STOCKHOLM — The Danish owner of an amateur-built submarine will not contest a court order to hold him on remand over the disappearance of a female reporter, his attorney said Monday, as the search for the missing woman continued. Madsen still rejects the charges against him despite accepting remand, his attorney Betina Engmark Hald told Danish broadcaster TV2. Wall has not been seen since Thursday when she and Madsen were spotted on the submarine leaving the harbor of the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Police have urged witnesses to report possible sightings of the submarine and Wall. The submarine was sailing without its navigation lights on, "something you don't do," the crew member said, citing the area's busy sea lanes.
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STOCKHOLM — A clip of a rare white moose in western Sweden has garnered huge interest on social media, the cameraman said Monday. "It was close to the road," he said, allowing Nilsson to follow the moose at close range. Nilsson said he had long hoped to catch the moose on camera and was "lucky that it gelled." Moose, known as the king of the forest, are normally brown. There are an estimated 100 white moose.
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By Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe Coast Guard Administration has asked the Ministry of the Interior for budgetary approval of a NT$1.6 billion (US$52.8 million) plan to acquire ship-borne aerial drones with surveillance capabilities, a coast guard official said. Pending ministry approval, the coast guard would buy 30 rotary-wing drones over five years to be used for maritime law enforcement missions, said the official, who declined to be named. The drones could aid the coast guard by providing video information in real time, the official said. Coast guard patrol ships are required to have a helicopter landing pad, but not a hangar. The coast guard would give preference to domestic contractors if their products meet performance standards, the official said.
By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterThe seven winning teams of the sixth Three-Dimensional Animation Challenge yesterday received their awards from Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) and Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) at a ceremony in New Taipei City. The 60 teams that made it into the finals were invited to the ceremony at Acer Inc’s headquarters in the Eastern Science Park in Sijhih District (汐止). “As technology itself cannot create value ... real innovation should be that which is able to touch people’s hearts. The contest was divided into animation and special effect groups, and winners received yellow plastic brick trophies that resemble the Oscar statuette. Wang Chia-min (王嘉敏), Lee Ping-ting (李娉婷) and three other members Ming Chuan University team won the animation group championship for their film, Solar, earning a prize of NT$300,000.
AFP, MEMPHISElvis Presley, American icon and King of rock ‘n’ roll, transformed popular culture, sold over a billion records and is idolized as ever on the 40th anniversary of his tragic death. In 2016, Forbes ranked him the fourth highest earning dead celebrity at US$27 million, still moving a million albums. “Say ‘Elvis’ in Beijing, Nicaragua, Estonia or Fiji and you get an immediate recognition across language and culture,” he said. In March, it opened a brand-new US$45 million entertainment complex and hotel spread across 40 acres. “He’s the celebrity of all celebrities,” said Lisa Bseiso, 36, who set up The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Qatar, the Middle Eastern kingdom where she was born and raised.
The partnership is the state-run company’s first venture into the cross-border electronic trade payment service. Chunghwa Post has about 30 million checking and saving accounts and has issued 14 million ATM cards, 4 million of which also function as Visa debit cards, Wang said. Starting next month, Chinese shoppers will be able to use Alipay to buy items on Chunghwa Post’s online site, the Post Mall. The seven-year-old Post Mall built its reputation on helping independent farmers make direct sales to consumers, including lychees and pears. “We will have a special section in our Post Mall next month that will feature high-quality products or produce made in Taiwan,” she said.
By Chen Wei-han / Staff reporterThe Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission is to be merged with other ministries by the end of this year, which would break up the agency after nearly a century of operations. The Executive Yuan has not proposed a budget for the commission in the next fiscal year, and is planning to merge the commission with the Ministry of Culture and the ministry level Mainland Affairs Council by the end of this year, Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said yesterday. The commission was founded on July 11, 1928, when the Republic of China (ROC) government was headquartered in China. The Executive Yuan is to propose scrapping the act authorizing the existence of the commission in the next legislative session. “The Executive Yuan respects the suggestion.
Inventec manufactures a wide range of products, including servers, notebook computers, smartphones, wireless acoustic products, wearable devices and solar cells. Inventec smart device subsidiary Inventec Appliance Corp (英華達) CEO David Ho (何代水) said shipments of smart devices this quarter would hit for their peak for the year. Capacity utilization rates at its plants in Shanghai and Nanjing are running “high” to meet the demand for Internet-of-Things (IoT) products, wearable devices and smarthome products, Ho said. “We forecast that revenue and profitability from smart devices could grow by a double-digit percentage this year from last year,” Ho said. Inventec has also invested three years in developing a smart-home product that it expects to start shipping next quarter.
BloombergNorthVolt AB, the Swedish battery factory developer founded by a former Tesla Inc executive, is planning to close its first major fundraising round this autumn, potentially drawing in 100 million euros (US$118 million). It is a “partnership round” where the company is tapping its potential customers, such as carmakers, energy storage firms and industrial concerns, CEO Peter Carlsson said. NorthVolt is aiming to build a 32 gigawatt-hour factory that is expected to cost 4 billion euros. The next round will aim to raise 1.2 billion to 1.4 billion euros, which NorthVolt would need to fund the first phase. It is planning to build a facility with a production of 8 gigawatt-hours per year, or about 400 million battery cells.
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporterTaipei temperatures have risen above 36°C for 10 consecutive days, breaking a record set in 2012, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday. Temperatures rose to 38.2°C at 1:11pm yesterday, for a 10th day of highs. The previous record set in July 2012 saw temperatures higher than 36°C for nine consecutive days, the bureau said, adding that a new record could be set in the next few days, with the high temperatures expected to continue. Temperatures in metropolitan areas in northern Taiwan are expected to reach at least 37°C over the next few days, Wu said. Chances of afternoon thundershowers are higher on the plains and in mountainous areas after the maritime air mass moves closer to Taiwan on Thursday, Wu said.
Reuters, MANILAFighting between government-backed separatist rebels and pro-Islamic State (IS) group militants have killed at least 25 people in the southern Philippines, the army said yesterday, as the military battles to restore order on the troubled island of Mindanao. The MILF and the government have agreed to work together to thwart several militant groups in Mindanao that have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. “Based on reports from ceasefire monitors, the two sides suffered 25 casualties, including 20 from the ISIS-inspired group,” Besana said, referring to the Islamic State group by another acronym. He said 10 MILF fighters were wounded and were being treated at a military hospital. The conflict started on Monday last week when extremists from Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters attacked two villages in Maguindanao and their homemade bombs killed five MILF fighters.
About 498,000 tourists arrived in Keelung Port, an increase of 27.7 percent, while the number of tourists to Kaohsiung Port grew by 157 percent to about 72,000, it said. Although Taiwanese tourists to Ishigaki, Okinawa and other places still account for the majority of cruise ship travelers, Yeh said there has also been a significant increase in overseas tourists. “The Executive Yuan had set a goal of receiving 25,000 cruise ship tourists from overseas this year. Taiwan is the second-largest source of cruise ship tourists, preceded only by China, Yeh said. Last year, Keelung Port was ranked fifth among the top 10 cruise ship ports, preceded by those in Jeju, South Korea (No.
By Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe Executive Yuan plans to allocate a NT$6 billion (US$198 million) budget to fund the government’s New Southbound Policy in fiscal 2018, underscoring President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration’s emphasis on the policy. The Executive Yuan plans to set up 16 agricultural demonstration centers in Southeast Asia, sources said, adding that it plans to keep a low profile to prevent Chinese interference. The agencies will use the funds to foster talent that would help with the promotion of the policy, the sources said. Meanwhile, the Cabinet is expected to allocate a budget of NT$331.8 billion to the Ministry of National Defense, increasing NT$10.1 billion from its initial plan. The budget deficit this year has fallen by NT$38.3 billion from last year, they said.
AFP, BEIJINGChina’s industrial output, a key engine of growth, slowed sharply last month, as government efforts to rein in debt weighed on demand and economic activity, official data showed yesterday. Output by Chinese factories and workshops grew by a lower-than-expected 6.4 percent compared with the same month last year, China’s National Bureau of Statistics said. Retail sales slowed slightly to 10.4 percent last month, while fixed-asset investment grew 8.3 percent in the January-July period — both slightly below expectations. Julian Evans-Pritchard, who covers the Chinese economy at Capital Economics, said yesterday’s figures provided “mixed signals” as growth in electricity and steel output accelerated, while production of consumer goods and most other commodities slowed. The Chinese economy faces another looming challenge as US President Donald Trump was due to sign yesterday a memorandum to launch an investigation into the Asian giant’s intellectual property practices.
By Crystal Hsu / Staff reporterThe presale housing market slipped into a recessionary state last month, as developers and contractors refrained from launching new projects to ease selling pressure, a report by the Chinese-language Housing Monthly showed. The business climate for the presale housing market further deteriorated and flashed “blue” last month, after four months of “yellow-blue,” as fewer presale or new homes entered the market, the report found. Presale projects dropped to about NT$20 billion (US$660 million) in northern Taiwan last month, shrinking 50 percent from NT$40 billion in June, depressing the business climate by 2.3 points to 30.2, the survey found. Only three presale projects drew sales of more than NT$1.5 billion in the Greater Taipei area, according to the survey, meaning most were minor projects. “It is hard to tell where the market is headed, but the landscape might remain tough this month and next month,” Ho said.