On Monday, the Executive Yuan unveiled a bill which proposes that cross-strait political talks must first undergo a referendum, thus necessitating a further amendment to the Referendum Act (公民投票法). The Executive Yuan could conduct a consultative referendum beforehand that need not be subject to the Referendum Act, a council version of the bill says. Half of all eligible voters would then need to vote for the referendum, the council’s version of the bill says. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) is the main reason for the bill, Chen said, adding that cross-strait economic accords would not need to comply with such strict standards. Instead of proposing new regulations for peace deals, the DPP should uphold its promise to institutionalize oversight of cross-strait affairs by passing regulations for the oversight of cross-strait accords, the KMT said.
Asked if that means she would seek re-election, Tsai nodded and said: “Yes, yes.”The interview took place on Monday, the Presidential Office said. Tsai said she was confident about her prospects, adding that it is “something I have prepared for.”However, she is also aware of the challenges ahead. Tsai stepped down as party chairperson to take responsibility for the losses. The Presidential Office yesterday said that Tsai’s primary purpose for accepting the interview with CNN was to give Taiwan a voice through an international media outlet. Through the interview, Tsai hoped to show the world the different aspects — both traditional and modern — of Taiwan, he added.
By Stacy Hsu / Staff reporterChinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) yesterday proposed that the government issue consumer vouchers to make up for the financial losses sustained by retired public-sector workers due to pension reform, in another perceived move to pave the way for a potential presidential bid. “Many people have suggested that instead of reversing the pension reforms, the government should issue consumer vouchers for the same value as the amount of pension cuts suffered,” Wu said. The party’s traditional primary mechanism would see the public opinion poll and party member survey account for 70 percent and 30 percent respectively. Many KMT members are urging the party to determine its next presidential candidate only through a public opinion poll to ensure that the candidate’s popularity is high. Wu said some people had also brought up the “50-50 proposal” to seek a balance between public opinion and party members’ views.
The teacher, surnamed Chang (張), denied that the question had anything to do with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文). “Tsai-englishit” is definitely not a translation of any real politician’s name and is unrelated to any particular political party, he said. He designed the question to test students’ understanding of the word “comments,” he said, adding that the word is easily associated with politicians. The test question was meant to be a “friendly reminder” that politicians’ comments are not always true, he said. Lawyer Chen Tse-chia (陳澤嘉) said the test question is not illegal, because insulting the president is not banned by law.
APBorussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga title hopes took another blow on Monday in a goalless draw at last-place Nuremberg. Nuremberg goalkeeper Christian Mathenia made a host of saves to deny Dortmund a first win in three league games. Dortmund had toiled to break through Nuremberg’s tight defense, frustrated that Osmers did not call some questionable-looking challenges. Dortmund have failed to win any of their past five competitive games. Nuremberg were playing their first game under interim coach Boris Schommers after they sacked Michael Koellner on Tuesday last week.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterTaipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) on Monday said that he is considering the possibility of forming a new political party that would “put the people’s well-being first” in a way that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) have failed to do. Ko made the remarks in a TV interview with talk show host Liu Pao-chieh (劉寶傑) at 11pm on Monday night. Rumors have been spreading for several months that Ko would form a new political party, so Liu asked him about the issue, as well as whether he intends to run in next year’s presidential election. Taiwan does not need another KMT or DPP,” he said. “I am not kidding when I say I am still thinking about it, I am really still thinking about this question,” Ko said.
State media painted an inspiring picture of patriotic students braving harsh weather, eating frozen rice, and ignoring supervisors’ worries about their health in order to work harder on the huge building site. Kim has visited Samjiyon, near the Chinese border, at least five times for inspections over the past year. “Nobody would go there if not for a party membership or education, which helps you land a better job. Open North Korea, a Seoul-based rights group, estimated the total brigade workforce at 400,000 as of 2016. A landmark 2014 UN report on North Korean human rights put it at between 20,000 and 100,000 per municipality, depending on its size.
AFP, ISTANBULConcerned for the health of a black cat roaming around the university campus where she works, Mevlude dropped off the feline at the veterinary clinic for street animals run by the Istanbul municipality. Like Mevlude, many Istanbul residents try to help these four-legged friends in their neighborhood, putting out bowls of food and offering shelter by their doors or windows. Now Istanbul officials are increasing efforts to ensure the good health of the street animals, and thereby of the residents who come into contact with them. But an animal protection law passed in 2004 forced municipalities to take care of street animals. There hasn’t been a single case of rabies in Istanbul since 2016, according to the municipality which employs 100 veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
In the past three years China Airlines (CAL) employees have held two strikes. In the most recent bout of industrial action, strikers initially attempted to win over public support by framing the strike action as an appeal to concerns over aviation safety. As such, it is not just a question of salary disputes and workers’ rights; it also touches upon whether it is right to use travelers as bargaining chips in the process. Minister of Labor Hsu Ming-chun had reservations, believing it could impede worker’s rights, while the cabinet, worried about starting a new political fight, initially ruled out amending the law. While internationally there have been instances of airlines going bankrupt due to strike action, CAL is part public owned, with approximately 50 percent of its shares owned by government.
The only radio ham in Taiwan for 25 years Tim Chen BV2A was famous among amateur radio enthusiasts as the only person allowed to operate in Taiwan until 1985, when the government started issuing more licensesThe Tapei Times reports:Until 1985, Taiwan’s amateur (ham) radio scene consisted of one person: Tim Chen ( 陳實忻 ), who held the country’s only license due to Martial Law era restrictions. According to a Liberty Times (the sister newspaper of the Taipei Times) report, this resulted in the unusual situation where Taiwan Garrison Command had to establish a set of amateur radio regulations just for him. Since there was nobody else in Taiwan to talk to, Chen connected with people around the world, using Morse code at first via his station BV2A, and gaining voice communication capabilities in 1974 through BV2B. Chen was strictly forbidden to speak with anyone in China or the Soviet Union, but he enjoyed much popularity as the world’s only BV (Taiwan’s country code) station operator — so much so that US senator and fellow ham enthusiast Barry Goldwater K7UGA specifically requested to tour Chen’s two stations when he visited Taiwan in 1986. Read the full Taipei Times story athttp://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2019/02/17/2003709864Taiwan has three classes of license:Class 1 1500w - 50 question exam, pass mark 40Class 2 600w - 40 question exam, pass mark 32Class 3 25w VHF/UHF - 35 question exam, pass mark 25Frequencieshttp://www.ctarl.org.tw/bv5ya/freqpowr.htmExam question poolhttp://www.ctarl.org.tw/bv5ya/peotest.htmRegulationshttp://www.ctarl.org.tw/bv5ya/rule.htm
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AP, BIRMINGHAM, EnglandEthiopian teenager Samuel Tefera broke a 22-year-old indoor world record in the 1,500m event on Saturday, clocking 3 minutes, 31.04 seconds at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix. “I’m delighted with the outcome and to have the world record is a special feeling.”Kejelcha had said before the meet that he was aiming to break the record, after coming within 0.01 seconds of setting a new world mark in the indoor mile last week at the Millrose Games. El Guerrouj still holds the outdoor world record of 3:26.00, set in 1998. Britain’s Laura Muir also pleased the home crowd by beating the national women’s indoor record in the mile, which had stood since 1988. “To run one of the fastest runs ever, a British record and a win in your final race ... is perfect,” Muir said.
ReutersRyan Fox claimed his maiden European Tour title yesterday with a comprehensive 3-2 victory over Spain’s Adrian Otaegui in the final of the World Super 6 at Perth’s Lake Karrinyup Country Club. “It just worked out that I didn’t have any bogeys in the matchplay today, and played great in the final,” he added. “It felt like a home crowd out there for me today.”Fox’s win, in his 79th European Tour event, followed two close calls at the tournament. His European Tour victory is the first by a New Zealander since Danny Lee won the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic as an amateur. “A little bit disappointed after losing the final, but it’s been a good week,” Otaegui said after being denied a third European Tour title.
On Saturday, Wang, who was the legislative speaker from 1999 to 2016, staunchly rejected criticism that he is secretly a pan-green supporter. Wang said he is “for the KMT and for Taiwan,” and even though he is Taiwanese, he could not reject his ethnic-Chinese “soul.”“The current state of cross-strait relations is not peaceful. The lack of exchanges between Taiwan and China has harmed the public, Wang said, adding that it is his urgent public duty to mend and rebuild the cross-strait relationship. The “1992 consensus” is just a phrase, but it gives China “face” and gives Taiwan “ambiguous space” to maneuver, he said. If cross-strait relations were good, the US would not be “so demanding” and Taiwan would have more space to assert its own position, he added.
Staff writer, with CNAThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday issued an “orange” warning on travel to Haiti, its second-highest travel alert, amid continuing protests calling for the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. The ministry urged Taiwanese to avoid unnecessary travel to the nation’s Caribbean ally and asked those who need to visit to exercise extreme caution. The ministry urged protesters and the Haitian government to engage in dialogue to resolve their differences and end the turmoil as soon as possible. All Taiwanese expatriates and staff at the nation’s embassy are safe, the ministry said. It uses a four-color code to indicate levels of alert for overseas travel, with red being the highest level, followed by orange, yellow and gray.
PCA Life joined several other foreign insurance companies in either exiting Taiwan or scaling down their operations during the global financial crisis. PCA Life entered Taiwan’s life insurance market in November 1999 through the acquisition of ChinFon Life Insurance Co (慶豐人壽). Last year, PCA Life reported first-year premiums (FYPs) of NT$19.15 billion through channels including telemarketing, bancassurance and brokering, accounting for 1.4 percent of total FYPs in Taiwan, Life Insurance Association of the ROC (壽險公會) statistics showed. That was behind other foreign life insurance companies in terms of FYPs, such as Allianz Taiwan Life Insurance Co’s (安聯人壽) NT$79.29 billion, the Taiwan branch of Cardif Assurance Vie’s (法國巴黎人壽) NT$73.7 billion and Chubb Life Insurance Co’s (安達人壽) NT$28.68 billion, the data showed. An executive at a local insurance company said that trust is fundamental to the insurance business, which requires long-term commitment and effort.