MADRIDA cross-party group of British lawmakers yesterday recommended that brands and retailers in the fashion industry should pay a penny per garment to fund better clothing waste collection following an eight-month inquiry into the sector. The fashion industry is big business in Britain, worth ￡32 billion (US$41 billion) in 2017 and employing 890,000 people in retail, manufacturing, brands and fashion design in the country. “Fast fashion means we over-consume and under-use clothes,” said Environmental Audit Committee Chair Mary Creagh, who is also a member of Parliament. It also recommended lessons to design, make and mend clothes should be on the school curriculum, while sales taxes on repair services should be reduced. “The government must act to end the era of throwaway fashion by incentivizing companies that offer sustainable designs and repair services,” Creagh said.
Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen and Guangzhou would be the four key Bay Area cities and territories, driving the region’s economic development, the blueprint said. The development of the Greater Bay Area has been challenged by diverging social, legal and customs systems, the plan said. Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) last year inaugurated a US$15 billion, 55km bridge, the world’s longest sea crossing, linking Hong Kong with Macau and the mainland city of Zhuhai. In September last year, Hong Kong plugged into China’s 25,000km high-speed rail network with a futuristic new terminus overlooking the Victoria Harbor. Under the blueprint, the major cities and territories of the Greater Bay Area would establish themselves as hubs for different sectors.
Ice swimming in Russia has long been associated with older, usually Speedo-clad men. POTENTIAL DANGERSOthers are more equivocal on the health effects of ice swimming, defined as taking a dip in water temperatures of zero to four degrees Celsius. Russia’s winter swimming federation, based in the Siberian city of Tyumen, lists joint health and good skin among the benefits. Depending on their experience, ice swimmers tend to stay in the water for anything from one to around five minutes. This set a record recognized by a Russian association for the longest stint in cold water by a woman.
By Chen Yu-fu and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writerNoting that Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) had at one point warmed to negotiating peace with Chinese communists, Taiwanese academic Lo Cheng-chung (羅承宗) yesterday said that a peace treaty with Beijing is not necessary, nor trustworthy. The Cabinet and Democratic Progressive Party legislators on Monday reached an agreement to prioritize proposed amendments in the current legislative session that would subject any peace agreement with China to a national referendum. Compromise between nationalists and communists will never exist and there is no peace to speak of thereunto.”Noting that Taiwan and China have traded and conducted substantive exchanges over the past decades, Lo said that “as the frequent movement of goods and people has shown, a state of peace already prevails across the Taiwan Strait.”“The KMT’s calls for a peace treaty are senseless,” he said. “Historically, the memorandums and agreements that exist between Taiwan and China are concerned with economic and practical issues, so the KMT putting a peace treaty on its agenda raises troubling questions about its motives,” he added. Taiwan abandoned plans to invade China a long time ago and China is the only party that should be held responsible for contributing to the potential for war, Lo said.
Staff writer, with CNAAfter being sworn in yesterday, new Coast Guard Administration Director-General Chen Kuo-en (陳國恩) vowed to make every effort to prevent African swine fever from entering the nation. While he was happy to take up the challenge, his new post came with great responsibility, and keeping out African swine fever was the most pressing issue right now, he said. The Central Emergency Operation Center for African swine fever data showed that there have been 25 cases of pork products brought from abroad that tested positive for the virus since. Chen succeeded Lee Chung-wei (李仲威), who on Wednesday last week was appointed head of the Ocean Affairs Council. He served as deputy head of the National Security Bureau from mid-September 2017 until last week.
Reuters, BERLINUS President Donald Trump has promised European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that he will not impose additional import tariffs on European cars for the time being, Juncker was quoted as saying in an interview on Monday. “Trump gave me his word that there won’t be any car tariffs for the time being. If Trump imposed tariffs on European cars nonetheless, the EU would react immediately and not feel obliged to stick to its promise to buy more soybeans and liquefied gas from the US, Juncker added. The EU wanted to improve trade relations with the US, but would react swiftly if Trump decided to hit EU car imports with tariffs, European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said. Any US tariffs on European cars would hit Germany’s important automobile industry particularly hard.