Staff writer, with CNAA new voting system was implemented at Philippine representative offices in Taiwan for that nation’s midterm elections, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office said yesterday. From yesterday, Philippine nationals in Taiwan can vote in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung until May 13 for their local officials, district representatives and senators. An optical scan voting system would read paper ballots automatically and tally the results, the office said. However, Alvin Hernandez, a patent engineer voting for the third time, said that the system did not save much time due to the large number of candidates and parties contesting the elections. The Taipei office’s move from Zhongshan District (中山) to Neihu District (內湖) would not affect turnout, an official in charge of coordinating Taiwan-based voting said.
Staff writer, with CNA, BostonThe two sides of the Taiwan Strait should pursue peace through wisdom, and Taiwan should not drag the US into conflict by mismanaging cross-strait relations, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) said on Thursday at a Harvard University forum. “We cannot, and should not, drag our American friends down due to ineffective handling of cross-strait relations,” Han said. Wisdom is needed to avoid potential conflicts, Han said, adding that China should not doubt Taiwan’s determination to strive for democracy, but Taiwan should not doubt China’s determination for unification. Han also mentioned the so-called “1992 consensus,” which he described as a stabilizer of cross-strait relations. “My view on the 1992 consensus is naturally ‘one China, respective interpretations’ based on the Constitution ... certainly not ‘one country, two systems,’” Han added.
BloombergChevron Corp agreed to buy Anadarko Petroleum Corp in a US$33 billion deal that adds US shale oil and African liquefied natural gas (LNG), and puts it in the top ranks of the world’s largest energy companies. The takeover puts Chevron neck-and-neck with the oil and gas production of Exxon Mobil Corp and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, both of which have dominated Big Oil over the past decade. “Chevron now joins the ranks of the ultramajors,” Roy Martin, an analyst at Wood Mackenzie Ltd, said in a note. The deal might put pressure on Shell to seek assets in the Permian Basin, where the Anglo-Dutch company has said it wants to grow. Oil executives and bankers had speculated that Shell might buy Anadarko, because they have adjacent properties.
Reuters, WASHINGTONThe G20 agreed on the need to take timely policy action to ensure that heightening risks do not prolong a global economic slowdown, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Friday. “There was a shared understanding among the G20 members that each country needs to take timely policy action,” Kuroda told a news conference after the end of a two-day meeting of G20 finance leaders and central bank chiefs in Washington. “We need to be mindful of the risks to global growth. G20 countries must ensure they don’t take steps that heighten risks, and instead take steps to lessen them,” he said. Excessive global imbalances have posed risks to the global economy and need to be addressed multilaterally, rather than on a bilateral basis, Aso said.
Staff writer, with CNAA Japanese tourist has died after falling 30m following a motorcycle crash in Wulai District (烏來) in New Taipei City, police said yesterday. The New Taipei City Fire Department dispatched an ambulance and six other emergency vehicles at 10:31pm on Friday after receiving a report of an accident, police said. The man was found unconscious with head injuries and was lifted from the area he fell into at 11:15pm, fire department personnel said. He went into cardiac arrest before arriving at Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital and was declared dead at the hospital at 12:19am yesterday, fire and police officials said. The Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, which represents Japanese interests in Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties, would notify Yamada’s family of his death, police said.
Yet Relativity Space, the company he cofounded in December 2015 with the vision of launching 3D-printed rockets, has grown from 14 to 80 employees in one year and is to recruit another 40 this year. Dozens of start-ups have announced plans in the past few years to build small and medium-sized rockets to launch small satellites. With its large 3D-printing machines, the start-up has said that its rockets should require 100 times fewer parts than traditional rockets. If Relativity Space succeeds in this feat — which it has not yet demonstrated — it would revolutionize the launch industry. Today, a satellite operator can wait for years before having a place in the large rockets of Arianespace SA or SpaceX.
By Sean LinThe Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) must show unity to keep the nation from being absorbed by China, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday, after the party’s postponement of its primary on Wednesday prompted a senior DPP member to leave the party in protest. “Former premier William Lai (賴清德) has called on DPP members not to leave the party. He has urged them to exercise prudence, to stand back and see the bigger picture for the party,” Lai said. The DPP administration has had a challenging time, but the nation is in a dire and precarious situation, Su said. “Faced with a powerful China that is increasingly eager to annex Taiwan, people can only keep [the nation] from being unified by showing solidarity,” Su said.
His destination was Taiwan, where he was invited by the US Information Agency to put on an exhibition. Often considered the father of Chinese photography, Lang was one of China’s first photojournalists and creator in 1928 of what is believed to be China’s earliest surviving nude. Western visitors brought the first cameras to Taiwan shortly after the invention of photography in 1826, and the oldest known photograph taken in Taiwan, of an Aboriginal couple, was taken around 1850. Thomson left behind 40 photographs of his travels in today’s Kaohsiung, Tainan and several Aboriginal villages further up the west coast. One of the earliest Taiwanese photography pioneers, Deng Nan-guang (鄧南光), developed his passion while studying in Japan in the 1920s.
AFP, WASHINGTONUS officials unveiled plans to accelerate deployment of 5G wireless networks, including new funding to bring the ultrafast systems to remote rural areas. The new 5G networks “will improve Americans’ lives in so many ways,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. “And we don’t want rural Americans to be left behind,” he said. Earlier this month, South Korea launched what it said was the first nationwide 5G network, while US carriers rolled out 5G in some locations. Harold Feld at the consumer group Public Knowledge said it was not clear whether the funding for rural broadband would be new or simply taken from an existing program.
However, their feats were all eclipsed by Woods, who signaled he would be a threat to capture his first major title since the 2008 US Open and first Masters title since 2005. After two early birdies and a bogey, Woods missed an eight-foot par putt at the eighth hole and seemed destined for an unspectacular round. Oosthuizen made seven birdies in shooting a 66, while Day fired 67 after tweaking his back on Thursday. Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, seeking a green jacket to complete a career Grand Slam, fired a 71 to stand seven back on 144. Phil Mickelson, who at 48 would become the oldest major champion in history with a win, shot 73 in his 100th career Masters round to stand three off the lead.
By Chung Li-hua and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerTo deter China’s “united front” rhetoric, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) plans to fine borough wardens for signing agreements with their Chinese counterparts. Borough wardens from New Taipei City, Changhua County and Kinmen County have all allegedly signed documents to further collaboration with Chinese boroughs, the source said. Chen maintained that the borough wardens were innocent, saying that the government had not informed officials of what was legal and what was not. “Borough wardens are voted into office, too. The Ministry of the Interior’s Civil Affairs Department said that borough wardens are not empowered to sign any agreements and the act of signing was a legal transgression.
ReutersMatt Duchene on Friday had a goal and three assists as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated hosts Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1, taking a stunning 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. The Lightning star was to have a hearing yesterday with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to discuss that hit. The Islanders, who have home-ice advantage for the first time since 1988, hold a 2-0 series lead for the first time since they swept the Edmonton Oilers in the 1983 Stanley Cup. KNIGHTS 5, SHARKS 3Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist, and William Karlsson and Colin Miller each scored short-handed goals to lead Vegas past hosts San Jose to even their first-round Western Conference playoff series at 1-1. Mark Stone and Cody Eakin also scored goals, and Paul Stastny added two assists for Vegas.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterMore than 70 percent of Taiwanese think that national security is more important than freedom of the press, a survey released yesterday by the Professor Huang Kun-huei Education Foundation showed. As the nation discusses the issue of “fake news,” the survey about educational issues included a question asking respondents the importance they attach to national security and freedom of the press. A total of 74.1 percent of respondents think national security is more important than freedom of the press and 16.6 percent hold the opposite view, while 9.3 percent did not give a clear response, the survey found. Most people think that national security is more important, showing that people should be educated on how to identify fabricated news, Feng said. From an educational viewpoint, the survey result calls for more thought on the issue, Huang said.
Reuters, KHARTOUMSudan’s security and intelligence chief quit yesterday, state media reported, a day after the Sudanese minister of defense stepped down abruptly as interim leader following the overthrow of former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir and protesters kept up demands for change. The new head of the military council, Sudanese Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdelrahman, accepted Gosh’s resignation, the official Sudan News Agency said yesterday. Celebrations erupted on the streets of Khartoum overnight following Ibn Auf’s resignation. Worshipers packed the streets around the ministry for Friday prayers, heeding a call by the SPA to challenge the military council. The numbers swelled in the afternoon and a witness estimated hundreds of thousands of protesters thronged areas around the ministry.
By Yang Yuan-ting and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerAboriginal communities sing not for pleasure, but to preserve their culture and history, Puyuma singer Sangpuy Katatepan Mavaliyw said on Friday. Sangpuy gained fame domestically and abroad with his album Yaangad, which means “life” in the Puyuma language. Despite his emphasis on the language, Sangpuy said that he does not see the need to change his official name, Lu Chieh-hsing (盧皆興), to his Aboriginal name. He left the village at the age of 27, which was perhaps why he placed great stock in his people’s traditions and culture, Sangpuy said, adding that his first album, Dalan, also influenced him. “As fish require water to swim and birds the sky to fly, so do I require music to be myself,” Sangpuy said.