By Kuo Chia-erh / Staff reporterOutdoor footwear supplier Fulgent Sun International Holding Co Ltd (鈺齊國際) on Friday said its net profit last quarter rose to a record high, thanks to robust customer demand for its Gore-Tex-certified shoes. Net profit reached NT$122.87 million (US$4.07 million) in the July-to-September quarter, a 9.2 percent increase from NT$112.54 million a year earlier, with earnings per share of NT$0.85, the company said in a statement. The ongoing expansion projects in Southeast Asia are in line with the company’s strategy to reduce reliance on its Chinese plants, which contribute about half of its production volume. This year, the company plans to allocate NT$500 million for capacity expansion, Fulgent Sun spokesman Sunny Liao (廖志誠) said in March. Fulgent Sun stock gained 1.08 percent to close at NT$74.9 on Friday in Taipei trading, beating the broader market, which edged up 0.12 percent.
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Staff writer, with CNA, JakartaIndonesia is to send 100 nurses to Taiwan at the start of next year to provide professional home care services, an Indonesian national daily newspaper reported yesterday. Under the agreement, 100 trained nurses from Indonesia will come to Taiwan to provide home care for patients in need of such attention, the paper said, citing Ricky Adriansjah, head of the agency’s Tangerang office. Agency deputy head Agusdin Subiantoro was cited as saying that Indonesia aims to send high-quality workers to Taiwan. The nurses are to serve in situations where professional home care is required, he said, adding that Indonesians who currently fill such positions have no professional training. This would help close the gap between the wages earned by domestic caregivers and by factory workers, Subiantoro said.
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By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed a clustered outbreak of six indigenous cases of dengue fever in New Taipei City, as it urged Taiwanese to eliminate standing water, especially after rainy days, to prevent mosquito larvae from hatching. A married couple in their fifties, living in Yingge District’s (鶯歌) Donghu area (東湖), were reported to be indigenous cases of dengue fever in late September, with two other cases being reported nearby earlier this month and considered related to the first two. The CDC confirmed two new cases of dengue on Thursday and determined them to be associated with the previous four cases. The man was screened and confirmed to have dengue 11 days after the fever’s onset, after telling the doctor that dengue cases had been reported near the farm that he often visits. The local health department has disinfected the area and plans to monitor the 710 people who have had direct contact with the two cases until Nov. 1, he added.
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AFP, PARISRafael Nadal is seeking 100,000 euros (US$118,213) in damages from former French minister of youth affairs and sports Roselyne Bachelot after she accused the Spanish tennis legend of a dope test cover-up. Nadal is suing Bachelot, who served as sports minister between 2007 and 2010, over remarks made in March last year on French television. Neither Nadal nor Bachelot were at the court hearing in Paris on Friday. None,” he said, adding that the court should award symbolic damages to Nadal if his client is found guilty of 1 euro. After Bachelot’s accusation, Nadal explained last year why he was taking legal action against her.
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AFP, MILAN, ItalyItaly’s traditional derby match between soccer giants Inter and AC Milan now has a distinct Asian flavor and following, fueled by multimillion-dollar investments by the Chinese owners of the two clubs. Today’s derby has gripped Milan including the city’s Chinatown district — and soccer fever has spread as far as Beijing. The flags of both teams flutter across the long avenue via Paolo Sarpi in the heart of Milan’s Chinatown — where many of the city’s 29,000 Chinese residents live — ahead of the Derby della Madonnina. Milan have been completely overhauled at a cost of 230 million euros (US$272 million) by Li, who already paid 740 million euros to buy the club in April last year. Zhang’s Suning group paid nearly 270 million euros for Inter in June last year.
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By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterA series of art performances and presentations by artisans celebrating the cultural history of Taipei’s Dadaocheng (大稻埕) area was held yesterday afternoon as part of the third annual Tua-Tiu-Tiann International Festival of Arts. The performances were staged on the plaza and inside historical buildings near Yongle Market (永樂市場) on Dihua Street (迪化街). Decorated in the retro style of a traditional fabric market, a Green 17 bus — a bus line that takes passengers to the city’s popular tourist attractions associated with traditional tea, Chinese medicine and traditional fabrics — was also introduced yesterday. The tea, Chinese medicine and traditional fabric industries are the prominent features of Dihua Street, said Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who attended yesterday’s event dressed in a 1920s-style outfit. The department has set a deadline of Oct. 17 for the contractor to fix the problems, including the water leaks, with another inspection being set for between Oct. 18 and Oct. 20, it said.
By Stacy Hsu / Staff reporterPresident Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday stressed the importance of think tanks in the formation of government policy and said she hopes that such organizations could help the nation find its place in the new world order. Tsai made the remarks in her opening speech at the inaugural Asia-Pacific Think Tank Summit in Taipei, a meeting that is bringing together more than 30 leaders of think tanks from 15 nations in the Asia-Pacific region to address pressing issues and shared concerns. She said it was her awareness of the importance of think tanks that in 2011 prompted her, in her capacity as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson, to establish a policy research think tank under the party’s New Frontier Foundation. Many of the DPP administration’s policies were drawn up based on the think tank’s recommendations, she said. “We feel it is important for leaders of think tanks [in the region] to converse with one another to foster common values.
AFP, CHICAGOUS Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati on Friday said he would not resign and might even seek re-election despite the US’ failing to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia. Just minutes after US coach Bruce Arena resigned in the wake of Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Trinidad and Tobago, which saw the US fail to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986, Gulati took the blame for the humiliating failure. “We’ve got a lot of things on our agenda, including a World Cup bid that’s due in March. “Sunil Gulati’s role as a US Soccer power broker has outlasted three US presidents,” Commisso said. A new election for US Soccer president is set for February with candidate nominations due in December, allowing time for background checks.
By Lee Hsin-fang, Tseng Wei-chen and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerDraft amendments to the pension system for military personnel would emulate the US military’s retirement program, the Presidential Office’s Pension Reform Committee said yesterday. After discussions with the Ministry of National Defense, the committee has decided that military personnel would have a higher income replacement ratio for their pensions than civil servants and teachers, the committee said. The proposed pension program would emulate the “Final Pay” retirement system used by the US military, which would multiply final monthly base pay by 2.5 percent for every year of service, the committee said. Committee members said military personnel would not receive special treatment and would be treated the same as civil servants and teachers in terms of the 18 percent preferential savings rate. The committee said it is satisfied with the Vocational Assistance Commission for Retired Servicemen’s plans to help with the education of retired personnel.
While CPC has said many times that delaying development of the terminal would impede plans to go nuclear-free, Chan said the government should instead consider adjusting the ratio of energy sources to accommodate the shutdown of the nuclear plants. The ratio adjustment was his personal suggestion, not a conclusion reached after a discussion with the Executive Yuan, Chan said in response to questions. Wind speeds at the Port of Taipei are lower, allowing entry 334 days per year, Tsuang said. Fang (方振仁) admitted that weather conditions are worse at the industrial park than at the Port of Taipei. “Although there is no algal reef issue at the Port of Taipei, local residents [in Bali] are opposed to the terminal project,” he said.
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporterTo Hawbash Muradi, it was not shocking that nearly 93 percent of Iraqi Kurds voted “yes” in an independence referendum held on Sept. 25. This is something beyond politics for us,” said Muradi, a Kurdish manager in a Taiwanese high-tech firm who also voted yes. In January 2005, an unofficial referendum organized by the Kurdistan Referendum Movement asked Kurds if they favored forming an independent state. This time, the referendum was conducted by the Kurdistan Regional Government to begin the process of building an independent state, Muradi said. Regarding criticism about the timing of the referendum, Muradi said there was no good time to hold it.
Hartley, this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and a world endurance champion, will add his name to a roll call of Kiwi F1 drivers that currently ends with Mike Thackwell in 1984. Hartley, 27, said it was an amazing feeling to be contemplating a debut at last and felt ready for it at a track he already knows from world endurance. Hartley last tested for Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso in 2009 and has not driven an F1 car since 2012, before the new generation of turbo hybrid engines. Kvyat will be back for Austin, Texas, because Spaniard Carlos Sainz moved to Renault after last weekend’s race in Japan, with Toro Rosso still to confirm their definitive lineup for next year. Toro Rosso are sixth in the constructors’ championship, 14 points behind Williams in fifth, with four races to go.
AFP, HOUSTON, TexasDallas Keuchel delivered 10 strikeouts in seven shutout innings as the Houston Astros edged the New York Yankees 2-1 in the opening game of their Major League Baseball playoff series. Hinch had no worries going with Keuchel as his starting pitcher in game one of the AL Championship Series as the left-hander has owned the Yankees in seven career starts against them. After tossing 97 pitches through six innings, Keuchel returned for the seventh and vanquished the Yankees in order. Keuchel worked six scoreless innings while pitching Houston to a 3-0 win in the 2015 AL Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium in New York. He surrendered a two-out home run to Yankees first baseman Greg Bird, but did not panic.
AP, COLORADO SPRINGS, ColoradoThe US Olympic Committee (USOC) board is moving forward with discussions about hosting the Winter Games in the US for either 2026 or 2030. However, the USOC needs more information about the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) process for awarding the next Olympics. The 2026 Games are set to be awarded in 2019, but the IOC could decide to award the 2030 Games at that time as well, mirroring this year’s dual award of the 2024 Games to Paris and 2028 to Los Angeles. Salt Lake City is the last US city to host an Olympics — the 2002 Winter Games — and many of the venues built for those Olympics have been maintained. Probst said he has taken recent comments from IOC president Thomas Bach about returning the Winter Games to “more traditional” sites as code for bringing them back to Europe or North America.
AgenciesThe leaders of Britain, France and Germany yesterday said they remain committed to the Iran nuclear deal and are “concerned by the possible implications” of a US decision to no longer back it in its current form. US President Donald Trump on Friday refused to formally certify that Tehran was complying with the 2015 accord, even though international inspectors said it is. He threatened to “terminate” the nuclear deal signed between Iran and six world powers unless the US Congress passed stringent new sanctions. If the US terminates the Iran nuclear deal or reimposes sanctions on Tehran, it could result in Iran developing nuclear weapons and raise the danger of war close to Europe, German Minister for Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel said. “Iran will probably invest even more than before in order to show the Americans that they can’t get away with destroying the agreement.”