“We plan to triple production in Taiwan,” a company official told the Taipei Times by telephone, quoting remarks Pegatron chief executive officer Liao Syh-jang (廖賜政) made at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Taipei. Its operations outside China account for only a single-digit percentage of overall production, Liao was quoted as saying. Pegatron would recover full use of the Guishan plant in two years, Lin said. The [US-China] trade war only accelerated the process,” the official said, quoting Tung. Companies would eventually relocate — even without the US-China trade dispute — to reduce costs, the official quoted Tung as saying.
By Kao Shih-ching and Jason Pan / Staff reportersEVA Airways (長榮航空) yesterday filed a lawsuit at the Taipei District Court against the Taoyuan Flight Attendants’ Union, saying that the union had contravened the Act for Settlement of Labor-Management Disputes (勞資爭議處理法). The union secured the right to hold a strike after 4,038 members, of whom 2,949 were EVA attendants, on June 7 voted in favor of industrial action, meeting the two thresholds of more than 50 percent of union members and 80 percent of EVA members. However, whether EVA has a labor director has nothing to do with either,” Hsu said. During the negotiations, the union had asked the company to invite employees to participate in corporate governance and to appoint a labor director, Hsu said. Meanwhile, four EVA Airways employees headed by a woman surnamed Chou (周) filed a lawsuit against Taoyuan Flight Attendants’ Union executives at the Taoyuan District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday afternoon.
By Yang Hsin-hui and Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter, with staff writer“Where’s the mayor?” Taipei City Councilor Wang Shih-chien (王世堅) shouted on Wednesday while holding a blood-smeared prop knife at the Taiwan premiere of Child’s Play in Taipei as part of publicity for the movie. Didn’t [he] say [he] was going to come?”The skit prompted laughter from audience members, some of whom asked to be photographed with Wang and shouted: “Good luck, Wang Shih-chien.”Wang told the audience that seeing the premiere of the original Child’s Play film in 1988 had brought him and his girlfriend, now his wife, closer. He and Chucky are both “good people,” Wang told reporters. However, unlike Chucky, he is “good to good people, and bad to bad people,” he said. Asked whether Ko Wen-je or Chucky is “scarier,” Wang said Chucky is “much cuter.”Chucky only turned evil after being possessed; he was not evil from the beginning, he added.
The reports spurred a wide-reaching investigation by the department into the behavior of Walmart subsidiaries around the globe, including in Mexico, Brazil, China and India. As part of the settlement, Walmart Brazil has entered a guilty plea in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the retailer said. According to court filings, from about 2009 to 2010, Walmart Brazil knowingly led its parent to maintain false records, which then made it into the company’s consolidated financial statements. Walmart Brazil and its employees recorded US$527,000 in payments to an intermediary for assistance in acquiring construction permits, as a payment to certain construction companies, the court filings show. The intermediary’s ability to obtain licenses and permits quickly “by sorting things out like magic” earned the intermediary the nickname “sorceress” or “genie” within Walmart Brazil, the court filings said.
BloombergThe biggest US banks have a chance to get in on the new cryptocurrency spearheaded by Facebook Inc. The association behind the Libra coin is in talks with the banks to participate in its governing body, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified discussing private negotiations. The person did not specify which banks were in talks. Dante Disparte, the head of policy and communication for the Libra Association, said the group is in touch with banks in the US and abroad that he declined to identify. The challenge with “certain aspects of bitcoin or cryptocurrency is the opaqueness around the sources of the money,” Corbat said.
In a joint statement, the social media platforms said that they have voluntarily signed a self-discipline pledge to intensify efforts to crack down on fake accounts and to contain the spread of misinformation. The announcement came as social media platforms and online companies have faced a backlash from lawmakers worldwide for what many have perceived as insufficient efforts to contain the spread of misinformation in election campaigns. Facebook has been allocating resources to technologies and personnel to detect false news and remove online misinformation, company official Chen Yi-ru (陳奕儒) said in the joint statement. Google said that it has arranged a series of activities over the past years to combat online misinformation, with the aim of increasing news literacy and promoting online security among the public, as well as boosting the company’s fact-checking efforts. The government would work with the private sector to fight misinformation, Lo said.
The ministry yesterday said that it plans to add 3,000 classes to public and semipublic kindergartens in eight years, adding 86,000 slots nationwide. It would continue to push its policy of helping private kindergartens become semipublic, thereby capping the tuition families must pay at NT$4,500, the ministry said. It would also seek to boost the number of such schools so that there are as many public and semipublic kindergartens as private ones, it added. Touting the measures as “the nation’s largest-ever investment in preschool education,” the ministry said that they are expected to benefit 800,000 children aged two to five. The three measures were approved during a weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday, Su said.
By Shih Hsiao-kuang, Huang Hsin-po and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporters, with staff writerThe Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is planning to hold a rally of 100,000 people on July 7 to protest the decoupling of referendums from elections. That means that they cannot be held alongside the presidential election in January next year or subsequent presidential or local government elections. KMT chapters and organizations are scrambling to mobilize supporters to ensure that 100,000 people attend the rally, a party source who declined to be named said on Thursday. An application to hold a protest on Taipei’s Ketagalan Boulevard from 3pm to 5pm has been submitted to the Taipei City Government, the source said. “I suspect the Legislative Yuan and the Central Election Committee have worked together to perform an abortion on the right to referendums,” she added.
AP, WASHINGTONA US official yesterday said that the military made preparations on Thursday night for limited strikes on Iran in retaliation for the downing of a US surveillance drone, but approval was abruptly withdrawn before the attacks were launched. The New York Times reported that US President Donald Trump had approved the strikes, but then called them off. The White House on Thursday night declined requests for information about whether Trump changed his mind. The US official said the strikes were recommended by the Pentagon and were among the options presented to senior administration officials. “I find it hard to believe it was intentional, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said at the White House.
Foxsemicon Integrated Technology Inc (京鼎) chairman Young Liu (劉揚偉) was elected by a new board of directors approved by shareholders at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting. Hon Hai is to focus on integrating semiconductors, software and Internet-related products, Gou said at a news conference yesterday. The board elected Li to serve as vice chairman. Despite concerns raised by shareholders over Hon Hai’s prospects when Gou leaves to pursue a political career, Gou said he has placed his trust in his successors and the company’s nine-person operating committee. “I aim to transform Taiwan into Taiwan Inc,” Gou said.
1 cause of death in Taiwan, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said yesterday as it published its routine health statistics from the past year. The number of deaths caused by pneumonia and cardiovascular disease rose last year, while there were fewer due to chronic liver disease and diabetes, it said. Continuing a multiyear trend, lung cancer deaths last year outnumbered those of liver cancer, the ministry said, adding that mouth, prostate, pancreatic and esophageal cancer deaths rose, while stomach and cervical and womb cancer deaths decreased. All types of vascular disease caused a combined 48,454 deaths, it said. Last year, 172,859 people died in Taiwan, an increase of 0.5 percentage points from the previous year, the ministry said, adding that the death rate rose by one second to one death every 182 seconds.
AFP, HONG KONGThousands of protesters yesterday evening blockaded the Hong Kong police headquarters, demanding the resignation of the territory’s pro-Beijing leader and the release of demonstrators arrested during Hong Kong’s worst political crisis in decades. Throughout yesterday the predominantly young, leaderless protesters used spontaneity and movement to up the pressure on authorities. Rights group Amnesty International yesterday said that it had verified multiple instances of police violence that breached international laws, while the Hong Kong Bar Association added its voice to calls for an investigation into police tactics. Crowds outside police headquarters grew in the evening as workers joined the largely student-led protest, where demonstrators used metal barricades to fortify their positions, and used unfurled umbrellas and masking tape to obscure CCTV cameras. “We need to flow like water,” to be able to retreat and regroup and adapt, said protester Chris, referencing a famous quote from martial arts superstar and Hong Kong legend Bruce Lee (李小龍).
Edward, a Hong Kong information science student living in Taipei, is nearly at the end of his course, but has no plans to return to his birthplace. Taiwan, a democratic nation just an hour’s flight from Hong Kong, is an easier place to settle, Edward said, offering a path to citizenship within about three years for students. “In my college there are more and more Hong Kong students each year,” he added. “China is tightening its grip on Hong Kong,” he said. “I will miss Hong Kong so much,” he said.
By Hsieh Wu-hsiung and Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter, with staff writerThere is no timetable to end a strike by EVA Airways flight attendants, who are prepared to stick with it for the long haul, Taoyuan Flight Attendants’ Union secretary-general Cheng Ya-ling (鄭雅菱) said yesterday. The flight attendants went on strike at 4pm on Thursday after negotiations with the airline broke down. EVA Air illegally attempted to break a picket line outside its headquarters in Taoyuan’s Lujhu District (蘆竹), allegedly splashing water on union members, they said. The flight attendants did not go on strike without warning, Cheng said, adding that over the past two years more than 20 rounds of negotiations have taken place. The union obtained the right to strike legally, and the department respects the union’s right to a lawful strike and to form a picket line, he said.
By Kwan Shin-han / Staff reporterShihlin Electric & Engineering Corp (士林電機) yesterday said that revenue from China might decline 15 to 20 percent this year, due to the US-China trade dispute and a sluggish Chinese market. “Sales in China this year might fall between 15 and 20 percent due to higher US tariffs on exports of electrical parts,” a company official, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Taipei Times by telephone. “A sluggish Chinese economy and a weak stock market are keeping consumers cautious on spending.”“We plan to divert orders of electrical parts from China to Taiwan and Vietnam,” the official said. It started supplying electrical parts and motors for local electric scooter companies this month, which could help boost sales this year, it said. That was a dividend yield of 3.21 percent based on the stock’s closing price of NT$46.8 in Taipei trading yesterday.